Showing posts with label Metallic. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Metallic. Show all posts

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Nail Art with Shades from the Zoya Ignite Collection

(**Press Samples**)
 Ahh Zoya. You and your perfect Fall collections will forever have a special place in my heart. This look features shades from the amazing Ignite collection for Fall 2014. I am just blown away by the richness and opulence of these shades. For this look I wanted to incorporate Three of the shades in a slightly Steampunk- Boba Fett fashion. This look features Zoya Yuna and Zoya Remy in a gradient, and Zoya Autumn as the freehanded accent.

Zoya Yuna- Zoya describes Yuna as  a full-coverage warm grey with copper and gold liquid metal. This shade is stunning and so unique. I love the strong golden shimmer that gives it an almost duochrome look. 
Zoya Remy- Zoya describes Remy as a  a brilliant indigo with copper and gold liquid metallic shimmer. This shade is MAGICAL. If you were a fan of Charla you will absolutely LOVE Remy. She is so saturated and richly pigmented that she practically jumps off the nails. 
Zoya Autumn- Zoya describes Autumn as  a varnished copper liquid metal. I was on the fence about this color until I saw her in action. She has a beautiful glowy quality and is just spectacular. 
 I really love these ultra reflective shades. These beauties are bold and beautiful and so very unique. I am definitely thoroughly enjoying the Ignite Collection by Zoya. These beauties also coordinate so well, they are beautiful as nail art. The Ignite collection is available now from

Did you pick up any of these shades? Also, thoughts on glam Boba nails? 

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Milani Bella Eyes Gel Powder Eye Shadows

(**Press Samples**)

 Happy Tuesday! Today I am so excited to share my swatches and thoughts on this new line of eye products from my beloved Milani. Say hello to the new Bella Eyes Gel Powder eye Shadow collection. For this release Milani has created 30 new beautiful eye shadows ranging from gorgeous neutrals to striking metallics and beautiful brights with the most wonderful gel-powder formula. To see swatches and find out more about these beauties keep on reading!

Friday, March 7, 2014

Friday Fun with Nicole by O.P.I Nail Color

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Friday!! 

  I'm sorry this has been such a quiet week around here. I'm just starting to feel slightly better from that nasty little cold I caught. It could not have come at a worse time. I was supposed to be packing up stuff for our move this Saturday. LTHP and husband will be relocating to the South East coast of Florida. However, it is not a huuuuge move as we are only relocating from Sarasota, FL; from coast to coast... exciting stuff... 
  Anyhow, I wanted to check in and share these looks I've worn recently. I've been slacking some this past week since I was so sick... But, my nails were looking FAAAAAB! Sometimes I really dig manis that are really simple, with just a hint of something sparkly to make it special. 
 photo Feb202014_zps45b53994.jpg

 This first look is just a simple sparkling gradient with Nicole by O.P.I Sweet Surrender as the base color and Fab is my Middle Name sponged on the tips for a sparkling gradient look. Both of these shades are part of the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 core line expansion. Sweet Surrender is a beautiful mily off White. The formula is nice, very smooth and surprisingly opaque. I used two coats of this color. Fab is my Middle Name is a re-release. This glitter was originally created for the core line back in Spring of 2012 [original review can be found here]. I finished this look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
 photo DSCN7439_zpsfdf3c455.jpg

One can never really go wrong with a nice chunky glitter, now can they? These two pretties also come from the Nicole by O.P.I 2014 Core expansion. The awesome diamond- shaped topper is called Be Awesome. It definitely lives up to its name. This glitter is just so much fun. The diamonds are Pink, Blue and Coppery shifters. There was no fishing or troubles with the pieces. What you see was completely random :D. A video on my glitter application technique can be found [HERE]. Finished off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
 photo DSCN7345_zpsf2e0c9ff.jpg

 Last but not least is this Nudey- with- a- pop- of- Teal cloudy look. These shade also come from the same collection. The base color is Nicole by O.P.I That's Putting it Mild. I only needed two coats of this beautiful Almond toned creme. For my pop of Teal I used Emerald Empowered which is a beautiful shade of shimmery metallic.... TEAL. Definitely not Emerald. Still gorg though. The final cloud is Nicole by O.P.I Taupe of my Class. Which is your classic shade of brown-tone Taupe-y goodness. I finished these off with KBShimmer Clearly on Top. 
 photo DSCN7526_zpse9c828e7.jpg
Thanks for stopping by today my painted beauties!! I hope I can be back up and running very soon. Our move should be a smooth one since we don't have much to move, or a very long way to go.. Still, send some good vibes our way ♥. 

