December 21, 2014

China Glaze Party Hearty and Christmas Tree Accent!

*Some products sent for review*

The last week of dance classes before Christmas, we always do little Christmas parties for the kids. We have a snack (junk food like chips and cookies!) and they do a grab bag gift exchange. The kids looks forward to it every year and I wanted to have something fun on my nails for the week. I have to wear China Glaze Party Hearty at least once a year, so I decided to do that over OPI Angel with a Leadfoot. For my accent nail, I made a Christmas tree with Scotch tape and Revlon Posh. The "ornaments" on the tree are OPI Unfrost My Heart applied with a dotting tool. I dug out a silver star glitter from a bag of spare glitter I had and used that as my Christmas tree topper.

Overall I think the tree is super cute. I might do it again for Christmas day. This came out a little crooked, but I always get a real Christmas tree for my house and they are never perfectly symmetrical either LOL! Also, every time I do a mani with Scotch tape, I get impatient and take the tape off before I should. So when I do this again, I will have the patience of a saint and the edges will be cleaner!

*OPI Angel with a Leadfoot and Unfrost My Heart sent for review*

What kind of holiday nails are you rocking this weekend before Christmas, if any? Don't forget to enter my Sally Hansen and NYC giveaway that ends tonight!

December 19, 2014

NYC Sparkle Eye Dusts- The Perfect Holiday Eye Shadow!

 *Sent for review*

Are you looking for an inexpensive way to jazz up your eye makeup for upcoming holiday parties? Grab some of the new NYC Sparkle Eye Dusts! These are really great shimmery powder eye shadows that come with their own doe foot applicator. The packaging is extremely convenient for tossing in your purse for quick touch-ups or transitioning your makeup from office to party. I have three shades swatched for you today. From left to right in the pictures we have NYC Pink Topaz, Smokey Topaz and Bronze Shimmer. The top picture is indoors in low light, the second is outside in natural light and the third is in full sun.

Pink Topaz is a lovely pinky champagne shimmer. This would be perfect as a wash all over the eye lid with black winged liner and a red lip! Smokey Topaz is my favorite of the three and a MUST SEE for taupe lovers! It is a sparkling smoky taupe with some hints of purple-y grey. The sparkles in this really pop in person and look multi-colored. The exact shade of Smokey Topaz changes in different lighting situations, sometimes it looks darker and more brown, other times lighter and more purple or grey. Bronze Shimmer is a gorgeous rich shimmery bronze. It looks more coppery in some lights, with almost a reddish tinge.

 Below you can see Smokey Topaz swatched over a base (Maybelline Color Tattoo in Nude Compliment). When worn over a base like a Maybelline Color Tattoo, these last all day on me with no creasing or fading. I experienced a bit of fall out when I first applied them, but I found that tapping the excess shadow off of the applicator first really reduces that fall out to almost nothing. These are beautifully smooth and really nice to apply!

 *Sent for review*

After being so impressed with the NYC Halloween eye shadow palette I tried, I had high hopes for these and they certainly lived up to my expectations! I own a lot of higher end eye shadow, including NARS, Chanel, Dior, Armani and YSL.  In fact, it's hard to say which is larger- my makeup collection or my nail polish collection! I can honestly say that the NYC eye shadows I have tried, including these Sparkle Eye Dusts, are as pigmented and smooth as many of the eye shadows I own that are more than 10 times the price. NYC Sparkle Eye Dusts are available at drugstores near you for $2.99!!!

December 18, 2014

Weekend Before Christmas Giveaway with Sally Hansen and NYC!!

Hey all, I have a quick and easy giveaway for you today! One lucky winner will receive Sally Hansen Big Glitter Top Coat in Goldi-flecks and Blue Moonlight, NYC Big City Dazzle and NYC Bronze Shimmer Sparkle Eye Dust. All you have to do to enter is leave a comment on this post telling me what is your absolute favorite thing about the holiday season! This giveaway is open to all readers and will end Sunday December 21 at 11:59 pm EST. Never Enough Nails is not responsible for loss or damage to the prizes during shipping. Good luck!!

December 17, 2014

Sally Hansen Goldi-Flecks and Over the Rain Blue Swatches!

 *Sent for review*

Sally Hansen has some glitter toppers out right now that could be great in holiday manis or they could offer you a nice break from holiday manis, depending on your color choices! The Complete Salon Manicure line has a new Sequin Overcoat collection featuring 7 glitters top coats with shades ranging from pale blush to sparkling blue. Today I have Sally Hansen Over the Rain Blue for you, a mix of royal blue glitters, paler turquoise glitters and silver bar glitter accents in a clear base. I love the combination of royal blue with the lighter blue!

I dabbed one coat of Over the Rain Blue over OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls. Dabbing is the best way to apply this, the glitter seemed a tad unwilling come out and play. On the bright side, the bar glitters in this polish are kind of short and thick, and I find those to lay flatter and behave better than their longer, skinnier relatives.

Sally Hansen also has three new Big Glitter Topcoats now, including Sally Hansen Goldi-Flecks. Goldi-Flecks has gold bar and hex glitters mixed with either white or very pale silver glitters. In person, they look like white glitter, but I am noticing that in the pictures, they look silver. Maybe they are metallic white, so they're reflecting the light! Or maybe there is white AND silver glitter! Either way, I like the mix of that with the gold. It's more dimensional than just gold glitter.

I found Goldi-Flecks to be pretty easy to apply. This is one dabbed coat of Goldi-Flecks over Sally Hansen Ruby Rush. The glitter was plentiful and I didn't need to fish for it.

*Sent for review*

Sally Hansen Goldi-Flecks, Over the Rain Blue and other new glitter toppers are available at a drugstore near you!

