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Essie Luxe Effects As Gold As it Gets

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Hello gentle readers. Essie recently released a line of beautiful topper polishes called Luxe Effects. They are glitters and flakies and shimmers that are meant to layer over other polishes. I saw the line in my local Walgreen's and picked up two of them. This is As Gold As it Gets. I wore it over China Glaze Winter Berry and I adored the combination. Essie As Gold As it Gets is fine gold flakes suspended in a thick jelly base. The flakes look like the gold flakes you will see at the bottom of a gold pan; they are various sizes and spark with an occasional holo like flash. They look very realistic and pretty over any dark polish. I'll have to try this over lighter polishes, too. And maybe with matte, some time. After I buy a new bottle of matte top coat. I wrecked mine. Idiot that I am. lol This is one coat of Essie As Gold As it Gets over two coats of China Glaze Winter Berry and topped with Seche Vite. These photographs were taken in a mix of indirect sun and OttLight.

Comparison: OPI An Affair in Red Square and Pure Ice Scarlet

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Hello gentle readers. Recently, I featured a Pure Ice polish called Scarlet. I thought, when I was applying it that it seemed similar to OPI An Affair in Red Square and mantioned that in my post. Well, I offered to do a comparison if anyone was interested. Someone was so, here it is. :D (Sorry it took me a while.) What we have here are two red shimmer polishes. On my index and ring finger nails is OPI An Affair in Red Square and on my middle and pinkie finger nails is Pure Ice Scarlet. These photographs were taken under my OttLight. OPI An Affair in Red Square is a brilliant, cool red with gold shimmer and an ever so slight blackened quality that gives it depth and a beautiful complexity. There is a feeling, when looking at this polish in person that one is looking down, deep into the polish. This is a classic for a reason. It is stunning. Pure Ice Scarlet is a bright, true red with a silver shimmer and a hint of a magenta shift that almost feels duochrome. This polish is a b

Swatching, Swatching, 1,2,3: Orly Red Flare and OPI Rainbow Connection

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Hello gentle readers. Holy mackerel! It's the first of December, already. Whooeee! Where did this year go? Yikes! Okay, to kick off the most festive of months and the Christmas/Holiday season, I thought it only right and proper that Orly Red Flare be the first polish of the month. A red jelly polish; it looks creme, looking at the bottle. But it is a jelly. Rich, smooth, squishy, intensely pigmented. Gorgeous. Jelly. Is this my Holy Grail red jelly? I don't know. But it is officially on my short list. This swatch is two coats, topped with Seche Vite. I snapped these photographs in my lightbox under my OttLight. I want a car this colour. If it can be jelly, like this polish.  Orly Red Flare has a formula that can only be described as delicious. Smooth, silky, it glides onto the nail with a whisper. Thin but not runny, it is easy to control and it self levels like a dream. I didn't do a whole lot of cleanup, mostly just fussbudget refining. This polish dries mo

China Glaze Ring in the Red and a Comparison With Ruby Pumps

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Good Wednesday morning, gentle readers. I hope that all of my fellow Thanksgiving celebrants are about ready. I am getting there. I still have a little last minute shopping to finish up and I need to bake off a couple of pies, tonight. (Hubbs wants pumpkin and son wants Dutch apple.) We aren't doing up a big dealio, this year. It will just be hubbie and son and I. Which is kind of nice. Sometimes a quiet holiday is refreshing and relaxing. Tho I admit, when we do a quiet one, I miss having my house full. So, today I have the last (possibly for now) of my China Glaze Let it Snow Winter/Holiday Collection polishes to show to you. This is Ring in the Red. I had to order this one from Amazon, as it was completely sold out at my local Sally's and as far as I know, that is the only place I can get China Glaze in my area. Blech. Small towns... Anyway, China Glaze Ring in the Red is a beautiful, very clean, extremely bright, almost metallic red glitter polish in the same vein as It

