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More From the Vault

My apologies for the lack of posts! Things have just been super busy lately! So I thought I’d post another group of photos from several years ago that I just never got around to posting and don’t necessarily have the info on number of coats, formula etc. anymore.

OPI Fiercely Fiona with Nicole by OPI Brilliant Idea on the accent finger.





A frankenpolish that I call Firecracker. The ingredients for this are Martha Stewart glitter in fire opal (which does bleed colour into the base, but not too much) and some of the LA Girl Glitter Addict polishes in orange, fuchsia, and red.






OPI Absolutely Alice with half moons in Nubar Night Sparkle.



OPI and Apple Pie, a classic “ugly” shade, under the Ott Lite.



Yellow and Gold Textured Ombré

More texture! This is a mani I did a few weeks ago featuring four textured polishes. Actually, one of them is not really a textured polish, it’s a glitter striping polish, but it doubles as texture really well!

The polishes are Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly (yellow jelly based texture), Zoya Solange (yellow-gold texture), LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter (medium gold complex-looking glitter), LA Girl Sands of Time (white gold texture with some medium hexes). Love this! Photos in overcast light.

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time

I did Lemon Lolly on my thumb as well as on my index.

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time

With topcoat, photos taken under Ott lite:

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time, with topcoat


Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly, Zoya Solange, LA Colors Art Deco striper in 24K Glitter, LA Girl Sands of Time, with topcoat

Jordana Wild Shore and Yellow Madness

I’m really liking textured polishes, but at first I wasn’t too sure about the ones that aren’t glittery and sparkly. I think they’ve grown on me, though!

Jordana Wild Shore and Yellow Madness

These two are by Jordana, which is made by the same company that makes Milani. These seem to be the exact same polishes as Milani’s Texture Creams, only they were a couple dollars cheaper so I got these instead!

Jordana Wild Shore

I started out with Wild Shore, a teal green creme with texture. I can’t remember whether I did two or three coats, and I don’t seem to have written it down. I do remember having a little trouble with application, as I found these really need thin coats in order to get the best finish (so I’m thinking I probably ended up doing three thin coats), and at first I was making my coats too thick. Then I was trying to find the right balance between thin coats but having enough polish on the brush.

Jordana Wild Shore

But I’m really happy with the way it turned out! I then sponged on a gradient using Jordana Yellow Madness along with Wild Shore.

Jordana Wild Shore and Yellow Madness

I love the combination of yellow and turquoise! And the sponging really brings out the texture of these polishes, since the sponging technique leaves less polish on top of the texture particles. Looks really sugary and crystalline!

Jordana Wild Shore and Yellow Madness

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Sun Worshipper

More neons! This is a fun manicure I did using two older China Glaze neons, Flip Flop Fantasy and Sun Worshipper.

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Sun Worshipper

Sun Worshipper is a neon yellow-orange, and Flip Flop Fantasy a neon pink-coral. Three coats each, plus top coat (they dry semi-matte, like most neons do).

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Sun Worshipper

The formula on these is kind of streaky, but no worse than most other neons in my opinion. The result is certainly worth waiting a couple minutes between coats to prevent dragging. Top coat also helps smooth out the finish.

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy and Sun Worshipper

Apparently Flip Flop Fantasy has recently been reformulated, and the newer version is more peach-coral. I’m going to have to check that out next time I’m in Sally Beauty, since I love peach!! 🙂

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.


Next, Orly Wild Wisteria with China Glaze Brownstone accent:


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:


With Color Club Jingle Jangle overtop:


Color Club Earthy Angel:



Color Club New Bohemian:



Color Club Nomadic in Nude:



Color Club Rad Nomad:



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!



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



Zoya Jacqueline

Zoya Jacqueline is from the spring Lovely collection, and is my new favourite nude polish from Zoya! It originally came out in one of the Peter Som fashion week collaboration trios last year, and I remember hoping that they would re-release it in a regular collection since I didn’t have access to the trio. Happily for me, they did!

Zoya Jacqueline

It’s a very pale, pastel yellow with a hint of beige, creme polish with just the tiniest hint of hidden shimmer in it.

Zoya Jacqueline

I used three coats over a layer of ridge filling basecoat. Two coats would probably have been enough if not for my ridges (even with the ridge filler…). I also have topcoat on in these photos.

Zoya Jacqueline

The formula was a little thick, but didn’t really give me any trouble. I love this shade!

