Friday, 12 December 2014

Have you entered the Epic Xmas Giveaway hosted by Loki's Lacquer?

Hey there readers!  You know that cool chick, Tara, from Loki's Lacquer and Loki's Nail Vinyls? She's holding a massive giveaway and it ends in 24 hours!!!  




Tara has gathered some pretty awesome prizes, and I sure as hell would be entering every way possible had I not donated a trio of Xmassy coloured OPI polishes to the prize pool!  

Don't delay, go and check out the prizes in detail (with photos and info about sponsors and all that goodness!!), and earn your rafflecopter tickets!


3rd prize - $25 gift voucher at Color 4 Nails, and $15 gift voucher at Loki's Nail Vinyls

2nd prize - Two Bird Lacquer trio of Christmas polishes, base and top coat plus a cuticle oil

1st prize
Celestial Cosmetics LE Christmas trio, Ciate Chalkboard polish kit, Grace-full Nail Polish Christmas trio, OPI Neon Revolution mini set, OPI Two Tone Manicure VIP set, Jeanne Arthes Lover perfume set, Rimmel Salon Pro Kate Moss polishes x 4, Rimmel Provocalips x 2, Ulta3 Christmas polish set, and the trio of OPI polishes I donated (no photo because I was unorganised!).

How freaking epic is that first prize?  

Good luck with your entries, and happy polishing!!

xo Relle


Sunday, 7 December 2014

Aussie Nails Monday :: Favourite Ornament :: Celestial Cosmetics

I'm sneaking in a post for Aussie Nails Monday a day early, as this mani was also done for an entry into the Celestial Stars (Celestial Cosmetics' fan group) challenge as well.  I'm also a little disappointed by how this turned out, as what I had pictured in my head was vastly different to what ended up on my nails.

The Aussie Nails Monday theme was Favourite Ornament, and I've always loved tinsel, and frosty snowflake ornaments, I guess because the thought of snowflakes has always amazed me, having lived in such a hot environment all my life so far.

Firstly, my plan was to do light and dark blue snowflakes on each alternate nail, and have a green fir tree type design on my other nails with purple "bauble" dots.  My main problem was after I had put down the base of oh so holo Celestial Cosmetics Opie, it ate up a lot of the colour from the shades I tried to stamp over it. I also didn't realise that most of my Celestial collection leans towards the purple side of life, so I was left with fairly limited options in terms of colour schemes.

After a few failed stamping attempts, I went in a different direction and covered those nails up with Celestial Cosmetics Callisto.  I then stamped snowflakes using white Konad stamping polish using Konad plate M59. Tada!  Two presentable nails.


On to the tinsel nails (as my green didn't work).  I used Born Pretty Store stamping plate BP-16 (pictured below) as I thought the tiger print would give a good fir tree/tinsel effect.  After trying out a few other Celestial polishes from my stash, I was able to get Callisto and Elegantly Wasted and Sapphires of Tarth to stamp, hoping that that would give enough colour depth to the tinsel. Unfortunately it didn't, so I overstamped that with the same image using Konad white stamping polish.  In an attempt to tie those nails back to Christmas instead of looking like feathers or spines, I used some loose red holo glitter to make baubles.  As this last ditch attempt at Xmas bling left me with lumpy, misshapen glitter balls on my nails, I decided to just bite the bullet and wear it as is, as my only other option was to clean it all off and start again.  That sounded like far too much effort to me!

Born Pretty Store Stamping Plate


The stamping plate I used for the tinsel is actually an african safari themed plate, which I am looking forward to using later on for the animals, but the tiger skin pattern also does a great job as tinsel. Perhaps next Christmas I will dig this out again and have another attempt at tinsel nails over a dark green base.  

Stay tuned later this week as I will be getting my safari on with this plate, together with some awesome holo tiger nail foils also from Born Pretty Store.

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Celestial Cosmetics:  Online store

Born Pretty Store discount code for 10% off:  LL10K31

Safari themed stamping plate was given to me by Born Pretty Store for review.


