The life of a polish obsessed gal

Tuesday, July 31, 2012

If any of you are like me what you hear when coworkers or friends see your nails is "Don't you have anything else to do?" or "I have too many other things that need my time." Some of them even ask how can spend so much on polish. 

I love to ask them what their hobbies are so then I can say "Oh you golf? I bet those clubs cost a lot." or "Oh, you quilt? I bet that takes up a lot of time" 

The point is that every hobby requires time and a monetary investment. Take what "non polish" people say with a grain of salt and realize that they too have their vices. I have shelves for my polish. They have shelves for their book collection or their teddy bear collection. 

This shelf holds less than half of my collection.

They stalk eBay for their collections. I -- oh wait... I do that too.

They spend hours painting their model car. We spend hours painting our nails.

They can name every Beanie Bear in existence. We can name polishes by brand and color name.

My husband once made the mistake of asking me "Don't you have enough polish?" My answer was "Well, I thought about raising and showing horses again." Boy that shut him up. That was one expensive hobby. Although I loved it, it was a huge time and monetary investment.

He also knows better now that to complain when I want shelves or storage. Although he never built the shelves he promised... He knows that if he brings it up I will remind him of his room, and yes it's a room, full of baseball cards and memorabilia. He is generally supportive. He doesn't question purchases (Well the purchases that he knows about - a gal has to have some secrets.)

My point of this post is to help you realize that while our hobby may be different - it is still a rewarding hobby. After a stressful day at work I love to unwind by playing with my nail art. I completely zone out. I have an empty nest here now so the world of polish is my new baby. 

Enjoy it and you are not alone.


NailVenturous - Robin Laid an Egg

Sunday, July 29, 2012

He rocks in the tree tops all day long
Hoppin' and a-boppin' and singing his song
All the little birdies on Jaybird Street
Love to hear the robin go tweet tweet tweet

Rockin' robin, tweet tweet tweet

Rockin' robin' tweet tweetly-tweet
Blow rockin' robin
'Cause we're really gonna rock tonight


Sorry... That song has been stuck in my head since last night when I tried this amazing rockin' polish by NailVenturous - Robin Laid an Egg.

Multi color and size glitter is predominant in a white base of polish. The glitter applied evenly and laid flat. I am not normally a glitter type of gal. I love micro glitter but the larger glitters usually don't appeal to me. But this one is perfect. The glitter isn't overwhelming and it reminds me of Easter candy.

These swatches are two coats.

NailVenturous Robin Laid an Egg - Outdoor light
NailVenturous Robin Laid an Egg - Outdoor light

NailVenturous Robin Laid an Egg - Artificial light
NailVenturous Robin Laid an Egg - Artificial light
NailVenturous is no longer available. This amazing bottle was a gift from a wonderful friend.

Deborah Lippmann swatches

Saturday, July 28, 2012

I have two wonderful Deborah Lippmann swatches for you today - Dancing in the Sheets and Good Girl Gone Bad.

Deborah Lippman polishes are quite coveted among polish enthusiasts. I have a few of them and must say they are quality polishes with long lasting wear. 

The first swatch is Dancing in the Sheets. A deep blue shimmery polish with the slightest hint of purple in the right light. This is two coats.

Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets
Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets

Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets with flash
Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets with flash
Next is Good Girl Gone Bad. It's a wonderful rich shade of wine with tons of glitz and sparkle. I think this is one of my favorites. It does require a good top coat as it is a very thirsty polish. This is two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite.

Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad with flash
Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad with flash

Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad
Deborah Lippmann Good Girl Gone Bad

Deborah Lippmann polishes can be found at many department stores or online for $16 - $18. Occasionally you can find a bargain on www.hsn.com I have purchased sets of two polishes there for only $10.

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard vs China Glaze Rare and Radiant

Friday, July 27, 2012

Several people have asked how close OPI Just Spotted the Lizard and China Glaze Rare and Radiant are in color. Well, I will say they are pretty close! I will let you judge for yourself.

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard on the pointer and middle finger and CG Rare and Radiant on the ring finger and pinkie.

Just Spotted the Lizard and Rare and Radiant comparison
OPI Just Spotted the Lizard on the pointer and middle finger and CG Rare and Radiant on the ring finger and pinkie.

China Glaze Bohemian Collection

I have been waiting for this collection for months. It was worth the wait. Six wonderfully metallic finish polishes with shimmery shine and a slight duochrome effect. 

"These polishes will leave you mesmerized as the color shifts and moves across the nail, traveling with the light. The chrome-like finish radiates with high shine and intense color, captivating your senses with every twist and turn." - China Glaze press release.

The swatches are two coats with no top coat. I captured a couple of them in the sunlight. Unfortunately the sun decided to hide behind the clouds for the rest of them.

