Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Madam Glam Soak Off UV Gel #75 Magenta

Today I have something new to show you!
Laura from Madam Glam asked me if I wanted to do a review on a UV Gel Polish by Madam Glam.
Always up for new things, so here it is.

Madam Glam, based in New York, is sold exclusively online.
Besides their regular nail polish, nail care and nail art products, they recently launched a Soak Off UV Gel line that will last 3 to 4 weeks!!!

Here is the package I received:


Inside:


Tutorial


For those who can't or don't want to look at the video, here is a step-by-step:

Step 1: Materials
Get your materials together:
- Base Gel
- Gel Polish
- Top Gel
- Remover/Acetone
- Something to clean cuticles; brush/remover pen/orange wood stick
- Cotton pads
- UV lamp/LED lamp
- Gel cleanser (additional)

Step 2: Preparation
Make sure your nails are clean.
I simply used a cotton pad with Acetone.
I didn't push back cuticles or anything like that, but it is an option.

Step 3: Apply Base Gel and cure under lamp
You can work nail by nail, but I chose to do 4 nails at once and the thumb nail separate.
I applied a thin coat of Base Gel.
Make sure your cuticles stay clean.
Then I cured it under the UV lamp:
UV: 2 min.
LED: 30 sec.

Step 4: Apply Gel Polish and cure under lamp
The Gel Polish looked kind of syrupy and hard to work with.
Surprisingly on top of the Base Gel it applied like heaven.
I used one coat of Gel Polish.
Again, make sure your cuticles stay clean.
Cure under lamp:
UV: 2 min.
LED: 30 sec.

Step 5: Apply Top Gel and cure under lamp
I already have some gel top coats that I've tried out before and in these cases I really had to make sure that I've used a very thin coat. Otherwise the finished look got wrinkled.
I applied this Top Gel with thin and thicker coats and it wasn't a problem at all.
During application you might see some small bubbles but another brush stroke can get this away.
My tip: Keep on brushing (without taking more Top Gel) till you get a perfect smooth surface.
Don't forget the free edge for longer durability!
Then cure under the lamp:
UV: 2 min.
LED: 30 sec.

Step 6: Additional???
A few minutes (10) after curing the Top Gel, the finished nails were still wet/sticky to touch; leaving my finger print.
I'm not sure if it is the result of the sticky product that Gels can leave, too short time of curing or simply that I have to wait longer before touching.
However I used a cotton pad soaked with Gel Cleanser (Essence) and the surface was smooth again and dry to touch.
So I can really recommend using a Gel cleanser as finishing step!!



Review

Application: Application was very easy (did you notice I even did this with my non-dominant hand).
Color: The magenta color is very vibrant. I can also describe it as a darker hot pink.
Finish: Glossy. And according to the amount of layers and it being gel polishes, still very thin.
Note: Use a gel cleanser after last cure to get rid of the stickyness.
Durability: I can't tell yet but will let you know!
I did remove my nail art with Acetone and it didn't effect the Gel Polish underneath.
Soak Off: Can't tell yet but again will let you know over time.
Final verdict: Believing that this will stay on for 3-4 weeks and if you're looking for a product like that, with great color, and easy to apply. I can definitely recommend these products by Madam Glam!

You can get 30% off using my link
Or use coupon code: YGEL30OFF

Nail art

I admit: I'm terrible at making art with my non-dominant hand.
I used a zipper bag on which I put a layer of topcoat.
Then I free handed some small fall designs using acrylic paint.
After drying time I removed the topcoat with designs from the zipper bag and placed them on the nail, sealing it with topcoat.


That's it for today!
You can find Madam Glam on:


Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Swatches, review & nail art Catrice limited edition Check & Tweed

Today I bring you Catrice limited edition Check & Tweed.


From left to right:
- C01 London Calling
- C02 England's Rose
- C03 Mind The Red!
- C04 Brit Chick
- C05 Hyde In The Park

Catrice: "Style Check. These colours with ultimate coverage are the ideal companions in the autumn season and an absolute must for stylish nails. Modern hunting green and grey-blue meet upon classic rusty red, camel and soft rosé - all with a pearly finish. The extra-broad reservoir brush captures just the right amount of polish needed for one nail and offers perfect results without streaks."

Swatches

Pictures are all taken outside without flash.
It showed the colors most truly but there are some irritating reflections/shadows in the pictures...try to not see them please  ;-P

C01 London Calling


London Calling is a grey-blue that could work great for jeans mani's.

C02 England's Rose


England's Rose would be the soft rosé color. For me it's a soft salmon color or a pinkish nude.

C03 Mind The Red!


Mind The Red! is a brown/red. I'm not sure if Catrice is describing this polish as being the rusty red or the camel color,
For me this color looks like the color of red brick.

C04 Brit Chick


Brit Chick is a dark brown with red and a bit of purple undertones. 
It reminds me of grapes.

C05 Hyde In The Park


Hyde In The Park is a forest dark green.

Review

Application:
Let's start with the worst and most frustrating part of this collection: the brush.
It's indeed extra-broad but the shape of the brush doesn't make apllication easy. 
This is not new for Catrice. The brushes have been like this for a while now but I still can't get used to it.
Coverage:
Let's say that the coverage totally makes up for the poor brush.
These were all one coaters! 
Or two thin coats as you please.
Colors:
Nothing really special.
The colors are prefect for fall!
My personal favorites are C01 London Calling and C05 Hyde In The Park.
Finish/effect:
Catrice is talking about a pearly finish. 
For me it's more a silver/metal shimmer.
Pearly is sweet. Metal is more rough and this is more rough IMAO.
The shimmer however is very subtle and with some lacquers more noticeable than with others.
Finish is not textured but not 100% smooth and glossy either.
All swatches are without topcoat but I do recommend the use of it as it makes the colors more vivid and shows the shimmer better.
Verdict:
Beautiful fall colors but for me it doesn't have the "WOW-factor".

Nail art

I had a beautiful tweed pattern in mind fo my nail art.
But after several attempts, I was done with it.
I ended up with something simular but not totally as I had imagined.
It's all free hand and with the use of the lacquers from this collection.


Saturday, October 11, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness nail art

Finally I got to making another nail art for NPQ's weekly challenge.
I feel terrible that I'm not able to join more in this fun.
Each week I receive the new challenge in my inbox and each week I immediately have ideas and can't wait to get started...
But, before I know it, the new challenge is already there :(

The theme of this weekly challenge is: Corset,
I was already planning for a "Pink Ribbon" mani and well, I thought these two could work great together.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, which is an annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease.


The nail art is a free hand design with acrylic paint and polish.
Polishes used:
- Max Factor Max Effect 05 Sunny pink (duochrome polish that shifts from pink to gold)
- Serum No 5 I gleam in pink (bright neon pink that glows orange in the dark)



Serum No 5 does really glow in the dark. 
However the effect is better seen under black blight...especially with the camera.

Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Leesha's lacquer Halloween Collection (2014)

Today I bring you the limited Halloween collection by +Leeshas Lacquer.
Alicia (Leesha), who got really addicted to mixing up her own lacquers, decided to take her passion to the next level and opened her own Etsy shop August 2013.
Leesha's Lacquer is 5-free, cruelty free, and Vegan friendly!

I was planning to give each lacquer a single post but as the collection is already available, 
I decided to give you all the scaryness right away ;-D
So be prepared for a heavy post.


The limited Halloween collection features 4 lacquers.
From left to right:
Halloween collection is available from October 1st - November 30th 2014.

Goosebumps


Goosebumps is named for it's microfine goose-bump looking glitter.
This clear base is loaded with black, orange and purple micro holo glitter.
Coats suggested: 3-4 for full opaqueness.
Application was easy.

Pictures of swatches show 3 coats and topcoat.
Picture taken in light box no flash

Picture taken in light box no flash

Picture taken in light box with flash

For the nail art I decided to go for some creatures that give us goosebumps :D
A green mummy monster and a creepy ghost.
Picture taken in light box with flash

What is this, skull-duggery?!


