NOTD: Purple Chrome Rainbow

Wow! Just one thin coat of this polish and no top coat in these pictures. Preeeeety!

Seriously, I wonder why I pay S$23 for OPI when this S$2 beauty applies better and look how pigmentated it is! Is any OPI a one-coater? >,< I doubt it.

But I adore this purple-blue and I will be wearing this a lot more often. ^^

Giveaways -- doncha love 'em!

Mari and Lissi, two girls "who use pretty nails as an excuse and escape from the Miami legal field," are having an amazing giveaway. See below! Ok, wipe off that drool and go enroll! Ends April 9.
Michelle of The Lacquer Files is giving away TWO sets of prizes. See one below, click on pic for details.
Contest ends April 10 so there's not much time left.
 Painted Lady Fingers is giving away polishes and Skin MD - the much-reviewed, much-loved lotion! Don't let this chance pass, giveaway ends April 10!
Dollface (youtube channel and Etsy Shop here -- she's popular!) has plenty of stuff to give away, this pic below is ONLY ONE of the huge loot she has prepared for the winner. Ends April 13, so act fast!
Jessica of Polished Lyrics is almost at 200 followers and celebrating big with this giveaway. This is ending on April 15 so hurry.
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Laura of Sawan is doing a huge giveaway!!! Look look! Ends April 30!
The Dutch Nail Blog is giving away a puppy!!! NOT!!! Lol. But I sure enjoyed this pic. Her cute dog is having puppies and in their honor, she's doing a giveaway. Contest ends April 30.
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Deborah Lippmann Spring 2010

Hey kids! I have swatches of the spring release from Deborah Lippmann for you today! I tried them out over the weekend and they are fabulous. I feel like they are sort of trendy which I would normally loathe, but I can't hate on pretty polish!

If you look closely at this bottle shot I am sure you noticed the "Lippmann Collection" has now changed to "Deborah Lippmann" but she still stuck with that pretty, elegant bottle. *whew*

I'm Not Innocent - I surprisingly really love this shade. I didn't think it would happen. I thought it would be really thin and sheer but it's not! It needed three coats (shown here) but that is fine for a light color, in my honest opinion. Especially if you love it! This is a true peach creme. PEACH. Not China Glaze - Peachy Keen peach. This is what I think of when I hear "peach". Very soft, not stark, feminine and pretty. I think this is a huge winner.

There may be shades that are close to this, but I don't own them. I found two in my collection that looked close: OPI - Samoan Sand and Color Club - Coastal Creme:

From left to right: Samoan Sand, I'm Not Innocent, Coastal Creme. All are shown with three coats. In the bottle Samoan Sand looked like a dead dupe but once I got it on I was way off. It's far more sheer and Coastal Creme is far more white and stark. Unique shade!

Waking Up In Vegas - This is a "greige" creme. It definitely fits in the greige (gray-beige) category that is popular right now. It dries rather matte though so it will need a top coat if you want it shiny. I wore this one for a full mani and loved it! I had the girls at the hair salon drooling. When I look at it I think of clay and I like that.

I bet you are thinking this isn't a totally unique shade and could find a dupe for it. Well I thought you might, so I went ahead and did some comparisons:

Sally Hansen - Wet Cement, Deborah Lippmann - Waking Up In Vegas, Essie - Chinchilly, Color Club - High Society

Well I threw in Wet Cement so you could see how WUIV compares to a true gray creme. I think Chinchilly and High Society are leaning more on the beige/brown side of this and are a bit darker. If you think they are close enough you're probably right. I am here to help you save some dough, not spend it! I know it's hard to swallow the $16 price tag for Lippmann. BUT.... and I am sorry... I found the application of Waking Up In Vegas a dream. It was so smooth and creamy and flawless in two coats and Chinchilly and High Society definitely need three as they are very thin. :c(

Final verdict: I love these shades :cO Do you need them? If you can swallow the price tag, sure but if not I would save my pennies for the summer/fall glitters that I have been hearing rumors about! I am very badly anticipating those!

These are available now and retail for $16 each.

