Showing posts with label periwinkle. Show all posts
Showing posts with label periwinkle. Show all posts

August 15, 2014

L'Oreal Skinny Jeans

 *gift from a friend*

I received L'Oreal Skinny Jeans as a gift from a student in late June and it's been languishing in my untrieds drawer ever since. I am not really sure why, it's a lovely color in the bottle. I think the last time I tried a lighter hued L'Oreal, I had to use four coats, so it's possible I was too lazy to deal with that. I also thought that Skinny Jeans was a creme polish and might be streaky/hard to apply/thick/whatever. Well, surprise, surprise! Skinny Jeans is a texture! A stunning periwinkle lavender texture! I remember seeing info somewhere about the collection Skinny Jeans was in, but I guess I wasn't paying attention because I had no clue it was a texture. I am still really into textures when I am too busy to do a real base coat/2-3 coats/top coat mani, so I am very happy to have a texture in this gorgeous bright blue shade.


This is two super easy coats of Skinny Jeans. It was easy as pie to apply, no issues at all. The texture isn't super rough or scratchy and the polish dries quickly. New nail pajamas for me!


Now, this collection was limited edition, but I did see it recently at Walgreen's, so if you look around you might still be able to get this polish.

July 2, 2014

SinfulColors Rain Rubber

 *Sent for review*

I don't know about you, but I'm still rocking the textures this summer. They are the perfect polish when you are super busy and heading out the door in 5 minutes and I still love the look. If you're like me and you're not over textures, you will love the new SinfulColors Full Throttle Collection, including this gorgeous deepened periwinkle blue, SinfulColors Rain Rubber. Rain Rubber is a rich cornflower blue with a very light textured finish. This isn't the kind of texture that feels scratchy and catches on things. It's pretty minimal and hard to see from a distance.


Rain Rubber could be a one-coater depending on your application. I wasn't expecting it to be so pigmented, so this is two coats, but it is definitely capable of being full coverage in one coat. It was extremely easy to apply and dried very quickly- a.k.a. I love it!!!

*Sent fore review*

Bright bold cornflower blue that's good in one coat and dries super fast? Um yes please, I'll take two. I will be sporting this baby pretty often this summer. The SinfulColors Full Throttle Collection will be available exclusively at Rite Aid in July and also at Walgreens in August.

April 16, 2014

Smitten Week- Smitten Polish Ker-Bloom

 *Purchased by me*

I'm happy to see that Connecticut seems to have come out of the winter darkness finally and we've been having some sun. This means I can continue to swatch my amazing new Smitten Polish holos for Smitten week! There are a few key words in polish descriptions that equal an automatic purchase from me, in this case it was "periwinkle/cornflower linear holo". Yes, Smitten Polish Ker-Bloom is a deep periwinkle holo treasure and I am in love! I do not have anything like this in my collection, it's absolutely stunning in the sun. Look at the rainbows!


This is just two coats of Ker-bloom. I see a bit of VNL in these pictures, but I didn't see it in person. The formula is par for the course for Smitten holos- easy to apply with no complaints at all. Again, I don't wear base or top coat with holos typically.

*Purchased by me*

You'll be able to nab Ker-bloom late this week on Smitten's Big Cartel store. For updates about restocks, like Smitten Polish on Facebook. I'll be ordering the Spring Part 2 colors- Himalayan Blue Poppy, Radiant Orchid, Frangipani (um, a holo polish named Frangipani? Another automatic buy) and Tornado Skies.

March 26, 2014

Lynnderella Spam, Vol. VI

*Purchased by me*

Well... I'm so behind on my Lynnderella spam that all of these manis are for holidays that are long gone now. I want to share them anyway in case you see something you want to pick up and save for next year! First up is a gorgeous polish that isn't specific to any holiday really, but was part of the Advent collection of LEs this past Christmas. Lynnderella My Old Twin Flame is an absolutely stunning periwinkle with a strong pink shift. The pink shift is visible in my pictures, but it is much stronger in person. This is three coats of My Old Twin Flame with no undies. DROOL!




Lynnderella All Heart is half of the Valentine's Day twinset. I really bought the twinset for the other half, a purple microglitter called Heart Spoken, but ended up loving All Heart! It comes with an extra little package of glitter too! I think the pink base I used is OPI Pink Friday and the red is OPI Big Apple Red.



Another Valentine's Day mani, Lynnderella Nail Bed of Roses. Nail Bed of Roses was a special edition polish that sold out SO fast. It's a stunning red holo microglitter. I also used Lynnderella Snake of the Year on the middle and ring nails. This is three coats of Nail Bed of Roses with no undies.



