Friday, December 27, 2013

My Christmas Mani (+ Giveaway Reminder!)

Hey everyone!

Just a quick post today to say that I hope you're all having a fantastic holiday season and to show you what I wore on my nails for Christmas Day! But first off I have a couple of housekeeping announcements:


Now onto the mani! I really wanted to wear KBShimmer All Elf'd Up as a full mani so I knew that was going to be the base for my Christmas Day nail art. I also didn't want to cover up too much of it though, so I decided to just add some simple snowflakes in coordinating colours.



As I said, the base here is KBShimmer All Elf'd Up from the Winter 2013 Collection (see the whole collection here). I then freehanded the snowflakes using both China Glaze Just Be-Claws and China Glaze Four Leaf Clover. I let those dry for a bit and then topped everything off with a coat of Seche Vite.


Thanks for stopping by!

Monday, December 23, 2013

Review & Swatches - KBShimmer WInter 2013 Collection

The KBShimmer Winter Collection is another 11 piece collection released for Winter 2013, the other of course being the KBShimmer Blogger Collaboration Collection. Speaking of which, I'm giving away a full set of the Blogger Collaboration polishes! See how you can win them here.

Anyways, back to today's agenda. The KBShimmer Winter 2013 Collection includes some glitters, some multichromes and even some holographic multichromes! There's something for everyone with this one. You can view swatches and my thoughts on this collection by hitting the read more button. Enjoy!


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Review & Swatches - butter LONDON Double Take Fire Duo

Included in their Holiday 2013 lineup, butter LONDON has released two duos - the Fire Duo and the Ice Duo. Each duo features two polishes - one that acts as the opaque base colour and one flake glitter topper that can be added to create a whole new manicure. Today I'll be showing you the Fire Duo and the Ice Duo won't be too far behind!


Rebel Fox is described by butter LONDON as an "oxblood shimmer" and that's too awesome of a description not to use it here. The formula was great, though it did seem thin at first. When you apply your first coat, the colour looks to be a slightly pinkish berry shade, but the second coat makes all the difference and you're left with this gorgeous deep vampy red with gold shimmer.


Brass Monkey is a flakie topper that features copper/opal flakes that flash from fiery shades of red, orange and gold to opalescent blue and green. The flakes are slightly sparse so I recommend applying one coat as normal but then using the brush to just dab on a few extra flakes in any bare areas.


butter LONDON polishes are available direct from them (US site/Canadian site/UK site), or you can also get bL from Nail Polish Canada, who is currently offering free shipping on ALL Canadian orders so it's a great chance to stock up on some bL shades if you're in Canada!

Thanks for looking!

Monday, December 16, 2013

Christmas Galaxy Nail Art (+ Please Vote For Me!)

Hey!

For my first Christmas nail art design of the year, I really wanted to do something that hasn't been done before. So after racking my brain, I came up with the idea to try out my Galaxy/Nebula design using Christmas colours! I tried it out on a nail wheel first because I actually didn't have high hopes for the design, but I'm happy to say that I absolutely love the result!

I loved it so much in fact that I decided to enter it into the China Glaze Holiday Nail Art Contest! I rarely enter nail art contests, but I couldn't resist this time. And now I could really use your help! The voting period has begun today and I'd really appreciate if you could take just a few minutes to vote for my entry! Pretty please! Here is the link to vote.
And remember that once you vote, you'll have to go check your email and "activate" your vote, otherwise it won't count!


In regards to the actual design, I followed my Galaxy/Nebula tutorial almost exactly, except I of course used different colours.

I started with a base of China Glaze Just Be-Claws and then did the white sponging with China Glaze White On White. Next I sponged on China Glaze Running in Circles only at the edges of the white sponging. Then I added a small amount of China Glaze Party Hearty (one of my favourite Christmas polishes ever) to the middle of the nebula. Finally, I topped it all off with a coat of Seche Vite.

Thanks for stopping by and thanks in advance for your votes!

Saturday, December 14, 2013

Giveaway - KBShimmer Blogger Collaboration Collection

As mentioned yesterday, there is a corresponding giveaway for my Best of 2013 Nominations Post!

