Tuesday, 18 June 2013

C'arn the Socceroos!

Photo credit: Socceroo's facebook page

In less than an hour, Australia will begin their last qualifying match for the 2014 FIFA World Cup! With a decided victory over Jordan last week, a frustrating draw against Japan the week before, and another draw with Oman way back in March, Australia is facing the remaining team in their qualifying group tonight - Iraq. If Australia wins this match, they will be going through to the World Cup next year! If not, they still have a chance, but I'm definitely gunning for a win tonight!

Indoors, with flash
For the iconic green and gold, I alternated between China Glaze Happy Go Lucky and China Glaze Gaga For Green. The soccerball was done freehand with a nail art brush using L.A. Girl minis in black and white. I just received KB Shimmer Clearly On Top top coat in the mail today and had to try it out - it worked great over this mani, and didn't smudge the soccerball. The prop in these pictures is one of my brother's soccer trophies from when he used to play in the local team as a kid.

Outdoors, natural light
Also, the Australian team name, the Socceroos, is a portmanteau! Love it! And so Aussie, mixing 'soccer' (the name that us Australians use for the world game, because we're special and call our own strange Australian game 'football') and 'roos' (a shortening of 'kangaroos', our iconic hopping marsupials).

A rare right hand appearance
And now I better high-tail it over to my fianc√©'s place to watch the game! 
Aussie Aussie Aussie! Oy Oy Oy!


Monday, 17 June 2013

Paw Print Stamping

My second ever go at stamping, inspired by my pup. He is almost 16 and has Cushing's syndrome, but he is still making the best of it!

Bomber (named for an AFL team)

This attempt went much better than my first, which was completely unrecognisable, but I still have a long way to go. Still, it was so much fun, and quick and easy compared to freehand nail art. So far I've found that the trick is finding the right polish to stamp with, and working quickly.

I started of with two coats of OPI My Vampire Is Buff, a beautiful cream colour whose application was a bit streaky. I then stamped on the paw prints using Bundle Monster BM-323 with Wet N Wild Black Creme, which turned out to be a great polish for stamping, although it could have been a bit more pigmented. My top coat also caused the paw prints to smudge, maybe I needed to wait longer before applying it?

A close up of my middle finger

Obviously I'm late to the party here, and my application leaves a lot to be desired, but I'm sure I'll be doing lots of practice now that I've got the stamping bug. Stamp all the things! 


Wednesday, 12 June 2013

Emily de Molly - Dark Forces

Woo! Emily de Molly! As an early Aussie supporter of Emily de Molly polishes, I've been thrilled to see Hayley's creations skyrocket to international fame over the past few months. The development of the brand has really been something to see - the complexity of the polishes, the ever-improving formulas, the adventurous colour combinations, not to mention the new range of linear holographics!


Dark Forces is a black jelly filled with large silver holographic circles, small and medium silver holographic hexes, and small iridescent glitters. I used two coats over black, but the base is opaque enough for it to be built up in two or three coats on its own, which would give it an even greater depth. I layered it over black as I wasn't sure how sheer it would be - next time I'm definitely wearing it on its own!


Application was fantastic -  I was painting my nails in dim lighting whilst lying on my bed (usually a recipe for streaky polish and messy cuticles) and it came out almost perfect! A miracle, considering I'm nowhere near the world's best manicurist. I used one thick coat of Cult Nails Wicked Fast top coat (I'm getting near the end of my bottle so it's thickened up somewhat) and the end result was much more glossy than it looks in these photos  - I put hand cream on not long before taking these pictures and it left some residue on my nails.

I didn't have any trouble getting the large circles out and onto the brush, but I did stand my bottle upside down for a couple of minutes before application. I had to place a few of the large circles where I wanted them, as they were reluctant to come off the brush straight away, but most were very well-behaved. If your nails are quite curved like mine, you might want to avoid placing the large circles right in the centre of the nail, as they wont sit flush with the curve of the nail but will remain flat with their edges poking out slightly. I mainly had this problem on my pinky nails, but with a thick coat of topcoat it was hardly noticeable.


I took some photos inside with flash to show how wonderfully holographic the glitters are - the sunlight pictures don't really do them justice. The blurry picture gives a better idea of the beautiful holographic flashes that happen as the glitters catch the light. I found myself moving my fingers around to see the pretty rainbows (weirdo!) and the iridescent glitters also add to this effect.

Close up! Love those large circles!
So, what do you guys think? Perhaps not the most original polish to ever strike the indie world but I absolutely love it! Black, silver, holographic - it's a classic and a statement all at once! 

You can buy Emily de Molly polishes via etsy, bigcartel or Femme Fatale if you live in Australia, otherwise check out the list of international distributors here.


Tuesday, 4 June 2013

Breaking News! Milani Limited Edition Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez Pencils Now Available At Cherry Culture!

Heads up international beauties! I have been stalking Cherry Culture for the past couple of weeks to see if they would be stocking the new limited edition Milani Naturally Chic Shadow Eyez pencils and they are finally available right here!

Photo credit: milanicosmetics.com

If you haven't heard of these new limited edition shades of Milani's Shadow Eyez pencils... have you been hiding under a rock?? No seriously, check out these great reviews by some of my favourite bloggers Nouveau Cheap and Vampy Varnish. Until now, these pencils have only been available in the US so if you're international like me I would hurry up and grab some from Cherry Culture because they are sure to sell out!

Will you be snapping these up? Do you think Milani should make these permanent additions? I've already hauled every shade plus backups!


Monday, 3 June 2013

NOTD: A Rose Water Sandwich

On Friday night the fianc√© and I went out to a NUGAS (National Union of Greek Australian Students) event and although the cover charge was ridiculous and the bar was tiny, the Greek DJ was great and my nails made me happy! 

My Nails Of The Day (well, Night) with my favourite studded clutch

This look was a crelly sandwich - my first successful one ever! Australis Satine was the bread of my sandwich, with one coat on the bottom and two coats on top. It's a very sheer off-white crelly and applied quite streaky so it probably wouldn't work very well on it's own. The glitter was Rose Water by Candy Lacquer, an indie polish maker who makes stunning glitter bombs. I have so many of her polishes I think I need to go to Candy Lacquer rehab! Rose Water is bright pink and aqua holo glitter in many different shapes, including some larger stars, moons and butterflies. I bought the polish mostly because of the name (rosewater is one of my favourite scents), but I really liked the way it looked under Satine - it subdued the metallic brightness of it and helped to smooth out the larger glitter. Sorry that there isn't a better picture of this manicure, I didn't take any close up pictures because every single nail ended up with bubbles. I think it was because of the Sally Hansen Ultra-Wear Top Coat I used - this was my first time trying it and the dry time was sloooooow.

What do you guys think? Have you ever tried doing a jelly or crelly sandwich? I'm loving them and can see many more coming up in my future!