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China Glaze: Budding Romance – swatches and layering

China Glaze Budding Romance, one of my favourite types of pretty ugly green polishes πŸ˜€


It’s a jelly though, which I wasn’t expecting, and gives it a squishy look and super shine, which I do love!

China Glaze Budding Romance

Two coats here, they were quite thick though, and I think three thin ones would be better. It’s a flattering colour on my olive-ish skin tone.

China Glaze Budding Romance

And then I layered it with L.A. Girl Glitter Addict, Purge. Quite an appropriate name with this combination, I feel! (sorry. cough.)


Though, please note, I added the lighter green holographic hexes to this polish, without alteration Purge has mini and midi emerald green hex glitters. Very pretty. I just like it better with the holo glitters too πŸ˜€


On my accent nail I added another thin coat of Budding Romance, and topped it all off with Misa BREAKneck top coat.


Unfortunately I had to catch some chickens and it was still squishy looking AND squishy acting 15 minutes after top coat, and it all smunched up and fell off. Ah well. Was pretty while it lasted! πŸ˜€


Have a nice day

Ami πŸ™‚

Nail’d It: Fall Flowers and Candy Corn – Swatches

Nail’d It – Fall Flowers. Three coats, and fast dry top coat (Misa BREAKneck).

Nail'd It Fall Flowers

Polish is very sheer, but builds surprisingly well. Surprising in that after the first coat you’d swear there was no way it’d ever be opaque, but in three it very nearly is – and in real life it looks opaque thanks to the shimmer and those cute glitters.

Nail'd It Fall Flowers

This is a hard to describe polish – sort of a neutral toned beigey-yellow-gold, with heaps of gold shimmer. And the glitters, small green, mid size orange, yellow and red, and large yellow daisy shaped glitters.




Shimmer with glitter is hard to do, in a polish. This polish JUST manages to get a good balance, I think because it is so sheer. It’sΒ  not a deep polish, but it is a flattering and almost opulent one! Like a rich gold tapestry on the fingers πŸ˜€


Nail’d It – Candy Corn. Three dabbed coats, and Misa BREAKneck topcoat.

Nail'd It Candy Corn

This was such an interesting polish, but I wouldn’t try and wear it along like this again, I’d either layer it over a complimentary colour (white, yellow, brown, etc) or a matchy one. I had to dabble the glitters into place like crazy to get any kind of even coverage, but the good thing was that I could do this. I’m not an expert, though I am good at dabbling at most things πŸ˜‰


But the formula was excellent, and the glitters lay very flat, so I was able to slide the next layer over the first (which dried pretty quickly, another bonus in a dabbley polish!) and into place easily enough. Considering.


It was a gorgeous copper colour with those pops of white, yellow, red and black though. Personally I’d prefer no bar glitter, but it worked visually in the combo, and I certainly enjoyed the glitter factor of this. In the Llarowe photos (I bought this from Llarowe, yes), it looked like it had very large black circle glitters. It doesn’t (sad Panda), but it does have very large black hexes in it, which work really nicely. I just love dot glitter. Ah well, it’s lovely anyway, and I am happy I bought it πŸ™‚

Nail'd It Candy Corn

Have a great day

Ami πŸ™‚

Pretty Serious: Seasonal Sunset and Nail Pattern Boldness: Bitches Brew – Layering

Pretty Serious polishes recently had a sale, and I managed to snap two of their polishes up – finally! (I can’t tell you how many times I’ve gone to the website and drooled over their polishes and makeup, then sheepishly left). But, yay! And this is the first one I tried, Seasonal Sunset.

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

I wore this to Danny Bhoy! He is always funny, and this show was no exception, laughed my way through the whole lot. Brilliant night out with my family – and plus, now I’ll always associate this polish with that night. Win!

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

Anyway, back to the polish. Two coats of Seasonal Sunset, it was opaque in one but the colour was richer in two. Lovely brush, gorgeous formula, the polish almost put itself where it wanted to be. Dry time was on the quick side of average, and it lasted a decent amount of time before chipping.

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

The colourΒ  was stranger than I thought, and definitely unique to me. In the shade it looked quite an old fashioned rusty sort of warm brown, the shimmer was still there but didn’t glow in the shade; it added depth. It was very flattering.

Pretty serious Seasonal Sunset

And in the light it all caught fire and became a gorgeous multi-hued copper orange and gold, whooo boy.

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

Plus, it has to be said, I LOVE the boxes. They’ll live, on their shelves, in their boxes. So cute πŸ˜€

Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset

And for extra glitter, I added accents of Nail Pattern Boldness Bitches Brew, and topped it all off with fast dry top coat (Misa BREAKneck)

Seasonal Sunset

Tips on some fingers, and one layer all over my ring finger nail. This was a gorgeous combination, and I’m itching to wear it again.


Have a great day

Ami πŸ™‚

Handmade Nail Polishes: Glitters in Jelly

The final section of our handmade polishes, these are all jelly based polishes with loads of glitter. One is a franken (mixed from other polishes) and the other four are completely handmade, using the Joss suspension base from Beautyworld Australia.

*Testimo Franken – this was a sheer peach/pink with iridescent micro glitter: I added silver and gold mixed shape and size holographic glitter, copper hex glitter, and blue circle glitters.


Photos show three coats, no top coat.


This is insanely glittery, and looks sort of like fish scales, but prettier. I really, really like it!


*Misa Pink – just using the empty Misa topcoat bottle, this is another handmade pink and glittery polish. Deeper pink, this time! Again, multi sized holographic gold and silver glitters, as well as quite a few silver holographic butterflies.


Photos show two coats, no top coat.


I’ve had a few nice comments on this polish, which gives me much happy.


*Orbit – deep berry pink jelly with small red, medium fuchsia and huge light pink circle glitters. There’s a touch of pink/red shimmer in this too, to add some depth.


Three coats here, no top coat


I found the large pink glitters sank to the bottom really fast, I had to shake it up between each nail, which was a bit annoying. Still, in the end there were plenty per nail, and that was good. I may throw a few extra glitter bits in, the advantages of making it myself!


*Blue Moon – silly name, perhaps! Royal Blue jelly with small blue circles and large blue circles with a few pink circles thrown in for interest.

Blue Moon

Oh I love this. Though I kinda wish I’d named it Whale Farts. It may have a name change in it’s future… doesn’t it look like giant bubbles in the sea? πŸ˜€


Three coats here, and there is still visible nail line, but all of these can be layered over anything, really. I like the really deep, almost resin, look, so I’m happy with this. Never thought I’d be ok with VNL!


And another photo because I just couldn’t narrow these photos down too much. The glitters lay flat, so they were pretty smooth to the touch just with normal top coat (though I don’t have top coat on here).




*I Heart Hades – Black shimmer/jelly base with red holo hexes, red squares and large red holo hearts.


Three coats here, I did have to do some fishing to get a heart out, again, may just add more.


This could be layered over black, but I do like the half hidden, layered look of this at three coats.


If I may indulge in a self-congratulatory moment, I’m really happy with these polishes! I’m super impressed with the polishes my mother has been making, she’s really branching out and playing with glitter, even – and when her current busy period is over hopefully she’ll be making more of the pretties again; meantime I am treasuring the ones she is making, because, well, they’re awesome.

Thanks for reading, have a great day!

Ami πŸ™‚

Handmade Nail Polishes – Shimmer & Glitter Edition.

It has been quite some time since I showed some of our polishes, and they’ve been steadily mounting up during that time. Here is the lot I have to swatch!


That’s a lot of fun right there. I’ll break it down into separate parts though, as no one wants to spend a million years looking through all that, including me! These ones are the shimmer polishes with glitter πŸ™‚ No base or top coat on any of these, and the bases and most of the dyes and pigments came from Beautyworld Australia.

Winter When Autumn Leaves –Β  burnished orange shimmer with gold, red and copper hexes.


2 coats, nice formula. I’d love a few more glitters in it, so they distribute a bit more evenly, but I’ll remedy that in the weekend. πŸ˜€


Red Shirt – plummish-red shimmer with red and gold circle glitter, and silver and gold multi-sized holographic glitter.

Red Shirt

2 coats, nice formula, easy to get a good coverage of glitters.


Brown Trousers – auburn brown, slight holographic shimmer which adds a grey tone as well – red and gold circle glitters and gold flakes.

Brown Trousers

2 coats shown here…


I enjoy the addition of the sprinkling of holographic powder.


Fog People – smokey grey with gold and silver holographic glitters of different sizes.

Fog People

Slightly sheer, but means that the glitters aren’t buried in this one. 3 coats


I love this polish!


Sunny Day Rain – sheer pale blue with blue circle glitter, gold, silver and copper glitter (including holographic) and large holographic gold rectangles.

Sunny Day Rain

Very thick, but if I thin it, the glitter will probably all sink to the bottom in a slow and terrible way. 2 coats above, then layered 1 coat over 1 coat of Kleancolor Sea Ice.


I did have to fish for the large golds, but could get them out without deep sea dredging.


Blue in a China Glaze bottle – Mid blue shimmer, with blue circles and turquoise shreds.


2 coats, very easy to apply, fast drying.


Pretty Pickle – sheer green base, large matte green hexes, small holo lime hexes, teeeny tiny emerald flakes.

Pretty Pickle

3 coats, was pretty much opaque in three. Would also be nice to layer over a base colour.


Rime of the Ancient Mariner – this is my Sister V’s polish, based on these lines from the poem: I won’t say what’s in it, or she’ll have to kill me. πŸ˜‰

Rime of the Ancient Mariner

“Within the shadow of the ship
I watched their rich attire:
Blue, glossy green, and velvet black,
They coiled and swam; and every track
Was a flash of golden fire.”
I layered one coat of RotAM over one coat of Kleancolour Black on all except the ring finger; that one has three coats of Rime of the Ancient Mariner on it’s own.
Jaws – deep purple shimmer base loaded with red shimmer and small blue holo hexes.
2 coats. I didn’t think I’d like this, I thought it’d be sheer and rough. And its just gorgeous, and smooth with one coat of topcoat!
Purple with Glitter – multi-coloured mini holo flecks, and a sprinkling of multi-sized silver holographic glitters.
2 coats. Needs thinning stat, but otherwise a very nice, different, polish.
Thanks for reading, have a great day!

