Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Avon Saturn

If you follow us on facebook you'll remember a status update a few days back where I mentioned that Avon had their holo collection on sale. It's called the Cosmic collection, ten different subtle holo shades. Like I said on the fb, we're not talking Color Club Halo Hues here. More like China Glaze's Hologlams.

I'm not exactly a summer person. I hate being hot and sweaty and just bleh. Gross. Pop me in the air conditioning and leave me there until fall gets here. Recently it's just been a disgusting heatwave around here, 90 degrees plus, and I have so been longing for cooler weather. Segue to Avon's Saturn, a crisp pumpkiny orange holo that just makes me think hoodies, jumping in leaf piles, and oh em gee hooray for Halloween.

Sunday, July 28, 2013

Update: Cirque Epoch

When I was painting this on I thought it was going to be one of those ones in which I was very disappointed. It's supposed to have all of that duochrome loveliness to it but that whole first day all I really saw was green.

Thankfully, I was wrong. The colors showed pretty often and I was very pleased. It did start to chip, very tiny at the tips, in less than 24 hours after I painted and then continued that pattern the rest of the week. None of them were too awful until this last day.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Cirque Epoch

I had a bit of a tough time with this one. First off, I bought it AGES ago so it's been sitting in the bin since. A lot of Cirque polishes separate, all the ingredients sink to the bottom, so it took a heap load of shaking to get it mixed back up again. Once you do, it does stay for a good bit of time but like the website says, you're gonna need to do some shaking.

Epoch is a dominantly near emerald green glitter that actually has a duochrome to it. It shifts from green through teal to blue and purple. It's mostly a subtle shift, you don't see it all the time, but when it happens, ka-pow.

Monday, July 22, 2013

Updates and Other Stuff

Hello! Yes, it's been a while since I was here. Jess has been doing such a superlative job that I've just stood back and let her do it! And, I've been super-busy with summer time family stuff, work, and DLC. Ok, so that's no excuse, but it's what I've got :o)

Sunday, July 21, 2013

Update: Zoya Zara

I tell ya, I need to stop using Seche Vite. I just can't figure out why people say it's such a great product. It shrinks like everything I use it on horrendously. I'm going to post the picture of this and you had best bear in mind that I only wore it for three days and that I used SV to speed dry it. The sad thing is I still have two more bottles of it I need to use up. After that I don't think I'll ever buy it again.

And how on earth did I think these pics were in focus when I took them?

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Zoya Zara

Why does it seem more difficult to paint short nails than long ones? And boy oh boy are these short. My middle finger cracked all the way to the base of the tip and took several layers off the top past that into the bed. Major potential for pain missed by a hair, I tell ya. Still. Teeny tiny nails.

Zara is the first Zoya I've ever worn. I know right. I have a ton, I just always choose something else first. But since my Zoyas and A-Englands are in the same box and I had to put recently purchased bottles of the latter away, I went for it.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

A-England Briarwood and Excalibur (new edition)

This one is going to be bittersweet. For me anyhow. And there will not be an update.

I got most of the Burne-Jones polishes in one fell swoop a couple of weeks ago. The only one I missed was Briar Rose. I had it in my cart but I played around too long and by the time I got to checkout it was gone. I almost blew off all the others, too, 'cause I was mad at myself but got 'em anyhow.

Briarwood is a dark, dried blood red shade. And it's a strange holo. I'm honestly not even sure how to describe it.

Sunday, July 14, 2013

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

A-England Saint George, Dragon, DLC Devil Grass Ombre

Yay my first ever attempt at an ombre. It was very easy to do, and very messy, and turned out beautifully. And then it got all messed up thanks to one tiny little bottle of speed dry top coat.

First off, application of all three polishes was beautiful. I pretty much love everything A-England puts out, and had all of the polishes until the Burne-Jones Dream collection was released. I would have them all anyhow except that Royal Mail sucks and won't ship them internationally anymore which forces me to wait until they reach a distributor. And since they sell out so freakin' fast when they're released and I'm not willing to deal with that (which means I'll never get an Enchanted Polish...ever), I'm forced to wait. Which I hate.


Saturday, July 6, 2013

Update: OPI Goldeneye over DLC VoCI

Quick follow up, I know. I posted the first one like four days after I actually did it. Laziness, yep. I did wear it for six whole days, I promise. Though looking at it you can barely tell.

Very tiny chip on the right thumbnail. Minor tip wear. Zero complaints. :)


Friday, July 5, 2013

OPI Goldeneye over DLC Vision of Cosmic Importance

Which is not what this started out as. I had this fancy schmancy idea to do some sort of a gold and purple thing which just got too complicated for me to figure out. Because I'm not that talented. I originally pictured some sort of jester pattern, which I just texted Dana to ask her what it's really called. Harlequin, you guys. The logistics of it just weren't coming together, especially since I don't have a stamp and am terrible at freehand still, so it didn't happen.

See where I just said I'm terrible at freehand? Didn't stop me.

Wednesday, July 3, 2013

FNUG Hipsters with special guest, Goodie Bag

A month or so ago, I entered a contest on Facebook being run by Charlotte from FNUG, which was a giveaway for the Summer 2013 collection. I don't remember what the requirements were, because I am such a nail polish hoarder that I throw my name in the hat for too many contests to count.

Imagine my surprise when Jess texted me (and I quote), "DANA DANA DANA OMG YOU WON YOU WON THAT FNUG CONTEST GO CLAIM GO CLAIM". No punctuation, all caps. I hurried to Facebook and claimed my prize. Which arrived last week--the day after my birthday, incidentally--a totally coincidental, slightly belated but much anticipated gift from Denmark. I went to work with a big ole smile on my face, unpacked my goodies in the car, and carried them inside to drool.