Sunday, December 29, 2013

Emily de Molly On Edge

I hope that you had a wonderful Christmas and that you enjoy your upcoming New Year celebrations!  I, and my family, have been sick since before Christmas so here's to praying that we'll be able to celebrate the new year in health.  :)
Just a quickie today: Emily de Molly On Edge.  On Edge is a holographic chameleon; she's grayish green; she's blue; she even leans a bit silver.  Whatever she is, she is gorgeous and she applied like buttah. ;)  I did two coats I believe, and one coat of topcoat, which did not diminish the holo.

Emily de Molly On Edge


I must admit this Emily de Molly holo has me hooked (unlike her glitter creations).  I can't wait to try more!

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Elevation Malaspina Glacier and I Got the Axe

Merry Christmas!  
I highly doubt anyone is sitting around reading blogs tonight, but, then again, you never know. You might need a little 'me time' break from all the festivities.  I know I will.  :)
I love these two colours together, chartreuse and aqua.  So fresh and clean, unlike the weather outside. 
Both Elevation Malaspina Glacier and I Got the Axe applied nicely in two coats; I was expecting to do a third coat, but didn't need to, surprisingly.  Two accent nails of Enchanted Seven Nation Army and a coat of Wicked Fast and this beauty was finished.
Just like Zoya Yara, I sold my first bottle of EP 7NA because I was unimpressed with my quick one-coat swatch on bare nails.  Little did I know that this beauty really shines (literally and figuratively) over brights and neutrals.  I love it and can see it decorating many manis in the future.

Elevation Polish Malaspina Glacier (base)
Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army (glitter accent)

Elevation Polish Malaspina Glacier (base)
Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army (glitter accent)
Elevation Polish I Got the Axe (thumb base)

Elevation Polish I Got the Axe (base)
Enchanted Polish Seven Nation Army (glitter)

Isn't that holo shimmer wonderful when mixed with black and white glitter?
I hope your holiday is full of family, friends and delicious food.  :)

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Colors by Llarowe skittles

I wore this Colors by Llarowe skittle mani a while ago and I think I'll do it again.  I love the colour progression and, of course, the amazing holo shine!  The polishes applied like butter in two coats and though unnecessary, one coat of topcoat did not diminish the holo halos (am I using that term correctly?).  CbLs are definitely worth the price, unlike certain other holo brands.
I am definitely a fan of these polishes and I even have a CbL cool-toned skittle look coming up (in my mind, anyway).  So much playing to do...

Colors by Llarowe Burnt Sugar (index)
Colors by Llarowe Unorthodox Annie (middle)
Colors by Llarowe Dirty Diana (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Sparkles are a Girls Best Friend (pinky)

Colors by Llarowe Sparkles are a Girls Best Friend (pinky)
Colors by Llarowe Dirty Diana (ring)
Colors by Llarowe Unorthodox Annie (middle)
Colors by Llarowe Burnt Sugar (index)
Colors by Llarowe Tequila IV (thumb)

Aren't they just gorgeous?  What do you think of them compared to Enchanted Polish holos?  I think EP has some unique shades, but CbL has EP beat for the holo factor, bar none!

Friday, December 20, 2013

Zoya Yara

This is my second bottle of Zoya Yara.  No, I did not finish my first; I sold it because I found the glitter looked flat on my nails and not as gorgeously sparkly as it appeared in the bottle.  Well, I spied this in the 50% off pile in Trade Secrets a month ago and since I love my 'army' greens, I thought I would give it another chance.  I am glad I did!  I love the golden iridescent glitter in Yara.  Two wonderful coats and a coat of Wicked Fast were all it took to produce those pretty glints.  I think the topcoat makes all the difference in bringing out the gold.

Zoya Yara

Zoya Yara (base)
China Glaze White Cap (accent nails)
*Please excuse the colour saturation on this; it was taken with my phone!*

*le sigh*  That is all.  :)

Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Illamasqua Facet ... again!

