Monday, June 18, 2012

Zoya Zuza

Hi guys! Recently Zoya offered a promo to get the 'Pinterest' trio for free; just pay shipping! I didn't have any of the colors from the beach or surf collection, so I was really excited to get this trio! The one I was most excited for was 'Zuza'! 'Zuza' is a beautiful mint/aqua green packed with shimmer. It. Is. Gorgeous. I change my nail polish constantly, but I know I'm going to be leaving this color on for a while!! 

The formula on it was a tiny bit thick, and some dragging occurred on areas where polish was reapplied while still wet. I did two coats and the second coat even everything out. Here is 'Zuza'!


Love, love love!! Hope you guys have a great Monday and week!!!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

China Glaze Summer Neons!

Hey Everyone! Just got these in and I couldn't wait to share with you! I haven't wanted an entire collection in forever, but I just HAD to have this one!! So I caved and bought the entire China Glaze Summer Neon Collection! I will try to do real swatches, but in the mean time, here is a cool Instagram Pic!


Holo Hump Day!!!!

Hello fellow nail polish lovers!! Today's mani is another one decided by one of the polish facebook groups I'm in! It's holo hump day (hence the title!) and basically, anything holo goes! For this look I used three polishes from the China Glaze Kaleidoscope collection. I started with 'Octa Gone Wild', then 'Kaleidoscope Him Out', and finished with 'How About a Tumble'. I just free handed stripes... it kind of reminds me of cotton candy - - well, HOLO cotton candy!!!

*Also, please ignore the cut on my pointer!! I cut myself chopping an onion!*


Hope you all have a great Wednesday!!! 

Friday, May 25, 2012

Gradient Friday!

Happy Friday, everybody! Today was declared Gradient Friday by the girls in the nail polish group I'm in on Facebook. Gradients are one of my favorite forms of nail art... they are super easy, and look super cool! I love how you can mix and match colors and make them flow! 

For my gradient today, I started with what I already had on my nails - Orly 'Beach Cruiser'. I don't have a pic of it on its own right now, but I will soon - I got four of the Orly neon polishes and I will save them for their own post! :) On top of that, I sponged some China Glaze OMG polishes! I started with 'BFF', then 
'IDK', and ended with 'DV8'. Added a layer of Seche Vite, and voila!  I think DV8 and IDK could have been better blended, but overall I like it!


Thanks for reading! Also, check out all of the other gradients fellow nail polish lovers created for Gradient Friday!! :) Have a great holiday weekend everyone!!


Monday, May 21, 2012

Sally Hansen Kitty, Kitty!

Hi everyone! I'm not sure if you all have heard about this website or not, but if you haven't, I suggest you join! It's called Influenster, and they have themed boxes known as Vox Boxes. It's free to make an account, and once you have one, you can unlock various badges that pertain to your interests. Then, when Influenster has a new box, they pick people to review it that have unlocked badges that match the products in the box. I got my first Vox Box, which was the spring beauty one. Here is a picture of everything that came in it:

Bath & Body Works Twilight Woods Body Spray, Dr. Scholl's Ball of Foot pads, Aveeno Body Wash, Sheercover Concealer, Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail strips, Chap Stock Shield 365, and  Soy Joy Bar

I already have the concealer, and I LOVE IT. So I'm glad to get another one. It is a very lightweight concealer, and feels sheer on your finger, but it actually has really good coverage! The body spray is a fragrance I hadn't tried yet, and it smells really good, so that was a nice surprise! The scent doesn't last as long as a perfume, but I was able to smell it for a couple of hours after I sprayed it. 

What I want to share with you today are the nail strips! This was the first time I had ever tried them. Here is what the contents looked like:

The color I got is 320 Kitty, Kitty. It is a leopard print pattern - - How did they know I was from Jersey?! :) It came with a cuticle pusher stick, nail file, 16 strips, and an instruction pamphlet. Basically, you make sure your nails are free from debris and oils, and your cuticles are pushed back. Then you take a strip closest to your nail shape, peel off the plastic, stick the decal on, smooth it out and over the tip of your nail, and file off the rest. Here is my nail strip journey:

Pretty neat, I think! Overall I liked these! Once I got the hang of applying them, it was rather quick and easy to put them on. 

