Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Rainbow Honey - Be Mine

I'm still feeling pretty sick, but I managed to do my nails again! Hopefully I'll feel a lot better in time for the 28 Day Challenge that I'll be doing all next month too. So before the challenge, I wanted to use another Rainbow Honey polish I got! This one is called Be Mine.


I also got some microbeads to try out a caviar or fish egg manicure. I didn't want to do a full set with them, so I decided to do an accent nail since these matched Be Mine. They matched almost perfectly! This is my first time trying a caviar nail, and I think it turned out alright.


As for Be Mine, it is a lovely pink polish. It is part of Rainbow Honey's Sweet Talk collection which came out for Valentine's Day this year. It was actually just released on Rainbow Honey's website last week.


Be Mine is a pink creme. It has little gold flecks in it that give it a subtle golden shimmer. It's gorgeous on its own! I love the shade that the base is as well. It's a pinkish, almost salmon color. I definitely don't have any other pinks like this.


I used three coats of Be Mine. Two probably would have been fine since the creme covers well on its own. I just wanted to be very thorough and make sure I cover any thin spots. I then applied one coat of Seche Vite, and dipped my ring finger nail into a little pot of microbeads. I didn't apply a topcoat over that nail.


I love it! I think the shiny microbeads go well with the shimmery polish. I got a bunch of microbeads in all different colors, so now I want to try more! Even if the caviar nail bandwagon has passed, I still like the look!
Be Mine can be purchased from Rainbow Honey's website for $10.00. You can also use promo code SWEETTALK$5 to receive $5 off of your order from rainbowhoney.com (expires 2/28/2013). Or, promo code RH25%OFF is still active (also expires 2/28/2013). 
Free shipping on all orders over $25 or more has also been extended until 1/31/2013! So you will be able to use either promo code and get free shipping once the collection is released.
Plus, if you spend $50, you'll get your choice of a special gift from Rainbow Honey. I chose My Love

Monday, January 28, 2013

A England - Princess Sabra

I've still been feeling ill, and it's been slowly getting worse. I didn't feel up to painting my nails at all, but I also didn't want to go without posting too long! So I managed to try out something new today after seeing the doctor.


I placed a couple orders with A-England not too long ago when they had a £6 sale. I didn't own any A-Englands, so I splurged a little since I've been eyeing them for quite some time. This one, Princess Sabra,  arrived along with a couple others today, so I was excited to try it out!


Princess Sabra is from The Legend collection. It can be described as a golden olive bronzite. The color is gorgeous, and definitely shows both gold and green to it. It is also holographic, so it sparkles and shines in the light! I used three thin coats of Princess Sabra and then topped it with a coat of Seche Vite. I was afraid that the topcoat might not make it appear as holographic, but it still looks perfect! I think it actually enhanced the appearance.


You can see the rainbow caused by the holographic bits in the light. Not only do the little holographic flecks look red, blue, green and everything in between, but you get the full rainbow effect on the nail. In the first photo, you can really see the full rainbow on the middle finger nail. 


The color itself is gorgeous too. Princess Sabra is pretty neutral, but still pretty flashy. I'm typically not too into golds, so I like how this is a very subdued olive gold. The shade itself is pretty subtle, but still very elegant, especially with that sparkle!


I am so glad that I got this polish. I wasn't going to at first since I was just going to get the new Holy Grail, but I'm very happy with this one as well. Princess Sabra retails for £9.00, which is currently about $14.00. This polish and many more holographic beauties can be found on A-England's website, and they offer free international shipping! 

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Claire's - Glitter Topcoat

Once again, I've decided to dress up a mani with glitter! I like to wear the polish alone for at least a day to appreciate it, but I also like experimenting with it while I have it on. This time I tried a glitter gradient with another Claire's polish I bought with one of their buy one get one 50% off sales. 


I had to make that photo super large because it's just so amazing. Their glitter topcoat is really something else! This one is just called "Glitter Topcoat" on the bottom, so it had no specific name that I know of. I know they make other ones, but I guess this one is a silver holographic one. 


I put it on top of Breakfast At Tiffany's that I was wearing yesterday. My camera focuses a little too well to appreciate the holographic effect that the glitter topcoat has, but it's pretty stunning. It's a clear base that is just filled with silver holographic glitter. The pieces are pretty tiny, but they're larger than the superfine glitter inside my gold Claire's topcoat. 


I tried to do a glitter gradient. I haven't done one in a while, and some glitters behave better than others. I think this one turned out alright though. I tried to make it very dense on the tips, and just sort of "normal" coverage in the center so it's half glitter, half normal polish.


It's super sparkly! When I first picked the bottle up in the store, I was almost blinded by it. It's pretty incredible in person, even in artificial lighting. I'm so glad that I grabbed this polish.


This glitter topcoat was $4.50 at Claire's. They often have buy one get one 50% sales on their cosmetics though, so it would be totally worth it to buy it and some of their other polishes on sale! Since I bought this one at the same time as Breakfast At Tiffany's, that one was only $2.00! Now I want to try some of their mini polish sets as well. 

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Claire's - Breakfast At Tiffany's

I've been trying to tap into some of the polishes I haven't tried before. I've picked up several Claire's polishes that looked intriguing, but never actually used them! I saw this minty, greenish, seafoamy color and just had to try it.


As you can see, Breakfast At Tiffany's wasn't actually as green as it appeared in the bottle. It looks like a completely different color outside the bottle and on the nail! I still love the color though, although it is different. It's much more blue on my nail.


Breakfast At Tiffany's appears to be a seagreenish color. It's difficult to tell in the photo, but my bottle had settled a bit. It didn't really separate, but the bottom has a yellowish line where I guess some of the coloring was settling. It didn't have any steel beads in it to help mix it up, so I added my own.


Application was alright with it. It wasn't difficult, but as it dried, it was a little streaky. I added a topcoat and it helped smooth it out a bit, although it still wasn't perfect under direct lighting. I still think it's worth it though, since I really like the color and I got it on sale (buy one get one 50% off), so this one was only $2.00.


Maybe my bottle was a little wonky since it was sitting in the store for a while. I really don't know how old it is, but it seems it had settled for quite a bit before I got to it. I still love the color, though I wish it was a bit greener. It's actually so blue that it looks more like Zoya Wednesday to me! Maybe this one won't stain as much as Wednesday does. 

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

365 Days of Color - Now in Technicolor

Revlon's Impulsive is a pretty shade, but I thought I should dress it up. So I added a glitter topcoat called Now in Technicolor from 365 Days of Color to it. This is another polish that I've had for a while and have been wanting to try. I never really knew what I should pair it with, so I decided to just try it on a nice purple. 


Now in Technicolor is a topcoat. It has a clear base and is filled with shiny shreds. The shreds are silver and a purplish-blue color. I didn't want to use it over something too light so the silver would show up, and I didn't want to use it over something too dark so that the purple shreds would show up.


I suppose I could have used a lot of colors, but I also didn't want anything too clash too much with the purple. My camera once again made Impulsive look more blue than it appears in person. It struggles with purples, so Impulsive is less blue, but the color of the purplish-blue shreds is pretty true. 


I used two coats of Now in Technicolor. My only complaint is that the shreds were a little more sparse than I thought they would be from looking at the bottle. But it isn't bad since two coats gives pretty good coverage. You could easily work up a few coats to cover even more. 


I didn't have to do any manipulation with the shreds. They covered pretty evenly and the different sizes and colors are distributed randomly enough on the nail. I just love how unique the shreds look compared to more conventional glitters. 


You can order Now in Technicolor from 365 Days of Color's new shop for $8.00. Get it while you can since this is one of her older polishes, and it might not be around forever! 

Monday, January 21, 2013

Revlon - Impulsive

I wasn't feeling too well last week, so I didn't update much. I'll try to make up for it this week. I have a big box of polishes that I've been meaning to try for a very long time, so I'm going to start tackling it! The first one I pulled out is Revlon Impulsive.


It's funny that this one is called Impulsive. I did sort of buy it impulsively. I didn't have a lot of purples at the time, and I still really don't, so I just grabbed it and bought it. It's a pretty purple, and is a bit brighter in person than my photos show. For some reason my camera wanted to make it look more on the blue side than it really is.


