Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Loreal Owl's Night

Hello gentle readers.

Today I offer for your perusal Loreal Owl's Night. This polish was one of eight polishes that were part of Loreal's Project Runway Limited Edition collection, early this Fall. Of all of the polishes in that collection, this is the only one that caught my eye.

I don't have much experience with Loreal polishes. The only other one I ever owned was a shade called Rose Potpourri. It was a beautiful, rich, deep rose creme polish. I also owned the matching lipstick. And wore them both, together. All of the time. Hey, it was the Eighties. ;) In fact, Rose Potpourri was the polish I was wearing, the day my son was born. I saw that shade for sale back earlier last year on one of those little independent beauty products websites. You know the ones, that sell lots and individual items of mostly discontinued makeup and so forth. I really wanted it but couldn't order it, at that time. And when I was able to, I couldn't find the website, any longer. I keep checking places like dollar stores and Big Lots. Hey, you never know. :D

Anywhoozle, before I got to nattering on about something totally off topic, I was talking about Loreal Owl's Night. A dark, greyed purple base packed with duochrome colour shifting gold glass fleck shimmer. This polish is beautiful. It is dark and mysterious and it does evoke the creature for which it is named. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite.

These photos were taken in my lightbox under my OttLight. They are clickable if you are so inclined.





Owl's Night has a right decent formula. It is thin but not runny. It was easy to apply and control and I didn't have to do much cleanup. I really liked the brush in this polish. It is a wide brush. Not quite as wide or soft as my all time fave, the OPI Pro-Wide brush but it is a pretty nice brush that did a good job for me. Dry time was pretty fast with this polish.

Sadly, this beauty didn't wear very well for me. I wore it for almost three days and I should have removed it on the second. By the end of the first day, I had significant tip wear on all of my nails. By mid day on the second, I had a huge chip on my right middle finger nail. By the morning of the third day, my nails looked like forty miles of bad road. I would have died of utter humiliation if I had had to run out and anyone saw my chipped, busted down polish. This polish is undeniably beautiful but for me, anyway, the wear isn't stellar. In fact, it isn't all that acceptable. I will have to remember that this is a one or two day at the most kind of polish.

Would I buy Loreal Owl's Night, again? No. In fact, my experience with this polish makes me wary of buying any more Loreal polishes. I know that new collections are slated for release, if they aren't already out. And I would love to get some of the colours; but if this polish is any indication of the overall quality of Loreal polishes, I might have to pass. The jury is out on whether or not I will be giving this brand another throw. We'll see.

Do you own Owl's Night? Did it last longer for you? Are you happy with it?

Thank you so much for coming by and reading and commenting. I know that this was a long post and if you read all of it, well... My hat is off to you. 'Cause I sure can ramble, sometimes. Hell... Most of the time. Have yourself a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

How To Add Falling Leaves, Snowflakes, Flowers and So Forth To Your Blog

Hello gentle readers.

I got some compliments on my falling leaves from a few readers and they expressed interest in a how to so... Here it is. :)

First of all, getting leaves or snow to fall on your blog is super-duper easy. It is all copy, paste and click. Trust me, if I can do this, anyone can! :D This how to is for those of you with Blogger blogs. I don't know how other formats work or if these codes would be compatible with your not Blogger blog. Check the individual sites, for more info on that.

I want to address from where your leaves/snow/flowers/whatever you decide to have falling will fall. I use the Picture Window template, as I needed to have a three column blog and I couldn't change my old two column Minima to three column. At least not without using a clone and a dangerous to my blog hack that I had no confidence I could pull off. So, I chose Picture Window from the custom template thingy here on Blogger. Picture Window doesn't allow more then one gadget at the top of the blog page, (unlike Minima, which allows multiple gadgets at the top of the page) and that space, on my blog is taken up by my custom header. So, my leaves begin falling below my header.

