Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nostalgic Date at Midnight with Nosferatu

I've been eyeing this beauty from my untried drawer for quite a while, but could never get the courage to wear it.  Know what I mean?  A polish so pretty in the bottle that you're afraid it's not going to meet your expectations once you put it on?  Date at Midnight with Nosferatu was one of those polishes for me.  I'm glad I did try it, though, as it is such a pretty colour combination - grey jelly base with two kinds of pinkish glitter (you have to look closely to spot the two colours).  I used three coats for this manicure, but next time I would use a grey base to conserve DaMwN.  The good news is that one coat of topcoat produces a beautiful, glossy shine; this is not a glitter eater!


And because I like to add accents fingers every once in a while, here is Nostalgic Rio, a sparkly, blue and purple glitter topper.  So cute!

Monday, December 24, 2012

RBL Moulin Rouge/Girly Bits toppers

I seem to be on a RBL polish kick these days!  Today I have Moulin Rouge (now renamed Cerise Noir, how romantic!), a deep, reddish brown creme.  The two coats of Moulin Rouge dried to a gorgeous shine.  I seem to remember a bit of pulling while applying the polish, but it ended up leveling itself, so it's not a big deal.  Here she is:



I felt like topping Moulin Rouge with the three Girly Bits duochrome polishes: Street Magic, Shift Happens, and Cosmic Ocean.  Can you believe I've had these polishes for almost a year and never tried all of them together?
My lack of photography skills do not do the polishes justice.  Just imagine a vibrant emerald green shimmer that shifts to a golden green (Street Magic on index), a red to orange to green shimmer (Shift Happens on middle and pinky), and an aqua to royal blue shimmer (Cosmic Ocean on ring).  Street Magic was the most vibrant of the bunch but photographed horribly, while Cosmic Ocean has the weakest prominence, but photographed decently.  I'm not sure about the other two, but I love Shift Happens over Moulin Rouge.  Just a change from using black polish, no?



What are you favourite indie duochrome toppers?

Friday, December 21, 2012

RBL Piu Mosso/Oopsie Daisies Apple Picking

Quick post today of my nubs.  :)
Even though I am not a navy blue fan, I decided to bite the bullet and buy Rescue Beauty Lounge's Piu Mosso, a navy blue polish infused with copper shimmer.  It's supposed to be gorgeous in the sun.  You can just make out the beautiful shimmer swirl in the bottle.
I topped Piu Mosso with indie polish Oopsie Daisies Apple Picking, a pretty autumnal mix of yellow, green, red and orange glitter.  I believe I used one coat of Apple Picking, and then dabbed on a bit of glitter on nails that were a little barer.


I think I'll try this glitter topper again with a more fall colour, even though it's now officially winter!  What do you think of the polishes?  Are you on the RBL train?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holo ombre...sort of

I knew I wanted to wear a holo for this mani, but couldn't decide on a shade, so I decided to go with all of them.  :)  The a England polishes could have easily applied in one coat if I applied them more carefully (I did two), while the Glitter Gals took three coats to reach opacity.  No matter, as I don't mind layering over a base shade to preserve these gems.  :)


 thumb ~ Glitter Gal Lizard Belly
index ~ a England St George
middle ~ Glitter Gal Teal Blue
ring ~ Glitter Gal Teal Green (more emerald toned IRL)
pinkie ~ a England Dragon


a England Dragon
Glitter Gal Teal Green
Glitter Gal Teal Blue
a England St George
Glitter Gal Lizard Belly

My thoughts?  Teal Blue is by far my favourite shade of the bunch, with Lizard Belly a close second.  I do love the hue of St. George and if it were a linear holo instead of scattered, it would definitely be in second place.  Teal Green is gorgeous, yes, but I don't really wear emerald polishes.  Dragon...well, I can't deal with the gold flash in it.  Yep, that's me and gold all right.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A England Beauty Never Fails and Holy Grail (revamped)

With the few a England polishes that I've tried, I've been impressed with their application and loved the colours.  These two are no exception.  Both murky, olive-hued Beauty Never Fails and the revamped golden Holy Grail applied easily in two coats, dried smoothly and barely needed any cleanup.  Interestingly, HG showed brushstrokes while drying, but they disappeared when the polish was dry.  I love the shine of this colour, but I'm not so sure it's a good shade for my skin tone.  I'll have to try it again and see.  BNF, on the other hand, is definitely a me shade.  I'll have to do a comparison soon of similar polishes.

pointer and middle ~ a England Beauty Never Fails (excuse the chip)
ring and pinkie ~ a England Holy Grail revamped

Do you like BNF, or have you seen this shade time and again?  And does HG toot your horn?

