Friday, May 22, 2015

LOOK Proud Collection

Today I  have some swatches of a new to me brand of polish for you!  The brand is called LOOK Nail color and if you LOOK (see what I did there? :P) at your local Walgreens you can catch the new colors for July 4th in a display like the one above.  You can also click the picture to peruse their site and see some other colors.  The brand retails for 6.99 and it's supposed to be geared towards nail artists. They actually sell some nail art tools like dotters as well.  At any rate the July 4th collection includes three shades: Oh Say Can You See, Rocket's Red Glare, and Broad Stripes Bright Stars.

We'll start with Oh Say Can You See.  This is the first one I swatched and as soon as I started with it I was all like, Oh heck no! This is for NAIL ART?!  Cause seriously guys,  this is THREE coats and it ain't goin nowhere good from there.  Buttttt.....the polish is quite shiny and glossy and translucent on the brush too soooo...I'm pretty sure that this one is just a jelly.  Which makes me hate it less. It doesn't make me any more excited to try to do art with it though but you could sandwich a nice glitter in there or do a cool pond mani with it. I just really wanted it to be a nice, deep blue creme. 

Then we have Rocket's Red Glare...and BOY is she! This is such a bright true red shade. This is two easy coats which confirms my jelly theory about the blue shade.  This one also dried to a nice shiny finish. As always no top coat on my swatches. :)

And finally we have Broad Stripes, Bright Stars.  This one is also two nice, easy coats and honestly, for a white polish this one knocks it out of the park.  If it were a hair more opaque it would be perfect for stamping.  It's a great base for nail art though!  Also could be great for a classic french!  These are available at Walgreens and are vegan and five free!!

**These polishes were provided to me for my honest opinion. I have not been compensated for my opinions**

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Zoya Summer 2015 Paradise Sun Collection

 Today I have swatches of the other half of the Zoya summer collection today. This is the Paradise Sun collection and it's comprised of six, complementary metallic pearl shades.  While the Island Fun collection has two blue shades, this one has only one blue tone and then a white tone.  I found most of these to be very easy to work with though they are a bit on the jelly side of things finish wise. While they appear opaque in most lights, a few of them still showed nail lines in some lights.  So on we go!

First up is Aphrodite, which is the complement shade to Demetria. They are very similar in tone, both have a slight orange shift to them.  I really loved both shades but Aphrodite was a bit sheer in some lights.

Mae is next. Her complementary shade is Nana. Both are bright fuschia tones! This one was also a touch sheer in some lights. You can just see my nail lines in the photo above.

Then we have Isa. Her complementary tone is Serenity. I found Isa much deeper and slightly more blue toned than Serenity.  She's quite deep and lovely!

Then we have Oceane. Oceane is probably best mixed up with Talia!  They're both turquiose blue!  I felt this one had a much more opaque finish than the previous three.

Then we have Selene who is likely complemented by Jace.  This one was also more opaque than the others.

Here's a sunny shot to give you guys an idea of the finish. It does have a pearly look to it but it's also decidedly metallic.  I found it really interesting and different from the other Zoya colors I have. They're very shimmery!

Last we have Genesis which I REALLY wanted to love. It's such an interesting polish.  That said, I just couldn't make this one work. :( The swatch above is FOUR coats and you can still see though in spots.  I found this one oddly thick and difficult to work with.  The others were perfection so it really made me sad that this one was such a mess. I'll have to keep working with it and see if I can make it work because a metallic white is just too awesome!  Which one is your favorite?

**These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinions**

Monday, May 18, 2015

Zoya Summer Island Fun Collection

Today I have some swatches for you of the summer Zoya collection.  As usual this is a two part collection with one set of six cremes and one set of six metallic pearl shades.  I'm swatching these in two parts for you mostly because I had different experiences with each set and I think it will be easier this way. So we'll start with the Island Fun collection which is the cremes.  I always LOVE a good Zoya creme and these are good Zoya cremes.  All of them are swatched with two coats and no top coat. Overall I felt they were a win. They dry quickly, are shiny to the finish and have great coverage.  Only complaint with this bunch is that Cecilia and Talia are MAJOR stainers.  I wore Talia with one coat of Poshe base coat and had it on only long enough for it to fully dry and be photographed and even that was enough to cause a stain.  But that being said the stains were fairly easy to remove with an oil soak so it wouldn't hinder me from wearing it again. Still, it's something to consider.  First up is Demetria....

