Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Hallowe'en

Hello gentle readers.

I don't always do Hallowe'en nail art but when I do, it usually blows.

But I don't think that this attempt was too heinous. It would have looked better if I had stamped the church more cleanly and not put so many clouds across the moons... They cluttered things up, rather than adding atmosphere.

Fun with photo editing software. 




I used a variety of polishes for this including Wet-N-Wild Black Creme, China Glaze Roguish Red, China Glaze Gothic Lolita (I loathe the name of that polish) China Glaze Snow, China Glaze Concrete Catwalk, China Glaze Glitter Goblin and Sinful Colors Neon Melon. I stamped with Bundle Monster plates. All is topped with Seche Vite.

Not fantastic but okay. What kind of Hallowe'en fun is on your nails, today? Are you planning to costume up? Party? Go Trick or Treating?

Don't eat too much candy.

Found on Facebook

Thank you for popping in and reading and stay spooky my friends.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Orly Le Chateau: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I want to take a little time before I begin to send all of my best wishes to everyone who had to weather Sandy. I hope that you are all well and safe and that your life returns to normal soon. Hang in there. *hugs*

Today I have a swatch of a polish that has been lurking in my untried box for almost a year. I have no idea why I didn't get to this sooner. I just kept pushing it aside, thinking, "I'll swatch it next time. And next time." Well, next time is finally here.

Orly Le Chateau is from the LE Holiday Soiree Collection 2011. This deep, blackened teal jelly is intensely pigmented and looks nearly black. It is vampy and sexy and edgy. And I like it a surprising lot.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.





This polish has a gorgeous formula. It is dense, silky and smooth. The gel texture flows off of the brush, sits it's self down where it is placed and slips up the nail without dragging, pooling or running away. There was a little streaky action on the first coat but like any fab jelly, by the time the second coat went on, it was opaque and perfect. Dry time is a tad slow, a good fast dry top coat is your good friend when wearing this beauty.

I bought this polish on clearance after the Holidays last year and I am glad that I did. Did you pick up Orly Le Chateau? What do you think of it? If you are thinking that you might like to have it, you should be able to find it on Amazon, the Evilest of Bays, various e-tailers, random brick and mortar beauty supplies and the odd blog sale. It isn't really rare or HTF so don't let anyone price gouge you.

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

Monday, October 29, 2012

Orly Right Amount of Evil: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How's about another Orly Flash Glam FX glitter in the Hallowe'en theme? This is Orly Right Amount of Evil. A juicy sheer orange base packed with teeny-tiny silver holo bar glitter, larger grid etched silver hex sequins and a silvery shimmer that fires a gorgeous pink in the sun. This is not only glittery and sparkly it is complex and surprisingly gorgeous. I know that a lot of you don't like the bar glitters but the bars in this mix are so itsy-bitsy that they are not only sparkly they are downright adorable.

This swatch is one coat over Orly Orange Punch and topped with Gelous and topped with Seche Vite.





How's the formula? About what you can expect from a chunky glitter. Not too problematic but in need of a little encouragement to behave just right. Put your glitter patting skills to work with this one and you can't go wrong. Dry time is good, the finish is slightly satin until it is all gussied up with top coat.

This is pretty. And while it is marketed as a Hallowe'en glitter, this would be so much fun in the Summer. It is warm and sweet and juicy and it would look perfect with a sundress or on tanned toes in strappy white sandals.

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

Sunday, October 28, 2012

Weekly Roundup





Random Stuff Sunday

Hello gentle readers.

Ever have a feeling that someone is behind you?

(Not mine, found it on Facebook.)

Yeah. Me too.

Have a great Sunday, everyone.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Orly Flash Glam FX in Monster Mash: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I am bringing to you a fun Hallowe'en themed glitter from Orly Flash Glam FX. This is Monster Mash.


Click and do the mash as you read about this fun. freaky green glitter.

Orly Flash Glam FX in Monster Mash is a sooooky green jelly base packed with tiny square glitter, tiny silver holo bar glitter and large grid etched hex sequins that shift dark to bright green to blue and even flashes of purple. Very fun, very Hallowe'en. I applied one coat over China Glaze Gaga for Green and topped it with Gelous and Seche Vite.




If this looks familiar, it is because you saw it in my recent nail art fail post.

Orly Monster Mash is pretty typical for glitters of this ilk, it is somewhat thick and application, while not super smooth isn't much trouble, either. It needs a little coaxing, patting and pushing to get it all even and uniform but it isn't difficult. Dry time is good, it dries slightly satin. It is surprisingly smooth for a glitter of this type and topping it with Gelous and Seche Vite makes it super smooth and glossy.

So, what do you think? Like? Not so much? Please do tell.

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

Friday, October 26, 2012

Loreal The Temptress' Power: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I was cruising around in Walgreen's a couple of weeks ago looking for foundation and I stumbled upon the Loreal Project Runway display. I gave what was left a look see and wasn't too excited until I picked this polish up. As I held it up, turning it this way and that in the light it beguiled me and I found myself, almost against my will, placing it in my basket.

Loreal The Temptress' Power is a delicate golden peach sheer with an ethereal gold and green glass fleck shimmer that makes this sift peach, green and golden, in some light. I swatched this over bare nails and over different base colours to show it as it is and layered.

The first swatch is alone over bare nails and is three coats and Seche Vite. To get this opaque, I would need at least four if not five coats. Funny, it photographed largely opaque. I saw clear VNL in person.



 In sun.


 Shade.

Swatched over base colours to show how beautifully it layers. From pinkie to index: Wet-N-Wild Black Creme, China Glaze Hey Sailor, Finger Paints Cordu-Orange and China Glaze Holly Day. One coat of Loreal The Temptress' Power and Seche Vite.

In sun. A little blurry to show the sparkle.


 In sun.


Shade.

The formula on this is really nice. Easy to apply and control, it goes on smooth and doesn't streak, drag, run or pool. Dry time is good, too. 

This polish would be pretty over a wide variety of different colours and is gorgeous for Fall.

What do you think of this pretty layering polish? Did you pick it up? Get any of the other colours from the Loreal Project Runway Collection? 

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

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Press Release From OPI

Hello gentle readers.

Please enjoy this press release and the debut of OPI's first international Short film.





Instinct of Color!

OPI Announces Brand’s First International Short Film



                OPI pays hommage to its Culture of Color with the international launch of its first branded film. Set to the French DJ band C2C’s “Down the Road,” the video features a surrealistic dance-off between four female dancers and a gorgeous Thoroughbred, as trained by equestrian stuntmaster Mario Luraschi.
                 Named after OPI’s classic black nail lacquer, Lady in Black (known as Black Onyx in North America) brought to the film a repetoire of moves including tap steps and dancing en pointe, while showcasing bestselling OPI colors on her hooves.
The film’s four featured lacquers – Pink-ing of YouRed My Fortune CookieNeed Sunglasses? and No Room for the Blues – each represent one style of dance and one overarching theme, illustrating OPI nail lacquer as a means of self-expression.
“I always say that nail lacquer can change your look – and your outlook,” explains Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP and Artistic Director. “Today, nail color can convey feelings and emotions, expressing on the outside what the wearer is feeling on the inside. In this short film, four women communicate through dance and color. With a trained Thoroughbred who could replicate the dancers’ moves with very little digital enhancement,  we were able to capture the unique, energetic and creative culture that epitomizes the OPI brand.”
The video launches worldwide on October 24, 2012. Please visit OPI on YouTube to view!


So, what did you think? Like it? My favorite part was the dancing horse. And the fact that her hooves were painted to match the dancers' nails. I know that I was supposed to go guh over the polish (and I do, I loves me some OPI) but when you add a beautiful horse? That is right where my eyes go. And stay. I just can't help myself. 

Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great rest of your day. 

Essie Miss Fancy Pants: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Another Essie polish, another positive experience.

Yes, you read that right.

Positive.

I know... I'm a little gobsmacked, myself.

Here we have the ladylike, oh so neutral and appropriate for any setting, any occasion Essie Miss Fancy Pants from their Autumn Stylenomics Collection. This is a gentle, greige taupe crelly. Two coats and Seche Vite.





The formula on this polish is really good. Smooth, silky and biddable, it sat sweetly down where I placed it, glided up my nails with no streaking, dragging, running, pooling or bubbling. This polish self levels well and dries in decent time, especially with Seche Vite.

Don't adjust your screen. No, you don't need an eye exam. I have actually given two Essie polishes in a row very good reviews. And happy I am about it, too. I am beginning to wonder if Essie has worked on their formula and made it better or if I just got lucky with these two polishes. I hope so. I really, really want it to be so because I want to love this brand. It is so appealing to me and I want to be able to trust that when I splash out for this brand (I consider eight clams for a bottle of polish splashing out) I am going to be able to trust that not only will it be beautiful, the formula will be great, too.

So, what say you about Essie Miss Fancy Pants? Like? Not? Is it something that you would choose and wear or is it a bit sedate for your taste? Please do tell.

Thank you so much for popping by. I appreciate your company and your comments. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

*This polish was a Klout Perk that I recently received.*

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Essie Bikini So Teeny: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I have a beautiful Essie polish to share with you, today. I swapped with a very nice gal I met on a Facebook group for this polish and I am so glad that I did. This polish is from their Summer? I believe? Collection. This is a beautiful medium slightly greyed blue creme with a lovely silver shimmer. I applied two coats and Seche Vite for this swatch. I shot this in the sun and it photographed a bit light and the shimmer doesn't show up well at all. My camera washes out colours like this so terribly. Grrr! The colour is closest on my index finger.





You are probably going to fall over when you read my review of the formula. The formula on this polish... Wasn't so bad, actually. The first coat was a tad streaky but not badly so. I quickly learned that this polish likes to be applied with plenty of polish on the brush, and it doesn't appreciate being overworked, it can drag, if you do. The second coat floated easily up my nails, self leveled like a dream and gave me a nearly flawless, opaque finish. There was no running, pooling or bubbling. Dry time is decent.

I know. I tend to beat up on Essie. A lot. Not, in my opinion unfairly. I have purchased some Essie polishes whose beautiful, girlie colours and pretty bottles hid a formula that had the black heart of a demon. I am so glad that this time, the formula is nearly as pleasant as the colour is lovely. It has almost restored my faith in this brand. It gives me hope and makes me want to go out and buy some Essie polishes, again. Maybe one day, I will.

So, what do you think of Essie Bikini So Teeny? Own it? Like it? Think that you might want to? I think that you can still find it here and there in stores and online.

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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Nail Art Fail

Hello gentle readers.

Because it is my policy to share the good, the bad and the ugly, here is some astonishingly ugly.

This is China Glaze Roguish Red stamped with BM 224 with China Glaze Holly Day. Fail. Smearage. The green looks a mucky mess, thanks to it not being quite opaque enough to be fully green against the orange. Blech.

Add other nails painted in Funky Fingers purple (don't know the shade name) and topped in Orly Flash Glam FX in Monster Mash. Everything is topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.

Throw it all together and you get this:




 Uuuuuuguhleee. I forced myself to wear this for almost two days. It was torture. Torment. Ah well, we live and we learn, hmmm? I coontinue to learn that nail art, except for the occasional accident, is not my forte. I wish it were, I'd love for it to be, as I enjoy the process and love wearing something pretty and different on my nails.

Do you do nail art? Do it well? Not so well?

Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your nail art turn out much better then this.

Sunday, October 21, 2012

Weekly Roundup




Random Stuff Sunday

Hello gentle readers.

Wanna see some fun cat pictures? I found some great stuff on Facebook, snagged them to share. Just to be clear, these are not mine, I am just sharing.

These are some good reasons to love Fall.


Been doing a little online dating? Looking for love in all the Internet places?


Do you run around the house fresh scrubbed? In front of your cat?



Have a terrific Sunday. I plan to.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have for you the gorgeously gorgeous OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest from their Autumn Germany collection. This is gorgeous. Seriously. Gorgeous. It is a deep purple jelly packed with a warm rosy-gold shimmer that transforms this polish, making it look vastly different depending on the light.

This is two coats and Seche Vite.




Indoors and under my OttLight this polish is burgundy velvet. Soft, almost pet-able. 
I had to slightly airbrush (in a very amateurish way) my index nail to block out the huge, distraction of a window reflection. I don't usually try to airbrush, I normally only crop, sharpen and play with saturation a little to show the colours more accurately. But that reflection was insane. It had to go. LOL



Outdoors in the sun, it turns into a deep, rich, blackened outline purple silk. 

The formula on this is pretty fantastic. Smooth and easy to apply, the polish flows off that Pro Wide brush and settles down where I place it. Finish was smooth, opaque and perfect in two coats. There was no running, pooling, bubbling or streaking. Dry time is good. This polish is intensely pigmented so keep it off of your skin, it can stain. It didn't stain my nails, tho. I wore this for four days and it was still in decent shape when I removed it. 

Do you own this polish? Like it? Think that you might want it? This collection is in wide release, right now and easy to find and make your own. 

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

Friday, October 19, 2012

Sation Polishes: Swatches and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I hope that you are well caffeinated and hydrated because this is a long post. With a ton of photographs.

Today I have some Miss Sation polishes to share with you. These polishes were sent to me by the kind people at Sation. I was cruising around on Facebook and found a post about Sation polishes and responded that seeing that post brought back memories of wearing Sation Garnet Red as my signature nail colour for a long time and how much I loved that polish. Someone at Sation contacted me and very sweetly offered to send me Garnet Red and a few other colours. I of course said yes please and received a package of six beautiful polishes.

Let's begin with the polish that started it all. This is Sation Garnet Red, part of their core collection from a long time back. This is a deep, rich red jelly; shiny, squishy and glorious. Unique? Not really. Beautiful? Most assuredly. Just seeing this beautiful polish on my nails again brings back memories of wearing it, of how pretty it always looked and the compliments I received when I wore it. It also reminds me of doing a job that I used to really love, one that, while I don't believe in going backward, do still at times, miss.

This lovely polish is shown at two coats and topped with Seche Vite.





 Next up is Sation Cotton Candy. Whoa. Dude! My first ever French Manicure was done with this opalescent pink sheer many a year ago. And when I wore a French on occasion after that, this was my pink of choice. This is two coats with Seche Vite.




 RV There Yet? This is a cool Kelly green jelly. Rich and smooth, highly pigmented and very shiny; this polish reminds me a little of New York Summer Amaranth. It has a delightful squish to it. And who doesn't love a good squish? This is two coats and Seche Vite.




And next: 3 Free-Dom. This is a light, neutral putty jelly. This shade is mannequin hands for my fair skin. This one is a little more sheer than the other colours (other than Cotton Candy) and needed three coats. Topped with Seche Vite.




Included in that little box of pretty were two of Sation's new glitters. These are beautiful mixes of glitterbomb fun. First is Can Buy Me Love. This looks like Mardi Gras in a tiny little glass bottle. In a clear base swims a mix of green, purple, blue, pink, orange in fine square, larger hex and tiny, fine bar glitter bits. The bars are tiny and fine, not at all hairy or obnoxious. I smoothed one coat of Can Buy Me Love over RV There, Yet? and topped it all off with Gelous and Seche Vite. My nails look ready to party in New Orleans.



For you purists who like to see glitter all on it's own, here is one coat on a nail wheel. Yep. Did that. 'Cause I'm a giver.



And finally, we have Miss Pro-Nup. Tiny gold squares, medium hex and large hex sequins mix and mingle with fine purple and gold glitter and sprinkled here and there are medium green pieces. The base is clear on this one, too. I decided to layer this one over Garnet Red to play up the warm gold and purple. This swatch is also topped with Gelous and Seche Vite.



And one coat on a nail wheel to show this glitter off in it's natural habitat.



Okay, no a little practical business. The bottle shape is a rounded triangular shape. It is sleek, smooth, easy to hold and very modern looking. The brush wand is moderately long and the brush is similar to tho not an exact copy of the OPI Pro Wide brush. The bristles are of average length, I imagine that they are synthetic, but I don't know for certain. The bristles are uniformly trimmed. You know I like a wide brush and this one is very nice. It is slightly softer than the OPI brush, splays out a bit more but works very well, overall.

The formula on these polishes is very nice. The jellies are smooth, silky and easy to apply and control, tho there was a little streaky-ness on the first coat, subsequent coats made everything opaque, smooth and beautiful. There was no running, pooling, dragging or bubbly nonsense. Dry time is decent.

