Sorry for the tardiness of this post, but things have been over the top stressful here at Chez HZC today.
So, let's get right to the pretties:
BB Couture - Laguna Lagoon
- purchased at overallbeauty.com for $9.00 US
Mint green is a hot nail colour this Fall, what with the release of Chanel's Jade. As much as I like Jade, I couldn't see paying $30 CDN for the honour of owning it. So, I went looking for something a bit more reasonably priced and found Laguna Lagoon. It has the same pastel green goodness, without the pocket book busting price.
Laguna Lagoon is a lovely mint green creme. It flows on smoothly and covers the nail well. I only needed two coats for complete opacity. It wore well for the two days I had it on - only very minor tip wear.
Sally Hansen Salon - Night Hydrangea & Nicole by OPI - Let's Get Star-ted
- Sally Hansen purchased at Shoppers (chain drug store) for $5.49 CDN
- Nicole by OPI purchased at Shoppers (chain drug store) for $9.99 CDN
Night Hydrangea is Spring 2009 release that was created in conjunction with clothing designer Tracy Reese. It is a gorgeous purple base with a silver micro shimmer. For the Futurama fans in the crowd, it is basically the exact shade of Turanga Leela's hair (yes, I am a geek).
Night Hydrangea (photo to the left) applied wonderfully. It flowed onto the nail well and moved around nicely. I needed two coats to achieve bottle colour. After one day, I only had minor tip wear. At that point, I decided to add another layer to jazz up the manicure and get a new look. I added one coat of Let's Get Star-ted (photo to the right), which is a colourless base infused with kaleidoscopic purple stars and glitter. Total tacky and completely wonderful!
My only complaint with Let's Get Star-ted is with application. It is nearly impossible to get stars on the nail without fishing them out of the bottle with the brush one by one. Also, it's necessary to apply two thick coats of topcoat to smooth over the stars' rough edges. Despite the negative, I ended up with a mancure that got a lot of attention - both my colleagues and my students thought it was pretty nifty.
Finger Paints - Artistic Azure & Covergirl Boundless Color - Disco Dazzle
- Finger Paints purchased at Sally Beauty Supply for $4.99 CDN
- Covergirl purchased at Wal Mart for $5.08 CDN
Artistic Azure is the perfect shade of medium teal. It reminds of the colour of night sky shortly after the Sun has set and darkness is setting in. My husband has declared this his favourite colour.
Artistic Azure (photo to the left) applied nicely, just like every other Finger Paint polish I own (man, I love this brand). It required two coats for opacity, but if I had been careful, I think I could have managed with a single coat.
Since it reminded me so much of the night sky, I added two layers of Disco Dazzle to simulate the emerging stars. Disco Dazzle (photo to the right) is a colourless base with sparkly silver hexagons and glitter. I ended up with a result that would be an astronomer's dream. This manicure lasted two days with only very minor tipwear.
The only hitch in the whole thing was removal. I ended up with a serious case of Smurf fingers. They were so bad that my cuticles and finger tips were stained blue the entire next day. Yikes!