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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!

Layla Emerald Divine

It’s raining cats and dogs outside, so what could be better than putting on a holo, right? I’ve just come to terms with that if I’m ever going to wear my holos, I can’t wait for the sun to come out!

Anyway, I picked Layla Emerald Divine to be the first polish from my epic haul to put on my fingers. Even if there’s no sun, this is one of the awesomest and holoest polishes I’ve seen! This is an emerald green linear holo, and the effect is so strong that it’s like looking into another dimension. These pics are taken under a regular light bulb, so you get an idea how intense this will be in the sunlight.

The formula was divine as well, two nice and easy coats are needed for full coverage. And the brush is super comfortable!  It’s flat and square, but not too big, and firm, but not too stiff. Love it!

Now, the secret to effortless holo application is using the right underwear. I’ve used Nfu-Oh Aqua Base, but you could also use other holo-friendly base coats like GOSH Fix Base Coat or Make Up Store Aqua Fix.

The trick is to apply a thin layer of the base coat, if you apply it too thick or unevenly, you’ll get bumps that show under your polish. The base coat goes on kinda milky, and when it’s dried to a thin, clear finish, you’re ready to apply your holographic polish. The Aqua Base grabs on to the holo preventing bald spots and other iffy application issues, and it also increases the wear of holographic polishes.

Laylas can be purchased at Layla’s own site (€11.90 a bottle) or at Harlow & Co ($16 a bottle).
Aqua Fix is available at Viis Ilusalong (€6 a bottle) or at Fabuloustreet ($12.50 a bottle).

 

Rainbow Honey The Element of Magic

Here’s the third installment in what has turned out to be my little Rainbow Honey manicure series. Today I’m wearing Rainbow Honey The Element of Magic, which is based on the pony Twilight Sparkle. On the website, this is described like this: Several shades of purple and pink glitter, some holographic, some iridescent, and a sprinkling of fairy dust all in a shimmery purple base with a magical blue shift.

I’m really loving these glitter-over-pastel-jelly manis I’ve been doing lately, so I’ve layered The Element of Magic over OPI Care To Danse?, which has a lilac tinge. This may not be everyone’s cup of tea, but I think it’s super cute and ethereal.

Easy to apply and neither chunky or moppy, the shimmer and glitters are easy to spread evenly on the nails. My Gelous and Seche Vite sandwich of topcoats makes this one very smooth as well.

Go to Rainbow Honey’s website to purchase these, full bottles are $10 and minis are $5.

PS: My Summer Clearout Blog Sale is still open, please feel free to take a look!

Summer Clearout Blog Sale!

My Helmer runneth over, so I figured it was time to clear out a bit (and make room for MOAR POLISH). That means it’s time for another blog sale!

I think you’ll find a few goodies in this sale, both holos, magnetics, HTFs and some indies. Click the tab marked “Blog Sale” at the top of the page and check out the rules and spreadsheet.

Please shop till you drop! ;)

The Power Of Polish – Guest post by Jackie Clark from the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance

Last week I got an email from Jackie at the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance asking if she could do a guest post on my blog. Here’s a little snippet of what she said (because she says it much better than me):

I have always had a passion for fashion-from shoes to makeup, nail polish to handbags, and everything in between! Coupled with that is belief that all women need to feel beautiful, no matter what circumstances they may be facing. Women are powerful beings and WE need to realize it! Sadly, many women are hearing those devastating words ‘you have cancer.’ Despite a cancer diagnosis, women can still feel beautiful in their own skin. Fashion is a wonderful way to feel strong and confident. I would like to share with your audience the reality of cancer and how women can say ‘YES I have cancer’, but I am no less beautiful than I was before my diagnosis.

I thougt this sounded interesting, so without further ado, here’s Jackie’s guest post!

 

Paint Away Your Fears with Nail Polish
By: Jackie Clark

It can be difficult even on a good day to feel and look your best, and when you’re battling a form of cancer, it may be all you can do just to get out of bed. Women with cancer, such as mesothelioma cancer, may have a hard time feeling beautiful. Cancer treatments can often leave a woman feeling weak and exhausted, too tired to care about her looks. However, some experts believe that when a woman feels beautiful, her outlook is more positive and she feels more energetic. Here are some easy ways to improve the way you feel by improving the way you look in spite of your prognosis.

The Different Facets of Beauty
Experts believe that beauty is more than just how you look. It’s a bit more complicated than that. Beauty may actually depend on three different qualities: how you look genetically, how you put yourself together, and how you feel about yourself. You can’t control the first aspect, but you can control the second two. Improving your care for your look frequently makes you feel more beautiful. It’s an easy way to celebrate your body even in the midst of suffering.

Power of Polish
Nail polish can be a powerful and simple way to improve your outlook on life. Nail polish can add a touch of color or sparkle to your ensemble without requiring you to purchase entire new outfits. Nail polish also comes in just about every color you can imagine, so you can take your pick and choose your favorite colors, or go for options that are trendy for the season. If you really want to spruce up your look, you can even get patterns applied to your nails.

Nail polish itself isn’t the only way to feel better. Many women report feeling better and more beautiful after receiving a manicure and pedicure. Getting a manicure with a friend can be exactly what you need to perk up a bad day, and can leave you feeling refreshed even at the worst of times. A manicurist will cleanse your hands, remove old polish, apply a new layer and soften your hands with a luxurious lotion. The same is done with a pedicure, except with your feet! Additionally, your nails will be filed and your cuticles pushed back to improve the look of your nails and hands.

Beauty certainly is not only skin deep, but sometimes something as simple as nail polish can help a woman feel at her best regardless of her circumstances. Having a mesothelioma cancer prognosis doesn’t have to define your life, and beauty doesn’t have to come from outward appearances. Sometimes the simplest beauty treatments can make the biggest difference.

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