Saturday, October 6, 2012

Recent NOTD: Golden Rose 103 Plus Nina Holographic Topcoat

Oh look, I'm posting on a weekend. I didn't originally plan to, but yesterday my schedule got all out of whack. Ah well, stuff happens, and I'm back to the keyboard now. It's been ages since I last did a nails of the day post, mostly because several weeks went by when nothing was on my nails between swatching sessions other than various treatments (I've mostly been alternating Barielle Nail Rebuilding Protein and their Fortifying Nail Builder). When I did make time to do a proper manicure, it was the week my grandnieces were getting baptized, so I needed something that was fairly neutral and conservative because a) I hadn't quite decided what to wear and didn't want to clash and b) I didn't want to give the judgmental folks in the extended family any cause to talk about me being inappropriate in church. So, a mannequin hands or pale pink creme would seem to be in order, yet I couldn't quite bring myself to go that plain, so I went for a low key holographic, Golden Rose Paris 103.

103 is a dusty pink scattered holo shimmer. I wish I could tell you how many coats I used, but I didn't write that down for some reason. As you can see in the shot below, in indirect light like in my lightbox, there is no holo to be seen.



In sunlight, there is some holo:



I could have stopped there and had a perfectly nice conservative look. I didn't stop there. I added Nina Ultra Pro Holographic Topcoat, which has small and large golden holo glitters in a clear base. It also has the new Nina double brush, which I found to be super wide and somewhat unwieldy to use on my first try, and I say that as someone who's gotten used to the fat Sally Hansen Insta Dri and Complete Salon brushes. I did like the polish; it added quite a nice sparkle without being too wild looking to wear to church.







In the sun, it got even more fun:



Here's the whole lineup for this manicure—OPI Nail Envy Sensitive & Peeling, Salon Sciences Instant Artificials, Golden Rose Paris 103, Nina Ultra Pro Holographic Topcoat, and Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Anti-Chip Top Coat.



I found this combination quite pleasing to look at, and because the base color wasn't high contrast with my skin, the signs of wear and nailgrowth weren't too obvious. Here is is in the sunlight coming through a window on day six:



Artsy blurry photo on day seven:



Also day seven (I had done a few chip touchups by this point):



I was a tiny bit sad to take this off, actually. It was both restful and entertaining to look at.

*****

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24 comments:

  1. I picked up the NUP-holo top coat too and have yet to try it. It looks really nice! Sparkly, elegant yet soft at the sametime too. I also like the combo you chose. BTW you don't look old enough to have grandnieces!

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    1. It doesn't mean she's old...just means she's got an older sibling! :)

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    2. Actually, it's my younger brother whose daughters have made me a great aunt--I am kinda old but don't act it. :)

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  2. oh so gorgeous! love that holographic top coat!

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  3. I love it! I've never heard of Golden Rose Paris before, but I want!

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  4. I'm loving that Golden Rose! I just bought that Nina Holographic Topcoat the other day! I got it cause it looks like a cheaper dupe of Butter London Tart With a Heart! :) The brush scares me, though...

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  5. I just bought Nina Ultra Pro Holographic Topcoat and I really love it!!

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  6. Oh wow, thats gorgeous! I've never heard of the instant artificial before might have to check it out!

    Jazz x

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  7. Wow love this shade hun :)!! i love holographic nail varnishes..xx

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  8. I love it with the extra sparkle!

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  9. I have never heard of the Paris brand, wow pretty colour. The Nina polishes I have seen at Sally's but have yet to pick any up. I need that top coat! They are on my list of 'need in my life'. LOL! Even though my nails are on the smaller side I LOVE the wide brushes that polishes like Spoiled and Sally Hansen's Smooth Select have. I do the foil method for glitter removal ... How easily did these polishes come off and what did you use?

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    1. Dinitchka, I usually use foil method, too, either with Zoya Remove+ or pure acetone if I've got lots of layers of glitter on. I don't remember this mani being a problem to get off since the Nina is pretty lightweight as far as glitter goes.

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  10. I cannot get Golden Rose where I am without mail order - but I sure as going to look at Sally's next trip for the holo Nina topper...that looks great. I could see it making a look similar to this with some of my old - never now worn OPIs .

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  11. Fabulous!! Glad you didn't get hassled for inappropriate nail behavior. ;)

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  12. This was definitely a beautiful combination! It's so pretty to look at...

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  13. This Golden Rose is really gorgeous! I love it with the Nina Ultra Pro on top, too!

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  14. Love the addition of the Nina!

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  15. First I must laugh at the judgmental church people helping you decide what to wear on your nails. Just cracks me up! I really am loving this mani. Even the glitter part-I have a thing for holo glitter and these two together are very cool to look at! Glad to see that you still managed to be funky and yet appropriate for church!

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