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China Glaze Tempest (with some added sparkle)

When buying some nail polish recently I was overcharged but didn’t realise until I got home. My husband returned to the shop for me, and instead of a refund, picked me up a new polish – gotta love him! He chose China Glaze Tempest.

This is a shimmer polish with a hint of a duochrome. I’ve seen it described as a purple, but I think it looks more like a blue. Either way, depending on the angle and the light, it shifts from a vibrant cobalt blue to an inky violet.

China Glaze Tempest
China Glaze Tempest with a top coat of Nailene Artist FX Sparkle

It’s very sheer in application. I used two coats but was left with a couple of bare patches on some nails, so those received a third coat.

I added Nailene Artist FX Sparkle Coat. It’s a sparkly top coat that came with a nail art set. In the bottle, this has tiny flecks of sparkle that also switch between purple and blue, so it’s a great match for Tempest.

Nailene Artist FX Sparkle
This is the nail art set that contains Nailene Artist FX Sparkle, which is on the left

I couldn’t get my camera to photograph this at all with any purple showing, but you can see it slightly in the bottle shot.

China Glaze Tempest bottle
China Glaze Tempest – you can see the purple at the top of the bottle

The polish on my index finger also shrunk a little. You can see that it’s pulled back from the free edge of the nail. I hadn’t experienced this before, but know it to be an occasional “side-effect” of the Seche Vite top coat that I used for this manicure. I’ve read that it can shrink your polish and that a way around that is to “wrap the tips” ( sweep the free edge of the nail with the top coat too). I obviously didn’t wrap the tip of that nail very well, as all the others seem fine! Anyway, I just filed it down by that offending millimetre and all is well again 🙂

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of China Glaze Tempest
  • Sparkle coat: Nailene Artist FX Sparkle
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

Stamping with L’Oreal Versailles Gold and Cheeky CH-11

I thought I would freshen up yesterday’s manicure with a bit of stamping.

There are special polishes that work with stamping plates. They’re thicker and more pigmented. But there are plenty of other “regular” polishes that work just fine.

Without knowing if the colour I chose would be one of those or not, I took a bit of a risk and went ahead and started stamping.

I chose L’Oreal Color Riche Versailles Gold. It’s much more of a light copper or a bronze colour than gold I feel, and I thought it would go perfectly over my base of L’Oreal Café St Germain.

Well, I got lucky. Versailles Gold does indeed stamp brilliantly. Certainly using the Cheeky plate I chose, which was CH-11.

Versailles Gold CH-11
L’Oreal Color Riche Café St Germain, stamped with L’Oreal Color Riche Versailles Gold, using Cheeky plate CH-11. Plus one coat of Seche Vite

I didn’t stamp my little finger very well. In fact, none of these nails was brilliantly stamped. I did my right hand after this and did a far better job. I guess it helped to have practised a bit on the left hand. But, I can’t for the life of me manage to photograph my right hand as I’m not left-handed and I can’t hold the camera very still. So you don’t get to see it. Hey ho.

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of L’Oreal Café St Germain
  • Stamping polish: L’Oreal Color Riche Versailles Gold
  • Stamping plates: Cheeky plate CH-11
  • Top coat: Seche Vite

L’Oreal Cafe St Germain … and a repair to a broken nail

I woke up this morning with wrecked nails.

Yesterday’s manicure had come off (OK, I had picked it off), but worse than that, I had a broken nail. I was having too much of a good time (and too much to drink!) and caught my hand on someone else, breaking off the top of the nail at an angle.

The break was below the finger line, but still above where the nail meets the nail bed. I had two options. I could:

  1. File down the nail, or
  2. See if I could repair it in some way

I didn’t want to lose my lovely long nail so I wanted to see if I could repair it. I’ve done repairs to split nails before (using nail glue and a piece of tea bag) but haven’t ever repaired a nail where most of it has broken off.

After a quick internet search, I found a local nail bar that was open on a Sunday and headed off to see what they could do.

The nail technician advised me to leave it to grow out and said it wouldn’t take that long, but I was a bit panicked at having one stubby nail ruin the look of my nails, so asked if she would repair it, which she very obligingly did.

She added a tip and then covered the nail with acrylic. I had perfect looking nails once again and promptly returned home to polish them!

Which brings me to today’s manicure: L’Oreal Café St Germain. I love this colour and wear it quite a lot. In fact, it’s one of the few polishes I own that I want to buy a back up bottle of, because I would hate to run out of it or for them to discontinue it.

L'Oreal Cafe St Germain
L’Oreal Café St Germain

The broken nail isn’t in the picture; it was my right index finger, but I can gladly say that it looks no different from the index finger on this, my left, hand.

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: two coats of L’Oreal Café St Germain
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect

Caviar Nails: MUA Nail Constellation, Leo

We had an anniversary party to go to yesterday, and I had decided to accent the ring finger of each hand with a “caviar” manicure. This look was first created (and then commercialised) by Ciaté, but has been widely copied since.

I was excited to do the manicure and it was really easy. I used MUA Nail Constellation in Leo. You simply paint the nail with a top coat, then use the applicator to puff on the tiny, coloured beads. Once the nail is completely covered, you press down onto the beads to firm them up, then just leave to dry. I’ve seen some manicures that have used a top coat, but the bloggers all commented that this dulled the beads, so I chose not to add a top coat.

In retrospect, that was a mistake. Within an hour, a few beads had pinged off (OK, I admit it was because I ran my fingers through my hair), and that was the start of it. I kept looking and touching to see if more beads had come off, which off course loosened them and caused them to fall off. Soon, our table at the party was covered in micro beads and I was left with patchy fingers.

Then, I ended up rubbing off all the beads , which also took off some of the base polish. The end result was that my manicure was ruined. (I didn’t care so much; I was having a great time dancing and drinking 🙂 ).

Anyway, here’s a hastily-taken shot that I grabbed just as the nails were completed and we were heading out. I didn’t get a very even edge with the caviar, but after I took this photo, I brushed off the offending beads to make the edge more uniform.

Caviar Nails: MUA Constellation Leo
Caviar Nails: MUA Constellation Leo, over eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good

Even though I knew this look would only last one night, I didn’t ever think that it wouldn’t last more than an hour or so. I think it would be great if you’re the kind of person who is able to leave well alone, but I’m not. Once a few beads had pinged off, I just couldn’t leave my nails alone, and I am completely to blame for the destruction of my manicure.

Still, it was fun to try. What do you think? Have you tried the caviar look?

For this manicure I’ve used:
  • Base: three coats of eye CANDY LONDON It’s All Good
  • Top coat: No.7 Stay Perfect
  • Nail art: MUA Nail Constellation in Leo

Eye Candy It’s All Good: it’s not so good after all

In yesterday’s post, I was praising eye CANDY LONDON’s It’s All Good. But despite finishing my manicure (three coats and a top coat) by early afternoon – I woke up this morning with sheet marks on my nails. I have never had that before. They did say they don’t use “fast drying formulations”, well I thought 12+ hours would have been enough!

Not impressed.

But another coat of top coat has saved the day 🙂