Wednesday, March 23, 2022

Wheel O15: Green Shimmers

I'm back. For how long, I don't know. It feels like my life is ridiculously busy, which confuses me. How did I ever work a full time job? Was I better able to cope with life then? I have no idea. Anyway, today I have a wheel full of green shimmers that looked more cohesive in the bottles than they turned out to be on the wheel, but that's why I'm doing this project, to see how all my polishes look when applied.

1. Revlon Top Speed Wicked Star (2 coats)
2. Smitten Polish Grinchy Claus (3) [wish I'd put topcoat on this as I think that would make it even prettier]
3. China Glaze Running in Circles (3) [such a great sparkle to this one]
4. China Glaze Paper Chasing (3)
5. Cult Nails Feelin' Froggy (3)
6. Finger Paints Ball Gown Glamour (1)
7. Zoya Holly (2)
8. NYX Mermaid (4) [lighter than I expected based on the bottle; has a nice blue flash in the shimmer]
9. Essence Nail Colour 3 A Walk in the Park (2)
10. Liquid Metal 35 Br (3)
[I wish I remembered where I got this] 11. SinfulColors Pine Away (2)
12. Nicole by OPI Faux Fur (2)
13. Nicole by OPI Fell From the Tree (2)
14. Finger Paints Our Tips are Tealed (2) [not sure if this is meant as a texture or just needs a topcoat]
15. Wet 'n' Wild FastDry AF Mermaids Do Exist (2)
16. Deborah Lippmann Green Eyed Lady (1)
17. Bonita Salon Year of Riches (2)
18. Zoya Honor (2) [such a gorgeous matte finish]
19. LCN 337 (2) [not sure of the shade number since the label is is Russian]
20. Ulta Professional Tainted Love (2) [shades like this kept me buying Ulta polish for a long while]

Bottles 1 through 5:

6 through 10:

11 through 15:

16 through 20:








Tuesday, March 8, 2022

Kiss Gel Fantasy Ready to Wear Nails

Sorry for my long absence from this blog. It's been a heck of a few weeks. My mother-in-law died somewhat unexpectedly in mid-February, and since then it's been a whirlwind of cleaning out her assisted living apartment, making arrangements, flying to Illinois for the burial, then having houseguests upon our return. Not all of that fell on me, of course, but it's been hard to find time to sit and write. The guests are still here and we'll be doing things with them for another week, but I've got a bit of time to myself today so wanted to pop in with a quick update. For the week of the apartment clean out, I wore a set of Kiss Gel Fantasy fakes, a limited edition design from several Christmas/holiday seasons ago featuring navy matte nails and multicolored glitter accents.

My natural nails have been in pretty good shape considering it's winter, which I attribute to keeping them protected with fakes most of the time, so yes, I want to continue that.

I used the adhesive tabs to attach them, so in a few minutes, my nails were done (and I hadn't risked gluing my fingers together). I really liked the glitter accent; it was just the right amount of flashy for me right then.


On the drive home from the apartment clearing/memorial arrangingg trip, nine days after I'd put the nails on, they were still looking pretty good. The matte nails were less matte, but no one who hadn't seen them fresh would notice that. I did have to reattach a few of them during the week, but on the whole they performed really well through all the sorting of stuff and packing and moving of boxes. I was pleased.

I kept them on another four days. The navy ones were pretty glow-y by then, but still the overall effect was looking good. Now I wish I'd bought all the boxes of these when they were around.

Given the houseguest situation, I'm not sure when I'll manage to post next. In a week or so, I'm hoping things will be calmer for me.