Friday, November 29, 2013

Zoya Elisa

Zoya Elisa is from the fall 2012 Diva collection, but it's the perfect Christmas red for me!




Zoya Elisa is a vibrant red with a gorgeous glowing shimmer. It's absolutely perfect for the first day of the Christmas season. I love reds like this. OPI Danke-Shiny Red is pretty much a dead ringer dupe for this. I don't mind, I have enough room in my collection for two reds this fabulously gorgeous! Application was perfect and wear has been perfect also. This is two coats with Zoya Anchor and Zoya Armor. For top coat I always use QD Poshe. Let the Christmas season begin!!

Thursday, November 28, 2013

OPI Lost On Lombard

OPI Lost On Lombard is part of the San Francisco Collection released in fall 2013.



OPI Lost On Lombard is a dark red creme that's kind of brown based. It's maybe what I'd consider a brick red. I wasn't sure I was going to like this as I was applying it, but as it dried I fell head over heels in love. And, as I hoped, it matched the sweater I wore today perfectly. It was kind of thick and a little tricky to apply. Clean up was necessary, and not the easiest for sure. I think before I wear this again I'll add some thinner. I think that will solve the application issues I had.
Happy Thanksgiving!

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

Ulta Salsa

Ulta Salsa is a polish I picked up a few years ago. I don't know if Ulta does collections or not. I'm not super familiar with their brand or the release policies. I have to say though, I think their polish is really nice.




Ulta Salsa is a cranberry red with silver shimmer. I bought this two years ago when I was looking for the perfect cranberry shade of red to wear for Thanksgiving. It's about time I finally wore it! It's a great color for fall and for Thanksgiving. I really do like it. The formula was just perfect. I can't comment on the wear time because I know I'm changing polish for Thanksgiving tomorrow. Pretty color.

Happy birthday to my Mom today. I hope she's having a wonderful day <3

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

China Glaze Blue Year's Eve

China Glaze Blue Year's Eve is from the 2011 Let It Snow holiday collection.



China Glaze Blue Year's Eve is a medium blue jelly base with blue glass fleck shimmer. Oh my heck do I love glass fleck polish. I mean LOVE. It's so pretty and sparkly without being completely in your face glitter. Glass fleck is for me, yes sir! This blue is very Christmas-like. I can see Christmastime when I look at this. Is yummy. I'm just loving wearing blue polish and have decided I no longer think I can't wear blues. In fact, I think this will be the last time I even mention it in my diary haha! I am convinced and converted. Blue polish is wonderful.

Monday, November 25, 2013

Color Club Charity Ball and China Glaze Boo-Gie Down

Color Club Charity Ball is part of the Rebel Debutante collection from the spring of 2010. China Glaze Boo-Gie Down was released this Halloween in the Monster's Ball collection.



Color Club Charity Ball is a red based brown creme. I don't think I really like this shade of brown. I have a few of them and every time I wear them I'm like ehh. It's shiny and pretty and all, it's just not my thing. As for application and wear, though, I have to say it was really good on both counts. No complaints on this polish formula. It's great. Just not in love with the color. This might go into my purge box.
For the accent nail I thought China Glaze Boo-Gie Down would look nice. I was right! It really goes well with the color. The gold hex and micro glitter really pops, as does the white! I had to thin it before I could use it. I applied it to my accent nail and it just destroyed the semi dry nail so I had to totally re-do the nail. Frustrating! I think I just got a bad bottle though. I noticed on the outside of the bottle the polish looked like it had leaked a little but wasn't shiny. Not sure when it happened but it was before I bought it. Once I added some thinner it applied perfectly. This might also be why I am not loving Charity Ball. Maybe I'm just having hard feelings cause the mani got messed up haha. In the end, I think this looks really good for fall.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Zoya Tomoko

Zoya Tomoko is from the Pixie Dust collection released this fall.


Zoya Tomoko is described as a champagne silver on their website, but on me it looked gold. Pure gold. I like it though. I picked it thinking it was going to be more silvery an in most pictures I've since looked up it's more silvery on most than me. It's probably due to skin tone. At any rate this Pixie Dust is amazing and gorgeous. They wear so well. I ended up taking this off before I ever got any tip wear after 3 days. That's pretty amazing to me. It gets smoother as you wear it but I never got a single chip. Way to go Zoya. I love the Pixie Dust polishes. I haven't had any issues with them and they've all worn wonderfully. Application has been a breeze too. This will be perfect for Christmas time so I'll definitely be wearing it again in December close to Christmas.


Thursday, November 21, 2013

Zoya Dovima

Zoya Dovima was originally released in the summer of 2009, but has just been re-issued. Thank goodness, because I did not get this when it was originally released. I am so happy to have this to add to my Velvet Matte collection. Now I just need Harlow and I'll have them all. When will you re-issue Harlow, Zoya??




Since today is the opening for Catching Fire I decided to do an accent nail of fire, of course :) The flame isn't translating to the picture how good I think it looks, Darn camera. I really like it.

And of course...the mockingjay pin!



For the flame I used Zoya America then added some Zoya Arizona. For the glitter I used China Glaze Electrify from the collection released with the first Hunger Games movie.

I did a mani for the premier of Hunger Games as well.

Can't wait for tonight. DH bought these tickets as soon as they came available. It's going to be so good. Team Peeta FTW!!!

Wednesday, November 20, 2013

China Glaze Shower Together

China Glaze Shower Together was part of 2008 ecollection.




China Glaze Shower Together is a medium turquoise blue creme. I am really loving the blues lately :D  bought all these blues then decided they don't look good with my skin tone and they just sat for ages. I'm glad I decided to go through my collection and purge. This was in my purge box and on a whim I decided to try it out. SO glad I did. I love it! It's gorgeous. Needless to say, it's not going anywhere. It's a keeper.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Nicole by OPI Just Busta Mauve

Nicole by OPI Just Busta Mauve is a Target exclusive released in the fall of 2012.



Nicole by OPI Just Busta Mauve. Woah. I mean just wow. This is so cool! It's a pinky bronze foil base with flecks of eleventy billion colors and a green duochrome flash. That is a lot to get into one polish and Just Busta Mauve did it. I love wearing this color. It's flashy and sparkly but still classy looking. It goes right to my limit of flashy-ness without going over. I don't own a lot of NOPI (read 2), but this one really got me. It's not that I dislike NOPI at all. I just have so much OPI and probably have most of the colors offered by NOPI. This one though, unique. Love!!!

Monday, November 18, 2013

OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow

OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow was released in 2009 in the Coleccion de Espana collection.



OPI Here Today...Aragon Tomorrow is an almost blackened green creme. This is a super dark green! It didn't really look green at all, more black. I don't mind, I like dark shades a lot. They're super sexy. I ended up filing my nails shorter though after I took these pictures. For me, shorter nails are better when the shade is this dark.
HTAT is really sheer. In fact the formula is unique. It's almost see through, and took 3 coats to become mostly opaque. Enough so for me anyway. It didn't really cover great when I wrapped my nails, so it looked like I had tip wear. I only wore this for a day, and filed as soon as it was dry, so I can't say anything about wear time.
All that said I do like this one and I'll wear it again for sure.

Friday, November 15, 2013

China Glaze Phat Santa

China Glaze Phat Santa is from the 'Tis The Season To Be Naughty and Nice cllection from holiday 2010.



China Glaze Phat Santa is deep red gorgeous creme. This color! Every time I wear this I just stare at my nails. Sounds so vain, but the color is just that striking. It's super shiny like a jelly but the pigment is intense like a creme. Best of both my favorites! Yay *\o/*

This mani is dedicated to you D. You loved red nails so much. I miss you...

Thursday, November 14, 2013

China Glaze Frostbite

China Glaze Frostbite is from the winter 2007 Ski collection.



China Glaze Frostbite is a bright electric blue with silver shimmer. This. Is. Bright. It's a pretty color and it looks pretty good with my skin tone. All this time I thought I could never wear blue and I finally try them in my collection and find out otherwise :D Love this color! So glad I finally wore it.

Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Color Club Oh Naturale

Color Club Oh Naturale is from the Spring 2010 Pardon My French collection.



Color Club Oh Naturale is a coral orange creme. The formula on this was really great. The first coat was a little sheer but it built up perfectly with the second coat. This is such a soft shade. I think it's just lovely. I got this from Ross in their funny collections they sell, so I had to make my own label.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

China Glaze Icicle

China Glaze Icicle is from the 2011 Let It Snow holiday collection.




China Glaze Icicle is a gorgeous silver foil. I love how this looks a little textured. It's super fun to wear and I got several compliments on it. It applies really easily and wore forever before it chipped.

Monday, November 11, 2013

Zoya Mieko

Zoya Mieko was released in 2008 in the Fourish holiday collection.




Zoya Mieko is a deepy rosy pink with gorgeous golden shimmer. So pretty! It looks more like summer to me than holiday but heck! I don't follow the color/season rules anyway, so I don't know why I even commented on that :D It's a glass fleck kinda polish and I'm a glass fleck kinda gurl. That is all.

Friday, November 8, 2013

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles

China Glaze Champagne Bubbles was released in the 2011 Let It Snow holiday collection.




China Glaze Champagne Bubbles...Just no. This is so NOT my thing. I think I bought this because I just had to have the whole Christmas collection. It's going in my purge box. I'm sure there are plenty of darker, maybe olive skin tones this would look so good on. My pale skin is total no good. I thought I was going to love the shimmery gold with the little silver glitter but I just can't love it :(

Thursday, November 7, 2013

Zoya Savita

Matte is big again this fall. No complaints here, I adore mattes. Well, the shimmery matte more so than the flat matte.



Zoya Savita was released in the winter 2009 Matte collection. It's been discontinued, sadly. It is what Zoya calls matte velvet and it's gorgeous. It's an eggplant purple with silvery shimmer. I LOVE Zoya velvet finish. It makes me so happy when I wear them. I only have three of them and I'd love to own the other three. Hopefully some day I will. When I wear these I do my usual basecoat and treatment then a coat of SV to dry it all. Then I do two coats of the Zoya matte. It takes longer to chip this way. You can just skip the base coat and wear the polish alone if you prefer, but I don't put color on my bare nails ever.

Edited to add OMG Zoya just announced they're going to re-relese the Mattes!!!!! You can pre-order them tomorrow 11-08-2013 online only here.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

China Glaze For Audrey

China Glaze For Audrey was released as a special limited edition promotion called Something Blue as a tribute to Audrey Hepburn, but became part of the core collection due to it's overwhelming popularity.





China Glaze For Audrey is Tiffany Blue cream. It's a pretty dang close to perfect match. It's one of those crazy popular shades of polish and I think every polish addicted girl owns a bottle. It applies a little thin the first coat but by the second coat it evens out. It wears like you'd expect China Glaze to wear, amazing. I'm pretty sure this would look good on any skin tone. It's rare that a blue goes well with mine at all, but this one does. But then, what girl doesn't look good with Tiffany blue ;)

Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Zoya Dana

Zoya Dana from the Sparkle and Flash collection released in 2010.




Zoya Dana is in my favorite color family to wear. It's a rich berry pink and oh boy is it gorgeous or what?!? I have so many polishes in this color family. I just never get tired of it. And never stop buying them haha :D It's super shiny, almost jelly like. It applied like butter and wear time was typical for me and Zoya. I use Anchor and Armor with it and Poshe quick dry and get much better wear than I ever did with SV. I think there's something with SV that doesn't work well with Zoya. I adore the Zoya brand. Such a fun company.

Monday, November 4, 2013

Orly Rage

Orly Rage is from the Foil FX Collection released in 2010.



Orly Rage is a bronzey rose foil. Foil polish is a once in a while thing for me. I used to love them! I am just ok with them now. But once in a while they are fun. Orly Rage is really gorgeous though. And it's one I reach for when I'm in a foil-y mood. I get a lot of compliments when I wear this. It's super eye-catching. I think it would look really good for a formal occasion or maybe new year's eve type mani. So pretty and girly. It applied really easy and the wear time wasn't bad at all.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Revlon Naughty

Revlon Naughty is part of the classic collection though when it was first released as Perplex it was LE. I'm glad they brought it back! It's also said to be a pretty close dupe for Chanel Paradoxal though I can't say for sure since I don't have it.





Revlon Naughty is a greyish purple with lavender shimmer that flashes so pretty in the sunlight. I really love this polish. It's unique in my collection, which is awesome. I like Revlon polish a lot. It applies and wears as well as high end polish for me.