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Am I Dead Yet?

Not quite. I switched from a computer to a tablet for my home web browsing needs (so much more comfy to have a quick look at things!) but the only hitch in that plan was my inablity to get photos from the camera to the tablet.

Oops.

So. Tons of polishes I’ve bought in the meantime, but haven’t gotten around to yet. As in, still trying to play catch up! πŸ˜‰

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Here’s the superb Gosh Galaxy which I picked up as part of my nail polish Christmas presents to myself. I oohed and aahed over it for a while, but didn’t bite the bullet as I thought that it would be too similar to my other “interesting-yet-neutral-colour-mix-foils” like SpaRitual Sacred Ground or Lumene Troublemaker or…

You get the picture. But I’m so glad I did get it eventually! It’s just so pretty! Subtle but effective. πŸ˜€ I don’t really get the name though.

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*sigh* Prettiness! πŸ˜€

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It’s Free and Sexy

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I think my blog has looked pretty very similar with the mostly grey-toned classy layouts since I first made it nearly two years ago, so I decided to change it pretty much completely. πŸ˜›

It’s blue! Simple. And looks less like “serious business”. πŸ˜‰

To celebrate, here one of my Teeez untrieds — Free.

This is an insanely unique green creme in my collection and I love it to bits! In the bottle, it looks so soft that in my head I always thought of it as a pastel, but of course it’s not.

It’s a sort of faded (yet bright!) looking medium green that I still haven’t made up my mind if it leans more yellow or blue. Seriously. It’s a superbly confusing shade of green for me.

But a flattering one! πŸ˜€

After a day of this I decided to update it with another Teeez — Sexy. One of those classic mushroom shades with a pop of silver microglitter.

This was mostly because I wanted to try out the “ziplock baggie” technique. πŸ˜‰ Though I used baking paper which I think was more comfortable.

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Elegant, Posh, etc.

I know that taupes are a relatively new trend. However, I can’t for the life of me figure out why they haven’t been around for ages. I honestly cannot think of a more elegant shade, which goes with absolutely everything and is so flattering.

A perfect example is Eyeko’s Posh Polish for Ladylike Nails. This is one of the lightest taupe cremes I have and it’s absolutely lovely.

I definitely hope taupes are here to stay, but unfortunately, by now, it’s nearly impossible to come up with a “new” shade of taupe, so I doubt I’ll be buying up any more of these polishes. I feel like I have plenty in all shapes and sizes. πŸ˜‰

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Fun House

This another one of those unique Alessandro LE polishes. From the fall collection. πŸ™‚ Now, you may think it’s a taupe, but it’s not.

This is two coats of Fun House — a slightly muted lilac creme with strong fiery copper shimmer. It’s unlike anything else I can think of. The combination of the cool lilac base and the warm shimmer create a sort of taupe effect.

Actually, I’ve come to think of this strong and unexpected copper shimmer as an Alessandro trade mark, they’ve used it in some other polishes as well…

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Taupe vs. Taupe

I thought I’d gather up some of my taupe cremes for a small comparison. So, the contestants today:

Eyeko Posh Polish, Ciate Fade to Greige, China Glaze Below Deck, Alessandro Dancing Queen, Alessandro Dusty Purple

All of these, except Posh Polish, are taupes with a hint of purple. All are cremes and pictured at one coat. I painted my nails in the same order as the bottle shot.

Posh is the lightest and a true taupe with no hints of purple. Dusty Purple is the darkest, but the contrast isn’t as pronounced in real life as in pictures.

The most similar of these are Fade to Greige, Below Deck and Dancing Queen.

Fade to Greige has the least amount of purple and Dancing Queen has the most. Dancing Queen also has a really lovely hidden shimmer to it! But in all fairness, without direct light to bring out the shimmer in Dancing Queen most people couldn’t tell the difference between these on the nail.

I wanted to include Barry M’s Dusky Mauve in this as well, but unfortunately I don’t have six fingers. πŸ˜› The base colour of it is ridiculously close to the Ciate polish though. Just add purple shimmer.

Now, which do you have; which do you like?

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Sexy Shrooms

Chanel Paradoxal really is one of those colours you either love or hate. I guess that’s also the case with one of its acknowledged dupes — Barry M Dusky Mauve. I’ve had this polish for a couple of months now, and I’ve yet to wear it. But, right now, riding the wave of my love for Ciate Fade to Greige, I decided to give it a go.

And what do you know? I love it! It’s also devilish to photograph accurately. That’s why so many pictures. The first shows how it looks in most lighting conditions. The second is the most accurate base colour (almost a dupe for Fade to Greige there) and the last shows some of the purple shimmer. πŸ™‚

The application was good, as it is with Barry M. However, I’m not a great fan of their polishes as they tend to chip in a matter of hours on me. 😦 We’ll see how Dusky Mauve fairs; I love the colour so much, I’m willing to pick up another dupe that lasts better on me. Here’s to hoping it doesn’t come to that!

For Estonian ladies, Alessandro’s Hypnotic is an easy to find dupe. πŸ˜‰

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Lava on Mud

Yup. That’s what it looks like to me. πŸ˜‰

So I wore Ciate’s Fade to Greige just over two days and still didn’t want to take it off! So I decided to add a little somthing on top of it. Layering over taupes isn’t probably the wisest thing in the world, but that’s what I did…. πŸ˜›

I wanted something with a sheer base that wouldn’t hide this awesome taupe of Ciate’s. And I kinda missed wearing flakies. So I looked into my stockpile of flakies and narrowed it down to four clear base ones. From those, I went with Make Up Store Lava — clear base with what looks like red-purple-blue opalescent flakies and shimmer in a clear base.

This is two coats and I must say I kinda like how subtle this is. However, of course, I couldn’ leave it alone and just had to add a matte top coat.

For some reason, making things matte, made the flakies switch to showing a whole of lot orange instead of the red-to-blue of before. Don’t know why. So it isn’t exactly what I had in mind, but I sorta like it. I think. Possibly.

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