Zoya Swatch Spam - Dot, Elisa, Evvie, Song and Ziv

I'm still enjoying my vacation so in the meantime I thought I'd share a little Zoya swatch spam with you guys. I hopefully have already some of the most recent Zoyas waiting for me at home when I come back and I will share my swatches of those as soon as I can, but for now I have some older Zoya beauties to show you.

Zoya Dot is a beautiful light pink creme. The shade is really pretty eventhough it wasn't totally right with my skintone. Unfortunately the formula wasn't really great either, I had to use three coats here and a top coat to make it even out.



Zoya Elisa is bright medium shimmery red that looks even slightly metallic on nail. This is very vivid color and the shimmer gives it gorgeous depth. It feels though quite Christmassy, but it's certainly pretty in any case. I have two coats here, very easy to apply.



Zoya Evvie is smoky grey creme. This was actually originally a custom shade that was created for Peter Som's Fall fashion show. It's beautiful shade of grey that leans towards green/teal. Really nice formula, I used two easy coats here.



Zoya Song is vibrant shimmery medium blue. This one is impossible to capture in pictures so that you could see it's full beauty. It's a stunning shade and I love that flecked shimmer in it. Awesome formula too, I used two easy coats here though it was almost one-coater.



Zoya Ziv is beautiful metallic gold foil. It looks truly like applying some melted gold on your nails when you apply this. It's a stunning shade and it's not your typical golden foil, I love it! I have two easy peasy coats here, this has quite awesome formula too.
 

Which one of these is your favorite?

#ablecaw14 Week 11: Winter Wonderland

I'm currently (hopefully) enjoying sunny and warm weather at Las Palmas, Gran Canaria, so what better time to share my Winter Wonderland nail art with you guys than now, right?! :D Yup, I'm not really sure if I truly wish that it's already winter wonderland in Finland when I get back, but I surely would like to have some snow for Christmas. But as Winter Wonderland is the second theme of this week Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge, then Winter Wonderland is what you are going to get here!

To me Winter Wonderland means definitely snow, so that was the thing I went with. I did a french manicure using OPI Angel With a Leadfoot as the white for my tips and OPI Don't Touch My Tutu! as the sheer color. Then I topped the manicure with two coats of OPI Pirouette My Whistle. After it was dry, I painted those smaller snow flakes on each nail with a tiny nail art brush and Angel With a Leadfoot. Then once again I applied one coat of Don't Touch My Tutu! and one coat of Pirouette My Whistle to get some dimension and debth going. Then I painted the second bigger snow flakes with the same brush and polish and topped the whole thing with one coat of quick drying top coat.

Of course I had to do this manicure a bit in advance because of my vacation, but I really liked the delicate look of this eventhough I thought it wasn't really completely right time for a winter wonderland manicure. I really liked the look of traditional french manicure with freehand nail art, I think it looks so great and beautiful!

I'm actually participating a Finnish nail art contest with these nails and the competition is still going on, so wish me luck! :)


OPI Pirouette My Whistle
OPI Angel With a Leadfoot
OPI Don't Touch My Tutu!


How about you, are you ready for winter wonderland already?


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Nail Polish Battle: OPI Girls Love Ponies vs. Hey Baby

The Nail Polish Battle series continue, this time the battle is between two OPI pinks - Girls Love Ponies and Hey Baby. Girls Love Ponies is from OPI Mustang collection and Hey Baby is from Gwen Stefani collection. I've been wanting to do a comparison and battle of these two for so long, but I don't own Hey Baby and I really didn't want to buy just for this. Mirka from Nerdic Nails however owns it and she was kind enough and let me borrow it for a while, so I finally had the chance to see my self how similar these two really are.

They sure look quite similar in the bottles!
 
On nail there is a slight difference, but they really are quite close colorwise. Hey Baby is little bit lighter than Girls Love Ponies and it is also just slightly warmer toned than GLP. The difference is so small that if you don't look too closely, you might think they are the same polish.

These are quite similar quality and formula-wise too, they both need two coats for full coverage and they are really easy to apply. Hey Baby might be just a tad more sheer as I felt like it was in the borderline if it could have needed thin third coat. Girls Love Ponies is somewhat at the other end in the two coat range as it almost coveres with only one coat, but it really needs second one to be fully opaque. I have two coats of both here, no base or top coat. They both have beautiful shine alone even without top coat and they both also level out nicely.

This is really beautiful shade of pink and Girls Love Ponies is one of my favorite pinks, so one of these is certainly a must have! However, I'm pretty sure you won't need both since they are so close.

Final verdict: Pick one or the other and I'm sure you'll be happy with it. I'm going to stick with Girls Love Ponies since that's the one I own and that Mustand cap is so cool, I love it!

Do you guys own either one of these pink beauties?

#ablecaw14 Week 11: Black & White

Another week, another #ablecaw14 manicure! I can't believe we have only so few weeks left of this challenge, at least there are still some pretty great themes ahead. This week the two themes are Winter Wonderland and Black & White, and I decided to do the black and white first.

I've had this idea for this black and white manicure for quite a while and finally got to do it. I'm not 100 percent sure if I got this totally right, but at least I tried... I think it might not be too obvious, but my inspiration for this manicure was a kind of marble floor tiles, obviously black and white marble floor tiles. That's why I have those squares going on on my middle and ring fingers. I should have made the contrast a bit bigger between those different "tiles", but I liked this manicure quite a bit anyhow.

I used OPI Anglen With a Leadfoot as my white polish and Essie Licorice as my black. I first painted one coat with the white and let that dry. Then I did a second white coat and when it was still wet I added couple drops of the black polish and did the marble look with a technique that was kind of a mix between watercolor nails technique and saran wrap technique. I also added some metal nail art studs on my thumb, index and pinky nails. When my middle and ring finger nails were completely dry I taped them with nail vinyls and did another marble those two squares on each nail.

I don't really do black and white manicures too often, so this was really refreshing. It's very cool look, I should use it more!

How about you guys, do you like black and white nails or nail art? 



Polishers Inc. - Recreate an Oldie

It's time for my second Polishers Inc manicure - if you are not yet familiar with Polishers Inc, check out my previous post about it here. We have also another talented blogger joining our group today, welcome Lise from Polished Elegance!

The theme today was recreate an oldie and I really love this theme! I wanted to redo some nail art that I did when I first started this blog back in 2010, and here's what I came up with:
Dotting tool flowers were on of the first nail art that I ever tried. I wanted to keep this manicure quite simple and keep those flowers in the main role. I also wanted to use the same polish that I used then, OPI Kinky In Helsinki, so that is my base color. I wanted to add some sparkle, so I did a simple gradient with OPI Let Me Entertain You on the tips of my nails. I did the flowers and the dots with OPI Angel With a Leadfoot and the centers of the flowers are done with My Voice Is a Little Norse, from OPI also.

This was really a fun theme, it's not always so easy to see how far you have came from when you started. I have kept all my posts here in my blog and haven't really deleted any eventhough the pictures are so very awful. I think it's still nice to have them around and they are really a good reminder that maybe I have also learned something... :)


Actually, those dotting tool flowers back in 2010 were the first ones that I ever did and I didn't try them again before this recreation manicure. They are so very easy to do and they do look quite fun, at least from a little distance. In the close-up pictures they can look a bit messy, but oh well, I still liked this manicure very much.

We actually have a similar theme coming up later in our Finnish(able) Nail Art Challenge too and I'm really happy about that, because this was so much fun!


Have you guys recreated any nail art from your past?



Cirque Burlesque Collection Swatches and Review

Provided for review*

As I told you yesterday, I just recently got the whole Cirque Burlesque collection for review (oh my!) and today I have my swatches of all the polishes to share with you guys! If I haven't seen my water marbling nail art with these polishes yet, be sure to check out yesterday's post too.

This Burlesque collection consists of four linear holograhpic polishes that all have gorgeous dark jeweled tone. These do have quite strong holographic effect (not too strong to lose the color of the polish), however I had to do my swatches in my light box as usual and since I haven't seen the sun for something like over a month now, I don't really have any sunlight holographic pictures to show you. These are so gorgeous colors that I still wanted to share them with you as soon as possible and they do look really stunning even with little less holographic effect going on, and that's pretty much how they look in shade/in indoor lighting anyhow. Hopefully the sun will show up at some point here too and I'll be able to share some sunshine swatches of these too.

Boudoir is a vampy burgundy with a rainbow holographic finish.

This is such a beautiful tone, just stunning! Though to me the color is more like reddened grape purple than vampy burgundy, but anyhow it's gorgeous. I have two easy coats here, no base or top coat.



Harlow is an antique gold with a rainbow holographic finish.

This one has such a unique tone of gold, it leans a bit towards green. It's certainly a beauty and quite unique one. I have two easy coats here too, this time with base coat since I was wearing this as a full manicure.



Josephine is a blackened green with a rainbow holographic finish.

This is such a beautiful forest green shade! I'm not the biggest fan of strong green tones, but this is just so stunning, I love it! I'm pretty sure I don't have anything quite like this either. This is once again two easy coats, no base or top coat.



Trocadero is a navy blue with a rainbow holographic finish.

