Showing posts with label lavender. Show all posts
Showing posts with label lavender. Show all posts

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?

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?

30 June 2013

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, Swatches and Review: Part 2

Hi everyone! As promised I have the second half of the Nicole by OPI Gumdrops collection - a collection of eight shimmery texture polishes. Make sure you check out part one if you missed it. As I explained in my previous post, my local drugstore display had eight polishes, however, the reviews I've seen so far show only six polishes. I'm assuming that the blogger packages sent out didn't contain the entire collection. So I have two polishes today that you probably haven't seen before - unless you've already found them in stores.

Nicole by OPI Gumdrops Collection, part two

The formula and application for these is the exact same as the previous four polishes I reviewed. For all four that I'm showing here, I used a base coat, two coats of polish, and no top coat, as per the instructions that came with the polish. I found the application to be great, they go on very evenly and dry to a fine texture. The dry time is good - I wish it was a bit faster, but it is not too bad.

I Lilac Gumdrops is a lavender texture with silver shimmer. I really love the shimmer because it looks like tiny micro-flakes. The colour is also very pretty as well.

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Like in my previous post, the first two pictures are taken in my lightbox, and the third picture is taken under direct light.

Nicole by OPI I Lilac Gumdrops

Lemon Lolly is aptly name - it's a lemon yellow shimmery texture. It has a squishy jelly-like finish similar to Candy is Dandy. There's a bit of visible nail line but it is not too noticeable in person. It's not the most flattering colour on me, but if you like yellow you will enjoy this one.

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

Nicole by OPI Lemon Lolly

My Cherry Amour is a berry red jelly. It has a scattered holo that is visible in the bottle but not as noticeable on the nails. Like Lemon Lolly and Candy is Dandy it has kind of a wet look, which I'm not sure how I feel about. I really love the colour on this one though, and it does have a nice shimmer, I just wish you got to see more of the scattered holo.

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

Nicole by OPI My Cherry Amour

That's What I Mint is an odd name for a polish that is not mint coloured. It's a vivid teal blue with gold and blue shimmer. It has a somewhat metallic finish and it is very shimmery and glittery, much like Cinna-Man of My Dreams. Both polishes are very similar in terms of finish and shimmer, both also have the same depth in terms of colour.

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Nicole by OPI That's What I Mint

Overall, I really like this collection. The texture is nice and I like how there is some variation in terms of finish and shimmer. I would have to say my favourites are Cinna-Man of My Dreams and That's What I Mint. The shimmer and finish on these two is just gorgeous! My Cherry Amour is a close runner up!

What do you think of these? Do you plan on getting anything from this collection?

Edit: According to a public relations representative from Nicole by OPI, Lemon Lolly and That's What I Mint are exclusive to Shoppers Drug Mart in Canada and are not available in the US. However, some readers have noted that That's What I Mint is available on CVS.com.

23 June 2013

Lumina Lacquer 1000 Julys, Grape Granita, and Moon Child, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! First, I wanted to thank everyone who submitted suggestions and manis for the reader survey I posted yesterday. There are so many really great ideas that have been shared. I originally thought that I would publish the blog post with everyone's suggestions sometime next month, but there's so much great content that I think I'll try to get it up this coming week. So if you are still interested in submitting a suggestion and/or mani that you've done, see yesterday's blog post. :)

I have a few Lumina Lacquer swatches to share with you. All of these are excellent glitter bombs and I would highly recommend them if you are thinking of buying them. I definitely plan to wear all three again, either on their own or in some sort of skittle manicure.



The formula on all three was the same, so I will get that out of the way. I used one coat, sometimes with a few touch ups, over a base polish. Each one had great glitter payoff, however, it helps to let them sit upside down for 15 minutes beforehand just to help distribute the glitter that wants to settle to the bottom. Also give them a good shake before applying. I found this is the best way to get the shape glitter out - the hearts, stars, moons, larger circles, etc.



1000 Julys is a gorgeous blue glitter bomb. There's tiny blue holographic glitter, blue hexes in different sizes, blue holographic bars, stars and large circles. I find it interesting that there are several different shades of blue, but generally they fall in the mid-value range. On top of that there's a smattering of black glitter - hexes, hearts, and larger circles. I really love the hearts, stars and larger circles in this one. I decided to keep with the blue theme, and so I layered it over Lime Crime Once in a Blue Mousse.

Lumina Lacquer 1000 Julys

Lumina Lacquer 1000 Julys

Grape Granita was one that instantly caught my eye when I first heard of Lumina Lacquer. It has a nice combination of white, pink and lavender glitter. There's matte white squares and hexes in different sizes; pastel pink and lavender hexes, squares, hearts, stars and butterflies; rose-coloured flowers; and metallic pink and purple hexes and squares. There's also some holo glitter - enough to provide an accent, but not so much that it overwhelms. I layered this one over Girly Bits Twitterpated and I really love this combination.

