Friday, July 22, 2016

Mid Mod Metallic

Zoya Cindy over Super 138


Like a set of glass vases with opalescent accents. Like gold jewelry with opals. Reminds me of the late 50's and early  60's aesthetic.

Super 138 from Super Professional Brand is our base here. It's a gorgeous 14kt gold shade that seems to have vanished off of eBay. Much stinkage when you apply it, but it's a gold for the ages.

Zoya Cindy. Tricky would be an understatement. To say the least. I've worn it about 4-5 times and it was a bear to get to dry.
I finally had to use thin coats of everything, let it dry between each coat and then use a quick dry top coat to finish. Truly it had to do its own thing to dry. Worst was that even over Zoya it seemed to re-wet already dry layers of polish below. Things then melted off like a chocolate shell on a cherry liqueur.

While I love the pastel opalescent glitter, it's hard to truly love this polish. Too high maintenance.

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Thursday, July 21, 2016

Blue Sky, Yellow Petals

Summer here has been more like spring: wet, mercurial, and a dearth of bright sunny days.

It has reminded me heavily of summer in Seattle when I lived there in the 90's. Nothing definite until the Fourth of July, and even then, good luck with those camping trips.

Today it is hot and bright. Blue sky and brightness all about.

I am really playing with my Cici Sisi plates and trying to master them, so I wanted to do a pretty color combo I've been longing to do for a while.

L.A. Girl Extreme stamped with Milani yellow nail art polish


L.A. Girl Extreme is, well, unique. It's a soft periwinkle shot through with a crisp silvered gold shimmer. The whole Color Addict line has this gold shimmer. Better still this line is still available at LAGirl's web site. I recommend these shades if you don't have anything like them in your collection. What's more, they hit this contrasting shimmer trend smack dab in the face, albeit with gold.

Worth a peek.

I'm stamping with a Milani nail art striping polish that I found at Dollar Tree. I've let some of it evaporate and I've decanted some of the clear portion when it settled: this helps immensely.

To my eye the contrast is very subtle because of the gold in Extreme, plus it's a soft blue, not an intense one. In low light conditions the whole thing takes on a green tone and you can't see much definition. Interesting, but logical.

I won't lie when I say I struggled with the stamping. This was with a very squishy stamper, so it wasn't bad, but a lot of patchiness. The design has a heart shape within a few of the flowers, but I think that this is so hard to see that it looks blotchy. (the pinky _IS_ blotchy from a double stamping from a blank spot).

I have mixed reviews on these Milani nail art polishes. I was so excited to find them, thinking that they would be like the L.A. Colors Art Deco nail art polishes, but these aren't densely pigmented and I have to actively evaporate them down to use. Argh!

I am not 100% sure this is a great combo. Wrestling with the stamping and then seeing this result isn't a super win. I want to stamp blue and yellow together, but in another iteration.

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Saturday, July 16, 2016

Stamping Subtle and Bright

Hi Sweet People!

I've been super lazy these days: job change and spending more time on MUA than here, my bad!

Here is a variation on stamping for those who like stamping, but aren't sure if they have polishes that will work.

I am currently working on a page with polishes that do stamp well, also experimenting with ways to get old polishes I don't wear to turn into stamping polishes. I will update you on both results sooner than later, but the latter is still more experimental, where the former is just a matter of getting my booty to write things down more consistently.

I'v got a pair of polishes that I do like, Sparitual World of Compassion - a necessary time in this world we live in - and SinfulColors Dream On.

First the subtle:


Sparitual World of Compassion is a definite three coater, but not a laborious one. A quick dry top coat finished things off well. I have Zoya Caitlin and CC Boho Chic which are virtual dupes so I am full of this soft, blue leaning gray. It's a classic. Hard to top this color if you like a cool gray.

I stamped with the Cice Sisi plates set 1 using SinfulColors Dream On.

Be assured I won't call Dream On a stamping polish. It is too sheer.

Even after I leave the cap off for a half an hour, I don't see much change with density.

Yet it isn't a failure, either: Color comes through even over gray.

My biggest concern is that I can't seem to get a solid image off these plates, even after multiple attempts at stamping and with both a Creative Stamper, clear jelly stamper, and squishy jelly stamper.   Whether the pattern is fine or wide - like this one - I get some patchiness.

