Friday, January 7, 2011

Mega Multi-Swap Featuring Models Own

In the latter part of last year, I worked out a swap with Lucy of Lucy's Stash. Our packages to each other arrived in December, but I got so busy with work and getting ready for my ski trip (and then being on the ski trip) that I'm just getting to post the pretties she sent today. And there are many, many pretties—Lucy was a real sweetheart about tracking down a bunch of wish list items for me. Just look at all these bottles:


Barry M (left to right): Once Upon a Time, Indigo, Dusky Mauve, Coral.



GOSH: Miss Sweety, Miss Minty, Miss Grey, Miss Mole.



Models Own. Top row: Purple Grey, Purple Haze, Mystic Mauve, Disco Mix, Pure Purple. Bottom row: Vintage Pink, Nude Beige, Jade Stone, Grace Green, Grey Day.


As usual, I had a hard time picking which to swatch first. I almost went with Once Upon a Time because it was winking at me with its holo glitter—see?



But I left the funky and fabulous string glitter in the bottle this time, since I knew from looking at swatches that it was best for layering and I wasn't wearing a compatible base color (and was too impatient to apply one at that moment). So I turned to another glitter, Models Own Purple Haze. I've also seen swatches of this, so why I didn't remember it was also better layered I can't say. I applied four coats and it was still too speckled-y for my taste. Fortunately, I have many polishes in my stash that I'm sure Purple Haze will get along with just swimmingly.



I couldn't leave it there, so I picked another Models Own to swatch next: Nude Beige.





This was opaque in two coats, and I was surprised at how much I liked it on. I'd originally thought this might be a good "underwear" color but I can see wearing it by itself when I want something elegant and classic on my tips.

Thanks so much for a great swap, Lucy!

20 comments:

  1. oooohhhhhh. which joe fresh nail polish wld u recommend based on ur items? :D
    and thanks so much for ur comment <3 <3

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  2. ooh, how awesome! those are new GOSH shades?! but those Models Own polishes look gorgeous ;)

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  3. Once Upon is winking at me too!! bar glitter..drools...i have a rainbow bar glitter from halloween and it always winks at me but I still haven't tried it yet..hmm i wonder why

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  4. btw I can't wait see the swatches of the other colors you have. especially the models own like disco mix

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  5. Holy moly! What a great way to start the year?!

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  6. These all look amazing. I can't wait for more swatches!

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  7. What a great swap. I'm so excited for you and *jealous*

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  8. I really like that purple glitter!!!

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  9. Ooohh, aahhh... What an awesome swap!

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  10. That is an awesome package for goodies to receive! I like Models Own polishes, but I don't have that nude. It's much nicer than I thought it would be. The purple glitter is lovely :)

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  11. Hiya! Got your survey answers. I don't think of you as having long hair so I looked at your photo again. Do you keep it tied back most of the time?

    Must get me some more GOSH. It's one of the polishes I can get easily.

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  12. Wow, awesome swap! Ah, lucky, the Barry M Once Upon a Time doesn't retail in the stalls over here, you have to order it off the internet D:
    The GOSH look gorgeous *-*

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  13. Wow! That is definitely a fantastic swap. I have 'Once upon a time' and I don't like it *hangs head*. I got it months ago on-line and I was so disappointed with it I haven't even opened it yet. I thought it would be nice round holo pieces of glitter, not string. If I do a swap/giveaway that will be in there. I feel like a traitor now :-(

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  14. These polishes are awesome! Look at all those Models Owns! <33

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  15. Wow! Good stash! I love those shades!

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  16. Oh, you just made me want nude beige in the biggest way!

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  17. I only realized this week that Urban Outfitters carry Models Own :)

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  18. What a swap ! And Nude Beige looks just perfect :)

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  19. Thanks, ladies! Yeah, Lucy treated me very well in this swap. :)

    jaljen, yep, I keep my hair up or in a braid or otherwise pulled back almost all the time because then I don't have to think about it.

    Ash-Lilly, not every polish suits everyone--better to swap it to someone who'll use it.

    nailspotting, really? I don't believe I've ever set foot in UO--might have to change that.

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