Thursday, October 30, 2014

China Glaze Twinkle Holiday 2014 Preview

We've already seen what Essie, OPI, Orly and Zoya have in store for the holidays, so that leaves China Glaze! CG is bringing the bling this year with their Holiday 2014 collection, Twinkle.


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Feeling Twinkly
 
Chillin' With My Snowmies
Dancing and Prancing
 
De-light
Tip Your Hat
 
December To Remember
Define Good
 
Pine-ing For Glitter
Out Like A Light
 
No Peeking
I'd Melt For You
 
Meet Me Under The Stars

The holiday collections this year seem especially heavy on reds (even more so than usual), so I gotta applaud China Glaze for taking a more diverse approach here. There's a nice variety of colors and finishes that still suit the holiday vibe. 

I'm already seeing a lot of holiday polish collections in stores so far (OPI, Zoya and Essie are on my sightings list), so I'm betting it won't be too long 'til the Twinkle collection is on shelves. Which holiday collection are YOU most excited for? I've got some of the OPI Gwen glitters and the new Zoya Magic PixieDusts on my wishlist!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Born Pretty Rose Stripe Nail Wraps: Review & Swatches







 As someone who's, shall we say, artistically impaired, I love me some nail wraps! And I've got some lovely rose-themed nail wraps from Born Pretty Store to show off today. These red, white and seafoam green wraps have a pretty mix of designs from stripes to polka dots to rosebuds. So cute!



The wraps apply just as good as they look. They're very easy to use and have a nice, sturdy feel to them. They're thick enough that you don't have to worry about ripping them but not so thick that they're difficult to mold onto the nail or tough to file the excess off of. Top coat is completely optional with these wraps, but I opted to put some on anyways, to seal the tips and extend the wear time even further.

If you would like to order 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.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Lumina Lacquer Seven Year Witch

With Halloween just around the corner, we're showcasing some manis dedicated to the holiday this week! I originally planned on doing some mummy nails, but when I got some awesome nail mail over the weekend, I couldn't resist taking this opportunity to show off one of the newest additions to my collection: one of Lumina Lacquer's new Halloween polishes, Seven Year Witch!

Seven Year Witch is a matte glitterbomb filled with black and neon glitters in a bevvy of shapes, sizes and colors. Also included with Seven Year Witch is a baggie of skull-shaped glitters in a staggering amount of colors (including a few holo pieces!), for you to place on your nails however you like. Thoughtful, creative touches like this are one of the many reasons I love Lumina Lacquer so much!



The formula here is wonderful--very easy to spread across the nails. This is one coat over Illamasqua Scorch, a white creme. I thought a clean white base would be a great way to show off the huge variety of glitters you get with this polish. As I've come to expect from Lumina, the glitters themselves are well-mixed, so you don't have to fish a ton to get some of the bigger pieces.

I definitely went with something more fun and colorful for my Halloween mani rather than something spooky. While I focused more on "treat" than "trick," I can't wait to see what direction my Twinsies took this theme!


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

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Essie Summit of Style (Lux Effects 2014) Preview

Summit of Style, a part of Essie's 2014 holiday offerings (see the rest HERE), is a metallics-heavy mix of re-promotes and two new Lux Effects polishes. I don't mind re-promotes much so long as it's nothing from the too-recent past, but I know the new Lux Effects will be the most interesting part of this collection for most of us.


 L to R: No Place Like Chrome, Set In Stones, Penny Talk, Summit Of Style (NEW), Good As Gold, Rock At The Top (NEW)

No Place Like Chrome, Penny Talk and Good As Gold all originally debuted with Essie's Mirror Metallics Collection and Set In Stones is one of the original Lux Effects. I gotta admit, these new ones don't look all that interesting to me. The first Lux Effects were a mix of different layering effect polishes--flakies, pearls, glitters, etc.--and the later incarnations have all just been color-swapped versions of the same hex glitterbombs. Don't get me wrong; they're still pretty and you can create some cool layerings with them. (If you need proof, then just check out this amazing glitter mani my girl Elizabeth at Did My Nails created with a bunch of the Lux Effects!) But they don't seem as unique or special as the first Lux Effects were.

I've already seen these on store shelves, so if you've got your eye on any of these, they may already be out at your favorite polish shop! Are you excited for the new Lux Effects are you kinda over them like me? Let me know in the comments! :)

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zoya Wishes Preview

The holiday marketing seems to come earlier each year, doesn't it? I'm already seeing Christmas merch in stores! But hey, it also means new polish is coming out, so I can't complain too much!

One of the holiday collections we'll be seeing soon is Zoya Wishes! The collection features another installment of the Magical PixieDust polishes, as well as three other new shades. Let's take a peek!

Zoya Wishes Collection Winter Holiday 2014
Zoya Wishes Collection
L to R: Nori, Thea, Imogen, Prim, Haven, Willa

Obligatory: STILL no Chelsea! When, Zoya, WHEN?! 

Anyways, here's hoping the Magical PixieDust polishes from this collection are closer to the uber-sparkly, full-coverage beauties from the first batch of Magical PixieDusts than their more sheer counterparts we saw this summer. They look like some gorgeous shades, so if the formulas are on-point, there could be some real homeruns here!

The Wishes Collection is already up for pre-order on Zoya's website, with the official launch on November 1.

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Shimmer Trisha

Here's another one from the Amanda files: Shimmer Trisha! Trisha is a predominantly orange glitterbomb, with splashes of gold, blue and magenta thrown in for good measure. I think half the fun of Shimmer polishes is experimenting with different bases. Normally my instinct would be to pair orange glitter with a blue base, but I thought it'd be cool to try something a little different this time, so I paired Trisha with Deborah Lippmann Shoshanna, a periwinkle shimmer.



I did have to do a little dabbling to get the glitter where I wanted it to go, but Trisha has a nice formula overall.

I'm not sure these two polishes go together perfectly--maybe a deeper purple would have been a better match--but I do think it's an interesting pairing and it was fun to try a color combo that I wouldn't normally go for. What would YOU use as a base for Trisha?

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