Date: October 27th, 2013

Layering with Dance Legend 923 Green Mamba, Essence Gold Topper and CND Crimson Sparkle

Layering Dance Legend 923 Green Mamba Rich Black Essence Metal Glam Gold Topper CND Crimson Sparkle swatch

Oh nail polish layerings how I missed you! ♥

Today I was in the mood for a sparkly layering and I still had yet to try the gorgeous Dance Legend Green Mamba 923 from the Rich Black collection and the Essence Gold Topper from the Metal Glam collection. Dance Legend Green Mamba is a black jelly with beautiful green/blue flakies which have the same size as the gold flakes from Essence Gold Topper so I needed a third nail polish on top to add smaller sparkles. Because I love how the red/gold iridescent glass flecks in CND Crimson Sparkle look combined with green I picked this sadly discontinued effect top coat. Thank you Shellac!

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Date: October 7th, 2013

piCture pOlish Imperial – my collaboration shade (yay!): Swatches and Review and.. where have I been?

piCture pOlish Imperial swatch collaboration The Swatchaholic

Hi everyone! :)
Where the heck have I been? Before I explain where I have been hiding let me introduce you to my piCture pOlish collaboration shade Imperial! This beauty has been in the making since January and I have been waiting since this day for the launch and now the day is here yay!

When piCture pOlish asked me if I would like to make a collaboration shade with them the name Imperial immediately came to my mind. I wanted to create a rich purple nail polish which would also be a bit decadent in terms of the multiple shimmers used with even more sparkles on top. In my mind the base color purple was accompanied by lots of blue and pink shimmer and gold sparkles. During the development we also added the one and only piCture pOlish signature multisize holographic sparkles and a gorgeous fluro/neon purple pigment in the mix. ♥

piCture pOlish Imperial wouldn’t be a true imperial diva if it wouldn’t also show a little attitude. Due to the neon purple pigment it is impossible to photograph 100% color correct but I have done my best to show you Imperial as true to life as possible. These first pictures are taken under strong direct lighting which makes the fluro/neon purple pigment more active. I also have pictures of Imperial in indirect lighting at the end of this post to show how it looks indoors or outdoors when the sky is cloudy. Also due to the shimmerglitterandneonpalooza Imperial needs a bit of shaking before you apply it.

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Date: March 12th, 2013

Polish Days March: Vintage – a Brush Stroke Manicure featuring my vintage gem Dior Enchanting Garnet

Polish Days Vintage March 2013 Brush Stroke Manicure Nails featuring Dior Enchanting Garnet

Polish Days March are here! :)

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. :)

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Date: March 2nd, 2013

China Glaze Hologlam Collection: Swatches and Review Part 2

China Glaze Hologlam collection swatches

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.

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Date: February 26th, 2013

Behind the scenes: Picture editing

The Swatchaholic behind the scenes picture editing

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. :)

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