Monthly Archives: July 2009

Birthday mani: China Glaze Lubu Heels

chg lubu heelsThe winner of my birthday mani poll was no other than China Glaze Lubu Heels, so here it is!

The name “Lubu Heels” refers to the shoes made by designer Christian Louboutin, which have a signature red sole. This black and red polish is a play on the famous black pumps with red soles.

This polish is a black creme with lots of red glitter strewn in. It looks black on the nail, but you can tell that there’s something hidden there. Then, when the light hits it, the red glitter shows up. It’s like looking at a night sky with red stars.

Application is good, it’s not runny or streaky. Actually, it’s a bit on the thick side. I don’t know if that’s because my polish is an old bottle, or if it’s supposed to be thicker than other China Glaze polishes. I’m not complaining, this polish is great to work with. Even though I’m a klutz and manage to bump my nail polish numerous times before it’s dry, it kinda evens out on it’s own. And of course Poshé top coat saves the day. I’ve used my usual base- and topcoat combo, that is Sally Hansen Insta-Brite, OPI Ridge Filler and Poshé. The polish is two coats, which gives me bottle color.

I’m afraid I don’t have any pictures in direct sunlight for you today, simply because it’s overcast. Can you believe it, no sun in Qatar?! Instead you’ll get two pics in overcast “sunlight” and two pics in the shade. Click for bigger pics to see the glitter properly.

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I need your help!

My birthday is coming up, this friday I’ll be 31! And I want you to help me decide what mani to wear.

Here are the ones I’d like to try (click for Nailgal pics):

Please tell me which one you want to see by voting in the poll.

NOTD: OPI DS Chiffon

OPIDSchiffonToday I present to you OPI DS Chiffon! It’s a polish from OPI’s original Designer Series, and I actually think it’s discontinued. I found it at the Nazih store last week, probably the ultimate dusty shop (or should I say sandy shop?). This collection has a subtle holograpic flash.

This is another happy color for me! I was literally humming to “Loving you is easy ’cause you’re beautiful” as I was applying it, and I could practically see the little birds floating above my head.

I’m usually not drawn to pink polishes, but this one has that little extra that makes it special. Indoors it’s a subtle nude pink, but outside it turns a beautiful baby pink that shines and sparkles like a rainbow. I feel like I have yummy pink candy on my fingertips. After putting this on, I sauntered up to my husband waving my nails in his face purring “PRETTYYY!” (Yeah, I think he knows I’m crazy by now, this just confirms the deal.) This is one of those polishes where you stare at your nails constantly, to the point of being a traffic hazard. Can you tell that I love it?!

Application is like butter, and it’s nice and opaque in two coats. I use my usual combo of Sally Hansen Insta-Brite and OPI Ridge Filler as base, and Poshé on top.

On to the pictures! These are in the regular order of indoors, no flash, indoors with flash, direct sunlight and shade. Lookit the pretty pretty polish!

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NOTD: Color Club Pure Energy

color club pure energyToday’s NOTD is Color Club Pure Energy from Color Club’s Electro Candy collection. This is a bright blue neon with microshimmer flashes in green. It’s quite hard to capture this polish on pictures, it looks more greenish or turquoise in person. In my pictures it looks sky blue.

Anyway, the color is really great. When a polish makes me happy, it’s good in my book. This one reminds me of the ocean, and it’s a perfect summer polish. I think this would also look good with a konad print on top.

The formula is rather runny, but manageable. It covers ok in two coats, but it won’t hurt to add a third coat, as I can still see some visible nail line in some lights and angles. I can’t say anything about drying time, because I put Poshé fast drying top coat over it. (I love that top coat, by the way!) For this mani I used one coat of Sally Hansen Insta-Brite, one coat of OPI Ridge Filler, two coats of CC Pure Energy and Poshé top coat.

Here are some pictures of the polish on the nails. First one is inside, no flash, second is inside with flash, third is outside in direct sunlight and the fourth is outside in the shade. (You can click on the pictures to embiggen. Yes, embiggen is a perfectly cromulent word!) Enjoy!

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POTD: China Glaze Gussied Up Green

gussied up greenToday I’m bringing you a new feature on my blog, POTD or pedicure of the day.

In a land of perpetual summer, I wear sandals and flip-flops all the time, and of course my feet have to look good as well. My color choice for pedi today is China Glaze Gussied Up Green from the Rodeo Diva Collection. It’s a dark, jewel-y green shimmer, and it looks great with my new flip flops! I love these deep, rich polishes as you may have noticed, and this green polish is really great for pedicures.

The formula is quite runny, probably because it’s Big 3 Free. This means that it doesn’t contain the 3 toxic chemicals that used to be in old nail polishes: Dibutyl phthalate (DBT), formaldehyde and toluene. Removing these chemicals make the polishes “healthier”, but the formula might get worse. I think it’s just a matter of getting used to the new formulas, at least it’s good to know that the polish isn’t bad for you!

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Some of you might think it’s a hassle to paint your toenails, and find it hard to “paint inside the lines”, so to speak. I’ll let you in on my little secret cheat-tip to perfect pedicures. I usually paint my nails the night before, and I don’t bother to keep it neat and avoid getting polish on the skin. Then I just scrub the stray polish off of the skin after taking a shower the next morning. Very easy and hassle-free!

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