OPI DS Mystery

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Good morning, gentle readers. I hope that everyone is staying warm and cozy and that everyone who was pounded by the Hallowe'en week Nor'easter have your lights back, at last. This morning I would like to submit for your perusal OPI Designer Series Mystery. I lemming'd this polish for a long time and was tickled to finally get it. And, while it is lovely I feel a little let down by it. I don't think that it isn't gorgeous stuff, it is. But I was expecting Designer Series gorgeous and in my opinion, this polish, like so many of the newer DS polishes isn't living up to the name, to the reputation that OPI Designer Series has built over the years. OPI DS Mystery is a deep, highly pigmented royal purple jelly packed with gold, multichromatic glitter. Glitter that in the bottle has an interesting multichrome shift from gold to bronze to green but doesn't really show on the nail. On the nail, the glitter does shift to bronze but I miss the green. It shows occa

Swatchity-Swatch: Color Club Perfect Mol-Ten

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Hello gentle readers. How'z about another Color Club Foiled swatch? Today I have for you Perfect Mol-Ten; a beautiful, soft, silvery green foil. This is two coats and top coat. I like this one. Green is a polish colour about which I feel slightly conflicted. I didn't like green, at all for many years. For most of my life, I refused to wear green (except when I was a Girl Scout) and only began to allow it into my life in recent years. I never thought that I would wear green nail polish and I still don't, all that often but I am buying and wearing more green polish, all the time. In fact, I just acquired the two new China Glaze Let it Snow greens. :D What do you think of this pretty little charmer? Like it? Want to wear it? I found my Foiled collection at my local Ross. Foiled is also available from various e-tailers, the Color Club website and wherever else you can find Color Club polishes. Thank you for stopping by to read and comment. I really appreciate it. Oh

Swatchity-Swatch: Sinful Colors Ruby, Ruby

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Hello gentle readers. Happy Tuesday morning to you all. I hope that your week is off to a good start. Today I have a little red jelly to show to you. As you probably know, I am on a perpetual hunt for two polishes, my two holy grail polishes. A perfect cobalt blue jelly and a perfect, clear, classic red jelly. So far, I haven't found either. But my hopes remain high. Please to set your eyes upon Sinful Colors Ruby, Ruby. A clear, classic blue based red jelly. This one could be a contender for my holy grail red jelly but for the fact that it isn't very pigmented and getting it to an opaque finish is an exercise in futility. I applied four coats and still had clearly visible VNL. And, while VNL isn't usually a problem for me, I don't care for it when I am wearing red polish. I topped this swatch with Seche Vite. These photographs were taken in my lightbox under my OttLight. The VNL isn't all that visible in my photograph. It was visible in person, tho. Sinf

Swatchity-Swatch: China Glaze First Mate

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have a swatch of a truly gorgeous blue polish. This is China Glaze First Mate from their Spring Anchors Away collection. First Mate is a rich, saturated, slightly dusty blue creme. This polish, in addition to being beautiful is fabulous. I applied one coat and had a smooth, opaque, flawless finish. One coat, kids. One coat. I topped this swatch with Seche Vite.  Photos taken in my lightbox under my OttLight.  China Glaze First Mate is thick, creamy, smooth and silky as Dove dark chocolate. It is so easy to handle. Or it would have been, had I not been hopped up on enough caffeine to make a sloth race around like a two year old on an epic sugar rush. As it was, I kinda goobered up the works and had to grab my cleanup brush a few times. *sigh* I just don't understand the concept of moderation when it comes to coffee. :) My shaky, caffeine crazed application notwithstanding, this polish is just gorgeous. Both to use and to look at. Dry time is good,

Hallowe'en-y Nail Art Fun

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Hello gentle readers. Today's nail art is one of my all time favourites to do. Googly eyes! :D Googly eyes are so cute and fun and so easy that even I can pull them off. To make them a little more spooky-cute I used an acid green neon to make the eyeballs look as if they are radioactive. The supplies used: Wet-N-Wild black creme China Glaze Snow Sinful Colors Neon Melon China Glaze Ghoulish Glow Seche Vite A couple of dotting tools I used Ghoulish Glow on top of the Neon Melon to make the eyeballs glow but it didn't work. They don't glow. *pout*  I love googly eyes nails so much. They make me smile. They make me giggle. They just make me happy.  Ghoulish Glow fail. As you can see, the eyes don't glow, at all. Oh well... It was a fun idea. I guess that the GG has to be applied in a thicker and larger amount to gather enough light to glow in the dark. :) Do you like googly eyes nail art? Does it make you grin like it does me?  Thank you for dropping by to

