Tuesday, September 2, 2014

KBShimmer Fall 2014 Collection

*Press Samples (some were purchased by me)*

Hi everyone! Sorry I've been MIA for most of the week, but I was out of town for a bit at a football game and at the lake (unfortunately, I have the sunburn to prove it). Today I have the KBShimmer Fall 2014 Collection to share with you! I was able to pick 5 from the collection to swatch and then I just couldn't narrow it down, so I purchased the rest of them! That's how awesome they are! There are 3 cremes, 2 holos, 1 glitter topper, and 4 glittery jellies/crellies. These are scheduled to be released on September 15th on KBShimmer's website. Let's get on to some swatches!

KBShimmer-Fall-2014

How You Dune? is a light greige creme. Formula on this one was top notch! It was the perfect consistency to cause no streaking! I used 2 coats for this mani. I know greige is a popular color, but I just don't have many. I've fallen in love with this one! It just looks so chic!

KBShimmer-How-You-Dune?

KBShimmer-How-You-Dune?

Hugs and Wishes is a dusty lavender creme. It leans slightly warmer than my pics show (it was hard to capture accurately). Formula was good on this one, though it was slightly thinner than the other two. I used 3 thin coats for this swatch.

KBShimmer-Hugs-and-Wishes

KBShimmer-Hugs-and-Wishes

Stonewashed is a dusty denim blue creme. This one was almost a one-coater, but I used two for good measure. A beautiful color for fall!

KBShimmer-Stonewashed

KBShimmer-Stonewashed

Kiss and Spell (over Hugs and Kisses...which looks so washed out in these sunshine pics for some reason) is a Halloween glitter topper with all sorts of matte glitters (all sizes of hexes, shreds, and stars) in orange, green purple, black and yellow. This one works best with a thin first coat and a dabbed second coat to get all of the glitters in place since the larger glitters require a little bit of placement for them to lay flat on the nail (at least with my curved nails they do). I used 2 coats of KBShimmer Clearly on Top to smooth out this glitter. So fun for Halloween!

KBShimmer-Kiss-and-Spell

KBShimmer-Kiss-and-Spell

KBShimmer-Kiss-and-Spell

Jack has a black jelly base filled with orange and black glitters (including micro bar glitters). Jack is a re-release just for Halloween. Formula was great with perfect coverage at 3 thin coats with the perfect density of glitters. This polish screams classic Halloween.

KBShimmer-Jack

KBShimmer-Jack

KBShimmer-Jack

Rust No One is a rusty orange-red linear holo. Formula was fantastic with full coverage at 3 thin coats. This color is just stunning and the holo flame is really nice.

KBShimmer-Rust-No-One

KBShimmer-Rust-No-One  KBShimmer-Rust-No-One

Up and Cunning is a teal linear holographic polish. Formula was similar to Rust No One and I also used 3 thin coats here. Another huge winner for the holographic line of KBShimmers.

KBShimmer-Up-and-Cunning

KBShimmer-Up-and-Cunning

KBShimmer-Up-and-Cunning

Flannel Surfing is a grey tinged blue crelly with orange, aqua, teal, and silver glitters. Formula was great and it built up nicely in 3 thin coats. It had nice spreadability and glitter density as well. This was another one that I smoothed out with 2 coats of topcoat.

KBShimmer-Flannel-Surfing

KBShimmer-Flannel-Surfing

KBShimmer-Flannel-Surfing

A Raisin to Live is a burgundy jelly filled with different sizes of holographic glitters/pigments. This polish built up nicely in 3 thin coats and has wonderful sparkly depth. It is just amazing...one of my favorites from the collection for sure!

KBShimmer-A-Raisin-to-Live

KBShimmer-A-Raisin-to-Live  
KBShimmer-A-Raisin-to-Live

Leaf of Faith is a dark red jelly filled with red, orange, and gold glitters with a sprinkle of holo sparkle. Once again, another great jelly/glitter formula from KBShimmer. This one was perfect in 3 thin coats. If you can only get one polish from this collection, let it be this one. It totally embodies fall and is the perfect red glitter polish. So much love for Leaf of Faith!!

KBShimmer-Leaf-of-Faith

KBShimmer-Leaf-of-Faith

KBShimmer-Leaf-of-Faith  KBShimmer-Leaf-of-Faith

KBShimmer products are available from their website as well as from Harlow & Co. (Canada).  Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram for updates on new collections and to see swatches of all of their polishes.

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Girly Bits No Such Thing as a Purple Problem

*Press Sample*

Hi everyone! Today I have Girly Bits No Such Thing as a Purple Problem to share with you! This was released at the same time as the 80's Girl Bands collection and it is a purple jelly filled with silver and purple microglitters. There is also some difficult to capture shimmer going on in the polish as well and I think this aids in its opacity. Unlike a lot of jellies with microglitters, this one was completely opaque in 2 coats and it applied wonderfully. I found this SO HARD to take pictures of! The sparkle just overwhelmed my camera. I can usually get pretty decent shots of microglitters, but this one just was being difficult. It's so nice though...perfect for those of you WITH a purple problem.







Girly Bits Cosmetics' polishes are available from creator Pam's online shop as well as from e-tailers around the world including: Llarowe (US), Overall Beauty (US), Mei Mei's Signatures (Singapore),Harlow and Co. (Canada), Femme Fatale Cosmetics (Australia), Foxy Fingertips (Denmark), and Maria Gastadeira (Brazil). Be sure to follow Girly Bits on Facebook and Instagram for news about restocks and new collections.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chaos & Crocodiles Echos, Reflections, and Shadows

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have a gorgeous trio for you from Chaos & Crocodiles that is going to be available for pre-order this Saturday (August 30). This pre-order will also include the beautiful Secret Agent Collection and the special polish that was created specifically for CosmoProf in Vegas called Operation Vegas. Now let's have a closer look at this brand new trio!

 
All three of these polishes have jelly bases and a combination of 5 holographic glitters and pigments which isn't quite like anything that I've seen before. The varying sizes of the holo bits floating in the deep jelly bases creates a sparkly, almost galaxy-like effect on the nail. The formula was the same on all three of these and applied perfectly. They are quite opaque at 2 coats, but I did 3 thin coats for picture purposes (because jellies can be notoriously tricky to photograph). Also, surprisingly, these weren't incredibly topcoat hungry like a lot of microglitters tend to be. I used 1 coat of KBShimmer Clearly on Top and they were glassy smooth. These polishes are so fab, I just want them in every color on the planet!

Reflections is a deep blue jelly with holographic sparkle. Just look at that depth! Do you see what I mean by galaxy effect?



Echoes is a cranberry red jelly with holographic sparkle. This one looks more red in lower light and has pinker tones when it's in the sunshine. Such a gorgeous color for fall!

 

Shadows is a deep dark purple jelly with holographic sparkle. This one was tricky to photograph because it almost wanted to look black in some pictures, but it is definitely an intense vampy purple in real life. Just look how it sparkles in the sunshine!

 


As I said, these will be available for pre-order on Saturday, August 30 during two different hour-long windows (from 12PM to 1PM EDT and then from 9PM to 10PM EDT) on the Chaos & Crocodiles website. Chaos & Crocodiles polishes are also available from Mei Mei's Signatures and Norway Nails. You can keep track of info on restocks and releases by following their blog, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter

What do you think of these beauties? Are you going to be taking part in the pre-order? Thanks for looking everyone!