Blue-green mermaid goodness by way of Halley's Comet, from Orly's Cosmic FX collection.* What could be better? Well, The Ninja can answer that: SEQUINS. Well, not sequins, really. More like a yummy glitter from Nfu-Oh with tiny little holo shimmers and a more sparse showing of bigger holo bits in a clear base. The result? It's like a sequined teal prom dress with a mermaid fishtail hem. And that's rad.
*What? The Ninja said that despite her bemused reaction to the hype over these colors, this is the only color she liked from the collection. She's no hypocrite. ;)
Did you like the Orly Galaxy collection? The MAC Venomous Villains lacquers? The scads of similar enamels that seem to all be that foily, duo-/tri-/multi-chrome finish? Fancy some more?
The Ninja reluctantly admits that these are growing on her. She picked up the green from Galaxy and came upon Bad Fairy (won it) and saw similar finishes in a few of the OPIBurlesques (also won). She may be coming around and, while not the raving fan some others are, she at least now "gets it". Kind of.
Zoya's holiday collection, Flame, gives lovers of this formula a few more shades to rock. And they're pretty nice!
PS: Earlier reviews call this collection "Fire and Ice". Same collection, different name. Weird.
Read on for more info, the review, and some swatches...
Fabulous. Another new trend to make us all look worse.
Thanks, beauty world. We have finally, The Ninja believes, skulked past the abhorrent dubious "trend" of chipped nail polish. Whose idea was that, anyway? The Ninja suspects we were Punked by lazy celebs (please say a return to this "trend" is being misreported).
At any rate, now that we briefly flirted with couture manicures in reaction (reference "the Ruffian", elegant exposed half-moon manicures, and even sculpted and pointed retro red tips a la Dita and even Rihanna). Must the pendulum swing from high to low again? Apparently so, The Ninja is dismayed to report.
Apply it over a contrasting lower coat and it cracks to expose it.
What this has to do with the return of Mad Men-style luxe-and-retro glamour, The Ninja cannot explain. It seems to have little attachment to Fall's military trends, sleek menswear, or uptown urban jungle animal prints, as far as she can tell. A flash forward to Spring '11 gives no enlightenment as the floaty layers, feminine florals and edible pastels The Ninja spied on runways don't seem to cry "pair me with grungy manicures!"
It's not fair to say that The Ninja is not a fan of a high-low contrast, either. She firmly believes in the power of "dirtying up" an ultra-feminine piece a bit (a delicious matte, a sexy black, a grungy greige, a subversive olive, perhaps?). But don't mistake that for the need to drag things to the gutter (or middle school).
And that's where this crackle finish nonsense belongs, in The Ninja's esteemed (and always correct!) opinion.
If you disagree, you'll adore OPI's upcoming collections, which feature this crackle coat nonsense in the form of Shattered. Read more here and see it in action below. The Ninja refuses to acknowledge it any further.
PS: This "trend" already happened in about 2000. Can we leave it there?
The Ninja had thought it was impossible. She hasn't really seen a great black glitter polish. She's seen some good ones, but for the most part black pigments seem to eat glitter. Especially fine glitter.
Enter stage right: Nfu-ohGS-14 An inky black lacquer with gobs of fine holographic glitter. She is understated in that dark polish way, yet once the spotlight hits her she simply lights up!
Let The Ninja be clear: this is not a holo polish. It is not solid hologram. It's definitely a black polish with small (eensey!) holo bits.
Let's take a look:
Application is, as with all Nfu-oh enamels, flawless. Since The Ninja can't just pick them up at Ulta (they are an Asian brand; she purchases from Fabuloustreet) she tends to hoard them.
In order to extend the life of this one, she applied it over a black cream, Illamasqua Boosh. The swatches are one coat of GS-14 over 1 coat of Boosh. She tried Gs-14 on its own and two layers were opaque.
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I have several loves. Two are nail polish and jewelry. Naturally, you assume never the twain will meet, but wait a minute! They do meet in the capable hands of Ginger Kitty Designs.
You've maybe heard of her jewelry before, but if you haven't you're in for a treat. Even if you're not a huge polish junkie (but especially if you are) you'll love these designs.
Artist Tracey Barker creates one-of-a-kind, handcrafted jewelry that incorporates nail polish. Before I go any further, let's take a look at a few:
This one may be my favorite. It's China Glaze's holographic polish Octa Gone Wild in a ring. It was featured in Nails Magazine!
