Showing posts with label Shimmer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shimmer. Show all posts

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Milani Bedazzled Fall 2014 Collection Swatches and Mini Review

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Haaay! Before I get into the makeup babble; I want to say THANKS! Thanks to everyone for the lovely comment on my post yesterday. You guys are too kind, and your words mean a lot to me.

And now, let's chat about the Milani Bedazzled Collection for Fall 2014. This was a limited release by Milani which consists of jewel-toned themed eye, lip and nail products. The official release was back in October, so I feel like a tool for posting these now... but.... PRETTY MAKEUP PICTURES YAY!

Milani Constellation Gel Liners 
Black Opal- super shimmery graphite gel liner.
Enchanted Lapis- rich, shimmering navy blue gel liner
Enchanted Emerald- deep forest green shimmering gel liner.

These suckers look beautiful in the pan. Once applied they are not quite as shimmery as they are in the pan. I've not had many chances to actually wear these. I will say I was a bit disappointed when my arm swatches would not "set". I was able to smudge these up pretty good after a good while of waiting to see if they would "dry".  So... I'm not sure how to feel about these. They are beautiful to look at... But I'm not sure how well they will work in their actual application.

Milani Lip Art Lipsticks
This release also included Three new matte lippie colors.
Enchanted Ruby- a most magnificent shade of deep, matte ruby red.
Enchanted Topaz- a wonderful balanced neutral matte shade. In my photo it comes off more peachy, IRL it was much more beige and neutral.

These feel amazing on the lips, even though they are mattes. Enchanted Ruby has quickly become my go-to color this Fall season.

Milani Color Statement Nail Polish in Enchanted Garnet- How stoked am I to have a beautiful nail color to match my birth stone?! This shade is a deep plummy-maroon with a rich micro shimmer which catches the light beautifully. This shade feels so luxurious, and looks amazing on every skin tone! Shown are two easy coats. 

I do sooo love the theme behind these. I've always been a sucker for rich, jewel-toned cosmetics. Were you able to snag any goodies from this release?

Monday, December 15, 2014

Swatch Spam! Growing out my Nubs Edition

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Click it to find out what I've been wearing while my nubs grew out 

Monday, September 29, 2014

Fall Nail Art with Shades from the Zoya Ignite Collection

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 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 Zoya.com.

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

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 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, September 19, 2014

Delushously Fashionable

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 Happy Friday everyone!! Today I am Delushously Fashionable in this latest duo from the, always wonderful, Delush Polish. These Two beauties were created for the Luxury Gift Lounge in Honor of New York Fashion Week 2014! What is the Luxury Gift Lounge you ask? It is an invite- only event is hosted by GBK Productions and takes place at an exclusive location in New York City. All attending celebrities and top media and press received Delush's "Fashionably Delushous Duo Set" that also includes beautiful commissioned artwork created by the talented Cristina Alonoso. She has brought to life the idea of a Delushous Goddess.  
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 To find out more about these fabulous beauties just keep on reading after the jump!

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

OCC Unknown Pleasures Fall Nail Lacquer Collection Nail Art Look

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  So.much. YES! Say hello to the newest nail color collection by Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics. This is the Unknown pleasures collection for Fall 2014. This collection is made up six, all- new, shades inspired by the runways of New York Fashion Week. To celebrate this beautiful collection launching TODAY; I brought all six shades together for this highly embellished look. More after the jump.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

Happy International Nail Art Day #INAD2014

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 Today is the Second Annual International Nail Art Day!! My look for the holiday this year is tame compared to my crazy skittles from last year. That said, OMG DAT SHIMMAH!!! This look features the beautiful new shades from the Cirque Kontiki Collection and a cute charm from The Sparkly Shop. 

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Tutorial Thursday! Colors by Llarowe Shimmering Color Drops Look (+ Video Tutorial)

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  Today I will be starting a new weekly installment called "Tutorial Thursdays"!! I am suuuper excited :D! I have so many ideas for all kinds of different nail art tutorials. For this first Tutorial Thursday I'm showing a variation of my Color Drops tutorial that I did for Kelly of Vampy Varnish early last year. 
 When I saw these new multi-chromatic shimmers from Colors by Llarowe I just KNEW I had to do this technique with them. More after the jump. 

