Tuesday, March 21, 2017

SinfulColors Olympia

Here's a sour apple green that came out a few years ago with a collection that was loaded with pretty polishes in a Greek gods theme. I think I've blogged a couple, but see that I never got around to this one.

SinfulColors Olympia

A thick near one coater. No top coat here.

I like the color a lot and it's has a sunny day feeling about it.

I wanted to try it out as a stamping polish, too:

I have it over Sally Hansen Commander in Chic, which shows it's pros and cons.
Pros: dense enough to show actual green over a deep color.
Cons: some patchiness that may or may not go away with further evaporation or better application of stamping technique.

The plate: Emily de Molly 27. I love her designs a lot. The stamping I feel was helped by such a well made plate. No wrestling around to get the pattern out, etc.

Oh, I apologize for the purple latex left around my fingers, I was kind of in a bit of a rush.

I am still in a love-hate relationship with my camera because the kit lens is a bit slow and it's not a macro workhorse.

This weekend I played with it some more, so I am ever optimistic.

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Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Ever So Evergreen

If you've read my blog or buzzed through a few of them, you know I am a holding a torch for Diamond Cosmetics.

They were a great company who sole a very great line of polish at a price point that was seriously amazing. ($2-3, amIright?)

Now there was some "outing" of companies who do private label agreements with them. Sadly they went full private label.

Meanwhile I am still trotting out a few here and there.

Here's Never So Evergreen

A deep green shimmer packed with a microglitter or glass fleck gold as well as a fine gold shimmer.

This is three coats, but two would have been adequate.

Love this a lot. Formula super easy to work with and it just is a no brainer easy to use polish.

Dried fast - no top coat here.

I didn't try it as a stamping polish (I've made a new page if you all want to peek), but for a shimmer, it's a temptation!

I think Zoya's Yuna is similar, but darker.

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Thursday, March 9, 2017

Maya Envy

Maya has been closed for a while and I found them only via the chatter of their impending end, so unless someone blog sales their Mayas or they pop up on eBay, I apologize in advance for putting up a super rare polish.

Two coats over navy (Borghese Mezzanotte Blue).

I did not need to sponge this one on at all: it was loaded with glitter.

The green pine shade mixed with some holo glitter really works. It's a favorite.

I have nothing like it at all, nothing with this fine of a glitter, so I love it a lot.

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Monday, March 6, 2017

Emily de Molly Plate 06

Here's a quick bit of stamping that worked out much better than I expected!

Emily de Molly plate 06 (round plate) using Milani Orange Graph (evaporated) over SinfulColors Peppered Amazon

I didn't really didn't think the orange would hold up against a really challenging base with so much oomph.

Evaporation helped a lot, so the orange didn't dilute badly into just a muddy mess.

I've blogged Peppered Amazon here before, but wanted to share that the plates are so well made and a joy to use.

I am not sure what the status of availability is on Peppered Amazon, I know SC brings out colors then tucks them away, then brings them out again, so it's hard to say.

I love this one, so bright with that silvery shimmer in the creme base.

Edited to add: Sinful Colors Peppered Amazon was a massive stainer!!! I used two coats of a treatment and a base coat and it still stained the heck out of my nails. Yoiks!!

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Friday, March 3, 2017


Without a computer at home, and the learning curve of lighting for my new camera, greens are slow off the starting blog, er, block, this year.

I'm in it to win it, though!

Here's a glitter combo: Hard Candy Sweet Pea topped with Cover Girl Crystal Mist

Sweet Pea is sponge applied. Note to self: paint some latex protection on your skin, will ya? It took a lot of acetone with the brush to pry off the glitter. Doh!

This took about 3-4 sponges to get a very nice density. 

Painting it with coats of polish would have never reached this kind of coverage without a thick load of base. 
I've not used this technique for a long time and it didn't pan out, so I didn't bother. This went very well, with the exception of the excess glitter, so I will be trying it again on some other polishes.

Hard Candy Sweet Pea is a plain chartreuse metallic glitter. 

I added my favorite green/blue iridescent polish, Crystal Mist and that's the bright blue pops you see in the photo.

Both of these are discontinued, however eBay might reveal some love. I would check out indies, too, to see if someone is throwing down a chartreuse glitter. You never know!

Nice to start off with a fresh, yellow-green that reminds me of budding daffodils.

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Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Blues from Animated Movies

Here's a quick comparison between a couple of pale blues packed with glass fleck.

Left to right:
  • SinfulColors Cinderella
  • Maybelline Frozen Over
  • SinfulColors Cinderella
  • Maybelline Frozen Over

I've read that Maybelline is a bit more glitzy than SinfulColors, but in truth I really had to track from bottle to nail to photo to blog post to really see any kind of difference whatsoever...aka zero real difference.

All are three coats and all are over a nude so issues of translucency are mitigated.

I think Maybelline might be on eBay, but SC should be floating around a SC display, on or off depending on the season and the repromote.

Both are shot under my lamp with my Sony E6000, Very low light situation, and it still popped out some shimmer.

Of the two, I think SC wins due to availability.

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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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