Someone called these my 'party nails' and I'd have to agree!  They're bright and cheery, but there's a bit of shimmery sophistication in there as well.  I loooove the murky golden-shimmered taupe of Facet; it is gorgeous.  That's all I can say, gorgeous!!  
I thought I'd mix it up a bit and add a few pops of colour with Orly Terracotta and Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle and I think the coral and periwinkle blue really go well with Facet.  Who woulda thunk?
All nails were two coats and applied nicely.  Terracotta stained my nails slightly, but it was so pigmented that I forgive it (usually the corals I love are on the sheer side).

Illamasqua Facet (index, pinky)
Orly Terracotta (middle)
Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle (ring)

Illamasqua Facet (pinky, index)
Cult Nails Nakizzle's Shizzle (ring)
Orly Terracotta (middle, thumb)

What other colours would go well with Facet?  Olive green and black?  *drools thinking about it*

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack/Locavore

Today we have the lovely Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack, paired with accents of Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore and Illamasqua Gothiqua.  The dusty blue-shimmered teal pairs nicely with the maroon purple; both of them have hidden shimmer which is much more apparent in the bottle than on the nails. That would be the lone drawback, though, as both polishes applied smoothly in two coats.  Rescue Beauty Lounge Locavore is comprised of gold, green, blue and pink glitter and matched the other polishes nicely.  Two coats of Locavore covered my nail adequately, but one more coat would have provided full opacity.  Oh well, it is gorgeous!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Jack (index, pinky)
Illamasqua Gothiqua (middle)
Rescue Beauty Lounge (ring)

A blurry macro of the blue shimmer in RBL Jack

On the whole, I like this mani, but I was a bit disappointed with the lack of shimmer in all but bright lights.


Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Dior/RBL Skittles

I think I've found the perfect silver glitter ~ Picture Polish Heavy Metal!  It is opaque in two coats, dries smooth (!!), and has some holographic pieces that glint through the silver glitter.  If I could find champagne and gold glitters that were like this, I'd have my precious metal lemmings fulfilled. :)
I added Dior Shadow and Liquorice to the mix to ascertain the difference between them; they are very similar in the bottles.  Both are purple shimmers, but Shadow is kind of a dusty greyish purple, while Liquorice is a deeper and more vibrant reddish purple, if any of that makes sense.  :)
To complete the mani, I used RBL Reveillon.  To be honest, this colour did nothing for me at first, especially since it is prone to brushstrokes.  However, after dabbing the polish with a makeup sponge and then using topcoat, the brushstrokes are gone and the shimmer shines!  I'm still not sure the icy blue shade works well with my skin tone; I'll have to try it again!
Heavy Metal and Reveillon were both two coaters, while Shadow and Liquorice were two-coaters with a bit more brushed on to cover patches caused by my ridges.  

Picture Polish Heavy Metal (thumb)
Dior Shadow (index)
Dior Liquorice (middle)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Reveillon (ring, pinky)

Rescue Beauty Lounge Reveillon (ring, pinky)
Dior Liquorice (middle)
Dior Shadow (index)
Picture Polish Heavy Metal (thumb)

I should have taken a full shot of Heavy Metal! :O

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

Elevation Polish Epidote/Pata Puffer II and Zoya Yasmeen

I've found my perfect olive green holo ladies: Elevation Polish Epidote!!!  It's smooth and creamy and covers perfectly in two coats.  It's a gorgeous shade of green and has a great holo flash.  What more could I ask for?  
I paired it with Zoya Yasmeen, a warm purple with pink shimmer.  Yasmeen also applied nicely in two coats.  Eying my stash, I thought the glitter in Elevation Pata Puffer II would match Yasmeen and I was right.  I do like it paired with olive green, but I think it would look better over a creme so that the glitter can really pop.

