NOTD | An Amorous Disposition by Arcane Lacquer

The long awaited Spring is finally here, although the weather has been crazy lately, with the whole tornado scare just a few days ago, definitely Melbourne weather at its finest.

Anyway, since it’s the beginning of Spring, I picked a colour that’s pretty weather appropriate for once, and it’s an Australian indie! I love supporting indie creators, but sometimes it’s just hard to be willing to fork out all that money on international shipping you know? So when’s it’s a local artist, it’s pretty much a win-win. Anyway, the polish is by Arcane Lacquer, and it’s called An Amorous Disposition, the name reminds me of Sweet Disposition haha.

It’s a beautiful magenta jelly filled with black and silver micro glitters, does it remind anyone else of dragon fruit? I was going through a stage where I had to slap a matte topcoat on everything because my Poshe one got all goopy and I haven’t gotten around to ordering a new bottle yet. But I do love putting a matte topcoat over a glitter polish, it transforms the whole thing!

I love how this is sort of understated but attention grabbing at the same time!

Where to buy:
Arcane Lacquer can be purchased on its website, where international stocklist is listed too.

NOTD | Ciaté Sugar Plum and PolishMeSilly Lite Brite

One coat of Lite Brite over Sugar Plum, with Matte about You over the top

Since Spring is officially here, with the temperatures reaching 30s already (what is this), I decided it’s time to whip out the pastels!

Sugar Plum by Ciaté is a pastel purple, but it’s not super stark like Essie Lilacism or something like that. It’s leaning towards pink, but still does definitely look purple on the nails – can I get anymore convoluted? Anyway, formula wise this was good, two coats was all I needed.

You know that awkward stage when your topcoat is all gooey and gross, but your new bottle hasn’t arrived yet? Well I was going through that, and so I had to matte everything, and I can’t just matte a pastel, what’s the fun in that? So naturally, I chucked some multi-coloured glitter on top. Lite Brite by PolishMeSilly had a good mix of blue, red, yellow, purple, pink, orange glitter in mainly two sizes, and the bigger glitters did take a bit of fishing. There was also some good amount of silver micro glitters in the mix. Unfortunately I think this polish is not stocked anymore, but there are plenty of rainbow glitters out there nowadays, I’m sure you’ll find something!

After adding the matte topcoat – I used Essie Matte about You, I was done for the day, and this actually lasted a good seven days surprisingly! I always thought matte top coats won’t last as long, but guess I was wrong.

Where to buy:
Ciaté can be found in Mecca, and Lite Brite has been discontinued unfortunately, but PolishMeSilly polishes can be purchased from their Etsy shop.

NOTD | Sally Hansen Green with Envy & Polish Me Silly Salt n’ Peppa

Honestly can’t believe we’re already halfway through the year! Exams – or bajillion words essays in my case – are just around the corner, which means PROCRASTINATION TIME YAY not. I really shouldn’t procrastinate, but seriously, old habits die hard. I have two 2500 words essays due by the time this post is up, and thank God for that. I always leave things to the last minute, but I love just daydreaming about the time when everything’s done LOL, great use of my time I know.
2 coats of Salt n’ Peppa over 3 coats of Green with Envy w/ Topcoat

Because Winter is here, I picked out a vibrant green polish to lighten up the mood a little. I’m quite fond of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear line, there are some staples, along with some more interesting colours. Green with Envy is a bright pastel light lime green, that’s a lot of adjectives I know, but seriously, it’s a really unique green! It’s not quite as yellow toned as the photo in real life, and in certain lighting it looks like a straight up pastel green, but in natural lighting it is quite bright! I love unusual colours like this!

And because I have issues and just can’t leave a creme as is, I chucked some glitter on top to make it even whackier. I remember Salt n’ Peppa being one of my biggest lemmings when I first discovered the world of indie polish, and then when Polish Me Silly (they were still called Lush Lacquer at the time) came out with another amazing glitter (that I will feature soon I promise!) I finally bit the bullet and ordered from their Etsy shop. Then you know, life happened, and this polish just sat in my untrieds draw for two years, sad story. BUT the important thing is, I finally dug it out and tried it yay! Salt n’ Peppa is a mix of black, white and iridescent glitters in a clear base, making it the perfect glitter to put on top of any colour. The black and white glitters come in all shapes and forms – bar, big square, small square, hexagon, and the fine iridescent glitter stops it from becoming your run-of-the-mill black and white glitter. Because I had my bottle for quite a long time, I did have to use two coats to get a good glitter coverage, but if you just put the bottle upside down for a while (I had no patience for this), one coat should be plenty!

Hope you like this combo as much as I do, and just in cause you’re wondering, I have a total of 7 coats of nail polish on, and it actually doesn’t really bother me haha!

Where to buy:
I purchase my Sally Hansen polishes from Priceline, and Polish Me Silly polishes from their Etsy shop.

NOTD | Gloss ‘n Sparkle Antiquity

April is the worst month. Actually that’s a lie, June’s pretty bad too. And October, and November. Urgh, any time when I have more than three assignments due is a bad month in my book basically.

I went a whole month without painting my nails, simply because I didn’t have time T________T
Now that it’s colder in Melbourne – sort of, we still get weird warm days in between – I decided to whip out Antiquity, a bronzey-gold dense glitter polish.
3 Layers with Topcoat

Mmmmmm I love colours like this. This is a really unique polish, I think it has 6 different shades of bronze and gold finely milled glitters, which means that it’s super sparkly without being overly obnoxious.
I wanted something a little different but not overly complicated, so I went with the negative space nails that I’ve seen floating around instagram for a while now.
I used the Essence French tip guide stickers, applied it to the middle of my nails after applying a base coat, painted 3 coats of Antiquity, and peeled the stickers off while the polish was still wet.

What do you guys think? Is this a colour that you gravitate towards? Let me know in the comments below! 🙂

Where to buy:
Gloss ‘n Sparkle is an Australian indie brand, and can be found here if you live in Australia, alternatively, Mei Mei’s Signatures, Edgy Polish, Color4nails and Llarowe all ship worldwide!