Showing posts with label brown. Show all posts
Showing posts with label brown. Show all posts

01 February 2014

SoFlaJo Goldstone: Swatches, Review, and Classic Studs

Hi everyone! SoFlaJo is a Florida-based indie brand that's been on my radar for some time now, and I recently got the opportunity to try a few of their polishes. Jody, the maker, was kind enough to send me four polishes, so I'll be showing them to you over the next week or two.

SoFlaJo Goldstone Swatch

When I opened up the package, I immediately went for Goldstone, probably because of the beautiful gold shimmer. And I couldn't resist doing some nail art to complement it. Keep reading to check out the simple tape and stud manicure that I came up with!

17 January 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Monochrome + GOT Polish Challenge: Sepia Stripes

Hi everyone! As promised this is my second post for tonight. One of the tricky things about participating in multiple challenges is that they sometimes overlap! So I am doing double duty with this post. As you may remember, I'm also trying my best to participate in the GOT Polish Challenge hosted by the Crumpet Nail Tarts. This week's theme is stripes, so it only made sense to do monochromatic stripes!

Sepia Stripes

The GOT (Golden Oldies Thursday) Polish Challenge is all about wearing your older once loved, but now forgotten polishes. This design features one of the first polishes that I bought when I started collecting - OPI You Don't Know Jacques!

11 October 2013

Pink Raindrops Delicate Leopard Print

Hi everyone! Last night I sat down to paint my nails because I'll be going to a conference tomorrow and I didn't want to wear my five-day-old manicure. I initially set out to do a plain one-colour mani, however, after not having done any nail art for a week, it soon morphed into more than a simple paint job.

Delicate leopard print nail art

To get this look: I started out with two coats of Illamasqua Pink Raindrops. I really love the colour and sheen of this polish along with the tiny flakies, but it is slightly difficult to work with. The consistency is thicker than I prefer, and it doesn't spread out evenly, so just make sure to apply carefully and wait between coats. It is well worth it - despite the difficulties, I have no regrets with this purchase.

Delicate leopard print nail art

The delicate leopard print was done with Orly Luxe and Illamasqua Facet. I was disappointed at first that Facet was lighter than expected, but I rather like how it doesn't contrast too much with the gold and pink background - just enough that the design stands out. The glitter is Nicole by OPI Inner Sparkle (Selena Gomez collection), and the studs are from The Nailasaurus Emporium.

Delicate leopard print nail art

I really love the feminine look to this, and the fact that it is slightly conservative. I don't mind wearing this to a more professional setting as it doesn't stand out as much as some other nail art designs.

Delicate leopard print nail art

What do you think of this? Do you ever find yourself needing to do some nail art?

11 August 2013

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!, Ocean Tears, and The Deep End

Hi everyone! Happy weekend, or what's left of it. I'm posting some swatches from WingDust Collections today because Stephanie just restocked her Etsy store. If I had my *bleep* together I would have posted these before the restock, but believe me, there's still some great stuff available. You can also check out my other WingDust swatches here.

WingDust Collections The Deep End, Bean Me Up!, and Ocean Tears

I always find Stephanie's creations so creative and stunning. With gorgeous combinations of shimmer and glitter her polishes have this whimsical quality that's just hard to pinpoint and describe. She has a great eye for colour combinations, and when I opened my last package from her I really felt like it was Christmas - each polish just made me gasp!

WingDust Collections The Deep End, Bean Me Up!, and Ocean Tears

I have more WingDust Collections polishes to show you in the future, but for now I hope you enjoy these three I was able to swatch last night. Bean Me Up! and The Deep End are new releases, while Ocean Tears is an older one, but still available.

Bean Me Up! Stephanie describes as an ode to her coffee addiction. If a polish could capture the jitters of a caffeine high, I believe it's this one! It's a brown base linear holo with a combination of copper and teal glitters. The holo effect is strong - stronger than I was able to capture - and the teal and copper glitter complements the brown base perfectly. I used three coats and the application was great - it goes on very smooth and evenly.