The glitters apply pretty easily for chunky, glitterbomb goodness. The base is a little thick, needs to be to hold up all of the chunkiness. Application was pretty nice, fairly smooth, there was a little cozening required to get it even but it wasn't a ton of work. These dry pretty fast and the finish, before top coat is slightly satin matte. The finish is surprisingly smooth for a glitter of this ilk. Gelous and Seche Vite make them smooth and glossy as polished glass.

I am so pleased with these lovely polishes. In my not so humble opinion, Sation polishes are under appreciated. They are of good quality, the colours and finishes are beautiful, the formula really good. Sation recently revamped the line and redesigned their bottles. They have stepped up big time. These polishes are affordable and are available from e-tailers, some drugstores (sadly none in my area) discount retailers like TJ Maxx, salons and so forth.

What do you think of these beauties? Do you own Sation polishes? Please share.

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

*Two of these polishes were sent to me as a gift, the rest were sent to me for review. Thank you, Miss Sation.*

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

A Comparison of Taupes for Keira

Hello gentle readers.

A while back, Keira asked me if I could compare OPI You Don't Know Jacques with some similar polish colours. I would have had this up sooner but I had to order You Don't Know Jacques then Swatch them all on a nail wheel then photograph, edit and get them ready to post.

When I was digging through my stash looking for taupe polishes I was surprised at how many I have. I was going to narrow this down to just a few but I thought what the heck, just toss them all in.

I am showing these polishes on a wheel. All swatches are three coats, top coat and this photograph was shot in the sun.




I hope that this is helpful.

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

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Hot Off the Presses

Hello gentle readers.

Please enjoy this press release from Nicole by OPI featuring the new Kardashian Kolor collection for holiday 2012.



Deck the Halls…Kardashian Style


Nicole by OPI Introduces Six NEW Kardashian Kolor Holiday Glitter and Shimmer Lacquers   


Nicole by OPI announces new, limited edition Kardashian Kolor Holiday lacquers for the holiday season! Featuring six shades infused with dazzling glitters and rich shimmer, these lacquers are the essential accessory for festive fingers and toes. From rich red, deep purple and brilliant teal to shimmery gold, sparkly sliver, and multi-toned blue glitter, these spectacular shades make the perfect gift or stocking stuffer. 
“Whether celebrating the holidays traditionally at home with the entire family or jet-setting the season away, the Kardashians spread cheer with glitz and glamour, starting with their nails!” declares Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, Nicole by OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The six captivating Kardashian Kolor Holiday shades offer the perfect way to add lots of color to this joyous time of year. Wear vibrant red, purple and teal for a jewel-toned look, or glittery gold, silver, and blue glitter for a classic holiday sparkle – both important trends for the season.”
The new Kardashian Kolor Holiday nail lacquers from Nicole by OPI include:

Kardashing Through the Snow
Jingle all the way in this multi-hued glitter.

 Here We Kome A-Karoling
This deep, grape purple will make your heart sing.

 All is Glam, All is Bright
This rosy silver sparkle goes with everything.

 Keeping Up with Santa
Deep. Rich. Red. Must be Santa.

 A Gold Winter’s Night
Baby, it’s warm inside….especially in this blue-flecked gold shimmer.

 Deck the Dolls
Accessorize teal you drop!

Limited edition Kardashian Kolor Holiday shades will be available November 2012 for $7.99 each in the U.S. at select Target, KMart, ULTA, CVS, Meijer, Sears, Kroger, H-E-B, Duane Reade, Fred Meyer, Giant Eagle, Harmon, and Winn-Dixie locations.  In Canada, these lacquers will be retailed for $10.99 each in Shoppers Drug Mart, Loblaw, and Jean Coutu.
For more information, visit nicolebyopi.com. Follow Nicole by OPI on Twitter @NicoleByOPI and become a Facebook fan!

About Nicole by OPI:
Nicole by OPI offers a salon-quality range of bold, fashion-forward nail lacquers. The brand’s heritage is based in OPI’s well-established foundation of excellence in both color and technology, providing premium products to a broad range of consumers looking for trendsetting nail lacquers.

See anything you like? Anything that strikes your fancy? I would love to see swatches so that I can select my faves. 

Thank you for reading.