Just poppin’ in to show you all my Christmas Manicure and wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope Santa brings you some nail polish!
Just poppin’ in to show you all my Christmas Manicure and wish you a Merry Christmas! Hope Santa brings you some nail polish!
I wore my first festive, holiday manicure of the season over the weekend. I had a Secret Santa party to attend, and wanted to make sure my manicure was super fun for it. I knew I didn’t want to wear red, so I ended up with this silver foil and green glitter accent nail from two new Holiday 2011 Collections. Very fun!
Both of these polishes on their own are really rather unique and beautiful and thankfully wearing then together wasn’t an overkill. Designer, de Better! is a champagne-y, metallic silver foil with scattered pinkish gold glitter throughout. The pink, or rose gold almost, pieces aren’t very noticeable, but when you look closely they are there. It’s very pretty and holiday in a not loud or over the top way.
Rina is a gorgeous vivid, bright green bar glitter with sporadic and sparse blue bar glitter throughout a clear base. The blue bar glitters are like a little treat for you when admiring your polish. Very, very gorgeous and truly unique to my collection.
Designer De Better! was a breeze to apply. Aside from being slightly thin, or runny, I had no issues with formula or application. I used two coats and got full coverage. It dried quickly. Rina, since it’s a clear base glitter, is rather sheer. I had to use three coats to achieve opacity. It would be better layered over another green that’s similar in hue. I’ll remember that for next time. I also like that Rina is not too gritty to the touch, however, I did apply two layers of topcoat over it.
Where to Buy: (Designer, De Better!) Ulta / Trade Secret / JCPenny / Professional Salons / Dillards / $ 8.50
Where to Buy: (Rina) Zoya.com / $ 8
Do you own either of these polishes? Have you worn them for the season yet? What are your go to polishes for holiday manicures? Do you prefer classic holiday colors or something a little more fun?
I disappeared for a minute on you guys, didn’t I? I didn’t mean to and feel super guilty about it! I just got back from an annual vacation to Orlando, Florida for this event they have called Halloween Horror Nights (I told you guys I loved Halloween, I mean it. I REALLY love Halloween.) at Universal Studios with my best friend and didn’t have time to post before I left. I’m sorry! Feel free to leave a comment if you want more information on my trip.
Mummy May I is from China Glaze’s fall 2010 Halloween set. It’s a black, almost jelly base, with purple glitter. What I like about this polish, aside from the name, is its Halloween feel with its color combination. The first coat goes on pretty sheer and makes it seem like you’ll need three coats, but it built up nicely after just two.
However, the wear time on this polish was less than impressive. I had major chipping after the first day. Not cool. And it seems to be one of those polishes that looks better in the bottle than on the nail.
Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $3 – $5
What is your favorite Halloween themed nail polish? Or your favorite color to wear for Halloween? Or fun manicure idea? I would love to hear all suggestions and recommendations since we know I love Halloween.
Neeka is another polish from the Smoke and Mirrors 2011 collection. This polish is unique in both color and finish. I feel like I’m so used to Zoya doing their standard cremes and foil finishes in these sets that I was surprised to see this different finish for the Mirrors part of the collection. Happily surprised though!
Neeka is an all around unique polish in my collection. The base color is really pretty. It’s a somewhat medium toned purple, but has a lot of dustiness and grey mixed in. Almost dirty or dingy. It’s almost dull in a cool way, if that makes sense. Indoors it can look a bit dark, but with enough light you can really tell the color and tone.
The finish on this polish is really cool. There’s metallic glitter scattered throughout the polish, but it’s not too heavy and not really fine (not a microshimmer). It’s an interesting finish that I really like. Just a bit of sparkle. This polish just seems like “the cool girl” of the group. It’s different and I love it. The formula and application of this polish was good, I had zero problems. I used two coats and they went on smooth and even. Though, I think I did have chips within the first day of this manicure, a total bummer.
Where to Buy: Zoya.com / $ 8
Do you like Neeka? Do you like the restrained glitter finish? Or are you more keen to creme or sparkle? What are your favorites of the Smoke and Mirros so far? I’m looking forward to wearing Yara next!
I hope all of our readers dealing with the hurricane are safe. That’s scary!
I recently got my order of the new fall 2011 Zoya collection, and Dree was the first one I wanted to try. I had also been toying with the idea of using this Urban Outfitters holo glitter and thought the balance of masculine army green and girly light pink holo glitter would be a fun contrast. I ended up wishing I had just done Dree, which isn’t surprising at all.
Dree is a rather interesting color. It’s an army / olive green creme, but it has that hint of dustiness to it. And also has a good amount of grey in it so it’s mellow and a much calmer green. It’s absolutely ideal for fall, and for the not common green polish wear-er. It’s sophisticated and pretty. I love it. Afterhours is a chunky pink holographic glitter polish. I thought it was a bit more taupe. Nothing too special or too “me”.
Like every other Zoya creme I own, this went on like a dream. Buttery smooth with zero issues. I only needed two coats for full opacity. And believe it or not, I have also gotten pretty great wear on this manicure. It’s day four and I have minimal chipping. That’s always a huge, huge plus for me.
Where to Buy: (Dree) Zoya.com / $ 8
Where to Buy Afterhours: Urban Outfitters / UrbanOutfitters.com / $ 4
I’m really excited to wear the rest of the Fall 2011 Zoya’s I ordered. Did you get Dree? What polishes from the collection did you get? Or which ones caught your eye?
Have a nice True Blood Sunday.
Let me start off by saying I feel like an alien! I pretty much never wear pink polish. It’s not my thing. Let alone a neon pink. But I’ve always heard people say how good of a summer polish Flip Flop Fantasy was, so I wanted to give it a go.
