Tuesday, 23 December 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer and Monster Polish: It Got Away From Me, Yeah... Part 3: The Doctors

BEGL: Void Stuff (10th doctor)
MP: I was hoping for minimalism but think I came out with magician (12th doctor)
MP: What's wrong with this jumper? (9th doctor)
BEFL: Grandpa (War doctor)
BEGL: Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy (11th doctor)

The third BEGL Doctor Who collection features a very special guest - the wonderful Monster Polish! I have had the pleasure of trying several Monster Polishes before, and they are always quite special. This is the first time she has opened up her shop for the public, and I recommend you take a look.

First up is Grandpa - named after the war doctor. The War Doctor (John Hurt) turned up in the 50th anniversary special, as a prequel doctor and did his best to completely screw up the numbering sequence for the doctors. Thanks Grandpa!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Grandpa: off white creme with gold and rose microflakies. 

It's beautiful and soft, very wintery and looks like soft snow. I found it to be a bit thick, but a couple of drops of thinner made it perfect consistency for my taste.
Stamped with Void Stuff, Grandpa is perfect as base for nail art.

Next up is Void Stuff, representing the 10th Doctor, played by David Tennant. Void Stuff is his excuse for wearing the 3D glasses that are one of his trademarks. And if Void Stuff is anywhere near as gorgeous as this polish, i can't blame him for wanting to be able to see it.

Void Stuff is really a one coater, but I gave it two for good measure.

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Void Stuff: a deep teal/green linear holographic with blue to red shifting glass flecks.
 The dark winter light really doesn't do this polish justice. It is gorgeous, the shifting glass flecks shine so beautifully through the holo, it's become an instant favourite for me. I'm even wearing it as my Christmas Eve mani! Look out for that one on my instagram.

Stamped with Mundo de Unas 24 and a MoYou London plate.

Next one is Monster Polish: I was hoping for minimalism, but I think I came out with magician. This is inspired by the 12th doctor as played by Peter Capaldi.

Monster Polish - I Was Hoping for Minimalism, But I Think I Came Out With Magician : deep navy blue jelly with red shimmer.

It has the squishiness of a jelly, but builds up nicely for full coverage. This is three thin coats. The red shimmer does show, but was a bit shy for the photo.

Stamped with Grandpa to add soft snowflakes to the squishy blue. Plate is from Vivid Lacquer.

Another Monster Polish, this one is a very special one. It's called What's wrong with this jumper? and is inspired by the first doctor in the reboot, and the 9th in the long line of doctors, played by Christopher Eccleston.

Monster Polish - What’s Wrong With This Jumper?: black holographic with purple shimmer and a satin finish.

The purple shimmer plays in the light, but likes to hide for the camera. This one really shines in sunlight.  Or so I imagine, I haven't actually seen sunlight in what seems like forever. I barely remember what sunlight looks like.

Stamped with Mundo de Unas and an MJ plate

Last, but definitely not least, we have Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy. This is inspired by the 11th doctor, played by Matt Smith, my favourite goofy doctor. The colour is not goofy at all, and is based on a special metal used to built the perfect prison, which would be the prettiest prison in the universe if it was actually this colour!

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer - Zero Balance Dwarf Star Alloy: black linear holographic with a rainbow of additional shimmers.

Simple, yet complex, this is a lovely black holo, perfect as a base for stamping. Oh who am I kidding, in my world everything is a perfect base for stamping. STAMP ALL THE HINGS! 
I love these simple stamps, that really let the base colour through. I used Mundo de Unas and a MoYou London plate. 

These are currently available as full sets at both Monster Polish and Blue-eyed Girl Lacquers, which includes all five bottles of polish as well as a sample set of Dr Who inspired vinyl decals.  Both shops will have individual bottles of their respective Doctors, as well as additional vinyl decals.  

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These polishes have been supplied for my honest review

All Doctor Who images courtesy of BBC Pictures.

Wednesday, 22 October 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer: It Got Away From Me, Yeah... Part 2: The Gents of Doctor Who

I think the thing I love most about this collection is actually the title. First of all because it is a quote from Blink - probably the best episode of Doctor Who. But also because I love that this collection really did away from Julie from Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers - SO many Doctor Who polishes makes for a very happy Nailant!

I wanted so much to photograph these in bright daylight, but this last week autumn has hit us hard, and daylight just hasn't happened even in the slightest. Grey, dark, rainy and windy - I miss summer! So these are all taken in overcast weather, and they are still beautiful - just imagine what a bit of sunlight could do to them!

