Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Happy Halloween!

Hey Y'all!

Hope you're having a good Halloween so far! I've still got some homework to catch up on, but I'm excited for tonight. There's a Halloween dance tonight at my university that the GLBTQ student organization is throwing and I'm going in drag. It's kind of a tradition for the dance that the people attending should fuck with gender presentation in some way, so it should be a lot of fun. ;)

I did these nails for tonight. They kind of go with my outfit, but really I wanted something Halloween-inspired but not totally obvious. So I did a vaguely candy-corn-inspired gradient.

I only used two colors, and the orange I picked (ChG Roguish Red) is a very red toned orange, but the inspiration is still there. :P

It was kind of a rush job, and not the best gradient I've ever done, but I'm still happy with it! It'll do for tonight anyway.

I sort of did the gradient in an unusual way as well. Instead of sponging the orange all over my nails after painting them white, I painted over some of the white with the orange but left the tips white, and then sponged orange and white only onto the tips to blend them in.

The reason I did it that way was so that I wouldn't have to clean up around my cuticles. It worked! But I could've done a better job with the gradient itself. I think I should have done two coats of Roguish Red before I started sponging. Ah well. You can't tell how patchy it is from far away!

Happy Halloween everyone! Or if you don't celebrate Halloween, I hope your day is swell. And to those affected by Hurricane Sandy, my heart goes out to you, and my thoughts are with you all.


Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Maybelline Color Show Avante Green

Hey Y'all,

Just a quickie today as I haven't got a whole lot to say and I'm a bit behind on schoolwork.

Avante Green

Beautiful multichrome polish from Maybelline. Shifts from turquoise (at extreme angles) to yellow-green and teal. From what I've seen it's very close to China Glaze Unpredictable, but it's not a dupe. A bit sheer but very pretty. I wore three coats for the opacity you see above.

The only problem I had with this polish is that it seems as if it never dried properly after I applied Seche Vite. I did my nails last night, stayed up for a couple more hours and then went to bed. I took a shower at around 2:00 PM and one of my nails got dented when I washed my hair. :/ Maybe it was just the hot water? Ah, well. It's looking pretty beat up already so I might take it off once I decide what I want to wear for Halloween.

That's all I've got for now!


Sunday, October 28, 2012

NOTD: Kleancolor Holo Yellow (Swatch and Review)

Hey howdy!

Sorry I've been a bit absent lately. I've been way stressed out with life and school and stuff. Also managing depression is tough, okay. Let's be real. Sometimes I have no motivation to do anything, even things I enjoy. And when I'm forcing myself to do things I don't like and it's making me feel physically sick, I have no energy left to do something fun.

Maybe I should talk a bit more about my personal life? I don't know if y'all want to hear about stuff like this, but I'm perfectly comfortable with sharing. Life is tough. We all know that. I personally think it helps just to know there are other people out there going through similar struggles too.

Okay, enough serious talk. I do actually have nail pictures today!

I've been wearing Kleancolor Holo Yellow since Friday and haven't taken it off yet. ...More on that later.

Kleancolor Holo Yellow

Holo Yellow is made up of fine yellow and holographic glitter suspended in a sheer yellow base. The only Kleancolors I own are three of their holos. The other two are Holo Chrome (which is blue, not chrome?) and Holo Orange.

To me, this is one of those "ugly pretty" polishes. It's kind of a weird murky gold-ish yellow as opposed to a plain primary yellow. It looks great in the sun, and I would have taken outside pics but the sun only came out once this weekend! It's weird to have so much rain and cold weather in one weekend...

The polish is mostly glitter, but it's pretty buildable and was opaque in two to three coats. Most nails only needed two coats. It was pretty hungry so I also gave most of my nails one or two coats of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite. I'm not looking forward to removal since my nails are basically COVERED in glitter. Why do I always do this to myself? Why am I too lazy to buy glue?

Blurry to show holo
Here's a close up shot: Please pardon the top coat chipping off the side of my nail. This is day three after all! ;P

Here's a special tidbit I have to share today: I broke a damn nail last week! (on my right hand)

My middle finger on my right hand gives me nothing but trouble. It has a bit of skin on the side of it that I can't stop picking at, and it's ALWAYS my one nail that starts peeling. It's inevitable and frustrating, and part of the reason why I keep my nails so short on my right hand.

But here's how this shit happened: My nail started peeling right in the middle of the tip, as it always does after a few manis, and so against my better judgement I decided to buff it out. I wanted to keep the nail from continuing to split off from itself, but I buffed a LOT out of it.

The next morning when I took a shower, a huge notch just broke right out of it, even with base coat on. I was so upset! Lol. I filed it down as much as I could on Friday before doing my nails with Holo Yellow. It seems to have grown out a bit, so as soon as I take this off I'm going to file it down a little bit more.

Ugh. Nail frustrations. I hope your nails are doing better than mine!
This cold weather is making my cuticles sad.



Sunday, October 21, 2012

Franken... Sunday? Funday???

Howdy y'all,

If you follow me on twitter, you might have seen my crappy webcam shot of this frankenpolish yesterday. ;)

I think this is one of my favorite frankens I have ever made. I've made around ten or so, but I have yet to share them all... Let me know what you think, and if you want me to share my frankens more often!


Valor is a dusty dark teal (much greener than the pictures) that dries to a semi-matte finish. I thought it looked neat so I left it without top coat for the pics.

I mixed in half a bottle of clear polish, almost half a bottle of Sinful Colors Savage, somewhere around 30 drops of black, and maybe some Sally Hansen Petrol and/or Revlon Royal? I didn't write down the recipe for this one--like an idiot--so I only have a rough idea of what's in it. Whoops. >.<

I named it Valor because I wanted it to have a strong name--something encouraging and hopeful. My original intention was to make a green franken for Depression Awareness in October, but I liked how this one was turning out so I didn't make it green. I stuck with the theme though, and named it Valor. 

What do you think? Do you like colors like this? Do you make frankens too? I have so many questions!!! :P


Friday, October 19, 2012

L'Oreal: Breaking Curfew - Swatch and Review

Well hey there y'all,

Today I have on another vampy polish that has been sitting in my "untried" bin for forever! Way longer than Oktoberfest--in fact, I bought this polish so long ago I don't even remember how long I've had it. I bought it thinking it would be nice to try something I don't usually wear, and then I never wore it! >.<

Breaking Curfew

Damn I wish I'd worn this sooner. This is definitely a new go-to polish for me!

Breaking Curfew is a dark (near black) reddish-plum jelly. Opaque in two coats with no VNL. It's a jelly, but it's suuuuuuuuper dark and pigmented! I'm really starting to like dark vampies like this. I've always felt like they were a little boring, being so close to black, but my tastes are changing. This shade just looks so classy to me. Like it would be great for a late night formal event.

The Good:

  • Formula was excellent. Thin and smooth, and very dense and opaque. One coat was almost enough!
  • Beautiful color.
  • Drugstore polish! I love having great drugstore polish around. It usually means I can go back for more bottles of the stuff when I run out, and it usually doesn't cost too much.
The Less Good But Not That Bad:
  • It was almost a little too thin. Even though the thin-ness did nothing bad for the opacity, it did pool onto the sides of my nails just a bit. Especially on my index finger.
Overall, this is a great polish. It's an excellent basic vampy that is very wearable next to my skin tone. I really think everyone should have a polish like this!


Thursday, October 18, 2012

Obligatory Jack O' Lantern Nails

Hey y'all...

Yeah, yeah, yeah! I know everyone is doing some form of pumpkin nails this month!

But that doesn't mean I shouldn't give it a shot! xD

These are my little jack o' lantern buddies! I painted them on with a PAPERCLIP (don't judge me) with Wet 'n Wild Black Creme over a shimmery orange base of OPI Clubbing 'Til Sunrise.

I also attempted to "paint" on some glow in the dark polish over the eyes and mouths to make them glow like actual jack o' lanterns, but the effect wasn't very strong so I couldn't get it to show up on camera. :( Sad day. I'll probably try some other glow in the dark nail art for Halloween again though.

I think they came out... Okay ish. xD I like my middle and ring fingers, for sure. I have no idea why the face on my pinkie looks so squished! He didn't look that bad off camera! xD At least this was good practice for future freehand nail paintings.

Before I go, here's the base on its own.

A swatch of OPI Clubbing 'Til Sunrise. Shimmery orange. A little sheer. I did two coats but three coats would've been better. Overall, not bad! But I don't think it's really a good color for me.

Ciao for now!


Monday, October 15, 2012

OPI Germany Collection Fall 2012: Every Month is Oktoberfest Swatch and Review

Howdy y'all,

So this polish sat in my untrieds bin for SO LONG, and now that I have it on I can't believe I waited so long to even try it!

Every Month is Oktoberfest
Oktoberfest is probably my first "vampy" polish ever, and I don't think I could've picked a better polish to dip my toes in the vampy pool with.

It's a rich purple-based (yes, purple!) polish with a dark and velvety burgundy shimmer. This polish is so rich and complex and aksjdfhk! I'm drooling over it, sorry.

More picspam:

Close up (click on this one!):

The formula was perfect. The first coat was thin enough to really see the purple base, and the second coat just completely covers the nail. I topped my mani with Seche Vite. 

The only thing I had trouble with was the brush. It's a little wide for my pinky, but otherwise perfect for the rest of my nails.

This was the only shade in the Germany Collection that really caught my eye, and I'm glad it did. It's pure awesome. <3_<3


Sunday, October 14, 2012

China Glaze Wicked Collection: Swatches and Review (Plus Video Swatch!)

I have a great big hooooooooooooooowdyyyyyyyyyy for the bunch of you that have recently followed me! :D Let's get the mushy stuff out of the way first...

Thank you all so much for reading and checking out my pictures... It means a lot to me. Seriously! I've never been this obsessed with anything else in my entire life. I believe I have finally found my lifelong hobby, and even though I'd keep doing it whether anyone read it or not, I'm so glad I'm not just blogging to myself here. ;)

Since I recently hit 100 followers, I definitely plan on having a giveaway! I'm not quite prepared for it YET, but I will be very soon.

In the meantime I have more swatches and reviews to share with y'all, and today I even have a video swatch that includes... *gasp* my voooice! Whoa, I did not mean to type that many o's in there. Oh well. They're staying there now.

Anyway, as I'm sure you've already noticed, today's swatch & review post is the China Glaze Wicked Collection. This is CG's Halloween collection for this year. I only picked up four of them, because I bought one on its own and then bought three more in a little set that came with a bottle of Ghoulish Glow. Will I be buying the rest? I suppose you'll find out after reading my review? ;)

Bizarre Blurple

I have a problem with these pictures... Bizarre Blurple is purple based, but my camera apparently couldn't take the blue/purple combo and just gave me blue. FAIL. I attempted to color-correct a bit but they're still way too blue. Nails in Nippon has a color accurate swatch of this one. Moving on...

Bizarre Blurple is a deep purple base absolutely saturated with bright blue shimmer. It was dense and almost completely opaque in one coat. I did two to cover up thin spots. No TC.

Close-up shot:

Roguish Red

Roguish Red is a red-orange creme. (Maybe a "crelly?" It seems in between to me) It's much more orange than red in my opinion; I held it up next to a bottle of red polish and a bottle of orange polish, and it was pretty obvious which way this one leans. 

It was opaque in two coats (with a tiny bit of VNL) and damn bright against my skin. It's almost neon... it definitely makes me look paler. Pics are with no top coat; I love how glossy Roguish Red is.

Cast A Spell

Love love loooove this one. And I'm not usually a big fan of dark/black shades!

Cast A Spell looks to be either a black or blackened green base full of antique gold glitter (sort of a greenish gold). There is also a touch of bright green and red sparkling in there if you look at it in the right light. If you look carefully at the blurry shots below you can see a bit of the color variation.

This one was opaque in one coat on most fingers. I considered doing two for good measure, but it really didn't need it! No top coat.

Glitter Goblin



So... Some people were disappointed with Glitter Goblin. I'm not entirely sure why. I mean, I don't think I'm going to win any hearts with my pictures of it, but damn I love this glitter!

Orange and holographic hex glitters in a clear base... I expect a polish named after goblins to be green, but it's orange for Halloween so that's good enough I guess.

Close up:


These first three pictures are three coats of Glitter Goblin alone, and the next ones are all with two coats of Gelous. After that I'll show you how it looks layered over the other shades from the collection, and then the video swatch is at the very end. xD

With Gelous

With Gelous

With Gelous

With Gelous

Blurred to show holo

With Gelous

Bizarre Blurple

Roguish Red

Cast a Spell
Video Swatch

And now we get down to the nitty gritty.

What I liked:
  • The formula on all three was excellent. No streaking, dragging, or globbiness. Not thick, and not too thin at all. They all flowed smoothly onto the nail and were all very opaque. The only exception was Glitter Goblin.
  • The set of four polishes that I bought was a sweet fuckin deal at Sally's. It was ten bucks for about twenty-five dollars worth of polish.
  • The colors. I basically was not expecting to like all of them as much as I did!
  • The variety of finishes and colors was good.
  • The names are pretty cute as well.
What I didn't like:
  • The brushes! Ughkdjsghkghjkd! I always have a hard time with China Glaze brushes, and these were no exception. Cast a Spell had an unusually fluffy brush, and Roguish Red's brush had some uneven hairs poking out. Bizarre Blurple was better than those two, and Glitter Goblin had the best brush. That one gave me no issues.
  • Glitter Goblin is a little sheer, but not bad. At three coats I still have some uneven spots, but it doesn't bother me enough to add another coat.
Overall, this collection is a win for me. If I had to pick a favorite, it'd be Bizarre Blurple. (I just love purple polish!) If I can, I'd love to get the other two shades. Or maybe just Immortal, the gray one. 

Thanks for reading. ;)