What do you think?
-Elaine
:c)



Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

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Plus, I am cracking my brains to come up with a nice easter manicure. But the sadist in me is just seeing blood! (More Good Friday then Easter really.)

Soooooo, stay tuned! And don't forger to send me an email! ^^

PS: I'm thinking of how to choose a winner. I loved the way painted lady fingers choose her winner. Wonder if any of my 2 dogs would be willing to eat a pack of cream cheese.

Sheesh. That's a no brainer. >.<

China Glaze Poolside Swatches - Summer 2010

Hello all! I have the China Glaze summer collection for you today: Poolside. The release day is coming up! Just a couple more days! Are you dying for them, or what?!

As I am sure you know, Poolside is a collection of 6 neon shades. And I am sure you also know that neons are next to impossible to capture true to life. I did the best I could, and some come out better than others. So I warn you, these are not terribly accurate, either in shade and/or brightness/neonness, but they will at least help give you an idea. And where I could I did comparison pics. The point is sort of moot if none of the shades being compared are accurate, but at least you can see the differences between two shades.

These are all very awesome and very bright. I had them all sitting out on my polish desk and the BF said "Those are the six greatest nail polishes I've ever seen". LOL! I love when he gets into my polish!

Okay, let's get into it!

Pool Party - This is a neon pink, but it is a very red pink. It's a neon "rink", I guess. I have nothing like it but I did a comparison of Pool Party next to Essie - Flirty Fuchsia from last year's Essie neons so you can see how red it is:

pinky and middle: Pool Party
ring and index: Flirty Fuchsia
Again, neither of these are accurate thanks to the loss of neon in the pic, but at least you can see that Pool Party leans more red than pink.

Flip Flop Fantasy - This is a neon coral. Perfect description. It's not pink, red or orange. It's all of them! And it's neon! This is the stand out shade of this collection in my eyes. I don't think there is a shade like it at all. I don't have a comparison pic to show you for this because it is so unique. This is a must have shade. I adore it. If you don't think it is impressive in my swatch it's because my camera murdered it's magic. Trust me, this is amazing. This is absolutely getting a spot in my Top 20, as soon as I can think of who I want to bump off...

Sun Worshiper - I have been so excited for the release of this collection because of this shade. I just love colors like this. This is a yellow sided, orange neon. The neon glow shows itself much better in this pic than the other neons! *Whew* This is very, very bright. I do own a couple other shades similar:

From left to right: LA Colors - Force, Cosmo - Bus Route #1, Sun Worshiper, Hot Topic - unnamed neon orange
Again, these are far more neon in real life, but at least you can see that Sun Worshiper is the most neon and has the best formula. All are three coats.

Yellow Polka Dot Bikini - This is neon yellow. Neon, hi-liter yellow. This picture is awful. This is not remotely close to accurate. I am ashamed to show it. *hides* This is mega bright. This swatch is 4-5 coats. Some have 4, some have 5. Either way, I probably could have done way more than that!

This is how Yellow Polka Dot Bikini stacks up next to one of my fave polishes ever: Essie - Funky Limelight. I do believe Funky Limelight is a smidgen brighter, but YPDB is still so bright, no one would think you could get any brighter!

Kiwi Cool-Ada - This is a neon green. NEON green. This doesn't look neon at all! Trust me, it is. I thought the formula of this one was pretty nice. I believe this swatch is three coats.

This is how it compares to the other neon greens I own. From left to right:
Hot Topic - unnamed neon green, Sinful Colors - Irish Green, Kiwi Cool-Ada, China Glaze - In The Limelight
I found that KCA was very similar to another neon green release from China Glaze: In The Limelight, however ITL has shimmer. KCA is also brighter and more opaque than Irish Green and the Hot Topic one is really all alone because the shade is very different.

Towel Boy Toy - I love this name! So cute. Anyway, this is a neon blue, and I was impressed by the neonness of it! I expected it to be a bright blue but not terribly neon and I guess it is less neon that the others, but it is still neon. This also differs from the other shades in this collection since it has shimmer and the rest do not. This is 3 coats.

This is how it compares to Color Club - Pure Energy, which we took a look at last week. They are practically identical, but the shimmer in Pure Energy is more apparent and it leans green making these not exact dupes.

