Pray Tell, How Like You This?

I secretly like poetry, and the name of this polish reminded me of They Flee From Me by Sir Thomas Wyatt, a poet from the 1500’s. There are many contexts in which this poem can be understood, but to me the poem has a very predatory tone. Apt, isn’t it?

China Glaze’s Prey Tell is from its Summer 2012 Safari Collection. I was craving for a really vampy color, and this polish is vamp to the max!

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PT is a dark shade of bordeaux, and dries to a smooth and glossy finish. It’s a very viscous polish so you have to be careful not to get too much polish on the brush! I had to redo my index finger because the polish trickled to the side of my nail. Above shows 2 thickish coats of PT under my table lamp with flash!

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And this is with indoor lighting and flash. You can’t see the sheen – it’s too dark for you to notice the reflections around it – it’s dark, it’s badass, and it just screams femme fatale.

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I was totally feeling this polish and I wore it for an entire week! With the Seche Vite top coat, it lasted very well with no chips, only tip wear. And be careful girls (and boys), this polish stains like a b*tch!

prey tell 1Also, if you thought my nail shape looks a little different, it’s because I’m trying something called the Lana Del Ray Nails Project – I just came up with that name lol, I’ve been hung up on her new songs and they all have a very dreamy, surreal, and somewhat otherworldly quality to it. My favourite song so far is Gods And Monsters – trust me, it’s good.

As I was saying, the Lana Del Ray Nails Project – obviously inspired by its namesake – is basically me growing out, maintaining, and filing my nails so the tips are round and a bit pointy, instead of squarish like my nails usually are. It’s a bit challenging because I’ve never really grown out my nails that long but there are are perks to it – I can relieve an itch really easily with long nails!!

What you see above is just my nails in the initial stage and Lana’s nails are like:

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Credits to Fashionista.com

I wonder if those nails are real or fake plastic nails? If I get a chipped or broken nail halfway through the project, I am just going to cry in a corner.

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Blistering Cold, Glistening Snow

Oh yeah the name of this polish reminds of the lyrics in Stan, the old Eminem song featuring Dido (remember that?) Glistening Snow rhymed with blistering cold… so there!

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GS is from China Glaze’s 2012 Holiday Collection and it is beautiful & opaque in 2 coats! It’s jam packed with silver holographic micro glitter and dries to a pretty gritty finish, but I fixed it with 2 thick coats of Seche Vite and voila – nails so bright they sparkle at every angle!

The shot above was taken with indoor lighting and flash, and I’d literally just applied the topcoat over so it’s extra glossy, but the glossiness is of course overpowered by the sheer bling power of GS – I mean, are you kidding me? Look at that!

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And this was taken under my table lamp – my nail lengths are blatantly uneven, not sure if that’s a faux pas but my fingers aren’t scrunched like this all the time so it’s barely noticeable IRL (read: in real life)

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Again with flash – I also bought GS’s cousin Champagne Kisses, which is a rose gold toned version but doesn’t seem to be holographic from the bottle. Look out for that one! In the mean time I just want to thank all my readers for being so supportive and awesome and I wish all you guys a great week ahead! Enjoy the holidays! ❤

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Peppered Mint

A nice play on the word peppermint (ha), considering we’re nearing the holiday season – this manicure is totally fun and apt for it! I just bought several bottles of nail polish and these two colours stood out the most, since I’m biased to greens.

First up is OPI Thanks a Windmillion from the Holland Collection (and I only JUST bought it – I know.) that flatters my skin tone better than Mermaid’s tears because it has more grey in it and isn’t as stark. Consider it a chic-er mint. Below shows 2 smooth coats with normal indoor lighting:

Again, in flash – both pictures are without a topcoat. Look at how smooth and shiny the polish dries! I didn’t have problems applying Windmillion, unlike its thick and gunky colour cousin.

Oh yeah, and I love this combination:

Above shows Thanks a Windmillion as the base, with Essie Stylenomics dots! You can’t really see it in this picture, but Stylenomics is a dark, deep green with a hint of grey & blue in it. I fell in love with it the moment I laid eyes on the polish. Had to have it.

And oh, what’s this? A reversible mani? Ha, no those do not exist yet… although I’m thinking it can happen similarly to polishes that change colour in lower temperatures. Stylenomics appears almost a deep blue in this picture (with flash even!) but trust me, it’s a GREEN. It also looks green from an arm’s length and stays true to its colour, unlike many dark/vampy polishes that appear blackish till closer inspection.

In the sun, Stylenomics is glorious. Why no sunlight pic you ask? It’s been raining almost everyday during the afternoons when the sun is brightest. So it’s dampening my picture-taking a bit, but this green? It’s a keeper FO SHO! (read: for sure.)

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Zig Chic

I love Revlon – I love their lipsticks and eyeshadows, and I kinda like their nail polishes, although I only have a handful of them. Their colors don’t excite me that much, but the other day when I saw the new(ish) line of colors, I had to grab Revlon Chic, a dark(ish) grey-blue.

I decided that I hadn’t done a konadicure in a long time so here you go! Taken under my table lamp without flash, I used white Konad polish for stamping, together with Chez Delaney’s Image Plate H26.

This was with flash, which honestly doesn’t look as fancy as a glitter manicure would. Meh.

And I have to admit, although I love her designs, the plates seem to be shallower than the actual Konad plates, which means that you catch less polish on your stamper and it comes out blotchy like pictured. It would be less obvious if the polishes I used were complementary and not in stark contrast like Chic and white.

I didn’t use a topcoat for this one, because Konad polishes take forever to dry and I didn’t want to risk polish drag even with Seche Vite!

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Rotten Grapes

This can either be labelled ‘hot mess’ or ‘abstract art’, depending on how you look at it. To me it just looks like grapes gone bad. Don’t be afraid of ‘unpretty’ or ‘different’:

With flash – using the ‘water color’ technique, you can make out brush strokes on my ring and pinky fingers. I don’t really know where I was going with this! I used a white base and tried blending purple and black polishes on it.

And FYI you can’t really go wrong with Zoya Adina, a duochrome polish that flashes purple and green! It does look like rotten grapes doesn’t it? A bit of green and white fungus there. The above photo was taken under my table lamp without flash. It also kind of reminds me of Maleficent from Sleeping Beauty:

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 Another flash shot! Polishes used:

  • Base: OPI Alpine Snow
  • Black Micro Shimmer: OPI Suzi Skis in the Pyrenees
  • Black Shimmer: OPI Baby it’s Coal Outside!
  • Purple/Green Duochrome: Zoya Adina
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Earth? Is that you?

This is another one of those manicures where the results aren’t what I had originally intended so I just go with it! Using the ‘water color’ method – which is basically blending polishes on the nail with acetone – I wanted to mix some blues and greens together.

Taken under my table lamp without flash, it sort of looks like a glitzy satellite image of earth from space! I can make out rough continents and plateaus, boundless seas, and of course, stars in the atmosphere. If you don’t see it yet, scroll down for the flash version!

Above shows the manicure with flash and lighting from my table lamp. The components were:

  • Base: OPI Yoga-ta Get This Blue!
  • Teal-ish Shimmer: OPI Yodel Me On My Cell
  • Green Glitter: Zoya Ivanka
  • Lime Holo: Milani Hi-Tech

And this was in dim lighting with flash – it seems brighter this way, you can even make out the subtle shimmer in Yoga-ta Get This Blue! I really really like this picture ❤ 

We don’t have to see things too clearly all the time – blurry shots like this evoke intrigue and curiosity, and one really can appreciate the manicure in its entirety instead of focusing on the micro details down to each speck of glitter. I appreciate both types of images!

What’s next?

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Reflection Pool

Now that I’m back to blogging, I’m back with fresh ideas! I’m still in the ‘gradient nails’ phase though, and last night I realized that I haven’t done a glitter on glitter gradient yet so this is me OD-ing on old OPI glitters, taken under my table lamp:

It looks like a glittery whirlpool, ergo the name Reflection Pool – a mix of OPI Spark de Triomphe and Simmer & Shimmer. Yes, that Simmer & Shimmer from OPI’s 2010 Christmas collection!

And I think I’ve under-utilized my camera flash, because glitters really do look better with flash! With the exception of my middle finger, I used S&S as the base glitter and dabbed SdT on the tips.

Blurry, Blingy, Glitter shot. With flash!

And I just had to take a picture with this glitter sheet I got from Paper Market! It’s a good store to raid when you’re feeling artsy and crafty.

Look at the glitter trays!!! Thanks to Sophia for the shot! I wish I could have all these rainbow glitters on my nails at the same time. Sighs.

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