Saturday, November 26, 2016

Zoya Finley and Merida

Zoya is a very underrepresented brand within my collection, but when I saw the stunning polishes in the Fall 2016 Urban Grunge collection I knew I had to have most of them.  Zoya had an amazing promo a few weeks ago where the 3 holo stunner shades were free with the purchase of $30 of other polishes. If you aren't already following Zoya on social media, you need to. They offer great promos like this all the time.
Finley
3 perfect, easy coats. If you do thicker coats than I do, this could for sure be a 2 coaters and possibly a 1 coater. I love this polish, there isn't much else to say. My only complaint is that it didn't wear very well on me, I had some significant chipping on both pointer nails by the end of the day. I have all of the other shades in this finish and I usually get better wear from them. 

Merida
Saved the best for last. I love love love green polish and this did not disappoint! The formula was flawless and this could easily be a 1 coater, but I am a habitual 3 coater. 

Dear Zoya, please make every single color in this scattered holo formula, preferable starting with a rich brick red or burgundy :)

Stay Sparkly,
A


Monday, November 7, 2016

Painted Polish Holo Spam

While Painted Polish's glitter bombs are still my favorite, the linear holographic polishes are really beautiful and so sparkly because of the added holo glitter. I'm sorry that most of these shades are now discontinued, but they are so pretty I didn't want to leave them out. 

2015

2016

 Vampy Valentine Holo

California Dreamin'

Love and Liberty

 Freedom and Firecrackers

Stay Sparkly,
A


Thursday, November 3, 2016

Halloween Nail Art Challenge

I love Halloween and Halloween nail art! Every year I try and do a few themed manis for each holiday, but Halloween is one of my favorites! This year I followed the prompts from Clairestelle8 on instagram to challenge myself to branch out from the typical skull manis that I do this time of year.

Spiders:
Painted Polish Black Widow Baby
Bliss Polish Icy You Staring
OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends!
OPI Having A Big Head Day

Graveyard:
Painted Polish Autumn Twilight
China Glaze Fairy Dust
OPI Do You Have This Color In Stock-holm?
OPI I Am What I Amethyst
OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends!

Black Cats:
China Glaze Whip It Good
China Glaze Treble Maker
China Glaze Liquid Leather
China Glaze White on White

Pumpkins:
Painted Polish Lumber-jacked
OPI Love Angel Music Baby
OPI Can't Afjord Not To
OPI No Stopping Me Now
OPI I'm So Swamped
OPI Let Your Love Shine 

Skulls:
Bliss Polish Expecto Patronum 
Born Pretty Store Water Decal

Bats:
KBShimmer Band Geek
OPI Love Angel Music Baby
Kiss Water Decal

Witches:
China Glaze Ruby Pumps
China Glaze Liquid Leather
China Glaze White on White

Bones:
OPI Never Have Too Mani Friends
OPI Pirouette My Whistle
OPI Alpine Snow

Halloween:
China Glaze Stoked to be Soaked
China Glaze Liquid Leather
China Glaze White on White
Twinkled T Nail Vinyls

Did you do any Halloween nail art this year? Leave a link to your instagram or blog in the comments so I can check it out :)

Stay Spooky ;)
A

Wednesday, October 26, 2016

OPI Holiday 2016 Breakfast at Tiffany's Collection

When I first saw this collection, it didn't scream winter or holiday to me. Not that I'm complaining because this collection has some major winners for me. It is definitely red heavy, but its OPI holiday so that is to be expected. Luckily, even though these are pretty dupable shades they have awesome formulas so it makes it worth it to me. With the glitter polishes in this collection, it seems like OPI is trying to match create some indie like polishes. But I really wish OPI would get the memo and stop making those opaque metallic polishes with metallic mixed in, they just don't work.

Swatches
Meet My "Decorator"
I did 3 thin coats, because I like to not because this polish needed it. This color isn't revolutionary by any means but the formula is wonderful. I love bold orange toned red shades so I'm always happy to add another to my collection.

Got The Mean Reds
2 rich, creamy perfect coats. When OPI nails it, they really nail it. This polish is a bright, luxurious looking red that is perfect for fall and holiday time. Even though I have a near dupe for this shade, I'm a huge red polish fan so I'm happy to have this one.

Can't Read Without My Lipstick
I did 3 thin coats of this rich oxblood polish. The formula is pretty thin, almost in to crelly territory and was slightly patchy. I do absolutely love the color so I think the extra work is worth it.

I Believe In Manicures
I did 3 thin coats to reach even opacity. I don't understand why this polish wasn't named Breakfast at Tiffany's as it is very close to the classic Tiffany blue. The formula was a little thin, but not difficult to apply.

Sunrise... Bedtime
This is pale, rosy pink holographic glitter in a clear base. 3 coats for opacity, but next time I wear this I will be using the sponging method to get better coverage. Even with top coat, this polish dries down really bumpy.

Champagne for Breakfast
This polish is made up of small silver holo glitter particles in a clear but cloudy base. It isn't super densely packed so it can easily be used as a topper polish. It took 4 coats to reach this opacity. Next time I wear this, I will definitely sponge it on because the base is weirdly thick. I think this polish looks really light and etherial, but I have so many better versions of this from Indie brands that I don't see myself using this very often.
Above is 1 coat layered over Can't Read Without My Lipstick. Even though I topped this swatch with a thick coat of HK Girl, you can see the texture that the weird base has.

Comparisons
Meet My "Decorator" vs OPI Tasmanian Devil Made Me Do It vs OPI Red Lights Ahead... Where?
Decorator on middle and pinky fingers, Devil on pointer finger and Red Lights on ring finger. These are all very similar, but none are exact dupes. Decorator has the least white in it, while Red Lights leans the most pink. Red Lights also has a much thinner formula than the other two.

Got The Mean Reds vs OPI Having A Big Head Day vs OPI Love Is In My Cards
Mean Reds on pointer and ring fingers, Big Head on middle finger and Love on pinky finger. Love is a much cooler toned red, and is slightly deeper. Mean Reds and Big Head are incredibly similar, if I'm going to be nit-picky I'd say Big Head is just slightly warmer/more orange toned. But seriously there two are so similar, I don't think it is necessary to have both. All 3 of these polishes have amazing formulas, I don't think you can go wrong with any of these shades.

Can't Read Without My Lipstick vs OPI Malaga Wine vs OPI Guys and Galaxies
Lipstick on my pointer and ring fingers, MW on my middle finger and GG on my pinky. These are definitely not dupes, but I'd call them all shades of the same color. You could get a really smooth gradient from using these 3. I think I like Lipstick and MW best because of the creamier formulas, while I love GG as a color it has a more crelly like formula so I like it less.

I Believe In Manicures vs OPI Sailing and Nailing
Believe on my middle and pinky fingers, Sailing on my pointer and ring fingers. While I'm glad OPI has released so many blue polishes this year, I wish there was a bit more differentiation between the shades. In the bottle these look almost identical, but on the nail the differences are more apparent. Sailing is lighter and has more white in the base.

I don't have anything close to Sunrise.... Bedtime, but I think it is close to OPI Teenage Dream and Painted Polish Plastered In Pink.

Champagne for Breakfast vs OPI My Voice Is A Little Norse vs Painted Polish Drunk On Holo
Champagne on my pointer and ring fingers, PP on my middle finger and Norse on my pinky. Obviously Norse and Champagne aren't dupes but they were my closest OPI options. The PP and Champagne are very similar in concept, but the PP glitter is much more holo and sparkly.

Any other comparisons you would like to see, let me know in the comments. Also, let me know which polish from this collection is your favorite :)

Stay Sparkly,
A

Saturday, October 8, 2016

Saturday Spam Disney!

I'm feeling very Disney deprived lately, so I thought I would put together a spam post of some of my Disneyland themed manis. I almost always match my nails to my ears/outfit for Disneyland days.

First up is the mani I did this week for Disneyland. I wanted it to match the 60th anniversary Minnie Mouse ears I was wearing.
The base is Colors by Llarowe Come Dance The Hora, and the black is OPI We're In The Black.

Here is one of my first (and favorite) Disney manis- a Halloween mani from 3 years ago. I still love this little Jack Skellington/Mickey Mouse combo. This was also one of the first times I attempted free hand nail art :)

And a few more recent Disney Manis. I always theme my outfit/nails for Disneyland.

Disneyland is one of my favorite places to be, and I love dressing themed for the days spent there. 

