Friday, September 30, 2011

Orly Fowl Play

Okay, before I get into this monster post, I want to apologize - I've been super busy this week, and haven't been feeling my best, either. I'm behind on visiting everyone's blogs, and replying to comments here on Nightly Nails. I don't like to let things get too far behind - I even didn't have a post set for last night.
Anyway, let's get to this amazing polish.
Orly Fowl Play is the hugely popular polish dupe for the much sought after LE OPI Merry Midnight. The differences are minute, really. There have been many comparisons done, and I don't have Merry Midnight anymore to show you guys, so we'll skip that.
If you follow me on Twitter, you'll know I was on the hunt for this and hugely unsuccessful! Last week I got a surprise package from none other than Jen of The PolishAholic - lo and behold, there was my preciousssss. Jen, you are always hooking me up! Thanks sweet girl.
So, this is an amazing polish. Dark purple jelly jam packed with flakies, glitter, and magic. Seriously, so much going on here. It's pretty opaque on its own - you'll see that the very tips of my nails are light in these swatches, indicative of a jelly polish - but I used three thin coats to get this level of opacity. I probably could have gone with two thicker and been done.
I was curious how this would layer, so I tried a couple of different things - the first one you'll see is my thumbnail, with no cleanup. *gulp* I know everyone hates that. Anyway, it was a quick last minute experiment - I tried layering Fowl Play over Milani Rad Purple. The effect is a lighter slightly more red base. Pretty cool!
Next, Jana and Alli suggested I try layering it over a red - I used Sinful Colors GoGo Girl, which is a bright red jelly. I need to be more careful with this, as Fowl Play can go on pretty heavily, so I tried to do a thin layer, and it wasn't even enough. However, LOVE this combo.
So, a whole pile of pictures with this. You also get a bottle shot and a macro! Last photo is the layering with GoGo Girl.

Well. This has got me slightly curious how Fowl Play would look over, say, Revlon Royal. Of course, it looks fantastic on its own! So, have you managed to hunt down this beauty?

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Color Club Alter Ego

I filed my nails down a bit! They were getting a tad overwhelming for me. The photos of Alter Ego were taken right afterwards, so at this point I was like ahhhh.
Well, this is another stunner from Color Club. I guess this could almost be considered a foil? Metallic shimmer in both darker and lighter purple, shot with gold and something else that I can't quite put my finger on. Instant favorite, this. Someone mentioned to me on twitter that this is what they wanted Opulent Cloud to be, and I can see that! This is just a tad thin, so I used three coats, but it dried so quickly it was no trouble.

A bottle shot and a macro both here, to hopefully give you an idea of everything that is going on in terms of color with this polish. I want one of these in EVERY SHADE IMAGINABLE, Color Club. Please?

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

China Glaze Westside Warrior

Ahh, the last of my picks from China Glaze Metro. This is darker and less yellow than some of the olive greens I've shown you from fall collections, I think. Gorgeous. Maybe a little easier for everyone to wear? I love that there have been a wide variety to choose from - considering the paucity of olive greens up until now.
I had no troubles with the formula of this, I could almost have gotten away with one coat, since it's very pigmented. But I had a wonky brush - it was shorter in the middle and longer on the sides, and I haven't trimmed it so it made application a bit more of a challenge.

Yup, that's a beauty! I love this shade.

Monday, September 26, 2011

Zoya Codie

Well, this is a pretty straightforward post. Zoya Codie is a dark brown creme with just a slight undertone of yellow - making it slightly warm, and therefore not completely blackened even in lower light situations. Makes sense, hopefully. Easy application, two coats shown here. I don't feature enough browns, but I do love them.

This is in a lower light situation - lately it's been overcast and rainy in North Carolina a lot, so you can tell this is not black. Sexy, I think! And look how glossy it is.

