Friday, September 30, 2011

Nubar White Polka Dot

Hello lovelies! So sorry for my lack of posts this week. I'm still doing rotations overnight so I've been sleeping during the day and by the time I wake up it's too dark to take pics! Luckily this one is almost over but I had to do a couple of papers for a final grade. I wanted to write, "blah, blah, blah. i'm tired of school, let me outta here" lol, but of course I would've gotten a F. My current teacher is so nice that it's hard not to enjoy the rotation. I learned a lot and witnessed a few people die which was pretty dramatic but overall it's been a good last few weeks.

Today I'm rockin' Nubar White Polka Dot. My first Nubar ever, yay! I don't know what I've been waiting on, I guess I don't like to buy as much polish online as I do in person. I had to have this one after I saw the cute swatches on Body&Soul. They also have a black version called Black Polka Dot (very creative I know, ha ha). I didn't get that one because I have Uninhibited and I think they're similar. I almost forgot but I had to purchase this one off Ebay because I couldn't find it on Nubar's website.

For this mani I used one thin coat of White Polka Dot over Sally Hansen Sequin Scandal. WPD contains white hex glitter and tiny holographic glitter that goes from white to blue. The formula is quite thick which I guess is needed to suspend the glitter. It really jazzed up Sequin Scandal which was a lot darker than I expected. Overall I think this mani turned out quite cute. My only complaint is that my bottles is 1/5 gone after two manis.



Here's a pic in the shade.




Thanks for stopping by! I hope you're having a great Friday and exciting plans for the weekend. I'll post more pics and/or swatches soon.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Color Club Backstage Pass - Press Release

COLOR CLUB BACKSTAGE PASS COLLECTION

Get Your Rock Glam On this October with a new Rockin’ Glitter Collection from Color Club

September 2011 - New York, New York - Color Club, the veteran nail polish brand, announced today the debut of Backstage Pass, a new rockin’ glitter nail polish collection. The aptly named collection features six nail polishes -- from Wish Upon a Rock-star to Platinum Record -- that are sure to “rock your world.” Whether you’re a rocker – or just aspire to look like one – this new vegan, Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and paraben-free collection from Color Club is your ultimate backstage pass and sure to be a hit!

The Backstage Pass Collection includes:

Take the Stage: Gold Glitter with Silver Flakes

Wish Upon a Rock-Star: Multi-colored Glitter with Purple

Backstage Pass: Silver & Purple Hex Glitter

Platinum Record: Silver Glitter

It's a Hit!: Purple Big Glitter

Fame & Fortune: Red Base with Silver Flakes

All Color Club products are made in the USA and are not tested on animals. Products are available at shopcolorclub.com.

About Color Club

A favorite of celebrity manicurists and nail color fans worldwide, Color Club is renowned for its high performance rich shades and exceptionally safe products. From the brightest neons, to glitter and French, all nail colors are vegan, Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and paraben-free - and made in New York, NY with the best raw materials.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

Color Club Foiled Collecton - Fall 2011 Swatches and Review

Color Club brings you six Luxurious Liquid Shades with Foiled, Chrome-like shine and strong as Metal wear. Colors so hot they Melt!


Cold Metal a bright royal blue.

Foil Me Once a very icy pink. It's so shiny. I didn't capture this one quite well.
Lumin-Icecent an icy blue. This is one of my favorites.

Hot Like Lava a fun magenta pink. This one drove my camera crazy and I couldn't capture the true beauty of the color.

Antiquated a rustic gold that leans silver on me.

Perfect Mol-ten a fun bright green. I think this one will look great over the Holidays.
I used 2 coats of polish for each color and no topcoat. They applied nicely and dried relatively quickly. Lumen-Icecent and Antiquated had lines when applied but I was able to smooth most of them out. Hot Like Lava, Lumen-Icecent and Cold Metal are my favorites. I may have a duplicate of Cold Metal in my stash but I still love it. It reminds me of OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It but its a little brighter. Since they're all foils they should be great for stamping. I think these will wear great over the Holidays when you want to add an extra something to your mani!











~Sent to me for review~

Friday, September 23, 2011

Dusting off my Konad

Happy Friday! I hope you all have had a great week. I've been working the night shift so my schedule has been a little off. I didn't work last night but I had a difficult time sleeping so I stayed up playing with my Konad and Glitter supplies. Here's what I came up.


I used 1 coat of Wet N' Wild black then stamped with China Glaze Metallic Muse. The glitter is by LA Girl Glitter Addict - Nostalgic. The image plate actually isn't Konad, it's from Dashica's Beauty, Big Sdp A Image Plate. It's hard to see the detail but I put one piece of glitter in the middle of each flower.

I love how it turned out. I did make a couple of mistakes but the great thing about stamping over black was that I could paint right over the mistake and try it again.

And here's my daughter's art work. She wanted me to share it with you all. It's a nail polish bottle if you couldn't tell. I think I'm rubbing off on her :)











Thanks for stopping by. Have a great weekend!

Monday, September 19, 2011

Sally Hansen Fall 2011 Collection - Review and Swatches

Tonight I have a review of the Sally Hansen Fall 2011 Collection. The Collection is a result of several collaborations with Fashion Designers: Tracy Reese, J Mendel, Rachel Roy and Prabal Gurung.


Mousseline. Perfect work neutral, a soft white with a ceramic hue. It makes my nails look like porcelain which I love. The only problems is that I needed 4 thin coats for complete coverage.


