Monday, April 27, 2015

KB Shimmer Spring 2015 Live Application

KB Shimmer's Spring 2015 collection is made up of 12 soft and sparkling shades for Spring.  We have a mix of cream/glitters and holographic polishes that make up the collection.  You can watch live application of all the polishes here on my channel:


We'll start out with a dynamic holographic called Blue-d Lines.  This is two easy coats, but you can even get away with one.  The linear holographic effect is so strong on this one!


Another holographic in this collection is this light rose with scattered holographic bits in it.  It's called Blush Money and I'm showing you two coats.


Cool Hand Cuke is up next.  It's a light green cream with bits of white, yellow, purple, green, and dark pink glitters of all sizes in it.  What a fun mix here.  I'm showing you two coats here, but I think it probably needs three to be more opaque.


Next we have Funky Cold Patina which is a gorgeous teal on the deep side that's filled with orange/copper, and blues of a number of hues in it.  This is two coats and again it could probably use three.


I'm So Sweet Pea is our next cream/glitter.  This is such a great combination of purple, deep teal, and peach glitters with a barely blue-tinted base.  I'm showing you two coats, but again it could need a third coat.


The third holographic polish in the collection is this beautiful olive/spring green with linear effect.  It's called Ins And Sprouts.  It applies in 2 easy coats.


Meow or Never is very similar to I'm So Sweet Pea, with a subtle difference, it has no deep teal or peach glitter.  Again, this is two coats.


They included a pink cream with red, blue, white, purple glitters and a fun surprise pop of turquoise stars.  It's called Sweet Egg-scape and this is two coats.


Last for the holographics, they gave us another gorgeous linear-shifting polish called Thistle Be the Day.  This time the polish is a soft lilac and I've shown you two coats.


This polish came to a surprise to me.  It's a peach cream filled with red, green, purple, and yellow glitters.  I've shown you two coats.


Finally we'll look at the lovely blue cream/glitter called Wind Swarm.  It has white, purple, red, and yellow glitters swirling around inside.  I've shown you two coats.


I was so impressed with this collection.  All polishes are available at kbshimmer.com

Have a great day and I'll see you back next time.  Over and out.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Saturday Random Swatchfest 2/28/2015

Well hello there!  I hope you're having an absolutely wonderful day! :)  We're taking a look at last Saturday's Saturday Random Swatchfest.  We looked at 10 random polishes from my stash that haven't appeared anywhere on my blog or channel.  If you'd like to see live application of all the polishes you can find that here:

As you can see, I had a guest host on my channel :)  I hope you enjoyed.

Let's look at some polish:
First we have our red polish, this is FingerPaints Romanesque Rouge.  This one is bright and lovely- an easy two-coater.  A


Our pink polish today is Color Club Je T'aime.  This light pink cream comes from the Paris in Love collection- all of which I love!  This applied easily in two coats and is a perfect sweet, light pink.  A


For the orange category today we're looking at this bronze kind-of frost from Color Club called Model Behavior.  This one didn't apply as easily as I'd like.  It was just a little finicky.  However if you're looking for a shade like this in your collection, I do think this one turns out nicely in the end. B


Our yellow/gold polish today is OPI Love.Angel.Music.Baby.  It comes from the Gwen Stefani collection and it's such a nice, soft gold- aided by the formula which dries satin matte.  This is two easy coat.  A


For green we're looking at Sinful Colors Happy Ending.  This one is so cool because it's a lime green with tons of gold shimmer that shines from within.  I was able to achieve this level of opacity at two coats.  I really loved this one.  You're looking at two coats.  A


Our blue polish today is this amazing deep royal cream from Orly called La Playa.  This is so creamy and beautiful!  Definitely a must-have standard.  A

Next we'll look at our purple polish.  This is Zoya Stevie which is a lilac pixie dust textured polish. This is just so yum and looks just like a gumdrop.  This is two coats without topcoat, as I do all my swatches unless otherwise noted.  A


Our neutral polish today is this green gray with gold flakies in it.  It's Pahlish Gilded Greenwich. This is such and understated winner.  I love how dark the base is next to the brightness of the gold flakes. I'm showing you two coats.  A


Our glitter today is a topper.  It's a clear base with gold and orange glitter bits in it.  This is China Glaze Electrify from the Hunger Games collection.  This one is pretty, not my favorite color palette but still nice.  B


Last up we have a silvered-purple holographic from Jindie Nails.  This is called Sippin' on Jindie Juice and it's a one-coater.  So so nice and it just jumped over the top for me which is why it is my A+ polish of the week.

I hope you enjoyed and let me know what your A+ polish of the week was!

Over and out

Zoya Spring 2015 Delight Live Application Review

Hello! I hope everyone's having a great day!  Last week I posted a live application review on my channel about the new Zoya Spring 2015 Delight collection.  If you'd like to see that review so you can check out formula for yourself, you can do so here:


There are 6 polishes in this collection, three creams and three shimmers.  These are very Spring, very Easter.  They feel like the exact colors you'd die your Easter eggs.  Let's start out with my favorite:
First up we have Daisy.  This is a light yellow with strong, micro, turquoise shimmer.  I thought it was such a fun combination and such a lovely surprise that I totally fell in love with it.  This is two coats no topcoat.


Next let's look at the darkest cream, this is Eden.  I'm showing you two coats of this medium blue-toned pink.  So much pigment here and it applies smooth and easily.  Not my favorite color, but still lovely.


The first shimmer we'll look at is Leslie.  She is a pastel purple with lots of that turquoise shimmer again.  Just gorgeous.  I've done two coats here.


The pastel blue cream in the collection is called Lillian.  It very light, but not as pale as Zoya Blu for example.  This is two easy coats.


The other blue in the collection is Rayne.  I prefer this shimmer to the cream in the collection, again. It's so lovely and really dynamic.  This is two coats, no issues here.


Lastly we have one more cream called Tiana.  This is a very pale green, but not as light as Zoya Neely.  It has just a bit more vibrancy but still quite pastel.  I got this opaque in two easy coats.

There you have it- the Zoya Spring Delight collection for 2015.  I hope you enjoyed this quick look and it helps you decide if you need any of these beauties.

Have a great day and I'll see you back next time!

Over and out

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

Saturday Random Swatchfest 2/21/2015

Hello again everyone!  This Saturday Swatchfest happened to fall on the birthday of my daughter and mom!  So Happy Birthday to two special ladies in my life! :)  As usual, at our swatchfest we're going to look at 10 random polishes from the untried portion of my collection.  If you'd like to see live application of formula you can do so here:

Let's look at the polish:
OPI In a Holidaze is our red polish and I actually really liked this one- such a great classic red crelly polish.  This is two coats.  A


Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Pink Sprinkles is a raspberry pink with little gold flecks throughout.  I'm showing you two coats and I wish it had reached a bit more opacity.  B-


Sinful Colors Ring the Bellini is a new polish from the Citrus Twist display.  It's a mandarin yellow-orange with tons and tons of shimmer.  This is the amount of opacity reached at two coat.  I was only ok with this one.  It probably looks better as a topper.  B


Julie G You-niverse is a gold/green duochrome and I've shown you two coats here.  This one does show the brushstrokes a bit, but I do think it's really pretty.  A


FingerPaints Leonardo's Lime is a fabulously weird green cream polish.  I thought the formula was great and the color is just so cool.  This is two coats.  A


For blue I'm sharing Sonia Kashuk Naval Academy which is a really pigmented navy blue.  I've shown you just one coat here without topcoat.  I thought it was great and especially pleased with how easy application was.  A


Formula X for Sephora At Your Own Risk is our purple polish.  What a great shade!  I love this hot pinky-purple.  I barely reached opacity at two coats, and wasn't sure if I was going to like this one, but it totally grew on me.  A


Zoya Loredana is our neutral polish this week.  It's a matte velvet from Zoya so it dries matte, but it looks absolutely stunning with topcoat, which is how I've shown you here.  This is two coats of the charcoal gray.  A


Our glitter polish today is Urban Outfitters Violet Sugar.  What a cool polish! I love all the glitters in this violet crelly base.  The base doesn't get super opaque at two coats, but I still really liked it.  A


We've finally arrived at my A+ polish of the week and it is the incomparable Cirque Erda.  I received this polish as a gift from Ashley at nailsaloveaffair.blogspot.com so that makes it extra special for me.  But on top of that- I just love this slightly blue-toned emerald luster.  This is two coats.

And that wraps it up.  I hope you're having a great day and I'll see you back next time.

