Tuesday, September 29, 2015

Zoya Winter/Holiday 2015

Press Release 
Six new MATTEVELVET Nail Colors to slip into this WINTER/HOLIDAY season.

The best-selling, MATTEVELVET finish returns this holiday season with six new shades. Each nail polish perfectly opaque, matte color with that extra special ZOYA MATTEVELVET fleck finish everyone loves.

·         Aspen (ZP814) - a sparkling artic white with a micronized diamond pearl fleck.
·         Sue (ZP815) - a soft champagne gold with a multi-hued oyster shell pearl fleck.
·         Amal (ZP816) – a classic crimson red with a ruby red pearl fleck.
·         Iris (ZP817) - a deep amethyst with a fuchsia pearl fleck.
·         Yves (ZP818) - a deep sapphire that's midway in between indigo and royal blue with a blue pearl fleck.
·         Honor (ZP819) - a true emerald green with a tone on tone emerald pearl fleck.

NOTE: MATTEVELVET nail color by Zoya is not intended to be worn with a base coat, glossy top coat or speed dryer. Due to the unique matte formulation, color is not as long-wearing as traditional nail color. A completely clean, dry surface yields the best results for matte nail color wear. To extend wear, apply one coat of the Zoya Matte Velvet Topcoat over your favorite matte shades after polish is completely dry.
Zoya MATTEVELVET Color Sampler, 6 – 0.5 oz. bottles -  $60 (US)
Available in top salons, spas and on zoya.com

* **BIG5FREE, TOXIN FREE: Zoya Nail Polish Formula contains no formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin, dibutyl phthalate, toluene or camphor.

Saturday, September 26, 2015

Glitter gradient

I haven't been feeling like doing any nail art lately. I've been so uninspired and as a result I've been wearing my manis much longer than usual.

So for this weekend I went with something super simple and sparkly. Nude base and glitter gradient tips. I feel like you can't go wrong with this combo.

Hmm new pose? I don't know maybe. What do you guys think?

Here are the polishes I used for this mani.
Left: OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre
Right: OPI In True Stefani Fashion

OPI You Callin' Me A Lyre is one of my favorite sheer nude polishes and OPI In True Stefani Fashion is my first go to glitter polish for glitter gradients.

I love those square glitters!
Macro OPI In True Stefani Fashion

Base coat and top coats used. I think I might need a new clean up brush soon!
From left to right: miracle nail, Seche Vite top coat, Zoya Armor top coat,
Salon Perfect Matte FX matte top coat, clean up brush, glitter placement tool

I've been using miracle nail, found at Dollar Tree, as my base coat the last few days. For me it works like a peel off base coat. After two-three days my manis just pop off.

I applied one coat of miracle nail first. Then I did three thin coats of You Callin' Me A Lyre, allowing some drying time inbetween coats. I topped that off with Zoya Armor top coat. I applied In True Stefani Fashion on the tips by dabbing the brush on the nail, then I slowly dragged the polish towards my cuticule but I was careful not to drag too much far up. I did this to all my nails. Then I dabbed a bit more glitter on the very tips. I did a bit of glitter placement to get the square glitters where I wanted. One final coat of Seche Vite top coat to smooth down the glitters. A bit of cleaning around my cuticules with my clean up brush and acetone and done.

For the accent nail I used silver holo hex glitters also found at Dollar Tree. I placed them in a dotticure pattern. I had to add a matte top coat because I couldn't get the pattern to photograph well. I did one coat of Salon Perfect Matte FX.

Hope you guys enjoyed this mani. Hopefully I'll have some Halloween nail art coming up soon! See you next time :)

Monday, September 14, 2015

Pet'la plate vs fake Pet'la plate

**Press Sample**

Pet'la Plate and it's creator Petra are located in Hungary. Pet'la plates are designed and handmade by Petra and her team. Pet'la plates are made from copper so they're a bit thick and heavier than your normal stamping plate.

