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Having gotten the palate cleanser I wanted with the Lime Crime pastels, I then decided I did want to try and do something warm and autumn/wintery...but without invoking Christmas.

I leave it to you to decide how well I succeeded:

Manicure for a Cold, Winter's Night. )
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Man, what a mess. So I got all my pictures back pretty painlessly, but the way my back up service saves them, I ended up with doubles of some pictures and I still haven't unraveled everything. But with the help of my posts on Instagram, I think I've figured out where I left off.

These are all colors you've seen before. I think I mentioned it before, but I have an inexplicable abhorrence about wearing anything that's too Christmassy (IDEK), and it's the time of year where almost everything looks holiday-ish, so I decided to go in the opposite direction: summery pastels.

Lime Crime's Les Desserts d'Antoinette collection was perfect for the job.

Time for Dessert! )

Bonus Manicure: This is Flushed, from the Cult Nails Behind Closed Door Collection:

Flushed )

Zoya Aurora

Dec. 5th, 2012 07:32 pm
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This is Zoya Aurora.

Ornate is right! )

FYI: Zoya is having a lot of flash sales right now; it could be worth your time to follow them on Twitter or Facebook. The current promo: Code: FPCPN99G5 First 1000 Get $5 off any Zoya or Qtica order of $25 or more PLUS free standard ground shipping! Learn more about Flash Promos at
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After damning Glitter Gal yesterday for having holographic polishes that aren't really holographic enough, I'm going to talk about how much I love this polish by A England.

St. George by A England )
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I can't get over how much I love Pretty Serious's polishes. I wish it wasn't so pricey, between the Australian dollar rate conversion rate and the shipping, because I would absolutely buy everything the company makes. Of the 6 polishes in the collection I bought, there's not one that's less than AMAZING.

Let's look at Nightmaren... )

Pretty Serious nail polish (and other cosmetics) can be purchased at Pretty Serious Cosmetics

Glitter Gal can be purchased through Llarowe or Harlow & Co or through Glitter Gal directly, though obviously that's a rather more expensive option, as they're also an Australian company.
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Now that [ profile] mini_wrimo is behind me, I can start using some of those re-allocated spoons to catching up on posts over here.

This is, quite possibly, the most beautiful manicure I have ever done. It's amazing and gorgeous and SO FREAKING EASY I couldn't believe it.

The galaxy manicure.

Apparently, these were a big thing a while ago, and, being the geek that I am, I've been wanting to try them forever. I just thought it would be harder to do, and so I never tried. And then I did!

The amazing, super-easy, five minute galaxy. )

Even The Husband was impressed with this one and how much it really looked like miniature pictures of space. I'm generally pretty happy with most of the manicures I do, but this is one of those few manicures that feels like it really went a step above. I was reading a book I hated at the point in time that I did this manicure, and when the hate got to be too much, I'd stop and stare at my nails and let their awesomeness calm me down.

I can't wait to try this again, with different polishes.
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I wanted to try out Pretty& Polished Rat-a-tat, a glitter polish with very fine turquoise bar glitter, turquoise and black micro-glitter, and turquoise and black hexes in various sizes. I didn't want to put on as much as I'd need to for it to be opaque, that meant I needed undies. I tried out a few different combinations before I settled on Lilacquer Super Green.

So tomorrow from 5 to 7 you're gonna give yourself a hand, green? Super green. )
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Cult Nails just came out with a new collection, called Behind Closed Doors. The swatches of the collection looked really gorgeous--and very timely for fall!--and the release (and the early release price!) happened to coincide with that brief period of time every month where I happen to have some disposable cash.

So. You know what happened. Yeah.

Anyway. I didn't photograph the entire collection and I didn't swatch (too impatient) but you can see swatches here, or just google it yourself.

I went straight to the application. I chose Afterglow )
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Disclaimer: For reasons I don't quite understand, I find myself really opposed to manicures that seem too Christmassy to me. I don't even know what it is. But, though I think this manicure is fairly lovely, it's just too much like a Christmas ornament.

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Top Coat Update: I found NYC's Grand Central Station at my most recent visit to Target. It's their quick dry top coat and, at less than $2, definitely worth trying out. It's a little strong smelling, but it does dry and cure VERY quickly and gives reasonable shine with no noticeable shrinkage. The odor is less annoying to me than China Glaze and, for the price, I am VERY impressed with it. If you're looking for a good, cheap, quick dry, this would be my recommendation.

