Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Soft Stamping with KKCenterHk

I received this item in exchange for an honest review.

Have you guys heard of soft stamping? Have you tried it yet? I just recently saw these when I was browsing the items I was allowed to pick from for review from KKCenterHk. I thought it looked interesting so I had to try it out. I picked out N.NAIL French Lace Marble Line Pattern Soft Stamping [NNAIL-SPPNGA02].

If you're not familiar with soft stamping, here's what the stamper looks like. On one side, you have pictures of what the stamped image is supposed to look like when all colored in. As you can see, these stampers are supposed to be great for multicolor stamping. On the other side is the actual stamper.  This works quit a bit differently from regular stamping techniques. The stamper is the stamping plate in this case.

I had to do a Web search a few times to even find out how to use this thing :P As usual with KKCenterHk's products, no instructions included.

To use this stamper, you apply the polish directly to the stamper.
Next, you stamp it a couple of times on a piece of paper to remove the excess polish.
Then you use an orange stick or something similar to clean away some of the excess polish around the image.
Lastly, you stamp it onto your nails.

Done! Sounds great, right? This kind of stamper is supposed to have some advantages since it is the stamper. No need for extra supplies like stampers, stamping plates, etc. Additionally, unlike traditional stamping, you can work slower because the polish needs to tack up a bit before you stamp it onto your nails.

I love the idea of this!

Unfortunately... I worked with this off and on for about a week and just could not get the hang of it. My boyfriend blames my poor manual dexterity but I seriously think there's just some trick I'm not getting. Maybe I just need to practise with it more? I don't know.

A couple of things to comment on:

I tried a lot of different polishes with this stamper. My Shany nail art polishes seemed to work pretty well, and made it a lot easier to actually paint in the image because it meant less cleanup. I finally tried my Konad stamping polishes and they definitely worked the best.... I only have a Christmas Konad set so you'll have to pardon my almost Christmas themed manicure :P

The actual process of using this stamper isn't too terrible. I didn't particularly like the extra clean up step. I found that depending on what polish you use, it actually is very possible to work too slowly in which case the polish just dries and won't lift off the stamper. To fix this, I just added another coat of a different color and typically it would lift both colors.

I found it pretty impossible to get clean lines with this stamper. I don't know what the trick is, but it wasn't happening for me.

Unfortunately I don't have any pictures of my nicer lines, but I did manage to get a few OK stampings. I finally gave up on getting this perfect and I found that I liked using this best by coloring in one color, then doing kind of a background color over top of it.

I started with 2 coats of Dreamy Lacquer Lilac or Lavender? which I'll review for you later this week. I used high contrasting colors just for demonstration purposes. As you can see, another issue with this stamper is that it's kind of hard to get it placed on the nail correctly and cover the entire nail. I'm sure you could do some really cool stuff with it, if you can manage to figure out how to use it properly.

I however haven't, so I mostly just made a mess of it. I did manage to accidentally get some really good stamping in. At least partials. The rest was just a mess and I gave up on trying because I discovered I could do some really cool marble effects using this and I kind of liked that better :P

 See? Accidental marble effect. 

So.. can't say I love this stamper. I can see it's potential. Hopefully with a LOT more practise, I can do something really cool with it. For now, that isn't happening. I know this looks like a mess.. but I actually kind of like this look better than picture perfect nails. I'm going to have to keep that in mind for future manicures ;)

If you have any tips for using these kinds of stampers... PLEASE let me know! :)
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Sunday, January 26, 2014

Fuzzy Monster Nails

I was provided with this item for review.

 I have a fun manicure to share with you today! I received item # N.NAIL Roundlet 3mm Moving Eyeball Nail Art Decorations [NNAIL-DRN847] from KKCenterHK for review. This is a pack of 40 piece 3 mm jiggly eyes!

(Oh look at me.. I'm like a mad scientist, with eyeballs in a jar :D)

These eyeballs are a lot of fun! You're supposed to be able to use them on any kind of nail. I didn't put that to the test, I just used my natural nails. As I mentioned, you get 40 pieces but they're $5 which seems pretty pricey. 40 doesn't sound like a lot, but if you only do an accent nail you can definitely make these stretch longer.

The eyes didn't quite wiggle around as much as I expected, but that's OK. They're still fun to look at. I'll definitely be saving these to use again for some of my Pokemon nails, I think! I do want to mention that some of these arrived looking a little bent up. For my manicure though, that wasn't an issue.

This manicure was inspired by this Monster's Inc manicure by Pixel's Polish.

I started by doing a skittle manicure using Kleancolor Neon Pink, Neon Green, Neon Purple, Neon Yellow and Neon Aqua (I've been in a neon mood lately, can you tell?)

My mom bought me a bunch of Bundle Monster flocking powder for Christmas, so I thought this would be a great time to use it. After I applied the flocking powder, I just dabbed some nail art glue on each nail and stuck the eye balls on. Pretty simple!

(See the wonky eye on my "Cookie Monster"?)

I apparently let my polish dry a bit too long before flocking my nails, so I have a few misses but I think it works for this manicure. 

I used the glue method with this, in part just because I knew with the flocking powder it wouldn't last long. The eyeballs themselves did come off by themselves, probably because I used glue on glue. They did last for oh, I want to say about a day, and then they started falling off. So, I didn't have any issues with removal.

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Friday, January 24, 2014

The How NOT To Do Spun Sugar Nails Tutorial

I have nothing to disclose.

I got a request to do a tutorial about this manicure:

 A little background info, this was my first attempt at doing spun sugar nails. I have not tried this technique at all since doing this manicure.

So, what do you need to attempt this manicure? First, you need to be a complete novice at doing the spun sugar nail technique. Second, you need to be completely impatient. Third, you need to be messy and not really give a crap if your manicure looks perfect or not.

Yep, that's about it.

No, not really. In all seriousness, I did attempt to do spun sugar nails again but it didn't quite turn out like it was supposed to so I thought I'd just take the chance to make fun of myself a bit first.

For the previous manicure, I used Jior Couture Vét Olografik as the base, LA Colors Circuit for the spun sugar and NYC Matte Me Crazy on the accent. For this manicure, I used different polishes.

Here's what you will need to complete this manicure:
1. base coat
2. nail polish, any color. This will be your background color.
3. more nail polish, you can use 1 or multiple colors for the "sugar"
4. top coat
5. acetone, nail polish remover, etc.
6. toothpicks
7. wax paper
8. a time keeping device

First, start off as usual. Apply your base coat, and your background polish. I started off with 3 coats of Sation Electrical Storm.

While you're waiting for your base to dry, take a sheet of wax paper and your other polishes and just let some polish drop onto the wax paper. Let the paint sit.
Some people say 5 minutes, others say 10. I'll get into this more in a moment.

You could also do this before you even paint your nails. For my sugar polishes, I decided to try Kleancolor Neon Purple and Neon Aqua. I can't really recommend these polishes for this technique because as you'll see, they didn't quite work right. But that's OK.

While you're waiting, you might as well apply a good top coat and let that dry for a bit.

The next part is a little tricky. After your polish has been sitting for several minutes, you need to start checking it. To do this, take your toothpick and gently try pressing it into your pool of polish. If the polish pulls away with no problems, you have to wait a bit longer. If it's too gunky, I think you've probably waited too long or you have a polish which won't work very well for this.

You know when you're on target when it starts to pull away similar to how it is shown here. You should have strands of polish which you can simply just layer over your nail. Most people seem to go for thicker, even strands. For my first manicure, I just played with it a bit until I got different thicknesses and honestly I just kind of layered it on my nail however I wanted.

I was running out of time and patience, so I just did one full nail.

As I said, the polish wasn't really working for me, so I tried dotting it on my nail and gently pulling away to create the lines. I actually did this a little bit last time as well, it just didn't work quite as well this time. So this is why I called this the "How NOT To Do Spun Sugar Nails Tutorial." Play with your polishes some and find some polishes which work well. It does take some practice but once you get the hang of it, it's kind of fun. Hopefully this gives you a good enough idea of how to do this technique?

Oh, also - for the original manicure, for the accent nail all I did differently was I applied a matte top coat over my "spun sugar" before it fully dried, so it blended the polishes a little bit.

I had a wee bit more time to play with this so I decided to try just sugar spunning the tips of my nails. Nope, didn't like this. But that's OK, now I have a good template to practise stamping my nails for another post :)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Tweepdash makes it easy to follow your Twitter followers!

I have nothing to disclose.

I'm working on managing my social networks a little bit better. Twitter has been an eye sore for me for a long time now. Because I was so involved with the giveaways for so long, I quickly reached the 2000 limit for how many people you can follow. (Did you even know there was a limit? I sure didn't back then!) My follows are no where near that high so obviously not everyone follows me back in return, which I find quite annoying. I understand it, but when you follow 2000 people and only 400+ follow you back, it's extremely daunting to think about how to even go about unfollowing people.. after all, Twitter doesn't exactly make it easy to tell if people are following you in return, now does it?

