Purple, Pretty Please

A second life for ‘Alter Ego,’ which I showed in my last post

‘Alter Ego’ has to have other sides. I went to explore them. Also, I have sort of a fetish with all these shatter and crackle effects. I didn’t get into them the last time they trended. I didn’t even know about them! Looks like I’m going to be able to this time around and, in a plethora of brands and colors.


So, here is a shatter on ‘Alter Ego.’ This is OPI’s ‘Silver Shatter’ from their current ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ collection. ‘Silver Shatter’ makes you work fast. Put it on and quickly move onto the next nail. Don’t fuss with it!

Next, is a crackle.  This is Sally Hansen’s ‘Vintage Violet’…


I found ‘Vintage Violet’ to be a thicker polish but it did allow time to easily apply before it took affect. And, maybe the thicker coat made for large chunks of the crackle.

I can’t pick which one I like best; they are both awesome…

 ‘Vintage Violet’s top was on super tight. I had to pull out the muscles to get it opened. And when I finally did…ut oh…

Poor thing is brush challenged. That made application a bit more tricky. Luckily, I like the color well enough to get over it.

Are you ready to be looking at the crackle/shatter trend through the rest of the year?

I Created Visions of Sugar Plums

We have enjoyed a quite, tranquil holiday weekend at home.  Just me, hubs and the two cats.
And I have got a lot of swatching done.  It wasn’t work at all.  More like playing.

I wanted to try a green polish and use ‘Hidden Treasure’ over it, then matte it.  I think most of my readers will truly understand how these combinations will just pop into your head.  Well, at least they do for me.  In fact, some nights I fall asleep coming up with creations and then dream about them. 

So, I dug in the unswatched pile, and found Ulta’s ‘Jaded.’  Perfect, I wanted to try a green that wasn’t from a Holiday collection.

This is frosty with some shimmer in it.  You can’t see that shimmer in the photo.  It’s very minuet.  Boy, the first 2 coats of this were watery.  So on the third one, I went a bit thicker to get it to be opaque.

My polishing was great, for me.  But the ugliest cuticles ever, kill the look.  I’m not got to apologize for them.  I’m going to take action about making them over. 

All my photos here are indoor lighting.  I’m right at my desk and just loved the light at the moment.

Now for the flakies.  I was going to do this all with Sally Hansen’s ‘Hidden Treasure.’  But as I dug in my unswatched stack, I found an Essence’s ‘Space Queen’.  I know they are not even close, but I wanted to see what they’d look like side by side.

‘Hidden Treasure’ is on thumb, middle and pinky.  ‘Space Queen’ is on index and ring finger.  As you can see, ‘Hidden Treasure’ is a flakey.  ‘Space Queen’, she’s an iridescent glitter.  Both give a nice winter Holiday feel.  But I wasn’t done with my creative madness.

You’ve heard that song by The Stones, ‘Paint It Black’?  It goes, “I see a red door and I want to paint it black.”  Just what in the hell does that mean???  Well, I see a pretty color and I want to paint it matte.

Mattified!  Index is ‘Space Queen’ and ring finger is ‘Hidden Treasure.’

And here is my entire left hand alternating.  And a very BIG DRATS!  I have a tear on the outside of my thumb nail.  Grrrr!!!  Before nail blogging, I would have just chopped it off.  But, heck, my nails are so close to being uniform.  sigh

Sparkles or matte?  Hidden Treasure or Space Queen?

And, I would like to share with you, my Ultimate Favorite Christmas song: Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s Christmas Canon.

I Found My Silver Lining

My first nail polish was a Sally Hansen’s.  I’m sure it was one of my Mom’s.  My Mom used to have the most glamorous and long nails.  Gosh, I wish my scanner would work on my printer because I’d love to show you a photo of my mom…her senior photo.  She’s simply beautiful.  And I ended up looking like Dad!  No fair!!!

So, Sally’s Hansen has a looonngggg history.  And, fortunately, they have kept up with the times.  When the new limited collection of their Complete Salon Manicure came out and, after I snagged all the ‘Hidden Treasures’ I could find, I got this one next…

This is ‘Silver Lining.’  Right off, the photos do not show a true, accurate representation of this polish.  In real life, the sparkles are rich and iridescent in a silver base.  It looks like it could be watery, but it wasn’t.  Not quite.

Ah, that’s a better photo!  But sadly, I only took one of it as my pedicure.  I have no reason why.  Maybe I just forgot. :/

I’ll definitely swatch this one again as a manicure.  It’s a new favorite even though it is a lighter color.

