Friday, August 31, 2012

Candeo Colors - Glacier

Before enjoying my long weekend, I thought I should post some new nails! My jelly sandwich nails took a beating during the week, so it was time to take that polish off and try something new. By "new," I also mean a polish that I've had for months, but have never tried! That polish is Glacier by Candeo Colors.

In the photo, it looks like the glitter floats to the top - it doesn't. My glitter sinks entirely, so I store this polish upside down. That way the glitter isn't just stuck to the bottom when I go to use it. Still, Glacier is a gorgeous blue polish. It looks pretty opaque in the bottle, but each coat is pretty sheer. The polish is packed with silver hexes, blue squares, and some holographic shimmer among other microglitters.

Since it's pretty sheer, I applied three coats, and probably could have used a fourth with how sheer it ended up on my tips. I think the Seche Vite also just made this polish "shrink" on the tips pretty badly, so now I know to "wrap" the tips by painting them a little more next time.

The polish is pretty shiny on its own, but I used SV for some added gloss anyway. One coat of SV makes it almost perfectly smooth to the touch, except for my pointer finger, since it has more glitter on it than the other nails. I applied Glacier on that nail first after flipping my bottle back over, so it got the most glitter.

It's a very lovely polish, and I do love blues and greens more than any other colors. I'm really trying to love it, but I'm still on the fence with this one. The finished product looks wonderful, and although it took three coats, it didn't put a huge dent in my bottle - it still looks new. Still, I guess my problem with it is that the glitters sink.

Since that's pretty much the only problem I have with this polish, I guess my final verdict is that I do like it! The formula itself went on smoothly and it looks great. I'm just a little disappointed that the glitters sink badly, but at least this problem is somewhat fixable by just storing the bottle upsidedown, or turning it upsidedown for a while before using it. I have other Candeo Colors polishes, such as Jellybean, Orchid, South St, etc, and none of them sink like this, so perhaps I just got a polish from a "bad" batch too! So no hard feelings toward Candeo Colors.

I bought this polish from the Candeo Colors website for about $9. Check them out on Facebook too to know when they restock!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

China Glaze Moonlight Jelly Sandwich

I had such a difficult time choosing what polish to use today. I know, first world lacquerista problems. I spent part of yesterday going through polishes and picking out ones to sell, so I was more in a "what don't I like or need" mindset! But I finally decided to go with something new.

I recently bought China Glaze Moonlight. I got it really cheap on Amazon actually! I was looking for a good white jelly that wasn't too sheer, but would still show glitter through it for sandwiching. A fellow blogger over at Nails Beautiqued did a post featuring Moonlight, and I knew it was just the polish I was looking for!

I was debating on what glitter to use for it, since I'm such a glitter addict, but I went with KleanColor Starry Blue. I didn't mean for my final product to look so similar to the ones from Nails Beautiqued, but after applying a layer of Moonlight over Starry Blue, the glitter appeared much lighter and brighter!

I applied three thin coats of Moonlight, and then two coats of Starry Blue. I then topped it with one more coat of Moonlight to get the jelly sandwich effect, and then topped that with a coat of Seche Vite. Even with all of the layers, it still isn't too thick on my nails, which I like.

Starry Blue is in a clear base, but it has the slightest bluish tint to it. It shows a little on the white, and made Moonlight look slightly bluish too. I still love the full effect though - it almost reminds me of a robin's egg with the light blue and darker speckles.

In the end, I'm very happy with Moonlight! It is perfect for this type of jelly sandwich, and I will have to experiment with different colors and layering glitter in different places. KleanColor's Starry Blue was a little disappointing though, since I had to apply two coats just to get this much glitter on. The glitter is very pretty, but the layers of base add up with it when building it up!

Friday, August 24, 2012

Nails Inc. - Pudding Lane

I was home quite a bit today, I caught the UPS guy too, and my nail mail consisted of these cute Nails Inc. Sprinkles nail polishes I ordered from Sephora. I got all four of them, but I went to the blue one called Pudding Lane first!

Pudding Lane is part of the Sprinkles collection from Nails Inc. It is a blue polish filled with glitter. The glitter is all light green (almost a spring green), and a dark purplish-blue. My camera decided to make it more on the purple side in the above photo, but both glitters shine and do look lighter or darker as you turn the bottle.

On the nail, the glitters really only green and blue. I'm fine with that though, since together with the blue base they are gorgeous! This is only two coats of Pudding Lane with one coat of Seche Vite on top. I got excellent coverage with just those two coats.

There is enough glitter inside to be distributed evenly, meaning I didn't do any "glitter manipulation." The two coats topped with one coat of SV is still a little textured to the touch, so it is a pretty thirsty polish, meaning it could definitely use more topcoat for a truly smooth, glossy finish. I'm alright with a little texture though.

I just can't get over how bright and beautiful this color is though! I love it, and the polish is a pretty good formula. I had no issues with the polish itself, but the bottle is a little disappointing. The silver top of the bottle  feels very flimsy, and the brush inside mine had a few "hairs" that were longer than the others. Still, this didn't really hinder my ability to apply it evenly, so it wasn't terrible.

I still give this polish an A+ though. I know these Sprinkle polishes are quite popular right now, but I think they're worth trying no matter what. The Nails Inc. Sprinkles polishes are available from Sephora for $9.50. Any more money and I probably wouldn't have bought all of them, but $9.50 for a 10mL bottle seemed reasonable for this look!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

August MyGlam Bag

It's that time again! My monthly MyGlam bag has arrived for the month of August. This time there was a whopping six products inside - five normal items and a bonus unique MyGlam lip gloss. That being said, this will be a little picture heavy!

This month's theme is "Endless Summer." The bag is made of orange plastic mesh with a pink zipper. It's really cute and unique! I'm not really sure what to use it for yet, but I may have to start stashing some of my nail supplies in these bags.

The products inside from left to right are: Circus Nailcolor, Demeter Roll on Perfume Oil, Salty eyeshadow, Eclos Cellular Activator Facial Serum, Eclos Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream, and underneath is the MyGlam Glam Gloss.
Naturally I went for the nailcolor first.

Circus by Andrea's Choice nailcolor - Spectacle
The color polish I got is called Spectacle. It is indeed a spectacle with how bright it is! The polish is a neon orange color, and although I have tried neon orange polishes by Spoiled and KleanColor, I was excited to try this one. Like most neon polishes, it's a little thin. It would probably work best over a layer of white polish, but I tried it alone to test it out. I applied three coats, and got relatively good coverage. My nails are stained a little blue still, and it even covered that up. You can barely see through it, so I'm impressed. Also like other neon polishes, it dries somewhat matte, so I topped it with a coat of Seche Vite to make it glossy and smooth.

Demeter Roll on Perfume Oil

I typically use spray on perfumes and body sprays, so I was drawn to this product next. The perfume oil is in a cute little container with a roller ball that works smoothly. For being fragrance oil and not an alcohol based spray, it still gets absorbed quickly. Wherever I applied it on my skin was smooth and dry to the touch soon after application. I find it sort of odd though that while it has a scent, the name isn't too obvious. I had to be told that the name of the scent is "clean skin" - I'm so silly! The scent is fresh and it smells somewhat like baby powder with a hint of flowers. It's a nice scent, but I prefer more obvious floral scents like Bath & Body Works Japanese Cherry Blossom body spray.

Eclos Plant-based Beauty - Cellular Activator Serum and Moisture Therapy Regenerative Cream
Both of these products also intrigued me. They claim to use "the breakthrough technology of Plant Stem Cell research" to "awaken dormant skin stem cells." It certainly sounds promising, so I gave it a go. I applied the Cellular Activator Serum first to clean skin. The serum goes on smoothly and dries quickly, but has an odd scent. It smells almost like dried seaweed, which isn't the greatest scent, but it doesn't linger for too long, especially after applying the Moisture Therapy Cream over it. The moisture cream has a fresher scent to it, and has almost a hint of ginger to it. Considering both are made from plants, perhaps they actually do incorporate seaweed or ginger. While they claim to have anti-aging properties, I haven't noticed much yet, although they are lightweight and do moisturize very well - they left my skin feeling great.

Salty Cosmetics eyeshadow in Glama-ZOID!

