Archive for July, 2012

Indie Wednesday (On Thursday): Fanchromatic Nails

Hello a day late, everyone!  As I mentioned yesterday on Facebook, we had pretty nasty storms all day yesterday.  I had attempted indoor pictures of these colors, but they just didn’t turn out great and I didn’t want to post without pictures that could at least attempt to show the polishes off.  So I waited until today, and thankfully the sun was shining!

So for today’s Indie Wednesday, I’m going to be featuring 2 lovely polishes from Fanchromatic Nails!  This shop opened up for business just a month ago, so they’re still pretty new!

This shop specializes in ‘Geek’ nail colors- in other words, inspired by all things awesome.   I’m glad lots of ladies are stepping up to fill the void that NerdLacquer left!

For my first order, I bought the 2 Limited Edition shades- Astrometrics and Spatial Anomaly.  These are only available in mini size for $4.75 each, and they’re limited edition due to the ingredients- it’s not guaranteed there will be more available.

Would you LOOK at those sparkles?  I will freely say- this is what these colors look like on the nail, though a tiny bit toned down.  I tried so hard to do these justice but really feel I came up short.  If you’re looking to get your money’s worth with an indie purchase, this would be it.  These babies are filled with a TON of different glitters- shapes, sizes, colors.  All while remaining fairly subdued and wearable.

First up is Astrometrics!

From the Etsy listing: ‘Astrometrics: measuring the movements of planets and other celestial bodies. This is some DEEP space science stuff. Fortunately, when translated into nail polish, “deep space stuff” just means you’ll really enjoy staring at your nails.’

Both of these colors were inspired by Star Trek- which I’ve never watched.  One of the very few things we haven’t watched in this household, too!

These pictures are all 3 coats, plus 1 coat of Color Club topcoat.  I could’ve gotten away with 2 coats, but it wasn’t completely opaque.  I didn’t need any cleanup- which is to say, the polish behaved well 🙂

Next up: Spatial Anomaly!

Again from the Etsy listing: ‘Something’s there, but we don’t know what it is and we can’t explain it. That’s right, we discovered a spatial anomaly!’

This color is such a pretty shade.  It’s a shimmery grey, filled with different colors, shapes and sizes of glitter.  There’s come color shift, some holo, some sparkle… it’s so fun to look at!

Like Astrometrics, this was 3 coats, though 2 would have been fine.  No cleanup at all was needed.  Both dried quite quickly as well.

As a disclaimer- I’ve spent the better part of 2 weeks referring to this one as ‘Spatial Anatomy’, so I apologize if you catch that misspelling anywhere 🙂

You can find Fanchromatic Nails here on Etsy, and you can follow here on Facebook to keep up to date on news.  There’s also an awesome Game of Thrones collection (Seven Kingdoms), along with the rest of the Star Trek inspired polishes (Strange New World) to check out!

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NOTD: Essie Blue Rhapsody and Stroke of Brilliance

Hello again all!  Today was supposed to be Try It On Tuesday, but since I’m highlighting newer colors that probably disqualifies it.  I may still post an untried later!

Today I’ll be showing 2 brand new shades by Essie:  Blue Rhapsody and Stroke of Brilliance.

Blue Rhapsody is part of Essie’s new Mirror Metallics line, and as you can probably guess from the name- is blue.  Stroke of Brilliance is a brand new addition to Essie’s LuxEffects line, and is a pretty blue glitter topcoat.

I actually only bought Blue Rhapsody because I knew I’d be eventually adding Stroke of Brilliance to my stash when I found it.  So the moment I finally spotted it at Walgreens, I came home and paired the two up as planned!  And they make a very stunning combo!

First up:  Essie Blue Rhapsody

This is a very pretty blue metallic polish.  I’d honestly say it’s more like a chrome than a mirror (when I think of mirror, I think of Layla Mirror Effects or those pure-foil Minx), but it’s very pretty.  This is only 1 coat!  These polishes are all true 1-coaters… which also makes them PERFECT for stamping.