I have to say: I was not super impressed with the one NYC color polish I bought (super sheer, super watery) but I have been VERY pleased with both top coats I've purchased. High quality results for incredibly low price.
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I've mentioned Rainbow Honey before. It and Cult Nails were probably the first indie companies I heard of, and I was really enamored with Rainbow Honey's Equestria Collection.

However, after careful consideration--of the polishes and my budgetary consideration--I realized that there were really only two of the Equestria collection that I felt I had to have: The Worst Possible Thing and 20% Cooler.

By the time I was ready to buy those, however, Rainbow Honey had come out with another collection, the Sakura Matsuri collection, and it had another must-have for me, Koi Pond. So I bought all three.

I swatched Koi Poind over Lime Crime's Pastelchio when I bought ti and it looked AMAZING, but I wanted to try it over something else, something that would be maybe reminiscent of, you know, a koi pond.

A Dive Bar and a Koi Pond. )
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Pretty Serious is both an indie company and an import; it's a small but burgeoning company in Australia. I first saw their polishes on Scrangie's blog. I rather hilariously didn't realize that the company was Australian--until I was paying for the collection I was buying--but I have to was TOTALLY WORTH the extra dough on the conversion rate (damn you, weak American dollar!). The entire collection I bought (Into the Night) is incredibly lovely.

In the end, the answer was a Stroke of Brilliance. )
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'tini Beauty Lounge is a site/company that came to my attention for their lip stain--incidentally, the best lip stain I've ever come across, hands down--and though I kept eyeballing their nail products, I had yet to buy anything from them.

[personal profile] nilchance & [personal profile] beanside gave me a bottle of Bordeaux Bliss a while ago, but it looked so wishy-washy in the bottle, I hadn't been in a hurry to try it.

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Glitter Gal is another of those companies that doesn't seem to be an indie in the true sense of the word; that is, they seem to be a fairly sizeable Australian cosmetics company, they talk about having retailers worldwide, but I've only seen their products through smaller online retailers like Llarowe & Ninja Polish. So I don't know.

One mistake that I keep making over and over is forgetting to look at bottle size. I feel like Glitter Gal is rather expensive for the size bottle; below the cut, you'll see their 9ml and their 10ml bottle next to a standard size Essie bottle (13.5ml).

Read more... )
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Obviously, a lot of the pleasure of playing with nail polish is visual, so I link hop through a lot of blogs, I have a Facebook filter with a lot of nail polish manufacturers on it and I do a lot of window shopping.

Ludurana is one of those "not really indie" polishes; it's a Brazilian company and seems to be fairly large, though their polishes seem to only be available in the US through more small-scale brokers like Llarowe.

I saw Ludurana Show on Llarowe's site (it was featured on their front page for quite some time) and immediately fell in love. It's a GORGEOUS multichrome polish, like a oil slick rainbow; primarily blue/purple, but with rich flashes of green and red and gold. Seriously, I was OVERCOME with lust.

Sadly, I waited a little too long to take the plunge (I was waiting for Purple Smoke to come into stock, so I could buy them both at the same time) and it was sold out by the time I was ready. Fortunately, after a little bit of searching, I found it on, a site similar to Llarowe.

I was so excited!

Well. It turned out to be more of a mixed bag than I thought. )
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I was really excited to get Contrary Polish Purple Smoke. It's a polish I'd seen on a number of different blogs, and all the screenshots made it look just gorgeous, a dark, smoky gray with beautiful shimmers of blue and purple.

You can see them here on Manicurator's blog. I've said before: I'm a sucker for a good gray polish.

Unfortunately, Purple Smoke didn't quite live up to the hype.

Smoke & Mirrors. )
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Today has been a really bad day, a badness that's extended down to small things, like just trying to paint my nails. So, after a series of rather stupid disasters, I decided to just keep it simple.

I saw Different Dimension's Pretty Little Liars collection on Chalkboard Nails, which is largely my go-to blog. I don't watch the show, so it has no cachet for me in that respect but I really liked the swatches and I'm very much in a place where I want to try and support ALL THE INDIES. So I bought the entire collection.

They arrived pretty recently and this is the first I've tried any of them. This is Emily.

But I'm about to tell you the truth. )

Different Dimension's Etsy story can be found: here.
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I have a couple different polishes to talk about today.

I started out today with Cult Nails Spontaneous. Spontaneous is part of a 5 polish collection called Coco's Untamed Collection. I bought all 5 polishes of the collection because I really loved the screenshotts I'd seen on a few different bloggers' pages.

Spontaneous is my least favorite of the collection. I mention this, because I have nothing but GREAT THINGS to say about the rest of the collection, so when I say bad things about Spontaneous, you shouldn't take it as a sign that Cult Nails is a bad brand. I just don't like this particular polish.

Spontaneous dislike. )

I apparently was still stuck on purple as the color of the day, though, because I chose KBShimmer No Whine Left as my back up plan.

KBShimmer is a smaller operation than Cult Nails, but it seems to be a fairly popular one and growing. She can be found through her site here: KBShimmer, on Etsy here or at the clearing house sites, or

On her main site or Etsy store, she also sells soaps, bath bombs, lip balms, lotions and butters, etc. I have not tried any of these products (yet!) but I would very much like to, they look delicious! It also seems slightly less expensive to buy through her personal site than through Llarowe or Harlow & Co., though if you're looking to purchase internationally, Harlowe & Co. is the place you need to go.


A little Whine with my cheese... )
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Short post today.

This is a vendor I don't have a lot of experience with. I just recently heard of her brand, Lilacquer, and was immediately attracted because she has a collection based on The Fifth Element, which is one of my cult faves.

Sadly, by the time I checked out her Etsy store (here), the majority of the collection was long gone, but she's looking to liquidate what's left of her inventory so the few colors she has left are on sale for $5 each, for full 0.5ml bottles.

I decided to get Roo-Bee Rhod and Super Green from her Fifth Element collection (I though the peach Leeloo Multipass would look ghastly on my skin) and Quantum Entanglement and Gluon Nails from her Science! collection.

O.K. There's a ball of fire, it's 1200 miles in diameter headin straight for Earth, and we have no idea how to stop it. THAT's the problem. )

ETA 11/05/12: A further note about Lilacquer & Cathleen, its owner: My bottle of Roo-Bee Rhod came without a label. Being the anal retentive twit that I am, I contacted Cathleen to find out if she would be willing to mail me a label for my bottle. I also wanted to find out if she ever planned to rerelease any of the other Fifth Element polishes. She replied within a day to let me know that OF COURSE she'd mail me a label, extend her profuse apologies for sending it without one, and letting me know that she did plan on rereleasing some--the more popular--of her Fifth Element polishes.

On the one hand, this sounds like nothing. On the other hand, with Customer Service as it is these days, I really appreciate that she reached out to me so promptly, that she was so accommodating, and that she was so receptive and kind to my message. It's exactly that kind of thing that will make me a devoted and loyal customer in the long term.
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After a couple days of dark manicures, I knew I wanted something bright and bold on my nails today. I didn't really have a plan, I was just winging it.

I started with Lime Crime Pastelchio. Lime Crime is one of the larger indies ( They primarily sell cosmetics; from what I understand, this is their first collection of nail polish, Les Desserts d'Antoinette, but I'm very impressed with them so far.

The collection description: "7 pastel shades, inspired by confectionary delights from Marie Antoinette's table. Recklessly pigmented crème formula is rich, smooth and opaque in just two coats. Each bottle comes equipped with a flat, wide brush for superb control and flawless application. Never tested on animals. 3-Free."

Read more... )

I really do recommend the Lime Crime polishes in their entirety. The colors are lovely and bright, the formula is excellent (they're all 2 coat polishes, and not a dud in the collection).
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This post contains larger images than usual.

My plan was to give myself a day off. To just enjoy my adorable pink and black hearts and enjoy that there was no pressing need for me to do anything in particular with my nails.


I got some new polishes in the mail and that was the end of that.

I'd been thinking about doing another project through the month of November. Less structured, hopefully less pressure, but I wanted to specifically explore the indie polish brands, and the arrival of the new polishes was too much temptation to resist.

I'm going to use a rather loose interpretation of indie, since some of the polishes I want to feature are from people working out of their houses, part-time and some of them are larger, more regimented operations. And some are imports, where I'm probably not sure of the provenance of their company. So, mainly, I'm going to focus on brands that you can't just walk into Sally's or Sephora or Ulta (Ul-ta? Only 3 people are going to get that joke) and buy.

But that's my loose plan for November.

Read more... )


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