Saturday, November 10, 2012

Girly Bits Arctic Sunrise & Cu Blue - Swatches and Review

Good morning and happy Saturday! I cannot tell you how thrilled I am to actually... finally, have a full weekend. And its a three day weekend to boot! Thank you veterans, from the bottom of my heart (<3). My mother and father were both in the military, and while they weren't active while I was growing up, its always had an impact on me. Anyone going to watch the parades in their towns this weekend?

Today I'm going to show you some Girly Bits polishes I finally got my hands on a while back, two super killer-amazing blues -they're to die for - Arctic Sunrise and Cu Blue. I don't remember how long ago I purchased them exactly but I'm pretty sure I ordered them from Harlow & Co. These are an older set of swatches (from maybe a month ago?), check out my talons!

Arctic Sunrise:

For this swatch I'm wearing three coats of Arctic Sunrise without topcoat, two are fine if you're ok with a little VNL. Usually I am, but I love how deep this blue is (for such a light shade!) and wanted more depth of color. The formula on this vibrant baby blue, semi-opaque jelly chocked full of pink color shifting flecks was excellent, no flooding or balding. It dried shiny too.

At first I thought this color was very similar to Sinful Colors Cinderella, but the more I thought about comparing them - and then the longer I stared at the bottles side by side - I figured it just wasn't warranted. Arctic Sunrise is a brighter and more vibrant blue that's more opaque and has a better formula. They are similar but Cinderella is much softer, a powder blue, and the shimmer in Arctic Sunrise is more pronounced. I've noticed that SC Cinderella is popping up regularly in displays I've come across, but honestly, spend the few extra bucks for this beauty. Its worth it!

It just hit me! Wouldn't this be pretty with some flakies?? Or is that too much? Hmmm, stamping... *mind wanders off without me*

Cu Blue:

OMG, seriously. There is just something I utterly love about blue polishes, and Cu Blue is one of those that excites me! How can you NOT love a cobalt blue jelly with copper micro-glitter?? Or is it a shimmer? Plus, for anyone else out there who gets a little geeked out for science, how can you not also love this name? So clever. :)

For this swatch I am wearing three coats, no topcoat. It covers modestly at two coats but depending on your application, ambient temperature, wind speed... (you get my drift here) it could be a little patchy. I didn't have any problems but wore three just because I like extra coats for jellies. I was honestly surprised when applying Cu Blue, I'd expected it to be lighter for some reason but the final look is pretty dark. You can still see that glassy blue glow however. I also really enjoy the copper microglitter/shimmer, it doesn't take too much away from the color as some glitters do, its just subtle and gorgeous.

Pam's Girly Bits polishes are sold in a few places, including Llarowe and Harlow & Co. I'm seriously lemming Crunchy Leaves... dang no-buy! Also, be sure to check out and "Like" Pam's facebook page and follow her on Twitter!

Now, ladies and gents... I'm off to enjoy my weekend. It finally feels like autumn here in Las Vegas, so I'm going to get real cozy with my couch and some coffee. Oh, and homework... Later gators!


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