Zoya Jacqueline

Holiday Nail Art Challenge Week 3: Decorations!

It’s the third and final week of Nail Polish Canada’s holiday nail art challenge, and the theme for the week is “Trim the Tree – Holiday Decorations”! My partner and I like to celebrate the ancient Roman holiday of Saturnalia at this time of year. Did you know that decorating trees and hanging wreaths and holly, along with a fair number of other modern-day Christmas traditions, originally came from Saturnalia celebrations? 😀

Since yesterday was the first day of Hanukkah, I also “threw caution to the wind” and added a menorah to my holiday nail design. Well, both are festivals of light after all, although the ancient Romans and Jews were at war off and on between 66-136 CE and the Jews didn’t exactly come out on top in those conflicts… :/ Anyway, I hope you can all forgive this atheist’s multi-cultural multi-faith holiday mani. 😉

I’m a bit late in posting this; I did the design and took the photos last night, and meant to post earlier today, so by now there should be another candle lit on my menorah!

Saturnalia and Hanukkah decorations mani

The sun is a major symbol of Saturnalia, which was celebrated around the winter solstice (the dates and length of the celebration varied what with changes of the ancient calendar) when the days are the shortest in the northern hemisphere. Sun symbols were one of the main ornaments used to decorate trees, and so I wanted to have the sun figure prominently in my mani.

Saturnalia and Hanukkah decorations mani

This web page compiles a few modern-day celebrants’ comments about Saturnalia, and I thought I’d post an excerpt that has to do with decorations:

“Many of the decorations involved greenery – swathes, garlands, wreaths, etc – being hung over doorways and windows, and ornamenting stairs. Ornaments in the trees included sun symbols, stars, and faces of the God Janus. Trees were not brought indoors (the Germans started that tradition), but decorated where they grew.

Food was also a primary decoration – gilded cakes in a variety of shapes were quite popular, and children and birds vied for the privilege of denuding the trees of their treats. The commonest shapes were fertility symbols, suns and moons and stars, baby shapes, and herd animal shapes (although, to be honest, it’s hard to tell if some of those ancient cookie cutters are supposed to be goats or deer). I would imagine coins were also a popular decoration/gift.”

Saturnalia and Hanukkah decorations mani

“People were just as likely to be ornamented as the trees. Wearing greenery and jewelry of a sacred nature was apparently common, based on descriptions, drawings, and the like from the era. Although the emphasis was on Saturn, Sol Invictus got a fair share of the revelry as well.”

Saturnalia and Hanukkah decorations mani

“Gold, because the sun is yellow, is always a sure choice for a good Saturnalia decoration. For modern Saturnalia, those golden glass ball ornaments are ideal, as are gold sun faces, gold stars, and gilded anythings. Gilding nuts and pine cones and nestling them among the swags and wreaths of greenery would be a lovely way of acknowledging the ancient roots of this ceremony.”

Saturnalia and Hanukkah decorations mani

“Indoor trees are not ancient Roman, but if you have plants growing indoors, decorating them would certainly be in the spirit of the holidays. If you just have to have the now-traditional indoor tree, try decorating it in gold ornaments with a solar theme. Swathe it in bright red or purple ribbons (2 colors quite in favor with the Romans, and looks great with the gold ornaments). Top the tree with a sun, rather than a star, for after all, this is a solar celebration.”

Items used for Saturnalia and Hanukkah decorations mani

Here are the items I used for this mani. The base polish is Zoya Indigo, a shimmery navy blue with very fine, sparse holo particles. The boughs of holly were made with Zoya Rina and Kleancolor Metallic Red. The menorah was drawn using the orange Orly striping polish, which is called Lovey Dovey. The sun, the candles, and accents on the holly were done using some metallic gel pens. The sun’s face was done using the silver gel pen but then traced over with a regular blue fine felt-tipped pen, since the silver didn’t contrast well enough against the yellow.

