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Wednesday, February 29, 2012

For My Gentle Readers Who Are Losing GFC

You can still follow this blog, if you wish through different ways. As you can see, to the right are widgets to help those who will no longer be able to get here through Google Friend Connect still stay up to date on the haps, around here. I am on Facebook, the Twitter, Bloglovin', Pinterest (on and off) and you can follow by e-mail by inputting your e-mail address into the widget in my right hand column.

I need to figure out if I can make a separate Google+ page, just for this blog without mucking up my personal Google+ page and so forth. Anyone happen to know if that is possible? If so, that will help in connecting, I suppose.

I don't know why Google and Blogger have to be so snotty about this and tear the blogging world apart this way. What purpose does it serve, really? Except to make everything more complicated. *pfffft!*

Please don't be a stranger. <3

China Glaze Electric Beat: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How's your Wednesday? Hope it's going well.

Today I am going to show you China Glaze Electric Beat, a pretty, shiny, periwinkle blue creme. This swatch is two coats and no top coat.




China Glaze Electric Beat is a smooth, silky creme that applies so easily, it flows off the brush and sits where it is placed with no streaking, pooling, dragging or bubbling. Two effortless coats make this fully opaque and just perfect. This dries shiny, but I still suggest top coat.

So what say you? Like this pretty periwinkle? Have it? Think that you might want it? Electric Beat is available, now wherever you buy China Glaze.

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

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

China Glaze Sunshine Pop: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today's swatch is Sunshine Pop from the Electropop collection. Sunshine Pop is a bright, warm, golden yellow jelly with silver shimmer. This polish is a little more sheer and needed three coats. If I remember correctly, I didn't apply top coat for this swatch.

These photographs were shot in the sun.






China Glaze Sunshine Pop has a nice formula. For a yellow it was amazingly well behaved and applied very smoothly. It is a tad sheer and needs three coats but it applies so nicely with no streaking, bubbling, pooling or dragging that three coats wasn't a big deal. This is seriously bright, shimmery and very pretty. If you are on the hunt for a Summer sunshine polish, you could do a hell of a lot worse than this little beauty.

Do you own Sunshine Pop? What do you think about it? Please do tell.

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

Monday, February 27, 2012

China Glaze Kinetic Candy: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers. Happy Monday!

Okay. Okay. Stop your grumbling. I guess that was a bit inappropriate, wasn't it? *evil grin*

Here's something entirely appropriate. A swatch of one of the new China Glaze Electropop polishes for Spring. This is Kinetic Candy. A pale blue creme. Shiny pale blue creme. Pretty pale blue creme.




Nice, huh? China Glaze Kinetic Candy has a flawless, smooth formula. This beautiful creme flowed off the brush and sat right down where I placed it. I had little cleanup and there was no dragging, running, pooling or bubbling. This polish is mad shiny all on it's own and this two coat swatch is shown without top coat. Dry time for this polish, even without top coat is pretty danged good. I am looking forward to splashing this all over my nails this Spring and Summer. I have a feeling it is going to be a fave.

China Glaze Kinetic Candy is in release, right now and available wherever you can buy China Glaze polishes, in brick and mortar stores and online from various e-tailers and so forth. So, go forth and get yours, while the getting it is good.

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

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sinful Colors Cinderella

Hello gentle readers.

Here is one of the new Sinful Colors polish colours that were recently released. This is Cinderella; a beautiful baby blue jelly packed with gold/rose gold shifting baby flakies. This polish is so pretty. It is pale, delicate, squishy and has the shimmer and shift from those tiny flakes. What a beauty. I applied two coats and Seche Vite. I probably could have used a third, there are some thin areas and a little VNL but I didn't really notice it until I saw the photographs so...

Top shot taken in my lightbox, bottom in the fast dying setting sun.






Sinful Colors Cinderella is a milky baby blue jelly packed with the teeny-tiny flakies that shift gold and rose gold. The formula on this one is thick. It can go on streaky if one isn't careful but it isn't gloopy or gluey. I think that I am going to thin this one a bit and see if it is a bit more fluid without losing that milky near opacity. This polish is easy to control and dry time is decent, with Seche Vite.

I like this polish and I may have to obtain a backup. I was thinking about a franken of this and my partial bottle of Revlon Whimsical. I'm going to have to mix a little sample and see what I get.

Did you get this stunner, yet? It is part of Sinful Colors core collection and should be available at your local Walgreen's and anyplace else you can find Sinful Colors.

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

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Essie Cocktail Bling and Orly Twilight

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a lovely polish from Essie. This is part of their Winter 2011 collection. A beautiful, dirty slightly purple toned grey creme polish. This baby is edgy yet so ladylike. It is a shifter and a beguiler. Depending on what light I viewed this polish it was grey or dusty purple. Cocktail Bling looks grey in my photographs, even tones a little blue. I really enjoyed wearing this beauty. And I enjoyed it even more topped with Orly Twilight, a beautiful topper comprised of a barely purple toned clear jelly swimming with silvery microflakies that, in the sun flash and shift blue and pink and silver.