Ballet Rouges. A nice dusty pink, like Barbie but with an edge. I used 3 coats for good measure but could have gotten away with 2.

Courtesan. Medium fuchsia, very pretty. Only needed 2 coats.

Crinoline. Soft white neutral with a pink hue compared to Mousseline's beige/taupe. I liked the formula better on this one but it also required 4 coats.

Dorien Gray. A blue-tinted gray. It's more gray but looks blue on me for whatever reason. It has a very thin formula and required 4 coats.

Green Tea. Dusty mint green with a hint of blue. Very chic. Two coats required.

Himalayan Blue. Gorgeous blue with a thin formula. I needed 3 coats.

Madame X. I like the formula on this one the most. I only needed 2 coats.

Terracotta. This one reminds of a cappuccino. Pretty color but I'm not sure if it looks that great with my skin tone. Two coats gave me mannequin hands.

Oxide. Gunmetal foil that's really popular right now. Only 2 coats were required.

Oxide in direct light to show its blingy-ness.

Bewitched (Outdoors). Pretty eggplant creme. It's very dark but almost black indoors.

Bewitched (Indoors). I took a second pic to show the actual purple/eggplant of the polish. I used 2 coats.

Shiny Penny. Very sheer copper-orange. I used 2 coats but could have gotten away with a 3rd. My camera couldn't accurately capture its beauty.


Overall the polishes applied well in either 2-4 coats. Most of the line are cremes so there may be duplicates available. Some of the formulas were a bit thin as noted above while the other were better and only required 2-3 coats. My favorites from the collection are: Bewitched, Mousseline, Dorien Gray and Green Tea.

I don't have the exact release date but the collection will be available soon.










~The above polishes were provided to me for review.~

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Essence Nail Stickers

I wanted to try a quick mani last night but I was too lazy to pull out my polishes so I went for the stickers. I've had these for a few months now but wasn't quick to try them with all of the bad reviews. So going in I knew these would be problematic but I didn't really care because I only planned on wearing them for a day.

Last night I played around with the only the pinkie to get an idea of the application, how well they would stick and to determine the need for a topcoat. I read on Parokeets that heat would help with application so I applied a little fire to them for a second. The heat melted the sticker and gave it a good grip when applied.


I just finished the rest of my nails today. They turned out much better than expected and I might even wear these tomorrow if they're still on. My daughter helped apply them by holding down the edge near the cuticle while I stretched out the sticker and then rubbed it with a cuticle pusher. I applied a thick coat of Poshe to seal the edges and ends. The down side is that they are a little too small for my nails but I made due with the stickers I had. For my thumb I used two stickers, lol. It looks kinda of weird but I don't think it'll be noticed much. I didn't get a lot of gathering (I think the heat helped with that) except on the thumb where I think the polish got underneath the sticker. Overall these took a lot of effort to apply and may last a day or two. I'm not sure if they're still available. I purchased them from Ulta for about $2.50 a few months ago but haven't seen them since.


Thanks for stopping by! Peace, love and nailpolish :)

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Sally Hansen Spring 2012 Fashion Week - Sneak Peek (Press Release)

INTRODUCING

COMPLETE SALON MANICURE

LIMITED EDITION SPRING 2012 DESIGNER NAIL COLOR COLLECTIONS

FROM SALLY HANSEN


THINK: Trend-setting spring polishes, hot off the runway.


WHAT THEY ARE: A designer spring wardrobe for your nails. Nail leader Sally Hansen took New York Fashion Week by storm, joining forces with Tracy Reese, Prabal Gurung, and Alexander Wang to create exclusive nail colors to complement each of their runway collections. Sally Hansen’s limited edition fall collections put exclusive runway nail looks at your fingertips.


The designers looked to Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure to create their custom colors. Complete Salon Manicure is an all-in-one formula that combines the components of a professional salon manicure—base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, rich color and top coat in a single multi-tasking polish. Backstage Beauty fixture and nail expert, Jin Soon Choi, created the manicures at each of the three shows.


Tracy Reese joined forces with Sally Hansen for the twelfth consecutive season to create seven bold shades that mirror the designer’s relaxed, romantic spring aesthetic. On the runway, models wore Complete Salon Manicure in Temptation.


Tracy Reese for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure:

Buttercup

Fired Up

Honey Whip

Olive Branch

Parrot

The Sky's The Limit




Prabal Gurung’s three-color Complete Salon Manicure collection features eye-catching brights and creamy pale hues with an edge that reflects the designer’s spring collection inspired by Nobuyashi Araki’s photographic series, “Sensual Flower.”On Prabal Gurung’s fall runway, models sported Loves-Me-Not, a deep plum.



Prabal Gurung for Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure:

Barely Bluebell

Loves-Me-Not

Purple Posy




Alexander Wang enlisted Sally Hansen for a first-time collaboration to create a clean, natural-looking runway nail to offset his spring collection which channels a tropical speed racer using perforation and lasering. Models wore Parchment, a sheer nude Complete Salon Manicure shade on the runway—the perfect accent to Wang’s downtown cool looks.


Alexander Wang with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure:

Oxblood

Parchment

Petrol






WHAT THEY COST: Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, $7.99 each.


WHERE TO FIND THEM: Sally Hansen products are available at chain drug stores, food stores and mass merchandisers nationally starting April 2012




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