Thursday, October 31, 2019

Happy Hooooowloween!

Here is a quick delight: Fair Maiden Mind Freak over the top of Color Club Orange Revenge.


The shards are all metallic orange, but when the light doesn't reflect back to the eye/camera, they turn black and it's a great combo.

This is two coats of Mind Freak over the top of two coats of Orange Revenge. I love this a lot!!!

Wanted to add, I put polygel on to my nails, of course the chase begins with filing and shaping, but I like the way they look right now, nubs be darned!

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Wednesday, October 16, 2019

H&M Liberty Girl

I really want to get some old polishes swatched. I mix old with new and I sometimes pass on things repeatedly and they sit in the drawers too long.

I think it's a little bit of stage fright with my nails. Now that they are "polygel free" I have less worries about shape and thickness, which seems to be always on my mind with Polygel.

Here is a beauty H&M Liberty Girl:



Three coats, no top coat. Pure delight. Could use more shaking, but very rich and covers well. Formula was very easy to work with.

H&M has since changed their bottles since I got this polish back in at the latest 2011 or 2012, so I know it's feeling a little vintage.



This is shot with my iPhone and with flash, so it actually pulls a tad bit more purple than it is in real life. My phone loves adding red, so I need get out of the habit of using it!

Polygel notes
So I've been without Polygel for several months and the weird thing about Polygel is that when it cures and sets up from a liquid into a solid, their is some contraction as it sets the bonds. Well, I've noticed splitting inside the nail, so it's not a flake or split near the top, but it goes along the free edge down to the portion where it attaches to the "meat". I normally don't care but realize that if I remove them again I need to remove most of the free edge. I had a center split because a long crack formed underneath and was flaking away an inner layer. Even when I clipped and filed, I could see the bonds in my nail weren't knitted as strongly as they should be.

Interesting.

I will be nubbing out this weekend, since my nails are too long now to support them without Polygel, and this winter I am going to be pretty busy.

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Wednesday, October 9, 2019

American Apparel Mouse

Three coats of simply marvelous.


While American Apparel has retained that odd flash photography motif, it's shed its beauty products from the website.

These polishes are just great.

They cover, self level and never fail to please when I wear them.

Might still be floating around eBay.

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Thursday, October 3, 2019

Glistening Mauve Comparison

I find that I tend to buy dupes. I think the more I wear my untrieds, the less I will do this. I hope.

(Tell that to the drawer full of periwinkle polishes!)


Here's a follow up on the Pretty Serious Toxic Tiara post from a while ago.


I pulled out all the similar polishes (there are probably more if I think about it!) and wanted to compare.

Here we go!


Left to right:
OPI It's My Year
Orly Leading Lady
Zoya Faye
Pretty Serious Toxic Tiara

All are three coats.

Some thoughts.
OPI is a stellar formula, lots of balance between that mauve shade and gold shimmer glass fleck. It is the closest to Toxic Tiara, who has a slower-to-dry formula on me.

I personally adore Orly Leading Lady. This is part of some "two step" system I have no idea about. I saw it at TJ Maxx and though it might be a gel (this was before I had a lamp). It's not and it's great. I love this one a lot. Looks better in person. So much life to it. Zazzy!

Zoya Faye is a beauty and the strongest with the gold glass fleck. It moves almost into a brown category in some lights, though I don't hate it at all.

More pix!


There is a blue undertone to OPI It's My Year, so it holds itself well with the rich gold. I love it so much. I like it a wee bit better than the Pretty Serious Toxic Tiara because it seems to have more life to it, though that could be part of the translucency of the base letting light pour through.



You can see the shimmer here. I have to say the Orly had some crazy beautiful going on, but OPI held its own.

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I wanted to add a quick note on camera and Polygel.

Camera
I went back to using my Lumix by Panisonic more often as it does a better job with skintones and dealing with light, better range shall I say.
I love it a lot, it's been a workhorse and doesn't need the correction as much.

Polygel
I'm taking some time off with Polygel, still. I am keen to get back into it, but have been a bit busy. 

Wednesday, September 11, 2019

Getting Serious Around Here

Pretty Serious was started by the blogger who ran the Pretty Random blog. Her eye for long discontinued yet great polishes was epic. Her annual lists made me drool.

I am not sure of the status of Pretty Serious, there is a lot of inventory change going on, but if you have a chance you should check them out. Many are inspired by polishes that are long gone, so it's nice that someone carried the banner for those of us who will never find an original OPI Creme de Menthe.

