Sally Hansen Oxide

    Good evening, Dear Reader!

    Tonight I have pictures to show you of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Oxide, one of the Tracy Reese shades for Fall 2011 that their PR sent me to review.  It's a really gorgeous charcoal along the lines of a darker Chanel Graphite, really the closest thing I've seen to Graphite with respect to finish, although a good bit darker.  If you recall, it's the finish in Graphite that made me swoon, and Oxide does the same.

    I currently have a pretty big backlog of cool things to show you all set aside together, and Oxide is one I've really been looking forward to trying out.  I knew I'd have an opportunity to change nail color this evening, but had been torn as to what I wanted to wear because this manicure will have to stay until Sunday, and tomorrow night a friend of mine, the coolest boss I've ever had, is playing his last live show after a few decades of performing.  That's right, an IT-guy rock star.  The original plan was to coordinate with cool shoes, but last weekend I really sprained my ankle wearing hideous matronly flats to take out the trash, so I have to wait until I'm leaving to pick what I can wear (I think that was The Goddess of Hot Shoes sending me a warning, which I'll heed in the future).  Then I got a surprise when UPS delivered some non-nail-related stuff I'd ordered during a 50% off of clearance prices sale, and when I placed the order I saw a giant black rose rhinestone ring that ended up being under $3 after all the percentages off, so I added it.  When I saw it in person today, Oxide seemed like a perfect choice.

    For this manicure, I used one coat of base coat, two of Oxide, and one of Lippmann Addicted to Speed since I wanted it to dry really fast and be perfect.  After it dried, I went out to take pictures, and had a kind of funny experience.  I'm friendly with the ladies who live on either side of me, and both recently had babies.  I guess they both came home with their babies in tow at the same time and met in the middle in my yard to chat.  I went out with stuff to take pictures, said hello and had a little chitchat including assurance that I didn't mind them meeting in the middle, but it was late and the last of the light would be gone if I took too long, so I just went about the business of taking the pictures with them standing there a few feet away, offering no explanation.  One of the husbands came home while I was taking pictures and went up to his wife, so at this point there was a small crowd chatting in my yard pretending that I'm not over in the corner evaluating light and clicking away.  They still have no idea why the heck I keep taking pictures of small things I'm hiding in my hand!  It was socially awkward enough to be entertaining at the time.

    After all of that, I got some good pictures of Sally Hansen Oxide in sunlight.

    Sally Hansen Oxide
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Oxide Nail Polish, Two Coats

    This is a closer look at the shimmer.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Oxide
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Oxide Nail Polish, A Look at the Finish

    And just for fun, I took a picture of it with my fabulous cheapo ring.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Oxide Nail Polish
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Oxide Nail Polish & A Fabulous Ring

    I love this a whole lot.  Admittedly, the overall look is somewhat vampiric, but aside from wearing nothing but pastels all the time, there's not much to be done about that so I go with it.  I'm extra happy about having a manicure I love as the start of an ensemble for a fun event tomorrow night.  I would have been fine with a blood red that went with anything, but it's always a little more enjoyable to wear something that thrills me.

    That's the scoop on Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Oxide, which should be showing up with the other Tracy Reece shades any day now.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Florence

    Hi Everyone
    I got a new member of my family! Her name is Florence! She is totally adorable.




    She's 8 weeks old. We've had a hard week settling her in with not much sleep but she is a really good girl. Would have been easier if I hadn't had conjunctivitis in both eyes. Unfortunately in my right eye it got quite bad and the white of my eye filled up with blood. I had to go to hospital on Sunday morning to get it all checked out. I got 2 lots of drops and it does seem to be getting better but it still looks like I have been punched in the face.

    I hope to get some nails up soon but I'm sure you'll understand if I just post cute puppy pics instead XD
    Stacie xoxox

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    When I got home last night I changed my nail color to one of the Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers, Black Magic, which I'd shown you bottle pics of but not swatches when I got them.  It's a black that's loaded up with very fine glitters, and it turned out to be quite nice.

