Wednesday, December 26, 2012

Nostalgic Date at Midnight with Nosferatu

I've been eyeing this beauty from my untried drawer for quite a while, but could never get the courage to wear it.  Know what I mean?  A polish so pretty in the bottle that you're afraid it's not going to meet your expectations once you put it on?  Date at Midnight with Nosferatu was one of those polishes for me.  I'm glad I did try it, though, as it is such a pretty colour combination - grey jelly base with two kinds of pinkish glitter (you have to look closely to spot the two colours).  I used three coats for this manicure, but next time I would use a grey base to conserve DaMwN.  The good news is that one coat of topcoat produces a beautiful, glossy shine; this is not a glitter eater!

And because I like to add accents fingers every once in a while, here is Nostalgic Rio, a sparkly, blue and purple glitter topper.  So cute!

Monday, December 24, 2012

RBL Moulin Rouge/Girly Bits toppers

I seem to be on a RBL polish kick these days!  Today I have Moulin Rouge (now renamed Cerise Noir, how romantic!), a deep, reddish brown creme.  The two coats of Moulin Rouge dried to a gorgeous shine.  I seem to remember a bit of pulling while applying the polish, but it ended up leveling itself, so it's not a big deal.  Here she is:

I felt like topping Moulin Rouge with the three Girly Bits duochrome polishes: Street Magic, Shift Happens, and Cosmic Ocean.  Can you believe I've had these polishes for almost a year and never tried all of them together?
My lack of photography skills do not do the polishes justice.  Just imagine a vibrant emerald green shimmer that shifts to a golden green (Street Magic on index), a red to orange to green shimmer (Shift Happens on middle and pinky), and an aqua to royal blue shimmer (Cosmic Ocean on ring).  Street Magic was the most vibrant of the bunch but photographed horribly, while Cosmic Ocean has the weakest prominence, but photographed decently.  I'm not sure about the other two, but I love Shift Happens over Moulin Rouge.  Just a change from using black polish, no?

What are you favourite indie duochrome toppers?

Friday, December 21, 2012

RBL Piu Mosso/Oopsie Daisies Apple Picking

Quick post today of my nubs.  :)
Even though I am not a navy blue fan, I decided to bite the bullet and buy Rescue Beauty Lounge's Piu Mosso, a navy blue polish infused with copper shimmer.  It's supposed to be gorgeous in the sun.  You can just make out the beautiful shimmer swirl in the bottle.
I topped Piu Mosso with indie polish Oopsie Daisies Apple Picking, a pretty autumnal mix of yellow, green, red and orange glitter.  I believe I used one coat of Apple Picking, and then dabbed on a bit of glitter on nails that were a little barer.

I think I'll try this glitter topper again with a more fall colour, even though it's now officially winter!  What do you think of the polishes?  Are you on the RBL train?

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Holo ombre...sort of

I knew I wanted to wear a holo for this mani, but couldn't decide on a shade, so I decided to go with all of them.  :)  The a England polishes could have easily applied in one coat if I applied them more carefully (I did two), while the Glitter Gals took three coats to reach opacity.  No matter, as I don't mind layering over a base shade to preserve these gems.  :)

 thumb ~ Glitter Gal Lizard Belly
index ~ a England St George
middle ~ Glitter Gal Teal Blue
ring ~ Glitter Gal Teal Green (more emerald toned IRL)
pinkie ~ a England Dragon

a England Dragon
Glitter Gal Teal Green
Glitter Gal Teal Blue
a England St George
Glitter Gal Lizard Belly

My thoughts?  Teal Blue is by far my favourite shade of the bunch, with Lizard Belly a close second.  I do love the hue of St. George and if it were a linear holo instead of scattered, it would definitely be in second place.  Teal Green is gorgeous, yes, but I don't really wear emerald polishes.  Dragon...well, I can't deal with the gold flash in it.  Yep, that's me and gold all right.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

A England Beauty Never Fails and Holy Grail (revamped)

With the few a England polishes that I've tried, I've been impressed with their application and loved the colours.  These two are no exception.  Both murky, olive-hued Beauty Never Fails and the revamped golden Holy Grail applied easily in two coats, dried smoothly and barely needed any cleanup.  Interestingly, HG showed brushstrokes while drying, but they disappeared when the polish was dry.  I love the shine of this colour, but I'm not so sure it's a good shade for my skin tone.  I'll have to try it again and see.  BNF, on the other hand, is definitely a me shade.  I'll have to do a comparison soon of similar polishes.

pointer and middle ~ a England Beauty Never Fails (excuse the chip)
ring and pinkie ~ a England Holy Grail revamped

Do you like BNF, or have you seen this shade time and again?  And does HG toot your horn?