19 August 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Classic

So as I mentioned at the end of my last post, my trip to the States is lasting a lot longer than originally planned. All my nail stuff is in Hong Kong. I am in Mississippi. No camera or white box, no computer (thanks for use of the laptop, Grandfather!), and my cuticles look exactly like I've been on the road for weeks. But at this point it's either wing it with what I have on hand or put DMN on hiatus for, like, a month. And I don't wanna go on hiatus. Hello there, winging it!

This week's Twinsie Tuesday theme is Classic, and I had such an awesome polish all swatched and ready to go for the occasion. However, what with the extreme case of winging it, I shall now present a tribute to that "classic" handheld gaming system from back in the day, the Rubik's Cube.


Salon Perfect Ruby's Cubes swatch

See what I did there? Yeah, I'm not proud. But I do love this polish! This is Salon Perfect Ruby's Cubes (over Rimmel London Hot Black To Go), and it is ADORBS. It's a glitter topper filled to bursting with matte squares in all the classic Rubik's colours...though I noticed that the orange isn't as brightly orange as the original puzzle's shade, and I totally approve because the colour combination totally works exactly as is. This is just one coat of Ruby's Cubes with a teeny bit of extra dabbed to fill in at cuticles and whatnot, and while I did need to moosh the glitter around a little to break up some clumping, it was refreshingly easy to get plenty of glitter per stroke without it trying to slide off the edge of the nail. High marks, and now I'm totally looking forward to trying the other Salon Perfect glitters I picked up along with Ruby's Cubes!

"Classic" puzzle game is probably about as cheaty as it gets, and I'm sure my fellow Twinsies have some actual Classics in store for the theme. In the meantime, please bear with me while I keep on winging it!


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

16 August 2014

Color Club For You

I'm so surprised I haven't seen more swatches of Color Club For You because it's totally adorable!

Color Club For You swatch

More and more, the major brands ("Major Brands...") are embracing the yogurt, indie look, which I think is all kinds of awesome. Case in point, For You. Clearly reminiscent of Pretty & Polished Jawbreaker, this white jelly polish contains a kaleidoscope of coloured glitters--small indigo and aqua blues and larger red, yellow, and lavender hexes, with a sprinkling of teeny glitters too.

I'm wearing two coats of Color Club For You here over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Application was a breeze, no dabbing needed for great, even glitter coverage...though it's kinda cracking me up how the yellows and reds decided to split into teams here, but random is random.

Color Club For You swatch

For You's glitter is nicely suspended, and the finish isn't chunky at all--one coat of SV made it nice and smooth. I'm sure it's a looker under a matte top too! I just happened to see this one on a recent shopping trip without hearing about it beforehand, so I have no idea how new it is or what the rest of its collection is like (except for the other one I bought... ;p), but I'm so glad to have spotted it!


NOTE: This is the last post I scheduled before I headed out of town, and I was supposed to be home several days ago. However, the trip is going to be a LOT longer than originally planned. Hoping not to put DMN on hiatus until I get home, so we'll see if I can figure out how to post from the road. Fingers crossed!

14 August 2014

Zoya Maria Luisa on Pistachio

I bought Zoya Maria Luisa when it first came out as part of the fall 2013 collection, thinking I was going to take it home and wear it immediately, but I kept waffling about what polish I thought it'd look best with. I didn't ever put it in the Big Box o' Untrieds (where legend says one can also find the Loch Ness Monster and the remains of Jimmy Hoffa), but for some reason I just couldn't pull the trigger on Maria Luisa's first outing until...

Zoya Maria Luisa swatch

This is just one coat of Zoya Maria Luisa over Skinfood Pistachio, and wow, was this a pairing worth waiting for. I was already super-smitten with Pistachio, and these gorgeous, golden flakes are so pretty on top! And then I added the matte top coat, and everything went all dreamy, and I think I started to purr.

Zoya Maria Luisa swatch

Maria Luisa is a little brassier in the bottle than the golds I usually choose, but it's so delicate and easy to apply and a wonderful compliment to so many shades--and it's positively made for matte top coat! Really glad I finally picked a partner for it. It's going to look amazing with this fall's colours too!

12 August 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Inspired by a Book

Happy Twinsie Tuesday! For this week's "inspired by a book" theme I had this whole nail art thing I wanted to do, and then reality said, "Dude. You are getting on a plane in less than a day. You just finished reading the book for the eleventy jillionth time, and your dreamy, new polish is sitting right here. Save the nail art, and embrace the pretty." And oh my gosh, the pretty!!

Dollish Polish Expecto Patronum swatch

Unmistakably inspired by Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, this is Dollish Polish Expecto Patronum. It's a yogurt, a white, jelly/crelly base teeming with sprinkles of teeny, darker blue glitter and medium glitters in the prettiest shade of teal-tinted aqua blue. And in case that's not quite enough, the aqua glitters also flare holographic in the light (a feature my camera decided to overlook, but you can see one little glitter that could, in the photo above, for a hint of the sparkle that was peeking through the milky base).

If you go by the book alone, you might expect a little more silver in this beautiful concoction, but when you add the movie to the mix, it's a wonderfully fitting tribute to the Expecto Patronum spell and to the patronus, the protector it conjures to drive the Dementors away...



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Prisoner of Azkaban is probably my favourite book in a series that continues to captivate me, no matter how many times I read it. I was nervous about getting my hopes up too high for Expecto Patronum, given how many extra coats I always seem to need with a lot of polishes, but it went on so smoothly and easily, and three coats gave me wonderful coverage. Just two will be great for a lot of people. So, super pretty and a good formula too!


Dollish Polish Expecto Patronum swatch


I just recently ordered Expecto Patronum and some other great yogurts from Dollish Polish. For more book-inspired nails, please check out some of my fellow Twinsies' blogs, and if you haven't read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, omigosh, doooo eeeet! Seriously, that "eleventy jillion" is only a slight exaggeration.




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

10 August 2014

Skinfood AGR01 Pistachio

The last time I hoofed it over to the Skinfood in Causeway Bay, they'd stopped carrying nail polish, and I was so, so bummed. And then suddenly there was a new Skinfood counter at the mall across the way (not to be confused with the mall I live on top of...I am surrounded by mall-ness). And not only does this counter carry polishes; there was a new collection all front and center, and I could not resist Pistachio.

Skinfood Pistachio swatch

Oh my GOSH! Dusty and creamy and olive teal sage and sweet merciful gorgeousness I love it! From the Vita Nail line, the Queen's Baking Collection, this is AGR01 Pistachio, and it is utterly, wonderfully fabulous. Like the other Vitas I've tried, it applied creamy-smooth and was easy to control. Great pigmentation, and the colour is totally modern and totally retro at the same time.

Skinfood Pistachio swatch

Yeah, I am absolutely going to hit that counter for more of the Queen's Baking shades. I'm at a little bit of a loss for what else to say because I'm basically tongue-tied and smitten. Nutshell is I LOVE.

07 August 2014

Silver Foil Comparison

Fully smitten with OPI This Gown Needs a Crown, I wanted to see how it compared to the other silver foils in the stable, so, I compared them. True story! My lineup includes the aforementioned Miss Universe OPI, Zoya Trixie, Orly Dazzle, and Bandi Metallic Silver.

silver foil comparison swatches

Even at a glance it's easy to see how different This Gown's finish is from the other silvers; while a foil, it dries to a suede, matte finish that sparkles as it diffuses the light. The other three shine (as opposed to being matte) and are more reflective. This is especially true of the middle two, the Zoya and the Orly, which aren't a smooth, chrome reflection, but they're definitely the smoothest of the bunch. Between those two I didn't see any major differences ("Major Differences..."), but if I had to nitpick I'd say that Dazzle is slightly more reflective while Trixie lies a little smoother, levels itself a little better.


The Bandi is actually a sort of midpoint between the OPI and the others, only the formula is much thinner--it needed at least one full coat more than the others to reach the opacity they showed at 2-3 coats. All four polishes applied like a buttery dream and were easy to control.

Top coat doesn't change the appearance of the "other three" polishes, beyond adding that bit of finish it always does, but when I hit OPI This Gown Needs a Crown with some, I literally exclaimed, "Sha-ZAM!" Because I am exactly that dorky and because it is exactly. that. incredible.

silver comparison post swatches


Of course it occurs to me at the precise minute I start writing up these notes that I still have OPI My Signature is "DC" on my VERY NEAR FUTURE shopping list. A sane person might say, "Hmm, but you have four great silver foils right here. You don't actually need that new one, do you?" Happily, sanity and I are nodding acquaintances at best.

BUY ALL THE SILVERS!

05 August 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Favourite Holo

Trying to pick a favourite holo for this week's TT theme was like...watch and be amazed as I totally date myself here...trying to pick the cutest guy in Duran Duran. I mean, I was always a Nick girl, but Simon, Roger, Andy, John...there was no bad to be found in that lineup of awesome. Likewise, it was all but impossible to pick my one favourite holo, so I decided I would go back to my first.

OPI DS Extravagance swatch

OPI DS Extravagance was the very first holo I swatched, back when DMN was in its infancy. In fact, it was only my 5th post, which definitely shows, so I'm glad for a good reason to re-swatch this beauty.

OPI DS Extravagance swatch

I am every bit as in love with Extravagance as I was way back when; time and all the fantastic holo polishes since have in no way dimmed my appreciation for this scattered holographic beauty that absolutely deserves to wear the special, silver cap. DS Extravagance looks like luscious, juicy berries (I mean, if berries threw off sparkling, rainbow shimmer that dazzled in the sun). It features glorious coverage in just two coats (says the compulsive 3-coater), and it still applies like freaking butter.

OPI DS Extravagance swatch

If you come across OPI DS Extravagance, I highly recommend you treat yo self. It is absolutely, dadgum BRILLIANT.

Looking forward to seeing my fellow Twinsies' favourite holo polishes!



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

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