Monthly Archives: August 2012

Keep your holos shiny with Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat

If you’re like me, you want your manicures to last more than half a day, but with holos, that’s often a problem. A topcoat helps seal in your color and makes your mani last longer, but the thing is that most top coats dulls the holographic effect. So you basically have to choose between having a spectacular mani that chips very quickly, or a longer lasting mani that isn’t as holographic as you’d like it to be.

What if I say that you don’t have to choose anymore? A while back, Karianne gave a tip about a top coat that doesn’t dull holographic nail polishes. This magic potion is called Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Fast Dry Top Coat.

Too good to be true? Definitely not! In the previous post, I’m wearing it over Layla Emerald Divine, and as you can see, the effect is as impressive as ever. If you’re still not convinced, here’s a nail wheel pic of my three Laylas in the sunlight. One half of each swatch is with topcoat, the other is without. Can you tell which is which?

Diamond Flash is easy to use, and it dries very quickly. I’ve been wearing my Emerald Divine manicure for more than a day now, and it’s survived both a shower and general housekeeping.

I got my bottle of Diamond Flash from eBay.

Layla Emerald Divine

It’s raining cats and dogs outside, so what could be better than putting on a holo, right? I’ve just come to terms with that if I’m ever going to wear my holos, I can’t wait for the sun to come out!

Anyway, I picked Layla Emerald Divine to be the first polish from my epic haul to put on my fingers. Even if there’s no sun, this is one of the awesomest and holoest polishes I’ve seen! This is an emerald green linear holo, and the effect is so strong that it’s like looking into another dimension. These pics are taken under a regular light bulb, so you get an idea how intense this will be in the sunlight.

The formula was divine as well, two nice and easy coats are needed for full coverage. And the brush is super comfortable!  It’s flat and square, but not too big, and firm, but not too stiff. Love it!

Now, the secret to effortless holo application is using the right underwear. I’ve used Nfu-Oh Aqua Base, but you could also use other holo-friendly base coats like GOSH Fix Base Coat or Make Up Store Aqua Fix.

The trick is to apply a thin layer of the base coat, if you apply it too thick or unevenly, you’ll get bumps that show under your polish. The base coat goes on kinda milky, and when it’s dried to a thin, clear finish, you’re ready to apply your holographic polish. The Aqua Base grabs on to the holo preventing bald spots and other iffy application issues, and it also increases the wear of holographic polishes.

Laylas can be purchased at Layla’s own site (€11.90 a bottle) or at Harlow & Co ($16 a bottle).
Aqua Fix is available at Viis Ilusalong (€6 a bottle) or at Fabuloustreet ($12.50 a bottle).

 

The week of awesome nail mail!

Lately there have been so many sales, group orders and new collections and indie brands popping up, so I’ve been hauling left and right! Now, the packages are starting to trickle in, and it’s like Christmas and my birthday every day when I check my mailbox. I thought I’d show you a little bottle pic spam of the stuff I’ve recieved this week.

Cult Nails had a sale recently, so I took the opportunity to make my very first order with them. I got Captivated, Enticing and Princess.

 

Noelie just released a new Smitten Polish collection called Confection, inspired by Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I got Candy Kisses and Confection from the new collection, Winter Is Coming from the Game of Thrones inspired Ice and Fire set and also Pink Lemonade.

 

Kristi from Happy Hands also has a new collection, this one’s inspired by Arrested Development, and it’s called the “I’ve Made A Huge Mistake!” collection. I’ve only ever seen a few episodes of AD, so I don’t get all the references, but the polishes are just so gorgeous! I got Motherboy and I Just Blue Myself.

 

Another new indie brand for me is Oopsie Daisies made by Cathryn of hot.pink.aurora. She has made a collection inspired by the MMO game Planetside 2. I have no idea what the game is about at all,  but the polishes are super gorgeous! I bought Soldier of Fashion and Cosmic Ruins.

 

And finally, we have three gorgeous holos from the Italian brand Layla. Emerald Divine, Ultra Violet and Misty Blush. I was lucky enough to get in on a forum group order for these, so thanks for all your help, Jess!

 

Now my only problem is trying to choose which awesome polish to wear first! Which one would you pick?

Purchase & updates info:
Cult Nails – Cult Nails, Cult Nails @ Facebook ($10)
Smitten Polish – Noelie’s Nails, Smitten Polish, Smitten @ Facebook ($9)
Happy Hands – Happy Hands, Happy Hands @ Facebook ($8)
Oopsie Daisies – hot.pink.aurora, Oopsie Daisies, Oopsie Daisies @ Facebook ($8)
Layla – Layla Cosmetics (€11.90), Harlow & Co ($16)

Candeo Dolce

I have another one from my favorite indie brand for you today, this is Candeo Dolce. I was lucky enough to snag this before the brand exploded in popularity, but unfortunately this color has been discontinued. I didn’t know whether to post this or not, but I thought you’d might like to see it anyway. Who knows, you might just be lucky and get it in a swap or a blog sale somewhere!

Dolce has a cotton candy pink base with dark pink shimmer and multiple sizes of white, holo purple & silver hex and bar glitter. Also, holo silver half moons are in the mix. (Description from Melinda, the creator of Candeo.)

You could definitely layer this one over something if you want to preserve the pretty, but I wanted it to look exactly as it does in the bottle, so I used it on its own. This is three coats of Dolce.

Super duper cute and pretty!

What do you think of posts with old, discontinued or hard to find polishes? Would you rather see stuff you could easily get, or do you like to see pics even if the polishes can be difficult to get? Please let me know what you think!

KleanColor Pastel Blue

My second polish from the small KleanColor/BeautyJoint haul is KleanColor Pastel Blue. I have such a weak spot for light blue cremes, so when I saw this, it just had to come along in my shopping cart.

The formula was good, and not as streaky as most pastels. I needed two coats for full coverage, but it needs a topcoat to smooth out all lumps and bumps. It also dries very slowly, even with Seche Vite. I woke up with sheetmarks on two of my nails today, and that usually never happens!

Which colors are your weak spots?

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