Tuesday, April 7, 2020

Anonymous Lacquer ~ Vampire Barbie


Anonymous Lacquer ~ Vampire Barbie
Oxblood red linear holo

"Vampire Barbie" was a Facebook group custom for HHC for December 2015. And yes, I've had it for that long without actually wearing it.

The formula is good and easy to work with. I used two coats for my nails today but if I had wanted to wear "Vampire Barbie" on its own, I would have had to have added a third coat. The drying time is good.

I decided to go with an Ikat design. I have tried that design once before, and back then I freehanded it - and that did not end up very pretty. Today I stamped the design on and that went much better. The design is from the stamping plate "Nicole Diary-L18" and I stamped with a gold stamping polish from Born Pretty Store and a white stamping polish from El Corazón.

I finished my design by adding a layer of Orly's holo glitter topper "Shine On Crazy Diamond". Here's the result photographed with flash:

Anonymous Lacquer: Vampire Barbie

This is the same thing under a lamp.

Anonymous Lacquer: Vampire Barbie

This is "Vampire Barbie" alone; two coats and no topcoat. The photo is taken with flash.

Anonymous Lacquer: Vampire Barbie
Anonymous Lacquer: Vampire Barbie

Here's the same thing under a lamp. No topcoat yet.

Anonymous Lacquer: Vampire Barbie
Anonymous Lacquer: Vampire Barbie

Here are the things I used.


"Vampire Barbie" is no longer available. It's pretty but it's not really "my" kind of polish. It's a bit too brown leaning and it's also very dark.



Number of coats: 2 (but 3 was needed)
Drying time: Good
Finish: Linear holo
Overall impression: Nice rainbows. Colour is not quite mine.
Buy again: No

Monday, April 6, 2020

Claire's ~ 68642 Red


Claire's ~ 68642 Red
Classic red with shimmer

There was a time where I never wore red nail polish, but as time has gone by I have come to really like red nail polishes. Today's polish is a classic red with a gorgeous shimmer.

The formula is really good and I used two easy and fast drying coats for full opacity.

I added a nail sticker to each nail and sponged on a bit of glitter too - I used W7's "White Wedding" for that.

Here's the final result, including a layer of topcoat.

Claire's ~ 68642 Red

Isn't this just pretty? I really like to add glitter to a manicure like this.

Claire's ~ 68642 Red

This is 68642 Red alone; two coats and no topcoat.

Claire's ~ 68642 Red
Claire's ~ 68642 Red

And here's the stuff I used today.


I really like this red polish, it's easy to work with and really beautiful.



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Really good
Finish: Shimmer
Overall impression: Great formula, colour and finish. I really like it!
Buy again: Yes

Sunday, April 5, 2020

P2 ~ Need Some Speed, topped with Polished For Days ~ Pixie Dust


P2 ~ Need Some Speed, topped with Polished For Days ~ Pixie Dust
Red toned purple crelly topped with iridescent colour shifting flakies

I was in the mood for purple and pink today so I grabbed an old P2 that has been sitting around for a while: "Need Some Speed".
The formula is okay for a crelly, I guess. I used two coats for my nails today. I got away with two coats because I topped it with a dense flakie topper - I should have used three coats if I wanted to wear "Need Some Speed" on its own.

Anyway - two coats of purple, topped with one coat of "Pixie Dust".

The stamp on top of that is from the stamping plate "Nicole Diary-L018". I stamped with a neon pink stamping polish from Colour Alike called "We Can Boogie".

Here's the final result.

P2: Need Some Speed & Polished For Days: Pixie Dust

I really like the look of this!

P2: Need Some Speed & Polished For Days: Pixie Dust

This is two coats of the purple base colour "Need Some Speed", topped with one coat of the flakie topper "Pixie Dust".

P2: Need Some Speed & Polished For Days: Pixie Dust
P2: Need Some Speed & Polished For Days: Pixie Dust

Here's "Need Some Speed" alone; two coats. I should definitely have added a third coat if I wanted to wear this alone.

P2: Need Some Speed
P2: Need Some Speed

Here are the things I used today.


I really like the end result today and I must say that the flakie topper is a gem. I really like the way it makes other polishes sparkle and shine.



Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Good
Finish: Crelly / flakie topper
Overall impression: I love these polishes together. I'm not a fan of crelly polishes as a rule
Buy again: No to the p2, yes to the flakie topper

Saturday, April 4, 2020

Lilypad Lacquer ~ Chip Off The Old Hollyhock ~ Faded!


Lilypad Lacquer ~ Chip Off The Old Hollyhock ~ Faded!

Originally described as vivid fuchsia crelly base with a scattered holographic effect as well as iridescent flakes mixed in

I went through one of the drawers in my Helmer the other day. I looked at the pretty polishes and enjoyed their beauty. I found a polish that I didn't recognize: "Chip Off The Old Hollyhock", which was a store exclusive for Color4Nails in 2017. I bought my bottle in 2018 and showed in on my blog in March 2018. Click here to be taken to the blogpost.

Back then I thought that the polish was more coral than fuchsia and I wondered why my bottle was so different than what I saw on swatches. Now I know what was wrong: "Chip Off The Old Hollyhock" is a fader.

My polish has now changed colour completely. From a bright coral it has now turned into a burnt orange.

This is what it looks like now with flash: 

Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Faded!
Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Faded!

There are still rainbows and flakies.

Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Faded!
Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Faded!

Here it is under a lamp. The flakies seem to have faded too!

Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Faded!
Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Faded!

This is what it looked like in March 2018 under a lamp. It's the same polish.

Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Not faded!
Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Not faded!

And here's the same thing under a lamp.

Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Not faded!
Lilypad Lacquer: Chip Off The Old Hollyhock, Not faded!

I must admit that I'm disappointed to see a polish fade that much. I have so much polish that I have to trust that they somewhat stay the same colour as time go by.


Number of coats: 2
Drying time: Average
Finish: Linear holo with flakies
Overall impression: Well. I liked it the first time around. Now, not so much.
Buy again: Not in a million years