Night Shift Nails

Dance Legend Roz

Dance Legend is a Russian brand.  I bought 5 of their polishes through a US-based online reseller called Llarowe.  Supposedly Dance Legend has the most shifty duochromes.  I’d agree.

Roz is part of the Chameleon collection - all 6 polishes are named for characters from Monsters, Inc.  I hadn’t seen the movie but I actually watched it yesterday just for fun.  It was pretty cute.  I don’t usually like cartoons because I have a longstanding hatred of Disney movies (they are too sad)…  but it was good.  

In most lighting, the center of the nail looks maroon, fading to a gold-green at the edges.  Moving hands around can get the whole nail to turn one color, or have a gradation like seen in the photo.  I am in love with this polish.  I’ve been wearing it for 4 days and it hasn’t chipped yet so I can’t bear to take it off.

China Glaze Shore Enuff
I am really on a green kick lately.  Taken while sitting in traffic.

China Glaze Shore Enuff

I am really on a green kick lately.  Taken while sitting in traffic.

I chipped a couple of nails doing some cleaning yesterday.  So I added some glitter (Sally Hansen Bling-tastic) to the tips of my China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle.  And I painted a couple of nails with China Glaze Highlight of My Summer (mint green).

i hadn’t bought any polish in a long time, but the past couple of weeks I bought a lot, so now I have a bunch in my “untried” box.  Motivation to do my nails more often!

This is China Glaze Too Yacht To Handle (turquoise) and Bottoms Up (pink), 2 more polishes from the 2013 Sunsational Collection.  I featured That’s Shore Bright yesterday.  

What can I say, I LOVE this collection for summer.  I have been in a neon mood and these are really fitting the bill.  I never bought this collection initially because I read terrible things about the formula.  There were 12 polishes - 6 creme neons and 6 jelly finishes.  I bought the 6 cremes and have been fine with the formula.

They look best with 3 coats, rather than my preferred 2, but other than that I think they are fine if you take your time.  I didn’t use any special trick like putting layers of matte topcoat in between, because I didn’t need to.

Kate is also sporting a Bottoms Up manicure.  :)  She was a little sad when I euthanized my oldest dog Laika last week, so instead of TRIMMING her nails, which she hates, I polished them.  I think she likes the attention.  :)  She really does need a nail trim now, though.  I will save that and her bath for next week.

China Glaze That’s Shore Bright
I got a few compliments on this one.  I love these type of lilac pinks.  Actually this might qualify as the Pantone color of the year - Radiant Orchid.  
This entire collection got a bad rap for being streaky and having terrible formulas.  I just recently bought all 6 of the creme shades and I found this one to apply fine for a neon.  It does dry semi-matte like a neon.  It can be a little streaky and I used 3 coats instead of my usual 2, but I think it looks good after that.

China Glaze That’s Shore Bright

I got a few compliments on this one.  I love these type of lilac pinks.  Actually this might qualify as the Pantone color of the year - Radiant Orchid.  

This entire collection got a bad rap for being streaky and having terrible formulas.  I just recently bought all 6 of the creme shades and I found this one to apply fine for a neon.  It does dry semi-matte like a neon.  It can be a little streaky and I used 3 coats instead of my usual 2, but I think it looks good after that.

Sally Hansen Color Foils in Purple Alloy.  I bought 3 of the 8 colors from this collection.  Like all chrome polishes, they are a bit tricky to work with.  
You can do a coat of polish, a coat of matte topcoat, and then another coat of polish to try to even them out…  What I did here was put 2 coats of polish over a pre-existing manicure.  I actually don’t think that method works as well as using the matte topcoat sandwich, though.
This picture looks better than the polish did in real life.  And it was already chipping after 24 hours (I did not use topcoat).  
I tried one of the other colors previously with a topcoat and I felt the wear was a little better, and the polish went on more smoothly.  

Sally Hansen Color Foils in Purple Alloy.  I bought 3 of the 8 colors from this collection.  Like all chrome polishes, they are a bit tricky to work with.  

You can do a coat of polish, a coat of matte topcoat, and then another coat of polish to try to even them out…  What I did here was put 2 coats of polish over a pre-existing manicure.  I actually don’t think that method works as well as using the matte topcoat sandwich, though.

This picture looks better than the polish did in real life.  And it was already chipping after 24 hours (I did not use topcoat).  

I tried one of the other colors previously with a topcoat and I felt the wear was a little better, and the polish went on more smoothly.  

While I was on vacation, I got to visit a Five Below store in Chicago, which is like a dollar store.  There aren’t any Five Belows around here (SoCal), but I’ve heard they have great nail polish - their house brand Funky Fingers gets a lot of love on the nail polish forum.  So when my Aunt needed to go to Five Below for something else, I was stoked.  

I bought these 5 polishes.  I ended up giving myself a quick and dirty travel manicure when my French manicure chipped.  Sorry about the dry cuticles.  

This is Funky Fingers Bizerk Turq and the topper is Fresh Paint Sugar Crush.  The formula on these was great, and I got all 5 for $9.  Sugar Crush is a dupe for the discontinued Essie Shine of the Times.

Remember how excited I was about OPI Forrest My Case?  Well, it was not exciting when I removed it and got terrible staining.  This was over 2 coats of basecoat!  I was pretty ticked because my nails weren’t stained before that, AND I was about to put on a French manicure for a trip I was taking.  Green nails don’t cut it with the relatives.

The first pic is after removal.  My nails were also pretty dry.  The 2nd pic is after a lot of scrubbing with baking soda, vinegar, and using cuticle remover on my nails twice.  I think they came out pretty good, considering.  You can still see some staining with the French, but it wasn’t too bad.

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Adventures with the lightbox continue!  

This is my NYE mani!  Hope it stays chip free until NEXT YEAR!!!

Ozotic 518 on fingers and Ozotic 621 on thumb.

518 is a linear holographic polish that is kind of a soft, cherry red.  It has a strong linear holo (as evidenced by the 2 flash photos).  In shade it looks like the 3rd photo, although even indoors with incandescent lights, it shows some holo.  

621 is a scattered holographic polish that is more of a true red.  In indoor light it is still pretty holo and looks glittery.

The lightbox is just a cube of white fabric - no lights.  I use it in daylight and it seems to increase the available light as well as make it a bit more diffuse.  Might add some lights at some point since I am kind of a night owl, but we’ll see…

OPI Forrest My Case (dark green) with Sinful Colors High Strung (accent)
The formula on the OPI is divine; the formula on the Sinful is terrible.  It’s a yellow-green and it’s a streaky mess!  

OPI Forrest My Case (dark green) with Sinful Colors High Strung (accent)

The formula on the OPI is divine; the formula on the Sinful is terrible.  It’s a yellow-green and it’s a streaky mess!