Saturday, March 28, 2015

Sally Hansen Lace and Velvet - Swatches and Review

Provided for review*

I'm a bit late with these, but once again, better later than never! I got three new Sally Hansen Luxe Lace polishes for review and one of those new Velvet textures and I really wanted to show you these since the lace ones are pretty great glitter toppers and the velvet one has quite fun and a bit different texture effect.

I layered one coat of each one of the three glitters over a grey polish (Essie Maximillian Strasse Her). I have the white and light blue one called Crochet on my pinky, the white one called Eyelet on my ring finger and the black one called Ruffle on my middle finger nail. These are all really great toppers: you get just perfect amount with one coat, not too much and not too little either. I really love the mix of those tiny glitters with some regular sized ones and some really big glitters. It makes all these three really interesting! 

However, of course I wouldn't really call these lace one anything new, they are just pretty basic glitter toppers and I'm not sure if they really give any kind of lace look on your nails like they are supposed to. I wasn't really expecting anything like that, but then again someone might and then these could be a bit disappointing. However, if you take these as they are, regular glitter toppers, they are really great! I'm pretty sure that these type of glitters aren't always the most easiest ones to find in regular stores and among basic brands, so in that sense it's really nice that Sally Hansen is giving us these to play with.

I like all these three, but my favorite has to be Crochet. It's the most unique one out of these three and I could see myself using it for many different looks. It would work perfectly for some winter nail art, but also for some bright summer nail art and it's pretty perfect for spring-time too.

I own quite a few of textured polishes already, so I wasn't really that interested in these Sally Hansen velvet ones, but once again it's great that these are easily available for people who don't maybe buy so much polish online and all that. So I was quite happy that I still got this purple one called Crushed for review after all. The texture look and finish of these velvets is a bit different than in some other textured polishes. It's not so rough looking and the feel of it is really quite smooth eventhough there's still some texture effect going on. The velvet name is actually quite accurate, it's how this pretty much looks like.

The shade of this is such a pretty warm purple, but I had some difficulties with the application. I had to use three coats to get it on at least somewhat smoothly and I still ended up getting the polish a bit unevenly on some nails. It did cover pretty well with just two coats but I couldn't really leave it with that since it would have been even more uneven. I'm not sure if it was just me or maybe you should really pay attention when applying these to get them on smoothly as you can't really use a top coat to smooth it out later if you want to keep the velvet look.


Which one of these is your favorite?

*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. 


***** 

Nämä Sally Hansenin Lace & Velvet -lakat ovat olleet myynnissä jo helmikuusta lähtien, eli ne löytyvät jo kaupoista, suositushinta on 9,50 euroa. Kokoelmaan kuuluu näiden neljän lisäksi kaksi muuta Velvet -lakkaa: nude Lush ja sininen Regal.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Zoya Spring 2015 Delight Collection - Swatches and Review

Provided for review*


Sun is shining here again so it's perfect time to share some spring collection swatches with you guys! Today I have the whole Zoya Delight collection to show to you. It's a six shade collection with three cremes and three metallic shimmers. All the shades are really spring-like and they all have that spring paste-like feeling eventhough some of the shades are a bit more birght than traditional pastels.

I actually already did a quick nail art look with four of these Delight polishes and you can check it out here if you missed it. But let's see those swatches now!


The first one is Daisy, a lemon merengue yellow metallic with turquoise flash. I'm not the biggest fan of yellow polishes, so this isn't really my type of color, but then again, the blue-ish shimmer makes this really look interesting and unique. This was a bit sheer, so I need three coats for full coverage. It was a bit patchy with the first coat, but the additional coats fixed that problem. You need to be a bit careful while applying this, since it's not the easiest one to clean up. The shimmer in this is the kind that will be all over your nails when you try to clean it up.




This one is called Eden and it's a bright medium pink creme. For some reason I had difficulties applying this evenly, so I needed three coats to smooth everything out. This is quite basic color and I'm not sure that it's the best match with my skintone, but of course it's a very pretty pink nonetheless.


Well now we're talking! This beautiful one is called Leslie and it's a soft pastel metallic lavender with turquoise flash. This had a pretty nice formula, so I had no issues with the application. It's a bit sheer, so I needed three coats for full coverage. With this one also you need to apply it carefully to avoid unnecessary clean-up and the shimmers all over your nails, but like I said, this had a nice formula, so the application was really easy. This was definitely one of my favorites.


 
This beautiful pastel blue creme is called Lillian and Zoya describes this one as faded aquamarine. It's a really nice shade of blue and very sprin-like, However, I had some issues with this one as it isn't really self-leveling type, so I had to use three coats to get it on smoothly. It also gave me a bit of lobster hands, but I think I'm still going to wear this as the color is so pretty.


Rayne is a blue metallic with the same turquoise flash. This is quite bright and fun color, it's probably no suprise that I love it! This had similar formula than the other shimmers in this collection; sheer with first coat and full coverage with three coats. I think this is fine color for spring, but it will certainly work perfectly for summer too.


Last but not least is Tiana, a pastel pistachio green creme. This is really a surprise favorite of mine, I love this color so much! This one had the best formula out of these all, it only needed two coats for full coverage and it was also nicely self-leveling. Did I already say that I love the color?! Oh yes, I did...


All in all I had a bit mixed feelings about this collection. To me Lillian, Rayne and Tiana are really gorgeous ones and I love all three of them, so they are really the winners of this collection. Lillian is also quite pretty one, though the formula wasn't the best and it's not the most unique color-wise. Then the last two, Daisy and Eden, aren't really my type of colors, so they were a little miss for me.

Which one of these is your favorite?

*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy. 

***** 

Zoyan lakkoja voi ostaa joko suoraan maahantuojalta lähettämällä sähköpostia osoitteeseen info@nailcity.fi tai useilta jälleenmyyjiltä, NailCityn sivuilta löytyvät kaikki jälleenmyyntipaikat.

Monday, March 23, 2015

#ablecs15 Week 7: Pastels

Look, it's only Monday and I'm already posting my first challenge mani of this week, yay! *Happy dance* Hopefully I'll be able to keep this going until the end of the challenge, so that I don't fall back to the old pattern of posting the challenge manicures just barely in time. But hey, it's already week seven of the challenge, time certainly just flies by! This weeks themes are My Most Used Polish and Pastels, and since I've been stuck with the pattern of doing the latter one always first, I thought I should just stick with that. So I have my pastel mani to share with you guys today.

I actually got the inspiration for this mani from another previous mani of mine, the music inspired Polishers Inc. creation that I did just couple weeks ago. Back then I did an accent nail with a rainbow pastel gradient, but this time I didn't want to do all the rainbow colors, so I just went with three of them. They are really soft shades, so the gradient isn't that obvious but it's there. I actually did it a bit angled just to give a fun look to the manicure.

I first painted my nails with a coat of white polish to make to soft pastel colors to pop out at least somewhat. I used OPI Angel with a Leadfoot for that. Then I did the gradient using Essie Go Ginza and Zoya Blu and Neely. I had sponge quite a few times to get the colors to show up. Then I topped all my nails with a coat of KBShimmer I Only Have Ice For You and added a coat of quick drying top coat. Finally I added some bow vinyl stickers from Vinyl It Up on my middle and ring finger nails and also some silver rhinestones over the bows.

I really love this look, it's so soft and delicate! It kinda reminded me a little bit of My Little Ponies or something like that, but I'm pretty sure almost all pastel manicures do the same thing. Those bow vinyls are really great too, way better than any regular nail stickers! 
 

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener
Polishes: OPI Angel with a Leadfoot, Essie Go Ginza, Zoya Blu and Neely, KBShimmer I Only Have Ice For You
Top coat: INM Out the Door
Decorations: vinyls from Vinyl It Up, silver rhinestones


Sunday, March 22, 2015

#ablecs15 Week 6: I Thought I'd Never

My original idea for the other theme of week six of #ablecs15 was that I'd try some nail art technique that I would never normally try as the theme was I Thought I'd Never. The only problem was that I couldn't think of any new to me nail art technique that I wouldn't try at some point. So I had to figure out something else. I still wanted to go with the nail art technique angle, so I decided to use one nail art style that I have tried once before and I thought I would definitely not try again: velvet nails. 

One try with any kind of flocking powder was truly enough for me, it's just so not my thing. So I truly thought I would never use it ever again on my nails, therefor these nails do fit the theme perfectly. And I'm pretty sure I should have believed myself as I wrote with the first attempt with the velvet nails that they are really not my cup of tea. This experience didn't really change that, I think it just looks ugly on nail and it's really not that practical either.

I think it's not that surprising that this velvet trend passed quite quickly and we haven't really seen it since. Maybe the design I did isn't really helping either, but oh well. At least I managed to do something for this theme. 

I'd much rather share only my nails without that flocking powder. The mani actually looked quite good without it:
I chose two of my newest Picture Polish collection additions for this mani: the blazing hot pink Sizzle and the stunning blue shimmer Freya's Cats. I actually decided to combine these two for this mani also because of the theme I Thought I'd Never since I don't usually combine these type of colors together and I'm pretty sure I wouldn't have done it without this theme either.

I painted two coats with Sizzle and then added a coat of top coat. Then I applied some smART Nail Art Stencils on my nails and painted over with Freya's Cats and then removed the stencils carefully and added a coat of top coat. Finally I just added some top coat on my ring finger nail and then added some of that flocking powder over it.
 
Even if I didn't enjoy this mani completely, both of these Picture Polishes are truly gorgeous! And they didn't really look too bad combined either.

Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Picture Polish Sizzle and Freya's Cats
Top coat: INM Out The Door and Sally Hansen Gel Shine 3D Top Coat
Decorations: smART Nail Art Stencils, flocking powder


How about you guys, is there something you'd never do on your nails?



Saturday, March 21, 2015

Zoya Delight Spring Nail Art

Provided for review*

I got the whole Zoya Delight spring collection for review and I'm going to share my swatches of all the six polishes with you next week, but before that I thought I'd share with you a quick nail art look that I did with four polishes from the collection. All the six polishes looked really delicious and spring-like together, so I wanted to combine at least some of them to a quick nail art look.

I used two coats of light blue creme called Lillian as my base color. Then I added just some simple dotting tool flowers using flowery pink creme Eden and soft lavender shimmer Leslie for the petals and blue shimmer Rayne for the center of the flowers. I thought this mani would look really good matte, so as a final step I added a coat of Cirque Colors Matte Look on top of all nails.

I really liked this simple look and I thought it really did look pretty great matte! The mani was certainly appropriate for spring and all the colors worked really well together.


Of course I also wanted to show you the shiny version of this look, so here it is:
It looks great either way, but I prefered the matte version. Like I said, this was just a quick and simple look, but still I really liked this mani very much. This also got me to a serious spring mood, so please spring, would you come already!?



Products used for this manicure
Base coat: Sally Hansen 18K Gold Hardener and Zoya Anchor
Polishes: Zoya Lillian, Eden, Leslie, Rayne
Top coat: Zoya Armor and Cirque Colors Matte Look
decorations: dotting tool



*Disclosure: I have gotten all these polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.
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