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Quick Tuesday Post – China Glaze Stone Cold

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Quick Tuesday Post – China Glaze Stone Cold

Now that September is staring us in the face, I’ve been jonesing for darker “fall” nails. I’ve had China Glaze Stone Cold (from the Hunger Games collection) sitting around untried forever. Even though it didn’t look that great in the bottle (it looked a little thin and dark), I figured I’d give it a quick try to see if I liked it.

Y’all, I don’t know why I was so slow to get on the bandwagon for this one. I LOVE this polish! Seriously, the formula was great – a bit on the thick side, but workable. It dries lighter than the color in the bottle, and it dries into a pretty gorgeous matte finish. It reminds me if pencil lead!

I couldn’t wait to share, so this is a cell phone picture. Check it out:

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It’s just what I was in the mood for! This is two coats, Orly Bonder underneath, and no topcoat. I was tempted to do some silver stamping on top, but I decided against it today. I’ll try it sometime though!

Have you tried this one? Thoughts?

Zoya Storm / Glitzology Robots in Love

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Hello all!  I’ve been SO excited to try the two polishes I’ve got for you in this post.  They’re Zoya Storm and Glitzology Robots in Love.  Zoya you’ve probably heard of, but Glitzology?  Let me explain!

I’ve been following Glitzology since she opened last fall.  Somehow, I’ve accumulated about half of her collection!  One reason is the sensational glitterbombs she creates – seriously, there’s nothing like them.  Another reason is that she runs a LOT of 50% off sales.  I’ve taken advantage of two of them since she’s opened.  And since her bottles are pretty reasonably priced anyway, her sales are quite a deal!  I plan to do a full post on her stuff sometime soon, but for now, this taste of her polishes will have to do.

Back to the mani below: in theory, I’m a big fan of black polishes.  I think they look mega-chic, even work appropriate in certain settings.  In practice, I don’t find them very practical.  For some reason, I just can’t stand chipping / wear in black polishes like I can in other dark polishes.  I want them to be flawless, and that lasts for about 3 hours with me.  Maybe if I could do a black gel polish that’s super-durable, I’d rock black polish for longer because it would last.

As for Zoya Storm: Zoya definitely created a black polish that looks fresher than the standard black polish.  The added bit of glitter is a really nice touch.  Unfortunately, I had some problems with application.  I used my normal base coat (Orly Bonder), but the Zoya polish was a bit thick & draggy unlike most Zoya polishes, and it didn’t level out as quickly as I expected it to.  For me though, the end result was worth working with the polish.

Since I’ve really wanted to break into my Glitzology stash, I decided to pair Storm with Glitzology’s Robots in Love.  I love that it has so many different types of silver holographic glitter including squares, hexes, shreds, diamonds, and hearts.  Plus the name is super cute!  I only bought a mini bottle to try, but it was PACKED with glitter (as you can see from the photos).  I applied it too thickly on my ring finger, so I tried again on my pointer and ended up with two “accent” fingers, lol!  I found the polish to be pretty thick even when I was trying to do a light coat, but in this case, it was packed with goodness, so I’m happy with the result.

These pictures are three coats of Storm, and one (!!) coat of Robots in Love, topped with Seche Vite.

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Bottle shot.

Bottle shot.

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The Storm nails look like a shiny granite countertop, and the RIL nails look like they’re a granite countertop iced over.  Unfortunately, this mani lasted literally 12 hours before the Storm nails started chipping, but I enjoyed every second of it!

What do you think?  Have you tried Zoya Storm or any of the Glitzology polishes?  Let me know in comments!