The Liebster Award is designed to bring well deserved recognition to those bloggers with less than 300 followers. If you receive the award you link back to the blogger that nominated you and nominate 3 more blogs. I got my award from the beautiful Morgan of Pass The Polish Please!
3 blogs I’m nominating:
Colour Coated – Jasmine’s a lovely blogger sporting colorful nails for the most part. She is one of the founders of the group nail blog group On Wednesdays We Wear Pink.
Polished Components -This blogger got me my 2 missing Tronicas to complete my collection. She has a neat blog that features a well-rounded collection.
Squared Nails- Emily started her nail blog on a whim and has lots of swatches already under her belt! She is left-handed so most of her swatches feature her right hand.
I wanted to end April with another blue shade for the “Blue Nails for Autism Awareness” project started by fellow online nail blogger Jasmine. April is Autism Awareness month and everyone is encouraged to take this month to raise awareness, encourage early diagnosis and early intervention. Here is Brilliant Blue from Dr.’s Remedy.
Described on the website as “a bright electric blue with a hint of purple”, this blue shade isn’t a true blue for me. It leans more towards indigo (indigo blue, must be where the hint of purple is), but very pretty still. The shimmer is visible, but more on the subtle side most times. It applied smoothly onto my nails and has a shiny finish. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
It comes in the standard 0.5 fl oz bottle and retails for $17 on their website.
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Today, I have Diamond Cosmetics’ Summer 2011 offering titled Caribbean Cruise Collection! I wasn’t sure what to expect from them this time at first but I can definitely tell you now, for me, it did NOT disappoint!
“Play in the sand with this fun, flirtatious pink” describes the first of 5 shades in this collection well, Sex On The Beach.
This pretty pink shade represents a good balance between delicate and bright. It’s fun, flirty and definitely perfect for summer. This one applied smoothly on my nails. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Creole Splash is up next, being described with “this playful polish will have all the hunks calling you baby.”
I absolutely adore this shade! The shade makes me think of other shades such as Hard Candy Sky, China Glaze For Audrey and such. This one applied on my nails very smoothly. This can be a one coater if you apply a thicker coat. With my first coat, I can barely see my nail line. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
“Sip on your drink and party in style with this Tropical staple”, Bahama Mama.
Continuing on with the cocktail drinks theme, Bahama Mama is a pretty coral pink creme that definitely makes me think of the tropics. Formula is smooth and nice. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
“Make an impression as large as the sea with this magical blue that glitters like the deep ocean” captures Deep Blue Sea perfectly.
Wow. That’s pretty much what went on in my mind over and over again when I put this on. I was hopeful that it is close to Essie’s Starry Starry Night, but I don’t think so based on the swatches I’ve seen online. I could be wrong though and being wrong in this case would be sweet! The glitter in this one reminds me of those glass flecked shades. This one applied nicely and dried fast on my nails. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
“Sun bathe in style with this subtle and elegant gold fit for a Grecian goddess” describes the last shade in this collection, Soak Up The Sun.
This shade is the most uninteresting one for me personally out of all 5. I feel like I’ve seen this shade before many times. In addition to that, this one is prone to brush strokes. I was fortunate enough that it applied pretty well for me even with the brush stroke symptoms. I would describe this shade as a gold shimmery frost. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Overall? I love this collection. This has left me more satisfied than their Spring Collection, Stroke Of Luck. I was a bit bummed they only had 3 shades in that one, even though it was pretty well-rounded. Formula for every single shade in this collection is pretty consistent, especially the creme shades. Even the one I anticipated to give me problems the most because of brush strokes, Soak Up The Sun, behaved nicely during application.
This collection will be out on their website on May 2, 2011. Which shades will you be grabbing?
I’ll take this time too to remind everyone to push their cuticles back instead of resorting to the evil clippers to get rid of them. You can see it more in some of the pictures than others the state of my cuticle. I had a cut on one side. NOT GOOD! Lesson learned….until the next time I decide to be impatient and suffer the consequence again. It’s not only because of the fact that you can get a cut there and it doesn’t look good, but any microscopic cut and tears gives room for bacteria to fill in and inflame the area. Mine has healed and thank goodness I did not get an infection from it. So push those cuticles back!
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
So excited about these shades! Hopefully, I’ll have some of these to swatch for you guys later on. Some swatches are floating online already. Here’s the press release.
EDIT: Lara’s Theme swatch here.
