Wednesday, March 20, 2019

Wheel P11: Lime Cremes

Seeing all the green manicures around for St. Patrick's Day inspired me to sort out some lime cremes for this week's Nail Wheel Wednesday. Some of these had been sitting unused for quite a while, which meant a lot of settled pigment and tired wrists for me trying to get them mixed up again enough to paint with. I think a nail polish shaker is in my future; I'm trying to decide whether to start with one of the cheap models or go right to the more expensive and I hope more durable one.

1. Wet n Wild Wild Shine Stand the Test of Lime (3 coats)
2. NYC In a New York Color Minute Apple Fizz (3)
3. Essie The More the Merrier (3)
4. Sally Hansen Insta Dri Inchworm (3)
5. Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Green with Envy (3)
6. LuxVisage Flirt 307 (3)
7. L'Oreal New Money (3)
8. SinfulColors Innocent (2)
9. Butter London Jaded Jack (2) [dries to a satin finish; maybe I should have saved this for a neon wheel]
10. Butter London Squatter (2)
11. China Glaze Def Defying (2)
12. Finger Paints Grassy Knoll (2) [this name still strikes me as inappropriate for a polish]
13. Finger Paints Mistful Thinking (2) [another satin finish]
14. Finger Paints Leonardo's Lime (2)
15. Finger Paints Sexy Sundress (2)
16. Ulta Professional Wham (2)
17. Spoiled I Only Eat Salads (2)
18. Salon Perfect Go Granny Apple (2)
19. Revlon Colorstay Gel Envy In the Money (2)
20. Mineral Fusion Meadow (2) [this starts to edge into what I think of as grass green territory]

Bottles 1 through 5:

6 through 10:

11 through 15:

16 through 20:

Tuesday, March 19, 2019

Recent NOTD: Sally Hansen Mega Strength Persis-tint

In recent months, I've continued mostly doing fake nails instead of polish manicures since the fakes are so easy and so protective. But once in a while I'll get back to my roots and do a full manicure, like I did recently with one of the new Sally Hansen Mega Strength shades, Persis-tint, a pale purple-y pink with blue shimmer.

I did two coats of this. Maybe three would have been better since there was a hint of nail line, though it was less noticeable in person than in these photos.

The blue shimmer showed itself nicely in direct light:

This is a pretty polish and wore fairly well given how hard I am on my nails. I didn't notice my nails being especially stronger but maybe that takes consistent use of the Mega Strength line. I'd like to try it over a creme base next time; I feel like it might be just sheer enough to use as a topper, too.

Wednesday, March 13, 2019

Wheel O11: Glitters from Brands No Longer in Stores

Nail Wheel Wednesday is back from vacation with glitter polishes from brands I used to be able to get in stores but no longer can. Look Nail Color used to be at Rite Aid and Fred Meyer; now there a few colors on Amazon but the brand's website has gone private. Kohls was the only place I ever saw Candie's. Whim was an Ulta exclusive brand.

(all have clear topcoat in addition to glitter coats noted below)

1. Look Ocean Mist (3 coats)
2. Look Twilight's Last Gleaming (3)
3. Candie's Supernova Sky (3)
4. Candie's Enchanted Night (2)
5. Candie's Over the Rainbow (3)
6. Candie's Dream Pink (2)
7. Candie's Champagne Frenzy (2)
8. Candie's White Noise (2 coats, over half black base)
9. Candie's Candy Hearts (3)
10. Candie's Disco Chic (2)
11. Whim Sparkle Sparkle Everywhere (3)
12. Whim Dreaming in Glitter (3)
13. Whim Midnight Wink (3)
14. Whim Rule the World (3)
15. Whim A Girl's Best Friend (2)
16. Whim Is My Tiara on Straight (2)
17. Whim Catching Confetti (2)
18. Whim Rock N Stroll (2 over skintone base)
19. Whim Frosted Cupcade (2 over skintone base)
20. Whim This Calls for Cava (2)

Bottles 1 through 5:

6 through 10:

11 through 15:

16 through 20:

Monday, March 4, 2019

Butter London Flights of Fancy Set

A little while back, I had an Ulta coupon and used that as an excuse to look at the website, where I found the Butter London Flights of Fancy set, which then found its way into my cart and eventually into my possession. This has three shades of Patent Shine 10X polish, all in the Crushed Diamonds subfamily (this apparently has diamond dust in it): Pink Diamond, Crushed Diamonds, and Purple Diamond.

The Pink Diamond I received is much more ivory and much less pink than shown on the Ulta website; I guess the pigment faded? At any rate, it's a shimmer that I ended up using four coats of because it didn't self-level very well.

In direct light, the shimmer shows up better and I thought maybe I could see a hint of a pink flash, but I might have been deluding myself on that, just hoping it would be more like the photo on the website.

Crushed Diamonds is a white flakie that looks very pretty, something like snow, in the bottle.

I added one coat of Crushed Diamonds over Pink Diamond; the combinationi was subtle but pleasing, definitely better than Pink Diamond alone.

Purple Diamond is a slightly dusty purple shimmer that's perfectly opaque in two coats and perfectly shiny without topcoat.

Crushed Diamonds topping Purple Diamond is a more contrasting look than over Pink Diamond. Even with just the one coat of Crushed Diamonds, the flakies coverage is quite dense.

Two out of three isn't bad; I like Crushed Diamonds and Purple Diamond. Pink Diamond is not a winner, at least the bottle I got. The set is still available on the Ulta website for $19 as of this writing. If you get a coupon that works on this brand and like purple and flakies, it might be worth it, though these are small bottles (6 ml each).

Wednesday, February 20, 2019

Wheel N11: Solid Color Textures

Nail Wheel Wednesday is on a reduced schedule this month while I'm doing some traveling. Today I've got solid color textured polishes, from almost smooth velvety ones from Sally Hansen and Layla to more typical bumpy ones from Revlon and Jin Soon and others.

(all two coats)

1. Wet 'n' Wild Fatigue Glam
2. Jin Soon Georgette
3. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Lush
4. Revlon Leather Leather Skinnies
5. Revlon Leather Motorcycle Jacket
6. Nails Inc. Leather Effect Noho
7. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Velveteen
8. Jin Soon Chamonix
9. 2B Colours Leather Effect Leather Black
10. Layla Softouch Effect 12 Noir Touch
11. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Plush
12. Revlon Leather Rock Chic
13. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Regal
14. Wet 'n' Wild Left Left Left Right Left
15. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Deluxe
16. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Velour
17. Revlon Leather Downtown
18. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Crushed
19. Sally Hansen Velvet Texture Lavish
20. 2B Colours Leather Effect Leather Bordeaux

(My bottle shots got a bit out of skew; bottle 20 thought it was bottle 1 and cut in line when it came time to paint the wheel.)

Bottles 2 through 4:

5 through 10:

11 through 15:

16 through 20 plus 1: