Sunday, September 9, 2012

China Glaze Stone Cold

Thank you so much for your patience while I was sick and then while I completed a very long continuing legal education course in my "free" time.  I should be back to blogging more now, and I will start exercising and keeping a food log again on Tuesday.  I explained why Tuesday on the blog's Facebook page.  If anyone uses the iPhone's Lose It! app or uses Lose It! online, please send me a private message if you would be my Lose It! buddy.

At the end of September, I will have been blogging for six months.  I am planning a giveaway, and I will probably have some indie minis as the prize.  If I reach 50 fans on Facebook (I'm at 48), I will start the giveaway then rather than at the end of September.  I was also keeping an eye on my number of published posts to start the giveaway if I reached 100 published posts before the end of September, but I'm at 80 published posts--this one will be #81--so the Facebook fans will probably reach 50 before I can reach 100 published posts.  Finally, I'm watching my number of followers through GFC (Google Friend Connect), and if those were to reach 75 before the end of the month, I will start the giveaway then; I'm at 67 GFC followers.  At the latest, though, the giveaway will start at the end of September, for my blogging demi-versary.  Yay!

On to the polish review:

I am pretty sure that this was the first time I had ever worn black nail polish.  I would not have thought I would like black polish, and I had no idea how much I would love China Glaze Stone Cold.  When I first swatched it on a nail wheel after I bought it recently on clearance, I was surprised to see it dried matte!  I thought I had bought the other dark Hunger Games collection polish that did not dry matte.  I was very excited about having the matte polish, though.  I like it so much!

It's an amazing formula, opaque in one coat!  It dried quickly.

Cleanup took a while, but it was easier than cleanup of black creme polish.  Using acetone for the cleanup around the edges of my nails took a bit of the black off on the edges, revealing silver underneath.

I was very worried it would not last without top coat, though.  I did do a "funky French" with top coat free-handed on the tips, and I even tried to wrap my tips (maybe for the second time ever, I just can't seem to do it without ruining the manicure with clumps over the edge), but I worried the matte parts of the manicure would chip.  It wasn't long before my OCD self insisted on topcoat somehow.  I wore the funky French for a couple of days, though.  And, for those two days, each morning I touched up the tips with a new layer of top coat.

Here are some pictures:

Sunlight.


Indoors, office lighting.


Indoors, flash.


Indoors.


Indoors, flash.


Indoors.
My poor little thumb nubbin has completely grown out now!  It's been a month since I took these pictures.



Thank you for reading my blog!


8 comments:

  1. That looks gorgeous on you! I love this one, and it does chip like a jerk if you don't top coat it. I love the funky french tip!

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    1. Thanks! I should have used a shinier, thicker top coat. It didn't stand out as much as I've seen on other bloggers' pictures when they do matte/shiny funky French manis.

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  2. This is a fierce manicure- I love it! :D

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    1. That's a first for me! No one has ever described my nails as fierce!

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  3. I love it with the French tips! I wore it matte last week and like Shannon-Lee said, it chipped terribly. For second day I added another coat and some seche.

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    1. The thing is, it's opaque in one coat, so why add a second coat, but when it's just one coat *and* there's no top coat, it's bound to chip right away.

      How does it look when you add another coat? Does it get darker or lose any of the silvery sparkle, or does it stay the same?

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  4. Great idea! I'll have to try it.
    Oh and I nominated you for a couple awards over on my blog ^_^
    http://ever-belle.blogspot.com/

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    1. Thank you! I'm super behind on posts . . . I have manicures from the end of October that I still haven't posted! And, I'm behind on my award posts, but I am looking forward to the award post. I'll let you know as soon as it's up!

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