Tuesday, October 21, 2014

[Nail Art] MoYou London Tropical 05

Hi everyone! Today I have some bright and colorful nail art to share with you. I'm clearly not ready to let summer go - I want it to be warm again!

Polishes I Used
OPI My Dogsled Is A Hybrid (green)
OPI Suzi Has A Swede Tooth (pink)
OPI Can't Afjord Not To (orange)
OPI OPI With A Nice Finnish (gold)
Urban Outfitters UV (yellow)
Milani Digital (pink holo)
Milani 3D (gold holo)
Milani White On The Spot 
Milani Black Swift

I'll admit it's not my best stamping/coloring job, but the bright colors make me happy. I'll do a better job next time! :)

If you like this mani, you can recreate it using the MoYou London Tropical 05 plate. It's available on moyou.co.uk for £4.99 (~8.50 USD).


Sunday, October 19, 2014

[Review+Swatch] CND Vinylux Daring Escape & Purple Purple

Hi everyone! Hope you're all enjoying your Sunday. Today I have two CND Vinylux shades to share with you. Enails.eu recently reached out to me and asked if I'd like to review this line. I've never tried CND polishes before, so I was excited to finally give them a whirl. :)

The Vinylux line is labeled as a weekly polish and is meant to last a week without the use of a base coat. The line also offers a top coat that activates in natural light. I think it's similar to Sally Hansen Miracle Gel, but I can't give you a direct comparison since I don't own the Vinylux top coat.

All swatches are shown with Seche Vite top coat and no base coat.

Daring Escape, 2 coats: dusty blue-teal with strong silver shimmer. This one had an interesting formula. It's thick in the way it clings to the brush; however, it applies like a medium-thin polish. So you need to brush off all the excess clinging to the brush, but on the nail it feels smooth and applies easily. I had no problems with application itself - just wanted to note the unique formula. I think the silver shimmer makes this color interesting and adds a bit more depth.

Purple Purple, 3 coats: purple base with strong, fine blue shimmer. This combination makes the polish look blurple in most lightings. The formula was excellent - medium consistency that glides on easily. The pigmentation is pretty good as well. You can get away with two coats, but I found that a third coat will eliminate brushstrokes and deepen the color. The shimmer becomes more rich and intense as well. Absolutely gorgeous!

I loved this one so much, that I wore it as a mani! I dressed it up with some simple stamping and a bow charm. I used MoYou London Kaleidoscope 09 in case you're wondering. ^^ I didn't do a wear test since I don't own the Vinylux top coat, but this mani was chip-free 3 days later with Seche Vite. I'm not particularly rough on my nails, but nail polish doesn't last very long on me without base coat.

Verdict: Both polishes applied flawlessly and had excellent pigmentation/coverage. The colors I tested were also unique and beautiful. Purple Purple in particular has stolen my heart.

Availability: You can purchase Daring Escape (here) and Purple Purple (here) at enails.eu for 12.99€ each. Enails.eu is one of the few online stores that offer CND Vinylux worldwide, so be sure to take a look. They offer a wide selection of colors including the latest collections.

Have you tried any of the Vinylux colors? Let me know your thoughts below! ^^


Friday, October 17, 2014

[Nail Art] MoYou London Kaleidoscope 09

Hi everyone - happy friday! Today's mani features images from MoYou London's Kaleidoscope 09 plate. I wanted to do something simpler this time with pink as the accent color, so this is what I came up with. I added a few rhinestones to give it some flair as well.

Look at how detailed the images are! I love the floral aspect of this plate. Like Kaleidoscope 08, there's a lot of negative space in the designs that you can color. Depending on your choice of colors, your mani can look elegant or colorful and playful. All of the images picked up very cleanly without giving me any trouble.

For my ring finger, I should note that that's not the exact design on the stamping plate. I had an incomplete transfer (my fault), so I ended up free-handing the black outline around the "petals". I added gold glitter over the outline to tie it in with the other nails.

Polishes Used
Sally Hansen Greyfitti
Milani Hot Pink Rage
Milani Bombshell (light pink)
Milani Black Swift 
China Glaze GR8
Nicole by OPI Lips Are Dripping Honey (glitter)

What do you think? I feel a little unsure of the color combination in this one. The gold and grey together kind of bugs me, but I can't hate it because the designs are so pretty. ^__^ Now I want the rest of the Kaleidoscope collection! MoYou London's new Kitty plates (12-14) looks pretty fabulous as well.

