Monthly Archives: December 2009

Happy New Year!

Happy new year, everyone! I hope your celebration will be fun and sparkly, but safe. :)

Here’s my new year’s mani, Nfu-Oh #50 over Misa A Sin Worth Committing. Really sparkly and fitting for an evening like this, don’t you think?

What polishes do you sport for New Year’s? :)

Thank you all for stopping by in 2009, see you again in 2010! :D

Ruby Pumps over Thunderbird

Hello, polish fiends! :D

I’m combining two of my favorite polishes today. Not that Thunderbird needs any sprucing up, but I couldn’t help but putting a coat of Ruby Pumps over it. Both of these are absolutely gorgeous on their own, but Thunderbird gives Ruby Pumps a depth and lit-from-within-look that it doesn’t get otherwise, and Ruby Pumps lends some sparkling festivity to Thunderbird. A match made in nailpolish heaven, if you ask me!

Please click to enlarge to see the beautiful glitter.

Hope you like it!
Thanks for looking, have a nice day! :D

China Glaze Thunderbird with matte topcoat

Yes, I know I’ve posted Thunderbird before, I just wanted to show you how beautiful it is with a matte topcoat as well.

Here it is, two coats of Thunderbird with Essie Matte About You.

It’s so dark, rich and vampy! It reminds me of velvet or red wine, and I think it even looks better than Zoya Posh. A great combo for the holidays.

In other news, lazy cat is lazy:

Gizmo wishes everyone a lazy sunday! :D

OPI Man Of La Mancha

Hi, everyone! Happy Boxing Day! Are you zonked out from eating and drinking too much yet? ;)

Today’s mani is also from a holiday collection, namely OPI’s 2003 collection “Holiday on Broadway”. I didn’t know that it was from a holiday collection when I brought it here, but I guess I lucked out huh. ;)

Man Of La Mancha is a sheer duochrome that flashes bronze, orange and peachy pink/red, with tonnes of microglitter. It’s really flashy! I was a little surprised with myself, but I actually love this. It suits me very well, and it doesn’t look like nicotine stains. The different color flashes keep me looking at my nails, and that’s never bad.

Formula is quite sheer, I had to use four coats to get it opaque, but I can still see the nail line when I hold my hand up against the light. I guess this one would look really good layered over a darker color.

I didn’t quite catch the duochrome effect in these pics, but it’s the best I can do without any daylight at all!
You can still see some of it in the bottle. I’ve also included a blurry macro to show the microglitter.

I hope you all are having a nice and peaceful holiday so far, thanks for stopping by! :D

OPI Baby It’s “Coal” Outside! with Matte About You

Hi everyone! Hope you’re still having a great holiday! :)

I’m sporting OPI Baby It’s “Coal” Outside! from last years Christmas collection “Holiday In Toyland”. I thought it would be fitting to wear this on Christmas Day, since it’s from the Christmas collection and all. This polish has lots and lots of silver microglitter in what I would call a jelly-ish black base. It’s totally gorgeous on its own, but after seeing Michelle’s post on the Orly Metal Chic Metallic Matte Collection, I got an idea. She’s comparing Orly Iron Butterfly w/shiny topcoat to Baby It’s “Coal” Outside, so I wanted to turn it around and put a matte topcoat on “Baby” to see if it looked like Iron Butterfly.

Let’s see how it turned out, shall we?
First pic is taken without flash under lamp light, second pic is taken indoors with flash.

While matte “Baby” is a lot darker than IB, and the glitter isn’t as pronounced, I still think it looks really great with a matte topcoat! This cements my opinion about matte polishes vs. matte topcoats. I think it’s so much more reasonable to use my regular polishes with a matte topcoat instead of buying a lot of matte polishes that I probably will get tired of in a while anyway.

The formula on this one is really good, because it’s a jellyish base you need to build it, but three coats are more than enough to get opacity. I even think I’m starting to get used to OPI’s wide brushes, because I didn’t have to do any cleanup here, ladies and gentlemen!

What do you think? Do you buy matte polishes, or are you a matte topcoater like me? Or don’t you like matte polishes at all?

Thanks for stopping by, see you later! :D


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