28 December 2010

SpaRitual in Fickle

My first ever SpaRitual polish! I got a pedicure at a salon a few months ago and they used SpaRitual polishes, but this is the first one I've ever owned. I probably wouldn't have even bought it if it weren't for the lovely Boxing Day sales.
This one is called Fickle, and I was very disappointed to note that there really aren't any swatches of it on the interwebs. When I picked up this bottle at the salon I was immediately won over but, being the overthinker that I am, I whipped out my phone to do a quick Google Images search for swatches to get an idea of what it looks like, but found NOTHING. That didn't stop me from buying it though. It just meant that I would have to do my own swatches for other people to enjoy.

So here it is!

 In the bottle it looks like a sort of purpley-greyish pearly colour, and when it dries it has this really amazing gold flash to it. I've recently started to love gold shimmers in polishes, and this polish feeds right into that. The best part is that I didn't really know it had the gold in it when I bought it because it's not really apparent in the bottle.

This is with 4 coats over a base of Seche Rebuild, but SpaRitual polishes dry very quickly so it wasn't like I was waiting years and years to be able to use my hands again. For the first few coats about all you can see is the gold, but once you get up to the third and fourth coats the light purple-grey starts to show quite a bit more.

I tried very hard to get a shot of the bottle in different lighting because the purple is much more obvious indoors, but my camera refused to cooperate. Oh well, you can still sort of see the purpleyness of it.

Anyway, the formula of this polish was very good, not too runny or gooey or anything. This particular polish (and another one of theirs that I bought) goes on quite sheer so it does need several coats to get opacity, but as I mentioned before it dries very quickly.

Do you need this polish? I think so. It's quite different from everything else in my collection and I feel like it's very unique in general.  And the fact that it's vegan and big 3 free is a huge plus.

Lovelovelove to all.

26 December 2010

Nicole's Christmas Manicure!

I sincerely hope that everyone that celebrates Christmas had a wonderful holiday yesterday, and that everyone else had a great Saturday!

On Christmas Eve my family wandered over to have dinner at my aunt and uncle's house along with a bunch of other family members, and I decided that before I headed over I should change up my manicure to something a little more festive, and this is what I came up with!
Apologies for the awkward hand position there. I had an unfortunate hangnail/cuticle incident on my middle finger and didn't want to be showing it off to everyone.

I originally just had all of my nails painted with OPI An Affair in Red Square which is absolutely beautiful (and was one of the colours swatched in our first ever post), but I decided after a few moments that it needed a little more oomph, so I added an accent nail.
The accent nail was originally just Sally Hansen Xtreme blahblahblah Celeb City, but then on Christmas morning I opened my stocking and found that Nicole by OPI Tinsel Tips mini pack (thanks Jen!) and completely fell in love with Spark My Mistletoe. It was all glittery and holographic and I just needed to put it on SOMETHING. An Affair in Red Square does well enough on its own, so I just put a couple of coats of Spark etc over my accent nail and was good to go.

Removal of that accent nail was hellish. As anyone who has Celeb City knows, it's not actually a silver polish, it's a clear base with lots of really tiny silver glitter in it. And then Spark My Mistletoe is clear with red and holographic glitter in it, so that just added more glitter hassle for removal. In the end I wound up foiling those nails and all was fine.

Anyway, happy holidays to all! I got several new polishes for Christmas and then bought myself some more in the Boxing Day madness in town, so I have plenty of things to swatch! <3

25 December 2010

Merry Christmas! And winter nails!

First off, Merry Christmas, everyone! It's past midnight here but I wanted to get this posted before I attempt to sleep.

Does anyone else out there have issues making Konad stamps centered? I do. I don't know why, but... yeah. It's a constant problem for me. It's actually easier if I hold the stamp at the top of my nail... like, the top of my finger, rather than rolling it from one side to the other, but I don't know if other people do that!

Anyway, after I had a fail, I decided to try and do a rescue manicure that I ended up liking a lot. I got a lot of compliments on it too, though a lot of people were also asking me if my nails were fake... as if!