I am rolling my stamper onto the image and I am gently scraping with a credit card sized scraper.

Still in the experimental stage.

One other thing about Cici Sisi plates: if you have bigger nail beds rejoice, the patterns are scaled up, so I only get partials of this big teardrop pattern.


Now for the brighter version of this stamping:


As my camera is croaking, this pulled a bit more cool, but also with the silver it did as well.

I mixed this no name L.A. Color polish with Dream On on the plate and together it offered a bit more pop than just Dream On alone.

It makes a huge difference. Some people like subtle stamping, I do, it's very pretty to see the same tonal ranges vary just a bit by hue, but others like impact.  The silver pulls the Dream On out of the shadows.

You will notice, too, that the stamping isn't as patchy as with Dream On alone. Go figure. I am blaming the plate and my technique when it could just be the polish! :D

Hope you enjoyed! I wanted to share this fun experiment. While Dream On isn't my favorite stamping polish, it is a pretty color, so it may just go back into the stash as a regular polish.


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Monday, July 4, 2016

Emily de Molly Bellisima

Here is a sweet polish that you need to own:

Emily de Molly Bellisima


I've put it over a nude, and I think it rocks better over a pale pink, white, blue or gray pastel or ice shade.

This is a true beauty.

Pink matte glitter and silver smaller glitter packed with a large lavender shade of pink glitter, then accented with a smattering of giant glitters. I love the fact that the large glitters are round, too.

This is never going to be a full cover polish, but it's packed with impact and you just need to let it shine.

If you live in Australia, where this brand is based, it appears to be on sale. Lucky you!!

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Happy Fourth of July!

Tuesday, June 28, 2016

Lavender and Pink

Here are three polishes, two new to the blog, one a reblog for a comparison. Enjoy!

Here is SinfulColors Zeus:


It's basically their Lavender polish loaded with a pink shimmer.
Three two coats.  A lot of win with that shimmer.

I then compared it to Nicole by OPI's Back to Reality...TV


Left to right:
SC Zeus
NOPI BTR..TV
SC Zeus
NOPI BTR..TV

I am kind of surprised how little oomph the NOPI has with regard to shimmer within the creme base. SC kills and NOPI just sits there.

I think that SC is a thicker polish and two coats versus a necessary three on the NOPI.

Plus and minus is that NOPI is a little bit easier to manage and control, but I really don't think it's a big deal.  For me the color payoff with the shimmer up front and ready is more important.


I threw in Essie Using My Maiden Name, but not to really compare.


Of the trio, I love UMMN a lot. The brighter, less muddy lavender that peeps into purple is perfect for spring.

I've got three coats on here, but no complaints on the formula.

I've heard, and now witness, that the shimmer is hard to find on the nail. This angle only barely revealed it. That is the one failing of a very pretty polish.

Where to buy
Essie UMMN is easily available on line. UMMN was all over TJ Maxx for awhile, so it's readily out there on eBay, etc.
NOPI BTR...TV is harder to find because that was a limited edition collection a couple years ago. It's not inexpensive, but of the pair, much harder to find.
SinfulColors Zeus was part of a 2012 Castaway collection  (Thank you Nouveau Cheap for your excellent blog on drugstore items, a great resource in the polish world!)

Of the trio, I think Zeus is the most challenging to find, as I don't think it's out there in their main line, and much harder to find. I had little luck.

My personal favorite is Zeus, but Essie UMMN has a great bright hue and the shimmer is ok for me, I can always goof around with toppers.

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Saturday, June 25, 2016

Reds That Seem Pink

Who doesn't love them?

Here is Revlon Jelly


Three coats and no top coat.

I found this at Big Lots! and really do adore it.

It's head and shoulders above my "no name" Essie (one labeled as a top coat)


Left to right:
Essie no name
Revlon Jelly
Essie no name
Revlon Jelly

Both are three coats, but there isn't enough coverage to the Essie.


Here's the Essie alone:


Pretty, but a little bit sheer.


Here is another one that I love and just wanted to reblog: Color Club Regatta Red


My photo is a wee bit dark, but this is a lovely polish: sheer, but pigmented enough to cover well. I think it's a similar shade to OPI Dutch Tulips, but I don't have that one to compare.

