Thursday, September 22, 2016

When You Reach September

The days grow short, but oh so mellow.

Ok, enough mixing lyrics of old standards.

Here is a great little polish from an older Essence Collection, Return to Paradise. It's from 2010 or 11 and pretty old, but I've had this little gem in my collection for a long time and wanted to share it.


Essence Back to Paradise


This is perhaps my new favorite green: dark as a vamp (here in the sun) but not blackened to the degree that "it might as well be just black nail polish" and yet, indoors it will go pretty deep.

Not able to find this online for sale, but it is not dissimilar to the new Essie Off Tropic. I will get a comparison done fairly soon. I found Off Tropic because the Essence is just not around unless I stumble onto a blog sale.

I think polishes like Nars Zulu and other deep greens are beautiful, but this is a deep pine green that pushes a little teal in the bottle, but on the nail stays beautiful pine green.

Good luck if you find it.

Formula is not a perfect one: it's rather thick, but coverage is pretty nice, it could be a two coater. Though I think if I were to reapply any time soon, I'd thin a bit, something I didn't do this time!

Have a wonderful autumn!

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Saturday, September 17, 2016

Sea Glass Collection

I've seen the Pacific from both sides, east and west. I've been in it and over it, but never under it.

There are days when it is crystal blue and others where it is pale and ghost-like.

One morning, after a long drive that ended at night, I woke up at a campsite on the coast, just south of Kalaloch. I hadn't seen the Pacific for over a decade. I still remember walking over a bank of sand and there it was: wild and open and breathtaking. The wide pale beach, cobalt sky and high bright blue surf from the incoming tide. I was home.

So my homage to the sea with a sea glass collection. These are all holographic and vary from frankening existing polishes to tweaking others, to straight up mixes.

The holographic sparkle is courtesy of Spectraflair 4U. I bought a gram of 35 micron and it really went for miles and miles. 



Three coats, pale nude holo. Or, since "nude" runs the spectrum (despite what lingerie makers seem to think), I'll call this pale beige.

This is in the sunshine.

From a very old Markwin (WetnWild) polish I've had for years and years. Excellent formula and a polish I love a lot.


Here, under the lamp, it still has a good oomph.

Reminds me of the inside of a seashell.





I mixed a few things together to get this blue. I wanted to keep its personality with holo to shine on in the sun. Crisp blue sky and sparkling water.  Here it is in the sunshine.





I won't say that I captured the holo well, but this is a beautiful neutral gold, Borghese Trevi Gold, that reminded me of pale amber glass etched by the sand. I added a bit of silver to it as well as the holo.





This is Ulta Bam-blue-zled, a pretty, soft blue that was fairly sheer. Sheerness helps. I tweaked it with some other blue and some white and added the holo.

Three coats, taken in the sun.

Reminds me of a very PNW early spring day at the beach: cool, sunny, but the sun won't play very hard and wants to take a nap.





L.A. Girl Metallic Green frankened with spectraflair. A phenomenal win. Since this is a super sheer polish I have it over a dark green base.

Taken in the sun, three coats.

Reminds me of the deep woods off ShiShi beach.


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Thursday, September 15, 2016

Pink Roses

Wanted to reuse a plate I'd posted about here. It's the XY11 plate (still available on eBay with a quick search using XY11 and narrowing down the category)

It was full of interesting things and I thought these negative space roses were super nice!



Good ol' CND Raspberry Pink stamped with WetnWild black creme.

My new stamping polish, for sure!

I love how the roses pop.

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Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Diamond Life

Joss Flash Diamond never gives it up.

It's a holo, but in a silvery platine base.


Here it is in the sun, three coats and luxe as heck!

Somewhat transparent, but not impossible. You can see some staining through my pinkie.


The base is a pearly metallic shimmer that gathers light on its own so in the shade you aren't stuck with a gray polish.


Meanwhile....holo monster that is so beautiful. Love it!

Joss, an Australian brand that was on the indie sites for a while, seems to have withered from those sellers and remnants of them are left. A real shame, as this is a brand who has knocked the formula out of the park!

A few are around on indie sellers, etc. Worthy acquisition, for sure!

Sunday, September 11, 2016

Tranquil at Tiffany's

While ruing the day Diamond Cosmetics went private label with their polishes, I still respect the transparency of their process (check out their page with bottle selection!). If I still want Diamond Cosmetics I need to buy it at Priti or Ginger+Liz.
Diamond Cosmetics is my "one that got away" brand. Superlative formulas, excellent colors, and lots of beautiful surprise shades that are still my faves.

