OPI Black Shatter & China Glaze Shocking Pink

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Last night I was changing my polish for today, and I decided I'd fulfill my promise and wear Black Shatter one more time so I could forever be done with it.  I said I'd try it over a neon pink, but wearing the last Black Shatter manicure for a couple of days convinced me it wasn't for me.  I decided to do what I could to make this one more tolerable and got on with it.

    I applied three coats of China Glaze Shocking Pink, which I've shown you before.  It's a retina-searing, distractingly neon pink creme, and is kind of a PITA to apply in the same way that the China Glaze OMG's and Nfu Oh holos are, but also like those, the color is completely worth the effort.  I topped that off with quick dry top coat and while it dried, considered what I didn't care for in Black Shatter and how to work around those things.

    The first thing is that I don't like how the tinier cracks look, and the second is it bugs me when my nails aren't smooth.  When I applied Black Shatter to Shocking Pink, I used a thicker coat of it so it would make bigger cracks, and I finished it like it was a glitter and used three coats of top coat.  As for smoothness, there are still some small bumps from the crackle but they're tiny and now it's very glassy, so that worked out well, and here you can see that the thicker coat of Black Shatter worked too.

    OPI Black Shatter & China Glaze Shocking Pink
    OPI Black Shatter over China Glaze Shocking Pink
    What was truly shocking here is that I like it.  Previously, I think the fact that it's black was a big problem as well - I never would have combined black with a pale pink glitter, but I would (and have) with Shocking Pink, so this one just works for me.  I was surprised at how much I really like it.

    In fact, as the top coat finished curing, I was admiring this mani when into my head popped the thought, "This looks like something C.C. DeVille would wear."  Consulting Google for a mere moment confirmed that this was indeed true.  Note the hot pink guitar strap and Black Shatter jacket.

    Black Shatter & Shocking Pink?
    At first this just struck me as really funny, and later I realized that there's some dark recess of my brain that's always at the ready and burning up precious mental energy, just to offer me disturbingly accurate and brisk recall of the stage attire of 80's hair bands.  But, you know what they say: every rose has its thorn.

    That's my manicure for today, and the one that's swayed my opinion on crackle polishes.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!  

Free Hello Kitty Fauxnad Plate

    There is some weirdness with this vendor's site you should be aware of before entering your info.

    The status on whether this code is active this changes from day to day. The top comment for this post is the most recent, and that's the latest word I have on it. Please read the top comment to see where this currently stands.

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    A few weeks ago, I received an email asking me about an overseas web site that was offering a completely free Hello Kitty nail art stamping plate (specifically, if it was legitimate). I'd never heard of it, so I figured there was only one way to find out and I placed the order, for which I did not have to enter any payment information. When someone tells me they'll give me something for nothing, I tend to hope for the best without any real expectations, and I promptly forgot all about it until I received a little envelope from Singapore yesterday that had the plate inside.

    Since it is legitimate, I thought you'd want to know about it. The site is called Born Pretty, and the item is called Hello Kitty Nail Art Stamping Plate. Here's Born Pretty's picture of the plate, which is numbered M71.

    Free Hello Kitty Fauxnad Plate
    Free Hello Kitty Nail Art Stamping Plate from Born Pretty
    To get it, add the plate, which displays a price of $2.99, to your cart and go to check out. For shipping method, choose "Airmail (Unregistered)" for free shipping, and enter coupon code BP299 to deduct the $2.99 price of the Hello Kitty plate, and for your payment option choose "I have paid before/Free items," which doesn't prompt for additional billing info. Submit order, and that's it.

    Mine took 3 weeks to arrive, which is about the time I'd expect. I checked the site now for my order history to get the details above, and found that my order status is Pending. That's not a huge problem, but it indicates to me that their system is not 100% automated since the order was shipped and delivered. That can cause some hassles when something isn't manually updated correctly on their side, so I wouldn't be astounded if an order required a few emails, but their CS was good - I recall getting an email clarifying some detail right after I placed the order. I mention that just because I'd want to know about it before spending money on a future order.

    I thought this was a nice thing because I'm always a bit reluctant ordering from a smaller place overseas, and this lets potential customers place a test order for free and see how the company does. They had a few other offers for a free item going, but they all required additional action, such as tweeting links. I didn't want to announce this until I'd gotten a test order just in case it went south, so I only went for the one.