As an added incentive, everyone who answers ALL of the questions will be entered for a chance to win the entire KBShimmer Blogger Collaboration Collection! You can check out my swatches and review on that collection here. So head over to the nominations post and submit what you think were the best brands, polishes and trends of the year 2013!


Rules & Regulations:
  • Winner must be a public follower of mine (via any of my social media platforms)
  • Giveaway is open to anyone (international included) who answers ALL of the questions in the Best of 2013 Survey. Link here.
  • Winner must be 18 years of age or older or have express permission from a parent or guardian to enter.
  • The giveaway will end at 12:00AM EST on the evening of December 27th, 2013.
  • I will choose the winner at random using random.org. Once I have notified the winner, they will have 48 hours to claim their prize. If the winner fails to respond to my email within 48 hours, I will choose another winner at random.

Good luck and thanks for participating!

Friday, December 13, 2013

Kayla Shevonne's Best of 2013 List - Submit Your Nominations Now!

Hey everyone!

For the past two years I've done Best of Lists, both for my favourite polishes and my favourite manicures of that year. However this year I want to do it a little different and include you guys in figuring out what was the best 2013 had to offer! I'm not going all out with this list and including every little category possible such as best red polish, best purple polish, etc. Instead I'm just doing a general 2013 roundup, which is the kind of year end list I personally like to see.

BONUS: Some of you more perceptive folks may notice that there's mention of a corresponding giveaway on the form below. That will be posted tomorrow and all you have to do is fill out ALL of the answers in order to be entered. I won't tell you what the prize is just yet, but trust me, it's a good one!

So with that said, go ahead and submit your nominations below!




If for some reason you are unable to see the embedded form above, here is a direct link to it.

I'll be accepting nominations until Friday, December 27th and I'll announce the winners on December 30th. I can't wait to see your choices!

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Review & Swatches - CND Vinylux Forbidden Collection

Hello!

Today I have for you the CND Vinylux Forbidden Mini Collection. CND Vinylux is a weekly polish system and I've already done a full wear test and review on the system so you should definitely check that out to learn more about Vinylux.

The Forbidden Mini Collection includes six mini polishes and one mini bottle of the Vinylux Weekly Top Coat. Check out my swatches and thoughts on this set below!

Monday, December 02, 2013

Review & Swatches - KBShimmer Blogger Collaboration Collection

Hey!

Getting back into the swing of things, today I'm super excited to be sharing with you the KBShimmer Blogger Collaboration Collection for Winter 2013! I was lucky enough to be a part of this collection alongside 10 other wonderful bloggers and I've got to say, I think we came up with a pretty amazing collection of polishes.


Keep on reading for swatches and my thoughts on each shade!

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I'm a married woman!

Hey everyone!

Yup, I'm married! As most of you know, my wedding was last week on November 15th. It was a beautiful day (even though it flew by so quickly!) and I feel like the luckiest woman ever to be married to my best friend and love of my life. I won't bore you with the sappy details, but I'm sure I'll be posting some photos on Instagram when I get them from the photographer. Here's a teaser one that I already posted:


This is the awesome view from our hotel suite the morning after the wedding. It was a beautiful corner suite so on one side we had this city view and then on the other side was the harbour. It was stunning!

Things are just starting to settle down for us now and regular posting should be resuming very soon. I want to take a quick moment to thank all of my loyal readers who have stuck by me and supported me during this whole wedding process. Posting pretty much died off because I was so busy all the time, but I'm very lucky to have readers like you all who were willing to wait patiently until everything got back to normal for me.

I should mention that we had a little misfortune the day after the wedding when my poor little old MacBook gave out. There had been a chip in the side where the charger goes for quite a while and I had been gluing it back on for months, but it must have gotten worse because now the poor guy won't charge anymore. Everything still works, but without being able to charge it, it's not useable. So we decided to upgrade and get a iMac. Take a look:


Isn't she a beauty? In love.

Unfortunately, a lot of my files are still stuck on my laptop so until I can get that fixed enough to transfer all of my files, I'm forced to re-swatch a lot of things that I had swatched before the wedding but hadn't had time to post. For that I apologize to companies who are waiting on review posts from me, but I promise I will get them up asap.

