My due date is only days away, and I’m just waddling around the house waiting for the baby to pop out. Since I can’t do any heavy housework, my days are mostly spent baking and/or painting my nails. (Not at the same time!)
I’ve been changing my polish a lot lately, because of course it’s extremely important to have the perfect manicure when I’m in labor! ;)
At least I’ll have something pretty to look at, right? Here are a few of the manis I’ve been sporting lately, in no particular order.
Sonoma Nail Art 20.000 Leagues Under The Sea over nailstation haute voltige
China Glaze Ravishing, Dahling with nail stickers
All That Glitters Arose From A Sleep
China Glaze Shower Together stamped with Make Up Store Greta
Sonoma Nail Art Tallulah over Essie Not Just A Pretty Face (matteified)
Which one is your favorite, and what would be your ultimate manicure? :)
I still haven’t found mine, so I guess the search continues! That’s what’s fun, right?
Another new indie brand today! Well, not new, but new to me at least. After all, Dollish Polish has been around for a long time, but I’ve just now gotten around to trying my first Dollishes! I snagged a couple of glittery beauties when I made my last Llarowe order, and I have a sneaking suspicion that there’s going to be more Dollish bottles around here in the future. I really like both polishes I bought, and I hope you’ll appreciate the review as well!
The first one I tried, is from the Super Mario Brothers themed collection. Now, I just had to have at least one of these, because I love Super Mario! Princess Peach was my nickname in different forums for the longest time, so naturally I picked up Dollish Polish A Peachy Princess. This one has a pink jelly base with varying shades and shapes of pink glitter, some matte, some metallic, some holographic. I think this glitterbomb captures the essence of Peach perfectly!
A Peachy Princess is sheer, but because I wanted it to look like it does in the bottle, I didn’t want to layer it. It took four coats to be reasonably opaque, which is acceptable to me. The formula was a bit thick, and I had to stir around a bit in the bottle to get the bigger glitters out, but it was quite easy to apply anyway.
Next, I have Dollish Polish The Many Shades Of Mr. Grey. I have to admit I got this one mostly for the name (*blush*). I got a little hung up on Fifty Shades there for a minute. But the polish looks gorgeous anyway, it has loads of different-sized grey-shaded hex glitters in a clear base. This one definitely needs undies, so to make my many even more “shades of grey”-ish, I did a gradient (grey-dient? Har-har!) with OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, nailstation dress code and China Glaze Concrete Catwalk.
One generous coat of The Many Shades of Mr. Grey made this mani pretty gorgeous, in my opinion! The formula is great too, easy to spread and apply.
I feel like there’s so much focus on indies lately, that news of collections from “regular” brands are almost hard to come by. I just stumbled upon a swatch of Orly Preamp by accident this summer, and I fell in love with this beautiful pinkish-golden flecked pink shimmer. It’s from Orly’s fall collection for 2012, Electronica.
The sun is getting weaker this time of year, so the sparkles aren’t as punchy in these pics. I hope you’ll still be able to imagine the gorgeousness of Preamp.
The formula is a tad on the thickish side, but easy to apply. I only needed two coats for full opacity.
The Orly Electronica polishes are available now at TransDesign ($4.25 a bottle).
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?
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.