Tuesday, May 29, 2012

OPI Keys to My Karma (and don't forget to enter my giveaway!)

I was feeling like wearing an American-flag red in honor of the holiday yesterday, so I chose this old favorite. It's an OPI from the India collection, a maraschino cherry-red jelly. It's so bright, so saturated and cheerful-- it's like having a technicolor musical on your fingers. Insanely gorgeous. All reds are not the same, and this one is stunning. This is three coats. 

Also...don't forget to enter the Spiderman Minis Giveaway!!! I'll be posting a review soon of Number One Nemesis, which is included in the giveaway. Definitely worth winning! Also, get five extra entries for liking Tin Roof Nails on Facebook! 

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Jade Gradient

I just can't seem to stop myself from doing gradients, now that I finally can do them and not have them look dabbed-on like like Bob Ross' happy little trees. Not that I'm criticizing his technique-- awesome for leaves, but not so great for gradients. For those who remember Bob Ross, here. For those who don't, here. For this one, I used Orly Lucky Duck (darker green) with Sinful Colors Olympia as the base. Top coat is, now as ever, Seche Vite.  Also, on a totally unrelated note: don't forget to enter my giveaway!!!   

Friday, May 25, 2012

Giveaway: OPI Amazing Spiderman Minis!!!

Okay, so, I went to Ulta and I saw this set of polishes, I thought of you guys, and I decided it was time for another giveaway! :D Here is a four-pack set of OPI minis of polishes inspired by the new Spiderman movie. There is Into The Night, a shiny, superhero-blue; Number One Nemesis (which is apparently, a dupe for Chanel graphite) Just spotted the Lizard (dupe for Chanel's Peridot); and Your Web or Mine, a super-shiny red-pink. 

Rules and Regs: You must be a Tin Roof Nails follower to enter, but you can stack the deck in your favor with extra voting options which are outlined on the widget below. The giveaway starts with this post and ends Sunday, June 4th at 12:01 am. This giveaway is only open to Tin Roof Nails Followers who live in the USA and Canada. Good luck, everyone and thanks so much for reading Tin Roof Nails! 

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Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Stripes With Sinful Colors Soul Mate

I bought Sinful Colors Soul Mate months ago and didn't try it until yesterday. Every time I picked up the bottle and thought about putting it on, I was struck by the thought that it seemed like an outdated, frumpy color. This polish is a great example of the rarely-heard axiom, "Never judge a polish by its bottle-color." You never know how a color will lean depending on your skin tone and its formula and application. I like Soul Mate much more than I thought I would. It's a true salmon-pink, which I never, ever would have thought I'd like, but somehow, it's one of those oddball colors that makes me look tan. Or, about as tan as I'm ever gonna look. The formula was workable, built to opacity and dries in reasonable amounts of layers and time, but there was something almost chalky about the appearance of the polish. This wasn't a deal-breaker for me, especially since I use Seche Vite, which covers a lot of flaws, but it was odd. Anyway, I stamped on the stripes with Sinful Colors White on White and Cheeky plate 6. It reminds me of a Candy Striper uniform. 

Monday, May 21, 2012

Blue-Purple Calla Lily Gradient Manicure

Aaaand the gradients keep coming! I was given some pretty New Zealand calla lilies (see flower photo at the bottom of the page), and was inspired to do this manicure. My gradient turned out more blueish (or blurple) than the flowers, but I like the look of both. You'll see that the colors lean purple in direct sunlight and look blue in shade. I also included some pre-cleanup photos at the bottom. 

Below: in the shade, you can see the colors look much more blue than they do in sunlight. 

Below: The New Zealand Calla Lily that inspired this manicure. You can see it's purple and the manicure looks blue by comparison-- ah well, I liked both anyway. :)

Below, the polishes I used: Finger Paints Amethyst Atelier, American Apparel Factory Grey, and Milani White. 

Below: my messy method

Below: My finger, pre-cleanup

Friday, May 18, 2012

Calla Lily Gradient

I am all about gradients these days. I bought a purple calla lily plant, and it made me want to do a gradient in similar colors. I used Orly Lollipop, Sinful Colors Fig, and Sinful Colors Outrages. 

