Review: ILNP – Bad Mogwai

Good morning lovelies!  I decided to play around with ILNP’s Bad Mogwai and today I will share my thoughts on this discontinued polish.

ILNP Bottle Bad Mogwai Label

 

Bottle Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Based just on looks in the bottle, I thought this polish to be a black jelly with green glitter.  I was very surprised to find that it is actually a clear base with green and black glitter!

Thumb Macro ILNP Only Mani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Both pictures are one coat with no undies.  I really like the density of the glitter and how much you get in one coat.  I did find that I had to use several brush strokes to get a more even application of the glitter, but this really did not bother me.

Gunmetal Mogwai Mogwai Mani

 

 

 

I think this polish has lots of potential as a glitter topcoat.  I tried it out over Avon’s Gunmetal and Urban Gray.  I prefer the look I got over Gunmetal to Urban Gray, but I think it is just that I expected Urban Gray to come out a little more gray than nude.

My one complaint with Bad Mogwai was the smell.  It was a bit strong compared to other polishes I’ve used.  Other than that one thing, I liked the application, glitter consistency, and the overall aesthetic of the polish.  I must say that I give this polish a 4 out of 5 due to the smell.

Have a fantastic Friday, all!

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Manic Mani Monday!

Hello lovelies!  Whew, what a morning – and now afternoon here!  Had to get the oil changed in my car and that took two hours!  Elizabeth was with me, and she did really well and kept entertained the first hour and a half.  After that, we had to make a grocery store run.  And that’s where I found what I’m going to share with you today: my HEB finds.

Hand Conditioner Box Hand Conditioner Bottle Hand Conditioner Hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First up is this Hand Conditioner by Nailtiques.  It was $1.99 and with the salon-quality polish.  My hands are perpetually dry, so I decided that I would give it a shot.  The last picture was to show the consistency.  It is a little runny if applied generously, and I will say that the amount pictured was way too much.  I’m not “in love” with the smell.  It’s not bad, but I’ve experienced more pleasant hand lotion scents.  The smell reminds me of something that I cannot put my finger on.  Even though I applied too much, it still absorbed into my skin quickly, and I was not left with a greasy feel.  I will provide a final review after using this for awhile, but first impressions are good.

Bottle Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

My other find was the OPI Coca-Cola collection.  Overall, I’m left pretty unimpressed by the collection.  To me, the most interesting polishes are Today I Accomplished Zero (pictured above), Green on the Runway, and Orange You Fantastic.  Personally, I would pass on Green on the Runway because it looks like it wouldn’t work with my skintone.  The rest of the collection reminds me of things I’ve seen too many times before.  Sorry OPI, I love your formula, but I find this collection “meh.”

Back to my polish, Today I Accomplished Zero.  This polish is the “Coke Zero” polish.  I not only like the drink, but I like this polish.  It is a black base with rose-tone glitter that leans more red than rose.

Layers Mani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With standard, thin polish coats, it took three coats to make this polish really pop.  Two coats could work if you’re in a hurry, but the polish is really at its best with three coats.  Pictures above show the polish buildup and my finished mani.  All photos are with Orly Bonder base-coat and no top-coat.

Bottle Macro Thumb Macro

As you can see in the macro shot of my thumb-nail, the glitter is a little bumpy.  I’m sure had I used a top-coat it would have smoothed out.

I am very pleased with my choice to pick up this polish.  Yeah, it’s not the most “summery” polish, but summer in Texas is over-rated.  It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s just all around horrid.  I am going to go so far as to day that my Mani Monday mani is my anti-summer mani.

Overall, it is a standout in a bland collection.  I am a little disappointed it took three coats to make it look its best, but since they were thin coats I am hoping that it lasts a bit longer than my other manis I’ve done.  I love the OPI formula application, and this polish does not disappoint.  I find the contrast of the black base and rosey glitter to be a winning combo.  I give this polish a 4 out of 5.

Have a marvelous Monday, all!