What it is: Add a pop of colors to your nails this spring and summer with the hottest most fashionable shades from Deborah Lippmann!
From Left to right: Girls Just Want To Have Fun, I Know What Boys Like, Yellow Brick Road, Lara’s Theme
Girls Just Want To Have Fun – A smooth, vintage coral that everyone can wear because it’s bold yet velvety – a sort of carefree, creamy coral.
I Know What Boys Like – A creamy periwinkle that credits to both the 80’s and my clients. Several of my clients have asked for interesting blues. This one is a blend of blue and purple with a creamy finish, which gives it a slightly retro look that is so playful and hip.
Yellow Brick Road, a sheer mellow yellow with a jelly finish. The proof that it wears beautifully on all skin tones: it complements me and Lady GaGa, who wore it first for her “Born This Way” performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards.
Lara’s Theme was created with supermodel Lara Stone is Deborah Lippmann’s newest celebrity collaboration. It’s a dare to wear shade of hot-hot orange.
Where to find: Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and online at http://www.deborahlippmann.com/
Which shade are you excited about the most? For me, Lara’s Theme is one I definitely would love to try!
I’m quite excited about this one! Here’s the press release. Enjoy!
EDIT: Swatches here.
ORLY Summer 2011 Collection
Unabashed Glamour Returns with Vibrant Shades to Suit Any Personality
The summer season encourages creativity and femininity to run wild, from carefree and casual beach days to flashy summer nights in the city. Bring a sense of sexy summer fun to the everyday with Pinup, the Summer 2011 Collection from ORLY. Inspired by the unapologetic glitz and free-spirited attitude of the most iconic pinup girls, the collection exudes a vivacious, dolled-up femininity that laces any look with sheer confidence.
Pinup offers a shade for every glamour girl, from the sophisticated seductress to the fearless rock ‘n roll goddess. Bright, feminine crèmes mingle with eye catching jewel-tone glitters to offer a range of colors sure to turn heads.
The six lacquers in the Pinup Collection include:
Va Va Voom: Pink Neon Crème
Here Comes Trouble: Sparkle Green
Coquette Cutie: Coral Crème
Bubbly Bombshell: Purple Glitter
All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the Pinup Collection are free of DBP, Toluene and all traces of Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.
The Pinup Collection Lacquers will be available starting May 2011 for $7.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at orlybeauty.com, Sally Beauty, Ulta and other purveyors of beauty throughout the U.S. and in over 70 countries worldwide.
So here we are again with another segment of Curtain Call, where I provide an honest review at the end of the life of a product I’ve been using. Today we have shampoo and conditioner from John Frieda’s Root Awakening line. I got the formula for normal hair. I managed to get these with my Extra Care Bucks (ECB) from CVS to get more ECB with this purchase.
At 8.45 fl oz / 250 ml, this retails for $6.99 at CVS and is similarly priced at various retail and drugstores. It goes on sale from time to time and combined with coupons from your weekly Sunday paper or through tearpads in the store, this can essentially comes close to being free. The whole tube lasted me for a little over 2 months and with my long hair, that’s pretty good. The front text reads “improves hair health, with natural eucalyptus” and “invigorating & feeds the roots for bouncy, shiny, radiant hair”. The back of the tube reads the following:
“A small change can make a big difference to the healthy look of your hair. The Root AwakeningTM line with natural Eucalyptus hydrates your scalp, nourishes from roots to ends and stimulates your senses, for hair that’s noticeably more radiant and resilient with every use.
Experience the beauty of Eucalyptus:
SEE your hair’s pure radiance
BREATHE the invigorating essence
FEEL the energy feeding your roots
(Shampoo) Root AwakeningTM Health InfusingTM Shampoo cleanses with a fresh tingle from roots to ends for pure shine and bounce. (Conditioner) Root AwakeningTM Health InfusingTM Conditioner nurtures hair from roots to ends for great manageability and shine.”
Verdict? Not bad. It cleanses my hair well and doesn’t dry it out at all. I can use this everyday or every other day instead. The Eucalyptus scent isn’t too strong, but readers may want to open it just to sniff it and make sure. The scent stays on my hair for a good while and it’s quite refreshing. Conditioner does the job well. I apply it to my ends first then even it out throughout my hair. I avoid getting conditioner on my scalp just as a preference. My scalp doesn’t need much conditioning really. However, there is nothing really about the shampoo or conditioner that sets it apart from all other brands. If I am out and it’s on for a good price, I’ll grab it. Other than that, I’d rather try some other brands in hopes of finding one that I really like.