Today I'm comparing a Pet'la plate Tu-Turkey-Key and a wannabe fake plate BCN-003. There were two fake Pet'las being sold on some sites. This one and the other was Golden Russian. Golden Russian was found on Bornprettystore as BCN-006 but has since been pulled from their site. It was also found on aliexpress.com and alibaba.com but I wasn't able to find either of these two plates on their site. I'm sure they might still be out there.

Fake plate on the top and real Pet'la on the bottom
The fakes come with a blue film over them.

Real Pet'la plates are beautifully etched and made from copper. The fake plate is stainless steel, very thin and you can barely feel the etching. The fakes even come with Pet'las signature.

Up close of the copied signature

I'm not an expert stamper at all and I did my best to do everything the same for both plates. I used MPolish Cayuga for stamping and my go to stamper I bought a year ago, I used a credit card for scraping and I rolled the stamper to pick up the images. I cleaned my stamper with a lint roller after each stamp. So let's get started.

Pet'la Plate on the left, fake plate on the right

Pet'la Plate on the left, fake plate on the right

Pet'la Plate on the left, fake plate on the right

As you can see the middle image isn't even the same here.

Pet'la Plate on the left, fake plate on the right

The images on the real Pet'la plate picked up very well. They're darker and cleaner. I noticed that the images on the fake are a tiny bit smaller, the lines aren't as clean and they're much lighter.

Getting the real thing is so worth it! The quality of Petra's plates is fantastic! I bought a couple of her plates in group buy a couple months ago and I've used them a lot. I recently placed another order with another friend and I can't wait to get those. 

You can find Pet'la plates on petlaplate.com

Thanks for reading :)

**Press sample. Plates were sent free of charge in exchange for review. I was not compensated. All opinions are my own.**

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Thursday, September 10, 2015

Rainbow gradient nails

Today I have some rainbow gradient nails. I used the Formula X Infinite Ombre kit. The kit comes with a silver base and 4 jelly type polishes: Platinum Prime, Infinite Indigo, Boundless Berry, Limitless Lemon, and Timeless Teal. You can find the kit here.

I applied one coat of the platinum prime and then sponged on silver holo glitter, Zoya Cosmo. I applied one coat of Seche Vite top coat to smooth down the glitter. Then I applied the four color jellies on a latex free make up wedge at a slant and dabbed it on the nail. Repeated this twice. I added one final coat of Seche Vite. 

On the ring finger I waited for the top coat to be fully dry before applying the unicorn vynil from eatsleeppolish.com and dabbed on some white polish. Top coated and done.

What do you guys think of this look? I loved it. I did something similar a couple weeks ago but I did some black stamping over the gradient.

Hope you guys enjoyed this mani. 
See you next time :)

**infinite ombre kit provided free of charge as part of the preenmevip program from preen.me**

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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Shinespark Polish Black Cat Sparkle swatch and review

Can it be Halloween already! I've never been too excited about Halloween, until this year!

Today I have some swatches of a fall/Halloween polish from Shinespark Polish called Black Cat Sparkle. It's a black jelly polish with small gold holo hexes and orange circle glitters. It's amazing! I love these types of polishes!

Let's get started!

Black Cat Sparkle in direct sunlight
This is Black Cat Sparkle in direct sunlight. Three coats plus two thin coats of Seche Vite top coat. I find that applying two thin coats of top coat helps smooth everything better.
Black Cat Sparkle in the shade
Black Cat Sparkle with Salon Perfect Matte FX
I applied one coat of Salon Perfect Matte FX to make it matte.
Black Cat Sparkle matte macro

I really enjoyed swatching this polish! I didn't have to do any glitter fishing. I found that it had just the right amount of glitter. I waited in between coats so there wouldn't be any pulling. Like I said before applying two thin coats of top coat helps smooth everything down better. 

Black Cat Sparkle is available now at Shinesparkpolish.com it is only available in full size and retails for $8.00

There is also an orange crelly called Jack O'Lantern which I don't have, also available only in full size. 

Follow Shinespark Polish's Instagram for more swatches and sales!

Thank you for reading! :)

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**Press Sample. Items bought by me with a blogger discount code. I was not compensated for this review. All opinions are my own**