Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Layla Hologram Effect Ocean Rush

Layla Hologram Effect is a beautiful mid-blue highly holographic gem of a polish.

Like lots of mainstream linear holographic polishes this is a bit of a faff to apply and needs a bit of extra care. This is two light coats. You need to avoid dragging the first coat when you apply the second, the best way to do this is with a 'aqua' style base coat. I don't have this so was just extra slow and careful application on top of my regular Duri.   

My photo's do not show topcoat as it really starts to dull the holo effect. Sadly this means it was quite prone to tip wear and chipping so I top-coated this mani later in order to preserve it .

This polish really comes alive in the light. I've used the flash on my camera to capture the rainbow prism effect.

In all this polish is super pretty and really worth the  more in depth application.

Do you have any tips for applying holographic polishes? 
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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Floral: Flower Studs

Today's manicure features some darking cute studs from The Born Pretty Store which sells loads of nail art goodies.

Check out this cute wheel of flower shaped nail art gems. They are flat back so sit nicely on the nail. you get so many different shades and get loads of each colour too so there are enough studs to do loads of full manicures!

They look like little blossoms! They are adorable!

So the base of my manicure is Argo by China Glaze, I wanted a base that was pretty but wouldn't detract from the flower studs. I then used my Seche Vite topcoat to help adhere the studs to the nail. I then added another layer of topcoat on top to seal them down. Doing this I was able to get two days from this manicure without any little gems pinging off!

 You can find this wheel of studs here. (The full name for these studs is  "12 Colors Flower Shape Rhinestones Glitter Nail Art" and the item code is #2385

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

Also be sure to check out the rest of the Dozen's manicure 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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Tuesday, 14 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Floral: Lace and Roses

Today I have been experimenting with some lace designed floral stickers for the Digit-al Dozen.

My base is Barry M Shocking Pink. I then applied my stickers and topcoated them with Seche Vite, Sadly these stickers were super cheapy and started to curl and lift from my nail. Don't you hate that when it happens?!

Nevermind how impractical these are I love the simplicity of these and the contrast between the black and pink. It looks very punk rock to me!

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Monday, 13 October 2014

The Digit-al Dozen does Floral: Abstract Flowers

Don't you hate it when you do a manicure take photos then get a chip in your polish before you check the photos are decent quality?

Yeah that is what happened to me. Annoyingly I had the wrong setting on my camera and all my photos were out of focus. So lets start the Digit-al Dozen Floral week with the most questionable manicure shall we- in theory it can only get better from here!

So here we go. Try to contain yourselves. The base of this manicure is Digital Nails Count Your Shadows. Then freehanded some vintage roses and attempted a sugar spun accent nail for the first time. Let me tell you that I just didn't like the effect of the sugar spun nail, it just looks messy and blobby to me. I couldn't get my polish strands to thin enough and generally it was way too stressful!  This is is not a technique I feel that I will be trying again, however my roses are semi-successful so that is an upside I guess.

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Saturday, 11 October 2014

Alphabet Challenge: X is for China Glaze, Sexy In The City

So FINALLY I have got around to posting my next manicure in the Alphabet Challenge, this time the letter was 'X'. I am sure if I looked I would have found a polish starting with 'X' but with time againts me I chose China Glaze Sexy In The City instead, which still counts right? (By the way I adore the name of this one!)

Sexy In The City is an Electric blue polish with a slight blue/green shimmer. My photos show three thin coats with topcoat. 

Application wise this polish was easy to apply and it has a slight jelly-like texture which makes it look squishy and gives the shimmer lots of depth. However at the same time it has an almost frosty finish so you do need to be slightly more aware of your brush strokes in order to minimise stroke-lines on your nails.

This polish is very glowy on the nail which makes it look much better than it appears in the bottle.

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

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Thursday, 9 October 2014

An Indie Interview: Little Lost Ones

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?

Hello! My name is Ria, my brand is ‘Little Lost Ones’ and you can find me on Etsy, Facebook, instagram, twitter and wordpress.

