Friday, June 15th, 2012

aikolynn: (Default)
In advance, I'm sorry for the terrible pictures.  The only time I had to take these was in the dead of night...so no sunlight whatsoever.  The flash from my tablet also washed my skin out in a terrible way...but at least you can see the mani well.  I really did love the whole black and white theme I took with this mani--reminded me of dalmatians (which caused my brain to jump to the Korean group Dalmatian).  I also have to say that the hardest part of this mani was the glitter--no joke.  I had to fish around in the bottle for the squares and I had some issues with the glitter all wanting to migrate to my tips, but that's minor for the look it created.  The base colors went on like a dream--one coat of Black Onyx and two of Alpine Snow--the best black and white polish on the market in my opinion!

500

Colors Used:
  • OPI - Black Onyx
  • OPI - Alpine Snow
  • Lush Lacquer - Salt N Peppa

--Cheryl
aikolynn: (Sulli - Electric Shock)
Remember how I posted that I was itching to wear Absolum by Crows Toes?  Well, man, this polish is so gorgeous!  I decided to wear it on its own and, honestly, that was a mistake.  I knew what would happen should I wear glitters--especially ones that go on thick...they pop off my nails in a day or two.  That's what happened with this lovely polish...but at least I got some pictures in!  You'll have to excuse my cuticles--they were even worse since I was sick and using eye drops requires a lot of hand washing.  It's nice, though, to be able to look at your nails and find some satisfaction in the midst of feeling miserable.  I think next time I'll layer it over OPI DS Magic, my favorite blue.  It would also look gorgeous over black, but you'd lose the depth effect of the matte black bar and mini round glitter.



Look forward to a Cheshire swatch post in the future!  I got my replacement in!

--Cheryl

a England - Dragon

Friday, June 15th, 2012 02:21 am
aikolynn: (Danny - Smoke)
I've already admitted this to [personal profile] these_ordinary_days ...but I didn't think I'd like a England's Dragon very much.  The color isn't one I'd typically go for, but I couldn't resist it after I saw swatches of its holographic awesomeness.  I swear looking at nail blogs and having access to sites that sell indie polish is very bad for my wallet!  Anywho, I decided to give it a go after seeing it sit on my shelf for a couple weeks (I honestly got distracted by all Enchanted Polishes that came in).  Like the other two a England polishes I have (Saint George, Lady of the Lake), Dragon also goes on smoothly--the formula on these holos are AMAZING.  I'm seriously blown away every time I use them.  It was a one coater, but I decided to do two to be safe.  And since I can't leave very well alone, I konaded a design with Saint George for accent on one nail of each hand.  I've actually been wearing Dragon for three days--two of these days consisted of vigorous typing, paper shuffling, and nail-damaging activity at work, but, as you can see, it's holding up like a dream!  There is only some very minor tippage (tip wear), but it looks like I've just painted them.  Awesome awesome awesome.  I cannot say enough good things about a England!



--Cheryl
aikolynn: (f(x) - Electric Shock)

THE PRETTIES.  This is the order [personal profile] these_ordinary_days and I did from Whimsical Ideas by Pam over on facebook.  The range of polishes she offers is awesome--I think I'll be needing to go back and purchase more in the future!  I picked up Seuss and Kismet's Pajamas although Peanut Butter & Jelly was so tempting (I want to steal TOD's bottle...but I'm a good friend. XD).  Maybe I'll be able to borrow it when TOD comes home...? :D  Nail Party!

On another note, that's also the replacement for the incomplete Cheshire from Lauri, the creator of Crows Toes--she's one of the nicest ladies ever (I swear indie polish makers are some of the nicest women I've ever encountered!).  The swatches between the incomplete and the complete Cheshire have already been made...I just need to get my act together and photograph them.

Swatches have also been done for my two Whimsies and will be posted soon.  I also have an order coming from Lush Lacquer...but that probably won't get here until next week.  And there are three more Enchanted Polishes on order from Llarowe, but those probably won't come for a week or so. ^^

Reminder!  Crows Toes is restocking today (Friday)!  Lauri has also posted two of her newest polishes up for sale--Gomez and Morticia from the Addams Family Collection. [EDIT: I checked the site after I posted this and...she had released everything for sale, but most of it is being held in carts or sold out.  MOU.  I missed getting Gomez and Morticia 'cause I was posting here. D:  Oh well, I guess there's always next time, right?]  Sonoma Nail Art polishes will be restocking today at 5pm Pacific (8pm Eastern) with Pinot Envy, Sonoma Sunset, Sister Sparkle the Exalted One, Clockwork, and Steampunk.  You can check out swatches and bottle shots on her facebook.  I've never bought nor tested anything from Sonoma, but her creations are very gorgeous!  Saturday, around 3pm Eastern, brings the restock of Once Upon a Polish with Day at the Fair, Arabian Nights, Sebastian, Queen of Hearts (I NEED THIS), Glitter Droppings, Poison Apple, and Black Swan.  Her facebook has swatches and bottle shots of all the colors.  The restock for HARE polish has been pushed back to next week Friday, June 22, until further notice.  I'm a bit bittersweet that I missed Windestine's restock which was yesterday (I was too busy at work to notice!)...but I'll be stalking her facebook to see when she's restocking again.

