Essie Turquoise and Caicos: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a lovely Essie polish to share with you. This is the famous Turquoise and Caicos; a smooth, creamy blue green creme that looks as if you tossed chunks of Sleeping Beauty blue and green turquoise into a blender and added cream, sunlight and soft sea breezes and whirled it all together.

I applied three coats and skipped top coat for this swatch.

I like this colour so much. I could see this cooling off red hot, humid Dog Days, this Summer.

Essie Turquoise and Caicos has a jelly texture that feels creamy, too. Not exactly a hybrid crelly, it is too jelly for that but it is pigmented and can be opaque quickly. I needed three coats to cope with my demon ridges, if you have smooth nails, two would probably do the trick. The formula on this polish is nice. Not the best I have ever encountered, Essie can be a bit hit or miss, for me but this one is respectable. The first coat was a tad streaky but by the time the second coat smoothed up my nails, it was largely opaque and perfectly smooth and streak free. Sadly, as I mentioned earlier, this polish isn't good on uneven surfaces and I needed a third coat. Application was pretty easy, no running, pooling, dragging or glopping. Dry time is respectable, indeed without any bubble nonsense.

Do you own this beautiful polish? How do you like it? If you think that you would care to own it, it is easy to find. I bought my bottle from Amazon, you can also acquire it in stores that sell Essie, from various e-tailers and I imagine, E-Bay. In other words, it isn't hard to find or rare, so don't let anyone try to fool you into thinking that it is or rook you on the price.

Thank you so much for popping in, Have a loverly day and may your polish never bubble.

Random Stuff Sunday

Hello gentle readers.

I know that you are sick of my whining about cameras. So am I. lol That will end, for now. I have decided, after weeks of trial and fail to return my new camera. It just can't get the job done. I have tried so many settings, combos, macro, no macro, zooming, high ISO, low ISO, sunshine, OttLight, room light, practically no light. Flash, no flash. Nothing can overcome that camera's inherent inability to produce the kind of photographs I need it to produce. I can't get it to stop turning shimmer into spikes and shards, glitter into rocks and holo into asphalt. It isn't the camera's fault. It just isn't what I need so back it goes. I'll just go along with Old Faithful until I have saved enough to pick up a DSLR.

It is true, you get what you pay for. I want quality and I am going to have to pay for it. Ah well, it was worth a shot.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Eugenia and Francis. These two ladies shared some valuable tips and tricks to try to help me. I am grateful to you ladies. I learned some new things that I will be able to use in the future. You gals rock. You really do.

Okay, on to Random Stuff Sunday.

I have a particular fondness for a meme creator on Tumbler called Fuck Yeah Beauty Addict Kitty. She takes tongue in cheek digs at beauty, makeup and polish enthusiasts through ideas submitted by her readers. I thought that I would share a few of my faves with you. These images are not owned by me. Click the above link to travel to the creator's Tumblr blog.

I have more of these to share, including a couple of my own submissions. 

Remember, these are tongue in cheek, for fun. ;)

If you like these, you can follow the creator of these memes here. If you on Tumblr and would like to follow my weirdness there, please clickity-click here. I blog and reblog nails, nail art and other fun stuff that catches my fancy. I also post some things that express my political views, which I tend to keep out of this blog. I like this blog to be a happy, neutral zone.

Okay. I am going to have my brekkie. Have a great Sunday, everyone!

Loreal Tweet Me: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have a swatch of Loreal Tweet Me, a bright, lemon yellow jelly packed with micro flakies that flash gold, yellow and rose gold. Tweet Me is so bright and happy and just pure sunshine on the brightest, sparkling clear day. Did I mention that this is a jelly? The fact that this is a jelly is lovely because it is smooth and silky and squishy and super shiny. Unfortunately, this polish is very jelly and not too highly pigmented and to get it to the degree of opacity I did took four fairly thick coats. I would definitely top this with Seche Vite to speed the dry process when I wear this as a mani, tho I went top coat-less for this swatch.

Is this not pretty? Doesn't it make you want a tall, icy lemonade or a box of Lemonheads or to swallow Tweety Bird? (Am I the only one who finds Tweety Bird insanely annoying and roots for Sylvester?)

The formula on Loreal Tweet Me is nice. Application is easy and smooth with little cleanup. Because this jelly is so poorly pigmented, to get it opaque, I had to apply four thick coats. Not usually something I like to do but this one applied so easily that it wasn't that big a deal. I will definitely wear this as a manicure. Dry time is decent. It would be even better with quick dry top coat.

I like the brush that comes with this brand. I like it a lot. Loreal uses a brush that is quite similar to the OPI Pro Wide brush. It is a tad less wide and thick and the bristles are a little more stiff than the OPI brush. It applies polish so nicely and makes my wide brush loving heart pitter pat with happiness. Loreal Tweet Me should be available wherever you find Loreal polishes. Try your local drugstores and big box retailers.

What say you about this bright lemon drop on your nails polish? Like it? No thank you? Please share.

Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

China Glaze Blue Iguana: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How is you all is? Well? Good. :D

Today's polish is a real beauty. Last Summer China Glaze released their Island Escape Collection. This was a pile of beautiful glass fleck shimmers in bright, bold colours. Island Escape is one of my favourite Summer collections. I have acquired, over time four of the colours form that set and this is, by far my favourite. Why? Well, because it is gorgeous and hey, it's blue.

China Glaze Blue Iguana is a royal blue jelly packed with glass fleck shimmer. Glass fleck shimmer that dances and sparkles and flashes with blue and green and even magenta. Woah! Pretty! Pretty stuff, my friends. This swatch is three coats and no top coat. It wasn't needed for this swatch, this polish is so nice and shiny on it's own.

Ugh! This photo. Sorry. I'll probably re shoot this. 

China Glaze Blue Iguana has a good formula, thin but not runny, it flows onto the nail without streaking, running or pooling on my cuticles. I had little trouble controlling this polish and didn't have much cleanup while applying it. Dry time was fairly quick, even without my customary quick dry top coat and bubble free. 

Did I mention just how awesomely gorgeous this polish is? Seriously, kids. It is... Okay. Shutting up, now. If you are interested, definitely go get it. If I remember correctly (and I usually do) this one was made a part of the China Glaze core line. 

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

Sinful Colors Pandora: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Buckle your seatbelts, kids. I am a-showin' you another brown polish.

Calm down. This isn't going to be come a habit.

I don't think...

Anywhoozles, here be the gently shimmering, warm terracotta toned Pandora from the Cast Away Collection. Now, I am going to admit, straight up that I purchased this polish because I had to acquire the entire Cast Away Collection. It's how I roll, you know. If I can get my hands on an entire collection and I can afford it, it is coming home with me. Expensive? Yep. Sick? Probably. Acceptable in the nail community? Absobloomin'lutely. You all get the drive to buy insane amounts of polish. I am safe among you.

And I bought it because I like the name. Seriously. Pandora is one of those amazingly fabulous names that just capture your imagination and makes you dream a little dream. The shimmer in this polish is a little dreamy. In indoor light it is a hidden, subtle magenta flash. In sun, it fires and dances on the nails in tiny multicoloured splendor.

It's brown. And I don't hate it. Here is a brown-toned polish that doesn't give me lobster claws. It is oddly flattering and... I... Kinda like it.

Imagine that. This is two coats and top coat. Look at that shimmah! It's subtle but beautiful. And shiny!?!?

Sinful Colors Pandora has a splendiferous formula. Thick but not of the gloopy persuasion and flows so easily off the (sadly) badly trimmed brush to settle sweetly down where it is placed. This polish doesn't drag or pool, it won't run or streak or bubble. Dry time is really respectable, especially with a quick dry top coat.

I am a bit dismayed to see the quality of Sinful Colors brushes continue to degrade. Low price doesn't have to equate low quality but if Revlon, who owns Sinful doesn't get their act together, this lovely brand is going to go down the tubes and that would be a low down dirty shame.

Okay. I suppose that I have been slopping around long enough on this entry and should get it posted. I keep getting sidetracked and it is going to be Christmas before I publish it, at this rate. :P

Thank you for popping in and reading. Have a lovely day and may your polish never bubble.

Sinful Colors Island Coral: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How'z about a little coral goodness for your eyes, today? This is Sinful Colors Island Coral, a shiny, warm coral jelly. I know that this isn't anything new or original but it is a solidly pretty for the warm season coral that would look smashing with a tan. This swatch is three coats with no top coat.

Sinful Colors Island Coral is a lovely, squishy jelly that is a slight pain in the booty. I had to apply three coats of this polish to get it fully opaque and cope with my demon ridges. While the texture and formula are pretty nice, it does go on a bit streaky on the first coat. It leveled out and covered perfectly on the next two. This polish is easy to control, I had little cleanup and it went on quickly so applying three coats wasn't a pain. One thing, clean the wand and brush well or it will collect there then run down and blob all over the place.

Do you own this pretty coral polish? Think that you might like to? It is part of the Cast Away collection that Sinful Colors released this Spring. If you need another great reason to snap up this or any of the pretty Sinfuls you might be craving, this brand is on sale for ninety-nine cents at Walgreen's this week.

Thank you so much for coming in and reading and hanging out a bit. Have yourself a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Sinful Colors Grecian Sun: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have Grecian Sun by Sinful Colors for your perusal. Grecian Sun is a bright, clear cerulean blue crelly. This polish looks like a brilliant Summer sky. I love the shiny, slightly squishy quality of this pretty polish. I applied two coats of this polish for this swatch and shot it without top coat.

The formula on Grecian Sun is really lovely. It is smooth and silky and it flowed off the brush and sat down where I wanted it to go. I didn't have to do much cleanup as I applied and I didn't have to fight with dragging, streaking or bubbling. Dry time is respectable for this polish, even without top coat tho a fast drying topper would definitely aid in getting you out the door a little faster.

What do you think of this pretty polish? Do you own it? How do you feel about Sinful Colors, in general? Do you like this brand? Please share.

Thank you so much for popping in, today. Have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

China Glaze Fuchsia Fever: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Today I would like to share China Glaze Fuchsia Fever from the Spring Electropop Collection. This is a bright, happy, hot fuchsia jelly. I was so impressed with how beautifully shiny and squishy this polish is. This swatch is three coats and top coat, tho it was mad shiny before I put the top coat on. I meant to photograph it without the topper and forgot until I had already shot it. Oh vell. One should always use topcoat, anyway.

China Glaze Fuchsia Fever has a gorgeous formula. Thick but not in the least bit gloopy, decently pigmented, smooth and incredibly silky, this polish flowed off of the brush and whispered up the nail without streaking, running, dragging or pooling on my cuticles. I had no trouble controlling this pretty stuff and rarely picked up my cleanup brush. Always a plus for a not so talented polisher such as myself. Dry time is pretty good. Not supah fast, not too slow. A fast dry top coat definitely is a help. I have worn this polish, in a mani and it holds up very nicely. I had it on for four or five days and had only moderate tip wear and no chipping. Good enough, in my book.

Do you own Fuchsia Fever? What do you think of it? Love it? Feel as if you might need to acquire it for yourself? This polish is in wide release and should be pretty easy to find.

Thank you for dropping in. Have a lovely day and may your polish never bubble.

Random Stuff Sunday

Happy Sunday, gentle readers.

I saw this while perusing the I Can Haz Cheezeburger site and couldn't resist snagging it.

Yes, I am a bit of a Trekker. I don't go to conventions or wear the ears or speak Klingon (not that there's anything wrong with those things, they are just not my bag, IYKWIM :)) but I have seen the series, all of them and love the movies.

Are you a Star Trek fan? A Trekker? A full on Trekkie? Do you think the Shat is the shit? Swoon over Patrick Stewart's beautiful voice and perfect accent and diction? Tell people that "Resistance is Futile" when you are trying to talk them into something? Tell me about your fave series, movie, book or character in the comments.


China Glaze Sweet Hook: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

It's Saturday! Have any plans for the weekend? Mine is going to be a big old bundle of fun. *insert sarcastic tone, here* Oh well. We can't all have superduper fun weekends, every weekend now, can we?

Today I have China Glaze Sweet Hook for your approval. This soft lavender creme is so delicate and pretty. I needed three coats for this swatch, for some strange reason. I could have sworn the last time I wore this polish, I only needed two. *shrugs* Oh well. It is still lovely.

The formula on this polish is pretty nice. It applied very easily and smoothly. I did have a little streaking but that smoothed down with the application of Seche Vite. Otherwise, no dragging or running, cuticle pooling or bubbles. I didn't have to do much cleanup and dry time was really good. All in all, a pretty terrific polish.

What do you think of this little pastel lavender stunner? Love? If so, it is part of China Glaze's Spring Poptastic Collection and available just about anywhere you find China Glaze. I bought mine from my local Sally Beauty Supply.

Okay. I need to finish my coffee and get some brekkie down then I must get on with it. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a lovely and fun weekend and may your polish never bubble.

China Glaze Make Some Noise: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Ever have one of those days when you cant't think of a damned thing to write? Yeah. I'm there. This will be quick and dirty, today, on account of my blank brain.

China Glaze Make Some Noise. Bright orange red with a splash of coral jelly. This polish is bright and warm and full of sunshine. I applied two coats and top coat.

The formula on this polish is pretty lovely. It is thick but not gloopy, smooth and very silky. Application was easy, with the small exception with a tendency to drag bald spots if I overworked it. Once I got that through my thick head, it went on like a dream. I was surprised at how pigmented this polish is, it was halfway to opaque after just one coat, two finished it off, perfectly. Dry time was good. This is a polish worth owning and it just screams Summer, to me.

Make Some Noise is part of the Spring Electropop collection and is available where you find China Glaze.

Thank you for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Once More With Feeling! China Glaze Aquadelic: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Remember this post in which I cried and complained about China Glaze being thick, gloopy, streaky and bubbly? Well, I thinned it out well (a little too well, as it turned out but more about that, later) and let it marinate a bit, shook it up, let it settle and gave it another shot.

It was much better, this time. More like the bottles of this polish reviewed by fellow bloggers. A little on the thin side, I added a bit too much thinner so I had to apply three coats to get a perfectly opaque finish but it was much, much better than the streaking, glopping, bubbling and ickiness. I topped this swatch with top coat. This is such pretty polish. I love aqua blue, it is so fresh and crisp and perfect for Spring and Summer.

Here is a new picture. The quality is cray-cray. I am learning (with the help of a couple of very generous ladies) and they will get better. I promise!

So, do you own Aquadelic? Love it? If you are interested in acquiring this pretty polish, it is part of the China Glaze Spring Poptastic collection and in wide release, now.

Thank you for swinging by and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Hot Off the Presses! OPI Walks the Aisle at Bridal Week

OPI walked the aisle at New York International Bridal Week on fingers and toes at both the Vera Wang and Angel Sanchez showcases. On Sunday, April 15, models complemented their Vera Wang gowns with OPI nail lacquer in Did You ‘Ear About Van Gogh? on fingers and toes. This new sandy neutral shade offers an updated take on the classic nude look.

