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.)
Sooo late on posting these but.. whatever. Here’s the second half of the China Glaze Fall 2012 Collection… the Tourist set:
Desert Sun. A butterscotch creme. This is one of those ugly- pretty colors. You either love it or you hate it. And I love it. This is two coats.
Adventure Red-y. A slightly cool toned medium red creme. As far as red cremes go, this isn’t unique by any means but the formula is nice and unlike most red cremes/jellys (which need minimum 3 coats), this one only needed two coats.
I’m Not Lion. Probably my favorite from the collection. It’s a light gold glitter with light gold, champagne, silver, taupe and hologram glitter in it. Not all the glitter in this polish are hologram, only some.. it’s interesting and very different from any other gold holo polishes in my collection. This is three coats for full coverage.
I Herd That. My second favorite of the collection and very similar to I’m Not Lion. I Herd That has gold, copper and hologram glitter in it. It looks much more warm and fall-esque than I’m Not Lion. This is three coats for full coverage.
This Halloween, OPI has released another new collection of four mini polishes paired with matching stickers. This year, the set entitled So So Skullicious includes four mini polishes: Hi, Pumpkin! (a medium orange creme), A Rose From The Dead (a medium rosey pink creme), Morning Glory (black creme) and Candle Light (a slightly sheer yellow jelly) as well as a set of 10 Dia de los Muertos stickers.
The majority of the stickers included (seven to be exact) are skulls, two are flowers and one is a… something. I actually really like this set for Halloween, it’s something completely different than what they’ve done before. This set is available now for a limited time only.
(This set was sent to me for review.)
Sick of the whole crackle nail polish trend? So am I. Or really, so was I. But Pure Ice has done something pretty damn cool and renewed my interest in crackle nail polish with their new line of Vinyl Remix crackle polishes.
Confused by my pictures? The magic that is Pure Ice’s Vinyl Remix polishes is a bit hard to comprehend at first, I must say. Basically, there are four different sets of Pure Ice Vinyl Remix polishes. Rave (orange), DJ Spinner (green), Emcee Me (yellow) and Vintage Remix (purple). Each set consists of one black polish (the crackle) and one white polish (the “Platinum Magic Base Coat” [which in reality is a bit deceiving because is actually the black crackle polishes that perform all the magic, not the white so-called "magic" base coat.]). All four sets look exactly the same besides the colored label on the black crackle polish bottle and the matching colored vinyl shaped nail file that comes along with. You have to wait to see differences in the polishes until you actually apply them on your nails. So how does this whole concept work, you ask? Well, first you apply the white Platinum Magic Base Coat. It doesn’t matter which one from which Vinyl set, all the white polishes are the same; it’s the black ones that differ. The instructions say to apply one coat but I did two. Wait for the polish to completely dry and then with the four different black crackle polishes, apply randomly in steaks. As the black polish starts to crackle over the Platinum Magic Base Coat, you will see the white polish turn either purple, green, yellow or orange depending on which black crackle you applied. The fun part in this is using multiple crackle polishes on each nail to create a multi-colored effect underneath the crackle.
Overall, I really love this concept. It still seems really far fetched and I have a hard time believing that Pure Ice, of all brands, came up with such an amazing and unique concept. It’s easy and fun and pretty hard to replicate any other way. Unless that is, you plan on creating a marbled mani base and then applying black crackle over top. And um, no thanks; that takes way too long in my opinion and I just don’t have the patience to endure such a task. The only downside to this whole Vinyl Remix concept I can think of is the messy-ness the application of applying multiple black crackle nail polishes in different directions, flooding cuticles leaves behind. But!!, if you are the proud owner of a round tipped paint brush used for clean up and a large bottle of 100% acetone, you my friend are in luck and will have no trouble at all cleaning up said mess. At this point I should try to convince you of how awesome this concept is and these polishes are but in all honesty, if the pictures alone haven’t made you shit your kickers, question your eye sight and/or run to the nearest Wal*Mart to get your grabby little hands on these, I don’t think anything else I say will help to convince you. Just saying. These polishes are awesome. And lucky you, the are already out on Wal*Mart shelves! Let’s celebrate!
(These products were sent to me for review.)
Glad so many of you were amused by my post yesterday. My brother told me I was dumb. But I was dying laughing so I made myself post it anyways, hoping some other 90′s souls would find it as funny as I did. So I’m glad it gave you all a good laugh. All nine of you.
And hey!, guess what?! Turns out that Spoiled Did I Dye It Too Blonde is the perfect base layer for a polish that I love, despite it being so sheer, NYX Rainbow Sparkle. I love Rainbow Sparkle but even with like, 4 or 5 coats it’s still super sheer… and I hate that. Sooooo I thought, well, since I already have on a polish with basically the same exact base color, why mot layer Rainbow Sparkle on top?! Why not, indeed. And so I did. This is two coats over 3 layers of DIDITB?. And I must say, it looks much better layered than it does alone. Another perfect summer neon indeed.
Today I’m sharing with you another great polish by Spoiled by Wet n Wild. Did I Dye It Too Blonde? is a neon highlighter yellow jelly that’s just about opaque (opaque enough) in three coats. I have been dying to own a neon highlighter yellow polish for like, two years. Ever since Essie came out with one (I can’t remember the name of it but I do remember that I never ended up finding it for a price I was willing to pay) I’ve been neeeeeeding one. I think Sinful has one that looks similar but from what I’ve heard, it has a terrible formula. Lucky for me, DIDITB? has a pretty good formula. It’s not streaky, not runny, not too thick and it dries with a fairly decent time, which is important when you need three somewhat thick coats. And, I got it on sale… BOGO50%!! These polishes retail for less than two bucks anyways which is cheap. If you need a good highlighter yellow polish (which, trust me, you do) look no further than your local CVS Spoiled display. Can I get a HOOO-RAY!!?
This is three coats of Essie Marshmallow, one coat of Milani Gems, and one more coat of Essie Marshmallow on top. It’s kind of like a nail polish version of Funfetti icing. I did a pink version of this mani for my birthday last year using OPI Bubble Bath and Deborah Lippmann Happy Birthday. I like both versions but I think the pink version had more of a frosting feel… possibly because I prefer strawberry frosting to vanilla.