Saturday, November 29, 2014

Zoya - Oswin (Ultra PixieDust Collection autumn 2014)

It's been a while that I showed (and wore) a PixieDust/liquid sand type of polish. So it was time to wear Oswin by Zoya, a deep red dust with big crimson (that how "they" call them and I guess that they are just that) hexes (hence the Ultra PixieDust). This is the only one I bought from this collection, because the other two (Noir and Arianna) seemed to be more translucent and less matte and that are just the two qualities I do not like in a PixieDust. Oswin is opaque and matte and thus a friend of mine!

Zoya Ultra PixieDust Oswin
Zoya Ultra PixieDust - Oswin

Zoya Ultra PixieDust Oswin

Zoya Ultra PixieDust Oswin

Zoya Ultra PixieDust Oswin

Zoya Ultra PixieDust Oswin

Zoya Ultra PixieDust Oswin

This could be a splendid polish for Christmas as well as for autumn!
I used two easy coats of Oswin; there was some colour loss (especially the big hexes) after just one day of wearing it: the edges of the glitters became silver. For the pictures I dry brushed them a bit to give them back their crimson red colour.

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

China Glaze - Fang-Tastic (Monsters Ball Halloween Collection 2013)

Glitterrrrrrrrrr!
For some time now I had the urge to wear a glitter topper on its own.....so you can see nude nails in between the floating glitters. Weird, I know.
I choose China Glaze Fang-Tastic for the job; it's that not so halloweenish Halloween glitter from last years collection (Monsters Ball). It has blue, green and fuchsia glitter in it and some bigger blue hexes as well. Although it is more Christmas then Halloween I like the combination it's nice and very, very bling at three coats!

China Glaze Fang-Tastic
China Glaze - Fang-Tastic

China Glaze Fang-Tastic

China Glaze Fang-Tastic

China Glaze Fang-Tastic

China Glaze Fang-Tastic

China Glaze Fang-Tastic

I used peel off base coat from Essence (love this stuff: too bad they don't have it in the collection anymore), three coats of Fang-Tastic, an extra layer of top coat (Essence Gel Look) and to top it all off China Glaze Fast Forward. It stayed put for days on end!

Friday, November 21, 2014

OPI - First Class Desires (Gwen Stefani Holiday Collection 2014) and comparison

There are not a lot of polishes I bought from the holiday collection this year, but First Class Desires was one I had to scoop up. It is a lovely moody eggplant with loads of gold dust and a really easy formula: two coats and you're done!

OPI First Class Desires
OPI - First Class Desires

OPI First Class Desires

OPI First Class Desires

OPI First Class Desires

OPI First Class Desires





Love it BUT it reminded me of another polish I own: Nicole by OPI Smile For The Glam-era, so I did a comparison.

The idea is pretty much the same: gorgeous base with gold flecks in abundance. The base coat is just a different colour; OPI has that deep purple eggplant and NOPI has a autumny burgundy colour.I can not say I like one better then the other, perhaps the NOPI is more for autumn and the OPI more a winter colour? But burgundy is very wearable around Christmas as well.....sooooo I need both >duh<

OPI First Class Desires NOPI Smile For The Glam-era
OPI - First Class Desires & NOPI - Smile For The Glam-era

OPI First Class Desires NOPI Smile For The Glam-era

OPI First Class Desires NOPI Smile For The Glam-era

OPI First Class Desires NOPI Smile For The Glam-era
One coat.

OPI First Class Desires NOPI Smile For The Glam-era
Against the light, two coats.

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Essie - Chills & Thrills (Too Taboo Summer Neons Collection 2014) and comparison

When I applied Chills & Thrills on my nails I had forgotten that this polish is from the neons collection. It is a very intense colour BUT I do not think it is a true neon! One could say there is even a hint of dustiness in this blue! The formula wasn't too bad (after reading all the horrible stories about the polishes in this neon collection), it was very fast drying (as neons tend to do) and I used two thick layers to get this result (and do not fiddle around or otherwise you'll get bald spots!).

Essie Chills & Thrills
Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie Chills & Thrills

There is one obvious blue that was screaming to be compared with Chills & Thrills and that is.......Essie Butler Please >of course<
And the funny thing is that C&T is dustier and a little less blue then BP (it's a bit more purple)! For comparison's sake I also included SinfulShine Most Sinful and this one was way more blue and intense and the formula was better self leveling and dried super shiny (true to it's name).

Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie Chills & Thrills

Essie Chills & Thrills

Monday, November 17, 2014

NYC - Ruby Queen (Crystal Couture Collection, holiday 2014)

A few weeks ago I bumped into NYC Ruby Queen when I was strolling through the city looking for Sinterklaas presents. It is such a nice mix of glitter that I couldn't leave Ruby Queen standing on the display.
There are pink glitters among the red ones drifting happily along in the red jelly base: love that colour combination. Stephanie from Short 'n Chic blogged about this colour the same week I bought it and she mentioned a green glitter in this collection as well. Having enjoyed this glitter as much as I did I went back to the store...but unfortunately, The Netherlands only have the red, purple, gold and blue one >sigh< and those didn't speak to me very loudly..... *can't have it all*


NYC Ruby Queen
NYC - Ruby Queen

NYC Ruby Queen

NYC Ruby Queen

NYC Ruby Queen

NYC Ruby Queen

NYC Ruby Queen

NYC Ruby Queen

It was hard to get it photographed right: the polish isn't jam packed with glitter, so it looks like strawberry soup most of the time in my pictures! In real life it sparkles and glitters much more, this makes it look like there is much more glitter in there then there really is.
To round things up: Ruby Queen is a lovely polish and because of the pink glitters a bit different and wearable (not only at Christmas).

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Colour blocking with China Gaze - Riveting (Hunger Games Collection, spring 2012)

As I told you the day before yesterday, my Flashbulb Fuchsia was chipping at day 1,5........
My quick and easy solution to this problem was: colour blocking. And I used China Glaze Riveting for this task. The orange and the fuchsia/cyclamen sort of clash but I like that kind of juicy clash :-)
The end result sparkled like crazy and was very hard wearing! >yeah<

China Glaze Riveting & OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia
China Glaze - Riveting & OPI - Flashbulb Fuchsia

China Glaze Riveting & OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia

China Glaze Riveting & OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia

China Glaze Riveting & OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia

China Glaze Riveting & OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia



Thursday, November 13, 2014

OPI - Flashbulb Fuchsia (Brights Collection, autumn 2006)




Ahhhh, a nice and bright sparkling fuchsia that was what I was craving for!
Enter OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia.
The formula was like butter and I used two coats here.
It was not as hard wearing as I would have hoped: I had chips after just one day!


OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia
OPI - Flashbulb Fuchsia

OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia

OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia

OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia

OPI Flashbulb Fuchsia

The colour is perfect though: perhaps more of a cyclamen colour then a fuchsia but the fuchsia sparkle is gorgeous as is the purple flash!
And I found a perfect solution for my tipp wear: colour blocking!
I show you the day after tomorrow............

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Tiny post: first stamping attempt (with China Glaze - When Stars Collide)

Just a tiny little post today: my first stamping attempt....
I have used a stamping plate from Infinity Nails: nr 17 and as a stamping polish I used China Glaze When Stars Collide over the existing China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You.

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You & When Stars Collide
China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You & When Stars Collide

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You & When Stars Collide





The contrast is a bit low, so the stamping is not very striking but the colours go good together I think.
Next time I'll put a creme over a shimmer and choose a higher contrast in colours.



Saturday, November 8, 2014

China Glaze - Choo-Choo Choose You (second chance)

OK, we had Choo-Choo Choose You already yesterday: I know, I know......
But......as I said it might be better to throw it over a base colour....
And I did just that: I painted two liberal coats of Choo-Choo Choose You over two coats of Release (The Giver Collection). The result was much better then the previous one was. There was less pulling away from the tips and the shimmer was more prominent without the Sally Hansen top coat. >yeah<
It *might* even be better to use a darker base coat (or even black), I'll try that next time I wear Choo-Choo Choose You!

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You
China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You & Release

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You

China Glaze Choo-Choo Choose You