Sunday, 30 September 2012

OPI Steady As She Rose

Any nail blogger will tell you that, unfortunately, they have not yet used every single polish in their collection. Getting through untrieds can be such a daunting task and I'm ready to take it on slow and steady (ha!). I'm starting with OPI Steady As She Rose from the Pirates Of The Carribean collection. I added some dotticure with Zoya Tru, a gorgeoous purple creme with gold shimmer.

OPI Steady As She Rose (shade)

Steady As She Rose is a dusty light purple creme that can pull slightly grey or slightly pink depending on the lighting and/or skin tone. The formula was slightly streaking, which caused dragging, which in turn led me to dab polish on bald patches. I used 3 slightly thick coats. The colour is light enough to easily pass off as a nude. 

OPI Steady As She Rose (direct sunlight)

OPI Steady As She Rose (direct sunlight)

I can't believe I haven't used this polish before! It is definitely part of my work-appropriate polishes now. What were your favourites from this collection? 

- The Manicurette

Thursday, 27 September 2012

China Glaze Bohemian Luster Chromes: Deviantly Daring

Today I have for you my pick from the China Glaze Bohemian Luster Chrome Collection for Fall 2012: Deviantly Daring. I'm not a fan of duochromes so I skipped all the others from the collection; but if I had to pick another, it would be Want My Bawdy. I had Deviantly Daring on for 2 days and noticed no tipwear or chipping so I tried a butterfly wing mani. 

 Deviantly Daring is a metallic teal with no noticeable duochrome. The finish matches those of nail foils, and brushstrokes aren't visible at all, unlike in the close up picture. I used two coats for swatches but one coat works too if you don't mind it a shade lighter.

China Glaze Deviantly Daring

China Glaze Deviantly Daring

This is my first time trying a butterfly mani so please ignore the flaws! I love love love the finish of Deviantly Daring and can't wait to wear it during the holiday season :)

- The Manicurette

Wednesday, 26 September 2012

Sation Polish Haul

Hi everyone! So I had no idea Sation nail polish was available in Canada until this week..I found 6-7 of them at Winners aka nail polish mystery land (you never know what you'll find!). I chose 3 colours that I found very unique and has nothing close to. Here goes:

Miss Emo Shun All is a very pigmented deep violet creme that dries to a rubber finish. I strongly suspect this might be a dupe for Illamasqua Prosperity from their Rubber Brights collection but I don't have the Illamasqua to confirm them as dupes. The formula was slightly thicker than I prefer and 2 coats were enough for opacity. I'm not a fan of the rubber finish but this polish is pure gorgeousness with a glossy top coat on! The first picture is a better representation of the true colour as the purple is more muted in the second picture.

Sation Miss Emo Shun All

Sation Miss Emo Shun All with top coat

Love At First Lavender is a bright mauve, not lavender, creme. The formula was on the thinner side and prone to flooding the cuticle. I used 2 coats for the swatches. This dries extremely glossy without top coat, as you can see in the picture.

Sation Love At First Lavender

Redwood Creme is a muted version of rust red with some pink tones and lots of not-so-hidden shimmer. It looks very average and forgettable in the bottle but beautiful and classic on the nails. The formula was neither thick nor thin and took 2 easy coats for opacity. This too dries extremely glossy and I skipped the top coat for swatches.

Sation Redwood Creme

It's great that I got a chance to try this brand; they were priced at $3.99 at Winners. Do you guys have any experience with this brand? Any favourites? Thanks for reading :)

- The Manicurette

Monday, 24 September 2012

Autumn's First Manicure

The season for pumpkin spice lattes, cinnamon, apple pie and trench coats is here! Fall is all about oranges and browns, so I am welcoming my favourite season with three made-for-Fall polishes. The polishes I used are: Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Coco A-Go-Go (base), Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pumpkin Spice (glitter), and OPI A Good Man-darin Is Hard To Find (lines). 