Tranquility comes to mind. I blogged it here. Then I ran across a spare bottle (thank you LaquerLove!! her blog is greatness in stamping, check it out here) and wanted to make it into a holo version


I added the 35 micron spectraflair that I'd purchased at Spectraflair4U, but it's all over Etsy these days, too.

My photo is in the sun, three coats and no top coat, plus a bit blown out. It is an adorable holo, that's for sure!

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Friday, September 9, 2016

Golden Rose Reblog

I wanted to reblog a pair of polishes that made me frustrated when I first worked with them here. Pretty poor formula was my experience.

Perhaps, though, this is a moot point, as GoldenRose's USA site is impossible to navigate to w/o a weird redirect, although their Facebook page is front and center.

Meanwhile...

GoldenRose 119


I've since let it evaporate a bit and thinned it with OPI thinner.
This process means I leave it uncapped anywhere from a few hours to a few days. It also requires nice weather. So, it definitely is a summer activity! Sometimes I thin just with thinner, other times I add a clear polish. This was a quick evaporation project.

OPI thinner is a low-ingredient-count thinner that has been a true stand-by for me.

This is two coats over black. Pure and simple: love it!  Taken under bright sunshine, as it favors only sun and doesn't play well under lamps.

Scattered holo over black = yummy!!!



GoldenRose 102


Same concept, evaporated and thinned.

Three coats alone. Mercilessly requiring sun, and even then just playing the innocent "who me? holo? what?"

I can't tell if this is a silvery lavender or a whitish blue. Still, very nice!


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Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Lipstick Reds

Here are a pair that I think need an outing:

American Apparel Downtown L.A.


A true red with no apologies. Think bright 1950's red. Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell spritely parlaying double entendres and sexism into a classic film.

Fairly amazing formula and application. Love it. Three coats, no top coat.

American Apparel no longer sells nail polish, so who knows who they got the private label product from. Maybe down the pike they'll go in that direction again.

Perfect neutral red.

I found mine on eBay.



Revlon Love That Red


 This one reminds me of bright red circa the 1950's.  A wee bit deeper, but just as much oomph.

Three coats, no top coat.

Though black and white, this is what I imagine Gilda's dress and lips looked like. Blame it on mame, boys!

Found at Ross or Dollar tree, now maybe somewhere online?


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Friday, September 2, 2016

It's Fair Season

Mellowing summer, visiting the county displays, checking out the fairway, eating a funnel cake.

Sweet afternoons at a fair.

I've got a wishlist with some super hard to find polishes, but I don't spend a lot of time looking, often they are super expensive and I don't really spend as much time trolling through eBay for the random find like I used to.

But...then...I found this little puppy...

Petites Banish


Found at my local Rite Aid, during their close-out on the Petites and other Sherer polishes. This is from their Color Fever line. It's a beautiful coral red with pink shimmer.

At three coats, I won't have to tell you it's sheer. I did grab it because it's probably as close as I'll ever get to OPI's Sweet Love on the Ferris Wheel from their 2001 Yokohama collection, a Japan exclusive.

It feels so delicate, and I love how it glows.

This is a gorgeous polish. Still available on places like eBay. 

A dreamy shimmer packed with delicate pink pops of color.

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Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Banana Nude

L'Oreal Eva's Nude is from a collection a few years ago that featured celebrity affiliations and shades of lipstick and nail polish (that I noticed).

I pretty much ignored it all until I saw this warm nude at Big Lots! over a  year ago.


Three coats an no top coat.

I love the soft amber shimmer that is almost undetectable, but clearly there.

I think you can still find this on eBay with ease. Nice!

Excellent formula, truly.


I then topped it with Revlon Glimmer Gloss Pina Colada


I did just one coat and no top coat, so I think a second or even third coat would be good, but I wanted something very subtle.

This, too can be found on eBay fairly readily.

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Sunday, August 28, 2016

Frosty Stamping

Have to admit I really love Seche Lumiere.

It's a gorgeous coral tea rose, or spice rose type of shade, but it is jammed with a green shimmer.

I can't articulate how much I love contrasting shimmers. This is no less than a super star.



I used a plate from Cici Sisi, the first set, and it's a pretty lacy filigree type of pattern that transfered very well from this dense polish.
This is taken in sunshine.


Here is Seche Lumiere alone


This is a fast application and I do apologize. I need to stop doing my manicures in bed. I know. Crazy. 

You can see my application issues do tend to show up, but this is a flash photo so the shimmer shows up with more strength.

I won't lie, I love this formula. It's a treat. Easily available online, just hard to find enough swatches. They have a pretty nice array of colors. Some classic shades, but a lot of interesting ones.

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