Anyone relying on my photos for accurate swatches is a fool. That fact is most apparent to me today, as I tried incessantly to take an accurate photo of Orly ‘Teal Unreal’ nail polish. And then I just gave up.
Teal Unreal is a bright teal — blue infused green. So obviously, the photos are too blue; in real live Teal Unreal is greener. I’ve been really loving the combination of teal and gold lately. The gold here is Cirque Colors ‘Helios’ — I will need a back up of this bottle as mine is running unexpectedly low.
Another version of this mani was Essie ‘Go Overboard’ (with Helios), a darker teal. I forgot to take pictures until day 5 or 6 so, scusa the chippies. The one accent nail is with Orly ‘Sparkling Garbage’, a multicolor glitter that I’ve also been loving — except some variation with this in the next few months.
The swatches below actually reflect the colors much better. Go Overboard is a smidge darker than in real life, but the tone is correct. That is a dot of Sparkling Garbage over the teals.
Happy New Year 2014! And what better way than a glitter manicure to welcome a new, fresh start? Here I’m wearing sponged, ombre, glitter manicure using Cirque Colors nail polish that I got at a recent Luxula blowout — Rp55,000 each, woohoo!
Left to right in the below bottle picture they are Ophelia (blue flakes in a clear base), Queen Majesty (purple and multicolor glitter), and Planet Caravan (a maroon and purple glitter in a dark chocolate base). They’re all gorgeous, especially Queen Majesty, definitely swoon-worthy. However, Planet Caravan was very viscous and hard to work with, and on its own too dark for my liking.
I tried the sponge press method for the pinky (lining up all three colors, picking them up simultaneously with the sponge and rolled on the nail), but it just wasn’t working out, what with the different textures and formulas of these three. So for the rest of the nails, it was done the ‘traditional way’, i.e sponging each color in layer, which is actually more to my liking, and faster!
In this manicure, I first swiped Planet Caravan over all nails in a thin coat. Queen Majesty was then sponged over 3/4 of the nail, and Ophelia sponged mostly at the tips with some dusting down 1/2 of the nail. I’m loving the effect. Something dusted over the blue may add some depth — oh well, next time.
I am nearing the end of a holiday of sorts. A window of about 2 weeks where I work at home with no obligation for meeting a soul for work. Thus? Unorthodox nail colors galore!
It is unfortunate how blues and purples are deemed ‘not work appropriate’. Who decided on that??
These are a couple of my favorite. Cirque Colors ‘Epoch’ is a soft shimmer blue with a slight metallic edge.
Zoya ‘Yasmeen’ is my all time favorite purple. It is a dark purple that is not too dark to be mistaken for black. There is a golden edge when in full sunlight, the kind of soft, discreet gold shimmer that Zoya does best. Lovely for both hands and toes. It will also suit most skin tones, I believe.
As I said before, the holidays are for glitter manicures. This time it’s Zoya ‘Sienna’ and Cirque Colors ‘Helios’. Cirque Colors is a brand I’ve wanted to try in a while, and Luxola’s recent 30% off sale was an enabling force (ha!). One of the Cirques I got was ‘Helios’, and gosh, this is the best gold nail polish I’ve ever seen. Honestly! It is a beautiful glitter of gold that is not too yellow or too mustard, just perfect. There are multicolor glitters in it, but not so much that they overwhelm the gold. When I put on nail polish at night, sometimes I use a headlamp. One swipe of Helios on the nails and BAM! That jaw-gaping moment with brush mid air. The pictures here don’t do justice. I’ve been adding Helios to my past four manicures, it’s that awesome!
Indoors at night with flash
Zoya Sienna is a great orange for my skin tone, as you can see. It’s bright but clean, with a golden shimmer that brings out the pink in my skin (and tone down the yellow). Click on pictures to enlarge.