I <3 NP Summer 2014 Swatches

As most of you may have figured out by now, I’m a sucker for duochrome nail polish- the sort of shade that shifts color in the different lighting and angles. Many shades claim to be duochrome, but I need to be able to see distinctly different colors to get excited. In my quest for color-shifting joy, I have been known to put up with hideous application issues (think 4 coats of thin, watery duochrome over a basecoat of black). But now….I’ve found a new  crack dealer  indie polish company that makes duochromes that are a dream come true. And of course, these polishes are cruelty-free, otherwise they wouldn’t be on my blog or in my stash.

Enter I Love NP. Here are some duochromes from the Summer 2014 Collection.

Box shots! Ooh…ahhh!

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These are darn hard to photograph, but worth the trouble! Left to right: Masquerade, Undenied, Peace, Bishop, Sirene.

My current stubby nails won’t do these justice, so I had to paint up the longest, baddest fake nails in my stash to show you how the color looks different, depending on the angle:

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Masquerade. Builds to fabulousity in 2 coats. Red and green and gold and…oh my. I Love NP actually calls these “Multichromes” rather than duochromes, and I see why! I can see at least 4 different colors here.

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Undenied. This is a plummy, warm toned purple, and while not quite as spectacularly multichromatic, it shows a range of maroon, plum and purple, plus green and gold if you get it just right.

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Peace. This is a cool-toned purple cousin to Undenied, with a bright blue flash, along with other tones of purple. It reminds me of galaxies and sci-fi movies for some reason.

Bishop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bishop. A hazel golden green, this is what I’d wear if I went on a photo safari to Africa. It’s a very metallic, tawny warm gold with flashes of dark khaki, medium green and even a hint of deep amber in the right light. Excuse the lousy finish, I was scraping the bottom of the bottle of my Seche topcoat.

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Sirene. It’s a deep teal  which flashes different shades of blue and purple. While this is not the most flattering on my skin tone, the amazing duochrominess makes up for it!

These swatches are 3 thin coats with no basecoat. I could have gotten away with two coats, but I wanted maximum multichrome wonderfulness, so I went for 3. Barbra, the mixologist, is lovely to work with and even accommodated my order that couldn’t go through on the website. Two glittery thumbs up for these!

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Kickin’ It In The Maldives

I’m normally just about nails, but I am having such a great time right now that I am going to share pics of my tropical vacation! I’m currently in the Maldives, recharging my creative juices and hanging out with Mr. NTMG.

I’ll definitely have some aquatic and nautical ideas in mind when I get back to real life in the busy city in a couple days. Maybe some tropical cocktail nails, or something with sharks. I saw 5 sharks while snorkeling, along with a sea turtle, some clownfish, a giant starfish, lots of coral, plus lots of other assorted sea critters.

So here’s some shots of what’s going on here. Sorry it’s not about nails this time, but I’m sure some sea life will be working its way into some nail art soon! We will be back to our regularly scheduled glittertacularity in my next post. :)

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Dishwashing Detergent Nail Art

Proving that the Japanese will make a nail art contest out of just about *anything,* here’s a contest in which the theme was Joy diswashing detergent. The prize is a trophy…and 16 bottles of dishwashing detergent.

There were enough contest entries for several pages of nails…ah, Japan. Here is the epic battle for sudsy-themed nail art dominance, from Nail Max magazine.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The three nails on the bottom are the winners from the last time. (Last time?!)

Below with the arrows, I have drawn a blue arrow next to the nails that actually have anything to do with dishwashing detergent. The rest are all random floral nails, which I think is the go-to in any Japanese nail art contest whatsoever, no matter the theme. It could be a “Bloody Death In Battle” contest and there would still be an overwhelming selection of nails with roses and glitter, and perhaps a kawaii pearl bow or two.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Check out the 3D bottle of detergent in the right column, third down! Too cute.

So, folks, paint hard, practice a lot and you might be able to win large quantities of cleaning supplies! I know it’s all about the glory and not the prize, but still. Crazy product challenges aside, many nail art contests generally cost quite a bit to enter and the prize is worth far less than the entry fee, so even if you win, you’re still coming out behind. Sometimes it seems like a bit of a scam.

I hope the disappointing trend of Flower Nails No Matter What The Theme will turn around soon. I think judges start penalizing people who don’t follow the theme- otherwise, why have any theme at all? A prime example was the Nail Tip Contest at the 2013 Tokyo Nail Expo. The theme was “Fresh Flesh,” which lent itself to interesting possibilities, but a majority of the nails were…flowers. Whether the theme is Dishwashing Detergent or Fresh Flesh, the nails look startlingly similar. This is really a dud for those of us who want to see real art. Don’t get me wrong- the florals are gorgeous and well done, but I want to see something daring and weird and wonderful!

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Fabulous Franken Friday, 30 May 2014 Edition

I have a lot of sheer and semi-sheer polishes in my stash.  I don’t personally like the look of sheer polishes on myself and don’t have the patience to apply 3-4 coats of polish unless it’s a fabulous color for a special day, but sheer shades do have a place here at NeverTooMuchGlitter! Sheers can be layered over other colors, nail art, or mixed with glitter and pigments to make fabulous frakens (my personal favorite, of course!)

Sheer colors will allow mixed-in glitters to show through beautifully- check out what I’ve been mixing up lately! Today, two China Glaze semi-sheers get frankened. The shades are China Glaze No Plain Jane and China Glaze Rare And Radiant. On their own, these took 3 coats to get opaque and could have possibly used a fourth to be really solid. I mixed these with TKB Trading Pigments Sparks.

‘The Sparks are iridescent super-fine glitter. *Please please please* wear a disposable paper face mask if you are working with these. They are superfine and a little glitter cloud will poof out everytime you open the bag. You absolutely do not want to be breathing in any kind of superfine glitter. You can buy a box of paper masks at any drug store. It may seem like overkill to wear a mask, but your lungs will thank you later. Please believe me on this one! All that aside, here’s our first beauty: China Glaze No Plain Jane. On its own, it’s a slight duochrome orchidy type color. The swatch shown is 3 coats.

 Here, No Plain Jane gets the Sparks added to it. With the Sparks, it was opaque in one coat.

 You can see how much the Sparks change the color of the polish. My personal favorite is the Gold Sparks, but they are all lovely. The glitter polish only needed 1 coat for opacity, though 2 would probably look best for an all-over even look. All the glitter swatches here  are 1 coat with a topcoat of Seche Vite. Next up, China Glaze Rare and Radiant, a murky green duochrome with a kind of goldish hazel flash. This is more duochromey than No Plain Jane, but still sheer at 2 thick coats on its own.

…and the glitter train rolls on…

My personal pick from these would be the mix with the Red Sparks- it’s a really unusual color.  I don’t have anything like this in my stash. It’d make a cool base for an animal print or nature-inspired look.

Lastly, we’ve got Barielle Elle’s Spell. It’s a very sheer burgundy with iridescent Mylar flakes. It looks fabulous over reds to add depth and some twinkle, but is sheer on its own. Shown in the swatches below is 4 coats.

 This one had the most dramatic color change when the glitter was added, since it was the sheerest.

 And here they are all together- look what you can make with 3 sheer polishes and 5 glitters. Pretty amazing! For a lot of folks, mixing all these slightly different colors probably won’t be worth the effort, but color junkies will totally understand the joy of mixing 5 different polish shades with iridescent glitter.

IMG_3982 You can check out the Sparks here. Like all the goodies I use and feature here, TKB Trading products are cruelty-free, of course. Hope everyone is having a happy Friday!

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Happy Glittery Friday!

I didn’t set out to do this, but I wound up doing a set of reggae-inspired glitter nails in red, yellow and green.  I had bright, cheery colors on my mind since we’ve been having some dreary gray days in my area, and this is what came out.

