Thursday, July 28, 2011

Color Club Pride Collection - Preview


COLOR CLUB LAUNCHES PRIDE: Raise Your Hand if You Believe in Life in Color

New York, NY – July 2011 - What makes us proud: Being bold. Making a statement. Living life to the fullest. Equality for all. From New York-based Color Club, the new PRIDE Collection—vibrant polishes in every color of the rainbow, from red to violet—captures what it means to live your life in color and express your true self (or just your mood du jour). Seven formaldehyde, toluene, DBP, and paraben-free shades celebrate equality with cheeky names like “Not Just for Kelly, Green” and “Boys Wear Blue,” while a portion of proceeds from the sale of the collection benefit New York-based AIDS-related charities. Life comes in all shapes, sizes, colors, and preferences. At the very least, shouldn’t your nail polish?

From left to right: P is for Pride, Polish For All, Dress For The Parade, Not Just For Kelly, Green, Boys Wear Blue, Express Yourself, 0-60 Speedy Topcoat

Ready for the most spirited manicure in town? The PRIDE Collection is available at shopcolorclub.com.

ABOUT COLOR CLUB
Color Club is a nail polish brand developed by Forsythe Cosmetic Group.  Founded in 1979, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group is a New York-based cosmetic company widely regarded worldwide as a pioneer within the professional beauty industry. A global brand with products represented in more than 95 countries, Forsythe was one of the first companies to recognize and address the needs of the professional nail salon, a new phenomenon at the time. Rather quickly, the Forsythe name became synonymous with excellent, performance-proven products available in a diverse range of eye-catching shades. Today, more than three decades later, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group remains a vanguard in the beauty business by constantly introducing new concepts and elevating industry standards. Forsythe manufactures every product it offers, a practice that ensures superior color-matching quality control and the ability to respond quickly to consumer demands for the latest and most exciting trends in nail color, nail treatments and lip color. Color Club products are available at www.shopcolorclub.com

Teal on teal

I bought the plate I used today for this image, but I never used it before. I kept going for the flowery pattern that's also on this plate. But I tried the image now, and I'm loving it! :)
I used 2 coats of A England Galahad and stamped with Essence Carribbean Sea and Konad plate m64. Another subtle stamped mani, as you can see on the middle pic it's quite clear at some angles, at other angles it looks softer and shimmery.



Thanks for looking and take care =)

Color Club In The Teal - Preview

*COLOR CLUB DEBUTS LIMITED EDITION NAIL POLISH COLLECTION FOR OCRF*

OCRF and Super Saturday Teal to Benefit the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund


New York, NY – July 2011 Color Club, a New York based cosmetic brand specializing in nail and lip products announced today a limited edition nail polish collection developed exclusively for the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund (OCRF).  The new shades – OCRF and Super Saturday Teal – are sophisticated yet playful teal blue shades created exclusively for OCRF and Super Saturday 14. The polishes will be available beginning in July 2011 as part of the OCRF Super Saturday 14 event and sold though September 2011, which is Ovarian Cancer Research month. The polishes are available on www.shopcolorclub.com and 10% of all proceeds will benefit OCRF. Color Club is also the official nail sponsor of Super Saturday 14 and will be offering manicures and nail art at the event on July 30, 2011 in the Hamptons.

Color Club is renowned for its high performance rich shades and exceptionally safe products. All nail colors are vegan, Formaldehyde, Toluene, DBP and paraben-free - and made in New York, NY with the best raw materials. Color Club products are made in the USA and are not tested on animals. Products are available at shopcolorclub.com.

Super Saturday Teal (right)
OCRF Teal (left)


ABOUT COLOR CLUB
Color Club is a nail polish brand developed by Forsythe Cosmetic Group.  Founded in 1979, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group is a New York-based cosmetic company widely regarded worldwide as a pioneer within the professional beauty industry. A global brand with products represented in more than 95 countries, Forsythe was one of the first companies to recognize and address the needs of the professional nail salon, a new phenomenon at the time. Rather quickly, the Forsythe name became synonymous with excellent, performance-proven products available in a diverse range of eye-catching shades. Today, more than three decades later, the Forsythe Cosmetic Group remains a vanguard in the beauty business by constantly introducing new concepts and elevating industry standards. Forsythe manufactures every product it offers, a practice that ensures superior color-matching quality control and the ability to respond quickly to consumer demands for the latest and most exciting trends in nail color, nail treatments and lip color.

For additional information on OCRF please visit OCRF.org
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Wednesday, July 27, 2011

A England Perceval, Avalon, Galahad - Review

Adina from A England was so kind to send me some polishes for review. For my swatches I used 2 coats of each and no base- and topcoat. As always, you can click the pictures for an enlargement to see a bit more detail.

