Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NOTW: Colors by Llarowe "Blonde Ambition" | Swatches & Review!

School's out for winter break. I've bought a bunch of Sharks tickets. I've painted my nails. I've posted a video. I'm feeling pretty rad right now :)
Today I'm sharing Llarowe's "Blonde Ambition" from the Summer 2014 Colors By Llarowe collection. It's a really pretty light taupe with slight pink undertones and a massively vibrant holo. It's stunning. 
I first saw this on Instagram and pretty much stopped in my tracks, screencapped it and put it on the very top of my CBL wishlist. It looks even better in person! You can purchase it for $12 on the Llarowe website, and here's the direct link.
The formula was fantastic - she's definitely ironed out the original formula issues, which was basically just a slight thickness in the polishes, and has now made consistently fabulous polishes. I get great wear out of them, like a week without chipping, average, and the polishes glide on effortlessly. They're pretty much all opaque within 2 coats. 
I own a lot of holographic polishes but I'm happy to say that I only own a few "neutral" holos. I really love the way that it looks - simple but fun.
Do you guys have any shades of holos that you particularly like?
Let me know in the comments down below :)

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Essie California Coral | Swatches & Review!

Whaaaaaaattttttt? I'm posting a nail polish reviewwwwww???????
Guess that means the semester is over ;)
So a while back I started swatching all of my Essie nail polishes. Let's pick up where we left off. Corals!
California Coral is a pink toned coral with warm undertones. It pulls a little bit more red in person - the picture above definitely makes it seem pinker than in real life.
It's a creme finish and is representative of Essie's amazing creme formulas - opaque in 2 coats, goes on smooth and dries very shiny.
This is part of Essie's permanent collection and you can purchase Essie polishes at all drugstores across the U.S.
I happen to really like pink toned corals on me so this is one of my favorites to pull from. Generally, orange toned corals are not my favorite, so the pink ones always satiate my need to wear coral.
Do you guys have a specific type of coral you like? Any recommendations? Let me know in the comments down below!

Monday, November 10, 2014

R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge | Swatches & Review!

Good morning, evening, day, night - hello everybody!
Today's post is quite a special and exciting post. I've been working on it for a few weeks now and have been sworn to secrecy and am SO happy I finally get to show you all :)
Rescue Beauty Lounge has collaborated with Refinery 29, the first for Ji (to collab outside of RBL) and has created the R29 + Rescue Beauty Lounge collection! It's a 7 piece collection with a beautiful selection of colors that may have become some of my favorite RBL colors to date (and I know I say that a lot, but just wait until you see them!)
Ji got together with 7 teams within R29 to create these really chic, on-trend but still wearable colors that I've just fallen in love with - so much so that I've been wearing them out and people have been loving them at work and such (if you noticed the severe lack of nail polish posts lately, it's because I haven't been able to show them to you!).
So, without further ado, here are the colors!
  • Bubblegum Punk - The News Team: shimmery, icy base with a really strong teal and pink and purple shimmer. With 1 coat you get a really gorgeous shimmer, which you can layer over pretty much anything. At 2 coats you get a decent amount of opacity and at 3 it's a fully opaque polish. Sort of like the Mac Reflects glitters, they look white in the bottle but when worn, particularly over a dark color, they're super bright. Sort of like if you took Elsa from Frozen's magic and put it in a bottle ;) #nannylife
  • Better Than Boyfriend Jeans - The Shopping Team: creme finish baby blue with a gray hint. Very subtle, very chic, very feminine yet still a wearable color for a lot of skin tones. The gray in the base actually makes it universally flattering as well as gives it a professional feel. It's not an in-your-face blue and is a great blue for those that are still skittish around bright colors. This was fully opaque in 2 coats.
  • Sunny Skies - The Health and Wellness Team: turquoise creme with again, a subtle hint of gray. Just like Better Than Boyfriend Jeans, the subtle gray to this color gives it a less bright appearance which makes it a little bit more wearable, especially in the coming winter months. I personally love turquoise, year-round, but this will be a great polish for those of you that again, aren't quite committed to the idea of bright nail polish colors. This was also fully opaque in 2 coats. 
  • All About Yves - The Fashion Team: this is a bright cobalt blue creme-jelly finish. And boy is this gorgeous. Good job, Fashion Team! I'm personally in love with this shade, because I've been searching for the perfect tone of this shade forever. This is my favorite of the bunch. It's a really bright blue without being too creamy of a finish or too translucent of a finish. The blue is super bold, but is in that spot that's not too bright nor too dark that will again, look universally flattering. This was opaque in 2 coats. 
  • Pretty Gritty - The Beauty Team: bruised plum with a tarnished gold shimmer running through it. Boy do I love Ji's gold shimmers. I would probably put it in every polish if I could, tbh (aside from All About Yves... obv lol). The pairing of the purple and the gold is so perfectly decadent for fall and winter that it's sort of like a really rich, velvety gem in my stash. This was incredibly opaque and can almost be a 1-coater. I used 2 for "insurance" sake but 1 is definitely doable. 
  • Elvis In The Cloud - The Tech Team: this is another great color for fall. It's an orange metallic with copper and gold shimmer running through it, so it transitions into this amazingly rich, fall-leaves, pumpkin spice, rustic chic polish. This was opaque in 2 coats, and when completely dried there were no visible brush strokes. It's a great polish for orange lovers.
  • Galaxy Glue - The Creative Team: this is a turquoise metallic with a brighter blue shimmer that also shifts to almost a brown. It's very subtle in it's shift though, which is a nice theme to have brought through a collection. The subtlety and elegance that's represented in these colors is quite lovely. Galaxy Glue is opaque in 2 coats and also doesn't show brush strokes when fully opaque. 

