July 23, 2014

Two-tone MoYou Stamping on Pure Energy [Nail Art]

I did some more of that sweet, sweet two-tone stamping! I was particularly happy with how these came out...

The base here is Color Club- Pure Energy, swatched by itself here.

The floral design is from MoYou London- Pro XL 11, and I used Kleancolor- Metallic Orange and Kleancolor- Metallic Fuchsia for the stamping.

I have to say that these Kleancolor metallics work amazingly well for stamping!  I'm sure that goes for a lot of metallics, in general, but these are particularly opaque, so they stamp wonderfully.

Sorry for the tipwear too! That's from playing guitar without cutting the nails short enough first!

I just loved these in person.  They were so metallic and vibrant!

July 21, 2014

Formula X for Sephora- Danger Zone [Swatch]

Here is Formula X for Sephora- Danger Zone, a polish from the brand's Electrics line! (I've previously swatched Kapow! and Hyped from the same set.)  What can I say? I love these neons filled with pretty shimmers!

Danger Zone is coral pink jelly base filled with glassfleck fuchsia and indigo-blue shimmer.

Artificial light, four coats:

This is super vibrant- perfect for Summer (or a pick-me-up in Winter.) I think it comes off a little more red on camera than in person.  In person, it is slightly more orange-y coral-pink, but I think the color fidelity is not bad at all for a neon like this.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Formula: Since this is a neon, I was expecting the worst, but it's actually quite nice! I didn't experience pulling or dragging, although the polish does dry down super quickly to a matte finish.  The consistency is nice: sort of a medium thickness that goes where you want it. 

The bad news is that it's a little sheer, and I had VNL even after four generous coats. Yet, I didn't really want to venture into five+ coat territory with this one. It might've looked a littler nicer, but I think I like it just fine this way. (Plus it was really late at night, haha!) People with longer nail beds than me might get by with fewer coats, since the nail line won't be as dark.

TLDR: Although it did take four coats, it went on nice and smoothly, dried quickly, so was much less of a pain than it could have been! (And, in fact, this is my favorite formula so far from the Electrics line.)

What do you think?

July 18, 2014

[Press Release] Zoya Naturel Deux Collection

I was super excited to see this in my inbox! Zoya is releasing a transitional Summer-Fall collection as a counterpart to last Spring's set of neutrals, Naturel!

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Inspired by the desire to expand the popular neutral palette of the Zoya NATUREL collection, six (6) NEW, full-coverage creams in deeper hues were born.

Perfect as every day go-to colors, the Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) collection bridges the transitional gap between late summer/early fall 2014 with three, rich brown family shades and three plum based beauties. All in the long-wearing, BIG5FREE formula Zoya is known for!

Zoya NATUREL DEUX (2) - 2014

Spencer: Camel Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
Chanelle: Toasted Almond, Full Coverage Formula.
Emilia: Dark Chocolate, Full Coverage Formula.
Marnie: Deep Warm Plum, Full Coverage Formula.
Aubrey: Medium Mauve Cream, Full Coverage Formula.
Madeline: Muted Rose, Full Coverage Formula.

STARTS JULY 21, 2014

$9 (US)
Available on Zoya.com and at finer salons and spas.

Picture Polish- Lagoon [Swatch]

Here is Picture Polish- Lagoon!  Lagoon is a 2013 collaboration shade by Fashion Polish, as you can see.

Lagoon is a teal (or deep turquoise) base filled with small flakie shimmer and teal hexagonal glitters.

Artificial light, two coats:

This was a long-time lemming of mine, and it does not disappoint! I think this shade of teal is really easy to wear- and gorgeous!

Outside, shade:

Formula: It's nice! The consistency is just right: on the thicker side, but not too thick. It flows over the nail, and the particles in it are easy to distribute.  Opaque in two easy coats!