Nfu Oh 64

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today's B minus zero on the Celebratory Birthday Countdown, so Happy Birthday, RMT!

    Today I used a holographic nail polish I haven't shown you before, one from the last Nfu Oh sale.  Nfu Oh 64 is another pink holo, more lilac than Nfu Oh 63 and with a much more pronounced rainbow effect.  For this manicure, I used one coat of Nu Nails, one of Nfu Oh Aqua Base, two coats of Nfu Oh 64, and I finished it with Tout de Suite top coat.  Another difference between Nfu Oh 63 and 64 is that I needed three coats of 63 and only two of 64.  If I had to choose between the two, I'd pick 64.

    Earlier this week I mentioned the difficulties in taking a picture of a holo, so I have two for you of this one.  The first one is under bright artificial light that accurately shows the color, and the second I took on the way to the computer under light bulb room light because the rainbow effect showed so well in there.

    Nfu Oh 64 Nail Polish Under Bright Artificial Light
    Nfu Oh 64 Nail Polish, Two Coats, Under Bright Artificial Light to Show Shade

    This picture isn't great but for the fact that it shows the holo really well, so keep that in mind:

    Nfu Oh 64 Nail Polish Under Room Artificial Light
    Nfu Oh 64 Nail Polish, Two Coats, Under Room Artificial Light to Show Holo

    So Nfu Oh 64 is the official Birthday Holo for my friend RMT.  Truthfully, I've been having so much fun wearing holographic nail polish this week, I think I'm going to keep it up for the rest of the week.  I kind of decided to do that in honor of my mom - today is also the second anniversary of her death, and she would approve of making a week long celebration out of anything.  Her birthday is July 31, and she treated the entire month of July as a celebration, so it would make her happy to know I celebrated a birthday for a whole week!

    That's the update for today, Dear Reader.  Until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

Nfu Oh 63 & Konad M80

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today is B minus one in the celebratory holo countdown, and today's holographic nail polish is Nfu Oh 63, the pink one.  I used artificial light for today's picture, but have shown this one to you before in sunlight, where the holo effect is more pronounced.

    For today's manicure, I used one coat of Nu Nails and one coat of Nfu Oh Aqua Base as a foundation.  I still needed three coats of Nfu Oh 63 for complete and even coverage, but since the dry time on the Nfu Oh holos is super fast that wasn't a big deal.  I finished it with Diamont, let it dry, then stamped it with a pattern from Konad plate M80 using Konad Black Pearl Special Polish, then sealed with another coat of Diamont.  Here it is dry.

    Nfu Oh 63 Nail Polish & Konad M80
    Nfu Oh 63 Nail Polish, Three Coats, & Konad M80 in Konad Black Pearl

    That's what I have for you today, Dear Reader.  Until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

Sally Hansen Magicals Ruby Slipper

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today the holo countdown continues with Sally Hansen Magicals Ruby Slipper.  It's a pink red holo, one of the long discontinued Magicals line.  This is another where I ask myself why Sally Hansen discontinues all the cool stuff!  I was lucky and got a big lot of these on ebay for a completely reasonable price a while back.

    For the manicure, I used one coat of Nu Nails, one coat of Nfu Oh Aqua Base, two of Ruby Slipper, and SpaRitual Toute de Suite top coat.  One coat of Ruby Slipper was almost enough - that Aqua Base really makes a marked difference in how holos apply.  Here it is in the sun.

    Sally Hansen Magicals Ruby Slipper
    Sally Hansen Magicals Ruby Slipper Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Today is B minus 2 for my friend's holo birthday countdown, so I'll have another holographic nail polish to show you tomorrow.  Until then, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!  

Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I have a friend who's a big holo fan with a birthday this week, so I thought I'd do a holo countdown to celebrate (I love celebrating birthdays!).  I'm starting with Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm, a charcoal base with multicolored holographic bits.  Unfortunately, I forgot to use Nfu Oh Aqua Base with this one, so its true potential has yet to be seen.

