Who Died And Made You King Nail Polish?

GIRL!! Those nails are STILL skanky!!!! What the…???!

Geesh, light a match, would ya?

This isn’t going to be a post where I show a cute mani and say ‘the polish stinks but it’s still a cute look!’ Uhm..no.

Scandal Nail Polish Company, YOU STINK! I’m not talking about your business ethics or finances; I don’t know squat about that. What I do know is that your polishes smell horrible. Pee-U! The fumes burn my nose and hurt my brain.

Here is the offender…

I like the looks of this polish. It has a translucent lime green base. And I do like the iridescent lime and gold bar glitter. Add into the mix silver and lime green dot glitter and the recipe is neat. Well, not totally neat; it takes a long while to dry…completely. Too long for my hyper self.

‘Lime Pearl’ doesn’t stand well by itself, in my opinion. So, who COULD stand by it, it reeks so damn bad! Moving along though, it needs a bit of help to be all it can be. I picked a creme base that would showcase it, hopefully, in the best way…

 I chose a medium yellow creme by Color Club. Do I like this yellow? It’s OK. (Insert fake smile.) I don’t apply light color creme polishes very well. And after a couple of re-dos, I finally got one nail looking decent…

 Here I have, on my ring finger, Color Club’s creme yellow which I do not know the name of (Sunny Side of the Road?). I have 2 coats on as I didn’t dare put on a third in fear I would muck it up again. Then I put on one coat of ‘Lime Pearl’.

 Juuuust a bit closer. There’s two coats of ‘Lime Pearl’ on my pinky. This is why I felt the need to use a color base coat for it; the glitters are too sparse.

And, here is how far a regular view would be. So, my point is that this mani isn’t a stand-out. It’s OK. (Insert fake smile.)

And, whatever you do, don’t get your fingers close to your nose!!! Man, it is going to be awhile before I show you another Scandal Nail Polish because I can’t bear that stench.

Enough about stinky stuff! I have a double glitter giveaway going on. Go here and enter and tell your friends.

I Have Some Flakies On My Fingers And It Isn’t Snow

One of the best Christmas manicures I can remember…

Everything is early about this manicure. First, Finger Prints Special Effects Top Coat collection wasn’t supposed to be released until next month. Today I spoke with a Sally’s employee and she said that they got the go ahead from their office to put them out for sale. Lucky us!!!

Next thing that is early is that I’m leaving for vacation and this is the manicure I will sport for Christmas. And the last thing that is early is my sincere wish to you all a very Happy Holiday season.

OK, this is what I did; I started with China Glaze’s ‘Near Dark’ because I wanted something dark and a creme. I thought that would best showcase the Special Effects. I didn’t want to use just a simple black because I think you’ll see a lot of that look with other bloggers. And, I wanted to, somehow, keep it close to a Christmas/Yule look.

‘Near Dark’ isn’t quite near perfect, however. It was patchy. And even though I thought I got them all, sure enough, out in the sunlight and doing a macro shot, nothing escapes scrutiny!

Next, I slapped on those Special Effects. These polishes leave me feeling soooo giddy! I guess I have never purchased so many flakies at once and I’m in overload. Usually, we’ll get one per collection. But an ENTIRE collection!!! I better sit down and fan myself!

So I could keep these all straight, I applied them in alphabetically order. (Don’t laugh.) From the thumb over; Asylum, Flashy, Flecked, Molten and Twisted.
Look closely…

 Asylum
 Flashy
 Flecked
 Molten
Twisted

I posted about the first 4 here, and then today, I picked up ‘Twisted’ to round out the complete set.

And, to give you another look, I did the right hand the opposite direction…

Taking it from the thumb down: Twisted, Molten, Flecked, Flashy, and Asylum.

It’s no secret that my middle finger on my right hand got a serious break. And I’m too stubborn to even them all out. It’s just going to have to catch up.

If I had time, these would be fun to matte as well. Even still, these are mesmerizing.

My eyes bugged out of my head today at Sally’s, though. The display for these was put on the bottom shelf!!! In merchandising, we call that the ‘kill zone.’ You do NOT put your best sellers or your newest items down at the bottom. That will ‘kill’ your sales, i.e., profits. Good thing I know what I’m looking for! And you will too. 😀

It is too bad I’m not taking these lovelies with me. But I am not taking the chance with these at airport security. I got them on as a mani, I’m good to go!

Eck! No thumb!!!

Are you getting these? Will you get them all or is there just one or two you want?

Christmas Dance Nail Stickers

I got these cute Christmas stickers at Sally’s. The stickers I used on my thumb made getting these a given…

These remind me of the kids dancing on the stage in the Charlie Brown Christmas Show. Do you get up and dance with them?! What….no? I do.

