Showing posts with label silver. Show all posts
Showing posts with label silver. Show all posts

Thursday, May 22, 2014

MAC Alluring Aquatic Nail Polishes

The MAC Alluring Aquatic Collection was released today in stores.  For those of you that tried to buy some of the collection online, I hope you were able to get what you were looking for.  I heard that the lipsticks sold out in 15 minutes.  Good to know when a collection from MAC goes live online, it's like Ticketmaster - you have to be ready at the exact time stated and keep refreshing the page.

Luckily, there are other places you can buy products from this collection.  Macy's and Nordstrom have this collection listed online, and if you go in to buy the collection, you might get lucky and snag a bottle of something that is no longer available online.  Like the polish on the far right, Submerged, which is no longer available online at MAC, Nordstrom, or Macy's.

 no base coat, 2 coats Neptune, no top coat

First we have Neptune, which is described as a frost finish polish by MAC.  Luckily, the usual problem of brushstrokes that appear with frost finish polishes is minimal here.  The photo above showcases the color(s) of this polish at its best.  On my index finger (far left) you can see the polish looks like a tarnished gold that almost leans green, while on my pinkie nail (far right), the polish has transformed into a warm copper/bronze color.

 no base coat, 2 coats Neptune, no top coat

And above you can see more of the almost-green flash that is always on the edge of visibility with this polish.  This green flash is visible in person in certain lighting and at certain angles.

 no base coat, 2 coats Shimmerfish, no top coat

This next polish is called Shimmerfish.  Shimmerfish is described as a pearl finish polish.  This polish looks like it's made up of mostly silver flecks with copper flecks of color spread throughout.

 no base coat, 2 coats Shimmerfish, no top coat

While Shimmerfish looks unique, it also appears to be quite similar to at least one polish we've seen from OPI.  Designer, de Better from the OPI Muppets Holiday Collection 2011 has a very similar look.  I do not have Designer, de Better to compare, but if you have that polish, you might not want to buy this polish unless you just want it for the packaging.

 base coat, 2 coats Submerged, no top coat

Now for the last polish in this collection.  Submerged is described as a frost finish polish.  Unfortunately, Submerged tends to have more brushstrokes that show up than were visible with Neptune.  While brushstrokes are visible, this is still a beautiful polish.

 base coat, 2 coats Submerged, no top coat

The main color visible is a strong teal shimmer that leans blue.  While the polish in the bottle looks like it has a strong duochrome that is teal-to-purple, the purple flash is very hard to see in person (and even harder to photograph).

base coat, 2 coats Submerged, no top coat

Above you can see that the purple is barely visible at the top angle of each nail that is thrown into shadow.  The purple is more visible in real life, but is still hard to see in most lighting.

If you are interested in any of these polishes, head down to your nearest MAC counter.  Submerged is no longer available online, but at the time of writing this post, both Neptune and Shimmerfish are still available on the MAC website.

On the packaging: the water droplets on the boxes and bottles are all part of this amazing packaging that houses these polishes.  The packaging is really, in my opinion, what makes these polishes unique.  These three polishes, while being special in that they are not straight cremes or repromotes of previous colors, do look like other polishes out there.  If you are not willing to pay the $17.50US for each polish just for the amazing packaging, you can probably hunt down a close match.

Sunday, March 9, 2014

OPI Muppets Most Wanted Collection Spring 2014

In conjunction with the new Muppets movie, Muppets Most Wanted, OPI has released an eight polish collection for Spring 2014.  Here are six of the eight shades for your perusal.

no base coat, 2 coats Int'l Crime Caper, no top coat

Int'l Crime Caper is a pearlescent white polish that errs on the side of sheer.  What turns this polish from a boring sheer white to a beautiful polish you need to have is the opal-like facets.  A strong pink shimmer (that is much stronger to see in real life than in these photos) runs through the polish, and the pink shimmer is filled with tiny blue flecks.  The above photo is 2 coats, so you can see that the polish is quite build-able, and a third coat would have taken away more of the VNL (visible nail line).

 base coat, 2 coats Miss Piggy's Big Number, no top coat

Now when I was at my local beauty supply store scoping out this collection, I kept picking up and putting back this beauty, Miss Piggy's Big Number, because I knew it looked like a polish I had, I just couldn't remember what polish that was.  And then I got home, and discovered I found a perfect dupe for Chanel's Bel-Argus.

