Monday, August 18, 2014

Shimmer Polish - Alice

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

Happy Monday!  I have a quick NOTD for you today.  This is Shimmer Polish Alice dry brushed on the tips with a base of KBShimmer You're So Shellfish.  I love the bright base with the delicate sparkly tips.  Alice does have stars in it but I didn't add any to this mani.  Have a great day!


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

Friday, August 15, 2014

England Haul: Marks & Spencer

Back in May I teased you with a photo of all the polishes I got during my trip to England. Since I was on a photography workshop with a few other people I wasn't free to go where I wished and had to squeeze in fast trips where I could. I went to a Boots and Marks & Spencer in Canterbury because it was within walking distance of our hotel, then when we were out in the Cotswolds we took a side trip to Oxford, where I managed to sneak off to yet another Boots as well as another Marks & Spencer and an H&M. I wish we could get these polishes here in the States! I'll start off with the polishes I got at Marks & Spencer.

At the Canterbury M&S I found something called a Limited Collection, which I took to be their own store brand but I could be wrong about that. Immediately I was drawn to a lovely shade called Lavender, of course. The bottle is fairly small, only 8 ml, but the cap is long enough to make application easy although it took a while to get used to the brush because the stem ended just past the edge of the cap and the brush itself is long and thin. I love this color (but you already knew that, didn't you?)
M&S Lavender
Next I saw a nice tan shade called Hessian (it struck me as being so British to come up with a name like this because here in the States we tend to only think of Hessians as being the German mercenaries that George Washington fought against but apparently it's also a kind of cloth that's this color.)
M&S Hessian
In the Oxford M&S I found yet another color in their Limited Collection called Dark Magenta. This was actually the first color I tried from this line and you can see that I hadn't adjusted to their brush yet so I got the polish all over my cuticles and it was a bit stainy. Lovely color, though.
M&S Dark Magenta
The Oxford store had a line called Leighton Denny that I hadn't seen in Canterbury and which, in my mind, I keep swapping to Denny Leighton for some reason. I really wish I could have gone back and gotten more of this brand because I really loved it — the bottle is really high-end looking and the formula and application were divine. I don't know why I only got this one color except that maybe by then it was sinking in to my brain exactly how much money I was spending on polish! I found it online but after converting from British Pounds Sterling to US Dollars (not counting shipping if they even do ship to the US) my eyes rolled back into my head and I closed the web page. Le sigh…
Leighton Denny Crushed Grape
I only picked up two polishes at H&M but all the rest were from the two Boots, so those will be broken up into smaller groups, mostly by brand.

Thursday, August 14, 2014

KBShimmer Summer 2014 Swatches

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


Hi everyone! I have some gorgeous KBShimmer polishes for you today from their Summer 2014 Collection.  I'm using the descriptions from the KBShimmer site since they are so spot on!

You’re So Shellfish is a bold addition to our cream collection.  This peachy orange is near neon in color, adding a punch of color to your summer pedicure.  Summer color perfection!



Radiant Orchid, 2014 color of the year, is the ideal shade to transition nails from spring to summer and even fall.  This pink toned purple has fuchsia and mauve undertones.  This color, based on the actual PMS, is as close as we could get to the perfect orchid shade.  Two easy coats offers full coverage on most nail lengths.  This color is amazing.  I've worn it countless times and it never gets old.  



This dusty seafoam mint has two personalities. In low light, it has a beautiful white shimmer setting off the pastel green hue, but in the sun or bright light, you can see a holographic rainbow of color.  Mint-al vacation covers in 2-3 coats on most nail lengths.  I used to hate green and blue polish but I wore this for 5 days and adored it.  Gorgeous. 



When the weather turns warm, and the spring flowers are a fading memory, I turn to the aster for bright pops of color.  With it’s daisy like petals, and shades of blue, purple, white and pink, this later bloomer was the inspiration for Happily Ever Aster.  Periwinkle, light aqua blue, purple, lavender and white glitters swim in a clear base surrounded by tiny bits of holographic glitters for a sparkling top coat.  Try this over Right As Reign or Pansy-monium for a purple lovers dream.  This is so much more sparkly than I could capture.  I love the delicate mix of colors. 



Triangle Glitter!!  Yes, I know, I was excited too.  And what better to show off triangles then a watermelon colored polish.  This pink polish with a coral undertone is the perfect summer shade.  Peak My Interest features triangle glitters in white, pink and dark aqua. Hex glitters in periwinkle, white and dark aqua complete this polish.  



Periwinkle In Time might be my favorite polish from the summer collection.  Inspired by blue hydrangea and periwinkle flowers, this soft cool blue has a purple undertone, making it the most perfect periwinkle color.  Accented by silver holo and violet holo circle glitters and holo glitters in teal, violet, marine blue and silver and a micro holo shimmer, this light blurple polish is sure to please.  The micro shimmer in the polish is beautiful!




What do you think?  My favorites are Radiant Orchid and Mint-al Vacation but I really love them all!

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

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


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux (2)

**These products were provided for an unbiased review. All opinions are my own.**

We all know how much I enjoyed Zoya's first Naturel Collection so I was particularly excited to see them come out with another one this year, building on the same berry and brown shades that I love so much. This collection is a bit darker and a touch warmer, making it a perfect collection to transition from summer into fall. Such enticing colors! In all the photos I've done two coats over a base coat with no top coat. The formula in all of the colors were the perfection we've come to expect from Zoya.

I'll start off with my favorite of the collection, Spencer. When I first opened the box I fell in love with all the berry shades and I texted Anna and Erin that they were gorgeous! (they are) but that the browns were just meh. Goes to show that you shouldn't judge by first impressions because this polish is so deliciously yummy on the nails. I plan to wear this one to death over the next several months.
Zoya Spencer
Next up we have Chanelle and I immediately thought to myself, "Aha! They named it this because it's a dupe for Chanel Particulière!" but, no, this one is a touch lighter and much warmer in tone, more of a camel beige than Spencer.
Zoya Chanelle
The darkest of the browns is Emilia, which made me think of "Emelia: The Five-Year-Old Goth Girl" because it's the perfect shade for her — not black, but a rich coffee brown that's much more suitable for a goth child.
Zoya Emilia
Madeline is my favorite of the new berry shades, just enough darker than last year's Brigitte that I definitely need both. These colors are so flattering on my skin tone that I feel I must have every shade!
Zoya Madeline
Aubrey is the color of a summer plum, vibrant and juicy. Another favorite.
Zoya Aubrey
Marney is only the tiniest bit darker than Aubrey but quite a bit warmer in tone, sort of like if you took that juicy plum and put it on the grill for a bit.
Zoya Marney
Verdict: another winner! Neutral colors and creme finishes are my favorites and these fit the bill all around, especially Spencer and Madeline.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux

 Zoya is releasing a new collection of neutral cremes called Naturel Deux (2), building upon last winter's Naturel Collection. The colors are a bit darker and a touch warmer and I can't wait to review them for you! Look for them (and some comparisons) next week!



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 Zoya.com 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 Zoya.com 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 Zoya.com and Ulta stores, nationwide.


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