This was my St. Patrick's Day mani! Another special edition microglitter, but gorgeous green holo this time! Lynnderella Paddy Whack! is way prettier than my pictures depict. There was NO sunshine to be found the day I took these, so you can't see all the holo sparkles. Accent nail is A England St. George. This is three coats of Paddy Whack! with no undies. I love these microglitters Lynn is doing right now!

*Purchased by me*

Now that I have all of these holiday Lynns posted, I'll try to be a little more seasonal with my Lynnderella spam next time LOL! Lynnderella polishes are available at lynnderella.comGlitter Connect and Norway Nails.




March 20, 2014

Happy First Day of Spring! SinfulColors Violets Are Blue

*Purchased by me*

Happy first day of spring to my readers in the Northern Hemisphere! Wooooohoo, finally! I might actually see sunshine and be warm sometime soon. I'm sorry for the radio silence around here this week, but I barely survived St. Patrick's Day. My school had more than 25 shows this past week and I danced in almost all of them. I didn't have time to eat or sleep, let alone blog, but hopefully I can get back to some kind of schedule now. I thought I'd kick off spring with this gorgeous pale periwinkle with silver glass fleck shimmer, SinfulColors Violets Are Blue. Violets Are Blue is from the all new Mod in Bloom spring pastels collection. I finally saw this collection in Rite Aid last weekend and I guess I wasn't in a spending mood, because I only got this one polish. I might have to go back and look again.


Look at that gorgeous silver shimmer! This is three coats of Violets Are Blue, two thin ones and one thicker coat. I thought this could have been a tad more pigmented, but I'm willing to deal with it for such a gorgeous hue. The formula was pretty good, maybe a tad thin, but I didn't have any trouble with it.

*Purchased by me*

The SinfulColors Mod in Bloom collection is available now at Rite Aid!

March 21, 2013

The Polish Bar Spring Showers


Base: one coat Nicole by OPI Base Coat Plus
Color: three coats The Polish Bar Spring Showers
Top: one coat Poshe
Application: excellent (out of poor, average, good, excellent)
This product was sent for review. All opinions are my own honest thoughts.


All of my favorite polishes this spring have been either mint or periwinkle blue. I guess I'm just going through a phase! My newest periwinkle love is The Polish Bar Spring Showers. Janice, the creator of The Polish Bar polishes, calls this a cornflower blue crelly with silver holo glitter in various sizes and shapes. I can see cornflower here too, but I get a little more hint of purple, so I like to call that periwinkle. Either way, this is such a lovely color for spring and the silver holo glitter looks gorgeous in this blue base.


This is three thin coats of Spring Showers. Spring Showers was easy to apply and the glitter was plentiful. I have had a really great experience with The Polish Bar lacquers I've tried so far. The crelly finish of the base color builds up nicely in two to three coats, but it also allows the glitter to show through. Janice sent me mini bottles to try, and I know some people find minis hard to work with, but these have performed really well.


The Polish Bar Spring Showers is available now at The Polish Bar Etsy store, along with the rest of Janice's spring collection. For more news about The Polish Bar, check them out on Facebook.

The Polish Bar Spring Showers was sent for review. All opinions are my own honest thoughts.

March 12, 2013

Lynnderella Blue Rouge Is Lavender-Perwinkle Perfection!


Base: one coat Nicole by OPI Base Coat Plus
Color: three coats OPI You're Such A Budapest, one coat Lynnderella Blue Rouge
Top: one coat Gelous
Application: excellent (out of poor, average, good, excellent)


After all the wintry weather we've had in CT this year, I am ready for spring. And what better way to kick off spring than with a gorgeous lavender periwinkle Lynnderella glitter! Lynnderella Blue Rouge contains lots of different periwinkle and lilac glitters and also has plentiful pink shimmer in the clear base. I am obsessed with this polish!! I wanted to wear it again immediately after removing it, but alas, I have so much to swatch!


The formula of Blue Rouge was excellent. The glitter was plentiful and so easy to apply. This is a regular wiped coat and only one coat of it! You could definitely wear this alone in 2-3 coats! There's lots of smaller glitter pieces, so the coverage is great. I wanted to wear it over OPI You're Such a Budapest first, it's such a pretty combination!


