Tuesday, January 15, 2019

Up With Up Colors

Digging around through my holos and found a couple I think I partially blogged (here), but didn't really show the polish alone. A nice stamping holo, due to the fact that it's not scant on the nail after you've stamped it.

Up Colors is a Brazilian brand that I managed to get when holos were still not a thing again here in the US.

Seems like it has old "big 3" and is pretty smelly, but it is a scattered holo and there is a good density.

All are without a top coat.

Azul Disco


Beautiful peacock blue with lots of holo scattered about.

Two coats. Very good coverage.


Here is another photo:


This is more subdued, but it's a beautiful shade.



Verde 350 Degrees


Very amazing.

Almost a flame. This is two coats, too.

Another shot:


This is more of a washed out image, it's such a great shade of green.


I couldn't find any Up Colors anything, even translating into Portuguese and finding some Pinterest pages didn't really yield much.

I know they weren't cheap for me, and I think I've tried to blog sale them, but now I am keeping them for stamping.

Well the green one is a standout!

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!


Tuesday, January 8, 2019

Pop Culture

Pop Polish has been quietly performing in the indie world and selling on Etsy for quite some time.

A few years ago I made and order and my eyes are still bugging out of my head.

There are constantly turning out stunning collections, retaining great mainstays, and gardening the world of color, flash, and iridescence for polish fans like me.

I was particularly excited to see Pop now working with Hell Handmade Creations. HHC, located here, is one of those great limited run sale sites. So you have a short window in which to buy a one off polish made especially for the sale. This exposure to more indie buyers is great.

I found a wonderful flakie combo of UCC flakes, holo shards, micro gliltters and some shiftiness I couldn't catch on my photos.

Here's I'll Grow Back:


Two coats over an Elevation polish that is medium green (I keep forgetting to write down the name of the polishes. Never fear, I am keeping a journal now, so I won't be grabbing at air like this again!!!)

I really love the party going on here.


Here's another photo:


The red sparkles against the green cause my heart to thrum. Very beautiful.

There is a lovely large silver flakie that is a perfect accent. 



Here's an out of focus shot so you can get the drift a bit better:


I wore this for a solid week, no topcoat redo's and it was just as perfect day one.

Removal wasn't difficult, either.

You may find this on a blog sale, its not part of the regular Pop lineup, but they have a lot of great stuff, so do check them out!

Thanks again for reading my little nail polish journal!

Thursday, January 3, 2019

Dreams Do Come True

Recently I found Yokohama Twilight on a blog sale. It was a veritable miracle, but voila, it is mine.

Here is a down and dirty swatch and the photo is rough, but here you go:


It's amazing.

Three coats, no top coat.

This is from October and it's just so nice.


I don't get too worked up over OPI any more, because they have played it safe and boring for a very long time. This really holds up against any concoction any indie could confabulate.

There is depth I can't get with my camera. The layering is amazing and there is just a subtle feeling of green and pink shimmer in the seashell pink base.

I really don't see the peri/purple sample OPI puts out, but in fact, it's really nothing like that.

No suggestions for finding it except blog sales and eBay. You never know where it will or when it will turn up.


Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal! Happy New Year! Have a happy 2019!!

Friday, December 7, 2018

Ludurana Glisten

Winter is here if not yet officially. Revving up for the season and the cold is busy a busy time.

The sub-freezing temps are playing their game: they pull all the moisture out of the air and leave white frost everywhere. It reminds me of Maddie and that's ok because it makes me think she's looking over my shoulder every now and then from the Rainbow Bridge.

Back to the polish...

Multichromes are tricky. Not enough pigment and it's just a workout to get a shift. 

Several years ago I was able to grab some Brazilian nail polish and for some reason I've been slow to blog about it. 

Since I have multichromes separated into their own section I've been slowly going through them trying to determine if they have enough oomph. With all the indies throwing everything in the pot: shifting pigments, holo, flakies, and microglitter, it's hard to find the plain jane shifters any more. Truth be told it's market driven and I know many brands keep a stable of these, so while the flashy combos are super hot, the simple ones have almost been relegated to the ho hum world of shimmers and cremes.

Kind of amazing to see the really nice ones, though, by comparison to the ones with faint shifting.

Enough blather, on to the swatch!

Ludurand Reluz



This is a really great example of a "no brainer" multichrome. It shifts with ease.

I believe this is three coats.

I love the glossy, candy shell finish, it shows off the depth of the pigment. No top coat, by the way.



Another photo of the shifty red violet end and the pretty turquoise blue shimmer.



Here is the bright turquoise end of the spectrum of shift.

Never let me down.

I really love this!

I think I purchased mine back when DRK nails was still in business. It's a real shame they shut down, they seem to be the only source that I can find. I did find a few on ebay, but it might be easier to look into the offerings of KBShimmer or ILNP for a similar offering.

