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Polish Project #44

by Jamie Sanford on November 29, 2012

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153. Wet ‘n Wild Once Upon A Time
154. Wet ‘n Wild Rest in Pieces

Wet ‘n Wild Fantasy Makers Once Upon A Time & Rest in Pieces.

Top swatches are 1-2 coats over a black base. The bottom swatches are each polish alone, 1-2 coats each.

Rest in Pieces, close view. You can see that the glitter bits are much more condensed when I used the polish alone to achieve opacity. Over black was much more subtle.

Once Upon A Time, closer view. This obviously is a layering polish – I wouldn’t wear it alone. It was fun to wear over black though. I love multi-sized glitter.

Thoughts: I got these for 75% off after Halloween and didn’t expect much. However, they are both totally serviceable. I know I have other dark purples, but the bottle is a tombstone which gives extra points.
Verdict: These get to stay!


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Polish Project #24

by Jamie Sanford on September 3, 2012

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96. A England Tristam
97. A England Lady of the Lake

A England Tristam nail polish.

A England Lady of the Lake nail polish.

I wore Tristam after Lady of the Lake but it’s first in the list. I only took an Instagram shot because it is pretty identical in formula and wear to Lady of the Lake. This is Tristam after something like 3 or 4 days, and you can see the little bit of tip wear, and THAT WAS IT.

Here is Lady of the Lake, also after a few days of wear. Still gorgeous with holo and purple and fabulousness.

Thoughts: These are amazing and I just asked my Facebook friends to name their top 5 desert island nail polishes. I think these both would be on my list, and I will have to figure out the rest. Seriously, they are expensive, but if you are a fan of A England on Facebook, eventually you will probably hit a sale. I got these for about $9 each on sale.
Verdict: OBVIOUSLY keeping them both, they are really fantastic.

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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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Polish Project #15

by Jamie Sanford on August 17, 2012

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69. China Glaze Fairy Dust
70. Sally Hansen HD Laser

So, this is a little different. I mostly see the Sally Hansen HD polishes as topcoats for others. However, maybe I’m wrong, especially about Laser.

I started with polishes 61-64 from this previous post.

From index finger down – Fresh Paint Witchcraft, A England Elaine, Essie Velvet Voyeur, and Estee Lauder Berry Desire.

I put a coat of Sally Hansen HD Laser over all of these, and ended up with this result:

So, Laser basically turned 61-64 into the same polish, even though they were all slightly different. Don’t judge my tip wear.

Hmm, Fairy Dust.

I then added a coat of China Glaze’s Fairy Dust over the top. I blurred the nails in the picture so you can enjoy the awesome rainbow sparkliness. It’s got a scattered holo going on, but the color flash is my favorite.

Thoughts: Sally Hansen HD Laser obliterates dark polishes underneath it. I could do 100 experiments with the HDs to figure out all that they can do. DVD remains my favorite but this one is great too. Fairy Dust was purchased during the freeze period because I was at Sally Beauty for the clearance event and saw it on the shelf and was done for. It’s spectacular and I love it so there you go.
Verdict: They both stay, of course.

I’m thinking of some other random posts I’m going to have to do. I think I will use some wheels to do a comparison of all of my random topcoats over black, because I don’t think I need to try those on my hands, so I’ll work on that soon.

Date night manicure up next.

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Polish Project #14

by Jamie Sanford on August 15, 2012

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65. Orly Mysterious Curse
66. Orly Galaxy Girl
67. OPI OPI Ink
68. OPI Play Til Midnight

This is a pretty good bottle shot, in the dark these all look the same but under the harsh light of my living room lamp, you can really see what is going on.

From Pinkie Up: OPI Play Til Midnight, OPI OPI Ink, Orly Galaxy Girl, Orly Mysterious Curse.

Thoughts: Galaxy Girl has been my nemesis for a while. I’ve tried a few times, tried thinning it, and no matter what I do, the end result always looks shady at best. Luckily I looked at some other swatches online and it looks like I am not the only one. It’s an interesting polish, so this is disappointing. OPI Ink looks way purple in the bottle but is blurple on the nail. Mysterious Curse and Play Til Midnight are both great blues., but Mysterious Curse didn’t apply as well.
Verdict: Everyone stays for potential revisiting, except Galaxy Girl. I’m going to put it up for sharing, because perhaps someone with better application practices will be able to work it out. I have tried and tried and it just isn’t working out.

My next post will be what happened to polishes 61-64 from the last post when I coated them with a Sally Hansen HD polish and then some glittery topcoat.

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