October 21, 2014

Zoya MatteVelvet Re-release Swatches!

*Sent for review*

I was so excited to hear that Zoya was re-releasing their famous MatteVelvets, from back in the heyday of mattes. Those were the glory days of OPI Suedes and matte top coats galore. When the Zoya MatteVelvets were first released, I only bought Verushchka for some reason. I think I just had spent too much money on other polish at the time. But ever since then, I have been wishing I had bought the whole set. I'm pumped to show you the re-released MatteVelvets today! The formula of most of these is pretty much the same, so I will discuss that at the end of the post.

First up is Zoya Dovima, a shimmering black matte. If you weren't around for the first MatteVelvet release, this formula is a matte finish with tons of beautiful shimmer. The shimmer in the matte finish polish creates a very cool kind of frosted glass look. Dovima looks like sparkling asphalt  in the hot summer sun. Gorgeous! This is two coats.

Boy, have I regretted not getting Zoya Harlow for years now. I am so happy to finally have this stunning shimmering fuchsia matte. Harlow is a blue-toned pinky purple with plenty of shimmer. Zoya calls it "wine", but it reads more pink to me.

This is two easy coats of Harlow.

Zoya Loredana is a gunmetal gray shimmering matte. The shimmer in this one looks chunkier up close, but like all of the others, it is totally smooth to the touch.  This steely gray is perfect for matte and gray lovers alike.

This is three coats of Loredana. It is the only one of the MatteVelvets that I needed a third coat for it to be completely opaque. The formula felt thinner than the others. It wasn't really problematic, just worth mentioning.

The lovely Zoya Posh is a shimmering berry red matte. This will be my go to for fast easy holiday manis this year. I am really excited to have this in my collection with the holiday season approaching. I get so busy, but I still want to look polished. Posh will be perfect for slapping on two quick coats and getting out the door.

Posh is a little pinker toned on my nails than it is in the bottle, but if you want more of a true red feel, I bet a third coat would help with that.

Ahhhh the stunning Zoya Veruschka! You can see why, if I was forced to choose just one MatteVelvet, I would pick this one. Veruschka is like smooth shimmering green velvet. Like the mossy carpet on a forest floor. Veruschka is still one of my absolute favorite Zoyas of all time and the re-release does not disappoint.

This is two smooth and flawless coats. This applied like butter!

I thought some of you might be curious to see how Veruschka 2.0 compares to the original, so here you are. From left to right- original version, re-release, original, and re-release. I think the re-release applied better and looks more smooth. The original version is ever so slightly darker, but not by much. I can see brush strokes on the nails painted with the original, but none on those with the new version. I am very happy with the color and quality of the new version. A++ Zoya!

Zoya Savita is another beauty I truly regretted skipping the first time around. Savita is a shimmering plum matte. The shimmer in the gorgeous purple base almost looks pink sometimes and the effect is so pretty. The purple hue is perfect for fall and winter, a bit deep and moody, but very obviously purple.

This is two coats of Savita.

*Sent for review*

With the exception of Loredana, these were all perfectly smooth two coaters. They are mattes, so they tend to dry quickly. Make sure you do just 3 brushstrokes per nail and let each coat dry completely before applying another. Loredana was just a little thinner and needed three coats, but it was still pretty easy to apply. Overall, I am so pleased that Zoya decided to release these again! It is one of the most exciting collections this year for me personally. My favorites from the MatteVelvet collection are Veruschka, Harlow and Savita. But I wouldn't want to skip the others either!

The Zoya MatteVelvet collection is available now at zoya.com

October 20, 2014

Zoya Wishes Holiday 2014 Preview!

Wishes really do come true with this magical new nail polish collection for Winter/Holiday 2014! Zoya Wishes** is a densely pigmented assortment featuring both traditional and Magical PixieDust formulas in coordinating color combinations that can be worn alone or combined into stunning combinations, no matter how you wear them, this collection delivers a fanciful way to celebrate the season!

