Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Polish Alcoholic - Rubiks Cube // Glitter Gradient

Hi everyone! Today I'm introducing a Dutch indie nail polish brand to the blog :) You have most likely already heard about it, it's called Polish Alcoholic :) The lovely Sabrina, the genius behind the brand, sent me 3 beautiful lacquers to try, and I'll be showing you one of them today. Aren't you excited!? Yeah! Let the polishing begin!

Rubiks Cube is a fun and cheerful glitter polish, named after the retro puzzle combination game :) It has glitter in the colors red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple - all matte and square, to really resemble those on an actual Rubik's Cube. The glitter is suspended in a clear base, which makes this polish perfect for layering on top of other colors! :)

After doing some test-strokes, I found that it was pretty easy to manage and control how much glitter I wanted to go on my nails :) I decided to make a glitter gradient on top of my new favorite white creme - Angel with a leadfoot from the new OPI Ford Mustang 2014 Collection. The white base really makes the whole design look so damn cute and fun, I think! :) I'm quite happy with the result - I hope you like it too :)







I absolutely adore this happy glitter polish, it's so retro chic! Thanks Sabrina, for being such a sweetheart and such a talent! She makes these amazing lacquers herself by hand, and they're 5-free! :)

Rubiks Cube is one out of six glitter toppers from the Retro Collection, available right now!

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As always, thank you for reading along! I can't say enough how much I appreciate it! :) Aaand if you'd like, you can leave me a comment here on my blog, Facebook and Instagram - and I'll talk to you soon!

Stay polished!<3
Malene

(Product was sent for review)

Saturday, July 26, 2014

F.U.N Lacquer - Luxury Duo

Hi everyone! Today I'm presenting the Luxury Duo from F.U.N Lacquer :) And ladies... I'm swoon by these extravagant nail polishes, and I think you will be too! More thoughts plus buying info below the photos - I can't wait to show them to you! :D

Bling It On! is a silver nail polish with a striking foil effect. It contains silver flakies and gorgeous spectraflair - doesn't that just sound mouth-watering? Hahaha! Anywayyy... I wore it alone, 2 regular coats with top coat of course, and it just looks deluxe! This holographic metallic finish really stands out in the crowd, and I love that about it! :) The two first photos are taken in direct sunlight, and the last in indirect sunlight.





Pay-Day is actually not a glitter polish :) It's a mirror effect nail polish - with real Sterling silver coated flakes. Yet the color to best describe Pay-Day is platinum :) The stunning flakes you see are actually cut finer than standard shredded glitter, so we get a much smoother application. Girls, believe me when I say it's so shiny you almost need sunglasses in order to look directly at it haha! I wore 3 coats and I love how it looks on its own :) I've never seen anything like it before - and I felt everyone I passed in the shopping mall was staring at my nails! Yes of course I just had to show it off to the world! :D

Pay-Day also looks really stunning layered over other colors - I already tried it and I will show it to you on Instagram one of these days! And then I'll edit in the photo somewhere around here afterwards :)

Of course I forgot to mention that I used OPI's glitter-off base coat which allowed me to simply peel Pay-Day off my nails :) Even though it's not glitter based, it acts as though it was - so to protect your nails from soaking in polish remover, I recommend using a peel-off base coat :)





So yeah! I'm as always completely amazed by this girl Yuin Ying :) She makes these nail polishes herself by hand! I'm so so thankful I get to swatch for her :)

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Thank you from the bottom of my heart for reading along, I really appreciate it! :) If you'd like you can leave me a comment here on my blog, Facebook and Instagram - and I'll talk to you soon!

Stay polished!<3
Malene

(Products were sent for review)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Polishers Inc. - Neon’tastic // Watermelon Nail Art

Hi everyone! Wow. Just wow. You may have noticed I've been kinda AWOL this past month, huh? Everything that's happening right now in my life, well it's quite overwhelming. It all gets a bit too much sometimes, don't you agree? But you know what - let me just break it to you now - it's actually okay to take a little time off once in a while if you really need it :)

Did you know that during my break I went to Italy?! Aww yeah ;) I was totally chillin' like a villain by the pool in beautiful Italy, and it was just so. fricking. great! Something didn't go as planned though - I did hope to post a certain blog post while I was on vacation, but I wasn't able to because there was no damn internetz. I KNOW, doesn’t that just sound terrifying!? Haha! But yeah, I was counting on free mobile internet from my phone company thingy, but sadly my phone was like "Nope! >:D", there was just no connection where I was staying. We went to several places with free wi-fi, but too many people were lining up in queues - they probably had the same difficulties as us - so it was nearly impossible to get on! I did manage a few times, but the connection was a big p.i.t.a, and it wouldn't even let me view photos on Instagram, my mails or load a simple website. Gah. Sorry about the ranting haha, but I was just a bit disappointed okay? :P After a few days of withdrawal symptoms lol, it was actually quite nice :) I suddenly had time to read in my book! Still, I missed you guys more than ever. <3

Anyhow, now I just have a lot of catching up to do! And in the next couple of days I'll try my best to read all your comments on my social media sites and reply to you :) That's on Instagram, Facebook and here on my blog ;)

Alright?! Ready for some new nail escapades? Let's do this :)

As you know, the first Sunday every month is the day where Polishers Inc. - the most legendary European nail art group - we do our monthly challenge :)

For the month of July our challenge theme was Neon'tastic :D I must admit I had to immediately turn to beautybay.com and buy some neon polishes, and luckily I already knew what colors I wanted to get :) Some I've been eyeing in what seems to be forever to me ;) It's actually the first time I'm trying this brand, even though it's perhaps one of the most popular ones out there - China Glaze :P The two I purchased were Flip Flop Fantasy and Kiwi Cool-Ada, and I'm using both for this easy peasy neon watermelon nail design :)

Check out the written mini tutorial below the photos :)





▲ How to do this ▲

  1. Start off with a layer of your favorite base coat and let it dry.
  2. Pick a white polish for your base color, and depending on quality and opacity you'll need 1-2 coats to have a nice background for your Neon'tastic nail art :)
  3. Your nails need to be completely dry before completing this step; place a piece of scotch tape about halfway up your nail, and paint the exposed bit with a neon coral pink polish.
  4. Now, what I did, was that I used a nail art brush* to apply the neon green polish to the remaining half of the nail - leaving a white gap between the two neon colors :) Just trace the edges of where you want the green color to be, and fill it in immediately. You'll need to repeat this step if you want a more opaque green tip :)
  5. With the same nail art brush*, I ran it through some black polish and formed the small teardrop shaped melon seeds :)
  6. Using this awesome brush again, after I rinsed it off, I dipped it into white polish and touched up the lines along the white strip.
  7. Finish of with a thick fast drying top coat, and you're good to go ;)

*The nail art brush I'm using and loving with all my heart, is the Pure Color No. 10 - I bought it from Joanna, the shop owner of @stylishnailartshop on Instagram. She's really sweet :)

If you're new to my blog, and want to see what we in Polishers Inc. have created - then check out the Facebook fan page and our Instagram profile :)

Thank you so much for reading along, I truly appreciate it! :) Leave a comment if you'd like, and I'll talk to you soon!

Stay polished!<3
Malene