Saturday, June 30, 2012

Glitter Mania!

You will find out this about me: I am crazy for glitter. This is why,when I see it,I wish to have it.In piles!
Such was the case with these W7 polishes.

Here's a close up at each of them.Swatches will of course follow!

Cosmic Blue

Cosmic Black

Actually tried this on one finger. Not a good idea to wear it without a top coat,because of the feel,but it looks pretty great.

Cosmic Mauve

Silver Dazzle

And of course,the amazing Gold Dazzle that I've already tried!

Friday, June 29, 2012

Nail Of The Day : W7 Gold Dazzle

Today's nails are brought to you by W7.

I stumbled across W7 this spring and they've been on my favorite list ever since.Truth be told,my eyes fell on them because the bottle looks just like the OPI one. Good marketing guys! ;)
I then got "Blue Diamonds" , a stunning blue glitter and promised myself to get my hands on their future glitters. Which,I am proud to say,I did! Got 5 glitter polishes in the past week and I will show them to you soon,but for now,Gold Dazzle.

This thing is incredible! For several reasons.

First up, IT LASTS!
With me,glitters tend to have a very short lifespan.Even with top and base and top over base and base over top coats. Nothing helps. But this one is a sturdy one!I'm gonna be showing you polish that has already been on for 2 days,not to mention the fact that it withstood the hardest test of all: Water!
My hands were in water for almost 2 hours yesterday and yet,nothing happened to my polish.
Not to mention that, I didn't even wear a top coat and it stayed on!Could also have something to do with my new Base Coat , since this was the first polish I used it with.Either way,seems they work perfectly together!

Secondly,it dries surprisingly fast!
With other glitters,I know that I need to take my sweet time if I want it to dry and keep a nice shape. But good ol' dried in no time!

And last but not least,coverage!
It's only 2 coats and look how nice it covered it! Cannot wait to try the other glitters I got because if they're anything like this: JACKPOT!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

The Holy Base Coat

Base coats:an eternal quest.
Fact is,it takes a lot to find a base coat that works for you,and works,and works.
I had been using one for a while when suddenly it turned out that it had the magic ability to make nail polish peel off. Very spectacular,but not too practical.
So today I went on a quest for a replacement. I wanted one that kept the nails from discoloring and that would also act as a ridge filler. I have a very cool skill of always cutting or scratching my nails in some way,so this would have to be so kind and help me out with that also.
And what I found,I found at HEMA. HEMA is a dutch "everything store" and with time,I've come to conclude they make quite good nail products.
The base coat I found was the " 2 in 1 Ridge Filler & Base Coat"

What It does is the following:
And for everyone who doesn't speak dutch,it means:
2 in 1 ridge filler and base coat.Fills ridges and makes the nails smooth.Protects against discoloration caused by frequent application of nail polish.Increases the adherence of your polish.Forms a perfect base for your manicure.Next,we have ingredients:

I personally am just thrilled it has no Formaldehyde,as it has a tendency to dry out my already dry nails.

Bottom Line
After applying it to my nails I was surprised to see that my most recent deep, knife caused ridge has been indeed filled out perfectly.
The only issue is that it dried a little slower than previous base coats,and I had to re-apply on one finger. after smudging it.But it might have also been because the layer was a bit thick in that spot.
All in all,so far, it's looking good. I'll get back to you in a couple weeks to see if it kept the polish on better and if it protected from any discoloration.

If you have any questions about it,or want to get your hands on it and don't know how,just leave a comment and I'll help out gladly!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

First Post and The Sunset Nails!

Aaaaah,the dreaded first post!Feels like this is a make or break,when really it's just a step to better things. But less philosophy and more pictures I say! I'll start off with nails. I have an amazing fascination with nail polishes and "amazing fascination" is putting it very mildly.
What I'm showing you is an idea I got from watching a sunset. The base is OPI's Hot and Spicy and the gold is a gold from Farmasi that is sponged on. Sponging I say? Why yes indeed! A tutorial will follow,no worries!
I usually sponge when I want to do gradients,which means I  start from the top,not the bottom of the nail.This was pretty interesting to do,and quite messy around the nail beds too,but the gold polish was pretty sheer so it was an easy cleanup.

   And the obligatory close up of my thumb,as you do :)
 Is this the end of my post? That worked out pretty well. There's tons of things I still want to show you so stay tuned!


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