Sally Hansen - Under the Sea Collection swatches and review

Sunday, April 28, 2013

Sally Hansen sent me three of the polishes from the Under the Sea Collection to share with you. This collection has seven wonderful shades of blues and greens.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes boast seven benefits:

  • Base Coat
  • Strengthener
  • Growth Treatment
  • Color
  • Top Coat
  • Chip-Resistant
  • Gel Shine
These polishes do have amazing color and shine. They applied wonderfully and only two coats were needed to get the coverage I wanted. I love that they dry to a high gloss shine. The swatches below are two coats and no top coat.

Let's move right to the swatches.

Jungle Gem - is a very dark teal polish. The coverage and shine are amazing. I really love this shade. It has a richness to it that is gorgeous!

Sally Hansen Jungle Gem
Sally Hansen Jungle Gem

Black and Blue - is a shimmery blue/green/black duochrome. The duochome was very hard to capture with the camera.  This polish has a depth to it that seems to go on forever. I think this is my favorite of these polishes.

Sally Hansen Black and Blue
Sally Hansen Black and Blue

Water Color - is a bright and cheery sky blue color. The brightness of this shade and the glossy finish make for a wonderful manicure.

Sally Hansen Water Color
Sally Hansen Water Color

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polishes can be purchased in more food and drugstores for around $7.

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



Spring nail art - It's a butterfly!

Friday, April 26, 2013

Nail art is something I love to do. Sometimes it comes out and sometimes it doesn't. But I always enjoy creating it and trying to challenge myself.

For this I started out with a base coat to smooth my nail and provide a nice "canvas" for the nail art. Then I used Zoya Purity on the tips. I didn't try to be super neat because I knew the flowers and butterfly would cover most of the edges.

Then I used acrylic paint for the design. I have started using acrylic paint often for nail art. I can easily get it to a great consistency to work with and if it starts drying out I can add water to make it workable again. It is simple to mix colors together to get the colors I want. A margarine tub lid works great for a disposable palette.

The brand of acrylic paint I use is Americana and it is readily available at hobby stores for around $1 per bottle.



I used nail art brushes and painted on the flowers and butterfly. Not really hard to do if you just look at it as shapes. Rounded lines for the flowers, lines for the stamens and half a figure eight for the butterfly. Top it off with a glossy top coat and you have some unique nail art!


Zoya Irresistible Collection - swatches and review

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Zoya has been rather busy lately with new collections and I am mesmerized by them. I was lucky enough to receive the Irresistible Collection, which is a Summer 2013 collection, to review and share with you.

These colors are amazing with tons of shimmer and shine. I love Zoya's glass fleck polishes and these didn't disappoint me. The flecks are evident without being over the top metallic.

The formula was amazing as they applied flawlessly. The flecks rested flat against the nail and provided a multi-dimensional look. I didn't use a ridge filling base coat for these swatches and they level nicely. I almost always use a ridge filler even when I am swatching because I have such visible ridges.

Let's move on to the swatches. No top coat was used in these swatches.

Kerry - is a gorgeous gold polish. Perfect for a night on the town or a day on the beach.

Zoya Kerry
Zoya Kerry

Zoya Kerry
Zoya Kerry
Amy - This is an awesome orange. I positively love this true orange shade. Look at that shimmer and shine! This is two coats.


Zoya Amy
Zoya Amy

Zoya Amy
Zoya Amy

Tinsley - is a wonderful soft rose shade with a gold glow to it. This is three coats.


Zoya Tinsley
Zoya Tinsley

Zoya Tinsley
Zoya Tinsley

Bobbi - is a fascinating fuchsia shade. This is my favorite of the the collection. It's bright, bold and shiny.

Zoya Bobbi
Zoya Bobbi

Zoya Bobbi
Zoya Bobbi

Hazel - is a pale blue with a gray shimmer and shine. This is three coats.


Zoya Hazel
Zoya Hazel

Zoya Hazel
Zoya Hazel

Rikki - is a soft green shade with a gold shimmer and shine. This is two coats.


Zoya Rikki
Zoya Rikki

Zoya Rikki
Zoya Rikki
Zoya Irresistible Collection
Zoya Irresistible Collection


Zoya Polishes can be purchased at Zoya.com for $8. Make sure to check out their Earth Day promo for a wonderful deal right now. It ends soon so don't delay!

