Archive for May, 2011

Layering Experiment – No. 2

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Hey Everyone!

I’ve been meaning to post this for a few days now but life has been hectic. I’ve been busy with work the past few days and today the boyfriend and I were in the car traveling 11 hours to my hometown (Cleveland!) for Memorial Day weekend and to attend the wedding for one of my childhood friends. Now that we’re settled into the hotel I can finally show you the pictures of another wonderful layering experiment. This time I coupled Movin’ Out by OPI with Black Out by Sally Hansen, using two coats of polish for each color. I used CND Sticky as my base and Seche Vite for the top coat.

 

Onward to the Pictures! (sorry dial-up users ;-))

Movin' Out

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Layering Experiment – No. 1

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Allo!

Today I have the start of a segment of posts where I plan to just have fun layering polishes to see what effects can be created. After hearing about Movin’ Out by OPI on several nail blogs I knew I had to have that polish for myself. Movin’ Out was originally released in 2003 as part of the Holiday on Broadway collection. It is a duo-chrome masterpiece that varies in color depending on the polish that you have layered under it.

Unfortunately the first time I searched for it on ebay I was unsuccessful. There were zero bottles available so I was ready to give up on ever owning it. A week or two later I decided to see if any bottles of Movin’ Out were available and two bottles came up on my search feed. I immediately snatched one up and never looked back. :-D

For layering experiment No. 1, I’ve combined two coats of Mock Snob by Revlon (the salmon pink creme polish I was swatching at the time) and two coats of Movin’ Out. Once layered, the polish takes on a peachy pink duo-chrome effect with TONS of shimmering goodness.

Picture Spam Time!

Movin' Out

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Zoya’s Doing It Again!

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1 DAY OFFER! Get 1 Color from SUMMERTIME, SUNSHINE or ModMattes for FREE*


ZOYA NAIL POLISH SUMMER FUN 1 DAY SALE!
Today ONLY until 11:59PM EST get one of our new summer nail colors for FREE* just pay for the shipping (s/h)! Choose 1 color from any of our new summer collections**. Add it your cart then enter the code SUMMER1 This is a great way to pick up that great summer pedicure color that you have been wishing for!


You can choose one color from the Zoya Summertime Collection
or…
One color from the Sunshine Collection
or…
One color from the ModMatte Collection!


Act now – this offer expires at 11:59 PM EST TODAY! (5/24/2011) Don’t wait! You only have a few hours to take advantage of this great nail polish deal!!!


*Online only, cannot be combined with any other offer, promotion or coupon. US ONLY. Promotion ends TUESDAY May 24, 2011 at 11:59 PM EST. Offer good for 1(one) free bottle of open stock .5 oz bottle from the Zoya Summertime, Zoya Sunshine or ModMatte Collections ONLY. Code: SUMMER1 must be entered in order to obtain discount. Art of Beauty Inc. will not honor promotions that are submitted after promotion has ended – No exceptions. No exchanges. No returns. Worst case scenario please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Comments, videos and pictures posted about this Zoya Nail Polish Offer outside of Zoya.com or zoyanailpolish.blogspot.com are not representative of the opinions of Zoya Nail Polish, Art of Beauty, Inc., Qtica and Qtica Smart Spa and we do not confirm the accuracy of any postings. Customers are responsible for maintaining active accounts. If username or password have been lost we (Art of Beauty, Inc.) are not responsible for restoring accounts or giving out any account information. S/H not included.


**Offer only good for 1(one) free polish from the Zoya Sunshine, Summertime or ModMatte Collection. All other Zoya colors and treatments excluded.


(promo information and permission to re-post courtesy of Zoya’s Blog)

Revlon Top Speed: Jelly, Mock Snob, Chili & Royal Reviews

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Jelly, Mock Snob, Chili, Royal

Hey Everyone!

Today I’ve got a few Revlon Top Speed colors to show you. I picked these up here and there over the past few months and just hadn’t gotten around to trying them out yet. Actually, I’ve done that with a lot of the polishes in my collection but I’m working on correcting that. :-?

I know that Mock Snob is part of the Summer 2011 collection, but I’m not entirely sure of the original release dates for Royal, Jelly and Chili. I’m thinking they were released last fall, but if someone could shed some light on that feel free to shoot me a message or leave a comment.

Swatches under the cut. :)

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Zoya Promo Offer

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I forgot to post this earlier, oopsie!

 

Limited time only

Get Zoya Dove and Zoya Caitlin FREE with ANY** purchase on Zoya.com!

Special Promotional Offer*!

Try the Zoya “French Twist” manicure created by Haven Spa for the Joy Cioci presentation at NYFW! For a limited time with any** purchase (excluding Zoya Color Spoons) on Zoya.com you get Zoya Nail Polish in Caitlin and Zoya Nail Polish in Dove for free!! Just enter the code ZB52 when you check out! These trend setting spring colors are MUST have in any collection! This offer is only good until Monday May 23 (11:59PM EST)! Act now and try the “twist” everyone is talking about!

*Online only, cannot be combined with any other offer , promotion or coupon. US ONLY. Promotion ends Monday May 23 at 11:59 PM EST. Offer good for 1(one) open stock .5 oz bottle of Zoya Caitlin and 1(one) .5oz bottle Zoya Dove with the purchase of any NON-SPOON item on Zoya.com. Art of Beauty Inc. will not honor promotions that are submitted after promotion has ended – No exceptions. No exchanges. No returns. Worst case scenario please allow 4-6 weeks for delivery. Comments, videos and pictures posted about this Zoya Nail Polish Exchange outside of Zoya.com or zoyanailpolish.blogger.com are not representative of the opinions of Zoya Nail Polish, Art of Beauty, Inc., Qtica and Qtica Smart Spa and we do not confirm the accuracy of any postings. Customers are responsible for maintaining active accounts. If username or password have been lost we (Art of Beauty, Inc.) are not responsible for restoring accounts or giving out any account information. S/H not included.

