Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Pahlish August "First Day of My Life" Duo

*Purchased by me*

Hi everyone! Ready to see more Pahlish that you need to buy before the end of the month? Well ready or not, it's happening! The Pahlish August Duo has to be one of my favorite duos yet (maybe only second to the March Duo from earlier this year). Don't forget, this set is only available for the month of August, so be sure to grab it while you can! I mean...just look at it...


Meet Me in the Morning is a turquoise/tiffany blue creme with copper flake shimmer. This is another one of those Pahlish flecked shimmers that I just can't get enough of! Formula on this was terrific and it was completely opaque in 2 coats. It's just stunning on its own...but wait until you add the glitter!


Blankets on the Beach (2 coats over Meet Me in the Morning) is a mixture of gold, aqua, and copper glitters in a clear base, including hexes, squares, and dots. It is the perfect pairing with the base color. I just love this combination of colors SO MUCH! Formula was fantastic with good spread and glitter distribution (and not a topcoat hungry glittter).




And then you must matte it...yes you must!




Pahlish is available from Pahlish's Big Cartel ShopBe sure to follow Pahlish on Facebook and on their blog for details about restocks (they are Fridays at 7 pm CST) and new polishes. Shannon has started adding one or two Bespoke Batches to each restock (she usually posts previews on Thursdays...but stay tuned for a special Bespoke event this week!), so if you want to grab some of those, keep and eye on her Facebook and Instagram. Pahlish is also available from LlaroweRainbow Connection, and Edgy Polish. Thanks for looking everyone!

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Zoya Entice Collection Swatch and Review

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have the second part of Zoya's fall offerings, the Entice Collection. This collection consists of 6 warm and cozy cremes that scream autumn (and of course, having Zoya's fantastic creme formula). These polishes are the perfect compliment to the shimmery Ignite Collection which I have already reviewed here.  

 
Veronica is described as a brilliant wine full-coverage creme. This is a very classic color which I can see being adored by women of all ages. It so chic and I love it!


Ryan is described as a classic indigo full-coverage creme. This color is very inky blue and almost looks black in some lights. I actually don't think (despite having a million blue cremes) that I have one quite this dark. I can see myself using this a lot as a base for glitters because it would really make them pop.


Claire is described as a rich burgundy, full-coverage creme. I would say that this is more of a red-based brown. It makes me think of cherry chocolate (if that makes any sense at all..it's just what I think of when I look at it!) I definitely don't have anything like this in my collection and I really like it.


Margo is described as a red plum full-coverage creme. Oh this is one of my favorites for sure. It is a very wearable shade that I can even see myself convincing my mom to wear, but it's a bit funky at the same time. It's so rich and decadent!


Genevive is described as a leather grey full-coverage creme. This one had just a little hint of silver shimmer running throughout that gave it a bit of a different look than the other cremes. I would say this had a slightly thinner formula than the others, but it was still perfect in 2 coats.


Nyssa is described as a milk chocolate brown full-coverage creme. I can't believe that I like this one so much! I expected to hate it because I thought it would look awful on my skintone but it DOESN'T! Milk chocolate is exactly how I would describe this one, so Zoya has the description dead on. Another good addition to my collection because I have nothing else like it (I have VERY few brown cremes). This one seemed to dry down darker on the nail than how it looks in the bottle.


The formulas of these cremes were pretty consistent across the board. They were all nice and opaque and had a good spreading consistency which didn't run or cause pooling. I used 2 coats for all of my swatches, but I used thin coats. If you used thicker coats, some of these could be careful one-coaters. I will caution you, be careful with application as these colors (especially the darker, more saturated ones like Veronica, Ryan, and Claire) can be a beast to do clean-up with because they tend to stain the cuticles a bit (it also helps to have your cuticles well moisturized ahead of time). Luckily, as I already said, the formulas are such that if you are careful, that won't be a problem.

Overall, Zoya's Entice Collection, like the Ignite Collection, delivers fantastic fall colors that will be perfect to wear when the weather starts cooling off. These polishes are now available for pre-order on Zoya's website (they retail for $9 each), and they will soon be available where Zoya is sold in your area (I always find them at Ulta locally).

Monday, August 18, 2014

Elevation Polish Swatch Spam

*Purchased by me*

Hi everyone! Today I have a heaping helping of Elevation Polish swatch spam to share with you! I'm such an Elevation Polish fan and I've gathered up quite a collection of these lately. All of these but one (Yeti's Oceanside Vacation) are still part of the current line so they should be a breeze for you to get your hands on if you want to try them out.


Puncak Jaya is a bright robin's egg blue creme with blue and teal shimmer and flakes. The shimmer is more subtle in this polish and only really shows itself in certain lights, but you can see pops of the flakes here and there throughout the polish. And the color is absolutely gorgeous! This is 2 easy coats.



Yeti's Oceanside Vacation was a limited edition polish that was only available during the month of June. It has a myriad of matte glitters in soothing oceanic aquas, greens, and blues with a dash of purple and even peach. There are even a few stars and large dot glitters thrown in there. Just a gorgeous glitter topper. This is two dabbed coats over Puncak Jaya.



Shilin Stone Forest is a medium grey creme filled with gunmetal flake shimmer and a subtle holographic effect. I'm not always drawn to greys, but I've found a few lately that have really impressed me and this is one of them! I absolutely adore the sprinkling of holo in this one. This was 2 easy coats.



