Friday, April 29, 2011

Do I Love It? Do I Hate It?

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Friday! Only two more full days and Husband goes back to work! Woo hoo! Yes, he has been on vacation. How did you guess? :P ***Come on Monday!***

So, today I have an interesting polish to show you. This is Nubar Prevail. I received this polish as part of a giveaway prize from the lovely Nailstah a while back. I have been looking at this polish for a while, now trying to decide whether or not I wanted to even wear it. There is something about this polish that speaks bad to me. And something about it that makes me kind of go, "Ooo!" And I honestly can't decide which voice is stronger. I can't decide if I love it or if I hate it.








All photos were taken in direct late afternoon sun. All photos are clickable so that you can get a real eyeful of my shite polishing job, too. :P

Nubar Previal is a matte polish. It is a dark grey base packed with purple shimmer that looks duchrome-y in the bottle, shifting from purple to gold to even looking a bit brown. That was almost the kiss of death for this polish before I ever painted it on. I have attitude about brown polish. I like it not and it looks like dog vomit on me so any polish that even hints at being brown is out on it's ear. But this polish isn't really brown, at all.

In photographs, this polish looks decidedly purple. It is more subtle in person, showing grey with a purple, almost metallic, lit-from-within glow. This is my first true matte polish (besides matte topcoat) and working with a matte polish is very different from working with a "regular" polish. This stuff gives you about five seconds to get it on and get it right before it starts to dry. Once that happens, any attempt to work it results in dragging and bald spots. However, if you can paint a thick, even, fast coat, this polish will reward you with a smooth finish and a complex, interesting colour that doesn't ever look quite the same, each time you stop to look at it.

I applied two coats but this polish could possibly be a one coat wonder to someone who is an expert at painting on mattes fast, thick and smooth. Cleanup isn't too difficult with this polish, either. I had to stop and do a bit, as I worked with this stuff, since it was something I had never used, before. I made a bit of a mess of things. lol Nubar Previal has a thick, buttery formula. It whispers onto the nail surface, like a good polish should. It dries lightening fast and it dries completely matte. I topped it with Hard Candy Matte-ly in Love to try to smooth it a bit. Didn't really help all that much. *sigh*

I don't know... I will say that the longer I have it on and the more I look at it, the softer I feel towards it. It may be a keeper. Or it may get re-homed. If I went by how I felt out it the moment I finished my manicure, It would have been out the door, no if's and's or but's about it.

Maybe it is growing on me?

We'll see...

So, gentle readers, what do you think of Nubar Prevail? Love it? Hate it? Tired of my back and forth-ing all over the place? lol Please let me know your opinion.

I was able to get some polish shopping accomplished, this week. When I have time, I will photograph my hauls and show off. :D I did return a polish that I didn't even try. One of the new Revlon polishes from the LE Summer collection. The colour was so pretty but the scathing reviews I have read about the formula made me decide that I would rather return it and use the money to buy polishes I will actually like and wear. 

Okay. I guess that I have nattered on long enough, for now. Thank you all so much for popping in. Have a wonderful evening and may your polish never bubble. (Like mine did, this time... :P)

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Pink Wednesday

Hello gentle readers.

Today is Wednesday and, since we wear pink on Wednesday, today I chose to apply Sinful Colors Easy Going. This is a pale, pale pink crelly (creme-jelly). This is two coats, with three on my few badly ridged nails, to get it all uniform.

Pictures were taken out in direct late morning sun. This washed the colour out a lot, so I took one indoors that gives a better representation of the actual shade.



 Taken outdoors in direct sun.


Taken indoors in natural light coming in through my laundry room window. 

The formula on this polish is a tad... Funny. It is thick, but not gloopy. It stays where you place it pretty nicely. I didn't have a huge amount of cleanup, mostly fussbudget refining. I learned pretty quickly that this polish likes to be applied with plenty of polish on the brush. It can be worked, a bit and in fact seems to benefit from that. The first coat is a little streaky, but the polish, if applied thick enough will self level very nicely. A second coat made it all smooth and even. I ended up needing a third coat on a few of my nails that have Super Ridges (insert deep, echoing voice, here) to make it all look uniform and smooth all across.  I topped this manicure with Seche Vite. 

I like this polish. The colour is so soft and ladylike. The formula is decent and it isn't hard to work with. A problem that can tend to plague a lot of pastel cremes. This polish would make a nice background for stamping. Hmmm... Maybe later when I have a little time... :)

Do you own this polish? Think that you might like to? Sinful Colors is on special at Walgreen's right now. $ 0.99 a bottle. A terrific price for a terrific polish. I really like this brand. I own a pile of them and am always happy to acquire more. Overall, they have very nice quality and pretty colours. I have encountered a few dogs, but that is true with any brand. I am hoping that this big sale is a precursor to a release of new colours. Not a bunch of re releases. Tho I would love to see Pink Ocean and Blue Ocean and perhaps Pearl Harbour hit the shelves, again. I missed out on those shades and would really love to obtain them. 

Oh! Before I forget! There are just a few more days to enter my giveaway for a Karmin hair straightening iron worth $129.00. Please click the link provided or click the pic of the hair straightener in my upper right column to travel to my giveaway post by Midnight May First MST and enter. 

Okay, I must toodle along. I would like to see what my fellow polish fanatics are up to and I have laundry to do, today. Blech! Do not want to! Stupid laundry, anyway. *pouts*

Have a lovely Wednesday, whether you go pink or not. Thank you so much for popping in and spending a little time with me and may your polish never bubble.


Monday, April 25, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. Post number three of the day coming at you. lol

This one is actually about polish. OPI Designer Series Extravagance, as a matter of fact. Extravagance is a good name for this polish. It is. Extravagant. Rich purple jelly packed to the rafters with rainbow holo. It isn't a linear holo. Not really. But it is multi faceted, it has depth, depths of depths. In some light, it looks purple with fires deep inside that glow to the surface. In other, the brilliant multi coloured holo take center stage, flashing in red, purple, silver, blue, gold. If the light and movement is just right, there is a subtle linear effect. Sometimes it is rainbow, sometimes it is deep reddish-purple. I think, were my nails longer, the subtle linear effect would show a little better. Topcoat does not dull or inhibit the holo value at all.

I am doing kind of a crap job describing this polish. It has so much going on that is escapes my powers of description. lol I took seventy-five pictures of this manicure. Cropped all of the photographs then had to winnow them down. Several times. I got them down to thirteen so you are about to get the shit photo spammed out of you. lol All pics were taken in afternoon sunlight and are clickable to get the full effect of the gorgeous that is this polish.













As usual, my photos don't capture what this polish can do, in person. I did my best. :)

This polish is typical OPI DS fabulous. The formula is nearly flawless, it almost applied it's self, flowing off that lovely Pro Wide brush like a dream. What cleanup I had was just fussbudget refining. Even tho this polish is jelly, it is intensely pigmented and so packed with shimmer and holo that it is solidly opaque in two coats. If one were a painttacular polisher who can slip on one perfect, thick coat, this might be a one coat wonder for that person. That person is not I. OPI DS Extravagance dries nicely and a little more quickly than other polishes. It dries satin matte, to get the shiny you must apply topcoat. I topped this manicure with Seche Vite.

I keep looking at my nails. I keep moving one or the other into a little bar of sunshine coming in through the slats of my hideously ugly renter's delight vertical blinds. It is probably a good thing I am not driving, right now. I would probably cause a chain reaction pileup admiring my tips. lol

If you like purple. If you like holo. If you like OPI. If you like complex, rich polishes full of depth and character, I can heartily endorse this polish.

Thank you so much for popping in. Again. Heh! Heh! Have yourself a faboo evening and may your polish never bubble. 

I am Issuing an Invitation...

