Showing posts with label Gold. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gold. Show all posts

Jan 3, 2014

Happy New Year!!! My not-so fancy nails....

I hope everyone had a safe and happy New Year!  I ended up going to my best friend's and hanging out... nothing fancy.  Just good friends and good laughs. 

My nails for the occasion?  Just two coats of China Glaze Gossip over Gimlets and one coat of Fairy Dust for subtle extra sparkle, which you can see in the blurry pic below. 


Happy Polishing!

Nov 21, 2012

Zoya Kalista

This week I bring you Kalista by Zoya, a lovely, gorgeous dark brown with bronze microshimmer.  Two great coats as Zoya never disappoints.  Then I used the leafy vine image from image plate 50 from Mash using 2030 by China Glaze.  What do you think?  Suitable for Thanksgiving, right?  I hope you all have a great holiday!!!

Happy Polishing!

Nov 14, 2012

Glittering Fall Leaves

I'm in a Fall kinda mood but wanted to avoid the dreaded neutral browns and the like.  Although I love those shades, they make my super pale/pink undertone skin look horrible.  Instead, I came up with this look.  Two coats of Glittering Garland (a gorgeous green jelly with tons of microglitter in gold tones) by China Glaze and 2030 for the stamp.  I used Bundle Monster's B04 image plate.   

What are you guys thinking for Fall?  Any looks you love to recreate?  I cant even believe Thanksgiving is next week.  Where did the year go?

 Happy Polishing.

Nov 6, 2012

Armed and Ready for Fall...

Well, at least whatever you can consider Fall when you live in Miami (Florida).  No snow ever and our cold fronts consist of 48 degrees.  LOL

This is two coats of Armed and Ready by Essie.  A new favorite of mine, and cant you see why?  It's freakin' gorgeous!!!  It's like a deep olive with bronze microshimmer.  I cant tell you how much I love it.  Application was great too.  Then I used 2030 by China Glaze to stamp on the plaid image from Mash 50 plate. 

Happy Polishing!

Mar 22, 2012

The Full Monty!

Here you have two coats of The Full Monty by Butter London.  I gotta tell you, I love wearing gold, but not usually on my nails.  This wasn't bad at all though.  It's a metallic and on the warm side.  Not brassy or very yellow.  Hard to capture on camera but very nice to look at in the sun.  Formula was great and I seriously want to look into acquiring other Butter London shades.  (Gotta hit up my local Ulta.)

Happy Polishing!

Mar 5, 2012

Yummy Chocolate Pudding!

Hey Ladies! 6 days 'til my birthday! I can't wait!

So back to my untried drawer I go... This polish has been long overdue. I've owned it for at least a year and a half now and hadn't worn it yet. *sigh* This is Mink Muffs by Essie. Essie describes this as a smoky plush taupe. I'd describe this as milk chocolate pudding. You know those pudding packs that have a layer of chocolate, a layer of vanilla, and another layer of chocolate? Well, the color you get when you mix the 3 layers together (as I always do) is what this color is to me! LOL! Now I'm hungry for pudding. The bottle is a little deceiving... The polish dries darker than you'd think based on the bottle. But it's still super pretty! 2 coats for full coverage (but you can almost get away with just 1).

I went ahead and stamped some leopard spots using BM-221 by Bundle Monster. I barely own any gold polishes because gold and I don't usually go well together. But I reconnected with this beauty in my stash: Butterscotch Cookie by FingerPaints. This is a beautiful gold with gold micro shimmer. Perfect for stamping if you want a touch of gold but don't want it to be overbearing! Perfect for me.

Hope you gals like it!

Jan 8, 2012

Zoya's Fleck Effect Collection - Swatches & Review

Hey Ladies!

Swatching the Fleck Effect Collection by Zoya was fun! I love flakes so much! I wanted you guys to see this collection over a color polish and over a black polish (to focus on the flecks). Just in case anyone is wondering, the black I used is China Glaze's Liquid Leather. (Liquid Leather is literally just that, black leather in liquid form. Pure black.) I figured most of you (if not all of you) would apply this over something else and not alone on the nail. Therefore, I didn't swatch them alone. The base for all 3 of these have a slight tint of color. They are obviously sheer so you will always see your nail underneath no matter how many coats you apply. I didn't apply a base coat or a topcoat. Lets get started!