Pros:
No drying time - that is awesome! 
Awesome patterns - it's really easy to wear intricate nail art!
Long lasting - I wore mine from Wednesday night to Sunday night with only one small chip

Cons:
Takes a while to get the hang of applying these - it took me about 3 nails worth of strips to get how to apply these. I wasted one decal in the process
Doesn't perfectly cover the nail - As you can see in my last picture, there is still some nail showing on the side of my ring finger nail. If I went to a larger size, the decal would have gone onto my finger itself.
You get 16 in a pack - You only have 10 fingers, so you are paying for 6 extra stickers that you may not use. But since there are only 16, you can only get one application out of them. I suppose if you cut the strips in half you could get two manicure's worth out of one package, but that's extra work on your part.

At the end of the day I love these for the cool patterns and no dry time. I probably wouldn't use them for just a plain color look, since applying actual nail polish does that better.

Thanks for reading!

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Toxic Seaweed

Hi guys! Today I wanted to share a beautiful polish with you! This is Toxic Seaweed, by Cult Nails! Cult Nails makes some gorgeous nail polish, and Toxic Seaweed is no exception! It's an aqua/teal jelly base packed with green glitter and tiny flake particles that take on a coppery color in the bottle. Let's take a look at some pictures!

Cult Nails Toxic Seaweed

That's three coats! Really pretty, huh!? This polish can be purchased over at Cult Nails.

Have a great day!

Monday, May 14, 2012

Tropical Gradient

Hi everyone! I know, I know it's been forever. My life just got so busy, and I find myself wrapped up in the Cali lifestyle... I guess meaning spending more time outside and less in front of a computer? I haven't stopped doing my nails though, and have pretty much like a jillion polishes to share! I am going to try my best to keep this going, as I truly do enjoy it!

To get back in the *hopeful* groove, I'm starting with a gradient! This is one of my favorite types of nail art... I just love how the colors blend together, and shift into each other. For this look I used all Illamasqua polishes. "Collide" is the base, and then I sponged on "Stance" and "Nomad". Topped off with some Seche Vite and voila! Smooth, glassy, colorful nails! These colors make me think of a tropical island... perhaps with a tropical cocktail in hand?


Have a nice day!

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

LIQUID GLITZ!

Hi everybody! I know I have been MIA lately, but it's for a good reason! I have been working on my own nail polish line, and I am finally set up to share it with all of you!! First, my line is called Liquid Glitz. I have started a blog just for my polishes (so I can continue to share various brands on this blog), so you can check it out here: LIQUID GLITZ!!!!!! (Thank you to the fabulous Sarah from Chalkboard Nails, for helping me with the layout!!)

Here are some pics of a sample of my babies:




Next, I have opened up shop on Etsy! Some stuff is sold out already, but I will be adding more! You can view the shop here: Liquid Glitz Etsy Shop

Lastly, I have created a facebook page to keep people up to date with what's going on! Please follow if you like! Liquid Glitz Facebook

I hope to be back to regular posting soon! I have some great stuff to show you guys! Now that I have this polish creation underway, I am hoping I will have more time to paint my own nails! I hope you guys like what I have made, and if you have any questions or comments or anything, please let me know!!! :)

Friday, March 2, 2012

DNA

Hey Guys! Today I want to share with you some polishes I received from the lovely Paula from Brasil! She was showing me swatches of polishes, and as soon as I saw these, I HAD to have them. They are the brand DNA, and the caps say Italy on them! My motherland!!!!! So here are some pictures of the three I have!

First up is "Natale". It's a blood red polish with a slight silver sheen in it. It's also kind of jelly-ish, in that it took a couple of coats to hide any visible nail line. These pictures are 3 medium coats.




Next up is "Cosmo". "Cosmo" is a pinkish-purple foil finish polish. This applied easily, and was opaque in two coats. I really love the finish on this polish! It reminds me of a Funky Fingers polish called "Favorite Girl". I'll have to see how similar they are.





Last up is my FAVORITE of the three. This one is named "Spazio" and it is a blue based purple foil! I just love, love, love the color!! This is two coats:






Thanks again Paula, for these great polishes!!! Have a great day everyone!