Saturday, June 23, 2012

Swatches - MaxFactor Glossfinity Royal Blue & Cobalt Blue

When MaxFactor’s Glossfinity nail polish showed up at my local drugstores, I wasn’t super excited, the colours were pretty standard. But a couple of blues caught my eye. You’ve already had a sneaky look at Cobalt Blue, here are both of them swatched.

MaxFactor Glossfinity 135 Royal Blue

Royal Blue is a rich, deep blue crème, strongly reminding me of royal blue ink (for once, a polish that’s appropriately named). Depending on the lighting it can gain the faintest purple tinge. It’s nice and opaque, barely needing two coats and didn’t stain my nails.
I found the application to be quite lovely. Royal Blue was smooth and even, slightly on the runny side, but just at the point where it levels well without pooling. The brush is round, not too slender and with lovely supple bristles.

Here’s Royal Blue in two coats with Seche Vite:

MaxFactor Glossfinity 140 Cobalt Blue

Cobalt Blue is a slightly muted, medium blue crème. Not even a slight hint of warmth in this polish, which makes it even more wearable in my opinion. It’s a perfect two coater.
The application was ever so slightly more difficult than Royal Blue; the first coat was a tad uneven and the polish a bit thicker. Cobalt Blue still levelled very well, though. The brush is lovely, as I said above.

This is Cobalt Blue in two coats with Seche Vite (colour slightly corrected):

These are excellent polishes, highly recommended. And y’know what? 11 ml (that’s ~0.372 fl. oz) is a pretty good size in Europe, we get a lot of bulky bottles with 8ish ml these days.
I can’t speak for colours I haven’t tried, but both polishes I’ve tried are awesome, so I’d say give the Glossfinity polishes a try if you see a colour you like. Just don’t expect them to actually last the seven days promised on the bottle. Does anyone actually believe that?

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

NotD - Hippie-esque

For many years now, probably since the mid/late 90s I’ve been drawn to pink and orange combinations. That might possibly be connected to some minor Hippie-ism on my part. I don’t usually wear these colours as clothing, but on my nails I do like them (despite my overwhelming adoration for all things green and teal).
This particular mani was one of those ‘not sure what I’m going to do until I do it’ ones.

Here’s what I used for this:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Douglas nylon base coat
  • Catrice 790 The Pinky And The Brain
  • LOOK by BIPA nail tattoo liner 4 white (old packaging)
  • Trind French White
  • b.pretty 65 crazy orange
  • essence show your feet 20 sweet candy pink
  • Seche Vite

As usual I applied one coat of each base, two of The Pinky And The Brain and one of Seche Vite.

The Pinky And The Brain (all right, who else squealed a bit at reading that name?) is a gorgeous, rich, medium pink crème, just a shade darker than the one I recently declared my love for. It’s another lovely two coater. We’ve seen a few of those recently.
Anyone who isn’t too bothered by VNL can easily wear The Pinky And The Brain in one coat because it’s perfectly even. No streaks, no patchiness. It’s a tad runny, but easy to handle and the moderately wide, flat brush has a rounded tip. It’s a great brush for anyone with a roundish nail shape. Mine was cut a bit wonkily, but still worked perfectly well.

Here’s The Pinky And The Brain in two coats with Seche Vite:

Then I decided to paint part of the nail in crazy orange. I hadn’t used that before so I decided that it would be best to do a white base for that. I went with the white nail tattoo liner for opacity’s sake, then layered French White on top for a more even finish. On most nails I just needed one coat of crazy orange.

At first I had planned to put a black stripe between the pink and orange areas, but then thought that would just hide the loveliness of the combination, so I went with a scalloped edge.
I added a row of dots using The Pinky And The Brain, then layered dots in sweet candy pink over them. Then I ‘cut off’ part of the dots by painting more The Pinky And The Brain along the diagonal and added a narrow line of sweet candy pink parallel to that. Top coat time!
*blinks* That sounded really confusing, but maybe it’s just the heat that’s getting to me. So you also get a close-up.

It definitely would have been easier to use the orange as the base, but as I said above, this was a rather random thing.
The result rather reminds me of fancy knickers (I may or may not own orange and pink undies), which probably isn’t that Hippie-esque after all.

Friday, June 15, 2012

NotD - Now That Didn’t Quite Work

Do you sketch random nail designs to figure out what to do? I do and mine always look better than the actual on-nail result. Hmmm, someone should invent a way to make hand-drawn or printed water decals or something.
Anyway, I thought this was going to be awesome, but as you’ll see below, that’s not what happened.

This is what I used for this mani:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Douglas nylon base coat
  • essence show your feet 20 sweet candy pink
  • ANNY 369 green racing drag (does that mean drag you wear to the races or racing green for drag racing?)
  • white acrylic paint
  • Seche Vite

First I applied one coat of each base, two of sweet candy pink and one of Seche Vite.

sweet candy pink is a crème polish in a deep clear pink, a shade I particularly love these days. It’s not obnoxiously bright and I would consider it safe for most workplaces. It’s formulated as a toenail polish and is supposed to be ‘long-lasting and great coverage with just one coat.’ I agree on the opacity. It’s extremely close to being a one-coater. I applied two just for perfection’s sake.
The application was a dream, sweet candy pink levelled easily, it wasn’t at all streaky or patchy and the relatively narrow, flat brush is just lovely (I imagine that painting one’s dinky toenails would be rather easy). The only problem I encountered was one nail chipping badly within a day, the rest had a bit of tipwear after a couple of days.