Anyways, I could ramble on for hours here but I'll stop and make this short and sweet. Thank you so much to all of you and I can't wait to get back to nail polish, blogging and interacting with you all!

Sunday, October 27, 2013

A Special Press Release - KBShimmer Winter 2013 Collections

Hey out there!

I don't typically post press releases, but this one is a special one!

Some of you might remember my collaboration polish with KBShimmer from a couple of months ago. It's called Green Hex & Glam and you can see swatches of it here. Well, with this new 22 piece Winter release, 11 of them are blogger collaborations and mine is one of them! So for everyone that wished they could get their hands on a bottle of Green Hex & Glam, you'll be able to come November 1st!

Check out the full press release below including photos and descriptions of all 22 new polishes!

KBSHIMMER ANNOUNCES RELEASE OF TWENTY-TWO NEW POLISHES
KBShimmer Winter Polish Line Set For Release November 1st, 2013

KBShimmer is excited to announce the addition of 22 new colors to their 3-Free glitter polish line. Owner Christy Rose says “This winter, we are set to release the largest amount of new polishes to date. We were honored to work with a great group of bloggers to create a stunning set of winter and holiday inspired polishes. These eleven polishes will release alongside additional polishes designed by KBShimmer to capture the joy, color and wonder that surrounds us all.”

The blogger collection includes three glitter top coats, four sparkling jellies, two glitter creally polishes, one matte, and one shimmering cream. “We are launching eleven unique polishes that capture the feelings of winter and the winter holidays. Each blogger had a different idea, and it was so fun working with them to create a polish that told their story.” says Rose.

Returning this year a charity polish. “Kringle All The Way is this year’s charity polish. $4 from each bottle will be used to purchase toys for Toys For Tots. Last year we raised over $800 and we hope to top that this year!” says Rose. “In addition to several holiday and winter themed polishes, we are also excited to release our first set of multi-chrome and linear holographic polishes. We think that this release is our most exciting to date!” All 22 polishes are set for release Friday, November 1st at KBShimmer.com and will retail for $8.75 for a 15 ml bottle. KBShimmer will also be offering free priority shipping through 12/31 for all orders over $50.

KBSHIMMER – BLOGGER 2013 COLLECTION

Christmas Now - Crystal from Crystal’s Crazy Combos – A green jelly with multi-colored squares, circles, and stars. 3 Coats Recommended

Green Hex And Glam – Kayla from Kayla Shavonne - A forest green jelly with holographic hex glitters. Best in 3 coats.

I’d Rather Be With Blue – Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary - A light blue is a matte polish with subtle iridescent shimmer sparkles like the snow. 2 Coats Recommended

Snow Much Fun - Victoria from The Manicurator - A light blue jelly with light blue holo glitter, white glitters in several sizes and finishes, a sprinkling of micro holographic glitter, and white snowflake glitter. 3 Coats Recommended


Merry Pinkmas – Cris from Let Them Have Polish - A light cotton candy pink polish featuring red, green and neon glitters in a variety of shapes. 2-3 Coats Recommended

Plum Tuckered Out – Sheila from Pointless CafĂ© - A rich plum color with blue shimmer. 2-3 Coats Recommended

Toast-ess With The Mostest - Valesha from Peachy Polish - A clear glitter topper loaded with glitters in shades of gold, silver and pink in circles and hex shapes to mimic champagne. 1 Coat Recommended

I Only Have Ice For You – Sarah from Chalkboard Nails - Clear top coat with shimmering white flakes and holographic glitters. 1 Coat Recommended


Strung Out- Jackie from Candy Coated Tips - A black jelly polish with circle “light” glitters in gold, silver, green, blue, red. 1-2 Coats Over Black Recommended

Sand In My Stocking – Jen The PolishAholic - A golden toned sand inspired polish with pops of orange, aqua, and holographic stars. 1 Coat Recommended

Will Yule Marry Me? – Chelsea from The Nail Network - A navy blue creally with sparkling silver holo circle and hex holo glitter. 2 Coats Recommended


KBSHIMMER – Winter 2013 COLLECTION

Kringle All The Way- 2013 Toys For Tots Charity Polish - A glitter top with circle glitters in red, green, and silver. 1 Coat Recommended