"It was the time of extraordinary adventures, romance and courtly manner. Armoured knights would try to prove their worth and win the love of beautiful women, through their skills in battles, embarking in perilous journeys, exceptional trials, jousting tournaments.
When Camelot became the center of the universe and the myth of King Arthur the epitome of the Golden Age of Chivalry."
A England Glossary


"Perceval the guileless knight
The elect one to witness the Grail for the first time and one of the heroes of its quest. A simple, innocent man, alone in the world who accidentally meets a group of the King's knights and decides to become one of them."

First I'd like you to meet my new love. His name is Perceval, and he instantly became one of my favorite reds. Yes, I think he's that amazing :) Look at how he lights up in sunlight, gorgeous!




"Avalon the mythic paradise
The idyllic isle, healing place of eternal beauty and otherworldly mystery and the final resting place of Arthur."

Next up is Avalon, a bright purple. I'll keep it short about this one, it's a real beauty! And I think it'll make a nice match for a mani with the next polish as well.




"Galahad the pure knight
(Son of Lancelot) the achiever of the holy grail. Renowed for his gallantry and purity is considered the most perfect knight in the world."

And last but definitely not least, Galahad. Not only do I absolutely love the color, I've never seen a creme polish glide on my nails like this one did. No streakiness, no dragging, nothing!




I was amazed by the application of these polishes, and I think that if you apply thicker coats you can get away with just 1 coat. I'll try them out for stamping soon, I think they'll work great for that as well ^^
The polishes sell for £9 on the A England website, which is a bit pricey for my wallet, but I have to say that the formula is really good and I'm loving the colors. I'm very curious to see what other polishes A England will add in the future!

Unfortunately Adina didn't add the real Tristam, her oh-so-adorable kitten, to the package ;( Because I can't make a picture of him, I'll add a picture of Dewey instead. He looks a bit like a king overseeing his territory here (or well, staring at the birds outside, out of his reach, lol), to go with the theme =)



The product(s) in this post was/were send to me for review. For more information, please have a look at my Disclosure Policy.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Red stripes

For this mani I used 2 coats of Essence You're The One and stamped it with Konad Red and an Essence plate. I don't think I've used You're The One before, but what a nice color! It's a coral kind of pink, although it looks more red now with the stamping. The mani looks less orange irl, the stripes are more of a deep red.


Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, July 23, 2011

Glittery accents & Award

Fot this mani I used 2 coats of P2 Poetic, stamped it with P2 So Cool! and an Essence plate (no numbers on those), and then I filled in some of the circles with a nail art brush and Gosh Blue Monday.
So Cool! was a bit sheer for stamping and it dried insanely fast, but I'm not sure if that's the polish or that the plate image isn't so deep. I suspect it's the plate but I haven't tried it with a different plate yet. Poetic is more purple on itself, but the blue stamping makes it look a tad bit more blue as well.





Friday, July 22, 2011

Worth The Risque & Hello Holo

Hello Holo from Essence isn't just called a holographic like more of their polishes, it actually is holo. And oh my, it's an amazing one! I'm not always too crazy of glitter and silver polish, but this combo made me forget all that instantly. I'm telling you, if you like sparkly goodness, you need this polish :)

But unfortunately this thing is way beyond my camera, so I don't have a single pic that comes even close to the real deal. I tried different settings on my cam, daylight, sunlight, lamps,... nothing worked to capture it. The holo glitters are so vibrant in color and I just keep staring at the party on my nails! All the silvery glitter you see in my pics is holo irl. Clicking the pictures for an enlargement shows the glitter a little bit better but really, you just have to see this for yourself =)

I used 3 coats of Color Club Worth The Risque and added 2 coats of Essence Hello Holo, and finished with top coat. It didn't need the top coat as badly as glitters often do, and the top coat didn't tone down the holo effect.



Thanks for looking and have a great weekend!

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Pink circles

For this mani I used 2 coats of Essence Let Me In Pink and stamped with Konad plate m65 and Essence Hypnotic Poison. The shimmer in Hypnotic Poison is barely visible, but it's a nice color for stamping anyway :)



Take care!

Monday, July 18, 2011

Camouflage marble

I wanted to make a marble using some army green colors, but the polish didn't spread well. So I didn't get sharp lines on my nails but a blurry mix, and on top of that the marble got a few air bubbles in it. I tried to blow out the bubbles, which worked but it also made the polish mix up even more. So it's not the usual kind of marble, but I think it turned out pretty nice with these colors! :)

I used 3 Catrice polishes for this mani, I started with 2 coats of Enter the Undergrowth and also marbled with that one, Sir! Yes, Sir! and Welcome to the Jungle.



