Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Lumina Lacquer Soleil

I'm not much of the impulsive nail polish buyer anymore, but I came across a polish on IG that the second I saw it I knew I needed it! The polish is Soleil from Lumina Lacquer. This was actually my first purchase from Lumina Lacquer and new indie in my collection.

Soleil 
Soleil is a micro fine holographic glitter.

Color: Hello! Soleil is spectacular. I love the gold holographic glitter. This is a very intense holo too, it's so bright and reflective.

Formula: I used 2 coats above, and this is probably 90% opaque. This is so blingy and shiny that in person it will look 100% opaque. The camera is the only thing that picks up those little spaces without glitter. You will not seem them on your nail. The formula was pretty thick, and did require a more careful application. Not a bad formula, but not one that was a breeze to use either. I'd recommend doing 2 thick coats. If you try to add on more coats the application will get even trickier.

Price: This is $10.00 on the Lumina Lacquer shop site.

Overall: This is one of those wow factor polishes. I love this new take on the holographic polish with fine glitter particles. I love my bling, and I love my bling holographic. What is also great about Soleil is since it's gold it will compliment anything you wear or any nail color. There is plenty of room here for accent nails or nail art using this one! The formula is a bit of downer because of the thickness, but it's not a deal breaker at all.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters

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Monday, July 28, 2014

KBShimmer 6th Anniversary Beach Themed Trio

*I received the following products in exchange for my honest review.

I have a beautiful and fun collection to share with you today. This is KBShimmer's 6th Anniversary Trio. KBShimmer has already spoiled us this summer with 2 collections, so why not some icing on the cake? I think you all will love these shades! This trio will be available for purchase on Friday, August 1st.

Beach Please
Beach Please is a bright near neon magenta creme. (2 coats)

Shore Thing
Shore Thing is a bright aqua-mint creme. (2 coats) *Note: This one freaked out my camera. I adjusted my color settings to reflect the color more accurately, hence the weird color of my skin! 

Hexy Bikini
Hexy Bikini is a textured glitter combination of holo silver, teal, and pink. (2 coats)

Colors: These colors are the bomb! The cremes Beach Please and Shore Thing are so saturated and bright. I don't have colors in these shades that are that bright in intensity. Hexy Bikini is a beautiful compliment to these colors. I adore this holo glitter.

Formula: Outstanding formula on all of these. The cremes were 2 easy coats. They were not streaky at all and self leveled nicely. Hexy Bikini was opaque in 2 coats. The glitter formula is thicker, but not unmanageable at all. Hexy Bikini can definitely be layered with one coat if you'd like.

Price: This sold as a trio will be $21.00. Individually, Beach Please and Shore Thing will be $7.50. Hexy Bikini will be $8.75. These will be up for sale Friday, August 1st on the KBShimmer website.

Overall: I really enjoyed this trio! I loved KBShimmer's previous summer releases, but I have to admit these three are my favorite! I encourage you all to try these out, and I think you'll be very happy to add them to your nail polish collection.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, July 24, 2014

Throwback Thursday: Essence Pool Party

I want to preface this by saying that I don't think you can find this polish anymore. I know, disappointing. It has been discontinued. I love this one so much I had to revisit it it. I hope that some of you who have been in the nail polish game for awhile still have this one in your stash. This is one is my favorite Essence polish!

Pool Party
Pool Party is a bright medium blue with an intense silvery glass fleck glitter.

Collection: Essence Colour & Go 2010-2012(?)

Color: Out of all the blues I own in my vast nail polish collection, I do not own one like this. The glass fleck glitter in this is beautiful, and it makes me long for more polishes like this now. This color lives up to it's namesake, this is the perfect swimming pool color. Awesome color!

Formula: When I first bought this back in 2010, I found the formula to be a little sheerer than expected. I also had significantly longer nails had VNL (visible nail line) with this after 3 coats. I used 2 coats here, and didn't find it to be sheer at all. Did the formula thicken up over 4 years or is it just because my nails are shorter? I'm not sure. That being said, sheer or not, I didn't have any application issues with this at all.

