Friday, November 28, 2014

Crows Toes - Jotunheim

Woooo! I finally got new nail polish. I got 6 new colors and spoiler alert: they are all purple. I saw this color several times and was not terribly interested until I saw it swatched matte and then I had to have it. Now that I have it, I actually prefer it glossy. Either way, I love it. :D This is the second Crows Toes polish that I own and I would love to own more at some point.  I REALLY wanted Candied Brains Anyone? from A Box Indied but, I guess it was not meant to be. :( Crows Toes polishes are usually glitter bombs but they don't require extra top coats like Gelous or Glitter Food to flatten them out.

Jotunheim is a deep eggplant purple loaded with bronze and holographic glitter. I used three coats but only two coats are required for full opacity.

Crows Toes - Jotunheim: $13 Llarowe, $15.62 Femme Fatale Cosmetics (AU), kr. 129.00 Norway Nails (EU)
Crows Toes - Jotunheim
Crows Toes - Jotunheim
Essie - Matte About You Top Coat

Saturday, November 15, 2014

Zoya - Happi

Today I have one of my favorite Zoya colors for you. This is a very old polish that is still available which is one of the things I love about Zoya polishes. This is from the Spring 2010 Reverie collection.

Happi is a gorgeous pink that almost leans coral (but, not quite) with a strong gold(leaning green) shimmer. Happi is opaque in 3 coats. If Zoya is not available in your area, you could try Crows Toes - Tequila sunrise from Llarowe. I do not have it to compare but I am pretty sure it's either a dupe or very close to one.

Zoya - Happi: $9 Zoya.com, $9.75 Nail Polish Canada

Zoya - Happi
 

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional?

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional? came out last fall with the L'Oreal Colour Riche Hidden Gems (texture) collection but is thankfully still available. I didn't find the Hidden Gems collection at Shoppers until Spring... I don't remember how much I paid for it. :P It is similar to OPI - Alcatraz Rocks but, definitely different enough to justify having both. Personally, I like the L'Oreal color better but, I also really love Alcatraz Rocks. Too Dimensional is a purple based texture polish with a prominent gold shimmer and larger chunks of lavender glitter. The formula is great and it is opaque in two coats. I added a comparison swatch with Alcatraz Rocks so that you can see the difference.

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional?: $5.99 CVS, $6.99 Walgreens,$? Shoppers Drug Mart (Canada)
L'Oreal - Too Dimensional?

L'Oreal - Too Dimensional? & OPI - Alcatraz Rocks Comparison

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

Icing - Pop A Bottle

Unfortunately, I have to tease you guys with another (possibly) discontinued polish while I am anxiously awaiting a restock so I can spend my birthday money that I have been trying to spend since August. I gave up on Harlow & Co. stocking the colors that I wanted since they told me that they would be in back in the end of September. Now, I am waiting for a TBA Llarowe restock that was supposed to possibly be happening in October but will probably be in the beginning of November. Hopefully this one actually happens. :)

This is Icing - Pop A Bottle, it is similar to the long discontinued OPI - Sparkle-Icious. I wouldn't consider it a dupe because Pop A Bottle is much lighter. However, it is similar in that it is a glitter mix containing gold, pink and blue. The major difference is that my bottle of OPI quickly became very thick and gelatinous and couldn't even be saved with Nail Polish thinner or Nail Pattern Boldness - Glitter Food whereas the formula on this one is still going strong. It's not often that I will say that a Claire's brand nail polish is better quality than an OPI but the quality of OPI's Burlesque collection was pretty crappy(though very pretty). The only problem is that Icing seems to have re-done their polish line so I am not sure that it exists anymore.

This is two coats of Icing - Pop A Bottle over Ulta - High Roller with High Roller also on the tips. The good news is... you can still find the Ulta polish which is a pretty awesome color. It's hard to find golds that go well with my skin tone and this is less yellow (maybe a little silvery?) so it goes well on my ultra pale and pink complexion. I also added a bonus swatch of this mani with a Essie - Matte About You top coat. I much prefer this with a shiny top coat though.

Icing - Pop A Bottle: $? Icing
Ulta - High Roller:  $6 Ulta
Icing - Pop A Bottle