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Rimmel Mania

Warning, extremely rubbing-it-in-your-face post incoming!

Don’t you just love it when you finally fulfill a longtime lemming? I never thought I’d have Rimmel Mania on my nails this lifetime, but in an unbelieveable stroke of luck, it’s finally mine! I think I fell in love with this stunner after seeing Pretty Random‘s swatches (don’t go there if you don’t love to get extremely frustrated, her VVVHTF swatches are gorgeous and will break your heart). Unfortunately, it’s (of course) discontinued and very hard to find, and no matter how much I searched for it, I couldn’t find it. But finally I struck gold, and managed to swap for it with a very nice girl from MUA. Yay!

Mania has a blue-to-green duochrome with lots of golden shimmer, it’s like Bloom San Francisco (Bianca) on steroids. I just had to make a collage, because I couldn’t limit myself to only two pics! Please click to enlarge.

The formula was pretty good, and I got even coverage in two coats. The brush, however, was a bit weird. It was bristly, stiff and uneven, which made application a bit of a challenge.

Which big lemmings have you fulfilled? Which ones are you still searching for?

The ABCs: V for Variety Pack

I’m sorry that this post is so late, but when I got to V in the alphabet, I was faced with the same dilemma as earlier, I didn’t have an untried polish starting with V. So instead of doing a rerun of Zoya Valerie, I decided to do a random spam post, or a “Variety Pack” as it were. Since I had to wear and swatch a bunch of stuff for this post, it took a little while longer, but I hope it’s worth waiting for!

I won’t say much about these polishes, I’ll just let the pictures do most of the talking. Enjoy!

Essie Mademoiselle, 2 coats.

Essie Mademoiselle sponged with Orly Rock-It and Petites Pink Diamond. Heart strass from Claudia Cosmetics.

Essie Lapiz of Luxury, 2 coats.

H&M Lady Luck, 2-3 coats.

Sinful Colors Zeus, 2 coats.

Lynnderella The Telltale Heart, 1 coat over OPI Don’t Touch My Tutu!, 3 coats.

Thanks for looking!

The ABCs: M for MishMash

Today’s polish comes all the way from Australia, and it has the euphonious name Ozotic Pro MishMash 534. Why is it called MishMash, you wonder? It’s because it’s a simply genious mix of holographic and duochrome! It’s like the two biggest nail polish obsessions of mine from last year got together and had a mindblowingly gorgeous baby.

Miss 534 has a base that flashes between blue, indigo, pink, golden and purple, and in addition it has a rainbow of holographic particles that shows up in bright light or in the sun. I hope you don’t mind a slight picspam!

This polish could theoretically be used solo, but I’ve layered it over black here. Not only does it preserve the preshush polish, but it also makes the duochrome colors pop more. This is two coats over a black creme, and 534 is very easy to apply.

What are you waiting for? Run, don’t walk (your fingers over your keyboard, that is) to Picture Polish, Llarowe or Harlow & Co and get you some of this gorgeousness!

Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy

I don’t know if you’ve noticed the stash tab on top of my page, but if you click it, you can check out my spreadsheet and even wish for polishes or combos to be featured on my blog!

The other day, Anna from Beauty by Shortylegs asked me if I would swatch Wet ‘n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy, and being the nice person I am, of course I will!

I’m really glad you asked me to put this on, Anna, because it’s such a beauty. It’s a duochrome that changes between green, grey and purple, and it really is much more flashy than I thought. It’s really sheer on its own, though, so I used a coat of black underneath. I tried hard to capture all the color changes, so there might be a few weird hand positions in these pics.

The formula is good enough, maybe a little runny, but as long as you wipe the brush well, it won’t be a problem. The brush itself isn’t the best, though. The bristles are very stiff and hard (that’s what she said!), so it’s almost impossible to avoid brushstrokes. I feel that these duochromes look best when layered for that extra oomph, so this is two coats of GA over black.

I recieved this bottle in a swap, but luckily this is very easy to get here in Norway! Nelly.com stocks Wet ‘n’ Wild cosmetics, and these polishes are NOK 59 a bottle.

I hope this helps you decide, Anna! And to everyone, don’t hesitate to ask if there’s a particular polish you’d like to see here.

Orly Rock-It

You truly know you’re living a life of luxury when the biggest problem you have is that you just have too many great polishes in your untrieds drawer, making it hard to choose what to wear next. I managed to overcome this daunting obstacle, and decided to put on Orly Rock-It from the Fall 2011 Mineral FX collection.

The Mineral FX collection is a lot like the hugely popular Cosmic FX collection from 2010, very sparkly, duochrome and overall awesome! Orly claims these polishes are infused with minerals, specifically fluorophlogopites (crystals), glass particles, mica, silica and other pigments, which together create the multi-dimensional duochrome effect.

Rock-It is a color that’s very hard to describe, much because of the aforementioned multichrome effect. It’s sometimes burgundy, sometimes golden and other times it’s a deep, glowy magenta. It’s super pretty, and I think this would be such a great underwear for Clarins 230!

I had some trouble applying this, it wanted to flood my cuticles all the time. Not a good thing when it’s such a dark color with lots of sparkles, it made for a tricky cleanup process. This needs two coats for opacity, but I’ve used three coats because I dinged it up before it was dry and I had to smooth it out.

I bought this from Trans Design (link in the sidebar), and while this collection is slightly more expensive than the regular line, it’s still quite affordable at $5.32 a bottle. Shipping to Norway is a breeze if you choose the flat rate box, which costs $20 and can fit up to 9 bottles.

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