Sally Hansen Salon Effects Tattoo Much

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I've been saving one of the newer Sally Hansen Salon Effects, Tattoo Much, for the next time I did a chop, and I did one today.  I was holding off because it's an Ed Hardy-esque tattoo pattern, and my thought was that on full-length nails it might indeed be tattoo much.  Now that I have them on, I think I was off base on that - exactly what the pattern is supposed to be isn't clear at first glance, and I think with a lot more of it, it would be.  I still think they're really cool and fun though, and no one would ever call it an understated look at any length.

    The strips went on very well, no troubles at all.  After using quite a few different patterns, it does seem that the patterns over a white background are really the easiest to apply.  I applied them to bare nails, then sealed with a coat of top coat.  Here's my Tattoo Much manicure in the sun.

    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Tattoo Much
    Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Polish Strips in Tattoo Much

    These are just plain entertaining to me, and I'm wearing them to do a presentation tonight.  I can't get too nervous with Ed Hardy-esque nails!

    That's the news of the day, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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RBL The Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I'm back with swatches of the Fall 2010 Rescue Beauty Lounge nail polishes (samples from RBL), and they are fantastic. All were good in two coats, and all four are gorgeous shimmers. You can read about Ji Baek's inspiration for the collection here. RBL will announce their availability on Facebook.

    Jane is a pale neutral with a hint of pink and lavender, and just the perfect subtle shimmer.

    Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane
    Rescue Beauty Lounge Jane Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Anne is a grey green with just a hint of pink shimmer.

    Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne
    Rescue Beauty Lounge Anne Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Catherine H. is a gorgeous Wedgewood blue shimmer.

    Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine H.
    Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine H. Nail Polish, Two Coats

    My favorite is a real stunner, Catherine, which is a deep purple shimmer.

    Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine
    Rescue Beauty Lounge Catherine Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I am absolutely in love with all four of these! What do you think?

    That's it for the RBL Extravaganza today, Dear Reader. Until next time, love and nail polish to you!

A Trio of Konadicures


    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    After all the swatches and plain colors I've shown you lately, I thought I'd show you the Konadicures I've done after my swatchfests.

    For the first, I used two coats of Nubar Sphinx Purple as a base, then added a floral pattern from Konad plate M37, using FingerPaints Papier Mache for the stamping. This is a picture of the finished manicure in the sun.





    Next up is my Seahorse Konadicure, which made me giggle all day Friday. It's two coats of Nubar Cayman Coral with the seahorse patterns from fauxnad plate C04, also using FingerPaints Papier Mache.




    The last one really pleased me too, because it's the first time I've had the nerve to use this pattern. It looked hard to center, which it was, but the Konadicure didn't turn out bad at all! I started with Misa Blue over a Boy, and the pattern is from Konad plate M64. I used blue Konad polish which I'd thinned for the pattern - I've found the thinning puts an end to smudging the pattern with top coat.




    That's what I have for you today, Dear Reader.

    Don't forget - Nubar loves you, too! Until March 31st, they have a coupon code that's good for 20% off orders of $50 or more on www.bynubar.com, and they have free shipping over $75 (after the coupon). The code is nlphle2050, and it's here just in time for the release of their Coral and Cleopatra Collections, which became available last night. Have a good haul, enjoy a good break on the price, and until tomorrow, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!

Nubar Jellybeans Swatches

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I received samples of Nubar's Jellybeans Collection for Spring 2012, so I have swatches of them to show you.  They're all either cremes or jellies, but the jellies are not the super-sheer variety.  All eight colors were good in two coats, and the jellies stayed even and are super glossy.  For the swatches, each is two coats of color (no base or top) in sunlight, with the exception of one that I did a full mani with and I'll point that one out.  The color names are all flavor names that correspond to the color, like their Chocolate Truffles Collection had, which is kind of fun.  The collection will be available on Nubar's site on February 1st, so in just a few days, and they're $8 each.

    Strawberry is a cheery light pink almost-jelly, one of the work-appropriate shades.

    Nubar Strawberry
    Nubar Strawberry Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Toasted Marshmallow is a light caramel colored creme, and it fits in the least with the others for me, but it's another work-safe shade with the same super glossy finish.

    Nubar Toasted Marshmallow
    Nubar Toasted Marshmallow Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Cherry is a really bright orange red almost-jelly creme.  The shine on this one is outstanding.

    Nubar Cherry
    Nubar Cherry Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Blue Raspberry is a light aqua jelly, and the color is very even when applied.

    Nubar Blue Raspberry
    Nubar Blue Raspberry Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Kiwi is a pale spring green jelly, also unusually even.

    Nubar Kiwi
    Nubar Kiwi Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Lemon is an intensely bright yellow creme, and I was surprised it only needed two coats since yellows are typically fussier.

    Nubar Lemon
    Nubar Lemon Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Blueberry is a very vivid blue jelly, more vivid than my camera would pick up in any of the pictures.  It's this tone, but with an exclamation point after it.

    Nubar Blueberry
    Nubar Blueberry Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The one I'm wearing is grape, a purple jelly.  This one has base and top coat in addition to the two coats of color.  Dry time was better than average, and the shine is spectacular.

    Nubar Grape Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I love the finish of these polishes, which is like that of the Nubar Jeans in that they're really even and super shiny, and I really like the sort of modified jelly opacity.  The colors largely strike me as just really fun for spring without being too outlandish.  It's a cool collection for me.

    Those are the Nubar Jellybeans and all I have for you today, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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China Glaze Magnetix Swatches

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I have swatches of the China Glaze Magnetix swatches with their magnet today, and the sun held out pretty well the whole time.  I bought these for under $5 each with the magnet at the same price, so I sprung for all of them both to be able to show them to you and because I think just about any magnetic nail polish is a safe bet for me.

    I used the China Glaze magnet for these swatches, and I like it quite a bit, especially for under $5.  It has three patterns on it, and the same guide design as the Nails Inc magnet I raved about with the additional feature of a center dot to aligning the ledge.  I took pictures of it for you, and figured I'd start with that so you know what you're looking at in the swatches.

    China Glaze Magnet
    China Glaze Magnet, Front and Back Views

    China Glaze Magnet, Ledge
    China Glaze Magnet, View of Ledge for Placement

    That curved ledge just goes on the cuticle, and in the center of each of the three there's a tiny red dot of raised red plastic to aid in alignment, and it's held as close as possible to the polish.  My alignment isn't ideal since these were just quickie swatches, but I found the magnet easy to use.  One thing I found is that keeping coats very thin helps, because when they're thicker the magnet pulls up a tiny peak of polish that can touch the magnet (which is kind of fun to watch!).

    The first swatch I did is of You Move Me, a light bronze.  The directions in the magnet's little box say to use one coat of polish, magnetize for 5-10 sec, and to work one nail at a time.  I used two coats of You Move me because it wasn't close to opaque at one.  I did a coat of color and let it dry for a few minutes, then did the second coat with the magnet one nail at a time.  I used the magnet for 20 seconds just because that's about how long most take, and it worked really well.  I added top coat to this one too soon and messed up the diagonal line pattern on one corner, so I quit using top coat after this swatch since I was racing sunlight.  The deal with top coat is that you can mess up the way the magnet arranged the pigment pretty easily, and even the directions say to let the polish dry before applying it.  It worked fine where the coat of top coat was thick enough for the brush to not touch the polish, but for manis I'm patient and let the pattern dry a bit.

    China Glaze You Move Me
    China Glaze You Move Me Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Cling On is a faded green, and it also needed two coats.

    China Glaze Cling On
    China Glaze Cling On Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Pull Me Close is a very pretty grey blue, and I tried this one at one coat just because I could to find out how it worked.  I think the effect is cooler with two, so that's how I did the rest of them after this one.

    China Glaze Pull Me Close
    China Glaze Pull Me Close Nail Polish, One Coat

    Instant Chemistry is a deep plum, pigmented enough to be good in one coat, but I used two.

    China Glaze Instant Chemistry
    China Glaze Instant Chemistry Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Drawn to You is a lighter pinky purple, and also could have been a one-coater but shown here with two.

    China Glaze Drawn to You
    China Glaze Drawn to You Nail Polish, Two Coats

    The last of them is Attraction, a charcoal with a shimmer I don't believe I've seen in a magnetic polish before.  I waffled on this one since I have silver magnetics, but this is darker and the shimmer is quite pronounced.

    China Glaze Attraction
    China Glaze Attraction Nail Polish, Two Coats

    I like all of these, especially Attraction and Instant Chemistry because they're unique for magnetics.  I'm a huge fan of the magnet as well, and think it was $5 well spent since it has the same user-friendly design as the Nails Inc magnet with three different shapes on it.  At less than $5 for 14 ml, these were a great price for magnetic polishes as well.  Obviously, they work really well, so I don't have a single complaint.

    Those are my China Glaze Magnetix swatches, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Konad m87 & Light Bronze Special Polish

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    I'm having more fun with new Konad supplies, and today brings safari nails with plate m87 and Light Bronze Special Polish.

    I couldn't find the darker brown special polish nor could I find a tan to paint a background that I liked enough for giraffe print, so I just reversed the colors of giraffe print.  That way I could try out Light Bronze and figured it would give the all-purpose animal print impression just the same.

    I started with base coat and two coats of Anna Sui 001, a sheer, neutral, sparkly fine glitter polish, and topped it with Good to Go to dry it.  I chose SpaRitual Hush for the tip background color, and used the same trick to give myself a guide line as I did yesterday (that was using Hush and m87 to stamp to smile lines so it would correspond to the pattern on m87) before filling in my tips.  It took two coats for the tip color to be even and opaque, then another round of Good to Go to dry it.

