Thursday, 24 July 2014

N is for KB Shimmer Newsprint

Today I have the next polish to show you in the alphabet series for the letter 'N', this polish must be one of my oldest untried polishes so it was nice to finally wear it, even if it isn't exactly a summer shade.


Newsprint is a grey crelly polish filled with black, white and red glitter hex's, bar glitter and square glitter with a slight red shimmer. This is three coats but you could really get away with two, by three you can see some of the glitter from the first coat was a little bit too obscured by the base of the next layers. Rookie mistake.

I really love the pops of red against the grey, they really add something extra to this monochrome concoction.  But I am bias I guess as I am a massive fan of KB Shimmer anyway!

Newsprint is one of the older shades and I don't think it is for sale anymore sadly. 

You can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!

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Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Colour Me Crazy: Yellow (with Born Pretty Review)

Today's theme for the British Nail Bloggers Colour Me Crazy Challenge is Yellow. Yellow is such an odd colour to me, it is so happy yet I am yet to find a decent yellow nail polish that both applies well and looks good with my skin tone.  ANYWAY...  I persevered on and chose NYC Lexington Yellow. I found this polish a bit goopy and it took four coats and Seche Vite topcoat to even out.


I then decided to cheer this manicure up with these oh-so-cute glasses-and-mustache embellishments from The Born Pretty Store, which does a great range of nail art supplies.

 If you order these cute little embellishments (which you can do so here or by quoting the name and number: 5pcs Rhinestoned Cute Mustache-shaped design stud 3d nail art sticker nail art decoration #10443) you receive a pack of 5. I found they were very sturdy without feeling bulky on the nail. They are also slightly rounded instead of being a flat-backed embellishment which is a fantastic touch as it means they have a better fit against the nail bed. 

I adhered the embellishment to the nail using some topcoat but for a stronger bond you could use nail glue. I was however amazed at how long he lasted on my nails with just topcoat (a whole day of typing and generally using  my hands).


This is such a fun design and it really is oh so cute!

Remember you can get all your nail art products as Born Pretty- they stock so much!. If you are planning to order from Born Pretty don't forget you can 10% off your order with the code "BA5X31" which is also on my blog sidebar!

You can find the rest of The British Nail Blogger's Yellow manicures below!


The inclusion of this graphic means that the product above was sent to me for review. All opinions are honest and all information is correct at the time of writing.
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Monday, 21 July 2014

Makeup Revolution Salvation Velvet Lip Lacquer: What I Beileve

Thanks for the comments on yesterdays post, today I am bringing youa beauty review! Enjoy!

When Makeup Revolution launched with it's Lime Crime Velvetine inspired liquid matte lipsticks I knew I needed to purchase some of them. We all know that my obsession with matte lip products almost rivals my polish one!  After watching the lovely Dyna's vblog review on all the shades I decided to pick up three that I thought I would wear the most!


Today I am sharing What I Beileve which is the lightest shade in the collection. In the tube it is a nude toned pink.  It looks very wearable and creamy, almost a your-lips-but-better shade.


I am not a 100% sure about the packaging of these, compared to the MUA velvet lacquers, these feel a bit cheaper. I like the rose gold box but the typography makes it look really cheap. The tube itself is also quite a cheap plastic and the lid squeaks when you tighten it which I am not a fan of at all.


 There is Doe foot applicator inside which I like as they are quite precise. Also the brush doesn't pick up too much product.
 
On the lips this is slightly more pink-toned than it appears in the tube. It is very pigmented and creamy. I carefully applied the product to my lips and within seconds it had dried to a matte finish.


Like all matte products it sticks to any flakes and imperfections in the lips but from a distance it isn't noticeable. I found it was maybe a little streaky but that could be user error.

The stay time on this was pretty decent, it will last for a good amount of time although I did notice as soon as I drank or ate this flaked off my lips quite quickly so I wouldn't recommend wearing this out to lunch!


In all this is a fairly decent product and for the £3 price tag you can't quibble with it. I can't wait to try some of the other Makeup Revolution Products and I have two more of these Velvet Lip Lacquers to share with you too!

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Sunday, 20 July 2014

Two Fingers Up to the Internet Trolls

So this week has been a rather crappy week for me and up until yesterday it was due only to real life issues but as per usual I am now dealing with nail polish drama too because someone once again can't let other people do what they want without trying to cause upset . Because everyone should be judged purely on what their nails look like of course. This is a ranty post please feel free to ignore it if this isn't something you are interested in there are swear words, sorry.  I am sorry if my tone is rather negative, trust me dear readers it is directed towards  just one person in particular. I've spoken out about this before but it was two years ago and it seems some people need a bit of a reminder (and a lesson in manners).



My nails have always been a love 'em or hate 'em kind of thing. They are freaking short. Deal with it. Maybe I should explain why, not that I should have to (again).