Impulsive is a nice purple creme. It's almost a dusty purple shade, as it isn't too bright, and isn't too dark. It's pretty dull in terms of the shade, but it's still a pretty color. I like how it's still pretty "grapey," but isn't obnoxiously bright.


Like most Revlon polishes I've tried, it's a little thin though. I used three coats for my photos and topped it with a coat of Out the Door. Even though it's a darker color, it still needed three. Two looked alright, but it had a couple thin spots. It wasn't streaky at all though. 


I suppose the three coats are worth it though. I love the colors of some Revlon polishes, and while they're thin and require a few coats, the end product looks nice. I'm not typically drawn to purples, but now I'm glad that I bought this polish. It's a very versatile shade, and I'm now thinking of what else I want to use it for. 


I might have to do a gradient or some nail art now that I have a few good purples. This might pair nicely with the subdued purple shades from the Sinful Colors Haute Rebel collection! 

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Sinful Colors - Dots with Mauve

I felt like doing some nail art this week. I tried to do some on Monday, but it didn't out too great. I also wasn't feeling too well, so I didn't post. But I'm back with some simple dots today! They turned out better than I expected.


I picked up a few Sinful Colors polishes from the Haute Rebel collection. A lot of them are pretty subdued tones, but I like them. I got all of them except Inkwell (I didn't really want that one) and Rainstorm. I wanted Rainstorm, but every store I checked was out! At least I got Beau Khaki and the others.


I used three of them for this: Mauve, Beau Khaki, and Mesmerize. Mauve is a light purplish gray, Beau Khaki is a jade almost light army green, and Mesmerize is a very deep royal purple.


I'm very pleased with all of these colors. Once again, Sinful Colors is a great value for the price. I paid full price for these ($1.99 each), and that's still well worth it. All of the colors applied nicely, and the they were all opaque enough to use for dots without having to go over them multiple times.


I started off with two coats of Mauve. I then took a large dotting tool and dotted Mesmerize in circular patterns randomly on each nail. I used a smaller dotting tool for Beau Khaki, and made more circular patterns inside of each one I already did with Mesmerize. I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite. 


It's a very simple pattern, but I like the way it turned out! The colors aren't too bright, but they're not as dull as I thought it was going to be. Mauve looks a bit more purple on my nails than it does in the bottle. It looks pretty gray in the bottle! 

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Rainbow Honey - Sweet Talk

I have another exciting polish today from Rainbow Honey's Sweet Talk collection. The collection is themed for Valentine's Day, so the polishes revolve around gorgeous pinks. This one is called Sweet Talk, so it shares the name of the entire collection.


I love this polish. I always love creamy whites and blues filled with glitter. But this one is a bit different than most I have tried. There are only three colors of glitter: red, purple, and light blue. But that isn't a bad thing. I actually love how these colors look together. There doesn't have to be an entire rainbow of colors for it to be pretty!


As I said, Sweet Talk is a creamy white polish. It's almost a crelly since it's similar to a creme, but you can still appreciate and admire the glitter from the layers underneath. It's pretty much opaque in two coats. I used two pretty thick layers, and I think it turned out well. There is definitely enough glitter visible with just two. There is also the tiniest hint of pinkish shimmer in this polish as well. It's very subtle, but you'll see it when you look closely!


There are three colors of glitter: red, purple, and light blue. All three colors have medium sized hexes, as well as smaller hexes to fill in the gaps. I like how the pieces aren't too big, but aren't too small either. There is enough glitter to cover well, but it still applied nicely. 


Mine turned out a bit lumpy, mostly due to the glitter. But I applied a coat of Seche Vite on top, and it smoothed out nicely. It's still slightly textured, but it won't bother me enough to apply a second layer. I think Sweet Talk looks much nicer and neater with a top coat applied, but it still looked beautiful without it as well. 


All in all, I love this polish! It applied nicely, has enough glitter for me, and has really pretty colors. It reminds me a bit of those conversation heart candies for Valentine's Day! 

