Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Rapture and China Glaze holos

Oh, I just love aqua, peach and pink together.  Add holo pigment to them and voila, they just scream summer!  Colors by Llarowe Rapture leans a bit more green in real life (as opposed to the baby blue pictured); I'm just not good at capturing accurate colours sometimes.  ;)
The two China Glaze holos, from the ancient Kaleidoscope collection, have larger holo particles, almost a mix of linear and scattered, but they are equally as bling-y in the sun, believe me.

All polishes were opaque in two coats and the holo did not diminish under topcoat.

Colors by Llarowe Rapture (index, middle)
China Glaze Don't Be a Square (ring)
China Glaze Rated Holographic (pinky)

China Glaze Rated Holographic (pinky)
China Glaze Don't Be a Square (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Rapture (index, middle, thumb)

Let's just take a moment to enjoy the summer colours, as the temperature starts to drop.  :)

Friday, September 12, 2014

Enchanted Polish A Little Fishy Told Me and April 2014

This mani includes one of my favourite polishes of all time, Enchanted A Little Fishy Told Me.  It's the perfect shade of green (read: does not create lobster hands); it has gorgeous blue microglitter; it's holo, but not obtrusively so; it's just understated and elegant.  If you had asked me a year ago whether this polish would float my boat, the answer would be a resounding 'no', but I've smartened up and come around.  ;)

Its mani partner, Enchanted April 2014, is certainly a gorgeous periwinkle blue, but the holo effect is very weak.  I almost considered selling this and just using a holo topcoat over a creme periwinkle polish, but I couldn't ~ seller's remorse...

Both polishes covered creamily in two coats and shone with a coat of topcoat.  And, since I couldn't leave well enough alone, I had to try out my new stamping plates.

Enchanted Polish April 2014 (index, pinky)
Enchanted Polish A Little Fishy Told Me (middle, ring)

Enchanted Polish April 2014 (index, pinky)
Enchanted Polish A Little Fishy Told Me (middle, ring)
Cult Nails Nevermore (stamping polish)

What are your thoughts on the not-very-holo holo Enchanted polishes?  Worth it or waste of money?

Monday, September 8, 2014

Cirque Heritage skittles

I loved this mani when I wore it in July, but sadly I had other very similar, more holographic colours, thus I ended up selling all of this collection (not pictured are Sani and Powwow).  :(  Nonetheless, all of these Cirque Heritage holos applied nicely in two coats with a subtle holo flame.

I'm definitely going to reuse this stamp using other holo polishes; I just love this honeycomb look.

Cirque Xochitl (index)
Cirque Sky Woman (middle)
Cirque Cerrillos (ring)
Cirque Panacea (pinky)
Cult Nevermore (stamping polish)

Cirque Panacea (pinky)
Cirque Cerrillos (ring)
Cirque Sky Woman (middle)
Cirque Xochitl (index)
Cirque Luminous Owl (thumb)
Cult Nevermore (stamping polish)

Do you gravitate towards the more showy holos, like me, or do you prefer them more subtle like this collection?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Emily de Molly Path Less Taken and Ricochet

Here's another stamping creation that I quite adored (and, bonus, my nails were a bit longer this time)!  I don't remember which plate I used, but I chose to adorn Emily de Molly's golden khaki Path Less Taken and greenish grey Ricochet.  I thought these colours played off each other well (as well as the reptilian stamp designs) and I'd love to do another mani with them by themselves next time.  :)
Each polish covered nicely in two coats and the stamping and topcoat definitely did not lessen their holo flash.

Emily de Molly Ricochet (index, ring)
Emily de Molly Path Less Taken (middle, pinky)
Cult Nails Nevermore (stamping polish)

Emily de Molly Ricochet (pinky, middle)
Emily de Molly Path Less Taken (ring, index)
Cult Nails Nevermore (stamping polish)

Now that I'm stamping a bit more frequently, I'd love to hear what polishes work well for stamping with you!

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Contrary Polish River Market and Jin Soon Obsidian

If I remember correctly, I wore this mani for Good Friday.  I seem to gravitate towards vampies during the beginning of the Easter holiday, for some reason. I thought the red shimmer in RBL Black Russian's blackened base was quite appropriate and was excited to see that Contrary River Market also had beautiful red shimmer, albeit in a purple jelly base.  The first picture shows two somewhat thick coats of River Market, while the second pictures is three coats, I believe.  The colour really deepened with the third coat. As for Black Russian, tipwear was prominent quite early in the manicure, so I slapped on a quick coat of Jin Soon Obsidian, a black polish with holo microglitter and a pink shimmer and the dark, sparkly goodness sufficed.

Rescue Beauty Lounge Black Russian (index, middle)
Contrary Polish River Market (ring, pinky)

Jin Soon Obsidian (index, middle)
Contrary Polish River Market (ring, pinky)

What colours do you tend do wear for serious occasions?

Saturday, August 30, 2014

Colors by Llarowe My Big Girl Panties and Enchanted Polish Dime Piece

My nails were shorties while I wore this mani, but I loved the flower stamping so much I was able to overlook that. ;)  I used the awesome Enchanted Dime Piece as an accent and CbL My Big Girl Panties as the main colour on one hand and vice versa on the other.  They look similar but My BGP is a silvered lilac linear holo while Dime Piece is a straight up silver linear holo (excellent both as a base and to stamp with).  Both polishes had amazing holo payoff and covered nicely in two coats.  *sigh*  

Colors by Llarowe My Big Girl Panties (pinky, middle, index)
Enchanted Polish Dime Piece (ring)
Cult Nails Nevermore (black stamping polish)
Emily de Molly plate 5 (designs)

Enchanted Polish Dime Piece (index, middle, pinky)
Colors by Llarowe My Big Girl Panties (ring)
Cult Nails Nevermore (black stamping polish)
Emily de Molly plate 5 (designs)

I can't wait to try out more EdM stamping plates; I have in mind to order 6 and 9 as well.  They stamp very crisply even with not-so-pigmented polish.  What are you favourite stamping plates?

Saturday, August 16, 2014

More Holo Skittles

Quickie holo skittle today!  Not much to say except all polishes covered nicely in two coats, with one coat of topcoat.  Enjoy the holo goodness and don't laugh at the awkward hand in the third pic. ;)

Emily de Molly Devotion (index)
Emily de Molly Amazonia (middle)
Colors by Llarowe Seahawks Lime (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Gold (pinky)


Colors by Llarowe Gold (pinky)
Colors by Llarowe Seahawks Lime (ring)
Emily de Molly Amazonia (middle)
Emily de Molly Devotion (index)
Colors by Llarowe OABTRAB (thumb)


Colors by Llarowe OABTRAB (thumb)
Emily de Molly Devotion (index)
Emily de Molly Amazonia (middle)
Colors by Llarowe Seahawks Lime (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Gold (pinky)

Which one is your favourite?