The only downside to this type of polish is that it will show every single ridge or bump on your nail, as you can see in my photo.  I was wearing a base coat, too!  So to really get a great effect wearing these colors I would recommend buffing.

Then I added 2 coats of Stroke of Brilliance!

I did a bit of dabbing for glitter placement, though it wasn’t really necessary.  This was 2 coats of Stroke of Brilliance- so you can tell it would probably take a LOT of coats to wear it alone.

The shades aren’t identical, but close enough that it makes what could be an over-the-top, blingtastic glitter very subtle.  Of course, subtle is relative when you’re walking around with shining, chrome blue nails 😉

Both colors retail at around $8, and can be found at most drugstores, Target and Walmart.  I haven’t seen Stroke of Brilliance anywhere but Walgreens yet, though.  Be sure to check the regular Essie display and not just ‘special’ displays- at one Walgreens, I found this on a special LuxEffects display in the front, but at a second Walgreens it was found just in the normal LuxEffects spot on the standard shelf.

I haven’t decided what I’ll be doing for tomorrow’s Indie Wednesday yet- but on Thursday, I’ll be highlighting the other 1/2 of the Target Nicole by OPI exclusives- MerMaid for Each Other, Iris My Case, and You’re S-teal the One!  (seriously, who makes up these names for OPI??)

See you then!


(Just Another) Mani Monday- Monster Nails!

Hey fellow polish monsters!

Today I have a fun look for Mani Monday!  These are what I’ve dubbed… Monster Nails!

I know many people have seen the ‘fuzzy’ nail look- the first I saw with this effect was The PolishAholic’s Fuzzy Nail Sweaters.  So I’m not really reinventing the wheel with this, but I added a fun twist (that I haven’t seen before, but you know how big the nail world is- it’s possible that it’s been done!)

First off, I gathered my supplies:

You can get Flocking Powder in any craft store, it will be by the scrapbooking supplies.  I think this container was maybe $2 on sale.  I also grabbed a polish that was close to the color of the flocking powder (this powder I actually bought for crafts, not nails, so I worked with what I had), some clear top coat, and googley eyes!

I picked Zoya Lara as my polish for this mani.  It’s actually the first time I’ve worn Lara… and it look great on me!  Cooler colors always work best with my skin tone.  It’s a plain, pretty medium pink cream.

Next up: flocking powder!

(15 minutes later) Sorry, took a writing break to stalk Dollish Polish over on Llarowe’s site.  I was successful in my venture!

Ok, so flocking powder!  There’s 2 different ‘tops’, one to pour and one to ‘sprinkle’.  I chose the sprinkling option, so my fuzziness was on the lighter side compared to many versions I’ve seen.  Working 1 nail at a time, I simply put a coat of fast dry topcoat on, and sprinkled flocking powder until the nail was covered.

This is a fun look 🙂  Because there wasn’t a ton on there, it wasn’t moving at all and there was no residual flaking.

Now onto the fun!

To add a neat twist on this, I decided to turn them into ‘monster’ nails- I love monsters, and that’s of course the theme of my blog and franken polishes 🙂

To do this, I just added a googly eye to each nail- that’s it!  I dabbed it with a bit of nail polish, and placed it on.

I won’t lie, this isn’t exactly… user friendly.  These particular googly eyes are thick, and popped up:

And they didn’t have the best of hold on there, though they weren’t falling off either.  For more wear, I would probably opt for nail glue.

My cat (Alex) thinks I’m crazy.  And was also annoyed I was getting in his way of the sunshine.

I always feel like… somebody’s watchin’ meeee…

So there it is!  A quick, easy fun look 🙂  This would be GREAT for Halloween!  See everyone tomorrow- I’ll be featuring 2 new Essie’s for Try It On Tuesday!


365 Days of Color: Toxic Love Preview

Hello All! I had great intentions for this post to appear this weekend- but I pretty much just relaxed and accomplished a whole lot of nothing instead. I swatched and took photos for 3 different posts on Friday- so really laziness was truly the only excuse!

I’ll be posting the normal Mani Monday later today, but first I wanted to be sure to get this preview post in asap. I’m going to be showing off 2 colors from 365 Days of Color’s new collection, Toxic Love: Deadly Attraction and Dangerously Beautiful!

365 Days of Color is an indie polish brand created by the awesome Sunny.  You can find her website here: http://www.365daysofcolorpolishes.bigcartel.com/.  She’ll be re-opening her shop on Monday, July 16 at 8am PST (11am EST and 10am CST)- including these new colors!

As a disclaimer: I was sent these polishes as a gift.  They were a thank you from Sunny- I helped her brainstorm those fancy new labels she designed, aren’t they great?  They weren’t intentionally sent for a review or preview, but of course I’m going to do it anyways. 🙂

First up is Deadly Attraction!

This polish is a neon yellow filled to the brim with black shard glitter.  If you’re a shard lover like myself, you’ll quickly love 365 Days of Color- Sunny uses shards in a number of her polishes, 2 of which I’ve swatched in the past here.

Application was alright.  I had a bit of thickness issues with both colors.  I was ready to contact Sunny to let her know- but in the meantime I used 3 other colors (I told ya’ll, I have swatches ready for a few posts) and every single color had similar thickness issues.  And it wasn’t initially- it was after I opened them and did maybe 1 coat on my nails.  My Zoya Lara tonight also had issues with thickness.

I think my bedroom is bizzare and making my polishes thicker.  Maybe our air is dry?  Go figure, maybe one of ya’ll may know something that could cause that. Or maybe all the ones I used are just running on the thicker side.

Point is, I can’t say for sure that it’s the polishes running thick.  Even thick, they went on well.

Both colors are on the sheerer side (they’re jellys- or maybe crellies?), so all photos show 3 coats.  You could also layer 1 coat over underwear, but you won’t get quite as much of a ‘sandwich’ effect.

I don’t think I mentioned that with this restock, Sunny is rolling out her new bottles and labels (which these bottles are).  I love the new bottle shape!  It’s fairly unique, and it actually stores really well and fit REALLY nicely in my hand for swatches.  Here’s a side shot to show how thin it is:

There’s a slight flatness to the front and back, so if you were to have multiples of these bottles, they line up perfectly next to each other.  If all my bottles were this shape it would certainly help with space issues!

Next up is Dangerously Beautiful:

Dangerously Beautiful is a neon pink with a sparse amount of blue and black matte glitter.    The pink is definitely neon, but it’s very subdued and not blindingly bright.

I’ll be completely honest- before I put this on, I didn’t think I would like it.  With glitter I tend to go with the ‘more is better’ mantra, and I knew this would be a very light glitter.  I also wasn’t sure if I would like the color combos.

However- I actually think this is my favorite of the bunch!  It looked really, really super beautiful on, and I hated to have to take it off.  The blue and black glitter looked lovely with the pink, and the glitter in lower layers appeared purple because they were underneath the thin pink layer.

As I said before, this is 3 coats- however unlike Deadly Attraction, this one has no topcoat.  I was in a hurry to take the picture 🙂

These 2 colors along with the other colors in the Toxic Love collection- Chemical Romance (purple with black shards, black/white glitter) and Killer Kiss (coral orange with white shards, bars, and multi sizes of hex glitter) will be available today at 8am PST at  365’s Bigcartel site.   You can follow 365 Days of Color on Facebook to keep up to date on restocks and new colors by liking the page here!

At the excellent request of a follower, I’m now linked up on Bloglovin’ (or I think I am).  You can follow me here now if you would prefer that.  I’ve added a widgit to the sidebar as well.

See you in a little bit for Mani-Monday!  It’s going to be  ‘monster-ful’ fun today!