All Elf’d Up - A white creally with hex glitters and micro slices in red, green and sliver. 3 Coats Recommended

Snow Flaking Way - A deep indigo jelly base with violet and sky blue holographic glitters and sliver holographic snowflakes. 3 Coats Recommended

When The Doves Sigh - A warm gray creally filled with fuchsia circles, square and hex glitters. Turquoise, sapphire, and chrome hexes, micro slices and circles swim among micro holographic sparkles. 2 Coats Recommended


Pigment of Imagination - This multi-chrome polish shifts depending on the angle and the light, from blue, to purple, to red, and more. 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Myth You Lots (Holographic) - Similar in shift to Pigment of Imagination, this multi-chrome also has a linear holo! 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Shade Shifter - A multi-chrome polish that changes depending on light and angle from cyan, to blue, to red orange, to purple, and more. 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Rollin’ With The Chromies (Holographic) - Similar in shift to Shade Shifter, this multi-chrome also has a linear holo! 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended


Urban Camo - A multi-chrome polish that shifts from a pretty pistachio green, to a bright green, to silver, to a soft pink almost lavender color depending on the light and viewing angle. 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Pretty in Punk (Holographic) - Similar in shift to Urban Camo, this multi-chrome also has a linear holo! 1 Coat over Black or 3 Coats Alone Recommended

Maybe Navy - A deep blue polish is filled with shimmering flakes. 2-3 Coats Recommended


On Sale And Shipping November 1, 2013

KBShimmer products can be found at http://www.KBShimmer.com
For sales outside of the US visit http://www.HarlowandCo.org

KBShimmer was founded in 2008 by the husband and wife team of Jason and Christy Rose. KBShimmer offers unique and colorful nail glitter nail polishes that are Big 3 Free, with all glitter formulas being completely free of chemicals such as toluene, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP). KBShimmer glitter polishes feature a flat glitter grabbing brush for easy application. KBShimmer also offers a 2-free quick dry polish top coat, olive oil lotion, sugar scrubs, lip balms, cold process soaps and other skin care products.

If you would like more information about KBShimmer, contact Christy Rose by emailing sales@kbshimmer.com or visiting Http://www.KBShimmer.com.
© 2013 KBShimmer. 
All rights reserved

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Pick My Wedding Nails! Choice #3 - Subtle Floral

Good morning!

Today I have another possible wedding mani to share with you! If anyone missed the info in the first post, I'll give you a quick recap: I'm getting married on November 15th (omg it's so soon!) and I want you guys to help me choose my bridal manicure. I'll be posting a few designs during the month (the first and second choices have already been posted here and here respectively) and then when I've posted them all, I'll ask you all to pick your favourite.

Today's design again features stamping. I don't do a lot of stamping, but I think that there's a lot of really nice, delicate and feminine options available for bridal nails with stamping. Plus, stamping offers a consistency that let's face it, even the best nail artists can't always emulate.


For this design, I started out with a base of OPI Don't Touch my Tutu, which is a nice sheer milky white nude - definitely a very wedding appropriate polish . Once that was completely dry, I stamped over it using the floral design from Konad m71 and Konad Special Polish in White. I then topped the design off with a coat of Seche Vite.


My first idea was actually to do the stamping in silver, but after having practiced that on a nail wheel, it turns out that the silver just doesn't show up enough. I'm going for a subtle look here, but not quite that subtle.


Admittedly, this design is similar in style to my last one. However, I definitely prefer this floral pattern to the other one - it feels more delicate and wedding-y to me. Plus, I think this base colour is far better for the occasion; it's more me and definitely more appropriate for my whole look. Speaking of the whole look, I really wish I could show you guys a picture of my dress so that you could really picture it all together, but I just can't risk David seeing it!


This is by far my personal favourite of the three I've shown so far. What do you guys think?

Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Polish Alcoholic - Intergalactic Dust, Morning Sunrise & Zoisite

Hey there!

Today I've got a few swatches from a new-to-me indie brand called Polish Alcoholic. Let's get right to it!