OPI's Mad as a Hatter. Are you freaking kidding me?! Love it!
I'm not sure what color this is, but does it really matter? GORGEOUS!
So, this pendant is amazing, right? In it, my favorite polish in the whole wide world: China GlazeCoconut Kiss (and OPIInk and CGOcta Gone Wild and Emerald Sparkle) It's a nail polish water-marbling technique unique to GingerKittyDesigns!
No wait... these might be my favorite! China GlazeNova.
A really cute nail polish bottle with your choice of "filling"!
Konad fan? She's got them, too!
I want to grab this handful and run!
I wanted to show you the newest pieces she's making (as if all of those other ones aren't tempting enough!). New (brand spankin' new) to the Ginger Kitty Designs line-up are stunning bracelets. Hold onto your hat, gals...
I know, right?
And do you want to know the crazy thing about these pieces? I mean aside from the fact that you can wear your favorite nail polish as jewelry. And the fact that you can pick your polish (she's got a list). And that you can have a custom-made matching set --- or a zillion different pieces to mix-and-match. The really crazy thing is: they're all really great prices*
*At the time of this writing, all items seem to be marked down 25%, so it's a perfect time to shop!
Sure, we notice them. They've got the money and means to have the newest and greatest, so we're bound to notice, right? But celebs with their own nail polish collections?
The Ninja is not sure how she feels about this.
Regardless, the following celebs are reported to have nail polish collections coming out soon.
Serena Williams: She of The Tennis Williamses. She who actually went to school to learn how to be a nail tech. This makes the most sense, celeb + nail polish-wise. Rumors hint at a pretty-darned confirmed Grand Slam collection with OPI. Expect sets of two polishes at a time (coinciding with tennis tournaments, naturally). January '11 is the launch of the first set (hi, Australian Open) with more sets due to launch with the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open. Apparently, the Australian Open collection will feature a green polish (yellow-green? bright? with white stripes?) called Simply Smashing.
Katy Perry: Another OPI collection. Seems the high note will be a crackle top coat called Black Shatter. The Ninja isn't impressed yet, but will try to be open minded. This nail polish collab would make more sense if she were endorsing Minx, since that's what she's so often seen wearing. I mean, she's had Oompa Loompas, silver Minx, even pictures of her fiance. However, at least she wears things on her nails. Which makes more sense than...
Justin Bieber. The Ninja is stymied. One Less Lonely Girl will be inspired by Bieber songs and put out by Nicole by OPI. Colors: One Less Lonely Glitter is lavender, Prized Possession Purple (grape), Give Me The First Dance (silver), Me + Blue (dark blue), OMB! (bright red), and Step 2 the Beat of My Heart (heart-shaped glitter). Oh sweet mother of lacquer... wouldn't mousse have made more sense?
Yesterday, The Nail Ninja showed you Jessica's Victorian Crush nail polish. Well, even though she didn't want to take it off she needed to. There were more polishes to swatch. A package in the mail added to the swatch pile. In it: CNDCopper Shimmer top coat from their Colour + Effects line of polishes. (Plus a few other things --- stay tuned!)
So naturally The Ninja swatched the Effect over her Jessica mani.
It gave a neat orange-y tinted overlay that just whispers "Fall!" Gorgeous. A can't-take-my-eyes-off-of-it mani.
Take a look at Victorian Crush + Copper Shimmer:
This combo will be swatched again once the sun comes out.
PS: Baby Ninja had to get in the picture! The light is terrible because of the rain, so swatching was at the window. Baby Ninja thought The Ninja was looking out at something and had to be a nosey-pants.
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Wow. Beauty is indeed where you find it (and not always where you expect it)! The Nail Ninja is pleased to introduce you to another (surprisingly) pretty polish from Jessica Cosmetics' Fall '10 collection, Muse. Let's just say The Ninja wasn't exactly looking forward to this color...
Earlier today, The Ninja showed you how to rock the ladylike trend for Fall with Scarlet. While you're placing that order, toss Victorian Crush into your shopping cart so you can bust out the military trend, too.
Application wasn't quite as smooth for Victorian Crush (as compared to Scarlet). It was a little thick and sticky. However, it should be noted that The Ninja was applying this polish outside in high humidity. That's probably why it was gloppy, but keep some thinner around just in case.
One coat was probably opaque, but since the application was weird, what you're seeing is two fairly thick coats.