Thanks for stopping by :)

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Manhattan stamped stripes

For this mani I used 2 coats of Manhattan 65K and stamped it with Manhattan 46Q and BM plate 207. My parents were so sweet to pick me these polishes when they were on their holiday, and of course I had to try them out straight away :) I wish they sold these polishes here (I vaguely remember they did when I was younger), because they applied great and dried pretty fast, and both are 2 coaters. And I really like this shimmer and creme together!

It was the first time that I used this BM image and as you can see on my ringfinger, I found it a little hard to get it straight on all nails. I didn't have time to redo it, so I used a nail art brush to fix the lines on the sides where it was needed, and that worked fine. My nails look a bit wobbly (I don't think that's the meaning of the word, but I think it matches here, lol), but that's the reflection of the curtains blowing.



Dew (=^.^=) is standing here miewing, I think he's saying hi to you guys :P Take care!

Friday, July 15, 2011

Hang Loose with Let's Mauve On!

When I posted the comparison between the old and new Let's Mauve On!, some people wondered if the new one works for stamping. I didn't think of that yet, but I'm glad they did, because it works indeed :)
So here are 3 coats of Essence Hang Loose, stamped with Catrice Let's Mauve On! v2 and BM plate 206. My pics aren't fully accurate, it was very grey outside when I made these. It looks less silvery and more mauve irl.


On a sidenote, I found yet another polish that Catrice changed. Wrapped Around My Finger is now a berry kinda color, booo!

Almost weekend, enjoy!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Blue straw splatters

I wanted to try out a splatter mani today, so I bought some straws and got ready to make a mess ^^ I used 2 coats of Catrice Pool Party At Night and picked China Glaze Little Drummer Boy and Gosh Blue Monday to splatter with. Unfortunately the glittery Blue Monday splatters aren't so clear, next time I'd use a polish that covers better, or a different base color. This mani did eat some top coat, some splatters turned out more like little drops and I like my nails smooth.

I don't like the big blob on my ringfinger so much, but after all the polish fumes (note to self: don't breathe in through the straw, lol) I wasn't in the mood to redo that nail. If you're not sure how this straw splatter thing works, Jen from The Polishaholic has a tutorial that explains it all well :) I ended up dipping the straws in the polish, that worked best for me.



The splatters are the most visible if you click the middle picture.
What do you think of splattered manicures? And have you tried it? :)

Thanks for looking!

Sunday, July 10, 2011

Green Flowers

For this one I used 2 coats of Catrice I Sea You!, then stamped BM plate 16 twice on each nail with Essence All Access, and filled the hearts of the flowers with China Glaze Watermelon Rind with a dotting tool. I've done this mani before, but this time I stamped a bit too hasty and now it shows a lot better that I double stamped the image. But oh well, I'll probably change my mani in a day or so anyways :)

When I bought Catrice I Sea You! I didn't use these kinda colors, but they looked so nice in the bottle so I got a bunch anyways (addicted? me? nooooes). But nowadays I do use them and I'm glad that this one's in my stash as well, it's a lovely color. It looks a bit more green now with the stamping, but it doesn't give me lobster hands, yay!



Take care :)

Saturday, July 9, 2011

Pink on pink

For this mani I used 3 coats of Essence Most Wanted, stamped with Konad plate m64 and Catrice Wrapped Around My Finger. When I saw Most Wanted on one of my nail wheels I had no idea what polish it was, I haven't used this one in a long time. It's a nice bright pink on itself, with the stamping it looks a bit darker.
I think these 2 polishes make a great combo, but the mani is a lot more rich and dark irl, my camera wasn't working along. I think you'll have a good idea of the real color of this mani if you know how Wrapped Around My Finger looks :)




And as you probably saw, I changed my blog a bit. I wanted it to look a bit lighter, but I might mess with it some more, it feels a bit odd now, lol. But I probably just have to get used to it =) What do you think of this new look?

Enjoy your weekend!

Friday, July 8, 2011

Let's Mauve On! old and new comparison

As you might know, Catrice changed some of their polishes but kept the old name on them. Let's Mauve On! is one of those polishes, and today I did a quick comparison.
The old version is 3 coats, the new one 2. Both without top coat.

The new version on the left, the old version on the right.

Old on index- and ringfinger, new on middlefinger and pinkie.

These polishes aren't so flattering for my skintone, but I prefer the old one. I like that color and finish better, frost finishes just ain't my thing!

