You Don’t Know Jacques! About Getting Ready For Spring

The new spring 2012 nail collections are rolling out and most of them are bright and cheery shades. I’m not there yet.

So I took a drab shade, and enjoyed it quite a bit. Then I went on to twinkle it up.

Here’s the beginning…

I got OPI’s ‘You Don’t Know Jacques!’ in a blogger trade. This is a polish that I saw on many of the nail blogs and actually, I do like it. It’s just that I didn’t purchase it for myself.

The ‘greige’ colors got me 2 years ago, right after I started blogging. I don’t think I would have given these shades a second thought if it had not been for seeing them on blogs. But, I did a ‘hmmmmm?’ and tried them and yes, I can say I love greige!

 

I applied 3 coats here with Seche Vite as a top coat. If you know OPI and have sampled many of their polishes, you’ll know exactly how this one did: beautifully.

Then, the next day, while I sat at my desk contemplating what shade to swatch next, I found I was actually staring at my Finger Paints FX collection. Sure! Why not?…

I chose ‘Flecked’ as I thought it would have the best contrast. Using one of the red flakies just seemed to obvious and I wanted something unusual. And, I achieved it…

 

Look, that’s a weird angle on my thumb nail. Looks like it is lop-sided. But the photo above this one shows that it’s square. My camera eye is getting more critical as I work on vamping up my skill level. I start my photography classes next week with the first class on just on learning my specific camera. I’m looking forward to it and, hope that my blog photos will bear the fruits of this endeavor.

Are you ready for the spring nail collections? Or, are you dragging your feet, like me?

Flaky Flecked over Holly-Day Display

Go ahead…say that title 3 times really fast. Hee hee.

Yes, the Glitter Giveaway is still going. You have to enter here before Sunday, 1/8 at 8 PM EST.

Did you get a ton and a half of Holiday polishes like I did? I still have some to swatch but don’t want to seem like I’m not moving on, you know?

I am, however, still in love, and will be forever probably, with my Finger Paint’s Special Effects (aka FLAKIES!) collection. So I am looking for ways to take the Winter collections and marry them with the Finger Paint polishes.

Gotta love me some dark green creme polish…

‘Holly-Day’ is from the 2011 China Glaze Holiday collection. This is a green that I would pick if I could only wear one green polish. It’s a Goldilocks polish; not too dark, not too light, juuuuust right.

Next, I paired it up with the green flakie from Finger Paint’s named ‘Flecked’.

‘Flecked’ makes ‘Holly-Day’ look like it has lights blazing in it. And it was fascinating to flash my nails back and forth for the dazzle effect.
 
 

 I didn’t apply ‘Flecked’ on my thumb so as to show ‘Holly-Day’ standing alone. So, I have 2 coats of China Glaze’s ‘Holly-Day’ and one lavishing coat of ‘Flecked’, then the Color Club’s Vivid Color Intensifying top coat.

Yeah, I’m happy to have found a way to use ‘Flecked’ again. 

Are you scouting out ways to use your Finger Paint’s Special Effects?

A Grand Blue Christmas

Here’s something I got for Christmas…

Fresh, new-fallen snow. Living in Orlando, this was a wonderful Christmas gift. I went to Denver to see my family over Christmas and it snowed the evening I got in.

Before I left, I happened to pick up a new Sally’s Girl polish. Alas, it has no name, but I think it is pretty…

Just a cute silvery, dusty blue that has a shimmer. But, I didn’t stop there.
Here’s what Sally’s Girl polish looks like all by itself…

The second photo isn’t as good as the first, but I wanted to show that the first one has a glare on it; not a ding.

However, I wanted to play with my new Finger Paint flakies some more and I thought this dusty blue was just the right pairing.

First, on my left hand, I used ‘Flashy’…

 

Even though I did 3 coats of Sally’s Girl, I only did one of ‘Flashy.’ I think another coat would have made the flakes show more.

On my right hand, I used ‘Twisted’…

Remember, it is my ring finger, here, that has no flakies on it. Again, just one coat of ‘Twisted.’ I do wish I would have remembered to apply two coats.

Sally’s Girl dusty blue is pretty. But if you have ever purchased one of these, you know the bottle is puny, the brush is sub par, and the top sometimes doesn’t stay attached to the brush. If you know these things going in, then you’ll know you get what you pay for, most of the time. I was, most definitely, wanting it for the color.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you Sally’s Girl with a different top coat and see how that strikes your fancy.

I had a grand time with my family this Christmas. My brother and his family live in Denver. My sister and her husband, my dad and step-mom, and my sister’s daughter and family all came in. We had a house full. A lot of things happened during that week and one of the best things to come out of it…I realized that my sister-in-law is one of my best friends.

Did you have a grand Holiday too?

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?

Finger Paint’s Special Effects Top Coats-FOUND!

When my friend, Alli, tweeted, yesterday, that she found these…

at a Sally’s close by her, I couldn’t sleep! I was up early the next day (dear gawd, and it was a Saturday!), got my run in, showered, dressed and out the door I went!

Here’s the poop…these babies are to be released in January…like, next year, 2012. For some reason, which I didn’t ask because I wanted to get mine first, this particular Sally’s store had made the excellent, and favorable, decision to put them out for sale. Even when I paid for these Finger Paints, the sales woman stated that they were out early and she had to put in another code so the register would ‘take’ it. All I could choke out was ‘Oh!’ I think I was actually having a panic attack getting them because I was afraid some mean Sally’s worker was going to come out of the back room and scream ‘You can’t have those yet! Give ’em back!’ I didn’t feel safe until I got in my car and locked the doors. Then, I took them out of the bag and drooled all over them.

To anyone else, they may look the same. But to us, nail polish enthusiasts, do we NOT know better???!!!!

This is ‘Flecked’. I’m not even going to pretend I know what this flakie color is. Well, I know it’s WORRRRD!!

And, this one is ‘Motley’. I know what a ‘Motley Crew’ is but why were they using it to name a polish? Googled it:

adjective

1. exhibiting great diversity of elements; heterogeneous (composed of parts of different kinds; having widely dissimilar elements or constituents): a motley crowd.
2. being of different colors combined; parti-colored: a motley flower border.
3. wearing a parti-colored garment: a motley fool.
 
noun

4. a combination of different colors.
5. a parti-colored effect.
6. the parti-colored garment of a jester.
7. a heterogeneous assemblage.
8. a medley.
 
Now I get it!
 
I have a couple more for ya…
This is ‘Flashy’. I want to say a great, big ‘DUH’ to that one!
 
The last one I have to show is ‘Asylum’. Wow, I’m sufficiently blown away.
 
They didn’t have ‘Twisted’ so I will be looking forward to nabbing that one for the complete collection.  And, at the moment, I am working on applying a dark green from China Glaze to show these off. I can hardly wait!!! But I want these to look out of this world!!! 
 
In the meantime, if you’d like to see them swatched, click over here to my friend, Nail Polish MD‘s blog and she’ll show you the awesomely over-the-top flaky top coat wonderland.
 
No one else wants these, right????

Three Way Holiday Green Comparisons

As mentioned in my last post, I am so loving green polishes this Holiday. And, I’ll say it again, green polish is new to my life in the past 2 years. I must have been in some rut, avoiding wearing green polish. I would wear it on my toes but, just not on my fingers. Too funky.

I’m so glad I snapped out of that one! Look what fun I’d be missing out on…

 

Three random, Holiday greens. Using the last photo, from the left: from Color Club’s Under The Mistletoe collection in 2009 (no name); Orly’s ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’; and Finger Paint’s ‘Comet’s Collar’.

Each one is worthy of Holiday wear. I like all of them. So, here are the skittles of green…

I used 3 coats on all of these and added a top coat of Color Club’s ‘Vivid’.
On my thumb and ring finger, I’m sporting the Color Club green from 2009. On my index finger and pinky, that’s ‘It’s Not Rocket Science.’ And just on the middle finger is ‘Comet’s Collar’.

As it so looks, the Color Club felt gritty but it sparkles. ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’ is a swampy green that was a hit last Fall. And ‘Comet’s Collar’ is new this season but doesn’t have much ‘umpf’ next to the other shades of green. I’d recommend ‘Comet’s Collar’ for nail art or stamping.

