yay! I’ve wanted to try these little guys out for awhile… they just look a bit punk, you know? And while I will put them on for a night out and report back on wear time, I had a great deal of fun with these nail studs sent (free for honest review) by KKCenterHk.
Black pointy studs! You can find the link here, they come in a pack of 10 in a awesome little pottle.
And because I just felt like trying something new… here is one of them, in some very quick and simple (and silly) nail art
A rhinoceros! I hope it looks like a rhino to you, I quite like it, but then I know what I was trying to achieve
The background is Kolt Golden Chip with a topping of China Glaze Angel Wings, and the rhino was freehanded with a medium brush and black and grey nail polish (Boe Beauty Black Noir and a Star Kin custom grey holo, Judgement Day).
hehehe makes me laugh. I buy them because they are spiky and funky, then turn it into a rhino horn. It kept twisting a bit off center though, next time I’ll use nail glue. Pretty fast postage to NZ from KKCenterHk, and if you use the code EVERYSENSORY, you can get 10% off your order
Have a great day!
Quick swatch on my arm of the new makeup I bought from Geek Chic during their recent sale!
From left to right, all applied with a wet brush on bare skin EXCEPT the glitter which is over Glitter Glue (it wouldn’t stick at all, otherwise, be warned!) are:
*House Elf : gorgeous warm shimmery brown I bought a sample, but I’ll be buying a full size of this when I can!
*You Know Who: very nice blackened green with green sparkles
*Yellow Jumpsuit: lovely shimmery orange
*Blood Bond: I bought a sample of this last time and went back for the full size, it’s a nice auburn red, and I like them with my skin tone and eye colour.
*Yay! I do like a nice light shimmery pink, seeing as I’m not flash at putting on makeup and often don’t have much time, a quick sweep of a nice neutral is a good way to feel like I’ve made an effort
*Always: pretty dove grey with sparkles, throws a green almost duochrome here!
*Frag: total glitterbomb, may never have the guts to wear this on my eyes, but it’s pretty and a nice mix of silver and gunmetal grey glitters
and the last swatch is a lipgloss called Willful Wyvern, and it is a duochrome, lilac and green. Doesn’t show up that dense on the lips, but adds a pretty sheen and a subtle shimmery gloss, isn’t sticky, smells like cocoa and something else I can’t quite pick, the sheen and colour disappear quickly (as with ALL lipgloss in my experience) but the moisturising effect lingers for quite some time, as a bonus!
It did take a long time for these to be sent, the lovely people from Geek Chic did sent out periodic nice and abashed emails, apparently the sale was successful beyond their wildest dreams and they were rushed off their feet. So, hey, they got here! They are pretty! No free samples this time (quickly suppressed pout) but the sale was so good that I still feel like I got FAR more than my money’s worth. I definitely recommend Geek Chic cosmetics!
Have a great day
Good morning! Just a quick post here, some stamping I did yesterday and was pretty happy with
The base is Ruby Wing Cut Grass, the plate is Bundle Monster 415 (I bought 7 of their plates because they are selling them individually now!) and the stamping polish is the gold polish from Mundo de Unas – I have 4 of their stamping polishes, and they are all amazing.
One thing with the stamping polishes, is they have a very strong scent. The pink one also stains my sticky stamper, but it doesn’t interfere with the stamping quality at all, nor does it stain nails. I love them, don’t get me wrong, but I just wanted to mention
So, yes! Circuit board nails! A good friend of mine sent me a link to some quite some time back, I believe those were handpainted, but I am just not that clever. I love this though! (the original link has been lost, but I did see an awesome one in blue, might try that next!)
And Cut Grass is a solar changing polish, so the gold stands out nicely over the light AND dark green. AND shipping on the BM (hehehe) plates was VERY quick. I am impressed with that, and the quality!
Have a great day!
It’s probably not a surprise to anyone if I say I love indie polishes. I mean, I make some. And own lots. And sort of want them all. But I also really like indie makeup… i.e. makeup ranges that are handmade by people, rather than large businesses and machines. Easier to get the cruelty free products in all the pretty colours, and usually for a really decent price too, even including shipping it all the way here!
