Thursday, January 31, 2013

Born Pretty Store flocking powder review

This post I have a review of Born Pretty Store black flocking powder (http://www.bornprettystore.com/flocking-powder-manicure-nail-nail-polish-colors-p-4507.html).

The first look I did was over Zoya Storm--I just put on a layer of L.A. Colors basecoat topcoat since it isn't fast drying & then dipped my nail into the flocking powder, pressed it down a bit, & then wiped as much of the loose flocking powder off as I could with my e.l.f. concealer brush.
Zoya Storm accent nail with Born Pretty Store black flocking powder
I really like how that looked, but I wanted to see it on a different color so I used Zoya Lara.
Zoya Lara
I used two coats of Lara & a coat of Seche Vite just so it would dry faster & then I used the L.A. Colors basecoat topcoat with a dotting tool (for the dots) & my Born Pretty Store 0000# brush (for the lines) to get the designs below:
The color of Lara is way off in this picture, but the flocking powder worked really well (after dipping my nail, & cleaning as much off as I could I blew the rest of the loose powder off).  I really like the way the dots look & will probably do this as an accent nail.  What do you think about the fuzzy flocking powder look?

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Born Pretty Store brushes review

Today I have a review for Born Pretty Store & their 4 pcs Acrylic Uv Gel Nail Art Paint Drawing Brush Kit (http://www.bornprettystore.com/acrylic-nail-paint-drawing-brush-p-465.html).

There are four brushes with different sized bristles.  I am not artistic at all, but I used these to "draw" some designs on my nails (using normal nail polish, which I will list at the end):

I started with the longest bristle brush (0#) on my pinkie & just made a simple green & black design to see if I could make straight lines (not so much, lol).  I used brush 00# on my ring finger & made a heart with an arrow.  On my middle finger I made a rainbow using brush 000#.  On my index finger I used the smallest tipped brush (0000#) & wrote hi.  I used brushes 00# & 000# on my thumb.
All in all the brushes were easy to use & to clean--I just dipped them in a bit of polish remover & wiped them on a paper towel.  I hope I can think of designs to use these with--they are so much easier to use than nail polish stripers.
& here are the polishes I used (started with base coat & then 2 coats of white & topped with the same base/top coat):
Pure Ice Siren; Essie Orange, It's Obvious!; Zoya Pippa; Essie Mojito Madness; Pure Ice French Kiss; Finger Paints Lavender Highlight; Wet n Wild Black Creme; Pure Ice Platinum Magic Base Coat; L.A. Colors Basecoat Topcoat

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Saturday, January 26, 2013

Rainbow Honey The Sweet Talk Collection review!

Today I have two of the polishes from The Sweet Talk Collection from Rainbow Honey.
Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk & XOXO

First up is Sweet Talk, a white base polish with teeny, tiny pink bar glitter; tiny light blue, red, pink & purple glitter; & red, purple & light blue glitter.  The light blue glitters have a silver flash to them.
Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk

Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk
This polish (as with all Rainbow Honey polishes I've tried) went on great.  I used 3 coats, but the first coat was super, super thin so it's basically 2 coats.  I did top this with a coat of Gelous & a coat of Seche Vite.  This polish is really cute & reminds me of those little speckled egg candies you get at Easter.
XOXO has a clear base with holographic shimmer/glitter along with tiny & small magenta glitters that look a bit holographic to me.
Rainbow Honey XOXO

Rainbow Honey XOXO
I used 2 coats on my bare nail (excuse the staining *sigh*).  This polish covers well & the glitters spread well, but this is meant to be a top coat.

There's also a pink polish (Be Mine) that is part of this collection & you can get all 3 now at Rainbow Honey for $10 each or $30 for the set!

*These polishes were sent to me for my honest review.

Friday, January 11, 2013

Zoya Lovely Collection

I finally got around to swatching the Zoya Lovely Collection.  5 out of 6 of these colors are re-releases of LE colors from Zoya.  I had all of the LE colors already so the only polish that is new to me is Blu.  I just cut my nails shorter this week & I love how these colors look on the shorter nails.
For each of the swatches I used 2 coats (unless stated otherwise) of polish alone, no base or top coats.
First up are the 3 polishes originally released for the The Zang Toi Spring/Summer 2013 Collection:
Zoya Julie
Zoya describes Julie as a "soft Wisteria purple metallic", but I honestly don't think any of these 3 polishes are metallic, they're more of a glass fleck/shimmer.  That being said, this polish is extremely beautiful that goes on flawlessly & covers in 2 coats.  This will probably become my go-to pastel purple.
Zoya Piaf
Zoya describes Piaf as a "fresh Forsythia yellow metallic".  Again, this polish went on flawlessly & covers in 2 coats.  I love yellow polishes even though they don't normally look good with my skin tone.  I would love to see this on a darker skin tone--I think it would look fabulous!
Zoya Gie Gie
Zoya describes Gie Gie as a "blushing Cherry Blossom pink metallic".  Surprisingly, this was my favorite of the 3 "metallics".  It's not that I hate pink polishes (Zoya Happi is honestly my favorite Zoya), but I'd rather wear other colors.  I didn't want to take this one off though!  2 flawless coats that covered perfectly & I felt like I should have on a matching pink lipstick like a 50s housewife, lol.

Next up are the 2 re-released polishes from the Peter Som Custom Color for NYFW Spring/Summer 2013 Collection:
Zoya Neely
Zoya describes Neely as a "earliest Spring Green creme".  This polish is a very pretty minty green creme that was just a bit thick, but was perfect in 2 coats & super shiny when dry.  I love green polishes, but I'm not sure if this one looks right with my skin tone, doesn't matter, I'll still wear it.
Zoya Jacqueline
Zoya describes Jacqueline as a "perfect Magnolia nude creme".  This was the thickest of the polishes & took 3 coats to even out, but I loved it once it was on!  This was the first one I swatched & I did not want to take it off.  I know that it doesn't look exactly right with my skin tone, but I will wear this when I want a nude--I couldn't stop looking at my nails.
Zoya Blu
Zoya describes Blu as a "lucky Hyacinth blue creme".  Blu is the only new color from this collection & it is perfection!  I swatched this last so I could wear it for my mani & I just love it.  This creme wasn't thick at all, went on in 2 flawless coats & is super shiny.  I can see this being used in a lot of nail art when spring hits--this is just the perfect baby blue.  Since I kept this on as my mani I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite (after I took pictures) for durability & I did get shrinkage.  This is the first time shrinkage has happened to me while wearing a Zoya topped with Seche Vite & it really makes me sad.  Either way, I've had Blu on for 2 days now & besides the shrinkage it's still perfect & I still keep staring at my nails.

The Zoya Lovely Collection is available now for $8/bottle.  My favorites are Blu, Jacqueline & Gie Gie, what are yours?

*These polishes were sent to me for my honest review*

Saturday, January 5, 2013

First haul post of 2013

Since I haven't shown a haul post in awhile I do have a few things to show you, but I know I missed a couple of things (for sure I missed Pure Ice Silver Mercedes & an e.l.f. concealer brush that I'm going to start using for clean up).
China Glaze Escaping Reality, Surreal Appeal, Def Defying, Running In Circles, Water You Waiting For, Hanging In The Balance, Creative Fantasy, It's A Trap-eze!, Whirled Away, Get Carried Away

Zoya Piaf, Gie Gie, Julie, Blu, Neely, Jacqueline

Zoya Katy, Ginessa, Goldie, Gilty, box & spoons

Seche Collage Overlay, China Glaze First Mate, Color Club Gift Of Sparkle, Gelous Advanced Nail Gel Coat
 
Julep Lauren, Georgia, Cindy, Sienna, mystery glitter, Sicilian Orange foot soak, Espresso Brown mascara, nail file, samples
e.l.f. Fairy Dust, Chic Confetti, Dream Maker, Golden Goddess, Gold Star; Salon Perfect Snow Flurry, Glam Glitter


e.l.f. minis Fairy Dust, Golden Goddess, Blush, Red Velvet, Metal Madness, Nude, Smoky Brown, Mod Mauve, Chocolate, Plum, Dark Red, Party Purple, Emerald, Dark Navy, Black 
I know I'm behind a lot of bloggers when it comes to the Zoya Lovely collection, but my swatches & reviews will be on the blog next week.

Thursday, January 3, 2013

Happy New Year! I'm back!

Wow, I can't believe I haven't blogged since before Thanksgiving.  I'm so sorry, but I have had a lot going on (besides holidays, my father-in-law had prostate cancer & was in the hospital 2 weeks longer than he was supposed to be after his surgery.  Even though he wasn't home for Christmas he is now & they got all the cancer).  My resolution for this year is to blog at least once a week.

Today I'm going to show you the last two manis I did--one for Christmas & one for New Year's.

Salon Perfect Snow Flurry & Glam Glitter

Salon Perfect Snow Flurry & Glam Glitter
I actually got both of these polishes at our Christmas at our house with my family (on the 22nd).  I wore Zoya Ziv that day.  I started off with 3 coats of Salon Perfect Snow Flurry.  I could have gotten away with 2 coats, but I messed it up a bit.  Snow Flurry has a bit of subtle silver shimmer that makes it look like newly fallen snow & it applies & covers like a dream.   I added 1 coat of Glam Glitter over Snow Flurry & topped with a coat of Seche Vite.  Glam Glitter has micro silver glitter, tiny green glitter & small red glitter.  Not the most uncommon mix, but it was perfect for Christmas.

Zoya Storm accent nails, Color Club Gift of Sparkle with China Glaze Water You Waiting For over it

Zoya Storm accent nails, Color Club Gift of Sparkle with China Glaze Water You Waiting For over it

Zoya Storm accent nails, Color Club Gift of Sparkle with China Glaze Water You Waiting For over it
These were my nails for New Year's.  I did 2 coats of Zoya Storm as accent nails & 2 coats of Color Club Gift of Sparkle with 1 coat of China Glaze Water You Waiting For over top & then topped everything with a coat of Seche Vite.  Gift of Sparkle is a really pretty darker blue shimmer polish that applied & covered amazingly.  The only problem I have with the polish is the smell after it's dry since it's scented, I just don't care for it (neither does my husband or son).  Water You Waiting For is a mainly blue glitter polish that also has some green glitter in it, I think it worked great over Gift of Sparkle.

I got a new camera for Christmas from my parents & I'm hoping to figure out how to take better pictures & hopefully I'll make a light box sooner or later.