7/28/2010

NOTD Color Club Almost Famous topped with China Glaze Lemon Fizz

I just love happy bright colors like this yellow. Unfortunately yellow usually gives me some application issues, but I decided to face those anyhow today. It's advisable to layer yellows over white, but since my white polishes are just as streaky and require about 3 layers to be opaque (thus I really want H&M Love At First Sight) I left them in their drawer (and yay me for finally organizing my polishes) and just went with Color Club Almost Famous. You're looking at three layers.

When I was done polishing my nails I wasn't really done. But since I didn't feel like taking everything off and starting over just for the sake of polishing my nails, I decided to just add some dots with another color. So I grabbed my bottle of China Glaze Lemon Fizz en slabbed on three big dots across my nails. I just used the polish brush itself for that, but I've recently ordered some dotting tools which will probably do a better job at making dots. Anyhow, I wasn't really diggin' it, so I grabbed my rosewood stick and made some small dots above the bigger ones.

Maybe these colors would look better the other way around, Almost Famous on top of Lemon Fizz, but I'm satisfied for today.

Thanks for reading! 

7/26/2010

Nail Art: Owl +Tutorial

 
Today I did some nail art in the form of a little owl. The picture above isn't very neat but I think the owl turned out pretty cute. Just in case anyone else wanted to make one just like him, I photographed all the steps. Unfortunately my camera decided that his batteries were empty when I wanted to photograph the first step (the battery indicator only shows up when you have about 5 seconds of battery life left, very convenient huh), so I used my mobile phone for the step by step pictures.

Update: also check out these newer owl nail art pictures.

7/23/2010

OPI Funky Dunkey and Ciaté Talent Scout compared -UPDATE


When Ciaté Paint Pots Talent Scout arrived earlier this week it reminded me of OPI Funky Dunkey from the Shrek Forever After collection (I'll actually go to see the movie soon). But after doing a quick swatch on my right hand I have to say it surpasses 'reminding of'. As I am right handed, my right hand usually  is somewhat sloppy since I'm not so good at polishing my nails with my left hand. This time I didn't swatch on my left hand because I wanted to spare my two silk wraps. But on the swatch below I didn't even do such a bad job as usual, considering I thought I'd take it off after swatching. Yay for me right?

China Glaze - Pool Party

Hi! Welcome to my very first blog post. My name is Cindy and I'm 19 years old. I live in the Netherlands but this blog is in English, even though this is my second language and I might not use it correctly all the time.

Above are my nails from yesterday, sporting Pool Party from China Glaze's Poolside collection, which launched in April this year. Pool Party is a very bright reddish pink. Since it's a neon it dries matte. Shown above is a three-coater and application was okay, but not great. 
You might be able to see some streaks in the photo, but I think I could've gotten this polish on smoother. And if you put on a topcoat it'l be even more smooth and also shiny instead of matte. 
Oh and I'm hiding my index finger, and thus my thumb, cause I made a huge ugly dent in it's freshly polished nail just before taking photo's..

In real life this neon is much brighter, it really pops and is a great summer color. The other colors from the Poolside collection are:
Flip Flop Fantasy, a neon pink coral.
Sun Worshiper, a bright neon orange that is quite sheer.
Yellow Polka Dot Bikini, a neon yellow with a slightly greenish undertone, like the yellow highlighters, and is even more sheer than Sun Worshiper.
Kiwi Cool-Ada, a neon light green that also doesn't get really opaque, but not as bad as the yellow and orange.
Towel Boy Toy, a cool blue neon that is the only one in this collection with a slight shimmer, making me think of water. This one also had somewhat of a hard time getting opaque just like Kiwi Cool-Ada.

To avoid a visible nail line I suggest you'd use a white polish as a base for these. At the moment I own all the colors from this collection apart of Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. I really love these bright neon colors even though they're not application heaven. 

Right now I'm having some issues with the wear time, they usually peel of after barely a day, sometimes even as a complete nail polish piece. But since I'm experiencing this with other polishes too, I'm guessing it's due to my cheap-ass drugstore topcoat. It claims to last up to 10 days but my polish actually lasts longer without it. But there are two topcoats on their way, INM Out The Door and Poshe Super-Fast Drying Top Coat. I'm looking forward to trying these out, not only because they're supposed to cut the drying time. 

Alongside with those topcoats I ordered Orly rescue kit. This review sounds very promising and I can't wait to try it out, since my silk wraps have occasionally peeled off with the polish and this rescue kit seems to give a nice smooth finish. When I've tried it I'll post a review up here.


What do you think about neon polishes? And what about this collection, do you want it/have it/leave it?

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