One night strolling through Etsy I stumbled across a range of indie makeup from Smash Cosmetics, so went looking for reviews, and found a lot of favourable reviews. And thought I’d post my own reviews – the best way to know if they are a good product or not is to Google it, so doing my best to keep that out there! I bought a few full sized products from them, and also a Bloggers Pack – eg a VERY inexpensive sample pack, the reciprocal part being that I am a blogger, and will review their product. But of course, I do that anyway, bought or sent. A review happens. So, yay, I just asked them to surprise me with the products, and didn’t specify any products
So, swatches! There are two lipglosses, Vixen and Cranberry. Both are very dense in pigment, and go on nicely. I used a lipbrush, no primer or lip liner for all of these photos.
Vixen is much brighter than I could get it to show.
It looks almost neon pink red in real life! And can I just say that I hate taking selfies, and am really bad at them, and didn’t want to primp, so this is just me, wearing a bit of lipstick. I probably should have waited for a better day. Gah.
Cranberry is a metallic berry red /maroon…
Then the lipstick I bought, this is Deptford. It looks nothing like the photos, it is hard and doesn’t transfer the pigment well AT ALL, I think I’d quite like the colour (though shimmer and I don’t get on too well), and I’ll melt this down and add a bit of cocoa butter or similar and repour it, just so I can use it.
It’s also supposed to be Vanilla flavoured… I don’t know about that, it does smell sweet, and like lipstick
Then other lipsticks in the Blogger pacK:
Creamsicle: very strange light peach orange colour, fairly streaky, but very opaque… and, as you can see, doesn’t look good on me. BUT, and here’s the thing, I don’t want these colours because I think I’ll look ‘good’, I just want funky colours. Plus, you know, I LOVE making up costumes and things, and these will come in handy!
Mint: Slightly green teal, a bit more green than the photo shows. Slightly streaky and catches in the lines on my lips, but not as bad as Creamsicle.
Viola: Absolutely gorgeous. Goes on flawlessly, and has a really nice scent, floral and sweet. Also very flattering, which is really strange! I want a full sized lipstick of this one!
Another selfie, argh. I even think they’re worse than the too-close-for-comfort macro, because at least I can pretend they’re not MY lips, until I see them on my face. That’s a bit of a giveaway. Ah well. FOR SCIENCE! (or at least, for public information)
Head in the Clouds: very blue lipstick, sort of strange texture, like it has too much zinc in it? Slightly sticky, in between a lipgloss and lipstick, but a very funky colour. Again, for costumes probably Nice scent, too! More sweet, less floral than Viola.
Tweak. For a moment I thought the name was Twerk, but phew! It’s not! Dark teal blue.. this was hard to apply, didn’t want to spread out or warm up, so not as dense as the others, and took more work. Nice colour though, I like it, probably not for school and kindy drop offs though
Now… the clear tube is Glitter Glue, an eye primer for glittery eyeshadows. I bought this one. And also included in the Blogger Pack was a cream primer… I swatched the eyeshadows on my arm, and drew a line using both primers.. nothing at the top, then the cream primer, then the glitter glue towards the bottom of my arm, and just bisected those horizontal lines with the vertical primer/nothing lines. And the verdict is, I LOVE the cream primer. I want a full size of that, too! Wow, just holds everything in place so well, pops all those colours.
Here are the eyeshadows!
From left to right:
*Ultramarine (one I bought) – put on as thickly as I could, it is also on the far right, put on in one thin line. Bit disappointed in the colour payoff, but it builds nicely on the lid
*Harlot: a nice earthenware type red / brown
*Hell: very red and sparkly
*Pulchritudinous: Although I don’t want to spell that one again, it’s my favourite of the bunch, over the cream primer especially it has an amazing copper shimmer.
*Hippopotomuses: cute name! pretty shimmery lilac/silver shadow
*Frankenstella: nice purple on the boundary of plum. Dense in the best way
Now, I’ve gone back to find the shop to post links, and everything has disappeared. I am not sure if they have taken a break, or gone forever, but I’m hoping for a break because I want the cream primer and Viola lipstick, and a full size eyeshadow or 3 from them! So, fingers crossed they’ll come back, and I’ll let you all know!
Have a colourful day
Racing through my untrieds now, this was/is my first ever outright purchase of a whole collection of polishes, the Fall (Autumn for us kiwis) Zoya Pixie Dust collection. (off Ebay, yay!). And I really wanted to wear as many of them as I could, as fast as I could, so here they are!
Rainbowish, the gold is Tomoko, orange is Dhara, Green is Chita, Blue is Sunshine, and the purple (thumb) is Carter.