Essie Cocktail Bling


Essie Cocktail Bling and Orly Twilight


And both in the sunshine. Yummmm... Shimmah! Shimmah! 

Essie Cocktail Bling is a beautiful formula and applied like a dream. It flows off the brush as it should, self levels and settles where it is placed. I didn't do much cleanup doing this manicure. I applied two coats then topped with with one coat of Orly Twilight, then Seche Vite. Dry time for both were really good and wear time was decent. I did my right ring finger an injustice and chipped my polish on that nail so I had to change it before I really wanted to.

Do you own either of these polishes? Think that you might? They are both loverly and, if you like grey and dusty purple and microflakies and shimmer, you might really enjoy these.

Thank you for coming by. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Essie Cocktail Bling was purchased with a gift card provided by Apothica/Skincare Rx in exchange for hosting their link and logo.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Sinful Colors Boom Boom: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Greetings from the land of pretty pink polish. Today's swatch is Sinful Colors Boom Boom. Bright, raspberry pink jelly. This is so pretty and girlie and just screams Spring. I applied two coats and skipped top coat, since it was so very shiny.


There are some bubbles and so forth, thanks to the brush in this polish. Sadly, this one was bad. Really bad. Sinful Colors usually gives a decent brush but lately I have noticed a drop in quality of the brushes from this brand. I am hoping that this is an anomaly, not the norm. I will be disappointed if it is, as I sincerely like Sinful Colors but I won't waste my money on polish with crappy brushes. Just ask Wet-N-Wild.

Brush aside, the formula of this polish is quite lovely. It was jelly and smooth and dries squishy and yummy. Boom Boom dries to a lovely shiny finish in good time. I may decant this into a spare bottle I have floating around. It is worth the effort, I feel.

Boom Boom is part of a newer collection from Sinful Colors. There are some other new colours that I found and snapped up during the recent ninety-nine cent sale and I will be trotting them out, very soon. Oh! If you are on the hunt for Cinderella, check the core display! That is where I found mine. In fact, I found all of the new shades there.

Thank you so much for dropping in, reading and your kind comments, as always. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

China Glaze Fifth Avenue: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I hope that life is treating all of you well. Today I have a pretty polish by the name of China Glaze Fifth Avenue to share with you. This mauve rose creme is very ladylike and workplace appropriate. This is two coats and no top coat.

Photographs shot in my lightbox.






China Glaze Fifth Avenue is a lovely, smooth creme. Easy to apply and work with, the formula is just gorgeous. Thick but not at all gloopy, it flows off the brush and sits right down where it is placed without any argument or difficulty. This polish self levels very nicely and it dries in good time, as well.

China Glaze Fifth Avenue is part of the core line collection and you should be able to pick it up at just about any store that stocks China Glaze.

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

Wednesday, February 22, 2012

OPI Uh-Oh! Roll Down the Window

Hello gentle readers.

Ever meet a polish that evokes a childhood memory? OPI Uh-Oh! Roll Down the Window is one of those polishes, for me. I won't go into too much graphic detail but I will say that the memory has to do with Black Beauty, my mother's black 1966 Plymouth Belvedere, a road trip, me with the stomach flu and my lunch (which I swore up and down I felt well enough to eat, that day), ending up all over the side of the car in fast moving traffic in downtown Reno.

Happily, Uh-Oh! Roll Down the Window is much nicer than that memory. This polish is a silky, rich Army green crelly. I applied three coats and Seche Vite.

 Photos taken in my lightbox.





OPI Uh-Oh! Roll Down the Window is a lovely creamy crelly. I needed three coats to get this fully opaque but it applied so nicely that I didn't mind the process. This polish behaves like a dream, applies so easily, self levels and just sits sweetly down where it is placed. I had very little cleanup while working with it. Dry time is really good, even after three coats. I wore this polish for four days and it held up beautifully.

Do you own this polish? If you are in the mood for it, it is part of last Fall's Touring America Collection and should be pretty readily available just about anywhere you can find OPI polish. I bought mine from Amazon, you should be able to get it from E-Bay, if you like to shop there, as well.

Time is winding down on my giveaway. Have you entered yet? If not, please click here and enter. I have added goodies to the prize that are not pictured in the original image as I reached a couple of milestones. This giveaway is open to followers in the United States.

Okay, time to run along. I need to get a few more entries ready to go. My stupid Internet has been a real pain in my considerably sized ass, lately. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Finger Paints Laugh My Art Off: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Gah!!! My Internet! It keeps going down. Usually when I am in the middle of attempting to type a blog entry. It's driving me crazy. If my cable company doesn't fix this node...

Anywhoozle, I am up and running, for the moment so I am firing off a post. Pictured below is Finger Paints Laugh My Art Off. This thick jelly base is packed with fine blue glitter and is so very pretty over Finger Paints Artist's Sapphire, the polish over which I swatched it. This is one coat topping Artist's Sapphire. The top photographs was taken in my lightbox, the bottom out in the sun.



