Showing posts with label Golds. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Golds. Show all posts

Monday, December 3, 2012

O.P.I Skyfall Collection Swatches

Hey it's Monday! 

  Ugh! Anywho! I FINALLY have swatches of the O.P.I Skyfall Collection for you guys! This collection was released as O.P.I's Holiday collection and was inspired by the new James Bond movie; Skyfall. I'm personally not a James Bond fan. I've only seen a few movies about the famous spy but I was young and didn't get them lol. I also didn't speak English haha! BUT I do LOVE these polishes and they are perfect, not only for the Holiday season, but a great representation of Bond-Girl style and class. 
 To see swatches of the whole collection just continue reading after the jump. ♥

Monday, October 29, 2012

Muffin Monday!! Aphrodite Lacquers Rumrunner gets "Giltified"

Happy Muffin Monday!!

  It has been SO long since the last time I did a Muffin Monday. I miss having my kittehs halp on the blog. Have you guys missed Miss Muffin? She sure has had a nice little break, but it was time to have her come back and help me with my Monday picks :D. I literally could not decide which of my Aphrodite Lacquers I wanted to go with, so I had Muffin pick for me. As usual she picked a total win! Well, all of the options are total wins... Onto the kitteh!

Aphrodite Lacquers Rumrunner
  This is such an amazing color I don't even know where to begin. Rumrunner is an amazing Berry toned jelly base packed full of different tones of small Red, Pink and Berry hexes and smaller Silver twinkle glitter. Uh-MAZING! I absolutely LOVE the fact that it is an opaque polish and it does not need to be layered. This color really does remind me of a tall, delicious drink! I used Three thin coats for full opacity. I love this jelly sammich in a bottle.

  Since I actually got to rock this over the weekend I layered my Zoya Gilty Gold flake top coat. I could not stop staring at my nails. I could have worn this for ever! I topped it all off with Cult Nails Wicked Fast  top coat.
 Muffin is happy to be back and I am so happy to have her help me decide which amazing polishes to wear again. I can't believe how long it had been since I last had Miss Muffin on the blog. That makes me feel bad mm'kaay... Muffin Mondays are an LTHP tradition, I shall try to keep up with it like I used to!

Thanks for stopping by!

(**Aprhodite Lacquer provided for review**)

Saturday, October 27, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day Ten: Gradient Nails

Happy Caturday! 

  Today Rie, Sammy and myself are taking on the Tenth prompt in the 31 Day Challenge. The task is gradient nails. I went for an all Zoya look. ANDDDDD I finally got to try out my Gilty 18k Gold flake top coat... Instant love!
 For this look I started with a base of Zoya Cho. For the gradient I used Zoya Cho, Bevin and Natty. I topped off my gradient with some Cult Nails Wicked Fast then followed by the Gilty 18k Gold flake. I.LOVE.This!!! It looks so pretty with the Gold flake on top. I am SO glad I got this set from Zoya. BTW!! Zoya has brought back the Gilty Set for a limited time, so if you missed out the first time around, this is your chance to get in on it!! 


  Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Gradient looks for day Ten!


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

31 Day Challenge 2012! Day Eight: Metallic Nails

Good evening dahlings! 

  My slacker bum finally sat down to do today's challenge prompt about Two hours ago. Sammy and Rie posted earlier today. I believe Miss Rie had quite a fun night and was also runnin late today lol! My excuse? I got caught up with a hair color project over the weekend (still not finished), and had no time to do my challenge nails. 
  Also, a bit of news... I had a doc appointment earlier today and finally got an answer as to what has been making me ill, turned out to be Crohn's Disease. At this point I am just glad to have an answer and can finally get on an official treatment plan. So there's that... 
  I had a hard time coming up with a look for today's look. I couldn't decide what kind of metallic I wanted to go with... Glassfleck metallic? Shimmer? Glitter? Chrome-y? And then, there it was, like a shining beacon... My O.P.I Goldeneye from the new Skyfall Collection! It was a done deal... 
 Yeah.. I'm rocking a shatter! The base color is Three coats of O.P.I Goldeneye. Once my base was really dry I applied my Silver Shatter. The contrast of the Silver against the warm, Honey Gold is so much more awesome than I thought it would be. I topped it all off with some Seche Vite. The look was definitely metallic.... 