It's a small thing, it doesn't really bug me but it would be nice if Blogger would fix Picture Window so that we could have more gadgets at the top of the page. Hint, hint, Blogger... ;)

Okay, so. Getting leaves or snow is easy-peasy. All you have to do is click one of these links. This one has snowflakes and the leaves you see on my blog. Just scroll down a little and you will see the items and the codes. There is also instructions for making custom falling objects, if you are a little more tech savvy. Imagine tiny gemstones, flowers, teeny tiny polish bottles or lipsticks floating down your page. I need to figure that one out! :D

Here is one for snow. When you reach the page, just scroll down past the raggle baggle. The code and so forth is on the left hand side of the page. (I have not tried this one. Tho, when it is time to go Winter I will give it a shot. If you try it before I do, let me know what you think and shoot me a link so I can see it in action. :D)

And here is snow from Shabby Blogs. I haven't tried this one, either. I used to use their backgrounds all of the time, but when I changed templates, I didn't have much luck with their backgrounds. But I don't see why the snow wouldn't work, even with Picture Window or another custom Blogger template.

Okay, once you have selected the effect that you want, installing it is easier then being pushed off of a chair.

 Be logged into your Blog.

Go to the page that has the effect you want to display and find the appropriate code for that effect. Copy and paste the code. To do that, simply line your cursor up with the first character of the code and, while dragging it down, hold down your left mouse or touchpad key. This will highlight the code. Press Ctrl c on your keyboard. Now you have copied the code to your computer.

Click Design in the navigation bar or on your dashboard. You will get your Edit Layout page. Go to the top of the page (for Minima) or to the top of your column (for Picture Window) and click Add a Gadget. A box will pop up giving you gadget options. Scroll down until you fine the one titled HTML/JAVASCRIPT. Click to open the gadget. Now, paste the code into the large, lower box. Not up in the upper skinny box! If you paste there, your effect won't work. To paste, make sure that your cursor is in the big box, left click, then press Ctrl v on your keyboard. You should see your copied code in the box. Click SAVE.

The new HTML/JAVASCRIPT gadget will show either at the top of your page or column. If you need to move it, just drag it where you want it at this time. I have two going, one at the top of both my right and left hand columns so that my whole page gets leaves. I found that just one didn't give much coverage. Once your gadgets are where you want them, click save changes at the top of the page, click View Blog and enjoy your leaves or snow.

If the effect doesn't work, don't freak out. You may have just missed copying a little bit of the code. HTML won't work if you miss even one little tiny bit of the code. Just go back to the web page where your effect code is from and try copying it, again. Then go back to your Edit Layout page and click on the gadget you just installed. Delete the code in the box and paste in the code you newly copied, save (if you have to use two, like I do, remember to change both gadgets) and check your blog, again. As long as you copy the entire code properly, it should work just fine. :D

Okay, so there you go. I know that this is a lot of nattering but trust me, getting falling leaves or snow is so easy and fun. If you try the snow from Shabby Blogs or that whateverbusiness page and like it, please let me know in a comment and shoot me a link so that I can see it in action.

I think I covered everything. If you think that I missed anything or you have any questions, don't hesitate to ask. Remember, I am not a tech goddess but I will help as much as I am capable.

Thank you for reading and have a good one.

OPI Meep Meep Meep

Hello gentle readers. How's it going? Well? Good.

Today I have a pretty polish to share with you. This is OPI Meep Meep Meep from their Winter/Holiday collection 2011. This is a beautiful deep, blue toned, reddened magenta jelly base that is full of delicate, iridescent floating flakies. The flakies are magical, flashing back in pink, fuchsia, red, even blue sparks, at the right angle. I seriously love this polish. Not only is it pretty, it makes the skin on my pale, old hands look positively creamy.

I took these photographs in my lightbox under my OttLight. Please click to get an eyeful of the flaky goodness and jelly squishyness.


 Check out that pink and fuchsia flash. Heck, those flakies are even shading a little gold/orange toward the bottom of the bottle.

 Ooo! Look at that bottle shot! Mmmm... Flakies... *drool*

 Guh! Be still my heart. 

A little VNL, here. Hey, it's a jelly. And if I remember correctly, two coats. (Forgot to write it down. Or I tossed the paper on which the info was written. *sigh*) My ridges really messed with it, as they do all jellies. Tho I have to give it credit for handling my demonic nails as well as it did. It's a good polish, indeed that can stand up to that task! lol

The formula for this polish is OPI-licious. Smooth and easy to work with. I had no trouble controlling how this polish applied as it flowed off of that fabulous Pro-Wide brush. I had very little cleanup and what I did do was mostly fussbudget refining. Gotta love that. Dry time was good.

My only gripe about this polish is it's relatively short wear time. I wore this polish for two days and it was pretty chewed up when I removed it. Now, granted, I am not particularly delicate with my hands. I do a lot of housework, I type on my computer. A bunch. I subject my nails and polish to a good deal of wear and tear as I go about my day so tip wear and chips are inevitable. However, this pretty polish had significant tip wear by the end of that first day and had some pretty impressive chips by the end of the second day. 

Now, part of that may have been the base and top coat I used, I didn't use my usual China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat and Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat. I decided to give the base and top coats I got in a Color Club collection a whirl. If the lasting power of this polish is any indication, those particular base and top coats were a big fail for me and I will stick to using them for swatching. Perhaps Meep Meep Meep will hold up better with my usual top and bottom coats. We'll see, as I will definitely wear it, again. And again because, even if it isn't all that long lasting, it is danged pretty. And sometimes, that is all that matters. Especially if, like me, you are a frequent polish changer. ;)

Would I buy this polish again? Probably not. I don't see the need to repurchase this shade once I have enjoyed it and it is gone. (Even if, by that time I could find it.) Do I recommend that you grab it if you see it? Definitely. It isn't the longest lasting polish I have ever met, but it is beautiful and well worth owning and wearing. 

Okay, I think I covered everything. Do you own Meep Meep Meep? Do you love it? How is the wear time for you? I would love to know what you think and hear about your experience with this stuff. 

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

Monday, November 28, 2011

Swatchity-Swatch: Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Deep Blue Sea Plus OPI Gone Gonzo

Hello gentle readers. Happy Monday! Don't burn up your 'puters snapping up Cyber Monday deals, now. lol

Today I have a swatch and a bonus swatch. First up, is Sally Hansen Deep Blue Sea. This polish is one I purchased last Summer and it has been awaiting it's close up since then. Deep Blue Sea is a part of the LE Fall collection that featured foil like shimmers and glitters and I picked up a quite a few of them. I passed on a couple that I now regret leaving behind because now I can't get them. Oh vell...

This polish is a cold, medium-dark blue with silvery foil-y shimmer. I am really enjoying these cool, Wintry foil shimmers, this season. They are beautiful alone, layered and used as stamping polishes. Unlike many foils, this one is a tad on the sheer side. This swatch is three coats and there is still VNL in my photographs. While I don't mind a little VNL, I don't expect it in a foil. Especially after three coats. *shrug*

These photographs were shot in my lightbox under my OttLight.



The bumpiness you see on my ring finger? Not the fault of the polish. The patch holding that badly torn nail together was letting go after a marathon swatch session. This polish is very smooth... Kind of jelly-ish in texture with the blue and silver shimmer giving it a more opaque, foil like finish. It applies easily, no flooding, dragging or other naughtiness. Dry time is good, not stellar but respectable. Top coat enhances the shine and shimmer to it's best advantage. Overall a nice polish, if you are willing to go for multiple coats.

Or...

Layer it. With, say, OPI Gone Gonzo from this Winter/Holiday Muppets Collection. This is one of the three polishes from this collection I have been able to purchase, so far. I smoothed one coat of Gone Gonzo over Sally Hansen Deep Blue Sea and the result is magically delicious. Cold, blue small square and large silver hex sequins swimming in a clear jelly base combined with the polish on my nails to create a glacier pool like effect.

Mama like.


OPI Gone Gonzo is a pretty typical glitter polish in that it is a tad snotty to work with at times. Not unpleasant; it just wants to be coaxed a bit. I don't mind that; IMO, a beautiful glitter is worth a little effort.

So, what say you, gentle readers? Liking these? Do you own either? Both?

Thank you for coming in and hanging out with me for a bit. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Orly Rock Solid

Hello gentle readers. Hopefully, we are back to our regularly scheduled programming, now. I have to tell you, anytime I do anything new with my blog or my 'puter, I have to be such a drama queen about it! lol

So, today's swatch action comes to you courtesy of Orly Rock Solid. This is one of the Fall Mineral FX Collection polishes. This is a grey jelly base with grey, silver and tiny holo glitter. This polish looks like a smooth, grey stone picked out with tiny holographic sparks that fire off the surface in bright light and the sun. This polish isn't traditionally sparkly or super shiny, even with top coat. It isn't dull, it reminds me of a tumbled stone. This polish is pretty, in a different way.

I applied two coats and topped this with top coat. I think these photos were taken in the sun. Or one in my lightbox and one in the sun? Crap! I can't remember. *Write it down, Erika!* Getting old is hell, kiddies. The brain, it just starts to drain away. lol




Okay, looking at these, they were definitely shot in my lightbox. I did take some in the sun, trying to get the holo sparks. Those photos must not have come out well because they are history.

So, formula... Excellent. Application was a breeze, this polish flowed off the brush in a very well behaved manner and sat down where I placed it. I didn't have much cleanup with this polish and it dried in good time.

I am still lacking two of the Mineral FX polishes and plan to acquire them, as soon as I can. I would still like a few of last year's Cosmic FX polishes, as well. Hopefully I will still be able to find them, as my budget permits. :D

Do you own any of these lovely polishes? Are you enjoying them as much as I am? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for coming by. Have a lovely Sunday and may your polish never bubble.

New Comment System

Hello gentle readers. Thank you to those of you who commented and shared your input and experiences and help in my last post. *muah!* I am not a techie type and this is scary for me. lol

What, you might ask? Why, changing my comments system. After input from some of my readers and checking out two popular systems; Disqus and Intense Debate, I decided to give Disqus a whirl. Both systems look about the same and both were supposed to be easy to install and use. I ultimately chose Disqus because some users have experienced losing all of their comments when installing Intense Debate. That wouldn't have been a problem if this were a new blog but since I have some history here, I really didn't want to lose my lovely readers' words.

On my end, Disqus is working smoothly. I am hoping that from your perspective, it is as well. I hope that you can see the approved comments and that you have an easy time of adding a comment. I hope that I am working it right... And that I can continue to do so.

If I set everything up right, on your end, comments go into moderation to be approved... Tho I am not quite sure that this is happening. I think it is? I am so stupid about this stuff and it takes me a while to feel my way around and get the hang of things so please be patient with me while I experience my growing pains with this? I also set it so that people can sign in and comment through their Facebook, Twitter and so forth profiles. Hopefully you are seeing those buttons for your use. *sigh* Please let me know if you have any difficulties. I'll try to figure it out.

Anywhoozle, it might be a little weird, crazy, whatever while I am getting the hang of this. Just wanted to let you know why. lol

Saturday, November 26, 2011

A Couple of "Techie" Questions

Hello gentle readers. I hope that your weekend is rocking. :)

I have a couple of questions for all of you; I am hoping that some of you will have answers for me and can help. My puter skillz and Google fu fail me.

First, I am thinking of changing my comments system from the one provided by Blogger. It isn't that I think it is a bad comment system but I would love to have one in place that I can moderate comments as they come in and reply to them, in line then publish everything so that I don't miss any comments. I am trying to be better about responding to all of the comments I receive and I want to do a better job of it.

So, for those of you who use another comments system, which do you use? Is it easy to use? Do your readers like the system you use? Was it easy to install and does it work seamlessly with your blog? Easy installation must be super simple, as I can't do code and I won't risk killing my blog by digging around in it's brain. I can do simple things with HTML, as long as I have a detailed step by step, it is easy and I am not going to risk my blog.

Second, I want to delete some old posts. And I am happy to let the comments go with them. (Just old giveaway posts. Not anything important.) If I delete the posts, will the comments go with them? Or will they still be here and I'll have to hunt them down on the Comment tab on my dashboard? If anyone knows, please to help and zap me with a clue?

Thank you sooo much for any answers and help you can pass along. I really appreciate it! <333

Seriously, computer shit makes me feel like this:

Friday, November 25, 2011

OPI It's My Year

Hello gentle readers.

I figure that a lot of you are presently out snapping up Black Friday deals. But you will be back, eventually. Broke. Stomped on. Flush with your shopping success. In need of a few Advil and a hot bath. And your daily polish fix.

So, here is my contribution to your Thanksgiving/Black Friday recovery.

OPI It's My Year from their Miss Universe Collection. This lovely light purple jelly packed with a duochrome gold glass fleck. I applied two coats for this swatch and used top coat, of course. These shots were fired off in my lightbox under my OttLight.






OPI It's My Year has a lovely formula. It is smooth and jelly and easy to work with. It was a dream to apply, easy to control and I did little cleanup. Dry time is decent, indeed. This really is so pretty, pretty, pretty. The two coats I applied showed a tiny bit of VNL. That doesn't bother me but if you don't like that, a third coat will make it go away.

Do you call this pretty stuff a part of your polish family? Love it? Lust after it? It is available where OPI is sold, if you need it. :D

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

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving!

Hello gentle readers. I hope that all of you who celebrate are having a fabulous day. As for those of you who don't? I hope that you are having a fabulous day, as well. <3 (What did you think I was going to say? :P)

I want to tell all of my gentle readers that one of the things I am thankful for, this day are all of you. Without your support, comments and your own blogs that inspire and delight me, I wouldn't have this fun, creative outlet for my frustrated artistic side. I have met and get to correspond with so many lovely ladies through this venue. Ladies of all ages, from many different parts of my country and around the world. I appreciate each and everyone who comes by to read, who takes the time and care to write a thoughtful, insightful comment and actually follows this blog. You all fill my day with gladness.

So, I am heating my oven to begin the dinner preps. First, my son's Dutch apple pie gets baked off. Oops! my oven just beeped. Be right back... Okay, that is in, baking and starting to smell goooood! While I was gone, I did some housework and a little kitchen prep. I am just doing a turkey breast, since it is just the three of us and it doesn't make sense to do a whole bird. The turkey breast will go in just before we take off for the lake. The three of us (hubbie, son and myself) are going for a nice hike to burn off Thanksgiving dinner, beforehand.

Okay, 'nuff nattering. On with the show. Today's polish pretties come to us courtesy of Revlon. (Well not courtesy, exactly, I did buy these... ;)) Three of the Spice it Up collection polishes. This is, if I remember correctly, a LE collection and is out in drugstores, now. I bought three:





Glitz and Glam. A thin, light burgundy jelly packed full of pink small square glitter. This one reminds me a bit of China Glaze Mrs. Clause from their Holiday collection, 2010. Maybe I should do a comparison? This is two coats. It was a little streaky and uneven on the first coat but turned into a perfect, smooth sparkling layer of glittery goodness with the second coat. Top coat made it even better, as it does dry a bit dull. Mama like. :D




Next up is the polish that is, in my opinion, the star of this particular collection. Mistletoe. It appears to be a deep, greyed green packed with gold glass fleck shimmer. But in truth, this polish isn't green. It is a deep, greyed blue jelly packed with gold glass fleck shimmer. It is that gold glass fleck that makes this polish appear green. To add to the fun and awesome that is this polish, the shimmer is a little duochrome and does a delightful shift as you move your hands and the light changes. The formula is a little thin but not watery and it was pretty nice to apply and dried fast. This is two coats with top coat.



And here is Snow Bunny. This is a frost-like sheer white polish. Not "frosty" as in, nasty and brush stroke-y and gross. No, this polish looks like frost stroked onto the nails. It is a sheer white base filled with iridescent shimmer and teeny-tiny flakies of wonderment. As you can see from my photographs, this polish couldn't be opaque if you paid it to be. And it doesn't need to be. Layering is what this pretty was born to do. 

I applied one coat on my pinkie, two on my ring, three on my middle and one coat over Mistletoe on my index. (Please be kind and pretend that my nails aren't stained.) This applies like a dream, dries in a trice and shines like the Winter sun on a layer of frost on the ground. Lovely. 

I am so very pleased with the formula of all of these polishes. In fact, Revlon really seems to be stepping up their game, formula wise. Their newer polishes have consistently better formulas. Makes me wonder if they are reading our blogs? :D Good job, Revlon. Keep up the good work. 

Do you own any of these Winter/Holiday themed pretties? What do you think of them? Are you as pleased with them as I am? Please share. And if you would like to see a comparison with Glitz and Glam and Mrs. Clause, let me know and I will make it happen. 

Thank you for popping in and reading this loooooong entry. If you got through it all, I will pass you a slice of Dutch apple pie. You earned it! lol Have a great rest of your day and for my fellow Americans, Happy Thanksgiving!

And of course, may your polish never bubble. ;)

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

China Glaze Ring in the Red and a Comparison With Ruby Pumps

Good Wednesday morning, gentle readers. I hope that all of my fellow Thanksgiving celebrants are about ready. I am getting there. I still have a little last minute shopping to finish up and I need to bake off a couple of pies, tonight. (Hubbs wants pumpkin and son wants Dutch apple.) We aren't doing up a big dealio, this year. It will just be hubbie and son and I. Which is kind of nice. Sometimes a quiet holiday is refreshing and relaxing. Tho I admit, when we do a quiet one, I miss having my house full.

So, today I have the last (possibly for now) of my China Glaze Let it Snow Winter/Holiday Collection polishes to show to you. This is Ring in the Red. I had to order this one from Amazon, as it was completely sold out at my local Sally's and as far as I know, that is the only place I can get China Glaze in my area. Blech. Small towns...

Anyway, China Glaze Ring in the Red is a beautiful, very clean, extremely bright, almost metallic red glitter polish in the same vein as It's Alive from the Hallowe'en Haunting collection and it's sister polish Tinsel Town from this collection. A red jelly base packed with small red glitter and larger red hex sequins. This is beautiful. Utterly shiny and so, so sparkly. It is Christmas ornaments and bright red lights and tinsel all swirled into a blender and smoothed onto your nails.

This is three coats topped with top coat. Oddly, it differs from it's sister polishes in that respect. It's Alive and Tinsel Town only required two coats. Oh well. No big... this is hugely beautiful and I don't mind smoothing on one more easy coat. This polish was photographed in my lightbox under my OttLight.





The formula of this glittery beauty is just as lovely as it's green and silvery twins. Smooth and easy to apply, the glitter spreads dreamy easy, this polish is controllable and I needed little if any cleanup. I did have to apply three coats, this jelly base it a tad more sheer than the others of this type but as I said earlier, this polish is so nice to apply that I don't mind putting on a third coat. Dry time is good for this polish, it definitely wants a good top coat.

This is quite different from all of my other red glitter polishes. I needed another red glitter polish like I needed another hole in my head but I just can't resist them. So, I bought it and love it. :D

While I was playing with this polish, I got curious and I decided that I wanted to see if it was similar to China Glaze Ruby Pumps. So I cleaned it off of my index and ring fingers and applied three coats of Ruby Pumps to those nails.



As you can see, while these are both beautiful, sparkly red jelly based glitter polishes, they are very different. Ruby Pumps is a deeper, true ruby red jelly, cool and clear packed with small, square glitter. Ruby Pumps sparkles and it also dances and scintillates. This polish is one of my top ten faves and it was my very first China Glaze polish and I love, love, love it. Ring in the Red is brighter, cleaner, it looks warmer, next to Ruby Pumps and has that clean, hard, almost metallic look to it. It makes me think of Christmas tree ornaments. Both of these polishes are beautiful in their own, individual way and , in my own not so humble opinion, worth owning.

So, have you acquired Ring in the Red, yet? Do you also own Ruby Pumps? Do you love them both as well as I do?

Thank you so much for coming in and having a read. Have a terrific day, I hope it isn't too crazy for you. Have a wonderful day and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

Continuing the China Glaze Let it Snow Love Fest...

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am getting back to showing the China Glaze Let it Snow polishes I have. I have two more to show. I may yet pick up Winterberry and perhaps Velvet Bow. We'll see.

