Showing posts with label CND. Show all posts
Showing posts with label CND. Show all posts

Saturday, May 5, 2012

Sally Hansen - Blazing Blue + CND Effects - Sapphire Sparkle

Today I skipped over to Kmart to pick up some cheap BYS nail art lacquers which were on special for $2 (thanks to kelly over at kellyskolors for informing me!) and while I was scrummaging through the discounted and clearance bins I saw a really pretty Sally Hansen Insta-Dri colour called Blazing Blue for only $4 so I snatched that one up right away! Blazing Blue is a gorgeous deep blue with emerald reflective shimmers. Stunning! So today I painted two coats of Blazing Blue on and for the record, the brush is horrendous! It is lop-sided and wonky! Uh oh! I still managed to do a half decent job but nevertheless it's a bad brush! I then remembered a blog post I saw almost a year ago where CND Effects - Sapphire Sparkle was applied over a really similar navy deep blue. Sapphire Sparkle is an impressive layering polish used as a top coat to add dimensions and different colours to it. Let's just say, I was in heaven when I saw the colours on my nails! I love when my nail colour looks this good, it truly makes my day! Anyway I applied 1 thin coat of Sapphire Sparkle followed by SV. You need to try a combo like this immediately!

At certain angles my nails flashed blue glitter and then other angles it would flash a gorgeous ruby/magenta shimmer!

P.s. . pic heavy! Some of these photos are absolutely stunning if I don't say so myself but i'll let you be the judge of that!

Blazing Blue without CND Effects
Blazing Blue without CND Effects

I'm really impressed with my little Canon camera taking such clear images like this one just above! Makes me really happy when I can show you EXACTLY what I see on my nails!

Do you have a favourite under colour with a CND effect?

Thanks for reading!

Friday, April 6, 2012

KIKO - Grass Green + CND Effects - Emerald Shimmer

This beautiful grass green creme is lovely to apply. This colour has travelled far with me! I originally bought it in Italy and it went with me all the way north to Switzerland, France and London! Oh and now Australia ;-) It is one of my favourites and go-to colours when i'm not feeling much inspiration. I applied two coats with 1 coat of Orly Glosser over the top.

I also want to show you how different greens and blues can look when taking photos with it. I think it's really important to show a true colour so when capturing a green or blue, it can sometimes be difficult.

Check out these examples

The same colour, same time, same background, no flash! Completely different colour!

 Mmmm lovely!

I woke up this morning with the dreaded bed sheet indents on my nails...Noooo! Easily fixed, I decided to apply an effect colour over the top. I have almost ALL of the CND Effect colours so I decided to use emerald shimmer to make it a tad prettier! I'm really really happy with the results, check these out

Thanks for reading! Feel free to leave your opinions :-) Love Mel!

Friday, February 3, 2012

Brush Types - A General Overview

Hello there! Today I will be showing you a post on the different types of nail polish brushes I own. Now, I am aware that I don't have ALL the popular brands (my first China Glaze polishes are on their way!) BUT, I do have a typical sample collection to show you! Enjoy :)

The real stand outs for me personally are brushes that are thick, E.g BK, KIKO, OPI and Estee Lauder. These brushes are the easiest for me to work with as I naturally have long nails and find it great at applying colour evenly.

The hardest brushes for me to use are Revlon and Bloom. They leave my nails looking streaky and can't cover the nail quickly enough before the polish begins to dry.

All in all, I generally don't have too much trouble with application. It really depends on how i'm feeling that day and if i have a steady hand.

What's your opinion? Anyone else having similar issues and success??

Thanks for reading!

Love Mel.