27 November 2012

Twinsie Tuesday: Oldest Polish

The TT theme today is our oldest polish, and I have a tie on my hands (ugh, that is such a horrible, unintentional pun, but imma leave it. forgive me.). Five and a half years ago I wasn't that into nail polish. I wore acrylics for a while, then switched to gel, so the few polishes I owned then didn't make the journey with us when we moved to the other side of the planet. Once I realised I wanted to change my nails more often than my gels needed, though, I started collecting polishes of my own again, slowly at first, until it exploded into the full-blown and no doubt healthy obsession it is today.

The first polishes I picked up, maybe four and a half years ago, were from the drugstore downstairs, and the only polishes they had then were by a brand called Australis. I grabbed the two brightest ones I saw, which turned out to be foils (not that I knew what that was), and since they tie for my oldest polish I decided to wear them together as a gradient.

foil gradient nails

I'd forgotten how incredibly brilliant these colours are! The orange on my tips is called Orange Crystals, and the pink is...I couldn't even guess, other than maybe Pink Crystals, because the label is long gone. And checking the Australis website didn't help; their polishes don't even come in the same bottles anymore.

foil gradient nails

I expect both of these to find their way back into my ever-expanding rotation, but I don't see myself doing a gradient with them again. First, because I'd forgotten just what a pain cleaning up a foil gradient can be, and second, because while I love this manicure to pieces close-up, the orange and pink actually blended into each other so smoothly that just from an arm's length away I can't even tell they're two separate colours anymore. Still, I was definitely impressed at how well these applied. Very even first coat that built up nicely, and the sparkle off these foils is amazing. Would totally try Australis again.

Memory Lane was a pretty short stroll for me. I'm betting some of other Twinsies' polishes date back a whole lot farther!


Amanda at Amandalandish
Anna at Going to the Showing
Anne at Grape Fizz Nails
Ashley at Art Evolve
Brandi at The Collegiate Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
ChiChi at I'm Just Me...ChiChi
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jenn at All That is Gorgeous...
Jenna at I'm Still Thinking...
Katherine at Haul of Fame
Maribeth at Obsessive Cosmetic Hoarders Unite
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Meredith at Polish and Charms
Nory at Fierce Makeup and Nails
Rachel at Top Coat It
Sarah at See Sarah Swatch
Tara at Polishy of Truth

35 comments:

  1. I actually like how well they graduate into one another. Maybe if you used white underwear they'd be more distinct..?

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  2. I really love this! Great job with the gradient and incorporating both of your oldest polishes ;)

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  3. Beautiful Elizabeth! I love these 2 colors together, gradients are so lovely.

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  4. I think the photos at least shows the gradient well - but the most fun part was to read about your nail journey LOL

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  5. This is so gorgeous!!! Your gradient is perfect! I'm with you about the clean up though. Such a pain. Maybe the foil method would work here.

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    1. Marisa, thank you!! It wasn't just the removal (but yeah, foil would probably help a lot with that!) but the clean-up just to finish them, all the little particles that got sponged into the edges were a nightmare. >_<

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  6. 5 years is still pretty old! This looks amazing!

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  7. Oh fun theme - I know my oldest polish is an old CND or might be a bit older Este Lauder from the mid 80's - both are cream - the CND is a darker terra cotta and the EL is one called Adobe that I wore instantly in the 80s and into the early 90's and would love to find a new company putting out a shade like this and I have looked - colors come back around so I know it will make a resurgence...I am starting to some of the dusty ash rose/mauve rose shades coming in again and those were urber popular right at the same time as the terra cottas.

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    1. It is funny to see how colours go out and back in again...that's why I'm definitely going to be hanging on to my "out" shades from now on--you never know when things are going to shift again and bring 'em back!

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  8. This is awesome such a beautiful gradient!

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  9. The formulas are great considering they are 4.5 years old!

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    1. I was really surprised by that--thanks, Jenni! :D

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  10. That is such a cute story! I remember what my first nail polish was, because I only got it last year :D

    I was a serious nail biter and had the ugliest nubs. Last year, I was really concerned about that, I didn't like how my hands looked AT ALL but couldn't stop biting. My mom suggested me to wear acrylics, because that helped my sis break the habit, so I did. On the first couple weeks I just got my nail polished at the salon (french manis, blegh).

    Then one day, as randomly as could be, my mom hands me a tiny mini bottle of nail polish (that came as a promo with the laudry detergent lol). I LOVED the color! It was a creme mix of purple and pink. I had no idea what it was, but I loved it.

    It took me a couple months, but I figured out what it was. Essie Splash of Grenadine, which is still one of my favorite shades :) (I'm half-way through the bottle!)

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    1. Just a year ago? Wow! How random, coming with the laundry detergent! Sounds like your mom's suggestion worked too! =)

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    2. Yup, just a year. I went from 0 to 70 polishes lol. I've slowed down on my purchases a lot lately (mainly because for storage issues. I still want all the colors lol)

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    3. Haha, I know what you mean! I reeeeeally meant to slow down after I got my first Helmer this summer, but I'm already thinking about Helmer #2. It's not my fault they keep making pretty things!!! >_<

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  11. This is such a pretty gradient! The two colors go so well together. :-)

    ~ Yun

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  12. I really like the look of this, it's as if it has the effect of temperature changing polish.

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    1. Oh, wow, I hadn't even noticed that--thanks, ChiChi!!

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  13. These are both gorgeous! I love the way they sparkle. :)

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    1. Thank you, Chelsea! Man, in person? The sparkle is in. sane. :D

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