Monday, 17 October 2011

Halloween Manicure: Cast a Spell

I am so excited to show you this manicure! I ordered Color Club’s “Cast a spell’, a set from their 2010 “Bewitching” collection. It includes 4 mini polishes and a sheet of Halloween themed nail art stickers.

·         “Bewitching” is a black crème that is opaque after just one coat

·         “Spellbound” is a neon orange crème that needs quite a few coats but has an intense colour.

·         “Charmed I’m sure” is a purple crème filled with purple and red glass flecks

·         “Hocus Pocus” contains thousands of holographic glitters and is the most beautiful glitter nail polish in my stash. This is truly a must have!

To create this look I used all of the polished and quite a few of the stickers. I was surprised by the great quality of the stickers. I usually don’t use nail stickers because they tend to break when you try to get them off the sheet, or the ends curl up etc. But none of this happened with these stickers.  I also like the “gems” on these stickers, they look like actual rhinestones but they’re flat so you won’t get stuck with your nails.

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I hope you guys liked this manicure!

-          steffie

Friday, 14 October 2011

Halloween manicure: Black Widow nails

I’ve seen a lot of spider web manicures for Halloween, but most of them have spider webs on all of the nails. To me, that’s a little too much. I came up with this design which is a bit more simplistic, but still looks good!

I bought Essence – fateful desire, it’s a rich crème that looks tomato red in daylight, but appears a lot darker in synthetic light. I used 3 layers and then stamped the spider web and spider design from BM 13 on my nails using Konad Special Polish in black and white. I topped it off with a dot of China Glaze – Riveter rouge on the spider.

I hope you like it!

-          Steffie

Tuesday, 11 October 2011

China Glaze Haunting set

Today I’m reviewing this year’s Halloween set by China Glaze. Unfortunately, I missed out on last year’s set so I was super excited when I got this one. The set is part of the Haunting collection and includes 4 full size bottles. I chose this set rather than buying some of the polishes separately because the other polishes didn’t seem that special to me. This set contains four bottles: one nail polish, one crackle polish, one fast drying topcoat and one glow in the dark topcoat. I have to say that I would have rather had another polish instead of the fast drying topcoat but it’s a nice set anyway.

1.       It’s Alive!

This is such a unique nail polish, I’ve never seen anything like it! It’s a moss green crème packed with both micro glitter and  glitter. It looks amazing but it is really hard get off your nails. So when you don’t paint your nails perfectly and spill a bit over your cuticles, it’s almost impossible to clean it up without removing all the nail polish. ( As you can unfortunately see on the picture, sorry! )

2.       Black Mesh

This is my first crackle nail polish. Ever. I’ve never bought one because I’m just not that enthusiastic about the effect. It looks so messy, like you’ve been walking around with the same nail polish for weeks and it’s chipped all over. However, for Halloween themed nails I absolutely love it! I did find it a bit hard to apply though. It cracks within a few seconds and it makes it really hard to apply it perfectly.

3.       Fast Forward Topcoat

I applied this topcoat over It’s alive and it does really dry very fast. It also smoothes out even the grittiest glitter, something many top coats fail to do. But it also has some downsides. First is the smell. I don’t really care about strong smells, as long as the product is good, but this one smells like 10 year old breath mints where dropped in some sort of chemical fluid. And another downside that I am just not willing to compromise on is that it did cause some shrinkage.

4.       Ghoulish Glow

 The little ghost is so cute!
This is a very interesting topcoat. China glaze sold this one before and I think this is a new and improved version. It’s a milky crème that hardly takes away the colour of the polish you’re wearing underneath. I really like that because I’ve seen glow in the dark polishes before and they usually have a weird colour that I don’t like. You need about two to three coats for the glow in the dark effect to be really visible. I’m really impressed by this! This topcoat is great for Halloween parties!

Unfortunately, my camera didn’t want to capture the glow in the dark effect. I even tried filming it so that I could take a still from it but sadly this didn’t work. If you want to see a picture of the effect you can go to this blog to see one.

Monday, 3 October 2011

Halloween manicure: Rimmel 60 seconds - 610 Pompous

So today I’m going to show you a nail polish that I think looks rather mysterious. It’s a rich purple cream that is packed with blue, red and champagne micro glitter. I absolutely love this colour!
I got it for free a few days back when I bought another Rimmel nail polish and I was amazed at how interesting the colour is. This is definitely one of those polishes that is amazing on its own.

This colour looks great whatever the occasion but as soon as I applied it, it reminded me of a mysterious Victorian woman. One that lives in a house that has a hidden room behind the bookcase in the library. ( I do have quite the imagination don’t I? )

I think any modern ór old fashioned witch would love to wear this nail polish! What do you think?

Saturday, 1 October 2011

Halloween manicures: Fall colours

I wanted to start off with something more neutral because Halloween is still quite a while away. This manicure is great for any time during fall and it’s not too “out there”. It would feel weird to wear obvious Halloween nail art like jack-o-lanterns and ghosts on my nails at the very beginning of October, also because the weather has been almost tropical here for the last few days.

 I started off with three coats of Herôme Bangkok, a thick black cream with bronze glass flecks. Then I used the leaves design from BM04 in several colours over my nails. I used Colour Club – Rebel Debutante and Colour Club – Spellbound. The hardest part of this manicure was to think about where to stamp the design on the nails so that it looked good. I’m not happy with some of my nails but I like the overall look.

- Steffie