    The tombstone cap wasn't a problem to use as a brush handle, but the brush itself falls short of ideal.  It's long and kind of floppy, and mine had some wacky stray hairs.  My experience of Wet n Wild is that the quality of the products is generally good, particularly for the price, and that the quality of the packaging is what keeps the cost as low as it is, so I wasn't horrified to discover that the brush wasn't great.

    I applied base coat, two coats of Black Magic, which was enough for even and opaque coverage, and a coat of Poshe.  The brush only interfered with one nail, my middle left, where the edge of the polish along the cuticle is imperfect, but not enough of a problem to actually do something about it.  This morning, after it dried nicely, I took pictures of it in the sun.  Here is Wet n Wild Black Magic.

    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic
    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Here's a closer look at the glitter.

    Glitter in Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic
    Glitter in Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic Nail Polish

    I absolutely love this polish - it's really fun to wear.  Out of bright light, it's clear that there's glitter in it, and then in bright light it's really sparkly and cool.  I was definitely worth the $2-$3 I spent on it.

    That is what I know about Wet n Wild Fantasy Maker Black Magic, my manicure for the day, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Himalayan Blue

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    After two days of wearing Skyscraper, which is truly spectacular in sunlight, I figured I'd go for something a little more basic and upbeat and chose Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Himalayan Blue, one of the Fall 2011 Tracy Reese shades.

    Himalayan Blue is a really lovely intense sky blue creme, and in applying it I was impressed with its quality.  The polish is very well pigmented, with two coats being plenty, easy to control, and dried very quickly to an unusually high shine.  I used a base coat, two coats of Himalayan Blue, and a coat of Poshe.  After it dried, I took a picture of it in sunlight, and you can see in the picture just how shiny it is, especially since Poshe doesn't add much in the way of shine.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Himalayan Blue
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Himalayan Blue Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Although not a traditional color for fall, Himalayan Blue feels right for an autumn day like today in the Midwest - the sun is out after a couple grey days of rain, and it's a cloudless perfectly blue sky.  These are my favorite beautiful days before the cold begins to set in, so I really like a polish that feel just right for them.  Of course, the temptation was to Konad this, being a plain creme, but a plain particularly happy color is sometimes best left alone.  I might add to it after wearing it for a day, but today I'm just going to savor the pretty simplicity.

    This was sent to me by Sally Hansen's PR for review, and the press materials indicated that the Tracy Reese shades would be available in fall with nothing more specific regarding a date.  Sally Hansen limited editions normally tend to show up in my area within the first week or two of release, and I can tell you that they're not here yet.  I've been to the two stores where collections usually show up first locally for other stuff in recent days and took a detour to cosmetics to see if they were around, but they weren't, so just keep an eye out for them because they should be available very soon now.

    That's Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Himalayan Blue, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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China Glaze Skyscraper

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I felt like a fun polish today, so I used China Glaze Skyscraper from their Metro Collection.  I think this might be the only one I have from that collection, maybe one other.  Skyscraper is a really striking deep blue with very, very fine silver glitter.

    I used base coat, three coats of Skyscraper, and a coat of Poshe.  After two coats, the blue base of Skyscraper had some uneven spots, so I added a third to make it even.  It dried just fine after a third coat of color, so it wasn't a problem at all.  I also noticed that despite being loaded up with glitter, the surface of the polish is quite smooth after drying.  This is Skyscraper in the sun.

    China Glaze Skyscraper
    China Glaze Skyscraper Nail Polish, Three Coats

    This is a fun cool weather polish, so I like it, and a smooth glitter is always a plus.

    That is China Glaze Skyscraper and just about all there is to tell you about this morning, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Nubar Beguiling Carmine

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I wanted a traditional shade for something I have going later on today, and I figured it was a good time to show you a shade from Nubar's Polished Chic collection, and I went with Beguiling Carmine.  The premise of Nubar's Polished Chic is that it's modern classic shades, so it seemed like a good fit.

    Beguiling Carmine is described by the manufacturer as "a brick red creme," and there's not a heck of a lot to add to that.  The color is a tiny bit muddier than a standard brick red, just enough to update the color but not enough to call it something else.  I used a base, two coats of Beguiling Carmine, and finished it off with a coat of Poshe.  The polish is well pigmented, where at one coat it's clear that two will do the trick, was easy to apply and control, and it has a good shine.  This is Beguiling Carmine after drying, in artificial light.

    Nubar Beguiling Carmine
    Nubar Beguiling Carmine Nail Polish, Two Coats

    This is a good autumn red - it has enough brown to fit the season but is still distinctly red overall.  I noticed in looking through pictures that my top coat has some bubbles, which is kind of a bummer, but I'm betting that I'll get through the day just the same with or without them and leaving it alone.

    That is Beguiling Carmine, my manicure for the day, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



    This product was sent by the manufacturer for review.

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Nubar Jeans

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I just got a promo image that's pretty interesting for Nubar Jeans, which they say will be online within the next two weeks.

    Nubar Jeans
    Nubar Jeans Nail Polish Collection

    Look familiar?  They look like dupes for Les Jeans de Chanel to me.  The only other info I have is that the set of three will be $19.99 and the colors are as follows:

    Faded Jeans, a light blue shimmer
    Boyfriend Jeans, a medium blue creme
    Dark Wash Jeans, a dark blue creme

    That's what I know, and now you do too.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!


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Color Club Hot Like Lava

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I did a quick color change to another of the Color Club Foils last night, so I'm wearing Hot Like Lava today.  It's got the same finish as the last (all six do), is partway between pink and red, and is fantastic.  One coat of Hot Like Lava would have been plenty but for the ridges in my nails, so I added a second and that concealed them nicely.  The polish was exceptionally easy to control, is very pigmented, and dried quickly.  I topped it off with a coat of Poshe and called it a manicure.

    Since the likelihood that I'll think of taking a picture of the manicure later is very slim, I have an artificial light picture for you that I just took, and the polish is thoroughly dry.  To be honest, Hot Like Lava is really fabulously glowy in a way that never translates to a picture, so this picture sells it short.  What it reminds me of in indoor lighting is what metal looks like with a colored finish, the kind that's usually done on aluminum things - if an e-cig battery came in this color, I'd be all over it (that's the only colored aluminum item I'm using these days...).  There might be a name for colored metal like that, I don't know, but maybe Indi will help us out with that one.  Anyhow, since it the middle of the night I used artificial light, and my picture just gives you a tiny hint of how awesome this polish is.  I'll put my camera in my purse on the off chance I think of taking another one and if I get one that's worthwhile I'll tack it on later.  In the meantime, here's Hot Like Lava.

    Color Club Hot Like Lava
    Color Club Hot Like Lava Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The bright light for the picture washed the color out somewhat, and it's really a bit darker than it appears here, but this was the least washed out picture of the bunch.  The coolest thing about it is the glowiness, where in normal lighting a line down the center of my nails is lit up and the sides are darker, and I think any adequately lit picture loses that, so you'll just have to take my word for it.

    So far, the Color Club Foils are two for two, and I'm looking forward to seeing if the winning streak continues.  For now, that's Hot Like Lava, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Color Club Lumin-icecent

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I'm sorry I've been neglecting you, but I have something very cool to show you this morning to make up for it.  Color Club sent their Foiled collection, which is a collection of six really nice foils (or chromes), and when I finally had a chance to change my polish, I picked Lumin-icecent to wear.  That's a super Suzi name, but more like Suzi on a good day since the color of this one is a good ice blue.

    I meant to take a picture of three days' wear on Facets of Fuchsia because I had no chips or tip wear at all, but it really needed to be changed because that Sally Hansen Nailgrowth Miracle serum I'm using really seems to be working - the manicure looked a good five days grown out.  However, it was 11:30 at night when I had a chance to change color, so here wasn't adequate light to be had.