Oh my, it's impossible to choose a favorite out of these four, these just keep getting better and better! I'm surely in love with this beautiful blue too, it's really such a perfect shade. Also I've been lemming for OPI DS Glamour for so long, this could just be the perfect substitute for it. Of course they are not totally dupes, but close enough if you ask me. And as you probably guessed already, I have two easy coats here, no base or top coat.

These all share the same awesome quality, all of them needed only two coats for full coverage. They don't require any type of special base coat under them, they apply just fine on bare nail and over regular base coat, and I of course recommend using a base coat under these as with any other polish. I do own quite a few holographic polishes already, but somehow these feel pretty unique to me with their vivid deep jeweled tones. They all have also amazing quality and formula and I think they are all well worth of having. It's impossible to me to choose any favorites, I love all four!

The Burlesque Collection from Cirque is already now at Cirque and each polish retails for $13. You can also click here for a list of stockists, there are plenty!

You can also connect with Cirque Colors on Facebook and Instagram.

Which one of these is your favorite?


I have gotten all the Cirque polishes for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

#ablecaw14 Week 10: Marbling

I know this challenge theme is - well - challenging for many, but I happen to love anything marbling related, so I was really happy about this second theme of week 10. I love water marbling and I love drag marbling, so it was a bit hard to decide what do to, but I finally ended up going with water marbling since I don't always have time to do it as often as I would like.

I just received the whole Cirque Burlesque collection for review (oh man, I'm soooo excited about this!), so I thought I should use some of those polishes for this manicure. I will of course share my swatches of all these four Burlesque lacquers later, but I just couldn't resist the opportunity to use them for this manicure.

These colors and polishes reminded me somehow a bit of art deco, so I thought I should do a manicure with some art deco type of stylistics. I did a water marbling design for all my other nails with Cirque Harlow and Josephine and for my accent nails I did a stamping decal. I tried do make the design look a bit like stained glass feature as I thought it would fit the theme, but I'm not too sure if I succeeded with this... Anyhow, I used both of the same Cirque lacquers for the stamping decal as well as the other two from the Burlesque collection: Boudoir and Trocadero. The design is from MoYou London Pro Collection XL plate 06.


I'm not totally sure if this manicure is fully my style, but at least I think it's something different and I haven't done anything with this style before. It's quite interesting that you can use the exactly same nail art techniques for so many different things, just by changing the colors. 


Sally Hansen Nail Rehab
Cirque Harlow
Cirque Josephine
Cirque Boudoir
Cirque Trocadero
MoYou London Pro Collection XL Plate 06
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat


Oh and I'm certainly in love with all these Cirque Burlesque collection polishes, but I'll tell you more about them in detail in another post. You can buy Cirque polishes directly from Cirque (www.cirquecolors.com) or from different stockists (www.cirquecolors.com/stockists).




Do you guys like water marbling or have you ever tried to do it?

I have gotten all the Cirque polishes, Sally Hansen Nail Rehab and MoYou London stamping plate for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.


 

Brown Skittlette with Pretty&Polished, Peggy Sage and Essie

Press sample*

I'm normally not that into brown polishes, but somehow I have ended up with a few browns this fall. I had one brown-ish jelly glitter and one brown shimmer waiting for getting on my nails, so I decided to combine them, and one new glitter too, to one manicure and so became this brown skittlette.

I used two coats of Peggy Sage Fancy Taupe on my thumb and index nails and three coats of Pretty&Polished There Is S'more To Life on my middle and ring finger nails. Then I also wanted to add some more glitter and sparkle, so I used Essie's new Luxeffects glitter on my pinky nails. This one is called Summit of Style and I used three coats of it.

Mimax just recently added some of Pretty&Polished lacquers to their selection, so I chose There Is S'more To Life for review since I had never tried this brand before. I'm not the biggest fan of brown polishes, but I chose this one as it seemed like a beautiful mix of different colored glitter and light jelly base, and also because I don't own anything similar. I really like the name too, it's so cute! This was quite easy to apply and you get nice amount of those glitters on your nails really easily. I had to use three coats since the base color is so light, but it covered quite nicely with those three coats.

I got that Peggy Sage Fancy Taupe for review from Meikit Heaven and once again, I wasn't entirely sure if I would like it, since it was quite brown... It has a gorgeous golden shimmer that is more visible in the bottle, but you can see it on the nail too. The shimmer makes this polish look really beautiful and eventhough it is really brown on nail, I quite liked it. This covered nicely with just two coats, but it was a bit runny, so you need to be careful while applying it or you'll have it all over your cuticles.

