Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday | Ordered by Another


In actuality, today's TT post should be ordered by our significant other.  My boyfriend, however, will only respond "blue" when I ask him anything nail related.  So I went to my other life partner, my best friend, who has become quite the nailphile over the past year or so, who immediately suggested I recreate this look from Pshiiit.  Best of luck to me to recreate something she did.

But I tried.  Pshiiit used Essie Buy Me a Cameo as a base with Color Club Gingerbread for the glitter sponging.  I don't have either of those so I had to find some alternatives.  I started with Sephora Formula X Alchemy, which is so stunning it blinded my camera (I'll have to swatch it alone so I can really show you how complex and magical it is).  I then sponged a mix of Sally Hansen Big Glitter Topcoat Dressed to Thrill and Nina Pro Ultra Holographic Topcoat to the tips.  




I think the complexity of Alchemy messed a little too well with the holographic, metallic glitter of the tips; coupled with the reflection from the sunlight and camera, the glitter sponging kind of disappeared in my photos.  I hope the macro I included helps to give a better idea of what this looked like in real life and is at least a worthy homage to Pshiiit!



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
                 Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision



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Saturday, November 22, 2014

LCN Sweet Serenity Collection | Fall 2014



Here's another LCN quartet for your viewing pleasure.

Before I go into individual detail about each of the polishes in the Sweet Serenity Collection, I must say that I'm confused about these as a fall collection.  Perhaps a Valentine's collection, but not fall.  Even more so, to name the collection after the most bleh of the entire foursome is even weirder.  But I'll let you make that decision for yourselves.  

Take a look.
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Delicious Me
A magenta crelly with hot pink shimmer, Delicious Me is a great summer polish.  The application was really nice but a bit a thin so be careful about cuticle pooling.  Two or three coats here (sorry, I can't remember!).
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Tender Lace
I'm really on the fence about Tender Lace.  I love a good, soft pink but this crelly has such an odd application, I'm just not sure it's worth it.  It gets a bit stick and balds, so you have to wait between coats...but not too long that the uneveness is to solid to self level, if that makes sense.  Three coats here.
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Sweet Serenity
Um, yeah.  A frosty, shimmery champagne nude creme.  Not for me.  Plus, this leaves shimmer everywhere once removed.  Three coats.
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We're Meant to Be
As you can see, We're Meant to Be is considerably darker on the nail than in the bottle.  The application was fine, nothing great but nothing bad.  Standard dark brown but with a super glossy finish as LCN is known for.  Two coats.
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Friday, November 21, 2014

China Glaze Twinkle Holiday Collection Winter 2014 | The Reds


Because the China Glaze Twinkle Collection for Holiday/Winter 2014 is a huge collection of twelve seasonal polishes, I've tried to break them down by category.  You'll see I had to fudge a little to make it work a bit more evenly but to be honest, I just couldn't swatch 12 polishes in a row -- my cuticles are at an all time low.

Anyways, complaining aside, here are the reds(ish)!
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Tip Your Hat
As a lover of red polishes, it's no surprise Tip Your Hat wow'ed me.  A tad darker than the photo allows, Tip Your Hat has a warm, feel that is both classic and seasonal.  The creme applies perfectly and was glossy smooth in two coats.  This may be my go to crimson for the rest of the year!
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De-Light
Over Tip Your Hat, I layered De-Light a jungle of golden bar and hex glitter with a touch of holographic shimmer.  De-Light is a bit too random for me and I just can't find a way to like it. Two coats of this golden topper here.
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Define Good...
Besides how much I adore the name, Define Good is a deep cranberry shimmer with a glossy finish.  Love, love, love.  Two to three coats even this beautiful polish out.
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I'll be sharing the rest of the collection with you throughout the next two weeks.  Hope you enjoy!

The Twinkle Collection is available now wherever China Glaze polishes are sold.



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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday | Favorite Sports Team


I'm not the biggest sports fan, but I am a New Yorker and with that, a Yankees fan.  So for our sports theme inspired manicure for Twinsie Tuesday, I thought of phoning it in and reposting this mani from our Hometown Inspired Twinsie Tuesday a few months back.

I rethought and figured it couldn't hurt to try the pinstripes again.  Using striping tape, Cirque NYFW from their Metropolis Collection (befitting, I thought), and Lillian Eve Nominate Me I created this:


My cuticles have been ravaged by the weather and my lines are a little wavy but putting that aside, this is okay, right?



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
                Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision



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Monday, November 17, 2014

China Glaze Choo Choo Choose You


Choo Choo Choose You was raved across the blogosphere as the gem of the All Board Collection for Fall 2014.  A duochrome shimmer shifting from brown to purple to green to gold, it's easy to understand why.  So it goes without saying that I scooped this baby up the minute I saw it at Sally Beauty.

However beautiful, Choo Choo Choose Me was a pain to apply.  I actually swatched this on two or three separate occasions and had the same issue consistently: the formula.  Super watery and thin, Choo Choo pools in the cuticles and because it's sheer, takes forever to build up.  It also takes a long time to dry, which caused that odd smudge on my index finger.  Bleh.  Very annoying.



It's really quite stunning, isn't it?  Sigh.  If only the formula was bit thicker and more manageable.  

Did anyone else have this issue with Choo Choo Choose Me?  Or was it just me and a dud bottle?



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Sunday, November 16, 2014

Super Black Lacquers Collection for Fall 2014




Super Black Lacquers is an ultra cool indie brand I've been lucky enough to showcase on my blog in the past.  For fall 2014, I have five new SBL shades that I think will tickle any girl's fancy.  Take a look.
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The Perfectionist
A camel pink creme, The Perfectionist has a violet pearlescent shimmer running though out.  The pearliness was hard to capture in sunlight so I included a bottle shot below that demonstrates the shimmer beautifully.  The formula is lovely and applied smoothly and opaquely in three coats.


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Fall Back
A deep teal navy, Fall Black is glossy perfection for fall.  I typically shy away from teals but Fall Black is the perfect alternative from the more green-grey tones that just look terrible against my skintone.  Three coats here although I notice that a few bald spots showed up in these photos that I didn't see in real life.
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Semi Automatic
A charcoal semi metallic, Semi Automatic has a slight frost to its finish.  Aptly named, there's definitely a slick, vehicle feel to this polish.  Two coats here, although it does dry slightly streaky.
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Boss Lady
A dense true gold glitterbomb, Boss Lady is comprised of five different shapes of glitter.  In a sheerer jelly base, this required about three coats for opacity but applies pretty well for a true glitter polish.
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Bruiser
I love this polish!  A medium purple creme, Bruiser is flushed with ribbons of silver shimmer.  The application is like butter and was opaque in two coats.
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