An Intoxicating Grog: Witch’s Brew

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Halloween is coming up so fast, I’m going to run out of days before I can do all my Halloween looks.

Here’s one that is my favorite for this season…

 Check out Icing’s ‘Witch’s Brew.’ That is some concoction!!

‘Witch’s Brew’ is Icing’s 2011 Halloween collection. Out of an jelly orange glitter and a jelly purple with purple glitter, this one out of the bunch is my total, total favorite.

I’m intoxicated by ‘Witch’s Brew.’ If I were not a nail blogger, I would wear this shade all month. It’s a black jelly and has dark turquoise micro glitter in it.

I used Seche Vite as the top coat and you’d swear that you are looking up into a midnight sky. I used three coats of polish then one coat of Seche for this mani.

Have you seen this shade before? You probably have. ‘Witch’s Brew’ is a near dupe to a couple of other polishes available…

On the left is Icing’s ‘Witch’s Brew’, in the middle Sinful Color’s ‘What’s Your Name?, and last is Cult Nails’ ‘Living Water.’ Can you see how ‘What’s Your Name’ is more of a blue glitter?

And take a closer look at Cult Nails’ ‘Living Water.’ This polish has something the other two do not: luminosity. ‘Living Water‘ has turquoise glitter that looks like it is lit up. Hands down, the best looking of the three. I did a post on ‘Living Water.

It probably goes without saying that I’m a total sucker for clever names and ‘Witch’s Brew’ is one of them.

Next is a couple of random sharings.

Every time I am at a mall that has a Forever 21, I stop by. I’m compelled to! This is what I scored last week…

When I was in high school, there was this saying ‘I wouldn’t kick that out of bed for eating crackers in it.’ How horrible, blech! But that stupid saying came to mind when I photo’d these at the sunny window. I’m saving these for Christmas manis.

And lastly, last week my brother, sister-in-law and niece vacationed at the happiest place on earth, Disney World. I got to hang out with them a few days. I, too, am 12 years old when I’m with my 12 year old niece. It’s grand to have someone to play with. 🙂

This is Karlie…

One of the Most Annoying Orange Polishes

This month’s work has been slow. That will all change with the last quarter of the year coming up. However, I have made the best of it with sharing blog posts, swatching lots of polishes and makeup, reading all my favorite blogs and socializing on Twitter. It doesn’t matter what the nay-sayers think about social media, I have met people and made friends that have truly enhanced my life.

So there!

I tried out ‘Creepy Pumpkin’ polish from Wet ‘n Wild’s 2011 Halloween collection. When I mentioned it originally here, I stated that this orange polish was not annoying. (Get it?) However, it isn’t an annoying shade, but it is an annoying orange polish to apply. 

Let’s start here with a photo….

It’s got teeny, tiny orange glitter in an orange base jelly.

Here it is swatched and a total of 4 coats…

One thing I have to mention, this is my fourth attempt at doing this manicure. What a finicky jelly this one is. Where I found the patience, I just don’t know. But, I had all sorts of problems with this ‘Creepy Pumpkin.’

Even with 4 coats, I see VNL. It had wicked drag, both at the cuticle line AND the tips. It dried slow and after an hour I would ding it, ruining the manicure’s look for a swatch. It was gritty, but I really don’t mind that at all. The fact that it didn’t apply fluidly is the main issue, for me.

However, if I only pull this polish out for the Halloween season, I guess it will be OK…maybe. Oh, but I did find a really great prop to use…

I got an entire bag of pretzel M&M’s just for this prop; it was so perfect.

What? You don’t believe me? Boy, that’s just plain annoying.

Ogre Snot or: How I Came to Love Naming Colors

A couple of years after I moved to Virginia Beach, VA from Nashville, TN, I started dating a guy who managed a comic book/miniature collectibles/gaming store. I enjoyed hanging out there and looking at the vast array of items. One area that I enjoyed was the rows and rows of paint used to paint miniatures. Not only did I enjoy just looking at all the different colors, I was obsessed with the names of them; whimsical, silly and so comic-book style. But the one I remember is a green called ‘Ogre Snot.’ Besides being so hilarious, it popped into my mind, I could come up with names like that too.  Hence, my love affair with giving colors names.

The swatch I have for you today reminds of that time. I’m going to compare this year’s green from the China Glaze Halloween collection to last year’s green.

‘It’s Alive’ is the green for 2011. Last year we had fun with ‘Zombie Zest.’

Another side by side comparison.

A close up of ‘It’s Alive.’ The glitter is larger and more of a moss green. The base color is a blackened green with light green glitter.

Check out the side by side on nails…

That’s Ogre Snot ‘Zombie Zest’ on the middle finger. I can see that ‘Zombie Zest’ is an olive jelly base with micro micro-light green glitter. There was a lot of drag on that ‘Zombie Zest.’ It was like trying to use a wet, ol’ booger as polish. (Now that’s GROSS!) 

I used 3 coats for each. I think 2 could have done it but since I wasn’t satisfied with ‘Zombie Zest’ and went for a third coat, I went ahead and did that third coat with ‘It’s Alive’ as well.

Swampy greens with glitter have been trendy for the past year. And I’m quite OK with that. I love the color! So I dug in the vanity drawers to pull out a couple more to compare…

From the left: China Glaze’s ‘It’s Alive’, China Glaze’s ‘Zombie Zest, Sinful Color’s ‘Call You Later’, Orly’s ‘It’s Not Rocket Science’.

With the a passion for oogly-boogly color names like ‘Ogre’s Snot’, I found I had a fairly good creative talent for coming up with names. Any makeup company out there that would like my service, I’m very affordable!!

What swampy green do you like?

Psychedelic Sunshine Summer Lovin’

This is a fun one. It reminds me of this song.

Finger Paint’s took my black heart and filled it with sunshine ala ‘Psychedelic Sunshine’.

With the new, Fall Finger Paints newly released, I gotta get these Summer ones on here for you to see. Gangway, Comin’ Through….!!!!!!

Just stand in awe at this yellow jelly belly….

There is a whole bunch of iridescent glitter going on in this yellow jelly polish.

Yes, it is true; I still have VNL after 2 coats. However, it is not very noticeable in real life. I think the gummy goodness of the ‘Psychedelic Sunshine’ makes me not worry about that.

On my thumb, it seems like it would be gritty, but again, it’s just an illusion. ‘Psychedelic Sunshine’ is thick, but not gritty. And I like my nails at this length. I’m still growing out the divets from the nail tech driller episode, but am on my way back to this length.

If you like jellies, don’t you think this one is divine? I caught an earworm during this post….this is it. Bucket List for me: Dance with John Travolta. aw haaaaaaaaaaa!

The Usual Treatment; Not the Usual Color

What is the color of sunshine? Maybe the same color as L’oreal’s ‘Yellow Seahorse’?

Great Shades of Sunshine, this is an in-your-face yellow! Pow!

Because this is a jelly polish, it is thick compared to regular lacquers. I took this polish with me to the nail salon. And, the technician (is that title even appropriate/correct?) opened the bottle and promptly ran off to put some nail polish remover in it to thin it out!!!  HORRORS!!!  I did yell out ‘NO!’ but in a milder manner. Well, not so mild. Not mild.

I then took it upon myself to educate the polish applier (nope, that doesn’t sound good either) that it is SUPPOSE to be like that. It is a jelly! Nope, he never heard of that before. I did find that disturbing.

I think you can only get two coats out of nail salons, so that’s what is here. There is even a bit more of a VNL IRL than it shows here. However, I really did expect that. What I didn’t expect was the sparkle that is in ‘Yellow Seahorse’ to NOT show up. Gosh, it has a very pretty sparkle to it too.

I didn’t take a super macro of the polish to show the sparkle but take it from me; it’s lovely.  This had a great shine without the top coat but then the work I get at from the nail salon worker (I think that’s a good fit) is pretty consistent: base coat (however, I am finding that this step is getting dropped), 2 color coats and a base coat, over to the dryers, out ya go!

Here’s a photo of a real yellow seahorse. I can sort of see the inspiration, how about you?

If You Love It, Why Don’t You Marry It?

Whoa!  Did I have my mind blown by this one!…

 This is Color Club’s ‘Total Mystery’ from the Alter Ego collection.  Here is why I want to marry it…

If you have heard or read the word ‘Blurple’ thrown around in nail/makeup blog-dom, this is the color we are talking about.  However, cameras do not always love blurple, so this ends up looking blue and may cause you to scratch your head in confusion.

Check out the color of the bottle.  That’s much more purple than my nails.  In real life, the bottle’s color is what it looks like.  It’s a blurple jelly with fuchsia and blue micro-glitter.  This is 3 coats with a coat of Seche Clear and a coat of Vite.  Shine-topia!!!

I stared at this mani a lot.  In fact, I’m still rockin’ it.  Trust me; this is way more purple.  But I shouldn’t try to convince you of my love; we were just meant to be.

Have you had a polish that you had a hard time moving on from?  What was it?

China Glaze ‘Atlantis’ vs. Sinful Colors ‘Nail Junkie’

If today’s weather would be like this all year ’round, I’d love living in Florida.  Alas, it is not!  However, I did take advantage of tons of sunlight and did swatching galore.

I know that every nail blogger has had this happen to them.  You do your nails in the evening, carefully applying, as you always do.  Finish up and have all the intentions to photo your swatches in the morning, provided there is sufficient sunshine.  You find that there is and you are happy!  You run to get your camera, step outside, aim your camera and what do you find?  A hot mess!  I did this with a pedicure.  My toe nails were not filed evenly, the cuticles were as dry as a desert and the polish seemed dull.  Scratch that!

But the polish I had used was this…

It’s Sinful Color’s ‘Nail Junkie.’  It is just too sparkly/glittery not to show up as a post.  But when I originally went to try this as a pedi, I thought I was using this…

This is China Glaze’s ‘Atlantis.’  Ta da!  A dupe post was created.

Here’s the line up I used: the new Finger Paint’s Base Coat, China Glaze’s ‘Atlantis’, Sinful Color’s ‘Nail Junkie’ and as the top coat, China Glaze’s ‘Fast Forward Top Coat.’

Not exact dupes…

There’s more green glitter in ‘Atlantis’.  But I could only see this in the blurred photo.

Starting with the thumb, middle and pink fingers have ‘Atlantis.’  The index and ring fingers have on ‘Nail Junkie.’

Both are jellies and have green, gold and turquoise glitter.  ‘Atlantis’ has less gold glitter.  And ‘Nail Junkie’ seems to have iridescent glitter.  On the nails, you can see that ‘Atlantis’ is a deeper turquoise/blue-green color.  And since I have an OCD about making the nail color the same as in the polish, I have on 4 coats.

My verdict is that I don’t need both.  I think I like ‘Atlantis’ better.  I will make myself a mental note to try both of these as layering polishes too.  I thought the Finger Paint’s Base Coat was alright. I didn’t keep this mani on long enough to say how well its staying power is.  but the China Glaze ‘Fast Forward Top Coat’ seemed to help these jellies dry faster.  However, it is STINKY!!!  A high chemical smell. 

Do you think they are too close in color to bother having both?  Which one do you have?