Monday, 20 May 2013

Swatch Round Up: Models Own Splash Collection

I promise I'll stop posting about the Splash collection after this post - I know I had a bit of a day yesterday posting all five swatches of the polishes... but I thought it would be good to do a little round-up post with all the swatches in one place - and a few photos of them over black (which is how I'm wearing them at the moment and is definitely my favourite way to wear them).

Models Own Splash Collection Swatch

Models Own Splash Collection Swatch

Models Own Splash Collection Swatch

Models Own Splash Collection Swatch

So, in summary:

Formula: jelly-like (not gelly-like) - a little difficult to paint on smoothly, flakes need quite a bit of arrangement.
Flakes: pretty colours! A variety of shapes and sizes, a mixture of colours in each Splash.
Colours: Red Sea looks fine without a coloured base, but all the others really need some sort of colour underneath them as they're so translucent. My recommendation for a base colour is definitely black because it shows up the colours of the flakes best.

And here are the photos (click them to link to the swatch post):

Models Own Mermaid Tears Splash Swatch

Models Own Aqua Splash Splash Swatch

Models Own Pink Paradise Splash Swatch

Models Own Golden Shore Splash Swatch

Models Own Red Sea Splash Swatch

Do you like the look of the Splash collection? Will you be heading to the Models Own Bottleshop at Westfield or their website to pick some up? On the website they're £20 for the collection with free p&p, at the Bottleshop you can pick up six polishes for £20.

Sunday, 19 May 2013

Swatch: Aqua Splash Models Own Splash Collection

Fifth and final post of the day - the last of the Models Own Splash polishes swatches. This one is Aqua Splash, a pretty turquoise flakey.  Like the Mermaid Tears, it looks stunning in the bottle - but just doesn't have much colour in the base of the polish, so it looks best over a coloured base.  Again, formula is just like the other splashes.

Again I put it over various colours - which I've labelled on the photos below. On all but the naked nails I used two coats of Aqua Splash.  The neon blue was Models Own Hed Kandi Balearic Cool, naked was nothing on my nail, white was Models Own Snow White, black was Models Own Black Magic, baby purple was Models Own Blueberry Muffin.

Yet again I think it shows up the best and prettiest over the black base.

Models Own Splash Aqua Splash

Models Own Splash Aqua Splash

Models Own Splash Aqua Splash

Models Own Splash Aqua Splash

Click here for Red Sea, here for Golden Shore, here for Pink Paradise and here for Mermaid Tears swatches.

So, now all the swatches are up - which is your favourite?

Swatch: Mermaid Tears Models Own Splash Collection

Fourth post today! Penultimate Splash swatch... sort of. I have one more full swatch (of Aqua Splash) to come, but then I'll do a round-up post after that too.  This one is Mermaid Tears - what looks like a purple flakey.  In the bottle it's a gorgeously translucent purple with blue flakes... but on the nail it's rather different and hasn't got nearly as much of the pigmentation that it does in the bottle.  Formula is the same as all the others.

Again I put it over various colours - which I've labelled on the photos below. On all but the naked nails I used two coats of Mermaid Tears.  The neon purple was Models Own Pukka Purple, naked was nothing on my nail, white was Models Own Snow White, black was Models Own Black Magic, baby purple was Models Own Grape Juice.

Once again I think this one looks best over the black polish, but I also love it over the neon purple.  It definitely doesn't look great on its own (in my opinion!)

Models Own Splash Mermaid Tears

Models Own Splash Mermaid Tears

Models Own Splash Mermaid Tears

Models Own Splash Mermaid Tears

Click here for Red Sea, here for Golden Shore, here for Pink Paradise swatches.

How do you like this Splash polish?

Swatch: Red Sea Models Own Splash Collection

Third post today! I thought I'd get all the Splash swatches up.  This one is Red Sea - unsurprisingly, a red flakey glitter polish.  Again, the formula was similar to all the other Splashes - a bit jelly-like a tricky to work with.  This red one does, however, have proper colour in its base and works quite well on its own (which the purple and blue don't).  The flakes in it, as you can see below, are red and purpley.

I wanted to see what it looked like over various colours - so I have labelled them on the photos below.  On all but the naked nails I used two coats of Red Sea.  The neon red was Models Own Pink Punch, naked was nothing on my nail, white was Models Own Snow White, black was Models Own Black Magic, red was Models Own Raspberry Crush.

Again I think my favourite nail was the one over the black polish, but it looks pretty good over the Raspberry Crush too.

Models Own Red Sea Splash

Models Own Red Sea Splash

Models Own Red Sea Splash

Models Own Red Sea Splash

Click here for the Golden Shore swatch and here for the Pink Paradise swatch.

Which is your favourite Splash so far? Will you be buying them?


Swatch: Pink Paradise Models Own Splash Collection

Second post in one day! Here's the next one of the more detailed swatches of the new Models Own Splash Collection glitter polishes.  This one is the pinky one.  As I said in my post on the orange Golden Shore, the formula of these polishes is a bit tricky to work with. It's quite jelly-like (though not like a gelly polish, I mean like actual jelly) and therefore it can flood the cuticles a bit - the glitter is also a bit of a nuisance to arrange, sometimes you get lots on the brush, sometimes not - which means that you may have to do three or so coats to get full coverage.  The glitter is 'hand cut' and so there are a variety of sizes - some pieces are quite large and like to stick up from the nail.  Top coat is a good idea! Drying didn't happen very quickly and even with a quick dry top coat my nails felt a bit tacky for the rest of the day.

I wanted to see what it looked like over various colours - so I have labelled them on the photos below.  On all but the naked nails I used two coats of Pink Paradise.  The neon pink was Models Own Bubblegum, naked was with nothing on my nail, white was Models Own Snow White, black was Models Own Black Magic, baby pink was Models Own Strawberry Tart.

I really like the look of Pink Paradise over black - it's quite different from Golden Shore as it has a really fine micro glitter in the polish which the orange one doesn't.  


Models Own Splash Pink Paradise

Models Own Splash Pink Paradise

Models Own Splash Pink Paradise

Models Own Splash Pink Paradise

Click here for the Golden Shore swatch and here for the Red Sea swatch.

Which one is your favourite?  Will you be trying out any of the Splash collection?

Swatch: Golden Shore Models Own Splash Collection

A little later than promised, but here's the first of the more detailed swatches of the new Models Own Splash Collection glitter polishes.  I'm starting with the orangey one, Golden Shore.  As I said in my first brief swatch post of the Splashes, the formula of these polishes is a bit tricky to work with. It's quite jelly-like (though not like a gelly polish, I mean like actual jelly) and therefore it can flood the cuticles a bit - the glitter is also a bit of a nuisance to arrange, sometimes you get lots on the brush, sometimes not - which means that you may have to do three or so coats to get full coverage.

I wanted to see what it looked like over various colours - so I have labelled them on the photos below.  On all but the naked nails I used two coats of Golden Shore.  The neon orange was Nails Inc Westbourne Grove, naked was with nothing on my nail, white was Models Own Snow White, black was Models Own Black Magic, baby pink was Models Own Strawberry Tart.

As you can see best from the black nail, the 'hand cut' glitter comes in a variety of shapes and sizes.  As you can see from the neon nail, some of the glitter likes to stick up - and can be difficult to smooth even with top coat!

Models Own Splash Golden Shore

Models Own Splash Golden Shore

Models Own Splash Golden Shore

Models Own Splash Golden Shore

Click here for the Pink Paradise swatch and here for the Red Sea swatch.

I think my favourite is over black - which one do you like best?

Friday, 17 May 2013

Swatch: Models Own Splash Collection

Last weekend Models Own brought out their new collection - the Splash collection, which they describe as "A completely unique glide-on glitter in gleaming jewel shades.  Inspired by the sea and distant shores, this pretty collection will have you dreaming of summer haze and tropical sun - each polish contains 5 different chunky hand-cut glitters that are guaranteed to glisten, sparkle and refract the light".  And so, being a Models Own addict, I had to order myself some as soon as they were available on the website on Monday morning! I've not seen many swatches around on the internet yet, so I thought I ought to put that right! I didn't have a huge amount of time to do proper swatches, so all I've got here I'm afraid is the polishes over the Models Own Ice Neons (I'm going to do full and proper ones on Saturday).

Models Own Splash Collection

So, the formula. I feel I have to say something about it because I think people are going to comment on it - usually Models Own polishes go on super easily and you can be done with about two coats.  Unfortunately that doesn't seem to be the case with the Splashes.  It's quite a gelatinous formula and the glitter really is chunky - and so the glitter is rather tricky to arrange on the nail.  It certainly does sparkle though! In terms of colour, in the bottles the polishes look gorgeously bright... but if you wear them on naked nails with no base colour, they are so sheer that I reckon it's going to be at least 3 coats before you get colour close to the bottles (with the exception of Red Sea).  However, I'll save all of that until Saturday when I do proper swatches of them over different bases.

Below I've just done each of the Splashes over their Ice Neon colour counterpart (with the exception of the orange because I don't have the Hed Kandi one, so it's Nails Inc Westbourne Grove).  I topped them all with No 7 Stay Perfect (though the glitter is still sticking up even with two top coats!)

Orange - Golden Shore (over Nails Inc Westbourne Grove)
Purple - Mermaid Tears (over Ice Neon Pukka Purple)
Red - Red Sea (over Ice Neon Pink Punch)
Blue - Aqua Splash (over Hed Kandi Balearic Cool)

Pink - Pink Paradise (over Ice Neon Bubblegum)


Models Own Splash Collection


Models Own Splash Collection

Models Own Splash Collection

Models Own Splash Collection


Models Own Splash Collection

Models Own Splash Collection

Have you got any of the Splashes yet? Which is your favourite? Will you be getting some?

Thursday, 16 May 2013

Inspiration: The Great Gatsby Nail Art and Summer at Bluebird, Chelsea

The new Great Gatsby film is everywhere at the moment and roaring 20s seems to be the look a lot of people are trying to emulate. Last night I was lucky enough to go to the Bluebird Cafe in Chelsea, where they were having a themed party to welcome in the summer - and yes, the theme was the roaring 20s. [See bottom of post for photos of the party!]  In honour of the occasion (and partly because I didn't have anything flapperish to wear), I decided to try out some Gatsby-inspired nail art.  I did one a couple of days ago with a gold Sharpie pen, but frankly by the end of the day it just looked a bit rubbish (see bottom of this post for a pic of it at the beginning of the day). I used hairspray to set the pen, then coated it with Seche Vite and I think it was the combination that caused major peeling.

Anyway, the next night I decided I'd go on a different tack and tried to do a striping mani, like The Nailasaurus' one, which is completely stunning! However, I just do not know how she did it - I tried doing a design with tape, but the small pieces got stuck under the polish and I wasn't sure how to get them up (please, if you know, leave me a comment below!) Instead, I plumped for simply sticking gold tape (from eBay) down on a Models Own Black Magic background for my index finger.



On my middle finger I just used the black Models Own nail art pen with the striper brush; on my ring finger I used silver glequins from Born Pretty Store and a striper brush to paint on the silver leaves (Butter London Diamond Geezer).  The base for the gold nails was Barry M Gold Foil, with a coat of Butter London West End Wonderland over the top. Over the top of all of them I used No 7 Stay Perfect, which is literally my favourite top coat at the moment - it dries quickly AND it is great at staying chip free.

Butter London Diamond Geezer

Butter London West End Wonderland




And here is my inspiration...

My slightly rubbish Sharpie pen version - it didn't look too bad from a distance!!

As I said above, here are some photos of the fantastic evening hosted by Bluebird and Moet - I even got to hang out with the amazing wedding planners Liesl Lamare and Mimi Zouch of Zouch & Lamare and the extremely talented jewellery designer Lulu of Lulu Kachoo.

Moet and the Gatsby nails in action

Desserts galore!

Liesl, Lulu and Mimi looking stunning in their 20s outfits


Have you seen the Great Gatsby yet? Are you looking forward to it? What about some Gatsby inspired nail art?