April 30, 2011

Zoya Tanzy vs. Sephora by OPI Once A Cheetah, Always A Cheetah

Hi again guys, 2 posts today...yay! I have a quick comparison post for you. The other day I posted Sephora by OPI's new Safari Luxe Collection. One of the polishes in that collection looked a lot like a few of polishes I already own. I pulled them all out and took out the closest to compare it to. The winner was Zoya Tanzy which is from the Sunshine Collection Zoya put out for Summer 2011. I will have that full collection up for you in the next week :D

Good news, total dupes. The formula on both was very similar, but the Zoya is a couple bucks cheaper!

I used 2 coats of each polish for these photos. Can you tell them apart by looking at this first picture? I bet you can't!




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Zoya Mod Matte Collection Swatches!

Hi guys! I know I'm a little late posting these! Did anyone pick up any of the Mod Matte's in the Zoya Exchange? I was really excited for these, I think the colors are great! I haven't worn any of these with a top coat yet but I'm looking forward to seeing how they look!

I found the the formula on all 3 of these was hard to work with. I really loved the matte polishes Zoya put out previously so it was a bit of a disappointment that the formula on these was as tricky as it was. Maybe it's because they are neon, I have no idea. That said, I'll probably wear them again despite the problems I had.

Mitzi, is a yellow toned green, very bright! I needed 4 coats on most of my nails to even the color out.


Lolly is a bright neon pink! I used 3 coats for the photo below.


Phoebe is an electric shimmery blue. I'm really looking forward to wearing this with a top coat! It's easily my favorite of the 3! I used 3 coats for the photo below.


April 29, 2011

OPI Movin' Out

Good Morning!  It's Friday...yay! Anyone watch the royal wedding? I sure did not watch it...I was asleep. Luckily American media likes to run things into the ground so I saw parts of it replayed on the news about 15 times in the 10 minutes I watched before I went to work this morning.

Today I have for you guys an older OPI called Movin' Out, this came out prior to OPI being Big 3 Free...man nail polish ruled back then. It seems like when we lost all the chemicals we also lost all the amazing multichromes. I recently bought this on ebay, it was surprisingly very cheap! Movin' Out is very sheer on it's own, probably best to layer it. I was going to try it over black (which I still have on my list to do) but instead I decided to put it over the dark purple I already had on. I think over black the multichrome will pop a bit more!

I used 1 coat  of OPI Movin' Out over Butter London Marrow for the photos below.

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April 28, 2011

Butter London Henley Regatta vs. FingerPaints All You Need Is Color

Good Morning everyone! Hopefully everyone is having a good day so far, and those of you down in the south are safe. I can't imagine dealing with the tornadoes they have been having.

Today I have for you guys a comparison! I just got a few Butter London polishes in the mail yesterday...I went on a bit of an online shopping rampage last week! When I put them on my desk I noticed that Henley Regatta was sitting next to All You Need Is Color from FingerPaints Summer Collection and boy, did they look similar. I had to see if they were!

I gotta say guys, they are very close on the nail. The only real differences are that the glitter in the FingerPaints polish is a little smaller and it's a bit more opaque. The glitter combo is spot on though! When I had them on it was hard to tell which is which unless I was trying to see the difference. I prefer the formula on Butter London's polish but the coverage on FingerPaints. If you have a Sally's near you and like this All You Need Is Color is a great MUCH cheaper alternative to Henley Regatta!

I used 3 coats of each polish for the photos below!


April 27, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Summer 2011 Preview!

I know there are a few swatches of  some of these floating around already....what do you guys think?


From Left to right: Girls Just Want To Have Fun, I Know What Boys Like, Yellow Brick Road, Lara’s Theme

What it is: Add a pop of colors to your nails this spring and summer with the hottest most fashionable shades from Deborah Lippmann!
       
            Girls Just Want To Have Fun – A smooth, vintage coral that everyone can wear because it’s bold yet velvety – a sort of carefree, creamy coral.

I Know What Boys Like – A creamy periwinkle that credits to both the 80’s and my clients. Several of my clients have asked for interesting blues. This one is a blend of blue and purple with a creamy finish, which gives it a slightly retro look that is so playful and hip.

Yellow Brick Road, a sheer mellow yellow with a jelly finish. The proof that it wears beautifully on all skin tones: it complements me and Lady GaGa, who wore it first for her “Born This Way” performance at the 2011 Grammy Awards

Lara’s Theme was created with supermodel Lara Stone is Deborah Lippmann’s newest
celebrity collaboration. It’s a dare to wear shade of hot-hot orange

Price: $16

Where to find: Barneys New York, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom, and online at www.deborahlippmann.com

For insider information on all things Deborah Lippmann, follower her on Twitter @deborahlippmann

Sephora by OPI Safari Luxe Collection Swatches

Morning guys! Today is the last day for the Zoya Exchange...if you haven't taken advantage of it already what are you waiting for?!? I actually got all my polishes in the mail yesterday, they are fab!

Today I have for you guys the new Safari Luxe from Sephora by OPI. I was really stoked about this from the little color blobs on Sephora's website....especially the promise of holographic glitter in 2 of the polishes! Since I hadn't seen swatches of any of these I took advantage of the 15% VIB coupon I had and bought the whole collection.

A Color The Can't Be Tamed, I don't know know what to call this. Green/Gold/Tan? A little bit of shimmer. I am not a fan of this one for a few reasons. First, lets talk about the description and color blob on the Sephora site for this polish. "opaque mint green with fine holographic glitter" WHAT? not only is this is strangest "mint green" I have ever seen but I also fail to see any kind of holographic glitter. Perhaps they have milled this holo glitter so fine that it has just disappeared? There is a bleak multi colored shimmer that I could only see in the macro shots, maybe that is what they are referring to? I also posted a picture of the horribly inaccurate color blob from Sephora site down below.Maybe I'm being a little harsh with this one, but it really bugs me that companies throw around the word holographic and then this is the result. It seems like some kind of ploy to get us to buy it, worked with me!


Formula wise, this wasn't very great in that department either...very sheer. I needed 4 coats for full opacity.

I don't know why my ring finger nail looks so weirdly long and skinny in this picture but it's freakin me out!

This is apparently what Sephora thinks this color looks like, they are wrong.



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It's not all bad you guys, let's move on to Caught With My Khakis Down a khaki army green. I love this one SO much. I also think if fits the Safari theme really well.  The formula was fantastic! Not sure if I have any dupes to this or not, I need to go through my stash and look! This is 2 coats of Caught With My Khakis Down.


Don't Feed The Hand Models is a pink toned light tan. Probably my favorite of the collection, in some light this was almost perfect mannequin hands! I also lol at the name of this! The formula was good, a bit streaky but it evened out nicely at 3 coats.


I Don't Bite is a light blurple shimmer...frostalicious finish. This is the other polish gone wrong in the collection. Again promising holo glitter and all we get is a tiny bit of multicolored shimmer which is barely visible. The color blob on Sephora's site, again horribly inaccurate (I put up a picture of it below). The formula was a bit better than it's greenish cousin, still a bit sheer but I only needed 3 coats of this one.


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Once A Cheetah, Always A Cheetah is a bright orange with a golden yellow shimmer. Nothing new or unique by any means but I always love colors like this, no matter how many I might own. The formula was great, I used 2 coats for full opacity.


Last up is Wild About Shimmer, a sheer golden shimmer in a Champagne base according to Sephora. I didn't try and build this up, and actually sort of like it showing VNL...not sure if I will ever actually wear it this way but we'll see. Looks to be the same as China Glaze White Cap, if you have that polish I'd pass on this one. I used 2 coats of Wild About Shimmer for the photo below.


Overall, I really love Caught With My Khakis Down, Don't Feed The Hand Models and Once a Cheetah, Always a  Cheetah. I'd pass on Wild About Shimmer and the 2 "hologprahic" glitter and a big giant fail.

What do you guys think?

