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August 28th, 2011

Hard Candy Glossaholic Lip Glosses Review

When I saw these Hard Candy Glossaholic lip glosses in WalMart I HAD to have them.  They’re lip gloss with flakies!!  I picked out Fabulous (a dark red – left) and Lush (a peachy pink – right).

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August 1st, 2011

China Glaze Cracked Medallion Metallic Crackle Glaze

Here’s what China Glaze Cracked Medallion looks like over yesterday’s manicure.  This is the only metallic crackle I picked up because I don’t have a comparable copper color in my collection.  It’s super foily.  Although I like the China Glaze crackle formulas I don’t usually do a shimmer crackle over shimmer base coast.  I think the shimmer bomb distracts from the contrast between the two colors.  Kind of negates the crackle when you can’t see it!  My preferences is to use a creme base with a foil crackle and vice versa.

As with all crackles/shatter polishes you’ll end up with a lumpy and somewhat matte nail surface.  Although I didn’t use it for this pic, a coat or two of clear top coat will smooth it out to a mirror shine.

 

~ Allison ~

August 1st, 2011

Sally Hansen Plum’s the Word + Pure Ice Busted

This manicure started off as messing around and ended up mesmerizing!  I’m sure people were wondering what the heck was wrong with me when I kept tilting my hands at different angles and admiring my nails.  Duochrome will do that to ya.  I started out with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Plum’s the Word.  It’s a creme muted plum that leans more towards brown than purple.  Application was no problem, and I love this formula’s thick brush!  I can pretty much do each nail in two swipes (one for the pinky).  The rounded tip also helps me get closer to somewhat approximating a clean gap – something that I still need a lot more practice with!  Two coats provided a good opaque base color, I felt like it needed a bit more razzle dazzle.  So I layered it with two coats of Pure Ice Busted.  In the bottle this polish looks like a sheer, watery lilac with pink and gold shimmer.  On top of the Plum’s the Word it looked even more stunning.

These pix were taken after 2 days so you can see a bit of normal tip wear.

Heeey, nice duochrome.

This one really shows the gold and pink shift over the plum base.

Artificial light

Busted is one of those polishes that’s pretty on its own but really comes to life when layered.  I can’t wait to try it with some different base colors!

 

~ Allison ~

July 23rd, 2011

Prevail Concrete Jungle Holographic

When I first spotted this polish in the dimly-lit Prevail section of Duane Reade, I thought I saw a peek of holo in the bottle.  Outside in the sunlight it was clear that my premonition was correct!  I was excited because I’ve never found a holographic nail polish in a drug store before.  Say hello to Concrete Jungle.

Under low light and indoors this polish looks like a dusty lavender/pink.  (That helped make it a bit more office-friendly for me.)  Although the formula was thin, it was super-smooth and easy to apply without being runny.  Here I used 3 coats.

All it needs is a bit of light for the linear holo to really pop!  I believe this is called a linear holographic due to the bands of refraction.

I kept this on for several days and couldn’t stop admiring my nails!  It was so chameleon-light in different types of light.  My only qualm is that it chipped on the first day, even with a top coat.  I wonder if layering it on top of another color would help it wear longer?

~ Allison ~

 

 

 

June 22nd, 2006

Front Line Assembly Show Review

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On Thursday I went to Nation to see DJ? Acucrack, Stromkern, Conjure One, and Front Line Assembly. I was super hyped for the show. Even though I don’t adore all their new material, they hold a special place in my heart. They were one of the first industrial bands I ever heard. Hunching by my radio and listening to “Barcode” on Zoltar’s Mutant Dance Party is one of my earliest industrial memories :) Read more