The formula on these was thin, but surprisingly buildable. China Glaze isn't trying to hide it. The press release I posted a while back even said these will be on the thin side as they are neons. The first coat is scarily thin. But the second makes a huge difference, and by the third you are smooth sailing. I found Kiwi Cool-Ada, Towel Boy Toy, Pool Party and Flip Flop Fantasy were three coaters, but Sun Worshiper needed a 4th coat maybe, and Yellow Polka Dot Bikini needed it for sure, plus maybe a 5th. BUT a great trick for fixing the need for so many coats is layering these (and this goes for any neons) over a white base. Observe:

One coat of OPI - Alpine Snow + one coat of Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. It still looks streaky since my Alpine Snow was streaky. I should have done 2 coats of it, but anyway, the point is that you can cut down the number of coats big time by using a white base, or help hide any VNL at all, since even the 3 coaters can leave a little VNL.

These also dry very matte as neons do. I added a topcoat for my swatches so they were shiny.

Final Verdict: I think Sun Worshiper and Flip Flop Fantasy are the standouts. Pool Party is unique in my collection and great if you like pinks. Towel Boy Toy and Yellow Polka Dot Bikini are good buys if you don't already have Pure Energy or Funky Limelight (also maybe China Glaze - Celtic Sun. I don't know since I don't have it) and Kiwi Cool-Ada will be dependent on if you like green and if you don't have another stand out neon green shade. It may be skippable, but that is a personal choice that I can't make!

Poolside officially launches in just a few days! APRIL 1st!!!
What are you going to get?
:c)


Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

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:c)

Dropping In!

Hi all!

I just wanted to say "hi" and let you know that I am working on new posts for you but Blogger is having uploading issues so I can't get my new pictures to you. I have China Glaze - Poolside swatches and the spring Deborah Lippmann shades. Also some Nailene goodies! But I can't show you any of them! So sorry. I am watching the situation closely so I can swoop in ASAP and get some swatches to you!

Have a wonderful Monday!
:c)
-Elaine

NOTD: Sweet Spiders (Or not)

Hi all!

Been inspired by all the purple manis with spiders. So I decided to attempt to kick it up a notch.

Note the gold 'web'. Or attempt at anyway.

2 coats of OPI Done Out In Deco. Konad Plate M1. Used the Konad gold and black special polish. However, I added extra good pigment into the gold one. Thus why the gold can actually be seen.

I really liked this mani until a child commented that my nails had "coo-too" or ticks on them.

Ummmm is this true? I HOPE NOT!

It will soon be removed regardless. Ewww. The tick picture just gives me goosebumps.

NOTD: Jewel Tips

With flash. These are 2 coaters. Rimmel's Green with Envy. And Skinfood Pedicure Vita 03SX1 (purple).

Out in the sun. Isn't it just lovely? And see, I was a good girl and actually did a clean up before I took these pictures. ^^ It does make a different but I prefer letting it 'go' the natural way.

The jewel tones are so rich and match my new dress. *muah ha ha ha ha*

Hope you like these pictures! ^^

PS I am always willing to do swaps. See anything you like? Let a note for me in comments! I'm dying for some China Glaze lovin'. Please?

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WOW!

I just love my new banner. My lovely friend, Hongie, designed it especially for me Awwwwww!

I love you and all my flying purple piggies. Notice their lair? I mean cave.

(^.^)

Mini Swatches


1 coat of Done out in Deco with 2 coats of the Sylvie. It's a very pretty combination. The first pictures shows a truer colour of the polish in the bottles. The second one is better for the colour on the nail.
2 coats Kose Sugar Plum. First picture without flash. Second with. The polish looks more like the second picture but just a tad bit darker.
The colour looks lighter in the bottle then on the nail. It has a beautiful green flash and reminds me of a mermaid's tail. Rimmel's 819 Green With Envy.
 First picture, bottle colour accurate. 2nd picture (Below), strangely more accurate nail colour, minus the shimmer. Rimmel 640 Twinkle.

And last, the worst of the lot to photograph.
 2nd picture, accurate for nail colour. Last picture for bottle colour. Both are from canmake and 1 coat of each.