Today's swatch is Twinkle Lights. A glitter, it is made up of small square glitter in shades of red, green and gold in a clear suspension base. This polish can be used as a layering polish or with additional coats, will pave the nail in a smooth, perfect coat of sparkle and shine.

Crappity-doo-dah! I forgot to write down how many coats of this polish I applied. and for the life of me, I can't remember. I think? It was three? Maybe? Probably... I think it wasn't quite paved as I wanted with two so I went with three. I think...

Anywhoozle, this shit is really pretty. Seriously shiny and sparkly. It kinda freaked my poor camera out. But I think you get the idea of the gorgeous from these photographs. They are clickable to see all of the colour and detail. These were shot in my lightbox under my OttLight.





China Glaze Twinkle Lights has a very nice formula. This was easy to apply, the glitter spread on pretty smoothly and evenly without having to muck about with it. Dry time is good. The texture as it dries is fairly smooth but this definitely needs a good, thick top coat to make it all glassy and maximize the sparkle and shine.

This is another winner in my book and I am looking forward to wearing this, this Christmas season. I can see this paired with red, green, over other glitters, as a funky, glittery French, as accent nails... The possibilities are endless.

Okay, so... Do you own this beauty? Love it? Please share.

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

Monday, November 21, 2011

One Of These Things is Not Like the Others

Hello gentle readers. Do you have that song running through your head, now? Yeah? Well, then. My work here is done. *evil grin*

But really, the purpose of this post is to show a couple of comparisons that were requested by two of my lovely readers. Both comparisons are between green polishes so this will be a very green post. *rimshot* Yeah, I know... Get the hook.

Don't quit your day job, lady.

Where was I? Comparing greens. My first comparison is between two greens from recent China Glaze collections. One is Holly Day from the Let it Snow collection for this Winter/Holiday and the other is Starboard from last Spring's Anchors Away. Holly Day is on my index and ring, two coats. Starboard on my middle and pinkie, three coats. All polishes in these comparisons were topped with top coat and shot in my lightbox with my OttLight.


As you can see, these are both rich, creamy green crelly polishes, shiny and smooth. But that is where the similarities end. Holly Day is darker and a little cooler and Starboard is lighter and warmer.

Next up are Emerald Sparkle from Holiday 2009 (correct me if I am wrong, please?) Love You Snow Much collection and Glittering Garland from this year's Let it Snow. Emerald Sparkle, three coats is on my index and ring, Glittering Garland, two coats on my middle and pinkie.


As you can see these two beautiful, sparkling, shimmering green polishes are not twins, at all. Emerald Sparkle is a cool, clear, true emerald green jelly base packed with cool green small square glitter. This polish is very intensely green and saturated, yet clear, translucent, like it's namesake gemstone. Glittering Garland is also a green jelly base. But this one is greyed a little dirty, a little warmer. The shimmer is a glass fleck with a bit of duochrome. Again, both stunning beauties but not alike.

If you love green polish, you can't go wrong with any of these. These are all beautiful and have their place in any polish collection. All of these polishes have fabulous formulas and are all worth owning.

I hope that I covered everything. If you have any questions, please feel free to shoot me a comment and I will try to answer your questions as best I can. Tomorrow, I think that I am going to show some polishes I picked up from the new Revlon Spice it Up collection that I found in my local Walgreen's over my Birthday Week.

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

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Review: Glitter Gal Red 3D/Holographic

Hello gentle readers. Today I have the final polish in my review miniseries. Glitter Gal Red 3D/Holographic.



As you probably know, I love a great red polish. And I also love a great holographic polish. Combine the two? I am going to have polshgasms. For the following photographs, I applied two coats and left off the top coat. For no other reason than that they were perfectly pretty without it. When I wear this as a full manicure I will of course, use top coat.

I actually swatched this polish before the Dark Purple I showed to you, yesterday. As it was the first of the Glitter gals I experienced, I wasn't prepared for what I was going to see. I painted it on, enjoying the lovely jelly, did a little refining and oiled up my cuticles, grabbed my camera and stepped out in the early afternoon sun.

And lost my marbles. Oh. My. Gosh! Linear holographic rainbows danced up and down  the length of my nails. I just stood there and gaped. Then I kind of shouted, "This shit is amazing!" If any of my neighbours were out and bout, they probably thought that I was nuts, standing there, staring, open mouthed at my nails while I madly snapped photos of them. I didn't really give a dang, at that time. I was just falling into the red fire on my nails.

Th holo effect of Red Holographic is just as strong as it's purple sister in person but the combination of red, holo and my camera weren't as simpatico and the holo doesn't show as well in my photographs. But trust me, it was there. Oh, was it ever there!






 Just look at the bottle in this one! *gasp!*






Close up bottle shot! :D


The formula of this polish is just as gorgeous and perfect as the Purple Holographic. Applies like a dream, is easy to control, dries in nice time. My only complaint with this polish is that it isn't in a 55 gallon drum.

If you are as blown away by this lovely creature, you can find it, or others like it in a variety of beautiful colours and finishes here.

So, what did you think of my little review series? See anything you want? Need? Llarowe is a dangerous place. I think that they are going to get their hands on some of my Christmas money, this year. :D

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


The product in this post was sent to me free of charge by the company/PR/retailer for consideration and a fair and honest review. Please see my Disclosure Policy for further details. 

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Review: Glitter Gal Dark Purple 3D/Holographic

Hello gentle readers. Happy Saturday to you all. I hope that you are enjoying your weekend.

Today I have a stunner for your viewing pleasure. May I present Glitter Gal Dark Purple 3D/Holographic.


Ooooo!

Glitter Gal Dark Purple 3d/Holographic is a dark purple highly pigmented purple jelly base packed with rainbow linear holographic effect. This is some right pretty polish. I applied two coats. I shot some photographs without top coat, then I added top coat to see if it would dull the holo at all. You will see the result, in a bit.

First up, my swatches without top coat. I encourage clicking. Seriously. If you are going to get your eyes knocked out by this stuff, might as well do it looking at bigger pictures. :D

These were shot outside in the sun. Take a good look at all of the different colours this baby throws out. And please bear in mind, these were taken with a very old, feeble little digital camera that doesn't have the best resolution in the world. Just imagine what this stuff looks like, in person. Guh!












So, what do you think? Pretty nifty, huh? I'll tell ya, Glitter Gal polishes have some of the best holo I have ever seen. Now, granted, I don't have a huge collection of holos but I have seen many, many photographs of many different holos on the blogs and Glitter Gal is at the front of the pack for holo goodness.

Okay, so I promised photos with top coat. Did the top coat dull the holo? Take a look and you tell me.





I'm thinking no. :D If you like to wear top coat like I like to wear top coat, the holo in Glitter Gal polishes can stand up to it, just fine.

A little about the formula, now. It is, in a word, lovely. Application is dreamy smooth and easy. This polish flows off of the full, round brush and sits it's little self right down where you ask it to. It doesn't run, streak, pool, flood cuticles or catch and drag. No special base is needed; regular old base coat is perfectly good to use with this stuff. It behaves like the sweetest, most butter-wouldn't-melt-in-it's-mouth jelly. 

Dry time for these polishes is respectable. Not flash fast but you won't be kept diddly-daddling around, waiting for your polish to dry. Seche Vite definitely speeds it up a bit. I do want to say, if you want to skip the top coat, you can. This stuff is mad shiny all on it's own. 

If you are drooling like I am drooling, you can get your hands on this beauty here. I read on Llaroew's main page that they are going to be getting bigger bottles of Glitter Gal. Bigger bottles! Yeah, baby! 

Please stay tuned for tomorrow's post when I wrap up my Ozotic/Glitter Gal review series with my personal favourite of the bunch. I love all of these babies but this last one... It is special, to me. I am sure that you can probably guess why. :)

Okay, time for me to motor. Thank you so very much for popping in and spending a little of your Saturday drooling over this polish. (Don't even tell me that there was no drooling involved. I won't believe you. lol) Have yourself a great day and may your polish never bubble. 


The product in this post was sent to me free of charge by the company/PR/retailer for consideration and a fair and honest review. Please see my Disclosure Policy for further details.