Tuesday, 14 October 2014

Aussie Nails Monday :: Scary Movie :: Tetsuo, the Iron Man

It's Monday!  That means it's time for Aussie Nails Monday!  I know I've been a little slack lately, but apparently Monday is a pretty terrible day for me to try and do nail art (can anyone say Mondayitis?).

I did want to join in on this week's theme however, which was Scary Movies.  I really enjoyed last year's Halloween manis I did, including the Evil Dead mani (click here to check it out), so I was thinking of doing some nail art of another of my favourite horror comedies - Demon Knight.  Then I realised how late it was and I was just sitting here perving at Billy Zane... Woops, I won't tell you how long I just got distracted with that again.

"Do something easier!" my brain cried out to me, so I thought about what horror movies I've watched that I actually found disturbing.  One stood out, as it was so strange, unique and just plain crazy. Tetsuo, the Iron Man.  I won't be sharing any clips of that little gem of a movie, as Japanese cyberpunk is an acquired taste to say the least and is definitely "Not Safe For Work".  I will include some links below if you'd like to check out more about the movie though.


I based my mani off an image I found on Deviant Art by user Hartter (included below), and I used the glorious Mystic Souls from Sayuri Nail Lacquer as my base.  The details were done with Sinful Colors in Snow Me White and Ruby Ruby, and Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in Black Out.  To give my pinky "gears" nail a bit more holo sparkle I used a coat of Butter London's Dodgy Barnett.


My brother hired out Tetsuo, the Iron Man one weekend from the local Video Ezy, and I think it has to be one of the most memorable movies I watched in the 90s.  Certainly not the best movie, easiest to understand, or well made, but definitely memorable, in the way Japanese art house movies are.

Click here to read Toronto Film Scene's article on Tetsuo

And the original artwork which I based my nails off, by Hartter



I'm off to bed, happy polishing!!
xo Relle


Aussie Nails Monday
Ann -  @annvsv
Astrid - @lovessweetas
Briana - @briemmara
Carly - @_makeupbycarly - blog coming soon so watch this space!
Christinemay - @xtinemayyy or Nails at 2am http://nailsat2am.blogspot.com/
Elissa -@tenlittlenubs and Ten Little Nubs http://tenlittlenubs.blogspot.com/
Erin Wu -  @erinzi and Erin Zi’s Nails http://www.erinzi.com/
Holly - @nails_by_holly
Jasmyn- @jasmsb or Jas's Blingtastic Nails http://blingtasticnails.blogspot.com
Jennifer @jennlojko
Julia - Fancy Nails and Cups of Tea http://fancynailsandcupsoftea.blogspot.com/
Kate - Pimped Out Nails http://pimpedoutnails.blogspot.com/
Kate R - @katersnails
Kelly - @kellyskolors and Kelly's Kolors! http://www.kellyskolors.com/
Lily Jinks - @lilyandjinks
Loz - @polish_patterns and http://polishpatterns.blogspot.com/
Tamie - @misstamie73
Tracy - @oliviajade19
Naomi - @nadeekay and Nananaisnails http://nananaisnails.blogspot.com/
Natalia - @cats_n_nails
Nicki - @celestialcosmetics
Relle - @lazylacquerista or Lazy Lacquerista http://www.lazylacquerista.com/
Sarah Claire - @shattermeclaire or Shatter me Claire http://shattermeclaire.blogspot.com/
Sylvie - @smudgedpolish
Tara - @lokislacquer or Loki’s Lacquer http://www.lokislacquer.com/
Tash Birch - @tashisdead
Theresa - @itsallaboutpolish or It's All About the Polish http://itsallaboutthepolish.blogspot.com.au/

Monday, 29 September 2014

Colour Blocking Nail Art :: Femme Fatale Cosmetics :: Mr Pinchy, Gossamer Dust and Gentlemen's Scuffle

A lot of our Aussie Indie brands have their own fan groups on Facebook, and regularly run challenges.  I am unable to join in on a lot of them due to lack of time, however I had just enough time to sneak a mani in before last night's cut-off on Femme Fatale Fiends' Colour Blocking theme.


I did a haphazard random design with striping tape over base coat as time was a factor, and lack of time doesn't blend with precision very well ;)  I told myself I wanted to try out the "negative space" effect to see whether I liked it or not.  It was more the fact that I was quite tired from a busy day and didn't want to wait for a coat of colour to dry properly.... [lazy]


Due to the use of striping tape, I wanted to use my more 'solid' type FFC colours as opposed to the glitters.  I went with Gossamer Dust (yellow/orange thermal with a blue/green shimmer), Gentlemen's Scuffle (shimmery teal holo) and one of my favourite polishes from Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Mr Pinchy.  That delightful apricot/pink holo shifter.  

