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Manicure of the Moment

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Hello gentle readers. How is your week going? It is snowing here. It started late this morning and has been going, light but steady all day and evening. We may get 4 to 6 inches. I just hope it melts fast. We live on the side of a hill and our driveway is a steep-pitched skating rink when it is snowy and icy. Not good. Besides, I need to get out and go shopping, this weekend. Groceries and polishes to buy, you know. :D So, today I decided it was time to try a new polish. Revlon Royal. This. Polish. Is. Gorgeous. Deep, royal blue jelly. It is almost cobalt blue. I am in love with this colour. I would take it to Vegas and marry it, if I could. It is so squishy and has a lovely lit from within quality that reminds me of the enamel on my favourite hair clip. I read that this polish is a three coater, so I decided to apply two coats of Royal over underwear. It goes on so smooth, so easily. It is slightly thin, but not runny. It is pretty easy to control and clean up. Just keep it off yo

Glitter Comparison: China Glaze Party Hearty and Milani Jewel FX Gems

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 Hello kittens. I hope that you all are having a great week and are getting ready for the weekend. Just one more day! :D I recently added two lovely glitters to my little polish family. China Glaze Party Hearty and Milani Jewel FX Gems. I bought Party Hearty in a three pack from my local Sally Beauty Supply and I picked up Gems at my local CVS on Thanksgiving day. I was sitting here the other day, doing my nails and wondering if Party Hearty and Gems were alike. Dupes, possibly? When it came time to change my polish I decided to take a little time and use my existing mani as a base for comparing the two beauties. And, beauties they are. Sisters, definitely. But certainly not twins. All of these photos were taken in full sun and are clickable to enlarge.  On index and ring China Glaze Party Hearty. On middle and pinkie Milani Jewel FX Gems. One coat of each. All swatches are one coat over three coats of OPI Princesses Rule! I probably should have d

Mr. Fabulous

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Greetings my little gumdrops. I don't have a nail look to share, my mani from yesterday is going strong. So, rather than my nails I thought I would, instead share a little bit about and some pictures of my kitteh, Marley. Marley became a member of our family in the late Fall of November 2006. He was just a scrawny little baby cat, maybe five months old or so living outside our house. He would come up on our deck under the overhang and sleep curled up in a chair, trying to get warm. My husband would go out there early, to take the dog out and the cat would run, but hang out, under the deck, meowing. Suckers and softies that we are, I decided to try to feed the poor little thing. I figured, if nothing else, good food might help him to fight off the cold and make it through the Winter. I started feeding him, then I decided to go outside and see about making friends. It took time, patience and many, many hours hanging out in the biting cold and frigid wind but slowly My Little Oran

Review: Sinful Colors Snow Me White

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Ah... It is the polish fanatic's Holy Grail. The perfect white polish. This isn't it. But, Sinful Colors Snow Me White isn't a bad lower priced white polish. Like most white polishes, it can be a bit... Rubbery, stringy and thick. But it is less so than a few other white polishes I have tried to use in the past. I needed three coats of this polish to get a smooth, even finish all over my nails. The first coat went on very nicely, if a little unevenly. The second coat was streaky. The third smoothed everything out very nicely. A coat of top coat finished it all off and added shine. All in all, not too shabby. Not perfect, by a long shot. But not too shabby. I don't use white polish often, mostly for occasional French manicures, so this polish will do me nicely for a while. Indoors, low light, without flash. You can see a tiny bit of streaking, but overall, I think that the finish is pretty good, for a white polish.  With flash. Wow! How bright! Like over bleache

Manicure of the Moment

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Hi everyone! I hope that you are all staying cool, in the height of the Dog Days. Today I have a new to me manicure. OPI I'm India Mood For Love, three coats and one light coat of Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure. All topped with Seche. What a pretty combination this turned out to be. I normally wear HT over black, dark green or blue. But I have been seeing it in gals' blogs over lighter colours. Brilliant pinks, corals, golds and yellow. So I decided to try it, myself. Pink transforms a layering polish that can look very edgy and metallic over deep shades into something delicate, almost ethereal. Rather than copper, green and teal it is rose gold, gold, pink and purple/lavender. The metallic shimmer is less obvious but just as beautiful and eye catching. I can't stop looking at my nails. I took over ninety pictures. And I have decided to spam the hell out of the post with the twelve best ones. Even with all of these shots, I never quite captured this combination as it look

Manicure of the Moment: China Glaze Orange Knockout (Neon)

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A good Wednesday afternoon, my little raindrops. It is a hot, humid day in my realm. Monsoon clouds are building and I am hoping for a cooling shower, later. Right about the time I hit the trails out at the lake, would be nice. :D Okay, then... Today I have China Glaze Orange Knockout (neon) to show you. This is one of the polishes I received in my prize package from Kris . This polish is a bright, bright orange. It is very sheer. I applied three thick coats and it isn't anywhere near opaque. This stuff couldn't be opaque if it wished on a star to be so. It really needs a coat of white under it to cover properly and really give off that neon glow. Sadly, the only white polish I own at present is Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in White On and I like it not. It is too thick, gloopy, gloppy, streaky, bubbly and takes an eternity to dry. Now, that might be my fault... I have read the experiences of some gals who adore the stuff, so... *shrug* I like this colour. It is just the right

Manicure of the Moment: China Glaze Watermelon Rind

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China Glaze Watermelon Rind. A lovely Summer colour. This green jelly is packed with green, blue and silver shimmer. It is pretty in normal light then when flash or direct sun hits it... Wow! Sparkle and shine and scintillation. This polish needs three coats to get it completely opaque. It handles nicely and luckily for me, is easy to clean up. I topped it with a coat of Seche. Photo taken in indoor light,no flash. This polish photographs more to the teal. In person it is green. Not teal. Indoors with flash. A few shots outdoors in direct sun. The Monsoon clouds parted long enough for me to get these pictures. Mighty accommodating of them, wouldn't you say? I filed my nails down a bit. They were getting a bit long for me. I think I like this length better. So, what do you think of Watermelon Rind? Do you own it? Do you love it? Are you now having wild cravings for ice cold, sweet, juicy watermelon? :D

Manicure of the Moment: OPI Bastille My Heart

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Hello my lovelies. I hope that my fellow Americans had a terrific holiday weekend filled with fun, laughter, yummy grilled food and not tooo much adult liquid refreshment. And fireworks, of course! I have a fresh manicure to share with all of you. I wore bare nails under base coat for a couple of days after removing my 4th of July mani. Which, by the way, was easier to remove than I expected it to be. I didn't even have to do robo fingers. I was busy and didn't have a lot of time for nail painting, clean up and drying. But I had time, today. And I decided to wear one of my all time favourite nail colours, ever. OPI Bastille My Heart. From the Autumn 2008 France Collection. This polish is enchantingly lovely. It is a rich, blue based burgundy jelly with a hidden fuchsia shimmer that fires in flash and direct sun. The formula is gorgeous and easy for even this nail painting slob to handle. Yes, there was some cuticle flooding but I blame my polishing skills, not the polish. C