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Showing posts with label Layering. Show all posts
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11/14/12

Festive Leopard | Featuring Sation Review and Swatches (Part 2)

Gooood morning everyone!

This is part two of the Sation manicures/reviews! The holidays are right around the corner so what better way to prepare then with a holiday manicure? I apologize for the lighting being so "off" in these pictures, I was battling with the sun all day!


For this manicure I used Sation 3 Free-Dom as the taupe base. Next, using a nail art brush, I created the outline of all the leopard spots using Sation I Paint in Peace. I used the same brush to fill in the spots with Zoya Ziv, then I went over the spots with Sation No Rings Attached. The accent finger (the ring finger) was created with a chevron print inspiration. I used Zoya Ziv and Sation NRA once again for the gold and Sation I Paint in Peace for the thin green chevron. As always, I finished with a top coat.

Now let's have a closer look at the polishes used in this manicure...

6/15/12

Glitter Bomb

So maybe this isn't a "glitter bomb" since it's really only one glitter but it's close enough anyway.

Today's manicure is this layering experiment I did with some of the nail polishes I have never worn. I  have so many untrieds and this seemed like a quick way to get to some of them!

For some reason my camera decided not to pick up on all the colors in these pictures but for the most part, you can get the idea.

(enlarged to show details)

I started off with two coats of Essence Style Me Holo. Which really looks more like this in person.


Then I added one coat of the lovely Pure Ice Heartbreaker. Again, the colors weren't really picked up, but the green is more prominent in real life. You can see it a little in the pinky.


I added Revlon Blue Mosaic to the mix. I have never worn this before today and I don't really care for it. It's pretty but it will be going in my blog sale.


Lastly, I added two coats of this snowman nail polish I bought at Walgreens. This is just the icing on the cake!


I enlarged the picture so you can see just how pretty this glitter bomb turned out! I love all the different colors and shapes of glitter in there.

J'adore!

2/28/12

GOSH Miss Minty + Layering Combo

I meant to post this a looong time ago but I kept forgetting to.

This is my first ever GOSH nail polish! Isn't it gorgeous? My good friend Jennifer from The Exotic Lacquer surprised me with it. Apparently a lot of our mutual friends had something to do with it too. So a big thank you to you all!

There's also a story that goes with this, but I'll sum it up in a few sentences: My best friend Emily made up the nickname Minty for me and when I told my "polish friends" about it many of them decided to call me that instead of Shaina. Lol. So anyway, Jenn thought it was fitting to get me a polish called "Miss Minty!"



GOSH Miss Minty is a minty, turquoise cream. This is two thick, flawless coats. The brush on this is similar to the OPI brush only smaller.

Obviously I had to play around with this beauty. Here it is with two coats of Zoya Opal on top:

2/14/12

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day loves!

I hope you all had an amazing day celebrating, and if you're single (like moi) you can celebrate the way I did...with nail art!

I actually created this manicure this past Saturday but I knew it would be perfect for V-Day. Pink, hearts, polka dots? There's a little bit of everything in here.

I got a ton of compliments on this manicure too. I love the look on people's face when I tell them I did it myself. Never gets old...


For this manicure I didn't start with a base color. Instead I applied a clear base, let it dry then began drawing the stripes. For the stripes I used a nail art brush and the following polishes: Wet N Wild Candy-licious (bubble gum pink), Wet N Wild Tropicalia (bright medium pink), and Wet N Wild French White Creme. Afterwards I took my nail art brush and white polish and drew the hearts. I then outlined the hearts in black and used my dotting tool to create pink polka dots inside of them. Add a slap of topcoat and you're done!

In real life, the contrast between the two pinks is hardly visible. It just looks like one big stripe unless you look up close with good lighting. I would suggest using shades of more contrast for a better pattern.

And just for fun, here's a cute layering combo I did for V-Day. This is two coats of Sally Hansen Twisted Pink with two coats of Zoya Chloe on top:

1/1/12

Zoya True and Fleck Effect Collections Swatches and Review

Happy New Year!

By the looks of this Spring collection from Zoya, this is going to be an amazing year for polish!

Not only do we get Zoya's great creams and shimmers but we also get a new finish from them..."Fleck Effect" flakies top coats. Are you excited yet?