Isn't this pretty? 

Finger Paints Laugh My Art Off is typical Finger Paints glittery goodness. Lovely and sparkly and oh-so-pretty. It is also oh-so-thick and definitely benefits from a good thinning and a rousing shakeshakeshake. This glitter dries a little matte so top coat... Lots of top coat is highly recommended. 

I like this polish. If you think that you might like to add it to your polish family, you should be able to find it as Sally Beauty Supply or on the Evilest Bay. 

Okay, I am going to try to  write a few more posts and get them ready to fire so that I don't have a bunch of dead air while my Internet decides whether or not it wants to work. 

Gah!!!

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

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Colour Series ~ Neon: Let's Wrap it Up With Pink! And a Giveaway Update

Hello gentle readers.

Sick of neon? I admit that as much as I enjoy them, I am about ready to move on, now. So, today I am wrapping up this Colour Series with pink.



Color Club Poptastic is the namesake of the Color Club Collection of the same name. This incredibly bright neon pink will make your retinas vibrate in happiness. This colour is pure Summer, girlie style. This lovely crelly is three coats and top coat.


Color Club Lazer Pink. This is a slightly chalky white based neon creme polish This neon is eye popping yet almost pastel. This polish feels very fresh and sweet, even tho it is a real powerhouse neon. I like that. This is three coats and top coat.



Color Club Space Case. I gave you two photographs of this one because it was necessary. The top shot was taken in my lightbox, the bottom out in direct sun. This creme neon pink contains a double threat of shimmer and glitter. This is the most unique neon polish I own and it is truly special. Shimmer, baby fine and soft sits back and gently enhances the glitter in indoor light then when you take your nails out into the sun the shimmer fires into brilliance. The entire surface of the polish dances in sparks of holo, pink, yellow, blue and silver. *sigh*

Poptastic and Lazer Pink, while different finishes apply very much the same. They can be thin and streaky on the first coat and then build into smooth, opaque joy by the third. They both dry matte, as usual so top coat is an absolute must. 

Space Case is part of the Starry Temptress Collection from last Spring and it is the beauty of the bunch, for sure. This creme pink neon needed thinning. Big time. Once it was thinned, tho it just slipped softly and smoothly on and was opaque and fabulous in two dreamy coats. No dragging, pooling or other nonsense. I like that. This polish eats top coat for lunch. It requires at least two good coats to get it nice and smooth. 

So there it is. Colour Series ~ Neon. I hope that you enjoyed this series. I am planning another Colour Series to come that will feature the China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection from Autumn 2010. Vintage Vixen is, in my personal opinion one of the prettiest collections I have ever seen and I am looking forward to showing all of the polishes I acquired from that collection. 

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. And welcome! to my new readers! I am now at the magical 1000 mark. Wow. Just wow. This means, of course that a couple of additional pretties need to be added to my giveaway prize. If you would like to see what they are, please click here to enter. If you win, you will find out. *evil grin* Want a hint? Those two bottles are true eye candy. 

Okay, I'm out. Have a great day everyone and may your polish never bubble. 

Friday, February 17, 2012

Colour Series ~ Neon: These Limes Shan't Be Cast Out Into the Snow

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am presenting the penultimate Colour Series ~ Neon post. Say hello to these bright, juicy, great with tequila limes.



Color Club Twiggy. Soft, neon lime green creme. This is two coats with top coat. Please to forgive the oopsie on my index finger. Stupid fibers, anyway. Gah! 


Color Club The Lime Starts Here. This is a true fluorescent highlighter lime green. This jelly is squishy and silky. I applied three coats, four to my ring and pinkie to cope with my ridges. This polish smells like lime, but the scent seems to be dissipating with time. This polish is a year old. I guess that polish scent has a shelf life. Who knew? 


Color Club Glitter Envy. Lime, bordering on emerald green. This jelly has a slight yellow undertone and a strong small square holo glitter presence that my photographs just couldn't adequately show off. This is three coats and top coat. 

Twiggy is a chalky, white based neon creme. This polish can be a bit of a prankster. Thickish coats, smoothly and swiftly applied worked best for me for this swatch. The first coat was really streaky. The second made it opaque but still a tad streaky. Top coat melted and smoothed it beautifully. This polish is more neon in person than in photographs. 

The Lime Starts Here is so jelly and translucent. Squishy and delicious it needs three coats for opacity. I applied a fourth to my ring and pinkie nails to cope with my ridges. This polish starts out sheer and streaky on the first coat. Subsequent coats gets it opaque and smooth as can be. This polish, like most neons dries matte and needs top coat for maximum shine and to bring out that lovely translucent squish. I don't recommend undies for this one. I think that an undercoat would wreck the effect of this polish. Just my opinion, of course... ;)

Glitter Envy is another jelly. Infused with holo glitter, it is the belle of this ball, for sure. I applied three coats and needed every one of them, as this polish is pretty translucent. This polish also dries matte and benefits from top coat. 

