Worth The Hype Wednesday | Harp On It, Pearl Jammin’ & Turn On The Northern Lights

I’ve created a new segment on my blog called Worth The Hype Wednesday. On some Wednesdays I will pick three famous nail polishes, swatch them and decide whether or not they are indeed worth the hype.

The first famous polish I have is Turn On The Northern Lights by O.P.I. This came out in the 2017 Iceland collection and it was definitely the star of the collection. Everybody went mad for it. It’s a navy blue with a pinkish red shimmer. Is this a new concept? Not if you’re including indies. Plenty of indie brands have created this type of polish long before O.P.I released this one. However, for a mainstream brand, this was impressive. The formula is a little on the thin side, I needed three coats as I have longer nails resulting in quite a prominent nail line.

So while it is a nice polish, it really isn’t anything spectacular. So, is it worth the hype? For me, no.

Next up is a cult classic from China Glaze, this is Pearl Jammin’. A light blue with a striking orange/gold shimmer. I call this an ocean sunset in a bottle. It is beautiful. It is quite sheer, I think most people will need three coats. This was released in the 2016 Rebel collection. This collection was a hit with all nail polish addicts, it had something for everyone. It was a tie between this and another polish in that collection for being the most famous. I’ll talk about the other polish in my next worth the hype blog.

This is one of my all time favourite polishes so for me, this is most definitely worth the hype.

Last but not least, a classic silver linear holographic polish from Color Club. This is called Harp On It and this was released in the Halo Hues collection from 2012. Silver linear holos are common nowadays, but this one has rainbows that are much more striking than any other polish I’ve seen. It’s not often I find a polish that rivals a nail powder, but this really does. I’ve seen that for a lot of people, this is very opaque in one coat. For me it takes three, maybe it’s the colour of my nail beds? I don’t know. It has a thinner consistency but it’s still easy to apply.

So, is Harp On It worth the hype? Yes!

Do you agree with my opinions of these famous polishes? Or do you disagree? Let me know in the comments.

See you on Saturday.

Anne. X

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Polishes I Wore In February

A blog on a Saturday? What’s going on?! From now on, I’ll be posting new blogs every Saturday. 😊

Okay, lets jump right in shall we?

First up, I did some winter wonderland nail art and wanted my cindy hand to match. So I used O.P.I Sailing & Nail-ing with F.U.N Lacquer Diamond Flake over the top.

When A Englands Saint George arrived, the second I saw it, it was bye bye winter nail art. 😍

My favourite mani of the month was Cameo (H) by ILNP. Isn’t it beautiful? 😍

If you read my 3 Things You’ve Been Doing Wrong When Applying Magnetic Polish blog, you’ll know that I really like magnetic polishes. So when Frantic Fire by Born Pretty arrived, I had to wear it.

I’ve been wanting Douceur by Picture Polish ever since I heard that it was discontinued.

Next up, a classic for my cindy hand. This is Pearl Jammin’ by China Glaze.

I found out that the F.U.N Lacquer x Simply Nailogical collection was being discontinued, I had to buy Black Holo Witch. I originally wanted the one without the extra holo pigment, but it was out of stock. So I bought the (H) version instead. Still just as beautiful.

I’m not usually a fan of red nails, but I’ve been loving red holos recently. This is Flaming Fireworks by Born Pretty. It’s meant to be a stamping polish but I find it too sheer for that. So I just wear it as a regular polish, I love it this way.

Another red holo, I am obsessed with this polish! This is Cherry Luxe by ILNP.

In the south west of England, we had a week where it felt like summer. Warm, sunny and not a cloud in the sky. So naturally I went for a neon and a holo top coat. This is Pool Party by China Glaze topped with F.U.N Lacquers Diamond Flake top coat.

I was shopping for nail polish online and realised that I didn’t have a pink holo glitter! Why?! So this little gem lept in my basket and I had to buy it… This is Ripe For The Pink-ing by KB Shimmer.

And last but not least, this gorgeous brown holo. For some reason, I’m really intrigued by brown holographic polishes, I’m really not sure why… 😝 This is Cabin Fever by ILNP.

So those were the polishes I wore in February, do you have any of them? Do you want any of them? Let me know!

Thanks for reading, see you on Wednesday.

