Friday, February 24, 2017

Mermaiding It

Wanted to stamp with the mermaid scales for a while...

This is Maybelline Urban Utopia topped with Color Club Beyond the Mistletoe then stamped with DRK plate using Maybelline Denim Dash. 

DRK went out of business in 2016, sadly, and the thing about them was that they had 1) great plates and 2) a lot of Brazilian brands of nail polish that, frankly, kicked butt.

I grabbed a few polishes and a plate before their final days.

Meanwhile, this is a fun combo.

This is after two days of wear before stamping, then two days with stamping. Love the combo.

I am using CND Vinylux as a top coat. Little rough around the edges, but a mani extender will smooth it out for the weekend.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

Soft Green Layerings

still on a quest for a computer, so here's a quick post.

Taken with my phone and the swan song fot Claire's Dreamcatcher.

I topped with a strage, but amazing Princessa called Tangi My Night, a pale turquoise sheer shimmer, then OPI Pirouette My Whistle.

Dreamcatcher has a sad formula that never really does the job: patchy, streaky, uneven.

It won't end well. I'll give it away and it will get someone else frustrated and they will toss it.

I will decant and recycle he bottle and cap.

Unless someone out there want's it, let me know! (And you won't get just one polish you know!)

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Tuesday, February 14, 2017


If you haven't looked into the indie brand CrowsToes, you probably ought to give them a look. If you you've been distracted by the myriad of new indies, go back and look at CrowsToes again. Worth it.

They are an indie who was an early favorite and came out with complex collections that just took your breath away. I feel like they were a brand who didn't try to emulate more holos that mainstream companies were missing, or just throwing out glitter bombs, but really put some depth and notion into each bottle.

I have to admit I have not blogged them at all for some odd reason. The time is NOW.

CrowsToes Nidavellir

Three coats, very excellent formula. No clean up and wow, the shift is mind cracking.
Bright turquoise blue, edged in cobalt slipping into deep purple.

Wait. There's more.
You might as well just sit back and enjoy.

(Yes it's still available! What? No! YES!)

Normally wrestling with multichromes is a drag, but this was a pleasure. Truly a pleasure.
Look at that gorgeous purple!

Slipping into this rosy amber coral just about flipped my wig. Love it so hard!

The light gathering qualities of my camera without a tripod were maxed out to grab this beautiful orange amber shift.
(And may I add here, my Sony A6000 may be old news in the screamingly fast world of photo technology, but I love the color accuracy that reminds me of my old Minolta from "the day")

Mind blown.

I need buy a back up before it is sold out. This kills a lot of old SH shifties for me.

I will add that the holo glitter is ample enough to impart some "party" to the mix without too much to overshadow the shift of this polish.


I wore it for about 4-5 days and it was a good soldier!

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Friday, February 10, 2017


Polished by KPT is an oldie I picked up at Llarowe during her "going out of selling other polishes" sale.

Lumieres is a beautiful topper with complexities that merit a close look.

Here is a polish whose beauty is hard to overstate.
A silvery lilac holo glitter with a purple to pink shifting shimmer base. The shimmer never overpowers the holographic, and the silver undertone mean that it's got enough coverage to ride solo.

I have it over black (Milani striping polish)

From left to right:
Four coats
Three coats
Two coats
One coat

So it's a topper and a full coverage polish at the same time. Excellent!

I see that the facespace presence is light, that their web site is non-existent, and the presence on indie etailers (Color4Nails and LiveLovePolish) is pretty much gone. They are on Harlowe and Company (Canadian), but well, they are all on sale.

Many factors work for or against an indie polish brand. I'd say the winners have made a lot of noise on message boards, social media, and networked into the mainstream beauty world. The irony is that ladies will drop $35 on a Chanel dupe of a dollar store navy blue, but won't take a second look at an unknown indie with more stunning finishes and excellent formulae. What to do?

I, for one, will support them. In my budget-y way, of course!

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Tuesday, February 7, 2017

El Corazon...Wow!

I've seen El Corozon on the Makeupalley message board a few times, but it's not a super popular brand there. I understand why there is a lot of news around OPI, SC, etc: they are easily accessible and easier to post/talk about. But El Corazon is totally underrated.

They are based in Russia and ship globally. Their formula and price point are pretty amazing from what I heard and I wanted to try out some of these.

El Corazon Active Bio-gel Kir Royal

May I just say it? WOW!

Two coats of oomph. This could be a stamping polish!

Formula tight and easy to use. Not a self-leveling polish, but wore well and this deep cherry red just slayed.

The bottles are similar to Ciate's and hold a whopping 16mL. Nice!

Love this so much.

El Corazone Active Bio-gel Japanese Silk 923/941

A metallic shimmer for the ages. Beautiful teal green with an easy two coat application. Another candidate for the stamping polish hall of fame (page to come soon!)

Neither of these was hard to work with at all, in fact, I have to admit that I was pretty surprised by the win I found here.

This one is from a newer collection called Japanese Silk, lovely Asian inspired pearly and metallic shimmers. Again, dense enough to be a stamping polish.

The Bio-gel line names collections, but also has a number for the collection, then a number, again, for each polish. With their Kaleidoscope line, actual polish names are used.
Here the collection is 923 with the each color a three digit number - this one 941. Odd, but somewhat refreshing in a world of puns and spin-offs from every popular media franchise in the last two decades.

