12.31.2011

Color Club Nouveau Vintage

I literally have 3 boxes full of polish that I have been needing to show you.  I pretty much skipped every fall collection, as they are my least favorite polishes when I see them, and then when I finally put them on my nails, I like them SO much more.  This has happened for three years straight.  LEARN, Krystal.


Jumping back to 2011 Fall, Color Club's Back to Boho collection included this "vintage frosty gold" - Nouveau Vintage.  I feel it's more of an olive with antiqued gold in it.  Well, close enough, right?  I used a base of CND Stickey, 2 coats of polish and a top of Color Club 0-60 Speed that was included in each 6 piece section of this collection.  (PS: It didn't dry in 60 seconds for me.  After 5 minutes, the polish was still dentable.)


Okay, what is this color?  It's like a base of reddish brown, and then a green shimmer and a gold shimmer layered on top.  But it's all in ONE color - just 2 coats of this stuff!  It's like a crackle coat has been built into polish.


Even close up, I just can't pin down WHAT this color is!  It's amazing!


Here in the shade, I'm just drooling.  Why did I wait so long to put this on?!


Indoors with the flash shows a bit more of that red undertone as well as all the shimmer on top.  I love you Nouveau Vintage.


Formula was a bit weird - not thin but a bit thick?  I had to make sure my brush was wiped well before putting a coat on.



Color Club is located on several etailers, including Head2Toe Beauty which has it for $3.00.  You can also Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

China Glaze Material Girl

Happy New Years Eve (kinda - I mean, it's a whole 23 hours until I'm sipping champagne and watching the ball drop)!  I thought I'd check out some glitters for the holiday, and realized I could post China Glaze Material Girl from the Eye Candy collection.  Did anyone else think that the promo picture looked like Christina Aguilera?  So this collection was duped by both Wet n Wild and Sally Hansen, but more about that later.  Notice that in the bottle picture, it almost looks like there is some holographic glitter in there, but nope - it's just all pink glitter in a clear base.


I used a base coat of Duri Rejuvacote, 3 coats of polish and a top of CND Air Dry.  The formula worked well but the glitter was gritty, even with the top coat.


Here in the sun, I had to think if this was Pom Pom for a minute!  Nope, the pink is lighter in color but still - it works!  I'm shocked at how opaque it is, despite being in a clear base.  Good job ChG!


The shade is also pretty lovely.  Notice the different sizes of glitter - large, small and micro.


Finally we have indoors with the flash - nothing new to say.  I think this color really said Marilyn to me - that classic pink dress from her Gentlemen Prefer Blondes movie (although that was super hot pink).  Don't forget your felt to remove this glitter!  (I'll have a post up soon for glitter removal!)


China Glaze can be found online through several etailers, including my favorite Head2Toe Beauty, Sally's Beauty Supply as well as TransDesign.  You can like them on Facebook and follow them on Twitter.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

12.30.2011

OPI Swimsuit... Nailed It!

The finale of my Miss Universe reviews is Swimsuit... Nailed It!  I originally HATED this color and avoided it, especially after I heard from other bloggers that it was staining their nails.  However, LOOK at this bottle shot!  It almost glows!  I kept thinking "Is this a DS?"  (It's not, by the way.)


I used a base of Duri Rejuvacote, 2 coats of polish and a top of CND Air Dry.  Formula was great.


These are my nails!  I can't believe how amazing this looks.  No crazy photoshop, no false nails - it's all me.  I'm in love with this color, this finish, the smoothness of the polish, how insanely pretty it is!


Indirect sun - still some amazing shine and just beautiful glow to it!


In the shade, you'll note a bit of a green/red cast over my picture - this is from my red wall, sorry about that!


Finally indoors with the flash - not much to say here... the shimmer was a bit overpowered by the flash.  I wore this color for a few hours and didn't have any staining of my nails, but I did have to scrub with my nail brush to get all the shimmer off.  I'm shocked by this color, but definitely in a great way.  I can't wait to wear this one again!

OPI is available 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. Please visit their website for details [official website].  

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Jesse's Girl All Things Girly

Bouncing back a bit to the JulieG Collection from Jesse's Girl Cosmetics - this is All Things Girly, a peach creme that to me, just says Julie.  It's such a happy color!  I had just gotten a manicure the morning before, and decided to start using Rejuvacote by Duri, religiously.  It's a nail growth system that my nail tech uses every time I see her (about once a month).  I used 2 coats of polish and topped it with CND Air Dry.


So, I had icky weather but there's a bit of sun out there!  While this is not a neon, it is a happy bright color.


I actually prefer this color in the shade!  It's a nice color that I think goes well with my skin (no lobster red hands!)  Sadly, I did find the formula to be a bit streaky, although it doesn't look bad in the final pictures.


