Jack O'Lantern Nails

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    It was time for a color change, so today I did another Halloween manicure since I might not have a chance to change it tomorrow.  Since I haven't done the obligatory black and orange combination yet, I figured I'd do that today with the jack o'lantern pattern from nail stamping plate D03, one of the two Halloween D-Series plates.

    I wanted a bright orange, and for that I chose Zoya Paz.  It took three coats, and I thought I'd extend the theme and cut the stamping by 60% by alternating nails between Paz and Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out, the two coat black creme that was nearest Paz when I was gathering supplies for this manicure.  After allowing the base colors to dry, I stamped Paz with the Jack O'Lantern face in Konad Black Pearl.  I'd planned on stamping some additional Halloween patterns on the black, but after placing the first one on my pinky I thought the better of it and removed the stamp (this is the rare occasion when the decision that less is more was made at the front end of a manicure...).  I sealed the stamping and shined up the manicure with Sally Hansen Salon Speed Shine and called it finished. Here are my Jack O'Lantern nails.

    Jack O'Lantern Nails
    Jack O'Lantern Nails with Stamping Plate D03

    This is probably my favorite of this year's Halloween manicures.  It really doesn't leave open any questions about what the intent is!

    That's another Halloween manicure and all I have for today, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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China Glaze Ghoulish Glow

    Good evening, Dear Reader!

    I'm back with an addition to my Numbskull Salon Effects manicure I wanted to show you because it turned out surprisingly well.  I'd mentioned that adding glow in the dark top coat to it was a possibility, and I added China Glaze Ghoulish Glow with nice results.

    This is a bottle I bought in a prior year.  I'm not sure when, I just knew I already had a GID top coat.  I was hunting for my Wet N Wild one because I'd read it worked better after being stored for some time, and although I couldn't find it, I did find Ghoulish Glow.  It was on its side in a plastic drawer thingy, and although the GID pigment had visibly settled, it mixed in easily when I shook it up, so I held the bottle up to a light and checked it in the dark and sure enough, it was glowy.  I added two thin coats of it to Numbskull and then top coat to dry it, and it gave the manicure kind of a zombie cataract look.

    China Glaze Ghoulish Glow
    China Glaze Ghoulish Glow Top Coat over Numbskull Salon Effects

    I stopped in the bathroom (the only windowless room here) and shut the door to get a picture of the glow.

    China Glaze Ghoulish Glow in the Dark
    China Glaze Ghoulish Glow Top Coat over Numbskull Salon Effects in the Dark

    So it worked, and I get to wear this out!  I noticed the glow doesn't last as long as the OPI GID's, but what the heck... I think Sephora by OPI Full Moon, the white GID from last year, is the best there is for that of glow in the dark polishes I've used, but this was nice to just tack on to an already-finished manicure.  I guess I'll just be running up to available lights to charge my nails as often as I can get away with!

    That's it for today, Dear Reader, I just wanted to share some spooky Halloween glow in the dark fun with you.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Numbskull

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I'm racing the calendar to get in Halloween manicures, so today I have another set of Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips to show you today, this one named Numbskull.  They're the cartoon-y black skull and crossbones pattern in black over white from this year's Halloween Salon Effects.

    I didn't use anything under them, and they were way easier to apply.  I have two repairs, on the first two applied, because I was a little too aggressive in stretching them over my tips.  I slowed down a bit and the rest turned out just fine.  The hardest part of applying this set was due to the pattern being slightly on the diagonal, which made visually lining them up straight a little tough.  I've typically centered them at the cuticle to apply the nail polish strips, but after a few of these I found it easier to get one side edge of a nail lined up the whole length and then press them down across.  Then all that was left was filing the overhanging edge off of each as I went, and when they were all applied I sealed them with Sally Hansen Salon Speed Shine.  Here is my Numbskull manicure.

