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Confetti Under the Sea

Confetti Under the Sea

Okay, I couldn’t help myself…I’m on a roll! A Claire’s roll that is. In my previous post I shouted praises of how much I like these boutique polishes. Just a quick post here to bring you a macro shot of the jam-packed glitter bomb (bottle at the left in first photo) named Confetti. I do believe she could stand on her own with two coats. But since I was trying out Under the Sea, a complex duoshimmer I figured I’d try one coat over…Under the Sea! Confetti is a clear base with micro white bar glitters, tiny magenta, green, blue, silver, gold and red hex glitters.

Confetti

Soon, I’ll try to bring you a macro shot of Under the Sea. Because up close, the teal, blue, green microshimmer has flakies! Yes, you heard me. They are the tiniest flakies I’ve ever seen, but you either have to have really young eyes, or see it in a macro. Don’t you love it when I tease? By the way, Under the Sea, by itself, looks best in three coats. It does color shift. Stay tuned for more of Claire’s magic!

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There’s Sand in My Bikini

There's Sand in My Bikini

Yes, you heard correctly, and I’m not ashamed 😉 Today’s mani really surprised me. Claire’s little boutique shops are always fun to browse and pick up trendy items such as jewelry, accessories and some makeup items. I’ve been prowling the isles since finding out they carried nail polish. A quite impressive collection I might add.

Here we have a great textured glitter polish in Bikini. Two coats with no base or top coat and you’re done. It glides on nicely and not too thick considering how packed it is with “Sand” and glitter. This shade is a soft, feminine pink, and I think it will look striking with a tan this summer. I’ve tried these before and I can tell you they wear well, but not quite as well as Zoya’s Pixie Dust or OPI’s Liquid Sand. But no worries. I rarely go more than two days without swapping manis. The texture once dried, and they dry fast, are slightly grittier than other mainstream brands. These retail for $4.50 in the US and $5 in Canada. But I always seem to luck out and catch their BOGO sales.

Coming soon, I’ll be swatching and reviewing Bikini’s brother, Tidal Wave. Such an appealing blue you’ll be dreaming of summer days at the ocean, with plenty of Sand to go ’round.

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When in Chrome ;-)

When in Chrome

Last week I posted a review about Claire’s amazing duochrome in Chromance. Read it here: https://lacqueredlori.wordpress.com/2013/12/06/claires-color-shift-magic/

Like it’s blue/purple counterpart, When in Chrome, is a stunning duochrome that shifts from a shimmery medium green to a soft shimmery pink. It’s a very unexpected combination but is quite captivating on the nail. Although it is also labeled as a Holographic, it really isn’t. There are no holographic sparkles either scattered or linear so I would classify this as a mislabel. The Chromance had a trace of holo sparkles.

The formula was smooth, yet sheer on first coat. I used three coats as shown here. Two would have been nearly opaque but I could still see through the free edge. Drying time was fairly quick. I didn’t use a topcoat here but I’d recommend doing so. The more layers of When in Chrome you add, the more striking the color shift. I think this shade would be a brilliant base for any holiday nail art creation! Adding pink accent jewels would really put the icing on this this mani. Not pictured here but for fun I put one coat of China Glaze Travel in Colour over my ring finger for an accent. It’s an iridescent holographic topper that transforms any base color from “meh” to “WOW”! Not that it needed it, but you know how it is. Always trying to glam it up. 😉

Like it? I’d love for you to comment below and let me know your thoughts on duochromes and Claire’s branded polishes.

I bought both bottles at Claires during a BOGO…yay me! LOL And by the way, the butterfly was the perfect prop and it made me think of my new Instagram buddy and fellow polish collector, @thepolishedbutterfly!

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Serious haulage

Serious haulage

It’s going to take me years, maybe decades to swatch my collection. Factoring in the sheer volume of my hauls, time constraints, and wanting to wear each mani at least two days, it’s going to take some time! I promise to post each new mani. But don’t expect a daily update of any of the new lacquers I’ve hauled. Not happening!

