Monday, June 19, 2017

Indian Sari

IBD Beauty has an unfortunate name, but a great collection of polishes.

I don't have a lot, but do pick them up as I find them.

Here's a head turner.

IBD Beauty Indian Sari

Excuse the smudge! 
Quick and dirty over a glitter bomb so it shows the poor application as well as the residual bumps of the micro glitter below. 

Meanwhile, this super saturated orchid purple is only enhanced by the blue and red shimmer that goes crazy in the sun.

I took this with a flash and so you can see just at the tip of my index finger the shimmers. 

I found mine at Head2Toe Beauty, they have an extensive collection. At $3.00 a pop: winner!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Color Club Extravaganza

Here are some semi-older Color Clubs I wanted to finally blog.

It's two collections:

  • Electro Candy - came out in 2009 and kind of went invisible, a neon collection that didn't spark like the others CC was releasing. I purchased these at Ross when they still had the 6-7 packs of CC's available. This is a neon with a twist: a turquoise/royal blue shifting shimmer that is so ahead of it's time, my head swims. Mixed results, but overall, a good decision. Lifts it out of "yet another neon" collection. Still available online.
  • Poptastic Remix - I think came out in 2014, a glitter version of their neon shades. I purchased these through 8ty8beauty (their shipping isn't low, but their price point on CC is very good). These are still available, too.

I've put the neons over white, most are three coats, and there are no top coats.

I've done a single then combo thing, hope you enjoy!!

Tangerine Scream

My favorite. I love this one a lot. Three coats over the white base. My photo doesn't show the shimmer, but it is a delightful contrast.

Tangerine Scream topped with Go Go Green

Go Go Green is a blue/yellow/white glitter in a clear base. I think it's a super pretty one, especially if you like glitter. It's a lovely, contrast-y combination. Excuse the out of focus.

Color Club Electro Candy

The namesake of the collection. A soft melon pink neon. My bottle broke and I managed to salvage some of it into an empty bottle. Thanks goodness.
Three coats over the white base.

Color Club Electro Candy topped with Woodstock or Bust

Delightful yellow and white glitter.

The glitters do need two coats, I didn't try sponging with any of them, but felt that they would work well, I never felt like I had to fish anything out.

Color Club Volt of Light

This is another one that works well for the contrasting shimmer. If you like yellow, you may want to hunt this down. While it needed the three coats, and the white base certainly helps these polishes as a whole, the shimmer is a stand out.

Color Club Volt of Light topped with British Invasion

This is one of my favorite glitter combos. The blue/pink/white reflects the Union Jack in a neon-esque way, and the colors pop.

Color Club Pure Energy

Pure Energy isn't one of my favorites. It read as a shimmer and definitely needed the base of white to bring out it's charm.

Color Club Pure Energy topped with Do the Twist

Another perfectly adorable glitter. Pink/yellow/white that just pops.

It looks orange, but it's the pink and yellow playing together, less obvious on the nail than in the bottle.

Color Club What a Shock

I think this particular shade shows the weakness in this collection. It's sheer. They seemed to have been unable to pack in the pigmentation necessary in this green, and it disappointed.

Color Club What a Shock topped with My Generation

A pretty basic combo: white and pink. I'd say it would be worth owning if you don't have one. I like the neon pink glitter, I am not sure putting it over green would be my future choice!

Color Club Ultra Violet

I debated putting this photo in the lineup. Why? The purple faded to raspberry pink, it's a shade deeper than my photo, too. I'm wearing it now over a nude and it's an amazing shade: the contrasting shimmer just kills. If this were darker, I think I'd like it, too, but this berry with the aqua popping out really belts it out of the park. Shades of Emily de Molly Sparta Drive.

I even took it off and reapplied it. Hey hey!

Color Club Ultra Violet topped with Daydream Believer

Excuse the Photoshop issue, it was too dark and I had to brighten it. Man. Though, what a lovely blue and white glitter.
Like My Generation, it's an easy one.

There you have it. A neon collection that left a slight mark in the Color Club pantheon of neons. I think that their tendency toward sheerness and the relative similarity to some better cremes that CC already had in their stable really didn't show these off to their best ability.

I know that this was one of the last sets I bought and I know that soon they raised their price to an astonishing $8 a bottle through their resellers (it's rightsized by the looks of things, though who can fault their holographic collections? Not me).

The only one I recommend is the yellow, orange and purple (though mine isn't).

The glitters are nice, Though I think in the wake of indies, it's almost a kind of a hard sell to get too excited over these.

We've had a wet and ghastly spring. Today it's in the 40's and normally it's hot by now. I needed a jab in the arm with some summer shades.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Pure Ice Fairy Tale Forest Collection

Yes, I know this is from 2015. I agree, it's old and hard to find. I do need to get it blogged.

Overall: Liked it a lot. Many hits and a couple of misses.

Simply put: Pure Ice doesn't let you down.

I've maxed out on polishes and purged a ton here at work (over 50 polishes, and I feel like I've barely dented the surface!) and will be purging more soon. Keep your eye's on the blog sale page. This weekend I'll be adding to it!

Quick notes: As my nails had been stained horribly by a teal green Maybelline Color Show, I've put a nude base over my nails. This helps the glass fleck/creme combos a lot.

Let's start!

Pure Ice Fairy Tale Forest

The namesake polish of the collection. Wow.
I love a petrol blue like crazy and this one takes the cake.

First off formula. Perfect two coats. 

Second, a pearly shimmer that shows minor brushstrokes. Yay! 

Pure Ice Faraway Land

I split the base on the glitters so you could see them over a deep shade then a white. Two coats each.
The middle finger has a bit of bleed from the navy I used on the ring and index. 

Over white, it is basically a glitter and a micro glitter. Kind of nice over white, but over black. Wow. Color shifting and beautiful. A keeper.

Two coats.

Pure Ice True Love's Kiss

Icy mauve pink and a favorite. Needed three coats, but tight little formula and a glass fleck that is a soft warm iridescent shimmer. 

Soft, subtle, and lovely, I like this one a lot.

Pure Ice Precious Jewel

Soft turquoise with the same warm iridescence. Very pretty and soft, like an animated character's costume: not too bright, but distinctive.

Three coats. I didn't do clean up on any of these, so you can see here I had issues, but I think they were mine, not the polishes.

Pure Ice Prince Charming

This is a case of me wrestling with my camera...apologies!

A soft blue, akin to the pink above, loaded with a cooler iridescent shimmer. Quite lovely, verys soft and a nice little three coater.

Pure Ice White As Snow

This is an interesting decision by Pure Ice. It's a white shimmer loaded with small and medium glitters. If the glitter wasn't there I think I would like it a touch more. 

Two coats each. Over white you can see the soft pink iridescence and it's pretty nice. 

Personally I think the glitters add zero to this polish. I think due to it's nature, it's very limited over anything but a pastel, and ice shade, or a white or creme.

The urge to add glitter to things is over rated.

Pure Ice Tales Untold

Final glass fleck/creme combo: a lovely if not unremarkable lavender with iridescent shimmer.

To reiterate: these glass fleck/cremes are a wee bit sheer, in definite need of a third coat and enhanced by a nude (or unstained!) base.

I love pale purple, and this one is very nice.

Stella Grace

The name is, to me, like, wait, what?

The polish is a case of too little glitter in a lovely pink glass fleck shimmer base. It's gorgeous. There is a star glitter that is in such a small amount that I only managed to fish one out. Insane. Why not just a color transforming topper? I don't know. The glitter is sparse at two coats.

Close, so close, ut not worth the time to hassle with the glitters.

This collection was available in certain Walmartlands, but not mine, so a very kind and generous MakeupAlley member bought it for me. Super nice!

I think, though, this collection has cured my "limited-edition-itis".

No single color stands out as a "must have" for a limited edition set. While they are all pretty, I think the glitter/shimmer combo is not totally successful, except in the case of Faraway Land.

I do like Precious Jewel.

Finding these are a bit of a challenge: try blog sales. Ebay has them at a steep price. I don't know that they aren't dupable with a topper and a generic pastel creme.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Different Dimension My Forever Fairytale

This collection came out a few months ago, a bright mid-winter holographic and glitter collection full of dreams and possibilities.