What is this, skull-duggery?! is inspired by the term skullduggery, which refers to the "tricks" portion, rather than the "treat" of Halloween. 
This lacquer has a crelly base (leaning to a very light minty green, perhaps due to the neon green micro glitter). It contains black and neon green micro glitter, big black hexes and orange shards.
Coats suggested: 2-3
Application was easy.

Pictures of swatches show 2-3 coats and topcoat.
Picture in light box no flash.

Picture taken in light box with flash

Now of course I was triggered to try this under black light.
Wouldn't this be great for that Halloween party with black light ;-D

As inspiration for my nail art I've used this image:
Meet Skullduggery Pleasant, main character of the Skullduggery Pleasant novels by Derek Landy.

Picture taken in black light

Thank, Mr. Skeltal


Thank, Mr. Skeltal is inspired by Trumpet Skelton of the Abyss.
Granting good bones and calcium to all who Thank, Mr. Skeltal


Thank, Mr. Skeltal is a black scattered holo, with sprinkles of good bones and calcium throughout :D
Coats suggested: 1-2
Application was a bit tricky. On the thick side and really, really fast drying. I had no trouble to make it work as a topcoat smoothed everything out, but I did mention it to Alicia and she makes sure the future lacquers will be less thick.

Pictures of swatches show 1-2 coats and topcoat.
Picture taken in light box no flash

Picture taken in light box with flash

Picture taken outside in the sun

For the nail art I've used this image of a trumpet skeleton:

Picture taken outside in the sun

Creepy Cauldron


Creepy Cauldron is inspired by two words that truly define Halloween; Creepy and Cauldron.
Who doesn't think of witches and skull-duggery and tricks and treats and all that good stuff?!
Creepy Cauldron is a clear base filled with various sizes and colors of purple and green glitters, as well as iridescent orange color shifting glitter.
Coats suggested: 3-4 for full opaqueness but this would make a great 1 coat topper!
Application was like other heavy glitter lacquers; it requires some placement on the nail.
My first thought with this lacquer was: "peacock".
The colors are a perfect match.

Swatches show 3-4 coats and topcoat
Picture taken in light box no flash

Picture taken in light box no flash

For the nail art I really wanted to show the lacquer more as a topper.
I've painted a creepy cauldron spilling Creepy Cauldron potion!


Thank you!

Thank you for reading this heavy post.
Now grab your creepy self and have a look at Leesha's Lacquer Etsy shop.
Prices are low and buy any 2 Halloween polishes and receive a FREE cabochon bracelet!!!
Find Alicia on:

Wednesday, October 1, 2014

Neon snake nail art

Hi all.

Today a very short post. I'm busy swatching a gorgeous Halloween collection.
This nail art was done a while ago but I never got to post it.
Now it's time, because it's the last picture for a while with nails this long :(

I've used a great amount of neon polishes...and I don't remember which exact.
Needless to say the design is free hand.

Hope you like it!
And see you again with my shorties :D





Saturday, September 27, 2014

Jior Couture Collab Collection #AsYourIndieMakerICommandYou (part 7)

Hi all,

Today I'm going to show you my 7th and last lacquer from the +Jior Couture limited collab collection called #AsYourIndieMakerICommandYou.
This True Blood inspired collection is available in store today at noon EST.
The collection features 15 lacquers. Don't forget to have a look at the other 8 as well ;-D

If you haven't been around lately and/or are just tuning in.
You can find more info about this collection and the lacquers here:
- Part 1 (Polish: Blood Bag)
- Part 2 (Polish: Best Believe It's Gonna Be Flamin')
- Part 3 (Polish: Suck Me, Vampire Barbie)
- Part 4 (Polish: Sex On A Throne)
- Part 5 (Polish: Danger Whore)
- Part 6 (Polish: Bon Temps Rousses)

