Archive for the ‘glitter’ Category

A new Neeka photo

October 2, 2014

I think I forgot to post this one when I last talked about Neeka. Please ignore the embarrassing outfit photo. I don’t feel right taking it down but I also hate it. ANYWAY

A black plum inspired me to put Neeka on again, and look how sparkly!

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This one never disappoints, even when I apply it lazily and have a secret bald spot that I didn’t see until just now. And it wears like iron! I think this one will be on rotation this fall.

Maybelline Color Show Gilded Rose

April 9, 2014

Glitter time! I have recently realized that I love rose gold.

Color Show Gilded Rose

Color Show Gilded Rose

I LOVE LOVE LOVE this color! It “covers” in two coats and dries very quickly. I say “covers” because the base is heavy with gold glass fleck, which means that light shines through the flecks at certain angles and shows up at most angles as bright gold. (That also makes it difficult to photograph.)

The rumors that it chips easily are true. It comes off in huge chunks within a day or so.

Because of the fantastic color and quick dry time, it’s easy to throw this on before a dinner date, sans topcoat. When it comes time to remove though… UGH GLITTER. I might try some of that OPI glitter base. If I do, I’ll let you know!

Zoya Jem

November 19, 2011

I picked up a couple more Zoya colors thanks to Zoya’s excellent Halloween Treat (do yourself a favor and follow them on Twitter – you will get lots of deals this way!)

Zoya Jem! This is a beauty. Two smooth coats of velvety, glittery color. The duochrome flash is stronger in the bottle, but you’ll experience it on the nail as either a nice plummy purple:

indoors

Or as a reddish color with gold highlights:

sun

In the bottle there you can see it chrome-ing its way to a bright yellow but it never gets there on my nails. I love this color wholeheartedly. It’s a gorgeous color in the reliable Zoya formula. Could not be happier.

It’s been really hard to get passably decent pictures since all my daylight hours are spent at work – but I will keep trying! If you want another shot of a particular polish, please let me know!

China Glaze Trendsetter <3

November 13, 2011

This one is a winner! Not only do I love this color, it got exclamatory compliments on the bus.

indirect light

Two coats will do it, and this baby wore like iron. See how green it looks on me? I had the impression that this was a yellow polish, but not on me. Chartreuse, maybe. With gold shimmer. Which is a gorgeous combination… *sigh*

 

When you get it into low light, say, moody overhead lighting in fancier restaurants? A reddish microshimmer shows up, almost like a duochrome. The waiter must have questioned my sanity, but I wasn’t able to capture the shimmer. Here’s another photo anyway!

 

sun

What do you think?

 

Zoya Neeka

November 4, 2011

Okay, I was supposed to get these Neeka pictures up right after Yara. I did wear it right after, for a wedding. But the happy event and all the travelling made it so I couldn’t get a good picture. Feast your eyes on these!

 

shadowy sun

 

Don’t you love it?! It’s like Yara, with flat gold speckles, but the other glitter shows up a little more in this one. And I think it’s a flattering purple, kind of dusty. Here’s a bottle shot that’s blurred out to show the colors of glitter:

 

glittery!

 

As I mentioned before, this is part of the Smoke & Mirrors collection.

 

sunny sun

 

Another shot, just for kicks. And to make it picture-heavy, here’s my wedding attire.

 

I’m a slouchy-sloucher. Do you think it goes?

 

 

Zoya Yara

October 25, 2011

Of Zoya’s collections, Smoke and Mirrors is definitely my favorite. I would buy them all if I had both unlimited funds and unlimited, self-organizing storage… but that’s another story. The MUST-have for me was Yara. Olive green with gold flecks, it’s interesting without being flashy.

twilight

Click the pic to view sparklies bigger

Yeeah. Two coats, easy application. Really easy. I am so in love with the gold speckles and the formula that I’m really glad I threw Neeka in my cart as well…

Sally Hansen Blue Me Away!

October 5, 2011

This is part of the Xtreme Wear line, and yes, the exclamation point is on the label. I really like this as a bright medium blue, and it applies decently. I had some trouble with bubbling but I think I left the fan on, woops!

 

artificial light

 

Two coats, and at least a day’s wear. I found a staple remover in my desk, though, so the nails should improve soon. Shuffling paper can be hard on the nails too.  ;)

 

Glitter!

 

I can’t resist throwing a coat of Confetti Dreamdate over everything, but I liked this combo enough to wear it for a while. Dreamdate is such a great layering glitter. One coat (shown) lets the base color peek through, dries fast and smooth without topcoat, and is still multi-colored fabulous!

I tried to capture the colors with a macro shot:

 

too dark, eh?

 

I’m pretty pleased with this manicure, but now that it’s raining I think it’s time for something a little more subdued.

Do you ever do your nails only to wake up in the mood for something different entirely?

Essie Over the Edge

September 25, 2011

I love this dark, shimmery color.

artificial light

 

Essie Over the Edge, 3 coats. I feel like if you like hematite, you will love this polish. I think it also looks like black pearls. You know how they can have a pink or green cast to them? Indoor light seems to bring this out.

 

closeup

 

I don’t know if it shows up in this photo or not, but I tried! I do love these dark colors with a bit of shimmer to go on short nails. By the way, this one was called Over the Top before the retail release. It appears to be the exact same color, though.

 

Confetti Papa-razzi

September 15, 2011

Come on Fall! I got really irritated by the 90-degree weather last week, so I decided to encourage the arrival of the next season with Confetti Papa-Razzi, a glittery pumpkin color:

full sun

Yes, that is a pumpkin spice latte! I thought it might help with my little ritual.

It *has* to be fall now, right?

This is three coats. It’s a reddy-orange jelly with gold glitter/shimmer. I started thinking of it as “electric pumpkin.” I really expected this one to be like My Favorite Martian, but I think it looks more like a foil than a glitter on my nails and I just can’t get into it. :(

I will find a new home for this one as soon as I can.

A note about my coffee habit – at this point it takes four coffee shops to support me. This is obviously Starbucks, which provides me with sticky-sweet hot drinks and stays open until 9 PM. For amazing loose-leaf tea, unique pastries, decaf, and a not-too-sweet coffee frappe drink, I visit our town’s mom ‘n pop shop, which I will call IndieCoffee. For freshly roasted (caffeinated) brewed coffee, croissant and scones, I visit the new LocalBakery. And sometimes when IndieCoffee is closed, I will go to Peet’s for tea or for peppermint hot cocoa, yum.

Am I the only one with four coffee shops?

$1.99 love: Confetti My Favorite Martian

September 14, 2011

When I noticed the $1.99 Confetti display, I think I grew faint. I knew I would be unable to resist, but I limited myself to some glitters. I don’t expect much for that kind of money but this one blew me out of the water:

full sun

Ugh, so much pretty! Yellow-green jelly with silver and green glitter. There are occasional bigger pieces of green glitter, but also some fine silver glitter that helps build up the opacity. Four coats are shown, but they dried fairly quickly. I also find these glitters to be surprisingly smooth. Removal gets glitter everywhere but it doesn’t stick stubbornly like the Orly Goth did. What a deal!