Friday, December 18, 2009

OPI, Holiday Glow

Please click on that one to see the full extent of Holiday Glow Awesomeness. Thank you. :)

Oh, and this is indoors.
Outdoors, shade.
Outdoors, sunlight.

Um, wow.

I spent the past twenty minutes or so sitting outside, trying to capture the depth and dazzle of this polish, but it just comes out looking like just another shimmery brown. It isn't. It's the awesome. It's also very elegant and very chic. I love this so much; I wish I had it during Thanksgiving. It reminds me of brownies. I want brownies.


Holiday Glow is a polish from the OPI Holiday Collection this year, and is a dark brown with plum and gold glitter. At least, I think the reddishness of it is a glitter. Maybe a microglitter? It's there. It's not particularly sparkly, as you can tell, the way glitters generally are, but the dots break up the color and add interest, I think. When I first put it on I figured it'd make a very nice night sky polish had the base been blue, but as it is, it's just gorgeous. This was three coats, and yes, you do need three. I think the base is sheer to let the glitter shine through the layers a bit. No worries, though; this polish is a joy to put on. :)

Monday, December 14, 2009

NOTD: Let It Snow

WARNING: Stains Ahead! Do not look if you are of delicate constitution--may cause nausea, headaches, and frustration!

These are all indoors.

Now that the quarter is over and that I'm home for the holidays, my friends and I decided to head for the mountains for four or so days, which I will be doing in about, oh, fifteen minutes?

Yeah. Since I was sure that most people would be complaining (loudly) about my changing polish in a tiny little cramped cabin, I painted my nails with dodoclub, which was sparkly enough to catch my interest but sheer enough so that I wouldn't notice the chips too much during those four days.

(to be honest, I've worn this for about twelve hours now and already I have mad tipwear. Boo.)

And then I rub-onned the hell out of it, with snowflakes. (Do I clearly need Konad in my life? Yes. Will I wait until the wanting drives me insane? Yes.)

I know my nails are stained ridiculously, and that I probably shouldn't go out in public with such badly stained nails, but more often than not this polish is so obnoxiously sparkly that nobody'd notice, anyway. And then if they look closer--snowflakes! Silver snowflakes!

I like to think it's distracting enough; don't tell me the truth, 'kay?

This was four coats of Dodoclub, and two coats of topcoat for the rub-on. See you all Friday!

Friday, December 11, 2009

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Monday, December 7, 2009

Another Giveaway!

Painted Lady Fingers is having a giveaway to celebrate her 300 followers! The contest winner will receive
  • the entire Diamond Cosmetics holiday collection
  • the Diamond Cosmetics matte topcoat (new)
  • eight polishes from DC's core line of the winner's choice
  • a nail file
  • and a cosmetics bag!
Go check it out at her site!

NOTD: Frost

No, not that kind of frost.

Any of you read Polish Hoarder Disorder? I saw this mani of hers at her blog and thought, 'Hmm'. Then I thought that it seemed easy enough to do, since most of this manicure's beauty lay in its simplicity.

So I tried it. :) This is five (AGH) coats of RBL Bikini Bottom, and one very very thin coat of Color Club Sex symbol.

tDo you see the evidence of tipwear at the bottom of the mani? Sorry, guys, it's cause it's day three.

it's finals. I'm sorry. <<.

In fact, this is one of the things I love most about bikini bottom. It bubbles like whoa (it didn't this week, oddly enough), it takes a million coats to get opaque, but look at it! It's a wonderful, muted, squishy blue and it wears for ages. No chips. The slight discoloration that will eventually lead to tipwear is there, at the edges of my fingers, yeah, but nothing too serious just yet.

And it's so purty. I really like this concept: I wonder how it'd look with MCA, too, and with a myriad of other colors I own. I think I will, in fact, be repeating this manicure soon for when I go on a ski trip. :o

Okay, it's probably time for me to go back to my studies, but here's your nail candy for now!

Thursday, December 3, 2009

Franken, Bibbity Bobbity Blue Part II! (That rhymes.)

I'm re-posting and re-wearing this franken of mine because I recall that someone asked me if it was a dupe of Dorothy Who?. I don't actually know for certain, since I've not bought the Wizard of Ooh Aahz collection, nor have I seen the polish in the nearby stores that sell np, but judging from all the swatches I see it's really, really, really close.

One of the main differences that I can tell you right off the bat is that it seems as though DW? needs three coats to be fully opaque; BBB needs two. I think that DW may be a shade or so lighter than my franken; if I had to judge I'd say that the older formula for DW may be closer--it seemed to be a stronger blue.

I decanted and gave half the bottle to my roommate after some kind of nail polish order mishap, along with my second franken, Spring Break in Malibu (I'll steal it at some point to show you all). But I don't think I'll be buying DW, anyway--this polish killed the lemming.

Formula for Bibbity Bobbity Blue:
-2/5 Nfu-Oh 119 (sacrelige, I know)
-2/5 Color Club Sexagon
-1/5 clear

My polish bottle didn't have ballz when I first mixed this, so it may not be necessary... but it has ballz now. :) Also also, keep your Seche bottles. The brushes are really amazing, I think.

Essie, Ballet Slippers

It must be an Essie week.

I just received two polishes and four minis in a swap with niclyf from MUA Nail Board, and this was one of the minis that I'd received. I'm in the middle of studying for finals and creating my final projects and turning them in plus extra work hours since I'm a night barista and people are still frantically studying in libraries late at night and will need caffeine--trust me, this gets somewhere--so I decided to put on a polish that would be low-maintenance. And nothing is more low-maintenance than a business appropriate color.


Okay. Ballet Slippers is Essie's award-winning classic pink or summat, and it really is pretty: I actually thought it was a very soft and squishy off-white when I first saw it, although now that I look at it it's definitely a pale pink. I like it a lot, although the first two coats apply really streaky--you need the third to even it out, and then it takes a ridiculously long time to dry. Nevertheless it wears and applies a lot like my RBL Bikini Bottom: long-wearing, long-drying, a bit of a layering bish, but then wears like iron.

The picture up there is after a day and a half; I kept it on for four days when I started to get tipwear. (Essentially, I got bored.) I also put rhinestones on it--it was kind of messy, but a little bit like throwing a sequinned jacket over a really pretty and romantic pink dress. Cool stuff. I don't have a picture of it, however. Sorry, guys. :<

Oh! And it applied really, really ridiculously well. Great control--just streaky. :)