Monday, July 25, 2011

piCture pOlish blog fest - Fairy Floss

Hello nail polish fans! I'm pleased to participating in Picture Polish's Blog Fest. Over 60 bloggers from around the word are participating and featuring all of PP's shades today!! I think it's a great way for a nail polish company to show the public what they got. I know I LOVE being able to see the polishes on the nail before purchasing. Really, all nail polish companies should have on the nail examples, don't you think? Plus it's nice to know what other nail polish fanatics think about the formulation and colour too. So with out further adieu here is the shade I am reviewing: Fairy Floss.

Picture Polish Fairy Floss
Picture Polish Fairy Floss 2
Picture Polish Fairy Floss

This polish is a very pretty pink. It instantly reminded my of OPI Done Out in Deco - mostly because I don't have a ton of pink polishes. But when I pulled DOiD out Fairy Floss is darker and more warm toned. Fairy Floss was easy to apply and this is 2 coats which is super awesome for a light pink. Generally, you need to coat light pinks on in 3 or 4 layers. So opaque in 2 is great! Overall, I like this polish. I would have to say the colour is not overly original but it's a lovely pink cream and it has a great formulation.

Pop on over to Picture Polish if you are interested in Fairy Floss or if you are interested in any of their other polishes. I currently own a bunch of the Ozotic Pro polishes that they sell and also their Denim. They are very nice to deal with and their polishes are fabulous!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Studio M Purple Medallion

Studio M Purple Medallion
Studio M Purple Medallion 2
Studio M Purple Medallion
Hey everyone! Did ya'll miss me? I've been MIA, busy with life. Less time for nails! Shocking and terrifying at the same time! Ha! So this bad boy has been quite a lemming for me and I got it in a swap a while back. I thought it was beautiful in the bottle but I didn't get around to trying it because I was swimming in other beautiful untried polishes. (Such a hard life!) Oh this polish is marvelous! It's very similar type of polish to China Glaze Atlantis. They both have such a beautiful depth. I really love this polish but I didn't end up wearing it long because it chipped the next day. Horrible. I'm not sure if it's just chippy because it's a glitter or what. I find glitters very chippy. I have noticed my nails are not so great at the moment. I'm nursing my babies so my nails and my hair is in super bad shape. Oh well. It won't last forever. Them babies are almost a year. How time flies.

Friday, July 8, 2011

I have been waiting for you - Nfu Oh Mail Day

Nfu Oh 1
Nfu Oh 65, 66, 62, 63, 64, 52
Look what came in the mail. It's been a long wait thanks to the postal strike. Plus I was out when they first delivered. Plus I was too busy to apply any nail polish. BUT LOOK! These are so beautiful. These are hands down the most beautiful holographic nail polishes I own. They are a pain to apply but if you use aqua base there is no problems at all. It is so worth it. It's funny because they are not holo looking in the bottle.

Nfu Oh holo compare
Nfu Oh 64 compared to the "old" 61 (which apparently is more holo)
Even when they are first applied to the nail and still wet it is dull but they sure do dry up into amazing-ness. I am so pleased. Hooray! Here is my first mani.

Nfu Oh 62
Nfu Oh 62 2
Nfu Oh 62
I was expecting the colour to be more nude. It looks like a perfect light peachy pink on me. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this colour. Very pleasantly surprised! The rainbow is so gorgeous and it shows up in all kinds of light. Meaning that you don't need to wait for full sun, although it is best and brightest in sunlight. Whooa LOVE!

Nfu Oh 3
All the silver boobies together at last!
Nfu Oh 65, 66, 62, 63, 64, 61

Sunday, June 26, 2011

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle

China Glaze Emerald Sparkle
China Glaze Emerald Sparkle 2
China Glaze Emerald Sparkle
This polish has been around for quite sometime but as I don't/didn't really have a place to get China Glazes I've not had the chance to pick it up. I found a salon that had a bunch of polishes in a bin so I went through and found this along with these others: OPI Sapphire in the Snow, CG Gussied Up Green, CG Rodeo Fanatic, CG DV8, CG 2NITE, CG LOL, CG GR8.
I was so excited to see these in the wild! Anyway Emerald Sparkle is perfection! Its a fantastic emerald colour and this is two easy and lovely coats. It's just like China Glaze Ruby Pumps, only green. I hope one day that I can collect a rainbow of similar colours. I have red, green and blue so far. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for more for sure.

