Thursday, January 31, 2013

Hits- Afterglow over Eyeko- Vamp Polish

I have an interesting layering combination composed of two international brands. This is Hits- Afterglow layered over Eyeko- Vamp Polish

Afterglow is a multi color-shifting glitter! It shifts from purple to pink to orange, and indoors you see primarily blue and purple.
Afterglow was very concentrated so I only needed one coat of it. It applied very evenly.

Here you can see some of the blue.

This was mesmerizing! 

I took this picture indoors without the flash, because it looks completely different in low lighting. 
Here is Eyeko- Vamp Polish before adding Afterglow. Vamp Polish is actually a very dark blue creme.  It looks black though. It had a great formula and applied in two even coats.

I hoped that capturing it with the flash, you'd be able to see the dark blue base, but it still looks black. My hands are so dry! This winter is brutal. Sadly, Eyeko has discontinued their nail polish. I just loved the cute little jars and the labeling! 

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

KB Shimmer Spring 2013 Press Release

KBShimmer Spring Polish Line Set For Release February 15th, 2013
Visit for an online version of this press release that includes pictures suitable for web use.
KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of 9 new colors to their 3-Free glitter polish line.  Owner Christy Rose says “With Easter, warmer weather, and Spring Break fast approaching February is the ideal time to introduce softer pastels to our line up, but also to add a splash of bold color.” 

The spring lineup includes three glitter top coats, two bold jellies, and four creamy pastels, one of which is scented.  “Our new line was created to play off the softer palette of spring, but also to accent unique glitters like small black dots and spring 2013 Pantone colors like the color of the year, Emerald Green.  We are also excited to debut this collection in our new printed bottles.  With the printed bottles, and our glitter grabbing flat brush, we feel our polish is a solid addition to any collection.” says Rose. 

A Dot Mess– Fuchsia and black dots, hexes, and micro slices in a clear base – Top Coat
Pastel Me More –Pastel colored glitters in a rainbow of colors and range of sizes – Top Coat
Squared Away –Square glitters in a variety of sizes, colors and finishes including metallic and holographic in a clear base – Top Coat

Spring Training – Soft green crelly full of pink, purple, blue and green floral toned glitters, scented with a floral freesia note - Full coverage in 2-3 coats
Where My Peeps At –Soft yellow crelly with circle and tiny hex glitter in fun jelly bean like shades - Full coverage in 2-3 coats
Lottie Dottie – Turquoise and fuchsia dots and coordinating glitters micro slices in a soft white base - Full coverage in 2-3 coats


 Iris My Case –Violet pastel crelly with glitters in purple, pink, silver and blue  - Full coverage in 2-3 coats
Get Clover It – Emerald green jelly with micro shimmer and circle glitter in shades of green, gold and turquoise- Best in 3 coats or layered over coordinating polish to cover nail line
I Got A Crush On Blue – Royal blue jelly with holographic silver glitters ranging from micro to extra large- Best in 3 coats or layered over coordinating polish to cover nail line.

Shipping February 15, 2013
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KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose.  KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application.  KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products.

I am pretty excited about these! I love the use of the circle glitters. I'm anxious to see Spring Training, Where My Peeps At, Get Clover It, and I Got a Crush on Blue. Readers, which ones do you prefer?

Sunday, January 27, 2013

A England- Avalon

Here is the lovely A-England- Avalon. This is one of those shades that almost looks underwhelming in the bottle, but stunning on the nails. It was released as part of the Mythicals collection.
This is a vibrant purple shimmer. Super shiny. This was the first A-England I tried, and it had a great formula and brush. The drying time was fast also. I applied two coats.
I've received many compliments on this mani. I recently ordered some more A-Englands during their promo, and I'm patiently waiting for them to arrive :)

Saturday, January 26, 2013

Max Factor- Fantasy Fire over Revlon- Royal

I have an EPIC combination today. Probably one of the most epic ones! I've seen similar layering combos to this in other blogs, and couldn't wait to try it myself.

I layered Max Factor- Fantasy Fire over Revlon- Royal- and WOAH!

Fantasy Fire is a dupe to the coveted Clarins 230 aka "unicorn pee". It has multichromatic color-shifting pigments that shift from purple, to red, to green. It looks simply amazing over the blue!

Since Fantasy Fire comes in a mini bottle, and it's harder to find since i now the brand is only sold in the UK, I used it very sparingly and used one coat. One coat of this was all that I needed!

Just to show the range of the color-shifting pigments, this is a picture taken indoors without the flash. You can see that it flashes more red in areas with lower lighting.

Here's another one I took in the car!

Now on to Revlon-Royal alone. Royal was released at some point last year, and I believe the shade was limited edition. You can still find Royal in many drugstores- although it may be hiding behind other polishes. It is a deep blue jelly. It is vibrant, but I've heard that there are various batches of this, where in some cases, some are brighter than others. Since this was a jelly, it needed three coats, but the finish is smooth and glossy! This picture was taken indoors without the flash.