Swatchity-Swatch Wet-N-Wild Ice Baby Limited Edition Collection

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Hello gentle readers. The moment has finally come. You get to look at my craptastic (I don't know what is with my camera, lately!) swatch pictures of the new Wet-N-Wild Ice Baby Collection. I did these swatches in different numbers of coats on different fingers and over a coordinating solid colour. I thought that would best show what these polishes can really do. I was going to spread these out over a couple of posts but I changed my mind and decided to just toss them at you all at once. For that reason, this is a long post, so get comfy. You're going to be here for a while. Heh heh heh. Don't forget to clickity-click to make bigness to get details and an eyeful of sparkly goodness. :D Okay, so... To begin, here is the whole bunch, all stacked together.  First up: Back Alley Deals: Purple fine glitter with medium sized fuchsia hex glitter. Why do I love purple and fuchsia mixed together so much? This is bright and fun and a little party in a bottle.  P-One C

Manicure of the Moment

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have for you a bright, pure white polish. OPI Alpine Snow. Two coats topped with Seche Vite to be smooth and opaque. I don't usually wear solid white nails but I like this look. It is very clean and crisp and makes my hands look tan and Summery. These photographs were taken in sun. The last one in shade. Look how bright and crisp this stuff is. OPI Alpine Snow is astonishingly lovely polish for a white creme. The formula was really smooth, not gloopy, gummy or stringy. It applied easily and didn't try to run or pool. It was a little streaky on the first coat but smoothed out very nicely on the second coat. There is a little streakiness on a few of my nails thanks to my ridges but unless you invade my space, grab my hand and stick my nails right up under your nose you aren't going to see it. And, if you do those things, you will draw back a bloody stump, making my minor polish streaks the least of your worries. *evil grin* T

On Wednesdays We Wear Pink. Well... Sorta

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Hello gentle readers. Today is Pink Wednesday and I decided to wear a pink-ish polish. OPI DS Signature. Yes, I know that it isn't technically pink-pink.  More a rosy-mauve. But I think it orbits close enough to the Pink Universe to qualify. And, since my nails are as long as they are going to get, I wanted to rock this polish and really enjoy the rainbow beauty of it before I take my nails down a little. This is two coats with Seche Vite over the top. I have shown and reviewed this polish before so I am not going into detail, again. I am just going to get on with the photographs. These were taken in full sun.   Delicious. I need a backup bottle of this beauty. Seriously. I love to wear it and I don't want to run out of it. :D Thank you for popping in. Have a great Pink Wednesday and may your polish never bubble.

Fourth of July Manicure

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Hello gentle readers. I finally got around to doing my Fourth of July Manicure. I was going to do several leading up but I just got one done. I think that will do just fine. :) I had some grand plans in this little brain of mine for nail art depicting fireworks, stars, glittery striping and so forth. Then I did a reality check. I am nail art challenged. I know it. I accept it. I am good with it. I can do something simple and easy and it comes out halfway okay but if I get too ambitious, I usually end up in a big old mess. So I scaled things back. A lot. lol I painted my nails in alternating solid blue and red using Orly La Playa and Color Club Ihavenofrakkingideathename Red. I did two coats of the La Playa and three of the Red. Orly La Playa is so rich, creamy and highly pigmented that I only needed two coats but the red is a crelly and needed three to get it as opaque as the blue. I only own jelly-ish reds. No rich, dense cremes. Hmmm. I suppose I should find a couple. Anywh

Comparison~~ OPI Princesses Rule! Old and New Formula

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Hello gentle readers. Cripes! Up to my eyes. Whew! But I have a few, so I thought I would do a quick comparison post of my two bottles of OPI Princesses Rule! I first bought this polish back in... '07? I think? Or '08. Can't remember... I think it was '08... Maybe... Anywhoozle. I fell in love with it the moment I first applied it to my nails and I have loved it madly, ever since. I have used it so many times that the level in the bottle is getting pretty low and I decided I needed a backup bottle so I ordered one from Amazon. Funny thing, when I was down in the Valley, last month, I considered buying that backup bottle at Ulta, but I changed my mind, then. I remember looking at the bottle of Princesses Rule! at that time and thinking that it looked a bit different from my old bottle at home. I thought I must have remembered it wrong. But, when I received my bottle from the Amazon seller and took a good look at it, I realized that I was right. They are different.