I don't know if Toxic Tiara is a recreation of something or not, but it's a great one.


I've got three coats on. It's a strong warm plum purple in the bottle but the gold glass fleck warms it up to a wonderful mulberry shade. Delightful.

This is flash/lamp and a top coat.

Here it is out in the sun:


This has the feeling of molten copper in some light. Perfection.

I did get a bit of shrinkage, but that might be my top coat messing around.

There is very little of this one left on the site, but there are dupes around, so all is not lost if you miss out.

I will spend more time and get some comparisons pretty soon.

This autumn to me and I love it a lot.

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Wednesday, September 4, 2019

Blue Deco

I wanted to get started again and I thought I should just dig in and do it.

Here is a stamping project from at least April perhaps even March. It's all been a blur.


The break down...

Base: China Glaze Secret Periwinkle
Stamping: China Glaze Agent Lavender
Topper: Orly Precious Metal
Plate: UberChic Art Deco Flair

I like this combination and it feels right.

I figured out to post on Instagram from my computer desktop, so it's much easier to use than playing the "edit, email, post" game I was playing before.

I will post a link to my Instagram on the side bar, but it's paillettepolishjournal, but how the address works with your device, who knows. Later on I will do a java/html link, but until I backup, I'll just do a link. I love the blog, as it lets me write much more and feels more like home. But some people want images more than words, plus Instaworld is more in the mix with people rather than the lone cowboy on the range feeling of running a blog. (though at heart, perhaps I am a bit of a cowboy)

This photo shows me in polygel, which I was not unhappy with at all, but right now I have set it aside again.

I think this time of year there is too much water and more lifting. I did have another nail that I didn't know was lifting (thumb) and saw that it smelled a bit, so I removed them. All I need is some micro creature making his home there.

In a couple months I'll go back. We'll see. 

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I appreciate it!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Jemma Has Flown From Us

I wanted to post a little bit about why I haven't been posting.

Last month we had been to our 10th vet visit and finally realized nothing would help Jemma recover from her heart issue, lung issue, and blindness.

We went into palliative care mode, making her days comfortable and happy.

I really just focused on her.


She left us on the 4th and so now she is gone.

She was our darling girl, so kind, patient, intelligent and sensitive. Not the boisterous pug, but the introverted little sweetie.

She was beloved and will be sorely missed.



You were the first pug and in many ways the backbone of our dog family.

Godspeed darling Jemma.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Soft Spring Blue Comparison

Spring is a baby: turning on the tears on moment, mellow and smiling the next. You never quite know what to expect, so you prepare for it all.

Here are three blues I have had for a while and wanted to compare long ago, but never seemed to manage.


Here are Secret Periwinkle, Butter London Sprog, and Color Club Hydrangea Kiss


I love them in the same order that I have them on, actually!
Formula for Butter London is really excellent, it is more opaque and easier to use.

I found Color Club a little bit more subdued and less intense, but still a very pretty blue.

Here is another shot:


Three coats, no top coat. 
In person Sprog is very close to Secret Periwinkle.

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Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Pop Diaphanous

Pop Polish is an Etsy based seller with a wonderful stable of amazing polishes.

I always try to browse and there are many inspired collections.

Here is Diaphanous:


This is over a teal gray frankinpolish, but it covered very well and it just sings.

I can barely take my eyes off of it.

I wore this for about 4 days over the earlier polish, which had been on for two, and experienced wonderful toughness.

My top coat is currently an old Borghese called Brilliante and it's nothing more than a basic quick dry top coat. Nothing fancy, never had a reputation, just a Ross find.

I think this is a great topper polish, but will look gorgeous alone, though there is sheerness.

I don't capture the blue shift, so I can't compare to the Pop Polish Etsy photos, but this polish just wins so hard.

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Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Vintage Blue

As with all things, what is old is definitely new.

Here is Urban Decay Graffiti:


This was discontinued when I first got into nail polish, and I think I found it on a blog sale. I love the soft blue base and the delightful lilac/pink shimmer that really pops.

This does have a clear base when it all separates that has turned slightly yellow (this can be a problem with oldies) so I am planning to use a dropper to decant the base and replace over time. It's not hard to do, just have a tiny bowl of thinner ready to clean the dropper so it won't stop up.

The reason I mention this is that because of that yellowing, the blue can go a bit warm and muddy. Not a win for me.

This is in the Hard To Find category and so you may want to poke around a blog sale to see what's what.


Speaking of blog sale, I've got to get another one started. I've been purging a lot because I really just have too many polishes, so keep your eyes peeled!


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