Monday, January 30, 2012

Valentine's Day Nail Art - Valentine's Ruffian

Hey guys!

Today I'm showing you the first design in this year's Valentine's Day series! If you're interested in my Valentine's designs from 2011 you can see those here.

I have to introduce this design by first saying that I am in love with this! This is my first attempt at a "ruffian" manicure and I can say for sure that it won't be my last! I love this style! For anyone not familiar with the style, it's basically an inverted french manicure that was created by CND and which started popping up at the 2010 New York Fashion Week.

For my ruffian, I started with a base of a satin black polish and added a shiny crimson red over most of the base, leaving only a little of the black peeking out at the base of my nail. I used a satin black as the base because I liked the idea of there being both a colour and a finish contrast between the two shades. To make it more of a Valentine's design, I freehanded three cascading hearts down my ring ringer nail.

Hope you like my ruffian as much as I do!


Products:
CND Stickey Base Coat
Illamasqua - Scorn (black base)
Illamasqua - Throb (red base)
China Glaze - White on White (hearts)
Seche Vite Top Coat

Saturday, January 28, 2012

Hits - Deméter

Hey guys!

Today I'm back with another of the Hits polishes for you! I'll be showing you another of the holo shades - Deméter, which is an orange prismatic holo.

Yes, you read that right, an orange holo! I think this is the first time I've seen a brand do an orange holographic polish! Although I did make one myself when I layered Spectraflair holographic pigment over an orange creme (see that here).

This is one of the Hits holos that's more of a prismatic holo than a linear one and my camera had trouble capturing that. So in my photos you'll see what looks like shimmer particles but trust me, they're holo particles that really come to life under bright lights.

The formula and application of Deméter were spot on, such as I've come to expect from these Hits polishes.

Let's take a look!






You can purchase Deméter along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back for swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I received!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, January 27, 2012

Girly Skull Nail Art

Hey guys!

Today I have another NOTD post for you, only this one is for my current mani! I want to keep practicing my stamping skills so after leafing through all of my plates, I landed on the cute skull image from Bundle Monster. To add a little girlyness, I decided to go with a pink base and I added a cute fimo bow to the skull as well.

I'll warn you though, my photo does not accurately depict the base colour (Zoya Jolene). For some reason my camera really hates this colour! I've used it before (for this mani) and even under my old lighting, my camera still hated it. For your own reference, it's simply more of a straight-up pink than what my camera is showing. Regardless, I really enjoy this mani!

Hope you like it too!


Products:
CND Stickey Base Coat
Zoya - Jolene (base)
Wet 'n' Wild - Tangled In My Web (over base on all nails except ring fingers)
Konad - Black (skull)
Bundle Monster - BM211 (skull)
Fimo bow from eBay
Seche Vite Top Coat

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Two-Tone Swirly Holo Mani

Hey guys!

Today I have a quick mani that I wore about a week ago but forgot to post about! I'm still trying out more of the Hits polishes that I received from llarowe and I wanted to do more nail art with them. Sadly, I wasn't feeling very creative so I just picked two of the shades I hadn't tried and winged it. (Does that even make sense? What's the proper past tense way to say that?)

Anyways, what I came up with is this simple two-tone mani with a black swirl down the middle. The silver side is Hits Artemis and the teal is Hits Hera.

It's a pretty basic mani but I still like the way this looked! Unfortunately, we had basically no sun the few days I wore this mani so I wasn't able to get any photos that show off how truly holographic these shades are. So, you'll just have to trust me on this one - they're both very holographic!

Hope you like this simple but still fun mani!




You can purchase Artmemis and Hera along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Only a few more Hits polishes left! Keep checking back for swatches of the rest of them!

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Review & Swatches - OPI Nicki Minaj Collection

Hey guys!

I haven't reviewed an entire collection in quite some time now! With the move, the holidays and my new job I guess I've been sticking to shorter posts! But today I have the new collection by OPI to show you - the OPI Nicki Minaj Collection.