Yesterday while shopping with my dear niece, I managed to drag her along to Ulta, Sally Beauty, Claires, Walmart. Except for Walmart, all my buys from other stores were either BOGO, or buy 2/get 1, or other great deal. So please don’t judge me! 😉 I followed Chelsea into Victoria Secret and low and behold, nail polish. Who’d a thunk it?! I figured 2 for $15 for some glorious paint was a good deal. VS doesn’t make junk and their selection was pretty sweet. It was hard to decide and I also snagged a bottle of Very Sexy Touch Fragrance Mist since I’m getting low on colognes. It’s really yummy!

Now, on to this basket of beauties. I picked up one more Revlon Parfumarie making a grand total of seven deliciously scented polishes. I finally found Moonlit Woods. The dusky lavender is a delicate shimmer of silver softly swirling throughout. LOL Say THAT 10 times fast 😉 When dry the fragrance reminds me of Moon Flowers (a large vining, white nighttime blooming flower, sort of like Morning Glories), mixed with a hint of vanilla. Beautiful.

The two polishes from VS are, Just Kiss me (a peppy pink holographic) and Thrill Seeker, a plummy jelly full of silver and burgundy shimmer. The formulas look very nice and should be opaque in two coats.

At the checkout counter at Claires, they had BOGO deals, so I bought one textured polish (their Sand line) in really cute summer shades. The pale sky blue is called Tidal wave and has a dense amount of tiny silver glitters. A total sparkler! The pale pink Sand is called Bikini, my free one, is soft pink and silver micro glitter. I’ll make best use of these this spring and summer.

I’d already picked up most of what I wanted at the other stores, but my last stop was at Sally Beauty. I’d been eyeing the little mini bottles of China Glaze wintery sparkle top coats…Travel in Colour. Weird name for a pearly white base top coat. But it’s truly beautiful and I think it’s pretty opaque for a topper. I think three coats should do it. I’ll probably use it as a topper or accent nail with three coats. It’s base is so rainbowy. Is that a word? Probably not. But it is! It’s iridescent with a ton of holo, silver, micro glitters. I have plenty of toppers in clear, jelly or white bases. But none like this with that iridescent coloring in the while base.

The rest of my haul spanned between two different Ulta stores. In full size bottles, they had a 5 for $5 deal on display, along with various other products such as bath puffs, nail files and clippers, hand lotions etc. But all I was interested in were the polishes. It looked pretty picked over but I found five. One in a raspberry/magenta shimmer called Grin & Berry It. It’s a real “in your face” color, but wow, it’s very opaque and smooth as silk. These are all the Salon Formula line. One of the most gorgeous purples I’ve laid eyes on is called Ultra Violet Femme. It looks a lot like Belinda in Zoya, but a tad lighter. I got another purple from this line, called Celebutante. It’s just a medium lavender creme, slightly on the dusky side. Then I moved outside of my usual comfort zone and picked up a pretty black full of black and steel glitters. It’s just gorgeous and I plan to wear it with a silver accent nail and maybe silver French tips. Lastly was the craziest name of all. Pinata-Yada-Yada. Recording these in my journal made me wonder, who in the world is tasked with coming up with these LONG names? Don’t they know we have to write all these down? LOL This one is just a densely packed glitter topper, clear base. The glitters range from micro glitters, to small, medium and medium hexis. Great for an accent nail, or even in a jelly sandwich mani.

I’ve saved the best for last. Since Ulta had the buy 2/get 1 sale going for Zoya (plus I had $3.50 off coupons for each store) I saved a boat load of money on these. I won’t go into detail, you can look them up and swatch/mani updates here are coming…eventually! Here are the Zoyas I got yesterday: Storm (black holo), Feifei, Ziv, Mason, Kerry, and these Pixie Dusts; Rikki, Tomoko, Chita and Arabella. Zoya, you KNOW I love you! 😉 I also have five on order from Zoya.com, because I couldn’t find these in either store. They are the Pixie Dusts in Solange and Liberty, and, two holos in Logan and Aurora. And a berry colored jelly, Paloma.

That should do me for awhile. You don’t believe me, do you?

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