Friday, April 13, 2012

OPI & Nail-Venturous... My Easter Mani!

Happy Friday! I hope you all are having a lovely day, I'm finishing up at work and then it's time to get in my cozies and relax for the night! Tomorrow we're having friends over for dinner, I missed my friend's baby shower last week because I was sick so I wanted to make it up to them and give her the gift I was going to bring. I'm also hoping to get some housework and homework done this weekend. The semester is almost over and I have something like 30+ pages to write. *sigh* I'm over it.

Anyway, I've got the manicure I wore through Easter weekend. I wanted to do something light and pretty like Easter egg designs but ended up feeling so lousy I just left on what I'd already had. Plus, I didn't have the time to deal with my tea bag patch and removing glitter. This is also the last polish I have from the OPI Holland collection

Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI:

Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI is a very pretty grape-y purple with red undertones and well executed gold shimmer. The way this gold shimmer shows up is how it should have showed up in Wooden Shoe Like to Know?. I wasn't disappointed either, like I was with WSLtK.

It is worth noting that this color is all over the place in the nail world, both Zoya (Tru) and Jessica Cosmetics (Witchy Wisteria) put out versions very similar to this shade. Zoya even has a lighter and dustier version (Lotus). I don't have any of those to compare them all side by side though, sorry. I might buy a lot of polish, but I can't buy every brand's version of the same color! 

OPI- Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI

OPI - Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI

Here's that gold shimmer I was talking about, killer, right?? Application had no issues. One coat gave good coverage but there were enough thin spots to warrant a second coat. Wear was awesome, I got a week (or more?) out of this with just minimal tip wear and only a single chip that showed up after a shower the day I decided it was time to come off! Watch out for shimmer on this shade, it can get all over your cuticles and skin during removal.

Can you see my tea bag patch? Nope? Right on. I didn't use nail glue, I only had Gelous to secure it and that meant lots under my nail. No bueno. It came off when I removed this mani, and that's another reason I waited so long to remove it all.

OPI - Dutch 'Ya Just Love OPI

A Dash of Princess:

So, we've all seen swatches of Nail-Venturous Floam right? Unfortunately there aren't as many swatches of A Dash of Princess out there, but the first time I saw it I knew I would make an effort to get my hands on it. And luckily for me, when Ninja Polish restocked Nail-Venturous polishes I got me some! Woo Hoo! I also snagged Floam and Cover Band's Sticks 'N Stones.

Ordering from Ninja Polish was easy, I did it on my phone actually. I think it was in the middle of the night, or early morning when I got the email notification for restock. I really should have taken notes or something to give more accurate info, but shipping was quick and everything came packaged in bubble wrap.

Nail-Venturous - A Dash of Princess

I decided to use A Dash of Princess as an accent on just two fingers for two reasons. One, I wanted to cover up my tea bag patch with glitter so it would be good and secure, and two, it was so thick coming out of the bottle that two fingers was all I could handle. I was not looking forward to removal, that's for sure!

What you see in these photos is just a single coat, with quite a bit of coaxing and poking around to get the glitter spread around on my nails. I think the difficulty here comes from two factors (again? lol), the base is suuuuuper thick and it's so jam packed with glitter. I mean, seriously... TONNES of glitter. There are several different sizes of  hex glitter in solid white, pink, purple, silver, and metallic pink. Oh, and there's some super tiny or micro glitter in there too. The big hex glitters are as big as fish scales!

I finished up ADoP with a single coat of SV. I wouldn't say that this glitter is hungry really, but if you want a super smooth and glassy finish I would recommend a second coat of whichever top coat you use. I didn't use a second because with the extra layers of base coat for my patch my ring and pinky finger nails were almost as thick as acrylics!

Nail-Venturous - A Dash of Princess

Nail-Venturous - A Dash of Princess

Bottle Shot:

Do you see how dense the glitter is in there?? Nuts. I don't know how it's all stuffed in there, honestly! Super cool though, I love it. Even with thickness and placement issues this is one cool glitter and I'll be wearing it again but next time over a light pink or purple color. I kind of want to add thinner to this, but don't want to mess anything up. I think I'll hold off until I've used it a few more times to make that call.

Nail-Venturous - A Dash of Princess

And now, time for a Deborah Lippmann update... I did it. I bought them. BUT, and that's a big but, I don't see myself making another high-end polish purchase any time soon unless I am completely and utterly blown away. Like I was with those on my wish list. For now, I'm just going to enjoy my early birthday present! I think they'll make it in time to wear for my celebration too. *sooo excited*

8 comments:

  1. Holy moly I need that princess polish!!! What lippmanns did you get??

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    1. I know! It's the most rock star pink polish I own, well glitter technically. Lol

      I got Private Dancer, Sugar Daddy, Sweet Dreams, and Ray of Light. It's my biggest splurge ever but I'm happy... And it's for my birthday. ;)

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  2. This is really fab. That glitter by nailventurous is A.MAZE.ING! I love those thranslucent fuchsia hex glitter. Especially when they get a white behind them. Wow, I don't think I've ever seen anything like that before.

    You bought the multi-chrome DLs?
    Yay! Good for you. I'm budgeting right now but I see them in my future! Can't wait for pretty swatches.

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    1. I know, this glitter has to be the most unique I've seen! I think it'll look amazing over a lighter color or a hot pink.

      Yep, I bought 'em... I must have no will power! This has to be a record for me, the fastest I've ever bought a polish after seeing a swatch. I must be crazy! lol

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  3. Overall I have been very pleased with the whole Holland collection. I only passed on two colors and pretty much liked all the ones I purchased. That is so funny that you mentioned the dupes because I was going to get both of them until I knocked some sense into myself.

    That's awesome that you got your DL birthday haul all completed...now the waiting until you get them! :)

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    1. I had a few favorites for sure, the brights are great. For a while I was convinced I needed the dupes but wisely decided against it!

      I can't wait for my DL's to get here!!

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  4. That OPI purple is aaaawesome!! The glitter is great too, but I swoon for dark purples. :)

    YAY I got to be #30 follower! :)

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    1. There's a special place in my heart for dark purples too! And thank you for being #30! *hugs* I'm #41 for you!

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