Friday, August 31, 2012

OPI A Grape Fit + Gold Shatter + Essence Make It Golden

Sorry sorry sorry for the lack of posts this week. I've just worked six days in a row so haven't had a lot of free time. Luckily I have still painted my nails a few times so I have some new manicures to show :)

I was looking for a pale lilac/lavender creme which I could wear at work, and saw OPI a Grape Fit on sale online for about $10 so got that - it's one of very few OPIs in my collection as I refuse to pay $24.95 for a bottle of nailpolish which sells for a third of that in the States.

Unfortunately A Grape Fit was a lot darker than I thought it would be so I can't wear this at work but I will still wear it happily out of work. It is a very pretty colour, and goes on nicely in two easy coats.

I need to learn to leave cremes alone once I've done a manicure...I always seem to end up putting glitter or something else on top of them...I really do like how cremes look but I think I get bored too quickly! The day after putting on A Grape Fit I added some OPI Gold Shatter and Essence Make It Golden on the thumb and ring finger.

I might try this with China Glaze White Cap on top next to see if it makes it light enough to wear for work...

Also I bought another bottle of my go-to topcoat, Sally Hansen Insta Dri Non-Chip Topcoat (to be henceforth referred to as SHIDNCT!). I've had my current bottle since February and am reaching the very last dregs, which are cloudy, no doubt from all the nail polish it seems to pick up, and also from being thinned three or four times - this TC gets SERIOUSLY thick and gloopy about two thirds in! I still love it though, even after being thinned a billion times it still dries really fast, and I'm happy with the amount of shine. I'm not sure about the wear time of SHIDNCT as I tend to change my nails every couple of days. Aaaanyway, I was holding out on buying another bottle as it costs something like $16 here in oz, but found a great website, feel unique, which ships FREE to Australia (my favourite thing when I'm internet shopping!) and sells SHIDNCT for less than $10. So I now have a lovely, fresh, runny bottle of SHIDNCT to play with, and my nails are very happy!

Thick, cloudy, old-but-useable SHIDNCT on the left. New, runny, glorious SHIDNCT on the right. I still use the old one but it bubbles pretty badly so I save it for glitters where the bubbles are less noticeable.

 - Robyn x

Friday, August 24, 2012

Essence Brightsmates


Sorry I haven't posted in a while. I've been getting over a rather nasty cold, then last week managed to catch a brand new fresh cold so have been dealing with that this week and being a bit miserable and mucus-y. My nails have been a bit neglected as a result - it's a bit hard to paint them when I am coughing so hard I have tears coming down my face :s

This is a manicure I did last week and never got round to posting. It's one of the Essence Colour^3 polishes, this one is Brightsmates (you can see a photo of it in my previous post). The base colour is a bright pink jelly, and the top coat is sheer orange with pinkish glass flecks. The jelly is quite a nice formula and I used two coats in the photo below, with (I think) one coat of the topper.

I had to colour correct the shiz out of this as my camera kinda freaked about capturing this colour (I really need to find a decent photography setup, probably time to make my own lightbox!). It's a very bright summery colour, and maybe I would wear it as a pedicure but I really don't like this colour on my nails. At all. So this one will probably go up for swap at some point.

Also, I have been nominated for a Liebster blog award by the lovely mel my issta - thank you so much! I will do that post tomorrow, I promise - but right now I need to go pass out for about twelve hours. Stupid cold.

Robyn x

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Essence Season of Extremes Colour^3 Nail Polish

Woot woot!

I was in Priceline on Bourke Street Mall today (not the one opposite Target, the one above the Pancake Parlour) seeing if they had any specials on...and I spotted an Essence stand!!! I'd only seen Essence in Target before, and usually poorly stocked too, so was pretty darn excited to see a nice new looking stand...then I saw THESE:

OMG. The idea between these polishes is that you can wear either end on their own, or layered on top of each other to create a "third" colour. $5.50 each too - it was a no brainer to grab these!

I can't wait to try the bright ones, but I have work tomorrow, and work only allows nail polish "in neutral colours", so tonight I'm rocking My Nude Best Friends and Me.

The "base" colour in MNBFaM is a taupe creme with subtle silver shimmer. It was a bit of a meh texture and required two thick coats to get opaque. Also because the brushes are in the centre section of each tube, when you're painting you not only have the lid of the brush but also the polish at the other end, which is a bit weird to use. The topper in this duo is an iridescent shimmer in a sheer white base. It looks mostly silvery but on the brush bristles (which are black) I could see tiny flashes of pink/red. I'd be keen to try this over a black base to see the colour flash.

When I first put this on I was pretty underwhelmed...I'm not a huge fan of nude shades to begin with so it was already at a disadvantage! However after seeing it in a few different light conditions I'm actually really beginning to like it. The sheer sparkles over the creme create a depth of colour and shine which is really pretty.

This is two coats of the base colour, one coat of the topper, and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.

I'm constantly on the lookout for nice polishes to wear at work - anything which is a bit interesting or out of the ordinary whilst sticking to the neutral colour scheme makes me not so sad to be wearing "boring" nails!

Robyn xox

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Leopard Print Nails

I've got a couple of days off work this week so instead of work appropriate nails I have a manicure which would probably give my boss a fit if he saw it :)

This is my first time doing a full leopard print manicure, and I was slightly surprised at how well it turned out. The base colour is from Aussie shop Sportsgirl and is called Apple, although I think it's more of a mint green. This takes three coats to be opaque but does have a nice shiny finish. The silver spots are another Sportsgirl polish, Bionic, which I think they still sell (not sure about Apple as I bought it about three years ago) and the black is BYS Black Satin. I used one coat of Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Hard as Wraps (long name much?) as a base coat, as I find my nails have been peeling lately, and this seems to be keeping them in one piece, and Sally Hansen Insta Dri topcoat, which is my go-to top coat, even if it thickens something shocking (although I've put thinner in it four times now and it still seems to dry just as fast) and will drag nail art no matter how careful I am. I will do a comparison post of top coats at some point.

Funnily enough, I had a look through my copy of the Wah Nails book of Nail Art and their tutorial for leopard print nails uses almost exactly the same colour scheme :) The book is full of really fun ideas and can be had from The Book Depository for about $15 Australian with free postage.

Robyn xox

Friday, August 10, 2012

Well Hello There...

Whew, a new blog!

I'm not very good at this introduction malarkey. I guess I could tell you a bit about myself.

I'm Robyn. I live in Melbourne, and I like - no, LOVE - to paint my nails.

I think it started at the end of last year when I moved out of my parents' house and subsequently lost regular access to a piano, which I've played since I was four years old. I had to do something with my hands, and found the wonderful world of nail polish.

Anyway, you came here for the nails, right? Here's today's manicure!

Apologies for the slightly dodgy index finger. I'm staying at mum and dad's tonight so don't have any of my regular tools with me. I figured, first post on the blog, why not make it a classic manicure? This is LA Splash Cosmetics nail polish in Cyclone Red. I remember borrowing this from my mum about four years ago to paint my nails and really enjoying how nicely it went on - two smooth, thin, perfectly self leveling and super shiny coats (although in this I have two coats of Essence Quick Dry Top Coat, which is not terribly quick drying - but I'll save that for another post!). I found it in the bathroom cupboard this morning and figured it would be a dried out mess, but no, it's still as perfect as the first time I tried it that many years ago! Happy face. My mum now only wears gel manicures so I don't think she'll mind me adding this to my stash :) Unfortunately I have no idea where to buy LA Splash as I loved the formulation of this, but they do have a website here where you can look at the pretty colours.

So, that's my first manicure for this blog! I have to admit, I rarely wear cremes, but this was such a pleasure to apply (no streaky brush strokes! No painstakingly dabbling glitter everywhere!) that I may have to change that. Also it gives me an excuse to buy more nail polish :)

Thanks for reading! This is a brand new baby blog, and I have a few ideas for posts, but if there's anything you want to read about (work appropriate nails, where to buy polish in Australia, nail care, home manicures etc) hit me up in the comments.

Robyn xox

ETA: A friend of mine has let me know that you can buy LA Splash nail polish from Cherry Culture. Thanks Jess!