Friday, August 31, 2012

NOTD: Color Club Pucci Licious (Review)

NOT color accurate! It's way more purple irl
Seems like every time I do a NOTD post, it turns out more like a swatch and review. I'm unsure whether I should just keep doing NOTD posts, or just scrap that idea and do swatch and review posts 24/7.

I did wear this all day yesterday, though... :/

Ah well.

Pucci-Licious is awesome. I'm really liking my set of Color Club right now; they're all so bright and vibrant! This one was a nice two-coater, though I probably should have tried to use thinner coats. It might have taken me three thin coats for full coverage, but my two thick coats bubbled really badly. The top coat hides the bubbles though. Topped with Essie GTG. I'm really starting to favor GTG lately. Wonder what's up with that.

Happy Friday, all!


Wednesday, August 29, 2012

Back to School Mani: Subtle Pink Gradient

And now, for a gradient so subtle I'm pretty sure it looks like there is no gradient...


I used two pink Color Club polishes that I thought were juuuust different enough to look good as a gradient. It turned out WAY more subtle than I intended. :/ The polishes unfortunately have no labels, so I have no idea what either of them are called. I'm pretty sure these two colors are Poptastic and Warhol from the Poptastic collection. ;)

I thought a picture with flash might bring out the gradient a little more...

...I don't think it helped.

Anyway, I have bright pink nails for my first day of classes, so I'm happy! To me, the first day of school or class is about first impressions. (It's not like we're getting any actual work done today) What better way to make an impression than by making a neon pink statement?

I'll certainly make an impression. I just hope it's a good one. ;P


Tuesday, August 28, 2012

NOTD: Milani 3D Holographic in Hi-Res

Hello all! Today I am wearing a favorite of mine from the Milani 3D Holographic collection; Hi-Res. It's a pale lilac purple with a scattered holo effect.

Holographic polishes are my absolute favorites, I think. To me, nothing beats having an actual rainbow glimmering on my nails, especially if I get to wear my favorite color--purple!

Here's another picture I took before I remembered to take my Mickey Mouse band-aid off... (damn papercut!) xD

Hi-Res is a three-coater, but it takes some generous coats to cover up bald-patches. Application isn't too much trouble, really, and the quick dry time helps. I topped Hi-Res with Essie Good to Go, which shines beautifully!

I keep telling myself that I don't always need to use Seche Vite (especially on a polish that dries as quickly as this one does), but I always regret not using it when I end up waiting forever for my top coat to dry. :|

Also, this is the first time I've tried to photograph a holographic polish. It was difficult getting the sun to hit it at just the right angle, but I think I did okay. As anyone who owns a holo polish already knows, they look much better in person!

In other news, during a trip to the grocery store today, my bottle of sweet tea ripped through the bag and broke all over the floor. :( Our beans and tortillas ended up covered in tea. No major damage, though, and I was able to get another tea free of charge.

I hope your day is going well, or at least less sticky than mine... xD


Monday, August 27, 2012

Pomegranate Lacquer: Blue Screen of Death and Heliotrope - Swatches and Review

I'm back. ;)

Well, mostly. Not all of my real life stuff has calmed down yet, but things are at least a little bit more chill. School actually starts in just a couple days for me, and even though I'm not taking that many classes, I'm guessing I'll still be busy, especially since I actually intend to be a good student this semester. v_v

On to the polish!

Today I have two sweet bottles of Pomegranate Lacquer to review: Blue Screen of Death and Heliotrope.

This here is two coats of Blue Screen of Death.

Goddamn I love this color. The name is hilarious, first of all, and the polish itself is perfection! It's a bright blue jelly with turquoise shimmer swimming in it, and a perfect formula. Royal blue polish is definitely my weakness. This is a little lighter than Revlon Royal, which to me is the perfect inky royal blue color, but it's stunning nonetheless.

I unfortunately have no idea whether or not it stains, because I didn't take any chances and doubled up on base coat before swatching it. I used two coats of Essie's ridge filling base coat, because it's not a clear base. I wanted a sheer nude base underneath BSoD because I read somewhere that it's a better alternative to a white base under a jelly to prevent VNL. And yes, it's a brilliant idea! Without the nude base, I would definitely have some VNL at two coats, but with the base it looks perfectly opaque.

Heliotrope at two coats. (The pinky has just one coat!)

On the website, Heliotrope is described as "a bright pinkish-purple" with a matte/satin finish. It definitely looks pinkish-purple in the bottle, but on the nail it reads as a bright magenta to me. It's gorgeous! With some skillful application, I probably could have gotten away with one coat on each nail, but I had to do two on all but my pinky nail.

It does dry with a nice satin finish, which I personally love, but I wanted to see it glossy so I topped it with Essie Good to Go!


I'm in love.

