Sunday, October 31, 2010

Happy Halloween!

Happy Halloween! I have some Halloween manis for you!

Sally Hansen - Plum Burst with Kiss Halloween decals

Sephora by OPI - If You've Got It, Haunt It - I really love this! This is black and silver glitter in a sheer black base with little iridescent blue/green/red glitter pieces. Super cool!

Zoya - Paz + Nicole by OPI - Pitch Black Glimmer with decals. I really wished I took a pic of the left hand before I started removing the polish. Because then I had to take the right hand and I unfortunately suffered a break a couple hours before!

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

OPI Burlesque Shimmers (Part II)

The second part of the OPI Burlesque collection is made up of various shimmers from foily shimmers, to glass-flecked shimmers and more. Take a look >>>

Ali's Big Break - This is a bright, candy apple red with irregular shaped shimmer. This is bold and spicy and I loved wearing this.

Tease-y Does It - This is a brownish purple with a glowy shimmer. It's vampy but not so dark it doesn't have it's own color and character. I love this.

Rising Star - Bold, slightly foily, shimmery yellow gold. It looks like what you would get if you crossed Nubar - Caramello and Nubar - Oro from the Venetian Glass collection.

Take The Stage - Burnt orange, slightly foily shimmer. Also similar to the oranges in the Venetian Glass collection.

Let Me Entertain You - Glass-flecked fuchsia. Very pretty and hot! Super similar to Zoya - Allegra. Like, practically dupes. It just seemed to me like Allegra was thinner, or it just took more because it has a smaller brush than the OPI but I got LMEY on in two coats and it took 3 with Allegra.

The Show Must Go On - This is my favorite!! I may even like this one more than all the glitters! :cO This is a hot pink foil with a gold/copper duochrome shimmer. It's much like MAC - Bad Fairy, but better! They are not dupes, but they have similar properties which makes me compare them. For all the days I was wearing this all I could think is "This is so much better than Bad Fairy!" The colors differ because Bad Fairy is deeper and more cranberry and The Show Must Go On is more like a hot strawberry. The similarities are the finish and the gold/copper duochrome, but the base color is much different. They do look similar in the bottle though don't they?!>>
What do you think of Part II of Burlesque?

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

Sunday, October 24, 2010

Hard Candy - Halloween Polishes 2010

Hard Candy has released three, new, limited Halloween shades this year that you can find at Wal-Mart. They are a nice change of pace from the usual orange, black and white creme shades we usually see for Halloween which seems to be the theme this year. Polish companies have learned that we need new, unique shades for Halloween just like all other releases. The best part about the Hard Candy Halloween shades? They are all glitter!

Wicked - This is a black base with tiny silver glitter. The base is a bit sheer but that is a good thing because it lets the glitter shine through. This is three coats.

Mischief - This is a orange glitter in a murky, green-black base, much like China Glaze - Ick-A-Bod-Y. I really couldn't tell a difference when I put this on. I could have sworn I was wearing Ick-A-Bod-Y. If there is any difference, Mischief may be a smidge more condensed, but they're pretty much the same.

Zombie - This is the star of this collection, in my opinion. It's the most unique, the most fun, and it's a bit of an oddball for a Halloween collection because it's really bright and happy instead of dark and spooky, but that is what makes me like it. This is a mix of purple, pink and blue glitter in a clear base. I love the overall purple glitter look.

These can be found at Wal-Mart and retail for $5.

What do you think?

Friday, October 22, 2010

OPI Burlesque Glitters with Close-Ups

YES! Burlesque glitters! Finally! I have been dying for them! Today I am bringing you the glitter half of the OPI - Burlesque collection. These make me happy! These all have sort of the same idea: lots of different glitter with one shade being the overpowering one. All swatches are three coats, and have no topcoat.

Shimmer and Shimmer
- This is a mix of mostly blue and silver glitter with a little red, yellow, green and fuchsia glitter thrown it. Is it close to Absolutely Alice? Not really. Here they are side by side:

Shimmer and Shimmer
on the left, Absolutely Alice on the right

- This is a mix of mostly orange and silver with some green, blue, yellow and fuchsia. I love orange and I love glitter so this is awesome for me!

Bring On The Bling!
- This is overall a gold glitter but has little bits of yellow (not gold) green, blue, fuchsia, red and silver. Really awesomely unique for a gold glitter.

Glow Up Already!
- This is a lime/chartreuse glitter with some emerald green, blue, fuchsia, red, yellow and silver. At first it looked a lot like Rescue Beauty Lounge - Locavore, but side by side you can see they aren't that similar:

Glow Up Already!
on the left and Locavore on the right

Show It And Glow It!
- This is overall fuchsia with a bit of yellow, emerald, blue, red and silver glitter.

