Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Unusual Inspiration

No Twinsie Tuesday post from me this week. :( Sorry, guys! Time got away from me (recurring theme in my life lately), plus I was really stumped about this theme for some reason, so I didn't have a back-up idea I could default to. But I'll be back on the TT bandwagon next week! In the meantime, please do stop by the other Twinsie Tuesday blogs and check out what the girls did for their manis!


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision

Monday, October 20, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Shoshanna

I haven't seen a single episode of "Girls" (although I've been meaning to check it out), but I gotta say, I am all about the Deborah Lippmann polishes inspired by the show! Shoshanna is a dusty periwinkle with silver shimmer. When I first looked at Shoshanna in the bottle, I didn't notice the shimmer right away. It's soft, but not so much that it's invisible, and it brings a nice bit of visible interest and dimension to the polish.


Pastel formulas can be iffy, but Shoshanna is on-point. She goes on in three coats, without a hint of streakiness.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

Orly Sparkle Holiday 2014 Preview

Orly's Holiday 2014 collection cuts right to the chase. As soon as you hear the name, Sparkle, you know just what to expect from this glitter-tastic collection! I love me some glitter, especially around the holidays, so sign me up! Let's take a look at what Sparkle has in store for us, shall we?

Mirrorball - Orly Nail Polish
Mirrorball
Tinsel - Orly Nail Polish 
Tinsel
Bling - Orly Nail Polish
Bling
Explosion of Fun - Orly Nail Polish 
Explosion Of Fun
Steal The Spotlight - Orly Nail Polish
Steal The Spotlight
Glitterbomb - Orly Nail Polish 
Glitterbomb

Maybe it's all the sparklies, but this looks like the most exciting Orly collection in a while! There's a nice variety of colors and even though glitter and, well, sparkle are obviously the overriding themes, it's not all just the same type of glitter. So there's sure to be something here to please every glitter lover! I'm looking forward to Steal The Spotlight and Explosion Of Fun, myself.

I couldn't find any info on an exact release date, but typically we start seeing the holiday collections pop up in stores around later October or early November, so I imagine we won't have to wait too much longer to get our hands on these. Which ones will you be waiting for?

Friday, October 17, 2014

Barielle Me Couture Collection: Review & Swatches







Hey guys! I hope your Friday is off to a good start. :) To help kick off the weekend, I've got some swatches of Barielle's fall collection, Me Couture, to share with you today! Let's get started, shall we?

Moda Bleu is a navy creme with a beautiful high-gloss shine, even without topcoat. There's a little bit of purple in there at first, but it goes away as you layer the coats. It's a very deep, inky shade that's dark without appearing black. This is three coats.


Taupe Notch is a cool-toned taupe creme. It's almost grey, actually, but I'd still call it taupe. This is a wonderful neutral that would flatter any skin tone. If you're a taupe lover, definitely check this one out, 'cause it's pretty darn perfect. This is two coats.


Berry Posh is a glossy magenta creme. This is another one that, like Moda Bleu, is nice and shiny! I used two coats here.


Vintage Gown is a creamy milk chocolate with a bit of a pink undertone to it. There's some delicious-looking bronze shimmer visible in the bottle, but it's really subtle on the nail, which is a bummer. The base color is pretty enough (reminds me of hot cocoa!) that I still like this polish, but I would looooooveee it if that shimmer came through more!

 Here's the shimmer in the bottle:

Soho At Night is a dusty eggplant purple. Ya gotta get a little grimey with a fall collection! I absolutely love this color; so perfect for fall. The first coat is a little watery, but it everything comes together nicely by the second coat.


I saved the best for last! Boho Chic is a deep emerald green. It's a true dark green--not near-black--that is so rich and creamy. I can totally see myself rocking this with an animal print dress and some tights! This is two coats.


So all and all, there are some awesome fall colors here! My personal favorities are Soho At Night, Taupe Notch and Boho Chic. Out of all six polishes in the collection, there's not a dud formula in the bunch. Every one has a very workable consistency that's a breeze to apply. I'm impressed!

You can purchase Barielle from their website. Do you see anything you like from this collection? What are your favorite fall polish colors?


Disclosure: These polishes were sent to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Born Pretty Superhero Nail Stickers: Review & Swatches







I love comic books. I love nail polish. So I'm bound to a fan of anything that effectively marries those two passions. As soon as I saw these superhero nail decals on Born Pretty Store's website, I had to have them, no question!

I had waaayyyy too much fun with these! First, I did some Flash nails...

 Base: Pure Ice Crimson

 ...then some Batman ones...


...then Superman!



I really love the idea of these decals, but application was a little tricky. I couldn't get them to quite adhere to the nail and then they kinda crinkle up if you brush over them too much with topcoat, so it was tricky to get them to stay exactly where I wanted them to on the nail. This has been an issue with a couple metallic decals I've used in the past. You have to be very careful with how you apply the topcoat. Interestingly enough, the Superman ones were easier to work with than the other decals. I did soak them for quite a bit longer (I put them in the water then got distracted for a few minutes) so maybe that had something to do with it? I dunno...

Still, I had a really good time with these and for just two bucks and some change, you can make a ton of different manicures with just this one decal set! I do wish they were a bit more forgiving to work with, but overall I enjoyed these and I think they're worth a look if you're a superhero fan.

If you would like to purchase anything from Born Pretty, they offer 10% off for Nailed readers:

www.bornprettystore.com


Disclosure: This product was provided to me for my honest review. For more information, please see my disclosure policy.

Essie Bouncer It's Me

The formula on Essie's neons tend to get a lot of hate. Heck, when I was buying Bouncer It's Me, the girl ringing me up even warned me that the bottle she owned had a terrible formula that made her not want to wear the polish again. But it's bright and it's blue, so...I had to have it. I slapped on a white base (OPI Put A Coat On!) and prepared myself for the worst.



The color itself is undeniably awesome, but sadly, it's true that the formula is all kinds of not-good. Where to begin? First off, this polish is extremely sheer and less-than vibrant on its own. A white base is essential if you want Bouncer It's Me to pop at all. But even with a white base, there's lots of streaking going on. I used four coats of Bouncer It's Me over Put A Coat On! and I still had visible streaks on my nails. The streaks are more visible in photographs than in real life, but either way, they're there. To top it off, the formula is also quite thin and runny. Blargh.

Still, I love the way Bouncer It's Me looks (minus the streaks). The color is a beautifully bright cobalt blue that has a shiny, squishy finish when coupled with a good topcoat. It really is an eye-catcher...but giiirrrlll, she is a hot mess underneath the pretty. While I don't regret buying it and I will still wear it again, terrible formula and all, there are other colors out there like this one that are much easier to apply.

Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: OPI Muppets World Tour

EDIT: So I accidentally posted this last Tuesday, before it was time. So now that we're actually on the right week, let's give this another try!

I'll be the first to admit that I'm a huge procrastinator. So this week's Twinsie Tuesday theme, "I've been meaning to...", was difficult for me because I had too freakin' much to choose from. I've always got about a thousand things I want to put on my nails, whether it's design ideas or making a dent in my shamefully huge amount of untrieds.

But when I sat down and really thought about what I've been meaning to wear on my nails lately, one thing jumped out at me: "Dammit, Chelsea, you need to wear OPI Muppets World Tour already!" You see, I keep most of my untrieds in their own drawer but I do have a smaller group of untrieds I store in a little bin on my polish table. These are usually newer polishes or ones that I'm especially excited to wear soon. Muppets World Tour has been in this bin forever. Whenever I see it, I always think, "Oh yeah, I'll wear that next time" and then put on some other polish that's captured my attention at the moment.

So now here we are, months after both the Muppets collection and movie have come and gone and I still haven't tried on this poor polish. It's really a shame, because she's a stunner: a white quartz glitter with a rainbow of hexes and sprinklings of silver throughout. Here's two coats over a few layers of Barielle's Natural Nail Camouflage.




Isn't it gorgeous? I love that it's very delicate and soft-looking, but still has plenty of color and whimsy to it. I absolutely adore this glitter and I'm bummed I didn't wear it sooner!

What's something you've been meaning to try with your nails? I know I can't be the only procrastinator out there! ;)


Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Anna at Going to the Showing
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision