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.

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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.

China Glaze My Little Pony Toppers | Swatch & Review

Upon seeing the pictures of the new China Glaze My Little Pony collection, they didn’t really do anything for me. I wasn’t originally going to get any of them. Until I saw JessFace90 swatch them. You can watch that video here.👇

https://youtu.be/FXaTxLqNc-Q

The only two that really grabbed me were to two toppers, ‘Hay Girl Hay!’ and ‘Let Your Twilight Sparkle.’ So I bought them both. 

This is a macro of ‘Hay Girl Hay!’👇

Here you have white micro glitters that shift different colours in different lights and angles, in a clear base.

This my first swatch photo.👇

The photo shows two coats over a black base.

This photo is the same but I added a matte top coat.

Now one coat over a white base.

The formula is quite thin, a little goes a long way. I didn’t have any trouble dispersing that glitter evening. It kind of did it itself. It does have slightly larger glitters in there that you can’t really see over the white, but you can over black.

Now on to ‘Let Your Twilight Sparkle.’ I think this is my favourite of the two.

Here is my first swatch photo.

The picture shows one coat over a black base. This is my favourite look out of the lot. This polish has purple to blue shifting duo chrome micro glitters in a clear base.

This photo shows one coat over a white base.

The formula is the same as ‘Hay Girl Hay!’ Maybe a little thinner, but it depends on your application.

Can we all just take a second to truly appreciate this beauty! 😍

Let me know if you get these!

Thank you for reading,

Anne.

Water Marble Tips & Tricks

Since I’ve started my Instagram page about a year ago, I’ve had people commenting on my water marble posts saying that they can’t get the hang of it. So I thought I’d write a blog to help those of you who struggle with water marbling.

I’m going to be honest, it took me a good two or three months to learn. But what I did learn, is that there isn’t a “knack.” There are merely things to remember. There isn’t one particular way of doing it. 

So let’s get into it…

The first thing that became very apparent to me was that all polishes water marble to a certain extent. 

But what polishes are the best?

Cream polishes. In my experience, they never fail. The majority of cream polishes have a thicker consistency. Therefore they take longer to dry in the water, you have more time to play with them. 

Also, metallics water marble well. 

What polishes should I avoid?

Chunky glitter polish, only micro glitter have a decent chance. Glitter polishes have a thinner base, so they dry quickly. You have much less time to work with. Also textured polishes aren’t the best.

Through all of my experiments, and there have been a lot! I’ve found that using the same brand really helps. You’re using the same consistency, so one colour won’t swallow another whole. 

Also, don’t mix different types of polish, like using a micro glitter and a cream probably won’t work. As the glitter will dry a lot quicker than the cream.

Most YouTube tutorials I’ve watched and blogs I’ve read say that room temperature water is the best. Personally, I use lukewarm water. Just run the tap until you feel the tiniest bit of warmth coming through. Then fill up your cup. Warmer water won’t allow the polish to dry as quickly. 

So what happens when the polish is on the water? Well, you can you a water marble tool that most nail art companies are selling now. Or, a sewing needle or a very small dotting tool. Gently drag the tool over the surface of the water, cleaning the tool on a tissue or cotton pad after each stroke. 

When you’re happy with the design, if the polish is still really wet, leave it for 20 – 30 seconds. The design should stick to the took but not come right up. Place your finger horizontally into the water and use a cotton bud (Q tip) to clean the water. When there is no dried polish left, pull your finger out.

Here is my latest water marble video. 👇

So I hope I helped some of you! Let me know if this worked for you. 

Thank you for reading,

Anne.

Chrome Nails | Polish Or Powders?

Polish Or Powders?

Some of you that follow me on social media may have noticed that recently I have been playing around with chrome powders quite a bit. I wanted to write this blog to answer some questions that people may have, and help people decide whether or not it’s worth getting any.

So, about two years ago Instagram in particular went crazy over these “magic” powders. Nail technicians from all over the world began posting videos of the application process. Manufacturers like Born Pretty and What’s Up Nails started selling these powders like hot cakes and still are. Since then the chrome look has become a huge part of the nail industry, and not just for nail techs. People just (like me) who do nail art as a hobby love them as well.

Let’s answer some common questions…

Do you have to nail a qualified nail technician to buy or use these powders?

