Wednesday, 28 August 2013

Estee Lauder Dressed to Kill

Hey everyone!

I hope you're all having a fantastic hump day this week!  Today I want to show off Estee Lauder's Dressed to Kill, which I wore a few weeks ago but only got around to posting it today.  Ha!

Dressed to Kill is a beautiful shimmery blackened red (reminds me a bit of Chanel Malice).  In most light, it looks nearly black.  However, get Dressed to Kill in just the right light and it is a stunning, glowy red.  I believe this polish was part of Estee Lauder's fall collection from last year.  I picked this up at an outlet when I was in the USA earlier this past Spring.  I can't resist these kinds of reds. 

In the bottle, Dressed to Kill almost looks like it could be a duochrome: red with a hint of bronze.  Come to think of it...Spit & Polish has some fab pics of Dressed to Kill here.

Anyway, the formula on Dressed to Kill was fantastic.  It was almost opaque on the first coat...madness I tell you!  It was fully opaque on the second one.  Dressed to Kill went on so smoothly that it practically applied itself.  My only real beef with this polish, isn't even with the polish itself.  Yep, I am complaining about the brush.  The Estee Lauder brush is short and very square shaped at the end, which makes polishing close to the cuticle frustrating for me.  It was like holding an awkward mop.  This polish is so pretty though, that I am willing to overlook the brush.  I think I am just really fussy about brushes in my "old age" bahahaha. ;)

Anyhoo, here's my crappy out-of-focus pic.  Hope you like it despite the general crappiness/my lack of photography skill.

Estee Lauder Dressed to Kill (two coats) in indirect day light, no flash:

Sooo glowy...sigh! <3

You can get your very own bottle of Dressed to Kill on ebay for a reasonable price (I just checked).  So yay for that!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic evening!

Sunday, 25 August 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Finger Paints Icy Iris

Hey everyone, happy Sunday!

I am now officially on vacation for the next week, so I am hoping to get lots of manis queued up to post here during my time off hehe.  It's a little late in the summer to have time off, so keep your fingers crossed that I still get some nice patio weather. ;)

Before I get started on today's post, make sure to head over to Lavish Layerings and The Polish Haven to see what Jenny and Kristy are up to!

Alrighty.  So today I have Finger Paints Icy Iris to share!  I believe this polish was released a few Christmases ago (I'm too lazy to look up the exact year...I'm on vacation, ha!) as part of Finger Paints' holiday collection.  I'm told that Icy Iris is supposed to be a dupe of OPI Visions of Sugarplum which was an Ulta exclusive as well a few Christmases back.  I can't share any sort of an educated opinion on the matter since I don't have VoS.

Icy Iris is a lovely sort of glass fleck-y/shimmer-y polish.  That's the best way I can describe it.  I am terrible at descriptions but I try anyway haha.  I'd call this color eggplant, I suppose.  To my eye, I see a bit of purple shimmer and almost pale gold shimmer in this.  It is absolutely gorgeous.  Icy Iris is dark, but does not appear black indoors.  I think the shimmer keeps this from being a boring polish for sure.

Icy Iris' formula was awesome and very easy to work with - it wasn't too thin or was just right.  Finger Paints has the nice long skinny brushes that I love, so that was definitely a bonus.

On to the pic!

Here's two coats of Finger Paints Icy Iris in indirect day light (no flash):

Doesn't it just look like it's begging to have some glitter slapped over it?!?  I might go do that soon haha. 

You may be able to find Icy Iris or Visions of Sugarplum still on ebay.  I haven't checked lately, but in the past, the ebay prices for these weren't too outrages.  Here's hoping they still aren't...ha!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Tuesday, 20 August 2013

Belated Purple Shimmer Sunday (Tuesday): Illamasqua Baptiste

Hey everyone!

I am wayyyy behind in blogging lately, and for that I apologize.  Purple Shimmer Sunday is happening today this week instead of Sunday as I attended a wedding this past Saturday and didn't get my crap together in time for Sunday lol.  Be sure to check out what Jenny and Kristy were up to this week!

