Sunday, September 14, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Marnie

Deborah Lippmann Marnie is a pretty shade of ballerina pink. This polish originally came as part of DL's set for the HBO show Girls, which I really only bought because I had to have Hannah, but thankfully the other shades from the set are all lovely as well!

The formula on Marnie is pretty sheer, but it has a nice, workable consistency to it. So aside from having to use more coats than usual--I needed four in all--application didn't cause any headaches.

Marnie is a fantastic palette cleanser shade and a great, ladylike pink for any time of year. This was the shade I was looking forward to trying the least from the Girls set, so I was surprised how much I took a liking to it.

Friday, September 12, 2014

Azature Coral Diamond

Azature Coral Diamond is a vibrant coral creme. Like all Azature polishes, Coral Diamond is made with a real black diamond, so the creme finish has a beautiful shine to it. I photographed it here without topcoat (since it was the base to my sideways French mani I did a few Twinsie Tuesday's ago) and you can really see how much it shines all on its own! It's also crazy bright, so much so that it completely freaked my camera out. I tried my best to get some good snaps of it, but my camera really did not want to cooperate with this one.

The formula was very nice, covering in three easy coats. I have yet to use an Azature polish that has a less-than stellar formula and this is no exception. 

You can purchase Azature from their website.

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

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Deborah Lippmann Fantastical Holiday 2014 Preview

Deborah Lippmann's psychedelic Fantastical is not what you might expect from a holiday collection. With tie-dye hues and trippy glitters, this could be the most unique holiday collection we've seen in a while!

Weird Science
Marrakesh Express
Magic Carpet Ride
Dream Weaver
Dear Mr. Fantasy

Sign me up for Xanadu and Magic Carpet Ride! As I mentioned above, this collection may be kind of outside the norm for a holiday set, but I like that about it. It's nice to see a break from the typical slue of holiday reds.

Fantastical is already available for purchase on DL's website. Will you be picking anything up?

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

OPI How Great Is Your Dane?

I'll be the first to admit I'm not a fan of brown polish. But for whatever reason, I can't resist a good taupe, even one that's almost brown, like OPI How Great Is Your Dane?. This rich, chocolate-y taupe won me over! I think the key is the slightly cool undertone that keeps this color from veering too far off into brown territory.

Even with my mini bottle, the formula here was excellent--very smooth and creamy. It covered nicely in two coats. I never thought I'd say it, but the OPI minis might actually be winning me over! I've had a good experience with my Nordic Collection set.

As for How Great Is Your Dane?, I think this color is worth a look even if you typically shun browns like me. It reminds me a bit of one of OPI's all-time classics, You Don't Know Jacques. How Great Is Your Dane? is the perfect mix of classic and unexpected.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Zoya Zuza

This week we're doing teal nails, in recognition of September being ovarian cancer awareness month. There's currently no simple screening test for ovarian cancer, so early detection and diagnosis are key. Next time you're at the doctor, take a few minutes to ask them about early signs and symptoms of ovarian cancer. Hopefully it is information you and your loved ones will never need to actually use, but it's important to be informed and aware.

Okay, so that's my little speech. Let's look at some nails, yeah? :) For my teal mani, I opted for Zoya Zuza, a bright, summer-y teal with silver shimmer. It kinda reminds me of a more saturated Butter London Victoriana, an old favorite of mine.

I reeeaaaalllyyy hope this doesn't stain. I've always had bad luck with Zoya teals.  One thing I do know already though is that Zuza's actual formula is pretty "meh." There's a lotta drag to it and it can get lumpy at spots if you're not careful. I needed three coats in total.

The color itself is lovely though! The shimmer is beautifully intense and a prime example of why Zoya shimmers are such a reliable favorite in the polish world.

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

Saturday, September 6, 2014

China Glaze Apocalypse Halloween 2014 Preview

China Glaze is famous for their Halloween collections and they're back at it again this year with Apocalypse, a new five-color collection. I'm not quite sure of the release date for these babies, but typically we see Halloween stuff starting to pop up around mid-September, so I imagine it won't be too long until these show up in stores. Until then, let's take a sneak peek!

But Of Corpse
Don't Let The Dead Bite
Getting To Gnaw You
I Love Your Guts
Rest In Pieces
Re-promotes of White On White, Orange Knockout and Liquid Leather
12-piece display, which includes a re-promote of CG's glow-in-the-dark topcoat, Ghoulish Glow

I found last year's collection a little disappointing, but it looks like this could be one of CG's strongest Halloween collections in recent memory! I'm looking forward to Rest In Pieces and Don't Let The Dead Bite, myself. What about you?

Friday, September 5, 2014

Essie Vices Versa

Essie Vices Versa is a neon lime green creme. Summer is almost over, but I figure there's still a little time to squeeze a few more bright shades in! To really make the most of this gorgeous green, I wore it over OPI Put A Coat On!, a white base coat that's the perfect partner for any neon.

I do think Vices Versa really needs the white base to amp it up to a true neon. On its own, it's not nearly as vibrant and doesn't have that neon pop to it. The formula was pretty streaky, so the white also helps to even that out. I used three coats here.

I've read a lot of complaints about the formulas in the Too Taboo Collection and while this one wasn't stellar, I didn't think it was that bad either. Plus I'll forgive a whole lotta sins for an awesome green! ;) The color is definitely a winner and a great shade to finish off the summer with!