Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Brazilian Beauties

So long ago that I'm embarassed to admit, I did a swap with Lucy in Brazil, who writes Frésias Azuis (in Portuguese, which I don't know, but I can appreciate the photos). She sent me many gorgeous polishes; they were so pretty I didn't want to use them but instead just admired them in the bottles. This approach, of course, is silly, yet I can't seem to get over it and just do a mani with one of them already. As a compromise with myself, I did some Skittles swatches which wouldn't make too big a dent in the bottles and would let me enjoy some of the colors Lucy sent on my nails for awhile.

First I tried four of the Speciallità Hits no Olimpo holos: Ares (red), Apolo (blue), Dionisio (purple), and Zeus (black).





To make sure I had a smooth base, I used one coat of Salon Sciences Instant Artificials before adding the color. I used two coats of all but Zeus, where I had to use three because I made the first one too thin.







The Hits no Olimpo were so pretty I wanted to try the other colors Lucy sent right away, but talked myself into trying a sampler of holos from other brands so I could see what they were about: Ellen Gold Holográfico Dourado (gold), Ellen Gold 3D H9 (green), Ludurana Aurora Boreal Supremo (purple), and Impala Army na mira 3D (black).



Again I used Instant Artificials as a base and added color. The more linear holos, the gold and purple, took two coats, while the more glittery scattered ones (green and black) took three. Even then the green was a bit sheer; next time I'll layer it over a base.







I fell in love with the Impala one—so many colors winking out at me, even in the lightbox (unfortunately it was sun-free when I swatched these so I couldn't try them outside). Maybe I'll get over my fear of using it up and do a full mani with it one of these months. In the meantime, I do have the pretty pretty bottles to enjoy.

21 comments:

  1. Wow, Zeus is simply gorgeous. I've been dying to get my hands on Hits polish for ages but it seems hard to come by in the UK. That's so cool that you and your friend swapped :) xx

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  2. These are so so gorgeous! I love the look of the HITS polishes :)

    Jazz x

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  3. ugh...ur killing me! i want them all!

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  4. Brazilian brands rock! I'm in love with every single polish of this post.
    I can understand why you have waited before trying them, I do the same with my make up products - expecially palettes or limited edition stuff. ;)
    I waited for 10 months before using Urban Decay Book of Shadows II!!!!

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  5. Love your pictures!
    I love the Hits colors, I just dislike those little bottles. They are in line with NOPI...ya know?
    *ponders the insanity of multiple purchases and decanting*
    *recalls insanity of Nics sticks* lol

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  6. I completely understand your dilemma -- I have had Apolo and Dionisio sitting untried for several months now, because the bottles are so small that I'm worried I will mess up the mani and waste the polish! Hopefully I will get over it someday, they really are lovely! And they look great on you :)

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  7. Karen, believe me, when you see the holos from Hits no Olimpo in the sun light, you will be completely in love! I am very sad that my Apolo and my Hera are almost finished 'cause the bottles are so small! But my favourite is Deméter ^__^ My sister offered me Hits no Olimpo collection on my birthday last year. I couldn't be happier!
    I also love the other nail polishes she sent you! ^__^ So shiny!

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  8. Wow those Hits are so shimmery and pretty!

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  9. These are sooo pretty, I can understand why you wouldn't want to use them up!!

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  10. Brazil comes up with some seriously cool polishes. Too bad that they're not that easy to get your hands on :)

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  11. Those Brazilian beauties really rock - they are gorgeous!

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  12. I can see why you don't want to use these, they are gorgeous!! And oh my word that Impala polish is unlike anything I've ever seen!!

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  13. I love them all! Brazilian brands did a great work this year with polishes, and they are not even done, yet!

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  14. Ohhh... those Hits are sooooo gorgeous!!

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  15. *dies* Trying to save for some A Englands. Must not visit ninjapolish.... *groans*.....

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  16. OMG Brazilian holos....<3
    I wish they could be easier to find all around the world!
    And, well, I can understand when you say you could just stare at them without using them. They're such an awesomness....It's some kind of reverential awe I feel while watching my Atena (thanks to Aly)!

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  17. Speciallità Hits no Olimpo holos are gorgeous, I adore Apolo! :-) The third photo is beautiful! :-)

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  18. I have all the No Olimpo polish and like you don't like to use them cause the bottles are so small! But oh so gorgeous

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  19. Dionisio - oh what a beauty!!!

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