Wednesday, 6 August 2014

Review: A England - Sleeping Palace

Hey Guys,

I'm back with another review for you. As it's summer and the sun is still (kind of) shining, I thought I would use holographic polish. If you've read my previous post, you might have noticed that this polish was used in that nail art mani. 

A England's Sleeping Palace is beautiful, the colours really pop in the sun and even in dull light, you can still see the holo. It's deep purple base with a rainbow holo and is utterly stunning. I LOVE it. 

However, this polish has commitment issues - it won't stay on my nails for longer than a day or two. I found this really disappointing as the colour is so wonderful and I had high hopes (for a student on a budget, these polishes aren't that cheap). I don't know if it's the base/top coat that I use (though I don't have a problem with any of my other polishes) or whether it's simply not a very long lasting nail polish. I have nothing to compare it to as I don't own any other A England polishes. I must say that the formula on this polish is very nice, it's super easy to apply and you only need two thin coats to get it opaque. Just shame about the staying power :(.

Thank you for reading - it means a lot to me! 

Love Emily x

Tuesday, 29 July 2014

Geometric Negative Space Nail Art

Hey guys,

Today, I have some nail art that was inspired by a picture I saw on instagram (unfortunately I can't find the image). I decided to use some holographic polishes as it was sunny (for once) in England and I wanted to see the full effect of the holos. Get ready for lots of pictures of these beautiful polishes.

I used striping tape to map out where my lines would be. I then filled in each space using a detail brush/the brush in the polish bottle. I think I would have liked the negative space to be slightly wider but I still like the effect that it has. 

Colours I used are:
A England - Sleeping Palace
Lilypad Lacquer - Tanzanite Twinkle
Ciaté - Sugar Plum

I cannot get over how amazing these polishes look in the sun, they catch the light so perfectly and really show the spectrum of colours in the holo. What are your favourite holo polishes?

Love Emily x

Wednesday, 9 July 2014

Review: Essie - Leading Lady

Hey guys,

Here is a swatch of a new polish I got a couple of weeks ago but has been sat in my 'need to swatch' pile until now. This is Essie Leading Lady.

Leading Lady (in the bottle) is a red glitter in a deep red base. However on the nails, I feel as though it's more just a dark red polish with a bit of glitter that doesn't really show up. To me, it looks more like a textured polish than a glitter. Let's just say I was disappointed. I did 3 coats with a top coat.

Here is a close up shot, I think this best shows the colour and texture of the polish. As you can see, it's not very glittery, sure there are lots of glitter pieces but it just doesn't shine on the nails.

Overall, I'm not blown away by this polish like I was hoping I would be. I love the colour but the glitter has let me down. 

Has anyone got this polish and thinks differently? Let me know - maybe I just got a dodgy bottle?

Love Emily x