- This is the odd man out because this isn't a mix of all the same blue, green, fuchsia, yellow, etc. glitter. It is just three: gold, bold blue, and fuchsia. Reminds me a bit of Look Rich, Be Cheap from RBL, just with blue. I shouldn't really compare them because I didn't like LRBC but I really like Sparkle-icious. I really like this one.

If you missed out on OPI's Mad As A Hatter glitter from the Alice in Wonderland collection last winter/spring, and were hoping for a dupe here, there really isn't one. Mad As A Hatter also was a mix of several different glitters but didn't have one overall color. It's overall color was really... like colorless. It's mostly silver with some bits of other colors. Also, MAAH had a bold purple glitter in it that the other shades don't seem to have. Here is a close-up of MAAH:

OPI Burlesque is out now. I am so excited about these! What an exciting collection from OPI! Half of a collection being full coverage glitters?! Holy cow.

I will be posting the second half of the collection ASAP.

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Finally Some Halloween Decals

I have been on a mad hunt for Halloween nail decals and CAN NOT FIND ANY! I even work on the road and check places that are typically far from my house so I have an expanded drugstore search radius and that doesn't matter. I finally found A SHEET of decals at Sally's the other day and it was the last one. Geez. They are cool though. I just wish there were more of them!

I really like the spiders and spiderwebs and the different colored mini gems.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Deborah Lippmann - Across The Universe

Hi all! I wish that I could post more often. I really do. I have just been working sooooooooo much. Thank you all for still sticking with me. I am doing the best I can! I have lots of great stuff to post so I will try to get the heck on it!

This is Deborah Lippmann - Across The Universe. It was released a while back but that doesn't mean it doesn't deserve a post! Look how pretty it is! Deb did a GREAT job with this one. For the past year and more Deborah has been giving us chunky, sparkly, hexagonal glitter polishes and this may be one of my faves. I want to say fave, but I am having a hard time picking between this and Happy Birthday! This is a navy blue jelly with green and light blue hexagon glitter pieces, and royal blue small glitter pieces. I love all the different, but complimenting colors. The polish is thin enough to let the glitter through, but pigmented enough to have a deep overall color. The glitter is super pretty and shiny, and the overall look is smooth and sparkly with a top coat. There is absolutely nothing bad to say about this one! FABULOUS!

What do you think?

Disclosure: The products featured in this post were furnished to me by the manufacturer or PR company for review. For more information please visit my disclosure policy.

Monday, October 11, 2010

Still Love Mattes

I had a crazy idea for some fun with my matte top coat and made an over the top layering mani. I started with super bright red creme. Then I added Wet n Wild - Ice Blue Pearl that I used for this matte mani. Then I threw on a coat of Sally Hansen - Hidden Treasure because matte flakies are one of my most favorite things ever. I don't like the end result that much because the blue is over powering. There is less blue on the right hand nails, but the cuticles on that hand were not camera ready soo.....

This close up is actually from my right hand. I like the more subtle blue flash and more emphasis on the flakies.

What do you think?


Saturday, October 9, 2010

MAC - Bad Fairy

I know we've all seen this already but I love it! I didn't get the other two in the Venomous Villains Collection because they were dupes to Orly Cosmic FX shades, but Bad Fairy enticed me. And damn MAC for making limited edition stuff super limited so it makes me panic and run to buy!

Bad Fairy is really pretty. It is a strawberry-red with duochrome shimmer that is copper at the edges and at angles. The polish has a near-foil finish and is flashy, but not so much I felt I couldn't wear it to work. Really cool. Too bad it took 3-4 coats, but I love it. Glad I took the plunge and ran to my Macy's MAC counter to snag one of the last bottles.

If you like Bad Fairy run before it's too late. This sold out on the website super fast (as cool LE polishes from MAC usually do)

Saturday, October 2, 2010

Nubar Finest Silks, Winter 2010

Traveling the Silk Road for inspiration, nubar introduces Finest Silks, a collection of eight luxuriously silky shades which provide complete coverage in two coats. Effortlessly feminine with a thoroughly modern palette, these lovely new shades flatter every finger and lend themselves to the fluid, graceful silhouettes see on runways around the world.

Just as women love the shine and drape of silk, the love the sophistication of a classic nail polish. The shades of Finest Silks collection range to be universally appealing and beautiful on every woman.

Always free of formaldehyde, phthalate and toluene, the nail lacquers in Finest Silks offer seven dreamy cremes and one luminous frost.

nubar nail lacquers feature an ergonomically designed cap and a 299 bristle brush built for comfort and performance.

NS280: Organza - an intense pearl white
NA281: Taffeta - a pale peachy brown
NS282: Marabout - a deep muted brown
NS283: Pekin - a rich dark red
NS284: Chiffon - a muted brown
NS285: Moire- a light reddish brown
NS286: Charmeuse - a neutral blush
NS287: Sateen - a deep vivid red