Color Club Nouveau Vintage

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I have a couple of things to tell you about today, and the first is Color Club Nouveau Vintage* nail polish from their Fall 2011 Back to Boho Collection.  It's an interesting shimmer that's brown overall with a lot of gold and green in the shimmer.  It was good in two coats and dried completely in reasonable time.  Here it is in the sun, and I chose this picture because parts are less focused and you can see its sparkle well.




    Color Club Nouveau Vintage
    Color Club Nouveau Vintage Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I also did a little filing for this manicure, partly because I needed some shaping and partly for product testing.  Sally Hansen sent their Nailgrowth Miracle Serum for me to try out, with the product claims being flawless cuticles and up to a 59% increase in growth in two weeks with daily use.  For the increases growth, the labeling isn't totally clear on the claim - it says 59%, I'm assuming that means up to 59%.  I figured for our purposes here, just hacking off some length and then looking at the change over a couple of weeks with it as compared to a set of older pics with a similar starting length covering the same time period would be sufficient to determine whether it makes a difference or not.  So really, I took off some length to see how fast it comes back.

    That is Color Club Nouveau Vintage and my little extended testing project, so I think that's just about everything.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



    *This product was sent for review by the manufacturer.

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Sally Hansen Limited Edition Halloween Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips

    Good evening, Dear Reader!

    I ran across something cool I thought you might want to know about, so I'm here to tell you.  I've been eyeing the various patterns of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips, and I ran into some limited edition Halloween ones that look really fun.  That's the kind of thing that'll test your last nerve to hunt for in stores much of the time, and the good news is I found them online for $8.  Here are the pictures of the patterns.  They're skinny pictures, so I'll just put the giant versions right here.




    Spun For You




    Wish Nets




    Hot Wired




    Numbskull




    Ghoulie Girl

    I found them listed as "Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips-Limited Edition Halloween" on Ulta.com for $9.99 retail, but the reason I was on their site was a 20% off code, which is 61252.  I don't know all the details of the code like end date and stacking codes, but I'd wager they're on the site somewhere.  It's a good price for them and Halloween stuff pops up and disappears so fast that I thought I'd let you know about them.

    I'm really digging these nail polish strips in general (as well as the Halloween ones specifically!) - my mani's still good, but I'll likely change it tomorrow.  I used the gold glitter strips for a pedicure so I can do a real wear test on them though.  I tend to leave a pedi alone for a really long time - I remember crossing the Ridiculous line with one, and made the conscious decision to see if I could bear to just grow the whole thing out and did it (just cutting them and leaving my hot pink polish on there).  I wish I could say that at the time I wasn't writing a nail care blog, but alas...

    That's about all I wanted to pass on, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



    **Added 08/30/2011: I just saw a display of these in person.  It's a tabletop display, so one that goes on a shelf, and there are two boxes of each per display.  These pics are representative of all but the green, which looks very cool in person (but I bring you this information empty handed).

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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Laced Up

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I have something new to me to show you, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up.  If you recall, I tried Sephora by OPI's Chic Prints when they first came out and didn't love them, so despite hearing good things about the Sally Hansen strips, I was reluctant to try them until Sally Hansen offered to send some for review, which is where this pack came from.  They're completely different than the Sephora ones, so I took a lot of pictures to show them to you.

    The pattern is Laced Up, which is black lace over a neutral base.  I did a manicure in black Konad over a neutral some time ago, and I thought it was okay, but my opinion of it was higher than the general opinion reflected in the comments (that's my delicate way of mentioning it was largely hated).  I used Laced Up today because I wanted a very cool manicure for something later today but didn't feel like investing the effort in one. I took out the package of nail strips, unpacked everything in the box, and read the directions (to any gentlemen reading, that's the normal way to do it, the unpacking and direction reading).

    The directions told me how to clean off my nails for application, recommending totally bare nails.  I normally follow directions precisely the first time with a product, but here, that deviated from how I would reasonably use it so I changed it up a little bit (this is not the normal way to do it).  I chose them because I feel lazy and didn't take off yesterday's manicure, so I took out two isopropyl alcohol pads and used the first to clean the day old polish on each nail of my left hand and set the second aside for my right.  Then I got about the business of applying the nail strips.

