Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Zoya Sunshine Collection Review

Hey everyone! I just did a video review for the Zoya Sunshine collection for this summer which is shown below. I swatch all of the colors for you guys and give my thoughts on the formula, color selection, and my personal favorites. Hope you guys enjoy and be sure to comment below and tell me what you thought of the new video!!

Oh.. and did anyone notice the new blog layout? Are you all loving it as much as myself?! I think it's a welcome change. :)

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Beauty Faves of the Moment: Zoya Anchor Base Coat

Hello everyone! Today I'm going to talk about my newfound base coat love--Zoya Anchor (if you couldn't already tell from the title, hah!) It comes in the Zoya Color Lock system kit, or alone on zoya.com, but I went for it and decided to try out the whole kit! One of my favorite items included, by far, is the absolutely amazing base coat. It makes your polish stick on for so long and really prevents that annoying peeling effect that we all hate. I have been using this consistently for the past few months and it definitely tops any base coat I've used, both in speedy drying time and in wear time. The formula itself is not sticky, thick, or runny; its typical Zoya perfect formula!! More pictures of this little gem below:

Instructions on how to use the Zoya Color Lock system kit!

Anchor Base Coat packaging--way cute! :)

Hope this will ease your cravings for a new-and-improved base coat as much as my own! And don't forget to have an earthy day!! <3

Friday, January 14, 2011

Spring 2011 promo images are here!

Hello everyone!! Just in case you were as excited as myself to see what this Spring has in store for us fanatics in the nail polish world, I have some promo images to show you! Color Club is releasing "Alter Ego" a collection with a light and dark color scheme--anyone will be able to pick a great shade that's their taste! Zoya is releasing "Intimate" which is a collection of elegant and tasteful metallics and cremes. Check out the images below and let me know what you are looking forward to seeing most (I know, hard choice) because I love to hear from you!

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Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Color Club Halloween Preview~

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Hey everyone! Today I have a little teaser for you all on the Color Club Bewitching set for Halloween. It's kind of a create your own nail art type of thing. Swatches ASAP!! What do you all think? Sorry for the lack of posts! I'll get back to blogging more soon!!

Sunday, August 29, 2010

Scrangie Interview!

Hey everyone!! I recently had the awesome oppurtunity of being able to interview the fabulous nail polish blogger, Scrangie!! I really enjoyed hearing about a fellow nail polish blogger, not to mention a FABULOUS one at that! Hope you all enjoy!

Polish Earthgirl- How do you keep your nails in their best shape? Any specific products or techniques?

Scrangie- The most important thing is a little preventative care. First, a good treatment (which I use as a basecoat)- my holy grail product is Qtica Natural Nail Growth Stimulator, but I've also had good results from Nubar Nu Nail. Second, lots of moisture every day. I love Solar Oil. Last, a good quality glass or crystal file will make a nice sealed edge and prevent splitting to some extent- I use both OPI and Essie brand ones. Other than that, I don't really do much to my nails besides shaping every now and then. It's also important not to have your hands in water for long periods of time and never use your nails as tools. So that's how I keep my nails in their best shape!

P.E.- When did you begin your collection? What made you want to start it in the first place?

S.- I've been collecting nail polish for as long as I remember. I started out on Avon, Maybelline, L'Oreal, Revlon, mostly drugstore brands and then started collecting OPI. Even as a little kid I loved makeup and nail polish and my mom always had fun stuff around.

P.E.- Your manicures in your swatches are always picture perfect! Any tips on creating that perfect, neat mani?

S.- What I do is get a good amount of polish on the brush- it will be too much for the nail, but this allows for a smooth application. I place the brush and the bead of polish just above the cuticle, press down gently to allow the bristles to fan out and make a nice curve and I 'push' the bead of polish down the nail. This prevents polish from pooling in the cuticles and also helps with streaks and uneven application.

P.E.- Which type of polish are you currently into? Creme colors, matte colors, shimmer colors, or anything else?

S.- Right now I'm into cremes and duochromes. I'm currently loving greys, taupes, vampies and greens. The new Orly Space Cadet is on my tips right now and I can't stop looking at it! I'm ready for fall so my mind is on deeper, richer colors.

P.E.- What do you think the standout trends of this year have been? Spring, Summer (maybe the upcoming Fall) ?

S.- Two things stand out to me most- the taupe/grey/putty/greige trend and this new duochrome glass fleck finish that most of the brands are doing this year (like Zoya Sparkle, Orly Cosmic FX, OPI Catch Me In Your Net, Sally Hansen Ultra HD) Both trends are really wearable and flattering but also stylish and fun!

P.E.- What are your favorite brands formula wise and color wise?

S.- This is hard. I like lots of polishes from lots of different brands...I'd have to say OPI first because they are really consistent in their formula and it works well on me. Rescue Beauty Lounge, Nubar and Illamasqua for the colors and formula. China Glaze and Zoya for the amazing color selection and creativity. Sally Hansen has been really good color-wise this year. So many great brands, I like a little of everything!

P.E.- What cool things have you gotten out of having your blog?

The best thing is interacting with polish and makeup lovers all over the world. It's unbelievable. So many great people! I've made lots of polish buddies! How cool is it to know that someone on the other side of the globe is wearing the same nail polish you are? Haha!
Another cool thing is seeing how the blogging and online community can influence nail polish trends. We ask for greens, they give us greens! So amazing to know we all have a voice!

P.E.- Which is your the season of nail polish collections that you look forward to the most?

S.- FALL FALL FALL!! Fall is my favorite season for everything, but nail polish especially. Deep rich colors, glitter, purples and oranges and browns... I look forward to fall every year.

P.E.- I have seen from your blog that you are into makeup as well! Which makeup products can you not live without?

S.- The two things tied for my first place can't-live-without status are mascara and eye primer. Mascara is my most important item, but if I'm going to wear shadow (and I am!) primer is non-negotiable. I love Too Faced Shadow Insurance, Urban Decay Primer Potion and MAC Paint Pots. And I love my Cover Girl Lash Blast and L'Oreal Volume Shocking mascara!
I also can't live without bright sparkly eyeshadow. I'm a MAC lover at heart. Great formulas and color selection. Urban Decay is great. I've been playing around a lot with Make Up For Ever and Fyrinnae lately and having lots of fun!

P.E.- What do you enjoy doing when you are not painting your nails or blogging?

S.- Birdwatching, gaming, cooking, music... Does that sound boring? I spend a lot of time in nature, anything to get me away from the computer! Haha!

P.E.- What color(s) would you consider your signature polish?

S.- Am I allowed to say Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie? If not that, it would have to be something like OPI Ink or My Private Jet, maybe Nubar Violet Sparkle. I wear those colors more than anything else... I guess my signature color would be some variation of purple or green and sparkly!

Thanks for giving me the honor to be interviewed by you! :)

Sunday, August 22, 2010

Essie Fall 2010 Preview

Hey everyone!! Here is a quick little sneak peek at Essie's Fall Collection! What are your guys' first impressions of these shades? Tell me in the comments!!

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Monday, August 16, 2010

OPI Swiss Collection Swatches Part 1: The Cremes

Good afternoon readers! Today, I am going to give you all my thoughts on OPI's newest collection for this Fall/Winter: Swiss! All of these colors are Switzerland themed, which gives us no shortage of funny color names! This is just the first half of the collection (I wanted to divide it up) so expect the other half of the collection up soon, keep on checking back for the post! Enjoy and let me know what you think in the comments below!!

William Tell Me About OPI. This is a super deep, rich eggplant color, which I think is perfect for a Fall/Winter set. I personally love this shade and I can see myself wearing it throughout the rest of the calendar year. Might I add that OPI tends to do "vampy" colors, like this, very well!

Color So Hot It Berns. This bright, pure red seems perfect for the holiday season coming up in a few months! Very pretty and flattering on the nail are the first things that come to mind, however, not too unique. I still like this one--it does look quite good on!

I'm Suzi & I'm a Chocoholic. Okay I have a bit to say about the particular shade of this polish. It seems to be a very very red-toned brown but when I looked at it in the shade, it looked like a very deep maroon red. I stepped into the sun and suddenly it looked a whole lot more brown. Very strange, as cremes usually do not change color like that... this seems to be a mystery to me. Anyway, back to the point, although the color-changing does intrigue me, I do not particularly care for this shade.

Just a Little Rösti At This. I'd describe this color as a soft maroon berry, which to me, is perfect for the season! I like this color quite a bit and I think it looks fabulous once on the nail. This would make a very good Fall pedi color as well.

From A to Z-urich. This is just a muted berry red. I compared this to Zoya Burke and although they may look similar they are not dupes, the OPI is a bit darker. About the color... I'm not so sure that this one is really worth a lot of attention. It's not a bad looking color just quite boring.

Ski Teal We Drop. I love that name!! This is a slightly muted dark teal blue which I absolutely love!!! Please pardon the tipwear in the swatches--I'd been wearing it for a while. This is an awesome color for Fall/Winter and I can't wait to wear it more! This is by far a front runner in the collection which I think everyone should pick up; it's lovely!!

All were two coats with very nice opacity and formula! Full collection thoughts in Part 2... stay tuned!