Saturday, August 11, 2012

NOTD - Flakies & Creme

Second nail post of the day! I present you my NOTD:
OK, so perhaps I should tell you that I have a penchant for pale shades with a twist, hence this post and this post. So my NOTD this time should come as no surprise to you that it follows that same formula. It's Essie's Shine of the Times over OPI's Skull and Glossbones.

Both came out last year, Shine of the Times is part of a collection called Luxeffects, a collection of polishes meant for layering. I picked up this one since the flakies gained resurgence some time late last year. I'm not a big fan of flakies but I like to have that option, LOL. The flakies in this shifts colors between green, yellow, and copper under some lights, and between pink-purple under some other lights. It looks more obvious when layered over something dark.

OPI's Skull and Glossbones is part of their Stranger Tides collection (a tie-in with the movie of the same name) that came out some time in spring 2011. It's a very pale grey, sort of a cross between white and light grey but still lets the natural rosy color of your skin shines through to prevent it from looking chalky. This is one of my favorite shades to wear ever.
Love how it's muted yet it'll come alive under certain angles or lights. Just my kind of shade!
Taken with flash, the flakies shift colors between pink, purple, and light teal.
Formula wise, Skull and Glossbones is a tad thin, you need to apply 2 coats to be opaque while Shine of the Times is at the opposite end of the spectrum. It's thick and clumpy, really not my favorite formula to work with.

Hope you get inspired! (^_^)

Princess Sabra - My First Holo!

Got two nail posts today so I'll be quick. First up is Princess Sabra from A England. This is my first A England polish I have and already, I am itching to get more! It is THAT good.
 It's a pale golden olive with scattered holo. As with any holo polishes, the holographic effect comes alive under sunlight or strong indoor lighting but most of the time it will look like the above picture.

The two pics above are with flash. As with No More Waity Katie, I feel this shade is neutral enough to be worn in professional settings (i.e. if you're a lawyer or doctor). You can wear this without invoking too much disdain from your co-workers whilst still showing a little personality.
This polish has one, if not the greatest formula I have ever tried. It's supposed to be free of the bad chemicals yet it applies like a dream. It's the right consistency, not thick nor clumpy and glides easily. It dries to a super glossy and smooth finish, it's opaque in 1 coat but I used 2 coats in all pics to intensify the color.
For your unnecessary info, I just got rid of a whole giant bag worth of polishes last week. It's full of impulse purchases and probably weighs the same as a toddler. It kills me to see how reckless I was with my hard earned money and vowed to be more of a scrooge. I tell myself from now on I'm allowed to buy only one shade instead of the usual few shades from a collection. Then along comes A England and you have no idea how badly I'm itching to get Princess Tears, Dragon, and Saint George for my next purchase. Must. Exercise. Self. Control. LOL...kidding aside, I seriously recommend this brand (and particularly this collection), really worth your money.