Sunday, September 7, 2014

Elevation Tre Cime... and my break starts now

Or course I wasn't going to go on my break without saying good bye.  As I mentioned a couple of weeks ago, I was going to post an update on the break dates and a blogsale.  Well here is the deal, my break will go from 9/8/14 and I should be back to posting on September Monday the 29th, if all goes smoothly.  So that makes it 3 weeks.  I might extend it for another week, but again, I will let you know.  About the blog sale, I am destashing and I still haven't gotten to all of it :/  So watch for updates throughout the week.  This is my store and items will ship Saturday, September the 13th.  My friend's store is still in the works [INSERT LINK HERE], so I will update this post when she is ready.  Well I think I covered everything, just send me an e-mail if you have any questions, or comment here.  Oh onto this nail polish, it's such a pretty gold.  This was a gift from my friend Robyn (check out her IG).  I had been eyeing it, but never thought I could pull it off.  I was so wrong, it is gorgeous.  The holographic effect is really loud, just how I like it; and it has 2 types of shimmer.  The green iridescent shimmer can be see in the shade.  It's truly special.







Layering Order:
2 coats Elevation Polish Tre Cime di Lavaredo
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Friday, September 5, 2014

Enchanted Amazing and Flashing Lights Comparisons

I don't wear Enchanted anymore, but these are some quick swatches that I offered to do for my friends who do wear EP.  I think the names are a bit unoriginal TBH.  Amazing sounds too close to Amazeballs and Flashing Lights already exists (from Serum No. 5).  Aside from that, I think the silver flakies have been done by lots of indies, including Lacquistry and Indigo Bananas so nothing new there.  Except maybe for the fact that this one has a bit of holographic shimmer, but then again I found one in my stash from Glittering Elements that also has it.  Flashing Lights was more original, because it's holographic silver and holographic gold microglitter, done the right way.  I really liked this one, but the holo effect is only noticeable if you really look at the nail and move it around and search for that rainbow.  Otherwise, I think that if you have a gold holo microglitter already, you don't need this.






Layering Order:
2 coats Enchanted Polish Amazing (index)
2 coats Lacquistry Amazeballs (middle)
1 coat Enchanted Polish Amazing (ring)
1 coat Lacquistry Amazeballs (pinky)
no topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Enchanted Polish Amazing (index)
3 coats Glittering Elements Silver Sands (middle)
1 coat Enchanted Polish Amazing (ring)
1 coat Glittering Elements Silver Sands (pinky)
no topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Enchanted Polish Amazing (index)
2 coats Lumina Lacquer Soleil (middle)
1 coat Enchanted Polish Amazing (ring)
1 coat Lumina Lacquer Soleil (pinky)
no topcoat in these pictures

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Smitten Nimbus and girly flowers

I have been experiencing some trouble with Blogger today, that's why the late post.  This smitten is the closest to white holographic that I own, but it is a 3 coater.  It's really hard to find a good white holo.  I think the formula is awesome, and the holographic effect is really nice too.  I did these flowes with an illa that I love.  Today I learned that Sephora no longer carries the brand, thanks a lot Royal Mail :(







Layering Order:
3 coats Smitten Nimbus
Illamasqua Jo'mina dots (petals)
Dare To Wear Happy Hour (center)
Dir Gel Coat

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Elevation The Med 2 is a shimmery blue-leaning teal

I borrowed this one from a friend, for a few days.  I really liked the color and application.  This blue is similar to RBL Aqua Lily, but less rich, and with more shimmer.  I think this one looks better in pictures, than it does in real life.  On my skin tone it was a bit muted.  After a day a few minutes of wearing it like this, I paired it up with some gold flakes (OPI TMWTGG), and it looked really nice; so to me, it's a good color for layering.







Layering Order:
Chanel Protective Basecoat
2 coats Elevation The Med 2
Dior Gel Coat

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