Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Pink Wednesday and... I am a No Good Dirty Cheater ;D

Hello gentle readers. Happy hump day. (Any one handed surfers who just landed here, go ahead and hit the back button. This has nothing to do with humping. So, buh-bye, now.)

Today, I decided to get all of my glitter polishes for my Color Series swatched, photographed and ready to roll. My normal format is to do a manicure, photograph it and post it as a Manicure of the Moment. I don't often swatch, as I rarely, if ever have enough of a collection to make it worth while. But I decided to change it up, for this series. Glitters, while beautiful and fun to wear are also notoriously difficult to remove and to be perfectly honest, I was dreading applying seven full glitter manicures and all of the acetone and foil soaks I would have had to do, every day. Yipes! Cleaning off freshly applied swatches is much faster and easier. So, I cheated. :D

Besides, this is kind of a crappy day for me (Okay, in truth, it is a really, super, nasty-assed crappy day for me) and splashing around in all of that glitter actually helped to brighten my day a little and made me smile. Good medicine, methinks to help me feel a little better. :)

For today's Pink Wednesday post, after all of that swatching I just wanted a gentle, fresh, soft, light pink. One that was easy to apply, dried fast and didn't require much, if any cleanup. Enter Revlon Grapefruit Fizz. A delicate, shimmery pink jelly with tiny holo-ish glitter and... Wait for it... Flakies! Tiny, duochrome, colour shifting flakies. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite. This polish is pretty sheer. And I don't care a whit. I like the soft, sheer quality and I am enjoying flaunting my VNL.






Revlon Grapefruit Fizz has a lovely formula that makes it a joy to apply. It flowed off my brush, settled sweetly right where I placed it and didn't give me a moment's trouble. I had so little cleanup, I think I picked up my cleanup brush... Twice? A new record for me, I think. lol Dry time is fast and Seche Vite made it even faster. This polish is sheer, as you can see. I applied two coats and it isn't anywhere near opaque. Which is perfectly fine with me. This polish is scented; the fragrance develops as it dries. It is supposed to be grapefruit scented. But it actually just smells sweet and pink, to me.

Do you own this polish? Have you worn it, yet? Please share your impressions.

My glitter Color Series begins tomorrow. I have put up a new poll to ask what you would like my October Colour Series to be so please don't forget to vote. So far, purple is out in front. Why am I not surprised? :D

Okay, it has been a long morning and I am dying for my lunch, so I am going to run along. Thank you all so much for popping in, have yourselves a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Three Years



R.J.M.  1941~2008

I love you Daddy. I will miss you, always.

Tuesday, August 30, 2011

Glitter Wins by a Length!

Hello gentle readers.

My poll has expired and my first Colour Series is officially glitter. Yay!! I have chosen seven glitter polishes to feature, tho I might... Might change my mind on one of them... I tried to select glitters that I either haven't featured in a Manicure of the Moment post or haven't shown for a good, long while.

Colour Series Week will begin on Thursday, September First. I thought about waiting until next Monday and running a proper week, but I can't wait that long, so a Thursday start date it is. :D

Time to put up my poll for October. I wonder what I should offer... I think I will put green, purple and orange, three Hallowe'en-y colours in October's Colour Series poll.

Thank you so much for voting. I really enjoy interacting with my readers and getting your input about what you would like to see and I hope that you enjoy my glitter colour series.

Okay, I need to take my dog out, so I will see you all tomorrow for Pink Wednesday. :D


Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. How's your Tuesday treating you? Mine? Eh... Okay, I suppose. It is another scorcher, today. I already have my windows and blinds closed tight and my air conditioning humming. Summer took it's time really getting going here, this year but it is making up for that, now. I just hope that the heat doesn't linger longer than it is supposed to. It is almost September and that is when I expect it to start cooling off. Yes, I do.

Okay, so... Today's mani is Revlon Carbonite. I originally fell hard in love with Chanel Graphite. But, with my stinky old budget and the fact that that polish is, apparently hard to get hold of, I knew that I would not ever have the chance to own it. I was sad. Until Revlon released their version. Yay!

Revlon Carbonite is kinda badass. This dark silver grey shimmer has a green-gold duochrome shift (which, unfortunately doesn't show in my photographs) that elevates it from being just another silver grey shimmer. (Not that there is anything wrong with silver grey shimmer! I happen to like them, just fine. :D) The only thing missing is the spark of tiny gold glitter that you get in Chanel Graphite. I am wondering... Hmmm... I think I need to pick up another bottle of this and do a little experimenting.

Anywhoozle. This polish. I applied two coats, it was almost, almost a one coat wonder. Just missed it by this much. I topped this manicure with Revlon Quick Dry Top Coat. (Which is scheduled for review, very soon.) I now have a minicure I am very happy with.

I was trying to think of Han Solo and carbonite (yes, spell checker, carbonite is so a word!) jokes but I am lame brained, this fine day, so you are spared. Aren't you glad? :P

Okay, on to the important part of this post... The photographs. All are, as ever, clickable for bigamousness. (I think I stole that word from someone... Glitta Gloves, maybe?)







I am still feeling out the best way to watermark my photos and I see that the Blogger Fairies have been playing with the photo uploader, again. A week just isn't a week without Blogger Fairies playing around with the works. :P

Revlon Carbonite is, as I said earlier, kinda badass. Hardcore, metallic with a great, subtle green-gold duochrome shift but it behaves like a perfect lady. The formula is thick, but not gloopy and it glides on and spreads perfectly, sitting down where it is placed without pooling, running, streaking or dragging. I had little, very little cleanup and that was my own careless fault and fussbudget refining. Dry time is really fast, made even faster with a quick dry top coat.

I really, really, really wanted Chanel Graphite but I think that I can be quite content with Revlon Carbonite. I like this polish a lot and I think it is going to get plenty of play in my rotation.

Do you have this polish? Do you have both Carbonite and Graphite? Love one or both?

Thank you so much for popping in and spending a little time with me. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, August 29, 2011

And They Have Rounded the Final Turn and are Headed Down the Home Stretch!

Hello gentle readers. The horserace that is my colour series poll is just about over there are just about... 17? I think? hours left to vote to tell me what you would like to see, first.

I think it is safe to call glitter the winner of this one. Glitter started out strong, then was overtaken by purple for a while, but then glitter surged back into the lead. I will finish picking out the glitter polishes I want to feature.

If you haven't voted, you still have a little time left to do so. Who knows... If enough votes come in, the entire thing could be shaken up and I could be scrambling to make a new plan! lol

Okay, nighty-night time. I am tired and ready for sleep.

Review: Unique and Beautiful Nail Polish Jewelry by Workshop 760

Hello gentle readers.

I was recently contacted by Cara at Workshop 760, an Etsy store that sells handmade nail polish jewelry. The jewels and necklaces are handmade by Cara. She offers a variety of shapes, sizes and polish colours. She will also custom make a creation for her customers. Prices of currently available pieces range from $22.00 to $55.00 (U.S.). Shipping is reasonable at $3.00 plus $0.75 for each additional item.

Cara asked me if I would like to try and review her jewelry. I took a look at her Etsy page, perused her offerings and read her profile. Which I am going to quote for you, here:

"I am constantly inspired by different mediums, and over the past few years nail polish has grabbed my attention. I paint my nails a new color almost every night. Some of the nail polishes available on the market now are truly breathtaking. I wanted to try to capture their beauty in a way that was a bit more permanent than just painting it on my fingertips. So I experimented and played around until I found a process that did just that. These are not just painted pieces of glass or acrylic! These are made by encasing the nail polish inside resin gems. Each piece is unique and I have hand polished each stone to a mirror shine. I use the highest quality nail polish available and each necklace that comes with the pendant is handmade by me, not ordered in bulk from Asia. These necklaces are truly unique and will last a long time if properly cared for."


