Monday, 29 October 2012

OPI The Man With The Golden Gun

Happy Monday everyone! Today I have a very special polish for you from OPI's Skyfall collection - the limited edition 18k gold top coat: The Man With The Golden Gun. Since it is made with real gold, the price tag is quite hefty at $30 a bottle. It is a clear base with small pieces of gold leaf that creates a different effect based on the colour you layer it over. To demonstrate this, I used it over two completely different colours: OPI Skyfall from the same collection (reviewed here) and Essie Butler Please from the Winter 2013 collection (reviewed below).

OPI The Man With The Goldern Gun over OPI Skyfall

OPI The Man With The Golden Gun over OPI  Skyfall

OPI The Man With The Golden Gun over OPI Butler Please

Butler Please is a cobalt blue creme from Essie's Winter 2013 collection. This is a 2 coater with great formula except for the occasional bald spot. The true colour is a few shades darker than in the pictures as cameras have a hard time capturing this shade. I really liked the entire collection but this is the only one I felt like I needed, especially since I don't have Nails Inc Baker Street.

Essie Butler Please

What do you guys think of gold leaf top coats? I didn't have access to the Zoya one since they don't ship to Canada, or the Jessica one since I can't find it in any store. Which is your pick?

Until next time!

- The Manicurette

Sunday, 28 October 2012

Zoya Dove Jelly Sandwich

Hi guys! This is the longest I have been away from the nail polish world because I've possibly had the busiest week of my life this week! I'm not complaining though because it was worth it :) I've got some exciting posts coming up next week because I managed to fill 2 of my biggest lemmings. For today, I have Zoya Dove, my first true grey polish and I have no idea why I was so scared of grey all these years. 

Zoya Dove is a delicate cement grey creme. This was a two coater and the dry time was exceptionally good. I wore it without top coat and had no tipwear. The reason I didn't use top coat is because I find that Seche Vite reacts badly with Zoya, leaving the polish underneath wet and causing shrinkage. I've heard a lot of people have had issues with SV and Zoya. Which top coat do you like with your Zoya? Maybe I'll have better luck with those.

Zoya Dove

I turned this mani into a jelly sandwich with one layer of Revlon Blu Mosaic, Icing Lemme See Your Peacock, and Wet'n;Wild 2% Milk. I love that I can see the colours of the individual glitters so well!

I think I'm getting pretty adventurous with my jelly sandwiches, considering I only started them a couple of months back. What do you think of the glitter combination in this mani? 

- The Manicurette

Tuesday, 16 October 2012

OPI Skyfall Collection 2012 Swatches and Review

Hello there! Today I have for you five of the twelve polishes from the OPI Skyfall Collection for Holiday 2012. I can’t wait for the movie to come out! OPI does great holiday collections and the new Bond collection is everything I expected and more. Let's get right onto it, shall we?

OPI Skyfall 2012

Goldeneye is a warm gold foil with very small foil particles. This polish needs a considerable amount of coats for full coverage; for swatches, I used 4 coats. This is the kind of polish that looks better in indirect sunlight/shade than it does in sunlight/direct sunlight. 

OPI Skyfall 2012 - Goldeneye (sunlight)

OPI Skyfall 2012 - Goldeneye (shade)

OPI Skyfall 2012 - Goldeneye

Live And Let Die is a super dark green creme with olive gold shimmer. The formula was smooth and buttery, and pigmented enough for you to get away with just one thick coat or two thin coats. Because the green is so dark, it does look almost black in the shade. I used two coats for the swatches. 

OPI Skyfall 2012 - Live And Let Die

OPI Skyfall 2012 - Live And Let Die 

Skyfall is a classic rich burgandy creme, perfect for the months ahead. The simplicity of this polish was what appealed to me, and it has that luxurious feel to it when on the nails. The formula was creamy and pigmented, but does have a tendency to stain the cuticles. 

OPI Skyfall 2012 - Skyfall

OPI Skyfall 2012 - Skyfall

The Spy Who Loved Me  is a tomato red polish packed with micro-fine gold shimmer. This polish is just wow! It looks so ordinary in the bottle but when on the nails, it is so beautiful and deep. The shimmer seems to be floating right beneath the surface. I used 3 thin coats for opacity as it is slightly on the sheer side. The only downside is that this is very prone to staining the skin around the nail too.

OPI Skyfall 2012 - The Spy Who Loved Me

OPI Skyfall 2012 - The Spy Who Loved Me

The Living Daylights is a glitter top coat with turquoise, copper and silver medium-sized glitter. The formula was better than expected, and the glitter was easy to spread without any dabbing. I used one coat of The Living Daylights in the following swatches. 
OPI Skyfall 2012 - The Living Daylights over Live And Let Die

OPI Skyfall 2012 - The Living Daylights over Skyfall

OPI Skyfall 2012 - The Living Daylights

Overall, I am very impressed with the formula of these polishes. They were all consistently great instead of being a hit-and-miss collection. There are seven other polishes in this collection that I did not buy but have the urge of going back and getting! What are your picks from this collection?

- The Manicurette

Saturday, 13 October 2012

Jelly Sandwich with Claire's Candy Shop

Happy weekend folks! Today, I have a super cute polish to show you guys that was perfect for a jelly sandwich.

I started with a thin coat of Wet'n'Wild Tickled Pink (previously reviewed here). I then added a coat of Claire's Candy Shop, famous for being a dupe for Deborah Lippmann's Candy Shop. The formula of the Claire's polish was nice and the glitters lay flat on the nail. If you use Candy Shop without any pink base, you'll need at least 3 coats because the base is quite sheer. Finally, I topped it with a coat of Wet'n'Wild 2% Milk which is a cream-coloured jelly, perfect for jelly sandwiches. 

Claire's Candy Shop

Macro shot

Claire's Candy Shop

I find that sandwiching Candy Shop makes it a lot more wearable, because by itself, it looks to me like a messy, shiny glitterbomb. It also means that this way, the glitter won't soak up my hundreds of layers of top coat! I never expected Claire's to have any remotely decent polish. I've had this on for 2 days and not a single chip or tipwear yet! What do you guys think of this look? Any favourites by Claire's?

- The Manicurette

Thursday, 11 October 2012

Wet'n'Wild Fantasy Makers for Halloween 2012

Hi all! Just twenty days to Halloween...who's excited?! Today I have two Halloween polishes from Wet'n'Wild's Fantasy Makers line with the RIP headstone bottles. As we get closer to Halloween, I'll be showing you some spooky nail art. If you have any specific ideas or suggestions of what you'd like to see for Halloween manicures, leave me a comment. On to the swatches then!

Once Upon A Time is a sheer black base with small and medium sized red glitter. Since the base is so sheer, I layered 2 coat over a coat of black polish. The formula was easy to work with and the glitter wasn't as fussy as I thought it would be. The best part is that the glitter wasn't too hungry as I needed just 1 thick coat of Seche Vite. This polish is possibly a dupe for Deborah Lippmann Ruby Red Slippers, from what I gather.

Wet'n'Wild Fantasy Makers Once Upon A Time

Wet'n'Wild Fantasy Makers Once Upon A Time

Wet'n'Wild Fantasy Makers Once Upon A Time

Rest In Pieces is a sheer black base with purple micro-glitter. The base is darker than in Once Upon A Time, but I still chose to layer 2 coats over a coat of black polish. One coat would work too but the glitter is a lot more prominent after the second coat. The formula was really nice, with good dry time.

Wet'n'Wild Fantasy Makers Rest In Pieces

Wet'n'Wild Fantasy Makers Rest In Pieces

Wet'n'Wild Fantasy Makers Rest In Pieces

I find these polishes so much fun and the bottles just scream Halloween (no pun intended!). What are your thoughts on this collection?

- The Manicurette

Tuesday, 9 October 2012

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy

Hello there! Hope you all enjoyed your long weekends. I received a wonderful present from my sister last week - Let's Go Crazy from Deborah Lippmann's Fall 2012 collection. I have no idea how she knew I had been lemming this polish!

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy

Let's Go Crazy is a dark purple jelly with multi-coloured glitter. So as not to lose the glitter in the dark base with multiple coats, I used just one coat over black polish. The formula was amazing, the glitter practically placed itself and I'm so happy that I could see the different colours so well. 

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy 

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy

Deborah Lippmann Let's Go Crazy (macro)

What do you guys think of this polish? I am glad that I gave this polish a chance despite the comments about it being Happy Birthday in a dark base, because the two could not be any different. It does have a sort-of indie vibe to it with the crazy glitter and coloured base. I guess Deborah is keeping an eye on the indie trend too ;)

- The Manicurette

Saturday, 6 October 2012

Essence Oh My Glitter! Leopard Print

Happy Thanksgiving everyone! I made my first pumpkin pie for Thanksgiving dinner last night and had a lovely time with friends and family. On to the nails may have noticed that Essence has re-vamped their Color & Go line to larger, cuter bottles. The first one I have for you from the line is Oh My Glitter! that I used as a base for a leopard print mani. 

Oh My Glitter! is a lavender creme with fine pink and blue shimmer. The formula was slightly sheer, requiring 3 coats for opacity. Dry time was decent and the consistency was neither too thick nor too thin.

Essence Oh My Glitter!

I used Essie No More Film and Wet'n'Wild French White for making the leopard print pattern. 

I was happy to see that the Essence stand at Shoppers was somewhat full for once. Essence polishes (8 ml) are available for $1.99. I hope you all have a great Thanksgiving long weekend!

- The Manicurette

Thursday, 4 October 2012

Royal Blue Jelly Sandwich

I love the effect of jelly sandwiches with the glitter swimming just beneath the surface and adding such depth to a simple manicure. I've never had much luck with layering polishes but I figured I've got to try doing a post on it at least once. For the base, I used Zoya Natty, topped with Essie Set In Stones, over which I used China Glaze Ride The Waves (blue jelly) and finally ended with a swipe of OPI Last Friday Night.

Natty is a blue-grey creme from the Designer Fall 2012 collection. This colour is really out of my comfort zone but I am so glad to have tried it. So chic for fall! The formula was good, opaque in 2 coats. But the most impressive part was how fast it dries! I rarely skip top coat but you can get away with not using one without any trouble.

Zoya Natty:direct sunlight (left) & indirect sunlight (right)

What do you guys think about the jelly sammich? Yay or nay? Funnily, I think I'm a lot more comfortable with my dotting tools and stamping plates! Thanks for reading :)

- The Manicurette

Monday, 1 October 2012

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

In honour of October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I've done a pink ribbon manicure today. Breast cancer runs in my family and my grandmother battled it (and defeated it!) decades ago. The biggest challenge with the  breast cancer campaign is to not let it be about the pink merchandise and marketing, but to be aware of the facts of the disease and how to detect it. The National Breast Cancer Foundation website has a lot of resources such as a detection plan for you, support for those who are battling it, and ways you can contribute towards helping women in need afford mammograms. Please take a couple minutes to check it out! On to the nails then...

For the base, I used Wet'n'Wild Tickled Pink, a baby pink creme that's opaque in 2 coats. This is a great pink staple polish for a super affordable price (around $1.50). For the ribbon art, I used OPI Flower-to-Flower, a darker pink creme with tiny silver shimmer. Here are stand-alone swatches of Tickled Pink:

Wet'n'Wild Tickled Pink in direct sunlight (left) & indirect sunlight (right)

Wet'n'Wild Tickled Pink & OPI Flower-to-Flower
As always, I used scotch tape for the lines and created this simple Breast Cancer Awareness mani. I hope you enjoyed this post! I'd love to see your BCA nails too :)

- The Manicurette
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