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New flakie toppers from Finger Paints

Back in late 2011/early 2012, Finger Paints came out with some flakie toppers that were über-popular.  They were a limited edition set of five called Special Effects, and I was only ever able to get one called Twisted.  It was multicolored and here’s what it looked like over black.

FP Twisted over black

Now Finger Paints — a Sally Beauty Supply exclusive — has come out with a new five-polish set called Kaleidoscope.  It’s not on Sally’s web site yet, but Nouveau Cheap alerted me to its appearance in stores.  Sure enough, when I went out this morning I stopped by Sally and there they were.  The clerks didn’t know what they were (typical for this place, sadly) and they all look pretty much alike in the bottle.  If you’re interested I’d recommend looking at swatches and taking a list to your Sally store of the color(s) you want.

The Special Effects set sold out asap and got scalped for ridiculous prices on eBay.  I looked at the swatches on The Polished Mommy and decided to get four:  Abstract Attraction, Colorful Dream, Psychedelic Hue, and Vivid Reflection.  The one I passed on was Symmetrical Symphony.

Here’s what my four look like on a nail wheel, one coat each over a black creme polish.  First photo is under indirect outdoor light and the second is with the flash.  For some reason the colors didn’t show up well in direct sunshine.  Left to right: Abstract Attraction, Colorful Dream, Psychedelic Hue, and Vivid Reflection.  Click on each photo for an enlarged view.

FP Kaleidoscope 4 colors outd

FP Kaleidoscope 4 colors flash

Abstract Attraction has shades of blue and purple.  Colorful Dream is the most diverse and is a rather even mix of many colors.  Psychedelic Hue is green, teal, blue, and purple, mostly green I think.  Vivid Reflection is pink, orange, and purple, kind of Halloween or Mardi Gras looking.

The flakes were very thick in the bottle, no fishing required at all.  I only showed one coat over the black and I’m sure you could intensify the look with more coats.  The Kaleidoscope Collection is more subtle than the Special Effects Collection.

Overall I think these will be fun to play with and I’m looking forward to trying them over some of the new spring pastels from Zoya.  Each Finger Paints polish was $5.99 at Sally, or $4.49 with a member card, and each bottle is full-sized, 0.5 oz/15 ml.

Vintage Glam

I found a new fall collection that’s so new, for a moment I was afraid I imagined it.

Yesterday I discovered I had a soon-to-expire $5 coupon for Sally Beauty Supply, so I thought I’d wander in and see if anything grabbed me in their nail polish section.  Oh yeah.  There was a new display of Finger Paints, a collection called Vintage Glam, with six colors.

I picked out my favorite, brought it home, and proceeded to look on the internet for photos and info to share with my readers.  But… nothing.  Not one item, word, or picture.  I tried different search engines and every relevant search term I could think of, and still nothing.

Then I thought maybe I hallucinated the whole thing.  No, I had the bottle in my hand.  This morning I went back to look again and to write down all the color names and descriptions (I didn’t take any pictures with my phone because stores often frown on that, and besides, my phone takes crappy photos).

Here’s what I know; there are six polishes:

  • Vintage Glam — bright medium red creme
  • Pincurls & Pouts — dark burgundy-plum creme (oxblood?)
  • Whatta Dish — beige-gray shimmer
  • Bombshell — green-gold metallic duochrome
  • All Dolled Up — teal metallic
  • She’s A Beaut — gold metallic

The first two polishes do look very vintage.  Makes me want to put on a black & white Swiss dot dress, pin my hair up in a Victory Roll, and head out to go jitterbugging.

victory roll

The one polish I bought is Pincurls & Pouts.  I was in the mood for a dark one after my post the other day about short dark nails.  It’s a cool-toned burgundy that looked medium plum after just one coat but which darkened up considerably after three coats.  It seemed to dry quickly but that might have been partly our current extremely arid weather.  It wasn’t as shiny as I prefer cremes to look so I added a clear top coat.  Under reflected outdoor light and then with the flash:

Pincurls outd

Pincurls flash

It’s a great color for fall.  And I sure hope I can find more info about the whole set for you!