I like this collection, and think it is quite beautiful. The shades are subtle and can be used to layer, yet do build.

Three are micro glitters with holographic scattered glitters with the new red to green shifting glitters that are like the flakies of old, but I will warn that these tend to sit in the orange/amber range under normal lighting conditions. This can muddy up a shade, but on the other hand, can be quite beautiful in contrast.
The other three are those micro flakie holos that are light lovers and give up stunning holo.
Finally there is a bonus shade included if you buy the set. A pretty normal holo.

Let's roll them out!

Slay Your Own Dragons

Teal leaning turquoise glitters with some holographic glitters. Also the new "red to green" shifting glitter in a small enough amount to add dimension without overpowering the shade.

The micro glitter is metallic, so it kicks up a lot of light.

Two coats, and probably could have used three.

This is a pretty polish, I think amazing over something like a navy or a perfectly matched turquoise.

Dream Impossible Dreams

This is very pale and very sweet. The red green is super subtle, but there. Two coats, in need of a third, and over a lavender it would sing.

Always Wish Upon a Star

Described as a baby pink, it tends to drift into a warmer coral/nude pink thanks to the red/green shifting glitter. A above, a micro glitter with metallic and holo to drive the base and the scattering red/green for interest.

Two coats, better coverage. I love this shade a lot. Very neutral, delightful over a pale rose pink or a pale earthy rose.

This winds up the micro glitter/red-green shift polishes in this collection.

I am liking this glitter, but it has it's limitations and a lot of makers - this one is no exception - are reformulating their polishes with an addition of this red-green shifting glitter. It's subtle in this collection, which is nice.

Once Upon a Time

Called a rose gold, I'd call it a copper pink, and it's a stunner. Though my flash is killing off the holo, this is a linear and a holo flake.Wow. Beautiful!

Two coats and quite the win.

Never Too Old For Fairy Tales

Called a lavender gold, I think the gold is hard to spot. It's the same: linear holo and a holo flake that kills. Gorgeous and a beautiful lavender that holds its own against the gold in the formula.

Two coats.

The Best Is Yet To Come

Billed as another gold based holo, this time bright blue is the color store plus holo and, as above, those tasty holo flakies.

Two coats.

These last three are truly holo monsters, but under light that won't pick up the holo, they are really beautiful, particularly Once Upon a Time.

Bonus polish: Tale Old as Time

A tawny nude, or an earthy gold, however you look at it, this one is the whole kitchen sink!
Holo, holo flakes, and red-green shifting shimmer. Shimmer, not glitter. It's a beauty. In the summer it will kill with a tan.
I am glad it's not a pink nude, this works for me and I'm finding it quite a nice bonus.

Currently available on Different Dimensions website.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Emily de Molly Fancy Sauce, Redux

I used Emily de Molly Fancy Sauce a few posts ago, but it wasn't the star, more of a key supporting player.

Here it is in all its glory!

I. can't. even. It is so perfectly lovely. The green/blue shifting opalescent flakies are changelings. There is a splash of holo, but it's more of an accent rather than a heavy dose, so it plays with the flakies rather than overpowers them.

I have two coats over a black.

Here you can see the holo catching the light, though washed out under my lamp, I don't think it's at its best here.

I then put it over white

Wow! With flash now you can see that the iridescence shifts into the pink violet range.

Simply gorgeous. I love translucent flakies and their shift over other shades.

Taken using just a lamp, no flash. Though washed out,  you can see the index finger on the left shows it shifting into the tangerine and almost yellow. Nice!

Still on Emily de Molly's site as of this writing.

If you like flakies, you will enjoy this one!!

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Sass I say, Sass

China Glaze Sass in a Glass

This is two coats over Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau.

I thought it would be much more transparent, but in two coats it was done, thank you ma'am!
The CC was supposed to give a pretty base to bounce all that pink through. Well, I was left in awe.

Here it is with flash:

I've had this one for a few years, I think I picked it up at Head2Toe, with their endless stream of old China Glazes in their inventory it's not hard to try out an oldie.

