Sunday, 22 March 2015

Nude Jelly Sandwich :: Shades of Phoenix and Nicole by OPI

My poor little blog has been a bit neglected lately, due to a rather stubborn flare-up of a skin condition.  Thankfully my hands have recovered (most of the way) and I'm able to paint them again!

At the very start of the attack, I broke my middle finger nail off (why do you always leave me, Middle Missy!!!!) but I wasn't going to let that stop me trying out two new polishes.  It did make for some interesting hand contortions while I was putting Missy in the naughty corner.  

For this look, I layered Nicole by OPI's Sheer Fun with Shades of Phoenix Forever & A Day. Sheer Fun is, well, sheer, but it has a delightful pink shimmer through it.  Forever & A Day was part of the Valentine's Duo from Shades of Phoenix, and has black, hot pink and rose pink holographic glitters, with a touch of iridescent glitter.

I did one coat of Sheer Fun, two normal (not dabbed) coats of Forever & A Day, then topped with Sheer Fun and a matte top coat.  

I really liked the combination of black glitters with the pink in Forever & A Day, giving it a more sophisticated, peppered rose feel.  The Valentine's Duo is still available from Shades of Phoenix, however it has been discontinued, so if you want to get your hands on it, don't wait too long.  

Happy Polishing!
xo Relle

Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Guest Nails :: Hysteria of Decay :: Baroque Gradient Stamping Mani

I'm happy to introduce you to my second pair of guest nails, all the way from Slovenia!  Please welcome the lovely Ina from Hysteria of Decay.

Hello!  My name is Ina, I come from Slovenia, a small European country and today I'm gonna be a guest blogger on Relle's blog.  You can find me over at Hysteria of Decay where I do swatches and nail art.  

I prepared an easy purple nail art look suitable for our upcoming Spring or your Fall.  For the base I applied two coats of Essence No More Drama and then sponged Catrice Plum Play with Me and Color Club Catwalk Queen.  I find nice, smooth gradients quite hard to do so I usually disguise them by putting over a glitter top coat or I stamp over it.  Bam magic, your gradient will look perfect :)  I went for a baroque print from MoYou Fashionista 07 and Barry M Silver polish.

Later I changed my minds and added a coat of matte top coat.  Which look do you prefer?

I hope you liked my mani and thank you again for the opportunity Relle!

Thank you for guest posting, Ina, and such a lovely colour and stamping combo!  Don't forget to check out Ina's blog, Hysteria of Decay.

Sunday, 1 March 2015

Guest Nails :: Loki's Lacquer :: Sally Hansen Nail Prism Emerald Amethyst

Please welcome my first pair of guest nails, the lovely Tara of Loki's Lacquer and Loki's Nail Vinyls.

Hi there everyone! I'm Tara from Loki's Lacquer.  Firstly I would like to say thanks Relle for letting me pop a post on your lovely blog!!! I hope I live up to your posting quality ;)  

Today I thought I would share with you all an old classic polish.

I have been collection the Sally Hansen Nail Prism polishes for 2 years now. They are pretty old, some date back to the 90’s, but the colours are amazing! I have Emerald Amethyst to share with you today. 

This is an amazing pinky purple which shifts to green and a gold colour. I layered 3 coats by itself to get the colour intensity and then popped on a top coat. In the shade the shift is quite apparent.  

I managed to pick some of the Sally Hansen Nail Prisms from the local markets, tho most of you would need to hunt them down on ebay and they range from $10 up.

The formula is just as good as the day it was made, and these are over 10 years old!!! 

I laugh at those people who say polish goes off!!! Ha!!! My Sally Hansens say otherwise!!!!

I hope you have enjoyed seeing an older polish that is in my collection.

Make sure you drop by my blog sometimes ;)

Tara 

Thank you Tara, for helping out with a post while my skin is recovering!! <3

If you haven't already, swing by Tara's blog, Loki's Lacquer - all this month she has been doing all things stamping, including reviews of both stamping polish and equipment and some tutorials as well.

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Friday, 20 February 2015

Unexpected Time Out

I haven't been able to post much lately as I am being attacked by my old nemesis, psoriasis.  This evil, unrelenting monster has once again trashed my fingertips so I am trying to stay as far away from  the pain inducing lava chemicals, aka polish remover, as possible.  