I forgot how absolutely gorgeous Mr Pinchy is, and the name makes me smile every time.  If you don't have this polish, and have the opportunity to pick it up pre-loved, do so, as unfortunately Mr Pinchy has been discontinued and is no longer available from FFC.


My ugly stepsister hand has a random skittle of these colours, but is not pictured because she's shy (and I forgot to take a photo).  I think I like the look of the negative space, and it was nice not to have to worry about ruining my mani if the striping tape pulled up my base colour.  I wasn't too keen on the visible nail line at first, but it is very hard to notice during normal use of your hands.  Sometimes we forget that people don't see our hands in extreme closeup, and those little errors and problems we thing are glaringly obvious won't be noticed by a majority of the population.


So, do you have a favourite Femme Fatale polish?  Is it as awesome as Mr Pinchy is?  

Happy Polishing!!


xo Relle

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Shades of Phoenix Swatch :: Who's Been Painting My Roses Red

I'm sharing a little blast from the recent past today, with Who's Been Painting My Roses Red from Shades of Phoenix.  

Who's Been Painting My Roses Red was from the In a World of My Own collection from last year, and is a strawberry red jelly base with red fire holo glitters and some red/blue shimmer.  I applied two coats and achieved a good level of depth and opacity.   WBPMRR is also said to have a slight green shift, however I didn't see one when I was wearing it.  


The consistency is similar to another favourite red from Shades of Phoenix, Tisiphone.  The smoothness of this polish is crazy, and although not heavily glittered, WBPMRR is a lovely elegant red with a touch of fire in the glitter load to spice things up.  


As always, I have used this jelly glitter without using a solid colour underneath to show the polish in it's natural state.  It is also how I prefer to wear jelly glitters.  The best part about jelly glitters is there is no wrong way to wear them, and you can influence their tone by simply using a different base colour.  You're only limited by your imagination and your polish collection.


Unfortunately, the polishes from the Alice inspired A World of My Own collection are no longer available from Shades of Phoenix, but I do have a bit of good news for you!  Word on the street is that there will be another trip to Wonderland in store for us at a later date ;)  

Alas, it's time to tidy up the house.  I would much rather be napping.  So Alice fans, which character or thing would you be most interested in seeing a polish inspired by?

Happy polishing!!

xo Relle

Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Sayuri Nail Lacquer Swatch :: Refraction

Now that "The Thing That Shall Not Be Named Because It Might Go Out Again" is relatively stable, I'm going to be playing a little catch up with some manicures done during The Great Internet Drought.

Unfortunately, I had also lost my little HOT PINK point and shoot camera, so I have quite a few mobile phone photos, and apologise in advance for that.


Today I'm sharing swatches of Refraction from Sayuri Nail Lacquer.  Refraction is one of the polishes from the Beyond The Shadows collection, and is a creamy dark turquoise/teal blue with navy hexes, small silver holo hexes and a light smattering of holo shimmer.  It was opaque in two coats, and was a very smooth, buttery formula.  


While this polish didn't grab me by the hair and scream SELL YOUR FIRST BORN TO BUY ME at the time, I'm really glad to have this in my collection.  (I must have been feeling off that day as I'm usually BUY ALL THE POLISH).  It's a unique shade, and while it's blue and chock full of glitter, it has an almost muted elegance which I think pulls it just over the line into "work-friendly" territory.





Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle


Monday, 22 September 2014

AIPAS FIRST BIRTHDAY GIVEAWAY

If you're a regular reader of my blog, you will be aware of the Australian Indie Polish Appreciation Society, as I've talked about it before.

AIPAS recently celebrated turning 1 by having a huge giveaway, full of awesome Aussie Indie goodies.  You can check it out by going to the Giveaway page on the AIPAS blog, or if you're on Facebook there is a handy Giveaways tab on the AIPAS Facebook page.


The prizes on offer are:

Celestial Cosmetics
Winner's pick of 6 bottles of polish from the existing range (international)

Gloss n Sparkle
$25 store credit

Help Me Ronda
1 Cuticle Cocktail and 1 Rub-a-Dub Scrub in Winner's choice of scent (Rub-a-Dub Scrub will also be scented as an added bonus for this giveaway) (International)

Hollish
3 bottles of polish from their upcoming Spring Collection (If this prize is not available, the prize will be substituted with 3 bottles of exclusive glitter toppers not available on Etsy)

Loki's Lacquer
1 bottle of polish

Loki's Lacquer
1 pack of vinyl decals (international)

Mckfresh Nail Attire
Winner's pick of 3 bottles of polish from the existing range (international)

Moonstone Nail Polish
$30 store credit

Peaches Polish
1 Magic Balm, 1 bottle of previously unreleased polish, 1 bottle of Tink Topper

