Saturday, December 31, 2011

Polishes That Rocked my Socks in 2011... Concluded

Hello gentle readers.

Sick of my retrospective, yet? lol Well, take heart. This is the last page. Promise. I wanted to narrow this selection down to just the best ten or twenty but I just couldn't. Then, I tried to rank them by number. Again, epic fail. I am just no damned good at that sort of thing. I know what I like but I hate categorizing. Pigeonholing. It just isn't me. So, this crazy, long, drawn out raggle baggle you see is what you get.

For these swatches, I took some of the photographs in my lightbox and some out in the sun. I fully intended to shoot all of them in my lightbox but a lot of these polishes in this post have to go out in the sun to show them off at their best. I can rest my knee, tomorrow. lol

Okay, so... Gird your loins, this is the really sparkly section of the program. One thing I grok about my taste in polish, after choosing all of the polishes for this retrospective is I like it dark and I like it sparkly. Soft shades and pastels are also well liked but I seem to be really drawn to the darkness and the sparkle.

Before we begin, let me show you something that kinda freaked me out. Today, while swatching my polishes, I was in capris, a short sleeved lightweight knit top and barefoot. The temp was almost seventy, the sun shining brightly. I had several windows open and was airing out my house. On this date, last year, we had this nasty shit all over the place:

 The view out front, down the drive.

Snow sucks.

I am going to stop mucking about, now. Promise. On to the polishes. As with the previous two posts, clicking the polish name will take you on a magical mystery tour to the original swatch/Manicure of the Moment post.







(I don't know what happened... I think I applied too thick and hurried it up a bit too much. :P)




And, last but most certainly not least, we have... Drumroll, please...





I decided to include three photos of this bad boy because it is just dripping in awsomesauce. :D

So, there it is. My way too many, in no particular order, interspersed with way too much random bullshit nattering Polishes That Rocked My Socks in 2011.

Thank you all so very much for stopping by, reading, commenting, following and supporting my blog. 2011 was a lot of fun, around here and that was largely due to all of you. <3 I hope that you all have a happy, healthy, safe and polish filled 2012. Have a terrific day, my friends and may your polish never bubble.

Friday, December 30, 2011

Polishes That Rocked My Socks in 2011... Continued

Hello gentle readers.

How'z about some more of the polishes I fell for, this last year?










I still have a lot of polishes to swatch, photograph and show for this feature. I added a few to the pile, took a few out but I am no nearer the end. lol I am going to have to do some of them under my OttLight, tomorrow. My poor knee is hamburger from dashing up and down the stairs overandoverandoverandover for two days. So, I'll save sun shots for those polishes that really need it and do the rest in my lightbox. I would love to do all of them in the sun, as I think that sunshine is the best light to fire polish and make it look it's very best but I have to ease back on my poor knee. 

Okay, 'nuff whining. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble. 

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Polishes That Rocked My Socks in 2011

Hello gentle readers.

This is the first time I have done this. A best of this year in polishes post. These are polishes that kind of rocked my socks in 2011. Obviously, not all of these polishes were released in 2011. I acquired or first swatched/wore them this year. There are quite a few polishes in this feature. And these aren't all of them... Just the ones that I really, really loved and wanted to feature. I tried to choose a varied selection of shades, tones, colours and finishes and brands. There are reds, blues, pinks, greens, glitters, shimmers, jellies and holos. Most are swatched with base and top coat.

This feature is going to broken up into several posts so that they aren't too long and all polishes are shown in no particular order. Unless stated otherwise, all photographs were shot in direct sun. The polish names are links; click on them to travel to the swatch/review/Manicure of the Moment post in which they were originally featured.

Ready? Okay, let's get started.


 



 Nubar 2010 over Orly Sapphire Silk




 Revlon Royal over OPI Alpine Snow (This one was posted on 12/29/10. Not really 2011 but hey. I love this polish and it was close enough to 2011 to qualify. Besides, this is my blog and I'll post what I want, when I want. Neener-neener!)

 OPI What's Dune over Revlon Royal





 Ozotic Elytra #530 over Wet-N-Wild Black Creme



OPI Sparkle-Icious over Pucci-Licious

Have you any clue how long it takes to go back and find all of those old posts? lol Good thing I have tags to click or I would have never been able to find all of those polishes. lol And may I just say... Why the hell didn't I start sharpening up photographs a long time ago? The difference between my photos then and now. Woof! They are so much clearer now that I know how to use that little feature. :D 

I hope that you are enjoying this series. I'll have the next bunch up as soon as I get them swatched and photographed. 

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

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Swatch and Review: Three China Glaze Eye Candy Polishes

Hello gentle readers

I have swatches of the final three Eye Candy glitters from China Glaze. I have to admit, I am not as tickled with these as I thought I would be. There isn't anything wrong with them. They are pretty but I think that I am getting a little glittered out. Yepper. I think it finally happened. I hit the sparkle wall. Maybe I'll love these better, when I come down off this current overload.

All Photos taken in sun. I think.


 Marry A Millionaire. This is purple and green and gold tiny glitter and little bar glitter swimming in a clear base. Three coats went on fairly easily and smoothly. This dries in good time and is surprisingly smooth, for a glitter. I topped this with Gelous for this photograph. 