Big 3 ingredients are here and not shy. Phew! They stink!

But if you like oldies, this one does take it to a new level: It's a glass fleck that holds its own, which is pretty nice. 

The base is a strong magenta pink and the glass fleck is pink, too. 

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Friday, April 7, 2017

Sparkling Boho

China Glaze Boho Blue

Shot with a flash, this is a bit more demure than this photo shows.

Three necessary coats.

Lovely self-leveling, glossy finish - this is sans top coat.

This is from 2015 Road Trip collection. I love how clear and bright it is in this photo, but it's a little more periwinkle in real life.

I tossed on a polish I was certain I blogged, OPI Spark de Triomphe:

Together they are perfect, the warm leaning silver in SdT matches perfectly with the purple leaning baby blue.

I love Boho Blues, but if you aren't into three coaters, this one may not be for you. The first two coats gave me some concern, but by three, things evened out and there was no complaints. Gorgeous.

Wore well and dried so fast, I had to take a double take. So nice!

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Monday, April 3, 2017

Silky Roses

I thought I'd blogged China Glaze Swanky Silk, but apparently let's go!

Two coats over black. No top coats.
It shifts from a bronzed gold into a pretty soft rose pink.

I love the shift, but it's not pronounced. This collection came out in 2012 and was notworthy for it's lack of real color shift and the fact that it was a duochrome collection at all.

Some bloggers were able to make the color shift squeal and really jammed out some amazing photos. Well, as someone with a number of duochromes, I don't want to contort myself into lighting to get a scant shift that doesn't seem very generous.

I thought I'd try it over black to bring out some of the zip, I think it helped, but my nails are fairly flat, so I don't get a lot of that action that's in the bottle.

I then tried it as a stamping polish over China Glaze Giver's Theme (very unlike China Glaze: a literal relabel of a polish I have in my drawer!)

This is with an Emily de Molly plate 05. These plates are amazing. I love them: precise and easy to get a great image.

The polish, however, sucked at the intended job. So it's not a crossover polish by any stretch of the imagination.

China Glaze seems to not make a two coater. Giver's Theme needed three, though the intensity and beauty of this shade once completely finished is hard to argue with: I love this one.

Swanky Silk, what do do with you?  I hate to burrow you away in a drawer. I might try water marbling with it.
Maybe stamp it over a black or navy. That would be interesting!
I always think of these things after I am blogging!!

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Monday, March 27, 2017

Special Sauce, Please!

Emily de Molly has this amazing mylar flake and holo combo called Special Sauce.
Wow. It is indeed!

Here it is over a new favorite of the old variety, Milani Showy Sea-Green:

This is taken with my iPhone and with a flash/lamp combo. I love this quite a lot and will be bringing it out some more in the future over other base coats.

A flashy green/pink/purple mylar flakie that is in a holo base. It's a stunner.

Here is Milani Showy Sea-Green alone:

I love this so hard. It's such a great vintage green. Like a 1930's kitchen tile.

Stunningly hard to not love this one. It's what the RBL Fire Queen should have been.

Meanwhile, without gushing too much. The formula killed.

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SinfulColors Olympia

Here's a sour apple green that came out a few years ago with a collection that was loaded with pretty polishes in a Greek gods theme. I think I've blogged a couple, but see that I never got around to this one.

SinfulColors Olympia

A thick near one coater. No top coat here.

I like the color a lot and it's has a sunny day feeling about it.

I wanted to try it out as a stamping polish, too:

I have it over Sally Hansen Commander in Chic, which shows it's pros and cons.
Pros: dense enough to show actual green over a deep color.
Cons: some patchiness that may or may not go away with further evaporation or better application of stamping technique.

The plate: Emily de Molly 27. I love her designs a lot. The stamping I feel was helped by such a well made plate. No wrestling around to get the pattern out, etc.

Oh, I apologize for the purple latex left around my fingers, I was kind of in a bit of a rush.

I am still in a love-hate relationship with my camera because the kit lens is a bit slow and it's not a macro workhorse.

This weekend I played with it some more, so I am ever optimistic.

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