Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Wet N Wild Blue Jitters

This polish has been a lemming for me for a few months now. Dana showed me a swatch online and I fell in love. And yes, I'm sure it's because it resembles SSN. At least, it did in that swatch.

I've had it on my eBay saved searches list since, just waiting for someone to list one. Finally happened, I jumped right on it. $3 for a lemming, you can't beat that. Unfortunately, it does not at all look like that swatch.

As soon as I got the bottle I knew something was wrong. It's purple. There's no blue in it at all. The swatch I saw I believe was this one, or possibly this one. Or yanno what, maybe this one. But here's the thing and this, friends, is where doing further research is important. A google image search only confuses the situation. Some look like blue with silver or possibly blue micro glitter. Others look like what I got, which is purple with a purple micro glitter.

Monday, April 29, 2013

A Bit of Fun

I was goofing around online and landed on a site called Word It Out, where I built a word cloud of the most commonly used words on the blog.

Saturday, April 27, 2013

Update: Hard Candy Gummy Green

Great polish, almost no issues.

The only really noticeable larger chip is on the inside of the left thumbnail and that one was my own fault. I was too busy flapping my gob at someone and missed a door handle trying to grab it blindly.


Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Revlon Chroma Chameleon - A Few Updates

I tell ya, kids, life sometimes gets in the way of some of the fun stuff I want to do for the blog here. We've had a little instability in our extended family and some of the family dynamic has changed for a while. Add to it that I'm really working to get Dreamy Lacquer Co off the ground, and I don't have quite as much free time as I had two weeks ago!

Ever since I posted the Revlon Chroma Chameleons I had picked up, I've been thinking about how they'd look when applied over black polish. Then I picked up the Rose Quartz and Cobalt to add to the collection...and now I've completely misplaced the Cobalt, Tanzanite, and Topaz. I don't remember what box I put them in and didn't have the oomph to find them this morning. The others, though, were sitting on my bedside table, so I spent a couple of hours doing swatches for us :)

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Hard Candy Gummy Green

When I first saw the new Hard Candys at Wal-Mart, I went a little crazy on 'em. I think I bought like eight the first time. A few were sold out so I hit like four other Wal-Marts to find the rest where a lot of them were sold out as well. Also, after Dana's last post, I'm pretty sure I'm not done with them yet, either. I want that blue lol.

This was one of the first group I bought, was in fact the first one I grabbed off the display, on the way to my sister's house. When I got there, I was showing them off and my niece seemed to really like this one so I bit the bullet and gave it to her. And then I was sad I did because three stores later I still didn't have it. It took a while, but finally!

Saturday, April 20, 2013

Okay, here's the situation. I sent my nails on a week's vacation.

They didn't leave the keys to the brand new Porsche though. I wish.

I decided to copy off of Dana and go without polish for the week, give them a break, treat 'em with some conditioners and stuff. I'd also been meaning to post this all week and because I'm apparently very lazy and forgetful, yep, it's just now getting done.

Before I rested them up though I tried to get some pics of that last manicure showing the holo during the removal, like I promised. And of course it was not working out for me because I was actually trying.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Hard Candy: Caribbean Crush and Little Hottie

I finally got my nails back into something resembling reasonable shape. Ok, not really, but I'm super-tired of Orly Nail-trition colored nails, and since I picked up a couple of the new Hard Candy polishes today at Walmart, I decided to jump back into the fray. Let's just hope my nails decide not to, haha.

First up, one of the Crushed Chrome collection, Caribbean Crush (say that three times fast)!

Sunday, April 14, 2013

Update: L.A. Girl Sparkle Ruby

Yay belated sunlight shot!

There's like no holo to that, see? I weren't kidding. Very pretty but definitely not holo. I think one of the reasons is that the lacquer covers it too heavily. Maybe there isn't enough in there.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Jesse's Girl/Julie G Gumdrops deal (and then I ramble on...)

First off, a little something fun. Jesse's Girl / Julie G is featured on Groupon Goods from now through April 14. You can pick up the entire Gumdrops collection (shown in action here) for just 12.99, plus 2.99 shipping. If you and a friend go in together, or you buy a second as a gift, the shipping goes away and you pay 25.98 for two sets. You can purchase up to three for yourself and two more as gifts to send to friends. Kids, that is an AMAZING deal. Bless the folks at Groupon Goods and Jesse's Girl/Julie G for this one. Go! Go! Go! 

(here's another crazy thing...Groupon Goods is an Ebates merchant, so be sure to activate your Ebate and click through to the Groupon Goods through there. 3% cash back? Why not, right? Oh...you're not an Ebates shopper? And you want to know more about it? Look over there to the right. Hey, there's an Ebates link in the sidebar!*)

So...I have a confession to make. Are you ready for this?

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

L.A. Girl Sparkle Ruby

If I've ever used an LA Girl polish before I don't remember it. It's my bias against cheap polish, see. This new display was in Rite-Aid, and it's holographic, so I couldn't resist. I do like the holos.

These really...aren't, though. They look sort of promising, especially the silver one, but the rest sort of just look like holo glitter was added, not a true holo. I'm guessing they went for the scattered and not linear (and also cheap) version.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

Some Swatching Comparisons

First up, some brown glitters. I've noticed in our stats that one of the search terms we get hits with is "Cirque French Roast Dupe." That was the first polish I posted here but I have no idea why the dupe. Well today I'm going to solve that.

My last polish was mostly bought because I liked the pictures of it that were posted when other bloggers put a top coat on it. It really reminded me of Cirque's French Roast, which is a color I absolutely heart. Not a coffee person, per se, but I'm very drawn to that polish. OPI's What Wizardry Is This? seemed similar to me so I thought a comparison was in order. I also threw in TonyMoly's Mars (GT03) from the Galaxy collection, just for fun.

Saturday, April 6, 2013

Update: OPI What Wizardry Is This?

Yes, the texture drove me nuts, where I said it would:  across the tips of the fingers. I must next time remember to swipe that off before it dries. It goes away in a day or two, mostly due to tip wear, but oh how I played and played with it. It's not enough to catch on anything or get scratchy enough to be that annoying, but I knew it was there.

The actual surface texture wasn't as bad as I was expecting. Dana mentioned how hers smoothed out after a few days? It took much longer for that to happen to me. I don't know if I'm more irritated by texture on the nails, if I don't put my hands in my pockets that much (I don't) or if I don't wash my hands enough (which no, I do lol it's one of my very few OCD traits) or what. I'm inclined to think it's that I'm more easily irritated by it, honestly.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

OPI What Wizardry Is This?

My first time wearing a texture polish. As a general rule, if a polish isn't smooth it tends to irritate me to no end and I have to either fix it or remove it. I end up just playing with it endlessly. Especially when it makes the tips of the nails jagged somehow. This is one of those polishes that should absolutely get on my last freakin' nerve. It is all of the above.

It goes on like a dream though, absolutely wonderful. One coat would have been enough but I of course threw another one on to deepen the color. It was much better that way. The dry time is...challenging. Dry to the touch really almost immediately. It's very fast. However, it takes a long LONG time to dry completely. Two hours later I was still able to gouge chunks out. The up side to that is, because it's a texture, fixing it was no problem. You can't even tell.

Monday, April 1, 2013

Update: OPI DS Divine (JP)

...not so good, actually. It's a shame that such a beautiful polish can't last longer. Perhaps I should have used that top coat anyhow. It just looks so much better without.

That's after two days. Would you look at that holo? I'm drooling all over again. Those chips are horrendous though.