Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Polished Components - Perception

Hi!  Today I have an awesome indie for you, Polished Components Perception. I layered it over a creamy berry colored Hema polish that Robin's awesome friend brought back from The Netherlands for us.  There is no name on the bottle but I really love the color and I call it Dark Cherry Cream.  How does that sound?  It will be great on it's own for fall. 

Perception is so cool.  It consists of silver, white and black shard glitter in a clear base.  Even though the base has no shimmer, I felt like it was the shard version of Lynnderella Connect the Dots.  It has that same striking black and white look.  I loved this polish and wore this mani for three days!  The pics have one coat of China Glaze Strong Adhesion base, 2 coats of Hema, one coat of Perception and one coat of Out the Door.  I had no issues with the shard glitter lifting or peeling and this mani wore like iron.

Whoa...somebody needs to moisturize. 

Do you love this polish as much as I do?  Check out Polished Components' Etsy Shop here, full size bottles retail for $9 and mini for $4.  Whatever you do, do not buy the Elemental Collection because I want it.  Or buy it and send it to me.

***This polish was provided to me for an honest review.***

Monday, July 30, 2012

Blue Monday- Sation- Rock A Guy Blue and Most Hue-Nique

Today I have a couple more new Sation polishes for you guys! I'm really into these new Sation collections. I can't wait to see what else they have in store for us. I have two polishes here from two different collections and they just complemented each other so well I had to use them together in one mani. There are so many pictures in this post, get your scroll wheels ready!

I wanted to start off with some of the press release images and one of the videos Sation put together for the release of their new Fall collection, Little Horse on the Prairie.

Since I'm sampling from two collections in this post, here is the new Class of Sation 2012 limited collection. Erin showed you a couple from this collection last week already. So bright and great for summer! Click to zoom and see all of the gorgeous colors.

Ok, on to the fun I had with these polishes. Before I review a polish, I have to make sure my cat Mo likes it. Let's see what he thought.

Hmmm. Maybe...
Ok, I think this one is good.
Phew. Since Mo said it's good, I guess I can use it. Can you tell I'm a crazy cat mom? Because I totally am. I actually have two cats in case you all were wondering. But my other cat is far too fancy to allow me to lay things on her and take pictures. She doesn't mess around with that kind of thing.

Rock-A-Guy-Blue is a rich navy creme from the Little Horse on the Prairie collection. So rich. So pigmented. Almost jelly-like (my favorite) but still definitely an amazing creme. Two smooth coats. This is my new go-to dark blue. I love it so hard. I took pictures under a couple different lights so you can see how rich of a blue this is. Gorgeous. No other words needed.

I wore Rock-A-Guy-Blue for a day or two before deciding it just needed something. I was feeling sparkly. Good thing I had Most Hue-Nique on hand too!

Don't they look great together?
Most Hue-Nique is from the Class of Sation 2012 limited collection. Sation describes it as "a twinkling cornflower blue sparkler with aqua-shifting glints." I can mostly agree with that. The nail blogger in me describes it as a thick clear base PACKED with small light blue iridescent glitter and light and dark blue hex glitters. I don't love the way iridescent glitter looks over dark colors so I decided on a lighter accent nail.   I removed the Rock-A-Guy Blue from my ring finger and replaced with two coats of Stirring Silver from Sation's California Gleamin' limited collection (see that review here) and topped it with one coat of Most Hue-Nique. Look at that glitter coverage! It was a little rough so I used a coat of Gelous under my Hong Kong Girl top coat to everything smooth and shiny.

Even though I'm not a huge fan of iridescent glitter over dark colors, I figured you guys might like to see what one coat of Most Hue-Nique looked like over Rock-A-Guy Blue too.

So much glitter!

Pros- I love Sation's bottle and their thick, wide and not-too-fat brush. It fans easily and makes application a breeze. Rock-A-Guy Blue is my new favorite dark blue polish!
Cons- Due to the thickness of Stirring Silver, the thick base of Most Hue-Nique, a coat of Gelous AND a coat of Hong Kong Girl, my ring finger was THICK with polish. I had some wrinkling going on at the tip because each layer was drying at different speeds. Weird, right?
Overall- I wish Sation polishes were more readily available. I can't wait to own more!!

You can purchase Sation lacquers from their website for $5 a piece. Don't forget to Like them on Facebook too and follow them on Twitter too!

**These products were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own**

Saturday, July 28, 2012

Everybeauty Boutique - Columbus Circle

Hi!  Today I have a polish that is near and dear to my heart, Everybeauty Boutique Columbus Circle.  I lived in NYC for a couple years and anything NYC themed is automatically high on my list of things I love.  This polish is a classy mix of glitter, large navy hexes, small white matte squares and small round gold holo glitter.  I love it.  It's so nautical and crisp.  I layered it over another Everybeauty Boutique polish, Misty Rocks and Robin will show it to you in all it's glory soon! 

Formula wise, I had no issues with this polish.  This is one coat of Columbus Circle over 2 coats of Misty Rocks.  The glitter was evenly dispersed and it all laid flat.  I used one coat of Out The Door for a smooth finish.

Everybeauty Boutique is available on Etsy, $8 for a full size and $4 for a mini and it looks like her shop is all stocked up!  They are running an awesome promo, buy one full size, get any mini free so I would haul ass over there and stock up.  I'm currently stalking 66th and Broadway and Junction if anyone's buying!

***These polishes were provided to me for an honest review.***

Friday, July 27, 2012

Zoya Fall 2012- Diva Collection

Lately you've seen us show you swatches of the new Fall collections (Gloss and Designer) brought to you by Zoya. I'm going to finish up and show you the Diva collection today. This is the metallic collection. They are almost shimmer versions of their Designer cousins but a couple of them are definitely pumped up a notch. Ok, let's go! All of the swatches below were taken under my OTT light (with no top coat. Zoya is the queen of shiny nail polish and I LOVE IT!

Elisa- Bright, shining medium crimson red with subtle gold shimmer and a glowing metallic finish. Elisa is definitely a blue toned red but the gold shimmer makes it lean towards orange almost. It's very interesting and super flattering. I love a good red polish and the extra shimmer in Elisa makes it a little special. Two easy coats with Zoya's amazing formula. Elisa probably could have been a one-coater if I was careful and cleanup was a breeze. That's a HUGE bonus for any red.

Suri- Medium blue-toned purple with delicate red and blue shimmer and a smooth metallic finish. Suri has these tiny blue and pink shimmers in it that make this purple so interesting. I could stare at it all day. My coworkers definitely think I stare at my nails enough as it is. The bottom two pictures were taken by the window so I could capture the shimmer particles. Click to zoom in! Another two easy coats.

SongBold, vibrant medium primary blue with silver and blue glittery metallic sparkle.  I almost got away with one coat of Song. So pigmented, so rich, so BLUE. The shimmer particles in Song are a little larger so it ups the drama on your nails. I love this king of bright true blue. It's so eye-catching and I got a lot of complements on this mani. I think it's a little bright for Fall but who cares? I'll rock it any time of year.

RayDark blackened pine green with smooth, delicate silver and green frost shimmer. Now here's a nearly perfect dark hunter green. The shimmer is subtle enough that I didn't have any problems with brush strokes showing. Another two easy coats for Ray. It matched my car almost perfectly and you all know how much I love my car. Since I already have two colors that match my British Racing Green MINI Cooper, I let Robin have dibs on keeping this lovely at her house. She better take good care of her!

FeiFeiA medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue and pink iridescent metallic sparkle. A truly unique sparkling iridescent blue that adds a magical look to the nails.  I can't get enough of FeiFei. I've worn this color THREE times since it came in the mail. It fact, it's still on my toes as I type this. FeiFei is a serious shimmer party. I don't know how else to describe it! Three thin coats for the pictures below. I took so many pictures of my nails and I still don't think I captured all of the dimentions. The first two picutres were taken under direct OTT light. This is how FeiFei looks most of the time. The middle two pictures were taken in the shade. You can really see the pink duochrome in this lighting. Hello gorgeous! The last two pictures were taken under diffused OTT light. You can really see the blue tones there. FeiFei is a must. Go buy it right now. Not even kidding. You need it.

Daul- A medium red-toned purple base with heavy purple and gold iridescent metallic sparkle. The shiny gold sparkle makes this shimmering purple polish extra bright and lively. The shiny gold sparkle makes this shimmering purple polish extra bright and lively. Daul has a very purple jelly-like base just loaded with gold glass flecks. So loaded with gold that in most lights the purple looks like a duochrome effect. I love it! I used three thin coats for the pictures below. The first picture is taken under direct OTT light and the second one was taken in the shade to show you how it looks most of the time.

When I first saw Daul, I immediatly thought it was a dupe for OPI- It's My Year! from their Miss Universe collection. Let's have a look.

No dupes here! Daul is much more purple than It's My Year! The amount of gold shimmer is the same in both polishes but the base colors are very different. IMY has a much more berry toned base. Do you need both? Probably not. But they're not the same, they're similar. ;)

Pros- We all know Zoya polishes have an amazing formula and this collection is no different.
Cons- I'm not sure FeiFei and Daul belong in the same collection as the first four. But I'm still happy to have them all around!
Overall- These are amazing Fall colors and I think that everyone can find at least one in this collection that they will completely fall in love with.

Click the link to create a new Zoya account and you'll get a coupon for a FREE Bottle of Zoya Nail PolishTIP: If you use this coupon and add 2 more polishes to your order, you get free shipping too! The coupon will appear in the "My Coupons/ Promos" section of your "My Account" Page.

**These products were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.**


Thursday, July 26, 2012

Zoya - Fall 2012 Designer Collection

Hi!  Today I have the Zoya Designer Collection for fall for you.  This is the creme collection that pairs up the Zoya Divas Collection for fall.  Let's just start out by saying that every color in this collections is an "Erin Color."  I love them all.  I used one coat of Seche Clear base coat, 2 coats of polish and one coat of Out The Door on all swatches.  This post is a mega swatchfest so let's get to it. 

First up, Rekha:  Bold medium blood red with a glossy cream finish. A custom runway shade created for fashion designer Bibhu Mohapatra.  Look, let's just tell it like it is, red polish looks damn good on me.  I love this color.  It applied so nicely that I actually did no cleanup around my cuticles. 

Toni:   Dark, warm raisin-wine cream with strong purple tones. A fashionable muted purple for a classic vampy nail look.  This color screams fall to me.  I want to put on a chunky sweater, skinny jeans, knee high brown boots and few big bangles and go sit by a fire with some wine. 

Monica:   Dark, soft blue-toned purple with a glossy cream finish. A bit of vibrant couture color, darkened for a bold, dramatic nail look.  This is my least favorite of the collection simply because I'm not a purple girl.  But I like how it's a dusty purple with no shimmer.  We saw so many dusty purple with shimmer last spring and Monica is their sophiscated cousin.  Like a cousin that came from London and she has a cool accent.

Natty:  Smoky deep steel blue with an opaque cream finish. A standout smoky blue for an unexpected but very wearable runway look.  This was a surprise favorite for me.  I just love the gray-ed out navy blue.  Even though it's July and not seasonally appropriate, I wore it for a weekend getaway with my husband because I just can't wait until September to wear this color!

Evvie:  Dark smoky grey cream with strong teal green undertones. A custom-mixed runway shade created for designer Peter Som.  This color has gotten the most hype and I know why.  It's a gorgeous dusty teal-gray and I have nothing like it in my collection.  Another polish that I can see myself wearing as my go to fall nuetral. 

Noot:  Very dark grey cream with strong blue-green undertones. Smoky, smoldering dark grey nails with a twist from the addition of green tones.  Noot is Evvie's darker, mysterious cousin.  Evvie gets all the blogger glory but I actually like Noot better.  It's so dark that you can't really tell if it's dark gray, or green or almost black.  I love dark color on short nails; I can see myself reaching for this often.

Pros:  As always, Zoyas have a dead on formula.  They all applied evenly and smoothly with no bald spots, patching or pulling.  These are some of the shiniest polishes I've ever seen.  My camera really freaked out because of the shine!

Cons:  Evvie and Noot are so close color-wise that I'm surprised they are in the same collection. 

Overall:  I really believe Zoya knocked this collection out of the park!  I love the muted cool tones and the wearable dark nuetrals.  It's a sophiscated and classy collection. 

Zoya retails for $8 and is available on zoya.com and in stores at Ulta, nationwide. 

Click the link to create a new Zoya account and you'll get a coupon for a FREE Bottle of Zoya Nail Polish. TIP: If you use this coupon and add 2 more polishes to your order, you get free shipping too! The coupon will appear in the "My Coupons/ Promos" section of your "My Account" Page.

***These polishes were provided to me for an honest review.***