Before moving on to the review, I have a brief announcement to make! I've decided that my 2012 blogging resolution is to swatch polishes and collections on my own nails rather than on nail wheels, which is what you're used to from me. Although it's less time consuming to do it on the wheels, I know you guys would prefer to see polishes on real nails and since I've been pleased with my own nail swatches lately, I made the decision to swatch on my nails from now on. I hope this is good news and I hope you're excited to see full nail swatches from now on!




Keep reading for the full review and full swatch photos!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Hits - Tango

Hey guys!

Today I have another of the Hits flake polishes for you! This one is called Tango and it's a black base with flakies that shift from green to orange to gold.

The base of Tango is super pigmented so you truly do not need to use this as a layering polish. My swatch below is just 2 coats of Tango and you can see that it's totally opaque. It also applied really easily.

To be honest, this is my least favourite of the Hits flake polishes that I've tried so far. There's nothing necessarily wrong with the polish itself, I just don't like the colour very much. However, I think this would be great around the Halloween season. And, I think I might like it better if it were matte instead of shiny - at least then the flakies would be able to stand out a little more through the black base.

Let's take a look!




You can purchase Tango along with the entire line of Hits flakes polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $8 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back for swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I received!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Updated Nail Polish Setup + A Delayed Christmas Gift

Hey guys!

As many of you already know, I recently moved to a new place with my boyfriend. I've been wanting to show you guys my new nail polish setup for a couple of weeks now but it's taken us this long to get settled away so it had to wait until today. Even though it's just the two of us, we got a two bedroom place so that I could have an entire room to dedicate to polish!

For my polish room, I purchased a new desk to use instead of the corner one I had before (I loved that desk but I wasn't able to do other people's nails using that setup). I'm still using my trusty Melmers to store my polish so that hasn't changed, but there is something else that's new to my polish space!

About a week ago Rebecca and I were finally able to get together to exchange Christmas gifts (yes, it took us that long - we're very busy gals) and she gave me the most awesome gift ever. Seriously. I love it SOSOSO much and it's absolutely perfect for the space.

Before I show you that, I'll show you a picture of my setup without the gift from Rebecca. And then to leave you in complete suspense, I'll post the photo that includes her gift after the jump.


That was my setup before adding Rebecca's gift. As you can see, the desk is much better for doing other people's nails because I can just pull it out so that someone can get on the other side. I have my mini medusa lamp (I also have the large floor-sized one) and of course, my DIY decorated Melmers, which you can see the contents of here (albeit my collection has certainly grown since that post).

Keep reading to see the awesome gift from Rebecca!

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Haul - OPI, China Glaze, Zoya, Nicole by OPI, Revlon, Finger Paints

Hey guys!

It's been a while since I've done a haul post! I've been trying to buy less polish since we've moved and I've actually been pretty good! The polishes I'm going to be showing you today have all been purchased over the last month and a half and have just been accumulating in my "to swatch" drawer.

Enjoy!


OPI Nicki Minaj Collection: Pink Friday, Did It On 'Em, Fly


OPI Nicki Minaj Collection: Metallic 4 Life, Save Me, Super Bass Shatter


China Glaze Electropop Collection: Electric Beat, Wicked Style, Gaga for Green, Dance Baby


China Glaze Electropop Collection: Techno, Sweet Hook, Aquadelic, Fuchsia Fanatic


China Glaze Electropop Collection: Make Some Noise, Kinetic Candy, Sunshine Pop, Gothic Lolita


Zoya: Ali, Audrina, Dove, Brie, Nidhi, Aria


Zoya Feel Collection: Kennedy, Carey, Avery, Megan, Kristen, Kendal

There's also a few other things I've acquired that I haven't taken pictures of. They include:

- Revlon Whimsical (supposed dupe for Deborah Lippmann Glitter in the Air)
- Nicole by OPI Follow Me On Glitter (gift from Rebecca!)
- Finger Paints Special Effects Flakies Collection (I already showed you a mani using a few of these here)
- China Glaze FYI and L8R G8R (I now only need 1 more of the OMG polishes to complete my collection!)

I'll try to get swatches of these polishes up soon!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Flakies Galore!

Hey guys!

I was able to get my hands on 4 out of the 5 Finger Paints Special Effects Flakies polishes that were recently released and I've been aching to do a mani with them! Luckily, the only one that was not in stock was Flashy, which is the one which I already own a dupe for (the original Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure).

I've been meaning to do a review/swatch post of these but I simply haven't had enough spare time! So this mani will have to do! I'm hoping to get back into a swatching routine this weekend so hopefully I'll have more posts for you next week.

Anyways, for today's mani I started with a base of Cult Nails Living Water. I probably won't get around to doing a separate review post for this polish so I'll give you a brief review now. Living Water is a deep teal jelly base with blue and green micro-glitter. It applies really nicely and is opaque in 2 coats. The base dries sort of flat so you will need a top coat if you're wearing this alone.

After applying my base colour, I then added a coat of Finger Paints Twisted, which is a clear base with flakies of all different colours - purple, orange, green, blue, etc. On top of that, I added a coat of Motley, which is a clear base with purple/blue and green flakies. Finally, I added a coat of Asylum, which is a clear base with purple and orange flakies. I then decided to matte-ify the whole look to really make the flakies stand out!

Enjoy!



The Finger Paints Special Effects Collection are available now and are exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply stores. They'll run you about $5-$6 each.

Hope you all can get your hands on these!

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

"But chains and whips excite me..."

Hey guys!

After removing my dark winter tress mani, I was still feeling the dark look so I decided to continue with that theme for today's mani. I was in the mood to try some stamping so I flipped through my stamps and landed on the Bundle Monster chain image, which I thought was perfect for my dark theme. It also always makes me think of the Rihanna song S&M, hence the title of this post.

My plan was to do a black base and stamp the chains with a silver but as it turns out, I don't have any silver polishes that work well for stamping. So, I just went for white instead. But I still wasn't satisfied with the overall look so I decided to matte the design and now I like it much better! And I think my stamping skill is improving! Yay!

Hope you like it!


Products used:
CND Stickey Base Coat
Illamasqua - Scorn (base)
Konad - White (chains)
Bundle Monster - BM12 (chains)
Seche Vite Top Coat
Joe Fresh - Matte Top Coat

Monday, January 16, 2012

Hits - Poseidon

Hey guys!

Today I have another one the Hits holo shades to show you! I only have a few more of the holos after this one so I'll soon have to start being creative again and showing you more than just swatches, haha.

The Hits shade I'm showing you today is Poseidon - a pale blue linear holo. Of all the Hits holo shades I've tried so far, this one definitely has the strongest linear holo effect. When this is under direct light or in sunlight, it looks absolutely ah-mazing. However, it's not my favourite when its in the shade - I think it's too light and pale for my skintone and the shade amplifies that.

The formula and application are once again flawless. This one is a little more sheer than some of the others so it did require 3 coats to get the opacity you see below.

Let's take a look!








You can purchase Poseidon along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back to see swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I'll be showing you!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Hits - Fox Trot

Hey guys!

That's right, today I have another Hits polish for you! This is another of the flake shades, which as I told you before, are all named after types of dance.

The one I'll be showing you today is Hits Fox Trot, which is a purple jelly base with flakies that shift from orange to gold to green.

The base of Fox Trot is opaque enough that this polish can be worn on its own so you don't have to layer it if you don't want to. However, for my swatch below, I layered Fox Trot over Hits Dionisio which is the blue-toned purple holo that I showed you a couple of days ago. I think this is a great combination and it actually ended up looking a little bit like OPI Merry Midnight/Orly Fowl Play!

Let's take a look!






You can purchase Fox Trot along with the entire line of Hits flakes polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The flake polishes are $8 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back for swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I received!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Bonus Giveaway - Win a Konad Starter Kit! - CLOSED

Hey guys!

This is completely unexpected and unplanned but I have another giveaway for you! I was contacted yesterday by Nail Polish Canada and asked if I would be interested in running a giveaway to promote the fact that they recently started carrying Konad products. Of course I said yes!