Elevation Polish Epidote (index, middle, pinky)
Elevation Polish Pata Puffer II (glitter on middle)
Zoya Yasmeen (ring)

Elevation Polish Epidote (pinky, middle, index)
Zoya Yasmeen (ring, thumb)
Elevation Polish Pata Puffer II (glitter on middle)

 I thought that Yasmeen would be a dupe for Cult Nails Flushed as they look similar in the bottles, but I was wrong.  Both have that beautiful pink shimmer, but the purple in Flushed is blue-based and cool, while Yasmeen's purple is red-based and warm.


Cult Nails Flushed (middle)
Zoya Yasmeen (ring)

Which purple do you prefer? I can't decide!

Sunday, November 17, 2013

a England Sleeping Palace and Fated Prince

a England polishes are always a pleasure to wear and the following two are no exception.  I picked up the whole Burne-Jones Dream collection and these two, the subtly linear holo ones, spoke the most to me (I sold Briarwood and am contemplating selling Rose Bower).  Sleeping Palace is smoky plum while Fated Prince is charcoal grey, which leans olive at times.   Both colours are right up my alley. I would compare SP to Layla Misty Blush and FP to Layla Flash Black, thought Flash Black doesn't have the same olive tone to it.  
Both polishes applied smoothly in two coats and sparkled nicely even with a coat of Cult Wicked Fast. I don't remember if they chipped (as holos are prone to do) as I changed my mani within a day or two.

a England Sleeping Palace

a England Fated Prince (please excuse my dry skin!)

Ooh. I just saw photos of the upcoming a England Ballerina collection; so dainty and pretty!

Saturday, November 16, 2013

Illamasqua Charisma/Essie Sable Collar

To think that I almost got rid of Illamasqua Charisma!  I initially swatched it using one coat, when it's the second coat that brings out the richness of the reddish pink shimmer and glints of the red microglitter.  *wipes brow*  I'm glad I tried it again because I love it.  I also love the smoky/dusty shimmer of Essie Sable Collar.  I'm not sure how to accurately describe this polish; to me, it is taupe with reddish shimmer, but in some lights it pulls grey, while in others it leans more brown.  Regardless, it is a beauty!  Both polishes applied nicely in two coats and I added a coat of Wicked Fast to bring out the shimmer.

Illamasqua Charisma (index)
Essie Sable Collar (middle, ring, pinky)

Essie Sable Collar (middle, ring, pinky)
Illamasqua Charisma (index, thumb)

Of course I couldn't leave well enough alone; I decided to (finally) try out my Ninja Polish Dragon glitters in a half moon accent mani.  I just taped off the upper 1/3 of my nail with a French tip sticker, painted on two coats of the glitter and peeled off the sticker right away.  Once the glitter polish dried, I topped the nails off with a coat (or two?) of Nubar Diamont, my 'hungry glitter' topcoat.  Kinda cute!

Illamasqua Charisma (index)
Essie Sable Collar (middle, ring, pinky base colour)
Ninja Polish Chameleon (middle glitter topper)
Ninja Polish Enter the Dragon (ring glitter topper)
Ninja Polish Komodo (pinky glitter topper)

Essie Sable Collar (middle, ring, pinky base colour)
Ninja Polish Komodo (pinky glitter topper)
Ninja Polish Enter the Dragon (ring glitter topper)
Ninja Polish Chameleon (middle glitter topper)
Illamasqua Charisma (index)

I thought this was a fun way to spice up my mani.  Next time I do a half moon mani, I think I'll try using glitter as my base polish and a subdued colour for the bottom half.   Ideas, ideas...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

Nicole by OPI Cinna-man of my Dreams

Just a quickie tonight.   A very quick quickie!  I don't remember how many coats I used for the polishes, but I do remember not having any problems in terms of application. :)

Chanel Rouge Noir (index and pinky base)
Elevation Quartz Monzonite (index and pinky glitter topper)
Nicole by OPI Cinna-man of my Dreams (middle, ring)

