According to my sister it actually arrived on Friday afternoon (I went away on Friday morning, hah) but it was late by the time I got home on Sunday evening so I waited until this morning to play about with my new stuff. Brooke included a lovely little note with the polishes, and can I just say she has the most gorgeous handwriting ever? It’s almost calligraphic! :D That might not even be a word, but whatever. LET’S GO!
Here’s Let’s Do It In 3D from the Kaleidoscope collection, and OMG, FYI and TTYL from the OMG collection. I’ve been so excited about holos since I got the GOSH one a few weeks ago but it’s been so overcast all day that I haven’t been able to fully appreciate the awesomeness of these yet.
Then there’s Seche Vite top coat which I’ve wanted to try for ages but it’s like £12 in the UK, sod that when I got it for $4.50 with Brooke’s custom purchase! I’m glad I didn’t pay £12 buying it in the UK ’cause I’m not getting on too well with it so far – I was worried that I got a dodgy bottle when I saw how thick it was, but a quick google search told me it’s supposed to be thick (AND that you can’t use up a full bottle without Seche’s ‘specially formulated’ thinner, Seche Restore – cheeky bastards!). I’m gonna persist though until I get the hang of using it. Also here are Passion and Cherish from China Glaze’s Romantique collection, which I mainly got because they’re apparently awesome for Konad-ing.
And here are the two things Brooke generously sent me for free! The bottle of her franken – Russian Gravy (Yes, it’s made with OPI Russian Navy and a whole bunch of awesome glitters), AND the massively sought after China Glaze Fortune Teller! Sweet! In all honesty I’ve never been big on glitters but I think I’ve been well and truly converted – the annoying removal process is more than worth it. Swatchy time, round two!
Here’s the Romantique ones first. I’m actually really liking the colour of Cherish, I didn’t expect to like it as a base colour as I only really intended these two for stamping. They’re a teeeny bit thick and it took me a couple of minutes to work out how to wipe off the brush in the bottle neck to get a thin enough coat for this not to streak. But all’s well and good now ;D
Oh, sorry about that *picks your jaw up from the floor*! HOW awesome are these?! Russian Gravy is a little rough to the touch due to the buckets of glitter in there but nothing a top coat can’t smooth out. I’m really disappointed in my inability to photography Fortune Teller well – this SO doesn’t do it justice. It’s a black based stuffed with a bunch of different orange glitters but it’s been so overcast all day that I can’t get a good picture of the glitter, even with flash! But there’s a ton of great pictures of it floating around the internet, for example Brooke’s. (That link leads straight to her post on it so you don’t need to look around)
I had to save the best picture for last – the holos! I can’t beliiieve how beautiful these are. OMG is a fair bit lighter than my GOSH holo, I was expecting them to be very similar. The formula is great too – they’re thin but not runny and you only need two coats for maximum holo awesomeness. A problem I had with GOSH holo was bald spots appearing on the first coat (and no I wasn’t using a base coat, I know you’re not meant to with holos ^_^) but no sign of anything like that with these. Apparently the OMG collection are also great for Konad so I can’t wait to give these a go, and I’m wondering how Let’s Do It In 3D would be with Konad ’cause it’s sort of glittery. Anyone used it with Konad before? :)
I’m afraid to tell you that you can expect to see a fair amount of experimental manis and konis in the near future.. but I promise I’ll intersperse it with makeup posts!
Thanks again so much, Brooke!