Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bright Polish, Gothic Name

 Pahlish is one of my early indie loves. 

Thankfully she's still swinging it out of the park.

Here is one of the early ones for me: Your Bright Shadow.

Set in a beautiful violet leaning periwinkle swim some seafoam and pearl white glitters of various shapes. 

Three coats, no top coat.

Pahlish, as is the indie way, only made this for a short time. You may be able to find this gem in a blog sale or perhaps in a facebook sale. Otherwise, it's page out of the nail polish history book.

Meanwhile, this is an old photo from May, so I am playing catch up and trying to post more often with photos that I think are worth posting.

Still polygel free for now.

Take care and thanks so much for reading my little nail polish journal.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I Cu Copper

I love foils and I love them in the summer. Well, truthfully, I love them year round.

Here is one that really shines.

Sally Hansen Terra-Coppa.

Three coats, no top coat.

Found this randomly at Walmartland. This is the Miracle Gel, which has no meaning to me at all, I mean, it's basically the same polish, no actual light needed. From what I read, there is a multi-step process involving a special top coat. I later added a top coat and it was a normal one.

Wore very well and zero complaints. 

Terra-Coppa is still in their stable of colors. 

Thanks so much for reading my little nail polish journal!

Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pop Jeweled Peacock

This is a dense holo flake and glitter "bomb" that is just gorgeous.

A player in the light and shadow this one really delivers. I have three coats, but I think it would be a great topper with one coat.

It doesn't mess around.

I believe this is still on Pop Polish's Etsy store.

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, May 10, 2020

Blue Skies are G.O.A.T., Too

I have to admit, I often take photos and then discard them because something just doesn't do the polish justice. My personal way of officially "swatching" a polish is posting it here on the blog (and Instaspam, too, since, I figured out how to do it on a regular computer, thus accessing files, versus playing games with emails...bzzzzzt you don't want to read this).

When I get a great polish shot, it's very satisfying. 

Here is Music City Beauty Capricorns are G.O.A.T.:

This is two coats and no top coat at this point. 

What I love most about this polish is how flipping rich the blue is, but doesn't sacrifice the glass fleck-osity that I crave in shimmer polishes. Plus it has a delightful pink cast, moving this into that rare "intense periwinkle" family. 

This is from Polish Pickup January 2020. As I lean more toward indies, it is not inexpensive, so trying to decide which limited edition polishes to buy is almost heartbreaking at times. These days PPU is well over 100 polishes, wax melts, soaps, cuticle oils, jewelry, and many other things from stamping plates to cat toys. I think this is quite a success story. 

Here is another photo of it while I was out at the barn:

This is a few days later and I am very prone to tip wear due to my motto of "tools, oops, I mean jewels, dammit" when I use my hands. 

This was taken in February and the sun was out, and unlike last February it was extremely nice outside. 

I am lucky to have blue skies and open vistas where I live. 

If you can find this polish on a blog sale or a facespace sale, I recommend picking it up: it's dense and rich and you don't have to fight with it, heaven knows I am not the clean-up queen and I feel like it's just a gem in my collection.

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Purple Possibilities

I have been spending more time in the world of indies and have one here that I purchased used from a blog sale. 

Sayuri, though, did close down late last year, and that's a real bummer. I am guilty of not buying enough, and not supporting them, which is kind of a bummer.

You never know what is going on with a maker. I guess that's why I try to support them, they put so much heart and soul into their work.

Sayuri always intrigued me.

Here is Cloaked Fortunes:

Two coats and forgive the lack of cleanup!

I am wearing the top coat.

I love the beautiful royal purple and the scattered holographic.

I am not wearing polygel right now and I am liking it a lot, especially with all the hand washing.

You might be able to find Sayuri on Facespace sales pages or even on places like eBay. Worth looking for.

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

Friday, April 17, 2020


Sheltering in place right now.

Staying inside is a luxury I am grateful for.

Here is to everyone who is fighting this. 

Essie Shelter Island

Three coats, a top coat, too.

A classic and a beautiful blue. No longer in the Essie line-up, it came out as a trio. Then Essie was sold off to L'Oreal and L'Oreal duped it. Go figure.

When I was first getting into polish, this was a hot set. To me, while it is beautiful, it is not a drop dead gorgeous blue.

