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KBShimmer Oh Splat!

When I first started doing my nails and reading nail blogs, I came across the word “lemming”. I was perplexed at first; it seemed to be both a noun and a verb. As in: “that’s a lemming of mine” and “I have been lemming for that”. I had no idea what these people were all on about. Why would they be talking about Arctic rodents who have a (purely fictional and entirely misconceived) propensity for mass suicide?

Well, it gradually became apparent that a lemming is a polish that one very strongly desires. I still have no idea how the phrase came about – and it still seems nonsensical, so if anyone can shed any light on it, please do so – but as a polish addict, I do at least understand the sentiment behind it.

My own lemming is KBShimmer Oh Splat!, a white jelly polish base loaded with different sizes of red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple glitters. I have wanted it since I first saw it back in September last year. But I couldn’t get it direct from KBShimmer, as the indie polish supplier doesn’t ship to the UK. A Canadian supplier however, does. But the polish proved so popular that they were permanently out of stock.

Until a week ago, that is. Last Tuesday Harlow & Co sent me an email to say it was back in stock. Yesterday, less than a week later, it popped through my letterbox. It wasn’t cheap. It cost me $21 (Canadian dollars) including shipping, which is just over £13. That’s more than I would pay for any polish except a Chanel. But boy is it worth it.

Oh Splat! is simply wonderful. I have never been so excited about receiving a polish. Nor have I ever anticipated wearing anything so much.

KBShimmer Oh Splat!
KBShimmer Oh Splat!

I wasn’t sure how sheer it might be – and I also wanted to make my new “precioussss” last as long as possible – so I used a base coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls before layering on two coats of Oh Splat!

It took a little while to get used to the application. While it doesn’t need dabbing on to ensure that the glitter goes on OK, I think I was a little heavy handed with it at first as all the larger glitters were ending up at the tips of my nails. By the second coat I got my technique right and the glitters were more evenly spread out. I’ve since read on the KBShimmer website that it’s best shaken – unusual for a polish because that can cause it to bubble on the nail – and that it’s also best with three thin coats. I do think my manicure looks less densely glitter-packed than most I’ve seen online, so next time I’ll be sure to shake it a bit before applying.


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: one coat of OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls
  • Glitter coat: two coats of KBShimmer Oh Splat!
  • Top coat: three (yes three!) coats of W7 Diamond Top Coat (which is very thin – three coats were still not as thick as one coat of Seche Vite would have been)

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Classic skittle manicure

I’m taking part in a Trade School event today. If you’re not aware of these, they’re classes that run on a barter system. The teacher gives a class on something they know about, and instead of paying to attend, the delegates bring something the teacher has asked for – like food, clothes, knowledge or practical help.

I’m a marketing consultant, and I also run one-day marketing courses. So, I’m presenting a marketing class today – about how to blog successfully – and in return I’m asking for inexpensive nail polish.  (Of course!)

So, in deciding what to wear on my nails today, I thought perhaps I should demonstrate my love of nail polish to my class by wearing lots of colours. And what better way to do that than with a classic skittle manicure in red, orange, yellow, green and blue.

Four of these are untrieds for me. Barry M’s Blood Orange is a perfect one-coat glossy red. Lush Tangerine from L’Oreal took three coats, and is a bright orange. Buttercup Shine is a George polish (and which cost all of £1 in Asda). It also took three coats to be opaque, and was a little thick and dragged on the nail, but the end result is a wonderfully bright yellow. Mojito is a bold lime green that came in my Mini Mani Month Ciaté advent calendar. It also needed three coats. And finally, the only one of these that I’ve worn before, Nails Inc Kensington Park Road; a bright mid blue that took two coats.

Skittle manicure red orange yellow green blue
Skittle manicure in red (Bary M Blood Orange), orange (L’Oreal Lush Tangerine), yellow (George Buttercup Shine), green (Ciaté Mojito) and blue (Nails Inc Kensington Park Road)


[EDIT: Ten people came to my talk and I am now the proud owner of ten new bottles of polish and some remover wipes. There are some beautiful colours and a bottle of Croc Effect, which I’ve never tried before. I only asked for the cheapy £1-3 polish (MUA, Rimmel, NYC, Barry M) but someone brought me a bottle of L’Oreal and another brought me Chanel. What lovely people! And I thoroughly enjoyed giving the presentation too.]


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Red: one coat of Barry M Blood Orange
  • Orange: three coats of L’Oreal Lush Tangerine
  • Yellow: three coats of George Buttercup Shine
  • Green: three coats of Ciaté Mojito
  • Blue: two coats of Nails Inc Kensington Park Road
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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Kitchen Sink Saturday: hearts

I’ve joined in the Everything But The Kitchen Sink Saturday challenge once again, this time with a hearts manicure. Three of my nails have a base of OPI I Have A Herring Problem, which I was wearing yesterday; the other two have Nina Silver Slipper.

