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Hits Mari Moon Unconventional

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With the 90bajillion untried polishes in my stash, I usually don't even consider an old polish when picking my next color, and there's plenty of faves from before I blogged hidden on these shelves.  I guess Mystic Glacier reminded me to consider revisiting another best beloved, because this week Hits Unconventional leapt right at me.

Unconventional was part of Hits' Mari Moon collection - a series of 8 duochromes, then another 8 with similar-sounding names that had added holo sparkle.  Like all duochromes, it's lovely in shady or lower light, showing a deep sapphire blue wash over a rich berry wine base in direct light.

With barely a tilt of the fingers, the warmer shades start creeping over the curve of your nails, adding magenta, then scarlet.

But low lighting isn't at all necessary. Unconventional absolutely blazes in bright sunlight, too.

Everything from ultra vampy (but never completely black, even in low light) to every shade of plum and wine...

...then on th…

Tonic Greenglow

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Finishing out March, it was back to the all-green/blue all month plan with Tonic Greenglow.

Greenglow should win an award for the most straightforwardly honest polish name in recent memory:  it is indeed green, and it does indeed glow in most all lighting.

It's a delicately shifty springtime duochrome, shifting from palest celery spring green to a more vivid jade to a few shades of pink, with bronzey gold thrown in the middle somewhere.  It's a little sheer to let all the duochrome shimmer do the talking, so I have 3 coats here.

There's a soft holo sparkle thrown in here, but it's more like the scattering of tiny twinkling lights you get from a layer of Northern Lights topcoat than anything approaching a holo flame.

I topped Greenglow with Emily de Molly rose gold stamping polish using some pisces symbols from MoYou London's Zodiac 02 plate.  The end result was super bright in some lighting and whisper-subtle in others.

This polish also happens to be a great exampl…

Mystic Glacier Comparisons: Dreamland Shimmers & Shifty Topcoat

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There's nothing new under the sun, right?  And certainly the bigger my polish stash gets (ok, seriously, intervention is required), I really do have plenty of minutely similar things.  Since 230/Fantasy Fire shimmer is both a super fave of mine and super popular right now, surely someone somewhere has snuck into my hoard a near dupe to the stunner that is Ninja Polish Mystic Glacier, right?

Spoiler alert:  nope, not even close.

In all pics for this post, I've left 3 coats of Mystic Glacier on my middle finger, and put the watermark there for easy visual reference.  My index finger is Dreamland Lacquer You Saucy Minx (3 coats), ring is Dreamland A Wedding Dress That Isn't Bright Turquoise (3 coats), and pinky is one coat of Glitter Gal Tart Yourself Up + 2 coats of ILNP The Magician.  I've used my standard slightly milky-translucent basecoat (NailTek 2 Ridge Filling) and then ProFX topcoat for all swatches to try and minimize the apples-to-oranges thing we have going h…

Birthday Nails take 2: Ninja Polish Mystic Glacier

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Like I said, this is a big, zero-at-the-end birthday, and while I painted black like one does for the party, for my actual day-of-birth, I busted out the good stuff, probably the most HTF fancy sauce in my stash, Ninja Polish Mystic Glacier.

Once upon a time, back in, 2013 Suzy sent me a pic of this polish right here.  Obviously, it was an immediate must-have, and at the time she sent me the pic, I popped on over to Ninja Polish's website, saw it right there on the front page, and snagged a bottle.  I had NO IDEA that it had been restocked literal minutes before I looked at it and then sold out again that same day, and was pleasantly clueless about the frenzy of restock stalking.  This polish right here was my final stumble down the indie rabbit hole.

You know what, though?  Mystic Glacier absolutely lives up to the magical swatch photos from then.  The above pic really, seriously is what it looks like most of the time:  cadet blue with a sparkling overlay of nearly neon turquoise…

Birthday Nails take 1: Nfu-Oh 60

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It's my birthday this week, one with a big zero attached as the last digit, so for my party this past weekend, I went with the traditional thing to Paint It Black.

I stumbled across a swatch of Nfu-Oh 60 just a couple of months ago, sighed over how lovely it was, and sighed again since it was certainly gone by now (these were discontinued by the manufacturer maybe 2 years ago).  And then promptly found a bottle on Amazon for $10.

Nfu-Oh 60 is a black jelly (not brown, not espresso, not charcoal, BLACK) absolutely packed with iridescent flakes that shift from red when viewed directly to bronze at a little angle to green at longer angles - as in, yes, the exact same shade shift as the shimmer in Fantasy Fire or Clarins 230.

When in the totally red shift (above), Nfu-Oh 60 ends up looking a whole lot like Dance Legend Bite Tonight, but this one is black where the DL is dark red, and the flakies here are both far more prominent and far more shifty.

At angles, the emerald flash of the …

Femme Fatale Silent Snowfall

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I sort of continued my all-teal-all-month theme but in a much lighter vein this week with Femme Fatale Silent Snowfall.

From the recent holiday exclusive trio for LLP, Silent Snowfall is a very pale grey (in bright lighting it will look nearly white) with a lovely aqua shimmer overlay.  The shimmer is more prominent IRL than my pictures capture, but not as devastatingly glowy as the over-exposed sales pics from LLP would indicate.

In lower lighting, the shimmer and the pale background combine to look like a layer of pearl on the nail.

While in bright lighting, there's a scattered holo sparkle.

Pastels can be notoriously tricky, and this was kinda in that zone.  I needed 3 coats to get to the opacity you see here, with plenty of time to dry before painting that 3rd layer to prevent stickiness and dragging.  And in some lighting, I got a subtle hint of lobster hands, so that was less than fab  :(

But, huzzah!  Surprise duochrome, and we all know how I love that!  The shimmer here s…

Enchanted Time Travel

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I debated making March an entire month of blue/green/aqua polishes (aquamarine is the birthstone of March!), and while that didn't completely end up striking my fancy for the whole 31 days of the month, there were a lot of pretty polishes on this end of the spectrum.

Enchanted Polish Time Travel is a TARDIS-blue base (somewhere between navy and slate-teal), with a shimmer overlay that shifts from pinky-purple (above) to turquoise-green (below).

This being an Enchanted, there's also a nice holographic effect, this time in a fine-milled sparkle that seems more scattered than linear to me.


The shimmer flash was readily apparent in both lower light, where it looked like a duochrome shift, and in brighter lighting, where it provided a nice flash in the middle of the holo.

Though I usually have great luck with Enchanteds, the formula on this one was a little tricky.  It was slightly thinner and more sticky than I'm used to for her polishes, and I had tipwear and a minor chip pre…

Femme Fatale A Fortune Teller's Charm

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After things warmed up quite a bit around here (flip flop time already?! Yes please!) we had another cold snap.  Since my nails were nice and long and there were no traitorous chippers, definitely thermal weather!

Femme Fatale A Fortune Teller's Charm is a beautiful sea-green sort of teal when cold, and a pale yellowy sandy nude when warm.

The teal darkens (I think) just a hair more than what's in the bottle when it's really cold, and the pale sand of the warm color is warmed up even more by a red/copper/gold shimmer overlay that's visible in most all lighting.

This was just 2 absolutely perfect coats to complete opacity - kind of unusual for a thermal that's so pale on the warm side, but of course appreciated.  This dries a little satin less than most thermals do, but a layer of topcoat is always necessary IMHO anyway.
I have a long-standing theory that to really look great, thermals have to be pretty in all their possible colors from fully cold to fully warm - I&…