The Sweet Talk Collection will be sold in a private sale at fab.com January 16-19! The Collection will be officially released on January 25 at 12:01 AM EST on rainbowhoney.com and at participating Retail Partners around the world.
You can also use promo code SWEETTALK$5 to receive $5 off of your order from rainbowhoney.com (expires 2/28/2013). Or, promo code RH25%OFF is still active (also expires 2/28/2013). 
Free shipping on all orders over $25 or more has also been extended until 1/31/2013! So you will be able to use promo codes and get free shipping once the collection is released. 

This polish was provided for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Rainbow Honey - Xoxo

I have a pretty exciting polish from the Sweet Talk collection to share today. It's a brand new polish that will be coming out in time for Valentine's Day from Rainbow Honey. There are a few polishes in the mini collection, and they're all beautiful. This one is called Xoxo.


I really love this polish. It's pretty much a topcoat, not a polish on its own, although you probably could build it up to almost full coverage if you wanted to. Xoxo has a clear base, and is loaded with different sized holographic magenta hexes and plenty of holographic microglitter for all over shimmer.


Rainbow Honey describes Xoxo as "A ravishing blend of glitters and flakes in a clear base for easy use over any manicure." I think this is exactly what Xoxo is. The colors of the glitter are perfect for Valentine's Day, but I think it's still very versatile and would look great over a variety of colors. I chose to use it over pink.


I thought a light pink color would make a good base. I used two coats of Essie Cascade Cool and then applied two coats of Xoxo over it. I topped it all with a coat of Seche Vite to make it smooth. Application of Xoxo was smooth, and I didn't do any glitter manipulation. There was enough in one coat to cover well, but I went for two. 


I think it makes my nails look like candy! Something about the color combination reminds me of strawberry shortcake or some other strawberry-flavored sweets. I guess that's perfect for Valentine's Day since I usually make strawberry cupcakes! And the glitter even looks like sprinkles on top.


The Sweet Talk Collection will be sold in a private sale at fab.com January 16-19! The Collection will be officially released on January 25 at 12:01 AM EST on rainbowhoney.com and at participating Retail Partners around the world.
You can also use promo code SWEETTALK$5 to receive $5 off of your order from rainbowhoney.com (expires 2/28/2013). Or, promo code RH25%OFF is still active (also expires 2/28/2013). 
Free shipping on all orders over $25 or more has also been extended until 1/31/2013! So you will be able to use promo codes and get free shipping once the collection is released. 

This polish was provided for review. As always, I only offer my honest opinion.

Monday, January 7, 2013

Pretty & Polished - Hameau

I have yet another gorgeous Pretty & Polished to share with you! As you all know, I love her polishes, so it's no surprise that I have plenty of her pretties. For today's, I have Hameau from her new Marie Antoinette-themed collection, Save the Dauphine. I love the play on words since Marie Antoinette was Dauphine of France!


I'm always a sucker for creamy polishes with glitter, and this was no exception. Hameau is somewhat of a creme jelly, a "crelly" if you will. It is pretty opaque, but still sheer at the same time. I used three coats for these photos, but two also looked great.


The color isn't white like I initially thought it was going to be. Instead, it is a creamy light nude color with a bit of shimmer. It is filled with medium purple hexes, along with smaller green hexes. At first I thought Hameau was going to be a little too "Mardi Gras" with the colors, but I think it would be great for whenever! I love it.

 

Hameau is supposed to represent the cottage built by Marie Antoinette. It is the neutral color of the cottage itself, but also resembles the surrounding greenery and flowers. I think it's a great fit!


Application of Hameau was really smooth. It has just the right amount of glitter. It doesn't have too little, forcing you to apply copious amounts of it. But it also doesn't have too much, making it thick and difficult to apply. It applied wonderfully, and I got enough glitter without even trying. I used three coats, but two would have also worked. I topped it with one coat of Seche Vite, and it came out almost perfectly smooth. 


The Save the Dauphine collection is schedule to be released on January 16th. You will be able to purchase Hameau from Pretty & Polished's online store for $9.00 each. There are others in the collection as well, and I think I might need to grab them too!
Hameau image source: Wikipedia