Friday, May 31, 2013

L'Oreal Miss Candy Jellies

I've been in love with jelly sandwiches ever since I found out their existence. So when I saw that L'Oreal had come out with some jellies for Summer, I just had to get my hands on a few!

Bubble Tourble is a soft bubble gum pink. It took four coats to get opacity, but that's not really what jellies are meant for. I had no problems with the formula, it wasn't goopy at all.

I decided to sandwich O.P.I Lights Of Emerald City in-between layers of Bubble Trouble. Unfortunately you can't really see the iridescent squares very well, but it still looked pretty to me.

 Lilac Coolers is a beautiful deep lilac. I did four coats like I had done with Bubble Trouble, but this one seemed more sheer. I think this has to be my favorite out of the two, but that might just be my love of purple talking.

I chose O.P.I to sandwich in-between Lilac Coolers. I really liked this combo, the colors of the glitters get darkened a bit, but its still nice and colorful.

Wednesday, May 29, 2013

Quick Post: Illamasqua Raindrops And Pink Raindrops

I've been wanting these two polishes for a long time now. I heard that Raindrops was pretty rare, but they had brought it back for awhile. And Pink Raindrops was a limited edition from one of their promotions. I was about ready to jump on buying these from Illamasqua's site, but the shipping was just too much. So when I saw these were available on Sephora's website, I snatched them up!

Raindrops is a beautiful washed out grey with tiny iridescent glass flecks hidden in it. I absolutely love this color, it reminds me of a perfect rainy day.  

It looks just as gorgeous in matte. And you can really see the detail of the flecks!

 Pink Raindrops is a lovely dusty rose pink with iridescent flecks and a subtle pink shimmer. I absolutely adore the shade of pink they chose for this color and the shimmer adds a little something.

It lightens up a bit in matte, but its still just as wonderful.

Monday, May 27, 2013

Japanese Dollar Store Polishes

 Quite a while back I went to a Japanese dollar store with my mom, which was loads of fun. But what kind of trip would it be if I didn't check to see if they had any polish? To my delight they did and it was only a dollar each! I meant to post these way long ago and now I finally will.

They're all by a company called Winmax, which I don't know anything about. I picked ones that I thought looked really pretty, what other way is there to pick polish? Most of the writing is in Japanese, so I can't tell if they have names or not. I did notice they have numbers behind the text though.

Winmax Pedicure #12 is a purple jelly with micro holographic hexes. I did three layers over Sally Hansen Good To Grape. The tinted jelly made the purple darker, which I like. I have a major thing for tiny holo glitters, so this is a winner.

Winmax Nail Brights #10 is a black creme with silver holo glitters and a bronze shimmer. I did two coats over Sally Hansen Black Out and it had very good coverage. I think this has to be my favorite of the three, its a unique combination.

Winmax Pedicure #10 is a clear base with shades of blue and iridescent hexes. Three layers over Nicole By O.P.I My Lifesaver and it ended in pretty nice coverage. I was most disappointed in this one because you have to work around a lot of clear base to get a good amount of glitters.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Quick Post: Nicole By O.P.I Special K Polishes

When I saw that Special K was having a promotion with Nicole By O.P.I polishes, you know I went and bought enough boxes for the codes! Free polish, plus delicious cereal sounds like a big win in my book! But you know I wouldn't just show you swatches without adding a little matte to the mix.

Be Ama-Zing! is a cute bright pink. It only took two coats for opacity and went on really smooth. 

Pros & Confidence is a nice vibrant blue. It took three coats for even opacity. I had a bit of a problem with this color as you can see around the edges. It stained my cuticles and once I removed it, my nails were still a little blue. I had even doubled up on base coat, so that was a little disappointing.

And finally Challenge Red-Y is a great medium red. It took two coats for opacity and had minimal staining on my cuticles.

All in all I really like the colors they chose to give away and will enjoy using them! They're pretty easy to get, especially if you like Special K. If you have a chance, I'd say go for them before they're gone!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coats

 When I first saw these feather effect and fuzzy coat polishes I was a little skeptical. I wasn't sure they'd look good and I wasn't a big fan of bar glitter polishes. But when I made a stop at Target and saw them I decided to give them a shot and grabbed four colors that looked good to me.

Wool Knit is a light blue and white bar glitter. I decided to pair it with O.P.I What's With The Cattitude?, it only took one hefty coat to get pretty good coverage. The only thing that bothered me was getting bars that hang over your nail, making them spiky if you don't move it before it dries.

I wanted to see how many coats it would take to get all over coverage and make the fuzzy effect more noticeable. I love the look it gives off and the fact that it layers well is great.

Wool Lite is just a pastel pink bar glitter. I layered it over Butter London Fruit Machine for a little contrast. I got a few bubbles, but I didn't have much trouble with the other fuzzy coats.

Something about this being one color of glitter makes the fuzzy effect stand out a little better. Three coats was all it took and it almost looks like a tiny shag rug on my nails. Haha!

