Monday, July 16, 2018

Recent NOTD: Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger

Just a quick post today, as I'm on a road trip and time for computing is short. Fittingly, I have a recent nails of the day that I wore for a few days on a different trip. It's Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger, which has fine gold and rose red glitter plus medium size hex glitter in gold and pink. This is a very dense glitter; it covered in two coats. Here it is in the warm light of a hotel room:

Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger nail polish

Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger nail polish

And here it is the next day in shaded daylight:

Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger nail polish

Salon Perfect Rose Gold Digger nail polish

This is a fine polish; I just wish it leaned more toward the rose in its name.

Wednesday, July 11, 2018

Wheel R10: Pink and Silver Glitters from OPI

After being preempted by last week's holiday special, Nail Wheel Wednesday is back with glitters from OPI, specifically pink and silver ones. Seeing all these reminds me how many OPI I used to buy ... lately I've felt the collections aren't as interesting. There have been many collections in recent years that I haven't bought any shades from. Part of that is the size of my stash now, but part of that is so many cremes. Even in colors I like, I don't need that many variations in such a plain finish.



(all have clear topcoat in addition to glitter coats noted below, except #1)

1. OPI More Than a Glimmer (2 coats) [matte finish, thus no topcoat]
2. OPI The Power of Pink (2)
3. OPI You Glitter Be Good to Me (2)
4. OPI Charmmy & Sugar (2)
5. OPI Starry-Eyed for Dear Daniel (2)
6. OPI On Pinks & Needles (2)
7. OPI Wocka Wocka (3)
8. OPI DS Bold (2)
9. OPI Let's Do Anything We Want (2)
10. OPI Petal Soft (2)
11. OPI Pink Yet Lavender (2)
12. OPI Sunrise Bedtime (3)
13. OPI My Voice Is a Little Norse (3)
14. OPI Champagne for Breakfast (3)
15. OPI Gift Tag You're It (3)
16. OPI Which is Witch (2)
17. OPI In True Stefani Fashion (2)
18. OPI Desperately Seeking Sequins (2)
19. OPI Snowflakes in the Air (2)
20. OPI I Snow You Love Me (2)


Bottles 1 through 5:



6 through 10:


11 through 15:



16 through 20:


















A couple bonus shots in different light that made the holo glitter pop:







Monday, July 9, 2018

SinfulColors Indie Sol and Boho Beat, Plussed

Because I am trying not to make every other post a multi-dozen photo marathon, on Friday I only shared swatches of the SinfulColors Indie Sol and Boho Beat limited time shades. Today I have them again, paired with glitter toppers. I intend to wear glitter until I die (and maybe after that ... I assume they have nail polish in heaven).

I matched up We're In Tents with SinfulColors Rags to Riches (from 2013's Diamond Lust collection, and boy was it sad to look back at that display post ... so many mainstream releases back then!). Rags to Riches is a clear base with green microglitter, small gold glitter, silvery blue holo hexes, and silvery blue holo diamond glitters. I used two coats of it plus clear topcoat.

SinfulColors We're in Tents and Rags to Riches

SinfulColors We're in Tents and Rags to Riches

Sunglasses at Night and Rave New World got topped by SinfulColors Smash Hit (from 2017's holiday collection, Decked Out). Smash Hit has a translucent blue base with blue shimmer, iridescent glitter, and iridescent mylar shreds. The shimmer in Smash Hit didn't show up well against these base colors; I assure you it is there.

Sinful Colors Sunglasses at Night, Rave New World, and Smash Hit

Sinful Colors Sunglasses at Night, Rave New World, and Smash Hit

Jelly Ellie's partner was SinfulColors Shine on Me (also from 2013 Diamond Lust collection), which has rose pink diamond and hex glitter along with tiny iridescent glitter in a clear base.

SinfulColors Jelly Ellie and Shine on Me

SinfulColors Jelly Ellie and Shine on Me

I paired Sundown Getdown with SinfulColors Devil's Stare (from Halloween 2015, though re-released since), an orange red jelly with gold hexes, iridescent hexes, and iridescent shreds.

Sinfulcolors Sundown Getdown and Devil's Stare

Sinfulcolors Sundown Getdown and Devil's Stare

Finally, Positive Vibez met its match in SinfulColors Poparazzi (from spring 2013's Almost Famous/Poparazzi collection—the display had one name at some stores and the other at others), which has small bright purple glitters in a clear base.

SinfulColors Positive Vibez and Poparazzi

SinfulColors Positive Vibez and Poparazzi

I know glitter toppers will rise in popularity again sometime, and I am more than ready!

Friday, July 6, 2018

SinfulColors Indie Sol Collection

I've heard tell that there are more new SinfulColors on the way, so no time like the present to share my swatches of the limited edition shades from the Indie Sol collection: We're in Tents (2436), Sunglasses at Night (2437), Rave New World (2432), Jelly Ellie (2430), Sundown Getdown (2438), and Positive Vibez (2431). I added the shade names because sometimes those help distinguish between new shades and older ones, though in this case, they all have "limited time" stickers on the caps, so that makes it easy. Do you see how three of the shades have darker blue LE stickers on them? Apparently these three aren't officially part of the Indie Sol collection at all (per the SinfulColors website), but rather a collection called Boho Beat, which I never ever saw a display for; I found these polishes all in Indie Sol displays. I don't know what's going on with that.

SinfulColors Indie Sol and Boho Beat collections

We're In Tents is a dark green with silver shimmer. This was nearly a one-coater, but I used two.

SinfulColors We're In Tents

SinfulColors We're In Tents

Sunglasses at Night is a deep sky blue creme; I did two coats of it on my index finger. Rave New World is a light blue with very subtle pink shimmer; I did two coats of that on my other digits.

SinfulColors Sunglasses at Night and Rave New World

The shimmer in Rave New World was pretty much hiding in the lightbox, but did show up in direct light:

SinfulColors Sunglasses at Night and Rave New World

Jelly Ellie is a not a jelly finish; it's a warm pink with gold shimmer. I used two coats for my swatch.

SinfulColors Jelly Ellie

SinfulColors Jelly Ellie

Sundown Getdown is a red-leaning orange with pink shimmer and was another two-coater. The shimmer showed up better in the bottle than on the nail, but it was visible on the nail even in indirect light.

SinfulColors Sundown Getdown

SinfulColors Sundown Getdown

Positive Vibez is purpley pink packed with silver shimmer; it's not quite a metallic finish but is close to that neighborhood. As with the other shades, two coats was sufficient.

SinfulColors Positive Vibez

SinfulColors Positive Vibez

I've already worn Positive Vibez as a pedi (and done a mani on a friend with it), so I guess that means it's that my favorite of these. Sundown Getdown and We're In Tents round out my top three from this group. I'll likely wear Sundown Getdown before too long as it has a nice summer feel to it; I'll save the green for fall probably.

Wednesday, July 4, 2018

Patriotic Polishes from Pure Ice and Salon Perfect

Happy 4th of July to those of you celebrating today! Flawed as they were, I honor our Founding Fathers for starting this experiment; if only they could rise up from the mists of history and get our current leaders back on track. What I am excited about today is the polishes I picked up on my trip from the holiday displays at Walmart, which I got swatched just in time (though this post is going up late in the day due to not getting the photos selected and cropped quite as efficiently as I'd hoped).

I'll kick things off with the red, white, and blue trio from Pure Ice: Party Time, Light It Up, and Fly High.

Pure Ice Sparkle Swag nail polish limited edition

Fly High is a white shimmer that reminded me of the pearly frost polishes from back in the day. It's not as brushstrokey as some of those were, fortunately. I used two coats and that was plenty, so it's nice and opaque for a white.

Pure Ice Light It Up

Lacking patience to see the other two Pure Ice shades, I went ahead and slicked some freehand stripes of them on top of the white. Was immediately reminded of why I don't usually freehand stripes. But sharing them in all their wiggly glory so you can see how similar the finishes are. (This has clear topcoat on it to smooth the stripes somewhat.)

Nail art with Pure Ice Sparkle Swag Light It Up Fly High Party Time

Party Time is a red shimmer. I used two coats, though one might have sufficed if I'd gotten the brushstrokes straight from the get go.