Monday, June 20, 2011

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not

OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not
OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not 2
OPI Louvre Me Louvre Me Not
Got this polish at Winners. The shimmer reminded me of Clarins 230 so I thought I'd try it. Turns out that the shimmer is very subtle and I'm not that into subtle shimmers... It looks like a dark plum cream in most light and you can't see the shimmer. It looks nicer in the pictures then in real life IMO. I think the purple looks kinda dated. It reminds me of the late 90s and not in a good way. I think I'll top it with Clarins 230 to try and save the effort but this one is not a favourite. There are not many polishes in my stash that I don't really love. I guess I'll try to swap this one.

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Joe Fresh Ballet Slipper

So the Canucks lost the Stanley Cup to Boston last night. Disappointing. What is more disappointing is the riots/looting and distruction in Vancouver last night. Sadly, I highly doubt the outcome would have been much different had Vancouver won. I've seen the photos and the video and I can't believe that stuff actually happens! It makes me angry to see these people act so violently and feel so good about it. I wonder what makes these people tick? It is deeply sadening to me and I hope people don't think this is the way Canadians and Vancouverites normally behave. I am proud of the civilans that tried to stand up to the rioters. It's really scary to try and be the voice of reason in a sea of crazies.

Anywho, how about some pretty nail polish?!

Joe Fresh Ballet Slipper
Joe Fresh Ballet Slipper 2
Joe Fresh Ballet Slipper
Another Ballet Slipper! This one is singular though! Mmmm the colour is pretty much the same as Essie's. They are both very sheer. This is 3 coats. Not as opaque as Essie Ballet Slippers. I like Essie's formula better.

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Joe Fresh Apple

Joe Fresh Apple
Joe Fresh Apple 2
Joe Fresh Apple
I am so happy about this polish! This is the vibrant orangey-red I've been look for. It's soo in your face bold. I love it. It's says "I'm-so-cheap-but-in-a-hip-way" I bet the hipsters LOVE this colour too. Anyway, this was 2 easy coats. I call this a jelly because it's too shinny to be a straight cream. It's an opaque jelly, which is the best kind IMO! Also, I filed my nails back to a rounder shape. I can't fight it. It's just the way they want to be. Fashion be damned! What do you think of this red? How do you like it compared to Essie Meet me at Sunset?

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Joe Fresh Hula

Joe Fresh Hula
Joe Fresh Hula 2
Joe Fresh Hula
Now this is more like it! I love love love this colour. It so fresh and bright and happy. It reminds me of sticky, sweet, cotton candy. I love pinks that lean peachy but not too orange. Unfortunatly the formulation isn't that different from Joe Fresh Lagoon which is dissapointing. But I tried a little thinner and it helped a bit. The finish is a subtle pearl similar to Lagoon. I don't notice this finish as much on the nail as in the bottle which is a bit of a shame. All in all this is one of my new favourites! I dono, am I crazy to think it makes me look a little tanned?

Monday, June 13, 2011

Joe Fresh Mist

Joe Fresh Mist 2
Joe Fresh Mist
Joe Fresh Mist
Another polish I just wanted to love but it turned out so fug. Blech frosty. I am not a fan. I'm not sure what I expected. I guess I was thinking that it would be a blue toned OPI Fireflies. It's far too white for my tastes. Lots of brush strokes. I don't know if others would dig this polish but it's so not my cup of tea. What do you all think? Would you wear this colour?

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Joe Fresh Lagoon

Joe Fresh Lagoon
Joe Fresh Lagoon 2
Joe Fresh Lagoon
This is a very pretty colour. I want so very much to love this polish but the formula is goop city. I guess I'm a little spoiled by all the fantastic formulations I've come across because every time I get a dud formulation I'm riddled with doubt. "Maybe I'm not applying it correctly, oh the brush is terrible, oh I'm rushing this, I put it on too thick, I put it on too thin." Bottom line, the formulation isn't right so the application doesn't come out right. I think a little thinner may help this polish, but I didn't have the time to fiddle with it. This has a very subtle pearl shimmer that you can see much more in the bottle on the nail. It's nice. I have quite a number of minties. So here is how Lagoon stacks up against what I have. As you can see, she leans very much towards the blue end.

Minties
OPI Gragantuan Green Grape, China Glaze Re-fresh Mint, Essie Mint Candied Apple, Joe Fresh Lagoon, China Glaze For Audrey

Also, I wonder how many nail polishes are called Lagoon, or have Lagoon in the name. Quite a few I imagine.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Stay tuned for exciting events to come!

Hi all. I don't have a NOTD or review for you today! I know! No pictures?!?! I just wanted to let you know that Rikki Nails will be participating in a very special event with piCture pOlish. Theses are the ladies where I got my Ozotics and my piCture pOlish Denim. These gals make and sell some pretty awesome polishes! Right now they are taking entries to name their new Christmas in July collection. I love naming polishes! I had some cool names but they didn't follow their theme and I don't know if I have time to think up a bunch of new names. Anyways, I just wanted to give ya'll a heads up to keep your eyes peeled for fun stuff coming up! As a consolation prize for no NOTD here is a picture of my babies, all three of them.

The Triplets
Can you tell them apart?

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Koh Black Stars

Koh Black Stars
Koh Black Stars 2
Koh Black Stars
Here is the other Koh polish I received in a fabulous swap. I didn't even bother to check the opacity on this polish. I bet you anything it would be crazy sheer so this is one coat over WnW Black Creme. In the photos it looks a lot more browny/olivey but it's mostly black in person. There is a lot going on in this polish. Like Whoa! There are (mostly) red flakies, holographic silver glitter and gold shimmer which is why I think it looks a little brown. This polish reminds me of galaxies which is probably why it is named Black Stars. I was thinking that it would also be cute to call it Kitchen Sink! :D This polish also came with a swank carrying case.

Koh Black Stars Bottle
Koh Black Stars bottle and case

Sunday, June 5, 2011

Ozotic Pro 621

Ozotic Pro 621
Ozotic Pro 621 2
Ozotic Pro 621
I got distracted by this holo. Isn't she purdy? The holographic particles are similar to the China Glaze Kalediscopes. It's not a super-crazy holo but the nail polish has a beautiful depth when on the nail. I immediately thought of China Glaze Ruby Pumps. They funny thing, my mother who is a muggle grabbed my hand and said, "This looks like Ruby Pumps. I thought Ruby Pumps was the prettiest polish. Now I'm not so sure!" 621 is a beautiful, classy polish. It's very glossy and the colour is a warm red. I was hoping for more holographic effect with this one but it has such a beautiful, twinkling fire instead, which is so captivating. This is a big win. I think my camera freaked out when taking this picture and I would say that the photos don't do this polish justice.

Saturday, June 4, 2011

Comparison - Koh Blue Universe and OPI Merry Midnight

Flakie Compare
Koh Blue Universe - Index and Ring
OPI Merry Midnight - Middle and Pinkie
Here is the promised comparison. You will find that although the polishes have the same general idea they are VERY different. Apart from the obvious colour differences, Merry Midnight is a jelly base with red flakes with a very subtle duochrome effect and blue and purple glitter. Blue Universe is a metallic blue base that is much more opaque, with duochrome flakies and very fine silver micro glitter. They are much more different then I first thought. They are definitely a variation on a theme I would say. I prefer Blue Universe if anyone is keeping score.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Koh Blue Universe

Koh Blue Universe
Koh Blue Universe 2
Koh Blue Universe
*Sigh* So beautiful! I saw this polish on Yacking about Lacquer and I stopped dead in my tracks. I knew I had to find this polish! I arranged a swap with a lovely lady in the Netherlands. I sent a bunch of polish and I got a bunch of lovelies back. This was one of them. It is the blue version of OPI Merry Midnight. I think I will do a comparison between the two before I move on to my next mani. This is 3 coats - probably could have gotten away with 2 but I wanted it to be perfect. Like Merry Midnight, there is a lot going on in the polish. Flakies, silver micro-glitter in a slightly metalic dark blue base. MmmmMmm flakies. This is a fantastic polish. If you can get your paws on this colour I whole heartedly recommend it!

Koh Blue Universe Bottle and Case
I should also mention this polish comes in a case! Talk about swank! It looks like a case for lipstick (it even has a mirror inside) but I'm such a sucker for those kinds of silly frills. I feel like it makes it special. I received another Koh polish in the swap which I will share with you soon! Stay tuned!

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Essie Meet me at Sunset with Essie Matte About You and Shiny French Tips

Esssie Meet me at Sunset with MAY Tips
Esssie Meet me at Sunset with MAY Tips 2
Essie Meet me at Sunset with Essie Matte About You
I have been wanting to try a funky french matte manicure for a while. This is that manicure! I used scotch tape to block of the tips and applied Essie Matte About You along the nail. I peeled back the tape and voila! Instant monochromatic funky french manicure. I think the next time I do this I will try applying the Matte About You over the whole nail and then free hand a top coat for the shiny tips. I'm not crazy about how the tape worked. It looks a little crooked. I think it's just the shape of my nails. It's very in fashion right now to have square or squoval nails. Unfortunately my natural shape is much more oval so I think the tape is just too straight for my nails. I do like the interesting texture. What do you think? Do you like matte effects?

