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Revlon ColorStay Buttercup: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today I have a polish from the fairly new Revlon ColorStay line. One polish colour that I really get a kick out of is a great, soft yellow. I saw this polish in my local CVS and I thought that it might make a nice addition to my handful of yellow polishes. I don't know about nice... I have no complaint with the colour. This polish is a soft, creamy pale yellow. This is the kind of colour I like to see on kitchen walls or swirled, in thick, sweet buttercream all over a cake. This yellow is fluffy baby chicks and the first daffodils of early Spring. For this swatch, I applied three coats and top coat. These photographs were taken in full sun. How I wish that the formula on this polish were as sweet and lovable as the colour. Sadly, it is not. I had to apply three coats to get this polish opaque and fairly streak free and this baby fought me every inch of the way. It dragged and streaked and pulled bald spots, it ran and pooled stubbornly on my

OPI Designer Series Coronation: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Well, my husband is finally back to work and I can get back on schedule. Today I have a sad, sad swatch for you. OPI Designer Series Coronation. This platinum diffuse holo is so lovely in person. The particles are a little more coarse and they make your nails look as if they are paved in tiny, faceted, diamond coated platinum ships. Indoors, your nails just look silvery with a glow, out in the sun the holo grabs every bit of solar radiance and fires to life in every colour a holo could ever throw. It doesn't form distinct  rainbow bands, more like arches, almost as if it were a crazy gradient but not really. It's hard to describe. And even harder to photograph with my old, holo eating beastie of a camera. I had to heavily edit these shots to get even a hint of the true beauty of this polish and they are not good, at all. But I hope that they give you the general idea. And no, my fingers aren't really that colour in the bottom photo. :P lol I trie

OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam

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Hello gentle readers. Boy is my usual schedule all thrown off, thanks to the hubbs being on vacation. Four more days. He goes back on Monday. Am I an asshole for counting down? Today I am going to show you OPI I Don't Give a Rotterdam, a beautiful greyed periwinkle jelly packed with silvery glass fleck shimmer, it looks like silvered rain. This polish is part of the 2012 Holland Collection and it is one of my favourites. I applied three coats and topped it with with Seche Vite. These photographs were shot in the sun. Just get an eyeful of that shimmah!  The formula on this polish was lovely. It applied smoothly and easily, flowing off that Pro Wide brush that I love so much and sat right down where I put it, then smoothed up my nails and self leveled beautifully to form a uniform, opaque film in three coats. Dry time is decent on this polish, a fast dry top coat is a definite help. I had to remove this polish before I was really ready as I damaged a nail and

Manicure of the Moment: China Glaze High Maintenance

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Hello gentle readers. How's your week going? Mine? Eh... It's okay, I guess. The husband person is on vacay this week and I am having to adjust to his presence in my face during the day when he should be out. Gone. At work. Out from under foot. I have been married long enough that absence makes the heart grow content. :P The forest service really needs to get that frakking fire out. Soon. My poor eyes, lungs, nose and throat are all burning. I am miserable and over it. It is so dry here and it has been warm and windy and it has made fighting the fire extremely difficult. Urgh! I'm dying, here. But my nails look kinda fabulous. Today I am wearing China Glaze High Maintenance. A stunning blood red jelly. Anyone who has been reading here for any length of time knows that I am on the hunt for my HG red jelly. Could this be it? Maybe. It just shot to the top of my short list, that is for damned sure. China Glaze High Maintenance is a rich, deep blue red. This polish is s

OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips: Swatch and Review Plus a Bonus Comparison!

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Hello gentle readers. Happy Caturday! I had to call it Caturday. Marley is sitting in the windowsill behind me as I type this and I think that the little orange creep can read... Today I have a pretty pink polish from the Spring OPI Holland Collection to show to you. OPI Kiss Me On My Tulips is a beautiful bright, strawberry taffy pink crelly. I love the super shiny, slightly squishy feel of this polish. This swatch is three coats and I did use top coat. Photos shot out in the bright Arizona sun. The formula on this polish is just about as sweet as the colour. Smooth, silky, not too thick, not too thin... Kiss Me On My Tulips flowed off of that fantastic brush and sat sweetly down where I placed it on my nails.  There was no streaking, no dragging. It didn't clot, run or try to flood my cuticles and there was no bubble nonsense, either. I didn't do much cleanup while applying, as this polish is easy to control. I had to apply three coats because the crelly natu

Yellow Roses, Lemon Trees and Carob Brownies

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Hello gentle readers. I was in the mood to do some nail art, last week and was looking for a little inspiration and trying to decide if I wanted to dot, freehand some roses or stamp. As I contemplated, made my bed and so forth, that goofy song, Lemon Tree was running in an endless loop through my head. I know what you are thinking... " Lemon Tree? HUH?" It's a song from my hippy-trippy upbringing in NorCal in the seventies. I heard that song a lot. Just about everyone I knew had it on vinyl and listened to it. A lot. And smoked pot. A lot. And ate carob brownies. A lot. And skinny dipped in Spanish Creek while washing their hair with Head Henna shampoo and well... I think you get the idea. Anywhoozle, I was thinking about nail art and listening to that song in my head and I decided that I would try to paint bright lemon yellow roses and lots of green leaves to invoke the feeling of a lemon tree. But not really, since yellow roses don't grow on lemon trees. Tho, if