Instagram: @littlelostones
Twitter: @littlelostones

2. Why is your brand named what it is?

Once I had graduated from university, I moved back to my home town and was having a bit of an identity crisis. Not knowing what I wanted to do with my life was really daunting. It was only when I was watching an episode of cougar town where Joules (Courtney Cox) was going through a similar thing that I decided that I should do something that I really love too and know I won’t get tired of. Little Lost Ones is a reflection of the awkward transition I had into adulthood where I was feeling all lost in the big wide world, which I’m sure plenty of people can relate to.

3. What made you start making polishes?

I’ve always loved anything to do with nails. My mum was a nail tech when I was younger and she would always have me helping with nail art for her customers (I was around 13 years old, good going mum).
Like I said above, it was the realisation during an episode of Cougar Town that pushed me to do something that I knew I would love and not get sick of. But previous to that
 I had seen a few indie polishes in America and really was inspired to do some that reflected my own likes. It was 'Crows Toes' that I had first seen and even though I think theyre gorgeous, the colours were too dark for my personal preference so I thought that I could make some more colourful ones that I would wear.

4. What inspires your polishes?

Inspiration can come from anywhere and mine is generally just a mix of things that I like/everyday activities. For example, 'Flamingo Fling' is named after my love of the bird whilst 'Saved by the 90’s' started out as a graffiti inspired polish (from a piece that I watched being painted in Birmingham) which then transformed into a polish that represented my childhood years. 'I <3 LDN' was inspired by the music video by Crystal Fighters, “I love LDN”. To be honest, most of my polishes have had big transformations, they start from one idea and completely evolve into something else. For example, 'Oh My! 4th of July' started as a polish inspired by a teapot that I had, which then evolved into a mean girls polish (which was going to be called “Blue, You whore” but figured the name might not be ideal) then eventually after a lot of playing around, turned into an American looking polish. Usually my inspiration changes along the way. I have an old wordpress account where I started to log my journey and you can see the drastic changes in how the polishes started from over a year ago (www.llopolish.wordpress.com).

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

The first polish I made has not been released in my collection, it was called 'Sea Greed Siren' which was a gold and green polish. It was nice but I’m a perfectionist and it didn’t quite make the cut for me. It was inspired by the scary mermaid monster thing in Harry Potter and the Goblet of fire. I guess just because I love Hazza really. (I’m sorry for my lack of cleaning up, I always get too excited and photograph straight away!)

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

My favourite polish from my collection is Flamingo Fling, I love big details so every time a heart pops out on my brush, it literally fills me with joy, haha!

My most popular so far has been “Heirloom Bloom” which is a very girly sparkly polish. 

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

Well, I’m currently working on a new collection of between 4-6 polishes. Most of my polishes contain large statement glitter pieces so I will be focusing around themes rather than colour combos. I am looking to make a vintage jewellery inspired one but it’s not finished yet. I also am working on a bunting inspired polish because who doesn’t love bunting! I post most of my nail polish journey on my instagram account though (@littlelostones) so it’s best to have a look as there are multiple sneak peeks.

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

Not at this time.

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

I don’t know what makes me different from others but I make what I love and I hope that translates to other people. 

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

To be honest, I didn’t even realise there were that many indie makers before I revealed what I was doing so I didn't have a person who inspired me. But, the 
small community of UK sellers have been so incredibly kind and helpful that it really encourages me to carry on doing what I’m doing.

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

There is one by Flash Nails called ‘Strawberry Fields Forever’. It’s not so much that I wish I had made it because my style of polish is very different but I do think it’s absolutely gorgeous. 

12. Do you take custom orders?

Not currently, I’m still too small to be doing that. Hopefully in the future though, you never know.

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

As I said before, I’m a mega perfectionist so there have been a few that haven’t made it. I have been trying to make the perfect night’s sky polish for years, I haven’t perfected it yet though. But you can have a look at it at it!