Anne. X

Nail Q&A – Blogger Collaboration

I am so excited for today’s blog! I’ve teamed up with seven amazing nail bloggers to bring you our first collaboration. I’ve put links to Minna, Paula, Zuzia, Weronika, Patricia, Nicki and Celeste at the bottom.

Lets get into the questions!

What was your first nail polish?

It was summer and my sister and I had gone shopping, I went into Superdrug and the first thing that caught my eye was a super bright turquoise polish called Greenberry by Barry M. That was my first nail polish and my obsession grew from there.

Do you remember when your nail art journey begun?

Yes I do! I have a friend on Facebook who did weekly nail art. I was wearing my first nail polish and there was a pen beside me and I drew hearts and stars on my nails. What made me think it would work? I don’t know… It was an ordinary biro so needless to say it smudged off in a micro second. That friend inspired me to start nail art.

What is your favourite nail art technique?

Stamping most definitely. The designs are endless and it’s something I never get tired of!

What is your favourite nail shape?

I really love the look of shorter square nails, they just look so neat. But the sharp corners kept catching on things. Plus, I like my nails longer for nail art. So I always go for a squoval.

Would you ever wear artificial nails?

Not anymore. I used to, when I had short and uncared for nails. But they were a hassle to apply and always came off when I didn’t want them to. I like my natural nails.

What is your favourite mainstream nail polish brand?

China Glaze! I love how in every collection, they put out different finishes. Mattes, glitters, shimmers and holographics. Most other mainstream brands just put out creams to suit the seasons.

What is your favourite indie brand?

Oh that’s a tough one, but I’d have to say F.U.N Lacquer. They have an amazing variety, and they’re all stunning!

What is your favourite nail polish finish?

I love black polishes that have a striking shimmer. Like China Glaze Up All Night. They look black until the light hits them and you get a flash of colour. Stunning.

What is your holy grail nail product?

TwinkledT Glow Up is my holy grail product. It’s a stamping polish, and they don’t usually apply directly to the nail well. They don’t self level and they’re too thick! But Glow Up is the PERFECT one coat white cream polish. It applies like a normal polish and it stamps perfectly too.

And finally, what are your favourite base and top coats?

My all time favourite base coat is CND Stickey. It dries in less than 20 seconds, it protects against staining with even the most pigmented polishes. It lasts over a week also and it has a 7 free formula. My favourite peel off base coat is Ünt Ready For TakeOff.

I’m yet to find my favourite top coat. I use a peel off base coat under most of my manicures and how well it peels largely depends on what top coat I use. I haven’t found anything that tops Seche Vite yet, but I want to find something else as I get a lot of shrinkage with that one.

That completes our nail Q&A, thank you to my nail blogger girls for collaborating with me on this! Check out their blogs:

Minna – https://talkandbake.blogspot.com/

Paula – https://realpolishfanatic.com/

Zuzia – http://zumaluje.blogspot.com/

Weronika – https://www.malinaila.pl/

Patricia – http://www.nailsthatmatch.com/

Celeste – https://celestelovesnails.blogspot.com/?m=1

Nicki – http://glittermynails.com

Thank you for reading!

Anne. X

3 Things You’ve Been Doing WRONG When Applying Magnetic Polish!

Wednesday is upon us again, so it’s blog time! This week I’m going to show you three mistakes that you’ve been making when applying magnetic nail polish, and how to fix them!

So magnetic polish has been around for a long time now, most nail polish addicts will have them. When I got my first magnetic polish, I was seriously underwhelmed with the effect. It looked great when I took the magnet away and a few minutes later, it looked like a gradient gone wrong… Sound familiar? Let me help.👇🏻

Mistake number one: You didn’t hold the magnet over the polish for long enough.

I know this sounds ridiculously obvious but bare with me. Most companies will tell you to hold the magnet for 15 to 20 seconds, the problem with that is when you pull the magnet away, the polish is still wet. As the polish dries, that magnetic line will soften. The trick is to keep the magnet over the wet polish for at least a minute. This way the polish will be mostly dry when you pull the magnet away. I count to 60 for each nail. Yes this may sound like a load of faffing but honestly, you won’t regret it. I did this trick for these nails.👇🏻

Mistake number two: You used the magnetic polish by itself.

