Monday, April 27, 2015

LeChat Dare to Wear: Royal Crystal

I have another LeChat Dare to Wear polish to share with you today. I was immensely impressed with Honeysuckle, and I have to say this brand is continuing to impress me. It's just unfortunate this brand doesn't get any buzz, it's deserving!

Royal Crystal
Royal Crystal is a medium violet with a fine golden-pink glass fleck glitter.

Collection: LeChat Dare to Wear Mermaid Treasures Collection Summer 2014

Color: If you're curious, check out Vampy Varnish's swatch of Spoiled Are Mermaid's Real? for comparison. This was my initial instinct prior to purchasing Royal Crystal. I was consider they'd be dupes. They're not. I think Royal Crystal is better. Royal Crystal has a more red-toned and vibrant purple base and the glass fleck glitter is much finer and smooth. I love this shade of purple. I felt the Spoiled nail polish color was a bit too dull and blue-toned for my tastes.

Formula: Excellent formula. I am absolutely loving LeChat's formulas. They're apply so evenly and smooth with no effort whatsoever.. I used 3 thin coats above.

Price: I paid $3.25 for this on Head2ToeBeauty.

Overall: Royal Crystal is a beautiful color. I love the glass fleck glitter in this. Glass fleck glitter is something I feel the nail polish world is very much deprived of these days! Bring them back! The color of this is vibrant and the glitter gives it a stunning finish. Love!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Friday, April 24, 2015

Black Cat Lacquer Artemis

I have a new to me indie brand to share with you today. Keep in mind, this brand isn't new, it's just new to my stash! I was perusing Black Cat Lacquer's website a little while ago and saw quite a few polishes that caught my eye. I ended up receiving a few in a recent gift exchange, and have been really impressed with them. This is one of the ones I received.

Artemis 
Artemis is a sky blue crelly (creme + jelly)  base with pastel blue holo glitters.

Collection: Black Cat Lacquer Goddess Collection Spring 2014

Color: I find crellies like this harder to find. It's easy to find very pale or white crellies with contrasting glitters. I love the monochromatic look of this medium toned blue with similarly toned glitter. It's not a subtle at all like you might think. It's a beautiful glittery polish. This shade of blue is perfect too.

Formula: Excellent and superb formula. I typically have application and formula issues with crellies. This was a breeze. This applied so easily, and I had no trouble getting the glitters on my nail. This was a perfectly blended and balanced nail polish.

Price: This is $9.00 on the Black Cat Lacquer website.

Overall: Artemis is an excellent polish. I love the color and look of the glitter. I don't make my way around many indies, and this is one I'm so pleased I have tried. I am very impressed with all aspects of this polish. Black Cat Lacquer is a definitely a brand I will be re-visiting!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, April 23, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Zoya Happi

I have a rediscovered Zoya favorite to share with you today. This comes at perfect timing too, because the Zoya Earth Day Exchange promo is going on. I think this will be one you might want to add your shopping cart!

Happi

Happi is a warm carnation pink with a beautiful peachy-gold duochrome metallic shimmer.

Collection: Zoya Reverie Spring 2010

Color: One thing I find I miss most in nail polish lately are original pinks. Zoya Happi is a very original pink shade. First, it's not your standard spring pastel pink, this light-medium warm pink. Secondly, that duochrome metallic shimmer. That golden shimmer is stunning and adds so much dimension to this polish.

Formula: The formula on this is nice an easy to use. I used 3 thin coats above.

Price: This is $9 on the Zoya website. If you do purchase this during the Earth Day promo be sure to add 5 or more other polishes to your cart and use the code EARTHLUV. You'll get your order for 50% off plus free shipping!

Overall: I am absolutely ashamed this was collecting dust in my Helmer for so long. This is one of Zoya's most beautiful creations in my opinion. I love this original and beautifully done take on spring pink shade. I think this is an absolute must have in any nail polish collection!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters

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Tuesday, April 21, 2015

Color Club Age of Aquarius

"When the moon is in the Seventh House And Jupiter aligns with Mars , then peace will guide the planets Aand love will steer the stars"

I'm doing so many manicures and reviewing polishes lately that get songs in my head! I'll never forget a nail polish if it reminds of a song. I spotted this bright Color Club in my recent Head2ToeBeauty haul.

"This is the dawning of the Age of Aquarius The Age of Aquarius Aquarius! Aquarius!"

Age of Aquarius 
Age of Aquarius is a neon mint-aqua green creme.

Collection: Color Club Poptastic Collection

Color: This is a spectacular color. This is insanely bright too. I would most definitely consider this a neon even though it isn't a traditional neon color. I love the vibrancy of Age of Aquarius and I love that it's a minty green! Mint and neon is an amazing combination.

Formula: I so so so wish I could say this formula was as spectacular as the color. Sadly, it's not. I found this color to be thick, chalky, and did not apply evenly. This isn't the worst formula I've ever used, but it was pretty bad -sad face-.

Price: I paid $3.25 for this on Head2ToeBeauty.

Overall: The color is just that amazing. The vibrancy of this shade is killer, it is unlike any other bright mint-aqua colors in my collection. The formula is a major let down for me, but the color *almost* negates that. I know neons/pastel neons can have better formulas than this, I've seen it done with indies. I expect better, but I've been put under Age of Aquarius' spell a bit.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Paint Splatters


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Friday, April 17, 2015

HPB Presents: April Showers Manicure Link-Up

It's time for another monthly Hobby Polish Bloggers link-up post. This month's theme was "April Showers".

"Drip, drip, drop, little April showers....."

Since I'm pretty much incompetent when it comes to nail art I decided to do a little abstract interpretation of the theme.

 I did a glitter gradient using Essie Bikini So Teeny as a base and Essie Stroke of Brilliance as the glitter. I then topped it off with Essie Shine of the Times for a little rainbow effect. My thinking was that the glitter represented the "showers" and the flakies where the rainbow after the rain. That works in my head! I had fun with this theme and I really love my result!

For your entertainment...


Check out my fellow HPB friends manis below!


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