    Born Pretty has a lot of fauxnad plates and cheap nail art supplies (and oddly, colored contacts, but I think I'd hold off on ordering from them and go to an optometrist), and I'd place an order for paid items from them now.

    For the record, I placed my order strictly as a test to see how they did so I could tell you about it, and Born Pretty was given no indication that anything about my order would be published anywhere (or that a platform for me to do so exists) , so I believe the service I received is what can generally be expected of them. Fortunately, you can place your own test order and verify that for free. If you place an order and have a noteworthy experience either way, please leave a comment - additional accounts experience with the company would be useful to anybody interested in ordering.

    One addition - I just noticed the banner at the top of their home page announcing time off for Chinese New Year, so they probably won't reply to emails for a bit, and that's something to be aware of.

    That's all I had to pass on to you this morning, Dear Reader. Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

OPI The One That Got Away

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    This morning I was happy to see that the sun had peeked out a bit (not blazing clear-sky sun, but much better than it's been), so I looked for a polish that I thought needed decent sunlight for a good picture, and OPI The One That Got Away was first on the list.

    The One That Got Away seems to be the least-loved of OPI's Katy Perry Collection, but I think it's fantastic. It's a deep red-berry shade that's full of the sparkly pigment we saw so much of in the last half of 2010 (OPI Holiday, Nubar Venetian, Zoya Fire & Ice).  The polish is thin but still easy to control, and after two coats the coverage was adequate but didn't have as much sparkle as the polish in bottle, so I added a third and it now it does.  This is The One That Got Away completely dry in moderate sunlight.

    OPI The One That Got Away
    OPI The One That Got Away Nail Polish, Three Coats
    I know it's not as out of the ordinary as Black Shatter or Teenage Dream, but it's an infinitely more wearable shade with a great finish, and I think there's something to be said for that.  Since I didn't see as much hype around The One That Got Away, right after I placed the order including it I was kind of kicking myself, but I was quite pleasantly surprised at just how pretty it is when it arrived.  It's probably my favorite of the OPI Katy Perry Collection.

    I'm off to start a busy day that will be lightened by peeking at a pretty sparkly nail polish in the sun, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you! 

Parokeets Bloggy Birthday Giveaway

    Parokeets are giving away this amazing prize to celebrate their birthday

    if you want to enter click here for details
    Stacie xoxox

Stylish Blogger Award

    I'd like to thank my Mum and Dad, Brother, Sister in Law and Nieces, Bluebell for always eating my nail varnish box and Chicken Boy for putting up with the smell ;-)

    Seriously though I would like to thank 21stcenturyhippy as she nominated me. She has just posted some awesome hand painted nails go check it out

    There are rules with this award you must:

    1. Thank and link the person who gave you this award
    2. Share 7 things about yourself
    3. Award 15 recently discovered great bloggers
    4. Contact these bloggers to tell them about this award
    1. Thanks again Northern Nails 
    2. 1. I have a house rabbit called Bluebell
        2. I work for a mortgage broker as an admin assistant
        3. Despite being 34 (!!!) I love hello kitty and other Kawaii characters
        4. I have being with my boyfriend for 14 years and engaged for all most as long
        5. I have a pink and cupcake kitchen (god love Chicky for not moaning!)
        6. I can't drive 
        7. I work in an office which is in a house so there is a dog and 3 cats there either walking allover my  work or barking when I am on the phone with clients.

    3. Recently discovered bloggers are ones I've recently discovered (they might have already had this but I wanted to put blogs that I liked):

Zoya Gemma

    Hello, Dear Reader!

    This morning I put on Zoya Gemma, which was a nice change from the OPI Teenage Dream and Black shatter I'd had on for a couple of days.  I'd mentioned in the first post about Black Shatter that  the old crackle polishes were agonizing for me to remove, but that wasn't the case with Black Shatter - it came right off.  Teenage Dream, on the other hand, was a project to remove.  Anyhow, Gemma's a good one after that!

    Zoya Gemma is one of the Intimates Collection for Spring 2011, and it's another that's a good rendition of a pretty standard color with an exceptional finish.  The base color is an olive drab, of which there have been many in the past couple of years, but Gemma's twist is that is has a strong blue flash that's distinctly visible even in indoor lighting.  Although thinner than Marley, it only took two coats to be even and opaque and had an average dry time.

    I took about a million pictures of Gemma in different lighting conditions, but I had the poor judgment to start outside in natural light (of which there is terribly little today) so my hands got really cold and pretty red.  The drab greens tend to accentuate redness, so please forgive my poor cold lobster hand.  The pictures that ended up most accurately showing the polish were under artificial light (so freezing my hand until it was red was entirely unnecessary), and this is Zoya Gemma completely dry.

    Zoya Gemma
    Zoya Gemma Nail Polish, Two Coats
    That blue shimmer really does show this clearly in indoor lighting, it's super cool.  For me, Zoya's two for two on the Intimates - I really like the subtlety of both that I've used so far.  They're like new and improved versions of the base colors.

    That's what I have for you this morning, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!  

    *This polish was sent to me by the manufacturer for review.

Cath Kidston Inspired Vintage Nails

    It was my BFF's birthday on Tuesday and she adores Cath Kidston. So I have been spending a lot of time on the website and this inspired this...

    The thumb, middle and little finger were inspired by this design - image is taken from the Cath Kidston website found here

    The index and ring finger were inspired by this fabric also found here

    But I changed the background colour to blue.
    I used Barry M in Blueberry Ice cream for the background and Mint Green for the light foliage
    For the white I used Models Own Snow White
    For the pinks I used the Nails Inc heathered grey and plum from the Diet Coke Promotion in Boots.
    I also used a little acrylic paint for the dark green, Sinful Colors Strong Nails as a base and Seche Vite as top coat.
    I hope you like them :-D I am quite pleased with them but I think I went a little too heavy on the floral part on the ring finger nail. I prefer the look on the index finger nail. I think the effect is pretty good overall anyway.
    The most accurate photo colour wise is the last one.

FingerPaints Palette of Petals Preview

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I just received some promo pictures from Sally Beauty Supply for their Spring 2011 collection, Palette of Petals.

    Here's what I have:

    FingerPaints Palette of Petals Collection
    FingerPaints Palette of Petals Collection for Spring 2011

    The others are little color dots, and I'm not entirely sure which is which (I discovered upon renaming them so I can find them...).  In any case, they look really cheery to me, so I'm excited to see them.

    That's all I had to tell you!  I get all excited about seasonal FingerPaints, so I wanted to pass it on.  Until tomorrow, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you! 

Zoya Marley

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    This week Zoya sent me their Intimates Collection for Spring 2011 to review, but I was scurrying about with Black Shatter to give you a look while it was available and haven't told you about them yet.

    As you can see from the title, I only have Zoya Marley to show you today.  The reason for that is when I opened the Intimates and looked at them in the light, I was really struck by how cool the finishes on many of them are (two are cremes), and since they're already for sale on Zoya's site, I'm not hurrying to give you a peek before they're online.  The thing is, some shimmers look different when wet and completely dried (like SpaRitual Steel Magnolia, a frostfest wet and strong shimmer dry), and the Intimates look fabulous enough to warrant dry mani pics.  For pre-release swatches, that's not reasonable since it would take several hours, but I have the luxury of doing them one at a time.

    My first choice was Marley because it's a very pale, muted lavender with the most subtle pearly finish.  It's a very delicate color with a delicate finish, and I think it works really well.  The application of it was excellent and I only needed two coats, while for a shade this pale three would not be unusual.  I took the picture of this one a couple of days ago, in natural light with the sun fading in and out.  Ideally, I would have had strong sunlight to show the shimmer, but since I wanted to show these to you before May, I made due with what was available.

    Zoya Marley
    Zoya Marley Nail Polish, Two Coats
    The shimmer shows best where the light is reflected.  Isn't that cool?  It's barely there, yet easily visible.  The shimmer reminds me  of Chanel Peche Nacree.  My hand is a little pink here because it was super cold out, and this was the 10th picture I took.   I didn't realize it was quite so cold, so I was out there in a t-shirt.  At least a whole bunch of neighbors drove past and saw me wandering around outside without a coat on taking pictures of my hand.

    That's Zoya Marley, and it's far prettier than I had anticipated.  Although the color isn't unusual (it's here in front of me next to a SpaRitual creme almost the same shade), that finish really is something special, and for me it's perfectly paired with the color.  I'm a big fan of this one.

