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Ugh. You've heard me talk about this before but yellow polishes are THE MOST DIFFICULT polishes. So finicky and streaky! But so lovely, when you finally get them to even out!

I ended up chipping Demeter, so I started last night, swatching 5 of the 10 yellow polishes I own.

The Quest for The Perfect Yellow Creme Goes On... )
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I had the bright idea of doing a rainbow this week, so I wore a red polish on Monday; today I wore orange. This is another of the HITS Speciallita No Olimpo polishes, Demeter.

Demeter. )

HITS is a Brazilian brand polish. Here in the US, I buy through Llarowe. The polishes retail for around $8 each.
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So, I'll warn you ahead of time; not a single one of these pictures is completely color-true, nor do they adequately capture how sparkly this polish really is.

I tried. I took a bunch of pictures. But it was just impossible to capture with the means at my disposal. So let me tell you now: in person? This polish looks like THE RUBY SLIPPERS.

NYC Broadway Burgundy Frost. )

I buy NYC polishes from Rite Aid (where I got this one) or Target, usually. They are generally less than $2.

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Today and tomorrow Butter London is having a 3 for $30 sale. There doesn't seem to be any restriction on colors (sometimes brands won't let you get the newest collections at sale price); just enter the code SPRING13 to your cart to get the sale price.

Shipping costs do still apply, but if you spend $50, shipping is free.

While I'm shilling for the man...

Sinful Polish is supposed to be on sale at Walgreens this week, 4/$5.

If you spend $20 on Zoya products (on Zoya's website) and use the code SHARON, you can get a free bottle of Sharon, a traffic cone orange.


I hardly use my Facebook for anything, but it can be really useful to create an 'interests' list to keep track of the major and indie polish sellers; they have pretty regular giveaways and sales and you get to see lots of swatches before making the plunge yourself.

I also recommend subscribing to Nouveau Cheap; the owner gathers lots of information about new products coming out (not just polish; her site is more generally make-up oriented), sales, discounts, etc.
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Girly Bits Eggnogoholic is one of those polishes that I'd been lusting over and resisting for a long time before I made the plunge. But it was worth every moment of lust.

Eggnogoholic. )

Girly Bits is a Canadian company; I bought mine from Llarowe, though, if you want to buy direct (here), they do ship internationally. They do generally have a larger selection of colors on their own site and at greater availability than on Llarowe, for obvious reasons.
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And here we have a trio of singletons from Butter London. I don't have a lot to say about these, but for good reasons: they're awesome! They look good, good formula, amazing color. If Butter wasn't so damned expensive, I'd buy a lot more! As it is, I mainly wait until there are sales of some kind and then buy hard.

Let's start with Bluey.

Bluey. )


Two-Fingered. )

Wallis. )

I generally buy Butter London from Ulta (online or in-store) or direct from Butter London. It retails for about $15 US, but they (or Ulta) have sales fairly often. This month, Ulta is doing its 21 Days of Beauty sale again and will have them on sale for $9 on March 15 (in-store) (though I think there's a limit of 2).
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After a period of uncharacteristic indecisiveness, I asked for advice about what color I should wear yesterday, and my friend suggested Jade Diamond Supernova.

Supernova. )
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This is a manicure I didn't really appreciate until after the fact. I blame it on the fact that I was kind of unhappy with the base polish, A England's Tess D'urbervilles.

For the record, I do like A England as a brand. I adore Dragon and St. George, in particular, and I recently acquired a couple more that I haven't tried yet. But for me, the Gothic Beauties collection (Jane Eyre, Lady of Shallott and now, Tess D'Urbervilles) is rather disappointing.

Well, look: )

I buy my A England polishes through Llarowe, but if you're in the UK, you can buy from them direct: here. At Llarowe, they retail for about $10 each.
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So, I've mentioned before: I don't really use base coat. I don't have great reasons for not using it, I just don't, most of the time, unless I think (or know) a polish is prone to stain.

Just recently, I placed an order for some polishes by KBShimmer. They arrived yesterday and in with the polish, she'd put a little instructional note, reminding you that glitters tend to settle, and so it's a good idea to give any glittery polish a good shake before using; a brief tutorial on the foil method of polish removal. And, she mentioned, it's a good idea to use base coat with glitter polishes, to give that first coat something to grab onto.

LIGHTBULB.

