Apr 25, 2011

Make Me Smile!

Hey Ladies!

Hope you all had a great Easter! This is going to be a short (scheduled) post because I'm supposed to be studying. I feel like this exam time period is going to take forever! I'm looking forward to seeing my boyfriend this weekend. He will be in town and I can't wait! That is helping me survive the week. I still haven't painted my nails so these are pictures from some of my many manicures that I have yet to post. This is Misa's Quirky Smile from the What I Like About You Collection (Fall 2010). Quirky Smile is a gorgeous teal shimmer. 2 coats of perfection. Perfect application and formula.


Until next time! 

Happy Polishing!

Apr 22, 2011

Now Serving Eggplant

Hey Ladies!

I just want to say that "it" has arrived. No, I don't mean a polish order or a new collection for review... The "it" I'm talking about is the scariest "it" out there! LAW SCHOOL FINALS! I hate this point in the semester. It's bitter sweet. Classes are over (hooray) but then the dreaded exams start. I hate the stress and anxiety that comes along with it. Bad enough that I haven't painting my nails in a week! Yeah, my last two posts are from a few manis ago. I promise I'll try to keep posting during finals. But at the end of the day I have to put school first. I'm literally just setting my sights on a few things happening after exams to help me get through the next 2 weeks. So please forgive me if I disappear a little during this crazy time.

This is Wet n Wild's popular Eggplant Frost. It's a plum purple with intense blue shimmer/flash. You see that blue the moment the light hits. Its impossible to avoid it but why would you want to? LOL! This was 2 coats. The application was easy to worth with. No complaints. I had seen so many bloggers posting this one so I decided to go for it when I saw it at a local Walgreens. No regrets here! 


Happy Polishing!

Apr 21, 2011

Zoya's Mira

DREAM application.  Super smooth and could have been a one-coater, EASY, but of course, I always do two at minimum.  This is Mira by Zoya.  The bottle pic because of the lighting tends to be a little light, but the other pictures are true shade accuracy.  Just a great purple.... which are my FAVES!


Happy Polishing!

Apr 19, 2011

Sooooooooooki! (couldn't resist, sorry)

This is some serious red.  Like, really.  Here we have Sooki by Zoya.  Creamy and pretty decent with one coat... but of course this is two.  It's super bright with, I want to say, orange undertones, but still plenty red.  Very nice, opaque and bright.  Lovely application, as usual with most Zoyas.  *love*


Happy Polishing!

Apr 18, 2011

Giveaway Winner!

Hey Ladies!

Sorry for the delay in getting the winner posted. Life has been a little busy lately! On top of all that, the amount of entries was pure insanity! Either way, I'm sure you guys don't want me to yap yap yap and just want me to get to the winner.

So.....

The winner is....

MEGAN HARMEYER!

Congratulations! I'll be email you for your information so please keep an eye out for it!

Thanks to everyone who entered! We appreciate each and every one of our followers!

Baby, I wish it was "coal" outside!

Hey Ladies!

This is my attempt to finish clearing out my manicures from the Fall/Winter. Just in case your wondering why I was busting out with a dark color in the middle of Spring. This is OPI's Baby It's "Coal" Outside! Personally, I love OPI's creativity when it comes to polish names. Super cute. This reminds me of my wish for cold weather in Miami. It's in the 90s here and sooooooo humid. I practically have a mini heat stroke every time I walk to my car. And my butt cooks on the seat every time I get in the car. LOL! I hate it! You never get used to it! And summer hasn't even started yet! *faints* I'm jealous of the fact that it was 60 degrees up by my boyfriends neck-of-the-woods. I wish I were there right now! Anyways... I'd describe this as a charcoal/gunmetalish black with a mega ton of shimmer. I believe this took 2 coats for full coverage. The formula and application were great. Really love this color!


Anyone else hate the heat?

Happy Polishing!

Apr 15, 2011

Zoya LE Mod Mattes Collection (Summer 2011) - Swatch / Review

Hey Ladies!