Blue Rouge is one of my favorite Lynns now, I'm so happy I got it. I have more swatches of the Groundhog Day collection coming up and I can't believe Lynn's spring collection is already here!! Everything's Coming Up Neon is available now on Lynnderella.com and it is INCREDIBLE!!! Blue Rouge and the other Groundhog polishes are on Lynnderella.com now also.

OPI You're Such a Budapest sent for review. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.

March 5, 2013

Zoya PixieDust Swatches Part One!


Base: none
Color: four coats Zoya Vespa
Top: none (unless otherwise indicated)
Application: good (out of poor, average, good, excellent)


The Zoya PixieDust polishes have looked the most appealing to me out of all of the new textured polishes all along, and the first three I swatched today didn't let me down. Zoya's version of the matte texture polish trend are sugary fine glitters that dry down to that cool-looking matte, yet sparkly finish. I first tried Zoya Vespa, a dusty mint with silver sparkle. Vespa is a gorgeous soft muddy mint color and the texture finish along with the color is very unique.


I did find Vespa to be quite sheer though, much more sheer than I was expecting. I used four thin coats in these pictures. The first coat was so sheer, it was more like a delicate hint of sparkle than anything else. Vespa applied pretty easily, it just needed a bunch of coats!


These next two pictures show Vespa with one coat of Gelous. Vespa looks very pretty with shiny top coat too!! I actually almost like it better with top coat.




Base: none
Color: three coats Zoya Nyx
Top: none (unless otherwise indicated)
Application: good (out of poor, average, good, excellent)



Zoya Nyx, a pale periwinkle blue with silver sparkle, was more pigmented than Vespa, but still needed three coats. Nyx has the same dusty and soft quality as Vespa. These are two colors that are kind of in between colors and neutrals. I think many people will find them very wearable. It's a great way to try out this textured trend, because the colors are soft and pretty.


Nyx was still a bit more sheer than I was expecting these to be, but it's three coats were more reasonable to me than Vespa's four. Nyx applied very nicely and I had no complaints about the formula.


The next two pictures show Nyx with one coat of Gelous. These all are definite top coat eaters, so you will need a few coats of regular top coat, or something thick like Gelous, to make them smooth and shiny.




Base: none
Color: two coats Zoya Chyna
Top: none (unless otherwise indicated)
Application: excellent (out of poor, average, good, excellent)



Zoya Chyna is my favorite of the three PixieDust polishes I tried today!! Chyna is a ruby slippers red matte sparkle. This makes me think of the Wizard of Oz straightaway, more than other polishes with names like "ruby slippers". I don't think Chyna had quite dried down completely when I took these pictures, but it is just as matte when fully dry as the others. I was losing daylight and these do take a bit to dry (more on that at the end).


Chyna was very pigmented, almost opaque in one coat! I used two for these swatches. This is more of the pigmentation level I was expecting from the others. Lovely formula, the best formula of a textured polish I have tried thus far.


The next two pictures so Chyna in it's gorgeous shiny state, with one coat of Gelous. OMG so pretty!



I LOVE these PixieDust polishes so far. This kind of texture is so nice and sugary fine, it's no more rough than your average glitter. I love polishes that dry matte anyway, and matte glitter is always a personal favorite. I do have to tell you that I feel like these take forever to dry. I am not sure why these new textured polishes are all taking so long to completely dry down. Many regular glitters and mattes dry much faster than regular polish, so it just seems funny to me. I waited 10 minutes for Nyx to dry, thought it was dry, and then smudged it when getting ready to take pictures. That's kind of a long time for it to still be smudgeable. I will definitely still wear these, I just need to make a mental note not to use them when I'm in a hurry.

The Zoya PixieDust collection is available now on Zoya.com.

Products sent for review. For more information, please read my Disclosure Policy.

February 18, 2013

Spring Is Coming, Really! OPI Euro Centrale Swatches Part 1!


Base: one coat CND Stickey
Color: three coats OPI Can't Find My Czechbook
Top: one coat NYC Grand Central Station
Application: excellent (out of poor, average, good, excellent)


I always look forward to the OPI spring collection and I've been dreaming of the OPI Euro Centrale collection for what seems like ages now! I've been especially excited about OPI Can't Find My Czechbook!! Can't Find My Czechbook is a gorgeous aqua blue creme. It's nice and bright and just a really lovely color for spring and summer. It reminds me of a more saturated and deeper cousin of my favorite China Glaze Bahamian Escape! Bahamian Escape is much paler and not as vibrant.


This is three thin coats and I'm sure you could do two slightly thicker coats. The formula was lovely and easy to work with. No problems at all! This is going on my toes ASAP!



