Sunday, July 27, 2014

OPI You Are So Outta Lime!

Neon green polish... Three words that make my heart very happy! As you may have picked up from my blog, I absolutely adore green polish. Whether it's neon, swampy or anything in between, I gotta have my greens!

The latest addition to my green collection is OPI You Are So Outta Lime! This vibrant neon green was a birthday gift from the lovely Kelly :) I knew as soon as I saw the preview pictures for OPI's Neon Collection that I would have a hard time resisting this one and it's every bit as wonderful as I'd hoped! Here it is over OPI Put A Coat On!, the white, color-intensifying basecoat from the same collection.

Unlike a lot of neons, this wasn't streaky or chalky at all. In fact, it was very easy to work with and wearing it with a white base underneath makes the application that much more even. In addition to helping application, I really do think a white base is practically a necessity for getting the most out of OPI's neons. They're decently bright on their own, but the white really makes them pop.

You Are So Outta Lime! is a bit different than most of the neon greens we see, which tend to veer more into "toxic waste" territory (see China Glaze I'm With The Lifeguard as an example). While those are fun and I do enjoy them, I can still appreciate that OPI went in another direction for their neon green. This is a bright n' bouncy lime shade that I think any green lover will go nuts over!

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Zoya Naturel Deux Preview

Zoya has us seeing double this year with a second iteration of their Naturel polishes! This latest collection, called Naturel Deux, features six all-new neutrals.
L to R: Spencer, Chanelle, Emilia, Marnie, Aubrey, Madeline

I'm not the biggest neutral polish fan, but I can appreciate that Zoya really made these feel like more fall-appropriate neutrals. These aren't just more of the same from what we saw with the softer, more spring-centric original Naturel Collection. And despite my general aversion to brown polish, I gotta say that Emilia actually catches my eye the most!

The collection is already available for pre-order on Zoya's website, so expect an official launch in stores soon! Will you be snatching any of these up?

Friday, July 25, 2014

Rainbow Honey Fall In Love

Rainbow Honey's new Summer Mixtape Collection has arrived! RH is possibly my all-time favorite indie brand, so I was definitely looking forward to seeing what they had up their sleeve for summer and this latest release does not disappoint! The collection is comprised of 12 fun, brightly colored shades that perfectly capture the feel of the season. I've got three polishes from the collection to share with you and today we'll be taking a look at Fall In Love!

Fall In Love is a juicy red jelly with blue microshimmer. The base color reminds me of watermelon and the shimmer is a beautiful touch, lending some extra depth and visual interest to this bright jelly shade.

The formula is excellent and very easy to work with. I used two coats here. There was still a little bit of VNL peeking through, but not enough to where it bothered me. The finish is shiny and squishy, like any good jelly should be!

You can purchase Rainbow Honey from their website.

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

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Born Pretty Neon Nail Stickers: Review & Swatches

For us polish lovers, summer is always the season of neon, so I thought it'd be fun to try some neon nail stickers from Born Pretty Store! This sticker sheet  has a couple different shapes--diamonds, owls, lightning bolts and crescent moons--in neon shades of yellow, orange, pink and green. The cool diamonds are what really drew me to this particular design, but they also offer neon sticker sets in other patterns; you can see them all on Born Pretty's website HERE.

Because nothing goes better with neon than more neon, I paired the stickers with OPI You Are So Outta Lime!, a vibrant lime green.

The stickers are very easy to use. Unlike BP's water decals (which I love), you don't need to do anything extra to get them to adhere to the nail--just peel and stick. Removal takes a little extra elbow grease, but nothing too bad.

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

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

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily

This week's Twinsie Tuesday theme challenged us to do a mani inspired by nature. Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm "indoors-y." I have ridiculously terrible allergies so it's tough for me to be outside for long periods of time. But I do love being by the water. So for my nature mani, I chose Rescue Beauty Lounge Aqua Lily. This vibrant teal with a haze of delicate pink microshimmer makes me think of water gardens and blue tropical waters.

It's easy to see why this polish created such a stir when it first came out. Simply put, it's possibly the most beautiful teal I own. The formula is equally fantastic, reaching opacity in three smooth and easy coats.