Today I have the last of the three Zoya collections: Mod Mattes! I was so excited when I saw these. Zoya makes awesome matte polishes. I was dying to see these new colors! So vibrant!

Phoebe - Zoya describes this as a bright azure with fine electric blue and violet shimmer with a velvety matte finish. This is easily my favorite color from this collection. Setting aside my bias for the color blue... This color is so bright, vivid, vibrant, electric, insane, etc. I think you get the point. The shimmer is so pretty too! You notice the electric blue shimmer but I don't notice the violet shimmer. 3 coats for full coverage.

Lolly - Zoya describes this as a bold, saturated medium magenta pink cream with a velvety matte finish. This is such a pretty pink! It reminds me of bubble gum. LOL! The color is very rich! 2 coats for full coverage.

Mitzi - Zoya describes this as a funky murky light yellow-toned lime green cream with velvety matte finish. This color really is funky (but in a good way). It really is intense and vibrant. 3 coats for full coverage.
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Overall, I am very happy with this collection. I think the colors are so different for mattes. Very refreshing and new. The formula has the typical qualities of a matte: They dry quickly so apply them fast.

What do you gals think?

This collection was sent to us for review. Please read our disclosure policy.

Apr 14, 2011

Zoya Sunshine Collection (Summer 2011) - Swatch / Review

Hey Ladies!

I have for you the other half of Zoya's summer collection: The Sunshine Collection. I decided to keep my general opinion on the number of coats, formula, etc until the end. All swatches were done without base coat and without topcoat.

Apple - Zoya describes this as a luminous yellow-toned apple green packed with gold metallic sparkle. I have to say that this is my favorite color out of the entire collection. And we all know my issue with greens. I see this color and I literally think of a nice plump green apple. Yum! It is a perfect green shade for my skin tone. I had seen swatches online and I didn't think this would end up being my favorite.

Faye - Zoya describes this as a bronzed mauve with purple and brown undertones flooded with bright gold sparkle. Maybe I'm crazy but I don't really see the brown undertone. The mauve color really is gorgeous though. It blends well with the gold sparkle.

Reva - Zoya describes this as a cool toned strawberry red with flowing golden metallic sparkle. This color can be tricky. It can seem very reddish under certain lights. You can really notice the strawberry tone in person though.

Kimmy - Zoya describes this as a gleaming metallic candy apple red brightened by gold sparkle. This can be another tricky color. It seems to have an orange tone to it under certain lighting. Maybe it's just the gold sparkle.

Tanzy - Zoya describes this as a light, bright tangerine orange with yellow gold metallic sparkle. This color reminds me of the sun! I feel that this has a bronze quality to it. Again, maybe its just the gold sparkle.

Rica - Zoya describes this as a warm light coral with pink and orange tones and heavy gold metallic sparkle. I'd have to agree with this. As I was applying it I was trying to think of how I would describe it. Only 3 words came to mind and they happen to be in Zoya's description: Coral, pink, and orange. LOL!

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Overall, I like this collection (but my heart still belongs with the Summertime Collection). Each color took 3 coats before I was satisfied with the amount of VNL. I know you can still see some VNL in the pictures. Here is the thing about this collection... You don't really see the VNL in person because of all the gold sparkle. The sparkle is constantly reflecting light and that helps hide the VNL. Add the fact that your hands are constantly moving and you can be confident with just 3 coats. But take a picture of your nails and its a different story. Either way, I think 3 coats is good enough. With that said, its obvious that the formula is a little sheer. Application was perfect. No complaints there. I personally feel that the gold sparkle makes this collection appropriate for the summer. What better way to honor the season of the sun than by tossing in a metric ton of gold sparkle? LOL!

What do you gals think? How do you feel about all the gold sparkle?

This collection was sent to us for review. Please read our disclosure policy (here).

Apr 13, 2011

Zoya Summertime Collection (Summer 2011) - Swatch / Review

Hey Ladies!

