Honestly, if you have any of the clear base orange/green shifting flakies, you probably don't need this one unless you're like me, and your love for flake glitter is such that even minute differences mean you Must. Try. All. Of. Them.
Formula is good, typical of Nubar. This is one coat of 2010 over two coats of Nubar Noir (a black that's almost a one-coater and has good shine and pigmentation, but is a little thick).
I'm starting to think I should just leave my nails naked for the duration of the day. Since I did the holo demo, I've had two full manicures that I somehow managed to destroy before they dried. Mainly because neither of them would, well, dry.
So, a while back, I mentioned that I'd stumbled on a trick for tricky-to-apply holos (using the Maybelline Mirror Image base). I still haven't had a chance to get the Nfu-Oh Water Base, which I hear is similar, and I don't own Chanel Holographic (comes with its own base), but if you've got Mirror Image around, this really does work.
Index, Barielle Natural Nail Camouflage. Middle, Maybelline Mirror Image base
Between henna and nail polish, wow, my nails are stained.
Nfu-Oh 65, normally a streaky hot mess to apply
Second coat. The nail with the Mirror Image base is basically done.
Third coat on the index and I still see bald spots in real life (still two coats on the middle)
The base of this manicure is Illamasqua Phallic. I did add a single
coat of glitter franken to the top at some point, but I don't think
that's what gets credit for the ability to withstand heavy duty
gardening. We're talking the kind of gardening that usual shreds my
nails, not just my polish.
So back in late November, we put a new floor in our dining room. Like any good DIY project, this one involved my hands taking their fair share of dings. And by hands, I mean nails.
Well, the damage to my nails finally grew out to the point where it was causing problems. Flaking, cracking, peeling, breaking as soon as they hit the end of the nail bed problems. So, being a practical person at times, I cut them. Short. Really short. To the quick short. And my nails are usually just one step past nubbin, so when I say short, I mean it. My short is shorter than most people think when they think short.
I'm also not painting them right now, and it's driving me bonkers.
Clearly, this is a sign that I am never, ever, ever going to try mannequin hands.
When I first saw this while on my no buy, I wasn't all that impressed. But reviews on the blogs and the nail board said it was way better on the nail than in the bottle, so I picked it up this evening, and yes. Yes it is. Two coats over the Mirror Image base, but I don't think I needed it. Diamont top coat, no dulling of the holo. Happy day before cheap chocolate day, nails!
No, seriously. It looks so much better in the picture than in real life. In real life, the color (about a million times brighter) just looked like some random rubber toy had melted onto my hands.
I'm a matte lover. I got my first bottle of matte polish in 1989 (this cerise Revlon that, wow, I still dream about -- I lost the bottle in my parents' house somewhere, found it again a few years later, only to have it disappear again, so perhaps some day, it will be unearthed, and I can hug it and kiss it and call it George), my next batch a decade later, lather, rinse, repeat. Matte About You had, until this point, made every faded mani a little better (I'm resting my nails and hands from frequent swatching, as I've been canning, and the constant contact with citrus rind is murder on my mitts), but ACK! I wish the picture captured the skin-crawling wrong, but trust me on this: it failed to work in a spectacular fashion.
Note to self: next time you feel the urge to extend a BT manicure, just add a layer of See Ya Later Sailor or something.
I swear, I wasn't planning on wearing this until the no-buy month was up, but then I violated the no-buy on something else, and Alice was sitting there, and...
Yeah. Quick and dirty pictures below. The thumb is still the franken test. The franken dries smoother, but takes longer to dry. I really only needed one coat of Diamont to make it perfectly smooth, but it dented within the hour.
No pictures yet, because all I have are two thumbnails, one in the frankendupe, one in AA, that I'm about to strip off to do a real manicure, but it looks like AA is going to be one of the easier polishes to franken, should you have problems tracking it down.
It looks like about 2 parts Pure Ice Strapless to 1 part Sinful Paris will get you a dupe that's so dead on, I can't tell them apart.
This experiment will be confirmed once I'm off my no-buy and can pick up extra bottles of the ingredients.
