The Varnishing Point

Each nail is a mini-canvas.


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Theatre themed nail art is back!

This time I’ve used the military costumes from Teatro Vivo’s Mother Courage to create this set.

I’ll write more when I’ve been to see it at the weekend!

Theatre themed nail art is back!

This time I’ve used the military costumes from Teatro Vivo’s Mother Courage to create this set.

I’ll write more when I’ve been to see it at the weekend!

Triple swatch of Ruby Wing’s amazing colour change and glitter polish ‘Dolled Up’. The polish is very sheer so I had to paint it over Barry M white polish. I’m tempted to try it over a pink or a blue to see how that affects it too.

As for the effectiveness of the colour change…the photos really speak for themselves, don’t they?

Indoors it’s a cute jelly sandwich type polish in the indie polish style. When the colour deepens in the daylight it’s less ‘cute’ and more funky looking, though it does have a milky tinge to it that makes it seem a little…hmm…plastic-y. But I guess with such a high glitter content in red, blue and yellow, this one is never going to be elegant and sophisticated anyway!

A fun, good value (£4.99), high quality polish where the novelty selling point lives up to expectations.

Triple swatch of Ruby Wing’s amazing colour change and glitter polish ‘Dolled Up’. The polish is very sheer so I had to paint it over Barry M white polish. I’m tempted to try it over a pink or a blue to see how that affects it too.

As for the effectiveness of the colour change…the photos really speak for themselves, don’t they?

Indoors it’s a cute jelly sandwich type polish in the indie polish style. When the colour deepens in the daylight it’s less ‘cute’ and more funky looking, though it does have a milky tinge to it that makes it seem a little…hmm…plastic-y. But I guess with such a high glitter content in red, blue and yellow, this one is never going to be elegant and sophisticated anyway!

A fun, good value (£4.99), high quality polish where the novelty selling point lives up to expectations.

MAC Rocky Horror Collection

When I heard that MAC were releasing a RHPS collection I was obviously very excited and before i’d looked at the products my creative mind was in overdrive about the shades and the packaging they might have.

I’m sad to say, though, that I’m left rather disappointed. I’m just going to comment on the nail varnish for the moment, as they are the only decent swatches I can find (and that’s my main area of interest!). If you want an accurate and thorough swatch post then go here:

MAC RHPS Nail Varnish 

Now, they are decent polishes but…is it just me going mad or are they the exact same polishes they had for the Venomous Villains collection? And they have them as their regular collection anyway? With..er…the same names. So they’ve not actually released anything new other than stamping a cheap looking RHPS logo on the bottle? Yeah, the packaging isn’t anything to rave about either.

I was hoping for at least an amazing glitter or three based on Columbia’s outfit….

"There’s a starrr mannnnn waiting in the sky…"

I’ve got a little collection of OPI  minis that I keep forgetting about so every so often I think to myself “I’ll ONLY use those for a few weeks to finish them off before they go gloopy.”

I never end up finishing them off but I’m always happy when I use them! I also thought about doing a few weeks of simple swatches but…yeah,  that never happens. I get bored just seeing a nice flat colour and want to embellish it. 

So here we go. Space age style night sky… always makes me think of David Bowie ⚡⭐

"There’s a starrr mannnnn waiting in the sky…"

I’ve got a little collection of OPI minis that I keep forgetting about so every so often I think to myself “I’ll ONLY use those for a few weeks to finish them off before they go gloopy.”

I never end up finishing them off but I’m always happy when I use them! I also thought about doing a few weeks of simple swatches but…yeah, that never happens. I get bored just seeing a nice flat colour and want to embellish it.

So here we go. Space age style night sky… always makes me think of David Bowie ⚡⭐

They’re Real Push-Up Liner review

I’m not often motivated to blog about products; I tend to ignore the bad ones and just continue using the good ones. At any rate, I’m not usually ahead of the trends and who wants to read reviews about old stuff? 

Anyway, seeing as They’re Real: Push Up Liner is still being promoted I thought it was OK to write about it. I took advantage of their Boots Benefit counter promotion (ending this week) of “drop off your old liner and get a free sample” as the adverts and marketing for this had seemed promising and there are many Benefit products that I LOVE (Porefessional is a staple item in my make-up bag).

So here is my review of the teeny tiny sample size.

As usual, cute packaging:

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The nib:

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Now I hadn’t actually looked into any reviews before I got the sample so I didn’t know it was going to be, in essence, a rubber teat where I had to squeeze up the liner gunk. I guess the clue is in the name but I thought “surely they’d never make something so clumsy!” I was wrong.

It looks nice and fine, and that it will give a crisp line but the liner gunk inside is not easy to squeeze out at all, so it’s pretty much doomed to fail.

The ‘gel’:

It is marketed as ‘gel liner’. The liner gunk is more like very soft liner pencil. Definitely NOT gel. It comes out in a lump which you have to ‘glide’ across the lash line. I’ve only one thing to say about this: This product does not glide You have to kind of…smoosh it along. While it drags on your skin. If you are lucky it will draw a line, if not it will crumble off in bits.

