Archive for June, 2011

A-England: Lady Of The Lake

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a-england - Lady Of The Lake
Hey All!

I am extremely excited to be able to show you guys this stunner by A-England. Adina, the lovely lady behind the polish, has created a wonderful collection of 15 beautiful colors (The Mythicals) with an Arthurian Legend based theme. I am happy to introduce you to the Lady Of The Lake today. This is picture heavy because I honestly could not decide which photos I loved more, so you have been warned. But honestly, there cannot be enough pictures of this gorgeous purple scattered holo. :-D

I used Essie Fill The Gap/Seche Vite for my base/top coat combo.

 


Lady Of The Lake

a-england - Lady Of The Lake
Lady Of The Lake is a dusty purple scattered with fine holographic glitter. Working with this polish was an absolute dream! The brush was soft and spread nicely over the nail during application. I hardly needed two coats for complete coverage. Lady Of The Lake is extremely pigmented and filled with holo glitter, yet it dried completely smooth and glossy before I’d even put the top coat on.

a-england - Lady Of The Lake

Here’s a closer shot to show you just how jam packed with holo glitter Lady Of The Lake really is. I apologize for the jaundiced looking appearance of my skin. :-P These first two picture are without flash.

a-england - Lady Of The Lake

a-england - Lady Of The Lake

a-england - Lady Of The Lake
These last three pictures were taken using flash. I was trying to capture the lovely rainbow holographic glitter that fills this polish. but honestly you need to see this in person to able to appreciate this ‘Lady’ in her full glory. In natural sunlight Lady Of The Lake is absolutely breathtaking. With flash you still only witness a fraction of its full potential.


Final Thoughts:

I am positively in love with Lady Of The Lake. All of A-Englands polishes are 3-Free (Formaldehyde, Toluene and DBP free) and are never tested on animals. The level of pigmentation is phenomenal and who doesn’t love a great holo? ;-) I’m a sucker for the inspiration behind the names and colors for The Mythicals collection, the legend of King Arthur has always been a favorite of mine since I was a little girl. Did I mention how lightning fast shipping was? Normally when I order overseas it can take as long as 20+ days for my items to arrive. My purchase from A-England was at my door in less than a week! There are a myriad of colors to choose from and I certainly plan to make more of these beauties part of my stash. :)

Purchase Info:

Lady Of The Lake, as well as the rest of The Mythicals Collection, can be purchased at A-England’s website for £9.00/each. If you order today you still have time to take advantage of the free postage/free packaging promotion! This offer expires on July 15th. :-)

Pink Wednesday: Missha PK102 (We Should All Wear Polka-Dots…)

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Missha PK102
Hey Everyone!

Sorry this post is coming so late in the afternoon! I was falling asleep at the computer earlier when I first attempted to get these photos ready so a nap was needed first. :-P Today I have one of the polishes I obtained in a giant polish sale from a fellow lacquer fanatic. This one is by a company called Missha. I’m not super familiar with this brand, but I know they are based out of Korea. The two Missha polishes I have come in these cute flower shaped bottles. Though I’m sure once I get close to using the majority of this polish the flower shape is going to become a PITA when I’m trying to get the last bits of polish out of the bottle.

I used Essie Fill The Gap/Seche Vite as my base/top coat combo.


Missha PK102
Missha PK102

This Missha polish goes by the style number PK102, I haven’t been able to find any other name for it. It’s a plum-y pink shade with silver shimmer. My camera did not like photographing this one very much, haha! For some reason they all look a little blurry around the cuticle area. :-(

Missha PK102

Then I decided to play with the dotting tools I bought at Michael’s a few months back. I based this one off the lovely manicure created by Trincess at EmeraldSparkled.com. I think I did pretty decent for a first attempt, though I’ll create more dots and a better pattern next time. Live and learn! :-)

Missha PK102

I used Black Out by Sally Hansey, Miami Nice by Essie, and Missha PK102 for the dots. This mani makes me think of the Oliver Twizt remix of Polka Dots by Afrojack. :-D

 


Final Thoughts:

I didn’t have any issues with this polish. The application was easy, the polish has a nice consistency and is pretty well pigmented. I used three thin coats of polish for full opacity.

