Friday, June 29, 2012

Island Girl Hawaii Aloha Coast

I picked this up for myself when I went to Saipan back in February with friends. This brand is based in Hawaii, but is sold in all pacific American territories, as well as in one store on the Las Vegas strip! The chain that mainly sells this are ABC Stores, a touristy type place.  If you click on the link, you can see some if their selection (not all however, the store had a much larger selection) and you can place online orders!  They ship to some other countries too.

They do seem to copy off other companies I noticed-they made a lesser quality line of the NYX cream glitter palettes, and this bottle is nearly identical to a China Glaze bottle, all they did was put their design on the cap.  They are cheap though.
Island Girl Hawaii Aloha Coast by KitaRei
Island Girl Hawaii Aloha Coast, a photo by KitaRei on Flickr.

This is bright neon pink with a pearly purple duochrome shimmer, not just a flat neon. That's what really made me fall in love with it! My camera does this color no justice, it doesn't show how neon (or pink!) it really is. My camera makes it look orange, and the neon more muted.

It is pretty sheer, this is three coats and you can still see VNL, so if you're like me and don't care for that, use an opaque base coat. Also, it dries super fast and matte like regular neons though, so if matte isn't your thing, make sure you have your topcoat.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

Beauty Concepts Peach Shimmer

I got this polish at Dollar Tree back in March. It was nameless, so I named it.  It's an iridescent shimmer with a super sheer peachy-pink jelly base in a cute rose shaped bottle.  It sounds really pretty, but I learned a lesson, this is a TOPCOAT only.  The peachy tones in it made my nails look disgustingly yellow (I swear they are NOT that color, nor do they have dirt under them) and I'll layer it over white or another polish from now on.  I'm almost too embarrassed to post this picture, but I have to show what this looks like on it's own.  
Beauty Concepts Peach Shimmer by KitaRei
Beauty Concepts Peach Shimmer, a photo by KitaRei on Flickr.

The label under the bottle says: Distributed by Greenbrier International Inc., Chesapeake, Va. 23320.  It does not say the brand name.
Click to enlarge second picture.  If you do get this, trust me, layer it-it would probably look great over white, light pink or light peach. I'm going to have to try that, I'm sure it will be *much* better!