Today I have for you a collection that I was very excited to receive! I present to you Zoya's Summertime Collection.

On a side note, props to Zoya for their great timing. I got back from St. Louis and was a little extra down about being back home in Miami. Long distance relationships suck! Yeah I know... I say that all the time. My flight left St. Louis at 6am. I tried my best to sleep during the flight but it was oddly freezing in the the plane and there was a child that insisted on screaming bloody murder for about half of the 2 hour flight. So I get home and I'm tired, grumpy, and sad. And then it arrived... unexpected nail-mail! My dearest Zoya, you have no idea how much your nail-mail brought me out of the dumps. THANK YOU ZOYA! You guys are amazing! You made my day so much better and you didn't even know it!

Enough of my rambling. Here are the swatches (no topcoat and no base coat)!

Breezi - Zoya describes this as a cool soft, dusty, dirty medium cerulean blue with an opaque cream finish. First, the word cerulean will forever remind me of The Devil Wears Prada. Love that movie! This is such a yummy creme color! I am also totally head over heels for this blue color! So gorgeous! 2 coats for full coverage. Great application. This color is definitely my #1 favorite from both summer collections!

Mira - Zoya describes this as a cool blue toned medium purple with dusty lavender tones and an opaque cream finish. This reminds me of a very grape type of color. You can really tell the blue tone in the top right picture. Another yummy creme. 2 coats for full coverage. Great application.

Kieko - Zoya describes this as a warm red toned dusty light purple with berry tones with an opaque cream finish. This is definitely a berry toned purple. Yet another yummy creme. 2 coats for full coverage. Great application.

Areej - Zoya describes this as a soft, muted cool fuchsia pink with an opaque cream finish. This is such a pretty pink. Again... another yummy creme. 2 coats for full coverage. Great application.

Sooki - Zoya describes this as a bright, clean, crisp cool cherry red cream with a subtle jelly finish. First, let me just say that I can't see this polish without thinking of Sookie from TrueBlood and Snooki from Jersey Shore. LOL! This red is very intense and bright. Another yummy creme polish. I accidentally touched my cuticles while painting and learned that clean up can be a little tricky with this one. I didn't post the 3rd picture because you could really tell that my cuticles were stained red. But I've experienced this with reds regardless of the brand. 2 coats for full coverage.

Tamsen - Zoya describes this as a medium warm brick red with strong orange tones with an opaque cream finish. This was my least favorite color of the collection. I feel that colors with that brown/caramel tone don't look good against my skin tone. Putting my personal issue aside... This was yet another yummy creme. Application was great. I had the same tricky clean up situation as I did with Sooki. 2 coats for full coverage.
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Overall, I am 100% please with this collection. I truly am! I was only "meh" about one color but that is due to my personal taste and thoughts about my skin tone. My thought on the color (Tamsen) in no way reflects on the actual quality of the polish. Moving on... This collection is awesome. The colors are very rich and vivid. If you haven't noticed, I found them all to be super yummy cremes. Application was great with all of them. So smooth and perfect. Sooki and Tamsen were a little tricky for clean up but that is a quality that I see with a lot of reddish colors. All polishes required just 2 coats for full and even coverage. The formula was easy to work with.

I have the Sunshine Collection and the ModMatte Collection coming up soon too. Please be patient with me. I'm reaching the end of my semester and this is when things start to get a little crazy for me. Plus I've been in the middle of planning something for the summer. But I promise to have them up in the next few days.

What do you gals think? Which is your favorite? Did you purchase any of them with the promotion Zoya had running a few weeks ago? Opinions? Thoughts?

Happy Polishing! =)

This collection was sent to us for review. Please read our disclosure policy (here).

Apr 12, 2011

Jessica Runway Style Collection (Spring 2011) - Swatch / Review

Hey Ladies!

I have another review for you today. I was very excited to receive this collection. It took me a while to get this swatched. Life can be crazy sometimes! This is Jessica's Spring 2011 Runway Style Collection. Overall, I am very pleased with it. This was my first experience with Jessica nail polish.

