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Archive for June, 2013

From the Vault

I still have some really old photos from when I started blogging, so I thought I would post them in a few installments!

This first one is a fall mani that I really loved! Thumb to pinkie: Finger Paints Sketchy Character, a mustard yellow frankenpolish, Kleancolor Fashionista, China Glaze Brownstone, Joe Fresh Pumpkin. The glitter gradient over everything was done with Nubar Lime Green Glitter and Orange Glitter.

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Next, Orly Wild Wisteria with China Glaze Brownstone accent:

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I’ll finish up this first vault post with swatches of the creme half of the Color Club Back to Boho collection, along with a couple of layering combos using them.

Shabby Drab:

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With Color Club Jingle Jangle overtop:

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Color Club Earthy Angel:

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Color Club New Bohemian:

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Color Club Nomadic in Nude:

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Color Club Rad Nomad:

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Color Club Red-ical Gypsy – gotta say, the stereotypical gypsy-themed polish names just make me think of cultural appropriation… This is a nice red though, and look! An appearance from my little Thor!

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With an accent of Cult Nails Hypnotize Me and Nubar V matte top coat:

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More Soulstice Swatches

I’ve got some more Soulstice Spa swatches for you today! 😀

Venice: gold foil, two coats. It dries fast, and has an excellent formula.

Soulstice Venice

Soulstice Venice

Soulstice Venice

Nairobi: metallic bronze, two coats. Also dries fast and has a great formula.

Soulstice Nairobi

Soulstice Nairobi

Soulstice Nairobi

Soulstice Nairobi

Soulstice Nairobi

Madrid: candy apple red jelly. It has a smooth formula, and is even okay at one coat for a sheer wash of cherry. Two coats in the photos. I swatched this without base coat, and it stained pink a little bit, so be sure to use a good base coat!

Soulstice Madrid

Soulstice Madrid

Soulstice Madrid

Soulstice Madrid

Lisbon: a metallic navy with a good consistency. I used two coats, and it bubbled a little as it dried because I used a too thick second coat. I think three thin coats would have been better – I used three thin coats on my thumb, and it didn’t have any bubbles.

Soulstice Lisbon

Soulstice Lisbon

Soulstice Lisbon

Soulstice Lisbon

China Glaze Swanky Silk

China Glaze Swanky Silk is from last year’s New Bohemian collection.

China Glaze Swanky Silk

It’s a delicate champagne/pink duochrome metallic polish.

China Glaze Swanky Silk

I had a hard time capturing the pink flash on camera; it was more apparent in real life than in the photos.

China Glaze Swanky Silk

I used three coats for these swatches. A little care needs to be taken in order to get brush strokes straight, but no other issues with application.

China Glaze Swanky Silk

This is a really pretty, subtle duochrome!

China Glaze Swanky Silk

In the shade:

China Glaze Swanky Silk

Here it is in one coat over black:

China Glaze Swanky Silk over black

This is one duochrome that I definitely prefer on its own instead of over black!

China Glaze Swanky Silk over black

Ruby White Tips Kim

I’ve got a great polish to show you today: Kim by Ruby White Tips! I recently made my first real Indie polish purchase on Etsy, when I noticed that Laura, the creator of Ruby White Tips, advertises that all her polishes are vegan!

Ruby White Tips Kim

Kim is a beautiful nude creme with subtle holo. It’s a rose-beige-mauve nude shade; at least on my skin tone it leans mauve but I’ve seen some other swatch photos where it looks more beige.

Ruby White Tips Kim

I used two coats over ridge filler, three coats on my middle finger though, because I smudged the tip. You can see that the colour became a bit deeper at three coats; two was perfect for coverage though.

Ruby White Tips Kim

The formula was smooth but a little thick, although the thickness probably had something to do with the heat and humidity the day I wore it!

Ruby White Tips Kim

I love this polish!

Ruby White Tips Kim

I’ve got some more Ruby White Tips polishes to post about as well, so that should be coming soon.

Ruby White Tips Kim

Ruby White Tips can be found at http://www.rubywhitetips.com/ 🙂

Ruby White Tips Kim

Manglaze Lesbihonest and ILF

Quick post of a mani from last year!

This is Manglaze Lesbihonest (I’ll be honest, I mostly bought it for the name and the bottle artwork!), a rich fucshia matte polish with shimmer, alternating with ILF, a similar matte shimmer in an aqua/turquoise shade. Two coats each, nice quick drying formula. All photos are under my Ott light, and the last one shows them with topcoat.

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Soulstice Kiev, Hana, and Berlin

Today I have three more swatches to show you in my project to photograph all my Soulstice Spa polishes.

Soulstice Kiev

Kiev is a burgundy jelly polish with a hint of a brown tone.

Soulstice Kiev

This is three coats, since I found I got a little bit of cuticle drag at two coats (maybe I just didn’t wait long enough between coats).

Soulstice Kiev

In low light it can look quite dark:

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Then I added one generous coat of Hana overtop of Kiev.

Soulstice Hana over Soulstice Kiev

Hana is a very sheer iridescent flake polish, so I didn’t bother swatching it on its own.

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The tiny flakes reflect all sorts of colours; here over Kiev the overall effect is a mainly blueish shimmer.

Soulstice Hana over Soulstice Kiev

Soulstice Hana over Soulstice Kiev

Next I have Berlin, a very dark vampy purple that has a semi-jelly formula. It’s dark enough that it often looks almost black.

Soulstice Berlin

The formula was very similar to that of Kiev.

Soulstice Berlin

I’m actually not sure whether this swatch was two or three coats; apparently I forgot to write it down.

Soulstice Berlin

Lastly, here is a comparison between Berlin, Kleancolor Black (one coat), and Kiev to show the relative depth of the colours.

Soulstice Berlin, Kleancolor Black, Soulstice Kiev

Soulstice Berlin, Kleancolor Black, Soulstice Kiev