    I don't have much else to tell you this morning, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you! 

Cath Kidston nails

    Sneek peak of my new nails. Details tomorrow

OPI Teenage Dream & OPI Black Shatter

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I gave OPI Black Shatter another shot last night, so we can take another look at it.  Today I put it over one of the Katy Perry OPI glitters, Teenage Dream.  Teenage Dream is a bunch of tiny regular and round holo glitter in a somewhat sheer base.  I usually evaluate the opacity of a polish by holding it sideways above eye level and rolling it - by how well I can see the mixing balls through the polish, I can tell how opaque it'll be.  This one seems pretty sheer.

    I figured I'd use a complimentary creme under it, and I did one coat of SpaRitual I Am the Light.  That's not truly a one-coater - I had to apply carefully to get even coverage.  When I added Teenage Dream, I was glad I didn't have to build color, as it was much like I imagine applying cake batter out of a nail polish bottle would be.  I used two coats, and they were really thick coats (there was no way to make them thin).  This is Teenage Dream over I Am the Light mostly dry.

    OPI Teenage Dream
    OPI Teenage Dream Nail Polish, Two Coats over Opaque Base
    I like this one and will definitely wear it alone.  I realized wearing it that I think pink is becoming my favorite color, and the glitter is so pretty.  It does suck up a lot of top coat thought, so it's the standard high maintenance glitter mani.  It was painful to sully Teenage Dream with Black Shatter, but I did.  I like it better over the tiny glitter than I did over yesterday's shimmer, but I still prefer the glitter alone (well, alone over the opaque base, as above) to anything with Black Shatter.

    OPI Teenage Dream &h OPI Black Shatter
    OPI Teenage Dream Nail Polish with OPI Black Shatter Top Coat
    Again, I can see where this is cool, with the juxtaposition of a super girly glitter and the anti-girly black crackle, but to my eye the one without Black Shatter is still more appealing.  I'm thinking maybe one or two more tries with this crackle, but it's likely that'll be it.

    That's the scoop for today, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

Mini haul

    I had a little gift card so i bought a few pretties. Got a back up dusty mauve and heather grey. I got the ice cream colours because i am thinking cath kidston nails tonight. So many designs which to chose?

OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam Duo

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I just got the  OPI Serena Glam Slam Duo Pack, and since OPI's Black Shatter crackle top coat seems to be flying off the shelves, I thought I'd show it to you right away since Black Shatter is half of the duo and is still available on Trans Design.  I bought it there, and both the Serena duo and the Katy Perry bottles arrived without any marks on them at all, in perfect condition.

    The other color in the duo is Simply Smash-ing! (I have no idea why that's hyphenated), a  kind of sickly sparkly green.  Unfortunately, I have no better  adjective that applies as well as "sickly."  It's not a bad color, it's just an odd one.   The sparkle in it is very cool, and it applied nicely.  In the picture I have two coats, completely dry, which is adequate as a base for Black Shatter, but if I were to wear Simply Smash-ing! alone I'd likely add a third since I can see through my tips just a bit.

    OPI Simply Smash-ing!
    OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam Duo: OPI Simply Smash-ing! Nail Polish, Two Coats
    So that's a color that might grow on me, I don't know.  I added Black Shatter to it, and that's another look that I'm not really sure about.  For crackle top coats, I would not be shocked if I receive the same requests to do anything within my profoundly limited power to squelch it as I had regarding  mattes.  I had some things to tell you about Black Shatter, but I'll get to that after the picture, which is one coat of Black Shatter over Simply Smash-ing! followed with one coat of Poshe.

    OPI Black Shatter
    OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam Duo: OPI Black Shatter over OPI Simply Smash-ing
    See what I mean about questionable?  I can definitely see where it looks cool and is like super low maintenance nail art, but at the same time I think it's hideous and the nails on my right hand are distracting the heck out of me while I type.  So I'm currently holding polar opposite views on Black Shatter, and I don't know where I'll finally land on it.  I'm definitely going to try it a few more times to form an opinion.

