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Thursday, March 31, 2011

Swatches: Wet-N-Wild Limited Edition Bloom Collection

Hello gentle readers. How is everyone? It was a gorgeous day here, today. Eighty degrees, sunny. It is still seventy two. My windows are open  and my ceiling fan is whirring, creating a welcome little breeze.

Today I have my first ever full collection swatch post. Well... Almost the whole collection. Sadly, one of the bottles suffered a tragic accident and left broken glass and orange polish splashed all over my bedroom floor. Tragic. And a huge pain in the arse to deal with. *sigh*

This collection is the limited edition Wet-N-Wild Spring Bloom Collection. Six pretty pastels just right for the season. I received this collection as a prize in a recent giveaway held by Nouveau Cheap. The missing polish is a soft, light orange. I can't remember the name of the polish. I can remember how much fun it was to clean out of my broadloom... :P

I swatched all of these polishes over Orly Ridge Filling Base Coat to give them a halfway decent chance to get amooth over my terribly ridged nails. I didn't apply any topcoat. These polishes were lovely and shiny  without it. Tho I would definitely wear topcoat, if using these for a full manicure.

 Cherry Blossom, Laughing Lilac, Bird Bath, Garden Hose, Collecting Pollen.

 Cherry Blossom.

 Soft, sugar almond pink. Great. Now I am craving sugar almonds...

 Laughing Lilac. 

 I lack descriptive powers for this shade. It is a pretty, true lilac.

 Bird Bath.

 Delicate, robin's egg blue.

 Garden Hose.

 Faded, whitish green. Like a rubber hose left out too long in the sun.

 Collecting Pollen. Ah... Ah... Ahchoo! 

 Bright, sunny yellow. It is like Spring sunshine splashed all over my nails.

The formula of this polish is jelly, silky and translucent and squishy. It is a bit sheer and slightly streaky. I needed three full coats to get a uniform, even finish. Part of that was due to the awful brushes in these bottles. They were not trimmed well and they definitely contributed to the streaking and difficulty getting the polish on nice and smooth. I like all of these colours. They are nothing different or groundbreaking but they are very nice shades. I would have happily paid the retail for these polishes. Tho I would have been a little bummed about the brushes.

These polishes should be available in drugstores, soon if they haven't already hit the shelves. I haven't seen them here, but since it is nearly impossible to find LE anything in this podunk town, I can't say for certain.

What do you think of these polishes? Pretty? Boring? Will you take them? Leave them? 

Okay, so there you have it. My first ever collection swatch post. I kinda liked doing it. If only I had the budget to buy more collections. I would happily do more. :D

Thank you all so much for popping in, have a great evening and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Manicure of the Moment: Prepare for Pic Spam - a- Palooza!

Hello gentle readers. How is everyone? I am well... A little busy and so on. I didn't post yesterday thanks to my photo uploader not working. *sigh* Oh well.

Thank you all for your lovely comments on my last post. And thank you to new readers for coming in and hanging out! I am so happy that you are here. :D

Today's manicure is an exciting one for me. It is a layered mani, in grey and well... The rest is a surprise. I think I must warn you right now, this post will be a tad wordy (I know what you are thinking, there's a shock! heh heh!) and there is a lot of photographs. I went a little camera nuts on this one.

First I applied my base coat then two coats of Sally Hansen Wet Cement. When I picked this polish up, the other day I was honestly expecting it to be a chalky, gloopy, not so inspired creme. Boy, was I ever in for a nice surprise. This polish is a jelly. It is very pigmented but translucent, silky, smooth, squishy and very shiny. I like this polish and it is going to become a fave grey in my rotation, for sure.

These were taken in direct sun. All photos in this post are, as always, clickable to enlarge, if you are so inclined.




And, in shade. You can see the squishiness, in these photos.

 My spell check says squishiness isn't a word. I say it is, so! :D

After I got this polish on and photographed, it was magic time. Time to top this perfectly lovely grey with something that made me squeal like a little kid in an ice cream shop as I brushed it on my nails. The magic? you ask. Why, OPI What's Dune? A beautiful sheer duchrome grey with some blue, some green and a lovely, subtle linear holograph.

I received this polish from a very kind, generous lady who gave me a little gift bag full of older, black label OPI polishes when I put out a request on Freecycle. When I pulled it out of the bag, it was a real mess. Just a rubbery, bouncy pile of grey-green-dog barf looking goo in the bottle. Before I got into polish, reading blogs and running my own blog about polish, I would have taken that bottle and thrown it directly in the trash. Do not pass Go, do not collect $200. I would have had no clue that that little pile of goo was in fact, a treasure in disguise.

When I received this polish, I didn't know what it was, I was aware that it was an older black label OPI and I decided that I would see if I could do anything with it or for it before I gave it the old heave-ho. I tossed in a handful of ballz then dumped in a lot of thinner. And I do mean, a lot of thinner. Then I started shaking. Added a little more thinner, shake-shake-shake. A little more thinner, a little more shake and all of a sudden... Magic!

I only needed to apply one coat of this over the SH Wet Cement. As I was brushing it on my nails, the afternoon son came flooding in through my window and it was so beautiful. It applied like a dream. I finished applying What's Dune? on my nails then without even waiting to apply topcoat or moisturise my cuticles or anything, I grabbed my camera and ran outside and started snapping.

First in shade. In the shade, this manicure just looks slightly brushstroke-y somewhat frosty. Uninspired.

 You can see hints of duochrome. A little blue, a little green

Please forgive my dog-ugly cuticles in these pictures. I abused them horribly with a bunch of swatches before I did this manicure and didn't take care of them before taking pictures. *hangs head in shame*

Now for the sun shots. I tried and tried to get the true beauty of this polish. It deserved better lighting and  a better photographer than I. I was unable, in direct sun and with my little camera to capture the true glory of this beauty. 

 The holo is subtle, but brighter in person. And it is linear, not scattered.


 You can see hints of it, here.

 See the duochrome? 




Can you believe that one polish can be so filled with so many effects, so much beauty? I couldn't, until I saw it. After I took these pictures, I topped this manicure with Poshe`. The topcoat doesn't inhibit the holo, at all.

As if this post isn't long enough and isn't packed with enough photographs, I shot a little video, too. A last ditch effort to capture the holo. *sigh* Not terribly successful, but I think it gives some idea.

video


Told you you were in for it, today. lol

I swatched my new Wet-N-Wild collection today and a new franken, too. I also have the beginings of my colour stories started. I'll be showing them to you in the days to come.

Okay, I need to get going. It is a gorgeous afternoon and I am about to head out to the lake for a walk. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Swatches of Pretty Stuff

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Monday. It is a gorgeous day here in Prescott, Arizona. It is clear as a bell, sunny and warming up very nicely. Should top out around the low sixties. But it feels warmer than that...

Anyhoozle, the reason why I am here right now is to show you two gorgeous glitter polishes. I received these as a prize in a recent giveaway given by Mary at Body and Soul. They are frankens made by Lynderella (sorry, I don't have a link to her) a very talented gal with the add a little of this to a little of that and shake, shake, shake.

I present The Glittering Crowd and Snow Angel. Two pretty, pretty layering glitters. All pictures are clickable to enlarge, if you are so inclined.

First to the plate, The Glittering Crowd. Many different glitter components and flakies in a clear base.

 No base coat, no top coat, one coat with an extra on my index finger.

 Check out those big purple flakies! They are almost sheets of shiny, sparkly wonderful.

 Sooo many pretty colours...

 Blinded my poor camera with the light.

A bottle close up of the chunky, sparkly, yummy goodness.

This glitter bomb is packed with all kinds of delicious, sparkly, shiny stuff. Hex sequins, round, square, bar, even big flakies. This isn't the easiest stuff to apply, but it isn't too bad, either. It didn't fight me, I just had to work for it a little. I need to try this over dark colours... 

Next up is Snow Angel.A whitish base packed with cold, white glitter. This looks like a Winter snowstorm on my nails. It is really lovely. The texture of the base is a little different. It feels... Kind of grainy-ish? But not really grainy. It is hard to describe. It isn't bad, it is just different than what I am used to.

 One coat on index and ring and two on middle and pinkie. No base or top coats. 

So icy. 

Better on my nails than on my driveway, tho! lol


This polish is delightfully shivery. I could see this as part of a Winter manicure, around Christmas or on my nails in the Dog Days, when it is hot, humid and miserable and I need a nice little cool down.

So, what do you think of these lovelies?

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

A Comparison and a Wonderful Gal at Sally's and a Steal of a Deal at Wag's

Hello gentle readers. How has your weekend been? Mine has been pretty okay. Especially today. It was so chilly and cloudy and windy, yesterday and today... The exact opposite. It is clear, calm, sunny and it warmed up pretty nicely, too. A lovely early Spring day.

Earlier this month, I popped into my local Sally's and picked up a couple of the new Orly Precious Spring colours. I got Sapphire Silk, which I have already shown you and I also bought Antique Jade. I almost didn't buy Antique Jade because in the bottle, I thought it looked a lot like Orly Gumdrop, from last Spring's Sweet collection. Well, since when did I ever allow a polish being a possible dupe stop me? Really? :P

The other day, I was really curious to see if Gumdrop and Antique Jade were even close, so I applied the two and took some pictures. I applied two coats of each and left them topless. I photographed this comparison on a typical big old clouds rolled in on a swatch day, day.

 Index and ring: Antique Jade. Middle and pinkie: Gumdrop.

 Not even close. Tho they do look closer in direct sun, photographed with my dipshit camera.


The difference between these shades is even more obvious indoors or in shade. And, before you ask, no. I didn't get pics indoors or in shade. "Cause that would have made too damned much sense. lol

Okay, so I was in Sally's again, today. I had a ten dollar item free with a minimum purchase certificate I received in the mail and wanted to use it before it expired. Hmmm... What to buy? Yeah... Duh! I picked up a new bottle of China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat. I like the Seche Clear just fine, but it just isn't CGSABC. I also grabbed China Glaze Lemon Fizz. Hey, they were two for ten clams. I had to get both. Then I hit the Orly Precious display. The Royal Velvet, which I really, really, really wanted was long gone. I picked up Precious Porcelain, the only other shade I wanted from that collection then I got a new foot file, some more acetone (I have to give that damned polish stain on my broadloom another treatment. Oh! I didn't tell you about that, did I? Someday, soon. Promise. :P) Some remover in a little bottle that will match the little acetone bottle in my mani basket (yes, I am obsessed about matching) and, figuring I blew enough to score my ten dollar free item, I chose my foot file to be it, I hit the register.

As the gal was ringing me up, I asked her if she was going to get anymore Orly Royal Velvet in and she very nicely and apologetically told me no. Then, she got a very thoughtful look on her face and told me that an employee had set a bottle aside, then decided that she didn't want it, after all and asked me if I would like it. Yesssss!!!! How sweet was that of her? I left Sally's with a free foot file and my final Orly Precious colour I wanted. Score!

Oh, speaking of score... I was in Walgreen's and picked up a few polishes along with some other drugstore-ly purchases. Let me ask you something... When the hell did girl razor cartridges get so frakking expensive? Four basic level Venus refills, almost ten bucks. The Embrace ones I love? Fifteen clams. I bough the Venus Basic and used a two dollar coupon. *sigh* I will be smooth. And poor. Anyhoozle... About the steal of a deal. I was buying polish and the Del Sol was price reduced from ten dollars a bottle to three for ten dollars. I grabbed two. And when the gal rang them up, one rang up for one cent. The other, she manually entered it as the full price, $3.99. She decided to let the one cent price stand. So, I got two Del Sol polishes for four dollars, even. Score! :D Walgreen's has Sally Hansen on sale, too. XTreme Wear is two for four dollars and I had a fifty cent coupon.

Also, if you like Rimmel makeup or polish, all Rimmel is half price at Walgreen's. I also had a one dollar off coupon from this Sunday's paper so I bought a pretty grey tones shadow quad palette for about two-fifty. :D

Okay. This is getting a little too chatty, so I will motor. Thank you all so much for popping in. Have a good one and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, March 26, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. How goes it? It is okay, here. A little chilly, a little windy. Big old clouds. Of course... I was planning to do some swatching, today so naturally, there must be big old puffers to block my sunshine. Oh vell. I can swatch another day.

Today I have China Glaze Agent Lavender to show you. I am having a huge love/hate relationship with this polish. I love the colour. Ever so slightly greyed lavender. Pale but not washed out. Very Spring. This polish is shiny, shiny. Before and after topcoat, shiny, shiny.

It is also a huge pain in my ass. The formula is thin, runny, it loves to just go running all over the place, flood my cuticles and make me chase it everywhere with my cleanup brush. I had to do a lot of cleanup, every nail, every coat. This manicure took me a long time to complete. It is a bit streaky and inconsistent and I had to apply three coats to get an even, level, opaque finish. Foo! A part of me was about ready to lob this bottle of polish out of my window. Dry time is slow. Even with Seche Vite, sllloooooow. It is still slightly tacky and dentable hours later. *sigh*

I don't know what I am going to do with this polish. I'll probably let it sit around until I forget what a pack of trouble it is and wear it again. And bitch about it, again. I had a pair of shoes that were like this polish. Beautiful, shiny, expensive! Loved those shoes. To look at them. Then I would get stupid, put them on and wear them to work and two hours into my shift, my poor feet would be screaming and I would be calling my husband, asking him to bring my flats to me so I could change my shoes. He would bring me my flats, I would change my shoes and send the pretty home with him. And every time, he would ask me why I didn't just toss them. I told him that they were just too pretty and I spent too much money on them to be able to bear to throw them away. Until about the forth time that whole business happened. And I finally got tired of it and tossed the shoes. lol

Okay, so. Would you like to see pics of this pretty little troublemaker?






