Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Glitters of a Similar Nature

I think you've figured it out by now. When I first started blogging I was really into grabbing the really beautiful polishes I'd seen online and wasn't even sure if I love them or not for myself.

I've had Amoresse Mambo Madness for about 6-7 years and just balked at blogging it. I don't know why!

It's a heady silver holographic glitter tinted with a lavender base.

My iPhone doesn't do it justice.

This has gone the way of the Dodo, though. BUT, not that you couldn't franken a silver holo glitter into something super similar.

I think you can get a similar ride out of Color Club Sugar Plum Fairy (blogged here)

Also if you can find SinfulColors Top Me Off, you are in a good way, too.

Left to right:
Three coats over Color Club Coastal Creme
Three coats over black (generic combo of a few brands)
One coat over nude
One coat over black

Although it's not a wall of holo, it's a pretty holo shade. It's pretty much a topper (hence the name) and it's also doable as a three coater.

I think what sets it apart is the combination of purple with the holographic. Similar, but not a total substitute.

I don't check the SinfulColors Displays as often, so I don't know how often they have this one, but if you are after a holo/purple topper you may want to take a peek.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

China Glaze Skyscraper

When this came out I was pretty excited, there was still the rush of finding Essie's Starry Starry Night or a good dupe (now that I have Dior Blueberry, I'm okay. Plus I have a Pretty Serious dupe...so I need to blog these! Plus a franken I finally around to making...but carrying on...) I was pretty excited by this polish.

In the bottle it is very lovely: gorgeous deep blueberry jelly with a ton of silvery small glitters.

Taken with my iPhone:

Three coats, no top coat. I put it over black. Why? I didn't trust the polish to cover. Next time I will try it alone or try it over a blue. It's packed with glitter, which is very nice.

I don't think I've shown it to its best advantage, losing the depth that makes this polish a beauty.

It's readily available online, though not apparently on the China Glaze site. It's from China Glaze's Metro collection from autumn 2011 (dang, is that like 5 years ago?)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Farm Curtains

Good news, I have other computer access so I can keep posting, yay!!

Been thinking of farmhouse curtains with this stamping plate. I will post a photo of it in another blog entry, it's a pretty one that I found on eBay, and it has a lot of variety.

American Apparel Downtown L.A. stamped with Wet n Wild black

Two coats of American Apparel Downtown L.A.

I won't lie, the black was supposed to be really dark. I don't think I shook it enough, because last time I used it, it was great! Dang!

Here is a version using Sally Girl Periwinkle as the base then stamping with American Apparel Downtown L.A.

I like how AA stamps, but the topcoat whipped it's heiny and dragged across the pattern.

Not the win I was hoping for.

I love how both of these remind me of curtains from a bygone era.

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Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Pahlish Dawn Treader

Quick post with my phone!

Pahlish Dawn Treader over Borghese Mezzanotte Blue

One coat that is in a pretty thick base.

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Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Blogging Year Recap

2016 is over. Wow. When I flip back through pages of blog posts, it feels like so little time has gone by. In fact, 2009 feels a lot like yesterday. (Well things were full of change and hope back then).

I'm still enjoying blogging, and that's key. I hope you are enjoying the polishes with me.

There are many changes in blogging and I don't think social media blogging has eradicated bloggers like me, yet. Yet. The challenges for me is time and accessibility. Instagram is very phone-centric, so I hope the new Sony A6000 will be up for that challenge.

I'm off the SinfulColors mailing list, much to my relief, and I don't have anyone offering me polish. Yay! So while I am not super timely with new things, my reviews will be my own. It's hard to be objective when you have free stuff arriving in the mail, despite disclosures and disclaimers.

This year I plan on trotting out a heck of a lot more indies and more stamping. I have to say I love both and with a better camera it's only my skillset that won't do right by it.

Finally, here are a few of my faves from 2016, enjoy!

