Sunday, January 31, 2010

Color Club Gossip Column from Rebel Debutante

Above & Below: Color Club Gossip Column shown using 2 coats. The application was excellent! The above photo is under an Ott light, while the photo below is with no flash in filtered sunlight.
Below: A bottle comparison with a near dupe, American Apparel's Peacock. Color Club's will cost you less than half the price.
Below: My newly reorganized untried shelf. I'm out of room and there's a couple of dozen more somewhere else, so I'm declaring February as not only my blog's anniversary month, but also as "swatch what you have and no more purchases until at least one shelf is cleared off" month! Remind me of that the next time I mention that I picked something new up!
Gossip Column is my first swatch from Color Club's soon to be released Rebel Debutante collection. This is a deep Peacock blue shade, leaning more toward teal than turquoise. I used 2 coats in the photos and had a smooth application without any problems. This shade is highly pigmented and I didn't even experience any streaking on the first coat. Whenever I use a shade for the first time, I often wonder what I might already have in my collection that is similar. I only looked as far as my untried shelf and compared it to American Apparel's Peacock, and I would say that they're a very near dupe. If you missed out on the original run of AA's polishes or are looking for a less expensive alternative--with a better formula, in my opinion, because I added thinner to the AA polishes I've used so far, as they were on the thick side--check out Gossip Column. They should be available in the next couple of weeks.

Speaking of untried polishes, I reorganized my shelf that holds mine this week because I wanted to keep all of the same brands together, and things had gotten a little out of order. I realized that the untried's are winning and I need to get busy swatching! Thankfully, I have no orders or samples/new collections for review on the way, and I'm not the least bit interested in OPI's Hong Kong. I just realized that there are more on another shelf too that aren't pictured, so yes, I need an intervention. Or an extra couple of sets of hands!

Saturday, January 30, 2010

Guest Blogger Series: Courtney from Fresco Phyrra!

Today's guest blogger is the stunning goth-chic Courtney, whose eye looks never cease to make me say "ooh, pretty!" every time I check out her blog, Fresco Phyrra. I think she has such a unique eye color, and her application talent enhances that all the more. Courtney does a wide range of makeup looks, and also includes some nails, product reviews, and of course her precious pup, Phaedra in her posts. If you aren't familiar with her work, check out her blog for some inspiration and show her some link/follower love! For today's look, she used a variety of products which can be found below the photos. The majority of her eye colors are mineral shadows from I Touch Roses. She also gives a helpful description of her application, including placement of the shades and which brush types she used. Many thanks to Courtney for furnishing this look for my Guest Blogger Series. If you'd like to be a guest blogger, just send me an eMail.

Shade Descriptions:
Saint - Light lavender with pearl and crystal shimmer
Zodiac - Magenta pink pearl
Fantasy - Bright grape with magenta/blue shimmer
Storm - Steel grey with lots of crystal sparkle
Take Me - iridescent Magenta & Aqua

Eyes: Too Faced Shadow Insurance
Fyrinnae Pixie Epoxy
I Touch Roses Saint - inner corners of eye blended outward, applied with chisel detail brush
I Touch Roses Zodiac - on lid, applied with Medusa's lid brush
I Touch Roses Fantasy - outer corner of lid, applied wih ecoTools shader brush
I Touch Roses Storm - crease, applied with ecoTools angled crease brush and blended upward, blended with e.l.f. C brush
I Touch Roses Take Me - on browbone to highlight and blended down, applied with ecoTools highlighter brush
Gel Eyeliner in Black Out - upper lash line, applied with Fyrinnae bent eyeliner brush
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Yeyo - inner lower water line
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Ransom - outer lower water line
Urban Decay 24/7 liner in Electric - lower lash line
Aromaleigh Lash Primer
Covergirl Lash Blast Luxe in Black Platinum

Cheeks: Hard Candy Blush in Living Doll

Face: Fyrinnae Velvet-Gel Silica Primer
Meow Pampered Puss foundation in Inquisitive Siamese

Lips: Aromaleigh Minty Cocoa Chip lipbalm
Jordana lipliner in Baby Dreams
Fyrinnae Lip Lustre in Lollipop-pop

