Hello lovelies, is anyone else yearning for summer yet? This cold, sludgy weather is really getting me down now. To top it all off I’m now full of cold! *sniff*
To cheer myself (and you lovely lot) up I have a summer polish collection from last year that I forgot to post – the Cirque Colors, Kontiki collection. Now I should start with a confession; this isn’t the whole Kontiki collection. At the time I bought these the pink Dear Dahlia was out of stock. So I treated myself to another Cirque pink, PowWow, which I will also review here.
First up is Midsummer Night. A truly stunning and original polish; this deep jelly blue contains such a wonderful, colour-shifting, micro shimmer that it has to be seen to be fully appreciated. I’ve taken so many pictures to capture the array of shimmering colours it was hard to narrow them down.
It shines orange, pink, gold, green, copper, magenta…shown is three thin coats.
Second up is the shimmery sea-green of Thicker Than Water. Less colour shifts in this one but it really is a magical green – think glistening mermaid tails with winks of gold and emerald. Again three coats creates perfect coverage.
Finally we come to PowWow – NOT part of the Kontiki Collection – but a beauty nonetheless. This is less of a pink shimmer polish and more full-on holographic with it’s bold, spangly reflecions of linear rainbow holo throughout. A real statement polish.
Luckily these beauties are all still available online. I got mine from Rainbow Connection £9.50 each…and worth every penny! If you still wanna check out Dear Dahlia, then The PolishAholic has a great review.
I’m gonna start by saying this polish will divide fans right down the middle. It isn’t an easy polish to get along with. Like many non-gloss finishes it takes a bit of painting technique to get a good finish, but for me it was so worth it.
The colours – the Silk Collection comes in 9 colours. The one I chose was Meadow – a pastel blue/green that I totally fell in love with. All the shades are beautiful light and feminine colours which are just perfect as spring approaches. Each of the colours has the wonderful ‘lit from within’ sheen that creates the ‘silk-effect’ as opposed to your average matte finish.
The finish – In these pictures I did three liberal coats of polish. I know, I know, three coats is at least one coat too many when it comes to most polishes but it’s such a tricky finish that one coat looks streaky, two coats look uneven but three is just perfect! One tip I’d give is to make sure you streak the brush right down the centre to finish – even on the last coat the brush strokes are still visible and this will help get an even finish. No need for a topcoat either which will save a little time, and the dry time is also quick.
Availability and price – you can get BarryM online from their own website , or in-store at Superdrug and Boots. RRP £3.99 Just look out for the bow on the bottle lid.
You’ll hate it – if you like to polish and run
You’ll love it – if you’re looking for a reasonably priced textured polish that’s perfect for spring
I’m so sorry I’ve been away so long. The big move happened and it took such a long time to finally get the internet installed in the new house, but I’m finally back! I’ve really missed blogging so much, however I’ve still been polishing and writing and have lots of lovely posts coming up for you over the next few weeks so stay tuned (subscribed)
This evening I have something new for you; Stamping Saturday! So this may not actually be new to many of you as the concept has been around forever (…not technically true. See oflifeandlacquer‘s site for full info), but I have never actually posted a stamped manicure on a Saturday before. I have also only ever stamped with the polish that came in the Konad stamping kit I have (white, green and red) but low and behold you can actually stamp with many different polishes.
My choice of polish to stamp was easy peasy; LacquerLust’s Aquamarine is a stunning blue with full rainbow holo. It’s a totally dreamy polish so I knew it would look just as beautiful stamped over another polish.
The other polish choice was trickier. I wanted a contrasting muted blue so as not to take away the limelight of the holo stamp so I chose NailsInc‘s Holland Park Gardens. I got this mini polish in a flower decal set and had only used it once previously so thought it was about time it had an outing.
The plate I used was This Circus plate (NC05) by NailCraze. The only thing better than holo polish, is holo polish stars.
Rather than go for a full stamped mani I decided instead to just stamp over the tips. To do this I applied these white tip marker stickers and stamped over the top.
And here is my final design…
What do you think? Will you be joining in the Stamping Saturday Phenomenon?
I began with a base of Smurfette, then added dots, lines, stripes, triangles and wavy lines of white to build up the Aztec pattern.The white pen is from BarryM. I finshed with my usual Seche Vite topcoat.
There’s nothing more summery than bright Aztec patterns; it just shouts sunshine and festivals and exotic travel.
Have you tried Aztec print nails? What’s your favorite nail art for summer?