First is Cho, a pretty nude with subtle silver shimmer. I found this one difficult to work with as it was pretty sheer but was fine after three coats. I just love the hidden shimmer in it!

Another neutral, this one is Farah. This is just your standard nude-taupe. Farah had very smooth application and was opaque in two easy coats. Nothing better than a full coverage nude, am I right?

Bevin. This is a soft, cool-toned, sage green. Application was a dream with two flawless coats. How many more gorgeous greens can Zoya give us? I thought the best had come with Yara and then they give us another one. But hey, I'm not complaining.

Next we have Skylar. Just stunning! Skylar is a stunning dusty blue with silver and gold microglitter. Oh my gosh, this baby is gorgeous. This was an easy two coats. This is a similar finish as Neeka and Yara from the Smoke and Mirrors collection from Fall. I cannot get over how much I love this.

Tru is a medium grape purple with copper shimmer. Application was perfection with two effortless coats, but could have also worked with one thick coat. I'm not excited by this color for some reason but it is pretty.

Lotus is a dusty purple with pink shimmer. In real life, it's a little darker than you see in these photos. We've seen this before in polishes like Revlon Perplex but the finish on this one is different. Lotus is also more packed with the pink shimmer than Perplex. I much prefer Lotus. Plus, the name is really pretty. This was two easy coats.

Now Zoya's new "Fleck Effect" flakie top coats! These are not only Zoya's first flakies but also my first flakies:

12/22/11

Christmas Combination

Hello, hello!

Long time no see...exams just finished and I'm out of school until January so I have a lot more time for blogging!

Now let's move onto the manicure, shall we?

This gorgeous glitter that you see is from Rite Aid. I bought this in October after seeing how cute the snowman bottles were and to my surprise the quality of the polish is pretty good too.

I always get comments saying that my more simple manicures are much easier to do so I figured I would do simple manicures for Christmas since I know there are so many great bloggers that are going all out for the holidays.



This polish doesn't have a name so I'm going to just come up with one right now. How about...Holly Jolly?

Holly Jolly is a red and green large hex glitter in a clear base. I layered one coat over Wet N Wild Break The Ice--which is a gorgeous white shimmer on it's own. Holly Jolly applied amazing. This polish is pretty dense so application was simple. No need to carefully place the glitters. It also dried nice and smooth, these pictures are without a topcoat.

If this doesn't get you in the mood for Christmas time then I don't know what will. I'll be back with nail art soon. (:

8/23/11

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell Mattified

Good morning!

Yesterday I showed you Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black mattified but today I have the equally stunning Bluebell to show you matte!

After trying Chunky Holo Black with a matte topcoat, I knew I had to post Bluebell too. I think these were made to be worn with matte topcoats.

I'll go ahead and show you how beautiful it is...



Finally, the blue I have been trying to capture for ages, I knew it was in there somewhere:
 

*You can click any picture to enlarge it.*

For this manicure I started with two coats of CCUK Midnight Blue. I then layered two coats of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Bluebell on top of that. I finished it off with Essie Matte About You.

I think the end result on this one is a lot more exciting. I just LOVE it matte!

8/22/11

Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black Mattified

Today is another Monday, the weekend just flew by! I guess I should start getting used to it.

So the theme this week in PAA was "Creative Layering".  Which just means layering different nail polishes for a crazy and fun combination.

I didn't go too crazy since I was dying to wear Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black and also to use my new matte topcoat that I got from my sweet friend Nicola!

I got a ton of compliments at school too. Not so much "oh, that's pretty" but more like "wow, your nails look so cool" or "this is amazing, how does it do that?"

Yeah, it was a good week.


For this manicure I started off with one coat of Rimmel London Black Satin as the base. Then I layered on one coat of Kleancolor Chunky Holo Black. After letting it dry I added Essie Matte About You matte topcoat.

Apparently it wasn't dry enough when I added the matte, as you can see by my horrendous index finger. I later re-did it and was still very happy. This is one of my favorite layering combinations!

Again, nothing extravagant but I think it looks pretty amazing.

7/27/11

China Glaze Metal Crackle Glaze: Tarnished Gold and Oxidized Aqua

Good morning! Are you ready for more crackle?

I've posted many other crackles in the past, some from different brands, and others from China Glaze so you shouldn't be surprised to see this post if you've been reading my blog for a while.

I love crackles! End of story.

