Thursday, 20 August 2009

NOTD and.. ..holy shizzle!!!

So as I am busy packing and moving home, fever sweeps over the nail community! Avid readers may remember this comment on my Zoya Posh post... I requested Zoya make a dark green version of "Posh" - Art of Beauty commented teasingly "Your wish may just come true?" They're weren't joking!! Check out the scoop on All Lacquered Up!

While I am here, please find enclosed my NOTD, Barry M "Baby Pink". It's a really pale opaque pink, super-glossy with good drying time. Not my usual bright self but I just BubbleWhite-ed nails so wanted something pale! This is 3 coats.

I better be off, got stuff to do, places to go. But I will be back soon!

Tuesday, 18 August 2009

NOTD: Rimmel 60sec "Arresting"

I love this polish :) I had a bottle, then it broke hideously and for 6 years I have been searching for a new bottle, and by accident I found it on ebay with it' s sister colour "Climax" and I already have some of the other colours from the same collection.

I have been saving it for a very special occasion, and picking up my keys for our first house is truly a very special occasion! There will be a slight break in posting for me as we move over the next week or so, but I hope you will return to read my new posts as they come up! :) And wish me luck that all my nail polish survives :O

This is 2 coats over Nailtek II and Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat. It has a very similar gold sparkle to China Glaze "Moonpool" but is more metallic in it's finish. No brush stroke madness either :)

I'm off to have some hot chocolate and watch Chuck before bed!

Lina-Elvira Loves It Thiiiis Much:

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Sunday, 16 August 2009

NOTD: Barry M "Pink Flamingo"

Sometimes, you buy nail polish for the name. I know I shouldn't but I do... So when I saw that Barry M had a new colour and it was called "Pink Flamingo" I had to have it. Even more so when I actually saw it in the shop! It's an amazingly vibrant pinky-coral, so hot it melts the iciest of hearts (like my brother's, he said 'for once, the nail polish kinda looks cool').

But without pain, no gain. The formula on this is, I hate to say it, seriously awful. I love Barry M, and all my other polishes are fantastic, but something in the pigment makes this a goopy, stringy mess. Won't stop me trying it again though, but it's only 3 stars for Barry M today...

This is 3 coats over Seche Clear base coat and Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat.
Lina-Elvira Loves It Thiiiis Much:
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Saturday, 15 August 2009

Obsession of The Day

I ♥ Mikado!

I survived my hair cut so I bought these as a treat :) These and the new "Pink Flamingo" nail polish from Barry M - it's such a unique colour and is SOOO hot!! Stay tuned for a NOTD with this tomorrow night. I got soaked by rain coming out from the salon so pix tomorrow when I can do my hair again. Mikado stick biscuits are sooo good and it has the a really funny advert I can so relate to, check it out!

In other news, I have been packing up all my stuff for my move next Sunday, and I reorganised my stash of nail polish and divided them up into brands :) I have a heck of a lot of China Glaze, Zoya, Nails Inc, Swedish brand Isadora and Rimmel London! I'm off to make some coffee before I settle in front of TV for some well-deserved relaxation!

Friday, 14 August 2009

Countdown to hair cut and NOTD

I have issues with getting my hair cut. I don't know why. It just makes me so incredibly anxious and tomorrow it's time again (I get perhaps 2 or 3 hair cuts a year due to this...) Anyway, I needed something sparkly to divert my attention while the hair lady does my hair.

I found this nailpolish deep in my stash last weekend when I was packing up for my house move next week. I am not sure just how old it is, but my best guess it's about 6-7 yrs old. This is 2 layers over 2 layers of Rimmel 60sec "Blackout" with Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat. Glitterific! :)

Wednesday, 12 August 2009

NOTD: New York Color "Canal Street"

I have a craving for brown shimmers at the moment, don't know why. I'm still looking for Jessica "Expresso" I guess :) I picked this up on special offer about a month ago or so. It applies really well and dried very quickly, as one expects from a quick-dry polish. This is two coats with Sally Hansen Megashine top coat.

It is a deep brown shimmer with a sort of hint of gold sparkle. I'm loving it! :) I suppose it's more of an autumn colour, but it's been raining here for about a week so I guess I'm getting into the autumn mood!

Lina-Elvira Loves It Thiiiis Much:

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Monday, 10 August 2009

RETRO NOTD: H&M Steel #25

I wasn't up for doing anything today other than sit on the sofa and look through my boxes (yes, that is plural...) of nail polish to start wrapping them up for moving. I didn't have the energy to start actually wrapping them all, but I did find a nail polish I needed to put on! This is one coat of the H&M over a coat of Barry M Bright Pink (as the H&M is a bit sheer). I love the Barbie pink metallic base and supersparkly silver microglitter!

This polish is about 10 yrs old! I love it, and I hope I will find an easily accessible dupe for this as this bottle is now half empty...

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NOTD: OPI "Baby it's coal outside"

This was a quick NOTD last night, still unwell, so I didn't feel the creative juices flowing at all. I decided (unwisely) to make a French tip with China Glaze "Tinsel". Messy and it made my nubs look more stubby and this morning I woke up with imprints of my sheets on the tips as the tips were not properly dry :-/ Worst NOTD in a long time. Oh well.

Off sick today with the same upset tummy I've had since last week and don't have the energy to do anything but sit on the sofa. I will go through and start packing up my nail polishes, and take some pictures of the growing stash. It has gone a bit out of control as I'v not logged any of my new acquisitions for months. I will re-catalog everything once I've moved.

Saturday, 8 August 2009

NOTD: Sinful Color "Green Ocean"

I love how "Green Ocean" look in the bottle but as with most glitters, it's a bit tricky to apply in large quantities. I did "Green Ocean " over 2 coats of Orly "Mint Mojito" but I think that I will choose something more blueish next time, such as Barry M "Mint Green", this doesn't really go with my skin tone.

I am busy packing just now and I had my nails bare since soaking off Wet n' Wild "Sparked", but I felt I needed a lick of polish to protect my nubs.

Thursday, 6 August 2009

NOTD: Wet n Wild Wild Shine "Sparked"

This will be a very short post as I have had a rubbish week; I am feeling really ill right now due to stress (hopefully!) so this sparkletastic polish was just what I needed after a 12hrs working day!

This is 4 coats of pink glitter in clear base and 2 coats of top coat; I love it now, but I will be crying rubbing it off with felt and acetone on Sunday :P

I just wanted to say that there is a reason I normally don't drive to and from work (like I had to do today); no matter how much I complain about the bus service, at least it is not like the scenario described so aptly in Weird Al Yankovic's song "Traffic Jam"...

Monday, 3 August 2009

NOTD: China Glaze "Stroll"

This is my first choice from the new China Glaze collection for autumn, Retro Diva! I've seen some lovely swatches of it on other blogs, but my camera doesn't like it. Perhaps it's too dark for it to pick up all the glowy glitter particles?

It's a deep wine, jelly polish with irregular glass flecks of gold. It looks very regal indeed! This is 3 coats over Nailtek II with Sally Hansen MegaShine top coat.

The formula is ok, I did 3 thin coats with plenty of drying time (4 mins between each layer) as to avoid bubbling. I've seen plenty messy polishes; this is OK in terms of mess.

China Glaze keep pumping out colours I love! I really like "Stroll" and I didn't have the application problems I keep reading about. Perhaps it is a combination of base coat and polish that is to blame for formula problems?

Lina-Elvira Loves It Thiiiis Much:

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Sunday, 2 August 2009

NOTD: Makeup Store "Hayfever"

This is an old polish, I think it might be about 10yrs old or thereabouts. I only have two of Makeup Store nail polishes, this green and a pink sparkle called "Hypnotic". They're both from the same era.

I am not sure if they are Big 3 Free but I doubt it. This is 3 thin coats and rhinestones then 1 thick coat of Sally Hansen MegaShine. I've not got a dupe for this - it's not as warm in the tone as some of my other greens. It has subtle gold/lime shimmer, so I chose rhinestones to match this metallic shimmer.

It has a cool name as well I think :) I really like it, I've not worn it for years! I think I might treat you all to some golden oldies this week if I can (and my China Glaze "Stroll" doesn't arrive!). I'll dig deep in the archive and see if I can't find some hidden gems...

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