FUN Lacquer Anna

OPI Into the Night and RBL Pardonne Moi stamped with white pearl (if I recall!) and topped with Orly Precious Metal

Maybelline Sand Storm stamped with Sally Hansen Frost Freeze

Guppy 77 over Sally Hansen Gray by Gray

Borghese Capriccio Blue stamped with Revlon Captivate

Sally Hansen Model Behavior

Illamasqua Muse

OPI Ro-Man-ce On The Moon accented with Milani Silver Dazzle

China Glaze All Wrapped Up

Petites Banish

Essence Back to Paradise

Diamond Cosmetics Tranquility franken

Nicole by OPI Sing You Like a Bee topped with Hidden Treasure all over Color Club Coastal Creme

American Apparel Tshirt

Dior Equis

Layering: Revlon Snow Bunny franken, SinfulColors Pinky Glitter, and Cover Girl City Lights

Morgan Taylor Making Waves

Dear Readers, thank you for reading my little nail polish journal!

Happy 2017!! (fingers crossed!!)

Friday, December 23, 2016

Little Hiatus

A few days ago the logic board in my computer died, so I have one more post after Christmas planned and will take a week or so off because it will take a little time to do the new computer thing.

Merry Christmas!!

Monday, December 19, 2016

Dior's Delicious Little Christmas Collection

Hard to believe this little collection came out back in 2011. I had to have it and it's just a gem.

It's from Dior's Les Rouges Or holiday collection and I ended up getting it shipped to me from Nordstroms because I live so far from one that I couldn't just drive over to one, and I didn't want to miss out on this one.

Let's get started, but before I do, a few things: no top coat, all are three coats, but only one truly needed three coats.

Dior Equis

Remember: no top coat. Stunning formula. Dior never lets me down. Ever. And this is no exception.

The gold shimmer is super fine and asserts itself equally with the creme pigment.

It's not a taupe, it's more of a deep hazelnut that, due to the gold, pulls into an army khaki.

It's so beautiful, a perfect confluence of formula, color, and finish.

Not available online, but may pop up on eBay.

Dior Or Divin

This pearly gold is the one that needed three coats, but it really is such a beauty that it's hard to be tough on it.

It reminds me of Nars Versailles and has that same soft "Age of Reason" subtlety.

I couldn't find it online, either.

Dior Merveille

Perhaps the star, or if not the star, the one you can't take your eyes off of.

Under the tutelage of this amazing gold shimmer, this rich Chinese Red turns vermillion.

Creme, like Equis, and almost more of a jelly, hence the glowing quality of this polish.

No doubt a polish worth finding. Good luck!

Dior Apparat

Deep burgundy red shimmer with a strong taste of gold.

The color can dip warm, but it lends complexity rather than just muddiness.

I love it as much as the rest. It is both elegant and regal.

Not online anywhere at this time.

I love this whole collection. It's upscale elegance doesn't feel too rigid, but evokes luxurious fabric and interiors that are in keeping with a Parisienne pied-a-terre.

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Six Bold Blues

It's pretty hard to say no to a bright, bold blue.

I've peered into my blue drawer(s) and really knew that I needed to try all the ones that were very bold and very bright blue.

Winners abound, but there are variations on taste, and I won't call any losers. 

Morgan Taylor Making Waves

This is two coats, no top coat. My favorite of the bunch. It's dense and covers so well, but best of all the first coat behaves like a ridge filler and the second coat is just perfection. I didn't have to do any clean up. I need more of this brand, indeed. 

Available online, with a nice brand website that has pretty swatches. Also at J.C. Penny's.

Frankly I like their formula much more than OPI's.

I buy mine through Nailtechsupply: prices are great, service is great. 

Sally Hansen Insta Dri In Prompt Blue

Next favorite is Sally Hansen In Prompt Blue (I don't get this name concept at all. The word is "impromptu")

Three coats, and a little bit of a fight with the Insta Dri brush, which is a bummer. This has a touch more red in it, but not enough to call it purple, but good enough if you like that blurple leaning blue. 
Bold and beautiful, a very good drug store polish. 

Still pretty easy to find online, plus it's still on the Sally Hansen site, so it's still in their stable of polishes. I picked mine up at Walgreens. 

