Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Dermelect Lustrous


Sorry for the late post today! Let's get right to it, shall we? Today's TT theme has us showcasing a summer-to-fall transitional polish. To me, red is a color that works all year long and is the perfect bridge between seasons. But the particular red I chose, Dermelect Lustrous, is a garnet shimmer with a brown lean to it and I think that brown undertone makes Lustrous an especially apt choice for fall.



The formula is fantastic, covering in three easy coats. Jewel tones are my favorite shades to wear for fall and this one is pretty much perfect. The color makes me think of cranberries, pumpkins, leaves changing...everything fall-centric, really. :)

So that's my transitional mani for ya! Fall used to be my least favorite season but I've really taken a liking to it in the past few years. What about you: ready for fall? And be sure to see what my Twinsies did for their fall transitional manis today too!


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


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

Sunday, August 31, 2014

Dermelect Gilded


Ever wonder what would happen if someone took Chanel Peridot (aka possibly my favorite polish ever) and turned it into an awesome metallic textured polish? Well then I gotta introduce you to Dermelect Gilded! This rich gold from Dermelect's new Bejeweled Collection has the teal color shift of a duochrome, the gleaming metallic finish of a foil and the finish of a texture. Basically, there's a lotta stuff going on here and it's all awesome!




This was my first time trying one of Dermelect's polishes and I was very impressed not only by how beautiful Gilded itself is, but by the excellent formula too. It applied very smoothly and covered in three coats.

I'm surprised we don't see more metallic textures; I like them a lot! Gilded is not only a great textured polish, but also a perfect fall metallic. As I mentioned above, there's a lot of different elements to this polish, yet they all work marvelously together!

You can purchase Dermelect from their website. Also, a quick note that they are currently hosting a fun contest through their Instagram account (@dermelect) where if you post a picture of your favorite Dermelect mani with your favorite piece of jewelery, you could win all four polishes from the Bejeweled Collection! Stay tuned for more photos of the Bejeweled beauties in the days to come... ;)


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

Friday, August 29, 2014

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm?

OPI Do You Have This Color In Stockholm? is a blurple creme from the Nordic Collection. It's a little tough to photograph, since my camera makes it look closer to a true purple than it actually is, but trust me, it's blurple! And I gotta say, this may be one of OPI's best purple(-ish) shades ever



As I discussed in my review for My Dogsled Is A Hybrid, I bought the minis set for the Nordic Collection. I find it's a bit tricky to comment on formula with minis, but I'll try. The first coat here was kinda streaky, but after that I didn't have any issues. This polish wound up covering nicely in three coats.

So this is another nice one from the Nordic Collection. I'm loving how rich and pigmented it is, plus it's such a great summer-to-fall transitional polish!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Zoya Remy

I have this color somewhere in my stash. I couldn't name you the exact polish, but given my buying tendencies and my affinity for jewel tones, I know that I do. But when I saw Zoya Remy...I just couldn't resist. This rich, deep teal with intense gold shimmer swept me off my feet.



I don't have any complaints with the actual formula--it's great and covers in two coats--but I will say that Remy stains something awful. I had one stain on my right index finger that was so bad I actually had to cut that nail because the stain toward the tip of my nail that would not come out. So definitely use caution when applying this one. Double up on the base coat and stay as far away from the edges of your nail as you can, otherwise you'll be dealing with some major cuticle staining. I feel like a lot of Zoya teals stain, which is unfortunate because they are always so stinkin' pretty!

Staining aside though, this really is a lovely color. The base color is so rich and luxurious-looking and the shimmer is to die for! To me, Remy is one of the standouts from Zoya's fall offerings!

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Sideways French Mani

This week, we're doing sideways French manis! I have to admit, I'd never heard of this particular look before. But while I'm not a fan of traditional French manicures, a sideways French did seem pretty fun.

So I busted out some French tip guides and then I used two Azature polishes: Coral Diamond for my base and Lapis Diamond over top.



I'm actually pretty pleased with how this turned out! It doesn't look perfect, but I don't think it's bad for a first attempt! The guides made everything super easy, so all I really had to worry about was clean-up.

I'll be curious to see if my fellow Twinsies liked this theme as much as I did! Be sure to take a look at their blogs today to find out! :)


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


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

Monday, August 25, 2014

Jamberry Liberty & Matte Top Coat: Review & Swatches--Plus A Giveaway!






Jamberry is well known for their nail wraps, but did you know they make polish too? Yep, Jamberry now has its own line of polish, as well as other essentials like base and top coats, and today we'll be taking a peek at some of what they have to offer!

Jamberry sells their products through individual consultants and the consultant I worked with this time is named Amanda. She was very hands-on and willing to help! You can visit her Jamberry site (where you can also place orders, if you are so inclined) HERE. She had me pick a color to try and I selected Liberty, an inky shade of navy with a high-shine finish.



The formula is excellent--virtually a one-coater. I did use two just to even a few patches out on a couple of the nails. I like that Liberty is visibly blue, not black (Near-blacks are a pet peeve of mine.) and it's got such a beautiful shine to it, too! The pictures you see above were taken without top coat, so it has that gleam all on its own.

I skipped the top coat because Amanda was also generous enough to send me some of Jamberry's Matte Top Coat to try! Here it is over Liberty:



It is, quite simply, the best matte top coat I've ever used. The consistency is spot-on and it delivers a true matte finish in no time. I was very impressed!

But wait, there's more! :) Amanda is also offering a free Jamberry glitter top coat to one lucky Nailed reader! See the Rafflecopter widget below for details and the giveaway rules. Good luck, everyone!

a Rafflecopter giveaway  


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

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Gwen Stefani For OPI Holiday 2014 Preview

OPI began 2014 with a Gwen Stefani collab and it looks like they'll be ending it in the same fashion with their holiday collection. I for one really liked the first Gwen collection so I'm not complaining! Let's take a look at what's in store.


So. Much. Red. Why, OPI, why?? I know red is Gwen's signature color, but seeing as that was already captured in the gorgeous Over And Over A-Gwen from the last collection, I don't see why we needed so many reds this time around. Oh well. The nail effects do look really cool though. I'm definitely looking forward to those!

See anything you'll be putting on your holiday wishlist?