Here's a picture of Royal with the flash. I apologize if my hands look super dry, because they are. This winter is killing them!

I remember my bottle of Royal being much more vibrant when I had first purchased it a few months ago. It's still GORGEOUS, but I was expecting it to be much brighter on the nails. Before I used it, I noticed that a lot of the bright blue pigments were settled to the bottom of the bottle. I used a toothpick to mix it around a little bit, but I'm not sure if it helped much. Has anybody else been experiencing this issue with Royal?

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Illamasqua- Viridian

This is the gorgeous Illamasqua- Viridian. I purchased this in a duo set with Glitterati around the holidays.

Viridian stays true to it's name, and it is a deep blue-toned green shimmer. In the bottle, you can see scarce silver prismatic microglitter particles. Although Viridian applied smoothly and was completely opaque in two coats, there was some shrinkage with the Seche Vite. I'm really hoping that this was just an error on my part (not waiting for Viridian to dry fully before adding topcoat) and that it doesn't occur with other Illamasquas.
Here are some car pictures!!!
Such a gorgeous shimmer! Green is my favorite polish color, and darker greens are more "work-safe".
Indoors without the flash
I took a picture indoors with the flash, but it's really hard to spot out the prismatic microglitter.

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

A Couple Dark Shades

I went with some darker shades! This is OPI- Midnight in Moscow. It is from the Fall 2007 Russian collection.
This shade is super vampy! It is a black jelly filled with red shimmer particles! I really liked the formula and it only needed two smooth coats.
Red shimmer!
I took this one in my car. I think it's neat how this polish looks with sunlight opposed to without it. Midnight in Moscow reminded me of Wet n Wild- Under Your Spell, only with a much better formula.

Next is Dong Dong- 17 I believe that this one is from China. I received it in a swap. I chuckle at the name of this brand!
This has a "sandy" finish, so I did not use topcoat with this. The formula was a little thick, and it was practically a one coater, but I used two coats to make it more gritty.
I love that it looks mostly black with a hint of silver shimmer.
This lasted very long also! I wore it for three days without any chips.
Here is a picture taken indoors without the flash.

I thought I would make a meme. I think these crystal sand polishes have been around for a while, and now you see that OPI and Zoya are coming out with sandy texture polishes. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

Manis from the Week

Here are the manis from this week.
First up is OPI- Teenage Dream. This was released in the January 2011 Katy Perry collection.
Teenage dream is a light pink shimmery base filled with prismatic glitter. It is quite sheer and needed three coats in order to be opaque.
Here is a picture I took in the car.
I took a blurred picture to show the spectrum of color. It's gorgeous!

Next is a combination of Sinful Colors- Bikini topped off with All That Glitters- Hole Hearted. This is definitely an early Valentine's day mani!
Hole Hearted is filled with different sizes of matte black hex glitter and white hearts. I just dispersed the glitter in a random pattern, and it just required one coat dabbed around. I had no problem getting the white hearts out of the bottle. I had the bottle upside-down beforehand. All That Glitters recently released a limited edition collection for this Valentine's Day, so don't forget to check out the Etsy shop! Polishes retail for $8.00

Here's a picture of Sinful Colors- Bikini before I added Hole Hearted. This is a bright pink neon shimmer. I needed two coats of this in order to be solid, and it tried to a satin-like finish due to the neon.
Here it is with the flash. It's bright! I don't know much about Sinful Colors collections, but I believe that this shade is older because the label is different than the recent Sinful Colors shades I have purchased.
Next is a green layering combo. This is OPI- Call My Cell-ery layered over OPI- Fiercely Fiona. I have never eaten pea soup, but this combination reminds me of it.

Call My Cell-ery is an older "black label" shade and it was from the summer 2006 Brights collection. This polish is so sheer, that I would not recommend wearing it alone. It added an extra bit of green shimmer to Fiercely Fiona. I only am wearing one coat of it.

Before layering, this is Fiercely Fiona alone. It was released in the Summer 2010 Shrek collection. It is a yellow green creme. This picture was taken indoors without the flash. I had some formula issues with this one. It was very streaky and took three coats in order to be completely opaque. It took a while for it to dry completely also.

This looks more green with the flash. This shade is very similar to China Glaze- Electric Pineapple.

Last is OPI- You Don't Know Jacques Suede. The suedes were released in fall of 2009. You Don't Know Jacques is a medium brown shimmer, that dries to a suede finish. A suede is pretty much a shimmery matte, but I have found that these wear much better than the OPI Mattes.

This applied pretty smoothly, since matte/suede-finishes are fast-drying and require quick application. It only required two coats, and the finish wasn't bumpy at all. This polish chipped after a day, but that is characteristic of these finishes. 

This picture was taken in artificial lighting without the flash.