25 January 2015

China Glaze Road Trip Collection, Part 1: Road Trip Ready

Hey guys! I'm pretty excited about today's post - I was lucky enough to receive the entire China Glaze Road Trip Collection from Live Love Polish! I've divided the collection of twelve polishes into two posts, and today I am happy to show you the "Road Trip Ready" half of the collection, which consists of six beautiful spring shades!


Out of these six polishes, three contain a subtle rose gold shimmer, and the other three are glossy cremes. As is expected of China Glaze, the formulas were wonderful! The colors are definitely perfect for the upcoming season - who doesn't love pastel shades in the spring? Anyway, let's get into it:


First we have I Brake for Colour, a pinky red creme. Bright reds like this are perfect for any time of year, and this one had an incredible formula! It was almost a one coater. Shown above is two coats with top coat.


Pinking Out the Window is a beautiful salmon pink creme. This one had a jelly-like formula, and was a bit sheer with the first two coats, but its so glossy and pretty! Shown above is three thin coats with top coat.


Pack Lightly is a gorgeous soft peach pastel with a beautiful rose gold shimmer. I absolutely love this shade! The color is so classy and the subtle shimmer really caught the light perfectly. This one also had a jelly-like formula. Shown above is three thin coats with top coat.


Wanderlust is a pastel lavender with a rose gold shimmer. Look at how the shimmer catches in the light! This is another stunning color with a jelly-like formula. Shown above is three thin coats with top coat.


Boho Blues is a flawless periwinkle blue creme. Seriously, I could wear this color for the rest of my life and be happy - it's just such a pretty shade! This polish is opaque in two coats, but you're looking at three coats with top coat above.


Finally, we have Dashboard Dreamer, a pastel blue with a subtle rose gold shimmer. What a perfect color for spring! I really love the added shimmer in these polishes - I think they add an extra something to the color, and they just look so pretty in the light. Shown above is three thin coats with top coat.

Overall, I am really loving this collection so far! China Glaze has been coming out with consistently beautiful colors and these are no exception. My favorites are Pack Lightly, Boho Blues, and Dashboard Dreamer.

These polishes are currently available at Live Love Polish for $7.50 USD each, and you can use the code INEEDMORENAILPOLISH at checkout for 10% off your ENTIRE order!

Are you planning on picking up any of these beauties? What's your favorite color to rock for spring?

*Some products provided for my honest review.

PRODUCTS USED:
Base: Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus, available here
Polishes: listed above
Top: KBShimmer Clearly on Top, available here

24 January 2015

Simple Tape Nail Art With Barielle Spring 2015

Hi guys, today I'm sharing a simple color blocking nail art look I created using Scotch tape.


I started with a base of Barielle Heaven Sent from the new spring collection, which I will be reviewing soon. Once that was dry, I placed tape on my nails diagonally and filled in the space with Barielle Under the Sea, also from the new collection. I topped everything off with top coat!


This is such a great, simple look. Plus, it's perfect for covering up tip wear if you've had your base color on for a few days already.

I made a quick tutorial here for this nail art look.


Back when I first started getting into nail art, this was my go-to design because it was so quick and easy, and it really looks so cool. I always get lots of compliments when I do simple tape manicures!


Here are the polishes I used. They're both available from Barielle!

*Some products provided for my honest review.

PRODUCTS USED:
Base: Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus, available here
Polishes: Barielle Heaven Sent, Barielle Under the Sea, available here
Top: KBShimmer Clearly on Top, available here

23 January 2015

I Scream Nails: Collection Swatches + Review

I am so excited about today's swatches! I Scream Nails is actually group of nail artists based in Australia, who work not only in salons but also paint nails at various events (they actually do some amazing nail art) - and now, they've got their own line of gorgeous polishes! Today I'm showing you their line of six bright, beautiful shades that come in adorable ice cream cone shaped bottles.


I know, I know - I can't get over how cute these are, either. When I first got these in the mail, I figured they were such an exciting novelty item with the bright colors and the funky shape that the polish inside had to be pretty lame, right? WRONG! I was shocked at how impressive these polishes were! Application was a breeze, and these neons applied like any other high quality creme - not to mention, they were all practically opaque in just one coat. I am finding myself completely obsessed with not only the packaging and adorable bottles, but the colors and the formulas as well. Let's take a closer look:


Bubblegum Bang is a gorgeous neon hot pink creme. This is such a classic color and a must have in anyone's collection, and you've probably already seen me use this polish a few times. This polish was almost opaque in just one coat! Shown above is two coats and top coat.


Sunny Boy is a neon orange creme. This polish reminds me of an orange creamsicle, which is appropriate considering it's in an ice cream shaped bottle! I don't think the above photo is totally color accurate - I would say its a little lighter and pinker than shown above. You're looking at two easy coats with top coat.


Lately, I have been so loving yellow cremes, and this bright neon is no exception! Juicy Juicy is a pale neon yellow creme and it's absolutely flawless. Seriously, I am in love with this color! It is so hard to find a light shade like this with a nice formula, and this one applied perfectly. Plus, it's just so cheerful! Shown above is two coats with top coat.


Mint Madness is actually different from all the other shades in this collection because this neon green has a shimmery finish. It's hard to tell in the above photo because this polish is so bright, but it does apply a bit streaky, and a careful hand is necessary to keep it looking smooth and pretty! I also found this one to be slightly thicker, but almost opaque in one coat. I applied the first coat for opacity, and a thin second coat to even out my brush strokes. Of course, it really wasn't too much effort, and it is SO worth it for this super bright lime green! Doesn't it make me look so tan?! Shown above is two coats with top coat.


Blue Heaven is a super soft, creamy blue pastel shade with a flawless formula. Isn't this color just so beautiful? I can see myself wearing this anytime of year, and this shade is perfect for using in nail art (but then again, this entire line of polishes is actually perfect for nail art!) Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.


And finally, we have the gorgeous Grape Soda, a pastel neon purple creme. Colors like this are my absolute favorite on the nail, because they somehow manage to be both pale and so bright at the same time. Does that make sense? Either way, I'm in love. You might remember this polish from my recent advanced stamping manicure! I actually have a couple of polishes that are similar to this shade, but they all have very chalky formulas. Unlike those, this one was practically opaque in one coat, self leveling, and super shiny, even before top coat. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

Overall, I am seriously happy to have this collection in my possession. Not only are the polishes adorable, but the colors are perfect and the formulas are flawless! For those of you wondering, it's actually quite easy to paint with the cone shaped bottle caps - and the brushes are wide and flat for even easier application.


These shades are currently available to Australian customers only for $14.95 AUD, on the I Scream Nails website. However, they will soon be available internationally! (I will definitely keep you guys posted on when that will happen.) In the meantime, follow their Instagram page to check out the adorable manicures that these amazing nail artists are coming up with, and to stay updated on their product news!

What do you think of this brand?

*Some products provided for my honest review.

PRODUCTS USED:
Base: Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus, available here
Polishes: (listed above)
Top: KBShimmer Clearly on Top, available here

22 January 2015

Cupcake Polish January 2015: The Queen Collection Swatches

Wow, it feels like it's been so long since I've reviewed Cupcake Polish! I did miss those fabulous holos! Well, today I've got their new collection to show you, The Queen Collection - it consists of five gorgeous holographic shades inspired the queens of Europe throughout history.


This collection features some beautiful and rich shades that are really fit for royalty! The formulas on these are fabulous - most of them were actually opaque in one coat, which you could definitely get away with in real life, but not under my lightbox lamps! Anyway, let's take a look:


We will start with my favorite of the bunch - Eleanor is a black linear holographic polish with an intense duochrome shimmer that shifts from pink to blue. I absolutely love the shimmery color shift in this polish! It's very present but it doesn't overpower the holo, which is nice. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.


Elizabeth is a sparkly linear gold holographic polish packed with gold shimmer. Nothing too crazy or unique here, but it's a beautifully elegant shade, and it's definitely classic! (You can't have a royal themed collection without a gold polish, right?) Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.


Catherine is a pinky red linear holographic packed with pink shimmer. Again, nothing too crazy here, but it's a very pretty color and the pink shimmer makes it interesting! Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.


Here's another polish that stole my heart - Victoria is a bright, cool toned purple linear holographic polish with a duochrome shimmer that shifts from pink to gold. Seriously, this polish is gorgeous! Even without the shimmer, this polish would make me drool, but when you add it into the equation, it's to die for. I really do love this purple, and it's unlike any polish I have! Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.


And last cut certainly not least we have Maria, a bright royal blue linear holographic polish filled with green shimmer. This is such a pretty shade of blue, and I love the added green shimmer for a totally unique touch. Shown above is two easy coats with top coat.

These polishes are available beginning today on the Cupcake Polish website for $13 USD each, or $60 USD for the entire collection. My top picks are Eleanor, Victoria, and Maria.

Which ones do you like best? I'd love to know!

*Some products provided for my honest review.

PRODUCTS USED:
Base: Nailtiques Formula 2 Plus, available here
Polishes: (listed above)
Top: KBShimmer Clearly on Top, available here