    I sought out some advice prior to deciding to try Black Shatter.  I've developed a somewhat friendly relationship with a woman in the cosmetics industry who really knows the properties of various ingredients and pigments, all the how and why stuff.  I contacted her because my prior experience with crackle polishes was with the old ones from years ago, and those are a nightmare to remove, a nightmare which pales all other painful removals by comparison.  They're like trying to dissolve plaster with acetone, and the colored ones stained the heck out of my skin upon removal.  Anyhow, with all the crackles coming out this year, I contacted her to find out if there was some innovation that allowed for a new formula.  I was told that indeed there was, and that these were easy to deal with.  I didn't ask for more - I figured any details would simply send me on a Google expedition for definitions and I took her word for it.

    I'd tried an old crackle just over the weekend, and it was clearly very different from Black Shatter. I used an old blue Toma one, which is much thinner and takes several minutes to dry and crack, then clings to the nail with a death grip.  Black Shatter is a bit on the thick side, and it forms the cracks so quickly that I had to work fast applying it.  I noticed that as I painted one nail, the one right before it was already crackling.  The cracks kept getting bigger until I was afraid it would just flake off, so I sealed it on with Poshe at that point.  Seeing that it is different, I'm not worried about removal or staining.

    That, Dear Reader, is what I know about the OPI Serena Williams Glam Slam Duo.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you! 

Nails Inc Paradise Walk & Plate XL A

    Good morning. Dear Reader!

    Yesterday was just one of those days for me, you know the kind where every attempt to accomplish anything at all is thwarted and generates more projects?  I was really frustrated by early evening, which is when I've been doing my nails lately, so I figured I'd do best to think up something really fun lest I get into a bad mood.  It worked - by nighttime I was laughing maniacally with my beloved, so all was well.

    Neons are always very fun for me, so I broke out the Nails Inc Kings of Neon Collection from last summer (I think that's when it was released - I got it at a decent discount, so it may have been earlier).  It's a set of eight minis, six neon colors, their silk base coat, and Kensington Caviar Top Coat.  Here's one of their promo pictures of the set.

    Nails Inc Kings of Neon
    Nails Inc Kings of Neon Collection

    The thing is, these are micro minis at 4.5 ml rather than the usual 5ml.  Not much of a net difference, but 10% less is 10% less.  For the base that was fine, but got more difficult later.  The colors I used were the pink, called Paradise Walk (3rd from left), and  the blue just to its right, Phoenix Street, as an accent.  The blue needed three coats, typical for a neon but unusual for a Nails Inc, and that was tolerable, but required dipping the brush twice per nail per coat.  Paradise Walk was a lot testier with 5 coats, which used up half of the mini, and for coats 4-5 I had to dip the brush three times per nail since the polish was lower.  The top coat might just be my all-time favorite (ignoring cost, that is - I would never pay retail for it!), but it was harder to use from a mini.  It's like a watery thin Lippmann Addicted to Speed - it's fast to freeze up like the Lippmann and works super fast and well, but since the Nails Inc is thin, it's not a race to spread it out before it starts to freeze up.  With the mini requiring a double dip, I was slower, and the second drop per nail was a race.

    After that, I stamped a pattern from plate XL A (one which somehow reminds me of the set of Laugh In) on my tips using Konad White.  Konad White Pearl is less likely to smudge, but I like the stark contrast of white creme on neon creme, so I just used White and finished with Konad top coat and another quick dry, and it worked out.  One note: in the bottle, Paradise Walk is distinctly pink (the picture above is color accurate for the bottle on my monitor), but it dries pink-red.  A couple of the color Club pink neons are this way too, and even if I like the pink-red it's a disappointment because I wanted the pink of the bottle color.

    Nails Inc Paradise Walk Nail Polish & Plate XL A
    Nails Inc Paradise Walk Nail Polish with Plate XL A and Phoenix Street Accent
    It's not quite what I had in mind since I wanted pink pink, but all I was aiming for was fun enough to make me chipper, so mission accomplished.

    That's what I have for you this morning, Dear Reader, and until next time, love and nail polish to you! 

    P.S. I meant to mention one bit of sad news I received yesterday.  You might recall that I had a favorite UK ebay seller who later started her own site, Jacqui from Beautyspot Cosmetics.  I got a message from her email address that had her husband's name on it making the announcement that Jacqui had passed away (explaining the resulting short delays on orders, if you can believe the poor man was tending to that).  I was very sad because she was really a lovely woman, and the note was signed by her husband and three kids who  will continue the family business.  I wanted to mention it in case any of you were as fond of her as I was.  Rest in peace, Jacqui.


