Monday, February 23, 2015

Sansa (Zoya)

Zoya has had some absolutely stunning collection, and one of those was the Fall 2014 Ignite collection this polish is from. Sansa is a gorgeous eggplant base packed with gold and purple shimmer. It's a bit thin, but worth the three coats it takes to apply.


Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Cosmo (Zoya)

So how was your Valentine's Day weekend? I'm still in recovery.

I happily spent mine with some of my girlfriends and we partied into the night celebrating singledom and friendships strengthened by bad movies (#50shades), burlesque, cute outfits, loud music, and hilarious uber rides.

On my nails for my fab weekend?

Cosmo from Zoya's "Magical" Pixie Dust line which was their upping the amp on their previous Pixie Dust collections. The texture is not my favorite, the original Pixie Dust texture is in my opinion the best glitter texture out there and anything messing with that is superfluous. Application is literally rough, and getting even coverage and an even line is awkward.

 
I will say this, however: I got this from the New Year New Hue sale specifically for occasions like Valentine's Day weekends where I'd need a bit of extra sparkle glam on the tips. Which it does deliver! Packed with silver glitter of all sizes and a sprinkling of holo hex glitters, it's a stunner on the nail.

Sunday, February 8, 2015

Dhara (Zoya)

More from my New Year New Hue package. This is Dhara a gorgeous bright orange from their Fall 2013 PixieDust (have we really had PixieDust that long?) line. An odd one for fall, as I was sure that I'd be typing up that it was from the summer collection. Super bright, very vibrant two coat goodness. Apologies for the bottle, unfortunately, Solange broke en route and spilled in the box :'(. They really need to wrap these better. 

Dhara's pretty enough to distract me from my loss, and honestly I'm glad that it was the yellow and not the orange that met its demise. It's a stunner. I kept the ring finger out of focus in these shots just to show off the sparkle power.





Friday, February 6, 2015

Indie Love: The Woman Who Walked The Earth (A Study In Polish)

This is the beautiful The Woman Who Walked The Earth (A Study In Polish) from their Doctor Who inspired collection. I chose this out of the others because, well, Martha Jones is everything! She saved the world, and was strong enough to walk away from The Doctor before she was irreparably damaged. Add to that, she came back and fought the good fight on her own terms.


Enough about my Martha Jones stan situation, on to the polish she inspired. The Woman Who Walked The Earth is comprised of a purple base mixed in with holo round and hex glitter. It's a jelly so it's sheer, but three coats did the trick for the most part.The glitter applied with relative evenness and I didn't have any major issues with this loveliness.


A Study In Polish is available on Etsy.

Thursday, February 5, 2015

Zoya Mystery Trio! - Anais, Severine, & Charlotte - Peter Som A/W 2014

It took nearly a month, but my Zoya Mystery Trio package finally arrived! These came with my three free polishes from their New Year New Hue promotion. This is a rather large promotion tactic and I expected some stunning shades, perhaps even new textures on the level of their amazing Pixie Dust line.



Alas it was not to be.


They're cute shades, but hardly living up to the anticipation, of a month no less! To make it worse, they are old shades, from the collection created for Peter Som A/W 2014. That and I suppose that as the collection wasn't put up for individual sale, this is one of the few chances to get it. Free polish is free polish, so here we go.

First up is Charlotte, a rather standard neutral beige creme. It's a bit cold for my nails, and I wish it had a bit more warmth to work as a neutral for me. It had a bit of a streaky application and required three coats to cover well. Looks like a good base for nail art for those of you interested.



A frost, oh man. Severine is a desaturated metallic gold. Application was pretty standard for a frost, runny but solid formula that covered in two coats. Still, a frost, but a lovely one! I actually would have liked to have this for the New Year's season.


Last but not least is Anais, my favorite of the collection. It's a black base with the gold shimmer found in Severine that lights it up and saves it from being a a standard black frost. Two coats leaves bald spots, so I suggest three to get it all nicely covered. It's beautiful.


Not bad for a free set, really.

