Showing posts with label Rainbow Honey. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Rainbow Honey. Show all posts

20 March 2014

The Nail Bites: Don't Go Chasing Waterfalls

Hi everyone! This title is a bit of a groaner, but I couldn't resist. The "waterfall" I'm referring to is The Nailasaurus' waterfall design. I've tried it several times, and with the exception of one instance, I'm always unhappy with the results. My mani doesn't look like confident strokes but rather slightly squiggly snakes. Oh well, I tried.

Magic Cake waterfall nail art

09 February 2014

Rainbow Honey Spring 2014 Sneak Peak: Papillion

Hi everyone! Yesterday I showed you two polishes from Rainbow Honey's Sweet Talk collection just in time for Valentine's Day. And today I have a polish from their upcoming Midnight Garden Spring Collection, due to come out in mid-March. Make sure to check out the rest of the post for swatches and a promo code to get some money off your next order!



08 February 2014

Sweet Stained Glass Nail Art With Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk and XOXO

Hi everyone! Are you having a fabulous weekend? I feel like every weekend I'm playing the catch-up game...a game that I never win. Lol! Awhile back I was sent a few polishes from Rainbow Honey to review, including two sweet shades from their Sweet Talk collection, their Valentine's Day collection from last year. This year they came out with Sweet Talk 2, which looks as gorgeous as the first part.

Valentine's Day Stained Glass Nails


23 July 2013

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X, Swatches and Review, Part Two

Hi everyone! I have the second half of the Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection. Don't forget to check out Part One for the first half and background information on the collection as a whole.




About these polishes: This half of the collection consists of five gorgeous jellies packed with shimmer and glitter of various kinds. The colours are beautiful and the polishes have a luminosity that is very eye catching. The only downside of these five polishes is that they tend to be thick and a bit challenging in terms of application. There are exceptions, which I've noted below. However, that doesn't mean the challenges outweigh the benefits, and I think they are still worthwhile. Adding a few drops of thinner, sticking to thinner coats, layering them over a base colour, and waiting a few minutes between coats are all recommendations for these polishes.

Fire Spring is an orange jelly packed with orange, iridescent and gold holographic glitter, and gold shimmer. This one tends to be on the thick side, but I really love how the glitter complements the base colour. I used two coats, plus a coat of Gelous, and top coat. I find with these jellies that adding a coat of Gelous before the top coat helps to smooth them out.

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Rainbow Honey Fire Spring

Lumine Hall is a dark blue leaning towards purple jelly with matching glitter as well as iridescent square glitter. This one was a bit better in terms of formula but I did have to add a few drops of thinner. I used two coats plus Gelous and top coat.

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Rainbow Honey Lumine Hall

Pink Cloud is a bright pink jelly packed with pink and iridescent glitter, small red hexes, and medium silver holographic squares and hexes. This was on the sheer side and even with three coats I still had some visible nail line, so I'd recommend layering this one. This was one of the thicker ones and required thinner and lots of shaking.

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

Rainbow Honey Pink Cloud

The Kraken is a gorgeous teal jelly with teal, blue and holographic gold glitter. Out of the five this one has the best formula, it goes on very smooth and doesn't get thick or gloopy. I used two coats here along with Gelous and top coat. And while it looks like there's some visible nail line, it is not noticeable in person.

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Rainbow Honey The Kraken

Tiny Ruby is vivid red jelly with lots of shimmer, and red and holographic gold glitter. I love the colour on this one, it definitely has that ruby slippers look. This one was also thick and requires thinner and thin coats. I used two coats here, along with a coat of Gelous and top coat.

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Rainbow Honey Tiny Ruby

Overall, I really love the colours in this collection. The formula on most of these can be a bit challenging, however, it's still workable, and worth the effort. My favourite above all is The Kraken, followed closely by Lumine Hall. I love the teal colours in The Kraken and the better formula means the final mani looks nicer. For layering options, you must check out Nailderella's review of three of these polishes - she layered them over black and the effect is totally gorgeous.

I bought these polishes from Rainbow Honey's website, which only ships to the US and Canada. But a list of retailers is available on their website.

What do you think of these? Are you planning to get anything from this collection?

21 July 2013

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X, Swatches and Review, Part One

Hi everyone! I have the first part of the Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection. When I first saw the promotional images for this collection, I was immediately taken by the fun and bright colours, so I knew I had to share this on the blog! I had hoped to have swatches sooner, but unfortunately with the heat, swatching has been uncomfortable, and I struggled so much with these. I hope to have the second part either tomorrow or early next week.



About this collection: The collection is inspired by the 1995 Super Nintendo game Earthbound. I'm not familiar with the game because I never had a Super Nintendo set (although I did have an original Nintendo!), but I think you can still appreciate the collection for the vibrant colours and shimmery glitter combinations. The collection consists of two parts - the first part is five jellies packed with shimmer and glitter, while the second part is made up of two glitter toppers and three cremes. I'm showing you the second part of the collection today.

Apple Kid is a fuschia creme with a pink, and slightly purple shimmer. The formula is generally good, but there is some unevenness, which smooths out and becomes unnoticeable once you add top coat. I did notice on the side of the bottle what looks like some unmixed white pigment, so that may be the cause. It doesn't effect the look of the polish though, and the colour is still gorgeous. I used two coats here.

Rainbow Honey Apple Kid

Rainbow Honey Apple Kid

Rainbow Honey Apple Kid

I Miss You is a clear-based glitter topper with lots of pastel matte glitter and iridescent shimmer. As for the glitter there's squares, hearts, and butterflies. I feel like there's other similar polishes out there, but it is still very beautiful. There's a bit too much shape glitter and it wants to pile on the nail all at once. Other than that the formula is good. I used two coats here but one would work fine. I layered it over Tessie.

Rainbow Honey I Miss You

Rainbow Honey I Miss You


Magic Cake is another clear-based glitter topper with lots of shimmer, as well as matte neon blue, pink, and yellow square and hex glitter. I think this is a really fun combination, and probably not something I would have gravitated towards on my own. However, I'm glad I have it, because I don't really own anything like it! You're seeing one coat with a few touch ups layered over Mint Flavor.

Rainbow Honey Magic Cake

Rainbow Honey Magic Cake

Rainbow Honey Magic Cake


Mint Flavor is the perfect pastel mint, leaning towards robin's egg blue. It has a beautiful blue shimmer. I really love colours like this, but they always seem to be tricky to work with. This one was no exceptions - I used three coats and it didn't want to level completely. Otherwise the formula was not bad, and the unevenness is not noticeable once you have a coat of top coat.

Rainbow Honey Mint Flavor

Rainbow Honey Mint Flavor

Rainbow Honey Mint Flavor

Tessie is described as a periwinkle but it is more like a pastel lavender with a gorgeous pink and blue shimmer. It goes on quite smooth and I used two coats for full coverage. I would say out of the three cremes, this one has the best formula.

Rainbow Honey Tessie

Rainbow Honey Tessie

Overall, I really love this half of the collection. Had I bought them separately, I probably would have passed on I Miss You as I have other pastel glitter toppers that I like better. I like that the cremes all have nice shimmers that you can see on the nails.

What do you think of these? Did you get any polishes from this collection?

17 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Two, Orange: Ornate Baroque

Hi everyone! Orange is not a colour I normally wear - at least not willingly. So when brainstorming ideas my mind was like a cavernous black hole, an empty abyss with one lone tumbleweed being carried by a soft wind. You get the point, don't you?



About this design: Since orange only brought to mind oranges and carrots, neither of which I wanted to paint, I decided instead to go for some Baroque design. One of the characteristics of Baroque design is foliage motifs and patterns, often very curvilinear and always decorative. I love this aspect of Baroque design, especially for nail art, and it's something that I want to practice more. The gold adds a decorative element, and the blue provides contrast and ornateness.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

To get this look: I started with two coats of Sally Hansen Fiery Island from their Salon Manicure line. Then I added one coat of Rainbow Honey Fire Spring for some shimmer. I sealed that with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly On Top. Then I did the details in Essie Aruba Blue and very thin lines of Orly Luxe. Everything was sealed with another coat of Clearly On Top.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

Tip for doing detailed lines: When doing lines like this don't try to get it right with the first stroke. For the blue lines, I went over them three times on each nail. I started by doing a very light line, just to sketch out how I wanted my lines to look. Then working with very thinned down polish, I went over the lines again trying to get them to an almost finished state. After that, I went over them a third time with slightly thicker polish for the final look. In a few places I touched up the lines with a tad bit of orange to cover up mistakes.

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

This is the second time I've done some Baroque-style detailing, and I'm feeling a bit more comfortable with this type of freehand painting. However, I do want to practice more, so don't be surprised if you see this type of design again soon!

31 Day Challenge: Orange and blue Baroque-style nail art

I do find the design on my index and middle finger to be rather awkward, I don't know why. If I didn't have to do pesky things like sleep or eat, I probably would have redone these two nails. Otherwise I feel very happy with this design.

What do you think of this? How would you have approached Day Two of the 31 Day Challenge?
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16 July 2013

Perfect Pairings: Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Hi everyone! Last week the new Rainbow Honey collection arrived at my house. And despite the initial damper of having to pay customs fees (on top of the cost of buying the polish), I was super excited to get my hands on this collection. I didn't get a chance to swatch them because I was away visiting my dad and aunts over the weekend, but I knew that I wanted to start using them for some nail art!

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

My taping skills are something I want to work on, so I decided on a simple tape mani that would show off several of the polishes from this collection.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I used the three cremes/shimmers in the collection as my base colours: Mint Flavor, Tessie, and Apple Kid. And three jellies/glitters on top: Pink Cloud, The Kraken, and Lumine Hall.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I'm so glad I decided to keep the design simple, because the jellies/glitters are not the best polishes for tape manis - it is challenging to get clean lines when you pull the tape off. My guess is that the polish starts to set very quickly so you have to work faster than usual. Also the glitter sometimes prevents a clean line.

Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X Tape Mani

I topped them off with studs I got from the Born Pretty Store. Silver just seemed to be the perfect accent, and I love how the squares sort of mimic the taped lines.

What do you think of this? Have you gotten anything from the new Rainbow Honey Summer of 199X collection?

23 March 2013

Rainbow Honey Spirit of Wonder

Hi everyone! Does anyone have any good plans for the weekend? I have a ton of papers to mark (yes, a figurative ton ;)) but tomorrow I will spend the day swatching. I can't wait because I have some really gorgeous polishes to show you. I was going to do a swatch-a-thon today, but last night my cat made a fierce swipe at my hand and nicked my pinky finger really bad with her claw. So I thought staying away from nail polish remover for a day might be a good idea. And yet, I still love my fur baby, even when she draws blood. Lol!

Rainbow Honey Spirit of Wonder

But I digress! Tonight I have another polish from my recent Rainbow Honey haul. Spirit of Wonder is from the holiday collection, but I would wear this anytime of year. I am a sucker for white with blue glitter polishes, and I own several. This one definitely doesn't disappoint. I really enjoy both the glitter and the formula.

Rainbow Honey Spirit of Wonder

Spirit of Wonder is a white creme with a very subtle silver and blue shimmer. It has tiny hex glitter in sky blue, silver, and midnight blue, and small/medium hex glitter in silver. Unfortunately the shimmer is not as visible on the nail, but it's still a pretty polish.

Rainbow Honey Spirit of Wonder

The application was perfect, it went on very smooth and was completely self-levelling. I used three coats here. I find many white-base glitter polishes to be very sheer and require undies or many coats, but I really like how well this one covers. But because it is more opaque the glitter can get lost in the layers. I guess that's the trade off though.

Rainbow Honey Spirit of Wonder
Rainbow Honey Spirit of Wonder

I'm really liking these polishes from Rainbow Honey. And I see they have a new line of metallics coming out, which look like they will be fun for layering and nail art. Yikes! My poor wallet! :D

I got this from the Rainbow Honey site, but you can also find a selection of Rainbow Honey at Shoppe Eclecticco (but not this one unfortunately).

What do you think of this one?

20 March 2013

Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk Collection Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Valentine's Day has come and gone, but I recently received my first Rainbow Honey order. It included the lovely Sweet Talk collection, so naturally I had to share these beauties with you!

Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk collection

The collection includes three polishes - one sheer with glitter, one creme with shimmer, and one glitter topper. I also received an extra one (My Love) as a bonus for spending more than $50. My Love was a special Valentine's Day release so I don't know if it is still available.

Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk collection

This is my first experience with Rainbow Honey and I have to say I am really impressed. I would recommend this collection to anyone who likes really girly pink colours. Each polish was very easy to apply and flattering on the nails.

Be Mine is definitely my favourite of the collection. It's a pink creme with a gold flake shimmer. The pink colour is rather interesting - a bit muted, but also with slight peach undertones - and it is a very flattering colour on me. I find some pinks scream "Barbie Hands!!" but not this one. The formula was perfect and I used three coats here.

Rainbow Honey Be Mine

Rainbow Honey Be Mine

Sweet Talk is a sheer white polish with pale ice blue, red and purple hexes. The glitter here is tiny to small in size so it is not overwhelming. There's also a subtle pink shimmer but it's only slightly visible on the nail. This is three coats and I finished with a coat of Gelous and Seche Vite because the glitter made it a bit bumpy.

Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk

Rainbow Honey Sweet Talk

XOXO is a clear-based glitter topper with an iridescent shimmer, gold micro-glitter, and tiny and small red hexes. It also seems to have some holo micro-glitter. It is not very densely packed, but it has lots of shimmer, which I love. I used two coats over Julep Ava here.

Rainbow Honey XOXO

Rainbow Honey XOXO

My Love was the bonus polish I received, and it is not part of the Sweet Talk collection. This is an amazing shimmery glitter topper. There's an iridescent/pink shimmer, tiny gold and holo hex glitter, and sheer white and pink hearts. This is one coat over China Glaze Sea Spray. The hearts are a bit more sparse and you will need to turn the bottle upside down and shake it to distribute them.

Rainbow Honey My Love

Rainbow Honey My Love

As I said I was really happy with this collection, and I will definitely be wearing these again. If you don't like pink, I think it goes without saying that this collection will not appeal to you. I love that the formula on each one is great. As much as I love indies, I find they can be hit and miss sometimes. The packaging is also wonderful and adds to the appeal of these polishes.

I bought these directly from Rainbow Honey but you can also get them from Shoppe Eclecticco, but they only seem to be carrying Be Mine and XOXO.

What do you think of these? Do you own any Rainbow Honey? Any recommendations for my future orders from them? ;)
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