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Really Quick Photos of Pretty & Polished Day Trippin’ and May Flowers.

Preamble: My apologies, these are quick, and not good photos. Of two VERY nice polishes. I will revisit, but right now I need to clear my desk and photo album, so here they are!

First off: Pretty & Polished May Flowers

Pretty & Polished May Flowers

This is a lovely polish, mid green when cold, very light green when warm.


Two coats here, and Misa BREAKneck top coat. Dry time was average, wear time was good!

My favourite part is probably the pink flowers, because they are hard to see when the polish is green, but very visible when it’s light πŸ˜€


And here is Day Trippin’ – here is three thin coats no top coat, see it sort of looks matte?

Pretty & Polished Day Tripping

And here with Misa BREAKneck top coat, lovely and glossy. This is another colour changing polish – from purple with pink shimmer when cool to REALLY bright pink when warm.

this is in it's COLD state! :D

this is in it’s COLD state! πŸ˜€

I like the fact that I usually had the purple tips, even though my nails are always short.


Although, when I showed my family they were all neon pink (hot day!) and my folks were ‘meh’ (because, apart from my mother none of us are really pink people, and even she thought it was strange I was wearing hot pink with no glitter heh), but when I ran them under cold water and they changed INSTANTLY – then I got the WOOOO’s! πŸ˜€

Mostly warm - when it gets very warm the tips go pink, too :)

Mostly warm – when it gets very warm the tips go pink, too πŸ™‚

So, yeah. Sorry about the poor quality of the photos, but I hope it gives some idea of the supreme coolness of these polishes. I love them. SO much. I’ll definitely take better photos at a later stage, they deserve it! Meantime, probably just go and buy them if you can πŸ˜€

Have a great day

Ami the Enabler. πŸ™‚


Darling Diva Polish Ringer & Mode Glitterati

First up, my base polish, this is Mode Glitterati. What a silly name. What a coool colour πŸ˜€

Mode Glitterati

I can NEVER resist purples like this, the photos aren’t the best sorry, but it is a gorgeous deep purple with heaps of shimmer -blue, pink, and flicks of gold. 2 coats here, no top coat.


This one I bought from a Unichem Pharmacy in Palmerston North, for about $5 I believe. Not bad!


Then, I added one coat of Darling Diva Polish Ringer – the Fantasy Fire etc etc dupe.


This… was much prettier than I have hoped for, and these photos just let it down. No top coat here though, that incredible shine is all thanks to Ringer.
Darling Diva Polish Ringer

The purple jelly base is very sheer, which I had read previously, but means the layering options are amazing. The little particles flick all sorts of colours: green / gold / pink / purple.


And so I had to do photo gymnastics to try and show the shifts, but they were so fast and noticeable in real life.


I want to wear this over all the colours. Actually, although I wont show anyone, I do have it on my toes, which are blue, purple, green, yellow and red (go the rainbow toes) and the shimmer just adds that little bit extra, even at that distance!


LOVE these polishes, and this combo!

Have a great day


Pretty and Polished: Cuttlefish – Swatches

Introducing my first temperature controlled colour changing nail polish; aka the Mood Polish. πŸ™‚

Pretty & Polished Cuttlefish

I’m so going to make a ring out of this.


This is Pretty & Polished Cuttlefish, which I had to buy because a) Cuttlefish are some of my all time favourite animals, an b) look at it, it’s stunning! These photos show three coats of Cuttlefish, and a top coat of China Glaze Fast Forward.


When it’s cold, this polish is a pretty mid teal blue, with blue, green and silver glitters. When it warms up (i.e ALL THE TIME at the moment, it’s Summer!) it goes to a very soft almost white blue, and you can see there are periwinkle glitters too, and some of the glitters are circles! Yay!


During these photos I had to pour cold water over my fingers to get themΒ  to change, and they’d snap back to white as soon as I turned the water off. This is NOT a slow changing polish, it’s really fast! When I would go swimming, or for a walk in the morning, my nails would be blue. So very entertaining for me. Imagine a car painted like this! In winter you’d have a blue car, in summer a white one, and in the mornings you’d have a blue car with a white bonnet lol


Dry time was fast, removal was easy, and it lasted for quite a few days before chipping. It did need all three coats, because it was a bit sheer. I’d imagine you could layer it fine, but not sure which colour you’d choose to layer it over, and I love the depth of glitter at 3 coats.


So, enough rabbitting. I want all of her colour changing polishes, like RIGHT NAOW. And I want to layer Ruby Wing Desert Valley over Cuttlefish. Could you imagine the colour changing combinations? *brain explodes with the Glee of Gimmicks*


I love the way this can make a gradient, with blue at the tips, when the conditions are just right – even on my short nails πŸ™‚


Have a spectacular day


Ruby Wing Desert Valley – layered over Ador Beauty Maiden.

I’ve been waiting for this polish. RUBY WING! Not physically waiting, but waiting to swatch it. I try and mix things around so I don’t just use all my favourites up first, and sometimes that means I wait FAR too long to try out the ones I’m most keen on, as is the case here. But first, the base colour!


This is Ador Beauty Maiden, and it’s very pretty in it’s own right. It’s an almost putty coloured nude base with a lovely reddish shimmer through it – the shimmer looks almost duochrome, but I couldn’t get that to play properly, so maybe not. Or if it is it’s from red through to putty colour (like the base)… anyway. It’s lovely.


And sheer, this is three coats and there is still some visible nail line. Sigh.


I do like the fact that all Ador Beauty are cruelty free and/or vegan. I do. And this seems to be a brilliant little polish to use with everything, though, if I use it too much, will it no longer be a Maiden? Sorry. ahem.

And then, the star of this show (sorry, Maiden!) – this is Ruby Wing Desert Valley.

Ruby Wing Desert Valley

Ruby Wing are the same people who make Color Club (Forsythe Group, I believe), and they tend to come out on tops in terms of not testing on animals etc. So, happy! Love ethical business practices. The neat thing about Ruby Wing is that they change colour, not due to temperature, but on exposure to sunlight. This is one coat of Desert Valley over the three coats of Maiden.


In the shade, this looks like holographic shards in an almost clear base. It is slightly tinted, but just adds a bit of a flush to Maiden (blushing Maiden!) which, ironically, almost gives me maniquin hands. I love the look, actually. Broken DVD’s on my nude nails, nice combination of glitz and flash with subtle.

But the best thing about this is that in the sunlight this changes to a light purple…


Then goes darker


until it’s a rich deep purple with the holographic shards. OOOOH!


These are shards, not slivers or small flakes. They are huge. And next time I use these, I’ll put Glitter Food on first, because some of the edges did stick through the top coat I had (China Glaze Fast Forward) as the day progressed, and sticky outty glitter is ANNOYING. And gets picked off rapidly.


Another thing I’d do next time is apply any Ruby Wing polish in the sun. You see the streaky mess I made of my middle finger? Yeah, I thought you might have. I couldn’t see if it was even or not. Not, as it turned out. So, use it when it’s coloured. And I might do two coats next time, just to even out any strays. Clean up is also a bit tricky if you’re strapped for time, as I normally am, and I missed the edges because they were clear, then in the sun I saw the mess and it was toooo late πŸ˜€

But I love this. SO much.

Have a great day