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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┬árecoiled┬áin 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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Minced mermaids!

Back when I was getting acrylics (which I wore for 3+ years!) OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net was my favourite shade in my nail tech’s collection. The first time I wore it I excitedly told her it looked like minced up mermaids, and the name stuck. So a few months ago I decided to try to buy this shade that was so pivotal in beginning my polish obsession. It’s a teal blue jelly base packed full of blue and green micro-glitter and gold foil flakes. Super glittery and eye-catching. I wore this mani about a month ago (am playing catch-up).

The problem was that Catch Me In Your Net is a limited edition and near impossible to buy. Occasionally you can find it for $$ on ebay. Yeah nah. So I did some searching and discovered that it is but one of many dupes (a then-unknown term to me). There is OPI Catch Me In Your Net, Zoya Charla (the original I believe), Orly Halley’s Comet, Essence Choose Me!, Jesse’s Girl Glee, Accessorize Mermaid, NYX Girls Sea of Cortez, and a near-dupe in Wet n Wild Teal of Fortune. So, lots of choices and a lesson in looking for dupes if you have your eye on a hard to get or expensive shade made by one particular brand. I ended up buying NYX Girls Sea of Cortez from BeautyJoint.com (misnamed here as Sea of Glitter, but the polish code is NGP200).

Two of many... (Sea of Cortez is on the left and the right.) Image source.

I was very chuffed! One of my original favourite shades, for a fraction of the limited OPI price! They’re identical and the NYX Girls formula is just as easy to work with. And the price difference? Well let’s just say Sea of Cortez set me back US$1.99 (excluding shipping with other polishes). I layered 2 coats of it over China Glaze Liquid Leather (black) to give it a slightly darker background flash at the edges of the nail than it usually has. It works great as a layering polish in general as well as becoming fully opaque in 2 to 3 coats. The finish is very foil-like and is easily smoothed out with a couple of layers of top coat. I fell in love with it all over again!

Bright indoor halogen lighting.

Deliberately blurred to show the glitter flashes.

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