More goodies from my Polish Picking Princess. The pink ICING magnetix nail polish, I talked about the blue one here. There are no words, this is divine.
In the bottle, this is a shimmery dusky pink. Its a good formula with just the right amount of thickness. On the nail its very similar, then you use a magnet to give the pattern. And BOOM! Glittery goodness! I bought a little magnet device of eBay for 99p, it has three designs, lines of two varieties and a star (which is what I was lemming for). It took an age to get here from Hong Kong, but the magnet was good and strong. I placed my finger in the holder on the second coat, then quickly placed the magnet over the top. If you adjust it right you don’t get the magnet into contact with the nails. This is much better and faster than using the lid of the polishes. And I love the star pattern.
ICING is a North American brand that you can get in the US and Canada. If you have a Polish Picking Princess, she might be nice and send you some.
I simply adore magnetic nail varnish, I think its very clever and provides a simple and easily achieve nail art look. Since they first started to trickle into the UK I began to watch with envy what became available across the pond in the US. Thankfully, a polish picking princess came to my rescue and provide me with some of the 4 ICING MAGENTIX nail polishes that have been on many a US blog, see The PolishAholic
There are many pics above, firstly of my growing collection and then a look at the colours that might be the same. Thankfully, having compared them all, I can say that they colours are different. The ICING ones have glitter in them and the 17/FashionistA ones are shimmery with no glitter.
So we can all breathe a sigh of relief that I have no duplicates and can justify keeping them all!
In terms of formula, I’ve previously posted about the red FashionistA Magnetic Nail polish, but the ICING one was quite thick. It wasn’t helped by the fact the brush was a bit wonky. Once I had figured out how to used the brush I could put on one fairly thick coat followed swiftly by the magnet, one nail at a time. The wavy magnetic with the ICING ones is lovely, I couldn’t get a clear pic, but again you can see the effect very clearly on The PolishAholic. The magnetic worked very well, I was pleased with it.
For great troubleshooting tips, check out Scrangie’s trouble shooting guide.
In the UK you can get your magnetic nail polish from Nails Inc, 17 for Boots and FashionistA in SuperDrug. China Glaze now also do a range available online. Icing is a US and Canada based store that does much more than polish.
I know magnetic nail polishes seem to have died a bit of a death, but this polish and this colour, reminded me of how impactful they can still be. This is one of the new range from SuperDrug, plugged by girl band The Saturdays. They retail at £6 WITHOUT a magnetic lid. You want a magnet, that’s another £3 to you and me. Now to my eye, these bottles, colour and formula look exceptionally similar to the ones from 17 in Boots. However, those in Boots come with a magnetic cap and are £5.99. If you remember, you can also get them from Nails Inc, and they seem to be the only one doing Gold***. Anyway, I digress…
This was a Christmas present from my mum, who knows I adore anything red and was quite taken with the magnetic polishes. As before, my biggest challenge was getting the magnet over the nail quickly and then not getting distracted in the 60 seconds it takes for the pattern to hold. If I got distracted then the magnet came into contact with the nail and I had to do that nail over again.
I got tonnes of comments on how nice my nails looked, tonnes. I counted at least 6 before I removed it. People loved the colour, and to be honest, the effect looks AMAZING on the red. As with all magnetic polishes it dries very quickly. I applied one thick coat, went over it twice and then applied the magnet. It also helps if you centre the magnet well so you don’t get stripes only on one side of the nail. Oh no, that won’t do at all. But once you get the hang of it, its great, quick and easy if you do one nail at a time. Once again I put on a thick layer of top coat for a bit more durability and a little bit more shine!
***So, before posting this post, I went onto the Nails Inc website and looked at their magnetic polishes, there is no longer a gold. There is a silver, purple and a NEW! Teal one. Then I googled them and found a RASPBERRY PINK one from Very! And all I was looking for was a new magnet that provided something other than a wave pattern!
I’ve been bitten by the new nail trend – magnetic nail polish. I’m completely suckered in by the fact it moves to make these lovely swirls and lines, if you are very lucky you can actually watch it move!
I have bought the four available from 17, from my nearest humungous Boots, but there are various makes and multiple reviews out there, such as Nails Inc, LCN who seem to be US based and the lovely looking Layla Magnetic, here reviewed by Michelle at All Lacquered Up. On having had a look about what is available to us girls in the UK, I have noted (and I’m sure I am not alone, at the similarity between the Nails Inc bottles and those from 17. Considering the former retails at £13 and the latter at £5.99, I’ll leave it to you to make your mind up!
Plus, a quick google and a look on Pampered & Polished reveals that Superdrug are off into the Magnetic Polish line too…. great colours!
I do find it quite tricky to get the polish on and then hold the magnet over it. I have noticed that if you put the coats on too thick, the polish is actually pulled towards the magnet and can leave a rather noticeable bump. Having done this twice now, I think its best to do one coat on all the nails and then do a second followed by the magnet almost instantly. Patience and practice ladies will be needed!
Magnetic Nails Try 1 - This is 17 Magnetic Nails in Silver
On the baking front I have also been rather busy. After last weekend Coca Cola Cupcakes, I made a Chocolate and Banana bread, which was divine. I am now, however, hooked on the beautiful baking goddess that is Lorraine Pascal and I am just about to start on her marshmallow fudge recipe. Plus her new Home Cooking Made Easy Book looks to DIE FOR! I’ll post pics and a receipe overview in my next post.