I always thought OPI Man of La Mancha and La Boheme were amazing on their own but since I’m going to Vegas, I wanted to put something pink over black… so this magic happened!
Man of La Mancha over black!
I was bummed that the Orly After Party just looked plain black most of the time, so I added 2 layers of Kissy!
I had never tried this one, and I was *so* much more impressed with it than I ever thought I’d be. I thought the holo rectangular strips would end up being like little strands of tinsel on your nail, but it is actually like each strip is a brightly glowing rainbow!
It sounds ridiculous, but you’d have to see it. Especially since we’ve been replacing our lights in the house with LED lights, every time those would catch my nails, I’d be staring at the rainbows.
Before my husband and I left for a quick New Year trip, I wanted to stamp some snowflakes with one of my new Bundle Monster plates.
I used Konad White, and BM-323. This is over the China Glaze Refreshmint + Piggy Polish Tic Tac Toes that I posted about earlier.
Its so cute together!
Okay, I’m getting my giveaway ready to post next. 🙂
I know you’ve seen this one before, but how can you see it too much? 🙂
Refreshmint, 2 coats – No streaks or bubbles, its just so perfect!
I used it for a base because Tic Tac Toes is a little on the sheer side. Plus I thought it would help it look more minty for New Year’s Eve.
This one wasn’t swatched enough in the polish world in my opinion. I’m not sure how so many people missed out on it. Its too pretty! No hidden shimmer, you can see the sparkly shimmer in any light.
Speaking of that, I’ll keep apologizing for the light in these swatches until I get a perfect swatching spot in our new home. Hopefully I’ll figure that out by Spring at least? 🙂
Happy New Year! 2012 was way too crazy for me, so I’m really looking forward to enjoying 2013.
I finally unpacked my nail polish and found my China Glaze Party Hearty, just in time for our work Christmas party. It was awesome, they had it at a nice hotel, bought us and our dates food, drinks, and even cab vouchers!
Anyway, I had to swatch with my right hand for once since my left hand still has a short ugly nail that needs to grow.
I started with OPI Germanicure to have a darker base, then covered it with China Glaze Ruby Pumps! I left my toes like that, but on my nails, I added a layer of Party Hearty. 🙂
I also got a cool set together for my next giveaway! It will include China Glaze, Essie, Nubar, Color Club, Milani, Duri, Del Sol, Nox Twilight, and even a Lynnderella!
Yep, I’m going to giveaway this sweet thing – A new, unused, unswatched, virgin Snow Angel!
In my last post I showed you the taupe Lost To The World. I got World is Not Enough in the mail and had to wear it right away!
I noticed that it was a little sheer with one coat when I swatched it on a nail wheel, so I put it over the taupe and it was perfect!
I wore it for 5 or 6 days and I couldn’t stop staring at it. I love how most of the sparkles are pink!
At some angles, when the pink isn’t showing, it still has a nice taupe metallic tone to it instead of a green or yellow.
Definitely a keeper. 🙂
First of all… I’m getting married in EIGHT days! 8 days!!
And I’m moving this weekend.
So if you try to read this from a feed reader or shimmerspark.com, it might choke sometime over the next day or so. It means my server is either on a moving truck or its taking a while to set it up with my new IP in a new place to get it back online. I didn’t disappear. 🙂 I’ll make sure all of these posts are imported to the wordpress.com version of my blog that is always online, although some of the images won’t show temporarily anyway because they are on my server! haha
Anyway, onto the swatching!
I did a quick swatch of Blue Without U before, but my MUA friend Gemma sent me this gorgeous polish from Forever 21 because it reminded her of my wedding color palette, and they looked so similar!
They are both this really shimmery baby blue with specks of other colors all through it.
This is what happens when you put them over black! How crazy is that? Blue Without U turns pink and the Forever 21 polish turns bronze! I did them on alternating nails in case they were going to look so similar you’d need both sides to compare to, but what happened was definitely nothing like that.
I wish I could tell you how to get this Forever 21 polish, but I can’t. When she sent it, I tried looking it up by the SKU number and got absolutely nowhere. And since they don’t have names, how can you ever search for them on swap sites or ebay, or blog sales, etc!?
In case you do know a way, here is the label for you! 🙂
If you like Blue Without U, I’ll post an excerpt from the blog post about this one swatched alone, over black, and over white:
Here it is by itself on the index and middle fingers, over white on the ring finger, and over black on the pinky – Its almost kind of ugly by itself, but over white it is a really pretty blue… and over black, all you can see is the pink!