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Hot Little New York Color Clouds

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 ... is my apartment a TARDIS? 

 Today I am sharing some hot little clouds because I need something bright, shiny and cheery to combat this dark and gloomy day in "Sunny" 'ol Fl. For this mani I got to play with a brand I had never tried before, New York Color. IDK why I'd never tried them.... But these were AWESOME! 
 I had been wanting to rock a cloud mani for some time now. I just love how cute these always turn out. Anyhow, I saw these three shades together and I just knew they would be my trio for my hot little clouds. These three shades come from the NYC In a NY Minute City Samba collection for Summer 2014. 
 I started with a base of NYC Copacabana, which is an amazing shade of bright, true primary yellow creamy shimmer. This shade reminds me, a lot, of Catrice's Birdie Reloaded; which is supposed to be a dupe of Chanel Mimosa (but, with a significantly better formula). By simple powers of deduction, one could then say that NYC Copacabana is a possible dupe for Chanel Mimosa. As for the formula on Copacabana, it is PERFECT. I only needed two effortless coats (insanely fast dry time). 
 For the middle cloud I used NYC Sweet Melon. This shade is an adorable shimmering true melon shade. There is no better way to describe this color that "melon". For the top cloud I used NYC Tropicoral. This pretty is a super vibrant and saturated shade of vivid, orange leaning, coral creme. I finished my clouds off with a good coat of Seche Vite to make them really shiny and smooth. 
 I feel like I have to comment on the amazing formula on all three of these colors. They were so easy to work with. These suckers retail for $1.99, but apply like a much more expensive polish. Tropicoral is especially amazing. The formula is really shiny and self-leveling. I really enjoyed this shade. These three shades also do live up to the "In a minute" claim. They dried really quickly which made for even easier clouds. 

 If you guys have any suggestions for other NYC In a NY Minute shades I should check out, definitely let me know! Thanks for coming by! 

PS- I am taking requests for nail art tutorials!! What do you guys wanna see? Let me know in the comments!

Friday, July 11, 2014

Cult Nails Spring Radiance Nail Art and Swatches

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  I am closing out this week with something I've never done for the blog before... a delicate freehanded floral. Ever since I got my hands on the Cult Nails Spring Radiance collection; I just knew this is what I wanted to do with the colors. Such delicate, much dainty! More after the jump.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Matchy- Matchy with my JORD Wood Watch

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Hi hello and happy Thursday! 

  Today's post is all about my awesome JORD Wood Watch and the nails it inspired. A wood watch now? Yes!!! My pretty piece is one of the variations of the Fieldcrest model. There are quite a few color variations available in this style but the Maple sang to me the most. I love the light beige tone of the wood and how it looks so very "natural". 
 This watch is SO light, which I absolutely love. I do not care for clunky timepieces that feel like they might break my wrist if I high-five someone. Don't let that lightness fool you though, this baby feels solidly built. Even though the watch clearly has a wooden texture, everything about the piece is smooth and polished. And speaking of polished, that is what drew me the most to this particular model. The Fieldcrest looks so very sleek, simple and sexy. I love the small stainless steel accents in the watch- face as well as around the bezel. I love watches that don't clearly look "male" or "female" and this particular style possesses that androgynous quality. 
 Now let's talk about nails for a moment. Of course.. OF COURSE.... I had to go and match my nails to this beautiful watch. No lie, I spent a good 45 minutes sitting in front of my Bettina drawer picking out which polishes matched my watch the best, and which would marble best.
 I finally settled on a base of Bettina Lingerie for my woodsy marble. For the marble portion I used Bettina Magnolia, which adds all that beautiful shimmer you see in the swirls. I also used Bettina #195 and Bettina #196. I also wanted to pull some of the Silver details onto my nail art look so I added some dots with Cult Nails Lethal. I topped my marbles off with some Seche Vite.

 I really actually love how these turned out, even if they are a bit darker than the actual watch :D. I really like how the colors came together to create a cool woodgrain look how I had envisioned in my head.
 I love the simplicity of this watch. It seems that very simplicity is what makes it so interesting. I mean, it is a wood watch! What more interest could you add than letting the beautiful wood do all the talking?

 I am really impressed with this JORD wood watch. And I am so grateful to have been presented with the opportunity to feature one on LTHP because I love great and unique products. You don't see a ton of folks going around rocking wood watches, though they should... because they are AWESOME! 




