Thursday, December 16, 2010

2 New Colors! Nubar Brilliance & NYC Starry Silver Glitter! (Julie)

Just got a new Nubar in the mail today, and it's SO pretty, but I fear I am just too pale for it. Tanned skin might be better for this swatch. I really do love it though. It's a prism color with all the lovely rainbow colors fit for a princess ;) The NYC color is just freaking awesome. I started with a base layer of China Glaze's Pixie Dust, then I added just 1 layer of NYC's Starry Silver Glitter. I love it, but if the huge chunks of glitter aren't hitting the light, one might be confused as to what the hell kind of nail disease I might have. I guess it just takes a little adjusting to not think there are bugs crawling around on my fingers right now. But it is definitely really pretty. I think that the Pixie Dust definitely made this swatch more interesting. This is my first NYC polish and I felt it was definitely worth the .99 cents! So does this stuff peel right off? Or will the seche vite guarantee a day or so of wear?

And a little photography & photoshop fun, with my new scarf since the colors matched so well! Those are x-mas lights hanging in the background btw!

My five favorite nail polish colors ...of the moment!

I have over a hundred nail polishes, so this was hard to narrow down. But after picking through my polishes with a fine tooth comb( well not really, but I looked at them really hard!) I have picked these five:
Mermaid to order by Sephora by OPI
There is like 5 different colors in this bottle. If you look you can see blue, green, pink, silver, gold and purple.. yes purple. It's a simple gorgeous color that I have worn many times!
Erika by Zoya
Ok, seriously no bias here. It's just a perk that it shares my name;) This pink gives the look of a creamy pink but its not. If you look at the bottle its a shimmer, with hints of gold. It takes about 3 coats to get this color, but it's so worth it!
Brick by Sally Hansen
This is a true blood red that I have never seen! The formula is amazing and its dries very fast. It's the perfect red to wear around the holidays or just on your toes. Simply gorgeous.

Mademoiselle by Essie
This color gets raves for a reason, its the perfect pink. Voted best nail color in many magazines like Allure and InStyle, its a favorite by many celebrities and stylists. The pink is sheer, but still has enough color to show through, wear it alone or wear it as a french manicure. It's a classic.

pic borrowed from blog thr
ough the looking glass

Charla by Zoya
When I first saw this color, I did a triple look. I have never seen anything remotely like this color before. The swirls of the different blues with the micro glitter, it's enchanting just to look at it. If you ever have a chance to buy this color, do it! It should be in every girl's (and guy's too!) nail polish collection.

Ok I think that's it for now.. Next from me, a blog about gradation manicures!

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

My first taste of Nubar (Julie)

For those of you who are aware of Nubar nail polish, you know they are vegan cruelty-free nail polish. They have some of the most unique swatches around. My two new purchased were Nubar Jewels, and Nubar Brilliant. They were a bit pricey, so I hope they hold up and are worth the $ spent! Judging by the beauty of the colors, I have a feeling I'm going to be buying plenty more by them. Jewel is a prism rainbow type swatch in a medium sparkly champagne. Brilliant is a flaky polish, my first ever with this type of a swatch. I tried it on top of an aqua Sephora polish. Not so sure how I feel about it with the Sephora aqua. Maybe I will try it with pink next time. I am sorry once again for my horrible looking fingers. They are extra dry today!

Update on 12/21/10 - I just tried nubar flaky Brilliant on top of China Glaze black - this really showcases the rainbow in the flakes in this swatch. Super pretty!!

Golden Enchantment!! China Glaze love! (Julie)

I just got this in the mail a few days ago from eBay and I've been dying to try it out! It's Golden Enchantment by China Glaze. From the same collection as pixie dust. So I didn't feel like taking off the love & beauty swatch that I just showed off last night - and decided to just throw a few coats over it. I'm so glad I did! All the rainbows in this color are fantastic. It was really difficult to capture, so I did my best, and played with the perspective so you can see a blurred version of all the rainbows in this swatch. I did two coats of Golden Enchantment on top of the love & beauty swatch.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Forever 21's Love & Beauty NP - Midnight Glitters (Julie)

I have to give f21 two thumbs up for their cheap NP which I'm going to admit - I've never given so much as a nod to while shopping there. I always assumed (judging by the price $2.80) that it'd be a thin watery formula that would probably take about 5 coats to even resemble the color in the bottle. I was wrong! Now it's not all that amazing - it does have one short-coming - it's a bit too thick, and not the easiest to apply, but that aside, it coats evenly, and the color I tried took only 2 coats to achieve the desired color. I fell in love with this swatch Midnight Glitters. Wow! It's black with green sparkles that really shimmer when they hit the light. It's subtle, but super pretty. I will definitely be getting more.

It was difficult to capture the brilliance of the green with limited lighting. I will try again tomorrow outside if it's a sunny day. (the second photo comes from

Monday, December 13, 2010

Dorothy Who? By China Glaze (Julie)

if i had to choose just one color to paint my nails for the rest of my life...this is the color. Pictures don't even do this color justice the way it deserves. When light hits the glitter, this color boasts every beautiful color of blue and silver, and it's perfect for the holidays. It's quite impressive, no?
(side note...are my finger improving? I think so!)

3 Coats-

Sunday, December 12, 2010

China Glaze - Rainbow (Julie)

Have you ever taken a real close look at this swatch? Rainbow by China Glaze? Wow! It looks pearly white in one angle, then in another it's kinda like the surface of a grease puddle. It's a pearlescent AND shimmery finish with gold and pink accents. I It's really beautiful and perfect for the winter. I can see this topped with Fairy Dust by China Glaze. Again, my apologies for the rough looking fingers and messy paint job.

This is 3 coats
A close up to see how it looks when the light hits it.