Category:Blue’

Ozotic 533

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I have more holo goodness today :-) Ozotic 533 is a “mishmash” polish that is both duochrome and holographic! :-D This polish is pretty sheer, so I layered it over Nails Inc. Fashion’s Night Out. The color shifts from blue to a reddish-purple, and the linear holo effect is strong.This is one of those, ” I can’t stop staring at my nails” polishes. :-D

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533 in sunlight

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533

One coat of Fashion’s Night Out and one coat of Ozotic 533 shown without a top coat.

Ozotic 533

Ozotic 533 with flash to show the holo effect

Nails Inc Fashion’s Night Out

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Fashion’s Night Out is a fabulous blue-grey metallic. It looks like a silvery gunmetal with a touch of blue in the bottle, but once on the nail the blue really comes out to play. This  is a really cool color! :-)

Nails Inc Fashion's Night Out

Nails Inc Fashion's Night Out in sunlight

Application was excellent. This polish was quite opaque and almost provided full coverage in one coat. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Nails Inc Fashion's Night Out

Nails Inc Fashion's Night Out

Christmas Stuff

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This year for Christmas my husband gave me a number of goodies from my wish list, but he also surprised me with some fun nail stuff. I recently organized my nail polish and labeled items that were “swatched,” “untried,” etc. He checked my nail polish bins and blog to determine what I didn’t already have, so he could decided what to get. He was right I didn’t have them, and I was so touched. I loved the research and thought that went into the gift! :-) I managed to break my thumbnail pretty badly yesterday (and attempted a repair), so hopefully I will still have have length to my nails. However even if I end up trimming my nails all the way down, my sappy self is cheered by my sweet husband. :-D I still wish I was a bit less clumsy though!

I am hoping to try my hand at a bit of frankening in the coming year. It seems like the glitter is going to make a huge mess, but it sounds like fun!

Christmas nail goodies

My Christmas nail goodies

Color Club Lumin-Icecent and Sugar Plum Yum

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Recently I tried to rescue a bad manicure by applying a glitter polish on top. Maybe I was just in a bad mood that day, but even with the addition of Color Club’s Sugar Plum Yum I still hated it. Every time I ran my fingers through my hair the chunky glitter  pulled my hair. Uggh! I had to get it off right away, and boy was it a pain to remove! :-( I was a bad blogger though, and did not even snap a picture. After the fact I realized that I should have at least gotten a picture. I decided I should try it again, but I did not want to remove the Sugar Plum Yum from 10 fingers. I decided to try a different base color and just do glitter on an accent nail. For the base I used Color Club’s Lumin-Icecent which is an icy blue foil finish polish. Sugar Plum Yum is a scented polish for the holidays. It is a clear base with green glitter, and larger bluish-purple hex glitter. I thought this combo was pretty cute, and the chunky glitter looked a bit like bubbles :-) I have to say I did not like the smell though. Scented polish sounds like a fun idea, but to me Sugar Plum Yum smells like one of those scented markers gone bad. The scent was barely noticeable after a while, but I would have liked the polish much better without it.

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum in sunlight

Application on Lumin-Icecent was excellent, and Sugar Plum Yum applied very well for such a chunky glitter. I would rate its application as good to very good.  Two coats of  Lumin-Icecent with a top coat and two coats of Sugar Plum Yum on the accent nail (I also used top coat over the Sugar Plum Yum).

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum

Color Club Lumin Icecent and Color Club Sugar Plum Yum

Urban Decay Ziggy

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Ziggy is a very sparkly gold and blue glitter polish from Urban Decay’s holiday kit. Although it is probably dense enough to stand on its own, I decided to use it as a top coat over other colors. I feel like it is not that unique, but it is fun and festive.

Urban Decay Ziggy

Urban Decay Ziggy in sunlight

Application was good. One coat shown over two coats Urban Decay’s Hot Mess (no top coat).

