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.
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.)
Right now I’m pretty embarrassed to mention that I’ve had this collection swatched for a month now. A month exactly. I know cause I just checked the date the images were uploaded to my computer. The 17th of October. It is now the 17th of November. I’m terrible, I know. So without further adieu, here are the swatches from the OPI Holiday 2012 Skyfall collection, inspired by the new James Bond film… Skyfall. Bet you didn’t see the one coming.
Moonraker. A light frosty, silver-shifting-gunmetal metallic. It appears very light silver when you look at it head on but around the edges it darkens quite a lot into a medium toned gunmetal silver. It’s a bit frosty and brush stroke-y so you have to be careful on application. This is two coats.
The Living Daylights. A clear polish sparsely filled with large hex glitter in light gold, teal, silver and peachy-rose gold. This here is two coats and you can see how sparse the glitter is. This is clearly meant to be layered over another polish rather than being worn alone over bare nails.
The World Is Not Enough. A brownish-grey-taupe with rose and gold shimmer. It’s hard to describe this color. It looks more brown/taupe in some lighting and more silver-grey in others but then the gold and rose shimmer in it is heavy and very apparent and shifts the color too… it’s very odd and very unique but I quite like it. I own nothing at all similar to this polish. My only qualm is that it’s on the sheer side. This is three thick coats.
Live And Let Die. A dark blackened forest green creme with gold fleck glitter. I swear this polish is so… weird… or something. It’s like, a creme but the fleck glitter still shows through so much when normally creme polishes hide and cover up all the glitter from showing through. It’s so cool. I really like this polish. This is two coats.
On Her Majesty’s Secret Service. A smokey silver jam packed with fleck glitter in gold, blue, light silver and green. It’s like a darker, more silvery version of The World Is Not Enough… same idea. This one is also on the sheer side so it requires three coats.
The Spy Who Loved Me. A bright cherry/apple red with red fleck glitter. This one is seriously so pretty. It’s way prettier in person, I promise. If you love reds, you need this one. This is two coats. Three may have been better but two was sufficient.
Goldeneye. My hands down favorite from the collection… it’s not hard to see why. Goldeneye is a bright, metallic gold fleck polish. It’s hard to describe. It’s like flecks of golden amazeballs. Yeah, bad description. But seriously, this might just take Dazzled By Gold’s place as my favorite gold polish. Just maybe. You need this. No joke. I mean, I love gold polishes so I’m biased… but still. Even if you don’t like gold polish, you still need this one. You’ll thank me later. You’re welcome.
This collection is available now and retails for $8.50 a bottle. Go get em!!!
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Let me just start off by saying that Zoya’s Ornate holiday collection is not only, in my opinion, the best holiday collection of the season but also my favorite collection that’s been released in quite some time. Maybe it’s because they’re so much holo glitter. Maybe it’s because it’s holo glitter inside a jelly! Maybe it’s because there’s holo glitter inside of jelly polishes and it’s Zoya’s first ever release of holo polish and they hit the nail on the head!! Okay, okay, enough rambling and onto the swatches!
Ziv. (not holographic, but just wait…) A light gold foil polish with different sizes and shapes of foil flakes in light gold, silver-gold and darker warm-gold. I am such a huge fan of gold polishes and this one is really, really pretty. The variation in colors and shapes of the flecks is really pretty. Of you’re a fan of gold, you need this polish. I promise. And actually, you need this whole collection. Just saying. ….This is two coats.
Logan. A dark and vibrant evergreen base filled with gold foil flakes that shift from gold to green to even blue (at an extreme angles). This one is really, really, really pretty. It’s going on this list of my favorite greens. It reminds me a lot of Orly Meet Me Under The Mistletoe… but better. This is two coats.
Blaze. A rich red-berry jelly filled with holo glitter. HOLO GLITTER! RED HOLO GLITTER!!! This polish is really pretty. Like, really, really pretty. The red jelly base tints the holo flecks of glitter to make them appear mostly red and iridescent purple. It reminds me of ULTA Bombshell (which is clearly pretty different yet the most similar polish in my collection) but with a deeper base that leans more berry, and smaller flecks of holo glitter compared to Bombshell’s larger pieces of square holo glitter. Out of the two, I prefer Blaze. This is two coats.
Aurora. Let me start off by saying that for these pictures I only applied two coats. It looked fine in real life but according to the pictures, this polish would clearly look better having applied three coats. Don’t hold the slight sheerness and streaky-ness against the polish. It was my fault, not hte polish’s. Aurora is a fuchsia-purple jelly filled with tons of holo flecks of glitter. I think the holo glitter in this is more dense than it is in the other two holo polishes, making for a more intense holo. It’s really very pretty.
Storm. My hands down favorite from the collection. I’ve been wanting a black holo polish for basically forever and for a long time Color Club Revvvolution was the closest I had. Then while I was in London over the summer, I picked up Barry M Black Multi Glitter which is also a black jelly base filled with holo glitter. However, Barry M Black Multi Glitter was a let down. The holo barely showed through the black base. Fortunately, Zoya Storm is everything and more than I hoped Black Mutli Glitter Would be. Storm is a dense black jelly base filled with holo flecks of glitter. Out of the three holo polishes, Storm seems to have the least amount of holo glitter. Honestly, there is still a ton of holo glitter in this baby though so my no means is this polish lacking or on the dull side of holo. This is two coats. If you’re only going to pick up one polish from this collection, my suggestion is, let it be this.
Electra. A clear base densely packed with smaller thinner and bigger thicker silver holo bar glitter. It can be worn alone or used for layering but in my opinion, ever=n with one coat it’s a little too dense for layering for my liking. This here is three coats. And though I don’t have any similar polishes in my collection this this reminds me, the name does remind me of something…
I haven’t posted a music video in a while and since I just posted Electra, I figured it’s a good enough excuse to share my favorite song from Marina and the Diamonds’ album Electra Heart. Ayye, ayyye, see what I did there? ;]
(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.
On my recent trip to London I made sure to hunt down every Boots and Superdrug in central London (not to be confused with the City of London or the city named London) to find me some Barry M polishes. Lucky for me, Superdrug was having a sale on Barry M, 3 for £10, so I decided to pick up a few bottles(and then some), including Black Multi Glitter. Black Multi Glitter is a black jelly base filled with small silver holo glitter. In the bottle you can see that the holo glitter is quite apparent however, it doesn’t really show up too well on the nail. If only the black base weren’t so dark I think this polish would have better presentation. Shown here is thee coats. I’m thinking that possibly wearing one coat over a solid creme like Wet n Wild Black creme would help the glitter to show through more. Or even lightly swiping acetone over the top to take off a bit of the black base so that the glitter can better shine through. I like this polish but I’m slightly disappointed it didn’t live up to my super-holographic expectations. But in life, when disappointing polishes come along you must find a way to make them better… so I added a stamped image and more holo glitter on top….