Monday, August 19, 2013

And Now For Something Completely Different

Today is the start of something a little different on the blog.  This will ALWAYS be a nail art blog, but I have always tried to swatch my base color for you.  After doing my first review post, I loved it so much, I thought I would do more.  In addition, my stash has grown enough that I can do my favorite type of posts...DUPES!  So this is the beginning of some posts that have no art, just swatches and dupes.  Hope you enjoy!

I am going to start with a haul I got from The Lady Varnishes

First let's talk about the packaging.  Kiersten adds those adorable charms to each bottle.  You can choose a copper or silver finish.  You can leave them on the bottles or easily remove them to make your own jewelry.  If you purchase 4 or more bottles, she includes a chain in your choice of finsh to turn the charm into a necklace.  I personally used them to make earrings!

She also allows you to choose to have a fragrance added to the polish.  I had several different scents added and they were all subtle except for the rose scent.  It was the strongest of all of them and since I am a bit sensitive to some fragrances, it wasn't my favorite.  My favorite was actually peppermint...Yum!

This is three coats of the lovely Lady Varnishes Lissa Anne, along with one coat of Seche Vite.  It is a blue leaning green GELLIE filled with HOLO glitter.  The interesting thing about it is that although it is a gellie, it dries to a matte finish.  The matte finish is unique, but it hides the real beauty of Lissa Anne, the smattering of holo glitter.  See it flash in the light.

Once I got this on my nails I realized it looked a bit familiar, so I went searching for what might be a dupe.  I knew this was very possible since I have a soft spot for green polish and am a sucker for some shimmer.  I found LynBDesigns Anomalous Bloke .  Yep, knew it looked familiar :)  So on to a little comparrison.

Index and ring are LynBDesigns Anomalous Bloke.  Middle and Pinkie are The Lady Varnishes Lissa Anne.     

Nope, not dupes, but definitely close cousins.  Their base colors are very close, but LynBDesigns Anomalous Bloke has larger holo particles and is filled with a blue shimmer.  It also is not a gellie.  If I only could have one in my stash, I would pick Lissa Anne for its application and gorgeous and variable gellie finish.

One last look in the sunlight for more holo glitters!  What do you think?  Which do you like better?  Do you like the idea of dupe posts on the blog?  Let me know if you want more.

As always, thanks for looking and commenting.


  1. great post! I love holo glitters & this one is stunning, perfect for fall. I think including dupes in your blog is a great idea too!

    1. Thanks Shel! I have always loved dupe posts and am thinking of doing a series on Saturdays called "Similar or Same Saturdays". Love me a little alliteration (tee hee)

  2. Wow what a nice color! I really like these types of posts, and am looking forward to all the swatches, especially the first on the left, the brown shade. Can that be in the next post? :)

    1. It is actually the one I intended on posting next! Hope to have it up next week!

  3. This is such a pretty color! :)

    1. Thanks Lisa! I think it is gorgeous too.