Availability: MoYou London plates are available on moyou.co.uk for £4.99 each. About $8.50 each as of 8/22/14 (my last purchase). The exchange rate then was 1 U.S. Dollar = 0.587361 British Pounds. Shipping is free to the UK. Shipping to everywhere else is free with £15+ orders. If you make an account with them, you can also receive a 15% off discount code.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

[Nail Art] MoYou London Kaleidoscope 08

Hi everyone! I'm so excited to share with you two plates from MoYou London's new Kaleidoscope collection. MoYou London graciously allowed me to pick two plates for review, and I immediately picked out Kaleidoscope 08 and 09. Several more plates were released in the collection since then. If you're curious, you can view the whole collection here. They all look amazing.

I'll be showing you the 08 plate first in today's post. All the plates come covered in blue film, which you remove before stamping. I'm in love with the sleeve art for this collection. My sister told me the packaging reminds her of chocolate bars. So now I always think of MoYou plates as beautifully decorated chocolates. :)

Ta-da! Can I pat myself on the back? Okay, I'll be more humble since the plate did all the work. ^^ This looks like I spent about 10 times more time on it then I actually did. I'm still an amateur at stamping, so if you're advanced, I'm sure you could create some really astounding nail art.

I found this plate easy to use, and the designs were all etched deeply. All the images picked up easily with my large marshmallow stamper. I own a knock-off, but MoYou sells a double-end marshmallow stamper here. The red stamper shown above is also very squishy and slightly sticky. It picks up images cleanly and can fit an XL design on it (although I recommend using it with smaller images). I usually associate red stampers with rubber, so I was pleasantly surprised by it being silicone.

One thing to note with this plate is the broader etchings. A lot of the designs have large spaces, so it's recommended that you use thicker polishes for stamping. Thin polishes will scrape right out of the design. Medium polishes will work, but may not pick up as cleanly. So it's best to stick with your tried and true polishes for stamping. You can use your other colors for filling in the design. :)

Polishes I Used
OPI Going My Way or Norway? (tan base)
OPI My Dogsled Is A Hybrid (green)
OPI Suzi Has A Swede Tooth (pink)
OPI Can't Afjörd Not To (orange)
OPI Do You Have This Color in Stock-holm? (purple)
Milani Black Swift
Milani Blue Zoom
Color Club Harp On It (silver)

Doesn't this design feel kind of bohemian? I think the great thing about this plate is that you can make it whatever theme you want. The possibilities are truly endless - just like a real kaleidoscope.

Overall, I really enjoyed using this plate! It's definitely one of my most favorite plates now. I think there are 11 plates total in the Kaleidoscope collection, and I pretty much want every single one. x) Tomorrow, I'll show you the 09 plate so you can look forward to that! :)

Availability: MoYou London plates are available on moyou.co.uk for £4.99 each. About $8.50 each as of 8/22/14 (my last purchase). The exchange rate then was 1 U.S. Dollar = 0.587361 British Pounds. Shipping is free to the UK. Shipping to everywhere else is free with £15+ orders. If you make an account with them, you can also receive a 15% off discount code.

Have you tried any of the plates from MoYou London's Kaleidoscope collection? Feel free to link blog posts to your art in the comments below. I'd love to see them!


Tuesday, October 7, 2014

[Review+Swatch] OPI Peanuts Collection for Halloween 2014

Hi! I have a quick review of OPI's Halloween collection for you today. This year's collection is inspired by the Peanuts! Who doesn't love Peanuts? Plus, I couldn't wait to try the glitters. :)

Good Grief, 3 coats: medium yellow creme. I found the formula very watery and thin. It's still controllable, but you have to be more careful. Application was a little streaky, but not too bad for a yellow.

To Be or Not To Beagle, 1 coat over Good Grief (left): black hex and bar glitters with matte multicolored hexes. The multicolored glitters are: pale pink, light green, light blue, medium blue, light yellow, light orange, and red. It's very dense so glitter payoff is great. It applies evenly without any problems. Love!

