Finger Paints: Midnight Sleigh Ride

I hope you don’t have a blue Christmas. But, you might enjoy blue Christmas polish! I like this one very much…

notd secret santa 001 notd secret santa 002Finger Paints ‘Midnight Sleigh Ride’ is a beauty. It’s a medium shade of blue with blue and silver micro-glitter…

notd secret santa 008The shimmer isn’t too obvious from a natural distance, however. But, that shade of blue is pretty. I remember my Grandparents’ Christmas tree that was one of those spindly silver ones. All the ornaments were thread-covered blue Christmas balls. It was pretty back then. Now, I guess it would be very ‘retro’.

Two coats of ‘Midnight Sleigh Ride’ turned out just right…

notd secret santa 003 notd secret santa 005The shine on this polish is incredible! I don’t have a top coat on it at all. The polish itself is so smooth and applied evenly. Pretty Christmas polishes like Finger Paints don’t give me a blue Christmas.

Do you like blue Christmas polish?

Icing’s Sunlit Pairs Up With Revlon’s Cosmic For A Swamp Thing Look

I found this random polish immediately say to myself that this is a great one for Halloween! I found this one at Icing and saved it til now…

Wild, isn’t it!? This is ‘Sunlit’ and I found it on the clearance shelf. Because it is so unique, I had to get it…

Let me see if I can describe this one. It’s a jelly and the base is a murky olive color. There is iridescent micro glitter in this along with a lot of bar glitter. The bar glitter is holo and some is medium green. And the green looks to be transparent. (Remember Toxic Seaweed from Cult Nails? This looks like the ‘real’ stuff!)

I didn’t feel that ‘Sunlit’ was going to turn out so good alone. So, I paired it up with a Revlon dual-end polish. I used the creme end of ‘Cosmic’…

I like this green so much! And, it is perfect for ‘Sunlit’…

My thumbnail has a hangnail and it didn’t get noticed until doing the posting. Groan…

I used two coats of Relvon’s ‘Cosmic’ and one coat of Icing’s ‘Sunlit’. That looks so much like stagnant, murky water. And, I’m sure there is some sort of swamp monster in there!

Does getting into water where you can’t see your feet creep you out too?

Icing’s Sipping On Bubbly; Cheers With Champagne

Icing is a sister store to Claire’s. There used to be another sister store called ‘Topkapi’. I managed one of those stores, way back. For a very short time. It was terrible. They didn’t have makeup or polish back then. It was terrible.

What’s not terrible is checking out Icing for their funky nail polishes. It is always a delight to find something new. This is a rather new addition for me…

‘Sipping On Bubbly’ is a cute name for a very unique polish. This one has a lot going on…

Lots of micro glitter. I see iridescent, gold and bar glitter that flashes from magenta to orange then to a sparkly iridescent look. I meant it when I said it was complex!

On the nail, it isn’t as fantastic as it is to look at in the bottle…I have two coats over bare nails. No top coat here and surprisingly, this polish was not difficult to remove. I did experiment with different base coat colors. And, I found some shades did better than others. However, I decided to go naked…

I didn’t work on trying to get a lot of the bar glitter out. I just applied like I would any other polish. So, this is a rather demure glitter manicure. I can see how the name reference to champagne is used; the micro glitter looks just like a pale bubbly drink.

Even though it isn’t all that flashy…

It does have a different look. Maybe I don’t need to always wear ‘out there’ colors. Maybe a sophisticated ‘Sipping On Bubbly’ fits the bill once in a while.

I like champagne, most of the time. Do you like it? How about Icing’s ‘Sipping On Bubbly’? Do you like that better?

 

 

 

Nabi Polish Again With A Purple Creme And A Cult Nails Surprise

My last post was a Halloween manicure using Nabi ‘Dark Red’ and ‘Jumbo Lilac Glitter’. I purchased this Nabi shade, ‘New Lilac’ at the same time as the first two. I had it sitting on the table with me while doing the ‘Dark Red’ manicure. Naturally, I have to do something while my nails dry. Here’s what I did…It was just a lucky day that I was able to capture the true color of a purple polish! That’s astounding in itself. So, I’m happy to show you that this is, indeed, a yummy purple polish…

Next, I added the glitter top coat and that made it a party…

Nail Wheels to show the mix…

The top nail is two coats of ‘New Lilac’. A very pretty and true purple creme polish. The middle nail is ‘New Lilac’ with a top coat of ‘Jumbo Lilac Glitter’. And the bottom purple is two coats of ‘New Lilac’ over one coat of Cult Nails ‘Nevermore’, a one coat black creme.

And indoors, it still makes a striking appearance…

I’m so thrilled I experimented with ‘Nevermore’. Now I want to do a bazillion swatches using it to see how dark I can make other polishes.

Am I the only one that thinks the nail with the glitter looks like something from ‘Nightmare Before Christmas’?

Nabi: Dark Red Polish For A Halloween Bloody Nails Look

When I first saw this polish, I KNEW I was going to use it as a Halloween manicure! Just look!…

Nabi nailed it with ‘Dark Red’ as THE blood red. This bottle looks like it is filled with blood. Here’s what it looks like on my nails…

This is only one coat. I didn’t mean for it to look so terrible. It so looks like I got bloody nails. Ewwww…

As I was sitting at my table waiting for this coat to dry, I thought I’d see if I could lighten up the mood with this glitter…

‘Lilac Jumbo Glitter’ is also by Nabi and the name doesn’t lie. A translucent pale lavender jelly with hex, bar and micro iridescent glitter. Make that a LOT of glitter business going on. Adding that to ‘Dark Red’ got me this…

I put on 2 coats of ‘Lilac Jumbo Glitter’ over one coat of ‘Dark Red’. I didn’t need a top coat because that glitter laid down very smoothly and is so shiny. This look is a Bloody Birthday Celebration creation. LOL

This is what two coats of ‘Dark Red’ look like on the nail wheel, and then one with two coats of ‘Lilac Jumbo Glitter’…

It’s weird that on the nail wheel ‘Dark Red’ isn’t a blood red but more of a Christmas red.

