Archive for September, 2011

September 28th, 2011

Sinful Colors San Francisco + Kleancolors Afternoon Picnic

San Francisco by Sinful Colors is a dark emerald green glass fleck.  (The smile line is not visible in real life like it is in the picture.)  This is two coats.

Then I brushed on some glitter!  I used Kleancolors Afternoon Picnic, a joyful hullabaloo of multicolored, different sized hex glitter.  I used one coat on all my fingers except for the middle, which has two, to illustrate how the glitter accumulates with each layer.  The only thing I didn’t like about Afternoon Picnic is that the edges of the larger hexes tended to turn up, resulting in a fragmented nail surface.  Kleancolors also smell kind of funky, but I’m used to it.  You will definitely want to use a quick-dry topcoat with this level of mega glitter going on.

What a fun mani!  San Francisco reminds me of grass so an addition of an Afternoon Picnic only seemed logical :)

 

~ Allison ~

September 28th, 2011

OPI DS Bold & Temptation For Fall 2011

Here are the latest OPI DS polishes for Fall 2011, two glitters in red (Bold) and purple (Temptation).

Bold is a pale silvery pink glitter in a red base.  The base is darkly tinted so it builds up nicely on its own.  While this polish is OK, I’m not really thrilled about it.

Temptation is a deep purple glitter with specks of blue and silver in a blue base.  I found this to be the more appealing of the two since I’m a sucker for purples.

Apologies for the non-existent cleanup – that glitter did not want to budge from my skin.  That was a turnoff.  Maybe I was just having a bad polish day, but I couldn’t for the life of me get a clean gap.  Although these colors are OK, I don’t have too much to say about them.  The glitter was very gritty and needs about 2+ layers of topcoat to even out.

I purchased these up from Ricky’s (an NYC beauty retailer) for $9.99 a bottle.  What are your impressions of this new DS series – will you skip them or scoop them up?

 

~ Allison ~

September 27th, 2011

Zombie Apocalypse Etsy Treasuries

With Halloween in mind, two creative Etsians have cooked up a couple of fabulous zombie-themed treasuries.  Both were kind enough to include my Blood-Splattered Pharma Bracelet.

Do you have what it takes to survive the zombie apocalypse?  Find out by viewing these treasuries!

 

 Come the Zombie Apocalypse I Shall Be Fantastically Kitted Out

Lots of hilarious items here – the zombie repellent soap and eye chart crack me up.

 

Prepare for the End: Z-day Kit pt.3

 

Thanks for viewing!

 

~ Allison ~

September 24th, 2011

Orly Rock the World + Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

This is Orly Rock the World, from the Mineral FX collection.  I just found this at my local Sally Beauty Supply 2 weeks ago.  It has a deep plummy red base with some major gold foil, giving it a strong duochrome effect.  This seems to be a close relative to OPI It’s My Year, although it looks like the gold in RTW is much warmer and it could have a darker plum/red base.  I might do a closer comparison later.   I’m wearing Rock the World here with an accent finger of Sally Hansen Salon Effects nail polish strip.  The style is called Laced Up.

This was my first time using the Sally Hansen nail polish strips, even though I’ve amassed quite a little collection of them.  They are very easy to use and last a long time.  Here, I’d been wearing my strip for 4 days.  Aside from a tiny tip wear it looks perfect!  I have a few suggestions to make application easier and neater.  First, hold the strip up to your nail and trim it with scissors before applying.  You want it to be slightly longer than your actual nail, so you have a little extra to wrap underneath the nail for added security.  Also, I found that rubbing the strips between my hands helped warm them up and mold better to my nails.  Get the strip as close to your cuticle as possible, so when your nail grows out you won’t have a giant gap.  You’ll want to add a top coat (I used Seche Vite) because otherwise the strip finish is kind of flat and dull.  Finally, you can easily polish another color on top if you don’t want to remove the strip yet.  I did this and it helped the top layer of polish last extra long.  However, it also made for really frustrating removal!  I used acetone-based remover and soaked each nail briefly to loosen up the tough bedrock layers of polish, then scrub scrub scrubbed with my cotton ball.

I can’t wait to show you more Sally Hansen nail polish strips soon!  Especially the Halloween designs, which I’m flipping over.

 

~ Allison ~

 

September 11th, 2011

Two Sinful Colors Greens

Here is a comparison of two greens by Sinful Colors.  I got these at my neighborhood Rite Aid for about $1.99 a bottle.

 

Show Me the Way

What a stunning color!  Sinful Colors Show Me the Way is a golden green with a glass fleck finish.  It is so alive and glowy!  I used 3 coats here.  Although the nail line is pretty visible in these photos, it wasn’t in real life.

HD Nails

HD Nails is a cooler-toned green pearl. Application was buttery smooth.  This is three coats.

This one really comes alive in bright sunlight.  I added black tips, too, with Wet N Wild Creme Black.

 

 

~ Allison ~