Lets take a look!

Alluring Creature - This is described as a baby pink color. I think its more of a muted baby pink creme.  I only needed 2 coats for full coverage. Application was great.


Coquette - This color is described as an iridescent gray. This color has a very pretty pink/purple iridescent shimmer. I felt that this made the color unique. However, it was very difficult to capture. You can see some of it on the top right picture. If you can't see it then just trust me... It's there! This color isn't a frosty/metallic color but you do have to watch your application so that it doesn't leave any streaks. This took 3 coats for full and even coverage.


Enchantress - This is described as an orange coral color. I think the coral is barely noticeable. I feel that this is a light orange creme. Application was great and smooth. I used 2 coats for full coverage.


Goddess - This color is described as a shimmery white. They aren't kidding! This is a very pearly white shimmery color. Very frosty like. You have to be careful with application because it can be very streaky. You can see some of that in my pictures. This color took 3 coats for full coverage since its a little more on the sheer side.


Seductress - This color is described as a ruby pink. I know it looks red in my pictures but I swear it was impossible to photograph. However, its not completely inaccurate either. This color switches from ruby pink to a reddish color depending on the light. It's a super yummy jelly (so its a little on the sheer side)! I applied 3 coats before I was satisfied with the amount of VNL. Application was great.


Temptress of the Sea - This color is described as glistening beige. This reminds me of a champaign type beige with subtle silver shimmer. This took 3 coats for full coverage. Application was great.

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What do you gals think?

This collection was sent to us for review. Please read our disclosure policy (here).

Apr 11, 2011

China Glaze Island Escape Swatch / Review

Hey Ladies!

I was super happy when we received nail-mail last week. We received 5 out of the 6 new China Glaze colors from the Island Escape collection. Mari was nice enough to do the swatching for me since I received this collection and was leaving town the very next day (went to visit the boyfriend). 

Here goes!

Papaya Punch - China Glaze describes this as a creme based vivid orange. They aren't kidding! Super bright. These pictures don't even do it justice. It's insane in person. 2 coats for full coverage. Great application.


Electric Pineapple - China Glaze describes this as a high intensity creme based lime green. 3 coats for full coverage. Not as insanely bright as Papaya Punch. Great application.


Cha Cha Cha - China Glaze describes this as a vivacious shimmer green. Certainly a glass fleck with plenty of shimmer. 3 coats for full coverage. Great application.


Senorita Bonita - China Glaze describes this as a passionate purple shimmer with pink micro glitter. Beautiful! Super pretty purple with pink shimmer. 3 coats for full coverage. Great application.


Blue Iguana - China Glaze describes this as a bold and daring sparkly blue. This one took 4 coats for full coverage. There was some VNL. Experienced some cuticle drag while applying the color though. That made the application a little bit troublesome. Luckily its such a pretty blue!

So, what do you ladies think?

This collection was sent to us for review. Please read our disclosure policy (here).

Apr 5, 2011

Starred Purple Panic

Another purple, and this shade DOES NOT DISAPPOINT!  This is Purple Panic by China Glaze.  Good gracious, this is bright, yummy neon purple with the best pink microshimmer.  My nails glowed for days.  In person it's way more purple... it just photographs pink, and boy did I try.  I used Bundle Monster's BM05 plate for the stars with China Glaze's Millennium.  This is definitely going to be a repeat performance for me. 


Happy Polishing!

Apr 4, 2011

Revlon Perplex....

It's no secret I'm in LOVE with Chanel's Paradoxyl... and while I have yet to acquire it, I gotta tell you I'm really liking Perplex by Revlon. Once I get Paradoxyl, I'll do a comp and I'm sure there are plenty of them out there, but this is just my kind of color.   Purples are my favorite... so this dark taupe with the purple shimmer totally does it for me.  This is two coats.  *love*


Happy Polishing!