Thursday, December 12, 2013
Sherlock skittlette, another Sherlock polish for today, by a brand that calls itself after one of Sir Arthur Conan Doyles famous Sherlock Holmes stories: A Study In Polish (of course, the name of the story isn't A Study In Polish, but A Study In Scarlet. The matching episode of Sherlock is called A Study In Pink, btw).
As base color I used three coats of China Glaze Cling On (I prefer the name Klingon ;-) ), a gold toned olive green shimmer. Cling On is acutally a magnetic polish, but I didn't buy it for the magnetic effect, but because I thought it would be great for stamping, as most magnetic polishes are very well pigmented. Well, not this one: like I mentioned, I needed three coats to get it opaque, and it was slightly brush-strokey (it was less visible irl).
On top of Cling On I dabbed one coat of A Study In Polish 221B, a clear base with black and gold hexes in various sizes plus some small matte black squares. 221B is the house number on Baker Street, where Sherlock Holmes lives together with Dr. Watson, this polish is, of course, part of the A Study In Polish Sherlock Collection.
Application of 221B was easy, the glitters spread nicely and the base/glitter ration was perfect. Some of the larger gold hexes look curled, but it's only reflective curling, the glitters look curled, but they don't feel curled. I added one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top for a smooth finish.
A Study In Polish are available at their own store, but sadly, they stopped shipping outside of northern America (US and Canada).
Tuesday, December 10, 2013
Now that the BBC has finally announced when they're going to air the third season of Sherlock, I have decided to wear some Sherlock polishes to shorten the time till january first.
As base, I used Trind CC123 on all my fingers. CC123 is a purple shimmer I bought during my stay in Oslo. Nice, but nothing really special. It's pretty sheer, I used two thick coats on most of my fingers, but on my index, where I was wearing it alone, I added a third.
On my pinkie, ring finger and thumb I layered two coats of LynBDesigns Purple Polish Of Sex over CC123. Purple Polish Of Sex has a sheer blackened base with lots of pink and blue flakes that give it an intense purple shimmer. PPOS is of course named after Sherlock's famous "purple shirt of sex", that has, as Google told me, various Facebook accounts ;-)
And finally, on my middle finger, I used China Glaze Strike Up A Cosmo, a rose gold foil, and MoYou Suki Collection plate 06 to add a stamping. One coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top topcoat over all nails finished this mani.
LynBDesigns polished are available on Etsy. Apparently, there's a new, revamped version of Purple Polish Of Sex (I'm pretty sure I've got the old one), but it's gorgeous, too.
Monday, December 9, 2013
As base color I used Girly Bits Elephant Shoe, a light grey creme. Application was easy, I used three thin coats for opacity, but if you use a little thicker coats, two probably will be enough.
On top of Elephant Shoe I dabbed one coat of Girly Bits OVbunEn. "OVbunEN (aka "Bun in the Oven") is a clear-based glitter bomb filled with soft baby-colour inspired glitters in light blue, matte pink, yellow and green."
(Source: Girly Bits)
Next to the mentioned pastel glitters, there are also tiny holographic glitters plus iridecent bars, that are practically invisible most of the time (sometimes the look somewhat pee-yellow), but flash indigo blue when the light hits them just at the right angle.
I had no issues with application, all the glitters spread easily and the clear base was neither too thin nor too thick. For a smooth finish I added one coat of Nail Pattern Boldness Glitter Food and one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top.
Girly Bits polishes are available at her own store, Llarowe, Harlow & Co., Overall Beauty and Mei Mei's Signatures.
Saturday, December 7, 2013
On my ring and pinkie finger I used three coats of OPI Vesper (Bond Girls Collection), a dark, vampy purple textured polish with black glitters. While Vesper isn't completely matte, it's considerably less sparkly than the other Bond Girls polishes I own, Tiffany Case and Honey Ryder.
My index finger shows three coats of Essence Ice, Ice, Baby (Me & My Icecream Trend Edition), a slightly lavender toned pink shimmer. Ice, Ice, Baby (is anyone else humming Vanilla Ice right now?) is pretty sheer, but wearable with three coats. I used Kiko 621 Violet (Mirror Nail Lacquer Collection) and MoYou Pro Collection plate 14 to add the flower patter (I think they're orchids).
Finally, on my middle finger and thumb, I used three coats of Elevation Polish Khongoryn Els, a taupe polish with an intense blue shimmer that makes the polish look mauve/purple. Khongoryn Els are sand dunes found in the mongolian Gobi Gurvansaikhan National Park.
For a glossy finish and shorter drying time I added one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top topcoat on my thumb, index and middle finger.
Elevation Polish are available at their own store and at Llarowe.
Friday, December 6, 2013
Purpetual Darkness has a black jelly base with small black glitters, medium silver hexes, small and medium purple hexes, purple squares and tiny holographic glitters. The first coat was very sheer, but it built up nicely and was completely opaque after the third coat. The smaller glitters spread easily, only the purple squares tended to stick to the brush and end up all at the tips of my nails. Purpetual Darkness didn't dry too gritty, so one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top was enough for a smooth finish.
Gloss n' Sparkle polishes are available at their own store (Australia only), at Femme Fatale Cosmetics, at Edgy Polish and at Llarowe, where I bought mine. I guess Purpetual Darkness is discontinued, as non of the retailers have any left.
Thursday, December 5, 2013
Dirty Deeds (Back In Black Collection) has a sheer black jelly base filled with various glitters in pink and purple, some of them holographic. Most of the glitters are hexes, but there are also some holographic squares. You can't really see the biggest hexes in my pictures, I only had two on my nails and they were in the lower layer, so they got covered (one 's on the top left of my thumb nail).
I used two coats of Dirty Deeds over a black creme (a England Camelot) and had no issues with application. As I mentioned, the biggest hexes weren't too easy to get on the nails, but all the other glitters came out of the bottle willingly and spread easily. I finished with one coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top topcoat.
Darling Diva Polishes can be found on Etsy, at Big Cartel and at Mei Mei Signatures.