Friday, June 20, 2014

Shimmer Polish - Julia

***This polish was provided to me for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.***

Hey!  Happy Friday!  I'll have a bunch of Shimmer Polish posts coming up over the next month or so.  Today I have Julia, an ice blue glitter over China Glaze I Sea The Point (review coming soon).  This mani reminds me of ice princess nails.  I love it!

Keep up with the latest additions to the Shimmer collection by following their blog, liking them on Facebook. You can purchase the polishes directly from Shimmer through their Etsy shop.

***This polish was provided to me for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.***

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Zoya Magical Pixie Summer Collection

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Hey!  Today I have the Zoya Magical Pixie Summer Collection.  I really love these soft, muted colors with the sparkly holo glitter.  If you are still loving the texture trend, these are for you.  All swatches show 2 coats and no base or top coat.

Bar:  can be best described as a glittery nude topaz in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula.  I wore Bar for a couple days as an accent nail and wanted to show you a real life swatch.  butter LONDON Yummy Mummy is on the rest of my nails.  I got tons of compliments on this work appropriate but still funky mani!

Ginni:  can be best described as a glittery pink tourmaline in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic Magical Pixie formula.

Arlo:  can be best described as a glittering violet amethyst in the best-selling ultra textured, matte, holographic MagicalPixie formula.

Zoya Magical Pixies sell for USD$10 and is available at and Ulta stores, nationwide.

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

KB Shimmer Early Summer 2014 Swatches

***Product provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Hello!  Today I have six shades from the KB Shimmer Early Summer 2014 Collection.  I have a post coming up soon on the Summer 2014 Collection and let me tell you...these polishes are gorgeous.  I've been wearing the hell out of them.  Let's get started.  All swatches are 2 coats (unless noted) with no top coat.

Let's Not Coral:  This light pinky coral color often seems to shift from pink to peach tones depending light and clothing colors.  Two easy coats offers full coverage on most nail lengths.  

Big Tan On Campus:  When summer arrives, so do the days at the beach, the sun kissed skin, the deep shades we love to emulate year round with bronzers.  This deep tan shade stretches toward light brown in low light, while in the sun, glints of gold and a liner holographic rainbow grab attention.  Big Tan On Campus covers in 2-3 coats on most nail lengths.

In Bare Form:  We love pale, near nude color polishes.  This light beige polish has a subtle linear holographic effect.  Three coats will cover most nail lengths and we love wearing 1 coat for a unique barely there holo look.  This polish would be ideal for workplaces that don’t allow bright colors.  This is my absolute favorite of the collection!  So soft and pretty.  I used 3 coats for even coverage.

Low & Be Bold is a bright near cobalt, ultramarine and flow blue, with slightly more of a redish undertone.  This color is what I like to call a near cream.  It covers in 2-3 coats, but still has slightly squishy look to it.  This blue has been the hardest one for me to photograph and describe!  Blue is not my thing.  At all.  But...this blue...I'm in love.  I wore it for 4 days.  No staining, sheer perfection.  

Too Pop To Handle:  is a bright neon purple textured polish with magenta undertones.  Loaded with holographic glitters in magenta, violet, aqua and pink, this textured polish is a fun summer color.  Best in two coats, use with your favorite base coat for best results.  

What do you think?  Lo and Be Bold and In Bare Form are my favorites.  Do you own any?  Do you NEED any??

The Early Summer Collection is available on KB Shimmer website for $7.50-8.75.  

***Product provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Monday, June 9, 2014

Zoya Tickled Collection

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Hi!  Today I have the Zoya Tickled Collection to show you.  Zoya really does the best creme polishes.  All my swatches show 2 easy smooth coats and no top coat.  Enjoy!

Tilda is described as:   a warm mantis green cream that is a great alternative to a summer lime. Flawlessly opaque in 2 coats. I think Tilda is a perfect grass green.  Not my style but a great color.

Rocha is described as:  a classic folly red cream with warm undertones that enhace a summer glow! Flawlessly opaque in 2 coats.  There is a little hidden shimmer in Rocha that makes it special.  Love this. 

Kitridge is described as:   a classic summer bubblegum pink cream. This universally flattering (evenly balanced between cool & warm) has enough white to make it pop against a tan! Flawlessly opaque in 2 coats.  This is a super fun Barbie pink!

Rooney is described as:   a mid-range magenta pink cream with balanced undertones to flatter most skin tones. Flawlessly opaque in 2 coats.  I wore Rooney for 4 days and it was flawless.  It's a little brighter and bluer in person than in this picture.

Ling is described as:  a vibrant royal blue cream that is evenly balanced to flatter most skin tones. Flawlessly opaque in 2 coats.  I'm starting to change my mind about blue polishes...I really like this one!

