A cat For Audrey

A bit long time no see. I’ve been a tad neglectful, a combination of forgetting to photograph manis before they chipped, my nails being manky from a lot of household work, and being completely uninspired by recently released polish collections. Seriously, just as one example what is up with the Amazing Spiderman Collection? I recoiled in horror at that coral frost. Paraphrasing a tweep, the only thing those shades have in common is that they all belong in the same clearance bin.

But anyway, on to my mani for today’s post. I’ve worn China Glaze’s For Audrey before as a water marble. It’s such a great shade I’m happy to wear it again and again! I really didn’t know if I’d like it initially — it’s very gimicky and I’m not into the whole Tiffany/Audrey Hepburn thing — but on the nail it is the most perfect shade of ‘Tiffany blue’ (i.e. a dusty baby blue/turquoise). I believe that those in the know don’t consider it an absolute dead-on dupe for the store’s patented shade, but it’s good enough.

For Audrey is more dusty and less bright in person, but my camera won’t capture that. Click all to enlarge.

For Audrey is an older China Glaze colour and has a great formula. Despite being light in colour it’s opaque in two easy coats. I used my regular Posche top coat and drew the design using my dotting tools and the following polishes: China Glaze Liquid Leather (black), NYX Girls My Sunshine (yellow – the moon), Orly White Out (white – cat’s eyes), Kleancolor Bite Me (red glitter – cat’s collar) and Kleancolor Pearl Silver (metallic silver – collar tag). I left my left (dominant) hand free of any designs out of both time constraints (friends stayed with us this weekend) and wanting to grab a photo of For Audrey by itself.

Inspired by one of my beloved boys, who wears a red collar.

This photo shows For Audrey‘s colour the most accurately, but it’s still more dusty in person.

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Purple & Green Neon Half Moon Manicure

Today was my first time trying out a half moon manicure. It’s a look I really like and I had two polishes I’d yet to wear that I thought would contrast well together, so I gave it a go using some clear hole reinforcement stickers I picked up from Whitcoulls. I used Color Club Twiggie (a neon light green) and Wink, Wink, Twinkle (a neon fuchsia-purple with silver glitter). I’m really happy with the result and I love the these colours together!

Click all to enlarge. The colours are more vibrant in person, the green especially is brighter. A bit too overcast to capture it today.

Twiggie has a semi-gloss finish, not quite as satin-matte as many neons are. The formula was a bit goopy and I’ll be adding some thinner to it. It also easily developed sheer spots so I had to be careful and do a little patching. I used two coats. Wink, Wink, Twinkle I really love. The silver glitter is suspended evenly throughout the base and gives a lot of depth — you get some glitter on the surface, and some with that submerged look. The formula was easy to work with, very pigmented, and it dries to a typical satin-matte with a rather novel plastic look on the nail. I used one coat over the reinforcement stickers. The Color Club brushes are decent, perhaps a little small. Because I wanted longevity in my mani — I’m going to Wellington this weekend for A Large Pink Woman‘s engagement do — I added Poshe topcoat. But I’ve included a picture hopefully showing Wink, Wink, Twinkle‘s plastic-like satin finish below.

The satin plastic-like finish of Wink, Wink, Twinkle without topcoat. Pre-cleanup.

Click here for my picture of the bottles.

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