**offer excludes Zoya Color Spoons.

 

Enamel Girl – 1st Blog Anniversary Giveaway!

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My fellow blogger, Enamel Girl, is celebrating her 1 year anniversary for her blog and she is thanking her readers by holding a contest! There will be TWO winners for this giveaway!

For the full rules and details of this giveaway, please visit Enamel Girl’s blog. The contest ends on June 10th at 6pm CST.

 

Enamel Girl Giveaway - Picture provided by enamelgirl.blogspot.com/

 

 

*picture courtesy of Enamel Girl

Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat – Review

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Antiqued Gold, Snow Blast, Distressed DenimVintage Violet, Cherry Smash, Fuschia Shock

Allo!

I’m SOOO excited to show these to you all because these crackles are fantastic! I’ll warn you now, this post is going to be picture heavy because there are 6 different polishes to talk about. The only two that I will not be showing are Fractured Foil (silver) and Ink Splatter (black). Fractured Foil was already sold out at the Walgreens where I purchased the other colors, and I have China Glaze’s Black Mesh already so I didn’t feel the need to buy another black crackle.

I will say this though, at first I was really pissed off that I had bought these because they were not working for me initially. I tried Distressed Denim (blue) and it looked horrible and did not want to crackle. But I took a deep breath, removed the polish and tried again. I’m glad I did because the second time around these crackles really preformed! You just have to know how to get them to show you their best.

What Worked For Me:

First I applied my basecoat. I found that a ridge filling one, like Essie’s Fill The Gap, worked best for me. Then I applied 1-2 coats of my base color, a 1 coater or quick drying polish would be best. Then I applied a thin coat of quick drying top coat. I used Prolana/Olan Labs Quick & Slick top coat, which is probably my favorite top coat right behind Seche Vite. Though I’m sure any thin quick drying top coat will work as well for this step. After I let my nails dry for about 5-10 minutes I then applied a medium layer of the crackle overcoat quickly and covered my entire nail. I let the crackle work its magic for a minute or two and then I applied my beloved Seche Vite topcoat.

I hope that helps for anyone that is having trouble with these, they really are great. Now, it’s time for some photos!! :)

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NOTD – Sally Hansen/OPI Crackle Gradient

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NOTD - Crackle & Green Gradient

Here’s a sneak preview of the purple Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat (Vintage Violet), and a few other colors. I was attempting to do a little bit of nail art and this is what I came up with. I started with painting my entire nail with OPI’s Mermaid Tears. Then I taped off half of my nail and painted the other side with OPI’s Jade Is The New Black. I was then only going to put OPI’s Silver Shatter over it but for some reason I cannot get that polish to crackle properly across my nail. :| So in an attempt to save this manicure and NOT have to repaint my nails for a 3rd time in less than an hour I put the Vintage Violet crackle over everything. I think it actually turned out pretty neat!

 

NOTD - Crackle & Green Gradient

Vintage Violet has a bit of a shimmer to it, and it applies a little sheer so the layers underneath come through a bit and create a gradient effect.

 

NOTD - Crackle & Green Gradient

Please ignore the state of my cuticles. This was the third attempt to paint my nails and by that point no amount of cream or cuticle oil I added to my hands was making them happy. :(

 

NOTD - Crackle & Green Gradient

Expect a full review and swatches of almost all the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoats very soon! The sun is being extremely uncooperative so today I’m building a light-box. :)

Eyeko Cosmic Polish – Review

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Cosmic Polish

 

Morning!

Today I’d like to introduce you to Eyeko’s Comic Polish: For Space Age Nails! Eyeko is a boutique beauty line from London that was created in 2000. I had never heard of them until I started reading nail blogs. I was intrigued by the unique packaging and the interesting variety of colors they had to offer, every polish seems to have its own theme and story behind it. I’d really like to get my hands on each of Eyeko’s polishes to try them all out.

 


Cosmic Polish: For Space Age Nails

Cosmic Polish

Cosmic is a black creme based polish filled with rainbow holographic glitter. It is fairly well pigmented and was opaque after 2 coats. I used Essie Fill the Gap as my base coat this time instead of CND Sticky. The brush is a little stiff so you should use a light touch to avoid creating bare spots. It dried with a bit of a grainy texture so I would suggest using a top coat with this. I used SV (seche vite) but I think that any top coat would work fine for this.

 

Cosmic Polish

You can really see the holo glitter in this shot. It looks like I have a twinkling rainbow sky across my nails! (insert double rainbow joke)

 


Final Thoughts:

I really like this polish. I’m a fan of black polish and the fact that this has the holo microglitter makes it that much more exciting! The funny thing with this one is that the microglitter is more visible in artificial light than it is in natural lighting. The bottle shape is also a bit awkward to deal with since it is so tall and thin. I can foresee someone tipping their polish over quite easily if they aren’t careful during application.

Purchase Info:

You can buy the limited edition Cosmic Polish for $6.00 from the Eyeko website.

Shipping is free in the UK & Europe, and $7.50 for International orders (Int’l orders over $55 will have free shipping).

Julep Polish Giveaway @ The PolishAholic!

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Today is the last day to enter for the Julep polish giveaway at that is being held over at The PolishAholic’s blog!

The winner will receive a set of polishes courtesy of Julep, all entries must be in on May 19th by midnight PST.

Enter the giveaway here!

All of their colors seem interesting, I really like Donna and Selena. What’s your favorite?

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