Friday, December 31, 2010


Fuschia with light blue shimmer.  Nothing special about this polish but I like it.  Definitely brightens things up since I'm wearing dark polish most of the time.  This was another jockey lot find by my father.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

China Glaze-Bogie

Purple, brown almost shimmer.  Beautiful.  I didn't do a full manicure but I will soon.  This one is prettier on than in the bottle.  The photo is pretty accurate.  I've gotten better at remembering to take photos outside so hopefully in the future you'll get better quality.

The manicure I keep on thinking about...

Ahhh, I need to recreate something like this soon.  I keep on thinking about this one.  Essie-Sew Psyched, Rimmel-Black Creme and a Love polish I don't recall with Essie Matte.

Wednesday, December 29, 2010

NYC-Big Apple Red

This is a really nice creme red.  And it's cheap at 99 cents!  I got tons of compliments on this one.  Not much else to say.

Friday, December 24, 2010


This went on horribly but I think it was because it sat for so long.  Either way it was a pain in the butt to put on and once on it looked horrible application wise.  It's a gorgeous color.  It looks better in the bottle now after I've shaken it a bit.  I will try again with this one, but for now, I'm wary.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

China glaze-Jitterbug and OPI-Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous Dupes?

China Glaze-Jitterbug and OPI-Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous are dupes for me.  There are subtle differences but it took me a while looking at this picture to figure it out.  My pointer and middle finger are Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous and my ring and pinky are Jitterbug.  I'm wondering what OPI Brand New Skates would look like compared?  I will say that I hate how OPI seems to add a - into a lot of their names.  Drives me a lit-tle bit bat-ty!

Sunday, December 19, 2010

Playing with Essie Sew Psyched

I loved Essie Sew Psyched so much that I wanted to keep it on longer than I normally would.  I grabbed my Rimmel black and used a pot scrubber to "stamp" with.  It looked very modern art and is something that I will definitely do again.  I ended up adding a lilac frost later on but forgot to get a photo.  And then of course I had to mattify it, which was amazing.  I'm definitely doing this again soon.

I apologize for my absence.  I've had a lot going on personally and couldn't find the energy to post.  I haven't been changing my nails nearly as much either.  I imagine that will change very soon though!

Saturday, December 18, 2010

My favorite manicure.

This is an old picture, but I think this is my favorite manicure I've done.  It's Sally Hansen-Gunmetal with Wet 'n Wild Sparked on top and then Essie Matte.  I am going to redo this one soon, it's been too long!

Saturday, December 4, 2010

L'Oreal-Fleur De Lis and Charmed, I'm Sure.

Index/Middle are Fleur De Lis and Ring/Pinkie are Charmed, I'm Sure
Meh.  75% off.  It my skin tone was darker they would look great.  This is three coats.
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Essie-Sew Psyched

Indoors, indirect sunlight 
Indoors, night, indirect light 
Indoors, night, direct light
Essie Sew Psyched lives up to its hype.  It was almost opaque in one coat and went on super smooth.  I may have to get more Essie polishes.  The wow factor of using a polish with such great application is winning me over.  The cost is worth it.  I tried to capture the color, but this one is hard.  It's a green, gray, not totally creme, but not crazy shimmer.  I want a back up!  And uh, another one onto my favorites list.

Friday, December 3, 2010

OPI-Let Me Entertain You!

A beautiful raspberry glass fleck.  I think this one is in my top five of all time.  And I've learned that glass flecks may be my favorite category.  Hmm.  Too bad it chipped after one day but I am hard on my nails.  Either way, I think I need a back-up.
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Thursday, December 2, 2010

China Glaze-Jitterbug

This is a beautiful gray silver foil glass fleck.  Heh.  I feel like it may be a dupe with OPI-Lucertainly Look Marvelous and I will compare them soon, I'm sure.  They are so close that I grabbed the wrong bottle for the photo!
China Glaze-Jitterbug although I grabbed OPI-Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous accidentally.

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Tuesday, November 30, 2010


The emerald green color on my index, middle and pinkie is Rimmel-Camouflage.  The thumb and ring finger have Wet 'n Wild Morbid and then Milani Gems on the thumb and Gold on the ring finger.  I meant to get a better shot of Gems and compare it with China Glaze party Hearty but I forgot.  I'll have to do it in the future.
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Mr. Bugaboo.

He is my heart.  Definitely my little soul dog.

Wet 'n Wild Morbid with Milani-Gems

I went to CVS today looking for Revlon Perplex and saw the Milani glitters!  This one is way more awesome than the photos show.  While I do not own Lippman's Happy Birthday it appears that Gems is a hyrid of Happy Birthday and China Glaze-Party Hearty.  Love.

Milani-Gold over Wet 'n Wild-Morbid.

This one is gorgeous but the application on this was much worse than Gems.  I'm not sure why though.  Plain gold glitter in a clear base.  This will definitely add bling if you need it.
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Sinful Colors-Under 18

Hate hate hate the name of the polish.  Ugh.  But I love the polish itself.  Excuse the messy application.  This one will be a great full holiday boooom booom boooom red.
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Wet 'n Wild-Morbid

Morbid is an accurate name.  This looked so promising in the bottle and going on.  However, it let me down like a wilting flower.  Seche Vite couldn't even make it shine.  Ah well.  I'm already considering taking it off but I can't stand the thought of remover scent.  I'm fighting a headache and that would be tempting fate.  I suppose I could tolerate it for one day.
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Sunday, November 28, 2010

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Which Elf shall I be?