    This is the design I wore last week on all nails. I only took one photo.

    The background in Models Own white.
    The blue and red are Nails Inc Denim and Plum (Diet Coke Offer)
    The gold is China Glaze Midnight Kiss
    Base coat is Sinful Colors Non yellowing and Top Coat is Seche Vite

    It was fun to wear and I got lots of compliments which is always nice :-D
    Thanks for stopping by

Nfu Oh 65 & Chez-Delaney H2

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today is a reader request day, with the request being for a chevron manicure in any colors, something I haven't done in recent years.  I like them well enough for an occasional change of pace, but they take me forever because I'm picky.  I find it distracting if the chevron is even a hair asymmetric about the center line, so when I placed my first order for Chez-Delaney plates, I was interested in the chevron tip plate.

    It turns out that I eyed the plain chevron, but I bought the modified one.  I figured it's close enough, so I went with it anyhow.  I chose Nfu Oh 65 over Aqua Base for the main color, then stamped the tip pattern from plate H2 in Blue Konad Special Polish.  I used Konad Top Coat and another coat of quick dry top coat to seal it.

    Nfu Oh 65  & Chez-Delaney H2
    Nfu Oh 65 Nail Polish with Chez-Delaney Plate H2
    What struck me about this pattern  is that even at this length, my nails are only marginally long enough for this stamp.  I got a little chip in the edge of my left ring nail and smoothed it out a few weeks ago, and on that nail the solid part of the stamp, the part closing the intersection of all the lines, didn't quite fit despite the fact that I placed the stamp with the sides closer to the cuticle than usual.  The other thing is I don't always get the very edges with a solid stamp, so I painted over the spots that had something missing.  The difference in opacity of the Konad polish shows in the picture, but not without magnification.

    I said it was a reader request day,and it's a two-fer  An animated  gif of a holo was also requested (again, any color - I like vague requests!), so I made one.  I've never had a reason to make an animated gif before, so this is my first try at it.  I had to use artificial light for today's pictures, so there is variance between the one above and the ones below.  I chose the picture above because it's color accurate on my monitor, and the ones below because they show the holo well and line up well enough that you don't feel like you're watching Pong.  

    Nfu Oh 65
    Fun with Nfu Oh 65
    That today's update, Dear Reader.  Until; next time, love and nail polish to you!  

Paul at hospital

    Poor love hiding behind the eyeball machine.

Nautical Nails

    3 followers how exciting! I haven't got time to do a full post today. My partner Paul was playing being a lines man at football today and someone didn't agree with his decision so they punched him in the face. Hard. So we've been in the hospital A&E department until 10pm :-( not fun.
    Anyway a quick post of some nails I did a few weeks back. Inspired by some nails in a Japanese Nail Art magazine. I can't remember which one but was a summer edition by the look of them.

    White nail polish - Models Own
    True Blue nail polish - Models Own
    Red gemstones from a nail art kit from Claires Accessories
    Red nail art pen from Ebay
    Sinful Colors Non Yellowing as base and top coat.
    I hope you enjoy looking at them.
    I have some false nail samples I will post tomorrow
    Stacie oxox

Golden Rose 119 & Plate XL A

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I tried out a new to me brand for today's manicure, Golden Rose.  Golden Rose 119 is an almost black holo (I've seen it called black,but next to black it looks dark charcoal).

    The bottle for this one is super small at 6 ml ( as opposed to the standard 15 ml), but the price is proportionately lower so it's just like buying a tiny amount at a time.  As for using the tiny bottle and brush for application, it was a little weird due to bottle size, but along the lines of the old Laura Mercier bottles rather than a mini.  I wish the brush were better because the polish itself is very nice, with the brush being the only drawback for me.  The application was unusually smooth and even for a holo (no "bald spots" like with Nfu Ohs, China Glaze OMG's, or Sally Hansen Magicals), it only took two coats to be even and opaque with a better than average drying time, and when dry the surface of the nail is mirror smooth.