Wendy is described as:   a juicy summer melon, deep enough to flatter a tan but bright enough to stand out! Flawlessly opaque in 2 coats.  I think this is a perfect summer pedicure color.  It was too bright on my nails for my taste but I wore it for 3 days and got a ton of compliments.  

What do you think?  Do you own any of the Tickled Collection?  What's your favorite?  Mine is definitely Rooney.  I love a perfect pink!

Zoya sells for USD$9 and is available at and Ulta stores, nationwide.

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Friday, June 6, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Collection - Swatch and Review

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Hello!  Blogging 2 days in a row!  It's a miracle.  Yesterday I told you all about my new nail shape and here it is!  I'd heard that round nails are stronger and have less breaks than square but I really didn't believe it.  I filed my nails on 4/25 (the day before Anna's wedding) into almonds and I haven't had one break since.  It's crazy.  And amazing.

So, let's take a look at the Zoya Bubbly Collection.  A few notes about these swatches:  I used 2 coats of each color.  After I got into it, I realized I wanted to show them layered with their corresponding color from the Tickled Collection (review coming soon!) on one nail.  But I missed a few.  Forgive me.  You get the point.  These polishes definitely need 3 coats to cover visible nail line on longer nails.

Alma is described as:  a warm golden peach metallic featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula. Fully opaque in 2 coats. Perfectly balanced between yellow and orange, this shade flatters most skin tones!  

Jesy is described as:  a full coverage, firey coral orange metallic holo featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula. The golden undertones make this shade bright enough to flatter a tan but keep it distinctly different from the coppers of Fall!

Harper is described as:   a cotton candy pink with a spun gold shimmer. Featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula, this shade is opaque in 2 coats.  I layered one coat of Harper over Kitridge on my ring finger.  This is my favorite of the collection!  I love the gold shimmer in the pink.

Binx is described as:  a spicy orchic purple dappled with gold metallic and holo sparkles. The exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula is full-coverage in 2 coats. With undertones evenly balanced between red & blue, this shade is flattering to most skin tones.  I layered one coat of Binx over Rooney on my ring finger. 

Muse is described as:   a blue raspberry holographic fizz with a subtle vein of gold. This shade features the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula with 2 coat coverage.  Muse is shown over Ling on my ring finger.  This one is very sheer.

Stassi is described as:   a brilliant citron green with a gold metallic glaze and holographic finish. Featuring the exclusive liquid-metal holographic jelly formula with 2 coat coverage.  Stassi is shown over Tilda on my ring finger.  While I love the Vanderpump Rules reference, green is just not my thing.  This is my least favorite of the collection.

Overall, I don't love the Bubbly Collection.  They are a little more sheer than I would like and I just not a huge glitter fan.  But I do think they are really pretty and sparkly and I love the strong golden shimmer that they all have.  Especially mixed with pink in Harper.  What do you think of the Bubbly Collection?  Do you have a favorite?

Zoya sells for USD$9 and is available at and Ulta stores, nationwide.

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Thursday, June 5, 2014

butter LONDON - Lolly

*The products featured in this post were provided for review*

Hi everyone!  After a little time off from blogging to make babies, I'm back and I have tons of swatches to show you.  This is sort of an older picture because you'll see in the next few days that I've changed my nail shape to long almond nails and I might be slightly obsessed with them.  I think my friends are sick of getting texts from me with a picture that says, "look how amazing my nails are" but I don't care.  They are!

Lolly is from the Lolly Brights Collection.  I would describe it as a gorgeous red berry metallic foil.  This is two smooth coats.  I love the sparkle and dimension and as usual the formula was perfect.  I've seen other swatches where this pulls more pink on some, but it's definitely more red on me.  Love it!

What do you think of Lolly?  You can purchase butter LONDON from their website, at SephoraNordstrom, and Ulta for $15 each.

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*The products featured in this post were provided for review*

Monday, May 19, 2014

Preview of what's to come!

I just got back from a once-in-a-lifetime visit to England (I was in Canterbury, Kent and Burford, Oxfordshire for a photography workshop) and I somehow managed to find time to visit Boots, Marks & Spencer, and H&M to see what nail polish they had. I really lucked in because Boots was having a 3 for 2 sale, so I had to buy multiples of three, right? Here's a shot of my haul so you can see what to expect in the coming weeks.
Goodies from Boots, Marks & Spencer, and H&M!
I'm mad at myself for not checking the brushes on all of them because my favorite  pink (the Rimmel in the middle) has a really wonky brush and I can't go back to exchange it! These colors are gorgeous and I can't wait to swatch them for you (and compare them to others in my stash!)

