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Picture Polish Twinkle

Published November 30, 2014 by clairestelle8

I should warn you before you read any further that this post could end up costing you dearly. So if you treasure your pennies then stop right here. There’s always been a lot of hype about the Australian Indie Polish Brand Picture Polish. I managed to resist until I got my first bottle Pirouette a few weeks ago which I absolutely loved. But maybe that was a fluke? Well, I am now a completely lost cause having experienced Twinkle! I want all the Picture Polishes now!

Twinkle is a difficult polish to describe and that is just one of the reasons I love it. Is it lavender, pink, lilac? Well yes to all depending which light you are in! In daylight it has an ethereal quality that shifts from pink to lilac and the subtle silver shimmer lends a slight iridescent quality to this creme polish.

I used two coats for full coverage. It is a little thicker in consistency than I am used to and I may use a thinner next time but it applied well and was self levelling so I had no problems with how it appeared on the nail. I added a dotticure and some wavy chevrons using nail vinyls and PP Bright White. and a star gem for added twinkle! Get it??

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Now a word to the wise if you are a little strange like me and take photos of your nails, while holding bottles of polish to share with various social media, ( yes my family despairs of me…). Be aware that your fingers should be arranged very carefully to avoid obscuring the ‘t’ on the bottle or it suddenly becomes a much more amusing photo than you intended…. On the positive side it scaled down my numerous photo options as there weren’t many that didn’t provide a chuckle!

Go to http://www.picturepolish.com.au for details of stockists in your country and follow them on IG for all updates on their latest collections at http://instagram.com/picturepolish
I bought my wavy chevron vinyls at http://www.nailvinyls.com http://instagram.com/teismom

Do please leave a comment if you have enjoyed reading this and come and find me at http://instagram.com/clairestelle8

Thank you for reading! 🙂

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My love affair with Neons continues……

Published November 30, 2014 by clairestelle8

I don’t often need to buy back ups of polishes. I very rarely make any headway whatsoever into a bottle as I want to use something different every day but I think the Model’s Own Polish For Tans collection may be an exception! The neons really are quite unique to anything I have seen before. They positively glow in the daylight! And I can assure you that despite the collection’s name they are not just for people blessed with golden skin. I am very pale and I think they work well with my skin tone too.

So for this mani I started with a base of White Light and then using various combinations of Beach Bag, Shades, Sun Hat, Pukka Purple and Assher Blue I stamped an abstract floral image from Moyou London Pro Plate XL 23. I loved the dual effect on the nails!

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Models Own website has details of stockists and can be found at http://www.modelsownit.com and IG on http://instagram.com/modelsownofficial. Moyou Plates can be purchased from http://www.moyou.co.uk.

If you have enjoyed reading this please do comment and find me on http://instagram.com/clairestelle8

Thank you for reading! 🙂

Green and gradient and stamping oh my!

Published November 30, 2014 by clairestelle8

Okay so sometimes I can’t quite make up my mind what to do so I end up doing having a dozen things all together! And this how this mani evolved! I love Barry M gelly polishes. They are so vibrant and easy to apply but could I decide which shade of green to paint? Well no! So I decided to create a subtle gradient with Key Lime, Guava and Green Berry.

I used to really struggle with gradients until I realised I was using the wrong sort of sponge. The key for me is to use one that is quite open pored, not very dense like some make up sponges and then sponge several layers allowing each to dry in between so as not to lift the layers

And of course then I felt it cried out for stamping! So using a black polish and Moyou London Pro plate XL 23 I stamped an abstract floral design so the various colours of the gradient peeped through.

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I was quite please with the end result. It felt so cheery on a dreary November day. What do you think?

Barry M polishes can be purchased at Boots and Superdrug in the UK and for other stockists see their website here: http://www.barrym.com and their IG at http://instagram.com/barrymcosmetics. Moyou London’s shop can be found at http://www.moyou.co.uk and their IG is http://instagram.com/moyou_london

If you’ve enjoyed reading this please do comment and come and find me at http://instagram.com/clairestelle8 🙂

Happy Birthday Mickey Mouse!

Published November 29, 2014 by clairestelle8

So I’m not saying I’m ageing badly but I did feel a twinge of jealousy to learn Mickey Mouse has hit the grand old age of 86 this year! I don’t know what moisturiser he uses but I want some! Anyway while whipping up a cake ( um…..sending boyfriend out to buy me one from the bakers….) to celebrate this momentous event I decided to participate in an IG art challenge to decorate my nails in a celebration of his birthday!

