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Showing posts with label Holographic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Holographic. Show all posts

10/21/12

Zoya Ornate Collection Swatches, Review, and More!

Hey guys!

First off, I of course owe you guys an apology for being MIA for over a month. School has kept me reaaaally busy but I'm promising myself and you all that I'll try harder to get more posts up!

On to the post, today I have the gorgeous Zoya Ornate Collection to show you! This is gonna be a quick post, I hope ya'll don't mind. (:

All photos were taken in indirect and direct sunlight unless otherwise stated.


First up is Zoya Aurora, a stunning grape purple with scattered holo throughout. This is two coats for full coverage. When I saw the bottle I already knew this was my favorite and it did not disappoint!


Zoya Blaze. This is a red with scattered holo particles and with a hint of magenta undertones. Blaze dries a little darker than it looks in the bottle. These pictures show two coats but it does dry semi-flat so I would recommend a top coat with this one.


Storm. Can I just say that the name for this polish is perfect?! Also, this is my first black Zoya and I love it, it's very pigmented with a lot of dimension. Storm is a black glitter, and like most of the polishes from this collection, has a pretty scattered holo. 2 coats.


Zoya Logan is a green metallic foil with gold flecks throughout. I really love the finish, it's almost identical to the finish that the ever so popular Zoya Charla has. This is another one of my favorites, it is so beautiful. I used two coats in the pictures above.


Ziv is a true gold metallic! I love it. I found the application to be a little difficult, making it even was an issue. I had to use three coats.


Electra is the standout in the collection, being the only bar glitter. Electra is a silver bar glitter with very subtle silver shimmer in it's clear base. This is a very dense glitter, and as with most bar glitters, application was tricky. I literally had to place the glitter in specific spots. Here I have 2 coats, and a plus about this polish? No curling glitter.


Electra is great for layering, so of course I had to show you a couple combinations with this collection:

Electra over Aurora

Electra over Ziv--love!

Overall, I would say this is a great collection. Whether you have a huge, hoarder resembling collection or you're just starting out, there's a polish in here for you! I felt that the collection offered a nice variety of finishes and colors, and lucky for us, great formulas (with the exception of Electra). No matter what skin tone--dark, pale, tan, warm, cool--you'll find a match in this collection! My favorites were Aurora, Storm, and Logan. I'd say the absolute must have though is Aurora, it's unique with the most amazing formula.
*Polishes sent for review

7/26/12

Vintage Sally Hansens

I'm really excited to be posting some of my favorite polishes from my collection, my Sally Hansen "vintage" nail polishes! I call them vintage but really they're just long discontinued, hard(er) to find nail polishes.

I've been wanting to share this post with you guys for a long time but it took forever for one of the polishes to arrive and I didn't want to post without it. When it finally did come I wasn't able to take pictures since the sun wouldn't come out, then I had a huge break in my nails and wanted to let it grow out.

Now, rain free, sunny, and longer nubbins--I finally could put this post together! 


*This post is kind of picture heavy*


Blue Aura is from Sally Hansen's Magical Nail Makeup Line. I'm not sure when these came out but I think these are older than the Nail Prisms. This is a gorgeous aqua blue linear holographic polish. It's also my first linear holo. I've never really been a fan until now...I'm in love, deeply in love, with linear holos! I purchased this on eBay from this seller.


Fire Opal is from Sally Hansen's Nail Prisms line. It's kind of hard to believe how different this looks over black! It's a sheer pink frost on it's own but layered over black it's a stunning purple, blue and turquoise duochrome. This is only one coat, two coats starts revealing the pink base. This really is a beauty. I purchased Fire Opal from cassiecosmetics on eBay, my favorite seller for nail prisms.


Amber Ruby is from the Sally Hansen Nail Prisms line and is also my favorite nail prism. The duochrome on this is so intense and so strong and Amber Ruby has a gorgeous glow to it! It's a beautiful orange, red and bronze duochrome with a tiny hint of green. I've swatched this before here. No pictures can do this polish justice. I also purchased this from cassiecosmetics on eBay.

The two nail prisms are fairly easy to find on Amazon and eBay, but the magical you'll have to do a little more work. Also, Blue Aura ( or any from the magical line) can often come with a hefty price tag. I had to go through days of bidding until I finally bought it for around $18 shipped but I have seen it go for more than $30. At the end of the day though, it was all worth it to me. 

2/16/12

Gorgeous Bar Glitter: Zoya Kissy and Rina

I finally got my hands on the two of the three string glitters in Zoya's Gems & Jewels Holiday Collection!

These are the only two I wanted but the blue looked nice too.

I'm obviously late on posting these but I got them several weeks ago with Zoya's 2 free promo and I thought I'd swatch them for you guys anyway!

These pictures were all taken in natural sunlight with one coat of top coat.

Zoya Kissy.  2 coats. This is my favorite of the two. Not only is it an incredibly vibrant berry red but the glitter in it is so pretty. Kissy has regular small glitter but has multicolored bar glitter mixed in. The bar glitter is more like a holo than anything. The formula on this was really thick but other than that, this polish is perfection.

Zoya Rina. I love Rina but oh my gosh it was so difficult to work with. The formula is standard but it took me four coats to reach this opacity and I can still see my nails through the polish. I love that Rina has hidden, gorgeous blue bar glitter in the green mix! Some of the bar glitter is even holo.

I want to mention that these dry a bit matte so a top coat is a must if you want the same shine you see in these pictures. 