I hope you enjoyed reading my ramblings :) 
Thank you ever so much!
Ria x

Monday, 6 October 2014

Halloweenie Polishes! China Glaze: Howl You Doin'? Swatch and Review

When I saw China Glaze had brought out a new range of Halloween nail polishes I knew I had to snap a couple up. I also decided to buy Howl You Doin'? from last years Monster Ball Collection  which I had somehow "neglected" to buy. You might be able to tell buy my inverted commas that I am less than impressed with this polish.

So first let me tell you this polish has so much promise. It is a deep plum creme packed with blue glitter and orange-copper shards. This is Halloween in a bottle. When I was reading pocket Money Polishes Autumn Hauling post Charlie referenced that it looked similar to OPI Merry Midnight/Orly Fowl Play. So I was expecting great things from this polish!

Application wise this polish was a little thick but I was ready for that due to the large amount of flakies. It was also super topcoat hungry, I used two coats of Seche Vite and I still couldn't get the lovely glossyness of the PolishAholic's swatches

However that aside I couldn't believe at how dark this polish was on the nail, all the purple tones seemed to have been removed and replaced by black tones instead. On the nail all the glitter that I could see in the bottle had vanished, even in direct light I struggled  to see it. 

I have put the flash on my camera a that was the only way I could show you the glitter but this is not accurate at all of how the polish really looked on the nail!

In all I am really dissapointed in this polish, it has gone into my swap pile. It is times like this that I see why I showcase more Indie polish on my blog than mainstream polishes here.

Do you own this polish, it is just me who expected greater things?
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Wednesday, 1 October 2014

MyPure Review: Balance Me Super Smoothing Hand Cream Duo gift pack

Today I have another review from the natural beauty and makeup site MyPure. This time I am reviewing a perfect gift to treat yourself with now that the cold winter months are coming (or a great gift from someone else to treat you to with a few hints!)

I find that at this time of year my hands and cuticles start to dry out and become sore, red and generally a bit yucky.  The best way to avoid this is to liberally apply hand cream whenever you can! This stunning gift set contains two lovely hand creams from Balance Me.

Let me just start off with saying this set is really presented well, you get a solid card box with a vintage print slipcase which looks really pretty. I hate it when you get a flimsy box as with a few uses it starts to look a bit scruffy, luckily this is far from the case with this one.

Ooh Award Winning! That is a good sigh right?

The inside box is silver and very luxe looking. It looks far more expensive than the £14.00 it costs that is for sure!  I think just on aesthetics this set ticks all the boxes.

So what is actually in the box?

Well it is two tubes of 50ml handream.  The yellow tube is  Super Moisturising Hand Cream  and the pink is Rose Otto Hand Cream.

As you can see proudly emblazoned on the tubes these contain 98.8% natural products.

The Super Moisturinsing Hand Cream is a very rich creamy texture. This hand cream contains  benzoin and yarrow oils, fatty acids and shea butter, carrageenan gum and kukui nut oil which works together to condition the skin giving it a silky soft and supple texture to the skin.  It is quite oily to the feel but it soaks quickly into the skin without leaving any residue or stickiness on the hands.

I have taken to applying this before bed as it is so rich so it has a long uninterrupted time to soak into my hands!

Next up is the Rose Otto Cream which I just ADORE! Firstly I love the rose scent, it isn't too cloying and heavy. Also I find this is more of a lightweight cream, yet still as intensely conditioning as the yellow tube.  For me this product dried almost to a more matte-velvet finish when it asborbed into the skin, I think this is because it is is a lighter consistency. This cream mixes arctic cloudberry, samelia and kukui nut oils with the stunning rose scent.

These tubes being 50ml are the perfect size to keep at your desk or bag if you don't want to keep them in the gift box too!

I would highly recommend these to anyone who wants to try out a new handcream this Autumn/Winter.  For a nail addict like me this is a must have to keep my hands in tippy-top condition!

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. For more information please refer to my disclosure and PR policy.

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