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, 1 December 2014

Aussie Nails Monday :: Sandy Claws :: Textured Christmas Nail Art

It's Monday!  And I've actually pulled my finger out and joined in on Aussie Nails Monday today.  Of course, I did feel a wee bit obligated since it was my theme suggestion!  We're having a month of Christmas themed AN Mondays, and I suggested Sandy Claws, where some kind of texture had to be used. 

Crunchy Christmas Presents

I was already wearing Sayuri Nail Lacquer's limited edition Red Shirt, and I was feeling uber lazy, so I grabbed my pastel creme pink Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen and drew some crosses for ribbon on the presents.  I then dabbed on Essence's I Feel Gritty textured sparkle sand top coat.  Tada!  Instant texture.

Then I realised I hadn't thought this through very well as now I had some red and pink cross nails, that really didn't look like presents.  Nothing a bit of bling wouldn't fix, so I grabbed some triangle and round diamontes and made them into bows.



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/

Sunday, 30 November 2014

Sayuri Nail Lacquer :: LE Red Shirt for Supanova

There are a couple of things that remain constant about my Indie polish buying habits, and one of those things is getting my grabby little hands on limited edition polishes from Sayuri Nail Lacquer. I'm sharing one of my favourite Sayuri LE's with you today because it has been made available again for a short period of time.

RED SHIRT

Red Shirt is a delicious strawberry red polish with lashings of golden shimmer, and unlike Ensign Expendable, it has actually come back from it's away mission!!  

Making it's debut earlier this year at the Gold Coast, Red Shirt is Sayuri's exclusive shade made for Supanova.  I'm glad to report that it is back again, and if you are going to the Brisbane Supanova this weekend make sure you check out the Sayuri stand and say "hi" to Anthea for me!  Grab yourself a bottle of this delicious polish while you're at it, as you definitely won't regret it.


If you are unable to get to Supanova for any reason, you are in luck this year because Sayuri are also selling Red Shirt on their website.  You have until 11:59pm AEST Sunday 30 November 2014 to secure your bottle before the next "away mission".  


I applied two coats of Red Shirt and reached a level of opacity I was happy with, and the formula was fantastic.  I didn't have time for cleanup as the local neighbourhood Manbeast had beamed me out into the kitchen to help with dinner, but it shows how great the formula is, with a good level of pigmentation that stays where you put it and doesn't scamper over to play with hangnails you didn't know you had.  

From http://www.stevethomasart.com/startrek.html

I am up-to-date on my Sayuri LE collection, so if there are any shades that you would like to see, let me know and I will hook you up.

Happy polishing!!
xo Relle


Wednesday, 26 November 2014

What's In-Die Box November 2014 :: Unboxing Video and Swatch Photos

Before I hit my internet drought last week, I had filmed my first ever "unboxing", of the November 2014 Pokemon themed What's In-Die Box.  

~*~ SPOILER ALERT ~*~

If you haven't yet received your November WIDB and want to keep it a secret, look away now!  Close your eyes and throw your phone against the wall.  Flip that laptop screen down!  Run screaming down to the local store and pick me up a packet of Burger Rings while you're there!

VIDEO UNBOXING

Don't worry, I won't put your head through the window! ;)
Unfortunately there is no narration on the video, as that was something I was planning on doing once I had finished stripping out the background noises from the furkids, Manbeast, and Manbeast's music. I've only just had my internet fixed last night, so I've popped the music into the video, and am waiting for Youtube to upload the video as I type everything else.





Time for Bottle Shots

 Arcane Lacquer - Glooms Vileplume
Bella Belle Nail Couture - Vivillon 

Lilypad Lacquer - Tornadus
Peita's Polish - Pikachu

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - #134


In order of the swatch sticks below:-

Sayuri Nail Lacquer - #134 :: A lovely light blue shimmery creme with blue iridescent square glitter, and smaller (pinkish?) toned iridescent glitters.  

Lilypad Lacquer - Tornadus :: a medium green creme with purple, green and holo gold small glitters, and holo green shards.

Arcane Lacquer - Glooms Vileplume :: this magenta pink has a blue sheen and possible gold holo or iridescent microflakes.  I found this polish hard to capture in the video, and on camera, as its polish magic is elegantly understated.

Bella Belle Nail Couture - Vivillon :: a black jelly packed with a rainbow of glitters, plus some larger pink holo hexes and square glitters.

Peita's Polish - Pikachu :: a sheer shimmery silver micro iridescent holo soup, with red, yellow and lemon circle glitters, smaller red circle glitters and bronze hex glitters, complete with pokemon themed bottle bow.

Two coats on clear swatch sticks

Patented 5 Finger Lazy WIDB Swatch


I have to say that both the Arcane Lacquer and Peita Polish shades were the most hard wearing, with no chips or wear after several days, with the Sayuri not far behind for chip resistance.

Pre-orders are open for the December What's In-Die Box until 29 November 2014 from http://www.whatsindiebox.com/ and the theme is Aussie Christmas.

Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle

Monday, 17 November 2014

Berry and Blue :: Nail Art Gradient using Shades of Phoenix Paint Me Blue and The Impossible Planet

Good morning polish fans!  For breakfast today I am serving up some lightly shaded bird, in the form of a nail art gradient using two polishes from Shades of Phoenix's latest collection, Bloggers Who Inspire.  


I used The Impossible Planet as the base shade, then sponged the gradient of The Impossible Planet with Paint Me Blue.  This brilliant blue crelly blended out nicely through purple to the red on my nails.


The Bloggers Who Inspire collection is currently available for pre-order from Shades of Phoenix, either as the full set or as individual shades.  I love all of the shades, and am bias towards Medusa in the Morning, however both of these shades would be a lovely addiction to most Aussie Indie polish collections.



Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Sunday, 16 November 2014

Born Pretty Store :: Rhinestone Spider Nail Art

Living in Australia means dealing with a lot of spiders, which isn't exactly fun for someone with arachnophobia.  However, I have a nice, friendly, non-bitey, super-sparkly type of spider to share with you today!  

This silver rhinestone spider nail charm is from Born Pretty Store, who kindly provided both rhinestone and pearl versions to me for review.  I've used several products available from Born Pretty Store in this post, and links to items are at the very end of the post for your convenience.


I started with a base coat of Rimmel London Lycra Pro in shade 416 Night Flight, which is a lovely deep aubergine purple creme.

The base nail art on my ring finger was done first, as I wanted to get in a good amount of drying time before affixing the spider nail charge.  I painted a spiderweb using Essence White Tip Painter, then used little dots of nail foil glue and a holographic nail foil at the joins of the web to mimic dew drops.  I then coated the entire nail with Max Factor Fantasy Fire to give the web a light purple tone, and add that gorgeous shimmer.

After I completed the rest of my nails, I attached the spiders using a nice dab of nail glue and let it dry, and then popped a good dollop of topcoat around the spider where it touched the nail.


For the rest of the nails, I use different techniques to make a quirky mix and match type mani.  My pinky nail has white pinstripes (again using the Essence white tip painter), and two rhinestones.  My middle finger has a glittery coat of Pahlish Slow Fade of Love, then alternating waterfall technique style strokes of the Essence tip painter and Rimmel Night Flight.

My pointer finger is also sporting a silver nail spike which I bought a while ago from the Born Pretty Store.  I fixed it to the nail in the same manner as the spider, but underneath that there is a layer of a gorgeous metallic purple nail foil, which was then painted over with a thinner stripe of Night Flight and Fantasy Fire.  My thumb (which isn't joining us for this post because it was shy) had both of the colours of nail foil used on other fingers randomly applied in a stylised feather pattern.


It does take a little bit of getting used to wearing, as the little spider legs want to grab onto everything and not let go!  I never truly appreciated how much lace and mesh items I used on a daily basis until wearing these little buggers on my fingertips.  At one stage, I was firmly secured to my bath puff for several minutes as in the process of unhooking one hand's spider, the other hand's spider would latch on.  