Night, night ladies!
*zzzzzzz*

Sunday, November 3, 2013

Illamasqua Facet/Essie Mind Your Mittens

Illamasqua Facet is definitely up there on my Top 10 Favourite Polishes list!  It's a beautiful greyed-out taupe with the most amazing golden bronze shimmer.  It sparkles and dances and it was a dream to apply (two coats).  I think its softness paired well with Essie Mind Your Mittens, the blue creme with hidden shimmer from the winter 2012 collection (also two coats).  Both colours are unique in my collection.
I added a bit of bling with OPI I Snow You Love Me.  I didn't apply this glitter topcoat regularly; instead, I fished out the glitter and placed them on my nails with the end of a bobby pin.  I prefer 'neat' glitter when it's this size.  The only thing I dislike about this mani is that since I used two thick coats of topcoat, there are tiny bubbles on my ring finger.  But, if you don't click on the pics to enlarge, you probably can't see them. :)

Illamasqua Facet (index, middle, pinky)
Essie Mind Your Mittens (ring)
OPI I Snow You Love Me (glitter topper)

Here is a view from the side, so you can see the holo detail a bit more.

Illamasqua Facet (index, middle, pinky)
Essie Mind Your Mittens (ring)
OPI I Snow You Love Me (glitter topper)

Don't you just love brown and blue combos?  I do!

Friday, November 1, 2013

Picture Polish skittles

Can I just say that Picture Polish Hope might be my favourite scattered holographic polish yet!  It's such a deep and mysterious blue that I just want to sit there and lose myself in it, all the time.  Seriously.  Who needs galaxy nails when you have this polish?
I thought Demeter would be a good colour to pair it with and while I'm not sure I like it with Hope, I do like it with Girly Bits Crunchy leaves applied on top.  Pretty colours for fall.  All PP polishes in this post consist of three coats (for ultimate depth), while GB Crunchy Leaves was one thick coat.

Picture Polish Hope (index, middle)
Picture Polish Demeter (ring, pinky)
Girly Bits Crunchy Leaves (glitter on ring)

Picture Polish Demeter (pinky, ring, thumb)
Girly Bits Crunchy Leaves (glitter on ring)
Picture Polish Hope (index, middle)

Of course, as soon as I wore this manicure, a girl in one of my FB groups wanted to know the difference between Cosmos and Freya's Cats.  My camera, sadly, failed to adequately differentiate between the two blues.  Hope is clearly different from the other two as it's a deep teal but Cosmos and FC are fairly similar. I would have to say the main difference is that Freya's Cats is a smidge brighter and more jellyish than Cosmos.  Here is a much better comparison pic!


Picture Polish Hope (index, middle)
Picture Polish Cosmos (ring)
Picture Polish Freya's Cats (pinky)


Picture Polish Hope (middle)
Picture Polish Cosmos (ring)
Picture Polish Freya's Cats (pinky)

Similar or not, I love them all.  I am such a sucker for Picture Polish's scattered holographic polishes!

Thursday, October 24, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine

Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine is such a beautiful colour for this cool, blustery time of year.  Greyed-out purple sprinkled with multicolour shimmer, it is a regal and complex polish.  Two coats covered beautifully, along with one coat of topcoat to enhance the shimmer. The accent polish is China Glaze Westside Warrior, a creamy olive green, topped with Elevation Quartz Monzonite.  I love the green and purple together!

Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine (purple)
China Glaze Westside Warrior (green)
Elevation Quartz Monzonite (glitter)

Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine (purple)
China Glaze Westside Warrior (green)
Elevation Quartz Monzonite (glitter)

What are your go-to autumn colours?

Friday, October 18, 2013

Autumn inspired skittles

Quick post tonight as I'm absolutely exhausted.  Being a mom will do that to ya!
I felt like a highly contrasting skittle look one day and this mani was born.  Both Cult Nails All Out and Gleek Out were three coats, while China Glaze Midtown Magic was two. What better way to highlight the two glass fleck stunners than to add some fall-inspired glitter, Oopsie Daisies Apple Picking.  I really like how it came together.  Such nice fall colours!

