Very Denniee Nails :): April 2013

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

155. China Glaze - Fancy Pants

Fancy Pants is a blue-toned purple with magenta shimmer running throughout.  In the bottle, I thought I would love this immensely.  However, it kind of disappointed me on the nail.  The shimmer is not as apparent on the nails as in the bottle.  I was hoping for a bit more of a wow factor, but ah well, this is how it goes.

More accurate to color.

Formula was nice on this polish.  It was almost opaque in one coat, but I used 2 coats for this swatch.

Friday, April 19, 2013

154. OPI - I Saw...U Saw...We Saw...Warsaw

Ugh, I feel like the name of this polish is so unneccessary.  Anyways.  Warsaw is a lovely navy blue cream.  Not much else to say about it.  It doesn't really seem like a spring color, but meh...OPI included it, so it must be a color to wear for spring~/sarcasm.  Anyways, it really is nice, and I can see myself breaking this color out a couple times a year, especially more during fall :)

Application was absolutely perfect.  Like with most OPIs, application was easy-peasy, thanks to the prowide brush.  I feel like if you're really careful, you could get a one-coat application.  I almost did on a couple nails.  Here, I am wearing 2 coats, no topcoat.

Tuesday, April 9, 2013

153. China Glaze - Mimosa's Before Mani's

Mimosa's Before Mani's was one of the polishes I was looking forward to most from CG's spring collection!    Usually I don't like pinks too much, but if it leans peach or coral, I gotta have it!  Mimosa's is a peachy pink/coral with golden shimmer. And we all know how I am about that golden shimmer :)  The golden shimmer isn't really that apparent (especially in the picture below), but it does give the polish a slight glow, making the color a little warmer.

This color leans a little too peach.  Imagine a touch of orange in this swatch.
In most lights, it leans more orange.  My boyfriend even thought I was just wearing an orange polish on my toes :P  I can see myself wearing this a lot this year on my toes.  I love bright colors on my toes!  Even if I can only wear open-toed shoes 1-2 times a week, my polish will be cute :)

This swatch shows 2 thick coats, but 3 thin ones would probably be better.  The formula wouldn't self level, but topcoat takes care of all that.

Monday, April 8, 2013

152. Essie - Butler Please

Hey guys!  I have a bunch of pictures of what I've been wearing, but I'm going to try to show you guys my most recent stuff, and save the others for slow times.  I've also been experimenting with lighting set ups.  My lightbox just wasn't producing the kind of pictures I wanted, and taking pictures with just my daybulb wasn't working either.  For some reason the pictures were all coming out with the wrong color balance.  I guess I just have to experiment.

For now, here's some pictures that I took outside.  Davis has been really nice and sunny recently (except today, which was violently windy), and I hope to take advantage of it more!  Springtime/Autumn in Davis is the nicest weather <3

Butler Please is the most beautiful cobalt blue cream.  It's very dark in that it is saturated, but it's bright like crazy!  They stand out from a mile away.  Wow!  Here's some nail art I did using Butler Please, and a picture of Butler Please by itself.

I actually think Butler Please may have some neon pigment in it.  It dried to a satin/matte finish, and only became glossy with topcoat.

This picture is just about color accurate.  This kind of cobalt blue is very hard to photograph, but I think this color comes very close.  Butler Please is extremely flattering on my skintone, and it is just the kind of color I love!  I believe this is 2 thick coats of Butler Please, with Poshe on top.  You may need 3 thinner coats, since it does drag, just the tiniest bit.

Sunday, April 7, 2013

151. Sinful Colors - Lush Life

Lush Life is a lovely glitter topcoat.  It has large and small teal hex glitter in a clear base.  I love this color, and I can see myself using this over a lot of colors!

This is 1 coat of Lush Life over Mint Candy Apple.  Application was very easy; no dabbing or placing of glitters necessary!

Saturday, April 6, 2013

150. Sinful Colors - Mint Candy Apple

Lately I've really been loving mint polishes.  I know, I know, I'm a little late to this party.  Anyways, Mint Candy Apple is a lovely mint green with shimmer.  In most lights, the shimmer is silver, but direct lighting makes it light up golden!  Love it!

More color accurate :)

More to show off the shimmer.

Like most mints, the formula was a bit patchy.  Nothing unmanageable though.  This is 2 thick coats of MCA.

Thursday, April 4, 2013

149. China Glaze - Custom Kicks

Custom Kicks is one of my favorite polishes.  It's an aqua cream with sparse gold shimmer.  I saw aqua because the base color is a little too green to be teal.  Of course, I love the gold shimmer.  It gives the polish a little hidden sparkle to it.  In most lights, it's not really that apparent, but the polish gains just a little more life.  I think the shimmer makes it look as if sunlight is reflecting off the surface of a still lake.

Formula-wise, this polish was good.  It covers perfectly in 2 coats, with no balding or patchiness.  However, Custom Kicks stains like no one else's business.  I still have the stains from wearing it.

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

148. China Glaze - Midtown Magic

Midtown Magic is a polish I wore late last quarter.  Midtown Magic looks like a chocolate brown shimmer in the bottle, but it is so much more than that!  Well, I guess in these pictures, it does look just like a warm brown with gold shimmer.  And it's absolutely beautiful that way.  But during application, the first coat shows that this polish has a plummy purple undertone.  I kind of wish I took a picture of it at one coat.  Oh well, it's beautiful after it reaches opacity.  It kind of reminds me of fizzy coke :)

However, the formula leaves a little to be desired.  It's thin and watery, making it a little difficult to control.  Coverage on the first coat is very patchy, and drags on the second.  If you're really careful and have a light hand during application, 2 coats will work for opacity.  However, I had to use 3 due to some bald patches.

145-147 Finishing Up the Halo Hues!

Hello, I'm back!  Hopefully someone out there missed me ^^;;  I had a good spring break.  I didn't go anywhere special; I just went home.  And once I was home, I was just really lazy and didn't get anything done really...but that's always good once in a while!  

Anyways, today I'm going to wrap up the last of the Halo Hues.  Not to say that I don't like holos (I really do love the rainbow-riffic awesome shinies), but I do want to finish them up so I can show you guys something different, like what I've actually been wearing lately.

First up is Cloud Nine, a pastel pink holo.  The holo on this was pretty strong I believe.  Shown in the pictures is 3 coats.  Can't really say this one was the most interesting for me, as I'm not really a pink girl, but it sure is pretty.

Next is Harp On It, your quintessential silver holo.  I actually didn't have a very good silver holo in my collection up until this point, so it is a nice addition :)  I believe this is 3 coats, but you could probably get away with less with more careful application

Finally, to wrap things up, we have Halographic, a saturated magenta holo.  I feel like this one is similar to Miss Bliss, so perhaps I will do a comparison later.  This is two coats of Halographic.

Overall, I am really impressed with Color Club's holos.  They've definitely taken a look at what's popular in the nail-blogosphere and ran with it.  They've given us a good variety of color with a healthy amount of rainbows.  The formulas of each of the Halo Hues individually were good, but noticeably better with the 2013 polishes in terms of opacity and color variety.

That's it with the Halo Hues, guys!  Hold tight for some new, different things coming up soon!  Until then :)