[19 Feb 2014 | No Comment | 790 views]
Let’s Talk About Naturistics

Naturistics was a brand that I never actually saw myself actively collecting, but somehow I have amassed a huge amount of them. My collection generally consists of the bolder and more daring colours – brights and glitters and things that weren’t as common in the nail polish world when the brand was in their prime. Kind of like my Sally Hansen collection, which makes sense since both brands are/were owned by Del Laboratories. My first foray into the Naturistics world was about six years ago when I made it my mission to find Crystal Blue Pearl. Yes, ladies and gents […]

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Motivational »

[12 Jun 2013 | 5 Comments | 907 views]

Today is not a good day. Well not so far anyway. I’m tired, I have a sinus headache and all I want to do is sleep. I’ve found myself in that boat a lot since the weather started to get colder. Sick enough to register that I am sick but not technically sick enough to stay in bed and fight it, low on energy and enthusiasm, a little depressed… I could go on, but I won’t. This post has a point, I swear. So you’re probably thinking, Kaz, you have tagged this as a motivational post and all you’ve done […]

Saturday Swatch Party, Vintage »

[11 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 907 views]
Saturday Swatch Party

Another week of recycled swatches, I know, I’m sorry. I’m going to try and start swatching the incredible backlog of unswatched polishes I have in the drawer in my study this week and hopefully I’ll have something new for you then. Although, Pretty Serious is turning one on Tuesday and we have some new polishes on sale at the end of the week, so It’s going to be a busy one! Here are some swatches I prepared earlier. Savvy Black Martini, L’oreal Magic Croisette Sally Hansen Magical Amethyst, LA Girls Metal Alkaline Blue Bloody Mary Goth Green, L’oreal Laquiresist Ocean […]

Shoesday »

[7 May 2013 | 3 Comments | 575 views]
Shoesday: Polish and Heels. Could This Be Heaven?

Those of you who know me know that there are a few core interests that pretty much define me as a person. My love of terrible b-movies. My love for pop culture t-shirts. Of course, my love of polish. AND especially my love of shoes. I’m getting married in September (holy crap less than five months to go!) so the purchase of new foot holders has been temporarily put on the back burner. But that doesn’t mean I can’t look. So off to Pinterest I go! A lot of people like to match their shoes with a bag or some […]

Saturday Swatch Party, Vintage »

[4 May 2013 | 2 Comments | 762 views]
Saturday Swatch Party

So… long time no see. I think I want to give this blogging thing a crack again. No promises, but what better way to kickstart things than with a Saturday Swatch Party!? These are older swatches, but hey I haven’t blogged in forever so they might be new to some people. Revlon Magical, OPI Swimsuit, Nailed It! Revlon Mesmerized, Sinful Colors Color Scare Color Club Ruby Slippers, Savvy Green Tea Martini Petites Daze, China Glaze Riveting Guppy Sanding Fruit Extract 13, Depend 313 Calvin Klein Madly Mauve, Ulta3 Enchanted Kick it! Happy weekend everyone!

Saturday Swatch Party, Vintage »

[9 Feb 2013 | One Comment | 955 views]
Saturday Swatch Party

Man have I missed the ol’ Saturday Swatch Party! Today I’m channelling my inner four year old – this swatch party is all about PINK! I don’t own a huge amount of pink polish, but I love the ones I own so I hope you enjoy! Urban Decay Big Bang, Creative Kitten Has Claws H&M Sinful Senorita, Zoya Anaka Creative Pulse, Revlon Enchanted Nails Inc Shoreditch, Chanel Palpitant Sally Hansen Hot Date, Zoya Reece Goldie Unnamed, Mode Love Me Oh look it’s me before lunchtime. Happy weekend everyone!

Helmer Count, Vintage »

[9 Feb 2013 | 2 Comments | 867 views]
30 Drawers in 30 Days – Day 10

By the Power of Grayskull, I will finish this damn series if it kills me. It’s been a while but today I’m picking up where we left off with my tenth helmer drawer, aka drawer four in Helmer number two. Today’s drawer contains my Milani, Orly and Misa polishes. Click Swatch For Larger Pic 46. ORLY FLICKER YEAR: 2012 AVAILABILITY: CURRENTLY AVAILABLE I get a real nailboner for these sorts of rusty orange shades. I’ve probably got at least twenty of them but that didn’t stop me diving right on Orly Flicker when I spotted it at a trade show […]

Daily Swatch, Vintage »

[23 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 786 views]
Daily Swatch: Versace V2045W (82145)

I still sigh dreamily to myself when I look at this polish, even though I have owned it for close to five years now. When I purchased this back in 2008, it cost me mere pocket change from a discount beauty chain. Now these are as rare as some of my most lusted after wishlist items. I spent such a long time looking for that “perfect purple”. Something that wasn’t too blue, wasn’t too red and applied like a dream. This folks, is it. Man I wish I’d bought a backup – or ten.

Daily Swatch, Vintage »

[22 Jan 2013 | One Comment | 699 views]
Daily Swatch: Revlon Streetwear Grinch

There’s just something otherworldly about this polish. I know what you’re thinking – it’s just a green glitter in a clear base. And while yes, you are correct, at the same time I think it’s so much more. The size, density and shade of the glitter are all perfect. It glows. It’s bottles like this that make me sad that the Streetwear line was discontinued.

