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Thursday, February 28, 2013

Enchanted Polish - Vampire's Dessert

Today I have a lovely Enchanted Polish to share with you- this is Vampire's Dessert, a gorgeous deep brown linear holographic polish. I love how this looks like molten dark chocolate, with a bit of velvety red/brown shimmer thrown in just to top it off. The holographic effect in this is apparent indoors, but really lights up in direct sunlight. The formula was perfect, and what you see below is two coats. 

Just looking at this makes me hungry for chocolate cake! Delicious. And it has such an awesome (and fitting!) name. What do you think of Vampire's Dessert?

Monday, February 25, 2013

Zoya FeiFei

After yesterday's post about Gosh Galaxy, I thought Zoya Fei Fei might be an appropriate polish to share. It has the same dense shimmery metallic finish, but has a steely blue base instead of brown. It also has a tremendous amount of gold (and purpley-pink) shimmery flecks in it. Very pretty. 

What do you think of Zoya FeiFei? Given the choice, would you opt for FeiFei or Gosh Galaxy?

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Gosh Galaxy

I've got a short and sweet post for you today- this is Gosh Galaxy, a sparkly and complex mixture of pewter-y taupe with multicoloured shimmer (including particles of blue and pink and flashes of gold). It has a similar finish to Zoya Fei Fei and other related colours. In fact, it reminds me a little bit of The World Is Not Enough from the OPI Skyfall collection, except more brown in tone. 

What do you think?

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Essie Spring 2013 Swatches (Go Ginza and Maximillian Strasse Her)

Tonight I've got a couple swatches from the Essie Spring 2013 Madison Ave-Hue Collection: Go Ginza, a pale pink/lavender, and Maximillian Strasse Her, a faded light grey/green.

Go Ginza reminds me a little bit of OPI Steady As She Rose, or maybe OPI Panda-monium Pink. It has the same dusty/greyed out finish as Steady As She Rose has (one of my all-time favourite polishes, by the way), and straddles the line between pale pink and lavender. Very pretty! The formula was a little runny and hard to work with, but covered in two coats.

Maximillian Strasse Her is a light greyed out pale green creme; the formula on this was better than Go Ginza, easy to work with and perfect in two coats. While this reminds me a bit of Essie Absolutely Shore, this is definitely a deeper and murkier shade; more in the army green category than the pastel one.

This collection kind of popped up out of nowhere- I hadn't even heard of it, then happened to see it at a Walgreen's. Which, by the way, you might be surprised to hear seeing as how there are no Walgreen's in Canada. How, then? Because for the last week I've been here: 

It's been awesome, and I'm fully prepared to leave my heart in San Francisco. 

What do you think of these shades from the Essie Spring 2013 Collection? Are you planning on picking any of them up? 

Friday, February 15, 2013

Butter London Cuppa (plus a comparison!)

Because I have an insatiable urge to buy ALL the putty/taupe cremes I see, I've got Butter London Cuppa to share with you today! This is from the recent Butter London spring collection release, and it is (surprise, surprise) a milky/almond beige creme. Lovely formula, perfect in two coats. This first picture is taken under artificial light, which typically makes the colour appear more yellow-toned; the following two are taken in natural light, which shows Cuppa to be a lovely milky beige.

I also thought a comparison might be in order, seeing how close SpaRitual Quietness looks to Butter London Cuppa in the bottle:

Left to Right: SpaRitual Quietness, Butter London Cuppa, Quietness, Cuppa.

As you can see, SpaRitual Quietness is actually quite a bit more yellow in tone; Butter London Cuppa is more of a cool, almond shade. While I like both of these, I think Cuppa is the more flattering option. What do you think?

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Rescue Beauty Lounge Piu Mosso with Max Factor Fantasy Fire

Rescue Beauty Lounge's Piu Mosso is a deep navy blue with barely-perceptable golden shimmer (easy to see in the bottle, very hard to see on the nail). I've tried my best to catch the shimmer in these photos, but in reality, it mostly looks like a deep navy blue creme. 

