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June 2010

Oops! Out of commission for a little bit.

Tuesday, 22 June, 2010

So, I packed and was off to the Valley of the Sun…Had nail polish to swatch, it was all good.

Guess who forgot her camera? So I’m not going to be able to show you all the fun colors I’ve got. Boo. However, if I can dig up swatches I haven’t uploaded yet, those will take the place.

Hubby’s due in on Wednesday and hopefully he will be bringing camera and charger in tow. Sorry about the brain fart and confusion!


Barielle – Decadence

Friday, 18 June, 2010

In continuing with my thing for teal and turquoise, I now present Barielle’s Decadence.

The shimmer in here makes the color pop and look almost electric against my skin. It’s kind of cool, isn’t it?

Bon weekend, mes amis!

Illamasqua – Muse

Thursday, 17 June, 2010

Teal, glorious teal. How I love thee. Let me count my bottles.

Application was a breeze. Lovely. Quick drying. Perfectly opaque. A wonderful creme…oh, a creme. Come and check it out.

Illamasqua – Fern

Tuesday, 15 June, 2010

When I think of the word fern, I think green…and this is not green. It’s blue. A gorgeous, deep cerulean blue. With glitter.

Definitely a summer color…or a winter color to chase away the blahs.

Illamasqua has great application, it’s smooth and lump free. Nice and quick drying, too!

Check it out.

It’s even more stunning in person, too! I definitely can’t wait to wear it again.

StrangeBeautiful Volume I

StrangeBeautiful – Red, Volume I

Monday, 14 June, 2010

This shade of red is…flawless. I rarely wear red nail polish because…well, um. Because. I have no excuse now. Actually, let me clarify – I do wear red nail polish. Just not OPI. There we go. I’m a bit tired of OPI always having some shade of red in their collection. I was pleased that OPI didn’t have it in their Shrek Forever After or Flutter collections.

Jane Schub doesn’t give nail polish color names. Instead, she tends to tell you what her influences were when she produced the color. In this instance, it’s a red Valentine Typewriter. In case you do not know what she’s referencing, here is a link to it.

It’s a beautiful red. It’s shiny. It’s pretty and looks fabulous on me. Formula was great – quick drying and opaque. Two coats were needed. Woo hoo!


Nubar – Sparkle Collection – Spring 2010

Friday, 11 June, 2010

I did show Hyacinth sparkle earlier, but I decided to add it in here again because it wouldn’t be fair to that poor swatch to not be part of the kewl krowd!

Notes: Formula dried fast. I’m not a fan of glitter, but I did fall in love with these. Nubar, Zoya and China Glaze are my favorites. SpaRitual really doesn’t fall in there (even though I love their nail polish) because they are extremely hard for me to come by. If SpaRitual would let  me buy on their site or if my fave nail polish man here in CA would sell it, I would be reviewing SR a lot more. The glitter in these are extremely dense. So dense that even 2 coats of a top coat couldn’t produce a smooth surface. I don’t like dented polish. I know it sounds silly, but that’s just me. Each of these polishes were 2 coaters unless otherwise noted. They went on extremely well and no clumpy, lumpy, piss-me-off messes. Way to go Nubar! 🙂

You’ve seen this before. 🙂 I wore it a few weeks ago to cheer me up when we were going into a rain filled weekend.

Not sure why but when I saw this I was reminded of China Glaze’s Ruby Pumps. This was far prettier in the shade than in the sunlight. Sun totally washed it out.

Dug this light green green glitter that had the right combo of warm and cool hues. I think people of both skin tones can wear this safely.

Mega dense glitter that really sparkled so intensely I think it actually tamed the sunlight that shined down on this color. One of my faves from this collection.

I couldn’t make up my mind as to whether I liked this or not. I’m leaning more towards like. Pretty magenta-esque color that was easy to apply.

This aptly named color could have benefited from 3 coats instead of 2. This one is at the bottom of the list for me.

I think this is the type of glitter polish that you use over other dark colors to bring out a prettiness to them. I don’t feel this is a stand alone glitter…maybe I should’ve done three coats.

For me this one and Hyacinth sparkle were my all time favorites. I’m going to have to put this on for the weekend.

Essie – Chinchilly

Thursday, 10 June, 2010

I love this color…how can you not? It’s a creme. It’s a mushroomy/taupe-y color. It dried quickly. It didn’t bubble. In a word? Fabulous! (Saying that in my best Tim Gunn voice, btw.)

Please excuse my bad manicure application on my right hand.

OPI – A Grape Fit!

Wednesday, 9 June, 2010

I’ve been complaining about OPI and their inconsistent formulas and craptastic unpredictable brushes.

When OPI gets it right, they get it right. This is one of those times when they get it right. Formula dried beautifully and the brush’s bristles were actually uniform. Somehow I seem to be a magnet for picking a lame bottle of OPI.