Try It On Tuesday: Studio M Slammin’ Red
I’m back to normally-scheduled Try It On Tuesday this week!
Today I’ll be showing off Studio M’s Slammin’ Red. I got this awhile ago in a swap with the ever-awesome Jen from Jen’s Nail Files. I’m convinced she’s the source of a majority of blogger’s Studio M Purple Medallions 😉
Studio M is only sold in Meijer stores, which are only in a handful of states in the Midwest- which is nowhere near me. They’re basically Color Club in different bottles- so odds are good you’ll be able to find most shades that way (though Color Club is ALSO not sold around me).
Slammin’ Red is a gorgeousssss red packed to.the.brim with red and silver holo glitter. I did 2 coats for the photos, but it was almost opaque with 1 coat (just barely a VNL- yes, some nails have finally grown enough that I can have nail lines!). Not many glitter polishes can claim that!
This polish was a little thick, but was still easy to work with and apply.
Look at those SPARKLES!
Sorry for the slight sloppiness, I did no cleanup on these and a red like this stains a bit 😉
If you pick up this color, I would recommend a base coat! I didn’t have staining because I used a base coat, but I got the impression that it may stain.
Studio M’s can be found at Meijer stores for $2.99!
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!
Try It On Tuesday: Whimsical Ideas By Pam Seuss
Time for another Try It On Tuesday!
So this is just going to BARELY make it in time for Tuesday, but I’m happy I was able to get it done! Not to get into too many personal details, but my mother in law had major surgery today so most of the day was spent at the hospital. Everything went well though!
I had trouble deciding what polish to feature tomorrow, so I picked the one I had never worn before to feature today.
Whimsical Ideas by Pam can be found here on Facebook. To order any polishes from her, you send her an email with what you would like and she invoices you when she reaches your order. I believe mine took me 2 weeks to arrive from the time I sent in my email- not really a terrible turn around.
Seuss is a polish I had wanted very badly from Pam, so this was 1 of the 2 I bought from her. Though it’s not intentionally patriotic, it is still a good pick for a mani on any American holiday!
Here’s Seuss, 2 coats:
This is on my right hand- aka my dominant hand. My nails aren’t as well cared for over on this side, my fingers are thicker and my nails are shorter. Big thanks to my hubby for taking these pictures- I couldn’t get out the tripod and I have issues taking pictures of this hand.
I did have some issues with this polish. The glitter didn’t like to cooperate… so I had to do a bit of dabbing. If I didn’t, all the glitter ended up bunched at the end of the nail from my brush strokes.
This was my second attempt with Seuss tonight- the first attempt was horrible. I was trying to get too much glitter on each nail, which resulted in glooping and just a horrible mess. The second time around, I just put on thin coats and tried to not pay attention to the location of the glitter.
Sorry for the late post! I’m already editing photos for tomorrow’s post, so I promise that one will NOT be up 15 minutes before midnight 🙂
Try It On Tuesday: Enchanted Polish Across The Universe
I had great intentions of posting this earlier. For whatever reason, I’ve been dragging my feet today. Which is silly really, because I have a BEAUTIFUL polish to show off!
I was stumped over what polish to feature today for Try It On Tuesday- even though probably 75% of my polishes are untried- and had originally settled on O.P.I.’s Metallic 4 Life. Then this morning (before I had painted my nails), Llarowe announced on Facebook that today’s Brand of the Day would be Enchanted Polish- and I just happen to have 1 lone Enchanted Polish that is untried!
I was planning on saving this for an Indie Wednesday, but I decided to bump it forward a day instead!
I was lucky enough to snag Across the Universe during Llarowe’s generous Birthday Sale. I think this is the *only* polish I have ever opened and gasped out loud when I first saw it- when there was no one else around. Stunning is an understatement!
Across the Universe is a multichrome holographic nail polish. As you can see above, in the bottle it shifts from green-gold to blue to purple, though on the nails it’s really more of a purple to blue shift. The scattered holo effect is very vibrant and stunning. This polish went on easily and smoothly, and didn’t require much clean up.
Another bottle shot- truly, I can’t stop staring at this bottle. So stunning!
For all of the pictures I was wearing 3 coats of Across the Universe with a coat of Poshe quick dry topcoat. Coverage was fine at 2, but I really wanted it brighter. I did notice that the multi-chrome effect was much stronger on just 1 coat, though it was too thin on it’s own. It’s possible that with 1 coat over another base color it can show off a bit more! I’ll have to experiment soon 🙂
I took all of these outside in the sunlight to maximize the holo goodness.