I have some superfine champagne silver glitter from the Japanese brand Presto, but any fine silverish glitter will do for these looks. I wanted to start mixing up some glittery summer shades for my toes. I used my trusty silicone baking cups, poured in some polish, added the silver glitter, mixed it up, and voila! Here’s what I got.

First up, a regular red creme: Misa Femme Fatale. A nice, solid red, but I wanted some glitter to jazz it up.

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A fun juicy red with some twinkle to it. These would look cute with a nautical touch- maybe a blue anchor or stripes?

Next up, Orly Hook Up gets the glitter treatment. On its own, it’s a lemon yellow shimmer, but it is really streaky, as yellows often are. Or at least my bottle is, I’ve had it for a couple years.

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Result: Happy sunshine yellow! The glitter gives a bit of opacity to counteract the streakiness, and the mix looked good after two coats.

Last one is China Glaze Emerald Sparkle. This shade is one of my personal favorites. It’s a very dark evergreen microglitter, but is very Christmas-y. To make it a bit more summery and versatile, the silver glitter lightened it up to a jungle-like tropical green.

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This would look cute with some 3D tropical flowers, wouldn’t it?

Pedi season is coming around! I always find that glitter polishes, even frankened ones, wear like iron, so they’re my go-to choice since I generally wear sandals year round and do lots of beachy stuff, so I need some tough polish! I hate hate hate chipped nails, but somehow it’s worse on the toes. Plus, I never need a good reason to wear glitter. ;)

 

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Vanity Planet Flat Iron Review

Today I’m taking the focus off nails and moving up to my hair. While I’m pretty handy with nail art, I’m totally unskilled with hair. Usually I let it get crazy-lady long, trim it, repeat. I’m a ponytail and braid kind of gal, but every now and again I get fancy and stuff it into a bun with some hairsticks.

I do have a natural wave in my hair, which is kind of puffy even in regular circumstances, but gets super frizzy in high humidity. Mostly, it hangs out in a floofy ponytail. I’m okay with that most of the time, but there are occasions when I want to look sleek.

So, today I have attempted to tame my hair into shape via the flat iron.  This particular one I’m reviewing today is from Vanity Planet. The brand is Style House. It has a cute leopard print pattern and ceramic plates. It heated up really fast-within a couple minutes. It has a knob to adjust the heat as well, though I used the lowest heat.

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Cute and sleek.

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On off switch with heat control knob. There’s an LED light that lets you know when the iron is hot. It heated up and was ready to go in about 2 minutes.

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I’m a little photo shy, but here’s the Before photo showing me and my hair in all its floofy glory.

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Ta-Dah! After: a few quick passes on low heat with the flat iron gives me a suave look. ;) This flat iron did its job- heated quickly, had nice smooth ceramic plates, and was easy to handle. It has a US-shape plug with two prongs, but has worldwide voltage. After using an adaptor to change the plug shape to a UK style, it worked perfectly on 220V. The animal print is a cute touch, too. I got good results with low heat. I imagine I could get a glass-smooth look on high heat, but I just wanted to tame things down a bit with minimum heat, and it worked very well. My hair stayed sleek through the day in some very sticky weather. It also has a limited lifetime warranty.  All in all, a solid performer. I may not use it every day, since I’m too busy with my nails, but I’ll be sure to take it out on those occasions when I want my hair texture to look a bit less like a Brillo pad.

This item was sent for my honest review by Vanity Planet. You can check it out here:

Flat Irons (Vanityplanet.com)
http://vanityplanet.com/flat-irons

 COUPON CODE: JEN4HAIR22
 Price: $39.00 + free shipping for US customers

And now that my hair is looking pretty good, we’ll be back to the nails in our next post- who’s ready to see some fun summer designs? :)

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Happy Star Wars Day!

Happy Star Wars Day!

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