Sunday, February 26, 2012

Essie Case Study + NerdLacquer Regeneration

I cannot believe how long it took me to get around to wearing Case Study. I picked it up back in November because I got all of the Fall 2011 collection except Lady Like since I wasn't a pink fan back then (it's grown on me in the interim although I doubt it'll ever be a goto colour). So regretting waiting so long to wear this beauty.

The formula was a dream, perfect 2 coat creme and the colour is so great. I can't believe there was a point in my NP obsession where I didn't love browns.

When I originally put on Essie Case Study it was with the intention of putting NerdLacquer Exterminate on top but the day I was planning on putting it on I found out a friend of mine had passed away and decided instead to put on Regeneration as a small tribute to her because she loved orange and Doctor Who and of course, because life can begin again. Turns out it was an amazing choice because Case Study really makes Regeneration shine.

I really love this colour and it's so going on my list as something to order in fullsize once my funds allow for it. You gotta love when The Doctor Regenerates.

Thursday, February 23, 2012

NerdLacquer It's Just a Flesh Wound Over a-England Lancelot

Oddly, when I chose this combo the only thing I thought was how I needed a black to put Just a Flesh Wound over and Lancelot was the closest I had (technically it's a blackened red but it's soooo dark. I actually really love Lancelot and wish I'd taken a pic of it alone because it's not as stark as a lot of blacks and as always with a-England, the formula is perfection) but the first time I typed it together a little song popped into my head

His name is Lancelot
He likes tight pants a lot
He likes to dance-a-lot

How could I not make the Spamalot connection? *headdesk* I mean obviously I knew the Monty Python ref

"Tis but a scratch"
"A scratch? Your arm's off!"
"No it's not."
"Well what's that then?"
"I've had worse."

And on and on til the namesake line. I love that movie so freaking much. First time I saw it was right before Christmas my freshmen year of high school. My World History teacher showed it every year to his freshmen and oh it was a wonderful Monty Python introduction. I've seen it and loads of others soooo many times.

I think It's Just a Flesh Wound is such a perfect NP representation of that scene.

"What are you going to do, bleed on me?"

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Cult Nails Swanbourne + Dollish Polish Toxic Avenger

When I saw the Cult Nails Nekkid Collection I knew, knew I had to have it so I pre-ordered like the naughty impulsive girl I am. I just can't pass up a ton of great nudes (and of course Toxic Seaweed looks fab too, but I'll be honest, it was the browns/nudes that got me to pull the trigger). Decided on Swanbourne for my Singles Awareness Day mani since we all know chocolate is what everyone loves about VDay anyway.

I know I saw someone say this applied thickly on them, but my bottle was wonderful. I love that gold shimmer that's in all the nudes/browns in the collection, it adds such great visual interest to an already stunning brown.

Then, because I'm me and can't leave well enough alone, I added some Dollish Polish Toxic Avenger on top. This is such a gorgeous multichrome with holo. I can't even handle the fabulousness of it. I love love love the geek names some of these indies are giving their NP. The whole reason I checked out Dollish Polish was because of Expecto Patronum (will swatch later), I mean I need all the Harry Potter nail polish ever! Gotta have something to go with the tattoo.

Saturday, February 18, 2012

a-England Guinevere + Failed Nail Art

I am so so so shamefaced at how long it took me to order Guinevere. I mean I still have a few Mythicals left to order (and I will have ALL the a-Englands, I will!) so it wasn't the last but I just picked it up during Adina's anniversary sale. But it's so pretty and obviously purple that I definitely should have nabbed it sooner. Oh well better late than never.

Put this lovely on yesterday during work lol! So I work for a company that process food grade material so technically in the SOPs I'm not supposed to wear nail polish at all but since I work in the lab and don't actually handle final product and even if I did I'd be wearing gloves, no one cares that I've always got something going on on my nails. Sadly last week we had some corporate people in so I had to go nekkid for a few days. I knew they were leaving Friday morning so I definitely brought Guinevere and a top coat (Essie Good to Go this time, still not loving it. Might be time to try something new) and did my nails at lunch.

This morning I got bored and was catching up on my blog roll and saw a super cute color block mani and decided to try it out using a-England Elaine and Cult Nails Clairvoyant. Here's the thing...I'm like ridiculously impatient so after the first hand I just decided to free hand it like chevrons which so didn't work out especially when I went back and tried to transform the sloppy hearts into chevrons. Oh well, at least it's a pretty colour combo!

Sloppy sloppy sloppy, I really need some more practice and to get some brushes but well, I'm lazy.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Zoya - Miley

I have a boatload of NerdLacquers that I still need to post about but ugh I'm sooo lazy and the NerdLacquers are so beautiful I just end up taking so many pics and then it takes forever to sort and process. SO decided to just post some crap cellphone pics of tonight's mani instead. Still, NerdLacquer coming soon!

Tonight I decided to go completely against all of my natural instincts and put on Zoya Miley. My normal mani is a 2 coater in some darker shade or nude. This is a pale pale pale lilac that is so sheer I can barely believe it.

Look at that, 3 coats and the nail line you can see from space.

Added a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust and then another layer of Miley.

I think it would need another 2 coats to be opaque but it's so time to sleep.

Jury is still out on Miley. I don't know how I like it with my skin tone or when I'll be willing to fuss with the sheerness but on the other hand it'll be great for glitter sandwiches and it is a nice colour and unlike some other super light and sheer polishes this one goes on quite nicely and evenly.