Saturday, March 29, 2014

Jindie Nails Betty's Fetti Milkshake

Hello, polish people!  The other day I met up with a friend for my first ever "polish party."  It was just the two of us, but hey, I'm used to painting on my own.  She went with OPI Black Cherry Chutney with some super cute nail stickers from Daiso, and I chose Jindie Nails Betty's Fetti Milkshake.  I was particularly excited about trying this one out, particularly because I had only recently located it in a pile of moving boxes.  Here's the description from Jindie Nails:

It has a white crelly base with all fine and ultra-fine micro-matte hex in opaque pastels and opaque & transparent neon hex.  Named after the the funfetti cookies,  The fine and ultra fine hex glitters are all matte finish and the colors include all matte glitters in gray, black, white, bright pastel yellow, bright canary yellow, matte bubblegum pink, bright pastel/baby pink, neon pink, neon coral, neon hot orange, neon blue, neon green, neon yellow, neon orange, pastel peach, dark purple, neon purple, bright kelly green, bright pastel purple, dark green, satin teal, red, and there may be one or two more colors I've forgotten, it's full of colors!! This is very fun and cute for year round!

Unfortunately, the rainy weather kept me from getting the outdoor sunlight pictures, but here it is under the ott light:

Jindie Nails Betty's Fetti Milkshake
Jindie Nails Betty's Fetti Milkshake
This is three coats with a couple coats of Gelous and some top coat.  It's definitely quite textured without it.  I love this brand, and this shade is no exception.  Jindie wears like iron on me.  Today is only day two for this particular polish, but I had one last NINE days without chipping.  Nine!  I didn't even know that was possible.  I will definitely continue to accumulate and hoard these polishes!

What are your favorite Jindies?  I have probably 15, and most are untried.  I'm looking forward to reviewing more of them soon!

*Jindie Nails is cruelty free according to their website.

Parrot v. Polish

Girly Bits Hot Shot met an unfortunate demise at the hands, er, beak of a parrot the other day.

A likeness of the perpetrator (Senegal Parrot, aka "Sennie," Photo credit: Wikipedia)

RIP, Hot Shot.  I love my little Sennie, but it requires a little more thoughtfulness when painting nails as parrots are so sensitive to fumes.  You can't even burn a scented candle in the house, so I make sure to go to another room and close the door.  I leave it closed for at least a couple hours, and I don't handle the bird until completely dried through (generally the next day).

Anyone else love parrots and polish?

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Chifure Nail Enamel 115

Despite my parrot chipping my nail polish last night with an unceremonious chomp, I was not able to paint my nails today.  So here's an oldie but a goodie from Japan.  It's a beautiful jelly/water finish (which one probably depends on the beholder).  It's extremely sheer, but color payoff can be built up with each coat.  I probably did five or six coats to achieve the level of opacity depicted in the picture.  I love it!  I can't believe I waited YEARS to buy this polish.  I walked by it at the grocery store all the time.  I'm so glad I did before I left Japan, especially so with all the jelly finishes out this spring; e.g., OPI Sheer Tints, which I hope to review soon, and Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies, which I haven't seen quite yet.

Chifure Nail Enamel 115 Japanese Polish
Chifure Nail Enamel 115

What jellies do you have and love?  Do you plan on picking up some new ones this spring?

*To the best of my knowledge, Chifure is cruelty free.  I am basing that off this website (warning: graphic video about animal testing).  My Japanese language skills are not such that I can search the web for this, so this is pretty much the only info I have to go on.  If you have any info to the contrary, please leave it in the comments!

Monday, March 24, 2014

Girly Bits Hot Shot

I finally got a sunny day to photograph this holo!  I don't have a ton of holographic polishes probably because I don't spend a lot of time outdoors and especially in the sun, and a lot of times, they are underwhelming indoors.  Girly Bits Hot Shot is a pretty shade regardless of the rainbow factor, and I think you can see it fairly well in indoor lighting even if it's not super noticeable to others. Here's the shade description from Girly Bits:

Hot Shot is a hot pink holographic.

  • FINISH: Holo
  • COVERAGE: 2-3 coats for full coverage
  • TOP COAT: Apply top coat as usual
Hot Shot is from the P.S. I Love You Collection. (This collection is dedicated to the memory of Doris Sewell Rudeen, the mother of a dear friend[.])

Ok, to be honest, I'm a little sad now that I read it's an in memoriam polish, but what a nice way to honor a friend!

Girly Bits Hot Shot Holographic Pink
Girly Bit Hot Shot in indoor light
Girly Bits Hot Shot Holographic Pink
Girly Bits Hot Shot in outdoor light, slightly overcast
Girly Bits Hot Shot Holographic Pink
Girly Bits Hot Shot under ott light
Girly Bits Hot Shot Holographic Pink
Girly Bits Hot Shot in direct sunlight
This one read a lot more peachy on me than some of the swatches that are on the Girly Bits site.  (For reference, I'm about an NC10.)  But don't you think it still looks great indoors?  Like any holo, you really do need sunny conditions to see the magic.  Thank goodness the weather cooperated with me before it was time for a new mani.

What do you think?  What are your favorite holographic polishes?  I'm thinking I need more!

*Girly Bits is cruelty free according to the Girly Bits website.