This collection is available NOW on RescueBeauty.com :)

The video above with have my full thoughts and review on the collection, so check it out :D Below are the swatches of all of the colors, but before I do that, let me give you the links to ALL the amazing bloggers giving coverage on this collection as well!

Also click here to check out Ji's Blog! 

Bubblegum Punk

Bubblegum Punk

Better Than Boyfriend Jeans

Sunny Skies

All About Yves

Pretty Gritty

Elvis In The Cloud

Galaxy Glue

Let me know what you guys think of the collection! I happen to absolutely LOVE the colors, and think Ji has truly outdone herself :)
Again, the colors are available now on rescuebeauty.com

*****Rescue Beauty Lounge provided these for review and consideration. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for my opinions. For more information on my review policies, please contact me at warmvanillasugar0823@gmail.com*****

Saturday, October 11, 2014

NOTW: Sharks Game Day | Zoya Charla & Cult Nails Mayhem

Happy Sharks Season Opener, everybody!
In pure Sharks fashion, I have teal nails for you guys :) My typical, go-to Sharks polish is Zoya Charla, so here it is again. I added a holo top coat for extra magic. I used Cult Nails' Mayhem - it's a really gentle sprinkle of holo instead of an intense coat. I just wanted a slight bit of holo.
Hope you all have a good weekend; hockey fans - happy October
I'm off to the Sharks game after work.
Go Sharks!

Tuesday, October 7, 2014


Ok, so you guys know I LOVE Rescue Beauty Lounge. Even if I wasn't a video reviewer for Ji, I'd still absolutely rave about her polishes because they're amazing. I have in the past, and I always will in the future, love all the products I have from RBL. You guys know the love affair I had with the Real Housewives of the Tudor Dynasty collection, and I don't think I've had a polish from her since then that I hadn't liked, that wasn't of amazing quality and wasn't really unique in my collection.
Well, I have some pretty exciting news for you. That news is...

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

New Video!

I promise I promise I promise a new blog post will be up soon. Until then, here are my Fall Nail Polish picks :) They're all indies too!


Sunday, September 21, 2014

Essie Cute As A Button | Swatches & Review!

Good morning :)
Essie Cute As A Button starts the few corals I have that are on the redder side. Cute As A Button is an almost pastel coral with a really beautiful salmony-orange-red undertone to it. It's a creme finish, but has a slightly, just barely there, almost jelly like quality to it. I know those sound like really vague descriptions, but if you own Cute As A Button, you'll know what I mean.
When you wear it indoors it's definitely not as bright as when you wear it outside. The picture above was taken outside and it definitely pops out in the sun.
It's formula is pretty nice, it's opaque in 2 coats and finishes with a really nice shine. I have a top coat on in this photo but it still is really shiny without one.
Essie polishes are available at drugstores across the US and retail for between $8 and $9. 
I personally love pulling this one out during the summer time to put on my toes :)

Saturday, September 20, 2014

Essie Knockout Pout | Swatches & Review!

