Wednesday, November 30, 2011

The Donmar Collection

Nails Inc. recently came out with some awesome special effects sets, so I stalked my local Sephora until they got them in. This set is called The Donmar Collection. The base color it comes with is called Chelsea, which is a reddish plum black that was opaque in 2 coats and applied very smoothly. The effects is called the donmar, hence the name. The donmar is a reddish-green bronze flakie topcoat and it is gorgeous. It is mesmerizing to look at in the sun. I do not own a flakie polish so I was excited to pick this one up. I only used one coat of this, but you can definitely use more if you want to build the effect up! What are your thoughts on this set? 
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Monday, November 28, 2011

Lady of the Lake

This polish is one of my favourite purple holos of all time. A-England Lady of the Lake is a gorgeous medium purple holographic polish that applied extremely smoothly. It was opaque in 2 coats and the dry time was great. With Christmas coming up, this would be a perfect stocking stuffer or mini present! They offer free shipping worldwide and their site is found here.
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Friday, November 25, 2011

Perplex Passion Gradient

Here is another purple gradient Friday to start off the weekend! For my US readers, Happy Thanksgiving! I started out with 2 coats of Dr.'s Remedy Passion. This is a purplish red shimmer that will probably take 3 coats to be opaque, but since I was doing a gradient, I left it at 2. Formulation was nice and smooth and better than the other shimmer polishes that I tried from their summer collection. Next, I sponged on Revlon Perplex on ¾ of the nail. Following that, I sponged on China Glaze Harmony on the top third of the nail although it is not very noticeable in the pictures. I finished this gradient look with some glitter using China Glaze Marry a Millionaire. This polish is packed with fine light purple glitter as a base then mixed with gold, green, and light purple tinsel glitter. I topped this manicure off with a coat of Seche Vite for added shine. Hope you enjoyed and thanks for dropping by.

Marry a Millionaire and Passion were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Monday, November 21, 2011

Autumn Allure

Dr.'s Remedy enriched nail polish has, in my opinion, some perfect fall shades in this mini collection. I have said before that they create great basic cream polish shades and these did not disappoint. 
First up is Balance, a vibrant raspberry red polish, which took 2 medium coats to be opaque. The formulation for this one was a bit on the watery side but it was very minor. I stamped over this with Color Club Hot like Lava .
Next up is Deep Red, a burgundy wine red, which also took 2 coats to be opaque. Formulation was good on this one and although it says it is supposed to dry matte, I did not notice the matte effect. This reminds me of cranberries!
Wrapping up this collection is Navy, a dark blue cream polish. It wont win points for creativity in the name, but this is a basic solid navy that everyone should have in their collection. It came to my attention recently that I do not own any dark cream blues sans glitter, so this fit perfectly in my collection (I totally thought OPI Russian Navy did not contain shimmer). Formulation was great on this one and you can get by with 1 thick coat, but I did 2 for the picture.
 This collection impressed me more than I thought it would in terms of color as they truly do remind me of fall. Although these colors are not completely original, they are still good basics to pick up if you do not have any in your collection! Dr.'s Remedy enriched nail polish is a 3 free brand and retails for $17 at their website. However, they have a black Friday and cyber Monday sale coming up this week which allows you to try their polish for $14 and free shipping! You can also look for more info on their facebook and twitter page.

Polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Sunday, November 20, 2011


ColorClub Foiled Collection
The formulation on these was good considering they are foil polishes. It took 2 coats for these to be opaque and I'm pretty certain they'll stamp nicely.
From left to right: Lumin-icecent Foil Me Once Hot like Lava / Cold Metal / Perfect Mol-tenAntiquated
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Friday, November 18, 2011

Winter Gradient

To celebrate the first snow fall of winter here, I did a snow inspired gradient Friday! The first flakes of snow paired with listening to Christmas music was definitely a perfect evening. I first painted half my nails with China Glaze Lorelei's Tiara. It is a silver fine glitter based polish with medium blue hexagonal glitter. This was more opaque I thought which was exciting. Next, I used China Glaze Some Like It Haute on my tips while the other color was still wet and blended it in. Some Like It Haute is a silver and black fine glitter based polish with medium holographic hexagonal glitter. This is quite mesmerizing. Finally, I finished this gradient look with 2 coats of CND Effect Sapphire Sparkle to blend all the colors in. A coat of Seche Vite finished off this look and added more shine.
Both of the China Glaze polishes are from their new Eye Candy line and I love them! Lorelei's Tiara reminds me so much of winter. Have a warm and cozy day!

China Glaze polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Monday, November 14, 2011

Follow me on Glitter

Here is the last color I have from the Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kollection. Follow me on Glitter is a black based sparkle polish with red, green, blue, gold, magenta and silver hexagonal glitter and silver fine glitter. This was surprisingly opaque and only took 2 coats for this result. It dries on the matte side, so use a topcoat for shine! For easier removal, you can use 2 coats of base coat or opt to use one thin coat of black polish underneath. The glitter will be much easier to remove. Those are the four colors I have from this collection. I did not expect to like all of them, but I do! They have a wide range of colors from this collection, so everyone can find a color they enjoy. I would say Khloe Had a Lam-Lam is a must have for me since it is the perfect teal shade. Do you have any must haves from this collection? Let me know! (Sorry for the blue fingers! I had just swatched Listen to Your Momager! and it left a bit of a stain.)

Polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Saturday, November 12, 2011

Hard Kourt Momager

Here are two more colors from Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors Collection. Up first is Hard  Kourt Fashionista. This is a dark chocolate brown cream polish that was opaque in 2 coats but was a little bit streaky. It will probably even out in 3 coats, but I did not have time to add another.
Next is Listen to Your Momager!, which is a royal blue with lighter blue shimmer. This color was surprisingly pretty and was opaque in 2 coats. One more color to go! Stay tuned.

Polishes were sent to me for review. All opinions are my own. 
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Friday, November 11, 2011

Let Us Remember...

Colors used: OPI Skull & Glossbones /  Loreal Resist & Shine #155 / OPI Steady as She Rose / Wet N' Wild Red Red / Sally Hansen Nail Art Pen Black / Seche Vite Top Coat - Gradient Friday
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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam

Khloe Had a Little Lam-Lam is a beautiful dark teal cream polish that applied smoothly and was opaque in 2 coats. This is one of the many colors from Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors line. I love this color so much as I find this to be the perfect fall colored polish! After a day, I added leopard spots on using all of OPI Pirates of the Caribbean collection and lining it with Sally Hansen nail art pen in black. More shades from the Kardashian Kolor line to come!
Polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own.
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Sunday, November 6, 2011

Sunday Snaps

Nail Mail / New Abstract Necklace / Nails Inc. Donmar Collection

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Friday, November 4, 2011

Shades of Pink

Pink Gradient Friday (or ombre) from dark to light: Zoya Valentina / Zoya Max / SkinFood VL001Essie Castaway / Essence Sweet as Candy 
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Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Candy Mani

Here is a candy mani I attempted recently after looking at the OPI facebook tutorial. The first picture is of the finished design and I really like it since it reminds me of hard sugar candy. The steps are really simple and this layering process is faster than you think. I photo documented the simple steps.
First, you start off with a base coat similar in shade to the sorbet polish you will layer on after. I used OPI I'm Indi-a Mood For Love, one of my favourite cream pinks. Next, you put on a layer of sparkle polish. I used OPI Spark de Triomphe. Finally, you layer on a sorbet polish, which is similar to a jelly, which gives it the candy look. I used OPI Too Hot Pink to Hold 'Em, a red toned pink polish.
I really like this look and am already thinking of new colors to try out!
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