Monthly Archives: March 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air

I think my whining the other day helped a bit, because the sun finally came out yesterday! So now I’m a happy camper, and I’m ready to show you today’s mani which is Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air.

I never thought I’d say this, but I love this chunky glitter polish! I used to think they looked awful, but it was this sheer baby blue with different sized blue, pink and silver glitter that finally won me over. It’s so cute and light, and it doesn’t feel chunky at all. It reminds me of confetti, and it’s festive and fun without being in your face.

As I said, it’s very sheer, so I didn’t even try to make it opaque on its own. I layered two coats of Glitter In The Air over two coats of Essie St. Barth’s Blue, which is the closest match I have to GITA’s base color.

The formula was fantastic to work with, even considering that I had to kinda coerce the glitter bits on there sometimes. I waited a minute or two between coats, to keep the glitters in the bottom layer from scooting off when I added the second. If I have to be a bit nitpicky, the only thing I have to criticize would be that the drying time seems pretty long. It’s not unexpected, though, since there’s four pretty thick layers of polish in total.

So this was the straw that broke the camel’s back, guys! I was lucky enough to score three of Lippmann’s other chunky glitters in an awesome swap, so I’m really looking forward to getting them here.

Have you tried any of the chunky glitter polishes out there, or do you still think they’re horrible?

Have a nice day!
Love, S.

Winter Blues

I’m sure you’ve noticed the lack of posts here the last couple of weeks, the truth is I’ve been so uninspired lately that I simply didn’t feel like blogging. I’m so sick of winter, so I think the weather has been bringing me down a lot. Last week we had a full-blown snow storm, and now it has already snowed heavily for three days in a row. I just want spring! I have a whole bunch of gorgeous holos in my untrieds drawer, but there’s no point in wearing them when there’s no sun, is there? So please, weather gods, BRING THE SPRING ALREADY!

I did take a few pics of some of my manis these last weeks, though, so this post isn’t all whining! The first is of China Glaze Recycle, which I spruced up with a glitter gradient made with nailstation diamond wedding. I’m not bothering with a review of this one, because it’s an old and well-known polish which I’m sure a lot of you have either tried or read about before. It’s a very nice grey creme, that’s for sure.

Here’s today’s mani, with my franken Grace as a base, stamped with BM 15 and China Glaze Admire.

Gizmo braves the snowy weather just to turn in to a snow-cat.

Cross your fingers for spring, sun and warmer weather, guys! I’m chewing the wallpaper right now, I got to get some grass under my feet! And not least HOLOS on my fingers! Yeah!

I hope I see you soon, guys!
Love, S.

Illamasqua Phallic

I have been drooling over Illamasqua Phallic for a long while (ok, get your head out of the gutter!), so when I got the chance to make an Illamasqua order for a swap, I had to add this to my shopping cart.

Phallic is a deep midnight blue with lots of shimmer or micro glitter, it almost looks glass flecked. Unfortunately, the shimmer doesn’t show up unless in very bright light, so I’m a little disappointed. It looks almost black in most lights, but when the right light hits it, I have to admit that the sparkles give it great depth and turns it into something more interesting.

These pics are a tiny bit misleading, as the shimmer shows up better in pictures than in real life for some reason.

The formula is just flawless, very pigmented and almost opaque in one coat. I recommend using two coats to get that rich, deep sparkle to show up better. Although this is a very pretty polish, it doesn’t quite make it into my ultimate favorites. But hey, they can’t all be in top 10!

Thanks for looking, have a nice day!
Love, S.

P.S. Don’t forget to check out my blog sale, there’s still lots of pretties left!

China Glaze High Hopes

Going out of my pink, purple and blue comfort zone today, by wearing China Glaze High Hopes, a very bright coral creme.

This beauty is from the Up & Away collection, a collection I’m falling more and more in love with. I totally adore all of the gorgeous brights and pastel cremes, and this is no exeption. I think it is very flattering to my skin tone, and it will look great as a beach mani or pedi in the summer.

The formula was surprisingly good, I thought it would be a bit tricky like some of the others in this collection, but it glides on beautifully and is opaque in two easy coats. So far I’ve acquired almost half of the Up & Away polishes, and I won’t be surprised if a few more make their way to me in the future. Late to the party, that’s me! (It sounds better if I say I’m taking a long time making deliberate decisions, doesn’t it?)

I hope you’ll have a wonderful weekend! Thanks for looking.
Love, S.

Franken: Heavy Water

Hi! Today I’m going to show you one of those other frankens I’ve randomly thrown together with surprisingly successful results.

To make this one, I mixed Claire’s Glam with black and some clear, and the result is a black jelly base with greenish/teal glitter. This reminds me of the blogger-made brand Cult Nails’ gorgeous polish Living Water, so as an homage to Maria, I’m calling my franken Heavy Water.

Thanks for looking, have a nice day!
Love, S.

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