Saturday, 31 December 2011

Lynnderella Cauldron Drippings over a-england Camelot

Happy New Years Eve everyone!

Today I have for you another Lynnderella polish from Llarowe, not really NYE themed as it is from the Halloween collection but hey, it is pretty so I am sure you will forgive me.

Cauldron Drippings is described here:

The first random glitter: every bottle is intentionally different. But basically oranges in an sparkling orange base, plus whatever happens to be in the cauldron at the moment. Does not contain eye of newt, graveyard dirt or possum particulate matter. Updated blend from the original Halloween 2010 version has new orange base.

As the base has a slight orange tint to it, Camelot is not as black as it usually is but I am still really happy with this combo, it is a winner for Halloween for sure.

Here is 1 coat of the Knight, 1 of Camelot, 2 of Cauldron Drippings (thin coats) and 1 of the Shield.  This made this mani mostly smooth, apart from a few pieces of bar glitter that curled up but it didn't bother me too much.

As always, thanks for looking and I wish you all the best in 2012 <3 xx

The Lynderella polish was sent to me for review.

Friday, 30 December 2011

Illamasqua DWS and Illamasqua Raindrops

I have for you today a little cool down from all the glitter, you'll probably need it as I have a lot more to come!!

The first polish I will show you is Illamasqua DWS, a mid grey creme polish which I got a little while ago but have not had the pleasure of wearing yet.

Application was great and not streaky at all, two coats were more than enough for complete coverage.

Here is 1 coat of the Knight, 2 of DWS and no top coat.

I then decided since I hadn't worn Raindrops yet I would layer it over DWS to see what it was like.

Raindrops is sheer light grey polish with a jelly finish but also has pretty little silver flecks running through it.

This is 2 coats of Raindrops over the over DWS mani and 1 coat of the Shield.

I really liked this one and will show you Raindrops alone at somepoint too.

For reference here is both bottles next to each other which shows that DWS is the darker of the two.

Thanks for looking <3 

Thursday, 29 December 2011

Lynnderella Thank Blue over a-england Excalibur

Yey, another swatch post!  Sorry for the little absence ladies but I am back now and have another lovely Lynnderella polish from Llarowe to show you.

This time we have Thank Blue which is also from the Funny Money collection and is described here, 

Thank Blue! has turquoise hexagons and squares with turquoise holographic hexagons, squares and aqua hexagons in a sparkling turquoise blue base.

As most of the Lynnderella polishes I have tried so far, they would be ok to wear alone but I am thinking I might show you them all over another polish and then alone at somepoint too, means I get two posts for each, tee hee!

I decided to layer Thank Blue over Excalibur as I was going for that icy wintery look, I think I worked how I wanted....

Oh and one thing I will point out before I get to the pictures is Santa was good to me and got me a new camera for Christmas so *hopefully* this will mean better pictures for you guys once I get used to using it that is......

This is 1 coat of the Knight, 1 of Excalibur, 2 (thin) coats of Thank Blue and 1 thick coat of the Shield.  Again all pics can be enlarged to see the detail of the different glitters.

I hope you like this polish, and the pictures taken by my lovely new camera, which can do proper macro shots, how exciting. 

Thanks for looking <3 xx

The Lynnderella polish was sent to me for review.

Sunday, 25 December 2011

Lynnderella Change and a-england Perceval

Happy Christmas everyone!! I hope Santa was good to you all....

I have a few things to say before I start this post, and the first is, please don't be too sad when you see my *super* short nails, I had a little break two days before Christmas, and I don't even know how it happened, my peter pointer on my left hand decided to crack in a diagonal from the tip to near enough the nail bed, so there was no saving it, and I like my nails to be all the same length so they all got filed down but, and my previous mani was ruined...... but *bright side* this mani was my way of cheering myself up.

Following from that, I have for you something very special......... my first Lynnderella!!!  These polishes had been on my radar for a while but I tried not to look at them too much as Lynn sold them on her blog, they were gone in lightning speed, and also she did not ship internationally, so I kept them in the sidelines as not to make myself too sad that I couldn't get them.

Then the ever wonderful, multi tasking Llarowe decided she didn't have quite enough to do (joke Leah Ann :p), and made the decision to start selling Lynnderellas in December.  The first, and second I believe, shipments of these were gone in a microsecond, but she should be getting more in January, so keep an eye on her Facebook for the announcement of this......

As you may or may not know, Leah Ann held a swatching contest recently, where 11 ladies would be selected to carry a 'job' out, which would be swatching and reviewing all the existing and new lines Llarowe carried, or will carry,........... sounds unreal, I know, which is why I could not believe when I was chosen as one of the finalists, never mind one of the 11 official swatchers as there were many many entries.

I was chosen for a-england, Ozotic and Lynderella polishes, and I have said it before but I will say it again, thank you, thank you, thank you to Leah Ann for this opportunity, she has no idea just how much it means to me to be chosen, and I am sure the others feel the same.

Anyway, I blame the festive season for all my gushing, so before I go off again, back to the polish.......

I was still looking for something to tie in with my Mums Christmas theme of red and gold, so when I looked at the Lynderella polishes Leah Ann had sent me, Change seemed a great choice.

Change is from the Funny Money Collection and is described below -

Change. is about more than the coins under the sofa cushions. Change is gold, silver, pewter, copper, bronze glitter with flecks of holographic gold with multi-coloured accents in a very sparkly gold base.

For my red, I decided to stick with Perceval, so here is 1 coat of the Knight, 1 of Perceval, 1 of Change and 1 thickish coat of the Shield (which I am pleased to report made this polish smooth and shiny)

I would suggest clicking on these pictures to enlarge them so you get the full glory of all the different colours, sizes and shapes of glitter in Change.

I will bring Change out again to show you alone at some point too, as it looks amazing after a few layers but how do you like it over Perceval, it certainly fit the theme I was going for.......

Thank you for looking <3

The Lynnderella polish was sent to me for review.

Saturday, 24 December 2011

a-england Holy Grail, Perceval and Merlin

Wow whee! I cannot believe it is Christmas Eve already, hope everyone is feeling festive by now......

Before I start I would like to say a big Happy Birthday to my lovely friend Fi, you have seen the Illamasqua polishes she has 'let' me borrow on here before and I think she is actually my only friend who I see in 'real life' who reads my blog so I hope she has an amazing birthday and gets spoiled <3

Anyway, back to why you are all here, nail polish!!

I have for you today my first attempt at nails to match my Mums red and gold Christmas theme.  Of course a-englands were the first ones I thought of for red (Perceval) and gold (Hold Grail) but I decided Christmas also needed glitter so Merlin was picked too.  I wanted to try some kind of combo with them that I hadn't tried before, I was originally going to try a half moon mani, but decided on Ruffian at the last minute as thought it might be easier for me to freehand.

My idea for this didn't work just as I had hoped but I loved the colour combo so thought you guys would want to see, and if I try it again I will try to remember to take photos at each stage to show you.

I started with 1 coat of the Knight, then 1 coat of Holy Grail all over the whole nail, after this had dried I done 1 coat of Perceval but started up a bit further than the cuticle, but still (tried) to follow the same shape, then the same with 1 coat of Merlin and then a coat of the Shield to finish it all off.

And here was the end result.....

So the lines aren't as neat as I would have liked but I do like how the colours go together........what are your thoughts on this?  Yay or nay?? 

Thanks for looking <3 xxx

Friday, 23 December 2011

Illamasqua Phallic

Now this is an Illamasqua polish that I love, it drew me in as soon as I seen it, I love blue (like you didn't notice already :p) and shimmers so this was a win win for me before I even got it on my nails.

But amazingly enough I loved it even more once I did get it, Phallic is a deep midnight blue but it also has a lighter blue shimmer through it.  Application was hassle free, same as all the other Illamasqua polishes I have tried to date.

Here is 1 coat of the Knight, 2 of the polish and 1 of the Shield.

Thank you for looking and I may even have some festive nails coming up over the next couple of days, we go to my Mums on Boxing Day for dinner and her Christmas themed colours are, as always, red and gold, I wonder what I can do with these two

Thursday, 22 December 2011

Urban Decay Graffiti

Today I have for you a lovely polish, that is sadly no longer available through Urban Decay, but you can normally come across it on ebay, as I did.  I always have an eye on ebay for ones I don't have as I love the older Urban Decay polishes, I have no idea why they stopped making them as I have never tried one I don't like and the colours are amazing.  I have 9 (I think) in my collection but have only shown you one before now but will try and remedy that.

Anyway, today I have for you Urban Decay Graffiti, it is a baby blue polish with an amazing lilac duochrome shift.  It goes on pretty sheer at first but I was able to build it up with 3 coats, I need to try layering this one at some point as I think the purple shift would show up even stronger this way.

Here is 1 coat of the Knight, 3 of the polish and 1 of the Shield.

Thank you for looking <3 xx

Wednesday, 21 December 2011

Nails Inc Heavy {Holo} Metals Collection

I have already shown you the Heavy Metals collection alone, but here they are again and they are now made holo thanks to Nails Inc Electric Lane holographic top coat, which creates a scattered holo effect.

I got my Electric Lane a few weeks ago but had not had a chance to use it yet, and when I was wearing the Heavy Metals I thought the holo over the metallic might have a nice contrast.

All pictures were taken using 1 coat of the Knight, 2 of the Heavy Metal, 1 of Electric Lane and 1 of the Shield.

First here is Downing Street.

Next we have Old Park Lane.

Lastly we have Regent Street.

I love the effect Electric Lane creates, the scattered holo particles create a rainbow of colours even in lower lighting.

The Heavy Metals collection and the Electric Lane top coat can both be purchased from the Nails Inc website.

Thank you for looking. xx

The Heavy Metals Collection was sent to me for review, Electric Lane was purchased by me.

Tuesday, 20 December 2011

Glitter Gal Black Sparkle

This is a polish I have had for a little while, I got this in my first package from the wonderful Leah Ann of Llarowe and I have worn this at least once since I got it, but for some reason did not photograph it for a post.

Anyway, Black Sparkle is from the Glitter Gal line but is a scattered holographic rather than a linear.  The holo particles in this are also irregular shaped so creates a unique look.  Application of this polish was great and even with the sparkles, it is smooth even without top coat.  This polish is also very opaque and 1 coat would suffice for full coverage.

Here is 1 coat of the Knight, 2 of the polish and 1 of the Shield.

This polish can be bought from Llarowe on her official shop  and you should also drop by her official Facebook page to see some other wonderful swatches and chat with Leah Ann and all the other great ladies there xx

This product was sent to me for review.