Admittedly, the line was crisper than I thought, but I found that it was too hard to control and curve as I applied it. It was nearly impossible to get a decent cat-flick at the corner. It was semi-achievable but it was, again, a huge drag. Literally. 

First test was done on clean skin, no shadow or primer:

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As you can see it does give quite a nice line at first but after a very short while it literally crumbles off. It doesn’t take well to corrections or light smudging to make it a little smokey, or to fade the line of the flick either. It feels caked on.

The real test is applying it as I would normally wear it, with eyeshadow under it and then putting mascara on…so…

Second test was with some primer and shadow, then mascara:

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It looks terrible by any standards. It seems to pucker up the skin and go all chalky and, yes you guessed it…crumbly!!! It was even harder to get a crisp line when it was going over shadow as you have to press the nib quite hard onto the skin. This time the flick was totally unachievable, nothing to do with shadow, it just doesn’t work. 

Conclusion:

Having looked at a few other short reviews on Make-up Alley and various sites it seems I’m not the only one who has had this experience. The bad seems to outweigh the good about this new product.

I think it seems like the result of someone saying “Hey- we’ve got They’re Real mascara with an allusion to her boobs…why not make a linked product called ‘Push Up’? What can it be?” Then they drank coffee and came up with this monstrosity. I've never, ever though “hmm what would make lining my eyes easier is having to squeeze some mushed up pencil out of a rubber teat!” I will wager NOBODY has.

Please don’t go out and buy this liner. It is too much of a gimmick. I’m sure if you get a sample or a free one you could make use of it but there are far better (and cheaper) liners out there in swathes.

Reblogged from definitelymeg
definitelymeg:

PANZ NAILING NEONS CHALLENGEMy entry for the PANZ Nailing Neons challenge (click the link to check out all the other awesome entries!).I did a sponged gradient with China Glaze Sun-Kissed and China Glaze I’m With The Lifeguard, then stamped with Cult Nails Nevermore using MoYou London plate Back to the 80’s 04. Neon and the 80’s go hand in hand, am I right?!

Your sponged gradients are fantastic. They look so even and almost airbrushed on. I’ve done a couple that turned out well but lately I’ve lost my mojo; any tips?

definitelymeg:

PANZ NAILING NEONS CHALLENGE

My entry for the PANZ Nailing Neons challenge (click the link to check out all the other awesome entries!).

I did a sponged gradient with China Glaze Sun-Kissed and China Glaze I’m With The Lifeguard, then stamped with Cult Nails Nevermore using MoYou London plate Back to the 80’s 04. Neon and the 80’s go hand in hand, am I right?!

Your sponged gradients are fantastic. They look so even and almost airbrushed on. I’ve done a couple that turned out well but lately I’ve lost my mojo; any tips?

I wanted to try a simple geometric design but I’m so indecisive over colours. I’ve decided that the way forward is to just choose existing items of clothing for a ready made palette.

I considered adding gold or silver studs to the point of the triangles but it detracted from the simple design.

Reblogged from iscreamnails
iscreamnails:

Hey all you nail artists in Melbourne AND Sydney! Come join our team!! We are looking for fun loving, hard working (lots of weekends) motivated nail artists that want to be part of the growing I Scream Nails team. You don’t have to be a qualified nail tech either! Just send your CV along with lots of pics of your nail art work to info@iscreamnails.com.au and be sure to specify in the email  subject which state you are applying for! Xx #nailart #melbournenailart #sydney #sydneynailart #melbourne #iscreamnails

Well, if only I was in Melbourne, I’d be all over this!

iscreamnails:

Hey all you nail artists in Melbourne AND Sydney! Come join our team!! We are looking for fun loving, hard working (lots of weekends) motivated nail artists that want to be part of the growing I Scream Nails team. You don’t have to be a qualified nail tech either! Just send your CV along with lots of pics of your nail art work to info@iscreamnails.com.au and be sure to specify in the email subject which state you are applying for! Xx #nailart #melbournenailart #sydney #sydneynailart #melbourne #iscreamnails

Well, if only I was in Melbourne, I’d be all over this!

I think I’ve found my new favourite colour combination!

°The lilac is a Barry M Gelly and I used my trusty Barry M Matte White as a base for the neon yellow.

°The neon yellow is Bubblegum by NYX Cosmetics and as you can see it’s offensively bright.

I just love the contrast with nudes and neon and it works the same with pastels. Pastels alone just feel too mushy and bland on me so the neon makes it much more zingy.

Studs are from the amazing Born Pretty store and the glitter is from my local market stall. It’s the first time I managed to get the glitter to stay on evenly after applying it by painting my nail and just dipping it in the glitter pot. I’m very pleased!!

Reblogged from ladycrappo
ladycrappo:

I’ve got good news! That gum you like is going to come back in style.
31DC2014 day 1: red

This is a very original idea! I need to work out how to do a nice crisp checkerboard pattern…I think it’ll require more patience than I normally have!

ladycrappo:

I’ve got good news! That gum you like is going to come back in style.

31DC2014 day 1: red

This is a very original idea! I need to work out how to do a nice crisp checkerboard pattern…I think it’ll require more patience than I normally have!