Monday, April 30, 2012

Chanel Distraction

I love Chanel nail polishes and once in a while when the brand launches new collection I cannot resist. Also Chanel has never done anything extraordinary in terms of nail polish textures; there is at least one color every season that stands out from the nail polish “crowd”.
I was looking for an elegant coral nail polish for almost a year now. When you have more than 300 polishes you become very picky about the slightest differences in the color. I couldn’t find what I wanted: some of the polishes were too bright, so, on contrary, too pale.
Chanel Distraction from the Roses Ultimes Collection is exactly what I wanted – not too pink or red and not too orange. It’s a delicate coral shade with pink shimmer that is almost not visible on the nails. I used 2 coats. The only downside in this polish for me is the brush. It’s too narrow. Overall, I didn’t have problems with the application.

chanel roses ultimes collection distraction nail polish

chanel  distraction nail polish  swatches and review

chanel roses ultimes collection distraction

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Candeo Jellybean

I’ve recently discovered another really cool indie brand – Candeo Colors.

Candeo Jellybean is light mustard creme with bright hexagon purple, blue and pink glitter. It also contains tiny lime, yellow and pink particles.

I wish I’ve received it before Easter; it reminds me of a fancy painted egg 

The formula is really good. I generally prefer to use this kind of nail polishes without the base. In the case of Jellybean , creamy base is pigmented enough. I used 2 coats.

You can check out Candeo Colors nail polish collection on Etsy (here) or on Facebook (here).

candeo colors jellybean

candeo colors jellybean swatches and review

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Hungry Asian Strawberry

Today’s post is about Strawberry by Hungry Asian. The idea is so simple, yet the implementation is fantastic. The vibrant bold red color and black small glitter create quite a realistic effect. 

Strawberry's formula is very easy to apply, and the nail polish dries in seconds. I used 2 coats and Butter London top coat for a little extra shine. The polish is very thin and a little runny, but I had no problems with application at all. I actually liked that it is very airy and lightweight.

I ordered my Hungry Asian Polishes through her Etsy store, but you can also check out her blog for more information (here).

hungry asian strawberry

hungry asian strawberry swatches and review

hungry asian strawberry swatches

Friday, April 27, 2012

A-England Princess Tears

Princess Tears is a subtle gracious lilac holo with dusty grey flashes. It doesn’t have a screaming holographic effect, but slight grey base shows under the certain light as a touch of sadness.

a-england princess tears swatches and review

a-england princess tears swatches

a-england princess tears the legends collection nail polish

Thursday, April 26, 2012

Kleancolor Sparkle Emerald

Sparkle Emerald is a glitter top coat with an iridescent touch. The glitter is teal, green and silver. This polish is definitely not associated in my mind with the vibrant color of the emerald. It reminds me of a mermaid. 

I used Girly Bits Stormy Skies as a base. Overall, Kleancolor Sparkle Emerald is stunning. Formula has couple of downsides similar to that of other Kleancolor jelly based polishes: it’s thick and dries forever even with Seche Vite.

If you are patient enough to wait until it dries you won’t be disappointed with it 

kleancolor Emerald Sparkle

kleancolor Emerald Sparkle swatches and review

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Fishnet Manicure with Zoya Bevin

Hi Ladies,

Some time ago I bought striping tape for nail art on eBay (here). It’s inexpensive and you can make a lot of interesting geometric designs using it. I bought 12 rolls of different colors for 3$.
So, in upcoming weeks you will see me posting some nail art using striping tape once in a while 

As a base I used Zoya Bevin from True Collection. It’s a beautiful dusty baby blue with grey undertones.

The tape I used is black with the prism effect that you can see on some of the pictures.

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Orly Purple Velvet

Orly Purple Velvet is one of the first matte polishes on the market. It’ was a part of Matte Collection of 2009.

Purple Velvet is a deep grape purple with velvet finish. The polish when dry also has a slight rubber effect. 

I like to use it as a base coat for flakies and other fancy top coats, because the color is opaque, it dries fast and makes the smooth base foundation.

orly purple velvet nail polish

orly purple velvet nail polish swatches and review

Monday, April 23, 2012

Kleancolor Holo Green

Kleancolor Holo Green is a light lime holographic nail polish. I love the color, but the formula is horrible. 
Holo Green has a jelly base that dries extremely slowly. One coat coverage is too thick, but doesn't give enough opacity. 
With that said, if you manage to wait until it dries J; the final effect is very sparkly and pretty.

kleancolor holo green

kleancolor holo green swatches

kleancolor holo green swatches and review

kleancolor holo green nail polish swatch

Friday, April 20, 2012

Revlon Facets of Fuchsia

I have had Facets of Fuchsia for a while now, but it completely got lost in my other glitters. I think it deserves some attention.

Facets of Fuchsia is a black jelly nail polish with purple glitter of different sizes. It is a dupe to Deborah Lippmann’s Bad Romance. Personally, I think it is slightly more beautiful because it have bigger particles than the latter one. 

Originally Facets of Fuchsia was a limited edition nail polish, but because of the huge popularity Revlon included it in the permanent collection. Currently it goes by the name “Scandalous”.

revlon Facets of Fuchsia Scandalous

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A-England – Princess Sabra

Hi Ladies!

Today’s post is about A-England’s Princess Sabra from The Legends Collection. I saw a lot of the swatches of Princess Sabra, but as I try to cut my overspending on nail polishes, I decided that I will get only 3 from The Legends collection – Dragon, St. George and Ascalon. But…..later that month there was 30% sale on the website, so I just couldn’t pass the opportunity to get some other A-England polishes.