China Glaze Midtown Magic (index)
Cult Nails All Out (middle)
Sephora by OPI Gleek Out (ring)
Oopsie Daisies Apple Picking (pinky glitter)
China Glaze Midtown Magic (pinky base)

Oopsie Daisies Apple Picking (pinky glitter)
China Glaze Midtown Magic (pinky base)
Sephora by OPI Gleek Out (ring)
Cult Nails All Out (middle)
China Glaze Midtown Magic (index, thumb)

Good night! :)



Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Literary Lacquer Skittles

I recently did a Literary Lacquer group order for one of my Facebook groups and I indulged in these linear holographic pretties. Of course, I couldn't decide what to wear first, so I tried them all!  Coverage was great; three thin coats (two thicker coats would probably suffice) dried quickly and the holo wasn't diminished with one coat of Wicked Fast.

I think they are all gorgeous, but I must admit I wasn't fond of the pink holographic glitter in Raspberry Cordial.  In certain types of lighting, the glitter appears like specks or imperfections in the formula.  But, it did bring a bit of extra bling to my fingers in the sun.  :) I absolutely love If it Pleases You as I've been on a dark purple holo hunt for quite a while and More Like Fire Than Light is definitely unique to my holo collection. Oh heck, I love them all!

Literary Lacquer More Like Fire Than Light (pinky)
Literary Lacquer Greatest Treasures (ring)
Literary Lacquer Raspberry Cordial (middle)
Literary Lacquer If It Pleases You (index)
Literary Lacquer Lake of Shining Waters (thumb)

Literary Lacquer More Like Fire Than Light (pinky)
Literary Lacquer Greatest Treasures (ring)
Literary Lacquer Raspberry Cordial (middle)
Literary Lacquer If It Pleases You (index)
Literary Lacquer Lake of Shining Waters (thumb)

I think I may be ordering more once the Literary Lacquer Etsy shop re-opens.  Do you have your eye on anything?

Sunday, October 6, 2013

OPI Alcatraz...Rocks and Zoya Carter

Just a quickie for today ladies.  I thought I'd pair two texture polishes together, OPI Alcatraz...Rocks and Zoya Carter.  I believe this mani is two coats, but there might have been some dabbing to cover a few spots.  The OPI applied a bit more evenly, probably due to the wide brush (texture polishes can make it tricky to make a nice, clean line, but both dried to a softly gritty (if that makes sense) finish.
You can see multicoloured glitter peeking out in Alcatraz while Carter's glitter is a lighter purple than the base.  Both are beautiful!

OPI Alcatraz...Rocks (index, middle)
Zoya Carter (ring, pinky)

What do you think about the texture rage going on?  Yay or nay?  I like it much more than crackle polishes!!!

Thursday, October 3, 2013

Holo skittles with a dash of Orly

I'm on a skittle kick, dontcha think?  I don't know why, but I just really like the look of three different accent nails coupled with a neutral colour.  Today's neutral is Orly Country club Khaki, one of my oldest polishes.  I haven't used it in quite a while, but I remember why I love it ~ creamy and opaque in two coats, this polish goes with brights, darks, shimmers, glitters, everything!
All of the China Glaze polishes are from the Hologlam collection.  I know that most people (read: polish fiends) were disappointed that the holo wasn't as 'in your face' as that of the OMG collection, but a subtle holo polish is a nice thing if the colour is beautiful, no?
And, it doesn't hurt that I scored these polishes for $3 each!!!
I don't remember if I did two or three coats of China Glaze, but I do know that CCK is two coats.  All nails have a coat of Cult Wicked Fast, my HG topcoat.
Let's just take a moment and revel in the subtle holo.  