·        NORI: Sapphire blue Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, perfect for any holiday festivity.
·      THEA: Deep amethyst Magical PixieDust* with an orchid flash, packed full of party-ready holographic hex glitter.
·      IMOGEN: Black crystal Magical PixieDust* with holographic hex glitter, just add an LBD and you’re off!
·        PRIM: Velvet blue metallic, with a full coverage, high-density pigment and buttery smooth application.
·        HAVEN: True holiday plum liquid metal with a thin vein of orchid for added brilliance.
·       WILLA: Full-coverage, onyx black cream.

* Zoya Magical PixieDust is textured, matte and sparkling. No base coat and top coat required.

$(US) Standard Colors
$10 (US)  - PixieDust Colors
Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com 

October 19, 2014

Barielle Top Coat and Fortifying Nail Builder Base Coat Reviews

*Sent for review*

Like most nail addicts, I'm always searching for a new, better base and top coat combo. I recently got to try Barielle Fortifying Nail Builder and Barielle Top Coat, and I am thrilled to say that one of them is a new HG product for me. Read on to discover which one!

I have been using Barielle Fortifying Nail Builder as a base coat/treatment for the past few weeks. I absolutely love it! My nails looks healthier and feel stronger and less dry. I have very dry nails and when I don't wear polish, the dryness sometimes really bothers me. It feels uncomfortable and I have to keep hand cream or oil on at all times. However, since I started to use this base coat, my bare nails have felt more comfortable and less brittle. I also usually have a bit of peeling on my right thumb nail, but that has almost entirely gone away now! I can hardly believe that, since I've had it for ages. I am still oiling before I apply my base coat because that really helps prolong my manis. Barielle Fortifying Nail Builder wears well as a base coat for me, about the same length of time as my last HG base coat (4 days with no chips). 

Barielle Essentials Top Coat is a good top coat, but I don't think it's my HG. For one thing, the top coat itself dries quickly, but you have to put it on dry polish or else it smears the polish. So it isn't really good for drying your whole mani. It also is a little on the thin side, so it's not the best for smoothing out glitter. On the positive side of things, I did not experience any shrinkage with this top coat and the wear time was great. I will definitely use this as my top coat for relatively quick drying cremes or shimmers that I want to wear for 4+ days.

I highly recommend Barielle Fortifying Nail Builder if you have dry, brittle nails like me. If you mostly wear cremes and shimmers and want a top coat that helps your mani last, check out the Essentials Top Coat too. Both are available at barielle.com.

October 18, 2014

Giveaway Winners!

Hi everyone! I apologize for not announcing the OPI giveaway winners earlier, but I did have one winner fail to respond to my email, so I had to pick a new one. (Check your emails when you enter giveaways!!) Congratulations to Amanda who won the OPI Peanuts collection and Niki who will receive the OPI DS polishes and the Breast Cancer Duo. Congrats ladies, your prizes are on the way!!

October 17, 2014

Born Pretty Store Adorable Cat and Moon Decals!

 *sent for review*

Born Pretty Store hands down carries the best selection of black cat nail stickers and water decals on the interwebs. As the servant of a black cat, I personally can't get enough of black cat nail art. I picked these pretty kitty water decals out and couldn't wait to try them. This kitty is fancy looking and very elegant. One sheet of these decals has 20 cats, so two full manis, and costs $1.99. There are 5 different cat poses, all very adorable. This is sheet D244. D243 is shown on the same page of Born Pretty Store, but the black cats are kind of creepy and melted looking. Those would be great for Halloween, I'm sure!

These decals are easy to apply. Just cut out the decal you want to use, remove the plastic top film and soak the decal in water for 20-30 seconds. Slide the decal off the backing and apply to your nail. Add a layer of top coat for lasting power. I used OPI Suzi Has a Swede Tooth for my base here. One note, if you have small nail beds and short nails like I do, these will certainly be too large for your pinky nail. I had to cut the tail off of the poor kitty on my pinky LOL. Still cute though!

I also got these great golden moon decals from Born Pretty Store. I thought they'd look perfect over a night sky-like shimmery blue, so I used OPI Unfor-Greta-bly Blue for my base. These cute decals also come in silver if you prefer, and can be used as little half moons on some nail beds. There's a picture of that on the Born Pretty website if you'd like to see, but I think they're too wide for me to do that. I like them centered on the nail too! These are $2.86 per sheet, so still a bargain for sure.

