Wednesday, 23 April 2014

4 China Glaze: Sunday Funday Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your week is going well so far. I wish I could say the same for me but this week hasn't been off to a good start. I had really planned to post more by now but I've just been so stressed. Stress for me sets off my stomach syndrome which makes me sick. Which causes me to get more stressed about my lack of productivity – So you see its a vicious circle, argh! Today I really wanted to post something special but my creativity is still a little shot so I am showing you my swatches and review of China Glaze's 'Sunday Funday' which I think is perfect for spring/summer! Less whinging more nails!

Colour ~ Sunday Funday is a bright, vibrant deep sky blue. I just love the colour of this polish, to me it makes me think of a beautiful clear sky. It's one of those shades that just adds a strong pop of colour easily. I do find it can stain a little because of how pigmented it is so be warned, prep your nails well and scrub them after wearing if need be. Maybe its a good sign that it doesn't put me off this polish – I love it that much.

Application ~ To die for, really! I find the application to be a breeze and I always look forward to knowing I'll be applying this polish. I only applied two coats and find dry time to be pretty quick. I've never had any trouble with streaking or bubbles and it seems to me to be a little self-levelling which is always great, right?

Texture ~ I think I would describe Sunday Funday as a Cream. Wonderfully even, its not too watery nor too thin which means the consistency when applying and in the end result looks great – You can see how fantastically shiny and glossy the end result appears.

★★★★★/5 I personally love Sunday Funday, just as the name suggests there's something very summery and fun about it. I also think she looks really pretty in all kinds of nail art and paired with different shades – its very versatile. I think with all these pro's and the amazing dry time its certainly one to invest in if you love blues as much as me!

What do you think of Sunday Funday? Do you have a go-to blue polish that you are always excited to dig out and play with?

Enjoy the rest of your day,

Sunday, 20 April 2014

12 Happy Easter Bunday - Acrylic Bunnies At Sunset

Allo polish Pals!
Happy Easter to you all! I hope you all have a lovely day however you chose to spend today :) I'm excited as we are having a family meal later on – Fondue! I've never ever had any type of fondue and my first fondue will be done in Dutch-style! That means we'll be dipping our yums in hot oil (I always thought fondue was only done in cheese or chocolate!) Of course I miss my family in England but I know they will have a great day and I hope I will see them soon. Are you spending Easter with family? This year for my Easter manicure I decided to do something much different to last year and I think I like this better! Here are bunnies at sunset :)

I started off this manicure by creating a gradient using Pacific Rapsodi in 22, 23, Model's Own 'Sophie's Pink' and Barry M's 'Peach Melba'. I was really happy with my gradient despite a little mess around the cuticles. I then used myOumaxi acrylic paint in black to create some bunny silhouettes and finished off with my top coat.

What do you think of my sunset bunnies? Have you created a sunset type manicure before?
Have a lovely Easter, stuff yourselves silly with chocolate and enjoy the company you have :)

Saturday, 19 April 2014

8 Catrice : PlumDogMillionaire Swatch & Review ★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope you are enjoying your weekend so far! I've been a little bit behind this week. I'm not sure what happened, but I didn't get all the things I wanted to do done. Especially nail art, I had a specialized day manicure planned but time and life got in the way! I will be making some Easter nail art today – in between all the things I must do around the house but I'm determined that tomorrow I will show you something Easter-y! (And better than my attempt last year)That reminds me, how do you celebrate Easter? Do you make it a big occasion? So for today I have Catrice's 'PlumDogMillionaire' (I just love that name!) to show you :)

Colour ~ PlumDogMillionaire is true to its name, its a rich deep plum with glitter hints of violet, blue and fuchsia/magenta popping through. Without a top coat its very dull but once you apply it you will see the colours popping right out.

Application ~ I have no real complaints about my application with PDM, It had a pretty good dry time and I had no bubbling at all. My only slight 'hmm' is that perhaps the brush is a little on the large side for my tiny pinky but I still managed. I applied three coats to get perfect coverage.