I started by adding the silver hearts to my ring finger. I just stuck them on over wet top coat. It was easy enough, but the top one moved and when I moved it back it had left a bit of a mark. The hearts are completely flat, so don’t lay flush to the nail at the sides, so I added two further top coats to seal them into the polish. This has covered well, and I can’t feel the hearts through the top coat, but it did bubble a little, so it’s not that neat. I like the idea of these heart sequins, but not so much in practice. They might be better if I glued them, so that they laid flatter on the nail.

I Have a Herring Problem didn’t show up brilliantly against the silver base, so I freehanded the two hearts on my middle finger using Chanel Blue Boy and a dotting tool.

Then I stamped some hearts using Barry M Foil Effects Silver on my index finger, and using China Glaze Up All Night on my thumb.

Finally, for my little finger, I painted some Silver Slipper onto a thin plastic bag (the kind that a greetings card comes in) and when it was dry, cut it into a heart shape and stuck it to my nail using top coat. It’s a bit thick, but I couldn’t easily separate the polish from the bag, which was my original plan.

Details of all the polishes and stamping plates are below.

Kitchen sink manicure hearts
Everything But The Kitchen sink manicure: hearts


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of OPI I Have A Herring Problem; or one coat of Nina Silver Slipper on top of that
  • Thumb: stamped using China Glaze Up All Night and Cheeky plate CH5
  • Index: stamped using Barry M Foil Effects Silver and Bundle Monster plate BM-317
  • Middle: freehanded hearts using a dotting tool and Chanel Blue Boy
  • Ring: silver heart sequins
  • Little: homemade decal
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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OPI I Have A Herring Problem

Last night I added to my red manicure with some black chevron tips. They weren’t too bad, but I smudged the black in one place when I top-coated them, and a few of my lines weren’t perfectly straight either.

Because of that, I took it off even before it had dried. I had a business meeting today, so wanted something not too garish (which also contributed slightly to the decision to remove the red and black chevrons). I had only recently received and swatched OPI’s I Have A Herring Problem, and I immediately thought it would be plain and professional-looking enough for my meeting. Plus, I thought it would match the top I was going to wear.

However, I was wrong about the colour matching my top. My top is a medium grey, which is how I viewed I Have A Herring Problem in the bottle. But placed next to grey, it most definitely is blue.  Thankfully, it didn’t clash with the top, and I do love blue so much, so I kept it on. I particularly like the shimmery hints. The shimmer looks silver in the bottle, but gold, or even copper, on the nail.

It took three coats for full opacity, but I did do quite thin coats.

OPI I Have A Herring Problem
OPI I Have A Herring Problem


For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of OPI I Have A Herring Problem
  • Top coat: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip

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DIY “liquid sand”, “concrete” and “leather effect” nails

Texture on nails is the new black!

It seems that UK brand, Ciaté, is pretty much always the innovator. They were first to bring out the caviar manicure and the velvet manicure. Although very soon online retailers were selling cheaper versions of both.  And then – for those of us in the UK – MUA brought out its really inexpensive versions: Constellations and Fur Effect nails.

But beating Ciaté at their own innovation game, a number of polish manufacturers have recently launched ranges that mimic various other textured finishes:

  • Sand – OPI has its range of Liquid Sand polishes
  • Concrete – from Nails Inc
  • Leather – also from Nails Inc

But what if you’re not sure if you will like the look or not? And what if you don’t want to spend the £11-19 necessary for a bottle of one of these polishes?

Well, the ever-resourceful blogging community has come to the rescue and two bloggers have come up with DIY versions of these manicures.

DIY liquid sand / concrete nails

So, if you’d like to try out “liquid sand” or “concrete” nails, then Katie and Alli at The Daily Varnish can help you, with their DIY Liquid Sand Manicure post.

DIY liquid sand concrete manicure
DIY liquid sand or concrete manicure
Image courtesy of Alli and Katie at The Daily Varnish (

The results are very similar to the real thing and will cost you a whole lot less. All you need is some embossing powder, which you can buy from a craft shop. For the concrete nails look, you don’t need anything else, but if you want the liquid sand look, then you can add glitter or you could even use glittery (or holographic) embossing powder. The powder seems to cost around £5 – cheaper in some places – and that’s less than half the price of a bottle of OPI or Nails Inc.

Just make sure you don’t go putting your nails under a hair dryer or anything similar: embossing powder is designed to expand when sustained heat is applied! [EDIT: see comments below].

DIY leather effect nails

If, on the other hand, you prefer the look of leather effect nails, then Danielle at Totally Nailed tells you how to create your own Nails Inc leather effect nails.

DIY leather effect nails
DIY leather effect nails
Image courtesy of Danielle at Totally Nailed (

I think Danielle has done a great job with her version. In my opinion, it actually looks even more like leather than the Nails Inc’s polishes do.


Happy DIY-ing! Let me know how you get on!


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Colourful nail polish image purchased from: © Can Stock Photo
Liquid sand image courtesy of: © The Daily Varnish
Leather effect nails image courtesy of : © Totally Nailed