Where's My Blanket, 1 coat over Good Grief (right): black glitter with colored hexes in light orange and pale yellow. It's less dense than To Be or Not To Beagle, but still has good glitter payoff. The consistency is great and it applies evenly.

Who Are You Calling Bossy?!?, 2 coats: black creme. The formula is great - great consistency and good pigmentation. It's not a one-coater, but I can see it becoming one with use after it thickens up a little bit. I'm just guessing though, so don't hold me to it. ^^

Verdict: The cremes for the most part, applied easily without too much trouble. They're not crazy unique, but if you need a nice black or yellow, they're good options. The highlight of this collection are the glitters. Those are definitely unique and perfect for a fun, colorful mani. :)

Availability: Peanuts by OPI and Little Peanuts mini pack can be found at Professional Salons, including Chatters, Planet Beauty and ULTA. Peanuts nail lacquers will retail for $9.50 ($11.50 CAN) each; Little Peanuts mini pack will retail for $13.95 ($17.50 CAN).

Monday, October 6, 2014

[Review+Swatch] Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color & Top Coat

Hi everyone! I'm back with a review of the new Sally Hansen Miracle Gel polishes. I have five from the collection, and I can't wait to share them with you. This new line features "gel" polishes that just need sunlight to cure. No special lamp is needed, and you can get the wear and shine of a gel polish. The colors themselves seem to be regular polishes, but the top coat comes in a black bottle as it's UV light sensitive. All of my swatches are shown with top coat after curing in direct sunlight.

Just a warning, I'm going to start off with a worst shade, so don't get turned off by my review. All the other colors were superb, and the top coat is really something else. ^^

Tea Party, 4 coats: pale blue with subtle fine shimmer. I tried applying this color on two different occasions and both times it was a hot mess. It's not sheer, but it applies very unevenly. If the formula was good, it'd be opaque in 2 coats. Unfortunately, I had to keep adding another layer to make up for all the bald spots. I finally got it even after the fourth coat, but you can still see the edge of my tips. The consistency is thick, so all those coats wouldn't dry. If you add top coat, only the top coat dries and the polish under stays mushy. If you want this color to work, you definitely need to let each coat dry before adding top coat.

Greyfitti, 3 coats: soft, cool-toned grey creme. Love this color! It was opaque in 2 coats, but I did a third for pics. It applied evenly and had good flow. With top coat, it dried in just a few minutes. Not rock solid, but dry enough to touch. Just looking at this swatch makes me want to wear it again.

Camo Queen, 2 coats: light olive-grey creme. Well, that's the best I can describe it. This one was practically a one-coater! Great formula and excellent dry time with the top coat. It was dry enough to touch after two minutes in direct sunlight.

Hydro Electric, 2 coats: bright, medium blue creme. It reminds me of a saturated, clear blue sky. This one applied a little unevenly on bigger nails, but it was nothing another coat couldn't fix. The consistency is medium-thin and for the most part, problem-free.

Redgy, 2 coats: bright, warm red creme. My favorite of the bunch! The formula was excellent, as was the pigmentation. It practically applies itself and the color is lovely.

About the Miracle Gel Top Coat
What makes this line amazing is the gel top coat. After applying one coat over the polish, I let the top coat cure in direct sunlight for about 5 minutes. Once the top coat cures, the polish will be dry enough to touch. It will still take some time for the polish under to dry completely. However, it will be dry enough for you to run out the door. 

But the best part is its ability to recover from nicks and smudges. I purposefully pressed my finger into the polish hard until I saw a clear fingerprint in the polish. The polish had also spread from under the pressure. 5 minutes later that nail looked good as new. Black magic I tell you. The top coat rebounds and pulls everything back in place. I also pressed my nail lightly into the polish and the same thing happened. The only time the damage was irreversible was when I nicked it hard enough to show my bare nail. Everything else repaired itself.

Verdict: With the exception of Tea Party, all the other colors applied smoothly in 2-3 coats. However, it's truly the gel top coat that makes this line outstanding. The shine is nice and dry time is quick, especially if you consider its ability to repair itself. The only downside might be that you need to apply it during the day time. Other than that, it's perfect! I can't wait to try it with other regular polishes as well.

Availability: The Sally Hansen Miracle Gel collection is available nationwide at chain drugstores and mass retailers nationwide. Both the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Color and Gel Top Coat retail for $9.99 each. 

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!