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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Finger Paints Catwalk Queen

I know that this color will probably not be popular - in fact, it really doesn't even suit my skintone at all. But I love it. It goes into the uglyawesome file, and although I look at it on my nails and think why am I wearing this? - I also am strangely attracted to it. Unlike the funky yellow greens, I don't think this compliments me at all. No matter, I'll keep wearing this. And I know I'll find a way to play with it, I think it would make a great base for a plaid manicure, if I could ever master those.
This was not as easy to apply as the other colors I picked up from Finger Paints fall, but still smoothed out after a couple of coats. It was a tad thicker, but it finally laid down right and settled out. It's definitely a dijon mustard shade on me, predominantly yellow with a touch of brown and green.

Strangely fascinating or just ugly, y'all??

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Saturday, September 24, 2011

With A Little Help From My Friends: STEPHANIE!

You know, at one point Stephanie had a picture of herself for her Twitter avatar, and to me we looked so much alike, I almost always mistook which tweet was which! I love it. Steph runs a wonderful blog called Imperfectly Painted. Steph is a total sweetheart! I absolutely LOVE reading her blog. Sometimes you find yourself glossing over posts to get to pictures, especially when you follow a lot of blogs. You do, it's just a thing that happens. I never do that with Stephanie's blog, because she's always got something interesting to read! It may be that we have a lot in common, as well.  It amazes me that so many of us bonded over nail polish, and then the more we get to know each other the more we find out we share common interests. For instance, Stephanie and I both share a love of history!

1. How long have you been blogging?

I've been blogging since April 2010.

2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?

 I had been reading blogs since early 2009, and always wanted to blog, but was not sure I'd be able to keep up with it. Plus, with so many blogs out there I wasn't sure anyone would read mine. I impulsively decided to start one, because I had so many polishes I wanted to share them with others. I had the name "Imperfectly Painted" in mind for a long time. There are 2 reasons I went with this name. One, I've never been a stickler for perfectly polishes nails, and I knew with that name people wouldn't expect that from me. Two, nail polish has been a getaway from reality. I can be a perfectionist in the real world, and I wanted to keep nail polish/blogging out of that equation. Imperfectly Painted is probably the first place I felt comfortable being my true self. Thankfully, the real world and my blog world are now colliding. I'm starting to embrace imperfection in reality.

3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?

This is an impossible question. I have so many favorites colors. Plus, a lot of the time I discover new favorite colors through nail polish I buy. My favorite colors are all colors with an exception of a few!

4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?

I wouldn't say there is a color I won't wear, but there are colors I've discovered do not suit me well, and I try to steer clear. Yellow-greens or yellow-based greens are not my favorites (i.e. Zoya Tangy). I'll also say greiges (gray-brown), muddy colors are not my favorite either.

5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get?

Sometimes. I'd love for people to notice more actually. I definitely get most comments from women. I'd say the polishes I receive the most compliments on is China Glaze Ruby Pumps,Sinful Colors Cream Pink, and Milani Fresh Teal. I also get a lot of "Are these your real nails?" and "What treatments do you use?". The latter question I find awkward, since I don't use really any treatments, and my nails are real.

6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)

I have a lot of favorite blogs. Some of my favorites are Nouveau Cheap, Vampy Varnish, Scrangie, Let Them Have Polish, The PolishAholic, Clumps of Mascara, Beauty by Kayla Shevonne, Power Femme, Varnish Vixen, Nightly Nails, and Gotham Polish. I'm sure there are more. My favorite blogs are from people I identify with. I like their creativity, writing style, personality, swatches, their ability to challenge some of my perceptions, or etc. I also find these bloggers really care about their readers. They don't have have airs or frills about them. These are just genuinely great people with neat blogs!

7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?

Is learning considered a hobby? I can research things for hours, just for the fun. I like to watch a lot of documentaries. I'm a big nerd. I like Star Trek, Disney, singing, writing, and traveling. I also like really trashy reality TV.

8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!

