Saturday, 23 May 2015

Life Gets In The Road :: Blog / Destash Nailpolish Sale

As we approach the home stretch of the month of May, I realise that for the most part, life has stolen me away from my hobbies.  I've had a fairly constant stream of errands, appointments and also managed to get infected with a severe case of Running-around-like-a-headless-chook-itis this past week, including losing a night to the laundromat.  Our community bore has run out of water due to lack of rains, and it certainly isn't helping that the inconsiderate dingleberries living across the road are still watering their lawns while the rest of us are conserving water for essential use only.

Thankfully my "busy times" are coming to an end and I'm looking forward to getting stuck into blogging again. Of course, to make things harder on myself I have been seriously thinking about branching out into things other than nail polish.  It will be a lot of work, and I'm not sure if I want to put in that amount of effort at this point in time, but I've done some research, and it may be a better fit for me as I'll still be able to blog even when I don't have time to hit that acetone.  

Image from BeingMelody.com

Funnily enough, while I have had little time to devote to my nails, they have been growing on strong without me.  I have the longest natural nails I've ever had, and both hands match!  The only thing different that I have been doing is making sure that I have at least a coat of base coat on at all times.  No showering naked, and definitely no washing my hair naked!! Naked nails that is.  Rather interesting that I'm complaining about a water shortage (with the bore running dry), and at the same time doing a happy dance because water hasn't weakened and broken my nails...

So, onto the Nail Polish Clearance Sale!  The reason is a simple one.  I have a severe lack of storage.  I simply don't have the room for the amount of polish I currently own.  My main set of drawers is in the process of self-destructing as it wasn't made for such a heavy load, and I can't just nip down to the local Ikea to pick up a Helmer because my 'local' is 2 solid days of driving away.  So, as depressing as it has been, I've had to get my destash list ready.  I love every single polish I am selling, but I have to be realistic.  I'm am still keeping quite a stash of Aussie Indies, and there are some on the list that I am hoping won't sell so I will have an excuse to keep them.

There are mainstream Australian and International polishes, as well as Australian and US Indie polishes.  A lot of What's In-Die Box exclusive polishes, as well as some from the Indie Extravaganza boxes 2 and 3.  I have Glam Polish, Femme Fatale Cosmetics, Pretty Serious, Celstial Cosmetics, Powder Perfect, Two Birds, Franken Frosting, Jindie Nails, Serum No. 5, Smudged Nail Polish, Emily de Molly, Gloss n Sparkle, Miss Ashleigh and much more.  My poor indie babies, I wish I could keep the lot of you.

If you would like to check out my destash list, it can be found here:  Relle's Destash

Please note:  If you are outside Australia - I am happy to post to an Aussie mule for you, however I will not be posting overseas.


Monday, 4 May 2015

May the Fourth Be With You, Wedge Antilles :: Star Wars Nail Art

May the Fourth be with you!!  Just a quickie post with some photo spam, as I was running out of time to get this done today.

To celebrate this year's Star Wars day, I paid homage to Wedge Antilles.  Wedge was what some would say the best pilot in the universe, and I thought he could do with a little bit of love in the sea of storm troopers, chewy and Artoos today.  

My thumb was a rather South Park-esque looking Wedge head, with my index finger sporting his flight suit.  The middle finger is a design from the side of his helmet, and I finished off with some holo glitter stars over black, and the local neighbourhood Death Star.







Products used were from OPI, Sinful Colors, MUD, Orly, Ulta3, and You.  If you want to find out more about Wedge Antilles, check out the link below.

Image from Starwars.com

Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle

Friday, 1 May 2015

Born Pretty Store Review :: Stamping Plate BP-55 and My First Reverse Stamping Attempt

I reviewed some stamping products from Born Pretty Store at the start of last month, and it's time for a closer look at the Born Pretty Stamping Plate BP-55.


There are three quarter plate patterns, and one quarter containing a mix of unusual images on the Born Pretty Plate BP-55, being a curved tribal print, a detailed floral which reminds me of a sunflower, an art nouveau pattern, and a jumble of mountains, weather, peas in a pod, flowers and borders in the random mix panel.  While I don't think most of the random image quarter of the plate will be useful to me, the images on the remaining quarters are great enough to make up for it.

As with the previous plate, only very light scraping is needed when using this plate as it is easy to over scrape and not have enough polish to pick up with the stamper.


Still excited from my second successful stamping mani, I decided to try out a different technique on this plate, and did Reverse Stamping.  If you're not familiar with what Reverse stamping is, instead of the traditional "pick up the image, put on nail", you pick up the image, and colour in the image while it is still on your stamper.  Let it dry and then put on a coat of quick dry top coat.  After that has dried, you can easily peel of the stamped "decal", trim and pop it on a nail with freshly applied topcoat.  After cleaning up the edges, another coat of topcoat seals it in and it looks extra fancy.

Unfortunately my photos of the first step in the process, the stamper with the image only, didn't turn out.  The next images show how I went from coloured in image to glossy, shimmery awesomeness.

All coloured in and topcoated.  Dry, polish, dry!


All peeled off and places to be

Roughly trimmed down, and ready to go

Decal placed on nail with wet topcoat, pressed in lightly

After clean up and topcoat
I'm definitely going to use this technique again, but I think first I will need to pick up a few more of the Born Pretty stampers so I can do a few at a time!

If you'd like to check out my first post, where I reviewed the stamper, click here.

I also have a 10% off code for you all, so feel free to plug in my code LL10K31 at checkout (doesn't apply to already discounted items though!).


My apologies for the delay in revisiting this plate.  I've had some personal things come up the past few weeks and family will always come first.

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

This stamping plate was provided to me for review by Born Pretty Store.
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Saturday, 25 April 2015

AIPAS Challenge :: Prehistoric :: Fossil Nail Art with Two Birds Lacquer Mother of Pearl

This fortnight's theme for the Australian Indie Polish Appreciation Society is Prehistoric, and as I've always loved fossils since I was a kid, I decided to recreate my favourite ones on my nails.


I used Mother of Pearl from the recent First Anniversary collection from Two Birds Lacquer for my base colour, and mixed in a little bit of Cotton to make a darker grey for my fossil details, being a little bit of fern, and an ammonite.


Mother of Pearl is a cool grey, with a tonne of white and delicate rainbow flakes, with a smattering of tiny mossy green glitters.  It's no wonder I reached for this polish first when deciding what to do for the prehistoric theme.

As I said above, I mixed Mother of Pearl with a touch of Cotton to make a darker grey.  Cotton is a lovely shimmery black charcoal with holographic glitter, and one I'd recommend checking out if you love dark polish colours.


In terms of formula, unfortunately I cannot make comment as I had some evaporation happening in these two bottles and I had to put thinner in them.  I believe it was due to one of my nuggle parents not putting the lid back on properly when I received the parcel, as the other three bottles I received, and an order since, have all been fine.  Lesson learned, if nuggles handle your precious, make sure the lids are on properly!!




Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle


Tuesday, 21 April 2015

Born Pretty Store Review - Stamping Plate BP-21 and Geometric Nail Art Mani

I recently reviewed some Born Pretty Store stamping products, and today we are taking a closer look at one of the stamping plates, BP-21.


There are four patterns on the Born Pretty BP-21 plate, a baroque vine type pattern, concentric circles, undulating waves, and geometric lines.  I have stamped them all using black polish onto white card so it is easy to see their patterns.



When you are scraping this plate before picking up the image, you need to have a very light hand.  For the waves and lines, I put barely any pressure on the pattern when I was scraping, as I was having trouble picking up the image.  As soon as I eased up on the pressure while scraping, the stamper picked up the images perfectly, and I was able to stamp both hands in no time. 

I chose the geometric lines for my full mani, using Born Pretty's silver stamping polish (see the link to my review at the bottom of this post) over a coat of Illamasqua's Ouija, which is a lovely shimmery pink.


I received lots of compliments on these nails, and I really loved how the light hit the silver stamping.  I was very happy with how fine the stamping came out on these, and I'm looking forward to buying a few more designs




If you'd like to check out my first post, where I reviewed the stamper and polish as well, click here.

I also have a 10% off code for you all, so feel free to plug in my code LL10K31 at checkout (doesn't apply to already discounted items though!)

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle


This stamping plate was provided to me for review by Born Pretty Store.
This post contains affiliate links.

Friday, 17 April 2015

Review of Emma by ViVi Nails :: False Nails from Fancy Nails

Thanks to a super busy weekend and work week, this post was a little delayed, but there's no time like the present!  Emma is the third set of nails sent to me for review by Fancy Nails.  

Emma features a pink that rivals the "Strike Me Pink" bicycle I had growing up, teamed with negative space, white polka dots and lace, and cream and gold bow charms.  


There are 20 nails in various sizes to choose from, with different sized polka dots and clear "negative space" areas.  The gold bow charm nails also have gold studs, whereas the big cream bows are the only nails with the negative space in the middle of the nail.  I was able to use different nails on all of my fingers, with the two smallest sized nails having the half moon at the cuticle.  I think these were my favourite out of the pack as I'm not particularly fond of visible nail lines, even if they can barely be seen unless you are looking for them.

I have to say, as packaging goes this was my favourite box out of the three I was given to review.  Of course, with a holographic back-sheet, this set had an unfair advantage, but I also liked the way that each nail had a little nesting spot, which is particularly important when the nails have larger 3d design elements.


Aren't they just so pretty in the box?



On to the nails!!


The Emma nails are listed on Fancy Nails as being medium length, which of course on my tiny little nail beds means they were long!  I did find it a little bit difficult to do some everyday tasks, and type, while wearing these nails, but that is to be expected when your nails grow an extra centimeter in 3 minutes!  This set was also pre-sticky, so no glue or double sided nail tape was needed to apply, just choose the size and press!  A super quick process, especially as the nails are all laid out in their little trays so you can easily grab the matching nail for the other hand.

I did have a tiny little accident when applying the middle nail, as I wasn't paying attention and didn't take care not to press on the 3d bow when I was securing it on my nail.  Like all bow charms, there is only a little bit of surface area where the nail and charm is attached, so putting pressure on this join is not a good idea.  I was left with one perfectly attached nail on one hand, and a bow charm in the other hand!  I popped the bow charm back on using some nail glue, and everything was fine.


You will need to take a little more care of these nails due to the 3d elements, but other than that, they were quite comfortable, and needed minimal smoothing of the tips.


This set of Emma nails by ViVi is currently available from Fancy Nails for $9.49

Link to product:  https://www.fancynails.com.au/vivi-emma
Link to store:  https://www.fancynails.com.au/

Happy polishing!!
xo Relle

This product was provided to me for review by Fancy Nails




Thursday, 9 April 2015

Review of Harajuku Cupid by Yunail :: False Nails from Fancy Nails

Today I'm sharing with you the second set of nails from Fancy Nails.  These nails are by a brand called Yunail, and the design is called Harajuku Cupid.  There are a few different themes of the "Harajuku" style, so there may be a design to suit you no matter your tastes.  There is even a monster themed one!  The Cupid nails are bright, girly, and they're super fast to apply.  Great for the gal who is short of time but still wants to rock some funky nail art.


This set comes in a pack of 24, with a variety of designs including cupid bows, stars, wings, rainbows, unicorns, and graffiti words (which I cannot for the life of me work out), in different colours depending on the size of nail.  When you get up very close, you can see the print is made up of tiny little dots, like a comic book, which I think adds to the charm of these nails.  

I was able to easily match up the nail sizes, and had quite a few designs to choose from.  I decided to go for as many different designs as possible, but I could have easily done an all blue/pink/purple mani too.





 On to the nails!!


Fancy Nails list these as short length nails, however for people like myself who are members of the Itty Bitty Nail Bed Committee (ie. your nail bed rarely goes over 1cm long in any direction), they give you a medium length.  These were the more manageable length for me than the Gift Box nails, with my pinky nail being just a few mere millimeters shorter than the false nail.  

I absolutely adore the patterns on these ones, and how can you go wrong with a neon rainbow unicorn?  You can't.  It's impossible.



I tested this set of nails under a black light and they glow really well.  The glow colours contrast more than in my photo, but you will just need to take my word for it as my standard camera, and my phone camera just couldn't cope with all of the awesome this UV glow contained.


This set of Harajuku Cupid nails by Yunail are currently available from Fancy Nails for $16.99.


Happy Polishing!!

xo Relle

This product was provided to me for review by Fancy Nails.


Tuesday, 7 April 2015

Review of Gift Box by Liqi :: False Nails from Fancy Nails

I have a fun set of false nails to share with you today, complete with a little bunny mani prop since I'm desperately trying to hold on to the relaxation I experienced over the Easter break.

I have a couple of quick and easy products from Fancy Nails to share with you this week, starting with this super girly set of false nails by Liqi.  The pattern is called Gift Box, and features nail art in pastel blues, pinks, lemons and white with caramel brown polka dots, pearls, gold beads and bows.  


As you can see, the nails are square cut, and do have a bit of length on them.  They are a medium to medium-long length, and there are 24 nails in the pack, so you will have plenty of options when it comes to sizing up your fingers.  While I could type when wearing them, my typing speed did suffer, so probably not a work friendly length for those of us who have to bash away at a keyboard for 8 hours.



I have quite small nail beds, and I was able to find sizes in the pack to suit me, and there were quite a few larger sizes as well so they would suit a variety of adult sized nails.  I was a little sad that the smaller blue nail didn't fit one of my fingers, but the larger one did fit my thumb.  

Below are photos of the contents of the packet.  I have also included a photograph of the instructions on the back for your info.  I used my own supply of press-on false nail tape as I avoid using nail glue where possible, but I did use the glue to affix a bow on one of the other sets, so I can attest to it's quickness in drying.   




On to the nails themselves!  
 

These were fun nails to wear, and are uber cute.  There is enough variation in the nail art that I was able to use nails with a different pattern/colour combo on each of my fingers.  I found the decorations to be quite secure, and the bows survived getting caught in my hair twice.  If you constantly run your fingers through your hair like I do, you may have some experience with 3D elements and now how easily they can tangle!  

The colours and bows on these nails reminded me of Hello Kitty, so I couldn't leave her out of the photo shoot!  





In summary, if you need a super cute nail look, super fast - these are a great way to go.  I really liked the pastels and pearls together, and the nail art was attached securely, and I think I would get a couple of wears out of this set with careful removal.  

Gift Box by Liqi are currently available from Fancy Nails for $18.49.


Happy Polishing!

xo Relle


This product was provided to me for review by Fancy Nails.