I took Cara up on her offer and she sent me two of her pieces. They arrived securely packed wrapped in pretty purple tissue paper tucked all cozy and nice in a mailing envelope. Under the tissue was a little silver box accented with a tag and a splash of silver ribbon containing a large heart shaped piece suspended on a hand strung black bead necklace. A little silver mesh bag covered with silver stars contained a smaller, round jewel on a silver bead necklace. 


I was delighted by the pretty packaging and the jewelry inside. I also loved the tags with the butterfly on them. (I kind of have a thing for butterflies... :))  I do have a little sad, however. But I'll get to that, later. Let's look at photographs, first, shall we? Fair warning, there are a ton of them! lol





The pieces, as they arrived on my doorstep, in their pretty, silver packaging.


The large heart shaped jewel is suspended on a hand strung black bead necklace with a silver or silver plate toggle clasp. The small, round jewel is suspended on a hand strung silver or silver plate bead necklace with a silver or silver plate toggle clasp.


The small, round jewel. The polish is Petites Utopia, a duochrome green glitter.


The large, heart shaped jewel is made with a mix of Sally Hansen HD Byte and HD Laser. A glowing, sparkling duochrome mix that shifts blue and purple.


Oooo! See how blue! 


And purple! 


Aquamarine and sea green packed with bright, sparkling glitter. 


A little darker, deeper at this angle.


A close up of the sparkle.







Another look at all three. I wish that I had those polishes so that I could have swatched the polishes while showing the pieces. :D

The quality of these pieces is very nice. I appreciate the work it takes to make these pieces by hand and hand string all of the necklaces and mount all of the findings. That is a lot of work. I also appreciate that the necklaces are a length that will work very nicely for people with various neck sizes. I don't have a tiny little neck (it's smaller than it used to be, but needs to get smaller, still... lol) and I had a gracious plenty of room and the pendants hang at the right spot on me. However, I feel that those with slimmer necks will find the length of the necklaces to be about perfect for them, too. :)

All in all I like this jewelry very much. It is pretty, nicely made and, in my opinion, worth the asking price. 

However, I do have a sad. You see, I have this screwy body chemistry that doesn't allow me to wear silver. If I put it on, my skin tingles, then starts itching and burning and then turns not so attractive colours. (Yes, I know for a fact that my reaction is to silver. :)) When I tried on these pieces to wear them to see how they fit, felt and held up, my skin rebelled, telling me that the silver bits are at least silver plate. *sigh* Rats! And double rats! I am unable to wear the pieces as they are made. But, I love the jewels and have decided that I am going to get me down to a craft store, one day and pick up beads and findings that my skin can tolerate and fashion myself a couple of custom pieces. 

Okay, so what think you, gentle readers? Like what you see? If so, please do visit Workshop 760.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have yourselves a fantastic evening.


The products in this post were sent to me free of charge by the company for a fair and honest review. 

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. I hope that all of our Eastern Seaboard polish and beauty fanatics are weathering this storm and coming though okay. My thoughts are with you all!

Okay, it is a little late to be posting this, isn't it? I usually get to it earlier in the day but today that just wasn't possible. I was busy, earlier and I didn't even start doing my nails until late afternoon. But I got them done. And, thanks to my new Ott light, got them photographed, too. Yay! For light when there is no sun! Stoopid monsoons! You will not defeat me, anymore!

Okay, I must say, as much as I love my new lamp, there is a definite learning curve and I am going to need to work with it and my camera to find the best angles and settings and so forth. And I really need to haul out my camera's manual and see if there are settings that can help with the problem I have with it washing out my polishes so terribly.

Anywhoozle... The polish I decided to apply this afternoon is China Glaze Flying Dragon. This. Polish. Is. Amazeballs! Red based purple neon packed with magenta shimmer and tiny blue glitter. Gah! *drool* Yeah... That is all I can think of to say. This polish short circuits my brain and all of my descriptive powers. lol I applied two coats (three on my left index, thanks to a piece of fuzz my cleanup brush deposited and I was unable to remove. Stupid fuzz and fibres, anyway!) and topped it with two coats of Seche Vite. Then I grabbed my camera and my lamp and got to shooting.