Go inside, add the flash, and my camera goes nuts.  It wouldn't focus and every picture made this color look neon.  I give up, but at least you can enjoy the outcome.  

he JulieG Collection is a limited edition collection available at Rite Aid stores and online at Jesse's Girl Cosmetic's website.  They retail for $3.99 each ($1 more than the original core line).

You can visit Jesse's Girl on their website, Like them on Facebook and Follow them on Twitter.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

12.29.2011

OPI Crown Me Already!

Going back to OPI's Miss Universe - now it's Crown Me Already! a multi-sized glitter in a clear base.  Honestly, this polish looks best layered either over another color or over itself, but I didn't know that until I swatched.  I used OPI Natural Nail and then put 1 coat on my pinky, 2 coats on my ring finger, 3 coats on my middle finger and finally 4 fantastic coats on my index finger.  I sealed all with OPI Top Coat.


In the sun, you can see that oddly, it doesn't seem to matter if there's 1, 2 or 3 coats... it's either 1 coat or like... 4.  I don't understand it, haha.  The larger hexagonal glitter was a bit hard to get onto the nail but I was able to get it there eventually.


In the shade - same story.  This was before I got my manicure (as you can tell) but tomorrow, you'll start to see how much my nails grew!  (Sadly, these pictures are like 6 weeks old... I'm a bit behind right now).


As for this polish, I can't wear it on its own - I need it to layer.  Frankly, I'd prefer to wear Servin' Up Sparkle if I wanted a glitter like OPI layering polish.



OPI is available 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. Please visit their website for details [official website].  

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

Del Sol Ruby Slipper


This is the polish that I've had my eye on ever since I heard of "color change" polish by Del Sol.  Ruby Slipper is a silver glitter in a clear base when it's in the shade.


To test this, I put CND Brilliant White for my pinky and ring finger, China Glaze City Siren for my middle finger and a bare nail for my index finger.  Then I put 3 coats of Ruby Slipper over each finger.  The only finger I sealed with top coat (Seche Vite) was my pinky.


First let me show you what this color looks like when the sun hits it.
BAM.  Hello red.


Over white, Ruby Slipper had more of a pink effect because the clear base is actually a red color changing effect.  Over red, it just looks silver glitter mixed in.  On my index finger, first I see that I sucked at polishing and got it all over my cuticle.  (Oops), but it did work pretty well.  I think I like this best over a red.


After being in the sun, all colors faded back to silver.

Del Sol may be ordered online for $10 a bottle with free shipping on orders over $50.  You can also find stores with their Store Locator.  For social media, Del Sol has a Twitter, a YouTube channel, a Google+ page and a Facebook page.

12.28.2011

CND Brilliant White

I realized that I use this color a lot but have never dedicated a post to it.  CND colour Brilliant White is a core color - a nice bright white.  For this, I used a base of CND Stickey, 2 coats of polish and a top of OPI Top Coat (it's all I could find at the moment).


Okay, so ignore the huge nick in my middle finger.  I bumped it right when I walked out the door.  Now I've had my bottle for quite some time, so I'm not sure if the formula has been affected, but I noticed that this color was a bit patchy for me.  Not what you'd hope, but pretty typical for whites.


Here in the shade, the color looks a bit dusty?  I think it's just the reflection of the light off my roof that I was shooting under.  It's still a good base but I have to layer something over it to feel better.


Oh the flash.  It tells how streaky this color is, and uneven - patchy as I explained before.  I still love it and am glad I have it, but I'm still on the search for a "perfect" one coat white. :]


CND is available for $9 per colour, and $11 per effect and you can find locations to buy here.

TransDesign and Head2ToeBeauty has the colours for $4.50 and effects for $5.50.

OPI It's My Year

Continuing with the Miss Universe collection - here's It's My Year, a purple base with gold microglitter.  It's like the sister of Rally Pretty Pink.  I used a base coat of OPI Natural Nail, 2 coats of polish, a top of OPI Top Coat.  Formula was great but as you'll see in my pictures, not as opaque as I thought.


Here in the sun, you can see what I was talking about as far as the opacity of this polish.  While I love the color, not a huge fan of seeing my nails.  A base coat of white would help cover your nails and make this color pop.


I had to snag a picture in some indirect sunlight (semi-shade).  Seriously, this purple slays me.  It's just a nice beautiful orchid like color.


Shade picture - the gold isn't nearly as strong here, which is interesting because on my swatch card, all I see is gold.


And finally indoors with the flash - lots of visible nail for me.  Boo!

OPI is available 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. Please visit their website for details [official website].  

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

12.25.2011

OPI Congeniality Is My Middle Name

Remember this lovely OPI Miss Universe collection?  Seems like a lifetime ago for me, but that's because I've been seeing swatches of OPI Holland pop up on Tumblr and wow, I'm in love with some of those shades!  But back to the swatch at hand (hah).  Today is Congeniality Is My Middle Name, also called "CIMMN" by many bloggers, although I have no idea how to pronounce it.  Maybe it's like "cinnamon" but you just run the last syllable into the n sound at the end.  Works, right?  This is a beautiful wine-berry shimmer that looks like a creme in the bottle but sparkles on the nail.


