Thursday, 31 January 2013

piCture pOlish Mallard

Sorry for the lack of posts.  I've had the flu :( - I'm picking up now so back to posting!

I have a gorgeous polish to show you today.  piCture pOlish collaborated with 4 different bloggers to produce some LE polishes and Mallard is the polish they created with The PolishAholic.  

Inspired by the duck, not the steam train, it is a deep almost forest green with a golden shimmer and gold/copper flakies.  And don't we love flakies?!  It applies beautifully and is almost a one coater, and gives your nails a gorgeous depth of colour.

I actually managed to find some sun to take some photos in!!  Unfortunately it showed up how dry my fingers and cuticles are.  Sorry.

This is the first of piCture pOlishes blogger collaboration polishes I have to show you.  I am can't wait to show you the second as the blogger in question is my friend Sheila at Pointless Cafe!  Watch this space...

Monday, 28 January 2013

Papier Mâché Nails - DIY Nails Inc Feathers?

Not much of a post today I'm afraid. I'm poorly and so is the baby - though you wouldn't think it as she is lying next to me singing Hokey Cokey!

I'm making this post from my sick bed, off my iPod. How's that for dedication for you?! But I've been doing so well with my daily posts I didn't want to let myself down.

A few weeks ago I was messing around with different things you could put in your nails, with the current rage for texture in mind. So I decided to shred a magazine page really finely and then paint it onto my nails using base coat underneath then lots of top coat. The result made me laugh. I decided to call them papier mâché nails but thought it looked a bit stupid.

But then when I saw the first swatches of nails inc feathers at Vampy Varnish here it rather reminded me of my papier mâché nails. What do you think?

Sunday, 27 January 2013

Back to the Polish - A England Tristam and She Walks in Beauty

Well the controversy over Royal Mail destruction of packages is still going on but I thought I'd leave that unpleasantness to one side and focus on what really matters - the polish!  And in sympathy to Adina at A England who is really suffering over this awful business, I decided to show you 2 of the beauties I recently acquired.

When A England's sale was on I took the opportunity to snap up a few of these gorgeous polishes including one I had been lusting over for a while - She Walks in Beauty.

Both polishes applied beautifully of course.  And wore so well!

I found She Walks in Beauty very hard to work out what it is.  Is it a rose gold polish with pink glitter or a pink polish with rose gold glitter?  I'm still not sure!  I sponged it over Tristam - the results weren't quite what I hoped for but I was still really pleased with it and it lasted for days.  The blue in the Tristam really complimented the pink and gold in She Walks in Beauty.

I know there are too many pictures but I find it so hard to pick!  I love A England's polishes so much.  I do hope this business with Royal Mail doesn't affect her business too badly.

Saturday, 26 January 2013

Just How Big a Force is the Nail Polish Community?

I've been taken aback by the number of hits on my last post about Royal Mail destroying polish and scanning parcels, and it seems to have become a bit of a hot topic in the nail polish community, even affecting amazing brands like A England, who announced on her Facebook page that she now has to find a way to ship polish to her customers abroad as she can no longer use Royal Mail.

It seems this is a bit of an international problem, although I think Royal Mail are so far the only ones to be found destroying the parcels.

So, it got me to wondering, how big is the nail polish community?  Are we big enough to force some sort of change to these rules?  It is Civil Aviation rules and yet they don't ask you if you have nail polish in your luggage do they?  I understand that they have to be careful about how and what is shipped.  However I find it ridiculous for nail polish to be classified a dangerous substance!  And it will affect small businesses and surely that has to be considered too?

I personally haven't got time to battle this sort of campaign.  All I know is there should be some way for individuals to share their love of the glory that is nail polish with fellow addicts all over the globe, cheaply and easily.  And for small businesses to be able to sell their much loved products internationally.  

To that end I have put a poll at the side of my blog.  I'd love to know how many people there are out there who have previously shipped polish abroad.  If there are enough of us then surely we can persuade the powers that be to make a change.  If someone then wants to pick up the torch and run with it then that would be fantastic.  So please answer as to whether you do mail polish overseas.

I do hope this isn't a permanent situation and we can continue to share our pretties and sparklies with our friends around the globe.

Friday, 25 January 2013

They Destroyed My Pretties :(

I don't have any polish for today as I had my polish mojo knocked out of me yesterday.  You may have seen this photo knocking round the internet the last couple of days.

This was the very sad letter I received yesterday telling me that Royal Mail had destroyed my parcel of pretty Nails Inc polishes I was shipping to one of my friends as part of a group buy.  Unfortunately I shipped a load at the same time and I have no idea whose parcel got destroyed and won't know until hopefully the other parcels arrive safely.  I can't remember how many parcels I sent, about 7 I think, and I know 2 have arrived safely.

I thought I'd better explain exactly what happened, and also what Royal Mail have told me regarding shipping polish abroad.

When you ship parcels internationally now, the staff at the counter have a laminate sheet with a list of different things which are prohibited, which they have to show you and ask if any of these items are in the parcel.  Of course nail varnish is on the list :(.  I had all these parcels which my friends had paid for and were waiting, so I had to ship them out somehow, so I ignored the sheet (I didn't feel great about it but what else could I do) and then panicked at filling out the customs forms.  Normally I put cosmetics but for some reason on some of the I put craft supplies, and on a couple I put craft supplies-paint.  I was thinking acrylic or poster paint, non flammable!  Not my brightest moment, but the Post Office worker accepted the parcels with that on the customs label so I thought they would be ok.  Until I got the letter above.

I rang the Dangerous Goods number - the girl on the phone said that they are x-raying all international parcels now (really?! that's a lot of work!) and that this is because of Civil Aviation laws, not their own rules.  I asked about shipping by land but she said they don't offer that anymore!  Despite the fact that the Royal Mail website clearly says they do!  So it seems to me that not all the information being given is correct or true.

I asked how businesses like Nails Inc for instance would be able to ship abroad and she said they won't.  She was very polite but not very helpful!

So that's the story behind the letter - it may be my fault the parcel got destroyed because I put a stupid thing on the customs form.  Or maybe Royal Mail are x-raying all international parcels.  I don't know!  But one thing I do know, international nail polish swaps are on hold for the forseeable future which makes me very sad.  I hope to find a way to safely and legally ship polish abroad.  If I do I will let you know!

Thursday, 24 January 2013

An Early Attempt at Stamping

I'm new to stamping - I've only just managed to work out how to get it from the plate to the stamper!  This is one of my first attempts.  I used Urban Outfitter Green Holo over OPI Live and Let Die.  It's a bit squiffy in places but I was pleased with this for a early attempt.  I just need to work out how to cover the whole nail!

I've got some plates coming from Ninja Polish so I'm looking forward to trying those out, including an Angry Birds plate!!

I tried to fix where I missed on my middle finger but it didn't work lol!

Wednesday, 23 January 2013

NPB A Good Man Goes to War - A Love/Hate!!

When I found out Nail Pattern Boldness was selling a line of Doctor Who inspired polish - how could I resist?!

The first one I tried was A Good Man Goes to War, a beautiful strawberry red jelly with hexes, squares and dot glitters.  I was so torn by this polish.  I loved to look at close up on my nail - the jelly effect was just scrumptious and the glitter was cute.  But when I held my hands out I hated it because it just didn't suit my skin tone - I don't ever wear reds in that colour.  Not the polish's fault, just not my cup of tea.

But as I wore it, it really grew on me and I think I will be wearing it again.  However my cuticles were DITCHED when I took these photos so please excuse them!

I added stickers to it to add more interest - they're supposed to change colour in the sunlight but they didn't :(

Have you ever had a polish that you loved and hated at the same time?

Tuesday, 22 January 2013

Braids, Skittles, Duochromes and Sponging!

