Sunday, July 25, 2010

Zoya Wicked Teaser Alert!!

Hey everyone! I will post my entire Zoya Wicked Collection Review, but here's a sneak peek:

Zoya Edyta. A stunning deep gray-green glass fleck shimmer polish. Me likes!!

Check back soon for the full review and swatches of all the shades in the Wicked Collection for this Fall! xoxo

Wednesday, July 21, 2010

Earth Update: Hand Sanitizer

Most of you all probably use things to sanitize your hands like that little "Purell" in a bottle. I did to until I met CleanWell All-Natural Hand Sanitizer at Whole Foods (for a complete list of stores CleanWell is sold at, click here.) This little guy is all natural while doing all of the germ-fighting we want. It's plant based, not alcohol based, which makes it have a yummy scent once you put it on too :) Read more below:

The cute bottle!

Close-up on the label...

...and the spraying cap! That's another thing that's unique, it's not a gel formula--this makes the solution last much longer than traditional Purell hand sani.

More info on the product itself on the back label!

I highly recommend that you all go out and pick up one of these little guys to just pop in your pocket/purse when you are on the run. Not only is the whole product eco-chic, it's also a bang for your buck! It contains enough product for over 225 sprays! Let me know if you have tried anything like this down in the comments (I bet not, right!?)

xoxo and have an earthy day!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Polish Of The Day: OPI Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow Suede

Hey all! Today I have got a treat to show you guys; a new addition to the OPI Suede Family! This is Here Today, Aragon Tomorrow, a dark green (which, in suede form, is much lighter than the original.) I have to say that I like this one much better than the original. You all know that I like my polishes to be obviously green, not the "is it green or black?" sort of thing. Photos below:

2 coats of color. (These pics were in natural and artificial lighting)

Overall if you are the type of green lover/collector like myself, it's worth picking up this one to add to your stash. However, I do think that the matte trend is coming to a close... but remember, with topcoat its a whole other polish! ;)


Friday, July 16, 2010

Zoya Wonderful Collection Review

Hey everyone! So for the Zoya Wonderful collection review, I voice my thoughts about the colors and the collection as a whole in a video-review! The video is right below but I also did swatches, which you can see below, so check those out as well. Enjoy and let me know what you think!

Kelly. (My personal favorite! I have only worn this for one day and I have already had tons of people tell me they love it!!)


Burke. (please note, the bumps are not the polish, it's my nails!)




Tuesday, July 13, 2010

Essie The Summer Collection 2010 Review

Hey everyone! Sorry I have not been posting photos of polishes in a while but it's summer meaning the following: I am on vacation a lot and I am being more relaxed (which is a nicer version of saying lazy.) So to make up for that at least partly, here is the Essie summer collection--fully swatched and ready to go! Hope you all enjoy and remember to run on down to the comments and tell me your faves :)

Plus ignore my gross cuticles, another reason I haven't been swatching much lately but I bit the bullet for you guys!! <3>

First off here is Demure Vixen, a medium putty-mauve with teeny-tiny particles of red and bright purple microshimmer. The little shimmer in it is what sets this apart but you have to look close for it--hence the shade's name! I put a closeup down below so you can see that shimmer and in my opinion, this is what gives this color the WOW factor. Without that, it's just another mauve. This was a three-coater.

...and the closeup! LOVE!

Next up is this gorgeously pink-toned coral, Haute as Hello! My swatches truly do not do this color justice because in real life it is much less pastel and way more of a "WHA-BAM! In your face!" type of shade. I personally love this one to death, I think it looks great with my skin tone and it would with so many other peoples as well! I got several compliments for the 3 days I sported this guy, one of which was "I think this may have to be one of my favorites on you!" If you are worried about finding a dupe, remember, this one has that fun summer brightness that packs a punch while still far off from neon territory. My style all the way, this is a winner. This was a three coater.

Here is
Miss Matched. I can't say I really get the name of this one. Maybe because a sheer would match with everything? I'm not sure. Anyway, this milky white with a touch or pink sheer is not my style and really not summery. This one also was very watery and gave me some serious cuticle drag. I adore Essie's other sheers way more than this one. This was a three coater.

Following that is my stunning red-orange creme, Vermillionaire! I have already worn this color two times because to me, it is just the perfect summer "whenever" shade meaning it's festive enough for a nice dinner out but flattering enough that you can use it daily. This was a surprise because I thought it was going to be just a plain red... again. I am pleasantly surprised with this deep orange gem which is bright but not neon, like Haute as Hello. This was a three coater.

Right up next is
Knockout Pout, an amped-up bubblegum pink with a jelly-ish texture. I am loving the name of this one, it's so cute!! My swatches look a bit pale for this shade, it's more bright and has more depth than the picture is showing, grr. Anyway, I like this a whole lot more than I was expecting and out of the bottle it looks much better! This would flatter any skin tone and is a cute summer shade. Not groundbreaking, but good looking nontheless! This was a three coater.

Lastly is the stunning shocker of this set, the green (yes you heard that right ESSIE GREEN)
Pretty Edgy!! Oh my gosh I can barely believe what I am seeing. Let me recap for you in case you blacked out there for a sec. This is a gorgeous medium grassy green creme (in an Essie bottle OMG!) that's the perfect tone for summer...and for the rest of the year for me! This is not the type of green that can be confused for black, which I love. It's natural looking and fresh and best of all, anyone can, and will, notice! This is going to be a hit, I can smell it. A "must-have-to-buy-now" for any polish fanatic! LOVE IT! This was a two coater.

Overall, this collection knocked my socks off color wise and formula wise as well. Each of my shades were buttery smooth with the exception of Miss Matched, as I explained earlier. My one final problem was that the brushes are still a bit small for my liking, but nothing that will prevent me from wearing the shades, just an... annoyance you could say.

Essie, if you keep throwing collections out like this, you are really pushing the boundaries the right way--delivering unique colors that are still wearable for a big range of people and are flattering on the nail. All in all, I will be sporting the majority of these shades on my tips way more than once and these are the types of colors that I'll want to whip out, even when the season ends. I highly recommend that anyone who remotely likes nail polish to go and check these out ASAP. These collections are the types that truly turned me into a self-proclaimed nail polish fanatic; I like to really flip when I see the colors come to life on my nails! Thank you, Essie, for a beyond fabulous season!! <3

So, do you all agree? Voice your opinions down in the comments!
Till next time, xoxo.

Friday, July 9, 2010

Trend Watch: Summer 2010

Looking at all of the summer collections for this year really has shown me a lot more nail trends that we haven't been seeing lately and some repeats as well.

There have been some neons, but they've fading out for sure since last summer. The only neon colection right now is the China Glaze Poolside. Same thing goes for mattes--not many have been around lately.

But, what's in? Well, definitely the tropical cremes we've seen in Essie Resort and Zoya Flash. Sweet! I am a creme lover and those are especially pretty!

We've also witnessed some super cool shimmer, glass-fleck style to be precise, in Zoya Sparkle, much like last Summer's China Glaze Summer Days collection.

The turquoise teals have been making it big too, with releases in the MAC Alice + Olivia Collection (Morning.After) and the Zoya Sparkle Collection (Charla) to name just a couple.

So which trends have been popping out to YOU lately?! I'd love to know!

Till next time, xoxo!

Saturday, July 3, 2010

Polish Of the Day 7/3/10

Hey everyone! Today my polish of choice was a newbie from the Essie Summer Collection! Haute As Hello, to be more specific. This one is a bright coral mixed with a bright peach--all around very bright! This is not even close to a neon but it still veers far away from the pastels we saw this Spring. That's what I like about it; it looks so different on the nail than one would even expect! A perfect selection for anyone this summer!

Full sun...

...and in the shade! See how bright it is?!

This baby was a three coater for me, but it may just be my thin-coating self that would need that many layers! First coat looked a tad streaky but it evened out after that with the buttery formula.

See you all soon, hope you enjoyed this post :)