Friday, 18 October 2013

Comparison: Cybele Blue Ray vs OPI Tomorrow Never Dies

Pretties, it's time to compare two polishes to see if they are dupes!
Ten months ago I bought Cybele polishes in Egypt. This was just after I had gotten some polishes from the OPI James Bond collection, so this one polish really jumped out at me, since it looked extremely similar to Tomorrow Never Dies.

So, ten months on, here is the comparison post! Are they dupes? Let's see...































 The bottle shot. Pretty similar, non?

Here are the polishes on my nails. Three coats for each. You could probably get away with two for both polishes, but I took no risks.
Left to right, this is... Hmm. Hang on. I wrote it down somewhere...
Ah! Here it is:















Are they dupes? The bottom two pictures make me think the OPI is somewhat more purple. But I never saw that in real life. No matter what, I think it's so cool that a made in Egypt brand is putting out polishes that look almost identical to OPI!
 
Needless to say, I'll be going back to the store to buy some more of these polishes this Christmas!

Thanks for reading! Check back Sunday for the first prompt of the Halloween Nail Art Challenge :-)

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Halloween Nail Art Challenge

WHOOP! (Or should I say, 'BOOO!'?)  Becca from Kitties Painted Claws and Rachael from Racho's Nail Love are hosting a Halloween Nail Art Challenge! I am so excited to be joining this, I love Halloween! Anyone remember the mani I did last year?


Anyway, here is the schedule for this year:

Are any of you joining this challenge? Can't wait to see all the entries!

Sunday, 13 October 2013

Mini Review: Darling Diva G-Spot

Oh lord. This is going to get me some strange hits through Google...

Anyway. As you may have guessed from 'my' prize in the Pink & Polished giveaway, I love Darling Diva polishes. I think they are fantastic quality and don't look like your average indie. I know, that sounds dumb, there is no 'average indie', but it's just how I feel. Hard to explain.

Some time ago I found this little gem, G-Spot. I just had to have it! I love a naughty polish name and it looked amazing. I ordered it and when it arrived, it was everything I expected and more <3 So vibrant!

For your reference, this was the picture on Etsy.

Below pictures are four thin coats. I don't mind this as much as I do with other polishes, because it means it's easy to get the glitters and stuff where you want them. No fishing required.

Indie polish purple red large glitters
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Any lumpiness is optical illusion or the shape of my nails. The polish is perfect.
 
Indie Darling Diva purple red glitter
Look at that pretty bottle <3

I know, it doesn't need any spicing up, but the Halloween-lover in me is already moving towards some 'darker' mani's. This is a gradient with l'Oréal Scarlet Vamp.


If you want to check out Darling Diva, you might find this helpful:
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Friday, 11 October 2013

Purple Passion

Pretties, it's time for another super easy nail art!

Thumb: Hema purple shimmer polish & Nails Inc Graffiti Brick Lane 
Index: gradient of Hema purple shimmer polish and Hema pale purple holo
Middle: Hema pale purple holo
Ring: gradient of both Hema polishes, topped with Brick Lane
Pinky: reverse gradient of both Hema polishes

This mani was done within 5 minutes (the Hema polishes dry really quickly) and the effect is quite dramatic!

This is the darker, not holo purple polish I used. It was a gift from friends =)

Tuesday, 8 October 2013

Assassin's Creed: Black Flag

Hi pretties! Time for another easy mani.

This wasn't supposed to be an easy mani. As I mentioned in this post, we went to a gaming exhibition last weekend so I really wanted to do an Assassin's Creed: Black Flag mani for the occassion. Because I had next to no time at all, I decided to just paint the logo on my thumb and add some Kiss studs since I hadn't done any mani's with studs recently.
This logo:

Pretty cool, huh? But, there came a moment when the studs were sticking, polish was drying and I realised I was running out of time for the thumbs. Luckily, I remembered this post by Varnished Valkyrie and realised I hadn't used my Nails Inc skulls yet!


So it turned into a bit of a bad ass rock mani rather than a Assassin's Creed-specific mani.
But I tell you, these skulls are great. You can't really tell from the pictures but there are nine Swarovski crystals in the 'forehead' part of the skull. So glam!



I used: nailgirls white #1, Essie Licorice, Nails Inc skull, Kiss studs

Monday, 7 October 2013

World Animal Day

Hi pretties! Did everyone have a good weekend? We went to a gaming exhibition kind of thing (mani to follow), had dinner with friends in a town between where they live and where we live, then ended the night with a pub quiz.

Last Friday was World Animal Day. I hope you were all extra nice to animals around you, maybe you even visited a shelter and/or donated some food or toys? Were you all rocking some cool animal-themed manis?

Here is my World Animal Day mani:
Yeah, the zebra kinda looked weird so I kept going back with my striper only to make it worse. I really liked the frog and tiger print though!

And here's a bonus picture of Ezio. Hey, if you're sick of him yet, just let me know. 
He is very interested in our robot vacuum cleaner (Sammie). Here he is waiting until it's time to get vacuuming again. Honestly, this robot is a win-win. The house gets cleaner while I'm doing my nails (bye bye, guilty conscience) and the cat is entertained. I can only recommend it!


I used: Rimmel Aqua Cool, black striper, L'Oréal Colour Riche Banana Pop, Hema orange polish (no name), Rimmel Rain Rain Go Away. l'Oréal Color Riche 404 Scarlet Vamp, l'Oréal Color Riche 401 Rouge Pin up, Essie Licorice, nailgirls white polish, Miss Sporty Matte topcoat

Thursday, 3 October 2013

Literary French

Oops. I wrote on Facebook that I was posting this mani yesterday, but never got around to taking the pictures. Even now, I only have one shitty one =(

I got the OPI Spookettes set some days ago and I knew I needed to do a mani RIGHT AWAY. I chose to use Mummy Knows Best and I Only Date Werewolves (IODW). I had the idea in my mind (spent the entire day at work designing it in my mind haha), added a strip of striping tape on each nail and applied IODW.
Yikes! It was so... smokey! I really expected it to be opaque in one coat like Essie Licorice, but I had to do two coats. Which of course meant trouble for the striping part- there's no way you can get it a crisp line if you don't remove the tape immediately after applying the polish.

I added white tips, used the paper and transfer solution from my The New Black - Weekly Journal set. Then another strip of striping tape where the black and white polish met on each nail, and finally a top coat.

I really love the Weekly Journal set. Sure, newspaper nails can be done cheaper, but I love the fact that the texts are all happy words and they are printed mirrored, so on your nails, they are actually correct!

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This mani was actually a bit harder than I expected. The problem with only having the print on the tips, is that the piece of paper is too small to get a good grip. So it moved around a bit =( I was still quite happy with the look though! It looked like a Rock&Roll version of the French mani =)

Well, that's it for now! Check back tomorrow for some World Animal Day nail art!