Posts Tagged ‘Layering’

Some Layering On Trendsetter

Saturday, October 8th, 2011

Can you make China Glaze Trendsetter  look more beautiful? I wanted to find that out so I picked out a few polishes from my stash that I thought would be interesting to try on top of it.

L-R: China Glaze White Cap, Max Factor Dazzling Blue, CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle, Color Club Neon White(?), Steel Tropica Sea

The last polish is an oldie from H&M, do anyone remember those?

And here are the results. I apologize for pre cleanup pics, I just seem to mess up quickies like this so I thought I’d take the photos as soon as possible.

Color Club Neon White. I have no idea what they mean by neon in the name, it’s mostly just a sheer pearlescent shimmer. It adds a very pink/purple glow to Trendsetter. It’s not really visible in this shot, but you can see it further down in this post.

China Glaze White Cap. Depending on how thick you layer this you get a lighter base color, full with yellow/golden sparkles.

Max Factor Dazzling Blue. I love how this turned out! Sure, I did a sloppy job but if you do it properly I think it can look gorgeous.  You get more of a blue/grassy green shade that shifts a little to pink in certain angles.

CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle. This combination keeps the base color of Trendsetter, but adds a purple shimmer to it. I quite liked this one as well.

Steel Tropical Sea is an iridescent blue/lavender color, with flashes in pink. It creates quite an interesting shade on top of the olive green base. It’s too bad the brush strokes are so visible. This polish is one of my oldest, it’s probably from the late 90s.

And here are a couple of photos with all of them together:

Thumb to pinkie: Color Club Neon White, China Glaze White Cap, Max Factor Dazzling Blue, CND Effects Amethyst Sparkle, Steel Tropica Sea

Do you like any of these combinations, or do you think I’ve ruined the beauty of Trendsetter? =)

KleanColor Metallic Black And Some Layering With Nfu Oh 48

Saturday, September 10th, 2011

Mmmm.. black… *said in Homer Simpson style while drooling*. KleanColor Metallic Black looks nearly black with its silver shimmer, and dries a little matte. I really love this finish, and as with the rest of the polishes in this collection one coat was enough (except for the ring finger, I was clumsy and dented it).

It looks like there’s tip wear, but I had just filed my nails and it kind of looked weird because of that.

The shimmer looks quite lovely in the sun.

While I was taking photos inside, my cat Lakrits wanted to join in, so here you have a fur background =)

I thought this polish was perfect to layer something on, so I chose my Nfu Oh 48 to put on top of it. That one has a sheer pink base, with silver shimmer and flakies that change color between yellow, orange, green and some kind of salmon pink. Let’s see what that looks like:

I really like this combination!

Here you see some of the color shifts in the flakies.

Ooops, haven’t done my cleanup I see..

KleanColor Chunky Holo Purple

Friday, August 19th, 2011

I decided to layer Chunky Holo Purple on top of KleanColor Metallic Pink and Metallic Purple, and I think it looked better on top of the purple. The pink and purple both got a deeper and warmer tone by Chunky Holo Purple. I have to say that I’m not too happy about these pictures, the two coats I applied got a bit messy (especially on my ring finger), and it didn’t help much with a top coat. I guess I’ll have to give this polish another try in the future.

Inside in natural light. Here you can see some of the yellow/orange/green tones in the glitter.

Some pink tones here.

And since I’m not happy with these photos I give you a random cat photo as well, with our little Sisco in an apple tree:

White Caps on the Ocean

Wednesday, June 29th, 2011

I couldn’t leave my Isadora Dazzling Ocean alone, so I added a layer of China Glaze White Cap on top of it. I love the result, and even a couple of guys at work gave me compliments on it =) It turned the underlying polish to a slightly greener shade, with a beautiful golden shimmer.

First a not so good photo with the bottle:

Yes, I’ve been wearing the polish for over a week, please excuse the outgrowth.

Here you can see more of its beauty:

Close-up! This manicure made me think of mermaids and light dancing over the water, it was gorgeous in sunlight.

And it has happened again, I’ve broken a thumb nail..

The icky stuff on the left side is just residue from a band-aid. I blame it all on the plastic lock on the cats’ litter box..

A Challenge

Friday, May 13th, 2011

It’s been quiet around here for a while, and I just want to inform you that I’m not dead! I’ve just had a lot to do lately, which means less time for nails and blogging.  But now I finally got something to show you.

I saw this challenge at Annie’s Colors a few weeks ago, and it sounded really fun so I had to give it a try as well. What you do is pick out three colors from your stash without looking, and then combining them in a manicure. I have three drawers in my IKEA Helmer that are dedicated to polishes, so I randomly chose one from each of them. First one out was China Glaze Harmony, a medium purple, and then I got hold of Color Club Electronica which is more of a blurple. So far so good. The last polish I ended up with was Nfu Oh 60, with orange/green flakies. That one made me a little confused as how to combine it with the others. I felt I needed some time to think about what to do with these, so I wore Harmony alone for a week until I made the full manicure.

The chosen ones: China Glaze Harmony, Color Club Electronica, Nfu Oh 60.

I thought I would fail miserably with the manicure so I didn’t put much time into the application. I used Harmony as a base, and then I applied Electronica on top for a Ruffian design. Then I layered Nfu Oh 60 on top of Electronica. The Ruffian doesn’t look too bad for a first try, if I do say so myself. After that I applied Nfu Oh 60 on top of Electronica.


Still not sure if the flakies work with the rest of the colors, it’s not the colors I normally would have combined.

Trying to mimic alizarine claws wonderful shots… big fail! I don’t think I’ll ever be able to keep my nails in a straight line..

Have you done this challenge? If not, I think you should!

Yellow Fairy Dust

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

This is what my Easter nails ended up like in the end, I added a layer of China Glaze Fairy Dust on top of Isadora Mellow Yellow for some extra bling.

Direct sunlight.

Some shade, you can see more of the colors in the glitter here.

And here’s a closeup of Fairy Dust in the bottle:

I’m really glad I finally got this polish, it’s perfect whenever you want some more action on your nails!

Depend 227 and some more layering

Wednesday, April 6th, 2011

I just couldn’t resist picking up Depend 227, it’s a lovely bright green turquoise with silver shimmer. Unfortunately I didn’t really get along with the formula, it was a little too goopy for my taste. I applied two layers and the result was a little uneven, but I was in a hurry when applying it so I could probably have done better than this. I also applied Seche Vite top coat.

I just love this color!

Then I felt like playing some more, so I made a gradient with the light blue turquoise Depend 221:

The colors may be a little off here but I think you can still see the effect.

Then I wanted to try my new CND Effects polish Amethyst Sparkle.

You can’t see much of the sparkle here, it was more obvious IRL. The bottle shows more what it looks like on the nails.

And to top it all of I pulled out my favorite Nfu Oh polish, #50:

This manicure was quite fun to do! I’m sorry I couldn’t get better photos than this.

Tip wear and some layering ideas

Monday, March 21st, 2011

Before I took Pelican Gray off I wanted to try it as a base for some layering, as I thought a light grey would be perfect to try some different things on. This was actually after 13 days of wear, with three coats of Pelican Gray and one coat of Seche Vite. I had a lot to do recently and I just didn’t have time for my nails. Not too bad huh?

I guess this proves how little I do… =)

Anyway, I picked a few random polishes from my stash to try out:

Left to right: Max Factor Dazzling Blue, OPI Not Like The Movies, China Glaze Frosty, Nfu Oh #50.

I see now that the Nfu Oh bottle is facing the wrong way, but at least you can admire the pretty lacing on the back =)

And here they are layered in the same order on my nails, one coat each:

Not Like The Movies would probably need another coat to look good. Dazzling Blue is looking a bit uneven and would probably have needed an extra coat as well. The flakies looked okay, but it wasn’t the best pairing I’ve seen. My favorite combination of these is probably Pelican Gray + Frosty, as it turned out a beautiful light silver.

Pimping Up Galaxy Girl With Nfu Oh #50

Sunday, January 9th, 2011

I wanted to play with some flakies again, so I put a layer of Nfu Oh #50 on top of Orly Galaxy Girl. I really like the result!

The flakes don’t stand out that much in this mani, but it gives it something extra.

The orange you see in this photo is just a reflection from a lamp.

I also used this Nfu Oh polish on top of H&M’s Fashionista, which you can see in this blog post.