Tuesday, April 18, 2017

In Which I Make Excuses

This is not a proper blog post. There will be no proper blog posts for at least a day or so, because, in addition to my ongoing laptop issues (which may be resolved once I get Mr. K to help me take apart my machine and install the new part I ordered for it), our internet connection has been extra wonky. Download speeds are okay, but upload speed is pretty much nonexistent. I can't add files to my Dropbox; I can't upload them to my image host. A nail blog without pictures is a sad thing indeed. The tech support for our service provider agrees there is an issue and has reported it to the utility company, which up here is just a handful of folks who will get to fixing things when they can. Fingers crossed that's soon, or I may have to set up shop in town; the library has pretty fast wifi, but they won't let me eat there, and I have to wear pants, both of which make it a poor alternative to blogging from home.

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Wheel K9: Pink Cremes

My stash unpacking and organizing has reached a point where I've got the bulk of my creme polishes accessible, so I've started sorting the ones that haven't previously made an appearance on Nail Wheel Wednesday into groups of twenty. First up, pink cremes, because it's almost spring here, and because despite my best efforts (okay, my best efforts interspersed with moments of "I must have the whole collection" weakness), I keep accumulating them in excess.

1. NYX Naked Pink (3 coats)
2. Studio M Blushing Rose (3)
3. Cover Girl Outlast Pink-finity (3)
4. Studio M Bubble Gum (3)
5. OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops (3)
6. Jenna Hipp Damage Control (3)
7. Studio M Endless (3)
8. SinfulColors Pink Smart (3) [almost a two-coater]
9. OPI I Think in Pink (3) [my having this & #10 are a sign that my dislike of "pinkwashing" is not as strong as my love of nail polish]
10. OPI Pinking of You (3) [almost a two-coater]
11. Wet Paint Call the Chauffeur (2)
12. Finger Paints Springtime Bloom (2)
13. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Pink Blink (2)
14. Sephora Formula X Brazen (2)
15. Butter London Fruit Machine (2)
16. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Peach Babe (2)
17. Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure AflorableTea (2)
18. Tea Beauty Lavender Sugar (2) [I only recall one collection of this brand showing up in stores; wonder why]
19. Oh My GOSH Candyfloss (2)
20. Ciate Fun Fair (2)

Bottles 1 through 5:

6 through 10:

11 through 15:

16 through 20:

In the past, I haven't done closeups for creme wheels, since there's no detail to the finish, but I've decided to start doing them since it may be helpful to see closer shots for comparing one shade to another. They do sometimes all blend together visually when there are 20 of them in the same photo as for the full wheel.

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

More Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Sometime after I got and swatched and liked my first two shades of Sally Hansen Color Therapy, I happened upon another sale at Rite Aid and bought four more colors: Reflection Pool, Soothing Sapphire, Haute Stone, and Bamboost.

Reflection Pool is a blue shimmer that shows some shift to purple and gold in the bottle.

I used three coats for my swatch; I probably could have two if I'd done them just slightly thicker. There's a hint of brushstrokey-ness here but also tiny sparkles in the shimmer to distract from that. The purple shift does show up, subtlely, at some angles. I never caught any gold showing on the nail like it does in the bottle.

Due to the hint of duochrome in Reflection Pool, I had to try it over a black base. I left my index finger as it for comparison purposes, then redid my other digits to do a black creme topped with one coat of Reflection Pool. I liked the effect, though the dark base didn't seem to enhance the shift overly much.

Here's the combination in direct low light:

Bamboost is a greyed green (or maybe greened grey) creme, just the sort of "differently pretty" shade I like. Two coats was plenty for full coverage and shine.

Haute Stone is a cool-toned brown with a subtle pinkish copper shimmer.

This was also a two-coater; it dried darker than I expected, and the shimmer was hidden.

In direct low light, the shimmer did peek out some:

For fun, I dotted Reflection Pool on Haute Stone then added clear topcoat. I liked the subtle color shift in the dots as I moved my fingers around.

Soothing Sapphire is a deep blue shimmer.

Again, two coats were ample. This reminds me of OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue, one of my all time favorites.

One last look at Soothing Sapphire in direct low light; so pretty:

As with the first two I purchased from this line, I'm happy with all of these, though do wish the subtle shimmer would show more on Haute Stone.

Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Wheel I9: Sally Hansen Glitter Toppers

Even though it feels like it will take me close to forever to get my stash unpacked and organized in its new home, I am enjoying the process, pulling bottles out of boxes and sorting them (because no, I didn't have them all sorted before we moved, and at the end of the packing process was just filling empty space in boxes with random bottles). When I get twenty polishes that go together, I get to sit down and paint a nail wheel, and that's fun, too. Today's offering is a group of Sally Hansen glitter toppers from a few years back, when the brand was pumping out new stuff at an impressive pace.