This product can easily be purchased in various retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. It is also available online at various websites that carry beauty and personal care products.
Got some swatches for you guys today. 4 out of 6 ain’t bad. I managed to score Royal Velvet at my local Sally Beauty Supply. I spotted the collection display at ULTA too last night on a polish run for a swap.
ORLY Spring 2011 Collection
Luxurious, Sophisticated Hues to Covet
For centuries, people around the globe have been enamored with lush fabrics, rare stones and extravagant finishes. ORLY celebrates the refined glamour of porcelain, the vibrant sheen of silk, and the lush sparkle of priceless gems with Precious. Lend a sense of romance and richness to every spring ensemble by sporting lavish shades on fingertips and toes. The six lacquers in the Precious Collection signal a fresh approach to spring fashion and a renewed appreciation for the exotic workmanship, ornamental engravings, and sumptuous fabrics known to accompany the luxe life.
The six Lacquers in the Precious Collection include:
Pure Porcelain: Beige Crème
This one’s a creamy creme shade. A perfect shade to sport without any worries at work. I accidentally dinged it at some point, but didn’t notice until posting. Sorry guys. Formula didn’t give me problems at all. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Gilded Coral: Coral Gold Shimmer
This one took me ny surprise. I love it. It looks a little different each time in different lighting. A sure hit when I polish my co-worker/friends’ nails next Tuesday. I think they’ll love this one. Perfect light, shimmery shade. Can be brush stroke-y, but not a deal breaker for me. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Fancy Fuchsia: Pink Crème
I didn’t think I’ll like this one. I tend to like creme shades the least, but my palate have been changing the past few months. I’ve grown to love cremes and this is no exception. Glided smoothly onto my nails, this one dried pretty fast. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Ancient Jade: Green Crème
Sapphire Silk: Deep Teal Crème
Royal Velvet: Purple Blue Shimmer
Undoubtedly the most popular of the 6 shades, Royal Velvet came up a bit short for me. This is partly my fault, as I expected it to be more opaque for some reason. Initial reviews? Initial swatches? I don’t know for sure anymore. But all is not lost. I have grown to love this shade even though I still wish it was more opaque. Shimmer is gorgeous. It makes me think of space and universe and all that. This one can show brush strokes as well during application. Shown is 2 generous coats with no top coat.
All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the Precious Collection are free of DBP, Toluene and all traces of Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde Resin.
The Precious Collection Lacquers will be available starting March 2011 for $7.50 each. ORLY Nail Lacquers and Treatment products are available at orlybeauty.com, Sally Beauty, Ulta and other purveyors of beauty throughout the U.S. and in over 70 countries worldwide.
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Hey y’all! The sudden change in temperature isn’t making me feel all that great, so I decided to slap on a new shade. This one’s from Dr.’s Remedy, a brand that’s relatively new to me. I got to try some of their stuff a while back and today I bring you Passion Purple.
Described on the website as “a plum frost with a hint of shimmer”, this shade is right up my alley! This beautiful purple shade packs just the right amount of shimmer. I don’t see any bit of the frost here though. Being that I wasn’t feeling so hot, I applied one coat only to my nails. Yes, this can be a one coater ladies and gentlemen! I wish I applied one thicker coat, but eh…it’ll do for today.
It comes in the standard 0.5 fl oz bottle and retails for $17 on their website.
More “shatter”-ing news from OPI! Read on.
EDIT: Swatches here.
Shatter Line Extended with Bold Blues!
OPI Launches Bestselling Shatter Coat in Three Blue-Hued Shades
OPI expands its Shatter line with the addition of three new trendsetting shades: Blue, Navy and Turquoise. With nautical hues of cobalt, indigo and sapphire, these blues provide the perfect look for summer nails in one simple step. Inspired by graffiti art, Shatter leaves behind a crackled, two-texture finish when painted over any dry OPI hue. Adding top coat takes Shatter from matte to glossy in seconds.
“Black Shatter was received with great fanfare, showing that women are looking for new ways to express themselves and are excited to try different textures on their nails,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “By adding a variety of colors to the line, there are more options for every woman, whether she is looking for a funky aquamarine or elegant deep blue. Unlike traditional nail art which can be complicated and difficult to replicate, Shatter is easy to use and allows everyone to experiment with this new trend.”
