Femme Fatale – Hundred Years Winter

My second attempt at getting my greedy mitts on this shade was a success!  I immediately craved Hundred Years Winter from the moment that Femme Fatale posted preview shots of their Narnia-inspired nail polish collection. Unfortunately, they had to suspend direct sales to the US for a little bit, and the first run of US stock at Color4Nails sold out lickety-split. But I was patient, and I grabbed it on the restock– the last restock for this shade, as it turns out. So if you want this color, now’s the time!

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The shade is a dusty plum mauve with strong aqua green shimmer. It’s like Fyrinnae’s Witchcraft lipstick in nail polish form. It also reminds me quite a lot of Takko Nails’ Wanderlust, although that is a bit cooler toned in terms of the base– it’s a little greyer, a little less mauve. And where Wanderlust is a jelly, this is– I don’t quite know how to explain it. A squishy cream? I own a lot of Femme Fatale polish, and this is by far the thickest one I’ve tried. It was a two coater, but I had to be careful not to disturb the first layer when I applied the second.

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Anyway, it’s quite lovely, even though I found the formula a little fussier than I usually expect from Femme Fatale. It makes a GORGEOUS Autumn neutral-with-a-kick. I kind of want to do some nail art over it, now that my nails have begun to recover from a bad break I had a few weeks ago.

I’m definitely looking forward to the next few collections by Femme Fatale– I know they have a Dune collection coming out in a few months, and that is DEFINITELY on my radar!

Thermal Gorgeousness: Feelin’ Vampy by Fancy Gloss

I recently got my paws on a polish I’ve been wanting for quite some time: Feelin’ Vampy by Fancy Gloss. I continue to be absolutely in love with thermal polishes, and this one is no exception.

Cool, it’s a deep burgundy red with subtle holo shimmer. Warm, it’s a charcoal grey with the same shimmer. It’s got a sort of creme/jelly feel when painting it on, and it dries semi-matte. I coated it with Seche Vite for shine. You can get away with two coats, but to be honest, go for three for max opacity.

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Cold

I did some accent nail stamping with Essie Rollin’ With The Chromies (not cruelty free!) and a Messy Mansion plate.

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Warm

Warm tips, cold nail

Warm tips, cold nail

Cold tips, warm nail

Cold tips, warm nail

If you have longer nails, you’ll be especially pleased with this one– I found that the tips naturally turned red while my nail beds stayed grey, and it made a gothy French manicure look. Very cool.

And now, magic!

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Two Gradient Manis!

Lately, I have been working on my nail game, trying out more challenging sponge gradients. Things I learned:

* Masking fluid is your friend.

* Even with masking fluid, removing the excess polish from your cuticles is not as easy as nail bloggers make it look.

* Cremes are the easiest to do gradients with. Glass fleck shimmers barely work at all.

I have a lot of beautiful Autumn holos & cremes that I’m going to be doing some art with soon, including my first, hopefully not disastrous, shot at a water marble.

Anywho, here are two manis I did this week:

#1 was a really simple mani that looks like two colors, but was in fact three. Ulta Here Comes The Sun (Orange, cruelty free), Revlon African Tea Rose (Pink, not cruelty free*), and Zoya  Keko (Purple, cruelty free). I spent a good half hour cleaning up my cuticles and I still couldn’t get the crusties off, boo. Took a day’s worth of washing my hands to get them off. But I do love how smooth and sunset-y it is.

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#2 used two of the same colors (Keko, African Tea Rose) plus Zoya’s Breezi (blue, cruelty free), to make a Bi Pride flag gradient. I wanted a little extra pop, so I used Essie Rollin’ With The Chromies (silver, not cruelty free*) to stamp silver constellations on my nails. LOVE how it turned out.

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Still got some blue staining going on, but it’s getting better!

* My plan for non-cruelty free products in my stash is to use them up, and then replace them with cruelty free options. So there will be NCF products used in looks until they’re gone, and I will make a point to note them.

#LoveWins Mani!

I am so so happy to hear that the Supreme Court ruled in favor of marriage equality and love yesterday. A lot of people assume that I am straight because I am married to a man, but as a bisexual, I am thrilled that all members of my community now have the right to marry in every state in the USA!