Of the three: Revlon is more unique, but I love color club's formula.

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Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Green Comparison: Foils

Rustling up a few ignored greens. Reminding me of summer leaves shimmering in the sunlight.

Zoya Logan:


Logan is a glass fleck that pushes over into the foil category, so I call it a foil. It does not have the total "wall of metal" feeling of a foil, but it's pretty darn close.

Three coats and a beautiful depth that makes it a perennial favorite. I would say that if you are starting out your collection and want a great green, this is a good one. Though my photo pulls a little cooler than it is in person, there is gold glass fleck in this and it's not super shy, either.

Found on the Zoya site, you can often find they offer sales and this is a worthy polish among many on their site.


Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly


With a a slight gold undertone, this one is a true foil. Less "dark space" between the flashes of light making it a light reflecting monster. My photo doesn't do this beetle carapace green much justice, but it's a gorgeous thing, be assured.

This was from their 2012 Winter Affair collection, a full on winner, in my opinion. 


Here is a quick comparison:


Left to right:
Zoya Logan
Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly
Zoya Logan
Color Club Ho-Ho-Holly

You can see that the glass fleck pops better for Logan in this photo and how much cooler Ho-Ho-Holly is as well.

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Sunday, June 19, 2016

China Glaze's Sheer Glitter

These are turning into my favorite glitter. It's a translucent glitter that, unlike an iridescent, possesses a strong enough pigmentation that it doesn't rely on light to iridesce the color.

I've blogged one before, my beloved Heart and Soul by Whimsical Ideas By Pam (blogged here)

Then I discovered that China Glaze has one in their Spring 2016 House of Color collection.

Since that collection came out, I've had my eye on Moonlight The Night:


I've put it over a pure white and the blue, pink, and periwinkle glitters sing. I love how these transparent glitters layer and create lavenders and medium blues as well. So nice.

I didn't do this one over black for a photo, but it does look similar to the bottle: Carnival glass iridescence pops out and it is also a beauty. Over white, though, wow. This is a Tasmanian Wolf in the world of glitter. I have four different bottles of transparent glitter: two by WIbP, one by China Glaze and one by Starrily.

I wish there were more. This is an easy to use glitter, it's born to change color over other colors and it's own fellow glitter-mates, and it dries flat and is easy to remove.

Waiting for more of these, it's turning into the one glitter that turns my head!

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Friday, June 17, 2016

Zoya's Cindy and Renee

Zoya Cindy is from Zoya's Redbook collection that came out Holiday 2015.

It's a pretty gilded glass fleck packed with beautiful large iridescent glitter.

Here it is over a navy, Color Club Yacht Club, a very deep navy:


This is two coats, and the gold is almost bronze when it's over a dark shade.

I then popped it over Renee, another one from the Redbook trio.


Pretty, but not totally to my layering taste.

Recommend? With reservation: I could not get the topper to dry adequately. It just melted with every base and top coat, and didn't play well with Renee or Yacht Club. Number one job of a topper? Play well with others!

Here is Renee alone:


I love this fire engine red, it's gorgeous. Rather thick and unwieldy this two coater was tricky for me, but I think the color is so great.

It is an odd trio as you've got Marjorie - a rich glass fleck reddened plum, then Renee with its warm red, finally Cindy, which is not really great over either.

The limited edition is still on the Zoya site for sale.

I have mixed feelings about the trio. Marjorie was a winner, Renee placed, and Cindy showed. 

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Red, White, and Silver

Zoya Luna



Here's a very unique polish. A silver glitter in a white shimmer base.

Three coats. The white is a shimmer and it works very nicely with the silver.

Here it is over white:


Over white it is merely a silver over white and the play between the glitter and the white shimmer are gone.

My only complaint is that I couldn't get it to dry well. I find that with me, Zoya can be very hit or miss. I have no way of predicting it, either.


Here is Zoya Astra

dog hair! Ack!
This beauty is a red and silver combination in a rich ruby base.

This is a two coater, but it can do double duty as a topper, too.

Both of these are, apparently discontinued on the Zoya site. They are online, but I am not seeing a density of them. It is similar to a China Glaze Mrs. Claus from their 2010 collection, but a bit better, in my opinion.

I had no issues with this one, and definitely like the pari of colors in the jelly base.

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