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Essie No More Film and Kisses & Bises

I have two Essies to show you today, one from this year’s Resort Collection and one from the 2011 Spring Collection.

Let’s start with the newest one first, Essie No More Film. This is a beautiful dark indigo creme, what some people would call “blurple”. It’s that perfect middle ground between blue and purple, but sadly I can’t capture the true color in my pictures. Very frustrating! These look a lot bluer than it is in real life, it’s really more purple.

It’s a lot more dreamy to apply than to photograph, though. The polish glides on the nail effortlessly, and it’s opaque in just one coat! I had to do two coats, though, because I get the heebie-jeebies if I only have one coat of polish on.

Now to the polish from last year, Essie Kisses & Bises. This has a color-changing shimmer pigment in a sheer base, and it gives a lovely purpleish-pink cast when layered over NMF. I can’t resist purple-pinkyfying anything, so of course I just had to have this one!

It’s also very easy to apply, and you only need one coat if you layer it over another color for effect. Scrangie has a swatch of K&B on its own, and she’s used four coats for opacity.

I bought these from TransDesign, where Essies are $5.95 a bottle. Both Kisses & Bises and No More Film are still available.


OPI You Callin’ Me A Lyre?

Hi! Remember me? I’m sorry for disappearing for so long, but I’ve just been very busy lately, combined with being very uninspired, so blogging hasn’t been a priority. But hopefully now I’m back!

Today I have a simple polish from a collection I think is one of the best this season. This is OPI You Callin’ Me A Lyre? from the New York City Ballet collection, which consists of five neutral “sorbets” and one glitter topcoat. I never thought I’d love a collection of semi-sheer pastel jellies this much, but they are actually pretty awesome! I bought four of them, and they really live up to the hype!

“Lyre” is the peachiest of the two pinks from this collection, and I absolutely adore it. It’s such a soft and beautiful “your nails but better” shade, perfect for the times when you don’t want your nails to stand out too much.

The formula is surprisingly good, it goes on perfectly without streaks or bald spots. I’ve used three coats for a semi-opaque look, but you could get away with two coats if you want it a bit more sheer.

I bought this from eBay.

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!

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air

I think my whining the other day helped a bit, because the sun finally came out yesterday! So now I’m a happy camper, and I’m ready to show you today’s mani which is Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air.

I never thought I’d say this, but I love this chunky glitter polish! I used to think they looked awful, but it was this sheer baby blue with different sized blue, pink and silver glitter that finally won me over. It’s so cute and light, and it doesn’t feel chunky at all. It reminds me of confetti, and it’s festive and fun without being in your face.

As I said, it’s very sheer, so I didn’t even try to make it opaque on its own. I layered two coats of Glitter In The Air over two coats of Essie St. Barth’s Blue, which is the closest match I have to GITA’s base color.

The formula was fantastic to work with, even considering that I had to kinda coerce the glitter bits on there sometimes. I waited a minute or two between coats, to keep the glitters in the bottom layer from scooting off when I added the second. If I have to be a bit nitpicky, the only thing I have to criticize would be that the drying time seems pretty long. It’s not unexpected, though, since there’s four pretty thick layers of polish in total.

So this was the straw that broke the camel’s back, guys! I was lucky enough to score three of Lippmann’s other chunky glitters in an awesome swap, so I’m really looking forward to getting them here.

Have you tried any of the chunky glitter polishes out there, or do you still think they’re horrible?

Have a nice day!
Love, S.

Unknown NYX glitter polish

I’m notorious. I always buy polishes when I see something pretty, and then I proceed to put them in my drawer and forget about them. I made a promise to myself to actually use these polishes, so here we go.

This NYX polish has no label, so I don’t know if it has a name or if the sticker has fallen off. The only thing I can see, is “01” kinda raised out of the glass of the bottle. If anyone knows what this one is called, please let me know.

This polish surprised me. I picked it up because I thought it was a light pink with gold and blue glitter, but when I put it on, I realized that the glitter actually changes color! I don’t know what this effect is called, but it’s the same as in the Nfu-Oh flakies. The color changes through the whole spectre depending on the angle of the nail, really cool! You can see it on my middle finger in the sunlight pic. I’ve layered this over yesterday’s mani, because it’s too sheer on its own.

I put two coats over the M&S polish. Formula is as with most glitters, very thick and moppy. It doesn’t matter too much, as I’ll only use this for layering anyway. That’s what fast drying top coat is for! :D

One down, god knows how many to go. Please remind me if I don’t post any of these in a while, I have to try them all! ;)

See ya later, have a nice day! :D


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