Thursday, November 19, 2020

From Russia, My Love

Hard to wear holos in the PNW with the cloudy autumn. I prefer a bright sunny snow day to a dark grungy day that feels like it's always about 6:30 in the morning.

El Corazon Active Biogel 423/34  Prisma.

Caught a bit of light on this one with the lamp:

Very faint holo, but it was a crapshoot when I sent for it. It was only a few dollars and the formula is gorgeous.  Even under the sunshine that popped out, it was reluctant. Reminds me of OPI Coronation, but a little more holo.

Two coats, no top coat.

They number their collections and occasionally toss on a name. So far, these have put a lot of polishes I own to shame. 

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(Please be safe, wear your mask, think of others, and all that sensible stuff, right?)

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Pop Culture Reference Polish

 The indie world is full of it and I can't keep up. Mainly because I am more of a movie person than a tv show person (though I won't lie, I've binged my share of Futurama on Netflix). BUT, whenever I get a polish that has a tv show reference I need to look it up.

Who Wants Some Bangers and Mash (since I lived in the UK as a working student, this would actually be a good supper after a busy day in the yard!) is a green shimmer holo that is deep forest loveliness.

It's gasping with gorgeous green glass fleck and holo. 

This is from the Hella Handmade Creations March sale. I think it is delightful.

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Thursday, August 13, 2020

Bright Polish, Gothic Name

 Pahlish is one of my early indie loves. 

Thankfully she's still swinging it out of the park.

Here is one of the early ones for me: Your Bright Shadow.

Set in a beautiful violet leaning periwinkle swim some seafoam and pearl white glitters of various shapes. 

Three coats, no top coat.

Pahlish, as is the indie way, only made this for a short time. You may be able to find this gem in a blog sale or perhaps in a facebook sale. Otherwise, it's page out of the nail polish history book.

Meanwhile, this is an old photo from May, so I am playing catch up and trying to post more often with photos that I think are worth posting.

Still polygel free for now.

Take care and thanks so much for reading my little nail polish journal.

Tuesday, August 4, 2020

I Cu Copper

I love foils and I love them in the summer. Well, truthfully, I love them year round.

Here is one that really shines.

Sally Hansen Terra-Coppa.

Three coats, no top coat.

Found this randomly at Walmartland. This is the Miracle Gel, which has no meaning to me at all, I mean, it's basically the same polish, no actual light needed. From what I read, there is a multi-step process involving a special top coat. I later added a top coat and it was a normal one.

Wore very well and zero complaints. 

Terra-Coppa is still in their stable of colors. 

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Thursday, June 18, 2020

Pop Jeweled Peacock

This is a dense holo flake and glitter "bomb" that is just gorgeous.

A player in the light and shadow this one really delivers. I have three coats, but I think it would be a great topper with one coat.

It doesn't mess around.

I believe this is still on Pop Polish's Etsy store.

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Sunday, May 10, 2020

Blue Skies are G.O.A.T., Too

I have to admit, I often take photos and then discard them because something just doesn't do the polish justice. My personal way of officially "swatching" a polish is posting it here on the blog (and Instaspam, too, since, I figured out how to do it on a regular computer, thus accessing files, versus playing games with emails...bzzzzzt you don't want to read this).

When I get a great polish shot, it's very satisfying. 

Here is Music City Beauty Capricorns are G.O.A.T.:

This is two coats and no top coat at this point. 

What I love most about this polish is how flipping rich the blue is, but doesn't sacrifice the glass fleck-osity that I crave in shimmer polishes. Plus it has a delightful pink cast, moving this into that rare "intense periwinkle" family. 

This is from Polish Pickup January 2020. As I lean more toward indies, it is not inexpensive, so trying to decide which limited edition polishes to buy is almost heartbreaking at times. These days PPU is well over 100 polishes, wax melts, soaps, cuticle oils, jewelry, and many other things from stamping plates to cat toys. I think this is quite a success story. 

Here is another photo of it while I was out at the barn:

This is a few days later and I am very prone to tip wear due to my motto of "tools, oops, I mean jewels, dammit" when I use my hands. 

This was taken in February and the sun was out, and unlike last February it was extremely nice outside. 

I am lucky to have blue skies and open vistas where I live. 

If you can find this polish on a blog sale or a facespace sale, I recommend picking it up: it's dense and rich and you don't have to fight with it, heaven knows I am not the clean-up queen and I feel like it's just a gem in my collection.

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Wednesday, May 6, 2020

Purple Possibilities

I have been spending more time in the world of indies and have one here that I purchased used from a blog sale. 

Sayuri, though, did close down late last year, and that's a real bummer. I am guilty of not buying enough, and not supporting them, which is kind of a bummer.

You never know what is going on with a maker. I guess that's why I try to support them, they put so much heart and soul into their work.

Sayuri always intrigued me.

Here is Cloaked Fortunes:

Two coats and forgive the lack of cleanup!

I am wearing the top coat.

I love the beautiful royal purple and the scattered holographic.

I am not wearing polygel right now and I am liking it a lot, especially with all the hand washing.

You might be able to find Sayuri on Facespace sales pages or even on places like eBay. Worth looking for.

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Friday, April 17, 2020


Sheltering in place right now.

Staying inside is a luxury I am grateful for.

Here is to everyone who is fighting this. 

Essie Shelter Island

Three coats, a top coat, too.

A classic and a beautiful blue. No longer in the Essie line-up, it came out as a trio. Then Essie was sold off to L'Oreal and L'Oreal duped it. Go figure.

When I was first getting into polish, this was a hot set. To me, while it is beautiful, it is not a drop dead gorgeous blue.

But it is pretty and soft and though it needed a solid three coats, what isn't to like about it's preppy vibe.

Take care and thanks so much for reading my little nail polish journal!

Tuesday, March 10, 2020

A Little Green Sparkle If You Please

Pop Polish "I'll Grow Back"

I put a couple coats over a Milani silver glitter to add to the sparkle.

Lovely metallic flake with large platinum flakes that take no prisoners.

It feels like a holiday polish with the red and blue and some gold, but it's just beautiful.

Here is an indoor shot:

Better under the indoor lights for my iPhone, that's for sure!

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Thursday, February 27, 2020

Coral Claws

Finding photos on the phone can be interesting.

I blogged L'Oreal Mandarine 320 back in the Old Days of this blog (2012, view here!) but really didn't do much else with it.

Thinking back, I don't think I've worn it since! This is the problem with a metric tonne of polish. Right? Maybe.

Truthfully I love coral. I think it can be a universally flattering shade, especially pink.

Somehow I must not have marked the bottle (my high tech "did I blog this" tracking system) and I tossed it on over white:

It's fairly epic for spring.

Three coats and a beautiful shimmery frost that arrests your eyes in the sun, because indoors it's more like a creme.

Here it is under lamps:

This is a tough formula, prone to some issues, as you can see on my left hand here.

Also, over white, it just has issues.

I don't keep my nails quite this long, but also not quite this thick. This is right before I removed the polygel in 2019.

I love this shade and how it zings into the neon realm and yet has that whitish frostiness.

Are frosts coming back? OPI will release a pearl collection and pearl is a kind of brushstroke prone frost.

We shall see...though, OPI isn't on the bleeding edge of much these days, so don't take my word on what's on or off trend.

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