The Nail Polish Quiz by La Belle

I found this tag on a blog I follow and thought I would do it myself.

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1. What nail polish are you wearing right now?
None at the moment…

2. What’s your favourite nail polish colour?
Anything pink really.

3. How many nail polishes do you have in your collection that you’ve never used?
I have used all the polished I have brought at least once.

4. How often do you buy nail polish?
Whenever I feel like a change or I run out of my essential polishes such as a base or top coat.

5. Name a nail polish you love, but you don’t wear?
Nails Inc. in Carnaby Street – I love this bold colour so much but alas it doesn’t suit me.

6. Any nail polishes you always take off after an hour?
None

7. How often do you change your nail polish?
Whenever I get bored or it begins to look bad.

8. Favourite nail polish brands?
Essie

9. Most disappointing nail polish you’ve tried?
Essie’s Mount Fuji – I hate the texture of the polish so much but the colour is so lovely.

10. Most expensive nail polish you own?
Leighton Denny – Pink Plush

11. Cheapest nail polish you own?
A black colour from Superdrug, I think the brand is 2true.

12. Have you got a whole nail polish collection?
No, I prefer to get colours I like then collections

13. Do you/ can you do nail art?
Yes, simple designs.

14. How do you store your nail polish?
In a box vanity case organised by brand.

15. How many nail polishes do you own?
About 15-20

16. Nail polish brands you want to try?
None in particular but maybe China Glaze or Chanel,

17. Do you use a base coat/ top coat?
Yes, all the time.

18. Nude, black, or French manicure?
Nude

19. Currently at the top of my nail-polish-wishlist…?
Any of Essie’s Luxeffects

20. All time favourite nail polish(es)?
Essie – My Place or Yours

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Magical Girl Style Cosmetics

With my recent post about the official Sailor Moon cosmetics I was inspired to find other cute magical girl inspired cosmetics that are perhaps more accessible than the official items themselves.

The rise of online shops such as Pretty & Cute sell Asian beauty products that have this visual language selling brands such as Etude House and Dolly Wink. This kitsch/cute aesthetic isn’t traditionally used in western cosmetics packaging however I have noticed some cuter packaging being produced. Here are a few Magical Girl style cosmetics:

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1. Ted Baker Bright Bow Make-Up Case – Very pink,very modern and very lovely [x]
2. Etude House Etoinette Crystal Powder – I absolutely love the princess-style packaging for this face powder… [x]
3. Too Faced Sweetheart Beads,Radiant Glow Face Powder – These are so cute! [x]
4. Ciate (Funhouse) – A super cuter glittery purple nail polish [x]
5. Ciate (Candy Floss) – How lovely is this pink polish? it is the perfect candy floss pink [x]
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New Sailor Moon Cosmetics! {Overview}

For the 20th anniversary of Sailor Moon Bandai has released a series of cosmetics inspired by the series.

The first cosmetics item to be released is the Beaute’s Miracle Romance Shining Moon Powder which is packaged beautifully to resemble the transformation broach Usgai’s/Sailor Moon’s Crystal Star Transformation Brooch. The product also comes with a chain should you wish to wear it as a necklace.

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The second release is to be a set of five nail polish in colours that represent the inner sailor soldiers (pink, red, blue, green and orange). The packaging is highly reminiscent of the transformation sticks and uses the same components such as the gold star and sign and colour.

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Another release from Bandai is a jewelry item – This ring replicates the brooch that appears in the Sailor Moon Super S arc. it comes in gold and silver. Although I like the idea of Sailor Moon inspired jewelry I feel that these look too cheap.

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I am so happy that new Sailor Moon products have been released, especially the cosmetics. I really want them but the shipping from Japan would cause too much of an inconvenience for me and prehaps wouldn’t be worth the price.

Cute Cupcake Icing Nail Tutorial

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You will need: A base coat (Essie, All in One Base), a top coat (Essie, Good to Go), a light pink (Essie, Fiji), a dark pink (Leighton Denny, Berry Nice) and a glitter (NYC, Lights-Camera-Glitter).

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i) Apply a base coat. ii) Using a dotting tool or whatever you have at hand, create a dripped icing effect downwards from the tip of your nail. Alternate the colours.

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iii) Once you have created an alternate pattern on both hands let the polish dry.

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iv) Apply the glitter polish to the coloured areas of your nail and let it dry.

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v) To finish apply your top coat and let it dry.

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Paper Marbling {Experiment}

“Paper marbling is a method of aqueous surface design, which can produce patterns similar to smooth marble or other stone…” – Wikipedia

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I remember making a book in primary school where the front and back cover were marbled, I also remember absolutely loving the whole marbling experience. So recently I tried to do just that, except this time I never had the correct ink  so I used nail polish as a substitute.

Using the method shown above, but instead of your nail I used some paper I created these little marbling samples…. Still haven’t thought of a use for them though…

The Results…

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The black polish was a little old, so it didn’t work so well…

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My favourite one – I think Pink Diamond worked really well on this sample…

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The nail polish created lumps on all the samples…