    The most significant difference between these and the Chic Prints is that these are made out of nail polish while the Sephora ones I tried were some kind of plastic, like decals.  With the decals, I struggled with wrinkles over the natural curves of my nails, with that being the biggest disadvantage to them, and these didn't cause any trouble at all.  Since these are polish, they're super-sealed in the packaging, being sandwiched between two layers of plastic.  I took pictures of the steps as well as I could using a leftover because by the time I did the second hand, each nail was taking well under a minute to complete, so this is really easy and I wanted to show you how easy.  This is the the strip as it comes out of the package.




    Sally Hansen Salon Effects
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strip

    The top layer is a thin but strong plastic film that gets peeled off from the blue tab.  I mention it's strong because there were no problems with tearing it.  I forgot this step with one, which messed up the nail a little because some of the polish strip came off when I managed to peel the plastic off, but I was able to save it (I'll get to how when we look at that picture).  This is peeling off the plastic.




    Sally Hansen Salon Effect Nail Polish Strips
    Sally Hansen Salon Effect Nail Polish Strips, Plastic Peeled


    The next step is removing the polish strip from the backing




    Sally Hansen Salon Effect Strips, Peeled
    Sally Hansen Salon Effect Nail Polish Strips, Peeling Strip

    Then I took off the little tab, and this is what's applied.




    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips, Ready
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips, Ready to Apply

    To apply, I chose which end better fit my cuticle and touched the strip down centered at the cuticle, slightly stretched it to the center of the tip of my nail, then stretched each side as I pressed it down.  It's the stretchiness of these that's very cool - it lets the strip really take the shape of a nail.  I pressed down one side of my demo strip and stretched it to show you how elastic these are.  Here, you can see how that came into play in fixing my error - it's at the cuticle of my thumb nail here, at the corner closer to the strip, that I pulled off a piece when I forgot to remove the top plastic layer and ripped up a bit of the strip when I got the plastic off my nail, so I tore off a little bit from the opposite end of the strip and covered the spot.  The pattern is imperfect there as a result, but that's a handy trick.




    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strip Stretched
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strip Stretched Out

    To finish, the directions told me to lightly file the end with an included file, but I found that while applying them that I could stretch it over the tip and my nail would cut the strip, so I just did that.  My last step wasn't in the directions, which was finishing it with top coat, applied to each nail as soon as the strip application was finished.  Here's my mani, which took under ten minutes from start to finish.




    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Laced Up
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Laced Up

    I definitely like these a lot.  The price varies pretty significantly since they're a drug store item that often goes on sale, and of course they're costlier than regular polish, but I think for instances like this, where I really want a cool manicure and it's just not going to happen with regular supplies, they're great.  I'd also bring these along on a trip lasting several days since it worked to put them over an existing manicure and they're not a hassle to get through airport security.  I've seen pictures of a pack that's a bright crazy flower pattern, and those are some that I really want to try now that I know how well they work.

    I have a few more packs of these that were sent, so I'll show you more of them soon.  Frankly, I can't believe that smacking something over another manicure worked out so well.  I know it's not absolutely perfect and that if you try, you can see a few spots of the red at some edges in the picture, but the reality is that it's only in the moment that I'm taking the picture that it matters how a manicure looks in a macro picture.  Knowing where to look, it takes a few seconds to identify the red on my hands looking at them, so I doubt anyone else would ever see it.

    That's what I know about Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Chanel Red Dream

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Although I have a few new things to show you, I felt like wearing a comfy old standby today, so I picked Chanel Red Dream.  It's an older one, a darkish red with a great sparkly shimmer, and although I'm sure I must have shown you this one at least once before, I think it's worth lots of looks.

    I used SpaRitual Lacquer Lock and Tout de Suite with this manicure, as I've found that for me SpaRitual's products work well with older Chanels.  In between those I used three coats of Chanel Red Dream.  I took a picture of it with the sun coming and going, and was happy to find that one of the pictures shows the shimmer as it really looks on my hands.  Here's Red Dream.




    Chanel Red Dream
    Chanel Red Dream Nail Polish, Three Coats

    I just love this polish.  It actually sparkles like in the picture just walking around, which make it nice to look at without being too much.