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

Zoya Stunning Collection is well... stunning!

Monday, April 22, 2013

Zoya has released yet another collection - The Stunning Collection. I was lucky enough to receive it to review and share with you.

The colors are bright and summery. Some of them weren't as bright as I thought they would be but they are gorgeous. This is the Summer 2013 collection and after past Zoya Collections I was excited to try them out. These polishes are beautiful cream polishes that have the tiniest bit of shimmer. I did have slight formula issues on a couple of them. But nothing that would keep me from wearing them.

Just be sure to give them a little extra time to dry between coats.

Let's get right into the swatches.

Thandie - is a phenomenal bright orange polish. I used three coats to get the coverage I wanted but I think if I had been careful I could have easily gotten by with two coats. I adore this shade.

Zoya Thandie
Zoya Thandie

Zoya Thandie
Zoya Thandie




Micky - This is a soft pink with tones of coral in it. I did have to pay extra attention to this one when I applied it. The third coat did cover most of the streaks though. It is a gorgeous color though.


Zoya Micky
Zoya Micky

Zoya Micky
Zoya Micky
Darcy - is a bright, sunny yellow. I love the brightness of the yellow. I think this is my favorite of the bunch. This took three coats for complete opacity.

Zoya Darcy
Zoya Darcy

Zoya Darcy
Zoya Darcy

Yana - is a bright fuchsia pink. This one applied wonderfully for me and two coats provided the coverage I like.

Zoya Yana
Zoya Yana

Zoya Yana
Zoya Yana

Rocky - is a a wonderful dusty blue shade. I love blues and this one didn't disappoint. It had a great application with no dragging or streaking. This is two coats.
 
Zoya Rocky
Zoya Rocky

Zoya Rocky
Zoya Rocky

Josie - is a wonderful grassy green. It had a super application and two coats provided great opacity with two coats.

Zoya Josie
Zoya Josie

Zoya Josie
Zoya Josie






 Although I had to be care applying a couple of these polishes I still think they are a wonderful collection. I can't wait to try them in nail art.

Zoya polishes can be purchased on Zoya.com. Make sure to check out their Earth Day promo this week!

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

Zoya Stunning Collection water marble

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Zoya is churning the polish collections out - which is making me very happy. I received the Stunning Collection to share with you. The swatches will be in another post. But I used all the colors in this festive summery water marble.

I enjoy water marbling. It's fun and you never know exactly how it's going to come out. At least I never know. The Stunning Collection was great to marble with. It spread across the water wonderfully and the colors stayed vibrant.

I used each of the six polishes in the "bulls eye" twice for the design. The colors work well together.

The colors in this collection are Rocky (blue), Darcy (sunny yellow), Yana (fuchsia pink), Thandie (bright orange), Josie (grassy green), and Micky (coral pink).

Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection
Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection

Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection
Water marble nail art with the Zoya Stunning Collection
The polishes in the Zoya Stunning collection can be purchased at Zoya.com.

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

BeautyPopShop custom Maya Polish

BeautyPopShop has a new polish in her online store. H2pOp was made by Maya Cosmetics exclusively for BeautyPopShop. 

I was lucky enough to receive this polish to share with you. I have reviewed Maya Cosmetics polishes before and I positively love them. The formula is wonderful. It isn't too thick or thin and it dries relatively quickly. The glitter applies evenly and lays flat on the nail surface.

H2pOp - This polish shade name is a play on the chemical formula of water (H2O) combined with a fun "pop" (like in the BeautyPopShop company name) of pink bubbles. This polish is a creamy aqua speckled with multi-size pink hexes and a spray of teeny silver hex glitter.

I love the look of the pink glitter against the aqua. The contrasting colors are very complementary.

H2pOp
H2pOp

H2pOp
H2pOp
BeautyPopShop has this and other Indie polishes in the online store. This polish can be purchased for $10 and remember. . . It is only available in her store.  

This polish was sent to me for an honest review. All opinions are my own.

Simple nail art - multi color tips

Thursday, April 18, 2013

What do you do when you get tip wear or just want to change the look? Just grab the scotch tape and apply some multi colored tips!