 Material Girl. Rosy pink glitter with a coppery edge. This is the same formula as the fabulous and
famous It's Alive and Tinsel Town and Ring in the Red from the Hallowe'en and Christmas/Holiday collections this year. It applied great, just like it's sisters, is opaque in two easy coats and dries matte and a tad gritty but a little top coat makes it all smoooth, shiny and happy. This feels more Spring than Winter, to me. I'll probably hit this when the days start to get longer and the weather a little warmer. 


 Some Like it Haute. If this looks familiar, it is because this is a dupe for Wet-N-Wild Diamond in the rough from the LE Ice Baby Color Icon Collection from Fall. This is a charcoal grey jelly with tiny grey, silver glitter with some tiny holo silver sparks and large silver holo sequins. This polish applies easily, a little thin on the first coat, then the second coat makes it all perfectly opaque. This polish isn't super smooth. It reminds me of a river stone, lovely but irregular. This polish dries fast. Really fast and very gritty. Gelous, two coats made it presentable. 


Here is Wet-N-Wild Diamond in the Rough on my middle and pinkie. Take a close look. Dupes. They apply the same, look the same, both dry scary fast and gritty and drink top coat like a parched man crawling through the desert drinks water. There is a slight difference; the Wet-N-Wild needs three coats, China Glaze Some Like it Haute only needs two. If you have one of these, you don't need the other, unless you are a hard core collector and need to own both.

I wasn't aware that some outlets were selling this collection with black caps and some with silver caps. I have four with black and two with silver caps, now. Weird, huh? It doesn't matter, I just thought it was strange.

Okay, so there you have it. Swatches of the last three Eye Candy polishes. Did you pick any of these up? What do you think of them? Love? Need? You can find these just about anywhere you can find China Glaze polish.

I am in the throes of swatching my Faves for 2011. I have a few done and have a lot more to go. I haven't counted how many... I kind of want to wait until I am finished so that I don't freak out and start crying like a baby at how many I have to go. lol I have a nice mix of cremes, jellies, holos, glitters, (moar glitter... gulp) and so forth. These are not all polishes that were released this year. These are polishes that I acquired or first wore this year. They may have been released years ago. But they were all new to me. I need to remember to dig out a couple more...

I will be getting back to Pink Wednesday posts after the first of the year and all of the craziness is done. I am also going to make the first part of 2012 Operation Swatch Fest. I have so. many. untried polishes. A shameful number of them and I have to get them all swatched and up. Seriously. I am feeling a little guilty when I pick up a new polish, right now.

And I don't like feeling guilty. So, swatch like a madwoman, I must. Better get more cotton rounds and remover...

Okay, shutting up, now. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Oh. Yes, I know that I am behind on responding to comments. I'll do them, sometime today. I am reading all of them, as always. I just need a few minutes to sit and type out responses. :D

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Essie Luxe Effects As Gold As it Gets

Hello gentle readers.

Essie recently released a line of beautiful topper polishes called Luxe Effects. They are glitters and flakies and shimmers that are meant to layer over other polishes. I saw the line in my local Walgreen's and picked up two of them. This is As Gold As it Gets. I wore it over China Glaze Winter Berry and I adored the combination.

Essie As Gold As it Gets is fine gold flakes suspended in a thick jelly base. The flakes look like the gold flakes you will see at the bottom of a gold pan; they are various sizes and spark with an occasional holo like flash. They look very realistic and pretty over any dark polish. I'll have to try this over lighter polishes, too. And maybe with matte, some time. After I buy a new bottle of matte top coat. I wrecked mine. Idiot that I am. lol

This is one coat of Essie As Gold As it Gets over two coats of China Glaze Winter Berry and topped with Seche Vite. These photographs were taken in a mix of indirect sun and OttLight. I really struggled with getting very clear shots that showed the flakes of gold as they really were.











The formula of Essie Luxe Effects As Gold As it Gets is fairly thick but easy enough to work with; the flakes distribute smoothly and easily on the nails. This topper dries fairly quickly to a satin matte. Top Coat is needed to make it smooth and as shiny as one would want it to be. I really need to try this mattified. Yepper.

Have you picked up any of these Luxe Effects toppers? I found them at Walgreen's and they are available anywhere you can buy Essie polishes. Even in drugstores. (Yes, that was intended to sound as bitchy as it did.)

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

Monday, December 26, 2011

Boxing Day Nails

Hello gentle readers.

I wish that we had Boxing Day here in the United States. I have always loved the idea of a holiday day after Christmas. Kind of a wind down with more fun. I think that we need to band together and adopt Boxing Day. Really, I do. We have embraced Cinco De Mayo... Why not Boxing Day? :D

Today's mani is one I wore recently and just loved. When I was in Sally's recently I went ahead and picked up one more of the Let it Snow polishes. Winter Berry is a beautiful wine red jelly polish. Rich, intensely pigmented and perfectly opaque in two dreamy coats. This is gorgeous stuff, my friends. Shiny, shiny, shiny. Squishy and just marvelous. Seche Vite just added to the yumminess.

These photos were shot under my OttLight.






China Glaze Winter Berry is a beautiful formula. Smooth, silky and translucent like a fabulous jelly should be. This stuff just whispered on, self leveled like a dream and dried in good time. One thing to watch out for is staining. This stuff is very pigmented and will grab on to dry skin or cuticles so keep a cleanup brush and acetone at the ready while applying to swish away any boo boos. I found that a few extra swipes with remover were required to get everything all cleaned off.

Did you pick up this pretty red polish? Love it? Think that you might need it? It is available wherever China Glaze is sold.

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