Sunday, May 29, 2016

China Glaze - Sea Spray (Anchors Away Collection, Spring 2011)

Having a no-buy policy makes me dive into the archives and find all kind of undiscovered gems! That is how I unearthed China Glaze Sea Spray, from the lovely Anchors Away Collection of 2011.
Sea Spray is a grey blue, blue leaning grey, grey leaning blue with a subtle hint of pearly shimmer. The shimmer is apparent in the bottle but on the nail it gives the polish more of a deepening effect preventing it to be a creme. The grey/blue was very light "reactive", in some lights it appears more of a light grey and in some it is more a greyish blue!

This is two layers with base and top coat:

China Glaze Sea Spray
China Glaze - Sea Spray

China Glaze Sea Spray

China Glaze Sea Spray

China Glaze Sea Spray

China Glaze Sea Spray

China Glaze Sea Spray

Wednesday, May 25, 2016

OPI - Embrace the Gray, OPI - Fly & OPI - Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window

As I said in my previous post: Embrace the Gray is a nice canvas for nailart......the proof is in the pudding!
I combined it here with OPI Uh-oh Roll Down the Window (Touring America Collection Fall 2011)
and OPI Fly (Nicki Minaj Collection 2012) in a kind of waterfall brushstroke art thing. In real life it was a bit more outspoken but not by much: I like the muted tones even though Fly is fairly bright. It was a nice and quick tip wear cover up ;-)

OPI Embrace the Gray, OPI Fly, OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window
OPI - Embrace the Gray & OPI - Fly & OPI - Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window

OPI Embrace the Gray, OPI Fly, OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window

OPI Embrace the Gray, OPI Fly, OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window

OPI Embrace the Gray, OPI Fly, OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window

OPI Embrace the Gray, OPI Fly, OPI Uh-Oh Roll Down the Window

Sunday, May 22, 2016

OPI - Embrace the Gray (OPI Fifty Shades of Grey Collection 2015)

The Fifty Shades of Grey Collection wasn't a very memorable one for me: there was the obligatory red creme, the these days unavoidable silver and a bunch of greys >duh<
Embrace the Gray was the one that spoke most to me, so that was the one I bought.
It is a medium grey, not too dark, not too light and neutral in tone.
Very wearable and probably lovely as a canvas for some glitter or stamping!

OPI Embrace the Gray
OPI - Embrace the Gray

OPI Embrace the Gray

OPI Embrace the Gray

OPI Embrace the Gray

OPI Embrace the Gray

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Essie - Time for Me Time (Suite Retreat, Resort Collection 2015)

Essie Time for Me time from the Resort Collection 2015 as a nice fresh palate cleanser.
It is a kinda sheer nude/pink/beige with a pink flash in the right light.
I am not sure if I did two or three coats here, but you'll allways have vnl with this one I guess.
It was not enormously streaky that I can remember, but I have been reading around and not everybody is unanimous on this point.....
Any way: I love the result, it is nice and fresh and neutral, it fits my skintone and I like the subtle shimmer.

Essie Time for Me Time
Essie - Time for Me Time

Essie Time for Me Time

Essie Time for Me Time

Essie Time for Me Time

Essie Time for Me Time


Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Essie - Cocoa Karma dotticure (Suite Retreat, Resort Collection 2015)

A dotticure again, this time with the complete Resort Collection 2015 from Essie.
The base is Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat (filled in with Cocoa Karma) and Stones 'n Roses filled with Time for Me Time. The result is a bit bumpy because of the dots-in-dots, the pink in pink dots look a bit like *zits* in retrospect.....but.....all in all I really like dots :-)


Essie Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat, Stones 'n Roses & Time for Me Time
Essie Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat, Stones 'n Roses & Time for Me Time

Essie Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat, Stones 'n Roses & Time for Me Time

Essie Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat, Stones 'n Roses & Time for Me Time

Essie Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat, Stones 'n Roses & Time for Me Time

Essie Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat, Stones 'n Roses & Time for Me Time

Essie Cocoa Karma with dots of Suite Retreat, Stones 'n Roses & Time for Me Time

Sunday, May 15, 2016

Essie - Truth or Flare *european version* dotticure (Hide & Go Chic Collection, Spring 2014)

A bit of nailart can be so fun to do!
Here I started with a base of Essie Truth or Flare with dots of Essie Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie and I'm Addicted and then I put some smaller dots of Truth or Flare within the coloured dots.
I was a bit late with taking these pictures so there is some tip wear.......


Essie Truth or Flare, Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie, I'm Addicted
Essie Truth or Flare with dots of Essie Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie and I'm Addicted

Essie Truth or Flare, Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie, I'm Addicted

Essie Truth or Flare, Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie, I'm Addicted

Essie Truth or Flare, Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie, I'm Addicted

Essie Truth or Flare, Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie, I'm Addicted

Essie Truth or Flare, Vices Versa, Lovie Dovie, I'm Addicted

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

OPI - Just Lanai-ing Around (Hawaii, Spring/Summer Collection 2015) & Super Bass Shatter (Nicki Minaj Collection 2012)

Slowly working my way through all the pictures a made the last few months!
Today I found this one in the archives: it's OPI Just Lanai-ing Around topped with OPI Super Bass Shatter. I know I had some tip wear on the JLA but was not in the mood to change the whole mani so I added the shatter. I kinda like the result, although I don't love shatters very much....

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around & Super Bass Shatter
OPI Just Lanai-ing Around & Super Bass Shatter

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around & Super Bass Shatter

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around & Super Bass Shatter

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around & Super Bass Shatter

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around & Super Bass Shatter

Sunday, May 8, 2016

OPI - Love Athletes in Cleats (MLB Collection, 2014)

Again a polish I wore last year.....OPI Love Athletes in Cleats, it's from the MLB Collection, that is it's baseball related. It was a little extra colllection that year and for me this was the only polish that was remotely interesting. The rest was just too frosty and/or boring to my taste.

Love Athletes in Cleats is a rasberry red with loads of silver/pearly white glass flecks floating around.
I remember the consistency of the polish being a bit fluffy but workable.


OPI Love Athletes in Cleats
OPI Love Athletes in Cleats

OPI Love Athletes in Cleats

OPI Love Athletes in Cleats

OPI Love Athletes in Cleats

OPI Love Athletes in Cleats

OPI Love Athletes in Cleats

Thursday, May 5, 2016

OPI - Die Another Day (Skyfall, Holiday Collection 2012)

It has been a long time.....I know!
I haven't stopped wearing polish or making nail pics, it's just that there are just 24 hours in a day and that is sometimes not enough to do everything I would like to do.
I'll try to post a bit more frequently but I don't know if it's going to work: let's say I'll try.

To start I came upon these nails I did some months ago; OPI Die Another Day.
A lovely glowing red with a hint of orange.

OPI Die Another Day
OPI Die Another Day

OPI Die Another Day

OPI Die Another Day

OPI Die Another Day

OPI Die Another Day