Friday, March 30, 2012

Nicole by OPI Four New Textures

Today I have four new Texture polishes from Nicole by OPI to share with you guys. Textures are just like shatter polishes from OPI. When I saw the promo pictures for these I was really excited to see the glitter textures, as I am very curious in how the glitter crackle polishes will work. Well they didn't work much to my favor. Let's have a look.


Amethyst Texture is a purple glitter shatter. I did this over white hoping the purple glitters will show more, but it seems to me that the glitter are not dense enough, so the shatters look a bit sloppy.


Aquamarine Texture is a aqua blue glitter shatter. I did this over black since Amethyst Texture didn't look that great over white. The shatter is extremely hard to see. Once again I wish the glitters were more dense.


Quartz Texture is a metallic lilac shatter. I did it over black, and apparently my pointer and ring finger didn't shatter as much as the ring and the pinky. I think it was because I didn't wait for the polish to dry first.


Opal Texture is an iridescent opal shatter. I did it over black, and the opal turns out to be purple. Seems fun to play around with. But once again it doesn't look dense enough. At this point I was a little frustrated with the texture polishes so I also didn't wait long enough for the base polish to dry.

I did swatches on a nail wheel and they actually looked better on the nail wheel than it did on my own nails. Especially Opal Texture


Left to Right: Aquamarine Texture, Amethyst Texture, Quartz Texture, and Opal Texture.

I wasn't pleased with this collection. In the bottle they look amazing, but on the nail not really. Glitter shatters seems hard to master since glitters are not dense. Maybe these need to be extremely thick for the glitters to look good. I even tried doing two coats of each but it didn't even shatter, and just covered the entire nail. The only one I did like was Opal Texture. It will probably look good over white, and a dark purple polish.

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

(These were sent to me for review)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

OPI New York City Ballet SoftShades Collection 2012

Today I have OPI's New York City Ballet collection to share with you guys. This collection was made for their Soft Shades colors. It consists of 5 sheers, and one glitter. I thought these were gonna be some boring sheer shades, but I was completely wrong. They are sheer indeed, but they are definitely not boring. They have a jelly finish! Jellies!


Don't Touch My Tutu! is a sheer white. 3 coats


You Callin' Me a Lyre? is a sheer pink. 3 coats


Barre My Soul is a sheer beige. 3 coats


Care To Danse? is a sheer lilac. 3 coats


My Pointe Exactly is a sheer gray. This was 3 coats, could've used another coat!

Aside from the gorgeous 5 sheer shades, this collection also came with a very, very pretty silver glitter with sheer white hex glitter. And over the sheer polishes it just looks so elegant and sweet I would say. Something about it makes me love it very much. Have a look:


Pirouette My Whistle over Don't Touch My Tutu


Pirouette My Whistle over You Callin' Me a Lyre?


Pirouette My Whistle over Barre My Soul


Pirouette My Whistle over Care to Danse?


Pirouette My Whistle over My Pointe Exactly

Since these were sheer, they weren't too hard to apply. But that's also because the formula was pretty good. All of them were done in three coats, and still visible nail line. If you have the patience, maybe it will be opaque in four or five coats. What surprised me about this collection is that they turned out to be jellies. And I absolutely LOVE jellies. So you can tell that I am very pleased with this collection. My favorite is the glitter, it's just so sparkly and gorgeous, it's subtle and not POW! in your face type of glitter. I can see me wearing these for work! I also love My Pointe Exactly, because it's a sheer grey jelly! It looks so unique and I don't think I have anything similar in my collection.

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

(These were sent to me for review)

Monday, March 26, 2012

Nicole by OPI Wel-Kim to My World Collection

Hey everyone! I know it's been a long time since I've posted. But for those who liked my FaceBook page knows that I broke my nail really bad and wasn't able to swatch for a bit. Well it grew out a little enough to do some watches, but it's still a little ugly looking so I hope you guys don't mind!

So today I have Nicole by OPI's Wel-Kim to My World Collection to share. It's part of the Kardashian Kolors. This collection consists of six new colors; one of them is a glitter. Let's have a look.


Others Pale by Kim-parison is a very pale pink creme. 3 coats


Kim Konfidential is a peachy nude creme. 3 coats. This color nude didn't really suit my skin tone.