I had a lot of fun doing this three-week holiday challenge! Be sure to visit the week 3 nail art challenge page here and vote for your favourite holiday decorations mani! Voting is open through December 12th. And whatever you celebrate at this time of year, I hope you have a wonderful holiday! 😀

OPI Don’t Talk Bach to Me and Glow Up Already, and a franken

I’m trying something new today! I downloaded an app to add watermarks to photos on my phone, so that I can actually post pictures I’ve taken with my phone straight from my phone without having to forego the watermark (stupid WordPress app doesn’t allow access to the blog’s media library, which is another related problem). It’s kind of neat because with this app the size, orientation and placement of the watermark can also be changed unlike the software I normally use on my laptop. Only thing I don’t like is that there’s no option that I can see to change the name of the image file, so the photos just have numbers for names and that can only be changed using the full WordPress site…


Anyway, here’s a mani! 🙂 This is OPI Don’t Talk Bach to Me from the Germany collection, with a glitter gradient of OPI Glow Up Already from the Burlesque collection, and Poshe topcoat over everything. Photos in natural overcast light.


I used two coats of Don’t Talk Bach to Me, a light yellow-green with a creme base and some slight shimmer, and I found the formula kind of thick. I’ll probably add some thinner before using it again.


Glow Up Already is a dense fine glitter in a lot of colours, especially gold, green, and orange, with an overall look of golden lime green.

The next day, I added two coats of a frankenpolish that I made which contains teal square glitter, yellow, copper and champagne gold hex glitter, and gold glass flecks. Under my Ott light:


The main polishes I used were Kleancolor Tiara Gold, LA Girl Glitter Addict in Flashy, NYX salon formula 24K Glitter, and Wet n Wild The Gold and the Beautiful. Overcast natural light:


The teal square glitter was from Glitter Unique, if I recall correctly. This last photo is in partially sunny natural light:


I’m really happy with how this franken turned out! 🙂

Cult Nails Deal With It

This lovely super-bright lime green with golden yellow shimmer is Deal With It, from Coco’s Untamed Collection by Cult Nails. The collection was designed by Coco, the thirteen year old daughter of Cult Nails’ creator. I’ll have reviews of the other shades coming later!

Cult Nails Deal With It

The formula on this one is a bit sheer; here I used two coats but three would be better for those who don’t like visible nail line. The formula is a little bit thick, but not problematic to apply.

Cult Nails Deal With It

As you can see it dries to a satin finish; there must be some neon pigment in it which is not surprising! At any rate, this is an awesome shade!

Cult Nails Deal With It

Misa Epiphany, Taking Chances, and a comparison

Today I have my two picks from Misa’s Wanderlust collection for fall 2012 to show you.

First is Misa Epiphany, a light beigey mustard shade with gold shimmer. The finish is kind of like a creme with shimmer flecks in it. I used two thick coats; I found the formula to be thick but not a problem to work with if you use thick coats and don’t manipulate it too much.

Misa Epiphany

I love this shade! It makes me think of a shimmery version of China Glaze’s Kalahari Kiss. The large version of this next photo gives a good view of the finish.

Misa Epiphany

The second polish I got from this collection is Taking Chances, which has the same finish as Epiphany but in a coppery, dusty light orange with gold shimmer. Very appropriate for fall!

Misa Taking Chances

Formula was also similar to Epiphany, maybe a bit less thick. This was also two thick coats.

Misa Taking Chances

I really like this shade as well, but when I opened the package, I thought, “this looks familiar!”

Misa Taking Chances and Sephora by OPI It's all About the Fringe

Here is Taking Chances next to Sephora by OPI’s That’s What Fringe is For, from their spring 2012 collection.

Misa Taking Chances and Sephora by OPI It's all About the Fringe (Misa, SOPI, Misa, SOPI)

Left to right: Misa, SOPI, Misa, SOPI

They aren’t *exact* dupes, but, well, for all intents and purposes they are dupes. It’s really hard to see the differences, so I’m including several photos of the comparison. From index to ring are the Misa, SOPI, Misa, SOPI, two coats of each.

Misa Taking Chances and Sephora by OPI It's all About the Fringe (Misa, SOPI, Misa, SOPI)

Left to right: Misa, SOPI, Misa, SOPI

The biggest difference is in the formula, since the OPI is much thinner (not runny though). It also seems that the Misa has slightly bigger shimmer particles, making it appear a tiny bit lighter at times with the added reflectivity. Just barely.

Misa Taking Chances and Sephora by OPI It's all About the Fringe (Misa, SOPI, Misa, SOPI)

Left to right: Misa, SOPI, Misa, SOPI

Great colour, but if you have one of these two you probably don’t need the other! Unless you have the mini bottle of the Sephora version, like I do, and want the Misa as a backup!