No top coat, they’re textures, and I find the Pixies more gritty than the OPI liquid sands, but far more glittery and pretty
Two coats of all except Carter (purple), which is a 3 coater. Chita and Sunshine are one coaters, really, and so pretty.
It’s also really easy to stamp over these textured polishes, which is fun
The one over the orange is a tiger, it’s really nice but the orange is so sparkly that you can’t see it in these photos. Sorry!
And a quick comparison between Zoya Tomoko and OPI Honey Ryder… in the bottle Honey Ryder looks much warmer toned
On the nail they look very similar. I hoped Tomoko would be more platinum toned, but no, very similar. Tomoko is much more glittery, like finely ground crystals, whereas the finish on Honey Ryder is more wrinkled and smooth, foil-like, or small gold brains Tomoko has a better name. I’m glad I have both, they are both gorgeous!
And last in the set is Arabella, a lovely deep fuchsia type pink textured polish.
I have one coat of Star Kin Orbit over Arabella on my accent nail, and two coats of Arabella. No base, no top coat.
OH! I almost forgot to say, the blue and green and purple textures here didn’t stain my nails at all. I know the earlier lighter blue Pixie Dust was VERY stainy (and very pretty), so thought I’d mention. These are fine
Have an awesome day!
Well, I bit the bullet, in my untried stash are many, many Color Club polishes. I buy them because I love them, and they need to be tried! Pour yourself a cuppa, this may take a while.
Kismet: from the second halo hues collection
Two coats, no top coat, good formula, tiny bit dragging and wants to pool a bit in your cuticles, but nothing extreme, and such a gorgeous, glorious soft colour! Love it!
Check out that holographic flame! HOLY MOLY!
Angel Kiss – two coats, no top coat
From the same Halo Hues collection as Kismet, this is a sea foamy green – and not at all silver!
And just as stunning a holo flame!
Ruby Wing Polishes! (these are made by the same company as Color Club, so I’m including them here )
Tide: 3 coats, no top coat
Multi iridescent glitters in a slightly pink toned transparent base, which turns a lovely reddish jelly in the sun light.
Gypsy : two coats no top coat
I love the indoor colour so much! It just screams summer to me. The grass green change in the sun is pretty, too, but I do prefer the indoor colour.
Slightly slower change than normal, and I found this one a touch streaky, but ooh I love it, and I’m going to have so much fun layering different glitters over it.
Fate: 2 coats, no top coat
Nice formula! Pretty standard mid shade lilac type purple, goes a few shades darker in sunlight. I am a tad underwhelmed. Ah well!
Almost Famous: 2 coats no top coat
Another one where the lid wasn’t quite on and it spilled and thickened up just enough to be annoying.. and it’s another yellow that has done it! Why is there a trend? Anyway, this is very slightly streaky but not too bad, and it got easier after I added some thinner. Lovely bright, bright yellow!
Peppermint Twist: 3 coats, no top coat
Very, very pink. Blue toned pink. But PINKKKKK!!!
A bit streaky, hence the 3 coats, and does dry matte – here it is with top coat
Chelsea Girl: 3 coats
I’ve wanted this polish for ages, and when the first coat went on so thin and like a instanto nail stain I thought, why?! But, it’s a jelly, opaque in three coats, could use a top coat, but it’s a lovely colour. So, that’s why Bonus, even though I didn’t have it on long and would definitely recommend a base coat, there doesn’t appear to be any staining on removal
Soft as Cashmere: 3 coats no top coat
greyed beige crelly – doesn’t sound that appealing, doesn’t look all that appealing on me, though it’s ok. Work appropriate. Safe. Will be a great base for different non-safe glitters
See? with one coat of Kunimitsu One Scary Outfit
Ok, I think we’re at about the half way mark. Need to stretch? Toilet break? Another cuppa? Scroll really fast? I understand
Flair: 2 coats, no top coat
Lovely red/orange with gold shimmer
Fly With Me: 3 coats no top coat
A completely different colour on my nails than in the bottle! Looks very sparkly swampy green, pretty, yes, but the blue tint/shift isn’t visible at all. Sadness.
But never fear! THIS is two coats (no top coat) over a plain black polish.
This. Yes, this.
Nouveau Vintage: 2 coats no top coat
What a pretty polish! Love the bronze/copper/green shimmers!
