Thursday, March 26, 2015

Lumina Lacquer Social Meteor

Lumina Lacquer Social Meteor is a clear-based glitterbomb with grey, baby pink and pastel yellow in a variety of shapes, like circles, crescent moons, stars, hearts and hexes. These are colors you wouldn't necessarily think to put together, but I love the combination and all the different shapes are super fun!

The formula is just okay. I had to fish a lot to get the larger glitter pieces on my brush (seems like they tended to sink toward the bottom of the bottle) and it took some extra guidance to make the glitter distribute the way I wanted it to on the nail. Dabbling and placing are ideal application strategies here. What you see above is two coats of Social Meteor over Deborah Lippmann Chasing Pavements.

While the formula was alright, I still fell in love with the look of this polish. It's so cute and the pops of pastel are very pretty and feminine-looking. I had my eye on this polish for a long time before I finally pulled the trigger and I'm definitely glad I indulged!

You can purchase Lumina Lacquer from their website.

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

First Look: China Glaze The Great Outdoors

So the size of the pictures isn't the best and we don't have any shade names, but I thought I'd share this little glimpse of what China Glaze has in store for us this fall! This isn't anything official, so there might be some changes in the works between now and then, but I'm liking what I see so far!

I'll post more info as soon as I come across it. Stay tuned, lovelies!

Twinsie Tuesday: Manicure Idea From Pinterest

Hey all. I'm visiting my folks for a few days and I forgot to bring any polish along with me. So no post for me today. :(

However, to try and make it up to you, I offer up this photo of one of my Corgis chillin' with an Avengers blanket. I'm looking forward to relaxing today with this little gremlin and her brother.

I'm sorry to have to sit things out this week, but be sure to check out what my Twinsies did for their Pinterest-inspired manis!

Savannah at Addicted to Polish
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer

Chelsea at Nailed Blog

Bridget at A Painted Nail

Amber at Nails Like Lace
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amanda at Amandalandish
Alaina at The Little Canvas

Monday, March 23, 2015

China Glaze Electric Nights Update

Just a quick heads-up that I've updated my post about China Glaze's summer collection, Electric Nights, with a full list of bottle shots and we now know which colors are which! So if you want to learn more about the collection, you can see all of that info and more by clicking HERE. Enjoy, lovelies! :)

Sunday, March 22, 2015

Review: No-Rub Power Gel Polish Remover For Stubborn Dark Polish & Nail Art/Glitter

So I'm super lazy and hate having to scrub my nails to get polish off. We all know glitters can be a bitch to get off, but I even have trouble with really dense shimmers. So the idea of a gel where I can just put it on and then wipe my polish off is something I'm all about. It seems like this stuff is all the rage in the polish community right now and I had to try it for myself! Sounds awesome, but does it actually work? Let's find out!

There are two formulas of this gel available: one for glitter/nail art and one for dark polish.

The whole thing sounds like a gimmick-y idea but I was curious. Thankfully, they only set me back three bucks and some change each at Walmart, so I wasn't gonna be devastated if I didn't like it. If you don't have a Walmart in your area, it's also available online via No-Rub's website, but the price is twice as much--still not super expensive though.

To use the gel, dip your fingers in one at a time. (You can, however, have the remover soaking on all five fingers at once. You don't want to dip them all at once, though--if that makes sense.) The gel is thick but still prone to dripping, so you'll want to have some sort of drop cloth handy and make sure you keep your fingers away from furniture, clothes, etc. while the gel soaks. I experienced a noticeable cooling sensation when I had the gel on my nails, but it was not uncomfortable or irritating at all. I've read other reviews that said the cooling sensation was painful or made their fingers feel numb, so keep in mind that some people appear to be sensitive to this gel.

Let it set for 45 seconds to a minute for the dark polish formula or 4 minutes for the glitter one. The polish will start to bubble up and sort of break down. I took this picture really quick, so it's not the best example, but hopefully you get the idea.

The directions recommend removing the polish using a paper towel, and while that works fine, I've found a piece of felt is the easiest and the least messy. But DON'T use cotton balls or cotton pads--they get all gummed up and messy. To remove the polish, simply press down on your nail with a folded piece of paper towel or a piece of felt and then wipe away.

I sometimes had some extra polish left over right around the edge of nail bed, especially when removing glitter, so I had to go back and clean that up with some regular polish remover. However, I never experienced any staining, even with darker polish.

I've tested both formulas and I can't see much of a difference between the two, other than the glitter gel is pink. But perhaps the glitter one is more potent? Either way, they work equally well and other than the difference in soaking time, usage instructions for each are the exact same. 

One con I wanted point out is that you will NEED to wash your hands with soap and water after this, as the gel leaves a little bit of a sticky residue behind. I normally rinse my hands with just water after using traditional remover, but that wasn't enough to get the slimy feeling from the gel off. It was just fine after some soap though.

Other than that, I was very impressed with how well these gels worked! Cleaning the gel off your hands afterwards can be a little messy, but I still loved how easy it was to remove polish. It's quick and easy, with no scrubbing whatsoever and no prepping necessary--just dip, wait and wipe away. Really cool stuff!

 Have you tried either of these removers yet? I'd love to hear how they worked for you!

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Deborah Lippmann Champagne Supernova

Deborah Lippmann Champagne Supernova is a lightly tinted champagne base absolutely packed with chunky silver holo glitter. I know these super dense, chunky glitters aren't a favorite with everyone, but I can't get enough of them!

Unfortunately, the formula on this one is a hot mess. I dunno if it's because I got a mini bottle, but this sucker is thick--like, needs-thinner-every-time-I-use-it thick. Even with a dabble method of application, it was hard to get the glitter pieces to go exactly where I wanted them to, because the consistency of Champagne Supernova was so unworkable. I used three coats here.

So yeah, a really cool polish with a pretty crappy formula. If any of you have a full-size bottle of Champagne Supernova, I'd be very curious to hear if it has the same issues as my mini one did. Any polishes in your collection with a look you love but a formula you hate?

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Orly Color Blast Elsa (From Disney's Frozen) Collection Preview

I feel like one of the few people remaining in America who hasn't seen Frozen. However, I am more than familiar with its merchandise, which seems to be EVERYWHERE. Now Orly is throwing its hat into the ring with a Frozen collection of their own.

The collection, available exclusively at Walgreens, is apparently going to be the first of several Disney-themed collaborations for Orly's Color Blast line this year. The Color Blast bottles are smaller (0.37 oz) and retail for $6.99 each. Seeing as full-sized Orly bottles retail for about eight bucks, that price isn't exactly a deal, but there will also be some duo packs in this collection for $10.99, which is slightly more economical.

The polishes are already popping up at Walgreens nationwide, so if you haven't seen them already, here's what to be on the lookout for:

frozen orly color blast nail polish 
Top row, L to R: Free Spirit, Kristoff He Goes, A Happy...Puddle
Second row, L to R: Ice-solated, Coronation Ball, Frozen
Third row, L to R: Watch Out Or Elsa!, Winter Blush, Snow Queen
Fourth row, L to R: In Summer, Olaf You A Lot, Warm Hugs

The batch of colors shown on the second display seem to fit what I know of the movie's aesthetic much better than the first set of shades. Still, there are some cute colors here. I'm not sure if I'll be a buyer since the price is high for smaller bottles (especially considering that these aren't crazy holos or glitters, where we're used to seeing higher price points) but I'm intrigued to see what else this year-long collaboration will have in store for us!

Frozen fans: Do you like what you see here? Do the colors capture the look and characters from the movie?