I manipulated this photo a good bit, trying to get the true colour to show. I got close... But no cigar. This was the best photo of the bunch.

 

As you can see, this is darker, closer to the actual shade, but the tone is off. This purple tones red in person. *sigh* But click it, to see the shimmer and glitter. :D

China Glaze Flying Dragon is a beautiful purple neon polish. It is full of magenta shimmer and tiny blue glitter. The formula is thin, but it isn't runny and I didn't have any trouble with it wanting to flood my cuticles. Like with many neons, this polish doesn't like to be over worked. It starts to dry as it is applied and going back over it will make it drag. I quickly learned to apply this one with lots of polish on the brush. This polish, like most neons dries matte. And it dries fast. This one is a thirsty top coat gobbler and I had to apply two coats of Seche Vite to get it nice and smooth and glossy. Minor, very minor gripe. I love this polish. A lot. 

Do you own Flying Dragon? Think that you just might like to? This polish is widely available and easy to get your hands on. I found mine at my local Sally Beauty where it is part of the core collection. It is also available at various e-tailers, I think I have seen it on Amazon and I imagine it is for sale on E-Bay as well. 

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

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers. What's shaking?

Today I have a fun, sparkly orange shimmer polish to share with you. This is Wet-N-Wild 9.0.2.1.Orange. I am not loving that name. Sorry... I would rather chew chalk than have to speak that name out loud. Or ever have to type it, again. :P lol Happily, the polish doesn't grate on me like the name does. 9.0.2.1.Orange is a bright, juicy, sheer orange jelly packed with orange and gold shimmer. This polish reminds me of Brach's orange slice candy. Looking at it makes me think about chewing the jelly candy, the crunch of sugar between my teeth, the sharp, clean hit of orange flavour. Great... Now I am craving on orange slice candy.

None for me. Sugar is in my No Fly Zone right now. *sigh*

I applied two coats of 9.0.2.1.Orange (geeze! That name is a pain in the ass to type!) And topped it with Seche Vite. It is still very sheer, I suppose with four or five coats I could have got it to opaque but to be honest with you, I don't mind the sheer quality, I am on good terms with my VNL and anyway, I like how fresh, light and juicy it looks with just two coats. This polish would also be pretty layered over another orange or over red or black.

There was no sun this morning, so I took photos outside, indoors with flash and in my kitchen under the fluorescent light.

 Outdoors in cloudy daylight.

 Indoors with flash.


Under fluorescent light.

Wet-N-Wild 9.0.2.1.Orange (I am going to scream if I have to type that name, again!) is a nice enough formula. Smooth, somewhat thick but not goopy. It applied nicely, stayed where it was placed and dried in pretty good time, too. I can't really complain about this polish. It is good stuff. My only complaint is, of course, the brush. *sigh* 

Wet-N-Wild has stepped up their game in so many areas with their overall product line. Many of their eye shadows are fantastic, I love their gel liner, their polish has come a long, long way both in colour selection and formula. Their black creme polish is a staple in my polish wardrobe. But they can't seem to get it together with their polish brushes. Come on, Wet-N-Wild! You can do better! You know you can. I own some beautiful Wet-N-Wild polishes that I really like but don't wear because the brushes are such a complete train wreck. 

Do you own this polish? Think that you might want to? If so, you should be able to find it at your local drugstore that carried Wet-N-Wild products. I think I paid a buck sixty-nine for this polish in a combo pack with some top coat that I haven't yet tried out at my local Walgreen's. You can also buy it individually. 

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

Did this entry suck as hard as I think it did? lol

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Pink Wednesday

Hello gentle readers. How is your week going? The week is at the midway point and the weekend is on the way. :D

Today I am wearing Sinful Colors Pink Forever. A bright, saturated Barbie pink crelly. I applied two coats and topped it with Revlon Quick Dry top coat.

Photos were taken in filtered early morning sun. And they are washed out, courtesy of my asshat camera.



