Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Sinful Colors Olympia

When I stood in the drug store, staring at the Sinful Colors Cast Away display contemplating whether there was any way I could possibly justify yet another bottle of nail polish, I thought of you, my readers, to whom I have a responsibility to report as thoroughly and accurately as possible. So, I bought a few. 

 The Cast Away collection has at couple of polishes in the mint-green family, but even I, nail polish degenerate that I am, could not justify the purchase of yet another mint-green polish; however, Olympia is a pale green creme that looks very spring-y to me. It reminds me of OPI Gargantuan Green Grape-- very fresh and understated, especially for a green. The formula was pretty good. Sometimes Sinful Colors outdoes themselves with formula, and sometimes it's just fine, whatevs. In this case, it's the latter. 

Below: Sinful Colors Olympia

Below: I've OD'd a little on mints and dusty greens this past year, and I wanted to make sure I was going into new territory with Olympia, so here is a bottle comparison. From left to right, Open Seas, Olympia, and Seaweed. As you can see, they are very different. Open Seas and Seaweed were dupes from OPI's Pirates of the Carribean collection, which  I loved-- I'm all about shabby chic and dusty colors, but honestly, I need another mint-green polish only slightly more than I need a hole in the head. 

Monday, February 27, 2012

And the Winner Is...

The Winner of Tin Roof Nails' 100 Follower Giveaway was chosen using, and is lucky number 21, Marlee! Congratulations, Marlee! Also, thanks to everyone for entering and for reading!  

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Tough Cookie

Sally Hansen's Tough Cookie is a versatile color that I would wear in the summer, fall, and winter. I think the reasons it would work in fall and winter are pretty obvious, but I say summer because to me this looks gritty, almost sandy. Also, it's a little bit of shimmer with a subdued color, which is nice and understated. The formula was good. This was two coats with a top coat of Seche Vite. 
Note about the 100 Followers Giveaway: I'll post the results soon. This post was ready to go, so I thought I'd share it.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue, My Blue Tidal Wave, and the Last Day of the Giveaway!!!

Before the polish: don't forget to enter my awesome giveaway! It closes tonight at midnight. All TRN followers are welcome to enter!

So, this is Sally Hansen's Pacific Blue. This photo is not quite accurate: it is a deeply saturated, gorgeous,  cornflower blue. Just so summery and cheerful and pretty. This was almost a one-coater, and I think it might work for stamping. The formula was problem-free, not to thin or thick, no bubbling.  

Below is a photo of the unexpected Sinful Colors windfall I had yesterday at Walgreen's. I was looking, once again, for Revlon's Whimsical, when I came upon Sinful Color's Cast Away display. I think they upped their game with this collection. The colors are complex and pretty, and the names all follow the theme of the Greek Isles and the Greek Gods. I also picked up a bottle of Cinderella, a powder-blue creme with a pink shimmer. From left to right: Cinderella, Zeus, Olympia, Neptune, Grecian Sun.

I'm curious, and I'd love to have you answer in the comment boxes-- have these been hard or easy for people to find? I feel like the LE polishes for Sinful Colors and Wet n' Wild are always super elusive, and when I find them, it's usually a happy accident. 

Friday, February 24, 2012

OPI DS Signature and My Subverbal State

OPI Design Series Signature is a beautiful, raspberry-colored holographic polish with undertones of mandarin orange, lavender, and electric blue. It's an insanely beautiful color. It pretty much leaves me in a sub-verbal state, staring at my hands and saying things that sound like, "mmmmpretttty." There might be some inadvertent drooling. Anyway, it's standard OPI: good formula, two coats. Before you scroll down to look at my photos and then lose the power of speech over the coolness of this polish, don't forget to enter my giveway