And the removal was totally gory…

Eeeeee! I have clear soak-off gel on my nails and ‘Dark Red’ stained them bad. I was going to soak off the gel and reapply anyway but DANG!! This looks like I got my nails caught in a grinder!

In scrutinizing the gory photo, I see that my nail beds look rather healthy and that my free edge is really my own; no enhancements. I just had the clear bottom and top soak-off gel on them. And, thankfully, my nails grow fast. I wish the nick on my middle finger would heal as fast. But, with the nature of my work, I bump that area almost every day. Poor finger!!!

 

China Glaze: I Herd That From The Safari Collection

While my nails are in rehab, I can fondly, sort of, go through my photos of swatches and remember some good times. I bought nail wheels this week because I have so many new and old polishes that haven’t been swatched. It’s going to be a marathon on wheels. It will surely do my nails good to continue to recuperate.

I should show more of the Safari collection that China Glaze put out before another collection shows up. However, every one of the shades from that collection were lovely. They were unique for my collection. I had a lot of favorites, unable to pick just one.

How about this one…

This is ‘I Herd That’ and it is a special one from the whole collection. I would think this shade would be better for a Christmas collection but hey, why wait?

‘I Herd That’ has colors in it that do make me think of the Serengeti, as well. It is a micro-glitter with bronze, gold and red. I don’t know how I can associate colors of the Serengeti with something that could be in a Christmas collection but, that’s the fun and quirkiness of the beauty industry.

I still enjoyed the heck out of wearing this color…

It looks gritty because it is. I, actually, don’t mind that. When it makes something look this awesome, I’m very OK with texture. Notice something, though. I only put one coat on my thumb. So, for a more toned down look that could be office-friendly, this just could do it. Let me know what you think because I don’t work in an office setting and I wear anything.

‘I Herd That’ isn’t disco ball sparkly. It’s almost matted. And I think that’s what gives this a softer personality. I didn’t put on any top coat because I liked it just the way it was. And it wore very well. This polish gave a good wear for the 4 days I kept it on. And, ‘I Herd That’ was one that I was reluctant to remove, I enjoyed it so much. It must have been reluctant to leave me too because it took some of that extra ‘get this glitter off’ work. Even though, I could easily bring this polish back out at Christmas.

How about wearing this to work…yay or nay? Do you like the softened glitter look?

A Dual Of Two Forever 21 Glitter Polishes

Why have my nail swatches been MIA? They have been sent to rehab. I’ll post more on that later this week. However, I have to admit (that’s the first step, isn’t it?) that I’m still buying nail polish, just not as much. Seriously, I have gotten picky. My next collection I’m up for is the new Cult Nails that is due to be released in September. I’ll be sharing that as soon as I can along with some fun news about it.

And with that preface, this is a manicure that I did better than a month ago. I wanted to swatch two different glitters from Forever 21’s love and beauty…

And since they are sheer, I picked Milani’s ‘A Rose Mylady’ as a base case.

Of course, these gliters from Forever 21 jumped out at me. They are glitter nirvana…

The first glitter polish is ‘Faded Rose/Multi’. This polish has a dark, rosy base color. The glitters are micro and large and they are iridescent that flash from magenta to pink. I like the consistency of this polish as it wasn’t too thick or too thin. After shaking the bottle up, I didn’t have to fish out the glitter.

The other glitter I couldn’t resist…

Simply named ‘Pink’ I think it looks like Pink Fire. It glows. The clear base is more of a purple-ish pink than ‘Faded Rose’. ‘Pink’ has super-micro and micro glitter in it. It also has shards. And, all of these glitters are iridescent flashing orange and lavender. Both of these glitters are what I call ‘busy'; there is a lot going on in those bottles!

I chose Milani’s ‘A Rose Mylady’ because I wanted a nude polish that would be very similar to my own nail beds. Knowing that the glitter polishes were going to be sheer, I wanted a polish that could create an opaque base to hide any visible nail lines…

On my left hand, I used ‘Faded Rose’ as the top coat. I have on two coats. This glitter went on like we wish all glitters would. There was no drag, the formula didn’t get goopy and it dried in a reasonable amount of time. I only used one coat of Milani on my ring and pinky to see if I could get away with just one coat.

This is my right hand swatched with ‘Pink’…

I only used one coat of ‘A Rose Mylady’ on my ring and pinky finger just to see how sheer ‘Pink’ would be. The other fingers have 2 coats. And, I used two coats of ‘Pink’ as it tended to not pick up the glitter every time.

‘Pink’ and ‘A Rose Mylady’ create a dusty glitter manicure. I am sad that the glowing look of ‘Pink’ is tamed down too much. I like that Pink Fire look. And, the shimmer of the shards and glitter are less obvious as well. I need to try ‘Pink’ with a different base coat to see if I can keep that glow.

Which do you like better: ‘Faded Rose’ or ‘Pink’? I am very partial to ‘Pink’. Especially if I can get it to glow more.