Orly Country Club Khaki (index)
China Glaze Galactic Grey (middle)
China Glaze Strap on Your Moonboots (ring)
China Glaze Take a Trek (pinky)

Orly Country Club Khaki (thumb, index)
China Glaze Galactic Grey (middle)
China Glaze Strap on Your Moonboots (ring)
China Glaze Take a Trek (pinky)

I can't decide which blue is more stunning!  Do you have a favourite Hologlam polish?

Wednesday, October 2, 2013

Texture skittles with a dash of China Glaze

Continuing with the skittle trend, I thought I'd try a texture (well, partly) mani.  The contenders were Girly Bits Razzle Dazzle (my favourite pink polish), Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad and Zoya Chyna.  I thought I'd balance out the texture with China Glaze Immortal, a grey with blue/purple shimmer.  Initially Immortal was in my swap/sell pile, but once I put it on, I fell in love with the shimmer.

Razzle was the grittiest of the textures, followed by Chyna and then GGGB.  After a day or so of wear, I wanted to see how many coats of Nubar Diamont it would take to smooth out the texture polishes.  GGGB was extremely smooth in one coat (it's meant to be worn shiny) and, surprisingly, so was Chyna!  Razzle needed two coats and even then it was not perfectly smooth.  Oh well.  The polishes sparkled brilliantly with topcoat (click on the second pic!), but they looked just as nice with the texture.

China Glaze Immortal (index)
Girly Bits Razzle Dazzle (middle)
Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad (ring)
Zoya Chyna (pinky)


China Glaze Immortal (thumb, index)
Girly Bits Razzle Dazzle (middle)
Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad (ring)
Zoya Chyna (pinky)

Just look at GGGB and Chyna! Love!   How do you like your texture polishes?

Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Skittles with a dash of Gosh

When I finally got my impatient little hands on Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0, what did I do?  Rip the box in haste to get her out and quickly slap some on my nails?  No.  I picked her up, stared at the dark brown/gold lustre in the bottle, and put her in my 'special' polish container alongside my few Chanels and Diors.  I knew I wanted to save her and bring her out when I had time to carefully apply her and revel in her beauty.  *wow, anthropomorphize much?*

When the time was right, I decided I wanted to see how she compared to her RBL sisters Anne and Ghost, also unworn polishes (I know, I know, use these beauts, don't just let them sit).  From afar these polishes appear similar, but up close, the colours and finishes all differ.  Ghost is a vibrant, glowing brown metallic; Anne has an olive green base infused with subtle pink shimmer; Scrangie 2.0 is a brownish olive metallic with tiny multicoloured shimmer.  I'm not the greatest at describing polishes, so if you'd like a more accurate description of Scrangie 2.0, please peruse the words of the creator herself, Scrangie.

I coupled the RBL polishes with Gosh Galaxy as I figured they would compliment the green/bronze/brown tones and I think I was right.  :)  All polishes applied like butter in two coats.  Scrangie 2.0 and Ghost, interestingly, appeared ridden with brush strokes immediately after application, but became smooth and shiny once dry and topped with a coat of Wicked Fast.  Oh, I love how WF always intensifies my polishes!

Gosh Galaxy (index)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne (middle)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (ring)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (pinky)

Gosh Galaxy (thumb, index)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne (middle)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie 2.0 (ring)
Rescue Beauty Lounge Ghost (pinky)

I'd be hard pressed to choose a favourite from this mani.  What about you?

Sunday, September 29, 2013

Gosh Galaxy and Finger Paints Peacock's Portrait

I purchased Gosh Galaxy a while ago for someone in the US and I really didn't understand why people were clamoring to obtain this polish.  Fast forward to a year later and here I am professing my love for Galaxy!  I saw it on sale at my local Shoppers Drug Mart and thought that I could add it to my swap list, but ended up trying it on and loving it.  It's in the same vein as Chanel Graphite and OPI Number One Nemesis but darker, I think, and with a smattering of blue glitter.  I'll definitely have to do a comparison of these three in the future as I can't think of all the differences offhand.  I've come to love these types of polishes (large shimmer? small glitter? foil? metallic?) and can't wait to add other colours to my collection.