If you are, of course, and you're in the States, you may want to swing down to a Hot Topic to pick up a bottle of their black/charcoal jelly polish with the holo string/bar glitter, because it's down to .98 cents .
This polish didn't even make it into my Helmer. I applied it last night, went, "My, for a string glitter, this is probably nice, and yet? Eww! Into the swap box with YOU!" and accepted that my accidental no-buy violation on Friday Night was, in this case, a Huge Mistake.
Sometimes, being on a no-buy doesn't mean you don't randomly get polish. I approve of these occasions.
Specifically, I got a text from a friend a few weeks back, asking if I had seen or had Metallic Muse, followed by one saying that, naturally, I needed it, and it would be coming to live with me next time I saw her.
She's totally right: I needed that polish.
Hello, shiny chrome finish!
Metallic Muse is a little greener than she photographs, is a terror to apply, wears like a typical chrome (in other words, horribly), and is one of the more stunning polishes I own. Lighter and more seafoam than China Glaze Adore, Metallic Muse's finish is slightly smoother, though I found the application worse. In terms of the finish, it's the closest modern chrome I've found to the old Sally Hansens, and is a close dupe to the SH Aquamarine Chrome.
Doesn't she photograph well? Both pictures natural sunlight.
I love the OPI DS polishes. I do not, however, love the price. Once polish prices get double digit, I start to get twitchy. It's easy to justify a $2 bottle, not so easy to justify a $12 one.
Lucky for me I managed to score a whole bunch of discontinued ones at Trade Secret when they were at 60% off.
Tonight's DS is Glamour. It's my second favorite of the DS polishes I own, behind Desire. Glamour's a rich blurple, with one of the brightest holos in my collection. The formula's a little on the thin side, so cuticle flooding and drips are a risk, but the application is smooth, and you can almost get away with two coats.
At least I think it's Girl's Night Out. I can't remember which of the Confettis I snagged on eBay, and I think I misfiled the polish last night, because it's not back in my glitter drawer, although the Poshe is back with the topcoats, and I can't imagine bringing one bottle back to the polish station and not the other. This is what happens when I do my nails while watching TV, I tell you.
The Confettis fall into my Polish Regrets file, right near the top. I'm not sure what year they came out, though I expect it may've been while I was pregnant or in the year or two after my daughter was born, because those are the missing years for me in terms of polish. They're what I still think of as "new formula" Jet Sets, from the Shine line, with the nasty, awful, long, stiff, annoying brush and somewhat wonky application.
Please ignore my tipwear and focus on the green flash.
Flake glitter makes everything better
This is two coats over Sunday's Casey.
So pretty, so hard to track down! It's like having opals on your nails! And to think, these were available in drugstores during the short window when I wasn't polish shopping! It is enough to make a girl weep.
The late '90s were a thrilling time for drugstore polish devotees. Liquid Euphoria, Gumballs, the early days of Sinful, glitter polish everywhere. If I had a time machine, I would go back and stockpile the stuff. I mean, more than I already have.
In 1997, I was living in a studio apartment in the University District with my now-husband. We were young, just out of college, and I my serious polish collecting had not yet quite begun. I think the polish I'm wearing right now was picked up then, but it could have been sometime later in 97-98, when we were living in Olympia and came up to Seattle to game on the weekends. My memory's fuzzy, and it's been a while. I do know that I bought this particular polish at the Bartell Drugs on the Ave, as part of my quest for the perfect purple polish (ongoing).
Sweet Georgia Brown Grape Surprise (I should file it with the blues, but know I won't)
It was not, as the pictures would show, the perfect purple polish. Heck, although I file it under purples, it's really more blue. Possibly blue enough that it's not even blurple. This is three coats. It's streaky, the formula's strange, and the color's slightly muddy. Oh, and did I mention it's a scented polish? Because it is. That's the surprise. The grape one. In the name. And yet it's still one of my favorite of my old polishes, perhaps because that smell of grape Kool Aid sends me spinning straight into nostalgia for my youth.