Monday, July 24, 2017

The New Thing

Well, new to me.

In the world of indies there is the social media aspect that is a vital component of marketing. It is common for businesses to capitalize on this in ways that can make, and in some cases break, them. I will spare you the discursive ramble, suffice to say: if you are in the business with making money with an endeavor, you need your buns on a load of social media platforms. (and that includes blogging)

Right now there are dozens of nail polish groups for brands themselves, but also fans of brands and indies in general. Many times indies will customize items for their group or collaborate with others to sell to a general fan group. There is one group - of what quickly turned into many - I follow called "Holo-maniacs" and as you can guess, their wheelhouse is holo polishes (and the odd holo items that is just cool).

You need to ask to join these groups, but if you are a Facebook user, it's not hard and you can access destashes and special collaborations as well as custom items for the groups (plus give aways)

At first I was cynical, I didn't really used Facebook, and I felt like I was getting pooped on as a consumer because I had to have special access to buy things that I saw swatches of but didn't have access to buy. Super bummer. 

Then I put myself in the maker's shoes: who wouldn't want a bunch of enthusiasts guaranteed to buy  your polish, bring brand awareness, loyalty and support, by offering special things?
It only makes sense. I was in. I got it. And I've gotten a lot of polishes! Ha!

KBShimmer recently created a special polish called Holo Can You Go for Holo-maniacs.

No link on their site, not searchable, either, and nothing came up on google. You need to join the group and then you have access.

Is it worth it?

I think so! This royal blurple holo monster is a top ten polish! 

I grabbed this photo after a few days wear. I couldn't take it off!!!

Two coats, top coat is a combo of a CND Vinyluxe, Milani, and Seche Vive cocktail of leftovers I put into one bottle. 

So far, I have to say the group thing has been a lot of fun: I have found some items that I never even thought I'd ever get and I also enjoy having access to some of the exclusive items that I love.

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Thursday, July 20, 2017

From the Lost Files

I had done a few swatches back in March 2017 and in an organizational fury, I put them in a folder, which I promptly ignored in plain sight.

Here are these timely summery mints.

BB Couture Kyona Beach

BB Couture came out with a few charity exclusives after the Haitian hurricane disaster in 2010.

A lovely crushed turquoise, I think this brand is wholly underappreciated.

Excellent formula, wear, and decent dry time. Love it.

They have an excellent selection and they keep a wide array of stock, so you're not driven by "limited edition-itis".

Recommend you check out their site. 

Milani Mint Crush

This turned me into lobster hands and I really had to tweak this photo. 

Two coats, but not a fun polish to work with. Thick, goopy, unwieldy.

It might have been improved with thinning.

Recommend, not any more.

Here's it doing the cat's nine lives as a stamping polish:

Saved! Over a taupe whose name I forgot to write down it does an excellent job.

Talk about slacker, I forgot the plate info, too.

*hangs head in shame*

Meanwhile, buzz on over to BB Couture: their stuff is always very well done.
(not affiliated, I buy my own polish) :D

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Monday, July 17, 2017

Dance Legend Chimera

I think I've posted some Dance Legend before. I will be honest: It's a brand that I adore.

I need to buy some more, it's just that getting what I want entails a huge international order or random indie sellers who import the brand.

Meanwhile, here is a great polish that is still available:

This is a metallic blue shimmer with pops of micro shimmer. Though in most lights this just doesn't show up, it's a normal metallic.

This is a three coater, first coat is very thin, but surprisingly by the third coat it's just find. Not going to transition into a stamping polish, but is a gorgeous stand alone beauty.

A true blurple it hails from the Dance Legend Mystery collection. Lots of shifty flakes and some shifty metallics.

This is a favorite of mine: easy formula, and while needing three coats, this is a no fuss formula. If you can't stand brushstrokes this might be an issue, but in truth, they settle for the most part. 

I am very biased: I love the color, I find the formula super easy to work with, and I love how the hidden sparkle comes out in the sunshine.

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Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Battle of the Old Essie's (And a Dark Horse)

I think I've had Essie Viva La Vespa for a long time now. I've never worn it really and never compared it.

I always had a throwaway thought that it was a dupe of Essie Sexy Divide. I thought I better get busy on this action and do a comparison!

Here my nails are longer. I attribute a few things to this: round edges and no real horse activity. The minute I start really using my hands I got a break very low (below the quick) and they all went. Sigh. It was a nice month!

The photos are all taken with my telephone, so bear with me on that front!

Essie Viva La Vespa

A gorgeous deep plum base with a strong purple shimmer. It's got depth and complexity. It is also rather stinky (pre-3-free) and a bit loose.

Three coats, no clean up and no top coat. 

I was pleasantly surprised!

