Saturday, October 6, 2012

Nail Foils! Rainbow Swirl

I recently purchased some foils off of ebay and oh my god I am so happy with them. Pictured below is the foils at day 2 and day 3. How did they last this long, you ask!? I used Nfu Oh's aquabase as a topcoat. Two coats of that to form a decent barrier for the 1 coat of WnW regular topcoat to give it a smooth, strong finish. I put OPI's Just Spotted the Lizard on under it, but when I do it again I might use something else.

I made a few mistakes as you can see, but all in all it wasn't that hard and I'll get better. I also made a bit of a tutorial, which you can watch here.


Monday, October 1, 2012

Butterfly fails

Okay, it was a good try, bad brush, me not doing nail art like ever, and WnW black creme not being thick enough. Also my hands are hella shaky. No bueno. :( But it looks good from far away!

Enkelini Violet Soul
WnW Black Creme
WnW Fast Dry Silvivor
Poshe topcoat (which dulled the holo a bit, obvs).


Friday, September 28, 2012

Enkelini Violet Soul

I posted a cruddy pic of this one a while back and figured it needed a better review. Violet Soul is a seriously saturated, seriously holo, seriously gorgeous spectraflair holo. It's an awesome shade of PURPLE. Not magenta, not indigo, just PURPLE. I absolutely love it.

One of the great things about the stronger holos is that they are also holo indoors. This one is. The bottom picture is in shade, however. But what I like about this polish is that even without direct light, it still retains its strong purple color, instead of being washed out. Enkelini polishes can be purchased off of Etsy. Ciao~

Monday, September 24, 2012

Jade Magia Negra and some comparisons

Heya. Gonna be short and sweet today since I don't want to prattle on too much. Jade Magia Negra is the blackest of the holoest black holos, if that makes any sense. It's basically the best one, so I bought it from NinjaPolish.

Amazing. Here, I've compared it to CC Revvolution (which is gunmetal, not black) in the middle, and Darling Diva's Dreamy Holo topcoat over black on the right.
Revvvolution looks like it's dulled over the years, but when I looked up online swatches, nah, it was just never that strong. Anyway, for blackness and holoness, the topcoat over the black cream was best, but Magia Negra is smoother and more linear.

In related news, Darling Diva has a polish called Space Beetle that I want, but can't afford right now. Plus, I have her Ringer, Dangerous Driver and Dreamy, so I wanted to see if I could do it myself since it's basically the black version of Dangerous Driver.
The left is Dangerous Driver over black, and the right is Ringer over Magia Negra. DD on black wins, obviously. Obsessin averted! Ciao~

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Zoya Julieanne

So while I was out at Ulta, waiting for them to find Chic Reloaded, I perused the nail polish section. They were low on pretty much every brand, but I did spy Zoya Mimi there. I had seen it a lot online and figured it was a good buy though I never really wanted it 'enough' at the time. It was glitzy and purple, though, and I did like that. But it seems to me that most loud purples are either loud because they are very blue or loud because they are very magenta. I want PURPLE. Just. Purple.

One row above Mimi was the lovely Juilieanne. A touch darker, but much cooler without being blue or indigo. Yes. 'Indigo' not 'Purple'. Sorry I'm just a ... word Nazi (?) and I can't stand making up a word for something that already exists. Anyway. Juilieanne is a shiny purple glass fleck with a weak but visible green duochrome, which is awesome because I love purple with a touch of green.

The application was a breeze, though the popularity of wide brushes in polishes made the Zoya brush seem really small. But whatever! It went on smooth and had a really aces formula. I dinged my index and ring finger something awful, then used a non-fast dry topcoat... and then at some point had my head against my nails too long or something afterwards and so I achieved ultimate WTFery of those nails, because I am so cool.... :p


Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Essence: Chic Reloaded and Oil slick comparisons

GOSH. I feel like I live in the last city to get anything. I literally had to STALK this polish! My Ulta had had an emptyish Essence display for a while, so I knew they were waiting for the new bottles to come out. I called them over a week ago, they didn't know when they'd get them. Ok, cool. I call a week after, they say they'll get them after Sunday, when their new flyer comes out. Monday I go to the store...

No new bottles.

So I had to ask one of the associates and she had to ask in the back and then someone else came and searched through some of the shipment boxes that were out and about and voila! There it was. Had the display been set up I might've picked up Grey-t to be here as well, but I didn't really passionately want it like I wanted Chic Reloaded, and I felt bad enough that this woman had gone digging. I know it's her job, but eh... I also wanted to get home.

Chic Reloaded went on super smooth, and I love the brush. I haven't used Essence polishes before so I don't know if this is new, but the cap feels *good* in your hand, and the brush is excellent. It's perfectly sized (to me), flat with a rounded end. Some people think the new caps look cheap, but I don't, and they also don't *feel* cheap. Plus they have a little 'e' in the middle and look totally cute. AND THEY MATCH THE POLISH. So fly.

This is like Borghese Stellare Notte, but it is darker.. in a way. When I first saw this I thought it was closer to black than the Borghese, but it really isn't. The polish itself DOES have a blacker base (it's a very warm red/brown sort of black) but after Stellare Notte comes up to opacity you'll see that it's not actually darker. It is mainly a strong green duochrome that shifts to a reddish purple. The duochrome in this is VERY strong in comparison to its sibling.

Here is the  comparison. This is Wet n' Wild Fastdry Gray's Anatomy, Zoya Ki, Borghese Stellare Notte, Essence Chic Reloaded and for good measure, Nubar Peacock Feathers.

I wanted to show you the direction change in the polishes. Gray's Anatomy, Ki and Peacock Feathers are purple to green while Stellare Notte and Chic Reloaded are green to purple. As you can see, Chic Reloaded is very *warm* compared to Stellare Notte, and is also the stronger duochrome of the two. Stellare Notte is also blue at times, but Chic Reloaded is so warm that instead of being blue between the fuchsia and the green it's more silvery.

Here is the picture of the bases, so you can see what I mean. Chic Reloaded is quite dark on the first coat, but Stellare Notte isn't, because it has a grey-blue base that's a bit more sheer. These two are pretty similar, but not dupes. If you don't have either and you want more wow factor, go for Chic Reloaded. I like having both, though. Might do some tone-on-tone stamping, one day. Ciao!

PS: For some reason Blogger, buggy thing that it is, won't let me leave comments on other blogs, or even my own. So if you've commented and I've ignored you, sorry! I tried. :/ Blogger just wants me to be forever alone. :p