Monthly Archives: September 2010

Studio M Slamming Red

Just a quick post to show you my latest mani, before I’m going back to work tonight. This is Studio M Slamming Red, a deep, blueish red completely jam packed with large holographic glitter. And when I say packed I mean packed. The holo effect is super stunning, it almost looks 3D when you’re looking at it under sunlight or bright indoors light. In low light, the red glitter stands out most, so it’s still gorgeously glittery even though it’s not holo all the time.

Slamming Red is very pigmented, and I think you could get away with one coat. I did two coats to see if it made a difference, but it’s really not necessary. The formula is good, but the brush is awful. I don’t know if my bottle was a dud, but the brush was slanted! It was really hard to get a clean line by the cuticle because of the wonky brush.

This dries very matte and super gritty on its own, so be prepared to go balls to the walls with the topcoat. I kid you not, this is six coats of topcoat in these pics, and it’s still not completely smooth.

So in conclusion, you have to put a little work into wearing Slamming Red, but the payoff is definitely worth it! I also have the purple and silver holo from Studio M, and I definitely know what I’ll be wearing this New Year’s Eve! These babies are fireworks all by themselves.

Thank you for reading!
Love, S.

Wet ‘n’ Wild Night Prowl

Here’s another little gem I recieved as an extra in a swap. Wet ‘n’ Wild Night Prowl has deep purple glitter suspended in a black jelly base. I don’t have the Halloween collection from China Glaze to compare, but I don’t think it’s all that different from China Glaze Mummy May I?

Of course I love anything vampy, purple and glittery, so I was very happy to get this as a surprise extra.

The formula was quite OK, but right now I can’t remember how many coats I did. I think it was three. With topcoats it’s very nice and smooth and shiny.

What I don’t like, is the wear. I got a chip the very same day I put this on, and the next day I had several. Ever since I found my perfect BC/TC combo I haven’t had a lot of chipping going on, so this one caused a few painful flashbacks.

On a positive note, despite being a glitter, this wasn’t hard to remove at all. Which is good, considering you have to remove it the next day because of all the chips. Well, at least I love the color, so I won’t look a gift horse too much in the mouth. ;)

That’s it for today! I’ll be working non stop for the next week and a half, so I guess there won’t be a lot of guts left in me for blogging!
Hope to see you soon!
Love, S.

I’m still alive!

Hi, guys!

I know I’ve been MIA for quite some time now, and got some worried messages. Don’t worry, nothing’s wrong over here! I’ve just been very busy with work lately, so I haven’t had a lot of time for blogging. In addition to that, I’m not feeling very inspired at the moment. The weather is getting worse, and that makes it harder to take nice NOTD pics. So I’ve just been polishing my nails without taking any pics, and it’s actually nice to just paint your nails without having to have an opinion about every lacquer. ;)

I’m going to be working quite a lot in the coming weeks, so I don’t know if I’ll be able to polish or blog much yet. I’m going to Qatar to visit my sister for three weeks in November, and because I don’t have any vacation days, I have to swap shifts. I’d rather do my swapped shifts before I go, so that’s why I’m so busy right now. I hope I’ll find a lot of nice polishes in Qatar, though!

To make up for this wall of text, I took some pics of my mani for today. I’m wearing China Glaze Endurance with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure on top.

Endurance is from the China Glaze Fight Like A Woman breast cancer awareness collection. It’s a fuchsia pink jelly with pink and silver glassfleck glitter, and I think I’ve found my new favorite pink EVER! Wow, this is gorgeous!

Hidden Treasure has a milky sheer base with lots of small rainbow colored flakies. It has been a big hit this summer, and it’s great for layering. Depending on which color you layer it over, the flakies take on different properties. Very cool!

With this mani, the lousy weather actually works to my advantage. In bright light (and I guess in sunlight), the holographic effect of the flakies washes out, and you’re left with sparkly but not very rainbow-y nails. But in the shade, the flakies actually stand out much more, as you can see. No wonder this polish is already somewhat hard to find! If you don’t have access to Sally Hansen, Nfu-Oh 38 and Nubar 2010 are dupes to Hidden Treasure.

The formulas are great. Endurance needed four coats for opacity, but it doesn’t feel thick. I used two coats of Hidden Treasure, and with Barielle Manicure Extender and Poshé on top, it’s completely smooth.

I hope you’ll still stick with me, I’ll try to get a post up whenever I can! I’m still reading and following my blogroll, so I’ll definitely keep up with you guys.

See you later!
Love, S.

Nfu-Oh 63

Another pretty lady! Nfu-Oh 63 is one of the infamous Nfu-Oh holos, and you can really see why they have an almost legendary reputation. The holo effect is totally stunning, double rainbows as far as you can see! These holos are of the same type as the China Glaze OMGs, as opposed to the scattered holo from the ChG Kaleidoscope collection and the OPI DS series.

63 is a cute pink, it looks like a matte, dusty creme or shimmer in low light, but when the light hits, it gives us that rainbow flash that’s so mesmerizing.

The formula is a bit tricky, as most of these holo types are. I’ve heard that the Nfu-Oh Aqua Base or the Gosh Fix Base base coat work very well with holos like this. It’s hard to avoid bald spots, but if you wait a bit between coats it should be fine.

I did the sandwich trick with this one, by that I mean I put a final coat of holo on top of my topcoat. The holo effect is dramatically reduced when you put a topcoat over it, so you can use this trick to avoid horrible holo death.

Still pictures won’t really do this baby justice, so I made a gif! Check out the rainbow action!

The Nfu-Oh hologram series come in silver, beige, pink, lilac, light blue and green. I think I need them all!

Thanks for stopping by, have a nice day!
Love, S.

Nfu-Oh 129

There has been a big hole in my nail polish collection up until quite recently: I missed a red creme! I guess I just forgot about the classics because all of the awesome colors and finishes out there. In my opinion, everyone should own a true red creme, so I couldn’t live without one much longer!

Luckily for me, Viis Ilusalong recently had 15% off on all of their Nfu-Ohs, and I jumped on the offer and got four pretty ladies. Among them was this beauty, Nfu-Oh 129. A blue-toned red creme, super glossy and wonderful. The bottle pics on the Viis Ilusalong site show the colors a lot darker than they really are, so I actually thought it was a vampier red. I’ll just let the pictures speak for themselves.

The formula is damn near perfect. It’s not too thick and not too thin, and very nice to work with. It’s incredibly pigmented and almost opaque in one coat! I used two coats, and it’s very smooth, shiny and opaque.

The bottle is so pretty!

Thank you for reading!
Love, S.

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