  I know this might be hard for the trolls  but I have a life outside of the internet and blogging (shocker!)  I play guitar and can't play with long nails. Well maybe I should just give up blogging as obviously the two can't co-exsist together. Or maybe short nails are the answer. In am petite in size even if I have long nails my fingers are so damn small that they wouldn't be classed as 'big'. So yeah this is a short nail blog. Just like Emma from Em's Little  Corner. 

I was really lucky recently to get featured on the Zoya Facebook page and I was so thrilled about it and then I got this comment “errgh, why do people who bite their nails take photos?”, um... hello? When does shorter nails automatically equate to biting them?


 For me I blog because I love nail polish, my blog is a journal for me to keep track on my attempts of new nail art and combinations. It is a place to record when I do something new and to celebrate, but that doesn't mean I am not going to show you the bad as well. I want you to see me improve! 

So why am I so upset? What happened?

I got a message from Emma to tell me I have been pinned numerous times on pinterest by a troll calling themselves "Nail Police".  Lets ignore the obvious self entitled bullshit that is the name for  moment and see what they pinned. (I guess you can say Emma and I were put into Nail Polish Jail for crimes of indecency in a public place). Unlike Emma who had the sense to screenshot the pins I didn't so I will show you Emma's nails instead which were also pinned. 



 I can't see anything wrong with Emma's nails in fact, I love all of Emma's work, She manages to do what I have been saying is impossible, detailed nail art of tiny nails!

The captions under my own nails were "repeat offender" and "ugly nails" there was also "awkward nail shape" and "why would someone with nails as awful as this want to share them and start a blog?"

Because I am not ashamed lets look at two of the images she/he/it pinned shall we? I've made the images extra large so you can see them in all their glory.


The first image was from 2012, notice I don't even have a watermark.  This is early PishPosh and Polish.  It was with my old crappy phone camera that I took the picture, notice the blur. As much as my crime against nails is pretty severe in this photos I think crimes against photography are more evident here.   The second picture is from may 2013 (and honestly I don't see and issue with that one at all and it is still one of my fav  designs as it's the only time I have had a decent french tip design).

 Yes the paint job I was doing when I started this blog was dire. I know that. Funnily enough in those two years I have improved a lot.

Let us take a look at two pictures that The Nail Police decided not to pin even though I am "a repeat offender":


It's almost like magic! Like in the two years since that first photo I may have improved!  



I still have a long way to go, I still have to do a clean up and some of my nail art is still pretty basic or questionable.

But for some reason this "Nail Police" wanted to focus on the bad pictures. I hope they had fun trawling through my old old posts and making up several boards of things they hate. I hope you had real fun with that. If you really wanted to be a bully you could have at least bullied me about the poor condition of my skin or the fact I have a gap between my front teeth.  Nail Police, I've even linked them so you can find them easier, it's fine no need to thank me.

After Emma let me know I commented on the pictures (I haven't used pinterest in over a year anyway I don't normally get the high blog traffic from it that other blogs claim- personally I think Instagram is a much better social media channel). I asked the Nail Police if they would like to offer me any constructive criticism and even said they are more than welcome to guest  post on my blog with their own nails showing tips and tricks for the perfect manicure. As of yet I haven't been taken up on that offer. However The Nail Police did offer me some 'constructive' feedback, namely I should topcoat my matte polish and  change my nail shape as I have "big fingers". Obviously they are an avid reader of my blog. Or maybe not...

Did you ever hear the expression don't judge a book by it's cover?



 Again Emma's screenshots here show that The Nail Police was at least making an effort with a 'Good Nails' board which she started after being reported by many members of the nail polish community (thank  you all by the way!!!. There were even some short nails featured on that board.


Now I love Emma to bits but I can't help but feel raging jealously as  she got a pin on that ' good nails' board where I on the hand didn't get a single repin on there, even though I was undoutably the star of all Nail Police's other boards.

Joking aside it is a a bit of a token effort don't you think? If you are going to be an internet troll don't give up on your morals and beliefs so quickly. What if Hitler had done that?

After a few back and forth's I (like Emma) was blocked. I am not sure if they are still active, if it is feel free to send them a comment or report them.

I know I should grow thicker skin, this isn't the first time people have hated on my nails (and it won't be the last I am sure) but something about this particular troll really gets on my goat (can you see what I did there- *beams* that's right English Student right here). In real life I was  bullied alot when I was growing up and I never had to the confidence to speak out. But just as the the internet it a big place where trolls can hide behind their computer monitors, the anonymity of the internet gives me the courage to speak out too against the bullies.

Last time I encounter nail polish bullying I did a pretty purple manicure to show my support. 
I will be doing another manicure this time too, just for you Nail Police (as I know Emma is too!). Trust me it is a little bit more vulgar than hearts and glitter this time.