Have a beautiful weekend everyone! 

Friday, January 10, 2014

China Glaze Crinkled Chromes Collection Swatches

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Friday everyone!! 

Two words: Crinkled Chromes... What? I can't recall a collection causing so much conflict within me since.. ever. When I first read about these a few months back, I was slightly confused. I could not wrap my brain around the concept of a textured chrome. How would they go about this? It looked awfully weird in my head. This meant that I just HAAAAAD to see them in person and try them for myself. I didn't care that hating them was a possibility because the concept was so new and weird, I needed to see in action on my nails. 
China Glaze Crinkle Chromes photo CrinkleChromes_zps421f2ec8.jpg
 To see closeup swatches and find out more about the China Glaze Crinkled Chromes collection just keep on reading. 

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

#31DC2013 Day 8: Metallic Nails- Gilded in A England

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Tuesday!! 

  Today I have day Eight of the #31DC2013. The prompt for day Eight is Metallic nails. I wanted to do something very ornate and "gilded". I went for a cling-wrapped marble using Two gorgeous shades by the fantastic A England. 
 photo DSCN0498_zps1f25565f.jpg
 For my metallic nails I started with a base of A England Lady of Shalott. This shade is a stunning shade of Blackened Sapphire Blue shimmer. Once my base was relatively dry I painted over it with A England Excalibur (version 2.0) and then used crumpled up cling wrap to create the marbled effect. I finished the look off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to bring out shine and smooth the surface. 

 Tomorrow is one of my favorite days in the challenge; Rainbow Nails! I hope I can come up with something fun and awesome. I hope you guys enjoyed this simple look. I ended up really liking the tarnished Gold look of these. Bonus: they are SO easy to do :D! 

Thanks for stopping by my beauties! 

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

OCC Modercraft- Fall 2013 Nail Color Collection

(**Press Samples**)
Happy Humpday! 

  Today I am very excited to share swatches of OCC's Fall moderncraft nail polish collection. These six beautiful shades are inspired by the 1920's cabaret look. These polishes are insanely beautiful and the formulations really left me kind of speechless. The full Moderncraft collection is available online and at select Sephora stores now. 
OCC Moderncraft photo OCCModerncraft_zpsfca7e201.jpg
 To see close up swatches and find out more about these amazing beauties just continue reading ♥. 

Saturday, January 5, 2013

Random Saturday Spam!

Happy caturday my lovelies! 

  So today continues my random spammy series. I am cleaning out folders like a fool! I know it might sound crazy or weird lol, but this is what I need to do to get myself back in gear. I have a ridiculous amount of goals for this new year. There are many -a- things I want to get accomplished. I am SOO excited!! Many good things are coming! 
Anyhow! Saturday Spam after the jump!

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Chick Nail Polish Fall/ Winter 2012 Releases

Happy humpday!

  Today I have some new releases by the uber cute, Vegan- friendly brand- Chick Nail Polish. I've been a fan of this brand from the very first time I saw their adorable Chicky logo. Last year All A Twitter was one of my top polishes for the year. I've never been let down with Chick NP's formula either! I think these would make such cute gifts. 
 On a side note: Julie also released an amazing cuticle oil this past Fall. It is a Tangerine- Ginter scented cuticle oil and it has an amazing texture. I LOVE how it smells. Sometimes I want to wear it as perfume.
To see close up swatches of these Four shades just continue reading♥.

Monday, November 26, 2012

Color Club Winter Affair Holiday 2012 Collection Swatches

Hello and happy Monday!! 

  Today I have Color Club's newest collection for the Holidays; Winter Affair. This collection is made up of Five beautiful, jewel toned metallic beauties and one Flake top coat. It is my understanding that this collection is/will be available at Sally Beauty Supply. However, there are some discrepancies with some of the shades between the Sally's Winter Affair set and the set being sent by PR as well and being offered online and everywhere else CC is sold.  
 To see swatches and find out details about the colors just continue reading ♥.

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Sunday Spam! International Edition

Been a while right?

  So today is supposed to be a challenge day but all Three of us are out of it lol. We will be back on Tuesday or at some point next week, we will definitely get back into it soon! I've had these swatches stashed away for EVER so I thought it was time to post them. All these polishes came from The Netherlands. Well all but one, which came from England. 
To see some Sunday spam continue reading!

Friday, November 16, 2012

New Fall/ Winter 2012 Shades from Barielle

Happy Thursday!! 

