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Friday, April 27, 2012

Jaybird's Junk Basket Franken

My friend Jaybird sent me a gorgeous franken last week as an extra in a package. It's called Junk Basket.
I'm not normally someone who wears a lot of pinks but I loved the look of this one. It has gorgeous green and blue micro-glitters in it. 



Here is 2-3 coats on my nails.




Perfect for spring!

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Max Factor Fantasy Fire

A lot has been said recently about Max Factor Fantasy Fire. It gained popularity for it's similarities to the famous Clarins 230 (aka Unicorn's Pee). Clarins 230 is known for it's color shifting properties. The pigment shifts from red to orange to green.
Unfortunately, I don't own Clarins 230 so I can't do a comparison between the two polishes.
I decided to layer Fantasy Fire over Verity Deep Violet so that it could keep the jelly look.










Fantasy Fire is a polish that is best layered because it is so sheer and because the bottles are so small. Each one contains only 5mL of product.
For reference, this is three coats of VDV and then two coats of Fantasy Fire on top. I could have easily gone with just one coat of FF but I wanted to see how it built up.
The downside to this polish? It's only available in the UK. I'm lucky enough to have a few friends over there who were gracious enough to send me a few bottles.

Monday, April 23, 2012

Verity Deep Violet

Verity Deep Violet is a gorgeous dark purple jelly nail polish. It finally came back in stock and I ordered two bottles of it. One of my friends then informed me that she had ordered some backups but when her bottles arrived, she noticed that the color in the new bottles was different.
When my polishes arrived, I noticed that I had received one of the old formula polishes and one of the new formulas.
The new formula is slightly lighter in color. The new version is on the left and the old version is on the right.

I decided on doing a comparison between the two to see if there was a noticeable difference on the nail. 






The new formula is on my Index and Ring fingers. The old formula is on my Middle and Pinky fingers. You can see a slight difference in the colors but it's very minor. The difference is hardly even noticeable in the shade. Both polishes have the same great jelly formula. 
Hope this helped!

Friday, April 20, 2012

Autism Awareness Nails

April is Autism Awareness month and I knew I wanted to do something. I decided to do puzzle piece nails to match the Autism Ribbon. It's not as neat as I wanted since I couldn't find my tape so I had to freehand the lines but overall, I'm happy with how it turned out!






Saturday, April 14, 2012

China Glaze FYI

This is my first bottle from the China Glaze OMG collection. I'm so in love with it. I wish I had been able to buy this back in stores when the collection was originally released. Sadly, I wasn't as into nail polish then as I am now.
China Glaze FYI is a nude holo. I love nude holos because they're subtle yet still really fun to look at.





Friday, April 6, 2012

Easter Gradient

Wow! Long time no post! Sorry about that. School got busy with midterms and I didn't have much time to do my nails or update.
I received a lovely package from a friend yesterday and she included a polish she made for me! I decided to do a gradient mani with it so that I could conserve some of the pretty.
For the base color I used two coats of A-England Iseult and then I sponged Emily's Easter Egg on my tips. Hope you enjoy! Happy Easter!