These apply the same way as the cat decals, with a bit of water. They are so easy to use and really ideal if you are a nail art dunce like myself. They take no skill, so they're also perfect when you're in a rush.

*sent for review*

Born Pretty Store has both of these decal sheets in stock and tons of great Halloween and holiday nail art stuff too, if you're looking for that! Remember to use coupon code ERJ61 for 10% your order. I plan on ordering more of those fancy kitties!

Also, I have to share a picture of the packaging of the kitty decals. "Just stick them onto your finger and foe nails". Ahhhh, foe nails. Don't ya hate those?

October 15, 2014

Lynnderella Garden Variety

 *Sent for review*

Lynnderella is definitely changing my mind about microglitters lately. I was kind of neutral feeling about them, not too crazy in love with them, but I didn't hate them. But lately, every one I have tried, I have been nuts about! Lynnderella Garden Variety is a newer LE Lynnderella microglitter. It's a gorgeous shade of blue-green holographic microglitter with accents of larger glitters in purple, green, yellow and blue. I think what I love about Garden Variety the most is that gorgeous blue tone to it. It's definitely not a straight up grass green like the green microglitters already in my collection. It reminds me almost of like a blue spruce color green. And the holo glitter is crazy rainbow-y in the sun!

This is three coats of Garden Variety alone with no base color. It was nearly opaque in two coats, but I did a very thin third one just to make sure it really popped in the pictures. You really don't even need a base with a polish this gorgeous. It was pretty easy to apply too, maybe a little thick as is the case with some microglitters, but that didn't affect application. I topped this with one coat of Gelous and one coat of Sally Hansen Insta Dri top coat and it was smooth to the touch.

*Sent for review*

Lynnderella Garden Variety was my nail of the weekend last weekend and it was one of those distracting manis that you keep staring at! Love those! Garden Variety is a limited edition, but keep checking Lynnderella.com and the Lynnderella StorEnvy to see if it pops up. Check out Lynnderella's blog for more information about Lynnderella polish.

October 13, 2014

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Halloween 2014 Roach Busters and Glitter Palette Swatches!

*Purchased by me*

Every year, I anxiously await the first reported sightings of the Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers Halloween display. I love to see the little tombstone shaped polishes and whatever other glittery goodies they have for the year. Sometimes, I feel like the polish shades are maybe a little basic, but Wet n Wild knocked it out of the park this year with Fantasy Makers Roach Busters! Roach Busters is a glowing radioactive yellow-green shimmer. It is super bright and the yellow shimmer is gorgeous! This is a great polish for Halloween, but I also love this for the summer. I also love how this year's cap has skulls on it, it makes the tombstone polishes even more excellent.

This is three thin coats of Roach Busters and there is a hint of VNL in some lighting situations. It's not bad though and the formula dries quickly, so you could always do a fourth coat. The formula was really easy to work with, just a great consistency. I didn't do any clean up in these photos, that's how easy it was to control.

This year's Fantasy Makers display also had an orange polish that I might go back for (even though I have a million oranges) and this Fantasy Makers Daze of the Dead glitter palette that looked too pretty for me to leave in the store.

The back of this palette states that these glitters are for face and body only and I'm sure you are not supposed to use them around your eyes. These are glitters in thick cream bases and I didn't notice hardly any fall out or glitter migration when I swatched these. The bases of these are very tacky, so it helps the glitter stay put. I just used my finger to swatch these, but the palette does come with a foam applicator. Below, they are swatched in direct sunlight.

Here they are in the shade. This picture is a truer representation of the colors. Look at the iridescent glitter in the copper one, so pretty!

Here's a picture that shows off the holographic glitter in these.

 *Purchased by me*

I don't know how I'll use the glitter palette, but it's so pretty I couldn't help myself. I got the palette and Roach Busters at CVS and I had some kind of a coupon, maybe 20% off, so both of these combined were super cheap and totally worth it! Remember that the drugstores often put the Fantasy Makers Halloween stuff in with the Halloween decorations, not the beauty aisle.