Friday, April 30, 2010

Swatches > OPI | We Will Always Have Paris Suede

This was such a gorgeous color, even though it only wore for a day and a half.  I love the suede/matte finish, even though its a bit Fall-ish.  We Will Always Have Paris is such a wearable color, that it can be worn anytime of the year.



Thursday, April 29, 2010

Swatches > Orly | Gumdrop

I really love the colors from the Orly Sweet Collection.  Gumdrop is such a sweet color, no pun intended.  Its a really soft, mint-y green.  These polishes are pretty much one-coaters, so I do recommend being careful when applying more than one coat.  They can definitely get goopey.

Let me know what you guys think!



Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Swatches > Orly | Snowcone

I love this collection by Orly.  Its such a mix of fun, pastel-y, yummy colors.  This is the milky baby blue Snowcone.  Its such a fun color, but capturing the true color of it on my camera required some work.  The most accurate pic is the 2nd one where I'm holding the bottle so you can see the name.  I have two other colors from the collection that I'll be swatching soon, so stay tuned!



Monday, April 26, 2010

Swatches > Savvy Femme Couture | Gotcha Grape

Is this seriously not a gorgeous color!  Nuff's the pics!

w/ flash

w/ out flash

Sunday, April 25, 2010

Swatches > Ulta Salon Formula | Envy

This color speaks for itself...beautiful!  Who doesn't love a rich, hunter green?!  Ulta's new collection of salon formula nail lacquers is really impressive.  I actually picked up two more shades yesterday and they are gorg if I must say so myself (swatches coming soon!).  These polishes apply and wear well, and they are only $5 a pop, but they are usually on sale for BOGO or $2.  If you haven't seen my swatch of Alter Ego you must, its just as lovely as Envy.  Don't sleep on these polishes, they are great shades and a bang for the buck!

All pics w/ flash



Saturday, April 24, 2010

Zoya Nail Polish Exchange

I'm a few days late on this, but still wanted to announce it for my readers....

The Zoya Nail Polish Exchange kicked off on Earth Day (April 22, 2010) and it a really great way to get rid of your old, gupy, un-wanted polishes.

"Zoya Nail Polish will exchange your old, out-of-style, unwanted nail color and replenish your nail polish supply with fresh Zoya fashion colors. Simply send in six or more bottles of old polish - any brand other than Zoya, Qtica or Nocti, new or used - and we'll send you the new Zoya colors of your choice in a bottle-for-bottle exchange."

To start you nail polish exchange click here to visit the Zoya website.

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Happy exchanging!


Swatches > Essence | Underwater

Underwater is a really pretty bright, almost royal blue ocean water shade.  I picked it up at Ulta for just  $1, and I have to say I'm not underwhelmed by this shade.  It applied pretty good ,but did take about three coats to get the achieved look in the pics.  I'm not a fan of doing three coats, so I'd have to say that was one of the only downsides to this polish.  Its a cheaper polish, so you have to expect that the formula isn't going to be a good as some of your more expensive polishes.  Nonetheless, I really liked how it looked on it, but it was short lived.  As with all blues, greens, and reds I found that it stained my fingers when removing it and that some of my nails, for some reason, just refused to dry completely so there were finger prints and smudges.  It could have been a lack of patience on my part, but again I really despise having to apply more than 2 coats of any polish, except for glitters of course.


Friday, April 23, 2010

Swatches > Sinful Colors | Rise & Shine

So at first sight you'd think Rise & Shine was dead ringer for Four Leaf Clover, but actually while its a good dupe, its not identical.  Rise & Shine is a gorgeous color, and for $2 a pop you can't beat having a great green.  My pics didn't really pick up the slight bit of shimmer that Rise & Shine has in it, but even with out the shimmer its still a really pretty color.

Application-wise, I'm rarely dissappintied with Sinful Colors formulas, and this one was no exception.  I had no problems getting a smooth and coated application with just two coats.  I used Seche Vite as my top coat of course...and that's pretty much it!  I included a comparision pic of Four Leaf Clover also.

Four Leaf Clover



The Rundown: Make Looks

Lead: Woodwinked
Crease: Antiqued blended w/ Intripid(HIP) in outer corner
Highlight: French Cuff
Inner corner: Antiqued
Cheeks: Crushed Bougainvillea
Lips: Wonbderstucks Lipglass

Base: UDPP Sin
Lid: Stila Matte Quad Crease Color
Highlight: Stila Beige
Cheeks: MAC Breezy
Contour: X Rocks
Lips: Star Nova Lustreglass

Base: UDPP
Lid: Stila sparkly black
Crease: Stila light pink and beige
Highlight: Mauvement pigment
Cheeks: Breezy
Lips: HIP Lip Duo Snazzy
Contour: X Rocks
Mascara: Zoomlash
Liner: Penultimate winged out
Eyebrows: Dark brown NYX pencil

Base: UDPP
Lead: Metal X Gold Spice
Highlight/Outer corner: Woodwinkeed
Cheeks: Breezy
Contour: X Rocks
Lips: L'oreal HIP duo in Spunky

Base: Painterly
Lid: Metal X Platinum Pink
Crease: Revved Up MAC Pigment
Inner Corner: NYX Ultra Pearl Mania Penny
Liner: HIP Creamliner
Lip: Fafi Collection

Base: UDPP Sin
Lid: Steamy
Crease: n/a
Outer corner: Go
Cheeks: Breazy
Contour: X Rocks
Liner: Turquoise Automatic Liner by Ulta
Lips: Amuse Chocolate Lip Gloss

Base: UDPP Sin
Lid: Platinum Pink
Crease: Star By Night
Inner Corner: HIP Gilded Duo light side
Outer Corner: HIP Gilded Duo dark side (outer V)
Cheeks: True Romantic
Lips: Prestige Lipstick in Raisin
Liner: Purple and black winged out
Lower lash liner: Turquoise Ulta Automatic liner

Base: UDPP
Lid: NYX Eye Pencil in Rust
Crease: Bold & Brazen
Highlight/Inner Corner: Antiqued
Cheeks: Breezy
Mascara: Sexy Curves

Base: UDPP Sin
Lid: Star Violet
Crease: Dark Blue from NYX Lake Moss Trio
Highlight: NYX Pearl e/s in Gold/Champagne
Inner corner: Darker golden NYX pearl shadow