But it is pretty and soft and though it needed a solid three coats, what isn't to like about it's preppy vibe.

Take care and thanks so much for reading my little nail polish journal!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A Little Green Sparkle If You Please

Pop Polish "I'll Grow Back"

I put a couple coats over a Milani silver glitter to add to the sparkle.

Lovely metallic flake with large platinum flakes that take no prisoners.

It feels like a holiday polish with the red and blue and some gold, but it's just beautiful.

Here is an indoor shot:

Better under the indoor lights for my iPhone, that's for sure!

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coral Claws

Finding photos on the phone can be interesting.

I blogged L'Oreal Mandarine 320 back in the Old Days of this blog (2012, view here!) but really didn't do much else with it.

Thinking back, I don't think I've worn it since! This is the problem with a metric tonne of polish. Right? Maybe.

Truthfully I love coral. I think it can be a universally flattering shade, especially pink.

Somehow I must not have marked the bottle (my high tech "did I blog this" tracking system) and I tossed it on over white:

It's fairly epic for spring.

Three coats and a beautiful shimmery frost that arrests your eyes in the sun, because indoors it's more like a creme.

Here it is under lamps:

This is a tough formula, prone to some issues, as you can see on my left hand here.

Also, over white, it just has issues.

I don't keep my nails quite this long, but also not quite this thick. This is right before I removed the polygel in 2019.

I love this shade and how it zings into the neon realm and yet has that whitish frostiness.

Are frosts coming back? OPI will release a pearl collection and pearl is a kind of brushstroke prone frost.

We shall see...though, OPI isn't on the bleeding edge of much these days, so don't take my word on what's on or off trend.

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

Thursday, February 6, 2020

Of Gleams and Songs

Whenever I get a polish with a pop culture reference it's safe to say I need to look it up.

Native War Paints The Gleam In Your Eyes Is So Familiar from Polish Pickup 2018 was no exception.

In fact if it weren't for searching I would have guessed "modern era vampire/monster/paranormal franchise".

The hook in Video Games got me, too, so at least I'm not "whooo??" (insert clip art of granny in a rocking chair with square glasses and a gray bun).

Meanwhile, why haven't I worn this delight sooner?

A delightful pink rose with some lavender tossed in, my flash photo here doesn't show the perfectly beautiful blue glass fleck that gives a pronounced blue flash.

I am mesmerized.

Easy three coats, and a healthy holo with a scatter that leans toward a nice soft flame of warmth.

I am crazy about the formula, too. Dried very nicely, three days later I am seeing no wear or any issues.

For some reason I don't have a lot of this brand, why I do not know!

It was a one off for the Polish Pickup ( back in 2018 (August).
If you aren't familiar with this check it out, it's a pop up type shop with limited edition samplings from an ogling array of makers. You may want to hide your credit cards. Shipping is a flat $3.

Don't blame me if you are gazing at your nails and sipping ramen broth for a few weeks.

Just saying!

Oh and Native War Paints does have an offering this month (check it out here).

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

Thursday, January 30, 2020

NIcole by OPI. Gone But Not Forgotten

Back in 2011 Nicole by OPI was a going concern. In fact they'd had even some affiliation with a pretty popular tv family, plus some TV show tie-ins.

Somehow it just wasn't meant to be. Gone the way of the Dodo, as I frequently say.

I found that in the nail community people didn't like the bottles.

Sometimes they did a better version of something (Dutch Ya Like OPI next to NOPI Purple Yourself Together as an example) or did some fun stuff with glitter.

This set came out around Christmas 2011 with four glitters. I had them set aside for swatching, but ended up separating them into their color families.

Nicole by OPI Orna-ment For Each Other

Three coats (two would be fine).

No top coat.

This is a texture, but  I honestly can't recall if it was supposed to be textured or not, I really can't recall. 

I love how the gold brings it into the warmer tomato family of reds.

Wore it for about a 4 day span with no tip wear or anything. Nice!!

I think I bunged it over another polish, so you can see that a little around the edges. 

Perhaps considered rare at this time, as it's not inexpensive on eBay. You might find it on a blog sale, though.

Thanks for reading and sticking with my little nail polish journal!