Thursday, September 29, 2011

Milani Purple Outline

Today I have Milani's Purple Outline to share with you guys. Purple Outline has a striper brush and is more for nail art. I had this for awhile to play around while doing some nail arts because I thought it was gorgeous to have pink and purple glitters. THEN, I saw Scrangie did a post on it when she applied it on her whole nail and I was like wow what a brilliant idea.

Purple Outline has a purple creme base with vibrant purple and pink glitters. 2 coats and it was full coverage. Only one coat of top coat was needed.

I cheated a little for these, I used a regular brush to apply this instead of their thin brush, so it was easier to apply. Although being that this is for nail art purposes, the formula was really thick. It was a little hard to apply, but after a top coat it eventually evened out. I really like the way it looks!

What do you guys think of this glitter??

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

Nail Art: Tarte's True Blood Palette

After seeing Beautopia's Tarte True Blood inspired nail art, I just had to try it for myself. Here is the link to her work: click here. It seem a bit tough to work with but I managed to try it. My nails are really narrow so it was a little hard to do.

I forgot to take pictures of the polishes I've used but I used:

-Rescue Beauty Lounge Bangin'
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out
-Silver Nail Art pen

And here is the outcome!

Not as great as Beautopia's but I've tried. I did get a lot of compliments for these and people asking me how to do it.

I'm a huge True Blood fan and I'm sad that I have to wait until next summer for Season 5 to come out. A lot of people didn't like Season 4 but I absolutely enjoyed it.

Well that's all I have for today. What do you guys think of this?

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Illamasqua Poke

Today I have Illamasqua Poke to share with you guys. I've read a lot of rave about this polish, but when I saw swatches of them I just didn't see what was so great about it. But while browsing at Sephora one day I decided to try it. The polish in person is stunning. It's the type of polish where you have to see it in person to see the beauty of it.

Poke is a vibrant royal purple with silver shimmer and flashes of blue in certain lighting. 2 coats.

My picture does no justice for this polish. You definitely have to see it in person to appreciate it. The formula was flawless, it wasn't too thick or thin, and heavily pigmented , opaqued with one coat. I did two coats out of habit. It spread out perfectly and evenly.

This is available at for $14.00.

Did any of you pick up Poke?

Friday, September 23, 2011

Nfu-Oh Holos 61-66

Today I have more holos to share with you guys! I can't get enough of holos, I have too much love towards them. I have the brand Nfu-Oh holos swatches done. Let's take a look!

61 is a silver holo. 3 coats. First picture under fluorescent light, and second picture under direct sunlight. I didn't order this back then because I thought China Glaze OMG was good enough. But when I saw pictures of it I thought it was a stunning silver holo, so when it is finally in stock again I went right ahead and ordered it (along with 62-65) I was extremely disappointed with it because it didn't shine as well as the swatches I've seen. In the bottle all I saw was a dull plain silver polish. I used their Aqua Base as a base coat. The holo only showed in sunlight and under fluorescent lights. Without light all you see is silver.

62 is a light coral holo. 2 coats. This one showed a little more holo than 61 did.

63 is a pink holo. 2 coats.

64 is a dark pink close to purple holo. I know in my picture it looks really similar to 63. But in person there's a difference. 63 is lighter than 64.

65 is a light blue holo. 3 coats.

66 is a light green holo. 2 coats. I bought this two years ago. As you can see, there is a HUGE difference between this one the new ones I bought recently. Can you see the amazing holo glow in this one compared to the others? Now this is what I call a true holo. Which is why I was super disappointed that I spent so much on 61-65. No holos are like how they used to be now.

Like I mentioned, I was disappointed because they weren't as holo as I thought they would be, or at least compared to the swatches I've seen. But at least I'm glad I have 66. The formula for these were decent. They tend to streak if you don't use any type of water based base coats. I use their Aqua Base base coats for all of them. Although using the Aqua Base makes the polish chips faster. I don't know why that's the case but these usually didn't even last a day without chipping.

These are available at and retails for $12.50 a bottle.

