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Orly Preamp

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).

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!

Random Spam #3

It’s time for another round of spam from the previously unsung heroes of my stash! This edition has no red thread, so just sit back and enjoy the ride. I hope there’s something good for everyone.

China Glaze Visit Me In Prism

Color and finish: Golden-taupey nude scattered holographic.
Collection: Kaleidoscope (2009)
Formula and coverage: Easy to apply, but be aware that you’ll easily drag the previous coat and get bald spots if you don’t wait a bit between coats. Very sheer, 4 coats for full coverage.
Where to get: Unfortunately, these are hard to come by nowadays, but maybe you’ll get lucky and find it in a blog sale somewhere? Also, “dusty” salons are likely to still have these in stock, or eBay as a last resort. Price will naturally vary.

China Glaze Starboard

Color and finish: Starboard-lantern green creme. Reminds me of when I used to go fishing with my dad when I was little, and he used to let me steer the boat, and how he taught me the difference between port and starboard. A nice basic color. (I had to hold the topcoat bottle, because when I held the polish bottle, all the green in the frame freaked out my camera and made the pic very inaccurate!)
Collection: Anchors Away (2011)
Formula and coverage: Glides nice and easy on the nail. Surprisingly sheer, I needed three thin coats for opacity.
Where to get: Web shops such as TransDesign, $2.99.

Orly Emberstone

Color and finish: Orange-red glassfleck (or mineral-fleck?). I can also see some pinkish particles here and there! This was hard to capture on camera, so my pics are more orange than it looks in real life.
Collection: Mineral FX (2011)
Formula and coverage: Easy application, but slightly on the runny side. 3 coats.
Where to get: TransDesign, $5.32.

Color Club Alter Ego

Color and finish: Purple based foil with gold and silver sparkles. Looks oddly grey and mostly silver on me, though.
Collection: Alter Ego (2011)
Formula and coverage: Slightly runny, but easy enough to apply. Sheer, so I needed 4 thin coats for full coverage.
Where to get: TransDesign, $3.10.

Hope you enjoyed this little roundup, thanks for stopping by!

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.

Random Spam: Creme Edition

I have a lot of polishes in my untrieds drawer that for some reason don’t tickle my fancy enough to write a lot about them, so I thought, why not bunch them all together in a big, yummy pot of spam?! I have four beauties for you today, and the common denominator is the creme finish. One of my favorites, so smooth and calm, it soothes my nerves.

First we have China Glaze Sneaker Head, from the 2009 Kicks Collection. A slightly jelly-ish bright raspberry pink. Nice and easy to apply, three coats.

I found a near-dupe in my stash, here’s a comparison with China Glaze Heli-Yum. Sneaker Head is sligtly warmer and more coral than Heli-Yum.

Next is China Glaze Calypso Blue which came out with the Bahama Blues Collection way back in 2008. It’s an almost-black blue, so gorgeous! This is also easy to apply, and I needed 2 coats for opacity.

One of my biggest concerns when mulling over getting this one was if it was too similar to China Glaze First Mate. As it turned out, they are not close at all, here’s a comp.

Now for something completely different, this is Orly Enchanted Forest. A beautiful forest green creme that was released in 2009 with the Once Upon A Time Collection. Once again, flawless application. It’s opaque in 3 thin or 2 thicker coats.

Finally, here’s Color Club Ms. Socialite, released last year with the Rebel Debutante Collection. Ms. Socialite is a red based purple creme, and I needed three thin coats with this one. Very good formula on this one too.

I hope you liked my spam! I think this kind of post is a great way to feature polishes that might not make it on to the blog otherwise, so if you like it, I might do more later! Let me know what you think in the comment section.


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