Friday, August 31, 2012

Picture Polish Mask-a-rade



When I saw this over at Scrangie I have to admit I got pretty excited. I hunted it down and bought a bottle, only to find out afterward that it is soon to be discontinued. Phew! Normally I am way late to the party on these things and I miss out entirely. Picture polish is  made up of small multichrome particles , so there are always about two or three colors in a given area. It has a clear base. On to the pictures!



Here is the indoors pic I took the day before, when I was SO sure I wouldn't see any sun this week thanks to the tropical storm. FYI this is two coats of Mask-a-rade over a jelly black, with topcoat.


My verdict? Totally awesome. This has a lot of cool tones before shifting- blue, purple, and a little teal. Then it goes to purples and pinks, and then to gold and orange and a bit of lime green.

Thursday, August 30, 2012

Happy thoughts! Barielle Shannon's Attitude

Well I thought I had finished posting for today but then I remembered that I still had to show this!

Now, a little gripe: Barielle is AWFUL at showing you what their polishes look like! This is what they say Shannon's Attitude looks like:
And this is what it looks like in the bottle and on the nail:


This polish is a fuchsia-purple jelly with tiny holo glitter and medium sized bar glitter, not a pearly light purple with silver foil bars in it.:P Anyway, I'm so glad I got this! It's horrendously cute and garish, and it reminds me of my childhood. I'm sure I had a few toys or play accessories that matched this- you know the stuff; transparent plastic with glitter in it? And I was so obsessed with holographic stickers when I was a kid, too. I absolutely love how this looks like rainbows trapped in a bottle!





Shannon's Attitude is, as I said, a jelly- the goopy, Nfu-Oh type, and so it builds very easily. This is three coats, I think. I might layer it over something to make it purple-er, but honestly I'd never put it over a solid color. I like my jellies to stay see-through, so I'd probably put it over a jelly purple.

I love love love this polish. It's just too awful not to adore.

Ludurana Emocionante

I've always loved duo/multichromes, but I think there can only be so many, as far as shift is concerned. Orangey-red to green is a main one, and really, the only changes in the shift of a multichrome are where in the spectrum it falls and in which direction.

That being said, it's soo nice to find a multichrome that does everything I could want. I was going to buy HITS: Artsy, but HITS polishes are not 3-free, and in our toxic world, I try to do my best to avoid harmful chemicals. And either way, it's not like you can't make a great polish without them, since most main companies do, and that doesn't affect the price.

Anyway, Emocianante is an eggplant purple with a blue flash. The polish itself goes from purple to wine-pink to orange and gold, and is tinged with chartreuse in some lights. The pink/orange shift is really strong, and so it's often like having a sunset on your fingertips, with the bottoms being blue and purple, still.

The formula was thin, as is common, but very easy to manipulate, dried well, and was smooth as glass. As an added bonus, these polishes have a violet scent to them. It's not strong or obnoxious, either. Now, on to the gorgeous pictures.



As you can see, unlike a lot of other polishes, this polish is EXACTLY on the nail as it is in the bottle. There is no disappointment.  As an aside, this polish has no base color, and is only comprised of the pigment particles. I loved this and it wore very well. I was sad to take it off. ;(

Ciao~



Thursday, August 23, 2012

Unicorn Piss at last! PICSPAM

SO finally here's my review of two... and-a-hal Clarins 230 dupes I bought from Etsy along with some other polishes. From pinkie to thumb we have:

2 coats of Darling Diva's Ringer (it's not). It's incredibly sheer with weak pigment and a non existent base coat. Of course at the price you can use it as a topper, but I really wouldn't buy this again. However, I don't *regret* my purchase, since Unicorn Piss is Unicorn Piss, i.e. always fantastic to have.

2 coats of Darling Diva's Dangerous Driver which was featured on its own in an earlier post. Same weak shift, same weak base color, nice holo, though.

2 coats of Darling Diva's Dreamy spectraflair holo topcoat. I purchased it because I thought it would be thin enough to wear over black without turning it grey, but as you'll see later it isn't. However, this isn't a big deal, as I'll cut it with some clear polish later. A very nice, smooth holo, otherwise.

2 coats of Enkelini's Lucky You! And man do I feel that way! I love this polish. It is the best Clarin's dupe I've come across, and at this price? Pfff. No contest. It's a touch thick, but it goes on smooth and builds like a jelly should. There's great, fiery shift with this one.

2 coats of Enkelini's Capybara's Jungle on the thumb. It seems to be a dupe of Ozotic 528. I'm rather fond of it, and will feature it as a mani later.

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And here they all are over black. In this set it is:
Pinkie: Lucky You
Ring: Ringer
Middle: Dangerous Driver
Index: Dreamy
Thumb: Capybara's Jungle

Ciao~



Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Green Swatches

Todays post is a skittles style swatch... and also a short story.

