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Showing posts with label Haken. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Haken. Show all posts

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

That's Brazen

Good morning.

Today is officially the beginning of my week so, happy Monday.

Let's just dive right in, shall we?

Haken Nail Lacquer in Brazen

Brazen is a metallic ruby port shade. This does mean it is a little bit brush stroke-y but nothing unmanageable.

Three coats over base coat

Brazen goes on a little sheer but it builds nicely and can easily be opaque in two coats. This dries very quickly to a classic vampy nail look with the extra bonus of shimmer.

I'm afraid I don't have a lot of comment today. I had a lot of writing to do over the weekend and I'm a bit tapped out. *Cue sad trombone music*

Haken in a discontinued brand that I discovered at a gift shop in Sisters, Oregon.

Friday, July 26, 2013

Cold Smoke

Good morning!

I'm not done with Haken nail lacquer y'all. I seriously went to town when I was in Sisters.

Haken Cold Smoke

My love for duochromes knows no bounds. Cold Smoke is a smoky grey that flashes pink and purple. It's very sheer even at three coats and a bit brush stroke-y. But I love it so.

Three coats over base coat

Cold Smoke applies really beautifully and dries very quickly. I'm excited to layer this over some dark colors especially grey. 

I'm disappointed in my swatches only because my middle finger is all wonky. I woke up the day after the Fourth of July to a ridiculously raggedy and torn nail. I have no idea how it happened. I filed it as straight as I could but the tear was really off kilter. Meh.

Hope you all have a good weekend. I will be working but I'm looking forward to a Saturday when I don't have plans! Particularly since it is my nephew's 21st birthday that day. I don't think I could handle it and I'm sure he wouldn't want his auntie hanging around anyway.

I purchased this at Garden of Eden Gifts in Sisters, OR. Haken is a discontinued brand.

Wednesday, July 24, 2013


Good morning.

Today I don't have any pithy comments or weird associations with the polish I'm about to show. I'm pretty tired from my weekend. We had a cocktail party on Saturday and a really lazy day on Sunday. (Duh.) Monday found me up to my eyeballs in chores. The good news is that my house is clean and my couch no longer has a sweaty funk now that I've cleaned it. I'm sure you feel much better knowing this.

Anyway. The polish.

Haken Whirlpool

Whirlpool is a soft blue duochrome that flashes pink and purple. It's hella sheer even at three coats so it may be a better layering choice. It applies nicely and dries quickly. 

It's a really pretty and oddly soothing color. Every time I look at it, I just relax a bit. That really works for me today.

I purchased this at a gift store in Sisters, OR. Haken is a discontinued brand and a little harder to find.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

I live in the Emerald City

Good morning!

I find it interesting that cities have nicknames. Like, Portland is the Rose City. But I have a problem with Seattle. Its nickname used to be the Jet City but now they call it the Emerald City. Lame. Jet City sounds pretty cool and a little futuristic. But my biggest problem with it is because I live in the Emerald City. Eugene is not just Track Town, USA yo. (I get it, Nike was founded here, Pre, blah, running, blah. I don't run. I don't like running. I don't care.)
Emerald City works for Eugene. It's way greener here than Seattle. Mainly because it's way smaller but still. Why give up a cool nickname just to steal a small city's nickname? Lame. Especially when a band writes a song inspired by your cool nickname. (Jet City Woman by Queensryche if you were wondering. It's not one of their best but it was all I had.)

So, why did I bore you with that? Because of this:

Haken Emerald City

It's not really all that green so perhaps the name was not a good choice. But it's a lovely metallic.

Three coats over base coat

Emerald City has a very thin formula and applies pretty sheer. As you can see on my middle finger, it's really patchy. You have to use thicker coats. The dry time is great so you won't have to wait long to apply your coats.

Overall, it's a great green toned blue metallic and very pretty. I really want to do a cling wrap mani with this. I think the shimmer will really pop that way.

I purchased this myself in Sisters, Oregon. Haken is a discontinued brand and harder to find. After I bought this, I promptly went wine tasting to celebrate.)

Friday, July 19, 2013

Tiger Eyes

Good morning!

Who doesn't love Judy Blume? I think she wrote the novel for every stage of one's life. We all have our favorites but I remember idly picking up Tiger Eyes and really being moved by it. It was so melancholy but not overly dramatic.  It's one of my favorites from her. (BTW, did you know it was made into a movie? One that was released in June? That was directed by Judy Blume's son? Neither did I until today. I will have to see it.)

So why did I talk about all that? Because of this:

Haken Tiger Eyes

Tiger Eyes is a fiery metallic orange. It has some amazing glow. It applies gorgeously, dries quickly and is simply gorgeous. It's well pigmented but I recommend three coats for best results. It applies sheer on first coat but builds nicely.

I cannot get enough of it. I was really sad when I had to remove it. This will be worn a lot this summer.

I purchased this as part of a 5 for $10 deal. Haken is no longer available but I have seen some colors being sold on eBay.

So...since I brought up Judy Blume, what's your favorite Judy Blume novel? Who was your favorite YA author when you were young?

Thursday, July 18, 2013


Good morning!

I have another polish from my Sisters haul for you. I really love the color it just struck me. However, I don't know that I photographed it very well. Among other things...

Haken Sandstone

Sandstone is a milky putty color. It's much more sheer than I anticipated and I think that really accounts for my atrocious application.

Three coats over base coat

The formula was a bit thin and applied streaky. I'm sure I can try this again and make it wayyy better but still, sheers. They do that. This dries really quickly which is always a good thing. 

I was really drawn to this since it was really more of a putty color. I really needed to add to my stash of neutrals anyway. I think this could be really great sandwiching some glitter. And that's something I will have to try soon. I really want to my sister's nails for my party and that could be cool.

I purchased this as part of a 5 for $10 deal. Haken is a discontinued brand but shows up on eBay every now and again.

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

I Do Not Think That Means What You Think It Does

Good morning!

I'm working like crazy to get posts written and scheduled and still take care of things I need to before my cocktail party. I know how to pile it on, yo.
Anyway, today I am showing you a swell polish with a name that makes me giggle.

Haken Maui Wowie!

Oh dear. The's not right yo. If you're not familiar, I direct you here.  Seriously, I hope they were aware of the implications.

That said, Maui Wowie is a bright Barbie pink jelly with very fine holo glitter.

Three coats over base coat

The formula is thin and a tiny bit watery. Gratefully, it does not apply badly nor does it flood the cuticles. It does apply sheer. Three coats gave best opacity but there is a little bit of VNL. Dry time is excellent. This does have a subtle blue flash but that has more to do with the specks of blue holo glitter in it.

Overall, it's a great sparkly jelly polish. It would certainly make for a great summer pedicure!

I purchased this at Garden of Eden Gifts in Sisters, OR as part of a 5 for $10 deal. Haken has since gone out of business but these do pop up on eBay now and again.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Haken - Oregon's Own

Good morning!

Back in August 2009, I took a day trip to Sisters, Oregon with my in-laws. We visited a gift store that inexplicably was selling nail polish. It was a brand I hadn't heard of and I just had to try it. I only bought one and it was gorgeous. So beautiful that it inspired me to start blogging about nail polish. You can view my terrible swatch HERE. (I am going to be re-swatching it just so you know.)
Anyway, I was obsessed with this brand and constantly badgered Matt to take me back. It took almost four years but I finally made it.

Here's the sad news: This brand has been discontinued so I am going to show you polishes that are hard to come by. I'm sorry!

Anyway, Haken was a sister brand to Nail Magic. The company is based in Sisters and they also own said gift store I visited. I had plans to actually drive by their headquarters because I am weird like that. It just didn't work out though. Since the brand has closed, the store is clearing out the stock. They were selling them for $2.50 each or 5 for $10. So I got 10 bottles.

I'm going to be featuring all I bought this week as well as a brand new swatch of the one that started it all. So, check out my first this week!

Haken Indigo Jones
Three coats over base

Indigo Jones is a fuschia/purple duochrome that flashes blue. It is simply stunning and even better in real life. It is a bit watery but applies well. It is fairly sheer so three coats is best for opacity. Dry time was excellent!

It is a bit brush-strokey but nothing terrible. I like that it has an almost jelly texture and the flash is stunning. I don't know why I didn't see this years ago and pick it up as well. But I'm glad to have rectified that.

Haken was really pretty obscure. It was a salon only brand with a handful of places to buy it. Like the gift shop. They offered some really gorgeous colors and had nice formulas. I'm very sad to see them go. It was cool to be able to buy a polish that was made locally. (Local-ish. Sisters is in central Oregon and an almost 2 hour drive from Eugene.) I hope one day they bring it back, they had a great product!

I purchased this at the Garden of Eden Gift Shop by Haken in Sisters, Oregon. I got this as part of a 5 for $10 deal. If you happen to be around the area, get there now because there's very little stock left. Matter of fact, the man working there told me that the owner has a small bit of stock left and will replenish once the store sells through what they have. After that, it's gone forever.

Wednesday, December 23, 2009

The most reluctant holiday manicure EVER

I said before that I don't celebrate Xmas. Matt, however, does. He wheedled and cajoled me into doing a holiday manicure. (Okay, he suggested it and I cannot resist his charms. What can I say? I'm crazy in love with my husband.)

I used one of the newest additions to my stash that I got from Cherry Culture. It is a brand called L.A. Splash and the color is called Crimson Tide. It's a seriously sweet dark red glitter. It's no Ruby Pumps but it is snazzy. It's also in such a neat bottle. I admit, that drew me to it first then the color. ;)

Two coats of Crimson Tide
Nail decals by Nailene (My Xmas gift from them.)
Konad Special Polish in white
Orly Glitz
Nail Magic Birthstones Peridot
Konad image m15

I really like this polish and I adore the color but I have to be honest and tell you that it is simply the weirdest polish I have ever used. It's not necessarily thick but it does tend to get tacky on the brush pretty quick.
I found myself constantly dipping back into the bottle to reload my brush just to finish my three strokes for one nail. Odd. However, it dried ridiculously fast.
The finish is muted and a wee bit bumpy but Out The Door smoothed and shined it all out.

Matt chose the decals and decided which fingers they would go on. He also chose the Konad image and the gold to stamp it with. I decided to continue the white and gold theme from the decals so I used my special polish on the ring. I was not satisfied with only that so I added a sweet metallic light green on the index.

I admit this came out really cute and my bestie would be sooo proud of me for doing this. Especially since I talked her out of buying a holiday sweater at Fred Meyer today! Which brings me to mention that I had the most amazing day. I hung out with Sugar Mama and we shopped like mad. It was awesome! She also gave me a present: a Sally gift card, an Art Deco Nail Art striper in green glitter and some lovely lotion from Victoria's Secret. Sweet!
Not only that, I got to talk to the lovely, sweet and oh so cute Nicole from Magic Maid.
Oh my word, she has the cutest accent! What a great gift to actually speak to one of my fellow nail fanatics. I was just over the moon, guys!

I'm off for some cuddle time with Matt and Gus on the couch. Thank you for looking and I hope everybody has a super fun day tomorrow!

Thursday, November 12, 2009

China Glaze Recycle

Last winter I was crazy about grey. I had great makeup in grey but no nail polish. I was hunting high and low and all I found was polish waay out of my price range at the time. (I was saving for Cancun then too! Guess that will be my winter getaway destination from now on!)

Since I was pretty new to China Glaze, I did not know they had a grey creme until I saw Recycle on All Lacquered Up. I immediately rushed to Sally to find only disappointment. They did not have it! Which is a constant refrain about the Sally's here in town. Thank bob for e-tailers! I finally got my hands on this when I placed an order with Transdesign.

Recycle fulfills all of the lemmings I had. I didn't want it too dark and certainly not too light.

Three coats full sun

Recycle turned out to be the perfect middle ground for me. It's fully opaque in three coats and dries fairly quick and with plenty of shine. I love wearing this when I want something edgy but I'm not feeling black.

Imagine the possibilities...

I knew this was going to be a great choice to have some cool sheers and glitters layered over and I'm looking forward to doing some Konad with it. (I haven't because I have an idea for it and I need some more supplies!)

I did not hesitate to do some layering experiments last week  and I'm pleased as punch!

From left to right:
Pumpkin Holo
OPI Brand New Skates
Haken Blue Crush
China Glaze Fairy Dust

Fairy Dust is just awesome. Blue Crush is such a winner, it's so gorgeous on its own and it looks so neat layered over so many colors. BNS over this deepens the gray and is a good idea for those that don't like its sheerness.