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Layla Misty Blush

Layla Misty Blush is a brownish purple holographic polish, another in-your-face holo stunner from Italian brand Layla.  I've had my eye on this and Coffee Love for a while and I glad I was able to get hold of them.
One drawback of Misty Blush is that I had to use three coats for opacity, but I found a few polishes that would work as undies, so that problem is fixed.  Another drawback, though, is that it chipped quickly.  I'm hoping that wearing it over undies will prevent it from chipping.


Or maybe Nfu Oh Aqua Base will help?  I never remember to reach for it...

Monday, November 19, 2012

Bling on my Ring (finger)

I couldn't wait to try out my two newest Essie polishes together and once I had them in my hands ready to go, I thought that Illamasqua Jan would go well with the turquoise Where's My Chauffeur and the silvery gold Beyond Cozy.  I don't always like the look of more than one accent finger, but I like the bright, soft and glittery combination here.  :)
If I remember correctly, all of the polishes were two coats, which is pretty amazing for the glittery goodness of Beyond Cozy.  I barely had any cleanup to do, as well.   Unfortunately, I was so impatient to try out other polishes that I started removing the polish on my photo hand and thus had to quickly snap my right hand before I forgot.  Hello awkward hand pose!


What do you think of this colour combo?  Do you have any dupes for Where's my Chauffeur?  I do not (the closest being Orly Frolic) and I am happy to say that this is THE perfect turquoise for me.  I love it!

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Misa Well-Heeled Grey

From Misa's current High Society collection, here is Well-Heeled Grey.  It's beautiful; I love it.  WHG is a purplish-grey shimmer that applies very smoothly in two coats.  I've heard it's similar to Chanel Paradoxal, but I wouldn't know as I've never seen Paradoxal in person.  



What do you think?  Is it similar to Paradoxal or does it stand on it's own?  I must say that I do love the rich and pigmented Misa formula, so I wouldn't mind Misa duping more high-end HTF polishes.  I also picked up Bourbon on the Rocks and while it seems to be a dupe for OPI Germanicure, from a quick swatch it looked to be a tad more rust-leaning.  That is another post, though. :)

Saturday, November 10, 2012

OPI Let's go to Rotterdam and eat some herring!

I've seen OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam and I Have a Herring Problem on blogs and in person time and time again, and they've never called out to me.  However, I spied them marked for clearance at my local Trade Secrets and the lighting in that store is such that it makes polishes so sparkly and inviting.  I scooped them up and set out to try them at once.  I couldn't decide which one to try first since they are very similar, so I tried them both.
Rotterdam and Herring Problem are both blue cremes with fine gold/silver/at times multi-coloured glitter.  The difference is that Rotterdam is a faded periwinkle blue (cool toned) while Herring Problem is a slightly darker faded teal blue (warm toned).  The difference is easier to spot on the nail, not in the bottle.
As I did this mani a few weeks ago, I don't exactly remember how many coats I used ~ either 2 or 3.  Application was good and the polish dried fairly quickly and smoothly.
Normally I'm not fond of gold shimmer, but it just seems to work with these polishes. :)


OPI I Have a Herring Problem
OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam (ring finger)

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam
OPI I Have a Herring Problem (ring finger)

I prefer the warmer toned Herring Problem.  What about you??

Tuesday, November 6, 2012

Glitter Gal Nude

Quickie post; I am very tired but wanted to post this as I haven't written in quite a while!
I bit the bullet and bought some of the new Glitter Gal holos, Nude being one of the most coveted ones for me.  There's just something about a neutral polish that sparkles like crazy in the sun.
I painted two coats over a sheer pink treatment, so I think that has caused the polish to appear pinkish, as opposed to beige.  Oh well, I will just have to do another post with Nude by itself. :)


Excuse the non-bottle pic.  I just love the mustard colour of my sweater and was also too lazy to go fetch the bottle.  C'est la vie.  :)

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Blog Sale con't...


Shipping from Canada to the US: 
$5.97 for 1-3 polishes
$8.52 for 4-6 polishes
If you buy $20 worth, I will split shipping costs with you.  
Shipping within Canada ~ message me.
If anyone has any questions, please email me at nataliempostma(at)gmail(dot)com or leave a message here.

Now, onto the pretties.  All are swatched on one nail unless otherwise noted.
Please click on the pics to enlarge them.





