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A England Houndstooth Nail art

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A England Houndstooth Nail Art

I wasn’t planning on posting anything today but… I just had to share this with you!

I picked up some A England polishes in the Gothic weekend promotion and they arrived this morning, so of course I had to have a play with them. I tend to swatch one nail so I can get a vague idea of what a polish will be like.

So, I try the lovely dark blue Queen Of Scots, this has to be the creamiest, highly pigmented polish I have tried in a long time! It’s lovely!ย  My next polish test is to see if it’s going to be good for stamping…

A England Houndstooth Nail Art

Just look at it! The purple is Elaine also from A England.

I would think that Queen Of Scots will be just as vibrant over black polish!

The houndstooth stamping image is from Moyou Pro XL 07

A England Houndstooth Nail Art

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Brown Pin Marble

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Brown Pin Marble

Here is another brown autumn nail art look, this is really quick and surprisingly easy to do! Rather than me explaining (badly) there are loads of really good tutorials on pin marbling over on youtube!

Some slightly annoying news, my camera has decided that taking photographs is something it no longer wants to do (Gaaaah!) So for the foreseeable future I’m going to have to use my phone camera…

Oh yeah, I have decided to sort out my Instagram account! I’ve actually had one for years, I just haven’t really used it, so do go check it out! ๐Ÿ˜€

Brown Pin Marble

Back to the nails lol I used two polishes for this look Hot For Chocolate from Revlon and Diablos from above the curve.

Hot for chocolate is the brown cream, it’s easy to apply and is almost opaque in one coat. Diablos is a brown/red holographic polish, and for a brown polish I think it’s actually rather pretty!

Brown Pin Marble

I hope that one day a brown polish will come along that I really like, but until then brown nail polish is just not for me!


Tomb!

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I’ve almost caught up with the 52 week pick and mix challenge! Yay! ๐Ÿ˜€

Gravestone Nails

Gravestone Nails

From last weeks two prompts I chose to use just the Non US brand of polish.

This is Tomb. Tomb is part of the 2014 Halloween collection from the lovely UK indie brand Tara’s Talons

Tomb

Tomb

Tomb is a Grey Jelly base with loads of mixed pink and purple glitters along with holographic micro glitter!

I absolutely love this polish! It’s all of my favorite polish colours in one bottle! ๐Ÿ˜€ Look at that holo sparkle! Oh and It looks so squishy!

Gravestone Nails Tara's Talons Tomb Moyou Gothic 04

Moyou Gothic Collection 04

I couldn’t resist doing a little stamping over this, with a name like Tomb it needed some gravestones!

The image is from Moyou Gothic Collection 04 and for some reason the stamping was not working ๐Ÿ˜ฆ this was the third try, and I’d had enough so I just tried to tidy it up a bit with my Barry M Nail Art Pen…

couldn't resist adding the gravestones.

Couldn’t resist adding the gravestones.

At least they look like gravestones now rather than a dreadful mess lol! ๐Ÿ™‚


Gold and Red Chevrons

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It’s been ages since my last post! Sorry about that!

Before I run out of time here is my Pick and Mix Mani for this week! This weeks prompts are Red, Gold and Chevron.

Gold and Red Chevron Nail Art Taras Talons Zombie Blood and Revlon Golden

Taras Talons Zombie Blood and Revlon Golden

For this I used Zombie Blood from this years Halloween range from the lovely Taras Talons, It really is a glorious red jelly! The green holographic glitters are wonderful.

The gold polish is from Revlon and it’s called Golden.

Gold and Red Chevron Nail Art Taras Talons Zombie Blood and Revlon Golden

very festive colours

I didn’t want to add to much gold to this mani, Zombie Blood Is so lovely I didn’t want to cover it up!

Gold and Red Chevron Nail Art Taras Talons Zombie Blood and Revlon Golden

So much glitter! ๐Ÿ˜€

I applies three coats of the red polish then when it had dried I used striping tape to create the Chevrons and the triangle shapes and carefully added two coats of golden.

Gold and Red Chevron Nail Art Taras Talons Zombie Blood and Revlon Golden

Lovely, lovely striping tape

This really is such a festive look!


ILNP Birefringence with Moyou Gothic 03

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Birefringence With Moyou Gothic Stamp

Birefringence stamped with Moyou Gothic 03

I couldn’t help it, I had to do some stamping over the amazing Birefringence from ILNP!

Birefringence stamped with Moyou Gothic 03

Moyou Gothic Collection 03

Look at the Multi-chrome colour shifting goodness! Every time I look at my nails they are a different colour! ๐Ÿ™‚

Birefringence stamped with Moyou Gothic 03

Birefringence stamped with Moyou Gothic 03

For the stamp I used an image from plate 03 from the Moyou Gothic Collection. Konad special polish in black and a final coat of Seche Vite.

Birefringence stamped with Moyou Gothic 03

Birefringence stamped with Moyou Gothic 03


Belle Glamour Swatches And Interview! :D

Today I have a rather long and pic heavy post for you today! There is a little interview with Catriona the creator of the Belle Glamour indie nail polish and four of her lovely polishes to show you. ๐Ÿ™‚

Belle Glamour polishes are available Here.

