Citrus Nail Art…

So as promised, here is the nail art to tie in with my new polish collection (‘A Squeeze of Citrus‘).

First up to be featured are some lemons, with lemon nail art painted on the polish named ‘Lemon Juice’ (with OPI ‘Yallapalooza’ as base colour). It’s the first time I’ve ever painted a lemon and I think it turned out kinda cute!

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Next up we have some limes (I always have tonnes in the house as I’m a massive Rum lover), helping to show off the polish ‘Lime Twist’ adorned with a little lime wedge. (Base colour, OPI ‘My gecko does tricks’). Again I was sort of proud of it, having never painted a lime before.

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Lastly, here’s some (seriously juicy) oranges to highlight the polish ‘Orange Peel’. (Base colour is an old Barry M, it’s label is too worn to make out). I’m not so chuffed with my orange slice, I just couldn’t get it right and then once I sliced one of the oranges in half I realised my version looked nothing like it. I have too much inbetweeny rind and not enough outside rind. Never mind, 2 out of three ain’t bad.

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A Squeeze of Citrus…

So with summer arriving, I decided to make some bright and zingy topper polishes to welcome it in. Say hello to WonderfulWolf’s newest collection – ‘A Squeeze of Citrus’! (p.s if the bottles are looking a little empty it’s because I’d already been using them before I photographed them, whoops)

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I used polish making supplies from Cosmic Glows, Conni is very helpful and friendly and shipping is fast. With my last order I received a free sample of yellow tint, yaay. With this I was able to create two new colours by mixing it with the red and blue tints I had already purchased. So let me introduce them individually.

First up we have ‘Lemon Juice’. It’s sparkly and flaky, and I don’t know if it’s because it’s sitting on lemons but it looks sour and refreshing! Now obviously I’m not going to give you the exact formulas, but it’s made by mixing yellow tint and a (secret) colour of ‘Iridescent Dusk Flakes’, with the suspension base.

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Secondly we have ‘Lime Twist’. This is a really fun and playful topper, it’s look ready for a party! I made this one by mixing blue tint, yellow tint, square glitter and suspension base. (The square glitter is available on Cosmic Glow’s Etsy store.)

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Lastly here’s ‘Orange Peel’. It’s looks pretty thirst-quenching and is a little more mature compared to ‘Lime twist’ and ‘Lemon juice’. I created it by mixing red tint and yellow tint, and adding a hex glitter mix.

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So which one is your favourite so far?

Next up, I’m going to show you how the actually look on top of polishes that match their tint. ‘Lemon Juice’ is pretty subtle (or rather boring?), but that’s due to the iridescence flakes meaning it displays either nothing, or some amazing colours – it all depends on the light and angle!
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Here’s ‘Lime Twist’. I found it rather intersting that in the bottle the suspension base does look green but when applied to a bare nail it looks sort of orangey/yellow? Weird!

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‘Orange Peel’ actually applies quite solidly. I reckon you could get away with wearing a few coats over no base colour. OrangePeelCollageOrangePeelCoatComparison
So have the swatches changed your mind? I think out of the three, I like ‘Lime Twist’ the best as it’s fun and fresh. Stay tuned, as on Wednesday I’ll be publishing a post featuring the polishes with matching nail art!

Golden Romance…

So I created two more polishes using my supplies from Cosmic Glows, a duo called ‘Golden Romance’ – pretty gushy right. Fortunately ‘Golden’ can be worn pretty much any time of the year, whereas ‘Romance’ has a particularly romantic theme but hey.

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To create such a full look and a good coating of glitter, I sponged them on in layers: 4 in total – golden, romance, golden, romance and top coated in-between.

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Look at this macro shot, they’re cool to do right? I see them a lot on Instagram.

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I then added some roses for some extra lovey-doveyness.  Please excuse my index finger it’s still injured, and I unfortunately managed to smudge the false nail because I had no patience to wait until it was dry when I was sticking it to my own nail.

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Here’s some more photos of the actual polishes: ‘Golden’ and then ‘Romance’.

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A Mermaids Life…

So I can only now reveal what I’ve had up my sleeve for a few months – ‘A Mermaids Life’ giftbox set by WonderfulWolf. I made it as a Christmas gift for my boyfriends sister, hence why I had to keep it quite for a while as I didn’t want the surprise to be ruined.

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I bought my polish making supplies from Connii at Cosmic Glows. She was super helpful at advising me what I needed and recommending products to use as I did feel a bit like a ‘deer caught in the headlights’. There are so many pretty glitters and tints in the shop that my mind went wild, but after a few days of looking through them, I decided to go for a blue/teal theme. That seems to be my default colour unfortunately.

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So after a little bit of mixing and pottering about (glitter was everywhere for a while, don’t get me wrong Connii packages them up really well – it’s more to do with me being careless), I managed to come up with three polishes that look and work like a trio. The idea is that they can be layered, or worn individually – there is a jelly, a mica creme and a glitter topper.

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For a while they were nameless, then I visited a shop in Edinburgh and found some beautiful shell purses which is when the idea struck me – they were going to be about a mermaid! When I came home and looked at them a little more, I thought the title for the trio should be ‘A Mermaids Life’ – her dreams, tales and tears, as well as her treasures which is where the little shell purse came in! I filled it with little ocean charms (from BornPrettyStore) to wear with the polishes. I think it’s so cute and feel that it all works so well together don’t you think?

Now that I had the polishes named and the treasures secured it was time to put the set together. I used a little gift-box that are also in the Cosmic Glows shop for holding the polishes. Up until now it totally hadn’t crossed my mind how I was going to label the bottles, and my end result is not the greatest (by this I really mean it ended up looking rather amateurish). I went for a pretty standard look – my logo on the front and the name of the polish on the bottom. Then I wrote a little piece for the back of the box explaining the nice bits; handmade, 5 free, cruelty free and vegan! I just wish my handwriting was neater or that I had the time to print the labels out…

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I’d love to make this set again to firstly improve the package design and secondly to actually have a play with the polishes myself! I was only allowed to play about with the test mixes that I created on some tinfoil, so to have a go with the whole set would be really cool. Anyone else dabbled in polish making?