Flakie Friday: Essie As Gold As It Gets

I love gooooooooooold!

I’m sorry for the delay in posting this, guys!  I had everything done earlier, but didn’t get a chance until this evening to sit down and write it out.

So for today’s Flakie Friday, I decided to go in a tiny bit of a different direction- Essie’s As Gold As It Gets!

As Gold As It Gets is part of Essie’s LuxEffects collection, which can be found in most drugstores, Target, and Walmart.  It’s a beautiful GOLD flakie!

This is also packed with a very fine, pretty iridescent shimmer.  The flakes are very delicate, so you won’t notice any chunkiness wearing this.  I stuck to the basics again this week- pairing As Gold As It Gets over Cult Nails Nevermore, my go-to black polish.  Even though it can get ‘boring’ sometimes, black is almost always the best underwear to really show a flakie off!

All of these photos were taken outside in the sunlight, which is where I try to take most of my pictures.  We’ve had rain (hallelujah!) every day this week though, so this is the first outdoor shot of the week.

See the faint microfine glitter?  It adds a pretty rainbow effect to the topcoat.  This is REALLY noticeable outside!

This was 1 coat of Nevermore, topped with 1 coat of As Gold As It Gets.  That’s just 1 coat!  As an added bonus, having a manicure with just 1 coat + 1 topcoat means it’s dry FAST.

Essie can be purchased for around $8 at most stores.  Be sure to check out the newest LuxEffect, Stroke of Brilliance!  It JUST appeared in my local Walgreens, so they’re beginning to hit the stores!  I’ll be doing a bonus post on Sunday to show off that gorgeous new color 🙂

And as a fun bonus picture:  Here’s a comparison shot of Sephora’s It’s Real! 18k gold topcoat.

Disclaimer: I don’t actually own this polish (though I have every intention of buying it hopefully soon).  I did this exact manicure (AGAIG over Nevermore) about a month ago, and we happened to go to the outdoor mall that is home to Sephora that day.  I happily used the tester of It’s Real!, and then came home and took photos.   Because that’s totally what normal people do.

Anywho- you can faintly see AGAIG under It’s Real! if you look close enough.  So this should be a pretty good way to show how different they are!  It’s Real! was absolutely stunning on my fingers, I could not stop staring that day.  As soon as I save up  get the guts to chunk down $30 on a topcoat, it will be mine!

Be sure to check back tomorrow and Sunday- while I don’t normally do weekend posts, I have a lot to share so I’ll have 2!  Tomorrow will be featuring some new indie colors generously given to me (that will be available Sunday for sale!), and Sunday I’ll be showing off Essie’s new Blue Rhapsody and Stroke of Brilliance!


Indie Wednesday: Dollish Polish Zombie Flesh

Brraaaaaainnnnnssssss…

Yes, that’s a zombie from the game Plants Vs. Zombies.  Which is an awesome game.  He also sort of looks like the topic of this post, which is…

Zombie Flesh by Dollish Polish!

This *lovely* and charming shade is part of Dolly’s TV Series, inspired by the show The Walking Dead.  I’ve actually never seen The Walking Dead, though it’s been on our Netflix queue for what feels like forever.  I have a love/hate relationship with all things horror.

Dollish Polish is about to be sold via Llarowe, and Leah Ann is dedicating different days to different brands- today being Dollish Polish.  This, combined with my Monday delivery of Dollish Polish from her most recent restock (Random Dancing and Drop.Your.Sword), inspired me to feature one of my only Dollish Polishes!

I was lucky enough to snag this in one of her last restocks before going to her current system (limited colors each round).  It was a serious mad dash- this was the first I went for and was able to get it, but sadly because of that I missed out on- well, everything else.  But I got one of the ones I really wanted!

According to her website, Zombie Flesh is on rotation to return in August.  So if you like what you see, you won’t have to wait too long!

Zombie Flesh is an olive/army green color, filled with black, gold, and green glitters.

