Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Pahlish Whiskey from a Bottle of Wine is a shimmery holographic purple

I haven't posted a Pahlish in a while.  I like it when holographics are packed with shimmer and/or glass flecks, and I really thought I was going to love this one.  From looking at the bottle it seemed promising, but somehow, it did not translate onto the nails.  I think the color is a bit too grey, and not too flattering on my skintone.






Layering Order:
2 coats Pahlish Whiskey from a Bottle of Wine
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Monday, September 1, 2014

Dance Legend Quiet Riot is a grey scatter holographic with lots of personality

This nail polish is so unique and different from all of the others I own.  Including the other Wow Prisms.  I don't know how to describe it, because most of the times it looks weird.  To give you an example, it looks like granite in indoor lighting.  In the sun, it has this magical rainbow that it's almost hypnotizing.  I would recommend topcoating it twice, because I noticed that it was on the matte side.






Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Dance Legend Quiet Riot
OPI DS Topcoat

Friday, August 29, 2014

OPI I Carol About You and Kiss Me or Elf! look great together

This just in... Gwen Stefani has another collection, and this one has some good looking microshimmers.  Below are my two picks.  They are fantastic in formula and color.  It took me a bit to get passed the chunky *shrugs* taco glitters, to actually start noticing these colors on the shelf.  Not to mention the trying-to-hard-to-be-funny names on the bottom of the bottles.  The purple one is a great addition to my purple stash, I don't have any other like it.  I saw more pink shimmer on the bottle than on the nail, but the overall look was really nice, nonetheless.  The pink one reminded me of that pink Marc Jacobs that my my friend Erin raves about.  This one is less neon pink and more wine-red, but still fuchsia and girly.  It has an old-school feel to it, I cannot describe it.  Nowadays, companies have come a long way in terms of formula.  I like it that OPI was finally able get down a semi-pearly finish on these, that was not brush-strokey at all.  I feel like these are both must-haves.







Layering Order:
2 coats OPI Kiss Me - or Elf! (index and ring)
2 coats OPI I Carol About You (middle and pinky)
Dior Gel Coat

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Starlight Phoenix Fire is an underrated plumy holographic

This brand has been around for a while, but also out of my radar.  I am so glad that I finally pulled the trigger on that trio they had, because they are very well made.  Love the bottle and the holographic letters.  The formula was perfection, and a perfect two-coater.  I wish the holographic effect was just a bit stronger, that's my only complain for this one.







Layering Order:
2 coats Starlight Phoenix Fire
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CbL High Octane is a teal to purple color-shifter holographic

I thought I had posted this already, but I went to see my folders and it's just been sitting there for a while.  I usually clean up of Wednesday, so I decided to take this one out of the dark.  The holographic effect is not my favorite, but the color is really nice.  This is glowy, kind of like that teal Ninja Polish I posted a while back.








Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Colors by Llarowe High Octane
OPI DS Topcoat

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Too Fancy Lacquer Tell Me A Sea-cret is a creamy jade holographic

This is like the holographic version of OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid.  It seems that jade nail polish is becoming more accepted among us non-green-lovers.  The formula was perfect, and the color payoff was nice.  I like how bright and happy this color looks, once on the nails.  The holographic effect was really nice too.  I haven't payed too much attention to this brand, but after trying this one out, I am asking myself why.








Layering Order:
2 coats Too Fancy Lacquer Tell Me A Sea-cret
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fuchsia and Black tips

I really like this combination, but it's tricky to pair up fuchsia and black without it looking 80s.  Fortunately, I was able to pull it off here.  I was trying out some dotting this weekend, since I haven't done that in a while.  It seems like, if I don't practice certain nail art techniques, I forget how to do it properly.  You can see that these flowers are far from perfect, but they look ok, since it was only on an accent nail.








Layering Order:
2 coats Essie French Affair
2 coats Elevation Polish Mt. Etna (tips only)
Black stripping tape
Elevation Polish Mt. Etna dots (flowers)
Wet n Wild Black Creme dots (flowers)
Dior Gel Coat