Take care :)

Thursday, July 7, 2011

China Glaze METRO - Preview

URBAN EDGINESS AT YOUR FINGERTIPS

China Glaze Introduces 12 New Purely Pigmented Crèmes, High Coverage Glitters and Intense Shine Shimmers for Fall 2011

Los Angeles, CA – (July 2011):  City living boasts excitement, a cool, edginess and confidence that oozes from fashion forward women like none other.   City loving celebs like Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Ivanka Trump, Rosario Dawson and Jaime King have style to spare and their fashion sense trickles down to everyone from working women to college kids. This Fall, China Glaze has captured the big city feel in 12 sexy, sophisticated shades that are on trend, exciting and will be on every fashion maven’s “must have” list.  Whether you prefer downtown funk or uptown class, China Glaze’s METRO collection pulls together ensembles and will undoubtedly make heads turn!  Colors in this collection include:

·        Skyscraper: A sparkling, glitter blue reminiscent of the sky over the city.
·        CG in the City: Glittering dusty purple, bronze and silver multi-tonal glitter, perfect for a pop of edge from West side to East side.
·        Urban-Night: Exactly what you need for a night on the town – rich purple crème.
·        Traffic Jam: Stop traffic with a breathtaking, raspberry pink crème.
·        City Siren: The perfect deep, red crème to match any outfit. 
·        Loft-y Ambitions: Burgundy shimmer and cocktail hour – nothing better.
·        Brownstone: Burnt terracotta crème mirrors the quaint townhouses of the city.
·        Midtown Magic: Burgundy base with flecks of gold shimmer captures the latest fashion trend.
·        Street Chic: This gorgeous beige crème is the perfect go to shade letting your clothes do the talking.
·        Concrete Catwalk: Steel grey crème is amazing for a chic mani.
·        Westside Warrior: For the trendsetting woman this camo green crème is to die for.
·        Trendsetter: Mustard yellow shimmer translates beautifully from hot dogs to nails.



Fall in the City is a magnificent time and China Glaze has interpreted the hues of the urban jungle into their limited edition METRO collection.   Escape your everyday and indulge in the city life!

The China Glaze METRO collection will be available in a “Downtown” 6 piece box collection (includes Skyscraper, Concrete Catwalk, Westside Warrior, Trendsetter, Loft-y Ambitions and Midtown Magic), an “Uptown” 6 piece box collection (includes CG in the City, Urban-Night, Traffic Jam, City Siren and Street Chic and Brownstone), a brand new, amazing 3D 12 piece counter display, a 36 piece rack display, and as open stock colors.
China Glaze is free of DBP, toluene, and added formaldehyde.

China Glaze nail lacquers are available through salons and professional beauty supply stores nationwide. For more information, visit: www.chinaglaze.com or follow China Glaze on Twitter: http://twitter.com/ChinaGlaze

China Glaze is a division of American International Industries.

About American International Industries
For nearly 40 years, AII has been the leading manufacturer and worldwide distributor of innovative, quality beauty and skin care products for men and women.  Our product lines include Ardell, Andrea, Body Drench, Bye Bye Blemish, Checi, China Glaze, Clean + Easy, Clubman/Pinaud, Duo, European Secrets, EzFlow, Fright Night, Gena, GiGi, Gypsy Lash, IBD, Jeris-Lustray, No Tweeze/Micro Tweeze, 'N Rage, Prolinc, RAW, Seche, SuperNail, Surgi-Care, Waterworks,  Winning Nails, Woltra, Woody’s, and Youthair. For more information, visit our website: www.aiibeauty.com




Ohh, this looks interesting! I like most colors polish nowadays but red/purple/pink are the colors that always work great for me, so I'm sure some of these end up in my stash. Some of the cremes look a bit standard though, but it wouldn't be the first time a polish looks standard in the bottle but wows me on the nails. And I usually like the application of China Glaze cremes, so I'm curious after these anyways :P
The glittery Skyscraper and CG in the City are looking good to me! The shimmers aren't really visible on these pictures, but Midtown Magic sounds very cool. What do you think of this Fall collection?

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Gagalectric with Harmony

First things first, thanks a lot for all the sweet comments for Sue that you guys made to the last couple of posts, that was really nice to read <3 And I'm sure she enjoyed all the extra cuddles ^^

For this mani I used 3 coats of Essence Gagalectric and stamped it with BM plate 201 and China Glaze Harmony. Unfortunately Gagalectric does look a lot more purple in the bottle than on my nails at most angles, so I added the stamping to make it more purple anyways. I do prefer a creme polish as base for stamping over any other finish, but I'll probably stamp more often on duochromes now because I liked this result as well :)



Have a nice day!
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