    That's my manicure for today and just about all I know about Chanel Red Dream, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Topshop Dalmatian Jumper Inspired nail art

    Hi Guys
    Thank you for the lovely comments on my last post. I'm still not feeling brilliant but I am chosing to ignore it over the bank holiday weekend. I'll probably spend Monday asleep all day because of that but never mind! 
    I'm off for a day out to London tomorrow. We're starting at the Tate and seeing where the day takes us. It will probably take me to a Primarni and a sleek selling Superdrug. And Sallys. And Topshop. I wanted to do some funky nails and when I saw the press releases for Topshop A/W 11 I died when I saw the Dalmatian jumper and HAD to do some nails. if you haven't seen it the Topshop lookbook is here and it's in the new mod section.



    I used Color Club in French tip for all the white, Pupa 704 for the black nails and a claires black nail art pen. The red line on the french tip nails is Boots 17 Knockout Red and the bow is hexagon sequiny bits then I drew round them with the nail art pen. to tidy up the bow shape. Not totally neat nails but I think they are funky XD. This was a really easy manicure. I'll break it into steps for you prep nails as you normally would using your favourite basecoats
    1. Paint thumb and ring finger white
    2. Paint index, middle and little fingers black
    3. Paint white tips on black fingers (I used a fine brush)
    4. Paint black blotches on the white polished nails and the tips. I found it best to use a nail art pen and jiggle it a bit so the edges are not to smooth and try to be random. 
    5. Paint a fine red line where the white tips meet the black nail polish
    6. place sequins in a bow shape on both white nails. 
    7. Use the nail art pen to outline the sequins and define the bow shape. I also put a few little creases in the bow. 
    8. Paint all nails with topcoat. I used Sally's Express Gelous and when that had dried a little a coat of Seche vite.
    If you decide to recreate this look please share your links I'd love to see it.
    Have fun 
    Stacie xoxox

Revlon Royal Cloak

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I wasn't planning a color change for today, but I stopped off at a Walgreen's on my way home from a lunch and ran into the latest Revlon display during a Revlon sale.  That sounds a lot worse than it really is - I looked at all the colors in the display and left with only one.  There's a light gold that I didn't check the name of which looks very nice, but I have a few lighter golds from last winter and let it go.  The one I chose was Royal Cloak, which I read was a Revlon take on Butter London's No More Waity Katie.  I wasn't a fan of Butter London before they changed their formula, and they're priced too high for me to roll the dice on whether it's an improvement, so it's nice to find something along the lines of a nice shade for under $4.

    The Revlon take on Chanel Black Pearl (Black with Envy?  something like that...) was the last Revlon I had success with, but when they work for me, they really work for me, which is what keeps me trying them.  Since proper drying is the problem I encounter if there is one, I pulled out the big guns for my Royal Cloak manicure using SpaRitual Tout de Suite top coat over two coats of color.  The base I used here was SpaRitual Lacquer Lock base coat.  After allowing a few minutes for the manicure to cure, it seems to have dried quite nicely.  Here's Revlon Royal Cloak in the sun, and it appears somewhat brighter in the picture than in person.




    Revlon Royal Cloak
    Revlon Royal Cloak Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The color is a touch muddy in person rather than as bright as in this picture.  I got this camera in 2010, and it has troubles with some purples, with this being one.  For me, it's really the shimmer that sets this one apart - it's reminiscent of Sally Hansen Salon Arabian Night, which was a paler purple with gold shimmer.

    That's Revlon Royal Cloak and just about all I have to tell you about today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!




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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Teeny Greeny Bikini

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I'm continuing to work my way through the Fall 2011 Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears today with Teeny Greeny Bikini, a pale green shimmer with the same finish as the others from its display.  It applied well, and I needed three thin coats to make it opaque and even.  It dried nicely, so a third coat wasn't a problem at all.

    This is Sally Hansen Teeny Greeny Bikini in the sun after it dried.




    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Teeny Greeny Bikini
    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Teeny Greeny Bikini Nail Polish, Three Coats

    So far, eveything from that display has been unusually nice.  I've long been a fan of Xtreme Wears, particularly the seasonal collections, but I think this release has bumped Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear to the front of the line of my favorite drug store nail polishes.

    That's what I know about Teeny Greeny bikini, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Minx inspired nails

    Sorry I haven't been around much I've been feeling under the weather I just thought I would do a quick post of these nails. I saw some new designs from Minx and loved this design Roses 2
    I didn't copy it exactly but have been inspired by it. I only did this design on my thumbs too as I'm into every nail being different but matching at the moment. I think these look like a lovely patchwork quilt


    Polishes used are mainly Barry M ice cream colours
    Thanks for all the lovely comments on the bunny nails I'm glad you liked them
    Stacie xoxox




Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I'm wearing Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice, which is a very cool but kind of oddball glitter from the display that held Midnight Sky and friends.  It's a black jelly base with fine orange glitter, which sounds like the old Halloween standard, but Pumpkin Spice is a little bit different.

    The black base is very lightly pigmented even for a jelly, and I ended up needing four coats to make it opaque and even.  It's not stark black at four coats, that's just enough for me to make it even without bare looking spots.  It seems like that could be by design - the result was that the glitter really got loaded up nicely, more than the Halloween polishes, and the impression I get from it is very late Fall, not Halloween.  I noticed applying it and again now that the glitter in Pumpkin Spice is very smooth, which is one of those factors that strongly affects the likelihood of me choosing a glitter polish over another when I go to change color.  I applied it last night very shortly before bed, so I used China Glaze Fast Forward to dry it.  Four coats of color right before bed is a bit ambitious and I was prepared to have it messed up this morning, but it dried quite nicely with only one flaw.  Unfortunately, that one flaw was the one that puts me off to various quick dry top coats - Fast Forward shrank the polish at my tips a bit.  I'd noticed some shrinkage with Fast Forward before, but I think it might be evaporating a little with use because it's more pronounced today.  Thinner might fix that right up, but that presents the question of where the heck I have thinner.

    This is the finished Pumpkin Spice manicure in sunlight after it dried completely.




    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice
    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice Nail Polish, Four Coats

    I think it's a nice polish, but particularly nice for a Fall novelty polish.  In the picture, the spots where the sunlight really hits the polish show just how smooth the glitter in Pumpkin Spice is with only one coat of top coat.  There's no unevenness to the surface, and I hope Sally Hansen keeps using glitter from whoever made this stuff so nice and flat.

    That's Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice and just about all I have for you this morning, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Givenchy Vernis Miroir Multiple 771

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I have a little something different to show you today, and interesting glitter top coat.  It is, as you might have guessed from the title, Givenchy Miroir Multiple Nail Lacquer and Top Coat 771.  It's an older one that's a clear base, but not perfectly clear, the slightly yellowish kind, with lots of really bright, very fine holographic glitter.

    I tested it on a nail with the last manicure still on, and the glitter reflects really bright red, green, all the rainbow colors, so I was trying to decide what to put it over for today.  Black and navy blue seemed obvious enough to take the wind out of the Givenchy's sails, I considered a bright red and concluded that I too often use that as the backdrop for glitter top coats, then finally settled on white.  Since the Givenchy does have a tint to it (I doubt it's really tinted that way, some polish bases are not completely clear), I picked the whitest white I have, which is Orly White Out.  Every time I use White Out, there are a ton of comments asking if I mean the typing correction fluid, so I'll be really clear on this one.  White Out is an Orly white creme nail polish, Wite Out is a brand of liquid paper. They're two different things and it's the nail polish on my nails.

    I did a base coat, three of White Out to make it non-streaky, then two of the Givenchy, which did add a bit of  a cast to the white, making it more of a pale ivory.  That's fine with me since it diminished the starkness of the white.  I left several minutes between each coat since I'd planned to layer, and I found that the Givenchy dried to a really exceptional high shine, far more so than most top coats.  Still, that's a heck of a lot of layers of polish, so I topped it off with China Glaze Fast Forward.  Fast Forward was just right - the fact that it's not terribly shiny wasn't an issue since it went over something very shiny, and it did a really nice job of drying all those layers.  I accidentally tested it a few times, with the first being fifteen minutes after applying Fast Forward. I knocked a nail into the side of my wire-framed glasses, which is noramlly a sure fire way to make a tear in the surface and take the polish all the way off, but it didn't even dent, which was really impressive.  About an hour after that, I used a nail as a tool for something and got a deep dent, which I figured I had coming, but it popped back out while I slept and I woke up with smooth shiny nails.  Here's the manicure in sunlight - the focus isn't the best ever, but that's intentional to show the glitter a bit.  All of it sparkles like the few pieces that show.




    Givenchy Miroir Multiple 771
    Givenchy Miroir Multiple Nail Lacquer and Top Coat 771

    It would definitely be more vibrant over a dark color, but I was up for some variety.  Know what's really funny about that packaging here?  The stem on the Givenchy bottle  is super long, and the round bottle part is as tall as the Orly White Out 0.60 oz bottle, but the Givenchy holds only  0.27 oz.  I'd previously thought the 0.30 oz Estee Lauder bottle, that giant block of glass that would make an effective paperweight in a wind tunnel, was the most masterful job of deceptive packaging, but Givenchy topped them with this one.

    That's Givenchy Miroir Multiple 771 and jst about all I have for you today, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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The Neon Creeper Heel Manicure

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    After a few days of no polish change, I was up for a more involved mani this morning, so I did a nail art interpretation of a T.U.K. high-heeled neon creeper.  Why yes, that is incredibly random and out of the blue, but when you see the shoe, you'll see why it inspired a manicure.

    The backstory, to mitigate some of the randomness, is that I need a new pair of all-purpose, running out the door shoes.  I've mentioned my taste in clothing is pretty plain, but my taste in shoes is far from it, with the current worn-out pair being red/purple/pink mosaic flats.  I've always loved heels, and being kind of short I wore them just about all the time for years (I'm still a normal height for a woman wearing them, and if there's no good reason not to...).  That era ended when I completely tore an ankle ligament (I was pledging a sorority and fell on the first step of the house's spiral staircase, smashing my ankle on every step on the way down,  while everybody was waiting for me at the bottom - my grandest entrance ever), until I just recently discovered shoes with a platform.  They look impossible to walk in, but they're totally comfortable and nothing at all to walk in, so heels are back on the table for me, and they've been included in the hunt.

    That brings us to the inspiration picture,which I mentioned was a pair of T.U.K. neon creeper heels.




    Mani Inspiration
    My Manicure Inspiration

    To make the manicure, I started with three coats of China Glaze Kiwi Cool-ada, stamping plate H9 for the leopard print, which is a larger pattern and let me cover each nail with only one stamp.  I used that XL stamper I tried once before and hated because I've read reviews from a few bloggers with whom I normally have a similar experience who loved it.  That made me think I needed practice, and that proved to be the case.  There is a trick to using it, which is absolutely no pressure picking up or placing the stamp, and then it does a really beautiful job.  Having stamped, I filled in the dots on the leopard print with Misa Dreamy Purple, painted the tip one nail with Dreamy Purple to make it like the top of the shoe, then sealed with top coat.  Here's how it turned out.




    Neon Creeper Heel Mani
    My Neon Creeper Heel Manicure

    There's not fabulous light today, so Dreamy Purple looks darker in the picture than in real life, although I think I should have hunted down Nubar Pasadena Purple for this one - it would have been more clearly purple.  I'm still really happy with the manicure because it's ridiculously fun.

    That's my new weekend manicure and just about all I have to yap about this morning Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Sephora by OPI Fall 2011

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I received a Sephora gift certificate recently, so I picked up a few of the Sephora by OPI Fall 2011 releases to show you.  I just have three, not all of them, but they're most likely the only ones I'll be getting out of this release so I felt good committing to a title anyhow.

    The first is Sin-cerely Violet, which is a delicate, pale lavender pearl, not violet and with nothing even hinting at sin.  In three coats, Sin-cerely Violet was even and opaque, and it dried well with Fast Forward.




    Sephora by OPI Sin-cerely Violet
    Sephora by OPI Sin-cerely Violet Nail Polish, Three Coats

    I like it even if there's nothing Fall about it.  The other two are separate releases not from the same collection, but since they're coming out at the same time, I think it's close enough.

    Next up is Spark-tacular!, which is multicolored glitter of different sizes in a clear base.  I found that the glitter is much denser than  in some regular OPI glitter top coats, like Disco Ball Sparkle.  I added one coat of it to Sin-cerely Violet, a coat of top coat, then took a picture in the sun.  You can see that it's pretty smooth and the glitter lies flat, so I'm sure another coat of top coat would even it all out.




    Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular!
    Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular! Top Coat, One Coat

    I like it, but again I don't see anything seasonal about it, as I'd be more likely to use it in Spring.

    The last is What's Your Poison, and I have a bottle picture rather than a swatch.  It looked like Sephora by OPI Merry Me, which I wore to celebrate a month of not smoking (and still going strong!).  I took out Merry Me, and but for the labels and the shrink wrap still on What's Your Poison, I can't find any way to tell them apart (the shrink wrap makes the bottle look a shade darker in the pic).