So as a base, I used two coats of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in "Blue It". Then I stamped two snowflakes on them, the ones that are on the plate with the bows too, using the Konad special white polish. Look at my poor cuticles. I keep biting them when I'm nervous and they're going to get even worse if I don't stop myself! :(

I put one snowflake on full size and then added a half snowflake on the tip of my nail. Except for my ring finger. My twinny did that one and I think she misunderstood what I was explaining as my "fix the fail" idea. Also, look at that blurry snowflake on my index finger. It's like a drunk vision snowflake. I found it oddly hilarious.

And another macro. Oh how I love thee, macro camera setting. And how I hate you too. Look at that chip! And you can see the tip wear. And that's after one day. :( I have such a hard time making manicures last. I base coat my nails, apply thin coats of polish instead of thicker coats to help reduce chipping and I always finish off with a coat of Seche Vite. I think I'm just really rough on my hands!

I just thought I'd share this manicure, since I did get quite a few compliments on it! A lot of people asked if I'd had it done professionally... I think the darker base with the pop of white makes it a pretty attention-grabbing manicure. What do you think?

24 December 2010

Guest nails!

Hello everyone!

So as Nicole mentioned, I hosted a nail polish party at my house a few days ago. It was most excellent. And everyone present painted their nails, so I decided to snap pictures of them! These are all pre-clean up, so excuse the mess, but this was so fun! I'll make sure to write the names of everything we used underneath the pictures.

Also, apologies in advance, I'm going to double post today, once I finish this one I'll do a NOTD and a winter design. I feel terrible about how behind I've been on them! And Nicole and I still have pictures from when we swatched the box of nail polish we got... it's all building up already but I'm really excited about this.

Okay... so I'm working on this post now and it's actually now even more late, since it's past midnight, but... A for effort? Please?



These are Dan's hands. Yes, they belong to a guy. This is Color Club "Poptastic", stamped with a unicorn (I don't know the Konad plate number, sorry, it's not mine, it's Nicole's!) using China Glaze "LOL", a holographic purple which is super fab and coming up next as a full manicure. And then Nicole added China Glaze "Fairy Dust", because HOLOGRAPHIC GLITTER NEEDS NO EXPLANATION.

This hand belongs to Liz. She painted her nails with China Glaze "LOL", from the OMG collection. MAN. Who else is super stoked on Tronica? I love holographics and ChG does them so well, but not often enough.



Jaimie's hands, with a tantilizing glimpse of the stove in the background. Hopefully you recognize this polish! It's OPI "Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous" and it's a gorgeousssssssssss colour.


These are Holland's nails. Some of these have Harry Potter colour themes. We love Harry Potter. Holland loves Slytherin. As a base, he's got OPI "Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow", the "suede" (matte) one, with silver argyle stamped using Nicole by OPI "Positive Energy", which works quite well for stamping and is also gorgeous on its own.

Again, pre-clean up, but that's what it actually looked like. Haha. Holland's MANicure. 

And these nails belong to James! The base is China Glaze "Recycle" (I looooove this colour), stamped with the blue Konad polish and a plaid design. Like Ravenclaw colours in the movie, right?

And these are Sarah's nails! Her base was China Glaze "Ruby Pumps", because it's awesome, with hearts and these sort of snowflake designs stamped over top with the white Konad polish.

And I have one more set of guest nails to show!

These are my twin sister's nails. Her name is Erin. My family is staying with me for a few days for Christmas (yay!) and I didn't know she was going to be here too (they said she was going to Mexico, what the heck) but I'm glad she is. Anyway, her base is China Glaze "Blue Island Iced Tea", with snowflakes stamped over top.

The thing is, see how tiny her nails are? I had very little space to work with, it was so hard to line everything up when it was like, "oh no, the stamp eats her nail!"

But they did come out cute. I quite liked them.

15 December 2010

NOTD: Wild At Heart

There was a brief period of beautiful sunshine yesterday, so I scampered outside with my camera and took a bunch of pictures of my nails. I got a few weird looks from the neighbour kids walking down the street as they saw me standing in my driveway in sweat pants and high heels (they were the closest shoes to me when I made my mad dash outside) as I took pictures of my own hand, but I don't care. That's how dedicated I am to this project.