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Yellow and Khaki Gradient

So, I thought I'd go with the khaki and bright yellow color combination I've seen around, lately. I like it, and I'm so excited about being able to do a nice gradient now, but after I did this manicure it occurred to me that this has the same color scheme of the yoke of a hard-boiled egg. Oh well, I still like it. The khaki is Revlon Color Stay Bare Bones. The yellow is China Glaze Lemon Fizz. 

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Revlon Whimsical (or, Harrison Ford is Still Married to Calista Flockhart, Almost 70, and Not in Love With Me Anyway)

Here is Revlon Whimsical (dupe of Deborah Lippman's Glitter is in the Air). It's funny, I looked for this polish for so long, and I finally found it, and got it on my nails, and I was all set for the magic to happen: for the planets to align and for pigs to fly and for Harrison Ford to be thirty-five years old again and mysteriously, totally in love with me and whatever else means magic to you. But, instead, I looked at my nails and I thought, "Meh." 

This polish is only okay. I was unthrilled by its refusal to build to opacity without a base of some kind. I also feel as if the blue and pink glitter look a little like a baby shower exploded in a jar of cake glaze. 

But! There is a but. I think this would be pretty as a glitter sandwich, with an underwear coat of blue, and a thin blue coat to mute the shininess of the glitter.

(Disappointed there wasn't more Harrison Ford in this review? How 'bout this? And just because you deserve it, here. You're welcome.)   

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Wet n' Wild L.E. Chrome: Penny for Your Thoughts

Here's another polish from Wet n' Wild's limited edition chrome collection, Penny for Your thoughts. This one, like the others, is a two-tone (copper and gold) foil, although the gold is less visible than it is with some of the other colors. You can see it best in the bottle shot at the bottom of the post. This is a lovely, coppery-peachy foil with a good formula (2-3 coats to opacity) and quick dry-time. My one complaint is the price. I think $3.99 is too much for .29 oz of drugstore polish. Can't help it. I know Orly does it with their mini bottles, but for me, it goes against the spirit of drugstore nail polish buying in general, and Wet n' Wild in particular, which heretofore has been inexpensive enough to be a guilt-free brand. But blah blah blah, you've heard me go on about this before. 

Friday, May 11, 2012

Blue and Green Gradient With Gold Filigree

I added a stamp to my blue and green gradient. I have to say, I'm a little in love with this manicure. The blue is China Glaze Sea Spray, the Green is Revlon Muse, the gold is China Glaze 2030, and the stamp is Red Angel 115. 

Blue and Green Gradient

Finally! I can do a gradient that I like! This tutorial from Nailasaurus is what made the difference. Thanks, Sammy! 

I used Revlon Muse, a muddy green cream, and China Glaze Sea Spray, a light blue-grey cream with a shimmer. A little about the polishes: Muse is a polish I was ambivalent about for a while before I bought it. It's one of those colors that I wasn't decided about until I wore it. I like the way it works with my skin-tone; it leans greener than it does in the bottle, where it appears a little muddier. Sea Spray is from last summer's collection from China Glaze. It's a very pretty, ladylike grey. I think it is a moderately adventurous but still subtle color for people who tend not to venture into wearing blues and greens, but are a little tired of more traditional colors like pinks and reds. As much as I like these polishes individually, I think I like them even better together. I think the soft earth tones are a different take on a spring palette. Note: You'll notice a trench in my middle finger. I tried to repair it, but to poor effect. Also, my cuticles are stunning right now. Apologies for both.

Monday, May 7, 2012

Wet n Wild L.E. Chrome in Petal Pusher

Here's another one of the Wet n' Wild Chrome polishes, Petal Pusher. This is another pretty, two-toned foil with a rosy pink and gold. All the polishes in the collection have the gold two-tone, which is more pronounced in some colors than in others. In Petal Pusher, the gold is more noticeable in the bottle than it is on the nail, which is too bad, because it is such a pretty combination of colors. I think, however, that I might try to bring out the gold a little more with nail stamping or sponging. It is a pretty color anyway, has a good formula that goes opaque in a reasonable number of coats (three), and like most foils, dries quickly. 


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