This is a very hard to find polish. I did have it listed on eBay, but after trying it, I am keeping my back up. I love the depth.

Essie Sexy Divide

Very similar, but the base is a dark vamp with a similar purple shimmer.

I see that it's the base that makes or breaks this polish.

Three coats, no top coat or clean up and a lot of loosie-goosie-ness.

Generic and kind of a middle runner for a dupe.

Here's a comparison:

Left to right:
Essie Viva La Vespa
Essie Sexy Divide
Essie Viva La Vespa
Essie Sexy Divide

I will say that though on the surface there are similarities, if you like the more complex type of polish you probably need to rustle up Essie Viva La Vespa or go in another direction because Sexy Divide is not merely generic, it's pretty pedestrian by comparison.

Bottle shots of the two in the same order:

Int he bottle you can see the plum better around the edges of Viva La Vespa

Here's a dark horse, Guppy 59 :

Two coats and a formula that is pure heaven!!!!!

Look at that glow!

The actual warmth is in the shimmer, not the base, so it isn't a dupe, but it's a surprisingly beautiful alternative.

Now the point is't to find this polish ('s long gone) but to consider things like indies or other brands like Duri, IBD, Seche, etc because frankly the formula on Essie's is really astonishingly thin and drippy.

Here's a comparison of the three:

Left to right:
Essie Viva La Vespa
Essie Sexy Divide
Guppy 59

Of the three, VLV is really quite the beauty, my favorite.

However, I think the Guppy is a close contender and I wouldn't miss VLV if I didn't have it.

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Friday, June 23, 2017

Twin Cupids

Eros got all the stories, Anteros but a few lines in Ovid.

Truth is love is nothing without love returned, hence Anteros.

Here's a polish that I picked up some time ago from Different Dimensions.

It's from their Valentine's Day 2015 collection.

Different Dimensions Anteros over Sally Hansen Strike It Rich Mauve

It's a micro glitter: packed with a soft rosy pink, gold and silver holographic metallic glitter.

I love how it feels like a Victorian novel, yet somewhat scifi at the same time. 

I put it over an oldie and just love the combination.

Blogged here, this creme is still in the stable after many a purge!

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Monday, June 19, 2017

Indian Sari

IBD Beauty has an unfortunate name, but a great collection of polishes.

I don't have a lot, but do pick them up as I find them.

Here's a head turner.

IBD Beauty Indian Sari

Excuse the smudge! 
Quick and dirty over a glitter bomb so it shows the poor application as well as the residual bumps of the micro glitter below. 

Meanwhile, this super saturated orchid purple is only enhanced by the blue and red shimmer that goes crazy in the sun.

I took this with a flash and so you can see just at the tip of my index finger the shimmers. 

I found mine at Head2Toe Beauty, they have an extensive collection. At $3.00 a pop: winner!

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Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Color Club Extravaganza

Here are some semi-older Color Clubs I wanted to finally blog.

It's two collections:

  • Electro Candy - came out in 2009 and kind of went invisible, a neon collection that didn't spark like the others CC was releasing. I purchased these at Ross when they still had the 6-7 packs of CC's available. This is a neon with a twist: a turquoise/royal blue shifting shimmer that is so ahead of it's time, my head swims. Mixed results, but overall, a good decision. Lifts it out of "yet another neon" collection. Still available online.
  • Poptastic Remix - I think came out in 2014, a glitter version of their neon shades. I purchased these through 8ty8beauty (their shipping isn't low, but their price point on CC is very good). These are still available, too.

I've put the neons over white, most are three coats, and there are no top coats.

I've done a single then combo thing, hope you enjoy!!

Tangerine Scream

My favorite. I love this one a lot. Three coats over the white base. My photo doesn't show the shimmer, but it is a delightful contrast.

Tangerine Scream topped with Go Go Green

Go Go Green is a blue/yellow/white glitter in a clear base. I think it's a super pretty one, especially if you like glitter. It's a lovely, contrast-y combination. Excuse the out of focus.

Color Club Electro Candy

The namesake of the collection. A soft melon pink neon. My bottle broke and I managed to salvage some of it into an empty bottle. Thanks goodness.
Three coats over the white base.

Color Club Electro Candy topped with Woodstock or Bust

Delightful yellow and white glitter.

The glitters do need two coats, I didn't try sponging with any of them, but felt that they would work well, I never felt like I had to fish anything out.

Color Club Volt of Light

This is another one that works well for the contrasting shimmer. If you like yellow, you may want to hunt this down. While it needed the three coats, and the white base certainly helps these polishes as a whole, the shimmer is a stand out.

Color Club Volt of Light topped with British Invasion

This is one of my favorite glitter combos. The blue/pink/white reflects the Union Jack in a neon-esque way, and the colors pop.

Color Club Pure Energy

Pure Energy isn't one of my favorites. It read as a shimmer and definitely needed the base of white to bring out it's charm.

Color Club Pure Energy topped with Do the Twist

Another perfectly adorable glitter. Pink/yellow/white that just pops.

It looks orange, but it's the pink and yellow playing together, less obvious on the nail than in the bottle.

Color Club What a Shock

I think this particular shade shows the weakness in this collection. It's sheer. They seemed to have been unable to pack in the pigmentation necessary in this green, and it disappointed.

Color Club What a Shock topped with My Generation

A pretty basic combo: white and pink. I'd say it would be worth owning if you don't have one. I like the neon pink glitter, I am not sure putting it over green would be my future choice!

Color Club Ultra Violet

I debated putting this photo in the lineup. Why? The purple faded to raspberry pink, it's a shade deeper than my photo, too. I'm wearing it now over a nude and it's an amazing shade: the contrasting shimmer just kills. If this were darker, I think I'd like it, too, but this berry with the aqua popping out really belts it out of the park. Shades of Emily de Molly Sparta Drive.

I even took it off and reapplied it. Hey hey!

Color Club Ultra Violet topped with Daydream Believer

Excuse the Photoshop issue, it was too dark and I had to brighten it. Man. Though, what a lovely blue and white glitter.
Like My Generation, it's an easy one.

There you have it. A neon collection that left a slight mark in the Color Club pantheon of neons. I think that their tendency toward sheerness and the relative similarity to some better cremes that CC already had in their stable really didn't show these off to their best ability.

I know that this was one of the last sets I bought and I know that soon they raised their price to an astonishing $8 a bottle through their resellers (it's rightsized by the looks of things, though who can fault their holographic collections? Not me).

The only one I recommend is the yellow, orange and purple (though mine isn't).

The glitters are nice, Though I think in the wake of indies, it's almost a kind of a hard sell to get too excited over these.

We've had a wet and ghastly spring. Today it's in the 40's and normally it's hot by now. I needed a jab in the arm with some summer shades.

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Friday, May 5, 2017

Pure Ice Fairy Tale Forest Collection

Yes, I know this is from 2015. I agree, it's old and hard to find. I do need to get it blogged.

Overall: Liked it a lot. Many hits and a couple of misses.

Simply put: Pure Ice doesn't let you down.

I've maxed out on polishes and purged a ton here at work (over 50 polishes, and I feel like I've barely dented the surface!) and will be purging more soon. Keep your eye's on the blog sale page. This weekend I'll be adding to it!

Quick notes: As my nails had been stained horribly by a teal green Maybelline Color Show, I've put a nude base over my nails. This helps the glass fleck/creme combos a lot.

Let's start!

Pure Ice Fairy Tale Forest

The namesake polish of the collection. Wow.
I love a petrol blue like crazy and this one takes the cake.

First off formula. Perfect two coats. 

Second, a pearly shimmer that shows minor brushstrokes. Yay! 

Pure Ice Faraway Land

I split the base on the glitters so you could see them over a deep shade then a white. Two coats each.
The middle finger has a bit of bleed from the navy I used on the ring and index. 

Over white, it is basically a glitter and a micro glitter. Kind of nice over white, but over black. Wow. Color shifting and beautiful. A keeper.

Two coats.

Pure Ice True Love's Kiss

Icy mauve pink and a favorite. Needed three coats, but tight little formula and a glass fleck that is a soft warm iridescent shimmer. 

Soft, subtle, and lovely, I like this one a lot.

Pure Ice Precious Jewel

Soft turquoise with the same warm iridescence. Very pretty and soft, like an animated character's costume: not too bright, but distinctive.

Three coats. I didn't do clean up on any of these, so you can see here I had issues, but I think they were mine, not the polishes.

Pure Ice Prince Charming

This is a case of me wrestling with my camera...apologies!

A soft blue, akin to the pink above, loaded with a cooler iridescent shimmer. Quite lovely, verys soft and a nice little three coater.

Pure Ice White As Snow

This is an interesting decision by Pure Ice. It's a white shimmer loaded with small and medium glitters. If the glitter wasn't there I think I would like it a touch more. 

Two coats each. Over white you can see the soft pink iridescence and it's pretty nice. 

Personally I think the glitters add zero to this polish. I think due to it's nature, it's very limited over anything but a pastel, and ice shade, or a white or creme.

The urge to add glitter to things is over rated.

Pure Ice Tales Untold

Final glass fleck/creme combo: a lovely if not unremarkable lavender with iridescent shimmer.

To reiterate: these glass fleck/cremes are a wee bit sheer, in definite need of a third coat and enhanced by a nude (or unstained!) base.

