An Eye-Opening Dungeon Quest: Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion

Greetings from a rather particular…dungeon.., fellow rogues!

Generally speaking, one takes the paladin’s suggestions with a grain of salt, especially when it involves adventure postings. After all, they’re usually more preoccupied with charging off after lost causes than actually clearing dungeons or discovering treasure. Recently, owever, Hilarion came to the party with a singularly intriguing adventure posting – the quest for a priceless magical artefact filled with liquid obsidian! For some reason, he wouldn’t show us all the details of the posting, and he had been getting redder and redder in the face, but we put this down to his usual zealous fervour and set off on our latest adventure!

 

Hilarion, burning with righteous fervour as usual.

Hilarion, burning with righteous fervour (or so we thought!) as usual.

 

As soon as we arrived at the dungeon entrance, things started to become a bit clearer, and Khael the wizard started harrumphing and adjusting his pipe with unusual frequency. By the time we had, er, penetrated the depths of the dungeon, Susie the rockbard was snickering uncontrollably, because our innocent druid friend kept asking why all the orcs had been wearing such unusual leather armour and wielding whips instead of their usual jagged swords. When we finally reached the inner sanctum, Hilarion was marching very quickly ahead, striding over to the pedestal to find…Urban Decay’s Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner in Perversion! πŸ˜€

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

The attractively but unassumingly packaged goal of our rather unconventional dungeon raid…

 

Since Hilarion was standing motionless at the pedestal (with the air of one who has spent quite some time with their armour feeling a little tight, only to be disappointed), I deftly relieved him of his prize (burden?) and brought the ‘liquid obsidian’ down for further inspection. Khael was rather red in the face, inspecting some of the carvings on the wall, and Susie had had to take the druid back up for some fresh air, so I had the artefact all to myself.

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

The pedestal was covered with a suprisingly floral cloth, almost as surprising as the neat toxic green floral motif on the inside of the box (er, chest?)

 

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Some artefacts aren’t so helpfully labelled. The name of this one, however, explained a lot about the dungeon in general…

 

Let’s start with the packaging, shall we? Once the rather nice purple and green box has been removed, you’re left with the usual glass pot with UD’s classic gunmetal, embossed lid. Inside you find a satiny disc of blackest black eyeliner – not liquid, as Hilarion claimed, but a creamy gel. I guess ‘creamy gel obsidian’ didn’t quite have the same ring when they were making up the adventure posting… πŸ˜‰

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

When I opened the jar, I could have sworn I heard Hilarion mutter something rather hysterically about a ‘nipple’, but I’m pretty sure he just meant the way the eyeliner had been filled into the jar… I think he needs to get out more…

 

I decided we should all pop back to the tavern so that people could steady their nerves a bit (and because I had the feeling that Susie was going to snicker herself sick before long), and I headed on toward Rogue HQ to put this new artefact through its paces!

So here’s the thing – this rogue is a total n00b when it comes to gel eyeliner. I own one other one, the Maybelline version, and was glad that that one came with its own brush. The UD eyeliner brush is sold separately, and I don’t have it…and gel/cream eyeliner is something I really don’t think you can accurately do with your fingers, no matter how much practice you have!

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Back at Rogue HQ, once everyone’s calmed down a bit…

 

The eyeliner is very smooth and creamy and easy to work with – it doesn’t clump up on the brush, and you don’t have to spend a lot of time smooshing it around to get the right amount. When you start with a lot on the brush, it goes on extremely black and opaque, if you have less (for more precision, perhaps), you’re going to need to go over it again in places if the brush runs al little dry. I wish I could compare to the Perversion pencil liner – I have it as one half of a travel pencil from a set, but sady mine is a dud – weird and dry and waxy, nothing like the Perversion pencil I hear so widely lauded! 😦 Fortunately, this cream liner is a worthy substitute for me!

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Ooooo…macro…

 

One thing I particularly like is how easy it is to get right down into the roots of the lashes, and the front edge of the eyelid (where the lashes grow out) – you can do a great job at getting rid of that weird ‘pale lid rim’ thing that vampires like me suffer from particularly, even if we line our waterlines! The liner dries quite quickly, and once it is dry it is NOT GOING ANYWHERE. It’s stuck to your eyelid like Hilarion’s eyes are stuck to those magazines he thinks we don’t know he reads, and will require waterproof eye makeup remover to remove. I am a huge fan of waterproof makeup in general – it doesn’t get so hot or humid here, but it does rain, and I have slightly watery eyes (dungeons are full of dust, what can I say?) – so UD’s eyeliners are always a win for me.

The following photos are my first attempt at cream/gel eyeliner with no eyeshadow, no blending, no waterlining and no mascara/curled lashes to hide the results πŸ˜‰

 

Urban Decay Super Saturated Cream Eyeliner in Perversion review and swatches

Does anyone else have a super sensitive inner-second-quarter to their eyelid? As soon as I touch it with anything, I blink and smear whatever it was up my lid πŸ˜›

 

As you can see, I attempted (hah!) one’normal daytime’ eyeliner, and one ‘fun cat flick’ eyeliner look. For daytime I’d usually go a bit thinner, but the brush is gonna take practice, fellow rogues. I think I’ll need to up my DEX, or maybe see if there’s a ‘gel eyeliner’ DEX based skill that I can specialise in. A couple of notes: You can see that the edges are a bit raggedy – aside from my natural incompetence with gel eyeliner, I left these so that you could see what the eyeliner does when the brush is ‘dry’ – it’s not as opaque and black, but still gives coverage.

All in all, I’m really happy with this liner – it goes on smooth (my n00bery notwithstanding), doesn’t budge and is respectably black with a nice satin matte finish. Say, Urban Decay – how about making the rest of your awesome liner colours in cream/gel format? I’ll be right there for Demolition, Junkie, Chaos and Woodstock at least! πŸ˜‰ You might also consider marketing a little brush together with that liner (i.e. not sold separately/costing extra) – Maybelline managed a more than adequate brush this way, and it would be great for gel/cream liner beginners like me!

So, what do you think. fellow adventurers? Have you ventured into any Perversion-based dungeons recently? Would you give this eyeliner a go, or do you have another favourite black gel liner?

The practicalities: Urban Decay Super Saturated Ultra Intense Waterproof Cream Eyeliner costs USD 22.00 for 0.1 oz /3.0 g, is permanent, and may be acquired from www.urbandecaycosmetics.com. If you’re not in the US, they have a parcel forwarding service that they recommend, and if you’re in NZ, you can use YouShop from NZ Post to get a US shipping address. Importantly, there’s NO requirement to have a US billing address or credit card, which is usually where things go wrong for non-US consumers. Yay! πŸ˜€

 

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com. All content on this website, including images, is the property of the owner/author (Sylirael The Painted Rogue, unless otherwise stated), and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll let Hilarion pick your dungeons for you…

Mostly Sunny Has Everything You Need To Build Your Summer Adventuring Lipstick Arsenal!

Mostly Sunny's Favourite Summer Lipsticks!

 

Greetings from Sunny’s One Stop Lipstick Armoury fellow rogues!

 

It is not easy for Sunny at Mostly Sunny to pick favorites. After all, she keeps hoarding lipsticks! She took a good look at her collection when the Beauty Spotlight Team asked her to feature some of her favorites, and she picked out 10 perfect lippies for spring/summer! Take a look at the corals, hot pinks, and reds that grace her lips when the sun starts blazing down!

 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

 

Syl

The Painted Rogue Needs YOU :-D What Beauty Quest(s) Should I Take on in Dubai?

Greetings from (almost) a shimmering desert lansdscape, fellow rogues!

First up, because this post needs a photo somewhere, here’s a sneak peek of some goodies/reviews to come:

 

Sneak Peek! Urban Decay Ocho Loco 2, black cream eyeliner and vitamin prep spray

Ooooo…looooot…. πŸ˜€
(a very kind gift!)

 

Now onto the point of this post: πŸ˜€

So, in a couple of weeks, this rogue will be sneaking off to Dubai for an alchemical conference! A quirk of Giant Eagle flight prices means that I will have almost three whole free days, one of which I intend to use for beauty-related questing! (Yes, the other two will be for visiting museums and galleries, and gadding about in the desert. Obviously).

