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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