October 2013 | Alexis Adrienne

22.10.13

Swatch & Review: Illamasqua Mottle

Kia ora everyone!

I have one of my favorite polishes ever today - Illamasqua Mottle. This was released with Illamasqua's Imperfection collection earlier this year. Mottle has a light, pistachio green base full of small black hex glitters and tiny square glitters.


Shown is 2 coats with top coat. I don't find this polish to be particularly gritty and can skip the Gelous and go straight to my usual quick dry top coat. I also totally didn't realize that the small black glitters in this are super tiny squares! How cute


I'm totally lemming the blue polish in this collection - aside from this, I have the purple one (Speckle) and it is just as gorgeous. This polish is a firm favorite and I love having it in my stash :)


Lexie x


Illamasqua polishes are available from Illamasqua.com and Sephora.com

12.10.13

Nail Art: Poké Ball Nails!

Some of you who follow me on Instagram may know that I play Pokémon a LOT and am a huge fan. So, I have done some really fun Poké Ball nails to commemorate the release of Pokémon X & Y this October 12th! I'm really happy how these have turned out as my first attempt at Poké Ball nails was terrible. These are not perfect but I love them anyways! I've also included a tutorial so you can have a crack at these too! I used Zoya Sooki (thanks, Anneke!), Sally Hansen Black Out, and OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls.


Tutorial time! You'll need a striping brush, a double ended dotting tool (or two!), red, black and white polish. Remember that it's best to wait a few minutes between steps to get the best result!


1) Paint a coat of your red polish, and let dry for a few minutes. If you don't wait, your Poké Ball will be pink on the bottom instead of white!
2) Paint 1 or 2 coats of your white polish, starting from halfway on the nail. It's okay if this is a little bit messy, as it will be covered by the next step.
3) Using your striping brush and black polish, carefully paint a line across your nail.
4) Using the larger end of your dotting tool, place a black dot in the approximate middle of the black line you just drew.
5) Place a slightly smaller white dot in the black dot you placed to create the Poké Ball 'button'.
6) Top coat your nail with a high gloss, fast drying top coat to seal in the design! I STRONGLY advise waiting for 5+ minutes before topcoating to prevent smearing your hard work.

I hope you enjoyed my very first tutorial as well as my first freehand nail art! Let me know what you think in the comments.

Lexie x

9.10.13

Review: Peacock Pie Nail Polish Jewelry

Heya!

Today I've got something slightly different to show you - nail polish jewelry! These pieces were made by my lovely friend Serra from Peacock Pie (It's also her birthday today, go wish her happy birthday!). I asked if she would make me a pendant using Emily de Molly Cosmic Forces, and to my surprise she sent me the most beautiful a pendant AND ring! The necklace is set in a circular cabochon setting, and the ring is also in a circular setting with an adjustable band which fits most. 


Serra makes most of her jewelry using glass cabochons, which are glass domes with a flattened side. I'm really in love with the pieces she has sent me - they are well made and look amazing on! My mom even commented how much she liked my Cosmic Forces necklace (my mom is VERY appearance-focused!) Serra has now set up an Etsy shop where her pieces retail between $11-13 NZD, and she is also open to custom orders. Also, I couldn't NOT do a matching mani! Cosmic Forces is a gorgeous polish and you will soon see it again on my blog soon... And now here is a sneaky photo of me wearing my Cosmic Forces pendant <3
Do you have any nail polish jewelry? What do you think of it?

Let me know in the comments!

Lexie x

6.10.13

Swatch & Review: Liquid Sky Lacquer Iris Illusion

Heya!

I've got my first thermal polish to show you today - Liquid Sky Lacquer Iris Illusion. This particular polish is a beautiful purple holographic when cold, and becomes a sky-blue holographic when warm.
Shown are 2 easy coats topped with Good to Go. It dries to a satin-matte finish, which I've shown in some photos.

Cold with topcoat
Warm/transitioning with topcoat
Warm/transitioning with topcoat
Warm/transitioning without topcoat
Warm/transitioning without topcoat
Warm/transitioning in direct sunlight
Cold in direct sunlight
I thought this polish was SO much fun because it's my first thermal! I loved noticing the color changing throughout the day in different situations - I can't wait to get more! Do you have any thermals that you love? Let me know in the comments!

Lexie x

I purchased my bottle of Iris Illusion from Mei Mei's Signatures. Liquid Sky Lacquer is also available at their BigCartel shop.

1.10.13

Swatch & Review: OPI Tiffany Case

Heya!

Today, I have a first for me - my first liquid sand. I also managed to snag this beauty off of NZSale and regret that I didn't buy more! I didn't really know what to expect from the texture of Tiffany Case, but knew it was one of the Liquid Sands which I wanted the most. Tiffany Case was originally released with the Bond Girls Liquid Sand collection. TC is a beautiful silvery-blue textured polish full of silver shimmer and glitters. I found it to be slightly green-leaning on my skin.


It was perfect in one coat, however I chose to go with 2 out of habit. I found that it wore REALLY well, considering that one must forgo topcoat with textured polishes. I personally didn't experience any staining with this polish, however it is known to be a stainer - so double up on your basecoat if you're unsure! Overall, I was SO happy I got this polish - it was prettier than I ever imagined it would be and I am definitely keen for more textured polishes in the future!

Lexie x

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