    For Lumin-icecent, I used Nailtek II as a base since it's a ridge filler.  I have pretty pronounced ridges in my nails and chromes are the absolute least forgiving finish for that, so I figured ridge filler would help me out.  I then applied two coats of Lumin-icecent, which went on very easily and was no problem at all to control.  To avoid brush strokes, I just used a light hand with the brush and it worked out well.  I finished it off with a coat of Poshe, and now I have a perfect manicure for a very chilly day.  Here's Lumin-icecent totally dry on a cloudy day.

    Color Club Lumin-icecent Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I love this because it's foily enough to look like metal, but isn't bad on brush strokes or showing my ridges too much, and it's a perfect ice blue.  The other five shades are equally good - Color Club left out the obligatory silver and gold that have been done to death and gave us just cool colored foils.  I had a hard time choosing which to wear and just picked this one so I could put it on and get to sleep.

    Lumin-icecent is just the first of the Color Club Foils I have to show you, so there will be more to come.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Revlon Facets of Fuchsia

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    This morning I thought I'd try out Revlon Facets of Fuchsia, which seems to be Revlon's take on Deborah Lippmann's Bad Romance, a black jelly base with fuchsia hex and regular glitter.  In the bottle, the black base of Facets of Fuchsia looked less pigmented than that of Bad Romance (which fell shy of opaque at two coats), so I decided to layer it over a black creme.  My thought was that drying issues would be inevitable with 4+ coats, and I wanted to make this one work.

    I started with a base coat, using up what I have on hand, which was NailTek II (so my nails should be orange from the formaldehyde in it in short order).  I let that dry for a minute or two, then applied one coat of Revlon Lunar, the black creme released with a few glitters not too long ago, which is even and almost opaque at one coat.  After giving that a bit of drying time, I applied two thin coats of Facets of Fuchsia, giving each a few minutes to set before moving on to the next.  The glitter's surface was pretty pebbly at this point, so I added one coat of clear polish then one of Seche Vite (my thickest top coat) to even it out.  It's dry and very glassy smooth now, so the hassles involved in ensuring drying issues didn't appear seem to have been worth it.  There's no sunlight today, so this is Facets of Fuchsia in indoor lighting (mixed fluorescent and light bulb).

    Revlon Facets of Fuchsia
    Revlon Facets of Fuchsia Nail Polish, Two Coats over Black

    The consequence of the less pigmented base of Facets of Fuchsia versus Bad Romance is that the glitter shows through it more clearly.  The Lippmann seems to have more glitter, but a third coat of Facets of Fuchsia would even the score, and since this cost me less than $3 versus the $18-$20 for the Lippmann (I didn't look it up to see which it was since my point's the same either way), for me Facets of Fuchsia would be the winner in a showdown against Bad Romance.

    That's what I know about Revlon Facets of Fuchsia and I don't have a heck of a lot else to tell you about today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Bewitched

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I was looking for something dignified this morning, and I picked Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Bewitched, which is one of the upcoming limited edition Tracy Reese polishes for fall 2011.

    Bewitched is an interesting shade in a good way, kind of a cross between plum and the (I can't think of a more savory description for this) dried blood shades with a creme finish.  I used a base coat, two coats of color, and a top coat for this manicure.  I found that Bewitched almost gives full coverage in one thin coat, but I did need the second to make it completely even on all ten nails.  It dried to be pretty markedly darker than bottle color, as you can see in the picture.  This is Bewitched on a cloudy day.

    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Bewitched
    Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Bewitched Nail Polish, Two Coats

    That's quite a big difference between bottle shade and dry-on-the-nail shade, but I'm happy with how it looks on the nail.  The down side to a significant difference in bottle color versus dry color is that I have to remember that Bewitched is one of that dries darker, but if that's its biggest trouble, I can live with it.

