Thursday, August 21, 2014

C&C Reconnaissance is a good, strong purple holographic

I think this would be a great substitute for CbL Toga, except that it is missing that gorgeous pink flash.  I borrowed this from my friend Erin, and at first I though I needed it (like all of the purple holos in this world), but after looking at the pictures, I'm not too crazy about the flame.  Yes, it's a good holographic, and the type that I like, Strong and bright, but I'm just not sure.  I love their bottle and cap, and the formula was pretty good.  I'll have to try others and see.

Layering Order:
2 coats Chaos and Chrocodiles Reconnaissance
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Liquid Sky Lacquer Raspberry Dawn is a safe pink color

Apologies for the lack of post yesterday.  I anticipate a small break soon, because life is getting busy once again.  Thank you for your comments, and for reading my blurbs *squishy hugs*  Anyhow, this is one of those colors 'for the office' and I've posted the picture in the shade first, so that you can see how safe it is.  It's a subtle pink, but not a subtle holographic, as it shines a lot in the sun.

Layering Order:
2 coats Liquid Sky Lacquer Raspberry Dawn
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Monday, August 18, 2014

Anna Sui 083 is a versatile silver/gold glitter topper

I've worn this Anna Sui over several colors and it always looks great.  It's one of those staple glitter toppers that can be good for when you're in a rush and are not sure what to wear, or how to add sparkle to your mani, but you want to play it safe.  One coat gives this great coverage but it doesn't steal the spotlight from the base color.  I love gold over jades, so when I got the newest green OPI from the Nordic collex, I knew I had to try this combination.

Layering Order:
2 coats OPI My Dogslet is a Hybrid
1 coat Anna Sui 083
Dior Gel Coat

Friday, August 15, 2014

Oil Slick Mani

This is more of an informative post, as the pictures do not really convey how awesome foils are in real life.  Well at least mine don't, I had the hardest time photographing them.  I recall a few years back, I got excited about foils and ordered some from Transdesign (now Nails US?), and they did not work at all.  I googled nail foil troubleshoot and couldn't figure out what I was doing wrong.  Then, I asked my friend Sue to buy me a special glue from the UK, because at the time, foils were more popular in Europe, and I thought, maybe if I get the right glue, I can get this right.  When that didn't work either, I gave up altogether, but not before buying these awesome Jones Tones foils on Amazon and storing them in my "Nail Art To Do" drawer.  I took them out of the dark a couple this May (see better pic here), and I was amazed at how they transferred in an instant.  So it wasn't the glue, or the technique, it was the foils!  These ones actually work, and are probably cheaper and easier to find online, than the ones that are supposed to be designed for nails.  I've included a picture at the bottom of what the box looks like.  They are so easy to use, there are tons of tutorials on youtube and the only problem seems to be the topcoat afterwards.  I went a day without topcoat (an afternoon, really) and it's not worth it, because they get dull really fast and the whole mani loses its charm.  Moreover, they are porous, so it's like wearing glue on your nails, and they will stick to everything, especially random lint or furry surfaces, and it's just a bad idea.  More Nail Polish swears by Picture Polish Revolution (see here) as a topcoat.  I tried Nfu Oh Aqua Base, and it wasn't too bad, but it did wrinkle just a little bit.  The shiny finish stayed the same.  I'll have to report back if I ever get into foils, and buy another topcoat at some point.

Layering Order:
1 coat Sally Hansen Color Quick Pen Silver Chrome
1 coat Nail Foil Glue
Jones Tones Designer Set Foil Paper
1 coat Nfu Oh Aqua Base

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Smitten Himalayan Blue Poppy is a gorgeous aqua holographic

This one is a bit underrated, I really haven't heard a lot about it.  It reminded me of Illamasqua Noble, but holographic.  I liked the formula, it was a perfect two-coater, and very easy to apply.  It wasn't too creamy, which I'm glad, since I'm slowly getting over creamy holographics.  I was surprised to see how beautiful the color was.  Some blues can be inconspicuous; this Smitten doesn't seem like much in the bottle, but on the nails, it is simply stunning.

Layering order:
2 coats Smitten Himalayan Blue Poppy
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Elevation Aconcagua is a jelly-esque Orange Holographic

I'm on an orange holo kick lately, so I thought why not swatch this one too.  Although the holographic effect was not too strong, I kind of like the jelly feel of this one.  It would make a great base color for the NailNation Orange Topcoat.  I can't believe that we are more than one month away from Autumn, and I already feel like wearing all of these Halloween and warm colors.  Is it just me?

Layering Order:
2 coats Elevation Polish Aconcagua
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Just Dance and Flash Dance


Before I address these awesome glitters, I want to briefly mention the Basecoat and Topcoat from this brand.  I received Hard Rock Basecoat and Addicted to Speed Topcoat for review/consideration to go along with these swatches, and I have an opinion on both because I have been a Deborah Lippmann fan for a while, and I have tried both before, until my bottles were emptied out.  In my opinion, they both have one flaw: the price.  Besides that price tag, both of these are excellent products.  Otherwise, I wouldn't have run out in the past, believe me, I have a lot of basecoats/topcoats to choose from.  For me, Hard Rock worked as anti-chipping and when I needed long-lasting manicures, nothing else I've tried has been so effective.  No other perks like improving peelies or making my nails significantly stronger, but overall, I liked it at the time.  Addicted to Speed is perfect for heavy layering, such as 4 coats+shimmer or like the ones shown here, stand-alone two-coater glitters.  This is 3F and comparable to the controversial HK Girl Topcoat, so if you have the money, check it out.  It will probably need thinner, after the first 3 tries, but it dries as fast, if not quicker than Seche Vite, and shines just as well.  The glossy finish does not fade away the next day, like HKG and other fast-drying topcoats.  On to the glitters.  I have had Just Dance for a long time on my wish list and I'm so glad to see that it's finally back.  I was looking for a full size forever, and here it is.  It did not disappoint, it's such a perfectly shiny cyan.  Flash Dance is a girl's dream pink/purple combo, and it sparkles like crazy.  I love both of these so much, they have a sophisticated finish and a high-end feel to them.  I always thought that these would be exact dupes to the Wet n Wild ones from 2011, but I was definitely wrong.  These are much better quality (the glitters that they use are different), and they have a much more user-friendly formula.

Where to order:

Layering Order:
2 coats Deborah Lippmann Just Dance
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed Topcoat


Layering Order:
Deborah Lippmann Hard Rock Basecoat
2 coats Deborah Lippmann Flash Dance
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Deborah Lippmann Addicted to Speed Topcoat