Saturday, 25 August 2012

HARE Midsummer's Midnight

You know how I was saying the other day that Candeo was one of my top 3 indie polish sellers right now?  Well, HARE is also in that top 3...and with good reason!  The lovely Nikole (mastermind behind HARE) is a freaking genius!  I love her stuff!  The color combinations she comes up with are nothing short of amazing; I adore the way her mind works. <3

Midsummer's Midnight is a stunning mix of green and magenta hex glitters with blue and purple square glitter (along with some matching green and magenta micro glitters thrown in for good measure).  I'm wearing one coat of Midsummer's Midnight over three coats of Verity Deep Violet. 

My lovely pal at Adventures of a Mad Scientist asked me how I was able to get so much of the blue square glitters on to my nails.  Here's my secret: I turned my bottle of Midsummer's Midnight upside down for a few minutes to allow all of the blue squares to move from the bottom of the bottle to the top of it, then I shook it up and applied.  It worked beautifully!  I'm not sure what those awesome blue glitters are doing hanging out down there, but they BELONG on your nails because they are just too pretty for words.  As far as application goes, Midsummer's Midnight was good.  It wasn't too thick, and I felt like I was able to get quite a bit of glitter out in only one coat of Midsummer's Midnight.  I'd be super curious to see how awesome it looks when you slap on three coats of this beauty.  Sexiest glitterbomb EVER!

You can purchase HARE polishes on Nikole's etsy shop, or through Llarowe!

As always, thanks for stopping by...I hope everyone's having a nice weekend! <3

Tuesday, 21 August 2012

OPI I Have a Herring Problem and Candeo Joker

Hi folks!

Been a while since I last blogged...sorry about that.  The DH and I went on our little USA road trip last week and had a fabulous time!  Now that I'm back home, I'm able to get back to blogging again...huzzah!

I was having a tough time deciding on a mani the other day since I have so many untrieds that I left the decision in's capable hands lol.  It selected OPI's I Have a Herring Problem from the Spring 2012 Holland collection.  I bought quite a few polishes from this collection upon its release, however, this is the first polish from that collection that I've worn so far (something I plan to remedy).  I have to say, I am impressed with I Have a Herring Problem.  It went on so beautifully and fully opaque in two coats.  I really liked this polish a lot more than I thought I would.  I'm not normally one for dusty hues but this one is really pretty, especially with its faint gold shimmer.

See how pretty it is?? (sorry my nails look sort of wonk here, I don't know what happened >.<)

And because I couldn't leave well enough alone, I thought it would be fun to slap another untried, Candeo Joker (1 coat), over I Have a Herring Problem.

The above pic does not do Joker nearly enough justice, but it'll have to do for now.  I absolutely ADORE!  Just look at it (hell, I can't STOP looking at it...even the DH said he liked it and he never comments on my manis)!  A beautiful mix of periwinkle, medium purple and silver hex glitters with tiny bits of lavender and periwinkle holographic glitter.  This is my first Candeo purchase ever and I am thoroughly impressed!  You can buy Candeo Joker at Llarowe, which is where I bought my bottle.

Like most glitters, Joker requires a little bit more effort than your average polish but the payoff is well worth that effort.  I used the dabbing method to apply Joker.  If you are unfamiliar with the dabbing method, Reece at Spit & Polish just gave a great how-to explanation of it in her recent CrowsToes polish post.

In the past few months, so many indie polishes have exploded on to the scene.  Some of them fabulous, some of them not-so-fabulous, and some are downright atrocious (just my opinion, so put away your pitchforks, k?).  Candeo falls in to the fabulous category and I am super excited to try out Candeo Dive Bomb (which is currently on its way to me)!  It's interesting how popular indies have become.  This time last year, there was really only one or two big-name indie producers out there.  Now there are hundreds! 

I'm just going on a bit of a personal tangent here, but I think we're getting to the point in the indie market of over-saturation.  Seems like every day, someone with enough suspension base and a few glitters or pigments is hawking their new "indie" line.  Sigh, I don't know...maybe I'm just starting to get "indied out" lol.  Maybe I'm alone in this feeling, who knows?  Feel free to share your thoughts on indies in general in the comments section, I am genuinely curious to hear what you guys think! <3

Long story short, in a sea of so many indie producers out there, Candeo is definitely a standout brand.  I'd rank Candeo in the top 3 of my current favorite indie brands.

As always, thanks for stopping by everyone!

Saturday, 4 August 2012

Jade Holigrafico Deja Vu

Ahoy hoy folks!  It's a lovely sunny Saturday, which means I couldn't resist the call of my holographic polishes again hehe. :)  I nubbinized my nails last night since they badly needed it, so I decided to slap on Jade Deja Vu.  Deja Vu is a lovely pink holographic polish.  I have to say...this polish is a lot brighter pink than I was expecting it to be, not that I mind!  Like the other Jade holos I've tried, the formula was lovely and it was opaque in two coats.  I am really digging these polishes, my only real gripe about them is that they're only 8mL.

Here is is (two coats and topped with Seche Vite) on my nubbly nubbins!  I had a hard time capturing the holo in my pics today, but I can assure you it is much more holo in person than pictured here.  LOOK HOW BRIGHT IT IS!

I was curious how Deja Vu stacked up to other pink holos I own, namely my OPI DS holos: Divine, Signature and Exclusive.  I did some nailwheel swatching I thought I'd share with you guys!

As you can see in these pics, DS Divine is very close in color to Deja Vu but Deja Vu's holographic effect is stronger/more linear in appearance.  DS Signature was the least opque of the four and dustier in addition to being more blue-toned in color (not that my crappy pics really make that obvious lol sorry).  DS Exclusive is quite a bit different than the is blue toned and darker, but with a very vibrant holographic effect.  DS Exclusive was also pretty much opaque in two coats whereas DS Divine and DS Signature definitely needed three coats.  If you already own DS Divine, you might not need Deja Vu unless you're a holo hoarder like me hehe.

You can pick up Jade Holografico Deja Vu at Llarowe!

Thanks for stopping by, have a great weekend!!