Texture ~ The texture reminds me a lot of Model's Own's 'Amethyst' – it applies in a medium thickness but has grainy texture. As I mentioned about the topcoat: with one one its like looking at a textured polish but with a good covering of your top coat it will be lusciously smooth.

★★★★/5 If your not afraid of glitters and you love purple I would recommend this polish to you. It takes a little work, but I think the end result is worth it because I like how shimmery and glossy it looks. I think this polish will be great for nail art in the future!

What do you think of this plum polish? Do you like the colour of the glitter and plum combination??

Have a great day lovelies and I hope you have a great Easter weekend. I'll see you tomorrow with some Easter offerings!

Wednesday, 16 April 2014

7 Oumaxi Acrylic Nail Paints Review - Sammy Dress

*This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion :)

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope the weather is just as lovely where you are, today in Holland is a beautiful sunny day which makes me happy! Today's post is going to be quite long so I'll get right to it! Recently the lovely team at Sammy Dress allowed me to try their Oumaxi 12 color acrylic nail paints for 3d nail art and I couldn't wait to review them! I know this is something I will always want to keep supplied in my nail art kit from now on – it takes a great product to have that effect. Please read the full post as I have a lot to say and a few pictures for you!
Before applying my top coat
The set came with 12 colours containing black, white, yellow, orange, red, pink, light blue, blue, purple, indigo, a light green and a dark green and are in these very handy little squeezable tubes. I was happy about the packaging because its an ideal way to get enough product out without wasting more then I needed. Since I had only ever used a non-brand name of acrylic paints (They where one Euro from a supermarket) I was so excited to try these and I promise you I was not disappointed AT ALL.  Please continue reading for more pictures and my review...

Tuesday, 15 April 2014

6 Zero Nana Funny Parallelogram Sequins Review

This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion :)

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I hope your week has gone off to a good start? Just a short post from me today while I patiently wait for the water men to fix the meter and I can finally get the biggest cup of green tea to wake myself up – Not much happens before a good cup of tea for me!
Today I am showing you these 'Zero Nana Funny Parallelogram Type sequins' from Tmart and just one of the many ways you could chose to wear them. Don't forget to check out their website, they have some really cool and unusual nail polishes and nail art products!

 These Zero Nana sequins are absolutely delightful! When I first saw them on the Tmart website I was in awe at the bottle with a good old fashioned cork stopper; there's something about sequins presented this way that makes me think of fairies and magic potions – don't you agree? The sequins are diamond shaped and come in different colours (You'll see pinks, golds, green, blues and so on) and have a duochrome/holograpic appearance. For example you'll see the sequins in both pictures may look different colours to how they appeared in the first picture.

The cork stopper is actually really good, It stays where it needs too and is easy to open for the first time. You will have no troubles with it coming loose and no sequins will fall out – wahoo.
This is the enjoyable kind of art supply that you can create many different looks, I chose this simple idea of lining them along the tips of my nails but in a previous play around with these I did a half moon manicure and applied them just under the half moon. I also wished I was showing you a more creative use for these sequins but since I am sick I was a little less creative – I'll show you more ways to wear these in the future, I'm already thinking that putting these in a flower shape would be cute!

What do you think of this bottle of Zero Nana sequins? Do you think the bottle looks quite cute and magical?

Have a great day everybody

Friday, 11 April 2014

12 B.O Calabash Delicate Nail Polish With Sequins Review

This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Are you excited that the weekend is finally here? I don't have a lot planned but I always look forward to a nice phone call with my Sister on Friday's. Its always so nice to have a good catch up! Thank god for skype! Today I have a really interesting polish to show you. I'm going to start by saying thank you to Tmart for allowing me to try this polish, its a completely new brand to me and I just love getting to try unfamiliar brands. My first impressions where 'OMG! It's so freakin' cute!!' ~ Ahem, lets take a look shall we? This is B.o Calabash's 'Delicate Nail polish with sequins' in blue.