Purchase Info:

You can purchase Missha polishes from their, MisshaUS.com. Their nail polish is quite inexpensive and shipping costs are low. I’m not sure if PK102 is currently available on their site, but you can certainly find it occasionally on ebay.

Weekly Roundup: 6/19 – 6/25

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Hello Everyone!

I hope you all had a great weekend.

We had a HBO freebie weekend so I had the chance to check out a few episodes of Game Of Thrones before work last night, and so far I’m loving it! I wish we had HBO full time so I could finish the season, I’m just going to have to rent it when it comes out on Blu-Ray. Does anyone else watch the show?

Back on topic now, here’s this weeks roundup list. I’m hoping we’ll get some sunny days here soon so I can share more of my holographic polishes with you all. :-D

 

Lip Tar and MAC Surf Baby Lipstick Give Away Winner on Cosmetically Challenged
Hard Candy Beetle on the Life and Polish blog
500 Follower Giveaway 6 winners on Midnight Manicures
Zoya Touch Swatches on Kewtified
Animal Manicure on Bright Lights Big Color
My First Nubar on A Day in the Life
PritiNYC Summer Day Kit Swatches on Polished to the Nines
Multidimensional Mani on Nailderella Nails
You’re Moody, Bish on Lambchop Mobile
Home Laser Hair Removal Guide on Beauty and Fashion Tech
Review: Mary Kay Love Lash Mascara on Style Eyes
A rainbow tape mani from Let Them Have Polish
Are You Down With OCC? Polish Insomniac is.
Pink Glitter Mani on Bookworm Nails
Battle of brush cleaner on Purple Eye Diamond
Get to know JoElle Skincare on Creatively Yours By Ro
Continuing Education in Artistry on Royal Beauty Designs
Review: e.l.f. Studio Cream Eyeliner in Plum Purple on Beauty Mamas
Walking the Plank on Polish Pauper
Get in the Mood for Friday with Tara’s Nails
Real French Perfume from Fragonard on Reve Noir
Enter the Nicole By OPI Texture Giveaway on Addicted to All Things Pretty
Are you tired of the bandwagon trends? Glitter Gloss Garbage is.

Revlon: Hazy, Electric & Black With Envy

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Hazy, Electric, Black With EnvyHazy, Electric, Black With Envy
Morning!

Today I’ve got a few more Revlon colors to show you all. I saw one of my co-workers wearing Hazy and I pretty much had to have it, the other two polishes just jumped into my cart so what was I supposed to do? :-P

For all three I used Essie Fill The Gap as my base coat.


Hazy
Hazy

Hazy is a smokey grey creme and the one that I was lemming* after I saw my friend Amanda wearing it. This one was opaque after 2 coats. It was a little streaky but it leveled out after applying my top coat (Seche Vite in this case).

Electric
Electric

Electric is a yellow with a fine shimmer that is known to be a very close dupe to Chanel’s Mimosa. Rachel Marie’s Nails has a very good comparison on her blog (seen here), and there’s another great comparison at TheLooksForLess.com. It is a little streaky, as most yellow hued polish tends to be, so it took 3 coats for me to level this one out. I also tried using Prolana Quick & Slick as my top coat and it made my the polish on my index finger ripple! I think I’ll be sticking to Seche Vite from now on when I swatch Revlons. :-/

Electric
Close-up picture so you can see the fine shimmer a little easier.

Black With Envy
Black With Envy

This one was a surprise win for me! I picked it up because I’d heard rumors of Black With Envy being a dupe for Black Pearl by Chanel. Once purchased I found out this rumor was extremely incorrect, but I still really enjoyed the charcoal black color filled with teal and a subtle pink shimmer. I used 3 coats for this one and Seche Vite as my top coat.

Black With Envy
Close up, it’s a little hard to pick out from this shot but the pink shimmer is in there! :-)


Final Thoughts:

I’m actually quite pleased with all three of these. I am always thrilled when I find another grey polish to add to my stash, and the fact that Electric is such a close match to Mimosa has cured me of that lemming* as well. Black With Envy is the first charcoal black that I have in my stash so it’s definitely a keeper.

Purchase Info:

Revlon polishes usually retail for anywhere between $4.49 – $5.99/each. You can purchase them at any local drugstore or major retailer (Walgreens, CVS, Target, Wal-Mart, etc.) nationwide.

 

*Lemming – Having an uncontrollable urge to own a polish after seeing someone else wearing it. ;-)

Essie – Ruby Slippers!!

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Ruby Slippers
Good Morning!

I know there are a ton of red glitter polishes on the market but I honestly think this one by Essie is one of the best. Ruby Slippers looks like it’s glowing from within! I was lucky enough to get my hands on a bottle (or two) and I’m pleased that I’m able to show it to you all today. :-D

I used Essie Fill The Gap/Seche Vite for by base coat/top coat combo.

 


Ruby Slippers
Ruby Slippers

Ruby Slippers is a great red jelly based polish absolutely stuffed with gold glitter. The application was once again flawless, I’m starting to notice this as a great trend with the Essie formula. The brush went exactly where I wanted it to go every time.

Ruby Slippers I used 3 coats for full coverage, which is pretty nice for a glitter polish.

Ruby Slippers
Close up for glitter appreciation.


Final Thoughts:

I happy that I finally caved (thanks to the lovely pictures provided by Sam at Fashionpolish.com) and added this one to my stash. I assumed that red polish wasn’t going to look good on me, especially a red glitter, and just wrote it off. Well we all know what assuming does now don’t we? Since I put Ruby Slippers on I haven’t been able to stop staring at and showing off my nails to everyone I see. My poor boyfriend has said “that’s nice dear” at least 15 times in one day. :-P

Purchase Info:

Ruby Slippers is a discontinued color by Essie so unfortunately your best bet on this one is getting lucky on Ebay. It is still selling for a reasonable price so your bank account won’t be taking a super drastic hit. :-)

Ode to RBL – Recycle, Bikini Bottom & Starfish-Patrick

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Bikini Bottom, Recycle, & Starfish Patrick

Morning!

Okay, so maybe this isn’t an ode to anything but I do love a good Rescue Beauty Lounge (RBL) nail polish. :-D I have a wishlist a mile long for all the colors I want to buy from Ji’s killer collections, but for now I will show you the three that I do own.

I love the fact that the creator, Ji Baek, is so interactive with her fan base. You can regularly find her chatting on the Rescue Beauty facebook page, or keeping everyone updated on all things RBL through her blog. It’s nice to see polish creators being so involved with their customers. :-)

 


Recycle
Recycle

Recycle is a highly pigmented forest green creme, and probably my favorite green that I own. With a steady hand this would be a 1-coat wonder, I had to use 2 coats.

Bikini Bottom
Bikini Bottom

I love, love, LOVE Bikini Bottom. This is 4 coats. I know it seems like a lot, but Bikini Bottom is meant to be worn sheer. I just choose not to wear it that way and I layer the heck out of it. :-P From the moment I saw swatches of this soft baby blue jelly I knew I had to have it. At the time it was sold out, but the lovely Ji held one of her “Bring It Back” (BiB) voting polls and this one was one of the three colors chosen by the public to be recreated and sold in her online store. I pretty much stalked the website until the day it was re-released. :-D

Starfish-Patrick
Starfish Patrick

Starfish-Patrick is gorgeous peachy coral jelly, again I used 4 coats to reach the opacity I preferred. If you haven’t noticed a pattern yet, this and Bikini Bottom are part of the RBL Spongebob Collection that was released for Fall 2008. I still need to swipe Square Pants before it sells out and my collection will be complete! *insert maniacal laughter*


Final Thoughts:

I am a Rescue Beauty believer! Ji puts every RBL polish through months of quality control testing before she is satisfied enough to release it to the public. The RBL line may be on the expensive side for some, but the quality of their products and variety of color choices is totally worth it for me.

Purchase Info:

Starfish-Patrick and Recycle are not currently available, but Ji does occasionally hold “Bring It Back” voting sessions to create new batches of her sold out polishes. Bikini Bottom (one of the recently BiB winners) and other great colors are available for $18 – $20 each online at RescueBeauty.com.

