Flashy Nails

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I used Streamer again! August 22, 2009

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Remember This Post?  Yes the absolute horror of Streamer.  Well I honestly didn’t think I’d use it again after the trauma I had with it, but the other day I must have been feeling favourable as I thought I’d use it as a nice base to Konad over.  I figured that it didn’t matter too much if it looked awful after application as I’d be covering it with Konad anyway.  So I went for it!  And I’m glad I did.  Here’s the finished result

George Streamer, Konad Blue Special Polish, M24

George Streamer, Konad Blue Special Polish, M24

 

These are full sunlight pictures but they were taken indoors!  I don’t know if I mentioned in my very brief previous post that we have been having new windows fitted this week, and we’ve gone from horrid old single glazed windows which have been in for years and years, with rotten wooden frames complete with peeling paint and a lifetime of dust around them, to beautiful new double glazed unit with lovely whic UPVC frames, and the house seems so much lighter!  The downside is, my house has been a state, all dusty etc for the last 5 days, I’ve been washing my hands and doing washing up etc a LOT because of the dust and my hands are now a dry, cracked, injured mess,  which you’ll see in the next post.

 

Thanks for reading!  😀

 

Swatch – Button Moon July 15, 2009

Firstly, thank you all so much for your lovely comments on my wedding pictures!  It’s always nice to hear that your wedding dress is beautiful, and that you look like a great couple, so thank you!

Last night I swatched Button Moon.  I had received some Fimo Fruits from Ebay and really wanted to try them and it was a choice between Button Moon, BMX Bandit or Hoola Hoop for my base colour, and my lovely husband made the choice of Button Moon for me.  Unfortunately, I don’t have any pictures of it ‘naked’ as it were, because as soon as the second coat started to go tacky I pressed the fruit slices into it. 

Application wasn’t as bad as I expected, maybe I’m getting used to cremes now, I just slop a big glob on there and sort of push it around my nail with the brush, rather than brushing it on.  It does mean there’s usually some clean-up to be done though and you don’t get a tidy like around the cuticle, as you’ll see from my pictures. 

Inside Under artificial light

Inside Under artificial light

Inside under artificial light again

Inside under artificial light again

Outdoors, overcast

Outdoors, overcast

Outdoors, overcast again, (those black lines on the middle nail and my fingers are cat hairs as my friend Pebbles wanted in on the action!)

Outdoors, overcast again, (those black lines on the middle nail and my fingers are cat hairs as my friend Pebbles wanted in on the action!)

It is VERY like Streamer by George at Asda, in fact here is a picure of them side by side:

Streamer and Button Moon

Streamer and Button Moon

Button Moon is a more aqua green that Streamer, which reminds me of a chalky colour.  Like hospital walls or something.  (I’ve never seen a hospital with walls that colour, it’s just the association I have!)

I’m a bit tired of cremes at the moment so I may hold off swatching any more of the Hot Looks (and I still have Barry M Green Glitter to swatch too), I fancy some China Glaze OMG I think 🙂

 

Thanks for reading 😀

 

Swatch/Review – George at Asda, Streamer June 27, 2009

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Ok so yesterday my long suffering (but very wonderful) husband let me finall buy a couple of new bottles of polish.  I’ve been on a bit of a nail polish embargo since I bought the Konad Pro Salon Kit (even though it was kind of a business expense) but we were shopping yesterday and we went into the Asda At Home superstore, and I saw their own brand (George) of nail polish.  They are only £1.48 a bottle (although only 5ml bottles) so I thought, why not!  He let me buy two colours, one is a beautiful mint green creme, called Streamer, and the other is a midnight blue/purple duotone (well it looks duo in the bottle) called Indigo Dazzle.

So I’ve just sat down to start a nice new mani with Streamer and so far, I’m NOT impressed at all.  The polish is quick dry and it is an absolute nightmare to apply.  You know sometimes when your base coat isn’t quite dry enough and your first colour coat kind of snags on it and you can’t paint it on properly?  Well this is like that.  Unless you have a huge glob of paint on the brush (ie dip it right into the bottle and take it back out with no wiping) it is impossible to apply – once it hits the nail it becomes very difficult to move it around the nails.  I will put some first coat pics up.  I’ve got streaks and snags and it’s all over my cuticles and fingers.  It’s also going to be on so thickly that I can’t see it staying chip free for my usual two days between manis.  Here are some pictures taken with the first coat…

I’m a little happier with it after the second coat but it still looks like someone who has never painted their nails before has done so, and with their eyes closed! 

^It’s a bit blurry but this is two coats, you can see there it hasn’t quite dragged to the very tip of the nail on my index finger.  (That crack on my middle finger is a major bend in my nail – I have no idea how I did it, it happened before my last mani (the Hello Sailor/Black daisies in the previous post) but it wasn’t visible through the polish, whereas it is now 😦 )

^My little finger on my right hand is probably the one with the best application.

Overall, this is a beautiful colour, and the price is great even if it is only for a dinky 5ml bottle (which would normally not be so bad, but the amount you have to slap on to get even a half decent coverage/application means it won’t last too long!) but I was very unimpressed with the application.  It will definitely need Konading.  I hope the Indigo Dazzle is better.  Maybe it’s just because this one is a creme….I have high hopes for the Indigo Dazzle, I’ll use that one next.  I’m off to Konad over this now!