Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Matte and Gloss


Happy Tuesday, all.

Today's Twinsie Tuesday challenge of matte and gloss is an interesting one, and one that I actually spent a lot of time thinking about.  Initially, I wanted to do something along the lines of my Inspired by a Magazine manicure that involved a matte and similarly colored creme polish.  But since I felt that copying myself was a bit of a bust, I decided to whip out some black and white matte glitter and see what I could create.

I began with Sephora by OPI White Hot, a really amazing bright white creme that I'm so happy I snagged before the SOPIs went kaput.  For an accent, I used Orly Goth, a glossy black creme with silver microglitter that are sadly not as visible on the nail as they are in the bottle.  To add that bit of matte, I layered two coats of Salon Perfect Touchy Feely over the white, providing a cookies and cream appearance.  Sadly, the white matte glitters disappeared over the matching base, but I'm not sure why I expected anything different.



I'm not sure whether or not I totally love my final product but I'm proud that I stretched myself in this interpretation of gloss and matte.  What do you think?

For more gloss and matte manis, make sure to check out my Twinsies' posts by clicking their links below!




Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Rachel at Top Coat It
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Traci at DrinkCitra



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Sunday, April 20, 2014

Nayll I'm on the VIP List


While my previous two Nayll posts (seen here and here) were my own custom design polishes, I thought it was also important to highlight that Nayll.com also has its own purchasable collections for those that may not be ready to venture into frankening just quite yet.

Nayll's I'm on the VIP List is a light purple jelly flushed with hot pink hex and bright purple square glitters.  While the jelly is fairly sheer, it does change the color of the base polish if you choose to layer it, as I did over Essie My Better Half.  As you can see, the jelly didn't lay evenly, leaving he pinky lavender base looking a bit water-colored.  Not the worst effect in the world (especially with all these sheer tints hitting the market) but something I thought I should mention.

The glitters are really what sold me on VIP List since I'm obsessed with the pairing of hot pink and bright purple.  The glitters applied somewhat evenly although looking at my swatch, I might have liked them more if I used two coats over the Essie instead of one thick one.




Can you see the fire in the hot pink hex glitter?  How amazing is that? 

Sara, Nayll's creator, has also provided Amandalandish readers with a special offer of 30% off their first Nayll.com order.  Just use the code AMANDA30 and you're all set!
Good until April 30.

Stay up to date with Nayll on social media (and you should definitely follow since there's lot more coming our way!):




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Friday, April 18, 2014

China Glaze City Flourish Collection for Spring 2014




Pastels are in for spring, but the China Glaze City Flourish Collection highlights that neon pastels and rich cremes are the way to go for Spring 2014.  Take a look!

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At Vase Value
A pale aqua mint, At Vase Value is one of the stars of this show.  While I'm pretty certain this may be a dupe to Essie Mint Candy Apple, I still highly recommend this bright pastel.  Fabulous formula, covering in 2-3 coats.
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Spring in My Step
I have such a weakness for peachy pinks and this bright pastel hits its mark.  Streaky on the first coat, this levels beautifully on coat two.  This is truly the essence of spring romance, if spring romance had a color that is.
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Thistle Do Nicely
My apologies for Thistle Do Nicely, but my swatches are not color accurate.  This neon pink leaning towards coral completely spazzed out my camera.  It took two days for me to grab this shot and it's not even remotely as pink as it is in person.  Fabulous neon though with an excellent formula, no need for white undies whatsoever. 
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Metro P
ollen-tin
Yellows are everywhere lately so Metro Pollen-tin (ouch) is not out of place.  A warm, orange toned yellow, Metro applies with none of the usual streakiness.  Not sure how I feel about this egg yolk tone on me, but I definitely see an audience loving it.
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Grass is Lime Greener
Enter more neons! GLG is such a fun neon pastel and a nice turn from the normal slime green neons of yore.  Again, perfect formula.
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Lotus Begin
My personal favorite (any surprise?), Lotus Begin is a neon lavender.  How cool is that?  I literally drool over this delicious lilac and its equally delectable formula.  This is a must buy for any and all purple lovers!
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What a Pansy
A dusty blurple creme, What a Pansy is a tad brighter in person.  Great formula but not the most unique color in the world.
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China Glaze City Flourish is available now. 




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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Giveaway Winner Announced!


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Nayll Plum Stroked


Today, I have my second Nayll polish creation to show you!  In case you missed my first Nayll swatch of January 1, I recommend you click here to check out my very first custom designed polish with the details of the easy creation process at Nayll.com.  

As an unabashed purple lover, I knew one of my creations would need to be in my signature hue.  Enter Plum Stroked, my mix of lavender holographic microglitters.  I'm not 100% sure where I was going with the name (maybe a riff of sun stroked?), but one coat over China Glaze Lotus Begin and it didn't matter.  Look at this fantastical flurry of pastel iridescence in action!







If I didn't convince you the first time that Nayll is a brand you need to be trying, I'm pretty sure Plum Stroked has.  I mean, come onnnnn, how pretty is this baby?  And all it took was less than five clicks of a mouse for me!

Sara, Nayll's creator, has also provided Amandalandish readers with a special offer of 30% off their first Nayll.com order.  Just use the code AMANDA30 and you're all set!
Good until April 30.

Stay up to date with Nayll on social media (and you should definitely follow since there's lot more coming our way!):





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