Sunday, 25 January 2015

31DC2015 Day 25 - Complement and Contrast

Hi Goddesses

Today's prompt is a very different one, and I think I knew all along that I would be using blue and orange.  Make that 4 blues and one orange.

Here we have colours that complement each other - the varying shades of blue - and one colour which contrasts - the orange.   I've again used the ikat style brushstroke, because I think it suits my style of nail art so well.

Polishes used  -

Elevation Polish Thracian Sea
Barry M Damson
Barry M Elderberry
Barry M Huckleberry
Essie Orange It's Obvious

The random nature of this mani is perfect for me, and each nail was "constructed" differently.  I think the colours play really well off each other, and the matte top coat just nails it.

MoYou Nails Stamping Plates 127 & 128 Review

Hi Goddesses

Before Christmas, I was sent some goodies for review by MoYou Nails (aka the "other" MoYou).  I am a little annoyed they have taken so long to reach the blog - you can blame a 31DC and nail breaks for that!

I was sent 2 stamping plates and 1 polish - let's see how they measured up.

Plate 127 has some really cute images, and I decided to do some very untypical stamping using the flames, snowflakes and clouds over a neon base.

This was such a fun mani!  No problems stamping at all.

Plate 128 didn't fare quite so well, but I am not sure I hold it totally to blame.   As you can see, the chevron pattern stamped fine, but the straight lines didn't.

Now, I am honestly not sure I am prepared to blame the plate here.  I have NEVER had success with this pattern on any plate I've bought, so I'm going to allow the jury to sit that one out.  It's worth noting though that every other image on these 2 plates performed as expected.

I also used the mermaid pattern and MoYou Nails Persian Turquoise over Sally Hansen Royal Icing.  

Very happy with how this one turned out, and no complaints on the image or the stamping polish.

This isn't my first time reviewing for MoYou Nails, and I have happily also bought their polishes.  Their plates are "fine", which sounds like a criticism, although it's not meant to be.  Other than the striped pattern above, I've never had a problem with their plates, but I'm not sure there's a market for small individual plates anymore.  Everybody else is moving to larger plates, and at £4.99 each, these small plates aren't cheap either.  It's a good product, but they might have to adapt their model to survive.

These items were sent to me for an honest review and can be purchased HERE.

Saturday, 24 January 2015

31DC2015 Day 24 - Decals

Hi Goddesses

Decals.  Oh boy oh boy oh boy.  I've tried them once or twice before, and it wasn't good lol.  But they look so amazing on every one else!  How is this possible!  So I put the prompt in the challenge to force me to have another go.  Yeh, still not good.

Since I did this mani, I have received the wise counsel of some friends, so I hope my NEXT attempt will be better.

I used the decals on a plastic bag method, and here were my problems -

- I don't think I used the right colours
- you can see my brushstrokes :(
- the decal was quite brittle and tore in a couple of places as I put it on the nail (you can see this best on the middle nail)
- oh clean up - mess mess mess

So if I hate it so much, why am I blogging it?  Well, because we all start somewhere.  Maybe it's your first decal attempt, and yours look like shit too, or maybe in a few months I'll be awesome at it, and we'll be able to laugh at this post and learn where it was all going wrong.

That said, I love the base, which was a semi-splodge of Barry M Lemon Ice Cream and Sugar Apple, the plate (Vivid Lacquer 036), and I love how the matte top coat made the whole design look a little like fabric.

First step next time - pick better colours!

Above The Curve - Harry Potter Collection

Hi Goddesses

Today I have another gorgeous group of polishes sent to me for review by Above The Curve.  These aren't all "me" polishes, but there is some serious stun to be had, nevertheless.

Gryffindor is one of my favourites.  Deep berry with magenta magic, this one ticks all my boxes.

It's a great holo, with glittery bits, and my only observation is that I think this would have been more stunning if the glitter were finer - some of them seem a little large, and therefore jarring, to my eye.

The same thing is going on with Ravenclaw, where there's just something about the glitter that makes it sit on top of the mix, rather than within it.

Ravenclaw is a great denimy blue, and here the colour of the glitter really adds to the depth of the overall effect.

Hufflepuff.  Lol.  It's lemon!!!   This is one of those "not me" polishes, but it's fun, nonetheless.

This is creamy lemon with mixed size navy glitters.

Patronus Charm is an icy blue holo with a metallic edge to it.

This is a very cold, wispy colour - perfect for how I imagine the lakeside scene in Prisoner of Azkaban (still my favourite HP book).

Now, Polyjuice Potion is absolutely "not me" but there's something about it that I find really cute.  This is a pale lime jelly, sprinkled with glitters.

This dries semi matte, and you can see I have left it matte on some nails and glossed it up on others.

Sirius Black is a really interesting polish.  Shades of bark, charcoal and coffee mix in this dark-edged polish, which because of its holo, also manages to catch the light.

This initially dries to a matte gritty finish.  Again, I have it natural on some fingers and glossed on the others.  This polish is quite fascinating, and I like that it's different.

And finally Slytherin.  Again, "not me", but I think this is the polish of the collection.  There is just so much complexity here, from the amazing holo bend, to the slight duochrome properties.

I love the deviousness of this polish, which gives it a character befitting of its name.  There's also a toxic element, something faintly poisonous here.   This was the one I wanted to take the most photos of.  Fascinating.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review, and all of them can be purchased HERE.

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