In addition to the original Black Shatter, the line also features the Shatter coat in White, Red and Silver. All Shatter retail displays now feature Quick Response (QR) code, a two-dimensional barcode readable by smart phones and mobile phones with cameras and Internet capability. A quick scan of the display’s QR code will directly link to a demonstrational video – making application foolproof.
All Shatter products contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
Blue Shatter, Navy Shatter, and Turquoise Shatter will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Shatter coat.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit http://www.opi.com/. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan
Today I have swatches from Mattese Elite’s Ballet Colors Of Me Collection. This collection consists of 6 light-colored shades, perfectly going with the theme. All the shades are named after something in the art of ballet.
First up is Developpe.
In terms of ballet, developpe is an unfolding movement. It literally means to open out or unfold. Developpe is a delicate light lavender pastel shade. The formula for this creme is pretty awesome. It went on my nails smoothly. Drying time is pretty speedy. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Next up is Arabesque.
Arabesque is the term used for one of the most basic static poses in classical ballet. It’s the position where the dancer is standing on one leg while the other leg stretched out behind their body and both knees are straight. This shade is a perfect nude to add to my stash. I don’t have many nude shades, so I don’t have anything quite like it in my collection. Formula gave me no problems and drying time in between coats is excellent. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
One of my favorites from this collection is up next, Pink Tutu.
This delicate pink represents the very familiar color in the world of ballet. Whenever I think of ballet, costumes especially, I think of the color pink. A very creamy pink shade, this went on my nails smoothly. Drying time is speedy. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
The darker shade in this set is up next, Releve.
Releve literally means lifted. It is the act of raising up from flat feet to the pointed feet position we often see in ballet. I’m having difficulty finding the right words to describe this shade. It’s like a greyish purple creme shade in certain lighting, but more brownish grey at other times. Formula for this one is really nice and smooth. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Next shade is one I’m on the fence with, Attitude.
In ballet, attitude refers to a pose by standing on one leg with the other leg lifted and bended behind, in front, or to the side of the body. Attitude is a bluish green creme shade. I don’t have anything similar or even close to this shade. It’s growing a bit on me though. Application was smooth and easy. Drying time is speedy in between coats. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Last shade is called Pointe Shoes.
Pointe shoes refers to shoes worn by ballerinas. This shade is the only one with shimmer in this collection. It’s a peachy pink shimmery shade that applied smoothly on my nails. Being that this has shimmer, it’s my favorite among all 6. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
You can score any of these beauties directly on their webpage or if you live in the wonderful state of New York, you can stop by at any Ricky’s NYC store locations (see here) and see this and other shades for yourself before you buy. Mattese Elite shades retails for $5.99 each before tax.
Announced a little while back, looks like Serena Williams is back again with another collection for OPI. See below for the press release.
EDIT: Swatches here.
White and Red Shatter Debut for French Open!
Serena Williams Serves Up Four New Shades for OPI Glam Slam! Collection
OPI captures Serena Williams’ winning spirit with four additions to the Glam Slam! collection, including two new shades of the fashionable, must-have Shatter – Red and White. Launching in conjunction with the French Open, Glam Slam! France celebrates with two duo-packs for four unbeatable looks.
The first Lacquer set includes Spark de Triomphe (a monumentally marvelous silver glitter), paired with White Shatter. Once applied over completely dried Nail Lacquer, Shatter begins to crackle, leaving behind a two-texture pattern on each nail. The second Lacquer set features Rally Pretty Pink (rise to the occasion with this shimmering sunset-pink), paired with Red Shatter.
“We are very excited to continue working with tennis superstar Serena Williams to launch the next Glam Slam! shades,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “France is a country with a rich history in fashion and setting trends. These four new color options are ideal for showcasing your own personal style, à la Serena, whether worn alone or overlaid with Shatter for instant nail art.”
“Whether I’m on or off the court, style is important,” explains Serena Williams. “In addition to watching the runways for the latest trends, I think it’s important to add my own unique elements. With the new White and Red Shatter, I can customize my nails for a high-fashion take on the classically elegant silver and sunset shades in the Glam Slam! France collection.”
Serena Williams has received the World Number One in singles ranking by the Women’s Tennis Association on five separate occasions, along with being listed as sixth on the all-time greatest champions list. Additionally, she has won two Olympic gold medals in women’s doubles and has earned 27 Grand Slam titles to date. Serena is the most recent player to have held all four Grand Slam singles titles simultaneously and only the fifth woman in history to do so.
New shades in the Glam Slam! collection will be introduced to coincide with each of the four major tournaments, beginning with the Australian Open in January 2011, followed by launches in May 2011 for the French Open, June 2011 for Wimbledon and August 2011 for the US Open. As with all OPI Nail Lacquers, the Glam Slam! collection contains no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and each includes OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
Glam Slam! France will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $14.95 ($20.95 CAN) suggested retail for each duo-pack.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit http://www.opi.com/. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
I have been so excited when swatching these shades. What I thought would be my favorites turned out to be just okay and a shade that I thought was just cute turned out to be my favorite of the bunch! Here are swatches for Finger Paints’ Summer 2011 offering, a 70′s themed collection aptly named Peace, Love & Summer. As usual, these are in the order of the press release pictures.
First up is Groovy Green.
This is a very nice green shimmer, leaning to a frost finish really. I don’t have anything in my stash quite like it. I’m on the fence if I like this green or not. Formula was a bit tricky for me on this one as it tend to show brush strokes. I got the hang of it the second time I tried. Drying time was pretty short. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Next up is Outta Sight Orange.
This is one of the shades that totally caught me by surprise! I thought it’s just a glittery orange. Wow, it’s a glass flecked orange shade! I loved it the moment I put it on my nails! Formula was a dream to work with. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
The teal in this collection is called All You Need Is Color.
This is a teal glitter shade. Very pretty, but nothing out of the ordinary. I don’t have a teal glitter in my stash yet, so I gladly welcome this new shade. Formula was a bit tricky for me with this one. Being that it dries pretty fast, I resorted to using 2 thicker coats with no top coat.
The 70′s was all about peace, so the next shade didn’t surprise me being named Peaceful Purple.
Mmmm…..yummy purple glitter. This one’s quite a beauty. Tiny silver glitter in a purple jelly base. Can’t go wrong with that. Formula was easy to work with and drying time is quick, as with most glitter shades. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
The lone creme shade of the bunch is called Give Pink A Chance.
This one’s a pretty darker than the typical pink creme shade. This one applied smoothly on my nails, almost like the buttery formulas I’ve seen from OPI. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Last up is a shade called Psychedelic Sunshine.
A beautiful bright yellow glitter shade, this turned out to be my favorite in this collection. I didn’t know that this has holographic glitter! I thought this was just another yellow shade that’s cute and bright. Formula for this is nice and smooth. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Overall? I love it. Another great collection that suits summer perfectly. There’s a bit of everything for everyone in this set.
These will be available at Sally Beauty Supply stores in May for $4.99 each. Which shades are now on your shopping list?
The shades are bright and pretty much awesome. I’ve never tried gel polish before though.
If anyone has any experience with gel polish, I’d sure love to hear your thoughts on it in general.
All the nail polish companies are rolling out their Summer Collections now. One that I got really excited about is China Glaze’s Island Escape Collection. It just might be the best one out there for summer. We’ll have to wait and see I guess. For now, I have swatches for you guys! And as usual, in the order they are displayed in the press release pictures.
First up is Papaya Punch.
What a juicy shade! Papaya punch is a bright orange creme. It’s an attention-grabbing shade for sure! This is one of the best orange creme shades I’ve seen. Most orange cremes I’ve seen has a darkness to it, making it look murky. Application was a dream for me on this one, unlike its yellow sibling Electric Pineapple. Being that this is a creme shade, I opted to go for a more generous coat than the usual thin coats I use. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Next up is my favorite in this entire set, 108 Degrees.
The description given of “flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter” is spot on. This shade is soooooooo pretty! The finish reminds me of the glass flecks China Glaze produced for their Summer Days Collection in 2009. Formula was nice and smooth. I resorted to using 2 thin coats with no top coat for this one. I was relatively satisfied with that much coverage. For a more opaque look, add another coat or apply thicker coats.
And just because this is my favorite shade from the whole collection, another shot.
Next up is another fun glass flecked shade called Senorita Bonita.
This one’s described as a “passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter” and wow, this one blew me away. The part that intrigued me the most was the pink micro glitter part. That explains why I keep thinking to myself this shade looks like it has flakies instead of just being purely a glass flecked shade. It is so pretty. I think China Glaze should release a whole line with different colored micro glitters! Formula for this is a bit on the thin side. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Next is a shade I was really excited about when I saw the press release pictures. Here is Blue Iguana.
This one is so pretty in the bottle, but it falls a bit short when applied onto my nails. I feel that this is the sheerest one among all 6 shades. I didn’t even bother trying to use more coats and stuck with 2 coats with no top coat.
The green in this bunch is a fun shade called Cha Cha Cha.
This shade is pretty sheer too, but definitely more opaque than Blue Iguana. This is described as a “vivacious shimmer green” and I say it’s pretty accurate. The yellow-ish shimmer in this is nice, but it’s not a shade that is new to me or out of the ordinary. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
The last shade in this collection is called Electric Pineapple.
Described as “high intensity creme based lime green”, I am happy to report that this shade is nothing like the dull highlighter yellow I’ve seen in my lifetime. This shade is a bit more green than yellow overall. On my nails, it’s definitely classified as a yellow in my opinion. Formula was streaky on this one, so I used 3 coats with no top coat. It evened out nicely with that.
Overall, a pretty good collection. I loved the glass flecked shades a lot. Some shades came short a bit and some totally impressed me. Formula for the most part is good, a bit on the thin side for some. I’ve always had trouble with creme applications with the exception of a few shades, so I can’t fault China Glaze for that. I started swatching with Electric Pineapple, thinking that I would progress from shades that would stain the least and onwards. A slight mistake on my part as Electric Pineapple stained my cuticles pretty good and you can see that in swatches for the other shades. Still, I can’t stay made at it. Just look at all 6 shades. What’s not to love?
Which shades will you be picking up?
From an older collection, this shade is either something you’ll love or hate. I’m still on the fence about it. Here is China Glaze’s Up All Night.
Sorry for the slightly blurry pic. I no longer have this shade to swatch it again unfortunately, but I remember having a hard time with non-direct sunlight photos with this one. Formula was nice and smooth. This shade is really opaque compared to most shades. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Yeah, I didn’t find any pictures of this shade I took under shade. It’s a shade I find a bit disappointing because I see the shimmer by looking at the bottle but it doesn’t reflect that so much when the polish is on the nails. Only under direct light you see the shimmer. When you do though, WOW.
You should be able to still score this at Sally Beauty Supply stores or find them at various nail e-tailers.
I haven’t featured anything From Milani lately, so here it is! I got this shade not too long ago and it is currently available in stores and on their website. This is Parfait.
Parfait is a rich hot pink creme shade. Formula for this one is so creamy – it applied like a dream! It’s a perfect shade for Spring into Summer. It’s a shade that would look good with a variety of skintones. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Shades from this collection should be available in drugstores nationwide. Also check other known Milani retailers.
One of the most anticipated Summer Collection ever! Here is the press release. Swatches will be up in a few days!
EDIT: Swatches here.
ESCAPE THIS SUMMER WITH HIGH SHINE AND BRIGHT SHIMMER
China Glaze Introduces Six Sizzling Shimmers and Cremes
Los Angeles, CA – (October 2010): Take an exotic island escape with China Glaze this summer with a tropical, shimmering rainbow of brilliant bright colors! Mix and match these hot hues to add a candy-like pop to that summer manicure and pedicure. Colors in the collection include:
· Papaya Punch: Crème based vivid orange.
· 108 Degrees: Flirtatious berry pink with specks of micro glitter.
· Senorita Bonita: Passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter.
· Blue Iguana: Bold and daring sparkly blue.
· Cha Cha Cha: Vivacious shimmer green.
· Electric Pineapple: High intensity crème based lime green.
Escape this summer to a far away place with China Glaze. Vacation in color!
The China Glaze Island Escape collection will be available as open stock colors, 6 piece box collection, 6 piece counter display, 12 piece counter display and 36 piece rack.
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.
China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: http://www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze
China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.
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Today is my birthday. I am officially 29! Part of my birthday treat to myself is something I bought not too long ago. I’m not even going to go on and write all about it. The pictures say it all. Here is my Deborah Lippmann Across The Universe ring made by Tracey of GingerKittyDesigns.
Wow, that’s all I can say. You probably figured by now what this is and what GingerKittyDesigns do. Nail polish and jewelry = LOVE! You can check out her store and see if there’s anything you like or even have something custom-made from a list of shades she has, which is what I did. If she doesn’t have something you want, she has the option of having you send in a little bit of the polish you want to her. There are pendants, rings, bracelets, bobby pins….it’s a magical store! Prices are very reasonable too! So…..Happy Birthday to me!
I posted the Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Spring 2011 Collection a few days ago, so today is Tracy Reese’s turn! As with the Prabal Gurung post, I am posting the swatches for this collection in the order that they appeared in the press release picture. Without further ado, here is Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2011.
First up is Delphinium.
I wondered about what the name meant and a quick online search led me to “any of numerous plants of the genus Delphinium, especially any of various tall, cultivated species having usually blue, pink, or white flowers” on Dictionary.com. Interesting! A pretty shade nevertheless. In fairness, this delicate hue does make me think of Spring or Easter-ish flowers. Formula is a winner. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Next up is the shade in the collection that generated the most buzz, Barracuda.
Of all 7 shades in the collection, this one was the one I was least satisfied with in pictures. I looked at my nails and it looked nice and neat, but you will notice in some shots there is excess polish that I attempted to clean off afterwards that I missed. It was not noticeable in person, but the pictures does capture it much more than I would like. :/ A very pretty pale blue. I am tempted to say baby blue, but I won’t go as far to say quote me on that. Formula is a bit watery and can be patchy in application. It evens out with more coats. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Third shade featured is called Coral Fever.
Yum! Need I say more? This shade looks so juicy! A beautiful coral shade that’s perfect for the summer….I can see it on both fingers and toes! Formula is a bit watery, but gave me no problems during application. I chose to sport this shade more opaque. I used 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Next is the darkest shade in this collection, Summer Plum.
Oh wow, nice vampy plum shade. It didn’t look like it was going to be that dark just by looking at the bottle. It took my breath away when it glided smoothly onto my nails. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
I had to learn to love the next shade, Eel Skin.
WOW. I mean, simply WOW. I never thought I liked shades like this. I LOVE this. Formula was a dream to work with. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat. It’s one of my favorite shades from this entire collection. I don’t know why. I think I lost my marbles. I used to hate shades like this. Help!
A pretty pink in the bunch is First Kiss.
I absolutely adore this pink. I did thought it was lighter based on the press release picture, but I’m not going to complain! It’s a very fun pink that is just right for Spring into Summer. Formula is a bit watery, so application is patchy with the first coat. It evens out with more coats. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.
Last shade is simply named Malt.
Doesn’t the name seem appropriate for the shade? To me, Malt is more of a summery name though. This light chocolate-y malt shake shade wraps up this collection nicely. Formula is a dream to work with. It practically applied itself onto my nails. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Which ones of these will you be getting when it hits stores in May? The original anticipated release of this was in March, but I was told these will be in retail stores by May.
Finally! Here are the swatches from OPI’s Femme de Cirque Collection. The buzz I’ve been hearing about this collection is the fabulous I Juggle…Men is catching everyone’s attention. Not hard to see why really.
First up is In The Spot-Light Pink.
This is a delicate pretty pink. It’s pretty sheer shade, so feel free to apply thicker coats or more layers. I don’t mind sheer shades and stuck with my usual 2 thin coats with no top coat. Formula is easy to work with, it basically applied itself. I noted no streakiness at all. It dried pretty fast too for a sheer shade with creme finish.
Next up is Step Right Up!
Step Right Up! is a really light pink shade. It’s a barely there pink really. Formula went on smoothly. Shown is again, 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Here is a shade whose name made me laugh: So Many Clowns, So Little Time.
Described as a creamy nude pink, this is more of a nude shade to me than pink. Just as sheer as the other shades in this collection, you will either have to apply more or thicker layers. I think it’s the perfect nude shade to sport right now! Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Last shade has been highlighted with all the other shades of this collection. Here is I Juggle…Men.
This is my favorite shade in this collection. ‘Nuff said. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Like I mentioned before, the shades in this collection are pretty sheer. If you want no visible nail line, you’ll have to apply more layers or thicker layers. I personally don’t mind seeing visible nail line with these sheer shades.
So, which shade will you be getting?
I have a bold shimmery red shade for y’all today. Even though it is a drugstore brand, Sally Hansen has produced some nail lacquers that wears well and comes in a rainbow of colors to choose from. Here is Dazzling.
It’s a shade that I would describe as the perfect red shimmer. This reminds me of the likes of China Glaze’s Long Kiss, which is my favorite red of all time so far. Formula is good. It went on smoothly on my nails, giving me no problems during application. Drying time is pretty fast. It’s very opaque and is evident in my 2 thin coats with no top coat standard.