SinfulColors Endless Blue and SinfulShine Most Sinful

Left to right:
SinfulColors Endless Blue
SinfulShine Most Sinful
SinfulColors Endless Blue
SinfulShine Most Sinful

Both are three coats both are still on their website, so both are still available.

I can't really tell the difference in the formulas. I think that there is supposed to be a difference, but I don't see it. 

Endless blue is a decent stamping polish. Most Sinful is a definite three coater. 

I think this is a good pair of polishes: not stingy with color and stands up next to more expensive polishes.

I picked up both at Walgreens. Now that Walgreens and Rite Aid are merging, we'll see what happens. My local Rite Aid does a great job with the nail polish, Walgreens less so.

KBShimmer Low and Be Bold

This is one that came in a special set either last year or the year before through an online sales etailer, but I can't recall any of it. Some help, right? Well, the good news is that KBShimmer has this one still available. Nice!

It's a bit different from the previous three: it's a jelly. So it's a bit deeper. I think it's a beautiful formula and if I wanted to I could put it over a white, pastel blue, or lavender to affect some cool changes to it.

If you missed Rescue Beauty Lounge IKB:2012, or International Klein Blue, you will probably be sated with this polish.


Milani Blue Zoom

This is one I found at the Dollar Tree, as it is in an older, now discontinued, line of bottles.

Milani doesn't carry an equivalent of this color. No worries, as you can see there are ample options.

Plus this one is available on eBay, too. 

This is, like KBShimmer, a jelly, so it needed three coats and it was a little more sheer. 
I like it though, but like other jellies it goes a little darker. 

If you find it in a Dollar Tree, it's a worthy contender. Why you may ask? Like the KBShimmer polish it can be layered over glitter and glass fleck shimmer to yield impressive glowing beauty. Plus online it's about 1/10th to 1/3rd the price of KBShimmer (and good luck with the RBL IKB 2012) so you can have a lot of fun with it!

Hope you enjoyed! I don't have any of these that I don't really like. I think it's a matter of budget, access or taste. 

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Monday, December 12, 2016

Green Tree, Gold Garland

I've since let go of my old WetnWild Craze collection from back in 2009, but I did keep Morbid.

It's deep shimmer reminds me of the PNW coastal forests that are so deep and dark and full of beauty.  Recycle if you can, there is so much clear-cutting out there that it's just unsustainable.

Back to the polish...
I topped it with Essie Rock At The Top from their Luxeffects collections.

Three coats of Morbid, then one of Essie RATT.

It's topped with one coat of top coat, but it is lumpy, so it just goes with the territory. I think if I added a few more coats, or had a specific glitter topper, it would be more glassy.

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Thursday, December 8, 2016

Layering Surprises

When I layer polishes and discover something completely new, it really makes my day.

The base is a franken I made from a polish called Revlon Snow Bunny (blogged here) that ended up looking like a dupe of China Glaze Blue Island Ice Tea (blogged here)  but less sheer.

A blue that I made from adding some Pacific Blue and a few other things, but ending up a pale glass fleck that was quite pretty.

Here's the result:

This is two coats, but it really covers, so I have a lot love for this little glass fleck bomb.

Then I added about 2 layers of SinfulColors Pinkie Glitter. It's an iridescent small and micro glitter in a bright pink jelly base.

Suddenly my polish was a beautiful blue lavender. What? Hello!

I loved this so much I wore it for 3 days then redid it and wore again for another four. Wow.

Topped it all off with Cover Girl City Lights (akin to Revlon Holographic Pearls) and couldn't stop staring at it for the whole week.

Here's a third iteration showing Different layers:

Left to right:
One coat SC Pinky Glitter
Two coats SC Pinky Glitter
Three coats SC Pinky Glitter
Four coats SC Pinky Glitter
(all topped with CG City Lights)

The thing is that you can see how it goes from blurple to a lavender. This photo doesn't show the change as well, but you can see that two to three coats really seals the deal.

The best part, that isn't imparted in my photos is that the glitter layers and plays hide and seek beneath the holo topper.


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