I seem to have difficulty w/ Mondays in general, as I mentioned in last week’s post, but I am managing (for now!) to get myself together in order to do a post on Mondays. Seriously. You guys have no idea how amazing that is. 😉
It’s been a few day since the last post, but I had to take a few days off b/c work was demanding quite a bit of attention that I just didn’t have the energy to swatch let alone put a post together. That and it was a short work week for me b/c I took last Friday off. I had to spend some quality time w/ Mr. Entropy (he’s really more like anti-entropy as he’s constantly foiling my disorganization!). The Mr. and I needed some quality time since it was our *gasp* three year anniversary! I know! Isn’t adorable? It’s like we’re still newlyweds, haha!
It was a blissful, fun filled day spent near home where neither of us thought about work (really poor planning on our part on not going anywhere, but we’re going on a trip in late September anyways). It was totally a miracle that neither one of us got all stressy about work since apparently we both work too much-or so we tell each other when one of us gets home at like 8pm.
Our anniversary celebration was filled w/ surprises which included a gorgeous bouquet of flowers from the Mr. that I failed to upload a photo of (the flowers, not the Mr. He doesn’t like to have photos of himself taken, he’s shy ^_~). I think I’ll update this post later today after I get home from work to show them off. The man knows what I like! Not a single rose or carnation in the bouquet and I couldn’t be more pleased!
Additionally, he had planned a surprise delivery of delicious cheesecake from Junior’s Cheesecake from NY to further celebrate the day. (I don’t have any photos of it, and since it’s not gone, maybe I’ll take one tonight when I have another piece! I mean really, people, it’s cheesecake! Who’s shocked it’s not gone already???) It was either Junior’s or Eli’s Cheesecake from Chicago, IL, but reviews he’d read mentioned that Junior’s was a firmer, drier cheesecake which he figured was more like his mom’s, which, btw, is the BEST cheesecake in the world. And I’m not even trying to get in good w/ her, it really is the most fabulous cheesecake I’ve ever had. Anyways, we may still try Eli’s out in the future. Anybody out there tried Eli’s? I hear it’s quite good; different from Junior’s, but good…
However, I’m veering waaaay off topic. One of the other surprises I got came in the mail and I wasn’t expecting it until some time this week. It was the fabuloustreet.com order I’d been babbling about all last week. And since the two votes from yesterday were to swatch those instead of the CG Vintage Vixen collection or the random assortment of Sinful Colors polishes I had hauled from Walgreens, I give you my Nfu Oh haul!
This polish was Nfu Oh #41, which is similar to the Nubar 2010 that I had on last week only in that it’s an opalescent flakie suspended in a non-colored base, but it the flashes lean more to green and blue rather than orange-ish. The sad part about this swatch is that I failed to layer it over something more dramatic so you could see the loveliness that is this polish and can only see the yellowness of my nails amplified like WHOA. Sorry about that, I’ll do something better next time. ^.^;;
Ick, really sorry about this swatch. I’m seriously kind of embarrassed, but trust me, this looks amazing over black. I’ll swatch it tonight and add it to the updates to this post and you’ll see how pretty it is (it actually reminds me of a black opal).
Nfu Oh #45-This was like fire polish! This one is also gorgeous; it’s so fiery and saucy, I love it! This is one that required more than two photos to view its loveliness and I’m still pretty sure I didn’t adequately capture it.
Nfu Oh #52-this is a gorgeous blue/purple, or indigo, if you will, jelly w/ green/teal flakies. It kind of reminds me of Rescue Beauty Lounge’s Scrangie, kind of…but I had to show you at least one more photo so you could see how amazing it is.
The flashes of green and blue and purple were mesemerizing. I’m totally going to have to put this in to rotation for actual manicures that I wear during the week.
Nfu Oh #56-This was what I would call an emerald jelly w/ emerald green flakies suspended in it. Yet another beautiful color. I think this could be worn by itself although keep in mind that it’s kind of sheer so you’ll still have a visible nail line (VNL) even after four coats. As with the other flakies here, I think this would look super pretty over another color.
Nfu Oh #61-This was the only non-flakie polish that I got. I had seen swatches on All Lacquered Up and couldn’t resist. I was dubious about her claim that the Aqua Base was a must for this polish, but I thought, “What the heck!” and included it in my order. Boy, was I glad I did! The two photos below are alternating Nfu Oh’s Aqua Base coat (index and ring fingers) and Nubar Foundation base coat (middle and pinky fingers).
You might not be able to see too much of a difference, but let me tell you, the nails that had the other base coat applied horribly (which is by no means a reflection of the base coat’s performance, b/c it’s one of my favorites for most other polishes). It streaked like WHOA and looked horribly patchy until I worked w/ it quite a bit to make it look presentable for those photos.
Now this is the full fledged manicure w/ Aqua Base on all the fingers and a layer of Seche Vite on top. The application for #61 over the Aqua Base was like night and day different from the other base coat. With the Aqua Base it applied smoothly and evenly and just looked spectacular. I only needed to apply two coats as opposed to the three/four I needed w/ the other base coat to get the finish to look even.
This is by far the best result I’ve ever gotten from a holographic nail polish. I’m actually wondering how this’ll work w/ the China Glaze holos I have in my stash…a post for another time, I’m sure!
I’m so in love w/ all these polishes. By themselves, it took several coats (3-4) for most of them to become opaque enough for my tastes, except for #61, which only needed two after using the Aqua Base. I will most definitely be trying #41 on several other polishes and most certainly playing w/ the the other flakies. I’m also completely in love w/ the holo-it’s everything I hoped it would be and is encouraging me to attempt other holos w/ the Aqua Base. For those of you thinking about not bother the Aqua Base, believe me, it’s totally worth it. Again, I couldn’t believe the difference, but trust me, there really is one.
So, what’d ya’ll think? Did Nfu Oh live up to your expectations? (These totally did for me!)