It’s a HOT neon pink. It has a touch of orange, but I wouldn’t classify it as a coral. I wasn’t really loving the way Flip Flop Fantasy was looking by itself, so I put on the OPI Ulta exclusive Pink Me I’m good over top. It’s a sheer light pink jelly base with gold glitter.
The formula and application of Flip Flop Fantasy wasn’t very good. It dried matte, like a true neon. I did find it hard to apply because it was a little goopy and thick. It also was very difficult to get even and ended up looking pretty streaky and uneven. Hence why I decided to apply Pink Me I’m Good over top. I used one coat and it sort of saved this manicure. I think Pink Me I’m Good would be a glitter jelly polish I would like on its own because it has that light, translucent look like Last Friday Night.
This manicure is a little intense for me, to be honest. I’m not a girly girl and this is a lot of pink, bright, and sparkly! But this has grown on me. I’m just not used to wearing pinks this bright. It’s kind of fun though, but I don’t think I’ll be doing it again anytime soon.
Where to Buy (Flip Flop Fantasy): Sally’s / Ulta / Online Retailers / $ 6
Where to Buy (Pink Me I’m Good): Online Retailers / $ 8ish
Do you love neon pinks in the summer on your hands and toes? Or one or the other? What’s your favorite summer time pedicure color?
Hi everyone! I don’t know about you, but I am super excited that tomorrow is Friday, what a long week! I needed some cheering up, so yesterday I decided to use OPI Teenage Dream, because I hadn’t yet. After looking at the post Liz did about it, I decided I wanted something a little more pink so I decided to layer it.
My pink of choice was Essie’s Need A Vacation, which is probably one of my favorite pinks. I just realized I haven’t blogged that one so I’m going to have to fly it solo in the near future so you all can see! It’s a lot like it looks in the bottle: light, creamy (verging on jellyish) baby pink.
Need A Vacation goes on kind of streaky in the first coat, so I did one coat and it was on the thicker side. I followed it up with OPI Teenage Dream, which is big holo glitter with small silver glitter. It has a nice, sheer light pink of it’s own when done in 3 coats, so with a more opaque pink underneath it gives it an extra boost.
I really liked how this turned out, it was a nice layering job if I do say so myself. I was enjoying wearing it, but unfortunately these two polishes and my base and top coat apparently just did not get along at all. It took a long time to dry and I nicked it while I thought it had dried long ago. After that it started immediately peeling. I’m not sure what it was, could have been the nail product combo, my nails, Thursday, the weather, we may never know… It was fun while it lasted though, so pretty!
Have you all done any amazing layering jobs with big glitters or other polishes from the Katy Perry collection? Comment back!
Where to Buy (Both polishes): Ulta / Salons / JC Penney/ Online Retailers / $8ish
Hi everyone! I hope you’ve all gotten a good start to the weekend so far. I’ve been doing some much needed spring cleaning. I finally got to relax and paint my fingers and toes. I’ve been looking forward to this little gem from the Zoya Sunshine Collection, it was practically what induced my order a few weeks ago!
Tanzy is a bright, golden orange packed full of gold glitter. It’s a little lighter than orange, actually… more like a tangerine. This was the one that stole my heart from the bottle.
When I applied it, it seemed a lot more golden on me than I had expected, but it still looks very orange in the pictures. I only did 2 coats, but I can definitely see doing 3 if you really want Tanzy to pack a punch.
When you look at it head on, it’s all orange and gold. If you’re me, it’s more gold than orange. Pretty much just as you see it in the bottle. My favorite part of this polish though is when you see it in the shade or look at it from the side, it flashes coral! Such a pretty coral too, I just love it. This polish is absolutely perfect for summer. I can’t even imagine how good it’s going to look when we all start working on our tans.
I tried to get a shot of the coral tones of Tanzy, but unfortunately just could not get it to come through in photos. This applied really nicely, it wasn’t too sheer on the first coat although it is rather light. No problems with it at all. I’ll have to get back to you guys on the wear and removal of this, I’m not sure how much of a problem all the wonderful glitter may pose. I say if you’re ordering summer polishes from Zoya, definitely put this on your list. One more pic before I go!
Where to Buy: Zoya / $8
Can’t wait to get to the rest of the Sunshine polishes,
Hopefully everyone had a nice weekend. It’s currently 80 degrees outside right now, a nice surprise to my birthday weekend, it’s never this warm this time of year. All the spring flowers have started to bloom, yay!
My sister gave me this lovely polish this weekend. I recently posted about the only other Deborah Lippmann polish that I have, Call Me Irresponsible, and even though I didn’t have a positive opinion about that polish, I was so excited to receive this beauty! Across The Universe is like a dream to any polish lover.
I’m not satisfied with these photos, it’s so much better in real life! I know many polish lovers have raved the beauty and awesomeness of this polish since it was released for the Fall 2010 duo. But it seriously deserves it. I mean, just look at it! A navy blue jelly base with green and light blue hexagon glitter AND blue micro glitter?? I love how dark the base color is, it allows the glitter to just come through and stand out.
It’s almost obvious when I say that I don’t have anything like this polish. It’s too unique and gorgeous. Though, I won’t be fully blinded by its beauty. It is slightly difficult to get the hexagon glitter to disperse evenly. And in the sunlight, this jelly base isn’t fully opaque. Probably my fault with the application. (I’m not feeling too well, I think I have a stomach bug!) I used three coats, and each coat dried quicker than expected! And not very gritty at all to the touch.
Regardless I will say that this polish is a hands down must have for anyone who collects polish. It’s so beautiful, like a work of art. I can’t stop staring at the bottle!
Where to Buy: Lippmancollection.com / Nordstrom’s / Neiman Marcus / $ 16
For my birthday, my mom made me a homemade pound cake with maple whipped cream per my request. SO GOOD