Friday, January 29, 2010

Color Club Rebel Debutante

Above & Below: L-R: Who Are You Wearing?, High Society, Best Dressed List, Charity Ball, Uptown Girl, She's Sooo Glam, Socialite. These are the 7 shades in the boxed set.
Below: Also part of the collection, but not included in the boxed set are L-R: Rebel Debutante, Gossip Column.
I know, I know, no swatches...yet! Color Club's Rebel Debutante polishes just arrived, so I'll start giving them a workout on the nail tomorrow, but bottle pictures are still fun sometimes. My thoughts after inspecting them are very good--all cremes, some Spring-like shades, a pastel or two, some trendy colors--lots of shades that will work not only this Spring, but year-round. Which ones do I find the most appealing? That's subjective of course, but my eyes were first drawn to two shades, Gossip Column and Who Are You Wearing? The question mark is part of the name! Gossip Column is a dark, yet vivid peacock blue, while Who Are You Wearing is a creamy buff or ivory shade, with a hint of grey. It's almost what I would call a pale taupe. Naturally, several others caught my attention as well, like the pastel lime green collection namesake, Rebel Debutante, and the light grey-taupe seen in High Society. The two shades that looked the most unique to me when wondering if I have any other similar polishes in my collection that resemble any of these, would have to be Best Dressed List (which could be someone's perfect 'mannequin hands'!) and Charity Ball, a rich rust brown that reminds me of the Crayon color, Burnt Sienna.

All in all, this collection looks like an exceptional palette of varied colors, and I can't wait to try them out. These can be purchased in a 7 piece boxed set, which does not include Rebel Debutante and Gossip Column, or they can all be purchased individually. I don't have a specific release date, but I do see them showing up on Victoria Nail Supply as unavailable, which leads me to think that they and other eTailers should have them within the next couple of weeks. What do you think? Any favorites?

*This post features product samples furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm.

Friday Follower Freebie!

The winner of today's FFF will receive 4-Milani 3-D Holographic polishes and 3 Milani Neon polishes! Pictured above L-R: Cyberspace, Hi-Res, Rad Purple, Dude Blue (gotta love that name!), Fresh Teal, Digital, and Hi-Tech.

The Rules: You must be a follower to enter. You must leave your eMail below in the comments section as your entry. You must leave your entry before midnight tomorrow, 1/30/10.

OPI Now Available at VNS!

Good morning! Just a quick post to let you all know that Victoria Nail Supply is in the process of posting all of their OPI's online for you to purchase. No longer will they be hidden away or a license required! I clicked on a few images after Yen let me know, and it looks like they're priced at $4.75. They do still have the Alice in Wonderland in stock if you're looking for that. Now if she'd just add Misa to her line-up...! I'll be posting the Friday Follower Freebie later this morning, so be sure to check back.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

ORLY Foil FX Swatches

Above & Below: Luxe is the gold shade in this 3 piece collection and although they're all operating on shine overload, this one seems to be the brightest one. To add to the beauty of these, I only had to use one coat on this shade (I used 2 on the others).
Below: This was taken with a flash, while the two above were with no flash under an Ott lamp.
Below: Rage is a rose shade, resembling rose gold. It looked to have a bit of copper in it, but once I applied, it's a very delicate shade of rose with a touch of bronze.
Below: If you read below, you'll learn that the shimmer you're seeing in these macro photos is not very evident in a normal viewing range. All you notice is the color and the bright shiny finish.
Below: I wondered how well these would matte with a matte top coat, and as you can see, not even that can dull the shine of these. This photo shows 2 coats of Essie's Matte About You with very little effect.
Below: Shine, the silver shade in the collection, is a bright silver. These photos were taken with a flash.
Below: Shine, shown with a flash.
Yesterday I posted the bottle pictures and the press release information on ORLY'S upcoming Foil FX Collection. I just finished up the swatches and I'm blinded by the shine, so hopefully I'll be able to type this without a problem! Seriously, these are nothing short of amazing, in my opinion. Let's talk about the application first--I had no problems whatsoever--typical ORLY formula, flows where it needs to go, not too thick or too thin, and they all dried quickly. I used 2 coats on all but the gold shade (Luxe), and that covered perfectly in just one coat. I know when we think of metallics, the fear that crosses our mind in most cases, is visible brush strokes. Not the case with these. They do have something in them, I'm not sure if you'd call it shimmer, but I'll call it magic dust. These do not have a shiny foil finish, but rather a texturized foil effect, according to the press release. But don't for a minute think that they're not shiny. These polishes are the shiniest I've ever seen. The gold is the shiniest, followed by the silver, and then the rose. Keep in mind when looking at these photos, that these are on a macro setting and then enlarged. The shimmer is not that noticeable from a normal viewing distance. What is noticeable--and I mean heart-stopping, head-turning noticeable--is the shine. I'd be willing to bet that on a sunny day (something we don't have lately), when the sunlight bounces off your nails, it will temporarily blind you. Don't say I didn't warn you!
*This post features product samples furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm.

