Monday, September 30, 2013

Seche Nail Lacquer Clever and Confident Swatch, Review, Nail Art Gradient

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Hello all! Have you heard, you must have...Seche (of the famous Seche Vite fast dry top coat) is now creating color! I made a gradient today for The Nail Challenge Collaborative. The theme this month is simply "techniques" so I chose gradient, using three of the six shades from Seche Nail Lacquer Fall 2013 Clever and Confident collection. Stay tuned to the end of the post as I show off and review the polish on its own. Seche Clever and Confident is available now nationwide. Visit seche.com for more info.
 I started the gradient with 2 coats of Seche Happy, As Is - a vibrant raspberry red creme. I top coated with Seche Vite (of course) and then painted strips of  Wonderfully Witty - a rich navy creme, Clever and Confident - a deep plum creme and Happy, As Is in the middle on a makeup sponge. It took me about 4 times to get the coverage I wanted, and I'm sure the gradient would have popped more if I sponged over white but I wanted to test out the colors without the white base first.
 Happy, As Is,  Clever and Confident, and Wonderfully Witty



 Here's my base layer, Seche Happy, As Is. It's extremely pigmented and intended to be a one coater. I could not manage that as it was so pigmented it didn't spread smoothly enough for me to do only one coat. It didn't self level as much as I'd like either, so a top coat is a must. As you can see, with two coats and top coat it looks amazing!
 Raspberry has coincidentally been my favorite color this Summer, so this one is my clear favorite from this collection. I'll have another post up soon with the other shades from Clever and Confident.



Despite the gradient being on the dark side, I really like it! You? Do you have any Seche color yet? Would love to hear your thoughts :)

All the best, 
Victoria 

*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Sunday, September 29, 2013

OPI Pink of Hearts 2013 Duo Swatch and Review

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Hello loves! 
An important and beautiful polish duo to show you today! Proud to tell you about OPI supporting breast cancer awareness with their seventh annual Pink of Hearts promotion!
This duo pack is designed to raise awareness and funds for breast cancer research and support. In 2013, OPI will donate $25,000 in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) to Susan G. Komen®. OPI will also donate $5,000 to Rethink Breast Cancer in Canada.
Pink of Hearts 2013 includes two shades sold in one pack – the pale pink Pink-ing of You and the vibrant More than a Glimmer. This sparkly lacquer is packed with both micro and macro matte glitters in a rainbow of colors and should be worn without a top coat, either alone or layered on top of Pink-ing of You. Each bottle also features a special pink ribbon cap wrap in support of breast cancer awareness, and every set offers 10 each decorative pink ribbon and crystal decals.This limited edition Pink of Hearts 2013 set will be available September and October 2013 at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, jcp Salons, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, ULTA and ulta.com for $15.95 ($19.95 CAN) suggested retail.
For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan

Saturday, September 28, 2013

Dior Vernis Rouge Dior Collection Swatch and Review

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The House of Dior is celebrating sixty years since Mr. Dior created his first makeup product, lipstick. He imagined "dressing women's smiles" and combined fashion and makeup for a full look. Mr. Dior believed "a touch of color is all it takes to change your appearance."
The Dior red, 999 is a remake of the original Dior red, 9 the first lipstick shade produced by Dior. These 4 nail polish shades were created to go along with the revamp of the Rouge Dior lipsticks recently released. Each are $24 and available at Dior.com, Sephora, Nordstom, Neiman Marcus and Dior counters worldwide.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Digit-al Dozen September Spectacular Tape Nail Art with Zoya Zenith Collection

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Hello! How's your Monday going? I'm polishing and brainstorming. A fun combination. Speaking of, I have the last of my Digit-al Dozen September Spectacular (yes, late!) to show you today. The theme for this one was "tape", one of my favorite techniques! I used 4 of the 6 brand new Zoya Zenith collection and they all worked fabulously for nail art! Go Zoya!

Saturday, September 21, 2013

Digit-al Dozen September Spectacular - Book Nail Art with Zoya

Hello friends!
So...you may have read that I fell behind in my Digit-al Dozen September Spectacular where we went back in time to revisit each month's theme for the last year. I intend to complete the two I missed when my kiddos got sick. Here's a simple one, but I liked it just the same. The theme is "books" and I wanted something well...simple...lol but also something with meaning. I didn't just want to do a book mani of a simple cover because it would be easy. I am an avid reader, well, I used to be before blogging and have shelves of books in every room. I went through them until I came across A Fine Balance by Rohinton Mistry. I read this book many many years ago. It hit me hard then and it's still in my top 10. It was first published in 1995, set in Mumbai, India, and tells the tale of 4 main characters during 1975 and 1984 otherwise know as The Emergency. This was a period of expanded government power and crackdowns of civil liberties. It's so well written and tells the tale of the changes in India and what it was like to live there so poignantly, I felt like I was there. One of those books where I didn't want it to end.

 I started with two coats of Zoya Purity and when dry, I used tape to block off the middle and painted a red stripe with Zoya Sooki and the black stripe with Zoya Raven. That's it. :)

What do you think? Would you wear this as is? It's not one I would normally, but once it was done I thought it looked pretty cool.

All the best,
Victoria

Thursday, September 19, 2013

Color Club Girl About Town Ruby Wing Cupcakes and Champagne Fall 2013 Collection Swatch and Review

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Hello! 

Look what I have today! Two shades from the 6 piece Color Club Girl About Town Collection ($8) and two from the six piece Ruby Wing Cupcakes and Champagne Collection ($10). These are available now on shopcolorclub.com. Follow Color Club: facebooktwitteryoutube, and pinterest. Follow Ruby Wing: Facebook and Twitter.  Let's take a look :)


 First up is Color Club Wicker Park, a beautiful bright lavender with an excellent formula. This is 2 coats with Seche Vite top coat.


 Next I have Color Club Pearl District a golden metallic with a green shift. Went on easily with two coats on the tip. Great formula, just a tiny bit prone to showing brush marks.


 Here's Ruby Wing Cinnamon Bun. It's a color changer (in sunlight) AND scented, with cinnamon of course. This shade is really something. I'm a big fan. I can't say I ever wanted scented nail polish, but this one doesn't bother me. It's not too strong and it's a scent that I'm fond of.

 This is what it looks like after UV light exposure. I love the color changers, they are so neat.

 And lastly, Ruby Wing Rose. It's a color changer and scented with...rose! This is 3 coats. It's a sweet glitter mix in a clear base. So I'm sure it would work nicely as a top coat. I chose to show it on it's own.

 Here it is after exposure to UV light. I'm a fan of the polish and the color changing aspect, but this particular scent, for me, was overpowering. In fact my whole room smelled like rose, even after I took it off.

Are any of these calling your name? Do you have any color changers? Are scented polishes a yes or no for you? 

All the best,
Victoria 

*Product(s) provided for unbiased review consideration.

Saturday, September 14, 2013

Digit-al Dozen September Spectacular Fashion Inspired Nail Art - Valentino FW 13-14

Hi!
Hope you are doing good tonight! I have the last of our Digit-al Dozen September Spectacular manis to show you. We decided to celebrate one year of Digit-al Dozen mani challenges with revisiting each month's theme. The last one is fashion! (My little ones have been sick, so I missed the last two, books and tape, but hope to get them up late.) Here's the Valentino dress that I was inspired by. My manicure did not turn out as amazing as I'd hoped. I still need practice with intricate work for sure.

 
Source: Valentino


I have 3 coats of OPI Don't Pretzel My Buttons as the base and freehanded the white lace with acrylic paint. As I mentioned above, this is not my favorite. But it's done and I wanted to be able to complete this challenge month. I'll keep practicing my detail work...in the meantime check out what all the other ladies did!

Best,
Victoria


Friday, September 13, 2013

Wonder Beauty Products Superchic Lacquer Castle Dweller Collection Swatch and Review

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Hi friends!
I have a lovely collection to show you today. SUPERCHIC LACQUER Castle Dweller collection, made by Wonder Beauty Products, who calls these prismatic chrome holos! Here's the purchasing and following info for you:


And now lets see!! I'm start with my top two of the bunch. They all have similar good formulas, and all swatches are three coats with Seche Vite top coat with the exception of The Countess, which is 2 coats.
 First, let's look at how unique and interesting these bottles are! I definitely like them. I, however, have no OCD issues, and haven't tried storing them yet :P But I think they are pretty neat.
 Blue Blood - Navy blue holo, 3 coats, easy application. It's no secret that I am a sucker for blues. Many of us are. I've found myself gravitating to the darker blues lately and this one is a real stunner.



 The Countess - Hmm not sure what to call this one, it's seems to me to be a plummish burgundy. It's the surprise in the bunch for me. I didn't expect to like it and yet I loved it instead. Super easy application, opaque in two coats. Looking forward to putting this back on once the leaves start falling.


 Enchanted Goblet a lovely lavender. This is really just what I expected. Super pretty, delicate even. Same good formula, needed 3 coats for opacity.


 Dragon Slayer Light green that is somehow both dusty and fresh at the same time. Greens are probably my least favorite shade to wear, and still this one strikes me as pretty. No problems with formula or application, 3 coats.


 Emerald Dungeon As you can see, a dark green that leans towards black. It doesn't ever appear so black that you can't tell it's green though. This is not a shade I'd normally go for, but appreciate that it is well done, fits the theme, and many will absolutely love it. I could have gotten away with 2 coats here but did three just to be safe.


And a final shot with their unique bottle. What do you think? Which is your favorite? Look for a release date on these any day now!

All the best,
~Victoria 

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