So, there you have it, some neon limes. Do you own any of these polishes? They are all pretty easy to find and make a part of your polish family, if they are looking good to you, various e-tailers, random beauty supply stores that carry Color Club, the odd Ross have them and you should be able to find them on Amazon and the Evilest Bay, as well. 

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

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Colour Series ~ Neon: Eye Popping Oranges

Hello gentle readers.

Get out your sunglasses and hang on to your retinas because today, the orange neons are coming out to play.



Color Club Wham! Pow! Pow, is how I describe this bright, fluorescent traffic cone orange. Photographs can't begin to capture the true bright nature of this neon orange polish. This is almost offensively bright and I just love it in the Summer with a bit of a tan. This polish is fantastic for toes, if it is a bit too bright for you to attempt on your fingertips. 


Sinful Colors Big Daddy. This orange jelly leans coral, thanks to a bit of red. I think maybe this could be more flattering to those who don't feel that a true, clear orange isn't a good colour for them. I applied two coats of this polish over two coats of OPI Alpine Snow as this is too sheer and jelly to get opaque and pop on it's own. This is shiny without top coat.


Color Club You Got Soul-Ar. Hello bright orange and glittah! Traffic cones covered in sparkle. Girlie road construction gear at it's best. Another beautiful-weird polish from the Starry Temptress collection. 

Wham! Pow! applied very nicely. It is more of a creme formula than some other neons I own and needs a little care to avoid those sharp lines of delineation at the edges. Top coat melts those and makes things smoother, but a little care is still needed. For some reason, when I applied this swatch, my ring finger bubbled like mad. I brushed some thinner over the polish and that took the bubbles down and with the last coat, it was pretty nice, then. This stuff dries matte so have the top coat handy. Dry time is really good for this polish, making it perfect for a pedicure, too. 

Big Daddy is a sheer jelly that needs to go over a white base to pop and get to opacity. This polish can streak like mad. I learned that the best way to apply it is to go with thicker coats and float the brush gently on the surface of the polish, as pressure causes streaks and troughs to form. Not pretty. :P This  was shiny without top coat. I am still debating keeping this one. I have nice orange polishes that are less a pain in my butt. 

You Got Soul-Ar is beautiful. I had to thin and shake the stuffing out of it but it got to opaque and perfect in two easy to apply coats. Top Coat was necessary, of course. 

All three of these polishes are easy to find and acquire through the usual outlets. They are all fun colours any of them are worth making a part of your polish family. Maybe not Big Daddy? I don't know. I am still on the fence about that one. But my instinct is to let it go. *shrug*

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

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Who Drank My Nail Polish?

Hello gentle readers.

Look what landed on my doorstep, today.

Oopsie! Did someone get thirsty? 

I ordered Revlon Whimsical from Ulta, since I can't find it in any of my local stores and it came about one third empty. What? It didn't leak in transit. It was just... drained. It hadn't been used; there was no gunky junk on the neck of the bottle, the polish wasn't thickened, it didn't look used. I jumped on the phone to Ulta and told them about it and they are sending out a replacement bottle, right away. So, kudos to Ulta customer service for their fast and friendly attention to my little problem. Bonus? I get to keep the partially full bottle of Whimsical, since it makes no sense for them to send me a shipping label to return it. :D

Have you ever ordered a polish and had it arrive oddly drained of some of it's contents, as if it had been attacked by some odd polish slurping vampire? 

Colour Series ~ Neon: Color Club Ultra Violet and Wink-Wink Twinkle

Hello gentle readers.

How'z about some hot violet neon goodness?



Color Club Ultra Violet. Smooth, silky violet neon jelly. Three coats. So squishy, so translucent, so bright and beautiful. This is Spring, Summer and everything fun in a tiny glass bottle. 


Color Club Wink-Wink Twinkle. Two coats of hidden glitter glamour in a hot, neon violet base. This is strange and beautiful and oh-so-bright. Can you dig it?

Ultra Violet is a smooth, silky jelly that just glided on in three coats to opaque perfection. This one does dry a bit matte and needs top coat to get to the shiny beauty that it is. Dry time is, like it's sister polishes, very good. 

Wink-Wink Twinkle was another one that needed to be thinned, as the formula was a bit too thick and gloppy for my personal taste. After thinning, it applied smoothly and was opaque in two easy-breezy coats. This polish dries quickly and pretty gritty. The more top coat you feel like using, the better. 

Ultra Violet and Wink-Wink Twinkle are both available where you can find Color Club, including varied e-tailers, Amazon and, I imagine E-Bay. They also pop up at Ross from time to time along with the rest of the beautiful colours in their collections. They are worth getting, if you ask me. 

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

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Colour Series ~ Neon: Got the Blues for Neon

Good day, gentle readers. How's things? We have a dusting of snow on the ground and it is 25 degrees. Brrr!

