Sunday, 29 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Color Club Glitter Wonderland

Hey folks, it's Sunday again!  Is it just me, or is this fall flying by??  It's already less than three months until Christmas.  How the eff?!?!?! *ahem*  Anyway, be sure to check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to today!

Today's purple "shimmer" polish is Color Club Glitter Wonderland.  My memory's a bit fuzzy, but I'm pretty sure this polish was released as part of Color Club's holiday collection last winter (side note: it's a gorgeous collection, oh my goodness).  This polish is called Glitter Wonderland but the particles within it are so small and smooth that I don't really find its name terribly appropriate.  But I digress!  I'm not really sure how to classify this polish's finish to be perfectly honest.  Shimmery glass-fleck, maybe?  I'll let you guys be the judges!

Glitter Wonderland is a beautiful red-toned purple with lots of beautiful magenta and blue particles contained within it.  This polish is definitely on the thin side.  I used three coats for my picture this week and I'm pretty sure it could probably use at least one more coat.  I may have to put this over a similarly-colored creme or jelly some time to see if that helps.  No application issues to report and no qualms with the brush either...I consider this a victory!  But truly, Glitter Wonderland is very pretty and worth the effort of multiple coats!  I think it would look especially spiffy with some kind of glitter bomb over top of it.  I will be plotting future manis with Glitter Wonderland for sure.

Anyhoodle, enough of my babbling!

Here's Color Club Glitter Wonderland (three coats) in indirect day light, no flash:


*swoon* Isn't she a beaut??

Hope you all have a wonderful day! <3

Sunday, 22 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Contrary Polish Desert Fruit

Hey everyone, it's Sunday again!  Time sure does fly by these days.  Make sure you take a few minutes to check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to today.

Today I'm sharing Contrary Polish's Desert Fruit with you!  Desert Fruit was gifted to me by the lovely Jenny for my birthday last year (thanks lady! <3).  It's a shame I haven't gotten around to wearing it until now but I move through my stash very slowly haha.  Anyway, as it was sunny today, I figured it would be the perfect opportunity to slap Desert Fruit on.

Desert Fruit is a beautiful red-toned purple with a bunch of red shimmer.  Its name, I believe, takes inspiration from OPI's discontinued (and much beloved by me) Peel Me a Gobi Grape.  Though these polishes share similar themes in their names, I wouldn't call them dupes.  And that's a good thing!  Just makes me feel all the more justified for having both of these lovelies in my collection.  If anything, Desert Fruit reminds me a teensy bit of Dior Shadow, which I also love.  I love ALL THE PURPLES!

Formula-wise, I have no complaints with Desert Fruit.  It was surprisingly opaque on the first coat and applied very smoothly.  I did put on a second coat just in case, however.  I have to say, the shimmer in this polish is SO beautiful!  The red shimmer really compliments this shade of purple.  As with most shimmery polishes, Desert Fruit looks best in full blown sun light.  It's fine in low lights as well, but I prefer it in the sun.

Anyway, here's the pics!

Contrary Polish Desert Fruit (two coats) in full sun light, no flash:



Lovely, isn't it??

You can pick up your very own bottle of Desert Fruit at Llarowe, Femme Fatale Cosmetics and Norway Nails.  Happy shopping!

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, 15 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: China Glaze Let's Groove

Hey everyone!  Happy Purple Shimmer Sunday!  Don't forget to check out what Kristy and Jenny are up to today.

Today I have China Glaze Let's Groove to show off.  Let's Groove is an older China Glaze polish from a collection whose name currently escapes me.  It is a beautiful deep purple shimmer that is absolutely stunning and glowy.

No complaints about the formula and application on Let's Groove.  It went on smoothly and was almost opaque in one coat.  The brush was skinny, the way I like 'em haha.

Let's Groove reminds me a lot of Illamasqua Baptiste though I think it might be a bit more on the red side than Baptiste.  Either way, both Baptiste and Let's Groove are amazing polishes and worthy additions to any good purple polish collection. ;)

Here's Let's Groove (two coats) in direct sun light, no flash:


Thanks for stopping by and have a wonderful evening!

Sunday, 8 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: Pantone Universe Parachute Purple

Hi folks, happy Sunday!

I'm going to try to keep this short and sweet today since I don't really feel like writing the usual wall-of-text that I normally do when blogging.  Don't forget to check out Lavish Layerings and The Polish Haven to see what Jenny and Kristy are up to today!

Parachute Purple was released last fall at Sephora in collaboration with Pantone Universe.  Parachute Purple is a lovely mid-tone blue-y purple with teal shimmer.  This polish is easily opaque in two coats and applied nicely.  I hated the short square brush but that's my only complaint.  All in all, a lovely polish!

On to the pic!

Here's Pantone Universe's Parachute Purple (two coats) in direct sun light, no flash:


Thanks for stopping by and have a great day!

Wednesday, 4 September 2013

Femme Fatale Nightsong Grotto

Happy hump day everyone!

Today I am super thrilled to share with you a stunning polish courtesy of the wonderful Femme Fatale Cosmetics.

I'm not going to lie: ever since Femme Fatale started selling polishes last fall, I have been absolutely enamoured with them.  Femme Fatale always seems to come up with new and interesting polish combinations with incredible depth.  Nightsong Grotto is no exception!

I picked up Nightsong Grotto earlier this spring through a lovely Aussie pal of mine (<3) and boy am I glad I did.  I am kicking myself that it took me this long to put it on, however, because the entire time I wore this polish, I couldn't stop staring at my nails.

Nightsong Grotto is a stunning combination of circle and hex glitters, some of which are holographic glitters, of various sizes with colors that range from teal, lime green, magenta, dark blue and purple suspended in a turquoise jelly base. 

Nightsong Grotto can be built up to opacity/worn alone, however, I prefer to layer most of my glitter polishes over other jellies or cremes to give them a little something extra.  I tested a few combinations of polishes to layering Nightsong Grotto over and decided I liked how it looked layered over OPI's Ski Teal We Drop best.

As far as application goes, Nightsong Grotto went on surprisingly smooth considering the amount of glitter packed in to it.  Also, I was very pleased to find that I had no trouble at all getting the larger circle glitters on to my nails.  Sometimes you have to fish these glitters out (which I don't mind doing), but I didn't have to this time, so it was a nice surprise.

Enough chatter, here are the pics!  You'll notice my nails in the following pics are longer and more squared than my pics from Purple Shimmer Sunday.  I actually wore this mani prior to this week's Purple Shimmer Sunday post.  Sadly, I had to trim and file my nails back after wearing Nightsong Grotto since the corners of my squared nails were breaking off. 

Here's Femme Fatale Nighstong Grotto (one coat) over OPI's Ski Teal We Drop (two coats):

The following picture was taken in indirect day light, no flash:


The following two pictures were taken in my "light box" (lol), no flash:


The next picture was taken under a desk lamp, no flash:


Finally, here's a close-up thumb shot!  Taken in indirect day light, no flash:



This was way more pictures than I usually share of one mani but it's just so pretty that I couldn't help sharing them all with you guys!

You can pick up your own bottle of Nightsong Grotto directly from Femme Fatale Cosmetics here or through Harlow & Co.

As always, thanks for stopping by and have a fantastic day!

Sunday, 1 September 2013

Purple Shimmer Sunday: OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI?

Ahoy hoy folks...welcome to another edition of Purple Shimmer Sunday! \o/  Before I start my usual rambling, make sure you check out what Jenny and Kristy are up to today.

Today I'm showing off OPI Dutch Ya Just Love OPI from the 2012 Holland collection.  DYJLO has to be about the worst polish name ever.  Get it together, Suzi!  Eesh!

DYJLO is a beautiful midtoned purple with bits of gold and copper (from what I can tell anyway) shimmer.  In most lighting, DYJLO looks like a plain 'ole purple creme.  However, get this baby in the glaring sunlight and BAM!  Shimmer in your face.

Application on DYJLO was fine; not too thin or thick.  It looked opaque to me in two coats though a third coat probably wouldn't hurt.  I was being lazy today so I stopped at two.  As usual, I am not a fan at all of OPI's pro wide brush, but everyone else seems to be, so what do I know? haha.  All in all, DYJLO is a very nice polish.  The shimmer is more hidden than I like from typical shimmer polishes, but it's still pretty.

On to the pics!

Here's two coats of DYJLO by itself.  Both pics were taken in direct sun light, no flash:



Thanks for popping by! <3 And to all my North American readers: happy labour day weekend!