Nothing Kim-pares to Blue is a periwinkle blue with hints of silver shimmer. 3 coats


Up & Kim-ing Pink is a bubble gum pink creme. 2 coats. Very similar to OPI's Pink Friday from the Nicki Minaj collection.


Here Kim's the Sun over black. It's a mixture of gold, blue, green glitters in a clear base.


Lights, Kim-era Action! is a pearl finish with green and pink flashes. Super gorgeous. 3 coats. I will be playing around with this one a lot, layering it over other colors to see the outcome!

The color for this collection were interesting. The only one not in my favor was Kim Konfidential, but that's only because that nude didn't suit my skin tone. Other than that I enjoyed all the other colors. Lights, Kim-era Action! happens to my favorite. I just love the flash of green in it. Here Kim's the Sun is also a nice glitter to layer over with.

The formula were good. They weren't thick or thin, and applied very smoothly. The only one I had trouble with was Others Pale by Kim-Parison. It didn't apply evenly, but after the third coat it was pretty smooth. Overall, I am satisfied with this collection. These are available at various retailers including CVS, Ulta, and Sears for $7.99 per bottle.

What do you guys think of this collection? Are we sick and tired of hearing Kim Kardashian all over the place? lol

(These were sent to me for review)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

Nail Art: Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy St. Patrick's Day for all those who celebrate it! Don't get too drunk today!

I decided to do a simple nail art with the four leaf clover. I was going to use a Konad plate for it, but the four leaf clover seem a bit to small; so I did it free hand.



Polishes used
- Illamasqua Milf (as base)
- Konad Special Polish in Green to draw the four leaf clover
- Burst Crackle in Rolling Hills for the ring finger
- China Glaze Medallion to blot gold glitters over the four leaf clover

I think it turned out pretty good minus a few imperfections of the clover leaves. I hope you guys like it!

That's all I have for today!

Zoya Beach & Surf Preview



New nail color - coming soon to a salon near you and Zoya.com!

Summer 2012 is going to be a super stylish season for nails with the latest offering of nail polish collections, Beach and Surf, from the new color of fashion, Zoya! This new splash of color, designed by the Zoya color experts, is kissed by sea and sand translating beautifully onto the nail in the famous, full-coverage Zoya formula.

Dive into the creamy shades of the Zoya Beach Collection or the shimmering sea foils of the Zoya Surf Collection. The choice is yours – this color palette is sure to be a splash!

Zoya BEACH Collection
  • Reagan (ZP614) - deep cerise pink cream
  • Lara (ZP615) - vivid cerise pink cream
  • Shelby (ZP616) - soft pinky pink cream
  • Arizona (ZP617) - soft coral orange cream
  • Tracie (ZP618) - sea grass metallic
  • Wednesday (ZP619) - soft aqua cream

Zoya SURF Collection
  • Rory (ZP620) - lotus pink foil metallic
  • Carly (ZP621) - thalia purple foil metallic
  • Kimber (ZP622) - magenta pink foil metallic
  • Myrta (ZP623) - coral orange foil metallic
  • Meg (ZP624) - mermaid green foil metallic
  • Zuza (ZP625) - aquamarine foil metallic

Zoya is the new color of fashion...

The Zoya BEACH and SURF collection was designed and inspired by resort runways and tropical get-a-ways.

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Find Zoya BEACH and SURF as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.

BEACH and SURF by Zoya Nail Polish - 12 new colors:
Available April 1, 2012 (USA)


www.zoya.com

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US).

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

Essie Luxeffects A Cut Above

Hello all! For those who liked my page on Facebook know that I broke two of my nails pretty bad, and can't swatch for awhile. It's been growing little by little, so for the next few posts it'll be on polishes I already swatched beforehand. And today I have Essie's Luxeffects A Cut Above to share with you guys. It was the only one I bought from the collection, as it was the only one that seem unique to me. All the other ones seem a bit dupeable, so I decided to pass on it and save some money!



I couldn't decide to do it over black or white, so I decided to do it on both on alternating fingers, and I really liked the outcome!


A Cut Above is a gorgeous pink glitter with big hex glitters and smaller glitters in a clear base. Here is one coat over black and white.



