Saturday, August 20, 2016

KBShimmer Fall 2016 Collection | Swatches and Review




Today, I have all 12 of the KBShimmer Fall 2016 polishes, an assortment of colors, finishes, and textures to suit your nail needs.  To be honest, this collection feels more like an end of summer collection than a true fall collection to me, but I'm interested to hear your thoughts.  Take a look.
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Sage It Ain't So
Classic KBShimmer multi glitter crelly, this sage mint gave me serious lobster hands.  Formula was a bit thin so I suggest multiple thin coats to get the right opacity and glitter ratio.  
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Sweet Devotion
Worn over a white creme base, Sweet Devotion is another crelly glitter but with a bit of bar glitter thrown in.  I feel like we've seen this type of polish a million times over at this point so while I know I'm the first to pass on a glitter I think I can also unbiasedly say this is a bit of a wash.

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Turning Pointe
But now we're talking!  Turning Pointe is like liquid sand, a holographic mix of pink, gold, green, and purple something that literally pours onto the nails and dries smooth!  I really can't explain this.  It's kinda magical.

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Flake Me Home Tonight
To those that were won over by the Birthstone Collection, pick this one up as well.  Ultra chrome-y, this aqua teal absolutely glowed on the nail.  But, be forewarned: it leaves a lot of shimmery residue when removed.

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Fright This Way
You can actually make out the Flake Me Home residue around my cuticles here (which I thought I got rid of until I saw these swatches downloaded...ugh).  I was kinda disappointed in this polish.  In the bottle, this looked so much more promising with the royal purple flakes floating in the black crelly base.  But on the purple flakes just sank and really didn't show well in contrast to the black.  Normally I love the KBShimmer Halloween additions and this one did not live up to expectations.

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Tiers of Joy
This is what I mean but a classic end of summer collection polish.  Doesn't Tiers of Joy look like sand?  Super pretty, yes, but not quite fall.  A gorgeous nude creme base with the perfect mix of micro glitter and holo specks, it's really a great neutral with a kick.  

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Poppy Kisses
KBShimmer rocks the holo scene, but of course.  Poppy Kisses is the ultimate seasonal red with that soft linear holo its known for.  Formula was a bit weird with this one and it kept pooling in my nail beds.  I had to swatch this 3 times to get it right which is VERY uncommon for me with a KBShimmer polish.

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Orchidding Me?
I have my fair share of purple holographic polishes but Orchidding Me? just took my breath away.  I can't tell you exactly why but it just did.  It's the same sort of linear holo as Poppy Kisses but maybe just the tonality of that purple that I really spoke to me.  Who knows?  But I loved this one to pieces!

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Oh My Ganache
Basic brown holo but I love it nonetheless.  I think I just love all brown polishes.  Is that such a bad thing?

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The Best Mum Ever
Now here's another disappointment from this collection.  The color in this bottle is a rich periwinkle lavender with the most magical pink flakies.  On the nail, the flakies basically disappear and the finish goes kinda dull (the shine you see is from the direct sunlight I shoot my photos in).  I really thought this would be the lilac version of Suit the Breeze but alas, it wasn't.  Bummer.

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Little Boy Hue
Where KBShimmer did not disappoint is in its cremes which are always beyond reproach.  This soft, greyed out cornflower blue is so lovely and a great transitional shade between summer and fall.  A definite staple in any collection.

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Grin and Gerbera It
It's a shame how bright this pink photographed because it's actually the perfect transitional pink.  It's a muted, warm-toned rose with, as Imperfectly Painted beautifully put it, "a kiss of red" to it.  I can see the mauve trend from last year moving into this shade of pink easily.

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You can purchase the Fall 2016 Collection now at KBShimmer.com.




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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Sally Hansen Royal Splendor Collection | Swatches and Review


To give your nails the royal treatment, I suggest trying the new Sally Hansen Royal Splendor Collection available from their Miracle Gel line.  From powdery, pearlescent pinks, to rich, ruby reds, this collection is reminiscent of Versailles.  While I only have 4 polishes from this 7 piece set to show, I think the colors I swatched really highlight the regal Antoinette-esque glamour this collection exudes.
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Regal Rosé
A warm toned peachy pink, this delicate nearly nude glowed from a super fine pearly microshimmer.  The formula was a tad bit runny and thin so I recommend using very thin coats, allowing time between each to avoid dragging.
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Prince Char-mint
I have many mints and aquas, but Prince Char-mint is a classic 1950s refrigerator mint green.  Pastel without being chalky, opaque without bald spots, and refreshing without being too bright, this is a classic shade that I can see brightening the gardens of Versailles.
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Plush Blush
My favorite of the collection!  Plush Blush is a powdery, cool-toned shade with the same lovely pearly shimmer as Regal Rosé.  A bit thicker than it's peachier sister, I'd still suggest going for thinner coats because dragging is a concern with the Miracle Gel formula.  This is three coats.
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Can't Beet Royalty
My camera makes this deep red crelly look a bit lighter than it really is, but imagine this a few shades darker.  The formula was a bit runny also but I find most reds with this formula to be problematic.  The color though is so spot on for fall and is a great foil for the soft pinks of this collection.  I also like that this didn't have any shimmer since I think it would've cheapened the cohesion of the collection and downgraded the sophistication of this oxblood.  So well done, Sally, well done.
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The Sally Hansen Royal Splendor Collection is available in its Miracle Gel line now.



