Friday, September 26, 2014

[Review+Swatch] Zoya Ignite Collection for Fall 2014



Hi guys! Last time I showed you Zoya Entice. Today's collection is Zoya's other fall release: Ignite! I always look forward Zoya shimmers as they tend to be more unique than the creme set. As expected, this year's colors are gorgeous. On top of that, all of them applied beautifully without any trouble. Swatches are shown without top coat. Enjoy!


Autumn, 2 coats: metallic copper with golden shimmer.



Teigen, 2 coats: pink toned cranberry with golden shimmer.



India, 2 coats: dark burgundy with gold and purple shimmer. The gold is more pronounced than the purple, but if you look closely you can see some purple sparkles.



Yuna, 2 coats: blue toned grey with gold shimmer.



Remy, 2 coats: dark blue with gold shimmer that sparkles green. Remy is so pigmented that it actually covers well in one coat. I did two for pics, but it really wasn't necessary. It has gold shimmer, but the blue base makes it glow green.



Sansa, 2 coats: deep plum with golden shimmer. 


Verdict: Ignite is a collection of beautiful colors that work perfectly for fall. The formula was spot on for this set, excelling in both consistency and pigmentation. I enjoyed wearing all the colors and honestly can't pick a favorite. If you're a fan of Zoya's shimmers, these won't disappoint.

Availability: Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas. Retails for $9 each.

Monday, September 22, 2014

[Review+Swatch] Zoya Entice Collection for Fall 2014



It's Monday again! Seems like the days are just flying by. Today I have the new fall creme collection from Zoya - Entice!

Thursday, September 18, 2014

[Review+Swatch] Zoya Ultra PixieDust Fall 2014



Hi everyone! Today's collection is Zoya's Ultra PixieDust for fall 2014! In Zoya's how-to, they advised prepping with Zoya Remove+ first, and then applying 1-3 coats without base coat or top coat. I did exactly that with my swatches below. I was worried the richer colors might stain without base coat, but none of them did. Also, they were all opaque in 2 coats!

[Review+Swatch] NYC Rule The City



Hi everyone! Today I have an NYC polish to show you from their new Fashion Queen collection for fall 2014. I'm surprised that this is actually my first color polish from them. I think I have a top coat, but no colors. I'm glad I got to try them out this time, because this color is gorgeous!


Rule The City, 2 coats: dark grey base with shimmer like silver micro glitter and fine red glitter. The overall look of this combination is that of a gunmetal polish flecked with red sparkles. Particularly in the sun, the red is more subdued and glistens like rubies. It only look two coats to become opaque, and the formula was excellent.


In the shade, the red glitter becomes more noticeable. I took the above pic in my lightbox, which makes metallics and glitters look lighter. The sun pictures above are more accurate in showing the dark base.

One thing I want to mention. I noticed that the mouth of the NYC bottle has a flat edge that slants slightly inwards. I was going to take a pic, but forgot. I thought this was a nice touch, since it prevents polish from coating the outer rim and gluing the cap shut. More brands should do this!

Verdict: Overall, Rule The City is a wonderful color to wear for fall and Halloween! I don't own the others, but the Fashion Collection has five other polishes in beautiful jewel tones. At $1.99 each, they're definitely worth checking out. :)

Availability: NYC polishes are available at chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.


Do you own any of the polishes from this collection? Let me know in the comments below!

Liz

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

[Nail Care] Base & Top Coats, Treatments, Oils, Removers!



Hi everyone! Now that we're getting into fall, I thought it'd be a good time to do another nail care post. It's been requested for a while now (hi, Steph!), but I honestly didn't have more to say since my nail care post from earlier this year. If anything, I use less products in the summer. ^^;; During the second half of summer, I started testing out a lot of new products, so I wanted to share my thoughts on them with you.

I'm going to warn you - this is a long and wordy post. Feel free to skip around to the parts you're most interested in. ^^

Friday, September 12, 2014

[Press] OPI NYFW: Jeremy Scott Spring/Summer 2015

Hi everyone! I was browsing through NYFW press images, when this one from OPI caught my eye. I love the combination of colors used in this mani! This is one mani I'm definitely recreating, because it also reminds me of a clutch I own. Check out the pics below! 
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PLAYFUL DIY NAILS 


Wednesday, September 3, 2014

[Nail Art] Gold Shells and Gemstones



Summer's coming to an end, so I've been clinging to the last few days with summery manis like this one. The nail art is beach inspired with subtle stamping and pretty charms. I was totally smitten with this one! Hope you like it as much as I do. :)