Before I end this post, I want to say...please don't be fooled by how pretty these are. They do not look good layered together. I had to learn the hard way...


6/16/11

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black

Goooood morning! I'm really excited about today's post since I get to show you this beauty!

This is my second Chunky Holo from Kleancolor. I posted Chunky Holo Bluebell about a week ago and now I'm back with the gorgeous Chunky Holo Black! Although, these pictures do it no justice.

Also, if you are looking to buy any Kleancolor polishes, I have found another great e-tailer. Beautyjoint.com sells them for $1.75 each. It seems like all the Chunky Holos are in stock too. They sell internationally as well. 

Now let's get to the swatches, shall we? This is two coats over black. (All pictures taken in natural daylight with no sun. All pictures have topcoat. Feel free to enlarge pictures by clicking on them.)

 

EDIT: Here's a picture of the bottle, I forgot to add this in:

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black is a multi-chrome hex/round glitter. This polish shows mostly yellow, red, green and orange, depending on what angle you see it at. I'm sure there's some blue and purple in there somewhere, but I didn't see it. I chose to layer this over a black cream since Chunky Holo Black has such a sheer base. Like Bluebell, Black has a wide brush that is similar to OPI's brush.

If Chunky Holo Black looks thick in these pictures, it's because I took them almost immediately after applying it and it didn't get a chance to set. It actually dries just as thin and smooth as regular nail polish.

Out of the entire Chunky Holo line, I think this and Bluebell are the must haves. This has big, unique hex glitters and Bluebell is said to be the most "holo"/crazy multi-chrome of them all. I think I'll be putting both (new ones) in my July giveaway! 

6/8/11

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell

My Twitter followers and fellow nail polish group members probably know about the beauty that arrived to me a couple days ago...Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell! This is by far the most unique polish in my collection!

I was going to order this directly off the Kleancolor website but they have a minimum order of $25 policy that I wasn't too fond of. Instead, I ordered it off this Ebay seller who sells the Chunky Holos for $2 and the regular Kleancolor polishes for $1.75. Shipping for me was only $2.50 so in total, I snatched this baby up for $4.50!

If you plan on buying from her, I'd make sure to add her to your watch list. She sells out quick but also re-stocks occasionally.

Anyway, back to the polish, I took a million pictures so you could see just how gorgeous this nail polish is. (The first picture is with topcoat, and I think all the rest are without. All pictures were taken in natural daylight with no sun. Don't be afraid to click on a few to get a better look!)


Here's a really blurry picture that shows all the colors really well:

And an amazing bottle pic:


Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell is a gorgeous multi-chrome glitter of purple, blue, green, yellow, orange and red. Pretty much all the colors you can think of! This is really sheer so I layered two coats over one coat of China Glaze First Mate. Bluebell has a sheer blue base so I think it'd look best to layer it with a similar color. The brush on this was very similar to OPI's brush--flat and wide. It made application so much easier.

I've seen other swatches of this online and many people have said that it's more of a multi-chrome than a holo. But to be honest, I kind of see where the holo comes from. Especially in that last, blurry picture. It's not very holographic in some angles, but at others, it's very much a "chunky holo".

I also ordered Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black but it hasn't come in the mail yet. I'll post that when I get it since it's got large hexagonal glitter and is a lot different than this one. 

6/6/11

Random Swatch Spam (Zoya, OPI, Catrice...)

I was really in the mood for swatching this past weekend and trying out different combinations and layering techniques as well as some of the colors I have bought but have not worn.

Let's start off with Ulta Deck the Halls, a silver, scattered, holographic glitter, layered over Essence What Do U Think?.


Here's what Deck the Halls looks like in the bottle:
(Blurred to show holo effect)
Next we have OPI Silver Shatter layered over CCUK Midnight Blue. I prefer Silver Shatter when it looks more metallic rather than glitzy and glittery so here it is with no topcoat:



Then it's the beautiful Zoya Gemma, a subtle olive green with blue/violet shimmer. I really love this color and suggest that everyone has something this unique in their collection! I've been wearing this alone since Saturday:



Next is the beautiful Catrice Big Spender Wanted! This is my second Catrice nail polish and I am very impressed with their formula. I especially love this one because of the pretty gold shimmer, not to mention that I've never had a frost-like polish with this good of a formula:


Last, we have Claire's Poison Apple. This is supposed to be a dupe for MAC's Bad Fairy but considering it's poor excuse for a duo-chrome, I'm guessing it isn't. Not only was it sheer, but the pretty copper and orange you see in the bottle is trapped there. It barely transfers to the nails.


But wait, is that a little duo-chrome I see?

I think my favorites from the bunch are Zoya Gemma and Catrice Big Spender Wanted. Which are your favorites?

5/2/11

My First REAL Holo!

I was very lucky to win this beauty in a giveaway a while ago but I never posted about it. Taya, if you're reading this, thank you!  I love that I get to try new brands that aren't easily available to me where I live.
I'm not going to do much writing, instead I'll let the polish do all the talking.

Look how pretty!
Enlarged to show holo

I hope you clicked these pictures to get a better look. If not, you're missing out! (:

S-he 427 is a medium pink scattered holographic. It applied nicely in two coats and I had no problems with the formula.

I think I need more holos in my collection.

P.S. Don't forget to enter my giveaway (post below)! I love hearing your worst manicure experiences. I've had a lot of good laughs already! 

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