A vegan nail polish blog. A celebration of colour and light, as well as of justice for nonhuman animals.

Today I have two polishes with “time” in the name to show you. Pretty and Polished Thyme and Time Again is from the dusty creme collection which all have tiny grey speckles throughout. Indigo Bananas Olive Time and Space is a dark olive green from their Fall 2015 holo collection. 

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I used two coats plus top coat for each polish. All photos are with flash. 

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I added some (almost invisible) stamping on Thyme and Time Again using Olive Time and Space to stamp and an image of an asparagus tip from MoYou London plate Cookbook 14. Love the asparagus image! But should have used colours that contrast better! Ah well, nice and subtle and helps to hide the crooked stamping. 😉

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Picture Polish Revenge and Nemesis are gorgeous glowy burgundy duochrome shimmer polishes, without and with scattered holo, respectively. I used Revenge as an accent nail on my ring finger. I did two coats of each polish, no top coat here.

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Under halogen light:

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With flash:

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Flash plus Ottlite:

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Autumn stamping

I had better share this fall-themed manicure before the snow flies, which fortunately hasn’t happened yet here!

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The base for this mani was Emily de Molly Copper Patina and Femme Fatale Infamous Riddle. 

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Copper Patina is a turquoise creme with pink-to-gold duochrome shimmer. I used two coats plus top coat. 

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Infamous Riddle is an olive-leaning green jelly with strong red-to-gold duochrome shimmer. I used three coats plus top coat for this one. 

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I really love both of these polishes!

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I stamped fall leaves and trees on them using Kleancolor’s Metallic Orange, Metallic Mango, and Metallic Brown. 

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The plates used were Bundle Monster BM-04, Hehe 048, and Born Pretty BPL-015 for the tree. 

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So happy with how these turned out! Here are approximately a zillion more photos, heheh. 😉

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Here are two gorgeous Picture Polishes, New York and Ornate! 

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New York is a rich rose pink scattered holo and Ornate is a plum purple scattered holo with medium golden hex glitter and small fuchsia glitter. 

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I stamped them with Colour Alike A Juicy Tangerine and an image from It Girl plate 103. 

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Here’s a picture including the plate… which I hadn’t cleaned off yet. Love the It Girl plates!

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Ellagee Zaldrizes and Mhysa

These two polishes are from Ellagee’s Fire Made Flesh collection, and they come with these cool dragon claw rings around the bottle tops. 

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Zaldrizes is a pale yellow-beige nude with gold glass fleck. 

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I used two coats plus top coat. 

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In shade:

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I used french tip guides to make half-moons and applied Mhysa, a blue with gold glass fleck that appears a bit green through the blue, overtop. 

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I used two coats of Mhysa followed by a final layer of topcoat. 

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I’ve got two swatches and a comparison to show you today! First up is Black Cat Lacquer Lotus Flower. 

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This is a nearly-neon bright pink with subtle holo and heavy gold glass fleck shimmer.  

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I love it so much! Two coats plus top coat, great formula. 

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In the shade:

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Here is the comparison, top to bottom: Lotus  Flower, Picture Polish Electric Dream, Colour Alike 510, ILNP Cutie Pop. 

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Electric Dream is the most similar to Lotus Flower, but it’s less bright/neon and has larger, scattered holo flake particles. Colour Alike 510 is quite a different shade of pink and doesn’t have gold glass fleck. Cutie Pop on the other hand is a lighter, softer pink and its holo is more prominent than its glass flecks, the opposite of the Black Cat Lacquer. I used two coats plus top coat for each of them. 

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Again, left to right: Black Cat Lacquer Lotus  Flower, Picture Polish Electric Dream, Colour Alike 510, ILNP Cutie Pop. 

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And finally, here are swatches of Colour Alike 510. This one is also really pretty!

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Two coats plus top coat, although it’s almost a one-coater. I’m going to try it for stamping as it seems like it might work well! In the shade:

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And a couple more in the sun:

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Black Cat Lacquer The Emperor

The Emperor by Black Cat Lacquer is from their Tarot collection. The name is also one of the (many, many) nicknames of one of my cats – SP, aka Emperor Spee. 😀

The Emperor is a dark brown creme-based holo with additional irregular-shaped micro holo shards. I had seen them described as both ‘flakes’ and ‘shreds’ so I wasn’t sure if they were flakes of true holo particles (smooth) or if they were more like glitter shards (slight texture that needs a topcoat to smooth), so I wanted to mention that it’s the latter, in case anyone is uncertain like I was. Here is the Emperor under Ottlite:

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I used two coats plus top coat. The accent nail has a base of Zoya Codie with a half moon in Zoya Nina. Under halogen light:

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With flash:

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Love this deep brown combo, even if in most lighting the contrast between the two colours on the accent nail wasn’t as strong as I’d thought it would be. 

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And here are some pics of my feline Emperor Spee; he’s a little black cat and with the bright sunlight bringing out the brown highlights in his fur, The Emperor polish matches him well! ❤