Sinful Colors Pink Forever is a nice, saturated, girlie pink creme. Smooth and easy to apply, not too much cleanup. What I did have to do was my own fault. I got a little crazy with the brush, this morning. I applied two coats, coulda, woulda, shoulda most likely done three, as the finish is ever so slightly streaky and uneven but it is largely opaque. It doesn't really show in photographs and it isn't bothersome in person so... I am letting it ride. Dry time for this polish is about standard for this type of polish from this line. Pretty good, especially with a quick drying top coat. I really can't complain about this polish. It's a nice one.

Okay. I have a bit of a busy morning ahead of me and I still want to scan the blogs so I am going to run along. I hope that you are all having a terrific day and hey, all you polish fanatics and loved ones along the Eastern Seaboard, get yourselves prepared and ready to get out of the way of Irene. Seriously, people. Get ready. I don't want to be reading any posts that my bloggy buddies or family/friends have come a cropper of this incoming storm. Be safe, you are all in my thoughts.

Okay, I am off. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. :D

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Hot Off the Presses!

Hello gentle readers. Please enjoy this press release from OPI about the upcoming Muppets Collection for Holiday 2011. These polishes will be available in November. I don't know about you, but I want just about all of them. *sigh* Don't know that my chances of getting them are very good, but I am sure going to try! :D Do you see any that will make it on to your polish lust list?

Okay, on with the press release!

OPI Celebrates Disney's "The Muppets" with holiday lacquers inspired by Walt Disney Pictures' new film! 


This holiday season, OPI pays homage to America’s favorite Muppet friends as they hit the big screen in Disney’s The Muppets.  With an all-star cast including Jason Segel, Amy Adams, Chris Cooper, Kermit, Miss Piggy and the entire Muppet crew, the family comedy opens in theaters nationwide on November 23, 2011. 
Inspired by the film’s namesake lively and colorful characters, OPI launches twelve limited-edition Nail Lacquers for Holiday 2011. “OPI is so excited to work withDisney to celebrate this long-awaited movie release,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “Not only do The Muppets characters inspire fun, bright and joyful colors, the fashionable Miss Piggy lends her name to three high-shine pink-based hues, ranging from bold red flecked with silver to a multi-dimensional strawberry shade.”
This line features six shimmery reds and neutrals, as well as six glitter-packed shades, including:

Animal-istic
This wild bright red cannot be tamed!

Meep-Meep-Meep
Missing out on this fuchsia would make you weep, weep, weep!

Wocka Wocka!
The popular deep berry makes everything fun and merry!

Pepe’s Purple Passion
This deep, decadent shade is the best purple ever, okay!

Designer, de Better! 
And this light metallic bronze is ready for the runway.

Warm & Fozzie
A feel-good shade of metallic copper.

Rainbow Connection
The rainbow glitter of your dreams.

Excuse Moi! 
Ahem! This pink glitter has something to say!

Gone Gonzo!
The aqua-blue glitter is taking over the world!

Fresh Frog of Bel Air
A glitter that prefers the greener things in life.

Divine Swine
The finest, most fabulous magenta glitter ever.

Gettin’ Miss Piggy With It!
Red glittery fun for everyone!
Lacquer packed with micas and sparkle gives a 3-dimensional textured look that makes nails look like jewelry. With shades ranging from textured glitters in rainbow, red, green and blue to softer shimmers in copper and bronze metallic hues, these twelve colors provide the perfect accessory for the holiday season.
As with all OPI nail lacquers, these shades inspired by Disney’s The Muppets contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWideBrush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition promotion will be available beginning November 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
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ABOUT OPI
As the world leader in the professional nail care industry, OPI is committed to providing high-quality products and services to both salons and their customers, along with a focus on industry safety and innovation. Known for its exceptional formula, fashionable colors and iconic names, OPI’s heavily-pigmented lacquers are super rich, long-lasting and chip-resistant – offering an affordable luxury to consumers. OPI nail lacquer is available in over 200 shades and contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde. Each lacquer features OPI’s exclusive ProWide Brush for the ultimate in application. Currently, OPI is available in over 100 countries and retails a full line of professional items, including nail treatments, finishing products, lotions, manicure/pedicure products, files, tools, gels and acrylics.


ABOUT THE MOVIE
On vacation in Los Angeles, Walter, the world's biggest Muppet fan, and his friends Gary (Jason Segel) and Mary (Amy Adams) from Smalltown, USA, discover the nefarious plan of oilman Tex Richman (Chris Cooper) to raze the Muppet Theater and drill for the oil recently discovered beneath the Muppets' former stomping grounds. To stage The Greatest Muppet Telethon Ever and raise the $10 million needed to save the theater, Walter, Mary and Gary help Kermit reunite the Muppets, who have all gone their separate ways: Fozzie now performs with a Reno casino tribute band called the Moopets, Miss Piggy is a plus-size fashion editor at Vogue Paris, Animal is in a Santa Barbara clinic for anger management, and Gonzo is a high-powered plumbing magnate. With secret, signature, celebrity cameos, Disney’s “The Muppets” hits the big screen Nov. 23, 2011. 


By George, I do believe I am finally getting the hang of this! :D lol

Manicure of the Moment: Sephora by OPI Mash-Up

Hello gentle readers. Happy Tuesday! :D

Today's mani is an interesting polish. This is Sephora by OPI Mash-Up. I received this polish in a giveaway package that I was lucky enough to win from the lovely Janna who owns and writes the blog Clever and Colorful. If you haven't yet, please take a stroll over and say hey. :D Sephora by OPI Mash-Up is part of their Glee Collection that was released earlier this year. I have never seen Glee so I don't grok the connection between the colour, the name and the TV show. But I do grok pretty polish. And this is one.

Mash-Up is a silver grey base with duochrome colour shifting pigments that show green, purple and, in some light, magenta. I own another polish that is very similar, Wet-N-Wild Grey's Anatomy. It is also a silvery grey base with duochrome pigments. Sephora by OPI Mash-Up is different, it has more duochrome pigment, giving it a more intense colour shift and it has the added happiness of silver micro shimmer particles and tiny silver glitter that really bump up the sparkle and shine of this polish.

I applied two coats of Mash-Up and topped it with a coat of Revlon Quick Dry top coat. Then I took photographs. Lots and lots of photographs. Sadly, in spite of all of the shots I took, I wasn't able to fully capture the beauty and depth and complexity of this polish. So frustrated, am I. Seriously. My photographs fell far short and flat. I did the best I could and I suggest clicking these photos to fully enlarge them to get as much of the fun and pretty as I was able to capture.

Prepare for lots of pictures. These were all shot in direct early morning sun.









Sephora by OPI Mash-Up has the lovely OPI formula; smooth, not too thin, not too thick, flows off the brush to sit right down where it is placed without running, streaking, dragging or bubbling. Like some gals I know, this polish looks like a bit of an edgy bad girl but it has the heart of a true lady. I had very minimal cleanup, mostly just fussbudget refining. Dry time is fast; this polish was dry to a gentle touch as soon as I finished one hand and started on the next. My only gripe, and it is minor, is that the shimmer in this polish makes it a bit brushstroke-y. Top coat smooths some of that out, but some remains. I got a smooth, nearly perfectly opaque finish in two coats. I suppose three would have made it perfectly opaque, but since I am on good terms with my VNL, I didn't waste the time or polish to do a third.

I do wish that the Sephora by OPI polishes also had that fabulous Pro Wide brush that I love, love, love sooo much. If anyone from OPI reads this (yeah... right! tee hee) see what you can do about that, mmmkaay?

So, do you own this polish? Do you love it? Do you grok the connection between the colour, name and Glee? Care to zap me with a clue?

Okay, it is getting hotter than Satan's ass crack in here, so it is time for me to go turn on the A/C. Whoof! August sucks. In about a month or so, it should start cooling off pretty nicely. I can't wait!

Thank you all so much for popping in and spending a little time with me. Stay cool, kids and may your polish never bubble.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Hello gentle readers.