As much as I love holos, I wasn't just that happy with this. Maybe if I bought all of them 2 years ago I would've loved these as much as I loved 66. Oh well! I just wish they made polishes like they did back then (including all brands).

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Nails Inc Special Effects Connaught Square

I was psyched when I found out that Sephora is starting to carry Nails Inc polishes. So far it's the glitters that attracted my eyes. Being that I am on a budget (still) I decided to only pick up one glitter. Those who are not familiar with Nails Inc, they are a London brand polish. I wish Sephora would carry all the colors they have including the adorable Little Miss polishes! Well let's take a look at the swatches.

Connaught Square is a clear base with tiny blue glitters and purple large hexagonal glitters. This polish took 3 coats for full coverage. It also required two coats of top coats because the glitters are so dense it tends to eat up the top coat. It also dried really dull so top coat is definitely needed.

In this picture you can see the purple hex glitters more closely and better than the first picture.

I waited a few minutes between each coat to avoid 'balding' of the glitters since its in a clear base. Two coats was good enough, but three coats guaranteed full coverage on the nails. This was real tough to remove. After attempting to try to remove my pinky for 5 minutes with no luck, I gave up and just did the foil method. The polish didn't chip after two days, but there was definitely tip wear.

This is available at and retails for $9.50 a bottle.

What do you think of Connaught Square? Will you be purchasing any Nails Inc polishes?

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Pure Ice Crackles: Catwalk & Shattered

Hi all! Today I have Pure Ice Crackles to share with you guys! I found these in the city at Walgreens. Normally I won't be able to find Pure Ice polishes unless I go to Walmart (which is like 45 minutes drive) so when I saw these I just had to get them. They had other colors, but I only got the ones I don't have. Crackle polishes are a big hit this year, almost EVERY nail polish brand is coming out with them.

Catwalk is a golden yellow shatter. I put it over a periwinkle blue and the combination turned out quite interesting.

Shattered is a lime green shatter in which I did over purple. My two favorite colors combined together. I love the way this one looks!

These were like all other crackles, it tends to get thick on the brush and sometimes it can get messy. I usually shake it up once I see the thickness forming. That usually does the trick for most of them.

What do you guys think of these crackles? Are you sick of them yet?

Monday, September 19, 2011

Nail Art: Purple and Red Plaid

Today I have another nail art to share with you guys. When I saw the display of Sinful Nails: Go Plaid collection, I was easily attracted to the purple and red plaid nails the model had on and wanted to try it on my own!

Polishes Used:
-Rescue Beauty Lounge Bangin'
-Rescue Beauty Lounge Purple Haze
-Kiss Nail Art White
-Kiss Nail Art Black
-Kiss Nail Art Silver Glitter

I did alternating colors for each finger; as well as alternating colors of plaid lines. This was fairly easy to work with but a little harder for my right hand. It was a bit hard to keep the lines straight with my left hand. I like how it turned out.

What do you guys think of this plaid design?

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Sephora by OPI Make The First Mauve

Today I have Sephora by OPI's Make the First Mauve to share with you guys. I found this on their website and I thought it'd be interesting so I decided to order it.

Make the First Mauve is a rosey mauve with light silver shimmer. 3 coats.

It kind of reminds me of their other popular color Call Your Mother, with shimmer.

The formula for this was a bit runny. It was a little hard to work with but I didn't have too much trouble. I do like the color though because it's pretty classy.

That is all I have for today, what do you think of this polish?

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Sally Hansen Midnight Sky

Today I have Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in Midnight Sky to share with you guys. When I saw the display for the Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear for Fall, I wasn't really interested in it. But I saw a lot of chatting about Midnight Sky on twitter and on other blogs; so I decided to give it a go.

Midnight Sky is a charcoal black packed with silver shimmers. 2 coats.

Yes, I agree that the polish is gorgeous, however, I feel that it's not unique. It is easily dupeable, and it's nothing we haven't seen before. It's still pretty though. The formula for this was pretty good. It applied nicely and evenly; and full coverage under two coats. I got this one from Walgreens.

