Showing posts with label yellow. Show all posts
Showing posts with label yellow. Show all posts

26 July 2014

GOT Polish Challenge: Cone Flowers With Sally Hansen Lightening

Hi everyone! I'm still catching up with the "Golden Oldies Thursday" Challenge. Week three was yellow, so I pulled out one of my favourite and most used yellows...Sally Hansen Lightening.

Cone flowers freehand nail art
Cone flowers freehand nail art

20 July 2013

31 Day Challenge: Day Three, Yellow: Cone Flowers

Hi everyone! Thank goodness it's Friday, right!? Unless you're a grad student on summer break, then everyday is like Friday, so it's no big deal, Lol! I've actually been nail art-ing all day, which sounds like fun, except for the extreme heat - I swear it's like 5 degrees warmer in my place than outside!

About this design: I knew for today's challenge that I wanted to do cone flowers. There's just no ands, ifs, or buts about it! I love cone flowers because they look like wilted daisies, and I don't think I could ever get tired drawing or painting them.

Cone Flowers Nail Art

To get this look: I started with a base of white, then when that was dry, used a few neon colours and did a watercolour mani. This served as my background. Then using a yellow polish I sketched out the flowers, then painted in the petals. I built up the flowers until they were opaque, and added a lighter yellow for highlights. I painted in the centre head-thing of the flower using a mixture of brown and yellow. Finally I added some shadows at the base of the head where it meets the petals. Everything was topped off with KBShimmer Clearly On Top.


Cone Flowers Nail Art

Polished used:
Sally Hansen White On: base
China Glaze You Drive Me Coconuts: used in watercolour background
China Glaze Isle See You Later: used in watercolour background
China Glaze That's Shore Bright: used in watercolour background
China Glaze Neon & On & On: used in watercolour background
Sally Hansen Lightening: Yellow, used as base colour for flowers
Nubar Resort Yellow: Light yellow, highlights for flowers
OPI You Don't Know Jacques: Brown, mixed with yellow for flowers
L'Oreal New Money: Lime green, used for flower stems

Cone Flowers Nail Art

Cone Flowers Nail Art

I was trying to practice the kind of freehand painting that you saw with my poppies from day one of the challenge. Only this time I wanted to make it even looser and a bit more abstract. I think they turned out well, although I wish the flowers stood out more - for that I'd need a darker background.

Make sure you check out Lindsey's nails for day three over at Wondrously Polished!

What do you think of this?
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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.

20 June 2013

Polished by Alexandra, Summer 2013: Island Oasis, Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! Work has been busy these past few days, so I haven't had a chance to post, but I'm hoping soon my schedule will ease up so that I can do more nail art and swatches.

Several days ago, I posted a gradient I did with a few polishes from new indie brand Polished by Alexandra. And today I have swatches and a review of her first collection. Alex contacted me some time ago about reviewing her polishes, and I was intrigued by her background: she's a professional opera singer who has been making soaps for the past few years and selling them on her Etsy store Soaps by Alexandra.

She is launching her first polish line after experimenting and learning to make nail polish for the past several months. One thing I'm impressed with is the professionalism with which she approaches her new polish business. Her promotional photos are well done and she is very clear in her communication to bloggers - samples come with information about the collection and her polishes. I wish all indie makers were this clear with bloggers!

Polished by Alexandra, Summer 2013: Island Oasis

This collection takes on the theme of the island vacation. I'm not much of a beach getaway person but I've seen enough promotional/travel photos that I get the point! It contains two sheers, two cremes and one glitter.

Beach Glass is a pale pastel blue creme. Unfortunately the promotional photos make this look like a light aqua blue, but it is definitely a pale pastel blue and is not aqua. The formula on this one was amazing - I had no issue with streaking and it was perfectly self-leveling. This was two coats and it was so opaque it was almost a one coater. I love pale blues and this was hands down my favourite. I'm really impressed because the formula is better than some mainstream nail polishes!

Polished by Alexandra Beach Glass

Polished by Alexandra Beach Glass

Fiji Sunset is a sheer sienna shimmer. This is much too sheer to wear on it's own, so it's better layered over another colour. While you can layer it over lighter, matching colours, it is amazing layered over darker colours. This is two coats over Nicole by OPI Black Cat-Cha Later, a black with subtle red shimmer. Although there's a red shimmer in the base polish, the shimmer you see is all from Fiji Sunset - you would get a very similar effect layering this over black, maybe even slightly more dramatic. I absolutely love how this looks over dark colours and I'm going to be wearing this one again! Formula wise I had no issues.

