Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Weird Wednesday Comparison ~ Green Jelly, Tint or Sheer

Hello Dahlings!

This week I have 3 green jellies that also glow-in-the-dark!

 The line up ~ Emori White 24, Emori Green Light 04,
Nabi Green 04 & Princessa 540-04.
04 must be standard code for neon green?
I got all of these in sets on Amazon,
but only the Emori polishes are currently available.

They may look identical in the bottle, but on the nail all is not the same.
I started with 2 coats of the Emori White for undies as jelly gitds work best
when they have a light background to help reflect the glow.
You can wear them commando, they just may not glow as brightly.
I then added 2 coats of each color, followed by a coat of Seche Vite.

Index ~ Emori Green Light 04
The palest of the 3 at more of a light spring green
than the neon it looks like in the bottle.

Middle~ Nabi Green 04
The color of this one is more saturated than the Emori
& slightly more warm toned then either the Emori or Princessa.

Ring ~ Princessa 540-04
Of the 3 gitd collections, this one is my fav
as the colors are well saturated & lean towards cool tones.

All 3 look a wee bit streaky with the 1st coat,
but smooth out with a 2nd coat.
They can be used as is or for gradients, lead lighting, splodging
& other techniques where sheer, blendable colors are desired.

Time for the glow review portion of this comparison!

The Emori on the left has the softest light
& leans towards a blue green glow.

The Nabi in the middle is the brightest with a neon green glow.

The Princessa on the right is almost as bright as the Nabi
& has a neon green glow.

 I know the Nabi & Princessa gitds aren't available on Amazon right now,
but these brands are available on line
& can sometimes be found in indie beauty supply stores.
They are worth the hunt if you like wearing glow in the dark polish
& want ones that are versatile with a strong glow that has a long shelf life.

The Emori's are currently available on Amazon
& at a reasonable price for the set.
They're just not as pigment saturated
as the other 2 brands & don't glow as strongly.
That said, they aren't a bad polish, just not as good as the other 2.

>^. .^<

 Jazz likes to hide in the dark when she gets spooked.

 If she can't see it, it can't eat her.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Monday, February 8, 2016

A Xmas Pressie mani!

Hello Dahlings!

Today I have a mani that uses a polish I got as an Xmas pressie from one of my customers.
She knows I'm into polish & occasionally gets me goodies from Avon.

Here's the mani I did & wore to our last Stamp Camp...

 I started with a base of Nabi L. Blue 20
& then add 2 dabbed on coats of Avon Dazzlers Bling It on Blue.
The blue violet of the glitter over the light blue base matches my hair.
I sealed it all in with a coat of Seche Vite.

 Yep! The Nabi gitd collex I bought on Amazon 3 years ago
still glows like a champ!

>^. .^<


I think I just ate rug fuzz.
Oh well...CATNIP!

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, February 5, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Aqua or Turquoise

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Tarts are doing manis using aqua or turquoise polish.
My specific pattern/design is negative space.

I did this...

The negative space technique is not one of my favs,
mostly because I have acrygel overlays.
While they do help protect my claws,
they don't always look very pretty.
Especially when they're due for maintenance,
like they are now.
Plus I have a honkin' huge patch visible on my index nail,
cuz there's only 2-3 millimeters of nail left
between the 2 cracks coming in from both sides.
The cracks of course started at the nail line
& I just want to keep the free edge attached
until it grows out enough to leave me some nail to work with.

 The line up ~ Whim Cover Your Bases base coat,
Whim On Top Of It top coat
& Bundle Monster nail vinyl stencils

 This is 2 coats of Yodelberg with Whim both underneath & on top.
It's a lovely aqua with lots of glass fleck sparklies!
Yes, my overlays really do need maintenance!
This is the thumb nail that got ripped off
across the bed back in November, so I've uber patched it.
The Lady Varnishes always offers top quality polish
& now that Kirsten offers additional finish options on select polishes,
like gitd, holo & flakies, usually for $2 more dollars
I have even MORE reasons to stalk her FB fan group for new releases!

Since my usual franken base is a pinkish flesh tone,
I decided to give the Whim base coat a whirl as it dries clear.
Over my patchy overlays, it didn't fill in the rough spots very well,
but it would have be fine if I'd recently done my maintenance.

