Friday, August 26, 2016

Powder Perfect: Elysium and Saqqara

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Happy Friday, dear readers! The weekend is almost here; we just have to get through today! To help the day pass by, I have two new shades by Powder Perfect to share with you. Let's check them out!

Two coats plus top coat

A tribute to past anniversary colours; Storm Rainbow and Unobtanium, Elysium is a silver holographic medley of sparkling microglitters, with fuschia to green shifting ultra chrome flakies!

Elysium is one half of Powder Perfect's Anniversary Duo 2016. It certainly is one sparkled beauty and a great shade for celebrating your own birthdays and anniversaries! I cannot give an accurate review of this polish as the cap was loose and there was a bit of leakage. I found it to be a little on the thick side, but that is most likely due to exposure and not the true consistency of this polish.

$13 AUD/USD each shade from the duo or buy them together for $24.

Three coats plus top coat

Saqqara is a large necropolis in ancient Egypt which is home to the famous Djoser pyramid, built in the step style. Archaeologists have extensively debated over the meaning behind the architectural styles of the different pyramids. Saqqara is a sunset orange polish filled with gold and silver ultra-holo glitters in a holographic base.

Saqqara is one of ten new polishes to Powder Perfect's Egyptology Series. Now in Part III, this particular collection features a unique hybrid formula that Powder Perfect refers to as a holo-twist. Each polish is a combination of a fine microglitter polish crossed with a holographic lacquer for a smooth, but sparkly finish. While I cannot vouch for the full collection, I certainly can say that Saqqara is fabulous! Although it is described as a sunset orange, I found it to be more of a warm orange-leaning red even before application against my skin tone. The formula was perfection and applied like a dream come true.

 Each shade from the new Egyptology Series can be purchased individually for $13 AUD/USD or as a collection for $117, saving you 10%. Please note these are currently available for purchase as a pre-order.

These literally just launched on the Powder Perfect websites (and yes, I really am up this early typing this post since my internet refused to cooperate at reasonable hours), and you're definitely going to want to pick up some of these if you love sparkly polish!

Australian website 
August 26th 8pm

Unites States website 
August 26th 6am EST

Do you have other shades from the older Egyptology Series by Powder Perfect? Are you picking up new ones from Part III? I'd love to hear from you!

I'm heading back to bed, so until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Thursday, August 25, 2016

Zoya: Urban Grunge One Coat Creams + Metallic Holos for Fall/Winter 2016

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Greetings, dear readers! It's been an uneventful week around here as I recover from being sick. My kids were sick for a very short time without slowing them down much, but their germs have brought me down to my knees for days. Thankfully I'm on the mend and have been forcing myself to not do too much so I can recover quickly. Now on to today's blog post!

Zoya has recently released the Urban Grunge collection, and I have swatches of them for you this morning. Let's check them out!

The first half of the Urban Grunge Collection consists of creams that are designed to be opaque in one coat. I wanted to see if they lived up to the claim and used only one coat for all these photos rather than my usual two to three coats.

August is a full coverage gray like a fine, expensive leather with mid-ranged, balanced tone.

I really dig this shade of grey! It's such a classy shade! As far as being one coat, it is a one coater if you tend to use thicker coats like I did here. I probably could have still used a second coat coat though, so you're probably better off biting the bullet and just going with two thinner coats.

Courtney is a deep red beet root shade with a full coverage, and smooth application.

To be honest, I'm not really sure how anyone could get Courtney to apply to opacity with only one coat. The formula is on the thinner side, and I had some issues with cuticle flooding especially with attempting to apply this with only one coat. Courtney would best be applied with two, but more likely three, thin coats for opacity.

Noah is a mid-range taupe evenly balanced between yellow and grey, with a full coverage and smooth application.

Khaki coloured Noah is a beautiful neutral shade that can be worn by most skin tones. I'm not sure that it works the best against my olive skin tone, but that's neither here nor there at the moment. It does apply quite nicely to opacity with one coat. I used a thicker coat than I normally would have used, so it may be best as a two coater.

Mallory is a full bodied, Prussian blue with deeply saturated color.

This is such a pretty shade of blue! I was able to achieve an opaque look with one coat, a little thicker than I would have preferred, but still a single coat nonetheless.

Tara is a purple plum with a balanced tone between red and purple. Deeply saturated, full coverage, smooth application.

Like Courtney, Tara has a thinner formula that does not lend itself well to being a one-coater easily. It is doable, although my nails still would have benefitted with a second coat.

Wyatt is a true racing green with a deep pigment, full coverage, and smooth application.

I'm partial to this shade from the collection, and not just because my oldest son's name is Wyatt; it's a beautiful cool shade of green! I used one thicker coat here and had success with opacity.

As you can see, it is possible to apply a single coat and achieve opacity with this half of the Urban Grunge Collection. Polish does need to be applied  with a heavier hand than I care to use, but if you normally use thick coats, they should work perfectly for you.

Now on the metallic holo half of the collection!

One coat plus top coat

Ash is a vibrant cherry with a red and gold metallic shimmer. Densely pigmented, smooth applicaton

I love a good red, and Ash is beautiful! Even better, the formula wasn't too thick or thin and I only needed one coat for opacity!

Two coats plus top coat

Finley is a deep royal purple scattered holo. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

This is the finish I think of when it comes to Zoya's holos! The formula is perfection with such smooth application, and the colour is majestic!

Three coats plus top coat

Alicia is a linear holo with a touch of gold. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Alicia is the star of this collection. While linear holos are very common with the indie polish world and occasionally seen in mainstream brands, this is the first time I've seen Zoya release a linear holo. I truly hope to see more of this finish from this brand because they delivered beautifully! For those of you planning winter weddings, this is the shade you want on your nails!

Two coats plus top coat

Merida is a brilliant lush evergreen scattered holo. Smooth application with an elegant 2 coat coverage.

Zoya does scattered holos so well, and Merida does not disappoint! I suspect this polish is going to be one of my most commonly used when it gets closer to the holidays! The formula was on point and the application impeccable. Now if the Zoya fairies can release a series of oranges with this finish, I would be thrilled!

One coat plus top coat

Britta is a berry metallic with a red and purple fuchsia flash. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

Like Ash, I found Britta to be pigmented enough that I only needed one coat for opacity. If your nails are longer, you may find you need a second coat unless you typically use thick coats while painting your nails. The formula is on point and the colour a must have!

Two coats plus top coat

Troy is a liquid pewter with a foil finish and an edgy touch of black and gold. Densely pigmented, smooth application.

Troy was, I admit, a disappointment for me. I usually really like metallic pewter and charcoal shades, but I found Troy to look better in the bottle; the colour somehow just seems to fall flat on the nails. The touch of gold, still present but subtle in the bottle, seems to just disappear completely in application. The formula was also on the thicker side, and I had to use two as thin as possible coats possible. I still ended up with slightly uneven looking nails.

Overall the metallic holos half of the Urban Grunge Collection is a success with some great shades. I personally prefer the scatter holos of Finley and Merida with the linear holo of Alicia coming up very closely behind.

The Urban Grunge Collection is available for purchase from the Zoya website located here. Now is an excellent time to pick up your favorites as Zoya has a promo that runs through tomorrow. You can buy any 3 shades for only $15, the cost of shipping, using the promo code LUVFALL. If you spend $35 or more, shipping is free! It's definitely easy to pick out several shades from this collection to meet that minimum!

What do you think of the Urban Grunge Collection? What shades are your favorites? Do you love the new-to-Zoya linear holo finish? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!


Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Glisten & Glow: Pirate's Booty Collection

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Ahoy, me hearties! I hope ye be enjoying yer week of drinking, plundering, and painting ye nails! Arr, the week be passing fast, and I be eager to share with ye some treasure! Weight anchor and hoist the mizzen!

Glisten & Glow has put together a fabulous pirate-themed collection launching later this week, and I am delighted to have the collection to share with you today! I have loved the romanticized version of pirates for as long as I can remember. I *might* have squealed with excitement upon the Pirate's Booty collection reveal at the Cocktails & Colors event in Las Vegas last month. The colors are incredible; let's dive it and check them out!