  I am beyond thrilled with this watch! She (he?) is a real beauty and I can't wait to wear it with everything! 

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Delush Polish Essence of Summer Collection Swatches & Brand Announcement

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Hi hello and happy Tuesday! 

  I hope everyone had a fun weekend! Mine was a bit rainy, but nice non the less. Summer is coming on reeeeal strong in South Florida right now, so I definitely welcome a bit of cool rain :D. Speaking of rain, it is pouring as I type this right now.... Ahhh Summer.
 And speaking of Summer, Delush recently released a new collection for the season that is completely perfect. Allow me to introduce the Essence of Summer Collection by Delush Polish. This release consists of Eight shimmery beauties, each as beautiful as the last. 
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 Some other exciting things happening with Delush Polish is that the brand has announced a new Rewards Program where you can earn points from your purchases. 

To see close up shots of these shimmering Summer beauties and read my thoughts on them, just continue reading after the jump ♥. 

Monday, June 23, 2014

Fun with Pretty & Polished Summer Fun Collection

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It is Monday... 

... and the only thing that could make that fact a bit more bearable is these amazing Summer polishes from Pretty & Polished.  Today I want to share a look and some swatches I did (with and of) the Summer Fun collection. This release consists of Six new Summer holo beauties. 

 For the vertical gradient I was inspired by Marta of Chit Chat Nails and her textured rainbow look. I really loved her color choices and placement. For my version of Marta's look I decided to go all holo with Three of the shades from the Summer Fun collection. On my index nail I did Three thin coats of Pretty & Polished Firefly. This shade is an unbelievable, neon lime holographic. If glow sticks could also glow holo, they would look like Firefly. On my pinkie and thumbnails I wore P&P Living in Flip Flops. This shade is a wonderful grapey- purple holo. I used Three thin coats of this shade as well. 
 On my gradient nails I started with a coat of O.P.I's Put a Coat on (white base) and top coated it to create a glassy smooth white base. On my middle gradient nail I used P&P Firefly and P&P Lakefront. For my ring nail gradient I used P&P Lakefront and P&P Living in Flip Flops. Lakefront, btw, is the most beautiful shade of deep teal holographic.
 These pretties were soooo amazing to work with. And, as you can see, they make for beautiful gradients!! I topped my nails off with a coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top. Side note: I absolutely adore how my ring nail looks like the most kick ass duochrome there ever was :D.

Pretty & Polished Poolside- This refreshing beauty is a classic sky blue linear holo. I used three thin coats for my swatch.

 Pretty & Polished Summer Love- This pretty is a beautiful shade of light red linear holographic. It is possible my eyes are playing tricks on me, but I could have sworn I also saw a bit of a pink shimmer hidden in this shade. I love that it is a softer shade of red. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

Pretty & Polished Sandy Shores- LONG LIVE NUDE HOLOS!!!!!!! This outstanding beauty is a creamy shade of sandy beige with a delicate linear holo shimmer. The holo in this shade is subtle and beautiful. I used Three thin coats for my swatch.

 All of these shades have amazing formulas. With holo polishes I always feel like a good formula cannot be stressed enough. I really adore the range of perfect Summery colors Chels did for this release. The Summer Fun collection is available now from the Pretty & Polished online shop and retails for $9.00/color.

 I would have to say my faves are definitely Firefly, Lakefront, Sandy Shores and Living in Flip Flops. But honestly, they are all wonderful and each one put a smile on my face. Which ones are you loving most?

Thanks for coming by today loves!!

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

School Spirited in China Glaze

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Humpday humpday! 

 So, my little brother had his high school graduation this past Saturday :D. As the proud older sister that I am I showed up with some nails in his school colors. I'm sorry this photo is a bit "off". I took this pic with my iPhone because all the batteries for my camera were dead lolol. That said, I am so impressed with the photos my new baby takes :D. I think I might invest in an Olloclip. 