Finger Paints are ~$5.29 at Sally Beauty Supply, slightly less with a member card, and the bottle contains 0.5 oz/15 ml.

Sally Beauty Supply — now might be a good time to renew

Do you have a Sally Beauty Supply member card?  Did you, like me, let it expire?  If so, June might be a good month to renew your membership.

I’d let my Sally card expire, for no particular reason.  Just lazy, and I hadn’t been in the store for a while.  I kept getting emails telling me about sales I had no interest in (hot pink hair dye!  flat irons!  overpriced hair products!) and nothing particularly interested me until I got one email basically begging me to come back.  I would receive a free Finger Paints nail polish if I renewed my membership in June and showed the coupon from the email.  OK, sold!

For those not familiar with Sally, it’s a small beauty supply store.  By small I mean space-wise — every one I’ve ever seen is tiny and cramped — and also products-wise.  They carry mostly do-it-yourself-at-home hair products, and frankly every time I go in there I see the world’s worst dye jobs on both the staff and the customers (Me-ow!!).  I’m only interested in the nail polish the store carries and they are my sole local outlet for China Glaze, Orly, and Finger Paints, plus at Christmas time they have Color Club.

You can get a membership card for $5 U.S. which nets you discounts on purchases but it’s essentially free because when you sign up you get a coupon for $5 off your next purchase.  So if you’re going to make a habit of shopping there it’s a good deal.

The coupon for a free Finger Paints polish was good for any color except those in their gel line, and I picked up Laugh My Art Off, a blue glitter.  I haven’t bought or swatched a lot of Finger Paints in the past although I did love the shimmery Framed in Red.  The bottle is full-sized and contains 0.5 oz./15 ml, and I like the handle which is tall and slightly concave.

Laugh My Art Off is a sheer light/bright blue base with microglitter in blue and teal.  I think it gives a very pretty water-like effect.  The first coat was quite sheer but three coats looked good.  It dried quickly, but the finish is slightly dull and gritty so I used a clear top coat, which I think beautifully intensified the color.  One warning though — this polish absolutely drinks top coat.  By which I mean it absorbs it and you may want to use more than one layer of the top coat for a true shine.

It’s so sparkly I think my camera had a hard time focusing.  Under indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and then in direct sunshine:

Laugh My Art Off outd

Laugh My Art Off flash

Laugh My Art Off sun

What a pretty color for summer, and it would make a nice top coat for blue or teal cremes, too.

Ombre Collections from China Glaze

Saw something new and fun today in an email from Sally Beauty Supply — Ombre Collections from China Glaze!

These are sets of four full-sized (0.5 oz/14 ml) China Glaze polishes in a color family for easy ombre manicures.  There appear to be three sets so far:  pink, purple, and teal.

Sweet Sensations, which includes Angel’s Breath, Something Sweet, Dance Baby, Make an Entrance:

CG Sweet Sensations

Grape Expectations, which includes Sweet Hook, Spontaneous, Grape Pop, Crimson:

CG Grape Expectations

and Wait Teal You See!, which includes White on White, For Audrey, Aquadelic, Turned Up Turquoise:

CG Wait Teal You See

I’d probably be more inclined to paint one nail each color and then repeat one of the colors on my thumb as opposed to doing the manicure shown in the photo, because that’s just hard for me to do neatly.

Haven’t seen these in the Sally store yet, but online they’re on sale for $12.99, regularly $14.99, which is a good price for four China Glazes.

Getting ready for Valentine’s Day — #5 (or, how to prepare for the coming zombie apocalypse)

Here I was, getting ready to show you another pretty red polish for Valentine’s Day, when I heard some news that was just too good not to share.

Television station KRTV in nearby Great Falls, Montana, had hackers break into its Emergency Alert System on Monday and post a scrolling message along with audio that warned “dead bodies are rising from their graves” in several Montana counties and claimed the bodies were “attacking the living.”  People were helpfully warned not to “approach or apprehend these bodies as they are extremely dangerous.”