And, along with this look, I did a manicure.  Here’s a polish that isn’t quite so bad for a cheapy, nail supply polish…

This photo shows the orange shimmer in this polish.  It has, what I would label,  a bright coral base.

Not a photo rich blog this time.  I guess I didn’t want any overkill on photos, this time.  Hmmmm….

So, I’ll wrap up by saying that this brand is ‘Cleopatra’ and the name of this shimmery coral is ‘Reconcilable Indifference.’  That’s a fun play on words.  This polish wasn’t a total wash-out like other cheapy, nail supply polishes.  It actually did OK with 2 coats.  It’s a bit watery but came out to my liking.

And my Mom is still one of the most beautiful women I know.

Have you ever bought a cheap polish that you ended up loving?  Can you actually get the owner of a nail supply shop to sell to you, even without a nail license?

Are You Raisin The Bar?

Sometimes we just pick up a polish because we like the name.  Sort of seems silly, but I KNOW nail bloggers do this, for sure.  Come on, ‘fess up!

Here’s a pinky-mauve that isn’t all that exciting…

 This is ‘Raisin the Bar’ from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure collection.  This is one coat of base, 1 coat Seche Clear, 2 color coats, 2 Seche Clear and finale, Seche Vite.

Yea…go ahead…sing it!

Raisin the Bar got a bit bubbly on me.  But it only shows up on the middle finger.  The rest wasn’t that noticeable.  It’s an OK shimmery pink that is almost a mauve.  This photo shows it to be more pink.

I liked the cutesy name more than I like the color.  It’s a timid color.  Let’s say ‘safe.’  It’s one I call the ‘job interview’ color.  It won’t RAISE any eyebrows.

Is it a ‘safe’ color?  Where would you wear this mani?

Black with Magic Sparkles

From Wet’nWild’s Megalast collection: Blackmail…

This is right after I broke my ring finger nail…past the quick.  Ugh.  So I cut the others to match.  But what a freak my thumb looks!  Well, here it is…warts and all.

Blackmail is a black that has minuscule glitter in teal and orangy-pink.  Little squaty bottle with a stubby brush.  The brush itself is fine, it’s the neck that’s stubby.

Polished up great after 2 coats.  First coat didn’t give me any promises though.  Very watery.

Then I realized, I might have a dupe on hand!  So I got out Sally Hansen’s ‘Midnight in NY’ from the Complete Salon Manicure collection.  I removed the polish from my index and ring finger to compare…

Can’t tell the difference here…

Ahhh…at last a photo showing you the colors in the bottles.  It seems that the WNW has more glitter.  However, on my nails, I tried and tried to see a difference.  So, I’m putting my neck out and saying they are a dupe, color-wise.

The Midnight in NY applied evenly and gave a better 1-coat polish.  I still did 2 coats, however, as 1 coat wasn’t quite perfect.  Both have 1 coat of Seche Clear and Seche Vite.

Any experiences with either of these?  Do they look like dupes to you?

Twinkle, Twinkle Little Stars

I won’t bore you with any more glitter or sparkles, after this.  The next NOTD won’t sparkle.  Well, I better not make that promise.  Nevertheless, I don’t wish to bore you.

Here are four more sparkles on the right hand over the ‘Underground’ Glam Goth, an Ulta collection.

Here’s the sparkle vampires lined up.  There’s the unheard of ‘Hidden Treasure’ from Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure collection (just kidding on the unheard of); ‘Dive Deeper’ from that same collection; an unnamed polish (oh, goody, I get to name it and I decided it was ‘Pearl Jam’) from NYX; and last, there is Milani’s ‘Just Browsing.’

Well, I didn’t get a photo of the nails alone, but here they are with the bottles…

The index finger has defalcation (yep, you might have to look that one up…lol). It seems that when Hidden Treasure is on a black or near black polish, it flashes just orange.

Dive Deeper doesn’t play well either.  It’s too milky, but has a ton of rainbow colored glimmer.  There’s a nick on that polish too.

Here’s my precious.  That ‘no name,’ aka ‘Pearl Jam’ is captured quite nicely out in the evening light.  The color reminds me of a black light.  This is my fav of this post.

Just an itty, bitty pinky nail with ‘Just Browsing.’  It’s a nice irredecent shimmer.  Doesn’t seem to have that ‘oo, ah’ feeling to it.  And I just noticed, it got a nick too.

My winner here is NYX.  If it helps, the number on the bottom of the bottle is: 122705.  If that means anything.  ???

Got a favorite?  Don’t you think a black or near black is a surprise polish to see in the summer?  I like nice, unexpected surprised though.

Metal Gear Nails

A pedicure and a manicure can make you feel so pampered.   And, having professional ones makes all the difference.  I, finally!, got that pedicure that was needed.  And the manicure helped tame my cuticles and shape my nails uniformly.

Here’s Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in ‘Pedal to the Metal.’  This picture is taken at the sunny window.

Here’s the sunshiny, outside light one.  That’s some strange anomaly on the ring finger.  Not there in real life.

There…that’s better.  And this is a much better representation of this color.  It’s a dusty, lavender, slightly metallic flavor.  Oh, and the husband had on the matching shirt.  Just by accident…

And what a great pedicure!  I got one with lots of massaging.  And sloughing.  And tidying up the nails.  Here’s a cutie, Eva Supreme Nail Laquer in ‘Paris’…

Outside in some beautiful sunlight.  It was rare today, but I got some!

A closer look of my mermaid-colored toes and the lacquer.

The sunny window did a fair job of catching this frosty, light green polish.  It makes me think of sea foam.  Even though real sea foam is white. :p  It looks like a very pale green metallic.

Both of these are with 2 coats after a BS.  At the salon she put a top coat on and when I got home I added 2 coats of Seche Clear and then finished with Seche Vite.

Both colors are pale and pastel.  I think they are very light and feminine.  Neither my hands or feet are screaming ‘COLOR’!!!!

And flashing back…here is an eye shadow from Essence I picked up at Ulta on Friday:

Not only does it match the tank top I was wearing, but it goes with my nails as well.  This ‘new to me orange’ is called ‘Wild One’ from the Sparkling Line.  The photo doesn’t quite show the shadow’s sparkles.  It looks, actually, matte in the photo.  But it has a shimmer with teeny little sparkles. 

‘Wild One’ is an appropriate name, I never used orange shadow.  I feel wild wearing orange, and blue for that matter, eye shadows.  However, I have seen some super cute makeup blogs and tutorials using orange.  There’s MissChievous , Lauren Luke and Frantastic  just a few of my very favorites.  I liked the look so I’m going for it!  Caution to the wind!  I’m deviating from a middle-aged woman to a wanton girl!  Yea…I know…that’s really funny.  Or…scary.


This is, so far, the worst two, new to me, polishes I have tried.  If it was just one or the other, I’d be a bit more upbeat about it.  However, these two are downers.

Let me show you.  Here’s the two polishes I picked out.

Color Club polish is Wild and Willing.  It will be on my toes.  The Sally Hansen is from the new Salon Manicure collection and this one is called Ring My Shell, it will go on the hands.

This picture is taking on a sunny day.  

                                 Ring My Shell photo taken in my office with no flash.

                                                     Here it is outside on a sunny day.

A big dragonfly that stopped by to see what I was up to.  It’s a big one, for sure.  Not one of those ‘whispy’ little babies.
Toes with indoor lighting, no flash, at top.  Bottom, outside on a sunny day.
So, the hands are almost what I expected.  A sheer polish, but I thought it would become more opaque with a couple more coats.  This one is with a BC, two coats of Seche Clear and then 3 coats of the color.  Visible nail lines and red-stained cuticles.  I’ll take the blame on the stains.  Wild and Willing is a shimmery, ultra light lavender that has the tiniest of pink and green glimmers.  If it would have coated as lovely as the color in the bottle, I would be more of a happy camper.  (Come to think of it, I don’t like camping, PERIOD!)  I think a black or deep blue stamp, of some sort, might be the winning grace for this polish.  Stay posted.
The toes are a BC, two coats of Seche Clear and two coats of the Color Club.  Wild and Willing is a chunky copper color that has copper glitter.  What I didn’t like about this one is that the glitter didn’t lay out to the end of the nail.  Something about painting my big toes doesn’t seem right.  Maybe there are ridges in the nails that I’m not buffing out.  But the polish is going on gloopy, like painting over already wet polish.  Granted, I can tell that this polish is suspended in a lot of clear, but I had to lay it on rather thick for the second coat to even show up.
And so, I am not bananas about either color or how the mani turned out.  There is one positive about the SH; I love the width of the brush.  It made polishing very easy.

Have you ever did both your hands and toes and thought ‘ehh’?  How long would you leave these two colors on before changing them out?