Friday, November 21, 2014

Naild'it Birthday Balloons

Whenever I don't like the color I have on my nails, my go-to solution is to cover it in glitter. Now, you might recall that a few Twinsie Tuesday's ago that I featured Deborah Lippmann Yellow Brick Road as my pick for least favorite polish. It's not only a wildly unflattering color on me, but it's also a total ass-ache to apply. Yaaaayyyy!

After all the effort it took to put it on, I felt like I may as well wear it as a full mani rather than just a swatch, so I tried to salvage it by slapping some glitter on top--namely, Naild'it Birthday Balloons, a matter glitterbomb with a rainbow of colored hexes. Really, I'm not sure anything could save Yellow Brick Road--it looks pretty friggin' gross on me--but Birthday Balloons certainly brightens and pretties it up a bit.

Birthday Balloons was a limited edition from way back, so unfortunately this is one indie polish that's been lost to the ages. But Naild'it is still up and running, so if you dig Birthday Balloons, give their website a look! 

Thursday, November 20, 2014

OPI Fifty Shades Of Grey Preview

Ugh, OPI. Just ugh... So yeah, this is apparently going to be a thing. *sigh* Let's just get through this. I think the whole Fifty Shades of Grey phenomenon is really silly, but hey, I'm sure I like plenty of stuff that other people think is dumb, so if it's your thing, more power to you.
L to R: My Silk Tie, Shine For Me, Cement The Deal 
L to R: Romantically Involved, Dark Side Of The Mood, Embrace The Grey 

While I won't be jumping on the Fifty Shades bandwagon anytime soonl, I will say that there seem to be some pretty greys here and it is nice of OPI to offer the whole collection in a minis set.

The Fifty Shades of Grey Collection officially launches on January 1, 2015. Will you be buying anything from the collection? Any plans to see the movie?

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Favorite Sports Team Manicure

Hockey is the only sport I really follow, so that made this week's TT theme a no-brainer. Hockeytown is one of Detroit's many nicknames, after all, so we are big into hockey here and I've been watching Red Wings games with my dad for as long as I can remember. My boyfriend and I don't have cable, so I can't watch games as often as I would like anymore, but I make sure to catch them whenever I'm home visiting my family!

Now, the Wings' logo is a winged wheel, but there's no way in hell I can draw that, so I decided to go the simpler route of the classic symbol of Detroit--and by extension, its sports teams--the Old English D.

I did an Old English D manicure a while back our hometown-inspired manis, but the Wings-style D is a little different. Detroit's baseball team, the Tigers, use a traditional Old English D, but when the Wings wear Old English D's (such as on their throwback jerseys for the Winter Classic games), it usually looks like this:

 Of course, since this is a Red Wings manicure, I had to use some red polish. So I started with a base of OPI Coca-Cola Red (gorgeous red, by the way) and then used a white Sally Hansen nail striper for the D.

So yeah, not the most elaborate mani ever, but hopefully it gets the point across. Be sure to take a look at my Twinsies' sports manis this week too! I'm gonna go out on a limb here and guess that I'll be the only one who chooses a hockey team this week, but you never know! ;)

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, November 17, 2014

Review: Glitter Gone Ready Packs

If you're a fan of glitter manis, chances are you've used the foil removal method at some point. (If you've never heard of it, fear not--I'll go into more depth in just a bit!) It's a lifesaver but I gotta admit: Sometimes I find it to be a real hassle to cut up all the foil and I hate having to pick off all the linty bits the cotton balls leave behind. So what if there was an even easier way to take off glitter manis?

Well, Holly from Willow Lux Creations has the solution: Glitter Gone Ready Packs! Each pack contains 10 pre-cut pieces of aluminum foil and 10 felt squares. The packs come in 3"x4" bags, making them easy to store at home or travel with on the go.

While felt and foil are readily available materials and you could, in theory, makes these packs up yourself, what I appreciate about the Glitter Gone Ready Packs is the speed and convenience. The felt and foil are pre-cut to the perfect size, so everything is ready to go--no cutting and no guesswork required. You just open up the bag and get to it! At $10 for a set of 10 packs, they're also reasonably priced. So to me, the time and effort you save are worth it.

Before we go any further, if you're unfamiliar with the foil method, here's the gist, as promised: You start by wetting the felt with polish remover of your choice. (I personally use Zoya Remove Plus, but any kind will work.) Press the felt against your fingernail, then wrap your finger using a piece of foil, to keep the felt in place. Repeat this for all five fingers, doing one hand at a time. It should look like this:

Let everything soak for 5-10 minutes before removing. Press down on your nail as you slide the felt off. If there is any remaining glitter on or around the nail, you can easily wipe it away with the felt.

I've used the foil method many times, but it's always been with cotton. I've heard people rave about how much better felt works, so I was excited to try it and see the difference for myself. I gotta say, I will never go back to doing the foil method with cotton balls or pads again. The felt is sooooo much easier!