I've never tried Salty cosmetics until now, but I love loose mineral eyeshadow. The eyeshadow comes in a tiny pot with sifter, and the Glama-ZOID! color is white with a pink opalescent sheen to it. It is very shimmery, and it's a gorgeous color, but I'm not really sure how to wear it yet. I'm pretty fair-skinned, so it won't show up on me too well alone - I'll probably use it mostly as a highlighter or accent color instead of just alone. I applied quite a bit to my forearm in the image to the right to swatch it. The light really catches some pinkish flecks in person.

 MyGlam Glam Gloss
This Glam Gloss is the bonus item in this month's bag. My camera makes it out to be a bit more on the orange or coral side than it is in person - it's very pink! Inside it has a sponge applicator, and it smells almost like watermelon scented lip gloss usually does. It has a number "01" on the bottom, so I'm not sure if they made other shades or if everybody received this same one. Still, it's a pretty color, and there's really no way you can go wrong with this one! It's a little sheer, but it's super shiny and glossy, and I'll be putting it to good use. I took a couple photos of it swatched on my hand to see both the color and how glossy it is in the light. 

Once again, I'm very pleased with the contents of my MyGlam bag. I will certainly continue to stay subscribed! If you would like to subscribe, check out the MyGlam website. They now have a waiting list, so you don't have to wait around for spots to open and then clamor to sign up! Also watch the MyGlam Facebook page to stay updated. 


Saturday, August 18, 2012

Butter London - Disco Biscuit

Not too long ago Butter London had a sale on their nail lacquers. The deal was that you could get 3 polishes for $30, for 24 hours only. Well, I didn't own any Butter London polishes, so I decided to go for it! I got three of them: Disco Biscuit, The Black Knight, and Tart with a Heart.

Once again, my photos don't do this polish justice. It is a pink, almost magenta polish, packed with tiny blue flecks. They are super sparkly and catch the light in person, but barely anything shows in photos! Bummer!

My camera made some of the tiny blue flecks glow like crazy. You can see plenty of them in the bottle and some that really caught the light on my nails. The polish is a little sheer on its own, so I applied a couple coats of Disco Biscuit over a coat of Elf's Passion Pink, which is a magenta polish with gold shimmer.

Even with the coat of Passion Pink underneath, you can see it's a bit sheer. Still, it's too gorgeous of a color to pass up just because it's a little thin. It's not exactly a jelly, but it will take three or four coats to build it up on its own.

In general, it's a great polish. It's a little darker in person than in the photos too, and has so much more blue shimmer, especially when you apply several coats and can see the depth of all the blue flecks in each layer. It's a little pricey at $14 per bottle, but this is one of their polishes that I think is worth the splurge. You can find Disco Biscuit and other great Butter London polishes on their website. Now I'm excited to try the other polishes I got too!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Pretty & Polished - Bayou Blitz

The busy week continues! Crunch time before the new school year starts is definitely here, preparing everything for another successful year. I've been busy, but I can't neglect my blog or my readers - and I just can't stay away from nail polish no matter what!

Since I had tried Essie's Mojito Madness, I wanted to try this amazing greenish polish called Bayou Blitz by Pretty & Polished. The shade of green is very similar to it, so I used Mojito Madness as my base. I applied two coats of Mojito Madness, and then a couple coats of Bayou Blitz.

Bayou Blitz is a very sheer polish on its own. It is a greenish jelly base very similar in color to Mojito Madness, and it is filled with lots of fine yellow matte glitter, along with lots of large, semi-transparent neon-colored hexes. There are quite a few of the hexes inside, but I do admit to fishing a few more out myself.

I wanted to try the polish alone, but I figured that it would take lots of coats to build up, so I just went with it over Mojito Madness. I would have used Bayou Blitz alone, but my nails are actually still stained pretty blue from Zoya's Wednesday, so I'm avoiding using polishes that are too sheer!

All in all, this is another great polish from Pretty & Polished, and my camera just won't do it justice! I bought it months ago, but only tried it now! I'm glad I was finally able to find the right color to go underneath it, although I'm sure it would look great over several other blues, greens, or maybe even black or white. I want to build up a few coats of it alone next!

If you would like to buy polishes from Pretty & Polished, check out her Etsy shop, and follow her on Facebook to get updates on when the shop will be restocked!

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Nail Art - Rainbow Rhinestones on White

I've been seeing a trend recently on Pinterest and on other blogs that I've been dying to try - rainbow rhinestones. Typically I've been seeing them on black, or matte black, but I wasn't really feeling the black vibe with it being summer and all. I'll have plenty of time for my dark polishes when fall arrives - especially Halloween!

So, I did rainbow rhinestones on white polish instead. I used a simple one: Wet n Wild's French White Creme. I used two coats, but applied the second coat on one nail at a time. I did this so that I could place the rhinestones in the wet nail polish on each nail before they dried.

I got tons of rhinestones on eBay. I recently featured some in my giveaway, so maybe the winners can have some inspiration with this manicure! I haven't done anything with the rhinestones I bought until now, so I'm really excited to have finally gotten to use them.

I'm incredibly happy with how this turned out. I placed the rhinestones individually, beginning with red on each nail tip. Since my nails are different lengths (pinky is much smaller than my middle!) some have more than others, but I thought they would look more uniform and flow nicer if they all matched at the tip instead of at the cuticle.

As for placing each rhinestone, I used pointed tweezers. It was a lot easier than I had anticipated! I didn't apply a top coat (no Seche Vite this time) so the polish took a while to dry though. As you can see, I managed to mess up a spot on my middle finger while taking photos! Ah well, they still look great!

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Essie - Mojito Madness

I almost feel like summer should be ending, which is odd, considering I'm in Florida and it will continue to be hot outside until about Thanksgiving! Still, I feel obligated to take advantage of summer nail polishes and clothes while I can, so I'm using an Essie polish from the summer 2012 collection.

The color I chose is called Mojito Madness. It is a very green polish with a very slight bluish undertone to it, making it a nice cool color. It definitely reminds me of mojitos!

I've definitely been on a cooler color spree too. I used Zoya's Wednesday, and then topped it with 365 Days of Color's Darya. I guess with all of the hot weather I've been drawn to the "cold" tones! I'll have to break this spell soon and also take advantage of my time to use some pinks and oranges.

As far as Mojito Madness goes, it is a wonderful polish. I love the color since it's very unique compared to other greens I own. It is a lovely creme that covered well, but wasn't pigmented enough to cause staining on my nails. I only used two coats and didn't even need a top coat to get a nice shiny finish.

I would definitely recommend this polish, and I think I'll have to check out some of the other colors from the summer 2012 collection from Essie. I can't wait to get my hands on Bikini so Teeny!

Monday, August 6, 2012

Guest Post for Frugal Polish

Good morning, everyone! I had another very busy weekend out of town, so I wasn't around much. However, I did do a guest post for another lovely blogger over at Frugal Polish! Here is a sneak peek at what I used:

The theme is "frugal polishes," or polishes under $5. Check out her blog and what I did with these great polishes here:

Thursday, August 2, 2012

365 Days of Color - Darya

As you may know, I ordered from 365 Days of Color not too long ago. I got quite a few polishes from her, including Killer Kiss, which I already tried out. They've been sitting on my desk since I got them, so keep wanting to try them all! This time, I went for Darya, a glitter topcoat.

Darya is from 365 Days of Color's Travel the World collection. According to the listing for this polish, "Darya in Farsi means ocean," and that Sunny has always "loved the beach and ocean, so [she] wanted a polish to represent that." I think she nailed it with this polish!

Since I already had Zoya's Wednesday on, I decided to apply Darya on top of it. They are similar in color, since both are pretty bluish-greenish, or turquoise. Darya is made up of turquoise metallic squares and fine micro glitter suspended in a clear base.

I applied a generous coat of Darya for these photos. The glitter is a little more sparse than some other polishes that are packed with glitter. This one is actually a nice change from that and adds a nice effect without being too crazy or overdone.

I used Darya on both of my hands, so it looks like I put a pretty good dent in the bottle again, but these bottles are also very flat. It looks like I'll be able to get plenty more uses out of this polish which is great! I might have to try it on my toes next.

If you would like to buy Darya, you can find the full size here for $8.00. If you're interested in any other polishes by 365 Days of Color, feel free to browse her Big Cartel shop.