You can see and hear it, along with that annoying Emergency Broadcast noise, here:

Kind of makes one doubt KRTV’s claim of “Montana’s Most Accurate” and “Technology You Can Count On.”

On a pathetic yet hilarious note, four people actually called police to see if this was true.

OK, back to polish.  Sometimes zombies holidays just call for red polish.  I picked up a pretty shimmer at Sally Beauty Supply called Framed In Red by Finger Paints.  It has a faint copper or bronze shimmer that gives it a warm tone and would be useful in hiding zombie bloodstains.

It applied extremely smoothly and streak-free, and I used two coats.  Love this one!  The bottle contains a full 0.5 oz./15 ml and retails for about $5.00 at Sally, a little less if you have a member card.  The handle is tall and slightly concave, making it comfortable to use.  The coppery shimmer is a bit more noticeable in the bottle, but I suspect that if I’d had some bright sunlight today it would have shown up well on my nails.  But it’s snowy and gloomy (and zombie-y).  Under indirect outdoor light:

Framed in Red outd light

Under artificial indoor lighting with a fill flash:

Framed in Red indoor

If you’re looking for a reasonably priced red shimmer, I highly recommend this one in addition to Forever Festive from Cover Girl that I swatched the other day.  Framed In Red is warmer, and Forever Festive is cooler — take your pick!

And be careful out there…..

No. Just….. no.

I’ve got a wild one for you today.  I like showing trends and fads and fashions, but it’s safe to say that this is one new release or fad that I will never wear.

From Sally Beauty Supply, behold Finger Paints Candy Coated Collection:

FingerPaints polishes and beads

There are three polishes, spring colors of blue, coral pink, and lavender, which I think are very pretty on their own.  But the point of this collection is to also buy a little jar of matching or contrasting microbeads, which are stuck on top of the wet polish to give what’s sometimes called a “caviar” or “fish egg” look.  They also look like the little nonpareils that are sometimes sprinkled on baked goods like cookies.

I’ve seen photos of people wearing these beads on all their nails, or on just one nail as an accent.  Sally’s blog offers this photo as another idea:


There are not enough words on the internet to express how much I dislike this look for myself.  One accent nail on someone else is OK, I suppose, but let me tell you what would happen if I wore these — I’d be shedding beads everywhere I went and every time I touched something.  The beads would fall down inside my computer keyboard, my cats would be chasing them around on the floor, and I’m such a klutz that I’d probably slip and fall on them, too.  My elderly dog would find them, eat them, and be pooping little beads everywhere.  Heck, I still find Christmas glitter and tinsel on the floor in June so I don’t think I could be trusted with these beads.

I’ve read you can glue them in place — yes, glue!  Great, then you’d need a sandblaster to get them off.

I pass.  And to tell you the truth, after writing this post and looking at these pictures, I want to go cradle a bottle of nice, safe, sane, calm pink creme polish in my hands.  Have a great weekend, everybody!

No rage over Rage

Well, I did what I suggested yesterday as a “try something new” strategy, went and blindly picked out a polish.  And best of all, I love it!

First I wandered through both Walgreens and CVS.  Their beauty departments were sad, messy, and picked over.  Probably not surprising considering the time of year and all the post-holiday chaos, so I kept going to Sally Beauty Supply.  Also a mess!  But I noticed they have a BOGO sale going on for Orly polishes, buy one get one free.  :-D

I stood in front of the large Orly rack, closed my eyes, reached out, and grabbed a bottle.  It looked…. uninteresting.  The color name is Rage, and I’ve never seen anything less rage-like.  Shouldn’t something called Rage be bright red, dark red, purple, or even black?  I thought it was a very blah beige, but at least it was shimmery.  I had forgotten what terrible lighting our Sally store has, though, because once outside, Rage looked more rose-gold.  Ooh, prettier.

Once home — along with the other Orly color I picked out on purpose, a dark plum-gold called Close Your Eyes — I was anxious to swatch Rage, and when I did, I find I can’t call it just beige or pink.  It’s pinky beige; it’s beigey pink; it’s champagne; it’s a very light rose-gold.  The finish is fantastic because it’s not just a shimmer, it’s a foil, and I love foils.

