I have a serious glitter addiction. I tried to convince myself that I didn’t need Rainbow Connection because I already owned Milani Gems, but the whole “it has bigger bits of glitter and pretty colours” won out in the end and I caved and bought it (and I had to console myself somehow for not being able to find Zom-body to Love). It’s so pretty and I’m really glad that I ended up getting it. And really, you can never have too many multi coloured glitter nail polishes to choose from!
I was in Myer yesterday, perusing the beauty area when this little Chi Chi polish caught my eye. A flakie! For only $12.95! And 30% off! Right in my hot little hand! How could I say no? In the shop I had a great suspicion that Chi Chi Crystal Top Coat was a dupe for piCture pOlish Festival. I still bought it, because well, who can say no to multi coloured flakies?
Both piCture pOlish and Chi Chi are Australian brands, both bottles are labeled “Made in Australia”and I’m wondering if both these polishes actually came from the same big vat of nail polish in whatever factory they’re made in. Both polishes are pretty much the same price, $11.90 for Festival from the piCture pOlish website, and $12.95 for Crystal Top Coat from stores that stock Chi Chi. Apart from the different lids, it seems like these are the exact same thing. Not that I’m complaining. It’s always good to have spare flakies!
Now… onto the swatch!
Which one do you think is which? They’re pretty much the same aren’t they!
So this was two coats of both Chi Chi Crystal Top Coat and piCture pOlish Festival and as you can see they’re pretty much the exact same. I’m not sure how easy it is to get Chi Chi outside of Australia, but for us Aussie girls, if you don’t live near a Myer or a Target (who also stock Chi Chi, but when I checked didn’t have it) you can get Festival online, and if you don’t like buying online you can get Crystal Top Coat in store!
Flakies for everyone!!! Hooray!!!
China Glaze First Mate, OPI I Lily Love You, piCture pOlish Festival
It’s been a hectic start to the new year so far. With all the moving and unpacking and building flat-packed furniture I haven’t had any time to do my nails. I’ve been keeping my eye out for I Lily Love You for a while now and just as it always happens, the second you start looking for something it’ll disappear. Finally I found it a couple of days ago at DJs (have I mentioned I love living in the city!), the last bottle too!
This mani was just thrown together. I wanted a darker base for I Lily Love You and I hadn’t tried out First Mate yet so they were thrown on. It turned out to be quite an awesome combo! Definitely needed a shade photo as well as a sun photo to show off the awesomeness of I Lily Love You. Then, just to make it a little bit more special I added a smidge of Festival on top.
And exciting news… I finally joined the stamping madness! I ordered the second set of Bundle Monster plates and a Konad stamper and scraper and they both arrived in the mail yesterday. I can’t wait to try them out!
China Glaze Go Go Pink, OPI Teenage Dream
After the craziness of all my Christmas nails I thought I needed a nice simple sort of manicure. I’ve been looking for the perfect light pink to suit my skin tone. So many pinks look weird on me, but I quite liked this. It was actually a lot pinker in real life, the sun scared it away a bit. And because I haven’t had a plain ol’ mani in what feels like forever I had to add a glitter accent nail.
OPI Black Onyx, piCture pOlish Festival, China Glaze Atlantis, Milani Gold
Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays everyone!
This was my Christmas Eve/Christmas Day manicure. I couldn’t wait to use Festival. It’s SO AWESOME!!! So many colours! I have to say… I may not need Cult Nails Clairvoyant now. Then I added a Christmas tree to make give it a bit more festive spirit. Festival was beautiful to apply, this was three coats. One of the things I really love about Festival is that it’s in a clear base, so you can put it over any colour and get flakie awesomeness without changing your base colour. Festival is made by an Aussie company called piCture pOlish. The girls at piCture pOlish were just lovely. I received a cute little email along with my order invoice. It makes you feel all nice and special when you get personalised service! While I was on their website I picked up a couple of Ozotic polishes as well. Prepare yourself for some awesome holo goodness and colour shifting glitter in the not so distant future!
Anyhoo, off to eat my weight in Christmas chocolate now! Have a happy and safe holiday!
Orly Au Champagne, China Glaze Love Marilyn, China Glaze Street Chic, China Glaze Ruby Pumps, BYS Black Striper, OPI Black Onyx, OPI Alpine Snow
Inspired by all the reindeer manis going around at the moment, mainly Nailasaurus‘s reindeer mani which is just adorable! My candy canes bled a bit under the tape which was annoying but oh well.
Au Champagne is my first Orly nail polish. They’re quite robust little bottles, aren’t they! Who would’ve thought a few extra millilitres of polish would make the bottles look so massive! I bought Au Champagne in my quest to find a wearable white, and I think I’ve now found it! It’s so shimmery and lovely but still nice and white.
I can’t wait until Christmas!
Essence Forget Me Not, Essie Lapis of Luxury, Essence Make It Golden, Milani Silver
This is a bizarre sort of mani. Lots of different layers happening here. I’d spent the whole day before I did this mani lusting over Deborah Lippmann’s Glitter In The Air. When I got home I felt like doing a bit of a glitter sandwich and Essie Lapis Of Luxury is usually annoyingly sheer to me so I thought it’d do well as a top colour! The layers here are 1 coat of Forget Me Not, 2 coats of Lapis of Luxury, 1 of Make It Golden, 1 of Silver and another 1 of Lapis of Luxury.
I took this photo the next evening, after a very busy day at work. I think it held up quite well, considering my job is very hands on and they get banged about quite a bit!
OPI Russian Navy, Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black, Avon Crystal Vision Crystal Nail Topcoat
Like everyone else on the internet who likes nail polish, I was absolutely amazed at the awesomeness of Cult Nails‘ limited edition flake gem Unicorn Puke. When I read that it was being re-released as Clairvoyant I was so excited! Unfortunately it’d already sold out so I’ll have to wait a while to get my Clairvoyant/Unicorn Puke fix. In the meantime, I tried to make a colourful flakie manicure with the few flakie style polishes I have. I used OPI Russian Navy as a base to try and get some blue in the mani, topped with a few coats of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black and then a few coats of a little gem I found in my nail polish bag from when I was a young’un. Avon Crystal Vision Crystal Nail Topcoat has little blue-green flakies in it, and is the only flakie I own. It was super runny and watery when I found it, but I left the lid off for a day and it thickened up nicely! The result was a crazy colour shifting flakie style manicure.
For a bit of fun I made a little thumb gif to show the colour changes!
Essence Forget Me Not, Kleancolor Party Fever
Essence is my new favourite brand. I’m really amazed at the quality of these polishes considering their price (compared to the standard $18-20 for other brands). Forget Me Not is a cornflower blue, almost purple polish with a very subtle shimmer. It’s applied like a dream and was just a delight! This one came from the Blossoms etc collection and was only $3.50 (I think? Around that price). The one thing I didn’t like about it was the shape of the bottle. It’s tall and thin, like a nail art bottle and I kept on feeling like I might accidentally tip it over.
For a bit of fun I did a coat of Kleancolor Party Fever on top. I got a bunch of Kleancolors a few months ago, all of them glitters, and all of them awesome!
OPI Houston We Have A Purple, Essence Make It Golden, Milani Gold
You can buy Essence in Australia!!! At Target!!! And I’d never even known! I’d been eyeing off a few Essence polishes for a while after seeing them on the interwebs (mainly on Nailside) but I was pretty sure the brand was only available in Europe. So imagine my surprise when there they were in my little country town’s Target! They only had the Colour & Go range (not the Nail Art Twins that I so desperately wanted). I managed to limit myself to three – Make It Golden, Blue Addiction and You Belong To Me, but for only $2.55 a bottle (only 5ml, but oh well) I may have to go grab a few other colours!
My original plan with this mani was to use Houston We Have A Purple as the base and then just put one coat of Make It Golden over the top. But… the glitter mad part of my brain decided that it just wasn’t enough glitter, so I added a coat of Gold and instantly I knew I’d gone too far. Never thought I’d say it, but there was too much glitter! This mani didn’t last long because of the over-glittering, also I banged my hand and put a massive dent/hole in one finger just after taking this photo so I would have had to do some serious damage control if I was to keep it on. Just easier to do another mani. And a good excuse to paint my nails twice in one day!
China Glaze For Audrey, OPI Rainbow Connection