Rolling in Gold with Ooly the Ranger – Three Magical Nail Potions from the Dior Golden Shock Collection!

Greetings from a long time no see, fellow rogues!

Today I have an extra special treat for you – Ooly’s back! 😀 For those of you not yet familar with the fast talking, faster (crossbow) shooting ranger, do go and check out her previous gems: a toxically adorable toadstool mani, a review of Dior’s much-lauded lip glow, and tales from the Dior Vernis frontier! You won’t be disappointed.

Today, however, Ooly is a ranger after our roguish hearts with tales of GOLD! Shocking gold, in fact, with three gorgeous polishes from the recent Dior Golden Shock (Holiday 2014) collection!

What ho, fellow adventurers! Ooly brings you greetings from the middle of a tropical storm. Water is pouring from the treetops, steam is rising from the ground, and great black clouds are rolling their menacing way across the sky.

Everything that even remotely resembles lunch has wisely taken refuge, but sadly not in my traps, so what’s a ranger to do but retreat to her cool mountain cave and dream up a new manicure?

I’ve been quiet for a while – I’m afraid that despite heeding Syl’s constant warnings about checking for traps, while out questing one day without my trusty rogue, (ed’s note: NEVER leave the rogue at home, people!) I got double-teamed by a nasty pair of perils and ended up mangling my hand. It spent two months bionic, but is now back to normal, which means… well, more manicures, of course. 🙂

After getting my hand back, I went a little nuts, and this post brings a display and review of three (yes, three!) polishes I got my hands on this Yule, from Dior’s (LE) seasonal offering. There were five polishes in this collection; I never even saw the red, decided the shiny caramel made my skin look yellow (ew), and bought the other three…

Dior Vernis Holiday 2014 Golden Shock Mirror Smoky Review and Swatches

Shiny, golden Vernishenge of LE polish boxes.

Right, so before we even start, OMFGS will you look at these gorgeous little potion bottles. The outer design wins all, and I swear I could look at them all day. On a more realistic note, the brush is not as good (=wide) as the recent Dior polishes, and the bottle shape is actually a bitch to photograph, but let’s face it: it’s made for holding polish, not posing for a camera.

Dior Vernis Holiday 2014 Golden Shock Mirror Smoky Review and Swatches

*stares* *stares more* (L – R): 990 Smoky; 001 Golden Shock; 022 Mirror.

On to the nitty gritty, then. Photograph at the end shows a mani I did using all three polishes. (What? I couldn’t decide which to use first.)

First up was 990 Smoky, a very deep plum with a lovely shine. I’m a sucker for dark purple polishes, so this one was practically a given. The fomula’s fine – I maintain that the Effet Gel polishes that Dior’s been releasing still have the best finish and distribution, but this one’s acceptable. It needs two coats to look solid. Dry time is average only – again, I’ve been spoiled by the Effet Gel. I’m just not sure about the name: if the fire in my hearth were giving off smoke that colour, I’d be wondering if Baz had been burning the special grass again. Also, I wouldn’t be able to see.

Next, we have something completely different: 022 Mirror, which is a beautiful, shiny, pale gold that looks almost white in the bottle. If Dior’s Perlé was cream of fairy, this might be cream of starlight. Tasty all the same… Again, the formula’s just fine, and you could get away with one coat if you wanted. I wouldn’t call this sheer – not really. It has substance of its own, but it’s not opaque. Dry time is the same as for Smoky: not fast, but not exasperating, either. And before you ask – no, you can’t see yourself in it. It’s not that kind of shiny.

Finally, the special one: 001 Golden Shock, a clear base with irregular shards of gold in it. Like most polishes of its type (containing relatively large “glitter”), it requires some manipulation when placing the pieces, but it’s quite cooperative. I usually have, I should say, zero patience with big glitter, but this one was too pretty to ignore. Just as well it turned out not to annoy me, or I’d have been forced to toss it off a cliff. Or into a gelatinous cube. It would have looked quite good in there. ANYWAY. This is quite the showstopper, and best left to a feature nail (or two), in my opinion. Only to be used on all of your nails at once if you are (a) a showgirl, (b) Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, or (c) Kim Kardashian.

So now we come to what I did with them, which was very simple: mostly Smoky (2 coats); feature nails on the ring fingers with Mirror (2 coats) and Golden Shock. I’ve included a picture of what Mirror looks like without all the bling on top for those who are as nerdy as I am interested. (Please ignore the little dent – that’s Baz’s fault, not the lacquer’s: he snuck up on me while it was drying. Git.)

Dior Vernis Holiday 2014 Golden Shock Mirror Smoky Review and Swatches

Bid to use all of the polishes at once and still look tasteful: (L) without Golden Shock; (R) the full monty, incl. index finger of dooooooooom. O.o

This will probably last all of a few days before I get bored and impatient to do something else. I had two whole months of no polish. I have time to make up. And I have another new polish I want to show you that’s fifty shades of purty, but all in good time, what what?

Until then, my fellow adventurers, good hunting. And always look up.

Thanks Ooly for the fabulous swatches and review! 🙂 It’s always lovely to have a ranger’s perspective here on the blog. I think I speak for everyone when I say MOAR OOLY PLZ.! 😀

Well, you won’t get any argument from me on the topics of either gold or purple, and I think we can all agree that the picture of those bottles is just ridiculously gorgeous. THEY ARE TOTALLY POTION BOTTLES. I remember thinking when the promo for that stuff came out that the bottles had managed to somehow be simultaneously adorable and loot-worthy.

Anyway… 😉

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to polish your daggers (and nails!)…and also 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 text and images on this blog are the property of Sylirael the (Painted) Rogue (unless otherwise stated – in this post they’re Ooly’s, for example!) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send toxic beetle swarms after you. They’ll be in your sock drawer, in your shoes and under your pillow…and there’ll even be some hiding under the toilet seat. You know, the ones with big, sharp mandibles…

Ooly’s Back From the Dior Vernis Frontier with Shiny Collection Swatches and A Review of #853 Massai!

Greetings from a long time no see, fellow rogues!

Today I have an extra special treat for you – Ooly’s back! 😀 For those of you not yet familar with the fast talking, faster (crossbow) shooting ranger, do go and check out her previous gems: a toxically adorable toadstool mani, and a review of Dior’s much-lauded lip glow! You won’t be disappointed.

Today, however, Ooly is keeping us both stylishly lacquered and in the loop with swatches of the Dior Fall 2014 and Rouge Baume polishes, and a review of the delightfully bloody  853 Massaï !

 

 

What ho, fellow adventurers! Ooly returns from a long, long walk in the woods, lured back by the need to get out of the inclement weather and the enticing smell of fresh Dior Vernis.

 

Not one, but two sets of gleaming bottles awaited me: The Fall 2014 set (to accompany new 5 Couleurs eyeshadow palettes and some lip shades) and four polishes to go with the Rouge Baume release (lippy & blushes).

 

Now, this other stuff is all very well, and some of the 5 Couleurs palettes were highly tempting, but this ranger is all about the polish. Like a moth to a flame (or tasty game to one of my snares), I headed straight for the display and began swatching with abandon.

 

First up, the whole lot (because don’t we all like to be overwhelmed by The Pretty?). And opinions, because those are the fun part! I can’t comment specifically on wear-time, but these are all (by the look of it) in the “Effet Gel” formula, and from experience with another shade, they generally are as shiny and long-wearing as it says on the box. They go on very smoothly and stay put unless, you know, you go mountaineering in them. For most, you can get away with one coat only.

 

Dior Fall 2014 Vernis and Dior Rouge Baume Vernis full swatches and review of 853 Massai

Sunlight swatches, complete with handy labels. Fall 2014 on the right of the line; Rouge Baume on the left.

 

Ninja mini-reviews (from left in the pic):

 

254 Rose tutu: Super pretty coral pink shade that has sunshine written all over it. On my to-buy list for summer.

 

206 Pied-de-poule: is French for “houndstooth”, and this muddy (beige? dark beige? dishwater?) colour definitely has that country, horsey, jodhpurs-and-driving-gloves feel about it. Personally not a fan of the corpse-nails greige trend, so this one was never going to be my favourite, but points to Dior for being right on the money with the name.

 

853 Massaï: Gorgeous, deep, bloody red that I could not resist (and, accordingly, bought –see more below). Looks fantastic on pasty skin tones (like mine); incredibly classy shade that’s just a weeee bit dangerous. Somewhere between feeling that badass that you could face down a whole battalion of Mindflayers with one perfectly arched eyebrow, and effortless ’40s style.

 

902 Bar: is a smoky black, like the bitten-off end of a piece of licorice. There’s a barely noticeable shine in there, but I found this one a little dull. I’m picky with my black polishes – they’d better be darker than the inside of a piece of charcoal at midnight, or I ain’t interested.

 

796 Carré bleu: A very interesting dark denim blue. Looks terrible on me (most blues that aren’t dark navy do) but for those who can carry it off, it has a nice depth.

 

121 Lili: This one was a surprise. I don’t generally bother with “nude” nails (if I’m going to paint ’em, I’d better be able to see it). However, I was amazed at how close this one was to my actual skin! Not to mention being warm in tone, where so many nude polishes are very cold and death-y. If I wanted the nude look, I’d totally buy one. But I don’t. LOL

 

775 Star: Oh, mon Dieu, this pink!!!! I really would have run off with this one, too, but I mostly buy polishes according to what I don’t have, and as gorgeous as it is, it’s similar to Chanel’s Tentation. For those who can never buy enough pinks, however…

 

798 Spring: Another greyish-brown, darker this time. Again, not a massive fan. Not necessarily what jumps to mind when I think of spring, and I definitely couldn’t wear it, but for those who like browns, it has a certain warmth and depth.

 

988 Diorette: Very pretty red wine colour; more mature than Massaï but with the same class and impact. Where Rose tutu (above) was perfect for summer, this would be perfect for winter.

 

For comparison, the same swatches in shade:

 

 

Dior Fall 2014 Vernis and Dior Rouge Baume Vernis full swatches and review of 853 Massai

Indoor/shade swatches: the colours definitely change!

 

 

Back to Massaï for a minute: just have to show this one off with some gratuitous pics.

 

 

Dior Fall 2014 Vernis and Dior Rouge Baume Vernis full swatches and review of 853 Massai

Delightfully bloody, isn’t it?

 

 

Well, fellow adventurers, I hope you enjoyed that whirlwind tour and are now trying to rationalize the use of gold on at least one of these. ^_^

 

I’ll be off back to the cave, now, where Baz has promised me something tasty for dinner. As I always say, until I learn to spit gold, no one’s gonna pay me for my opinions! Sad but true. And so, until next time… good hunting. And always look up.

 

Thanks Ooly for the fabulous swatches and review! 🙂 It’s always lovely to have a ranger’s perspective here on the blog. I think I speak for everyone when I say MOAR OOLY PLZ.! 😀

I rather like the look of Rose Tutu, because, well. Tutu, people. Obviously, after my little flail over the Sweetheart Rouge Baume, Star is right up there too. I also feel like there’s potential for an interesting mani with Carre Bleu and Lili, although Lili isn’t a shade I’d pick usually…

Anyway… 😉

Until next time, fellow adventurers, don’t forget to polish your daggers (and nails!)…and also 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 text and images on this blog are the property of Sylirael the (Painted) Rogue (unless otherwise stated – in this post they’re Ooly’s, for example!) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send toxic beetle swarms after you. They’ll be in your sock drawer, in your shoes and under your pillow…and there’ll even be some hiding under the toilet seat. You know, the ones with big, sharp mandibles…

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. 🙂 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! 😀

 

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

 

 

They’ll never see her coming: A forest-style mani that’ll have you green with… well… something.

Guess who’s back? Back again. Ooly’s back. Tell a friend.

Things have thawed a bit in my icy part of the world. The mountain forests are a little less white and a little more green, and I’m back to setting tree-traps. Just as well, too: my stock of dry firewood is running down. Baz, my polar bear co-cave-habitant and sometime housekeeper, is a darling, but also a total sucker for having a fire going all day. I swear, he’ll dive for fish in the frozen lake, but when he wants to be warm and dry? Gods help me if I want to get near that hearth to roast the dinner.

Anyway. I saw Syl’s fabulous icy manicure and thought to myself, “You know, Ooly, now that things are defrosting, you should do a forest one, as camouflage. Be perfect for your latest recon in warmer climes. They’ll never see you coming.” Because clearly, in this ranger’s world, the nails make the mission. If I’m properly manicured, I aim better. Fact.

So I dug out some of my less-used colours and a brush, and while Baz dusted the ammo shelf, I got to work.

 

Forest camouflage manicure

Forest camo manicure: it isn’t easy being green. Or, apparently, photographing it.

 

In this look, we have:

* OPI “What Wizardry Is This?” (brassy taupe liquid sand from the Oz collection) in one generous coat

* Butter London “British Racing Green” applied messy-style & semi-dry to tips, using a fine brush

* Zoya Fleck Effect Top Coat in “Opal” (you’ve all seen the lichen I’m talking about, right? RIGHT?)

No top coat, because I like it rough.

Wait. That came out wrong.

Moving right along… Have a picture of the ingredients!

 

Forest camouflage manicure

Eat your greens: forest camo in two and a half bottles.

 

And some more gratuitous pics of the forest look.

 

Forest camouflage manicure

Practical in all types of forest lighting.

 

Overall, I was pretty pleased with this result, considering it falls into my #harebrainedexperimentation category. But Ooly, doesn’t it look like your nails have grown mold? Well… in some light, yeah, it kinda does. But it’s far more wearable than I expected. Plus, it’s shiny AND practical, so I won’t get teased by all the other rangers.

Well, folks, now my camo’s sorted, I’ll be off on another excursion into parts unexplored (because Gods know painting my nails doesn’t pay). Hedge mazes, forested corners, vast expanses and formidable lakes. And not getting caught by the owners of the place, who are not known for their patience. Looking forward to possible golden treasure and maybe some roasted swan…

Until I return, good hunting. And always look up.

Hooray for more Ooly, and sparkly manicures (also, roasted swan?)! If you’d like to see more of Ooly’s manicure magic and rangery wisdom, check out her toxically adorable toadstool manicure!

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 on this blog, are the property of the author of this blog (unless otherwise stated, here, for example, they’re all Ooly’s) and may not be reproduced without permission. If you do, I’ll send minotaurs after you. Crazed ones.