I always thought OPI Man of La Mancha and La Boheme were amazing on their own but since I’m going to Vegas, I wanted to put something pink over black… so this magic happened!
Man of La Mancha over black!
I was bummed that the Orly After Party just looked plain black most of the time, so I added 2 layers of Kissy!
I had never tried this one, and I was *so* much more impressed with it than I ever thought I’d be. I thought the holo rectangular strips would end up being like little strands of tinsel on your nail, but it is actually like each strip is a brightly glowing rainbow!
It sounds ridiculous, but you’d have to see it. Especially since we’ve been replacing our lights in the house with LED lights, every time those would catch my nails, I’d be staring at the rainbows.
This one is black with different colors of sparkles. It isn’t really heavily glittered, like Butter London’s Black Knight, its more like a pigment type of sparkle, if that makes sense.
I found that in the shade or from far away, it just looks black. But in the light, I love the colors that they chose to flash… teal, cyan, pink, purple… all of the great girly colors!
The colors are more apparent in the bottle than on the nail:
I also took a blurry-on-purpose shot that kind of showed the colors a little better!
I finally unpacked my nail polish and found my China Glaze Party Hearty, just in time for our work Christmas party. It was awesome, they had it at a nice hotel, bought us and our dates food, drinks, and even cab vouchers!
Anyway, I had to swatch with my right hand for once since my left hand still has a short ugly nail that needs to grow.
I started with OPI Germanicure to have a darker base, then covered it with China Glaze Ruby Pumps! I left my toes like that, but on my nails, I added a layer of Party Hearty. 🙂
I also got a cool set together for my next giveaway! It will include China Glaze, Essie, Nubar, Color Club, Milani, Duri, Del Sol, Nox Twilight, and even a Lynnderella!
Yep, I’m going to giveaway this sweet thing – A new, unused, unswatched, virgin Snow Angel!
After going through all of my posts to update links for my new server, I kept my favorite Christmasy swatches aside to put in one entry. 🙂
I might as well try the cool WordPress “Gallery in a post” feature!
In my last post I showed you the taupe Lost To The World. I got World is Not Enough in the mail and had to wear it right away!
I noticed that it was a little sheer with one coat when I swatched it on a nail wheel, so I put it over the taupe and it was perfect!
I wore it for 5 or 6 days and I couldn’t stop staring at it. I love how most of the sparkles are pink!
At some angles, when the pink isn’t showing, it still has a nice taupe metallic tone to it instead of a green or yellow.
Definitely a keeper. 🙂
What do you get when you take Orly Rock Solid and pour in a bunch of China Glaze Hawaiian Punch, NYX Maroon, and Spoiled Cougar Attack?
Isn’t it pretty? When I got Rock Solid, I was bummed that it was just gray and not brown at all, so I thought I’d make it burgundy with some NYX Maroon. Then it was too purple and I wanted it a little pinker, so I added the China Glaze Hawaiian Punch. Then I remembered I wanted brown in the first place and dumped the Spoiled Cougar Attack in. haha!
Now I have a full bottle of this awesomeness!
As you can see, I’ve been having issues getting good swatches here since I moved into my husband’s condo a couple of months ago! We actually already sold it and are looking for a home back in Orange County where we both lived before. Soon I will have a home where I’ll get some good swatching light, but until then, I’ll continue posting swatches that I think at least show the polish, even if they aren’t in the same spot all the time. Its only temporary!
I got a new job too by the way, no more military stuff, no more clearances… I get to work in OC again!
Anyway, here is Milani Chocolate Sprinkles! It came out this year, although it was probably Spring. Its nice and sparkly with a real brown hue to it, instead of a red brown or a bronze brown… its a nice and sparkly dark brown! The sparkles show just as well in a dark room as they do out in the sun. 🙂
I just got Zoya’s new Blaze, let’s see if that one comes next… I do have a lot of great browns I’ve been waiting to try!
This is the ONLY color I own that I can describe as a *perfect* red pink!
All of my other red pinks or pink reds I had like China Glaze Sneakerhead were just too bright, too red, too magenta, too sheer, too something. But not this one!
Its also a DS, so its gorgeous and glitzy. Its a reddish base with pink and coral particles. Kind of ruby red grapefruity! Its a holographic too.
This doesn’t always show up, but there is a slight buttery summery yellow flash that you get with this one at times. I could capture it more easily in the bottle.
Not a new color, but if you haven’t tried it, you should… its awesome. 🙂
I LOVE this polish!
I thought it was going to be too light of a taupe but it dried to the perfect medium brown taupe. And it has tons of complexity actually. Lots of silver glitter, brownish sparkle… there’s nothing like this one for sure!
Don’t be thrown off by the name and the dirty color, its gorgeous!
This is one of my most favorite and most used polishes. Its so perfect for some reason! The glitter is not too chunky or too sparse, the base isn’t too clear or thick… and the price is amazingly perfect too, I must say.
They sell these glitter polishes at Ulta. You can also get these on CherryCulture.com or probably some other online shops!
I took one while I was out too!
I wore it in DC, to the award ceremony at the Air & Space Museum! It was a really formal event and I thought it would go perfectly with my black dress. 🙂
I also wore it for our Love Story video we filmed to play at our wedding reception.
This one was swapped to me, so I had chosen it kind of randomly from a picture.
I was so surprised to find that it was a matte! And it looks so amazing with a clear coat on top!
(Clear coat on the ring finger)
I didn’t like the chunkiness as the matte, and when the top coat was on, it was sooo gorgeous but it reminded me of 2 other polishes I have, so I’m swapping it. I am seriously running out of room, so I’m having to really fight my urges to hold onto all of these!
The Zoya Earth Day promo starts as soon as their baby chick video gets 20,000 views, so let’s all go see it!
I just ordered 28 color spoons so I’ll be ready to order some I haven’t tried yet. I definitely have a lot of polish I can send in! I didn’t do the previous earth day promos, so I’m really excited! You just send in any polish bottles you don’t want and you get a Zoya in return for about 3 dollars a bottle. I’m not sure what the price will be this year but we get to find out as soon as the video has enough views.
Anyway, I did a custom purchase for one of the really awesome swappers I’ve met on makeupalley.com last week. She moved to Switzerland and can’t get any of our Target Exclusive Nicole polishes, so I got
You’re S-teal the One, Iceburg Lotus, Sea How Far You Go, and Make a Comet-ment for her. I didn’t want to swatch them on my nails since I got them brand new for her, so I just did a quick swatch on a clean, new nail wheel so I could show them off.
I did each of these 4 polishes as one coat on the left side of the wheel, and then 3 coats each on the right side of the wheel. The colors are really duochrome-ish and the Comet-ment one is like a holo. Aren’t they pretty?
You’re S-teal the One, Iceburg Lotus, Sea How Far You Go, Make a Comet-ment
There were other colors as well that were just as awesome, you should check them out if you’re near a Target!
Sorry about the lighting on these but I was rushed and wanted to capture them before I killed it with polish remover!
I started with Blush Hour, which is a really opaque and creamy light pink. Its almost like white with a little bit of strawberry milk mixed in. This one applied SO much more heavenly than my other super opaque pastels. This is only 2 coats!
Then after it dried, I put 2 layers of I Juggle Men on top. I LOVE this new polish from their Femme De Cirque set. Their pictures never really showed off what lies inside of the sheer clear aspect of it…
Look at this prettiness!!
The pink and blue shimmer is something you can see in the light or in the shade, so you can stare at it all day whether you’re inside or out.
I’m so bad, I actually bought two of the I Juggle Men. Just because I thought it would sell out quickly and I love it so much!
I thought I was going to end up liking this the least of their new summer collection, but I actually like it the most!
It looks red in the bottle but on the nail, it looks like a really pretty raspberry color with tons of gold sparkle. I imagine if I had 3 or 4 coats, it would look red, but with just 2 coats, it was beautiful and showed off the pinker tones in the base.
It was even more berry-ish in direct sun!
I thought I’d love Faye and swap Reva, but I’m doing the opposite!
I was so excited this weekend when my Zoya package arrived on the same day as my first package from Eyeko!
I’ll be swatching all of these, but first I’ll start with Faye and Kate.
Faye is from Zoya’s Sunshine Polish Collection. From that collection, I got this one along with Reva. Both colors surprised me quite a bit. Faye was a lot lighter on the nail than I thought, but only because it is SO full of gold sparkle, its crazy. They really named this collection properly because it is full of bright sunshiney sparkle.
Kate isn’t one of the new ones, I was just in the mood to buy vintage-ish rose creams, and Kate is the one I wore today. I love it! Its almost like the Orly Pink Chocolate polish. 🙂
Last night my power went off so long that my backup power for my server even went out. Sorry my site was down temporarily!
Anyway, onto Anastasia! This one was very sparkly and many colors mixed together, kind of like their new Faye polish (swatch for that will come soon!), but this one was much richer and darker!
This is only 2 coats and you can see a lot of dark rich burgundy with the gold super-sparkly micro glitter.
It pops even more in the sun!
Not sure why I didn’t get this one long ago, I love it!
How can this polish be this many colors!? Its amazing, really! I can understand now why its so hard to find.
And I can not express how crazy sparkly this is in the sun. It is really a chameleon because it can look like 8 different polishes at least!
Look at these!
This one just shows a little of what it looks like in the sun, but really, it is way more sparkly than this shows!
I had to take one in the sun, so you can see how one shot of all 4 fingers in the sun shows how half of my hand is another color than the other half just from the angle of light. I can’t say how crazy this polish is!
Cool, isn’t it!? 🙂