Thursday, 21 August 2014

Old School OPI - Charge It In Milan and Russian To A Party

Hi Goddesses

2 very old OPIs today - not only that, they're sim-i-larrrrr lol.

I think I only bought these because I found an eBay seller selling old OPIs at a ridiculously low price.  Also, I'm a sucker for old OPIs - they always seem that little bit more imaginative and magical.

Charge It In Milan is just stellar.  A rich burnt orange this has more shimmer than you can shake a shimmery stick at as you pass through Shimmer Town.  It just vibrates with beauty.


Russian To A Party suffers by comparison.  Essentially it's the same polish, just not as good.  The colour is weaker, as is the magical shimmer.

It's still beautiful, but CIIM is the one you want to try and lay paws on.

Wednesday, 20 August 2014

New Series - Four Play with Indigo Bananas Chill Out

Hi Goddesses

Is it a new series?  I dunno, but it's a cool title, isn't it hahah.  Basically, I had a mani that I did in 4 steps, which means you could use the same mani to create a different look every single day for 4 days (AND it used 4 polishes) and I thought Four Play sounded funny .... giggles.

I used to do something similar called Recycled Nails, and I know a few other bloggers have done something similar.  I still love the concept, so here we go.

Day 1 - Start off simple, with a plain swatch.

This is the GLORIOUS OPI Planks A Lot, still one of my favourite polishes.  I don't think I'll EVER get bored with this.

Beautiful tone of purple, perfectly pastel without being pukey, and shiny as a bald man's head.

Day 2 - Painted Gradient

I've briefly shown painted gradients before.  Stupidly, I didn't take many photos here, but basically, the base polish now has Illamasqua Grab painted over it.

Day 3 - Glitter Topper

Now the fun part - the glitter.  Until 2 days later when you realise you started with base coat and not PVA .....

This is a beautiful glitter from Indigo Bananas called Chill Out.  It's full of white and silver loveliness - very icy, very shimmery too.

I absolutely loved this look.

Day 4 - Matte Top Coat

I seem to be a meme at the moment, running around (well, maybe not running), screaming Matte All The Things!   I'm utterly obsessed with the qualities a matte polish brings to a mani, and I just can't get enough of them at the moment.

Another bonus - for photography, matte top coats sometimes give the best results.  Whilst in real life I definitely preferred the mani glossy, in photos, I prefer the finished version.

So, why bother, why do 4 manis like this?  Well, we're all busy.  Nail art is great (even though this is not art, per se), but it can take time.  This way, you divide the time required into little bite sized chunks - plus, you get chance to experiment!

De-Vautling Cadillacquer Slice of Life and Easy As Pie

Hi Goddesses

2 gorgeous Cadillacquer polishes for you today.  Cadillacquer is one of my favourite brands, there's always a surprise somewhere in the polish - either a shimmer you weren't expecting or a perfectly chosen glitter.

Slice of Life was from the Dexter Collection - how could I resist?   Ha ha.  This is a lovely bright red with heavenly shimmer running through it.

My only disappointment about this polish was how sheer it was.  My nail line is very visible and I think I used 4 coats here, and it still wasn't quite enough.  I am hoping the polish thickens up a little with use, otherwise it will need undies (making it very similar to Butter London Disco Biscuit in opacity and content).

Easy As Pie is one of the earlier glitters.  Lilac, duh.  This is LOADED with beautiful glitters in various shapes and colours.

When she first started, this was Madeleine's staple polish - great base, great glitter combo - and I love seeing how she's really branched out from there to make some of the most beautiful polishes around.

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