Did you guys pick up Midnight Sky? If so, what did you think about it.

Friday, September 16, 2011

American Apparel: Two swatches

A short post for today! I have two American Apparel polishes to share with you guys today. Both of them are green-ish tones. No surprise there! Let's take a look.

Army Jacket is a light pale army green creme. 2 coats

Mac Arthur Park is a murky yellow green creme. 2 coats. This is quite an interesting yellow green. I can't quite explain it, it's a bit mossy, kind of looks dirty. You get the picture.

The applications for these were ok. I had a little problem with Mac Arthur Park, it was a bit thick to work with. Other than that I never really have issues with American Apparel polishes. However, I think these may be the last American Apparel polishes I'll be purchasing. Nothing against the polishes, just something about the company I don't like (and please don't bash me as this is entirely MY opinion). Although, I know a few people who agrees with me.

Well, that's all I have for today!

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Nail Art: Galaxy Nails

A break from the usual swatchings and reviews! I decided to do some nail art, and the choice was galaxy nails. I was inspired by cutepolish from YouTube. She has amazing tutorials which are pretty easy to follow.

Polishes used:
-Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Black Out
-China Glaze Snow
-Sally Hansen Insta-Dri Expres-so Yellow
-Orly Cotton Candy
-China Glaze Calypso Blue
-Color Club Starry Temptress

This only took me about 15 minutes on each hand. Take a look at the final results!

I absolutely loved it! It was really easy to do even working with my left hand and not to mention fun to work with. I'm a science nerd, especially when it comes to galaxy, so I was eager to show these galaxy nails off when I had them on. Everyone complimented them, and I had them on for four days straight!

Well that's all I have for today! Will you be trying out the galaxy nails?

Monday, September 12, 2011

Glitter Gal Swatches and Review

Today I have some holos to share with you! A brand from Australia called Glitter Gal. Glitter Gal have plenty of holos but I was only able to afford five (since I am on a budget). The four I chose was a blue, black, and their three newest holos. I have provided two pictures, first will be pictures under fluorescent light and the second picture will be under direct sunlight. Let's take a look at the swatches!

Marine Blue is a vibrant marine blue holo. 2 coats. First picture taken under fluorescent light, and second picture taken under sunlight.

Lizard Belly is a dark green holo. 2 coats. To all fellow nail fanatics who always wished to have a dark green holo, your wish has came true! This is really gorgeous.

Light As A Feather is a white holo! 3 coats. Well its more of a light gray. But this one is absolutely stunning.

Black is a black holo. 2 coats.

Frappe is a light pink holo. 3 coats. I love how this one came out. It's so princess-y and pretty and girly lol.

Glitter Gal's US supplier is llarowe. You can either purchase it at her website on or you can look up llarowe on eBay. She is a very nice lady and communication is very well. Shipping was super fast as well. It is retail for $14.00 a bottle. Be warned; these bottles are small (0.3oz/9 ml). I was told that it costs a lot to make holo polishes, maybe that's why a lot of companies don't make holo polishes like they use to anymore.

The formulas for these were a little thick, but nothing too hard to work with. I had only slight issues with a few. Frappe and Marine Blue applied flawlessly, while the others I had thickness problems. I am satisfied with the five colors I chose. Once I'm off my budget I guess I will be buying more, since I'm a sucker for holos :)

Well that's all I have for today! What do you guys think of these holos? Worth it or no?

Saturday, September 10, 2011

Essie Brazilliant Collection Summer 2011 Review

Today I have Essie's Brazilliant Collection to share with you guys. Summer is almost coming to an end and I am trying to swatch all the Summer collections as fast as I can. I don't know if I have any more to go but this one definitely needed attention. The colors are awesome and unique in my opinion. Take a look!

Too Too Hot is a light red coral creme. 2 coats. This looks like a red creme but it's an interesting shade of red. It has slight pink and coral tones to it.

Meet Me At Sunset is an orange-red creme. 2 coats

Super Bossa Nova is a fuchsia shimmer. 2 coats. This is a gorgeous medium fuchsia. It has so much shimmer in it. It's gorgeous.