And just because I want to show off some of the extraordinary scenery I enjoyed while in England, here are a few of my favorite shots from around Canterbury and the Cotswolds. I haven't uploaded any shots from my Nikon yet so these are some iPhone 5S shots.

View just to the right of The Old Weaver's House
Sheep at Sissinghurst Castle and Gardens
View from the clock tower of St. Mary's Church in Rye

Monday, April 28, 2014

Blue Monday: Orly Boho Bonnet

I love when Sally Beauty Supply has one of their red tag sales, where they mark down anything with a red label an additional 50% off. If you also happen to have a Sally Beauty Card and one of their 15% off coupons on top of that, you can practically walk out with them owing you money! Recently I scooped up a couple of polishes from Orly's Spring 2013 Hope and Freedom collection, the blue and the green, of course. I'll show you the blue today, the very stunning Boho Bonnet.
Orly Boho Bonnet, two coats plus topcoat
Can you believe this gorgeous shade of blue? Gasp! I die! I read in another blog that it's possibly a dupe for Zoya Kristen but I'm not sure that it is. I remember sending Kristen down to Anna because it was too harsh against my skintone and gave me lobster hands, but this blue is perfection on me. I wore it for days!

The formula was easy to apply and covered well, but I did notice some tip wear after the first day but nothing really objectionable. Loved this bargain!

Thursday, April 24, 2014

Urban Outfitters Undercover

While checking out random gray polishes online (What? You think I might have enough already?) I saw on I Heart Pretty Polish that there was a polish line I was unfamiliar with. I've heard of Urban Outfitters, of course, but was unaware that they had a line of polishes. Unfortunately, the only UO around here is in Boston and since I no longer work in town, I chose the easy way out and ordered a bottle online. I'm so lazy. What an odd square bottle with no label!
Urban Outfitters Undercover, two coats plus topcoat
I was a bit surprised after reading Essie Rae's glowing review because I found the formula to be a bit thick and the brush difficult to maneuver. The color was great, but since it's a dupe for L'Oreal Eiffel For You and I prefer the L'Oreal formula and application, I think this one will go in the swap pile. But now I know to check out what polishes they may have in Urban Outfitters next time I go to Newbury Street!

I'm flying down to Maryland for Anna's wedding tomorrow and it will be so exciting! Even though we text each other all the time, I haven't seen Anna or Erin in person for a couple of years, I think, and a face-to-face is long overdue!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

L'Oreal Collection Privée

Nudes appear to be all the rage again and L'Oreal has entered the ring with their Collection Privée selection of nudes that tie in to various celebrities. I tried three of the six available at my local CVS (Canada got a different selection of colors and I would have loved to try the chocolate brown creme that they got for Freida's Nude instead of the bronzy metallic we got here in the states.) I'll confess that I have no idea who some of these celebrities are so I don't know how the colors relate to the woman. Skin tone, maybe? Some of the caps had "Collection Privée" on them and some just had the plain gold cap — they were all part of the same display so I don't know if there was any reasoning behind that. Perhaps some will become part of their core colors? Two of these were dupes of colors from the Zoya Naturel collection and the other has several dupes. Let's check them out...

Doutzen's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
Doutzen's Nude is a pale, warm pink and it makes an excellent mannequin hand polish for most skin tones. Application was thin and streaky but it did cover in two coats.

Jennifer's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
OK, I know who JLo is and this gorgeous gray is similar to the fabulous transparent Chanel gown she scandalized the Oscars with back in 2001. Again, the formula was thin and streaky but covered in two coats.
Liya's Nude, two coats, no topcoat
Liya's Nude is your basic mushroomy taupe that has been everywhere and which every polish line makes some variation of. (Why do I keep buying these???) The formula was just the tiniest bit better than the other two but still not great.

So how do these compare to the competition? Let's see…

As you can see, Doutzen's Nude is nearly identical to Zoya Rue, but the formula for Rue is miles away better. The application on Rue was much easier and the finish was flawless. Jennifer's Nude is a total dupe for Essie Miss Fancy Pants and the Essie winds hands down for application and finish. Two strikes against L'Oreal!

As I said, everyone and his brother is making a mushroom taupe so it's no surprise that there are several dupes for Liya's Nude. It's an exact match for Sephora by OPI Metro Chic so if you never managed to get a bottle of that before Sephora and OPI parted ways, here's your chance, although it's also quite close to Zoya Normani and Sally Hansen Commander In Chic. Of these, I'd say Normani was my favorite in formula but I do prefer the slightly cooler Commander In Chic.

Overall I'd say this particular collection was a disappointment, both in color choices and, more importantly, application. We all know I have no problem with getting a variety of grays that only differ by degrees but if the application isn't worth it, all I can say is that I'm glad my CVS has a liberal return policy.