Sunday, May 25, 2014

Superficially Colorful Lacquer: My Favorite Things Collection, Part 1

Hi guys! Today I have the first half of a recent collection from Superficially Colorful Lacquer. This collection is called My Favorite Things, and includes 12 holographic micro glitters in jelly bases. All the polishes are named for some of Jin's best friends. I've shown each polish with two coats, some have top coat and some don't, but they look best with top coat in my opinion. They don't dry particularly gritty though, so they will be nice and smooth with any top coat.

The Search Tempest - an emerald green and holographic glitter in medium green jelly base.

All The Purple In The World - a purple holographic micro glitter in purple jelly base.

On Hilly Grounds - a chocolate brown holographic glitter and fun golden dots in red-brown jelly base.

Make Up Me Beautiful - a neon fuchsia micro glitter in a bright pink jelly.

Wibbly Wobbly Timey Wimey… Stuff - peridot green micro glitter and silver holographic hexes in an acidic green jelly base.

Pickelfarts!!! - a deep berry pink holographic micro glitter in a berry jelly base.

The formula on every polish in this collection was great, although as you can see in my photos some are more dense than others. My favorite of the whole collection is Wibbly Wobbly, it's super dense and my favorite shade of green!

These polishes are available for purchase on The Superficially Colorful site for $9 a piece. She ships from Israel but will send worldwide, and has very reasonable shipping costs.

Check back soon for the second half of the polishes from this collection!


Wednesday, May 14, 2014

The Lacquer Cabinet: May, Maryam Maquillage for Nailtini

Hi guys! Today I have some swatches for you of the shades from the May edition of Nailtini's lacquer cabinet, and I think this collection is my favorite so far. The curator for this collection is Maryam Maquillage. She took inspiration for her collection from a vacation the took in Southeast Asia.
Ginger Lily - "shimmering sunshine yellow". Two coats, no top coat. Application was smooth and easy, as with all the Nailtini polishes I've tried.
Dragon's Kiss - "creamy magenta spiked with black dragon fruit 'seeds'". Two coats, with top coat. I didn't do any sort of manipulating the glitter, and application was amazing. You could possibly get away with one coat of this if you were careful, but you get a bit more depth with the glitters after two coats. Honestly, I didn't expect to love this shade as much as I did because I'm pretty much over glitter in cream bases, but this won me over.
Lagoon - "sheer pale water blue with silver micro-glitter". Two coats, no top coat. Again, great formula. I love this one, it definitely looks like tropical water. Nice and squishy jelly base to let the shimmer show.
Here's a little quickie patchwork tape mani I did with all the colors. I think they all compliment each other so well, don't you?
The Lacquer Cabinet is available to order from the 'Tini Beauty website. One monthly box costs $25 and comes with three lacquers plus two empty mini bottles for trying your own hand at being a mixologist. You can also save by getting a six month subscription for $23/month or a year subscription for $20/month.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

Review: Incoco Nail Strips 24 Karats

Hi guys! Today I have a review for you that I have meant to get up for AGES. I was sent some Incoco Nail Strips to try out a while back, and this is one of the ones I received.

This one is called 24 Karats, and is a pretty gold glitter shade. These were very easy to apply, and stuck much better than any other nail strips I have tried. (Although to be fair, I haven't tried that many!) They wore really well, which is a statement for me. As a hair stylist my hands are in and out of water all day, so nail strips usually start lifting around the edges pretty quickly. I wore these for several days before removing them with polish remover.

I think I will reach for strips like this when I'm getting ready to go on a vacation, because then I'm sure they would last a bit longer. They're also great when you're in a bit of a hurry and don't want to wait for your polish to dry. When I did these I was in a hurry to get to a job interview, so I popped these on in no time.

Missy from Gnarly Gnails is always doing awesome things with Incoco strips too, so head over to her blog to see some more ideas on how to use these.

You can purchase Incoco strips from their website. 24 Karats retails for $7.99 and can be purchased here.

Monday, May 5, 2014

Textured Water Marble with Zoya Cosmo

Hi guys! This water marble is something I did for Digital Dozen Texture week, which was last month. Unfortunately I wasn't feeling up to posting then, but I did really like some of the nail art I did, so now that I'm feeling a little better I'm going to get some of it posted.

To do a textured water marble you need to use the textured polish as your base color, and then marble with clear and another color of your choice. The base for this is two coats of Zoya Cosmo. I marbled over that with clear and black. I was really happy with how this turned out. I'm going to try to get back into doing water marbles more often, which I hope everyone will be happy about. :)

Saturday, May 3, 2014

The Lacquer Cabinet: April, Nail Art 101 for Nailtini

Hi guys! Today I have the April edition of Nailtini's The Lacquer Cabinet to show you. (Read more about The Lacquer Cabinet and see Feburary's collection here., See March's collection here.) The guest mixologist this month is Lisa Bailey of Nail Art 101. Her collection consists of some colors her fans were looking for. Her shades are Legitimint, Fable Fizz, and Babydoll.

Legitimint – the perfect mint green - smooth, creamy and not a hint of chalk. Two coats, no top coat. The description says it all, a super creamy mint green, the formula on this was dreamy. A perfect spring polish!

Fable Fizz – vibrant royal purple fired with orange and blue travel. Two coats, with top coat. As usual, my camera wants to make this one look more blue than it really is. This is a blurple, with a pink shimmer and blue glitter flecks. I love the depth of this polish. I've already worn it as a complete mani, as undies for another glitter. Below I've shown a photo of it mattified. This is a bit more color accurate than the photo above.

 Babydoll – sheer pale pink shot with opalescent glitters. One coat shown over Legitimint, no top coat. In my opinion this polish is best layered. The "opalescent" glitters are holographic. In the photo below I've shown it over both other polishes from the collection, as well as three coats alone on the pinky.

I also tried layering it over a few more Nailtini polishes. Index to pinky below are: Grappa, Venom, Cement Mixer, and Grenadine. I liked it best over Cement Mixer. The pink duochrome in the champagne shimmer base looked really pretty over the gray/taupe of CM.

I thought this collection was interesting and unexpected. I will say that although I already own some mint green polishes, Legitimint will be my new go-to because of the formula. Nailtini makes some gorgeous cremes!

The Lacquer Cabinet is available to order from the 'Tini Beauty website. One monthly box costs $25 and comes with three lacquers plus two empty mini bottles for trying your own hand at being a mixologist. You can also save by getting a six month subscription for $23/month or a year subscription for $20/month.