I did notice on some earlier photos the way the sun hit my nails, it looks as if I have a giant spot of unpainted area on my pointer finger. As you can see in the picture above, that’s not the case- it’s just a very weird instance of lighting.
And finally, here’s a closeup of a nail to show off that holo sparkle!
You can find Enchanted Polish and Across the Universe at Llarowe’s , and also on Etsy and Harlow & Co. Go check them out!
Here’s a list of everyone participating in Try It On Tuesday- go check out their posts as well!
365 Days of Color
Beyond Beauty Lounge
Peace Love Lacquer
Tall Girl In Heels With Pretty Painted Nails
Jilltastic Nail Design
Polished by Maddie
Samples By Entaeyen
Shelly’s Sassy Nails
Nail Polish Anon
Nails By Ms. Lizard
Enchanted Nails and Fluffy Dog Tails
Two Lacquered Girls
Love & Lacquer
Sparkle and Shine Nails
Sincerely Obsessed with Polish
Polish and Such
Something Polish Like
Fancy Schmancy Nails
And for those that have made it all the way to the end: Enjoy!
Try It On Tuesday: O.P.I.’s Excuse Moi (The Muppets Collection)
I saw on Peace Love Lacquer‘s facebook page that they, along with a group of bloggers, would be starting ‘Try It On Tuesday’ in order to start using untried polish. Tuesday is one of my unscheduled days, and it seemed like something fun to participate in! I’ve purchased a large amount of colors in a short time, so I definitely have a lot!
Today I’ll be showcasing… O.P.I’s Excuse Moi!
This lovely glitter was a part of O.P.I.’s The Muppets Collection, which was released in conjunction with the movie (of the same name) around November/December 2011.
I’m actually very embarrassed this is one of my untried polishes, because it’s also one of my favorites. I didn’t purchase any of these when they came out because I completely forgot! My nail polish obsession didn’t really take off until January, so even though I had heard about these it just didn’t occur to me that they wouldn’t always be around.
I have always LOVED The Muppets. I watched The Muppet Show with my parents when I was little, watched The Muppet Movie and The Muppets Take Manhattan until the tapes broke, and watched Muppet Babies every morning in elementary school. My mom has always sung ‘The Rainbow Connection’ to me as our special song. And my very favorite muppet?
So aside from it just being gorgeous, I wanted Excuse Moi! because of the character it represented 🙂 I also own Meep-Meep-Meep and Warm & Fozzie from the collection. The second two I was able to find in a salon, but Excuse Moi! eluded me for a long time. I finally found my bottle a few months ago when I stopped into a random nail salon and they let me buy their used bottle for 1/2 price. I was slightly annoyed when I got home and actually examined the bottle (I was too excited in the salon) and realized that it was basically dried up. Luckily for me, I bought some Beauty Secrets Nail Polish Thinner and it worked wonders! I added enough thinner to that polish to make it 3/4 full, and it’s back to normal consistency (that’s how dried it was!). But that explains why my bottle shots have a ring of the larger rainbow glitter around the center.
Recently (and as recently as this morning), I’ve seen bottles of Excuse Moi! in Target’s O.P.I. section. This has happened at 2 of the 3 Targets around me. The one closest to me only opened 2 months ago and did NOT have this on the shelves last week. Today there were 3 bottles. I’m not sure if they’re shipping excess stock to various stores, but it can still be found!
Anyways, onto swatches!
This polish applied like a dream. O.P.I. does a lot of things well, but when they do glitters you can bet they’ll be amazing. All of the following swatches are only 2 coats, and I had ok coverage at just 1 coat. It is filled with a beautiful small pink glitter, and accented with slightly larger (but still small) rainbow glitters. My nails are SHIMMERING!
Did I mention that I had basically no clean up? Even with my small nails, their larger brush glided over nicely and the polish stayed where it was meant to be. The only nail I had trouble with was my pinky, and that’s because it’s slightly smaller than the brush size!
If you don’t already have this polish and spot it somewhere, I HIGHLY recommend adding it to your collection! You won’t regret it! (Unless you hate pink or glitter, of course…)
Thanks for reading! Until next time,
~Diana, The Polish Monster