Monday, May 4, 2015

Those Blues, You Know....THOSE Blues!

I have so many of those purple-y blues that it's almost embarrassing that I've not blogged them much before!

Here are two I adore.

E.L.F. no name

I got this little dude on a blog sale. It's three coats here. There is a lovely frost quality that adds to it's beauty.
Normally I'd blanch at a frost, and I won't say that this one doesn't show a few brushstrokes, but this is where the story ends. It's gorgeous. Gorgeous I tell you!

I'm so bias, I love this color, so I'm almost worthless at being very critical at all.

Sephora X Formula A Little Sexy

A little more blue than purple, but periwinkle for sure. It's three coats and a soft pearly frost as well. 
Frost, that white sheen that reminds they eye of chilled winter mornings. This is like a clear sky on a winter day. 
Found this one at TJ Maxx, and I don't see it on the Sephora site. Normally these run $12.50.

Wax on I may, but dang, those blues!

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Saturday, May 2, 2015

Glitter Give and Take

Here are a pair of glitters that need an outing.

I've done something a little different: compared over white then over black. Hope you like!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Glam Fest

This is a bit of a fake out, to be honest. Lots of small silver glitter and enough random multi-color glitter to make it all looks very glittery in the bottle, but on the nail I had to wrestle to get it on enough to make it look decent. This is four coats.
Plus the base in this one seems to possess that "base melting" capability.

Over black it feels more successful:

I still used four coats to achieve some coverage of the colorful glitter, though. Bummer.

I picked this up randomly at a Walgreens and it was on sale, because it's about $4.49 per bottle for this normally. Eep.

Sephora by OPI Spark-Tacular Top Coat

One coat over white!
Oh the win!
Dense enough to just spread things around with ease. Nice!

Here I put two coats over black. The silver is big enough to show some flash, and tie multi-color is a pretty party array of orange, yellow, fuchsia, blue and silver. Feels like a Fiesta.

Sephora by OPI wasn't on my list until they were discontinued and on sale at Sephora and on sale at Big Lots. Love the bottles, the colors and am glad I grabbed some! I may have purchased this when Sephora had bottles for about $4.50 or I got this when I found hundreds at Big Lots for $1.80.
Can't recall, but I think the former versus the latter.

On the whole, the Sephora won the day. 

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Thursday, April 30, 2015

Soft Spring Shades from Chain Stores

Pretty simple, it's just a couple of shades that feel soft and easy to use.

American Apparel Cotton

Three coats, beautiful pale butter yellow. Almost an off white, but definitely in the yellow camp.
Probably could do two coats easily, too.

I love this baby. Very hard to fault. Doesn't self level perfectly, but on par with my favorite formulas. Nice!
This was from a huge job lot that I found on eBay from the batch AA came out with that had unannealed bottles.

H&M Miss Stone Heart

Soft medium gray, two coats, nearly a one coater. Have worn this twice and it's really quite a great gray. 

Pure and simple!

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Sunday, April 26, 2015

Sheer Red Over White

Many people know that neons are always improved when worn over a white base.

I am always trying white here and there to see if it helps. Sometimes it does, sometimes it doesn't seem to make any difference.

It's a deep red shimmer with scattered fine glitter. I've always liked it, but am not sure if it's really a pure glitter, so I keep it with the normal polishes, not glitters.  It's fairly deep and a cool ruby red.

Putting the white underneath really makes a difference.

Anyhow, finally blogged it with the correct name, previously blogged here w/the wrong name.

This is two coats and no top coat.

Instead of a ruby red, it has a bright almost neon cast to the red.

I was kind of gaga over it for quite a some time.

From a polish that has languished, it's turned into one that I really like a lot now.

This was an old Dollar Tree find. In a two-for-a-dollar pack that were prevalent back in 2009 and 2010.
You can still find it on eBay. Nice!

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Friday, April 24, 2015

Spring Petals

The delicate shades of spring are some of my favorite.

Here are three pale springtime colors that I think are nearly dupes. Two I haven't blogged before, one is a franken that I just love.

Note: all are three coats, no top coat and all are over Nail Tech Ridge filler.

China Glaze Agent Lavender

Do a search and you will see 100 different versions. It is a changing under most light. Looking gray then purple then blue in as many seconds as it took you to read that phrase. 

Not on the China Glaze roster any more for some reason. 

Maybe it's the weird play on Agent Orange (read up on mid century war, in SE Asia), but it's not really just a weird reference, it's from a China Glaze collection that is from 2008 and called Operation Color, which is a reference to the DC Comix and Marvel Comix action heroes and is supposed to evoke the comic book shades. (Please don't school me on comix, I was only a die hard Archie fan, back before the art went completely to SH!T. I don't know much about the action comix at all. Superman and Batman were as much as I paid attention. I was too busy trying to figure out Betty and Veronica's outfits and why Jughead never paid for a meal)

Meanwhile, for a time, this was a really go to shade of pale periwinkle with a purple tint. My photo is somewhat dusty, and it's a bit of a more clear shade, although so very pale.