April 26, 2011

Revlon Sunshine Sparkle

Good Morning guys! I went to Target last night and guess what they carry now? Orly! I thought maybe I was just blind and had never seen it before so I said something about it on Twitter and no one else had ever seen it either so I've decided it must be new! They had an okay selection, a bunch of core colors and they were $6.99 a bottle. Target is really starting to impress me with their polish selection. Weird how in the last couple of months they gotten brands that have never been available there before, first Essie and Sinful Colors...now Orly. I wonder what's next!

Today I have for you guys one of the polishes from a Summer 2011 Revlon display I found at Rite Aid last week. The colors in the display are fab and consist of a shimmery yellow, shimmery blue and shimmery orange. I picked up the yellow and blue, I wanted that orange SO bad but am kind of glad I passed after using the other 2 over the weekend. The yellow I'm showing you today is called Sunshine Sparkle. It's a sunny yellow, a bit muted...not super bright. In the bottle it has a gorgeous shimmer and it did translate onto the nail but not as strongly as I had hoped for. I do really enjoy the color even if the shimmer wasn't as wow as I hoped for. And that people is where my love affair ends with this color. The formula was horrible, a streaky nightmare. I know yellow is a pain but this was by far the worst I've ever personally tried. I needed 5 coats to even this sucker out. Then after all that hard work...bubbling. You can't see most of the bubbling in my picture except for 1 giant bubble on my middle finger...but trust me it was there. I probably won't be posting the blue from this collection, it was even worse. I didn't even take pictures of it when I wore it, that's how bad it was.

I have to say, I've only tried 5 Revlon polishes in my entire life. Out of those 5 only 2, Perplex & Royal, have had a decent formula...the other 3 have been nightmares. I probably won't buy another Revlon polish unless the color is something great. I am so disappointed with these 2 summer ones I bought! :(

Below is 5 coats of Sunshine Sparkle


See...there is that shimmer. Sparse, but there!

April 25, 2011

Sally Hansen Crackle & Tracey Reese Spring 2011 Previews!

Hi guys, wanted to share these with you because I am pretty excited about both of them!

First up, Sally Hansen is doing Crackles! These will be on store shelves in June! Who is excited?!? ME! Especially for Fuschia Shock, Vintage Violet and Antiqued Gold! I'm really looking forward to seeing them in person! The picture below is clickable if you want to see the colors in better detail!


Also hitting stores in May from Sally Hansen is the Tracey Reese for Sally Hansen Spring 2011 Collection. I actually thought I somehow missed this one. I remember seeing information about it at the beginning of the year then searching and searching for it and coming up empty. I'm happy to see that I didn't miss it! Below is the Press Release for it and bottle pictures! I'm really looking forward to seeing the Wicked Bamboo Salon Effects Strips. I'm a huge fan of Salon Effects so I love that they are giving us a new design!

For Spring 2011, Tracy Reese redefines favorite silhouettes and offers women simple yet sexy looks for effortlessly chic dressing. Reese took inspiration from the classic spirit of travel, evoking the pleasure of immersion in a new environment with a mellow 70’s influence. Distinctive details bring to life classic styles in a palette of white alabaster and nude with shades of blue and pops of orange for an exotic touch. Safari-inspired looks like lace-up bodice shifts and hot shorts in perforated faux-leather are contrasted against tribal details like wood and iridescent beads.

To complement the collection, Tracy Reese collaborated with Sally Hansen for the tenth consecutive season to create sexy, modern nail color shades, evoking the exoticism of the spring collection.

Coral Fever
First Kiss
Summer Plum
Eel Skin
Barracuda
Malt
Delphinium

The seven shades in the limited-edition collection are made with Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure, an all-in-one formula that combines all the 5 steps of a professional salon manicure - a base coat, strengthener, growth treatment, rich color and top coat in a single multi-tasking polish.

On the runway Tracy debuts Wicked Bamboo, an exclusive nail design she created using Sally Hansen’s most advanced nail color technology, Salon Effects Real Nail Polish Strips.  It’s real nail color with ten day wear and no drying time. 


