Friday, April 18, 2014

Polished by KPT - Don't Be Ranunculus & Camellia

Press Sample

Hey hey!!

So I'm just going to jump straight into this post because I have 2 of the most delicious polishes I own to show you today! These are the next 2 polishes in my Polished by KPT series. 'Don't Be Ranunculus' which is the last of the recent 'March Into Spring' collection, and 'Camellia'. Warning… this post is picture heavy!


Don't Be Ranunculus, March Into Spring, Polished by KPT, swatch

Don't Be Ranunculus, March Into Spring, Polished by KPT, swatch
Starting with the transition of 'Don't Be Ranunculus'.  LOOK AT THIS POLISH! I love how it almost looks as though there are 3 different colour changes. The perfect mix of colours in my opinion, the wine colour with the concrete grey and that shimmer…


Don't Be Ranunculus, March Into Spring, Polished by KPT, swatch
Seriously, the shimmer. The iridescent micro flakes and shimmer catches the light and gives the most beautiful rainbow effect. They often shine gold which gives this polish a real elegance in my opinion. The gold plays perfectly against both the red and grey.


Don't Be Ranunculus, March Into Spring, Polished by KPT, swatch

Don't Be Ranunculus, March Into Spring, Polished by KPT, swatch

Don't Be Ranunculus, March Into Spring, Polished by KPT, swatch
Here is 'Don't Be Ranunculus' when hot at the top, through to cold in the bottom photo. I should also note that this polish is very sensitive to temperature and changed readily throughout the day.


Camellia, Polished by KPT, swatch

Camellia, Polished by KPT, swatch

Camellia, Polished by KPT, swatch
This is the gorgeous jelly, 'Camellia', and I have to say I didn't expect to love this one as much as I do. The 2 polishes in this post are not only my favourite Polished by KPT polishes, but 2 of my overall favourites in my entire collection. These photos show 'Camellia' from hot at the top through to cold at the bottom. I didn't get a photo of the in between colour on its own, but often my nails would be entirely bright pink (like the bottom of my pinky in the middle photo).


Camellia, Polished by KPT, swatch

Camellia, Polished by KPT, swatch
This is the transition of 'Camellia'. I love how very different the colours are. From the very sheer, dainty wash of colour when hot, to the vivd red when cold. Again, this polish appears almost to have 3 different colours, rather than 2. This is also the most sensitive thermal I have tried. Every time I looked at my nails, they were different. Often each of my nails was different to the others, usually with some showing the most beautiful gradient.


Yes this is a gushy post, but I truly can't say enough good things about these 2 polishes! The quality absolutely matches the beauty of them, with each applying like a dream. Even though the hot colour of 'Camellia' is sheer, it is meant to be and I think that's part of the appeal. I used 2 coats for 'Don't Be Ranunculus' and these photos show 3 coats of 'Camellia' (though I wore it with only 2 coats on my left hand and that was plenty).


Polished By KPT polishes are available direct from Katherine's Big Cartel shop if you're in the USA. For those international people, check out this 'where to buy' tab. You can also keep an eye out for restocks etc by following on Facebook,InstagramTumblr or Pinterest.  All polishes are 3-free and not tested on animals.


These products were provided for review. This is my personal, unbiased opinion.
For more information, see my disclosure policy.

Sunday, April 13, 2014

Polished by KPT - Hyacinth & Let's Get Peachy!

Press Sample

Hello hello

How is everyone? I am still crazily trying to work out how to manage being so busy, but hopefully I will continue to find my groove at uni etc. Meanwhile it has been a joy to be wearing the latest thermals from Polished by KPT's 'March Into Spring' collection. I have 2 more to show you today - 'Hyacinth' and 'Let's Get Peachy!'.



Hyacinth, Polished by KPT March Into Spring, thermal, swatch
This is the polish I was telling you that I was wearing at the end of the last post. This is a beauty and a half! I absolutely love love love it.


