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The Holographic Excitation

Published December 22, 2014 by withnailsandi

Hi everyone.
With the festive season fast approaching I am drawn to everything sparkly. These 2 beauties arrived on my doorstep today and I needed to share them with you ASAP.

On the left is Sexy and I Snow It by Different Dimension (a US based indie seller) and it is from their recent winter 2014 collection. This polish is a beautiful pale gold holographic, perfect for New Year. It has a perfect formula, has full coverage on 2 coats and is absolutely stunning! It does dry slightly gritty so you’ll need a top coat if you prefer a very smooth finish.
The holographic in this polish is so bright, it even sparkles under low lighting. Below are swatches both with and without flash.


The second polish is from Fun Lacquer an indie company based in Singapore. It is called Royal Chapel and it comes in 2 variations- glitter or holographic. This one is the holographic. It is a gorgeous pinky bronze colour with a ton of holographic shimmer in it. It isn’t quite as chunky as the first polish and so doesn’t have as gritty a texture when dry, you’ll still need a topcoat though. This one is also slightly more sheer, especially on the first coat. It is 95% opaque with 2 coats which is good enough for me, but if you like total opacity you may want 3 coats.
Below are shots with and without flash to really show the holographic effect. For reference, all swatches are 2 coats.


I got both of these polishes from Rainbow Connection which is a UK based indie polish distributor. I have bought loads from this site and I would highly recommend them.



Long time no blog

Published August 13, 2014 by withnailsandi

So it’s been a long time since I last updated my blog and my polish collection has grown considerably. I have a bit of a problem. I have taken the odd photo of manicures I’ve done recently so this post is going to just be a bit of a mish-mash of brands!

First up, my most recent new love. Lime Crime polishes. As far as I know there are only 7 cream shades available and I recently bought 2 from harlowandco a site I really recommend if you like international indie brands. I LOVE them so much. They are bright and creamy and almost completely opaque on the first coat as soon as I’d finished this manicure I went back online and ordered the remaining 5 shades.
The colours you see here are Pastelchio (a neon lime green almost yellow, very similar to Life Gave me Lemons from the OPI Neon Collection this summer, but with a better formula) and Lavendairy (a bright pastel purple that is opaque in one coat) and Zoya’s Cosmo (a beautiful silver holographic texture polish)


The packaging is gorgeous too! Definitely my must have polishes for this year.

Sticking with the neon-y summer theme another indie I picked up was a glitter topcoat from Polish Me Silly (formerly Lush Lacquer) called Freckles. Worn over light colours it really pops and is slightly more subtle than a full on neon polish (which comes next)

Here it is worn over OPI My Vampire is Buff.


My last lot of neons is a skittles manicure of most of the brightest shades in my collection.

Little finger: Life Gave me Lemons by OPI
Ring finger: Pink 871 by Sinful Colors
Middle finger: Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze
Index finger: Dream On by Sinful Colors
Thumb: Mint Magic by POP Beauty

Another polish brand I’ve fallen head over heels in love with is Picture Polish, which is an Australian brand that has the most gorgeous glitters. I don’t have that many of these yet as they are pricey, especially in the UK, but each one I have I absolutely adore. Here are 2 from my small collection:

Firstly is Douceur a light cream base with a ton of pink metallic glitter and tiny holographic glitter. I love this one and it is fully opaque in 2 coats.

Next is Ultra Violence which has a bright purple jelly base and loads of small purple and magenta glitter. It is opaque after 2 coats because of the glitter and as it’s a jelly it has a wonderful depth. I wore this for 4 days with HK Girl topcoat and had no chips at all, just a tiny bit of tip wear. (Apologies for the shoddy clean up job in this one, I did it in a hurry)


Right, I’m going to stop there as I could just go on all day. If there are any brands you’d like to hear about please let me know. I’ve recently bought Hare Polish, Deborah Lippmann, Cadillacquer, Girly Bits, Dollish Polish, Crows Toes, Fun Lacquer, Mod Lacquer, as well as a fair few Butter London, Essie, Zoya and tons of OPI. Like I said at the start…I have a bit of an addiction!