Directly under artificial lighting- the most shimmer I could coax out of this polish:

Piu Mosso is the very first Rescue Beauty Lounge lacquer I've ever tried- and I have to admit, it didn't quite live up to expectations. While gorgeous in the bottle, that pretty golden shimmer doesn't really translate on the nail. And it certainly didn't look anything like it does in these swatches. Formula-wise, it can't be faulted (practically a one-coater, easy to control), but it was something of a let down. Especially with the high price tag (even higher once you factor in international shipping). 

Thankfully, I have a super awesome friend who is also into lacquer, and presented me with Max Factor's fabled Fantasy Fire for my birthday back in November! Amazing, right? Even better, she gifted me TWO bottles of Fantasy Fire. It's like she could see the dilemma coming- if you've only got one small bottle, you can only use it sparingly. But with a back-up, I can awesome-ize any boring manicure I want. Case in point: Piu Mosso gets taken from "meh" to "zomg!!1".

In the sun:

In the shade:

Utterly drool-worthy. And to think, I'd never expected to get my hands on this one. Fantastic birthday present, from an amazing friend. You know who you are!

Saturday, February 9, 2013

Dior Marilyn

Guess what? Today marks one year since I started blogging! I'm happy to say that I'm still loving painting my nails and showing them to you, not to mention that along the way I was inspired to create my own polish line! All in all, this has been a great year when it comes to my love of the lacquer. And today I've got an exceedingly pretty polish to share with you: Dior Marilyn.

Dior Marilyn was released as part of the 2012 holiday collection, and the bottle is ridiculously lovely to look at. The sort of item that I can't stand to stash away in a drawer and instead want to keep displayed on my night stand- very old school Hollywood glamour. The formula was exceptional, perfect coverage in two coats and easy to control. Colour-wise, Marilyn is a strikingly bright and clean red creme (leaning a touch more blue, I think, but very balanced between warm and cool tones). It's insanely glossy, and almost looks like a jelly because it's so slick looking. I've got to admit, I don't often go for reds, but this is just so perfect- and while it's a definite splurge, I got it for my birthday back in November, so I don't feel guilty about this one. Feast your eyes:

Well, what do you think of Dior Marilyn? I'm tempted to say it's worth it based on how precious the bottle looks alone...

Friday, February 8, 2013

Man Glaze - Butt Taco

This is a lovely shimmery matte orange from Man Glaze:

...and it's called Butt Taco. 'Nuff said.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Layla Bubble Effect in Black Forest

Today I've got one of the Layla Bubble Effect polishes to share with you- this is Black Forest, a polish very similar to OPI's Black Spotted lacquer (which was exclusive to Europe, if I understand correctly). In terms of application, I applied this as I would a shatter topcoat: I used one medium coat, applied it quickly and evenly, and then I stopped fussing with it. The end result was this oil-on-water kind of effect. The base colour is SpaRitual Quietness

I also layered this over Man Glaze's Butt Taco (oh, that name...) which I think provided a more striking effect.

What do you think of Layla Bubble Effect in Black Forest? Think it would quell any lemming for the hard-to-procure OPI Black Spotted? If so, and you're wondering where you can order it, you can find it at Nail Polish Canada, which is where I ordered mine from. 

Saturday, February 2, 2013

Mineral Fusion - Grotto

Today I've got a new-to-me brand to share with you. Come to think of it, it might be new to a lot of you, too. I'd certainly never even heard of it before. This is Mineral Fusion's nail polish in Grotto, a muted mid-tone purple with blue shimmer. I found a display of these polishes at Superstore, and this was the only one that stood out to me; if you're planning on looking for them, look for them in the organic foods aisle (at least they weren't in with the rest of the cosmetics at the store I went to). 

Overall, application and pigmentation were fairly good. I'm not sure I'll bother picking up any other colours, but it was interesting to try something new. I also thought it would make a pretty base for Pirate Polish Lovandula, which I've been layering over everything lately.

What do you think of this combination? Have you ever come across nail polish by Mineral Fusion before?