Hyacinth, Polished by KPT March Into Spring, thermal, swatch

Hyacinth, Polished by KPT March Into Spring, thermal, swatch

Hyacinth, Polished by KPT March Into Spring, thermal, swatch
Starting at the top 'Hyacinth', when cold, is the most gloriously rich blue/purple/indigo (I can't decide which) colour. The middle mid colour show the beautiful periwinkle leaning colour that 'Hyacinth' becomes. In hot temperatures, 'Hyacinth' becomes almost cornflower blue. Also, can we just take a moment to look at the shimmer and flakes in this baby. The shimmer in this is a pinky colour and it seems to just play against the blues so perfectly. The flakes also catch the light and play so beautifully against the colour of the polish. The best part? This is so sensitive to temperature changes, it seemed to be different every time I looked at it. Katherine, you are a wizard putting so many things I love into one bottle of brilliance <3



Let's Get Peachy!, Polished by KPT March Into Spring, thermal, swatch

Let's Get Peachy!, Polished by KPT March Into Spring, thermal, swatch

Let's Get Peachy!, Polished by KPT March Into Spring, thermal, swatch
This is 'Let's Get Peachy!', the most subtle of the Spring collection. I love how different this polish is to anything in my stash. The top photo is 'Let's Get Peachy!' in cold temperatures, next hot, and then transitioning. In my photos it is a bit hard to see the transition and though it's subtle it's a bit more obvious in real life.


Both of these were easy to apply. I used 3 coats of 'Hyacinth' and the same of 'Let's Get Peachy!' (which is slightly sheerer, though perfectly buildable).


Polished By KPT polishes are available direct from Katherine's Big Cartel shop if you're in the USA. For those international people, check out this 'where to buy' tab. You can also keep an eye out for restocks etc by following on Facebook,InstagramTumblr or Pinterest.  All polishes are 3-free and not tested on animals.



These products were provided for review. This is my personal, unbiased opinion.
For more information, see my disclosure policy.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Polished by KPT - Blossoming & Love In Bloom

Press Sample

Hello!

How are you all? Some lovely polishes arrived at my house a week or so ago and I am very excited to share them, so let's just get started with 2 of the thermal polishes from the recent 'March Into Spring' collection from Polished by KPT - this is 'Blossoming' and 'Love In Bloom'

Blossoming

Polished by KPT, Blossoming, swatch

Polished by KPT, Blossoming, swatch

Polished by KPT, Blossoming, swatch
First up is 'Blossoming'. Starting from the top is the colour when hot through to cold. This is absolutely gorgeous with the flakes in there that just peek through the gold micro-flake type particles. This is so spring/summer-y to me. It makes me sad that we're heading quickly towards Winter (even though I don't mind Winter at all really). The cold colour especially makes the gold stand out so well.


Polished by KPT, Blossoming, swatch
Check out how packed in those particles are and the way they seem to shift in colour from pink to gold depending on how the light is catching them. 


Love In Bloom

Love In Bloom, Polished by KPT, swatch

Love In Bloom, Polished by KPT, swatch

Love In Bloom, Polished by KPT, swatch
'Love In Bloom' is similar to 'Blossoming' in the style of the small flakey particles and the gorgeous way in which they catch the light, appearing to shift in colour. Again, the photo at the top is the hot colour for this polish with the dark purple appearing in cold.


Both of these polishes have a jelly-like base that is a little sheer, but builds really easily. I wore three coats when I wore both of these and that was plenty for me (though I think for photos, I have used 4 coats of 'Blossoming').These polishes are slightly on the thick side, but not at all in a bad way. It has been very muggy here and these 2 polishes didn't change colour very readily while I was wearing them unfortunately (I had to use iced water to take pictures of the cold colours), I will have to wear them again when the weather is a bit less humid and warm as usually my Polished by KPT thermals change all the time throughout the day.


Polished By KPT polishes are available direct from Katherine's Big Cartel shop if you're in the USA. For those international people, check out this 'where to buy' tab. You can also keep an eye out for restocks etc by following on Facebook, Instagram, Tumblr or Pinterest.  All polishes are 3-free and not tested on animals.


Make sure you stay tuned for the next couple of polishes from the 'March Into Spring' collection as the one I'm wearing as I type this up is AMAZING!!


These products were provided for review. This is my personal, unbiased opinion.
For more information, see my disclosure policy.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Godiva - Zoya

Hello!

I have another quick Zoya Pixie Dust post today. This time, it's Zoya 'Godiva'


Godiva, Zoya Pixie Dust, swatch
'Godiva' is a gorgeous nude Pixie Dust. It is pulling ever so slightly too yellow in this photo. It is reasonably close to my skin colour in real life, but the texture and the micro glitter in it stop my hands from looking too mannequin-y.


'Godiva' was a little bit sheer at first but it built up well. I used 3 thick-ish coats for full opacity.


As usual, thanks for popping by :)

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Zoya - Sunshine

Hello.

I got an amazing package from an amazing friend (thanks so much Mimi!) and I'm very happy to finally have a few more Zoya Pixie Dusts in my possession. Naturally, I had to try one straight away, so here is Zoya 'Sunshine'.



Zoya, Sunshine, swatch

Zoya, Sunshine, swatch

Look at this baby! I love it and I can't wait to try the others now too. This is such a beautiful navy blue, not too dark as to appear black and beautifully saturated. The texture is not overly rough and a bit finer than I expected. I love the added dimension that the silver micro-glitter adds to 'Sunshine'.


'Sunshine' was reasonably easy to apply, but was quite thick. I ended up having to thin it out a little. It's also very opaque and a second coat was barely needed (though the second coat improves the look of the texture).


Thanks for stopping by! Let me know, what are your favourite Pixie Dusts?

Sunday, March 16, 2014

a-england Stamped Gradient

Hi!

Again, apologies. I have been good and sick and spending any time at home in bed. Anywho, I am on the mend and hopefully I have a bit more energy to paint my nails and to blog. So this is a mani I did a couple of weeks ago featuring a-england polishes…



a-england, Briarwood, Rose Bower, Her Rose Adagio, gradient, Lealac stamping, Konad

a-england, Briarwood, Rose Bower, Her Rose Adagio, gradient, Lealac stamping, Konad
For this look, I first did a gradient using all a-england polishes - 'Briarwood', 'Rose Bower' and 'Her Rose Adagio'. I then stamped using Konad Special White and LeaLaC XL-B plate. I love how this turned out and I ended up wearing this mani for quite a while. I really like doing gradients with holos like these, as they seem to blend much more easily.


a-england polishes are available from many places around the world. Have a look at a-england's website if you are in the UK, or have a look at their Where To Buy page for worldwide shipping options. The LeaLac stamping plate is from Llarowe.


What are your favourite polishes or colours to use for gradients?

Saturday, March 8, 2014

Blue Ombré - Featuring piCture pOlish, Color Club and OPI

HI!!!

I'm still here! Apologies for the extended hiatus, I have just had my first week of uni and it has been crazy busy, albeit pretty freaking cool! It's so great to be in a lab doing real things! Anywho, I will try and get some posts lined up in the weekend in the future so that I don't go so long with nothing.

I tried an ombré mani for the first time last week. My first thought was blue, followed very closely by HOLO! So that's just what I went with…



picture polish Cosmos, Ocean, color club over the moon, OPI DS sapphire, Ombre

picture polish Cosmos, Ocean, color club over the moon, OPI DS sapphire, Ombre
I kinda love this mani! It makes me want to do more ombré manis and also makes me wonder why I've never done one before! I used piCture pOlish 'Cosmos' and 'Ocean' on my pinky and ring fingers, then Color Club 'Over The Moon' and OPI 'DS Sapphire' on my middle and index fingers.


I won't go much into formula etc, other than to say that these polishes are all pretty great formula-wise (other than the fact the the OPI is slightly sheer and oh-so-stinky).


What are your favourite colours for ombré manis?