Friday, August 24, 2012

Icing I Like the Nightlife

I wanted to post this earlier, but I've been so busy. My 5 year old niece, who is like a daughter to me, started Kindergarten on Wednesday, I went to a water park later in the day, I was in the car with my family all day yesterday and visited my newborn cousin. Today I can finally show I Like the Nightlife, another Icing beauty that I recently picked up while at the mall.

It's a unique blue with purple pink glitter/shimmer and it's so pretty! Unfortunately it was hard to capture when taking pictures. It's much more noticeable in person.

It chipped which is annoying. I also didn't realize my cuticles were dry, sorry.
The formula was okay. Due to the glitter, it would sometimes get a little chunky during application, especially if I didn't work fast enough with it. It was easy to work with for the most part though. It was very sheer on the first coat, but it was fine on the third. I recommend top coat with it, it's much better with it.

I really love seeing unique polishes like I Like Nightlife and not having to pay big money for it either. Blue lovers, this one is for you!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

NYX Gilded Glitter

I went to the mall on Thursday and at Sephora I sampled the Sephora by OPI 18K Gold Top Coat. It's pretty but I don't know if I could bring myself to spend $30 on a bottle of nail polish. Instead, I took home one of my first NYX that I found in a clothing store for $1.99, Gilded Glitter. It's a cheap, alternative version of the OPI and while it's not made of real gold, nor is it a dupe, it's good enough for me. I layered it over Sinful Colors Rise and Shine.

I absolutely love how it looks! The effect is amazing. It really adds something special. It's slightly tinted so it changed the look of my base, but I don't mind that much. While it can't compare to the look of the real gold in the OPI, it's still beautiful.

It was a tad thick, but easy to work with. It was dense enough at one coat, but I wanted to use a second. The pieces lay smooth and there was hardly any texture at all, but some random pieces stuck out. One coat of top coat took care of that.

In the shade:

I'm in love with Gilded Glitter! It's really awesome. I can see myself using it a lot in the future. It's a good option for anyone who wants a gold flake polish but don't care if it's not the real thing and don't want to spend a lot of money either.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Sinful Colors Rise and Shine

Today I have Sinful Colors Rise and Shine. After putting it on, I remembered the drama surrounding the brand a few weeks ago. I don't condone what they did, but I'm glad that they apologized and owned up to their mistake. Regardless of what happened, I still love them. I've had Rise and Shine for a while, but never took the time to wear. I'm so glad I finally did!

It's a blue/green teal polish with fine silver shimmer. It's really bright and vivid, but it's not a neon. It goes on creamy but it dries with a satiny, matte finish. It was kind of hard to photograph correctly. It's not exactly color accurate. It's darker and more vibrant in person.

It was super easy to work with and it was nearly opaque in one coat, but a second was needed. The drying time was some what fast. As pretty as it was as a matte, it's so much better with top coat!

 Here it is as a matte:

I absolutely love Rise and Shine! I think it's a must need from Sinful Colors.

Monday, August 13, 2012

Milani 3D

The only time I've ever purchased an entire collection were the Milani 3D Holographic polishes, which consisted of 6 shades. It was the first time I saw holos in person and their $4 price tempted me, so a few trips to Target later, I had them all. Today I'm showing you the only one I haven't worn yet, Milani 3D.

3D is a warm gold with scattered holographic particles. I think it's beautiful, but I don't know if I absolutely love it. I think it's just because I hardly ever wear golds and only have one other besides this one, so I'm not sure if I like it on me. The holographic effect, which is more of a holographic sparkle, is the weakest of the collection but it's still very gorgeous!

The formula was great, but that wasn't much of a surprise. I've never had any problems with the other ones. The consistency is thin, so it was sheer at first but it built up nicely in three coats. The drying time was also pretty fast. No top coat was used.

Overall, 3D is my least favorite in the collection, but I still really like it. I'm not head over heels in love with it, but maybe it'll grow on me. If any of you like this one, it can be found, along with the rest on the website, Cherry Culture.

Sunday, August 5, 2012

GlitterDaze B.A.M.F. AKA My First Indie

I recently got my first indie polish! I basically joined Copious, a site that is like eBay but there's no bidding and you don't need PayPal. I got $20 credit when I joined and that's how I got GlitterDaze B.A.M.F., the indie in question that I was lucky to find. It was pretty much free with my credit, minus the one penny that Copious charges. It's the glitter I layered over Essie Coat Azure, so let's take a look!

GlitterDaze is normally sold through Etsy and their new collection is The Bad Girl, which B.A.M.F. is apart of. I was able to get a full size 12ml bottle. The meaning of the name is pretty obvious and I absolutely love it! As described on GlitterDaze's blogspot, B.A.M.F. consists of "purple, silver, royal blue, and fuchsia shredded glitter as well as various shaped silver and gunmetal glitters, and holographic silver bar glitter." There's a lot going on and it's so pretty!

Application was a bit tricky. It was hard to get some of the glitter out, mainly the hexagons and the holographic bar glitter. A little fishing was required. The first coat was sparse, so I needed a second and had to dab some bald areas after that. I really didn't mind to be honest. I used two coats of top coat.

It's still gorgeous in the shade! 

I'm so happy with B.A.M.F.! I can now say that I've been bitten with the Indie Polish Fever!

Here's an invite if you want to join!

By the way, my mom let me use her Facebook for Copious since I don't have one, so just know that it's her Facebook profile and not mine. Happy shopping if you decide to join!

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Essie Coat Azure

I actually only own one Essie polish and it's Coat Azure from the A French Affair collection from last spring. It's a sky blue that is a little darker than most and it's packed with silver shimmer.

I'm planning to use it as a base for a glitter that I'll be wearing soon, but it was just too pretty not to show by itself. I absolutely adore it! It's perfect for summer. The shimmer is gorgeous as well and it makes it that much more special.

I had no problems with it. It had good coverage on the first coat, albeit a tad streaky, but a second was perfect. The drying time wasn't too bad either. I hardly had any clean up at all, which is awesome.

I'm so glad I have Coat Azure! It's not only beautiful, but easy to work with. Now I need to work on getting more Essie's in my stash!