Fortunately, today I found Tweepdash. They make it really easy to manage your Twitter followers! Tweepdash works by linking up with your Twitter account. You will see three columns:
Celebs: "You follow them but they don't follow you back"
Fans: "They follow you, but you don't follow them back"
Friends: "You follow each other"
It's still kind of a pain to have to manually go through and unfollow people but at least this way I'm not unfollowing people who follow me! I'm sure it will get easier once I get my "Celebs" down to a more manageable number :P I did lose a couple of follows when I first started using this, but those were probably just bots. 
Now I can finally follow people again which makes me happy! I didn't like having people following me when I couldn't follow them back. Hopefully my Twitter will be much more manageable from now on as well. :)
Have a Twitter page? Please follow me and I promise to follow you in return!
Now if I could find something similar to Facebook to make sure I'm following all of those new likes I've received from #sharethelove !! ;) 

Monday, January 20, 2014

Inwhich I finally try out fimo

Some of the items used here I won or were given, others I purchased.

Yes, you read that right.. I am finally trying out some fimo sticks! My mom bought me all of these for Christmas plus the ones I got from Narmai so they're just screaming at me: "Use me, use me!" Alrighty, then.

I started out this manicure with Chrome Girl When In Chrome, which I used for stamping last week.. but I hadn't tried it by itself yet so I just had to. This color is absolutely gorgeous. It did take 2 coats, in part because some of my polishes are starting to separate due to the cold weather and this just happens to be one of them. I forgot to mix it up before I started swatching, so I did have to apply a second coat. Other than that, it applied without flaw. Gorgeous gorgeous silver metallic finish, but what I love about this one is that there is bits of shimmer to it as well.

I'm going to side track for just a second. One of the things about polish that still messes me up to this day is all of the different finishes. Lacquerized has a pretty good post about all of these.. which looking at this list, I believe When In Chrome is a foil which I didn't realize! I'm going off subject again, but is it just me or does anyone else find it odd that Chrome Girl does not in fact seem to have any chrome polish? That really bothers me. OK, back to the subject at hand.

I love When In Chrome, except all of the sparklies which make this such a gorgeous polish make for really messy and pain in the butt clean up. It was just impossible to get all of that microglitter off of my fingers so I didn't really try too hard.

Oh, I forgot to mention that this manicure was actually inspired by one of my old manicures seen here. I love this technique because it's easy, fast, pretty and I love how it looks. So moving on, I topped When In Chrome with 1 coat of Kleancolor Neon Pink, doing just a diagonal. This may look like you have to be really neat and perfect but you really don't. I did slow down and took my time with it a little bit but still, it was no where near perfect. 

Lastly, I applied a line of Wing Dust Collections Love, love me do! over the edge of When In Chrome and Neon Pink. Love, love me do! is absolutely one of my favorite glitters to use this time of the year, perfect for Valentine's Day manicures :)

So where's the fimo you want to know? Right? Right? :D

I sliced and placed a couple of fimo butterflies on my nails, and then slathered on some top coat. I really love how this looked and it was so much fun to create. Next time though, I'm going to stick the fimo on with some glue or at least top coat. I didn't do that and so they didn't really last that long.. but then I guess that's to be expected.

I'll definitely be doing a lot more fimo manicures in the future! Thanks to +Narmai Nan and my mom for my fimos :)

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Share the Love!

The nail polish blogging world is full of all kinds of drama what seems like most of the time, as I'm sure most if not all of us know by now. I try to keep my pretty little head out of it. Once in awhile something really good happens, and this seems to be it!

Neffy's Nail Corner explains the details behind this movement.. but for now, just let me say that I'm going to be pretty busy sharing and sharing and sharing :)  I have some ideas on this movement but for now I'm going to keep quiet, think about what more I can do and just keep sharing.

Why am I mentioning this? I went to bed today with 391 followers on Facebook. I woke up to 138 new likes in just 10 hours and there's still more flooding in!!

My thanks to these awesome women for sharing my page so far (edit: I will edit this as I keep finding more shares, this is so amazing!):

Neffy's Nail Corner
Rambles of a Polish Addict
Glam Polish
Dreamy Lacquer Company
Daphine Polish
Leesha's Lacquer 
Coloure My Obsessions 
Oh I Nailed It

These are just the ones I'm aware of. I'm sorry if I missed anyone! Want me to share your page? Let me know, and I'd be happy to! :)

Be sure to check out the NailNation 3000 Epic Share the Love Giveaway as well!

My aquarium pets

I have nothing to disclose.

My head hasn't been feeling very nice the past few weeks so I just don't quite feel like blogging much.. or doing my nails. But I was looking through some of my old pictures just now and I realized I never posted anything new about my aquarium over the past few months so I thought I'd take a minute to show you some pet spam :)

I'll try to get back to the nail polish posts tomorrow or so.. :)

Here's my very last addition to the aquarium, my red dragon betta, Hugo. He is a halfmoon plakat. You can't really tell from this picture but he also seems to have some dark etching on his scales, the typical pineapple coloring.. but I'm not sure if that's just part of his dragon colorization or not.

Next is Lady, my tracked snail.

I also have 2 African Dwarf Frogs. This is Jit....

... and this one is Spaz. I think. LOL

I had a bunch of ghost shrimp, and an apple snail named Flinch. However, I bought Zoo Med Labs Aquatic Frog and Tadpole Food for the froggies a couple of weeks ago. DO NOT USE THIS IF YOU HAVE SNAILS OR SHRIMP. I didn't think to check the ingredients, and it contains copper. This food killed my shrimp, and poor Flinch just died this week. I have no idea why my nerite is still alive, but I'm thankful it's survived. I'm really sad about Flinch.. I can remember when he and my shrimp were the only pets I had. I spent a lot of time watching them, and watching them grow. I hope to get more shrimp and another snail some day.

Here's an old picture of Flinch, munching away on some celery.

I'll miss watching him gobble down his veggies :(

So that's it! Thanks for letting me share these with you :)

Friday, January 17, 2014

How I organize my swatches

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I'm still not quite feeling back to my regular normal yet, so today I thought I'd share something different with you all. I've been using nail wheels for about a year now, and I just recently decided to switch to nail sticks so I wanted to talk a little bit about those.

I absolutely loved my nail wheels when I first got them - in part because I discovered that I just absolutely love painting nail swatches. I could do it all day long. I loved the wheels, because all of my colors were right there together where I could look at them and compare them. This worked absolutely wonderfully. At first.

 This worked pretty well. At first.

This is how I first organized my wheels. I separated my polishes by similar colors, then painted like colors on wheels. So I had 2 wheels for reds, pinks, 1 wheel for blacks, whites, etc. You get the idea. This worked absolutely perfectly. Until I got more polish, and I ran out of room on my wheels.

 We have chaos!!!!

That's when I let chaos happen and I just randomly started swatching all of my new polishes on the same wheel. It's kind of nice, because now I have a visual record of the order in which I got my polishes. But this also means that the colors are absolutely completely out of order which makes it almost impossible to look for dupes... or to find a particular color, for that matter.

Here's some more things about the wheels I don't like:
- they take up a lot of space
- there isn't much room to actually write on them, so I used key codes to track my polishes, and used a separate notebook to keep track of everything. This was a major pain.

This is where I'm keeping some of my wheels for now. This is my swatch wheels only, I've already stored away my old practise wheels. See? Takes up a lot of space.

I still love my wheels for practising on, but for actually swatching my polishes on, I've decided to switch to nail sticks. Hopefully this will go much better. There's already a few things I don't like about the sticks. First is the cost. I have 400+ polishes now so I easily spent $20+ just on little pieces of plastic, but hey that's my fault. The sticks I got come on little screws with a bolt on the end. I actually kind of like this, except I've found the sticks are kind of hard to attach to the screw. It's a little bit tricky. I know some people use keychains, but the screw seems easier to me.

 This is better... so far.

Also, I didn't look at one of my sticks well enough before painting it, and I found when I went to put it on the screw that the end was bent horribly. It won't be going on the screw, it'll be going in the trash and I'll have to make another one of that polish, darn it!

The sticks do have some benefits:
- take up less room
- easier to organize so it's easier to keep them by color, finish, etc.
- easier to compare polishes
- lots of room to write on!

I bought a bunch of these, just waiting for them to get to me. I'm probably going to organize them by color, so they will be much better organized than my wheels! :)

What do you use to keep track of your swatches? Let me know & thanks for reading!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Dupe it up!

I have nothing to disclose

One of the new things I want to do with my blog this year is start comparing some of my polishes for dupes. I'll try to make this a weekly thing or near to. I was trying to think of what to call this feature, and the Violent Femmes song "Add It Up" popped in my head... so Dupe It Up, it shall be!

Since Valentine's Day is coming up before too much longer, I decided to start with some of my red polishes. Today, I'll be starting with an ancient polish of mine, L'oreal Sangria, a generic polish, elf Medium Red, Sally Hansen Hard As Nails #58 Red Hot and finally Chrome Girl Love Note.

 Please pardon the mess. I'll do a real manicure in a bit, this is just for fun so I wasn't worried about being messy :P
From left to right: Chrome Girl, Sally Hansen, elf, generic, L'Oreal on the thumb.

Each of this is kind of a medium dark red. Love Note comes out immediately as being different than the others, because like most Chrome Girl polishes I've used before, it's pretty much a 1 coater and it's just a bit darker. The others are all pretty sheer. Red Hot is definitely NOT a dupe because it has a really nice red shimmer to it which I didn't notice at first.  Sangria has just a bit of sparkle to it, not enough to make it a Red Hot dupe, but definitely enough to make it stand out on it's own.

That just leaves my generic polish, and the elf polish. They're pretty darn close in color and application. I did notice some clumping with the elf polish, and it stains pretty bad!

Since I'm testing for dupes, and red is such a pain when it comes to staining, I just did a quick clean up and left some of the staining so you can see how bad some of these are. I was quite happy with the Chrome Girl polish, and very happy that it didn't stain nearly as badly as the last red one I used by them.

So by now you might be asking why I'm bothering with this in the first place. By now I have a ton of polish 400+, and I'm pretty sure there must be some dupes in there some where. I'd like to weed out some of the polishes I don't like, and some possible dupes and maybe have a blog sale eventually just to get rid of some of the extras. We'll see!

Next I'm going to do a manicure with just one of these polishes. I wanted to match this up with one of the polishes I got from my friend Narmai, so I decided Chrome Girl Love Note would work best. This is one coat.

This post kind of makes me not like red on me.. just because it tends to stain so much and I can never clean up well enough to get rid of all of it. Maybe that's why I rarely wear red? :/

So anyway, then here it is topped with my polish from Narmai. This polish seems to be kind of generic so I'm not even sure what to call it.. no information about it whatsoever on the bottle! It's a clear base black glitter which kind of make a textured effect, but it also has a ton of tiny tiny red sparkly glitters in it, which ends up being really pretty.

I used Jior Couture top coat on all of the fingers except the accent, for that I used my Chrome Girl matte top coat. This looked pretty matted, too!

I really like this glitter because it's kind of unique.. it's really quite pretty.

What do you think? Think I have some dupes?

(I'll try to make less of a mess with my next Dupe it up! sorry about that :P)

Saturday, January 11, 2014

1st manicure of the year!

I won/was gifted these polishes.

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I've had this awful cold or flu, something. I've been sick enough that I've actually only painted my nails once so far this year! Amazing how time flies but wow I can't believe I've gone so long without painting them. May have to do something tonight, just because. So, today I finally am starting to feel a little bit better so I'm going to show you my first and only manicure of the year so far.

I started with 2 coats of Sation Midnight Blue, a gorgeous dark blue shimmer. This one applied easily and was almost perfect with 1 coat, but I messed up one of my nails during clean up so I ended up applying a second coat and I'm glad I did because the color just really pops with that second coat.

Next I applied one coat of my Etos Effect Nails polish Narmai sent me. I'm not really sure which one this is..

I wasn't able to get any really good pictures, but here you get the idea. The polish is kind of a light lavender base, but it's kind of a duochrome glitter, not quite a flakie.. I can't say I've seen anything else like it. The effect is absolutely beautiful.

This polish is absolutely stunning and I'm sure I'll be making a lot of other really pretty manicures with it and I think it was the perfect pairing, using it with Midnight Blue. Except.. the weird thing is that most of my pictures turned out looking like this:

With the flash, it's just not that obvious most of the time. Oh well, I got a few pretty good shots anyway, I think! Well, I'm going to have to wrap up this blog post shortly because it's starting to exhaust me.. I can tell I'm still sick, can't work for long periods of time! I have a couple more pictures to show you first. I do want to mention that Midnight Blue did stain my fingers a bit, as I'm sure you can see from my pictures. Not horribly, though!

