China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - review and swatches part one

Thursday, November 29, 2012

I have some exciting polishes to share with you. The China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away Collection. I will highlight six of the polishes in this post. This collection surprised me with some amazing creams, shimmers and glitter polishes.

"Our unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. These glossy lacquers work in perfect cohesion with our professional nail treatments for lasting strength, durability and overall gorgeous nails," China Glaze website

The formulas varied but were good and the dry times were quick. I will list more details on each swatch.

Let's move on to the swatches.

Bend Over Backwards - is a luscious, shimmery red. Two coats provided a great opacity and a lustrous shine. I love this shade of red.

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - Bend Over Backwards
China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - Bend Over Backwards
Creative Fantasy - is a wonderful grape purple. It has an amazing jelly consistency. The only drawback with jelly polishes is that they require several coats to reach opacity. This is four coats. It dries with a rubbery finish. I used a top coat on the pointer and middle nails so you can compare the finish.

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - Creative Fantasy
China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - Creative Fantasy
Def Defying - is a wonderful lime shade. It is a cream polish and dries to a high gloss finish. This is two coats.

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - Def Defying
China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - Def Defying
Igniting Love - is a deep salmon shade. I really enjoyed this cream polish and its glossy finish. This is two coats. 


Whirled Away - is a matte glitter top coat. Black bar glitter and multi sized black and white hex glitter are abundant in this polish. Although the glitter required some "fishing for glitter" by the time I got to my pinkie nail I had it figured out. Even so it does require some effort to get the glitter on the nail. But once applied I loved the look! Especially over Surreal Appeal.

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away -Whirled Away
China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away -Whirled Away
Surreal Appeal - is my favorite of the six posted. A wonderful light salmon color. It is a great cream polish and it dries to an extreme high gloss shine. This is two coats.

China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away -Surreal Appeal
China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away -Surreal Appeal

Make sure to watch for the remaining China Glaze China Glaze Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away polishes in the next post!

The inspiration for this collection - the movie Cirque Du Soleil Worlds Away - is set to be released in the US on December 21, 2012.

These polishes were sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

NOTD: Glittery goodness with China Glaze

Sunday, November 25, 2012

I hope everyone had a wonderful weekend. My night is going to be jam-packed with watching my favorite show "Once Upon a Time" and laundry. So I just want to share a quick NOTD with you.

I used China Glaze Glistening Snow over China Glaze No Plain Jane. What a magnificent combination! No Plain Jane is a wonderful deep, yet almost smoky, purple. Glistening Snow is holographic micro-glitter. The sparkly almost put my camera into spasms though.

What do you think?

China Glaze Glistening Snow over China Glaze No Plain Jane
China Glaze Glistening Snow over China Glaze No Plain Jane

China Glaze Glistening Snow over China Glaze No Plain Jane
China Glaze Glistening Snow over China Glaze No Plain Jane

Glistening Snow was sent to me for review. No Plain Jane was purchased by me. All opinions are my own.

Water marble and dotting with Orly

Friday, November 23, 2012

I love water marbles. But they are completely temperamental. Some days they work and some days they just don't cooperate at all.

Today the water marble gods were on my side. The polish spread on the water well and dried quickly - although almost too quickly.

I used Orly Decided, Shockwave, Terra Mauve and Basket Case. Orly works quite well for marbling. I started off with a base color of Orly Decided and then rotated the colors in the water. I'm not going to go into the how-to so much in this post. I have another post that shows the how-to here and there are some amazing instructional videos available on line.

After I finished the marbling I used a dotting tool and applied a few flowers and dots using contrasting colors. Dotting on top of the marble can help hide those annoying little air bubbles you get sometimes. 

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Water marble nail art with Orly
Water marble nail art with Orly

Thanksgiving Day - Turkey day mani

Thursday, November 22, 2012

Just a quick post for you to share my Thanksgiving Day mani. I plucked the feathers off the turkey myself! Just kidding. Actually the feathers were part of my Nail Art Society November subscription.

I did a gradient on my other nails using Megan Miller Champagne and Frambois, These are the perfect colors to represent Cherry Pie. Then I placed the feather on as an accent nail. I am not sure the colors complement each other as much as I would like but they definitely represent Thanksgiving!

Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone. I am off to visit family and stuff myself with traditional Thanksgiving food.

Feather nail art

Cool Wave Lacquer swatches and review

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

I have some nice indie polishes to share with you tonight - Cool Waves Lacquer from Never Naked Nails.

Cool Waves Lacquer will launch in the New Year. But the polishes have been in testing mode since July. The polish is handmade completely from scratch. No store bought polishes are used. All of the polishes are made using various combinations of glitters, pigments, micas and 3-free lacquer bases.

These polishes applied great. I didn't have to fish for glitter and it applied evenly. The dry time was pretty quick. I did not use a top coat for these swatches.

Let's move on to the swatches.

Lizard Lamada is from the Lush Lizard Collection.  It is a green multi-sized holographic glitter in a green base. It is basically a top coat polish. I used several colors so you can see the possibilities. Orly "Jealous Much" is on the pointer finger. Milani "White on the Spot" is on the middle finger. Venique "Whiskey Vamp" on the ring and Milani "Black Swift" is on the pinkie.  I used one coat of Lizard Lambada on each. Over the white you can really see that it has a light green base. The final color is very similar to the swatch over "Jealous Much."



Ole Fishin' Hole is multi-sized iridescent and regular glitter top coat and is from the Country Collection. It is in a light blue base. It has larger iridescent glitter pieces that really don't show well in the photos but add depth to the base. Venique "Whiskey Vamp" is on the pointer finger. Picture Polish "Sky" is on the middle finger. Barielle "Jordana's Skinny Jeans" is on the ring and Milani "White on the Spot" is on the pinkie.  I used one coat of Lizard Lambada on each.




I am pleased with the effects of these polishes. I would use a nice top coat to show off the shine more and smooth the finish.

Cool Waves Lacquer and Polish Jewelry is available at her Etsy shop. Mini polishes are $4.50 and full size polishes are $8.50.

You can also follow her on Facebook.



NOTD: Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Ozotic - I love the polish. I recently purchased the 910 Scattered Chrome nail polish. When it arrived my first thought was that it was similar to Chanel Peridot. And I have that and several of the dupes. But that is where the similarities end. Once applied to the nail the scattered chrome effect is mesmerizing.

910 is a rich shade with shifting browns and golds. The scattered chrome effect adds a splash of holographic prisms. It is quite stunning.

I used two coats of polish for these swatches.

Let's look at the swatches.

Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome
Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome

Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome
Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome

Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome
Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome

Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome
Ozotic 910 Scattered Chrome
There are several places to buy Ozotic online. The cost is between $14 and $15. I purchased mine from llarowe.com. But you can also get it from Overall Beauty, or piCture pOlish.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Collection swatches

I received some gorgeous polishes to share with you - Sally Hansen Lustre Shine.

Sally Hansen nail products have been around since the late late 1950s when Sally Hansen, together with her chemist husband pioneered a nail protection formula called Hard As Nails.

Since then Sally Hansen products have been a favorite among women seeking fashionable, affordable nail care products.

These polishes applied easily and smoothly. Make sure you use light coats or you might get some bubbles. But then that is the case of a lot of polishes. The dry time is decent and the shine is amazing.

I love the colors. They are rich and vibrant. Let's move on to the swatches. I didn't use a top coat in any of these swatches and I used two coats of polish for each swatch.

Copperhead - This color is a wonderful shade for Fall. A wonderful shimmery shade that changes from a lustrous brown to a captivating copper.


Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Copperhead
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Copperhead
Firefly - This is a rich shade of dusty brown that changes to a shimmery pale orangish shade. It is quite stunning.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Firefly
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Firefly
Lava -  This is one of the boldest shades of the collection. A vibrant shade of orange that shifts to a shimmer rose color.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Lava
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Lava
Moonstone -  This is a classy, shimmery white shade. It has a slight shift to a pale pink in the right lighting.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Moonstone
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Moonstone
Scarab - This is a rich shimmery shade of a deep aqua blue. Its jewel tones of blue and greens work well together.
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Scarab
Sally Hansen Lustre Shine - Scarab


Sally Hansen Lustre Shine polishes are $7.99 and can be purchased at most drugstores or anywhere Sally Hansen polishes are sold.

The polishes in this post were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.

Nail Art Society subscription - November reveal

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I have tried several of the monthly beauty box subscriptions with varying results. But there is a new one called Nail Art Society and it is the one I am most excited about. I love nail art and the Nail Art Society is a new way to try the latest trends in nail art at home for $9.95 a month.

Every month you will receive a reusable cosmetic bag filled with professional tools, polish and nail art accessories along with a step by step how-to instructional card to complete a curated nail art look.

All Nail Art Society Members have exclusive access to Q&As, video tutorials, trend reports, and tips from celebrity nail artists, bloggers and beauty insiders.To join the exclusive nail art society, simply choose the Nail Art Society membership that best suits you. They offer monthly, quarterly, and yearly memberships.

Let's have a look inside the November package.

All the goodies came inside this cute little cosmetic bag.

Nail Art Society cosmetic bag
Nice promotional cards feature nail art instructional materials.

 

The contents of the bag. Oh so exciting! Look at all those nail art goodies!


First up - fine feathers for nail art. I have been wanting to try a feather manicure. Now I can. I can't wait to spread my wings and try a feathered look.


LVX nail polish. It's a soft lavender color. I haven't tried this brand before.


And what girl doesn't like a little sparkle. Look at these sequins. The instructional materials calls them sequence. I wonder if they are referring to a sequence of events? Either way I can't wait to try them.


Nail art tape in silver. I love the look nail art tape gives to a manicure. Crisp clean lines add a wonderful element to nail art.


This is a monthly subscription I am excited about. I will get to try so many different things with this. And all for less that $10 a month.

There are no commitments. Check out this amazing subscription at www.nailartsociety.com. Make sure you follow them on Facebook too!

Maya Cosmetics - Holos and glitters... Oh my!

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

Maya Cosmetics is an indie polish that was introduced to me recently. And the new collections are amazing!

The holographic polish will have a permanent home in the Maya Cosmetics line up. The two glitters  are from a collection that won't officially launch until January, but you will be able to preorder them from 15 through 25 November. They will ship by December 5, 2012.

Let's look at these unique and wonderful polishes.

Nefarious Aquarius - is a blue-green holo that has a touch of duochrome pigment in it. It's a subtle duochrome... an underlying glow. Topcoat will dull the holo somewhat. This one is available for $9. This is two coats. It applied amazingly smooth. I love the formula on this!

Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius
Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius

Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius
Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius

Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius
Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius

Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius
Maya Cosmetics Nefarious Aquarius
Next up are two polishes from the Crescent City Collection. All the polishes are New Orleans themed. These polishes will be available for pre-order for $8.

Treme - is a neighborhood in New Orleans that is known for its brass bands and mixed culture. This gorgeous gold glitter polish certainly fits in with the theme. The pointer and middle finger are with two coats and no base color. The ring finger and pinkie are with one coat of Treme over Maya Enigma. This glitter is full-bodied and has amazing coverage. I did use a top coat for this swatch.

Maya Cosmetics Treme
Maya Cosmetics Treme



Maya Cosmetics Treme
Maya Cosmetics Treme
Redemption - is for the New Orleans Saints fans. It really looks great over a black base color. It is a top coat glitter. Lots of sparkle and shine. Here I have one coat of Redemption over Zoya Raven. These glitter polishes don't make you fish for glitter. It has an easy application.

