Zoya Fei Fei With a Bonus Comparison

Hello gentle readers.

Today I have for you Zoya Fei Fei. This is a beautiful blue jelly base packed with multichrome shimmer that shifts gold, green, bronze, pink, purple, blue. This polish is beautiful, my friends. Simply beautiful.

I applied two coats then Seche Vite. I should have applied two coats, this polish is a touch thirsty and when it fully dried, was slightly textured and could have used a second coat. I did get some tip pull, as you can see. My nails were very short in these photos and I couldn't wrap my tips and Seche Vite causes Zoya to shrink on me a bit. I really need to remember to pick up some Posche to use with my Zoya polishes.

Wanna see pictures? I am warning you, now. They kind of suck. I am sorry. My camera blows and I am doing my best with it but yeah... Until I can afford a new one, I must muddle through with what I have.

Zoya Fei Fei has the formula of happiness. Pretty much freaking perfect. Smooth, even tho it is shimmer packed goodness. Easy to apply, easy to control. This polish sits sweetly down where it is placed, flows gently off the brush and smooths up the nail without dragging, streaking or bubbling. Two coats and it is opaque and perfect. Dry time is fab. It is a little thirsty so an extra coat of top coat is in order for a beautiful, glossy, glassy shine.

If this polish looks familiar, it came out at around the same time as OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service. You can see my post on that polish here. I thought that since they looked similar, I'd do a quick comparison of the two.

In the photograph below is OPI On Her Majesty's Secret Service and Zoya Fei Fei. As you can see, The Zoya is a little lighter, a little more blue, the OPI is a little deeper toned, has a bit of grey in the base.

Here they are on a nail wheel. Again, apologies for the crappy photo quality... It isn't showing what I need it to show. The bases are different, the shimmer is very much alike. I did notice that there is a bit more gold and green in the OPI and the Zoya has a stronger pink and purple shift when you move it to and fro.

Obviously, these two polishes are not dead on dupes but they are very close and if you own one, in my opinion, it isn't crucial that you have the other. Unless you are just a nut like that. And, if you are reading this blog, you probably are a nut like that. And I totally get that. I have both, after all.

So, gentle reader. What say you about Zoya Fei Fei? Do you own it? Love it? Do you own the OPI instead? In addition? Please do tell.

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

When Nail Art Attacks

Hello gentle readers.

Sometimes, a great idea floating around in my head just doesn't translate to my nails. Well... Actually, it is a little more often than sometimes and you would think that as often as I have lamented this fact in this blog, I would know better than to go right to my nails with my crazy ideas and practice on a nail wheel first.

But, no.

I knew better. I really did. I was trying to think of something to do that would be quick, fun and easy and pretty to gussy up my China Glaze Cherry Pie mani. I decided to do dots. I'm pretty good at dots. I was in the mood for flowers. I can kinda do flowers. Kinda... Sorta... After a fashion. A little whisper ran through my brain, "Practice on a nail wheel." I ignored the whisper. I grabbed China Glaze Snow (to pop the other colours against the red background), Grape Juice, Strawberry Fields, Running in Circles, Lemon Fizz and Lighthouse. I wanted everything to be shimmery and glass fleck-y and fun.

So, as I said, I was already wearing China Glaze Cherry Pie, you can see it here, so I first dotted on flowers with the white, then went over them with Strawberry Fields and Grape Juice to make purple and pink flowers. All of the dots needed two coats, as the polishes were a bit sheer to stand on their own with one coat. No worries, I don't mind. I used China Glaze Lemon Fizz for the flower centers then popped some Lighthouse over to make sparkly yellow centers then finished with a tiny brush and Running in Circles to paint on sparkly green little leaves.

Not a total fail, not a resounding success. The colours didn't have enough contrast to really pop at any distance and the flowers themselves were pretty messy.  I wore this for a couple of days before it drove me sufficiently crazy and it had to come off.

Oh! Anyone craving China Glaze Cherry Pie; it is beautiful, fab formula but it stains like crazy. When I removed this, my nails were light red and it took two weeks and my usual regular use of remover and acetone to fade the stains. So, just beware.

So, have you had any nail art fails, lately? If you blog, do you show off your fails, as well as your successes? I believe in letting it all hang out, you will see the good, the bad and the ugly, here.

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

Zoya Aurora

Hello gentle readers.

I hope that my fellow Americans had a great memorial Day Weekend. And that everyone else had a great weekend.

Wow. That was smooth.

Okay from my bad turn of phrase to a gorgeous polish. Zoya Aurora. Purple jelly packed. Packed, I say with coarse diffuse holographic deliciousness. The holo in this polish almost wants to form rainbows. It's threatening to. Rainbows or no, this polish is gorgeous. If you love purple and holo, this polish needs to be in your collection.

This is two coats and Seche Vite.

The formula on this beauty is near flawless, smooth, silky, not in the least bit gritty. Application is easy, it is a dream to control and I had very little cleanup to do, just a little fussbudget refining because I am that weirdo who can't just leave well enough alone. Dry time is good. Wear time with this polish is even pretty decent. Zoya, like OPI is not the longest wearing brand on my nails but I got a solid, chip free four days from this before it had to go. I was happy. Removal wasn't a problem, at all.

I like this polish. I like it a lot. And I want others from this collection. Especially the black one.

Do you own Zoya Aurora? What do you think of it? Are you as in love with it as I am? Please do tell. I'd love to hear what you think.

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

Revlon Girly

Hello gentle readers.

Do you love a nice jelly sammich but you just don't want to dig through your stash, pick out just the right jelly polish and just the right glitter to go with it, then layer them all up? Well, have I got good news for you. Here is a jelly sammich in a bottle. Revlon Girly is a slightly milky lilac jelly packed with beautiful multicoloured tiny square, medium hex glitters in rose gold, hot pink, blue and orange.

This is two coats over base coat, topped with Gelous then Seche Vite. The formula and dry time on this is really great.

Do you like jelly sammiches? Do you wear them often? I like one, every now and again. What are your favorite colour and glitter combinations? Please do tell.

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

Color Club Worth the Risque

Hello gentle readers.

Wanna see a gorgeous silver holo? Color Club Worth the Risque has been around for a while, now. I have had it on my wishlist for going on three solid years and finally picked it up from an Amazon seller earlier this year.

This polish is a weirdo. Every photograph of this polish that I have ever seen, either on a blog or elsewhere doesn't come close to doing it full justice. Oh, it shows up it's silver beauty and you can see holo, some rainbow goodness but this is one of those strange polishes that just doesn't photograph well. But in person?

Oh, sweet Baby Jesus. In person. Beautiful multicoloured rainbows of happiness dance and frolic upon the nails, they sway and sing as one's fingers move, they sparkle and scintillate and kind of... Well, actually a lot blow your freaking eyes out of their sockets.

Shown here is two coats and Seche Vite. These were the best of (I kid you not!) over one hundred and seventy photographs I shot of this polish. Between my crap camera and this polish's unwillingness to play ball, this was the best I could do. You have to see this polish in action in person.

If you look at the photographs carefully, you can see the glimmers of the rainbows that are so clearly, so beautifully visible in person. To say that I am driven absolutely mad by my inability to get the photographs I wanted to get of this polish is the understatement of the year. I really wanted to show you what this beauty can do.

The formula on this polish is not the typical dreamy smooth and easy formula of other Color Club holos, like the Halo Hues lines or the famed Wild at Heart. Worth the Risque is one of the more old school style holo polishes. It isn't quite along the same line as, say the old Nfu-Oh or Layla holos but I think you get my drift. Application requires a deft hand and plenty of polish on the brush. Don't linger over what you are doing, work swiftly and smoothly and try not to overwork it if you can help it. While this polish is somewhat forgiving, you can go back over and smooth a little, it isn't going to give you too much latitude. Push it too far and it will drag and pull bald spots, particularly on the first coat. Application of the second coat is much easier. It goes on smoother, faster and seems to be a bit more forgiving. My finish was very nice, perfectly opaque and beautifully smooth with very little rippling after two coats. Dry time is, as you would expect, very good with this polish.