No, you don’t. Like I said, people who just do nail art as a hobby use these powders. Almost every nail art shop online sells these powders. eBay and Amazon sell these also. Although some online shops (usually salon equipment shops) require you to be a qualified nail technician to purchase from their stores. You don’t have be a nail tech to use them, although it is a good idea to have some knowledge of gel polish before using any. 

Can you use these chrome powders with regular nail polish?

Some companies claim that you can, however, I haven’t found this to be the case. I’ve tried this with Born Pretty and Elite99 powders and it’s all good until you go to dust off the excess powders and it comes off the nail. This is because gel polish has a slightly tacking surface unlike regular nail polish, allowing the powder to stick to the gel.

Are the powders expensive?

If you buy them from places like What’s Up Nails, then yes. Although they claim that this is the finest powder on the market, for one gram of their Alchemy Powder, you’ll pay nearly seventeen pounds. However, you can buy almost the exact same thing from Born Pretty Store for around three pounds.

Don’t chrome/multichrome nail polishes get the same effect?

Although companies are starting to create polishes that do get the same effect. Regular chrome and multichrome polishes don’t. With polishes, you get brush strokes, polishes have to self level. Though some don’t. Here are examples of purple to green shifting multichrome:

This is nail polish by Essie called “For The Twill Of It.”

This is Born Pretty Store’s powder:

So you can see the difference, the powder has very clear colour and no streaks. The polish is the opposite. Although For The Twill Of It is one of my favourite nail polishes.

Pros of powders:

1. The effect.

2. The vibrant colours.

3. The long wear time.

4. Being able to see your reflection in your nails. 😄

Cons of powders:

1. The mess.

2. The time it takes.

3. The expense. (In some cases.)

4. Having to use gel.

The the powders have good and bad points, it’s all down to personal preference. 

Here’s my application video of Born Pretty Store’s silver chrome powder.

I hope I helped you decide, let me know if you decide to get some, or what you think of powders. 

Thank you for reading,

Anne.

Kami Fubuki/Glitter Placement Nail Art

Kami Fubuki/Glitter Placement Nail Art.

So I have a simple but effective design for you guys today. I really like this because it is so easy and quick! 

I discovered this type of glitter/sequin from TWI_STAR’s funfetti cake nail art video. You can check this out here.👇

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=csyuONxat7s

But the Kami Fubuki name didn’t appear to me until Sveta Sanders video. You can check this out here as well.👇

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2pjrjSw2lFk

I then searched the hashtag, then realised… 😂 

I bought a pot of dots in three different sizes and three different colours. I got this from eBay. You can buy them at the link below.👇

http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/252450742943

Without further ado, let’s begin!

So I began like I normally do by applying O.P.I’s Glitter Off base coat. I then applied one coat, yes, you read it correctly, ONE COAT of Revlon’s Socialite. Here’s my swatch photo.👇

I then used Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat to half of my nails, although, if you have ordinary clear nail polish, use that instead. It’ll give you more time to apply the glitters. I didn’t because I don’t have any. You can see I planned this well can’t you… 😂 

Now it’s time to apply the glitters individually to the wet half of your nail. I licked the end of an orange wood and used that to pick up the glitters. Then repeat on the other side. 

I then applied a nice thick coat of Seche Vite. 

Here’s the video.👇

I hope you enjoyed reading and watching my latest design. If you do this yourself, be sure to tag me (@annes.nails) or use the hashtag #annesnails. 

Thank you. 😘

Shabby Chic Cherry Nail Art

Shabby Chic Cherry Nail Art

Hi everyone, so this blog is going to be about my latest nail art. I love this vintage look. Let’s get into the details. 

So first I applied my base coat, I ALWAYS use O.P.I Glitter Off base coat. It’s my absolute favourite, I have a blog post review with a video here.👇

https://annesnails.wordpress.com/2016/11/30/o-p-i-glitter-off-swatch-review/?preview=true

So I wanted something subtle for my base colour, I used two coats of Barry M Frosted Cupcakes ‘Strawberries and Cream.’ I’ve worn this shade before and found that I needed three coats for fully opaque coverage. But as I’m going to have bright stamping over it, I wasn’t too bothered. This is one of my all time favourite polishes, here’s my Swatch photo.

This next step isn’t compulsory but I always do it because it dries the base colour really quickly. I applied a coat of Seche Vite Fast Dry Top Coat. That way I didn’t have to wait ages for the two coats of base colour to dry completely. 