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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Wrenn Polish Swatches and Review


An easy way to transition into fall is by incorporating jewel tones into your nail palette and accessories.  To do so, I recommend checking out Wrenn Shop, which specializes in handmade druzy jewelry pieces.  Only a few months ago, Wrenn branched out into nail polish, producing colors that reflected the stunning pieces sold in their shop.   I previously posted Passionfruit Pink, a stunning golden topaz, and today I have four more shades I highly suggest those anxious for fall tones (and quality polish!) to pick for their autumn nail wear asap!
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A Pirate's Life
The most transitional of the bunch, A Pirate's Life is the color you'd begin wearing in August.  This shimmer in this creme is so fine, it literally glows from this aqua teal blue.  The formula is gloriously buttery and covers in two coats without any staining.  Just magnificent. 
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Better Off Red
The most glowy of the shades is Better Off Red and this baby is literally on fire.  A ruby red shimmer creme, the glow is so strong it basically appears metallic in its finish (although it's not).  Again, the formula is beyond perfect and covers in two coats.
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Feeling Bluzy
There is so much going on in Feeling Bluzy I can barely begin!  The color is just so saturated in this rich navy satin, it scream autumn chic.  The shimmer is a gorgeous purple and teal mixture that makes this appears somewhat duochrome and somewhat metallic.  It's truly just so unique.  And the formula is again, just perfection.  Seriously, this is a lovefest for me.  Two coats here.
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Uncorked
This wine colored oxblood was the only somewhat problem child of the bunch and even then, not so problematic.  It had some issues bleeding into cuticles and only once I uploaded my photos, I saw that two coats were not enough to make this shimmer creme opaque (see the balder spots on my index and ring finger).  Next time, I'll be sure to use three coats but the shade is so perfect for fall it's definitely worth that extra coat.
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Wrenn polish and jewelry (I have two of their bracelets too and love them!) are top notch quality and worth checking out.  I highly, highly, HIGHLY recommend following them on Instagram and signing up for their newsletter because they are constantly having amazing sales on their products.  Plus they are super responsive to their followers making the process of buying so much more rewarding.  Two perfectly polished thumbs up for this new polish brand that is 5 Free, cruelty free, and vegan!

Check them out here!



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Saturday, August 6, 2016

Deborah Lippmann Happy Days Collection | Summer 2016



I'm a huge fan of Deborah Lippmann.  Her polishes are just so en trend and the bottles are chic as all get out.  But the new Gel Lab Pro line has completely won my heart (see my review of the Spring line here for my first love letter).  On top of the impossibly fantastic new brush -- this thing literally covers the nail in one stroke -- the formula promises a world of benefits which include improvements to nail:


Health: evening primrose, keratin, biotin, green tea extract, aucoumea, nonychosine F
Wear: platinum powder, epoxy resin
Shine: silk fibers, plexi glass


Who could ask for more?

Well even if you couldn't, Ms. Lippmann delivers with this four piece set of fun summer shades inspired by all things 1950s (how cute, right?!).  Take a look!
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Beauty School Dropout
Anyone else have the song stuck in their head now?  Ah, I love Grease!  Anyway, what's a '50s collection without a good bubblegum pink?  And this pink is just so perfect in that it's not super Barbie doll (thank God, I'm just so over those) and not super muted which makes for a great medium shade for someone wanting a fun pop of color without looking too young or over the top.  I've already worn this baby quite a bit and love it to pieces!
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My Boyfriend's Back
Another song now stuck in my head!  MBB is such a unique shade for summer, right?  I love how all these brands are reinventing summer this year.  A medium greyed out slate blue, this is what I'd call navy for summer.  While I probably would save this beauty for fall, the formula is still too good not to play with while you have it lying around.  
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Splish Splash
Anyone for a bath?  Haha.  This is like the quintessential beach color, amiright?  This is gem is an almost neon aqua blue creme that is just a delight.  Seriously, just gorgeous and flattering on ANY SKIN TONE.  I dare anyone to prove me wrong on this one.  You may not like the color but it won't look bad on a single solitary soul.
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Happy Days
And the titular polish is this beauty, a coral creamsicle color and the lone shimmer creme in the bunch.  However, I use the term shimmer loosely because the shimmer is very very slight and is barely noticeable on the nail.  It does give it an amazing shine though and what would ordinarily be a basic pink toned salmony orange turns into a real head turner.  Please note though that Happy Days is a tad brighter in real life.
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The Deborah Lippmann Happy Days Collection is available now and can be purchased at Barneys New York, Bloomingdale's, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, Sephora, and deborahlippman.com.  Each polish retails for $20 USD.



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