Top coat. Yes, you can use top coat with this polish. I used Seche Vite, at usual. The holo will shatter when you first apply your top coat. Don't panic. As the top coat dries and cures, the holo comes back together, the rainbows reform and everything is as it should be. Top coat ever so slightly settles this holo down but it doesn't dull it or really affect it. I prefer my polish with top coat, I just don't like the look of it without. If you want your holo just that little bit brighter, you can skip it.

Do you own Color Club Worth the Risque? What do you think of it? Please do tell.

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

Avant Dotticure

Hello gentle readers.

I like to do a little nail art, now and again. As I am not terribly talented in the art of art, I fall back on the easier techniques. Dotting is one at which I am normally pretty successful so I do it often.

This mani was done with some of the polishes from the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection. I began with a base of Keep Calm, Paint On. Oh! That polish behaved horribly! It dragged, streaked, bubbled, got thick and gloopy and gloppy. It was just terrible. How it could go from swatching so nicely to applying to all of my nails in such a manner is beyond me. I became so frustrated with it, I damn near threw it out the window. No joke... It almost went flying. I somehow managed to finish painting my nails. I dumped a bunch of thinner in the bottle and shook it up. Hopefully, that will help it to behave better in the future because I have to tell you, this polish is gorgeous but if it behaves again like it did the last time? It's out of here!

I did the dots with a couple of different sized dotting tools and Tarty For the Party, Fancy Pants and Dandy Lyin' Around. I topped it all with Seche Vite.

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

China Glaze Snap My Dragon: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

China Glaze Snap My Dragon is my favorite of the Avant Garden Collection polishes. This hot, hot, hot pink jelly polish is packed with pink shimmer. I love this one so much.

This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite. Thanks to my camera, this polish came in pretty much DOA. It looks nothing like it does, in person. This polish is alive, shimmery, hot and fun. And, it doesn't show that VNL, either. I am just so frustrated and so sorry.

The formula on this polish is lovely. Smooth, silky and biddable. I didn't have any trouble with it, application was easy and there was no streaking, dragging, bald spots, bubbling or other nonsense. Dry time is really good.

Overall, I am a bit meh about the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection. It is comprised of pretty, wearable, fun colours. A few of the polishes have lovely formulas, the rest ranged from just okay to downright troublesome. I have never met a China Glaze season collection that was so widely inconsistent in quality. Look, I know that a collection can't always be twelve knock your eyes out different colours. I grok that not every customer is a rabid polish collector who hungers for new, new, new all of the time. But I do expect that a brand, like China Glaze with its stellar reputation for quality and consistency would continue to give that to their fans. They didn't deliver with this collection.

I have seen a lot of swatches of Hologlam and I am passing. Likewise on the new Summer neons collection. I am holding out hope, however that, as in years past, China Glaze pulls it together and hits it out of the park with their Autumn, Hallowe'en and Christmas collections. Those are usually my favorites of the year.

What did you think of the China Glaze Avant Garden Collection? Did you find it pretty but inconsistent as far as formula is concerned, as I did? I'd like to hear your thoughts.

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

China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around is a milky white creme-gel hybrid with a silvery white shimmer. This polish is so pretty and sweet. It looks like royal icing cookie glaze sprinkled with super fine sugar.

This swatch is four coats and Seche Vite.

Formula. Can we talk? This polish is weird... Kind of grainy, a little snotty. It was very streaky and thin on the first coat, subsequent coats were better, but this stuff is pretty translucent, I needed four coats for full opacity. Surprisingly, in spite of the sheer number of coats required, with Seche Vite, it was drying pretty well, by the time I had taken these photographs and was ready to remove it and move on. I think that this would be pretty layered over a white creme. I would like to try it over pink, yellow, lilac, lavender, too. But I would go crazy if I had to do all of my nails in four. coats of just this polish.

