Wednesday, June 20, 2012

China Glaze For Audrey swatches & review

We all know her. The color is out-of-this-world, while the application..not so much. But we forgive her everything anyway :) She's China Glaze's For Audrey, one of my deepest crushes in the nail polish world, and yes, i'm adressing to her as if she was a real person :D

First time i decided to wear her i went my usual 2-medium-coats way, and it was a failure. It felt and looked so thick as if i had a pie on my nails. I ordered Orly's nail polish thinner, waited for it to arrive, and when it did, first thing i did was add a decent amount of it to my bottle of Audrey. Then i let her be for a week, and a couple of days ago she was pulled out of my stash for a second try. 

She was still thick, but more manageable than last time. I still might add more thinner to her, but i don't know yet, because i think i've worked out a way to take advantage of her thickness - apply one medium coat then cover the bald spots, if any, with more polish. The result is sort of 1,25 coats plus a generous coat of INM Out The Door. It's psychologically hard for me, as i'm used to applying 2 coats, 3 if necessary. A single coat of a polish makes me feel my manicured is sort of unfinished. But i did it, and you can see the result in the pictures.

It's still not perfect. She dried faster than when i applied 2 coats, but you should sit really still for the first 5 minutes or so, because this is when the polish is really thick but not dry, so every inaccurate move can lead to you having to start over, and personally i hate when it happens. Surprisingly, this technique made my nails look ridged, which they're fortunately not, and i buff my nail surface ever so slightly each time i'm going to paint them. I might have applied not enough of Out The Door, though, and it's known to create a similar effect. 

All in all, For Audrey is stubborn as hell, fastidious...but i love her anyway and i won't give her to anyone :D

PS am i the only one whose swatches get washed out when uploaded to Blogger?

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

NOTD: OPI Cajun Shrimp

Hey everyone :) i'm still alive, just passing final exams. I'll be back on duty next week, though, if everything goes right :) On the other hand, there're some real life problems, but who doesn't have them? :)

Anyway, so as to keep this blog going, i took a photo of my freshly painted nails. This time i used OPI's Cajun Shrimp and what you're looking at is a base coat, 2 coats of Cajun Shrimp and a coat of INM Out The Door (because i never leave my nails without a topcoat). It dried superfast (for me, at least)) - about 15 mins later i didn't have to bother about smudging the polish.

Click on the picture for the fullsize version.

Also, my iPhone is weird. We all know sometimes it catches colros even better than a good camera, but this wasn't the case. It kept making the Shrimp orange, while we all know it's a beautiful coral shade with a slight pink undertone (well, at least that's what it looks like to my eyes). So i took advantage of Instagram's filters (loving this app forever) to make the color more true to life.

And that's it for today! What's you favorite coral, by the way? I'd like to get a couple more of them, so please share the names! :)