Thursday, February 28, 2013

Hard Candy- Candy Sprinkles Collection: Part One


I have something SUPER exciting for you all! It's part one of my Hard Candy- Candy Sprinkles Collection swatch and review! If you haven't heard the news yet, go check out the Hard Candy Facebook page for promo pictures of the whole Spring 2013 line. It includes 45, yes 45, new nail polishes in a variety of shades and finishes. I have my eye on the Candy Sprinkles Collection in particular, though I will pick up a few others. The whole Spring 2013 collection is rolling out in Walmart stores, and according to Hard Candy, will be available on Walmart's' website within two weeks! They are retailing for $3.97, but I paid $4. 

Now I will let you all know, I might not being buying the whole Candy Sprinkles collection. There are at least two that I don't want to buy because they appear to be dupes for a few of the Nail Inc Sprinkles, which I already own. Who knows, I might end up getting them anyway! I'm still on the hunt for the remaining polishes. These three seem to be the only ones I can find at the moment. Bare with me if it takes a week or two to get Part Two, and possibly Part Three up! 

So lets get on to the polish already! The Candy Sprinkles Collection is very simular to the Nails Inc Sprinkles. They are a sheer-ish colored base with multicolored glitter. The glitter is all the same size, but the colors vary depending on the polish. The pigmentation on all of these is amazing, and they only required two coats. Weird considering Hard Candy is promoting them as "glitter suspended in a clear top coat". They are not by any means in a clear base! I toped all of them with one coat of Poshe, though I probably should have done a coat of Gelous first. 

First up is my favorite of the bunch, and I'm assuming my favorite of the collection, Gummy Green! This was the first I saw of the collection, and it was love at first sight. Hard Candy's pictures make this appear way more green then it actually is. Gummy green is more of a bright mint/ light turquoise, but stunning none the less! It has black and silver glitter, but because the base is colored the silver glitter appears white. The application was the best out of the three. It applied smoothly, and the glitter didn't need any maneuvering at all. The base color wan't patchy either. Obsessed!

Next up is Pink Taffy! Pink Taffy has a bright, medium pink base with black, silver and magenta glitter. I found this one to be the hardest to apply. I think it was a tab bit thicker then the others, and the glitter seemed more sparse. Even looking at the bottle, it appears to have less glitter. I think it's still really cute though, and perfect for those of you that love pink!

Rounding up Part One is Cotton Candy Pink! This one is definitely a more neutral toned pink. It has silver and purple glitter though which I love! It was slightly thicker then Gummy Green, but not as bad as Pink Taffy. I think they do need to be a bit thicker to get the opacity they have. I was expecting it to need three coat, as it was the lightest of the three, but it was perfect at two. This is a really neat polish for Spring! I don't really love this tone of pink on me though. 

What do you all think?! I'm absolutely in love with them all! I'm really enjoying the color combinations, and I was surprised at how opaque they are! Pretty great for only $4 bucks! I hope I can snatch the rest up soon. Trust me, I've been stalking every Walmart I'm by to see if they have them out yet. Have you been able to pick any up yet from the new collection? If you have, what do you think of them?

Friday, February 22, 2013

A Simple Zoya Combo

Happy Friday!

Oh man, have I been lazy. I'm not gonna lie, it's been hard for me to get back into the swing of things since I got back from vacation. I seriously haven't had anything on my nails but OPI Nail Envy for probably the past week and a half. On the bright side, I'm really liking Nail Envy! My nails have been growing SUPER fast! Can't tell yet if it's strengthening them, as my nails like to break left and right. So far so good!

I have a Zoya combo to show you guys today. A little while back, Zoya did a BOGO, or something like that. I picked up two of the Pixie Dusts, and a few other polishes from the newer collections. I decided I wanted to do a simple design with Vespa, which is part of the Pixie Dust collection, and Neely, part of the Lovely collection. I wasn't quite sure how I would feel about the Pixie Dust polishes. I like my polish smooth and glossy. I'll tell you my decision on them at the end! I did three coats of Vespa, and added two coats of Neely on my ring finger. Then I did what I'm calling "gradient dots" with Vespa on top of Neely. Pretty simple, but I'm enjoying it!

Three coats of Zoya- Vespa
Two coats of Zoya- Neely
Vespa dots

Here's the mani with one coat of Gelous and one coat of Poshe. I couldn't help it. 

Now the texture of the Pixie Dusts was not as bad as I expected. It really was weird though. I don't hate the way it looks without a top coat, but I LOVE it with one. It sparkles regardless! I found one coat of Gelous and one coat of Poshe plenty sufficient to cover the texture. Who knows, I might pick up the rest of the collection just because I love Vespa with a top coat!

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Tough Love

Hello Everyone!

Sorry for the lack of post last week. I had a some what horrible cold/flu/bug that had me doing nothing but laying in bed pretty much all week. But I'm back with another Valentine's Day mani! I wanted to do something a bit darker, and I wanted to use some studs. I ended up with a mani that I'm totally loving!

For my Tough Love mani I used two coat of OPI- Black Onxy on all but my ring finger. On my ring finger I have two coat of Zoya- Delilah, which is one of my all time favorite reds. I added studs to all the Black Onyx nails. The studs are from Born Pretty, and I'm pretty sure they are 2mm. Now for the lovey dovey part! I practiced drawing hearts with a dotting tool until I was happy with how they turned out. All you really have to do is place two dots fairly close together, and sort of drag polish to connect them in a point at the bottom. Then I drew a few on top of Delilah, and added a few dots in the empty spaces. I like how it's a Valentine's Day mani, but with an edge!

Two coats of OPI- Black Onyx
Two coat of Zoya- Delilah
Studs and Hearts
One coat of Poshe

I hope you like it! I sure do! I also have a Born Pretty coupon code in the side bar for you all to use if your interested!

Monday, February 4, 2013

Valentine Hearts

Hello, Hello!

I have a Valentine's Day mani to show you all today! I wasn't quite sure where I was going with this, or how it was going to turn out, but I'm pretty happy with it! I'm sure I will have a few more lovey dovey manis before Valentine's Day, so be on the look out!

For this mani I started out wanting to do a skittle mani. I think I ended up about half way there. I used Zoya- Purity, a basic white, and Julep- Penelope, a light baby pink with a jellyish finish. Purity is on my middle and ring fingers, while Penelope is on my pointer and pinky. Three coats of each. I wanted to add a bit of sparkle so I used a JessiGeeWhiz glitter in Gift Wrap, which is from her Holiday 2012 Collection. Jessi makes loose, solvent resistant, nail art glitters that are so darn gorgeous. I find it's easiest to apply them if you just use a basic clear polish, and dip the brush right into the glitter. I cut out hearts from painters tape, applied it to the dry nail, then just applied the glitter and pulled it off. The other nails each have one coat of glitter. The sparkle doesn't show up as good as it does it real life. I really like how this turned out!

Three coats of Zoya- Purity
Three coats of Julep- Penelope
One coat of JessiGeeWhiz- Gft Wrap
One coat of Gelous
One coat of Poshe