Happy Saturday everyone!
We're moving on to more deeper corals and pinks now - I think most of the light pastels are done with for the time being. We'll be on to reds and deeper neutrals soon :)
Today's polish is Knockout Pout. It's a bright, pretty much neon pink with coral undertones. It's super opaque and you get full coverage within 2 coats, 1 if you're patient enough. It does dry slightly matte, a tell-tale sign of a neon, so a top coat will fix that and will make it slightly brighter.
The photo is pulling a little bit more pink than is true to life; there's definitely a strong coral, orange tone in the polish (at least mine does).
I'm fairly positive this color is permanent, as I've seen it available online, but it's been a while since I've seen it in stores. Should you go look for it, Essie polishes retail for between $8 and $9 at all drugstores in the US.
Do you guys have Knockout Pout? I personally love it - super fun on toes in the summer :)

Friday, September 19, 2014

Essie Tart Deco | Swatches & Review!

This is the last of the orange toned corals I have in my collection. It's the darkest compared to Van D'Go and Haute As Hello.
Tart Deco is the closest to actual salmon - a very perky orange toned coral. The finish is very creamy, and is opaque in two coats. This one didn't change color like Haute As Hello did with a top coat. It's the most orange toned of them, and therefore my least favorite on my skintone. It's not quite as pastel as the other three either.
Sorry for the messy application, by the way; I had to get these photos done before the sun went away!
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores and retails for between $8 and $9.

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Essie Haute As Hello | Swatches & Review!

Day 2 of corals from Essie :)
Haute As Hello is a slightly deeper, more orange tone than Van D'Go is. I'm going to point out that this photo makes it look very orange, and it's because in these Essie swatches I used a top coat. With the other swatches it didn't at all effect the color of the polish but I added a top coat to this and it went really orange. It was a little strange.
Just as Van D'Go, I don't love this color on me because of the orange tones. I just don't love orange on me. And just like Van D'Go, Haute As Hello has a really nice formula. It's opaque in two coats and goes on smoothly. Aside from the change in color due to the top coat, I don't have any issues with the polish formula.
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores and go from $8 to $9.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

NOTW: Ninja Polish Divinity & A-England Holy Grail

Second new mani in two days :) As I'm showing you guys the swatches of my Essie collection, I'll also concurrently show you my manis. As a good blogger should ;)
This was totally inspired by my current obsession with shimmers. Enchanted Polish Secret Sauce and Starlight Polish Phoenix, Dragon and Unicorn? Love love love. LOVE. So to keep on those shimmery themes, I pulled out Ninja Polish's Divinity.
Divinity is a shimmery warm purple base with red strong red shimmer as well as a shifty shimmer that goes from orange to green. It's a stunner, and can completely be worn on it's own. It has a jelly finish and so the shimmer looks super deep and amazing and it's depth is just my favorite.
To add a little bit more sparkle, I dabbed on a slightly rough ombre to my ring finger, using A-England's Holy Grail. Holy Grail is a bright but still deep gold flakey shimmer. It's super gilded and also just a fantastic polish.
Again, I had this on for just a single day because my nail ADD has been off the wall recently lol.
Do you guys have Divinity? Or any polishes like it? What do you think? Let me know in the comments :)

Essie Van D'Go | Swatches & Review!

Let's continue on this Essie journey, shall we?
This morning let's start with the first of the corals, Van D'Go.
Van D'Go was one of the first Essie polishes that I saw online. Back when I first did a whole bunch of polish "research" aka being obsessed with blogs and bookmarking all of my favorite swatches, Van D'Go ended up being on the top of the list for what I wanted.
It definitely made it into one of my first major Essie hauls.
Van D'Go is a really soft salmon toned peachy coral creme. This is one of those perfect situations where it looks amazing on every person I've ever seen it swatched on, but I really don't care for it on my own skintone. It actually looks ok in this swatch but just in general, not my fave.
The formula is really nice - it's slightly streaky with one coat but it evens out really beautifully at two coats. It's bright but not too bright, and pastel but not too chalky. Generally, it's really quite a great polish, just not my favorite on me lol.
Van D'Go is a really popular color and part of their core line. You can find it pretty easily still.
Essie polishes retail for between $8 and $9 and you can find them at all drugstores.

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

NOTW: Turquoise Stone Manicure, Part 2!

Hi Guys :)
I've been really getting back into nail art again, so while browsing OhMyGoshPolish's YouTube Channel, I saw her version of the Turquoise Stone manicure, and decided to do it again. I love the look of this mani and love how easy it is.
For this particular mani, I used Essie's In The Cab-Ana, Orly's Luxe and Wet N Wild's black polish.
I had this on for a day, because I just have had the itch to be nail-creative recently.
I've done this manicure once before, but I think I like this combo more than the previous one.
I've linked the video down below, as well as the CutePolish water spotted technique video so you can see exactly how I did it!
Now just to mention it, I've recently been using a glue base for my base coats since I've been changing my nails so much recently. I also used the glue around my fingers, as OhMyGoshPolish suggests in the video. Clean-up is such a breeze this way and it's a LIFE CHANGER.
I have no idea why I just...ignored? this technique until now. I've heard of it originally from Lissa, LissaLoves, and I'll link the post she links to on her site.
Do you guys like nail art? Let me know in the comments :)

Monday, September 8, 2014

NOTW: The Blobbicure | OhMyGoshPolish & Anya_Sobko Inspired!

Hi hi!
I have a NOTW that I've been sporting the last week, that I'm totally totally in love with and new I wanted to share with all of you :)
This is a manicure that was initially inspired by OhMyGoshPolish's Summer Pool nail art and Anya_Sobko's original "blobbicure" nail art. After I researched a bit more, I found SimpleLittlePleasures also did this, and coined the term "Blobbicure", so that's what I've taken to calling it. :)
Since it's such an amazing nail art, I wanted to show you all how to do it, so I also made a tutorial, and included some tips I've learned along the way.
I hope you enjoy!!

Monday, August 25, 2014

Essie Muchi, Muchi | Swatches & Review

This is my last true pink in my Essie collection. The other pink tones are on the coral side.
Muchi, Muchi is a bright pink creme with warm undertones. Sort of bubblegum like, and very very girly.
Formula wise, it's a little thick and a little finicky. At 2 coats, its still patchy but at 3 coats it gets fairly thick and starts to get hard to work with. The photo above shows 3 coats, and you can see the thickness. 
It's honestly not my favorite shade of pink on my skintone, and since it was a little difficult to work with, it's not really my favorite polish and not one I would recommend right of the bat. Off the top of my head, I can see a few polishes from OPI or China Glaze that I would prefer over this one. Since this shade of pink is fairly popular in salons, it's an easy color to find elsewhere, should you choose to follow my advice ;)
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores, and retail for between $8 and $9 across the US. 

Sunday, August 24, 2014

Essie Fiji | Swatches & Review!

I have my first fully opaque Essie polish for you guys this afternoon :)
Essie's Fiji is sort of a cult classic amongst YouTubers nowadays - it's an opaque light pink creme with a great color payoff and a super shiny finish.
The photo above shows 3 coats, and you can see that it's a little heavy on the nail. 2 coats is plenty with this polish. It's formula is a very smooth, and very opaque and glides onto the nail really easily.
I really don't have very many bad things to say about this polish - the worst thing I think is if you layer too much of the polish on, then it gets thick, as you can see above.
Essie polishes are available at drugstores, and retail for $8-$9 across the US.

Essie Mademoiselle | Swatches & Review

Hey guys!
Next stop on the Essie swatch-a-thon is Mademoiselle. Mademoiselle is a light pink jelly - sort of like the pink version of Marshmallow.
The photo above is 3 coats on the nail. Instead of an off-white creme that gives the creamy look on the nail, Mademoiselle gives off a pink tint, but still looks very healthy and clean on the nails.
Mademoiselle dries down super shiny and can be layered to 4 coats for a fully opaque pink color but I personally love the slightly sheer pink look with this polish.
This is a great color to wear if you're going on vacation, fyi, because when it chips, it won't be as noticeable. Well, it won't be as noticeable for light to medium skin tones. This color actually blends fairly well with my skintone.
As a jelly, it'll work great for jelly manicure polishes, and this will also work great for french manicures, if you're into them.
Essie polishes retail for $8 to $9 at Drugstores across the US.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Essie Vanity Fairest | Swatches & Review

The second color I have for you today is the end of the creamy, off white, bridal pinks I have.
Vanity Fairest is a really light bridal pink with a very fine shimmer running through it. It's got a slight jelly finish and is a sheer polish by nature. The photo above is 3 coats on the nail.
It's a nice step away from the bridal pinks with the added shimmer, that isn't a frosty or pearly tacky mess on the nail. The shimmer that comes up looks very delicate and is a very modern shimmer.
From far away it's definitely your standard pink sheer color but up close you can really see the shimmer and it's beautiful :)
This is definitely a color I highly recommend to people because it's very easy to work with and is a great, clean shade for the nails.
Essie polishes retail for about $8 and $9 in the US, in all drugstores.

Essie Adore-A-Ball | Swatches & Review!

Good morning everyone!
As I go through some of these really neutral shades, you'll see exactly how close a lot of these colors really are.
Yesterday I showed you Ballet Slippers, and I mentioned how a lot of Essie's line is very similar to that color. This is an example of that.
Adore-A-Ball is a creamy off white with a pink tint to it. Compared to Ballet Slippers, this has a slightly less beige tone to it. But it's very slight. Slight enough to make no difference but a huge difference at the same time.
Although I don't think a normal person needs this many shades of bridal off white cremes, the perfect shade can sometimes be hard to find, depending on your skintone and such. For me, that's the virtue of a brand having so many different shades of off white.
Formula wise, Adore-A-Ball is slightly less jelly-like than Ballet Slippers was, but still has a sheer and almost squishy look to the polish when dry. The polish is fully opaque in 4 coats, but again just like Ballet Slippers, you can get two coats of a decent color coverage with clean looking nails.
Essie polishes are available at drugstores and retail for between $8 and $9 in the US.

Friday, August 22, 2014

Essie Ballet Slippers | Swatches & Review!

Next Essie swatch? Ballet Slippers!
I did a NOTW post of Ballet Slippers a few years ago, and it's actually one of my most viewed posts. It's a mediocre photo in that old post though, so this is another reason why I'm updating my swatches with better photos.
Ballet Slippers is a slightly jelly textured off white with a pink tinge. Much like Marshmallow, it takes 4 coats to get to full opacity. With 2 coats, you can get a pretty decent color coverage that makes your nails look clean and healthy. It's a great bridal color, work color, and a color for neutral lovers. It's one of those quintessential celebrity colors - they all like to wear that milky, creamy color on their nails.
This polish was one of the first Essie polishes that I had bought, way long ago, and is still a go to color for me when I'm in the mood for neutrals. It also happens to be a color that Essie used to specialize in, a few years back, when their brand was more known for bridal colors than for the brights it's recently been producing so much of. If you went up to an Essie display 3 years ago, and actually even still today, I probably wouldn't be able to just pick Ballet Slippers out of the display with full confidence.
I do really love this color though and again, it's a go to color for me.
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores and retail for between $8 and $9 in the US.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Essie Marshmallow | Swatches & Review!

Hey hey!
I'm back from a week in Southern California, and I'm going to start posting my Essie swatches for you all :)
We're going to start with Marshmallow, which is one of the lightest colors that Essie offers in it's core line.
Marshmallow is a milky white jelly, without any shimmer or added pearlesence. I originally bought Marshmallow to use for jelly sandwich manicures. Glitter gets slightly mattified under the milky color and looks so cool under a coat of Marshmallow.
In the photo, I used 4 coats of Marshmallow to get to full opacity. As you can see, it looks really squishy but on the thicker side. It's almost a pure white, but with the jelly finish it almost has a slight tint of cream to it.
This is one of those colors that I think would be a great bridal color - because it's sheer nature, if you use about 2 coats of this, you'll get a nice amount of coverage to hide any imperfections in your nails, but you'll get a decent amount of color on your nails to mimic the look of healthy, manicured nails.
Essie polishes are available at all drugstores and retail for between $8 and $9 in the US.

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Italian Summer | Swatches & Review!

The whiff of cool ocean breezes tickling your hair and the gleaming sun kissing and embracing your skin as you deeply breathe in the fragrances of flowers in full bloom, this, to me, had always symbolized summer. 
My husband and I, we’re earnest creatures of habit, but last summer we decided to abandon the norm (St Barth’s) and head to Venice and Sorrento, Italy. Venice is beautiful, however, it is THE tourists’ destination. Although my husband and I are usually failures when it comes to crowds, monuments and activities, we dove right in. We got lost in narrow twisted streets surrounded by beautiful ancient buildings, we listened to the flapping of laundry hanging from the windows above, they waved cheerfully like flags of pride and welcome. I’ve broken out in toothy smiles, despite my seasickness, while watching the gondoliers in their red and white striped shirts. They appear in their hats and guitars serenading everyone, making amours—I could not believe that they still existed outside of those old Tom & Jerry cartoons (YUP, I’m that old—do kids today still watch that show?). It is so hard to describe the water—in certain lights it appears to be a sea green, and then it can change to look more like green tea. We walked endlessly, navigating the crowds, taking selfies and drinking gallons of effervescent Prosecco. Afterwards, it was time for our annual vitamin D intake by the sea and to bake ourselves dark—Sorrento here we come! 
When we arrived at Naples, three gel-­‐slicked-­‐haired Italian boys were huddled by their scooters smoking cigarettes. They were dressed to kill, dark sunglasses and all while drinking Fanta (Fanta?). On our way to the hotel, the traffic was bumper to bumper due to all the locals driving to the Amalfi Coast. We finally arrived at the hotel, which sat atop a cliff. As we looked at our majestic view, the combination of rosemary and blooming Jasmine intoxicated my senses. Italy just smells different in an “I want to bottle this” kind of way. I love their honest, no-­‐frills delicious food and the warm people who are quick to laugh loudly. What impressed me the most is that Italians love their bodies no matter what shape and size, they don’t wear cover ups, and even 70-­‐year-­‐old men walked around in tiny Speedos, strutting around with their arms around their women. Italians are perfectly seasoned life enjoyers. Below our hotel by the ocean, we dined at restaurants sitting on intimate tight chairs on small decks. We baked ourselves in the sun and read our books under umbrellas. We ate and drank with gusto, and the next thing you know, just as in every vacation, the time flew. We had to say our goodbyes to all the people who had been feeding and caring for us, but when I got home, I couldn’t stop thinking about that Italian summer. Here are some of the colors which captivated me. 

The video above with have my full thoughts and review on the collection, so check it out :D Below are the swatches of all of the colors, but before I do that, let me give you the links to ALL the amazing bloggers giving coverage on this collection as well!

Also click here to check out Ji's Blog! 

Pre-Order starts MONDAY 8/11/14 at 12pm EST (9am PST) 

Here are my swatches, with descriptions from Ji's Press Release :) Enjoy!
Gelato Al Cioccolato: I promise I will stop my obsession with anything that has to do with a taupe-­‐brown goodness, but what can I say? When I tried the gelato from Venice (and it had been about a decade since my last Chocolate Gelato—I know, not a huge chocolate fan, and yes, I’m human) I was mesmerized by its taste and color. When I was mixing this color, there were definitely times it looked good enough to eat.

Bicicletta: In Sorrento, while strolling by the sea, I saw a precious, dark-­‐haired little girl in a bikini riding a bike with training wheels. The bike was pale pink and it sparkled and twinkled in the sun, the matching streamers flying along with the girl’s confident peddling. I was reminded of my own six-­‐year-­‐old self; this was the exact color I had longed for instead of my own lime-­‐green bike! This pale pink polish has micro glitters that will make you think of sugar and summertime.

Gondoliere: Yes, I do adore those red and white stripe-­‐shirted gondoliers floating around the canals in Venice. Gondoliere is the most vibrant orange-­‐based opaque glossy red nail polish I’ve ever mixed. It’s so sexy, yet classic at the same time. This has more of an orange base than Bangin, trust me, I tripped over myself endlessly comparing the two. This color is hot, like dreamy, steamy summer nights.

Oliveto: Did you know that Italian men climb ladders to carefully handpick olives for extra virgin olive oil? And that the olives that have the misfortune to be dropped on the floor are destined to become just plain olive oil? The smell of olive groves was something I want to smuggle back home. A wonderful multifaceted fading sun drenches those dancing, rustling olive trees. Oliveto is the perfect olive green that reflects the flash of rainbow and purple and periwinkle shimmers. It is a shimmery, yet less yellow version of No More War.

Motorini: If I ever learn how to drive a scooter, this would be the custom color I would mix for mine. A moodier, darker sister of our famed and playful Aqua Lily, this medium base of blue/aqua has a flash of surging fuchsia shimmer.

Meow Meow: During our nightly strolls you could smell the day’s catch on the shores, and out of every corner, bright green eyes flash at you from the cats protecting their food bank. This dark hunter green shows off a finely milled glitter. It’s almost like Burn The Evidence but with a black glitter that casts shadows, the way a dark cat’s fur might look in the moonlight.

Melanzane: I love eggplants. In the markets, in pastas, roasted, and I can stare at them all day just looking at their lush colors. I always see the various tones of purples, vivid green stems, and sometimes there is almost a hint of a bluish tint on their skins. This glitter polish is just like that, you’re going to stare at your nails all day long— wait — make that all week.

 *****Rescue Beauty Lounge provided these for review and consideration. All opinions are my own, and I was not compensated for my opinions. For more information on my review policies, please contact me at warmvanillasugar0823@gmail.com*****

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

NOTW: Zoya Nyx - Holofied :)

Back in March, I took Zoya's Stevie, which is a pastel purple Pixie Dust color, added a holo top coat, and just about died at the results. I had also done it with OPI's Alcatraz Rocks, and again, had the most amazing holo, shimmery crazy amazing combo. With those two successful experiments, I knew that adding a holo top coat to the textured polishes was a combo that I would go back to in the future.
This time I chose Zoya's Nyx, which is a grayish, blueish slightly periwnkle base with a really beautiful crystal shimmer running through it. Adding the holo top coat added just the right amount of rainbow to again, create a very fun and girly finish on the nail.
I've been all about these gray tones recently, so being able to add holo to it made it like a thousand times better.
Zoya Nyx is available on Zoya's website. The holo top coat I used was from Cult Nails but many indie brands make a holo top coat that you can use.
Do any of you have a favorite combo when layering polishes? Let me know so I can try them out!

Monday, July 21, 2014

Rescue Beauty Lounge Fan Collection 3.0!

Over the past few years Rescue Beauty Lounge's creator Ji has created two collections solely based off of fan submissions. The Fan Collections have produced some of the most coveted and most beautiful polishes in the RBL line.
She's now accepting submissions for the 3rd Fan Collection! This is your chance to make your dream polish - all you have to do is make a Pinterest board, curated with images inspired by the color they want Ji to mix. You can also create a collage, or even a slideshow with photos and descriptions. Up above are some boards I have for one (of MANY) my dream colors - a gray cream with teal shimmer :)
Just send the link for your Pinterest board/or collage along with a description to thefancollection3@rescuebeauty.com
For more details, see Ji's blog post here!

The 48-hour submission starts this Friday, 7/25/14 at 12pm EST and ends 12pm EST on Sunday, 7/27/14.

Zoya Mimi - Sparkle Collection | Swatches & Review!

Hi! Sorry for the momentary lack of posts - I've been swatching all my Essie polishes and then just been out having a summer vacation.
Today I have Zoya's Mimi - a polish that I'm very very fond of from a collection that I'm very very fond of.
Zoya's Sparkle Collection is probably still one of my favorite collections of all time, and I'm always reminded of it when I wear Charla, which is my favorite of the collection. Charla, the magnificently mermaidy turquoise sparkly bottle of glory.
I wear Charla so often though that sometimes I forget about how much I love the other colors.
Yesterday at work I asked my coworker Rachael what I should put on next and she said something sparkly and purple. I went home and looked through all my colors and came across Mimi again and was completely set because it's the best purple of all time.
Mimi is a dark purple with a gorgeous glass fleck shimmer running through it. It's on the thin side at first but layers to this, full opacity, in three coats. It doesn't get thick at all though and the sparkle and color gets super deep and just amazing.
The entire Sparkle collection is available on Zoya's website. If I were to recommend any colors from Zoya, it'd definitely be the Sparkle Collection.
Do any of you have a favorite purple?