I am determined to get through some of my massive backlog of untried polishes. I am not kidding about the massive thing. Bleargh! I have too, too many unworn polishes. And I am not going to stop buying them so... I guess I will always have a backlog. lol

Today I have Color Club Give Me a Hint from their Spring Alter Ego/Keep It Under Cover collection on my nails. A dusty purple crelly. I applied three coats and topped it with Seche Vite. This is very pretty. I was a tad annoyed by the three coat thing but... I suppose I am going to have to get over it and just accept the fact that some polishes are going to require three coats. *sigh*

These photographs were taken in direct morning sun. My stupid camera washed these out, this colour is darker, in person.



Color Club Give Me a Hint is a smooth, silky crelly that is a tad difficult to deal with at times. The consistency is nice but it needs to be applied fast and smooth or it will clot and streak and drag if you don't. This polish needs three coats to be opaque and smooth. Dry time is decent and since it sits right down where it is placed, there is little cleanup. I just did some fussbudget refining. I like to think that I am getting better at polishing, that it isn't all the polish and cleanup. :D

Overall, I like this polish fine. It isn't a great fave... But it is nice and I will use it, again. This polish is still pretty widely available. You can find it at various e-tailers and at the Color Club website. You might also luck across it at your local Ross. Oh! I have had my best luck scoring Color Club collections when I hit Ross in the middle of the week.

Do you own this polish? Love it? Looking for it? Please do tell. :)

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

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Manicure of the Moment

Good morning, gentle readers. How is your Sunday? It is lovely, here. Warm, not too hot, yet. Sunny and the humidity is down a bit so it is a lot more comfortable. too.

Today my nails are sporting Color Club Almost Famous from their Poptastic Collection. Almost Famous is a rich, warm, bright sunshine yellow. I needed three coats to get a completely opaque, streak free finish. I topped this manicure with Seche Vite.

Photos were taken outdoors in direct, morning sun. Ya know, I am kind of enjoying this do my nails early in the morning thing. I need to do it more often. :D





Color Club Almost Famous is a dense, thick creme with an almost... Chalky feel. This type of polish had quite a run, last year. All of the companies were releasing polishes like this. I have a bit of a love-hate thing going with this texture. I love the dense, opaque quality that should, in a perfect world give a perfect finish in one or two coats. But I hate the fact that they are often bratty, streaky, can even drag and clot. This makes it necessary to apply three coats to get that smooth, opaque finish that we all love so well.

Almost Famous required that I apply every one of those three coats. It was pretty much opaque after two but so uneven that a third coat was needed to get it nice and smooth. I quickly learned that this polish likes to be applied fast, smoothly and with lots of polish on the brush. Over working this polish will make it streak and drag. However, that dense formula makes it nearly foolproof to apply. It flows nicely off the brush and sits right down where it is placed. No running, no pooling. I had little cleanup, mostly just fussbudget refining. Dry time is a little longer with this polish than some others, but it isn't painfully slow. I expected this one to dry matte, like a lot of brights I have been wearing lately, but this one dries shiny.

For a yellow polish, this one is a goodie. It isn't perfect, but it is certainly very tolerable. While I am not a huge fan of applying more then two coats of polish, (have I ever mentioned that I can be a lazy slag?) I can live with doing three to get this kind of payoff when all of my work is done. If you are looking for a pretty, bright, happy yellow polish, you could do a lot worse than Color Club Almost Famous. I bought mine in a collection at my local Ross. You might be able to find the collection in your area at Ross or some other discount store. This polish is also available at various e-tailers and, I think, from the Color Club website. (Don't quote me on that one... But I think I saw it there. :))

Say! Have you voted in my poll to determine the polishes to be shown in my first Colour Story? Number one will run the first week of September. Glitters was ahead, but purple recently pulled into the lead. Please vote and tell me what you would like to see, first. The poll can be found at the top of my right hand column. I plan to run the Colour Stories the first week of each month until I go through all of my possible colour/texture possibilities so, if you have a favourite, it will run, at one point or another. :D

Okay, time to run. I need moar coffee.


Thank you so much for popping in. Have yourlittleselves a fabulous Sunday and may your polish never bubble.