I made my little bandit look after them:

The Gents of Doctor Who
From left to right: The Innuendo Squad, Mickey Smith.Defending the Earth., Noticing Face, 2000 Years and Oy, Stupid Face. 

The Innuendo Squad
 The Innuendo Squad is a beautiful slate blue linear holo with silver shimmer. It's perfectly soft and gorgeous, much like it's inspiration - the great, immortal and ever so pretty Jack Harkness. He is briefly a companion, and moves on to the Torchwood spin-off. I love his never failing confidence, but he lacks the understated elegance of this very pretty holo. Just don't tell him that ;) 

2000 Years
2000 Years is a glue glitter, with blue, silver, purple and aqua microglitter in a clear base. It can be used over another polish, but will also build to opacity. Here it is 2 coats over The Innuendo Squad. It is inspired by Rory Williams, the ever-suffering husband of Amy Pond who spent 2000 years guarding Amy in the Pandorica to save her life. To be fair, he WAS the one that shot her so I guess he owed her one.

The Innuendo Squad with one coat of 2000 years as accent nails.

Oy, Stupid Face!
Oy, Stupid Face! is a hot pink with both blue/purple and blue/green flakies. I got this polish as a birthday present last year from Julie, and I love it! The larger flakies need a generous helping of topcoat, but is very pretty. I think the final version of this is slightly different, and has a bit less of the larger flakies. This is inspired by The Ponds, also known as Amy and Rory, the most perfectly imperfect couple in the Who-niverse. They are forever fighting but always full of love. Their last episode is one of the best, worst, greatest and saddest episodes in the new series.

Noticing Face
Noticing Face is a dark purple jelly with blue, gold and purple holo microglitters. It's a prefect autumn polish, dark and vampy and still with that extra sparkle.  This is two coats. This is inspired by Craig Owens, who is a sort of guest-companion in two episodes with the doctor - and has nightmares about the eleventh doctor's 'noticing face' - when the doctor notices something, you just know there will be trouble and adventure ahead. 

Mickey Smith. Defending the Earth.
Mickey Smith. Defending the Earth. is a deep green linear holo with gunmetal flakies, and probably my favourite of this lot. It has perfect application and coverage, and the colour is so deep and saturated, dark and vampy, yet bright and colourful. It's inspired by Mickey, Rose's boyfriend who is a bit of a plonker to be honest. He does get his act together a bit later on, but I still have no idea how he gets lucky enough to pull Doctor Martha Jones (who also started out as a bit of a plonker as it happens, so maybe they ARE a great match!)

Mickey Smith. Defending the Earth. 
For Saturday night's new episode of Doctor Who, I wore this stamped with the Doctor Who plate from Vivid Lacquer - my friend said it looks like a Breaking Bad mani, and now I can't un-see it! 

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer: It Got Away From Me, Yeah... Part 2: The Gents of Doctor Who will be released on October 26th at 3:30 pm EDT / 9:30pm CET at Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers

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Some of the polishes used in this post was supplied for my honest review

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer: It Got Away From Me, Yeah... Part 1: The Women of Doctor Who

If you know me (or follow me on Instagram) you probably know that I'm quite a big fan of Doctor Who. So when my birthday present last year from the lovely Julie from Blue-Eyed Gorl Lacquers included Doctor Who customs, I was pretty damn excited! When she then said that she wanted to turn it into a collection, I may or may not have shrieked pretty damn loudly! So now I'm gonna try to tell you about these without going on and on and on about Doctor Who. Yeah right, that's gonna happen!

The Women of Doctor Who

First up is the one that started it all for me - one of my birthday presents last year:

Just Admiring your Skills, Sweetie
Just Admiring your Skills, Sweetie is inspired by River Song, one of my absolute favourites in the Doctor Who universe. Strong and confident, she has her own life and being married to the doctor (spoilers!) doesn't slow her down one bit!

A Long Time Ago Tomorrow without top coat
A Long Time Ago Tomorrow is inspired by Amelia Pond. It's hard not to love Amy and her life with the Doctor, which starts when she's just a child and follows her through her life into adulthood with her beloved Rory. 

A Long Time Ago Tomorrow with top coat
This is a gorgeous tardis blue that dries satin, witch is beautiful, but a glossy top coat really makes the rich shimmer in this polish sparkle.

 I'm Dr. Martha Jones, Who the Hell Are You? Without top coat
Martha Jones is not many people's favourite companion, mainly because she spent most of her time pining over the Doctor who only had eyes for the Rose he'd lost. It was a bit sad, really. But she really came into her own later, when she got away from the doctor. Also, some of the very best episodes were during Martha's reign - Blink being a good example.

