October 22, 2014

Fall MoYou Stamped Skittle Nails [Nail Art]

I've been admiring everyone's Autumn-inspired manicures, so I went hunting for stamping images of leaves...and realized I actually don't have any! Isn't that crazy?! Of course this just means more future MoYou shopping, probably.

Anyway, I came up with this skittle manicure. I don't think any of the images are Fall-themed, per se, but the colors are!

Thumb: Indigo Bananas- Gods & Monsters with Kleancolor- Metallic Mango for stamping.
Index:  Indigo Bananas- Gods & Monsters with Kleancolor- Metallic Orange & Metallic Fuchsia for stamping.
Middle: Orly- Buried Alive, studs.
Ring: Orly- Glam Rock with Kleancolor- Metallic Red for stamping.
Pinkie: Indigo Bananas- Gods & Monsters with Kleancolor- Metallic Orange & Metallic Fuchsia for stamping.

Both images are from MoYou London- Pro XL 05.  The ring finger has the same stamp as the thumb, I just taped off a triangle first, stamped, and then removed the tape.

This design looked really nice in natural light, when you could view everything without the key lights (it's already metallic enough), but unfortunately I didn't really have enough to photograph by!

In other news, Ham is currently at the vet's undergoing minor surgery today to remove a small bump under his eye which will then be biopsied. :/  It could be nothing- a cyst, or it could be some kind of tumor, so all I can do is hope for the best.  I'm worried about my little guy!

October 20, 2014

Zoya Entice Fall 2014 Collection [Swatch] & [Review]

Howdy everyone! Today I've got the six Fall 2014 Entice polishes form Zoya to show you! If you missed the sparkly sister collection, Ignite, swatches are here.

Entice is a set of Autumn-inspired colors in beautiful creme finishes. Let's get started!

First, here is the most neutral in the set, Zoya- Nyssa:

Nyssa is a warm-toned medium brown. It could maybe be considered a very dark camel.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

I don't think this looks so wonderful on fair skin in photos, but in person I liked it!

Outside, shade:

Formula: If you're not super slow, it works out just fine, but it does dry down quickly, so has a tendency to skip or drag if you dawdle. But, it does self-level slowly. The consistency is on the thinner side (but not runny), so people who don't like uber-thick cremes will be pretty comfortable with this one. It dries down super quickly, like I said, and was opaque in two coats!

Next, one of the deepest shades, Zoya- Claire:

Claire is a deep, brown-leaning maroon, AKA oxblood.

Artificial light, three coats:

In some situations this can look nearly black, but mostly you can always tell it's deep maroon.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

I completely love this one- it's now possibly my favorite oxblood I own!

Formula: It is similar to Nyssa, maybe a little sheerer, and the texture seems crellyish.  The first coat is streaky, but dries down quickly, and the second coat is nearly opaque. I needed three to eliminate subtle streaks that you might not notice if you weren't taking photos. However, it's creamy and self-leveling, so even though I needed three coats, I think it's very nice!

Here is Zoya- Veronica:

Veronica is a warm-toned berry creme. Zoya describes it as a wine, and I guess I can see that too. Berry tones are right up my alley, so I was particularly excited for this one.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Such a luxurious color!

Formula: It's a bit thicker and more pigmented than the previous two. The consistency is very, very creamy and easy to work with. Perfectly opaque in two coats and easily my favorite creme formula since...I can't remember when!

And Veronica's cooler-toned sister, Zoya- Margo:

Margo is warm-toned purple/ plum or could be considered a cool-toned wine or berry. It's much more blue-based than Veronica.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Formula: It's very similar to Veronica in texture and pigmentation- super nice! Opaque in two coats and dries down quickly!

Here is the blue in the set, Zoya- Ryan:

Ryan is a deep navy that leans more cyan than indigo.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

This is one of those very dark colors than can look black in low-light. Some people love that and some people hate it, but it's stunning in the right light! 

Formula: It's got a medium consistency, and is super pigmented. The first coat is streaky, but it does self-level. The second coat feels thicker, goes on nicely, and is opaque!