I haven’t had a ton of time for makeup or polish lately, but I did take an hour yesterday to paint my nails in rainbow hues!

I used: Digital Nails’ I See France (one-coat black creme), a Vivid Lacquer stamping plate, and OPI’s nail tints. I’m a bit sad that I could only get a pastel rainbow with the tints, but after thinning them a little with a few drops of Seche Restore, I was able to get them perfectly blendable! Note: OPI is not cruelty free as I see it: they sell in China which requires mandatory animal testing. As such, I will be replacing these bottles (and adding to my colors) with the Soap Bubbles tint collection by Esmaltes da Kelly!

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Thumbs up for SCOTUS!

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My Favorite New Polish: Femme Fatale’s Glass Coffin

I have to gush about a polish that I have worn three times this month. My swatches do it absolutely NO JUSTICE, so go look at Emily‘s instead.

Behold, Femme Fatale’s Glass Coffin.

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Glass Coffin

It’s a subtle thermal with an amazing duochrome shine. Warm, it’s a crystalline blue with icy green shimmer. Cool, it’s a delicate violet with icy green shimmer. But even warm, it takes on violet tones at angles, especially in indoor lighting.

Warm, Sunlight

Warm, Sunlight

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Warm

Cool, Sunlight

Cool, Sunlight

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Cool

This is three coats, and honestly, it’s a polish that has to be worn in order to be truly appreciated– it’s just totally enchanting, like fairy wings for my nails. Unbelievably beautiful, omfg.

Worth noting: with no topcoat, this takes on a semi-matte look when dry. I prefer it with topcoat, because it gives off an incredibly glasslike shine then.

Okay. Off to stare at my nails.

 

Nail Post! Polishes by Twee & Honey

Yalla Habibeti, Sphagnum Moss, Sparkling Wine, Prototype Polish

Yalla Habibeti, Sphagnum Moss, Sparkling Wine, Prototype Polish

Recently while I was vending, I had the good fortune to talk with the lady behind Twee & Honey nail polish. At the time, I didn’t know that she made nail polish, but once we hit on the topic, that’s pretty much ALL we talked about. In the end, we worked out a trade: a pair of my earrings for some bottles of her nail polish. Pretty sweet deal. The bottles I chose were Yalla Habibeti, a sheer golden yellow with holo glitter, Sphagnum Moss, a green glitterbomb in a clear base, Sparkling Wine, a mauvey-wine jelly with red & blue glitters, and a prototype shade that was unreleased.

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Recent-ish Nails

Hello all! I have been remiss in updating my blog. I’m about to head out to sunny Ocean City, MD for the annual Art of the Belly bellydance convention, so I’ve been doubletiming it working on stock to sell at my booth (and practicing with my troupe, Transcendence– we will be performing on Saturday). I have barely touched makeup in weeks. I haven’t actually painted my nails in two weeks, unless you count the pinkish stain they’ve taken on from re-dyeing my hair two days ago. But at least there will be some fun stage makeup posts coming up!

In the meanwhile, I have some older manis that I did earlier in the month, and a couple of mini reviews!

Digital Nails Hyperbole over Emily De Molly Lace Man

Digital Nails Hyperbole over Emily De Molly Lace Man

Digital Nails Hyperbole over Emily De Molly Lace Man

Digital Nails Hyperbole over Emily De Molly Lace Man

Mani #1 is Hyperbole, Digital Nails‘s gooooorgeous multi-flakie topper, over Emily De Molly‘s Lace Man, a periwinkle-grey with strong pink shimmer. While my first instinct was to put Hyperbole over a darker shade (where it legit looks like a black opal), it looks beautiful over lighter shades, too. Magical unicorn nails, no lie.

Here, have some bottle shots:

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Hyperbole

Lace Man

Lace Man

I also picked up I See France, Digital Nails’ black undies polish, which is superbly pigmented and perfect for stamping. It is absolutely comparable to Cult Nails’ Nevermore. Those two are the two best black stamping polishes I’ve ever used. I haven’t yet used the masking fluid yet, but I will be reviewing that one once I return from travel.

I See France, Hyperbole, Questionable Browser History Liquid Latex Masking Fluid

I See France, Hyperbole, Questionable Browser History Liquid Latex Masking Fluid

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