Here’s the thing, and the part where I need your help! Thanks to insider info from the lovely adventuress Stacey over at Expat Makeup Addict, I have discovered that in Dubai, I will have access (for the first time in most cases) to the following brands in a physical store:

Givenchy
D&G
Sephora Brand
Marc Jacobs (I have my eye on some of the eyeliners…)
MUFE
Too Faced
Smashbox
Jo Malone
Lord and Berry
Laura Mercier (woulnd’t mind getting a dagger into her eyeshadow palettes and complexion stuff)
Tom Ford (I have to see this stuff in person, at least once ;-))
Bath and Body Works
Inglot
Giorgio Armani (I hear so many good things about so much of this line…)
Illamasqua (*sigh*, do I even have to explain? :-P)

These are in no particular order, but I have highlighted the brands that I am most intrigued by.Β  What I need you to do, fellow adventurers, is give me some tips on what you think I should look out for in these brands! Sadly, some recent (unavoidable) expenses (I blame the paladin) have meant that my gold purse won’t stretch to cover too much indulgence, but I should be able to pick up a couple of nice things. In order to be effective, I want to go in forearmed! πŸ˜€

I’m also going to be going on an extra mini quest to find some local makeup brands to show you if I can!

What are your suggestions? Do you have any requests/ideas for posts that you’d like to see related to my trip/quest? Let me know! (the more detail, the better). If you have other, more general suggestions, please consider taking my little blog survey here πŸ™‚

 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

Rogueish Fun and Biscuit-Based Mayhem! Gandyl the Grey Eye Comics From Karen and Ooly!

Greetings from the winners’ circle, fellow rogues!

You may remember that I recently had a caption contest going for my Gandyl the Grey eye comic! Today is the first of the prize posts, in which I display the heroic efforts of my competition winners! Today I’m showcasing the captioning talents of Ooly the Ranger and Karen from Unpack the Box, who came up with epic biscuit-based captions. πŸ™‚ You can catch up with Ooly’s rangery wisdom here and here, and find all of Karen’s epic loot unboxings here!

Their prize was:

For knowing Gandyl’s true priority (destroying the One Biscuit, by eating it), Ooly and Karen receive The Giddy Rogue Award for Biscuit Based Mayhem!

And here are the eye comics! Enjoy! πŸ˜€

 

Ooly:

 

Ooly's Biscuit Based Gandyl the Grey Comic

Just goes to show, nothing can ever truly get between a rogue and her biscuits…

 

Karen:

 

Karen's Biscuit Based Gandyl the Grey Comic

He’s watching his girlish figure anyway.

 

Righty ho, adventurers! Hope you enjoyed this little diversion from the talented Ooly and Karen! There are four more prize winning comics to come, so stay tuned for more caption-y goodness in future posts!

(Quick note: have no fear, brave winners, about the badges! I have not forgotten, they are in the works! You just got stuck with a perfectionist for a (non-)artist :-P)

 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

 

Syl

 

 

Tales of Adventure from the Beauty Spotlight Team! Vampire Contouring, Sapphire Loot and More!

Greetings from the feasting table in the tavern, fellow rogues!

What does a group of adventurers do after a long fortnight of successful questing? Why, they gather in the tavern to feast and tell tales of their adventures of course! Grab a tankard of mead, friends, and settle in!

 

Beauty Spotlight Team Adventures

The Skeletal Necromancer and ‘friends’. With friends like these, adventures are guaranteed!

 

Did you know that your skincare might not be working? If you want to make sure you’re getting more for your money, 15 Minute Beauty shares the best order to apply your skincare.

Helen from Lola’s Secret Beauty Blog has a longstanding penchant for luxury face oils and sjΓ€l saphir concentrate is a true jewel, and a worthy splurge!

Prime Beauty has rounded up some of her favorite bright spring and summer nail polishes plus nine more bloggers pitch in with their top 10!

The Pink Sith has three new Pixi Beauty Nail Polishes for Spring 2014 to show you and her feeble attempt at nail art for you to laugh at or love.

If bronzers no longer satisfy your craving for a healthy-looking glow, Mostly Sunny might have something for you. The new Guerlain Terracotta Joli Teint will turn you into a beautiful glowy bronzed goddess in the blink of an eye!

What would summer be like without some dewy glimmer? Lisa from Beauty Info Zone shares the beautiful Beauty Addicts GlimmerSheers for your drooling pleasure.

Carrie from eyeliner on a cat kicks off a brand new interview series focusing on Voices in Natural Beauty with Rebecca Buttignol from Wave Healing Arts. Rebecca is also the sole US distributor of Carrie’s biggest current skin care obsession, UK brand Raw Gaia organics.

The Painted Rogue invites you along for a bit of nude dungeoneering with the Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette! Yes, we’re too cool for armour around here, fellow adventurers!

