Friday, October 12, 2018

Taffeta Darling, by Indigo Bananas

Let's get to it!

Indigo Bananas is a fabulous indie with a great eye and a fun suitcase of ideas I love to see get unpacked.

Here's an oldie, Taffeta Darling.

A grayed down gentle lavender that is composed of a glass fleck and a holo that is called a "glass fleck holo chrome".

Still available, by the way on the Indigo Bananas site.

It's so dusty and gentle, it reminds me of the hand tinted photos of grandmother in her suits in those impossibly perfect outfits people wore for simple errand running and shopping.

In the shade you can see the chrome a lot more.

I think my photos just don't do it justice, but it's not a purple monster, it's so delightfully demure by comparison to many others.

My nails were still growing out ans showing the hard won effort of my enthusiastic filling to get this long.

Pure delight wearing this guy.

I thought I'd stamp over the top using Hard Candy Rumor Mill.

While I am not 100% sure I like the intensity of the design, or the shade. I like how the holo peeks out. I don't know if I will add Rumor Mill to stamping polishes yet. It did handle pretty well, but it's not opaque so it feels a little muddy.

Meanwhile here's the delightful plate:

Found on eBay and a really nice bunch of designs. I used the square in the top center, it's so big, but really worked out.

Altogether I love how Indigo Bananas made this finish and used such a subtle shade of almost oyster purple.

I think this plate may no longer on eBay, but the water marbling design is plenty available with a simple search. There are many of these designs around, too, which is pretty neat.

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Monday, October 1, 2018

Reboot, Reblog, Blues for Autumn

Autumnal blues are complex. They are the seaside shutting down after tourist season. They are the long shadows and deep even longer evenings.

Here is a blue that is just so perfect for fall, American Apparel Mount Royal

Three coats, a shiny, but non-self-leveling finish, this pretty deep cobalt feels moody and pensive like a storm about to slip over the mountains.

Gone the way of the dodo, the American Apparel brand seems to be defunct. This is available on eBay, so not completely extinct!

Here is a reboot of Amoresse Cool In The Pool.

Hard to fault. Defiantly blue sky in the late afternoon. Perfection.

Might be so rare that my earlier blog post (here) is coming up on the search! Hilarious!

A quick comparison:

Left to right:


Warm afternoons, cool nights, shorter days. A pair of pretties to enjoy the crisp days of autumn.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Turning Spring into Autumn

It's starting to turn, later, drier, and more colorful. The leaves I mean. They are tired from the summer and want to sleep. As they do in Bambi, the book by Felix Salten, they do their duty and crackle and warn animals of hunters approaching. Stay safe animals, it's hunting season.

Here is a sweet pink coral called Bump Up the Pumps by Essie

Though it did need the three coats, I really love this soft rosy coral shade. The formula worked well, despite my application issues.

I topped it with a gorgeous glass fleck polish, Milani Gold Rush.

Love how it transformed.

The red/orange jelly of Gold Rush just turned it all juicy and delightful.

I have enough gold flash to make it pop.

Now that I'm looking at it, the only thing that would make it better would be a coat of flakies or some holo! I love when layering improves a polish.

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Thursday, September 20, 2018

Nubar Gem

Here's another one from the vault of oldies that I needed to swatch.

I think this came from a blog sale years ago.

It's a lovely polish, a maroon/taupe with holo glitter.

Here it is:

Three coats and definitely a bit slow to dry on me. I won't say I don't like it, but it seems like it's not giving me the payoff that I really wanted for the effort.

This is a shimmery metallic mixed with holo and so it can't be too dense or you won't see holo, you will see lumps. They do a good job.

I looked around for Nubar but found a couple Facebook pages and very little else. If they're in business, it's not in the retail nail polish business. Interesting.

This is probably around online at various places to buy All The Things, but really, it seems like it's hard to find any more.

I love the warm shimmer, I love the holo. A pretty finish combination.

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Thursday, September 13, 2018

Milani 3D Holographic

I think these came out in late 2009 or early 2010.

There are six polishes in this sweet little scattered holographic collection. A few months ago I did swatch one of them and though, DANG! I need to do the rest!!