Over and out

Monday, February 23, 2015

Virtuous Polish Women of Valor Collection with Live Application

Hey guys :)  I've happy to show you an indie polish brand today that I've had my eye on for a bit.  Finally when they had another restock I quickly snatched the Virtuous Polish Women of Valor collection for review.  What's cool about this brand and collection is that they are faith-based and this collection in particular has 7 polishes all named after virtuous women of the Bible.  If you'd like to see live application of formula and a quick stamping demo, you can do so here:

Concerning formula- they are all neon creams and they are on the thick side.  Some are one-coaters, but none need more than two coats.  They all dry matte but I prefer them with topcoat, especially as it helps the polishes even out a bit.

Let's look at these neon polish swatches:
 This first polish in the collection is a bright blue called Deborah.  This is one easy coat with topcoat.


They gave us a great neon yellow called Magdalene that does not need undies(a white base).  This is two coats.


 This gorgeous medium blue-toned pink is called Miriam.  I am showing you two easy coats.


 Wow, what a gorgeous bright turquoise in here called Naomi.  This is one easy coat.


Another of my favorites is this gorgeous bright blurple called Queen Ester.  I'm showing you one coat and it's just breathtaking.  I wore this for three days and had no chipping issues.


The other green in the collection is called Rahab and is much more of a bright mint. I've shown you two coats.


Last up they've given us this pink/coral called Ruth.  Very very bright, this is two easy coats.

Overall I was very pleased with this collection.  The bottle gives you 15mL of product and the brush was suitable, not too big not too small.  As I mentioned earlier, the formula is on the thick side but I really didn't have any issues.  Also- they work great for stamping over black and if you want to see that demo it's at the end of the video I linked above.  I purchased these polishes at virtuouspolish.com

I hope this helped give you a more informed look at the collection :)  Have a great day and I'll see you back tomorrow.

Over and out

Saturday Random Swatchfest 2/14/15

Playing catch up here, I know :)  This is my Saturday Swatchfest from Valentines Day.  I uploaded it to my channel, but I've been sick and wasn't able to spend the time on my blog that it deserves.  As usual, if you'd like to see the live application of formula of all these ladies, then you can do so here:


Let's look at the polishes :)

For red we're looking at OPI I Sing in Color which is a deep blood red crelly.  This is two coats without topcoat.  Not really my shade, but it definitely has it's time and place.  B


China Glaze Escaping Reality is our pink polish this week.  This one dries semi-matte and it's a nice blue-toned pink.  This is two coats without topcoat.  B+


FingerPaints Stardust Blush is our "orange" polish this week.  It's not orange obviously, but it's a red/gold textured combo so I put it in this spot.  Something about this polish was kind of off-putting.  I think because it was too thick I just didn't really enjoy it, but the concept is nice.  This is one coat over Escaping Reality shown above.  C


Our yellow polish this week is from Covergirl and it's called Haughty Lemon.  It is very sunny and has a very subtle shimmer.  I thought they did a great job with formula.  This is two coats.  A


For green this week, we have Revlon Enthrall.  This is a gorgeous deep olive shimmer with a bit of brown in it.  This is just gorgeous and the formula was smooth and easy.  This is two coats.  A


American Apparel Mount Royal is our blue polish this week.  I am so in love this the shade of this polish!  It's just one of my happy colors :)  The formula is easy, you almost reach opacity in one coat but I've shown you two.  I usually swatch without topcoat so the original effect of the polish is shown, but this is a polish I would probably topcoat just because it's not naturally glossy.  A


Julep Sylvia is a basic grape cream.  I've shown you two coats here and even though you're looking at a clean swatch, I had to work for it.  The formula was not great, and for that reason I can't give this more than a C+ because there are so many polishes out there just like this one.  


The neutral polish I want to show you this week is Avon Gel Finish Iceburg White.  This polish has the nicest formula of any white polish I've tried.  You're looking at two coats and it was just so easy and shows no nail through at two coats.  Loved it! A


My A+ polish this week is Zoya Savita.  It's one of their matte velvet polishes and on it's own it looks like this at two coats.  But...


with topcoat it looks like this- just majestic!  So regal and I just love that glow from within.

And that wraps it up!  I hope you enjoyed our Swatchfest :)  What was your favorite polish this week?  Have a great one and I'll see you back next time.

Over and out