Showing posts with label texture. Show all posts
Showing posts with label texture. Show all posts

16 April 2014

The Digit-al Dozen Does Texture, Day Two: JulieG Dotticure

Hi everyone! I am excited about today's design. Yesterday I posted a more subdued look with Zoya's Pixie Dusts. Today I'm turning to another texture polish collection in my stash - the Jesse's Girl JulieG Frosted Gum Drops collection. I was able to get my hands on these thanks to my friend Joy, and can you believe I have yet to use them?!

JulieG Dotticure

06 March 2014

China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection: Swatches, Review, and Comparisons

Hi everyone! So you may have noticed things have been silent over here. Nothing major happened, I've just had a really heavy workload these past two weeks. I'm hoping things will settle down and I can go back to posting 5 days a week. I'm also hoping that I can tackle some of my blog goals this month.

Anyways, I've had my hands on the China Glaze Sea Goddess collection for a few weeks now. I bought these from Nail Polish Canada, one of my favourite places to get my nail polish "fix," hehe. I was a bit nervous about splurging for these - after all, China Glaze has released two other textured collections before this, and both of them were terrible, in my opinion. But the initial photos I saw were so intriguing I had to get them.

China Glaze Sea Goddess Collection

Lucky for me I did, because I'm pretty impressed with most of the collection. I also was able to compare three of them to other texture polishes in my collection, which made me like them even more.


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.

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?

21 June 2013

Orly MegaPixel FX Collection - My Picks!

Hi everyone! I have swatches of a few polishes from the Orly MegaPixel FX collection to share with you. In case you haven't heard of it, this is Orly's response to the texture polish fad. The collection is made up of six metallic shades that contain shimmer, glitter, and of course texture. For some reason this collection kind of slipped under my radar. I picked one up out of curiosity at Sally Beauty Supply about three weeks ago, and it wasn't until I got home that I realized it was a new collection of texture polishes. I then went back and got two more that caught my eye.

Orly MegaPixel FX: Plum Pixel, Aqua Pixel, and Pink Pixel

I picked out three polishes from the collection: Aqua Pixel, Pink Pixel, and Plum Pixel. The other polishes that I passed on are Silver Pixel (a silver glitter texture polish), Rose Pixel (a very light pink glitter texture polish, a tad lighter than Plum Pixel), and Black Pixel (a black texture polish, some shimmer but not as much as the others).

I'll offer my thoughts on the collection after the swatches...

Aqua Pixel is a vivid aqua blue glitter texture polish. It has lots of tiny micro-glitter and some very small hex glitter in a matching colour. This really is a gorgeous colour, and it was the first one I picked up. The application was really easy, it went on smoothly and minimal clean-up was needed. This was two coats.

Orly MegaPixel FX Aqua Pixel
Note: Aqua Pixel is an exact dupe for Julie G Rock Candy from the Frosted Gum Drops Collection. You really don't need both, unless you're me and can't get enough of this colour. ;)
Orly MegaPixel FX Aqua Pixel

Orly Pink Pixel is a very vivid rose-pink metallic texture. Like Aqua Pixel is has very fine micro-glitter and texture with very small hexes in a matching colour. This was two coats and the application was great. It went on very smooth and had a perfect consistency.

Orly MegaPixel FX Pink Pixel

Orly MegaPixel FX Pink Pixel

Orly Plum Pixel is more of a pewter metallic texture, with micro-glitter and small hexes that match colour-wise. This was also two coats and the formula was the exact same as the others. In the store, I found this very similar in colour to Silver Pixel, and I kind of wish this was more of a real plum colour.

Orly MegaPixel FX Plum Pixel

Orly MegaPixel FX Plum Pixel

The pros, the cons, and everything in between: If you like metallics and textures, this collection is great. I really love the shimmer in these polishes, however, I found the texture to be on the smooth side. Not that you want to be wearing rough grit sandpaper, but it was less texture than I experienced with Zoya's Pixie Dust and OPI's Liquid Sand. I also wish that there was more variation in the colours. The silver, plum, and pink ones are very close in colour, so maybe a gold, or a deep plum metallic would be nice additions to the collection.

Another thing I like about this collection is the formula. Like I mentioned, all went on very smoothly, only required two coats, and had an ideal consistency that required minimal clean up.

While I enjoy the shimmer and (some of) the colours, there's one thing I find problematic with these polishes. That would be the drying time. For me, texture polishes need to dry fast, especially since they are meant to be worn without top coat. Since I rely on a top coat so that I'm not incapacitated for hours while waiting for my polish to dry, then I expect texture polish to dry quickly. Is that unreasonable? These polishes will dry to the touch in about 15-20 minutes, however, they are not completely dry for at least an hour. And even then it's still possible to ding, dent and smudge the polish. So if you get these, expect to be using a quick dry top coat unless you want to sit around for 2-3 hours waiting for your polish to dry completely.

What do you think of these? Have you tried anything from the Orly MegaPixel FX collection? What's your favourite texture polish?

16 May 2013

Seven Deadly Sins Challenge, Day 8: Sloth

Hi everyone! So with this post I've officially completed half of the Seven Deadly Sins challenge, yeah!! I haven't completed Day 7 yet, but that one involves putting together a tutorial so I'm going to tackle it on the weekend when I have more time.

The prompt for Day 8 is as follows: "(Only if you want) Create a manicure inspired by your laziness... or whatever... I'm so tired..." This is right up my alley! Lol!

Simple stripes and studs nail art

As I told you in my blogging goals last week, I wanted to do a no-buy for a week. Well I finished that, so I went out today and bought polish to celebrate!! :D And I got my first OPI Liquid Sand polishes - Tiffany Case and Solitaire from the Bond Girls collection. I couldn't wait to try them out so I did some simple nail art with the two.

Simple stripes and studs nail art

I can't take credit for this design, I got it from Chicago-based nail artist AstroWifey, she posted a similar design on her Instagram several days ago calling it a "SUPER easy and lightening fast nail art look." Her design used a nude and a pale yellow polish, but I thought it would work well with my two new Liquid Sand polishes. And I love how this turned out!

Simple stripes and studs nail art

In terms of how-to, it's very simple. Paint your nails with your base colour. When it's dry, paint a stripe with your second polish. Don't go all the way down to your cuticles, just go slightly past mid-point. You don't need to use a special nail art brush, just use the brush that comes with the polish. Add a small stud as an accent, and done!

Simple stripes and studs nail art

I used two coats of Solitaire, and it applied like a dream. Tiffany Case is almost a one-coater, so I only needed one stroke to get a perfect stripe. I did end up using top coat on this design, only to keep the studs on. And while I lost some of the texture, it still has the appearance of texture if that makes sense.

What do you think of this design? Have you tried any of the Liquid Sand polishes?
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