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!

WingDust Collections Bean Me Up!

Ocean Tears is one that I've had my eye on for quite some time - it was a collaboration between WingDust Collections and Alexis of XOXO Alexis Leigh. I swear Alexis' swatches make me want to buy everything she posts! This is a blue/teal base with a very subtle holo shimmer and small white hexes and holo turquoise hexes. I used three coats here, and the application was generally good, although the formula I found a tad thick - I added a few drops of thinner for the third coat.

WingDust Collections Ocean Tears

WingDust Collections Ocean Tears

WingDust Collections Ocean Tears

The Deep End is a deep purple jelly with a gorgeous hot pink shimmer. The shimmer is hard to capture on camera but very visible in person. It also has a great combination of holo, white and neon pink glitter - the white glitter takes on a purple tone when suspended in the jelly base. I used 3 coats and again, the formula was great - it goes on smooth and the glitter is perfectly suspended.

WingDust Collections The Deep End

WingDust Collections The Deep End

WingDust Collections The Deep End

I honestly can't tell you which one is my favourite of the bunch. I love all three of them. Which one is your favourite? Do you own any WingDust Collections polishes?

WingDust Collections is available through their Etsy store and Llarowe. Follow WingDust on Facebook and Instagram (@Wingdust) for updates and news.

*Ocean Tears was purchased by me. Bean Me Up! and The Deep End were gifts, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

29 June 2013

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, Swatches and Review: Part 1

Hi everyone! I was at Shoppers today and saw the new display for the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection. This is a new collection of eight shimmery textured polishes. I've really enjoyed the OPI Liquid Sand polishes so I was eager for this collection to come out. However, I was surprised to see eight polishes in the drugstore display - all the reviews I've seen say there is only six in this collection.

So I've decided to break this up into two posts, and tomorrow I will show you two polishes from this collection that you may not have seen before! Are you eager with anticipation? I am!! :)

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection

But first, a little bit about the formula and application, since it is similar for all four polishes I'm showing in this post. I followed the instructions on the label and used a base coat, two coats of polish, and no top coat. I found for all of these that two coats was enough. The formula on all four was great - they go on very smooth and have a perfect consistency, meaning they are not too thin or thick. The dry time was very good on all of them.

A-Nise Treat is black with a silver shimmer. This is very similar to Zoya Dahlia from the first Pixie Dust collection - so similar that you don't need both. While I like the silver shimmer in this, I feel like OPI could have done something a lot more interesting for a black texture polish.

Nicole by OPI A-Nise Treat

Nicole by OPI A-Nise Treat

For each polish, the first two photos were taken in my lightbox, and the third photo under direct light to give you a sense of what the polish looks like under different lighting conditions.

Nicole by OPI A-Nise Treat

Blue-Berry Sweet on You is a periwinkle blue metallic texture. It's very shimmery and while the shimmer has hints of other colours when it hits the light, it is very, very subtle.

Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet on You

Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet on You

Nicole by OPI Blue-Berry Sweet on You

Candy is Dandy is bubblegum pink with shimmer, as well as gorgeous tiny and small holo hex glitters. The consistency and finish is more of a squishy jelly. While there is some visible nail line in the photos, you don't really notice it in real life. This is one of my favourites, I love pink and the hexes are so pretty. This is the only one with this kind of shimmer and hex glitter, and I really don't understand why.

Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy

Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy

Nicole by OPI Candy is Dandy

Cinna-Man of My Dreams is a shimmery red brown with hints of copper. The colour on this one is quite unique - the shimmer gives this polish lots of depth and the colour is very rich. I see this being very popular in the fall.

Nicole by OPI Cinna-Man of My Dreams

Nicole by OPI Cinna-Man of My Dreams

Nicole by OPI Cinna-Man of My Dreams

All of these have a fine texture - if you like polishes with a lot of texture you might not be happy with them. For me they have enough texture to make them appealing, but not so much that it's annoying to wear.

