Friday, January 31, 2014

Illamasqua Gothiqua is a shimmery Burgundy

This is one of those lacquers that is better in pictures.  Most of the swatches I've seen show a really nice shimmer that is almost non-existent in real life.  Maybe I got a bad bottle, or the batch is just not as shimmery.  However, I do like the color, it is actually what I wanted Charisma to be.  I think this is red/purple with very minimal amount of brown, and it goes well with my skin tone, so I can't complain.  It was a bit patchy at 2 coats, I do think it would benefit from a third, although that is unusual for an illa.






Layering Order:
2 coats Illamasqua Gothiqua
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Serum No. 5 Holiday13 Collection

Disclosure

Apologies for the late post, but I wanted this to coincide with Serum No. 5's grand opening.  They have been on maintenance, but have reopened for the Luna New Year with full stock, which means Day Glow is there too.  This post is pic heavy so let's begin.  Friendly Tiffs is a reformulated prototype from the very beginnings of Serum, this is a mice baby blue creme with tiny blue specks.  Final Countdown is a Glow in the Dark black jelly with glitter accents in various colors.  For this one, I couldn't capture the glow on camera, but in real life, it must be charged in the sun, and it has a really unique purple glow.  Luxe So Good is a matte silver holo that is easy to apply.  Snow in Love is to me, the star of the collection, because it glows really nicely and it is an easy to apply white with blue glitters.  Gild Free is a beige with gold circle glitter and gold hexagons, the circle glitter is nice, but it gets lost in the base.  I like it as an "office" color.  Holly Dazed was more of a Christmasy combo with red and green glitters in a clear base, I had already swatched it here.  Girls Gotta Eat and Girl's BFF are repromotes (swatched here and here respectively), and they are actually one of my favorite Serum No. 5 colors, since they make great glitter toppers.

Where to order: http://serumno5.com/





Layering Order:
2 coats Serum No. 5 Friendly Tiffs
Dior Gel Coat

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Layering Order:
2 coats Serum No. 5 Final Countdown
Dior Gel Coat

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Layering Order:
2 coats Serum No. 5 Luxe So Good
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
2 coats Serum No. 5 Snow in Love
Dior Gel Coat

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Layering Order:
2 coats Serum No. 5 Gild Free
Dior Gel Coat

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Layering Order:
2 coats Serum No. 5 Gild Free
Dior Gel Coat
1 coat Serum No. 5 Holly Dazed
Dior Gel Coat

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Layering Order:
2 coats Revlon Autumn Spice
1 coat Serum No. 5 Girl's Gotta Eat
Dior Gel Coat

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Layering Order:
3 coats Revlon Surf Spray
1 coat Serum No. 5 Girl's BFF
Dior Gel Coat

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Darling Diva Polish Rhiannon, If Anyone Falls and Bella Donna

Disclosure

These three gorgeous lacquers are from the new The White Witch Collection.  I thought they would be sheer, but they are all great three-coaters, they build up really nicely.  I am in love with the holographic effect of these guys, I've already ordered Stand Back to add to my collection of purple holos.  Rhiannon is a periwinkle holo, very easy to apply.  If Anyone Falls reminded me of Mr. Burgundy, but this is more magentaish and on the berry side.  Bella Donna is definitely my favorite, it reminded me of What Sorcery is This?  except Bella Donna leans more blue.  If you like blurple holos, then you definitely need this.  I am very happy I got to swatch these, they have the best application and they are bright, yet they don't stain the nails upon removal.

Where to order: http://www.etsy.com/shop/DarlingDivaPolish and Bigcartel






Layering Order:
3 coats Darling Diva Polish Rhiannon
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
3 coats Darling Diva Polish If Anyone Falls
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

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Layering Order:
3 coats Darling Diva Polish Bella Donna
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Literary Lacquers Shift of Fate

Disclosure

This is another fabulous lacquer from the Community Collection.  It is a rather refreshing green holographic with gold microglitter.  This one was a perfect two-coater, and I was really satisfied with both coverage and formula.  I also loved the finish, it was linear holographic and the glitter didn't interrupt the rainbow or made it seem bumpy.

Where to order: http://www.etsy.com/shop/LiteraryLacquer






Layering Order:
2 coats Literary Lacquers Shift of Fate
no basecoat or topcoat in these pictures

Monday, January 27, 2014

Enchanted Dime Piece is a silver with a strong linear holographic finish

Nothing like starting the week with a nice holographic.  I think this one is only for Enchanted lovers, because there are certainly many other silver holos out there to choose from.  The strongest one I've seen being the Fnug.  Nevertheless, it is nice to have this in my collection, because, I can't explain it, but it has that Enchanted feel to it.  I didn't think it dried as fast as my other ones do, but it had a good formula, and it was opaque at two coats.






Layering Order:
OPI Nail Envy
2 coats Enchanted Polish Dime Piece
Sally Hansen Diamond Flash Topcoat

BONUS PICTURES - Enchante Polish Dime Piec (EP DP)
compared to Color Club Harp On It (CC HOI)