L-R on top of Rimmel Camouflage
Cover Girl-City Lights, China Glaze-Party Hearty, and China Glaze-Tinsel.

I think City Lights and Tinsel are a must have for everyone because they are so diverse.  And Party Hearty is a great seasonal one.  I didn't expect to like it as much as I do.
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Dramatic Nails.

Ha.  Messing around with my camera phone.  This is the Holga effect.  I actually like it and would love to have this as the background to my blog but yeah, I'm not that savvy.
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I put Borghese Presto on top hoping it would bring out the beauty of Dovima, but it didn't.  I definitely prefer this as a matte.  Unless Seche would do a better job.  WALRUS!  (David Attenborough has gotten to me)
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Franken Lover

I spent the most time with this one.  I've thought about gifting it away but I just can't do it.  He and I have a relationship.  I probably should name him.  I will report back when the birth certificate is finalized.
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Sallyl Hansen-Wet Cement and Attempting Frankeningggggggg

The first six colors of my franenpalooza.  I have run out of bottles.  This is fun.  And addicting.  I wish you could see the dark one better.  It's a dark black/blue with a bright blue glitter.
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Wet 'n Wild-Shiver

My father bought this one for me.  It was one that I did not think I was going to like although I've been searching for the perfect light blue to replace a favorite of mine from over ten years ago.  This one is a cross between a silver and baby blue.  I think it also helps that it worked well with my skin tone.  Either way, it will be worn again.
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Sinful Colors-Mint Apple and Cover Girl-City Lights

Oh la la.  I can move the photos around.  Who knew?  This photo, while blurry, demonstrates the wonderful holographic rainbow of City Lights.  It's easily found and I am going to be personally responsible for everyone loving it.  I've said it before and will again.
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Sinful Colors-Mint Apple

A wonderful green.  It surprised me.  I didn't expect to like it so much.
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Sally Hansen-Wet Cement, Unknown Red, China Glaze-Tinsel
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I feel horrible that this picture does not capture the beauty of Dovima.  It is not dull although it is a Matte finish.  It is a dark gray with lots of little flecks of color.  If you aren't looking closely, it's easy to miss.
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Double trouble.

The cat is trouble.  Double trouble.  Just look at him.  All smug.
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This is a gorgeous green.  Another surprise!  I like it so much that I am going to have to clean up the bottle.  I can't have it disrespected like that.  Of all the greens I own, this may be my favorite.  This includes the Zoya greens I got earlier this year.
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More Playing

I played with Hard Candy Mr. Wrong and layering.  Mr. Wrong is on my thumb.   Index has OPI Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous on it.  I thought they might be a dupe but Lucerne-tainly has a much more blue/green tone to it.  Middle finger has a sheer fushia that I frankened on it.  Ring finger has Borghese Carnevale Grape on top.  Pinkie has a sheer purple I frankened as well.  I think layering on top of Mr. Wrong will occur for a full manicure in the future.  My favorite is the Borghese Carnevale Grape on top.  Sheer polishes obviously work best.
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China Glaze-Sugar Plums

This picture doesn't do it justice.  I hate how great the pics look when I take them but when they upload they become dulled.  Boo.  Anyways, I can't believe this one has not received more love.  No problemo, more for me.
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Hard Candy-Mr. Wrong

I have had this one for ages but just now got around to swatching it.  I like it better on than I thought.  I don't see the purple in it very well though.  It is a dark gold foil.  There may be purple/blue undertones that are faint, but at least indoors at night I cannot tell.
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She who plays.

I am trying to figure out which Android camera app works best to upload photos.  As well as which setting.  This one won't be it because the fisheye is kind of wonky but it shows the colors well.  This is one of my first frankens on top of Wet 'n Wild Blazed.  If you look at the bottle you can see it still hasn't fully mixed.  I need to buy some BB pellets to mix it up.
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Wet 'n Wild-Blazed

This was another one my father bought me.  It's brighter than this picture.  I can't decide if it's coral or pink.  I shall stick with it being Salmon.  I needed a break from all the dark colors.  I've had a rough week and needed something brighter.  It lasted less than 24 hours before I started messing with it and eventually taking it off.  Each hand right now is painted a different color.  Who knows how many more I shall swatch before the night ends.
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Monday, November 22, 2010

Revlon-Silver/Sally Hansen-Wet Cement Comparsion

Pretty close dupe.  Revlon Silver on top and Sally Hansen Wet Cement on bottom.  Silver is just a tad bit lighter.  Weird name considering it's grey.  Or gray.
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Wet 'n Wild-Night Prowl versus Nicole by OPI-Black to the Future

Very close.  My pinkie is Night Prowl.  It's brighter, the glitter is a bit bigger and has a more pink tone.  Not necessary to have both unless you look in the sunlight or like to collect :)
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Someone needs to learn how to clean up prior to taking pics...

Pinkie to pointer.
Wet 'n Wild-Night Prowl, Nicole by OPI-Black to the Future, Nicole by OPI-Bah Plum-Bug! and Sally Hansen-Thinking of Blue.

Night Prowl and Black to the Future are almost dupes.  Night prowl is brighter (pics don't show this well), the glitter is a bit larger and more pink.
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What color do I wear?!

Thumb to Pinkie.
Sally Hansen-Cherry Red, Wet 'n Wild-Champagne, Sally Hansen-Wet Cement, Sally Hansen-Fairy Teal and Sally Hansen-Going Green.

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