Thursday, February 23, 2012

Stash Shopping

I got to do a little stash shopping today. Made it to Sally Beauty, Walgreen's, and Wal-Mart. I picked up a few that I had been looking at and a few that happened to catch my eye.
China Glaze Some Like it Haute, For Audrey, and Dorothy Who
Fingerpaints Avante Garde Green, Where Art Renoir?, Cerulean Seascape

Essie Go Overboard, Sinful Colors Let Me Go, Revlon Smoldering, Hard Candy Beetle

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Polish Stash

I haven't been collecting nail polish for very long. Below you will find my current list of polishes. I've gotten many of them at Sally's in the clearance bin. I don't care if I get them when they first come out, I still love them. I don't have a lot of money to put toward new polishes right now. Hopefully that will change soon. I'm starting to have new polish withdrawals.

Are there any colors you would like to see swatched? Just let me know in the comments section.
Based on these colors are there any I don't have that you think I would love to own?

AvonBlack as Night
AvonPink Power
China GlazeBlack Mesh
China GlazeWhite on White
China GlazeTinsel Town
China GlazeLiquid Leather
China GlazePelican Gray
China GlazeHolly-Day
China GlazeSolar Power
China GlazeNear Dark
China GlazeTwinkle Lights
China GlazeTrendsetters
China GlazeLemon Fizz
China GlazeChampagne Bubbles
China GlazeCross Iron 360
China GlazeIn Awe of Amber
China GlazeCoconut Kiss
China GlazeFaultline
China GlazeVelvet Bow
China GlazeCrimson
China GlazeRing in the Red
China GlazeRuby Pumps
China GlazeLight My Tiki
Color ClubOrna-Minted
Color ClubGingerbread Man
EssieGrow Stronger
EssieShine of the Times
EssieBachelorette Bash
FingerpaintsTo-Teally Chic
FingerpaintsMilitary Green
FingerpaintsComet's Collar
FingerpaintsVintage Velvet
FingerpaintsCatwalk Queen
FingerpaintsHaute Taupe
FingerpaintsPurple Pinstripe
Hard CandyMatte-ly In Love
INMOut the Door
L'OrealVIP Status
NYCFrench White Tip
NYCBlack Lace
NYCStarry Silver Glitter
NYCSkin Tight Denim
NYCEmpire State
NYCBig Money
NYCTimes Square Tangerine
NYCPurple Pizzazz
NYCPlaza Plumberry
NYCFuschia Shock
NYCBroadway Burgandy
NYCPink Promenade
NYCCharming Rose
NYCBig Apple Red
NYCClassic Coral
OPIBase Coat
OPITop Coat
OPIFrench Quarter for Your Thoughts
OPIunknown color
OPIWarm and Fozzie
OPII'm Not Really a Waitress
OPILincoln Park After Dark
OrlyLiquid Vinyl
OrlyStone Cold
OrlySweet Peacock
OrlyLucky Duck
OrlyLe Chateau
OrlyVelvet Rope
OrlyFowl Play
OrlyMa Cherie
Pure IceAll Night Long
Pure IceMint Dream
RimmelViolet Metal
Sally GirlGlo-in-the-Dark
Sally GirlSo Disco
Sally GirlSilver Glitter
Sally HansenDouble Duty
Sally HansenCeleb City
Sally HansenOcean View
Sally HansenSpark
Sally HansenEmerald City
Sally HansenIce Coffee
Sally HansenElegant Cognac
Sally HansenCrushed
Sally HansenPat on the Black
Sally HansenBerried Treasure
Sally HansenShining
Sally Hansen HDLaser
Sinful ColorsHottie
Sinful ColorsGorgeous
Sinful ColorsLet's Talk
Sinful ColorsFrenzy
Sinful ColorsPinky Glitter
Wet n WildRain Check
Wet n WildBlack Creme
Wet n WildBlue Moon
Wet n WildBelieve Me, It's Real
Wet n WildCaribbean Frost
Wet n Wild24 Carats
Wet n WildBack Alley Deals
Wet n WildEggplant Frost

Friday, February 10, 2012

Zoya - Adina

I had hoped to get several swatches done on my days off, but that just didn't happen. Once I put Adina on I didn't want to take it off. Maybe Saturday night I'll take it off and put on something new. Maybe.

I finally was able to pick up my first Zoya nail polishes. I chose Cynthia and Adina. I actually wore Cynthia already, but I was never able to get any decent shots of it. Our weather here has been nothing but overcast and cloudy for the last two weeks.

That makes it really hard to get good pictures. I resorted to using my Ott Lamp inside. The below pictures are better than the past ones that I have done. They aren't really good yet, but they are getting better. Know what changed that? I finally read my manual. Amazing how much one can learn from reading the manual!

Macro shot of the bottle. Love the brilliant green shimmer you can see.

The green showing through

The lovely dark lilac purple true color

More of the green showing.

I loved this polish, but I did have a bit of a problem with application. The stroke marks are pretty obvious. They aren't too bad, but I can see them. And that makes for a sad nail chickie. The coverage was also a bit thin. It took three coats to reach full opacity and keep me from showing any bare spots.

Visible brush marks

Visible brush marks

Name: Adina
Manufacturer: Zoya
Color: Light Purple/Green Duochrome

Application: Base - Essie Grow Stronger
                   Color - 3 Coats Adina
                   Top - Seche Vite

Overall: 4/5
     The color on this is just stunning. And the shift from purple to green is great. I would have given it full marks if the coverage and application had been better.

What is your favorite duo/multichrome color?

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Regular Nail Wear

 During the week I would usually touch up my nails as they wear or chip. And that happens A LOT! I work table games in a casino and my hands see a lot of action, especially on the craps table. However, I wanted to show what my nails go through on a weekly basis. So, I left my nail polish on for a week with no touch ups to show what happens to the poor things.

This is the manicure from my last post.
Seche Clear base coat
3 coats China Glaze Ruby Pumps
Seche Vite top coat

As you can see there is tip wear on all my nails. My right hand is hit the hardest because I am right hand dominant. The thumb and index are used a lot and really chip badly if I don't care for them properly.

For those of you with high demanding handwork jobs, what do you do to help with wear and chipping?