I managed to fit an awful lot into this mani!!!  I picked up some cheap polishes from Boots and one of them was pretty much a dupe for Chanel Peridot that everyone went mad over.

Anyway, these are the polishes I used:

See the polish 2nd from the left? That's the Chanel Peridot dupe
I decided I wanted to do a duochrome skittle and chose these 4 polishes to do it with.  Well, I'd just bought them so it would have been rude not too!  (I'd tell you the names of the polishes but they are buried somewhere in my 'to be sorted' pile.  But they are L-R Miss Sporty, 17, Rimmel London, Rimmel London)  They are all a bit thin, but the third from the right was really sheer so I didn't use it in my braid.  Yes, I did a braid as well!

This was my first time doing a braid, but I had just read up on the technique so I wanted to try it while it was still fresh in my mind and I felt it tied the manicure together.  To finish it up I sponged Haze Glaze Bling It (sadly discontinued) on the tips of my fingers, again to tie the mani together.

I was so proud of this mani that I couldn't wait to show it off but sadly the pictures just don't do it justice.

The duochrome effect on this was amazing but I really struggled to show it in the pictures I took so I'm afraid you are about to get picture spam - I've cut out as many as I could but here goes!!!

I know some of these photos are a bit washed out but I really wanted to show the shift in colour.

Monday, 21 January 2013

Gorgeous Holo - Chirality Apollonia

I love holos.  At first I only loved them if the 'flame' was really strong, but I have recently started to appreciate the more subtle linear holos which allow you to see the gorgeous colour of the polish while still providing the beauty of the rainbow of a holo.

Chirality is a fairly new indie maker on the scene and I bought a few of her dark holos.  This one is Apollonia - a lovely dark purple.  This is definitely one of my 'desert island' polishes.  It applies beautifully, practically a one coater.  This is one of those polishes that is so gorgeous it's hard to choose from the pictures!  So please excuse a bit of spam!

With flash

Without flash

I shall definitely be trying some of her other polishes.  And I just love the shape of the bottle - so cute.

Sunday, 20 January 2013

Flocking and Sparkles

The lovely Jenna sent me some flocking powder in a swap and I'd seen somewhere else the idea of mixing in glitter with the powder for an extra touch of sparkle so I added some GOSH silver nail glitter to the powder and shook it up.

The glitter made the powder a little bit sparkly which I thought was fantastic but the glitter is heavier than the flocking powder so it kept sinking to the bottom.  The other problem was there was a tiny hole in the bag I keep the powder in, and although it wasn't big enough to let the flocking powder through, it was big enough to let the glitter through (it's really fine grade!) so I left a trail of silver glitter behind me!

I just used the flocking powder on an accent nail - although you can't really pick it up in the photos its a mix of purple and green.  So I wore it over Dandy Nails Caught in the Crowd.  And that was weird because in real life the glitter gave just the amount of coverage I wanted but in the photos you can see loads of nail.  Oh well never mind.

I'm struggling with the dark days we have at the minute to take any decent daylight photos, so most of them are under my work lamp.  Anyway, let me know what you think.

You can see all the flocking powder still stuck to my fingers - I really struggled to get it off!! 

The only problem I had with the flocking powder is that while it went on lovely and thick, it seemed to wear off really quickly until there was just a thick coating.  I'd love to work out how to get a really thick coat to stay for a bit longer.  Though it might have stayed on longer if I hadn't felt the need to keep stroking it - you just can't stop touching it!

Monday, 14 January 2013

Stained Glass Nails

I'm trying to work on my nail art.  I'm still very new to it but I was really pleased with these stained glass effect, tho I think they ended up looking more like mosaics.

I used Barry M Jellies for the 'windows', just daubing it on fairly randomly.  Then I filled in the gaps with a silver nail art pen.  I was quite pleased with how they turned out but I think the 'lead' got a bit thick.  But for a first attempt it wasn't bad.

I'm still working on my clean up so please excuse the slightly messy cuticles!

Have you ever tried this effect?