Parrot's Parlay
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Avast! Ye've been caught by the pirate crew of captain Bartholomew! Best call out "Parlay!" to speak with the captain and settle yer squabble lest ye be forced to walk the plank! Boasting a warm amaranth pink base, Parrot's Parlay is accentuated with hot pink and purple sparks and a dusting of gold shimmer.

Parrot's Parlay is the perfect end of season colour to start the transition of summer into fall. There is still the brightness you're longing for on your nails while your toes make their final dip in the pool, but it's not too bright that it feels out of place as the days get shorter and cooler. The formula was spectacular and applied easily with two coats for opacity.

Aye Spy Doubloons
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Move smartly, you filthy bilge rats, thar be treasure ahead! Aye Spy Doubloons is all about the gleaming bounty from the elemental gold base, the gold and copper holo galaxy microglitters, gold shimmer, and larger gold flakes.

One of the first things that comes to mind when thinking of pirates is the hunt for treasure. The combination of gold and copper matches the look of the Spanish coins beautifully, and it certainly dazzles on the nails! Application was a fantastic with a nice dispersal of the flakes and glitters across my nails.

Salty Dog's Sea Legs
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Sit back, ye land lubbers! What tales of misadventures this here salty dog can tell ye from sailing the Seven Seas! A warm bright blue base, Salty Dog's Sea Legs is heightened with blue sparks and a light dusting of gold shimmer.

I love my blues bold and bright, and I could stare at this polish for hours! The blue sparks combined with the gold shimmer add a gorgeous depth that really makes you feel like you are staring into the ocean! The formula was outstanding, and Salty Dog's Sea Legs applied smoothly with two coats for opacity.

Blackbeard's Booty
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Yo ho ho, either I be three sheets to the wind or that thar be the treasure of Captain Blackbeard! What else could have a charcoal black base with golden shimmers and larger gold flakes?

I love this type of black polish! Black can sometimes seem a little too harsh, and the added gold gives the final appear of a very dark bronze shade. A particularly adore the addition of the larger gold flakes as they add a nice subtle flash as you move your fingers. Application was perfect with the flakes spreading nicely across my nails.

Wench's Wardrobe
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

That thar wench be a buxom beauty! I wager her dress me on me hook by night's end! A blackened royal purple base perfectly accessorized with green to gold colour-changing microflakes and green shimmers.

Now this is my kind of purple! Brighter colours are lovely, but I tend to prefer a darker version for myself. Wench's Wardrobe is so perfectly dark for the upcoming fall season. I certainly foresee myself wearing this a lot, especially with Halloween quickly approaching! The formula is unbeatable and reached opacity with two immaculate coats.

Shimmer Me Timbers
Two coats plus HK Girl top coat

Batten down the hatches and brace for a sell out! Shimmer Me Timbers will make you shiver your timbers with it's oceanic green base, pink to blue colour-changing microflakes, purple shimmers, and a dusting of gold shimmer.

I suspect Shimmer Me Timbers to be the most popular shade from this collection. I am hesitant to describe it as teal since some consider teal to be more green while others more blue, so oceanic green works best here. However you choose to describe it, this polish is breathtaking and the assortment of colours awe-inspiring. The formula was on point with flawless application.

The Pirate's Booty Collection launches on the Glisten & Glow website located here this Friday, August 26th at 9pm EST. I could not pick a favorite no matter how had I tried- these are all marvelous, and Jill really did us pirates proud!

Until next time, dear readers, may your anchor be tight, your cork be loose, your rum be spiced, and your compass be true!

Monday, August 22, 2016

le polish: Back to School Trio Swatches and Review

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Good morning, dear readers, and happy Monday! I hope you all enjoyed the weekend and your week is off to a wonderful start! It was a busy weekend around here from spending quality time with my boys to working on things for the blog. I've got a lot of posts coming up! Now on to today's blog post!

It's that time of year when the carefree days of summer have come to an end and the new school year has begun. To kick off the new school ear, le polish is releasing the Back to School trio inspired by Billy Madison. Of course the inspiration isn't exactly the most wholesome and innocent, but it's something for us adults to enjoy! Let's check it out!

The Back to School trio consists of three glitter crellies.

Stop Looking at Me Swan
Three coats plus top coat

 A white crelly with black, yellow, and gold glitters and flakes. "Shampoo is better, I go on first and clean the hair. Conditioner is better, I leave the hair silky and smooth. Stop Looking at me Swan!"

While I don't wear white crellies often, I am digging this one. The colour palette is simple, and I really enjoy the pops of yellow against the white and black. The application was a dream in three thin coats. While you could go with fewer thicker coats, I find glitter crellies achieve the best depth with thin but more coats. The glitters spread nicely across my nails and the final look is clean and beautiful!

Call Me Miles Davis
Three coats plus top coat

A raspberry crelly with black, white, pink, and gold glitters. "If peeing your pants is cool, Call Me Miles Davis!"

Call Me Miles Davis is the perfect shade for the upcoming fall season! The raspberry base is the perfect balance of colour with dark moodiness that I always think of with the cooler days, and the glitter combination suits it nicely. The formula was also easy to work with and application a breeze with three thin coats.

Nudie Magazine Day

A nude crelly with aqua, blue, and white glitters and aqua shimmer. "What day is it? Nudie Magazine Day, Nudie Magazine Day, Nudie Magazine Day!"

I am loving the aqua and blue glitters against the nude base shade! It adds a little something to make your nails more interesting without overpowering the base. I have no issues to report with this beauty either as it applied perfectly for me as well!

The Back to School Collection will be available for purchase this Friday, August 26th at noon EDT on the le polish website located here. Polishes will be available in both full size and mini bottles; full size will retail at $10 each and mini bottles at $6 each.

You can follow le polish on social media on FacebookInstagram, and Pinterest to see details on current and upcoming releases. You can also join the le polish Facebook fan group here for early sneak peeks, games, and group customs.

What is your favorite shade from this trio? Are you glad to see the school year start? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day!

Saturday, August 20, 2016

KBShimmer: Fall 2016 Partial Collection Swatches and Review

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Happy Saturday, dear readers! I hope your weekend is off to a fabulous start! I had hoped to get this post up yesterday to coincide with the launch, but unfortunately it wasn't able to happen with so many appointments throughout the day. I'm sure you'll agree with me that these gorgeous nail polishes from the new Fall 2016 collection by KBShimmer are well worth the wait! This 12-piece collections offers a little something for everyone, and I have 8 of them to share with you this morning. Ready? Let's do this!

Orchidding Me?
Two coats

Orchids come in a wide mix of colors, from pale whites to deep purples. Inspired by the orchids of Christy’s mother, this polish has a warm purple base that leans fuchsia, amped up with some linear holographic pigment for a fantastic rainbow flame. With 1-2 coat coverage, this is a must-have floral polish.

Let's just start off with a bang and one of my favorites from the collection. Orchidding Me? is such a deliciously vibrant polish and a must-have for any purple lover. While I'm not a huge purple fan overall, I have a weakness for warmer purple hues like this, and it matches the orchids I have in my kitchen perfectly! This polish is highly pigmented, and I almost got away with using a single coat. The formula was perfectation!

Flake Me Home Tonight
Two coats

This minty metallic polish is loaded with silver flakes and holographic sparkle. This foil formula is easy to remove and shines both indoors and out. If you loved our birthstone collection, this is a must have! 2-3 coats recommended. 

Even though it is described as a minty polish, I cannot help but feel like a mermaid wearing Flake Me Home Tonight. It has a wonderful seafoam green colour, and I imagine this is what all mermaids wear on their nails! Two easy coats and I was ready to go for a swim!

Grin and Gerbera It
One coat

A new addition to our line of creams, Grin And Gerbera It is a warm deep pink leaning color that has a kiss of red to it. This shade will work well in any season. 1-2 coats recommended.

I don't know why I am always blown away by the quality of KBShimmer's creams- they always knock the formula out of the park! Not too thick or thin, Grin And Gerbera It applied like a dream come true, and I only needed one single coat for opacity. I'm eager to test it out with different nail art techniques, and I have high hopes for it since it is so pigmented!

Oh My Ganache
Two coats

We hate to admit it, but chocolate cake is our weakness! Moist, deep and dark, there is nothing that can make chocolate cake better, unless it is ganache! Inspired by that rich chocolate glaze, Oh My Ganache is a rich chocolate-colored linear holographic polish. 2-3 coats recommended.

I don't mind admitting it- I am a chocoholic. While I usually share everything with the husband and kids, chocolate is one of those things I tend to hide and hoard just for myself. Of course, I have some on hand for them, but the delicious European chocolate is all mine! Mwahahaha! Oh My Ganache is the perfect accessory for on your nails while enjoying a tasty bon bon or chocolate cake, and I found the formula to be fantastic. If you're a fan of brown shades this time of year, as I certainly am, you're going to need this beauty!

Poppy Kisses
Two coats

A bright, orange toned red, this linear holographic polish brings to mind that famous poppy-filled field. Technicolor has nothing on this bright polish. 2 coat recommended.

One of the reasons I love to visit Crested Butte in Colorado over the summer is to enjoy all the poppies. We have the California Poppy here in the Bay Area, and it is often seen growing on the sides of the streets and highways, but it is different from the red of the common poppy flower. Poppy Kisses definitely makes me think of poppy fields! Like the other polishes in this post, the formula was fantastic and I had no issues with application.

Sage It Ain't So
Two coats plus top coat

A soft sage green, this earthy polish is filled with copper, lavender and silver glitter. A sprinkling of holo dust adds subtle depth. 2-3 coats recommended.

KBShimmer certainly has a way with glitter crellies, and I am intrigued with the colour combination seen in Sage It Ain't So. The copper and lavender glitters make the perfect accompaniment to the soft sage green base as they add little pops of colour without taking away from the lovely green hue. I'm happy to report this applied perfectly and I had no trouble with the glitters dispersing over my nails. It does dry to a slightly textured finish, but a single coat of top coat smoothed my nails out nicely.

Turning Pointe
Two coats 

A new addition to our Mega Flame line, this soft peachy pink color brings to mind ballet slippers and tutus. This girly polish is sure to be a favorite with its super holographic sparkle and delicate color. 2 coats recommended.

Oh ballet, what a complicated relationship we have! I wanted to love ballet so much when I was younger, but it was the dance class I hated so much. I'm sure it didn't help that I didn't start until I was older and my classmates had already been studying the dance form for several years prior to that. That being said, my hubby is always pointing out that I often walk on my toes; some habits never die, I suppose! KBShimmer really nailed this colour to go with the name! It has the perfect balance of peach to pink, and it applies superbly!

Fright This Way
Two coats plus top coat
Plus Purple Bat Glitters!

Fright This Way is a Halloween inspired polish with a deep black base and a scattering of holo dust and loads of purple glitter. At certain angles this polish looks plain black, but when the light catches the glitter, the purple pops! 2-3 coats recommended. 

BONUS:  Each bottle of Fright This Way will come with mini purple bat glitter, ideal for accenting this spooky polish.  There are no bats in this polish, and they are best used as placed accents, then covered with top coat.

For those of you that may not know, Halloween is my absolute favorite holiday, and I always look forward to seeing the KBShimmer Halloween-themed polish each year. Dark and brooding, this polish evokes the essence of Halloween. As if the polish itself wasn't fantastic enough on it's own, KBShimmer is including a bag of these adorable purple glitter bats to add as accents to your nails, and the glitter pair so perfectly with this polish! This does dry to a slightly textured finish so you're going to want to use top coat to get a smooth finish on your nails. Of course I think of it now while typing up this post, but this would be amazing with a matte finish!

These and the four remaining shades from the KBShimmer Fall 2016 collection are currently available for purchase from KBShimmer here. KBShimmer polishes can also be purchased at Color4Nails, Harlow & Co, and Live Love Polish.

Did you pick up any of the new KBShimmer shades at yesterday's launch? What did you pick up, or which ones do you have an eye on? I'd love to hear from you!

Until next time, dear readers, have a wonderful day and enjoy the weekend!