Monday, January 30, 2012

Color Club - Hot Like Lava

Yep, another "NO TIME!" foil.  This is the hot pink from the Foiled collection.  (I'm wearing the paler pink on my toes - weather suddenly got really warm - like sandals weather - and this is my first pedi of the season.  I don't recommend foils on your toes unless they are PERFECT, or you have an AWESOME ridge filler base coat.)

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II
Color:  Hot Like Lava (2 coats)
Topcoat:  David (1 coat)

I wish this was a tiny bit brighter, but I'm totally pleased with this.  Please to ignore my awesome paper cut on my ring finger.  Ouch.

Application was awesome as usual, cleanup was minimal.

You know what I'd love to see?  A screaming neon foil.  That would be cool.

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Models Own - Aqua Violet

I caved and ordered the entire Beetle Juice collection when it was on sale. This was my first experience with Models Own. It took over a month to arrive - it was so long that I scoured other nail blogs to see how long theirs had taken to arrive.  I got the impression that bigger blogs got faster shipping, which frankly turns me off of ordering from Models Own again. 

Anyway, Aqua Violet is pretty much just what it says - an aqua/violet duochrome.  It was pretty sheer on my nail wheel swatch, so I layered it over Wet N Wild Black Creme.

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  Wet N Wild Black Creme (1.5 coats)
Color:  Models Own Aqua Violet (2 coats)
Topcoat:  David (1 coat)

I took a ton of photos trying to capture the purple here, but I couldn't do it.  I'll try again later in the day or I might try at night to see if that helps.

Anyway, the application was pretty good - it was a little bit soupy but not too bad at all.  I do have a little bit of bubbling that's not visible in the photos (and hardly visible in real life), but I'm not sure I blame the polish - I know I applied with too much polish on my brush a couple of times.  This polish is a little bit brush-stroke-y but not enough to really bother me.

Thursday, January 26, 2012

China Glaze - LOL

Here's an oldie but goodie.  I was just recovering from being basically in bed sick for an entire week, but my mom wanted to go do some shopping.  My darling husband graciously allowed it on the condition that he drive me to meet my mom and pick me up (what actually happened:  He drove me, halfway through he met us at the mall and carried all our bags, then drove me home).  Anyway, I still felt awful, and purple is my mom's favorite color, so I picked this out of my stash. 

LOL is a dark purple, linear holographic polish.

Basecoat:  NailTek Foundation II (1 coat)
Color:  China Glaze LOL (3 coats)
Topcoat:  Nubar Diamont (1 coat)


Tuesday, January 24, 2012

OPI - Road House Blues and Finger Paints - Twisted

I've had Road House Blues sitting in my untrieds for a while (I think it's the only polish I bought from the road trip collection).  Twisted was one I just picked up - I still haven't even swatched it on my nail wheels yet.   Road House Blues is a deep blue creme, and Twisted is a multicolored flake topcoat.
Basecoat:  Salon Sciences Instant Artificials (1 coat)
Color:  OPI Road House Blues (2 coats)
Topcoat:  Finger Paints Twisted (2 coats)
Topcoat:  David (1 coat)

I adore this combination.

Road House Blues was beautiful on its own, and applied well even though I still hate the Pro Wide brush.  I might have tried to be too careful, which explains the HUGE gap at the cuticle of my ring finger.  This would definitely be a two coater on its own.

Twisted is AMAZING.  I picked up both Twisted and Asylum from this collection (I have almost all of the Nfu Oh flakes, so I didn't feel like I needed the others).  I did need two coats of Twisted for this density of flakes, but this polish isn't all thick and goopy like some other flake topcoats can be. 

If you don't have it yet, you need Twisted.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Orly - Oui

I really love these Orly polishes.  Oui is a purple with lots of gold shimmer.  Oui is a little bit bluer of a purple than some of the other light purples-with-gold-shimmer we've seen.

Basecoat:  Salon Sciences Fiberglass Network (1 coat)
Color:  Orly Oui (4 coats)
Topcoat:  David (1 coat)

The weather was awful when I wore this, so on the fourth day of wear I broke down and took photos under desk light. 

I did need to use four coats for this - it was a tiny bit sheerer than I was expecting.  However, application was awesome as usual for an Orly polish.  I do have a little bit of tip wear in the photos, but again - this was on the fourth full day of wear (and I'm almost certain I'd already peeled off the polish from all the other fingers, too - yes, I know it's terrible)

Friday, January 20, 2012

Nina Ultra Pro - Glamrock

Yes, I'm behind again - I have a few actual NOTDs (not swatches) piled up - I had some major dental work done a couple of weeks ago, which was followed immediately (as in, the next day) by an awful cold/flu thing that knocked me out of commission until just recently.  And, when that all happened I was *already* behind.  Oh well. 

Also, today I painted my toenails, which I usually don't do in the winter - but it's a weird winter in Texas.  Today it's about 80 degrees outside, and I'm wearing sandals when I go out tonight.  I'm kind of afraid of what this will mean for summer.

Glamrock is a black jelly with lots of silver glitter in two size - micro, and bigger round pieces.

Basecoat:  Salon Sciences Instant Artificials (1 coat)
Color:  Nina Ultra Pro Glamrock (3 coats)
Topcoat:  David (1 coat)

How hot is that?  This was surprisingly opaque and easy to apply.  I love this polish a lot - everything about the application was awesome.  The finished texture wasn't very rough either - I probably could have stood to do a layer of Gelous before my topcoat but it didn't really bug me.

Monday, January 2, 2012

Color Club - Cold Metal

This might be my favorite of the Foiled polishes, but I really love them all.

Basecoat:  Salon Sciences Instant Artificials (1 coat)
Color:  Color Club Cold Metal (2 coats)
Topcoat:  Seche Vite (1 coat)

I probably could have stopped with one coat, to be honest - it was totally opaque then.  I added a second coat to see if it would enhance the awesome glowy blue, but it doesn't really.  So:  this is a one-coater.  Because it's so opaque, cleanup is a bit of a biatch.  I love the Color Club brush and I'm good at controlling it, so I didn't have a lot of cleanup, but in the third photo you can see where it's stained my skin some.  Normally I would wait and take photos tomorrow in this case.  However, I picked a foil because I needed it to dry super fast so I could resume knitting, so I'm sure this will be totally trashed in the next couple of hours.