This is kind of an offshoot of question 7.  I'm really a thoughtful and analytical person, you don't see this part of me on my blog often. I enjoy trying to figure out what makes humans tick. I like to look back through history, and analyze the choices we've made and the consequences. I enjoy reading about religion and philosophy and how our views have changed or grown from the beginning of time. I  adore art history. We can learn so much about the human psyche through art. The same goes with literature.  I also love science. I like to think about the universe, and how we fit into it all. There are so many unknowns and so much to discover. I could go on and on! Can you tell this is my passion? I'd love to teach high school World History or humanities. I want to inspire students to have passion for learning. Kids are our future, right?

9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without using or wearing it?

Well, besides for nail polish, I'd say mascara.

10. What is the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?

I wish I had done something crazy! I'm an overly-cautious person. I need to be more of a risk taker. One of the most interesting things I've done though was get to play at Carnegie Hall in New York. My junior year of high school, my high school band was invited to perform there. That is definitely a memory I will not forget.

Okay, so that's a picture of Steph's favorite manicure, OPI DS Ruby. *swoon* Stunning! I really enjoyed reading Stephanie's answers, she's a very thoughtful person. I hope you enjoyed learning more about her as well! 

Friday, September 23, 2011

Zoya Nimue

Okay, I'll be honest. Three of the polishes from the Smoke set of Zoya's fall offering have been neglected - on purpose. I knew I'd like all of the cremes and three of the shimmers, but Nimue, Marina and Tao just did not appeal to me. I hadn't seen any swatches that just made me swoon, I guess.
So the other day, I thought let me just go ahead and try this - because Nathalie had requested to see it. I am in love with Nimue! I did not expect to like it, but I have done a complete turnaround. Okay, we all know that Zoya has become a master with gold shimmer, right? They've got a metric ton of beautiful polish shades with stunning gold shimmer. I think what they're trying to create with Nimue, Marina and Tao is the same effect, with silver shimmer. It's not quite the same, but it's very beautiful. I can imagine if they keep going, they'll really master this. I do hope so, because they've got a good start!
Nimue is a slightly reddish mid toned purple, shot through with silver shimmer. It gives the polish an ethereal quality. I used two coats here. I keep repeating myself, but you might want to click these to see that pretty shimmer.

Guh. So beautiful.

Thursday, September 22, 2011

CQ Golden Green

At the same time that I bought CQ Idyllic, I also purchased this one - CQ Golden Green. C'mon, I'm a fiend for olive greens, go figure! It looks a lot like Nina Ultra Pro Mossy Britches, which I did swatch on Magic Maid. I'll be reswatching it for you all here, and I'll do a comparison between the two.
Umm, this is amazeballs. I am so in love with this color. It's a perfect olive green shade that's shot through with gold shimmer, which seems to be suspended in the base color. It glows. I had to be a little careful of brushstrokes, but not too bad, really. I did two thin coats and tried to wait in between, for it to dry a bit. That helped, also - I didn't push the polish around much on my nails if I could help it.
I don't even know how the ding on my ring finger happened, so my apologies for that.

Umm, please click to enlarge these? Seriously. Isn't that a beauty?
I don't know if I have ever mentioned it, but I probably should make a note of this somewhere. All the photos I take on this blog are in natural light, and with base coat. If for any reason I ever take a photo inside, or with flash, I will post that. Also, I rarely use top coat before I photograph something. If I do, for instance with neon shades, I make note of that in the post as well.
Alright, have a good evening! I'll be trying to get all of the fall shades I've nabbed posted before October hits, so I can play with some ideas I've got going on in my head, but I probably won't finish them. Fall is my favorite nail polish season, followed closely by the holidays.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pink Wednesday: Diamond Cosmetics Hot Lips

I have been a frankening fool today. I'm currently working on my third bottle! I almost forgot that today was Wednesday, so I figured I'd better get on it and work on a Pink Wednesday post. Do you wear pink on Wednesdays?
So, I had recently got several pinks, but I figured I'd better pull out a nice bright shade, a last fling with summer. Diamond Cosmetics Hot Lips seemed perfectly appropriate! This is one of my favorites - go figure, it's super bright and it's a jelly. Win! I used two coats for this, since I knew I wanted to try layering something over it. I could have probably gotten it pretty opaque in three, though. This dries super shiny - since it's almost a neon, it's that bright! - I was pretty surprised.
As a topper, I chose China Glaze Glacier. I remember the first time I ever tried Glacier, I thought I could wear it alone. I probably could, but it never got opaque. It's a very sheer white base with rainbow sparkly fine glitter. SO pretty.

Obviously, my photo doesn't do Hot Lips justice - it's much brighter than I can capture, but that shot is the closest I came. If you can see from the bottle, it's a blue leaning pink. If you want to get a better look at the pretty sparkles in Glacier, you'll have to click to enlarge this.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011


I was working in the lab, late one night...nah, just kidding. Getting into the spirit of the season early. I was up super late one night, browsing through my dashboard and I came across this awesomesauce post by Marisa. I thought, I don't have all of those but I have similar stuff, surely I can pull this off! Seven layers later, I had something different, but I still love it.
Okay, I used Taunting Teal by Sonia Kashuk as my base. I know I've got a deep navy somewhere but I couldn't think of one, so I picked this off of my desk and thought it might be similar enough to achieve the results.
My layering went like this: Sinful Colors Green Ocean, Island Girl Mahalo Dream, Nubar 2010, NYX Girls Aqua Glitter, Pure Ice Busted, and Sinful Colors All About You. Whew. The flakie/glitter iridescence going on here is amazing - it flashes so many colors and it just glows. Mermaid scales! You'd think seven layers would dry slowly, right? Nah, it went pretty quickly since I used thin layers. I was pretty shocked myself. I think the next time I try this I'll be more careful in my placement, and maybe go for more of a gradient effect.
On to the photos. I think this looks a lot better in person, in my opinion, but hopefully you'll get the idea!

Really, it doesn't feel as thick as it looks here, especially my pinkie finger. Also, this is surprisingly smooth - the mylar opalescent flakies in Mahalo Dream can be sticky, but smooth out well with one layer of top coat.
I wish I could capture how much more magical this looks. If you decide to try this, please let me know, I'd like to see!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Focus On Duochrome: Orly Space Cadet

I'm going to do something I rarely do here at Nightly Nails, and I'm going to use a cut. I have an amazing amount of photos of Orly Space Cadet, because I found it almost impossible to narrow down this beauty. My love for this has not diminished in the year since it's been released - it's a sexy beast. I think this may be the most multichrome polish I own. Let's see, green, gold, orange, purple, wine - massive color changing shimmer packed into a navy blue jelly base. Yum. If you don't have this and you are remotely in love with duochromes, you better order it.
I'm not going to blather much more about this, I will let the photos speak for themselves. I used three coats here to achieve this opacity, and these photos were taken in various lighting situations, all outdoors and without flash.

Click to see the rest of the madness!

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Focus On Duochrome: Essence Where Is The Party?

This little $1 bottle of polish is a true chameleon. And it's a pain in the butt to capture, as you'll see from my multiple photos! I can't get any of the blue to show up on camera, but the green, grey and purple do. But - this is weird - the purple is more of a lilac chrome. Well, we all know how purples can be on camera, not well behaved right?
I used two coats for this. I recently picked this up during my first ever meet up with a polish blogger, Jennifer from Lacquer Lover and I tried to slay some lemmings but were largely unsuccessful. We did have a good time in Ulta, though, just browsing around and talking it up about polish! Hopefully we can do that again sometime. She also found the new Revlon glitters and Royal Cloak for me! You'll see those soon.
Anyway, back to Where Is The Party? I want to type this Where's The Party, like the Madonna song. O_o This is darker and has better opacity than its cousin, Wet N Wild Gray's Anatomy. I took a bazillion photos, but narrowed it down for you - aren't you grateful? Haha. Anyway, this is shown off in a myriad of light, from full sun to shade.

Hum, I just realized the photos I picked are all at the same angle. I usually try to switch it up, but straight on just didn't work out for this polish. I also picked up three of the recent Holografics collection - I'm still missing two, but those are all duochromes as well - NOT holographic.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

With A Little Help From My Friends: JEN!

