Thursday, May 31, 2012

Essie Toms Barefoot in Blue

Hey everyone! Today I have a special polish from Essie called Barefoot in Blue. About a month ago, there was a contest with Essie and Toms to win this special edition polish and I was lucky enough to win one. Barefoot in Blue is a promotion for Toms campaign Go Barefoot. I've always wanted to try Toms brand shoes but never got the chance to because I heard their sizes are a little off, but I love the fact that if you buy one shoe, they give another pair to someone in need!

I did wear Barefoot in Blue on my toes and it was too pretty to not be on my nails as well.


Barefoot in Blue is a cornflower blue creme. 2 coats

I was quite surprised that I won this polish because it just showed up in my mail box! And I'm happy that I've won a bottle because this is such a gorgeous blue, and is perfect for Spring and Summer; not to mention this polish can't be purchased anywhere (correct me if I'm wrong)

Well that's all I have for today, I hope you guys enjoy the rest of your day!


Wednesday, May 23, 2012

Layla Hologram Effect Polishes

Hey everyone! Today is a very special day!! It is my 25th birthday today! So since I'm a huge lover for holo polishes, I decided to do my review on Layla's Hologram polishes! I was super excited to get these because they are true holo polishes. I ordered these from aveyou.com for $15.50 a bottle. It's a bit pricey but totally worth it, in which you will see. There are sometimes coupons for aveyou.com as well so you should google some coupons before buying. I took these under fluorescent light and under direct sunlight.


Mercury Twilight is a silver holo.3 coats. SOOO beautiful!! 


Coral Glam is a peachy coral holo. 3 coats. Seriously... look at that holo...


Retro Pink is a light pink holo. 3 coats.


Ultra Violet is a purple holo. 3 coats. Probably my favorite of the bunch! 


Jade Grove is a light green holo. 3 coats. A little similar to Nfu-Oh's 66.


Mermaid Spell is a light blue holo. 3 coats.


Ocean Rush is an ocean blue holo. 3 coats.


Flash Black is a black holo. 3 coats. OK I know I said Ultra Violet was my favorite, but actually this one is my favorite. It's a black holo but the holo effect is insane on this one.

The formula for these were pretty good. I did test out different base coats for them and noticed there's a slight difference during application. When put over Nfu-Oh's aqua base coat, they applied very well without any 'balding', whereas when I used my regular OPI base coat, there were some balding even when the base coat was completely dry. So for easier application, it's best to use a water base base coat.

I didn't care how much these costs me, because they were so well worth the money. It is RARE for us to see TRUE holos nowadays, that's why I am super happy to own these!

What do you guys think of these?!

Monday, May 21, 2012

Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Jewel Overcoat

Happy Monday everyone!! Today I have the new Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Jewel Overcoats to share with you. Well I only bought two of the four. I was able to track these down at Rite Aid and Duane Reade when they came out. I know I'm very late on posting these :( I don't really remember the price I paid for these but it was somewhere between $5-$6.

White Veil is a white glitter with gold hex glitter in a clear base. Here I did 2 coats over OPI Do You 'Ear About Van Gogh? I find this one to be the most unique of the jewel overcoats. I wish the white glitters showed up as pure white instead of a light gray on this polish.

Multi-Faceted is a chunky black, silver, and holographic hex glitters. It was really hard deciding what color to do this over with, and I finally settled down with a baby blue as a base. Here was 2 coats. It was a little hard to have the glitters all spread out over the nails, that is why you see empty parts without glitter.

It's very rare to see black glitters, that's why I was really excited to get this one. It's the bigger version of my long wanted Nicole by OPI Pitch-Black Glimmer. Do I dare buy it from evilBay? I can't dish out $30 for it.

Anyways, I'm satisfied with both of these glitters, they didn't disappoint me!

What do you guys think of this?

Sunday, May 20, 2012

China Glaze Some Like it Haute and Marry a Millionaire

Oh no, it's Sunday.. that means the weekend is almost over :( Anyways I have a really late posts today. I have two polishes from the China Glaze Eye Candy collection. It was the only two I bought from the collection because after seeing swatches for them, the others didn't really capture my attention.

Some Like it Haute is a graphite gray glitter based with holographic glitters. 3 coats. This one is quite interesting, I love the gray glitter and then the holographic glitters just adds the right amount of spark to it.

Marry a Millionaire is a purple glitter with holographic bar glitters. 4 coats. I love the holographic bar glitters on this one, I just wished it was more opaque instead of having such a clear base.

I was a little disappointed with these because I was hoping they were opaqued with like 2 coats, but they needed more. Sometimes I get a little lazy. The formula were a little thick for these, but that's normal for heavy glitters. But it wasn't something too hard to work with. I did like both of them though especially Some Like it Haute. What were your opinions on these?

That is all I have for today, enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

Friday, May 18, 2012

China Glaze Hunger Games Capitol Colours Collection

Happy Friday!! I have a very picture heavy post today. Today I have the China Glaze Hunger Games Capitol Colours collection to share. I still have yet to watch the movie, but I did read the first book and fell in love with it. I'm actually looking forward to the movie whenever I have time for it. Anyways, I was quite excited when I heard China Glaze is making a collection for the Hunger Games.

Foie Gras is a mushroom brown creme. 2 coats.

Dress Me Up is a mocha light brown creme. 2 coats

Stone Cold is a charcoal black matte with silver shimmer. 2 coats

Fast Track is a light taupe creme base with gold shimmers. 2 coats. Absolutely love this one.

Hook and Line is a frosty light gray. 2 coats. Oh my, how unique and interesting is THIS one?!