I swatched this one after a silver shade, so please excuse the little bit of leftover silver by the cuticle. I actually swatched this one last summer. It’s a beautiful, classic shade that you can’t go wrong with.
Sally Hansen products can be found in various retail locations and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, Walgreens, and even in your local grocery stores.
One of OPI’s Summer Collection that is making me drool is Nice Stems! For your enjoyment, here’s the press release.
EDIT: Swatches here.
Summer Pinks in Bloom!
Nice Stems! by OPI Revamps Nails with Vibrant Pink Hues for Summer 2011
Stop and see the flowers with summer’s Nice Stems! by OPI, a limited edition collection featuring four new nail lacquers in stunning shades of pink. With whimsical names based on their floral inspirations, these vibrant, flirty colors range from pale, frosty pink to rich fuchsia. Nice Stems! offers fingers and toes a perfectly pink shade for all of summer’s looks.
“These vibrant, feminine hues complement 60’s ladylike fashions, 70’s glam looks, and bold color-blocking, which are the season’s staples,” says Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director. “The Nice Stems! collection also offers an interesting contrast and feminine accent to the punk and biker looks on the runways.”
Nice Stems! by OPI shades include:
We’d put our money on this lovely soft-pink.
Surrender to shine with this shimmering coral-pink.
Give the gift of fabulous fuchsia—to yourself!
Fall head over heels with this light pink sparkle.
“Using different micas and glitters can give lacquer a 3-dimensional look,” adds Weiss-Fischmann. “I Lily Love You is a glitter coat that can be layered over any of the other three shades to add a bright sparkle; or, it can be worn on its own for a subtle tint of pink with strands of glitter.”
The Nice Stems! Nail Lacquers by OPI contain no DBP, Toluene, or Formaldehyde, and feature OPI’s exclusive ProWide™ Brush for the ultimate in application.
This limited edition Nice Stems! collection will be available beginning June 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
I have another Spring Collection for you guys today! This collection is Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Spring 2011. Some of these shades have been spotted at the runway last year. I will feature the shades according to the press release group photo in the earlier post I have about it. Please note that I only have 5 of the 6 shades from this collection. I am missing the last one called Without A Stitch. Also, pelase excuse the state of my cuticles. The drastic change in weather is taking a toll on them.
First up is Paparazzi.
Described as a metallic taupe, Paparazzi is a gray frosty metallic shade. This was the one I liked least because of its finish. Anyone that knows me is very aware of my dislike of frosts. This one didn’t give me a very hard time at all during application though, which caught me completely by surprise. Brush strokes are visible still, but not bad at all. I didn’t have to redo my nails like I usually would with other frost shades. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Next shade up is Casting Call.
This pretty shade is aptly described as a strawberry mango. It’s a pink coral that applied smoothly on my nails. This shade makes me think of all things sweet like ice cream, shakes, icing, and juicy fruits. It’s perfect for both Spring and Summer! Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
This next shade took my breath away. Here is Model Behavior.
Described as a sky turquoise, Model Behavior is one of my favorites in this collection. This shade of blue makes me smile, even when it’s a creme shade! Cremes do not rank high on my list, but this one is definitely one of my favorites. Formula for this is nice and creamy. It applied on my nails smoothly like butter. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Next up is my favorite from this collection, Strike A Pose.
This shade is described as an opalescent pearl. All I know is I see a slight duochrome going on! LOVE! Instant love! I think it’s a pinkish lavender duochrome, but I’d love to hear your thoughts on this one. It actually reminds me of a Nubar duochrome shade I’ve seen before on another blog. Formula is a bit watery, but gave me no problems during application. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat. For a more opaque look, use thicker coats or add about 2 more thin coats.
And just cause this is my favorite shade in this collection, here’s a few more swatch pictures in an attempt to show the slight duochrome.
Last shade I have is a bold red. What kind of collection would it be without a red, right? Here is Runway Red-y.
The description of this shade, apple red, is spot on! I feel like biting into a juicy red apply seeing this shade. It’s a bold red creme that is classic and sleek. Formula for this is buttery smooth. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Again, I don’t have the last shade called Without A Stitch. Which ones of these will you be getting when it hits stores in May? The original anticipated release of this was in March, but I was told these will be in retail stores by May.