 Now don't forget to stop by my challenge partners Rie and Sam's to see their Metallic looks for day Eight!



Monday, October 15, 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection- Holiday 2012 Swatches

Hello and dreadful Monday.... 

  But, you know what would make any Monday better? This Holiday Collection by Zoya!!! Glassfleck holos, dense metallic shimmers and even an obnoxiously awesome bar glitter... Sign me up for that! This collection of Six colors is one of the strongest groups I have seen Zoya release in a while. This might also be one of the more anticipated Holiday collections, definitely the first one to make its way to me. I am over the moon with this collection and shall rant more about how much I LOVE these as the post goes on. 
 One of the biggest things that got me with this collection is that they are not your typical "Holiday Colors". Do they scream Holiday? In my opinion, absolutely! Think of chic New York store decorations, etc... They are shimmery, rich and truly "Ornate"(Ahhhh ahhh see what I did there lolol). Ultimately I love that it is not a collection full of Red cremes and  Green mediocrity. I bow down to the brilliant Zoya Fairies who worked on this collection. So! Onto the colors!

Zoya Aurora
 Aurora was an immediate stand-out for me. Aurora is the most perfect shade of medium Red toned Purple dense "jelly" packed full of small Holographic glassfleck. This polish is just perfection in every way. In the right light the holographic effect is almost linear. I can tell you that I have not had a Purple polish blow me away like Aurora did in a very long time. Formula- wise this color is easy to work with and does best in Three thin coats. If you love Purple... You will absolutely need this beautiful polish.

Zoya Logan
 Where do I even start?! So beautiful... Should have sent a poet.... (lolol the realms of my nerdiness knows no bound). So! Logan! It is the most perfect shade of darkened Emerald green micro shimmer that all blends beautifully to create a foil- like surface. This shade of Green has quite a bit of Blue in it so it makes it a very unique shade of Green. There is also a fine Golden micro shimmer laced in with the Green that warms up the colors and gives it a perfect Holiday glow. I could have done with Two coats but I went with Three thinner coats instead.

Zoya Storm
 Storm is a simple black creamy-jelly packed full of Holographic Glassflecks. The look is very cosmic and twinkly with Storm. Where Storm differs from other "Twinkly blacks" is in those glassflecks. generally colors like these are packed in small to micro glitter that can make the surface of the polish gritty or bumpy. There is non of that with Storm, every glassfleck lays flat and the surface is smooth and shiny. Storm does best in Three thin coats.

Zoya Electra
  Electra is for the BOLD! Electra is made up of TONS of fine bar glitters, Silver Holographic in finish, suspended in a clear base. I'm sure this is more meant to be layered but as you can see, it definitely achieves full coverage on it's own. How many coats you ask? Only Three! My nails looked like they were covered in shredded tinsel and I was loving every second of it!

Zoya Electra over Zoya Logan
 I just HAD to see it over Logan. I know Halloween has not even passed but doesn't looking at this make you wish for the Holidays to get here faster!?

Zoya Blaze
  Blaze is a saturated Raspberry jelly base packed full of those same Holo glassflecks we saw in Aurora and Storm. They could be called sister polishes, just in different tones. Blaze practically applies itself. This color could be worn at just Two coats but I did Three for photos. Blaze is like holographic Velvet.

Zoya Ziv
  Last but most def not least is the stunning Ziv. Oh.My.Wow! Ziv is a very warm shade of Gold foil accented by, what looks to me like, coppery micro glassflecks and even small Gold flakes. And here I was thinking all Gold foils are pretty much the same.. WRONG! Ziv is out of this world! The amazing thing about this color is that the finish is practically Chrome-like but it is SO much more beautiful and refined than any other Golden metallic polish that has been released this Fall season. For Ziv I used Two coats.

