Saturday, March 1, 2014
Hello there sweets! The Superficially Colorful Lacquer grand opening is in just a couple days now (the shop opens on March 3rd), so I wanted to share a few more swatches of the thermals Jin has sent me. In this post you'll see Superficially Colorful Lacquer Serene, Giggly, Listless, and Poised. I've shown all of them with two coats, both in their natural matte state, and with top coat. The photos for each polish will be in the following order: warm without top coat, cold without top coat, transitioning with top coat, macro with top coat. Let's get started, shall we?
Serene - a pale powder blue (warm) to sky blue (cold) thermal with a silvery shimmer. The color change in this is one of the more subtle ones in her line. Still absolutely gorgeous though. I know I gush over every one of these thermals when I try them, but all of them are stunning in their own way.
Giggly - a bright fuchsia (warm) to purple (cold) thermal with pink shimmer. I took a couple extra photos of this one in the sunlight because my light box photos weren't incredibly color accurate. Obviously I love this one because, well, PURPLE! The shimmer in this one is really spectacular too. You should probably click these photos to enlarge them... I promise you won't regret it! ;)
Listess - a sage green (warm) to slate gray (cold) thermal with a multicolored shimmer. I don't want to call this polish completely holographic but it does have a touch of scattered holographic particles in it. I normally pick the bright colors as my favorites, but this time Listless was the winner. I am 100% in love with this polish.
Poised - an amber based, burnt orange (warm) to deep, olive-toned brown (cold) thermal with golden shimmer and micro-flakies. I'm not sure if this polish will be available when the shop opens or not because I believe Jin is still doing some tweaking on the formula. I think this one is a really unique color though, I certainly don't own anything like it. The shimmer and tiny flakes are pretty amazing.
I don't know how Jin does it, but every time she sends me more thermal polishes I have new obsessions.
Superficially Colorful Lacquer will be available for purchase on March 3rd. They will retail for $9 per 12 mL/0.4 fl oz bottle. You can see my swatches of Jin's other thermal polishes here and here, and her non-thermals here.
Please tell me what you think of these! Do you love thermals as much as I do? What colors of thermals would you love to see that you haven't seen yet?
Thursday, February 27, 2014
Hi guys!! So I'm sure you know that I've posted a few times about my friend Jin from Superficially Colorful and how she makes amazing thermal polishes... Well the time has come my friends! She is officially opening shop so everyone can get their hands on these puppies. She is planning on opening her store on March 3rd, so get ready!
These are swatches of her first non-thermal collection, Remnants of Winter. This collection consists of 5 polishes which are all a sort of metallic finish with a touch of scattered holographic micro-glitter. As with all metallics, they require a bit of careful application to avoid brush strokes. They dry slightly gritty due to the glitter bits and look best with top coat. Although I will say they dried smoother than I expected!
All polishes are shown with two coats of polish and one coat of top coat.
Eye Of The Storm - "A very dark and cold blue metallic inspired by the crazy storms this weird winter gave us. Heavy clouds, unquiet sky and wild lightening storms."
This was one of my favorites... its one of those glowing blues. Very pretty.
Cape Cliffs - "Dark forest green inspired by the cliffs by the sea all covered by moss and sea weed after the rough seas of winter."
This was another of my favorites. I'm a sucker for a gorgeous green!!
Mud Slide - "This polish was an important part of the collection before I even had a name for it. A deep dark golden brown, inspired by the look of the roads in the winter. This is the color of the earth under the snow, the unpaved road washed by the rivers that went too high. This is the color of my winter."
Again, one of my favorites. (I promise not to say this about all of them! Haha.) This one is really unique though, I don't think I have any colors like this in my collection. It looked like molten metal on my finger tips.
Seconds Before Dark - "The weird weather of winter causes all sorts of colors in the sky at sun set. But just before the sun is gone, a deep crimson red is in control. This very dark red polish is inspired by that image. "
A lovely burgundy metallic, and the holo glitters really add some flair to it.
Turbulence - "A dark violet-pink with a hint of color shift of blue, red and gold. Not a multi-chrome, just a undecided color that changes by the light. Inspired by the unquiet air, the far lightening storms, the clouds colliding and leaving."
This one was the one that most wanted to show brush strokes when I used it, so it may be best to sponge on your second coat if that will drive you bonkers. Another very unique color though.
Again, these polishes, plus Jin's thermal polishes, will all be available for purchase through SuperficiallyColorful.com on March 3rd. They will be $9 per 12 ml/0.4 fl oz bottle.
Are any of these going on your wishlist? Which are your favorites?
Friday, February 14, 2014
Hello there and Happy Valentine's Day, my loves! Today I want to tell you about something really exciting!
I'm sure some of you have heard of a company called Nailtini. They make cocktail themed polishes and nail care items, along with other beauty products. They've just launched a monthly subscription polish box called The Lacquer Cabinet. There are several other monthly subscription boxes for polish these days, so what makes this one unique? Well, they are collaborating with some of your favorite beauty bloggers each month (including me, SQUEE!!!). As "guest mixologists" we get to dream up three limited edition polishes for the month we are featured. Each monthly box costs $25, and includes our three custom shades, as well as two empty mini bottles so you can cocktail your own franken polishes. If you choose to purchase a 6 month subscription your boxes will cost $23/month, and if you purchase a 1 year subscription your boxes are $20/month. Shipping is free.
You'll get to see swatches of all the monthly boxes here on the blog. The first month features beauty blogger Faith Roxas of Love, Roxie.
Unfortunately one of the polishes from her collection (Pink Clover Club, a medium pink creme) broke in transit, so you won't see that one here.
This is two coats (no top coat) of the gorgeous Valentini, which is a slightly deeper version of the Pantone Color Of The Year, vibrant orchid. It falls somewhere between pink and purple. Application was perfect, and I think on short nails this could be a one-coater if you're careful! I loved this color a whole lot, I'm sure I'll be reaching for it again soon.
Next we have two coats (with top coat) of Head Over Heels, a bright pink, jelly sandwich in a bottle. It has a good variation of sizes of hex glitters in multiple colors. Application on this one was also easy, the glitters spread out easily for even coverage.
I did some stamping over the two polishes with my Mundo De Uñas stamping polishes in Mexican Pink and Reddish. I used two designs from my MoYou Princess 11 plate.
So what do you think of this new subscription box? Will you try it out? What colors or finishes would you like to see in my collection?
Don't forget to go to the 'Tini Beauty website to see more info about The Lacquer Cabinet, including the upcoming guest mixologists!
Thursday, February 6, 2014
Monday, February 3, 2014
Hi guys! Today I have a little review of a cool new product I tried out last week.
This is some nail art I did using Sticky Nails, which are nail art stencils. These are little stickers that are precut into fun shapes. I chose the radiant stencil to try out here. These worked really well for me because I hate to do tape manis and fiddle with tiny bits of striping tape or cutting scotch tape to the shape I want. With Sticky Nails I can get the awesome designs I want with none of the fiddling.
The ones I got look like the above image. Since I only did an accent nail I just used one sticker. I did reuse the same sticker for my other hand as well, so you could definitely stretch your usage by doing that. I used the "wee" size because my nails are fairly short at the moment, but I love that there are sizes to fit every nail. The vast ones are quite big, they may be good if you wanted to use them on your big toe or something for a pedi.
The polishes I used for this look are Kiko Nr. 333, Lynnderella Amethyst Devotion, China Glaze Aquadelic, China Glaze Re-Freshmint, and then I freehanded the little heart with Ciate Cupcake Queen.
So, overall, I think these are great! Especially for someone like me, who loves the look of a tape mani but doesn't have the patience. Depending on the design these go for $7-10. They can be purchased from the Sticky Nails Etsy shop. You can also find Sticky Nails on Facebook.
So what do you think? Any particular pattern that you would love to see these in?
Friday, January 17, 2014
Hey there guys! Its the final day of DD's Monochromatic week today, which I'm a little sad about! I had so much fun with this prompt. I've saved one of my favorites for last...
I did these freehand vertical stripes with a medium length striping brush and a bunch of turquoise polishes. I started off with a base which was two coats of Essie Greenport, and then added the stripes with China Glaze Re-Fresh Mint, China Glaze Aquadelic, and Ciaté Headliner.
This ended up being one of those manis which I didn't want to take off even though I had plans of doing a few more looks on my day off.
Let's go see how everyone else finished out the week, shall we?
Thursday, January 16, 2014
Hi there, readers! It's almost the end of DD's Monochromatic week, today is day 4. I've gone neutral today with some sepia type tones.
The base of this mani is two coats of Zoya Normandi from their most recent collection, Naturel, which you can see swatches of here. Once that was dry I stamped over it using MoYou Artist Collection 11 plate, and Mundo de Uñas stamping polish in Papyrus.
I am loving these MdU stamping polishes, they work awesome and they are pretty cheap, but if you are thinking of getting them please be aware that they have a very strong chemical odor. I'm not sensitive to smell, but these give me a headache. After I've used them my husband almost always asks me what the smell in the living room is. Now to me, they work so well that I'm willing to overlook that, but I thought I should inform you because it may be a deal breaker for some people.
Don't forget to check on our other amazing members for more art!