I love pale purple, and this one is very nice.

Stella Grace

The name is, to me, like, wait, what?

The polish is a case of too little glitter in a lovely pink glass fleck shimmer base. It's gorgeous. There is a star glitter that is in such a small amount that I only managed to fish one out. Insane. Why not just a color transforming topper? I don't know. The glitter is sparse at two coats.

Close, so close, ut not worth the time to hassle with the glitters.

This collection was available in certain Walmartlands, but not mine, so a very kind and generous MakeupAlley member bought it for me. Super nice!

I think, though, this collection has cured my "limited-edition-itis".

No single color stands out as a "must have" for a limited edition set. While they are all pretty, I think the glitter/shimmer combo is not totally successful, except in the case of Faraway Land.

I do like Precious Jewel.

Finding these are a bit of a challenge: try blog sales. Ebay has them at a steep price. I don't know that they aren't dupable with a topper and a generic pastel creme.

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Friday, April 21, 2017

Different Dimension My Forever Fairytale

This collection came out a few months ago, a bright mid-winter holographic and glitter collection full of dreams and possibilities.

I like this collection, and think it is quite beautiful. The shades are subtle and can be used to layer, yet do build.

Three are micro glitters with holographic scattered glitters with the new red to green shifting glitters that are like the flakies of old, but I will warn that these tend to sit in the orange/amber range under normal lighting conditions. This can muddy up a shade, but on the other hand, can be quite beautiful in contrast.
The other three are those micro flakie holos that are light lovers and give up stunning holo.
Finally there is a bonus shade included if you buy the set. A pretty normal holo.

Let's roll them out!

Slay Your Own Dragons

Teal leaning turquoise glitters with some holographic glitters. Also the new "red to green" shifting glitter in a small enough amount to add dimension without overpowering the shade.

The micro glitter is metallic, so it kicks up a lot of light.

Two coats, and probably could have used three.

This is a pretty polish, I think amazing over something like a navy or a perfectly matched turquoise.

Dream Impossible Dreams

This is very pale and very sweet. The red green is super subtle, but there. Two coats, in need of a third, and over a lavender it would sing.

Always Wish Upon a Star

Described as a baby pink, it tends to drift into a warmer coral/nude pink thanks to the red/green shifting glitter. A above, a micro glitter with metallic and holo to drive the base and the scattering red/green for interest.

Two coats, better coverage. I love this shade a lot. Very neutral, delightful over a pale rose pink or a pale earthy rose.

This winds up the micro glitter/red-green shift polishes in this collection.

I am liking this glitter, but it has it's limitations and a lot of makers - this one is no exception - are reformulating their polishes with an addition of this red-green shifting glitter. It's subtle in this collection, which is nice.

Once Upon a Time

Called a rose gold, I'd call it a copper pink, and it's a stunner. Though my flash is killing off the holo, this is a linear and a holo flake.Wow. Beautiful!

Two coats and quite the win.

Never Too Old For Fairy Tales

Called a lavender gold, I think the gold is hard to spot. It's the same: linear holo and a holo flake that kills. Gorgeous and a beautiful lavender that holds its own against the gold in the formula.

Two coats.

The Best Is Yet To Come

Billed as another gold based holo, this time bright blue is the color store plus holo and, as above, those tasty holo flakies.

Two coats.

These last three are truly holo monsters, but under light that won't pick up the holo, they are really beautiful, particularly Once Upon a Time.

Bonus polish: Tale Old as Time

A tawny nude, or an earthy gold, however you look at it, this one is the whole kitchen sink!
Holo, holo flakes, and red-green shifting shimmer. Shimmer, not glitter. It's a beauty. In the summer it will kill with a tan.
I am glad it's not a pink nude, this works for me and I'm finding it quite a nice bonus.

Currently available on Different Dimensions website.

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Monday, April 17, 2017

Emily de Molly Fancy Sauce, Redux

I used Emily de Molly Fancy Sauce a few posts ago, but it wasn't the star, more of a key supporting player.

Here it is in all its glory!

I. can't. even. It is so perfectly lovely. The green/blue shifting opalescent flakies are changelings. There is a splash of holo, but it's more of an accent rather than a heavy dose, so it plays with the flakies rather than overpowers them.

I have two coats over a black.

Here you can see the holo catching the light, though washed out under my lamp, I don't think it's at its best here.

I then put it over white

Wow! With flash now you can see that the iridescence shifts into the pink violet range.

Simply gorgeous. I love translucent flakies and their shift over other shades.

Taken using just a lamp, no flash. Though washed out,  you can see the index finger on the left shows it shifting into the tangerine and almost yellow. Nice!

Still on Emily de Molly's site as of this writing.

If you like flakies, you will enjoy this one!!