Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Try it on Tuesday: Australis Here Today Gone Tomorrow

Christmas season is upon us now that Thanksgiving is over.  (Christmas officially starts sometime is October, anyway...)  So, we're seeing lots of reds and greens and shiney things.

Here's an untried green from my collection: 

Australis Here Today Gone Tomorrow is a dark hunter green jelly.  It was opaque in two coats but seen here with three and top coat.  I was afraid that the green would stain through so I did two layers of base coat.  Surprisingly, it did not.  On a funny note, I wore this for a day so it was indeed here today, gone tomorrow. 

I received this in swap from Australia earlier this year and I do not know much else about this brand.  Searching their site, they are a cruelty free brand which is great!  Unfortunately, if you live outside of Australia, they do not ship internationally. 

Do you like to wear green polish? 

What's some of your favorite greens? 

Thanks for reading!  

Friday, November 9, 2012

Sally Hansen Lava + possible dupe comp

I picked up Sally Hansen's Lava from their Lustre Shine collection at Walgreens.  This was the most unique out of the colors because they looked like dupes from the China Glaze duochrome release.

You can see the color shift here. 

It looks gold at this angle here.

Sally Hansen's Lava.  This is a pink to orange to gold glass fleck duochrome.  Since it is a glass fleck, the formula was a little thin.  I should have had more patience with this and kept dinging or smudging my nail.  This was 3-coats total.  I will say that at this many coats it looks a little too dense and the glass fleck aspect is lost.  So try for 2-coats and it has more shine and sparkle 

Blurry low light shot. 

I thought Lava and Color Club's Wild and Willing were dupes.  They're not. 

Color Club's Wild and Willing.  This duochrome goes from gold to orange to slightly pink.  I had the same issue with this one.  I added too many coats and the color was too dense. 

Did you pick up any of the Sally Hansen duochromes? 

What colors did you get? 

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, November 8, 2012

No H8: Eradicate Hate purple manicure

Bullying is not funny. It is not cool. It is not right. And more importantly, it is not okay.
Most of us are, thankfully, residents of countries that support tolerance and many of our families have settled in these places simply for that reason. Generations later, it is our responsibility to perpetuate that message of tolerance across our new social platforms, including the internet.

As members of the nail polish blogging community, we all share a love of beauty, color, and lacquer. Other than that, we are remarkably different: from our race to our religion to our hair color...even to our polish application techniques. To marginalize anyone because of those differences is completely unacceptable and today I take a stand against that. I refuse to allow other people's view of "normal" dictate how I behave, believe, and blog.

In solidarity with a multitude of bloggers linked below, my purple manicure represents my proud commitment to the No H8 movement. Today, November 8, I dedicate my post to ending bullying of any kind and to encouraging diversity and imperfection among our colorful community.

Ozotic Pro 513. 

Let me just say that with the advancement of technology, bullying has morphed and become more cruel than it was ever before.  Now called cyberbullying, it's easy for some to sit back with their keyboards and spew whatever hatred or malice without any thought or reason.  I really can't fathom why would anyone sit and spread so much negativity over a manicure, nail art or even if they had a clean cuticle line.

As always, my policy will forever be....don't like? Click "X" and that should resolve your problem.  

Stop the hate!

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

OPI Skyfall mini set: swatches & review

The OPI Skyfall 2012 holiday release celebrates 50 years of Bond films and is aptly named after the upcoming Bond release, Skyfall.  The full set consists of 12 polishes plus a 18 carat gold flake top coat (The Man with the Golden Gun).  I picked up the mini set a couple of weeks ago and was really pleased with this set.

Friday, November 2, 2012

Halloween Nail Art: recap

I've already posted these to Facebook but I thought I would expand further just in case anyone was interested in how I completed these manicures. As always, I wanted to do more Halloween nail art and feel like I didn't do enough. There's always next year right?

First up, my 3D metal skulls and chains manicure. 

I entered this manicure in the Halloween nail art contest hosted by Berrypolished.com.