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first world blogger issues … and Nail Polish Spam!

Morning! Let me share a (non) sob story with whoever has the wish to read further. I have a lot of untried nail polishes. A LOT. Because, well, I buy a fair amount, in spurts, and then I hate to put them on, take photos, and take them straight off again. It feels wasteful to me, and unfair to the polishes who really deserve better πŸ˜€ What to do? I think I *may* have a solution!

This post will show a bunch of polishes, which I have swatched only. As in, put on, photographed, taken off. NEXT! BUT….at the end of this I chose my favourites (and with 10 nails I can choose up to 10 hehehe NO RULES!) and put them back on as a proper manicure, and wear that for a while.Β  Let me know if it works for you, and I’ll let you know if it works for me! πŸ˜€

(honestly, I have about 150 polishes that I haven’t even tried. Steps need to be taken.)

SpaRitual Elixir –Β  3 coats, no top coat, shade photos.


Sheer but pretty, sort of bridal-esque polish with pretty glass flecks. I love this brand, even though I have the worlds most boring colours from them, I just love the bottles and the image of it all.

Elixir (2)

Banana Republic Black Wisteria – 3 coats, no top coat, shade

black wisteria

Sun… Black Wisteria is a very jellyish polish, and with my application skills this equals streaky. Lovely and glossy though!

black wisteria (2)

Fantasy Makers (by Wet & Wild, snigger at the name) Nail in the Coffin. 3 coats, no top coat.

nail in the coffin

Very cool bottle, and I love the dark and shimmery brown polishes! Nice one!

nail in the coffin 1

Nfu Oh 074 – two coats over black, three coats alone, no top coat


These shimmers are too sheer for me to wear on their own, but I like them over black, the yellow goes olive. Very nice.

074 1

Rimmel Grey Matters – 3 coats no top coat

grey matter

Solid grey creme. Yep. Can always use these, can’t wax too eloquent about them.

grey matter 1

Boe Beauty Champagne – 3 coats, no top coat


Pretty shimmer, $2 in The Warehouse, why you so streaky?!

champagne 1

Sabrina Sato Dreams – 3 coats, no top coat


slightly frosty colour duochrome polish, dusty blue/ gold.

dreams (2)

Kolt Golden Chip – 2 coats no top coat

Golden Chip

Adore this polish. Just, wow. Applies so smoothly, and it’s such a perfect gold shade πŸ™‚

golden chip1

Covergirl midnight magic – 3 coats, no top coat

midnight magic

deep blackened blue with blue shimmer that doesn’t hide too much.

midnight magic1

Wet and Wild (snigger) Teal of Fortune – 3 coats no top coat

teal of fortune

very pretty polish! Stains, though. Word of warning. Double basecoat and don’t let it touch your cuticles (don’t feed it after midnight, either!).Β  A bit sheer, as you can probably see for yourself. In real life the shimmer is blinding and it’s not so obviously sheer.

teal of fortune (2)

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black – 1 coat layered over Nail in the Coffin, no top coat

chunky holo black

Been meaning to try this one for a year. I actually have two, one I’ll franken though. Nice large iridescent flakes, green/gold/orange/blue.

chunky holo black 1

And my favourites were Kolt Golden Chip and Wet &Β  Wild Teal of Fortune


so I just did some accent nails and reversed the colour in the little rhinestones.

mani light

I didn’t get any photos, but my youngest son was also a fan of the Kolt and got me to do his nails, which was fun, it’s been awhile since they’ve let me do that! πŸ˜€

Some of these I’ve been given, some I’ve bought. I won’t, personally, by Covergirl or Wet & Wild brands, but I’ll use them if I’ve been given them, and love them too πŸ˜€ My personal opinion is that point of purchase is where we can make a difference between buying animal tested (or from a brand who does) and from one who doesn’t. After that, fair game πŸ˜€

Have an awesome day!

Ami πŸ™‚

Nail Mail in JULY! WHEEE!

