Tuesday, December 29, 2009

Sally Hansen Crushed Velvet

Colette's pick.

I freaking love this colour. I believe it's a Canadian Exclusive, that's what I keep hearing anyhow. I can't quite tell what kind of purple it is, but here are the pics. The sunlight one makes the polish out to be a little bit more red than it actually is. I swear it has blue and red shimmer in it. Not a lot, but enough that you sometimes see it. Just fantastic.

Two coats. Fantastic application. I like it when polishes have a shorter brush like these Sally Hansen salon brushes. Other than that, I don't have much else to say. Hope you like it!

Friday, December 25, 2009

Merry Christmas Everyone!

Here is the obligatory Christmas mani. I did two, actually. After screwing the first one up so bad, I redid it Christmas day. I went with less Christmas-obvious for the second one.


Natural Light

Base is three coats OPI I Only Drink Champagne with one coat of China Glaze Ruby Pumps or China Glaze Emerald Sparkle. I didn't wait long enough for Champagne to dry so when I peeled the pieces of sticker paper off, the polish peeled with it. So it just looks all gross and wrinkly.


Natural Light

Low Light

This is two coats of Zoya Lulu and one coat of OPI Up Front & Personal. I really need to get a back-up bottle of Up Front & Personal, I use it for everything. This mani is much more natural but still blingy and festive. I included a low light pic to try and show you the pinky peach of Lulu. I slapped Up Front & Personal on gold and it doesn't have anywhere near the type of impact as it does on just plain skin or a pink.

Anyhow, have a very Merry Christmas everyone! May your holidays be bright and your New Year be awesome. Remember, only one more week to take part in pick my polish. After the New Year I'm going to finish off the swatches and things will then go back to whatever I pick. BTW, I've added something like 30 new bottles of polish since I first started Pick-My-Polish, so for anyone who hasn't picked yet, there are more choices now. So gooooooooo.

Edit: Here's a pic in artificial light. Here you can see the pink and green shimmer.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

OPI Mauving to Manitoba

Small Town Gal's pick.

Oh good ol' non-3-free nail polish smell. This is not as bad as the others, thank goodness.

Alright, question, is mauve a shade of purple? I always thought so, but this doesn't look like purple. It's like... pink and purple had a baby and this is the result. But yes, this is supposed to be mauve. Very shiny, metalic-y, shimmery. I like it.

This is two coats. Two thin coats is best. On my index finger I ended up with too much polish and it gets really streaky. This is opaque in two thin coats and goes on ridiculously smooth.

Overall, I like the colour, but when I look down, for some reason it makes me think of grandma finger nails. Can't quite figure out why. Maybe it's just one of those colours that were popular back in the day?

Sunday, December 20, 2009

FYI: LJ Syndication feed

For any of you who have an LJ account and wish to follow Nail Polish Adventures through your friends page instead of blogger, I've set up a syndication feed for you.


Saturday, December 19, 2009

Sally Hansen Valentino

Jenel's pick!

This is a dark brown polish with predominantly gold shimmer. There's also a wee bit o' pink and green shimmer in there. Holy, I love this dark chocolate colour. It actually really reminds me of the Nubar Chocolate Truffles collection.

This is two coats and one coat of Poshe top coat. Goes on really smooth. Found that the brush was a bit long though, made control just slightly harder than I'm used to. But not a big deal. Overall, if you like browns, or dark colours, definitely give this one a try. But I've been told these guys are rare.

Anyhow, my brain is broken, if you want to know more about the polish, just ask. That's all for now, darlins'.

Monday, December 14, 2009

Gosh Purple Heart

I have been a bad blogger. I've been putting off posting this for a while. I just couldn't get good pictures of it. So I just took a lot and then having to pick which to post and then edit them all was just a pain. But here they are. Every picture was taken in some form of natural light. Most in low lighting except for the one in sunlight.

Purple Heart is a purple/green duochrome. I could not for the life of me get the green to show up for a picture. Holy shizznit, I've never taken so many pictures of a polish before. I think I was sitting at somewhere around 45 when I was done. When you look at the polish directly, you see purple, but on the edges, it's a very dark greyed out green. It doesn't look anywhere near as impressive as it does in the bottle though. The duochrome shows up best in lower lighting. Check out the bottle. It never flashes that light green/blue like the bottle, but the deep dark green definitely appears.

