Monthly Archives: November 2011

Nails Inc. Magnetic Polishes in Trafalgar Square & Houses of Parliament

Magnetic nailpolish has been one of the big crazes this fall, and I finally got my hands on a couple of bottles of magnetics from nails inc. There are three colors available from this brand, a grey called Trafalgar Square, a purple called Houses of Parliament and a gold called Big Ben. I got the first two, because I’m not a big fan of gold polish.

These magnetic polishes are really easy to use, built into the (removable) outer cap is a magnet that creates a wavy pattern when held close to your wet nail. For these swatches, I did two coats. First a “base coat” which I did like I would a normal polish, then I did the second coat and used the magnet on each nail before I went on to the next. You don’t have to hold the magnet over the nail for long, five seconds is more than enough.

First we have the grey Trafalgar Square, here I’ve used the magnet as described in the instructions on the bottle (resting the little groove on top of the cap along the cuticle). This creates a pattern of arcs on the nails.

Houses of Parliament is the purple polish, and for this swatch I held the magnet perpendicular to the nail. This creates a wavy pattern from cuticle to tip.

I’ve bought these polishes from Beauty Bay, and they are NOK 85,70 a piece. Shipping was reasonable and quick.

Which pattern do you like best? Have you tried any magnetic polishes yet?

Zoya Valerie & Lynnderella Very Pretty Vampire

As you might remember, the Lynnderellas need to find their perfect underwear to shine (much like women in general, actually). These two are match made in heaven, Zoya Valerie and Lynnderella Very Pretty Vampire look like they’re made for eachother!

Let’s take a look at Valerie first. This is a beautiful purple with pink and gold sparkles from the 2010 Fire and Ice collection. Can I just say wow?! This is super pretty on its own, and it’s very easy to apply. I only needed one coat for this mani, but I think I would have added a second coat if I were to wear it on its own.

Now to Lynnderella’s Very Pretty Vampire. Lynnderella describes this one as multiple sizes of burgundy hexagons and squares in a dark blood-red base with scattered black and red multi-sized accents. It’s a gorgeous vampy glitter, and in my opinion it blows Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers out of the water! This is two coats over Valerie, and I’ve really fed it with topcoat, because it’s hongray! Three coats of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite.

I’ve bought the Zoya from Nail etc., where the price is $8 a bottle. I’m sure you all know where to get Lynnderellas by now, but just to refresh your memory: these can be bought at Lynnderella’s blog whenever she opens her store (US shipping only, please follow the ordering instructions as stated on the page), or at Llarowe with international shipping starting in December. I don’t know the exact pricing at Llarowe yet, but I’ve heard that they will be $14 or $15 a bottle.

Zoya Apple

This polish has nothing to do with fall, winter or holidays, but who cares? You need a little sunshine on your nails every once in a while, and that’s exactly what Zoya Apple is. Released with the Zoya Sunshine collection for spring 2011, this is a yellow apple green with gold sparkles. It seems like it’s a foily finish with green and gold specks intermingled, and the result is a happy, glowy green blingfest.

The formula was excellent, and I needed three thin coats for full coverage.

What polishes do you use to cheer up your nails in wintertime?

OPI Let Me Entertain You

With all the new holiday collections coming out these days, let’s not forget that OPI’s 2010 holiday collection Burlesque was one of the best collections of all time (at least in my opinion). OPI Let Me Entertain You is one of my favorites from Burlesque, but for some reason I haven’t shown it to you before. (Probably because this too is one of those camera shy colors.)

Let Me Entertain you is a deep magenta pink with lots of glassfleck glitter, and it has a slight duochrome shift to red in some angles. I think it’s completely breathtaking, definitely one of my dearest polishes. It really glows!

The formula was really easy to apply, and I’ve used two coats. Nothing more to say, simple as that.

Did you love Burlesque as much as me, or do you think another holiday collection takes the prize for best collection?

More random spam!

Hi there, remember me? Long time, no see! I know, I know, life is busy, blah blah, but you don’t want to hear about me whining, let’s look at some pretty polish instead!

It’s time for another random spam post, where I swatch polishes that I for some reason haven’t gotten around to showing you yet. While taking pictures of these lacquers, I kinda realized why, it’s because they are impossible to capture on camera! I hope you can bear over with me, while this post is essentialy useless, I’ll at least try to explain what they really look like!

I have three polishes for you today, they are Marks & Spencer Nail Colour Plastic Pink, Studio M Thunderbolt and Bourjois So Laque! Bleu Violet. Check them out!

Marks & Spencer Nail Colour Plastic Pink

Plastic Pink is more of a coral than a pink, and it has a nice, squishy jelly finish. The color in these pics is fairly accurate. It’s easy to apply, and I’ve used 3 coats.

Studio M Thunderbolt

Thunderbolt is a purple neon jelly, and these pics are not accurate at all! Neons are known to freak out cameras, and this is so bright and intense that my camera essentialy crapped its pants. The color is deeper and brighter in real life. This polish has an excellent formula, it dries to a matte finish of its own, so I used a topcoat for this swatch. 3 coats.

Bourjois So Laque! Bleu Violet

Another photo fail, Bleu Violet is a perfect “blurple” or indigo creme/jelly, and of course it looks only blue in my pics. I’ve had this bottle for two years, I think, so I don’t know if it’s thickened with age or if the formula is this tricky to begin with. The polish is very sticky, and even if I thinned it, the second coat dragged the first one resulting in bald spots here and there. 2 coats.

Please don’t shoot me for being such a lousy photographer, I’ll try to do better next time! Promise!

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