Again, this isn’t really necessary, but I prefer to do it. I apply liquid latex around my cuticles and the skin around my nails. I used Bundle Monsters’ Poli Peel. 

Okay, so now for the stamping. I used the smaller cherry image on stamping plate JQ-46, and red and green 6ml stamping polish all from Born Pretty Store. On the stem of the cherry, apply a little bit of the green stamping polish, then do the same with the red on the cherry part. Now, slowly and carefully, scrape away the excess polish using a scraper or an old credit card. Be careful not to blend the two colours, for best results, only scrape once. Now using a soft and sticky stamper, preferably clear, pick up the cherry design and quickly stamp it onto your nail. In all different directions, apply more cherries. 

Now peel off that liquid latex if you’re using any. 

If there is any polish on your skin, take a clean up brush dipped in nail polish remover and and clean the skin. If you don’t have a clean up brush, you can use and small paint brush. 

Last but not least, apply a quick dry glossy top coat. I always use Seche Vite. 

Here’s the video, enjoy. 😘

I hope you enjoyed this blog, if you do recreate this design, make sure to tag me @annes.nails or use the hashtag #annesnails so I get to see it. 

Thank you for reading.



Anne. 


Reverse Stamping Christmas Stocking Nail Art Video Tutorial

I’ve really been enjoying doing advanced Reverse Stamping, you can create some stunning designs! 

Products used:

1. O.P.I Glitter Off base coat.

2. Born Pretty Store gold stamping polish 6ml.

3. Born Pretty Store Christmas stamping image plate.

4. Born Pretty Store Christmas galaxy marshmallow stamper.

5. O.P.I – Coca-Cola Red.

6. New York Color – Foil Explosion Green.

7. O.P.I Top Coat.

If you have any enquiries, please email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com.

Anne. 

Green Ombre Nail Art Video

This was filmed back when my nails were long… 😭 I’m still grieving. 

Products used in this video:

1. O.P.I Glitter Off base coat.

2. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear – White On.

3. Essie – Fashion Playground.

4. NYC In A New York Color Minute – 

5. China Glaze – For Audrey.

6. Water decals. 

7. O.P.I Top Coat.

As always, if you have any enquiries about the design or products used, feel free to email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com. I hope you enjoyed the video!

Anne.

O.P.I Glitter Off | Swatch & Review

So, as promised, here is my review for O.P.Is’ Glitter Off base coat. This can be found at most mainstream online shops (eBay, Amazon, Nail Polish Direct, Rainbow Connection ect…) for around £8 – £15. 

I’m going to start by saying that buying this product can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. If you search ‘peel off base coat,’ this product probably won’t show up. Purely because, this is not listed by O.P.I as a peel off base coat. It is listed as Natural Nail Base Coat (peelable nail polish.) Most of O.P.Is’ base coats are called ‘Natural Nail’ base coats. The only noticeable difference when searching for this product is the cap. Which says ‘Glitter Off.’ So, I would suggest searching ‘O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat,’ this should give you the best results. 

Anyway, here is my swatch video. 👇

Pretty impressive right? 

I also tried this peel off base coat with glitter on for 24 hours and, just like in the video, there was no chipping or lifting anywhere. 

Application:

The application with this product is good, it is on the thinner side and will easily flood your cuticles if too much is applied to the nail at once. The brush is great, unlike most polish brushes, this is short. The bristles are short and a decent width so the three stroke technique can certainly be used. 

Drying:

This base coat is glue based, so it goes on white and streaky, but dries clear. It dries a little matte, and very smooth. It does take about 4 – 5 minutes to dry. Which, in my books, isn’t too bad.

Wear:

As said above and in the video, this is very durable. I washed up and took showers without anything chipping or lifting. With both glitter and ordinary nail polish.

Removal:

The removal is very easy. As you saw in the video, I just used an orange wood stick (wooden cuticle pusher) and started from the cuticle to the tip. I had to push quite hard to get it to lift at first, but then it came off in two clean pieces and left no trace. I have had them come off in once piece to.

All in all, this is my new favourite base coat. I don’t like using nail polish remover so this was the answer to my prayers. 

This peel off base coat gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

I hope you enjoyed my swatch and review blog. As always, if you have any enquiries, you can email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Anne.