Wear is pretty much the same, though, which is to say somewhere above average and hovering around "good".
The color is olive. It's an olive cream, in fact. Some might call it "khaki". The Ninja would not. In the bottle it was a threatening shade of yellow-green, but on the nail it's much more attractive. The green has enough yellow to be considered olive, but not enough to resemble something in Baby Ninja's diaper. And it even looks pretty good on cool-toned ninja skin. This color will get lots of wear this Fall!
The finish is nice. Swatches are with Poshe topcoat, though. The Ninja will probably have to try a matte topcoat over this to see if it's extra rad that way!
Where Scarlet stood up and made you take notice, Victorian Crush speaks quietly but confidently. Perfect for wearing on ninja missions.
Here are the pics:
Only three more colors left for The Ninja to swatch from this collection. Coming up: a gregie/mushroom, a blue, and a mustard yellow.
You may want to request that The Ninja's send you copies of her posts so you don't miss anything! Don't worry - she'll keep your info private. She's a ninja!
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Why are so many bloggers and nail polish collectors not a fan of red nail lacquers?
Don't look at The Ninja, she's got no idea why. That's why she's asking you!
Here's a red polish that's hard to resist. It's Scarlet, from the Muse collection byJessica Cosmetics. Sure, The Ninja thought it was just another red... but when she slicked it on, she fell in love.
Two coats to opacity; smooth application (no drag, no pooling, no brush strokes or uneven appearance); great wear (four days and counting with only tip wear); and a crystal clear, shiningly bright cherry red creamy appearance that's simply beautiful.
Take a look...
Final thoughts: If you're looking for a classic red cream polish that's perfect for holiday manis, retro looks, or any time you want to be sophisticated and classy, then Jessica's Scarlet is for you. It's highly recommended by The Ninja for all skin tones, but especially cool-toned fair-skinned beauties!
There are six shades in the Muse collection. The Ninja only got 5 of the 6 to review (weird!). Sadly, she won't be reviewing Crimson Reflections, the other red. That's the one that was missing. Stay tuned for the others, though, and they're all quirky colors, so if you're a red hater you'll want to check it out. ;)
The Nail Ninja
How do you feel about red polishes? Are you a lover or a hater? What's your favorite red? What's your favorite polish color?
The Ninja is more than perfectly pleased with Perfect Formula. She's ecstatic! Could you tell by the ginormous image? lol
Listen, the truth of the matter is that nail care isn't sexy. It's necessary. It's helpful. It can even be lifchanging. But it's not sexy. Maybe that's why this review is frightfully overdue... (apologies to Perfect Formula for not posting this months ago when The Ninja first cracked the bottles open). It's so much fun to dip into a new polish color or try a new nail art technique, isn't it? But if your nails are in poor condition what good are those things?
The Ninjas strongly suggests you keep reading if you have weak, brittle, peeling or splitting nails. Or if you love your nails. Or if you want to see how the Nail Ninja made nail care sexy.
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This post title is, in part, a nod to MizzChievous, who posted about "Fall Nails" earlier today. Sadly, to The Ninja's eyes (and several others, according to the FB comments) it said "Fail Nails".
While this mani of The Ninja's isn't a Fall deal, it's surely a Fail. Well, at least the pictures were...
What you see was an attempt to cheer up using one of The Ninja's absolute favorite nail polishes of all times: ZoyaAnaka (previously reviewed here). This happy raspberry is sunshine in a bottle (only... not yellow. or hot. well...whatever!).
The Ninja wanted to add another favorite into the mix: OPIMad as a Hatter. She's sure most of you are familiar with it, but for those who aren't (hi, Mom & Dad!), it's a mardi gras-colored glitter bomb.
So, The Ninja debated whether or not to do an accent nail with MaaH or do French tips* with it. The latter won the dubious honors.
Aside from the craptastic lighting, it certainly did what it was intended to do: looked cheery. The execution wasn't great, because The Ninja had never done this with MaaH before and had trouble finding the right balance with it on just the tips.
What do you think?
PS: Here's the "made a friend" part of the story...
Dropping off Little Ninja at school, this little fella was spotted nursing a wounded wing in the parking lot. He recovered on The Ninja's hand, then was placed on a bush. Then he immediately took off, a little wobbly but not too much the worse for wear, towards the back of a field.
*With apologies to classic and classy French women who, The Ninja is certain, would sooner do this manicure than jump off of the Eiffel Tower.