I'm incredibly impressed with this new batch of Crackle Glaze. The first collection was nice but I remember purchasing Lightning Bolt and Crushed Candy and was disappointed at how difficult it was for me to apply and how it was so hard for the white to crack.

The formula on these were much easier.


First up is my new favorite crackle, Tarnished Gold. This is layered over Zoya Dree. Bad color combination here, lol. Anyway, this had easy application and formula. I love that this finishes with a nice metallic finish! These pictures are without a topcoat, but once you add a topcoat, it glistens and is much more shiny and "glittery".


Next is the gorgeous China Glaze Oxidized Aqua. This is layered over Orly Royal Navy. When I saw the press release, I wasn't really excited for this one, but I think if you pair it with the right color, it can end up looking really good. Again, great formula and easy application. This one dried super fast, which means the cracking started quickly.

Like with most crackles, do not go back over a spot that has already started cracking. If you don't like the way a finger turned out, it's best to just start over completely.

What is your favorite crackle?

*Some products in this post were sent for review

7/18/11

Glitter Bomb!

YES!! The time has finally come for me to do a glitter bomb. This is my first, actual "glitter bomb" so if you can't tell already, I'm overly excited!

It's glitter, glitter, and even more glitter!

Now, for this manicure I wasted no time! I went straight to my stash as soon as I was done with breakfast and chose two glitters I hadn't tried yet. Kleancolor makes glitters like nobody's business! It's like they throw some random materials in and the most amazing glitter is created.

*Drools* Here's my glitter bomb for Monday's Nail Art Challenge in PAA. I made the picture bigger than I normally do so you could see the delicious glitters but still these pictures do it no justice.


For this manicure amazing glitter bomb I started with a two coats of Wet N Wild Disturbia, which, by the way, has the prettiest pink shimmer.


Then I applied a thin layer of Kleancolor Grand Finale (a silver, holographic string glitter).

And for the best part, I topped it off with Kleancolor 24 Carat, and it's magical. As you can clearly see in that first picture. (;

OHMYGOSH, I don't think it gets better than this! Until I get out my black glitters that is...
*Wet N Wild polish sent for review

7/1/11

Constance Carroll Apricot Sun with Zoya Richelle Sponging

I have some more sponging for you! This time I took this orange by Constance Carrol called Apricot Sun and sponged it with Zoya Richelle as well as ChG Lighthouse.

Actually, I'm not sure, is the brand name CCUK or Constance Carroll? I've searched both and they both come up. Someone correct me if I'm wrong because I've been calling it CCUK.

Anyway, I decided that as pretty as this color was, I wanted to add some sponging. I've been really into sponging lately. Especially since I learned how to do it! I've even been giving myself sponged pedicures (I'll spare you the pictures)!



For this manicure I used Constance Carroll Apricot Sun as the base. When that was dry I used a cosmetic sponge and sponged on Zoya Richelle. It looked a hot mess so I went back and sponged China Glaze Lighthouse over it.

And here's Apricot Sun on it's own.


Constance Carroll Apricot Sun is a bright, citrus orange with strong gold shimmer. This took a lot to be opaque. It was so sheer that I used 3-4 coats. Other than that, application was great. It went on nice and smooth and dried quickly.

That's all there is to it! It was really simple and easy. I have not been feeling creative lately so this is enough to satisfy me!

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6/20/11

Dots, Dots, And More Dots

Today's manicure is part of a new challenge I am taking part in. On the Facebook group, Polish-aholics Anonymous, we are creating nail art based on what the theme for the week is. For this Monday, the theme was polka dots! Next week's theme will probably be announced soon, so if you want to join in on the action, join the group. You'll love it!

Now for the manicure, I think this has to be the easiest nail art I have done. It was also really fun to create.


For this manicure I used Essence No More Drama, a light lavender purple, and Ulta Bam-Blue-Zled, a light periwinkle blue, as the bases. I applied one coat of Seche Vite topcoat so it would dry then, using a cosmetic sponge, I sponged on Nicole by OPI Party in the Penthouse to the blue nails and Butterfly Single to the purple nails. As usual, I used a toothpick for the dots. I alternated between white dots and the same colors I used for the bases.

In total, this manicure probably took me 10 minutes. I finished with Seche Vite so it dried in a matter of minutes.

Oh, and I'm getting dotting tools soon! Exciting.

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! 

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