Today I am showing off Illamasqua Baptiste.  Baptiste is a lovely dark purple polish with bits of violet shimmer within.  The formula on Baptiste was nice; not too thin or thick.  Baptiste was opaque for me in two coats.  I have to say, the Illamasqua brushes are fab!

In most lighting situations, Baptiste is very dark - nearly black.  But get Baptiste in the sunlight and BAM!  Shimmery goodness!  I've been reading around online that people have been saying Baptiste and Urban Decay Vice (see it here) are dupes, however I don't feel that they are exact dupes.  Yes, they are both dark shimmery purples but to my eye, Vice is a lot more red-toned whereas Baptiste looks more blue-toned.  Also, in the sunlight, Vice has a lot more apparent shimmer than Baptiste.  Don't get me wrong though - both of these polishes are lovely in their own right.  Though if I had to pick only one, it would be Vice because of the higher shimmer factor (yep, that's now officially a thing...ha).

Well, enough babbling...check out Baptiste for yourself!

Here's two coats of Baptiste in the sun (no flash):

And here it is under a desk lamp (no flash):

So shiney! ^_^

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a great evening!

Sunday, 11 August 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Cult Nails Flushed

Good morning and happy Purple Shimmer Sunday everyone!

Be sure to go check out what Kristy and Jenny have going on today. :)

Today I am sharing a polish that I have been meaning to put on for quite some time now...I feel like I say that every time I blog lol.  Anyway, today's purple shimmer is Cult Nails Flushed!

Flushed is a violet purple that is absolutely packed with pink shimmer.  I believe this polish is part of Cult Nails' core line and thank goodness for that because it is a beauty.  Flushed looks great indoors and in indirect light, in addition to looking amazing in the blaring sunlight.  To me, this definitely is not a polish that requires a lot of effort to see it how lovely it is (compared to a holographic or duochrome polish, for instance...polishes that only look their best in certain lighting conditions).

The formula and application on Flushed were both fine.  Nothing terrible but nothing amazing either.  Just average, in my opinion.  Flushed went on a bit sheer on the first coat but really evened out to full opacity by the second coat.  I did three coats, however, because I am a messy polisher and needed to cover up a few mistakes I made haha.  I do need to take a minute to rant about the brush that came with my bottle of Flushed right now.  I don't know if this just happened to my bottle or if other folks have the same problem but my brush was a hot mess.  It had splayed out strands everywhere and that made putting Flushed on incredibly challenging for me.  I attempted to capture the brush in picture form to share my suffering with you guys (bahaha, first world problems huh?  THE HORROR) but my crappy camera wouldn't focus properly, so I gave up.  I will say that the brush wasn't quite as bad as the Hits Mari Moon polishes, that's a huge plus.  Lordy, those Hits brushes were the worst I've ever seen.


Anyway, enough of my prattling on about minor crap.  All in all, Flushed is a pretty polish with a lot of beautiful shimmer action going on.  It is definitely worth checking out if you are a purple lover!

On to the pics!

Here's Cult Nails Flushed (three coats) in direct sunlight, no flash:

Here's Flushed in indirect day light, no flash:

And here it is in my "light box" *snort*, no flash:

And, finally, here it is under my desk lamp, no flash:

See what I mean?  Stunning in all lighting situations!

You can pick up your very own bottle of Cult Nails Flushed directly from Cult Nails' website here.  You can also purchase Flushed from Harlow & Co. here.  Happy shopping!

Thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

Ninja Polish Shillelagh

Hey everyone!  I hope you're having a fine Wednesday evening.

Today I am showing off Ninja Polish Shillelagh from Ninja Polish's Enigma collection, which was released earlier this year.  This is my very first Ninja Polish purchase (along with Divinity and Mystic Glacier, also from the Enigma collection), so I am quite excited!  I had heard lovely things about the Enigma polishes prior to purchasing and I have to say, Shillelagh really lives up to the hype.

Shillelagh is a stunning medium green color shifting shimmer polish.  This polish is so pretty but so difficult to photograph lol.  I did my best but, as usual, I don't think my pics do this polish enough of the justice it deserves.  It must be seen in person to be believed!  I had read that the Enigma polishes were incredibly pigmented and require no "underwear". I only used two coats of Shillelagh for this mani, so that claim definitely holds true.  Shillelagh's formula was nice and smooth; I have no complaints.  It does dry on the matte side, so I slapped some quick dry top coat over it for maximum shine.

Shillelagh shifts from a beautiful army green and gold to a lovely deep, almost blue-y green with intense glowing shimmer.  Ah heck, I am crap at describing it but you will see what I mean in the pics.

And speaking of pics...on to them!  I took over 80 pictures of Shillelagh trying to capture her beauty, however, I managed to pare that down to 7 for this blog post.  BE THANKFUL! :p

Here's Ninja Polish Shillelagh (two coats by itself):

This pic was taken outdoors in natural day light (no sun and no flash).  It is a bit out of focus but I wanted to show how it looked in this light.

The next two pictures were taken in my light box (aka the refrigerator lol), no flash.  Check out that gold shimmer:

The picture below was taken in my "office" with a desk lamp, no flash.  You can really see the army green + gold thing Shillelagh has going on here:

The next pics were also taken in the same room as the desk lamp, no flash.  You can kind of see that blue-y green I was mentioning earlier in these pics.

And here's one last picture for good measure...also taken in the office:

If you're a green lover, it is safe to say you need this polish!

You can pick up your very own bottle of Ninja Polish Shillelagh on Ninja Polish's site here

And since I am on the subject of Ninja Polish, I should mention that they were excellent!  They processed my order the same evening I had placed it and shipped it out the very next day.  Color me impressed!  My Ninja Polish package also arrived in the mail to me in record time.  I had to rave because this is such rare and excellent customer service from an online polish retailer.  Very pleasant experience!

As always thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening! <3

Sunday, 4 August 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Urban Decay Vice

Hey everyone!  It's Purple Shimmer Sunday again!

Be sure you take a minute to check out what Jenny and Kristy have going on today. ;)

This week, I am so excited to share with you Urban Decay's Vice nail polish.  Vice has been released alongside Urban Decay Addiction nail polish (which I did not pick up).  Vice is limited edition for some reason, which is a huge shame since it is stunning but I am definitely going to be picking up a backup.  Addiction is permanent.

Vice is a deep, rich purple with tiny bits of red and blue-y/violet shimmer within.  This polish is such a beauty.  If you are any kind of a purple polish fiend, you will need this polish.  The shimmer in Vice gives it a beautiful glow-y quality that you only ever find in the best purple polishes, in my opinion.  In the glaring midday sun, this polish is breathtaking and the shimmer bits really come out to play.  As much as I am singing this polish's praises right now, believe me when I say it is one of those polishes that you have to see in person to really understand how lovely it is.  My pictures only do this polish maybe a fraction of the justice it deserves.

Vice's formula was amazing.  I am not embellishing one bit when I say that.  This polish practically applied itself!  It was incredibly smooth.  I am a messy/careless polisher, so I used two coats of Vice today, but Vice is so rich and pigmented that it looked pretty opaque on the first coat to me.

Without further ado, here is Urban Decay Vice nail polish (two coats).  Please excuse my recently nubbed nails...I am not a fan of nubs or this shape on me *sigh* and the huge gap lol, I should have been more careful during application.  All of the following pics were taken in direct sunlight, no flash:

I think that the next three pictures really speak to the glowiness (that is so not a word haha >.>) of Vice:

I adore this polish!  I have a sneaking suspicion it would made amazing undies for a color-shifting top coat like Clarins 230/Max Factor Fantasy Fire/any indie dupe for either of those two hehe.  I might even try that out for myself some time!

If you are lusting after Vice, you can pick it up in store at Sephora.  Unfortunately, I don't see it anywhere on Sephora's website right now.  Vice can also be purchased online directly from Urban Decay here.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful day!