Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Cover Girl Pink-finity

Cover Girl Pink-finity might be an Essie Muchi, Muchi dupe. The color is so similar but the formula is very different. Pink-finity has an ever so slightly cooler tone. It is more opaque than Muchi, Muchi and kinda streaky. However, the color is so beautiful that it doesn't matter that it's a little streaky. You just have to be extra careful when applying it. I applied two coats to get opaque coverage.

CoverGirl Pink-finity

I got a little inspired tonight after I did my nails with Cover Girl Pink-finity. I was going through my nail plates and found a cute little flower design. It inspired me to do a little spring design.

The only problem I see with this color is that it's a bit streaky. Everything else about it is perfect.

Monday, February 25, 2013

Revlon Popular

I got a bunch of new nail polish for my birthday a few days ago, which means I'll have lots of new swatches for you. The color that jumped out at me the most was Revlon Popular. It probably stood out because of the glitter. I can't get enough glitter, like any typical girly girl.

Moving on, Revlon Popular is a light, soft dusty rose jelly with light silver micro and hex glitter. This color is gorgeous. It's probably the classiest glitter nail polish I've ever seen because it's very subtle. I loooooooove the formula. It's the perfect amount of sheer, good jellies are like that. I didn't have problems with streaking either. I used two coats for the pictures below. One coat would be so nice for french manicures and I will definitely be doing one soon.

Revlon Popular

Revlon Popular

I give this an A and not an A+ because it's a little thick, which gives it a long drying time. Other than that I really adore this polish.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

Silver Glitter French Manicure

Hello All!

Today I have for you a very complicated silver glitter french manicure.

It's complicated in that there are a lot of steps to achieve this look. It is quite worth it if you have a special occasion to go to and don't want to pay to get your nails done. I actually have never gotten my nails done professionally. My obsession with nail polish began when I was a young teenager. I didn't have money to get my nails done so I taught myself.

This manicure involves many of the steps used in water marbling. Never heard of water marbling? Heard of it but don't know how to do it? Watch this video! The first time I tried water marbling I watched a different video with horrible instructions. It was a major fail for me. I was really upset so I watched a ton of youtube videos on how to do it properly and that's when I came across Colette's (SimpleLittlePleasures) video. She gives you impecable instructions and amazing tips. Why did my first water marble attempt result in a disaster? I used crappy, unfiltered, salty, well water from the faucet in my laundry room. Colette recommends using filtered (Brita works great) or bottled, room temperature water. I find that lukewarm water also works well.

Ok. Now you are good and ready to learn the steps to achieving this look.

Silver Glitter French Manicure Steps:

1. Apply Orly Bonder Rubberized Base Coat (or your favorite base coat).

2. This is where your water marbling knowledge will come in handy. I call this the water technique. Please note that I used OPI Kyoto Pearl for this step. Fill a small cup with lukewarm water. Place ONLY ONE drop of nail polish into the cup. Dip your nails into the water. You'll have a very sheer, perfectly even, thin coat of color on your nails. LET YOUR NAILS DRY COMPLETELY BEFORE REPEATING & ADDING ANOTHER COAT. I repeated this step 4 times to achieve the color you see in my pictures. (I probably needed more coats than the average person because my nails are stained an orangey, pinky, weird, red color from wearing so much red & pink polish)

3. Next is the silver tips. I used Jordana 091 Silver. HOWEVER, I crushed and added the silver eyeshadow from my L'Oreal HiP Studio Secrets Professional Metallic Shadow Duo in Platinum 906. This just made the color more opaque and less sheer. I nail stamped the silver tips using my Konad French Manicure Plate. I had to stamp each nail twice to get opaque coverage.

4. Next is the fun part, the glitter! I used Essie Set In Stones to create a glitter gradient. After you dip your brush in the polish, wipe most of the polish off on the sides of the bottle opening so you have just a little bit of glitter on the brush. Apply it from the middle of the nail to the tip. There should be a small amount of glitter on your nails. For the next step, dip the brush in the polish as you normally would. Dot/brush the glitter polish onto the silver tips. You may allow the glitter to go just below the silver tip. Make sure you smooth out the polish with your brush so your tips don't have thick globs of polish that will just smudge and never dry. It should look like the glitter is falling and/or gradually fading from your tips.

5. Finally, apply Orly Sec 'N Dry Top Coat (or your favorite top coat).

Please excuse the terrible cut on my middle finger, I tried to blur it out on iphoto but there's only so much you can do.

Reviews of the colors I used for my silver glitter french manicure:

OPI Kyoto Pearl
This is a sheer, frosted, silvery white. As I noted earlier, I used 4 coats to apply this polish using the water technique. When applying it with a brush, I like to use two coats but it's still a little sheer. If you want it opaque, three would do. I like to use it sometimes for a french manicure instead of your typical sheer white jelly. Don't get me wrong, I love a classic french manicure but this will jazz it up a bit. I give it a B because it is streaky (which is why I use the water technique to apply it for french manicures). Also, I'm not big on wearing opaque white on your nails but I like this one because it's frosted.

