Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Essie Pink Parka

Continuing with polishes sitting in the back of my stash, I thought I should re-swatch Essie Pink Parka. This polish has become increasingly hard to find, and I was surprised that it was going for more than a few bucks on eBay recently. I bought this polish when it was first released as part of the Essie 2009 Fall Collection. A neon pink for fall? Kinda weird... especially for Essie! Nonetheless, it is stunning. Neons are notoriously hard to photograph, but let me assure you that this polish is a LOUD neon pink. My pictures show a white cast, but it is not like that in real life.The polish also dries to a matte finish, so here is what it looks like with a top coat:
I hope you enjoyed this review! I think I need to dig in my stash some more to find other hidden treasures... hmmm I think I have a Sally Hansen polish named Hidden Treasure somewhere lol!
In the meantime, let me know what your favorite neon polishes are :)

Monday, September 26, 2011

OPI The Show Must Go On!

Hi everyone :)
I have a really amazing polish to show you today. OPI The Show Must Go On! has been pushed to the back of my stash, and I completely forgot that I had it. While reorganizing my room, I found it again and I had put it on right away! It is no wonder that it was released as part of the 2010 Burlesque Holiday Collection because it shiny, shimmery & quite festive. Onto pics :)
I tried to get true to color pictures, but it just didn't photograph as fuchsia as it is in real life. The color is hard to describe, it is like a hot pink/fuchsia that flashes a copper orange. I think this is a foil finish, but it is a lot more shimmery than most foils I have tried. It also applies flawlessly, this is two coats. Very pretty! (P.S.: This is a good option if you missed out on MAC Bad Fairy!)
I used Seche Vite Top Coat.

Friday, September 23, 2011

Wet n Wild Black Creme

I just wanted to do a quick post on Wet n Wild Black Creme. I blogged about this polish before when I layered OPI La Boheme over it, but I think it needs a post all to itself. Black creme is a very affordable black polish (we are talking $1.99 CAD here) that great for layering or even nail art. I mean, who doesn't want a great black polish? It is kind of a staple. This is two coats and you can see how pigmented and shiny it is (no top coat used).
The only drawbacks are the the long thin brush is kind of flimsy, and the polish sells like chemicals. It can also stain your nails, so make sure to use a base coat with it. Personally, given the price, I can live with that. Hope that was helpful :)
I used Mavala Protective Base Coat.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

OPI Japanese Rose Garden

If you read my blog regularly, you will know that I love my pinks and that I was on a little (big?) pink polish quick in the beginning of the summer. Even though summer is officially over today, I thought I could still sneak in one more pink polish :) . This is one of my favorite pinks of all time: OPI Japanese Rose Garden. I am not sure what collection this is from, but it predates 2008 since it is a black label polish. The formula is excellent and I am in love with the thinner brush OPI used to make.

What makes this pink special is the very subtle white pearl that goes through this polish. You could even call it a secret shimmer, à la Chanel. I think it is adorable!
I used Seche Vite Top Coat.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Chanel Graphite 529

I have already reviewed the two other polishes from the Chanel Fall 2011 Illusions d'Ombres 2011, but it looks like I accidentally saved the best for last. In my opinion, this is the stunner of the collection: the combination of the gold, silver and pewter flecks create a one of a kind multi-dimensional polish. I love that it is not "blingy" like I thought it would be. Graphite is a universally flattering color. By that I mean I think it would look amazing on any age group and flattering on all skin tones. Also, it is chic yet edgy and looks fab with pretty much any outfit. I don't know why I waited so long to try this one on! This is two coats:

The exact color of this polish is hard to capture on camera and I would say the second picture captures the color a little bit better. I also suspect that it leans more silver/pewter on me because of my cool skin tone. Some bloggers have commented that Graphite has a green tint in some lights, but I have not noticed that on me.
I have had this polish on for 4 days now, and there are no signs of tip wear. I don't feel like ever taking this off. I love, love, love it! I might even have to pick up a back up bottle before it sells out. In the meantime, if there is one polish you buy this fall I encourage you to get this one if it is still available where you are. You can thank me later ;)
I used Mavala Protective Base Coat and Mavala Fixator Top Coat.
You can read my review of Peridot here, and my review of Quartz here.