  Bet you forgot it was Monday didn't you!? Aren't these just amazing! I never hold my breath when I see Press Releases, but I knew from the get-go that this collection by Zoya was going to blow me away. There really isn't much more to say that I have not already said. Individually and as a group, these colors are to die for and very much unique in my collection (that alone is a feat as my collection is... o.O). These are the types of shades that the nail polish community will talk about years from now and still be in total awe of their beauty.

  The Ornate Collection is available now from Zoya.com. The set retails for $48 and each individual color for $8.00. If I had to pick faves I'd def go for Aurora, Logan, Ziv and Electra.

*golf clap for Zoya* Brava Faries! Brava!!

(**Zoya Ornate collection provided for review**)

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Nicole by O.P.I Fall Target Exclusives- 2012

Happy Humpday!!! 

  Today I have a swatch post for you guys. I had been eagerly awaiting these Nicole by O.P.I Fall Target exclusives from the moment I saw the press release. Nicole by O.P.I has consistently released some of my favorite colors for 2012. This Fall collection might just be the cherry on top of a fantastic year for NOPI.
 To see close-ups just continue reading.

Sunday, July 15, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Swagga Like Us and Sugar Daddy

Happy Sunday!! 

  Today I have Two metallic duochromes by Deborah Lippmann. I was lucky enough to receive these as a gift from the lovely people at Neiman Marcus- Millenia. 

Deborah Lippmann Swagga Like Us
 This is Swagga Like Us. This polish is in the same family as Chanel Peridot and O.P.I Just Spotted the Lizard. This is a rich Coppery- Golden with a Peacock tone duochrome. The duochrome is much more evident in the bottle than it is on the nail and that is my problem with all of these shades. They look SO mind blowing in the bottle but on the nail they are not nearly as spectacular. The formula on this polish is really easy to work with and it is not as brush strokey as I was expecting it to be. As it dries the strokes completely disappear. I used Two coats for this swatch.

Deborah Lippmann Sugar Daddy
 Sugar Daddy is a lovely Champagne toned metallic with flashes of a Rosey duochrome. This polish is a lovely concept but it does not work well with my skin tone. I really like how it looks like vintage jewelry. The formula on this polish was also great to work with and much like Swagga Like Us the brush strokes disappear as it dries. Like many of these metallic duochromes this polish is not without its dupes. If you love this shade but are not feeling that price tag then check out Nails Inc. in Stratford.
I hope you guys have a great Sunday. I will have some comps of my suspected dupes really soon.

Thanks for stopping by!
(**DL products gifted by Neiman Marcus**)

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

China Glaze Fast Track Gradient Nail Art

Good morning loves!

  Today I have another color from The Hunger Games Collection. Along with Luxe and Lush, I also picked up Fast Track and Riveting. Today I will be showing you Fast Track. I was on the fence about this color but finally decided to take the plunge and just go for it because once it is gone it is gone and I'd hate to feel like I missed out on a color I could have loved. Fast Track is a lovely color with amazing shimmer but sadly, it did not do any favors for my skin tone so I did this....
 So I started with Two coats of Fast Track. Since I was not LOVING how it looked on me I spiced it up with some contrasting sponging. I lightly sponged on the tips with China Glaze Glittering Garland and on top of that I added some Zoya Ivanka to give it extra sparkle and depth. Once I had the gradient going I was actually over the moon with this look (which I wore to go see The Hunger Games BTW).
 To see swatches of Fast Track just keep reading after the jump.

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Mini Milani Sunday Spammy!

Hi loves and happy Sunday (Friday to me)!!

  Today I have some mini-spam for you guys. These Three pretties are a part of Milani's new shades for Spring 2012.
 To see swatches of these Milani pretties just keep reading after the jump.

Saturday, December 31, 2011

Flashy New Year's Eve!

Happy New Year's Eve loves!!

  How cute is this?! Chalkboard Nails did an awesome Gold and Black mani not too long ago and that gave me the inspiration for this New Year's Eve mani. I loved the color combination and I absolutely agree with her on the though that Gold and Black= NYE. My look is lacking one major cool factor that hers has... That amazing Black square glitter... What do I have to do to get my hands on THAT?! Well anyways.. I got this little stamp in a kit and I immediatelly thought of a NYE mani. Cheers!!