 I'm Dr. Martha Jones, Who the Hell Are You? With top coat
 This is a bright fuchsia with beautiful golden shimmer. It dries matte, but a good top coat gives it a beautiful glossy look.

You Just Want to Mate?
 You Just Want to Mate? is based on Donna Noble, the wonderfully funny companion who first appeared randomly in the Tardis in a wedding dress, and was having none of the Doctor's funny business!

It's a beautiful red shimmery polish, which has the most impressive application, it really just applied perfectly which is SUCH a relief for reds, cause they're always a pain to clean-up after - but not this one, it was very self levelling, and kindly stayed clear of my cuticles.

 A Snogging Booth?

 A Snogging Booth? is based on Clara Oswen Oswald, the impossible girl who saved the Doctor! If you (like me) have been glued to the screen on saturday evenings to catch the new episodes, maybe you have also noticed that she's really grown and I like her so much better with the new Doctor. I can't wait to see what's in store for them.

It's a red and black microglitter in a clear base, shown here over You Just Want to Mate? It's slightly gritty, but perfectly smooth with a bit of top coat.

 Is That a Technical term, Jiggery Pokery?
 Is That a Technical term, Jiggery Pokery? is based of Rose Tyler, the companion to both 9 and 10, who was a great part of the Doctor Who new series being such a success. She's loved by many, including me and (probably) the 10th Doctor.

It's a pink jelly base with lots of different pink, silver and holo glitters. It's quite sheer to let the glitters show, I used it here with Just Admiring Your Skills, Sweetie as a base. There are so much glitter in this, no fishing is needed, but a bit of placement is helpful.

All of these polishes are great quality, great application and coverage. I used 2 or 3 thin coats for all swatches. I can't wait to use these for more Doctor Who manis!

 This is You Just Want to Mate? and A Snogging Booth together, stamped with the Vivid Lacquer Doctor Who plate.

This is  I'm Dr. Martha Jones, Who the Hell Are You? and Is That a Technical term, Jiggery Pokery? stamped with MJ XII plate 

The Women of Doctor Who is available now at Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer!

Vivid Lacquer Doctor Who plate is from Vivid Lacquer

MJ plates are available from My Online Shop

Some of the polishes used in this post was supplied for my honest review

Sunday, 14 September 2014

The September 31 day nail art challenge 2014 #1

Just a collection of the the nails I have done on the first third of the challenge - you can follow it daily on Instagram!

What, every day? FOR A MONTH?? Oh dear, what have I done!

Elevation Polish Fall-ow me up North stamped with MJ jr plate and Mundo de Unas.  I'm really digging the tone on tone stamping these days, I love the simple and clean look of it.

This is the gorgeously bright Balneario from Palish, stamped with MdU white and then a thin layer of Balneario on top, to create a sandwiched effect.

This is Pipe Dream Polish Light of Day, stamped with MdU white and an Apipila plate.  These neons from Pipe Dream are seriously great, I'm gonna rely on them to get me and my nails through the dark winter. I already miss summer!

I made a gradient of High Roller and Happy Hour from Pipedream Polish, and stamped it with MoYou and Mundo de Unas. I had SO many compliments on this mani, I didn't want to take it off!

For this gradient, I used two of the Pipe Dream Polish Vegas neons and stamped with Mundo de Unas and a MoYou plate. I love these simple stamps that lets you see the base polishes properly through the stamp.

I used Elevation Polish Atop a Ferris Wheel and stamped with Mundo de Unas and MoYou.
This is unusually soft and girly for me, but I really like it. 

Black & White
It is no secret that I REALLY like colour. And I tried, I REALLY tried, but somehow a tiny bit of colour sneaked into this mani! I used Elevation Polish Weddell Sea as base, 
A England Bridal Veil and then EvP La Harpe jumped in unexpectedly.

MetallicElevation Pilish Vinson, a very pretty lavender metallic holo, very discreetly stamped with Mundo de Unas and DRK. A bit too discreetly. Let's just pretend I had a Job interview or something and this was totally on purpose. Yeah.

For this mani, I used my OPI sheer tints and then stamped with Mundo de Unas and MoYou . It's like a rainbow honeycomb. If unicorns could make honey, I'm pretty sure it'd look like this.
I used A England Rose Bower and Bridal Veil for this gradient, and stamped using Mundo de Unas and an Apipila plate. I kinda like it, but the black and red and sharp edges really gives it such an 80'es vibe. It basically looks like my brothers teenage bedroom. It didn't make it through the full day on my nails haha!