 My bro graduated from Southeast High School. Their colors are Blue and Orange. I used two shades from China Glaze's latest release, the Off Shore collection. The orange shade is Stoked to be Soaked. This shade is a perfect tangerine orange that has a subtle shimmer. I used two easy coats of this color. Once my base was dry I used some bolt-shaped nail vinyls to tape off the sections I'd be painting in blue. For the blue I used China Glaze I Sea the Point. This color is a magnificent shade of true Monaco blue creme. The formula is perfectly saturated with color and so very creamy. 
 To seal em off I used LVX's new gel top coat. OMG!!! I am SUUUPER impressed with this new gel top coat from LVX. It was ridiculously glossy and did not smear my nail art (no fumes!!!). It should go without saying that it dried insanely fast as well. I experienced some shrinkage, but I think it may have been because I did not properly wrap my tips with the Blue shade. Regardless, I'm super impressed with it and definitely recommend it. 

A huge congrats to all the Seniors who had their graduations over these past few weekends!! 

Friday, May 23, 2014

#FAILFriday- Sad Day for the O.P.I Summer 2014 Neons

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Happy Friday!!! 

 Today I am sharing a manicure I had very high hopes for, and ended up as a FAIL haha. I have not done one of these FAIL posts since 2011 lolol... I had a good streak, right? It is not that I absolutely loathe this look, I don't. It's that I think I could have done a MUCH better job at it. I think my marbling skills are just hella rusty. 
 For this look I decided to play with the new O.P.I Neon shades. For this Summer season O.P.I released Six new neon shades along with a "special" white- creme base coat you layer them over to get the full neon effect. For reasons that seem to elude me now, it seemed like a good idea to marble with them. So I gave it a try...
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 Of course I started with the special base coat, which is really just a white creme. It is no secret if you want your neon shades to really pop, and apply smoothly, a white base makes all the difference. For the marble on my Pinkie and Index nails I used O.P.I Life Gave me Lemons, Hotter than you Pink and  Juice Bar Hopping. For the marble on my Middle and Ring nails I used O.P.I Push and Pur-pul, You are so Outta Lime  and Down to the Core-al
 I was a bit worried that they would not work at all for this technique because neons can sometimes spread funny in the water, or dry too fast. These Six pretties actually worked really well. I love how the colors kinda mixed with each other creating new colors in the swirls. Since I was not entirely pleased, and because it is me... I added a coat of O.P.I Desperately Seeking Sequins over my marble to hide/ distract from some of the imperfections. 

 The O.P.I neons should be becoming available at O.P.I retailers now. They are a recent release so they are probably still trickling into stores. I hope to do some more successful nail art looks with them in the future. The shades are really fun and have really nice formulas. 

Will you guys be giving any of the new OPI Neons a try?

Monday, May 12, 2014

CrowsToes 9 Realms Collection Swatches

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Hi and happy Monday!! 

  I am SOO sorry I am late with these swatches :(:(. If you have been stalking the polish interwebs you may have noticed a lot of buzz over the newest collection from CrowsToes, The 9 Realms. This collection is my introduction to this brand, and I am entirely just blown away. There are 12 new shades in this collection. Each shade is unique and so very inspired. 
 The theme of this collection is inspired by the Nine realms in Norse mythology. Score yet another point for this fantastic collection :D. 

 You seriously want to see these pretties up close so keep on reading ♥.

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Lac Attack Fierce Spring 2014 Collection

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Happy day of hump, 

 Today I want to share my swatches of an upcoming collection from the, always awesome, Lac Attack. This collection is made up of Six new amazing layering top coats. If you are a fan of shifting polishes, this collection is definitely for you. Each of these pretties create a completely unique look depending on what base color they are layered over. I am a huge fan of polishes like these because they allow me to create endless new colors out of my existing stash. 
 There are Four shifting glassflecks and Two glitter/shard toppers. I chose to layer all of my glassflecks over a basic Black creme base to get as much of the shifting effect to come out as possible. That said, the shifters (Unique, Sassy, Fierce, Fearless) look amazing over lighter shades and contrasting shades as well. The possibilities are endless. 

