Saturday, December 6, 2014

Pretty Christmas Combo

Happy Saturday!

I've actually had this one on since Thursday so I'll start by apologizing for the wear. On second thought, maybe I don't apologize. The following pictures could also be a testimonial for Simply Smooth and Simply Quick from Bliss Kiss. I have been using these pretty much exclusively for the most recent manicures and I have to say, I am quite impressed. But let's look at the polish first.

Once again, did I take any pictures of the base color? No. Since I'm just now getting around to taking pictures period, that will have to be another swatch for another time. I knew what I wanted to see with this manicure and was once again, too excited to see the end result. 

Pics are three coats of Sally Hansen Red Carpet with one coat of Ellagee Rainbow Syrup on top. All are without flash - since I haven't yet figured out how to trigger the flash on a constant basis.

Red Carpet is a red jelly with red glitter. A real sparkler by itself. Similar to China Glaze Ruby Pumps and Milani Ruby Jewels. The polish looks to be lit from within all by itself. If you look closely enough at the pictures, you can see the red lights in amongst the holographic rainbows. A really stunning polish. I'll swatch it again when I take this off. 

Ellage Rainbow Syrup - one of the better holographic top coats I've used. This one doesn't gray out the bast color nearly as much as some. It brings that lovely holographic rainbow to your nails that we all just can't seem to get enough of. It looks good over pretty much any color of polish and will add a nice rainbow sheen to bare nails, if you choose to wear it that way.

Yeah, still working on the lighting set up. I had three lights working for these photos but the one that did most of the work is a little USB desk light I purchased from Amazon. If you look closely at the bottle shot for Red Carpet, you can see the ring of little lights reflected there on the top of the bottle. The light is really bright and makes my skin look normal. The brand name is Daffodil and the lamp wasn't all that expensive. Less than $10. It really brings out the holo.

Now, as you can see from the pics, I have a bit of wear at the tips but no real chips to speak of. This is after almost three days of wear. I didn't even cap the tips on this manicure, which is probably why the holographic top coat did a bit of shrinking away from the tips. Weird that only the holographic part shrunk and not the color. It's not something I would worry about, though. I'm finding that the shrinking has more to do with the polish beneath the top coat than it does the top coat itself. Still, I'm very impressed and this base/top has definitely become my go to products. 

On another note, for being an unemployed person, I seem to be busier now than ever. Trying to fit everything I want to do into my day has become a challenge but I'm slowly closing in on a daily schedule. Sunday will still be my swatch day when I have something new to show off but the new stuff will begin to dwindle. I have two orders on the way to me right now. One being the new Community 2014 collection from Literary Lacquers. I also have three of the flakies from I Love Nail Polish coming. You can look forward to those. I also still need to swatch my first Butter London polishes. I keep looking at them and fondling the bottles but have yet to apply anything to my nails. I guess I'm still in awe of the fact that I actually own them.

I also have ideas for some Christmas nail art and since that's my technique for the month, you'll see some of those, as well. And I suppose I should do a favorites for 2014...did my December schedule just get a little bit busier?

Ok, enough rambling. Thanks for reading and stay tuned.


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