If you are the follower of my blog you’ve read multiple posts about how much I love A-England. The quality and the formula of all the polishes are amazing. It’s flawless, dries fast and easy to apply. The color palette is very unique as well.

Princess Sabra is an olive based holographic nail polish with golden undertones. It is not multi-chrome like half of the polishes in this collection, but it is still very unique and stunning. Holographic effect is mostly visible in fluorescent light.

a-england the legends collection princess sabra

a-england princess sabra swatches and review

a-england princess sabra swatches and review

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Kleancolor Brown

 Kleancolor Brown is an orangey brick crème. It is much darker than OPI Ginger Bells, but has the same vibe and color undertones. I can’t say that it’s brown in my opinion; nevertheless it is a pretty color.

The formula is average, it's not runny. The nail polish dries fast unlike some of the other Kleancolor polishes. The finish is glossy.

kleancolor brown swatches

kleancolor brown swatches and review

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Girly Bits Stormy Skies

I ordered this one along with the Shift Happens directly from Pam. It took a while to receive, but the package was definitely worth the wait!

Stormy Skies is a mix of grey and blue cream base with tiny holo glitter. The formula is fine; I’ve seen better ones from the other indie polishes though. With that said, I absolutely love the formula of Shift Happens, so I think it is just this one. I applied 3 coats, because after a second coat I could still see some less pigmented spots. But, overall the color is lovely and it dries fast.

You can order Stormy Skies and other Girly Bits beautiful creations directly from Pam (here) or from Llarowe shop (here).

girly bits stormy skies

girly bits stormy skies swatches and review

girly bits stormy skies swatches

Monday, April 16, 2012

Tony Moly GT05 Jupiter

As a lover of purple nail polishes, I’m totally mesmerized by the beauty of Jupiter by Tony Moly. It’s a deep purple base with tiny purple-pink and bigger blue glitter. The formula of Jupiter is different than that of the other polishes from Galaxy collection. It’s not as “top coat hungry” as the other ones, mostly because the nail polish has less glitter.

tony moly galaxy collection gt05 jupiter

tony moly galaxy collection gt05 jupiter swatches

tony moly galaxy collection gt05 jupiter review and swatches

tony moly gt05 jupiter

Sunday, April 15, 2012

Technic Carnival

Hello Ladies!

After Deborah Lippmann’s Happy Birthday has been released, a lot of brands duped this gorgeous nail polish. Essence, Wet n’ Wild, OPI made it more accessible to the masses. 

Today’s post is about Technic Carnival that is also a very close dupe to DL. I haven’t seen this brand anywhere in US. I ordered my on eBay from UK seller. 

Carnival is a chunky glitter top coat sparkling with multiple bright colors. It has more metallic turquoise particles that DL and the other dupes .That’s why I like it more than the other dupes.

technic carnival

technic carnival swatches and review

technic carnival swatches

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Tony Moly GT04 Neptune

Neptune is another polish from Tony Moly Galaxy collection. It is a bright green glitter of multiple sizes. It reminded me of a Christmas tree very sparkle and green 
J. I used no top coat, because it wouldn't help anyways – this glitter absorbs the top coat completely.

The color is definitely beautiful, but has nothing to do with the name. Neptune (the planet) is not green at all to me, but blue instead.

tony moly galaxy collection gt04 Neptune

tony moly galaxy collection gt04 Neptune swatches and review

tony moly galaxy collection gt04 Neptune swatches

tony moly gt04 Neptune

tony moly gt04 Neptune swatch

Friday, April 13, 2012

Metal Cross manicure

Cross Manicure is just a little experiment with the metal stud rhinestones. I got them on Ebay for 4$. Shipping takes a while though.
First I applied OPI Suzi says Feng Shui as a base coat. I used tweezers to apply every rhinestone on a base that still haven’t dried completely. Then I covered finished design with 1 coat of top coat.

metal cross stud rhinestones manicure

metal cross stud rhinestones nail art

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Nerd Lacquer All of Time and Space

Nerd Lacquer All of Time and Space is a sheer mint turquoise with silver and bright fuchsia glitter. It’s quite a “naughty” one to photograph; pictures do not reveal the entire gorgeousness of it.

nerd lacquer all of time and space
nerd lacquer all of time and space swatches
nerd lacquer all of time and space swatches and review

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Mr.Mustache Manicure

Some time ago I got cool mustache and goggles water decals. I had some time this weekend, so I thought I would try them out.

The application is very easy – you have to sink it in water and apply it to your nail. Then accurately move decals to the proper place. Apply 1-2 coats of the topcoat and…Done!

Mustache decals fit perfectly, but goggles are a little too big for my nails. I ordered standard “adult“ size, but next time I will try “child” size.

I got my decals on eBay for less than 2$. There are 20 of them in the pack. The seller also has cool Fedora Hat decals. You can check it here.

mustache manicure

mustache water decals nail art

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Zoya Jules

I got this nail polish from the lovely lady KristinaJ This is my first swap! I loved everything I have received from her J I hope you will love goodies I sent you as well.

I also updated the format of the photos. I made them bigger. So, tell me whether you like previous size of the photos or this one better. Thanks...

Zoya Jules is champagne shimmer with golden dust. Although I’m not a huge fan of shimmers, I really liked Jules. It also has slight taupe and grey undertones that make it unique. It is a timeless creation suitable for work or going out.

zoya jules
zoya jules swatches and review
zoya jules swatches
zoya jules swatch