Nail Polish Discussion - Any Brand

PearlyQueen

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I received my HHC order from July and August. I like them, mostly the Femme Fatale. I don't really buy glitter toppers like that anymore, but that was so unique. I'll probably hate it when I wear it, lol. (The two polishes on the right are Lilypads, but the label covered most of the bottle, so I turned them on their side. The one on the right looks very similar to EdM Half Orange.)

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Pretty! I really like the Lilypad on the far right, I see what you mean about Half Orange though.
 

PearlyQueen

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I'm behind with posting my mani pictures, so here's a few to start with. First is Girly Bits Tangled with Polished for Days Icebow over Christian Dior Rose. The Girly BIts was a bit sheer, but not too bad. The PfD looked much better irl, and despite what the pictures show, my accent nails weren't bare at the tips, it's just how the light reflects off the flakies. All in all, this many was prettier irl.

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Next is Layla Emerald Divine (2013 untried) with Emily de Molly Flutterby Garden. The EdM was one of my oldest untrieds from the brand.

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This is Emily de Molly Midnight Serenade with Bear Pawlish The Gift 2015. The EdM is really nice and the Bear Pawlish topper was pretty cool.

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If nobody bothers me for a bit, I'll come back with more mani pictures...
That top mani is super nice! I suspect it would look horrible on me, but I love it on you! The Layla looks cool in the middle one, I can't recall if I have that one - I did buy most of that collection, so probably do! I really don't like the topper that's with it though, sorry. The last mani is much more "me"!! The Bear does look lovely - another one I can't remember if I own! I guess once you get over £3K the names start to blur...
 

PearlyQueen

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Okay, here we go. Next up is Cupcake Polish Poor Unfortunate Souls with Different Dimension Wish You Were Here. I'm pretty sure the Cupcake used to be more of a pinky purple, but I'm not surprised, purples often fade. The DD was one of my oldest untrieds from the brand (I'm curently swatching them btw.)

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This is Glam Polish Winner Kills All with Glam Polish We All Float Down Here! I really liked this mani and it actually looked much prettier irl.

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Next is Femme Fatale Horae Awaits with OPI Polka.com (2013 untried).

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Finally this is FUN Lacquer Moonlight Nocturne. I really liked this, even though I don't buy FUNs anymore.

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Some interesting ones there! The Glams mani is my favourite from these. The Cupcake looks pretty, faded or not! But that's another topper I'm not loving so much. Unlike the OPI one, which is absolutely gorgeous - and looks great with that pale FF. Two polishes I would never choose and definitely never put together but it's so pretty. The FUN is nice too. I too stopped buying them a while ago too, I think mostly I was just not blown away by them, pretty but no wow factor. I think I also bought a red that disappointed, always a bit of a blow to any brand for my future business! Cupcake did the same thing, and I hardly ever get theirs now, though their last few releases have drawn me in again and I got a PPU from them recently. FUN could potentially do the same!!!
 

Anitacska

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Some interesting ones there! The Glams mani is my favourite from these. The Cupcake looks pretty, faded or not! But that's another topper I'm not loving so much. Unlike the OPI one, which is absolutely gorgeous - and looks great with that pale FF. Two polishes I would never choose and definitely never put together but it's so pretty. The FUN is nice too. I too stopped buying them a while ago too, I think mostly I was just not blown away by them, pretty but no wow factor. I think I also bought a red that disappointed, always a bit of a blow to any brand for my future business! Cupcake did the same thing, and I hardly ever get theirs now, though their last few releases have drawn me in again and I got a PPU from them recently. FUN could potentially do the same!!!
That top mani is super nice! I suspect it would look horrible on me, but I love it on you! The Layla looks cool in the middle one, I can't recall if I have that one - I did buy most of that collection, so probably do! I really don't like the topper that's with it though, sorry. The last mani is much more "me"!! The Bear does look lovely - another one I can't remember if I own! I guess once you get over £3K the names start to blur...

I like the toppers, but I probably wouldn't buy them now. Those are both from 2013/2014 and back then these toppers were more popular.
 

Anitacska

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I received a small package today from a destash. I got EP 1999, I always fancied it, but as it was part of a duo, I never bothered. It's kind of meh in the bottle, maybe I should swatch it to see if it's better applied. I'm glad I only paid £5 for it. I do love the FF though. For some reason I didn't buy it when it came out and regretted it, so I was happy to find it in a destash.

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I think I will pass on the red Glam with the black glitter, but I do like another one instead. I think it's called Shake, Shake, Shake, Senora.

I've seen quite a few polishes I want from PPU, but will need to see all the swatches first. Some do look quite similar to polishes I own already, so maybe I can be sensible and not order everything, hahaha!
 

PearlyQueen

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I received a small package today from a destash. I got EP 1999, I always fancied it, but as it was part of a duo, I never bothered. It's kind of meh in the bottle, maybe I should swatch it to see if it's better applied. I'm glad I only paid £5 for it. I do love the FF though. For some reason I didn't buy it when it came out and regretted it, so I was happy to find it in a destash.

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I think I will pass on the red Glam with the black glitter, but I do like another one instead. I think it's called Shake, Shake, Shake, Senora.

I've seen quite a few polishes I want from PPU, but will need to see all the swatches first. Some do look quite similar to polishes I own already, so maybe I can be sensible and not order everything, hahaha!
Nice spot to get those in a destash! I never find any of those in the UK. I like the FF, hope the EP is better on but it does look pretty in the bottle. I bought my Glams, just two - the red and What Sorcery is This? I wasn't sure about those black glitters, but...red! At least it's actually different from my 150 other red flakies! I added Tanned and Tipsy coz I've regretted skipping it and decided I liked it more than the pale blue and black jelly ones tempting me this time around.
Again, I have not seen many PPUs yet, we'll see what we think when I do. But I'm hoping RC get all the Fancy Gloss polishes I fancy on their site next week, I'm sure I'll be shopping for those. I really want a few other things too, but so far resisting a Nail Artisan order, not sure how much longer I'll be able to stop myself. The other day I saw another swatch of that HHC you ordered for me and was all "I WANT" till I saw what it was - so thanks again on that, I appreciate your help!
 

Anitacska

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Nice spot to get those in a destash! I never find any of those in the UK. I like the FF, hope the EP is better on but it does look pretty in the bottle. I bought my Glams, just two - the red and What Sorcery is This? I wasn't sure about those black glitters, but...red! At least it's actually different from my 150 other red flakies! I added Tanned and Tipsy coz I've regretted skipping it and decided I liked it more than the pale blue and black jelly ones tempting me this time around.
Again, I have not seen many PPUs yet, we'll see what we think when I do. But I'm hoping RC get all the Fancy Gloss polishes I fancy on their site next week, I'm sure I'll be shopping for those. I really want a few other things too, but so far resisting a Nail Artisan order, not sure how much longer I'll be able to stop myself. The other day I saw another swatch of that HHC you ordered for me and was all "I WANT" till I saw what it was - so thanks again on that, I appreciate your help!

You're welcome. It's always good to have confirmation that you like something you've ordered/you own.

I also ordered from Glam, got What Sorcery, Shake, Shake, Shake, Senore and People Are Afraid of Me.

I've swatched the EP, it is nicer applied, but I'm stil not bowled over by it. Ah well, as I said, it only cost me £5.
 

PearlyQueen

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You're welcome. It's always good to have confirmation that you like something you've ordered/you own.

I also ordered from Glam, got What Sorcery, Shake, Shake, Shake, Senore and People Are Afraid of Me.

I've swatched the EP, it is nicer applied, but I'm stil not bowled over by it. Ah well, as I said, it only cost me £5.
It is indeed - and nice when going "oo want!!!" not to have to buy! People Are Afraid of Me was very tempting, but I don't really wear black polishes much. Glad the EP was worth the fiver at least!
 

Anitacska

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I have a few minutes, so here are some mani pictures. First is Enchanted Polish I Am the Walrus (2013 untried, over black) topped with Illyrian Polish Dragons Breath on the accents. Lots of pictures because multichrome...

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Next is Sinful Colors Let Me Go (2013 untried, over white) topped with Polished for Days Pixie Dust on the accents. The Sinful Colors seemed very sheer, so I thought I'd try it over white. I really liked it, such an ethereal effect.

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Anitacska

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This is Tonic Polish Oops 37 topped with Indigo Bananas Nautilis (holo) on the accents. The Tonic was said to be similar to There's Magic in Your Hair, but it's more teal and perhaps less shifty. I loved it so much, I actually kept it on an extra day, especially as it didn't chip on me at all despite cleaning the bathroom.

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Finally my current mani, Femme Fatale Flamingo Feather with Femme Fatale The First Northern Witch. Annoyingly Flamingo Feather doesn't look right in the pictures, it's a lot less red and lighter irl, more of a coral colour with orange shimmer.

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PearlyQueen

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I have a few minutes, so here are some mani pictures. First is Enchanted Polish I Am the Walrus (2013 untried, over black) topped with Illyrian Polish Dragons Breath on the accents. Lots of pictures because multichrome...

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Next is Sinful Colors Let Me Go (2013 untried, over white) topped with Polished for Days Pixie Dust on the accents. The Sinful Colors seemed very sheer, so I thought I'd try it over white. I really liked it, such an ethereal effect.

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Love the EP mani, so pretty! The silvery white is really pretty too.
 

PearlyQueen

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This is Tonic Polish Oops 37 topped with Indigo Bananas Nautilis (holo) on the accents. The Tonic was said to be similar to There's Magic in Your Hair, but it's more teal and perhaps less shifty. I loved it so much, I actually kept it on an extra day, especially as it didn't chip on me at all despite cleaning the bathroom.

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Finally my current mani, Femme Fatale Flamingo Feather with Femme Fatale The First Northern Witch. Annoyingly Flamingo Feather doesn't look right in the pictures, it's a lot less red and lighter irl, more of a coral colour with orange shimmer.

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These are nice too - especially the Indigo Bananas nails!
 

PearlyQueen

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Been meaning to post this mani for ages! Hits Afterglow over Nails Inc Marylebone Lane:
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The Nails Inc was a mini from an old TSV, a nice shade of purple and quite shimmery - I've worn it before, but it was on its last legs this time, so it's now officially finished! I couldn't capture the orange shift in the topper but it's there (which surprised me as I hadn't expected it!) and actually works really nicely with the purple. It was a weird mani to do, with the Nails inc all gloopy and hard to apply with its teeny weeny brush, then a huge paintbrush for the topper (which was very nice and easy to apply with even glitter coverage). I like this combo a lot - it's the first time I've used one of these toppers from Hits, I am impressed.
 

PearlyQueen

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I screenshotted swatches of the Dreamland for PPU. It's really pretty. I'm not happy with this month's offerings, I like way too many of them.

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That is quite pretty! I haven't investigated PPU yet... I find I have overspent this month already, Byron's op/new kettle/Shleee/Glam/Rainbow Connection/Harlow & Co, so Nail Artisan will have to wait a while, and I'm hoping PPU is not going to be too much. RC have announced a Fancy Gloss restock for next week and I am definitely getting some of those, Blood Moon for sure and there are a number of others I've seen I hope she will get too. Now regretting my mystery bag polish from Wildflower as I've seen them and I wouldn't have gone there if I'd seen them before! I hope they'll be nicer IRL as one is very pale, maybe a topper, and one is orange (which is OK but isn't a colour I buy or wear very often). Impulse buy regret!!!
 

Anitacska

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That is quite pretty! I haven't investigated PPU yet... I find I have overspent this month already, Byron's op/new kettle/Shleee/Glam/Rainbow Connection/Harlow & Co, so Nail Artisan will have to wait a while, and I'm hoping PPU is not going to be too much. RC have announced a Fancy Gloss restock for next week and I am definitely getting some of those, Blood Moon for sure and there are a number of others I've seen I hope she will get too. Now regretting my mystery bag polish from Wildflower as I've seen them and I wouldn't have gone there if I'd seen them before! I hope they'll be nicer IRL as one is very pale, maybe a topper, and one is orange (which is OK but isn't a colour I buy or wear very often). Impulse buy regret!!!

Yeah, I have one of those too. I got sucked into bidding on a perfume travel set, it's a collectors item, I probably won't use them and the bottles are tiny (which I did know in advance, just didn't think about it enough). Oh well, it's one of those things.
 

Anitacska

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Been meaning to post this mani for ages! Hits Afterglow over Nails Inc Marylebone Lane:
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The Nails Inc was a mini from an old TSV, a nice shade of purple and quite shimmery - I've worn it before, but it was on its last legs this time, so it's now officially finished! I couldn't capture the orange shift in the topper but it's there (which surprised me as I hadn't expected it!) and actually works really nicely with the purple. It was a weird mani to do, with the Nails inc all gloopy and hard to apply with its teeny weeny brush, then a huge paintbrush for the topper (which was very nice and easy to apply with even glitter coverage). I like this combo a lot - it's the first time I've used one of these toppers from Hits, I am impressed.

Nice mani. I also have the Hits and used it, it's a dupe for EP Bonjour Paris I think, which I also own and have used.
 

Anitacska

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My Tonic order is finally in the country (was shipped 2 weeks ago) and I've had to cough up nearly 20 quid for customs and the stupid RM fee. Ugh. They're being delivered on Tuesday.

I've had a stressful week and I've not been feeling well this weekend, so I haven't got around to cropping mani pictures. I'm really stressed right now as my daughter is doing her Maths and English GCSEs (the ones she couldn't take in June) from tomorrow and we've had so much drama over getting up early and getting to College on time before half term, so I'm not looking forward to the next 8 days. She's actually planning on quitting College after the GCSEs, because the course she's doing is mostly coursework based, but she has trouble with completing everything and turning up every day (mental health issues and ADHD). She's planning on taking some more GCSEs in the summer and applying for A-level based courses (so theory ones instead of coursework based like Art and Media Studies which are the ones she's doing now). That's of course if GCSEs aren't cancelled again next summer. Ugh.
 

PearlyQueen

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My Tonic order is finally in the country (was shipped 2 weeks ago) and I've had to cough up nearly 20 quid for customs and the stupid RM fee. Ugh. They're being delivered on Tuesday.

I've had a stressful week and I've not been feeling well this weekend, so I haven't got around to cropping mani pictures. I'm really stressed right now as my daughter is doing her Maths and English GCSEs (the ones she couldn't take in June) from tomorrow and we've had so much drama over getting up early and getting to College on time before half term, so I'm not looking forward to the next 8 days. She's actually planning on quitting College after the GCSEs, because the course she's doing is mostly coursework based, but she has trouble with completing everything and turning up every day (mental health issues and ADHD). She's planning on taking some more GCSEs in the summer and applying for A-level based courses (so theory ones instead of coursework based like Art and Media Studies which are the ones she's doing now). That's of course if GCSEs aren't cancelled again next summer. Ugh.
Ouch that's steep, hope they're worth it! Good to know about the customs, I didn't pay any on my last Tonic order (a good couple of years ago though).
Sounds like a very stressful time, I dread going back to the office and the 7am starts that go with it - not sure if they'll be demanding attendance come January, but the way it's going I am hoping not. I'm very dubious we'll have many students on campus by the time they've all gone home for Xmas. Education is a mystery these days, let alone hpme schooling, I hope the exams go well for her.
Back to polish! So I was all excited to get my Fancy Glosses from RC but her restock didn't have any of the ones I wanted and so I ordered direct. And the direct shipping was over $35, so I opened a Stackry box instead! And since I had a box starting, I bought a couple of the new Illyrian protos on pre-order. I was very restrained and just got the two I really loved, rather than the whole damn lot as I used to. I'm hoping this box will cover any Black Friday shopping I have - and there's a non-polish bulky item (blanket) I really want to buy from USA, hubby's paying for it for my Xmas present but I'm paying the shipping, so it will be an expensive Stackry checkout to come but it might be the last depending how things work come January. I am considering another couple of small purchases now to add to it (a couple from Great Lakes and 3 Lollipop Posses). I've been very spendy! So Nail Artisan will have to wait a while longer.
I also had a good look at PPU preview and I'm only seriously tempted by the Lemming and the PfD thankfully. I'm pretty sure it will be cheaper and easier to buy it from RC rather than Stackry it, but I'll do the sums later to decide.
And finally here's my new mani - Illyrian Arctic Sun:
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I do like this one! Again my camera wants to pick up the blues not the purples but it does read more purple more of the time. I'm hating the broken nail on my left hand, it has been about 3 weeks since I did it and it's still mega short and annoying. I'm also wishing I'd cut the others down a bit before I did this mani as they're now getting to be a nuisance, so they will definitely be shorter next pics! Not as short as that damn broken one though!
 

Anitacska

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Ouch that's steep, hope they're worth it! Good to know about the customs, I didn't pay any on my last Tonic order (a good couple of years ago though).
Sounds like a very stressful time, I dread going back to the office and the 7am starts that go with it - not sure if they'll be demanding attendance come January, but the way it's going I am hoping not. I'm very dubious we'll have many students on campus by the time they've all gone home for Xmas. Education is a mystery these days, let alone hpme schooling, I hope the exams go well for her.
Back to polish! So I was all excited to get my Fancy Glosses from RC but her restock didn't have any of the ones I wanted and so I ordered direct. And the direct shipping was over $35, so I opened a Stackry box instead! And since I had a box starting, I bought a couple of the new Illyrian protos on pre-order. I was very restrained and just got the two I really loved, rather than the whole damn lot as I used to. I'm hoping this box will cover any Black Friday shopping I have - and there's a non-polish bulky item (blanket) I really want to buy from USA, hubby's paying for it for my Xmas present but I'm paying the shipping, so it will be an expensive Stackry checkout to come but it might be the last depending how things work come January. I am considering another couple of small purchases now to add to it (a couple from Great Lakes and 3 Lollipop Posses). I've been very spendy! So Nail Artisan will have to wait a while longer.
I also had a good look at PPU preview and I'm only seriously tempted by the Lemming and the PfD thankfully. I'm pretty sure it will be cheaper and easier to buy it from RC rather than Stackry it, but I'll do the sums later to decide.
And finally here's my new mani - Illyrian Arctic Sun:
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I do like this one! Again my camera wants to pick up the blues not the purples but it does read more purple more of the time. I'm hating the broken nail on my left hand, it has been about 3 weeks since I did it and it's still mega short and annoying. I'm also wishing I'd cut the others down a bit before I did this mani as they're now getting to be a nuisance, so they will definitely be shorter next pics! Not as short as that damn broken one though!

Yeah, the Tonics are really pretty, I'll post a picture in a bit.

This week was very stressful as I predicted, or even more so as I had to deal with other stuff on top of the exam/College stress. One more exam left on Monday, then it's done and she's leaving College. Hopefully she'll be able to get a few more GCSEs done in the summer. My eldest only has to go into Uni max once a week, so it's not too bad. I'm glad we're in lockdown again as there are so many irresponsible people. Our borough was already in tier 2 anyway. I'm quite amused that Dominic Raab (who is unfortunately our MP) is now self-isolating. Can't stand the guy.

Anyway, I didn't order from Femme Fatale in the end. I was going to get some of the new shades, but didn't feel like they were a must have, so passed. I've just culled my PPU list from 10 to 7, but I will definitely get those. I'm loving the new FTLOP box. Just trying to decide if I want to order the 3 new shades I want with it, or wait until BF. I don't think they'll have a discount on the newest collections, but I'm sending that to Stackry anyway, so probably doesn't greatly matter how I divide them.

Which Illyrians did you order? I really like a few of the new polishes, so hoping you chose 2 of those.

I like your mani too. Sorry about the broken nail. My nails are in a terrible state.
 

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