    Sephora by OPI What's Your Poison?
    Sephora by OPI What's Your Poison? and A Dupe

    Merry Me is especially fabulous, so if you missed out on it, it's back with a new name.

    That's about all I know about Sephora by OPI's Fall 2011 releases, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nal polish to you!


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Orly Prisma Gloss Silver

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I thought I'd show you Orly Prisma Gloss Silver this morning because it's an exceptionally nice fine holographic glitter top coat, my favorite of the ones available in brick and mortar stores in this area, but I rarely hear anything about it.

    I started out with base coat, two coats of Orly Pixie Stix, one coat of Orly Prisma Gloss Silver, then one of China Glaze Fast Forward.  This is the first time I've used Fast Forward, and it's pretty nice.  It dried all the polish thoroughly and quickly, but it's not very shiny.  Still, sometimes I'd rather just get a manicure totally dry in the evening so I can go to sleep without getting sheet marks, then just shine it up with a non quick dry top coat in the morning, so it's nice to know this works well for the drying part.

    With Prisma Gloss, using one coat was good because I usually need more than one coat to get as much glitter as I like.  Since I only use glitters like this for layering, being able to shave a coat off the total count matters - the difference between two coats of color and three isn't huge, but beyond that I always have a sense of lots of question marks around whether a manicure will dry well, and I've messed up more than I could count waiting for a lot of coats to dry.  With a total of three coats of color on this one, it's dried really well.  Here it is in sunlight.




    Orly Prisma Gloss Silver
    Orly Prisma Gloss Silver, One Coat, over Orly Pixie Stix Nail Polish

    I have the gold version of this as well, but I don't recall ever trying it out.  I'll break it out this week so we can see if it's as cool as Prisma Gloss Silver.


    That's what I know, so until next time, Dear reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Glitter Gal Red Holo

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    The last fabulous holo I have to show you is Glitter Gal Red, which is a really cool one along the lines of Glitter Gal Purple.  It's similar in application, with both being a bit thinner than other Glitter Gal polishes I've tried and thus requiring a third coat, and Red is also an unusual shade with lots of holographic effect.

    For this manicure, I used Nfu Aqua Base, three thin coats of color (after the second, it was opaque bottle color but had a few barer spots that the third tidied right up), then a coat of Diamont to finish it all off.  This is Glitter Gal Red in sunlight somewhat obscured by clouds.




    Glitter Gal Red Holo
    Glitter Gal Red Holo Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Like how all the holo pigment shows up in the front of the bottle?  I do!  This one is also wonderful and a much more red shade than other holos named "red" (they often seems to end up being a holo terracotta) with a striking holo effect, but quite frankly I don't expect anything to top or even match Glitter Gal Purple me for a good long while.  The mere fact that I'd liken this one to it is high praise.

    Glitter Gal Red wraps up Glitter Gal holos for me, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Glitter Gal Purple Holo

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I have Glitter Gal Purple, a holo, to show you and I think it's probably the only existent holo that could trump all the other Glitter Gal polishes I've already shown you combined.  It's a deep purple with much more red in it than the darker purple China Glaze OMG (LOL, I think, but I never did master the OMG names) as well as a much more pronounced holographic effect.  I questioned whether I could get an adequate picture of it since clouds keep coming and going, but Glitter Gal Purple doesn't require blazing sunlight to show off.

    For the manicure, I used Nfu Oh Aqua Base, three coats of color (this polish is thinner than the other Glitter Gal holos, but well worth an extra coat), then finished it off with a coat of Diamont.  It's holding up really well, even surviving a long soak in an almost uncomfortably hot tub (a hot bath usually results in chips for me, but not on this manicure).  Here it is in the not-really-full sunlight after about 14 hours wear, including that scalding bath.




    Glitter Gal Purple Holo
    Glitter Gal Purple Holo Nail Polish, Three Coats

    As my dear mother would have said, "It's a thing of beauty and a joy forever."  I think had I owned this polish a few years ago, I'd never be able to show it here since it would have been the only one I'd have ever worn for the rest of my days, so I wouldn't have had a nail blog.  To get all those colors to show up, very little light is required, particularly as compared to other pretty intensely colored holos.  In low indoor light, it's really obvious that it's a killer holo, while many just look like a shimmer indoors.