DS Signature x1 sold
On Her Majesty's... sold

It's Up to You sold
Akyra sold
Rock-It sold
Rococo-a-Go-Go sold
All Ozotic sold
Like Lovin' the Dead sold
Elle sold

Kamikaze sold
Love Bug sold
Dragon's Breath sold
Untamed sold
I Got Distracted sold
Higravstinden sold
Dosh sold
Cake Hole sold

Saturday, October 13, 2012

Butter London Sprog

I ordered this polish on a whim and didn't think I'd like it as much as I do.  Butter London Sprog is a cornflower blue creme which becomes opaque and shiny in two easy coats.  I added a coat of Zoya Maisie, the beautiful blue flaky polish, to my ring fingers and thumbs and I loved the combination.  This polish would look great with a black or white Konad design as well, methinks.


I think this polish might be similar to Essie Boxer Shorts from the Yogaga collection.  I"ll have to compare.  Do you have anything similar?

Monday, October 8, 2012

OPI Live and Let Die/OPI On her Majesty's Secret Service

I don't normally go out and buy polishes from new collections, but I happened to be in Trade Secrets this weekend and spotted the new OPI James Bond Skyfall collection.  I picked up four polishes that intrigued me; two of them being Live and Let Die and On her Majesty's Secret Service.
Can I just say 'what a disappointment'!  As there were no sample nail wheels for this collection in the store, I had only the lighting to rely on and I really think something in Trade Secrets' lighting makes polishes more twinkly, saturated and beautiful than they really are!  In the store, LaLD appeared to be either a navy blue or dark teal polish with prominent multicoloured (gold, green, pink) glitter while OhMSS appeared to have a charcoal base with the same multicoloured glitter.
When I put them on at home, I was disappointed to see that LaLD appears almost black in all lighting with subtle, not prominent glitter, while OhMSS maintained the same charcoal base, but without the twinkle of the colours in the glitter.  Furthermore, LaLD covered in two coats but on several nails, I had cuticle drag and had to polish a few areas with three.  OhMSS needed three coats for opacity.
If the glitter was more prominent in LaLD, I wouldn't mind the almost-black base, but I already have many other polishes like this with brighter glitter.  As for OhMSS, I am just not a fan of glitter like this; I prefer shimmer or larger glitter.  Why did I even bother?


I know for sure that the third glitter I picked up, The World is Not Enough, is not my colour, so I am fervently hoping that Tomorrow Never Dies will turn out to be as blue as swatches I've seen and not purple like the lone nail that I've tested...

Saturday, October 6, 2012

Elixir Tricky/Girly Bits Street Magic/Candy Juicy

Green is one of my favourite colours, especially shades of the olive or lime persuasion, but I rarely wear it on my nails.  I've had Elixir Tricky for months and months and I'm only getting to it now ~ silly me!  It's a gorgeous golden olive shimmer, the perfect backdrop for the subtle duochromic emerald/orange shift of Girly Bits Street Magic.  I decided to accent the mani with a layer of Candy Lacquer Juicy, a bright chartreuse/orange glitter bomb.  Again, why did I wait so long to use a polish?
I used one coat of Tricky (to cover a sage polish I was wearing), one coat of Street Magic and then one of Wicked Fast.
The day after I did this mani, my Butter London order came in and I decided to slap on a layer of Swinger.  The larger glitter in Swinger is emerald green while the base appears to be a murkier olive green, so it complemented both Tricky and Street Magic.  I love how the emerald glints at all angles!


 Isn't the shimmer gorgeous?  Definitely appropriate for fall!


Elixir Lacquer Tricky, Girly Bits Street Magic, Candy Lacquer Juicy


I've been wearing this for two days now and it's going strong; it will officially be my Thanksgiving mani tomorrow!  Could I possibly become a green convert?
Do you like wearing a base and glitter with the same colours, just in different shades?

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Layla Flash Black

This is the first Layla polish that I've tried in my quest for a charcoal holo HG polish and I have to admit, it might be the one (depending on how my MPJ search goes)!  On the bottle, the label obscures most of Flash Back and the bit of holo that you can see doesn't appear to be linear.  However, once you apply the polish and wait for it to dry, it is amazingly linear!
I applied two coats, plus on a few fingers, I covered some bald spots near the cuticles.  I did notice cuticle drag if I wasn't careful, so I will try it under a dark base or my Nfu Oh Aqua Base next time and see how that pans out.  I did put on one coat of Wicked Fast and while it did appear to dull the polish, once WF dried, the holo returned in its full glory!  :)


The great thing about this polish is that it is holo in all lights, at least to me.  It sparkles most brilliantly in the sun, but it also has a nice subtle glow in low light as well.  
Now, if only it weren't so expensive...

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

OPI Metallic 4 Life

Here's one you've all seen a million times, but I'll show it to you on my nubs anyway ~ OPI Metallic 4 Life from the Nicki Minaj collection!
Be forewarned, this pic was taken hastily, so it is not the greatest.  I couldn't, for the life of me, photograph the polish accurately with flash, so it is kind of washed out in the natural light.
Two coats provided great opacity; I was surprised the black polish didn't wash out the silver glitter.
Now, let me admit that I'm not the biggest fan of wearing glitter (looking at it on others, yes, but not wearing it), but I loved this.  There's just something so rocker chick about it!  What do you think?  I bought a back up bottle (on sale!) as I can see myself wearing this over and over.  :)

Sunday, September 23, 2012

OPI Germanicure/BB Couture Sloth

Here is the second polish I chose from the OPI Germany Collection ~ Germanicure.  It's also a beautiful blackened shimmer, but unlike the purplish red of Every Month of Oktoberfest, this shimmer is reddish-brown.  It is similar to OPI Midnight in Moscow, but lighter and more glowing.
Shown is two coats; I don't remember if I used topcoat, but it probably didn't need it.  :)


After a day or so of wear, I decided to refresh the mani with one coat of BB Couture Sloth.  Sloth is a dark brown shimmer with hints of tiny red glitter peeking out ~ so pretty!  I love my BBs; I just never get around to finally trying them out! :)

What are your favourite vampy colours - red, purple, brown?

OPI Every Month is Oktoberfest


This is one of the polishes I picked up from OPI's Germany collection and it is a stunner ~ Every Month is Oktoberfest.  A vampy purple shimmer with a blue base (!), some have likened it to Fantasy Fire, without the duochrome aspect.  I don't know whether I'd agree with that, but it sure is stunning.  It's similar to OPI Black Cherry Chutney, but a bit lighter and more glowing.
Shown is two coats with one coat of topcoat to make it extra shiny.



I've read that some people do not see the difference between Every Month is Oktoberfest and Germanicure, so I did a quick photo comparison.  Oktoberfest, on the left, is clearly purplish-red, while Germanicure, on the right, is clearly reddish-brown.  I'd be hard pressed to choose one vampy over the other.  How about you?


Friday, September 14, 2012

American Apparel 7th and Alameda

Quickie today!  Scored American Apparel 7th and Alameda from a blog sale and I'm glad I did.  Two coats of this grey creme provided full opacity and a nice shine.  Am I nuts or do I see a bit of purple in there?  I think I'll be reaching for this a lot. :)  I have a few other AA polishes (Army Jacket, McArthur Park, Dynasty) that are just sitting there untried; now I think I might have to try all of them. If the duration of this polish is as good as the application, sign me up for more! :)


Excuse the polish on the side of my nails.  It would not come off!
*edit* 
I wore this polish for less than two days and all my fingers chipped!  As I've said before, I don't mind tipwear, but chips drive me crazy!  I used a topcoat, but even before I put that on, one of the nails had already chipped.  I will try again with basecoat; I really want this brand to be great...

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

OPI DS Original

Instead of taking off my last mani (Glitter Gal Fuschia), I just painted two coats of OPI DS Original over it.  Lazy, I know, but what's a busy mom to do?  ;)
Original is a beautiful violet linear holographic polish and 2 coats seemed to do the trick for opacity.  Of course, if you wanted to preserve this liquid gold, your best bet would be to layer it over a violet creme.
Isn't she a beauty?  Excuse the scratch on my middle finger; that is not a beauty.  :)

Friday, August 31, 2012

Glitter Gal Fuschia

This post is going to be short and sweet tonight ladies as it's almost my bedtime!  :)
I shortened my nails this week, a bit voraciously I might add, and then proceeded to do what I normally do to my nubs: adorn them with a holo.  I've worn this whitened pink holo before but never took any photos.  I love it!  It's subtle but gloriously holographic in the sun and nice and neutral in the shade.  Two coats provided great coverage and Glitter Gal holos usually wear well on me without any base or top coats.  One thing I would change about this is the name, though.  Fuschia is a bright purplish pink.  This is clearly not!  :)

Friday, August 24, 2012

Cult Nails Manipulative/Captivated

These are not my first Cult Nails polishes, but they, especially Manipulative, have propelled Cult Nails into my new favourite brand!  One of the blogs I follow, Chit Chat Nails (a fellow Canuck), regularly showcases Cult polishes on her lovely nails.  Well, her gorgeous and creative swatch photos spurred me to order several more Cult polishes from the recent $7 sale.  When those arrived and I saw how beautiful and well-made these polishes are, I simply had to purchase more.  Bad, I know, especially when I am trying to destash my collection!
I've seen this combo quite a lot in the blogosphere, so credit goes to everyone who has done it before me ~ using Captivated as an accent nail with Manipulative!  I used two coats of Manipulative, a creamy faded turquoise with slight silver shimmer and two coats of Scandalous under one coat of Captivated.  Obviously, Captivated darkened the bright coral of Scandalous into an orange shade ~ still very pretty though.
It's a fresh, summery combo, don't you think? :)
I used one coat of Wicked Fast over this manicure, but Captivated was surprisingly smooth even without the topcoat!
Now, what Cult polish do I try next?  I can't decide!

