Sunday, September 30, 2012

Nfu-Oh 61

Nfu-Oh 61 is an amazing polish that I received this week in a swap. I was so excited because I never thought I would own one of their amazing holographic polishes so needless to say it was going on my nails within minutes of pulling it out of the package. I have heard that you are supposed to use Nfu-Oh Aquabase or any basecoat that is tinted blue to get the holographic glory to really pop. I didn't use a basecoat at all and had absolutely no problems with it being any less wow. The formula is so easy to work with and I used three coats for the photos below. I also didn't use a topcoat for the pictures either because I was worried that it may ruin the holograph but have tried the topcoat since and it doesn't change the polish at all. I literally could not staring at my nails they just didn't look real any more. If you have a chance to buy or swap for this polish - take it!

Indoors photos with flash

Outdoors with no flash

Saturday, September 22, 2012

ManGlaze ILF

I will preface this with saying I hate matte polish. Ok, well at least I used to then I found ManGlaze. The brand name alone says something about their polish. All of the polish names are raunchy, filthy and down right wrong but also hilarious and part of what intrigued me in the first place. They specialize in matte polishes with names like Fuggin Ugly, Lesbihonest and Fatties Have More Blood. Terrible and entertaining all in one. I was also really impressed with the artwork on their bottles which is almost like a cool graffiti.

I am definitely a blue/teal type girl so when I saw someone swapping ManGlaze ILF I definitely had to check it out. Like I said never a fan of mattes before but this has completely changed my mind. The formula is perfect to work with and went on so smoothly. Slightly sheer but perfect in three coats. It is a gorgeous almost aqua blue matte that really just put a smile on my face and didn't let me stop staring at my nails. Add a regular top coat to turn it glossy and OMG watch it sparkle and shine with secret glitter! Enough talk on to the many pics!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Finger Paints Blue Raspberry Taffy

So basically all summer long I was searching for a color by Finger Paints called Blue Raspberry Taffy. I don't even remember where I first saw it or why I wanted it in the first place but I knew I just had to have it. You know once you get that lemming it won't stop til you have it or a cheap dupe lol Anyways, that color is seriously the hardest color I have yet to track down! But thanks to a wonderful swap group I am a part of it is now all mine.

I was so worried that once I had it in my possession it would just somehow not live up to the hype. You know, the hype I created all in my head! Thankfully it did and I love this polish even more now! Let's get a few more exclamation points in there!!!! This polish was super easy to work with and was opaque and just two coats. I didn't top coat it because I was planning on doing a saran wrap mani that I will include a picture of. I also didn't do any clean up which shows you just how great and easy the formula is to work with.

With Flash

Without flash and closer to actual color

Added Cult Nails Time Traveler on top

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Zoya FeiFei

Today I have for you Zoya FeiFei which is one of the polishes I picked up in the Zoya BOGO sale. It just looked so sparkly that I knew I had to have it and it did not disappoint at all! FeiFei is a light silvery blue packed with glitter flecks in silver, blue, gold and possibly more. It absolutely lights up and twinkles on your nails. Formula was great. It was a little on the thin side but easy to work with and built up really nicely. It was opaque in three coats and I topped it with a layer of Seche Vite.

All but the first picture were taken on day three using the Elmers glue basecoat method for easy glitter removal. I don't know if it was the glue or the polish but you can't even tell that there is tip wear really and zero chips!

Indoors Day 1

Day 3 in sunlight

Day 3 In sunlight

You can really see the glitter shift in colors here

Yes it's blurred out but look at all that shimmer and glitter!

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Butter London Slapper

Yet another color I got in the Butter London trio from the GMA sale is Slapper and like all the other Butter London colors I have tried so far it is amazing! So far when it comes to Butter London I have zero complaints. Well...maybe the price but like I said before they are completely worth it.I can't wait to get my colors from the Butter London sale yesterday so I have a few more to try out.

Slapper is a beautiful turquoise cream that is a little darker and real life than I could capture in my photos. Two coats and it was completely opaque. Formula was absolutely perfect I didn't have any streaking or globbing it just went on liker butter.  I top coated with one coat of Seche Vite and I was good to go!

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Strange Love

Strange Love is another color that came in the True Blood mini bottle trio from Deborah Lippmann. This is only my second experience with a DL polish and after my first experience with New Flesh I was expecting great things. Unfortunately, I was greatly disappointed.

Strange Love is described as "a vampy magenta" and ok I see that but it is more of a berry/wine color to me and not quite vampy enough.It also seems to be a little bit of a cream and a little bit jelly which could have been nice if it wasn't for the formula. Application of this was a nightmare! The first coat went on very thick, streaky, and patchy while still being on the sheer side.Then after a few minutes of waiting for that to dry I applied a second coat but the polish was not dry enough and it caused some dragging and balding. Pictures are shown after three coats and in person they still do not look that even . There are also some spots that are noticeably lighter than others due to the dragging and balding. I also experience some micro-bubbling after each layer but it wasn't very noticeable after top coating it.

Overall you can see I am not very happy with this polish especially for the price. I will be trying the other polish in the set, Bad Blood soon and hopefully that will work out a lot better.

Indoors - you can see some of the bubbling

In sunlight

In sunlight

Saturday, September 8, 2012

NOTD Deborah Lippmann + Stamping

I still love love love New Flesh by Deborah Lippmann but wanted to add a little something to it. I decided it was a great time to try out some french tip stamping so I used the new set of Bundle Monster plates and Maybelline  Bold Gold to stamp with. This is what happened. Not perfect but not bad either in my opinion. Definitely would help if my nails were nubbins!

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Deborah Lippmann True Blood Collection New Flesh

Two of my favorite things in the world are nail polish and True Blood (the books and tv show) so when I saw that Deborah Lippmann was creating nail polish for the Forsaken collection inspired by True Blood I knew I had to have it. New Flesh is part of a mini trio of polishes and for some reason I gravitated to this one first. So unlike me to go for the nude color but I am starting to appreciate them. There is just something so chic and polished about it that is starting to really draw me in and I like it!

New Flesh is a sheer color but builds up nicely. Pictures are shown at three coats and without top coat! This is super shiny all on it's own. The formula was super easy to work with photos are shown with ZERO clean up which I am starting to notice is a trend with these higher end polishes. They are much easier to work with and have much nicer formulas. This applied like a dream and I can't wait to try the rest of the trio out this week.

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Butter London Wallis

I am absolutely in love with Butter London and I completely understand the hype for them now. I even kind of understand the price tag even though I definitely wish it was a lot lower so I could afford some more! The formula is absolutely perfect and the easiest to work with so I get why they charge so much but this girl is all about deals and that's how I got this!

Wallis is another color from the trio and was the whole reason I bought that set. I showed the colors to my mom because I just could not pick and she said I should wear the one that looked like "baby poo." Ok I don't think anyone ever has referred to Wallis as baby poo! If it is that color it must be some magical fairie babies or something that create that prettiest color evver!

Ok now pass the gross part sorry I just thought my mom was too funny! Wallis is absolutely perfect! Two coats and it is perfect but I used three for the pictures because yes I am a little crazy. The formula was perfect to work with and it dried very quickly. I definitely recommend a top coat to bring out the shine even more!

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Urban Outfitters Sea Dust AKA Deborah Lipmann Dupe

All summer I have been wanting Deborah Lippmann's mermaids dream but I just couldn't bring myself to spend $18 for just one bottle of nail polish. The lemming was getting seriously out of control though until I found pictures of a possible dupe to mermaid's dream! The pictures make it look close enough that I thought it was worth a chance at least and at $5 it is a lot more manageable.

Urban Outfitter's Sea Dust in person is just gorgeous and goes on really well. You really need to let it dry a few minutes between coats or you could get some dragging. I used three coats but I really think it would have been ok with two I am just crazy like that. I topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite. I absolutely love this polish and in person it looks just like the swatches I have seen online of DL Mermaid's Dream. It is definitely close enough even if it isn't an exact dupe that I no longer feel I need to buy the Deborah Lippmann version so to me this is a wallet saver!