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July 28th, 2012
Ladies and gents, I have some fresh nail polish that I am desperate to send to a good home. You may have seen my previous post about polishes for sale, and some of those are still available, too. I am open to negotiation especially if you’re buying in bulk! Unless otherwise noted, these are all brand new or have been used once or twice. Please click on the photos to zoom. For a shipping estimate please comment with your zip code or country.
L to R: Snowman rainbow glitter, $1. Claire’s Glam, $3. Ying’s Color (like Kleankolors) Starry Blue, $2.
February 11th, 2012
My fiance and I are undertaking a massive apartment decluttering, and so it’s time to let go of some nail polish. See anything you like? I am open to negotiation, especially if you’re buying in bulk! Unless otherwise noted, these are all brand new or have been used once or twice. Please click on the photos to zoom.
L to R: Ying’s Color (like Kleancolors) Holo Yellow, $1. Claire’s Gold Glitter Top Coat, $3. LA Colors Golden Treasure, $0.50.
November 19th, 2011
Sorting out my nail polishes the other day I realized that the overwhelming majority of my nail polishes are blue and purple. Not too much of a surprise, as I’m not a big fan of the traditional girlie pinks and reds. I thought I’d share a few of my blues with you since I have so many. Enjoy this blue spam!
Wet N Wild Rain Check is a bluish grey pearl polish. While there’s a hint of duochrome in the bottle, it doesn’t show up as strongly on the nail. The consistency is watery and three coats were needed. But the color is so delicate and moody that I didn’t really mind. It really does remind me of a rainy day.
Essie Lapiz of Luxury – a periwinkle blue creme that has a jelly feel. Despite the watery finish this one covered pretty well. This is three coats.
Mattese Elite Lapis is another jelly blue. This one has more of a greenish undertone. This one is so unique, I just love it.
And another Essie – Smooth Sailing. This is another periwinkle blue, with the addition of feathery silver flakes that add some depth and sparkle. A very sophisticated, summery shade that would work well as a pedicure polish.
This next polish is a franken I made! It was my first attempt at mylar flakies, which, let me tell you, are not pleasant. I bought some iridescent turquoise blue flakies at Ricky’s but they were a bit too large for nail polish. So, I used some nail scissors and cut them down. What a tedious process! I’m still picking flakies out of my carpet a month later. I dumped them into a clear base with a few drops of Milani blue holographic nail polish for some shimmer. I believe there are a few drops of Sally Hansen Fairy Teal in there, too. This is one coat of my lumpy franken over two coats of Brash Electric Sky. It reminds me of mermaid scales.
Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Marine Blue. I’m not sure if this is discontinued? It’s HTF at the least I think. As you can see the polish consistency wasn’t very thick and tended to thin out at the nail tips. I hate that. I also got some bumps but that’s my fault for not letting my layers dry enough.
And the SH as compared to NYC Empire State Blue. They are very close but not dupes. I actually preferred NYC’s formula; it was easier to work with and covered better.
Nicole by OPI It’s up to Blue. I believe this is a Target exclusive. What a frustrating color. I bought it shortly after falling in love with OPI Brand New Skates, hoping that it would be a close cousin. Well, it was and it wasn’t. Although the foil is very similar – shifting from blue to violet to gold – I had a nightmare of a time with the formula. So streaky and sheer. I almost wanted to take it off and start over again. This is my semi-decent attempt at a manicure. Next time I’ll avoid a headache by painting this over black.
Let’s see some dark blues, shall we? This is LA Colors Craze Blue Lagoon. Steely without looking black.
China Glaze First Mate. A pretty, well-behaved creme – no complaints here. I felt positively naval wearing it.
Then I added a coat of Revlon Blue Mosaic glitter. It contains mainly light blue hexes with a few large kelly green and silver ones thrown in.
Brucci Heavenly Julia is a grape-tinged dark blue – dare I say blurple? Anyway it is perfection. So juicy.
Fingerpaints Easel-y Entertained. This is a unique blurple microglitter…
Layered over ORLY Royal Navy, a blue glass fleck. This one is almost electric, it has a lot of depth.
Kleancolor – I forget the name of the shade. Actually this brand is called Mak3 Color, a dollar store version of Kleancolors. Cool dark navy with a jelly finish.
Thanks for looking!
~ Allison ~
October 2nd, 2011
I discovered that Bed, Bath and Beyond has a big cosmetics section! Wooo! I restrained myself and only bought one polish, Orly Velvet Rope. It’s a medium purple shimmer with flecks of silver glitter, giving it a nice sparkle without the all-out glamour of a full glitter polish. To me it looks very regal.
Application was smooth and mess-free. This is two coats.
And, here is a franken I made that turned out better than I expected. It’s a combination of Sinful Colors San Francisco (which I reviewed last post), American Apparel Hunter (reviewed here), and Fantasy Makers glitter confetti, a fine holographic glitter. I named her Emerald Slippers, because the color reminded me of Oz, and this is the color Dorothy’s slippers would be if they were green! This is two coats. The glitter made for a slightly gritty surface but one coat of Seche Vite fixed that.
~ Allison ~
September 24th, 2011
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 ~