Price: This was $0.99 at Ulta back when it was available. Like I said, I'm hoping many of you have this in your collection already!

Overall: Love it! I think I talked enough already about it! I think you all get it.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Way-Cool Mani Wednesday: Creme Skittles

I've found my mani-style of the summer. I've been doing a bunch of creme skittle manis. I guess it's more like two creme accents? I don't know the proper terminology, but basically I've been wearing 3 different colors of cremes on my nails. I've been sticking to bright or pastel shades, and it's been perfect for summer. I love it allows me to get creative with color combinations, and I get to play with more polish!

Here is a recent one I did.


Polishes Used: Julie G Tahiti, Miami Beach, and Maybelline Dayglow Teal.

Such fun colors, and there are countless options when doing manis like this. If your someone who wants to play up their nails, but isn't a fan of doing nail art, I highly recommend trying this type of mani out!

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Monday, July 21, 2014

Zoya Rebel

This is complaint #5832 of how hot is outside. I'd say this is the dead of summer here, but the dead of summer will last another at least 2 months. I feel stupid complaining because I know there are some of you who have to content with not only miserable heat, but freezing snowy winters. I'm sorry!

So how about a cooler color to help me think of cooler days? I have a icy looking Zoya to share with you today.

Rebel
 Rebel is a sky blue with an intense metallic silver shimmer.

Color: Rebel was actually a spring color from the 2014 Awaken collection. I'm sure it's supposed to make think of sparkling blue ponds,streams, or lakes. Nope, in the feels like 103F weather this is making think of glaciers and something out of the movie Frozen. This is a beautiful shade of blue. I love soft this shade remains even with the intense shimmer.

Formula: This is a good formula. I used 3 coats above, it as little sheerer than I expect on the first coat, but it built up nicely.

Price: This is $9.00 on the Zoya website.

Overall: Rebel is a stunning shade! I don't quite get the name, Rebel is a bit harsh of a name for this type of color. The blue is rich and the shimmer is eye catching. I don't own anything like this in my collection.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Saturday, July 19, 2014

Pastel Bright Skittle Birthday Nails

Today is my birthday, and what is a birthday without a birthday mani?

This is probably the first birthday I didn't go all out and do some gigantic glitter bomb manicure. I kept it simple this year, but fun and bright! I'm happy with it.

Polishes Used: Maybelline Ultra Violet, Coral Heat, and Cult Nails New Day

I can't get enough of these pastel bright colors. I love them so much!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

Revlon Balinese Bay

I have to share with you another polish from the Revlon Haute Rocks Pebbled Texture collection. If you want to see my full thoughts on the formulation of these polishes I recommend you check out my review of Moroccan Oasis. Short version, these were marketed as textured glitters, however, I found these to be better suited as glitter toppers through my experience. Your experience maybe different. 

Balinese Bay over Broadway Nails Easter Annie
Balinese Bay is a mixture of magenta, black, lavender, and holo glitters in a sheer milky base.

Color: This is a an unexpected glitter color combination for me, but I absolutely love it. This really mixes colors with edge with colors that are soft. I adore this, and out of all the Pebbled Texture polishes this one is my favorite.

Formula: As you can see from the bottle the glitters are heavier than the base. The base floats to the top while the glitters sink. This made this difficult to apply as full coverage glitter as this was intended. I used 2 coats over a base. Even though these are called "Pebbled Textured" these glitters are smooth and not textured. I did find I got more coverage with Balinese Bay than the others in this collection though.

Price: I found this in the $5-$6 range at CVS. This collection is limited edition, but I'm still spotting these at the drugstore. 

Overall: I am in love with this as a glitter topper. In fact, I think I'd put it as a contender for one of my favorite this year. The color combination is beautiful. Again, as a this was meant to be this doesn't really work out though. Revlon would of been so much better off presenting these at glitter toppers. 

My Rating:

As a Pebbled Texture 1 out of 5 Paint Splatters
As a Glitter Topper 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Friday! 


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