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Hare Oceans of Alloys

Hi guys! I’m still here, gestating away with my carpal tunnel syndrome-ridden hands. ;) I just thought I’d quickly stop by to show you one of the most beautiful polishes I’ve been wearing in a long time! Here we have Hare Oceans of Alloys, released with the Finder’s Keepers collection this fall.

According to Hare, Oceans of Alloys is “a dusty light blue jelly with a mixture of gold and copper glitter in both hexes and squares in several different sizes. Mysterious iridescent blue glitter is scattered throughout, as well as delicate gold flecks.” The base color looks more green than blue on me, but there’s no doubt that this is truly unique and very gorgeous! I can’t stop admiring my nails right now.

Hare Oceans of Alloys 1

Hare Oceans of Alloys 2

Hare Oceans of Alloys 3

The formula is great, I used three thin coats of OoA alone for this mani. I had no problems getting thin, even coats, and the glitters are easy to distribute and don’t clump together at all. You’ll need a few layers of top coat, I got this one smooth with two coats of Gelous and one coat of Seche Vite.

Thanks for stopping by, I hope to see you soon!

Pahlish My Oblivion

Jenn, one of my readers, asked if I could swatch Pahlish My Oblivion, and of course I can! It just takes a while to get around to it, but finally I managed to squeeze it in. ;)

My Oblivion has a royal blue jelly base with various sizes and shapes of holographic gold glitter. It looks a little similar Toxic and Timeless, but T&T has a more teal base with yellow and blue glitters.

I used four coats to get My Oblivion opaque, I thought I was done after three coats, but the fourth coat really made a difference and made it deeper and more alive. The formula was a bit tricky, I had a hard time putting it on without getting it all over my skin and cuticles. It’s not because it’s runny, rather the opposite. The polish felt kinda “bouncy”, it was difficult getting it close to the cuticle to create the gap, and it seemed like it pulled away from the skin when I moved the brush over the nail. I decided to just paint into the skin instead, and rather do cleanup to get a nice gap. It was easy enough with my trusted e.l.f. concealer brush and pure acetone.

To get this mani smooth, I used two generous coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food (which dries matte) and one thick coat of Seche Vite for shinyness. The mani is totally smooth and glasslike a day after application, so it seems like Glitter Food really works!

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?

OPI Pink Me I’m Good

Today I have a polish I got in a swap with a very sweet forum friend. This is OPI Pink Me I’m Good, an Ulta exclusive for Valentine’s Day in 2010. I saw some pics of it a while ago, and I fell in love with it. It’s a light pink jelly packed with fine golden iridescent glitter, right up my alley! You know me, if it’s pink or purple with gold glitter or shimmer, it has to be mine!

I have to admit, I didn’t get butterflies in my stomach by looking at this in the bottle, but somehow I was drawn to it and  had to put it on today. As soon as it was on my nails, it was love at first sight! It’s a very cute spring or summer polish, and I can definitely see why this was a Valentine’s Day special.

The formula on this was not so good. As most glitter polishes, it was thick and moppy, and it was difficult to get it close to the cuticles. I thought it would be quite sheer because of the jelly base, but it actually covers beautifully in two coats. I’ve used a thick coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite, but it’s still a little rough and bumpy when dry.

PS! Remember to check out my blog sale!

OPI Smitten With Mittens

OMG you guys, I’m so sorry for disappearing on you again! It seems like every time I set out to be more active on my blog, life takes a left turn and I get bogged down in stuff to do which leaves no time for doing nails or blogging. I hope I’ll be less busy from now on though!

Here’s a mani I wore a couple of weeks ago, I’ve been wearing a lot of glitters and indies lately, but sometimes you just want something simple and classic, you know? OPI Smitten With Mittens has been sitting in my untrieds drawer for a while, but when I laid eyes on this beautiful, gold-flecked red, I knew this was the perfect “palate cleanser” color.

Smitten With Mittens was released with the Holiday Wishes collection in 2009, which means it’s limited edition, discontinued and hard to find at the moment. I was lucky enough to find it at nailXchange’s blog sale a while ago, and I think blog sales or eBay are the best options if you want to get your hands on this one.

The formula and application is perfect, it glides on very easily and it’s opaque in two coats. If you want, you could add a third coat to make the color a bit deeper and richer, but I think it looks great the way it is as well.

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