Sunday, March 23, 2014

OPI Soft Shades 2014: Muppets Most Wanted

Today I've got three polished from Muppets Most Wanted to show you!  Here's the photo and description from OPI:

OPI has teamed up once again in a partnership that is sure to amp up the volume on happiness and fun. And when it comes to happiness and fun, OPI Nail Lacquer is synonymous with The Muppets. The surprising situations that develop as they embark on their world tour in "Disney's Muppets Most Wanted" inspired Suzi to create a suite of shades that represent that unexpected element, like brand new, special glitters with high shine and unusual shapes and a metamorphic shade named for Kermit, which appears to shift from gold to mauve, a nod to the confusion created by his doppelganger Constantine. But one thing we can still count on is the glamour that is Miss Piggy, captured in a frosty sapphire blue to match her oh-so-fabulous stage gown.

I own very few OPIs because I'm pretty clumsy with the wide brush, but some of these shades were to cute to pass up.  First up, Kermit Me to Speak (a play on "permit me to speak;" that one took me a while), a gold/mauve duochrome:

OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted Kermit Me to Speak Duochrome
OPI Kermit Me to Speak under ott light
OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted Kermit Me to Speak Duochrome
OPI Kermit Me to Speak in natural light
OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted Kermit Me to Speak Duochrome
OPI Kermit Me to Speak indoors... a bit fuzzy but shows the duochrome rather nicely.
Next is OPI International Crime Caper, a beautiful pearl white with pink shimmer and very tiny, hard to see blue flecks.  They're a lot easier to see in real life; photos don't really do this one justice.  It reminds me a lot of some unknown polish my best friend and I used to wear all the time in the 90s, so I am really drawn in by the nostalgia factor.  This is four coats, and you can still see the nail line.  I like it on its own, but it would also be great for layering.

OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted International Crime Caper Duochrome
OPI Int'l Crime Caper in sunlight

OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted International Crime Caper Duochrome
OPI Int'l Crime Caper in indoor light
OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted International Crime Caper Duochrome
OPI Int'l Crime Caper under ott light
And finally, this one is Let's Do Anything We Want!  It's got small round pink glitters, small round and square white glitters, and some larger square white glitters. I've layered it over both Kermit Me to Speak and Int'l Crime Caper.
OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted Let's Do Anything We Want International Crime Caper Duochrome Glitter
OPI Let's Do Anything We Want! over OPI Int'l Crime Caper

OPI Soft Shades 2014 Muppets Most Wanted Let's Do Anything We Want International Crime Caper Duochrome Glitter
OPI Let's Do Anything We Want! over OPI Kermit Me to Speak
My favorite polish from this collection by far is International Crime Caper.  It's so pretty on its own and has the added fun of layerability.  Kermit Me to Speak is a very pretty, shifty duochrome, but I'm not crazy about how purply it could look at times (if you like purple, you will love it!).  Let's Do Anything We Want! was a bit underwhelming but is still a unique glitter.  I don't think I have anything close to it in my collection.

What colors will you be buying (or have you already purchased)?

*OPI is cruelty-free according to their website, which says that "[n]either OPI nail lacquers nor any other OPI product or service is subject to animal testing."  According to OPI's response to further inquiry by Teeth Tres Chic, OPI does sell their products in China but denies that China has insisted on their compliance with the "theoretical" animal testing requirement.  OPI's parent company, Coty, is not cruelty free.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Illamasqua Loella + Sally Hansen Triple Shine Blow Bubbles

Illamasqua Loella is a nice break for me from textures and glitterbombs while still managing to be an interesting shade.  That's one of the reasons I love Illamasqua.  Loella is described as "bright candy pink, glossy finish."  There is a great blue microshimmer lurking in that bottle, too.  I was really hoping it would translate to the nail, but it really only came out a bit in very direct sunlight.  Although I love Illamasqua's unique color line, I always have trouble with application, and this was no exception.  It went on streaky and patchy for me (maybe I should wait a little longer than I normally do between coats), but it's still worth the extra work!

Illamasqua Loella 
Illamasqua Loella (direct sunlight)

Illamasqua Loella
Illamasqua Loella (outdoors in shade)
Illamasqua Loella
Illamasqua Loella (indoors, no lights... you can kinda see that shimmer peeking out!)
Illamasqua Loella
Illamasqua Loella (under ott light, microshimmer goodness!)
And just for fun after chipping one of my nails trying to pry open my car key to put in a new battery, I decided to top with Sally Hansen Triple Shine Blow Bubbles.  It's definitely not opaque enough to wear on its own, so I figure I'll reserve this one for layering.

Illamasqua Loella Sally Hansen Triple Shine Blow Bubbles
Sally Hansen Triple Shine in Blow Bubbles (direct sunlight)
*Illamasqua is cruelty free according to their statement.
*Sally Hansen is cruelty free according to their statement, but their parent company, Coty, is not.  If you are aware of any reliable information that Sally Hansen conducts animal testing, please post it in the comments!  I have read a lot of rumors online that directly contradict the Sally Hansen animal testing statement.

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Nail Polish; Culture Shock

A nail polish blog from a nail polish aficionado. I've been wanting to do this for a long time, and finally the timing is right. I am just returning to the U.S. from Japan and find myself with a lot more downtime. There are many things I miss about Japan; e.g., the iced matcha drink from Italian Tomato Cafe Jr. that has been on my mind a lot as of late. (Actually, beverages are one of the components of Japanese culture that I miss the most. If you get a chance, I recommend anything related to matcha. Perhaps the most accessible is the "green tea latte" at Starbucks. You can get it iced or hot, and it's usually not on the menu... But it's there!) Anyway, I think this will be a cathartic experience as I transition, and hopefully someone might like something I post someday.