*image credit Sally Hansen PR*

Nfu Oh 62

Good Morning everyone! Hope you all had a fabulous weekend!  I am SO excited about this post today, I had this on last week and have been meaning to post it! I recently got my first Nfu Oh holo polish in a swap, I have been dying to get one but half the stuff I want is always sold out so I never actually order.

Nuf Oh 62 looks like a silver holo in my pictures but the base color is more of a pinkish tan color, very neutral looking. The holo in this baby was strong, my favorite! The formula was tricky but who the heck cares when it looks like this after you manage to get it on! Needless to say I need the rest of their holo's in my life immediately, now if stupid 61 would ever get back in stock...

I used 3 coats of Nfu Oh 62 for the photos below. And I DID use a top coat in these, Sally Hansen Insta Dri. I know people say Top Coat kills holo and man...if this is dead holo I can't even imagine how it would look un-dead. I might die from it's beauty if I wore it that way.



April 24, 2011

OPI Rally Pretty Pink vs. Zoya Faye

Happy Easter everyone! My family doesn't really do much for this holiday, we aren't really religious so it's just a regular lazy Sunday for me. I went and saw the movie Hanna this morning, it was SO boring. If you wanted to see it just....don't lol.

Today I have for you guys a much requested comparison from the other day. OPI Rally Pretty Pink vs. Zoya Faye. I just picked up Faye today at a Planet Beauty store across from the movie theater then got home ASAP to see if they were as close as I thought they would be. Guess what guys, we were all right they are very dupey. Formula was very much the same also, can't say I prefer one over the other. I do like OPI's brush better but that's just a personal preference. I used 3 coats of each polish for the photo's below.

Can you tell them apart?


No? Here they are at a bunch of angles labeled which is which!




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*OPI Rally Pretty Pink was provided to me for review*

April 23, 2011

Essie Smooth Sailing

Good Morning guys! There is some kind of community garage sale going on in my neighborhood today...it has successfully killed my plan of sleeping in after going to bed at like 3 am lol. I feel like I need a gallon of some kind of energy drink! I guess it at least gives me a jump start on the day!

Today I have for you guys a polish from Essie's Summer 2011 Braziliant Collection. I haven't heard too much about this collection, just happened to find the display at Rite Aid the other day. I ended up picking up 2 colors Smooth Sailing, which I'm showing you today and Braziliant which is a vibrant orange with a pink shimmer. The rest of the collection wasn't very exciting IMO.

Smooth Sailing is a periwinkle blue with a silver shimmer. If Sew Psyched had a blue cousin this would be it. This color is fab, I liked it in the bottle but absolutely love it on the nail. The formula was also really good, Essie has been hit or miss lately and this is definitely a hit. I used 2 coats of Smooth Sailing for the photos below!



April 22, 2011

OPI Blue Shatter Collection Swatches!

Hi guys, I was going to post this tomorrow but thought oh what the heck I should just post it today! Get all the new OPI out for you before the weekend! In addition to the 3 new shatters from the Pirates and Serena Williams Collections OPI is also giving us a little collection of 3 shades of blue Shatters!

These all shattered really well, even the shimmers. Color me impressed! I really love all 3 but I think Blue might be my personal favorite! I love the shimmer in that one. I'm pretty sure it's the favorite in my entire household. My Mom is rocking it on her fingers and toes right now and my Dad is also wearing it on his big toes LOL!

Navy Shatter over OPI Skull & Glossbones...please ignore the fail nail that is my ring finger I was trying to be all fancy and try it diagonal. It would look awesome if I didn't apply it like such a nightmare on that nail lol.


Close up!

Blue Shatter over OPI Steady As She Rose


Close Up for the shimmer!!

Turquoise Shatter over OPI Mermaid Tears


More Shimmer!

All 3 shatters over China Glaze Sexagon...I actually wore this combo to work today and really love the look. I might do skittles like this again one day! From L-R Turquoise Shatter, Navy Shatter, Blue Shatter

Blue ShatterNavy Shatter, and Turquoise Shatter will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Shatter coat.



OPI Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection Swatches!