  So for this festive look I started with one coat of China Glaze Midnight Kiss and then layered Three coats of CG Lighthouse over the Gold foil to really make the Golden tones in Lighthouse come to lfe. The stamp comes from a Salon Express kit. The plate was SE22 and I used Konad Black Special Polish. For a full review of Salon Express kits head over to Vampy Varnish. This was not the most pleasant plate to work with. The results are better than I was expecting for the cost of the entire kit... I'm not too mad at how these turned out. Then to give the effect that the stars were "raining down my nail" I sponged the tips of my nails with Color Club Take the Stage and Deborah Lippmann Boom Boom Pow. I topped it all off with some SV followed by INM Northern Lights. Have a safe and aweone NYE everyone!!! See you again next year!

Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina 

Monday, December 19, 2011

Muffin Monday!! China Glaze Midnight Kiss Holiday Nail Art

Happy Muffin Monday!!

  I cannot believe that Christmas is just right around the corner!! Where has this year gone? I don't know about you guys but it has gone by waaay too fast for me. Not that I am complaining or anything... But it has been a fast year for me. Today I have for you guys some simple and cute Holiday nail art using Muffin's pick. The color she chose for me today was and still is one of my favorite China Glaze colors. For this design I used all China Glaze colors from last years Holiday collection, which I absolutely loved. I think last years collection was much stronger than this years. But enough about the past lool.... Onto some nails!
 For this look I started with Two coats of my favorite Gold foil and Muffin's pick of the day: Midnight Kiss. Then , because it is hardly a Holiday mani without MORE sparkle, I sponged the tips of my nails using the EPIC Party Hearty. For some extra cuteness I added a cute stamp using Bundle Monster plate BM14 and Jolly Holly. I had to go back with a fine brush and paint over the leaves because the stamp was much to light. To accent the stamp I added Red gems for the berries. I love this simple but totally Holiday look :D.

Miss Muffin <3!

 This is Midnight Kiss. The most perfect Gold foil ever! It has an effortless Two coat formula and dries super quick. 
  I hope ya'll have all your Holiday shopping done :D! I still have some wrapping to do and some presents to mail out but it will get done lool! I wish Christmas lasted longer...

 Happy Muffin Monday!!
♥ Cristina

Thursday, October 27, 2011

31 Day Challenge! Day 18- Half Moon Nails

Hello lovely peeps!!!

  Welcome to day 18 of the challenge! Can I just say how proud I am of Sam, Rie and myself for actually making it this far :D! Today's task is Half Moon nails. I am madly in love with today's look. It's so simple and yet so eye catching. 
 So for this look I started with Two coats of Bettina's Celebrate which is a really pretty Gold Foil. Close to China Glaze's Midnight Kiss but just a bit lighter. Once that was dry I went over the top with A England's Galahad. Let me tell you guys about Galahad... It's the most stunning shade of Fall-perfect Teal. The formula... Holy Jeebs the formula on this... It's amazing! I've never used a creme with a formula quite like this one. It is so opaque but not thick.... Ughhh just perfect. Also a major perk is that I am completely dupeless for Galahad, so yay for that! I had already started loosing Sun here so I had to use this weird angle. The contrast between the foil and the creme really make this special for me.

I hope you guys like these as much as I do :D! Don't forget to check out Sam and Rie's blogs to see their  Half Moon nails!

Tomorrow's challenge should be fun! Galaxy nails!!
♥ Cristina

(**Some of the products featured were provided by the manufacturer**)

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Pink Wednesday!! China Glaze Strawberry Fields Golden Gradient and a Sponging Tutorial

Hi loves and happy Pink Wednesday!

  For today I decided to revisit one of my very favorite Pinks. For some reason I've only worn it once before and that's a shame because Strawberry Fields is just soo pretty and classic! I think just about everyone is familiar with this color because it's just so special and China Glaze at it's shimmery best!
  So for this simple look I started with Two coats of Strawberry Fields and then I sponged the tips with China Glaze's Midnight Kiss. I really love how the Golden sparkle in Midnight Kiss blends into the sparkle in Strawberry Fields. I love how simple this look is but it really makes a statement.


