I've had this plate for ages now but I broke a nail before I got a chance to review it. I thought the images were really cute! I decided to use the cow and the pig stamp because It's not really reindeer season. (I'm assuming the other one is a reindeer). The image picked up on the stamp fine. The pig didn't have eyes so I used the eyes from the reindeer. Sorry about the scratches on the plate picture, I forgot to take a photo before I used it. I know my last post said I wasn't going to be posting much but the trains home today were delayed so I didn't get to the post office in time to pick up my order of bottles. I didn't have anything else to do so I though't I'd post something.
As most of you know I've started my own indie polish brand - Alanna Renee. I have some good news for my international readers! Alanna Renee polishes will soon be available from Shoppe Eclecticco in Singapore and Color4Nails in the US. Both stores provide international shipping. Keep an eye on each store's facebook page for launch dates. I'll probably announce it on the Alanna Renee facebook page too. The pricing has not yet been confirmed.
I'll be quite busy preparing these orders so my blog posts will probably be a little light until they've been sent off. Thanks for your patience!
I'm wearing Hearts & Daggers over Pretty Serious - Party By The Pool in the swatch above. Hearts & Daggers has a mix of red heart glitter, black hex glitter, black diamond glitter, black bar glitter, white bar glitter, white hex glitter and shifting rainbow glitter in a clear base. All the glitter in my bottle has sunk to the bottom so I had to invert the bottle for a while before applying. I had to fish to get the largest hex glitters out. I used the dabble method to apply this and placed the larger glitter where I wanted it with the brush. This is the last swatch photo that I have of my pretty long nails. Hopefully it wont take too long to get them back to that length. *sigh*
NAIL POLISH INFO
Brand:Pretty & Polished Name: Hearts & Daggers Coats: 1 over blue Colour: Multicolour Glitter Finish: Glitter Made In: USA Volume: 15ml Price: ~$4.81 - $9.61 Where To Buy: Pretty & Polished $5.00 - $9.00 (USD) Pretty & Polished Etsy Store $5.00 - $9.50
We've decided to move Artsy Wednesday to every other week rather than weekly. I missed the last one so it's been a whole month since my last Artsy Wednesday post! I used neon colours so I used a white base to make the neon stand out. I started with a few coats of Atomic Oj over the Lily White base. Once that was dry I applied some tape down one side of my nail and painted on a few coats of Purple Pumps. You can see I was a bit impatient on my pinky nail and the polish lifted up when I removed the tape.
NAIL ART INFO
Ulta3 - Lily White
Ulta3 - Atomic Oj
Ulta3 - Purple Pumps
China Glaze - Frostbite
Nail Art Brush
I used a nail art brush to apply Frostbite to the tips of my nails and finished with a coat of Seche Vite top coat.
My poor broken nail has grown out just enough so that I could file them to the same length. It's been three weeks since I broke it. This post shows how short it was when I broke it if you're interested to see how much it's grown. I've only got one more swatch photo saved up from before the break and then I'll be sticking to nail art until it grows out a little more.
Visit the other Artsy Wednesday blogs for more colour blocking manicures: Michelle - Lab Muffin
Cheshire has a mix of gold hex glitter silver holo hex glitter, purple hex glitter and pink hex glitter in a clear base. I think these glitters make a really pretty combination. I've had my eye on Cheshire for a while. I missed out on it during one of the Llarowe restocks but I managed to get it in the next one.
I used the dabble method for each coat to place the glitter on my nails. The large purple hex glitters were picked up easily but I found them a little bit annoying to place on my nail so most of the time I left them off. I did manage to pull out a couple of strings of connected gold hexes, I left those out too. I used one coat of Seche Vite but two would have been better for a smooth finish.
NAIL POLISH INFO
Name: Cheshire Coats For Opacity: 3 Colour: Purple Finish: Glitter Made In: USA Volume: 15ml Price: ~ $12.63 - $14.14 (AUD) Where To Buy: Crows Toes Llarowe - $13 (USD) Shoppe Eclecticco - $18 (SGD)
Hades was the second Shades Of Pheonix shade that caught my eye. Hades has a mix of silver holo squares, blue squares, black diamonds and short black bars in a black base. The formula was great. It build up easily with two coats. I used a PVA base so removal was easy. All the polishes in the Olympus Collection are named after Greek Gods. Hades is the King of the Underworld and God of the dead and the hidden wealth of the Earth. If you want to read more about Hades you can check The Shades of Phoenix store.
Poseidon caught my eye as soon as I saw photos of it on the Shades of Phoenix facebook page. I was lucky to snag a bottle on launch day, and lucky I did because this one sold out quickly! Poseidon has a mix of turquoise hex glitter, blue square glitter and white bar glitter in a green jelly base. The white bar glitter gets lots in the green base so unless it's sitting on top it just looks green. I loved this from the first photos I saw of it and I loved it even more in real life. Currently Shades Of Phoenix polishes are only available within Australia. If you can get your hands on them seriously consider this one!
Due to a misunderstanding I changed my $50 Voucher Giveaway to a $50 (AUD) Cash Giveaway. The winner is Renee Christman! I have emailed the winner and hope to hear back within 48 hours or I will have to choose another winner. Thanks to everyone who entered.
Lacquerheads Of Oz is a new blog written by a group of about 30 Australian nail bloggers, professionals and enthusiasts. Lacquerheads Of Oz will not be your average nail blog showing polish swatches, it will be a resource blog. You can expect to see posts about nail art tutorials, manicure tricks, nail care tips, info on buying nail necessities, how to show off your nails and more! I'm one of the contributors for Lacquerheads Of Oz and I hope to see you over there.