The third polish of this manicure, Essie Summit of Style was also sent for me for review. I own quite a few Essie Luxeffects glitter toppers already as I really like them and many of them are just perfect mixes of different sized glitters. Perfect toppers! This time I wanted to try if you could use these also for accent nail alone and you really can, since at least this one only needed three coats for coverage. It also looks really cool as an accent nail, though of course these are gorgeous as glitter toppers too.

Here you can maybe see that shimmer in Fancy Taupe a bit better. Gorgeous, right?!


Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
Peggy Sage Fancy Taupe* 2 coats
Pretty&Polished There Is S'more to Life* 3 coats
Essie Summit of Style* 3 coats
nail studs
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat 


How about you, do you like brown polishes?

Disclosure: I have gotten all the polishes used in this manicure for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.

#ablecaw14 Week 10: Love This Brand

My love for Zoya isn't surely any news after I dedicated a ode to Zoya few months back, so it was really a no-brainer to decide which brand to choose for this week #ablecaw14 nail art challenge themed Love This Brand. This time I decided to do something little more simple and basic nail art but still very beautiful, and what's more fitting to that description than a gradient!

I wanted to do the gradient with some of my favorite Zoya polishes, so I had to choose Dream for this since it's probably my favorite polish ever. I have done a greadient before with Dream and Payton, and I really loved that manicure, so I decided to do something similar, only I added one other polish to the mix: the stunning reddish one Blaze.

First I painted my nails with one coat of Payton. Then I did the gradient by applying all three colors to the same sponge, my order from the tip to cuticle is: Dream, Payton and Blaze.

I thought about adding some decorations or some different nail art over this, but since this manicure was about the love for the brand I decided to go with the simple manicure where the polishes are in main role. I really love the look of these three polishes together, they are all so stunning ones!


Sally Hansen Nail Rehab*
Zoya Blaze
Zoya Payton*
Zoya Dream*
Glisten&Glow HK Girl top coat


How about you, which brand do you love?


Disclosure: I have gotten Sally Hansen Nail Rehab, Zoya Payton and Dream originally for review. For more information view my disclosure policy.


KBShimmer Swatch Spam

I haven't done any swatch spam posts lately, so I thought it would be about time to do one! This time I wanted to share you with my swatches of my most recent KBShimmer polishes, so it's going to be all KBShimmers in this post. Just while ago I ordered some polishes from KBShimmer's recent and not so recent collections (fall, summer and spring) from Harlow&Co. since I hadn't really bought any of these polishes lately. I also bought one KBShimmer secondhand, so I added that one to this post too.

A Raisin To Live For has a deep raisin colored jelly base and with lots of sparkling holographic glitter. This one is such a gorgeous polish, it has to be one of my favorite polishes of this year! I have two coats here with base and top coat as I used this as a base color for my sparkle manicure. If you don't own this already, I highly recommend that you go and buy it immediately, it's truly stunning!



Make My Gray is from the spring collection and it has a light grey jelly base with plenty of glitters in turquoise, gunmetal, pale aqua and coral. This is beautiful mix of glitters, colors and jelly base. Eventhough I have tried to restrict myself from bying too many of these glitter/jelly mixes since there is only so few things that you can use these for, I just had to have this. I love those bright glitters against the grey base. I used three coats here (with top coat to even it out) but I think this would work perfectly layered over some light grey creme and then you would need to use only one or two coats.



I'm always looking for that perfect minty holographic, so Mint-al Vacation was really a must-have for me. I have three coats here with base and top coat. This is a beautiful color, but for me it leans too much towards grey as I would like my minty holographic be clearly more minty. I'm not so sure if that can happen though, since I know that if you want to make and proper holographic polish, those holographic particles will chance the color. But one can always wish!



Another holographic is this one called Rust No One from the fall collection. As for this - I'm so in love with the color! It's really a perfect rusty orange leaning towars red, stunning! I have three coats here, no base or top coat. It's a bit hard to get that holographic effect to show since I haven't seen sun for quite a while here, but believe me, this is a gorgeous polish.



The Grape Beyond is a little bit older one. It's a purple matte polish with subtle turquoise shimmer. The shimmer is a bit more visible when you apply top coat (the second picture), but it's still very subtle. I have three coats here and the consistency of this was a bit watery and it applied a bit patchy with the first two coats. The third coat leveled it out nicely though. It's a beautiful purple hue that has a bit of murky look especially when it's matte. This was designed to work specifically as a base color for the other polish of the set, glittery topper called Would Jubilee It? but I don't own that one. Then again, The Grape Beyond works just fine alone too.


My favorites out of these five were definitely A Raisin To Live For, Rust No One and Make My Gray (love these names btw!). 

Which one of these is your favorite?