I found mine to be a bit uneven, but not bad. The formula for China Glaze isn't overall my most favorite, which is ironic, I cut my teeth in nail polish longing for MANY a China Glaze collection.
Now I rarely buy more than a few Halloween, Holiday or other random polishes.

Orly Harmonious Mess

Another that does that presto change-o depending on the temperature of the light. Love this formula, shines at the finish like China Glaze. 
Less gray than my photo.
Was part of Orly's Mash Up collection awhile back. I think anything could have fit into that collection, it was really just a name thing. This is so perfect for spring. 

Franken, Refranken

This franken started out as a gray, blogged here.

Then became a pale lavender, blogged here.

Of the three, I think it has a fresher, cleaner look.

Here is a comparison, that about sums it up better than my earlier photos. Delicate and beautiful.

The comparison shots really just seemed to come out with the right tint and hue of these polishes.

Although they do look blue, they do, well, look blue, but there is a hint of lavender. More like pastel periwinkle.

I like them all, I think that the Orly is the most intense, but they are all very pretty. 

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Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Hoo, Hoo, Hoo Are You?

Here is a stamping from a plate I found on eBay and I got to use my Creative Shop stamper. Fun times!

The plate is a QGirl-36 , which I found on eBay.

I love owls, they are great. This plate is full of some cute variations.

Here is a photo of the plate:

I did three coats of white polish and let it dry and also put a top coat on before I started.

First I will show my right hand:

I used my Maybelline water polishes: Blue, Emerald and Violet. Old polishes found at Dollar Tree and possibly blogged before.  I love the shades, but think Emerald and Blue were very close together.

On  my middle and ring finger the two owls I did by stamping onto the stamper, letting it dry, then adding polish behind it. I let it all dry to the touch and treat it like a sticker.
I think that I see pros and cons.
Pros: I could add more color. I could have, and probably should have, used a more opaque color because it would be behind the black stamping color. I love that I could add more color.
Cons: The smaller owl on the ring finger distorted a bit as I tried to apply it.

After that, I decided to just stamp with the rest because the water polishes were just so clear.

Here's my left hand:

The "hoo" is a bit large for my hand and so it looks like "ho". LOL!!

The owls pretty much fit, so I am super super super glad about that. You don't know how happy that makes me. I have soon many plates that were just not a win.

The Creative Shop Stamper is a game changer. I don't have a photo, but will show one in a future post. It's soft, it picks up beautifully and you just press your nail into it rather than rolling it. I found that it's better to roll it over the plate because I think just pressing it caused suction and you can see on the owl on my left hand ring finger the gaps.

I found mine at Bsquaredlacquer because it was sold out everywhere. There was a back order and it came and I'm tickled pink.

Initially I emailed the very nice lady who runs Creative Shop and she referred me to other places to buy. We take for granted peace. My thoughts are with her and the struggles in Ukraine.

Even if you have dinky nail beds, you can use the stamper, although it seems rather huge, it was so easy: no need to do anything special.

I will say that the white base was a pain: it was old Borghese which I'm using up, but kind of disappointed in. White polish isn't always the win, but this really was slow to dry.

I know it's not perfect, but I had a lot of fun and further appreciate those who stamp with great skill!

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Monday, April 20, 2015

Early Summer

Around here winter just never flexed her muscle. "Long, wet spring", "Seattle winter", and "early spring" were what most of the local chatter seemed to call it.

Who am I to disagree.

So when it starts to feel like May instead of April, I get the summer itch.

Now here is a polish that says "SUMMER!"

OPI Race Red

I've accented it with SinfulColors Paris.

Three coats, I did do a top coat.

This is a very warm red that has yellow undertones and goes orange-ish, but doesn't, in my book feel like a truly orange shade at all.

Zesty, perfect for summer.

Oops, it's still spring!

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

A Handful of Gumdrops

Nicole by OPI came out with their Gumdrops collection for summer of 2013 when textures were in the peak of being "hot". 

Although I could top them with enough top coats to smooth them out, I kind of liked the glossy look. I will add that personal experience has shown that you need a thickening basecoat kind of thing to really smooth them out. I use Gelous and another I found at Ross when I do try, otherwise you are really stacking on coats.

Meanwhile, back to the Gumdrops....
Found a few of these at Shopko on sale about a year ago, which is nice because my NOPI's around here are a solid $8.50. I also found a few more at T.J. Maxx for about $3.50, which is a better price point for me.

All are three coats and not top coat. Also, will warn you that it's hard to see the texture in my photos, which is ok with me. If a polish can work with and without texture I'm happy.

In general the formula was very nice, easy to use and dried pretty fast. No smudges.

Nicole by OPI - I Lilac Gumdrops

Pretty lilac with lots of pale gold glitter mixed in. Almost one of those platine gold/silver things. In some light you'd swear the glitter is gold, in others it's absolutely silver. The effect is cool, aloof and not a teeny-bopper glitter polish,

Unable to fault it!

Nicole by OPI - That's What I Mint

Beautiful teal. I saw a lot of colors in this glitter: blues, greens and teal. Love it!
My camera really had trouble differentiating out the green and amber and blues that are mixed through this one.
I don't think of mint, but I don't know what kind of flavor teal would be other than mint. While I don't dislike this one, it's not a stand out for me.

Nicole by OPI Cinna-Man Of My Dreams

Predates the whole Marsala trend predicted by Pantone et al.
This one shows a good combination of pink and this warm spice wine color.

I also think this one would be great layered, as the base has translucency.

I varies in the light you have it in, from a lighter pink spice to a deeper cinnamon. Love it a lot.

Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet On You

Pretty bright blue that is pretty uniform in color.
Sometimes it will color shift, but I wasn't really able to catch anything enough for the camera.
Very good coverage. If you like periwinkle, you will love this one, a bunch!

Like it very much.

Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy

Very beautiful strawberry pink shade loaded with iridescent glitters of a variety of shades. I really love this one.
I also have it parked right next to my DS Tourmaline in my glitter drawer. Dupes? I have to get that post together, but they look very, very, very close to being identical.

Really like this one a lot, too.

There you have it, the few I picked up. I think I missed out on the cherry red one and the licorice one.
They may come along, but right now I'm happy with what I've got.

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Thursday, April 16, 2015

Old Marsala Here To Stay

I almost got rid of this polish before I tried it on....

This photo was taken with my iPhone.

This is Essie Munis Mauve. 

Long before they had embossed bottles and their caps had that eponymous "E" they had, apparently a bland little square bottle and a plain white cap.

A very pre-"Free 3, 4, 5, 6 or 7" polish, this puppy reeks of old school chemistry.

It also goes on easily, smooths out beautifully and tip-toes around fussy dry time like Jerry tip-toed around Tom to get at the cheese.

I slapped this over a very lovely manicure while at work (sinner!) and two coats rendered the shade below invisible, and also into a dang fine base coat.

The color, when googled ranges from a dusty rose to a subtle berry, so I don't know if mine has had pigment aging issues, but I love this polish a lot.

I honestly won't be able to parse the difference between mauve and marsala, but I'll just go there and say "puce" people! PUCE!

I just had to get that in there. Of course the color trend makers couldn't use Puce as color of the year because it's just not got a savory history. Just read The Flea by John Donne and you get a flavor for what I'm talking about.

Meanwhile if anyone knows what collection this was from, I'd love to know. 

I found this on a blog sale and was intrigued by it, also I found it on Nail Supplies for an affordable price. Since this isn't on Essie's site, I'm guessing it's an old bottle.

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Tuesday, April 14, 2015

Three China Glaze Shimmers In A Long Need Of A Blogging

A random assortment of reds from when I was first getting into nail polish and read blogs and had a list a mile long. Never swatched until now, what, why? Well, no excuses, just going forward!

All are three coats and no top coat.

China Glaze Vertical Rush

Beautiful cool ruby red with a pink shimmer and a smattering of purple shimmer tossed in for good measure. If you enlarge this photo you can see what I am talking about, it's very interesting!

This came out in the China Glaze Ski collection, but I am not sure which year. I used to look at Head2Toe beauty's website and page through the old collections, look at blogs and make lists. While my lists are shorter and my collection is larger, I still love H2T website. (Highly rated on my Where I Get It page)
Now that I think about it, I probably got all of these at H2T's site.

Shimmer-tastic. I love the pink, red and purple going on in this polish. 

China Glaze Short & Sassy

From the rather epic Retro Diva collection that came out in 2009.

Deep burgundy that leans into the wine  with a beautiful deep delicious shimmer. I've seen it called cranberry and garnet. I think it's more into a wine shade. It's no longer on the official China Glaze site.

Fairly generic color with a number of dupe-y versions out there, but still, it's quite a gorgeous polish.

China Glaze Thunderbird

Beautiful garnet red shimmer. Lovely light and deep shimmer. 

As with Short & Sassy above, this, too, came from the Retro Diva Collection, which is all over eBay at a decent price point. It's also available at some etailer's sites.

Here is a comparison, although more for relative shade comparison because they are really nothing like dupes.

Left to right:
China Glaze Vertical Rush
China Glaze Short & Sassy
China Glaze Thunderbird

Of the three, I have to say that I love Vertical Rush, however they are all very beautiful.

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