Here we go! (No top coats, btw!)

Milani 3D 510

Two coats of Solid Gold Dancer loveliness.

A combination of lamp and flash brings out the sparkle and some scant holographic.

If you love gold, and I confess I do, this one is a treat.

Milani Cyberspace 512

Beautiful watery aqua blue. Love the coverage but was three coats this time. No worries. The payoff is beautiful.

Perhaps my favorite!

Milani Hi-Res 514

Plum purple that pulls warmer on my nails.

Three necessary coats, but the job was done. Nice!

Milani HD 513

Three coats and just divine. This is under lamp and flash, but at an angle to really pick up the holo.

I love this one so much.

Unlike the rest, this seems to have large holo and some smaller holo, so it has a little bit more of a flash.

Milani Hi-Tech 511

This delightful peridot is a three coater and shot with a flash, strong flash.

I love it and it was such a nice one to wear.

Milani Digital 513

Three coats, but really a bit more sheer than I'd have liked.

This pink coral warmed up on my fingers, but didn't disappoint in the soft scattered flash department.

I tried it as a topper over Sally Hansen Sultry Fuchsia

Sultry Fuchsia is a bit deeper and ranges more into the berry shade, but you can see the base in the Milani is sheer and virtually vanishes and the holo particles just scatter around and behave like a holo topper.

There you have it, a set of very well considered holos.

These are available on eBay and Big South American River, and fairly affordable.

They were the beginnings of holo after a hiatus and so everyone was excited.

For my part I'd say I love some more than others, but they all do a nice job for scatters.

Wanted to add a side note: during the summer my nails grew very long and I was so happy that a lot of the damage from Polygel had grown out.

Sadly I had a big break, and discovered that at their longest (back in the CbL Marilyn post) they were too weak to support the length and were subject to flipping backwards (the nails-on-a-chalkboard feeling for me).

I then discovered a smile crack that ran through the lower 1/3rd of my middle finger, so I knew I bent something forward, but I also didn't realize I'd cracked the nail in the bed so far down. Yikes.

Where am I going? Well, last night I reapplied the Polygel. Muscle memory kicked in and it wasn't super hard to apply, even with my non-dominant hand.

The support is just something I will use for a while and it does make things more 'firm' in my nail, so it's less mobile.

Next steps of course: work on filing, work on less thickness, and work on maintaining a length that feels good.

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Friday, August 31, 2018

So Nice, I Wore It Twice

Somehow in my surfing, I picked up Colors By Llarowe Marilyn The Legend in a destash. This is a Polish Pickup 2017 offering and quite a lovely pink packed with loads of holo microflakies (I am not sure what the term for these are, but it's glass fleck sized holo flakies)

This is a beautiful pink, but a little bit of an application issue for me. 

Here it is in May:

This is in sunshine. I love the holos, but they really don't produce holo, but a glassy metallic random reflection now and again.

Three coats - necessary - and my cuticle flooded pinkie shows that the applicator (me) is less than perfect.

Here it is in early August:

This is under my lamp, so it's a little brighter pink. I would say that this is the perfect pink summer polish.

I will say I did have issues with some of the application, but not impossible. I didn't do cleanup, again, so you can see did soup around a bit.

I may move this along. I am not 100% in love with the formula, though I own my application errors, the visible nail line after three coats was frustrating.

I wanted to add that I had a bad break on my pinkie after this and had to cut things down. The weird thing was that my middle finger had a shallow "smile" crack along the middle, so while it didn't go all the way through, it certainly wasn't a healthy looking thing. I am going to pop the polygel on this weekend.

This one you may find around destashes, it's a gorgeous pink, that's for sure!!

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Thursday, August 23, 2018

Beam Me Up! By Essence

Essence Out of Space Stories was a fun, little, and affordable collection that came out in 2017. I have to admit that it's about the first Essence collection I grabbed, and I don't think all the ones they had on their US site were the same as in store or on their EU site, so go figure.

Though, I am happy with what I found, even if the duochromes are a little unimpressive after comparing them to my old Sally Hansen and the various indie offerings.

Here is a real win, though, Essence Beam Me Up!

