Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nail Polish Stash Part 6- Icing, Hot Topic, American Apparel, Finger Paints, Wet n Wild, and Nina Ultra Pro

Here's the next part of my stash; there's a few more parts left. If anyone is kind of wondering why I'm posting these parts so slowly, it's because I'm stalling until I finish taking makeup stash pics...which quite honestly might be a while since I haven't really gotten on them. I have parts of it done, but for the most part, it's nowhere near done...I was really bad about taking them this year...despite having no problems not growing my makeup stash so far this year.

As with the previous posts, if you want to see anything swatched, let me know..I might be a bit slow about it since I just started a new job, and I'm not allowed to wear makeup, polish, or jewelry at work..though I'm starting work in the afternoons for a while starting tomorrow, so it may get done anyways. (I've been cringing at my natural nails the last two days...they're ugly to me, but I can't stop staring...even after buffing them, they're still kind of stained/yellow) I did start swatching the Nubar Fortress collection, with comparisons, but I'm too embarrassed by the state my cuticles were in when I swatched them, and annoyed with the fluctuations in my light source to feel like posting what I already have, so I plan on redoing them. I think I may cave and maybe buy an OTT light if I can find them on sale/coupons. I've been holding out on this since I'd be getting this specifically for the sake of blogging and I'm not entirely sure I could really justify that in my head. More than likely I'll cave on this within a few weeks (bills come first though of course).

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Here Come the Rainbows

The sun has been kind enough to come out the last few days, so I've been enjoying my last couple of days of freedom wearing some holo polishes. Between staring in abject horror at my cat walking across the top of my TV and browsing through my folder, I also realized that I had a few pictures I had also never sorted/uploaded..so here they are.

This is China Glaze DV8..to give you an idea of just how lazy I am, this picture's from December...there was cake involved though so I'm not entirely sure I can be blamed for this.
I believe that this was 3 coats...no particular application problems stick out in my head..though I do remember being pissed off because a couple of nails chipped on me on the first day. I also think that this was the last mani I did before my daily changes started.
Here is Dimond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm. It was my first black holo polish and will certainly not be my last (I've since obtained My Private Jet and Revvvolution) This is 3 coats, and in indoor lighting.
You'll have to excuse this next pic of Milani Hi-Res...it's from a couple of months back..and not only was there no sun, but it was one of those days where I ran around like a chicken with its head cut off. I snapped a quick picture in indoor lighting without oiling up my cuticles before I removed it and chopped down my nails. Interestingly enough, this was the most rainbow action I'd gotten from the polish all day. The milani holo polishes are more holographic indoors, and way better on the nails than in the bottle (it looks kind of like bits of glitter in the bottle, with very little holo effect) If you compare it with the other holos I'm posting today, you can see that the finish of the polish is very different from the others...it's still cool though. I did 3 coats of this..no application problems whatsoever.
OPI DS Glamour was my mani of choice on Thursday. It photographs less impressively on short nails than on longer ones I guess, but the holo effect is still there. It was the usual easy to apply OPI and I did 3 coats. I can definitely see the love for this polish...it's a great deep blurple/indigo colored holo polish...very unique.
Here's the polish I've had on for the last couple of days...China Glaze LOL. I actually think I love this polish..it's a beautiful vibrant purple holo. This is one of those rare times where I only did 2 coats. One thing to note about the application of this one is that it's best to work as quickly and with as few strokes as possible on the first coat of this. It's okay to leave the first coat uneven since once it dries down a bit it will self-level out. If you go over parts of the polish again, you're likely to end up dragging the polish off and causing trouble.

That's all from me today...with any luck though my Nubar order will come decently early tomorrow and I can go about swatching the Fortress Collection.

Friday, March 19, 2010

Nail Polish Stash Part 5- Misa, Zoya, and a random Lippmann

I love my Misas and Zoyas...I'll usually reach for my Zoya's when I'm feeling lazy and only want to do 2 coats...it helps that I got most of them with a sale code of some sort. (It's also why there are so many pink Zoyas...I ordered a lot without looking for swatches)

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Nail Polish Stash Part 4- Essies and Orlys

Today's set of stash photos are of my Essie and Orly polishes... sadly I think that my Essies tend to stay untried for really long periods of time. I'm not entirely sure why, but they just seem to stick around in my untrieds drawer the longest...I've only tried maybe 7 of them so far...anyways...enjoy the bottle pics, and let me know if you want to see anything swatched/worn.

Monday, March 15, 2010

A couple of new MAC items...Blue India and Creamsheen Glass in Deelight

Here it is! MAC Blue India! It's a MAC polish I actually LOVE. I have a few other MAC polishes, but the formula on this one is way nicer than the other 3 that I had..it's opaque in 2 coats, but I did 3 as usual. It's a beautiful dusty deep blue color. IMO Sally Hansen Gray by Gray isn't even close in person. Blue India is from MAC's newly released Liberty of London collection and retails for $12, which is kind of pricey..but I do think the color and formula are worth it this time.

So here's my first makeup related updated in months...I did my first B2M for Cremesheen Glass in Deelight. I wasn't planning on getting any more lip gloss for a while (or makeup for that matter), but I decided to get this one for the name since Dee is the name of one of my favorite people. Deelight is a nice, kinda mauvey neutral pink color a shade lighter than my own lips..it's got pretty decent pigmentation, and is much smoother and less sticky than MAC's lipglasses.
Here it is on my arm..I've gotten a lot lighter the last few months so the inside of my arm is probably around the 20-25 range now.

On the lips, natural lighting. You may notice that it appears to settle lightly into my liplines, though it's not really noticeable in real life...the macro setting on my camera just makes it appear that way. I has the same vanilla scent that I'm used to getting with MAC lipglosses. Overall, I'm pretty happy I picked it up, though I don't have any plans to pick up any of the other creamsheens.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

NOTD: OPI Purple with a Purpose

Today's NOTD is Purple with a Purpose. It's opaque in 2 coats, but this is 3. It's a nice blue based purple with pink shimmer, making the overall result warm. The pink shimmer doesn't show up as strongly in pictures though, and the polish pulls bluer in pictures.


Indoor lighting, the pink shimmer shows better here, but the color is less vibrant.

Friday, March 12, 2010

Nail Polish Stash Part 3- OPI and Sephora by OPI

Not pictured is Got the Blues for Red...because I bought it after taking all these pics and am too lazy to photograph just one polish on its own right now..as stated before, I'll be happy to take swatch requests