Polished by Alexandra Fiji Sunset

Polished by Alexandra Fiji Sunset

Polished by Alexandra Fiji Sunset

Hawaiian Hibiscus is a pale yellow creme. It is a bit too bright to be a pastel yellow. Again, the formula on this one was amazing. This was two coats and I had no issues with streaking. It went on smooth and was perfectly self-leveling. It's very opaque and pigmented, and like Beach Glass is almost a one coater. I find this to be a very fun colour for spring and summer!

Polished by Alexandra Hawaiian Hibiscus

Polished by Alexandra Hawaiian Hibiscus

Sparkling Sands is a clear-based glitter topper with small silver and blue metallic square glitter and small fuchsia metallic hex glitter. I did one coat over Beach Glass and Hawaiian Hibiscus. The formula on this was great and there's good glitter payoff. In the bottle it looks like the glitter is slightly curling, but it laid flat on the nail.

Polished by Alexandra Sparkling Sands

Polished by Alexandra Sparkling Sands

Watermelon Sangria is a sheer watermelon pink shimmer. It can either be worn on it's own or layered over another colour. This was four coats on it's own, and I found it to be too thick. I'd recommend three coats (if you don't mind visible nail line) or layering it over a matching creme. The application was great, but one problem I had was bubbling. It may be user error, however, when there is bubbling it is much more visible than with a creme polish. :/

Polished by Alexandra Watermelon Sangria

Polished by Alexandra Watermelon Sangria

My favourites are Beach Glass and Fiji Sunset, with Hawaiian Hibiscus coming in at third place. As a collection it's very cohesive, but I think there will be something here for everyone. I am slightly concerned about the reflecting curling in Sparkling Sands, so I will follow up with Alex on this one.

The Summer 2013: Island Oasis collection launches tomorrow Friday, June 21st. It will be available on Alex's Etsy shop Soaps by Alexandra, or you can go to www.polishedbyalexandra.com, which will also link to her Etsy store. Follow Polished by Alexandra on Facebook or Instagram (@polishedbyalexandra) for updates and info.

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

17 June 2013

Polished by Alexandra Gradient with Glitter

Hi everyone! I'm going to be reviewing a new indie brand called Polished by Alexandra. The polish line launches on the 21st of June and I will definitely have swatches before then. In the meantime I did some nail art with a few of the polishes, so consider this a little teaser of what is to come. ;)

Polished by Alexandra gradient nail art

The collection contains two cremes, one a bright, pastel yellow (it's actually a bit of both) called Hawaiian Hibiscus, and a pale pastel blue called Beach Glass. When I saw the two polishes, I thought they'd be perfect together in a gradient!

I started with a base of white, then used a makeup sponge to do the gradient. You just paint the polish on the makeup sponge - a row of blue and a row of yellow - then sponge it on your nails. You will need to do two or three rounds to build the colour up, making sure to let the polish dry after each round with the make up sponge.

Polished by Alexandra gradient nail art

I topped it off with the lone glitter from the collection called Sparkling Sands. It's a clear-based glitter polish with small metallic teal and silver squares, and small metallic fuchsia hexes. This was one coat.

Polished by Alexandra gradient nail art

I really like how summery this feels. It looks perfect for the beach, and the colours even make my hands look tan! And now that I own pure acetone, I really enjoy doing gradients - so expect to see more in the future. If you've tried them, you already know that they require a lot of clean up, which takes forever with regular nail polish remover. The acetone makes a huge difference and cuts down the amount of time it takes to clean up a sponged gradient.

I'll provide more info on the polishes when I post my swatches. But in the meantime what do you think of this? Do you like doing gradients?

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

06 June 2013

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Collection, Swatches and Review!

Hi everyone! I recently got my hands on the entire Models Own Ice Cream Sundae collection. I bought a few from Harlow & Co. and then was able to get the rest when Nail Polish Canada started carrying the brand. Sometimes with the hype around new collections we forget about past collections that were good but didn't necessarily get the attention they deserve. The Ice Cream Sundae collection I believe came out last year. There's a newer collection of pastels called the Fruit Pastel collection, but unfortunately I don't own those, so I can't compare the two.

Models Own Ice Cream Sundae Collection

So far I've been really happy will all the Models Own polishes that I have. In Canada they retail for $8, which makes them a bit more affordable than some other polish brands. I find their cremes are good basics for nail art and for wearing under glitters, and their shimmers and glitters very beautiful. So if you are interested in any of these read on for my thoughts!

Beth's Blue is a pastel blue, almost a cornflower blue. I really love colours like this, but have a hard time finding pale blues that aren't streaky and sheer. This one had a great formula and the consistency was perfect. It went on very smooth and was completely self-leveling. I used 2 coats here.

Models Own Beth's Blue

Models Own Beth's Blue

Fuzzy Peach is a pastel orange that has hints of coral. It is one of the brightest colours of the collection. I needed three coats for full coverage - it was a bit streaky still after two coats, but with the third I had a perfect finish. Otherwise it has a good formula and was completely self-leveling.

Models Own Fuzzy Peach

Models Own Fuzzy Peach

Jade Stone was the first one I bought of the collection, I loved it so much that I had to get the rest. I showed it previously in a dot manicure, which you can find here. Jade Stone is a beautiful pastel jade/mint green. The formula and consistency was perfect - very smooth and self-leveling. I used two coats for full coverage.

Models Own Jade Stone

Models Own Jade Stone

Lemon Meringue is a pastel lemon yellow. Yellows can be really tricky but I love this on it's own and underneath glitter polishes. The formula was a bit thick as you can probably tell from the photos, so next time I'll add some thinner. Otherwise the formula was great like the others. I used three coats here.

Models Own Lemon Meringue

Models Own Lemon Meringue

Lilac Dream is a warm-toned pale lavender. This is two coats and the formula was great, very even and self-leveling. Another great colour for spring and summer.

Models Own Lilac Dream

Models Own Lilac Dream

Pastel Pink is exactly as the name states, a good pale bubblegum pink. I found it a tad thick at times, but it worked out in the end. The formula was great like the others, and I needed three coats for full coverage.

Models Own Pastel Pink

Models Own Pastel Pink

Overall I really like these colours. They are not groundbreaking, but if you like pastels, you might want to give some of these a try. I found them perfect for wearing under the fun glitters that have been coming out this spring, so expect to see them again in future posts!

Models Own is available directly from their website. In Canada they are available from Nail Polish Canada and Harlow & Co.

What do you think of these? Do you own any of the polishes from this collection?

22 April 2013

Girly Bits Spring It On Me! Collection Swatches and Review

Hi everyone! I have three out of the five polishes from the new Girly Bits spring collection to show you. Girly Bits was one of the first indies that I started collecting, and I've always been impressed by what Pam comes out with. I find the polishes to be consistent in terms of superior quality and unique colours and glitters. So when Pam sent me three for review, I was over the moon. There's two more polishes in the collection, the Emerald City Duo, which look fantastic. I haven't seen swatches online yet, but hopefully someone will review them soon.

Girly Bits (l-r) Spring It On Me!, Going Bananas, and Bachelor's Button

This collection does a good job of keeping with a spring theme but without the overwhelming pastels that we've been seeing lately. Also, there's something here for everyone - cremes (and cremes/jellies), shimmer/glitter toppers, and a holo.

Bachelor's Button is a cornflower blue with a medium linear holo. The colour on this is gorgeous and I love the holographic shimmer. The formula was perfect and I used two coats over a ridge-filling base coat. These swatches are without top coat, however, I would recommend one when you wear it.

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button

I'm still learning how to photograph holos, so the holo effect is a bit stronger than you see in the photos here.

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button

Girly Bits Bachelor's Button

Going Bananas is a creamy yellow base packed with hex and square glitter of different sizes and colours: green, lime green, purple, yellow, and fuchsia. I'm not usually a fan of yellow, but I really love the colours in this one, and it's so much fun to have on! I used two coats here and the formula was perfect. I had no problems getting plenty of glitter out, including the larger fuchsia squares that I love.

Girly Bits Going Bananas

Girly Bits Going Bananas

Spring It On Me! is a very versatile polish. It's meant to be layered over another polish and looks good over a variety of colours. It has a sheer lavender base with tiny green hex glitter, small silver, lavender and pink hexes, and white squares and hexes of different sizes. I layered two coats over Models Own Utopia and Sally Hansen Mint Sorbet. I found the glitter coverage to be very good and I love the colour scheme on this one.

Girly Bits Spring It On Me!

Girly Bits Spring It On Me!

Overall, I love the colours in this collection, and I'm impressed with the formula on all three of them. They are all wonderful, but I would have to say that Going Bananas and Bachelor's Button are my favourites. The Emerald City Duo looks awesome, and I'm seriously considering buying those to complete the collection!

These polishes are available directly through the Girly Bits shop, or you can find a list of authorized distributors here. Make sure to keep up with Girly Bits on Facebook and Instagram (@girlybitscosmetics).

What do you think of these? Do you have any Girly Bits polishes?

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