Thursday, July 31, 2014

Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat Review

I layered about three different glitters over yesterday's mani to make this black on silver glitter bomb, and show you the smoothing effects of this basecoat.  There are six coats of nail polish in total.  If you have read my blog for a while, you know that I love to layer, and this would not be possible without a little bit of help from Poshe.  I'm holding a big 2 oz bottle because this is what I would recommend, if you decide to get it.  Instead of thinning my existing 0.5 oz bottle with thinner, I keep adding more basecoat to it, when I see about 1/4 inch gap.  The reason being that, I don't want to dilute the *for lack of a better word* gel quality that it has.  This is what makes the glitter surfaces smooth, and what quenches 'thirsty' glitters and shimmers.  And speaking of shimmer, this is what I used in most of my Shimmer swatches last year, to make the glitters seem smooth and not gritty, before taking pics.  And speaking of gel, this works as well as Dior Gel Coat, but the price tag is better, and it will never shrink.  I've had to remove full manis before, because the Dior was not compatible with one or more of the nail polishes that I used for a glitter bomb.  Most of the times, it is not compatible with my topcoats either, so I have to be careful, and I use it sparingly.  This never happens with Poshe.  Poshe is 3 Free and has less toxic ingredients than the Lynnderella Glitter Tamer, which can also get really thick, and make your nails look fake.  I'm not sure how to make this review short, since I know so much about this basecoat.  I have probably been using it for over four years.  So grab a cup of joe, and sit back, because this will be lengthy.  It does dry fast, as it is stated in the name, but you will always need to add Fast Drying Topcoat on top, for it to fully dry.  I have tried all of them, and for glitters, either HK Girl, Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed, Poshe, Seche Vite or Sally Hansen Insta-Dry will work well.  For non-glitters, anything you add to Poshe will be just fine, and if you cannot find fast-drying topcoat, I suggest drying drops.  I don't wrap my tips with this (meaning, swiping the brush around the edges of the nail), because I find that it gives it a thick 'acrylic nails' look.  The good thing is that, this does not shrink at all, and you will never see your tips "worn off" after applying it, which is a big problem I had with NPB Glitter Food, so really, there is no need to wrap them with it (like some people do with Seche).  The smell is ok, it can be a bit strong when I'm working on nail art projects and get too close.  I love to use different big glitter shapes, such as stars, butterflies or flowers (example) and this is the only thing that covers them nice enough in real life that manis look and feel professional.  Because, in pictures, any topcoat would make them seem smooth for a minute, while the picture is being taken, and then what about those pointy edges from the stars when the topcoat fully dries?  I know all about those, I used to have that problem until I found Poshe.  Now, on to how do I use it, there are several ways.  One of them, is to layer them in between coats to make stand-alone glitters look like they were applied with gel, at a salon.  I did that here, although it is hard to tell in pictures, you'll have to trust me on this one.  It requires more layers, time and patience, but the results are worth it.  I do it for 3-coater microglitters too, all the time.  Another way to use it, which is the most common way for me, is to smooth out glitter toppers and flakies.  I wait about 5 minutes after application, but if it contains glitter shapes (like hearts, stars, etc), I wait a little bit more, because I want the suspension base where those are floating in, to fully dry underneath them.  Troubleshoot:  If you find that Poshe has not dried at all or it has peeled off in sheets the next day, it is because you either did not wait long enough to apply it, or because the glitter that you used underneath it, needs some serious thinner.  With jellies and crellies that don't seem squishy enough, I also use Poshe.  Some shimmers, especially color-shifters dry to a dull finish, and this is perfect to revive them, before adding the final topcoat.  Speaking of dull, I don't like Poshe on certain holographics.  When I do glitters or stickers over holographics, that's when I use Dior Gel Coat, just in case.  Even though it is a bit more expensive, and I have to wait longer for things to dry, I have found that it will never dull holographics.  For Poshe it is a hit or a miss, unfortunately.  And I don't want to risk it when it's the end of the day and I just did a 25-minute long holo+glitter mani and want to go to bed.  That is why I used the Dior here for example, but otherwise for stickers, I always reach for Poshe.  When crackle was big, I also used Poshe to make it look smooth.  When I do glitter gradients, I use Poshe.  There are many, endless, ways in which I use it, and if you try it (and follow my advice of not adding thinner, unless it is really necessary), you will find that this makes your life so much easier.  I get compliments all the time "why are your nails so smooth?", "did you do them yourself?", and "are those gel nails?", and I know that I owe it to Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat.  Wow this review took me like an hour to write, I didn't want to leave anything out.  That is probably why I never sat down and wrote it, even though I love this basecoat and I use it almost every day.  That being said, I have never use it as a basecoat under my nail polish.  I use OPI Nail Envy or Chanel Protective Basecoat, because there is nothing in the ingredients here that will qualify as nail care or nail hardening.  Well, I hope I covered everything, please leave me your questions in the comment section :)





Layering order:
3 coats Sephora Formula X Equinox
1 coat Color Club Magic Attraction
1 coat Black Poppy no name holographic silver glitter
1 coat Darling Diva Polish Batshit Crazy Ex
2 coats Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat (except ring)
no topcoat in these pictures

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Sephora Equinox is a red-toned shimmery purple

I haven't bought a single one of these since Sephora discontinued their OPI line.  If it wasn't for my friend K, who sent me this one, I would have never tried them.  I found the bottle shape to be ugly, and that is a huge factor for me.  When I swatched, and I was taking the pictures, I thought it was even uglier, and quite big; manly, even (which would be ok if I was a guy, I guess).  At any rate, the color and the shimmer were so nice, that I am going to be taking a second look next time, and consider purchasing others in the X line, despite the tacky packaging.







Layering Order:
3 coats Sephora Formula X Equinox
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy, Whip It and Maniac

Disclosure

These pretties are from the 80's Rewind Collection for Summer.  The names are inspired by famous songs from that decade.  She Drives Me Crazy is a light teal with a hint of blue.  It looks almost completely green on me, under certain lights.  In the sun, it is the perfect jade.  Whip It is an adorable pink crelly.  I really liked this one on me.  Although 80s inspired, it is not an obnoxious bubblegum pink, it is a very girly and Summery pink instead.  It was no surprise that Maniac ended up being my favorite, since I love blurples.  This one was a glossy two-coater creme, which dried one tone darker than the bottle.  The formula of all three is what I've come to expect from DL, easy to apply and fast drying.  It has that high end feel and look.  I thought these colors looked great together, so I did a stripe nail art mani, with all three, to show you how well coordinated they are.

Where to order: http://deborahlippmann.com/ NM Nordies Sephora






Layering Order:
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Basecoat
2 coats Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed

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Layering Order:
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Basecoat
3 coats Deborah Lippmann Whip It
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed

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Layering Order:
2 coats Deborah Lippmann Maniac
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Basecoat
3 coats Deborah Lippmann Whip It
1 coat Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed
stripping tape application
1 coat Deborah Lippmann She Drives Me Crazy
stripping tape removal
1 coat Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed
stripping tape application
1 coat Deborah Lippmann Maniac
stripping tape removal
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed

Monday, July 28, 2014

Joss Alternate Dimension is a cheerful orange

This is a good one to star the week.  I love bright holographics like these for the summer.  Excelent formula, perfect 2-coater, and with a good holographic and color payoff.  Nothing to complain about with this nail polish :)







Layering order:
2 coats Joss Alternate Dimension
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Friday, July 25, 2014

Dior Sparkling Blueberry is a dark blurple crelly with silver glitter

I pretty much buy anything with the Sparkly reference in it, and I usually can't go wrong.  I feel like this name is now a part of me.  This is an oldie, so the formula was not too great.  You can see how I struggled at the base of the nail to get that perfect round shape.  The glitter is not bumpy, but it is thirsty, I used 3 coats of Seche Vite.  Luckily, this is probably not 3 Free so there was no shrinkage.  As an interesting factoid, I recently received the reward from the Dior Diva Program (got 3 awesome minis at 500 points), and it had an insert that read "Dior Nail Polish was launched in 1962, the first to be created by a Couture house".







Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Dior Sparkling Blueberry
Seche Vite Topcoat

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Colors by Llarowe Gunfighter is a shimmery dark green

I had a hard time capturing this one in pictures.  there are some nail polishes that are just better in real life.  If you like really dark color-shifters, you might enjoy this one.  I thought it was magical, but it just wasn't me.  I don't normally wear darks and almost never wear green.  The effect and the formula were really nice though.







Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Colors by Llarowe Gunfighter
Dior Gel Coat

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Dance Legend Danger Danger is an Orange Red scattered holographic

I know I've posted a lot of these, but there are a lot of these.  This Wow Prism Collection is huge.  If you haven't yet, I highly recommend that you check it out.  I liked most of them layered, and I like how this one gets a jelly feel when layered over Thermodynamics.  The good think about these 'holo flakies' (as I like to call them) is that they are smooth.  Unlike glitter, they lay flat on the nail and feel really smooth, even without topcoat.  That being said, I love the way they look with OPI DS Topcoat.






Layering Order:
2 coats Literary Lacquers Thermodynamics
1 coat Dance Legend Danger Danger
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures