Friday, November 29, 2013

Rainbow Honey - Tera Flame and Sapphire Weapon

I have more Rainbow Honey polishes to share with you all! I've been loving all of their collections that they have been releasing, especially this Final Fantasy inspired one - The Final Battle.


The two polishes I chose this time are Tera Flame and Sapphire Weapon. I figured one of the weapons from Part III of the Final Battle would make a great base for some of the glitter toppers from Parts I and II. Tera Flame actually has a grayish-black jelly base, but instead of building it up alone I wanted to apply it over something more opaque. 


I first applied one coat of Sapphire Weapon. I didn't even need two coats since one was pretty opaque! If I was wearing it alone, I would have applied a second. But since the streaks were hardly noticeable in one coat, and I was applying a dark jelly over it, I just left it. Though, in one coat, Sapphire Weapon was also much brighter and lighter than it appears in the bottle. It was almost cerulean!


I then applied one coat of Tera Flame over Sapphire Weapon. Since Tera Flame has such a dark jelly base, I only applied one generous coat of it. It's grayish, almost black, but it's still sheer enough that you can really appreciate the gorgeous glitters inside. It has medium hexes, smaller hexes, and holographic squares. It's really unique!


I'm glad I tried this combination out. Tera Flame darkened Sapphire Weapon perfectly, and at the same time, Sapphire Weapon lightened and brightened Tera Flame a little. I like how you can see so much shimmer from both polishes, and the deep indigo-blue color that was created from both is stunning.


In the closeup above, you can really see the shimmer! Hints of red, blue, and purple are very apparent, and then the glistening green from the holographic glitters makes it look incredible. You can still purchase polishes from The Final Battle collection from rainbowhoney.com for $10 each. 

Sunday, November 24, 2013

Rainbow Honey - Appleberry and Cranberry Sangria

I've been trying to get back into blogging and doing my nails now, and some of Rainbow Honey's newer polishes have definitely been helping. Today I decided to try on a couple of their limited edition polishes I bought earlier this month.


Rainbow Honey put out three limited edition polishes that are pretty much cranberry colored, so I thought they'd be perfect for fall - and for Thanksgiving later this week! I haven't had much time to go too crazy with nail art, but I thought I could pull off a glitter gradient at least. 


I used two of the three limited edition polishes they released, along with a past limited polish called Soul Gem. I started off by painting my nails with two coats of Cranberry Sangria, which is a gorgeous cranberry colored jelly with shimmer inside.


For a jelly, Cranberry Sangria covered great though! I only needed two coats for it to look pretty opaque, but still "jelly-ish." It also evened itself out nicely on the nail and left absolutely no streaks. I then wanted a bit more sparkle and shimmer in between Cranberry Sangria and Appleberry, so I applied a little bit of Soul Gem on the bottom 2/3 of each nail.


I'm glad I did! It added a bit more sparkle on each nail since Appleberry is mostly just chunky glitter without much shimmer. I then applied a bit of Appleberry to the bottom 1/3 of each nail, toward the tips. It's a little overwhelming with everything on there, but at the same time, I love it! The holiday season is the perfect time to go a little crazy with glitter.


I'm glad I did this combination! I really wanted to use the third limited edition polish as well, which is called Linger, but I'll have to put it on my toes or something instead! I'm still super happy with these two, and I'm very impressed with the formulas of these Rainbow Honey polishes - like usual! Especially Cranberry Sangria though, since it covers so well for a jelly. 

You can still buy any of these three amazing polishes for $10 each at rainbowhoney.com. But they're all limited, so grab them while you can! 

Monday, November 18, 2013

Zoya - 18k Gold Topcoat

It's been quite a while since I have posted again! So again I'd like to apologize for my absence. But life has been busy and a lot of things have been happening that I won't get into. Long story short, I haven't much time or motivation to blog. But I finally did my nails! And I went all out with Zoya's 18k gold topcoat.


I actually did this a couple weeks ago for UCF's homecoming week, as I work for UCF. The mascot is the knight, and our colors are black and gold, so I thought it was fitting! I was just bogged down and unable to post when it was actually homecoming week though. You might remember that I did something similar when I graduated from UCF though


I started off by painting my nails with two coats of Zoya Raven, and then topped that with one generous coat of the 18k gold topcoat. The flakes are a little sparse, but I think that's okay since they're so large. I didn't want to go too wild with it since the clear base adds up, so I left it at one coat.


I love how it turned out though! It almost looks like marble or some sort of stone. The flakes all laid completely flat and I had no issue with them. I didn't have to try and get a bunch of flakes on each nail - I got quite a few on every nail.


It actually started to dry a tad matte. Not completely, but the clear base started to look a little foggy. So I applied one coat of Seche Vite on top to make it glossy again, and I'm glad I did! My nails were so shiny and I just could not stop looking at them. I also love how Raven isn't just black, but also has some subtle shimmer to it as well. This is another combination I'll have to try in the future!