Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Zoya Giovanna

I have another Zoya for you. This one I bought because the color just called to me for some reason. I'm not really a green girl but this one I couldn't pass up. Then in my Ipsy Glam Bag in November I got this same one. So now I have 2 bottles of this gorgeous color, I guess I was just meant to have this one, lol!

This is Zoya Giovanna, it is a emerald green metallic and boy is it gorgeous. I love how saturated the color is in this one, I thought this one would be an awesome color for Christmas but I couldn't wait that long to wear it so I wore it for my birthday instead.

The formula is Zoya's awesome formula. I absolutely love Zoya's formula, I haven't had a problem with any of there polishes. I think the only problem I have encountered in the 50+ Zoyas I own is ONE was a tad streaky but that's it, and it wasn't even that streaky, just a tiny bit. If you haven't tried Zoya polishes then you are surely missing out on some great lacquers! They have an amazing formula that is by far my favorite and their colors are gorgeous with a huge selection to chose from!

I used 2 coats of Giovanna over a base coat and then topped it off with some Out The Door for added shine. The pics were taken indoors with just natural lighting and no flash. I also took the pics before I added my topcoat so that you can see that they are shiny on their own.

Zoya polishes can be purchased at Ulta, select salons, or on their website here. They are $8 (except the new Natural Collection is $9 for each bottle and Pixie Dusts are also $9 a bottle) for a full sized 0.5fl oz bottle.

Thursday, December 26, 2013

OPI Alcatraz Rocks and Color Club Blue Heaven

Well, I am back! I'm still recovering from surgery and then to top it all off, I caught the nice flu bug that was going around. So this year for Christmas I was sick with the flu and didn't make it off of my couch much. But finally feeling better and hoping to be back to normal real soon, here's a post for you of a mani I did a couple weeks ago.

I have OPI Alcatraz Rocks from the San Francisco Collection. This one is one of their Liquid Sands and I can't remind you enough of how much I LOVE the textured polishes!!! Alcatraz Rocks is a navy/purple with shimmer in multiple colors. The shimmer that stood out most for me was a gold shimmer but there is more than just the gold in this one. The formula on this was amazing and the dry time was pretty good. I think it was dry to the touch in about 10-15 minutes.

I just can't say enough how much I freaking love the textured feel and look! This was 2 coats of Alcatraz Rocks over a base coat and no topcoat.

Then I decided I wanted to try out another beauty I received as a gift, one that I had been lusting after ever since I became obsessed with polish. Color Club Blue Heaven. This holo is GORGEOUS!!!!!!! It is a very pale blue holo. As you can see in this shot the beautiful rainbow that this holo gets when exposed to the sunlight. I wanted to wear both of these polishes so I just added Blue Heaven as an accent nail for this mani. I used 2 coats of Blue Heaven and added a top coat for added shine on this accent nail.

I don't know if I'll be able to handle a full on mani of Color Club Blue Heaven because it is so gorgeous and holo-rific that I don't think I'd get any work done. I'd be staring at my nails all day long, lol!! These pics (with the exception of the one below) were taken indoors with the natural light shining in my windows, no flash.

Here is another beautiful shot of these, look at that holo in the sun (this pic was taken outside in direct sunlight, no flash)! You can also see the gold shimmer stand out in Alcatraz Rocks in the sun too!! These were such a great compliment to each other and I loved wearing this mani.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Nailtini Caviar Cocktail

First of all I want to thank you all for being so patient with me while I am recovering from surgery. I know it's been a little more than a week since I've posted on here but recovery has been a bit rougher than I thought it would be. I'm hoping to get back into the groove and start posting again on a regular basis.

So, here is my first post in a while...I have a nice little polish I got in my November Ipsy Glam Bag. This is called Caviar Cocktail by Nailtini. It is a pewter metallic color that applies extremely smoothly. I thought this was going to be more silver but once I applied it and seen that it was more of a pewter I was pleasantly surprised.

I have applied 2 coats of Caviar Cocktail and no topcoat. It's not dull on it's own, it does have a small bit of shine but I think with a topcoat it will really shine. I had no problems with application and the formula was pretty smooth. It dried in the usual amount of time and it was not streaky or gloopy.

All pics were taken indoors with the natural sunlight coming through the window and no flash. Nailtini products can be purchased here or if you are an Ipsy Glam Bag subscriber you may get some Nailtini polishes in your bag from time to time. If you are not an Ipsy Glam Bag subscriber and you would like to become one. Go to my Referral Links tab and click on my Ipsy link to subscribe.

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

China Glaze Towel Boy Toy

This is China Glaze Towel Boy Toy. I also got this one as a gift in a gift exchange. I don't know what it is, I may be going through a teal and blue phase but I am loving this color. I believe this one came from the China Glaze Poolside neon collection from 2010. I love neons and couldn't wait to try out a blue "neon".

This one is a bright pretty sky blue with a subtle shimmer. It dries matte but once you add a topcoat to this it is GORGEOUS!!! With the topcoat the shimmer is more visible. I suppose you could also leave it matte if you were in the mood for a matte finish but in my opinion this one is so much more beautiful with a topcoat.

The formula was great, I rarely have any problems with the China Glaze formula. It applied evenly and without streaks. Shown here is 2 coats of Towel Boy Toy and then one coat of Out The Door topcoat to add shine and bring out the subtle shimmer. Pictures were taken indoors with natural lighting that was coming in through my window and no flash.

I am thinking this is going to be a nice base for some winter themed mani I am going to do as soon as my new snowflake stamping plate arrives. I also think it is going to be great for the summer and well, honestly I can think of many different manicures I can do with this color year round.

China Glaze polishes can be purchased at Ulta, some salons, select stores, and of course check out China Glaze's own site.

Sunday, December 1, 2013

Essie Naughty Nautical

Today I have Essie Naughty Nautical for you. This is one I got as a gift in a gift exchange and I love it. The color is a little more deeper than I thought it would be but that is good with me. Naughty Nautical is a nice teal color with silver shimmer embedded in it. The shimmer is very light and once I put it on, it was hard to see, you can really see the shimmer in the bottle.

Application of this was great. It wasn't runny or thick and goopy. The consistency was perfect. I had no problems what so ever and it applied evenly with no streaks. This is 2 coats and I actually hadn't applied a topcoat to this so you can see that it has a nice shine to it on it's own. I bet with a topcoat this one would really shine. It dried almost completely in about 3-4 minutes.

These pictures were taken indoors in natural lighting coming through the window and no flash.

Essie polishes can be purchased at Ulta, Walgreens, Target, Walmart, other drug stores, beauty supply stores, and salons. This retails for approximately $8 for a 0.5fl oz bottle. You can also check it out on Essie's website here.

Hope you all enjoyed this one as much as I do! I can't wait to use this again!!