(from left to right in photo with base coat on all and no top coat) 2 coats Bel-Argus, 2 coats Miss Piggy's Big Number, 2 coats Bel Argus, 2 coats Miss Piggy's Big Number

Just like Bel-Argus, Miss Piggy's Big Number is a pearly blue that has a hint of purple at its edges.  This is almost a frost, but does not feature enough brush strokes to be a strict frost-finish.  The pearl/chrome-like finish means that this polish is highly reflective and has a beautiful blue shine that is stronger in direct lighting like direct sunlight.

 no base coat, 2 coats Kermit Me to Speak, no top coat

Kermit Me to Speak may have looked like Next Stop…The Bikini Zone from the recent OPI Brazil collection, or Peace & Love & OPI (which in turn looked similar to Not Like the Movies), in the promotional photos, but this polish is unique in color and duochrome shift.  The base color appears to be gold with a rose colored shift.  By itself, the rose-hued aspect overwhelms the gold, or any other color in the polish, making it look less like a duochrome, and more like a shimmer.

base coat, 2 coats Sinful Colors Whipped, 1 coat Kermit Me to Speak, no top coat

Put Kermit Me to Speak over black, and the duochrome finish is vastly enhanced.  Each color variation between the gold and rose can be seen when you move your fingers about.  

base coat, 2 coats Sinful Colors Whipped, 1 coat Kermit Me to Speak, no top coat

Also not seen unless you layer this polish over black is the green undertone of the duochrome that shows up if you hold your nails parallel to a flat surface, changing this polish from a duochrome to a trichrome.  

 base coat, 1 coat Sinful Colors Whipped, 1 coat Let's Do Anything We Want!, no top coat

One of the three glitters in this collection is Let's Do Anything We Want! which features small rose-pink hexagonal glitter and medium-large matte white square glitter in a clear base.  Although the prominent glitter is the rose-pink glitter, there are enough white squares that you don't have to fish out the squares from the bottle in order to try and get a few on each nail.  The different shapes and sizes of this glitter polish make it an adventurous combination, with soft pink and white coloring to tone down the extreme differences in the glitter.

 base coat, 1 coat Sinful Colors Whipped, 1 coat Gaining Mole-Mentum, no top coat

Gaining Mole-Mentum is made up of interesting shaped shard-like glitter pieces in a clear base.  The glitter pieces are mostly medium sized and are gold and copper/rose-pink in color.  One coat gives great distribution across the whole nail bed - no need for dabbling it on in bald spots because there are none to cover up!

base coat, 1 coat Sinful Colors Whipped, 1 coat Muppets World Tour, no top coat

The last glitter polish in this collection is Muppets World Tour.  Featuring micro silver glitter with larger  silver hexes and even larger pink, rose, and blue hexes (which are still relatively small in size) in a clear base.  One coat gives even coverage, but this polish is still not so glitter-packed as to be able to be worn alone as a full-coverage glitter polish.

The other two polishes in this collection that I did not pick up were I Love Applause, a slightly sheer pink creme, and Chillin' Like a Villain, a slightly sheer peach creme.  When I tested both of these on tape inside the store, both were streaky at one coat so I passed on them.  If you don't have a peach creme or a pink creme, you might want to take a look at these two.

The glitter polishes in this collection were quite unique and the other non-creme polishes pictured above all feature at least a slight shift of color that make them interesting and fun to wear.  Do you think you'll pick any of these lacquers up?  Have you already seen them in person?  Which is your favorite?

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Nails Inc Galaxy in Trafalgar Crescent

New at Sephora from Nails Inc. are three polishes from the Galaxy collection.  Today I have one of those three polishes to share with you: Trafalgar Crescent.