Harvest Moon is a metallic copper shimmer. 2 coats. Another gorgeous color.

Mahogany Magic is a medium brown creme and it kind of reminds me those Werther's caramel hard candy. Yum..

Argo is an olive green shimmer. 2 coats. 

Riveting is a fiery orange red with gold shimmers. 2 coats. It has a slight jelly finish. This one is beautiful!

Smoke and Ashes is a black base with blue and green shimmers. 2 coats. I love the green and blue shimmers in it.

Electrify is a mixture of gold and red glitters. 3 coats. Such an interesting glitter combination. This would be perfect for Chinese New Year lol

Electrify over Mahogany Magic

There's also a top coat called Luxe and Lush which is a chunky flake glitter in a clear base. I did it over a few polishes, which you can see below.

Luxe and Lush over Foie Gras

Luxe and Lush over Dress Me Up

Luxe and Lush over Stone Cold, you can see how shimmery Stone Cold is!

Luxe and Lush over Hook and Line

The formula for these were very good. They all applied very nicely and smoothly. I had so much fun wearing these. I can't really pick a favorite because there are so many gorgeous colors and so unique. I'm getting a headache just trying to think of one I like most of the rest. I guess they are all my favorites then haha

I ordered these from Victoria's Nail Supply and it was totally worth the money. What do you ladies think of this collection?

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

China Glaze Magnetix Collection

Hey everyone, today I have China Glaze's Magnetix collection to share with you guys. This will be the second time I'm trying magnetic polishes, so please forgive the sloppiness of each! I've tried my best to perfect it but it seems that the magnet wasn't really as strong as the Color Club one I've tried. Well let's first take a look at the magnet.

 Front of the magnet shows the designs. There's a star, arrow like and diagonal lines.

And here is the back of the magnet. It's a bit hard to hold against the nails without holding too close.

Now let's have a look at the swatches.

Pull Me Close is a dark navy blue. I did this with the star design and as you can see it didn't really turn out great. I think the problem for me is because my nails are super curved and not flat.

It did turn out nicely on my thumb, being that my thumb is the 'flattest' nail I have.

Attraction is a charcoal gray black. Here is done with the diagonal design. 

Instant Chemistry is a dark fuchsia shimmer. Here is done with arrow design.

You Move Me is a gold shimmer, and I have star design with it. For some odd reason I kept redoing this one, I even waited a bit before doing the magnet, but it seems like it spreads the polishes really far apart.

Drawn to You is a light purple shimmer. Here is done with diagonal design. I think this one turned out the prettiest.

Cling On is an olive green shimmer. Here done with I think arrow design. Man I don't know what's with this one and You Move Me. Believe me I've attempted it about 10 times, and the results were the same. Waiting a little didn't work, putting the magnet further didn't work. I really don't know why it turned out like that! It was a bit frustrating, but in the end I gave up.

The formula for these were pretty good! They applied very smoothly and I did two coats for each. I did these one by one. There were a few that turned out nice and then the other few was quite disastrous. The colors are really good too as I've been noticing a lot of similar magnetic polishes. I bought these from Sally when they had the deal of buying two magnetic polishes and getting the magnet free.

I don't know if I will be willing to try magnetic polishes again. I don't have much success with them. Not having a steady hand might be the problem as well.

Well this is all I have for today, what do you guys think of the magnetic polishes? Happy that it's trending?

Monday, May 14, 2012

Nicole by OPI Three Walmart Exclusives

Today I have three Walmart Exclusives from Nicole by OPI to share with you guys. Nicole by OPI has came out with a lot of new colors for Spring, I wonder if that will be the same for Summer!


The Gold Shoulder is a shimmery silver/gold. Not quite silver and not quite gold. 2 coats

Best Pink Ever is a fuchsia shimmer. 2 coats. I should've done 3 coats, since there my nails are still visible.

 Fabulous is My Middle Name is a pink, gold, blue, silver mixture of bar glitter and microglitter. This was 4 coats. Still not full coverage. This is probably best as a top coat.

Surely these colors are not interesting at all. But I do like the bar glitters. I'm starting to see a lot more of those in recent collections, and I'm very happy about that. I really like bar glitters! The formula for these were pretty good, applied with no issues.

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

(These were sent to me for review)


Saturday, May 12, 2012

Illamasqua Human Fundamentalism Nail Lacquers

Hey everyone! Aren't we glad the weekend is finally here? I sure am!

Today I have Illamasqua's Human Fundamentalism nail lacquers to share with you guys. It consists of two of my favorite colors, a green and a purple. Therefore I definitely had to buy this once it was available at Sephora. Before I show you swatches, I want to say that my pictures does the polishes no justice, and these definitely need to be seen in person to enjoy the beauty of them.

Stance is a bright fuchsia violet creme with a slight jelly finish. 3 coats. I wanted to say this is a neon purple as most neon purples look like that but this one is super shiny. One of my co-workers thought it was a gel manicure. 

 Nomad is a light green creme. Illamasqua describes this color as a Jade, and it definitely does remind me of jade green. This was 2 coats. It was also super shiny!

 
After seeing the promo picture, I couldn't help but try to do the nail art, but in a different way. Instead of doing free hand to have the edges show some green too I used nail tip guide stickers to just make a some what moon design. I still like the way it turned out and the combination of the two colors!


The formula for both of these were excellent. Nomad was actually opaque in one coat, but I did two to even it out. As for Stance, since it had a slight jelly like finish, it was a bit sheer with just 1 coat. Under two thin coats there were some visible nail line, so I settled down with three. I love both of them and they were well worth the money to me. These are available at sephora.com and retials for $14 per bottle.

What do you guys think of these two?