All these restocks are so tempting--it's terrible for my wallet!  ...and I think I need to amend my polish wish list with all these gorgeous indies!

--Cheryl
aikolynn: (KBShimmer - Shipwreck)
edited: 11/01/2013

I figured it was time to get this done...so here is a list of the polishes I own divided by brand.
  • essie
    • 2011 Dive Bar Collection
      • Dive Bar
      • Trophy Wife
      • Jamaica Me Crazy
      • Sexy Divide
      • Steel-ing the Scene (gifted to [personal profile] jlailin)
      • Over the Top 
    • Shine of the Times (2011 Luxeffects)
    • Aruba Blue
  • China Glaze
    • Coconut Kiss (2006: Fiji Fling)
    • LOL (2008: OMG)
    • Emerald Sparkle (2008: Sleigh Ride)
    • Atlantis (2009: Specialty Glitters)
    • Nova (2009: Specialty Glitters)
    • Snow Globe (2009: Specialty Glitters, re-released 2010: Holiday)
    • Cheers to You (2010: Holiday)
    • Midnight Kiss (2010: Holiday)
    • Mommy Kissing Santa (2010: Holiday)
    • Skyscraper (2011: Metro)
    • Lorelei's Tiara (2012: 3D Glitters)
  • OPI
    • Black Onyx (OPI Classics) x2
    • Ecuadorable Coral (2002: South American)
    • Moon Over Mumbai (2008: India)
    • Alpine Snow (Soft Shades)
    • Princesses Rule! (2009: Princess Charming)
    • Happy Anniversary (2009: 25th Anniversary)
    • Absolutely Alice x3 (2009: Alice in Wonderland)
    • Mad As A Hatter (2009: Alice in Wonderland)
    • Yodel Me On My Cell (2010: Swiss)
    • I Lily Love You (2011: Nice Stems!)
    • 2011 Katy Perry Collection
      • The One That Got Away x2
      • Teenage Dream x2
      • Not Like The Movies
      • Last Friday Night
    • Designer...De Better! (2011: Muppets)
    • Fresh Frog of Bel Air (2011: Muppets)
    • Rainbow Connection x2 (2011: Muppets)
    • Every Month is Oktoberfest (2012:  Germany)
    • On Her Majesty's Secret Service (2012: 007 Skyfall)
    • DS Collection
      • DS Coronation (2008)
      • DS Extravagance (2008)
      • DS Magic x2 (2011)
      • DS Temptation (2011)
    • 2012 Nicki Minaj minis Collection
      • Did It On 'Em
      • Fly
      • Pink Friday
      • Save Me
    • Shatter
      • Black x2 (2011: Katy Perry)
      • Silver (2011: Pirates On Stranger Tides)
         
  • Sephora by OPI
    • Going Nude, eh?
    • Opening Night
    • Too Good For Him (2009)
    • Mermaid to Order x2 (2009: Mermaid in the Shade)
    • Worth My Weight (2009: Winter)
    • Midnight Mambo (2010: Havana Nights)
    • Teal We Meet Again (2010: Havana Nights)
    • Stop Stocking Me! (2011: Holiday)
      • Minis
        • Sample Sale
        • I'm With Brad
        • Techno Girl
        • Never Enough Shoes
        • Ms. Can't Be Wrong (2008)
        • Just A Little Dangerous (2010: Fall)
        • Already Famous (2010: Fall) (gifted to [personal profile] jlailin)
        • Fiercely Fabulous (2010)
        • Studs & Stilettos (2010)
  • Nicole by OPI
    • Positive Energy (2009: Spring)
    • I've Got The Power (2009: Spring)
    • It's All About the Glam (2011: Kardashian Colors)
    • Shoot for the Maroon (2012)
  • a England
    • Saint George (The Legends)
    • Dragon (The Legends)
    • Bridal Veil (The Legends)
    • Lady of the Lake (The Mythicals)
    • King Arthur (The Mythicals)
    • Excalibur (The Mythicals)
    • Ascalon (The Legends)
    • Gothic Beauties Collection 2012
      • Jane Eyre
      • Dorian Gray
      • Tess D'Urberville x2
      • Lady of Shalott
      • Ophelia
  • Ludurana
    • Chuva
    • Trovao
  • HITS
    • Jazz x2
    • Lambada
  • Nfu Oh
    • No. 51 (flakies collection)
    • No. 52 (flakies collection)
    • No. 61 (holographic collection)
    • GS 14 (glitter)
  • Enchanted Polish
    • Across the Universe (Beatles Collection)
    • Hey Jude (Beatles Collection)
    • Octopus' Garden (Beatles Collection)
    • Gummy Worm
    • Awesomeness
    • Green Goblin Marge's Blue Beehive (replaced)
    • Dizzy Mizz Lizzy
    • Starbright Sparkles
    • Cranberry Cosmo
  • Whimsical Ideas by Pam
    • Seuss
    • Kismet's Pajamas
    • Peanut Butter and Jelly
  • Once Upon A Polish
    • Queen of Hearts
    • Snow Queen
    • The Caterpillar
    • Down the Rabbit Hole
  • Rainbow Honey
    • The Worst Possible Thing
    • The Kraken
    • Lumine Hall
    • Mt. Moon
    • Pinkie Promise (mini)
    • A  Little Kindness (mini)
    • 20%  Cooler (mini)
  • HARE  Polish
    • Bisbee
    • Golden  Years
    • Why So Igneous?
    • Midsummer's Midnight
    • King of Carat Flowers
    • Bury the Hatchetfish
    • Hooky at the Hamlet
    • Let Them Eat... What?
    • Dauphine of Decadence
       