Chloe - Zoya describes this as a sheer coral pink base with two types of duochrome Mylar flakes: red-orange to gold and gold-green to blue. Spot on description. There are more of the red-orange to gold flakes than there are of the gold-green to blue flakes. The purple polish used was 2 coats of Zoya's Tru from the True Collection. Over this purple, the flakes look more orange and pink than when applied over the black. Over the black, the flakes look more orange and red. Application was great. 1 coat.

Maisie - Zoya describes this as a sheer turquoise blue base with reflective Mylar flakes that shift from green to blue.  This one is tricky. Sometimes it looks more green and sometimes it looks more blue depending on the light. But the blue is more on the greenish side. Did that even make sense? LOL! Application was great. 1 coat. I just wish the flakes were bluer. (More of my thoughts on this below.) The blue polish used was 2 coats of Zoya's Skylar from the True Collection.

Opal - Zoya describes this as a sheer green base with reflective Mylar flakes that shift from bright green to blue. Again, another spot on description. Once on the nail, its easy to get confused between Opal and Maisie. After all, they both shift from green to blue and blue to green. However, as the description says, the green in this one is brighter. I also think Opal shifts less to blue. Application was great. 1 coat. The green polish used was 2 coats of Zoya's Bevin from the True Collection.


Just for fun I decided to make these matte just so you can really see the flakes! I used Essie's Matte About You topcoat. I love how making these matte makes the flakes pop out even more!





Overall: This collection is loaded with flakes. I love it! One dip of the brush into the bottle is all you need for an application overloaded with flakes. You can easily move the flakes around with the brush if you don't like where they ended up on the nail. The polish you use as a base can really help the flakes look more like one color than another. Purple polish brings out the pinkish red of Chloe. Blue brings out the blueish side of Maisie. Green polish brings out more of the bright green of Opal. I love these polishes! I only have one slight complain... But note, this is the blue-lover in me speaking: I wish the blue in Maisie was more dominant than the green. How awesome would an all blue flake polish be? Amazing! Don't get me wrong though, I still love Maisie.

What do you gals think about this collection? Which will you be getting? Thoughts? Comments?

Happy Polishing!

Mar 16, 2011

St. Paddy's Day Mani

My version of a St. Patrick's Day manicure.  Didn't want anything too festive, but I think this is just enough.  Cute, no?  Two coats of OPI's Jade is the New Black and I stamped the swirly pattern from Konad's M51 plate using 2030 by China GlazeJade is the New Black is such a nice shade of green.  Jelly finish too.  Super shiny.

Happy Polishing!

Feb 1, 2011

Zoya Intimate Collection Swatch / Review

Hey Ladies!

I'm very happy to share the following with you guys! As you know from our last post (here), we got a little surprise in the mail on Thursday. I tried to swatch them that same night but I wasn't able to finish and I wanted to post the review all at once. So here we go!

(All swatches are without base coat and without top coat.)

Caitlin - Zoya describes this as a smoky purple-tinged medium gray with smooth, opaque creme finish. I agree with all of that except for the purple-tinged part. Maybe it's my vision (or my obsession with all things blue) but it seemed to me to be a smoky blue-tinged gray. Either way, this is officially my favorite of the collection. It's a super yummy creme polish. The application was flawless. One coat could be enough for full coverage if its a nice thick coat. I used 2 in this swatch.

Dannii - Zoya describes this as a medium orchid purple with pink and champagne highlights and flecks of silver metallic shimmer. I didn't really see the pink or silver shimmer. You definitely notice the champagne shimmer. It sometimes can be as strong as a goldish type of color but not overpowering. It is still a very beautiful color. Application was also excellent for this one. Only 2 coats for full coverage.

Dove - Zoya describes this as a soft, light neutral gray with an opaque, glossy creme finish. I couldn't agree more. And as you can see on the bottom right picture, it can be really glossy (without topcoat). I was afraid that this color might be like your typical pastel creme - chalky! But it wasn't! That was a nice shock for me. Again, the formula was great. Application was flawless. You only need 2 coats for full coverage.

Jules - Zoya describes this as a sparkling neutral light taupe with gold, silver and champagne metallic shimmer. I didn't notice the silver shimmer too much. Maybe its because there is definitely more of the gold and champagne shimmer. You can tell the difference in tone between the two. This color overall reminds me of the shimmer in Dannii. Application and formula were perfect. You need 2 coats for full coverage.

Marley - Zoya describes this as a lightest baby lavender touched with a hint of gray-silver and a subtle pearl finish. I can see the lavender in there... but sometimes it seems to be a little like a baby pink too. The pearl finish really is subtle enough to not be overbearing... but obvious enough to make the color unique. Get what I mean? Not too much and not too little. This was another color I was afraid would end up being chalky. But it wasn't! Thank you Zoya! Again, application and formula were amazing. Only 2 coats for full and even coverage.

Sorry the sticker wasn't on the bottle. Don't know if it was missing when we got it or if it fell off at some point and I just didn't notice.

Gemma - Zoya describes this as a light muted olive green with an overlay of blue and violet duochrome shimmer. This description is dead on. Can you see the blue and violet shimmer in the left picture? I tried to capture it as much as possible. This color was the big shocker for me of the collection. 99.8% of greens don't go well with my skin tone. So I was already telling Mari that this polish could permanently stay in her stash when we first got these polishes... But after using it, I think I would like partial custody. LOL! It is a really nice shade of olive green. And the shimmer... Oh the shimmer! That blue and violet is so unique and soooooo awesome! I don't think I've seen a green like this before. Application and formula were great. You need 2 coats for full coverage.

Overall Opinion: This collection rocks! It has a nice variety of different colors. I would say it could have used a blue but Caitlin looks bluish to me (even if my vision might be slightly off) so I'm more than happy! The application and formula were great with all of them. I was afraid some might be kind of chalky but they weren't at all! Across the board, all polishes only needed 2 coats for full coverage.

I definitely think this collection is worth having in your polish stash.

My personal favorites of this collection are Caitlin and Marley. But I have to admit that Gemma left me a little stunned considering my rebellion against most greens.

So what do you gals think? Which colors do you already have? Or which colors are you planning on getting? Which are your favorite? Do share!

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

Dec 28, 2010

OPI Teasy Does It...

I've been lemming this shade everywhere I saw it... and I finally caved the other day and went on TD and ordered some.  Meh.  Why not, it's Christmas, no?  So... anyway, Merry Christmas to me (and of course, I hope you fellow bloggers and followers out there had a very joyous one as well).  <3

Having said that, this is OPI's Teasy Does It with the floral lacey impression stamp from Konad plate M71 on my ring fingers using China Glaze's 2030.  Classy, yet still festive and good for any special occasion, if you ask me.  I just LOVE LOVE LOVE this shade.... gorgeous.  And application was just as easy. 

Happy Polishing!

Nov 18, 2010

China Glaze Holiday 2010 - Review

Hey Ladies!

Today I have for you the Holiday Collection from China Glaze! I was finally able to swatch these for you (while listening to audio recordings of my class and preparing outlines for my final exams)... LOL! I know there are already several posts out there with this collection. However, it is totally worth posting again!

All of the following are without a base coat and without topcoat. All of the following are just 2 coats of the color and then 2 coats with Party Hearty.

Jolly Holly - Little Drummer Boy - Midnight Kiss - Jingle Bells
Jolly Holly - An amazing bright dark forest green. Yes, it's bright and dark at the same time.
Little Drummer Boy - A midnight/navy blue shimmer.
Midnight Kiss - A gold shimmer/foil (I can't decide which).
Jingle Bells - A champagne/copper/bronze type of shimmer. Yes, take a pot and toss in equal parts of champagne, copper, & bronze and you'll come out with this color. No?

w/ Party Hearty

Party Hearty - A clear topcoat that is jam-packed with glitter! It has small silver glitter, medium green glitter, and huge red glitter. Perfect for the holiday season! Obviously, the more coats you put the more glitter you get.

Ruby Deer - Phat Santa - Mommy Kissing Santa - Sugar Plums
Ruby Deer - A super bright red. Kinda reminds me of a jelly but I'm not sure if you could call it a jelly.
Phat Santa - A gorgeous red. Not as bright as Ruby Deer. Can't decide if its a creme or jelly... or both...
Mommy Kissing Santa - A deep red shimmer.
Sugar Plums - A plumish red color with amazing multicolor shimmer.

w/ Party Hearty

Snow - Frosty - Cheers To You - Naughty And Nice
Snow - A pure white creme. Not chalky at all! In my opinion it almost could be opaque in 1 coat if you apply it properly. Of course I couldn't so I did 2 coats.
Frosty - Just like the name... A white/milky frosty color with shimmer. I'm sure you can get this fully opaque with more coats but I like the way it looks with just 2 coats.
Cheers To You - A silver foil. Reminds me of aluminum foil.
Naughty And Nice - It looks black but its now. It's a great vampy wine color. Reminds me of Essie's Wicked. It looks black but has that gorgeous vampy color when the light hits it.

w/ Party Hearty

Overall Conclusion: AMAZING! I think this collection has a great variety of colors that make it great for the holiday season. I encountered no application problems. Each polish applied like a dream. I didn't notice any staining while swatching. Party Hearty is also a great addition to the collection that helps spice up any manicure. I highly recommend this collection to everyone.

I love all the names and think they compliment the colors. I also find some of them to be humorous. And boy do I love humorous nail polish!

My favorite polishes from this collection (for those who care): Frosty, Party Hearty, Phat Santa, Little Drummer Boy, and Naughty And Nice.

Please read our Disclosure Policy! We received these polishes from China Glaze for review. The opinions expressed on this post are my own.

May 11, 2010

NOTD: - I've struck Gold!

Hey Ladies!

So every time I change my polish I fall in love all over again with the new color. First, I'm not a big Gold fan. Not even in jewelry. I'm more of a Silver / White Gold type of girl. But I immediately loved this color when I saw it in the bottle. This was another lovely color from my swap with Colour Victim.

This is 3 coats of H&M's "Creme De La Creme." Love it!

Like all holos, it didn't last as long as a regular mani. However, my friend demanded that I make it matte before I took it off. So I did!

This color is gorgeous no matter how you wear it.

3 final exams down, 1 to go!

Happy Polishing!

Mar 28, 2010

Chanel Summer Collection, Orient Extreme

Le Vernis ($25.00)

  • Black Velvet, 430, Matte Black
  • Gold Lamé, 440, Golden Copper
  • Illusion D’or, 450, Clear with Fine Multicolored Gold Glitter

Mar 23, 2010

Swatches (Orly, OPI, Essie, China Glaze, & Zoya)

Hey Addicts!

My misfortune is to your benefit. I've been home sick from school so I finally get to post the swatches we did last week.

Orly - Hawaiian Punch (2 coats)A super amazing bright bold magenta with blue flash.

OPI - No Room For The Blues (2 coats)
Bright blue sky cream.

Essie - Jam n' Jelly (3 coats)
A warm, rich fuchsia (description stolen straight outta Essie's webpage. LOL!) But I'd add that there's a slight blue flash to it too. LOVELY!

China Glaze - The Ten Man (4 coats)

White/silver frost with small glitter. You can see the gray but I'd definitely consider this more on the silver side. Very cool. And yes, FOUR COATS! It would have been just 3 but I accidentally scratched the wet paint with the nail of my other hand and had a lovely line running across them all. So I did a 4th coat to hide that because I refused to start over!

Zoya - Reece (2 coats)Bright pink with gold shimmer. LOVE THIS!

Zoya - Adina (2 coats)
Purple with like a green and pink duochrome. These colors are just the coolest but super hard to capture. Green in some pics, purple in others. Take our word for it, they're beautiful.

Mar 8, 2010

Happy Monday!!!! Gold Swirly, Purply French?

I wasn't being very creative, I know.... but this is what I came up with. It's kinda cute, I think. This is China Glaze BFF on the tips, OPI's Venus de Violet as a base and Orly's Glitz's for the Konad Stamp using plate M63. I know we've seen this swirly on countless pretty nails before but that's just it, it's sooooooooo pretty. I can't help myself. :)