(2 coats except as noted below; #5 through #18 had to be dabbed on so the glitter wouldn't drag out to tip)

1. Sally Hansen Big Shimmer Top Coat Twinkle Snows (1 coat over black) [not a shimmer—I don't care what the bottle says; does have a nice shift from blue to green]
2. Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat Goldi-Flecks (over black)
3. Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat Meteor Light (3 coats) [probably should have put this over black, too, as it has iridescent glitters that aren't popping on the off white]
4. Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat Blue Moonlight
5. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fruit-ta-ta [slight glitter bleed here and in #6 & #7)
6. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fiesta
7. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Carnival
8. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Copa-banana
9. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Samba
10. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Splash
11. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Tidal Rave [slight glitter bleeding here and in next three]
12. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Court Jest
13. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Family Jewels
14. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mind Your Manors
15. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Rouge Red [worst bleeding glitter of the bunch]
16. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Frazzle Dazzle [from 2013 Rent the Runway display; I bought several bottles of this just because it has frazzle in the name]
17. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Purple Petals [from 2014 Color Vibrations display]
18. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Indi-glow [from 2014 Color Vibrations display, and, okay, it's not a topper, but I forgot that when I was pulling bottles for this wheel and looking at the bottle thought the tinted base was more transparent than it is]
19. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pixel Perfect (over a skintone) [from 2013 Xtreme Color display]
20. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Ice Pop (over black) [from 2013 Hot Looks Beach Brights display]

Bottles 1 through 4 (released in 2014, part of Big Finish Big Effects display):

5 through 11 (released in 2014, Color Destinations Passport to Rio collection; I'm missing Beach Ball here, as it was on wheel N8 with other red/white/blue glitters):

12 through 15 (released in 2014, part of the Create & Ornate collection):

16 through 20 (released various times in 2013/2014; see notes above):

Tuesday, April 4, 2017

Morgan Taylor Beauty and the Beast

If the condition of the displays I came across is any indication, I was not the only one excited to see the Beauty and the Beast collection from Morgan Taylor in Ulta stores; I never found a completely stocked display and all of them were sold out of at least some of the shades. Because I am trying to be more restrained in my spending, I indulged in only the mini set, which has three of the six colors plus the "specialty coat" shimmery layering topcoat. Left to right: The Last Petal, Plumette with Excitement, Potts of Tea, Enchanted Patina.

I started my swatching with Potts of Tea, an almost white with very shy shimmer. I say "almost white" because there's the slightest hint of grey in this. I used three coats, and it needed every one of those.

I could only get the shimmer to show in direct light, and then only slightly.

Enchanted Patina is touted on the Morgan Taylor website to "transform any lacquer to an enchanting antique finish with just one coat". In the bottle, it looks like a shifty gold shimmer.

I added one coat of Enchanted Patina to Potts of Tea my middle to pinky fingers, leaving the index alone to show the transformation. Antique is a good term for what this does; the white turned to a soft gold that did look a bit weathered.

Plumette with Excitement is a warm light pink creme. This was more opaque than Potts of Tea; I only needed two coats for my swatch.

I again added one coat of Enchanted Patina to three nails. The gold definitely took on a pinkish hue from the base color, looking quite different than it had over the white.

The Last Petal is a berry red shimmer. This was the most opaque of the three base color in the set; I used two coats but could have stopped at one except I was busy being entranced by the richness of this shade. It's super pretty.

Loved the glow it had in direct light:

Over The Last Petal, Enchanted Patina showed its shifty-ness. At some angles, the combination looked rose gold; at others, it looked much more yellow gold.

I wanted to try Enchanted Patina on its own, too, so I did, putting three coats on my index finger white putting the three base colors on my other digits for comparison's sake. Top to bottom below: Enchanted Patina alone, over Potts of Tea, over Plumette with Excitement, over The Last Petal. I think it works on its own, not just as a topper.

Enchanted Patina definitely has a shift to it; tilting my fingers made the gold really come out.

I really like these, and am now wishing I'd picked up the other three shades: Gaston and On and On (turquoise blue creme), Days in the Sun (yellow shimmer), and Be Our Guest (warm medium pink creme). Well, maybe I could skip the pink creme; I am very aware how many of those I have since I just recently unpacked the box with the ones waiting to go on wheels, which isn't even all of my pinks.