Tuesday, October 28, 2014

All Hallows' Eve

Have some Halloween stamping up for you.

Let's jump in, I'll keep the preamble to a minimum!

Found the XY11 plate on eBay after seeing an autumn stamping image of the leaves and went hunting for it.
Wasn't sure it would arrive, but it made it!

Here's the plate:

It's from China and I think it's a myriad of holiday designs that are good for covering your nails.

Words! Words! Words!
(who doesn't like to quote from an Audrey Hepburn movie?)

My nails are pretty little, so I didn't fit all of the word Halloween on there, but you get the gist.

I uses my usual WnW Nail Craze Inferno, but put it over Picture Polish Sunset, which is blogged here. Mine is less orange than the photo in the link, it's more pink tinged, so I don't know if it has changed, but it's a nice base for WnW Inferno.

(Ever been to Carlsbad Caverns?)

I love bats, they are awesome little mammals.
This reminded me of my visit to the caverns and all the bats emerging at dusk. It sure beats repeatedly stamping one or two bats. Nice. Dense. No pull-up marks. I love this plate.

My top coat did let me down. Pewp.

This is over the same combo and you can see I pulled out my same old bottle of Nail Art Diva from a now-defunct automatic nails stamper.

Day of the Living Dead
(homage to the seminal zombie flick, which always led me to wonder, why if the zombies are so slow, do people still get "got"? OK it was late, and I am the demographic outlier that doesn't like zombie flicks)

God what a fail.

This is from a delicious Moyou plate that I couldn't wait to buy. And like many of these artistic plates, my nails are dinky by comparison.

I wanted to get multi-colors for a sugar skull effect. Not much love. Not. much. love. at. all.

Here's the plate:

Isn't it just a tasty thing?

I think I need to re-purpose this for something else. *sob*

I have a soft spot for DotD because I used to live in El Paso and it was celebrated prominently.

You can't win them all, eh?

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Thursday, October 23, 2014

The Subtle Examined

It's not  that I don't adore the rich, lush, deep autumnal shades, but there is a side of me that appreciates the understate colors I'm seeing this autumn.

I had found Milani's top coat remaindered to the Dollar Tree, so I hit both of mine to grab every bottle I could find. As an aside, these are really a nice quick dry top coat that is thick enough to cover the new texture polishes, a real boon making these polishes more versatile.

Back to the Dollar Tree.

Of course I was fairly surprised to find a few Revlons and Maybelline Color Shows up for grabs. In an ever present desire to not go too apish!t at the Dollar Tree, I only picked up a few, along with the top coats.

To the swatches!

Maybelline Alluring Rose

This one shifts from a neutral bronze with a rosy tint playing the role of understudy. Very beautiful.

It also shifts into a greenish gold, as well. Nice. So subtle.

But a sheer polish. This took a solid three coats over an opaque nude beneath, and a fourth would not have been unwelcome.

Revlon Snow Bunny

This is a straight up glass fleck. It is a soft platine shade that reflects a subtle pink and green shimmer in the glass fleck. I could not capture this, unfortunately.
Three coats, too thin, in my opinion to be a real star, and very similar to some polishes I blogged before, I'm not going to do too many permutations.

Here it is over the Maybelline:

The duo chrome is pretty much quashed and you see a pretty, metallic nude.
Not bad.
Office A-OK.

Finally I pulled out a black to use as a base for Maybelline Alluring Rose:

Quite lovely.

You can see the rosy blush a bit more and gilt shimmer. Sheer, but workable.

I don't follow Maybelline closely, so I don't know if Alluring Rose was merely an also ran or a limit edition.

Ultimately the Dollar Tree is hard to resist. If you do peek in, grab those Milani Quick Dry Top Coats, it's absolutely a must have in at a dollar a bottle.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

Finger Paints Puts on a Gala - Holiday 2014

A petite four polish collection by Finger Paints that merits closer examination.

Ostensibly I went in to Sally Beauty get Queen for a Night, but when I saw them, I realized they all really were perfect for the autumn.

Jewel tones are so flattering. What's not to love?

Some preliminaries...or preamble?
Three coats,  no top coat. Two coats would have done as well.

These have a bit of a contrasting flake/micro glitter concept which I really like a lot. Mainly why I picked them up.

All photos are taken beneath my color corrected lamps.

Let's just roll them out, shall we?

Ball Gown Glamour

Suddenly the buzz is "emerald" - but in truth those of us who love polish knew that this was a great color already.
Gently mixed in is a gold flake that really doesn't show up very well unless you enlarge the photos. Even then, it's subtle. Not a heavy handed gold at all, in truth too  much would muddy up the green and extract the blue leaving "green" and not "emerald"

This one you can see the gold flake a bit better.

I, for one, don't wear green near my face, however, I love it on my hands. Love it.

Of course after I'd finished swatching I noticed the lint. GAH!

Dance Til Dawn

The flakes in this one are amazing. There are two kinds: pink and gold. Yowza!

Love this one also. The gold, again, isn't too heavy, nor does it muddy up the base, as I've seen in a number of recent "gold and cool" shades together this year. Gold loves warm shades like reds, but purples, blue greens and blues can be betrayed too much.

I really like this one, too.

Queen For A Night

This one is creating a lot of buzz. It's a gorgeous polish. The gold, pink, blue and green micro glitter and flakes works marvelously. It reminds me of a microglitter/flake version of Kendall on the Katwalk by NOPI. Similar concept of complementary colors in the blue base.


A stand out, for sure, but not my favorite!

Masked Beauty

This is my favorite.
Absolutely in a class by itself.

If you missed Dazzled by Gold, but love the cool/warm metallic feel of that kind of polish, you'll probably want this one.
It's much cooler, no real comparison in regard to color as this one is much cooler, but it's a strong contender for being so lovable because it's got that play of light/dark and warm/cool.


This is the one true metallic whereas the rest are shimmers.

A tidy little holiday treat.

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Friday, October 17, 2014

Autumn Foils

Foils that are vamps are kind of an unusual combination.

Jewel purples in a foil finish are just right.

Here are a pair that while not interchangeable, certainly have a lot in common.

Orly Rococo A Go Go

Perfect storm of foil and purple. This one has a color shift through pink into amber, but my lighting would not reveal it. Pewp!

Three coats, no top coat.

It's a beautiful polish.

I got mine online at an etailer I frequent and it's just a glowing, luminous foil. 

Next up is Color Club Winter Affair.

Much more warm, in comparison to the Orly above, but equally foil-some.

Three coats, much glow.

The 2012 Color Club holiday collection, a petite six polish "affair" was loaded with niceties. They did max out their price point and stopped the excellent practice of putting sets into Ross.

Found at an etailer who still has them for $3-something a bottle, I am more picky about the one's I get. Meanwhile, I need to get more of these.

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Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Raspberry Beret

No, not a fashion post!

Old Colorama polishes that I still have to blog worry me. The brushes are quite like the Maybelline Express Finish polishes: degrading brush. Ugh.

In a little cutie like Colorama, half the fun of having the polish is the bottle itself! We will see how it holds up. I think the mop-like application is somewhat of a challenge. Tick tock. It's getting to the end of its lifespan.

But what a polish!

Three coats. My favorite kind of pink: bright pink at the center but pushing into a magenta on the sides.
Not sure you can see the blue shimmer that pops out.

Perhaps you can see the blue here a bit better. I hope so.

Some of my favorite polishes have a contrasting shimmer or glitter or fleck inside of another color.

Fresh pop of color in all the autumn gloom here in the PNW.

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Monday, October 13, 2014

William Tell Me About It, Stud

I found OPI's William Tell Me About It in a bin at TJ Maxx ('cuz I'm a Maxx-inista! - is that like a Sandanista, because if it is, I'm not so sure about it) for the princely sum of $3.99. Who doesn't love a dark purple that has a great formula?

It's a complete formula win. OPI generally is, and I get the buzz. I will say that their Swiss collection was full of nice surprises. This is no exception.

The left side is what it basically looks like all the time.


That's vamps for you!

On the right is a blown-out shot to see the actual purple in it.

I then took a no name Markwin polish I found in a set at Ross. I am not sure if I blogged it before, but it's similar to Lincoln Park After Midnight.

Here is William Tell Me About It with this unnamed Markwin polish.

It is quite lovely for autumn. Rather dark, but there's always a place for a vamp.

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Saturday, October 11, 2014

The Third Man and My Nail Polish

Have you seen the movie "The Third Man"? If you haven't please do. It's a great one. They used to periodically repeat it on TCM and I always made sure I saw it when it was on. It's been a while since I've had cable, so I don't see it much. It's on Netflix for rental. Make the time. It's a good one.