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Essie Meet me at Sunset

Essie Meet me at Sunset
Essie Meet me at Sunset 2
Essie Meet me at Sunset
I decided I needed more reds in my life. I'm seen some gals around town with very bright tomato red nails and I really liked the look. I don't own many reds so when I saw this little lady I thought I'd try her out. I also don't have many Essies either so it worked for me on two counts. I was surprised to find that this was a non-sheer jelly. This was a quick two coats. So after Ballet Slippers (4 coats!!) this was a breeze to apply! I love this colour, however it is a lot more orange then red IMO. Which isn't bad, it just wasn't what I expected. I have to say the Essies that I do own are very nice. So I'll be looking to score some more in the future.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Icing Just Shimmer over Essie Ballet Slippers

Icing Just Shimmer Over Essie Ballet Slippers
Icing Just Shimmer Over Essie Ballet Slippers 2
Icing Just Shimmer over Essie Ballet Slippers
This is a super pretty white shimmer I topped over Essie Ballet Slippers. I really like this however the brush is CRAZY wonky and there are actually bits of the brush coming off in the polish. Big nightmare! I'm gonna have to take this back I think. The shimmer is mostly white but I swear I can see flashes of green.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Essie Ballet Slippers

Essie Ballet Slippers
Essie Ballet Slippers 2
Essie Ballet Slippers
I really couldn't stand that last mani. I had to take it off. It was TOO much for me. I think a lot of that had to do with the fact that my nails had gotten way too long! It's funny how that happens. So I seriously chopped 'em back and I like them much better. They look so much cuter and cleaner... Anywho, this is more what I was thinking of when I was thinking pink. Nice, fresh, light pink. This is Essie Ballet Slippers. The application was a big time pain in the butt though. It was 4 coats! Sheesh! I'd love a nice light pink that didn't take my whole life to apply! I do like the colour but I think I'm still looking for a pink that is a little warmer (more peachy) and maybe not quite as light. Any suggestions my peps?

Friday, May 20, 2011

Nicole by OPI You're An Angel and a Glitter Mess?

Nicole by OPI You're An Angel
Nicole by OPI You're An Angel 2
Nicole by OPI You're An Angel
I loved the mermaid tail mani but sometimes I get a little self conscious of dark fingernails. I love the way they look but somehow I just don't feel super comfortable in really dark nails - especially in the spring/summer. Anywho, I wanted to re-create the magic of the mermaid tail but in pink! I actually wanted to do a light petal pink - but I don't own such a colour - YET. So I tried NOPI You're An Angel and this colour is so up my alley. I love this colour pink! It's a warm pink with a beautiful vibrant glass fleck shimmer. Just so gorgeous! But marching on with my plan I decided to yuck it up with Anna Sui 300.

Anna Sui 300
Anna Sui 300 2
Anna Sui 300 over Nicole by OPI You're An Angel
Oh boy, I am not liking where this is going. I looks so... um tacky to me. It's funny that I love the most garish nails and yet some glitter I just can't stand. I guess this one is that. I have a sneaky suspicion I'm gonna hate Happy Birthday on the nail too. Well, all is not lost. I'm going to try my little duochrome overlay tomorrow and see if I can dial the tacky back - either that or really gum it up bad. Good thing for acetone!

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mermaid Tail Mani and Ozotic Pro Multichrome and Holo Bottle Shots

Ozotic Pro 506
Ozotic Pro 506 2
Ozotic Pro 506 over Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe
I was impatient to try my new Ozotic Pro MultiChromes. This is 506 over Across the Universe. Wow, way to punch up a mani! It is so pretty over the glitter. The multichrome effect is very strong and very beautiful. It works well because it is a little on the sheerside so the glitter peaks through. And just because it wasn't pretty enough, I added 528 to tip it over the edge.

Ozotic Pro 528
Ozotic Pro 528 2
Ozotic Pro 528 3
Ozotic Pro 528 over Ozotic Pro 506 over Deborah Lippmann Across the Universe
I know there is a lot going on here but that's right up my alley! Now this what I imagine a mermaid's tail to look like!

Also here are the bottle shots of my new Ozotic Pros! Yum!
Ozotic Pro 2
502, 506, 521, 530, 529, 528, 513, 621

Ozotic Pro
502, 506, 521, 530, 529, 528, 513, 621

Ozotic Pro Holos
513, 621

Ozotic Pro Elytras
529, 528, 530

Ozotic Pro MultiChromes
506, 521, 502