Have you picked up China Glaze Dandy Lyin' Around? What do you think of it?

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

China Glaze Fancy Pants: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

China Glaze Fancy Pants is a beautiful blue violet creme with a fine magenta shimmer. This polish is one of the more unique beauties of the China Glaze Avant Garden collection. This swatch is two coats and Seche Vite.

This polish has a lovely formula. It is smooth, biddable and easy to apply and control. I didn't have any trouble with streaking, dragging, pooling, flooding my cuticles or bubbling. Dry time is good.

Thank you for reading, have a great day and may your polish never bubble.

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

China Glaze Keep Calm, Paint On is the exact colour I am loving, right now. A soft misty mint green with a gentle silver shimmer. This polish is so pretty, it is glow-y, glossy and has a boiled candy quality to it.

This swatch is two coats and is topped with Seche Vite.

This polish behaved pretty nicely for swatching. Application was easy enough, it was streaky on the first coat then smooth and opaque on the second coat. I didn't have any trouble with dragging, bubbling pooling or flooding while swatching this polish. Seche Vite helped this to dry in good time.

This polish is a beautiful colour. This misty, silvery minty green is right in my wheelhouse, this year. Are you wearing mint green? Have you picked up Keep Calm, Paint On? What do you think about it?

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

I Changed My Mind... I Freaking Love Them!

Hello gentle readers.

About what, are you asking yourself, did I change my mind and what is it I now love?

OPI Liquid Sand polish, baby. I did some reviews of the Mariah Carey Liquid Sand polishes for Spring a while back and I was, in a word, underwhelmed. So much so that I was ready to consign them to the crackle/magnetic scrap heap.

It turns out that I didn't give these polishes a fair chance to show what they can do. When I was swatching them for review, I treated them like regular polish, not like the special snowflakes that they are and I didn't let them dry thoroughly. They only got to a lumpy, kindasorta rubbery not sandy, at all, weird texture that I did not like all that much. Then, one day I was trying to decide what to paint on my nails (you would think that would be easy, given how many polishes I own, right? Turns out, it isn't!) and I thought that I might as well give the Liquid Sand polishes one last chance before I lobbed them.

Boy, am I ever glad I did! I grabbed OPI The Impossible (pink) and Can't Let Go (purple) and applied them to random nails. I applied two coats of each over base coat, no top coat and allowed them to dry thoroughly. They were so different from my swatches. Rather than disappointing, they were fantastic. Dry, sugary, sparkly, sandy. Fantastic. I freaking love OPI Liquid Sand polish. Seriously. And I am definitely going to have to treat myself to a couple more. I have my greedy eyeballs on one or two in the Bond Girls Collection.

These polishes have a great formula. They are so easy to apply and control. They don't run or pool or drag or streak. There is no bubbling or other nonsense. Dry time is decent but you need to have a little patience and let this formula dry completely to allow it to achieve that delicious sparkly, sugar sand texture. Once it does, it holds up very well to wear. I got a solid four full days of wear from this manicure.

Removal of Liquid Sand polish is a breeze. I was expecting it to be a nightmare but it isn't. This stuff comes off just as easily as any shimmer polish.

Have you tried OPI Liquid Sand polishes, yet? What do you think of them? Like? Love? Think you may need to get some more? Please do tell,

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

China Glaze Tart-y For the Party: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

Happy Monday and... Who is naming these polishes? China Glaze Tart-y For the Party from the Spring Avant Garden Collection is a darling lilac lilac creme. Pretty, wearable, not unusual but perfect for this time of year.

This swatch is two coats, three on my pinkie, to cover the ridges, all topped with Seche Vite.

