November 26, 2014

Glittery Thanksgiving Skittle Nails! [Nail Art]



Hey everyone! I thought I'd share my Thanksgiving manicure with you ahead of time today.

I'm not super big into Thanksgiving in general, so I just kept it minimal with a skittle of theme-appropriate colors, some glitter, and studs!





These turned out a little more festive/ holiday than I had planned for (which sounds weird I guess), but I still like them!

Polishes:

left to right: Butter London- West End Wonderland, Zoya- Channing, Indigo Bananas- Fiery the Angels Fell, Zoya- Natalie, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- Mudslide, LVX- Avalon







What sort of nails do you guys have planned for the Holidays?

November 24, 2014

Kester Black- Parrot [Swatch]


Hey guys! Today I've got a polish from a new-to-me brand to share with you, Kester Black- Parrot! Kester Black is an Australian company, so it's harder to get in the US, but I received this shade in a nail polish Secret Santa!

I've seen a lot of gorgeous Kester Black polishes, but haven't tried one until now. Let's take a look!



Parrot is a vibrant, slightly blue-leaning green creme.

Artificial light, two coats:



Okay, so this particular shade of green translates to digital photos really poorly. It's a shame because it's very unique! It's got a lot of blue in it, and just looks really creamy and vibrant- I don't know how to describe it!

I did have to color correct these photos, and while they are fairly close, I don't think they do justice to the real thing. *Sigh*

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:



Formula: It's on the thicker side, pigmented, and very creamy! It self-levels and has a little bit of a crelly feel. Opaque in two coats! If all Kester Black cremes are like this, then I definitely need some more!




What do you think?

November 21, 2014

SUPER BLACK- The Whale [Swatch]


Happy Friday, guys! Woop! Today, I'm super happy to share SUPER BLACK- The Whale, the first SUPER BLACK polish I've swatched for Polish Hound. (I recently obtained my first SUPER BLACKs here, although I've been admiring them for ages!)

SUPER BLACK Lacquers is a line of hand-mixed/bottled nail polishes by Natalie Dee.



The Whale is a balanced grey base containing dense aqua shimmer that sometimes shows purple shift.

Artificial light, two coats:





This color?! This color. Where to begin? If I were to create a custom polish...The Whale might nearly be it! I love any polish with a grey base and contrasting shimmer or glitter, and the shimmer in this is stunning and never hides!

Window-filtered daylight:


In person, the grey base is a lot more apparent than it shows in photos. I'm not sure why that is, but it was frustrating to photograph, because the real magic of this polish is in being able to see the grey and aqua at the same time, which you do in person! (The sun photo at the bottom of this post is probably the best example of what I'm talking about.)

Outside, shade:



Sun:



Formula: It's on the thicker side, and pretty creamy!  It paints on the nail pretty effortlessly, and is opaque in two coats!

Other than that, there's not much to say aside from a note on the brush: Because the brush handle is so long (due to the bottle design), extra polish can pool there, so you do have to pay attention when wiping the brush on the neck so as not to overload everything. It's a minor inconvenience that I quickly got used to, but it threw me for a loop for a second. The actual brush/bristle end is very nice!




What do you think?
Have you tried any SUPER BLACK polishes?

November 19, 2014

Formula X for Sephora- Mischievous [Swatch]


Hey everyone! Today I've got a really gorgeous, sparkly polish to show you, Formula X for Sephora- Mischievous!

Last month, I took a risk and purchased this one online sight unseen (I couldn't find any swatches for it at the time), and was pleasantly surprised to discover that it was way more beautiful than the little "swatch" picture that Formula X provides!  (Now, since I've had it, Spit & Polish has swatched Mischievous, and you can truly see how blinged-out it is!)



Mischievous is from the Ombre Glitters line, and is a slightly reddish base filled with bright green shimmer as well as small champagne-pink hexagonal glitters. This is a very shifty polish, showing limey green at the center, where the light hits the green shimmer, and pink at the edges.

The color of the small glitters is very complimentary to the reddish color of the base, and really ties everything together.

Artificial light, two coats:




This one was very hard to photograph since it was so light-reflective! But you can see how it wants to be pink and green at the same time- so pretty!

Window-filtered daylight:


Outside, shade:





I also thought this was very flattering on my skintone.

Sun:



Formula: Really nice! It has a great consistency that is not too thick or thin, and it spreads over the nail easily. It was opaque in two coats for me, so has a really excellent level of pigmentation for a glitter/ shimmer mix!

(I will say that, since it's a glitter, it's extremely difficult to remove, and I had to use the foil method. The hexes are so small that it's easy to forget that this is actually a glitter, so I didn't plan in advance and use a peel base. Oops!)




What do you think?