Base: one coat CND Stickey
Color: three coats OPI You're Such A Budapest
Top: one coat NYC Grand Central Station
Application: average (out of poor, average, good, excellent)



OPI You're Such A Budapest is a pretty lavender with a hint of periwinkle blue. It has very hidden very fine silvery shimmer that isn't really visible on the nails and is actually even hard to see in the bottle. This shade is very pretty and different from other lavenders I own because of that hint of periwinkle. I think I would LOVE it if you could see the shimmer.



This is three coats of You're Such A Budapest and I really needed all three coats. The first and second coats were streaky, but the third coat evened everything out. I also thought it was a bit sheer with only two coats. The formula was not bad at all, just not as easy to work with as most OPIs have been lately.




Base: one coat CND Stickey
Color: two coats OPI Polka.com over three coats OPI Can't Find My Czechbook
Top: one coat NYC Grand Central Station
Application: excellent (out of poor, average, good, excellent)



Next we have the lone glitter in the collection, OPI Polka.com. Polka.com is a neat combination of small royal blue glitter, royal blue hexes, pinky-purple hexes and what look like light teal/baby blue-ish hexes! It's a very pretty color combination for a glitter polish and I don't own anything like it. I can see layering this over a ton of colors and I definitely want to use it in a sandwich!


Polka.com has a great formula too. The glitter was easy to get out and on the nail. The base was kind of that gel-like base that some glitter have, but I always think that makes the glitter less likely to disappear into the bottom of the bottle and not come play on your nails. This is two thin coats over Can't Find My Czechbook.




Base: one coat CND Stickey
Color: three coats OPI... Eurso Euro
Top: one coat NYC Grand Central Station
Application: good (out of poor, average, good, excellent)



I totally knew I would love OPI... Eurso Euro right from the beginning! OPI just calls it a deep blue cream, but it is much more exciting than that! It's kind of a squishy creme, maybe even leaning into crelly territory. Outside or in bright light, Eurso Euro is more of a royal blue, but indoors it tends to look more navy. It never looks black though, so if other navy polishes have been too dark for you, check this out!


This is thin three coats of Eurso Euro. It would definitely be opaque in two slightly thicker coats, it was nearly opaque in the first two thin coats I did. The formula was a bit thin, so there was a tendency for the polish to want to flood my cuticles. Not terribly thin, just something to be aware of.



Base: one coat CND Stickey
Color: two coats OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours!
Top: one coat NYC Grand Central Station
Application: good (out of poor, average, good, excellent)



OPI describes OPI My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours! as a fiery red, but it looks pretty orange on me! Not that I mind, since I'd rather have a red-orange any day over a regular red. It's a really bright nice shade of red-orange, just the kind of color I love in the summer. It has shimmer, but it's fairly hidden for the most part. You can definitely see more of the shimmer in this than in You're Such A Budapest though.


This is two thin coats of My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours!. It's quite pigmented! Despite the excellent pigmentation, I gave the formula a good rating rather than excellent. I had some difficulty making my cuticle edge nice and smooth, I think maybe the formula was a bit thicker. It was definitely a solidly good formula, just not excellent. By the way, if anyone knows what country the name references, I'd love to know. I have absolutely no clue what this name has to do with central Europe.




Base: one coat CND Stickey
Color: two coats OPI Suzi's Hungary Again!
Top: one coat NYC Grand Central Station
Application: excellent (out of poor, average, good, excellent)



This warm, carnation pink with subtle shimmer is OPI Suzi's Hungary Again!. I actually like this quite a bit, considering that I'm not a giant fan of pink. There's something melon-y looking about this color, and it's more interesting to me than another cool pink creme. The subtle shimmer reminds me of the way Chanel does shimmer. It's there, but it's a soft whisper of shimmer, rather than a obvious pile of it.


Suzi's Hungary Again has an excellent formula. This is two coats and it applied beautifully! It's very easy to get nice and close to the cuticle and I do like having some nice opaque pinks in my collection.


Overall, I really love Can't Find My Czechbook, Polka.com, and Eurso Euro. I really like the other three too, so I'm glad I don't have to choose just three (or two... or one). I can't wait to try the other half of the collection!



Euro Centrale by OPI  are available now at Professional Salons, including Beauty Brands, Beauty First, Chatters, Dillard’s, JCPenney, Pure Beauty, Regis, Trade Secret, and ULTA, for $9.00 ($10.95 CAN) suggested retail for each Nail Lacquer. 
            For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com. Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!

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