[7 Oct 2014 | 4 Comments | 707 views]
Swatched! Vintage Misa Turquoise

I remember back before the indie market existed, salon brands were pretty much the bees knees when it came to nail polish. They dictated the trends, the classics and the frenzies, and Misa used to be right amongst it. Nowadays, I barely see new Misa collections on polish blogs and I often find myself wondering what they are up to, and why they seem to have faded into obscurity. Today’s Green September polish is Misa Turquoise, from my vintage white cap collection, which was authenticated for me by the people at Misa. I have a large collection of these, which […]

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Aussie, Green September »

[9 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments | 520 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 […]

Green September, Not So HTF »

[8 Sep 2014 | 6 Comments | 530 views]
Swatched! China Glaze Running in Circles

I’ve got two bursting full Helmer drawers of China Glaze polish but over the last two years or so, being busy with my own line, I fell woefully behind with their releases. I’ve always loved their collections. Always more fun than OPI and I love the quality. I’ve started to play catch up now and one of the first on my list was this gorgeous number. Running in Circles is from the 2012 Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away collection. I found the whole lot to be hit and miss. Some were just meh, with one or two being downright puzzling. […]

Green September, Streetwear Sunday, Vintage »

[7 Sep 2014 | 9 Comments | 893 views]
Swatched! Revlon Streetwear Toad

I’m really behind at the moment, so this Streetwear Sunday post is coming to you on a Wednesday. I’ve been working hard to catch up on my Green September swatches and I am hoping to be ahead by the end of the week. I’m having trouble limiting it to 30! I would continue it into October, but I have already picked another theme for next month (Spoilers: HALLOWEEN!). If I could only choose ten polishes to wear for the rest of my life, Streetwear Toad would have to be in there. I have a mild obsession with this polish, and […]

Green September, Vintage »

[6 Sep 2014 | 4 Comments | 912 views]
Swatched! Sally Hansen Techno Teal Matte

I’m a little late posting this. Not gonna lie, I totally got sidetracked scoping vintage Sally Hansen on a Polish (as in the country) auction site when I was googling info on this bad boy. I really didn’t come up with much except maybe a bigger wishlist. Damn it. Today’s Green September entry is technically not green, but it’s teal which is both blue and green so I am claiming this one for planet green today (plus my pics make it look way more blue than it really is, I promise). Techno Teal Matte is from the long discontinued New […]

Green September, Not So HTF »

[5 Sep 2014 | 9 Comments | 672 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 | 414 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 | 464 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 | 435 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 | 419 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 | 680 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 | 565 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 | 506 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 | 462 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 | 755 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 | 947 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 | 1,928 views]
This Is What A Full Set Of Spectacular Rocky Horror Nail Polish 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 Nail Polish 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 […]

Vintage »

[29 Jun 2014 | 4 Comments | 710 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 […]

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