Stay tuned tomorrow for part two of this collection!

What do you think of these? Any stand out to you?

26 March 2013

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! As promised I have the third polish from Lumina Lacquer. Make sure to check out my review of the other two here. Mint Chocolate Chip instantly stood out to me when I opened my package from Tatiana, the maker of Lumina Lacquer, and I knew that I had to do something special with this one. So in addition to swatches, you get some nail art as well! :)

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Mint Chocolate Chip is a clear-based glitter bomb like the other polishes that I reviewed. And this one has the same beauty and complexity that you see in Anything and Spring in Iceland. The colour scheme is predominantly pale mint and dark brown, and there's glitter in so many shapes and sizes - hearts, stars, flowers, squares, hexes, and circles. In addition to the pale mint and brown glitter, there's also some white, copper, blue, iridescent, and tiny holo glitter to boot. I can't even fully describe everything here!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip (direct lighting)

I layered one coat over OPI My Vampire is Buff and had no problems getting enough glitter. I also found it easy to get the larger shape glitters out. Just give it a good shake before applying - no need to turn the bottle upside down or anything like that. I topped it with a coat of Gelous and a coat of Seche Vite.

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Then I decided to do some freehand painting on the two middle fingers. I started with a base of My Vampire is Buff. On my ring finger I painted the details with OPI You Don't Know Jacques! and Joe Fresh Lagoon. On my middle finger I did a sponged gradient with My Vampire is Buff, Lagoon, and piCture pOlish Marine. Then the squares were painted with You Don't Know Jacques and My Vampire is Buff. Whew!

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer Mint Chocolate Chip + funky abstract design

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, and soon through Norway Nails. This polish is currently sold out, but follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think? Have you tried Lumina Lacquer? Do you think my design goes with the glitter? :)

*Product provided for review, all opinions are my own. See my disclosure policy for more details.*

07 March 2013

Fanchromatic Nails Horse Lord and The Man In the Moon

Hi everyone! I haven't shown any Fanchromatic Nails polishes for awhile, so I'm going to change that! I got these two polishes over the holidays, but I didn't get a chance to try them until recently. I really liked both of them, and they're totally unique in my collection!

Horse Lord is from the Seven Kingdoms collection, based on the Game of Thrones. I'm not familiar with Game of Thrones but Lynae, the maker, explains: "This polish pays tribute to one of my favorite characters, Khal Drogo, with the earthy colors of his homeland, the blue of his tattoos, and the red of his battle scars." It's a caramel brown polish packed with loads of glitter - tiny and small hexes in pale avocado green, teal blue, gold, red, and maroon. It's a nice neutral with splashes of colour. What is interesting is that the colours almost seem to clash with each other. It's definitely not a feminine or girly polish, but that's what I like about Lynae's creations. 



Fanchromatic Nails Horse Lord

The formula on this one was good. It has a lot of glitter so it was a bit of a challenge to apply, and I ended up adding some thinner, which I do with a lot of my indie polishes. I used three coats plus a top coat to smooth it out.



Fanchromatic Nails Horse Lord

The Man In the Moon is from the Shake Some Dust collection, based on the show Carnivale. It has a sheer white base with tiny silver and blue hexes, and larger pale blue hexes. It also has a gorgeous iridescent silver shimmer that looks like teeny tiny flakies. The formula was good and I used three coats here. It doesn't always level, but a coat of Gelous and top coat will smooth it out.


Fanchromatic Nails The Man In the Moon

Fanchromatic Nails The Man In the Moon

Both polishes are available from the Fanchromatic Nails Etsy store. Shoppe Eclecticco also carries Fanchromatic Nails but they don't carry these particular polishes. 

What do you think of these? Have you tried Fanchromatic Nails?

16 February 2013

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine, My Picks!

Hi everyone, TGIF! It's no secret to most Canadians that when it comes to new releases we lag behind the States. There are exceptions to the rule but not many. So when I started to see the new Sally Hansen Lustre Shine polishes pop up on blogs and Instagram last year, I just remember thinking to myself, "looks nice, maybe someday..." Well someday happened yesterday when I went to Shoppers Drug Mart and saw a brand new, untouched display of the new Lustre Shine line. I haven't seen these in stores until yesterday, so I believe they are new to Canada.

Sally Hansen Lustre Shine Lava, Scarab, and Copperhead

The Lustre Shine line is made up of eight shimmery duochrome/multi-chrome polishes. Some of them we've seen before - a few reminded me of the China Glaze New Bohemian collection, and there's another Peridot dupe. So I left with only three out of the eight, but I'm really happy with these.

Copperhead: This is my favourite out of this line. Despite the name it's not actually a copper colour, but rather a rich reddish-brown/purple duochrome with hints of a green shimmer. It has almost a metallic finish but not quite. The colour and shimmer on this one are really gorgeous. The formula is also perfect - this was two easy coats and it gave me absolutely no problems.

Sally Hansen Copperhead

Sally Hansen Copperhead

Lava: This is the "stopping traffic" polish in this line, and it's no wonder that Sally Hansen used this for their display. It's a very intense and vibrant golden yellow/hot pink duochrome, and the finish is a bit different than Copperhead - it has more of a micro-glitter/glass fleck finish. It's also more sheer, and I needed three coats for these photos. The yellow is not the most flattering on my skin tone, and this is maybe too intense for work/school, but I could see this as being a fun colour for the summer.

Sally Hansen Lava

Sally Hansen Lava

Scarab: It has the almost-metallic/shimmer finish seen in Copperhead. It's a vibrant, gorgeous teal blue/blue duochrome. The duochrome effect is less noticeable here, but it's a beautiful colour nonetheless. The formula is also perfect and I had no issues - this was two coats. I feel this might be similar to China Glaze Deviantly Daring, but I don't have that one to compare.

Sally Hansen Scarab

Sally Hansen Scarab

Overall I was very happy with these polishes. The colours are vibrant and beautiful, and there was no difficulties with the application. I also love the bottle design, they look vintage to me. However, I don't see myself going back for more. Unless, of course, they release some new colours. Then all bets are off. :D

What do you think of these? Did you buy any of the Lustre Shine polishes? And more importantly, are there any that you feel are "must haves" that I didn't show (you know, while the display is still up ;))?

29 January 2013

Terrestrial Nails Baby

Hi everyone! I have a simple design for you today using a fairly new to me indie polish. I bought this polish from the Terrestrial Nails Etsy store on a Black Friday sale, it took a while to arrive, and then like many polishes sat untried for about a month. And ever since I did my ornament nails, I've been a bit obsessed with doing another design with things on strings. So I thought it would be fun to do some simple nail art while trying out this polish.

Terrestrial Nails Baby

Unfortunately this design suffered from a bit of equipment malfunction, both with the base polish and my striping polish. Terrestrial Nails Baby is a pale mint with small silver hex glitter and tiny pink and green glitter. The formula was okay but it was fairly sheer so took three coats. What caused problems was that it didn't want to clean up properly. I always use a small eyeliner brush dipped in nail polish remover to clean up the edges, but for some reason I had a difficult time trying to get this off my skin. I wonder if it's something with the formula.

Terrestrial Nails Baby

For the lines I used Finger Paints striping polish in You're Kiln Me, a dark brown. This is what gave me such a headache. At first the polish was fine, but by the time I finished one nail, it started to get thick and gloopy. I tried thinning it three separate times and nothing helped. It was also stringy - like melted mozzarella cheese stringy. WTF?! I'm curious to hear if anyone else has used these Finger Paints striping polishes, and if so, was your experience good, or was it like mine?

The final results turned out okay, but it's not one of my favourite manis. What do you think? Have you ever tried Terrestrial Nails?
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