Finally, Zoya- Geneviev:

Geneviev is a blue or green-leaning (it's hard to tell) grey creme. Either I am crazy, or there is very, very subtle teal shimmer in this. The kind of shimmer that is not too detectable once the polish dries down. You can almost see it in photos.

Artificial light, two coats:

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside, shade:

Formula: It's definitely thinner than the others, even Nyssa. It's also fairly sheer, and the first coat is streaky and can pool at the edges of your brushstrokes. It also dries down quickly, and the second coat can be applied more thickly for an opaque finish. Nice, after all!

Overall: I have to say that I love this set of cremes! I feel like the consistency between the formulas was good, and they were also much improved from the last set of cremes we saw from Zoya, Naturel Deux, (which I thought were very decent, but could need thinner in the future). I even think the formulas here are much nicer than the Summer 2014 Tickled set.  These are high-quality cremes, people!

Color-wise, I don't dislike a single one, and will wear all of them. Claire, especially, hit a sweet spot for me, but the berry-plums were also gorgeous and wearable. Ryan is a must-have if you don't have a similar dark blue. Nyssa and Geneviev were the least special to me, but still great colors, and I liked Nyssa against my skin more than I thought I would (I think it looks meh in photos, but nice in person...don't know why).

The other thing I appreciate is how well this set of six pairs, color-wise, to its Fall sister collection, Ignite. Plenty of possibilities for accents and nail arts! 

*Disclosure: polishes in this post were provided to me as press samples for honest review, and all opinions are my own.

Do you guys have a favorite here?
Have you picked up any of the Entice polishes yet?

[Press Release] Zoya Wishes Collection for Winter 2014!

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!

NORI: Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.

THEA: Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.

IMOGEN: Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!

PRIM: Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.

HAVEN: True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.

WILLA: Full-coverage, onyx black cream.

* Zoya Magical PixieDust is textured, matte and sparkling. No base coat and top coat required.



$9 (US) Standard Colors
$10 (US)  - PixieDust Colors

Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

**BIG5FREE: Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

This is an interesting Winter collection! This is the first split, half-PixieDust / half-normal finish collection we've seen from Zoya, and it looks like maybe one or more are going to be the traditional PixieDust formulation, and the others will be the Magical finish? That's what the description says, anyway- although the individual polish descriptions call them all Magical PixieDusts so I guess we'll find out!

I'm excited to see this set in person, because you never can tell much from promo images, but I have to say that I'm a little disappointed that there are no scattered holos like in the last two Winter collections we've seen from Zoya.

What do you think?

October 17, 2014

Indigo Bananas- Gods & Monsters [Swatch]

Hey guys! Happy Friday yaaaaaaaaaaaay!

Here's another from Indigo Bananas' Halloween 2014 collection, Indigo Bananas- Gods & Monsters! This was the most popularly requested shade, so I had to show it next!

Gods & Monsters is soft blackish jelly base filled with large flakie particles that colorshift brown-red-gold-green. A front-facing view of the polish shows the flakies as mostly brown/ red, with gold and green graduating out toward the edges. Strong shift happening here!

Artificial light, three coats:

(I apologize for the scratches to the top coat on my ring finger...I have no idea what that's from. Meh.) 

So shifty! I was a little awestruck applying this one! I think it makes your hands look fly...especially around Halloween, so it's very appropriate to the collection.

Window-filtered daylight:

Outside shade:

Formula: It is a little sheerer than I was expecting but the viscosity is nice, and applies pretty effortlessly. It gains a lot of dimension though, since it's not as opaque, and you really see the flakies at different depths. I needed three coats for opacity at the tips of my nails.

Speaking of which, these flakies are super high quality (as they always are from Indigo Bananas). See how large they are? Even though they are on the chunkier side, they are super flat and thin, and lay really well in the base. They don't stick up or cause the polish to be clumpy or weird, and you pretty much don't notice that they are there, texture-wise.

PS: Behold, my 'helpers:'

What do you think?