Left to right:
Sally Girl It's SoU
Hard Candy Mr. Wrong
Nina Ultra Pro Molten Gold
Nina Ultra Pro Molten Ruby

It's So U's blue sparkle pops on darker bases and I love the way it twinkles.
I threw Mr. Wrong on there on a whim and it's ok. I would like it better if I had applied it better.
Molten Gold never fails to please me. I really love how the pink shines here and it definitely deepens the gold. (Which I could not accurately photograph!)
Molten Ruby looked really snazzy in person. I especially like how it makes the red richer and the grey adds a great dimension. I will definitely wear this combo as a full mani!

Thanks for looking!

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Layering on the light side

It's time to show another round of layering experiments. I decided to see what would happen with a lighter base color so I chose Orly Country Club Khaki.

Left to right:
L.A. Girl Crowd Surfing
Nina Ultra Pro Molten Gold
OPI DS Treasure
Haken Blue Crush

Full Sun close up

Closer look
OPI Brand New Skates on thumb

Crowd Surfing looked cool but it was hard to accurately capture in my pictures.
(I really need a new camera now!)
Molten Gold was pretty over this but much better over a darker color.
Treasure just does not fail. It looks a little greyed out over this but, man does it sparkle!
Blue Crush looks very green over this and still so stunning. Damn, I love that color!
Brand New Skates didn't change anything. I'd recommend this to anyone who didn't like how sheer BNS was. I did one coat over the two of CC Khaki and everything was opaque.

That's it for now. Enjoy!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I wonder what will happen...

Picture dump!!!

These are my latest layering experiments, most applied over WNW Black Creme.

L to R:
Orly Love Each Other
Nina Ultra Pro Molten Gold
Nina Ultra Pro Molten Ruby
Haken Blue Crush

Here it is matte!
The  glitter in the Orly was really cool matte but would
have been best with more coats. I only did two here.

I love how layering Molten Gold over a dark color makes it's red tones pop. It really adds a deeper dimension to such a lovely color.
The Haken constantly pleases me. Layered over a dark color brings out its gold/bronze tones. I must get another bottle because I'm treating like a rare and precious gem.

L to R:
Sally Girl It's So u
Pumpkin Nail Enamel Grey Holo
L.A. Girl Crowd Surfing
OPI DS Treasure

Angled differently to get more color.

Crowd Surfing was awesome over the black. I was really surprised how nice the DS looked over this. It didn't look too Halloween but would be appropriate for such a mani.
The Pumpkin polish was nice over this and was reminiscent of REAL OPI My Private Jet. However, this was not a combo that would make a dupe for it. Sorry!
It's So U did just what I thought it would and I love it. It's very pretty.

So I did something unthinkable. I used Opulent Cloud to layer! I know. I did it really quick and used the teeniest amount because I wanted to see the result.

Opulent Cloud over black makes for a golden green. Reminds me of ChG Wagon Trail. Will be buying Wagon Trail so I am not tempted to do this EVER again. But, yeah. This did look snazzy.

My next round of layering concerned my beloved OPI Midnight In Moscow. I'm planning on wearing it tonight in all of its original glory but I was tempted. Here's what happened:

Midnight In Moscow on index through pinkie as base.
Middle finger has China Glaze Raspberry Fields.
Ring is showing China Glaze Ruby Pumps.
Index has Ruby Pumps matte.
Pinkie has Raspberry Fields matte.

 Different angle to show sparkle

I just wanted to see if layering would amp up the red in Midnight In Moscow. It does and kinda doesn't.
What I was surprised by the most was the hot pink glitter of Raspberry Fields. I will probably layer a thin coat of it over Black creme and then matte it for another day's mani because it looks really cool.
Ruby Pumps over this is similar to Lubu Heels but with more of the glitter. Very nice and seriously cool matte.
I would buy Lubu Heels and layer Ruby Pumps over it than what I have done here.

Hope you've enjoyed this and that it gives you some fun ideas!

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Duck Day KOTD

I'll be the first to admit that this is not one of my best. As usual, when things go wrong, I add more and more elements. I totally blame Matt for this. I have my reasons. ;)



Wet n' Wild Black Creme
Zoya Purity on index
Konad Special Polish in White and Green
Zoya Creamy
China Glaze Millennium and Medallion
Haken Blue Crush
Sinful San Francisco

Image plates m21 and m8

There's not much to say about this because I'm just not feeling it. Boo. Hiss.
However, I feel much more confident in the Ducks' ability to smash the Washington Huskies. GO DUCKS!!