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The Greening of Summer

Posted in nail care with tags , , , , , , , on July 3, 2009 by penemuel

Disclaimer: Please ignore the crapplication in some cases. I do not have a good digital camera, and am making do with my ancient Kodak DC215 ZOOM. I’ve cropped and prepped the pictures in Photoshop, but tried very hard not to change the colour. These are all flash photos from indoor light.

Okay. I love green nail polish. At some point when I was younger, green was my favourite colour, before I decided purple was. Green is a great colour for nail polish, and it’s not all that common, although the bigger companies have been adding it to their lines more and more often. They’re not dumb — they realize when something is big with the customers!

I’m trying to figure out what’s the best Slytherin Green to wear to the HP movie, with stripes of Zoya Trixie (very silver) as a great HP Slytherin manicure. I do know some greens that aren’t right:

MAC Peppermint Patty:

The first picture is the first time I wore it, the second picture is a number of weeks later when I wore it again, after my nails had grown considerably. It’s a gorgeous minty green (and is not as blue as it photographs!) , but the application is difficult to say the least. It’s a pastel creme finish – cremes are bad enough, but a light colour along with it just makes it so hard to deal with. Lots of streaking and cuticle drag… I think this is 4 coats. Neither picture is showing tipwear, it’s just that one of the shots has a lot of reflection along the edges.

Misa The Grass is Greener on My Side — a pretty neon teal green. Shimmery and bright. It dries matte, but this is with a topcoat so it’s obscenely shiny!

China Glaze In the Lime Light — NEON lime green. This dries very quickly and dries matte like many neons. It has a slight shimmer, which shows up best if you use a topcoat.

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Jumpin’ Jade — this is a specially formulated polish that dries under 1 minute. The brush is WIDE and weird, and the polish is very pigmented, but I thought it was covering in one stroke and only after I’d added a topcoat and all did I realize it was streaky and blotchy. You’d do better to do two coats, being careful not to do anything odd because it really does dry THAT fast. Here’s another picture (where you can see how uneven it is):

This colour is available now, at Target and probably CVS and other drug stores. If you love dark green/teal shimmer, I advise you grab it now while you can!

And finally, two that might actually fit the Slytherin Green. Both of these are creme finish, and other than 3 coats each and a nice shiny topcoat, both of them behave about the same.

1. Rescue Beauty Lounge Recycle:

and 2. Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics Blackboard:

Blackboard is exactly the green of an old chalkboard from my high school (in grade school, we actually DID have blackboards, but once we got out of the old buildings, they had the green ones…). It’s a little more blue-shaded and blackened than Recycle, so I’m thinking it might not be the best for a Slytherin green. I’m pretty sure Slytherin green is a more yellow-tinted green. Recycle may be the best, or one of the ones I haven’t tried yet (Like Illamasqua Rampage…). Whichever one I end up going with, I’ll make sure to post pictures of my movie night manicure! 😀


More Nails of the Day

Posted in nail care with tags , , , , on September 27, 2008 by penemuel

I still desperately need to buy a new camera. This one has a terrible zoom (it was good when I bought it, but that was something like ten years ago!), and the battery tray catch has broken, so it is held together by a rubber band…

I also have no decent natural light, because I just don’t get out during the day. I am so nocturnal it’s not funny, and work from 9am to 6:30pm, so I spend most of my life in indoor lighting…

However, I’m still stupidly taking pictures of my nails, so, here are some of the recent ones:

First, Zoya Colbie. It’s a beautiful rich red shimmer, a much better colour than this picture shows. I don’t wear bright reds — this really is not a good example of the true colour:


Next, Misa Fatal Affair. SO many other people have posted better pictures than I have, but I still figured I should post this. I put this colour on, and it refused to shimmer except under flash lighting. In all other lighting it was nearly a creme finish. So eventually I put a Nfu-oh opal colour over it, but I haven’t edited those pictures yet. Here’s the ONE picture I got that even remotely showed the beautiful colour of this polish’s shimmer:

Fatal Affair

Here’s Misa Forbidden Lust, one of the most gorgeous shimmery purples of the fall collections:

Forbidden Lust 1

Forbidden Lust 2

And last but not least, China Glaze Passion in the Pacific. I know Scrangie mentioned a while back that she was having trouble with her ChG polishes not drying — this was one that I had the same problem with. I put this on, and a full 24 hours later, it was STILL soft enough to dent. I ended up taking it off and putting on the Forbidden Lust mani above. BUT, it’s such a pretty colour…


That’s all for now — we have huge storms, and I still have to edit a bunch of other pictures before I can post them. If anyone out there is actually reading, *hugs!*

Various Nails of the Day

Posted in nail care with tags , , , on August 25, 2008 by penemuel

So, I don’t have a good camera for close-ups (and have to use flash because of poor lighting), and because I’m a leftie and my camera’s button is on the right (most of these are flipped 180 degrees), I have trouble getting decent pictures, but here are some recent nails of the day (and my incredibly sloppy manicures — I’m working on it, but I still can’t keep from getting polish all over my fingers):

First (and possibly neatest), China Glaze Sexagon, from the Kaleidoscope collection. It’s so pretty, all holographic silver glittery goodness. It dries quickly and smoothly — no glittery lumps.


Second, Zoya Yasmeen (gorgeous purple with a shimmer that’s a little on the gold/peach side), and Zoya Rihana (lovely burgundy shimmer — it looks a little more magenta here. And that really is a terrible photo…):



And most recently, Misa A Sin Worth Committing — gorgeous dark blue with a shimmer that just explodes in bright light. It’s so pretty! This picture almost doesn’t suck…