Okay… well, I’M SO EXCITED about my wedding next week!!
If you don’t hear from me for a few weeks, other than announcing the Spring Giveaway Winners, its because I’ll be on my honeymoon!!! Hawaii here we come, and we couldn’t need it more than right NOW when we are running around like chickens with our heads cut off trying to finish 100 wedding details with all of these wedding vendors AND packing and moving in together!
This is from one of the awesome franken designers on etsy. I couldn’t pass up a grayish blue jelly with pretty blue and silver sparkles in it!
There are also some larger hex glitters in a really pretty darker blue that really stand out when they land on your nail among the other smaller blue and silver particles.
I put it over Color Club – Take Me To Your Chateau this time. I actually saw myself in the mirror after and thought it was too smurfy blue with that underneath. Next time I’ll try putting it over a white and a light gray. I’ll swatch it again when I do!
Here is the base color so you can see how it made it so blue instead of more of the grayish color like the polish is…
I know, my nails are SO short right now… so much envelope-making and other wedding crafts have torn up my nails lately!
I love the way Ahoy looks but its too bright for me, so I layered it over a darker jelly-ish color that had gold glitter in it.
Its awesome because the gold glitter just shines through as a bright sparkle along with the pink glass flecks that are in Ahoy!
This was Duri – Night Before Christmas by itself…
I am actually wearing China Glaze – Long Kiss right now because after my shower I want to do a nail foil! I got the red one with the O’s, and its my first time trying foils. All of the tutorials said that it doesn’t last long so I will have to do it on my lunch break or after work.
For now, here’s a swatch I took a week or so ago of Elle’s Spell over black. My regular well-lit swatch didn’t really show how pretty the red firey flakies are, so I had to go with a shadier swatch.
I never did get the Nfu Oh version of this, I had the blacker based one and didn’t like it as much, this redder-based mix is so awesome!
I also got Max Factor – Fantasy Fire! The Unicorn Pee dupe! My amazingly fun, generous, and awesome friend Jill in Europe just grabbed one for me while she was getting me a few of the essence Vampire Love polishes and surprised me with it! I can NOT wait to swatch that one. I might have to make a video like I’ve been wanting to do lately…
Oh, I said I’d post the new OPI and Zoya purples comparison though, didn’t I? Okay, that will come next. Unless I post my V Day foils first, then it’ll be right after that. 😉
When I was going to visit family, I thought the brown tone looked weird with my gray shirt, so I grabbed my trusty Crystal Ball and layered it on top.
Whenever something looks a little weird, I put Crystal Ball on it, and it becomes amazing! haha
These can be hard to tell apart because I found there is only one flash angle where they differ.
They look the same to me at most angles. Here is 506 on index and ring, 505 on middle and pinky (over black, of course!):
(Bottle is 505)
Here are the two in the bottle… 506 on top, 505 on the bottom:
But this is the reason why 505 is my favorite! I prefer the greenish blue flash in the 505 over the midnight blue flash in the 506.
I’m holding the 505 in this picture so you can really see that gorgeous teal-ish flash toward the top of the bottle and on my middle nail:
So it just depends on what shade of blue you prefer if you can’t decide between the two of these. 🙂
I did only one coat of each, in case you like really rich fine particles for stamping!
Also, I think finer particles have the biggest rainbow effect.
This is the order:
Thumb – Golden Rose 108, Index – Sally Hansen Prisms Pink Rose Diamond, Middle – s-he stylezone 427, Ring – Catherine Arley 666, Pinky – Nfu Oh 064
In this one you can really see how the Nfu Oh is the richest and has a huge rainbow effect!
Aside from loving the rainbow effect, I think my Golden Rose 108 is my prettiest darker shade of pink and the s-he 427 is the prettiest baby pink.
This turned out SO cool! I layered 2 coats of OPI – Merry Midnight over 2 coats of China Glaze – Goin My Way.
I like how the brown underneath counteracts how bluish Merry Midnight can be.
Out of direct light you can see more of the flakies.
This took forever, but I love how it ended up! I wish it was sunnier so I could get a better picture, but here it is for now…
This is a layer of OPI – Black Onyx, a layer of Nicole by OPI – Nicole’s Nickel, a stripe of Black Onyx on the top corner with OPI – Sanguine on top of that black stripe, then the bow stamped with Konad white!
