Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Wheel X9: Glitters from SinfulColors

Nail Wheel Wednesday is back. This installment stars glitter polishes from SinfulColors. About halfway through painting this, I really wished I'd done a black base under some of them but alas did not have time to both do that and get to dinner on time, and dinner won. Dinner will pretty much always win.

(all 2 coats plus clear topcoat)

1. SinfulColors Twilight Twinkles
2. SinfulColors Starlight
3. SinfulColors Heart of Gold
4. SinfulColors Sleigh My Name
5. SinfulColors Star Studded [star glitter required fishing]
6. SinfulColors Silver Belle
7. SinfulColors Silver Crush
8. SinfulColors Flake Out [snowflake glitter required fishing]
9. SinfulColors Cosmotion
10. SinfulColors Green Ocean [this is the non-flakie version, or one of them; I'm not sure how many variants there are]
11. SinfulColors Shamrockin' [four leaf flowers required fishing; other glitters are so pale they don't show on the ivory nail wheel]
12. SinfulColors Shamrockin' [yep, two versions of this one; this also required fishing to get the flowers out]
13. SinfulColors I'm Clover It [you guessed it; clover glitter required fishing]
14. SinfulColors Feeling Lucky [and yes, more fishing required for clovers, gold four leaf ones this time]
15. SinfulColors Planet Out
16. SinfulColors Top Me Off
17. SinfulColors If You've Got It Haunt It
18. SinfulColors Love Bombs [there are blue heart glitters in here but I was too tired to fish them out]
19. SinfulColors Sinful Sunrise
20. SinfulColors Spoon Full of Sugar

Bottles 1 through 5:

6 through 10:

11 through 15:

16 through 20:

Monday, November 27, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Trio

So yeah, I did go on another unplanned blogging mini-hiatus. This time it was due to a double whammy of travel (Mr. K and I left home on October 5th and got back on November 19th) and illness (I got an upper respiratory thing that I'm just finally feeling like I'm getting over now—to give you an idea how bad it got, I couldn't muster the energy to go to Meijer and look for new Studio M before we left Illinois in November). Much as I like blogging and nail polish, sometimes they slip down my priority list. The good news is I'm not planning on any more long trips for quite a while, and I did buy some new polishes on my trip and should be able to make the time to swatch them as ski season hasn't started in earnest yet (the mountain has been open on weekends, but terrain is very limited at this point). Today, though, I have swatches I did a while back of three Sally Hansen Color Therapy shades that were part of the limited edition release done as part of the Enchanting Gems display this past fall. I chose Rose Diamond, Smoky Emerald, and Opulent Pearl. (Back in the day I would have gotten all six of the LEs, so I am making some small progress toward getting my stash expansion rate down.)

Rose Diamond is a dusty light pink with very fine pearl shimmer. It's the sort of polish that I wore all the time when I was in my serious conservative professional woman phase: quiet, classic, goes with any skirted suit ensemble. Now these sorts of polishes are "palate cleansers" for me and a way to not attract too much attention to my hands when I'm feeling they're not at their best or I just don't want to field questions about what I'm wearing. My swatch is three coats, but two would probably have worked as well.

This has a nice soft glow in direct light:

Opulent Pearl is a pearly white with shimmer that flashes pink. In the bottle, it looked like it might be a bit sheer, so I experimented and put one coat of it on top of Rose Diamond. I quite liked this combination; Opulent Pearl added interest to Rose Diamond without changing its essential character as a quiet, classic option.

When I tried Opulent Pearl on its own, I did three coats of it alone on my index finger and two coats of it as part of a French manicure on my other digits. There was definitely visible nail line on my index finger, but it looked okay to me, almost like a very subtle French mani effect.

In direct light, the pink shimmer really pops.

I also tried Opulent Pearl over a variety of cream base colors. Top to bottom, one coat of Opulent Pearl on: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure In Full Blue-m (light blue), Sally Hansen Diamond Strength M-asked to Dance (bright pink), Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Out for Oxblood (burgundy), and black (I didn't write down which one). I'd say this is a pretty versatile topper. I liked it best over the black, but it did good things for the other base shades, too.

I had high hopes for Smoky Emerald. It's a black base (or maybe a green so dark it looks back) with teal shimmer that in the bottle appears to have a slight shift to purple.

In direct sun, there are even more colors that show up in the bottle:

On the nail, no shifting was evident, try as I might to angle my nails this way and that in various lights. Two coats of Smoky Emerald got me black with teal shimmer. It's fine, pretty even, just not shifty like I was hoping. I sometimes thought I caught a glimpse of purple along the sides of my nails, but it might have been wishful thinking.

I did try putting Smoky Emerald over a dark creme base to see if that would coax the shift out on the nail, but no, it did not. Guess that's not surprising given it's opaque in two coats. Those photos look pretty much just like the preceding three, so I am not going to spend the time to crop and watermark any of them.

I was glad to see some LE colors from Sally Hansen again; they used to do so many and I miss those days even though sometimes I got overwhelmed. My favorite of these three is Opulent Pearl; I can see using that to spark up cremes and subtle shimmers often.

Friday, November 3, 2017

Essie Bikini So Teeny, Plussed

Today, in a better late in the day than not at all post, I have a not at all recent NOTD look from a few months ago: Essie Bikini So Teeny topped with Liquid Afterglow Lacquer Unicorn Tears. The Essie, of course, is an old favorite (it made my Top 20 for 2012). The Liquid Afterglow is a Michigan-based indie brand that later changed their name to Holochondriac Polish and then still later stopped making polish; I'm glad to have the colors from them that I do.

I love that Unicorn Tears has square glitter in it, such a nice change from all the hexes out there.

This mani was so long ago that any notes I took on it were in my previous swatch notebook, which right now is literally thousands of miles away, as I left it at home, forgetting I had these photos yet to post. Oh well. I did snap a photo of the lineup of products used, so I can say for sure I layered Nutra Nail Stressed Nail Rehab (got this on clearance; it's odd stuff) and Salon Sciences Starting Over After Artificials under the color and Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Top Coat over the glitter.

Looking at these photos again, I'm thinking I need to pull out Bikini So Teeny again for some winter manicures. Those can happen as soon as I get home ... snow is falling there now. Too soon to ski, though.