I had noticed before that some polishes--and yes, especially glitter polishes--have a hard time grabbing onto the nail surface on that first coat, making it sheer, uneven and messy even though, in the second coat (when it's got something to grab onto) it's just fine. I truly and sincerely do not know why it never occurred to me to use base coat to give that first coat something to grab. It's like paper clips: SO OBVIOUS IN RETROSPECT. But yeah. That never occurred to me.

And, imo, it made all the difference today, when I put on KBShimmer Get Clover It:

Never getting over THIS! )

Obviously, as part of a spring collection, this is a perfect polish for St. Patrick's Day and the name points toward that, but--maybe with the zeitgeist of all the Wizard of Oz related things happening right now--I also found myself thinking of The Emerald City while looking at this polish and, though I'll probably be pulling it out for St. Patrick's Day, I think it's a great polish for any time of year, gorgeous and vivid and interesting to look at.
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Tryst Lacquers is a Canadian indie. I forget just now how she came to my attention; it was probably either Facebook or Instagram...but despite the prettiness of her offerings, I was thrown off by the shipping costs from here to the U.S.

But such gorgeous swatches kept showing up on my time line; eventually my resistance wore down and I decided to give her a try. I purchased one full size polish and three minis (one of which I haven't tried yet, so no pics of that one).

In general, I found the formula of her polishes to be really easy to work with, even though they're pretty glitter intensive. I didn't have to dab or finesse any of these, the glitter all laid pretty flat, they weren't especially top coat hungry. The downsides were leveling: they didn't self-level especially well, so you have to make sure you're laying it down evenly yourself; and the smell.

Tryst Lacquers have a very strong, chemical smell; stronger than most nail polishes I'm used to, definitely stronger than Kleancolor polishes. In terms of migraine factor, it wasn't nearly as bad as Lurudana's perfumed polish and it didn't linger nearly as long, but I did feel slightly headachy while painting my nails (while the bottle was open).

It's difficult, because the polishes are exceptionally gorgeous...but I suspect the smell is what's keeping me from really wanting to try out the fourth polish I bought. *shrugs*

Anyway. The pics.

A Trio of Trysts. )

Really, my only serious problem with any of these polishes was the smell and, for that reason, I don't know if I'd buy another Tryst Lacquers polish. I'd definitely recommend them to people who have a less sensitive sense of smell than I do, though.
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Since I already talked about Hare Polish Eternal Flame, I'm just going to post the rest of my pics without any real comment. It's an incredibly hard polish to capture; in most of these pictures it looks orange rather than the pinky-orange-coral of its true coloring and the flakies are not always as visible as they are in RL. I'm not sure it entirely meshes with the yellow tones in my skin, but it's so lovely, I don't really care at all.

It's a very sheer polish; this is 4 layers and it still has a little VNL; next time, I'll try it with undies, maybe Lime Crime Peaches ♥ Cream. The polish is thick but not gluey. That means it flows well, but doesn't level great and was rather dense after 4 coats...but it does dry very quickly, so 4 coats wasn't the PITA it is with slower drying colors.

Eternal Flame. )
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As I'm actively avoiding taking off A Positive today, this is what I wore the day before yesterday.

HITS Speciallità is another of those "not-indie" brands; a Brazilian polish not (as far as I know) widely available in the U.S. and sold through a small(ish) intermediary like Llarowe (where I buy from), Ninja Polish or Harlowe & Co.

Dionisio. )

Okay, now let's look at Hestia.

Hestia. )

Anyway. I bought my HITS Speciallità polishes from Llarowe and they're very reasonably priced at $8 each. The bottles are tall and thin (which I don't love; I'm always afraid they're going to tip over) but they hold a decent amount of polish at 6ml (the average size of American brands runs around 15ml).
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The back log of pictures has gotten too scary, so I'm going to just going to post what I wore today and see how things go from there, k?

(BTW, if all you want is pictures, you're welcome to follow me on Instagram or Twitter; I'm "poisontaster" on both)

Anyway.

I've really fallen hard into indie polishes lately. So many really unique, gorgeous polishes to play with! Right now, I'm really in love with Hare Polish (link goes to Llarowe). This is A Positive:

Accentuate the positive is easy with this polish... )

Breakdown: I have 5 Hare Polishes so far (with another 4 on the way, eep!). Of those 5, I've tried four of them:

A Hare retrospective. )

I'm waiting for Why So Igneous?, Medusa Luminosa, Amethystos, and Bury the Hatchetfish. I've got at least a half dozen more on my wish list. Hare Polish retails for around $11 each.
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I don't know what to say about this first manicure. It's a manicure that I did and there's nothing wrong with it, and I like the colors, but it just didn't wow me or give me that feeling of accomplishment like I wanted. I think maybe because it's just too similar to a manicure I've done before.