So, ordering. Here is my experience:
  • Went online, found the English language version ( (No, I'm not affiliated in any way)
    • Their site is full of makeup and stuff, but the left nav bar at the bottom shows the polishes. Scroll down, then keep scrolling. Not the most intuitive site.
  • Created an account 
    • Pretty easy. Emails will be in Cyrillic, but you can hit up Google Translate.
  • Fill up a basket
    • The basket sits there FOREVER. Seriously. Even polishes that are sold out go on a separate tab next to your basket. Kudos on that one.
  • Shipping is $10
    • June and December free shipping! I ordered December 30th or 31st.
  • Takes about 3-4 weeks
  • Everything arrived perfectly packed, zero issue.

Other notes: their prices are a steal at twice the price. With the exception of the stamping multi-chromes, nothing is more than $5 at this writing.

I will be trotting these out over the next few months as each and every one I've worn so far has really just blown me away.

I took a risk and it paid off.

If you are adventurous and want great polish, I really recommend these guys a lot. The quality is far above most salon brands and the prices are at the low bandwidth of drug store brands.

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Saturday, February 4, 2017

Deep Olive Brown

I've been wanting to swatch a pair of polishes that are beautiful in the bottle and beautiful on the nail, too.

Here are Revlon Enthrall and Sally Hanson Complete Salon Manicure Sequin Scandal

From left to right:
Revlon Enthrall
Sally Hansen CSM Sequin Scandal
Revlon Enthrall
Sally Hansen CSM Sequin Scandal

Three coats each and though I think though they are super close, Revlon has a bit more luminosity to the glitter. I think the base isn't quite as dark as the Sally Hansen.

I found the Revlon at Big Lots! and the Sally Hansen I might  have paid full retail (yoiks!).

I like the Revlon a bit better.

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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

The Gap Closeth

Sorry for the massive gap in posting. I'm back, more or less.

Thought I'd do a bit of an earthy bend on glitter: Zoya Bar

To be honest - even with three coats - it looks like glitter soaked in gravy on my skin tone.

This is a three coat application of Zoya's Pixie Dust texture glitter. I love texture glitter over texture with the glass balls mixed in, I prefer the "dry" look to the shiny, bubbly look.

I purchased this a while ago through Zoya. They have upped the ante on sales and often you can catch them at $3.75 a bottle. If you like shimmers and texture glitter, few can match their range.

I did want to try it over some other shades, though, to give it a fair shake before I let it go.

Here it is over Sally Hansen Taupe Metal

I blogged Sally Hansen Teflon Tuff Taupe Metal here and I really do like it still. It's a pretty bronze that supports the warm base of Bar and still lets the glitter shine without being too silvery.


Here is Sephora by OPI Thyme for a Mani

Three coats of a soft grayed out taupe shade. I detect no green, at least that's what the name implies, but who cares, dang, this is a polish for the gawds: tight formula, great application, beautiful neutral shade.

I picked up my bottle at Big Lots! when they had a ton of SOPI in their bins. I think you can find this online still. If not you can probably find a near dupe in OPI's lineup. Though I have to admit I don't know what to suggest.

Here it is with Bar over it:

You can certainly see the golden undertones of Bar here.

I would say if you love warm toned nail polish, you should consider this one, it's a pretty play on cool silver glitter and a warm golden beige base.

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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Glitters of a Similar Nature

I think you've figured it out by now. When I first started blogging I was really into grabbing the really beautiful polishes I'd seen online and wasn't even sure if I love them or not for myself.

I've had Amoresse Mambo Madness for about 6-7 years and just balked at blogging it. I don't know why!

It's a heady silver holographic glitter tinted with a lavender base.

My iPhone doesn't do it justice.

This has gone the way of the Dodo, though. BUT, not that you couldn't franken a silver holo glitter into something super similar.

I think you can get a similar ride out of Color Club Sugar Plum Fairy (blogged here)

Also if you can find SinfulColors Top Me Off, you are in a good way, too.

Left to right:
Three coats over Color Club Coastal Creme
Three coats over black (generic combo of a few brands)
One coat over nude
One coat over black

Although it's not a wall of holo, it's a pretty holo shade. It's pretty much a topper (hence the name) and it's also doable as a three coater.

I think what sets it apart is the combination of purple with the holographic. Similar, but not a total substitute.

I don't check the SinfulColors Displays as often, so I don't know how often they have this one, but if you are after a holo/purple topper you may want to take a peek.

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Friday, January 13, 2017

China Glaze Skyscraper

When this came out I was pretty excited, there was still the rush of finding Essie's Starry Starry Night or a good dupe (now that I have Dior Blueberry, I'm okay. Plus I have a Pretty Serious I need to blog these! Plus a franken I finally around to making...but carrying on...) I was pretty excited by this polish.

In the bottle it is very lovely: gorgeous deep blueberry jelly with a ton of silvery small glitters.

Taken with my iPhone:

Three coats, no top coat. I put it over black. Why? I didn't trust the polish to cover. Next time I will try it alone or try it over a blue. It's packed with glitter, which is very nice.

I don't think I've shown it to its best advantage, losing the depth that makes this polish a beauty.

It's readily available online, though not apparently on the China Glaze site. It's from China Glaze's Metro collection from autumn 2011 (dang, is that like 5 years ago?)

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Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Farm Curtains

Good news, I have other computer access so I can keep posting, yay!!

Been thinking of farmhouse curtains with this stamping plate. I will post a photo of it in another blog entry, it's a pretty one that I found on eBay, and it has a lot of variety.

American Apparel Downtown L.A. stamped with Wet n Wild black

Two coats of American Apparel Downtown L.A.

I won't lie, the black was supposed to be really dark. I don't think I shook it enough, because last time I used it, it was great! Dang!

Here is a version using Sally Girl Periwinkle as the base then stamping with American Apparel Downtown L.A.

I like how AA stamps, but the topcoat whipped it's heiny and dragged across the pattern.

Not the win I was hoping for.

I love how both of these remind me of curtains from a bygone era.

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