As of right now, Color Club's "Wild At Heart" (from the collection of the same name) is one of my absolute favourite polishes. It's got pretty much all of the things I like. It's purple, it's dark, it's sparkly, and best of all... it's holographic! Yay!

It's not a really intense holo, but it's still really pretty. I'm a big fan of pretty much anything that's purple, and this is different from the others that I have in my collection.
Blurred picture of the bottle to try to show some of the holographic goodness. You can't really see much of the holo while it's in the bottle though. When I first bought it I thought it was just a dark purple with some silvery glitter, but I discovered how very mistaken I was once I actually started wearing it.
Look at those photography skills. I'm seriously impressive, managing to get one of my fingers in focus and the other two blurry so that you can see the holographic-ness. Mad skillz.

Anyway.  The formula was good, it applied very easily. I probably could have gotten away with just one coat, but I went over it with a second just to make absolutely sure that there wouldn't be any streaks or bald spots. Dry time was good too, I don't recall exactly how quickly it dried, but I don't remember thinking that it took an insane amount of time before I was able to use my hands somewhat normally again.

Do you need this polish? If you're anything like me, then you absolutely do.

13 December 2010

Nicole's First Post!

I was informed tonight by Kirsten (and her martinis) as I left the pub that I was also to post a NOTD. At first I was a little hesitant because there was no natural light for taking a good picture of my rather fantastic manicure. It was on my walk to the bus stop that I remembered my actions from earlier in the afternoon. Before removing my polish that I had been wearing, I thought to myself "Hmm, I should probably take advantage of this little bit of sunlight and take a few pictures of my current polish, just in case something happens and I can't get any light later." Sometimes my psychic abilities amaze me.

So, I present my Nail of Earlier Today.
 The polish is "Wild Orchid" by Color Club from the Untamed Luxury collection. I suppose it would be considered a shimmer, but to me it seems more like a creme that just happens to have a little bit of a blue sparkle to it. I don't know if that makes sense or not, but that's really how I think of it.
 Wild Orchid with flash to pick up a bit more of the sparkle.

You can sort of see a little bit of the almost-pearly sparkle in the bottle, but it's still very subtle.

Like the (few) other Color Club polishes that I've tried, the formula of this one was pretty good. The brush isn't massive, and the polish dries relatively quickly. It was opaque enough that I almost could have gotten away with just one coat, but I did two just to make sure everything was completely even.

It's the sort of colour that I probably wouldn't have picked up all on its own, but I got it in a pack of seven. Now that I have it, though, I'm very happy with it.

Kirsten's first NOTD!

Hello, anyone who might be reading this. Today, I have my very first nail of the day. The OPI Swiss collection was mostly uninspiring to me (Diva of Geneva is just not my style at all, though I know a lot of people really love it), but there were two polishes that I knew I needed right away (that turned into three, but that doesn't matter) and one of them was today's nail of the day, Lucerne-tainly Look Marvelous.

I effing love this colour. It comes in the Swiss-ables mini set and the minute I saw it, I knew I was going to end up getting the large version. But part of me was trying to spare my wallet (poor wallet...) and I told myself that it might not even look good on me or that I might not even like it. It was all a filthy lie, of course.

I think the name is a bit crap, but it's not as horrible as some other OPI names that I can think of...

I took these right outside our door, and it was freezing!

Oooh, my right hand, just to mix it up. Yep, still love the hell out of this.

And a super close up bottle shot! 

The polish was a bit rough once I finished painting my nails (I used two coats, a thinner first coat and a thicker second), but I just slapped some Seche Vite over top and they feel perfect now. I really love this colour!

Thanks for reading!

12 December 2010

Our very first post!

So Nicole and I decided to swatch a bunch of Christmas colours while we baked shortbread and minty naniamo bars. These are our very first swatches, so they're not very good yet... I didn't go very far down near my cuticle just to make removal easier. So yeah... let's get started.

