Saturday, May 27, 2017

Smokey Mountain Lacquer ~ Eternal

Smokey Mountain Lacquer ~ Eternal
Purple with holo dust

I got Eternal in a grab bag. I have found out that it’s a Facebook group custom from February 2015.

The formula is really good and so is the coverage. I used two easy coats for my mani. The polish dries up “gritty” from the holo dust – it’s not a big deal because a layer of topcoat smooths it all out, but I thought I’d mention it because that’s what bloggers do.

I used it with two water decals I bought from Aliexpress.

Final mani in the sunshine:

 Isn't it pretty and spring-y?

And this is what in looks like in low lights. It’s a lovely purple and I think the decals match the polish just perfectly!

Here’s Eternal along with El Corazón’s white polish 418/1, which I used as underwear for the decals. The decals are so sheer that they only work with white under them.

It has been ages since I bought any Smokey Mountain Lacquers. I’m glad that this one was in the grab bag! 
Eternal was limited edition and is no longer available.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Holo shimmer effect
Overall impression: Lovely colour,  sweet holo sprinkle
Buy again: Maybe

Friday, May 26, 2017

Wycon ~ Magnetic #504

Wycon ~ Magnetic #504
Lavender magnetic polish

Wycon is a brand I found in Italy last time I was there. I love finding new brands of polish on my vacations!

I thought I had giving up on magnetic polishes since I never really got the desired effect, but I bought three of Wycon’s magnetic polishes, just in case they might work.

Let me show you what it all ended up looking like:

The formula is great and the polish is almost self-applying. I used two coats for my mani but I’m pretty sure I could have got away with one coat. Did the magnetic effect work? Yes it did! Finally! I hovered a strong magnet over the middle of my nails to get one vertical stripe on each nail.

This picture is taken in the sunshine. Check the middle of each nail! I’m thrilled!

Here’s the same thing in my lightbox. There’s so much shimmer in the polish that it almost drowns the magnetic stripe. But I know it’s there and I love it!

It’s so great to know that I can get magnetic polishes to work. :)

Number of coats: 2 but it’s a one coater
Drying time: Good
Finish: Heavy shimmer with magnetic effect
Overall impression: Really cool formula, and the magnetic effect shows!
Buy again: Yes

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Layla ~ Ceramic Effect CE44

Layla ~ Ceramic Effect CE44
Deep pink packed with silver shimmer

I simply couldn’t decide which colour I wanted on my nails today so I asked my boyfriend for advice. He is highly supportive of my crazy polish hobby and I appreciate that. He chose pink so I dived into the box of untrieds which has just be filled up with polishes I bought on my vacation in Italy. I picked a Layla polish, CE44. It’s a lovely deep pink and the bottle is packed with silver shimmer, so much that the polish almost looks metallic.

The formula is great and you can easily get away with one coat. I used two coats for my mani but trust me when I say that the second coat didn’t make any difference whatsoever. The drying time is really good too.

I stamped on it. The motif is from Chez Delaney’s stamping plate “Rectangles A005” and I stamped with a black stamping polish from El Corazón. I filled out some of the circles with green, for which I used Colour Alike’s “B. a Fairy Forest” - and silver, for which I used Colors by Llarowe’s “Sparkling Diamonds”.

This is the final mani including topcoat:

I must admit that I am really annoyed with my stamping plates from Chez Delaney. The motifs are really cool and I bought quite a lot of her plates. I find it a problem that I have only got one stamper that the plates actually like, and that’s a soft marshmallow stamper from Moyou London. It irritates me that I can’t use any stamper I want, especially because I love using my clear stampers so I know exactly where the stamp is going. For that fact alone I can’t recommend the plates from Chez Delaney.

Anyway, let me show you Layla’s CE44 on its own. This is two really easy coats and no topcoat.

Looked how packed it is with shimmer! I absolutely love this polish.

Here are the four polishes I used for my mani.

I wasn’t hugely excited about this mani. I should have left the pink alone :D

Number of coats: 2 but it’s a one coater
Drying time: Good
Finish: Heavy shimmer
Overall impression: Great formula, easy to work with, I love the shimmer
Buy again: Yes