Although I usually show my swatches in alphabetical order, the first one I'm showing you today is called Zoisite because I used this one as the base for the remaining two shades.

Zoisite is a cornflower blue creme. It dries sort of matte so I suggest adding top coat if you want a shiny finish. The formula was good and I've shown two coats in my swatch.


Intergalactic Dust is a sheer silver holo. I found it a bit too sheer to wear on its own (especially when you have slightly yellowed nails beds like myself), so I chose to layer it over Zoisite. What's great about holo shades like this is that they can be layered over just about anything and add a lovely holo effect. The formula was great and I used one coat over Zoisite.



Morning Sunrise is a colour shifting shimmering top coat. The shimmers shift from blue to green to gold, which really compliments Zoisite. The formula was really easy to work with and I only needed one coat over Zoisite to provide this much sparkle.


Overall, I do like the three shades I was provided. I wish I had gotten to try one of the thermal shades so if anyone picks one of those up, I'd love to know what you think!

Polish Alcoholic shades can be purchased from the Polish Alcoholic Etsy shop. The bottles are all 10ml and the prices vary slightly based on the type of polish.

You can connect with Polish Alcoholic via many forms of social media, but instead of bombarding you with all of them, I'll just leave a link to the Polish Alcoholic blog and you can go from there.

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, October 15, 2013

piCture pOlish Leggings & Super Styling - A Different Way to Wear Them

Recently luck came my way and I was fortunate enough to be selected as the winner of piCture pOlish's Facebook giveaway for their new limited edition leggings and accompanying polish!

I had been going back and forth about purchasing them myself, but with the wedding coming up in just one month, I had to give them a pass. So as you can imagine, I was incredibly excited when piCture pOlish contacted me and let me know that I had won!

I impatiently kept track of the shipment and when they finally arrived, I loved the leggings even more than I thought I could. But the problem was that I couldn't actually see myself wearing them out and about because they just seemed too special to me! So I had a stroke of brilliance (ok maybe not brilliance, but I liked the idea) and decided to make the leggings/polish duo a piece of art in my nail room!


Lots more photos after the jump!

Friday, October 11, 2013

Bright & Colourful Halloween Mani - Bundle Monster Nail Art Contest Inspired

Before I get to today's post, I must point out that tomorrow is my 26th birthday! I might not get a chance to post, but birthday wishes will be well received, hehe. :D

Anyways, I've been really inspired to play around with stamping lately, mostly because this year I'm one of the judges for Bundle Monster's Halloween Nail Art Contest! I've participated in one of Bundle Monster's Nail Art Contests before (and won!), so it was really cool to be offered the opportunity to participate this year in a whole different way.

So, to (hopefully) help inspire some of you to enter this awesome contest, I've created a fun Halloween manicure below using some of the Bundle Monster products I own.


I wanted the base of my manicure to have more visual interest than just a solid colour provides, so I decided to create a two-toned base for all of my nails. First off, I laid down one coat of a white creme polish so that the other colours would really pop. Then I just used the polish brushes to paint each nail two different colours. Because I knew I would be stamping over it, I didn't pay too much attention to the straightness of the lines or if they were perfectly centered.

The purple I used is Color Club Pucc-licious, the orange is Zoya Arizona and the green is Orly Fresh. To speed up the drying process before stamping, I added a coat of Seche Vite.


After waiting about 30 minutes (during which I worked on the seating chart for my wedding), I added the stamping using one of the cut glass type images from BM-208 to all of my nails except the ring nail, to which I added the skull and bones design from BM-225. The stamping was done using Konad Special Polish in Black. I let the stamping dry for just a couple of minutes before adding a final coat of Seche Vite.


I really love how this design turned out! I wouldn't say it would be first prize worthy, but I had fun creating it and it's gotten me a bunch of compliments already.


Speaking of prizes, the grand prize for winning Bundle Monster's Nail Art Contest is worth over $150, so I highly encourage all of you talented nail art enthusiasts to enter! I've had so much fun perusing the entries already and I'd absolutely love to see more!

The deadline for submissions is October 15th, so you still have a few days to put a design together! Check out Bundle Monster's Facebook page for more information and all of the contest rules.


Thanks for looking!

