23 July 2014

Stamping with Mundo de Uñas Iris

Mundo de Uñas Iris stamping nail art MoYou London Pro XL 06
Hi loves! How are you doing? Today is a special day here. You might have heard about the plane take was taken down last week above Ukraine. In that plane were 193 Dutch people, they all died a terrible death and today the bodies will arrive home for identification and proper burial. I can't even imagine how many families, friends, coworkers all have lost someone in their lives. It hasn't affected me personally but so many people were taken from us, and so it's a national day of mourning. I want to express my deepest sympathy to those affected by this terrible incident and hope they can find some kind of peace in getting their beloved ones back today.

22 July 2014

HARE Jackalopes - For Margot Tenenbaum & Perfect Storm

Hi loves! Today I have 2 lovely HARE Polish shades to show you which are part of the Jackalope series. Check my post about the first Jackalope called Anemone Gardens to read all about it :-). In this post you'll be seeing For Margot Tenenbaum, a minty green jelly with gold dots, hexes, flakies, and shimmer plus a smattering of glowy gold iridescent glitter as well. and Perfect Storm, a mix of fuchsia dots, neon pink hexes and squares plus gold dots and hexes in a deep navy blue jelly base. This shade is also accented by prominent gold, fuchsia and purple shimmer.

21 July 2014

Swatches, Review & Nailart - Shimmer Kim & Tiffany

Hi guys! Today I've got some more nail art for you with my new Shimmer polishes! I made another skittlette with Shimmer Kim, a lovely blue, silver and purple mix. And I did a matte layered manicure for you with Shimmer Tiffany, a very soft pink and blue polish. Both of these polishes have a clear base, and this week I picked colours that aren't part of the glitter mix to layer them over.

Do you want to know which base colours I used for these polishes?

19 July 2014

Swatches & Review - 3 Dance Legend Galaxy shades

Hi loves! Another Saturday, another Dance Legend swatch post. Next week will be the last week for now, and I am making them count for sure! That's why today I have 3 stunning multichrome shades for you from the Galaxy collection.

Dance Legend Galaxy swatches and review

These beauties come in the same minibottles like the Holodays shades and Chameleon shades. The Galaxy collection consists of 8 shades, 2 being limited edition. They're all multichromes with large chunky holographic flecks added. The 2 LE shades are an exception, these have flakies instead of holographic flecks. While the colorshift is superstrong in the polishes I tried, the holographic sparkle doesn't show up without very bright and direct lighting. Without that, it's just pretty silver flecks which doesn't disappoint me because it still looks pretty, but it might not be what you want out of these.

18 July 2014

Swatches & Review - Too Fancy Lacquer Edgy Polish exclusive Just Juicy

Hi loves! I have a new Too Fancy Lacquer shade for you today, and it's a new exclusive for Edgy Polish! Fun fact: this wasn't named yet when I received it, it wasn't named yet when I swayched it and it wasn't named yet when I was typing this post originally. I chatted with Charlene about it and she asked for input.. if it were up to me this polish was named something like Pretty But Impossible To Capture. Since it is so pretty but impossible to capture, lol!

Too Fancy Lacquer Just Juicy is a coral/orange shade with a neon kick to it. It isn't full blown neon as lighting really toys with this one, but especially in the sun and natural light this one is bright! So, that's why there are only shots in natural light this time. I can assure you there is a holographic finish to it, it just didn't show in these pictures. With artificial lighting it shows up nicely!

Application was good, it's on the thicker side but creamy enough to apply evenly. Coverage is great, if you have shorter nails I think you can do just 1 coat. I used 2 for good measure and topped with Essence Better Than Gel Top Sealer because it dries quite matte (that's the neon pigment again!).

What do you think of this shade? Tell me in the comments!
Too Fancy Lacquer is a hand-blended indie brand based in Hong Kong. The formula is 3 free (no formaldehyde, toluene and dibutyl phthalate). Polish prices vary from $10 to $12 (ultra holo's), shipping is available for international customers. You can find Too Fancy Lacquer on their own websiteFacebookTwitter and Instagram. Other e-tailers selling Too Fancy Lacquer can be found here.

Too Fancy Lacquer Just Juicy is produced exclusively for Edgy Polish and therefore only available on their site.

16 July 2014

Learning the Lingo - Base coat and top coat

Hi loves! Welcome to another installment of Learning the Lingo! In this series I will talk about products you might use maintaining your nails and such, what my favorite product is in that category and to keep it fun and to learn something, I'll tell you the Dutch word for it too :-D! I hope you enjoy this post, let's get started with today's subject.