Sparkle! )
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When I took off Nucleus, I decided to give another of the Chameleon polishes, Fandango, a try. Fandango is a blue/teal/green polish that mainly leans green. Sadly, it has the exact same problems as Nucleus: very sheer (which requires 4 coats to get fully opaque), prone to bubble, and slow to dry.

Unfortunately, I spaced on getting pictures of Fandango by itself, but the bubbling annoyed me sufficiently that I decided to cover it up and hide it behind an extreme dotticure (dotted manicure).

21 Color Salute! )
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so, this particular day was not a good manicure day. All the polishes I tried had big, annoying problems with application. I initially thought it might be chalked up to the amount of humdity in my apartment, as I can't take dryness in winter, but after a little googling, I don't think the problem was me or the apartment, it's the polish.

Bubbles, bubbles everwhere... )
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Victoriana (Butter) came in the same shipment as Dosh. I still think Butter is absurdly expensive, but they're really winning me around.

Like a queen. )



On this day, I knew I wanted to do another rainbow manicure like the one I did back in October, but I didn't want to duplicate the colors.

While musing what colors to use, I came up with the idea of doing the rainbow in neutral colors of black, white & gray.

I decided to go with a bold pink background: OPI Conquistadorable Color, from OPI's 2009 Espana collection.

Like something out of a science fiction movie. )



So this manicure did not photograph as well as I would like it to have...though, the photographs still look lovely, don't get me wrong. But the manicure was SO MUCH LOVELIER.

The flame. )



...and that takes us through December 6th.
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This was mainly a lot of messing around. I acquired a few different green polishes and I was worried that I'd just bought the same polish in three different colors. Lucky for me, that turned out not to be the case.

First, we have my favorite of the three, Zoya Tracie:

Tracie. )



Cindy. )



Butter London Dosh is another from my wish list; I was very excited when Butter put it on sale for $10.

Dosh. )



After swatching up those three, I didn't know what I wanted to do with myself, so I decided to try out OPI Swimsuit...Nailed it! from the 2011 Miss Universe collection.

December babies wear turquoise. )
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Another mixed bag of manicures. Seriously, this feels like some kind of archaeological reconstruction. I know these pictures represent from Nov 28 to Dec 3, but as they're copies from Carbonite, the metadata that told me what day these pictures were taken on no longer exists. They're all marked whatever day I redownloaded them from Carbonite. But THEN, I remember I can use my Instagram account as a calendar to tell me what day I posted which manicure.

SO. ABSURD.

Anyway. Along with Charla and Zuza, I also got Zoya Jem, a gorgeous duochrome that shifts purple, burgundy, brown, with hints of gold.

Truly Outrageous (bonus points if you catch that reference) )



Next, we have another Lilacquer Fifth Element polish: Zorg Industries.

Jean-Baptiste Emmanuel Zorg. )


When Cult Nails came out with their Behind Closed Doors collection, Coveted was one of the polishes I was most looking forward to.

You might say I coveted it. Ha! )


I ended up wearing A England's Lady of Shallott because, just as I was about to do my nails, my husband asked me out to the movies and I didn't want to go out naked (yes, that's what we've come to *sighs*) but I didn't have time to do something fancy or that was going to take a long time to dry.

Milady. )


And then last, but not at all least, we reach my favorite manicure of this period. This one, I liked so much, I actually gave it a name:

Last Ember on a Cold Night. )
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In the interests of playing catch-up, a few different manicures.

1. Winter Wonderland

As in my previous post, I did a certain amount of experimenting with manicures that look WINTRY without looking like they're specifically holiday related. I saw a manicure similar to this one somewhere on the internet (sadly, I no longer remember where, and I don't think I saved it to pinterest) and decided to work up my own version.

She Blinded Me With Science. )



2. Being Disciplined.

I have really fallen head over heels for gray polishes this year. They're such cool, interesting neutrals, easy to dress up or dress down, warm up or cool down, and they generally look great against my skin tone.

Cult Nails Disciplined is no exception.

I keep thinking of this as 'Afternoon Delight'. Heh. )



And then finally:

3. Zuza.

After I took off the Disicplined Charla combo, I was feeling very impatient, but I still wanted to give my new Zoyas a try, so I picked up Zuza.

I just like the way it sounds: ZOO-ZA. )

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