    Chainmail Charm applied well and is a two-coater for me. I took the picture in natural light, but one of the hard parts about holos and glitters is that when the camera gets clear focus, the real reflective properties of the polish fade.  In this picture, my index finger and thumb are not in focus and are a true reflection of what Chainmail Charm looks like.  The polish is unusually smooth and glossy.

    Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm
    Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Today is B minus three on the countdown.  I'll have more celebratory holos for you this week, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!  

Diamond Cosmetics Metallic Blue & Bundle Monster BM10

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I woke up early this morning and felt like doing my nails while I had coffee, so I did - Black Ice didn't last long!  I used a Diamond Cosmetics polish, Metallic Blue, from a recent DC order.  I ordered quite a few, and I saw the package on the porch as I was on my way out a couple of weeks ago, so I got it and put it somewhere "safe" until I got home.  I finally found "safe" on about the third try since then this morning (it turns out the corner of my kitchen pantry is a safe place for nail polish!), and I went through the box to even remind myself what I'd ordered.

    It turns out I did well - it's so hard to tell from Diamond Cosmetics' site, but I got some really gorgeous ones (at $2.25 a pop, I'm willing to roll the dice..).  I went with Metallic Blue first because I have not worn a blue in a while and I'm a little burnt out on Summer shades at the moment.  Metallic Blue is good in two coats, but had a little trick to application - it's a bit thick and tried to leave bubbles as I applied it (just one or two per nail).  The bubbles appeared immediately, so after covering a nail I just swiped any bubbles with the brush, and it dried with no issues.  That's just something to be on the lookout for if you try this one.  Here's Metallic Blue alone, a dry manicure.

    Diamond Cosmetics Metallic Blue
    Diamond Cosmetics Metallic Blue Nail Polish, Two Coats

    That just cries out to me for some silver Konad, so that's exactly what I did.  I had another plan in mind when I sat down to stamp, but ran into plate BM10 and tried out a pattern I've been eying for a while.  It's a full nail pattern, clearly both shorter and narrower than my nails, so what I did was double stamp it sideways, and it worked out great.  For the stamping, I used Orly Shine.

    Diamond Cosmetics Metallic Blue and Bundle Monster BM10 Stamped in Orly Shine

    That's my Nails of the Day, and I like it.

    I also had some news to share with you that I'm really excited about - I've been invited to design a nail stamping plate.  We don't expect to see them produced until early next year, and the other details of the project are private for now, but I was told that I could let you know that's something in the works.  As I get a green light to give you more information, I will, but I was too excited about it to keep the fact that's it's begun to myself for six months!

    That's the update for now, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!  

Jessica Black Ice

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I finally got around to doing my nails, and though I'd show you my Nails of the Day, which is Jessica Black Ice.  Black Ice is a black jelly with fine silver glitter, and it took four coats to be totally opaque and even.  However, the dry time seems to be good, and the up side is that the glitter is very dense and shows well.  I thought this was just another black with silver glitter, which I'm always drawn to, but it's one of the nicer ones I have.

    Jessica Black Ice
    Jessica Black Ice Nail Polish, Four Coats

    That's all for today, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!  

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Swatches, Part II

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    As promised, I have swatches of the other half of China Glaze's Vintage Vixen Collection for you this morning (manufacturer samples).  These were again three coats in artificial light.  A few could have used a fourth coat, but I wanted to be consistent.

    Swing Baby is a great champagne shimmer, but I can still see through it after three coats.  It would need a fourth.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Swing Baby
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Swing Baby Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Hey, Doll is a light reddish brown shimmer, good in three coats.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Hey, Doll
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Hey, Doll Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Bogie is a really interesting eggplant purple shimmer, good in three coats.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Bogie
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Bogie Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Midnight Mission is a great shade of blue with silver microglitter, and was good in three coats but for one bald patch I didn't notice until I was selecting pictures.  Had I seen it when taking pictures, I could have fixed just the one spot.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Midnight Mission
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Midnight Mission Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Emerald Fitzgerald is a very nice dark green shimmer.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Emerald Fitzgerald
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Emerald Fitzgerald Nail Polish, Three Coats

    First Class Ticket is a dark bluish purple, and the one I'm wearing.  The picture is before top coat.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: First Class Ticket
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: First Class Ticket Nail Polish, Three Coats

    That's the end of China Glaze's Vintage Vixen Collection.  I told you there wasn't a bad one in the bunch!  I still think some are better than others, but they'll all get used by me.

    That's all for today, Dear Reader.  Until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

China Glaze Vintage Vixen Swatches, Part I

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    The mystery package I mentioned yesterday turned out to be samples of China Glaze's Vintage Vixen Collection from the manufacturer, and I have swatches of half of them for you this morning.  The collection consists of 12 shimmers (or microglitters), and there's not a bad color in the bunch.  Some are better than others, but none elicits the ol' "What were they thinking?" question.

    Today's swatches are under artificial light, and are just some six - I took two of the three pack boxes and swatched.  Each required three thin coats to be opaque and even, but the dry time on the one I'm wearing is above average.  There were no changes in the brush or bottle to mention - they're what you've come to expect.  Application was good and I found the polish easy to control.

    Classic Camel is just that - a classic camel shade with a good shimmer.  Unfortunately, it's not a great color on me - it makes my hands look pink.  However, it's the same color as my favorite winter coat, so I'll still be wearing it.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Classic Camel
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Classic Camel Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Ingrid is a kind of muted brown with gold shimmer.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Ingrid
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Ingrid Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Going My Way? is a shimmer the shade of a chocolate Labrador Retriever.  This one was a little brushstrokey on me.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Goin' My Way?
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Goin' My Way? Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Jitterbug is a silver shimmer with microglitter.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Jitterbug
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Jitterbug Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Foxy is a great rusty red shimmer.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Foxy
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Foxy Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Riveter Rouge is the one I chose to wear, although the picture is before top coat.  It's a deep red with silver microglitter.

    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Riveter Rouge
    China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Riveter Rouge Nail Polish, Three Coats

    That's the first half of the China Glaze Vintage Vixen swatches, and I'll have Part II for you tomorrow.  Until then, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!  

Nubar Venetian Glass Collection

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    The manicure I had planned for today was thwarted yesterday when samples of Nubar's Venetian Glass Collection for Fall 2010 came from the manufacturer yesterday.  I wanted to swatch them right away despite the fact that I didn't have enough natural light for pictures, so I used artificial light.

    The collection is eight colors, all opaque glass flecked polishes, with five kind of leaves-changing-color shades and three that are just really cool.  I was excited about opaque glass flecked polished, since most glass flecked are pretty sheer on me.  I did two coats for all, I think one or two might have been better with a third.

    Oro is a yellow gold, with an almost foily finish.

    Nubar Oro
    Nubar Oro Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Caramello is a browner golden shade, also almost a foil.

    Nubar Caramello
    Nubar Caramello Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Bronzo is a coppery bronze.

    Nubar Bronzo
    Nubar Bronzo Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Arencia is a Fall orange.

    Nubar Arencia
    Nubar Arencia Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Rosso is a pink red, and sorry about the sloppy swatch on this one.  I wear out doing eight!

    Nubar Rosso
    Nubar Rosso Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Those were the five I think of as fall leafy colors.  The other three are my favorites, I think.

    Vino is a great burgundy.

    Nubar Vino
    Nubar Vino Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Vaso is a great light purple glass fleck.

    Nubar Vaso
    Nubar Vaso Nail Polish, Two Coats

    This last one is a complete manicure with top coat.  Verde is a deep green with visible green, blue, and gold flecks.

    Nubar Verde
    Nubar Verde Nail Polish, Two Coats

    That's Nubar's Venetian Glass Collection for Fall 2010, available June 30.

    I should have more swatches for you this week, too - notice for another mystery package was left when no one was around to sign for it.