    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Strips Numbskull
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Numbskull

    You can see the repair on my index finger's nail here, but it's such a tiny bit I tacked on that it doesn't really show on my hands.  I pretty much love this manicure!  I'm wearing it out to lunch today, and depending on what the weekend holds, I might add a coat of Wet n Wild glow in the dark top coat to it.  Seeing a band is an option, and if I go with that, I believe making this glow will be mandatory.

    For the record, there was no trouble with the Ghoulie Girl strips that made me remove them, it's the race to fit in Halloween manis that prompted the change.

    That is my Numbskull Salon Effects manicure, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Ghoulie Girl

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I'm back with a real post after giving you just promo materials earlier today.  Yesterday I realized that Halloween's less than a week away, and I've shown you a grand total of one Halloween-themed manicure this year, so after swatching yesterday I applied the Ghoulie Girl set of Halloween Sally Hansen Salon Effects, the black background with rows of Pacman-looking ghosts in white and orange, and I thought I'd give you a look.

    The Ghoulie Girl strips are thiick in a good, sturdy way, and they were easy to work with.  I put a coat of a non-sticky nail strengthener on before the strips, but I think I need to get over that because they were a lot easier to apply well for the pedicure I did with them, where I used nothing under them.  The only trouble I ran into on the mani was a wrinkle or two where they stuck to the base coat, but I was able to get the wrinkles out pretty well.  To fix them, I used an e-cig battery like a little steam roller over them - the battery is an anodized aluminum perfect cylinder, so it rolled over without sticking at all or making any marks.  I finished the strips off with Sally Hansen Salon Speed Shine, and they're holding up beautifully.  I took the picture just a bit ago, so after they've had twenty-four hours of wear.

    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Ghoulie Girl

    These are so silly fun to wear!  They've gotten a few looks but no comments, likely because I'm forty and otherwise conservatively dressed, and somehow that makes them seem even funnier to me. I'm a fan!

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



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FingerPaints Fun-Fetti Holiday Limited Edition

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I had an email from Sally's PR this morning about Fun-Fetti, their limited edition holiday polish release, that has swatch and promo picture I thought you'd like to see, so here they are.  Clicking the pictures will open it, and you can see a giant version in another tab by clicking the "Show Original" link on the bottom left.

    FingerPaints Fun-Fetti
    FingerPaints Fun-Fetti Bottle Picture

    FingerPaints Funfetti Swatch Promo Picture

    This is the one with the availability information (sometime in November through sometime in January at Sally's Beauty Supply).

    FingerPaints Fun-Fetti Promo
    FingerPaints Fun-Fetti Promo Picture

    I just wanted to give you a peek!  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Zoya Gems and Jewels Swatches

    Good evening, Dear Reader!

    What I have on tap for you tonight is swatches of Zoya's Holiday 2011 release, the Gems and Jewels Collection, which Zoya sent for review.  It's six polishes total, three shimmers and three glitters (which they call "glitter glazes"), and although Zoya suggests various layering options, I figured I'd show you swatches of each of the six at two coats so you have an idea of what each looks like before getting into any layering.  I used artificial light for today's pictures because there's no sunlight, which is never my favorite but sometimes shows glitters a little better by not washing them out.

    I'll start with glitters, and with generalities about all three in the collection.  They're all a clear base with colored glitter of two types, powdery-fine regular glitter and particularly small bar (stringy) glitter.  I'm really picky about bar glitter, and this is a good one because it is so small - there are no giant stringy bits anywhere.  All three provided good coverage at two coats, and with glitters like this I use slow brush strokes on the first coat to avoid essentially wiping off all the glitter as I go.  Since these are swatches and I have not worn any as a full manicure, I don't know how much top coat they'll need, but it doesn't seem like it would be a lot with how fine the glitter is.  The dry time looks promising as well, and I'll let you know for sure when I wear them.

    Kissy might be my favorite of all here.  It's a kind of fuchsia bright pink glitter with holo-y bar glitter.

    Zoya Kissy Nail Polish
    Zoya Kissy Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Twila is a striking vivid blue glitter with matching bar glitter.

