Friday, October 24, 2014

Dance Legend Different View is a duochrome linear holographic, with holografic flakies

I'm kicking myself for not getting this one sooner.  From the swatches I had seen, I thought that it was greyish green.  Not at all.  Instead, this is blue, leaning to grey in some lights, with a special purple, shining from within; it's like an aurora!

This is exactly what I was talking about last Friday.  Sometimes nail polishes will surprise you.  Although I have found that for Dance Legend, this is almost always the case.

I liked it that this was a perfect two-coater.  The quality and the formula was what I've come to expect from this brand.  It was easy to apply and dried fast.  I love the linear holographic effect, and somehow, even with the flakies, it doesn't look metallic.








Layering Order:
2 coats Dance Legend Different View
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Thursday, October 23, 2014

NailNation Celeb Gift Set

I have wanted this set for a long time, and I am so glad that it now lives in my house.  I wanted to get a good holographic topcoat and Walk of Fame did not disappoint.  I liked how shiny it was and the holographic flame on it.  That being said, I'm still looking for a holographic topcoat that works with whites.  I thought that this one was going to be 'it' since the description said 'grey cancelling", but it did look greyish, when worn over a white creme.  Here, I've paired it with a grey creme too, and I love the effect.  It reminds me of Hits Hefesto, but somehow more sophisticated.

Shine On Me was a bit of a let down, because the base was slightly tinted.  The first time that I tried it, was over a pale baby blue (Nubar Faded Jeans, not shown here), and it changed the color to a greenish aqua.  It has small gold glitters, which really add something special, compared to other gold leaf toppers out there, but I think that they might be the culprit, and might be staining the base (aka bleeding into the base).  I like my toppers clear, so that is why I say that it let me down.  The gold flakies themselves are 24K and look amazing.  However, the yellowish base really limits the options for base colors to pair it with.  Below, I have swatched it over a dark green creme, because that is the way I would wear it.  From now on, I will only wear it over dark colors,

Finally, there is Boardwalk Empire.  This one is certainly worth checking out.  I am not a huge fan of blues, and from the bottle this seemed just ok to me.  But boy oh boy, was I surprised on the very first brush stroke.  This is an amazing cobalt holographic.  It is bright and sort of electrifying.  It is like nothing I have seen before.  I tend to like blues that lean to indigo, otherwise, pure blues just kind of bore me after a while, but not this one!  Even the coveted OPI DS Glamour is completely different to this this shade.

I am really loving NailNation lately.  Maria seems to be on a roll, because she has been launching some really cool collections.  She definitely nailed it with this set.  Boardwalk Empire and the others can be purchased alone.  I highly suggest that blue, even if you are not a blue lover, because swatches do not do it justice.  I tried to capture its awesomeness, but the camera doesn't pick up that 'clean' look that Boardwalk Empire has.





Layering Order:
2 coats MAC Vestral White
1 coat NailNation 3000 Walk of Fame
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Taupe Notch
1 coat NailNation 3000 Walk of Fame
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Boho Chic
1 coat NailNation 3000 Shine On Me
Dior Gel Coat

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Layering Order:
2 coats NailNation 3000 Boardwalk Empire
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Sephora Moon Walk is a Shimmery textured white

I had no idea that this was textured.  When I was at the store I used their little station to sample the tester over the plastic, and simply thought "need this shimmer now", placed it in the basket and walked to the check out registers.

When I got home and tried it, I thought to myself "why!?".  Then I figured, I could just blog about it and use it when I get into textured lacquers.  Maybe swap it or exchange it for another Formula X.  I really don't like textured nail polishes.  This is not the exception.  Although it is stuning in certain lights.  I am really hoping for a 'clean' version of this.






Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy Basecoat
2 coats Sephora Moon Walk
no topcoat in these pictures

Monday, October 20, 2014

Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace with Calavera accent

I have received a few complaints from IRL friends about my blog layout and background, so I decided to change it to a more reader-friendly version.  I take suggestions very seriously, especially coming from the people who I appreciate the most.  So there, I hope Sue and K can read it now =D

Moving on, to this little nail art and nail polish.  I have been trying to 'nail it' with the sugar skulls lately, but I am still practicing.  My nail art skills are not as they used to be, since I haven't been doing it as often.  It really depends on the brush and the time that you put into it, but also on how frequently you practice.  I love free-hand work, and I'm trying to do more on the weekends, when I get free time.

This nail polish seemed appropriate.  If you haven't seen these yet, they have a really nice cap with a skull (a la Dia de los Muertos) on the end or the tip of the cap.  The box is really nice too.  My only problem was the brush.  It is extremely thin.  I wasn't able to tell if the formula was good or not, because the brush wouldn't let me pick up enough nail polish.  I ended up struggling for 3 coats.  The color is gorgeous though, and very shiny.  I'll have to try more from the brand, to see if this was a bad joke, or a bad brush.