Ahh, Jen, who runs The PolishAholic, is a total sweetheart! Seriously, I don't think I've ever run into a more generous and giving soul. If you've been reading Nightly Nails for a while, you'll know that she found me a replacement bottle of my beloved OPI Pink Me I'm Good - what a doll she is! I think she is probably the most positive person I know. She's sure been a cheerleader for me in starting over with Nightly Nails! Truly great listeners are rare, and she is one of those.

1. How long have you been blogging?
 I started in April 2010!

2. What inspired you to start blogging? How did you come up with the name of your blog?
I was going through a tough time with my family, my Grandpa was sick and in and out of the hospital a lot. I would spend a lot of time there will my Grandma and was always showing her photos of my nails on my phone. She made a comment one day that I should find some way to show other people too and the blog was born! I always loved reading blogs but never thought of making my own! It was (and still is) a great escape from real life a lot of the time. The blog was originally named something horribly Jen's Nail Archive, I ended up changing the name before I actually blogged anything though. It morphed into The PolishAholic when someone told me I had an addiction to nail polish!

3. What is your favorite color? Is it your favorite polish color, as well?
 I really love a nice light calms me down! In terms of polish, green is by far my favorite! I don't actually have a lot of lavender polish since it usually makes my hands look all lobster-y!

4. Is there a polish color you won't wear?
Nope, I'll wear pretty much any color of polish. I used to really dislike everything Red and Pink but blogging has opened me up to wearing them more and I kind of love those shades now!

5. Do a lot of people offline notice your polish/nail art? What kinds of comments do you get?
 Occasionally, usually only when I have some kind of nail art on or when I'm wearing like a ridiculously bright color. Usually people just stare lol. I also get a lot of people asking if my nails are real! I find that when I do some kind of stamping I get tons of people asking how I did it! I can't even count how many time I've has to describe what Konad is to people!

6. What are some of your favorite blogs? (Doesn't necessarily have to be polish related!)
 I pretty much only read nail blogs..seems like us polish folks update the most so they keep my interest! I follow a lot of blogs so it's hard to narrow down my favorites but the ones I need to have blocked from my computer for costing me tons of money are: Also Known As, Glitta Gloves, Nouveau Cheap, Let Them Have Polish, The Swatchaholic and of course you...Nightly Nails which has been costing me money since the Magic Maid days!

7. What other hobbies and interests do you have outside of polish and blogging?
 I'm pretty boring, I'm a big music fan and go to a fair amount of concerts. Other than that I'm pretty much a homebody, I like to go to the movies and go shopping...hang out with my dog aka I'm boring 99% of the time.

8. Tell us a bit more about yourself. Any tidbits you'd like to share!
 I was a chronic nail biter for pretty much my whole life. I started wearing polish to break the habit a few years ago! In addition to nail polish I also collection No Doubt stuff. They were my obsession before nail polish lol. I have a whole wall in my room decorated with framed No Doubt concert posters!

9. What is the one beauty item you cannot live without - you won't go out of the house without using or wearing it?
Lip gloss or some kind of chap stick. It's pretty rare that I wear makeup but I've always got like 5 kinds of lip stuff in my purse and on my desk at work!

10. What is the craziest/most interesting thing you've ever done?
 hmm well let's see I've sat outside in a very gross parking lot all night to get into to a concert for free. It was one of those Myspace secret shows, I think it was about 3 years ago and it was for The Offspring at my favorite tiny venue in Anaheim, CA called Chain Reaction. It was SO worth it...met awesome people in line and got to see a band I love in a very small venue they would probably never play at otherwise!

I am so glad Jen chose to showcase one of her splatter manis - this one she calls splattersaurus! Hah, awesome. She inspired me to try this method and I LOVED it. It's so much fun - and I'm a huge fail at nail art!  I'm totes jealous that she got to see The Offspring in a small venue. That must have been amazing!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Focus On Duochrome: Color Club Wild And Willing

Oh, Color Club, you slayed me with the Wild At Heart collection. From fall of 2009, this is still one of my favorite fall collections ever.
Wild And Willing is ... amazeballs. Seriously, if you don't have this and you love duo/multichromes, you need this. Get it. Stat. It's a shimmer and it flashes gold, pink, orange and sometimes green. Seriously, it screams fall and you will be mesmerized by what you see on your fingers. I think I took almost a hundred photos of this and captured the gold and orange really well, you can see a bit of the pink flash in there as well - but that green just hid from the camera. Again, like a broken record, click to enlarge these.
This is a bit thin - I used three coats here and you can see a bit of VNL in my photos, but it was a lot less visible off camera.

AIIIEEEE look at the bottle in the middle photo! Isn't that cool? Mmm, this is too lovely.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Focus On Duochrome: Nubar Purple Beach

Nubar has a small pile of duochromes that are worthy of being featured here during Focus On Duochrome, but I had to pick just one, so Purple Beach it is! I sadly don't have Peacock Feathers. I would love to get my nails on that one - it's a stunner!
First of all, apologies for my ring finger. I bumped it going out the door trying to nab photos, and since this was the second round of photos I tried to get of Purple Beach, I decided to try to fix it with a little wet polish. You can see it didn't do a lot of good.
This beauty just didn't want to show up for me. The shimmer flashes purple, grey and green - I swear it! The photos look a bit better enlarged, if you want to have a click. Two coats on all except that *beeeeeep* ring finger.

Ahh. I have several more of these beauties to show off, but that's a great start, no? Please, Nubar, bring back Peacock Feathers. I need it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Focus On Duochrome: Sinful Colors Let Me Go

Sinful Colors has several polishes that seem to be only good for layering. A prime example of this is Let Me Go - I bought three of these thin polishes, and nothing seemed to get them to opacity. But they flash some amazing colors in the bottles! Let Me Go looks gold, purple and blue in the bottle.
I layered this over Sinful Color Verbena, and wow. What a stunning color! The blue flash turns into a green shimmer. The purple is kind of absorbed by Verbena, but you can see the gold shot through, I think, in these photos. One layer of Verbena, one layer of Let Me Go here.

The other two polishes that I have that are duochromes and great for layering are Bali Mist and You Just Wait. If you have these, and don't know what to do with them - give layering a whirl, you'll be pleasantly surprised!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Focus On Duochrome: CQ Idyllic

CQ Idyllic is a drugstore gem I found one day while looking unsuccessfully for a discontinued Sally Hansen. These I've seen at Rite Aid - I don't know if they're found anywhere else. You can get this multichrome stunner for under $5! I want to say it was two or three dollars.
This is a shimmer, I used three layers here. It was thick enough on its own not to have to layer it over another color. It flashes brown, gold and wine red. It's stunning! Very fall feeling, as well.

I just love this so much. It was a joy to photograph, too by the way! So easy to capture all the pretty colors. I'm glad I snagged this when I saw it, I didn't know it was going to be quite this beautiful.

Monday, September 12, 2011

Focus On Duochrome: OPI Glacier Bay Blues

Okay, let's start duochrome week out with a bang! OPI Glacier Bay Blues is from OPI's 2004 Canadian Collection. I found this at a dusty for $4, lucky me! It looks like an oil slick in the bottle. It's...amazing. Seriously, no words to describe how awesome this polish is. It's definitely a multichrome, but hard to capture.
I have heard this looks great layered, but it isn't necessary to layer it - I used it strictly by itself for these photos. Three coats made this perfection. This flashes turquoise, blue, and purple. I can see a weird flash of green even but no way did that even make it on camera. It's absolutely luscious - it almost looks like a jelly shimmer.
I took an inordinate amount of pictures and could not manage to scale them down much, so you get spam tonight for dinner. All of these are in low light, which seems to make for better duo/multichrome photographing.

You can click to enlarge these. Look at that bottle shot! It's amazing, right? Utterly gorgeous.
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