Saturday, May 24, 2014

Zoya - Tickled Collection

I don't know about where you are, but it sure feels like summer down in Florida! With high temperatures in the 90s and even 100s, all I can think of is barbeques, beaches, and bright colors! I got to try out the Zoya Tickled collection at the perfect time.
Products sent for review. All opinions are my own.


The Tickled collection is made up of six brightly colored cremes. From left to right they are:
  • Rocha: Folly Red Cream
  • Wendy: Tickle Pink Cream
  •  Kitridge: Carnation Pink Cream
  •  Rooney: Hollywood Pink Cream
  • Ling: True Blue Cream
  • Tilda: Mantis Green Cream
I'll start off by saying that bright colors photograph a little strange for me! My skin tone may look a bit off, but I tried to get the colors of the polish to be as true as possible.My camera and light setup aren't perfect, but I tried to focus on the polish colors.


Rocha is an amazing bright red-orange creme. This is the only one in the collection that has a very subtle goldish shimmer to it while the others are all flat cremes. It looks super neon in these photos, but it really depends on the light for this polish. It can appear very bright neon orange, or a deeper burnt red-orange. Either way I am loving it and I think Rocha may be my favorite in the whole collection! I used two coats of Rocha and got amazing coverage with no streaks.



Wendy is an amazing color as well. Well, they all are, but I'm just particularly liking this shade! I'm a little partial to corals and similar tones though. Wendy appears pretty pink in the bottle, but looked a little warmer and more coral on my nails. It photographed slightly more coral-orange than it really is, so it might be more on the pink side to you in person. Either way, it is gorgeous! Two coats gave me full coverage and no streaks.



Kitridge is a lovely carnation pink. It's almost like a pastel neon! The color is light and delicate, but still very bright and bold for summer. Yes, I did get some streaks with Kitridge, but it's mostly my fault for only using two coats. While the others covered great in just two coats, I would recommend three thin coats for this one (or two more generous coats), so you don't get thin spots like I did! Still, it covers well for being a light color.



Rooney is an interesting shade for summer. It looks pretty deep inside the bottle, but also brightens up a bit on the nail. My camera made this one appear a bit more neon than it really is, as in person it's a little more on the subdued orchid side. Still, it's a beautiful purple-pink, falling somewhere between the two. I love this color and I think it will help carry from summer into fall well! (Remember, it's not quite this bright in person!) I used two coats of Rooney and got full coverage.



Ling is a beautiful blue. I am a huge fans of blues and greens, and I have to say that this one is absolutely stunning. It is both bright and bold, without being too neon. This color is great for summer but will also be wonderful all year long! It applied very smoothly and I didn't have an issue with streaks at all. I used two coats of Ling for these photos.



Tilda is a unique green. Like blues, I also have more than several shades of green.  However, while Tilda looks like another Nickelodeon slime green at first glance, it's more unique. Like Ling, it's bright without being too neon, and is actually a little more subdued in person. The shade itself is really fresh feeling, and reminds me of grassy summer fields! I used two coats of Tilda and got great coverage with no streaks.


In general, I'm impressed by yet another collection from Zoya! I love how their polishes are consistently such great quality and almost always cover in just two coats. The color selection is also amazing! This time around, Rocha really caught my eye. 

If you would like to purchase polishes from the Tickled collection, they are $9 each for a full size bottle or $54 for the entire collection on Zoya.com.

Products sent for review. All opinions are my own. 


Saturday, May 17, 2014

Shimmer Polish - Tammy, Courtney, Eva, Kim, and Nichole!

It's been a while since I shared some amazing indie polishes with you (aside from Rainbow Honey!), so I've got quite a few lined up for you today, all from Shimmer Polish. These polishes aren't part of a particular collection, but I wanted to share them all together anyway.
Products sent for review. All opinions are my own.


Shimmer Polish makes some gorgeous polishes. Like the name suggests, they are certainly shimmery, full of plenty of glitter! Even in the bottle they are stunning - lots of holographic glitters are used, mostly very fine holographic glitter, so they're very eye-catching without being overdone. The five I have today are (from left to right): Tammy, Courtney, Eva, Kim, and Nichole.


To start with: Tammy. Tammy was one of the more eye-catching ones to me, mostly because it's very unique to me. I haven't had a polish before that was mostly purple, gold, silver, and black glitter! It reminds me a little of Mardi Gras, or even my high school colors, purple and gold.

The glitter in this is dense, and if you wanted to get complete coverage to achieve a look like how it appears in the bottle, you'd probably want to use a few coats. I used two coats over Zoya Brookyln, so you could see some of the pieces of glitter alone better. Application was super smooth and I got plenty of glitter without even trying.



Courtney is another very eye-catching polish, but in a different way. At first glance I thought the bottle was mostly just red and blue, but upon closer inspection, it contains quite the rainbow of glitter! There are medium blue hexes along with smaller red hexes. There are bright flecks of purple, gold, and green as well.

The base in this one isn't clear - it's actually tinted slightly red. I applied this over the same gold as before (Zoya Brooklyn) and you can see how it transformed it into a rose gold color! If you applied it alone, the reddish jelly base would look pinkish, and you could probably work it up to a fuller opacity with a few coats. I used two coats of Courtney and had no issues with application - plenty of glitter!



Eva is a little different from the other four polishes. Eva is a deep red jelly base with lots of smaller glitter. There are no medium or large glitters in it, just the same tiny pieces throughout. The glitters look silvery and black, and make for an interesting look paired with the red. Since its a jelly, it also has a very nice depth to it.

I used two coats of Eva with no polish underneath. It built up very easily, but you can still appreciate the jelly depth and effect. One coat almost covered completely, and two looks amazing! I love this reddish, cranberry shade.



Kim is yet another stunner. This polish reminds me of icy, wintery tones, so it's a nice change from all the warm, summery colors I've been seeing recently. Kim has a clear base and is made up of silver, blue, and purple glitters. There are medium hex glitters in blue and silver, and smaller pieces in various shades of blue and purple. The holographic flecks in this one really shine too!

I applied two coats of Kim over Essie No Place Like Chrome. Like Tammy and Courtney, you could probably get full glitter coverage with a few coats. However I left it as two coats over a base polish, and I love the resulting look.



Last but not least: Nichole. Nichole is a polish that I got at the perfect time - just in time for Memorial Day this month, and also the 4th of July! I feel like this polish is very patriotic with the red, blue, and silver glitters. But even if it's not patriotic, the contrast between the bright blue and vivid red certainly call for attention.

I applied two coats of Nichole over one coat of Essie No Place Like Chrome. The blue and red really stand out, but unfortunately some of the silvery glitters got a bit lost over the silver base. I'll have to try it over black or white next time! Application was a breeze though, and both coats went on very easily.


In general, I'm very impressed with these polishes. They are packed with glitter, and you get so much on the nail so easily with a single coat. They're also easy to build up if you want a serious glitter bomb!

You can purchase Shimmer Polish polishes from shimmyshimmer.com, or you can also purchase from their Etsy store: http://www.etsy.com/shop/ShimmerPolish. All full size polishes are $12 per bottle.
Products sent for review. All opinions are my own.

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Zoya Bubbly Collection

Hello, everybody! It's been a while again. I've still been busy with grad school applications, work, getting a reliable car, and more, so things have been quiet around here. But I couldn't pass up the opportunity to share this amazing Bubbly collection from Zoya with you!
Products sent for review. All opinions are my own. 


The Bubbly collection is full of shimmer and sparkle. The colors are very bright and eye-catching - perfect for summer! From left to right they are:
  • Binx: Purple Orchid Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Harper: Mexican Pink Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Jesy: Coral Orange Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Alma: Golden Peach Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Stassi: Jade Green Metallic, Holographic Glitter
  • Muse: Mermaid Blue Metallic, Holographic Glitter


Up first, Binx! Binx is a gorgeous shade. On the nail, it isn't quite as opaque as it appears in the bottle. But most of these are like that since they're all somewhat jelly-like. It also appears a little more pink than purple, but is a gorgeous orchid shade either way. The gold shimmer and metallic flecks are perfect in this polish! I used two coats of Binx.



Harper is a stunning, bright pink. This one is a little more opaque than the others, and is less jelly-like. It covered more easily in two coats,and didn't leave any sheer spots. The gold shimmer in it is stunning, but honestly I think I prefer it in the jellies better! I used two coats of Harper.



Jesy is a super shimmery metallic jelly orange. This one seemed a little more sheer than some of the others. The color isn't a super vibrant orange since it's a sheer jelly, but it's still very eye-catching for summer! You could easily build it up in a few coats, but I chose to leave it like this with two coats.



Alma is a little like Jesy, but I actually think it covered a little better, despite it being such a light color. I'm always a little iffy on sheer yellow polishes since I don't want my nails to just look yellowed, but this Alma is different - it looks way more gold than yellow in person, especially with the shimmer. I used two coats of Alma for these photos.



Stassi is also similar to Jesy. It's definitely sheer, but can easily be built up in a few coats. I actually applied three coats of Stassi to make it a little more opaque, but I actually quite like how it looked with two as well. Instead of just building this one up on its own, I'll probably try it over other green polishes to give them shimmer and depth.



Last but not least, Muse! Muse is a little more like Binx, as far as the formula goes. It's a jelly, but still pretty opaque,and covers very well.You can almost barely see the white tips of my nails through it! The shimmer and depth of this polish remind me of the ocean. It looks great alone, but I want to try this layered over other blue polishes as well! I used two coats of Muse.

 
In general, I am loving this collection. The colors are very vibrant and just perfect for summer. Also the shimmer in them is amazing, and they also have holographic glitter! They all glisten and look even more stunning when you can see them moving, catching the light in person. I think the shimmer in Binx is the most stunning!

As for the formula, they all applied well and covered in two or three coats. Stassi, Jesy, and Alma may require a few coats, but Binx, Harper, and Muse cover in only a couple. Harper seemed a little thick to me, but was still workable - it also was more opaque and covered more than the others though. The rest applied normally and super easily. I'll have to try layering them over the Tickled collection next!

You can purchase the Bubbly collection from zoya.com for $9 each, or $54 for the entire set. 

Products sent for review. All opinions are my own.