On Monday, April 16, designer Angel Sanchez showcased his latest bridal designs with OPI nail lacquer in I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! on models’ fingers and OPI nail lacquer in Bubble Bath on their toes. I Don’t Give a Rotterdam! is a shimmery steel blue shade, perfect for brides looking for a unique “something blue” to wear on their wedding day. Bubble Bath is a bestselling pale pink that’s long been a bridal staple for soft, feminine color.

Don't you just love the idea of wearing a beautiful soft blue shimmer on your tips for your wedding? I know that would. :D Thanks for reading, everyone. 

China Glaze Dress Me Up: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I want to start by saying thank you to everyone who left such sweet comments and hellos to Marley on my Random Stuff Sunday post. He is very flattered and has a very large head now. Aw... Who am I kidding? He expected the adulation and considers it his due. Cats... heh heh

I also want to warn all of you that my photographs will be... Rough. Weird. Pretty freaking bad for a while. Like yesterday's. *shudder* I am very much in the learning process or should I say, relearning process and since I don't have any photographers in my life and classes aren't in the cards for me, right now I am just flying by the seat of my pants and learning by doing. I got a little helpful advice from a lovely reader and I am going to try her tips. I aspire to photos that are as pretty as those that GooseGotham PolishFashion PolishChalkboard NailsThe Polished Perfectionist and Loodie (just to name a few) show in their great blogs. We'll see how I get on.

Let us begin the craptastic photo-a-thon with Dress Me Up by China Glaze. This is part of the Colours From the Capital Collection that ties in to the release of The Hunger Games. Dress Me Up is a soft, ladylike cocoa rose creme; shiny and rich and warm, this polish is appropriate for work or play. Slightly dusty, a touch greyed, the tone prevents this from wandering into the much dreaded by many "granny" or "old lady" territory. (Remind me to go off on a rant on my feelings about those descriptors, at a later date.) I applied two coats and topped this swatch with top coat. This photo was shot in my lightbox.


China Glaze Dress Me Up has a fabulous formula. Thick, richly pigmented and dense, if you have smooth nails and a little skill, this may be a one coat wonder for you. It almost was, for me but my demon ridges spoiled the party and I had to do a second coat. I don't stress all that much over my ridges; they are there, they are a part of my nails and sometimes they show. I accept that. But they didn't allow a single coat of this polish to look well, so two coats for me. Application of Dress Me Up was a pleasure, it flowed smoothly off the brush onto my nails, sat sweetly down where I placed it and didn't streak, run, pool or drag. I think I picked up my cleanup brush twice, just to do a little fussbudget refining. Dry time is pretty decent for such a thick, (but certainly not goopy!) dense polish. I didn't have any trouble with bubbles, either during application or while the polish was drying.

Pettyfogging Blogger, anyway! My text is stuck in center alignment and won't switch back. Sorry about that, kids. 

Anywhoozle, what do you think about Dress Me Up? Love it? Leave it? I am surprised at how much I kind of like it. It is a touch to the brown side for my usual taste but it has enough pink in it that it isn't brown, brown. It does tend to make my hands look a little lobster claw-y but I certainly don't dislike it. If you are interested in acquiring this polish, Dress Me Up is out in stores and e-tailers that carry China Glaze, now. 

Okay, I think that I will run along as I feel that I have bored on long enough. Thank you all so much for stopping by. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

Essence Choose Me: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Ever have those days when everything just gets away from you and the task you begin never gets done? That happened to me, yesterday. I sat down at my 'puter to do a post here and got started then I had an aura, had to go take migraine meds, then I got sidetracked by something else, then I got to doing up some housework then... then... then... And before I knew it, it was a little late to actually finish and post so I decided to just do it, this morning.

Today's swatch is of Essence Choose Me, a beautiful cerulean blue jelly packed with gold glass fleck that shifts this polish from blue to sea green to gold. Just lovely is this polish. It reminds me of mermaids and pictures of  magical undersea grottoes.

Photographs were shot in my lightbox and are two coats with top coat. In person, this polish looks opaque at two coats, it photographed more sheer.

These photos were taken with my new (maybe) camera. I am getting the hang of  it and the limited editing software that came with it. I am still undecided but I will say, the quality of these photos is better than with my ancient point and shoot. 

Essence Choose Me, like the one other Essence polish I own is a lovely formula. It applies like a dream boat, smooth and easy, it flows off the nice, wide brush and sits it's self down where I want it to go without any dragging, running, pooling or other nonsense. I had little cleanup with this polish and dry time is fast without any bubbles too be had.

Wear time for this polish is not stellar. In fact, it is pretty abysmal. I had significant tip wear at the end of the first day and chips a go-go by the second. Essence Choose Me is beautiful and fun but it is definitely a short wear polish. Maybe it would be nice for layering, too. I need to order more polishes from this brand next time I place an Ulta order. At a clam a bottle, with such nice formulas and pretty colours, these minis are a great value.

Do you own this pretty polish or any of it's twins that are floating around out there? Love it? Over it?

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Random Stuff Sunday

Hello gentle readers.

I thought that I would try out a new feature. Random Stuff Sunday. I was going to call it Random Shit Sunday, but I cuss a lot on this blog already and I am trying to clean up my act a little...

 Riiiiiight. ;)

I thought that it would be fun to have a day of the week where I just put in here anything that pops into my little old brain. Might be a pet, or landscape or a great LOL Cat or a Manicure of Memory. Who knows?

Today's random stuff is my kitteh, Marley. Marley is a six-ish year old orange tabby male.

Photo taken with the camera I am dating, and considering dumping. The resolution is nice but that frakking blur and the graininess. I just can't get a crisp, clean macro shot, no matter what I do. Gah!!

He knows that he is fabulous.  Marley is a terrific cat. He is exceptionally well mannered, he was taught, from kittenhood not to claw, scratch or bite and he behaves like a perfect gentleman. He is a cherished member of the family and we adore having him around. Marley loves Sabryna (our dog) tho I can't say that she returns that affection. She tolerates him, rather like a much older sister would a very much younger bratty little brother. Marley loves to tease Sabryna and push his luck. She puts up with only so much, then she growls at him and snap! go her teeth, like a crocodile. Marley will run and stay away for a while. Then he begins again. It is so funny to watch those two.

Okay, I am going to run along, now. I hope that you are having a lovely Sunday.

Sinful Colors Athens: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Snow. In April. It's just a dusting but still, it is snow. In Spring. Yuk.

To cheer myself up, I am going to show you a pretty Spring polish. Sinful Colors Athens is a teal green creme; this polish is shiny and rich and a very flattering colour.

This swatch is two coats and top coat.

Sinful Colors Athens has a decent enough formula; it is thick but not gloopy but this polish needs to be handled with a bit of care. Athens is easy to control and will sit sweetly down where it is placed but the consistency is just weird enough that the wand and back of the brush must be cleaned off very well or the polish will gather and fall off in glops and plops. So, be careful. This polish, (if you scrape and clean well ;)) applies smoothly with no streaking or dragging or pooling. Dry time is pretty good and it doesn't bubble or get weird in any way.

Caution: This polish will stain. Be sure to use a good quality base coat, I would suggest two coats and when you are removing this polish, be sure to soak it for a few seconds with your remover then pull it straight off the ends of your nails. If you scrub this back and forth and get the diluted polish all over your skin, the pigment will grab and stain a bit. I was slightly teal-Smurfy after this swatch until I washed my hands a couple of times. A little care makes this lovely polish well worth the wearing.

Sinful Colors Athens is part of the Cast Away Collection for Spring, I bought mine at my local Walgreen's. If you are enamored of this pretty polish, you should be able to find it where Sinful is sold in your area.

Thank you so much for popping in and reading my natterings. Have yourselves a wonderful rest of your weekend and may your polish never bubble. <3

Sinful Colors Zeus: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

My new camera... The one that I am dating? It is frustrating the living bejabbers out of me. I am still trying to figure out how to make it make the crisp, clean, sharply focused shots I want. *sigh* Crazy. It is driving me crazy. So far, I am not happy. At this point, I want to return it. But I will soldier on and keep trying.

For a while. I still have some time in which I can return it.

In the meantime, here is a swatch of another Sinful Colors Cast Away polish. Named for that greatest of all Greek gods, is Zeus; a beautiful, slightly dusty purple crelly infused with a lovely magenta microshimmer. How much pretty can you stand, I ask you? This polish is rich and shiny. I love the colour and that shimmah.

This is two coats with top coat. Shot in my light box.

This is another of my early craptastic right hand shots. The tension, the squished look is palpable and uncomfortable. I need to work on that. 

The formula on this polish is pretty fantastic. Smooth and silky and easy-peasy to work with. Even painting it with my left hand (I am very right handed) this polish applied so easily, it just sat sweetly down where I wanted it to. I had very little cleanup and there was no dragging, streaking, pooling on my cuticles or trying to make a run for it. Zeus dried quickly and didn't bubble. 

If you love purple, if you love shimmer, if you love a great formula, you would probably love Sinful Colors Zeus. I bought my bottle at my local Walgreen's and last time I was in there, I saw the display and it had polishes on it so you should be able to find this beauty, with a little looking. 

I am off. I have stuff to do and a camera to wrestle with and a migraine to endure. Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble. 

Sinful Colors Greek Isles: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

I continue my Sinful Colors fandom with one of the Cast Away Collection polishes. This is Greek Isles, a lovely Spring perfect minty green crelly. This is two coats and top coat.

Sinful Colors Greek Isles has a nice formula, smooth and easy to apply and work with. This polish flowed off the brush and sat down where it was placed, there was no running, pooling, dragging and it dried in good time without bubbling.

Sinful Colors Greek Isles is nice stuff and the price is fantastic. I bought my bottle at my local Walgreen's. I don't know if the Cast Away collection colours are going to be made part of the permanent collection. I think that they should be, as some of them are quite special.

Okay, I have a gozillion things to get done, today so I had better run along. Thank you for taking the time to swing by and read. Have yourself a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

More Dots

Hello gentle readers.

I decided to do more dots and yellow accent nails to freshen up my Do You Lilac It? mani on Easter. I just used a dotting tool and added dots along the edges then most of the way down my nails. I used OPI Alpine Snow, China Glaze Lemon Fizz (also for my accent nail) and China Glaze Dance Baby. Then I adhered a fimo flower to each ring finger and slopped on a ton of Seche Vite to nail it all down.

I'm kind of meh about this one. It is coming off, today. I am tired of it.

I am going to try out my new camera on polish pics, today and see what I get. *fingers crossed*

Thank you for coming by. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

OPI Do You Lilac It?

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have OPI Do You Lilac It? a beautiful lilac creme. Smooth, silky, mad shiny and so perfect for Spring.

I applied two coats and Seche Vite. This photograph was shot in the sun.

Sadly, my camera really washed this out. Do You Lilac It? is in fact, a good bit darker than this photograph. I was unable to get this colour accurate, even when I messed with the saturation. *sigh* And the boo-boo n my middle nail is an unfortunate thing that I didn't have time to fix by removing and repainting that nail. It wasn't all that visible in person. 

OPI Do You Lilac It? has just about the most perfect formula for a creme. that can be. The formula is so smooth and easy to work with, application was a dream and I had little cleanup. Dry time is good. Unfortunately, wear time isn't that stellar. I had pretty significant tip wear in two days. I extended the life of this polish by adding some dotty nail art.

Do you own OPI Do You Lilac It? Love it? If you are lemming on it, it is widely available.

I may be posting better photographs, soon. I am dating a new camera. My husband bought it to surprise me and I am learning to use it. Once I get the hang of it and start taking polish and macro pics, we'll see if it can do what I need it to do. If it does, it can stay. If not, back it goes. If I love what it can do, I'll marry it. It isn't a super fancy, expensive camera but it is a very decent bridge camera (from many of the reviews I read) and one I can use and enjoy, provided it does it's job well, until I can afford my dream camera. :D We'll see how it goes.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

I Got Lucky!

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Monday. I hope that you all had a great weekend and for those of you who celebrated, a very happy and joyous Easter. :D

I recently entered a giveaway that was hosted by Lip Gloss Gossip. Lip Gloss Gossip is a makeup and beauty blog. The Gossip does great reviews and articles. I have been reading her blog for quite a while and when she announced a giveaway, I was all over it. And I got lucky and I won! Yippee!

I received my prize the other day and I immediately set about opening and digging into the very nicely packed package of goodies The Gossip sent to me. I forgot to take photos as I opened it but I did take some of the goodies I received.

Want to see?

 Look at the yummy. A Stila In the Garden eyeshadow palette. Let me tell you, this is a lovely palette and is quickly becoming a fave. It is going to get a lot of love, this Spring and Summer! A pretty pomegranate red with goldy bronze shimmer Sephora lip gloss mini, a KP Duty hand lotion with the cutest chicken on the tube. (The lotion is nice. :D) A sample of NARS shadow primer, (good stuff!) A NYX Doll Eye mascara, Loreal nail polish in Tweet Me, two fragrance samples in Billionaire Boyfriend and  Pure Vanilla, a Revlon Lip Butter in Tutti Frutti to add to my ever expanding stash of Lip butters, a Maybelline mousse blush, a cute little Sigma brush and a baby buki and a couple of mineral makeup samples.

A closer view of the shadow palette. Look at those pretty colours. All but the two lightest shades on the end are very soft and have shimmer. The end shadows are more matte and not as pigmented but nice for highlighting and overall washes of light colour. There is also a Smudge Stick liner in Starfish, a beautiful green with a tiny silver glitter. 

Swatches of the shadows and the liner in the same order as you see them in the palette.

The same swatches, blended out. These are not super pigmented, if you like really kapow! like colour on your eyes, you might not love this palette. I tend to wear lighter colours, applied with a light hand and well blended so these shadows are perfect for me. The liner is smashing. It is so pretty and it applies beautifully, it is creamy and smooth and just glides onto the lid. It sets fairly quickly and once it is set, it is there. It doesn't fade, smear or transfer. That is nice, as I have hooded eyes and transfer can be a big problem for me with some liners. Not with this one. 

I just want to say a big, grateful THANK YOU! to Lip Gloss Gossip, once again. I am so enjoying my goodies. <3

If you would like to add a terrific makeup and beauty blog to your lineup, may I suggest Lip Gloss Gossip? I enjoy her blog and I think that you would, too. 

Thank you so much for popping in and reading. I will be back to my regularly scheduled programming tomorrow. Have a great day and may your liner never transfer. :D

Sinful Colors Tutu

Hello gentle readers.

Here is Sinful Colors Tutu, a soft, milky pink jelly with a delicate iridescent microshimmer running through it. I love delicate ballet pink polishes like this. Sometimes, nothing else will do it for me but a gentle, shiny, squishy sheer-ish pink.

This is two coats and Seche Vite. This photograph was shot in sun, if I remember correctly.

Maybe this is three coats? Pffft!!! I need to remember to write it down. Every time I polish. Blech. The brain. It's the first thing to go.

After the tits.

Anywhoozle... Sinful Colors Tutu has a pretty decent formula. It can be a tad streaky on the first coat or so but it levels out, after the second. (or third?) It is pretty well behaved, I didn't have a lot of cleanup with this pretty polish. Dry time wasn't too shabby, either. Wear time isn't stellar. I had to take this off after two days.

If you like a milky, slightly shimmery pink jelly, you might really enjoy Sinful Colors Tutu. I bought mine at Walgreen's.

I am going to be absent Sunday to spend Easter with my family and just kick back and not be online, much. I will see all of you lovely lacquerheads on Monday. Have a great weekend, everyone and a very happy and joyous Easter to all who celebrate.

Franken Fun: Rami, a Franken Tribute to Deborah Lippmann's Ray of Light

Hello gentle readers. Fair warning: This is a long post. I get wordy in this one. (Shocking, I know... :P)

How's things? Looking forward to the weekend? I sure am. Something pretty big is happening for us and it is about damned time! A major several years long pain in the ass is wrapping up. Coming to an end and I am so glad. I am so over it and ready to move the hell on!

Since I am seeing the light at the end of a very long, difficult tunnel, I thought that I would use that as a way to introduce my latest franken. This is a tribute to a new polish recently released by Deborah Lippmann. Ray of Light is a stunning deep blue base packed with flakies. It is beautiful but spendy. I was considering splurging on it, anyway but while perusing photographs and reading reviews I realized that a version of Ray of Light could be quite easily frankened.

Now, I am not claiming that I have a dupe, here. I haven't seen Ray of Light in person and I am not likely to. But I think that I came fairly close with my version. This franken is easy to make, it requires a pretty short list of ingredients that most lacquerheads probably already own. If not, the ingredients are easy and not terribly expensive to acquire.

I named my franken Rami, after my older sister. I chose to name this polish for her for a few reasons. First, I love her name. I always have. When I was a kid, I was a bit envious of it. I got over it but I still love it. I also chose my sister as this polish's namesake because Rami is a ray of light in my life, our mother's life and to anyone who knows and loves her. Ray of Light is blue, blue is the colour for Autism Awareness. Rami was born with a severe form of autism. (Or so the experts have said... Rami is a tough nut to crack. lol) She is a grown woman, physically but otherwise, she is much like a small child, in some ways, like a 'tween. And lastly, I had to name this polish Rami because she loves nail polish as much as I do. Seriously. I am a collector. She is a hoarder. lol And she guards her pretties like a pitbull with a bone!

I have a bunch of photographs of this polish to share. These photographs were shot in sun and the last one in shade. My poor old camera is experiencing focusing issues, so these photographs aren't as detailed as I could wish but I think that they give a pretty good idea of what I was going for. This swatch was three coats with top coat.

Without further ado, may I present Rami:

So, anyone who owns the beautiful original, how did I do? Did I come close? If I am way off, any suggestions would be welcome.

 As I said earlier, the recipe is easy to follow.

Nubar 2010 (any flakie of that ilk will work just fine) somewhere between 2/3 and 3/4 bottle

Color Club Blue-Topia, any deep blue (but not black-blue) jelly will do, up to below where the cap rests, when screwed on. But not too much... You don't want to kill the flakies! Add a little at a time, until you have the right saturation. But hold back a little because you then add:

Eight drops of Wet-n-Wild Black Creme (any black creme polish will do)

Four drops of China Glaze Concrete Catwalk (any dark grey creme will do)

I added the blue, black and grey to my Nubar bottle, tossed in a couple of extra ballz and a few drops of thinner and shook it like I meant it. That's it. Easy-peasy.

My version is very jelly and I needed three coats for perfect opacity. (This polish photographs a little sheer, it is opaque in person.) It applied smoothly and the flakies distributed easily and smoothly. Dry time was pretty danged good, especially with a fast dry top coat. It is a tad thirsty and I should have used two coats of top coat to get it perfectly glass like. I wore this swatch to see how this franken would wear and wear time is decent. I got a solid four days out of it before it chipped. While that isn't super long wear, it is fine for me, as I change my polish pretty frequently. This franken wasn't difficult to remove. I just pressed remover soaked cotton rounds to my nail, held it for a bit, then gently scrubbed the polish off. I had no staining of my nails or my skin.

You should have seen me, running around with my dotted nail art on one hand, Rami on the other. heh heh

Okay, so there you have it. What do you think of Rami? Yes? No? I had no business attempting to franken Ray of Light? (I didn't do it for financial gain or to take anything away from the creator of the original, just to have the pretty, on my budget and because I really wanted to see if I could.) Do you think that you will try to knock this together? Your input is welcome.

Thank you so much for popping in. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Dots Can Cover a Number of Sins

Hello gentle readers.

Ever apply polish and it turns out to be such a train wreck that you have two choices; take the polish off or try to cover the horror with nail art. Last week I found myself in that predicament. I had applied China Glaze Aquadelic and China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic on my ring nails. Well, I don't know if it was the humidity in my sanctuary (I had just taken a long, hot shower and steamed the joint up a bit) or the fact that we had a weather disturbance going through. Whatever the case, my polish, both colours bubbled like crazy.