Today's post features three beautiful blue neon polishes.



Color Club Chelsea Girl. I applied three coats of this perfect, silky cerulean blue neon jelly love to get a flawless, opaque finish. This polish behaves like a dream and dries in good time. It is matte, like most neons so have your top coat ready to roll to get this beautiful, shiny, squishy finish. 


China Glaze Blue Sparrow Neon. Ahhh... This. Polish. Is. Beautiful. Gentle readers, if you love neon... if you love blue... if you love glitter... if you love a huge, overflowing pot of awesomesauce all over your nails, you would love China Glaze Blue Sparrow Neon. This beautiful, glowing cerulean blue jelly is packed with tiny silvery and blue glitter. The glitter doesn't sit on top and sparkle like a disco ball. It is under the surface. It lurks and peeks and shines and makes you look twice. Three times. It lures you in and makes you fall utterly in love with it and it never lets you go. This is four coats and two coats of top coat.


Color Club Other Worldly. Hello Gorgeous! This bright beauty is part of Color Club's Summer 2011 Starry Temptress Collection. Another cerulean blue (noticing a trend, here?) packed with small square holographic glitter. This is no dupe for Blue Sparrow. This is a creature altogether different from any other. The glitter isn't on top of this polish, it is inside, hiding, then when the light hits it, it fires and socks you in the eye with holo-licious shine and rainbow sparks. Yeah. This is two coats plus top coat.

Application for these polishes does vary a bit. Chelsea Girl is smooth and silky and, like most good jellies, glides on like a dream. This polish has a very decent dry time and in spite of needing three coats, is ready to go in pretty short order. This polish won't keep you sitting around blowing on your tips all day.

 Blue Sparrow is a little bit sheer and a bit temperamental. This polish likes to be applied quickly and smoothly. While it dries fast and gritty, it wants a couple of minutes between coats and subsequent coats need to go on with a very light hand; just float the brush through the surface of the polish or it will catch and drag bald patches. This polish dries fast and gritty and needs at least two coats of top coat to be fully smooth. Yes, it is a pain but it is worth it. Trust me! :D

Other Worldly needed some thinning before I did this swatch. The polishes in this collection are really thick and mine benefited from some thinner, a good shake, shake, shake and a little period of rest. This polish then went right on and was perfect in two coats. This beauty dries pretty quickly and needs a couple of coats of top coat to make it perfectly smooth.

All three of these polishes are not hard to find. Chelsea Girl and Other Worldly can be found at various e-tailers, random beauty supply stores that carry Color Club and they pop up in their respective collections at Ross, from time to time. Blue Sparrow is part of China Glaze's core collection and is easy to find anywhere that carries China Glaze. You can also find it on various e-tailer sites and on Amazon and I imagine E-Bay.

Okay. This was long. Shocking, I know. *snort* Do you own any of these beautiful polishes? Think that you might like to? Please share.

Say, have you entered my 900+ follower Giveaway yet? It is open to followers (new followers are welcome!) in the U.S. I know... No fair. Trust me, I feel the same way but shipping regulations make legally shipping polishes out of the U.S. difficult, if not danged near impossible for the average person. Grrr!

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

Monday, February 13, 2012

Colour Series ~ Neon: Sinful Colors Irish Green

Hello gentle readers.

I am typing this up really fast to set it to post while I can. My Internet keeps going down and I don't know how long I will have service or when. Gah!!! I am going to kill my local cable company if they don't fix this node!

Anywhoozle... Sinful Colors Irish Green is a bright, cool, neon emerald green jelly. I applied three coats over a base of OPI Alpine Snow and topped it with top coat to make it all shiny and squish-a licious.

Photograph taken in my lightbox.


This is a swatch and photograph my right hand experiment. I need to work on it. lol

Sinful Colors Irish Green is a pretty decent formula. A tad streaky on the first coat but by the third, it was smooth and pretty uniform and pretty. This polish is well behaved. I didn't have any trouble applying it, it just glided on and didn't drag, run, pool or bubble. I had a lot of coats on my nails and by the time I shot my photographs, it was still pretty wet and smushy. 

Okay, I am going to get this lined up to post in the morning while my stupid Internet is still up. 

Thank you for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. Hopefully, by the time you see this, I will be happily surfing steadily running Internet, again. 

Sunday, February 12, 2012

Colour Series ~ Neon: Sinful Colors Neon Melon

Hello gentle readers.

I have decided to resurrect my Colour Series feature and what better kind of polish than neon? Bright, intense, clear and fun. Neon is a great way to perk up and lighten up the Winter Doldrums, especially now that the weather has decided to get really cold and stormy in so many places.

Today's neon is Sinful Colors Neon Melon. This is a true to hue highlighter yellow-green. This polish is very sheer and it must be applied over a white base to reach anything close to opacity and to show it's full colour. I applied two coats of Neon Melon over two coats of OPI Alpine Snow.

Photo taken in my lightbox.


