Haven’t had much time to edit photos and posts lately… How about another green?
This is a manicure I did a couple weeks ago using the glow-in-the-dark OPI Zom-body to Love, which was released for Halloween 2011, and LA Girl Glitter Addict in Synergy sandwiched on the accent nail.
Three coats of the OPI (which dries super fast due to all the glow-in-the-dark pigment, by the way), and the LA Girl glitter is sandwiched between coats two and three on my ring finger. Plus top coat, as the glow-in-the-dark also dries quite matte and slightly gritty.
I have a few random phone pics of relatively-recent manis to share today!
Quo by Orly Infinity and Beyond (same as Orly Milky Way), layered over Cosmetic Arts Sky High (which I think is the same as Color Club Take Me To Your Chateau). Accent nail is just the Cosmetic Arts by itself.
Kleancolor Concrete, a one-coater, with Kleancolor Yogurt Raisins on the accent nail.
Maya Cosmetics Big Chief, two coats. The glitter was a little sparse but other than that it had a great formula.
And finally, Misa High Brow, a gorgeous vampy purple shimmer with a satin-matte finish. On my rarely-seen right hand:
On my usual hand, with topcoat:
China Glaze Shell We Dance is from their new textured collection, Sea Goddess. It’s a medium pink sparkly texture with some slightly larger metallic pink hex glitter in there.
Two coats, and it applied fine. I like it a lot! First and last photos are with flash, others with Ott Light.
A few random manis from various points over the past year or so!
Pretty and Polished Phoenix over Joe Fresh Mustard:
China Glaze Trendsetter with foily gradient accent – the green is Nicole by OPI My Favourite Gold over Brilliant Idea, and the gold is either Orly Glitz & Glamour or OPI Goldeneye, I don’t remember…
Soulstice Spa Crete… I still don’t like silver on me!
Happy Saturnalia! Today is the first day! I don’t have any nail art or anything, but this gold mani is appropriately festive, I think. Photos are under halogen light except the last one, which is fluorescent office lighting.
This is Indigo Bananas Suneater, with Indigo Bananas Impact on the accent nail. Indigo Bananas is another indie brand with vegan polishes, and they have a lot of great stuff that I was excited to discover!
Suneater is a metallic yellow gold holo with slight green duochrome. Three coats, but it dries very quickly.
On the accent nail is Impact, a metallic gold with green/copper duochrome (wasn’t really able to capture the coppery pink side in these photos) and orange and gold holo glitters in several sizes of hex and some small squares. Two coats over Suneater.
Love these two polishes!
A’dor Beauty Supplies is another indie polish maker with vegan polishes that I found on Etsy.
Queen is a warm metallic purple with multiple sizes of hex and square gold glitter and very small pink glitter throughout. The above photo is the most true to colour; the others look slightly too blue.
Photos are under halogen light except the last one. I used two coats of polish and found the formula to be smooth and thick.
Indie brand Pretty and Polish has a number of thermal colour-changing polishes; this one is Sundown, released earlier this year. All these photos are taken with flash. The second one is also near a window so it appears lighter.
In its cool/room temperature state, Sundown is a light apricot orange colour, with matte hex glitters in orangey yellow, pink and pale yellow.
In its warm state, the base turns to a soft golden pastel yellow, and the golden shimmer in the base becomes more apparent.
Yep, my fingers are extra red in that warm photo, due to dipping them in hot water!
Here is Sundown in a transition state, I love it! When I was in a warm location (i.e. not my cold apartment haha) I would sometimes find that it would stay in a state of yellow nail bed and orange tips. 😀
These photos show three coats of the polish, plus top coat. You could probably get away with two coats but I didn’t want to take chances that it would end up appearing streaky when warm, since the warm colour is notably paler than the cool colour! I found the polish easy to apply; I did a little bit of “placement” of the glitter, but not too much. The formula is fairly thick, as most thermals are due to the nature of the colour changing pigment. All in all, a great polish!!
I have another Kunimitsu Nail Potions swatch to show you today!
This is Orange Tabby, a light orange creme with small orange bar glitter and several sizes of orange hex glitter.
On my index finger, I layered it in two coats over Pretty and Polished Crush, because I thought it was going to be sheer, but I was wrong! The other nails show three coats of Orange Tabby by itself.
I did have to do some shaking between coats and searching with the brush to get the amount of glitter I wanted out of the bottle. Not a high price to pay for an adorable orange polish!
I didn’t include my pinkie in the first few photos because I had done a layering experiment there too, and wasn’t really thrilled with how it turned out. I did two coats of Orange Tabby over Pretty Serious Seasonal Sunset, and while the combo isn’t bad, I don’t really like it next to the other nails! But anyway here it is in the last few photos.
Now, obviously, a post about a polish named Orange Tabby needs some orange tabbies! 😉
This is Wu. He was just little in this photo from right after we adopted him. He has three legs (and gets around just fine).
And this big ball of orange fur is Possum! I took her in off the streets of Montreal where she’d been living for a month after being abandoned.
Possum with Gretchen, doing some sort of half-nap, half-wrestling match, hehehe:
Little Wu loves to cuddle and nap with Wade:
Kunimitsu Nail Potions is a new-to-me indie brand sold on Etsy, that I just recently learned makes vegan-only polishes (and lip glosses too!). A bunch of the polishes are inspired by cats, and the brand name is in memory of one of the creator’s cats. All these photos are taken with flash and under the Ott lite, since it was dark out.
These two polishes are Chocolate Point Siamese and Cinnamon Raisin (the ring finger accent). I thought they complemented each other really well, having the same base colour but with different glitters.
Chocolate Point Siamese is a nude beige slightly shimmery base with brown and holo light blue medium hex glitter, very small brown glitter, and tiny gold sparkles. Cinnamon Raisin has the same base and the two sizes of brown glitter, but also purple and lilac medium hexes and small gold hexes. They both seem to have some holo microglitter in there too, but it’s sort of hard to tell! But there are tiny little flashes of holo-looking sparkle sometimes.
Shown are two coats of each polish, and I found they covered well and the base was smooth. I did have to do some shaking and tilting of the bottle to get out a good amount of glitter, and do some dabbing to distribute it where I wanted it.
Drying time was very good! All photos do include a layer of topcoat. Overall I’m really impressed with these and looking forward to trying the others I got!
Don’t you love the awkward hand pose clutching two mini bottles? Haha 😀