Saturday, March 30, 2013

Swatches with Les Bijoux de Chooxe jewelry

Hey all, a while ago Marine from Les Bijoux de Chooxe contacted me if I wanted to review some of her jewelry, and I thought it could be fun to do manis inspired by jewelry, so I said yes. However, I've been quite tired lately and as you maybe noticed, there's not a lot of nail art happening right now. So instead I picked some polish to go with the rings she send me (might I add, my new swatch sticks were brilliant for this), and will just show them like that.



These are the items she picked for me, but Marine has all kinds of jewelry, not just rings, and she also has some polished jewelry. Especially the flower ring gave all kinds of ideas, but maybe that'll come some other time.


Catrice Bronzed Brown.




Catrice Royal Petrol.




Aphrodite Lacquers Terre.


I'm sorry I couldn't make more work of this post now, but I hope you liked these swatches with her cute jewelry as well!

You can buy Les Bijoux de Chooxe jewelry in her store, and you can also find LBdC on Facebook.


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

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Not In This Galaxy & a little comparison

My last Hologlam polish is Not In This Galaxy, and it's one I doubted about. The Hologlam collection has several polishes that looked gorgeous, but I knew I wouldn't wear some of them much, so I told my inner hoarder to calm down and only got 3 of the collection (for now at least, lol). I wasn't sure about NITG, because I thought it might look too much like TTYL (from the OMG collection) in color and I'd always go for TTYL with the stronger holo then. But I decided to go for this one as my final choice, if it would be alike TTYL I could at least show you and maybe help choosing if you're doubting as well!

Anyway, first things first, here's Not In My Galaxy, 2 easy coats without base/topcoat. The sun wasn't as bright when I made these, so it's a bit more holo than my pics show. I'm pretty sure that you'll see all 3 Hologlams again when it's Summer! :)

Not In This Galaxy
Not In This Galaxy - lamplight

My lamp really pulls out the pink side of this polish!

Not In This Galaxy
Not In This Galaxy - lamplight

And here's a slightly sunny pic to show the peachy side better :)

Not In This Galaxy
Not In This Galaxy


Here's a little comparison I did with 2 polishes from older China Glaze holographic collections, TTYL from the OMG collection and Don't Be A Square from the Kaleidoscope collection. (For my swatches of these 2, you can have a look here for TTYL and here for DBAS.) The last one is obviously a more scattered holo, but I wanted to add it as well because the color is quite similar to NITG.

Don't Be A Square - Not In This Galaxy - TTYL
Don't Be A Square - Not In This Galaxy - TTYL

As you can see in the bottle already, NITG is a lot less holo. Nothing that we didn't know already, but I still found it quite a difference! The color of NITG is a bit in between the other 2, but on the nail the color is closest to DBAS, while TTYL is clearly more peachy.

Don't Be A Square - Not In This Galaxy - TTYL
Don't Be A Square - Not In This Galaxy - TTYL

I barely had sunlight to show the difference in holo, but my lamp shows that a lot better already.

Don't Be A Square - Not In This Galaxy - TTYL - Not In This Galaxy
Don't Be A Square - Not In This Galaxy - TTYL - Not In This Galaxy

I think NITG is a pretty peachy-pink holo, but I do prefer TTYL and DBAS. Although I can't wait to see NITG in full sun, I bet it'll look great too! :) What do you think of it?

Thanks for looking ♥

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

The New Black Miami Vice & Waves

Hi guys :) The New Black kindly send me some of their sets for review, and today I have the first 2 for you. All their polishes come in sets that easily combine to create things like an ombre mani. The first set that I swatched the other day is one of those, it's the set called Waves from their Original Ombre line, and it's a set of 5 polishes in blue/green/teal colors.


Waves
The New Black Waves
Waves

If I think of an ombre mani, I think of 5 polishes that are the same in finish, and just vary slightly in color from light to dark. TNB takes it a step further, and combines different finishes and varies more in color as well! As you can see, the color on my thumb leans a lot more blue, while the color on my pinkie is green. Those 2 are cremes and applied in 2 coats, the 2 shimmers and the glitter needed 3 coats. I thought the lightest color would be a bit streaky, as such pale cremes can be, but I had no problems with it at all. I did use top coat here, because the glitter dried a bit gritty.

The color on my middlefinger looks similar to my ringfinger, but it's not. It's actually a very bright & pretty green shimmer! It's so bright that it even dries a bit matte, so almost neon, and with that, it's unfortunately instantly beyond my camera.

The New Black Waves
Waves

The New Black Waves
Waves


The 2nd set that I'm showing today is the Miami Vice set, from the Subculture Contemporary Neons line.

Miami Vice

All TNB sets come in a package like this.

The New Black Miami Vice
Miami Vice

What did I say again about bright colors being way beyond my camera? Bleh, here's another one, it's a bright, peachy pink color and boy do I love it! I just wish my camera could handle such colors :( I tried making pictures in the sun as well, but those looked like a failed duochrome on my nails, lol! The pink applied in 2 coats, and it's again a color that I kinda expected to be somewhat streaky, but it wasn't.

Besides the pink, this set also has a fine gold glitter in a clear base. As you can see, it covers quite well if you'd want that, but I grabbed a sponge and went for glittery tips instead, finished with top coat.

The New Black Miami Vice
Miami Vice


What I like about these sets is that they give an easy way for people to find a nice match, TNB has plenty choice to pick a set that has the colors and finish that you like. They apply smooth, and especially with the pink one that I tried today I noticed that they dry fast as well. The sets also inspire to get creative, I used the Waves set as an ombre, but I instantly thought of gradients, dotted gradients and taped manis! The Miami Vice set would look nice with a golden accent nail as well, and they also have Youtube vids to show what you could do with some sets. And the colors of the sets just work well together! I wouldn't have thought of combining that pink with gold glitter, but I really love that combo! ♥

But I have to be honest here, there's some things that I like less as well. The polishes don't have names or numbers (or well, the Waves all have the same number), which isn't so handy when you have a bunch. They only sell the polishes in sets, which means if you run out of one and would want it again, you'd have to buy a whole new set. Now normally you maybe wouldn't empty a bottle as fast, but these are minis and a bottle contains only 4ml. That brings me to my last point, and that's the price. I often don't comment on the price, because people have different opinions on what they want to spend on a polish, but personally, I find these quite expensive for minis.

You can buy the sets on The New Black site, and do keep an eye on their European Facebook as well, they had quite a few giveaways so far! The Original Ombre sets cost €29,95, the Subculture Contemporary Neons sets cost €13,95.

Thanks for looking! :)


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, March 25, 2013

Strap On Your Moonboots

Hey all, here's my second pick from the Hologlams, and it's another one of the collection that I think is more unique in color. I can't wait to wear these polishes in bright Summer sun! My swatches are 2 coats, no base/top coat, and I forgot to mention it with When Stars Collide, but they apply really well!


Strap On Your Moonboots
Strap On Your Moonboots - sunlight

Strap On Your Moonboots
Strap On Your Moonboots - lamplight

Strap On Your Moonboots
Strap On Your Moonboots - sunlight

Strap On Your Moonboots
Strap On Your Moonboots - sunlight

I tried my best to capture the holo, but I'm sure you'll see this one more often on my blog as well. Isn't it pretty? :)

Take care!

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Framed with diamonds

Hi guys! Today I did a mani with BornPrettyStore diamond shaped glitters. My original plan was to make half moons with the glitter, which I tried the other day, but then the polish started bubbling. Luckily I don't have that often, it's so annoying! But I did like the combo of the red and beige, so I gave that polish another go today. Instead of the half moons I ended up framing my nails instead. I think the hexagonal glitters might be a bit easier to apply straight, but I liked how this turned out too!


Essence Iced Latte with BornPrettyStore diamond shaped glitters.


To give you an idea of the size of the pots, here's the pot next to a pot of hexagonal glitters that I showed here. As you can see, it's a lot bigger and I already thought I could never run out of the smaller pots! You could even dip your wet nails in if you'd like, that might give a nice result too.
I applied them with a metal nail art tool (it came in a set which I'll show more of some other time) and that went easier than with a toothpick or rosewood stick, because the metal was easier to wipe clean in between (I had tiny bits of cotton pad get stuck to the wooden sticks before). I'll definitely use that from now on for the application of loose glitter :)


These glitters cost $2,38 per jar, I chose color #7. The nail design set that also had the metal tool costs $5,96 and contains 15 pieces. And with coupon code ABJ61 you'll get another 10% off!

What do you think of this framed look? :)


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

Friday, March 22, 2013

When Stars Collide

My picks from the China Glaze Hologlam collection arrived yesterday and it was a bit sunny, no need to explain what I did next, right? ^^ The collection isn't as holographic as a lot of people hoped for, but personally, I can appreciate a holo that's less in-your-face as well, and these are just that! And I couldn't resist this beautiful color, I think it's one of the most unique colors in the collection and I didn't have anything alike yet. So here's When Stars Collide!

I used 2 coats of polish, no base and top coat. I'd normally wear holos with an aqua base, to help with the application and make the holo stand out even more, but I'm sure not everyone has such a basecoat so I swatched without now as well. Oh, and I couldn't pick just a few photos, but it's holo, so you'll forgive me I think :)


China Glaze When Stars Collide
When Stars Collide - sunlight

China Glaze When Stars Collide
When Stars Collide - sunlight

China Glaze When Stars Collide
When Stars Collide - lamplight

China Glaze When Stars Collide
When Stars Collide - lamplight

China Glaze When Stars Collide
When Stars Collide - lamplight

China Glaze When Stars Collide
When Stars Collide - lamplight

What do you think of this polish? And did you get any of the Hologlams or do you prefer stronger holos?

Thanks for stopping bye, have a nice weekend!

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Stash on sticks part II

Hi all, here's the rest of the finished swatchsticks. Again a bit blurry pics and polish showing too dark, but I hope it'll give an idea anyway, I wasn't in the mood to do it all again >.< Oh, and here's a tip if you're also gonna swatch like this, don't do the first sorting at night. I finished my white/grey/black fan already and found another grey between the purples, and that wasn't the only flaw I found, oops! But either way, it's such a big improvement to the wheels already! And after swatching all of that I've seen so many pretty polishes I want to wear again! So enough of the sticks for now, next time you'll see real nails again here :)







Thanks for stopping by!

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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Stash on sticks part I

Hi guys! I'm almost done now with swatching everything, all that's left is my stamping polish and the polish that arrived after I printed out all the names. So those will come when I have a bunch, then I'll add them to the sticks. I made some quick pics of my sorted sticks, they're not sorted perfectly (seriously, there's too much polish that changes color depending on the light!) but it'll do for now. And I'm happy with the result so far! :)


Here's how the finished fans look. I didn't use the screws that came with them, because I have 2 slightly different kinds of sticks and it just didn't fit as I'd like. I had a look at metal ring binders, found the ones I want, but they were too thick. So the search continues, and in the meantime, I went for cable ties. I used 2 through each set of sticks and closed them at the ends, this way I could make each fan as big as I'd like. And they're not as annoying to remove either, in case I want to add colors, I can just cut 1 loose and pull it out, put in a new one with the new sticks in between, then pull the rest of the first one out and apply the 2nd and close the 2 new ties. Am I still making sense? :P It's not perfect, but it'll do for now!

Anyway, here's the first bunch of stash pics. I'm sorry for the quality of some pics, I was in a rush and didn't check the pics before adding the sticks to their fan. Especially the darker polish looks a bit too dark here and there!








I got some questions to my previous post about stash organizing, I'll get to those but I'm a bit busy atm :) Hope you enjoyed this quick look at my polish, take care!
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