It's a post WWII flick based in Vienna. With character names like Holly Martins and Harry Lime it's full of quirks. Quirks that inflame curiosity and remind you what an auteur is really about in cinema (and seems to be lost today by most accounts).

One character is called Dr. Winkel, pronounced Vinkel, and he is constantly correcting Holly Martins with an acerbic "Viiiinkel" with no real effect.

So whenever I see Veriwinkle in my polish drawer, I think of The Third Man.

Meanwhile, back to the swatch, right?

Veriwinkle is an unapologetic frost. Brushstrokes and all!

I was going to try to use a sponge to soften the brushstrokes, but I've tried it on other manis and it's still not a skill I'd call "mastered" as of yet.

Veriwinkle ("veriViiiinkel") is a gorgeous periwinkle shade. Gorgeous. Did I say that twice? Well, thrice then: Gorgeous!

I'll be honest if this was just about any other shade I'd not give it any of my time, but it's like a frosty version of Orly Cashmere Cardigan or Revlon Modern Grace. Love it.

Meanwhile if your pash is for periwinkle ("periViiiiinkel"), you should add it to your collection.

I found mine online with an etailer, but at quick glance, I don't see it on eBay or readily in the google searches, nor on the Orly site in their search bar. Oh dear.

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Thursday, October 9, 2014

Zombie Zest as a Topper

Yes, you knew I'd do that!

Zombie Zest, by China Glaze is a virtual dupe of of Sparitual Optical Illusion, which I really felt was a let down.  Why am I not surprised that somehow I have both. Eek.

I'd blogged about the Sparitual here and Zombie Zest here.

I felt I needed to find a way to bring out the glass fleck.

First up I put it over Borghese Plummagio Purple. It's a deep navy, that basically has such a strong blue base that the purple isn't really extant in Plummagio "Purple", I'd call it a blue, and that's how I sorted it out.

This is truly a win. Plummagio Purple swallows up that pukey green jelly base in ChG and lets the swamp green glass fleck participate more in the mix. I still could not get the blue shift to emerge in the glass fleck, not sure if it's my lighting, but I just couldn't capture it.

Next I put it over SinfulColors Peppered Amazon.

This is quite a nice base. It lets the jelly base from Zombie Zest emerge as a deep halloween green and less like something unhealthy emerging from one's body.

In short, to me, it helps make both of these polishes (China Glaze Zombie Zest and Sparitual Optical Illusion much more wearable. Win.

Here's Peppered Amazon alone. This is very similar to the SC's old Rise and Shine.

I didn't do any comps, I may have unloaded Rise and Shine awhile ago.

Hard to fault. Spot on trend with the glass fleck we love so much. I think my photo is a tad light, but it really catches the fleck.

Now you can see how successfully this combo works!

Still couldn't get a color shift, but that might be that the Sparitual had it better than this one. I'll have to delve into it all again.

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

A Peachy Scenario in Toppers

Finger Paints is a startling good brand. I'm always miffed when I wear it that I don't have more.

Here's Finger Paints Peach Beach Scene:

I saw this on a blog and really knew I needed it. It's gorgeous. Soft glassy peachy pink. Yummy.
Picked it up at Sally Beauty, which I rarely go to because I'm not close to the store. I need to really get with the program. These are nice!

I paired it with American Apparel Berry

Three coats, pardon my lint!

I think I found this one at a blog sale. Nice!
Another brand with a great formula. Love it.

Here is the layering

Silvery pink glass shimmer. Not exactly color changing, but if you like the current trend of glass fleck colors, this will be an easy addition. This is one reason I like layering.

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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Misa Honeybunch, on the Train from Topperville

Hey folks, back again.

Since I've got a full Melmer drawer of sheer topper polishes, I wanted to really exert my layering muscles.

Here's another by Misa called Honeybunch. Really could have called it Diamondbunch, because it's a sparkler.

I put it over L.A. Colors which I just blogged previously in the last post - link to come later.

Meanwhile, here's Honeybunch

One delightful coat, full of diamond shine.

This isn't one that builds into much of a stand alone, but over white or a pastel it will be crazy gorgeous.

Think we're done with toppers, nope!

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