I waited until the base coat was completely cured,
then applied the BM starburst stencils.
Those lil buggers did NOT want to stick to my nails!
Now I can appreciate needing to not use an adhesive
that will bond with the polish & tear it when removing the stencil,
but it should at least stick to my nails well enough to use them.

I soldiered on & Yodelberg went on like the buttery dream it is!

I ended up with a few spots where the demarcation between
Yodelberg & the negative space isn't as crisp as I'd like, but oh well.

The Whim top coat isn't labeled as fast dry,
but it dried pretty quickly & had a nice shine to it.
However, it didn't fill in the rough spots any better than the base coat,
so I have some nails that could have used a 2nd coat.

My franken base contains ridge filler,
so these occasional rough spots aren't usually an issue
& Seche Vite tc tends to fill in any spots my bc misses.
This is why I use them most of the time.
Both of the Whims will work just fine for nails
that don't have ridges, peeling or patches.

Uh huh! Now that's what I like!!!

>^. .^<

 Nobody creeping up on my nip from this side...

...not from over here either.
I'll smack any cat who tries!

Luna doesn't like to share. LOL

Thanks for stopping by
& please, don't be like Luna, 
share your love with the other Tarts!
~ Inky

Wednesday, February 3, 2016

Weird Wednesday Comparison ~ Brown Holos

Hello Dahlings!

This week I'm comparing brown holos!
Somehow I have a lot of them,
but in the interest of showing you polishes
where at least the brand still exists,
even if the particular polishes don't,
I have these 5 on my nails today.

 The line up ~ Jade Irresistivel
(I got mine from the now defunct Llarowe stockist site),
I Love Nail Polish Iconic, LynB Designs I'm Not Myself, You See,

All nails have 2 coats of color over my franken base
& a coat of Orly Sec N' Dry fast dry top coat.

Thumb ~ Jade Irresistivel
A pale golden brown with a gold chrome effect packed with rainbows.
Jades are a lil pricey at an average of 8ml @ $8US.
They're a quality brand & worth the moola
for their smooth formula & strong linear holo effect.

Index ~ I Love Nail Polish Iconic
While a smidge darker than Irresistivel,
Iconic's linear gold chrome in a golden brown base 
is close enuf to a dupe that having both isn't really necessary
unless you really like this color.
I Love Nail Polish has a well earned reputation for quality polish
that goes on smooth & wears well.

Middle ~ LynB Designs I'm Not Myself You See
This one looks more brown in the bottle,
but is more of a burnt orange leaning tan on the nail.
It's also the most sheer of the bunch with VNL at 2 coats.
I recommend a 3rd coat or undies when wearing this lovely,
butter smooth linear jelly.

Ring ~ I Love Nail Polish Nostalgia (H)
Between it's warm dark brown linear base
& it's shifting thru chrome brown, gold & green,
Nostalgia (H) is my fav of this comparison.
It also has ILNP's quality formula.

Pinky ~ Literary Lacquers Laters, Baby
Dark almost to the point of being a blackened brown,
this linear holo has added scatter holo bits for extra bling
along with a smooth formula.

So no losers in this bunch & only 2 are near dupes!

 I got a indirect light pic so you can see
the color shifting depth of Nostalgia (H)

>^. .^<

I figure as long as I'm showing y'all brown polishes,
I might as well show you the only brown cat here.
My mom brings her cat, Missy, with her when she visits.
I also get to cat sit if mom needs to go away
for more than a quick trip.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Monday, February 1, 2016

Drip Drop Nail Paint ~ Supernova Explosion!

Hello Dahlings!

Today I have a new-to-me indie
called Drip Drop Nail Paint to share with y'all!

 This is 2 coats of lovely crelly pastel lavenderish pink yumminess
with small matte hot pink & gray glitters plus fine hot pink metallic bits

 I stamped using Bundle Monster plate XL208,

I know, I know...y'all are thinking that Inky doesn't do pastels.

I do when they do this!

If you're looking for a new indie brand to try,
you just head on over to Drip Drop Nail Paint!

>^. .^<

 Luna! Dat's MY nip you be snarfing up!

 I double dog dare you to even try to stop me from snarfing all the nip!

Meowmy, dis just isn't fair.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky

Friday, January 29, 2016

40 Great Nail Art Ideas ~ Films

Hello Dahlings!

This week the Tarts are doing manis to the prompt of Films!

I did this...

 Can you guess what film these fandom polishes from
The Lady Varnishes are representing?
Come can do it!

