Saturday, October 13, 2012

Saturday Spam, Indie Edition! Lynnderella + Pretty Serious

So, I'm trying to spend the whole month with Halloween on my nails. I'm constantly chasing that joy that I felt  as a kid knowing that candy and costumes was just around the corner. I've got my Walking Dead marathon on right now, a few different Halloween frankens in the mix, desk covered in glitter, and I'm definitely feeling the season! My brand new keyboard finally turned up, so I'm able to type without having to press down on nasty, gummy keys. But I'm sure this one will be soaked with acetone and glitter soon enough!

First up for you, I have a really fun pairing: Lynnderella Cauldron Drippings over War Paint Beauty Purple Haze. Purple Haze is seriously one of my favorite polishes, definitely top 20. It's a deep gorgeous jellied purple with fuschia/purple and blue glass flecks. I thought it would give Cauldron Drippings a nice pop, and keep it super Halloween-y. For these swatches I did two coats of Purple Haze, (awesome formula), then dabbed on about 1 1/2 coats of Cauldron Drippings. CD had an ok formula, not too thick, but the glitter was kind of a pain to work with. That is to be expected with these types of chunky glitter though. I loved this mani because I had a sad coworker say that it cheered her up, and a few customers even dug them.

The next Indie polish I have to show you is from Pretty Serious. I lucked into this mani because my new roommate got a package of new Pretty Serious polishes and offered to let me try one. Awesome! And to keep in with my Halloween nail theme for the month, I chose an awesome murky brown polish called Morning Java. This color is so complex! It has a greenish brown/bronzey base with small gold glitters and smaller warmer micro gold shimmer, and I swear there are hints of teeny red/orange glitters in there as well. I only needed two coats for opacity, and it was a little thick, but not too hard to work with. I'm not complaining because there is a lot of goodness happening in this polish.

Glitter Herpes!!! Haha, excuse the mess, you can tell I've been frankening.

I love how it looks warmer or cooler, more green or more golden brown depending on the light! And of course I had to Halloween-ify it, so i added a coat of Orly Godiva, a brown metallic glitter, and a spiderweb decal. Love it! Thanks so much to my roomie Rach from Stuff I (S)watched for letting me borrow it!

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

China Glaze Halloween Spam and Comparison

Soo... you all probably get it by now that I freaking love this month. This month is full of change for me: I'm changing jobs, figuring out how to go back to school for a different career, living in a new place... it's a lot. So my posts are a lot more sporadic, but I'm picking colors that make me happy. Of course I had to pick up a few of the new China Glaze Halloween Wicked collection.

 China Glaze Cast-a-spell = I LOVE THIS POLISH. It is full of sparklies and makes me feel like a crow with my sparklies. It's so hard to catch the awesomeness that is this polish. It's rich, velvety deep dark blackened green base with gold and green and orange super small flakes. It glows. I normally hate green polishes, but something about China Glaze glass fleck + Halloween = win for me.

And for those who might want to compare this gorgeous green with last year's Halloween green, Zombie Zest, here are four coats of Zombie Zest next to two coats Cast-a-spell.

 And China Glaze Zombie Zest from last years Halloween collection on its own. This color is so ugly-pretty. Like Exorcist pea-soup vomit on your nails, but sparkly! I love it. But I don't love how sheer it is. This is four coats and it shrank on me.

 And another from this year's Wicked collection, Bizarre Blurple. This polish is just downright sexy. I loved wearing this. The formula was great, the color is great.  BB has a medium/deep rich purple base with just a hiiint of dustiness in some lights, with a GORGEOUS bright blue flash. Enough words, here's pics.

And the iridescent glitter bomb of this collex, Make A Spectacle. This one is kind of a greener/ orange-er version of China Glaze Snow Globe. I did one coat of MAS and three coats of Icing's Eenie Greeny Mine-y Mo (no idea how to spell that name, lol.). I know this doesn't really show off MAS to it's full potential, but I wanted dragon scale nails!

Yum, glitter :)

Monday, October 8, 2012

Fall-o-ween Franken

It's the most wonderful time of the year! I'm busting out the Halloween manis as early as possible this year, since my collection of Halloween polishes is bordering on the ridiculous (-ly awesome). I wanted to show you all my franken that's based on an old China Glaze polish that was a Sally's Beauty exclusive, Spellbound. I was never able to get a bottle of Spellbound, so I made one! Of course it's not exact, but it's close enough for me. I just mixed a little of a Sally's silver glitter mini polish with an LA Girl Addict Flamboyant polish. Shown here is two coats over Maybelline Cool Couture.


Wednesday, October 3, 2012

October Spooky NOTDs

 I'm so happy fall is here! Halloween is my favorite holiday and I'm not wasting any time this year before I start my Halloween NOTDs. First up is one of my most beloved polishes, OPI Man of La Mancha, over FingerPaints Black Expressionism, with Black Expressionism stamped on top using Bundle Monster Plate 224. I love MolM because it has a reddish pink base with color morphing red to green shimmer that makes the polish super multichrome, anywhere from red to orange to gold to green. This is two coats over black.

 And another couple polishes that I love together, the ones from Sephora + Pantone Universe Tangerine Tango collection: Tangerine Tango Creme and Tangerine Tango Glitter. This was super shiny and sparkly. I used two coats of TTcreme and two of the glitter, then made it smooth using Gelous followed by Seche Vite topcoat.