Sinful Colors Neon Melon is a jelly neon polish. It is very sheer and couldn't reach opacity or show it's true colour on it's own if you bribed it. Neon Melon needs a smooth, white base. The formula on this polish is pretty nice. Smooth and not too streaky, which is a problem that some neons have. The first coat was uneven but the second came out smooth and even. This polish dries matte, so a good top coat is necessary if you like your tips nice and shiny.

Sinful Colors Neon Melon is sunglasses worthy and it is part of Sinful Colors Neon collection. You should be able to find it where Sinful Colors polishes are sold, if you are feeling it.

So, I am trying something new with my photographs. I was playing around with my camera and nails the other day and discovered that if I photograph my nails in my lightbox with my fingers curved up and the bottle hanging in them, my polish photographs more colour true and I don't have those annoying streaks of light reflecting off the surface of my nails. I also discovered that by not having the light reflecting directly off my skin, I can boost the saturation on my photographs and not have my fingers look like freaked out deep fried carrots. I am also playing with new watermarks. Please bear with me as I go through my growing pains and my learning process. I am hoping that the tripod I ordered yesterday will make it easier to take my photos than propping my camera on a stack of books. :P

I hope that you enjoy this Colour Series.

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

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro Sunset Orange: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How's every little thing? Good? Good. :D Today's swatch is a lovely orange jelly polish by the name of Orange Sunset. This Rimmel Lasting Pro polish is bright and warm but not neon. Shiny and squishy, it is perfect for Spring or Summer. I applied three coats and was able to skip top coat for this swatch.

I took these photographs in my lightbox under my OttLight.






Rimmel Lasting Pro Sunset Orange is a very nice formula. Smooth and easy to apply, this polish just whispers off that lovely, wide brush and sits sweetly down where it is placed. It was slightly streaky on the first coat but quickly smoothed out and got opaque by the third coat. I didn't have any trouble with running or pooling, it didn't drag or clot or bubble. It also dried quickly and was about ready to go by the time I fired off a few photographs.

If you are on the lookout for a pretty, wearable orange jelly polish, you could do a heck of a lot worse than this one, for sure. Sunset Orange can be found where you buy Rimmel cosmetics and polish.

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

Friday, February 10, 2012

Orly Elspeth's Rose: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a swatch of Orly Elspeth's Rose, a soft, ladylike old rose creme polish that has a very, very fine, hidden silver shimmer. I found this polish at CVS on clearance and, since it was 75% off, I thought I might as well grab it as not. This is not an exciting or unusual colour, I suppose that it could be described as "old lady", "granny", outdated or any of the other disparaging descriptions I commonly hear about colours such as this. I prefer to think of it as soft, ladylike, classic. This kind of shade is work or church appropriate or perfect for those times when one is just in the mood for a gentle, quiet polish. I applied two coats to my middle and index and three on my ring and pinkie to deal with my demon ridges and topped it with top coat.

Photographs shot outdoors in sun.






Orly Elspeth's Rose has a very nice formula. It is thick but not gloopy, easy to apply and very well behaved. I didn't have any trouble with running, poling, clotting, dragging or bubbling. Dry time is halfway decent. This is, overall, a very nice polish.

So, what say you? Do you own this polish? Like it? If you are on the lookout for a polish like this one, you might luck across it at CVS on sale and I know that I have seen it at Sally's and on Amazon.

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

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Adding a Little Something to the Pile

Hello gentle readers.

I just took a look at my followers gadget and I am now over 975. Whoop! Whoop!! To celebrate and to say thank you! to all of my new and established readers, I am adding a little something-something to my current giveaway prize. First of all, of course is polish. I tossed in a handful of polishes. I am going to let the exact colours and brands be a surprise to the winner but I will give all of you a couple of hints... Foil. Glitter in creme. Neon. Glitter... That's all I'm saying.

The second part of the something-something is a piece of nail polish jewelry that was sent to me, last year for review. (Sadly, it seems that the seller is no longer in business so I am not going to provide a link.) The necklace is a round cabochon glitter polish gem on a hand strung silver (or silver plate) bead necklace. My screwy body chemistry doesn't allow me to wear silver so this pretty necklace has been languishing in a drawer. I decided to take it out and pass it along to someone who can wear it and will enjoy it. I know that a lot of my gentle readers are silver girls so I thought that this was a great way to re home this pretty piece.


The necklace. The beaded chain is plenty long enough to comfortably and gracefully accommodate a wide range of neck sizes. The cabochon is approximately one inch in diameter. 

Close up on the pendant. Isn't it pretty? :D

This necklace is essentially new. I only had it on for a few minutes then was forced to remove it. I have carefully cleaned it with 91% alcohol and a cotton pad.

I hope that the winner of my giveaway will enjoy these additions to the pile. :D

If you haven't entered, yet please clickity-click this link or the picture in the giveaway widget at the top of my column to travel to my giveaway post and enter to win.

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

Wet-N-Wild Megalast Under Your Spell: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I took a day off from posting. I spent the day at the headbanger's ball, hiding in the dark and quiet. Blech. I hate days like that. :P

A while ago, I bought this polish on clearance at CVS. It was fifty percent off so it came in at a little less than a dollar. I am thinking that it was only worth about that, to be honest. Under Your Spell is a blackened jelly base with a dark burgundy shimmer that doesn't much show indoors but fires in the sun. I had to apply three coats to try to get the bottle colour onto my nails. This polish is so shiny that I didn't need top coat.

These photographs were shot out in the sun.






Pretty-ish enough, I suppose. Nothing that fires my imagination. The formula of this polish is nice enough. It behaved well tho it was streaky as hell on the first coat, a little better on the second and was opaque and extremely shiny on the third. There was no dragging, clotting or bubbling. Too bad the brush was the usual Wet-N-Wild crap rat chewed brush. I don't much know about dry time, as I got this off the moment I took my photographs. Meh. I think that this is going in the Get Rid of It box.

I know that I have been bagging on Wet-N-Wild polishes, lately. While I am kind of over the moon for their glitters, their nasty brushes don't matter all that much with glitters, I am kind of tired of battling the bad for their cremes, shimmers and jellies. I think that, unless it is a very special glitter, I am going to pass on Wet-N-Wild for a while. I still have a few hanging around in my untrieds that need a whirl so I am not finished with them, quite yet.

Okay, so... I think that is about it, for this one.

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

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Revlon Apple-tini Fizz Swatch and Review and a Huge Thank You! to a Fellow Blogger

Hello gentle readers.

Today is a quick look at a polish that was part of a limited edition collection that Revlon released last Summer. The polishes in that collection were all sheer, jelly like polishes that were packed with beautiful baby flakies and were deliciously scented to match the fruit name given to the colour. As is pretty typical in my poopy-pants one hoss asshole town (I think, in truth that Prescott is considered a large town... whatever... it still sucks big green ones) drugstores and other retailers are extremely inconsistent about ordering and stocking limited edition collections. My usual haunts here in town didn't stock that collection. It wasn't until well after those polishes had pretty much gone the way of the do do that I managed to run across a couple, quite by accident when I made a very, very rare trip to Prescott Valley and popped into Walgreen's to see if they had the Wet-N-Wild On the Prowl Collection.

One of the two yummy, fizzy Summer polishes I got is Apple-tini. A Granny Smith Apple green jelly packed with beautiful green to blue duochrome baby flakies and an amazingly pleasant and refreshing (for nail polish) green apple scent. This polish is very sheer, very jelly and, on the nail very not like it is in the bottle. Not at all like it is in the bottle. *sigh* I applied three coats and it wasn't anywhere near opaque and I knew that to get it there would require so much polish that I wouldn't be able to lift my delicate flower fingers for the weight of the substance on my nails so I just stopped where I was and slapped on some top coat. I was a little disappointed in the colour. In the bottle, Apple-tini is a cool, true Granny Smith Apple green but on the nail it is a washed out, yellowed ghost of the beautiful bottle colour. The flakies, however...

The flakies rescued this polish from the get rid of it box. For now. I think that I need to try this as a topper over other, more opaque jellies and cremes. I suspect that it would be far more successful as a layering polish, rather than trying to be a solo act. As I said earlier, this swatch is three coats and top coat. I shot these photographs in the late afternoon sun. And shade.








See what I mean? Not so fabulous on it's own, is it? But the formula is nice, It is a little thin but it applies nicely and evenly with little streaking only with the first coat. There was no running, pooling, dragging or bubbling. I can't say what dry time is like as I didn't wear it for long.

I suppose that is about all that I really have to say about this polish.

I just want to take this opportunity to say a huge thank you to a sharp eyed fellow blogger who alerted me to someone on E-Bay France who had stolen one of my photographs and was using it to sell her nail polish. I messaged the seller and asked her to take my photograph down, as she hadn't asked my permission to use it. Happily, she complied with my request so I didn't have to take it any further. I suppose that, now that my photographs are beginning to show up in places I didn't post them, it is time to print and fax to E-Bay that damned report photo theft form thingy. *sigh*

Why can't people just take and use their own photographs? It takes just a few minutes to take a picture, upload it to your 'puter, edit it and post it. Hell, if I can do it, anyone can! lol Am I crazy or would it be faster and easier to take and post your own photographs than to search for and swipe someone else's? You know, if she had just had the balls and the respect to e-mail me and tell me that she liked my photograph and then asked my permission to use it, I would  probably given it to her. I would have watermarked the photograph and e-mailed it to her to post on her listing.

And please, to my photo guardian angel, could you please drop me a comment or an e-mail with your blog link, again? Pretty please? I inadvertently deleted your e-mails in my mad inbox cleanout whirl, yesterday afternoon. I didn't even realize they were gone until I went back to check an e-mail that Apothica had sent to me and I felt like a jerk because I haven't been to visit and follow you, yet. *hangs head*

Okay, this is a wordy, rambling, random mess. If you read all the way through it, you deserve a medal.