  • Sonoma Nail  Polish
    • Bubble Room
    • Parasol
    • Sonoma County Gazette
  • KBShimmer
    • Shipwreck
    • Hex Appeal (2012 Winter collection)
    • Snow Way (2012 Winter collection)
    • Green Hex & Glam (2013 Winter Collection)
    • Toast-ess With The Mostess (2013 Winter Collection)
    • Kringle All The Way (2013 Winter Collection)
    • Snow Much Fun (2013 Winter Collection)
    • Snow Flaking Way (2013 Winter Collection)
    • Strung Out (2013 Winter Collection)
  • Pahlish
    • Tragedy's At hand
    • Toxic and Timeless
    • Slow Fade of Love
    • Train Underwater
    • Dark Parades
    • Still Alive
    • Something Swell
    • Like Calendars Dying (New Year's 2013)
    • Eight Maids-a-Milking (Christmas 2012)
    • Oh Dear...
    • Collage of Senselessness Collection (Bright Eyes)
      • Stroke of Luck
      • Goldmine Gutted
      • Lonesome Ocean
      • Your Possible Heart
      • Your Lover is an Actress
  • Glitter Daze
    • BAMF (mini)
    • Starships (mini)
  • NAiL'dit
    • PoiSin Apple
    • Berryeed Treasure
    • MELON (Summer Lovin Collection)
    • Olympic Rings
    • Olympic Fire
  • Crows Toes Nail Color
    • Absolum - Your Potions Master
    • Cheshire (incomplete & complete versions)
    • Triple Black Diamond
  • Lush Lacquer
    • "Salt N Peppa"
    • Midnight Affair
    • Lite Brite
    • Dippin Dots
    • Party Rockin (mini)
    • Birthday Cake (mini)
  • Sephora
    • Modern
    • Curacoa
    • Fusion
    • Tectonic
    • Valentine
    • Sunrise on the Moon
  • Drug Store Brands
    • Revlon: Facets of Fuchsia
    • Revlon: Blue Mosaic
    • Revlon: Whimsical
    • Sinful Colors: Irish Green
    • Sinful Colors: Cinderella
    • Sinful Colors:  San Francisco
    • Sinful Colors: Savage
    • Sinful  Colors:  Glass  Pink (I lost this one...)
    • Sinful Colors: Sugar Sugar
    • Sinful Colors: Easy Going
    • Sinful Colors: Rise and Shine
    • Sinful Colors: Mesmerize
    • Sinful Colors: Hazard
    • Sinful Colors: Boogie Nights
  • Others
    • Tony Moly: Earth (2011 Galaxy Collection)
    • Tony Moly: Shooting Star (2012 Milky Way Collection)
    • TheFaceShop: BL602
    • TheFaceShop: FACEit BL601
    • Deborah Lippmann: Happy Birthday mini
    • Candeo Colors: Mallard
    • Windestine: Hearts of the Forest
    • Black Cat Lacquer: Tetris
    • Candy Lacquer: Argyle
    • Pop Culture Cosmetics: Supernatural
  • Top/Base
    • Seche Vite Crystal Clear Base Coat
    • Seche Vite Dry Fast Top Coat
    • essie: Matte About You Top Coat
    • essie: Grow Stronger Base Coat
I do have some from N.Y.C. and Jordana, but they're really old and the formula is terrible (I don't even know why I keep them).

There are also a few that make my "Rebuy" list because I've used a lot of it:
  • DS Magic
  • Black Onyx
  • Absolutely Alice
  • I Lily Love You
  • Mermaid to Order
  • Pinkie Promise (full size)


Yes, I'm a polish addict.

--Cheryl

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When I call you, drunk, and speak of my love for you, all you have to do is listen.


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