    This may well be my favorite polish I've ever shown you, I absolutely love it.  A couple of other Glitter Gal posts had questions regarding where to buy them, but I don't want to bombard you with fine print, so I'll just give you a link to the post ending with details of where to buy Glitter Gal nail polish, and the owner of the online store's Ebay feedback is linked as well (she'd previously sold Glitter Gal there, so the Ebay feedback is directly related).

    I think Glitter Gal Purple Holo pretty much speaks for itself - this one is truly incredible.  That's what I know this morning, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Glitter Gal Silver

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    This morning I have another Glitter Gal holographic polish, Glitter Gal Silver, that was sent for review, and it's a happy surprise.  I put this one off because in the bottle the polish is underwhelming - I figured, "Huh, Glitter's Gal's OPI DS Coronation."  In the bottle that's accurate but on the nail it's completely inaccurate.

    Like the OPI, Glitter Gal Silver dries super glassy smooth, but the quantity of little holo flakes is more like the China Glaze Kaleidoscopes.  From there, if you mix in the holographic effect of Chanel Holographic, where there are a million colors, then you have Glitter Gal Silver.  I used a Nutra Nail base coat, three coats of color, then a coat of Diamont to dry it.  I waited a few minutes and then took pictures in the sun.




    Glitter Gal Silver
    Glitter Gal Silver Nail Polish, Three Coats




    Glitter Gal Silver, Closer Look
    Glitter Gal Silver Nail Polish, Closer Look at Three Coats


    See what I mean?  This is perfectly glassy smooth and looks like I have a boatload of holo glitter encrusting my nails.  I can't think of a down side to that.

    I'm very impressed with all the Glitter Gal polishes I've tried, and Silver is no exception.  That's all for today, Dear Reader, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!




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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pink-y Ring

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I'm working my way through the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears with today's being Pink-y Ring.  It's smooth fine fuchsia glitter in a clear base, and not quite as much of a hit as the last several.

    The glitter in Pink-y Ring is pretty sparse, so I used an opaque base color under it, one coat of Misa's I'm Going to Love Myself (I'm really hoping that name means in the Free to Be... You and Me sense).  Then
    I added three coats of Pink-y Ring, and it's all nice and sparkly.  The pictures show the color, glitter size, smoothness, and density, but the focus made the sparkle go away.    On the nail, it's just as sparkly as in the bottle.




    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pink-y Ring
    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pink-y Ring Nail Polish, Three Coats over an Opaque Base

    The glitter in Pink-y Ring is perfectly smooth with one coat of Diamont, so that's a good thing.  I picked this polish up and put it back a couple of times because I was concerned it wouldn't be opaque, and I got it hoping it was, so overall this one's kind of a disappointment even though I was able to get a manicure I like out of it.

    That's Sally Hansen Pink-y Ring and the next installment in the Xtreme Wear Saga, so until tomorrow, love and nail polish to you!



    Edited to Add: At 11:00 p.m. after wearing this  out and about on a sunny day and running around all evening, I love this manicure.  The glitter just glows throwing off fuchsia light and is flawlessly smooth.  I clicked the picture to see if it could give a sense of that on a 17" freshly calibrated monitor, and am pleased to report that it does.

    The whole glitter photography thing drives me nuts, where the combinations of light, focus and shutter speed mean either I can get a picture to show glitter size, smoothness, and color clearly or the sparkle accurately, and the sun was so bright for this picture that out of the twelve I took, not one was the blurred version that would clearly show sparkle.  However, if you click on the picture for the great big version, there are glitter bits visible on my nails that show the fuchsia glow individually.  Since I didn't get the picture, here's the leap to how it looks in real life: see all the non-glowy glitter bits?  In person they do sparkle like the few, even in normal indoor light.  Between the girly color and the smooth, bright glitter, this one has won my heart whether it requires layering or not.

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Very Cherry

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I'm digging the sparkly Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears so much that I have another of them to show you this morning, Very Cherry.  It's a pink red (or red pink) with a finish like that of Deep Blue Sea and Midnight Sky.  Like those two, it's perfect in two coats and really easy to apply neatly.

    For today's manicure I use one coat of a Nutra Nail base coat (as I continue to use things up), two coats of Very Cherry, and one of Diamont to dry it.  Here's my Very Cherry manicure in morning sunlight.




    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Very Cherry
    Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Very Cherry Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I have quite a few other things to show you that have been sent for review, but it was hard to pass up Very Cherry on a sunny day.  It's too pretty.

    That's Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Very Cherry, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!


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