Have you ever wanted to try Mally Beauty? Now is your chance! Head on over to Pammy Blogs Beauty to check out her review and enter her Giveaway!!!

polish insomniac reviewed the new China Glaze Off Shore Collection and loved it so much she is giving a set away as part of her four year blogging anniversary!

Phyrra shares the 9 Best Contouring Products for Pale Skin!

Christa from Perilously Pale shows us why bigger is better with the LancΓ΄me Golden Riviera Summer 2014 Collection.

 

Until next time, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

Nude Dungeoneering! The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review

Greetings from safely behind the cleric’s Turn Undead spell, fellow rogues!

Funny thing: despite Urban Decay being one of my favourite brands ever, and its products featuring (one way or another) in quite a lot of my posts, I don’t actually have that many dedicated reviews. I think the only one is the review of their (excellent) Venom lipstick, and I’ve decided that needs to be rectified. I may not be at the forefront of their latest releases, but I think there’s always room for a rogue’s perspective on any kitbag staple, right? Of course there is πŸ˜€ So without further ado, I bring you (slightly infested with the risen dead), The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review and Swatches

Cap’n Skelzor and his crew were trying to figure out what ‘Naked’ meant (and why there were two of them) when we happened on the scene…

I’ll get this out of the way early: I have a special fondness for Urban Decay because of how accessible they make their products to (in my case) NZ consumers despite having no stores or regular stockists here. Sure, you have to use a parcel forwarding service (NZ Post’s You Shop or the American one suggested by UD), but the total for buying and shipping a Naked 2 palette to New Zealand (mildly dependent on exchange rate) is , in my experience, ~NZ$75. US readers may choke on their campfire rations a bit, but people who buy them and resell them here usually want ~NZ$110 (plus shipping) for a Naked palette, so you can see the maths works out well in my favour to go with UD directly. There are other websites around, but I’m never entirely sure of the authenticity of the product. Anyway, babbling aside, I just wanted to say thanks to UD for making their stuff accessible here at the ends of the earth, at the US price. I much prefer that to the usual model of opening a store/counter here and doubling (or tripling, MAC?) the prices!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review and Swatches

Cap’n Skelzor’s motley crew, shortly before the Cleric went all Turn Undead on their a-… ischia?

Anyway, on with the actual review…

Right! For anyone who’s just come up from an extended expedition into the Underdark, the Urban Decay Naked 2 palette is a sturdily metal-tinned offering that contains twelve neutral toned eyeshadows (four matte and eight shimmery). The colours run the gamut from pale matte yellow, through metallic copper, taupe and warm silver to deep matte black. The palette is supposed to be ‘the cool-toned one’ of the three Nakeds – this is most definitely a relative term, however, as many of the shades are warm. Overall, though, I can see where the ‘cool’ idea is coming from. The palette also comes with a double ended brush (lid+blending – nice to have but kind of scratchy) and a mini lipgloss that I found way too minty/plumping and instantly misplaced (I think the paladin ‘liberated’ it, actually – he’s been looking extra pouty for a while now…).

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review and Swatches

Finally! Cap’n Skelzor and crew have the chest open. Now they’re arguing about what you’re supposed to do with the contents, since they lack eyelids.

Okay, I think I’ve kept you in suspense for long enough – I know your day isn’t complete without seeing swatches on my phosphorescently white forearm, so here we go, from left to right in the palette:

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review and Swatches

First round! As you can see, Foxy is nearly invisible on me, and Bootycall’s shimmer is the only thing saving it from the same fate on my phosporescent…phorearm. You know, I actually had to dangle my arm down and let the blood pool in it to even make enough contrast between my skin and Foxy for what little you see in the top picture! πŸ˜€

Foxy is a matte, cream yellow shade. It’s smooth and non-chalky, but obviously doesn’t stand out against my skintone. I usually use this for highlighting the inner corner or blending in the upper edge of a bolder shade near my browbone.

Half Baked is a fabulous medium gold. The payoff is incredible and the shine made the rest of the party start looking at me funny and asking where the treasure was (it’s always the rogue they suspect – not like we spend our lives disarming traps for them or anything, hmph!).

Bootycall is a lightly shimmery pale peachy pink sort of colour. Like Foxy, this one is nearly invisible on my skin when blended, so makes a great inner corner/browbone blender highlighter, or a cheek highlighter!