As always, the full-sized Orly bottle is a generous 0.6 oz./18 ml, and the handle is one of the best in the business — large, easy to grip, and concave.  The Sally member price was $6.49, but then I got a free bottle too.

Rage applied very well and the first coat looked thin but the second coat was perfect.  Even without a clear top coat it’s very shiny.  The foil look is so bright that I feel like I have little lights at the ends of my fingers.  So here’s Rage, two coats, in indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and then outdoors in bright sunlight:

Rage outd light

Rage flash

Rage sun

You can see how in the last picture, the sunlight, Rage looks more pink.  Indoors it’s just a great neutral.  When it does look pink, it’s not a bubblegum pink at all.

What a great, serendipitous discovery!

Unlawful, Torrid, Flare

Sounds like I’m messing around with illegal fireworks, doesn’t it?  Don’t worry, it’s just polish.  I have the three final colors from Orly’s Holiday Minis set — Unlawful, Torrid, and Flare — to show you.

Orly holiday minis

I’ve shown you the three glitters in the set, Devil May Care, Halo, and Angel Eyes.  Unlawful is a red creme, Torrid is a red shimmer, and Flare is a gold metallic.  Unlawful and Torrid are both from Orly’s Naughty or Nice holiday collection and Flare is from the company’s Fired Up fall collection.  Each bottle is 0.18 oz./5.3 ml.

Let’s get right to it.  Unlawful is a bright medium red, a real standard for manicures.  Candy apple red.  It applied smoothly, self-leveled well, and was very glossy.  Really not a lot to say about this one; you may already have this color in your collection but if you don’t, a mini-size bottle may be just the ticket.

Two coats, no top coat, in cloudy reflected outdoor light and then with the flash:

Unlawful outd light

Unlawful flash

Unlawful is beautiful on its own and would also be a good base for a glitter top coat or some art.

Torrid is darker red with a pronounced shimmer.  It seemed a bit thinner than Unlawful so I used three coats.  Same lighting:

Torrid outd light

Torrid flash

Sorry the reflected outdoor light shot is a little out of focus!  Under the flash, Torrid reminds me of Zoya’s Elisa, although I don’t own that one.  I think I like Torrid just a bit more than Unlawful, because it’s darker and the shimmer gives it extra “oomph.”

Finally, Flare is an interesting gold metallic.  I was expecting a frost (yuck) but it’s more of a microflake or foil finish — very pretty!  Visible brushstrokes weren’t a problem.

Flare outd light

Flare flash

Flare makes my skin look awfully red but I’m stubborn and like it anyway.  The finish is so much nicer than what I was expecting.  I see now why Orly packaged Flare in the mini set instead of the sixth Naughty or Nice color, Miss Conduct, because the gold looks more holiday-ish.  Still, of all the Naughty or Nice collection, Miss Conduct is my fave!

Overall, I love the Orly mini set.  My favorites are Halo and Angel Eyes, but it’s hard to choose because I truly like all six.  If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer for someone or if you’d like to drop a hint for a gift for yourself, you may still be able to find this at a Sally Beauty Supply store.  As of this writing, it’s sold out online.

Every time a bell rings…

… an angel gets his wings.  Or in our case, her wings!  I have two heavenly-sounding polishes to spotlight today, Halo and Angel Eyes, both from Orly’s Naughty or Nice Collection.  You like glitter?  They have glitter.

I’ve already shown you the other two glitters in the set, Devil May Care and Miss Conduct, and I loved both, especially Miss Conduct.  Halo and Angel Eyes were part of the Holiday Minis set I bought in October at Sally Beauty Supply.  Good news is that the set is on sale for even less than I paid, $15.99 now online.  You also might find it in stores.

Orly holiday minis

These minis are pretty darn cute.  While tiny (0.18 oz./5.3 ml each), the polish is easy to apply because of the handle.  I love the handle on all Orly bottles — it’s concave and dimpled which makes it easier to grip.  Another great albeit minor point is that Orly puts the polish name on their mini bottles; most other companies don’t and later that can be confusing when you end up with a bunch of unlabeled bottles.

First up, Halo.  It’s a clear base with gold micro and small silver hex glitter so it strikes the happy medium of being both gold and silver.  It appears to have some black flecks at certain angles, but that’s just how the light hits some of the silver hex glitter.  I think that gives it an interesting look with more depth.  It was fairly sheer so I had to use four coats to cover my nail line, and I had a little bunching of glitter at my nail tips but it was easy to nudge back in place with the brush.  This would make a great top coat for another color, perhaps a nude creme.

Here’s Halo under indirect outdoor light, with the flash, and then outdoors in direct sunlight:

Halo outd light

Halo flash

Halo sun

Second is Angel Eyes, a clear base with royal blue microglitter and holographic small hex glitter.  At first I thought this was much too flashy for me but I like it.  I can see wearing this to a holiday party — everybody else would be wearing red polish and Angel Eyes would really stand out!

Again, it was sheer so I used four coats.  Over a blue creme you could get away with one or two.  Here it is with the camera flash, in cloudy sunlight, and in direct sunlight:

Angel Eyes flash

Angel Eyes cloudy sun

Angel Eyes sun

I love both and am tickled pink (or silver, gold, and blue) to have them in the mini-size.

Miss Conduct

I have a wonderful holiday color from Orly to show you today, but before I forget, I want to alert all Zoya-philes to keep an eye on the company’s Facebook page.  They posted, “The Holiday Season is upon us, and you know what that means at Zoya Nail Polish!  Holiday fun with great offers and Flash Promos – all exactly when you’d expect them to be…”

OK, I’ll bite — when do we expect them to be?  I’m guessing Black Friday, but if you’re interested I would keep a close eye on Zoya’s FB and Twitter accounts.  I’m not on Twitter yet — don’t want another giant time-sucking social media tool in my life at this point — but know it’s very useful in some situations…. like this one!

And just what might we expect?  One FB commenter wrote, “Last year they would post promo codes… they were for anything from BOGO deals, free polishes, free qtica products, and sometimes even a whole free set of polishes. There would be a limited number and whoever used it first got it. Some of them were completely free, no need to pay for anything and others were nice discounts.”


But now, shifting gears, let me show you the latest love of my life (sorry, Mr. Silver Nail), Miss Conduct from Orly.  I first saw this months ago at French blogger PShiiit’s site and fell hard for it.  It seemed the polish gods were determined to keep me and Miss Conduct apart, though.  When I finally found Orly’s Naughty or Nice holiday collection online, Miss Conduct would be the one color that was sold out.  When I found the mini-set at my local Sally Beauty Supply, it included all the holiday colors except that one.

I bought the mini-set anyway and waited for Sally to stock the full-sized bottles from the Naughty or Nice set.  When I went back another day, they had ONE bottle of Miss Conduct.  You better believe I pounced on that like a duck on a Junebug.

I’ve liked the Orly polishes I’ve tried so far — besides having a wonderful formula and look, the bottle is a generous 0.6 oz./18 ml and the handle is rubberized and slightly concave for an easy grip.  Miss Conduct is a sheer but heavily tinted jelly-like hot pink with lots of multicolored microglitter — I think I see pink, red, and silver.  I used three coats with no top coat, and it looked and felt perfectly smooth.  In indirect outdoor light:

Love this color SO MUCH!  With a full camera flash:

Outdoors in direct but weak sunlight it really sparkles:

And indoors under artificial light with a fill flash:

It’s a great holiday color, especially if you’re overdosed on reds, but honestly, this is one color I’d wear all year long since I love pink yet it’s different, like pink on steroids.  Sparkly steroids.

Two other colors with similar formulas are the new Blaze and Aurora from Zoya’s Ornate Collection.  But Blaze is more red and Aurora is more purple.  The PolishAholic did a fantastic, comprehensive post comparing these and many other holiday polishes here.  Check it out it you’re trying to decide!


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