Golly, it really is exactly like those damned shoes... So lovely. So painful. Heh. Heh.

Do you have any polishes like this one? So beautiful, yet so miserable to live with? A polish that in spite of what a hassle it is you can't bear to part with?

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, March 24, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

Today's mani is a pretty scattered holo polish I won in a giveaway. This is Dare to Wear Love Potion. A purple jelly full of fine, scattered multi coloured holo. Two coats and it was opaque. It dried a bit dull and grainy, a good, thick topcoat is definitely needed to smooth it out and make it shine. The formula was not too bad. Tho it did keep trying to flood my cuticles, making some cleanup necessary. But it wasn't too bad. I topped this with Seche Vite.

I took a pile of photos and a short video but it was stupid windy and I had so much camera shake that all of my shots were crap. I picked the best of them. And I am going to go ahead and teat you to my craptacular vid, too. Just because I am a giver.



video

Sorry about that. Those photos really are bad. As is the video. But I hope that the pretty colour and holo sparkle translate.

Well, I guess that is it, for now. Shockingly short post, for me, huh?

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

A Comparison and a Thank You

Hello gentle readers.

Today I thought it would be fun to show you a comparison between two beautiful red glitter polishes. I have been looking at these two polishes for a while and wondering if they are dupes or if my eyes are playing tricks on me. I thought that the best way to answer my questions was to just apply and photograph the two and see how it all shakes out.

The polishes I am comparing are China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Orly Star Spangled. I have owned both of these polishes for about a year. In fact, Ruby Pumps was my first ever China Glaze polish. Needless to say, it wasn't my last. lol Both of these polishes are true, blue based red jelly polishes packed with brilliant red glitter. I applied three coats of polish, no basecoat and topcoat. For the swatches, I just used a cheapie topcoat I don't much care about... Why muck up my good stuff, I ask you? I took all photos in as bright sun as possible. Wasn't easy, lemme tell ya. The stupid sun kept trying to hide behind clouds. Why the hell is is clear as a bell until you start swatching glitters? Foo!

Sooo... Which is which? Heh! Heh! I think I am going to set you peruse the pictures and  see what you think. The answer will be at the end of this first grouping of photographs. (Did I mention that there are going to be a lot of pictures in this post? :P)

 What do you think? Do they look alike?

 They kinda do, don't they? ^^

 Got any idea, yet? :D

 Yes?

 No?

Maybe? 

Ready for me to put you out of your misery?

I will.

In a minute. 

My assessment? They are extremely close, especially n photographs. In person, Ruby Pumps is a little cooler, has a slightly more blue undertone. To my eye, Ruby Pumps is a little more densely packed with glitter and the glitter it's self is a tad brighter. Ruby Pumps is smoother, even before topcoat. Star Spangled is a tad grainier, a little rougher and needs a bit more topcoat to get it all perfect and glassy. That said, for all intents and purposes, these polishes are nearly dupes. They are so close that if you own one, there is really no Earthly reason to purchase the other. 

Unless you are like me and you are a total red glitter polish ho and can't resist having both. :D

Oh, yeah! Nearly forgot. I was supposed to tell you which was which, wasn't I? Ruby Pumps is on my index and ring nails, Star Spangled on my middle and pinkie. 
Just for shits and giggles, I also decided to try tossing Milani One Coat Glitter in Red Sparkle into the mix. I applied two coats to my middle nail after cleaning off the Orly and topped it with my cheapie swatching topcoat. This polish isn't even close. Where the other two have a red jelly base, Red Glitter has a black jelly base. The glitter is a different tone, too. See? 

 Like I said, not even close. 


I actually own... Four red glitter polishes, I think. And I am not ashamed to say that if I see another one (or six) that I love, I will totally buy them. 'Cause I am a total red glitter polish ho. :D

I have a really cute Wet-N-Wild Spring collection to swatch for you. I just today received this collection, it was a giveaway prize I won from Nouveau Cheap a few weeks ago. If you like drugstore beauty booty, check out her blog. She hooks us up with all the latest and greatest in the drugstore getting gorgeous realm.

I just want to add a quick but no less absolutely sincere to the lovely, generous and extremely talented Jen for my new grab button and header design. I just added the borders and photos to my header, to personalize it. :D Jen just made these up for me, one day, when she was bored. Just tossed them together then surprised me by e-mailing them to me. Talented, I tell ya. :D

Okay, this is getting really, really long, so I suppose I need to wrap it up. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great night (or day, depending on where you call home;)) and may your polish never bubble.