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2 February 2016

Work -appropriate nail art

A nail polish in this post was gifted to me, nothing else to disclose.

Today I have for you another work - appropriate polish, that packs a touch of holo.
It is from Ard As Nails, (link to my other posts from this brand), and I have had so much fun checking out that company. UK might not have loads of indie companies on the market, but the ones we have are really good.

Ard As Nails is an Indie (Handmade) Nail Varnish range created by the makers of Soap-Dodger. Their nail polishes are all 5 free, cruelty free and Vegan friendly.
If you want to find out more about 'Ard As Nails, you can head over to Ard As Nails Facebook Page, or their shop Soap Dodger .

I started out with two coats of polish on my nails, this polish seems to have less holo packed in it than the previous polish that I showed on this blog


Ard As Nails

I recently did a review over at my Youtube Channel for the BornPrettyStore - Jumbo Stamper. 




Using Uber Chic 3 -03 and L'oreal - Sweet Amethyst, this is the look that I came up with.


Ard As Nails stamped with Uber chic 3 -03 in L'oreal - Sweet Amethyst

I am very satisfied with the look today, and the stamper did not let me down. 
I think my nail-buddy is going to be very happy with this. 


A nail polish in this post was gifted to me, nothing else to disclose.

31 January 2016

Flakier Fire

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A photo posted by Dina Ramse (@secretarysnailart) on


I have been subscribing to Glossybox for about a year now and I am quite happy with the service.
Pay 10 £ a month and get sent makeup, lotions, cleaners, face masks and what not, every month, sometimes they even include nail polishes.
Which is the reason why I am mentioning it in today's post, as the January box contained a nail polish from the brand Angèle, and it was a crelly red.

On the swatch above you can see it with one coat, and the picture below has two - tree coats.


Angèle Nail Polish

Now I wasn't going to stop there, after all I am the Secretary's Nail Art, so I dived into my untried box and found this gorgeous red flakie polish. Layla - CE53. I got this polish on a sale while on my holiday in Finland last year, so it was about time it got on my nails. This polish is gorgeous, absolutely amazing. It is rich on flakieness, so I only applied one coat of this on my nails.

Angéle Nail Polish topped with Layla - CE53

To finish the look I decided to use Vivid Lacquer - VL016 stamping plate that I recently bought, and you can see a review and stamping tests of the plate over at my Youtube Channel: Secretary's Nail Art, or you can find it on my blog by following this link.  To make sure that the flames was lined up right along my cuticles I tried using the Clear Jelly Stamper that I purchased from Born Pretty Store (affiliate link).  I think I would have done a better job at the look had I used a sticky marshmallow stamper instead, but I am so new to the Clear Jelly Stampers I wanted to see if I could get a feel for it. Once I have figured them out, I am sure there will be a video up on my Youtube Channel.

Angéle Nail Polish topped with Layla - CE53 stamped using Essie - Little Brown Dress and Vivid Lacquer - VL016


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29 January 2016

Vivid Lacquer - VL016

Today I am showing you the VL016 stamping plate. It was released back in November 2013, but I was in the mood for another Christmas plate.
It didn't arrive in time for Christmas, but at least I have it for the next one.

 

Vivid Lacquer 2013

The Vivid Lacquer shop on Etsy is currently on a break, due to some issues with the manufacturer of the stamping plates. You can still see images of her plates over at Vivid Lacquer Facebook Page.
Stamping test preformed using Savina - Coral and my Creative Stamper that I got from Rainbow Connection.  In case you were wondering.

I made a YouTube video about this stamping plate, so that we all look at how I failed doing this stamping test, by using the wrong stamper head. It's all a learning curve, and sometimes you take a step back.

The correct stamper to use with this plate would be a sticky stamper.





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27 January 2016

Work -appropriate nails

A nail polish in this post was gifted to me, nothing else to disclose.

January for many means new beginnings, new sheets of paper to fill with their wishes and dreams for the coming year.
For some, that might mean a new job, new home, and for others it means hitting the gym a little bit more, or do one thing a day that makes them happy.

I have always though that New Year celebrations and traditions are a bit strange. It is, after all, just an arbitrary point in time, that we have decided is the end and the start of a year. Despite this, I love holidays, any holiday really. If someone says this and this day is pancake day, then so be it, I will make pancakes that day.

Aren't we humans strange creatures sometime?


Today I have for you a work - appropriate polish, that packs a touch of holo.
It is from Ard As Nails, (link to my other posts from this brand), and I have had so much fun checking out that company. UK girls, if you haven't jumped on this yet, you should try some.
Ard As Nails is an Indie (Handmade) Nail Varnish range created by the makers of Soap-Dodger. Their nail polishes are all 5 free, cruelty free and Vegan friendly.
If you want to find out more about 'Ard As Nails, you can head over to Ard As Nails Facebook Page, or their shop Soap Dodger .


Ard As Nails
I got so many compliments at work and when doing grocery shopping on my nails. The subtle holo completely wins me over.

A nail polish in this post was gifted to me, nothing else to disclose.

26 January 2016

Pictur Polish - Peacock

2015 was for me a year where I tried to get more indie polishes in my stash. The hashtag #itrustindiepolish started in June - August some time, and I started seeing a lot of people getting indie polishes that previously had not ventured in this market. I think that is fantastic.
Instead of supporting already rich large corporations you are supporting people that are doing what they love and trying to put food on the table by sharing their creativity.
I have been wanting to support more indie companies out there, and also in 2016, you are going to see more swatches and nail art from indie brands. Be it nail polishes or stamping plates.

One of the polishes I bought in 2015 that has been in my untried box was Picture Polish - Peacock. 

On the picture below you can see me wearing it in two different ways:
Ring fingers: Picture Polish - Peacock 3 coats
Remaining fingers: Picture Polish - Peacock sponged on. 

I wanted to try both ways as sponging on a glitter polish like this that has a coloured base can change how the polish looks on the nails. The ring finger that has 3 coats on looks different than the others, as the blue base is more visible when layering the polish. It also looks to have more depth than the other nails. There is less of the jelly base being transferred to the nails when sponging it on, and it quickly gained full opacity. 


Picture Polish - Peacock


Which way do you think Picture Polish - Peacock looks the best, let me know in the comments below.

24 January 2016

Tentalicious Octopus

You might have seen this look on my Youtube channel already if you are subscribed there, as I had added some quick pictures of this at the end of my Vivid Laquer review of VL042 stamping plate. If you haven't seen it, here is a handy link for you.


I started out with two coats of Emily de Molly - Dark Depths. I can not believe this has been stuck in my untried box for this long! 
I did not have an issues with application, but did notice that some of the glitters did stick up a little, but nothing a bit of topcoat can solve.
Also... this is my first Emily de Molly polish! 

Emily de Molly - Dark Depths
I wanted to have some fun with this plate, and since I was talking so much about the tenta-liciousness of the Vivid Lacquer - VL042 I decided to use the tentacle images and the cute little octopus. I used Sinful Color - Snow Me White for the stamping, and then added another twp coat of Emily de Molly - Dark Depths over. This is my first time doing a pond manicure using a glitter polish and I have to say, it turned out really well. The octopus did smudge a little bit on me though, but it is hardly visible under all the glitter and blue jelly.


Octopus stamping test for Vivid Lacquer - VL042

Emily de Molly - Dark Depths, stamped using Sinful Color - Snow Me White and Vivid Lacquer - VL042


For some reason the light ended up looking awfully yellow-ish today, we have been having some bad weather, so was playing around with my setup a little, but just couldn't get it right this time.
Really need to standardize my setup and do the same every single time, so that my pictures are spot on when I take a picture.


Vivid Lacquer - VL042

I wanted some new stamping plates and around Black Friday there was so many great sales around, so I took a chance on getting some Vivid Lacquer plates. Today I am showing you the VL042 stamping plate. It was released back in 2014, but that doesn't make it less relevant.



The Vivid Lacquer shop on Etsy is currently on a break, due to some issues with the manufacturer of the stamping plates. You can still see images of her plates over at Vivid Lacquer Facebook Page.
Stamping test preformed using Savina - Coral and my Bundlemonster Semi Squishy Silicone Mega Stamper. In case you were wondering.


Stamping test of Vivid Lacquer - VL042 using Savina - Coral


I made a YouTube video about this stamping plate, check it out here.
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