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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Mentality Crystalchromes- only the beginning

There's a new flakie in town, and only Mentality Polish has them! Crystalchromes are a new glass/ceramic hybrid flake that changes color, is opaque on its own, yet translucent enough that it glows nearly 3-D. They apply easily, and clean up is a breeze. I grabbed a few pieces with my tweezers and they "crunch" almost like when you break into a sand dollar. So, not polyester, nor metallic, nor polish based like the new multichrome flakies everyone has these days, these are pigment/mineral in appearance. There are four colors, and a fifth with the four combined. Here is that mashup, called Panorama, over a pale gray cream. One heavy coat of  Poshe over makes it pretty smooth. You can find these lovelies here.

Panorama with flash

Panorama without flash- under room lighting in office


One and two coats of each









Monday, April 20, 2015

Recycle your Mani- Holo Gradient

The always brilliant Lilypad holos were calling me, with Frogs alive, a spirited yellowed deep grassy green being the base. It chipped a bit after the first day (what? don't clean cast iron pans without gloves? hunh??) so I dabbed on a bit of Lilypad Rainbows in space. Poshe topcoat.





Saturday, April 11, 2015

Mentality Neon Holos Hit a Home Run!!

I stupidly preordered only seven of these beauties, I WILL be going back for the rest! I have no idea how neon holos can be so rich and dense, and how she makes them for under $7 each (shipped free right now) but I'm telling you, these are PHENOMENAL polishes for summer! Two coat perfection, vivid and shimmering with a very subtle holo, kind of like ice crystals under the surface. Cannot get enough of these. Go. Buy. Here. I'm wearing Shake and Alarm in the two color mani and an assortment in the next. Although these do not dry completely matte like most holos, nor are they chalky, I top coat anyway as I like to wear them for a few days. The rainbow mani was removed after three full days with only a little tip wear, no chipping.






Sunday, March 29, 2015

Priti Flowers for Spring

Priti polishes are among my favorites for a couple reasons: first, they are normally all opaque in two easy coats, second, the brush is spectacular for my deep nail beds, and third, the colors are unique and classy. I chose a deep brown to accent with a few dottie flowers to jazz them up a tad. Poshe over all and I'm done!




Thursday, March 26, 2015

Jade Holos- some of the best ever

Look!! Two posts in one week!!! Wowsers!
OK back to our regularly UN scheduled post.....two coats each of Jade Sunset and Jade Oasis- (still a little vnl with Oasis) can't wait for the sun to show up. Ottlite and one pic with flash, topcoat doesn't harm these babies.




Monday, March 23, 2015

Out of My Comfort Zone- Pale Green!

Pale celery/mint greens aren't normally my first choice- vivid yellow greens are, but I've been wearing brights for a few days and wanted to try my first every Philly Loves Lacquer I bought from a blog sale- I Love You a Lime. This was a Holo Grail box offering I managed to snag! I paired it with a few accent nails of KBShimmer Spring Training, a happy crelly full of Eastery glitters which leans a tiny bit more mint (blueish) to me. The scattered holo is hard to see in the PLL but the gold micro flakes are not. Poshe over and I'm office friendly! I used three thin coats of each, LOVE the PLL flat square ended brush!







Saturday, March 14, 2015

Nailing a lemming right thru the heart

oh and what a beast it was. I'd been longingly eying the GOMM collection at Rescue Beauty Lounge since it first hit the scene in 2012. I had never paid more than $10 for a polish at that time and the thought of shelling out $18 plus postage for one bottle gave me palpitations! I have  accumulated three or four RBLs just this year from swaps but when this dusty beauty became available in a sale I jumped on it like rice on mice.  I even got one of the "illegal" bottles Ji mentioned in her explanation to the nail community over the problems she was having  here. Regardless, the gorgeous clay orange with green shimmer called Sante Fe (Road) is now mine, all mine! One coat covered totally I used 2 out of habit. After a day of wear I gilded the tips with the incomparable Glitter Daze chrome flakie Nymphomaniac. Not sure these pictures convey the green shimmer in the RBL nor the overall golden effect of the flakies, but I'm swooning! (and I use that word with the utmost discretion)