  This evening I am back to share with you some of Barielle's new releases for Fall/Winter 2012. This post actually covers Two of their Fall/ Winter, Five polish sets. Barielle to me always means fantastic cremes and they definitely delivered on that expectation with these Two collections. 

To see swatches of these beautiful Barielle polishes just continue reading!

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!

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

O.P.I Black Spotted #RAOK

Good afternoon my loves!! 

  Today I have the very elusive O.P.I Black Spotted. The migratory patterns of the Black Spotted.... Lolol Just kidding! This topped was released in France and some other countries in Europe and us US gals flipped our shiz wondering when it would come to the states. Doesn't look like O.P.I has any intentions of bringing it here :(. So anyways, I pouted and went all "Veruca Salt" and an amazingly lovely girl from France came to my rescue and surprised me with a bottle of Black Spotted. 
  I layered Black Spotted over Nicole by O.P.I Mer-maid for Eachother. Don't these looks like some kinda of gem or stone? Black Spotted is nothing like crackles in application. First off, you have to wait for you base color to be 100% dry. If your base color is not fully dry the spotted will not work properly. It will crack or not spot at all. Second, the instructions say to apply a VERY thin coat. I'm going to elaborate on this.... Apply a VERY VERY VERY thin coat. Like tap the brush to where it seems almost dry before you put it on the nail.
  The effect is immediate, unlike crackle where you kind of have to wait for the cracks to appear. You can't really go over the same spot many times or you might thicken up the spotted and not get the effect at all. It took me quite a few tries before I got the hang of it, but when I finally did the effect was AMAZING.
 I want to take a second to thank the lovely @Didoline for helping me to get this most elusive polish! I wanna do a few more looks with this to really get the hang of it.

Now guys... Seriously.. THIN coats!!

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.

Thursday, August 9, 2012

Zoya NYFW Designer and Diva Collection Swatches for Fall 2012

Good morning lovelies!

   Finally the day has come when I show you my swatches of Zoya's Fall masterpiece collections: Designer and Diva for New York Fashion Week 2012. Zoya Fall Collections have had a special place in my heart since I started blogging because it was Four Zoya Fall colors (Shawn, Kelly, Staci and Harlow) that started my love affair with this spectacular brand. Since then, I eagerly await for Zoya's Fall colors year 'round and they have not disappointed me thus far. 
  This year they released their usual Two complimenting collections for Fall. The Designer Collection is made up up six deliciously sultry cremes. The Diva Collection is the more flashy half being made up of Four jewel-toned metallic shimmers and Two mind-blowing glassflecks. When I think of Fall, it doesn't get much better than these colors right here. 
 Trust me, you definitely want to see close up-s of these babies! ♥.

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, March 27, 2012

When Sh*tty Swatches happen to AMAZING Colors- China Glaze Riveting

Good Morning...

  Today is the day the awesome died... OMG I pretty much hate this swatch but I don't have anything else ready to post. The lights I use did nothing for the awesome shimmer and the Sun was far gone at this point. No amount of editing would make this look right so I am very sorry about this crappy picture but I will have a re- swatch soon.
 I can't believe I doubted my NEED of this color. This amazing metallic shade of fiery Orange is packed with Gold glassfleck shimmer. The formula on this color is amazing and perfection in Two coats. There is not much I could say about this color that has not been said... I mean it just glows. I could not stop staring at my hands and I predict it will be on my toes pretty much all Summer long and possibly on my finger tips even more. I seriously love this color. Needless to say these pics are kinda pointless because they are not even close to how amazing and glowy this color is.
If you have been doubting your need of this color.. DON'T!! This is absolutely spectacular.

Thank you for stopping by and be on the look-out for a re-swatch soon!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Nicole by O.P.I Spring 2012 Launches and Walmart Exclusives

Good morning loves!

  Today I have quite a few Nicole by O.P.I Swatches. I've decided to group these releases into one post and I will let you know what color belong to which collection as I go on through the post. Like I said the other day, I am really loving Nicole by O.P.I as of late. While the bottle and I are barely on speaking terms the colors they keep coming out with are just so much fun.
 To see swatches of these colors just keep reading after the jump :D!

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Bettina Bliss Collection Swatches

Happy Humpday!!

  Today I have one last Holiday Collection to show you guys. This group comes from the lovelies at Bettina and it consists of Three cremes and Three metallic shimmers. I am so stoked to see Bettina doing different finishes. While I love cremes, especially Bettina cremes, I really love to see companies step outside of their comfort zone and play with different finishes and colors than what they would normally do. So with that in mind... I finally get to show you guys the Bliss Collection.

  On a small side note. I'm sorry about my cuticles in these pictures, especially my middle nail. I had a slip up when I was manicuring and kinda stabbed myself. So I am sorry for the angry- looking middle finger but at least the colors are still pretty awesome!
Myth.... Wow! This color is absolutely amazing, unique and beautiful. This pretty is a dusty metallic Purple with a Golden "frost" tied in. The interesting thing about this color is that as it goes on it looks very frosty and brushstrokey but as it dries the marks disappear and you are left with a smooth metallic finish that appears to almost be multichromatic thanks to the Golden flashes. The formula on this color is very smooth and easy to work with. This is opaque at Two easy coats.

Bordeaux is a sexy Burgundy creme with some slight Berry tones. It's an awesome vampy shade with an amazing formula. This color is a dupe of Zoya's Stacy but Bordeaux has a far better formula. This shade does better when applied in Three thin coats for a sultry opaque look.

Festive !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Say hello to my unexpected favorite from the collection. This color is a light metallic Olive green with flashes of Coppery Gold. This color screams Holidays and it is insanely flattering. Formula wise it is just like Myth

Cheers. A deep Forrest Green creme with some slight smokey tones. I will have new pics of this one soon. It is not quite this bright or Yellow toned. It is a really amazing Green. Quite similar to Zoya's Shawn. This is slightly darker and smokier. This polish has a very smooth and pigmented formula. This is fully opaque at Two coats.

Champagne. This is a light Chocolaty metallic tone with Golden flashes. This is basically Myth and Festive's Golden toned sister. Formula wise it is just like its Two siblings. This was not my favorite shade because it does absolutely nothing for my skin tone. I have a feeling this will be great for stamping.

Lastly we have Truffle. A rich, chocolate Brown creme with random bits of sparkle. I say random because you can barely see them in the bottle and even less on the nail. The formula on this color is also great and as much as I don't care for Brown this tone is actually getting to me (in a good way) because it has some slight Red undertones to it. 

  So I am pretty happy with this collection. Out of Six colors I am in love with Four which is not bad :D. I have to say my faves are Festive, Myth, Cheers and Bordeaux. Like always the formulas on these colors are great, smooth and easy to work with. These all have a really good dry time. Like I said before, I am super happy to see Bettina doing different finishes. The Three metallics in this collection really make me want to see what else Bettina can do. I really would love to see them do some more colors like the Disco Collection and I'd even love to see them venture into the world of Multichromes.. We will see :D...

Thanks for stopping by!
♥ Cristina

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Getting Ready for the Holidays with Bettina Spam

Happy humpday!!

  Pink Wednesday will be back soon! I promise!! I've been wanting to post these swatches for some time now and I figured today would be a great day since Tomorrow marks the start of the Holiday season and these colors remind me of the season, Thanksgiving and all that fun stuff. 

  This is Metallic Ruby. This is just SO awesome. The name says it all. It's a deep Ruby Red shimmer base packed full of metallic micro sparkle. The formula on this color is so saturated and smooth! I could have done with one coat but I did Two to give it extra depth. This is super flattering and Christmassy.

   This is Glamour Celebrate. A pretty standard Silver Foil. This also has a great formula. New Year in a bottle. Two coats.

Gems Coral !!!!!!!!!!!! Amazing Coral shimmer with a glassy smooth formula. Totally AMAZING!! This is like shimmery Fall leaves. This color also has a great Two coat formula.

This is Glamour Allure. Yummy Gold foil. Very warm toned and flattering. It has a very dense formula and you can easily do with just one coat. I did two for the pictures below. A staple for many Holiday manis!

 This is Nature Clouds. A soft White with just a touch of Grey. I LOVE this. It has a smooth squishy formula so it looks a little bit jelly like and dries to a very high shine. Even though it is a White tone and it is a Three coater it applies evenly and smoothly. Really nice Wintery White.

  And this is #193 from their core collection. This color is a Dusty Pumpkin Orange creme with the greatest formula. At first I wasn't sure how I felt about this color but the second I put it on I really loved it. It's really warm and cozy looking. It reminds me of Fall.
I can't wait for Thanksgiving! I love Thanksgiving!! And it is also my brother's B-day :D. I hope you all enjoyed this little spam post.

And Just a reminder for Bettina purchases!!! Lovelies wanting information on pricing, shipping and purchasing Bettina polishes please shoot an email to (Rosama Distributors-authorized distributors Bettina cosmetics)

Thanks for stopping by loves!! 
♥ Cristina