Sunday, July 15, 2018

Nfu Oh JS09 & JS19

This is a little layering experiment I did.  I just wanted to celebrate Summer with a girly mani,  These are my natural nails; to be honest they are a bit high maintenance and hard to keep up, but so worth it.  I am currently taking biotin and eating healthy, and just being patient with them.  The kokoist gel helps tremendously too (reviewed here).






Layering Order:
Presto Basecoat
Led 5-45 Lamp
Kokoist Excel Builder
Led 5-45 Lamp
3 coats Nfu Oh JS09 (pinky and middle base only)
1 coat Nfu Oh JS19 + 1 coat Nfu Oh JS09 + 1 coat Nfu Oh JS19 (ring and index)
3 coats Nfu Oh JS19 (middle tip only)
1 coat Maybelline Colorama 35
1 coat EB nuru-28
1 coat Poshe basecoat
1 coat Maybelline Colorama 35
Seche Vive Topcoat

Where to buy in the US:
http://www.kokoistusa.com/product-page/excel-builder-20g
https://www.fabuloustreet.com/
Coloramas are discontinued
EB (Eternal Beauty by Dear Laura) is a Japanese polish.

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These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.

Tuesday, June 5, 2018

Ethereal Lacquer Worlds Apart (New Version)

I've been trying to grow my nails a bit, and they looked awkward at the beginning stages; so now that I got them where I want them I can go back to posting more regularly.  I'm also thinking about posting some skincare, so we shall see.

I received this lovely polish as a gift from a dear friend who knows I love purples and shifters.  I have been a fan of Ethereal since the beginning (see my original WA swatch here), but I was so busy (plus I'm not on social media a lot) that I completely forgot about the restock.  Thank God for friends :)

If you have been reading my blog for a while, you know how I feel about this, so let's address the elephant in the room: the name.  Yes, I think the name should have been different if this polish was going to look different than the first one.  Perhaps this one could have been called Worlds Together?  If you have not been reading my blog, you can read about my stance on accurate descriptions in older posts (examples: Elevation and Lilypad).  Moreover, I had a short-lived indie polish line, and when I ran out of the pigment to make City Chic, I named its successor City Chic 2, because it was different.

Having said that, I really think this polish is beautiful.  Not only because I like purple jellies and the whole 230 pigment going on, but because I see this as an updated version.  Yes, I love the original very much, and I still have it, but this one is so unique and fresh.  This feels more 2018 to me.

The formula was on the thick side, and I had to add 20 drops of thinner (I use OPI thinner).  Other than that, I think the finish was great.  The pigment was saturated, as expected.  The shift was exactly the same, because I did a comparison with the old one in different lighting situations, and I took tone comparison pics, blew them up in my computer, etc.  This is the original pigment, the coveted UP that is now in vogue.

If you don't like VNL (visible nail line) then this would be more suitable as a layering polish, although I suggest a light base here (like a lavender or a soft mauve), because it has a slight white cast that would show up over dark colors.  This bottle looks like my Clarins 230 before it got all murky.

I love looking at kawaii nails that are glossy and sheer, and this new Worlds Apart reminds me of them.  I think it definitely conveys the idea behind a 230-inspired-indie-polish as a classic meets futuristic nails.






Layering Order:
Presto Basecoat
Led 5-45 Lamp
Kokoist Excel Builder
Led 5-45 Lamp
3 coats Ethereal Lacquer Worlds Apart (New Version)
Guerlain Topcoat

Where to buy in the US:
http://www.kokoistusa.com/product-page/excel-builder-20g
http://www.ethereallacquer.com/

If you find something wrong with this post, please let me know, broken links, type-os, different opinions, etc.

These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.

Monday, April 9, 2018

Takko Lacquer Peacock Returns

This polish would have been amazing if it were a darker blue, maybe leaning indigo.  It has gold glitter that is warm and clashes a bit with the cool-toned baby blue base color.  It is a nice shifty one.  It has pink shimmer throughout and it shifts to green at a certain angle.  The glitter is chunky so I had to add smoothing basecoat.  I think it looks better in the shade (and with the sky as a background) than in the sun, and I like it that it is sheer for some reason.







Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Takko Lacquer Peacock Returns
2 coats Poshe Basecoat
Seche Vite Topcoat

Where to buy in the US:
http://meimeisignatures.com/index.php?id_product=4005&controller=product

If you find something wrong with this post, please let me know, broken links, type-os, different opinions, etc.

These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

F.U.N. Lacquer RSVP

This is a good one.  Although it is a bit gritty, two coats of topcoat will fix that.  I liked this one much better than Flashing Lights from the same collection.  RSVP has a bit of color changing shimmer, that is not as glistening as the original 230, but the shift is really there, and it gives the polish a little something extra.  The holographic effect is really stunning as well.  Overall, I think this purple (and brand) is a bit underrated.  This is a must have if you love holos, duochrome shimmer (UP), and purples.







Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats F.U.N. Lacquer RSVP
Tonic Topper (Tonic Polish Quick Dry topcoat)

Where to buy in the US:
https://www.livelovepolish.com/collections/fun-lacquer

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These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.

