Friday, June 28, 2013

Different Dimension - Sulley

I've been dying to try out Different Dimension for a while now, I've been drooling over the 80s Baby collection forever now (neon + holo = I want to go to there) but I just can't afford it. However, I saw "Sulley" was being released via the Different Dimension facebook page and I fell in love. I paid the Canadian shipping on it (yikes) because I could not wait until August to have it ordered to the states. :)

I tried using Sulley on it's own but, after three very thick coats and a very VNL I decided I had to use some undies. I only have a small portion of my nail polish collection in Canada so it was a bit hard to find something that matched. I wouldn't normally use a holo as undies, but Up Colors - Verde 360 matched perfectly. I also used Catrice - Dirty Berry (another holo) on the accent nail. I actually won Catrice - Dirty Berry in a giveaway done by The Nail Polish Guru back in February but I am so naughty that although I have worn it several times, I haven't stopped to take pics of it on it's own yet. :(

Different Dimension - Sulley: $8 Etsy, Llarowe.
Up Colors - Verde 360: $7 Llarowe & Ninja Polish.
Catrice - Dirty Berry: I have no idea where you can get Catrice in North America or how much it costs. :(

Different Dimension - Sulley over Up Colors - Verde 360 & Catrice - Dirty Berry (accent nail)

Friday, June 21, 2013

China Glaze - That's Shore Bright & Speciallitá Hits - Hefesto

Let me start off by saying, this is my favorite color from the China Glaze Sunsational collection. That's Shore Bright is a beautiful purple creme that is sort of a bright (neonish) lavender. The formula unfortunately wasn't great on this polish, it was a bit chalky and streaky but it evened out after 2 coats and a top coat. The cremes in the Sunsational collection all applied very similar, Highlight of my Summer probably got the worst of it. I really really really love the colors in the collection though and you can work with the formula, it's just a bit challenging.

The only thing that could make this color better is a holo top coat! I love Speciallitá Hits - Hefesto from the Hits no Olimpo collection. This the "old" version from before they went 3-Free.

China Glaze - That's Shore Bright:  $3 (formerly TransDesign), $6 Sally Beauty Supply & Ulta.

Speciallitá Hits - Hefesto: $8 Llarowe & Ninja Polish

China Glaze - That's Shore Bright & Speciallitá Hits - Hefesto

Sunday, June 16, 2013

Candy Lacquer - Juicy Kisses & China Glaze - Are You Jelly?

Today, I tried out one of the jellies from the China Glaze Sunsational (Summer Neons 2013) collection and a Candy Lacquer gem I've had sitting around that has been waiting for the perfect undies. I was ridiculously excited for the China Glaze Sunsational collection because I LOVE neons. I was also excited because I didn't own any jelly polishes and I've always loved the look of jelly sandwich manis.

Unfortunately, I was pretty disappointed with the formula. The jellies seem to bubble even when it's not very humid and even if I've let the base coat dry for hours. As for the Candy Lacquer polish, it was brilliant as usual. No complaints there and it covered the bubbles in the China Glaze polish very well. I used a coat of Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food on top before the top coat to flatten the glitters out.

Base Color: China Glaze - Are You Jelly?: $3, $6 Sally Beauty Supply/Ulta.
Glitter: Candy Lacquer - Juicy Kisses: $8.50 CandyLacquer (Facebook)
Top Coat: Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food: $8 Etsy and at Llarowe. (Facebook)

Candy Lacquer - Juciy Kisses over China Glaze - Are You Jelly?, flattened with Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food and topped with Seche Vite - Dry Fast Top Coat.

Candy Lacquer - Juciy Kisses over China Glaze - Are You Jelly?, flattened with Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food and topped with Essie - Matte About You.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food vs NerdLaquer - Cyance Friction

A little over a year ago I ordered three polishes from NerdLacquer (my first indies!). I did a a review of them and they were great, but after a year and a bit of neglect the glitters stuck to the sides and bottom of the bottle and separated like polishes generally do in old age. Cyance Friction took it the worst by far, shaking it wouldn't knock all of the glitters loose and it would settle within 30 mins again. It was thick and hard to use.

A couple of months ago I saw a review of Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food used to revive a bottle of NerdLacquer - Holy Grail on ThePolishAholic and I was very impressed. Glitter Food was already on my wish list because I love indie glitter polishes and other reviews I saw would flatten out the glitter to work better under a top coat (I've tried this already and it also works amazingly).

Today, I pulled out Cyance Friction to put Nail Pattern Boldness' Glitter Food to the test on my nastiest glitter polish! The results are as follows...

1. NerdLacquer - Cyance Friction (untouched for months) next to nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food.
2. NerdLacquer - Cyance Friction: I shook it vigorously and let it settle for 2 hours.
3. NerdLacquer - Cyance Friction: 3 eyedroppers full of Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food added, shaken to death and settled for 2 hours.

I think it's quite possibly in better condition than when I received it, when I first got it I had to tip it upside down for about 10 minutes before I used it to scoop up any glitter but now it works great!

Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food: $8 Etsy and at Llarowe. (Facebook)
NerdLacquer - Cyance Friction: $10 (Facebook)

And now, the newly revitalized Cyance Friction! 

Products in this post were bought with my own money and were not provided to me for review.