Saturday, August 1, 2015

Essie Virgin Snow (Winter 2015) Preview

I've got some preview shots of Essie's upcoming winter collection to share tonight! All of Essie's collections share a name with one of the polishes and it looks like this one will be called "Virgin Snow." In addition to Virgin Snow itself, there'll be five other new polishes. Let's take a look!


Well this is pretty underwhelming, huh? Essie has had some amazing collections this year, so this one strikes me as sort of "low effort" by comparison. But last year Essie had several wintertime releases, so hopefully this is just a first taste!

I'm not sure of an exact release date, but judging by past years, I'd say mid-October is a safe guess.

Thursday, July 30, 2015

China Glaze Wood You Wanna?

Hey all! Sorry about the lack of TT post this week. I was pretty sick the last few days and spent all of Monday in bed. It was miserable. But now I'm better and get to play with pretty polish again!

Speaking of, I am seriously lovin' on the new China Glaze Great Outdoors Collection. I swear I need at least half of the polishes from it! My local Sally had only two of the colors I wanted, but hey, that's better than none! So let's take a look at one of the many pretties from this collection!

Wood You Wanna? is an antiqued metallic taupe. This is a very rich and complex shade. There's a slight reddish undertone to it that just slays me. I wasn't planning on picking this one up originally but the swatches were to hard to resist! I think this is gonna be one of the sleeper hits from this collection.

The formula is excellent and super opaque. This is a one-coater!

What brands are going to get your polish money this fall? Once I manage to track down the remaining shades I want from Great Outdoors, I'll probably buy mostly indie stuff, although I am really looking forward to seeing swatches of Essie's fall collection!

Monday, July 27, 2015

OPI It's A Piazza Cake

I was really happy to spot the OPI Venice Collection at Sally Beauty over the weekend! Thankfully, the display hadn't been picked over at all (unlike the China Glaze Great Outdoors one, which was missing a lot of colors) so I was able to get the two shades I wanted. I'll be showing you the first one today: It's A Piazza Cake, a very rich burnt orange creme.

This is one of those really different-looking shades--like, say, OPI & Apple Pie--that people are either gonna love or hate. It's extremely unique in my collection and I, for one, really like it. It just screams fall! One look at this polish and I'm picturing crunchy leaves, hot cider and all things pumpkin spice!

Application is just what the name says: a piece of cake! (Sorry, I couldn't help myself.) The formula is lovely and covers in two easy coats.

What do you think of It's A Piazza Cake? Which colors do you want to grab from the Venice Collection?

Sunday, July 26, 2015

SOLO One-Step Gel Polish: Review & Swatches

I've only had one gel manicure in my life. I liked it--we did OPI gels in Goldeneye with some black tiger stripes over top--but I've never attempted to do one at home. I change my polish very frequently, so someone like me doesn't necessarily need the longevity of a gel mani. However, there are some times (vacations, crazy busy weeks, etc.) when I don't have the time or access to supplies to paint my nails as often as I normally would, and that's where a gel mani could come in handy!

So when SOLO approached me about trying their new gel system, I was curious to give it a shot! There are a ton of different at-home gel systems out there. The big difference with SOLO is that there's no need for base or top coat; it's all built right in to the polish. There's also no sticky top layer to cleanse like there is with most gel polishes. Like the name implies, it's just one step and then you're done!

The light for curing the polish is big enough to fit each hand inside. Activating the light requires only the touch of a button, located on the top of the light, and there is a built-in 60-second timer with auto-shut off. I thought it was a cute touch that the button is heart-shaped too. :)

As for the polishes, I was given two of them to try. The first is Bonfire, a vibrant orange with dense gold shimmer. I adore the shine and sparkle this has! I couldn't stop looking at this polish when it was on my nails!

The consistency was pretty thick, although I suppose that's kind of the norm with gel polish. I found thin coats worked best and I had to be mindful not to overload my brush too much. This is two coats, although a couple nails benefited from three.

Then there's Starry Night, a deep navy base filled with tiny metallic silver flakes. You can't really see in the pictures, but the silver pieces aren't perfectly round. So they're not microglitter, but rather little flecks of silver. Pictures don't do this polish any justice. It's soooo beautiful! I knew Bonfire was going to be a tough act to follow, but Starry Night definitely holds its own.

Starry Night had a more workable formula than Bonfire. It was a breeze to apply, covering in two coats.

As for wear time, these were outstanding. When you apply your gel polish, thin coats will give you the longest wear and of course, capping your tips will always help too! I wore both polishes for five days. (After that, I just couldn't take not painting my nails, so I went ahead and removed the polish, even though it still looked great!) I didn't have any chips or dents and everything still looked as smooth and shiny as day one. And I wasn't taking it easy on my nails. We're moving, so I've been doing a ton of packing. I liked how protected and strong my nails felt with the gels on, because I knew no matter what I was doing, my mani--and more importantly, my nails themselves--would hold up just fine.

Removal was easy enough. I soaked my nails in some acetone-based remover for about ten minutes, then used an orange stick to pop the polish right off. My nails were a little dry afterwards from the acetone, but it was nothing a little nail cream couldn't fix.

If you're curious about gel polish, this is the way to do it. It's fast, easy and long-lasting! I was really impressed by SOLO's polishes and would definitely consider purchasing more!

You can purchase SOLO from their website or at Ulta.

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

Saturday, July 25, 2015

Zoya Aphrodite

Zoya Aphrodite might just be the most perfect red polish ever. A bold statement, yes, but when you see Aphrodite, I think you'll understand. This slightly orange-leaning red glassfleck is, to me, the standout shade from all of Zoya's summer shades. I took a bazillion pics of this polish because I'm kinda obsessed with it, so at least you guys get to see it in a bunch of different light settings!

See how bright and beautiful it is?! Just...ugh, so pretty! This is anything but "just another red." And Aphrodite not only looks perfect, she has a flawless formula to match! This was two easy coats. In fact, the only fault I can find with this polish is the bottle itself. Mine has a typo on the label:

Thought I'd share it, for laughs!

Thursday, July 23, 2015

Deborah Lippmann Roar (Fall 2015) Preview

Preview pics of the fall collections are continuing to pour in! Today we'll be checking out Deborah Lippmann's fall collection, Roar. This is a smaller batch than usual, with just four new colors. Take a look!

Roar collection
Top row, L to R: She Wolf, Can't Be Tamed
Bottom row, L to R: Respect, Miss Independent

I don't see anything I'm chomping at the bit to buy here.  I love me so Deborah Lippmann, but honestly I haven't fallen in love with any of her 2015 collections so far. With the higher price points for DL's polishes, I try to limit my purchases to colors that are really unique, or I wait until I can find a good deal on them. These shades just don't strike me as anything we haven't seen before.

However, if you see something you like from the Roar Collection, the polishes are already available on Deborah Lippmann's website.

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Orly In The Mix Preview

Orly has got one of the more interesting fall collections this year. I don't mean that I think their color selection is the most intriguing, necessarily, but...well, just take a look.

Looks like a summer collection, doesn't it? There's nothing about this that looks remotely fall-ish to me. That being said, I do want to pick up Turn It Up.

In The Mix is slated to launch this August.

See anything you like here? Do you mind that the colors don't look especially autumnal?