Good Morning guys, happy Friday!! Today I have for you guys another new collection from OPI, The Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Collection which is also serving as the Spring 2011 Brights Collection for OPI. I've been pretty stoked about this since I heard about the theme, I've been a big Pirates fan forever, seriously. Pirates of the Caribbean was always one of my favorite rides at Disneyland since I was litte! Gotta say, I love them for making movies because the addition of the Johnny Depp as Jack Sparrow figurine thingys they added into the ride are awesome! I kinda want to go to Disneyland now! I, like most of you I'm sure, was like o.O when I first saw promo for this and all the colors were pastel looking, pirates and pastel are just not something I would put together but I really love the collection...the shades are light but also kinda dirty (in a good and awesome kinda way) so it works.

We're going to start with my personal favorite of the collection, Stranger Tides. This one is a light murky grayed out khaki green...totally up my alley. It was a bit sheer and patchy going on, use a light touch with this one! I used 2 semi thick coats for full opacity on most fingers but there were a couple nails that needed a 3rd coat to even everything out.



Skull & Glossbones is another murky looking color, a grey with a hint of brown. I feel like this has been a shade that we've seen a couple times already this year, but I still like it! The formula was good, the first coat looked very sheer but it was perfect after 2 coats.


Steady As She Rose is a very light lilac, looks like maybe a hint of grey to dirty it up a bit! When I saw this in the bottle it reminded me of Nice is Nice from Essie's Spring collection but it is a lot lighter and not even close for those wondering. This was a bit sheer and streaky at first, I used 3 coats to even everything out.


Mermaid Tears is a dusty jade green. Love this on and the name! Even if I didn't like the color I'd probably pick it up for the name only, I'm weird like that. Formula was great I used 2 coats for full opacity.


Guys, for once a comparison I don't have to promise then get to weeks later. I always have the best intentions of doing comparisons but life and new collections get in the way. Usually I have to go through my entire stash looking for possible dupes of things but I happened to have Orly Ancient Jade already sitting on my desk! Ancient Jade came out with Orly's Precious Collection for Spring this year and was one of my favorites. Guess what...Mermaid Tears is very very dupey to it. Ancient Jade is the slightest bit darker but it's not very noticeable. The main difference is the formula, the Orly is a bit thicker and I can get away with using 1 coat. If you have one you don't really need the other, in my opinion.


Sparrow Me The Drama (best named polish in the collection right?!?) is a dusty rosy pink. Normally something I don't give a second look but ended up really loving...go figure! The formula was great, I used 2 coats for full opacity.


Planks A Lot is a very dusty purple creme. Another one of my favorites from the collection. Great formula again, it went on so smooth and creamy...I love that! I used 2 coats for full opacity!


Now, probably the most anticipated part of this collection...Silver Shatter!!! I layered it over a few things and it looks fantastic over all of them. Formula was great and the shatter looks awesome. I was a bit worried after the pain in the rear that was the purple shimmery crackle polish from China Glaze's Crackle Collection. I thought maybe sparkly crack polish just wasn't meant to be. OPI proved me wrong! Please OPI, make more of these sparkly shatters I am blown away by how fab this looked and need more!

Silver Shatter dries a bit matte, I used a top coat over it for all of these photos. It's still very sparkly without a top coat but more sparkle is always a good thing!

Silver Shatter over Sparrow Me The Drama


Silver Shatter over Stranger Tides


Silver Shatter over Planks A Lot


Silver Shatter Skittles! I wanted to see Silver Shatter over some darker and bolder colors also, it's much more in your face in the best way possible!

From left to right Silver Shatter is layered over the following polishes: OPI Thanks So Muchness, OPI Suzi Skis In The Pyrenees, OPI Ogre The Top Blue, OPI Don't Mess With OPI


What do you guys think? This might be my favorite complete collection OPI has done in a long time, I love that the colors are understated and a bit murky there isn't one polish that I don't like. Silver Shatter is to die for!  


This limited-edition Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides collection will be available beginning May 2011 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for  $8.50 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer.


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