I have so many pretties in my untried pile, and a few new releases I want to get my hands on, however all I can do it sit and Ooohh (hence the artist's impression of me "ooohing" below).

I have a couple of guest bloggers lined up, but I am on the look-out for a couple more (email me if you're interested - lazylacquerista at gmail dot com!).  I might also do up a couple of mini tutorials as well, so there will be plenty to read while I continue healing :)

Happy Healing & Polishing!!
xo Relle

Thursday, 12 February 2015

Valentine Heart Nail Art :: Shades of Phoenix Fresh Fire and Sayuri Nail Lacquer Blank Canvas

I'm not a very traditional sort of gal, so I went with non-traditional colours for my Valentine's Day inspired heart mani.  I'm also crushing on blue polishes lately in a major way, so I decided Blue Polish could be my Valentine!  Who am I kidding, I have always loved blue polishes!

I had these two gorgeous polishes burning a hole in my untried basket, so I took them out for a whirl. 

My base colour is Blank Canvas from Sayuri Nail Lacquer.  This shade is a Special Edition, and was originally released along with some nail transfers as a collaboration, although the polish itself is still available for purchase separately (as are the transfers).  Blank Canvas is a neutral/slightly leaning to warm neutral cream, and the creme formula is a delight, reaching full opaqueness in two coats.  The delicate shimmer through it really brings out the shine and creamy goodness, making it an ideal base that isn't as harsh as a flat white.

Over this base of Blank Canvas, I used a very simple dotting technique to form little hearts by drawing a little V with a dotting tool loaded with the drool inducing Fresh Fire from Shades of Phoenix.  

Fresh Fire is a bright pastel blue (can you have a bright pastel blue? Yes you can!), with silver and black holographic micro glitters.  There are also bright turquoise/sky blue holo squares.  The glitters are small enough in Fresh Fire that you can easily use it for nail art and not have to worry that glitter is going to misshape your design.

As for Valentine's Day itself?  I don't think much is happening at Procrastination House other than a spot of gardening, and a tasty dinner of Tacos made by the local neighbourhood Manbeast.  Mmmm Tacos.  They can be my back-up Valentine if Blue Polish stands me up.  I suppose the Manbeast will have to be on the list somewhere too <3

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Friday, 6 February 2015

Sayuri Nail Lacquer | Twisted Fate | Sayuri Sweethearts Exclusive

It's been a while since I had a vacation day which wasn't filled with all manner of "things I must do". Today, I've decided I must not do!  I've been relaxing, catching up on some Youtube videos and faffing about on the computer.  A big change from yesterday's DO ALL THE THINGS in a hot car and dealing with obnoxious people sharing the same shopping centre as me.  I did get something fun done yesterday however, which was swatching Twisted Fate, a Facebook Group exclusive from Sayuri Nail Lacquer.


This gorgeously dusky blue/blurple/violet (the exact shade is hard to pin down!) has a lovely purple shimmer, small purple glitters and a sea of microflakes, in colours I'm about to get wrong!  I *think* I can see a gold/caramel/(iri green?), blue/turquoise, and there may be some magenta flakes in there too.  It's all melded together into a gorgeous shimmery blurple with sutble colour highlights.

I applied two coats of Twisted Fate, and used base and topcoat from Mavala.  As usual, the flat, wide brush makes application a breeze, and no clean-up was required which is always a bonus.  

I'm just loving how this polish can't decide what colour it wants to be as I move my fingers around. My first coat on my pinky nail was a little on the thin side, which is why the polish looks a little transparent on that nail in the photos, but this difference is not noticeable in person, and two careful coats was enough for my other nails - I was merely distracted while painting that first coat and it was less than even.

Twisted Fate is an exclusive shade for members of the Sayuri Sweethearts Facebook group, and is only available for purchase until 1:59pm AEST, February 10th 2015.  This means you have about 5 days to get your butt into gear to join the group and put in your order!

Happy Polishing!!
xo Relle

Monday, 2 February 2015

Grace-full Nail Polish :: Summer Nights Collection :: Swatches

Today I have some great new polishes from Grace-full Nail Polish to share with you!

If you haven't already discovered Grace-full Nail Polish on your own, you might recognise it's owner, Theresa, from It's All About The Polish.  Theresa kindly offered me the chance to try out most of the shades from her recently released Summer Nights set, which are the latest part of her Girls Just Wanna Have Fun collection.


