Friday, January 30, 2015

L'oreal Masked Affair


If you have an Instagram account, you have probably been witness to the virtual drooling that has gone on at the hands of L'oreal Masked Affair.  From L'oreal's Shades of Grey-inspired collection, Masked Affair is the real winner (the rest of the shades, while lovely in the bottles, are mostly textureds which I had to pass on).  A grey-toned lilac linear holographic, what really makes this a must have for me is the additional sparkle thrown into the formula.

Unlike other linear holographics that just look muted when not in direct sunlight, that extra bit of micro glass fleck shimmer keeps this interesting even in normal light.  On top of that, the color is just unbelievable.  I'm a sucker for greys and purples (as you well know) so of course I'm smitten by this shade.

This is two or three coats -- sorry, I can't remember!  But it applied perfectly! 







Isn't this just a stunner?  Have you been able to get your hands on this beauty?



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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Zoya Naturel Satin Collection | Winter to Spring Transitional 2015




Super soft pastel cremes are everywhere for spring, so it's no shock that Zoya's transitional collection is comprised of six beautifully dusky pastels that dry semi-matte.  The Satin Collection -- and I mean each and every bottle -- is a must have for those seeking a palette cleanser, delicate colors, or chic neutral shades.

As a warning, while these apply really smoothly in two coats, they do leave some bald spots.  I recommend a third to even everything out, although the third coat is a bit tricky because the semi matte finish tends to streak the polish.  Just be careful and apply as much polish as you possibly can on the third coat for a smooth, satiny finish.  Believe me, it's worth it.  Take a look!
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Sage
A mossy sage green.
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Ana
A light toasted almond.
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Brittany
A rose mauve cream.
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Tove
A misty slate grey.
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Leah
A lavender tinged taupe.
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Rowan
A suede taupe cream.
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The Zoya Naturel Satin Collection is available now at zoya.com.



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Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday | Inspired by a Celebrity


Sheer pastel polish was all over this year's Golden Globe red carpet.  One of my favorite looks was Amy Adams, who paired her lilac Versace Grecian one shoulder with diamonds and Deborah Lippmann Chantilly Lace from the Spring 2015 Whisper Collection.  Take a look.


Needing to get on board with this nail trend, I knew that I wanted to use Amy Adams as my celebrity inspiration for this week's Twinsie Tuesday prompt.  While Deborah Lippmann topped over Amy Adams's Chantilly Lace with Bring on the Bling, a diamond shimmer, I chose to go with just showcasing the main color (also because I don't own Bring on the Bling, but honestly, I didn't want to mess with the simple beauty of Chantilly Lace).  

Chantilly Lace is powdery pink jelly with a delicate iridescent shimmer running throughout.  The polish is very sheer but buildable; my mani looks considerably more sheer than Amy Adams's and my guess is because I used 4 coats for this mani (although it looked basically identical at 3, I just needed to cover bald spots that were only noticeable in photos).

Here is Deborah Lippmann Chantilly Lace in all her beautiful, delicate glory.



The macro was the only shot I could really capture the shimmer but in real life, the iridescent glow is so much more apparent.  Like I said before, Chantilly Lace is a real beauty and the gem in any spring wardrobe.

You can purchase Chantilly Lace and the rest of the Whisper Collection at deborahlippmann.com, Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Nordstrom, and Sephora.

For more celebrity inspired looks, make sure to check out my Twinsies' blogs linked below.



Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas




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Monday, January 26, 2015

SinfulColors Flirt with Hearts Collection | Valentine's Day 2015



Okay, so I may have overdone it with hearts with my swatch collage, but with a collection this cutesie for Valentine's Day, I couldn't control myself.

