Friday, August 27, 2021

Old Sally Hansen and Her Roses

 Here I am with another vintage Sally Star Opal. 

Rose Gold 04. The Rose part is a mystery, but onward.

A deep stem green, perhaps, but a blackened green for sure. 

This is two coats over black. You can see it is a somewhat loose formula.

But the deep green satisfies.

Then the shift:

I mean, really! The deep plum with a scant pink shimmer just delights me.

I did try it alone, but there was no rose or gold.

Findable on the usual suspects for vintage polish: eBay, blog sales, vintage polish groups on Facespace. 

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Monday, August 9, 2021


 This one is from Music City Beauty through the Hella Handmade Creations from July 2019.

Pretty little multicolor deep gray based multicolor micro glitter.

Two coats of this pretty little dense party house of a polish was so fun to wear.

I normally don't like the deeper shades but this holo sparkle with the pink and green glitter seems to just play around all the time. 

The promotional images showed a much stronger pink presence than I ever saw, so this is the one caveat with indies and the limited edition presales.

You may find this on a blog sale. 

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Wednesday, July 28, 2021

A Star, A Star

Been playing with the old Sally Hansen Opals. In retrospect those were some crazy great times in nail polish with pigments that only now are approaching that kind of greatness.

This one is Star Opal 03 Fire Opal. Let's play with the light, shall we?

 Two coats over black, a delightful deep redwood shade that seems fitting with the current trend in lip colors.

But it just keeps getting better:

It shifts to this golden yellow that is so pretty.


Here is this deep mushroom shade with the golden shimmer peeking out.

Altogether a very unique shade in my collection. I am sure there are pigments in the indie realm, but I don't know if a pure shimmer one exists. 

You may be able to find this on eBay or a blog sale.

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Wednesday, July 7, 2021

Hot Summer

Oh yes, talking about the weather. Not.

Here's Esmaltes da Kelly's Hella Handmade Creations from June 2020:

 Loads of holo and blue glitter in a bath of holo particles.

It's very much a "fun in the sun" polish, and a bit shy under my lamp.

I mostly know Esmaltes da Kelly from stamping plates and polishes, but she definitely turns in some beauties on the Hella Handmade Customs and Polish Pickup.

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Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Zingy Zoya Zuza

 What can I say, a simple seaside shade suited for summer.

They call it a turquoise, but there is a green shimmer in it that really moves it out of the blue into the seafoam green category. And yet it's not that pale kind of shade, but a rich fresh pop of green/blue.

Zoya's description (It's still available on their site) says there is gold and silver shimmer, well the gold certainly yeets the blue out of the turquoise.

Here's my swatch:

Three coats, no top coat.

Simple, easy and perfect for these hot days of summer. 

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Sunday, June 13, 2021

Sally Hansen Star Opal 02 (reboot)

I am going through my older polishes with a more stern eye, so I've got a project of redoing the Sally Hansen Opals with an eye on thinning out the collection.

I purged 01, as it was too thick to layer and to unimpressive and difficult to use on its own. 

Here is Star Opal 02:

One coat over navy, the green really popped, but it's more of a chartreuse than a bright Christmas green.

Here is the more common shift:

A pretty eggplant shimmer with a silvery highlight.

I tried a second coat, but it got milky and virtually useless.

I am keeping one bottle but purging any backups of this one. The payoff just isn't there. And as I delve deeper into my duo and multi chromes I am sure there will be better representatives. 

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Wednesday, June 9, 2021

Of Wands and Spells and Things

 Here is a sweet polish from Glam from a Potions and Spells collection that references Harry Potter.

Having not read any of the book nor seen any of the movies the reference is lost on me, but that doesn't deny that this is a beautiful polish!

Collection came out in 2019 and is now no longer on Glam's website. I love Glam a lot, but this was the only one that I knew I needed.

Glam Vulnera Sanentur translates to "wounds being healed" (thank you

Three coats and very shiny metallic gold flakes and iridescent flakes awash in a sanguine hue that leaves me delighted!

Here is another shot:

Contextually I have no clue. My background is in things like "Le Morte d'Arthur". Though there could be a metaphor tying it all to the famed "dolorous stroke"

Honestly who knows and most people don't nor care, so enjoy the polish!

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Wednesday, June 2, 2021

The Subtle Party

[Insert clever Hank Williams New Orleans Song Quote] 

This is a beautiful polish by Fair Maiden called Fais Do Do. It's from a blog sale and further research reveals it was from a "polish con" event. 

Let's get into the swatches:

Two coats over a nude, that you can see on the pinkie finger, and a pretty lavender with some holo and flakies and some color shifting pigment.

I love the pastel shade and here it is out of focus so you can see the holo:

The holo is gentle, but not shy. It's not a wildly holo, but the beautiful pastel quality is just amazing. 

I feel kind of silly posting "virtually impossible to find" polishes, but I am determined to get this stuff swatched!

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Wednesday, May 26, 2021

A Glitter With Potential

 Morgan Taylor rides just under the crest of the popular wave of polishes.

Older users are loyal to Essie and OPI, many can name a polish by the titles of its initials!

New users like the boutique brands like Ella and Milla and Cirque (yay for Cirque!)

Morgan Taylor is a salon brand that was an offshoot of the Gelish label. They do infrequent launches and in the beginning launched smaller, curated collections. Lately they have been larger, but still, in my opinion, thoughtful. 

Here is a glitter that is from the Midnight Masquerade collection from winter 2015. 

This is a bronze gold glitter in a sheer pumpkin orange jelly. I could not really emulate the bottle color, despite three coats. This has no topcoat and lies pretty flat. I really like this shade, though I really would have liked the copper shade in lieu of the bronze one. I have mixed feelings.

I guess my feelings are moot, as the polish appears to be discontinued.

Here it is over an apricot/orange creme (that I forgot to write down the name!), one coat:

I think the implication is that the base color sells the copper more than the glitter.

This one can be found online at the nail supplies that carry Morgan Taylor as well as eBay. 

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Monday, May 24, 2021

Lilacs in Bloom

 In my burg it is lilac season. They love the heat and the sun and the occasional stormy day. 

The scent is old fashioned, but ever pleasing. 

I just bought a baby lilac to plant in my yard and I am thoroughly excited at the prospect!

Here's a pretty lilac from El Corazon called Magi Purple Charm, also known as 423/552 on their site:

A sweet little shimmer with a subtle holo that is virtually undetectable, even in the sunshine!

This is a sheer one and needed three solid coats. I think the formula was decent, my nail beds are small so there is always a bit of mess, I opted to not do cleanup.

I've posted El Corazon before and this is under their "Magic Shine" collection.

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