Base coat (wiki quote) - This type of nail polish is a clear or milky-colored polish formula that is used specifically before applying nail polish to the nail. The purpose of it is to strengthen nails, restore moisture to the nail, and/or help polish adhere to the nail. Some base coats are marketed as "ridge fillers" which can create a smooth surface, and reduce the appearance the ridges that can appear on unhealthy nails or due to aging. Base coat may also help keep nails from being stained a yellowish color by colored polishes.

Top coat (wiki quote) - This type of nail polish is a clear colored polish formula that is used specifically after applying nail polish to the nail. It forms a hardened barrier for the nail that can prevent chipping, scratching and peeling. Many top coats are marketed as "quick-drying" and, in addition to drying quickly, also help the underlying colored polish dry quickly.

The Dutch word for base coat is basislak, the Dutch word for top coat is toplaag. We don't actually really use those words though, at least I always use the English words!

Base coat is an essential part of your polish routine. Not only can it prevent your polish from chipping too soon, it can also protect your nails from staining! As explained in the wiki quote base coat can serve many functions. The main purpose for me is to prevent staining and make my mani last longer. To do so I use a sticky base coat. Sticky bases give more grip to the polish on top meaning it'll chip less easily. Examples of sticky bases are ORLY Bonder and my current favorite Glisten & Glow Stuck on Blu!.

Another base coat I love using is Duri Rejuvacote, which is a nail hardener and growth stimulation. I use one layer of Duri, then add a coat of G&G Stuck on Blu! and that works really well for me. You could say Duri is more of a treatment instead of a regular base, and depending on your nail health you might need something for peeling nails, dry or brittle nails. OPI Nail Envy is a much used product as well.

If you have ridges in your nails you might want to buff them a little, but doing so too much will cause weak, thin nails. A ridgefiller might be handy: it makes your nail surface more smooth so you won't notice the ridges as much. Especially chrome and metallic finishes show imperfections when your nails aren't smooth. Well known ridgefilling base coats are Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat and OPI Ridge Filler.

Always make sure your base is dried properly, because otherwise you might end up with bubbles in your polish.

Top coat is the best invention ever. Without it, I would have given up on this whole nail polish obsession in a day! Because really, who can paint her nails and then make sure you don't bump them into anything for an hour or 2? Top coat protects your polish, making sure it doesn't chip as fast, gives a smooth and glossy finish and if you buy the right one, it even dries quickly.

A very well known, super quick drying top coat is Seche Vite. I've tried it myself but am not too fond of it - it gets thick and stringy real quickly and if you don't apply it the right way it might shrink your polish as well, meaning you'll get weird edges. My previous favorite was Essence Better Than Gel Top Sealer because it's cheap, dries quickly and glossy and doesn't get too thick when you are half ay through the bottle. The downside is you can't see how much is left in the bottle and while it is easy for me to grab, it isn't sold worldwide. My current holy grail is Glisten & Glow HK Girl Top Coat. It dries superquick on me, has a glossy finish but the best and most important part to me: it doesn't smudge nail art. How many perfect looking stampicures I messed up using a top coat and streaking the stamp... this one doesn't!

One important thing to remember is that the combination of base and top coats is a very personal one. What works wonders for me might be rubbish for you. Depending on your body chemistry you might need to try a few different combinations, and then the polish you use influences the result as well.

What's the word for base coat and top coat in your language? Tell me in the comments!

15 July 2014

H&M Cleopatra Gold and MoYou London stamping

H&M Cleopatra Gold and MoYou London Pro XL 06
Hi loves! The other day I couldn't restrain myself - I just had to order some more MoYou London plates. Initially I went with Pro XL 06 and Bridal 07, but somehow I purchased Princess XL 12 instead of the Bridal plate? I think when you log in, it reloads the cart you left with last time, and I didn't notice until I got my shipping notification.. which means I obviously had to add Bridal 07 as a second order ^^. Did you know there are a lot of 20% discount codes out there, and that there now is free shipping for everyone as well? Just saying.. ;-).

Okay, so when my order arrived I immediately wanted to play with them. My first pick was the Pro XL 06 plate because of this gorgeous look I saw on Instagram. H&M Cleopatra Gold was still untried so I picked that one, and paired it with Konad White for the stamping.

H&M Cleopatra Gold and MoYou London Pro XL 06

H&M Cleopatra Gold is a soft latte golden tone. It has some silver specks in it making it appear like a cool shade. It's very fine in finish and applied well. 3 coats were needed for full opacity though 2 would be sufficient if you have shorter nails I think! After it dried I used MoYou London Pro XL 06 and Konad White and stamped the pretty flowery design. I think the white stamp looks perfect against the golden base.

H&M Cleopatra Gold and MoYou London Pro XL 06

H&M Cleopatra Gold and MoYou London Pro XL 06

What do you think of this combination? Do you like it? Tell me in the comments!