Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Revlon Limited Edition: Molten Metal

Today's polish is Revlon's Molten Metal. This is limited edition, and I have no idea when it was released. Google tells me 2007 or 2010. I picked it up sometime early this year in a bargain bin at a pharmacy.

Please excuse the tipwear and imprint on the ring finger. I believe I wasn't wearing a topcoat, and this was taken on the second day of wear. Three coats for even opacity (though I think 2 thick coats may have sufficed), and shimmery Revlon polishes seem to dry fairly quickly.

Looks like a common brown shimmery polish, until you see it in sunlight. Oh hai gold and bronze sparks :D Click the photo to enlarge and see the sparks!

Gahh how I love sparkly things ^___^

ps. I can't believe how good I've been with blogging every day for the past week!

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Maybelline Colorama - Tutti Fruitti

This sparkler is Tutti Fruitti (3). I generally prefer smaller sized chunks of glitter or a glitter bomb, but this rests somewhere in between with its sparse large glitter.

The silver/gold glitter sits in a sheer pink base with a lavender sheen, and I reach for this when I can't be bothered applying polish neatly. The glitter masks any messy application, and it's so sheer you can't really notice if you paint all over your fingers. I applied two coats for the picture above, and I doubt any number of coats would hide the VNL. I'm guessing Maybelline meant for this to be a topcoat. (WHY DON'T WE GET FLAKY COLORAMA TOPCOATS IN AUSTRALIA? *rants again*)

This is the last of the Coloramas that I've already got swatch photos of, but I do have a couple more Coloramas. I will post those when I feel like wearing the shades ;)

Monday, June 27, 2011

Maybelline Colorama - Redcurrant Jelly

Thank you for wishing me luck, but the interview was horrible. I was a blubbering mess, and I'm just glad I made it out without crying. (Em, since you asked, it was for next year's hospital pharmacy internship. I've never mentioned it on here, but I'm a 4th year pharmacy student.)

Today for the interview, my nails were just one coat of Revitanail Cherry Blossom: a sheer pink. I would post about it but I can't seem to ever apply it evenly - plus its boring!

Redcurrant Jelly (17) is the Maybelline Colorama that refects my mood tonight, dark and emo.

Can't say I think of redcurrant jelly when I see this colour though. When I think jelly, I think transparent. Mmmmmm jelly *drools* I would describe this more as a vampy dark burgundy. I suppose one coat is somewhat transparent, but looks streaky and ewwy. Three coats for opacity as above, and again excuse the random bubbles. I'm just so impatient. Being a dark colour, it was a bit of a pain to apply evenly because any drag would leave a streak. After three coats though it was all good!

I'll run off now and continue being emo.

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Maybelline Colorama - Electric Blue

*drums* Electric Blue (80) is the Maybelline Colorama of today!

The name pretty much says it all, it is an eyecatching electric blue. I love the colour to bits. Writing this post makes me want to bust out all my bright blue polishes :D

Please excuse the random bubbles. As this photo is from 3 months ago, I can't really remember why I was in such a hurry. This doesn't happen if I take my time and let each coat dry. 3 coats for opacity in the pictures, though I think 2 coats could suffice.

I have a super important and intense interview tomorrow morning. Wish me luck!

Saturday, June 25, 2011

Maybelline Colorama - Baby Doll

My mum's favourite Colorama of the bunch - Baby Doll (60). She steals this from me so often -.-" Look at how the bottle is only half full, and this photo was taken almost 4 months ago!

Baby Doll is a sheer baby pink with a definite blue sheen. I wear it as a layering polish, because I feel it's too sheer on its own. Here I'm wearing it over Ulta3 Earl Grey. Earl Grey is a somewhat warm grey, and I like the blue sheen Baby Doll give the look. Being so sheer and all, it does apply streaky if I try to wear it alone. Even with 3 coats VNL was present.

My posts are getting shorter and shorter. I'm not lazy... ahahahahahhaaa

Friday, June 24, 2011

Maybelline Colorama - Peach Cocktail

Second day of Maybelline Colorama is Peach Cocktail (88). I may be having one right now at a work gathering as this scheduled post goes up tonight...

Peach Cocktail is a bright coral with tiny gold shimmer through it. Two coats for opacity here. The formula is quite thin/runny so I thought it'd be sheer. But it turned out to be nice and opaque. Being thin, it dried fairly quickly (compared to the creme-finish Coloramas).

Am I getting slack with only one photo per post?

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Maybelline Colorama - Bubblicious

I swear I've posted more than one Maybelline Colorama polish, but it looks like I've only ever blogged about my favourite lavender one here. I own 9 of these, and after going through my camera it seems I've already swatched some of them.

Today's swatch is Bubblicious (6). I've decided I will post one Colorama every day for the next week!

2 coats for this photo without a topcoat. Bubblicious is a hot pink without any shimmer/glitter at all. These days I'm drawn to glitter and shimmer, so I haven't worn this in a long time. Plus pink isn't a colour I usually go for.

PS. Why don't we get Colorama flakies in Australia? WHYYYYY NOT? *cries in corner*

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Greige polish is not dead!

I refuse to believe that greige polish is dead. I love muted "boring" coloured polish as much as bright sparkly polish. Greige is one of the colours my friends call "Jenny colours". (Jenny is my real name by the way) I tend not to buy nail polish colours that overlap, but when it comes to "Jenny colours" my rule doesn't apply.

So here is a long overdue revisited post of 3 greige polishes I own which are similar. You've Got Nail's post reminded me I've been meaning to correct my previous post. When I first started blogging I did a post here about two of them already, and back then I thought the colours were pretty much idential. Looking back on it, I realise I was mistaken.

The famous Chanel Particuliere in the middle, Australian brand Chi Chi High Heeled Housewife on the right and lesser known Korean brand Etude House BR303 on the left.

As you can tell from the bottles, Chi Chi is browner/warmer than the other two which are greyer. It translates like that on the nails too.

The index finger is Etude House, middle finger is Chanel, ring finger is Chi Chi and pinky is Chanel again. These were all one thick coat each, I believe.

In my previous post I said Etude House and Chanel are 95% similar. I would like to take that back. Etude House is clearly darker (though less opaque) and also leans more purple compared to Particuliere. And my beloved Chi Chi is browner and warmer than the other two.

Now that I've corrected my ignorance, I can rest easy.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Fresh start: SH Salon Effects

So my final exam for the semester was tonight. I couldn't answer some of the questions, but since they expected us to recall things from last year and the year before, I knew I wouldn't remember everything!

Now that's over, you will get more posts from me :D

I'm FINALLY going to go through my backlogged posts. There are quite a few, and I don't remember everything (as in how many coats etc) but I will get them all out there.

I'll start with something new-ish... Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Laced Up.
This photo is actually from March, I swear I'm not THIS slow with trends and such normally. I realise there are probably 934829 posts out there about these but here's mine anyway. It costs $14.95 for a box in Australia, which I think is rather pricey for one application. But I suppose it is pretty to look at. I paid less because I got it from work. Ah the benefits of working in a pharmacy!

This is what comes in the box:

And here's a photo next to my trusty Nivea lipbalm for size comparison:

You get 16 strips in total, two of each size. It was easy to apply, I just followed the instructions that came with it. The box states that it will last up to 10 days. From what I can recall it lasted about a week without a topcoat, then I had to take it off because I got sick of it. I usually change my nail colour every 3-4 days, so a week was pretty good for me.

TIP 1: I used one strip for two nails. Because I'm stingy. I purposely filed my nails down shorter than usual, cut the strip in half, and voila! So I still have another application I could use ^__^ If you have short nails, you could do this and save a bit of money.

TIP 2: Warming it up and stretching it a little will help the strip to stick on better to the nail. But stretching it does ruin the pattern, so you gotta watch out.

Okay, that's all I've come up with. (My memory does not serve me well) I have a box of Kitty Kitty waiting, so I may come up with some other things when I try that.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Note to self: this blog exists

So I have been ignoring the existence of my blog. I swear I will get back into it as soon as exams are over. Been so caught up in assignments and group work, that I haven't even had time to take pictures of my nails lately. (READ: I'm just a lazy forgetful shit) Never fret, they're still painted pretty colours MOST of the time!

Just so I don't leave this post without a picture, here's a poor phone-camera quality picture I took back in March. Can't quite remember the grey polish but the sparkly topcoat was CoverGirl Boundless Color Topcoat in Amethyst Mist.

Courtesy of Google Images

Hope there's at least one person who hasn't forgotten me :(

Be back in two weeks or so.