The formula on this one is a tad thin and watery, you have to run to stay ahead of it, otherwise, it isn't too troublesome. I didn't have any streaking, dragging or bubbling. It did, oddly, try to gunk up on the neck of the bottle... What was that about? Maybe it was my fault? Maybe. Dry time is good.

Honestly, while this is a very pretty lilac creme, there are tons and tons of pretty lilac creme polishes out there, many with much better formulas. If you have a great lilac or two or can get some, you can skip this one. If you get this one, it isn't a bad polish, just a little temperamental.

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

Everybody Look To Your Right!

Hello gentle readers.

Check it out. -----> See my cute, tricked out social media buttons? Now, it is easier than ever to follow  all the goings on all over the interwebs. Facebook, Twitter, Google+ and so on. It took me a while to learn how to do this. Yes, I am seriously that computer challenged! LOL I just had to get directions to a tutorial, read the directions over and over, look at buttons, over and over, think about it. Think about it some more. Read, again. Look at more buttons... Think about it some more. Read some more. Then finally take the plunge.

Once I actually started doing it, it started coming together. I got stuck on the code bit, (yeah, I know... Duh!) then all of a sudden, the light bulb went off over my head and "by George, I think she's got it!" And, indeed, I had it. And it was so easy! And kinda fun, actually.

And, I am very proud of myself. The cute buttons I downloaded didn't have one for Google+, but there was a blank, so I made my own G+ button. Yes, I am super big headed about that, let me tell ya.

I still have a couple to add... I need to add an e-mail button. I have an e-mail issue to solve with my e-mail server and this computer, I never did fully figure it out but I will... I hope. (I don't think I can link a button to a Yahoo e-mail address? If I can, will someone zap me with a clue?) And as soon as I have a phone capable of handling it, I am going to fire up an Instagram account and will add a button for that, too.

If you like these cute buttons I found them on this blog. The buttons come in a bunch of pretty colours and they all download to your 'puter at once. They are super easy to download. If these buttons aren't your cup of tea, there are so many designs available online, many of them for free. There is a great tutorial right here that will teach you how to actually install the little guys, codes and all.

If you have always wanted to have social media buttons but were intimidated, don't be. It is easy. Really, it is. It just takes a little time and patience to learn the steps and get into a rhythm and once you do, before you know it, you have your social media buttons up and running. If you want to install your own and need a little encouragement, a little coaching, drop me a comment and I will be happy to help in any way I possibly can.

I have some lovely and very helpful ladies to whom I owe my humble thanks. You all know who you are! *muah!*

China Glaze Mani's Before Mimosa's: Swatch and Review

Hello gentle readers.

How about we take a gander at another China Glaze Avant Garden polish for Spring 2013? Observe Mani's Before Mimosa's. Don't shoot the messenger... That is their spelling, not mine. I am no English major but even I know better than to flagrantly abuse apostrophes in this manner.

China Glaze Mani's Before Mimosa's (it is killing me to type that but hey... A girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do) is a warm peachy orange creme with a beautiful gold shimmer. I am surprised at how much I liked this polish once it was on my nails, as I wasn't wild about it in the bottle. Part of it is that many of these type of polishes aren't very flattering on me but this one, maybe because of the gold from the shimmer? looked just fine on me.

This swatch is three coats and good old Seche Vite.

It was hard to catch the shimmer in my photographs... My camera just doesn't have the resolution to pull it off. But it is there, trust me.

The formula on this one isn't too bad... It was a tad thin and a bit streaky but it leveled out and was opaque in three coats. Application, otherwise was easy, there was no dragging, bubbling, running or pooling at my cuticles or the edges of my nails. Dry time is a little pokey, Seche Vite is helpful to speed things along a little.

Overall, I like this polish. It isn't the most flawless formula I have encountered but it isn't bad. And the colour is so pretty, it's worth a teeny bit of effort.

Have you picked up China Glaze Mani's Before Mimosa's (yeesh!) yet? I think that this would be a pretty colour for Summer, wouldn't you say?

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