You so know you dance like ‘Yellow Shirt’!!!!

I used a green creme from a Fall collection Icing put out…

No name, just awesome murky green. I have three coats on.

Then, I put on an assortment of Christmas stickers…

 

I used a coat of Seche Vite to protect them. However, these stickers are thin. I don’t even feel them when I rub my finger over them.

They’re so sweeeet! And just when I think no one notices my nails when I’m out working, I ended up with 2 compliments on them today.

Tomorrow, I’m going to an all-day workshop, so I’ll be sporting these. This workshop is, actually, to learn how to use something that I will be doing a giveaway on!!!! Yes, it is that detail-oriented so before I review it and have it for the giveaway, I have to learn how to use it too. That’s all I’m telling you…BWHAAAAHAAAHAAAA!

These stickers were fairly easy to apply. I did use a pair of needle-nose tweezers to remove them from their backing and place them on the nails.

Do you wear nail stickers? If you like these, you can find them at Sally’s.

Is Bigger Better For Glitter? What If I Said Flaky Glitter?

I just have to face the facts. I’m going to wake up and it is going to be Jan 2, time to start a new year and new business contracts. That means Christmas and New Year’s Eve will have flown by me and I’ll be sitting here with a lot of Holiday polishes I never got to swatch. So, I better get busy!

Realizing this situation, I dug around the to-be-swatched drawer in the vanity. I was all set to pick out my favorite one and get crackin’. My first choice was China Glaze’s ‘Snow Globe’ from their 2011 winter collection. In staying with the comparison theme, I dug some more and found Cosmetic Arts no-name flaky that is now ‘Super Size Me Flaky’.

 

‘Snow Globe’ is the perfect name for this polish. You’ll find a mix of holo micro-glitter along with a bit of holo hex glitter.

Sparkle-dazzle holiday. Yes, it does, indeed, look like a snow globe…

I picked this photo because it reminded me of the kid that got double-dog dared to lick a metal pole. You know, from ‘A Christmas Story.’ I can only guess that the little people in this snow globe are playing hide-and-seek.’ But they must really suck at it.

Done digressing…
Cosmetic Arts is missing the fun by not naming their polishes. But, they are giving me some fun. When I first laid eyes on this one, I really did yell out ‘Oh, shit!’ I couldn’t grab this polish fast enough when I found it at Ross’…

I don’t think I have another polish that has flakes this size. Thus, ‘Super Size Me Flaky.’

There was nothing that could suffice to showcase these topcoats other than a rich creme. I picked out ‘Velvet Box’ from China Glaze’s current holiday collection. And, I think this one did the job…

On my thumb, middle and pinky finger, you see ‘Super Size Me Flaky.’ That leaves ‘Snow Globe’ for the index and ring finger. Now tell me, if you had 4 seconds to pause at a red light, wouldn’t you stare at these?

 

Good grief, those flakes are on steroids. And I was flat out thrilled that this polish applied in a very well-behaved manner. ‘Snow Globe’ was thick and it wanted to bunch up at the tip of the nail. After patience with laying it down and going back over it before it dried, it fell into that scattered look.

I’m gong to play favorites all over this post…

 

I’m not a fast-food girl; I gave it up 9 years ago. But this is one time I have no regrets at all to ask for a Super Size.

Opinions? Envys? Revulsions?

Trick Or Treat, Smell My Feet, I Found A Polish That Can’t Be Beat

If you are scurrying around, trying to get a lot done and the Internet gets wonky, doesn’t that just piss ya off?! OK, I guess I need to get into some sort of anger management computer class or, net rage control intervention.

But, this pumpkin soothes my nerves…

I was in St. Petersburg, Florida last weekend for my sister’s wedding. I checked G’s (Nouveau Cheap) virtual tracking map for Wet ‘n Wild’s On the Prowl collection. I actually saw 2 spottings marked for the Gulf Coast!

My hubs has got it through his head that yes, we will stop by several Walgreens, when we are out. And I was damn sure we would on our way to the Gulf.

I’ve given up on the On the Prowl collection. But I did find these…

I have seen and know about Del Sol polishes, however, this is the first one I have ever purchased. I think I’ve avoided buying any Del Sol because I’m not what you call an ‘outside’ girl.

I didn’t think ‘Trick or Treat’ was going to fair well all by itself (notice middle finger). And I got out my trusty black creme and went to town. I used Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Black Out.’ I have 2 coats of ‘Black Out’ and used 2 coats of ‘Trick Or Treat.’ I didn’t do a top coat as I figured it would not work with sunlight-changing polishes.

I wasn’t paying any attention and thought this was going to be a just OK polish. No! This is way better than a just OK!

 There is iridescent glitter in this! And the orange glitter plays off the iridescent and creates fireworks. Good grief, I can’t get over the look.

