Tuesday, February 20, 2018

Vapid Seire

Here's a sheer, dupable polish I think is pretty, but am sorry I spent a dime on it.

Vapid Seire

Two coats over Sally Hansen Gray after Gray.

I will admit that I could probably dupe this with the SH and Pure Ice Heartbreaker just fine.

This is where indies need to slow down.


I am so disgusted with myself for buying this polish.  Normally I'm like, hey, whatever, but when I'm buying a dupe of cheap layering polish that's enough to tick me off a bit.

THEN to see how darn sheer it was, just make me so mad. I mean two coats and it's just not happening without a base. 

I don't mind lots of layers, but when a brand is so hyped and the result is such a drag and such a disappointment, it's time to just steer clear.

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Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Unicorn Glaze

Lollipop Lacquer's offering for the October Polish Pickup Pack was from the story The Last Unicorn. Based on the book by Peter S. Beagle.
Most people are familiar with Rankin/Bass animated movie featuring Kenny Loggins ballad of the same name. 
Heavily influenced by both the Rankin/Bass aesthetic it also pulls from the Japanese manga and animation world. 

I saw the movie in a rerun on television and really found the whole thing a bit schmaltzy, but I do like horse stuff, and I saw the movie on TV and really haven't thought of it much since. 

The book, I am sure is much better (as is usually the case) but the visuals are strong and memorable.

Lollipop Lacquer Never Ends

Three coats. This is a sheer baby, that would fall into topper or flake, but honestly if you have some patience it's worth layering. The finish is super glossy, I've got no top coat here.
It's very shifty with the flakies and the shimmer, so it never relents and becomes blah.

A deep gray-blue base loaded with a ton of stuff: red to green shifting flakies, holo particles, and some red to green shifting shimmer. It's really alive with color in a deep base that is translucent enough to catch all the action.

I missed out on it as the time limit for shopping could be a budget buster, but I was able to find it on a sales page. Yay!

Check out Lollipop Lacquer and check out the Polish Pickup Pack on Facebook. People vote on themes and indie makers interpret them. Then there is a window of just a few days to shop for well over 30 polishes, and other doodads like oils, wax melts, and other swag. It is a group you  can search for and join. 

So far I've really enjoyed seeing the way makers interpret stuff, even though I really don't buy much.

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Thursday, February 1, 2018

Reblog: Sally Hansen Star Opal 02

Here's a quickie: Sally Hansen Star Opal.
These are quite old compared to the array of multichrome choices coming out of the indie world.

I popped this over Nicole by OPI Bah Plumbug. Wait, I think I have this for sale on the blog sale, but  it's not selling, might as well use it! (I am doing more sorting/purging/etc...shipping is free, go take a look!)

Sally Hansen Star Opal 02

Late night photo sessions with the phone and flash and a secondary daylight corrected 100 watt LED bulb. 
Two coats and not able to grab the silver/green shift, but it's there. It's like a frosty Zoya Ki.

In less direct lighting, the purple diffuses into a soft silver purple, not dissimilar to Dior Silver Purple. Then if you move at certain angles it starts out sage green and will, with some work, give you a nice green.

One coat is probably recommended, as it can get milky and you can see it somewhat on my ring finger.

These are, as expected, slow as heck to dry. You can see a smudge on my index finger.

Poking around the usual spots, it's not hard to find these Opals, and they do sell, so prices aren't rock bottom, but they aren't super popular, either. Though some prices surprise. Good to see the vintage market isn't deader than a laboratory frog.

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Monday, January 22, 2018

Cinnamon Spice, It's Just So Nice

I haven't done a comp for a few weeks and I have some old polishes and a new one that need an outing.

While these colors seem very traditionally autumnal, I wanted to just toss them out, mainly to inspire me to wear them more often through the winter.

Spice colors are some of my favorites. They are neutral and easy to wear in the winter months when my skin is less tanned. I like golds in the summer and yellows, so for my skin tone, that's how I balance it.

I've got four, so the best thing to do is go down the list!

Diamond Cosmetics Hue Are You

Two very simple coats. A now-discontinued foil, the gold and rich russet red, well, let's say they play well together and we have a gorgeous result.

Very hard to fault this polish: coverage, nice wear, and a classic shade that doesn't feel dated.

With the contrasting shimmer, it could be on the pages of an indie seller's catalogue.

You might find it at a blog sale, but the long story short: Diamond Cosmetics is firmly in the private label camp. So be it. Godspeed.

Zoya Anastasia

Zoya does shimmers quite well. I don't know if that is their intention, for in fact I like their cremes quite a bit, too. It does seem to be their wheelhouse, though. They present them each year - some collections are almost all shimmer - and don't bat an eyelash or mitigate it with 3-4 similar reds or pinks to offset. There was a time when I discarded Zoya, but now, I'm looking again at this feisty salon brand that OPI could borrow from (less puns, people, more content - says a punster).