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

Monday, February 6, 2012

China Glaze 108 Degrees: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How's about something warm to thaw your bones on this chilly February day? How about just about one of the prettiest polishes China Glaze released, last Summer? How's about cranking it all the way up to 108 Degrees? Actually, for an Arizona Girl, 108 degrees isn't really that big a deal. But this hot pink jelly packed with duochrome glass fleck shimmer sure is. Oh, yes, siree. China Glaze 108 Degrees is a beautiful, bright, hot pink that glows pink to orange to blue, even a bit of purple, depending on how strong the light is and the angle at which it is viewed. Good golly, this polish is pretty.

This swatch is three coats with top coat and was shot in my lightbox and out in the sun.





 In my lightbox under my OttLight.




In direct sun.

China Glaze 108 Degrees has a lovely formula. Lovely? Dare I say nearly perfect? Painting this polish on was a pure pleasure. I barely touched my cleanup brush. I did need a full three coats for opacity, as this little stunner is very jelly and the glass fleck doesn't add much opacity. Not that I mind. If a polish is easy to handle a third coat isn't that big an imposition and I am becoming more tolerant of polishes that need a third coat. Now those that need four or five? Yeah. We are going to have to talk about that. 

Dry time for this polish is pretty decent. By the time I got this stuff on, my cuticles oiled and fired off a ton of photographs, this stuff would have been ready to roll, had I been wearing it. Would I buy this polish again, should I run out? In a hot minute. Do I recommend it to my gentle readers? Definitely! This polish was part of the 2011 Summer collection and was sold out for quite a while but China Glaze recently made it a part of their core collection so if you are craving a little hot-cha-cha in the middle of the cold and snowy season, just get yourself to anywhere that sells China Glaze and you should be able to lay your hands on this baby. 

Do you own 108 Degrees? Think that you might have to, now? Am I the only one who is reaching for sunglasses when they look at those photographs? 

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

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Sinful Colors Hottie: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a quick look at a glitter that I purchased back in 2010 and am just now swatching and showing too you. This is Sinful Colors Hottie. A super thick pale blue jelly base with tiny silver and small hex and round glitters in blue, pink, orange, green. I applied one coat of this glitter over Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Pacific Blue. I had to use Gelous then a regular top coat over this glitter for this swatch.

This swatch was shot in my lightbox under my OttLight.


Probably should have done two coats but had I done so, my nails would have been really, really, really thick. You see, Sinful Hottie has just about the thickest, gloopiest jelly base I have ever met. It is just about as thick as Finger Paints Psychedelic Sunshine. In spite of dumping thinner in the bottle until it nearly overflowed and shaking it until my poor wrist bid fair to snap, this stuff is still like troweling on concrete. Pretty, sparkly boue concrete, but concrete, all the same. I didn't wear this long enough to see how long it would take it to dry. But it must have top coat as it is quite textured and sets to a satin matte finish on it's own.

Do I regret buying Sinful Colors Hottie? Nope. Would I suggest that you do so? Sure. If you are on the lookout for a pretty multi glitter that is predominately blue and you don't mind working with a thick base, this is a nice glitter polish to add to your lineup. At just under two clams and easily acquired anywhere you can buy Sinful Colors, it is worth making your own.

Have you entered my giveaway? Please click the link or the picture at the top of my column to travel to my giveaway post, if you are interested.

Thank you for coming in on this Sunday. Have yourself a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Saturday, February 4, 2012

Zoya Shawn: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have Zoya Shawn for you. I bought this polish last March during Zoya's St. Patrick's Day promo and for some reason I never got around to swatching it until now. Zoya Shawn is a murky, yellow based green crelly polish. Shiny and somewhat squishy, it reads more jelly than creme. This polish is a tad bit sheer, I needed a full three coats for full opacity. This swatch is shown minus top coat. Yepper. It's that shiny and lovely.

Photographs were shot outdoors in sun and shade.







I used to henna my hair and this colour reminds me of the colour of freshly mixed pure henna paste. 

Zoya Shawn has a lovely formula. It is very smooth and silky and, like most of my favourite polishes, just whispers onto the nail. The viscosity is just about perfect, thick enough to be easily controlled and to sit sweetly down where placed but not so thick that it clumps or clots or drags. This polish is not as intensely pigmented as the colour might suggest; the first coat was pretty sheer and slightly streaky but two more coats built it up to opaque, smooth perfection. This polish dries in nice time and is mad shiny. As I mentioned earlier in this post, this is without top coat. 

How much fabulous can Zoya cram into a tiny glass bottle, I ask you. A lot, judging from this rich green beauty. Zoya Shawn is a beautiful polish, both to look at and to work with. I am glad that I bought this polish and I wouldn't hesitate to recommend it to anyone who is on the hunt for a great slightly murky green polish. 

Do you own Zoya Shawn? Love it? Please do tell. 

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