I’m still running my experiment this week between lectures so I’ve had less time than normal for reading blogs and commenting :( On top of this I found a bug or something, to do with how I read my blog feeds. When I first started following blogs last year I used to access it all from the Blogger Dashboard. Then I figured out I could use Google Reader, which I thought was really handy. I had all the posts in one place that was easier to use and could access them easily on my phone too (yes, I’m that sad!). Every time I found a blog to follow, I simply pressed follow and was happy with the thought it would appear in Google Reader and so I stopped logging into Blogger. That’s not how it works apparently! I noticed I wasn’t getting updates from some blogs and didn’t want to have to have a separate list of blogs bookmarked, so I was a bit annoyed. I logged into Blogger and after a few minutes I noticed my Google Reader tab had 1000′s of unread posts. Apparently if I follow a new blog I need to login to Blogger to get my Google Reader to notice the new blog, woops! Good news is I figured out the problem! However, I’ve gone from having 100-ish unread posts a day to being able to get that easily 9-5 and pretty much the same again in the evening! I enjoy reading them yes, but it was a bit of a shock to see so many updating! Wow! Quite nice to see all these new blogs I’ve been missing out on!
To show you today, I have the most annoying to photograph polish in the world! It is Marks and Spencer Rainbow. I remember seeing this polish ages ago in a post by Jenni over at nailpolishUK. I kept meaning to pick it up for myself, but my local M&S has a rubbish make up section. I visited a larger M&S recently and remembered to look for it.
It is quite similar, almost a dupe of GOSH Holographic. More on this later in the week when I’ve finished sorting out the pictures. I’ve taken some comparison pictures of this and GOSH Holo to show you how similar/dissimilar they are.
As you see below, it is definitely a silver holo. The effect is hard to capture a picture of, especially in this grey weather (seriously, will these clouds ever part?!). But, you can see the holo effect where the light is shining on it. For your information these pictures are two coats of Rainbow and a topcoat. Topcoats tend to cause a dulling effect to GOSH Holographic, but I didn’t really notice a difference with this polish.
I like the M&S bottles, it’s a quite large square bottle with a long handle and a good brush. When I was in M&S I couldn’t really see the holo effect in the bottle, but I was pretty sure this was the right polish. Why would someone call a grey/silver colour ‘Rainbow’ was my logical thinking!
The application of this polish is a million times better than GOSH Holo. It applies like a normal polish and dries in about 5 minutes. Also, like the front of the bottle says ‘with extra vinyl finish’ when the polish dries it is really shiny and almost feels like it already has a topcoat on it. The polish is so much more hard wearing than GOSH Holo, not that that would be hard! :P I’ll stop comparing them now though because I’d do that properly in my next post.
(Notice my OH’s hand on his computer mouse in the background! It’s definitely a mouse, he is not a cyborg!)
The below picture shows the without the holo/rainbow shine to it. I just went to the room on the other side of the house with no light. Without the light shining on it, it looks like a silver/grey foil polish.
Last picture! I apologise for the dark picture, but this happened to be the best picture for capturing the holo effect.
I’ll post up the comparison between Marks and Spencer Rainbow and GOSH Holographic tomorrow, hopefully!
Finally! Seeing as this post is all about visual prettiness I thought I’d blah on about a related visual topic! This semester at uni I am taking a module relating to vision and how it interprets visual ambiguity. Our first assignment was to make an optical illusion! I tried a number of different things, but none of them worked out how I wanted. I ended up making a Penrose triangle, which isn’t that impressive a submission, but I like my video, if only for the awesome music!
Hope the post wasn’t too long. So many more pictures than I would normally include! Wait till you see the comparison post there’s even more of them! :S
Hope you are all have a lovely week! It’s half term in most places in the UK at the moment. I miss having half terms, I could do with a nice week off! :D At least it’s started getting lighter earlier now, sunshine is coming! :)