 Readers, if you are concerned about my paint job feel free to un-follow me. To all of you followers that don't care thank you for your support, I am sorry you had to see me go into rant-mode.
 
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Friday, 18 July 2014

M is for Delush Polish Master of Disguise

Today I am back with the letter 'M' in the Alphabet challenge! This week we are also welcoming some new members so please visit the hub (link at the bottom of the post) and check them all out!

Today I am sharing a polish from Delush Polish based on one of my alltime fav TV shows Dexter (lets just not talk about the final season okay, because I was NOT a happy camper).


Master of Disguise is a blackened jelly-crelly base  filled with copper, gold and orange glitter. It reminds me of KB Shimmer Band Geek . Application wise this polish applied a little streakily in the first coat and I was worried about how many coats it would take to get a full opacity on the nail, however a second coat was all that was needed.

Even though there are only two coats this polish is deceptive (like it's name I guess) and has lots of depth that normally only comes from 4+ layers of a jelly polish so in all I am super impressed with the formula. My photos show two layers of polish plus HK Girl topcoat.


You can find the rest of the manicures done as part of this challenge (by some fab British Bloggers ) over at The Hub!  Go check 'em all out!

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Thursday, 17 July 2014

An Indie Interview #2: Pretty Quirky

Even though I myself am no longer an indie polish maker I think it is important to support other UK based Indie Polish brands. It is easy to forget behind the brand is a real person- a person who puts alot of time and effort into producing a high quality products. This little series helps to put a face to the brand and get to know the brands a little better. I know Indie polish can be more expensive that mainstream polish so I think it is important to know why that is and so you know where you money is going, in return hopefully you will be more likely to support the handmade brand in question.

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1. Who are you, what is your brand and where can we find you?




I'm Morven from Pretty Quirky. You can find me:

Etsy: www.PrettyQuirkyUK.etsy.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/prettyquirkyuk

IG: instagram.com/prettyquirkyuk

Website: www.prettyquirky.co.uk

2. Why is your brand named what it is?

It took me ages to think of a name. I was almost called Moo Polishes. I chose Pretty Quirky as I think it sums up a lot of indie polishes - pretty and a little unusual.




3. What made you start making polishes?

I got frustrated when I saw more and more of the brands I loved talking about trading in China where it's a requirement that cosmetics are tested on animals, despite years of evidence in Europe saying they're fine to use on people (will avoid the animal testing rant). I love to support small businesses and that's how I discovered indie polish. Then I got to thinking that maybe I could make some myself and the idea grew from there.


4. What inspires your polishes?

It tends to be people. Sometimes its meeting an old friend, sometimes its visiting a new place. I always seen to include a Mighty Boosh reference in each collection too.


5. What was the first polish you made and why?


This never got a name but was literally the first thing I made when I received my first materials. I just started heaping things into a bottle. When I look back at it I cringe a little but I was so proud of it at the time. It suppose it wasn't that bad.


6. What is your favourite polish and is it the same as your most popular polish?


It changes all the time. My favourite right now is I Stole the Bouquet. I like it because it's understated. My most popular is Milky Joe, which I loved the most last week - I can never make up my mind.

 Image from UK NailRunner


Image from Pocket Money Polish

7. What is coming next from your brand? Can you give us a sneak peek?


Things are a little quiet right now while polishes are testing. The current collections are still available and I'm working on things in the background. I'm hoping to release a range of work-friendly glitter crellies later in the year. I'll keep you posted!


8. Do you sell anything other than polish on your shop?


Right now, no, but I've got a few tricks up my sleeve that I'm hoping to share with you all over the next few months.


9. What makes your polish different from all the other indie polishes?


It's difficult to pin it down exactly. We all love our polish creations so much and I know the UK creators take such time and care in developing and testing each and every one of their polishes. I think it's just a passion for the quirky and the unique.


10. Are there any other indie makers that inspire you?

So many (I have a teeny tiny indie polish addiction). I loved Nail Lacquer UK's glitter crellies and also those from Flash Nails. I've always been inspired by Whimsical Nail Polish by Pam. I don't own any yet but want to so bad!


11. Which indie polish by another brand did you wish you had created yourself?

You Autumn Know by KBShimmer - it's gorgeous! Another on the lemming list.


12. Do you take custom orders?


No. This is only due to being super paranoid about testing.


13. Have you got a picture of a polish that never made it to your shop and why it didn't make the final cut?



 Apologies for the old pictures! This was supposed to be Fruit Salad as I had the idea of my first collection being Ye Olde Sweete Shoppe inspired but it turned out I was more interested in the market research than the actual polish!

Thanks for reading xx

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Stash It! A UK Nail Polish Newbie's essential guide on what to buy on the highstreet

More and more women are turning to nail polish, whatever the reason might be for that (that's a whole other post!) they are. FACT.  Some for nail art, some to just have pretty nails without paying salon pricing. Highstreet brands have cottoned on to this, there is a wealth of different polish brands and types out there now. When you start getting the polish bug you just want to buy every polish under the sun and while this is the best way to find out what you like and don't like, I have decided to start this project with some handy tips and tricks to help you spot some great polishes to start your stash with.


I will admit I have been a polish snob, I used to buy lots of high street brands but now days I hardly know what is actually on the shelves, I buy most of my polishes online. Sticking to big American brand names and Indie polishes. OPI, China Glaze, Zoya these premium brands cost the same as four or five polishes from the highstreet, and let me tell you now some of them are terrible. In fact alot of these brands are duplicated by highstreet brands so why are you paying just for a name?

 If you check out the recent swatches on my blog, what was the last highstreet brand on there I reviewed? I have no idea! This is bad! I intend to rectify this!

Anyway I know that some highstreet brands can be dire, and normally you get what you pay for when it comes to polish but THAT IS NOT ALWAYS THE CASE! There are some amazing gems out there that are really overlooked. Plus if you are a newbie to the polish scene knowing what the best red polish is... or a jelly finish polish for nail art (are just some examples) really can make a big difference.

I have done a few comparisons posts in the past about highstreet brands compared to more expensive brands and each time I have been amazed to have chosen the highstreet brand as the better polish! 

Check out this Review of Candy Shop by Deborah Lippmann or this comparison of hot pink texture polishes or this comparision between a highstreet brand and a polish from Brazil!

In this series I have broken down each polish review, seeing if it meets the criteria below:
  • Ease of purchase (is this polish easy to get hold of to an average jo)
  • Price 
  • Colour and Finish
  • Application (number of coats it take to get opaque, polish consistency and any issues with streaking, dragging, pooling and dry time)
  • 3 free? (and does it smell of chemicals)
  • Wear Time
  • Bottle and Brush Shape
  • Is it good for nail art?
The polish will then fall under one of two categories.


If it meets all (or at least most of the criteria)  then STASH IT! Add it to your stash knowing that it is a great polish!



Or is is a SHOCKER! In which case leave it on the shelf, there is after all a difference between cheap polishes and nasty polishes!

Before we get into examining the actual polishes I am going to go over some basics with you all in a few introductory posts as well.
  1. Why are we buying polish instead of going to a salon?
  2. Tip and Tricks to finding a polish bargain.
  3. What makes a perfect polish 

If you are new to the nail polish scene, what do you want to know? I would love to hear your feedback into whether this is helpful or not. I can even create a facebook group for you to discuss your first steps into the polish world if you like! 

(A super big thank you to all of who have already helped me source polishes for this project- if you would like to donate cheap unloved polishes for this please let me know. I will be giving all of the donated polishes used for this away to a local charity at the end of this project to pay it forward.)
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The Digit-al Dozen does Countries and Cultures: Paris

Today's nail art is a copy of a design in DIY Nail Art by Catherine Rodgers and is based on her 'Paris' design. 


For this manicure I used Barry M Bright pink as my base and Rimmel Nail Tip Whitener to create my stripes (it has a thin stripier brush in the bottle which is ideal). I then used black Acrylic paint to create my lace and Eiffel Tower. This manicure is finished with HK Girl topcoat. I am a bit annoyed that the Eiffel Tower looks like a Pylon but you get the idea!

You can find the rest of the manicures based on countries and cultures below! Have a great day!
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Tuesday, 15 July 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Countries and Cultures: Ancient Egypt

Today's manicure is inspired by Ancient Egypt for the cultures aspect of the Digit-al Dozen theme this month.


I tried to create a sandstone effect using Barry M Vanillia and then I lightly brushed accross Barry M Gold Glitter Crackle polish.  With my Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen I drew on some simple hieroglyphics that I found via google!



You can find out what the rest of the Digit-al Dozen has done as part of this challenge by following the links below!

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Colour Me Crazy: Oranges Are Not The Only FRuit

Today I am back with the next prompt in the British Nail Bloggers Colour Me Crazy challenge.

This week's prompt is orange and I wanted to try out perforated nail art to emulate an Orange Skin.


The first time I saw this technique was over at Chalkboard Nails  so that is where my credit is going.


Here is what I used for this manicure, I forget to take a photo of my Duri Base coat too but we have, Rimmel Matte Topcoat, Glisten & Glow HK Girl Topcoat, Barry M Gelly Nail Paint in Tangerine and a fine dotting tool from ebay. 

  

After applying my base coat I have used two coats of Tangerine. Then applied a coat of quick drying topcoat. Once that dried I applied my matte topcoat to one nail at a time, once it was semi-dry I randomly used my dotting tool to create a textured effect. 


You can see the rest of the Orange manicures using the links below! If you are a British Blogger feel free to join us!

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