Happy Halloween!

7:45 PM Laura 12 Comments

So you may have noticed that I was absent yesterday. That's because I was working on Halloween nails!





So I was going to stamp the witch, spider, and bats except the stupid stamps were not transferring so I ended up Sharpie-ing them in and then kind of blobbing on black nail polish to make them darker. The ghost actually glows in the dark, I used China Glaze Ghoulish Glow over white. Anyway, here's the breakdown:

Thumb - China Glaze Cross Iron 360
Index Finger - SHID Whirlwind White + China Glaze Ghoulish Glow
Middle Finger - American Apparel Peacock
Ring Finger - SHHAN Tough Taupe
Pinky - Revlon Cherry


All the details are Wet n Wild Black Creme. It was agonizing to draw them so small but I'm happy with how they turned out! I promise they look better in real life.

I hope your nails are boo-tiful today, we don't get many trick or treaters so I'm not even dressed up. I've got a lot of work to do tonight! But I'd love to hear what you're being for Halloween, and more importantly, what's on your nails!

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Untrieds Month: Butter London No More Waity Katie

7:45 PM Laura 10 Comments

The last Butter London polish I have to show you is an interesting one that you've probably heard a lot about, called No More Waity Katie (yes I forgot the bottle shot jeez)

(and yes these pictures are all under the lamp because I'm lazy and I forgot to take pictures before it was too dark DON'T JUDGE ME)






2 coats. No More Waity Katie is a very unique polish. She has a smoky, slightly brown-tinged grey base with a ton of lavender glitter. After the first coat, it looked pretty disgusting, and I did not have high hopes. It was sheer and blechy and pretty much NOT AWESOME. But lo, with the second coat, all was well! I wasn't sure if I was going to like it or not, to be honest, but I am glad to say I think it's working for me!

The formula was less than desirable, though not as bad as I'd heard it was. Slightly gluey, yes, but nothing a little thinner couldn't help.

So, a pleasant surprise today! What polishes have surprised you?

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Untrieds Month: Butter London Big Smoke

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Here I have another Butter London that I really love, but I haven't seen too much of on the interwebz.

Butter London Big Smoke

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2 coats. Big Smoke is a dark blue polish with lovely shimmer that appears to be blue, silver, and possibly green. It's a nice color although I'm not sure how it correlates to the name.

The formula on this one seemed to be better, for whatever reason I liked it more.

Oh goodness... I have nothing to say! This is weird, I'm not use to being at a loss for words. I'm sorry I didn't do anything funky with this, but I've been under the weather lately so I haven't done any art. I'll do some when I'm feeling better, I promise!

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Untrieds Month: Butter London Lady Muck

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All right, I'm a little hyped up on cough meds right now so if this post is weird I apologize in advance. Today I will be featuring another pseudo-British polish.

Butter London Lady Muck

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2 coats. Lady Muck is a very light, sea spray blue color. It's grey-blue. Grue? Bley? Grooblay. Anyway, she has a nice allover silver shimmer that is very pretty and makes for an extremely flattering color on the whole.

The formula was nice, for some reason I don't really like Butter London's formula even though it's not difficult or anything. Something about the way it flows, I think. Oh well. Anyway, Lady Muck was a little boring on her own so I added OPI Spark de Triomphe on top.

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So that solved that problem! Did I ever show you guys the Grape Set Match/Spark de Triomphe duo? I don't remember if I ever got around to it. Anyway, the sparkles were nice but the removal was not. C'est la vie!

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Untrieds Month: Butter London Rosie Lee

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I'm kind of posting everything out of order here, so this requires a backstory.

On my short blogging hiatus, I was wearing two coats of Orly Angel Face.


I wanted to put Rosie Lee on top except I wanted the base color to be closer to the color of the glitter, so I layered a coat of Essie Your Hut or Mine on top of Angel Face.


And THEN I slapped on two coats of Rosie Lee.

fluorescent kitchen lights

oh look! an actual rose

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close up!