So I've Lemmniged OPI At Your Quebec And Call for a long time. I discovered it along with two purples (also HTF) when I got into polish, and by that time they'd been off shelves for years. Saaaadness! But fortune smiled upon me. One day, for reasons I can't remember, I was in an Albertson's near my house that I NEVER shop at. And for reasons I can't remember, I walked down the cosmetics aisle. There, in one of those innocuous white bins used for random markdown items, was a handful of polish. A red OPI, and two other colors. What were they? OH DEAR GOD! None other than AYQAC and Catherine the Grape! Catherine is one of the other two polishes I was lemming..ing (along with Pikaki Phakakta Plum). Man did I EVER buy both polishes! They were like $1.99! Absolutely amazing.

In any event, I will swatch both ATQAC and CTG later on their own, but sadly (sorta) I must tell you  now I did some fiddling with CTG to make it a bit bluer ad duskier like Phakakta Plum. Anywho, this set of skittles is from left to right: OPI At Your Quebec And Call, OPI Just Spotted The Lizard, Wet n' Wild Carribean Frost and Sprinkles (by WNW) Peacock. Peacock was terribly hard to remove (too bad I didn't know about the glue!) but amusingly enough, the sticker on the bottom with the barcode and ingredients within says "Use Protection". lol what? These were two coats each.
I have no idea how I managed to get such a blurry shot.
 
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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Glitter removal!! ZOMG



I will have a post for you ladies tomorrow, but I just had to share this news from PrettyPurplePolish, garnered by her friend Michelle at Lab Muffin. They use wood glue as a peel off base for glitters! I almost don't want to know this because evil removal is a small part of why I don't own many glitters. That and the fact that I don't like most of them.. but still! Looks like one of my indie glitters will get reworn after all. Here's the post~


Wednesday, August 15, 2012

So, I am normally all out of whack with keeping up with polish releases. I don't feel bad about that- I just have different things that I spend my time doing. However, when I saw OPI's Germany collection over at Scrangie I knew I had to pick up Every Month is Oktoberfest. I was sold on the plumness in the blue base. Of course, it reaches bottle color (more red) in three coats, which is why I only used two here:
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In other news, let me show you one of my new Indie polishes. It's called Dangerous Driver (a very understandable name!) and it's sold by Darling Diva Polish on Etsy. It's listed as a holo version of Clarins 230, which is and isn't accurate. It isn't because the color shift particles are overwhelmed by the holo particles, for the same reason that it *is* like 230: It's thin as all get out. I don't like to layer my multi/duochromes over black because that often wipes out the base color; the deal with multichromes is that there are only so many shifts, so ideally you end up with a bunch of overly similar polishes if you layer them all over black. However, this one took like 4 to 5 coats to get to bottle color! There is still some VNL, but as stated before that doesn't bother me. The formula was very easy to apply, however, doesn't seem to be chipping despite the length of my nails and how much I type, and the bottom line is that it's still a holo and I still love it.

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indoors, sorry for the blurry pic.

So as you can see, the color shift is mild. However, it is a tad stronger than these pics can show. Ain't that just the way of things? Stay tuned, because I have a few polishes I picked up in my forever-long absence that I realized I have not taken NOTDs of, and also more Unicorn Piss!
Ciao~



Wednesday, August 8, 2012

What's up

So here's a follow up to my last post. Anyone still out there? lol. Y'all'll notice eventually.

Anyway, here's Violet Soul. I got it from Enkelini on Etsy. It's a super vivid purple holo, and WHAT a holo it is! These pics don't show its full awesomeness, but the mani is from weeks ago and I don't feel like wearing it again just yet.. but I did want to show you.

It has like no issues with streaks, but the formula is a bit thicker than what I'm used to with holos. The upside is that, like I said, it was waaayyy less draggy and wore unusually well. This is two coats.





On a whim I picked up Nina Ultra Pro Purple-Xing. Eh, not much to say- I didn't feel one way or the other about it. I was a bit underwhelmed, but the formula built nicely and was very much a jelly. The playful glitter and nice juicy finish probably will lend well to gradient manis later on. This is only two coats, because I don't mind VNL and I hate removing glitters.


I do have other polishes from Enkelini and another seller, Darling Diva from Etsy, but I'll save those for later. Spoiler? Unicorn piss! For now, take a look at this GORGEOUS polish from Girly Bits!
Aasjdjg. It's a jelly! And there's fine glitter! This has so much going on. Now when I got my bottle, I felt like the formula was different from what I had seen online from earlier batches. There was SO MUCH GLITTER that you couldn't see any black at all. A little frown-worthy but that just means I got more for my money, right? I topped off the bottle (there wasn't much room at all- it was almost entirely full) with a black jelly franken I had around and that seemed to make it better. It has purple and green glitter, some gold, some (holo?) blue, and a little pink, topped of with LOTS of holo glitter. Take a look at a blurry pic-

Holy jank! I mean, that's just crazy. It's so glamorous, faceted and deep. I absolutely love it.

By the way, you may have noticed that my nails are pretty long. I'm filing the sides out as they grow which seems to have totally ended the side-splitting and curling that my nails used to develop when they grew out before. No more squoval for me; almond all the way.

Stay tuned, ciao~