Peita's Polish
$30 store credit (valid for 6 months) (international)

Powder Perfect
Limited Edition Anniversary Trio of Monsoon, Forecast; Optimistic and Storm Rainbow

Sayuri Nail Lacquer
$25 store credit

Shades of Phoenix
$25 store credit (international)

Resinail Lacquer
$30 store credit

Two Birds Lacquer
Trio of One of a Kind polishes created for this giveaway prize, plus  one cuticle oil in the Winner's choice of scent

Beading Bug
3 soy wax melts in Winner's choice of scent (value $18)
Sponsor:  Cathy Offler

Femme Craft
Polish Pendant and matching earrings, made with the Winner's choice of polish
Sponsor:  Cassandra, Reluctant Femme

Serenity Nails
Custom commissioned polish from Celestial Cosmetics

Saturday, 13 September 2014

Scofflaw Nail Varnish :: Love Letter to Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree

I have long had a love affair with Scofflaw Nail Varnish, however with a limited polish budget and limited access to this US Indie Polish brand, I don't have many bottles.  Yet.  They are lovely polishes and are generally my favourite brand for crelly glitters outside of Australia.  I also love the bottle feel, and the awesome graphics on the bottom label of the bottles.

I recently purchased Love Letter to Bob Ross and Happy Little Tree from Scofflaw's Australian stockist, Femme Fatale Cosmetics.  


Both polishes were from Scofflaw's Winter 2014 collection, and were created as a duo in homage to the painter from The Joy of Painting, a TV show from the 1980's from the American Public Broadcasting Service ("PBS").  Although a lot of people won't be familiar with Bob Ross, I was and it brought a smile to my face to see the little character sporting an afro on the bottle's bottom label.  *See below why I have not shared a photo of this


Love Letter to Bob Ross is a shimmery blue/green slate colour, with neutral/grey fleck and some different coloured micro glitters which shoot of sparks of colour.  Unfortunately I forgot to take photos of Bob before I stuck him in a tree, so by the time I was in good lighting, only the red micro glitters showed up easily through the glitter topper.


Happy Little Tree is a glitter topper, with various sized circle glitters, both matte and transparent, in a pastel creamy yellow, translucent mint green and metallic yellow/gold.  There are also grey, lemon and possibly silver hexes, and smaller glitters in lemon, grey and silver.  At least I think.  Scofflaw has such a unique way of blending glitters that you're never really sure if you're describing it properly.

*As mentioned above, I bought this pair from Femme Fatale Cosmetics.  I had only planned on buying one Scofflaw in that purchase, but then I saw that both Bob and Tree were in FFC's scratch n dent section so I bought them both.  Things usually end up in the S&D section because another polish has gotten too excited about visiting Australia and has tossed their cookies up all over their fellow polish passengers.  There's nothing wrong with my bottles other than a little wear and tear on the labelling, but that is why I haven't shared full bottle shots of both polishes.

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle


Update :: Great Internet Drought of 2014

Hello all!!  I thought I would swing by and give an update on what's going on, as I have been fairly quiet on here since The Great Internet Drought of 2014 began.  I don't want to jinx myself, but my internet problems *should* be sorted by Monday.  I've also managed to use up over two thirds of my generous mobile data plan for the month, and I still have 20 days to go!

As I had no excuses left for my chronic procrastination in relation to organising my polish stash with the internet gone, I managed to get a majority of it done.  I have reorganised my polish into two groups, Aussie Indies (by brand) and Everything Else (by colour).  I took a photo of my messy polish rainbow, with mandatory FreyFrey cameo.

Lady Frey standing (sitting?) guard over my polish
I still have to sort the 12 polishes I have since found hanging out on my desk, and a large parcel which is currently in the possession of Australia Post but expected to arrive any day now.  After that it will be time to destash those pesky duplicates, for the first time ever since my "addiction" kicked into overdrive.  I don't know how I am going to handle getting rid of the destashed polish, so if you have any suggestions please pop them into the comments - they are more than welcome!  Once my destash is done, I'll sort most of the AU indies into colour as well.  It's still very much a work in progress, but the worst of the sorting is over.  

So what else have I been doing other than sorting forgotten bottles of polish while idly petting a freaked out cat who keeps trying to walk over the sea of polish?  Organising giveaways!

At the moment, The Australian Indie Polish Appreciation Society are holding a mammoth 1st Birthday Giveaway which I have been organising.  If you haven't already entered, please do so!  You are helping to support the AIPAS community, small businesses in Australia, and you'll also go into the running for one of the awesome prizes on offer! Free stuff?  Hell yes!  I can't enter as I am the organiser, but you should all enter for me!  

I've also started up another giveaway for Shades of Phoenix to celebrate the launch of the new Wildfire shade (which I will be swatching soon!), plus Teneil's birthday earlier this week.  Entries are earned for the Spread it like Wildfire giveaway through sharing swatches of certain colours of Shades of Phoenix polish and filling out the entry form (link is on the SOP Facebook page).  I have also been giving Teneil a hand with some of the social media for SOP, including the SOP Facebook page, and the Phoenix Flames fan group.  

As you can see, it's been a rather busy few weeks with limited internet.  No wonder I burnt through over a gig of mobile data in under a week!

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Monday, 8 September 2014

Born Pretty Store :: Water Decals Review :: Sexy Lace Flower Pattern Sticker DS-057

Today I have some pretty nifty floral water decals to share with you from Born Pretty Store.  



When I saw the listing for these decals, I knew I wanted to try them out as they looked like delicate one-stroke roses.  I was also interested to see how the darker shading in the decals would work.  The single flowers also appealed because I have small nail beds, and often decals are too large and part of the design has to be sacrificed.  The extra work involved in making my own floral clusters was worth it.




This sheet of decals comes with a variety of shapes, including flowers with a dark purple/grey background and white detail.  Some of the flowers have empty centres, while others have fully detailed centres, and this allows you to combine them with ease.  There are also some single darker petals, as well as pure white details in the shapes of curling vines, lace borders, daisy outlines and curling vines.  To create my design, I used all of the decal shapes except for the paisley and lace borders.  




Using a black polish base, I combined the decals to make sure every flower had a detailed centre, and placed the vines randomly to tie it in.  With my pinkie finger, I accidentally shifted a half flower away from the edge of my nail when I was blotting it.  I was able to use a couple of the single petals to hide that "oops".

The decals are easy to use, and there are instructions on the back of the packet.  I found it easier using a pair of tweezers to place the decals, and I was able to reposition them as long as I kept the nail wet. To finish it off, I applied a matte top coat.  




These water decals, and many other nail art and care products, are available from Born Pretty Store. BPS is based in China, and offer free international shipping, and have kindly provided a 10% discount code for me to share with my readers. Simply pop in the code LL10K31

Store link:  Born Pretty Store

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Saturday, 30 August 2014

Femme Fatale Cosmetics :: Darkmoon Fortune

Today I'm sharing Darkmoon Fortune from Femme Fatale Cosmetics, which was the polish I wore for last week's glitter theme for Femme Fatale Fiends.


Darkmoon Fortune has a sheer plummy brown base, and is packed with a delicious mix of burgundy/brown hexes and small glitters, a purple/fuchsia in holo hexes and small squares, small turquoise holo hexes, and small iridescent glitters.  I may have the colour of the little squares wrong, as they seem to move from wine to fuchsia in light.  



I applied two coats of Darkmoon Fortune over Color Club Electronica, which is a shimmery deep purple.  I found it incredibly difficult to get an accurate shot of the glossy version of this mani, so I applied a matte topcoat so that you could see just how generous the glitter serving is.



DMF was a hidden gem in my collection, and I'm sorry that it took so long to wear it. It is an absolutely gorgeous mix of glitters, and is now probably one of my favourite shades from FFC.  Unfortunately for those of you who do not own it, this shade has been discontinued although some fingerwork revealed that it is still available from FFC Stockists Beauty So Fly and Norway Nails.

AIPAS, as well as some of the Aussie Indie brands, have quite active Facebook fan groups, and often have themes to join in on. If you're at a loss about which polish to put on, check out the different groups for inspiration!

Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle


Wednesday, 27 August 2014

Celestial Cosmetics Swatch :: Tektite and Cydonia Nights

Earlier this year, Celestial Cosmetics held a contest with one of the prizes being to help design some new polish!  I wasn't the winner, but what a great prize!  Tonight I'm sharing with you swatches of both of the contest polishes, Tektite and Cydonia Nights.  

TEKTITE


Tektite has an abundance of different shades and sizes of green glitters swimming in a squishy dark green jelly base. I used two coats, with the second coat using the "splodge and push" method to get a good covering of glitter.  While the photo shoes a little bit of visible nail line, it is less noticeable in action at normal scale.  (I don't actually have gigantic yeti hands).


CYDONIA NIGHTS


Cydonia Nights is an almost burnt caramel orange jelly with brown and gold glitters throughout.  I feel this shade didn't play nice with my skintone, but it was my favourite out of the two because of it's uniqueness.  The rusty orange brown is something I haven't seen in a squishy recently, and I'm thinking it will make a reappearance in some Halloween nail art this year!


Tektite and Cydonia Nights are available from the Celestial Cosmetics' Store until 25 October 2014, so don't wait too long or you might miss out.


And for the sake of completeness, I just had to give you the clip for Muse's Knights of Cydonia, since it has been an earworm all night.


Happy polishing!!!

xo Relle