First up, let's examine Trafalgar Crescent on its own.

 no base coat, 2 coats of Trafalgar Crescent, no top coat

The beautiful thing about this lacquer is that you can not only wear it on its own, but you can also layer it over another color to bring out the iridescent shimmer that is strongly present in this polish.

 no base coat, 2 coats of Trafalgar Crescent, no top coat

And now let's examine how just one coat looks over a plain white creme:

 no base coat, 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow - Matte, 1 coat of Trafalgar Crescent, no top coat

For some very odd reason the white base looks like it is tinted yellow under this polish.  Now, I didn't notice this when I was taking photos of this swatch, but it could be either the white polish that is old, or it could be the iridescent base that makes this polish lean off-white rather than look completely white.

 no base coat, 2 coats of OPI Alpine Snow - Matte, 1 coat of Trafalgar Crescent, no top coat

The above image is one of the better examples of the indigo/violet shimmer that is strongly present in this polish.  In some lights the shimmer looks completely purple, but over black (as seen below), the blue sheen becomes apparent.

Below is where this polish really shines - one coat over a straight black creme polish.

 base coat, 1 coat of Fantasy Makers Darkest Hour, 1 coat of Trafalgar Crescent, no top coat

base coat, 1 coat of Fantasy Makers Darkest Hour, 1 coat of Trafalgar Crescent, no top coat

These polishes are now available in Sephora stores as well as online.  Trafalgar Crescent is a perfect winter polish.  A mix of medium sized silver hexagonal glitter with smaller holographic hexagonal glitter all suspended in a shimmering violet/indigo base.

The other two colors in the collection are Knightsbridge Road and Buckingham Court, a mostly gold glitter and a mostly red glitter.  Unlike Trafalgar Crescent, the other two do not have iridescent shimmer in the base (or at least from what I could see when I tried them on in store).

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Tiffany Diamonds

Ah...the famous blue box.

This design is quite simple and looks good with a combination of colors, but when I layered the silver over that ubiquitous shade of blue, I had a certain diamond in mind....

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Diamond ring, that is!

Tiffany & Co. hold a copyright to that famous blue shade, so no nail polish matches exactly, but China Glaze's For Audrey is quite similar (and is meant as a reference to Breakfast At Tiffany's/Audrey Hepburn/etc). There are a few similar shades (almost dupes) to the famous Tiffany's color and For Audrey; Orly's Gumdrop is one of those almost-dupe colors. For this manicure I used Gumdrop and Dazzle, which is also by Orly.

For Step 1, you start with your base color. This is two coats of Gumdrop (though I could have gotten away with one, which is why this is such a great polish to use).

Step 2 is where the blue painter's tape comes in! You'll need four strips of tape for each nail, and the width of the strip doesn't matter, just as long as it can cover your whole nail diagonally.

Begin with two strips. Place one strip diagonally on your nail, where the top of the strip starts at the upper left corner of your nail bed and travels across to the middle-right of your nail. Taking the second strip, place it parallel to the first strip, where it will begin at the middle-left of your nail and hit just past center-right.

Now the objective is to complete the square/diamond, so keep in mind that you want the next two strips of tape to lay on the nail in a similar fashion to the first two. So, you'll start with strip 3 (the first strip in this second set), and place it from top right diagonally across your nail to middle-left. The final strip will complete the square shape, so place it where you need to (around mid-right to just past center-left) in order to have the last two strips be parallel to each other, while being perpendicular with the first two strips of tape. If you need to rearrange the strips, pick up the last two that you applied, and try laying them on the nail at a different angle to see if you get a better diamond/square shape than before.

Step 3 is to simply add a top coat!

And there you go! Now you have a diamond for every finger!

So what do you think? Does this design bring to mind diamond engagement rings from a certain blue-boxed company?

The great thing about this design is that it works with any size nail, you just have to angle the tape strips to fit across your nails. For longer nails, you can even do a row of diamonds down the center of each nail!

Thanks for stopping by!

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

4th of July Manicure with Born Pretty Dotting Tools

Hello! Hope everyone is having a fabulous evening!

For the Fourth of July I wanted to do a sparkly red, silver, and blue manicure with nail art. So out popped the dotting tools, since that's the extent of my "free-handing" techniques. Quite a while ago I was asked if I'd like to review a few products from the Born Pretty Store, which sells beauty supplies online (nail polishing supplies in particular). Now that I've had a chance to try them out, I'd like to share my experience with you while sharing a nail design at the same time.

