Monthly Archives: May 2011

Nfu-Oh 49

Hello everyone!
I’m sorry my blog has been so quiet lately, but I’ve been away on vacation for a week, and it’s been really busy here after I got home. Anyway, things are back to normal now, so I hope you want to see some of the stuff I’ve gotten lately.

One of the polishes I ordered before I went to Greece was the flakie Nfu-Oh 49. I bought it from Viis Ilusalong, which I figured out still ships to Norway, yay! Number 49 has a very sheer rosy jelly base, and the flakes are mostly peachy coral/orange, but they shift in green, purple and blue as well. I figured this would be too sheer on its own, so I layered it over OPI Lucky Lucky Lavender. I just adore how flakies look over light colors like this.

This is of course a layering polish, so the sheerness works to its advantage. It’s just packed with flakies, so this is just one coat over the base color! You really get a lot of bang for your buck with this one.

In other news, I’ve made a spreadsheet of my polish collection here.  Feel free to check it out if you like, and please let me know if there’s any polishes you’d like to see on my blog. I’ve also recently bought the new Bundle Monster set, so if you have any suggestions for stamping combos, that’s also very welcome!

Thanks for stopping by, it’s nice to be back!
Love, S.

OPI Movin’ Out

Here’s a little beauty from way back in 2003, OPI Movin’ Out from the gorgeous Holiday on Broadway collection. Seriously, why can’t we get awesome duochromes like La Boheme and Man of La Mancha anymore?

Anyway, this is also a duochrome, and it shifts from a beautiful rosy pink/light purple to a golden shimmer and sometimes a green flash and it also has bright gold glitter! Phew! Lots of stuff going on with this stunner. Of course, it’s really sheer on its own, so I layered it over two coats of my franken Bubble Gum. I’m sure the look of this polish would change according to which polish you layer it over, I bet it would look awesome over a darker purple.

Lots of photos today, I tried to capture most of the color changes.

The formula is thin and sheer, but nice and easy to work with. This is 3 coats over Bubble Gum, I don’t think the polishes like eachother very well, because it bubbled like crazy. Because this is an older OPI, it’s not Big 3 Free, so that might be the reason.

I’m totally mesmerized by this polish, and I think it may be my favorite pink ever! Not a mean feat for a pink lover like me. What’s your favorite pink?

Thanks for stopping by!
Love, S.

Orly Snowcone

Hai guis!
You didn’t think I was done with the blue polish, did you? Because I can tell you right now, you can never pry me away from the light blue polishes!

Ok, that was a bit dramatic, hehe. Anyway, this is Orly Snowcone, a super cute medium cornflower blue creme. It’s kinda soft, but not pastel, it’s bright, but at the same time a little dusty. Very beautiful! This is from the Orly Spring 2010 Sweet Collection, which I have to admit went totally unnoticed by me at the time. But of course, after seeing swatch after gorgeous swatch, I couldn’t resist.

The formula is nice and easy to work with, but beware of polish running from the stem of the brush onto the nail. Other than that, it behaved perfectly. And the best thing of all, it’s opaque in one coat. One! Coat! I like!

I don’t have any dupes for this in my collection, but I still made a comparison with some other light blues.

Top left to right: Nailstation Haute Voltige, China Glaze Secret Peri-Wink-Le, Orly Snowcone.
Bottom left to right: China Glaze Agent Lavender, Hard Candy Sky, OPI What’s With The Cattitude.

Are you as crazy about light blues as me, or are you smitten with another color this spring?

Thanks for looking!
Love, S.

Treat me right!

I want to write a post dedicated to the girl who saved my nails from utter destruction and heartbreak – THROUGH SCIENCE! I’m of course talking about Anna, the beauty and brains behind the awesome blog loodie loodie loodie.

Before I got into this entire nail polish craziness, I never really paid any attention to my nails. I kept them super short and didn’t need any treatment, because there was almost nothing to treat. Then, when I started growing and polishing my nails, I realized that they needed some care.

My main problem was peeling. My God, the peelies! No matter what I tried, I could rip big flakes off of the top of my nails, and of course this lead to them breaking pretty easily. I went through a lot of stuff to try and get rid of this problem, such as OPI Nail Envy, Essie Millionails, Herôme Nail Hardener and Gelous, but nothing cured my soft and peely nails. In the end I just resorted to buffing away the peelies, which didn’t exactly make matters any better.

Then, one day, I found Anna’s blog, and I saw the light. She has written an entire series of articles on nail strenghteners, where she explains which strengthener is right for which type of nail (problem), based on the ingredients in the treatments. Suddenly, I understood that I had to find a treatment with the right stuff in it for my nails! This stuff turned out to be formaldehyde.

About a month ago, I started using Trind Nail Repair as a basecoat, and after three weeks the peelies were gone and my nails were super strong and hard! They actually grow so long that I have to file them down, something I’ve never experienced before. I’m very careful not to overharden the nail plate, though, so I’m having a break from Trind right now and using Barielle Hydrating Ridge Filler for a while instead.

Here’s a pic of my freshly filed nails of today, sporting Chanel Mimosa with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure on top.

A big thank you hug to Anna for teaching me how to treat my nails right! Now, you go over there and get edumacated too! (And read the rest of her blog as well, it’s so cool!)

Thanks for reading!
Love, S.

China Glaze DV8

This spring I’ve been going gaga over pastels in pink, purple and light blue, so today I just needed to rest my eyes on something completely different. I picked out this stunner from my untrieds drawer, this is China Glaze DV8, a teal linear holo from the amazing OMG collection.

Usually I hate teal on me, I’ve tried to like it so many times, but I’ve gotten rid of most of them. Even so, I knew I just had to have this one, and I certainly don’t regret it! The color is amazing, and the holo rainbow makes it look exactly like peacock feathers. Simply beautiful!

The formula is great, I was surprised to see that it was on the thick-ish side. And it’s opaque in just one coat! It goes on smooth and without any dragging at all, a really well-behaved linear holo. I don’t like how it shows all the ridges in my nails, though, even if I’m using a ridge filler underneath.

What polish do you wear when you need a change from your normal routine?

Thanks for reading!
Love, S.

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