L.A.Girl Glitter Addict: Flash

Just a quick one today!


This is L.A Girl Glitter Addict in Flash, a coppery glitter in two different sizes med-small hexes and tiny dots – in a clear base. It’s great for layering, here it is over a blue franken of mineΒ  – one coat, except on my index fingernail, where I have two layers.


I do like the L.A Girl Glitter Addict range of glitters, they are simple, easy to use and add sparkle to anything you layer them over, plus, of course, you can layer them over themselves (which is one reason I have so many of their colours). Dry time is reasonable, and they wear well.


Have a great day

Ami πŸ™‚

Pretty & Polished: It Gets Better swatches

I have had my eye on this gorgeous little polish for awhile, and finally caved in when I bought my colour changing Pretty & Polished polishes (article here), because it was FINALLY back in stock, and I love it. I do.

Pretty & Polished It Gets Better

Primarily it’s a minty green with a very fine green shimmer, and a rainbow of holographic hexes floating throughout. The formula was really good, it applied really easily and was opaque in two coats, shown in the photos at 2 coats with Misa BREAKneck top coat.


The glitter hexes applied a little sporadically, but it didn’t really matter, they are still pretty! The shimmer, however, was pretty shy, and I don’t think I managed to get any photos of it. Chronically shy. Like, you probably wouldn’t know it was there unless you’d looked closely at the bottle first, shy.


The colour, for me, was perfect. The best light green for my skin tone I have found – no lobster hands at all!


I had to wear this to celebrate New Zealand voting to legalise marriage between two consenting adults, regardless of gender. Yeah, you could say ‘gay marriage’, but I don’t think that’s the point really. The point is us growing up as a nation, and saying gender really DOESN’T matter here, love does. And that’s HUGE. I am seldom proud of my country, but I had some very proud and happy feelings the morning I found the bill had passed. Way to go, those 77 politicians that ‘aye-d’ it, and all the people out there supporting and promoting and picketing and signing and emailing.Β  And to those of you who are immediately affected by this change, congrats – sorry it’s so long overdue, and IT DOES GET BETTER!


I can’t find It Gets Better on Pretty & Polished website (here) or Etsy shop (here), but she may bring it back – and check out the other amazing polishes, too. One thing I loved about this polish was that she donated some of the proceeds to the It Gets Better foundation, and I always try to support that kind of ethics in business.


Have a great day! And, YAY NEW ZEALAND! GO EQUALITY! *happy dance*

Ami πŸ™‚

Darling Diva Polish: Ms. Monster Esq and MUA 13

Here is my base polish, MUA (Make-Up Academy) 13. Ooh I know. A number. But it’s quite a pretty green shimmer polish, see?

MUA Nail Polish 13

This is two coats, no top coat, and it definitely needs a third. So, sheer, weird little puffy brush, butΒ  it still functions just fine.


And then I added a coat of Darling Diva Polish Ms. Monster Esq.

Darling Diva Polish Ms. Monster Esq

This was probably the densest glitter I have EVER found, at least that first brush. It got a bit more manageable after that!


This has so many glitters in it, a clear base, purple, green, red and white glitters in different sizes and levels of shine. πŸ˜€ And then I added another coat, plus Misa BREAKneck top coat.


Woah, holy glitter overload, Batman! Gotta love it πŸ˜€


This dried really fast, and a bit gritty. I’d recommend a thick top coat, eg Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food, if you wanted to wear it for more than a day or so.


Darling Diva Polish can be found at her Etsy store here, or on Llarowes site. I think Ms Monster Esq was last years Halloween polish; I bought this off Lani, but even if you can’t find this polish, check out the DDP range! She makes some amazing polishes. πŸ™‚ MUA polishes and makeup can be found at their website here.

Have a great day

Ami πŸ™‚

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™‚

China Glaze: Lorelei’s Tiara – swatches and layering

This is China Glaze’s Lorelei’s Tiara, the most intensely sparkly silver with blue polish I have ever seen.

China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara - shade

These photos areΒ  are three layers with Misa BREAKneck topcoat. I couldn’t take my eyes off this polish!

China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara

It did need the three coats for opacity, and was still a tiny bit rough with the thin topcoat, so maybe a thicker topcoat like Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food might be in order for the smooooth people out there πŸ˜€


Or… you can add two coats of China Glaze Make a Spectacle, and another Misa BREAKneck layer, like I did.


Because this was glassy smooth, plus in the shade all the little colour changing iridescent hexes in Make A Spectacle came out to play in a subtle but very cool way.


And in the sun… kapow, glitter!


My favourite combinations, or polishes, offer something in all lights. And this sure did. And even though I had it over a PVA base, it lasted 2 days with no chipping whatsoever, which is BRILLIANT for my nails.



Have a sparkly, shimmery day

Ami πŸ™‚