Before I get to the giveaway, let me give you a little information about Nail Polish Canada. The website sells many popular brands of polish such as OPI, China Glaze, Zoya, Essie, Deborah Lippmann, Color Club, Orly, Nubar, and much more. And of course, now they're also offering Konad products! It's quite the one-stop shop for nail polish!

Also, despite the company name, Nail Polish Canada also ships to the US and offers free shipping for orders over $50. Within Canada, shipping is free for orders over $29 and is a flat rate of $5.25 for orders under $29. Oh and all Konad plates ship free to anywhere in Canada - no minimum purchase!

Now, onto the giveaway!

The winner of this giveaway will receive a Konad Starter Kit, which includes 2 Konad stamping plates (M2 and M3), 3 Konad special polishes (white, blue and red), 1 Konad stamper and 1 Konad scraper. This is a great prize for anyone new to stamping or even a stamping expert who's just looking to add to their stash!


But that's not all! Nail Polish Canada is sponsoring a few other blogger giveaways and each giveaway winner will be entered to win $200 worth of Konad products! So the winner of the Konad Starter Kit from my giveaway will be entered, along with about 10 others, to win $200 worth of Konad products!

And that's still not everything! (This is like one of those infomercials that just keeps adding extra stuff to whatever they're advertising, haha.) If you comment on the giveaway form with the name of your favourite Konad plate (go here to see all of the available ones), you'll get an extra entry to the giveaway AND you'll win that plate along with the Konad Starter Kit!

Now that you know what's up for grabs, go ahead and enter!

Since so many of you liked my "extra entries for past comments" option for my 2500 follower giveaway, I thought I'd do the same thing for this one! So, if you have commented on my blog in the last 30 days, even just once, you'll be rewarded with 10 extra entries to this giveaway!


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Good luck everyone! And thanks so much to Nail Polish Canada for sponsoring this giveaway!

Friday, January 13, 2012

Hits - Dionisio

Hey guys!

Today I have yet another Hits polish to show you! I'm slowly but surely working my way through all of the ones I received from llarowe and I've been super impressed so far. I'm so glad this brand was chosen for me!

I'll be showing you Dionisio today which is a blue-toned, deep purple holo. I pretty much always like how purples look on me and Dionisio was no exception to that. In fact, because this was the last shade that I swatched during my first Hits swatching marathon, I left it on as a full mani for a couple of days!

Let's take a look!




For me, the linear effect wasn't as strong with Dionisio as it has been with some of the others - this one is more prismatic than linear I think.

Also, I don't think I even have to say it but I will - the formula and application of Dionisio were excellent. My swatch is 2 easy coats.

You can purchase Dionisio along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back to see swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I'll be showing you!

P.S. Have you been to the llarowe shop home page recently? Look whose photo is front and centre!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, January 12, 2012

Dark Winter Trees Mani

Hey guys!

Today's mani is a little different than what you're used to seeing from me, but that's the point! You see, while I was going through all of my 2011 manicures to pick my top 10, I realized that I did A LOT of bright manicures in 2011! Not that there's a problem with that since I do love my bright colours, but it made me want to try a darker design this time.

So, for this design I chose to do some dark and dreary tree silhouettes. I actually really like how it turned out! I need to go dark more often!

Hope you like it as well!


Products:
OPI Chip Skip
CND Stickey Base Coat
OPI - French Quarter For Your Thoughts (base)
China Glaze - Liquid Leather (tree silhouettes)
Seche Vite Top Coat

P.S. OPI French Quarter For Your Thoughts is by far the best grey cream I have ever used. It applies really nicely and evenly in 2 coats. If you're looking to add a good grey cream to your stash, I recommend this one!

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Hits - Valsa

Hey guys!

Today I have another Hits polish to show you! This time though I'm taking a break from the holo shades and I'm instead going to show you one of the Hits flakes polishes!

All of the Hits flakes polishes are named after types of dance and today I'll be showing you Valsa, which is a type of dance I haven't actually heard of but I would imagine it's popular in Brazilian culture, which is where the Hits brand originates from.