Remember, I just stated that I’m not the outdoorsy type, right? I guess I wasn’t outdoors enough when I was photographing these shots because ‘Trick or Treat’ was not changing. Hmmm…what that the trick? Then I got a bright idea (whoo hoo…bright idea is gonna be a pun, hold on). I thought I’d use my UV light box. Word!

And here is the bottle itself. You can actually see the line where the bottle was out of the light spectrum.

 I’m pretty gaga over this polish. It was hard for me to move on to swatch another one.

Have you seen ‘Trick or Treat’? How do you like Del Sol polish? Are you hoping to find a Winter Holiday Del Sol polish, like I am?

China Glaze’s Crimson and Long Riding Coats of Velvet

OOOHHHH, so much to share before Halloween!!!! I’m scared!!!

My new Canon camera takes wicked, detailed photos. I’m scared to use that too. It will surely make anyone who reads this blog sceert too; cuticle blech!  (That’s China Glaze’s ‘City Siren😉

Yet, I’m not afraid of any of these ‘gore’-geous Halloween polishes we got flooded with this year. I mean, seriously…

This is EXACTLY what I’m talking about. China Glaze sucker-punched my eyes with this shade called ‘Crimson.’ This vampest of vamps is from China Glaze’s Haunting collection. And, I think you will be haunted by this one, if you like it and don’t get it.

 

Crimson is a red shade, isn’t it? But, that’s what China Glaze is calling this one. I’m seeing a blackened plum color, myself. And it can’t help but beam, even if it is a dark color. Like, look at the sun’s reflection on the thumb!

This creme was really easy to apply. I have on 3 coats and you can see how smooth it is. So smooth that you can see the texture of the sky’s clouds. ‘Crimson’ got a bit of it’s gloss with a top coat by Lumos.

 Wicked, purple black!

Can you see yourself wearing a long riding coat made of crushed velvet in the color of ‘Crimson’? I can and what a wicked look that would be. Like this…

 Lorenna McKennitt is one of my favorite musical artist. I think there are a few of my dear readers who enjoy her music as well. 🙂 

It’s Not Tooth Fairy Dandruff; It’s OPI Rainbow Connection

Here is the second shade from the OPI Muppets collection that I had to get: ‘Rainbow Connection’…

Seriously, this will be the runaway of this collection. Gee-or-jus!!

 Look at the glitter reflection made on my hand. I didn’t notice that until I started picking out photos for this post. Oooohhhh….aaahhhhhh…

Hexy, dot, medium and micro glitter, seriously. Silver, green, red, blue and yellow gold. I think this looks like ‘Tooth Fairy Dandruff.’

Glitter bombs-away…

All that glitter is in a clear base. It goes on fairly well. I had to work with it to adhere closer to my cuticles. I used 2 coats here. And I didn’t put any top coat on it. It did quite well in shine, naturally. And, ‘Rainbow Connection’ is not as gritty as I thought it would be. It is gritty, but all that glitter did lay flat.

OK, I know you want to see more ‘Rainbow Connection’ in action…

 In the shade outdoors…it doesn’t matter, this is dazzling. So, next I wanted to see if it would play well with ‘Wocka Wocka’ as I’m sure this creme was meant to be used, if you so desire, as a base for ‘Rainbow Connection…

 

The sun makes this appear brighter than it really is. ‘Wocka Wocka’ is more of a dark berry shade.

The shadow light shows ‘Wocka Wocka’ better than the sunlight one. However, there’s no denying that these two are meant for each other.

‘Wocka Wocka’ is a stunning stand alone too…

 

 I wanted to do a quick comparison with a pink flaky I had. That’s what you see on my middle finger. It’s from a mini collection with no name from Claire’s. I have on Color Club’s ‘Vivid’ top coat, as well.

Some posts back, I had mentioned I needed a good, basic blue-based red creme polish. Here it is!! Smooth as glass and super OPI easy to apply.

It must be hard or not cost-effective to label these minis. So, I have to resort to doing it myself. I didn’t come up with the idea. Steph from Imperfectly Painted shared with me that this is how she keeps track of label-less bottles.

I can stare at these bottles for hours. I put it on my nails and it’s an all day fascination.

I can’t wait to see what base coat I can use next with ‘Rainbow Connection.’ What color would you choose?

A Mother’s Love for China Glaze’s City Siren

In just about 24 hours, I will be drawing the winner for the Cult Nails giveaway. The winner gets two, new Cult Nails polishes. Go here to enter and see details.

Have you seen the Metro collection by China Glaze? This is their Fall collection and I’m in love with it. If they were my kids, I’d spoil them. But for now, I’ll just hand you photos of my brilliant, gifted, beautiful children. And here is my sweet ‘City Siren’…

Oh, she’s going to be a heart breaker!!! She’s quite a mysterious, darkened red. Smoldering, I’d say…

And when she gets out into the city…Step back!

Three yummy coats and one top coat of Seche Vite.

I’m not sure if I have another mildly orange, vampy, hot red. ‘City Siren’ does call attention. In the bottle, she’s much darker than the outdoor light presents. However, the nail color is very spot on. Yes, so beautiful, stunning and my darling, gifted red.

Oh, this young temptress will surely test us as loving parents. But we really can’t play favorites. Check out more of the ‘Metro’ family here, here and here.

There are not any full displays of China Glaze’s Metro collection around here, that I have seen. So, if you are wanting one or some, don’t wait til later.

Wet n Wild Black Magic Shinanigans and a Sparkly Pumpkin

As I mentioned previously, I saved back the Icing’s ‘Pumpkin’ to swatch. I’m sitting on the fence about this one…probably like a pumpkin. ;P So, here are the photos and I’ll leave it up to you if it is worth purchasing.

 

 After I polished my pinky, I started thinking that maybe I should put a base coat down first. So, as you can see, I did a couple tests with that in mind.

I used Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Black Magic’ from the Fantasy Maker Halloween collection. This little tombstone has caused quite a bit of confusion. It’s like the wrong person got buried in the wrong plot.

Here’s the situation as I understand it. Gianna at Nouveau Cheap, gave ‘Black Magic’ a review and swatch on her blog. You can pop on over here, to check it out. You’ll notice that she not only swatches it but she also shows a photo of the side of the polish stating that this polish is, indeed, named ‘Black Magic.’

Cool! Many of us are excited to get a black polish that has an array of micro-glitter colors. However, a few of us ended up with a creme black.

Mine even says ‘Black Magic.’ However, it is not the same as Gianna’s. I purchased mine at an Ulta store. So, a few days later, I went to another Ulta store and looked the display over carefully. What I noticed was that the display states that the color that should be there is ‘Black Sparklee.’ The plot thickens…

I feel confident that Wet n Wild has made a mistake in packaging. My question then is, will we be able to find ‘Black Sparklee’? Stay tuned. I’ll give an update when anything turns up.

Now that I’m finished with that breaking news, back to our regularly scheduled swatch…

‘Pumpkin’ is, without any doubt, orange and sparkly. I love it! However, I think doing a mani with just the ‘Pumpkin’ would have done just fine as it is rather densely packed with glitter.

‘Pumpkin’ is a thick polish. And I had a difficult time getting it to apply near the cuticle without depositing glitter on my skin.

With the top photo of my thumb, I have one coat of ‘Black Magic’ (imposter or not) and 2 coats of ‘Pumpkin.’ I have one two top coats of Nailene’s ‘Miracle Maker’. And even with those 2 layers of top coat, ‘Pumpkin’ is still gritty. On the index finger, I have 3 coats of ‘Pumpkin’ and I think it looks fairly nice. It has got an opaque look to it with 3 coats. Only thing is, that it does have pull at the cuticle line.

This is my index finger on my right hand and I believe that this shows the drag of ‘Pumpkin’ but the possibilities that using these two polishes have. It almost looks like a graduated appearance.

Oh, and one great thing about the ‘Black Magic’ I got, that sucker is opaque in one coat!. Not a bald spot or a streak. That makes me feel a bit better about having it in my collection.

Now you can tell me what you think about these polishes; layer or no layer? And on the ‘Black Magic’ mixup; Trick or Treat? Let me know your thoughts, I’m interested to read what the readers think.

China Glaze’s Westside Warrior is My Hero

China Glaze has my heart this Fall with their Metro Collection. I got them all because I liked every one.

I reviewed/swatched ‘CG in the Cityhere and loved how it applied. Then, I chose ‘Westside Warrior’ next…

Man, I LOVE this green creme!! I have several pieces of clothing this color because it is a shade I can put with almost any other color. A red plum purple looks really great with this shade of green.

I have worn this mani for the past 3 days. I usually swatch every day or at least every other day. But, if I’m in love, I can rock it a lot longer…

I did this in one coat. It did bubble on my thumb. And sadly, I ruined it with a smudge on my middle finger. With an expert hand, someone else would find ‘Westside Warrior’ a breeze. I have one coat of China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat’ on. And 3 days later, this polish is still shiny. Cremes are hard for me to work with. But I am finding, or rediscovering, that darker cremes, such as ‘Westside Warrior’ are easier for me than lighter shades of creme.

As always, I’m sorry for the horrible cuticles. They look like Zombie nails. 

China Glaze’s ‘Westside Warrior’ is a Fall winner for me. Do you like the army green polish shades that are dominating the season?