Jordana 091 Silver
This is a very sheer, somewhat metallic, light silver. As I stated earlier, I added crushed up silver eyeshadow to make this more opaque. Without the added eyeshadow, I think this would take 4 or more coats to get opaque coverage. It's certainly not the most metallic silver polish out there. I do not have the Essie Mirror Metallics silver shade (No Place Like Chrome) but if I did I would've used it because it is much more metallic. I give this polish a C+ because it's very, very sheer. It also chips easily when worn without a good base coat. The only reason I don't give it a lower rating is because it's $1. It's price makes it worth buying for me because I hardly wear silver polish (doesn't go with my skin tone. I'm an autumn, not a winter).

Essie Set In Stones
I love this polish. I'm kinda obsessed with glitter gradients, whether they fade from the cuticles or the tips, I'm a big fan. This formula isn't too thick. I like the amount of glitter that is in it, not too much and not too little. I wish Essie had a gold version of this. I give this an A- only because in some lights the glitter can look really dark. That really bothers me for some reason. Other than that it's amazing.

Friday, February 15, 2013

Essie Pink Diamond

Happy Valentine's Day! Whether you are in or out of love, I do hope you can see the love that is all around you.

I decided to wear Essie Pink Diamond today. Though I have a nice nail stamping plate with hearts, I just didn't feel like stamping over this color. Essie describes this color as a sparkling gemstone pink. It's a frosted baby pink pearl, a throwback to the 60's & 70's, as my ma says. It's quite sheer, 2 or 3 coats will do the trick. I am a big fan of Essie in general so it's hard for me to find anything wrong with Pink Diamond. It's a very pretty, classic color. I have taken a few photographs, so you can see the color in different lights.

I took this photo with my phone a few weeks ago. Photos from my phone tend to have a lot of green and yellow tones.

I gave this an A- because it's a bit sheer, a bit streaky, but just so pretty. I wouldn't recommend it over Muchi, Muchi but it's still a wonderful color to have in your collection.

Thursday, February 14, 2013

DIY Homemade Nail Polish

It's a dream of mine to start my own nail polish line. Since that is not going to happen anytime soon I can pretend. I took a clear $1 nail polish and added a few drops of various purple polishes that I own. Then I added 5 different purple glitters into it and voila! Easy homemade purple glitter topcoat nail polish.

The glitter polish would go nicely over any shade of purple but I chose a dark amethyst color. I applied two coats of my glitter topcoat over two coats of Sinful Let's Talk. This is another difficult color to photograph. It typically looks blue in photos but I've managed to get a pretty accurate shot of the color.

My homemade glitter topcoat in the bottle. Can you see the five different glitters I used?

I'm not going to give this a rating since it's obviously not available in stores, so therefore I cannot recommend it to you. I do however recommend you try to make your own nail polish!

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Essie Muchi, Muchi

I have fallen in love with this polish! It's feminine, delicate, sophisticated, subtle yet chic...the list goes on. It's just the perfect shade of light pink. Essie describes it as a creamy, luscious pink with a kiss of mauve. That "kiss of mauve" gives the pink a cooler tone, which is probably why I love it so much. It's a fairly sheer color, but I only needed two coats. If you are not very experienced at painting your nails you'll need to be very careful so as to avoid streaking. You might want to try three coats as well. I had no problems with chipping or cracking. It actually lasts very long on my nails. Since I bought it (about 2 weeks ago) I've worn it four separate times. And I have so many ideas for nail stamping over it!.

Essie Muchi, Muchi

Essie Muchi, Muchi with Essie Beyond Cozy on my ring finger

Essie Muchi, Muchi with hearts stamped on my ring finger using Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink

Essie Muchi, Muchi with Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink on my ring finger. Stamped design also in Sally Hansen Bubblegum Pink.

I give this an A+. The formula is lovely, I only needed two coats despite it being on the sheer side. The color is unbelievably gorgeous and it's practically chip-resistant. This is one that every girl needs in her collection.

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Zoya Lolly

Today I have for you Lolly by Zoya. This is a velvet matte lacquer. The color is a medium to dark magenta pink. This is a difficult one to photograph because it's hard to capture the true color of the polish. In reality it looks darker and cooler than in the photos. You can see in the two photos below how the colors look different. I used two coats to get opaque coverage. It dries very fast because of it's matte finish, which means you can't use this for nail stamping.

I give this color a B+ because I like the color, but I don't love it. I asked some girls what they think about it and they said, "It's okay". I've had some problems with chipping so that knocked the score down a bit. However, I had no problems with smudging because it dries so fast. I love that about this polish. I feel that this polish looks much nicer with a top coat than matte.

Monday, February 11, 2013

Essie Bikini So Teeny

I love this color, mainly because my favorite color is light blue, the kind of light blue that has more purple in it than green. Essie's website describes it as a sparkling, cornflower blue. The formula is great, I have no problem with streaking. I used two coats in the picture below.

I give this polish an A+ because it's so beautiful!!! It truly catches the eye and I guarantee you will get compliments on it, if you so choose to buy it. It has a beautiful subtle shimmer that you can really only see in person...and if you look at it really hard up close. I love absolutely everything about this polish!