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!

Happy Wednesday!
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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 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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Thursday, July 17, 2014

Throwback Thursday: China Glaze Sea Spray

Today, I have oldie for you that turned into an unexpected favorite. I bought China Glaze Sea Spray when it came out in the Anchors Away spring 2013 collection. This was not a polish I ever would typically wear, and was really skeptical about wearing it. I remember putting it on, and not really feeling it.

When I went out I got lots compliments on this nail color. A few compliments turned me around on the color, and it became a favorite of mine. How could I not like a color I got so many compliments on?

Sea Spray
Sea Spray is a pale grey-blue with a soft silvery/blue shimmer.

Color: Sea Spray is a beautiful shade. I love how they incorporated this shimmer in this soft shade. I don't see this often especially in recent years. I know pastel-shimmers can easily go frosty or pearly, if not done right. This is a proper shimmer

Formula: Not my favorite formula here. This isn't the worst formula, but I found this one really likes to pool up in the cuticles, and applies a bit streaky and uneven. I used 3 coats here. I would of preferred an easier to apply formula.

Price: A Google search will give you many options to purchase this in the $3.50-$7.00 range.

Overall: Beautiful color. I love the soft shimmer against this pale grey-blue. I also love that this isn't a type of color and finish that I have seen much this year. I like to break out some older trends. The formula is lacking, but it's still an old favorite of mine.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Tuesday, July 15, 2014

Milani Bella Blue

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

I have a stunner of a polish to show you today! You know those nail polishes that look very inconspicuous on first glance, but when you take a closer look and put it on your nails....BOOM? It turns out to be some nail polish masterpiece? Yes, yes, people. This is what we have here with this Milani from their Bella Blue Limited Edition summer collection.

Bella Blue
 Bella Blue is a black sheer base with an intense teal duochrome shimmer.

Color: This is a stunningly beautiful polish. The intensity of that shimmer, and how it lights up against the base is gorgeous! This polish does a slight duochrome, I couldn't pick up in the photo. This polish does shift from a teal to purple dependent on the angle you look at your nails. Stunner!

Formula: Awesome formula, so easy to use and smooth. Do not let the "black sheer base" worry you. This is 100% full coverage in 2 coats. The shimmer is so saturated this polish isn't sheer when applied in 2 coats.

Price: This can be found for an average of $5.00 at Walgreens, Kmart, and Fred Meyer stores.

Overall: Bella Blue is one of those, I'm not sure I can sum up any more than I did already? It's stunning. The formula is awesome, and just look at it!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Monday, July 14, 2014

L.A. COLORS Reckless

I love cheap thrills nail polish. One thing I've learned is that cheap nail polish doesn't mean it's cheap quality. In my experience using a great base coat and top coat that works for you can make a $1 polish or even a $18 polish wear the same. Now, formulation may not be as great, but wear time usually is the same for me.

The best places to find cheap thrill nail polishes? Dollar General, Dollar Tree, and Big Lots come to mind first. You can find good stuff there for $1-$2! I found this pretty L.A. COLORS at Dollar General.

Reckless is a saturated medium blurple creme.

Color: This is one of those colors that under some light looks purple, and others it looks blurple. Either way, it's beautiful rich color. I love the vibrancy of it.

Formula: This isn't a buttery perfectly smooth formula. It is a bit streaky, but I could even it out in 2 coats. I'd say this is an average formula.

Price: I found this for $1.50 at Dollar General.

Overall: Gorgeous bright blurple creme shade. I have few blurple colors in my stash, but this one stands out a little brighter/lighter than the others I own. This polish at $1.50 is hard to pass up too!

My Rating 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

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