Another reason for swatching on both hands is that I decided to take my length down since my nails were so uneven that they were curling in at the sides and over the corners, and the only way to get them back to normal is to take them down a bit and make sure they are close to even. My right hand was VERY long, and instead of taking those way down, I decided to see what they would look like with a different nail shape. So I filed them into Stilettos! They're still a bit rounded, but I do really like the shape overall, and I cannot tell you how much easier they are to maintain. Despite my nails being incredibly curvy and the fact that they sit somewhat diagonally in the nail bed, filing the into stilettos means that I don't have to spend so much time attempting to file them so that they appear straight and also look like they sit correctly in the nail bed. Strangely enough, my stilettos aren't near as sharp as the corners on my squares were, and they catch less. I kinda wish that I had been brave enough to try them on my left hand as well (although the idea didn't really hit me until I had already finished that hand.)! Anyway, today you get to see the debut of my stiletto'd right hand! As an added bonus, my son is also debuting his nails!
Today I have the final 2 polishes from White Owl Lacquers Heightened Emotions Collection, Never Let Me Go and A Little Danger. The Heightened Emotions Collection is a Valentine's Day Collection (which I am so late in swatching due to aforementioned Emergency and horrible illness) based on The Vampire Diaries. One of the things I love about this collection is that it isn't so Valentine's themed that it can't be worn year round. These 2 polishes are very cool, in that they are totally intertwined.
Never Let Me Go - Pink, fuchsia and red round glitters, and iridescent blue/purple glitters in a sheer white jelly base. Never Let Me Go is my very favorite polish in this collection. On it's own, it's fairly sheer, although opaque enough that VNL isn't an issue. It also looks amazing layered over white, which I recommend if you want a stark contrast between the base and the glitters. I chose to wear NLMG on its own, since I adore how soft the base color looks in contrast to the gorgeous pink/fuchsia glitters.
All photos are 2 thin coats of Never Let Me Go topped with HK Girl Topcoat:
I loft how soft his polish looks by itself! Gorgeous!
NLMG's formula was fabulous! I had zero issues with the glitters in this polish - no fishing, no clumping, etc, and they dispersed evenly. The round glitters are a bit heavier than others, so they will sink a bit during storage, however I just tipped my bottle upside down for a few minutes before polishing and voila! No problems! Application was stellar - no dragging, balding, or streaking and dry time was fast.
A Little Danger- A mix of pink, fuchsia and red round glitter with iridescent orange/green squares in a clear base. This girl is essentially Never Let Me Go's twin, save for the clear base and slightly different coloring of the irridescent glitters. I couldn't tell the difference until I saw A Little Danger over Black. I really dig this idea, and wish there were more matching glitters like these!
All photos are 1 coat of A Little Danger over Revlon Cupid (I'm not so hot at photographing my right hand anymore, and I whacked my pinky against the table again, so bare with me!):
I really dig this glitter topper as well. Both of these polishes are right up my alley - I love pink and fuchsia, and we all know I love glitter! There is something about the color mix in these two that is just perfection, though. Mara is a genius!
A Little Danger has a very nice formula for a glitter topper - the base is very smooth, and the glitters are abundant, yet not overwhelming or clumpy. The glitters in ALD did not sink while in my polish cabinet, so no need to flip this one upside down before use. Application was easy peasy, the glitters dispersed perfectly and lay flat on the nail. Dry time was fast and wear is excellent. You can see soe bubbling in my photos, but that is my Evil Gelous again (waiting on my Glitter Food from Llarowe, which is back ordered.)
I am very impressed with what White Owl Lacquers has come up with so far, and I cannot wait for Mara to give us even more! If you haven't seen White Owl's polishes, be sure and stop by White Owl Lacquers website to take a peek at the After All This Time Collection as well as Heightened Emotions. Full size bottles run $9.00 each and you can pick up the full Heightened Emotions Collection for $27 full sized or $13.50 for minis. You can also follow Mara's blog, and White Owl Lacquers on Facebook for updates and information.
What do you think of Never Let Me Go and A Little Danger? Which do you prefer?
Thanks for stopping by and Happy Polishing!