Tuesday, September 16, 2014

Game Day Mani: South Carolina

As I mentioned two weeks ago, now that Pretty Little Liars is over, I'm going to start using my normal #RedCoatTuesday slot to honor a different Red Coats - the University of Georgia!  [For those not in the know, UGA's marching band is called the Redcoat Band, which I was in for two years in college!]  So, every Tuesday, I'm going to share my team spirit!  Last week was a by-week, so I didn't do a spirit mani, but I was back on track this week!  It was a crappy game that made me sad, but I'm glad that I had BEGL taxes to take some of my attention away from the horrible defense.  Anyway, enough with the football talk.  Let's get back to polish!

Purchased by me.

For this weekend's mani, I decided to go with something classic and yet still not super boring and plain - a French mani!  I actually took this look from Ashley over at Plump and Polished.  Hers is a bit different than mine, but I really liked that extra pop of color she added in underneath the main tip color!  For this look I used Elevation Polish SBPs in Rococo and Last Stop... Siberia.

Rococo is a lovely blood red with red and gold shimmers, and LSS is a black with purple, blue, and copper shimmers.  It's also glow-in-the-dark, but the gitd pigment settles.  I didn't really want to have gitd stripes, so I didn't shake it up and mix it back in.

First, I painted my base coat, which I used KBShimmer's Basic Training because I didn't want this mani going anywhere since I painted them two days before the game.  I love using Basic Training when I want a mani to have sticking power!  While I love my normal base of Quimica, it does tend to peel off a little more easily than a real base coat.  I then painted on Rococo on top of the base coat.  I don't have perfect application when it comes to smile lines, so I had to do a fair amount of cleanup.  I took the rest of the base coat off with the extraneous red, but that was by design so it wouldn't look patchy.

Next, I painted on a small stripe of LSS abutting Rococo.  I didn't do it with a striper, so I ended up doing the same type of cleanup that I used on the red.

Last, I added a coat of my beloved Quimica over the bare part of my nail and over the tips, and I then added a coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top to finish it off.  I'm really happy that there wasn't any smearing, either!

All in all, this mani was nice, but I was a little bored with it.  I thought about adding something else like a decal, but I ran out of time.  You can purchase Elevation polishes at her site here.  Unfortunately, these are both small batches, so they won't be back.  So, what do you think?  Do you like French manicures, or do you think they're old fashioned?  They used to be my thing for a long time, but my nails hadn't been long enough in recent years to really do them anymore.  It was nice to give it another try!

Monday, September 15, 2014

Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Release and Restock September 2014 Part 1

Tonight's post will be dedicated to the new Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer collection coming out this September.  I'm going to show you half of the release polishes today and will show you the rest on Wednesday.  This month's restock will include limited quantities of any excess stock of all older polishes I have on hand as well as the introduction of the second Siren in the limited edition Siren series (which you can see here), the Special Edition Terrific Twos (which you can see a full review of here), and the release of the first six polishes in the It Got Away from Me, Yeah... Collection - the Women of Doctor Who!  This post is going to be a bit photo heavy, so get ready!!

It Got Away From Me, Yeah... Part 1: The Women of Doctor Who

Is that a Technical Term, Jiggery Pokery?

Hot pink jelly base with silver, pink, and hot pink holo glitters.  This a slightly reformulated re-release of an older polish from last year's core line.  It has all of the same glitters, but the base is a little darker pink than the original neon pink.  

Here, I'm wearing one coat over Accessorize Lilac Sorbet on all fingers except my ring finger, which as two coats of JP all on its own.  

I used one coat of KBShimmer's Clearly on Top as it didn't need extra layers to smoothen it. 

I'm Dr. Martha Jones.  Who the Hell Are You?

Bright fuchsia creme with green to gold to blue shifting glass flecks.

This is three thin coats, but I only really needed two coats for full opacity.

Dries satin.  I wore this with and without topcoat.  Obviously, this polish is based off of Martha Jones.

You Just Want to Mate?!

Bright red creme with orange, red, and gold shimmers.

YJWM goes on smoothly in three easy coats.  The shimmer is so much more noticeable in person than it was in my photos, but it's definitely there.  

It dries glossy, but I used a coat of Alter Ego She Shines on top.  It was smooth, so I didn't need to use an extra layer of topcoat.  This polish is based off of Donna Noble.

The September sale will include the first six of the fifteen polishes in the It Got Away from Me Yeah... Collection - the ladies of Doctor Who.  The Gents of Doctor Who and the Doctors will be released in October and November respectively, so I will announce those colors and names as it comes closer to their release.  All polishes in the IGAFMY collection will remain available from their release through the restock in November.  Other new items that will be released this month include the newest Siren from the numbered limited edition Siren collection and Terrific Twos, the polish I created to celebrate my blog's second birthday!  Both of these will be offered only during this sale.  There is very limited stock for both the Siren and Terrific Twos, so make sure you get there early!