Magnetic polishes are sheer, and usually thin in consistency. Most magnetic polishes take at least three coats to become fully opaque. This takes away a lot of the colour in the magnetic polish itself. The line won’t be quite as striking. Use a black base colour to layer the magnetic polish over. You will only need two coats. Plus, the shift in multichrome magnetic polishes will be much stronger and the line will be more defined. I used that technique in the mani above also.☝🏻

Finally, mistake number three: You put a top coat on expecting your magnetic mani to remain the same.

It most definitely will not. Allow me to explain, quick dry top coats in particular penetrate the layers of polish underneath the top coat. Thus, making them wet again. As I said before, the magnetic line will soften as the polish dries. To stop this from happening, hold the magnet over the wet top coat for 30 seconds, hold it for a minute if you’re not using a quick dry top coat. And hey presto! You’ve got a perfect magnetic manicure.

Go and try it! If you used these tips tag me (@annes.nails) on Instagram so I can see!

See you next week!

Anne. X

Barry M New Molten Metals

Happy Wednesday all! I hope you’re all okay. 😘

So along with my China Glaze obsession, I really love Barry M nail polishes as well. I love their polishes because they’re not your usual creams or shimmers, they do everything from glitters to multichromes to linear holos. Sorry, Barry M products are only available in the UK and Australia. Everyone else forgive me!

In the last couple of weeks, Barry M released four new Molten Metal polishes, if you’re unfamiliar with the Molten Metals, they’re basically metallic shimmer polishes. Most of them are quite sheer because they’re packed with tiny metallic shimmer particles. The latest releases are more geared towards spring and summer.

First up is Ice Queen, a white shimmer with very light silver flakes running throughout. This is quite sheer so it took three coats to reach full opacity. You could use one coat as a topper also. It has a cold glow effect to it, does that make sense? 😂 In certain lights you can see a blue/purple flash.

Next up is Peachy Feels. I was really impressed with this one, it really isn’t what you’d expect from a mainstream brand. This is a peachy metallic with a very strong gold shimmer. Again, a three coater. You get a stunning lit from within effect.

Now for Golden Hour, a darker gold base with a slight pink tone to it. It also has a gold to green shifting shimmer. This is my least favourite out of the four. This one is more opaque, it only needs two coats.

Now for my favourite, I adore this shade. It’s called Fuchsia Kiss. This is a beautiful magenta base packed with silver shimmer. This one was the most opaque out of the bunch. I’ve been wanting Barry M to release a Molten Metal in a shade like this.

So what did you think? Barry M polishes just get better and better in my opinion.

See you next Wednesday!

Anne. X

Products mentioned in this blog were purchased by myself unless stated otherwise.

My Top 5 China Glaze Polishes

Happy Wednesday all! 👋🏻

Today I’m going to be talking about my top 5 China Glaze polishes. If you’ve been following me on Instagram, you’ll know that China Glaze is my favourite mainstream nail polish brand. If you don’t, I’ll be giving you insights into my polish addiction in the next few blogs.

It was hard to pick just 5 but I managed it eventually. 😂

I’m saving my absolute favourite for last, but I love them all.

First up is Shadies and Gentlemen from the 2018 Paint It Black collection for Halloween. If you don’t already know, I LOVE China Glaze matte polishes. Matte polishes from other mainstream brands never dry down fully matte, there’s always a little light reflection. And a lot of them dry to what I call a wax effect. So it’s that in between matte and glossy look. Not my cup of tea at all. China Glaze mattes are MATTE! Look!👇🏻

This is an ocean sunset in a bottle… Next up is Pearl Jammin’ from the Autumn 2016 Rebel collection. The shimmer in this is like nothing I’ve ever seen before. I love it when mainstream brands push the boat out and do something different, even if it doesn’t really workout. I think China Glaze and Barry M are taking inspiration from indie brands, introducing more holographics, shimmers and glitters.

Next up is a black linear holographic from a mainstream brand… WHAT?! This is Maliboo-boo from the Paint It Black Halloween 2018 collection. This entire collection was a huge hit with me. Glitters, toppers, linear and scattered holos, shimmers and a matte!

Okay, we’re down to the final two… Can you guess what’s next? Judging from my previous picks, this probably won’t come as a surprise to you.

Combat Blue-Ts!

This has everything I love, matte and a gorgeous cobalt blue… What more could a girl want?

