Wednesday, 25 April 2012

China Glaze ~ Harvest Moon

After a couple of days with the rather neutral shades, I have a stunner today:

This is two coats of the most gorgeous copper shimmer shade I've ever seen. It's very shiny and almost looks a bit like a foil. This one makes the magpie inside of me sit up and squawk WANTS! NEEDS! And I can happily smile to myself in the knowledge that it's safely tucked away in my helmer.

Tuesday, 24 April 2012

China Glaze ~ Dress me up

This one is one of the more neutral shades of the collection. Prepare for picture spam.

Two coats, no topcoat:

The pictures do come out a bit more brown than it really is. It's a dusty, pink creme. Application was very good and as you can see it dries very glossy even without a tc.

I also have this one with Luxe and Lush:

Color Club Summer 2012 Preview

I was browsing my fave online polish-pusher yesterday, and noticed this:

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I have to have these!!!!Living where I live I'm sick to death with drab, dreary, 5C weather, so bright summer polishes is just what the doctor ordered.

I'm going away this weekend for my granddad's burial, but hopefully these will be waiting for me when I return :-)

I think my personal forerunners are the green (quelle surprise), magenta and teal. Which one do you prefer?

Monday, 23 April 2012

China Glaze ~ Hook and Line + Luxe and Lush

Another from the Hunger Game collection. Hook and Line. It is a pearly, shimmery, "tin-like" silver. Sadly it is also a streaky, frosty mess.

Two coats, no topcoat.

 Apparently adding topcoat can help with fixing some of the streakyness, but I had other plans. In this collection there is also an effect polish called Luxe and Lush. Here is one coat L&L over 2 coats H&L:

And a bottleshot to show you the golden, flakie, prettyness:

Just too bad that even though I was swatching nailpolish for literally three hours or so, there was not even a faint glimmer of sun :-(

China Glaze ~ Stone Cold

This was the second of the Hunger Game polishes that arrived in my mailbox.

Behold, two coats without any topcoat:

Oh man was I surprised when I realised this one is a matte! And an awesome, slate grey, silver shimmery matte to boot. As I was going to wear this to a homebrewfestival the same evening I decided to add a glossy topcoat to one finger and HM Matte topcoat to the other 4:

Imho it turned out really well. As this is a matte dry time is extremely fast. Application was also good. However, removal was a major pita. First the charcoal base came off, and dying most of my hand grey, and then I had to do the real heavy work getting rid of the silver glitter. It also seemed to dry really brittle and even though it seemed quite good for wearability, I managed to "crack" the polish on two of my nails, which the turned to chipping from the middle of the nail. Not pretty.

But all in all I'm in love!

Saturday, 21 April 2012

China Glaze ~ Agro

I have finally gotten my greedy paws on almost the full Hunger Game collection (still missing Mahogany Magic) and over the next week or so they'll arrive here. I have to admit I've neither read the books, nor seen the movie, but when there is awesome nailpolish to be had who am I to nitpick?

First up is Agro: Two coats, no top coat

Very pretty forest/olive green with a golden shimmer. I've worn this in the sun but sadly no decent pics, (Desire sucks as a camera), and sunshine really makes the shimmer stand out. I think this one will turn into one of my go-to polishes.