Hullo there. Oopsie daisies, didn’t mean to not post in quite so long. But I’ve discovered the world of Instagram!!! I’m @lacquercarefactor if you happen to be on there:)
The other night on Twitter I happened across a convo as you do and butted on in (again, as you do:)). It was a few of the polish bloggers I follow cooking up the idea of an PinkPolish challenge for October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness.
Susan’s post on her blog The Subtle Shimmer explains it best. But basically this challenge will involve posting pink polish of some or other variety, be it plain or arty, every Monday in October in promotion of Breast Cancer Awareness and in recognition of those in our lives who have been affected by, or who struggle with, breast cancer or in deed any type of cancer.
Not to take away from the seriousness of the endeavour, but a once a week challenge is my kind of challenge. Pink polish isn’t really my kind of polish but of course, being a collector of sorts, I own a fair few pinks of one description or another, many of them untried. So this challenge gives me a chance to crack them open.
So the first polish I’m posting today is actually one I wore back in May when I first bought it but in my slight (relatively) hiatus from blogging I didn’t get around to posting the pics. Some may say that this polish leans more towards the purple range of the colour spectrum but to my mind it’s very much in the pink camp: China Glaze’s Under the Boardwalk from their Summer 2012 collection.
China Glaze Under the Boardwalk
Like I said I’m not really a pink polish sort but when I started to see the swatches of this polish coming up on blogs, I was more and more drawn to something so bright and glossy looking. And remember, I’m in the Southern Hemisphere so I was hankering this in winter. This was two coats over base coat and topped with Seche Vite. I recall the formula being a little thick but very pigmented. I’d probably thin it down a little before I wear it next but despite the thickness of the formula it dried beautifully and I wore it for several days. It was a lovely antidote to the early days of winter. I also wore it on my toes for quite a long time too. The only other polish I bought from this collection was Ride the Waves which I’m yet to wear but I anticipate that I will enjoy that one just as much.
China Glaze Under the Boardwalk
As you can see I was rocking the nubs back then, as I have been on and off throughout much of winter. But to my mind such bright polish actually really compliments short nails.
Next up I have a manicure I wore a couple of weeks ago whilst on a mini break up in the Hunter Valley of New South Wales. This is Illamasqua Stance.
This is just such a gorgeous polish and was one of the two polishes in Illamasqua’s Human Fundamentalism collection. This is two coats over my standard OPI Matte Envy base coat and topped with Seche Vite. The formula is wonderful and applies really easily.
And again, whilst I’m not much of a pink polish chick, there is something about strong, vibrant magenta toned pinks that I’m drawn to.
I purchased the China Glaze polish from a seller on eBay because China Glaze isn’t a brand that is stocked in stores here. I bought Stance from Illamasqua’s online store. A girlfriend and I tend to do mini-group buys when Illamasqua have sales or reduce their free shipping limit etc. Once you’ve made three (?) online purchases you qualify for a 10% loyalty bonus each time thereafter, plus they tend to send out cards with your order offering a further 15% off your next purchase so all in all, if you buy at the right time, you can make quite a saving.
For more information about Breast Cancer Awareness in Australia, please refer to the Breast Cancer Awareness Network.