OPI "Color so Hot it Berns". It's so hard to not write "colour". Anywayyyy, isn't this a nice red? My clean up on all of these is really shitty but it's such a nice red. A very nice cream, no shimmer at all. It's from the Swiss collection.

OPI "Yodel Me on My Cell" I got this one in that mini Swiss collection. It's pretty but a bit sheer, this is three coats and I could still see VNL in real life. I was going to say "irl" but that'd be too many abbreviations to go one after the other.

I only included one bottle picture, but this is actually two colours. Two are China Glaze "Ruby Pumps" and two are Sally Hansen Xtreme blah blah in "Red Carpet". Pretty much the same, right? Another picture to show the difference. Excuse the rain drops on my nails tehe.

Pointer and ring finger are Ruby Pumps, middle and pinky are Red Carpet. I'd say that Red Carpet is a bit deeper, whereas RP is more of a true red, though actually, the colour payoff with Sally Hansen is a lot better. These are each three coats for the sake of comparison, but RC would've been fine with two.

Macro of China Glaze "Mistletoe Kisses". A;DSLHGAS; SO GORGEOUS.

I'm totally in love with this nail polish. I don't know what else to say. I love the silver glitter in it. It's gorgeous and pretty unique, isn't it?

OPI "An Affair in Red Square". This is Nicole's polish but I needed to try it. It's stunning. It's got a bit of shimmer to it but the focal point is still the gorgeous red. LOVE.
$OPI (Sephora by OPI) "What's Your Point-settia?" This is also Nicole's and it is also super gorgeous. You need this colour. It's a darker red with gold microglitter in it. I don't even care if poinsettias actually look like this, I wish they did if they don't.

Another macro. Lookit that glitter (and more raindrops).

NICOLE'S TURNNNNNNNNNNNNNNN

First up for me is Color Club "Pretty in Platinum". I absolutely adore this colour, it's all opaque and pearly and white and awesome. The dry time is great, but that seems to be pretty standard for Color Club polishes.

Another Color Club polish, this one is "Rule Breaker". I should say that I don't have a lot of greens in my collection because I have really terrible luck with finding shades that don't make my skin look like crap. This one, though, I really like. Probably because it has a bit of blue in it, and I really like blue.

I honestly have no idea what this polish is. I found it while cleaning my room a while ago, and apparently I got it during my rip-the-labels-off-of-everything phase. It's incredibly sheer, and I sometimes like to put a really light coat of it over top of other polishes just to see what it looks like. At the moment it's over top of Rule Breaker.

Another one of my few greens is Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear in "Emerald City". I bought this one a few weeks ago when I needed a Christmas green to go with An Affair in Red Square. It's very sheer, but has a really nice shimmer in it. I think it's well worth three coats, even if it takes a while to dry completely.

Oh dear. Oh dear oh dear oh dear. This one is Sephora brand "Picnic in the Park". I like the colour of this one just fine, and the formula is pretty good. The brush is very reminiscent of the enormous Rimmel brushes, but that's not too much of an issue. The problem I had was with staining. When I tried to take this polish off, it turned my fingers so green. Even after I went over it with the heavy-duty polish remover with acetone. Balls.

I put the mystery shimmery green over top of Picnic in the Park just to see what it would look like. It doesn't change the shade very much, just makes it kinda sparkly.

 
AGH GREEN ZOMBIE FINGERSSSSS. Do your best to ignore how terribly stained my hands are in this picture, I swear it gets better in the next picture. The polish in this one (other than lingering Picnic in the Park) is OPI "Sanguine" from the Go Goth mini collection that came out for Halloween. It's much more red and less brown in real life than in this picture, but I blame the fact that the sun ran away for that. It's also less streaky-looking in real life.

I think this one is my new love. China Glaze "Platinum Pearl". It's incredibly brush-strokey, but I don't care. It takes at least three coats (or at least it did for me) to make it nice and opaque, and you really have to wait for it to dry before you can do anything. Because of how frosty it is, every single little smudge shows up, so you have to be super careful. Totally worth it though.


HOLY COW there's a lot of pictures. Apologies. But thanks for reading! 

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