SinfulColors has repromoted some of their prettiest pinks, reds, and purples to complement Love Sprinkles, a new heart shaped glitter topper.  Take a look at the perfect V-Day nail colors that you can wear for only $1.99!
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Love Sprinkles
Swatched over Deborah Lippmann Chantilly Lace (see full swatch tomorrow!), this white matte heart and hex glitter is super cute over the pink!  The clear jelly is a bit thick so you'll need to dab to get the hearts but it's totally worth it.  I kinda wish there was some light sparkle in this to really make the hearts stand out but it's still really cute!
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Daredevil
A shimmery, electric neon pink that doesn't dry matte?  Count me in.  Daredevil is just fantastically happy and bright and something I know that will be on my toes a lot this upcoming summer.  I believe it's also a dupe of Zoya Lola, which is great since this is considerably cheaper.
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Boom Boom
So Boom Boom killed my camera here.  This is not color accurate at all, which is bizarre because I check my photos as I take them and this was not the color that appeared in my camera view screen while I was photographing it.  However, if you Google image Boom Boom, those aren't color accurate either.  Boom Boom is a red-toned purple neon that leans slightly pink, so think this only a bit redder.  It's a bit thin so I recommend three coats for opacity.  Weird fact: it's supposed to be matte however it didn't dry matte on me.  Go figure.  Either way, a really pretty neon and totally worth risking the color accuracy if you choose to buy it.
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GoGo Girl
Hello, gorgeous!  A candy apple red jelly that is classy, chic, and bright all at the same time, GoGo Girl is a must-have for any red nail polish lovers.  A bit thin, be careful about applying, but it does dry opaque and to a shiny finish in three coats.  Love, love, love!
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You can purchase SinfulColors Flirt with Hearts Collection beginning in February.  Hurry though, Love Sprinkles is limited editiion!

You can also find more information by visiting the SinfulColors social media site:
Website | Facebook | Twitter |Instagram



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Friday, January 23, 2015

Londontown Metallic Collection | Fall/Winter 2014




I know it's been a bit since I last posted, but coming back from overseas after two weeks and then getting tonsillitis takes a bit out of you.  My first week back at work was exhausting and it took me until today to really build the energy to start swatching again.  But I'm back and have five new polishes from the Londontown Fall/Winter 2014 Metallic Collection (although these are more jewel tone duochrome shimmers than metallic).

Here's some details about Londontown, in addition to their Kur line designed for nail care, their Lakur line is a full range of polishes each infused with the special nail care remedy passed down from the creator's grandmother.  What was that special formula, you might ask?

Rapeseed flower oil, cucumber extract, evening primrose oil, and chamomile extract to nourish and hydrate nails.
Vitamins A and E and biotin to accelerate nail growth.
Calcium, iron, and garlic to strength and increase thickness of nails.
Coconut oil and lavender whose anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties prevent nails from yellowing.

Now with all those exciting properties, aren't you excited to see the polish?  Here they are!
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Posh Rising
A smoky black creme, the ribbons of silver shimmer add the most beautiful touch to this polish.  There's nothing stark about Posh Rising and could very well become my new favorite black polish.  Amazing formula and covered in 2-3 coats.
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Cockney Glam
My favorite of the bunch, Cockney Glam is a deep burgundy shimmer with a slightly duochrome shift towards gold and green.  Just stunningly rich and wintery.  2-3 coats.
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Skyline Reflect
A strong grey duochrome shimmer with shifts to purple and blue, Skyline Reflect was a bit disappointing.  The formula was excellent (3 coats here) but I'm just not sold on the color.  While my photo makes this look a bit streaky, it actually isn't in real life and my hesitation to love this is probably in the fact that it doesn't have a definite color.  That may be a selling point for true duochrome lovers, but it's putting me on the fence with this one.
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Londonium
In the bottle, this looks identical to Cockney Glam, however on the nail this is much more brown based and has a slighter duochrome shift towards purple and gold.  It doesn't dry to the same shine as Cockney Glam but it's certainly another gorgeous winter shade.  2-3 coats.
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Smashing Majesty
A gleaming sapphire, Smashing Majesty has shimmery jewel tone quality that absolutely glows.  The formula was thin but built up nicely in 3 coats.  Just stunning.
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Londontown Lakur is available now on their website for $16 a bottle.



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