I also put the Shellac base coat first, then at the end I did the Shellac top coat and cured it 2x so that this will last… hopefully at least a week and a half or 2? 🙂
I love that Konad bow plate, I need to use it more often. It is m7.
(I’m adding a black with silver glitter nail art striping polish to the Halloween Giveaway, I thought it would be a good one to go with those!)
I have this on my MUA swap list, so someone asked me to swatch it for them over white and over black.
I didn’t have my black handy so I used China Glaze’s Concrete Catwalk since its pretty dark!
It doesn’t look as great over white, but it is awesome over black! It really shifts from pink to green. It stays pink most of the time, its only green at a certain angle…
I just got Ozotic Pro 506 finally… I’ve had 505 but it was more blue than teal, so I’m excited to swatch a comparison here pretty soon!
Instead of putting a clear coat on top of yesterday’s Avant Garde, I found my favorite jelly with holo glitter to put over it instead… Crystal Ball!
I love putting it over other dark colors, it just gives it a raspberry tint with the sparkly holo particles. 🙂
I am so excited because I just ordered polishes from the China Glaze Metro Collection finally! I got Street Chic, Brownstone, Midtown Magic, Concrete Catwalk, Urban Night, and Loft-y Ambitions.
From Zoya’s Smoke & Mirrors, I got Petra, Neeka and Jem!
Wow, whatever extra money I got from my trip just went bye bye that fast. I linked to where to buy them if you want some too. 🙂
When the OPI Touring Collection is out online (or if it already is, let me know where!) I’m going to get Color to Diner For, My Address is Hollywood, and then I have to get French Quarter for your Thoughts because of the name, I just have to! (I think I want the Hollywood one, but I hear it is the same as Essie Your Hut or Mine but not as easy to apply, so maybe that one’s out?)
I had to swatch these before the sun went down, so the lighting isn’t the best, but I have to show off the Mermaid Topper!
I started with Eyeko – Vintage which is a medium shade of blue green:
This one applied a little more lumpy than the other blue greens I have like Essie Mint Candy Apple and Illamasqua Nudge.
When you put the Mermaid Topper on and look at it in the shade, it gives it a little bit more of a blue sheen with some shimmer:
It really comes alive in the sun! Look at that aqua blue teal shimmer that pops SO much where the light hits it!
I’ll probably swap the Vintage but I’ll definitely keep the Mermaid Topper!
Okay, after this one, I want to do pastels and Easter colors all week!
I just have to get this last one in, just in case you go nail polish shopping and see these Borghese Rapido on a shelf. I didn’t want you to miss out on Mochaccino or overlook it if you like the hidden shimmer taupes, because this one is so pretty!
On the nail it will appear a little darker, and the shimmer isn’t as apparent as Chanel’s Paradoxal…
But look what lies inside! How pretty is this!?
After I wore it like that, I decided to add some pink shimmer, so I layered Orly – Fifty Four over it. Its really sheer so it just added a tiny bit of pink sparkle. I felt more Springy I guess!
It really is a nice taupe creme in the shade or from far away. I kept thinking that it was almost a mauve-ish purple gray taupe cream when I’d look at it in the shade, if that makes sense? Probably not, you’d have to see it for yourself!
It isn’t a Paradoxal dupe, although some people might refer to it that way since it has the similar taupe and purplish tone with hidden purplish shimmer. I find the shimmer to more of a mauve-ish purple shimmer though, compared to Paradoxal.
If you like it, go get it before the new Borghese Rapido displays get raided! 🙂
Sorry about the lighting on these but I was rushed and wanted to capture them before I killed it with polish remover!
I started with Blush Hour, which is a really opaque and creamy light pink. Its almost like white with a little bit of strawberry milk mixed in. This one applied SO much more heavenly than my other super opaque pastels. This is only 2 coats!
Then after it dried, I put 2 layers of I Juggle Men on top. I LOVE this new polish from their Femme De Cirque set. Their pictures never really showed off what lies inside of the sheer clear aspect of it…
Look at this prettiness!!
The pink and blue shimmer is something you can see in the light or in the shade, so you can stare at it all day whether you’re inside or out.
I’m so bad, I actually bought two of the I Juggle Men. Just because I thought it would sell out quickly and I love it so much!