Monthly Archives: September 2012
Another reason I’m happy I got Aqua Lily, is that it’s the perfect underwear for Candeo Oceania. Oceania is almost a glitter version of Aqua Lily, and they compliment eachother gorgeously. It has a clear base with medium white, matte teal and matte lavender hex and an added dash of small matte aqua hex.
This isn’t as glitterbomb-y as most indie glitters, so you can do one coat over a base color for a subtle effect. I wanted a bit more, so I did two coats of Oceania over Aqua Lily.
The formula was good, and it was easy to spread the polish over the nail. The glitters didn’t need to be dabbed on.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily was released with the Fan Collection this year, and it was sold out in a flash. I thought I’d never get my hands on it, but luckily I managed to swap for it with a very nice lady over at MakeupAlley. Fear not, though, because Ji is bringing this beauty back by popular vote, I think the BIB sale will be this November.
Prepare for some flowery language, here’s Ji’s descripton of this lacquer:
A few years ago, I was lucky enough to visit the Kuda Huraa Island of the Maldives. The turquoise water is a crystal-clear sea green and what really had me spellbound was that it reflected a shimmery-pink hue from the shedding scales of the colorful, vivid, and exotic tropical fish. This color is Kay-Di Kat’s homage to her beloved mom, Lily, who swims like an enchanting mermaid. I imagine Lily swimming in this paradise with its mesmerizing water in the Island of the Maldives.
Well, purple prose or not, I think this polish is stunning, and I’m really happy I had the chance to try it out.
The formula is nice and creamy and very easy to apply. It’s almost opaque in one coat, but I used two coats and it covers perfectly.
Will you try to get this or other RBLs in the Bring It Back sale this year?
Despite going through a rough patch, Lynnderella is still going strong. This summer she released a collection called Sweet Somethings For A Summer Solstice, consisting of 14 new glittery beauties. (Well, technically 13 new and one re-release of Connect the Dots.) With a little help from my friends, I managed to snag 7 of the 14 polishes in this collection. As you may know, Lynnderella is now only selling her polishes on eBay, and she doesn’t ship outside USA.
The first polish I tried from SSFASS is Lynnderella 50 Shades of May-Be. Lynnderellas description of this one reads: “50 Shades of May-Be may be like Connect the Dots with less than fifty shades of gray, but these matters are never just black and white. Possible summer reading material? Clear base with silver-white-shimmer.” Whether or not you like the books this one clearly is inspired by, the polish itself is really pretty. Since it has a clear base, I layered it over China Glaze Concrete Catwalk.
Say what you want about Lynnderella, but the formula of her polishes always impresses me. This is one coat of 50 Shades over ChG CC, and I had no problems either getting the glitters out or spreading them on my nails. You can apply this one just like a regular polish, no need for dabbing or fishing.
Have you read Fifty Shades of Grey? I have to admit I’ve read the entire trilogy. Hey, I had to see what the hype was about, right?
This summer Picture Polish released a collection of sorts where they worked with certain bloggers and sellers of PP products to create their dream shades of nail polish. The result was the Collaboration Shades, 7 gorgeous polishes created by the creative minds of nail polish lovers all around the world.
When I saw the swatches of Llarowe’s collaboration shade, Picture Polish White Wedding, I fell for it right away. This is a semi-sheer white with lots of fine iridescent shimmer, it reminds me of moonlight reflected in fresh snow. Very sweet and delicate.
White Wedding was rather ok to apply, or at least better than I had feared. The consistency is right on, but it’s quite sheer and can be a bit uneven on the first coat(s). I did three thin coats, with a light hand, and a fourth thicker coat which evened out everything brilliantly.
Today I have a combination of two very cute pastel polishes for you.
One of them is a franken I made with Essie Mademoiselle. I thought it looked a bit too much like one of the OPI NYC Ballet polishes, so I added quite a few drops of OPI Too Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em to the bottle, turning it into a cute bubblegum pink jelly. I called it Mademoiselle F, the F is for franken, obviously.
This is nice and easy to apply, and I love that Essie drugstore brush! I wish all Essies could have them, the regular salon brush is way too thin for me. You’ll need a couple of coats of this for a subtle pink wash (perfect for french manis), but since my nails still have a lot of stains, I used four coats here.
I can’t just leave a blank canvas like this, so I picked out Happy Hands Motherboy from my untrieds drawer. This mix of pastel satin glitters in green, aqua, baby blue, pink, and lavender is from the Arrested Development inspired collection called “I’ve Made A Huge Mistake”. It looks super cute and delicate over this pink jelly, a really nice combination!
One coat is enough, and it’s nice and easy to apply with a little bit of dabbing here and there.
Happy Hands nail polish is sold on Etsy, the price is $8 a bottle.