I am such a sucker for packaging! I saw this cute set at Rite Aid for $4.99 + tax and I couldn't resist! The nail stickers are tiny, but there is tiny green shimmer over the black stickers, and I love little touches like that. There are two glow in the dark polishes among the four.
The green glows in the dark and it's pretty thin. I used three coats for my swatch, but could have used a fourth:
The purple is also a glow-in-the dark and also needs four coats (shown with three):
The white was fine with three coats:
The black was perfect in two coats:
If your expectations aren't too high, this is a cute set for $5, and would be wonderful for doing your nails with a small someone special!
Scent of the Day: Iulia, l'Artiste du Diable (Carnaval Diabolique 2015) --White tea, sugar cane, orange blossom, rockrose, lemon balm, white mint, and honey.
I fell for this new scent at the Bay Area Lunacy event at the end of August. It's re-engineered from the previous Artiste du Diable scent ("Gennivre") which was named for a previous CD label illustrator. (The current version is named for Julie Dillon.) I've never tried Gennivre, so I don't know how this compares to the previous version.
On first sniff it's tea, honey, mint, and a beautiful floral. Normally I don't like orange blossom, but if that's what this is, then I may have to change my mind. Wet on my skin, it's everything I love about Embalming Fluid -- the tea, the herbal lemon, the perkiness - plus a really beautiful floral. If the Lab description didn't say otherwise, I'd think this was white ginger lily instead of orange blossom.
As it matures I get more floral and honey. But the lemon gets deeper and a bit more sugary, more like preserved lemon peel. It keeps the floral from collapsing in an excess of indoles. The result is a happy, sweet, but not too pungent floral with lemony-mint underpinnings. This is probably the best orange blossom has ever smelled on my skin chemistry.
It's hard to reproduce the original testing ground for this scent -- a warm crowded shop, humid with many bodies -- but the scent still loves me in the relatively cool, dry, airy environs of my house.
I treated myself to a gorgeous and geeky Pi Infinity scarf from Think Geek. Then when I was planning to wear it with a blue and white tweed jacket, white shirt and blue slacks, I decided I would do my nails to match. I started with a base of Zoya Dream, then added a coat of Nubar White Polka Dot and free-handed the Pi symbold in Serum No5 Guiding Light.
I found a set of four mini Essie polishes at Duane Reade in NYC when I was there, and although the packaging clearly says this pretty little green-leaning dusty blue is "Mind Your Mittens" the original polish with that name was a dark teal and this is probably actually "Parka Perfect"! Oh well, it's still a pretty color that's opaque in two coats and very wintry-feeling.
Gossip Girl is a barely pink-tinted base stuffed with gold and pink and holographic glitter. It's a wonderful top coat, not too thick and drying quickly. It does need a thick top coat so it doesn't feel textured. I layered one coat over Front Page and loved the result.
15 Minutes of Fame is a pinky-red jelly filled with holographic and pinky-red glitter. I've shown one coat over Front Page and two coats on its own. It looks beautiful either way, and the formula is easy to work with and quick-drying.
Front Page is a slightly frosty gold shimmer, saved from being a disaster by how very shiny it is. It's opaque in two coats and dried quickly. It is a bit brush-strokey, but it's a solid holiday polish.
Six new MATTEVELVET Nail Colors to slip into this WINTER/HOLIDAY season.
The best-selling, MATTEVELVET finish returns this holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special ZOYA MATTEVELVET fleck finish everyone loves.
· Aspen (ZP814) - a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.
· Sue (ZP815) - a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.
· Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.
· Iris (ZP817) - a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.
· Yves (ZP818) - a deep sapphire that's midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.
· Honor (ZP819) - a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.
NOTE: MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, glossy top coat or speed dryer. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry.
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Zoya MATTEVELVET Color Sampler, 6 – 0.5 oz. bottles - $60 (US)
Not only are my mermaid nails inspired by a look I love from The Crumpet, they were made possible by vinyls from a company I love, KB Shimmer!
I learned a lot about how to use the vinyl guides properly (by doing it wrong, lol) but overall I was pleased with this manicure and got a ton of compliments. I used a base of Color Club Cherubic, Dandy Nails Queen of the Night, Literary Lacquer Pan-Galactic Gargle Blaster and I Love Nail Polish A Fresh Evergreen.
I went a little bit sideways on my supernatural manicure*. I couldn't decide between ghosts and seances and werewolves and vampires, so I did one thing they all have in common. I used Zoya Storm and Serum No5 Guiding Light to depict the phases of the moon.
*I originally typed manitou--there's some supernatural for you, lol.