Chopper is a warm pink copper. Its pigmentation and standout qualities are similar to those of Half Baked – rich, opaque and shimmery. (used here!)

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review and Swatches

Still taking advantage of the arm dangling trick to get better contrast on these πŸ˜‰ My photo skills may be fledgling, but having only daylight for your setup and a glow-in-the-light-or-dark skintone doesn’t help…

Tease is a matte…heathery taupey brown? It’s sort of hard to describe, but it’s smooth and buttery and works well as a crease shade or soft smoky liner. (used here!)

Snakebite is a warm/cool shade. On the one hand, it’s a coolish dark brown, but then it has what I’d sort of call rosegold shimmer. The net effect is to make it a warm shimmery brown, but it’s technically more complicated than that.

Suspect is a softly shimmering tan. This one is nice as a crease shade or liner when I’m going for a really neutral, natural look.

Pistol is a gunmetal grey shimmer. Great for smoky eyes or lining!

Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette Review and Swatches

And the last four! No, I do not make a soft generator like humming in direct sunlight, no matter what that sniggering druid told you…

Verve is a pale silvery shimmer that almost has a kind of ‘faded antique rose’ note to it. Very pretty, and has the texture and pigmentation of Half Baked and Chopper. (Used here!)

YDK is a warm pinkish brown copper – next to it, Chopper looks positively orange! Once again, we see the Half Baked effect in terms of texture and pigmentation. This one is both a great crease shade to Chopper’s lid colour, and a standalone beauty. (used here!)

Busted is a cool dark brown with what almost seems like fine plum shimmer in it. It’s not supposed to be that specifically, I think, but in the pan it always has a more purple tone to it than I imagine it should…

Blackout is a solid matte black. The pigmentation could possibly be slightly more intense, but it’s a solid colour in terms of application, blending etc. You can see it most definitely in action here in my rogue look!

I take My Naked 2 palette on all my travels with me – its secure packaging and versatile nature make up for the little bit of extra weight, and the shadows don’t crease (even after two hours of nice sweaty ballet/catacomb clearing). They last until I choose to take them off, and if I use the UD primer potion with them, then, well, I haven’t found out how long they last yet because I don’t sleep in my makeup. Two daggers up from this rogue!

What do you think, fellow adventurers? Is the Naked 2 a favourite neutral palette of yours? Or is there another treasure out there you prefer? πŸ˜€

Β The Verdict:Β  Despite the warmth of some of its shades, you really can’t go wrong with the UD Naked 2 palette if you’re a cool-toned vampire (or anyone else, really). If you don’t own a lot of eyeshadow, it gives you a really great selection of useful colours, both matte and shimmery. The payoff is excellent, the longevity is great (with or without primer, in my experience) and you get a troll-load of eyeshadow for the price (especially if you’re in Middle Earth). The packaging is sturdy and the brush is…functional if rather scratchy. If you don’t already own a lot of neutrals, I would say definitely check this one out!

The practicalities: The Urban Decay Naked 2 Palette costs USD 52.00 each for 12 x 0.05 oz /12 x 1.3 g, is permanent, and may be acquired from http://www.urbandecaycosmetics.com. If you’re not in the US, they have a parcel forwarding service that they recommend, and if you’re in NZ, you can use YouShop from NZ Post to get a US shipping address. Importantly, there’s NO requirement to have a US billing address or credit card, which is usually where things go wrong for non-US consumers. Yay! πŸ˜€

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find a dagger in your back. Possibly with a legal troll attached to it. You don’t even want to *know* what he powders that wig with.

Rogue’s Comfort: A Glittering Purple Sequin Manicure with OPI Care to Danse? and Blush Hour!

Greetings from the safe room in the dungeon, fellow rogues!

We seem to be in manicure mode here at Rogue HQ! I recently tried (and hopefully succeeded) opening my mind a bit to grey nail polish. As you know, of course, opening one’s mind is an arduous business, especially when it comes to nail polish (#rogueproblems again, I think), and so when the grey manicure came off, I immedieately turned to the comfort of purple! I didn’t want to backslide too far, however, so this sparkly feature nail look still includes a very pastel shade of purple (something I don’t usually wear uncovered by glitter or similar).

Rambling aside, the result was an OPI Care To Danse? mani (from the same NYC ballet mini set as My Pointe Exactly) with an OPI Blush Hour (from this year’s Spotlight on Glitter collection).