    Zoya Twila
    Zoya Twila Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Rina is a bright evergreen glitter with matching-but-reflective bar glitter.

    Zoya Rina
    Zoya Rina Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I think these are great holiday glitters - they bring to mind throwing glitter and streamers at a party.  I don't think they'll be of the sandblaster removal variety either, because of how fine the glitter is - I find that the size of glitter tends to make a pretty big difference in how tough it is to take off, but again, I'll confirm that after I wear one for real.

    That brings us to the three shimmers, which are also quite good.  All three were completely opaque and even in two coats, were super easy to apply, and they're full of the kind of shimmer I expect Zoyas to have, where it's strong but not too out there.

    Noel is a good kind of silvery blue.

    Zoya Noel
    Zoya Noel Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Holly is the epitome of a holiday green.

    Zoya Holly
    Zoya Holly Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Izzy is a hot pink glowy shimmer.  I'm kind of hoping bright pink takes off as a permanent holiday color (in general, not just for nail polish!).

    Zoya Izzy
    Zoya Izzy Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I really like each one of these quite a bit individually, and all together I think they make a very cool holiday collection.  If there's only one in your budget, my vote goes for Kissy - it's a New Year's Eve party in a bottle!

    Those are my Zoya Gems and Jewels swatches and all I have for you today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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D-Series Halloween Nails

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    A good while back I'd mentioned the D-Series plates that I got from Chez Delaney, the ones that were sold only as a complete set due to some of them not working 100%.  Truthfully, I have yet to run into a stamp that doesn't work, and the same was true today when I broke out the two Halloween-themed plates from the series.

    I took pictures of the plates so you can see all of the patterns.  They're nice and big - some are too big for my nails even now, which is pretty uncommon amongst available patterns.  Of course, I didn't have the good sense to take pictures of the plates before I used them, so they have a little cloudy acetone residue from post-stamping cleaning, which is done when I'm sick of messing with stuff and just want to be finished.  This is plate D03 and D04.

    Halloween Plate D03
    Halloween Nail Stamping Plate D03

    Halloween Plate D04
    Halloween Nail Stamping Plate D04

    I wanted to use the spooky-font "Trick or Treat," but there's no angle at which I can fit anywhere near the whole thing on any nail.  There are plenty of others to choose from though, so I'll show you what I did.  This isn't intended to be the most fabulous manicure ever, it's more to sample the patterns and show you the size and quality of engraving.

    The base color I used was two coats of Barielle Coalest Day of the Year, a good basic charcoal shimmer.  It's a two-coater with a respectable drying time, so it seemed like a good choice.  I wanted to stamp the patterns in White Konad Princess Polish just because it's reliable and one with which I'm familiar to knock out a variable in terms of how well the stamps worked, and Coalest Day of the Year seemed to offer good contrast without being as stark as a black creme.  I gave that a few minutes to dry with Tout de Suite then just went at it with the multistamper and sealed the stamps with Sally Hansen Salon Speed Shine.  Here's my amusing Halloween manicure.

    Halloween-Themed Nail Art
    Halloween-Themed Nail Art Manicure

    The sunlight obscures some of the pattern on my pinky - it's the funny witch at about nine o'clock on plate D03.  Every one of the patterns worked well, even the spider web ones (which are always tough) and the scary skull (the ones with a great deal of solid engraved space are also tough).  I like it - it's silly and fun without being too immediately attention grabbing, with attention grabbing on a stamp-sampling manicure being the very reason I didn't use and orange base and stamp in black.

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



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Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I wanted to be sure to get in one more pink for BCA month, so today I have Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop to show you.  It's the pink one that came with Lippmann Forget You in the Get This Party Started set and is equally fabulous.

    As with Forget You, the base of this one is just right.  It's pigmented enough to be opaque in two coats, but translucent enough that it lets the glitter show through really well.  For the manicure, I used a base coat, two coats of Candy Shop, and SpaRitual Tout de Suite to dry it.  After it had dried, I added one coat of Sally Hansen Salon 10 Day Speed Dry to even out the glitter and make it nice and shiny.  The result is an amazingly happy manicure.

    Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop
    Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Here's a better look at the glitter on part of a nail, where you can see how the depth created by the glitter peeking out makes it differ from layering Lippmann Happy Birthday over pink.

    Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop Glitter
    Deborah Lippmann Candy Shop Nail Polish, A Closer Look at the Glitter

    This is another Deborah Lippmann hit for me, I really like it a lot.  Honestly, I think I prefer Forget You just because it's a less predictable base color, but that doesn't take away from how cool this one is at all.

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



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Konad m85 ~ New Plate!

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I was thinking of what to do for a mani today, and I have an absolute ton of fun stuff to show you at this point (especially since I found some cool Wet n Wild glitter polishes yesterday), but when it came right down to it I did not yet have the heart to remove Winter Sky, the blue from the FingerPaints Merry & Bright Collection.  It's way too pretty and I'm not done enjoying it yet, so I considered what I could add and realized I hadn't yet shown you Konad plate m85, the other new one that WowSoCool sent for review.  Here's their image of the plate so you can see all its patterns.

    Konad Plate m85 Wow So Cool
    Konad Plate m85 from Wow So Cool

    I chose the floral full nail pattern, the one at about eleven o'clock on the plate, with Konad White Princess Polish. I'd planned just an accent nail because I wasn't up for twenty stamps, but I found that the pattern is open enough that it looks fine with a single stamp that has a bit of free space at the top and bottom, so I went for ten stamped nails since that's a much more manageable number.  Some people may disagree with me on whether double stamping should have been done, and that's okay - they're not the one facing the task of lining up twenty stamps!

    I used the Konad multiscraper that I showed you with plate m84, and it was very fast and easy, far more so than a separate scraper and stamper for me.  There were no do-overs or troubles at all, and then I sealed it with Sally Hanson Salon 10 Day Speed Dry (the old SH Salon, not Compete Salon Manicure).  I think it might be my new favorite for Konad.  The 10 Day part of its name is likely accurate - it makes my manis bulletproof, with no chips or tip wear no matter what, but the Speed Dry part is open for debate.  The top coat  itself dries very quickly, but it doesn't dry the polish under it well at all and I've never had a success with it drying polish.  I don't know if I've used it to seal Konad before, but it didn't make even the tiniest smudge on a single nail, and it also has a fantastic shine (that's what I'd repurchased it for), so I think it'll be what I use over most Konad.  Maybe one day I'll be brave enough to see if it works over Konad Black, but maybe not, we'll see.

    After the top coat dried, I went out and took pictures under a cloudlessly sunny sky, and here is my first use of Konad plate m85.

    Konad m85
    Konad Plate m85 over FingerPaints Winter Sky Nail Polish

    I love this pattern!  I have a strong but inexplicable attraction to the full nail patterns that look like wallpaper, and this qualifies as one for me.    Every time I go a little while without using Konad, the next time I use it I wonder why I don't more often because there's not another nail decoration I like quite as much.  The Sally Hansen Salon Effects are in second place, but Konad's lead is pretty strong!

    That's my first Konad m85 manicure and I'm sure there will be many more.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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FingerPaints Holiday 2011 Swatches

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    This afternoon I have swatches of the FingerPaints Merry & Bright Collection, their Holiday 2011 release.  The collection consists of six polishes, three glitters and three shimmers, and the pictures of all six are in sunlight and without top coat on the first five (the last one is the post-swatching manicure).  I'll start with the glitters...

    Each of these is super fine glitter in a clear base, the powdery fine kind of glitter.  I used three coats in each of the swatches for complete coverage, and since they are swatches rather than dried manicures, I don't know how much top coat they require.  However, since the glitter is unusually fine, I doubt more than two could be necessary.  I'll tell you for sure when I wear one as a manicure.

    Drummer Boy is a bright blue glitter, a really nice holiday shade of blue. Three coats gives the completely encrusted in glitter look.

    FingerPaints Drummer Boy
    FingerPaints Drummer Boy Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Santa Kisses is the red of those metallic looking overly fragile glass ball tree ornaments, the good ones from long ago that would shatter into a zillion shards if someone looked in their general direction.  It screams Christmas to me.

    FingerPaints Santa Kisses
    FingerPaints Santa Kisses Nail Polish, Three Coats

    The last is a tinsel-y silver, Frosty Night, and it could likely use a fourth coat to be totally opaque.

    FingerPaints Frosty Night
    FingerPaints Frosty Night Nail Polish, Three Coats

    Those are the three glitters.  For the three shimmers, I used only two coats each.  Yule Be Merry is a pinkish red with a really interesting glowy shimmer.  The color strikes me as a happy one that's still good for winter.

    FingerPaints Yule Be Merry
    FingerPaints Yule Be Merry Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Comet's Collar is the green, and it has my favorite name.  The shade of green is kind of a pale holly shade, but the really cool element of Comet's Collar is the shimmer - there are multicolored sparkle bits in it that just make it really fun to look at.

    FingerPaints Comet's Collar
    FingerPaints Comet's Collar Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The last is Winter Sky, and it's the one I did a full manicure with.  It's a vivid deep sky blue with an almost-secret shimmer.  One coat of Winter Sky was totally opaque and even, I added a second because it's the one I'm wearing.

    FingerPaints Winter Sky
    FingerPaints Winter Sky Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I think FingerPaints holiday collections are the ones I most anticipate, and this one did not disappoint me at all.  Each of the shimmers is really well done, and the super fine glitter in the glitters makes them apply and build well.  I think Comet's Collar is my top pick of this collection simply because its shimmer is so outstanding, but I couldn't wait to wear Winter Sky either.

    Those are my FingerPaints Merry & Bright swatches, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



    Edited to add a link to the FingerPaints Merry & Bright Promo Image & availability info and a removal note: When I took off Winter Sky, the skin on my hands stained teal (no nail staining, just the skin upon removal).  Tom's of Maine whitening toothpaste and an extra soft bristled toothbrush took all of it off easily.  I panicked at the sight of teal hands, you don't have to - just use toothpaste and it'll come right off.

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Sally Hansen Haunted & Emerald Amethyst

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Since duochromes seem to be making quite a return right now, I thought I'd show you one of my favorites from the Sally Hansen Nail Prisms line, Emerald Amethyst.  The sun is absolutely not cooperating today, so the best I can do is give you a sense of how cool this one is.

    Since Nail Prisms seem to be pretty sheer, I picked a charcoal shimmer base for it, which I find to blend a little better than a black creme, and the one I used was Sally Hansen Haunted, which is a New Lengths from a few years ago, and I think it was a Canadian exclusive.  Haunted needed two coats over a base, and while I gave it a few minutes to set, I took a picture of it alone.

    Sally Hansen Haunted
    Sally Hansen Haunted Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I added two coats of Emerald Amethyst to it, waited a few minutes, then added Sally Hansen Salon Speed Shine to dry it all.  Here are a few pictures under a completely overcast sky to give you a hint at what it really looks like in decent light.

    Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst
    Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst Nail Polish, Two Coats, Straight On View

    Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst, Angled View
    Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst Nail Polish, Two Coats, Angled View

    Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst, Close Angled View
    Sally Hansen Emerald Amethyst Nail Polish, Two Coats, Close Angled View

    Sally Hansen Salon Emerald Amethyst, Final Angled View
    Sally Hansen Salon Emerald Amethyst Nail Polish, Two Coats, Final Angled View

    You can see that straight on, it's kind of a purple mauve, but from any angle it's really green, which make it a lot of fun to play with in the light.  I'm glad to see a return of duochromes, and hope that some of the new ones coming out are as cool as the old ones with some different color combinations.  I haven't seen any yet that strike me as unique, but hope springs eternal.