 The line up may give you a few clues ~ Cotton Granny Panties franken,
TLV I Am The Gatekeeper, Stay Puft & I Am the Keymaster
plus a prototype red stamping polish from Cuttin' Edge Nails

 I used this Vivid Lacquer plate VL003 plate
with the red prototype stamping polish
& my still beloved Original Creative Shop Stamper.

All 3 of The Lady Varnishes polishes I used gitd too!
Kirsten usually has several gitds available in various collections
& offers the option to ADD gitd & other finishes to select polishes.
You have to click on a polish to see if it has the add-on option
as it doesn't show from the listing page.

Have you figured out what my film is?
Ok, I'll spill...GHOSTBUSTERS!!!
I saw this movie as an adult in its original theater run.
Yep, I'm THAT old. LOL

>^. .^<

 Was dat?

 Must be nothing.
I'll just keep chowing n the pile o' nip.

 I know dere's something lurking in dose shadows!

Who you gonna call, Meowmy?

Thanks for stopping by
& please share the luvs with the other
Crumpet Nail Tarts!
~ Inky

Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Weird Wednesdays Comparison ~ Yellow or Gold Glitter Toppers

Hello Dahlings!

This week's comparison color is yellow or gold.
This week's polish type is glitter toppers.
Yellow is my least favorite color & gold is my least fav metal.
This made this week's comparison a challenge
due to the lack of polishes in my stash meeting the criteria.
I could cheat & do something else, but that's the wussy way out.
So I went digging thru my glitter toppers
really, they're pretty much all in one boot box size plastic tote
and found these to share with you...

 Today I have 5 glitters from Kleancolor to compare.
I started with one coat of Silk Boxers
& added one coat of one topper per nail.

Thumb ~ 184 Golden Nirvana
Medium large gold holo hexes & the occasional gold holo diamond
with fine gold metallic glitters in an orange jelly base.
I didn't have to fish for the chunkier bits
& only dabbed a bit to break up a few clumps.
There are scads of fine glitter in there so coverage in coat was good.
The orange base makes this one look more old gold than yellow.
I'd wear it again.

Index ~ 291 Every Day is My Birthday
Medium & small gold metallic hexes with
small matte white hexes, mini bars & fine glitters in a clear base. 
No fishing required & very little dabbing to spread out the larger bits.
The glitter density looks good in the bottle,
but it's a bit thin with one coat.
Not really a me polish,
but not a bad buy for somebody who likes yellow.

Middle ~ 185 Gold Caviar
This version had lots of medium large & small gold holo hexes
& fine metallic glitter in a golden yellow jelly base.
No fishing required & only a lil dabbing
to get a nearly glitter bomb effect in one coat.
I did need to add thinner to this bottle
as it had thickened up quite a bit.
I'd wear it again, if I had to, 
but prefer the darker gold of Golden Nirvana.

Ring ~ 185 Gold Caviar
A rather sparse amount of medium large metallic gold hexes,
small gold holo hexes & a smattering if fine metallic gold glitters
in a yellow jelly base that required big fishing efforts
to get even one big hex out of the bottle.
If you don't like a lot of glitter on your nails, you might like this one.
It might be useful for a galaxy mani,
but the fishing effort makes it a dud for me.

Yes, thru batch buying on Amazon, I have 2 bottles with this label,
but they are not the same. Maybe KC reformulated it at some point?
I don't know.

Pinky ~ 132 24 Carat
Scattered old gold holo diamonds
with a butt-tonne of fine old gold holo glitters in a clear base.
Fishing for the random diamond isn't worth the effort,
but I like this one the best of the lot for its color
& easy to do glitter bomb effect.
2 coats & KAPOW!

The Line Up ~ Silk Boxers franken, Kleancolor 24 Carat, KC Gold Caviar,
KC Gold Caviar, KC Every Day is My Birthday & KC Golden Nirvana.

The best things about Kleancolor polishes
is their price ($2.99 or less),
their wide range of colors & finishes 
plus you can easily find them online.

The down side is they tend to have a rather stinky odor
& the quality can vary widely from bottle to bottle.

If you're into inexpensive polish, these are ok,
but there are better quality brands in the same price range
that are also easy to acquire out there.

>^. .^<

Um...have Jazz (on the left) & Ziggy (on the right)
morphed into one big black cat blob?
I don't know, but they sure are cute all snuggled up to each other.

Thanks for stopping by!
~ Inky