Review

First I want to mention that I'm not just receiving lacquers to swatch, but also ordered lacquers myself from Jior Couture.
Ordering was easy, payment was safe and shipping was fast.
I had some questions about the shipping costs and my Email was answered as soon as she was on. 
I've never had trouble with any lacquers but I'm pretty sure that if you're not satisfied with what you've got, she will immediately contact you and solve the problem.
Another thing I love is the way how you receive your order. Makes you feel like it's your Birthday :D
That being said, it's time to move on to this collection.
I've never seen "True Blood" (SORRY). 
But as a polish freak, do I really care? 
Noooo.
For me it's all about the lacquers anyway.
I do believe that when a collection is specifically based on something, you're might be able to attract non polish freaks that are huge True Blood fans.
For them it becomes a collector's item.
I've seen the whole collection and in my opinion some lacquers are great for Halloween, Fall, Winter, and fun to classy parties.
Some lacquers are textured, matte, shimmery, glittery, jelly, holo, color shifting etc. I think this collection holds something desirable for anyone.
They all applied as what I expect from the polish. For example whem I'm swatching a jelly glitter I don't expect it to be opaque in 1 coat. I expect it to build up in coats and get a 3D effect with the glitters.
Best thing about being a swatcher is that you receive lacquers you would never have chosen yourself. It's no secret that I'm huge holo, multichrome fan.
So, when it comes to spending my money I always tend to buy lacquers like that.
I now was able to swatch some other pretties and well...I wouldn't mind getting them full size :D
I loved all the lacquers but the ones closest to my taste are:
- Blood Bag (gorgeous 3D)
- Danger Whore (rubies)
- Sex On A Throne (unique)
- Twin Hard Ons (perfect for wedding nails)

Thank you so much Sacha for giving me this opportunity!

Twin Hard Ons

Today I bring you Twin Hard Ons.
True Blood quote:
Jason: "Fangs are basically like twin hard-ons."
"Hard-ons for trouble and for feeding on somebody. Not just for talking."


Twin Hard Ons is a shimmery fang white.
The perfect color for Halloween fangs, Winter and weddings.
Coats suggested: 2-3
It applies a bit thicker than a normal creme and drying time is also a bit longer. However I have a simular polish by Catrice (beige white shimmer) and in terms of application and drying time it's the same.
Finish: Semi matte
Pictures of swatches show 2-3 coats and no topcoat.
Picture of nail art shows 2-3 coats with topcoat.

Swatches


Macro shot to have a better look at the shimmer.
I would call it an iridescent shimmer; with the most accent on green.


Picture taken in light box. No flash.


Picture taken in light box. No flash.

Nail art

I've used several True Blood inspirations for the nail art and also used some other lacquers from this collection.
Index: Dripping blood using Blood Bag
Middle: True Blood logo using Danger Whore and Bon Temps Rousses
Ring: Design inspired by a True Blood Lilith pendant necklace using Twin Hard Ons over Sex On A Throne
Pinky: Vampire bite using Danger Whore and Blood Bag


Picture taken in light box with flash.

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Thursday, September 25, 2014

Jior Couture Collab Collection #AsYourIndieMakerICommandYou (part 6)

Part 6 already, which means I'm going to show you the sixth lacquer from the +Jior Couture limited collab collection called #AsYourIndieMakerICommandYou.
This very limited collection, which is inspired by HBO show True Blood, is available in store on September 27th.

For additional info about the collection and other lacquers, please visit part 1, part 2, part 3, part 4 and part 5.

Today I bring you Bon Temps Rousses.
Tribute to all the Bon Temps redheads (gingers); Jessica, Arlene, Lisa & Ginger (True Blood).


Bon Temps Rousses has a deep orange base filled with gold micro glitter, making it a very rich color and perfect for Fall.
Coats suggested: 2
Finish: Semi matte.
Pictures of swatches show 2 coats and no topcoat.
Picture of nail art shows 2 coats with topcoat.

Swatches


Macro shot.


Picture taken in light box with flash.


Picture taken outside. Natural lighting and no flash.


Picture taken in light box. No flash.

Nail art

The polish name inspired me to paint a redhead.
I'm not the best in painting portraits so this was a big challenge.
I decided to go for a random redhead vampire as I didn't actually want to paint a redhead from the series.
I made the design with acrylic paints and used Bon Temps Rousses to color her hair.
Hope you like it!