Valsa is a clear base with flakes that shift from blue to green. For my photos I decided to try layering Valsa over a base of Hits Zeus which is the black holo that I showed you a few days ago. Valsa lightened Zeus up a little and added quite an interesting effect - the flakies are super obvious but yet the pristmatic holo underneath is also still apparent! I liked this combination a lot and I definitely want to wear it as a full mani someday instead of just for swatches.

Let's take a look!




You can purchase Valsa along with the entire line of Hits flakes polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $8 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back for swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I received!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Monday, January 09, 2012

A Look Back - Kayla Shevonne's Top 10 Nail Art Designs of 2011

Hey guys!

Today I have for you a post that I wanted to have up before the new year, but alas, it was pushed aside until today. What I'll be showing you is a look back through my nail art designs throughout 2011! I've picked my favourite 10 designs from the entire year and let me tell you, it definitely wasn't easy!

All of the designs I've chosen are freehand ones since I didn't start to get into stamping until near the end of the year. Plus, I'm not entirely happy with my stamping skills so I've still got some work to do in that area.

Anyways, I'll start with my #10 favourite design here and then you can see the remaining ones after the jump!


#10: Nicki Minaj Inspired

Keep reading to see the rest of my favourite nail art designs from 2011!

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Hits - Zeus

Hey guys!

Are you getting sick of these Hits swatches yet? I sure hope not because I've still got plenty more to show you!

Up until now I've been wearing the ones I've showed you as full manis for a couple of days each but last night I decided to have a swatching marathon and swatched seven of the remaining ones I have to show you. So, today I'll be showing you Hits Zeus, which is, simply put, a black linear holo.

I actually don't think I own any black linear holos! I missed out on the original OPI My Private Jet and I would never pay the ridiculous prices on eBay for it and I passed on Color Club Revvvolution, even when I saw it in a mini pack at Winners not too long ago (I hate mini polishes, simply because they don't store well). I do own Let's Do It In 3-D from the China Glaze Kaleidoscope Collection but as we all know, the Kaleidoscopes aren't true linear holos.

So, Zeus is my first black linear holo! And I really love it! This was the first of the seven shades that I swatched and I came near close to ending my swatching marathon because I didn't want to remove this! But alas, I had a swatching duty to fulfill, haha.

Once again, the formula and application of Zeus are both amazing. My swatches are 2 easy coats of Zeus with no top coat.






You can purchase Zeus along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back for swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I received!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Hits Hestia + Nail Art + Polish Jewelry!

Hey guys!

I'm continuing on with my swatches of the Hits Speciallità No Olimpo Collection and today I'll be showing you Hestia - a pale lilac linear holo.

Hestia was one of the Hits holo shades that I was most excited about because I thought it bore slight resemblance to the ever popular OPI DS Original. And since I love my DS Original so much, I was sure I would also adore Hestia. And I do! It's delicate and feminine yet still strikingly gorgeous. I haven't swatched them side by side yet but from what I can tell, Hestia and DS Original aren't quite dupes, but they are similar.

I don't think I even have to say it, but I will anyways: the formula and application of Hestia are flawless. I think I could wear these Hits polishes every day for the rest of my life.

I also decided to add some simple nail art to this mani to spice it up just a tad. At first I wasn't sure what I would do but then I received a present in the mail that was the perfect inspiration!

My polish friend Laurie from Dressed Up Digits (she only recently started her blog but I can see her becoming quite popular within the community) made me a polish ring out of DS Original and a zebra print stamp! So, in order to match my ring, I added some freehand zebra stripes to my Hestia mani!

I wish I had snapped a couple of photos before adding the art so that you could see Hestia on its own but it totally slipped my mind so I'll have to do that another day. Regardless, here's Hestia with zebra stripes! And there's a couple of photos of the ring from Laurie at the end!






Please ignore the stupid cut on my middle finger - I don't even know how I did that!