To blog link spam me. :D

I have a bunch of new followers and I am trying to get to you with my followers box, but I can't always find you, or I forget or something comes up and I don't get to visiting. And I feel bad about that. So, if you read my blog, follow me, have my blog on your blogroll and would like me to reciprocate, please leave your blog name and URL in a comment for this post. (And for this post only, please. ;)) It will be easier for me to go down the list and get to everyone, rather than hopping all over the place, getting my fool brain all twisted in knots and making my ears smoke. lol

Since I own two Blogspot blogs, I have to follow and add new blogs while in IE (I run Firefox) so it is a bit of a slow process, but I promise, I will get to you.

Thanks and please, blog link spam me, here. :D

As I go down the list, I will delete each comment, just to keep straight what I am doing, so please, don't be hurt of you see your comment disappear. It just means that I have been to see you. :D

And the Winner of My Little Giveaway is...

***eRiN*** 

Congratulations! 

An e-mail has been sent. Since I am out of town tomorrow, I have extended the response time to mid day on Wednesday. It's only fair. ;)

Thank you all for reading and following my blog and for entering my Little Giveaway! I am planning a little something-something for my First Blogoversary coming up in May. Stay tuned to this channel for further details. :)

Thanks for popping by. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Happy Easter!

Hello gentle readers. Happy Easter to all of you who celebrate. :D

Today's manicure is a simple pastel skittle mani done with my Wet-n-Wild Bloom Collection stamped with Easter lilies.

From pinkie to thumb the colours are: Collecting Pollen, Cherry Blossom, Laughing Lilac, Bird Bath and Garden Hose. I applied Seche Vite and let it dry for a few minutes, then I stamped the lilies with Konad Special White polish and Konad plate # m36. I topped it all off with a second coat of Seche Vite.


If you would like to see swatches of these polishes without nail art and my review of them, that post can be found here. I used Orly Ridge Filling Base Coat in an attempt to perhaps only have to apply two coats of polish. No such luck. These polishes are jelly, can be streaky and with the shite brushes, well... Three were still needed.

I am slowly getting into a little better head space and feeling more as if I want to be interested in the things I have been, again and I will be drawing and announcing the winner of my Little Giveaway, tomorrow.

I am also hosting a giveaway for a Karmin hair straightener, a $129.00 value here if you would like to enter and try for it.

Okay. Time for me to bolt. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great holiday (or day, as the case may be ;)) and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

Today's mani is brought to you by the letters C and G. And the number 3.

I decided that I really needed a happy, sparkly colour on my nails, today, so I chose China Glaze Grape Juice. A pretty purple jelly packed with dancing glass fleck shimmer. Grape juice is part of the China Glaze Summer Days Collection from 2009? I think? :D

I like this polish. This isn't just a simple, one note purple with shimmer. There is an interesting and elusive blue flash and hints of lavender and lilac, too. It isn't a duochrome. But it is more complex than one might think. The formula is really nice. A little thin but not runny or obnoxious. It is easy to apply and control. I didn't have a great deal of cleanup while painting this polish on. What I did do was mostly fussbudget refining. I applied three coats and topped it with Seche Vite.

Photos were taken in direct sun. If you enlarge the photos, you can see hints of the blue I was talking about.





I also did a pedi, today and my toes are sporting OPI Wing It!. What a pretty, pretty duochrome pink. I am planning to wear that for next Wednesday's pink on my fingernails so I will show it, then. I feel funny about photographing my feet and posting the pics, here. I don't know why... Just weird that way. Maybe one day I will get over it. lol

I haven't forgotten about my Little Giveaway. I have kind of shoved it to my back burner for a bit, tho. I was getting ready to make the name strips to draw my winner yesterday when I got a phone call with some news about someone very close to me that gut punched me. Needless to say, after that, I didn't give too much of a damn about drawing a winner at that point and to be perfectly honest, I still don't. I am in a really weird head space, right now. I am half numb, half wanting to scream and rail at the skies. I am afraid and trying to be hopeful. And I am just trying to process this. Some aspects of my life are proceeding as normal and some, not so much. Believe me, this giveaway isn't the only thing that is rather immediate that I have arbitrarily shoved into the background and can't bring myself to deal with at the moment. I promise I will get to it. I just... Need a little time to get my head in a better place. I hope that you understand.

