Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Cult Nails Annalicious and Swanbourne

As per usual, I'm behind on posting, but to make up for it, I'll post two manis!
The first consists of Cult Nails Annalicious and Swanbourne.  Annalicious is bright red with orange glass fleck shimmer, while Swanbourne is a deep chocolate jelly with fine golden glitter.  I thought the two would complement each other and so I painted each hand the reverse of the other.  I believe both polishes only needed two coats for opacity and, of course, one coat of Wicked Fast for extra shine.



Unfortunately the next mani makes me sad.  I love how Butter London Sloane Ranger is a beautiful sage colour infused with silver microshimmer, and I love even more how it looks with a holographic topcoat (one coat of Candy Lacquer Peyton).  I do not love, however, how this mani chipped on me within a few hours, hence the cropping out of my pinky finger.  I wish I could find a holo in this shade; I'd buy tons! :)

Saturday, February 9, 2013

a England Ophelia, Bridal Veil and Lady of the Lake

It was only after I did this mani that I realized all the polishes used are a England!  I started with Ophelia, a black polish infused with very fine, subtle purple glitter.  It was late and my application left a lot to be desired, so I ended up removing Ophelia from my index and middle fingers and thought that the scattered black and purple holos of Bridal Veil and Lady of the Lake would complement the black and purple of Ophelia. *longest sentence ever!*  I think I was right.

My bottle of Ophelia must have thickened a bit, so the two coat application was a bit tedious. Of course, I didn't think about adding thinner until after my nails were painted. :(
Bridal Veil was also a two coater, but smooth and creamy.  Lady of the Lake was a bit sheerer, but three thin coats did the trick.  This is also a smooth and creamy holo, if that makes sense. :)

I'm loving the 'skittle' look these days, how about you?


The next day, I decided to spruce up the mani a bit by adding Dollish Polish Vampire's Coven over Ophelia. I quite like it!

Thursday, February 7, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Fortissimo, Abi and Faraway

Finally ~ a mani in my favourite colour combo - brown, green, and blue.  The accent pieces around my home are all in green and blue and many of my clothing items are green or blue; it was only a matter of time before I used all these colours in a mani.

Fortissimo (dark brown) is a super shiny creme, while Abi (green) and Faraway (blue) have secret shimmer that emerges in the sun (or flash, click on the pic to see).  Indoors or in low light, however, the two shimmers appear to be cremes.

All of the polishes are two creamy coats of shiny goodness.  The only reason I used a topcoat is because I smudged my nails before they were dry.  :(  Plus, I found a coat of Wicked Fast brings out the shimmer in Abi and Faraway.

Aren't they just the perfect shades of green blue? 
*drool*




RBL Fortissimo
RBL Abi
RBL Faraway

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

A few swatches

The last mani I posted was out of order; these are the two manis that I wore prior to that post.  :)
I know it doesn't matter, but I feel the need to post the polishes in order of wearing them.  A little bit of OCD, I suppose...

First up is OPI Care to Danse, accented with Dollish Expecto Patronum.  I've had both these polishes for ages and since they are both creamy, pale jellies, I thought they'd go nicely together.
I'm not sure I'll be keeping Care to Danse.  If I remember correctly, I did three (or was it four?!) coats and the polish was still streaky!  Plus, if you look at the bottle colour, it is a pale lilac colour, while the colour on my nails is pink.  :(
I do love Expecto, though.  Two thin coats over the Care to Danse - beautiful!


This is another polish I've had in my untried drawer for about a year now.  Why did I wait so long?  China Glaze Ahoy is a fuschia jelly infused with golden glass fleck shimmer.  Opaque at two coats, glistening with or without topcoat ~ what's not to love?  This will be a gorgeous pedi polish in the summer!