Taras Talons ‘Curacao’ and Unicorn ‘Stick’ Swatches

Hello! I thought i might share with you today a lovely mani i did last night using two great polishes by my favourite indie brand Taras Talons! I used my ABSOLUTE favourite blue which is called ‘Curacao’ that i bought some months ago. I then topped it with a recent purchase, ‘Unicorn Stick’ which is a very very sheer white with greenish blue squares ( think toothpaste!) and white and hot pink hexes. The use of this over the blue polish made it almost a minty green colour but it still clearly blue. The white base in this polish is so sheer that i can layer it over almost any colour and instead of being white, it just slightly lightens the colour beneath giving it a lovely shimmer.

If you’re not aware of this already, Taras Talons makes one-off polishes, so unfortunately neither of these are available to purchase 😦 ( because i got my greedy mitts on them first muahahaha). However if you browse Taras store on Etsy she has a multitude of polishes and nail art supplies which gets updated every Sunday! I’m aware that she currently has some polishes with Mickey Mouse glitters in them, so be sure to check them out! But for now, here is a swatch of my Taras Talons mani 🙂

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You can buy from Taras Talons here:

http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tarastalons

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Pastel Stripe Mani

I saw a great mani by Rachel over at Racho’s Nail Love. It was green, yellow and red stripes with a black crackle effect over the top. I thought it looked awesome and decided to recreate it using pink, blue and green pastel shades with white crackle!  I decided i was quite pleased with my stripes so thought i’d show off my mani BEFORE the crackle effect was added as well 🙂

Warning, picture heavy 😉

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These were my three stripe colours. From L-R:  Essie Navigate Her, OPI Pink Friday and Taras Talons Curacao.

Here are my nails when i had finished the stripes and applied a top coat.

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Now, here it is with crackle! The polish i used was a white Barry M Nail Effects Polish

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When finished, i later went back and added a matte top coat over two coats of Seche Vite, i decided the shiny look wasn’t quite working. It looked much better matte 🙂

I hope you liked my post 🙂

 

Getting International Indies in the UK

If you don’t like paying extra for shipping, or simply cannot get your favourite polishes delivered to you, then here are some UK online stores which can help!

The Nail Arcade- A pop up store was created called ‘The Nail Arcade’ and was open for one week only earlier this month. The store is now closed i believe, but The Nail Arcade will be back soon with their very own Indies!

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/TheNailArcade?fref=ts

Rainbow Connection UK- This is a store which is opening next month! Just like the nail arcade it will be introducing international indies for sale in the UK. Examples of brands include Lush Lacquer and Smitten Polish 😉

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/RainbowConnectionUk?fref=ts

Sally Magpies- Sally Magpies has been around for a while now ( not sure how long) and stocks some great brands including the Australian Picture Polish and Emily De Molly.

Store link: http://www.sallymagpies.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/sallymagpies?fref=ts

Other great services for you UK indie lovers include:

-The Nail Polish Directory

This is a list of EVERY nail polish brand available in the UK, the website is still being tweaked but i had a chance to speak to the creator who said that when it is complete you will be able to add polishes from any UK brand to ‘Stash’ and ‘Wishlists’ which sounds great to me 🙂

Website: http://thenailpolishdirectory.co.uk/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Nail-Polish-Directory/150923191746467?fref=ts

I hope some of these resources come in handy!

 

Pocket Money Polishes-Pretty Woman Swatch

I’m a huge Roy Orbison fan so when i found a polish by Charlie based on the song Pretty Woman, i just knew i had to get it! After waiting for it to be restocked i finally snagged it up! This is a beautiful glitter topper,  it has light and bright pink flower glitters, light pink squares and white hexagonal circle shapes. I love my pink nail polish so i loved this as soon as i saw it! I have been known on several occasions to buy nail polish due to it’s name alone…*embarrassed face* however with this one it was worth it! I decided to layer it over Nicole By OPI ‘Up and Kim-ing Pink’ ( from the Kardashian Kollection).

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Hope you enjoy!

You can buy from Pocket Money Polishes here:

http://www.tbeanz.com/PMP/Retail.htm

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine- Lychee Swatch

I have been dying for a nice nude/beige, one that is almost skin coloured. I have wanted to buy OPI- My Vampire Is Buff since it came out this spring. Its likely that i still will but i’m definitely happy with Lychee as a cheap alternative! For the price i think it’s great! Goes on smoother than some of the OPI’s i own.

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This is on its own with no top coat! Look at the shiiiine!

I love the Barry M Gelly’s. I’ve already swatched Blue Grape, and have a few more to add to show you guys! I would love to own the entire collection as the formula is great!

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine- Plum Swatch with Taras Talons Nail Art

The second Barry M Gelly polish i tried out was Plum. I’m not quite sure if i like this colour on me but i did like the formula and i’m sure i will find a way to use it again! I used some cute little glue-on pearls from Taras Talons who do nail art supplies now! ( check it out here: http://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/Tarastalons?section_id=14011746)

I love what they add to a boring mani ( which to me, is a mani without glitter!)

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My camera didn’t capture the colour very well. It is much more purple than shown and not quite as dark. Hope you like 🙂

Barry M Gelly Hi Shine- Blue Grape Swatch

Hello! I decided to go out and buy a few of the much raved about Barry M Gelly polishes! The first one i tried was Blue Grape, i have been dying for a bright electric blue polish for months now and i love this one so much! The picture shown is with no top coat…yup thats the polish all on its own!

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For some reason my camera decided that, actually, it’s purple :(. This is a lot more blue in real life. Ignore the Asos box in the background 😀

I was curious so i tried it with white polka dots:

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I may have gone overboard with the polka dots 😛

So there you have it 🙂