Wednesday, April 18, 2012

NOTD: Hauling polish!

I went to Bed Bath & Beyond the other day and they had a bunch of new Spring displays out, plus I found a couple of Color Club shades that called to me... I ended up using three of my new polishes in the manicure I'm about to show you. It's not the type of manicure I generally go for, but I LOVE this combination! I don't ever want to take it off...

To do this manicure, I used a basecoat, two layers of Color Club's Wild Orchid (a slate blue/ periwinkle with silver, teal, and fuchsia shimmer), two layers of Color Club's Covered in Diamonds (iridescent flakies in a clear base), two layers of Revlon's Sheer Seafoam (a very sheer stormy teal), and a top coat. Too many layers? Maybe, but it was so worth it! Sheer Seafoam is really and truly VERY sheer, but I like how subtly it alters shades you put it on top of. I used to have a very sheer red top coat from L'Oreal that I had so much fun playing around with in the same way; in this manicure, it adds just a hint of milkiness on top of Covered in Diamonds, which keeps things from being too crazy. I'm going to go ahead and say that it classes things up, making this manicure look a little more expensive and refined than it did when Covered in Diamonds was allowed to shine at its full wattage. Is that a vague, unfounded statement? Yes. But it's my blog :) Which is the same excuse I am using for showing you gratuitous pictures of this mani:

That's my corset fabric in the background, FYI; I think I was crazy to put nail polish on top of silk, but it did not leak so I'm not sorry. Wild Orchid is a similar color, and I thought the fabric was too pretty not to show off just a little!

Left to right: Wild Orchid, Covered in Diamonds, Sheer Seafoam 
 Indoor light:


Natural light:

Holding Wild Orchid

Holding Covered in Diamonds; check out that glitz! 

Holding Sheer Seafoam

And here's a picture that shows off the sparkle:



Summary: I haven't worked with these enough to feel comfortable giving a review, but I'm on my third day of this manicure with only one real chip, which is good for me! My initial impressions are that Wild Orchid is gorgeous on its own; Covered in Diamonds' flakes are a bit sparse, and Sheer Seafoam is VERY sheer; this is not a true "jelly" level opacity. That being said, I like the look of all three of these polishes, and I can see myself using these a lot in a bunch of different combinations.

What do you guys think? Do you like layering polishes, or do you tend to just wear one at a time? Have you hauled anything exciting recently? I picked up a couple of lip and eye products from the LE displays along with Sheer Seafoam, I'll be showing those off in the coming weeks...

18 comments:

  1. Covered In Diamonds sort of remind of Luxe and Lush from the CG Capitol collection. Do you know it theyre at all the same? If not, I need to get my hands on Covered In Diamonds.

    And I always have that feeling, where I dont wanna take off the mani that I have on. Thats the only reason why I haven't taken up the 31 day challenge. Btw, its a BEAUTIFUL mani! (=

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    1. Luxe and Lush is more jam-packed with flakies, the flakies are smaller, and they seem to flash more orange/violet whereas the Color Club pieces lean more green/blue pieces along with the orange/violet pieces. They're probably similar enough that if you have one, you don't *need* the other, but I loooove flake top coats, so at $2.99, I was all over the Color Club version. If I had to choose just one, I'd go with Luxe and Lush, though; like I said, the flakies are more dense. I used two coats of Covered in Diamonds. Oh! The flakies in Covered in Diamonds were also harder to place, since they were bigger; they wanted to stand up or hang over the edge of my nail more. Hopefully that helps :)

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  2. Whatttttt! Bed, Bath, and Beyond sells nail polish! I'm going to have to look for those next time I go.

    And I really love the grey polish with the chunky sparkle. Like what the previous poster said, it looks a lot like Luxe and Lush.

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    1. Only some of them! The one in downtown-ish SF is probably the closest to you, but check on the website. Some of them have a Harmon's inside and they have a great selection of cosmetics, shampoos, lotions, etc... at GREAT prices. We're talking better than Target! Plus, you can use Bed Bath & Beyond coupons and manufacturer's coupons on the things, and most locations accept expired coupons. It's a beautiful thing.

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  3. After all that layering its worth it,I like the grayish bluish base color,your nails look like crackle mirror,very pretty:)

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    1. Thank you, I like your description of the effect! :)

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  4. Covered in Diamond looks absolutely gorgeous! Great nail look!

    I don't know if you knew that you have captchas on? You could switch to comment moderation which makes things easier for your readers (:

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    1. Yes, I've had spam issues in the past, which is why I had to it on... :(

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  5. I love to layer my polishes,,
    the shades look nice and very different,,specially with the seafoam blue :).
    Nice blog girl :) m your newest follower :)

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    1. Thanks for following! Glad you liked this combo! :)

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  6. Neat! I love layered mani's, they always turn out so interesting!

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    1. I love them too, it's fun seeing what combinations people come up with!

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    1. Thank you, I'll go check it out! :D

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  8. I also love this manicure, understated but glitzy! Sheer Seafoam is gorgeous, I need to get my hands on a bottle of that.

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    1. It's a fun color to play around with! Make sure you see swatches of it on its own, though; it is VERY sheer. Make sure it won't make you feel like you've got cold fingers if you wear it on its own! :P I haven't worked up my courage yet...

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  9. Hi Sarah,
    Ninja posting on your comments. I would like to give you the One Lovely Blog award. I could not find you email to contact you directly. If you go to Cult of Taupe you should see the post. I've always loved the looks you post and the retro feel of your blog. This is a no pressure offering, so no worries!

    Crystal

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    1. Hi Crystal, thanks so much, I am flattered! I thought that my email was showing up in my profile, but you're right!I just went and checked and it's not anywhere publicly, even though I thought I'd added it. Thanks for the heads up, I'll be sure to correct that. In the meantime, thanks again for the award :)

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