Maya Cosmetics Redemption over Zoya Raven
Maya Cosmetics Redemption over Zoya Raven

Maya Cosmetics Redemption over Zoya Raven
Maya Cosmetics Redemption over Zoya Raven

Maya Cosmetics Redemption over Zoya Raven
Maya Cosmetics Redemption over Zoya Raven
Make sure to check out Maya Cosmetics on their Facebook page or the online store.

See my other swatches of Maya Cosmetic polishes here.




Girly Bits - Shift Happens swatches

Monday, November 12, 2012

I love polish that shifts and evolves depending on the light. That is exactly what Girly Bits - Shift Happens does. It is a shifting topcoat. The shift is primarily red and it sparkles and shines like the glass ornaments my grandmother had on the tree every year.

I applied a generous coat of Shift Happens over Deborah Lippmann Dancing in the Sheets.

The red shine is gorgeous over the deep blue/purple base color. Shift Happens is a dupe for Max Factor Fantasy Fire. It's a much larger bottle than the Fantasy Fire which to me makes it a better bang for the buck. Fantasy Fire is in more of a purple base though. I will have to do a comparison post.

But let's look at Shift Happens in all it's glory.

Girly Bits Shift Happens
Girly Bits Shift Happens

Girly Bits Shift Happens
Girly Bits Shift Happens

Girly Bits Shift Happens
Girly Bits Shift Happens

Girly Bits Shift Happens
Girly Bits Shift Happens


Girly Bits Shift Happens can be purchased on Girly Bits Big Cartel site for $11.50 when it's available. http://girlybits.bigcartel.com/ or at llarowe.com for $12 when available.

This polish was given to me as a gift (Thanks Tina!). All opinions are my own.


China Glaze Holiday Joy collection - Part two

Sunday, November 11, 2012

China Glaze has released its Holiday Collection for 2012 -  Holiday Joy. This collection is full of glitter and festive colors.

"Our unique lacquers contain China Clay as a nail hardener, the same material that gives porcelain its shiny finish. These glossy lacquers work in perfect cohesion with our professional nail treatments for lasting strength, durability and overall gorgeous nails," China Glaze website

These polishes have a wonderful formula and they dry to a wonderful shine quickly.

There are 12 phenomenal polishes in the collection. I have highlighted six of them in another post that you can find here.


Let's move on to the swatches. These swatches do not have a top coat applied.

Winter Holly -  is a wonderful fir green glitter. It brings to mind Christmas trees, holiday wreaths and all that is pine. This is three coats.

China Glaze Winter Holly
China Glaze Winter Holly

China Glaze Winter Holly
China Glaze Winter Holly

Glitter All the Way - (over Merry Berry) A wonderful glitter top coat that has fine gold, purple and green glitters. The glitter applies evenly.

China Glaze Glitter All the Way
China Glaze Glitter All the Way

China Glaze Glitter All the Way
China Glaze Glitter All the Way

Pizzazz - (over With Love) - is a wonderful glitter top coat that has silver, fuchsia, green and red glitters and has an even application.

China Glaze Pizzazz
China Glaze Pizzazz

China Glaze Pizzazz
China Glaze Pizzazz


With Love -  A wonderful holiday red shade that is a classic. This is two coats.

China Glaze With Love
China Glaze With Love

China Glaze With Love
China Glaze With Love

Pure Joy - (over Red Satin) is a phenomenal gold and red glitter. This has an even application and will be perfect for those festive holiday parties.

China Glaze Pure Joy
China Glaze Pure Joy

China Glaze Pure Joy
China Glaze Pure Joy


Red Satin -  Another super holiday red but it's a little darker than With Love. This is two coats.

China Glaze Red Satin
China Glaze Red Satin

China Glaze Red Satin
China Glaze Red Satin

The Holiday Joy collection is a wonderful mix of festive colors. All China Glaze colors are free of DBP, Toluene and added Formaldehyde.

These polishes were provided to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own. 

 

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