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August 2010

BB Couture

BB Couture – Love Bug

Tuesday, 31 August, 2010

This delicate, lovely glittery color needs a delicate, lovely skin tone to match…and it’s not me. My skin tone needs some harsh colors in order for it to look flattering. Very rarely do I luck out and find pinks/beiges/neutrals that look good on me. Usually it’s blue, green, black…you get my drift.

What was a lovely color in the bottle was transformed into…something so hideous on me I had a hard time believing it was actually the same color! That’s my problem – I fall in love with these colors in the bottle and I throw caution into the wind thinking, “Maybe just this once, this color will look so good on me…” *sigh* Such is not the case.

Formula was flawless – 2 coats and in under 10 minutes this was dry and no bubbles. How can you go wrong with that? You can have my skin tone. That’s how.

Anyway, enough of my angry bitterness about my skin tone and on to the pretty nail polish!

NFU Oh

NFU Oh – 55

Monday, 30 August, 2010

I swear to you…my NFU Oh stash is almost gone. I have lofty goals to add more, though. 😉 You know you love me.

This is a green that I like to use over some colors. It’s sheer and you may have seen me use it over a color in a swatch I did a while back. I’d link it, but I am feeling too lazy to cut and paste. It’s a little after midnight here and momma’s off to bed!

Hope you like this magical green…Happy Monday!

This shade shot makes me vaguely think of St. Patrick’s Day – what do you think?

BB Couture

BB Couture – Man Bug

Thursday, 26 August, 2010

I love the colors and the collections of BB Couture and BB Couture for Men, but I seem to be having issues with their formula…maybe I got a bad batch, but for the most part it’s been streaky and frankly, not full of love for me.

I thought this color would be opaque within 3 coats. As you can see, it’s a hot streaky mess. This felt more like a jelly than anything else and judging from the coverage, I’d say it was meant to be one as well. Had I known and realized it, I’d have actually worked around it.

The one plus side? It dried fast.

Out of all the BB Coutures I’ve swatched, this is by far the least favorite of mine.

orly

Orly – It’s Not Rocket Science

Wednesday, 25 August, 2010

Pretty green polish with lovely green and gold shimmer…see below!

Formula, once again, rocked it. It dried fast and was looking good after 2 very thin coats. While it’s not Space Cadet, I do like this as well…

Putting your mind at ease – this is not an image heavy post like Space Cadet or the recent NFU Oh I swatched. 😀

Finger Paints NFU Oh

NFU Oh 56 and Finger Paints Harvest Hues

Tuesday, 24 August, 2010

I finally raided my stash of NFU Ohs and decided to swatch some more. I have yet to swatch the holos…been very unmotivated. Even with the new arrivals of nail polish, I feel a bit…meh about doing it. I get a bit tired of running it through Photoshop and maybe I shouldn’t watermark it, but something tells me to keep doing it whether I like it or not.

Anyway, this fabulous green glitter…where can I start? From the first stroke…well, first let me back pedal a moment: I am currently in the Bay Area and I know Wicked is closing in the beginning of September. I saw it back in May with my BFF Judi and the lyrics have been stuck in my head (interspersed with some Metallica, the Smiths, Madonna and the Dixie Chicks – don’t ask). Anyway, as I was putting this on this color, some lyrics from Wicked ran through my head:

“Have another drink, my dark-eyed beauty
I’ve got one more night left, here in town
So have another drink of green elixir
And we’ll have ourselves a little mixer
Have another swallow, little lady,
And follow me down…”

Ok, so for some reason, this color reminded me of the green elixir from Wicked. Yes, my dorkdom knows absolutely NO bounds. But for you Wicked fans (or stans) out there, I don’t think it’s much of a stretch, is it?

Formula: dried fast, but was pretty sheer. These are 3 coats of the color on my nail. I do like this and I will be wearing it for Halloween. Heck, forget Halloween…just going to start now. 😉

This color practically glowed in the shade. It was a bit mystical but oh so lovely.

The sun couldn’t even dim the glow.

nubar orly

Orly – Space Cadet

Monday, 23 August, 2010

I am the first to admit that it takes a lot to wow me…especially in the nail polish department. I rarely swoon. It’s just how I am. It’s not that I’m jaded, it’s just that I’m truly fortunate to be able to have a great collection. Plus, I’m a huge fan of cremes. If I ever turn my head on glitters or shimmers, it really has to be a stand out.

Fall 2010 is that collection for Orly…well, this one is – Space Cadet.

Where can I even begin? I was rendered speechless on the first coat. Then on the second? I just could not stop staring. The color change, the glitter, the glitz oh my!

The formula was really one that I think a lot of polishes should strive for if they’re going to do something like this – fast drying and easy to work with. I did 3 coats because I was really curious to see how it would look past 2 and it really was just flat out gorgeous. I didn’t need a third coat. It was like gilding the lily.

Ok, I’ll stop raving and just show you the mother lode of pictures I took.

Small note – I honestly thought that this was close to a Nubar shade called Wildlife…Wildlife is this awesome duochrome color that is gorgeous in and of itself and I felt that Space Cadet is the pumped up rocker chick sister version of it.

Pic spam commences…NAO!

What wasn’t conveyed in the sunlight shot was this freaking AWESOME play of black and pink/purple glitter. It was really hard to capture.

Nubar’s Wildlife is below – the shade shots of Space Cadet above is what made me think of this color.

OPI

OPI – Russian Collection

Friday, 20 August, 2010

Though only a handful of colors have been swatched and only had a flash photo, this is the collection still makes my heart sing a little…and makes me weep because it’s been discontinued. Although OPI pisses me off with their jacked up brushes and somewhat unstable formula, there is no denying that they did a world of wonder with these colors.

You can still find some of these colors, but not all, should you decide to go on a hunt for them. I will re-swatch these (along with the French Collection) with proper lighting. For now, settle for the indoor and flash only.

I rocked Russian Navy for so long that I have 3 – yes THREE – bottles of them.