These two polishes were phenomenal. I'll definitely be buying from Pomegranate Lacquer in the future. That's pretty much all I have to say, so here's some info from Pomegranate's website:

"Pomegranate Nail Lacquer is high-quality, long-wearing, chip-resistant nail polish made in the USA. We offer gorgeous, juicy colors in a variety of finishes.

Safety is important to us. Our polish is "4-free," meaning it contains no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) or camphor.
We love animals, too. Our products are cruelty-free: not tested on animals."

They have 16 different shades available at the moment, and each one is just 9 bucks. I highly recommend them!


P.S. See if you can guess which of my nails is still growing out. ._."

The products in this post were sent for review.

Saturday, August 18, 2012

3 AM Frankenpolish: Sea Salt!

Sea Salt

I did something that I've been meaning to do for a while.

I mixed up some "frankenpolish!" And I'm so happy with it that I'm seriously writing this post at 4 AM while I should be sleeping. v.v

I'll make this quick so I can get some shuteye...

This is Sea Salt and its components. I used about 3/4 of a bottle of Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet (which is represented in this picture by China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint--they're practically the same polish!), a good helping of Sinful Colors Blue By You, and just a touch of SC Hottie.

I wanted the polish to have a little sparkle in it, so I combined two blue glitter/glass fleck polishes in the Sally Hansen bottle. Sea Salt turned out to be only subtly sparkly, but that's good enough for me!

While I was trying to think of a name for my polish, I was also thinking of what it reminded me of... And then I realized that it might be similar to Revlon Whimsical, which I own but have never used, because until now I haven't had a good base color for it.

I think they go together quite well:

Whimsical is much warmer, but they're pretty close, and I love the way they look together. I painted Sea Salt onto one finger by itself, and then onto another finger with a coat of Whimsical.

It doesn't look really great on my currently nubby nails, but I know I'm going to love this combination when my nails have grown out and are ready for polish. Sea Salt by itself took 2-3 coats to become opaque. It's not bad, if I do say so myself.

Whew, okay... I'm beat.



I did a swatch first thing this morning, complete with a whimsical accent finger and thumb. Yes I know my application wasn't the best... I've been on break, okay? That's my story and I'm stickin' to it!

(I also replaced the label with a dot sticker. Cute, huh?)

2 coats with Seche Vite and Whimsical. It dries just a little bit gritty on its own, and the shimmer is more subtle than I thought. It's visible in the bottle though. xD

Sigh... I'm not even back from break and I'm swatching stuff... But it's my own stuff! I need to be a better blogger. :P


Saturday, August 11, 2012

The Nail Polish Tag!

Hey y'all. :D

I'm still on break, but that doesn't stop me from reading around on everyone else's nail blogs. And since I've been doing a lot more reading than blogging, I have stumbled upon The Nail Polish Tag more than a few times! Mary from Swatch and Learn decided to tag everyone who happens to read her post, so I'm going to join in with my answers. ;)

The tag questions (In list form in case someone wants to copypasta):

How many polishes do you have?
What is your favorite brand of nail polish?
Do you like crackle nail polish, or do you hate it?
What is your first nail polish brand?
If you’re going to have a nail polish line, what are you gonna name it?
What nail polish color does not compliment you?
What color does compliment you?
Who are two of your best nail art friends?
What was the best nail polish gift you have ever received?
Make a speech about thanking the blogger who tagged you.

Here we go!

How many polishes do you have:

Erm... Somewhere between 130-150. I'm not quite sure because I haven't had a chance to count them in quite a while.

What is your favorite brand of nail polish?

Ugh, there are so many good brands to choose from! :( I'm actually having a really difficult time with this question.

I have more Essie than any other brand, so let's just leave it at that.

Do you like crackle nail polish, or do you hate it?

Definitely hate it. There are very few crackle manis that float my boat, but when it's done right it looks amazing. Most of the time I just don't like it though. :/

What is your first nail polish brand?

Sally Hansen. xD I bought a bottle of Xtreme Wear Black Out a looooong time ago. I still have it. 

If you’re going to have a nail polish line, what are you gonna name it?


Very first thing that came to mind. I have no idea.

What nail polish color does not compliment you?

A lot of greens and pale colors... Lobster hands. :X

What color does compliment you?

I'd say purples and vampy colors... I also like the way a lot of blues look on me. Turquoise too. 

Who are two of your best nail art friends?

...I don't really have any nail art friends (yet)!

What was the best nail polish gift you have ever received?

Probably when my partner surprised me with a bottle of Chanel Graphite. I told him not to because I didn't like paying that much for polish, but he knew how much I actually wanted it. :) And it turned out to be an absolute favorite. It means more to me than just a price tag... Sometimes it's just nice to get something special.

I'm going to skip the last part of the tag, since nobody actually tagged me. If you're reading this, feel free to complete the tag too if you haven't already done it!