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New From ORLY: Foil FX Collection

Above & Below: Orly's Foil FX Collection incudes L-R: Rage, Shine, and Luxe. That's not a flash you see, that's the actual brightness of the shine! I just received these and they need at least some daylight to do them justice, so I'll be swatching them tomorrow. Read more below from ORLY'S press release on these Minx alternative polishes.
Shine on...with the Metallic Effect of ORLY'S Foil FX Collection
Introducing a Metallic Lacquer that's Gentle on the Nails

In step with the metallics that ruled the runway during the Spring 2010 fashion shows in New York, Paris and Milan, ORLY introduces the Foil FX Collection that delivers a uniquely texturized foil effect. The ORLY FOIL FX Collection extends fashion all the way to fingertips and toes, offering the sought-after "Minx-look" in an easy-to-use and affordable Lacquer formula that won't damage nails or break the bank. Great news, since bold and "blinged-out" nails are THE must-have accessory this spring!

The Foil FX Collection includes three new Lacquers:

Rage: Rose Nail Lacquer with a Metallic Foil Finish
Shine: Silver Nail Lacquer with a Metallic Foil Finish
Luxe: Gold Nail Lacquer with a Metallic Foil Finish

All ORLY Nail Lacquers including the Foil FX Collection are free of DBF and all traces of Toluene, Formaldehyde and Formaldehyde resin.

The Foil FX Collection Lacquers will be available beginning March 2010 for $7.50 each.

*This post features product samples furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm.

2true Shade No. 15

Above & Below: 2true's Shade No. 15 is a light blue-grey shimmer. I used 2 coats and will likely go with 3 the next time. It works nicely as a top coat over a darker shade also.
This is a polish I received from the lovely Helen, of Helen & Sheenie's Nice Things Blog. Helen is the Queen of England--errr, I mean the Queen of Nice Things, so I assume this is a UK/European brand. Which is a shame, because I really like it! I see it on SuperDrug's website and it looks to be an inexpensive, yet desirable line, perhaps much like Wet n Wild's are to those of us in the US. I used 2 coats and probably should have gone with 3, but no matter, I think you can get the general idea of it. It applied well without any problems and dried quickly. It's a baby blue shade with a hint of grey and it has very fine silver shimmer. I tried it over a dark blue shade and it's even more appealing. A poor woman's version of Essie Starry Starry Night!

Elizabeth Arden Cambridge Cognac

Above & Below: Cambridge Cognac is a rich russet brown with hints of burgundy, and is filled with small gold shimmer. I used 2 coats and had excellent coverage. The label says (F), which I assume is for Frost, although I'd categorize this shade as a shimmer.
Below: The gold veining in the bottle is what initially attracted me to this shade.
I've been re-organizing my untried shelf this week and came across this shade from Elizabeth Arden. I don't believe EA still produces nail polish, although it can be found at a number of online eTailers. After using this one, I need to track down more of them, because they are so nice. But first I think I'll do some more swatching from the untrieds's--I don't have room for any more on the shelf! I loved the application of this because it seems to flow very well, and covered beautifully in 2 coats. There was not any streaking or even lack of coverage on the first coat, but I thought it would look even better with 2 coats. The bottle is huge, not in contents, as it's still 0.5 fl. oz., but the thick glass surrounding the polish is quite substantial. I was extremely impressed with the application and pigmentation of this shade, so if you have any shades you like, let me know and I'll add them to my wish list for this brand.

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

Jessica Spring 2010 Swatches

Above: Cloud Mine is an opalescent/iridescent mint green shade with gold flash. This shade is just beautiful and applied perfectly in 2 coats (note: all are shown using 2 coats).
Below: Flight of Fancy is a coral pink shade with glass-flecked shimmer. This is a very delicate shade and I love this type of finish.
Below: Enchante is a hot pink shimmer that has that 'lit from within' glow to it.
Below: Eyes Wide Open is a vibrant orange shimmer that also seems to glow.
Below: Call me crazy (that's not the name of the polish!), but I actually like a frost finish if--and that's a big if, because it doesn't often happen--I can get a decent finish without streaking. Sparkling Champagne (below) and Starry Eyed (under Sparkling Champagne) both gave me a true frost finish, streak-free, in 2 coats.
A week or so ago I posted bottle pictures and the press release description from Jessica Cosmetics Spring 2010 Collection called the Daydream Collection. You can view that post here. These are scheduled for an April release and they retail for $7.50 on their web site. I have also purchased this brand from Hello-Gorgeous.net, although I don't know if or when they'll be stocking this collection.

I am fairly new to the Jessica line of polishes, but after trying some for the first time last last year, I rank them in my top 5 brands for application and wear. They apply well in 2 coats, dry quickly, and wear extremely well. The formula is what I call self-leveling, meaning that any streaks or unevenness you see during the application, seem to disappear on their own and meld into a perfect finish. They offer a wide range of colors and finishes, and on a completely aesthetic note, I love their bottles! They're heavy and substantial, and while we're discussing packaging, the handle and brush work very well, size-wise and quality-wise.

My thoughts on this particular collection are quite simple: I love them! As I was using each one, I thought a few times that some of you may not care for some of the colors... "too many pinks", "not colors I would use", and so on. Of course, everyone does not care for the same shade, but I was a little relieved personally, to see something other than a collection of pastel creme shades. I have more than enough of those, so these, while not the norm for this spring, are still very seasonal colors, with a number of them being year-round shades. I particularly liked the array of finishes. The 2 shades that I consider frosts (Starry Eyed and Perchance to Dream), finished with a look that is indeed frost, but without the application issues that generally turn me away from this type of finish. There's quite a mix of finishes in this collection, including glass-flecked, frost, opalescent or iridescent, and the 2 that seem to glow, Eyes Wide Open and Enchante. A change of pace in the color selections, a variety of finishes, and a quality polish...that's why I love them!

*This post features sample products furnished by the manufacturer or PR firm.

Monday, January 25, 2010

New From Milani: Neon Fresh Teal

Above & Below: Milani's Fresh Teal is from their new 8 piece Neon line. The photo above is with an Ott light, while the photo below is with a flash. I tried every kind of lighting I could, and I was not able to get an accurate color of this polish. It is much closer to the bottle picture, a bright, vivid teal creme. For some reason, every photo showed more blue. This applied very well and dried to a high shine finish. They are priced at $4.29.
Milani is coming out with some fantastic lines right now! I picked up all of their new holos a couple of weeks ago, and I'm now starting to see their full-line wall displays. Included in this display are the holo's, lip glosses, eye shadows, nail art pens, and 8 shades simply called Neon. These look to be permanent additions to their existing nail polish line. I picked up just one of the neons, because I honestly thought they'd be like many other neons--streaky, difficult application, semi-matte finish--you all know what I mean. I was hoping they'd be like that so I wouldn't feel the need to have more than this one, but I'm happy to report (although my wallet is not!) that these are excellent! I used 2 coats and could easily have gotten away with one, had I been more diligent with my application. They dry quickly and are as shiny as any other creme polish that's not a neon. The finish is amazing, because not only is it shiny, but it almost looks like plastic. There are 8 shades in the Neons, including 2 orange tones, 1-yellow, 1-blue, 1-purple, 2-pinks and this teal shade. Just as the holo's didn't have a strong holo effect, this particular shade does not have a bright, glowing neon effect. It's vivid, don't get me wrong. But when I think of neons, I think of Massini's 'in your face' neons, or some of Color Clubs true neon shades. The other colors may be more neon-like, but I still am very impressed with this one. I guess I'll have to go pick up a few more and find out!

In other new drug store polishes, I'm still waiting to see the Maybelline pastels I've heard about, but I haven't located them yet. I did see a new display from L'Oreal Pro called Blooming Brights, but I passed on them...because they weren't new! I thought they looked familiar, and sure enough, they were the collection from last summer. So hopefully we'll be seeing something new from L'Oreal soon also.

Sunday, January 24, 2010

BB Couture Hands of Hope: Cap-Haitien & Paradise

Above & Below: Cap-Haitien, like all of the polishes in this collection, covered perfectly using 2 coats. This is a darker shade of lavender and is a creme. The application on all of these was nothing less than extremely good. The Ott light photo above is more color-accurate than the one taken with a flash below.
Above & Below: Paradise is an off-white or pale taupe shade that has the slightest bit of shimmer to it. The above photo is under an Ott light, which shows the color quite accurately, while the photo below was taken with a flash.
Today I have the last of the BB Couture Hands of Hope polishes to show you, and if you'd like to see the other 4 shades, just scroll down a few posts and you'll be able to view them. Kim from Overall Beauty has these available on her site, and she has teamed up with Cindy from BB Couture to donate 25% of all proceeds from any Hands of Hope polish purchase to the Salvation Army. Granted, these may not look as hot as George Clooney did on Friday night's Hope for Haiti fundraiser, but they're still very beautiful shades of polish, and certainly for a worthwhile cause.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Guest Blogger Series: Babbling Brooke's Stunning Konad

Today's guest blogger is Brooke, and her blog is called Babbling Brooke. She posts a lot of great nail looks, and she's also quite crafty, loves to bake and knit, and is an avid animal supporter. If you aren't familiar with her blog, check it out and show her a little follower/link love! Today she's done a beautiful Konad design to share with us, using some of her favorite polishes. I love the look of this, and I think she chose her colors perfectly. If you'd like to be a guest blogger, just send me an eMail and I'll be happy to 'host your post'! Thank you Brooke, for joining me today!