I got some nail mail! Yay! It’s been quite a long time since I’ve got any polish in the mail, and it’s soooo exciting πŸ˜€

This was my haul from Harlow & Co. I love Harlow & Co, but I have noticed their shipping has slowed down a lot lately. Hopefully that isn’t the norm, and others have better stories. I still adore their polishes, and their site!

nail mail July


From left to right: Kolt High Definition – Golden Chip, models own – Beth’s Blue, models own – Little Lemon, KB Shimmer – Spring Training, Color Club – Kismet, Nubar – Jewel, Nubar – On the Radar.

Whhheee! I need to be able to wear my untrieds faster… need more nails πŸ˜€

Have a wonderful day (it’s all Springlike here and I’m HAPPY! SUN!)

Ami πŸ™‚

PANZ Week 3: Galaxy Nails

Galaxy nails! Oh how I love thee. One day I shall get better at thee.

Galaxy Nails

Until then, though, I stick with my tried and true concept. And failed in the cleanup, because my hands are rough and yuck after this weekend, sorry. Avert eyes from cuticles. You have been warned. πŸ˜‰


I’m going to say (thanks to Sister V for the idea) that this galaxy nail is inspired by the space surrounding the Horsehead Nebula. And that, around my ring finger nail there, is part of it’s mane. It’s NOT a stray hair that I didn’t see until I was editing the macro shots, ok?! πŸ˜€


Polishes used: Actually, I started with two coats of Kolt Lunatic over a coat of Kleancolor Black, then I sponged on a handmade polish (Denim & Sequins), more Kleancolor Black (to break up the blue and red and add some depth) and thenΒ  one and a bit coats of OPI Servin’ Up Sparkle. (a bit – basically one coat, then a few dabbed bits where I thought more ‘stars’ should be). Then a top coat, and done!


Have a great day

Ami πŸ™‚

Nail Mail!

This was my birthday present to me… it didn’t turn up by my birthday, but thats fine, just meant I had two birthdays. Second, second birthday πŸ˜‰

These preciousssesss (to continue a theme) were from Harlow & Co – really nicely packaged. Shipping seemed to take a while, but taking into account we had Christmas and New Years stat holidays in the middle, I suspect it was pretty good shipping time, really! πŸ˜€

I bought THREE Girly Bits polishes! And can I say, that name kinda makes me snigger like a 12 year old boy, sometimes. πŸ˜€

Girly Bits Polishes

This is, left to right, Arctic Sunrise, Magically Delicious, and Star Spangled


And then:


Left to Right: KB Shimmer Quantum Leaf (MEEEEP!), Nubar Reclaim (meeep MEEP!) and Kolt Lunatic.

I’ve been lemming half of these polishes for quite some time, (Girly Bits, Nubar) but fiercely lemming Quantum Leaf since I saw it (also Toucan Touch This and Splat, but good things take time – and not being sold out, yeah). I GOT Quantum Leaf!

And over the weekend I had more turn up – don’t worry, I don’t have many more coming in, this will be the last of the haul posts for quite some time πŸ™‚ Pahlish: Sitting in a Tin Can and Pianos Filled with Flames:

Pahlish polishes

Head2Toe Beauty Haul:


And look, Ruby Wing polish in Tide! This changes colour in sunlight (not temperature, actual sunshine) from this


to this – in about 2 minutes!


I also got Color Club Angel Kiss, Cloud Nine, Winter Affair and China Glaze Bend Over Backwards.

From Candy Girl:


Layla Mirror Effect Black As Ebony, OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu!, OPI Goldeneye, OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest, and Zoya Feifei. They also sent a Niju Brightening Essence Mask – looks like fun πŸ™‚ My mother bought me a voucher for Candy Girl, which is why I was able to get so many amazing polishes. Thank you!!

From Gracie Lou:


piCture pOlish Demeter and Ozotic Scatter 915

MORE Darling Diva Polishes:


Ringer, Seriously Serious, and Fuuuuuuuudge!. Surely I own all of her polishes by now πŸ˜€

And last but not least, my Wing Dust polishes…


Look! She packaged them all cute in blue tissue paper and black bags, with chocolate and information cards. 10/10 for presentation!


Breathing Underwater, Hope, Snakeskin Shoes, Plum Outta Ideas, and Crazy on You.

Phew! I’m almost frothing at the mouth here, trying to decide what to put on first… lucky, lucky me!

Have a fabulous day

Ami πŸ™‚