Sunday, May 1, 2011

Sinful Colors Pink

Sinful Colors Pink
Originally uploaded by OctoGirlie
Via Flickr:
A neon pink neon!

Two coats, outdoor lighting, no flash no topcoat.

Thursday, April 28, 2011

And... Done!

I am FINALLY done swatching my current collection. I have 68 polishes! O_O

Now that everything is swatched, I'm going to switch to a more traditional review-type blog. I've been playing with the Konad plates, so expect some manis soon!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Arrival and Reviews

I got my Konad plates today! /happy dance

I got M3 and S10. The package arrived in a plain brown box (which, in my excitement, is now a shredded plain brown box) from Singapore. (I honestly thought this was from someone else as I have an acquaintance in Singapore.)

Everything was neatly and individually packaged- my two plates, the scraper, and the double-ended stamper. I had expected the plates to be at least an inch larger in diameter; I don't know why as larger plates would be kind of unwieldy.

Konad Plates 001

Of course I would get all this the day after I took off a particularly staining coat of OPI's Russian Navy Matte (which was after I took off Wet N Wild's Fast Dry Teal of Fortune) so my fingertips and nail beds look rather corpse-like at the moment. I did a couple of tests, and there is a technique for rolling the stamper onto your nails so that the design doesn't looks smooshed. I've found that the metallics/glitters/etc don't stamp well (the effects get lost in translation, so to speak) and that some of the images are just too small to see unless you're staring right at it. I'm sure my short short nails don't help, either.

I had purchased the Kiss Nail Artist Paint and Stencil Kit kind of on a whim, hoping that the stencils inside would hold me over until my Konad plates arrived. I tried two stencils right away- a butterfly and stars, and tried freehanding some stripes:

Kiss Nail Art 002

What a disappointment. The "stencils" are actually little stickers, and they rip when you take them off. Some of the images themselves are a little too detailed for such small designs- as you can see my butterfly looks more like Antarctica. The "paint" can be tricky to work with; the brush is long and very tapered, the formula is thin (yet opaque) and runny. A complete waste of money.

Friday, April 22, 2011

Sonia Kashuk Tauped

Sonia Kashuk Tauped
Originally uploaded by OctoGirlie
Sonia Kashuk's Tauped is a wonderful clay brown that applies easily.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Sally Hansen HD DVD

Sally Hansen HD DVD
Originally uploaded by OctoGirlie
I bought this the same day I bought the Sinful Colors Let Me Go, and I was much more pleased with this polish. The blue/purple is much more evident, thanks to the gorgeous shimmer.

Two coats, natural light, no flash, no topcoat.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

Adventures in Swatching

Got a bit of swatching done today- all but two of my greens are done now:

  • China Glaze: Jolly Holly
  • Confetti: My Favorite Martian
  • Finger Paints: Guggen I'm Lime
  • Finger Paints: Sketch N Etch
  • Nicole by OPI: Fell From the Tree
  • ORLY: Green With Envy
  • Sally Hansen: Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear: Ivy League
  • Sinful Colors: Innocent
  • Sinful Colors: Irish Green
  • Sinful Colors: San Francisco
  • Sinful Colors: Show Me the Way

    I'm going to have to reshoot ORLY's "It's Not Rocket Science"; I had cotton ball fuzzies on one of my fingers and didn't know it. I also need to shoot China Glaze's Re-Fresh Mint, and I'll be all done with my greens!
  • Thursday, April 7, 2011

    Day Off

    Today was my day off and I was determined to sit down and swatch like no one's business. I got about four done, then I laid down "for a few minutes." Next thing I know it's three hours later. grr.

    I'm currently in the process of revamping my "master list" of polishes, which is why there are so few posts here. But I promise to be back soon! In the meantime, you can visit my Nail Flickr.