Pink Wednesday: Essie Miami Nice

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Miami Nice
Hey Everyone!

Sorry about the late post, today has been pretty busy for me. I’m finally joining the Pink Wednesday bandwagon! I think this will be a nice break from hardcore swatching and it will force me to come out of my polish comfort zone since I hardly ever wear pink nail polish. :-)

Today I’ve got Miami Nice by Essie to show you all. I bought this one a few months back and I believe it’s part of the retail exclusive line carried by Target, Walmart and various drugstores. Someone correct me if I’m wrong.

I used CND Sticky/Seche Vite as my base and top coat combo.

 


Miami Nice
Miami Nice

Miami Nice is an iridescent hot reddish-pink hue with a violet flash. The formula on this one was fantastic. It was squishy, like a cross between a jelly and a creme, and very well pigmented. Two coats would be perfectly acceptable for this, I used three just to get rid of a barely noticeable VNL (visible nail line).

Miami Nice
Here’s a close-up so you can see the shimmer in this one better.

Miami Nice
From another view, the flash of violet in Miami Nice just about disappears. It almost looks like a completely different polish!


Final Thoughts:

I love this color, when I first bought it I used it for a pedicure and I was quite pleased. I think this will be a  fun shade to have for the summer months. :-)

Purchase Info:

Essie has two lines of polish. They have the retail line, where you can find Miami Nice and others for about $8.00/each at your local Walmart, Target, CVS, etc. Then they have the salon line, initially the only Essie line, that has a wider variety of colors but can only be purchased through salons that carry the brand or via e-tailers like NailSupplies.us and Head2ToeBeauty.com

Milani Holos – AKA: Why Did I Only Buy Two Of Them?!

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Hi-Tech & Hi-Res
Morning!

Today I’ve got a few holographic polishes to show you all! I don’t own very many holos at the moment but they are quickly becoming one of my favorite finishes. The things that holographic polish does in the sun are downright spectacular. I’ve got two from the Milani 3D Holographic collection today. They’re not super strong holos like something you’d see from Nfu-Oh, but I still enjoy them. :-)

For those not familiar with holographic polishes, there are two distinct types currently available. You have your linear holos (smooth prismatic vertical line)  and your scattered holos (dispersed prismatic effect across the nail). For more information and examples of the different types, makeuptalk.com has a great reference article. Linear holos tend to appear dull and one-dimensional under indoor lighting, while scattered holos will still display the holographic effect inside. Both linear and scattered holos are best viewed with natural sunlight.

I used CND Sticky/Seche Vite for both swatches. Some pictures were taken with flash so you could see the holo effect better. It was probably 3am when I was painting the nails so natural sunlight wasn’t really an option. ;-)


Hi-Tech
High-Tech

First up is Hi-Tech, a gorgeous light green scattered holo that also has a very subtle linear holo effect in some lighting. This was 3 coats.

Hi-Tech

You can see the slight linear effect in this picture, this was taken under my “daylight” lamp and lightbox setup.

High-Tech

Here’s a picture with flash. I ended up using Hi-Tech as a pedicure the next day when I went to the beach and this polish was FABULOUS in the sun. My roommate and I were infatuated, my boyfriend… liked it but he was not quite as enthralled as we were. Well, at least he tries to humor me. :-)

 

Hi-Res
Hi-Res

Hi-Res is definitely a member of the scattered holo family. Even inside and with no flash you can see the holo effect in this photo. This was also 3 coats.

Hi-Res

Hi-Res is a really pretty lilac purple color. Here it is under the flash.

Hi-Res

One more flash photo. I would love to get another sunny day to put these on again and take them outside for some day time pictures. :-D

 


Final Thoughts:

I am really impressed that such great holos are available at the drug store. I am however kicking myself for not buying all of them because we don’t have a CVS where I live. :-( I only wish that the holo-goodness was as noticeable inside as it is under flash or natural sunlight, but this kind of dilemma comes with holo territory.

Purchase Info:

You can purchase the 3D Holographic polishes by Milani on sale for $3.75 each at CherryCulture.com, or for $4.99/each at MilaniCosmetics.com or CVS stores nationwide.

Weekly Roundup: 6/12 – 6/18

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Hey Everyone!

Here’s a new segment I’ll be doing every week to showcase some other amazing blogs for you all to check out! This is the brainchild of April, the lovely lady behind Glitter.Gloss.Garbage. I’ll be doing this post every week, and I’ll add at tab on the front page to provide an index of entries for everyone to browse. :-D

 

Beauty Supply Haul from Royal Beauty Designs
Essie Braziliant from Kewtified
Zoya Rica from Midnight Manicures
A day at the races with Bright Lights Big Color
Lights, Camera, Nail Polish with the Polish Pauper
Millions of Peaches for the Polish Insomniac
Cosmetically Challanged asks are we abusing our mentors?
Ruby Kisses Red Romance with Creatively Yours by Ro.
Forever 21 Friday with Tara’s Nails
A new kind of Jelly Sandwich with Lamb Chop Mobile
Nufo 52 and Zoya by Let Them Have polish
Givaway Win Nail Art with Getting Girlie
Korres High Drama with Beauty Thesis
Nail of the Day with Song of Hope
Sam Fine Interview with Eye Adore Pretty
Orange Plaid by Painted Pixies
Springtime Lippie colors with Purple Eye Diamond
The Makeup Show Chicago+Haul with Killer Lipgloss
Kayla’s very first Franken
Free Hand Nail Art with The It Color
L’Oreal Infallible Swatches with Glitter Gloss Garbage
Nicole by OPI 6 Piece Shatter Giveaway with Addicted to All things Pretty

Even MOAR Wet n Wild Fastdrys

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Gray's Anatomy, 9.0.2.1.Orange, Party Of Five Glitters
Hi Everyone!

I’ve got a few more Wet n Wild Fastdry polishes to show you all. One of the great things about this blog is its ability to help me go through a TON of my untrieds. I’ve had these suckers probably since February and just never got around to trying them out. :-?

Well, onto the polish!


Gray’s Anatomy
Gray's Anatomy

In the bottle, Gray’s Anatomy is a stunner! It looks like an oil slick, throwing a strong multi-chromatic mix of grey, blue and purple all together. On the nail, it’s a bit of a disappointment. The blue disappears entirely and what you’re left with is a quite subtle grey and purple duo-chrome that’s filled with brush strokes. To top it off, this is FOUR COATS. Gray’s Anatomy is ultra sheer. I expect to do 4+ coats from a jelly, not a duo-chrome. :-(

Gray's Anatomy
With a close view, you can best see the duo-chromatic nature of Gray’s Anatomy. But from a farther point of view this effect is lost entirely. Gray’s Anatomy is supposed to be a dupe of Wicked Game by Deborah Lippmann, Scrangie has comparison shots at her blog.

Party Of Five Glitters
Party Of Five Glitters

Party Of Five Glitters is a clear jelly base filled with red, silver, blue, green, and purple hexagonal glitter in varying sizes. Like most chunky glitters, you have to carefully apply this one in thicker coats and manipulate where you want the glitter to go. This is 2 thick coats on top of Gray’s Anatomy.

Party Of Five Glitters
Close-up glitter shot.

9.0.2.1.Orange
9.0.2.1.Orange

And I always come back to orange. 9.0.2.1.Orange is a very intense orange jelly base filled with gold glitter, and my favorite out of the three shown here (surprise, surprise). :P This was 3 coats.

9.0.2.1.Orange
Here’s a close-up on the wonderful glitter in this polish. I also apparently decided to bedazzle my fingers a bit during clean-up. ;-)


Final Thoughts:

Well, hands down my favorite of the bunch is 9.0.2.1.Orange. The only reason I’ll even consider hanging onto Gray’s Anatomy is because it looks nice layered with Party Of Five Glitters.  I’m not going to write off Gray’s Anatomy completely just yet, maybe if I play around with it a bit more I’ll warm up to it.

Purchase Info:

Wet n Wild Fastdry polishes retail for $1.99 and can be purchased at drugstores nationwide (CVS, Walgreens, etc).

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