Side note, back in 2006, I was in a "scholarship pageant" and won Miss Congeniality.  I hold dear to that title and trophy.  A few years prior, Eva Longoria was in the same scholarship pageant and walked away the winner.


Oh the good ole days.


Back to the polish.  I used a base coat of OPI Natural Nail, 2 coats of polish and a top coat of OPI Top Coat.  The formula was nice and smooth.
Here in the sun, you can see how this is a great red/purple (rurple?) shimmer.  It's not too red but definitely not too purple and the shimmer is nice and subtle.


I was pretty obsessed with this color in the shade, especially the bottle!  It's just such a little chameleon - almost duochrome like!


Finally indoors with the flash and you can see the shimmer a bit more and a huge "hot spot" of light where my flash really hit the nail.  Lovely color!  OPI has always been great with reds.


I'd like to wish all my readers a great holiday season!  Today is Christmas Day and I'm having my family all to my house later today.

OPI is available 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. Please visit their website for details [official website].  

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

12.24.2011

FingerPaints Drummer Boy

Today I have FingerPaints Drummer Boy, a blue glitter in a clear base.  I originally was hoping for a blue base but the good thing with clear bases is that you can use it over anything.


I used a base coat of CND Stickey, 2 coats of polish, and a top of Seche Vite.  On my index and middle fingers, I started with a coat of CND Stickey, then 1 coat of Winter Sky, and finished like the above.  (In case you're wondering, I paint my nails from pinkie to index finger.)


Okay, apologizes for this blurry picture.  My camera freaked out in the sun and just couldn't handle it.


It did much better in the shade.  The glitter could probably have used more than 1 coat of Seche Vite to keep down the bumps in the glitter.


Finally indoors with the flash - I'm a bit iffy on this color.  While I love a glitter, I don't know how many uses I have for a blue glitter.  I think this would work well over a white to give you a punch of color without the overpowering blue theme going.  By itself, I just can't deal.  The glitter didn't stain my nails any, but I just don't like seeing so much VNL underneath.  Maybe a nice nude under?  I can't think of any other blue glitters in clear bases that I have off the top of my head, so this could be a keeper on that fact alone.


FingerPaints can be found in Sally's Beauty Supplies stores and online for $4.99 USD each.  They are a Sally's Beauty Supply exclusive brand, so you can follow Sally's on Twitter and like them on Facebook as well as follow their blog.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.

FingerPaints Special Effects Collection

How freaking cool are these?!  FLAKIES.  And flakies at an affordable price!  Now these are a Sally's Beauty Store exclusive, available in stores only starting in January.  I was able to purchase an advance copy from my local Sally's on behalf of the corporate office - many many thanks to Sally's for making that possible!  Price on these are $5.49 a bottle but with a Sally's Beauty Club card, they are $4.99.  I paid a total of $27.01 which included Texas sales tax at 8.25%.




Twisted, Flecked, Flashy, Motley and Asylum

12.23.2011

China Glaze Colours from the Capitol

So if you follow me on Twitter, you may have seen the on/off love between China Glaze and the Hunger Games.  However, it's officially ON!  I have The Hunger Games in my possession now, and I'm going to start reading them so I can figure out exactly what's going on.  Here's what I do know - China Glaze looks like it's coming out with a flakie!  I could be wrong...




More information will be posted when I receive it.  I'm definitely excited for Luxe and Lush!

12.22.2011

Holiday Beauty Blogger Giveaway Winner!



The winner of the $500 Visa gift card giveaway is Dolores V. – entry #22144! Congratulations and thanks to all who entered!

FingerPaints Winter Sky

Back to the swatches!  Today I have FingerPaints Winter Sky, a shimmery blue.  It's a lot like Zoya Phoebe, but not matte and just a bit lighter in blue tone.  The formula was very nice but I did have a bit of staining with this color.


I used a base coat of CND Stickey, 2 coats of polish and a top of Seche Vite.
Here in the sun, you can see the shimmer.  Sorry for the colors being a bit hot - the sun was not cooperating with me!  I have some large mosquite trees that hang over my sidewalk, so sometimes it's hard to get the sun between the branches.


The shade worked a lot better for me, but strangely, it makes this color look way more teal than blue.


Finally indoors with the flash - you can see that gorgeous shimmer!  Like I mentioned above, I did have some slight staining with this polish but I just cleaned well with Zoya Remove+, washed my hands with a nail brush and some soap, and then applied cuticle oil and I was good to go!

FingerPaints can be found in Sally's Beauty Supplies stores and online for $4.99 USD each.  They are a Sally's Beauty Supply exclusive brand, so you can follow Sally's on Twitter and like them on Facebook as well as follow their blog.

Disclosure: The product[s] in this post was [were] provided to me by the company for consideration.  For more information, please read this post.
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