[12 Sep 2014 | One Comment | 176 views]
Swatched! BYS Wham Bam

For some reason, writing today has been like pulling teeth. I have the pretty pictures. I have the time, even. But finding something interesting to say is proving difficult. I kind of feel like I am melted to my couch right now. I don’t really want to move or do much, but if I don’t try and pull myself out of this funk I’ll wind up squandering Green September, and I have SO MUCH MORE TO SHOW! (So yeah, apologies if this entry is sub-par. You can just look at the pretty pictures, k?) Today’s Green September shade is from […]

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Green September, Not So HTF »

[5 Sep 2014 | 9 Comments | 230 views]
Swatched! Revlon Rain Forest

Urgh. They can’t all be winners, right? I think I am still in a little bit of shock over how much I disliked this polish on SO MANY levels. I hate hate hate writing negative reviews, but I also have to be honest with you as well, so here goes. Today’s Green September entry is a relatively new number from Revlon. Meet Rain Forest from the Color Stay line. I had such high hopes for this one. It was even on my wishlist for ages until I managed to pick it up for a few bucks from Ozsale. Boy, am […]

Green September, Vintage »

[4 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | 198 views]
Swatched! Creative Nail Design Amazon

AKA GAH IT’S SO PRETTY! Today’s Green September Post is brought to you yet again by my most wonderful Vintage Polish Fairy, Carey. (Carey the Fairy! MAGICAL.) While this wasn’t part of Swap of the Year, this was from the swap before that, so as you can see, quality across the board. Amazon was the very last CND polish I had on my wishlist and the hardest to find, but it was sure worth the wait. Amazon is one of the SUPER old Creative Nail Design shades and unfortunately trying to Google it will bring you a whole lot of […]

Aussie, Green September, Indie »

[3 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | 240 views]
Swatched! Arcane Whimsy Wonderland

Today’s polish is pretty special and something a little different. First of all, it’s not vintage. In fact, it’s up for sale right this second. It’s also indie. An Aussie indie, in fact. Those of you that aren’t familiar with Arcane Lacquer should go and take a closer look, because Bec’s shit is tight. Whimsy Wonderland is from the Arcane 2013 Christmas Collection and if I’m perfectly honest, it’s everything I ever wanted from a salon brand for Christmas but they never delivered. China Glaze, you need to be taking notes here because THIS is Christmas in a bottle. Reminiscent […]

Green September »

[2 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | 218 views]
Swatched! Precision Poison Ivy

Another day, another green! And the one I have picked for you today is super gorgeous! Apologies for the sub par swatches, my swatch mojo was just zero yesterday so before I hurt your eyes with this hot mess, head on over to Steffels to see some amazing swatches and to find out why I wanted this one so damn hard. (Wherever you are out there in the Universe Stef, know that I miss you gurl!) Precision Poison Ivy gets ticked off the 2014 Wishlist thanks to the vintage polish fairy (aka Carey!) who sent me this gorgeous polish with […]

Green September, Vintage »

[1 Sep 2014 | 7 Comments | 214 views]
Swatched! MAC Ammunition

At the end of my last post I mentioned doing Green September, and since I love green polish so much (and I have so much of it too) I have decided to go ahead with it! And for my first post I have picked something a little strange. Even now that the swatching is done and the photos are taken I’m still not sure how I feel about it. Ammunition is vintage MAC, in the old frosted glass bottles. I have a few of these in a couple of different shapes (my bottle of Kloreen has a domed top instead […]

Streetwear Sunday, Vintage »

[30 Aug 2014 | 5 Comments | 312 views]
Streetwear Guide Companion Post: Variants

One of the most confusing things about being a Streetwear collector is that there are so many variations. Packaging, labeling and even colours. It can make things very frustrating for a collector (and completist) like myself. Since the Reference Guide is now back up and running, I thought it might be a fun idea to put together a companion post to show all the variations I have found with the Streetwear brand since I began collecting seven years ago. Firstly, we’ll talk cap stickers. These are the (usually) black labels on the top with the code and shade name. I’ve […]

Vintage »

[30 Aug 2014 | 13 Comments | 269 views]
Swatched! Black Radiance Seeing Green

Where did this week go? Hang on, while we are wondering about that, where did last week go as well? My days are fast becoming a blur of nappies, bottles and nail polish. Not that I am complaining, Evie and Pretty Serious are both all kinds of awesome, but they do tend to take up most of the time I don’t spend sleeping. I did, however, manage to get this swatch done last week in preparation for a bit of blogging so that came in handy! But being the collector that I am, I did have to snap a pic […]

Not So HTF »

[20 Aug 2014 | 8 Comments | 331 views]
Swatched! Urban Decay Zodiac

UGH. I can’t believe it took me so damn long to get this polish! I’ve wanted it ever since I first glimpsed this amazing masterpiece of a swatch from Scrangie which makes mine look like gross amateurish finger painting in comparison (love you girl!). I am pretty sure that post of hers was when they were new, and time seems to be running away from me. Regardless, I now have Urban Decay Zodiac in my possession (and Blackheart too… but that’s a post for another day!) so please forgive me for such a transgression, oh Nail Polish Gods, I promise […]

Japan »

[18 Aug 2014 | 5 Comments | 272 views]
Swatched! Marie Claire GR89

The last thing this little black duck needs is another brand to collect, but gosh darn it, I think I have found one. I’m lucky enough at the moment to have a friend who is heavily into buying polish from Japan like I was a few years back when I had cash to splash. I had accidentally smashed a Marie Claire polish I bought years back and I asked her to keep an eye out for it for me and before I could blink, she had sent me a link. It was the polish! And it came with friends! I […]

Streetwear Sunday, Vintage »

[17 Aug 2014 | 6 Comments | 428 views]
Streetwear Sunday – Hippy Dippy

I can’t believe it has been almost two months since I last posted a new swatch here. I am so sorry! I am scratching my head wondering where in the hell that time went, because honestly, I thought it had been two weeks or something. My bad! The good news is I have been swatching and I have four polishes done to at least cover the next few days. I have something very very special for you today and the beginning of a new post series here at Pretty Random. Welcome to my very first Streetwear Sundays post! Revlon’s 90’s […]

Vintage, Vintage Blogging Beauties »

[12 Jul 2014 | 7 Comments | 704 views]
Vintage Blogging Beauties: Most Prized

I’m not gonna lie, picking out my most prized polish was HARD. I probably couldn’t even narrow it down to a helmer drawer. 80% of my stash falls into my ‘most prized’ category and I would be categorically fucked if my house caught fire. So in the end I decided to pick out something super cool, rare and frankly, kind of strange that I even own. Ladies and gents, meet Louis Vuitton Gold. I can’t even remember how this polish got on my radar. I saw a swatch, somewhere, somehow and it went on the ol’ wishlist. It was June […]

Vintage »

[30 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | 1,411 views]
This Is What A Full Set Of Spectacular Rocky Horror Polishes Looks Like

I’m super busy today and I haven’t had a chance to swatch anything new (haha not really new but you get me) but I did have a few minutes to snap some pics of my incredible NOW COMPLETE Spectacular Rocky Horror collection, thanks to the wonderful Hannah from Polly Polish who helped me get the last two that I needed – Columbia and Janet Schmanet. These were on this years yearly wish list and I was super chuffed when I got to cross them off. I remember seeing the tiny pic of them on TimeWarp.org many years ago and setting […]

Vintage »

[29 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | 521 views]
Swatched! Naturistics Malachite Pearl

I have probably close to half a helmer drawer full of Naturistics polishes (or is it a drawer full now?) but I have actually swatched very few of them. I was working on cataloging a box of polishes that I have yet to put away and I spotted this one on the top of the pile. It’s pretty, it’s green, it’s old. It’s right up my alley. Much like yesterday’s Mythe, I have NFI how old Malachite Pearl is. A quick google search shows that probably one other person in the entire land of the internet owns it, and they […]

Vintage »

[28 Jun 2014 | 10 Comments | 613 views]
Swatched! Chanel Mythe

I feel like this year in polish hunting has been a wonderful, splendid dream. It’s only half way through the year and I have crossed a massive EIGHT polishes from my yearly wishlists. Eight! I am lucky if I manage that in a year and I still have HALF A YEAR TO GO. Polish karma baby. It’s so real I can taste it. Today’s polish for me to blub about is Chanel Mythe, (featured in my 2013 list) which arrived with the freaking amazing Black Velvet in what I am now calling “Super bullshit amazing swap of 2014″. Still stunned […]

Limited Edition »

[27 Jun 2014 | 2 Comments | 447 views]
Swatched! MAC Shimmerfish

Today I’ve swatched another of the three polishes from the MAC Alluring Aquatic collection, the foily silver Shimmerfish. You might remember my review for Neptune was less than favourable – unfortunately I feel much the same about Shimmerfish. In fact, even despite the awesome packaging I think this one is going in the purge pile. Shimmerfish is a muted silver foil with copper flecks, which you might think you’ve seen somewhere before and you’d be right – to my eye it is completely identical to OPI Designer De Better from the 2011 Muppets Holiday collection. I don’t own it to […]

Not So HTF »

[26 Jun 2014 | 6 Comments | 732 views]
Swatched! OPI Green On The Runway

OPI hasn’t really honked my horn as of late, but all that changed when promotional images of the Coca Cola collaboration emerged. While the rest of the shades were nice, but dupeable – one had everyone talking. THAT GREEN. And for once, OPI’s over digitised promotional product shots didn’t disappoint. Bottle shots of Green On the Runway began to appear and we were left with our jaws on the floor. People, I have been around nail polish for a long time and I have seen colours and collections come and go. THIS is future vintage gold. Once it’s gone, people […]

Vintage »

[25 Jun 2014 | 9 Comments | 604 views]
Swatched! Hard Candy Sell Out

I’m utterly exhausted today, which is probably a good thing because it will prevent me getting over excited about writing this post and ending up with a CAPS FILLED MESS OF HYPERBOLE. Instead I can be cool, calm and collected as I tell you that “F*ck yeah, I own Hard Candy Sell Out, motherf*ckers.” Look at it. LOOK AT IT. LOOOOOOOK. It’s AWESOME. You know what makes it even better? It was a gift! A beautiful, magical gift! Thank you thank you Bella! *swoon swoon* Sell Out is known as Sellout in the UK, and was not part of the […]

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