Kat Von D Alchemist Holographic Palette

Alchemy Palette Collage

For those days when you just feel like twinkling like an opalescent unicorn.

Regular readers may recall that I purchased this stunning makeup palette – the Alchemist Holographic Palette from Kat Von D – whilst under the influence of, in hindsight, an ill-advised quantity of cold medication. Apparently going batcrap loopy on cold meds turned me into some sort of mega magpie, because this twinkly palette went into my shopping cart with great haste, along with a number of its sparkly friends.  I mean, I think it was with great haste, as I actually don’t remember sitting down at the computer and placing this order at all.  Seriously, cold-med responsibly, friends!  It could be so much worse than just an overabundance of unicorn makeup!

But however it came to me, I’m delighted to now own this beautiful, fun and playful little makeup palette. What a charming delight!  First, the palette case itself.  It’s GORGEOUS – an iridescent, opalescent, rainbow-tossing wonder.  I love the packaging, and I’m smitten with the soft opal hues of both the triangular palette AND the box it came in.  There’s a bit on the Sephora website about how Kat Von D herself spent the last X-unreasonable number of months fine-tuning this creation.  And while I certainly can’t speak to her schedule, I’d say it was worth it; this makeup palette features some truly stunning and eye-catching design work.

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Palette Opalescent

But one ought not judge a book solely by its attractive, iridescent cover, so let’s take a closer look at the makeup housed within.  There’s four shades contained in the Alchemist Holographic Palette, which looks a bit like a pointy mirrored weapon when it’s fully deployed, green Emerald, ultra-violet Amethyst, pink Opal and blue Saphyre.

Open Palette

Being of very pale Celtic descent, the shades – softly pressed powders flecked with holographic shimmer – all but disappear as against my freckled hide.  For this next photo, I ramped up the contrast whilst editing so you could actually see the colours and not just wonder to yourself, “Huh, I had NO idea a skin tone could be classified as “ultra-violet.”

Alchemist Palette Bare Skin

Next, I ran a test on the opposite end of the spectrum, layering the four shades over a shimmery black creme lipstick, Hard Candy’s Black Diamond.  It was a pretty terrible lipstick (it stained, badly) but the effects created by combining the two were undeniably dope.  I’m looking forward to trying out some fun lipstick stenciling work, and these powders will make nifty cool highlighters.

Alchemist Palette Black Lipstick

The Alchemist Holographic Palette, when it’s in stock (it’s frequently out of stock) is sold through Sephora (online and in-store) and retails for $44 Canadian.  Perfect for all your unicorn cosplay needs or just, you know, ’cause it’s a Tuesday.  Twinkle on, fabulous friends. 🙂

Sparkling Snow

Sparkling Snow

New glittery Sephora polish from my husband + a simple, favourite design + general fatigue with Christmas designs = these nails, and the third time this season I’ve done such a snowflake design.

Here I topped one of my Christmas presents, Sephora Formula X’s Catalyst, with my go-to white, Revlon’s Spirit, and topped the whole thing off with a coat of yet another of my Christmas presents, Seche Vite, the undisputed king of high gloss top coats.

Taste the Rainbow

Taste the Rainbow

Actually, no, don’t taste these. Nail polish manufacturers have come quite a ways in recent years in ensuring that every bottle produced isn’t .5 fluid ounces of pure poison, but it’s still pretty toxic stuff, and I can’t imagine it’s the least bit tasty.

I’m not sure if this qualifies as a skittle mani (not the candy; it’s really more of an every nail for itself approach) or if it simply acts as a testament to the power of a good glitter topper. In either case, these nails are fun and vibrant and the perfect opportunity to try out my gradient skills, with a little speckled help from one of Sephora’s new-ish effects polishes in Chaotic.

100th Post How-To

100th Post How-To

Happy 100th blog post, me! I is proud of my commitment to (nearly) daily blogging. Top shelf, it be. But given those last three sentences, I may need to spend a little less time on my nails and a whole lot more on my English language skills (I kid, I kid; I know I talk good.) 😉

In honour of my 100th post, I thought I’d share a manicure that combines everything I love about nail art – a fun (and simple) new technique, glossy polishes in fruity, juicy colours and funky matte glitter toppers. It’s the little things, you know?

To do these one-colour, no sponge gradient nails, I started with a sheer jelly polish, Nfu Oh’s JS24, and brushed one light coat onto my nails. After a moment or two of dry time, I brushed a second coat on starting just a smidge down from my cuticles. After yet more dry time, I brushed on a third coat of polish, starting just a bit down from the second bit. Finally, I brushed a fourth coat just onto the tips of my nails. What you’re doing here is creating a gradient using the polish’s natural “buildability,” starting at your cuticles with the sheerest bit and working up to full coverage at your nail tips.

But like all good things, there’s a bit of a catch. Unless you have a super steady hand and can control the flow of polish off your brush (which would make you Queen of All Things Nail Polish, I wager), a gradient done in this fashion won’t be as seamless as one done with a sponge. Indeed, if you compare my thumb and ring finger in the photo above, you’ll be able to see the difference between going slowly and carefully and…not!

But all’s not lost, and that’s where your matte glitter topper comes in. Simply swipe on the topper of your choice (here I went with Sephora’s Formula X in Chaotic) and watch as your nail art sins simply disappear. Then stand back, admire your claws and pat yourself on the back, because your nails look dope and you’re the (wo)man!