Lumina Lacquer Grape Granita

Lumina Lacquer Grape Granita

Moon Child is similar to Grape Granita, but not so similar that you can't have both! Moon Child has more matte white glitter, and more large glitter. It is also predominantly pink, with only a tiny bit of lavender glitter. Like the others there is so much variety in terms of glitter: tiny/small pink, lavender and fuchsia glitter; medium/large white hexes, diamonds, moon, and bars; pastel pink flowers; pink diamonds; large pink holographic circles; and medium/large pink holo hexes. The larger pink holo hexes have some reflective curling but they lay flat on the nail. In keeping with the complementary base colours, I layered this over Girly Bits Hot Shot.

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child

Lumina Lacquer Moon Child

I love the variety of glitter in each one - not just in terms of shapes, but also finishes. There's matte, metallic, holo, and satin finish glitter brought together in all three polishes. And despite the variety, they all work out well. It's hard to pick a favourite but I'm leaning towards 1000 Julys. I just love the blue and those circles!

Lumina Lacquer is available through their online Bigcartel store, through Norway Nails, andMei Mei's Signatures. Follow Lumina Lacquer on Facebook and Instagram (@luminalacquer) to find out about restocks and new releases.

What do you think of these? Which one is your favourite?

28 May 2013

Essie Summer 2013 Collection, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! Happy (slightly belated) Memorial Day for those of you in the US! I have the latest Essie collection to show you today! It recently arrived at Nail Polish Canada, and I snatched it up as soon as I could. After the disappointment with the 2013 Neon collection, I really had big hopes for this one.

I've been having Internet issues all evening, which has made everything take so much longer. So my notes may not be as detailed as I would like. If you have any questions about a particular polish, make sure to leave a comment. I haven't been so good with keeping up with comments, but I will respond to any questions as soon as I can. Luckily this collection doesn't have issues like the previous one.

Essie Summer 2013 Collection

Full Steam Ahead is a nice warm-toned lavender with a silver shimmer. The shimmer looks like micro-flakes and is quite beautiful. All but one of the polishes in this collection have this kind of shimmer. It was a bit sheer but went on very smooth and evenly. I needed three coats for full coverage. I love the colour on this one, but I don't think it's that unique.

Essie Full Steam Ahead

Essie Full Steam Ahead

Naughty Nautical is a teal green, slightly muted, with a silver shimmer like Full Steam Ahead. I found this colour to be very unique and beautiful, also flattering. The formula was excellent - it went on smooth and was self-leveling. The only issue I had with this was minor staining, so make sure to wear a base coat. 2 coats for these swatches.

Essie Naughty Nautical

Essie Naughty Nautical

Rock the Boat is a pale dusty blue, leaning towards a cornflower blue. It has the same silver shimmer seen in Full Steam Ahead. This was the colour I was most looking forward to, but it was very sheer. I needed four coats for full coverage, which is very disappointing. On the bright side, the formula was good - it went on very even and was perfectly self-leveling.

Essie Rock the Boat

Essie Rock the Boat

Sunday Funday was a difficult colour to capture and my photos are not 100% colour accurate (despite my attempts to colour adjust). This is a muted coral-hot pink, kind of like a salmon pink only a bit darker and a tad brighter. This also has a shimmer to it like the others. I really love this colour, I found it so fun, and it would be great for a summer pedi. This also has a great formula, very smooth and self-leveling. It was sheer at first but built up well. 3 coats.

Essie Sunday Funday

Essie Sunday Funday

The Girls Are Out is a warm purple. It has a shimmer like Full Steam Ahead and the others. This is a great colour, very flattering on my skin tone, and the type of colour I normally gravitate towards. The formula was excellent and it went on very smooth and even. 2 coats.

Essie The Girls Are Out

Essie The Girls Are Out

The More The Merrier is a lime green creme. This is the only one of the collection that doesn't have a shimmer. I quite like this colour and the formula was great. It went on very smooth and was completely self-leveling. 2 coats here.

Essie The More The Merrier

Essie The More The Merrier

Overall, I'm very happy with this collection. The colours are fun, and most of them are unique in my stash. Since Essie normally does cremes, I am really loving the shimmer in these ones. Rock the Boat is a bit of a disappointment because it is so sheer, but otherwise, the formula on all of these is excellent. I really had no issues with them at all.

What do you think of this collection? Any colours stand out to you?
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