All items will go on sale at my store here this Sunday, September 21, at 3:30 pm edt! Make sure to come back on Wednesday to take a look at the rest of the Women of Doctor Who!   Happy shopping!!

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Comparison Thursday: Coral Shimmer + New Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren

Tonight's post is going to be an introduction to one of the polishes that will be released in the next restock as well as a comparison!  I've got a lot going on tonight, so this one will be a bit of a quick one.  Also, this is going to be super photo heavy, so make sure to click on the photos to see them in greater detail.  

[All items were either purchased by me, made by me, or given to me as a gift from a friend.]

The next member of the numbered Limited Edition Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquer Siren Series is called Sunburned Siren.  It is a bright coral with rose-gold microflakies and a smattering of holographic microglitter.  My photos show it in three coats with one coat of topcoat in artificial light.  It didn't stain my nails or my skin when I removed it.  It's pulling a bit orange in my photos, but trust that it does have that typical pink undertone that most corals have.  It will be available at my store starting September 21 at 3:30 pm edt!

Now, let's take a look at a side-by-side comparison of a few of the coral shimmers I have in my collection!  The photos are showing them all as more orange than they really are, and it's also showing them as closer in shade to one another than they really are.  None of them are exact duplicates.  Photos were taken in sunlight and artificial light.  All on-nail macros in this portion are taken in direct sunlight which seemed to show the colors a little more accurately.  Ignore that bit on my index finger... An attempt to fix a smudge didn't exactly work in my favor.

Included in this comparison, from Index to Pinkie, are: Enchanted Polish Shrimp Cocktail, BEGL Sunburned Siren, Dior Diablotine, and Elevation Polish Uluru.

Index: Shrimp Cocktail

It is the lightest and pinkest of the group and has a lovely understated gold shimmer.  The first coat was super easy.  Application went well, and there was no need for cleanup.  There was no streaking or balding, either.  SC applied evenly across the whole nail and had perfect fluid consistency.  It was opaque in three coats, but I used four for my photos.  This is the most sheer of the group.  EP tends to bring back some of her older polishes, so I'm not sure if this is officially discontinued.  However, it is harder to find and harder to get your hands on when it's available in a restock.

Middle: LE Sunburned Siren

SS is closest in color to SC, but a few shades darker and more muted (meaning it's not quite as florescent as SC).  It has rose gold flakies that are the largest flakies in this grouping.  It also has a smattering of silver holographic microglitters, which gives this polish a bit of a textured finish.  SS is thicker than the rest, but not so thick that you need  to add thinner.  It's also more opaque than Shrimp Cocktail, but not fully opaque in 1 coat.  No cleanup needed and even application across the nail.  Opaque in three even coats.  SS hasn't been released just yet, but it'll be available in a little over a week!  

Ring: Diablotine

Surprisingly, Diablotine was not the darkest of this grouping.  Also unlike the others, it has silver microflakies instead of gold.  It also has the most dense shimmer in the group.  Diablotine leans more red than orange.  It was the perfect thickness.  I don't normally say that something applies like butter, but, yeah, that's a pretty accurate description here.  It is the most opaque of the group, but not quite opaque in one coat.  To me, the Dior brush is a little weird, and I'm definitely not used to it, which means that application was a little tough for me.  As such, I had to do a little cleanup.  It was fully opaque in two coats, but I used three for my photos.  I only needed one coat of topcoat.  I'm pretty sure that Diablotine has been discontinued, but I'm not sure.  I received this from a super amazing friend, so I only know that you can purchase this guy from blog sales...  Please post in the comments if that's incorrect!

Pinkie: Uluru

Uluru was the darkest in color of the group.  It's closest in color to Diablotine but leans a hint more orange than Diablotine.  It is packed with gold and purple shimmers.  The purple shimmers really make this one stand out from the grouping.  The flakies are just a hair smaller than the flakies in SS.  Application was super easy and was fluid without flooding my cuticles.  No cleanup necessary.  Almost opaque in one coat, but not quite as opaque as Diablotine.  Fully opaque in two coats, but I used three for my photos.  Uluru is still a part of Lulu's main lineup, and it's still in stock.

So, there you have it!  Which do you like best?  They're all similar but not exactly the same, so I'm going to keep them all...  I'm not a hoarder, nope.  Not at all.  Hehe.  You can purchase Enchanted Polishes here, Blue-Eyed Girl Lacquers here, Diors at higher end department stores, and Elevations here.