The formula was great. They applied like a dream and two coats provided perfect coverage. The only negative for me is the noticeable brush marks. However that doesn't bother everyone. And the colors were so fantastic I think I can overlook that minor flaw.

Deviantly Daring – Adventurously bold peacock teal. I think this is my favorite of the bunch. Look at that bright bold color.

Deviantly Daring in full sunlight
Deviantly Daring in full sunlight

Deviantly Daring in full sunlight
Deviantly Daring
 No Plain Jane – Lavish lavender-pink with undertones of gray.

No Plain Jane
No Plain Jane
 Rare & Radiant – Extraordinarily rich gold shade that has a hint of blue with the right lighting.


Rare and Radiant
Rare and Radiant
 Swanky Silk – Brilliant beige with peach undertones


Swanky Silk
Swanky Silk
 Unpredictable – Multidimensional gorgeous green


Unpredictable
Unpredictable

Unpredictable in full sunlight
Unpredictable in full sunlight
Want My Bawdy – Sexy sapphire blue. Okay, maybe this is my favorite. I love the rich tones in this one.

Want My Bawdy
Want My Bawdy
 China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. 

The China Glaze® New Bohemian collection are available at fine salons and beauty supply stores nationwide. Individual polishes retail for $6.99.

Miss Kitty Mee-Yow -- Here Kitty Kitty!

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The wonderful lady Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary sent me a package for my birthday - Amazing polishes from Elixir Lacquers.

I couldn't wait to try them. The one I am sharing with you tonight is Miss Kitty Mee-yow.  It is the "purrfect" purple. A light shimmery purple with iridescent hues of azure blue. Unfortunately I couldn't get the camera to pick up the blue shimmery aspect of this polish.

This is three coats. I could have worn a base color but I wanted to see the true colors come through. And I wasn't disappointed. Meow!

Elixir Lacquer Miss Kitty Mee-yow
Elixir Lacquer Miss Kitty Mee-yow

Elixir Lacquer Miss Kitty Mee-yow
Elixir Lacquer Miss Kitty Mee-yow

Elixir Lacquer Miss Kitty Mee-yow
Elixir Lacquer Miss Kitty Mee-yow

Elixir Lacquer is definitely going on my radar of Indies to watch. Right now she is having a sale. Elixir Lacquers are normally $10 but you can grab them for $8 until July 30th. What are you waiting for? Head on over to http://www.elixirlacquers.com/.

Dazzle Dry Nail Polish and three piece nail system review

I have heard a lot about the Dazzle Dry nail polishes and top coats and today I got to actually try it out. 

Dazzle Dry the Nail Care products dry fast. They claim it dries 75 percent faster than the leading competitors - 45 seconds to the touch and it's completely dry in five minutes. It is a Vegan nail polish system with no harmful chemicals, as well as the only polish presently that is Nitrocellulose free. It has the add added benefit of UV protective screening.

I tried the Three Piece Nail Polish system along with polish called "Calypso Romance."


Dazzle Dry Calypso Romance
Dazzle Dry Calypso Romance
The first step in the three piece set is a Nail Prep product that is an adhesion promoter and a nail strengther. It worked great to prep my nails and to ensure there were no oils or residue remaining on my nails. 

Then I applied the base coat. Edited to include The Base Coat is the key to the adhesion of the Dazzle Dry nail lacquer on the nail. Some women especially those who change their colors often can get away with a thin coat but women who want longer chip-free wear may have to use thicker applications or multiple coats. There is no need to wait for the first layer to dry but the Base Coat must be totally dry before the color is applied. After that, there is no waiting between succeeding layers

Then the magical "Calypso Romance" polish. A wonderful shade of fuchsia that has an ever so slight shimmer of blue. I used two coats. 


Then I used the top coat. It did exactly what it claimed. It dried to the touch within seconds and had a rock hard finish in minutes. It also provides a high gloss finish.

Bottom Line: Dazzle Dry is definitely a brand I will keep my eye on. The range of color provided on their website www.dazzledry.com is extensive and has something for everyone.

Three Piece Nail System is available for $28.50 and Dazzle Dry polish is available for $9 at www.dazzledry.com

This product was sent to me for review and the opinions given are my own.

Mixology - Fun in the polish room

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Mixology - I don't call it frankening or developing an indie. Both of those involve starting from scratch and require an immense time commitment. Making a polish from scratch is hard work and I will leave that to the experts. 

But I do like to play around with mixing polish - or mixology. It's kind of like using a ready-made box cake mix and adding to it. I sometimes mix polishes together and add sprinkles. Indie makers start from scratch with special ingredients and "sift flour." I have a huge respect for those individuals.

