Saturday, October 27, 2012

Tough as Nails Swatches and Reviews

Hello nail polish loves!
I have one of my favorite Indie lines to show you today :) Tough as Nails continues to impress me with formula and gorgeous creations. In particular "Shut Your Sweet Potato Pie Hole". Um. omg. Just OMG I love her. Here's some details and let me get to the photos! :D Purchase Tough as Nails at their Etsy shop. Use code FALL10 for 10% off of your purchase! Code is only good through this Sunday (October 28, 2012) so make sure to get your order in! Keep up with what is going on with their Facebook page.

 This description is taken from the Etsy shop: "Shut Your Sweet Potato Pie Hole is packed with various shapes and sizes of orange and gold glitters in a shimmery jelly orange base. This does contain holographic glitter as well as bar glitter. Shut Your Sweet Potato Pie Hole does not have time to be bothered with your silly boy problems, reasons why you can't help set the table, or how you're just so tired lately. She is just too darn busy cooking up a storm in the kitchen for Thanksgiving dinner!"
 It's a LIMITED EDITION so if you love her snap it up now. LE's make me weak in the knees by the way. They make all rational thought and rational spending (otherwise known as NOT spending) fly out the window.

 From her shop again: "The Great Butter Rebellion contains different shades of gold micro glitter and micro flakes.The Great Butter Rebellion is based on the actual Great Butter Rebellion, which occurred at Harvard University in 1766, right before the American Revolution, and was led by Asa Dunbar, the grandfather of Henry David Thoreau."
 I think these look fantastic together and perfectly Autumn-esque!! Formula and application for both are perfect. No problems. Both are shown with 2 coats and HK Girl topcoat. This just might be my Thanksgiving mani!




 From the shop description: "Damn Gurl is a glitter topcoat packed with various sizes and shapes of purple, fuschia, and pink glitters. Please note that she includes glitter shards and holographic glitter.
Damn Gurl is the one that every woman wants to be and every man wants to be with. She's sexy with an edge and can usually be found in very high platform heels at a bar, trying to figure out who she's going to let buy her a drink. Damn Gurl is best worn layered over a base color, as it would take around 4 coats to on its own to reach full opacity."
 I obviously didn't read the shop description before I swatched this :P I didn't use "undies" so this is showing you just 2 coats. It looked great in real life, but my recommendation is to layer over a color or add another coat for more opacity. It did have some shards that did not lay flat and I had to pick them off. There were about 4-5 of those. I love the hot pink flashes of shards in here though, so it's worth it :)






OK! That's it for today. I'm off to get my hair cut...chopping off about 5 inches. EEK wish me luck :P
Hope you all have a great weekend!
~Victoria


*Disclosure - Products in this post were sent for my honest opinion and review.


Thursday, October 25, 2012

Precious Gems - Zoya Ornate Nail Art

Hi everyone!
I adore when a collection is as cohesive as this Zoya Ornate Holiday Collection is. Not only is it totally "Holiday" worthy, they all look great together. All of them on one nail as I created here, or any 2 individually will look great together as well. YES!
You can see the other looks I created with this collection: 
The only one I hadn't used yet was Electra...and it was not a coincidence. Zoya describes Electra as "a micro fine diamond holographic glitter mixed with large silver holographic bar tinsel in a clear base." I was kind of afraid...I know a lot share my views...eeee...hairy!! But, I was pleasantly surprised. She was not that hard to work with and is incredibly festive!! Looking forward to creating more looks with Electra even! You can purchase Zoya from their website http://www.zoya.com/.

 I started with 2 coats of Ziv. After this was dry I used my trusty striping tape to block off the sides of the nail and section off for the color blocks. I carefully painted on each of the Zoya ornates into their little section, pulled off the tape and top coated with Seche!






 Some shots of Ziv. This is two coats and no top coat. Goes on very easily and she glows! <3


Can you tell from all the huge pics...I love it. Just love this look. I will keep it on as long as possible!
Which is your favorite Ornate? I love them all, but if I had to pick just one, it's Blaze <3

Thanks for being here!!
~Victoria

*Disclosure - products in this post were sent for my honest opinion and review.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Impala and Sonnetarium Swatch and Review

Hello everyone!!
I have more pretties to show you today! Two from Impala, which is a Brazilian nail polish line. You can purchase from Llarowe.com. And two from Sonnetarium from The Heavenly Duochromatic Shimmer set (which includes Celestial - Blue/Purple, Radiant -Pink/Gold, and Angelic - Gold/Green). You can see Celestial swatches here. Keep your eyes on this site www.sonnetarium.net for news from Sonnetarium this Winter!
Sonnetarium Angelic, Impala Polaina Fun, Impala Patins, Sonnetarium Radiant
 This is Impala Patins. A great light neutral that leans a little pinkish. I'm showing 2 coats with no top coat. It has some minor issues...formula is not stellar, a little streaky and not too great at self leveling. This worked itself out after I applied my Sonnetarium topcoat.


 Sonnetarium Radiant.
 Yes, I could have layered this over something darker and you would see the intricacies of the polish better. But I love this delicate look and I'm sticking to it ;)



 Impala Polaina Fun, an easy 2 coats here. No issues with formula or application at all. Another dreamy blue. I can't seem to ever have too many.


 Sonnetarium Angelic
 One coat of Angelic over the Impala. Love this combo. Both of the Sonnetariums have a super easy to work with formula and give great coverage with one coat.


Thanks for reading! Hope you have a great day :)
~Victoria

*Disclosure - Products in this post were sent for my honest opinion and review.

Monday, October 22, 2012

Ornament Nail Art with Zoya Logan and Aurora (Swatch and Review)

Hello :)
I have Zoya Logan and Aurora to show you, from the Ornate Holiday 2012 Collection. You can purchase these from Zoya.com. I was brainstorming to figure out how I wanted to combine these two colors when I suddenly felt compelled to make "ornaments" given the name of the collection. I'd put Logan and Aurora on my tree ;)

Zoya Logan (in back) and Aurora
  This one is before the top coat went on. I kind of like the texture of the swirls.

 To get this look, I applied base coat and 2 coats of Zoya Logan, which went on true to Zoya style without a hitch. Once it was dry I used my smallest dotting tool to dip into Aurora and draw swirls and place dots. That's it. Top coated with Seche Vite.


 Zoya describes Logan as "a full coverage, yellow-toned forest green with dense, foil-like yellow-gold and blue-green duochrome shimmer! Rich color, a sparkling finish and a subtle duochrome effect make this green very special." I agree! It dries very quickly given the high foil content, so if you try to reswipe with the brush, you may run into trouble. This is 2 coats and NO TOP COAT. I like, ok love, Logan way more than I thought I would. There's a lot going on with the duochrome, and gold foil. Not an ordinary green, that's for sure.


I actually found these pretty hard to photograph! I needed a lot of light to show off the detail of the swirls and how pretty Aurora is, but then the reflective foil in Logan would confuse my camera. I hope I was able to show the beauty of both of these!! Zoya really outdid themselves with this collection :)

Be well!
~Victoria


*Disclosure - Products in this post were sent for my honest opinion and review.