Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Shades of Phoenix :: Paint Me Blue :: Blogger collaboration collection

It's hard to be blue when you get to play with new polish, but Paint Me Blue from Shades of Phoenix's new blogger collaboration collection has made it very easy indeed!

Paint Me Blue

Paint Me Blue is inspired by Cassandra from Reluctant Femme, and is a brilliant blue jelly base with lashings of teal, blue and silver (?) holo glitters in a variety of shapes including small and large hexes and squares.

I applied three coats of Paint Me Blue, and it seemed to have an inner glow.  The holo squares are eager to flash colour and are eager to jump out of the bottle and onto the nail.  I did find this polish wsd a little thirsty, so make sure you feed it with plenty of topcoat.

Stay tuned for tomorrow, when I share the next shade, plus a little gradient I did with this polish.  Remember these polishes will be available for pre-order from Shades of Phoenix when they re-open shortly.

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle

Sunday, 26 October 2014

Shades of Phoenix :: Iridescent Adolescent :: Blogger collaboration collection

It's time again to share another of the polishes from the Shades of Phoenix blogger collaboration collection!  Tonight I've chosen to share with you the polish that Caitlin of Muggle Manicures inspired, and what a gorgeous iridescent purple creation it is!

Iridescent Adolescent

The purple base is packed full of all things iridescent, including a variety of glitter shapes and flakes.  I applied two coats for my mani, and the photos are a combination of inside under lamps and semi-sunlight (stupid clouds!)

This collection will be available for pre-order from Shades of Phoenix when they reopen shortly.  I'm at the half-way mark of posting them on my blog, but if you hit up my Instagram, I may have another shade previewed for you!


 I tried, but I couldn't cut down on the number of photos I shared!!  Sorry, not sorry!  

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle

Saturday, 25 October 2014

Shades of Phoenix :: The Secret of the Ooze :: Blogger Collaboration collection

If you caught my post yesterday you will have found out about the upcoming blogger collaboration collection from Shades of Phoenix, and have seen my contribution towards the collection.  

I have a little bit of a secret to tell you about the next polish.  I actually wore it before Medusa in the Morning, but I hadn't finished editing the photos and writing up the post until now.  Also, I couldn't help but show off the polish I had a hand in making first.  Would it surprise you if I told you this post will be fill of secrets?  Oozy secrets?  Dark green flaky oozy secrets?

The Secret of the Ooze

Inspired by Kaz of Pretty Random, The Secret of the Ooze is a blackened olive green jelly with so many colours of micro flakes, it's impossible to pick them out.  Now it may just be a coincidence, but the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles sequel was the "Secret of the Ooze" perhaps the micro flakes are the same colours as the masks of Donatello, Michealangelo, Rafael and Leonardo?  I guess we will have to wait for Kaz to spill be beans about her colour inspiration!

I applied three coats of The Secret to reach a good level of coverage on my free edge, and the formula dries very smooth.  I found in low lighting, this polish looks like a super shiny black polish, but with a little more light you can tell it's a really dark green.  It's also a horrendous pain in the butt to capture properly in a photograph because it is so damn shiny! The photos you see in today's post are a variety of daytime bulb at night on point and click camera and phone camera, and full sun both point and click and phone camera.  A good portion of my phone memory was taken up trying to show all the flaky goodness, as for some reason full sun camera phone was the best at capturing the flakes up close.


The Secret of the Ooze, Medusa in the Morning and the other blogger collaboration polishes will be available for pre-order soon from Shades of Phoenix.  Keep watch on the SOP Facebook page for updates on when the store will reopen.

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle 

Friday, 24 October 2014

Shades of Phoenix :: Medusa in the Morning :: Blogger Collaboration collection

Teneil from Shades of Phoenix has been secretly working on a collection in collaboration with 6 bloggers, and it's finally time to share them all with you!  In other good news, this collection will be open for pre-orders shortly, when the store re-opens after the move!

With polish inspired by Pretty Random, Look What The Bats Dragged In, Muggle Manicures, Reluctant Femme, Bettina Nails and myself, Lazy Lacquerista, there is sure to be something in the collection that tickles your fancy.  Personally I love them all, and I was so excited and honoured to be included with such an awesome pool of nail talent.

Medusa in the Morning

I can't help but show the polish that I helped create first!  Medusa in the Morning is a slate blue crelly, as I'm often starting the drive to work in the early morning, before the sun starts to brighten the sky.  I'm also a bit of a gorgon in the morning if I haven't had caffeine, so I asked Teneil to attack the sky with fists full of glitter inspired by the nectar of the gods, that delicious buzz-inducing beverage, coffee.  With a selection of glitters in gold, copper, red and brown, this polish has a great glitter payload and no fishing was required.  Teneil has captured the caramel and coffee colours perfectly.

Medusa layers well for a crelly, with the previous layer's glitters just peering out at you from the coat above.  I did not have a visible nail line after two coats, but I applied three coats for my mani to give it additional strength - my nails are a smidge too long but I don't want to file them back until I have finished swatching the rest of Shades of Phoenix's blogger collection.  

This is my first collaboration with a brand, other than customs, and I was a little anxious as it is rather a unique mix of colours, but I absolutely love it and am still wearing it three days later.  I have had minimal tip wear, and the colour goes with my skintone so well.  Thank you for capturing my idea perfectly Teneil!!

Don't forget that this polish, and the other 5 polishes in the blogger collaboration collection, will be available for pre-sale soon.  Keep watch for an announcement on the SOP Facebook page for when the store will re-open.  

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

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


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)

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