Sunday, February 23, 2014

Milani Golden Lid Glitters

I know its been a few days since I've posted, but its been quite a busy couple of weeks! I've been spending time getting ready for school, which I've started now. I am now working my way to become a certified nail technician! I'll be sure to write more on that later. Also now next week is my twenty-fifth birthday, so that's exciting.

Anyway, on to today's post! I tend to check my local drugstores weekly, just to see if there are new collections or products, and I came across these new gold lid Milani polishes. They're located in the regular display, so I believe they'll be permanent! There were some lovely pastels and glitters, but these are the two that caught my eye the most.

Sugar High is a multi-colored matte glitter top coat, with a hint of metallic silver hexes. The coverage of this color is fantastic, because I layered one coat over Zoya Jacqueline! I absolutely love the color combination they chose and I think it goes really well with neutral colors.

In matte, it still looks stunning. The silver glitters pop and the colors don't get muted much. It makes me think of colorful pebbles on a sandy beach. Now that's a place I'd like to visit!

Sugar Rush is a pastel multi-glitter with less colors, bigger hexes and silver holographic glitters. The glitters in this color aren't packed as tightly, I layered two coats over Sinful Colors Tempest. I think this color would be great for a Spring manicure, paired with a pastel blue.

Personally, I prefer this glitter in matte. Especially over the pastel purple, it looks like candy! You can still see the holographic effect of the silver hexes though, so that's nice. I will definitely be picking up more of this line in the future!

Monday, February 17, 2014

Revlon Parfumerie Final Five!

When Revlon's new Parfumerie line came out, the US started with sixteen colors, along with three hard to find shades. I knew there would be twenty-four in total, but where were the last five? I did some research online and found out they were released in Canada first! Luckily they eventually came to the US and I was able to find them at Ulta. So here are swatches for the final five of the Revlon Parfumerie collection.

Powder Puff is a very sheer baby pink with blue and pink shimmer. I would suggest putting this color over a base color, it took me four thick coats to get opacity. The scent is really pleasant, like a fragrant powdered make-up!

Tropical Rain is a gorgeous sky blue creme. It went on smoothly in two coats! The scent was very earthy, with a heavy aroma of flowers. Tropical Rain is a lovely scent, its doesn't really smell like rain, but maybe they were going for how a meadow would smell like after rain.

Orange Blossom is a tangy bright orange creme. Its a little sheer and streaky, so I used four coats for a smooth opacity. This is another scent from the line that smells strongly like candy, a very sweet orange scent!

Balsam Fir is a beautiful deep forest green creme. This color easily went on in two coats and has to be one of my new favorite greens. The scent is very distinctly a pine tree. It reminds me of the holidays and I would definitely use this for some Christmas tree nails!

Espresso is a pure black creme. It went opaque in only two coats, but was a bit streaky at first. I'd have to say this is the scent I'm most disappointed in, but maybe its just my sense of smell. Sadly this smelled exactly like burnt food to me, not pleasant at all. Let me know if you have a different experience with this scent, I'd like to see what others think!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

You Complete Me, Valentine!

Valentine's Day is tomorrow and what better way to celebrate than with big geeky nails! I've been a huge fan of Tetris ever since I got to play it for the first time. A puzzling time waster with iconic pixel blocks? What could be better! I actually ended up using a photo of a Tetris heart as my Save The Date, so of course I had to revisit the style for a Valentine manicure.

I wanted to fit as many color into my pixelated heart as possible and I cannot tell you how long it took me to try to work and rework the pieces into a complete heart. As you can see, there was just no way to get a heart without leaving a empty space or having multiples of each piece. I finally decided to make my own piece out of sparkling crystals!

I know that the nails look extremely fake and a bit too big for my fingers, but I still like how this manicure turned out. I used Sally Hansen White On as a base and sprinkled China Glaze Fairy Dust on top. It was a little hard to decide where the pieces would be and to get them completely straight. I wanted to make sure I had a good amount of each piece and a variety of colors on each nail. But I can easily say that I fell in love with this manicure!

Friday, February 7, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Gel Lab Set Review

When I won grand prize for the Deborah Lippmann and Wicked manicure contest, I was sent an amazing prize pack! Included was a set of her Gel Lab top and base coat, which I had never even heard of before. The set is to give the long lasting and shining effect of having a gel manicure, without having to use special polishes or a curing lamp. So I figured I would give it a try and let you guys know how it went!

I decided to use Zoya Godiva with little black studs as a simplistic decoration. The directions on the Gel Lab box say to use the base coat, wait a minute and then continue with polish and top coat. Its super easy, just like using a regular top and base coat and look at that shine! It dried fairly quickly too, which was a nice plus.

Here is a photo of the same manicure after ten days! You can see the growth of my nails, by how much bigger the gap between my cuticles and polish has gotten. The tips have worn slightly and the stud on the thumb had the paint rubbed off a bit, but other than that it still looks intact!

I did have a bit of a chip on my ring finger on the tenth day as well, but it was so small you couldn't really see unless you were up close. I can't tell you how long this manicure could have lasted, because I was itching for a new manicure on the fourteenth day. But I was really impressed with the lasting power of this set! I can already tell you that I'll be buying it again when I run out. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Rainbow Honey: The Best, A Review And Something New!

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

I recently received a wonderful little package from Rainbow Honey! It had a little appreciation letter for bloggers that review their polishes and came with five minis. The first two are two of Rainbow Honey's top glitters of 2013. The second two are from their Sweet Talk collection, in anticipation for the new Sweet Talk pt. 2 collection! And finally the last is a sneak peek from the upcoming Midnight Garden Spring collection, which will be coming out in March. 

The Kraken is a gorgeous teal base with shades of blue and gold glitters throughout. There's also a very subtle golden shimmer, that makes this polish sparkle and shine! This color is from the Summer 199X collection and it only needs three coats to be completely opaque.

Summer Blossom is a glitter topper with orange, yellow and white hex and flower glitters. You can also see the holographic and iridescent glitters that add to its beauty! The glitter coverage is really great, I did two coats over Apple Kid. Its a nice topper for Summer or Spring and would compliment any color!

Be Mine is a delicate pastel pink with golden and pink shimmer. The formula is very creamy and smooth and it took two coats for opacity. I absolutely love this color and it looks fantastic in matte, just like a shimmery candy heart!

XOXO is a stunning glitter topper with red holographic hexes and golden shimmer. You can almost see some of the hidden iridescent glitters shinning.  It only takes one coat to get this amazing coverage, I used Tessie for the base color and they look just lovely together.

Papillon is a beautiful glitter topper with pink and purple holographic hexes, silver and pink butterflies and silver shimmer. The butterflies come out of the bottle with ease, so you don't have to constantly dig for them! I did two coats over Mint Flavor for opacity and everything went flat and smooth. I cannot wait to see the rest of this collection coming out in March!

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