    Once all that was done, I was ready to stamp.  Light Bronze is like Vivid Pink in terms of opacity, dry time, and easy stamping.  The older metallic Konad Special Polishes are more sheer, but Light Bronze is very opaque and thick enough that I had no problems with the picked-up pattern tearing as I placed it.  It was just super easy to work with on every level, so double stamping all ten nails took about ten minutes.  One last coat of top coat to seal it and I was done.  It's cloudy out, but I still got a decent natural light picture of the manicure.

    Konad Plate m87
    Konad Plate m87 in Light Bronze Special Polish

    So now I'm all set to go on safari in the midwestern United States in January.  Maybe I'll see a squirrel, or if I'm lucky, a 'possum (that would really be unlucky, those things are so gross!).

    That's my take on m87 and Light Bronze, and this one really tickles me a lot.  It's also all I have to tell you about today, so until next time, love and nail polish to you!



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Konad m88 & Vivid Pink Special Polish

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    My new Konad plates and polishes arrived today, and if you recall, in the post about them I mentioned that I intended to be sporting pink and black zebra tips in the near future.  Well, the future is now except that it's more tiger stripes than zebra on closer inspection, and I used plate m88 with the Vivid Pink Special polish for today's manicure.  Actually, I used a lot more than that, as it's a pretty elaborate one, but I am smitten with the final result.  It's exudes about a Snooki level of stylish grace, but I'm hoping that the fact that I'm skin-colored rather than orange lets me pull it off.

    I wanted a sheer-ish base, but of course sparkles had to be incorporated, so after applying a coat of base coat I used two coats of Misa Sugar Daddy and topped it with Essie Good to Go to dry it.  After giving that about 15 minutes to dry, I added black tips.  Since I wanted the back to line up as well as possible with the tiger pattern, I first did a round of quickie stamps from m88 in Wet n Wild black to give me a guide (only lining it up mattered to me here), then painted over the stamps with the black using the smile line I'd applied as a guide.  The tips only needed one coat to be opaque and totally black, and then I added another coat of Good to Go and waited ten more minutes for drying.  Finally, it was time for the pattern...

    While waiting for the black to dry, I tested Vivid Pink over black on paper, and it worked well.  Vivid Pink is an extremely pigmented sparkly chrome, but it dries at about the same rate as other Konad polishes rather than at the speed of light like other chromes that work for stamping, which meant it was really easy to get very  clean solid stamps.  I double-stamped each tip with Vivid Pink, lining up the first with the smile line of the black and then the second with the top edge of the first stamp.  The last step was to seal the Vivid Pink with another coat of Good to Go, and now I have a ridiculous yet fabulous manicure.  Here it us under an Ott light.

    Konad m88
    Konad Plate m88 and Vivid Pink Special Polish

    In room lighting, the light sparkle of Sugar Daddy and metallic finish of Vivid Pink are clearer, and I absolutely love it!  In the bottle, the other new Special Polishes (Moss Green and Light Bronze) look like they have the same finish as this one,  and I'll be trying them out to show you this week.

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



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OPI Metallic 4 Life

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Today brings one of the OPI Nicki Minaj polishes, Metallic 4 Life.  To be honest with you, this collection held little appeal for me until I saw it in person in a beauty supply store.  The promo pics didn't seem like anything special to me, and quite frankly, I'd never heard of Nicki Minaj before promo materials for these polishes were published.  When I saw the display, I saw a couple of cool polishes I liked, looked at the picture on the display and confirmed that indeed, I have no idea who she is and that I probably don't care to.  That's not intended to offend, I'm sure if asked if she knew what The Nailphile is, Ms. Minaj would have much the same reaction and that would be fine.  However, Metallic 4 Life looked like a cool polish, so now I'm wearing it.

    Metallic 4 Life is a black jelly base with a whole lot of very sparkly silver glitter in various sizes.  The glitter is what brought my attention to the display, and I was hoping that it would have the same cool effect in the somewhat translucent base as Lippman's Forget You and Candy Shop, which I was a big fan of.  It kind of does, but since the glitter's smaller and silver, it's different.

    I used two coats of color over a base coat, and that was plenty for it to be even, opaque, and covered in extra sparkly silver glitter.  I finished it off with two coats of Essie Good to Go (it needed the second to smooth it out), and it's a cool manicure.  Here's Metallic 4 Life in sunlight.

    OPI Metallic 4 Life
    OPI Metallic 4 Life Nail Polish, Two Coats

    Here's a closer look at part of one nail to give you a better look at the glitter.

    OPI Metallic 4 Life Glitter
    A Closer Look at OPI Metallic 4 Life Nail Polish's Glitter

    The name seems fitting for the color with the exception of the use of a number for a word.  I'm all for efficiency, but that kind of shorthand drives me nuts.  Perhaps it's because I'm not cool and don't text much, or maybe I'm just a fan of preserving the integrity of language, but whatever the cause it makes me cringe.  Typing it here has been painful.  Getting past that and again, knowing nothing of Nicki Minaj, it seems like a polish more inspired by Lita Ford or Joan Jett than the crayon-color-wearing woman I saw on this display, but the name still fits the polish well regardless of the collection it's in.

    I drank coffee to get through class last night and got up for an early appointment, so I'm working on very little sleep as a result, which might explain my various ramblings about tangentially related thoughts that have drifted through my brain writing this post.  I'll let your suffering stop and just wrap it up here with the summary that OPI Metallic 4 Life is a cool polish.  Until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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Revlon Whimsical

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    Today's manicure is Revlon Whimsical, which is copper and blue hex glitter, sliver regular glitter, and very fine blue glitter in a baby blue jelly base.  Since it seems sheerer than I prefer, I layered Whimsical over one coat of Illamasqua Caress. I needed three coats of Whimsical for the glitter to really show up, and then finished it off with Essie Good to Go.  Here's the finished manicure under an Ott light.

    Revlon Whimsical
    Revlon Whimsical Nail Polish, Three Coats over Illamasqua Caress

    I like it, and I think it pairs well with Caress.  That's the news of the day, so until next time, Dear Reader, love and nail polish to you!



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China Glaze Icicle & Servin' Up Sparkle

    Good morning, Dear Reader!

    I was up for a silver manicure today, so I reached for China Glaze Icicle, the good two-coat silver from their Let it Snow Collection.  After applying two coats, I decided I wanted to add just a little bit to it, and OPI Servin' Up Sparkle is a good glitter for adding a bit without any danger of adding too much.  I added two coats of Servin' Up Sparkle to Icicle, a couple of coats of top coat to smooth out the glitter, and called it a mani.

    The sun is out today, so I was able to get two pictures to show you why I like Servin' Up Sparkle as much as I do.

    China Glaze Icicle
    China Glaze Icicle with OPI Servin Up Sparkle, Two Coats Each

    OPI Servin' Up Sparkle
    Another Look at OPI Servin' Up Sparkle

    The powder-fine glitter in Servin' Up Sparkle throws off light just like the hex glitter, but the direct sunlight washed it right out.  I think this is my favorite of all the Serena Williams polishes released by OPI, and I've used it several times without a single disappointment.  The only negative about it is the constant threat of blinding other drivers in traffic when out on the road.

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



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New Konad Plates & Polishes

    Good evening, Dear Reader!

    I don't have a new manicure to show you, but some cool new Konad plates and Special Polishes that are at WowSoCool (the new stuff is at the bottom of the page that links goes to).  I have some of their pics here, and you can click them for a larger version.

    For the plates, I'll try to hold my giddiness at bay in order to post pictures.  They're  longer tips, one solid and two animal print patterns.

    Konad Plate m86
    Konad Plate m86, Longer Solid Tips

    Konad Plate m87
    Konad Plate m87, Giraffe Tip Pattern

    Konad Plate m88
    Konad Plate m88, Zebra Tip Pattern

    I'm thinking the solid with an animal print over it would make one impressive manicure.  If that ain't enough for you, there are three new polishes, a metallic, a pink, and a green.

    Konad Light Bronze
    Konad Light Bronze Special Polish

    Konad Vivid Pink
    Konad Vivid Pink Special Polish

    Konad Moss Green
    Konad Moss Green Special Polish

    Those are the new goodies, and the only other thing I really know about them is that I'll be sporting pink and black zebra tips as soon as possible.

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

    Edited a few hours later to tack on more info I just saw on Twitter: If you're thinking of ordering, check this post on WowSoCool's blog before placing an order.



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Sally Hansen Salon Effects Brattlesnake

    Good afternoon, Dear Reader!

    My next semester starts tomorrow, and I picked Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Brattlesnake to start it off on a fun note.  It seemed like a good choice since it's pretty calm neutrals that happen to be in a snake skin pattern, so it's not very eye-catching in an environment where nobody cares about nails at all.

    Brattlesnake was kind of middle of the road in terms of applicattion.  There are patterns that are a good bit better, but there are also patterns that are a good bit worse.  The biggest issue I had was that the strips weren't tremendously flexible, so there are some small creases at some curves.  Other than that they're good, and I just used a second coat of Essie Good to Go to smooth them out.  Here's Brattlesnake under artificial lighting.

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

    I'm definitely a fan.  I believe these would likely horrify anyone with an aversion to snakes, but I'll find out if that's a problem when I show up tomorrow.  It ain't a problem for me!

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



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