    After I applied Golden Rose 119 and was surveying my work, I thought that the polish wasn't as holographic as I'd like it to be, which prompted the memory of an entire post from a while back where I told you what a difference Nfu Oh Aqua Base makes under holos.  Then I remembered my lengthy holo kick last summer, during which I consistently used Aqua Base and found it livened up every holo polish I used over it, which leads me to believe that Golden Rose 119 needs another run over Aqua Base.

    To perk it up in the meantime, I stamped my tips with a pattern from tip plate XL A using Nfu Oh 61 for the stamping, and here's what I came up with.

    Golden Rose 119 Nail Polish & Plate XL A
    Golden Rose 119 Nail Polish, Two Coats, with Plate XL A
    It's not bad, but I'm still kicking myself for using the wrong base.

    That's about it for today, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

First ever nail art

    I was looking round the internet and Lipglossiping linked WAH nails. I fell in love with the zebra and pink design and tried to recreate it. I used bourjois french tip white, I used GOSH waterproof liner for the stripes and a pink I got free with a magazine. Top and base I used Sally Hansen Miracle cure. And so the addiction began!

Floral Nails - with better photos!

    So the post from phone worked ok apart from the terrible picture!

    The background polish on the thumb, middle and little fingers is Boots 17 Lasting Fix in Mint Choc Chip and the flowers are painted on by hand with phat santa (below), Nails inc in Heather Grey (free one with 2 bottle of diet coke at Boots), white nail art pen and I used dark green acrylic paint for the leaves. I just used a normal fine paint brush that I got from Dunelm (was a pack of 8 for £4 in the sale)
    The background polish on the index and ring fingers is China Glaze Phat Santa (Loves) and rhinestones.
    For all nails I used Sinful Colors True Colours Non Yellowing as base coat and Seche Vite for top coat.
    As  I said in my previous post I was inspired by Japanese nail art magazine Nail Up July 2010.

    I really like this look I hope it lasts all week. Will have to top up the top coat to try and make it last. Sorry not very well cleaned around the nails was trying to take pics before light faded completely. Roll on summer!

Chez-Delaney Plate XL B

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    As I was warming up the car to go to the post office early this morning, I was admiring my Japanese OPI DS Original in the sun (the sun returned today!), and it struck me that I didn't have the heart to remove it after one day, so I conceded that I'd just not post today.  Then I went over to the PO, and lo and behold, guess what was waiting for me?  Well, since you read the title, I don't have to give you a lot of guesses - my plates A and B from the XL series arrived, and I scurried home to check them out.

    The actual plates are giant but about as thin as regular, so they'll need more delicate care not to bend.  My plate B has a dent in it that looks like something pointy fell on it from a reasonable height, but it's next to a pattern, not on it, so I'm hoping that pattern works.  Otherwise, I have 83 big tip patterns that look fine, so I can't complain too much.  I used a pattern from plate B, and I was able to get a picture in sunlight.

    Chez-Delaney XL B over Japanese OPI DS Original Nail Polish in Sunlight
    I can tell I'm going to love these!  For the stamping, I used the regular Konad stamper and Konad Black Pearl Special Polish.  I tried the new giant stamper for two stamps, but I don't like it yet.  The surface is a squishy silicone, and it didn't pick up as much of the image as the regular stamper, so I didn't use it.  When I was done stamping, I used a coat of Konad top coat, then a coat of Poshe.

    There's nothing quite like getting a new toy, so the arrival of the plates really made me happy.  That's what I have for you today, Dear Reader, and until next time, love and nail polish to you!

Floral nails

    Inspired by nail up july 2010. First post by phone. Photo quality poor!

Nautical Hearts

    One of the first designs I actually took pictures of was a nautical heart design. I don't think I copied this idea from a magazine I think I started to do something and it evolved into this. I was definitely influenced by a summer Japanese nail art magazine spread though it’s not a scheme that springs to mind in the depths of winter!

    For the background colour I used models own in true blue available here
    For the nail art I used nail art pens that I got from eBay. I won't say where because the ones I got were cheap but I wouldn't recommend them. The black and white especially (i.e. the ones I use the most) have got very thick quickly and half the pens I got were no good because the glitter doesn't fit through the pen. They also have a brush so they can be used just not fully.

    This was the first design where I tried to draw something with the pens so I’m pretty pleased with it. Sorry the photographs aren’t the best. I will have to learn how to take good photographs of nails. 

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