I'm head over heels for polish jewelry and I'm hoping to one day make some of my own. For now though, I'm just smitten with the one piece that I own. Thanks again, Laurie!

You can purchase Hestia along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Keep checking back for swatches of the remaining Hits polishes I received!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Friday, January 06, 2012

Hits - Apolo

Hey guys!

Today I have another awesome Hits polish to show you! I really didn't want to remove Atena but I messed up my mani at work yesterday so I used that as an opportunity to try another of the No Olimpo shades - Apolo.

Apolo is a vibrant royal blue linear holo that applies like a dream with 2 easy coats. I think this one is my favourite of all the Hits polishes I've shown you so far! It's just so vibrant and striking! And once again, I think this looks great against my pale skin.

My swatches are 2 coats of Hits Apolo and 1 coat of Seche Vite (which, like I said in my post for Atena, does not dull the holo effect at all).

Are you ready for this?






You can purchase Apolo along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Remember, I was chosen as one of llarowe's swatchers so I still have plenty more Hits polishes to show you!

What are you waiting for?! You have to get this!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.

Thursday, January 05, 2012

Kayla Shevonne's 2500 Follower Giveaway! - CLOSED

Hey guys!

I promised you that this giveaway would be up soon and here it is! I want to quickly say again how excited I am to have reached this milestone - it's amazing! Thanks everyone for wanting to be a part of this with me.

Now, onto the good stuff. There will be 3 winners from this giveaway! The first winner will get 6 shades from the OPI Muppets Collection. The shades are: Animal-istic, Warm & Fozzie, Pepe's Purple Passion, Meep-Meep-Meep, Designer... de Better! and Wocka Wocka!.

The second winner will receive an Orly Birds of a Feather Gift Set which includes 3 polishes - Sweet Peacock, Lucky Duck and Fowl Play. It also includes a cute bag with a feather peacock zippr pull.

The third and final winner will receive three of the popular Revlon glitters from the Masquerade Collection - Facets of Fuchsia, Blue Mosaic and Starry Pink.

So that's what's up for grabs! Keep reading to find out how to enter!

Edit: This giveaway has ended. The winners will be announced within the next few days.

As you'll soon see, I'm doing things a little different this time around. I'm going to be celebrating and thanking those of you who have been continuously supporting me. So, instead of offering extra entries for blogging about my giveaway, I'm instead going to be offering extra entries to those who have commented on any blog post I've made in the last month. I'm rewarding those people who have commented with 10 extra entries! How do you like those odds?

Now go ahead and enter!


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Good luck! And thanks again for all your support!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

Hits - Atena

Hey guys!

I have internet now! I am a member of society again! You should start seeing more posting from me now, which I'm very excited about and I hope you are too!

Today I have a swatch of a VERY beautiful polish - it's Hits Atena from the Hits Speciallità No Olimpo Collection. It's a deep (yet bright) pink linear holo. This shade is really striking and I think it looks amazing against my pale skin (which isn't something I get to say very often)! Even though this is just a plain mani with no nail art, I haven't been able to stop staring at my nails! Like, I keep stopping my typing of this post just to stare at my nails. Seriously.

I already tried 2 of the other Hits holographic shades before (Ares and Hera) and I absolutely raved about the formula/application. Well, Atena is no exception - it's truly a pleasure to apply this polish.

My swatches are 2 coats of Hits Atena and 1 coat of Seche Vite (which, by the way, does not dull the holo effect at all). The first three photos are all under natural light, the fourth is under the fluorescent lights at my work and the last photo is taken with flash.

Let's take a look at this beauty!










That's an awful photo because my camera freaked out when I turned on the flash and tried to photograph this. BUT look at the holo in the bottle! That alone made me include this photo!

You can purchase Atena along with the entire line of Hits holographic polishes from the US stockist llarowe. The holo polishes are $10 each and don't worry if you live outside the US/Canada because llarowe ships internationally.

Remember, I was chosen as one of llarowe's swatchers so I still have plenty more Hits polishes to show you!

The product(s) in this post were provided by the above retailer in exchange for an honest review.
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