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Richness in Humble Places

I notice now that the indie world, which I seem to be turning my head toward a lot these days, emulates things that I've made in the past by layering.

I will be trying to do more of that these days since I am maxing out on polish.

Here is a pair of old and probably so obscure I couldn't begin to tell you where to find them!

Super Professional 128 topped with a Borghese No Name mini glitter


I love the holiday feel, and I am feeling it hard this year. Major progressive changes have given me hope, and I know that there is very much more that will happen.

In the mean time, the Super Professional is probably rotting in land fills across the globe and nothing emerged after several searches. I gave away one bottle, a secret regret!

The Borghese is from the mini set I got about 6 years ago (wow!), check it out here.

I have all of these little gems, except one, and I love these a lot.
While there is a lot of Borghese on Ebay and the like, there isn't a glitter like this. Ironically two of the other minis have a not-so-mini, so why wasn't there a big ol' bottle of this jewel tone blue, fuchsia, and gold delight? Who knows.

I don't have anything similar, which is a real bummer, this is gorgeous!!


Ok, enough gushing. Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

Finger Paints Easel-y Entertained

If there is one thing I really like, it's small size, dense glitter.

Here's a quickie and an oldie, but perfect for the holiday season.

I am always behind the curve with holiday stuff, but this one seems like it could work through all the fall ones, and into any winter stuff you have in mind.

Finger Paints Easel-y Entertained


Purchased ages ago, this pretty little glitter is a very good example of just how imperfectly I sometimes do this.

It's over an older many and just not even a tight, crisp set of edges, moisturized cuticles, etc. Just a janky paint-over of something I can't even remember what I was wearing.

The plus side, this does cover.

The downside, it's no longer on the Sally Beauty site.

I am not really a regular Sally shopper, so I don't keep up with their stuff. On the odd occasion if I'm in the area I will mosey on over to see if there is a sale.

I love the deep royal purple and the glittery goodness, and that's a face.

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Tuesday, October 30, 2018

A Week Solid

I don't talk much about top coats or base coats, or chipping for that matter. Generally I am hard on my nails: horse stuff, clacking around on a keyboard, household chores, etc, seem to be really just how it goes.
I try to do the "jewels not tools" but I'm the go to lawn-mower, leaf-blower, and dog-doopy picker-upper, so my hands do work.

I will say that I think it depends a lot on people's chemistry when it comes to how things "stick", but I think that some basics work for everyone:

  • oil - find, absorbant like jojoba or sunflower or almond, etc. 
  • biotin - it does strengthen your nails, but you also won't go from 0.25mm thick to 0.75mm thick, but they will grow.
  • moisture - the stuff of life, don't underestimate it
  • respect the limits of your polish/gel/etc. Meaning, as was recounted to me, don't used your strong thumb nail to pry of anything.

Right now I'm back in polygel for what seems like "good", but that could change. I am getting somewhat better at filing, though I won't say mine are showroom ready, I am getting my head around the shape much better.

I was out of town and really hate doing my nails in hotel rooms (too small, smells are fun for others in your proximity, and weather differences mean who knows about drying...plus, who wants to do their nails on vacation. I don't!)

I wore Color Club Nomadic Nude and topped it with a very old WetnWild Rock Solid clear glass fleck topper called Sparkling Diamonds.
I layered a lot of glass fleck, then Seche Vive (a nice top coat!) and some Borghese extender (super old, from a Ross clearance pile), which did the job.



The rough edges are jumbo applications of top coat. My goal was to ride this baby through a solid week.

And guess what? It worked like a charm! There isn't much I can add except that the Rock Solid was loaded with a pretty pink/green shifty little shimmer. It bumped up the pedestrian nude into a dressy little number for day to evening.

I guess my weak effort at a thesis here is that price isn't a strong arbiter of value in nail polish, top coats, and base coats. What works is what works.

I think this combo is doable, just hit eBay up. Sparkling Diamonds might be dupable, but I am not 100% sure. Nomadic nude is also on the 'Bay, so really no worries.

Though I think any nude with a glass fleck topper is a wonderful way to sass up what is normally considered fairly bland.

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!



Thursday, October 18, 2018

More Essence Out of Space Stories

Essence put out this little tasty tidbit and I have another one of the little delicacies for you.

Intergalactic Adventure


Two coats of this pretty little metallic shimmer and you think you are fine and dandy.

But no!


It's got a soft shift into indigo that really pulls itself off with a gentle "hello" that you really aren't expecting.

Of course these are better duochromes but this one really has a delightful formula and covers so well.

Might be available around the interwebz if you poke around.

Thanks so much for reading my little nail polish journal!

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.

Thanks for reading my little nail polish journal!

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:

Amoresse
AA
Amoresse
AA

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


Thanks so much for reading my little nail polish journal!