Very Denniee Nails :): December 2012

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

120. Orly - Fowl Play

WOW.  I've finally got this polish!  I'm so glad to be getting such a long time lemming at long last.  And it has certainly met my expectations!

In case you guys haven't heard of this wonderful polish, Fowl Play is a lovely red-based purple jelly polish with color shifting flakies (much like Essie Shine of the Times, Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, etc) with purple shimmer and a sparse blue-purple shimmer running throughout.  It's quite magical and gorgeous and I am in love!  I really love the touch of blue-purple shimmer, it adds a whimsical touch to the polish!

My original lemming wasn't actually Fowl Play though.  Originally I wanted OPI Merry Midnight.  But after discovering that it was HTF and only available on e(vil)bay, I almost gave up hope.  Not too long after, Orly released this beauty, which is almost an exact dupe if comparisons online are correct.

This last picture is an experiment I did.  Originally I did two coats of Fowl Play, but then I wondered how Shine of the Times would look on top.  The green shift of SotT kind of put me off the combination, but then I layered another coat of Fowl Play on top and it almost looked like the original, but with denser flakies.  So if Fowl Play isn't enough flaky goodness for you, you know what to do now :)

Swatch (2nd pic) is 2 coats.  2 coats is good and opaque, but a 3rd coat definitely helps deepen the color and intensifies the magical purple shimmer.

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Fall Haul!

Cherry Culture, you finally got me!  I'd been eyeing the NYX polishes on Cherry Culture for at least half a year, but I'm very wary about online polish shopping.  However, about a month ago, had a sale on NYX products.  Me, being who I am, only had eyes for the nail polishes (although I hear their other products are very good as well).

I couldn't resist this sale, it was 25% off, on top of the already discounted polishes.  As a result, I got all of these for $2-2.50 each.  Quite the steal!  The only thing that bothered me about Cherry Culture is their long ship times.  I don't know if it was because of the size of the order or if they were backlogged, but it legitly took 3-4 weeks for me to get this order.  But they all came to me safe and sound, and that's what's important :)

However, there's a reason I don't online polish shop...which you will see once you see the pictures.

Saturday, December 8, 2012

52WC: Week 10 - Winter

Today I have a nice wintery manicure for you guys!  After a Secret Santa gift-giving session on Thursday, some friends of mine came over and we all did nails and watched New Girl (love that show! Schmidt!).  I wanted to do something simple, and then I realized that I still hadn't done my challenge of the week.  Scrolling through my pinterest, all that I saw in sight were typical winter manis.  However, I wanted to do something different.   When I saw a penguin mani, I knew that I had to have penguins!  But I don't like doing freehand art on all my nails (mostly because I suck at it).  So I just decided to have the penguin in the snow :)

Do you like my ram/sheet/whatever you call this animal?  It's so cute!

To do the penguin, I painted a base of black, then painted a white on for the belly using a nail art brush.  I also did the beak with a thin nail art brush.  Using two differently sized dotting tools, I first dotted the white with a large one, and then the black on top with a smaller one.

For the snowfall, I was actually aiming for a dot gradient, but it doesn't look like it turned out too much like that.  However, it still looks pretty.  I painted a pastel blue base and then used a large dotting tool to dot the tips, and then a medium sized one down the middle portion of my nail, and a small one towards the cuticle.  Then I topped the whole thing off with China Glaze White Cap to give the snow a more welcoming warm glow.

Colors Used:
Wet N Wild - Black Creme
Wet N Wild - White Creme
Zoya - Arizona
NYX Advanced Salon - Pastel Blue
China Glaze - White Cap

Friday, December 7, 2012

Like a Jolly Rancher~

Hey guys!  The end of the quarter and finals have been kicking my ass, but I'll soon all be able to do nails to my heart's content (and play video games, work on DIY projects, read...).  I say this every quarter, but I can't wait for this quarter to be over!  Until then, I will be posting manis from a little while ago.

Now that I've tried a jelly sandwich, I just wanna do more of them!  It's such an interesting look, and so simple to do!

I finally got to try out White Veil, sent to me by the lovely Raechelly!  Thank you so much for this awesome polish :)

I believe that this is 4 coats of Zoya Frida, with a coat of White Veil in between each coat of Frida and one on top.  8 layers of polish, baby!  I really do like how this mani came out :)

Wednesday, December 5, 2012

119. Zoya - Breezi

Breezi is a bright true blue cream.  I love how long this color makes my fingernails look.  I have many similar colors to this, but I don't care!  They're all lovely!

Formula was perfectly easy to control, not too thick and not too watery.  It covered perfectly in two thin coats and dried quickly.

Sunday, December 2, 2012

114-118. Color Club Foiled Collection

This is one of the very few collections that I own in its entirety.  I love how you can randomly find entire Color Club collections at Ross for a mere 8 dollars!  Such a steal!  I mean, you may not always get the latest collections, but sometimes you score a lucky find :)

If I remember correctly, Foiled was released last fall (2011).  Foiled is a collection of 6 intense, saturated foils.  They're so sparkly and great for the holidays!  I think they'd be good for stamping, as quite a few of these are one-coaters.  All swatches are shown with no topcoat.

First is Antiquated, which I reviewed a while ago but am putting in here for consistency's sake.  Antiquated is such a lovely lovely nude, maybe champagne foil!  This is easily my favorite of the collection, and definitely an elegant color that I can't get enough of! Two coats.

Next is Perfect Mol-ten.  Dunno what they were going for with the name, but I can say that this is an interesting color.  This is a very blue-toned green that kind of reminds me of moss.  Two coats.

Hot Like Lava is a saturated bright pink/magenta foil.  As you guys probably know, I'm not too fond of pinks.  However, this one is bright enough that I might wear this one day.  It's quite punchy and almost in that berry color range that I love so much.  One coat. 

Foil Me Once is a pale blue-based pink foil.  Definitely not my cup of tea, but still a nice color (for some other lucky girl).  One thick coat.

Cold Metal is certainly a fitting name for this polish.  This is a very saturated dark blue foil that kind of reminds me of denim.  I actually think I prefer this color as a shimmer finish rather than a foil, it's so intense!  I still like this polish regardless!  One coat.

I keep wanting to call this polish Cinderella, but its real name is Lumini-cent.  This is a light silvery-blue foil that reminds me of the Cinderella Barbie I had when I was 6 or so.  Her dress was almost this exact color, and the foil finish reminds me of the satiny finish of the dress.  Aaahhh, good memories :)  One thick coat.

The formula on this collection was great.  Everything covered well, and the polish flowed so smoothly.  All of these pictures were with no clean up.  Polishes like these are why I love Color Club!  They're affordable and have some really nice colors :)