Wednesday, October 21, 2015

Back to the Future NAIL POLISH: 88MPH from Pretty Serious

Hello everyone!

Today, October 21th 2015, Marty McFly and Dr. Emmett Brown travelled to the future, so it's a special day for us "Back to the Future" - fans, and I want to show you Pretty Serious "88MPH". I'm going to celebrate now, so I'll add more photos tomorrow.

I bought this nail polish only because of the name and because it was inspired by the DeLorean car that Doc builds into a time machine in the Back to the Future trilogy. It's from Pretty Serious, and it's called 88MPH. I had decided not to buy any textured polishes. But I love the polish. And it's definitely easier to wear than my Marty McFly cap...

I brought it with me last night... but didn't dare to wear it...   It really is a holographic cap. The color changes all the time, like the glitter in the polish.

88MPH is about 141,6 km/h. That's the speed they needed to make the car work as a time machine.

Here are some quotes from the first Back to the Future movie (from IMDB):

Marty McFly: Wait a minute, Doc. Ah... Are you telling me that you built a time machine... out of a DeLorean?
Dr. Emmett Brown: The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some style?

A little later:
Dr. Emmett Brown: If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit.

88MPH movie clip:

End of the first movie:
Marty McFly: Hey, Doc, we better back up. We don't have enough road to get up to 88.
Dr. Emmett Brown: Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.

About the nail polish:

So this is my first textured nail polish, and the first time my friends have asked if they can touch my nails. Lol! But I'm glad I bought it.

88 MPH is the second polish I show you from Pretty Serious' "Hit the Road" collection. A famous car inspired collection. As I wrote in the Hell On Wheels post, Pretty Serious is 3- free, vegan and cruelty- free. I'm not sure how to describe this polish. It's a textured, shiny, metallic with tiny holographic glitter. I expected the color to be like aluminum, like the car, but it's more like a silvery bronze. Or what do you think? But after seeing the first movie again, I was reminded that the car was covered by frost, and rebuilt, so the holo glitter and the way it looks makes sence. As you see on my nail length, I've been wearing it several times. The long nails are two coats, no top coat. And the shortest are with top coat, although it hardly shows on the photos. It took 2 coats of Pochè and 1 coat of Seche Vite to make a smooth surface.

The nail polish comes in this pretty box:

Pretty Serious is an Austrailian brand, but their products can be bought online from these stockists. Many of them have international shipping.

More about the movies:

My favourite scenes from the triology are when Marty wakes up, and every time he thinks he has had a horrible nightmare. Every time he hears his mother's voice, telling him that he is safe and sound, back in ... 1955, at the McFly farm, and so on... And Marty understands where and when he is.

Here are two clips from the first movie:

Here is the text from the first YouTube scene (copied from IMDB), for those of you who want to translate it:

[Marty wakes up in Lorraine's bed]
Marty McFly: Mom. That you?
Lorraine Baines: There, there, now. Just relax.
[pats a damp cloth on Marty's forehead]
Lorraine Baines: You've been asleep for almost nine hours now.
Marty McFly: I had a horrible nightmare. I dreamed that I went... back in time. It was terrible.
Lorraine Baines: Well, you're safe and sound now, back in good old 1955.
Marty McFly: [opens his eyes wide] 1955?

I laugh every time Marty wakes up in the movies. Lol.

Marty McFly: Calvin? Wh... Why do you keep calling me Calvin?
Lorraine Baines: Well, that is your name, isn't it? Calvin Klein? It's written all over your underwear.

If I knew you all had seen these Back to the Future movies, I would have showed you more clips, and told you more. If you haven't seen them, I hope you do, and that you'll enjoy them as much as I do. I would recommend to see them all on one weekend, or over three days or something, so that you remember the details. Because that's one of the things that's so fantastic in these movies. And you will see the same scene from different angles, depending on who's perspective we view it from, and also the same place at different times. I also love to see the same actors in the different eras, so it's sad that the actress who plays Marty's girlfriend and the actor who plays his father couldn't be in the second and third movie. But it's amazing to see the actors we first meet as Marty, Biff and Lorraine in the different eras. I could go on talking about these movies for days...

What do you think about this polish? And what do you think of the movie(s)?

I've been a fan of Back to The Future for a long time, and now I'm a fan of Pretty Serious too. I've tried a few of their polishes, and love them all, although I haven't showed them on the blog yet. You've already seen the red Hell on Wheels that I won in Norway Nails giveaway. I also love the purple "Into Dreams" and "Lacy Underthings".

If you want to buy the cap and the photos, try eBay.

Do you have any Back to the Future inspired nail polishes? I'm going to find out more about Indigo Bananas Great Scott.


Tuesday, May 5, 2015


Hello everyone!

I've been thinking about installing CommentLuv for a long time. And now, after a lot of help, it should be installed. If it works, it will allow you to comment together with a backlink to your latest blogpost. If I've done everything correctly, it should work for this and future blog posts.

If you are on Blogger and want to do it too, here is the "How to" link I used:

Thank you KarenD/ Frazzle and Aniploish for answering my question and giving me the link! ♥


Sunday, April 26, 2015

Happy Penguin Day!

I'm wearing Ellagee "Lady Penguinia" this year.

The polish came with a little bag of silver holographic penguin and seashell glitter. Each glitter is very soft and thin and easy to use. Lady Penguinia is a Norway Nails exclusive. I used 2 coats here, and one coat of HK Girl top coat under and over the glitter.

You can click on the links below to see my penguin nails from 2012 and 2014:

Emperors on the left hand, and Adelie Penguins on the right, in "Antarctic surroundings"

Freehand penguin nails inspired by Stefan Christmann photos

Did you celebrate Penguin Day? 


Friday, March 20, 2015

Happy International Day of Happiness!

I started my day watching a solar eclipse, so why shouldn't my nails be smiling? I only wish I were further north! Did you see it too? If you're not smiling, do something nice for yourself, and turn to happy! :-)☺:-D

I started with white nails, and stamped the smileys with Bundle Monster BM-304 and Mundo de Uñas #2 Black, and my new Creative Shop stamper that worked from the start.

I used the leadlight technique and lots of sheer polish. I finally bought some polishes for leadlighting. What I didn't think about was that the different polishes didn't have the same pigmentation. So I had to apply two coats of some colors or mix some of the colors. It might have looked better if I only used one brand...

Sheer polish used:

Ellagee: Cadium Glass - yellow
El Corazon, Aquarelle tints: #07 - red
Dance Legend, top coat aquarelle collection: Chagall - purple
Dance Legend, top coat aquarelle collection: Levitan - green
Nailstation: Whisper - orange with orange glitter
OPI: Houston We Have a Purple -blue toned red

The OPI, the green and the purple were very pigmented. The yellow was as I expected, but I needed two coats. In comparison the other two looked more pastel, even after 2 coats.

Levitan makes me think about the movie Leviathan. Have you seen it? It kind of made me feel that there's no point fighting for something...

I've not been very active here and on G+, twitter and facebook lately, but I'm trying to share photos on Instagram. If you are on Instagram, I would love to follow you. I'm nailphotosbylani. If I don't already follow you, please write your IG name in the comments section.

Can you tell that the photos of the plate are inspired by the solar eclipse? LOL!

Happy polishing!


Monday, February 2, 2015

Lovebirds - Valentine's Day Nails #11 - stamping nail art

Happy Groundhog Day!

I made this neon pink lovebird mani today. I stamped the black images on and added three rhinestone hearts. I used a marshmallow stamper to shrink the image on my index finger. I used a Konad stamper and added more black with a brush on the ring finger. On my screen this looks a little orange, but I hope it looks pink on yours.

Products used:

Ruby Kisses: RHDP01 Hot Pink Obsession (neon pink)
MoYou London: Tropical Collection 06 (lovebirds, hearts)
MoYou London: Explorer Collection 23 (flying bird)
MoYou London: Heartshaped rhinestones
Mundo de Uñas: 2 Black (stamping polish)
XL marshmallow stamper (shrinking)
Konad stamper

The MoYou plates are available in this size and XL size. So remember to measure your nails before buying them.

I really like these bird images, but I wish they were smaller. Luckily I can use this image, but on Tropical 06 most of the images of the birds are to wide for my small nails, and it was difficult to shrink an image without distorting it. (This is not a problem for most of you, because most of you have bigger nails than me.)

But if you are reading MoYou, please make the important part of each image small, and if you add a leaf or something, please include the whole leaf, and keep everything very detailed. That way it's easier for both us with small nails and those with bigger nailbeds to use each image successfully.

I had planned to make a Groundhog day mani, but let's hope I'll do that next year... Did you see the movie? It's very romantic, so it would be perfect for a V- day mani.


Tuesday, January 13, 2015

NPL Daisies - Ruby Wing: Eternal - stamping over color changing polish

Hello everyone!

I had fun with color changing polish again. This time it was Ruby Wing: Eternal, which is made with SolarActive® Technology. It looks turquoise in the shade/ inside and outside/ in the sun it looks dark green- grey. What surprised me, is that the white stamped flowers also changed from white to light pink. I bought Eternal and Crowd Surf in May 2013. They are both from the 2013 Summer Collection, and are still available and cruelty- free (source (look for Forsythe Cosmetic Group)).

I made this in June 2014 when the theme was "Daisies" in the G+ group Nail Polish Lovers. It was too difficult to paint them, and this image was the closest I could find. Two plates from MoYou London's Pro collection have this image: 08 (regular size) and 10 (XL). I don't remember, but I think I used the biggest here. To fix some flowers, I added a little white. And I think that's why the color of the flowers looks uneven in the sun. But now that I've learned that, I'll make sure that the stamping is good next time.

I'm very far behind with my blogging, so I still haven't even showd you all the nail art from 2014, and the polish I was wearing in 2013... not to mention the haul posts the last two years...



Back inside:

What do you think about this? Have you tried color changing polish?


Thursday, January 8, 2015

Nire's Desire: Prana

Hello everyone!

with top coat

I've enjoyed reading many "favorite polish lists" this week. So I started writing one too, but realized that I hadn't even showed them to you... well you have seen a few of them...

That's why you're looking at Nire's Desire: Prana today! :-)

It's one of my top 10 favorite polishes from 2014. It's a multichrome that looks red, purple and blue at the same time. It shifts to a more red or purple/blue. It doesn't have a chrome finish like the ILNP's. It's more like a shimmer. And I like that it doesn't have any holo sparkles. It's a part of The Yoga Trio Collection. It is not tested on animals and Big 5 Free.

My photos were taken in December, so they may look a little too pale because of the winter daylight. Sadly the sun wasn't shining.

2 photos without top coat:

Nire's Desire Polish is a US indie brand, and can be bought on Etsy.

She was very kind and gave me Nire's Desire's top coat with the cool name "The Shining". Have you seen the movie?

Prana was shiny on it's own, but when I applied The Shining, I felt that the polish came to life. I also felt that the red became more visible. But I don't think it's as fast drying as Seche Vite.

2 photos with top coat (The Shining):

Prana is similar to Crows Toes: Indian Summer, but I think Prana is more red, and Indian Summer more blue. The Crumpet has made a good comparison.