Pushing autumn a little bit with this one, but I love darker reddish shades no matter what time of year. Today’s stamping experiment is with Sally Hansen Go For Gold atop Essie Shearling Darling.
Shearling Darling applied nicely, and I like it a bit more than Essie Carry On which is a pretty close counterpart (but not a dupe.) I like using Sally Hansen Insta-Dri for stamping, however one caveat with Go For Gold – when you apply a top coat – or at least when I apply my HG top coat NYC Grand Central – it fades the gold considerably. So to get around this, as I still like the effect of the gold, is to put it over top the top coat. Not ideal, but it’s an ok workaround. Go For Gold is a paler gold, it even looks like it’s got some silver shimmer to it. Shearling Darling is a brown leaning autumnal burgundy. I used a floral stamp print, I think they might be poppies.
I’d like to try this or a similar combination again soon with one of the leaf/leaves stamp plates I have, think it would be nice for fall.
Today’s experiment in nail art stamping will be done with Sinful Colors Sail La Vie, and Essie After School Boy Blazer which I thought for sure I had swatched & reviewed already, but it appears I haven’t. It’s an ultra dark slightly dusty navy. Sinful Colors Sail La Vie is a nice cool, crisp medium blue, with a touch of barely perceptible shimmer in the bottle which doesn’t seem to translate to the nail. First coat is patchy, but a second thick coat evens everything up nicely. I love this kind of cool shade with my skin tone. Swatches below.
I followed up 2 coats of Sail La Vie with a stamp of a dahlia flower print, using Essie After School Boy Blazer for a blue tone on tone effect. I’m still working out how to not be sloppy with the stamping as it’s so new to me, but I liked the result!
Will have to try this stamp again with some kind of pink/red/purple combo. I love dahlias! Have a great weekend!
Found this pretty one at the Dollarama, lucky me! Went on well with 2 coats, but has a matte leaning finish, with a bit of texture from the glitter. I also found (as i do with certain larger glitter formulas) that it had a slightly greyish cast to it once dry, which I mostly mitigated with 2 thick clear coats. Swatches!
Today’s pretty NOTD uses two Essie nail polishes I like very much, and have shown before separately, Sunday Funday and As Gold As It Gets! I wanted a bright, summery look with a bit of shimmer and this is the result.
First 2-3 coats of Essie Sunday Funday, then a layer of Essie As Gold As It Gets, which I am liking on top of everything these days. I have already done a separate review on Essie Sunday Funday here along with a test of my new nail dotter!
This held up really well for a couple of days which is impressive for me.
More blue nails! Surprise! This Revlon polish is one that I have had a long while, and is a favourite, so of course it’s discontinued. Revlon Colorstay Blue Slate is a perfect, slightly greyed out medium blue. The shade is neutral enough you can get away wearing it in more circumstances than other shades of blue. I even once wore this to an interview where the shade was an exact match to their company logo. I’m certain no one noticed.
Although I could get away with one coat, two looks more perfect and even. The blue is a perfect creme formula, smooth, even, and fast drying. I painted on two coats of the Blue Slate, and then a layer of the lovely and versatile Essie As Gold As It Gets. Some pictures in different lights!
These two together reminded me of blue, sunshiney skies. The formulas together hold up well for a couple of days without chips. If you can find this shade anywhere, I really recommend it as a staple in your nail wardrobe if you like blue as much as I do!
Today’s nails of the day is Essie Sunday Funday! It’s a bright, pretty, orange leaning coral with a light amount of white shimmery flecks throughout. Perfect for a glisteny, juicy, summery look! It’s gorgeous, I have no idea how it stayed on the shelves long enough to make it to the discounter I found it at. It applied beautifully and drying time seemed pretty good! I wanted to try out my new dotting tool on top of this shade, and here is 2 coats swatched, no topcoat!
For the dotting, I used NYC Park Ave, Nicole by OPI It’s All About the Glam, NYC Water Street Blue (stunning on it’s own as well, but stains) and of course that’s Sunday Funday on the far right.
Final result close up on thumb. I also did my ring finger, I think more might have been overkill. I think I might need a more opaque white, or a bigger dotter as I had some issues making the white dot even but overall I do like the look! I’m really enjoying this little tool 🙂
I wanted something cheerful, sunny, summery and warm today, so I present to you my Sparkling Peach nails of the day! It sounds like a cocktail!
Used in this look are:
-Essence Colour & Go in 110 Modern Romance, a peachy hued quick drying nail polish
-Essie Lux Effects Shine Of The Times, a top coat duo-chrome flakie glitter polish, looks green to gold to a coppery red depending on light
-Essie Lux Effects As Gold As It Gets a top coat flakie, super loaded with golden flakes of pretty glitter
I first layered on 2 coats of the Essence Modern Romance peach shade. I really like this colour alone, it takes 3 coats for full opacity however. After the peachy base, I couldn’t decide on which flakie glitter to put over top so of course I used both! I really like the result. I tried to take in a variety of light/angles but no picture shows how pretty it looks in person. Here’s a ton of pictures! I hope they brighten up your day as they did mine!
Another post to continue documenting my ongoing passionate affection for purples and Revlon Colorstay Nail Enamel, today’s nails of the day is Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry! This shade could easily be included in my theme posts of Pantone’s Color of the Year, Radiant Orchid as well!
Revlon Colorstay Rich Raspberry is a bright, intense, sparkle free purple leaning fuchsia. The formula is like a cross between a jelly and a cream and applies smoothly and beautifully. If you had steady hands you could get away with 1 coat, but I need 2 to make it even. The brush is the wider, flatter type which i find suits my nails well. The swatches shown on nail are in shade, then sun and are the just Rich Raspberry alone, no base or top coat. Sorry about the rough cuticles, I’m healing up from a hangnail issue and have been doing some rough work around the house this weekend.
This shade is reputed to be a dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum. I don’t own that one so I can’t compare side by side, however I did study several pictures, and it appears to my eye that Dim Sum Plum is just the slightest bit dustier, which brings me to the picture below…
NYC Color in a Minute in MOMA is also, to my eye, just the slightest bit dustier. Technically this would make the NYC MOMA a better dupe for OPI Dim Sum Plum than the Revlon Rich Raspberry, but I still felt it was worth sharing. Another purple Revlon Colorstay/NYC nailpolish dupe I recently reviewed can be found here!
Other notable polishes this reminds me of include Our Fuchsia’s Looking Bright from Nicole for OPI (which is a bit pinker), OPI Florentine Fuchsia (which is a bit redder), OPI Ate Berries in the Canaries (unbelievably adorable name!) and OPI Kinky in Helsinki (same intensity, but with added beautiful shimmer).
And apparently because I can’t help myself, I ended up slapping a coat of Essie As Gold As It Gets on top!