14 September 2014

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday is fantastic. In the bottle it didn't really do much for me, but I'm so glad I picked it up anyway. It's like candied apples made from mixed berries and wine. It's a beautiful colour and a subtle shimmer, and yeah, I'm fawning. My heart hearts it.

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday swatch

This is three coats of OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday. The formula, not surprisingly for OPI, was smooth. Easy to spread and to control. It has a shimmer that really comes out in the sunlight, and in dimmer light, it contributes to a beautiful "candy apple" sheen.

OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday swatch

Usually after about a day and a half of wearing a certain polish I start feeling like it's time for a change. I've been wearing OPI Thank Glogg It's Friday for about four days now and haven't felt that way at all. If you're on the fence at all about this one, I say go for it!

12 September 2014

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss is a gorgeously dusty cornflower/periwinkle blue crelly that I picked up on a whim, then fell totally in love with...

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss swatch

The first coat seemed a little thin, but then, I wasn't aware at first that it was a crelly (and it's on the jelly side of crelly at that). It was very easy to control, though, and built up nicely, leveling well with no pulling or streaks.

Pure Ice Kissy Kiss swatch

While I did three coats of Kissy Kiss for the camera, two was probably well sufficient for daily wear. This shade of blue might lobster me a bit...or a lot...but I flat out do not care. It's beautiful, and I heart it to little bits.

11 September 2014

Pure Ice Shore Bet

Pure Ice Shore Bet is a soft, sandy (yeeks, I see what I did there) neutral with flattering, grey undertones. It's taupe, ecru, beige, mushroom, whatever; it's awesome.

Pure Ice Shore Bet swatch

It had a great formula too! Smooth and easy in two coats, with no streaking or patchiness.

Pure Ice Shore Bet swatch

This is exactly the kind of neutral I love the mostest and keep finding myself hoarding backups of backups... Definitely getting a backup or two of Pure Ice Shore Bet!

09 September 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Ovarian Cancer Awareness

September is Ovarian Cancer and Polycistic Ovarian Syndrome Awareness month, and the Twinsies are sporting teal nails today in honour of these causes. My automatic impulse was to do some teal flowers for the occasion, but I managed to steer myself in a slightly different direction...

teal vines nail art

Already wearing Sinful Colors Rendezvous from the day before, I got out my acrylic paints and painted some tiny, leafy vines in white and darker teal. Or possibly seaweed.  Couldn't swear they aren't beanstalks. Whatever they actually are, they looked really, really cute at arm's length.

teal vines nail art

Unfortunately I managed to ding the ring finger beyond repair, so it got an impromptu Saran Wrap makeover. Over a base of Sinful Colors Wisp (which had a MUCH better formula than Rendezvous!) I did a quick coat of Jesse's Girl Sea Glass, then mashed it with some wadded up Saran Wrap to remove most of the teal before it could dry. It's such a simple technique, and the results are always so cool. Not sure how good at match it is for the sea-vines, but every now and then, needs must.

Along with regular check-ups and early detection, information is one of our very strongest allies against ovarian cancer and PCOS. To learn more about symptoms and treatment, please visit ovarian.org or pcosaa.org, and for more teal nails, stop in and visit some of the other Tuesday Twinsies!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Casey at Casey Lane Loves Polish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Erin at Paint Those Piggies
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined & Polished
Lisa at The Polish Playground
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished to Precision
Traci at Drink Citra

07 September 2014

Blue Flowers on Vain-illa

I was so eager to get my hands on OPI You're So Vain-illa for a couple of reasons. One, Diet Coke with Vanilla was one of the great loves of my life (years later, I'm still heartbroken that it's not on the market anymore). Two, I just knew it was going to be a great base for nail art!

blue flower nail art

Unfortunately my swatch pictures of Vain-illa were a total mess, and I can't even tell you how much I'm missing my tools and lightbox and everything at home. But while I've been "winging it" on the road for so long, I've been so lucky to spend all this extra time with my grandparents, and that part has been FANTASTIC.

blue flower nail art

So yeah, I put some flowers on my fingernails! I was wearing a royal blue top this day, and they looked all kinds of cute together. And hey, my new acrylic paints and brushes seem to be working out well, so big-time yay for that! Still no idea when I'm going to get home, but I'm having a great time where I am.

06 September 2014

Sinful Colors Rendezvous

Soft, Tiffany-esque teals always, always stop me dead in my tracks, so when I spied a ginormous display of Sinful Colors Sinful Shine shades, I zeroed right in on Rendezvous. And then I bought some others too. But Rendezvous was easily my top pick of the bunch!

sinful colors rendezvous swatch

This is three coats of Sinful Colors Rendezvous (with top coat). The Sinful Shine line was apparently a Walgreens-exclusive collection last year, but I picked these up a couple of weeks ago at Wal-Mart. How much do I love this colour?!  So, so pretty. Crazy-high marks for pretty. Formula, however...not so much.

Sinful Shine comes "with Gel Tech," but I don't know what that actually means. It seems like every brand needs to have a gel line these days, and I'm never sure which ones are trying to be a real 14-day gel manicure-like application and which ones are just throwing the term "gel" in there name because it's the current thing. But whatever Gel Tech means I'm not sure it's doing Rendezvous any favours.

sinful colors rendezvous swatch

The first coat was patchy and streaky, and I needed a good three coats to get an even application. The polish was thin and runny; strangely, it was also stringy and thick. So, worst of both worlds. All three worlds, in fact, because the dry time was terrible too. I have worn this polish twice now and gave it well over an hour to dry both times, and both times I woke up with sheet marks.

The display boasts that these shades are shinier than a patent leather shoe, and while I don't have any patent leather handy for a comparison, I can easily give it a "Wow, that is some shine!" Tons and tons of shine. The shine is AWESOME. Unfortunately I needed top coat to smooth those sheet marks, so it didn't get to be shiny on its own.

Hopefully the other Sinful Shines I picked up will have a better formula. Rendezvous is so beautiful and really does shine like crazy, but for all that I love this exact, amazing colour, I don't see myself wearing it very often.

04 September 2014

butter LONDON Lady Muck

Surprise awesomeness, when I drove up to Ulta, they were having, basically, a buy-one-get-TWO sale on some of their older butter LONDON polishes, which landed several great, new shades in my collection, including lovely Lady Muck.

butter london lady muck swatch

This is three coats of butter LONDON Lady Muck. The first coat was thin, sort of patchy and streaky. I'll admit the formula wasn't all that great--it was somehow thin but thick at the same time, and it got a lot of help from some rushed top coat to level out. I haven't seen that in other reviews, though, so maybe it's just my bottle/batch? Whatever the reason, the results were so nice that I ain't even mad.

butter london lady muck swatch

butter LONDON Lady Muck reminds me very much of one of my all-time favourites, China Glaze Sea Spray, all greyed-out cornflower blue with that super-fine shimmer that gives it a...I'm not even sure how to describe it...a sort of pearl-ish, candy coating of prettiness. I may do a comparison post when I get home to my beloved Sea Spray, but at a glance I'd say that Lady Muck is a little darker and more blue.

Ooh, note to self: If they were running a sale on bL to make room for new ones, they may have...some new ones! Time to head back to Ulta!
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