It’s been a while, so long in fact that I am now in a different decade! Today though I have the 2nd birthday collection from Grace-full Nail Polish, a lovely Australian indie brand. The collection is called ‘What a Girl Needs (the follow up to ‘What a Girl Wants’) and consists of 6 polishes that were derived form suggestions from the Grace-full Facebook fan group.
I’ve been dying to show this manicure, but PR commitments have gotten in the way a little (I’m not complaining), but in the spirit of my post in which I explained my desire to blog for myself and myself alone, I’m posting this now because I’m sick of looking at it in my backlog! I have already posted about Illamasqua’s Australian exclusive ‘Destiny‘, and when I picked up a discontinued colour called ‘Propaganda’ I knew a gradient would be happening.
Illamasqua’s new collection, ‘Once’, is a lovely and delicate offering for Autumn. Rather than the traditional burnt oranges and browns, Illamasqua have created a collection of muted greens and peachy beiges that feel ethereal and evocative of the French Renaissance. The single nail polish from this range is ‘Melange’, which I’m assuming is from the French for ‘mix’, which goes a long way to describing this polish actually.
I’m trying to cut down a little on purchases. I can hear you chuckle now, especially as there’s a ‘but’ coming. And the but is this: vintage polishes will always break any no-buy, low-buy or ‘I really shouldn’t buy any more today’ rules. You see, vintage polish is like crack. Once you’re hooked, it’s very hard to let go because it’s impossible to forget that high you get from finding a polish you never thought you’d find, or from coming across a new seller of polishes that must have been left in a back room somewhere for years before being rediscovered and stuck on eBay.
So one day i was browsing eBay (I say ‘one day’, but what I actually mean is ‘every day’) and came across something strange. It was a box of three identical polishes named ‘Britney’, yet the contents of the bottle looked familiar. I didn’t particularly care because I knew I’d be adding this beauty to my stash one way or another, but because I’m useless at retaining any information about brands, names or dupes I grabbed Kaz. She was pretty sure that this was ‘FX Flash’ with a different name and joined me in securing the listing (it also ended at a more reasonable time of day for her to be left responsible for bidding thankfully). Turns out ‘Britney’ is indeed the same as ‘FX Flash’ (which I had lusted over for a while) and given the age and the naff font on the label it’s pretty safe to assume that this was relabelled as merchandise for a Britney Spears tour. Now in true lacquerhead style, I still want FX Flash.
Oh and on a side note, my left hand is not fit for swatching so please forgive my painful looking hand poses. It’s not so much about the right hand being in the shot but more about the left hand being the one taking photos.
I do love a bit of alliteration. I also love to see new UK brands popping up, and even better when it’s launched in collaboration with an awesome blogger like Alice of One Nail To Rule Them All. Graffiti’s starting line up has 13 colours (plus a top coat and base coat) and I have ‘Morning Mist Glitter’, ‘Ice White’ and ‘Cherry Red’ to show you.
You know that ‘seemed like a good idea at the time’ feeling? That’s how I’m feeling as I write this post. Currently I’ve not seen Allie of Brit Nails’ version of this twinsie mani, and I’m bricking myself. Not only do I love her to bits, relying on her daily for talking about inane shit, but I also think she’s a bloody brilliant nail blogger. If I had thought it through properly before broaching the idea of matching nails with Allie I would have remembered that she has the nail beds of a goddess and skills to match. So, be kind. I’m pretty pleased with my efforts especially given that I am only just getting the grip of stamping, but still, please be kind.
Today I have a couple of Morgan Taylor polishes for for the festive season to show you. Started by the gents behind Gelish, Morgan Taylor are salon quality polishes with a really pretty array of colours and finishes that I was really surprised to see from a new release brand. There’s a whole bunch I’d like to eventually get my hands on.
cheating interpretation of the theme. I have something in the works that relates to a song but I can’t share that just yet so instead I decided to go for an album. The Last Dinosaurs are an indie band from Brisbane (where I used to live) and if you don’t know their music, I suggest sticking the name in iTunes or youtube or somewhere that will allow you to hear their awesome sounds.