Summer Nights is a collection of seven polishes named after an important girl/woman in Theresa's life, and the colours range from the firey orange, red and pinks of a sunset, blending into blues and teals of the ocean, through to the purple and navy of the night sky.

I have six of the seven shades to share with you today, with only the shimmery teal flakie, Christine being absent.  

I had quite a bit of difficulty cutting down the amount of photos I took of these polishes, as they all have a little something special about them that changes as you move your hands.  Reflections and holo flashes are everywhere, and super glossy squishy colour - so much to love, so little bandwidth.  

I have selected a couple of photos to include in this post, however all available swatch photos will be uploaded to my Facebook page in the next couple of days. I will also revisit each shade separately on this blog with all of the photos after I have finished resizing them down.  Well, enough of the chit chat, let's get onto the sparkle!

Ali is a glittery explosion of gold, purple, fuchsia, red and orange micro and fine glitters, swimming in a lightly tinted sheer red base.  I applied two coats of Ali with one layer of topcoat, and was really happy with the colour payout.  The base is tinted enough to give you good base colour coverage while not changing or obscuring the colours of the glitters, or if you want to use a base colour with one coat of Ali, the lightly tinted base shouldn't change your base colour too much.

Later in this post, you will see Ali layered over one of the other colours which lasted a whole week without topcoat!  Also, Ali has so much fine glitter in it, you are going to need to put aside a little time for clean-up unless you have used a PVA base.  There is a lot of very fine glitter in this polish and I got it absolutely everywhere while taking it off!  It was falling like snow from my cotton pad, my desk, my hands, onto the floor and all over me.  I was a very glittery Relle both days I removed Ali.

Katie shoots rainbow laserbeams, and instantly pierced my heart and filled it with love on the first brush stroke. While Katie is described as being a cranberry pink holographic microglitter, I found her to lean a little more towards a plum, and the holo glitters just don't quit!  I simply love this colour and the amount of holo glitter.  Worn here with two coats of Katie with one topcoat.  I didn't want to take it off, but I knew I had more shades to swatch so off it came (insert sad face here).

Billie is an iridescent dark hot pink flake lover's dream (oh wait, that's me!)  I'm an iridescent hot pink flake lover!!  This bright fuchsia/magenta has a lovely consistency, and good coverage with two coats.  The iridescent blue sheen is quite visible on the nail, but is a little shy for photos, as are the micro flakes and large shard flakes (check the paper swatch above for the flaky goodness).

I have also done a little gradient with one of the other polishes using Billie as a base, and that can be seen later on in the post.

Erin really pressed my bower bird buttons.  So much squishy jelly blue, and it is chock a block full of blue toned glitters in triangles, dots and hexes, some of which are holo.  I swear, you could almost eat this with a spoon it's so jelly.  Theresa has been very generous with the glitters, and no fishing was needed.

Mandy has a deep blue/blurple base with lighter blue flakes that really infuse the shade with cold flash of blue fire.  It is a similar formula and style to Billie, and has a really lovely, easy to use formula.  I had so much flare from the glitters in this polish, my inner bower bird was screaming BLUUUUUUEEEEEEEEEEEE!!!!  Did I mention I like blue polish?  

I also wore Ali over the top of Mandy with no top coat for a week, and had minimal tip wear, so kudos to Grace-full Nail Polish for being so hard wearing! 

At lucky last, we have Eboni who takes us on a trip into the starfield, with a dark purple base bursting at the seams with silver holo stars, violet hex and squares, and rainbow holo glitters. This is a really lovely polish, and while stars usually mean a fishing expedition for me, I'm happy to report that no fishing for stars was necessary.  Theresa has said that this polish is a purple version of Oh Holy Night, so if you love that polish, you'll love this one too!  I'd love to see a gradient of the two, so if you do one feel free to pop it into the comments.

I also sponged a gradient of Eboni over Billie and the two shades blended wonderfully, with plenty of glitter from one stroke of the brush over my sponge to make my nail tips sparkle.  

The Summer Nights collection is available now from Grace-full Nail Polish for AUD $9.50 each.  

Happy polishing!!
xo Relle

These polishes were provided to me for review