Here it is, my all time favourite China Glaze polish…

UP ALL NIGHT!

Look at that. Isn’t it stunning? I love almost black polishes that have really striking shimmers like this.

What do you think? Do you agree with my picks? Do you have an all time favourite China Glaze polish? Let me know!

See you next Wednesday!

Anne. X

Polishes I Wore In January 2019

Hi everyone, welcome back.

So this segment is called Polishes I Wore In… In the first week of each month, I will write a blog about what nail polishes I wore in the previous month. This is the first one and I’m excited!

Lets get into it!

First up was on the 7th when I asked Siri to pick a random number between 1 and 300. He picked Exposed by Essie and as a topper, he chose Hay Girl Hay by China Glaze. Siri has good taste! 😂

Next was on the 10th and I wore 2Nite by China Glaze. I’m totally in love with the OMG Flashback collection.

A simple, classy look for the 13th. This is China Glaze Throwing Suede and Barry M Diamond Glitter, which is one of my all time favourite polishes, but that’s for another blog.

On the 15th I was feeling the need for a pink holo. This is Mad For Madness Sake by O.P.I with F.U.N Lacquers Diamond holo top coat over it.

Halfway through the month now and on the 16th Barry Ms Celestial Silver was calling my name.

On the 17th, I realised that I hadn’t worn a matte polish for a long time. So I tried out China Glaze Cabana Fever. This ended up being the base for a simple nail art look.

Now for the star of the month in my opinion, on the 21st I got this beauty in the post. I had been after this polish ever since it’s release. This is China Glaze Mailboo-boo.

Unintentional galaxy nails for the 23rd. This is F.U.N Lacquers Believe with O.P.Is 18K Gold top coat.

I adore thermal polishes, this is my favourite. Glacier Blue by Cirque Colors was my polish of choice for the 25th.

Holo jelly polish for the 27th! This is Where’s The Party Canon At by China Glaze.

Cindy is the model for the 29th! She’s in good shape at the moment so I thought I’d let her be the star. This is Swatch Out by China Glaze.

And finally, on the 31st was a holo glitter day. This is HOLO QUEEN by F.U.N Lacquer and Simply Nailogical.

So those were the polishes I wore in January. I hope you enjoyed this blog.

See you next week!

Anne. X

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4 Top Tips For Beginner Nail Artists

Welcome back to my blog everyone!

Today I’m writing about my 4 top tips for beginner nail artists, I think every nail artist looks back to when they first started and thinks “why didn’t I do that?” Or, “why did I do that?” I certainly do.

So, if you’ve just started dabbling with nail polish and nail art, I hope this helps. Let’s get into it.

Tip 1:

Be gentle!

I know it’s sounds rather self-explanatory, but let me go on… This goes for everything in nail art, from nail care, to applying polish, to the art itself. For example, when I was first learning to stamp, I used way too much pressure. I couldn’t pick up the image for the life of me. So I tried just using a light roll, with hardly any pressure at all. What do you know, it came out perfect. I was also being too heavy handed when just painting my nails one colour, I kept getting patchy and streaky nails. It only needs a very light touch! This is true with everything I do in nail art, light pressure and being more careful gets much better results.

Tip 2:

A clean up brush is essential!

Everyone floods their cuticles every now and then, and cotton buds (q-tips) just don’t do it. You can’t get right into the cuticle area without messing your nail up or leaving little fuzzy bits everywhere. You can use a small paint brush, or an actual clean up brush designed for nails. I prefer actual clean up brushes because they’re designed to hold up to acetone, and none of the little bristles fall off. If you don’t clean your cuticle area, not only does it look messy, but your manicure won’t stay on for more than a few days without chipping or peeling.

Tip 3:

Don’t buy the expensive polishes and nail art products to begin with!

I know it’s tempting to buy the pricey indie polishes and other stuff, but try out some inexpensive products first, just to see if this is your thing. There’s no point in buying expensive products only to find that you don’t like nail art and that it really isn’t for you. Start off buying nail art stuff from AliExpress or Born Pretty Store, they take a few weeks to arrive as they’re coming from China. But the products are good! I love Born Pretty stamping plates. I’ve tried higher priced stamping plates like Lina, and BPS plates are just as good, and less than half the price.

Tip 4:

If you’re going to spend more money, spend it on a good base and top coat!