This is two coats. Purple Heart is very very pigmented. Opaque in one coat, but two here just because it lasts longer. Goes on wicked smooth.

I love the colour. If I had to choose between Gosh Mystery Night and Purple Heart, I would choose this. This is a bit more blue based where Mystery Night is more reddish.

Regular pick-my-polish resumes next post.

Friday, December 11, 2009

OPI Sand in My Suit

Mels' pick.

Sand in My Suit is a beige nude with lots of shimmer. When I first bought this polish I thought it'd be really boring but it's not. The shimmer gives it extra dimension and keeps it from looking like gross paint in your fingers. These pictures are done in artificial light. We definitely aren't getting any sunlight here in Calgary for a few days.

This is two coats. I made so many mistakes trying to get this damn thing swatched. I redid the mani three times. Ugh. Anyhow, you'll still see nail lines at two coats. But I think it's more than adequate. As usual, smooth easy application.

I can't wait until that knick on my finger heals.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Gosh Mystery Night

So I'm going to post something that's not a reader pick. I felt this was a big enough deal for me to move away from this month's pick-my-polish. I can't find any swatches of this polish online so I wanted to get it out there for anyone who may be interested in it.

I swatched this last night after I did China Glaze Flying Dragon. For some reason, all my swatches from last night sucked bad. I did one other one that I will post tomorrow night. Please ignore all my mistakes.

Mystery Night is from Gosh's Fall 2009 collection, "Sugar Babe" (click here for a picture and here for more information), and is a gorgeous deep eggplant purple. It's actually a black jelly polish packed to the brim with purple shimmer. I freaking love this. I saw it in the paper and I had to have it. So off I headed to my nearest Shoppers Drugmart. And I totally came home with five polishes. Then I went out again to find another polish in the collection and I came home with another two polishes. I will probably do swatches right away of polishes that I can't find pictures of online.

This is two coats with top coat. It's streaky at one coat, but evens out and gets all nice and dark in two coats. I really love their short brushes, it allows for great control. The formula is also very smooth. There's just one thing they could improve about their polishes though, make them longer lasting. This polish chipped on the second day. Not badly mind you, just a little bit, but this is quicker than polishes like OPI or China Glaze. But this really doesn't matter to me as my polish is on and off in about two days anyway.

Wednesday, December 9, 2009

China Glaze Flying Dragon

I apologize for not having any post of substance for the past little bit. I cut my finger and I wasn't feeling the idea of putting nail polish remover on it. So I waited until it was mostly healed. You can still see the little scabby on my index finger. (Boy, did that ever sound gross.) I'm actually surprised how shotty my application was. I can't believe how out of practice I got after only four days. Shameful.

Anyhow, here's Chey's pick.

Flying Dragon is a purple polish with blue and red glitter. Very pretty. But my crappy application doesn't do a very good job showcasing it.

The polish is watery so this is three coats. You can see on my index finger what the polish is capable of. That finger got one thick coat and two thin coats. All the other fingers got three thin coats. It'll probably require four thin coats for full coverage. Or do a thick coat somewhere. The polish dries sort of satiny matte. Not wicked shiny like I'm used to with most polishes. The picture is taken with no top coat.

Edit 6/12/2010: I've done an updated swatch, you can check that out here.

Monday, December 7, 2009

Whoa there!

I just got an influx of new followers. Where'd y'all come from? I usually average one new follower an entry. Six sort of blows my mind. Or was it seven? Eight? Either way, it's much more than usual. Lol. And why aren't you guys making polish picks?

For details and to participate in pick-my-polish month, please go here.

Saturday, December 5, 2009

OPI Yoga-ta Get this Blue!

Arrrrr matey. Yeah, I don't know either. Anyhow, this is Kimber's pick.

Yoga-ta Get this Blue! is a deep blue polish with blue shimmer. When it comes to dark blues, this is the one I go for. It's blue, blue and blue.

