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!
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.)
This fall, Zoya has released a trio collection of sheer, gloss polishes. Each polish is a sheer jelly but builds in color intensity and opaqueness with each coat. Let’s have a look, shall we?
Paloma. Probably my favorite of the three. It’s a bright raspberry jelly that’s very sheer and streaky with one coat but the builds color with each additional coat. This shown here is three coats. As you can tell it’s still pretty sheer but the streakyness have evened out with additional coats. I don’t think I’d ever wear this polish alone like this just because it’s so sheer but the sheer, glossy quality makes it great to use to gradient/syrup manis as well as layering polishes between and making jelly sanwiche manis.
Frida. A dark jelly turquoise that’s still fairly sheer and streaky with three coats. I’m not sure why Frida didn’t even out as well as Paloma with additional coats but I think in order for this polish to look good (ie. not streaky) you’d have to either do a gradient or a jelly sandwich mani with it because alone it just looks so uneven.
Katherine. Thought Frida applied uneven? Well it does, but Katherine is way worse. This here is also three coats and to me it looks like a hot mess. Katherine is a dark plum jelly that unfortunately applies streaky as hell. This, I could never wear alone. It just looks like… I don’t even know.
But not all hope is lost, even though I’m not a huge fan of these polishes worn alone, no matter how many coats you may use, they are amazing to use for jelly sandwich manis. Have a look below.
Three coats of Paloma, one coat of Dare To Wear Techno Beat, topped with one coat o Paloma.
Three coats of Frida, one coat of NYX Girls Aqua Glitter, topped with one coat of Frida.
Three coats of Katherine, one coat on a fuchsia jelly filled with holo glitter no name Snowman polish, topped with one coat of Katherine.
So even though I’m not really digging how these polishes look worn alone, they look bomb when layered to make sandwich manis. I have yet to try using them for a syrup mani but I’ll probably try soon and report back on how that all works out. Bottom line, if you like gradient or jelly sandwich manis, you need these.
The Zoya NYFW Gloss Collection is now available on Zoya.com
(These products were sent to me for review.)
So while I was in Europe I picked up a bottle or two… or ten… of nail polish, and in Spain I was happily surprised to find that their H&M’s still carry polish. Two lines of polish to be exact. And the US stores no longer even carry one line. What a load of bull. Anyways, this is one of the polishes I picked up during my trip on the other side of the pond, in España. Behold Fantasy Ocean. It’s a slightly frosty turquoise-teal filled with tiny gold shimmer. It’s not really unique by any standards but I still like it. And it’s from Spain. And H&M’s there sell polish. And mine doesn’t. And that upsets me.
P.S. If I’m wrong and you live in the US and your H&M sells polish (and I’m not talking about those shitty no-name piece of crap minis) please inform and correct me cause I’ve checked multiples locations in San Diego, LA and New York and no H&M I’ve walked into in any of said cities carry polish. What is going on in the world of H&M??! I’d like to know.
First things first. These pictures are not at all color accurate. OPI Fly will not capture at all on camera. It’s such a sad story. In real life Fly is a somewhat bright, darkened turquoise jelly. It’s not at all the bright sky blue you see here… it’s much prettier in person. I topped off Fly with a glitter gradient using OPI Rainbow Connection. I love me some glitter gradients.
Hey guys! Long time, no post. I’m still pretty sick but since I was gone on vacation all last week I decided I needed to get my ass up and make a post regardless. Today I’m sharing with you a polish from the somewhat new polish line called Spoiled that is mby Wet n Wild. I saw a huge display of these polishes for the first time about 3 months ago at CVS, got really excited and then noticed a lot of them looked like Sinful polish dupes. Oh well I guess. That’s what you get for $2 drug store polish. I did pick up a few Spolied polishes though about a month or so when they went on sale for BOGO50% and this is one of the shades I bought. This is Spoiled Deeper Dive. It’s a bright yet somewhat deep turquoise jelly filled with tons of flake glitter. This polish reminds me a lot of Zoya Charla. I haven’t done a side by side comparison of the two but I think they’re pretty close. Deeper Dive may be a touch bluer (though it does appear more blue in the pictures than it is in rela life). It’s a really pretty polish and perfect for summer. This is two coats.
Hey guys! Happy Monday! Sorry I went all weekend without posting. My server has been acting up and having issues since Friday morning. Supposedly there was something wrong on the server’s back end… a bunch of mumbo jumbo I don’t understand. But anyways, I’m back now and I have brand new limited edition Nicole by OPI Texture polishes to share with you! I have swatched all these polishes over 4 different colors so you can’t see how they look over lighter vs. darker polishes as well as different finishes. Behold.
Amethyst Shatter. Over: China Glaze Millennium, Nicole by OPI That’s Totally Red-ical, Zoya Carly, Wet n Wild Black Creme. Amethyst Shatter is a fine light purple glitter in a clean base that is supposed to shatter. For some reason, this polish really didn’t shatter too much for me and I am unsure why. Possibly because it’s a glitter or because the glitter is not dense enough in the clear base.
Aquamarine Shatter. Over: China Glaze Millennium, China Glaze Sexy In The City, Color Club New Bohemian, Wet n Wild Black Creme. Amethyst Texture is the light blue version of Amethyst Texture. Again, I had problems with the polish actually shattering but even more so in the case. Aquamaine Texture barely shattered at all for me.
Quartz Texture. Over: Wet n Wild French White creme, Wet n Wild Black Creme, Color Club Shabby Drab, Color Club Rad Nomad. It’s a light silvery purple-quartz shimmer that shatters. I actually quite like this some because of the shimmer. In the sun you can see tiny rainbow sparkles that light up. The shatter effect of this polish is much better than the previous two polishes, as you can see.
Opal Texture. My favorite of the bunch. Over: China Glaze Senorita Bonita, Nicole by OPI Great Minds Pink Alike, Wet n Wild Black Creme, China Glaze Peachy Keen. It’s a sheer polish filled with iridescent flecks that change from light purple to pink to gold to orange. This polish really is stunning ion the bottle and on the nail too, if worn over the right base layer. Obviously out of the four polishes I layered Opal Texture over it looks best layered over black (well at least in my opinion) because it shows up the best. It barely shows up at all over Senorita Bonita, most likely because the iridescent shimmer in Opal Texture matches the iridescent shimmer in the base polish so it sort of just blend in. I’ll have to try layering Opal Texture over more dark polishes to find other pretty layering combos.
These polishes are available for a limited time only and are currently on shelves.
(These products were sent to me for review.)