Berry and Bright: 2 coats, no top coat
Sparkly deep fuchsia pink in the sunlight, deeper maroon red with subtle gold duochrome shift in the shade. Lovely!
Personal Sylist: 3 coats no top coat
A bit watery, and a tiny bit streaky in effect, because the shimmer makes it almost a chrome. Very lovely blue/purple duochrome, and very shimmery in the sunlight!
By Design: 3 coats no top coat
A little streaky, evens out nicely. A gorgeous muted deep plum purple – very dark, but not black at all!
Glitter Wonderland: 2 coats no top coat
Inside, this is so not my colour Red toned purples and I just don’t get along. In the sun, however, I’d forgive it anything… wow.
Winter Affair: 2 coats no top coat
Check this out! It’s so beautiful! I am totally in love with this polish. Plus all these fumes are making me very, very happy. Wheeee! Off to get some fresh air, thanks for sticking with me (if, indeed, you have!)
Have a wonderful day with bluebirds and flying purple mini elephants and… ok, definitely fresh air time.
Ahhh the ongoing First World Polish Problems of the untrieds. For months these lovelies have languished in their boxes, waiting appreciation and an extreme close up photo opportunity. So, in a particular order – see if you can guess what – here are my untried China Glaze polishes! Either destashed or bought outright, I do love China Glaze!
Angel Wings: micro holographic gold glitter in a clear base, from last years Christmas collection, I believe.
Three coats, no top coat, it looks textured but it feels more like suede than like grit, this would be super pretty with a top coat, too! Love…
Sunshine Pop: Bright yellow with a white/silver shimmer – reminds me of yellow balloons!
2 coats, no top coat. This is a slightly older bottle so newer ones may take three coats, the shimmer made this want to be a tiny bit streaky, but it was fine in the end. I doubt I’d wear this on it’s own, but it’ll be worth it’s weight in gold for nail art
I Herd That – orange and gold holo and micro glitter in a clear base
3 coats, no top coat. I am sort of divided on this polish… it’s really close to my skin tone. Not that I have sparkly skin. I do have home made wine, so if my comments get very random, you’ll know why! hehehe. Anyway, I think I’m liking this – it’s a subtle colour, but highly blingy (sorry no sun to prove it!) and will look great on it’s own or layered over browns and blacks etc.
Hello Gorgeous! blush pink holographic microglitters in a clear base
3 coats, no top coat. This was slightly sheerer than I’d like, I think I’ll layer it next time, but it’s a very pretty colour.
When Stars Collide – dusty purpled pink holographic chrome polish from their Hologlam collection.
This was the other one I wanted from that collection, so I was stoked to grab it from Harriet’s destash! This would be a one coater if you were in a hurry, I did two for form
This dries fast! The photos aren’t good, sorry, its a touch more holographic than it looks
Strawberry Fields – hot pink jelly with gold glass fleck shimmer
This is about as far from my ‘normal’ favourite type of polish as you can get, but I love it It’s so happy. In fact I’m going to put it on my toenails very soon 3 coats, no top coat.
Lubu Heels: red microglitter in a black base
Wow, ok, this was HEAPS blacker than I thought! 2 coats, no top coat. Though seeing the sunshine photos (yay! Sunlight broke through!) I should have used 3 coats. Dries fast! Very pretty
Running in Circles – green micro glitter in a slightly deeper green jelly base.
Has a slight blue duochrome in the shade!
2 coats, no top coat. Very, very sparkly and pretty!
Fancy Pants: gorgeous blue/purple with pink shimmer
My bottle lid wasn’t put on properly (bought it new, arrived like so), and the polish overflow glued the lid on. So annoying! However, I went to a Tupperware party and because it was my first (and only, bah) I was given a thing called ‘the boyfriend’ which cracks me up, sort of a square flat silicon sheet, small, with grippy bumps, so we delicate females can open our own jars. Silly, yes, but it works, and it works on polish bottles! YAY! No more teeth marks in the lid! Worth suffering through an incredibly over priced party thing for, in my opinion
2 coats, no top coat, this was a bit thicker than normal China Glaze polishes, probably because of the not-quite-sealed lid.
and, finally for today, Man Hunt: deep soft blue crelly
2 coats, no top coat. Wow! Look at that shine! Love, love, love this polish Nice that it’s opaque in two coats too.
So there we have it! All my China Glaze untrieds.
