Sadly I don’t own many vintage nail polishes but the two I have – Clarins 230 and Dior Enchanting Garnet – are my treasures. When I read that Vintage will be the March theme for the Polish Days I knew it was time to use Dior Enchanting Garnet (859) for it.
The first attempt of my vintage manicure failed badly. I should have sticked to my first thought, a Brush Stroke Manicure, and not try a spontaneous idea. After I wiped down the desaster of a manicure I went through my stash and not only picked Dior Enchanting Garnet again but also some of my other oldest nail polishes (and some new ones because they matched the other jewel tones). While colors like China Glaze Wagon Trail or OPI Midnight in Moscow aren’t actually old or vintage by any means they were one of the very first nail polishes I bought when I became a nail polish enthusiast.
The first Brush Stroke Manicure I personally saw was the beautiful Jewel Tone Abstract Brush Strokes manicure by Sarah from Chalkboard Nails. I fell in love with how gorgeous the texture of the nail polishes looked and couldn’t wait to try it myself someday. ♥
With a very little amount of nail polish on the brush and more layers of brush strokes I wanted to achieve a more “destroyed” look and I am very happy about how it turned out.
Ready for part 2 of my China Glaze Hologlam swatches? Today I am showing you the remaining six shades of the soon coming Hologlam nail polishes: Astro-Hot, Galactic Gray, Get outta my Space, Infra Red, Not in this Galaxy and When Stars collide. These six shades are the warmer colors of the China Glaze Hologlam collection and also as gorgeous as the first six shades you can see here. Just one color isn’t really my cup of tea.
I often get asked what kind of camera I use, how I take my pictures and how I edit them to make them ready to post. While it is quickly told with what camera I take my pictures (a soon eight years old Nikon CoolPix 5600) and which lighting I use (lightbox with indirect light for duochromes and multichromes and one desk lamp with a 70W halogen lightbulb for everything else), rotating and cropping pictures, correcing the colors and contrast and sharpen is also an important step on the constant mission for the most possible color accurate and perfect swatch.
Another and rather annoying thing is that every couple of months you get a troll comment saying that pictures look too photoshopped and not natural. With the term “too photoshopped” I associate especially makeup pictures where the skin isn’t looking like skin anymore and makes the person rather look like a fake silicone doll which is not a pretty look.
Reading this term is not only annoying but also hurts because I spend a lot of time swatching the nail polishes and also especially with clean-up so that there is no smudge, no flodded cuticles left before I take the actual pictures. I also always moisturize my cuticles and the skin around my nails before I take pictures to make sure my fingers look as smooth and healthy as possible. Not to mention the dozens of times I moisturize my hands and cuticles with Lush Smitten and Lemony Flutter during the day and the daily hand mask when I go to bed.
To show that it is not all magic and because I like sharing how my actual swatch pictures are created step by step I decided to write a “Behind the scenes” on picture editing the way I do it to have a hopefully as color accurate as possible swatch in the end.
What can I say. I am a holo addict.
The last information I have on the official release date of the long anticipated China Glaze Hologlam Collection is April however a couple of weeks ago the Hologlam collection was already available in Singapore and is also now already available in the UK. Thanks to the fantastic Susan I could buy all twelve Hologlams with her help in Singapore. Thank you so much love! ♥
Since the Tronica Collection for Spring 2011 with its sparse holographic shimmer was disappointing for everyone who waited for another OMG like collection there were high hopes for the China Glaze Hologlam collection.
The good news is that the holographic shimmer of the China Glaze Hologlam collection is the same as in our beloved OMG collection however it is less intense.
As soon as I saw the first promo pictures of the Chanel Eclats du Soir de Chanel Holiday 2012 Collection one item caught my attention: the beautiful dark red, almost burgundy nail polish Malice (637). I knew that I needed not one but two bottles of this beauty.
Sadly the Eclats du Soir de Chanel Collection never made it to any department store in my town. As far as I know Chanel’s Holiday 2012 Collection only made it to two counters in Germany – both far, far away from me. Thanks so my fabulous friend Brooke I could purchase two bottles of Chanel Malice in the US. ♥