An Old Fave OPI Hearts and Tarts

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Hello gentle readers. Ever buy a polish that becomes a staple in your collection? A polish that, no matter the day, time of year, circumstances is pretty, appropriate and easy to apply, quick to dry and versatile, as well? For me, that polish is OPI Hearts and Tarts from a collection that was released in 2007 or 2008. This milky, slightly pink toned beige sheer jelly with a beautiful hot pink flash shimmer works on freshly shortened nubbins, is beautiful on long nails, makes a fabulous all over colour for a French or American style manicure. I have even used this polish on days when I had two minutes to get out the door and realized that my existing polish looked like garbage but I didn't have the time to do a full on polish job. I can remove the old polish, grab Hearts and Tarts, slop on one coat, let it dry for one minute, grab my keys and run out the door. My nails look softly shiny and neat until I can get home and polish them properly. I am on my second bottle of this po

A Comparison: China Glaze For Audrey and Sinful Colors Be Happy

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Hello gentle readers. Welcome to my second post of the day. :D I showed a swatch of Sinful Colors Be Happy  here  the other day. I compared that polish's colour to a Tiffany box blue and Bethany left a request in a comment on that post for a comparison between Be Happy and China Glaze For Audrey, also a Tiffany box blue. Curious, myself because Be Happy looked a lot to me as if it might be a dupe, today after I slopped some toner on my roots and crown of my hair (I needed to tone them out after I did my roots, the last time) I grabbed both polishes and got to painting and photographing. I applied China Glaze For Audrey to my index and ring finger nails and I applied Sinful Colors Be Happy to my middle and pinkie finger nails. Two coats with Seche Vite. I photographed the comparison with both the China Glaze and Sinful Colors bottles in full sun. As you can see from these photographs, China Glaze For Audrey and Sinful Colors Be Happy are extremely close in colour an

China Glaze Prismatic: The Miniseries

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Hello gentle readers. Today begins a miniseries featuring the China Glaze Prismatic Collection for Spring, 2012. I know that this is a little late in coming along but hey, this is my little corner of the Internet and I do things on my own time frame. Besides, this collection is still very widely available and, in my not so humble opinion, not getting the love that it should. In the interest of spreading the love a little bit and because these polishes are pretty frakking awesome, I swatched, shot over three hundred photographs of them then spent way more time than any human being should cropping, editing then paring them down to just five or six per polish. Now, I am not going to sit here blowing smoke up your skirt (or jeans or capris or cargo pants or whatever you happen to be wearing on your lower half at the moment you read this post) and tell you that my photographs, in spite of the incredible number I shot will do these beautiful polishes even the tiniest bit of justice but b

Sinful Colors Be Happy: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Today is another Sinful Colors polish. Check out Be Happy, a fun and yes, happy Tiffany-ish blue crelly. I really like this colour. I mean, really like it. This swatch is three coats and top coat. This swatch looks a little rough, but I wanted you all to see the colour. While this polish is as pretty as a clear, calm, warm Summer sky, it behaves like a stormy, tempestuous PMS-ing girl on a mad chocolate hunt. Now, I swatched this on the same day I swatched Hazard and the weather conditions may have had something to do with that; when we are in an unsettled weather pattern with a lot of wind and just that weird feeling in the air, my polish always freaks out.  Until I give it another shot, Be Happy isn't going to get the blame for being streaky and a bit bubbly. I will wear this again and I am sure that this will behave even better but I wanted to feature this anyway, since the colour is so lovely. Okay so off I go to do battle with my photos of my

Sinful Colors Hazard: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. If you received a warning when you clicked on my blog, yesterday, fear not. I have fixed the problem and all is well. I removed the content from another site and the warning was lifted. So please come on back. It's safe. :D Okay, moving on. Today I have a swatch of Sinful Colors Hazard. Named, I assume such because this is a bright, almost neon orange creme. This polish is very bright and shiny. I applied three coats and top coat for this swatch. Sinful Colors Hazard is pretty but boy... The formula on this polish isn't the most pleasant. I had some difficulties with it but I believe that since this swatch was done at the end of a long session, it was partly my fault. I applied this over a base coat that was behaving like a butt by the time I got to this swatch. I'll probably give this another throw before I consign it to the "this is a  dotting polish only bin". I do love this for dotting. :) Application was a bit of a challenge

Manicure of the Moment: Orly Prelude to a Kiss and Dots! Dots! Dots!

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Hello gentle readers. I am switching things up a little and showing you what is on my nails, today. Orly Prelude to a Kiss is a beautiful pale, creamy peach crelly. I don't always find peach to be an easy colour for me to wear but Prelude to a Kiss has just a tiny splash of pink in it, making it flattering and easy to wear. I applied two coats and topped it with Seche Vite. Orly Prelude to a Kiss is a smooth, thick-ish crelly that was a little bit difficult to deal with. The first coat was madly streaky and a bit bubbly, but easy to settle it in place. The second coat was a drastic improvement. Still a tiny bit streaky. I don't know if it was the weather conditions that day or the fact that I totally swamped out my sanctuary with my shower after colouring my roots. Whatever the reason, Prelude to a Kiss behaved like a bit of a butt. Thankfully, Seche Vite smoothed it out completely and it ended up pretty much flawless. The little difficulties I had with this pretty s

Sinful Colors Kissy: Swatch and Review

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Hello gentle readers. Reader discretion is advised; this post contains content that may be disturbing to those who are sensitive to images of  nekkid nails. Today I have a pretty but naughty polish to share with you. Sinful Colors Kissy is an intensely pigmented blue jelly packed with gold glass fleck that dances, shimmers and shifts this polish from blue to blue-y green and green. This polish is a sister to other similar polishes like Essence Choose Me, OPI Catch Me In Your Net and Zoya Charla. Sinful Colors Kissy shifts a bit more strongly green than some of the others do but it is definitely a sister. For this swatch I applied three coats and top coat. And yes, I am back to using my old camera. :) Sinful Colors Kissy is a pure pleasure to apply; the formula on this polish is very nice, it flows easily off the brush and sits sweetly down where it is placed. I had no difficulties with streaking or running or pooling on my cuticles. I think I picked up my cleanup b