I conducted this informal interview with Catriona via email, and here it is! ๐Ÿ™‚

1. Tell us a bit about yourself and where you come from?
I am 20 years old, and going to be 21 in march, I am a stay at home wife and I have a daughter who is almost one. I live in a small town in central Scotland, and have lived in and around this area for my whole life. Recently my mum moved to London, and so we holiday down there, but I’m still a Scottish girl at heart.

2. Why did you decide start making Indie nail polish?
I had needed something to keep myself busy with having anxiety issues etc, and so I began painting false nails and selling them as a small hobby, I then thought about it a lot, and decided I wanted to make my own polish to paint them, having something that I created gives me a real buzz.

3. How did you decide on Belle Glamour as a brand name?
Having self esteem and anxiety issues, I wanted a fresh start, and I knew a lot of other women out there would feel the same, I wanted to make something to let the user feel beautiful, glamorous and worth it. Then I thought about naming it Beautifully Glamorous, and thought of theย โ€˜language of loveโ€™ – French. The Word Belle is French for Beautiful, hence, Belle Glamour.

4. How long have you loved nail polish for?
I haven’t adored nail polish for long at all, I was a nail biter up until last summer, and then I wore a lot of false nails to cover this, but gave that up andย I am now in recovery!

5. Where do you get your inspiration for new shades?
This, I do not have an answer for exactly, because I don’t really know, it comes from this and that really, one collection I have came from my favourite book/film series, Harry Potter.

6. Tell us about your polish production and how you find time to do it all?
I buy all of my ingredients and test these if they come from a new supplier etc, I then get to the making and documenting stage. My husband works shifts, andย so when he is off his work, he looks after our daughter so I can get creative and work.

7. What is the best part about making your own line of polishes?
Definitely being able to see a polish you want, and making a dupe for personal use. I now find myself thinkingย โ€˜can I make that myself?โ€™ and if the answer is yes, I wont buy!

8. And the worst?
Glitter everywhere. And I seriously mean EVERYWHERE. I sneeze glitter.

9. And finally If you could have a superpower what would it be?
Hmmm.. tough one. To read minds? Then I could see what everyone would buy ๐Ÿ˜œ

So a big thank you to Catriona for taking the time to do this and for your very brave and honest answers to my questions! ๐Ÿ™‚

And now on to the four Belle Glamour polishes I have to show you today, they are Pretty In, Pumpkin Pie, Green Eyed Monster and Silver Arrow.

Belle Glamour Pretty In

Pretty In

The first polish is Pretty In. This is a lovely pink with a blue shimmer, and loads of holographic sparkles!

Belle Glamour Pretty In

Pretty In

Pretty In has a lovely satin finish and applied really smoothly, this is three thin coats over base coat, I think it could be opaque in two coats if I had made them a little thicker.

For me the blue shimmer really made this polish stand out, it gives it a lovely lilac glow and tones down the overall pinkness and really complements the wonderful holographic glitter.

Belle Glamour Pretty In

Pretty In

Here is Pumpkin Pie, this is an orange shimmer with a sprinkling of matte black glitter bars.

Belle Glamour Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

I applied three coats of I found the formula to be really thick, it made it rather difficult to apply, but by the third coat there was good coverage and a nice amount of the glitter bars which didn’t take any fishing for.

Belle Glamour Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

Unfortunately orange really doesn’t suit me at all ๐Ÿ˜ฆ I’m to pale, and it really highlights my dreadful circulation, lol!ย  I think that on someone with a darker skin tone this polish would be lovely!

Belle Glamour Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie

The third polish I’m going to show you is called Green Eyed Monster,

Belle Glamour Green Eyed Monster

Green Eyed Monster

This polish is a lovely mid toned green shimmer, with loads of holographic glitter. On the first coat I found the application to be a bit odd, it was a little bit clumpy and difficult to get an even layer, but as the first coat dried it revealed the texture! Which was a wonderful surprise! ๐Ÿ™‚

Belle Glamour Green Eyed Monster

Green Eyed Monster

I applied the second coat and the coverage was perfect! It’s not an overly textured polish, but it really adds an extra dimension to this already lovely polish, It makes the Holographic glitter really sparkle too!

Belle Glamour Green Eyed Monster

Green Eyed Monster

And last of all this is Silver Arrow.

Belle Glamour Silver Arrow

Silver Arrow

When I first removed this polish from the packaging, it looked like a very average mid toned silver metallic, but the moment I moved it into the light the holographic shine was revealed!

Belle Glamour Silver Arrow

Silver Arrow

I applied three coats of Silver Arrow, the coverage was wonderful. I have found that with some holographic polishes there can be a lot of creasing up and dragging, but that is really not the case with this one! The application was perfect even with my normal base coat!

Also there where no brush marks and it was wonderfully self leveling!

Belle Glamour Silver Arrow

Silver Arrow

Silver Arrow is definitely my favourite out of the four polishes ๐Ÿ™‚

I brought these four polishes at a discounted price and the review of them is my honest opinion ๐Ÿ˜€


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