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Archive for December, 2012

Orly Synchro

This is a very picture heavy post, because this polish is quite the chameleon! Orly Synchro is from the Electronica collection released for early fall 2012.

Orly Synchro

It’s a duochrome shimmer that is kind of frosty. The colour ranges from coral to pink to purple to nearly blue, depending on the angle.

Orly Synchro

The formula was a bit thick and sticky; not the easiest to work with. Care also has to be taken to get the brush strokes straight.

Orly Synchro

It’s also pretty sheer, and this was three coats, the last one thick.

Orly Synchro

Totally worth it though! The colours are amazing! It makes me think of a sunset.

Orly Synchro

Orly Synchro

Orly Synchro

Orly Synchro

In the shade:

Orly Synchro

I also swatched it using one fairly thick coat over black (one coat of Kleancolor Black). The layer on my ring finger somehow ended up being thicker than the others, and it shows in the photos; the ring finger has more of a pinkish-purple tone while the other fingers show off the more blue side of the polish.

Orly Synchro over black

Orly Synchro over black

I found the trick to applying Synchro to be using a thick enough final coat that you have time to straighten out the brush strokes before it starts to get sticky.

Orly Synchro over black

I just love all the colours in this! And how it looks quite different over black versus on its own!

Orly Synchro over black

Orly Synchro over black

Orly Synchro over black

In the shade:

Orly Synchro over black

On my thumb in this last photo is one coat of Synchro over a light pink (Joe Fresh in the shade Blush):

Orly Synchro over black and pink (thumb)

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China Glaze LOL

A quick post with a classic, but unfortunately hard to find, polish: China Glaze’s LOL from the OMG collection. It’s a gorgeous glowy purple linear holo. I can’t remember now if this was two or three coats…

China Glaze LOL

China Glaze LOL

China Glaze LOL

China Glaze LOL

China Glaze LOL

Holiday Nail Art Challenge Week 2: Gifts!

It’s week 2 of Nail Polish Canada’s Holiday Nail Art Challenge! The theme for this week is gifts! 😀

OPI Goldeneye and Kleancolor Metallic Red

And here is my gift manicure!

OPI Goldeneye and Kleancolor Metallic Red

The base for the gold gifts is OPI Goldeneye from their new James Bond collection. This is three coats of this yellow-gold foil, which is a little sheer, but has a great formula.

OPI Goldeneye and Kleancolor Metallic Red

The base for the red accent nail gift is Kleancolor Metallic Red, which is a very pigmented red foil with an excellent formula. One coat was nearly enough, but I used two for good measure.

OPI Goldeneye and Kleancolor Metallic Red

The ribbon wrapping around the gifts is striping tape, and the bows are homemade. I used a plastic mylar wrapper that a package of nail wheels came in, and cut out very thin strips. I twisted the strips into bows and glued them together using basecoat (cutting out and gluing the strips was the hard part – it took a while to get them half decent!).

OPI Goldeneye and Kleancolor Metallic Red

Once they were ready, I painted the red bows with Metallic Red, and the gold one with Goldeneye layered over Soulstice Spa Venice, an opaque gold foil, since Goldeneye is sheer. I fixed them into place on my nails using topcoat.

OPI Goldeneye and Kleancolor Metallic Red

I’m really happy with how these turned out! I hope you all like them too. Unfortunately, with the bows it’s a one-day-only manicure though; this is what I woke up to this morning:

Gifts - unwrapped!

Gifts – unwrapped!

Don’t forget to visit the contest’s week 2 page here and vote for your favourite! Voting for this week is open through to Wednesday, December 5. 🙂

And since the best gift of all is seeing your loved ones happy and healthy, here are some pics of three of my boys checking things out while I was photographing the mani! From left, Thor (his nose, anyway!), Fred, and Julius! <3<3<3