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Fast Track (China Glaze)

From ye old Capitol Colours collection, which spawned some amazeballs shades, this is Fast Track, meant as a complement to District 6 which was in charge of Transportation in the Hunger Games. It's a beautiful beige with gold flecks that light up what is a rather cold toned neutral, even for a beige. Coverage is sheer, and it took three coats to get coverage. Worth that extra coat though!




Will there ever be a CG collection as dynamic as the Capitol Colours group? Probably not, but I sure hope so.

Monday, February 2, 2015

China Glaze Road Trip for Spring 2015 Swatches: Part 2 - Pastels

Here are the pastels. See if the application was easier and the formula more stable, this would be one of my favorite China Glaze collections. As it is, with the exception of Boho Blues, the only creme in the batch, all these are rather troublesome.

PART 1 - THE BRIGHTS

First up, Boho Blues, the periwinkle darling of this bunch. Two coats standard creme, and great application for a lighter color. I love it.



 Dashboard Dreamer is a light blue pastel with very subtle pink shimmer. It's gorgeous, but as mentioned earlier rather troublesome to get on the nails. This is four coats.



 Urgh, would have been my favorite but I just had to stop fussing with it at four coats and still carrying bald spots. This lovely baby pink with gold shimmer is Pack Lightly.



Debating whether I should keep this one. Wanderlust is gorgeous but looks rather cold on my tips, probably due to the silver shimmer in it.


Sunday, February 1, 2015

Trendsetter (China Glaze)

This polish is an example of why I enjoy trawling old China Glaze collections for gems. This is Trendsetter (China Glaze) from their Fall 2011 Metro collection. It's an absolutely stunning green that looks like a mix of mustard and avocado- the color itself is pretty gross actually- but when it's warmed up by the yellow flecks in the polish, it goes all the way around from fugly to gorgeous. The definition of an oldie but a goodie!



Saturday, January 31, 2015

China Glaze Road Trip for Spring 2015 Swatches: Part 1 - Brights

I got them! My picks for China Glaze's Spring 2015 Road Trip Collection. Kudos to Head2Toe Beauty for startlingly fast shipping. I have to say though, that application is a bit of a problem with these polishes. The thin and runny nature of the shimmers and cremes means that finding a balance between layers to avoid either drag or puddling. It's up to you to decide if you like them enough to work through that.

First up, License & Registration Pls. It is probably the most uninteresting shade of polish in this collection. Pretty standard blue creme, but lovely all the same. It's also the one with the best application and two quick coats I could have done blindfolded was all it took. Tempted to keep it for just that.




This is Sun's Up Top Down. It's a loverly bright yellow with subtle shimmer. It needed around two or three coats, to level out. This one had a tendency to puddle and run which either created little pools at the tips or dags at the root. However, the warmth of the yellow makes it exceedingly wearable.



I love this one, this is Trip of a Lime Time, a yellow leaning chartreuse creme. Application was shaky, despite it being a creme, and it went on opaque after three coats. While noticing the bald spots was a disappointment, I would gladly ignore it for its brilliant color.


Friday, January 30, 2015

Japanese Koi Neon (China Glaze) & Nighttime Noise (Maybelline)

An oldie but a goodie!

I've had Japanese Koi [Neon] (China Glaze) for the long time and never swatched it because I could never get the color to come through on photos. Turns out all I had to do was not throw a top coat on. I also really enjoyed wearing it matte, the glow seemed deeper, richer when I wore it out. Application was a mess, of course. That's to be expected for this type of formula, so I wouldn't sweat it.



As if it wasn't loud enough, I threw on Nighttime Noise (Maybelline) from their Color Show Street Art glitter collection. A mixture of black and blue glitter made up of multi-size hex glitter with a smattering of small blue bar glitter. Pretty cool.


Friday, January 23, 2015

Shy Violet (piCture pOlish)

Shy Violet is one of PiCture POlish's blogger collaborations, created in conjunction with Glam Polish. It's a gorgeous purple jelly packed in with holo flakes. Application is smooth, but it is rather sheer, and if you let the first two coats dry a bit, a third coat should do just fine. Due to its jelly formula, be prepared for tip wear soon after.

Shy Violet (piCture pOlish)
The finished effect is absolutely worth it, even for just a day!