Demetria is described as a bright, poppy red and that's pretty accurate. There's a slight orange undertone to her that makes her super flattering and not so straightforward red. 

Next up is Nana, a deep fuchsia.  I'm not crazy into pinks but I found this one to be very pretty.  It's a great, bright color for summer.

Serenity is next.  She's a nice, bright puple. Again not my favorite polish color but very flattering and great for summer.

Then we have Cecelia.  She's a GORGEOUS teal.  I did have minor staining with this one but honestly, the color is enough to make me not care. I think this was my favorite of the bunch.

Talia is up next.  This one I had pretty bad staining with. I was able to remove it with a simple oil soak but if you want to pick up this turquoise stunner; double up on base coat.

Finally we have Jace. Zoya calls this one a modern, tropical green.  I found it to be a bright but still deep apple green. I really loved the blues and greens in this collection.  I also think it will be awesome for nail art. All the colors are nicely pigmented and easy to use!  Don't forget to check back for the other half of the summer collection on Wednesday!

**These polishes were provided to me for my honest review. I have not been compensated for my opinions**

Saturday, May 16, 2015

Weekly Check In...

It's been a little while since I've done one of these; life gets hectic, ya know?  The above picture pretty much sums up my week this week. I've been epically exhausted.  Work has been hectic and now I'm on some unexpected overtime so that's made things even MORE crazy.  Oh and that's my CLEAN laundry Aoife pulled out of that basket to lay in it. Cat owner problems, right?

Apparently Friday was Chocolate Chip Cookie Day (who knew that existed?) and my office handed out cookies to celebrate.  I don't normally eat cookies but when you're working an extra long shift things happen. typical fashion though, my body decided to punish me for it about an hour later so that made for a not so great end to my week.  On the plus side...

I'll be reviewing these LOOK Nail Color polishes for you later next week.  I'm hoping for a nice one coat white. Or even better, a great white for stamping!  These colors are supposed to be designed for nail art which makes me think they'll be more opaque than your standard ones but I guess I'll let you know next week! Additionally...

I have the new Zoya's to show you!! I'm wicked excited to show those to you since I've already used them and know how great they are.  You'll see the creams first and the shimmers mid week.  In other news I'm in the process of a MAJOR house clean out.  For various reasons but mostly we're planning a major move and we need to get rid of a lot of things.  I had a StorEnvy and then they switched to a weird payment type which I didn't appreciate or care for so I closed it.  Upcoming I'll have some pictures and since I really just want this stuff GONE it will be pretty cheap. Nothing over $2.  So please check it out and help me unload. :)  Enjoy your weekend! What did you do with your week?

Friday, May 15, 2015

Red, red lines...

It's the final day of The Digital Dozen's Geometric themed week.  I had a panic attack yesterday thinking I'd forgotten to do a fifth look and then started going through my memory cards and realized I actually had three too many! Problems of a nail blogger, right? ;p So these ended up being my final pick. The base is actually less red and more of a berry tone and as the gold is quite decidedly metallic and the base is very glittery it was a really cool look in person. Though my husband gifted me some weeks back with a really snazzy new camera I've thus far failed at learning to use it so this is the best picture I have for now! Hopefully soon! :) check out the other girls art below!! What was your favorite look this week?

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Oceans apart...

Geometric week is coming along with these swirly nails. This is actually the result of my trying to stretch the life of my Great Big Swirled nails.  I really loved them as a base but as time went on they started to get some tip wear so...enter these lines.  I quite liked the rigid look a top a sort of soft, chaos of blue too!  Don't forget to check out the other girls art below!!

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

It's just like honey...

It's time for another Geometric design with The Digital Dozen! Today I have a gradient and some honeycombs.  I tried to do a radial gradient on this but I didn't love the result. I guess it needs more work! Check out the other ladies designs below!!