Friday, March 9, 2018

Bess Knees Lcquer House on Haunted Chill and Illimite The Sweetest Sin


I think the social media gods might have been listening in on my prayers, because one week after I complained about how awful Instagram was, I received a text from a friend telling me that there was a new social media platform.  This one actually works.  Although, it’s very new, I like it so far.  If you’re on there please say hi.

I received House on Haunted Chill (HHC) through a friend.  Although I had eyed it several times, I never got to actually buying it.  It’s one of those polishes that I keep adding it to my “to shop list” but I forget to purchase it.  Which makes me wonder if things seem more attractive when they are LE or HTF.  There’s a number of theories on “FOMO” that actually make sense and can be applied to nail polish.  I could name many examples of polishes that I own, which I would die to get if they were very limited (and if I didn’t have them already, of course).  Color Club Halo Hues collex, Tonic Polish Novitiate, most Illamasquas, all of my Nfu Ohs, and some core OPIs.

I love HHC, but as soon as I received it, I was puzzled as to what basecolor to pair it with, because if it is too dark, it will show up too green for my taste.  Luckily, I had this Illimite laying around in my untrieds pile.  This is lavender and light enough to allow the pink tones in HHC to glow.  HHC was so beautiful in real life, if surpassed my expectations; it is more of a glass fleck than a glitter-shimmer, and it looks sort of metallic and smooth.  Not only is the shift gorgeous, but the finish is sophisticated and professional looking.  This reminded me of fairy dust a bit, which can only be achieved using gel polish.  I loved it so much, and I am hoping that there’s a holo version available soon.








Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Illimite The Sweetest Sin
1 coat Bees Knees Lcquer House on Haunted Chill
Seche Vite Topcoat

Bonus Pictures - Illimite The Sweetest Sin by itself







Where to buy in the US:
https://www.livelovepolish.com/collections/illimite
https://beeskneeslacquer.com/

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These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

Canmake 53 and Pa AA02

I am so lucky to live in a city with lots of Asian influences.  There are so many places to find good Asian makeup and skincare; not to mention food.  Lately, I have discovered a few places that carry nail polish too.  When I saw the Canmake display for the first time, I grabbed about 10 polishes.  I have a mix of pastels and glitters waiting to be swatched.  This was one of them.

I already like Pa nail polish (also Japanese), so I had a feeling that I wasn't going to be disappointed.  And I wasn't.  This is up to par with the quality that I have come to expect from a Japanese product.  Love this light sage green, and I have received lots of comments on it already.








Layering Order:
Gucci Basecoat
2 coats Canmake 53 Peppermint Cream
1 coat Pa AA02
Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
Chanel Brightening Topcoat
Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Topcoat

Where to buy in the US:
https://www.etakashimaya.com/index.php

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These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.

Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Ethereal Lilac Haze and Kokoist Excel Builder Gel

I didn't really do any Vday mani this year, as I really didn't get the inspo.  I did wear this gorgeous pink holo, which I think pink is sort of Valentinesy.  BTW I have swatched and posted this before here.  This is one of the indies that I wish came back.  The polishes went beyond my expectations, and none of the ones I have are faded.  I did a destash sale (my store here), and when I was organizing my polishes, I was shocked to see all the fading indies.  Glitter curls too *shrugs*

I didn't want to do a post about all of the faders and shine a light on the negative side of indies.  Instead, I wanted to show one of the pretties that is still going strong, and that I still love.  Perfect application, finish, and drying time after a few years.  That being said, if you have any faders that you would like to talk about, I encourage you to use the comment section here.

Another thing that I wanted to talk about is the Kokoist Builder Gel.  For this, you will need a Led or UV lamp to cure, as well as a brush.  I have posted one of their soak-off Kokoist gels on my IG here.  They have a wide range of colors and they are very durable.  I stumbled onto the builder gel on night, because I was looking for something that would allow my nails to repair, when broken, while not necessarily wearing gel polish and not making them look so thick.  I know that the quality of Japanese products is exceptional, and I have tried a couple of their gels before, so I took a chance on this expensive tub of plastic.

The result was a thin layer of smooth gel that is very sturdy.  The best part is that it can be worn under regular nail polish, as you can see it in these pictures.  I apply it over a gel basecoat, cure it, wipe off the sticky layer, and then I can apply whatever I want over it for two weeks.  My nails grow strong, and they don't break or bend.  I have waited to review this until I was sure that it worked.  It is consistently good, and their customer service is superb.  I still change my mani every 2-3 days and I remove it with OPI expert touch which does not disturb the builder gel.  Can you tell I am wearing anything over my natural nails other than my holo polish?







Layering Order:
Gelish Basecoat
Led 5-45 Lamp
Kokoist Excel Builder
Led 5-45 Lamp
Essie Strengthener Basecoat
2 coats Ethereal Lacquer Lilac Haze
OPI DS Topcoat

Where to buy in the US:
http://www.kokoistusa.com/product-page/excel-builder-20g
Unfortunately, Ethereal is nowhere to be found except destash sales

If you find something wrong with this post, please let me know, broken links, type-os, different opinions, etc.

These items were purchased by me or sent to me by a friend.  The above are not affiliated links.