Fuzz-Sea is full of blue and yellow bar glitters. I tried a layer over Sinful Colors Unicorn, but the yellow glitter got a little lost in it. I still think it has a neat look to it though.

Three coats and now you can really see the yellow bars! I really like these two colors together, they compliment one another. I think next time I'd try this over a green and see how the three look together.

Tweedy is a black and white bar glitter and has to be my all time favorite of the collection. One coat over China Glaze Recycle and I'm in love. I'm a huge fan of black and white glitters.

Three coats and it almost looks like TV static on my nails. I absolutely adore this polish and can't wait to wear it out!

So all in all, even if you're not a fan of bar glitters, I would definitely give these fuzzy coats a try. You might find out that they're not so bad!

Monday, May 20, 2013

Rainbow Honey Fab Summer set!

*Products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of a 100% honest unbiased review.*
Rainbow Honey has done it again! They've released  a three piece set that is perfect for Summer. I swear they haven't created a polish yet that I didn't fall in love with right away. This set is no exception and the funny thing is I had purchased this set before I even got the samples.

Schrammi is almost like a burnt coral with gorgeous gold shimmer. It took two coats for opacity over a clear base coat. The shimmer is what sets this apart from regular corals and its just lovely. I can just imagine it sparkling in the sun while you're on the beach.

For a subtle dazzle I layered a matte top coat over it and I love that it still sparkles. You can really see the detail of the shimmer when its in matte.

Tenda is a glowing kelly green with gold shimmer. Again two coats for opacity over a clear base coat. I adore this green, especially with the gold shimmer. I can totally see this as a subtle St Patrick's Day manicure!

Once again it looks beautiful in matte as well and you can see the detail of the shimmer. I think matte top coat really lets the shimmer sparkle.

Costa Del Sol is a stunning gold glitter packed with hexes of all sizes and bar glitters. One coat over Essie Where's My Chauffeur and it gives the best glitter coverage! Gold looks great over almost every color, but I really like this combo.

I know I've said it before and I'll say it again, mattifying glitters really brings out their shine. I'm not usually a big fan of gold, but this one has grown on me and I'm sure I'll be using it this Summer.

You can get this set and more for a limited time from, just search for Rainbow Honey and you'll find all their goodies.

Also be sure to check for more of their amazing polishes!

*Products in this post were sent to me for the purpose of a 100% honest unbiased review.*

Friday, May 17, 2013

Glitter Gradient Tutorial

What you'll need!

* A base color.

* A glitter to do your gradient with.

* A solid color similar to the color of your glitter.

* A triangular make-up sponge.

For my base color I chose Zoya Gie Gie, which is a gorgeous pastel pink with silver shimmer. I got a few bubbles on my middle finger, but that'll smooth out with top coat.

First you want to take a tiny bit of your solid color and stipple it where you want your gradient to start. You don't want to get too much paint on the sponge or it'll just smear all over.

My gradient is from the top, so I placed Color Club Hydrangea Kiss on top. Its best to stipple a coat of the color, then wait a few minutes for it to dry a little. It prevents the next coat from coming up!

Once you've got your layer even, you get to start your gradient! I always do a color similar because it helps cut down on the coats of glitter.

Now take a little glitter on your sponge. Try to get more glitter than clear base coat, otherwise your gradient might start to get goopy.

Like with the similar color, do a coat first and let it sit for a few minutes. You want to try to fill in the empty spaces with glitter. Sometimes I try to specifically get the bigger glitter on my sponge to fill space faster.

Here you can see some empty spots, but they're so minor that you can get away with it!

After that I try to get the smaller glitter on my sponge to stipple it around the rest of the nail. 

Here's the finished product! All cleaned up and with shiny top coat. I absolutely love glitter gradients and found that once I got the hang of it, they became pretty easy. If you feel like you want to practice without having to remove the mess, try getting some nail art wheels from Sally's!

Friday, May 10, 2013

Deborah Lippmann Staccato Collection!

So I'm not usually one to splurge on expensive polishes, but when I saw Deborah Lippmann's Staccato collection I saved all my pennies! I finally gathered enough to share their beauty with you all and I'm so glad I got them.

Polka Dots And Moonbeams is a creamy white base with tiny black hexes. I did three coats for good measure and it got fantastic coverage! With shiny top coat it reminds me of the inside of dragon fruit.

Matte top coat might take away the shine, but it takes nothing away from this lovely color. And it instantly goes from dragon fruit to cookies and cream!

I'm Not Edible is an amazing pink with tiny black hexes. Its amazing how a change in base color can make a whole new fabulous color! Again three coats over a clear base coat.

It seems like all of these will be deliciously decadent colors. They end up looking so creamy, its really starting to make me hungry!

Rockin' Robin is lovely mint green with tiny black hexes.  I'm really happy with these because the formula is great and although the glitter layers, it never gets goopy.

And this is just proof that these colors in matte are meant to make you want something sweet. It look exactly like mint chocolate chip ice cream! I have to say I prefer these colors in matte, so gorgeous.