Urban Decay: Barlust, Mars, Wracked, Ziggy,Gunmetal, and Hot Mess

Urban Decay: Barlust, Mars, Wrecked, Ziggy,Gunmetal, and Hot Mess

Glitter Gal Marine Blue

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Glitter Gal is an Australian brand. Happily Overall Beauty has started carrying them, so you can order them from a US seller and save on shipping (I always order $50+ anyway, so the shipping is free :-) ). Marine Blue 3D Holo is an awesome bright blue with linear holo which even shows up strongly in indoor lighting – pow! I adore sparkles and holo polish, and this beauty really fits the bill! Just looking at my holo-licious nails make me happy. Good stuff! :-D I am going to try Glitter Gal’s Lizard Belly next, but I don’t want to take this one off!

Glitter Gal Marine Blue

Glitter Gal Marine Blue in sunlight

Glitter Gal Marine Blue and Lizard Belly

Glitter Gal Marine Blue and Lizard Belly

First I tried applying this over my usual Poshe basecoat and I had a few application issues (mostly dragging and bald spots). I switched to China Glaze Strong Adhesion basecoat and it applied like a dream :-) A top coat did not seem to dull the holo either. Did I mention that this is good stuff!?! Two coats and a top coat shown.

Mavala Agena vs Nubar 2010

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In response to Andy’s question about how Mavala’s Agena compares to Nubar’s 2010, I snapped a few pictures. Agena has a blue base and the flakies are are duochrome, but primarily red. Nubar has a clear base and also has duochrome flakies with the most prominent color being orange. The picture is out of focus, but it best showed the colors of the flakie glitter pieces.

Mavala Agena and Nubar 2010

Mavala Agena and Nubar 2010 in sunlight

Both applied nicely, but I would only use them for layering as I feel they are too sheer on their own. Two coats shown.

Mavala Agena and Nubar 2010

Mavala Agena and Nubar 2010

Orly Royal Velvet

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Royal Velvet is from Orly’s spring 2011 Precious collection. Royal Velvet has a dark purple base with an intense blue shimmer. The shimmer gives this polish a lot of dimension, and it really does look a bit like velvet. What can I say? I LOVE IT! Shimmery, rich and delicious purple goodness – It doesn’t get much better than this! I plan to reach for this polish again and again. :D

Orly Royal Velvet

Orly Royal Velvet in sunlight

The wear is pretty good too. Of course this polish was destined to be a full manicure, and I have been wearing it for three days. I have a little bit of tip wear, but no nicks or chips in sight. Application was very good. It took three coats for maximum opacity, but it went on very smoothly. Three coats and a top coat shown.

Orly Royal Velvet

Orly Royal Velvet

Butter London Blagger (another blue for Autism Awareness Month)

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Blagger is a medium blue crème from Butter London’s new spring/summer collection.  A quick internet search revealed that a blagger is a smooth talker. Although it is a beautiful blue, I did not find that Blagger was a smooth lacquer. I tried this swatch several times, but I had application issues each time. The formula was thicker than other Butter London polishes I have tried, and I had some control issues. Although it did smooth out with a top coat, application issues annoy me :-(

Butter London Blagger

Butter London Blagger in sunlight

Application was so-so. It went on a bit thick and unevenly. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Butter London Blagger

Butter London Blagger

Orly Royal Navy (another blue for Autism Awareness Month)

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Orly’s Royal Navy has been sitting in my untried box for quite a while now. I am not sure why it took me so long to try it, but what a shame because it sure is a beauty! It is a bright royal blue with fine teal glitter :-D Such a beautiful summer blue, and application was a breeze too! I have a feeling I will be sporting this polish a few times this summer (and that it will make a great pedicure too!).

Orly Royal Navy

Orly Royal Navy in sunlight

Application was excellent. Two coats and a top coat shown.

Orly Royal Navy

Orly Royal Navy with flash to show glitter

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