Mottle by Illamasqua Swatch

This is part of the Speckled collection by Illamasqua. Mottle is a pale green with the same mix of black matte glitters. It’s a very delicate color, and much prettier than the name suggests (mottle makes me think of decay and mildew). The color has worn pretty well apart from the knife I manage to slice through my finger & nail 12 hours after my manicure 😦



Galaxy by Sportsgirl Nail It! over Scorch by Illamasqua

Galaxy is a matte glitter topper with blue and green hex glitter in a meduim and small size. Sportsgirl have been doing some pretty cute ‘indie-esque’ style matte glitter nail polishes which I love as I like the look but find the drama associated with the indie brands a little bit much to deal with.


Generally they retail for $8.95 for 10ml as well, although this one was on special for $4.95. I decided to layer it over scorch by Illamasqua (a pure white) but I have to say it did not want to play nicely with the illamasqua polish. Next time I’m going to try it over a cheapie essence or Ulta3 and see if it’s happier with those formulations.


I’m really happy though to see Australian shops trying some different looking nail polishes and not just duping OPI all the time!

Catrice Petropolitan x Sportsgirl all that glitters

I had a long term crush on Petropolitan from all the pictures I had seen on UK beauty bloggers. I love a greyed out blue, and a blue-green and this was a greyed out blue-green with teal shimmer. Winner. I can’t seem to get Catrice polishes in Australia but found this one in Singapore so yay. (I hope some one starts stocking it locally as Essence is so popular and Catrice is the sister brand) It’s as nice as I hoped, all though a little sheer. This is 2 coats but I think it would be happier as a 3 coater as I have some patches of not excellent coverage at 2 coats. I topped the middle two fingers with a coat on Sportsgirl all that glitters which is a fine and meduim hex gold glitter topper. Its nice, but fairly similar to a lot of other toppers on the market in the sub $10 polish market. I do like fine glitter shimmer, it really makes the polish sparkle.


Kiwifruit Jelly sandwich


This is a jelly sandwich using Elope by Illamasqua (apple green) and Out of Sight by Ulta3 (black matte glitter). It ends up with a sort of kiwifruit effect which I wasn’t entirely aiming for but is a cool surprise. The only issue with trying to do jelly sandwiches with Ulta3 is they dry really slowly, so you need to commit a full 30 mins for the mani. If you try and use a quick top coat to fudge it you get some weird bubbling in the inbetween layer.

What is your favorite fruits? I love the stonefruits (nectarines and my kryptonite – fresh apricots). Nom Nom Nom.

Where is the party? at the Diamond Arcade…

This manicure has Essence “Where is the party?” which is a green-purple duochrome. As an accent I have nails Inc Diamond Arcade which I scored in a nail polish swap recently. Its one of those new ‘shard’ styles of glitters (irregular sharp shapes) in a silver holo finish.

I wasn’t that excited about it at first but its very bright and holographic in the sun. It has a distinct texture though so if that bothers you it will require a couple of coats of top coat. Image


Marrionaud – Khaki Pastiche


This is a gorgeous brand of nail polishes that retail in Europe. I picked these up in Europe. The first one is “Khaki Pastiche” which I think means a mix of khaki? so it’s blue-green-grey. It’s actually a really nice colour as its sort of neutral as it works with everything. The pigmentation is as strong as a high end brand, and it has a fab thick brush. It also is very chip resistant and the formula just almost paints it self. If you ever get a chance to pick one up, or get offered one in a swap, you’ll never regret it!

Why you should always google swatches before you buy a new polish

This is an Orly nail polish called Walk down the aisle I found in Priceline one day. I hardly wear because while it looks like a shimmery mint green in the bottle it applies with sheerest touch of any nail polish ever. I have made it into a jelly sandwich with Nubar White Polka dots, but alas the mint green shimmer is only visible about 5mm from the nail so it doesn’t look as I hoped. It seems to just give a vaguely unhealthy yellow-green tinge to the nails.

ImageI guess one of these days I’ll just have to franken with it. I’m think a christmas polish with stars and candycanes in green. What do  you do with your dire polishes?

Elope by Illamasqua

This is swatched without undies this time, I have shown it before with a white base. This is 3 coats.


Illamasqua describes it as a bright emerald green with glossy finish which I don’t find that accurate. It’s a grassy green crelly, with a rubber finish to me. The website also has a much lighter bottle colour than I have in my bottle.  I have used the Illamasqua top coat but it still didn’t have the shine I like on a jelly so I topped with Poshe.

As usual the formula is wonderfully easy to apply and very hard wearing. At three days in I have no chips and next to no tip wear.

Lighter shade of mint

This is a light mint green (Essence – exits on your right) base with Nubar white polka dots over the top. It looks super pale in the light but the green comes out in the lower lights. Its really pretty but unfortunately I applied it over a peel off base and my nails weren’t dry enough after the shower it seems as its all come off this morning 😦 So I only have the dodgy phone photos I took before I stopped to take good ones. Next time I’ll have to use a more hardy base, that is the down side of peel offs (that and how hard clean up is!).