Happy Saturday, fellow Body & Soul readers! Today I wanted to share two of my newest polish crushes with you: Color Club Wild at Heart and China Glaze It's My Turn. I also have my number one Konad Design--what could be better than a day full of favorites?
Above: For this design, I used 3 coats of China Glaze It's My Turn for the base. It's My Turn is part of China Glaze's Kaleidoscope collection--isn't the design on the bottle pretty?

Above: It's My Turn is a holographic gold with large pieces of holographic glitter. Like most China Glaze polishes, it applied smooth and thin, and dried extremely fast. Unlike some glittery polishes, It's My Turn is totally smooth--it doesn't leave nails rough, like some glitters do. I love holographic polishes and this is by far my favorite holographic gold (with China Glaze GR8 coming in second).
Above: For the design pictured at the top of my post, I used Konad plate m64 with Color Club Wild at Heart, shown below. To learn more about Konad, check out my tutorial. Wild at Heart worked nicely as a stamping polish, but it also looks great as an all-over polish. It covered very well with just one coat (awesome!), applied smoothly, and dried quickly. Wild at Heart is a deep purple holographic with holographic micro glitter. It is STUNNING--I am loving this polish!
Want to read more of my ramblings? Visit Babbling Brooke to check out more of my favorite polishes and designs, and be sure to enter my polish giveaway. Have a lovely weekend!

Friday, January 22, 2010

Friday Follower Freebie!

Treat your nails, treat yourself! Take a nice, relaxing bath or shower and enjoy the soothing aroma when using Lush Snowcake or Lush Godmother soaps. Then spend a little time getting your nails into shape with a 6 piece treatment set from Color Club, furnished by Victoria Nail Supply. (Make sure to check out the post below this one if you missed Yen's info on new Color Club collections soon to be in stock at VNS.) Top it off with nail colors from Borghese, including the cult favorite, Stellar Notte, a unique purple-grey-teal duochrome. Or create your own mannequin hands (depending on your skin tone) with Almondine. One winner will receive all of these products as the winner of today's FFF.

The Rules: You must be a follower to enter, you must leave your eMail below in the comments section as your entry, contest entries must be received by midnight tomorrow (Saturday, January 23).

Color Club Debuts 3 New Collections

Above: The Pardon My French collection includes 7 shades, which I believe are 4 cremes and 3 glitters. L-R: Pardon My French (c), I Believe In Amour (c), Hot Couture (g), Oh Naturale (c), Turn The Other Chic (g), Take Me To Your Chateau (c), Si Vous Please (g). Yen tells me her favorite is Take Me To Your Chateau. (Note: Click on all 3 promo pictures to enlarge the detail.)

Below: The Rebel Debutante collection includes 9 creme shades L-R: Who Are You Wearing, High Society, Best Dressed List, Charity Ball, Uptown Girl, She's So Glam, Ms. Socialite, Rebel Debutante, Gossip Column.
Below: The Poptastic collection includes 9 vivid (creme, I think!) shades L-R on the salon display photo: Almost Famous, Wham! Pow!, Poptastic, Jackie OH!, Warhol, Pucci-licious, Mrs. Robinson, Twiggy, Chelsea Girl. I'm definitely buying some of these just for the name alone!
Below: Color swatches show some shades from Poptastic across the top row and the first one on the bottom left row. The other five on the bottom row are from the Pardon My French collection.
Below: I'm assuming these are some shades from the Rebel Debutante collection.
I have some information from Yen at Victoria Nail Supply that I wanted to share with you regarding new collections coming soon from Color Club. She tells me that shipments should start to arrive next week, although I'm uncertain as to if she means on all 3...at any rate, it's more polish shades to look forward to!

Pardon My French-Ready to go sheer Color Club Introduces Pardon My French, a collection of long-lasting lacquers that define sexy sophistication. These versatile shades look hot when worn over another color or all by themselves and you won't find these amazing colors anywhere else this season! (7 shades, including 3 glitters).

Rebel Debutane-It's a new spin on classic color! Rebel Debutante is the newest collection from Color Club, and it's made for the girl who likes the finer things. These high-quality enduring shades are perfect for every public appearance! (9 creme shades, 3 lip glosses).

Poptastic-The time has come for Poptastic! Color Club's latest collection explodes with bright-hot color that's impossible to ignore. These quality lacquers are long wearing and designed to make the scene all season long! (9 creme shades).

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