And here is Strawberry Fields on her own. Do I need to say much or should I just let the pics do the talking?

♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥

And [HERE] is a tutorial on how I did this look. Also!! I got a new camera to be able to do proper tutorials soon!! 


Happy Pink Wednesday and thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Color Club Back to Boho Collection Swatches: Part 2

Hi Loves!!!

Today I have the Second half of Color Clubs Back to Boho Collection. To see the first half just click [HERE]. This half has the more deep and shimmery colors in the collection.
Red-ical Gypsy. A sexy crimson Red jelly/ creme. I absolutely love this color. It's a great Fall Red. great two coat formula.

Boho Mojo. Light Silver frost. Do. not. like. I hope that polish companies arent trying to push frost on us again.
Vodoo you Do. Now this is more like it. This is quite the interesting color. It's somewhere between Gunmetal and Navy and then there is the lovely Silvery shimmer. Another Two coater.


Nouveau Vintage is the most amazing Brown shimmer and this is also the only true shimmer in the whole collection. It is made up of a Maroon base with Brown and Green micro glitter in it. This one is also a Two coater.

Blue- topia. Amazing, inky Navy Blue jelly. Simple and gorgeous. I think this may have killed my lemming for Nars Midnight Express. IDK how close they are but Color Club had me at Navy Jelly.

And finally we have Artsy Crafty. A hunter Green creme that is just beautiful. Two easy coats. I then layered Tattered in Gold and wore the combo for a few days.

  I pretty much spilled my guts about how I feel about this collection in the first part post which I have linked above. But in a nutshell for those who don't feel like clicking.... I love the colors individually but as a collection they seem a bit random. The formula is great on all of these and I really love the Color Club brush as well. I wish there had been a a bit more glitter and flash since there have been so many creme based collections this fall but I do love cremes and people with smaller collections will find a lot of great core colors to have in this 12 color group.

Which are your faves?
♥ Cristina

(**Products sent for Review**)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Dr.'s Remedy Summer 2011 Collection Swatches

Hi loves!!!

  Today I have swatches of Dr.'s Remedy Summer collection. This group consists of Three gorgeous metallics and Two classic cremes. 
This is the amazing Tranquil Tangerine. Now... there isn't anything tranquil about this color. It's bold and vibrant and amazing! I don't own anything like this. The formula on this baby is amazing! Actually all Three metallics have an excellent Two coat formula. What I love is that it is not streaky. These are true foil metallics.

This is Bold Baby Blue. Now I think that Tranquil Tangerine  and Bold Baby Blue  should exchange names lol. I see this soft metallic Sky Blue as being tranquil and the tangerine as being bold lol.. That's just me though. I really loved this one. It was like robot nails. Once again I love that it is a smooth metallic foil finish and there are no brushstrokes.

Glee oh Glee. I love this one! It is a soft Gold metallic/ foil. This one is one of those colors that will flatter a lot of skin tones but will really shine on darker complexions. There are a few bloggers I can think of that could really bring this color to life. 

 This one is Lovely Lavender. OMG the formula on this sucker is incredible. I almost left it at one coat. Anywho, Lovely Lavender is  pretty Greyed out Lavender creme. This one is a solid Two coater and has a high shine formula.

 Last but not least is Nurture Nude Pink. I wish I could have gotten Sunlight pics of this but the Sun has not been cooperating much. Ok so it is established that this is a pretty standard nude Pink tone. What my picture is not showing very well is the lovely hidden Pink shimmer a la Cult Nails Crusin Nude. This one is a Three coater but the formula flows easily and dries quick as well.

 I like that this collection has a little bit of Bold, a little bit of classic and a little bit of standards. My top pick has to be Tranquil Tangerine. The orange lover in me just cannot get enough of how bright and juicy it looks. My second favorite is actually Nurture Nude Pink. Why? I loved the formula and I love me some soft seashell Pinks. They are clean and detoxifying. You can visit the Dr.'r Remedy site by clicking on the link on my right hand side bar Link Love Section. Check out their Facebook Page for more goodies!

What are your thoughts on this collection?
<3 Cristina

(**Products sent for review**)