Sunday, 14 July 2013

Swatch: Iconic Effect ~ Princess Drops

Guess what?! Finally we have indie polish makers popping up in the UK! *Fist pump*! One of these being Iconic Effect. I recently bought this polish, Princess Drops, and another, Pea Soup, from their first collection. Princess Drops actually sold out (2 days before I got paid, I was waiting to order!) but the girls from Iconic Effect were so lovely and helpful and told me if I ordered the other polish I wanted the would sort out Princess Drops for me the week after when they received more supplies ♥

Iconic Effect - PrincessDrops

On to the polish! Princess drops is a pretty pastel glitter polish in a clear base with a mixture of hearts, stars and flowers, slightly smaller diamonds, hexagons and tiny flecks. There's so much going on in here! The formula is fairly thin but I found this really helped me to get the big pieces positioned nicely. I've got one coat of the glitter on here and didn't require too much fishing or fiddling around.

Princess Drops - Bottle

For some reason I went a bit mad decided to put it over this horrible yellow I got in a set from H&M. I think it worked pretty nicely though and looks really summery.

Princess Drops - Close Up

And finally a close up of the bottle, such a pretty combination of colours.

There are only a couple of colours left in Iconic Effects etsy shop but they are currently planning there next collection so follow them on facebook for news and sneak peaks!

Tuesday, 28 May 2013

Swatch: Lush Lacquer ~ Birthday Cake

I think this has got to be one of my fave indie polishes, it was one of the first ones I bought and with a name like Birthday Cake how could I resist.

Birthday Cake Swatch

I've got two coats on here. It would probably have a bit more 'pop' with some white undies but I like it as is, a bit more subtle if that's possible?!

Birthday Cake

Lush Lacquer have got loads of gorgeous crazy neon-ness going on at the moment, it's a shame that with all the UK shipping troubles and steep price increases for postage I've been put off buying stuff for a while.

Monday, 13 May 2013

Swatch: Sinful Colors ~ Glass Pink

Yay, Sinful Colors available at boots in the UK?! And in the 3 for 2 offer, don't mind if I do. I was actually away in Nottingham when I was lucky enough to spot these as they weren't being stocked in the Leeds city centre store. Here's the first one I tried, Glass Pink

Sinful Colors - Glass Pink

This is 3 coats, it's really sheer so you'd need something underneath if you didn't want visible nail line. It's so pretty though, beautiful and shimmery.

I managed to snag Cinderella as well which is the one I'd really been lusting after, not been in the mood for blue nails though so haven't tried that one out yet,

Wednesday, 8 May 2013

Swatch: Nails Inc ~ Primrose Hill

Yet another of my nails inc lucky pack polishes here, Primrose Hill. A gorgeous grey/purple quite similar to Barry M's Dusky Mauve although a bit paler maybe?

Primrose Hill - Swatch

This swatch is from a while ago, can't remember how many coats I used. Really love this shade though, for the first time ever I think I had a stranger compliment the colour!

Primrose Hill - Bottle

Thursday, 18 April 2013

Portal Companion Cube Dress

So here's what has been taking up all my spare time the last couple of weeks! My local Lolita group have been planning a themed fandom/geek meet for a while and it finally came around last weekend. I decided that I wanted to make a dress based on the companion cube from the Portal video games. It took a bit longer than I expected, I had to draft a new bodice block, but it was so worth it. I love it!!

Companion Cube Dress - Front

Companion Cube Dress - Back

And the meet was so much fun, everyone put loads of effort into their outfits, I loved seeing them all. I hope we'll have another fandom meet one day, I already have more ideas. Here's me wearing my dress.

Companion Cube Dress - Worn

I learnt a bunch of new techniques making this too - box pleats, encased shirring, modifying my basic bodice block. Usually I'm fed up with sewing after finish a project (probably because I usually leave things too late and end up having to rush *stress*) but not this time! I cant wait to do more.