OPI Blush Hour and Care to Danse Purple Glitter Manicure

OPI Care to Danse and OPI Blush Hour. Feast your eyes on the glitter and purple goodness…

So! First up: Care to Danse? This polish is, like its siblings, a soft jelly polish (and it it is the colour of the purple Mentos candy that you get in the mined fruit tube). Unlike My Poine Exactly, however, it doesn’t self-level *quite* as nicely, and the result predictabley requires three oo four coats to both achieve ‘opacity’ and smooth out the streaks. Mostly, I was in it for the streak smoothing, as opacity is – well, come on, it’s a jelly polish! As I’ve mentioned previously, the need to scale walls and broken dungeon stairs quickly means that I keep my nails very short, so visible nail line isn’t really a big concern. Dry time is average to long, dentability is in the red zone, but the finish is lovely – squishy, shiny, pastel purple goodness. Still a little more pastel than I’m used to, but pretty nonetheless! Basically, you shouldn’t start applying this on your watch if you know that goblin raiders are likely to eventuate, but if you have some more extended campfire time, it’s worth the trouble.

OPI Blush Hour and Care to Danse Purple Glitter Manicure

Note the soft, Mentos purple of Care to Danse. Note the awkward hand pose to display thumb. Try to ignore alchemical splatters on side of forefinger and terrible cuticles…

Blush Hour is a strange beast – it’s a purply pink clear base stuffed with tiny violet hexes, small silver hexes, medium pink, fuchsia and lavender hexes and a troll-load of strange white ‘liquid sand’ style grit. No kidding – this isn’t marketed as a liquid sand/textured polish, but you could re-grip the soles of your adenturing boots with it (handy in those slime dungeons, actually). This isn’t a deal-breaker for me, because the colours and glitter are exactly what I’m after, but it was certainly a surprise. This means that if you are looking for a shiny, tinted glitter topcoat, Blush Hour is not your friend. However, if you are looking for a gorgeous, densley glitter-packed, feature-nail all-star (hyphens!), then you’re in the right place.It requires basically zero effort to coat your nail with glitter. Dry time is average, and it sets like concrete (as most liquid sand polishes do on me.

OPI Blush Hour and Care to Danse Purple Glitter Manicure

SO PRETTY! Seriously, all you have to do is make it purple and stuff glitter into it, and I’ll excuse all the random grit you toss in there as well…

All in all, I feel this manicure was pretty snazzy indeed, and provided a balm to my poor, grey-polish-wounded rogue soul (nope, still can’t type that with a straight face) :-P. Care to Danse lasted maybe two days, with Blush hour still going strong at that point (liquid sands are the only polishes to regularly last up to a week on me). If you like pastels, purples, glitters and sequins, and you don’t mind a rather textured feature nail (I toned it down and polished everything up with Sally Hansen Mega Shine topcoat), then give this manicure a shot! I think this little pastel adjunct to my grey polish adventure has taught me that if I’m going to wear pastels, jellies help as they’re not so intense and white-based. Yay for learning! πŸ˜‰

OPI Blush Hour and Care to Danse Purple Glitter Manicure

This week’s cuddly sweater shot is also my first attempt at a super-macro picture, in honour of Jaa and her mad skillz!

So! Would you try a purple pastel sequin manicure? Do you mind if there’s random grit in your glitter polishes? Susie and the Paladin want to know (they had a bet – don’t ask).

The practicalities: OPI colour/gitter polishes cost NZD ~20/USD ~8.00 each for 15 mL/0.5 fl. oz, depending on where you shop, Β and may be found on the OPI shelves at your local pharmacy/Farmers, as well as various online distributors. OPI and China Glaze ($15.94 for 14 mL) polishes are also available in New Zealand (along with Zoya, Picture Polish and a number of other hard-to-get brands!) from www.candygirl.co.nz.

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to check for traps!

Syl

I am an adventuring rogue, not a mercenary for hire, and as such, all opinions expressed here are my own, based on a genuine fondness for/interest in this product. If you have any queries or suggestions, please do not hesitate to pin your parchment to the board (contact me) at thepaintedrogue [at] gmail [dot] com., or use the contact form provided! All images and text on this blog are the property of The Painted Rogue unless otherwise stated. If you nick off with any of it, be prepared to find a dagger in your back. Possibly with a legal troll attached to it. You don’t even want to *know* what he powders that wig with.