This is BO Calabash's 'Style Delicate Nail Polish With Sequins Nail DIY' in 'blue'. Like I said, I think first impressions are incredibly important, we're drawn with our eyes and we know instantly if we like the look of something. After choosing this polish from Tmart's website I was so excited to see it in person ~ I was not disappointed! I really love the packaging, its unique and insanely cute to look at. Another reason why I really like the packaging is that its so easy to locate this polish out of a box full of nail polish!

This is a clear/light blue jelly based polish packed full of beautiful light blue glitter.
I would say this bottle is a mini-sized polish but don't let that put you off, its completely packed with gorgeous blue glitter ranging in small, medium and large glitters and as you can see the biggest glitters are hex shaped. I know the size of the bottle will last me a really long time. Did I have to fish for glitter? Not at all! I was really surprised that I had this beautiful amount of glitter after just two coats and considering it was a jelly type texture it had a fantastic dry time.

Another reason why I am adoring this unusual glitter polish is because it looks to me like rain drops when it catches the light, I think it looks so pretty and I couldn't stop staring at it! I chose to wear this over Essie's 'Mezmerised' and Layla's 'thermal Effects' in 'Blue' since I have swatched both these polishes already.

This polish is available from Tmart for just £1.36 or $2.21 and their postage is really fast. They also have a lot of other great nail art items and calabash polishes in different colours. I look forward to showing you some 'Zero Nana' sequins soon!

What do you think of this blue glitter polish? Do you think the bottle is adorable too?
Have a lovely start to your weekend!


Thursday, 10 April 2014

7 N.Nail Warm Pink, Light Orange Nail Foil Review

*This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion. :)

Allo polish Pals!
Have you had a good day? I've had quite a productive day with lots of tidying and organizing so I'm quite glad Mr Bravo is home tonight, I'll have a glass of well deserved wine and maybe we'll watch a movie – a horror sounds good! Today I have another one of the foil's from KkCENTERHK to show you. Remember I've shown two already? You can see those here and here. Today's foil is N.Nail's warm pink, light orange nail foil. I have a lot of reviews coming up soon and I am super excited to share them with you in the next week or so!

My application wasn't so good today, I blame tiredness!
So shiny!
Since I am mainly showing you this foil I decided to opt for an easy manicure. I used two coats of Picture Polishes 'Water Melon' on all my nails and applied only one full nail of foil (I'm realy tired :( ) On the other nails I painted my beauty glue diagonally so I have a funky foiled French tip!

I really enjoy using the N.Nail foil's, I always think they add such a pretty effect to any manicure, it doesn't always mean that you have to wear them on the entire nail. Last time I applied these foil's I felt really proud of myself, I managed to apply it without any wrinkles but today I wasn't so lucky (That's just me) I absolutely love the colours that shine through out this foil, There's a rose pink, gold and what looks like a pure white gold. Don't you think it looks pretty? I think this may be my second favorite of the foil's I tried. If you applied this over a very light pink and had mostly the light gold and soft pink colours I bet it would look very delicate!

Don't forget you can get a 10% discount on all items from KKCENTERHK when you use the code 'ithinitybeauty' – arn't they kind? What do you think of this foil? How do you find applying foil to be?

Have a lovely evening!

Tuesday, 8 April 2014

12 Fearne: High Tide Swatch & Review ★★★★★/5

Allo polish Pals! How are you today? I can tell you that last few days have just been 'those days' for me lately. On Sunday/Monday went down for a short while due to a problem with my webhosting. I was frantic! I love my blog because of the amazing experiences I've had since I started it and I was scared to lose it. Luckily its all fine now but I am sorry if you couldn't load my page if you tried. On the plus side - I am working on something I am really excited about. Its a lot of hard work but hopefully I can share it with you all soon. It's time for some changes around here – change is good! Today I have a swatch and review of Fearne nail polish 'High Tide'.

Colour ~ High Tide is a deep rich indigo which in some light looks more purple and in others more blue- but I still wouldn't call it a duo chrome... What is it?!  I'd describe it as a luscious midnight shade.

Application ~ I have no trouble with application, my mistake perhaps was that I rushed applying my coats before they where entirely dry. That's my fault. If you ain't gonna be a busy little bee when applying like I was you will have smooth silky coats. It also dries reasonably fast.

Texture ~ I would say it has a very even texture – its not overly thick but I certainly can't say its watery. The end result is an incredibly smooth high gloss finish.

★★★★★/5 I just love this shade, there is nothing to complain about with the texture, application or dry time. I was lucky enough to get this polish in a set at Christmas and as far as I know Boots stock the Fearne Cotton range of cosmetics (I am not sure about currently) but of all the polishes I have tried from the collection I think this one might just be my favorite!

What do you think of this colour? Have you tried any of the nail polishes from Fearne, how did you like them?

Have a lovely evening!

Sunday, 6 April 2014

9 Happy Tartan Day!

Allo polish Pals!
Hope you are all having a good weekend; Happy Tartan day! Did you know that today is tartan day? I'm not sure I've ever owned a piece of tartan but I decided to pay tribute with a tartan manicure for today's post. Tartan day was created to celebrate the well known pattern and Scottish history. I hope that one day I will get to see Scotland because it looks so beautiful from what I've seen. Just a quick post today so we'll get onto the manicure!

I'm not proud of this manicure at all, I think when you freehand lines your setting yourself up. You think lines are simple but when you see a few little mistakes here and there it is so easy to critique it. Anyway... I started with Fearne's 'Cherry On Top' on all my nails and created the tartan using Fogan's White and green (I forget the shade numbers but I'll update this) and Barry M's 'Gold Foil'. I finished this off with a lashing of Model's Own top coat.

Do you like tartan print? Is Scotland a place you'd like to visit?
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


Friday, 4 April 2014

5 ANE-NAIL - Delusory Swirl Sticker Decals Review

*This product was sent to me for review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion! :)

Allo polish Pals,
How are you today? Can you really believe we are at the weekend again, already? I don't know where the time goes! I hope you've had a more successful week than me, Unfortunately I just don't seem to be able to manage my syndrome very well lately and as soon as I feel better I'm back where I started. That said I am feeling insanely positive about things right now :) Today I have some pretty 'Delusory Swirl' water decals from KKCENTERHK to share with you, I had fun working these out as I had only applied them once before. Don't forget: You can get a 10% discount on all Kkcenterhk's items when you use the coupon code 'ithinitybeauty' :)

These water decals come in a set of 12 patterned decals and a small file for removing excess decal.
The instructions for the water decals are really simple, they come in a long strip with enough patterns to cover all your nails; With scissors I carefully cut them out and started by applying my base coat to clean nails. Working one nail at a time I applied the water decals by holding one pattern with tweezers under water for perhaps half a minute. The decal then slid of its backing with absolute ease. I then took the curved side of the decal and lined it up just under my cuticle. With practise I realised that they are a little firmer then you'd expect so I began to pull them tightly as to avoid creases (I discovered this after the thumb and index where you see creases) I used a finger to hold the decal at the top of the nail as I rearranged their positions.

Because these water decals are made from real nail polish it means there is absolutely no dry time – so once you've mastered how to apply them this can be a great way to get an impressive but very speedy manicure for a night out with no time to paint.

I really like these water decals and am impressed with how easy they are to apply, as you see with the two nails with creases it didn't take long to feel like I knew what I was doing. Have you tried full nail water decals before? Would you wear these?
Have a great day!

Tuesday, 1 April 2014

9 Cow Print Water Decals - The Born Pretty Store

This item was sent for me to review, but as always will contain my full and honest opinion :)

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? I've been blown away by the gorgeous weather here in Holland, what's your weather like where you are? I'm much better suited to spring/summer than I am winter so I am feeling pretty good! Today I have these cow printwater decals from the Born Pretty Store to show you; Of course I decided to add some nail art of my own with them! Don't forget: you can get a 10% discount on all their wonderful products when you use the coupon code 'DRX31'. A lot of their beautiful nail art items are under $3 each so really you should take a look! :)

 These cow print water decals are great, just like the flowers I showed you they are really easy to apply. I think if anyone is unsure about using water decals for the first time the instructions on the back of the packet are really well written – it will explain enough for you to find them easy! What I really like about these decals is that you can cut out which shapes you want, yes its a cow design but you can cut finely to add little extra bits to your manicure!  I think there are so many different ways to wear these decals and make an entirely different manicure each time.

The Manicure: I decided to pair these decals with purple because it reminded me of Milka!
On all my nails except my thumb nail I applied two coats of Barry M's white and added my water decals here and there. I finished these off with a French tip in Pacific Rapsodi's '23'. On my thumb I a created a cutesy baby cow using acrylic paints. I do wish the cow looked smoother and I see a few little problems with my manicure (like a bump where I removed my striping tape, argh)

What do you think of this manicure? Have you created a cow print manicure?
Hope you have a great day!

Monday, 31 March 2014

8 Frightfully Bright

Allo polish Pals!
How are you doing, did you have a good weekend? My weekend plans were cancelled since I was so poorly last week but I'm glad we will be going to the zoo next Sunday! Today I'm taking it easy with lots of Green tea, Farmville 2, a small trip to the mini mall and the season finale of The Walking Dead with Mr Bravo, do any of you guys watch that show? Last night I created an incredibly bright manicure and I was so excited to show you today. All I can say is... If I was to recreate it now I'd do a lot differently, but I'll show you anyway. Please excuse the messy cuticles (cry) it was so hard to clean this up with the rubbish nail polish remover I am now using (Love, love, love Cutex but can't find it here in Holland)

On all my nails I started with two coats of Barry M's 'Peach Melba' and created a gradient using Model's Own 'Sophie's Pink', Picture Polish 'Wisteria' and Barry M's 'Guava' on the tips. I then used striping tape to create a 'sun ray' sort of design and applied Barry M's textured polish 'Station Road'.
What I would do differently next time: I would make the tape design more abstract like the thumb nail, I think that design looks better. I would also have hoped for a better clean up for a better end result.

What do you think of this manicure? Do you like textured polish paired with this gradient?
Hope you have beautiful day!

Saturday, 29 March 2014

11 Flower Water Decals - Born Pretty Store

This item was sent to me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion :)

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today, I hope your having a good weekend so far? Today I embarked on an ultimate spring clean and I can tell you I regretted it – Why did I start!? On the positive side my nail polishes are beautifully arranged in nice new boxes that Mr Bravo bought me last week – My collection finally has a worthy home! Today I am showing you these beautiful flower pattern waterdecals from the Born Pretty Store. You can find these and so many others in the 'new arrival' section. Remember you can get a 10% discount on all their nail art items (the ones I show and any other products) when you use the coupon code 'DRX31' :)

Arn't these flowers so pretty? Ya know what I think is also great? The fact they are so damn easy to apply, you don't need to be the most confident nail artist to use these. First of all they come in a sheet and you will need to cut the flowers out so you can apply them individually. I then took a plastic cup of water and held my flowers under the water for a few minutes using tweezers. Its then really easy to slide the decal off from its base and apply it to the nail. If you ever used those fake tattoo's as a child then you will be a whizz with this, its really just the same idea.

The Manicure: I started by painting all my nails the lightest pink from my Guylond pink set and created a gradient using the other four pinks in the set. I then applied Nubar's '2000' flaky glitter. In hindsight perhaps I should have using a simple small glitter rather than flakies... I then applied my decals on top and sealed them with my top coat.