Coco A-Go-Go is a metallic brown with a copper shimmer base and some scarce multi-coloured glitter. This is a one-coater but I used 2 coats to make the brown deeper. Excellent formula.

Sally Hansen Insta Dri: Coco A-Go-Go

Pumpkin Spice is a sheer black base with small orange glitter. This polish is considered somewhat hard to find but I magically found one for less than a dollar at The Ex this year. The effect of this polish is very different in different lighting; the glitter is subtle and sleek in indirect lighting/shade but very va-va-voom and sparkly in direct sunlight.

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Pumpking Spice
(direct light)

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear: Pumpkin Spice
(indirect light)

To make this mani even more fun, I made some orange bands on my nails:

Hope you enjoyed my first day of Fall post! How does everyone feel about moving on from neons and brights to darks? Resisting or embracing?

- The Manicurette

Saturday, 22 September 2012

Color Club: Wild At Heart

One of my favourite places to buy nail polish is at Winners. I have found entire OPI, China Glaze and Essie collections there! I also always see Color Club polishes there but for some reason, I never bought one until now. They come in packs of two so I bought one with Wild At Heart and Backstage Pass

Wild At Heart is a dark purple holo polish. This polish has just blown me away! Why has no one ever told me to try Color Club before?! The formula of this polish was better than anything I ever expected - opaque in ONE coat. Dry time was crazy fast too. And the effect in the sun just left me speachless. See for yourself:

Color Club Wild At Heart
Color Club Wild At Heart  

I had Wild At Heart on my nails during the day so once the sun (and the holo) were gone, I used Backstage Pass to glam it up ever more. As you can see, Wild At Heart looks great even when the holo isn't visible. This is surely one of my favourite purples now.

What do you guys think about Color Club? Any others from the brand that have impressed you?

- The Manicurette

Friday, 21 September 2012

OPI Big Apple Red

Here's another polish I "borrowed" from my sister for Fall - OPI Big Apple Red. Such a classic, true red creme! Since I'm not quite ready to accept that summer is over, I free-handed some white stripes to it to make it more fun.

Big Apple Red is a deep red creme known for complementing most skin tones. The formula was easy to work with but I did find the dry time exceptionally long. Another drawback is that this polish loves to stain, making cleanup and removal a real pain. I used 3 coats of Big Apple Red with a coat of Seche Vite on top.

OPI Big Apple Red

What are some of your go-to reds? Ever found a red that isn't stain-central? Thanks for reading!

- The Manicurette

Wednesday, 19 September 2012

Essence You Belong To Me

Hi folks! Today's mani is one I did last week and completely forgot to post here! The idea for this manicure came from my sister and she picked the two polishes that I used. Here is a half-moon manicure with Essence You Belong To me as the base and Nicole by OPI Rainbow In The S-Kylie for the glitter half-moons. 

You Belong To Me is a mint blue creme with green tones, making it a sort of pastel minty turquoise. The formula was just ah-mazing! I used 2 coats for my swatches but I suspect you can get away with 1 thick one. For $1.29 at Shoppers, I didn't expect too much but I am so impressed with this brand. I sent a few down to my best friend in New York too and she loved them!

Essence You Belong To Me

How do you guys feel about Essence polishes? I wish Shoppers would keep their Essence displays more well-stocked though. Any recommendations from this brand?

Thanks for reading :)

- The Manicurette

Monday, 17 September 2012

Essie Lapis of Luxury and Owls

Hi everyone! I felt like a change so I filed my nails down super short! I'm haven't had such short nails in a while so I brightened it up with a classic "grurple" (grey purple) - Essie Lapis of Luxury - and some nail art.

Lapis of Luxury is a dusty purple creme with strong grey tones. This polish was my first online nail polish purchase ever as I couldn't find it anywhere in stores. I did see it last week in the Essie display at Walmart, if you're interested. The formula was very watery, making the coats thin and sheer. It was surprisingly easy to build up though and I used 3 coats for full opacity. It also dries extremely glossy but I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite since I was going to add nail art to it.

Essie Lapis Of Luxury

Owls are my most favourite birds ever and I have way too much owl-themed decor around the house! I did an owl accent nails and a two-toned dotticure on the rest. The polishes I used were: Wet'n'Wild French White and Black Creme, Finger Paints Circus Peanuts, and Essie Sexy Divide

So what do you think of the new, short version of the nails? Hope you enjoyed the nail art! I had great fun doing it :)

- The Manicurette

Friday, 14 September 2012

OPI My Private Jet

Happy Friday! I finally had some luck dustying and found a bottle of OPI My Private Jet. I am pretty sure it is not the original holo but one of the newer version with a lot less holo glitter. I am satisfied with the find nonetheless :) I've also been itching to try some freehand nail art so I used a Sally Hansen nail art pen in white to jazz it up:

My Private Jet is a dark brown creme with scattered silver and holo glitter. It took me two coats and dried quick but left a sightly dull finish. With the power of Seche Vite, it turned glossy but the holo glitter was hard to see unless I moved my fingers in direct sunlight at certain angles. 

OPI My Private Jet

Here are two macro shots, with one of them blurred to show you the scattered holo glitter.

OPI My Private Jet (macro)

OPI My Private Jet (blurred macro)

Here are a few more shots of the result of using a nail art pen:

I would love to know how many versions of MPJ are really out there! Does yours look anything like this (if you have a version)? Also, I'm loving these nail art pens and the possibilities I envision when I have to decide what to do with them. As always, thanks for stopping by!

- The Manicurette

Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Polish Swatchfest

Today's post is very picture heavy since I decided to save up my last few manicures for a spam post. There's no common theme or brand or finish, just lots and lots of pictures of some of my favourites. Let's get straight to it, shall we?

Water's Edge is an aqua creme by L'oreal Paris. Such a beautiful colour but oh boy, this one loves to drag! I had to wait extra long between the coats and even then, I had bald spots at the base and had to dab on some polish to fill them. I used 3 coats for the swatches:

L'oreal Paris Water's Edge

Fantasy Fire by Max Factor is a purple-based shimmery duochrome, best known as a dupe for Clarins 230 (aka 'Unicorn Pee' in the nail polish blogging world). Fantasy Fire can be worn alone or over undies and reveals a different effect depending on the polish it is layered over. I got mine from a seller in the UK as Max Factor is not sold in North America. For the pictures, I layered it over Sally Hansen Navy Baby:

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Sally Hansen Navy Baby

Max Factor Fantasy Fire over Sally Hansen Navy Baby

Navy Baby by Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure is a dark navy blue metallic. I Can never pass up a good blue polish and this is definitely one of my go-to blues. Two-coater, great formula, hidden blue shimmer that glows in the sunlight: what's not to love? Here are 2 coats of Navy Baby:

Sally Hansen Navy Baby

Avery by Zoya is a honey beige nude creme. It was my first Zoya polish ever and after that, there was no going back. Zoya is known for its flawless nude cremes and Avery lives up to all of that. I used 2 coats for the swatch:

Zoya Avery

Electrify is a red and gold glitter from the China Glaze Hunger Games Collection. This polish is magical in the fact that it is so packed with glitter that you need a maximum of 3 coats for full coverage. It is obvious that this polish is also inspired by the 'girl on fire' theme, as was Riveting. 

China Glaze Electrify

No Place Like Chrome from the Essie Mirror Metallics 2012 collection is a true silver metallic foil. It shines and reflects light very well, making it hard to capture it on film. It is a one-coater and the brushstrokes aren't too noticeable. The polishes from this collection work very well for stamping too, as I demonstrated in a post here

Essie No Place Like Chrome

Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It by OPI is an orange red creme. I used 3 thin coats for my nails and 2 thick coats for my sister's nails, both resulting in full coverage. Like purples, it is hard to capture reds on camera without them looking; the colour is less orange and more red than it seems in the picture. 

OPI Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It

You Callin' Me A Lyre? is a soft, sheer pink from the OPI Ballet Collection. I used 3 coats for swatches, but for a french manicure, one coat would suffice. I experienced some streakiness and dragging with this so be sure to wait a while between coats and not layer them on too thick.

OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre?

I hope you liked this spam post! I would love to do a layering/jelly sandwich post too, if you'd like. 

- The Manicurette

Friday, 7 September 2012

OPI Germany Fall 2012: My Very First Knockwurst

Hello hello! I recently received my first order of glitters from Born Pretty and did a little accent nail with My Very First Knockwurst from the OPI Germany Collection (more swatches here). I really love the soft look of this manicure; I will have to one to make all my nails looking like little disco balls. 

My Very First Knockwurst is a dusty light pink creme. It pulls a little more pink than captured in the picture. This goes on my list of must-have nudes. The formula was smooth and buildable, needing 2 coats for opacity and 3 coats for covering the occasional bald spot. 

OPI Germany: My Very First Knockwurst

Also, something I've been meaning to mention for a while now is that Jennifer from Little J's Nail Corner has nominated me for the Kreativ Blogger award, Elizabeth from Did My Nails had nominated me for the Versatile Blogger award, and Jenn from Paperbacks and Polish has nominated me for the Liebster Award. These ladies have absolutely amazing blogs so be sure to stop by and see their great work! Thank you for the nominations, ladies! As per the rules, I am supposed to tell you guys facts about myself and answer some questions...but, I did a super long post for my first Liebster Award a month ago, so you can read more about me here

Thank you all for reading and remember, there's just one day left between you and the weekend! 

- The Manicurette

Wednesday, 5 September 2012

Polish, Eh?!? Spam

Last week, I introduced you to a Canadian indie brand called Polish, Eh?!? here. Today I have swatches of the other 4 polishes I bought from Janet: Bouquet, Oh Canada, PUNK, and S&P. Instead of repeating this four times, I'd like to tell you beforehand that the formula of all these polishes was consistently good, the glitter was easy to spread, and I experienced no thick goopey glitter clumps. 

Bouquet is a glitter polish with turquoise and purple hex and different sized white glitter, with some scattered iridescent light green glitter. I had trouble thinking of a colour to layer 2 coats over and settled on Essie No Place Like Chrome. In hindsight, I should probably have used a duller base because this Mirror Metallic is super reflective. 

Polish, Eh?!? Bouquet over Essie No Place Like Chrome
Polish, Eh?!? - Bouquet

Oh Canada is a clear base with different sized red and white glitter (squares, hexes, and bars). I layered 2 coats over OPI Second Honeymoon (reviewed here). This looks great over black too, as Janet demonstrated in her swatches on Etsy. 

Polish, Eh?!? Oh Canada over OPI Second Honeymoon 

Polish, Eh?!? - Oh Canada

PUNK is a clear base with small pink, black and white matte glitter. Once again, I wore this over OPI Second Honeymoon. To show you guys how easy it was to build coverage, I used 3 coats on my index and middle finger, and 2 coats on my ring and pinky finger. 

Polish, Eh?!? PUNK over OPI Second Honeymoon

Polish, Eh?!? - PUNK

S&P is a clear base with small black and white matte salt'n'pepper! When I first saw this polish, it reminded me of static or 'snow' on the tv screen. I layered it over a nude - Zoya Avery - as I didn't want to add a third colour. I used 3 coats and was really happy with how well it covered the nail. 

Polish, Eh?!? S&P over Zoya Avery

Polish, Eh?!? - S&P

Overall, I'm glad I discovered this brand and I'm excited to try their glitter-in-creme-base polishes too. Which ones do you guys find the most unique?

- The Manicurette
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