Have a great day
Serra from our NZ Polish Addicts group recently got into making nail polish jewellery, starting with pendants and branching out… and out… and out… and while she is very modest about it, she has a real talent for it! She has opened an etsy shop called Peacock Pie, and is selling these gems there.
I bought a pendant from her, and she included another one free in exchange for a review – and here they are!
First up is this gorgeous blue pendant using Femme Fatale Cold Wraith, layered up to perfection . I have tried a similar combo of blue/green Femme Fatale over blue on my nails and loved it so much that I was sad when I had to take it off. And now I don’t have to!
That’s the best bit about nail polish jewellery, it lasts forever
The pendants come with a lovely long chain, and have a nice weight to them, the glass dome is very tactile, and I just keep playing with them
Photos don’t do these justice, by the way, they are too sparkly to capture, the glass reflects too much, but they give some idea.. I’d say these are easily twice as nice in real life than in the photos.
And the little cat has been handpainted onto the back of the glass dome, and the polish layered up behind it, giving her hand painted and stamped pieces a real 3D effect!
I love it when cats sit like this, it makes me giggle. She does some lovely elegant cat silhouettes too, but not for me, I’m just not a very elegant person Anyway! This cute cat has a silver background and gold glitters, making it wearable with everything. I’m wearing it now!
This was almost impossible to photograph properly, it’s so blingy But the cat isn’t blurry or soft at all, it’s very black and clearly defined. :) Serra also sends a cute little card out with them, and they are beautifully presented in jewellery boxes with a shake of stars. So pretty.
She is also starting to experiment with earrings and rings as well, who knows what will be next? Her prices are incredibly reasonable, a pendant ranges between $9NZ and $13NZ, depending on the nail polish used and amount of painting she has done. She also only uses polishes which are cruelty free (not tested on animals), and she does use some Star Kin polishes (thanks, Serra!). You can find her shop here, I’d highly recommend checking it out! She also does some lovely custom pendants, so you can choose what you like, which is loads of fun
Have a wonderful day
This post has been about a year in the making, and I am about a years worth of excited about it :D. In last years blog fest I (along with quite a few others) won an opportunity to make collaboration polishes with piCture pOlish. Ooooh the happy dances were danced at my house that night, my friends! Picture! This is the final product, right here.
A bit of back story, this was not my original idea. Sadly, my original idea could not have been made due to lack of critical ingredients, but Jules (and the girls) could not have been more lovely, and together we nutted out a second idea. I wanted blue, she suggested a glitter, I leapt at the chance, and after a few to’s and fro’s, this is the one we came up with
My husband suggested the name as I was totally stumped for ideas. The polish makes me think of eggs, says I. Magical eggs. Perhaps even a gemstone egg. What shall I call it? And lo, he turns to Mr. Google, types in “Crystal Egg”, and out comes “Geode”
Here is a geode! It is, basically, a hollow rock with a crystal formation on the inside. They are also stunningly pretty. And I think they suit this polish! Not the colour, which to me is more birds egg colour, but if there were a magic bird that laid eggs that looked like this polish, they would perhaps be geodes
Ok, whimsy aside, details! The photos show three coats, and top coat. Originally the formula was a little thicker and suspended the glitters throughout, but there was some slight streaking issues due to the thickness, so the formula has been tweaked, and this will now need a bit of shaking before use to get those glitters evenly distributed. If you have ever used a glitter polish you’ll know the drill, it’s pretty standard. The best bit is, this isn’t even a tiny bit streaky, this is smooth
The base colour is a lovely sky blue crelly (creme and jelly mix) so the glitters show through nicely, but not your nail line. There are medium sized royal blue and mid blue metallic hexes, smaller gold hexes, and a heap of teeeeny tiny silver holographic flakes smaller than the normal flakes, invisible in low light but they dance happily in the sun.
Dry time of this was very good, I used Poshe top coat and it was super smooth and glossy to touch.
The little silver stars are a metal decal, pretty but a pain in real life, they stick out past the top coat.
I still have to pinch myself to see if this is real, what a fantastic opportunity to work with these talented nail polish creators! I am beyond happy about it
Please do check out their website, here , they have great Everyday Deals too, and their Facebook page is chocka full of amazing photos of their polishes. Other places you can go to check them out? Sure! Twitter, Pinterest, Instagram, You Tube and Google +
Thank you so much for reading, I hope you like our polish, and have a wonderful day!