Now behind every man is a great woman so surely behind every mouse is a great wo-mouse and so I decided a tribute to Minnie was in need! I used Nails Inc King Edward Street as a base as it’s the perfect Disney red. Sadly I think this is a QVC exclusive so what I will do when it runs out….that said I don’t believe I’ve ever got to the end of a bottle of polish so perhaps I should n’t worry too much! I used Barry M white and black for the dotting and with a paintbrush created a decal for Minnie’s head that I then applied to my nail.

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Now where’s the cake as all that has made me rather hungry!

Come and find me on IG if you enjoyed reading this! http://instagram.com/clairestelle8 🙂

Lacquer Lust Pinky Up with a starburst!

Published November 25, 2014 by clairestelle8

Well it is exciting news for England as today we witnessed a rate sight! SUN!! So plans for something a bit more sombre on my nails were immediately scrapped and I grabbed this gorgeous holographic glitter that had been longing to see a bit of sunshine!

This is Lacquer Lust Pinky Up. A vibrant pink jelly packed with silver and holographic micro glitter! Application was easy. As I have long nails I did need three thin coats to provide opaque coverage but it applied smoothly and dried very quickly. It was slightly matte when dry so I popped on my favourite top coat HK Girl. Well you should know by now I can’t leave anything alone and I thought these starburst vinyls were a perfect addition!

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Always remember to ensure the polish base is dry before applying a vinyl and remove while the added layer is still wet. These vinyls were great from my curvy nails. Often vinyls won’t stick properly but these were super sticky and pretty foolproof! I think the contrast between the black and the pink showed off the sparkle all the more!

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Lacquer Lust shop: http://www.lacquer-lust.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/lacquer_lust

And the nail vinyls are from
Nail Vinyls shop: http://www.nailvinyls.com
Instagram: http://instagram.com/teismom

Come and find me at http://instagram.com/clairestelle8

Thank you for reading! 🙂 xxx

Peacock Nails

Published November 21, 2014 by clairestelle8

Today I have a very pretty Peacock image stamping plate BP04 to show you that I was sent for review from the Born Pretty store.

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The images are really pretty and picked up well. I used NI Silver Foil. I decided to show off the stamp with a base of peacock colours and a multichrome seemed the perfect option. I chose Dance Legend Phobos – a stunning multichrome with duo chrome glitters and flakes! In different lights it shifts from turquoise to purple to a deep teal. It really is gorgeous but I don’t recommend driving while wearing this! To the guy in the car behind me at the lights who seemed to love his car horn rather too much all I have to say is DIRECT SUNLIGHT WAS HITTING MY NAILS!

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The Born Pretty store can be found at http://www.bornprettystore.com and follow them on IG at http://instagram.com/bornprettystore and don’t forget to use my code DY2X31 for 10% off your order. I purchased Phobos at http://www.dance-legend.com. It can also be purchased at http://www.llarowe.com.

Thank you for reading! 🙂

Come and find me on IG at http://instagram.com/clairestelle8

Glam Polish Eye of Sauron

Published November 19, 2014 by clairestelle8

Okay I’ll have to make it clear right from the start that I don’t really know my Lord Of The Rings. *whispers I’m more of a Harry Potter and Narnia girl* so I didn’t get this gorgeous polish for its link to all things hobbit! This is from Glam Polish The Epic Journey collection and is really difficult to describe. Is it purple? Orchid? In different lights you can see fuchsia, blue, purple and gold flecks. It has the nature of a multichrome without actually being a multichrome! I tried to capture this beauty as best I could but you need to see this in person to appreciate its full beauty!

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Application as always with Glam Polishes was smooth and easy. This was two coats with top coat.

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Hands up who guessed some faffage was on its way? I wanted to highlight the gorgeous gold flecks in this polish so I created a watermarble with Opi All Sparkly and Gold and a clear polish.

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What do you think? I’m getting quite addicted to watermarbles though I do hate the clean up!

Glam Polish shop can be found here: http://www.glampolish.bigcartel.com but they do not currently ship internationally. However, they are also available at http://www.meimeisignatures.com and http://www.harlowandco.org And be sure to follow them on IG for all shop updates and new collections at http://instagram.com/glampolish_

Come and find me at http://instagram.com/clairestelle8

Thank you for reading! 🙂 xxx