I know, you're disappointed with no sun shots. I am too. It doesn't like me, I tell you! But hopefully you can understand Rosie Lee's beauty anyway. Doesn't she make my hands look so delicate and ladylike? Rosie Lee has a clear base and a lot of rose/pink/mauve small glitter. I can't tell what shape it is, I would have said circular but in the close up it looks rather square. Whatever the case may be, she is gorgeous and quite twinkly and lovely.

The formula was slightly unpleasant, as most glitters are, but not unreasonably so. She was not fun to remove, however. I had to break out the foil which makes my hands all pruny and gross, but never mind that. Rosie Lee was worth it! 

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Untrieds Month: China Glaze Midtown Magic

7:45 PM Laura 7 Comments

I'm trying to group polishes of the same brand together, so today I have another China Glaze Metro collection polish for you.

China Glaze Midtown Magic

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2 coats. I know the sun shots look like completely different lighting in each one, but that's the best I could get. Anywho, Midtown Magic is a beautiful chocolatey brown base with lots of gold and red/bronze glitter flecks. It's so pretty! You all know I'm a sucker for shimmer and this is no exception. 

The formula was lovely, although I think the brush was a little uneven so I couldn't get away without cleanup but ah well. Better luck next time!

I feel like there are a few similar polishes out there but I don't own a dupe for it, so it's got a cozy place in my collection. Speaking of which, I really need to go through and organize it. How do you guys organize your stash? I've got mine on this little rolling cart with two levels, and I keep the polishes in plastic bins on it, organized by color. It works okay but it's a little small and I'm quickly outgrowing it (especially the blue/green bin, that one's already full). I'll take pictures of it to show you guys, but in the meanwhile, feel free to regale me with tales of how you store your polish. Helmers? Melmers? Alexes? A bottomless bag a la Mary Poppins or Hermione Granger? I'm all ears.

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Untrieds Month: China Glaze Skyscraper

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All right, so I'm really frustrated that I wasn't able to get any sunny pictures of this because it's absolutely gorgeous, but hopefully you can get the idea.

China Glaze Skyscraper




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2 coats. I love this! Skyscraper is a deep blue jelly with small silver glitter, and it's gorgeous. The formula was fabulous and so is the polish. I love glitter, and I love blue. What more could a gal want? Sorry for the short post, I'm still a little tired. I'm taking a mental health day, actually, so I best get back to sleeping!

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Untrieds Month: Revlon Facets of Fuchsia

7:45 PM Laura 15 Comments

For my triumphant return, I bring you the second Revlon copycat I promised (see Anna, I told you there were two).

Revlon Facets of Fuchsia

I'm sure most of you know by now that this is a supposed dupe for Deborah Lippmann Bad Romance. We'll do the comparisons at the end of the post.

Now, I decided to wear this matte, but I only took one picture of it because of course, the sun was being ridiculous. So then I put topcoat on it and I think I like it better that way. This was after a whole day of wear, though, so keep that in mind.




Look ma, I got some sun!

This is 3 coats. Facets of Fuchsia has a very dark charcoal-brown base that is almost black, and fuchsia glitter made up of small circles and larger hexagons. It's quite pretty, really. I know some people layer it over darker polish to conserve it and make removal easier, but it wasn't terribly difficult. I do think it would look really smexy over a shimmering purple-burgundy color, though.

The formula was great, really easy to manage and the glitter didn't need a lot of manipulating to look evenly distributed. What can I say, it's a fabulous polish!

And now, here are some comparisons with it's doppelganger, Bad Romance. Since I am cheap and not in possession of this glorious beauty, let me refer you a comparison by Kayla Shevonne, here.

That's actually the only comparison I could find when I googled for them, but I feel like there must be more out there. Anyway, I feel like the differences are totally negligible and Facets of Fuchsia is a great dupe for Bad Romance. How about you?

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