I painted two coats of Galaxy and one coat of Wicked Fast and then decided to jazz up my pinky with Finger Paints Peacock's Portrait because, well, why not?  You can't really tell there is a glitter topper unless you look closely, but it sparkles nicely in the sun.  PP consists of large turquoise holo hexes and smaller multicoloured holo glitter ~ blue, purple and green, I believe, like a (duh) peacock.  I think she'd really shine over a dark creme.

Gosh Galaxy (base)
Finger Paints Peacock's Portrait (topcoat on pinky)

Finger Paints Peacock's Portrait over Gosh Galaxy...and a zucchini!  It was the closest prop.  :)

If you'd like to see PP over black and a bottle shot, head on over here.  Ain't she purdy?

Friday, September 27, 2013

My Two Favourite Cult Nails Polishes

You know I love a polish when I've already posted about it on the blog!  I paired up Cult Manipulative with Cult Scandalous here and now I thought I'd add my other favourite Cult polish - My Kind of Kool Aid.  Actually, Manipulative and Kool Aid are probably my favourite purple and aqua polishes period.  Both are cremes with delicate iridescent shimmer and covered beautifully in two coats.  I think these two colours would look smashing on all skin tones!  Luckily, I have backups of both as Manipulative is discontinued and My Kind of Kool Aid was for a short while.

 :)  Click on the pics to see the subtle, yet beautiful shimmer. *sigh*

Cult My Kind of Kool Aid (index, middle)
Cult Manipulative (ring, pinky)

I realized that my mani matched my son's juice cup!

Aren't these the most wonderful colours together?  What are your favourite combos?

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

China Glaze Fast Track and White Cap

I thought that China Glaze Fast Track and White Cap would go well together as they both contain the beautiful green-to-golden glass fleck shimmer.  They both applied nicely, though I used three coats for opacity for White Cap while Fast Track only needed two.  I've read that people like to layer White Cap over other polishes, but I prefer it by itself.   It's been on my toes for the past few weeks and is beautifully sparkly in the summer sun.  

China Glaze Fast Track
China Glaze White Cap (middle)

And since I've been so tardy in posting lately, here is a bonus manicure using two of my favourite colours - teal and olive.  I love how this turned out, especially considering it was one of those spur-of-the-moment manis.  All nails were two coats (except for Bluey, which was three) and applied without a problem, but, unfortunately, My Personal Serpent stained.  :

Picture Polish Ocean (thumb)
Butter London Bluey (index)
Sephora by OPI My Personal Serpent (middle)
Butter London Wallis (ring, pinky)

I can't help it; I just can't wear one polish at a time.  :)

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Graphite...finally!

I have to admit that I never used to like foil polishes, until I came across the long-discontinued Chanel Graphite.  Sparkly but not streaky, golden olive and smooth, it looked so beautiful in pictures that I had to have it.  I finally managed to find someone who would swap hers and I jumped on the chance.  I am glad that I did as it is everything I thought it would be.  In fact, Graphite has ignited a love of foil polishes and has caused me to purchase more.  Do I smell a comparison post in the future?...

I wanted to preserve Graphite as I know I`ll use it a lot in the future, so I thought that a few polishes from the Essie Fall 2013 collection would go well with it, along with Cult Nails Faded. All of the polishes are two well-behaved coats, plus one coat of Wicked Fast to enhance the shine.  I love this neutral ombre mani; I`m not one to always wear seasonal polish and this really fit the bill in the midst of flaming bright neon manis!

Chanel Graphite (thumb, index)
Essie Cashmere Bathrobe (middle)
Essie Vested Interest (ring)
Cult Nails Faded (pinky)

Full hand shot

I can`t wait to pull out more autumn polishes and mix them with some brights!