Anastasia is now gone from the Zoya site (so my surprise as I check into this as I write) and that's a bummer large. The burgundy undertone is strong, but it's so warmed up by the gold shimmer - glass fleck - that it takes on a deep spicy shade that feels like a Victorian brocaded room. Feel the hush of a life with no blue glow, no television/radio, and perhaps just a bit of Brahams playing in a room below.

Still available online with a bit of a hunt. I am sure people blog sale this one periodically.

Zoya Ivy

Ivy is a sheer 3-4 coater (nearly a topper, as you will see) that does pay off.

Apologies for this photo, my skin pulled pink and I had to play in photoshop to get the shade and the skin tone reasonable decent.

I unapologetically love this. My photo makes it look slightly too cognac, but it has more sherry color in it, too. In the bottle at some angles it pulls into a dry sherry shade, so much so that the reddish swatches I saw online seemed unimaginable. And yet, it does have this gorgeous color, undaunted by the warm gold glass fleck that is more subtly meted out.

This feels like nail polish grown up, still with that signature Zoya shimmer.

What is sad, though, like Anastasia, it, too, is gone. Too sad. Reminiscent of the bustle of some fin de siecle 19th century gown. Pull out our Maupassant when you are wearing this. Or browse some Sargent. It will feel just right.

El Corazon Magical Evening Fantasy

From the big buy last year. I've worn it but not blogged it. It is also a three coater, but has this lovely mauve "raw meat" kind of base I can't describe, then it's packed with pink glass fleck shimmer.

I think the name is hilarious and gives me such a giggle, but hey, it's not a ghastly pun.

Not much more to say, except it could be one of my favorites, so lovely.

Still on El Corazon, this "Magical" line is extensive and quite beautiful. I recommend poking around, if you dare, it's hard not to build a cart on that site!

A quick comparison, though they are hardly dupes, but it's fun to see them in relation to each other:

Left to right:
Diamond Cosmetics Hue Are You
Zoya Anastasia
Zoya Ivy
El Corazone Magical Evening Fantasy (snicker)

Here's a darker shot:

Left to right:
Diamond Cosmetics Hue Are You
Zoya Anastasia
Zoya Ivy
El Corazon Magical Evening Fantasy (hee, hee)

Here is a shot of the first coat, so you can see how sheer are Ivy and MEF.

Same order. You can see Hue Are You really is gorgeous, would be nice over a medium or dark red. 
Anastasia is fairly normal.
Ivy and MEF are sheer, but they do build.

I didn't realize when I started that the Zoyas would be gone. I guess they clean out their stable. I am not on a list announcing discontinued polishes, but maybe I should find out more about that. It's a bummer because Ivy is a stunner. 

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Friday, January 19, 2018

Cap Matching

Back in the day "matchy match" beat "goes with" all day, every day.

There was a bespoke quality to it: your shoes and bag, your belt and gloves, your nails and your lipstick. You looked not merely coordinated, but it looked back on to pre-industrial crafted clothing made from materials that were not mass produced and workmanship that was by hand.

I have had these old Dollar Store Sally Hansens around for a long, long, long time. I love the shades, and I really regret dumping many of these after trying out this franken. (Gah!)

Okay, so what was I doing? I wanted to do two things:
1 - Add enough body to the polish without losing its shade intention to give a sheer polish better coverage
1 - Match the Sally Hansen cap.

Simple enough, no?

Well my biggest challenge was that this was a finite quantity of polish and that if messed up, game was up.

See what you think.

Sally Hansen Zippy Frost frankened with Color Club Ready to Royal

Ready to Royal is a deep vamp purple (blogged here, crying for a reblog) that has a red violet undertone. I think colors like this are superb for frankening into pale shades.
To keep on track, though, I added about 1/2 a teaspoon to this bottle. There was a fair amount of evaporation and usage!

I blogged Zippy Frost a long time ago here. I think the purple just adds a richness it lacked in its first iteration.

I love this chocolate mauve shade. The purple comes out a bit, but it doesn't really do it on the nail, which is fine. I may add more Ready to Royal as space allows, but right now, it's so creamy and frosty a the same time. Love it!

Here's a photo of the bottle and cap:

You can see the red violet purple coming out here much better.

Nearly a match!

Now you can see why I have sudden regret over purging a lot of my old Sally Hansen matching cap polishes!!

Sally Hansen No Name frankened with Color Club Secret Rendezvous and  Sally Hansen Lively Lilac

It came out of a Dollar Tree pack and had the bottom half of the back label scraped off and there was no top label on the cap.

A gorgeous soft mauve pink with a great green shimmer, I tried to make it a topper, but it was in that realm of too milky to be a topper, too sheer to run solo. I really never found the right combo.

Here is a really old swatch. The green flash is not well served in any of my photos, but you can see it slightly in the early photo.

Looking at Lively Lilac, (blogged here and here) I knew it would add enough density, but could go too dark, so I grabbed CC Secret Rendezvous (blogged here) to lighten it up. CC SR isn't a one coater, so I knew it wouldn't obscure the shimmer.