Below are the colors I chose for this manicure:

From Upper Left to Lower Right: Orly Dazzle, Nicole by OPI Make a Comet-ment, OPI What's with the Cattitude?, OPI Ogre-the-Top Blue, American Apparel Downtown LA, Lippmann Collection It's Delovely.

The above photograph shows the dotting tools from Born Pretty. In this set, there are five dotting tools. Each dotting tool is double sided, where one set of the sides consists of the same size end for each dotting tool, while the opposite set of sides consists of a different sized end for each dotting tool ranging from a fine point to a almost 1/8th an inch wide. For this manicure, I used the set of sides that varied in sizes.

Step 1 begins with base coat and two coats of Orly Dazzle. Because I wanted to use a sparkly silver polish as the base, I already knew I liked NOPI's Make a Comet-ment over Orly's Dazzle, so Steps 1 and 2 are basically the foundation color for the nail art dots.

Step 2 is to add two coats of Nicole by OPI's Make a Comet-ment. These pictures do not showcase this lacquer to its true potential. Make a Comet-ment is highly 'blingy' and sparkles even in indirect sunlight (as seen above), as well as it dazzles in direct sunlight. I added a quick dry topcoat to speed up the drying time.

Step 3 is adding the first column of dots. My conceptual idea for this manicure was to have the dots in rows where each row of dots varies in size and color, with the middle two rows being larger dots and bolder/darker colors than the two rows on the sides.

This step is the hardest out of the four that consist of adding dots, because in this step, you have to decide where to place the first column of dots, keeping in mind that there will be three other columns of dots that must fit and be relatively uniform in pattern. Try placing the dots to the right or left of 'center' so that the next column can go on the opposite side of the (imaginary) center line.

And now for the second column of dots! Using Downtown LA and a smaller dotting tool than the one used in Step 3, line up a column of dots on the opposite side of the center line of your nail than the first column of dots was placed on. To make this second column of dots appear visually smaller, not only should you use a smaller dotting tool than used in Step 3, but you should also try to fit in more dots in the same amount of space the first column of dots took up. The visual quality of seeing more dots grouped together in the same length as the first column of dots will strengthen the effect of the second column of dots being smaller than the first.

Now begins the first column of side dots. Using a lighter shade of blue than the first (here I used OPI's What's with the Cattitude?), choose a dotting tool that is smaller than the one used for the second row of dots in Step 4, because the goal is to get each column of dots to look smaller (or larger) than the others.

Depending on the width of your nail bed, you may have more room to space your column of dots farther apart than if your nail beds are more narrow. Also, try to keep the dots on the background color, rather than trying to fit more dots within the column by letting them bleed onto the natural nail.

Step 6 is the final column of dots to be added. Using the lighter red shade (It's Delovely by Deborah Lippmann/Lippmann Collection), add a column of dots next to the original red shade remembering to use a smaller dotting tool than was used for the last 3 columns of dots.

And now you're done!

The above photograph was taken in direct (fading) sunlight. You can barely see the glossy shine from the final top coat, and a hint of the silver sparkle is visible underneath the dots as well.

So there is my final manicure for the Fourth of July! Did you do any nail art for the fourth (or your national holiday, whatever it may be) this year? I did see some other dot art for the Fourth on other blogs, and I can see why! This is a fun, easy tool that lets you create an eye-popping design without the frustration or hassle of real free-handed art.

If you're interested in purchasing some dotting tools, I highly recommend this set from Born Pretty. The range of sizes for the circumference of the dots each tool gives you is varied enough that you won't have to worry about trying to find a pin or a ball point pen to make into an additional dotting tool. Also, the prices are quite reasonable, especially compared to the cost of dotting tools at brick-and-mortar beauty supply stores.

A final tip on the dotting tools, if you've never used them before, my method for "painting" with them consists of having an index card (or other thick card stock) nearby. I drop a few drops of polish in a little pile onto the card, and then I lightly touch the end of the dotting tool into the nail polish on the card. I practice stamping once or twice on the card, and then when I am using the dotting tools on my nails, I use one dip in the polish for one dot on the nail, and repeat as needed. There is no hassle for clean up on the dotting tools. Just a little acetone on a cotton pad will rub away the nail polish left over from your nail art!

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