Pure Ice Party Time

Fly High is a sapphire blue shimmer in the same finish as the other two in the trio. I did do just one coat of this one; it's very nice that Pure Ice isn't stinting on pigments even at their $1.98 price point.

Pure Ice Fly High

I got in a little more wiggly freehand lines practice before I put these three Pure Ice aside. I added some dots this time to make myself feel slightly better about my nail art skills. (Again, added clear topcoat to smooth things over.)

Nail art with Pure Ice Sparkle Swag Light It Up Fly High Party Time

Now let's look at the limited edition Salon Perfect polishes from their Make Sparks Fly display: Firewerk, National Holi-yay, Star Spangled Selfie, Block Party Blue, Bling Bursting in Air, Sea to Shimmery Sea, and The American Sheen.

Salon Perfect Make Sparks Fly nail polish limited edition

Block Party Blue is a vibrant medium blue with a subtle shimmer. I did two coats and let it dry, which it did to a satin finish.

Salon Perfect Block Party Blue

Adding topcoat brought out the shimmer more:

Salon Perfect Block Party Blue

Bringing it into direct light really showed the shimmer:

Salon Perfect Block Party Blue

With a nice base color laid down, of course the next step was a glitter topper; in this case, Bling Bursting in Air, a mix of blue, red, silver, and silver holo hexes in various sizes in a clear base.

Salon Perfect Block Party Blue with Bling Bursting in Air

Salon Perfect Block Party Blue with Bling Bursting in Air

The American Sheen is a red with a sublte golden shimmer that gives it a very nice glow. It's alos a one-coater and pretty shiny on its own with no topcoat.

Salon Perfect The American Sheen

It got more glow-y in direct light:

Salon Perfect The American Sheen

I paired American Sheen with Firewerk, which is a red jelly packed with red (and possibly gold—it's hard to tell so tinted is the base) hex glitter in assorted sizes. I freehanded a diagonal block across my nails with Firewerk and added clear topcoat. Firwerk is very flashy for having such a restrained color palette.

Salon Perfect The American Sheen with Firewerk

Salon Perfect The American Sheen with Firewerk

Sea to Shimmery Sea is a blue metallic shimmer. I used two coats, though it's probably quite possible to make this a one-coater if you want to do a thicker coat. This has a nice depth to it.

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea

Sea to Shimmery Sea's counterpart is called National Holi-Yay; it's the blue (and maybe silver—again the base is tinted enough to make it hard tell) version of Firewerk. I did the same diagonal swipe as I did with the red. Since Sea to Shimmery Sea is more glitzy than The American Sheen, it doesn't contrast as much with the bling of the glitter.

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea with National Holi-yay

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea with National Holi-yay

Seven polishes in the LE collection means one glitter didn't have a partner, so I alternated Sea to Shimmery Sea and The American Sheen on my digits so Star Spangled Selfie would have its moment to shine. This glitter topper has red and blue metallic hex glitter and silver star glitter in a clear base. I did one coat of it on top of the red and blue, plus clear topcoat. The best part was I did not have to fish for the stars, not at all. Sometimes I'd even get more stars than I wanted on the brush at one time. Impressive.

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea and The American Sheen with Star Spangled Selfie

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea and The American Sheen with Star Spangled Selfie

I was on a roll at this point, so kept playing. I put down a base of Pure Ice Light It Up then alternated Salon Perfect Firewerk and National Holi-YAY, adding clear topcoat for greater depth. The jelly bases of the two Salon Perfects are tinted enough that they likely would have been buildable to opacity on their own, but I think the white base adds a nice vibrancy.

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea and The American Sheen over Pure Ice Light It Up

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea and The American Sheen over Pure Ice Light It Up

Then, just for good measure, I added a coat of Star Spangled Selfie, making an effort to only get one star in each brushload, and topped with clear. So festive!

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea and The American Sheen with Star Spangled Selfie

Salon Perfect Sea to Shimmery Sea and The American Sheen with Star Spangled Selfie

I'm glad I braved the chaos of many Walmart stores to find these. I still wish they paid their workers better; I'd gladly spend another few pennies on each bottle of polish.