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Pretty and Polished Cheer Camp

This polish is what I wanted DP Expecto Patronum to be like (different colour, of course) - a buildable jelly, glitter that does not hide, and a smooth finish!  :)
The whitish pink jelly applied nicely in two coats and no clean up was necessary, even though I applied excitedly and in a rush.  Beautiful light pink and purple medium hexes accent the tiny pink glitter in Cheer Camp and just make me want to stare at my nails all day.  I wish I had purchased two of these, as I can see myself using this as a palate cleanser very often!
What are your palate cleansers?

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Amazing Fossil Giveaway...

...unfortunately not mine!

If you love Fossil watches, you'll want to check out this giveaway at www.spiffykerms.com.
And to boot, she's a Canuck!  Go on over to her site to be amazed at the generosity and meanwhile, drool at what you could win:


Photo taken from her www.spiffykerms.com :)

Saturday, August 18, 2012

China Glaze IDK and L8R G8R

Wow!  It's been quite a while since I last posted.  Well, this is a good one ~ the beautiful lilac linear holo from China Glaze, IDK.  I was never interested in it when it originally came out, but was lucky enough to swap for it recently!  I love it.  Two coats applied nicely and not 'patchy' as some people say about the CG holos.  I decided to have an accent thumb and adorned it with L8R G8R of the same collection ~ my favourite green holo!  What do you think about the two colours together?

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Holo comparison

I was wearing BB Couture Gluttony, a gorg purple creme with tiny hidden shimmer, when I decided it would be a good base for some new holos that had arrived recently.  Two are indie and two are regular polishes and they are all stunning!  Each of the holos are one thick coat over the two coats of Gluttony.  All but Enchanted Awesomeness are amazingly holographic.  If you look at Awesomeness' bottle and the polish on the nail, sadly, the holo just does not translate.  :(
BB Couture Gluttony (in bottle and thumb)
Enchanted Awesomeness
Ozotic 513
Enchanted Hot Glam Girl
Ozotic 516
Enchanted Awesomeness
Ozotic 513
Enchanted Hot Glam Girl
Ozotic 516
Don't you just love holos?

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

OPI Thanks a Windmillion/Nostalgic Duckie

Quick post today as I am tired and there is much cleaning up after my young 'uns still to do.  :(
Two wonderful coats of Thanks a Windmillion and two coats of Duckie, plus one coat of Wicked Fast.  
Love these two colours together; the only thing I wish is that there was more of the tiny blue hexes in Duckie ~ I love them!  :)
Base - OPI Thanks a Windmillion
Top - Nostalgic Lacquer Duckie
OPI Thanks a Windmillion

Monday, June 25, 2012

Lynnderella Bride of Franken

Last week I was in the mood for a bit of sheer colour, nothing too outrageous, and Lynnderella Bride of Franken fit the bill.  I prefer less obvious polishes when my nails are growing out.  :)
I don't remember if I used two or three coats (I'm thinking two) ~ that seems to be the trend with me lately, not remembering how many coats of polish I painted.  I used two coats of Wicked Fast though; I was pretty surprised that one did not do the trick, seeing as how this polish is not chock full of chunky glitter...
  
While this polish is pretty (lilac jelly, holographic micro glitter and iridescent blue/purple hexes), the iridescent hexes appear orange at certain angles.  That I do not like.  Click on the picture and look at my ring finger!  Oh well, everything else about this polish screams "lovely"!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Darling Diva Chandelle

I fell in love with Darling Diva Chandelle after seeing only one swatch (and not a very good one, at that).  I love that it's a jelly nude, peppered with multicoloured (and some opalescent) tiny glitter and larger green, pink, copper and gold hexes.  It is cheery and girly and reminds me of candy!
Even though this was my mani a few days ago, I don't remember whether it was two or three coats.  I do remember that application was slightly tedious; I had to dab on the polish for the second coat and used one coat of Gelous and one coat of Diamont to smooth out the glitter.   Well worth the bit of effort it took, though.  :)
Both of the DD polishes I've swatched have been beauties; I can't wait to try the rest!