For the Holiday look and feel, my vote is for the Color Club green. Which one do you like?

Greensleeves, Elf Suits and Nail Polish

Mistletoe, Ivy, Elf suits…there are tons of green things around at Christmas time. And even my nails are green. Lots of green…and in a GOOD way too.

This is China Glaze’s ‘Near Dark.’ And, dark it is. Deep, smoldering green, dark.

 I have on 3 coats here, but no top coat, yet.

‘Near Dark’ gives the perfect backdrop for these…

Both of these Finger Paints are called ‘Sparkle Top Coat.’ Yea, so they wanted to distinguish one from the other…NOT.

Both look fab as a top coat, though.

On my index and ring finger, I have on ‘Sparkle Top Coat’ and on the middle and pink, there’s ‘Sparkle Top Coat.’ That’s Dumb and Dumber. Tweedledee and Tweedledum.

OK, no more smartie. The index finger has the top coat that has iridescent glitter in a light milky base. The middle finger has the magenta-like shimmer.

You probably can guess that I like the iridescent glitter more than the shimmer. That glitter looks like a crisp, clear, winter night. But both work for me.

If you would have asked me two years ago if I’d wear green polish on my finger nails, I would have thought you were going quite mad. Now, I’m in love with wearing this blackened green shade.

And, just one last smartie…look at what I just got and will be showcasing very soon….

‘Yule’ Be Seeing Red With These Comparisons

In the years before becoming a blogger, during the Holidays, I’d just wear a red creme polish. I haven’t traveled too far from that love. Red will always be my favorite nail polish color to wear. (Oops, I should have named the blog after a RED vanity, eh?)

These red polishes were fun to compare…

 Sorting through my untrieds, these are some hot reds that I found.

Starting from the left: Finger Paint’s ‘Magenta Mood’; Color Club’s ‘Yule Love It’ (from the ’09 Holiday collection); Zoya’s ‘Sarah.’

This started out as a comparison post and not a dupe one, but you’ll soon find that it all takes a turn…

 Here are the polishes in the order I put them on my nails.

And, this was my outcome. ‘Sarah’ is on my thumb as well as my ring finger. ‘Magenta Mood’ is on my index and pinky. That leaves ‘Yule Love It’ for the middle finger.

Zoya and Finger Paints, surprisingly, are dupes. I couldn’t tell them apart. That is, if I don’t count the application. Zoya reigns supreme in that area.

I didn’t put on cuticle oil before taking photos, and that’s a super bad habit. In this photo, can you see how ‘Sarah’ and ‘Magenta Mood’ are total twins?

Color Club’s ‘Yule Love It’ looks bubbly and gritty next to the other two. It wasn’t bubbly, just gritty.

The opinion I’ll give is that you do not need both ‘Sarah’ and ‘Magenta Mood’. Zoya is going to get my vote because it applied so much easier. Even with just 2 coats, both of these were fine. However, I completed the mani with a total of 3 coats. And I didn’t use a top coat.

Next post will be on Holiday greens. 

Do you have any of these reds? Gotta favorite?

The Ghosts of Christmas Dupes

Can you believe there are this many polish dupes this season? I don’t know if this is normal, as it didn’t seem like that last year.

Well, here are some more to check out…

I really like these combos. First is Color Club’s ‘Jingle Jangle’ from their Beyond the Mistletoe collection. Very much micro-glitter in a very light gold, light purple, and iridescent colors. Next to that is China Glaze’s ‘Twinkle Lights’ from the Let It Snow collection. This one doesn’t look totally similar in the bottle, however.

  ‘Twinkle Lights’ has glitter that is a bit larger than the Color Club’s. The glitter is gold, red and green. It looks very pretty in the bottle. I’d love to have a long scarf like this and wear it with a dark green or black shirt.

This is what they look like side by side…

‘Jingle Jangle’ is on my thumb, middle and pink. I put ‘Twinkle Lights’ on my index and on my ring nail. Hard to see a difference, even though they seemed quite different in the bottle.  I didn’t get in super macros on this but you can see just the very slightest bit of green in the ‘Twinkle Lights’ on the two nails. 