Yikes! What do do? I wasn't in the mood to clean it off and start all over so I grabbed some other bottles of polish, a dotting tool and went to town. Using my dotting tool I dotted on Aquadelic and Fuchsia Fanatic, to start. Obviously not on their own nails! lol Then I added dots in OPI Alpine Snow, China Glaze Lemon Fizz, Pure Ice Flirt Alert and Sinful Colors Hazard. I topped everything with Seche Vite. After I used Seche Vite, a lot of the bubbles smoothed out and they were no longer visible, at all. So, it all turned out all right.

I was very unhappy with China Glaze Aquadelic. Not because of the bubbles. All of the polishes I used that day bubbled. You should have seen the bubbles in the blobs of polish that I dipped into for my nail art and then the dots on my nails, too. Yowza. Bubble Fest 2012. I think it was the weather... Anywhoozle, Aquadelic was a frakking pain in my ass! Thick, gluey, gloopy, streaky and just gross. Gah! I rarely want to lob a bottle of China Glaze polish. I sure as hell wanted to let fly with that one, that day. Instead of doing that, I thinned it, shook it up and I am going to do swatches and it, Fuchsia Fanatic and the other Electropop polish I picked up. Hopefully, this time Aquadelic won't be a bubbly assed mess.

Okay. I guess that is about all I have to natter about, right now. Oh, I picked up my China Glaze Prismatic polishes. Oh, boy! Are they ever pretty! I can't wait to swatch them. Thank you for popping in, have a terrific day and may your polish never bubble.

Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen: First Class Ticket

Hello gentle readers.

Today we wrap up Colour Series ~ China Glaze Vintage Vixen with First Class Ticket. This deep, royal purple shimmer has tiny blue glitter and a camera elusive fuchsia flash. This polish is really beautiful, it is one of those polishes that photographs just can't begin to do proper justice.

This photograph is two (three on middle) coats and top coat. Like the rest of this series, this photograph was shot in full sun.

The formula on First Class Ticket is a bit difficult. It behaves a lot like Emerald Fitzgerald. If you don't apply it right, it will drag and make bald patches but the second coat will smooth on and give a smooth, opaque finish. Dry time, as with the rest of this collection can be a little pokey, a fast dry top coat is a nice help to getting this polish to dry in good time.

So, there you have it. The polishes from the China Glaze Vintage Vixen Collection from Autumn 2010 that I purchased. All of these polishes are rich, shimmery and beautiful to look at. Some of them are a tad snotty to work with but are so pretty that they are worth a little extra work, in my opinion.

Thank you for reading this series and all of your kind comments. Tomorrow, I get back to regular programming with some fun dotted nail art and I have some Sinfuls to begin showing to you. I also have some of the new OPI Holland Collection polishes. I may hold off on those until I can get the rest of the ones I want. We'll see... :)

Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Colour Series ~ Vintage Vixen: Jitterbug

Hello gentle readers.

Phew! Crazy day! I finally got a few minutes to post this then I must run, again. Today's Vintage Vixen polish is Jitterbug; a lovely, smooth silver grey foil. I have other polishes of this ilk. More than I thought I did, in fact. I don't know exactly how I acquired so many which is highly weird since I rarely wear this kind of colour. It's beautiful, tho. Jitterbug is very similar to OPI Lucerne-Tainly Look Marvelous and Sally Hansen X-Treme Wear in Midnight Sky. (I have a nail wheel comparison if anyone is interested in seeing it. Just let me know in a comment and I'll do a post.)

This swatch is two coats and top coat. This photograph was shot in direct sun.

China Glaze Jitterbug has a lovely formula. It applied smooth and easy and I didn't have to do a whole lot of cleanup when I applied it. Dry time was a little slow-ish. A good fast dry top coat would improve that aspect of this polish.

What do you think of Jitterbug? Like it? If you are interested in acquiring this pretty polish, it is part of the China Glaze core line and is available at Sally Beauty Supply and other retailers where you find China Glaze.

Okay, I have to motor. Thank you so much for popping by and reading. Have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

Colour Series: China Glaze Vintage Vixen: Emerald Fitzgerald

Hello gentle readers.

Next up in my Colour Series is China Glaze Emerald Fitzgerald. A rich, blackened emerald green shimmer; this polish is like wearing gemstones on your fingertips. This baby is gorgeous, my friends.

This swatch is three coats and top coat.

The formula on Emerald Fitzgerald is, in a word, difficult. This polish wants to be applied quickly and smoothly and it doesn't like to be overworked as it will drag if you try to go back over it after even a short time. I had the best luck with this by applying slightly thicker coats and working fast. The base of this polish is somewhat jelly in a weird way and I experienced some tip pull as it dried, I needed every one of those three coats to get this opaque, smooth and ready for it's closeup. In spite of it's snotty temperament, I like this polish.

Emerald Fitzgerald, should you choose to brave the bitchy for the beautiful is available online at Amazon and from various e-tailers. You should also be able to locate it on e-bay and at the odd beauty supply that carries older collections.

Thank you for coming by. Have a good Sunday and may your polish never bubble.