Friday, July 27, 2012

Icing Radio Superstar

I have a polish coming to me in the mail in a few days that I'm very excited to wear, so today I wanted to keep it simple. I decided to layer Icing Radio Superstar, a mixture of fine sugar like blue glitter, larger fuchsia hexagon glitter, and silver stars over my current mani, Orly After Party.

It's such a fun polish! I really love the contrast between the blue and the fuchsia glitter. They are perfect together. The stars are a cute touch and add something special. I purposely placed them myself and I love how it looks. The one on my ring finger was stubborn and didn't want to move down.

It was kind of thick but easy to work with. It didn't take very long to dry though. It smoothed out quickly. The fuchsia glitter was sparse on the first coat, but it was fine by the second, and I had to place the stars where I wanted but it wasn't hard. I also had to give it a good shake since all of the stars wanted to settle at the bottom. I used two coats of top coat to make it smooth.

Here it is in the shade:

I love Radio Superstar! I'm sure it would look amazing over a blue, pink, and even a purple base!

Thursday, July 26, 2012

Orly After Party

Today I have Orly After Party, a black polish loaded with blue and pink shimmer, from the Feel the Vibes collection. It's an oddball for summer, but it's beautiful, so who cares? I bought it at Sally Beauty during their extra 50% off red tag clearance sale for only $2. Let's take a look at this beauty!

The blue and pink shimmer is still obvious when on the nails, but it's more intense in the bottle. However, it doesn't disappoint. It's still very pretty. Even though it's black, it appears blue/purple tinted because of all the shimmer. It's very interesting and I found myself staring at it a lot. It's one you have to see in person, it's so much better.

It was a dream to work with! It was a little gritty and thick, but it didn't affect application one bit. It was actually a good thing, since it was almost opaque in one coat. I needed a second to cover the small amount of bald spots that I had. It dried some what matte, so top coat was necessary.

I love After Party! I'm not sure how how unique it is, but in my stash, it is. Behind my Orly Cosmix FX polishes, it might be my favorite from the brand.

Sunday, July 22, 2012

Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess

Sometimes it's hard to find unique mint polishes, but I found one with Sonia Kashuk Fairy Princess. It's a mint creme with gorgeous micro blue shimmer! Plus, I love the name. Let's take a look!

I'm so happy that the shimmer is more than noticeable on the nail, but it's better in person. I was in awe after the first brush stroke. It's delicate but it's enough to make it different. It gives life to the mint base and makes it glow. As far as I know, there is no dupe for Fairy Princess. I've never seen anything quite like it before.

Too bad the formula is disappointing. It doesn't self level at all and it was patchy, even on the second coat. My coats weren't thin or super thick, but it took forever to dry. It kept denting and smearing long after application. On my ring finger nail I used unintentional thinner coats and it had less issues, but they were still there. I was so frustrated that I almost took it all off, but a third coat saved me from having to do that. Thankfully it doesn't look like a total hot mess in my pictures. 

Fairy Princess is super pretty, but I wish the formula was better. It's definitely a unique take on a mint, so I still recommend it. Maybe others will have better luck with it than I did. Sonia Kashuk polishes are available at Target for about $5.

Thursday, July 19, 2012

Icing Tiger's Blood

I'm in a glitter mood, so today I have Icing Tiger's Blood, a coral jelly base packed with gold and coral glitter. It's inspired by actor Charlie Sheen's infamous melt down from last year. It happens to be a dead on dupe of Cult Nails Captivated.

I didn't feel like wearing it on its own, so I layered it over ULTA Orange You Glad It's Summer. It's such a pretty glitter! I love staring at it in the bottle and it's just as great on. I really love it over the orange creme. My pictures aren't a 100% color accurate but close. It's more vibrant and more coral in person. 


It was thick, but I had no problems with application. It was surprisingly easy to work with. Due to the thick jelly base, it took a while to fully dry. I used two coats of it and two coats of top coat. Unfortunately my brush is broken off from the cap, but Icing polishes are final sale so I'm stuck with it. Thankfully it didn't cause problems, but I'll fix it with some super glue.

This is a bit blurry, but I like it.

In the shade:

I really love Tiger's Blood! It's such a great polish and at $4.50, you can't beat the price. As far as I know, it can still be found at Icing, so if you weren't able to get your hands on Captivated, it's a great option.

Monday, July 16, 2012

ULTA Orange You Glad It's Summer?

Today I have another polish that was sent to me by the awesome Rach from stuff i (s)watched. It's ULTA Orange You Glad It's Summer?, an orange creme. Prior to getting it, I had no orange polishes or any ULTA's either, so it was the perfect addition to my stash.

I've always thought I wouldn't like orange on me, but I was wrong! I really like this! It's super pretty and flattering. I would say that it has a touch of coral. It seems to dry a tad darker than the bottle color and it's also darker in person.

The formula wasn't the best, but not the worst either. It was streaky and a little sheer, but it was better by the third coat. There are still some bald spots, but hardly. It didn't take as long to dry as I thought it would. I also used Revlon Just Tinted Shiny Top Coat, also given to me by Rach, and I like it!

I love this orange! I'm really glad to have it. It reminds me that I should step out of my comfort zone and try out some more orange polishes in the future.

Friday, July 13, 2012

Color Club Wild Orchid

To be honest, I have only own two gray polishes. They're Zoya Harley and now Color Club Wild Orchid, which I only just got the other day from Rach who owns the blog stuff i (s)watched. I couldn't wait to wear this beauty, so I got right to it!

This is one gorgeous gray! It leans a bit purple and it also has beautiful shimmer that I love. It's darker and more shimmery than Zoya Harley, so it's completely unique to my stash.