In terms of longevity, I had to pry these charms off after a couple of days, as it was hair washing time and I didn't want to end up with bald patches.  I have no doubt that the charms would have lasted a second hair washing, but my sanity could not, so off they came.  Also, I used a little nail polish remover on a cotton bud to clean off the coloured polish from the base of the spiders, so I will be able to reuse them at least one more time.


The pearl and rhinestone spider nail charms can be purchased from Born Pretty Store in sets of two, and are priced at USD $2.16 at the time of posting.  If you'd like to pick them up with a further 10% off, use my BPS discount code of LL10K31.




Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle


Store Link:  Born Pretty Store
Discount Code:  LL10K31

This mani can be recreated using the following products:



Sunday, 2 November 2014

Shades of Phoenix :: Bat in a Blender :: Blogger collaboration collection

Welcome to my final instalment of the upcoming Shades of Phoenix collection, Bloggers Who Inspire.

If you used your powers of observation, you'll know that the lucky last shade to share with you is the one inspired by Kierra of Look What The Bats Dragged In (or in IG, @battylacquer).

Bat in a Blender



Bat in a Blender has a gorgeous mix of different teal and green glitters, including holographic glitters, in a variety of shapes.  These glitters swim around in a sheer teal/green jelly base, and I applied three coats to get good glitter coverage, and there is plenty of holo glitters shooting rainbows as you move your hands.  You can see some visible nail line in these extreme close up shots, it isn't noticeable in the flesh.  

If you've read my blog before, you'll be aware that I always resist the urge to wear undies when swatching (it makes for an easier trip to the toilet when you get struck down by that "mid-mani instant need to pee" - just kidding!).  Again, I have not used undies when swatching Bat in a Blender, although I do think that this polish would look great with a dark green, black, or dark purple pair of nail knickers.



I had some difficulty capturing this polish in a photo, but that is my fault entirely, and nothing to do with the polish.  I had suffered a break on my normal swatching hand's "bird" finger and had to rope my ugly stepsister hand in to take over (hence the slightly awkward hard positions).  

Stumpy little right bird finger aside, I rocked this mani for quite a few days at work doing some rather energetic filing (which can really trash my nails), and I had minimal tip wear.  It's a stayer! Keep that in mind when it's time to take it off though, it will not be an easy task unless you used a peel-off base.

Not very accurate to colour, but I liked the little holo flashes in this shot

The Bloggers Who Inspire collection will soon be available for pre-order from Shades of Phoenix.  Very. Soon  ;)

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle



Shades of Phoenix :: The Impossible Planet :: Blogger collaboration collection

My apologies for the small delay in continuing to show you the new Shades of Phoenix blogger collaboration collection.  I've been a little under the weather for the past few days, but apart from waking up far too early this morning because I thought it was Monday, not Sunday, I'm doing great today.  

To make up for the delay, I am going to try and finish off the last two shades today!  Starting with the polish inspired by Bettina Nails, The Impossible Planet.

The Impossible Planet



The Impossible Planet is a crushed rasberry red jelly with a variety of glitters including holo glitters, dust and some small holo stars.  It's really too hard to pick out the colours of this glitter as they are all awash with that delicious berry jelly, but I do see regular flashes of red, fuchsia/magenta, blue/purple/iridescent and rainbow holo.  I used three coats of The Impossible Planet, plus topcoat.  



I did have a little trouble getting the star glitters on the brush, so a little patience is needed with this polish.  You might want to pop the bottle upside down for a few seconds every 3-4 nails, or roll the bottle gently, to reduce the need for glitter fishing (cap on of course, unless you love the "whole bottle of polish going everywhere" look).  

You will also need a nice, thick topcoat for this polish, as like all polishes with star glitters, the pesky little devils like to poke their corners out as much as possible.   

The two photos above were taken in full sunlight, the two below under lamplight, and the lucky last shot is an out-of-focus daylight shot, so you can get an idea of how much this baby sparkles in the sun.




This collection will be available for pre-order when Shades of Phoenix reopens shortly.  Keep watch in the Phoenix Flames FB group, and the Shades of Phoenix Facebook page for more info and more sneak peeks at the collection by the other bloggers involved!  

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle


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