This came out so well, I love it.

Such a win for both. Brushstrokes, I celebrated them!

I normally find frosts too sheer, but these are now quite a pair of favorites.

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Tuesday, January 16, 2018

Reblog: WetnWild Darkest Green

Have no fear, March will be greens. Greens, greens, and more greens, that is.

In the meantime, I pulled out a polish that I love a lot. It's an oldie and blogged what feels like 100 years ago here.

Here is is again, WetnWild Crystalic Darkest Green

This polish really is just stunning.

It's a green that is so dark and lovely yet always green. After further examination the jelly the shimmer swims around in is a gorgeous dark, dark green, not black. Yay!

 I found this at the Dollar Tree when it was packed to the gills with the good loot, I have backup of this one and just love the shimmer pop of forest green when the light hits it.

It's two to three coats, comfortably giving good coverage.

A loose-ish formula, but not wholesale sloppitude.

It's old and I couldn't even find a photo on line, so I think it's long gone. There's probably a pile in some landfill somewhere. Sigh.

Vamps are perfect for winter, but this one gives a peek of something other than black.

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Saturday, January 13, 2018

Winter Blue

Well, I realize I've had Orly Total Eclipse around for a while. It's a pale blue base chock full of tiny glitters and small glitters that are blue and iridescent.

I put it over Sephora by OPI I Don't Bite (blogged here).

Two coats and you can see the blue around my untidy edges.

It's a lovely royal blue with iridescent glitters, too. I like how the blurple contrasts with it a bit.

Here's another shot in the sunshine:

You can see the blue glitters popping out a little more here. I have to admit I love this combination.

I think with some searching you can still find these polishes.

I know that the Sephora by OPI is pretty hard to find and so is the Orly.

Total Eclipse won't come up on a search of Orly's site. Found at TJ Maxx, I am unsure when it came out. Orly has fallen off my radar, why I don't know. I like the size of their collections, but maybe I have so many dupes and their collections aren't inspiring me right now. Having said that, and poking around their site, I do like their small, edited collections!

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Wednesday, January 10, 2018

Red on Red

I love red a lot. I don't wear it often, but there is a red for everyone. 

Let's get going!

China Glaze Ring in the Red over OPI Thanks So Muchness!

I have to admit the combo just floored me. I wanted to add that the medium and small glitter in RitR just play in the light like mad.

Ring in the Red is a silver glitter (two coats here) of a medium density in a rich scarlet red jelly base. 
Deeply unshy, I think over a foil it would make me insane, just so gorgeous.

Thanks So Muchness (blogged ages ago, here) is a lovely red shimmer that is a luminous cool red shimmer, so while it's not the star of the show, it's definitely a strong support player. 

Alice in Wonderland has been a repeated theme, the original small quartet came out in 2010 and people went spare over the glitters (remember when people went nuts over glitters? I do too, now you can barely find an indie making a glitter any longer), but the two reds were quite beautiful, if not somewhat derivative.

Ring in the Red is an oldie, too from a more vintage China Glaze Christmas collection, 2011 holiday. 

Both can be found with a few clicks of the mouse. 

I have a lot - I mean a lot - of red glitter and this is a standout. 

I wore this for a few days and it held up well, despite a little tip wear revealing some of the silver in the glitter. I was wearing the Milani old gold label top coat, so it might not be a majestic beast of a tough one.

Meanwhile bright red is a great neutral for bright winter days of snow and sunshine.

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Sunday, January 7, 2018

OPI Designer Series Imperial

You know an era is over when you can't find the line on the OPI website any more.

OPI Designer Series once whetted peoples appetites with holos (Original, Glamour, Sapphire),  glass fleck gorgeosity (Royal, Magic),  and glitters (Temptation, Lapis). Now it's a forgotten line, as OPI moves into gels and dips.

Here is one I never heard of until I saw it at TJ Maxx.

OPI Designer Series Imperial

A plum that sinks into purple in the dark edges.

I was loving the red violet shimmer very much, too.

The dimensionality simply made this shimmer stand out.

I have three coats and wore it for several days. Zero complaints.

To me OPI has not been a groundbreaking company with color, they appear to be chasing products that have to do with wear time and are feeling more like a run-with-the-pack brand than a head turner.

I am finding fewer in their new releases that make me want to buy, and in the masses that show up in huge lots at TJ Maxx, I don't see a lot of colors in which I feel I am missing out.

This one, though. Wow. Imperial is right. Like a velvet cape trimmed in ermine.

Meanwhile...found the flash drive.....yay!!!

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Friday, January 5, 2018

Slight Delay...

I've mislaid my flash drive and I am kind of bugged.

Fortunately I have everything on Flickr or in my email, but it's bugging me and I need to buy a new one.

Meanwhile, hang tough and give me a couple days.

Happy 2018!!!

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