Here is one mixology experiment. I made a few of these and sent them to friends as I was relatively pleased with how it turned out. As I said - I make them for fun and it is simply mixing polishes.

This is a great periwinkle blue with sprinkles of holographic microglitter. It's not Spectraflair though and it comes no where close to the holo-ey canvas that Spectraflair provides.



Have you practiced Mixology and were you happy with the results?

Essie Summer Giveaway

I have another giveaway for you. There will be three winners! winners! Two lucky people will win a three-pack of Essie including Super Bossa Nova, Smooth Sailing and Braziliant. And one will win Braziliant and Super Bossa Nova.

These polishes are bright and fun.





To enter simply use the Rafflecopter widget below.

Now, the boring stuff... Rules: The giveaway ends at midnight Eastern time on July 31, 2012. Giveaway is limited to US. Winners must respond to winning email notification within 48 hours at setinlacquer@gmail.com with their mailing address in order to claim their prize.

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Thinking about pinks - pink comparison

Monday, July 23, 2012

Everyone seemed to enjoy the comparisons of the deep blues. So I am going to share some hot pink comparisons for you. I am not saying these are dupes of each other. They are all different. But if you are deciding which pink you want this may help some.

I used Zoya Whitney on the pointer finger; Sinful Colors Bikini on the middle finger; Milani High Speed Fast Dry Fuchsia on the ring finger and Essence Ultimate Pink on the pinkie. I have more pinks to do at a later time.



I used two coats of each color. Zoya Whitney is a nice cream and seems to have some subtle undertones of purple. Sinful Colors Bikini is the brightest of the bunch. It also isn't a true cream as it is a shimmer polish. Milani Fuchsia seems to be the darkest and Essence Ultimate Pink is a deeper shade of pink also.

Which one is the one for you?

NOTD: Easy purple flower nail art

I wanted to do some nail art today but I was drawing a creative blank. So I decided to fall back on a standby - flowers. Instead of dotting the petals I used a small nail art brush and painted lines. Different colors of purple and pink lines make up the flowers. For the flower center I used a dotting tool and a yellow polish. Then I just used a striping polish to draw vines. Sound simple? It really was. 

I used Essie Clambake as the base color. A perfect pale lavender color.

Easy purple flower nail art
Easy purple flowers
What is your fallback for nail art?

Going fishing - water decals

I received some wonderful water decals to try out for you. I had never used them before and I must say they are extremely easy to use.



I used Deborah Lippmann Let's Hear it for the Boy as the base for the water decals. Applying them is so easy. Simply cut the design off the sheet of decals; soak in water; slide the decal off and place on your nail. There is no adhesive so you don't have to worry about being perfect with immediate placement.

Seal with a good top coat (I use Seche Vite.). Simply and the look is amazing. Vibrant colors and no line from the decal -  just a great design.

Removing them was a cinch. I didn't have to try any harder than normal. Just a swipe with a cotton ball and remover and they are gone.

You can order these water decals from hhcenterhk.com. Here is a direct link to the water decals. They range from $2.82 to $6.30. If you use the promocode "SetinLacquer" you can get 10 percent off the original price. I know I am going to be buying some.

This product was sent to me for review and the opinions given are my own.

Feeling blue - blue polish comparison

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I love blue polish. Just call me Smurfette. So I decided to pull out four similar shades and compare them for you. Now I am not implying these are exact dupes. But this should help if you want to pick only one. They are pretty close.

I used OPI DS Magic, China Glaze Frostbite, Orly Royal Navy and Sally Hansen Blue it. I applied two coats of each.

On the pinky is OPI DS Magic, ring finger is China Glaze Frostbite, middle finger is Orly Royal Navy and on the pointer finger is Sally Hansen Blue it.


OPI DS Magic has blue flecks of microglitter throughout. China Glaze and Sally Hansen are both high gloss blues and Orly has tons of deep green microglitter. The OPI and Sally Hansen are the deepest blues.

But I will let you decide if you need to pick one of them or all four.  I would say the China Glaze and the Sally Hansen are the best canvas for nail art because they don't have glitter. But otherwise...



Neon water marble with Picture Polish

These neon polishes by Picture Polish were calling to me. What they were screaming was "water marble." 

I used Crazy, Hot Lips and Lime Lite. The yellow Crazy and pick Hot Lips sort of merged together to make orange. But I still love the finished look -- Bright and summery. These dried extremely fast in the water. But that just meant I had to work fast. I dipped two fingers at once for this marble.

Picture Polish water marble
Picture Polish water marble

Bottom line: Neons are fun and these Picture Perfect polishes are great for water marbling. Picture Perfect polish is available at shop.llarowe.com for $12.50

The products in this post were sent to me for review.  I was not paid for my review of this product and all opinions are my own.

Sinful Colors swatches - Proof polish doesn't have to be pricey

Sinful Colors is on sale this week at Walgreens for 99 cents. Of course I had to pick up a few. Sinful Colors is a great polish for the price. Wonderful colors, high gloss, superb coverage and a quick dry time.

I have five colors for you today.

Ciao Bella is a dark, vibrant azure blue with flecks of ultra micro glitter. 

Sinful Colors Ciao Bella
Sinful Colors Ciao Bella
 Fig is a wonderful shade of plum that is classy and rich.


Sinful Colors Fig
Sinful Colors Fig

I Miss You is a glitter topcoat. Tons of glitter swim around in a plum tinted base. I have it swatched over Fig.

Sinful Colors I miss you over Fig
Sinful Colors I miss you over Fig
Rain Storm is a wonderful color of blue with tones of gray.

Sinful Colors Rainstorm
Sinful Colors Rainstorm
Winterberry is a great shade of almost a deep taupe with shades of gray.

Sinful Colors Winterberry
Sinful Colors Winterberry

These polishes were purchased by me.

Barielle swatches - four great colors

Saturday, July 21, 2012

Tonight I have some glorious Barielle polish swatches for you.

Barielle is available for $8 from barielle.com. I still have so many of their polishes on my wish list.

The polish swatches are two coats unless otherwise noted. They applied wonderfully and had a quick dry time. I positively love Cherry Cordial and Sky's the Limit. The other two are okay too. It's just personal preference. I am not really a glitter girl. I love micro glitter though.

Let's move on to the swatches.

Cherry Cordial is a gorgeous pink with lots of shimmer and shine. It really does remind me of the center of a cherry cordial.

Barielle Cherry Cordial
Barielle Cherry Cordial
Falling Star is a great shade of medium blue with tons of gold glitter throughout. I think a top coat would make a world of difference with this polish.

Barielle Falling Star
Barielle Falling Star
Shannon's Attitude is a sheer jelly that is the color of purple grapes. It has lots of bar glitter throughout. This is four coats.
Barielle Shannon's Attitude
Barielle Shannon's Attitude
And my favorite of the four - Sky's the Limit.  It's a wonderful deep shade of sapphire blue with shimmer and shine.

Barielle Sky's the Limit
Barielle Sky's the Limit

Feelin' Froggy! nail art

A dear friend has been under the weather recently. She love frogs. Since there are many miles between us and I couldn't deliver cupcakes to her I decided to do nail art just for her. So Tina I hope you are up and "hopping" around real soon! I couldn't decide on a shade of green but Cult Nails "Feelin' Froggy" was perfect!

Cute frog nail art
Cute frog nail art

I started with a base color of Orly Jealous Much?
 
Orly Jealous Much?
Orly Jealous Much?
 Then I added a rounded tip with Cult Nails "Feelin' Froggy"


Using a dotting tool I added dots of Feelin' Froggy on top of the rounded tip.


Then using a dotting tool and a brush I added the black for the eyes and the stripe of black for the mouth.


After that I added a small dot of white in the center of the eyes.

I topped it off with a coat of Seche Vite top coat. I probably should have waited a few more minutes though because I smeared the eye on the frog on my ring finger. I really like how it came out though. I just wish I had used some swirls of color on the top half of the nail.

An amazing six months - nail art roundup

Friday, July 20, 2012

It is hard to believe it has only been six months since I started this blogging journey. I have learned so much and met some truly amazing people. I have become fast friends with a few and it is probably a good thing we are separated by thousands of miles as I am sure we would stir up quite a bit of trouble if we were closer.

Less than a year ago my polish collection would fit in a small storage container. Now I am consistently looking for ways to store my polish stash. I haven't counted and to be honest I am a little intimidated by the thought of knowing the true number of polishes I own.

If I had to pick a favorite manicure from the last few months I would have a hard time deciding. So I decided to do a nail art roundup of some of my favorites. I am not going to go into detail about the manicures but have instead posted the link to the original post above each photo.

I had so much fun doing this round up I am going to do the same thing with my favorite polishes soon. Stay tuned!


Dotted flower nail art
Dotted flower nail art


Color blocked tips nail art
Color blocked tips nail art


Patriotic nail art
Patriotic nail art


Cherry blossom tree nail art
Cherry blossom tree nail art


Fenton egg inspired nail art
Fenton egg inspired nail art


Color block with stripes and dots
Color block with stripes and dots


Random stripes and dots nail art
Random stripes and dots nail art


Dotted pansies with glitter tips nail art
Dotted pansies with glitter tips nail art


Scotch tape and dotted puzzle pieces nail art
Scotch tape and dotted puzzle pieces nail art


Water marble nail art
Water marble nail art
 Thanks for sticking with me and traveling with me during my journey.
 

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