I painted my nails last night- this is 3 coats of Zombie Flesh and 1 coat of Poshe Fast Dry topcoat.  As you can see on my nail tips, when the topcoat dried it pulled up the polish a bit.  I also lightly smudged my index finger before the polish was dry- but AFTER the topcoat was dry, which lead to a weird wrinkled effect.  I didn’t fix it though, because I thought it only reinforced the ‘old mottled flesh’ idea 🙂

Without polish underwear, 3 coats was definitely needed… but the color is on the sheer side, so the layers created a subtle jelly sandwich.  For a color named ‘Zombie Flesh’, it’s actually a very flattering color on me and fairly neutral toned!

Dollish Polish can be purchased HERE from her site (when in stock- fyi, its a very fast mad dash, most things are gone in 5 minutes), and HERE at Llarowe.

Here’s what will be stocked at Llarowe’s site on THIS MONDAY, JULY 16 (not Zombie Flesh, but that should come in August!):
Urban Camo
Spank You Very Much
Dark Elf
Mermaid Scales
Pixie Dust
Aurora Borealis
Heart of Glass
I’m a Material Girl
Looking for Mr. Big
3 Best Friends
Hippity Hop Hop

For Dollish Polish updates, you can follow her page on Facebook HERE!


Try It On Tuesday: Follow Me On Glitter by Nicole by O.P.I.

Hello all! It’s time for another Try It On Tuesday!

This week I wanted something sparkly, so I reached in my helmer and pulled out Nicole by O.P.I.’s Follow Me On Glitter.  My mom gave this to me a few months ago, and while I was excited to get it- it got thrown into the Helmer and forgotten about, like so many of my beautiful colors.

This shade is part of their Kardashian collection, and you can still find it in most stores.  You’ll find it just about anywhere that sells Nicole by O.P.I. (NOPI)- Target, Walmart, CVS, Walgreens.  I think this was supposed to be the ‘more afforadable’ drugstore version of O.P.I… I don’t know about ya’ll, but it’s only ever 50 cents less than what I can get O.P.I. for.  So I guess it’s really just a way to get O.P.I. at a drugstore… even though they aren’t the same colors.  Whatever.

ANYWAYS… Follow Me On Glitter is a black and silver fine glitter base, filled with the occasional larger multi colored glitter.  The colored glitter is almost completely drowned out by the black and silver- so really it just looks like a finer version of O.P.I.’s Metallic for Life (my original Try it On Tuesday pick for last week).  I really wish the colored glitter was a bit more visible!  It’s still a very pretty color, though.

All of the pictures were 2 coats of Follow Me on Glitter with 1 coat of Poshe Quick Dry Top Coat.  This was *almost* a 1 coat polish- the second coat evened out a few lighter spots and gave the color a bit more opacity.  But that’s impressive for a glitter!

This went on smoothly and without too many issues- I didn’t have to do any cleanup (though things weren’t *perfect*, I thought it was good enough).  For those that aren’t familiar, NOPI uses those huge fat brushes that people either love or hate.  I actually like them when the color is a ‘normal’ color- but with this thick glitter, it wasn’t the easiest to work with.  I have tiny nails (just in general size, length is irrelevant)- the really thicker brushes can give me some trouble with my pinky finger.

On a slightly unrelated note, my nails are starting to grow a little!  I’m not holding my breath yet, because the damaged areas still haven’t grown out- so my new ‘growth’ is the remainder of the damaged sections- but so far they’re holding up ok.  I’ve been loading my nails down with Seche Vite Recondition, which I got for free at Sally Beauty Supply.  So far it’s done wonders for my nail strength compared to the large amount of other things I’ve used.  I don’t think I’ll be able to grow them very long until all the damage is gone, but this is a nice start- it’s the longest I’ve had them in 4 months!

There’s a lot of other bloggers taking part in Try It On Tuesday- go check them out via Jilltastic Nail Design!

See you all tomorrow!