Thursday, September 15, 2011

China Glaze Midnight Mission

I must be on a dark blue quick, because this is the second one I am wearing this week! This is Midnight Mission from China Glaze. I bought this polish last year as part of the Fall 2010 Vintage Vixen collection and, imagine, I haven't used it until now! This polish is a beautiful, complex dark blue with very fine micro glitter suspended in the base. It is stunning and the application is a breeze. If I recall correctly, I only used two coats here.
Dark blues are flattering on pretty much everyone & this one has a little something extra with the micro glitter. I suggest you check it out!!
I used Mavala Protective Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

OPI Ink Suede + Top Coat

I just wanted to do quick update of OPI Ink Suede. In my previous post I decided to wear this polish on it's own. Unfortunately, I found that it chipped like crazy. I mean, I could almost scratch the polish off of my nails! I wanted to try it out with a top coat, not only to see if it chipped less, but also to see how it changed the finish. I added 2 coats of Seche Vite. A shiny top coat helps to bring out the color and shimmer of the polish. It makes it look like a cross between a foil & a shimmer with a lot of texture on top of all of that. I wore it for about 2 days, and it still chipped though. If you have any suggestions about how to get longer wear out of OPI Suedes let me know :)

Saturday, September 10, 2011

OPI Ink Suede

Hello everybody :)
Today I have swatches of OPI Ink Suede. This polish was first released as part of the Fall 2009 Suede collection which featured suede versions of popular OPI colors (such as Russian Navy & You Don't Know Jacques). Ink is the only one I bought from this collection; the shimmery "burple" color really drew me in for some reason :)

The suede polishes are quite thick & dry almost instantly so it is essential to apply them quickly with a light hand. Two coats is plenty with this one. Actually, the second coat is mostly to fill up bald spots. I am not sure that I am crazy about this finish- and it does not help that this polish tends to chip on me within hours. I like it better than matte polishes though. I might have to try it with a top coat!

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

First Attempt at a Half Moon Mani using Revlon Vixen

I love the vintage look of half moon manicures (Dita Von Teese sports them all the time!) so I try doing one. After all, I had a little extra time during the long weekend so I thought it would be fun.
Here is how I did it:
1-I want my nails to be extra smooth and shiny so I started off with Gelous as a base coat, waited for it to dry and then stuck on Sally Hansen French Manicure Guides to help create the lines.
2- I went in with Revlon Vixen, which is supposed to be a Chanel Rouge Noir/original Vamp dupe, and painted 3 coats on top of the strips.
3- I removed the strips when the polish was somewhat dry. Make sure to do this, because if you remove the strips when the polish is completely dry, you risk taking some of the polish off with it.
4- After Vixen was dry, I added Mavala in Natural on top of everything. This polish is glossy pink, but it did not show up on the nail as much I wanted. I was expecting a pink tint to show up on the bare part of the nail.

I think next time I will try creating rounder & cleaner edges. I just wanted to show you my first attempt, I think with practice & patience I can make it look even better... or even perfect! Oh, and before you ask, yes, eventually I will do a Chanel Rouge Noir and Revlon Vixen comparison ;)

Sunday, September 4, 2011

OPI La Boheme over Wet n Wild Black Creme

Hello all :)
I have heard from many others that duochromes pop when you layer them over black. La Boheme is no exception to this. I layered 2 coats of it over Wet n Wild Black Creme, and honestly, I did not expect it to look this amazing. I have no words, it is a stunning polish when layered. Just wow, wow, wow! Finally I understand why fanatics go ga-ga for La Boheme. I had a hard time choosing which pics to use since they all turned out to be spectacular!!
Here is a side by side pic of La Boheme layered and on it's own ( if you like, click on it to make it bigger)
The polish is super shimmery and changes color depending on the lighting. Sometimes it leans towards a plum color, then burgundy and then changes to a dark red. And then we have the amazing amber shimmer added to this mix!! Stunning. I am grading it an A+
You can see my review of La Boheme on it's own here. I used Mavala Protective Base Coat and Seche Vite Top Coat.