This is sweet candy pink in two coats with Seche Vite:

I love the awesome colour that is green racing drag and decided to paint a triangular area near my cuticles. It was a real pain getting that even and more or less tidy, but it darkened by a good shade over the pink. And when I added the white acrylic paint between the pink and green, it just didn’t want to cover evenly. But that’s not all: the longer I wore this mani, the greener the white turned. o.O
So this is what it looked after adding the green, white and top coat:

Write blog post - check.
Crochet some granny squares - still not started. I’m not usually into crocheting, but my bed needs replacing and I refuse to get another dinky one if I can possibly fit a bigger one in here (also, all the compact ones are ugly). However, none of my throws will fit, so I’m going to see if I can do the crochety thing long-term. Hundreds of squares. o.O

Who’s looking forward to the weekend?

Saturday, June 9, 2012

NotD - Simple Zigzag

Can you believe that I actually post something the day I painted it? Still into super simple stuff these days, though.

Here’s what I used tonight:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Douglas protect me nylon base coat
  • iQ Cosmetics colour flash Nr.16 green flash (that’s probably what it’s called, the bottle just has the number, the online store just names o.O)
  • MaxFactor Glossfinity 140 Cobalt Blue
  • SpaRitual Heliotrope
  • Seche Vite
  • pink rhinestones

After applying one coat of each base I added two coats of green flash and some Seche Vite.

green flash is a fresh, bright, yellowy green crème, a bit like a softer lime (not quite as bright as in the photos). The opacity is quite average, I could barely make two coats work, three would have been better if I hadn’t covered part of the nail up.
This polish claims to dry in 45 seconds, this may be sort of true for a single coat on a fully dry base, but who does that? So ignore these claims. The first coat went on very streaky, the second was much better, but still a tad uneven. Otherwise the application was fine and green flash dried to a very shiny finish.
I love the colour, but I’ve seen it before for less money.

This is green flash in two coats with top coat:

Then I applied Cobalt Blue over approximately 2/3 of each nail, leaving a vaguely triangular patch of green.

Next I used Heliotrope to paint a diagonal tip.

Last step: I added a pink rhinestone where all three colours meet an sealed it with Seche Vite.

I wonder if I’ll ever fall out of love with the lime/blue combination. What’s your go-to colour combo these days?

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

NotD - Another Multicoloured Dotty Thing

Hmm, I wonder if all my ‘use old random piccies for a lazy blog post’ NotDs are going to be named Something Things.
This one happened to celebrate that I got twenty new tubes of acrylic paint. Some colours I already had, but there was a hot pink, and purples, all of which are a paint or impossible to mix. Good Excuse Dance Time! `o/ _oI \o/ ,o, o//

Same issues apply as in my previous post, my memories are kinda hazy. I presumably used OPI Nail Envy and Seche Vite, plus some clear polish or cheapie top coat between the acrylic paint and final layer of top coat. The base colour was Misslyn 567 Neverland in two coats. All photos are tweaked to un-blue Neverland. The yellow definitely looked less neon IRL.
Neverland (the number is on the cap in huge print, the name can be found on the back of the bottle in tiny letters *eyeroll*) is a pretty pastel minty green crème, a two-coater as far as I can recall. Nothing stands out in re application.

This is Neverland in two coats with top coat:

I wanted to try out my new acrylic paint, so all of these are unmixed and straight from the tube, applied with a dotting tool. Then I added some clear polish or top coat so the following coat of Seche Vite had something to grip onto.

So many unswatched polishes lying around… how will I ever wear them all?

Friday, June 1, 2012

NotD - Yellow Flowery Thing

So… I totally fell into a time rift thingie. Yeah that’s it. *looks around shiftily*
Anyhow, blog post!

No “products used” list this time, ‘cause I can’t for the life of me remember which polishes I used for the flowers. Base and top were probably OPI Nail Envy and Seche Vite.

ArtDeco Ceramic Nail Lacquer 216 Sunflower is a buttery shade of pale-ish yellow, not a true pastel, though. My camera hated this and turned it into a neon chartreuse, so all images were corrected. It wasn’t all that even, so I had to apply a third coat, despite being pigmented enough for a two-coater.
I also can’t really recall anything interesting about Sunflower’s application, so it must have been fairly unproblematic. It didn’t level very well.
All in all a pretty shade, but not terribly outstanding.

This is Sunflower in two coats without top coat:

And here’s Sunflower in three coats with top coat:

After the base was dry I just grabbed a bunch of random polishes and dotting tool’d on various flowers (except the white ones, those were acrylic paint). More top coat completed the mani.

I have a few half-finished posts and undocumented photos lying around, so maybe I won’t have another time-travelling accident. And I should totally answer those comments at some point. When I don’t get all shaky from the embarrassment of waiting too long to reply. Damn anxiety. *facepalm*

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