Here in the sunshine it's a red leaning pink with a scattered holo that doesn't really flash as strong as I'd hoped, but it's a pretty shimmer that does catch the light enough to give a pretty semi-rainbow effect when conditions are right.

Here it is under lamp and flash:

Much more pink with the blue correcting light of the flash and a daylight corrected lamp. this is a few weeks later when I wore it again.

Two coats and I was good. The brush was a little small and wonky, so that's a bit of a let down.

Since I had such good luck with application, first coat is a great covering coat, I wanted to try stamping with it.

Here it is over white. I am using my Moyou London Plate Arabesque 03. Moyou, by the way, just rocks.

I had some wobble issues, but the plate stamped beautifully. I used a soft jelly stamp, one I found on eBay. These pick up very well, but man, they will "float" if you are not spot on.

As a stamping polish, perfection!!! It pulls so neon over the white! Surprise win!

Essence no longer carries this line in their US or EU site. In fact their EU site seems to have lines that are not carried here in the US. As a side note the the US site has Catrice makeup. Dang! If only they would carry Catrice polish!!!

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Friday, August 17, 2018

Three Pale Purples Of Different Types

I have to confess, my new favorite thing is watching the PBS Eons channel on Youtube.

It's loaded with heady Natural History and reminds me of the history of science and how we as a species tried to make things "fit" until we really got our heads around scientific method.

Here are three beauties that I adore.


Zoya Leslie

The contrasting blue shimmer on this one is a superb exemplar in the contrasting shimmer creme combo.

I have three coats and there is something so delicate and petal-like about this polish. 

I am using a lamp/flash combo to pick up the shimmer a bit more than normal, but it is heavenly.

Still available at Zoya! Keep an eye out for their sales this late autumn. 

Zoya Rea

A perfect dusty plum foil. Two coats, easy to use.

My flash picks up some sparkles, but they are really just not as much of a thing in real life. 

Sadly, discontinued by Zoya and perhaps that reflects the mainstream taste for cremes these days, I don't know. 

Meanwhile, it's still available online through other sources. Nice!!

Pahlish Briar Rose

This was a Hella Holo Customs exclusive for January 2018. 

I think it's pure delight. 

Three needed coats, but a pretty mauve/rose packed with holo.

While this sort of holo isn't my favorite, it just doesn't produce rainbows very well, the color is so delicate and beautiful. 

Seek this one out in blog sales and Facebook destash sites. You never know.

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Wednesday, August 8, 2018

Do Old Thrills Last?

I was at TJ Maxx and I found a few bottles of the old OPI France Collection from a decade ago. It was for Autumn 2008 if memory serves.

Seems like I wanted it all, but never seemed to delve into it. It was the time when, thinking back on it, so many of the other salon brands and especially drugstore brands were making knock offs.

Here is Bastille Your Heart:

It's a glossy deep red shimmer with enough pink shimmer tossed in to make it a succulent raspberry shade.

I guess the formula was okay, but not stellar. I think it is a little loose and coupled with my super casual application, it wasn't heart stopping. (Wait a still your heart...never mind.)

I could not find it on the OPI website, so it's hard to say how TJ Maxx got a hold of it.

Not as thrilling as in the day. That doesn't mean it isn't a classic shade, perfect for autumn.

Probably still floating around eBay or blog sales.

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Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Stamping it Up

Wanted to play with a stamping with a holographic, but haven't had one I wanted to sacrifice to the stamping gods.

I'd gotten a couple of Up Colors polishes in a huge sale from an online etailer quite some time ago and wanted to used them. I quickly discovered that they were very un-three free (dibutyl phthalate) and I figured I needed to just use it up.

Here it is over Zoya Zanna

I think it's a good stamping polish. I used a negative space plaid and though there are some gaps, it did a nice job.

Zoya Zanna, wow, what a gorgeous orchid pink, I love it a lot. I must have purchased it during a sale, but I love it a lot. Went on like a charm.

Up Colors is out of south america, but I am not sure if it's a Brazilian brand. I know that it's not a super unique holo. I have it in blue (here) and green. It does have a strong holo, so the color is subservient to the holographic power.

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