Swatch and Review: Model City Polish Ghost Stories

I took advantage of the sunny morning we had a couple of days ago to use one of my untried holo polishes.  I got Ghost Stories from Model City Polish as a Christmas present, and I’m thrilled that the weather was finally nice enough for me to give it a try.

Ghost Stories has a charcoal gray base and a TON of holo pigment.  This gives it a bright tightly-scattered holo finish in the sunlight.  The holographic effect is also visible in artificial light, it is just not as vivid.  This one really sings in the sunlight.

Like other polishes with loads of holo pigment, this one was a bit tricky in terms of application.  I used my standard base coat, and there was some balding with the first coats.  Applying each coat with as few brush strokes as possible mitigates this effect.  I ended up using four coats of Ghost Stories to even out any patchiness.  The final effect was a little uneven when examined up close, but in a way that no one but you will ever notice.  The dry time was quick, though, so this mani didn’t take long to do even with four coats of polish.  So the photos are four coats of Ghost Stories over base coat, with no top coat.

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

Model City Polish Ghost Stories

The holo effect of this one in the sun is pretty spectacular, isn’t it?  I’m glad it was sunny for a while so I could give it a try.

This polish was given to me as a gift; it can be purchased from the Model City Polish online shop for $8.50.

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Swatch and Review: Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

After a long string of gloomy days, the sun has finally reappeared here, so I just had to reach for a holo polish today.  I just recently got DJ B00gi3, one of the polishes from the Pretty Jelly Halloween 2013 collection, so I thought I’d try it out today.  DJ B00gi3 is a dark grey scattered holo polish.  The holo effect in this one really shines in the sunlight, and the polish is a more subdued, dark gray hue indoors.  I don’t often use topcoats on holo polishes, and the Pretty Jelly polishes all look great without topcoat, which is a real plus in my book.  It was a little on the thick side, but application was not difficult.  I used two coats over base coat for the photos.

Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

Pretty Jelly DJ B00gi3

Do you like this one?  I think it looks great!  I’ve got a few other Pretty Jelly polishes, and I really like them all.  Liz makes beautiful polishes in unique colors, so go check them out!

I purchased this polish from the Pretty Jelly Etsy store for $10.00.

Nail Art NOTD: Hits Speciallità Guerra dos Sexos in Linha de Frente

My NOTD for today is some simple half-moon nail art using the Hits Speciallità Guerra dos Sexos set in Linha de Frente.  The set consists of a medium gray that dries to a matte finish on one side and an iridescent topcoat on the other that has a slightly pinkish hue with lots of blue shimmer.  I used it the ‘intended’ way, with the blue shimmer as an accent to the gray, but I also tried layering the gray on top of the iridescent shade for an accent.  I also added a rose nail charm since the coloring of it seemed to go so perfectly with this pair!

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There were no application issues with this polish.  I purchased this set from Llarowe some time ago, but it doesn’t look like it’s available there anymore.  This could probably be got by special request from one of the brand’s retailers if you’re interested.