Monday, December 18, 2017

Sally Hansen ~ Belle of the Ball

Sally Hansen ~ Belle of the Ball
Dark blue base packed with red/burgundy shimmer

I almost didn’t buy Belle of the Ball because I knew it was verging on the edge of being too dark for me. I ended up being unable to resist because it was in a pile of highly reduced polishes.

I used two easy coats for my manicure and the drying time between the layers were really good. The brush is perfect for my nails: It’s wide and flat but with rounded “edges”. That kind of brush makes it really easy to paint the nails without having polish all over the cuticles.

The stamp is from Lina’s stamping plate “Feeling Shapely! 05” and I stamped with El Corazón’s stamping polish “Raspberry Wine”. I also applied a layer of topcoat before I took my photos.

Here’s the final thing in the lightbox:

This picture is taken in ordinary daylight, no sun.

Here’s a picture of “Belle of the Ball” on its own; no topcoat yet. The photo is taken in the lightbox and shows some of the really pretty shimmer.

The sisters and the stamping plate lined up.

I really like the final result but “Belle of the Ball” is too dark for me to wear on its own – just like I knew it would be. Fortunately it’s great as a base for nail art and I am also going to try this pretty polish for water marbling. Who knows, it might work as a charm :D

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: Easy to work with formula, great shimmer, a bit dark
Buy again: Maybe

Sunday, December 17, 2017

ManGlaze ~ Mink Mitten

ManGlaze ~ Mink Mitten
Metallic matte lavender

Manglaze! I have loved that brand since I heard about them first. They state on their website that: “ManGlaze is the only matte nail polish made for men and really badass women“. They have really creative names and the bottle labels are awesome.

Mink Mitten is described as: “Metallic Lavender Matte Nail Polish, with mega sparkly shit that makes it look way awesome”, and that’s exactly what it looks like to me too :D

I used two really easy coats for full coverage and the drying time is really good.

I made holographic purple stripes on it with Colour Alike’s ”Butterfly Dance” and topped the whole thing with topcoat.

This is my final manicure:

Here’s Mink Mitten on its own; two coats and no topcoat yet. I think it’s amazing that it’s possible to make a matte polish that contains that much shimmer!

Here are the two polishes side by side. Look at that label, isn’t it just amazing?

I haven’t actually bought any ManGlaze polishes for a very long time. They don’t seem to come out with any new colours and I have already got the ones I want from their core line.

Are you also a ManGlaze fan and therefore a member of the club of really badass women? :D

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Metallic matte with shimmer
Overall impression: Great quality polish, love the name and the label too
Buy again: Yes

Saturday, December 16, 2017

Wycon ~ Sugar Effect #807

Wycon ~ Sugar Effect #807
Blue/teal textured polish with gold, green and teal glitter.

This polish is from Italy. It’s a beautiful textured polish that covers in two easy coats. The drying time is average.

The butterfly on my ring finger is a water decal, and I decorated the other nails with a little flowery stud by the base of each nail.

I did apply a layer of topcoat over it. It didn’t make the textured polish smooth but it enhanced the effect of the glittery bits in the polish.

This is what my nails ended up looking like.

And this is the stuff I used.

That’s it for today. See you again tomorrow :)

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Textured with microglitter
Overall impression: It’s a very pretty polish
Buy again: Yes