Polish Project #30

by Jamie Sanford on September 15, 2012

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115. OPI Teasy Does It
116. OPI Germanicure
117. China Glaze Harvest Moon
118. OPI Warm & Fozzie
119. China Glaze Electrify

115-118. OPI Teasy Does It, OPI Germanicure, China Glaze Harvest Moon, OPI Warm & Fozzie.

119 in the front. China Glaze Electrify.

I did sort of end up with a gradient in the base colors, which wasn’t exactly intended, but I will take it.

Teasy Does It is from the 2010 Burlesque collection. It’s pink flecky shimmer in a dark burgundy base. Love.

I thought Germanicure was similar, but it is a totally different situation. Much redder, and the shimmer is a bit more subtle.

Harvest Moon is from the Hunger Games collection, which I didn’t care about until I found them on sale at Sally Beauty Supply. I like this color, and I ended up with 2 bottles, so I keep one and my mom gets the other, because I think this color is definitely for her. I will just have to convince her to put something like Electrify on top, since Electrify looks GREAT on top of this, not just as a stripe but just scattered glitter over the whole thing.

Warm & Fozzie is one of these weird magical polishes that is about 10 different colors. It’s pink and bronze and gold and I love it.

Also, check out the tip wear in these photos. I need to take pictures earlier in the process of wearing. Or I need to find a bangin’ top coat that I can do a proper tip wrap with for nail protection.

So, there you have it. This was a fun manicure.

Thoughts: These polishes are all for me in a big way so I am down. I need to work on application to avoid the tip wear issues I have had.
Verdict: One bottle of Harvest Moon to Mom, I keep the other one and all of the other polishes.

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Polish Project #19

by Jamie Sanford on August 24, 2012

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80. OPI Gone Gonzo
81. OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air
82. OPI Black Shatter
83. China Glaze Crackle Glaze

OPI Gone Gonzo and OPI Fresh Frog of Bel Air.

Thoughts: These OPI glitters from the Muppets collection are the same formula and glitter bits. Small colored glitter interspersed with big pieces of silver glitter. I LOVE THEM. Putting them over black had the same issue where I didn’t cover all of the black, but it did not bother me nearly as much during this process. I think applying them and trying to achieve full coverage would be ridiculous.
Verdict: I can’t even imagine parting with these, they are great.

Thoughts: Here we have the side-by-side testing on the black crackle polishes. It seems like so long ago that I was hunting like crazy for Black Shatter, but now I sort of don’t care at all. Even though, the Black Shatter looks pretty good over glitter polishes. I don’t remember when I bought the China Glaze crackle either. Their formulas felt similar, but the OPI brush was way better. This might be the reason that the OPI nail looked SO MUCH BETTER than the China Glaze nail.
Verdict: Share or trash on the China Glaze. I don’t know if anyone else wants a shot with it. The Black Shatter will hang around, even though I don’t feel inclined to use it very much.

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Polish Project #18

by Jamie Sanford on August 22, 2012

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15. OPI Show It and Glow It (previously tested in this post)
77. Sinful Colors I Miss You
78. OPI Excuse Moi
79. Sally Hansen Gem Crush Razzle Dazzler

Welcome to the world of better images. I finally pulled out my DSLR so this should be improving. These are in order as listed above.

I tested all of these using OPI Pink Flamenco as the base. From the top: Razzle Dazzler, Excuse Moi, I Miss You, Show It and Glow It.

Thoughts: Another successful test of putting glitters over a solid base. Of course, I Miss You and Razzle Dazzler are meant to be topcoats (Razzle Dazzler is actually sort of the drug store version of Flurry Up which I LOVE), so that helped, but Show It and Glow It as well as Excuse Moi had good application and WAY better staying power over a solid base. You can see that the pink jelly-ish base of Excuse Moi changed the whole look of the nail and pretty much canceled out the Pink Flamenco. My biggest problem with this whole thing is that I don’t have the accuracy in glitter polish application to completely cover the base color, which is frustrating.
Verdict: I Miss You is going into another battle with other random glitter topcoats that don’t blow me away. Everyone else can stay.

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Polish Project #16

by Jamie Sanford on August 19, 2012

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71. Orly After Party
72. OPI Designer…De Better

Date night manicure!

Orly After Party and OPI Designer…De Better.

Orly After Party after I applied it. Weird polish.

Added dots with Designer…De Better and a coat of Poshe.

Thoughts: I bought the Orly on a whim. Recently. While we’re in confession mode, I also bought A Englands while those were on sale and got Tristam and Lady of the Lake, that we will talk about in a later post. However, the point was to stop buying 8 bottles of polish a week, and that has been really successful. Anyway. I took the photo of After Party after I applied it because it was so odd looking. Sort of lumpy and matte. I was pissed about it, and scanned the polish wall for something to decorate it with. Some work with the dotting tool later (more to come on the dotting tool soon), and some topcoat, and I was good to do. I am all about the dotting tool right now. The Designer…De Better is not something I see myself using as a base coat, but maybe I will try again with stamping and use this polish.
Verdict: I have to test the Orly After Party with other dark blues. Designer…De Better will be fine to use for decorative purposes, so I will definitely keep that one.

Next up is a glitter test.

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Sights and Sounds #20

by Jamie Sanford on June 2, 2011

Sights and Sounds #20!

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This trailer is great! I love the Muppets.

Only Jennifer Lopez can wear something this random and make it work. I LOVE HER.

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Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow and Geoffrey Rush on the same episode of the Graham Norton show? So much fun.

Check out this Parmesan Cheese Twists recipe over at Sugarlaws. These are perfect for making a quick delicious snack in the summer.

That’s all for Sights and Sounds #20. Share links over at the Facebook page!

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