Layering Order:
3 coats Urban Decay Pulp Fiction Mrs. Mia Wallace (except rong)
3 coats Mac Vestral White (ring)
Illamasqua Harem & Radium dots (flower eyes)
Illamasqua Poke dots (eyes)
Illamasqua Jo'mina and Dare To Wear Coral Carnation (nose)
Wet & Wild Black Creme and Urban Decay Mrs. Mia Wallace (mouth)
Dior Gel Coat

Friday, October 17, 2014

OPI DS Tourmaline and Barry M Green Berry are two nail polishes that prove that sometimes things are not what they seem

Although I have been blogging and taking pics for several years now, I still find it difficult to decide what I need to buy.  The more I see, the less I know.  Sometimes I look up swatches of something just to help me decide, I'm sure you guys do it too, and that's probably why you are here today.  However, I can tell you that pictures can be unintentionally deceiving.

These two nail polishes are the perfect example of the discrepancies between photos and reality.  On one hand, we have the OPI, looking so dull, like a regular obnoxious barbie pink, perhaps.  It seems a bit chunky and "dupable".  In reality, it is one of the most sparkly beauties I've seen.  Unique in my stash.  Not only is it packed with gorgeous iridescent glitters, but it has tons of shimmer.  The color is not at all like in these pictures.

On the other hand, we have this Barry M, which looks fabulous and perfectly bright in the pictures below.  Magical, like the coveted Tiffany blue.  In real life, it looks like a neon green, and it resembles nothing to a robin egg blue.  It feels like it is one of those colors that looks different on different skin tonoes, and on mine it is just ok.

One of the reasons why constantly buy nail polish, is because I need to try them for myself and see if I am missing out or not.  Also, if they work with my skin tone or not.  So what I'm getting at, is that, there is no need to feel guilty for buying too many reds or too many blues, etc.  In my case, searching for the holy grail of purples is the most amusing part of collecting nail polish.  I know that I will never find it, but the thrill of the hunt is half the fun.

At the risk of sounding like an enabler, I have to say that, trying out nail polishes on your nails, is always the best way to find out if you like it or not.  Even as a Blogger, and knowing how pictures can be, I still have a hard time restraining myself from buying all of the pretty nail polishes out there!






Layering Order:
2 coats OPI DS Tourmaline
1 coat Poshe Fast Drying Basecoat
no topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barry M Gelly Green Berry
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Thursday, October 16, 2014

Barielle Me Couture Collection for Fall 2014

I think that Barielle is one of the most underrated brands out there.  This is one of the reasons why I swatch for them, even though I rarely wear cremes.  I do however, love them as 'undies' (basecolor) for glitters, shimmers and flakies.  The reason being, because of their consistent formula, their color payoff and most importantly, the variety and richness of their palettes.  This collection reminded me of just that.  The colors are rich, perfectly creamy, and really easy to apply.

Vintage Gown is described as a rust with a hint of pink.  It is a perfect description.  It looked more like a dark beige on me.  It has a little bit of hidden gold shimmer in it.

Taupe Notch is a sophisticated grey, I really liked the color on this one, but Barielle has always done awesome greys (see here and here), so I was not surprised at all to see this gorgeous grey added to their Fall Collection.

The purple one was perfection, but if you read my blog, you know that I'm very biased, because I love purple.  Soho at Night was more of a crelly and it required three coats.  I loved the way that they muted this purple for Fall, but somehow kept it vibrant.  This feels like the grown up version of Grape Escape, which is one of my favorite purple cremes.

Boho Chic is the one for green lovers.  I don't wear too many greens, but this one is really pretty and does not lean teal on me, it has an Autumn feeling to it that goes well with the collection.

The dark navy blue is another crellyish nail polish.  Like Soho at Night, it also required three coats, but the color is really rich and interesting.  I think that the three coats add a nice depth to it.  Moda Bleu is very dark, but not indigo as it seemed from the bottle.  I thought that it was going to lean more purple, but I was a bit disappointed to see it so blue on my nails. I'll have to try two coats next time.

Berry Posh is the only one that is a bit daring for a Fall color.  I would have loved to see a pumpkin orange instead.  I'd say that this pink could have been better in the Summer.  It is vey warm fuchsia with a red tint.

All of these swatches were done without topcoat, and they all turned out  nice and glossy, because of the quality of the nail polishes.






Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Vintage Gown
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Taupe Notch
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
3 coats Barielle Soho At Night
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Boho Chic
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
3 coats Barielle Moda Bleu
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Barielle Berry Posh
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures