Showing posts from April, 2012

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,

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  Goose ,  Gotham Polish ,  Fashion Polish ,  Chalkboard Nails ,  The Polished Perfectionist  and  Loodie  (just to name a few) show in their great blogs. We'll see how I g

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

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 whe

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.

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?