This is two coats. It's so heavily pigmented that it's opaque in one but I put on two because it's a bit lacklustre at one. The polish is slightly thick, which is expected considering how pigmented it is, but it's not thick enough that it makes it hard to apply. For anyone who likes the colour blue, I suggest you go out and get this. Freaking gorgeous colour.

And that is all from me today, I'm gonna go and thaw out my fingers now, holy shat, it's cold.

For details and to participate in pick-my-polish month, please go here.

Thursday, December 3, 2009

OPI I Only Drink Champagne

The second polish pick for the month by Katjo.

I Only Drink Champagne is a sheer light champagne gold frost. It's so perdysome. I really love this colour. In some lights it looks like a soft off-white, in others it looks like a light gold. Just fantastic. There is also a slight pink/green shimmer which adds a wee bit o' oompf.

This is three coats of colour. You could probably just do two for a nice even sheer look. Although at three, you can still see a bit of nail line. I was going to leave it at two, but I wanted to cover up my poor yellowed nails. I can not wait until they grow out. Just ick. As usual for OPIs, great application. But as I said above, it is sheer. So if you don't like smile lines, this may not be the polish for you.

For details and to participate in pick-my-polish month, please go here.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

OPI Charmed by a Snake

I got these done yesterday but I didn't get home until 11:00. So I left them until today. Sorry about that. But pick-my-polish officially begins! Whee!

Pants' pick

Charmed by a Snake is a light brown with gold shimmer. Very warm. It really does make me think of a snake. I'm not sure how, but it does.

This is two coats and goes on wicked smooth. Sadly, I don't like the colour on me. I think it's just too warm for my already yellow skin tone. I had the same issue with OPI DS Illuminate.

To participate in pick-my-polish month, please go here.

Tuesday, December 1, 2009

Pick My Polish!

For the past three or so weeks StBF has been picking out my nail polish and I have to admit, it's been a lot of fun. I really look forward to seeing what she picks and leaving her with the tough choice of which polish to wear next has been pretty win. So for this month, I'm going to extend the pick-my-polish to you guys. Each of you get to choose one polish that I will wear and swatch in the order it was picked. So anything that has 'N' under the swatched column in the spreadsheet is up for picking.** And if this turns out to be a success, I wouldn't mind extending it indefinitely. Just comment on this entry with the polish you want to see.

Find the list HERE.

So I already have six picks lined up from my friends because I was worried no one was going to pick anything and I was worried that that would start me on a slow but steady decline into depression and then six months from now I would be standing on the roof of my work looking down at various shoppers, firemen, and policemen as I contemplate how much of a failure I am because no one had any interest in picking my polish. So... Yeah, it just seemed like a good idea. And it would give you guys time to pick.

Currently the list is:
1) OPI Charmed by a Snake (Pants)
2) OPI I Only Drink Champagne (Katjo)
3) OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue (Kimber)
4) China Glaze Flying Dragon (Chey)
5) OPI Sand in My Suit (Mels)
6) Sally Hansen Valentino (Jenel)
7) OPI Mauving to Manitoba (Small Town Gal)
8) Sally Hansen Crushed Velvet (Colette)
9) Orly Enchanted Forest (jaljen)
10) Sally Hansen Gunmetal (fishgirl182)
11) OPI Russian Navy (Mary Beth)
12) OPI Concerto in Copper (PolishPig)
13) China Glaze Prize Winning Mare (Kelsea)
14) China Glaze Gussied Up Green (Brandi)
15) OPI DS Classic (Antonea)
16) OPI She's Golden (Lianne)

**A couple of these have already been swatched, but I wouldn't mind redoing them as they were crappy to begin with. There have also been a few polishes reserved for Christmas.

Edit 1/1/10: I am no longer taking picks. Stay tuned for round two.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

SpaRitual Can You Dig It?

This is the first SpaRitual polish I've ever worn. Very exciting. SpaRitual is a very special brand of nail polish. It's a completely vegan polish which has no animal products, does not use synthetic dyes and all plants used in their products are wildcrafted or organic. From the little brochure that my polish came with wildcrafted means "plants are carefully harvested from their natural habitat to ensure that the remaining wild crop will thrive" and organic means "plants are grown without synthetic fertilizers or pesticides." The bottles are also 50% recycled glass. I like the way all of this sounds. Now onto the colour and performance.