    That's the scoop for today, Dear Reader.  Until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

Nubar Violet Sparkle

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I started a manicure this morning which I hope will be one of the grander ones I do, but lost interest in doing my nails early in the process.  I got as far as getting the base color in and wandered off to the next thing, so I plan to finish it today or tomorrow morning.

    In the meantime, I have something else to show you.  I wore Nubar Violet Sparkle a couple weeks ago, and managed to get a decent picture of it.  I think it's two coats, it might be three, with top coat.

    Nubar Violet Sparkle
    Nubar Violet Sparkle Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I hope to have a fun one to show you tomorrow - it'll either be great or a huge failure, I'll find out which when I execute it.  So that's all for today, and until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes

    Good very early morning, Dear Reader!

    I mentioned yesterday I had some things to swatch for you, and the Nails Inc Diet Coke nail polishes were high on the list.  These were (or are, I'm not sure which), a freebie with purchase of Diet Coke in the UK.  I believe that Diet Coke is the nectar of the gods, so if it were me in the UK, I would have qualified for a zillion of each of the four shades.  Since it's not, I have one of each.

    These were all two-coaters and went on well, and are all cremes.  The first three are swatches, the last a manicure with Nails Inc Kensington Caviar base and top coats.  Since there's no sun now, I used artificial light.

    London is beige, and a nice one.

    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes, London
    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes: London, Two Coats

    Milan is the Diet Coke red shade.

    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes, Milan
    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes: Milan, Two Coats

    New York is a muted fuchsia, slightly jelly.

    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes, New York
    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes: New York, Two Coats

    Paris is a really nice purpley plum.

    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes, Paris
    Nails Inc Diet Coke Nail Polishes: Paris, Two Coats

    Realistically, the only color I see tying directly in with Diet Coke is Milan, but that's just a detail.  With my newfound love of Nails Inc and what a great novelty these are, I had to find a way to get them, and I'm glad I did.

    That's all for now, Dear Reader.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!  

Nubar Torrid Red & Konad M71

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today's just another Nails of the Day.  I have a few things to swatch for you, but I haven't had good morning sun in a while...

    So today is Nubar Torrid Red with a lace pattern from Konad plate M71 using Konad Gold Black (or Black Gold, I forget the name) Princess Polish.  The Konad doesn't show up a whole lot - I'm doing something today where I didn't want to be too off the wall with it, but a day without Konad is like a day without sunshine.

    I've shown you Torrid Red before - it's really well pigmented for a red and is a two-coater.  Here's the finished manicure.

    Nubar Torrid Red Nail Polish & Konad M71
    Nubar Torrid Red Nail Polish, Two Coats with Konad M71

    That's all I have for today, so until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

Claire's Mood Nail Polish Daring/Innocent

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today's Nails of the Day is Claire's Mood Polish in Daring/Innocent.  It's a creme two coater, and Innocent is a peachy beige that seems to be the for warmth and Daring is a grey that's where the polish is cooler.  On longer nails, it makes its own little Funky French from the free edge being cooler than the nail bed, and the Claire's works really well.

    Here it is with top coat.

    Claire's Mood Nail Polish in Daring/Innocent
    Claire's Mood Nail Polish in Daring/Innocent, Two Coats with Top Coat

    I love novelty nail polishes, and this one is really good.

    That's what I have for you today, Dear Reader.  Until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

American Apparel Butter & BM10

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today's Nails of the Day is American Apparel Butter with a pattern from Bundle Monster Plate BM10 stamped in Psyche Pink Konad Special Polish.

    Butter is a pale yellow creme and applied, well, like butter.  It was good in two coats with no problems.

    American Apparel Butter
    American Apparel Butter Nail Polish, Two Coats

    It looked a little plain though, so I added some little flowers from plate BM10.

    American Apparel Butter Nail Polish with BM10
    American Apparel Butter Nail Polish, Two Coats, with BM10 in Psyche Pink

    That's it for today, Dear Reader.  Until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!  

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