Sunday, 27 April 2014

Glam Polish Meteorite Mash

Hello lovelies :)

I hope you've all had a lovely Sunday.  I had a nice lazy start to the day, then I had to pop into town to pick up a few last bits and pieces for my friend's hen do next weekend.  Town was packed though!  I always go on a Sunday instead of a Saturday because it's so much quieter, but there was some sort of scouts march happening so it was crawling with kids.  Bad times.

Anyhoo, just a quick swatch today.  Although this polish is nail art in itself.  It's Glam Polish Meteorite Mash.  I forget now where I first saw a Glam Polish swatch, but I immediately had to track down where to buy them.  I love love love their bright colours.  And this polish is absolute neony glittery perfection.


I've used it here over Barry M Matt White.  I didn't want to lose any of the colours of the glitter into the base, so I stuck with white.  Maybe a pale blue would be nice as well?  I shall have to try :)


The stars are my favourite, because...well...stars in your nail polish just don't get old.  I did have to sort of place the stars rather than brush them on, but all the other glitters applied lovely.  And frankly I don't mind a little extra faff to get stars on my nails.

What do you think of this polish?  Have you tried any Glam Polishes yet?

Saturday, 26 April 2014

Vinylux Topcoat

So this is a prime example of a post I should've written months ago and just didn't...

I was really rather excited when the CND Vinylux range was first released.  For those of you who haven't come across them, they're basically supposed to be like gel polishes (i.e. should remain chip-free for a week) but you just apply them like normal polish, no curing required.  The apparent science behind this is that normal nail polish becomes brittle with sun exposure due to some chemical breakdown business (I'm a physicist, not a chemist!), but the Vinylux polishes contain something that apparently reacts with sunlight and becomes more durable with time, instead of brittle.

And yes, as a scientist, I am thoroughly ashamed of that shocking explanation.

So, I wasn't really particularly interested in the coloured polishes.  I've got so many normal polishes that I really don't want to start using some other type of polish (be it gel or vinylux) and have to rebuy every colour in that type of polish.  I was, however, very much interested in whether I could use the Vinylux topcoat over normal polish for a longer lasting manicure.

For my extremely scientific experiment, I decided to paint both hands the same, with Vinylux topcoat on one hand, and my usual Seche Vite on the other.  Here's how I got on!

I used OPI Natural Nail base coat, plus two coats of Cirque Planet Caraven on both hands.  This was my first mistake.  This was the first time I tried out this polish and it turns out it just does not flipping chip!  I can honestly say this is the first time I've found that a negative about a polish.  But anyway, left hand is Vinylux and right is Seche Vite.

Also, please excuse awkward right hand poses.  It hasn't had the same training as my left.

After 1 day:

 So far so good!  No chips on either hand.  Vinylux is maybe a little glossier than Seche Vite though.

After 2 days:

 Right...yes...still nothing of interest happening.

After 4 days:

 Well this was turning out to be super interesting...  It was at this point I decided I should've used a polish I know chips (Illamasqua, I'm looking at you!).

After 6 days:

 Hurrah!  We have chips!  The Seche Vite starts to lag behind the Vinylux, with a few little chips on the corners of the thumb and middle finger.  Vinylux is still going strong.

Frankly though, I wanted more chipping.  After 6 days of the same polish (one which I'd decided I didn't even like) I really wanted to change my manicure, but I needed something a bit better to show you than a couple of chipped corners.  So, I had a marathon dish-washing session and scrubbed the kitchen and bathroom.  And later on on day 6...

 So neither survived the cleaning intact.  Just one of the many reasons I don't clean.  But the Vinylux has clearly fared better than poor old Seche Vite.

Any because I wasn't leaving the house, I left it on for one more day.  So after a week, here's what the results were:

Not much change on the Vinylux hand from yesterday, apart from a chip at the base of my middle finger.  The Seche Vite hand has gone past the point of no return though (not that chips ever repair themselves...) and the chips inflicted by day 6's cleaning have got larger.

The conclusion? appears as though Vinylux keeps your nails chip-free for longer than Seche Vite.  And certainly, until the cleaning there were no chips at all on the Vinylux hand.  The jury's still out, but I'll definitely have to give it a go again over a poorer quality polish!

If you are interested in purchasing the Vinylux topcoat, I picked mine up from Nail Polish Direct, but I believe I've also seen it on Amazon.  You can see the official spiel from CND here.

I'm Still Alive!

Firstly, I shall make my excuses...

Life's been somewhat hectic.  With planning my wedding, my friend's hen do, starting my Masters project and an exam coming up in just over a week, the blogging, I've posted three times this year.  Shameful.  I've found that whereas when I used to have a spare half hour I might paint my nails or write a blog post, now I spend my spare time flicking through Pinterest looking for wedding ideas.  Sometimes for other people's weddings.  I am wedding obsessed.

But of course I don't want my blog to fizzle out and die (if it hasn't already), and I'll certainly want it here and waiting when the wedding planning is all over!

So, I have a two part plan for being a less rubbish blogger.

Part 1 - Post everything I've got waiting in my 'Ready' folder

Some of that stuff has been in there for a loooong time.  It really needs clearing out so I can start afresh, and I might as well post them all rather than delete them!  This does come with a few warnings though.  A lot of the pictures were taken while I was up in Liverpool earlier this year without my lightbox, so some of the photos aren't the best quality.  Clean up is often absent.  Some of them you can even see a little bit of polish I missed when removing the previous manicure...lovely.

Part 2 - Steal other people's ideas

As well as being busy, a big reason I haven't posted is because I haven't even been painting my nails.  I literally don't even know when I last did nail art, and even then it was probably only leopard print.  I've seriously lost my mojo.  I have zero new ideas and I feel like I'm just never going to improve my skills.  So, I'm thinking copying a few manicures I like would be a good place to start, and hopefully eventually get the creative juices flowing!  Obviously I won't actually steal designs, they'll be credited!  Any suggestions of manicures I should (attempt to) recreate are welcome :)

So, here goes...wish me luck!