Hey everyone! Sorry I’ve been MIA and not posting for the past month. I was swamped with packing and moving and doing last minute things before leaving San Diego and since I’ve been in NYC I’ve been busy settling in and trying to find a job but now that I’m pretty much settled and employed, I hope to be back to posting more.
So here’s a polish I fond in SD at Urban Outfitters and wanted sooo badly but didn’t buy it cause I already had too many things & nail polishes to pack so while shopping a few days ago in SoHo I picked it up…
Urban Outfitters Chilly. It’s a clear base that’s fairly densely packed with small light cobalt blue glitter, medium fuchsia-purple hex glitter and large silver hologram hex glitter. Even after three coats it still has some VNL , but it’s more apparent in pictures than it is IRL. Maybe next time I would try it layered over another polish… like a light silver chrome. Overall I really like it and for 2 polishes for $8 it’s pretty affordable.
Little late on this post but better late than never! I took these pictures ages ago and have yet to post them so here they are… finally!
A Butterfly Moment. A light peachy pink with frosty gold shimmer. I honestly thought I would hate this polish… it looks sooo boring and way too frosty in the bottle but on, it’s actually very soft, feminine and flattering. And the frostiness? It’s actually really not bad at all. I’m a fan!
Pink Yet Lavender (over A Butterfly Moment). What a heck of a name this is. And on top of it, it’s really only pink, not lavender at all. Soooo I’m not really getting it..? Anyways, it’s a slightly pink/lavender(?) tinged clear base filled with large light pink hex glitter and small square holo glitter. I don’t think I would really like it alone which is why I topped it over A Butterfly Moment but it is pretty dense I suppose. This is just one coat.
Sprung. A warm copper-bronze with gold and rose gold shimmer. This reminds me of a mix between OPI Pros and Bronze & Warm An Fozzie. It’s very pretty and probably my second favorite of the collection.
These last four polishes all have the sand finish without top coat. The last picture of each of the sand polishes have top coat on top. I prefer them all without top coat, just for reference.
Can’t Let Go. A royal purple that’s slightly blue filled with large purple hex glitter and tons of micro glitter.
Stay The Night. My FAVORITE of the collection. Its filled with small red glitter. I love, love, love this polish. Now, this may be a really weird statement, but I think this polish is even prettier on days two and three. Why? Because something happens with the red glitter.. maybe it flakes off or something? I have no clue. But some of the red glitter turns silver for some reason that is beyond me and so the polish has mostly red and some sparse silver glitter shimmering. Sounds odd but it’s soooo, soo pretty
Seriously, I was not impressed at all seeing swatches of these sand finish polishes online but they are way prettier in person. Even if you think you don’t need these, I reassure you, YOU DO. You’ll thank me later.
(These products were sent to me for review.)
I did this mani literally like, two months ago and now I’m finally just getting around to sharing it. I’ve been so busy and caught up with life (plus a big move!) that I really haven’t had time to post at all. I’ve been swatching… just not posting unfortunately. So I have a pile up of pictures that need to be posted and so I’m going to try really hard to get everything up in the next few weeks cause come the end of April (right before/during/a while after my move) I’ll probably be so swamped that I won’t be posting for a few weeks. Soooo… here’s the first of the pile up of pictures taken and not yet shared. For this I used Wet n Wild Blackmail as the base then used OPI What’s Dune?, OPI Significant Other Color, Orly Space Cadet, Pure Ice Heart Breaker, Pure Ice Busted, NYX Aqua Glitter and topped it all off with Northern Lights Holograpic Top Coat.
Again, I’m trying to get caught up on posting and swatches of collections but please bare with me and if I stop posting for a while again, just know that it’s just because of my move and being completely swamped with life. Thanks for hanging in there with me, guys!
Hey guys! I know I promised to have this second half posted two days ago… sorry about that. But I have them now! Behold the second half of NOPI’s Selena Gomez collection.
Love Song. A really pretty pastel yet bright lilac purple. There’s some very subtle hidden shimmer in this polishes but it’s pretty much impossible to see in real life so I’m gonna go ahead and consider this a creme. Very, very pretty and perfect for spring. I also own nothing similar in my collection which is nice to have such a unique shade of purple. Perfect formula and three coats for full coverage.
Naturally. A bubble gum pink creme with ever so subtle silver shimmer. It’s so hard to tell that there’s shimmer there in real life and in pictures so like Selena and Love Song, despite the fact that it’s technically a shimmer, I consider it a creme for all intensive purposes. This was three coats.
Pretty In Plum. A really red toned purple shimmer. This just isn’t my color. It’s nice but there’s really nothing very exciting about it. It leaves me feeling really meeeeeeh. I feel like Selena could have done way better with this one. Nice application and two coats for full coverage.
Inner Sparkle. A clear base filled with large and medium sized light metallic pink hex glitter and small light gold hex glitter. This was three coats and clearly there’s still plenty of nail showing through so I think this would be best used as a top coat.
Sweet Dreams. A clear base filled with large silver hex, medium blue-turquoise hex and small light purple hex glitter. Again this is three coats so I think it would look much better used as a top coat; over a sparkly silver or dark blue maybe.
Confetti Fun. My favorite of the collection. It reminds me a lot of Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday, Milani Gems, and OPI Rainbow Connection but Confetti Fun is not a dupe for any of those. It has multi colored large and medium hex glitter but unlike any other those other rainbow glitter polishes, Confetti Fun is also packed full of tiny multi colored square glitter. The small glitter really adds a lot to this polish and makes it really unique. Plus, this polish is pretty dense so it can be worn all by itself without layering over an opaque polish. I’m wearing it here at three coats and even though you can see VNL in the pictures, it’s not obvious in real life.
These polishes are available now and retail for $7.99 a bottle
(These polishes were sent to me for review.)
Hey all! Contrary to popular belief, I am still alive!! YAY What good news that is!! Now I bet you’re all wondering where the hell have I been. Welllll… I’ve been busy and lazy on top of that is what it all boils down to. All of December my long distance bf was in town and so since I never get to see him I was attaching myself to his hip every minute I could so I really didn’t have time to blog. Since he’s been gone… we’ll I’ve just been super busy with work and lazy. I understand many of you and many other bloggers work full time and still fit stuff in but coming from a part time worker who didn’t even put on pants every day, I’ve been a bit overwhelmed and swamped with working 40 hours a week. By the time I get home (and the sun is down and I have no sunlight to swatch with anyways) I’m spent and on my days off (when I do have sunlight to swatch) I basically just want to sleep all day or go out an have fun. So I do apologize for the extreme lack in posts. Hopefully I’ll be posting more often than I have been but I probably will only keep it to once or twice a week now that I’m working full time and no longer have the time or energy to dedicate to this blog running my life. But I do still enjoy it and I hope you all still enjoy it as well…
Now, onto the Selena Gomez collection for Nicole by OPI’s winter collection. Today I’m sharing the first half of the collection and tomorrow I’ll share the second half.
Selena. A pastel peachy-pink with very subtle shimmer. If you look closely you can see the silver and gold shimmer but for all intesive purposes I’d consider this a creme. It’s very pretty and a perfect pink for spring. This is two coats.
Heavenly Angel. Believe it or not, this is two coats of Heavenly Angel over Selena. In the bottle, it’s so pretty and full of iridescent flakies but the flakies are so sparse in the formula, it just looks bad on the nails. Good idea, bad execution in my opinion.
Kissed At Midnight. A clear base filled with large and small light gold and silver hex glitter. It’s pretty but my only word of advice is to apply thine layers and let the polish almost fully dry before applying the next layer. Clearly you can see the goopey spillage on the edges of some of my nails from applying too thick of coats and the polish leaking over. I like it alone but I think it may look even prettier over a light cold chrome polish. This is three coats.
Hit The Lights. A bright yellow creme. Probably my least favorite polish of the collection just because it’s so… yellow. But if you love yellow or are looking for a true yellow creme, this ones for you. And unlike most yellow polishes which are known for a terrible, streaky, runny formula, Hit The Lights has flawless formula and applies perfectly. Good job on perfecting a yellow polish formula, Nicole. This was three coats but I think I could have probably gotten away with just two.
Scarlett. OMG is this a stunner. This polish is so gorgeous, I can’t even get over it. It’s a like a deep pink raspberry with duochrome glass fleck that mostly appears fuchsia and hot pink but at extreme angles it flashes orange. This is seriously so, so pretty. There are a lot of similar glass fleck raspberry pink polishes out there but I think Scarlett trumps them all. No joke, you need this polish. Even if you don;t think you do, you do. Two coats and perfect application.
Mi Fantasia. Probably the most unique polish in this collection. A clear base filled with tons of small cobalt blue hex glitter and duochrome turquoise-green-yellow bar glitter. This polish has an oceany look to it that’s really pretty and unique. Plus it’s dense enough to wear alone at three coats and the formula isn’t as runny as the other clear based glitter polishes in this collection. I really love this one as well. I think it’s my second favorite in the collection.
Tomorrow I will be posting the second half of the collection so stay tuned
(These products were sent to me for review.)
So I’ve pretty much sucked this year at doing Halloween manis. Sorry about that. I’ve been super busy and have barely even had time to do my nails every few days. This is one of the few I’ve done though. It’s Color Club Total Mystery, a dark, bright purple tinged blue duochrome shimmer that changes from blue to purple to pink, topped with spider and web images from the Bundle Monster plate BM13 using Pure Ice Silver Mercedes.
OMG I keep meaning to post this and… I just keep not posting it. So here’s the first half of the China Glaze Fall 2012 Safari Collection… the Locals set.
Exotic Encounters. A medium teal creme. Not unique or special by any means but it’s nice for fall. This is three coats.
Elephant Walk. Probably my favorite polish from this set. It’s a green tinged light steel grey with subtle silver shimmer in it. The color of this polish really depends on the lighting. Indoors and in darker lighting this polish really looks like a grey toned grunge army-ish green but outdoors in the sun, it looks completely grey. Odd. This is three coats.
Man Hunt. Interesting name. My least favorite of this set of polishes. Not cause it’s a bad polish… I’m just not really into royal blue and the fact that it’s a creme just makes it really blah for me. However, if royal blue cremes is your thing, this polish is for you. Two coats.
Prey Tell. Is it brown? Is it purple? I’m not so sure. It’s a mix of the two I suppose… a very dark and vampy cream mix of the two. It’s kinda sheer and looks streaky with the first two coats so it really is a three coater.
Jungle Queen. My second favorite of this set, though it’s really not very unique either. It reminds my of Chanel Paradoxal and all the other look-alike dupes. It’s a smokey-dusty grey-hazy-purple with bright iridescent purple shimmer in it. In darker lightings it’s hard to see the shimmer but it’s definitely noticeable in the sunlight. Two coats.
This polish is available now. Sorry again for posting is so late in the game. Better late than never I always say.