Dupes!

Hi everyone, today’s blog is a new one. It’s all about dupes, if you’re new to the nail community, dupes is short for duplicates. Meaning two or more polishes from either the same or different brands, that are identical or close to. This is so common given the amount of mainstream and indie brands out there. Dupes can be a blessing in disguise though! I’ll explain more with the first two polishes. 👇🏻

This is Are You Orchiding Me? From the China Glaze Spring Pastels 2017 collection. And I’m Gown For Anything from the OPI Alice Through The Looking Glass 2016 collection.

In the bottle, these are exact dupes. However, on the nail, Are You Orchiding Me is the tiniest bit brighter, a little more purple, but that’s just me scrutinising it to within an inch of its life. 😝 Now here’s where the dupes being a blessing in disguise comes in… The OPI one has a FANTASTIC formula, it’s almost a one coater. And for a light colour like this from a mainstream brand?! That is incredibly rare. The China Glaze one is okay, but nothing compared to the OPI. I can’t believe I’m saying this, I’m such a big China Glaze fan. But it’s thin wants to run down the sides of the nail if you’re not careful.

The swatches are shown fully dried with no top coat.

So, if you’re going to get one of these, get the OPI. You won’t regret it, it’s one of my all time favourites.

Okay, next up are two beautiful polishes, I adore both of these. This is China Glaze Royal Pain In The Ascot (I love that name 😂) from the 2017 Street Regal collection, and Zoyas Blair from the Pulse 2008 collection.

In the bottle, these are not exact dupes. The China Glaze has a slightly darker shimmer that mixes a little more with the base. Whereas the Zoyas shimmer stands out a little more, and is more red than a garnet colour.

On the nail, they are almost exact dupes. The China Glaze is a one coater, it has a fantastic formula. Zoya needed two coats to match the colour in the bottle. The only very, very slight difference is that the Zoyas base and shimmer doesn’t mix together like the China Glaze does. It’s ever so slightly brighter.

I saved the most unexpected for last. This is Pearl Jammin’ from the China Glaze 2016 Rebel collection, and Barry M Moonfish from the 2018 Under The Sea collection. When Pearl Jammin’ was released, everyone went mad for it, and rightfully so in my opinion. It was truly unique, even indie brands hadn’t come up with something like this. So the fact that a mainstream brand released it was even more shocking. So to find an almost exact dupe for it, from a UK mainstream brand, well I was mind blown.

The only difference between these two is the shimmer, Pearl Jammin’ has a slightly more orange shimmer. But that is the only difference, they even apply the same. Neither of them get fully opaque in three coats, so I either layer them over a white, or put a fourth coat on Pearl Jammin’. Moonfish would need more than four unfortunately.

So those were my dupes, I have more so stay tuned for that blog.

Thank you for reading,

Anne. X

Floral Nail Art Tutorial| Blogger Collaboration

The 6th is upon us again and you know what that means, another collaboration! This months collaboration is about floral nail art. I was really excited about this one because I’ve had this design on my tester wheel for months. 😊

I’m going jump straight in with my base coat, I always used Ünt Ready For TakeOff peel off base coat. My bottle is almost empty so it’s gotten thick and gloopy, but it still works great. I need to buy a new one.

For my base colour, I was torn between OPI Suzi Chases Portu-Geese and China Glaze Snow Way! I wanted an off white, plain base so I chose OPI. The shimmer in Snow Way was a little too strong and I didn’t want it to distract from the design. Suzi Chases Portu-Geese is a white cream with a drop or two of pink. I’ve really been into nearly white colours recently.

Now onto the stamping, I used this plate from the MoYou London Tropical collection.

I always use China Glaze Liquid Leather as my black stamping polish. It works perfectly and saves me having to buy a separate black specifically for stamping. I transferred this to my TwinkledT nail art mat. If you don’t have one, you could just leave the design on the stamper. You’ll just have to be a little more careful when colouring the image as the black stamping will pick up very easily.

I used China Glaze Lime After Lime to colour in the leaves.

I wanted to create a gradient look for the flower petals, so in the centre of each flower, I added a large dot of Flip Flop Fantasy by China Glaze.

Then I filled in the rest of the petals with China Glaze Bottoms Up.

When I turn stamping into decals, I always used clear nail polish, not a top or base coat. These dry too brittle and ridged. Clear polish dries with flexibility, so it will fit to the curves of your nail a lot easier.

After 15 – 20 minutes, you should be able to peel the decal off.

I’ve seen some people stick decals to their nails using a top or base coat, clear polish and even water. While they do work, you’re much more likely to get bubbles underneath the decal when applied to wet polish. I always use a very thin layer of foil glue.

Once the decal was stuck down, I took a tiny pair of scissors and carefully cut the excess away. The trick to getting a seamless look is to use a clean up brush dipped in nail polish remover or acetone to melt the layers of polish together.

Once I was happy with the clean up, I applied a VERY heavy coat of CND Air Dry top coat. Applying top coat thickly is the best way to stop stamping from smudging.

I loved creating this mani!

Thank you to the other very talented nail artists in this collaboration:

Minna – https://talkandbake.blogspot.com/

Paula – https://realpolishfanatic.com/

Zuzia – http://zumaluje.blogspot.com/

Weronika – https://www.malinaila.pl/

Patricia – http://www.nailsthatmatch.com/

Celeste – https://celestelovesnails.blogspot.com/?m=1

Nicki – http://glittermynails.com

Thank you for reading,

Anne.

3 Things You’ve Been Doing WRONG When Applying Magnetic Polish!

Wednesday is upon us again, so it’s blog time! This week I’m going to show you three mistakes that you’ve been making when applying magnetic nail polish, and how to fix them!

So magnetic polish has been around for a long time now, most nail polish addicts will have them. When I got my first magnetic polish, I was seriously underwhelmed with the effect. It looked great when I took the magnet away and a few minutes later, it looked like a gradient gone wrong… Sound familiar? Let me help.👇🏻

Mistake number one: You didn’t hold the magnet over the polish for long enough.

I know this sounds ridiculously obvious but bare with me. Most companies will tell you to hold the magnet for 15 to 20 seconds, the problem with that is when you pull the magnet away, the polish is still wet. As the polish dries, that magnetic line will soften. The trick is to keep the magnet over the wet polish for at least a minute. This way the polish will be mostly dry when you pull the magnet away. I count to 60 for each nail. Yes this may sound like a load of faffing but honestly, you won’t regret it. I did this trick for these nails.👇🏻

Mistake number two: You used the magnetic polish by itself.

Magnetic polishes are sheer, and usually thin in consistency. Most magnetic polishes take at least three coats to become fully opaque. This takes away a lot of the colour in the magnetic polish itself. The line won’t be quite as striking. Use a black base colour to layer the magnetic polish over. You will only need two coats. Plus, the shift in multichrome magnetic polishes will be much stronger and the line will be more defined. I used that technique in the mani above also.☝🏻

Finally, mistake number three: You put a top coat on expecting your magnetic mani to remain the same.

It most definitely will not. Allow me to explain, quick dry top coats in particular penetrate the layers of polish underneath the top coat. Thus, making them wet again. As I said before, the magnetic line will soften as the polish dries. To stop this from happening, hold the magnet over the wet top coat for 30 seconds, hold it for a minute if you’re not using a quick dry top coat. And hey presto! You’ve got a perfect magnetic manicure.

Go and try it! If you used these tips tag me (@annes.nails) on Instagram so I can see!

See you next week!

Anne. X

Polishes I Wore In January 2019

Hi everyone, welcome back.

So this segment is called Polishes I Wore In… In the first week of each month, I will write a blog about what nail polishes I wore in the previous month. This is the first one and I’m excited!

Lets get into it!

First up was on the 7th when I asked Siri to pick a random number between 1 and 300. He picked Exposed by Essie and as a topper, he chose Hay Girl Hay by China Glaze. Siri has good taste! 😂

Next was on the 10th and I wore 2Nite by China Glaze. I’m totally in love with the OMG Flashback collection.

A simple, classy look for the 13th. This is China Glaze Throwing Suede and Barry M Diamond Glitter, which is one of my all time favourite polishes, but that’s for another blog.

On the 15th I was feeling the need for a pink holo. This is Mad For Madness Sake by O.P.I with F.U.N Lacquers Diamond holo top coat over it.

Halfway through the month now and on the 16th Barry Ms Celestial Silver was calling my name.

On the 17th, I realised that I hadn’t worn a matte polish for a long time. So I tried out China Glaze Cabana Fever. This ended up being the base for a simple nail art look.

Now for the star of the month in my opinion, on the 21st I got this beauty in the post. I had been after this polish ever since it’s release. This is China Glaze Mailboo-boo.

Unintentional galaxy nails for the 23rd. This is F.U.N Lacquers Believe with O.P.Is 18K Gold top coat.

I adore thermal polishes, this is my favourite. Glacier Blue by Cirque Colors was my polish of choice for the 25th.

Holo jelly polish for the 27th! This is Where’s The Party Canon At by China Glaze.

Cindy is the model for the 29th! She’s in good shape at the moment so I thought I’d let her be the star. This is Swatch Out by China Glaze.

And finally, on the 31st was a holo glitter day. This is HOLO QUEEN by F.U.N Lacquer and Simply Nailogical.

So those were the polishes I wore in January. I hope you enjoyed this blog.

See you next week!

Anne. X

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O.P.I Glitter Off | Swatch & Review

So, as promised, here is my review for O.P.Is’ Glitter Off base coat. This can be found at most mainstream online shops (eBay, Amazon, Nail Polish Direct, Rainbow Connection ect…) for around £8 – £15. 

I’m going to start by saying that buying this product can be tricky if you don’t know exactly what you’re looking for. If you search ‘peel off base coat,’ this product probably won’t show up. Purely because, this is not listed by O.P.I as a peel off base coat. It is listed as Natural Nail Base Coat (peelable nail polish.) Most of O.P.Is’ base coats are called ‘Natural Nail’ base coats. The only noticeable difference when searching for this product is the cap. Which says ‘Glitter Off.’ So, I would suggest searching ‘O.P.I Natural Nail Base Coat,’ this should give you the best results. 

Anyway, here is my swatch video. 👇

Pretty impressive right? 

I also tried this peel off base coat with glitter on for 24 hours and, just like in the video, there was no chipping or lifting anywhere. 

Application:

The application with this product is good, it is on the thinner side and will easily flood your cuticles if too much is applied to the nail at once. The brush is great, unlike most polish brushes, this is short. The bristles are short and a decent width so the three stroke technique can certainly be used. 

Drying:

This base coat is glue based, so it goes on white and streaky, but dries clear. It dries a little matte, and very smooth. It does take about 4 – 5 minutes to dry. Which, in my books, isn’t too bad.

Wear:

As said above and in the video, this is very durable. I washed up and took showers without anything chipping or lifting. With both glitter and ordinary nail polish.

Removal:

The removal is very easy. As you saw in the video, I just used an orange wood stick (wooden cuticle pusher) and started from the cuticle to the tip. I had to push quite hard to get it to lift at first, but then it came off in two clean pieces and left no trace. I have had them come off in once piece to.

All in all, this is my new favourite base coat. I don’t like using nail polish remover so this was the answer to my prayers. 

This peel off base coat gets a 4 out of 5 from me.

I hope you enjoyed my swatch and review blog. As always, if you have any enquiries, you can email me at aeaf1999@gmail.com.

Thank you,

Anne.