And here's a picture of the alternating colors for each finger!

The glitter applied easily over each nail, and in probably 3-4 coats, you'll probably get full coverage. I tend to only see this type of rosey pink glitter polishes. I really want to see a bright hot pink glitter. That will probably be gorgeous!

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

Thursday, March 8, 2012

China Glaze Blue Sparrow

Hello all! Today I have an oldie to share with you guys. It's China Glaze's Blue Sparrow from their Summer 2008 INK collection. I was browsing around Sally Beauty one day and looked around China Glaze just to see if they have any old interesting colors I might look and Blue Sparrow caught my eyes. I purchased without even thinking if I even have this color at home. To my luck, I don't. How did I miss this?!





Blue Sparrow is a royal blue with light blue glitters. 3 coats.

At the bottom of the bottle, it states the name with neon in parenthesis. It definitely is considered a neon since it dried matte and with a gritty feel to it. One top coat of Seche Vite fixed the grittiness and made this polish super shiny.

The formula was pretty good, and since this was a neon, it dried pretty fast. I didn't have any issues with this polish.

That's all for today! What do you guys think of Blue Sparrow??

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Essie Go Overboard and Armed & Ready Swatches/Review

Today I have two Essie's from the Go Overboard collection to share with you guys. I haven't done Essie reviews in awhile, it feels like I've missed them; in which I do, but I just wasn't impressed with their previous collections. I just didn't feel like splurging my wallet for colors I didn't really like. But! They finally did some colors that caught my attention!


Go Overboard is a gorgeous teal blue creme. 2 coats. It was pretty opaque in one coat, but I did two to even it out.


Armed & Ready is a stunning dark army green with golden shimmers, which makes it quite olive like. It reminded me a little of Estee Lauder's Metallic Sage. They are definitely not dupes, though very similar. Metallic Sage has a more olive green to it, while Armed & Ready has a dirty green look to it. Both with the same golden shimmer!

The formulas were pretty good. They both applied flawlessly with no problems at all. I was able to find these at Macy's for $8.00 a bottle. And I've been seeing them around Duane Reade and Sears for the same price.

Well, that's all for today. What do you guys think of these two?

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Nail Art: White and Red Hearts over Pink

Happy Sunday! Today I have a nail art to share with you guys. I was supposed to show this to you guys on Valentine's Day as this was my V-Day mani lol but apparently I've been so busy and seem to totally forgot about it. I saw browsing Etsy one day and saw these nail art tips for sale and decided to try it on my nails to see how it would look like!



Polishes Used
  • OPI Pink Friday (base)
  • Color Club Art Club in White
  • Color Club Art Club in Red
  • Color Club Art Club in Black
  • Color Club Limited Edition Pink Glitter over everything

I drew each heart free hand, and dotted a few black, white, and pink dots to it. I didn't like how some marks were smudged :( but it's OK, I guess it adds character to it haha.

Well that's all I have for today, what do you guys think of it?

Friday, March 2, 2012

HITS Flake Polish Lambada

OK, so I have one more HITS brand nail polish to share with you guys today, and it's from their flake polishes collection. Since I was satisfied with Finger Paints Special Effects, I've decided to give Lambada a chance since it seems like I didn't have anything quite similar to it from the swatches I've seen. I've tried to capture as many pictures as I can for the color changes in the flakies. Lambada was extremely hard to capture through camera.




Lambada is a orange, goldish yellow, green, and a little blue flakie. Here's one coat over black.




Here you can see a little bit of the blue.







Since this was a top coat, I can't really judge much on the formula. It did apply pretty well over black, and only require one coat for a nail full of flakies. Am I getting sick of flakies yet? I'm not quite sure, I still want to see some extreme flakies though. But to me, they will all be quite similar to each other, so that will be quite tough. I guess what I'm aiming for is a purple, green, and red flakies that can be seen over black polish. I'm not talking about flakies with red base in it, looking for a clear base. Maybe my dream will come true!

Again, this is available at llarowe's for $8.00 a bottle. There are many other flakies to choose from, but Lambada was the only one that caught my eyes.

Are you guys sick of flakies yet or do you want to see more of it this year?