Can You Dig It? is a purple-based golden brown shimmer. I really love the colour. It's got great depth and is just lovely to look at. I took more pictures than usual to try and capture the colour but I just couldn't manage it. This is about as close as I got. It's a little bit darker than these flash pics.

This is two coats. I actually found the formula a bit thick, but it goes on smooth. The brush itself is shorter than most, which allows for good control, so the slightly thicker formula doesn't pose a huge problem. This is opaque in one coat but requires two to look like the bottle. In the first coat it actually looks really purple-brown with gold shimmer. I tried to take a picture at one coat to show y'alls but you can't really see how purple it happened to be. Along the edges of my nails you can see the hints of purple.

Overall, I would say the polish could be thinned a little, but for something this pigmented, I understand why it's so thick. One thing I'm really surprised about is the smell. It smells a lot like my old non-3-free OPI polishes. Not as strong, but it has the same odour. Very surprising considering the formula. I really love the idea of SpaRitual's eco-friendly mandate and I have every intention of trying more.

But holy shat are they ever hard to get a hold of. There is one salon in Calgary that sells them and at $13.90 each. So I totally went online for them instead. On the internet, they're availabe in the US at www.skinstore.com and in Canada at www.spaboutique.ca. And if you're Canadian but don't want to go online, go to www.sparitual.com send them an email and they are very accommodating about getting you in touch with your local SpaRitual distributor who will let you know what stores in your area sells SpaRituals. That's how I found out about the one store in Calgary. I hope this ridiculously long entry was hopeful for you guys.

Reminder! December 1st!

Edit: One last picture for you. It looks just like the others, but I figure since I had it, you might as well see it. This pic is a wee bit lighter. Like I was saying to PolishPig, I really love how it's all dark at the edges and is light in the middle. Really great depth.

Edit 2: Sunlight pic! Ignore the tip wear, it took a few days to get some sunlight.

Friday, November 27, 2009

OPI My Private Jet (New)

Took me forever to get this out. I did these yesterday, but it took me three hours to get down to writing this entry because I couldn't quite figure out what colour to call it. Drove me nuts! And then I figured I would wait a day to try and get sunlight pictures to figure out the colour, but it was cloudy all day ending with snow that's more or less shut down the city. Brutal outside right now.

So anyway, in the right light, this looks brown, in another light this looks grey. So I'm just going to call it a brownish grey and get it over with. It's got holo particles, but definitely not as much as the original. (For anyone unaware of the difference of new and old, I shall refer you to The Polish Addict.) I'm never really sure what to call a holo. Is it a glitter or a shimmer? It shines like a glitter but removes like a shimmer. Answers?

Anyhow, here are the pictures for y'all.

OPI My Private Jet in indirect sunlight. In other words, there was no sun out and I tried to make the best of the dreary weather situation.

OPI My Private Jet with flash, because you ain't gonna see sparkly any other way.

This is two coats and as the sun hasn't been out, I really haven't seen much of the holo effect. Just sorta sparkly, but it hasn't gone all nice and holo-sparkly on me yet. I honestly think if you can't get an old bottle of Private Jet, don't bother. Go for Color Club's Revvvolution instead.

Actually, just go with Revvvolution instead. The old formula required something like four coats. Revvvolution only needs one for full coverage. The only thing the new Private Jet has going for it is its fantastic brush. I'm not sure if you've figured out yet, but I love OPI's pro wide brush. I might change my mind if I get some sunlight, I'll let you know.

Reminder: Drop by December 1st!

Edit: I totally managed to get a sunlight picture today. Whoo!

I have to say, it looks much better than it does in the picture.

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

Essie Aruba Blue

Man, work did a number on my hands. Ignore the skin on my ring and middle fingers. They are so trashed. Anyhow, this is Aruba Blue. *Loves* Blue creme with blue shimmer. So perdy.

Essie Aruba Blue

I will do my best to grab a sunlight pic tomorrow, but here's a flash pic for now. This polish is ridiculously shiny. This is without top coat. It's highly pigmented which has resulted in a thicker polish. So it's a bit goopy. Not too bad though, I've dealt with worse. It was opaque in one coat, but for full blueness, you need two.

I'm not sure if you can tell from the earlier comments, but I really love the colour. I can't wait to see it in sunlight. May we get sunshine tomorrow. I also wonder how this compares to OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue.

*Says in a sing-song voice* Seven more days until December. Hehehehe.

Edit: Daylight pics!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

OPI DS Reflection

This red almost borders on a dark pink. Almost, but not entirely. It's not as holographic as other OPI Designer Series polishes but it's still got a silver holo particles that make this polish sparkle.

OPI DS Reflection

The picture isn't as accurate as I could get it. I was at work all day so I didn't manage a sunshine pic before work ruined my manicure. The bottom of the bottle and the top of my middle finger is where it's most realistic. This is two coats but it was pretty close to opaque at one. It applies like buttah. Seriously, I don't like using that word too often, but it's so true. Just like BUTTAH.

Overall I think it's got too much pink for my liking. I think I may just swap it. I completely overpaid for this polish so I'll think about it. Another reason I'm not feeling this polish is because I've worn red just recently and I don't deal well with wearing the same colour, although a different shade, too close together.

Tiny little anouncement: Starting December 1, 2009, I'm doing something a little different with my blog. I'm very very excited about this so I hope you guys can drop by on the first of December to participate.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

China Glaze Solar Power

I love the colour yellow. Absolutely adore it. I think as far as colour love goes, it's right up there with green. And this here is my favourite shade of yellow. But sadly I don't think I pull it off very well. When I first saw Solar Power on ALU I had to have it. It's a beautiful deep yellow. You remember the deep yellow Laurentian pencil crayon from our childhoods? Yeah, it's that yellow, but with shimmer. How could you not love it? Anyhow, here are the pictures.

China Glaze Solar Power in shade.

China Glaze Solar Power in the sun.

Sadly, the yellow in my skin combined with the yellow in the polish makes me look pasty. Guess that's what happens when you're Asian. But on to polish performance, it's a bit sheer, that can be expected with something so light though. This took three coats and it's not 100% covered yet. I ended up with weird streaky patches. And from what I remember, polish was slightly goopy, but not too much. I found this dried just a little bit faster than most polishes, in between coats. But at three coats, it's going to take a while to dry anyway, unless you have a quick dry top coat.

*Looks at fingertips* Oh it makes me so happy.

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Reader Request: OPI Smitten with Mittens, China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Sephora by OPI I'm with Brad and China Glaze X

I don't think I'll be doing this too much. I'm more an NOTD type of girl. Not to mention, I don't have the equipment and I suck at it. StBF (Sarah the Best Friend) asked me to compare OPI Smitten with Mittens with China Glaze Ruby Pumps and I figured I might as well take the time to do the same with Sephora by OPI I'm with Brad and China Glaze X. I took about 25 pictures and even then I don't think I ever really managed to capture all four polishes at the same time, but here they are.

Another close up of both red glitters.

OPI Smitten with Mittens vs China Glaze Ruby Pumps:
Smitten is darker, the glitter isn't as blingful as Pumps. Pumps literally glows from within. I think the difference is how dark Smitten's base polish is, it sort of covers up the bling. Pumps also has more glitter. In my opinion, Smitten is a more toned down version of Pumps. I didn't find application any different for the two, so it's up to y'alls which to get. Price wise, freaking grab Pumps. Seriously, with Sally Beauty Supply's prices, go get it now!

Sephora by OPI I'm with Brad vs China Glaze X:
X is the lighter sibling of Brad. I find Brad had more pigmentation and went on a wee wee bit smoother, but not enough to sway you on which to get. Brad's also a bit more plum coloured where X is more red in the light. Brad is also shinier. In lower light Brad looks more of a dark red than X, which looks like a redish brown. When you judge the both based on polish quality and colour, Brad wins by a hair. But Brad cost $12 CAD where X cost $5 CAD (online). So... It's up to y'alls, but I don't think the polishes are different enough to warrant owning both.

Edit 11/17/09: So I had some time during the day and took some daylight pics for you because I have nothing better to do until I head off to work. That and the other pics sort of suck.

Blurry shade:


Blurry (because I suck like that):

From all of these you can tell that Ruby Pumps is sparklier and Mittens is darker. There.