I hope you enjoyed taking a look at this RBL gem with me today! Be sure to head on over to my Twinsies' sites to see what they did for their nature 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, July 21, 2014

Review & Giveaway: Vox and Coal Nail Polish Rack

As polish lovers, oftentimes we get so caught up in the joy of collecting that we lose sight of one of the harsh realities of our hobby: "Where the hell am I going to put all this polish?!" I'd been storing my stash using a mix of plastic drawers and acrylic racks. While I have waaaayyy too much polish to keep it all contained in one single unit, lately I'd been forced to admit that my set-up was based more on function than form. Since my stash is in our living room (yep, I shamelessly put the crazy on full display for all our visitors) I figured it could use some sprucing up.

Enter Vox and Coal, an Etsy shop offering handmade nail polish racks to store and display your precious stash in style! When they contacted me asking if they could work with me to create the custom polish rack of my dreams...well, really, what girl could resist? ;)

The owners of Vox and Coal were a pleasure to work with. We did some chatting back and forth via e-mail to figure out what design I wanted for my polish rack and they were very friendly and accommodating. They had the idea of doing a paint job inspired by one of my lemmings, Illamasqua Raindrops, and I asked if they could partner that with some type of Art Deco-inspired pattern. Here's the paint and pattern combo they came up with. Isn't it beautiful?

And now the big reveal: the rack itself! It's hanging in the living room, above my swatching station.

The rack comes with everything needed to mount it on the wall, so installation is fairly simple...and by that, I mean I had my boyfriend hang it for me, hahaha. But he said it was easy enough. The mounting equipment provided with the rack feels very stable against the wall. I pounded on the wall, right next to the rack, and neither the rack or the polish bottles shook. 

The rack measures 24" x 24", so it's nicely sized. It's big enough to hold a considerable amount of polish, but not so large that it takes up a ton of space. I used the rack to display a variety of brands--mostly ones with square bottles so there was some type of visual uniformity.

So exactly how many bottles can this rack hold? Well, for reference, the shelves are wide enough so that each one can comfortably hold 20 Essie bottles or 17 OPI bottles across. But the shelves are also deep enough that you can easily place the polishes two-deep, so that means you could hold up to 40 Essie bottles or 34 OPI bottles per shelf. (With my Butter London polishes, I could even get them to three-deep and the unboxed Rainbow Honey minis are four-deep!)That brings us to a grand total of up to 200 Essie bottles or 170 OPI bottles for the whole rack! Impressive!

I left some empty space on the bottom shelf since I have tons of untrieds from the brands I chose to display, so those will gradually be making their way to their permanent home on the rack as I (hopefully) work through my untrieds. But I currently have about 170 polishes on there, with plenty of room to spare.

The construction feels very sturdy and even with the amount of polish I put on each shelf, the shelves weren't showing any strain. They're made from solid wood, so they can take quite a bit of weight. You can tell this rack was made with time and care. I expect it to last a good, long time!

Overall, I am extremely impressed with this rack. It's sturdily built, lovely to look at, and holds a good amount of polish. The customer service was excellent, with Vox and Coal providing updates and communication every step of the way as my rack was designed, assembled and shipped out to me. I couldn't ask for more!

So, like what you see? Well then enter to win your very own polish rack from Vox and Coal! They've been kind enough to offer up a free rack to give away to one of my readers! The winner will get to pick a free rack from Vox and Coal's offerings on Etsy--awesome, right?

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

Saturday, July 19, 2014

China Glaze All Aboard Preview

Preview shots for China Glaze's fall collection, All Aboard, have arrived and it is...brown. Well, more taupe, really, but whatever you want to call it, there is a lot of it in this collection!

I couldn't find anything listing an exact release date, but I'm guessing we'll see these pop up sometime in August. Check it out!



There might turn out to be some winners in here, but the collection as a whole seems more than a little same-y to me. Do we really need that many taupe tones, China Glaze? That's not to say this is a bad bunch of colors (Choo-Choo Choose You and Nice Caboose look promising to me), but I haven't been nearly as excited about any of CG's 2014 collections as I have been in the past. New Bohemian, On Safari, Hunger Games... Remember how completely awesome those collections were? I want more of those!

Am I being too harsh on this collection? Which colors are you looking forward to?