Saturday, April 27, 2013

Smitten Polish Berrydrops and Speck-tacular Collection Swatch and Review

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Hello and happy Saturday to you!!

I'm showing you my two choices from Smitten Polish's new Berrydrops collection (There are six in total) and two from the Speck-tacular collection (out of five). Follow Smitten on Facebook.  Noelie posts on her blog too, where you can see her own swatches and keep up with what's new. Purchase at her Etsy shop, also available on Llarowe.com.
 Smitten Polish Snowberry Gumdrop is a light pink crelly with subtle flakies. This is 3 coats with HK Girl topcoat.

Monday, April 22, 2013

Priti NYC Sherbet Collection Swatch and Review

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Good Morning!
What better way to celebrate today, Earth Day than with Priti NYC polish?

"Known among beauty insiders as the pioneering leader in luxury eco-friendly nail polish, the quick success and notoriety of PRITI NYC can be attested to it's founder, Kim D'amato. The idea behind PRITI NYC came alive during her pregnancy. D'amato made a conscious effort to switch to organic foods and health products, yet couldn't seem to find a way to beautify herself in the same natural manner.
In 2005, D'amato launched PRITI NYC with one simple mission: to support organic farmers and to decrease the amount of chemicals poisoning the Earth- and it's inhabitants- one manicure at a time."
I'm thrilled to show you the super gorgeous Spring 2013 Sherbet Collection. The set retails for $39.99 or $13.50 each (USD). Shop directly from their website and follow on facebook for the latest news.  

All swatches are 3 coats with HK Girl top coat. All of these have incredible multicolored shimmerss that the camera didn't capture perfectly. Formula was similar for all of them, very good! 
 Priti Remember Me a sherbet-y orange filled with shimmer. What you can't see in the photos are the subtle mutlicolored shimmer. Very very pretty.


 Priti Belle Courtisane, hard to say whether this is a lavender leaning pink or a pink leaning lavender. Either way, it's lovely. Looks to have green and blue subtle shimmer throughout. *Note - 3 coats still leaves some visible nail line.


 Priti Mermaid Rose a light sunny yellow with beautiful pink and purple shimmer. Love this one! *Note - 3 coats still leaves some visible nail line.


 Priti Happy Wanderer beautiful blue leaning light purple with pink shimmer. This one was hard for my camera to capture color accuracy. I played with the settings (it photographed a lot darker than it looks in real life) but it's still...a bit lighter and softer in real life.


 Hope you enjoyed and are giving some thought to taking care of Mother Earth today! Do you own any Pritis? They have a huge color library! Which one of these is your favorite?

xo, Victoria 

*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Friday, April 19, 2013

Zoya Summer 2013 PixieDust Pinwheel Nail Art + Tutorial

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Hi there :)
Remember my last post? The one with The Zoya Summer 2013 PixieDust Swatches. This one! (All product and buying information can be found in the previous post just linked.) Well, I was so crazy about the nail art accent nails I decided to go for the whole hand! I've been wearing this for a few days now with no wear and no chips. I catch myself looking at my nails often :D

 Step 1: Cut triangle pieces of tape and arrange on clean dry nail(s)
 I like to use the ball of a dotting tool to go around the edges f the tape to make sure they are stuck on there tightly.
 Step 2: Paint in every other triangle. I used 2 coats for each. Then quickly lift tape.
 Step 3: Repeat for each nail.
 Step 4: I used a nail art brush to paint and fill in the empty triangles. PixieDust is remarkably cooperative and easy to work with :)

 The finished product.
 I believe Zoya is notoriously good at putting out whole collections that look great together, making them a perfect choice for nail art.
I love love this look and found the nail art not as hard as you might imagine it to be to do. Did that make sense? I feel like this looks harder than it was to make.

Been a long day, be well and take care!
~Victoria

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Zoya Summer PixieDust 2013 Swatch and Review and Pinwheel Nail Art

Hellooooo!

It's time for Summer 2013 PixieDust from Zoya! I loved PixieDust the moment I got it on my nails back in Dec 2012. But these?? THESE? I'm. in. love. Let me give you the details on how to shop if you don't already know zoya.com is the place. These retail for $9 USD. Follow Zoya on twitter and facebook to keep up with all the Zoya news :)
And now onto the ridiculously gorgeous sparkly sugary goodness that is Summer 2013 PixieDust.
 All of my swatches are without base coat or top coat like Zoya recommends, except Liberty, the dark blue. I was afraid of staining so I used a base coat, with no ill effect. All swatches, including the pinwheel nail art are 2 coats. The formula for all of these is fantastic. Easy application and great coverage with only 2 coats.
 This is Zoya Stevie a cool, neutral violet. It was the first one I reached for and HAD to stop swatching and wear it out before I took it off. I can't say enough. It is sooo pretty!
 As you can see, I wanted to include nail art with these swatches that would show all of the collection together. I'll write a follow up post with the nail art tutorial next :)


 Zoya Destiny is a red coral. Absolutely perfect for Summer. A must for poolside toes if you ask me.



 Zoya Miranda is a rose pink. I'm just going to keep gushing. I love her. I could wear her over and over and not get bored.


 Zoya Beatrix is a tangerine orange. And yes, I adore her too. So so great for Summer. I love these pops of color :D



 Zoya Solange. There is an exclusive Zoya gold pigment in this and it shines like no other golden yellow. It feels like sunshine in a bottle. Am I corny? If you like gold/yellow this one is a must!!



 Zoya Liberty is blue PixieDust! Zoya describes it as "blue" hahaha. Yes, it's blue alright!! It reminds me of deep ocean blue. I was afraid of staining so I used a base coat for this swatch. When I removed there was a strong blue residue, which disappeared when I went over it with remover again. So my experience with this shade did not cause staining.



Sigh. Do you love them??? A note about texture...and removal. They are textured. Yes, not smooth. You will feel a texture on your nails. They are not rough and do not snag on clothing. Removal is quite easy. Much like removal for regular polish. I do take a cotton puff with remover and let it soak on the nail for a min, then swipe off. It's painless. I promise. Another note..these sparkle like crazy in person. <3

Be well!!
~victoria  

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Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Bondi Lady Liberty Swatch and Review with Chevron Nail Art

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Hello!! Hope your day is as good as it can be!
I'm pleased to show you a new polish brand on the market. This is my first experience with Bondi and I think it won't be my last :D

"Launched in 2013, Bondi New York is a collection of twenty fashion forward colors that are five free (formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, camphor, toluene and DBP). Based out of New York, our brand is American made with all of the net profits going to our non-profit foundation which supports a wide variety of charitable causes throughout the United States." from their website.

Love that! A company that gives back is worth supporting for sure. Here's their website for info and shopping bondinewyork.com. Like them on facebook and follow on twitter for pics and all the latest bondi news. Bondi retails for $15USD for 15ml bottle.
 I decided to embellish the tips with China Glaze Tart-y For The Party and use it for my Nail Challenge Collaborative - April "pastels" theme this month.

 The formula on application on this was pretty good! A little bit thin, so you need to watch for pooling, but full of pigment and doesn't bulk up on the nail, if you know what I mean. I needed 2 coats for this and a 3rd in some spots just to even out. No problems with streaking or dragging. I really love it and fits the minty trend perfectly. I have HK Girl top coat on these swatches.

 I just used striping tape to tape off the tips and add 2 coats of the China Glaze here. I think these colors go well together :)



A simple look, but it felt elegant and perfect for Spring. Another one I didn't want to take off!

Be well,
Victoria

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And the ladies in The Nail Challenge Collaborative: