Random Picture Polish swatches

Wednesday, 18 October 2017 08:14 pm
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Posted by Kitties26

You know when you get a text message from someone, and you read it, and then you forget about. And I mean forget about it for several days or a a week. Then when you remember it's all weird and awkward about whether it's too late to reply. That's kind of how I feel about these swatch photos.

These swatch photos were again done last year. All just before I had my motorcycle accident. Which totally messed up my entire blogging schedule. I've seriously got to get on top of my draft blog posts. I currently have 18, and that's after I merged all these Picture Polish swatches into one post.  

So I'm just going to jump straight into swatches, cause these polishes have all be around for ages now. There are already plenty of swatches out there, but here are mine.














Maybe now I can update my Picture Polish colour guide a bit, argh, but that means coding some stuff up and I just can't be bothered at the moment.
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Posted by Kitties26

To say it's been a while since I last did a post in my series about chrome powders would be a serious understatement. In fact, I don't think I could I have sat on this post for much longer!  I reckon I've had these photos edited and this post sitting here waiting to be written up for more than a year!  But at least these are things I bought myself, and not products sent for review. Then I'd be in real trouble!

In August last year I shared my swatches of the chrome pigments available at the time from Born Pretty.  Of course a year has gone by now, and they have added to their range since then, but back when I did these photos these were the only powders you could get from the BP store. So I may as well show you the comparison of the iridescent type chrome powders (the ones that are white crystallized looking powders) compared to the coloured multi chrome powders.

The multichrome powders I have here are the ones from What's Up nails. I've since got the similar powders from Born Pretty Store so I will be able to compare them, but I think I'll make you all wait a year for that! Haha.
All my swatches of the powders are applied over a black base of Dance Legend Black glitter base.

Here is a photo of the two types of chrome powders, even those these two end up looking similar on the nail, they look completely different in the jar.

The first one is Absinthe from What's up nails.

Here is the comparison the the similar shade in the iridescent multichrome powder range from the Born Pretty Store #585.  The Born Pretty one is actually sparklier, but the finish isn't as smooth and the multichrome shift nowhere near as strong.

Next up is Dragon from What's up nails. Amazing color shift on this one.

The next three shots show the comparison with Born Pretty iridescent multichrome powder #681.

Here is Paradise from What's up nails.

Born Pretty #587 is very similar in colour and shift, but again the finish isn't as smooth and its sparklier and more metallic looking.

Finally, here is Royality from What's Up Nails.

There isn't really a colour that matches the intensity of this one in the Born Pretty iridescent multichrome range, but #583 is probably the closest.

For $1.99 a pot, the Born Pretty ones really hold their own, especially when not compared to the expensive brands of powders.  But are they the same - No!

It will be interesting when I compare the BP Chameleon Powders and What's up powders to see if they really are identical.

Digital Dozen does Throwback week - Day 5

Friday, 13 October 2017 10:31 pm
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Posted by Kitties26

Five days of blogging and I'm ready for another week off.  I'll really try not to cause I have plenty of draft mani's to share feature lovely products I've been sent to try out, and good bloggers post their stuff in a reasonable timeframe, and I'm determined to stay in the good blogger arena, instead of the shitty blogger one!

Today is the last day of the Digital Dozen Throwback week, and I've really loved this week because I didn't have to get too creative myself, I could rely on the past creativity of the Digital Dozen ladies to get me through the weeks.  Today's is courtesy of Amber from Nails Like Lace.  In April last year she created this amazing reciprocal gradient mani. 

I didn't have the same colours, so even though I used coral, yellow and blue, my design looks totally different. I also have to say that my camera freaks out with this neon coral colour from Pipedream, so these were way brighter in real life. I had to try adjust the colour in these photos because my fingers looked like they belonged to an Oompa Lumpa, but when I lose the orange fingers the brightness drops way down too.

Digital Dozen does Throwback week - Day 4

Thursday, 12 October 2017 10:20 pm
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Posted by Kitties26

It's late, I just got home from a night out with friends watching a movie and I still need to get a blog post up.  Arrgggh, this is when blogging commitments make nail art feel like work!  

Day 4 and I bring you a recreation of a mani done by Ashley is PolishAddicted from back in 2015, during the Digital Dozen Food prompt week.  I like M&Ms, bu the truth is I'll go for a savoury snack over a sweet one nine times out of ten! But when I say Ashley's colourful design, I totally fell in love it it and had to recreate it.

Would you believe that I was done with the mani, photographed and everything when I sat down to watch some TV and looked at my nails.  Something wasn't quite right about them, then I realised I;d done all my multiple layers of dots and forgotten to do the blue ones!  That's why the blue ones are just plonked on top!

Digital Dozen does Throwback week - Day 3

Wednesday, 11 October 2017 08:16 pm
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Posted by Kitties26

Welcome to day three and today I've got a throwback to August last year when the Digital Dozen prompt was Negative Space.  I've done a few drag marble flame designs like this.  In fact there's been a red one, a purple one and a green one, scroll to the bottom to see them all.  

The most recent one I did was during the 31 Day Challenge and I recall someone asking for a tutorial.  So lo and behold, I actually filmed creating these nails and will get a quick little video up on Instagram in the morning.

Here are all four I've done. Which is your favourite.  I really like them all, but definitly prefer the ones with the negative space at the top rather than the sold colour.

Digital Dozen does Throwback week - Day 2

Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:53 pm
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Posted by Kitties26

Today I'm doing a throwback to February 2015 when Digital Dozen prompt was Pattern on Pattern. A recent mani I saw on Instagram by @lieve91 inspired me to try my own pattern on pattern design. If you don't already follow @lieve91, you really should. Her freehand work is truly amazing. My leaves on black and white aren't a patch on hers, and you really have to check out the freehand Homer Simpson she painted last month.

I used a DRK Cogobo 2 plate for the black stamping on the white base. I painted the leaves using nail polish, and again I'll say that I would probably have been better off painting the leaves with acrylic paint, but meh, I have so many polishes, in so many shades that I always just use polish instead of acrylic paints.

Digital Dozen does Throwback week - Day 1

Monday, 9 October 2017 09:04 pm
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Posted by Kitties26

Well that was a nice little weeks break from the blog to recover from the 31 day challenge.  But no more time to rest, it's time to get into another Digital Dozen week.

The theme this week is Throwback. I wasn't really sure if I should be doing throwback manis representing different decades, or to past mani's that I had done. And I guess it doesn't really matter, cause we get to interpret the prompts however we like.  I decided to look back through the prompts from before I was a member and I chose to recreate or be inspired by some of the previous DD manis for those prompts.

This first one is from the Metal prompt way back in June 2014, and a design done by Vic from Glowstars. Unfortunately the photos for this aren't on her blog anymore, but it's fair to say that my effort is far less blingy that hers was.

These were fun. Practical, no, but fun, yes! I pulled out all my gold bits, hearts, circles, dots of various sizes, squares, those eye shaped ones that I don't know what they are called, shells, star fish, gold swarovski crystals and little gold glass balls. Removal was a pain in the butt, cause I generally like to save my embellishments to reuse (except the tiny balls), and they all got stuck in my cotton round.

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