Smoke and Ashes is another Hunger Games polish I received for my birthday. I was pretty excited to use this polish. It looks super pretty in the bottle, but I think overall it falls pretty flat on the nails, which was a total bummer.
Black base with green and silver micro-shimmer
Smoke and Ashes is a black creme base polish with very fine green and silver micro-shimmer. In the bottle the shimmer seems a lot more dense and noticeable then it ends up on the nail. Unless you’re really looking at the polish, it reads as a black creme, which is disappointing. I was hoping it’d be a black with some “oomph” to it, but it didn’t deliver.
The application of this polish was also somewhat tricky. I’m not sure if the micro-shimmer is to blame, but I had some issues with being able to spread the polish across my nail beds during application. It seemed almost runny and thick at the same time. However it was pretty opaque. I only needed two coats and the drying time was good.
Where To Buy: Sally’s / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 6
Did you buy Smoke and Ashes? Do you like this polish or does it seem a bit generic? Did anyone else have trouble with the formula or application?
I’ve been bed ridden the past 48 hours. I feel quite awful, so this post will be on the shorter side.
I’ve tried sponging in the past, and it didn’t really turn out in my favor. You definitely have to be patient and go slow. I used a make up applicator (the little wedge sponges) and applied just a small swipe at a time of Jules to the sponge. I started at the tip and moved my way down to be able to see how far down the nail I wanted to go. After a few dabs, each nail is done.
Black with taupe-y silver sponged tips
I started out with two coats of Liquid Leather and made sure it was completely dry before I moved on to sponging. As mentioned, I dabbed a small amount of Jules onto the make up sponge and carefully applied the polish from the tip down. What I like about this method of sponging, is that it’s very easy to add more or less and really get the look that you want. More or less of what you want. And this manicure has worn like iron, which never happens for me.
I’m looking forward to mastering this a bit more and coming up with more unique combinations to wear.
Where To Buy (Liquid Leather): Sally’s / Ulta / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $ 5 – $ 6
Where To Buy (Jules): Zoya.com / $ 8
Have you tried sponging? Was your first attempted horrible like mine was? Is it something you do regularly to mix up your manicures? Or is this a bit much for your everyday looks?
I disappeared for a minute on you guys, didn’t I? I didn’t mean to and feel super guilty about it! I just got back from an annual vacation to Orlando, Florida for this event they have called Halloween Horror Nights (I told you guys I loved Halloween, I mean it. I REALLY love Halloween.) at Universal Studios with my best friend and didn’t have time to post before I left. I’m sorry! Feel free to leave a comment if you want more information on my trip.
Dark jelly base with purple glitter
Mummy May I is from China Glaze’s fall 2010 Halloween set. It’s a black, almost jelly base, with purple glitter. What I like about this polish, aside from the name, is its Halloween feel with its color combination. The first coat goes on pretty sheer and makes it seem like you’ll need three coats, but it built up nicely after just two.
However, the wear time on this polish was less than impressive. I had major chipping after the first day. Not cool. And it seems to be one of those polishes that looks better in the bottle than on the nail.
Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $3 – $5
What is your favorite Halloween themed nail polish? Or your favorite color to wear for Halloween? Or fun manicure idea? I would love to hear all suggestions and recommendations since we know I love Halloween.
Hey guys. It’s Friday, thank god. This week hasn’t been the best for me. I’m glad it’s over.
I’m going to keep this post on the short side since I do realize there isn’t much to say about a black creme nail polish. But I do know every girl has their favorite. What I really love about this black creme (aside from the name) is that it has no green tones in the base, which I feel like a lot of black cremes do. It’s jet black and full of pigmentation.
Jet black with a perfect formula
Another awesome thing about this polish, is the formula. As I mentioned in my other recent CND posts (The Jason Wu Collection), the formula is outstanding. It literally applies itself in such a smooth, dreamy way. CND has one of the best formulas on the market for a great price. You barely need two coats of this polish, but I did just in case. It has a shiny finish, and dries quickly. This is definitely a holy grail black polish.
Where to Buy: Transdesign.com / Meijer (Or so I’ve heard) / $ 9ish
What’s your favorite black nail polish? Do you own many CND polishes? If not, you seriously need to give them a try. If you do, what’s your favorite? I’m very interested in building my collection from this brand and would love good suggestions.
black with red glitteryness!
A friend gave me this polish not too long ago and I decided that the Blackhawks playoffs word be the perfect time to take it for a test run. I’m not sure how other people feel about pairing Louboutin’s with hockey, but it works for me. I was doing a bit of research on this polish, but couldn’t find out quite when it came out. I do know that it is lovely…
Lubu Heels is a black with red glitter packed in. It pretty much looks like how it appears in the bottle, perhaps slightly less glittery. The black goes on very sheer at first, so don’t be surprised by the initial coat. I did three here to make sure I had full opacity and maximum red glitter. Aside from the first coat being sheer, which you may kind of expect as I did, this went on nicely, not too thick or chunky or anything like that.
lots of red glitter in this one!
I think there’s a lot more red glitter in this one. From a distance it pretty much just looks black, maybe an off-black, but when you look up close you can definitely see the glitter. However, don’t expect someone on the street/a polish amateur to think you’re wearing anything other than black on your nails. I’m sure the rest of us can tell how special this is though. In the sunlight this polish really shines, a lot more than you’d expect. It gives off this really cool vampy shine that I just love. If you like reds, blacks, general vampy polishes I say pick this up if you ever see it, I doubt you’ll be disappointed. Since I wasn’t out looking for this one myself, I’m not sure if it’s stocked in a standard CG display, but I think it’s readily available.
So much for an Easter mani…