Friday, August 29, 2014

OPI I Carol About You and Kiss Me or Elf! look great together

This just in... Gwen Stefani has another collection, and this one has some good looking microshimmers.  Below are my two picks.  They are fantastic in formula and color.  It took me a bit to get passed the chunky *shrugs* taco glitters, to actually start noticing these colors on the shelf.  Not to mention the trying-to-hard-to-be-funny names on the bottom of the bottles.  The purple one is a great addition to my purple stash, I don't have any other like it.  I saw more pink shimmer on the bottle than on the nail, but the overall look was really nice, nonetheless.  The pink one reminded me of that pink Marc Jacobs that my my friend Erin raves about.  This one is less neon pink and more wine-red, but still fuchsia and girly.  It has an old-school feel to it, I cannot describe it.  Nowadays, companies have come a long way in terms of formula.  I like it that OPI was finally able get down a semi-pearly finish on these, that was not brush-strokey at all.  I feel like these are both must-haves.

Layering Order:
2 coats OPI Kiss Me - or Elf! (index and ring)
2 coats OPI I Carol About You (middle and pinky)
Dior Gel Coat

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Starlight Phoenix Fire is an underrated plumy holographic

This brand has been around for a while, but also out of my radar.  I am so glad that I finally pulled the trigger on that trio they had, because they are very well made.  Love the bottle and the holographic letters.  The formula was perfection, and a perfect two-coater.  I wish the holographic effect was just a bit stronger, that's my only complain for this one.

Layering Order:
2 coats Starlight Phoenix Fire
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

CbL High Octane is a teal to purple color-shifter holographic

I thought I had posted this already, but I went to see my folders and it's just been sitting there for a while.  I usually clean up of Wednesday, so I decided to take this one out of the dark.  The holographic effect is not my favorite, but the color is really nice.  This is glowy, kind of like that teal Ninja Polish I posted a while back.

Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Colors by Llarowe High Octane
OPI DS Topcoat

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Too Fancy Lacquer Tell Me A Sea-cret is a creamy jade holographic

This is like the holographic version of OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid.  It seems that jade nail polish is becoming more accepted among us non-green-lovers.  The formula was perfect, and the color payoff was nice.  I like how bright and happy this color looks, once on the nails.  The holographic effect was really nice too.  I haven't payed too much attention to this brand, but after trying this one out, I am asking myself why.

Layering Order:
2 coats Too Fancy Lacquer Tell Me A Sea-cret
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Monday, August 25, 2014

Fuchsia and Black tips

I really like this combination, but it's tricky to pair up fuchsia and black without it looking 80s.  Fortunately, I was able to pull it off here.  I was trying out some dotting this weekend, since I haven't done that in a while.  It seems like, if I don't practice certain nail art techniques, I forget how to do it properly.  You can see that these flowers are far from perfect, but they look ok, since it was only on an accent nail.

Layering Order:
2 coats Essie French Affair
2 coats Elevation Polish Mt. Etna (tips only)
Black stripping tape
Elevation Polish Mt. Etna dots (flowers)
Wet n Wild Black Creme dots (flowers)
Dior Gel Coat

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Sunday Announcements: Vacation time, a good drugstore find and a blogsale

I thought I'd show you the uncropped picture with the sandy beach background first, to get that elephant out of the room.  I am taking a 3 week break on September the 8th.  I need a vacation from blogging, to focus on some projects that I have in mind.  I'll be back by the beginning of October and I will let you guys know the exact dates soon.  I'm posting this one, to make up for the post that I missed on Tuesday.  It reminded me of Anna Sui 208, but at a fraction of the price.  This is a nice subtle lilac with microshimmer, and the formula was fabulous.  As I accumulate more nail polishes from so many different brands, it's becoming harder for me, each time, to find something that I like from the drugstores; and even from some of the beauty supplies.  So this one, definitely felt like a score to me.  Speaking of hoarding, I'm going to host a blogsale soon, possibly Mystery bags and a link to my friend's storenvy.  I will let you know the details as well, but the tentative weekend will be the one right before my break (09/05/14-09/08/14).  I will keep you guys posted.  Thank you for your continued support =D

Layering Order:
2 coats Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Violet Voltage
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Friday, August 22, 2014

Sephora Wavelenth is a girly shimmery pink that looks great layered and by itself

I am loving the shimmers from the Liquid Crystal Collection.  I'm actually wearing one right now, as I type this.  These are so sparkly, and they have a "wet look" to them.  I love layering nail polishes, so these are right up my alley.  I like the fact that they don't look too foily or metallic, they feel more like 'glassy' to me.  Some of these are color-shifters, so if you haven't yet, you might want to check them out.  The formula was buttery and dried fast enough that the 3-coats required did not seem too much work.

Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
3 coats Sephora Formula X Wavelength
Seche VIte Topcoat


Layering Order:
2 coats Hot Topic no name purple
1 coat Sephora Formula X Wavelength
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures