Tuesday, March 27, 2012

China Glaze Gothic Lolita

   I'm gonna be a little China Glaze heavy for a bit with posts because I have a bunch to show you guys and I've gotten behind as usual.  Today is Gothic Lolita from the ElectroPop collection for Spring 2012.

   Gothic Lolita is a red-based medium purple with a subtle blue and pink shimmer.  The shimmer doesn't show up very much even in direct light, but it does give the polish a nice depth and a little extra oomph than a straight creme has.  Formula and application were both good.  2 coats achieved full opacity.  I used Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler base coat and no top coat.  

Direct Sun

If you enlarge the photo and look closely at my index finger you can just see the shimmer.  My camera did not want to pick it up at all, but the purple is actually pretty color accurate.



   Gothic Lolita is a lovely purple for spring and summer.  It's bright and cheery, but not too bright like a neon.  I really like the color, but do wish the shimmer was more visible.

Disclaimer: The product(s) in this post were sent to me by the company for consideration.

Friday, March 23, 2012

Zoya Kristen

   Kristen is the last of the Zoya Feel Collection polishes I have to show you. 

   Kristen is a very grey pale blue creme with just a hint of purple.  In some lights the polish almost looks periwinkle, but most of the time it's blue.  Unlike the other two polishes I've shown you from this collection, Kristen has the buttery smooth application and formula I've come to expect from Zoya.  I used a base of China Glaze Strong Adhesion and 2 coats of polish in these pictures.  I did not use a top coat.

Direct Sun



Monday, March 19, 2012

Zoya Beach & Surf Collection Press Release

   For Summer 2012 Zoya is bringing us a 12 color collection of cremes and metallic foils.  I'm most excited about the blues and greens.  Which are you lovelies most looking forward to?  Please enjoy the following press release:

Summer 2012 is going to be a super stylish season for nails with the latest offering of nail polish collections, Beach and Surf, from the new color of fashion, Zoya! This new splash of color, designed by the Zoya color experts, is kissed by sea and sand translating beautifully onto the nail in the famous, full-coverage Zoya formula.
Dive into the creamy shades of the Zoya Beach Collection or the shimmering sea foils of the Zoya Surf Collection. The choice is yours – this color palette is sure to be a splash!
Zoya BEACH Collection
  • Reagan (ZP614) - deep cerise pink cream
  • Lara (ZP615) - vivid cerise pink cream
  • Shelby (ZP616) - soft pinky pink cream
  • Arizona (ZP617) - soft coral orange cream
  • Tracie (ZP618) - sea grass metallic
  • Wednesday (ZP619) - soft aqua cream
Zoya SURF Collection
  • Rory (ZP620) - lotus pink foil metallic
  • Carly (ZP621) - thalia purple foil metallic
  • Kimber (ZP622) - magenta pink foil metallic
  • Myrta (ZP623) - coral orange foil metallic
  • Meg (ZP624) - mermaid green foil metallic
  • Zuza (ZP625) - aquamarine foil metallic
Zoya is the new color of fashion... 
The Zoya BEACH and SURF collection was designed and inspired by resort runways and tropical get-a-ways.
Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Find Zoya BEACH and SURF as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.
BEACH and SURF by Zoya Nail Polish - 12 new colors:
Available April 1, 2012 (USA)

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US).

Thursday, March 15, 2012

China Glaze Prismatic Chroma Glitters Press Release

   Please enjoy the following press release from China Glaze for their upcoming Prismatic collection for Spring 2012:

Los Angeles, CA - (March 2012): Array your nails in a myriad of color this spring with China Glaze®’s limited edition Prismatic nail polish collection!  Inspired by the colors formed by the refraction of light through a prism, Prismatic by China Glaze® combines glitter and holographic particles to create the ultimate eye-catching, 3-dimensional manicure. 

Bursting with color and dimension, Prismatic shades include:
            ·         Ray-Diant – Greenish-gold shimmer filled with specks of silver, pink, green, orange and blue

·         Polarized – Silver metallic sheen sprinkled with yellow, pink, orange and green glitters

·         Liquid Crystal – Bright blue holographic with purple tint dusted with silver, gold, green, pink and orange 

·         Prism – Grape purple holographic gleams with pink shimmer and glitters with pieces of pink, blue, green, orange, silver and gold

·         Full Spectrum – Baby pink bursts into holographic magenta to party with silver, gold, blue, pink and green particles

·         Optical Illusion – Aqua green glimmers with a hint of purple filled with pink, yellow, silver, orange and green flecks

China Glaze® Prismatic will be available April 2012.  Individual shades retail for $8 MSRP.  The collection will be available in a 3-D 12-piece counter display and as open stock colors. 

China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde. China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Facebook and Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks, Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Random Recent NOTDs

   Hi everyone.  I'm sooo sorry I haven't been posting recently.  I've been busy with work and pretty stressed, which has led to a pretty big mood funk.  I'm going to try to get back on the blogging bandwagon soon.  In the mean time though, here's some random crappy cell phone pictures of my recent NOTDs.  That's short hand for Nail Of The Day btw.  If you'd like full reviews of any of these let me know and I'll try to get to them quickly.

I'll start with my current mani- Sinful Colors Neptune.  This is a dark denim blue with a nice silvery sparkle.  Neptune is from the new Castaway display/collection out now at Walgreens.

China Glaze Riveter Rouge.  This is a deep wine/burgundy color with a fine silver glitter.  RR is from the Vintage Vixen collection.

Zoya Roxy.  Roxy is a bright fuchsia jelly base with glitter.  I believe this is from the UltraGlitters collection.  I'm including two pictures one with flash and one without.


no flash

Zoya Posh.  This is one of Zoya's matte polishes, but I didn't take a photograph of it matte sorry.  This is with top coat which brings the amazing shimmer to life.

Essie Velvet Voyeur with an accent nail of China Glaze Midtown Magic

Then I added Finger Paints Twisted on top of that

Essie Van D'Go.  I was expecting this to be a bit more peach and less cotton candy pink so I don't think I'm going to keep this polish.

Because I wasn't happy with this color, I added a glitter accent nail in one of the new Sally Hansen Gem Crush shades in Be-Jeweled

Funky French with Zoya Nimue tips and OPI In the Spot-Light Pink base.  This was one of my favorite manis in a long time.  It was very time intensive though so not sure I'll be repeating the look any time soon.

OPI Lincoln Park After Midnight.  I wore this to a wedding last month and really liked it.  Unfortunately it got a little wrecked at the reception.  But it was totally worth it because there was BOWLING at the reception!  And an open bar.  This was quite possible the best reception ever.


polished & frosted title image brushes by Obsidian Dawn