October 28, 2012

Mail-time: Zoya Ornate Collection



I received this box some time ago, but I'm currently playing catch-up with posts.



Let's take a look inside:








The complete Ornate Winter 2012 collection (the first time I've ordered an entire collection from Zoya), along with Zoya- Arizona, which was sort of a subconscious lemming of mine.

The Remove + and Exotic Mango Sugar Scrub were extra freebies I received for ordering a certain amount, I think. Remove + is pretty good, and my flipper bottle was getting low, so I'm happy about that.  Haven't tried the Sugar Scrub yet.



Bottle Shots!  This collection is so cohesive- they just look so tasty next to each other!

Left to Right: Electra, Ziv, Logan, Storm, Blaze, Aurora

















These guys are so much prettier in person!


There are swatches to come...

October 27, 2012

[Swatch] & [Comparison] Butter London- Two Fingered Salute



Here is Butter London- Two Fingered Salute, one of three recent Nordstrom-exclusive polishes (and the most backordered).

Artifical light, two coats:


Most nails have two coats, but I needed three to cover thin patches on the ring finger.  More about that later.

Two Fingered Salute is a muted sage green base (very mermaid-y) with small coppery-pink flakie shimmer particles that flash in the light. This is a really unique color!

Unfortunately, there was hardly any sun when I swatched this, so the copper shimmer is not as evident in my photos as it is in real life.  However, it's definitely apparent- this is not a 'secret shimmer' polish!



 According to Wikipedia a 'two fingered salute' or 'V sign' (with palm facing inward, not like the 'peace' sign) signifies:
The V sign...has long been an insulting gesture in England,[8] and later in the rest of the United Kingdom ... It is frequently used to signify defiance (especially to authority), contempt, or derision.
So this is quite a cheeky polish name!


Window- filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:




This family of colors tends to give me lobster hands, but for some reason Two Fingered Salute does not, so I'm pretty pleased about that!

Up close!




Formula: Was decent.  Not my favorite formula ever- it does have a tendency to drag and create bald patches if you go over one area too many times, but it's not impossible to work with by any means.  It's on the thick side, and covers in two coats very nicely (unless you accidentally make a bald patch, then three coats will fix things.)


Comparison time!  (To give you an idea of the base color)

Meet the contenders:

OPI- Mermaid's Tears, Butter London- Two Fingered Salute, Essie- Sew Psyched, Zoya- Gemma

The bottles are deceiving! Two Fingered Salute's muted base color is actually the most similar to OPI- Mermaid's Tears, as you will see in the next photo.

Artificial light:


It's slightly dustier than Mermaid's Tears, though- if you can believe that.


October 26, 2012

Nail Art [Halloween Edition] - Subtle Stamping Meets Striping Tape



I tried a few different free-hand painting designs, but none came out the way I wanted.  (I especially like the designs that span across multiple nails.)  Nail art fails are so frustrating!

So, I defaulted to stamping.  I knew I had some Bundle Monster plates with Halloween images.  I used plates BM-211, BM-222, & BM-224.



For my thumb and pinkie, I taped off triangular areas down the length of the nail, and then used Nfu Oh- 50 to create a wedge shape.  After removing the scotch tape, I used some purple striping tape to outline the wedges.

Here are the polishes I used for this design:

China Glaze- Smoke And Ashes, SHCSM- Gray By Gray, SHCSM- Shrimply Devine, Nfu Oh- 50

The Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure creme finish polishes seem to work really nicely for stamping, by the way.  (Love those wonky labels- uh not!)

Thumb:




Look how awesome China Glaze- Smoke And Ashes (base color) looks in the bottle, and how the blue-green shimmer is nonexistent on the nail!  Disappointing, really.







October 23, 2012

Mail-time: Butter London- Two Fingered Salute



The Hound has located a delivery! Hooray!



Guys, this box contains one nail polish. ONE. My dog weighs fifty pounds.  Let's do a size comparison, shall we?



Ridiculous, Nordstrom!

Anyway, here is the glory within:


It's Butter London- Two Fingered Salute, which is a Nordstrom exclusive polish that has been back-ordered for ages. (There are also two other Nordstrom exclusive Butter London shades.) 

Well, mine finally came, and I'm anxious to wear this!



It's a muted sagey-mermaid green with copper/pink flakey shimmer! Ah!




Stay tuned- swatches to come!

October 21, 2012

[Swatch] & [Comparison] Color Club- Halo-graphic



Today, I have my other pick from the Halo Hues collection: Color Club- Halo-graphic. (Hardee har har.)



Artificial light, two coats:




The base color is in the pink (or maybe really warm lavender) family, but it's sort of muted in a mauve-y sort of way.

The holographic effect usually only shows up in sunlight for me, not artificial lighting (flash), so the fact that I could already see rainbows here was a good sign!



Outside, shade:


Sun:






It's another very, very strong linear holo! I am not disappointed.




Look at the rainbows in that bottle!

Formula: The formula on this was amazing for a holographic polish- about the same experience as Harp On It.  Like Harp On It, though, it's prone to bubbling if you apply coats that are too thick.  Just something to keep in mind.

I should also mention that I used topcoat (INM's Out The Door) with both of these Color Club polishes, and the holographic effect was not diminished!  That's a huge bonus for me, because I love me a quick-dry topcoat.


Comparison time:

Color Club- Halo-graphic, Nfu Oh- #62

Artificial light:


I didn't swatch these on real nails because they're quite different, but I thought some people might like to see a side-by-side anyway.

Nfu Oh- 62 is much more of a peach shade, while Halo-graphic is definitely pink (and seems to be a stronger holo- go figure!)