Go-to Polishes & Chevron Nails

Ya know how sometimes you just get into that zone of having one or two polishes that you can’t help going back to? At the moment mine are Sally Hansen CSM Thinking of Blue, which I swatched the other day, and Jordana Boy oh Boy, which I love!

I’ve been thinking and thinking for the last few days about a design to enter into Sincerely Stephanie’s skittle nail art competition, but I have to say, aside for the colour palette I want to use, I’m at a bit of a loss. The competition ends soon, so I need to get cracking.

Tonight, therefore, I had a go at what I’m calling an almost-half-skittle, where I used two accent nails instead of just one. This was also my first time successfully using French manicure sticker guides. I lamented on Twitter about waiting for polish to dry, because I had to do my ring finger twice…. impatient me put the sticker on too soon and lifted a whole lotta polish off :-/

ANYWAY… here is the finished result. Using the aforementioned polishes, plus a coat of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Teal (which I reviewed last year and haven’t used since until now) on thumb, pointer and pinky.

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Please excuse both the quality off pictures (I only use my phone camera, and take pictures wherever and whenever instead of using a camera and lightbox) and the sad, sorry state of pinky nail…. We had a minor catastrophe last night.

So what do you think? Am I on the right track for Stephanie’s competition?

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Holo Review and Mini Haul.

Hello my friends! Yesterday I had a little mini-splurge on polishes. Husband was not totally impressed… but never mind! One thing I was really excited to find was a Matte Top Coat. I’ve seen Matte top coats on other blogs I’ve been reading, and after looking for them in stores here in NZ with no luck, I had resigned myself to having to buy online, which I don’t really want to do that much … I have enough trouble controlling my spending with cash in my hand! Anyway, wandering around yesterday I popped into Farmers. There are no words to describe the pitch at which I squealed when I walked past the ChiChi stand. It. Was. There. I didn’t care how much it was, I was going to get it. It was actually pretty reasonably priced, at $16.99, but it is by far the most expensive single item I’ve purchased for nails in the last year. I’ll get around to posting a blog especially dedicated to this marvel, but today I want to share with you two things – my mini-haul from yesterday, and a review on one of the colours.

‘Scuze the kitty in the background… he refused to move! From left to right, the polishes I got were: Chichi- Matte Top Coat, Jordana Pop Art stripers in The Artist and Artsy Purple , Jordana Raspberry, Pink Power, Boy oh Boy, and Mint Candy, and finally Kleancolor Disco Ball and Chunky Holo Teal. I love them all, and went so far as to have one on every nail to check them out last night, but I’ll do swatches a little later on.

I have on my nails right now though, this: 

This, Ladies and Gentlemen (cause I KNOW I have at least one of you guys reading this…) is  Chunky Holo Teal. And I am not so excited with it anymore. Inside the bottle it is amazing, and deep teal colour that shimmers with all the holographic glitters, going from orange to green to blue as you turn the bottle. What you’re seeing here, if four coats. Yes, four, and it isn’t even opaque. This makes me sad, that it’s not really a colour to wear on its own. The base colour however, might just have the right shade to go with anther blue polish, but phooey. I wanted it just by itself. The polish itself goes on like a dream. It’s not gluggy, it doesn’t clump at the tip of the nail, like I’ve found is the case with some glitters, but oh my word does it STINK! Definitely a polish to put on in a well ventilated room. I do like the way the holo’s change colour though, and outside I keep catching myself turning my nail to get the sun.

So that’s that. It’s pretty, but a bit disappointing.

What’s not disappointing though, is doing a mini-stocktake. For me this means I pull out all my polishes, arrange them according to colour, and then revel in the rainbow in front of me… and try to avoid Benji.