Okay, I am going to run along. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Took the Grinder Express to Shortie Town and... Oh My Gawsh!!!

 Hello gentle readers. How's your day going? Mine is pretty good. Things have finally cooled down a little around here and I had some time to take care of my nails, today. Part of that was, unfortunately grinding them down to shorties. My tips were getting too ragged and they were cracking even through the patches and the already patched cracks were re cracking and I couldn't keep up with the damage, any longer so it was time to take them down and start fresh. While I do miss the length, (that seems to be my favourite length, it works well for me and I like how it looks) it is nice to get rid of all but one active patch and grow them out, again. I just have one patch covering a side tear where my left ring finger meets the quick. *sigh*

Since it is Wednesday and we wear pink on Wednesdays, I decided to wear Color Club Lazr Pink. A brilliant neon pink. This one is an eye popper. I applied three coats and topped it with Seche. And yes, that is a gouged spot at my gap on my ring finger... My cleanup brush got away from me. On the last coat, of course, so I couldn't fix it. And I just didn't have time to re do the entire nail so... Happily, it is far more obvious in the macro photograph than in person. The casual observer wouldn't even see it.

Pics are clickable. All were taken in direct afternoon sun.




I like this colour. Sadly, that is about all I like about this particular bottle of polish. The formula was gloopy, (could be because it is a little older, a little thinning may help it) but it wanted to flood the shit out of my cuticles. It was streaky as hell. Three coats and a thick coat of Seche Vite were required to get this as smooth as I managed to get it. Blech! I am torn about keeping this one. I love the bright, hot pink and how it actually makes my hands look lightly tanned (instant Summer in a bottle! heh heh) but I don't love the way it behaves. I dunno. Maybe if I give it a good thinning and shake, shake, shake it's disposition would improve. I would really like to rehab this polish, if I can. I would love to wear this this Summer.

Do you own this polish? Love it? Hate how it behaves?

I was delighted when I clicked to open my blog today to see that I am at 400 followers! Oh. My. Gawsh! Squeee! I can't believe that 400 people actually liked my little blog enough to click that Follow button. Honestly, when I started blogging here, I didn't ever expect to reach that number. I just want to say, I loves you guyz. And I deeply appreciate the fact that you take time out of your busy day and blog time to spend a little of it here, with me. ***kisses***

Have you entered my little giveaway? Today is the last day to enter to win a little sheet of cute hardcore style nail art decals and a brand new bottle of Del Sol colour changing polish in Rockstar. Click here to travel to my little giveaway post. Just scroll down past the nattering to find the giveaway part. :)

I am also giving away a Karmin hair straightener worth $129.00. You can click here to travel to that giveaway post and enter to win, through May First.

Okay, I guess that is all I have for you, right now. Thank you all so much for popping in. Have a great afternoon and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Manicure of Memory

Hello gentle readers.

I am doing a hit and run post, today. I am busier than a one legged man at an ass kicking contest. I don't get this crazy too often, but every now and then... lol I haven't even had time to do my nails since Saturday. Hopefully I will be able to get to them, tomorrow. they need it, desperately. I have rampant tip wear and some polish chips so yeah... I need to get to them. When you see them again, they will be shorter. *sigh* My tips are cracking through patches and that is a sure sign that my nails need to come down and grow out, again. So that little task will have to be done, as well. Oh vell. They will grow. They always do. So far, anyway. ;)

Today I have a Manicure of Memory for you. I wore this polish a while back and never got around to posting pics. So, it is making it's debut, today. This is Revlon Strawberry Splendor. A pretty strawberry pink with a lovely subtle shimmer. I applied two coats and the usual base and Seche Vite. All photos taken in sunshine and are clickable, if you so desire.








This is one of last Summer's scented polishes from Revlon. It applied pretty nicely, like most Revlon polishes. Dry time was decent, too. This polish smells like strawberry candy as it begins to dry. Slightly chemical, somewhat strawberry, very sweet. The scent is discernible through topcoat. I don't mind scented products, in fact I like them. So the candy scent of this and the other perfumed polishes doesn't bother me a bit. If you are sensitive to fragrance or just find candy scented polish gross, you might not want to try this one. lol I bought this at my local CVS last month and this line still seems to be fairly widely available.

I also want to remind you that you have until tomorrow night at 11:59 PM MST to enter my little giveaway. You can find the gadget at the top of my right hand column to direct you to that post.

Okay. I have to dash. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific afternoon and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Falling in Love With Neons, Again and a Stamping Mishap

Hello gentle readers. How is your weekend going? Mine? Lazy in the extreme. I didn't get a whole lot done but splashing polish around, taking more pictures and mucking up a stamp job. At least it is a gorgeous day. Warm, upper seventies, sunny and a little breeze.

I am falling back in love with neon polishes. I used to wear them way back when in the late 80's-early 90's. Back when they were called Fluorescent. I tried a couple of neons, last year and frankly, I was underwhelmed. I thought maybe neons and I weren't going to be friends. Then yesterday, I was doing a colour story shoot and two of the polishes were Color Club neons. I was kind of dreading it, expecting the polishes to give me a big fight. To my surprise and delight, they were lovely to apply. And my faith in neons was restored.

Today's mani is Color Club Ultraviolet. Neon purple violet. So pretty. So bright. Sadly, this polish freaked my camera out and it didn't capture this polish accurately. In person it is a true purple violet, deeper and much more intense than the photos show. I applied two coats, topped it with Seche, then stamped flowers with a BM plate and Konad Special white. Boy, what a difference that polish makes. The Sinful I was stamping with worked okay but the Konad white gives a much brighter image. When I want soft, I'll use the Sinful, when I want really bright, I'll use the Konad. :) I topped this mani with my stamping topcoat. I thought about using Seche, but I decided to see how this stuff holds up.

As I was stamping, I mucked up the works, a bit. You can really see it on my middle finger nail. Foo! But it isn't awful and it isn't really visible to the casual observer, so it can stay. For now... ;)








Color Club Ultraviolet is a pleasure to apply and work with. It is a little thick, but a tad runny but not crazy. It wasn't hard to make behave. The first coat dried fast and looked a little meh. The second coat just smoothed everything beautifully. Two coats made this polish almost opaque. There is still a little VNL. If that is something that makes you batty, a third coat or an underpinning should take care of it. I don't mind a little VNL with some polishes, so I didn't bother. This polish dries matte and must have a topcoat to make it glorious and shiny. Ultraviolet is so very pretty. With topcoat it sings on my nails. I love it and I think it is going to get a good bit of play, this Spring and Summer.

Is anyone else getting excited for the new Bundle Monster plates coming out, soon? I have been haunting their Facebook page, waiting for news of the release. I am enjoying the sneak peeks they are posting and I am excited to hear about the new, easier to remove plastic film and the smoother edges and backing on the plates. Sounds as if they are really stepping it up, quality wise. I just hope that doesn't mean that they are going to jack the price up too much. One thing I love about them is nice plates and not too much moolah needed to buy them. I can't seem to find the release date, if it has been posted. Anyone have the skinny?

I got the rest of this round of colour stories swatched and photographed, today. I just need some time to photograph the bottle lineups then edit the photos. Should keep me busy and out of trouble for a while. lol

Okay, I guess that is all I have to natter about, for now. Thank you so much for popping in. Have yourself a fab evening and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, April 15, 2011

Swatchity-Swatch

Hello gentle readers. How was your Friday? Mine was pretty good. I spent a lot of time splashing in my polish. I did a bunch of colour story photos and some comparisons. I still have a few more I want to do and then I have to take all of the bottles lined up in order shots. This is a project. lol But it is a good one. It keeps me busy, distracted and out of the snacks.

So, today I have a swatch I did and photographed a little while back. China Glaze Atlantis. Holy crikey that is one pretty polish. Green jelly with medium holo glitter. Sparkle plenty.






I can't remember how many coats. I think... Three? The formula was very nice. Easy on, easy to work with. I applied this swatch with base and top, if I remember correctly. I really need to write it down when I do swatches. I am taking notes as I do my colour stories and comparisons but sometimes I forget. Then I have to er... all over the place and look like an addlepated nitwit.

So, what do you think of our friend Atlantis, here? Like? Not? Do you own it? Please do share. :)

If you look at the top of my right hand column, I have a couple of giveaways running. If you haven't entered yet, please click the pics and enter. Goodies are to be had.

Okay, I want to read up and see what all you polish addicts are up to. thank you so much for popping in, have a great night and may your polish never bubble.

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Manicure of the Moment and a Mini Giveaway

 The mini giveaway is now closed. Thank you all so much for entering. :D


Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a double whammy for you. A manicure.

And a mini giveaway.

Manicure first. :D

This is Sinful Colors Cream Pink with some Kiss Catwalk nail decals. These are from the Action set. I also have the Lights set. The Action is full of fun designs. A little edgier. But pretty, too. I topped this mani with Poshe` topcoat.

Pics are, as always, clickable. That way you can see the shimmer. :)

 Bright, neon pink with subtle gold shimmer.

 A touch of something blue in bright sun.

 Opaque in two coats.

 This polish photographs a little... Darker? Less fluorescent than it really is. 
 The formula for Sinful Cream Pink is a bit of an odd duck. It is thick, almost gluey, but runny, too. I had to have a lot of polish on the brush or it would break and leave a big, bare spot. But too much on the brush and cuticle flooding could result. Weird. This polish dries semi matte and definitely needs topcoat to be shiny. Dry time is sloooow. I like this bright, neon pink with the beautiful shimmer. I am not madly in love with the formula. I want to use this polish, again. Maybe I'll see if I can tweak it a little. See if I can make it behave a little better. If not... I may toss it in the franken/trade in drawer.

Okay... so. Kiss Catwalk Action decals have fun, somewhat edgy designs. Lots of black and grey, crosses, hearts, purple roses with thorns and ribbons and sparkles and other fun stuff. Fun stuff I am going to enjoy using. One sheet has lots of skulls and daggers through hearts. Not exactly my thing. lol So, I wondered what I should do with this little sheet of decals. Leave them to languish, unloved, in the dark? Toss them?

Or...

Pass them along to someone who likes them and will enjoy them?

Good idea.

But, how, exactly shall I go about this?

Why, have a little giveaway, of course!

But just one little sheet of nail decals, while a nice little something, looks rather lonely and flat. So, perhaps something to round it out? Say...

A bottle of polish?

But which one? Perusing my box of untried polishes, I tried to decide which one would fit. I finally decided on Del Sol Rockstar. Blue glitter that turns green in the sun. I also loved that the name seemed to go with the decals. The decals look like little tattoo designs and rock stars are often tattooed, so why not a polish called Rockstar?


So, here is the dealio. I am going to make this quick and easy. This little giveaway will run for a week; until 11:59 PM  MST on Wednesday, April 20th. You must be a public follower. If you are not, yet, you know what to do and how to do it. :) This giveaway is open to U.S. residents. I am sorry, but my stinking budget is a little too tight for international shipping. Just leave a comment (in this post only, please) with any name(s) with which you follow and your e-mail address. If you would like an additional entry, please like Ice Queen's Nail Parlour  on Facebook. And, that is all that you need to do. Easy. :D

I will select a winner by old fashioned draw after the giveaway period closes. The winner will have 24 hours to respond to my e-mail informing them that they won. I will also post the winner in a post on my blog and on my Nail Parlour Facebook page, just in case the e-mail doesn't go through. So please, check back. ;) If I don't hear from the winner within 24 hours, I will choose another winner.

Speaking of giveaways, have you entered my giveaway for a Karmin hair straightener valued at $120.00, yet? No? Well, what are you waiting for? You know you want one. Why not get it for free?  :D

Okay, I guess this is long enough. Heh heh. Thank you so much for popping in. Please do enter my giveaways. Win prizes. Have a great evening and may your polish never bubble. :D