I used one of the stamping plates Narmai gave me, along with Chrome Girl When in Chrome to stamp my nail tips. I didn't have any issues with the stamping plate, and When in Chrome worked just fine. However, it didn't really photograph well and it just kind of ended up looking like I had a bit of a silver random mess on the tips of my nails. It looked really pretty and I was really happy with it, it just wasn't the clear cut design I was expecting it to be.

It was supposed to be kind of a star pattern, and you can see it came out looking kind of random.

I forget what brand this plate is, so hopefully Narmai can inform me. The stamping plate is Salon Express SE22.

OK, that's it from me today! I'm going to go rest up and hopefully paint my nails in a little bit.

Thanks for reading :)

Saturday, January 4, 2014

Dreamy Lacquer Company: The Key and The Gunslinger

I was provided with these polishes in exchange for an honest review.

- taken with flash -

Happy New Year!

Today I have 2 more Dark Tower inspired polishes to show you from Dreamy Lacquer: The Key, and The Gunslinger.

Before I get started, I just want to draw your attention to the Key. I will mention that the photograph above was taken using my flash. This polish is EXTREMELY difficult to photograph true to color. One of the things I love about this polish is that it is such a very interesting and unique color, and the color does look quite different in different lighting. So that being said, the photograph of the bottle isn't very true to color but alas, it's what I have to work with. So because this polish looks so different in different lighting, I'm going to have a bunch of extra photos to show you what I mean. First up, here it is in the shade.

-shaded lighting-

I started off this manicure with 2 coats of The Key, which is a really odd copper color with almost an apricot hue. It also has a really gorgeous gold shimmer that almost has a holo effect in some light.  This next photo was taken with the flash, but it was taken in a room which is painted sort of a cyan color so you can see how the color shifts.

-with flash, cyan backdrop-

This next photo is in natural light, no flash. I apologize for the quality of the picture. Unfortunately, since I could not use my flash, my picture came out more blurry than normal. I do want you to see what this one looks like in more natural lighting however, because this color is more accurate.

-natural lighting-

I found this one to apply easily enough. When I first applied this polish to a nail wheel, I did notice a little bit of pigment, but it seemed to go away with application and I didn't notice any further pigment issues. I actually ended up swatching this polish twice due to my camera issues, and the second time I did have some pigment issues. There was just one tiny little pigment of a dark color which got on one nail and unfortunately it did not go away with top coat.

Here's what the pigment looked like, and you can also see how much more red this polish looks with the flash in a brighter room. I think the pigment issue was kind of fluke, because I did 20 nails, with 2 coats each and only had the pigment issue the one time. There was also a wee tiny bit of clumped pigment on one nail, but it really wasn't much of an issue.

SOOOO... despite all of that, I really love this polish. The application was almost perfect, and as I mentioned, the color is pretty unique. Unfortunately I couldn't get a better picture of the shimmer, which is too bad. But it is gold, and it is there!

Moving on, I applied 1 coat of the Gunslinger on top of the Key. I really love the colors of glitter used for this one.. it has a very masculine feel to it. Again, sorry for the blurry nature of this photo. This was taken in natural lighting, so no flash which means lesser quality photo unfortunately.

 -natural lighting-

Here's a brief description of the Gunslinger: "Clear glitter topcoat packed with shades of the Gunslinger–silver, yellow, faded blue, brown, and holographic gold."

I swatched this one by itself as well, simply because there are some teeny tiny glitters in this one which almost remind me of sand... and as a result, this one almost has a light yellow base. Almost. It's not quite as apparent as I thought it would be when swatched on it's own, it's much more obvious when applied over other polishes. So anyway, I just wanted to show you this one on it's own as well. I believe this was 3 coats of the Gunslinger.

In this close up, you can see the little specks a little bit better. It reminds me of the same graininess that's in Daring Digits Ectoplasm, which gives that polish such a cool effect. I don't think I've seen this stuff in any other polish, not that I can think of offhand.. regardless, it gives a really neat effect. As I mentioned, it makes me think of sand, which plays on the idea of the desert... a perfect motif for a gunslinger, I think.

Dreamy Lacquer polish is available at $8 for a full size bottle at their online store. Minis are also available at $3.25.

You can find Dreamy Lacquer on Facebook, Twitter, and be sure to check out their blog.

My thanks again to the Dreamy Lacquer Company for providing me with these samples. I for one am looking forward to seeing the rest of the Dark Tower polishes :)