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Archive for September, 2015

Picture Polish Calm and comparisons

Picture Polish Calm is like the turquoise/teal version of Autumn that I posted the other day. Jelly-based light teal blue with Picture Polish’s signature scattered holo flecks, two smooth coats plus top coat used here. Photos with flash.

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I compared Calm to Picture Polish Lagoon and to LA Girl Teal Dimension. Lagoon and Calm are fairly similar but Lagoon has more creme to its base; as you can see in the bottles this makes it a bit lighter/more turquoise leaning:

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Top to bottom: LA Girl Teal Dimension (much darker, obviously!), PP Calm, PP Lagoon, PP Calm. With flash:

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Lagoon shows less visible nail line due to the creme in the base, but it and Calm do have a pretty similar shade on the nail. Lagoon also has the addition of medium size hex glitter in it. Lagoon has always been one of my favourite Picture Polishes and now I’m glad to have both of these! In shade:

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Again, top to bottom: LA Girl Teal Dimension, PP Calm, PP Lagoon, PP Calm, and the sun came out for these last two pics:
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Bonne journée des Franco-Ontariens & Franco-Ontariennes!

 

Le 25 septembre est la journée des Franco-Ontarien.ne.s alors j’ai fait un nail art représentant le drapeau Franco-Ontarien, qui célèbre ses 40 ans aujourd’hui! J’ai utilisé la plaque M15 de Konad pour le lys et une plaque qui se nomme AT-04 trouvée sur Aliexpress pour le trille (j’en ai enfin trouvé un après de longues longues recherches!) Les vernis de base sont Hunter Green de NYX et White on the Spot de Milani, et j’ai stampé avec le même NYX pour le vert et Kind of White (S) de Colour Alike pour le blanc. Photos prises ce matin avec flash.

Apologies to my readers who don’t speak French; I thought this post should definitely be in French! 😛 Also, this is a preview of my new nail shape I’ve had for several weeks now – as usual I’m wayyyy behind on posts so I still have a bunch with my previous shape to post before getting to the newer stuff 🙂

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Picture Polish Autumn and comparisons

Since it’s the first day of fall here in the northern hemisphere, I thought it would be a good day to post Picture Polish Autumn. 

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Autumn is a burnt orange jelly based scattered holo that was released this summer. I used two coats, no topcoat here. It has a smooth jelly base, leaving a little bit of visible nail line. These first two photos are with flash. 

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In the shade:

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I wanted to compare Autumn to LA Girl Electric Coral, another orange scattered holo jelly. Here is Electric Coral in the bottle next to Autumn.  I also added an orange Pretty and Polished shade, Crush, to the comparison. 

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Thumb to pinkie in the photos below: Picture Polish Autumn, LA Girl Electric Coral, Autumn, Pretty and Polished Crush, Autumn. Each two coats plus top coat here, except for Crush which is three coats plus top coat (Crush dries slightly matte, hence the addition of top coat to everything).

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The LA Girl is darker and redder with coarser/denser holo particles. Crush is totally different, much yellower and with much more subtle and finer holo particles. 

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I realized I had just gotten another polish that would be good to compare to Electric Coral, that being Glitter Gal Dorothy’s Revenge. Here it is in the bottle next to Electric Coral. 

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Here is the same comparison as before but with Dorothy’s Revenge instead of Crush on the ring finger. 

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Left to right: LA Girl Electric Coral, Picture Polish Autumn, Glitter Gal Dorothy’s Revenge, Autumn. I used three coats of Dorothy’s Revenge (plus topcoat). 

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In the bottle the Glitter Gal looks redder than the LA Girl, but on the nail it actually looks slightly oranger. The Glitter Gal is more sheer, meant to be a topper or a sheer jelly, so this makes sense. It’s kind of like a sheerer, less dense (in terms of holo particles) version of the LA Girl. They both lean more towards red/coral than the Picture Polish (as expected, given their names!). 

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❤ orange!

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Zoya Jasmine, Zoya Blossom, and stamping

I’ve got some more nails inspired by my cat Jasmine to show you today! Her full name is actually Jasmine Blossom so I wanted to use these two polishes together for some nail art. First some swatches of the polishes used. Both are older, discontinued Zoya shades. 

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Zoya Jasmine, three coats plus top coat. The third wasn’t strictly necessary but did deepen the colour slightly. Shown here in overcast natural light. 

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Jasmine is a shimmery metallic berry red-pink. Under Ott lite:

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With flash:

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Zoya Blossom, a slightly peachy off-white with fine pink shimmer. I’m not sure if this was three or four coats; I apparently forgot to write it down! I did write down that the formula was a little thin (which makes me think it’s probably four coats) but surprisingly un-streaky for a white! Under Ott lite:

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Under halogen light:

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With flash:

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I then stamped over Blossom using Jasmine, with an image of jasmine blossoms (? that’s what I decided these flowering branches were, anyway! haha) from plate Hehe-023. Photos of the stamping are all with flash. 

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I loved this combo!!

And now some photos of my semi-feral Jasmine: a collage with her sitting in a box and with her brother Thor, with whom she’s very close (and Julius lolling about in the background of one!) , and then one of her on the bed (she was actually leaned up against my leg when I woke up from a nap!)

  

 

Indigo Bananas Spring 2015

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Better late than never? I’ve got skittle swatches of the Indigo Bananas Spring 2015 collection today. I used three coats for each plus top coat, and the swatch photos are all with flash. 

Holding the bottle of Saffron Revolution:

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Holding the bottle of Land of Green Ginger:

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Holding the bottle of Jacaranda:
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Holding the bottle of Fluffy Little Clouds:
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Holding the bottle of Cherry Blossom Roads (which is on my thumb and is shown in the next pics):
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Thumb to pinkie: Cherry Blossom Roads, Saffron Revolution, Land of Green Ginger, Fluffy Little Clouds, Jacaranda. 

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Love these pretty pastels with contrasting glass flecks! Here are some pics showing the colours of the glass fleck shimmer in the bottles:

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From left, Jacaranda’s glass flecks shift from pink to gold. Fluffy Little Clouds and Saffron Revolution have the most similar shimmer among the five shades. 

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But, you can see that Fluffy Little Clouds has purple to pink glass flecks while Saffron Revolution seems to have those same ones plus some turquoise ones. 

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Cherry Blossome Roads has turquoise-green glass flecks while Land of Green Ginger’s are golden. 

Il était un vernis My Favorite Popsicle, Under the Pink, and Mint to Be Yours

Today I have swatches of three beautiful scattered holos from Il était un vernis’ summer collection. 

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First is My Favorite Popsicle, a pink-red scattered holo with pink glass fleck shimmer. Two coats plus top coat; it has an excellent smooth formula and was almost opaque in one coat. Shown in the shade in these first two photos. 

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In the (setting) sun:

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With flash:

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Next up is Under the Pink, a fuchsia pink scattered holo with pink glass fleck shimmer. 

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Also two coats plus top coat, same excellent formula. Shown in sunlight in these first photos.

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In the shade:

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The third one is Mint To Be Yours, a minty scattered holo shade with gold flecks.

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This one is a bit more sheer, and I used three coats plus top coat. Nice smooth formula. Shown in sunlight. 

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Under Ott lite:

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With flash:

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