Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Zoya Apple w/ Zoya Muse Gradient

Hello all! I haven't posted in forever, I know. But I figured I might start making shorter posts and just maybe get back to doing NOTD's more often.

So for this mani I did three coats of Zoya's new Muse shade. The formula was thick as hell but sparkly and gorgeous. And then I painted on a gradient of Zoya Apple. This mani was full of glass fleck-y goodness. And I've found that my Zoyas tend to wear three times as long with this topcoat I got from Dollar Tree forever ago: Beyond Perfect - Speed Shine. I wish I would have stocked up on more because I get so frustrated when my Zoyas chip the second I put them on. Anywho, this is after two days of wear:


Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Lush Lacquer Clowning Around

First off, let me just say how much I love Illamasqua Jo'mina. It's a beautiful bright lavender light purple. The formula is heavenly, smooth, and pigmented. I picked it up with my roommate Rach from Stuff I Swatched from Sephora in JC Penney as part of their $7 Illamasqua clearance. I thought it'd be a good base to try out my first neon glitter!
Lush Lacquer Clowning Around is a clear based polish fuuuullll of different colors and sizes of neon matte glitter hexes. I love it. I can't wait to put it over alllll the pastels I have. It's going to be great for the warmer months. This is two coats, dabbed on, over two coats of Jo'mina. Enjoy!




Tuesday, March 12, 2013

Ciate Trio swatches

Been away awhile again. I wanted to show you all what I've been up to. First up, I got a trio of Ciate polishes from Sephora in JC Penney the other day while I was scavenging for $7 Illamasquas. They caught my eye because they looked like versions of MAC Bad Fairy. One a brighter pink with glitter, one duller duochrome, and one a gold green shimmer with pink glitter. After swatching them, I'm not really thrilled, and they might have to go back. $25 for three mini polishes is pretty bonkers. But I've swatched two of them here for you. The third, Heirloom, was basically like Orly Space Cadet without the teal base, just purpley pink brown.

Ciate Love Letters, two coats over two coats of a Chelsea grey. Pretty duochrome, but basically like Sally Hansen Lava with extra hexes in fuschia and light copper.



And Ciate Antique Broach, one thin coat over Sinful Sugar Rush.



Over all, decent formula, pretty colors, but not worth $25. The only unique aspect of these is the addition of multiple sizes of hex glitters to brighten up the polish. I don't mind the glitters, I was afraid they would get too covered in the shimmer and get that frosty look. But  also didn't think there was enough contrast between the shimmer and glitter. Meh.