December 15, 2014

NYC Big City Dazzle Sparkle Topcoat Swatches!

*Sent for review*

I've had a bunch of people ask me lately for festive holiday nail ideas that don't involve red and green. I guess more people are growing tired of wearing a whole month (or more) of red and green nails. NYC Big City Dazzle arrived at my doorstep recently and immediately struck me as a really party-ready glitter that would be perfect for the holidays! Big City Dazzle has blue, purple and yes, some red glitter, all in a clear base. NYC suggests using it to "take your nails from the office to after-hours" and it would definitely be perfect for that. This pretty sparkle would look great over an office appropriate sheer pink or nude. I decided to step it up a few more notches and go straight to holiday bash by layering it over a blingy silver.

This is two coats of Big City Dazzle over Sally Hansen Silver Sweep. Big City Dazzle was easy to apply, I just did regular brushstrokes with it. One coat looked nice, but I always like a little more glitter (or a lot LOL), so I did two coats.

 *Sent for review*

NYC Big City Dazzle is available now at a drugstore near you!

I finally got my Christmas tree up this weekend! I will post some pictures soon when I get some good ones!

December 13, 2014

SinfulColors Holiday 2014 Swatches and Review!

 *Sent for review*

Today I have swatches of some of the great holiday nail polish offerings from SinfulColors. SinfulColors has 22 polishes out for holiday 2014, including 8 previously released holiday favorites, 7 blue/hints of gold lacquers, 5 glitter flake polishes, and 2 opalescent toppers. This lovely red glitter topper is SinfulColors Decadent. Decadent has metallic crimson red hex glitter and small red glitter in a clear base.

This is one coat of Decadent over SinfulColors Out of This World, a pale silver shimmer (also available now with the holiday colors, although mine is from a previous release). Decadent was pretty easy to apply with the dabbing method. I think with regular brushstrokes, the glitter would move around too much, so dabbing and spreading it around is the best way to apply this polish.

This pretty ice blue shimmer is the aptly named SinfulColors Ice Blue. I love SinfulColors description of Ice Blue. They say it's a "soft indigo exploding with silver sparkle". This is almost like a very fine glass fleck finish, you can see all the individual shimmer flecks.

Ice Blue was very very sheer on the first coat. I was doubtful that it would build up at all, but this is three coats and there's only a little bit of VNL. I don't really mind the VNL here, I think it allows the silver shimmer to show through here. Depending on the thickness of your coats, you could need 3 or maybe even 4 coats, but the soft sparkling icicle blue might be worth it!

Now here is a perfect Christmas look! This is SinfulColors Twilight Twinkles over SinfulColor SinfulShine Devious. Twilight Twinkles features irregularly sized and shaped shards of metallic yellow gold glitter. I typically don't like shard glitter, but I like the fact that this has shards, but also longer pieces that are almost like bar glitter, small square-like chunks, and just different shapes throughout. This shard glitter also lays flat, so that helps me like it more!

This is one dabbed coat of Twilight Twinkles over Devious. Again, dabbing is really the best method here. This polish has a bit too much clear base for the amount of glitter in it, so you have to watch that you don't blob on too much. With a polish like that, I like to wipe some of the glitter on the neck of the bottle, wipe off the excess base, and then pick up the glitter again to apply it.

Finally we have the festive SinfulColors Galax-Sea, a collection of different sizes and shapes of green and gold glitter in a clear base. Like Twilight Twinkles, this has larger shards, but it also has regular square glitter, hex glitter, and teeny tiny shards. It makes for a more interesting look than just shard glitters by themselves.

This is two dabbed coats of Galax-Sea over SinfulColors SinfulShine Rise & Shinier. Galax-Sea was the most difficult of the bunch to apply. Even with dabbing, I thought it was kind of tough to get the glitter to spread out evenly. Like Twilight Twinkles, this seemed like it had too much clear base. It also took a long time to dry, even with quick dry top coat. If you love the look of it, I think it's worth $1.99, but it's not the easiest glitter to apply.

*Sent for review*

If you're looking for a quick drugstore polish pick me up for the holidays, definitely check out the SinfulColors Holiday collection. There's something for everyone in there, and I enjoyed these glitters toppers and the lovely Ice Blue! SinfulColors Holiday 2014 nail colors are available exclusively at Walgreen's for $1.99!

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December 11, 2014

Lynnderella Silvery Sweeties

*Purchased by me*

I've had my eye on Lynnderella Silvery Sweeties for awhile now. It's a LE, so sometimes I need to wait for the right price to come along. I was able to nab this for a great price on Black Friday and I was really pumped about it. Getting LE Lynns that I've waited for is always really exciting to me! Silvery Sweeties has tons of different sized silver glitter and silver holo glitter, with accents of matte pink, green, orange, red and yellow. The holo silver glitter is really prominent in person, but I had bad lighting the day I took these pictures, so it's hard to see here. The combination of the silver, silver holo and colorful accents feels perfect for a holiday mani.

This is one coat of Silvery Sweeties over OPI In a HoliDaze. Silvery Sweeties is packed with glitter, so the coverage was great. You may even be able to wear this alone in 3 coats. It was very easy to apply and the formula was great (not at all thick, despite the plentiful glitter).

 *Purchased by me*

Silvery Sweeties is LE, but keep your eye on and for i to pop up! For more information about Lynnderella polish, please check out Lynnderella's blog.

Tonight is my boyfriend's office Christmas party. They always have it somewhere super fancy with delicious food, so that'll be fun!! I can't decide what to wear though! Do you have any good holiday plans for the weekend or tonight?