What do you think of these water decals? Have you used any water decals before?
Tomorrow is zoo day so I wont be posting, but I hope you have a fabulous Sunday!

Thursday, 27 March 2014

8 Dazzling Diamond Rhinestone Review - Born Pretty Store

This item was sent for me to review but as always will contain my full and honest opinion :)

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Everything is good h;postID=7568108791049900674;onPublishedMenu=posts;onClosedMenu=posts;postNum=0;src=linkere and I'm already excited for the weekend because I'll be going to my first ever Dutch Zoo, my camera is all excited for an outing and a break from only taking pictures of nails, Ha! If diamonds are a girls best friend... then I have some good friends you should meet! The wonderful team at the Born Pretty Store asked me to review these '3DNail Art Sticker Dazzling Clear Diamond Rhinestones' which are in their new arrival section and I couldn't wait to work out how to wear these! For a 10% discount on all items from the born pretty store you can use the coupon code 'DRX31' at the check out!
Close up!
The diamonds come in a round nail art wheel and contain 60 pieces each; They are beautiful, 3d and incredibly light catching – They pack a serious sparkle. Although there are larger and smaller diamonds I was a little nervous at wearing them at first simply because they are much larger than anything I have worn on my nails before but I've been wearing them for several hours now and they are still sat there, sparkling away as I type. I would really recommend these for special occasions simple because of their size they might not be so practical for every day tasks. That said, mine are still firmly seated and that's only by adding them on top of a coat so perhaps adhering them with nail glue is a better idea. The longer I wear these the more I fall in love with their mesmerizing sparkle!

The manicure: I began with two coats of Barry M's 'Lychee' on all my nails and layers the tips with a little of 'Essie's 'A Cut Above'. I applied the diamonds by painting my top coat and tweezers to place them in my desired place, I used three diamonds to create a 'cluster' and added small simple gems around the top of my nails.

What do you think of these diamonds? Would you wear diamonds like these on your nails?
Have a great evening!

Wednesday, 26 March 2014

4 Happy Purple Day - Ithi's Fabulous Five Purple Picks

Allo polish Pals!
How are you today? Happy Purple Day! Yes it actually is purple day today, did you know that? I just love purple so I decided to make today's post a little different. I'm going to show you my 'fabulous five purple picks'. Purple day is actually a day to raise awareness for epilepsy and was founded by nine year old Cassidy Megan in 2008, isn't that amazing? I have to tell you that looking through my collection of purple polishes and picking only 5 was not the easiest task in the world but here's my purple loves that I'd recommend to you!

From L to R: Color Club: 'Eternal Beauty', Barry M: 'Prickly Pear',  Models Own: 'Purple Passion', Hema: 'Chameleon Cobalt' and Picture Polish 'Wisteria'.

Thumb: This is Color Club's stunning purple based holographic polish 'Eternal Beauty'. You can see my past review here: Ever since I saw a swatch of this polish I just had to have it and I was by no means disappointed! I still get glassy eyes of wonder whenever I am wearing it, I just can't stop admiring its beauty.
Index: The gorgeous and subtle 'Prickly Pear' from Barry M. You've probably seen this one pop up in my nail art from time to time, it works so beautifully with all sorts of colours. I'll be adding a review soon.

Middle: This is Model's Own's 'Purple Passion'. It was one of the first MO polishes I ever purchased and even now I love it no just because of its colour but its vinyl-like finish. I reviewed this one quite some time ago here. Sadly I believe it is discontinued now.

Ring-ding Finger: This rich indulgent duo chrome is from the Hema, 'chameleon cobalt'. This is a pretty indigo which shifts delicately from blue to purple shades. It's just silky, smooth and packs a wicked shine.

Pinky: The lovely and delicate 'Wistera' from Picture Polish, a wonderful bright purple crème. I have already reviewed this one Here

Whats your all time favorite purple polishes? Is there a polish in my top five that grabs your fancy?

Play in purple and have a great day,