Lac Attack Unique- This beauty is a micro yellow-golden shimmer  suspended in a, barely- there, yellow base. The shimmer is very densely packed and creates a beautiful "blackened gold" look when layered over Black. There was a slight shift to Orange at extreme angles. I used Two coats of Unique over my Black base.  
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Lac Attack Fearless- The particles in fearless are a bit more "chunky" that those in Unique. Fearless is made up of gorgeous micro royal Blue glassflecks suspended in a, barely-there, blue jelly base. Over Black I was getting slight hints of a shift to Teal at extreme angles. I also love the space-y look it gives my Black base. I used Two coats of Fearless. 
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Lac Atttack Sassy- Sassy is the brilliant gilded Emerald sister to Fearless. This beauty is a beautiful light green glassfleck blend suspended in a , barely-there, green jelly base. Out of the Four shifters, this one had the most visible duochrome on the nail. I was getting hints of golden, yellow and dark green when I moved my hands around. I used Two coats of Sassy over my Black base. 
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Lac Attack Fierce- Fierce is the hot Magenta sister of Unique. This beauty is a micro shimmering blend of magenta particles suspended in a, barely-there, pink jelly base. I love how it turned into a beautiful Blackened violet when layered over a Black base. I used Two coats of Fierce over my base color. 
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Lac Attack Daring- Daring is made up of small Silver shards suspended in a clear base. I love that she used "plain" Silver shards rather than prismatic. I love the look of "broken glass" it creates. I layered Daring over Zoya Rebel for a cool look. 
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Lac Attack Quirky- Quirky is a blend of satin white micro shards suspended in a clear base. I layered Quirky over LVX Monaco. This layering pretty creates the effect of "faux snow" and I love it. I used Two coats of Quirky over my base color. 
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 The Fierce collection will be available from Lac Attack on Saturday May 10th; 1:00pm EST. Don't forget to head on over to the Lac Attack Facebook page to stay up to date on the latest news from Lac Attack :D

Which of these are you loving most?

Monday, May 5, 2014

Zoya Awaken and Monet Swatches

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Hey guys! 

 So, I figured... since I have the Zoya Tickled and Bubbly Summer collections in hand.... that maybe, just maybe... Now is a good time to post my Awaken & Monet Spring collection swatches. Can you say "slacker"? 

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Zoya Dot- Dot is a classic ballerina pink creme-jelly. Even though it is really sqishy in finish, the formula was fairly opaque and easy to work with. I used Three thin coats for my swatch. 
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Zoya Cole- Cole is my favorite shade in this entire collection. She is a beautiful shade of perfect peachy creme-jelly. The formula on this color is amazing as well. I used Two thin and easy coats to for my swatch. Shades like this can be so universally flattering. I love how tan they make me look. 
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Zoya Rebel- Rebel is a soft sky blue with a subtle micro shimmer running through it. The shimmer gives a really pretty silvery/ golden, almost duochrome, effect. The formula on this color seems a bit sheer at first but is perfect in Two coats. 
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Zoya Dillon- Dillon is the seafoam sister of Rebel. The shimmer in Dillon appears more Silvery than Golden. I used Two thin coats. 
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Zoya Hudson- Husdon is the Orchid sister to Rebel and Dillon. The shimmer in this pretty appears more Golden. I used Two thin coats. 
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Zoya Brooklyn- Brooklyn is a frosty "White Gold" shade. Brooklyn is a little brush strokey. I used Two coats for my swatch. 
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Zoya Monet over Dot- Monet is a glitter topper. This polish is made up of iridescent hex glitters suspended in a, barely-there, pink jelly base. I had to add a boisterous amount of thinner to get this polish to work. As I received it, it was unusable. The formula was insanely thick and the glitter spread non existent. Once I added the thinner I was able to work with it, but it still gave me some troubles. IDK, I want to love it. t is really ethereal and looks so pretty in the bottle.... the formula leaves much to be desired. 
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 Overall, I am a bit disappointed in this collection. I'm not sure what, but something is missing for me. While the colors are really pretty, they don't feel special to me. I am SUPER disappointed in Brooklyn. A golden frost? Really?... And while I appreciate Zoya's effort with Monet, the execution of the topper fell flat for me. That formula is like glitter glue. 
 Strangely enough the shades I like best are the Two cremes, Dot and Cole.  Especially Cole... They are effortless and flattering. I almost wish they had released all the other shades as creme-jellies a'la Cole and Dot, I think that would have been a more interesting collection.

 Thankfully, I am stoked on the new Summer shades. I really think they redeemed themselves with the Summer colors. I hope I love them on the nail as much as I do in the bottles. How did you guys like the Awaken collection? Any faves here?