Daily Swatch, Vintage »

[21 Jan 2013 | 3 Comments | 1,104 views]
Daily Swatch: Sally Hansen Prisms Ruby Emerald

I was really hoping that when Sally Hansen announced their Luster Chrome line that we’d see shades as beautiful as this long discontinued prism, but alas it wasn’t to happen. Ruby Emerald is almost a dupe for the much loved OPI La Boheme. Unfortunately though, they’re both as HTF as each other.

In Search Of »

[1 Jan 2013 | 13 Comments | 3,406 views]
Top Ten Polishes I Hope To Find in 2013

Wow, this post series is becoming sort of a staple here at ol’ Pretty Random. This blog will turn five (!!) next year, and I’ve done posts for 2010, 2011 and 2012 – and I’ve had successes from all the lists. So what they hey? There’s still plenty of pretty on my must find lists so why not continue the trend! Before I begin my new list, I would like to take a look over what I did manage to pick up in the last twelve months. 2012 was a slow year in terms of polish acquisition compared to the […]

Helmer Count, Vintage »

[10 Dec 2012 | 8 Comments | 1,003 views]
30 Drawers in 30 Days – 9th November

Today’s drawer is where I keep my Models Own, Nfu-Oh, CND, Sephora OPI, Nicoles and those little Hot Topic bottles with the skulls on them. I was surprised by some of the colours I found in this drawer. I also discovered I have a habit of buying green Nicole shades at Christmas. I’m really enjoying this opportunity to go through my Helmers and revisit some forgotten faves. Click Swatch For Larger Pic 41. Nfu-Oh 125 YEAR: 2008 AVAILABILITY: Still Available Nfu-Oh 125 is a gorgeous sheer chartreuse shade that can be built to opacity. I picked up 121-125 (all green) […]

Helmer Count, Vintage »

[7 Dec 2012 | 6 Comments | 955 views]
30 Drawers in 30 Days – 8th November

Today’s drawer is where I keep my modest little Essie collection, my Icings, My Claire’s and my BB Couture stash. I thought my Essie stash was larger but what I have only takes up a few rows in the Helmer drawer. I found some interesting polishes in this lot, and a few that I had completely forgotten that I owned. Click Swatch For Larger Pic 36. Essie Viva La Vespa YEAR: 2003 AVAILABILITY: VHTF I’m guestimating on the year here, but I can’t find any reviews or info on this polish prior to 2003 so I’m thinking that’s the year. […]

Helmer Count, Vintage »

[6 Dec 2012 | 7 Comments | 908 views]
30 Drawers in 30 Days – 7th November

Now we’re getting into the juicy stuff! Today’s drawer is where I keep my Wet & Wild and Cutex! I have some REALLY old and interesting stuff in these drawers – even some shades I’d forgotten I owned! This drawer is packed to the brim so I really have no idea what I’m going to do if I ever get any more of these (and let’s face it, I know I will!). I’m really thinking it might be time to rethink this self imposed six helmer limit! But enough of that, here’s what I have dug out for you today! […]

Helmer Count »

[15 Nov 2012 | 3 Comments | 1,041 views]
30 Drawers in 30 Days – 6th November

Today’s drawer is my Zoya and Color Club drawer and I gotta tell you, I had a blast picking through these. A lot of them I had forgotten that I even owned! While my Zoya collection is fairly decent, my Color Club collection is pretty small, but I love the ones I have. Zoya in particular is a brand that I love for a number of reasons, the first being that they rarely discontinue anything (a practice I am hoping to maintain with Pretty Serious) and also the fact that it started as a one woman show who just wanted […]

Aussie »

[14 Nov 2012 | 9 Comments | 729 views]
A Pretty Serious Sneak Peek for World Diabetes Day

I’m taking a break in being behind on my Helmer count posts to post something a little different today. Some of you may not be aware, but the 14th of November is World Diabetes Day, a day when Diabetes charities and organisations around the world band together to help raise awareness for this life changing disease. I was contacted by Pretty Random reader and loyal Pretty Serious customer, Hannah, who told me about her brave young daughter Rae who has been diagnosed with Type 1 Diabetes. Rae loves reading our blogs along with her Mum and enjoys having her nails […]

Helmer Count, Vintage »

[13 Nov 2012 | 8 Comments | 1,194 views]
30 Drawers in 30 Days – 5th November

Today’s helmer drawer is OPI. You’d think that as someone with such a large stash that I would have more than one drawer of OPI, but nope. And this one isn’t even full. I’ve never been too sold on the OPI hype train, and I prefer to think of my collection as more of a “greatest hits” to paraphrase my friend Emma, than a comprehensive collection. I’ve picked out five shades today for various reasons, and I hope you enjoy them. Click Swatch For Larger Pic 21. OPI Swimsuit… Nailed It! YEAR: 2011 (Miss Universe) AVAILABILITY: Discontinued I picked this […]

Helmer Count, Vintage »

[11 Nov 2012 | 9 Comments | 1,099 views]
30 Drawers in 30 Days – 4th November

The second of my Revlon drawers isn’t quite full but I definitely found some interesting stuff inside! Here are the five shades I’ve selected from this drawer to share with you today. Click Swatch For Larger Pic 16. Revlon Magical YEAR: 2003 (Prismagic) AVAILABILITY: Discontinued/Rare I’ve had this polish a LONG time. I think it was one of the first things I ever remember photographing (badly) on my nails. It was part of the Prismagic collection from 2003 along with Crystal Ball, Levitate and Potion (the only one of the three I don’t have). It’s a vibrant blue with a […]

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