Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Rescue Beauty Lounge 'Iconoclast'

Hello Readers,

Today, I have a beautiful rich black shimmer from Rescue Beauty Lounge called 'Iconoclast'. It can be purchased directly from RBL's website here for $18.00 and while it's currently out of stock I'm sure it will be available before too long. I used 2 coats (I could have gotten away with 1 thicker coat) and 1 topcoat. This color has such a pure black pigment with a very fine silver, pink and teal shimmer to it. Once it's on the nails it appeals to be a rich black with a slight silver shimmer.

Close up view...

An even closer view...

And a back bottle shot...
Isn't this just gorgeous?! *exhales*

So, what do you gals and gents think? This polish is just another reminder of why I love RBL so much despite their $18 price tag. If you just have a couple of cheap black polishes it might be worth treating yourself to this one! Until next time...

♥ Cheers,

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

China Glaze 'High Def'

Hello Readers,

Today, I have a quick post of China Glaze 'High Def' from the Tronica collection. I absolutely LOVE this collection and I'm pretty sure it doesn't get enough credit. This is my absolute favorite color from the collection and it has a much better holo effect than you think from viewing the bottle. 

Now on to the pics...

With flash - the holo looks like this in most lights in person!
I'd describe this color as a medium blue, somewhat muted and it's definitely a cool (not warm) shade of blue. It's somewhat a htf color but can be found on eBay anywhere from $9-$15+.

So, what do you ladies and gentleman think? Do you have any colors from the Tronica collection? If so, what are your favorite colors?


Thursday, February 16, 2012

a-England 'Princess Tears' & OPI 'DS Diamond'

Hello Readers,

Today, I have a comparison post between a-England 'Princess Tears' from the The Legend collection and OPI 'DS Diamond'. When I got the a-England polish I automatically knew I had to do a comparison post! I'd say that the aE is a cooler purple with a finer holo and of course it has a pink-purple flash that the OPI doesn't possess. Also, the aE formula is more opaque. I used two coats for both.

The bottle shot...
Left to right:  a-England 'Princess Tears' and OPI 'DS Diamond'
A Nice Close-Up...
 An angled view...
And with flash...
I'd say they're both different enough but if you have one you probably don't need the other. You can purchase a-England polishes directly here priced at $14.22 when converted to USD (£9) and they ship to the US for free! OPI 'DS Diamond' is considered a 'htf' polish and can be found on eBay from anywhere to $15-$35+. 

What do you guys think? Own either of these babies? I love them both! Ahhh.... pretties!


Tuesday, February 14, 2012

OPI 'Red Lights Ahead...Where?' & Lacquistry '24k Shredded'

Happy Valentine's Day everyone!!!

I hope everyone is having a nice romantic day! Today, I have OPI 'Red Lights Ahead...Where?' & Lacquistry '24k Shredded' layered together. I really wanted a bright orange-red shade to use with these gold shards and I think it came out pretty nice!

What I started out with...

Then I added Lacquistry's '24k Shredded'...

And a close up...

Gold baby gold!!!...

And another close up...

So, what do you guys think?? I'm pretty much in love with Lacquistry polishes, the gold one can be found here. While it's currently sold out, Jenna is really good about re-stocking! Her full sized bottles are $7.50 and she makes other 'shredded' polishes in red, black, blue, and pink!! If you like glitter, she can satiate that need as well!

If you want to see the Valentine's Day Shards, you can see them here used by The Lacquerologist!

Cheers Loves,

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

OPI 'I Don't Give A Rotterdam!'

Hello Readers!

Today, is the first post (of many to come...) using my new camera. I'm still learning what exposure and lighting works best so there will be a bit of a learning curve here. I got the Panasonic ZS7 Lumix, it's the same one that Sam from Fashion polish uses and her photos are what totally sold me on purchasing this camera!

Obviously I have a ways to go but here they are...
OPI 'I Don't Give A Rotterdam!'

OPI 'I Don't Give A Rotterdam!'
OPI 'I Don't Give A Rotterdam!'
I used 2 coats and had no issues, I'd say the color is more muted and purple in person but the lighting tends to change its appearance! The warm gold shimmer is quite amazing and visible! I got a few of these colors from a seller on eBay but they'll be available everywhere in no time. What do you guys think? Is this one you'll be picking up from the 2012 Spring/Summer Holland Collection?


Thursday, February 2, 2012

China Glaze Prismatics Collection

Hello Readers,

Ok, today I have a really quick post of the China Glaze Prismatics collection. It's clear that 3 are my favorite and I think you'll agree. Sadly, I didn't even bother to swatch 'Ray-Diant' because it's just not that pretty in my opinion and well... I only have 5 fingers.

These polishes can all be purchased now from one of my favorite eBay sellers here, they combine shipping to a reasonable cost and ship FAST!!! You can pick what colors you want so you don't have to order the whole collection.

My 3 favorites...

I hope these swatches help you guys, all the photos were taken in natural light with my phone (yeah... should have a real camera by next week!). All and all I would recommend 'Liquid Crystal', 'Optical Illusion' and 'Prism'. I think 'Full Spectrum' isn't bad, just not too exciting and it's the most sheer of all 6 polishes. I definitely wouldn't get 'Polarized' (looks like fine silver glitter with specs of larger multi-color glitter which isn't too exciting) or 'Ray-Diant' (sort of a green-yellow-gold fine glitter with specs of larger multi-color glitter which isn't too exciting or pretty to me). One thing I did with these swatches is I applied 2 coats of the polish and 2 layers of top coat so it would be smoother.

Let me know what you guys think!


Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Nail The B.Y.T.C.H. 'Jelly Jeans Queen'

Hello Beauties!

Tonight, I have a polish from a small company owned by two cousins, Jennifer Smith and Lanaia Edwards. They started Nail the B.Y.T.C.H. in October, 2010 and have a small but really fabulous collection polishes for only $6/each for a standard full size 1/2oz bottle! I purchased three colors recently and below I have 'Jelly Jeans Queen' which can be purchased here on their website. And I'm pretty sure you'll want to go get it as soon as you see this amazing blue shimmer!

In the shade with flash...
Nail The B.Y.T.C.H. 'Jelly Jeans Queen'
In the shade...
Nail The B.Y.T.C.H. 'Jelly Jeans Queen'
In the shade again...
Nail The B.Y.T.C.H. 'Jelly Jeans Queen'
A close up...
Nail The B.Y.T.C.H. 'Jelly Jeans Queen'
The application on this was very nice and covered nicely in two even coats. It's a nice medium blue jelly with a bright blue shimmer that shows just as pretty on the nail as it does in the bottle (rare, right?!) and I just love this color! What do you guys think? They have 10 different colors that can be found here, they're also on twitter @NailtheBytch.