My thoughts, if you need just one, you might be hard pressed to decide. Here’s why: China Glaze applied a bit easier and had less drag than Color Club. But Color Club’s ‘Jingle Jangle’ gave more coverage with the 2 coats I applied. Once again, I didn’t put on a top coat so you could see just how sparkly they were without it.

Now, on the right hand…

These are out of order from how I applied them on the nails. However, this is what is lined up here: Finger Paint’s ‘Santa Kisses’ and this is from the Merry and Bright collection. In the middle is China Glaze’s ‘Ring in the Red’ and that is from the Let It Snow holiday collection. On the right is Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Rockin’ Rubies.’ That is from the recent Ice Baby collection.

 Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Rockin’ Red.’

 China Glaze’s ‘Ring In The Red.’

And this is Finger Paint’s ‘Santa Kisses.’

They can all look similar, at first glance because they are reds all within the same hue.

So, let’s see what happens when they end up on the nails…

Starting with my thumb and ring finger: that is Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Rockin’ Red.’ Then on the index finger and pink, that’s China Glaze’s ‘Ring In The Red.’ And all alone, on the middle finger, I have applied Finger Paint’s ‘Santa Kisses.’

Let me start off with ‘Rockin’ Red.’ This polish has pink glitter floating in a mass of red micro-glitter. And then, sometimes that pink glitter will flash red. It’s a trickster.

On the index and pinky, I have China Glaze, and this is my favorite of the three. With the first coat, which almost always is thin, I can tell that the base color is a translucent red. Swatching it on white pape, it looks fuchsia next to the other two. But the micro and semi-micro glitter is red, no doubt. This gives it better coverage in two coats than the other two.

Last is Finger Paints and I’m actually disappointed in this one. The base is a much weaker base of red. And it has true red glitter but only one size. However, it didn’t give as complete coverage as the other two did. It would need three or four coats to become opaque. So you might want to keep that in mind.

The lighting is off, but I wanted you to see the differences in the opaqueness of the three.
I think they are similar, again, that I wouldn’t need all of them. For the gold, my favorite, easily is China Glaze’s ‘Twinkle Lights.’ And I’m favoring China Glaze’s ‘Ring In The Red’ for the red glitter.
Tell me your thoughts on these.

China Glaze and Finger Paints Haul from Sally’s

I’m finalizing my Holiday trip to Denver and am so excited I can’t concentrate. Yes, I’m THAT easily distracted.

But I did stop in to Sally’s when the lovely Store Manager gave me a call to say the Holiday collections for China Glaze and Finger Paints was in. I went there before seeing any clients today. I have my priorities very much in line. Baaahaaahaa!

Here’s the haul…

China Glaze has a mini four-pack and they had the very polishes I wanted. I’m looking forward to experimenting with ‘Twinkle Lights’. I think my toes want some Holiday cheer too.

Here are the three Finger Paints polishes I selected…

I wasn’t able to capture the super-duper coolness of ‘Sparkle Top Coat.’ It’s a shimmery, pink iridescent color.

A few more China Glaze polishes…

Oh, geez…’Snow Globe’!!!! Looks like a glitter sammich manicure. I think all other future polishes, that are lined up to be swatched, have been bumped by ‘Snow Globe.’ I think I’ll sleep with it under my pillow tonight.

I set up China Glaze’s ‘Ring in the Red’ next to Finger Paint’s ‘Santa Kisses’…

Very similar and I wasn’t going to get ‘Santa Kisses’ because they look so close. But my good conscience didn’t want me to miss an opportunity to do a comparison review. If I follow your blog and you do a comparison, I’m usually going to comment that comparison posts are my favorite. Stick around for my red glitter comparison post.

Shea Butter is one of my favorite types of skincare ingredient. Sally’s plans on selling cases of this brand. They had about 5 cases stacked out in front of the register. I bit…

It smells nice without being overly fragrant.

And, now tell me…who could resist these cuties? Only a stone-cold Scrooge…

The joyous little kids remind me of the dancing kids from Charlie Brown’s Christmas Show. Sweet…ahhhh.

That’s today’s loot. Fun Winter Holiday Stuff!

What Holiday beauty items are you looking forward to?