Thursday, February 23, 2012

Funky French Manicure With Revlon Color Stay in Pale Cashmere

Pale Cashmere is one long-lasting polish. I was surprised. I am hard on my manicures. I change them so often that I don't bother babying them to try to make them last. I always wear my polish with a basecoat and Seche Vite, and even with that, my polish usually chips within a day or so. This still looked almost perfect after three days. Note: it's very unusual for me to wear a polish that long, but I didn't see the point in taking this off, since it still looked like a fresh manicure. I added the french tips partly to cover the very slight tipwear, but mostly to satisfy my polish ADD. A few days ago, I reviewed another Color Stay, Calla Lily, and although I liked the color, I was underwhelmed by the polish and the brush. I had a totally different experience with Pale Cashmere-- I'd say that it would be particularly good for those who like their polish to last.  *Note: don't forget to enter my giveaway! The link is in the upper right corner.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Bronze Ablaze and Eyeshadow Nail Art

I bought Sally Hansen Insta Dri's Bronze Ablaze last week. It's a fall color, but I don't care. There can be no limitations of seasons for a color this gorgeous! I did some eyeshadow nail art with a sparkly eggplant color, and I'm pretty pleased with it. I think it's worth it to click on the photos to blow them up so you can see the color variations. 

Below: Eyeshadow manicure with Bronze Ablaze

Below: Bronze Ablaze by itself.

Below: Bronze Ablaze by itself

*Don't forget to enter my giveaway! The form is at the top of the page. 

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Tin Roof Nails' 100 Follower Giveaway!!! :D

Now Closed. Thanks to everyone for entering! I will post the results soon. 
Tin Roof Nails now has 100 readers! Yay! To celebrate, I am giving away these three polishes from China Glaze's Eye Candy collection: Lorelei's Tiara, Love Marilyn, and Blonde Bombshell!!! Photos below of Tiara and Marilyn (I didn't swatch Blonde Bombshell). 

Below: Lorelei's Tiara

Below: Love Marilyn

Below: China Glaze totally nailed the color for Love Marilyn from this dress from Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

You must be a follower of Tin Roof Nails to enter. Of course, new followers are welcome to enter. Please enter the name you follow TRN by in the entry form. The giveaway will close Sunday, February 27th at midnight. One winner will be selected and announced. If I don't receive confirmation from the winner within 24 hours of notification, an alternate winner will be selected. This giveaway is open to TRN followers in the US and Canada only. 

Saturday, February 18, 2012

Revlon Colorstay Calla Lily Swatches and Review

I like Revlon Calla Lily with some caveats. What I like: the color, the formula, and the new bottle shape. Calla Lily is a milky glaze with a subtle gold shimmer (it's worth it to click on the photos to see up close). By itself, it is quite sheer, so although I think it's wearable that way, I've photographed it in different ways to show you its possibilities as  layering polish. I think the bottle design is much more attractive than the A-line shape of the standard bottle.  
What I don't like: the brush and the price. The first thing: the brush. It's very thick, wide, and spatulate. Wielding it was very awkward, like applying polish with a putty knife. The second thing I don't like: the price. I think drugstore polishes should try to avoid price points above $6.00 I bought these at Wal-Mart, so they were less, but everywhere else they were $7.00 and up, which I am unwilling to pay for a Revlon. Unless it's a magical Revlon that will, like, fill my bank account with jewels and a golden egg- laying goose, and also will cure all the ills of the world (or at least of Fairfield Country). Short of that, I can't really get behind an eight dollar drugstore polish. It seems antithetical to the purpose of drugstore polish, which is to be inexpensive enough that you can regard it as a little treat for yourself, like a candy bar that doesn't make you fat. 

Below from top to bottom: Calla Lily over China Glaze First Mate. Ring and Pinky have two coats of Calla Lily over a basecoat. 

Below: Calla Lily over Wet n' Wild French White Creme. Calla Lily adds some finish to a plain white manicure. 

As you see, the gold shimmer adds a little interest to a plain white manicure. 

Below: Glitter Sandwich with Calla Lily and Spoiled Jewelry Heist. 

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Part Two: Achieving Bottle Color With Pure Ice Rio

So, a while ago, I did a post on how to achieve bottle color with Pure Ice Rio, a polish that looks super-saturated in the bottle but is more like a very sheer, lightly tinted glaze on the nail. In my original post, I found that the best match for a base color for Rio was OPI Extravagance, which is a Design Series polish. This means that it retails for $12.50 a bottle. I have a glitch in my brain that doesn't allow me to layer a thin, syrupy polish over a gorgeous banquet of easy opacity and depth all to achieve bottle color of the former. It would be like putting a sweatshirt over a ball gown. Then, I though that since Rio only needs an opaque color underneath; it doesn't need help with shimmer or facets of color, so I used a plain, lavender creme. It worked nicely. See the results below. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Revlon Grey Suede Swatch and Nail Art

I must have stood in the store staring at this polish for a good twenty minutes. I couldn't decide whether or not to buy it. I kept picking it up and putting it back. I was drawn to it, but it just looked boring. In the end, I decided to buy it. After all, to bastardize Quentin Tarentino, I subscribe to the notion that "It's better to have a polish and not need it than need a polish and not have it." Of course, Quentin was talking about guns, but potato-potAHto. 

Anyway, when I got it home and put it on, I realized that Quentin and I were correct. This is a great color for two reasons. One: It's a little rosier than a straight nude (pay no attention to the name. I have no idea why they called it Grey Suede.  It is neither grey nor is the finish sueded. It might as well be called Green Trumpets for all the relevance the name has to the color). I think especially for girls with fair skin like mine, this is a pretty neutral. It also has a very subtle shimmer, which distinguishes it from a cream. Two: If you polish your nails all the time like I do, you probably have some staining. Of course, it's not the end of the world, and it's certainly not a problem you can't remedy, but this polish is a great neutral is you want a few days off of Colors. The formula was good. I haven't had any issues with Revlon formula since last winter's Lilac Pastelle fiasco (Bubbling. Yowsa. Like giving myself a manicure with Sprite.). This was a two to three coater, no bubbles, no streaking. 

Below: I added a heart using dotting tools.

Dotting Colors: American Apparel California Trooper, Sinful Colors Star Fish, OPI You Don't Know Jacques, Revlon Starry Pink. 

P.S. And also, I wanted to share my Valentine's Day flowers! And no, there's no romance behind it, just a friend being sweet. :) If you're curious, it's blue-purple hydrangea. 

Monday, February 13, 2012

Valentine's Day Water Marble

 Here's another Valentine's Day manicure for you! So, I photographed this one even though it is not quite what I was going for. I really like aspects of it, particularly the ring finger with the flower, which I would like to be able to reliably recreate. I think it looks a bit like a corsage. As is frequently the case for me when I do water marbles, I have so much fun seeing what I can do with the polish that I sacrifice a uniform look to the manicure. I think that's part of what's cool about water marbles in general: they are quirky and unique. The inspiration for this manicure was this water marble from Jodi at Captivating Claws, and thought I'd try to recreate it. Uhm, mine came out a bit differently; I think all that survived was the color scheme.  For some great tutorials, Colette of My Simple Little Pleasures and I Love My Long nails also have some serious skills when it comes to being able to recreate the same design on each finger. 

The polishes were OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees, Ulta Vintage Violet, and Wet n' Wild French White Creme. 

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Punk Valentine Nails! (Or the Deconstructed, Destroyed Manicure)

Okay, so, I know this manicure won't be for everyone, but I really like it! This is my Punk Valentine. I was going for a deconstructed, destroyed look. After all, Punk is anarchic, so it seemed appropriate. The idea for this is based on an ad I saw in a Marie Claire a few months ago. Honestly, I have diverged so much from the original that I hesitate to mention the source, but I feel I should, since the look of the  worn, faded manicure that I saw in that ad is what lead me to try this! (I'm sorry to say I don't remember the company the ad was shilling for or the month in which it appeared.) Their manicure had a different vibe though, there was more of a sense of compromised grandeur, like a decaying fresco, whereas I was going for more of a deliberate, aggressive look of decrepitude. 

For this manicure, I used Sinful Colors Black on Black, Wet n' Wild French Creme, China Glaze City Siren, and Wet n' Wild Grapevine. I used acetone with cotton swabs and a paintbrush to break down the polish. I freehanded the heart, which, of course, is on my middle finger. It is punk, after all. 


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