Brazilliant is a bright orange shimmer. 2 coats. It's a pretty orange! I love the shimmer in this.

Absolutely Shore is a white grey green. Kind of like seafoam green. 3 coats. I really liked this color. It's quite interesting.

Smooth Sailing is a gorgeous periwinkle blue with silver shimmer. 2 coats. This one is my favorite! I love how gorgeous the blue is and the silver shimmer just makes it even better!

This collection had a great amount of colors, and that's what I love about Essie. Although they didn't do neons this year I am fine with that because these colors top neons. The formula for these were excellent. They were smooth and opaque with the exception of Absolutely Shore. It was a bit streaky but three coats did the job. Everything else was in two coats. I am super happy that I bought the whole collection, even though Meet Me At Sunset and Too Too Hot looked pretty similar. But there is a distinct difference between the two. One is orange and the other is a red lol

Well that's all I have for today, what did you guys think of this collection?

Friday, September 9, 2011

Crayola Scented Nail Polish

I bought the Crayola Scented polishes awhile back from Rite Aid for $4.99. I still see it available in certain Rite Aids. The reason I bought these were because, well I never tried scented polishes before (even when I was a child), and I couldn't get my eyes off it for some reason.

Bubble Gum is a bright pink shimmer. This was done in 3 coats, it was quite sheer and watery. But it did smell like bubble gum though!

Orange is a vibrant golden orange shimmer. 3 coats. Orange was my favorite of the whole set! I just love the golden yellow glow in it. And yes also smells like orange!

Green Apple is a bright green shimmer. 3 coats. Sure does smell like green apples. This one had the best scent compared to the rest.

Blueberry is a bright navy blue shimmer. 3 coats. This color is quite vibrant, and does indeed smell like blueberry.

Grape is a purple shimmer. 3 coats. This one was also sheer and watery. Smells like grape too!

Overall, these are cute and fun to play with. You're not suppose to put a top coat over these so the scent would stay on. I didn't have these on for longer than a day so I do not know about the wear for these. They sure smell delicious though! Dry time was decent, but I'm too used to putting seche top coat on polishes and not having to worry about more than 10 minutes dry time on polishes. My favorite one is Orange and Green Apple. Both colors are so vibrant and green apple just smells amazing! For $4.99 these were decent priced. They are tiny bottles though so if you're not a fan of minis you might not like these.

Did any of you purchase this set? If so what was your favorite?

Wednesday, September 7, 2011

OPI Miss Universe Collection Swatches & Review

Today I have OPI's Miss Universe collection to share with you guys today. This collection consists of 3 gorgeous shimmers and one glitter. I can't get enough of glitters, once I see glitter it's a must have for me! Let's take a look at the swatches:

Swimsuit...Nailed It is a gorgeous vibrant blue shimmer. 2 coats. This color is absolutely phenomenal. It's so vibrant and blue.

It's My Year is a purple with golden shimmer. 2 coats. It's stunning. I love the golden shimmers that pops out of the purple. I thought it would be a dupe to Rally Pretty Pink but it's not, this one is more purple than pink. They're more like cousins.

Congeniality is My Middle Name is a fuchsia shimmer. 2 coats. This purple berry has a jelly like finish.

Crown Me Already is a clear base with small round glitters and larger hexagon glitters in silver. 3 coats. With 3 coats it is quite opaque. I feel like this one is a little too opaque to be a top coat. Let's take a look at the collection with one coat of Crown Me Already over them.

Crown Me Already over Swimsuit...Nailed It

Crown Me Already over Congeniality is My Middle Name

Crown Me Already over It's My Year

As you can see, even with one coat of Crown Me Already, it totally covers up the base color. So this one was best on it's own.

The formula for these were excellent as usual. I had no problems with application. They all applied smoothly. I do love all the colors in this collection, it's quite rare for me to like every single color in one collection. But my top most favorite happens to be It's My Year just because it's such a gorgeous purple.

Which ones are your favorite from this collection?

(These were sent to me for review)