Formula wise, it's good. It was a little runny, but it had good coverage. Two coats were perfect for me. The drying time was average, so I can't complain. As usual, I used one coat of top coat.

Overall this is a beautiful gray that I'm happy to have in my stash!

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

My first nail mail!

About two weeks ago I commented on a post by Rach over at stuff i (s)watched on her swatch of Color Club Wild Orchid. I simply said how it was gorgeous and I needed to add it to my wishlist. Later, I saw that Rach had sent me an email wondering if I wanted her bottle as a gift. I was really surprised by the sweet gesture and I said yes! I was even more surprised when I got the package to not only find the beautiful polish, but other amazing goodies Rach sent me! I was too excited that I couldn't not share with you, so here they are!

 Color Club Wild Orchid, ULTA Orange You Glad It's summer?, Revlon Just Tinted Shiny Top Coat

I was only expecting Wild Orchid, so I'm super grateful for the others! I have literally no orange polishes in my stash, no ULTA close to me, or any ULTA polishes, so I'm very pleased with the orange polish. As for the top coat, I go through more than I realize and could always use more, so I'm happy to have another bottle.

Rach was nice enough to add in a sample pack of Sephora by OPI Restorative hand moisturizer. I will admit, I hardly ever use lotion on my hands. I know I should, so maybe I'll end up buying it if I like it. I also got a Zoya Smoke & Mirrors nail plate. I never got around to getting any polishes from this collection, but I really want to. This gives me a better idea at what looks good on me.

Now for the cute stuff! I got a really cute card with a sweet message inside from Rach. I also got some super adorable owl stickers! I have a feeling my niece will be begging me for these.

So there you have it, my first nail mail! I was very excited and surprised to have received all of this awesome stuff. The whole package was very well put together and extremely thoughtful. Thank you Rach for everything!

If you haven't already checked out Rach's blog, please do so! Here's the link:

Have a great day!

Monday, July 9, 2012

China Glaze Electra Magenta

Lots of sunshine today means one thing: perfect time for a holo! I pulled out my bottle of China Glaze Electra Magenta, a warm toned pink from the Tronica collection. Ever since buying it, I wasn't sure I would like it on me, because I'm not totally crazy about pinks. I can now say that my doubts have been silenced!

I really, really like it. I wouldn't say that I'm head over in heels for it, but it's very pretty. Like all holos, I want to keep staring at my nails. The effect is beautiful. I skipped top coat so it wouldn't be dulled.

The formula, wow! It, along with the other Tronica's I've tried, has the best I've worked with. Two coats of smooth, buttery perfection is all it took and with a super speedy drying time, no annoying dents or smears. Clean up was a cinch too.

I'm really grateful to have Electra Magenta and my other Tronica polishes. They're gorgeous and apply like a dream. I can't ask for anything more!

Sunday, July 8, 2012

Phew! Malware warning gone!

About a week ago I added my blog roll back on my blog, taking the chance that maybe the virus that was causing some issues for many of us would be gone. Apparently not, because Marisa of Polish Obsession emailed me a few days ago to tell me that the malware warning was popping up when trying to view my posts, so she was unable to see them. I kind of freaked out, because no way do I want any viruses associated with my blog or to infect any of you with them.

The blog roll was promptly removed, so there is no reason to worry now! My blog is safe and clean, thank goodness. I double checked Google Webmasters to make sure of this. I apologize if you got the warning. Everything should be okay now. Thank you to Marisa for telling me!

Saturday, July 7, 2012

Icing Witch's Brew

Yes, another Icing polish. I can't help it! I love them. Months ago I posted a black polish with red glitter from Icing called Vampire's Blood. Today I have its blue equivalent and the first Icing polish I ever bought, Witch's Brew. It reminds me of the deep sea or a starry night sky.

The base is a black, more of a jelly than a cream, with tiny blue and green glitter. Having both colors makes it a little more complex. Sometimes one color will flash and other times, both will. I can't stop staring at my nails because of it. I definitely think it's one you have to see in person to fully understand how beautiful it is.

I love how it looks on my nails! It's so much better than my swatch of Vampire's Blood, which I wore on much longer nails.

Application was a breeze! It was so easy to work with. I only needed two coats for opacity. It dried super fast and was left with a dull satiny, bumpy texture when it did. Top coat was a must need to make it shine.

Witch's Brew might not be the most unique polish out there, but it's still very pretty. It was released last year for Halloween, so it might be harder to find in Icing stores but I've seen random bottles hanging around, so it doesn't hurt to look. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Happy 4th of July!

Happy 4th of July! I planned to post this much earlier, but better late than never. I wanted to do something with my nails today but I'm not experienced with nail art. So, I just painted all of my nails with China Glaze Dorothy Who? and for an accent nail, I used an unnamed red glitter from Hot Topic on my ring finger. CoverGirl Disco Dazzle, a silver glitter, topped everything.

Yes, back to nubs and not by choice. Basically my index nail had a small split, which lead to complete breakage. I then had to file the rest of my nails after. I hate it. It sucks when this happens, but I know they'll back grow soon enough.

Anyways, I'm happy with how this turned out. It was my first time using Dorothy Who? and it's a perfect blue jelly glitter. It was a tad sheer and runny, but easy to work with. 3 coats were perfect and the drying time was fast. The red glitter was thick, so it didn't go on so smoothly. 3 coats were needed. The glitter in Disco Dazzle took it to the next level. One coat of it was all that I needed.

Here is a shade picture, to better show off the glitter.

So far I've been home all day and I'm perfectly happy with that. I hope the rest of you have had a good day so far, and have a good night whatever your plans are!