DISCOVER THE LATEST ALTERNATIVE TO GEL POLISH

Today I have for you a gel polish alternative by new brand Itsy Nails London. Their gel effect polishes are a non-toxic (5 Free & cruelty free) formula which can last up to five days. The brand was started by makeup artist Diana Taguchi and entrepreneur Paul Pannu who wanted to create a brand which encourages self expression and creativity that doesn’t compromised quality or affordability.

itsy-nails-in-bag

I was sent three colours to try out:

Orange – ‘No Fear’
Lilac/Grey – ‘City Girl’
Yellow – ‘Mellow Yellow’

itsy-flatlay

The formulation was very smooth and went on well, the yellow & grey/lilac covered in two coats and the orange in three. It was ultra glossy and didn’t really need a top coat but I used one for longevity more than anything.

itsy-nails-mani

To create this mani I decided to use all three colours together, I thought they looked quite contemporary. I wanted to do some reverse stamping on my ring finger using my new plate from Yourscosmetics called ‘Modern Geometry‘. I stamped onto my stamping mat using a white stamping polish and then filled in the triangles with the three colours using a tiny dotting tool. I then waited for this to dry and applied it to my ring finger.

modern-geometry

The Itsy polishes retail at £5.99 each but are currently available on their website at 3 for £15 using the code: Autumn. 

*Kindly note that the seller has provided me with a free sample of this product in exchange for an unbiased review

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A-England Kalinka stamped with MoYou Time Traveller 05

Over the weekend, I guest blogged over on nuthinbutanailthing. Claire, has decided to feature a guest blogger every Sunday which I think is a great idea. Anyway, this is what I blogged about:

Today I have for you some simple stamped nail art on an A-England base colour. I hadn’t used A-England before but fell in love with their colours on Istagram. I ordered 3 colours directly from their website http://www.a-england.co.uk but have since found that you can buy them cheaper from www.hypnoticpolish.com if you spend enough money to justify the postage.
 
O.K, back to this mani – For the base colour I have used A England‘s ‘Kalinka’ from their ‘Russian Soul Collection’. It is a stunning lilac toned silvery metallic with hints of holographic. The formula was sightly thicker than your average indie polish so went on in two coats, in fact you could probably even just use one coat and be happy with it if you were in a rush. 
A England Shot

For the stamping I used Models Own ‘Chrome Indigo’ with the Born Pretty transparent stamper (which is my current go to stamper) and MoYou London stamping plate ‘Time Traveller 05’. I’m still not great at stamping so it is a bit wobbly but I still liked the out come.

A-England Kalinka

I’d love to know what your thoughts are on A-England polishes? as at present I only own three shades.

Born Pretty Stamping Polish

Introducing Born Pretty Stamping Polish… Today I have a lovely Teal colour which I stamped over the beautiful silver holographic ILNPMega‘.

Born pretty stamping

Mega is so stunning and the most intense holographic I have seen. It applied really well and get this – it looks amazing over darker shades if you just use one thin coat.

Anyway, back to the stamping. For this I used my Born Pretty clear jelly stamper and scraper along with my Pet’la peacock 2 plate. If you’ve never seen them before, Pe’tla plates are made of brass and are really deeply etched. I bought mine from a Facebook group buy but have put a link above if you are interested in buying them direct. I have a number of other plates to try from them also.

The colour scraped easily on the plate using the clear scraper, it was more flexible than scrapers I have used in the past and I seemed to get on with it better – I think this is my go to scraper from now on. The stamper picked up so well, it was amazing, pretty much no gaps in the pattern at all, the only thing I would say is that the pattern stretched when I was stamping it, but to be honest that is probably more to do with my lack of skill than a problem with the stamper.

The only negative comment I have about this mani is that the polish had a very strong chemical smell, however that said, I do have a really good sense of smell, so other people may not find it a problem.

If you’d like to buy from Born Pretty, then please feel free to use my code:

Born Pretty code graphic

Enjoy the sunshine!

Colour Alike’s multichrome stamping nail polish ‘Lagoon’

I was so excited to get my hands on Colour Alikes ‘Lagoon’ from the Universe Collection. I have a number of other multi chromes but seeing photos of this I was convinced this was better than the brands I already have and I was not wrong. I don’t know if it’s because it is a stamping polish but the consistency seems so much more pigmented and it is just stunning. I liked it both with and without top coat.

For this mani I I decided to use this polish as the base and stamped with MoYou Londons ‘Black Knight’. I love how it turned out. Have you tried this polish?

Colour alike Lagoon

With Seche Vite Topcoat

Colour alike lagoon closeup

I purchased it from Rainbow Connection and cost £11.50

 

Dark Pink Nails

Hello! I hope that you are all fine & dandy and enjoying the bank holiday?
My nail art today is a sheer white/pale pink base from Essie which I really can’t say enough good things about, I use it so often – ‘Ballet Slippers’. This is topped with ILNP ‘My Private Rainbow’, which is so subtle it takes a number of coats to actually show up and even then you can only see the holo in bright light and sunshine, but when you do see it it is stunning. The Dark pink I’ve used is MoYou ‘Sweet Lips’ and the Holo pink is Bear Pawlish ‘Like a Virgin’ which is rich in holographic particles and a great colour. I added the dots with a dotting tool and set the tiny pearls into Seche Vite ‘Dry Fast top coat’ and the nail stamping was applied using ‘Apipila Superplaca A’

If you are U.K. based you can get ILNP & Bear Pawlish from Rainbow Connection and Boots & Superdrug sell Essie. The stamping plate is available from here.

 

Dark pink nail art

Grace from piCture pOlish with MoYou White Knight & UberChic stamping

Howdee! Today I have a mani using one of my favourite colours ‘Grace‘ from piCture pOlish. What a beautiful beautiful colour it is, I just love the dusky pink colour which much like the previous post ‘Cosmos’ has a scatter holo that dries smooth on the nail and is enhanced by a generous application of top coat. It is described on the official website as “Inspired by a beautiful princess” which I can totally relate to, I can be a bit girly given the chance and pink and sparkly is me to a tee. 
 
Here I have stamped on my ring finger with MoYou ‘White Knight‘ using one of my lovely UberChic plates and added crystals on the other fingers. Looking back I wish I had applied another coat over the white stamp to mute it down a little but I still love it just as it is. 

Femme Fatale ‘Glass Coffin’

Today I am excited to share ‘Glass Coffin’ by Femme Fatale, it is an amazing shimmering thermal polish which transitions between a soft pale blue/green when warm and a gorgeous lilac/purple when cold. If you have been a reader of my blog for long enough you would have realised how much I love a matte finish and this dries to a gorgeous matte. Application was easy & dried very quickly. I used two coats without a topcoat – I did topcoat one nail originally and realised that it was a mistake, it looks fab without. I then stamped using stamping plate Uber Chic 2-01 with Models Own ‘Chrome Pearl’ polish. Unfortunately the photo doesn’t do it justice here.