    Bewitched does have the usual Complete Salon Manicure brush, which I know is not the most popular design ever, but it's worth noting that it does a really nice job once you get a feel for it.  I don't recall what the first shade from this line that I used was, but I do recall thinking that it looked like I'd let a little kid paint my nails the first time I used this brush.  It has an unusually long stem, lots and lots of short bristles trimmed to a rounded shape, and it's wider than average, and the result is that it holds a lot of polish and is a little harder to manipulate than most.  Since I have great big nails by some standards, that might seem like a good thing, but it's easy to pick up way more polish with it than I want for one nail.  I found that wiping off both side of the brush inside of the bottle's neck rather than just one side as I normally do fixes the issue of quantity, and once the excess polish is wiped off, I found it's way easier to control where the remaining polish goes.  Having gotten a feel for using the CSM brush, it does a great job (there was no cleanup on this mani), but it took several crappy to marginally bad manicures to get to that point.  Since the colors in this line are so often very nice, it was worth the effort of learning to work with the brush.

    That is Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Bewitched, the first of the Fall 2011 Tracy Reese polishes that Sally Hansen's PR sent for review, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Liberty Rocks Wool Collection inspired Nail Art

    Wow I'm on a roll! 2 posts in 2 days! I was looking at the Liberty website for some ideas and found this amazing fabric designed by Stefan C Lantana for the Liberty Rocks Wool Collection. I thought I should be able to do a reasonable job at it as it was quite similar to my roses.


    The colour pallette for these nails is quite muted which I love  I used only Models Own polishes mainly the ones from the car key collection: Mushroom for the background colour then I created a base for the flowers using Snow White, then the lines of the flowers were grace green, vintage pink, purple ash, concrete mixer and becca's brown.
    I hope you like them. Thanks for all the comments and letting me know which tutorials you would like to see. I will start working on roses and illustrated cupcakes but if there are any other nails let me know.
    Love Stacie xoxox

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Girl Flower

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    As planned, I'm kicking off my forties today wearing Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in the Girl Flower pattern.  There have been a few questions in recent weeks regarding whether a given age is too old for a particular look, and I think the nail strips give a pretty clear picture of my position on that.

    In using various Salon Effects strips, I'm finding that there's variance in the durability of the strips, and the Girl Flower strips seemed a little more delicate than others I've used.  Once I realized that making a little tear in one of the first, I was just more careful in peeling them and didn't have any noteworthy problems.  I applied these to bare nails, no base coat at all, and bare nails seem to be preferable.  I didn't have the application nightmare I did last time, there weren't problems today, so it's fair to say the one tough application was a result of error on my part coming from being tired out. There's one thing I finally thought of doing when it mattered that might be worth passing on: I always start with my left hand, and I remembered to skip my left thumb so I could use that nail to peel the strips for my right hand, which is easier than peeling with a freshly decorated nail.  After applying the strips I added top coat to them to seal them and shine them up.  Here's my Girl Flower manicure.

    Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Girl Flower
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Girl Flower

    I love this.  My index nail always has a kind of messed up spot at the end of my nail bed because of the curve of my nail, but that doesn't show at all without magnification.

    That's my forty-year-old's Girl Flower manicure, and I'm off to have one really good day.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nal polish to you!



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Chanel Blue Rebel

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today is the last installment of Les Jeans de Chanel with Blue Rebel, the darkest of the three.  I put it on last night and managed to scuff it up a little bit before I took a picture, but I can still show you the color.

    Blue Rebel is really saturated with color, and one thin coat is almost enough for a manicure.  Two makes it really shiny and rich.  It's just a standard blue, but very nicely done.

    Chanel Blue Rebel
    Chanel Blue Rebel Nail Polish, Two Coats

    This is in direct sunlight, for reference on the color.  Although it is a very nice blue, this is the one of the three with which I'm least impressed.

    That's the update for today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Denim and Roses

    Well I hope you haven't missed me too much.
    Just for a change I've got roses on my nails XD I decided to mix them up with some denim effect. I think they looked pretty cute.


    I did these a few weeks ago and cannot recall exactly what polishes were used but the main blue was Nails Inc denim which came free with diet coke in boots and the white was Color Club mini french set I found in TK Max. The pinks were various Models Own and the Green and the Gold are China Glaze overboard collection and 2010 christmas collection.

     I was also wondering if you would be interested in Tutorials? If so leave a comment to say which design you would like to see can be one I've already done or something else I will try it out,  might be a fail but I will give it a go, and I will do them as photo and text tutorials for now.

    I'm really excited to hear what tutorials you want! you can also tweet me @kawaiinailart

    Love Stacie xoxox

Chanel Coco Blue

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    Today I have Chanel Coco Blue to show you, which is the lightest of Les Jeans de Chanel.  It has a nice mica shimmer that give the polish kind of a glow and is distinctly visible as shimmer only in direct light.

    For the manicure, I used SpaRitual Laquer Lock base coat, two coats of Coco Blue, and one coat if Lippmann Addicted to Speed to finish it off.  Here's Coco Blue in natural light on a slightly cloudy day.

    Chanel Coco Blue
    Chanel Coco Blue Nail Polish, Two Coats

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



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Chanel Graphite

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Today I'm wearing Chanel Graphite. which is every bit as fabulous as I'd hoped it would be.  It's the dark grey shimmery one released pretty recently, and all it took was two coats of color to be just right.  Here's Graphite in the sun.

    Chanel Graphite
    Chanel Graphite Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I'd count Graphite amongst the really fabulous Chanels - when they do a good one, they really do a good one.

    That's about all there is to tell you about, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Chanel Blue Boy

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I received a fabulous gift of Les Jeans de Chanel today, so it seems that my waffling over whether to purchase them resolved itself without a decision ever being made.  All three polishes are quite pretty, but I'd say Coco Blue is the standout of the collection.  It's lighter than I was in the mood to wear, so of the other two I chose Blue Boy, the middle one, to wear today.

    Blue Boy is a medium kind of slate blue creme, but bluer than slate blue and I don't know the official name of the shade, but that seems like a close enough description since I'm about to show you a picture anyhow.  I used SpaRitual Lacquer Lock for a base, two coats of Blue Boy, and I topped it off with Addicted to Speed.  At one coat, Blue Boy looked like it might be a jelly, but the second coat made it a super shiny Chanel creme.  Blue Boy is to medium blue what Dragon is to red and Imperial to brown, where the color itself isn't out of the ordinary but the incredible gloss to the polish is.  Whether that's $29 special is a personal call, I think, and I'm just glad my birthday falls when it does so I can stop evaluating whether it's $29 special and just enjoy wearing it.

    This is Blue Boy in sunlight after it had dried.

    Chanel Blue Boy
    Chanel Blue Boy Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I haven't tried a new Chanel creme in quite some time, perhaps since last September, and I'd forgotten the high shine they have.  It makes a simple color really a standout for me, so Blue Boy makes me happy.  I think my reluctance to purchase high-end polishes has made gift giving very easy for people who like me - I'm suddenly really easy to shop for!

    That's what I know about Chanel Blue Boy, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Revlon Blue Mosiac

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I changed my polish to Revlon Blue Mosaic, one of Revlon's new glitter polishes, and I thought I'd give you a peek because it's a nice one.

    Blue Mosaic is fine blue glitter along with blue and silver hex glitter in a clear base.  I used three coats of Blue Mosaic, and at three I figured it covered well enough to skip the fourth that would have made it better since I've always had drying troubles with Revlons.  I left a few minutes drying time between coats, then added one coat of regular clear polish to even out the surface and one of Lippmann Addicted to Speed since it's high-powered on drying and I had it out from yesterday.  That seems to have worked well, and I think it's totally dry now, but I still don't trust it enough to test by digging something into it to find out.

    This is Revlon Blue Mosaic in the sunlight.

    Revlon Blue Mosaic
    Revlon Blue Mosaic Nail Polish, Three Coats


    It looks kind of mermaid-y to me, but without the touch of green most like this have.  I like it, although I'm not looking forward to removal.  It really does take pure acetone to remove glitters like this, which is kind of rough on my skin.


    That's Blue Mosaic and what I know today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Estee Lauder Metallic Sage

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I'm wearing Estee Lauder Metallic Sage today, which is a particularly fabulous birthday present.  It's far more lovely in person than in any pictures I've seen, including mine, so I'll try to add to the descrption to give you a better idea.

    Metallic Sage is well-named since it's a sage green with an extra touch of brown, and it has a gold shimmer similar to that in Surreal Violet in that it's super fine and very dense, but does not have as strong an appearance as most shimmers.  The polish benefits from the huge paperweight of a bottle because the little sphere of polish inside the glass cube lets the shimmer show through quite well.

    For the manicure, I started with SpaRitual Lacquer Lock, then added two easy to control coats of color, and finished with Lippmann Addicted to Speed.  I've had this Addicted to Speed for while, I think I got it with a code or as a freebie or something, as it's way too pricey for top coat for me, but works beautifully, and I keep it for extra special polishes like Metallic Sage.

    It's still cloudy out, but I managed to get a picture of Metallic Sage that shows its overall look and also hints at the in-person fabulousness.

    Estee Lauder Metallic Sage
    Estee Lauder Metallic Sage Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The color in this picture is what it really looks like indoors - holding my hand up to the monitor, it matches.  The cool gold shimmer that shows just above the EL logo is what didn't come across in the picture - that shows on the nail, and you can see on my nails in the picture that the shimmer bits don't give the impression of lines that most do, they're evenly dispersed.

    I absolutely love Metallic Sage.  It made me think of OPI Greenwich Green, an older olive with gold shimmer that's kind of harsh (both the shimmer and shade) that I've always loved despite its brashness against very pale skin, but in a more grown up version that's refined to be a thousand times more flattering with just the softening of the shade and shimmer.  This is definitely my favorite olive shade of any that I've used, and the fall greens that proclaim the coming of autumn without threatening winter always put me in a happy frame of mind.

    That's Estee Lauder Metallic Sage and all I have for today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nal polish to you!




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Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2011

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I ran into the 2011 Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers display last night in a really unlikely place, and I have two of the nail polishes from it to show you.  Fantasy Makers polishes are the ones that come in the little tombstone bottles, so the Halloween theme of these is pretty campy in a good way.  It's raining, so the pictures are indoors.

    It was strange to find them because I was in a store that has just a few basic beauty items as kind of a convenience afterthought, not anything to get people there, and I ran into two full standalone displays in completely different sections of the store, and near one of them, on a shelf with extension cords, were several of the tabletop displays of the round little jack o' lantern glow in the dark polishes.  I eyed a hot pink one, and moved along without it.

    In the Fantasy Makers displays, I noticed something odd.  There were two little rows of a polish named Black Magic in each, and in both displays there were two versions of Black Magic.  One was a black creme, which I left that behind along with the glow in the dark top coat, and the other is full of lots of fine glitter.  This is the glitter version of Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic.

    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic
    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic Nail Polish Bottle

    Here's a closer look at the glitter.

    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic Glitter
    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Black Magic Nail Polish, Glitter Version

    The other one I brought home is call Purple Potion.  It's similar but the glitter is purple-y fuchsia, and this might be the most poorly formed bottle I've ever seen.

    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Purple Potion
    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Purple Potion Nail Polish Bottle

    Here's a better looks at Purple Potion's glitter.

    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Purple Potion Glitter
    Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Purple Potion Nail Polish's Glitter

    I'll be trying these out soon, but I wanted to let you know the displays are showing up and that there are two version of Black Magic in it.

    That's just about it, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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