Wednesday, January 24, 2018

OPI ~ Sending you Holiday Hugs

OPI ~ Sending you Holiday Hugs
Dark red shimmer

“Sending you Holiday Hugs” is is from OPI’s holiday collection 2017; “XOXO”.

I used two coats for full opacity and the drying time was good. It’s a really nice red, I like it a lot.

I wore it with glitter on top. I was rummaging through my box of shame recently and found this gorgeous looking holo glitter topcoat from Sally Hansen called “Wink”. I wondered why the heck that ended up in the box of shame and decided to rescue it and wear it today. I applied one coat of the holo glitter over the red, and now I know why the glitter ended up in the box of shame: It’s not easy to apply evenly! O_o

So here’s two coats of “Sending you Holiday Hugs” and one coat of “Wink” on top of it. There’s also a layer of ordinary topcoat to seal it all up.

This is “Sending you Holiday Hugs” on its own. Two coats and no topcoat yet.

Here’s the pretty couple. The holo topper gets to go back into the box of shame.

“Sending you Holiday Hugs” is really pretty, I love this shade of red and the shimmer is gorgeous!

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: Great polish, I love the colour, the finish and the quality
Buy again: Yes

Tuesday, January 23, 2018

Colores de Carol ~ Gemma

Colores de Carol ~ Gemma
Described by the maker as a light violet linear holographic with violet shimmer to it and micro silver holo hex glitter

Gemma is from Spring 2016 and is an example of how the description doesn’t quite match what I actually see in real life. My bottle of Gemma is purple and I might be blind but I don’t see any glitter in it at all. I don’t mind that it is purple and there are enough rainbows in the bottle to make up for the lack of glitter :D

The formula is on the thin and sheer side. I did manage to make it cover in two coats but it was a challenge. If you have bigger and/or longer nails than I have you might need three coats for full opacity.
The drying time was good.

I found my dotty design on Lina’s stamping plate “Feeling Shaply! 02”. The red stamping polish is from El Corazón and is called “First Kiss”. The silver holo is from Superchic Lacquer and is called “Bubbly Freeze”. I stamped it all in one go.

This is the end result including topcoat.

Here’s the same thing in ordinary daylight.

Here’s Gemma alone; two coats and no topcoat. She’s got lovely rainbows.

This is the stuff I used.

I like Gemma but I was surprised over her sheerness. I am glad I made her cover in two coats.

Number of coats: 2, and 3 if you’ve got longer/bigger nails than me
Drying time: Pretty good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: I like the rainbows. The sheerness and thinness not so much.
Buy again: Not quite sure to be honest.

Monday, January 22, 2018

KBShimmer ~ That Goes Without Cyan

KBShimmer ~ That Goes Without Cyan
Aqua linear holo with micro gold and copper glitter

“That Goes Without Cyan” is a HHC Facebook group custom from August 2017. It’s a gorgeous blue linear holographic.

The formula is good and I used two coats for full opacity. The drying time was really good.

I applied a couple of stars on each nail. The stickers are from evilbay or Aliexpress, I don’t quite remember which of the two.

It all ended up looking like this including topcoat. The photo is taken with flash.

This picture is taken in ordinary daylight, no flash or sun. It’s actually been a while since I saw the sun at all. *sigh*

Here’s “That Goes Without Cyan” on its own; two coats and no topcoat.

I really like this blue, it’s such a pleasant shade. And I love the quality of KBShimmer polishes :)

“That Goes Without Cyan” was limited edition and is no longer available.

Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Holo with a splash of microglitter
Overall impression: Great quality, nice colour and cool rainbows. I like it!
Buy again: Yes