Sunday, February 7, 2016

KBShimmer Birthstone Collection | Winter 2016


In trying to catch up, I have half of the KBShimmer Birthstone collection, six insanely special polishes reflecting each month's birthstone.  Each polish is semi metallic, but shimmery, yet flushed with holographic sparkle -- just so super complex, I've never seen polish quite like these.  Sadly, the holographic sparkle just refuses to photograph either in natural light or in flash so you'll just have to take my word for it or visit the KBShimmer Facebook page for some videos of these polishes in action to see what I mean.  Still photos simply don't do these justice.

So on that note, I will do my best to describe the color of the polish, keeping in mind the fact that the sparkle exists in every single polish despite it not really showing in my pictures (insert super sad face here.)
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Garnet
For January, a deep oxblood jelly base with almost burnished red shimmer flaked shimmer and sparkle.  A definite favorite.  Requires top coat to smooth out finish.
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Sapphire
A brighter version of September's birthstone, Sapphire is high on the metallic/foil and positively reflects from all angles.  Add in the sparkle and this could stop traffic!
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Aquamarine
A pale icy blue foil, March's birthstone is a fresh take on a Princess Elsa polish that's still fun and chic.  Equally as mesmerizing as Sapphire but more flattering on my skintone.
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Amethyst
I love this royal shade of purple for February's birthstone and the sparkle is divine, but I didn't love the formula as much as the rest of the polishes.  Amethyst was a bit goopier and didn't apply as easily.  Even with topcoat, you can see it doesn't finish as smoothly as seen on my middle finger.  Shame.
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Diamond
This may look like a standard silver foil, but once again, I must remind you to remember the holographic shimmer in this polish.  April girls are lucky to have this baby as their birthstone!
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Black Pearl
My birthday is June 20 so I was excited to see what KBShimmer would have for us June babies.  I was quite pleased to see they went the route of the black pearl with a soft green shift amidst the holo shimmer.  Sadly, the formula was similar to Amethyst so it applied a bit goopy and uneven but the color is divine.  
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Twinsie Tuesday | Mix and Match


Hi there!  Been awhile.

Sorry for my blog hiatus.  It wasn't necessarily planned but kinda happened while life got in the way.  I'm sure you know the deal: wedding plans, work, a move, health stuff, etc.  Normal life things and the next thing you know you haven't blogged in month.  Seriously a whole month.  I feel terrible and I'm sorry I've been so MIA.  Especially since I have so many goodies to show you that I haven't been able to lately!

But I'm back.  Slowly but surely, I am.  So bear with me as I find my way but I'm back this Twinsie Tuesday with a Mix and Match mani.  My mix and matching is of 2 OPI Collections: the Venice Collection and the most recent Hello Kitty one.  Inspired by Anne's OPI skittles, I used Let's Be Friends on my index and pinkie, the palest of pink cremes (almost a white pink) that applies fairly well for what should otherwise be a chalky color.  On my middle finger is Gelato on My Mind, a cool toned aqua mint creme.  I have many mints and aqua pastels but I don't have anything quite like this in my collection and I just love it!  It's a bit thin so I suggest 3 coats with time between each to dry.  Lastly, on my ring finger is Purple Palazzo Pants, a pinky lilac creme which is so my jam these days.  Perfect application and just a lovely girly neutral.


I tried stamping over this but it was sadly a huge fail.  But nevertheless, I love this mix and match skittle and hope you do too!  

For more mix and match manis, be sure to take a look at my Twinsies' blogs by clicking their links below.



Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Marisa at Polish Those Nails
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes 




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Friday, January 1, 2016

Nonie Creme Colour Prevails Blue Blood


Happy New Year!

To start the new year, here's a new brand to the blog: Nonie Creme Colour Prevails.  From what I understand, Nonie Creme used to work for Butter London but left to create her own company found exclusively now at select Walgreens.  I've seen the butterfly winged items at my local Walgreens but was never particularly entranced until I came across this swatch of Blue Blood on Michelle's blog.

Before swatching, I asked on Instagram if anyone had any questions about this color/brand.  The first question was about the butterfly wing cap.  No surprises there.  Personally, I find the look to be unappealing and frankly a little cheap.  If it wasn't for the swatch I saw online, I would certainly not have shelled out $8 on such a small bottle of polish with such a silly looking cap.  However, using the cap really wasn't so bad.  Michelle has a great pictorial on how she used the cap to polish but I must admit that I actually found it much easier to polish with the wing facing upwards.   The brush is a bit thinner than I would have liked and you have to be careful when putting the wand back in the bottle since the the butterfly wing will tip over the bottle if it's not screwed in properly (not weighted evenly), but otherwise, not as big of a pain as one would have imagined.

The second question is if it was a dupe for Zoya Storm.  And the answer to that in unequivocally no.  Storm is a glorious deep cobalt with scattered holographic sparkle.  Blue Blood is an inky blue creme with aqua microshimmer than is sadly only visible in direct light as you can see from the angles in which the sun is hitting my nails and the bottle.  Truly a disappointing polish in my opinion.

This was two coats.





Sadly, I don't think I'll be keeping this polish.  For the size and lack of payoff, I just don't want the hassle of finding a way to shove this into my polish drawers (where would it even fit?).  Plus the thin brush just made me give up at the end and created funky lines at the cuticle line.  Oh well.  So much for starting the new year with a bang!



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Friday, December 25, 2015

Colores de Carol Holiday Collection | Winter 2015


Merry Christmas!

To everyone who celebrates and those who don't, wishing you and yours a happy holiday season!

To end the day, I have another great collection from one of my favorite indie brands, Colores de Carol, who is currently running a sale on all the polishes shown below.  More details at the bottom of the post, but in the meantime, enjoy the polishes!
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Marshmallow Candy Apple
A bright red jelly, Marshmallow Candy Apple is heavy on ruby red glitter with sparse large red circle glitters and random golden glitter.  I think this would've been a real knockout without the circle glitter and the gold medium sized glitter and instead replaced with the same sized golden shimmer and the ruby.  Either way, application was easy but the glitter is heavy and tends to pool at the cuticle line.  Top coat definitely needed for this glossy look.
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Tree in a Bottle
While I'm not into glitter, especially oddly shaped glitter, something is really cool about Tree in a Bottle.  This evergreen jelly covers in 3 coats and the star and mini circle glitter really does add a nice touch.  Again, topcoat needed.
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Midnight Jewel
Carolina's holos are my favorites and Midnight Jewel reminds me why!  This navy teal is just magnificent and the shimmery holo is a soft linear that sparkles in all lights magically.  Two coats of absolute perfection.
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Jelly Christmas
Jelly Christmas is a cobalt jelly that covers perfectly.  I don't love the odd shaped glitter thrown in there but the color is something, isn't it?
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Juguetes
Another of Carolina's milky cremes, Juguetes is a white creme base that's confetti'ed with red and green square, triangle, and bar matte glitter.  Super fun and 3 coats needed for opacity.
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Gingerbread Cupcakes
I posted this beauty on Instagram while I wore this -- it's just so stunning!  A cocoa brown shimmer with light linear holo, Gingerbread Cupcakes is another winning CdC polish.  Two coats of gorgeousness.
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The Miracle of Hanukkah
This azure blue crelly is near and dear to my heart.  Carolina actually reached out to me when she created this for an apt name that would suit the polish and holiday since she knew I celebrated it.  I think the name fits the beauty of both!  What's unfortunate is that photos can't pick up the pink shimmer shift in this polish.  Seriously, this is just an unbelievable shade.  And I love Carolina for making this.
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Sugarplum Sprinkles
Another shimmer holo!  And in violet!  Enough said.
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Feliz Ano
Perfect for New Years, this foil applies without any streaks or strokes!  Seriously, this might be the best foil/metallic I've ever used.  It looks silver but it also has a soft pale champagne gold tint to it that makes it even more amazing.  Simply perfect in two coats.
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Vintage Lights
While not meant to be layered, I chose to polish Vintage Lights over Feliz Ano to see how the goldish silver glitter and hints of red, mint, and blue glitter would pick up over the smooth metallic base.  In person, it looked pretty cool but in my photo I think it looks quite busy.  However, this polish is so delicate and seasonal.  A must have for those that like holiday glitter!
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This collection is available on the Colores de Carol shop here and is currently on sale NOW.  Each polish is currently $7.00 or you can buy the entire collection for $50.50 -- but get it quick, once these are gone, they are not coming back!




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Tuesday, December 15, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday | Holiday Special


Despite our month hiatus, the Twinsies are back today with a holiday special mani!

In theory, I wanted to do a mani that looked like a present.  Holiday-neutral, using the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel chrome foils which are perfect for this time of the year.  I started with a base of Sally Hansen Himalaya, a nude creme from last year's designer collaboration series.  Once dry, I used Born Pretty Store plaid pattern nail vinyls to create the gift wrapped look.  I've had pretty good luck with nail vinyls in the past, unfortunately, not all nail vinyls are created equal.  These both stuck too hard in places and pulled up the base mani color and stuck too loosely allowing the top color to bleed through (look at my ring finger...so upsetting).

What's not upsetting are the Miracle Gels, but that's no surprise as I'm a huge fan of this line.  The colors I used for the metallic look are Terra-Coppa (also the base for my index finger), a pink-toned copper with silver shimmer; Buffalo Nickel, a classic silver chrome with great shimmer; and Game of Chromes which also shares that delicate silver shimmer giving it a really light gold appearance that I love.  I accented my index with an OPI stud gifted to me by my Twinsie Chelsea.  Not sure what I was going for with that but it brings out the chrome from the rest of the nails so there's that.




While not my favorite mani I've ever done, I figured I'd show you the truth behind the nail vinyls in case anyone was interested in purchasing these.  Nevertheless, I highly recommend the Sally Hansen Miracle Gels.  These polishes last and the color range is insane for a gel polish line that comes off with basic remover and is sold in drugstores. 

Anyways, wishing everyone a happy and a healthy holiday season and a very happy new year!




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Claire at Kerruticles
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Sharon at Behind Green Eyes



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