In my opinion, a good quick dry top coat and a good base coat is a must. The last thing you want is to have terrible staining or having to wait hours before applying nail vinyls or just going about your day. You can get good base coats, and quick dry top coats from £6 – £12 each. I personally think that spending more on a base coat and a top coat is really worth it.

So those are my top 4 tips for beginner nail artists, I hope this has helped!

Thank you for reading,

Anne. xXx

Color Club Poptastic Pastel Neon Collection Swatch & Review

Hi everyone, so I’ve got another collection review for you today. Five shades from Color Club’s Poptastic Pastel Neon collection. I bought five out of the seven, I skipped the blue because I have so many pastel blue polishes in my collection it’s unreal. Then there’s a green one that’s very similar to the other green in the collection (which I have) so there really didn’t seem much point in getting both. 

So the first polish is a yellow cream called ‘Disco’s Not Dead.’

The picture shows three coats over a white base colour. All of my Swatch pictures for this collection show the colours over a white base. I found that layering them over white got a closer colour to the bottle. If you didn’t apply these over a white, you would need four to five coats depending on your application.

This next polish is a peachy colour cream that in some lights looks pink. This is called ‘Hot-hot-hot Pants.’

I found this to be the thinnest polish of the five. It did want to run down the sides of my nails. I found that thinner coats are better, these polishes aren’t the fastest drying polishes ever. My Swatch photo shows three coats.

This is a classic pink cream called ‘Feathered Hair Out To There.’

No matter what skin tone you have, these polishes always make your skin look a lot darker than it actually is. Again, this picture shows three coats.

This next polish is my favourite of the collection, it’s a purple cream called ‘Diggin’ The Dancing Queen.’

This had the best formula of all of them, my swatch photo only shows two coats. 

The last polish is called ‘Til’ The Record Stops.’ This is a light mint green cream.

This shows three coats.

Although these polishes are sheer and thin, when built up, they make beautiful looking gradients! Here I used ‘Feathered Hair Out To There’ and ‘Diggin’ The Dancing Queen’ and a glitter topper from Sally Hansen called ‘Ice Pop.’

They also water marble, but used warm water. Because they’re so thin, they spread and dry on the water very quickly. 

So, which is your favourite from the collection? Let me know!

Thank you for reading,

Anne.

Barry M Molten Metals | Swatch & Review

So recently, on one of my YouTube videos, someone commented asking what the Barry M Molten Metals were like. So, I thought I’d write a blog on that exact subject.

So I’m going to talk about three of the polishes, one from the first Molten Metal collection, and two from the latest collection. 

So, let’s get right into it.

I’m going to start with ‘Bronze Bae.’ This polish is from the first Molten Metal collection for spring/summer 2016.

This is a light bronze metallic polish. Here’s my swatch photo.👇

Pretty nice right? The photo shows three coats and no top coat. I have to say that I use this so much in my nail art. My bottle is almost empty. 

I’m going to say it from the get go, these polishes are thin. But from my experience, sometimes building thinner polishes up enhances the colour. But you do have to be careful, thinner polishes, these polishes in particular, do like to run. I got a bit of pooling in my cuticles several times. 😂

Next is ‘Blue Glacier.’ This polish is from the spring/summer 2017 collection.

This is a gorgeous ice blue, cool toned metallic polish. Again, the picture shows three coats and no top coat. This polish has a slightly thicker consistency than Bronze Bae, but not by much.

Here is my swatch video of Blue Glacier, I only did the one application video because they all apply the same.

The last polish is ‘Holographic Lights.’ Also from the 2017 collection.

As far as I know, Barry M haven’t done a linear holographic before. So I was seriously excited to get my hands on this. Holographic Lights is my favourite out of the three. Again, this picture shows three coats and no top coat. The holo doesn’t show a lot in ordinary light, it just looks like your basic silver polish. However, you do get that gorgeous linear holo goodness in direct sunlight or artificial light, such as a desk lamp. 

Barry M retweeted my macro of the polish and people really liked it! 

So, all in all, I do like the Molten Metals. They are good, but in my opinion, they’re nothing spectacular. Certainly nothing to write home about. Well, maybe I’d write about Holographic Lights… 😂 Holosexual over here. 🙌

Thank you for reading, 

Anne.