There are a couple of advantages to using felt that I noticed. First, the felt is a lot easier to saturate with polish remover, so you don't need as much of it--just a pump of Remove Plus did the job for me--to get the felt nice and soaked. Felt is also scrubbier than cotton, so if you do happen to have any stubborn stray glitter pieces, they're much easier to wipe away than with a cotton ball. But the best part is that felt doesn't get all linty and clingy like cotton does, plus it just takes off the glitter better, plain and simple! And in case you were wondering, although the Glitter Gone Ready Packs use colored felt, (Holly offers a variety of colors to choose from on her site too) there wasn't any staining or dye transfer from the felt to my nails.

I loved how convenient the Glitter Gone Ready Pack was to use and it worked flawlessly too! These little packs are such great time-savers. If you're a glitter gal on-the-go, definitely check them out!

You can purchase the Glitter Gone Ready Packs HERE.

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

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Zoya Cosmo

Zoya Cosmo is a silver textured polish with holographic silver glitter pieces. This is one of the original Magical PixieDusts, which featured a denser, chunkier look. People seemed less enthusiastic about the latest round of Magic PixieDusts, released this summer, but Zoya did a fantastic job with the first installment. They took everything awesome about the original PixieDusts and threw on some extra sparkly holo goodness! What's not to love?

A big thank you to the ever-wonderful Amanda for hooking me up with this beauty! :)

The most common complaint I read against the summer Magic PixieDusts was that they weren't fully opaque. But the originals are much denser, so you can easily build them up to full coverage. I used three coats here. You do have to guide the larger glitter pieces away from the free edge of the nail and be careful not to overload your brush, but otherwise, application was pretty good. 

Are you a fan of the Magic PixieDusts? They can be somewhat polarizing, but you know where I stand on them! ;)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Lumina Lacquer Triforce

The Legend of Zelda. Indie polish. Glitter. Put 'em together and I just gotta have it. Lumina Lacquer Triforce, named for the mythical relic from the LoZ video game series, is a holographic gold glitterbomb with hexes, hearts, stars, circles and triangles in a clear base. I've paired it with Barielle Rain In Spain, a periwinkle creme, for this mani.

The formula has a nice consistency to it and is easy to spread across the nail, although I do recommend turning the bottle upside down for a minute or two before applying Triforce. The larger glitter pieces tend to settle toward the bottom of the bottle, so they need a little extra help to get them to surface. After that, you can easily get a ton of them on your brush.

Triforce is so much fun and I think it would look great over virtually any color. But I especially love how it looks over a pastel like Rain In Spain. If you're a gold lover, then you need Triforce in your collection!

You can purchase Lumina Lacquer from their website.

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Barielle Jetsetter Collection: Review & Swatches

I hate that the holiday season seems to start earlier and earlier every year. It doesn't give us enough time to enjoy fall! Fall used to be my least favorite season when I was younger (thanks, allergies) but now that I'm older, I love sweater weather, warm drinks, fall-scented candles...and of course, fall nail colors! Today I've got an extra special fall collection to show you: Barielle's Jetsetter Collection! Without any further ado, let's take a look.

First up is Kiss Me Kate, a putty creme. I love me a good putty polish and this is such a perfect one. It's nice and clean but with just a hint of grunge to it. This is two coats.

Autumn in Seoul is a rich brown with intense copper shimmer; in fact, it almost looks like a foil. I'm super picky about browns but this was a standout from the collection for me. I love the deep base color and the sparkle is phenomenal. You do have to be a bit mindful of brushstrokes with this one, but otherwise the formula is wonderful. I used two coats here.

A deep midnight blue shimmer, Midnight In Paris is appropriately named. This is a stunning jewel tone that brings to mind all-time classics like OPI Russian Navy. It's dark and rich without looking near-black and the shimmer adds a lot of life to this shade. Midnight In Paris definitely has a potential for staining, so don't skip the basecoat and be careful with your cuticles. This is two coats.

Irish Eyes is a mossy green creme. Love, love, LOVE this polish! It is perfection from top to bottom: utterly gorgeous color and a one-coater, to boot. Irish Eyes is easily my favorite Jetsetter shade.

The other green in the collection is Gondola Ride, a dusty sage creme. It's a dusty green, so y'all know I'm gonna be all about this color! Unfortunately it's got the most problematic formula in the collection. It's not even bad, just "eh," whereas the others are all pretty stinkin' fantastic. It's kinda runny and took three coats to build up to opacity.

Then to close things out, we have Rain In Spain, a periwinkle creme. This is a bit of an unexpected color for a fall collection, but I dig it. The formula is ultra-buttery and almost a one-coater. I used two just to level everything out.

This is one of my favorite collections Barielle has done! There's not a single bad shade in the bunch, but my favorites are Irish Eyes, Autumn In Seoul and Gondola Ride. You can purchase the Jetsetter Collection from Barielle's website.

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