Stay Sparkly,
A

Wednesday, October 5, 2016

OPI Washington DC Fall 2016 Collection Swatches and Comparisons

OPI fall collections are pretty much always my favorite. I was pretty disappointed by the 2015 fall collection, but this most recent collection is really stunning! I love a classic cream polish, and this collection was full of that kind of perfect polish. I didn't pick up all of the polishes, but I did grab my favorite 6 shades from the collection.
Swatches
Shh... It's Top Secret
Two creamy perfect coats. In the bottle it looks like a pretty basic deep brown, but on the nail it becomes a deep vampy brown with cool toned purple undertones. Its like the vampy older sister to classic OPI polishes like I Sao Paolo Over There and You Don't Know Jacques. I can already tell that this polish is going to become one of my new favorite fall vampy shades. 

Stay Off The Lawn
Two creamy perfect coats. I absolutely adore this polish! Potentially taking the place of OPI Christmas Gone Plaid as my favorite green polish ever!

Madam President
This isn't a super exciting color, but the formula is amazing. This is opaque in one coat, and I didn't even do a thicker coat than normal. If you have a lot of pink shades maybe you can skip this one, but my collection is seriously lacking in pinks so I'm glad to have one with such a perfect formula. 

By Popular Vote
This is a pretty color. It is a basic color. Do I think you need this? No. It has a perfect formula so if pink is your thing then you should pick this color up. I did 2 thin coats for depth of color, but if you do thicker coats this would probably be a 1 coater. 

We The Female
2 thinner coats were all this polish needed for opacity. I love this color, it is perfect for fall! Unfortunately the formula was kind of meh for me. It wasn't thin or runny at all, but it was kind of gloopy of the second coat and when it dried I had some bubbling :(

CIA=Color Is Awesome
2 perfect creamy coats for this stunner. I love this color. 

Comparisons
OPI Shh... It's Top Secret vs OPI Lincoln Park After Dark
 
 Shh on middle and pinky fingers, LPAD on pointer and ring fingers. It is hard to tell in the pics, but I promise these are not dupes, but they are so similar that if you aren't a huge fan of deep vampy colors you definitely don't need both. LPAD is much more plummy, while Shh has more grayed out or taupey purple undertones.

OPI Stay Off The Lawn vs OPI Jade Is The New Black vs Essie Off Tropic vs China Glaze Exotic Encounters
Lawn is on my middle finger, Jade is on my pinky finger, Essie is on my pointer finger and ChG is on my ring finger. These are clearly not dupes, but I love how they look all together. Something worth noting is that all of the comparison polishes have major pigment settling/ugly bottle syndrome. I'm curious to see if Stay Off The Lawn will develop the same ugly bottle syndrome the longer that I have it.

OPI Madam President vs China Glaze Fuchsia Fanatic
OPI on pointer and ring fingers, ChG on middle and pinky fingers. Admittedly I am not the biggest hot pink fan, so I didn't have much to compare it to but I think this is a very dupable shade. These are clearly not dupes, and I much prefer the OPI for color and formula.

OPI By Popular Vote vs OPI Just Beclaus vs OPI Amore At The Grand Canal
Vote is on my pointer and ring finger, Beclaus is on my middle finger and Amore is on my pinky. Definitely not dupes, but all 3 are nice, fall appropriate shades with awesome formulas. 

We The Female vs OPI Just A Little Rosti At This 
Female on pointer and ring finger. Rosti on middle and pinky. These are straight up dupes, if you have one you really do not need the other. I think Rosti has a slightly better formula, but they are dupe city. 

Also because the berry/red shades in this collection are pretty similar, here is a comparison of all 3. 
Female on middle finger, Vote on ring finger and President on pinky. They are thankfully not dupes, but they do look like a pretty gradient all together. 

CIA=Color Is Awesome vs OPI Ski Teal We Drop vs Painted Polish Tide Pool Teal
CIA on pointer and ring finger, Ski on middle finger, and PP on pinky. Ski has more blue in it, even though in the bottles they look very similar. I don't usually include indie polishes in my comparisons, but Tide Pool Teal was a limited edition shade from the summer so if you missed that one, CIA is a dupe. 

What polishes did you pick up from this collection? Let me know in the comments :)

Stay Sparkly,
A