Sunday, September 29, 2013

Update: Cirque Dark Horse

Very little to say about this. No issues whatsoever during the wear.

Just some tip wear exacerbated by the SV use. Other than that, smooth sailing. The only note of concern, and it's a minor one, is because it's glitter removing it will be awful without using foils. Otherwise, perfect.


Friday, September 27, 2013

Dreamy Lacquer Co: Legend of Sleepy Holo

Spoiler alert! I've been working on some holographic polishes. I think most holos are so beautiful, and I can never get enough of them, so I thought I'd try my own hand at it.

Thursday, September 26, 2013

Cirque Dark Horse

This is the polish that made me discover Cirque. Of course it was Scrangie, and of course because it's a black I had to have it. I love Cirque, the whole sort of dark mystique about it, and have hopes of someday perhaps trying to own them all. Gee I wish she had sales more often lol.

Every time I plan to wear Dark Horse, I have nails break enough that I gotta cut 'em all back. Why does that happen? Truly, it's disgusting. It happened this time, too. I decided it wasn't stopping me, so perhaps that will break the curse.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Update: Glitter Gal Belgian Chocolate

As Dana mentioned in a previous post, I am not happy with the Lippmann Gel Lab set. Sucks. Hate it. I had so many problems on that first mani and while it didn't happen a few days later with that one as she said (because I used a different top and base when I repaired, see), it happened with this one. I probably shouldn't have used them again on this but I was really hoping it was something I did. That does not appear to be the case. It's like it intentionally causes massive chipping for me. So unfair.

The Belgian chocolate itself was lovely. I said in the application post how it was sort of thick and that adding some thinner might help it out a bit? Well I got my chance to find out.

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Glitter Gal Belgian Chocolate

I love this polish. A chocolatey holo? Sign me up. It took me so long to get my hands on a bottle though. Every time I remembered to check if the stockists had it, they were sold out. Or I'd see it in stock but then something else I wanted wasn't in stock so I'd wait to combine 'em for shipping and then it would go out of stock.

Finally though. Mines, duh. Oh yes, it would be mine! lol

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Fing'rs Heart 2 Art

The Fing'rs Heart 2 Art collection has been out since the end of July, from what I've been able to find on the Interwebs, but it just showed up in my local Wal-Mart this week. Of course I went a little bit overboard and bought 3 or 4 of the nail tattoos, a couple of sets of the nail art stickers, and the Stamp It kit.

Although I have yet to complete a full manicure using any one of the things I bought, I have done a bit of experimentation. What I've learned so far:

  1. Use a WHITE base coat under the nail tattoos!
  2. When you dip your basically trimmed to size nail tattoo in the water, expect the backing paper to soften and bow immediately. There is no wait time here, y'all. 
  3. If you think the nail sticker is too wide for your nail (London Bridge), don't even try it. Because it will look stupid if you point the bridge up-and-down. 
  4. Stamping requires patience. Develop some. 

I'll let you all know how it goes from here!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

A Tale of Two Cities: Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab

Part One: It Was The Worst of Times (or, Unhappy Visit to Chip City)

Pardon me for putting the bad news first and messing with Mr. Dickens' literary masterpiece, but as we've just seen from Jessica's last post, the Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab was none to kind to her and her lovely Bad Romance mani. In fact, her nails took a quick vacation to Chip City on Day 1, and that is never a good feeling when you're using a new base and top coat combo. After repairing the chips and having them happen again a few days later...well, at this point, I think it is fair to say that Jess is less than impressed with the Gel Lab.


Update: Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance

It almost was. A bad romance that is. As I said, this was a lemming of mine and it almost broke my heart on the very first day. It chipped terribly. A twenty-freakin'-dollar polish should not do the things this did. And to top it off, I used Ms. Lippmann's Gel Lab Set. How on earth does it not work on her own polish?

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Random Chat

Unbelievably, it has been almost a year since we've posted one of these. Jess just never remembers to save the chats. She shall try to remedy that!

This conversation has been edited slightly, mostly to remove the excessive swearing that occurs when the two of us get together lol.

Dana (3:27:48 AM): hey
Jess (3:28:02 AM): hi
Dana (3:28:25 AM): what's up kiddo
Jess (3:29:04 AM): remember that lacquerous website, the one where you rent polish. did you ever get in?
Jess (3:29:09 AM): cause check your email if not
Dana (3:29:19 AM): no, i didn't. and lol ok
Dana (3:30:28 AM): i didn't get anything. why?
Jess (3:31:04 AM): I did. I'm in. And don't feel bad at all. Because there's only 66 polishes there. And a lot are not hard to find or expensive
Jess (3:31:11 AM): they got a bunch of OPI shatters ffs
Dana (3:31:13 AM): LOL ok. then I won't feel bad
Dana (3:31:29 AM): 15 dollars a month when they only have 66 polishes?!?
Jess (3:31:45 AM): Exactly. And that's the version where they send you what they wanna send you.
Dana (3:31:52 AM): ...eff that.
Jess (3:31:57 AM): If you actually want to choose your polishes, it's like three dollars more
Dana (3:32:00 AM): I could do better than that with my effing stash
Jess (3:32:10 AM): You can log in as me and look around if you want.
Jess (3:32:14 AM): but right now, totally not worth it
Dana (3:32:21 AM): thanks. I'll check it
Jess (3:32:47 AM): I also don't trust them. I read ONE blog post, from like a year ago, that has semi false advertisement.

Thursday, September 12, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance

This one has been a lemming for me since the very first time I saw it on a blog months ago. I just couldn't justify spending $20 on a polish. Especially where there was already a much more affordable dupe out there, which I bought as soon as I found out about it. I haven't used it yet though. I don't even know why I do such things. I tell myself that yeah, it's to save money and hey, the dupe is just as good, but I know how I am. When my heart is set on something, I'm going to get it eventually.

Which I did, of course. Beauty Brands had a 50% off sale on the Lippmann's and I couldn't resist. This and several others I'd been craving...

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection - Sale!

No, I don't have it (yet)! I wanted to let y'all know that if you're interested in the China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection, you can pick it up at No More Rack. Just put China Glaze in the search box, it's a lot easier to find them that way.

I ordered mine yesterday and the site said there were 24 hours remaining...then I looked again this evening for a friend of mine and suddenly there's almost 25 hours remaining in the sale, lol. Anyway! All 12 polishes for less than $40, including shipping. Go get 'em!

Saturday, September 7, 2013

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Sunday, September 1, 2013

Update: FNUG Holo Color Blocking

Using a base color (in this case it was the black) helped so much with the holo's eagerness to fall right off my nails. I got some pretty significant gouges here, but it was LOADS better than the first paint with no base color, so don't let them fool you.

The color itself still looks gorgeous. I've seen how some holos, and even some regular cremes and shimmers, tend to fade over the course of a week. Not the case with these ones, they were eye-catching the whole week.