    That's my ode to Emerald Amethyst, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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FingerPaints Holiday 2011 Promo Image

    FingerPaints Merry & Bright Swatches

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I just got an image in my email I thought you'd be interested in.  It's FingerPaints Merry & Bright Collection, their  Holiday 2011 release.

    FingerPaints Holiday 2011
    FingerPaints Holiday 2011 Promo Image

    I'm excited about these, and as there's more to tell, I shall.  Until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Nubar Boyfriend Jeans & Chanel Blue Boy Comparison

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Today I have another installment of the Nubar Jeans and Les Jeans des Chanel comparison with Nubar Boyfriend Jeans and Chanel Blue Boy.  I did it the same way as for Nubar Faded Jeans, with a manicure of base coat, two coats of color, and top coat, using Boyfriend Jeans on nine nails and Blue Boy on one.  I gave the mani some time to dry and then took pictures.  The sun is barely out today so I only have an overcast picture, and you might notice that my hand looks kind of red in the picture.  That's because it is - it's 63° inside right now since I refuse to turn on the heat so early, and my hands get ridiculously cold.  Here's the unlabelled version so you can get a first impression.

    Nubar Boyfriend Jeans
    Nubar Boyfriend Jeans Nail Polish with One Chanel Blue Boy Nail, Two Coats Each

    This picture shows you which is the Chanel.

    Nubar Boyfriend Jeans and Chanel Blue Boy
    Nubar Boyfriend Jeans and Chanel Blue Boy Comparison, Two Coats Each

    I say they're dupes, which is good news.  I really loved the color when it came out of a Chanel bottle and I like it just the same out of a Nubar bottle, but I do a better job with the Nubar brush, so I prefer it.

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



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China Glaze It's Alive

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I realized it's the second half of October and I haven't done a thing for Halloween yet, so today's manicure is China Glaze's It's Alive, one of their Halloween polishes.  It's a murky green glitter and I really like it, especially because it's not an obvious orange or black.  While those certainly have their place and are fun, lots already exist, and being the ardent horror flick fan that I am, I know there's infinitely more fodder for Halloween colors than that and late October is the only time anyone other than horror fans particularly cares.

    It's a pretty polish right at the first look, tons of normal fine and small hex glitter in a matching jelly base, but I couldn't immediately see any tie-in to the original It's Alive! movie (that's the one with the big mutant baby).  It's been a while since I've seen it and I never saw the remake since the 1974 state of the art special effects are part of its charm for me, so I checked out the movie trailer and found one.  I say "one" rather than "it" because I don't even know whether China Glaze was making any specific movie reference at all, but an odd green can be connected to the film.  Around 1:50 in the trailer, the doctor asks the parents of the mutant baby if they've ever been exposed to radiation, and it seems like weird shades of green are pretty standard for radiation, as that's what we see in all of the Return of the Living Dead movies as well as in all the Tromaville movies (Class of Nuke 'Em High, The Toxic Avenger, ...).  Here's the 1974 It's Alive! trailer so you can see. Even if you don't care in general, the first few seconds have some of my all-time favorite things going awry in a scary movie music, so I urge you to play it just for that.


    So now that I've established a solid case for an odd green for Halloween (I don't know why that was necessary either, but it was entertaining to do),  I'll show you the manicure.  It's base coat, only two coats of It's Alive!, which was plenty for even and opaque coverage, and three coats of top coat.  It was gritty alone just because it's a dense glitter, and the Tout de Suite I applied to dry it was quickly eaten up by the glitter and it was gritty again.  I added one coat of BB Couture Top Rock to smooth it, and after a bit I needed one more coat of Top Rock.  Now it's shiny and green.

    China Glaze It's Alive
    China Glaze It's Alive Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Here's a closer look at its glitter on one nail.

    China Glaze It's Alive Nail Polish
    A Closer Look at China Glaze It's Alive Nail Polish's Glitter

    I really like it!  It's a fun change from the usual Halloween fare, and I see a scary movie reference when I look at it.  I'm glad I got it.

    So that's China Glaze It's Alive and a case for its Halloween tie-in, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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