Monday, October 07, 2013

Pick My Wedding Nails! Choice #2 - Delicate Stamped Lace

Good morning!

Today I have another possible wedding mani to share with you! If anyone missed the info in the first post, I'll give you a quick recap: I'm getting married next month and I want you guys to help me choose my bridal manicure. I'll be posting a few designs during the month (the first choice has already been posted here) and then when I've posted them all, I'll ask you all to pick your favourite.

The next choice includes something I haven't done in a very long time - stamping! It's seriously been a year since my last stamping post! Wow.


See more photos and get a rundown of all the products used after the jump.

Sunday, October 06, 2013

piCture pOlish - Siren Song by Rebecca Likes Nails

Hey guys!

I have a super special post today! I'm showing you one of the newest piCture pOlish Collaboration Shades and this one is especially special because it was created in collaboration with my good friend Rebecca from Rebecca Likes Nails!

Some of you might not know this, but Rebecca and I live in the same city so we actually get to hang out and she's even coming to my wedding! So she dropped over last night with a bottle of her collaboration polish so that I could post about it today. I was actually going to purchase a bottle myself, but this works out better because I don't have to impatiently wait to it to arrive in the mail, haha.


Read on for more photos and info about Siren Song!

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Review & Swatches - China Glaze Autumn Nights Collection

Good morning!

Today I've got for you China Glaze's Fall 2013 Collection called Autumn Nights. I'm a bit later than I would have liked to be with getting this review posted, but I guess since the fall season only officially started not too long ago, I'm not that late!


Check out all 12 shades from this collection below!

Sunday, September 22, 2013

Picking My Wedding Nails! Choice #1 - Classic French with Glitter Accent

Hey everyone!

As a lot of you already know, I'm getting married in November. Now, I'm a pretty organized and detail-oriented kind of person, so the whole business of planning the wedding has actually been pretty easy going for me. However, one area where I'm struggling is how I'm going to do my nails for the big day! So I figured, why not use this as an opportunity to get a little interactive with you all and have you help me choose my wedding mani!

How it'll work is that over the next 5-6 weeks, I'll post all of the possible designs I've come up with. At the end of that period I'll post them all at once and ask you guys to vote on which is your favourite. Once your favourite is chosen, I'll take that into serious consideration when finally choosing my wedding mani. So, here's choice number one!


The first design is this classic french with a glitter accent nail. While my wedding is peacock themed and I'm using a lot of deep teals, blues and purples in the colour scheme, I've decided that I want to keep my overall look somewhat traditional and classic. So most of the designs you'll be seeing will follow that style.


I started out with a base of OPI Step Right Up!, which I think is pretty much the perfect base for french manicures. I then freehanded on some french tips using OPI Alpine Snow. If I were to go with this mani for the wedding, I would probably use some french tip guides or tape to make sure the lines were completely perfect and consistent.

For the accent nail, I simply sprinkled some loose glitter over top of Step Right Up! while it was wet. I also think that if this was to be my wedding mani, I might try it out using the white polish as the base for the glitter and see how that would look. I think perhaps that might tie in with the french tips just a little bit better.


I actually quite like this look! I like that it's classic but there's still a pop of fun with the glittered nail.

Thanks for looking! More wedding manis to come!

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Graphic Floral Nails - OPI Euro Centrale Nail Art

Hey everyone!

When I saw this awesome floral nail art by Anutka over at Wacky Laki, I just had to recreate it. And seeing as tonight is my bridal shower, I thought this would make a great mani for such an occasion!


To get this look, I started with a base of OPI My Vampire is Buff, which is still one of my top favourite polishes released this year. It's the absolute perfect creamy neutral base for nail art when you don't want to use a stark white.

To create the flowers, I used a torn off piece of makeup sponge and just roughly sponged on the shape of the flowers using OPI Can't Find My Czechbook and OPI Eurso Euro. Then I used a striper brush and black polish to create the outlines of the flowers. I also added a few sparse dots in the centre of each flower. I topped it all off with a coat of my beloved Seche Vite.


Even though I've done a floral design using the Euro Centrale blue shades over MVIB already (which can be seen here and a tutorial here), I simply had to use the blues again because the dress I'm wearing to my shower features a lot of blues. Plus, the heels I'm wearing are a beautiful nude so this manicure couldn't be more perfect!


I'm really in love with this design - it's so bold and graphic. I'm definitely going to have to try it again with some other colours!

Thanks for stopping by!

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Review & Swatches - Lacquer Lust Holo Birthstone Collection

Today I have a huge post full of lots of awesome holographic goodness! Lacquer Lust's Holo Birthstone Collection includes a whopping 14 polishes - one for each birthstone and a couple of the birthstones even get two polishes. Check out all of them below!


Note: As with all of my holographic review posts, I have two photos for you - one in natural lighting (using my lightbox and a natural daylight bulb) and one using flash to give you a better look at the holo effect.

Amethyst is a deep purple. Super rich colour with a very strong holo effect. The formula was great and I've shown two coats below.



Aquamarine is a bright aqua blue. The holo is a bit more subtle in this one, but it's still so beautiful. Aquamarine has a bit of a creamier formula than most of the others and it was really nice to work with. My photos show two coats.



Diamond is a light grey. I personally love silver holos, but they've been done over and over so I was happy to see that instead of a silver here, Jo actually went with a softer grey. I think it's stunning and it was definitely a surprise favourite of mine. The formula was great and I've shown two coats below.



Emerald is a deep and rich emerald green. #OMG! That's right, I just used a hashtag in a blog post. I regret nothing. This is just gorgeous. The formula was really good and I needed two coats for the coverage you see below.



Garnet is a deep maroon-red. This is such a great shade for fall. The formula was great and my swatch shows two coats.



Opal is an iridescent flakie top coat. This is a really fun shade that's an easy and quick way to make any mani more interesting. The light hits the flakies at different angles and creates a really eye-catching effect. This one really needs to be seen in person to fully appreciate it. I've shown one coat over Sapphire, a deep night sky blue holo which you'll see on its own below. The formula was on the thick side but I didn't have any trouble with application.



Pearl is light silver with a hint of delicate lavender. This is very soft and pretty and feminine. It's similar to Diamond, but the touch of purple sets it apart. The formula was really great and it was surprisingly very opaque - almost a one coater but I did used two to make sure everything was even.



Peridot is a bright chartreuse green. Mmm, I love this colour. This'll definitely be a great one to pull out during spring especially. The formula was very easy to work with and I've shown two coats below.



Pink Tourmaline is a purple-toned medium pink. This is similar in consistency to Aquamarine with that creamy formula. I really love this one, especially because it's my birthstone! So is Opal, but I've always considered Pink Tourmaline to be my true birthstone. I'll for sure be busting this back out sometime during my birthday month! The formula was excellent and I used two coats for my swatch.



Ruby is a bright ruby red. I think this shade of red is super flattering! I don't wear a lot of red polish but this one is one I'll definitely be pulling out soon. The formula was excellent and I needed two coats for full opacity.



Sapphire is a deep and rich blue. This one reminds me of a dark night sky with lots of shimmering stars; it's quite lovely. It would also make a great base for a galaxy manicure! The formula was great and my photos show two coats.



Tanzanite is a deep royal purple. At first glance this might seem similar to Amethyst, but this one is much more blue-toned. The formula was once again great and I've shown two coats below.



Topaz is a burnt orange. A lovely colour, but it tends to wash me out just a bit. I bet this would look great against sunkissed skin! This one started out sort of sheer but build up nicely in just two coats.



Zircon is a teal-ish turquoise. Lovely colour - definitely very "me". Zircon was the sheerest of all, although it still only needed three coats for full coverage.



Overall, I think this collection is amazeballs. It has definitely been an excellent first impression of Lacquer Lust as a brand and I really hope I get to try more from Lacquer Lust in the future.

It's hard to pick favourites when I pretty much love them all, but if I absolutely had to, I would choose Aquamarine, Diamond, Emerald, Peridot, Pink Tourmaline and Zircon.

The Lacquer Lust Birthstone Collection will be available on September 16th from the Lacquer Lust online shop. If you're not in the US, Lacquer Lust is also available from Harlow & Co.

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