I put on Barielle Pink Flip Flops from the Summer Brights Collection last night. I didn't have tip wear but I wanted something a little more bright for tomorrow and didn't want to start from scratch. So I used the other four polishes in the Summer Brights to add bright summer tips to my mani! I am longing for Spring and Summer but it may be a while before we get to see those seasons. At this moment my car is stuck in a snow drift in my driveway. So these fun summery nails will have to get me through.

I did smudge my ring finger when I pulled the tape off though. I tried to fix it but you can still see it. That's okay though. Odds are no one will get close enough to see!

Simple multi colored tip nail art
Simple multi colored tip nail art

Simple multi colored tip nail art
Simple multi colored tip nail art

Simple multi colored tip nail art
Simple multi colored tip nail art

Simple multi colored tip nail art
Simple multi colored tip nail art

 Barielle polishes can be purchased at Barielle.com for $8

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



Barielle Summer Brights Collection - swatches and review

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Barielle sent their Summer Brights Collection to for me to review and share with you. These shades are amazing. They have bright colors with rich pigments.

Did you know Barielle products were originally formulated to condition the hooves of million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses? Just a little bit of trivia for you to remember when you watch those sleek animals run the Kentucky Derby. 

Barielle polishes are “3-free” philosophy on formulation: absolutely none of Barielle’s products contain Formaldehyde, Toluene or Dibutyl Phthalate (DBP).

The five polishes in this collection bring to mind beaches, swimsuits, flip flops and summer fun. They applied wonderfully with the added bonus of a quick dry time. I didn't use a top coat for these swatches and look at that shine. These polishes are positively stunning.

First up is a dotticure I created using Blue Capri as a base color and the other colors as the accent dots.



Dotticure using Barielle Summer Brights Collection
Dotticure using Barielle Summer Brights Collection
 
Now lets move on to the swatches. Two coats provided wonderful opacity on these.

Blue Capri - is a bright azure blue. This cream polish is bright and bold.

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Blue Capri
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Blue Capri
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Blue Capri
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Blue Capri


Cosmic Kiss - is a gorgeous bright pink shade. I love the richness of the color.

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Cosmic Kiss
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Cosmic Kiss

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Cosmic Kiss
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Cosmic Kiss

Lemondrop - is a fantastic bright and fun yellow. Yellow polishes often need several coats to provide opacity. This one only needed two coats.

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Lemondrop
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Lemondrop

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Lemondrop
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Lemondrop

Pink Flip Flops - is the softest shade in the collection. A baby soft pink shade that whispers fun and girly.

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Pink Flip Flops
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Pink Flip Flops

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Pink Flip Flops
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Pink Flip Flops

Sweet Addiction - is a cactus green shade. It is a rich cream polish.

Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Sweet Addiction
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Sweet Addiction


Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Sweet Addiction
Barielle Summer Brights Collection - Sweet Addiction

Barielle polishes can be purchased on their online store for $8. Follow them on their Facebook page to get news on the latest collections.

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



Shimmer polish - swatches and review

Monday, April 15, 2013

I have two glittery bombshells for you today. Shimmer Polish sent me some of her amazing polishes with to share with you. Today I have Julia and Lucie.

Shimmer Polishes are named after her the polish maker's friends and family. Each and every name has an important significance to her and is inspired by that person.

Lucie - is multi sized and shaped red and silver glitter. The application is wonderful. It goes on smooth and even. It is perfect for jazzing up any mani. Here I have one coat on over Sation Peppermint Pedi.

Shimmer Polish Lucie over Sation Peppermint Pedi
Shimmer Polish Lucie over Sation Peppermint Pedi
Julie - is multi size, shape, and color glitter. The colors of the rainbow come alive in this bottle of glorious glitter. This is one coat over Butter London Scoundrel.


Shimmer Polish Julie over Butter London Scoundrel
Shimmer Polish Julie over Butter London Scoundrel

These glitter polishes apply fabulously. You can purchase Shimmer Polishes on ShimmyShimmer.com for $12. Or you can purchase from her Etsy site. Make sure to follow her Facebook page to get updates on new releases and product information.

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

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