Bohai Sea is a stunning blue subtle holographic polish. The formula was thicker on this one, but it applied well (pretty much a one coater, but I did 2 coats for good measure). If you prefer, you can always add a dash of thinner to it. Her subtle (medium-density) holos are so gorgeous!



Hinglajgarh Forest (say that three times fast...or at all...) is a grass green holographic polish. The holo flame on this one was more prominent than Bohai Sea, but still more subtle than the really super holo polishes out there. I used 2 easy coats for this one. This color of green is just perfect!



Pointless Forest 2 is a dark teal jelly filled with larger and smaller iridescent glitters. There was such wonderful depth with this polish! It was very easily opaque at 3 thin coats (alternately, you can layer it over a similar base color, but I preferred the depth it had by itself). I did use 2 coats of topcoat to help smooth it out, but it definitely wasn't hard to get smooth.



Elevation Polish is available from creator Lulu's Big Cartel Store. She has a lot of info on restock dates and availability on the Big Cartel site as well as on her blog. Her shop is restocked on the 7th and 22nd each month unless otherwise noted. Elevation Polish is also stocked at Llarowe.

Are you an Elevation Polish fan like me? What do you think of these? Thanks for looking everyone!

Sunday, August 17, 2014

Zoya Ignite Collection Swatch and Review

*Press Samples*

Hi everyone! Today I have swatches of the gorgeous new Zoya Ignite Collection for Fall 2014. This collection consists of six shimmering fall hues with a flecked metallic finish which Zoya calls a liquid metal finish. Let's have a look at these beauties!

Zoya-Ignite

India (2 coats) is described as a deep red gold liquid metal. There are also some purple flecks throughout the polish that are beautiful when the light hits them just right (you can see them more in the macro shot). This is vampy perfection for fall!

Zoya-India

Zoya-India

Zoya-India

Remy (2 coats) is described as an indigo with copper and gold liquid metal. The copper and gold shimmer in Remy give it a greenish cast in certain lights, but it was really tough to catch that nuance on camera. This was one of my favorites in the collection!

Zoya-Remy

Zoya-Remy

Zoya-Remy

Teigen (2 coats) is described as a violet plum with copper liquid metal. The coppery flecks really popped against the base so well in this polish. It makes me fondly think of one of my favorite Zoya Collections from the past, the Sunshine Collection from Summer 2011. Teigen seems like a deeper, more autumnal version of one of my favorites from that collection, Reva.

Zoya-Teigen

Zoya-Teigen

Zoya-Teigen

Sansa (2 coats) is described as a deep eggplant with gold liquid metal. Oh man, this polish has so much depth! It is the darkest of dark purples and the shimmer is absolutely amazing against that dark base. I feel like this one is so much better in person. Another favorite for me!

Zoya-Sansa

Zoya-Sansa

Zoya-Sansa

Autumn (2 coats) is described as a varnished copper liquid metal. This is the most metallic of all of the polishes and it is definitely named appropriately because it is autumn in a bottle. While it isn't a color I would typically reach for, I was surprised that it did not look terrible with my skintone. This has me craving pumpkin-spiced things...

Zoya-Autumn

Zoya-Autumn

Zoya-Autumn

Yuna (2 coats) is described as a grey with copper and gold liquid metal. The formula was a bit different with this polish than the others as the base was more creamy. This was a surprise favorite for me as I'm not usually drawn to greys. The combination of the warm shimmers against the grey base made it really fantastic.

Zoya-Yuna

Zoya-Yuna

Zoya-Yuna

Formula was consistently nice with all of these polishes. They spread easily and were the right consistency to avoid cuticle flooding and such, which is pretty essential for polishes like this (to me) because if you have to do clean-up with them, the little metallic flecks get everywhere! Zoya's brush is also one of my favorite brushes to work with and it really helps with precise application. The opacity was great and some of them could have been careful 1-coaters, but I thought they all looked best with 2 coats.

Overall, Zoya's Ignite Collection is fantastic and completely embodies fall. I've really been craving rich and cozy colors, so these really hit the spot. These polishes are now available for pre-order on Zoya's website (they retail for $9 each), and they will soon be available where Zoya is sold in your area (I always find them at Ulta locally).

Will you be picking up any of these? What are your favorites? Thanks for looking everyone! 

KBShimmer 6th Anniversary Trio!

*Purchased by me*

Hi everyone! Today I have the gorgeous KBShimmer 6th Anniversary Trio for you to see! All three of these polishes are absolutely fantastic. You can pick them up individually or you can order the entire trio for a bit of a deal at just $21. I love how beautiful they all look together!

Hexy Bikini is a blingtastic silver holo glitter with accents of teal and pink. It is a full-coverage glitter and is perfectly opaque in two coats. You can wear it on its own for a textured look (like I did in the full mani pictures) or with topcoat to bring out even more bling (like I did in the macro photo). I think it looks fabulous either way! 

Shore Thing is a bright aqua-mint creme. Another gorgeous creme color from KBShimmer (they just keep churning out amazing ones!). Formula on this one was great and it was perfectly opaque in 2 coats. I have a weakness for shades like this, and this one is no exception. It's a little brighter than this in some lights (it's one of those that looks more neon in bright light...difficult to capture!) 




Beach Please is a nearly neon pink creme. Oh man, I love this one SO MUCH! I feel like I have been looking for this exact color for ages! So many bright pinks are very warm-leaning, but this one is on the cooler side and leans more magenta and I adore it. It almost has a squishy feel to it too, almost like a crelly. This is 3 thin coats. 



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.

What do you think of these? Did you pick up the trio? Thanks for looking everyone!