Saturday, October 29, 2011

Another Amazing Deal for Kiwis from Color Club!

Our friends over at Color Club New Zealand have another amazing deal for us!

They are selling the Untamed Luxury: Indulgence 7 pack for $7!


I'm counting on my math skills gained in high school to help me out here, but I'm pretty sure that works out to be $1 a polish! They usually sell for $59 so you are saving a whopping $52. Postage is still only $3.90! So all up $10.90 for 7 polishes. Limited stock.

Let me know if you do manage to buy a set!

Couldn't that just be your whole winter/autumn nail wardrobe, right there?

Blast of Essies!

Ruby Slippers
Cute As A Button
Love, Beverly Hills xx
Chubby Cheeks
Nice is Nice
Flirty Fuchsia
Shifting Power
Borrowed and Blue
Sag Harbor
Shelter Island
Blueberry Crumb

Saturday, October 22, 2011

Fashion Nails: Summer Dress!

Isn't this dress just the cutest little thing? White, navy, coral and peach. What a great range of colours to find a matching nail polish! I am planning to wear it with a navy cardigan for a presentation.

My first choice was navy or white as I'm not really a red wearer. I did think about peach but I don't know if it's strong enough through-out the pattern to look like it intentionally matches the dress.

My sister is a coral lover just like my mum! So from their stashes I found OPI Lunch At The Delhi, OPI Cajun Shrimp and OPI Big Hair Big Nails (still don't get that name).

Lunch At The Delhi matched the coral colour almost 100% perfect but I was really liking the juicy looking texture of Big Hair. But Big Hair being a jelly means it's going to take a few coats to build up. I'm not after sheer today. So this is how we came to this manicure, one coat of Cajun Shrimp followed by one coat of Big Hair Big Nails.

I quite like how they look together, they compliment each other well. The sad thing is, I'm planning to wear this dress in two days time. Most likely this manicure will chip or lose it's pizzazz by then. Then I think I'll go with the white or navy. Maybe I'll even try to replicate the pattern! Whatever happens, I'll be sure to post!

Another Fashion Nails post coming up shortly!

Friday, October 21, 2011

OPI and Nicki Minaj

OPI released this picture today of "a deep shimmering purple Shatter called Super Bass and these five Nicki-inspired colors: Metallic 4 Life, Save Me, Fly, Did It On 'Em and the bubble gum hue Pink Friday."

That pink looks nothing like it's holo promo picture. Thanks for getting our hopes up OPI, then crushing them with another bubblegum pink.

These are supposed to be coming out in January I think I've read. I dunno about you, but I am head over heels for that black with silver and bright lime green! Maybe the tealy blue too.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Ahoy! & It's On The List

Awhile ago I was looking for a fuchsia polish that had a bit of a plum base to it. I also really wanted to wear Ahoy but wanted to darken it down a little bit. The solution? Orly's It's On The List.

To achieve this I started with a layer of Ahoy followed by It's On The List, topped with another coat of Ahoy. It was so sparkly! In some lights you could see all that Ahoy has to offer and in others you could see the pretty glitter from IOTL shining through.

I was really pleased with how this turned out. I think I wore a dress that had flowers the same colour on it. Really nice.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

Zoya Edyta

How would you pronounce Edyta? Editor? Eddie-tah? Eh-dye-ta? Who knows, but i'm rolling with Editor.

Now our friend Edyta is a little bit of a shape shifter. She turns from olive to more grey to a rainforest green! Pretty neat I think!

Edyta has Zoya's typical formula. I'd call their's frothy too, like some shimmery/frost Color Clubs. Quite soft and easy to manouver but a little thick. Only need two coats to be completey opaque.

Outside or in direct sunlight you get the more silvery side of Edyta.

But when you are indoors or a poorly lit space, you get to see the golden, warm side of Edyta. It's kind of crazy how a nail polish can change so much.

If any New Zealanders are interested in buying Zoya Edyta in New Zealand, here is the link to the official distributor's store:

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Color Club Alter Ego : Reveal Your Mystery Review

Today I have Color Club's Reveal Your Mystery set to show you! This is the lighter half of the Alter Ego collection.

At the very end of this post I have an awesome Color Club deal for you New Zealander ladies. 

Going Incognito

Incognito is a very pretty nude creme. It also looks great on different skin-tones. My mum is more pink in her toning and it looks like a mannequin shade on her. Incognito is a little too blue toned to do that for me but it still looks just as delicate.

The formula is nice, very easy to control and smooth. However, it does take 3 coats to get full coverage. Perhaps layering it over a ridge-filler that gives a tinge of colour would help with this.

Sheer Disguise

Oh, Sheer Disguise. It just wasn't meant to be. You bring the red out in me and I just can have that. However! As mentioned above, Mum is warmer than me in her toning and Sheer Disguise looks amazing on her! (I should get her to take a photo sometime) Sheer Disguise is one of her favourite greys now.

The formula is quite consistent through-out the collection, smooth, a little bit chalky but easy to control.


Revealed is the only shimmer in this collection. The pink shimmer is very apparent in the bottle but doesn't quite apply to the nail in the same intensity. I think this one may be my favourite from Alter Ego: Reveal Your Mystery. I adore peachy shades like this one! 

The coverage and formula are really nice, typical frosty/shimmery Color Club formula. I'd call it a little bit frothy? Kind of like a milkshake. You know, it's soft but a bit thick?

Secret Rendezvous

Secret Rendezvous was one of the main reasons of purchasing this collection. I cannot stop myself buying these light lavenders and lilacs. Because very rarely do I actually like them on myself. This is a very real problem. I think, in my head that I'm just hoping that I'm going to find 'the one' and be done with searching. Secret Rendezvous is hitting pretty close, but I think it needs to be a tiny bit less... white. I'm not too sure but I do like it and will be wearing it through-out Summer!

The formula is just like Sheer Disguise's and Get A Clue's. It has that chalky-ness to it and those kind of polishes I find always need 2-3 coats for full coverage.

Give Me A Hint

I've never been too fussed with these kind of shades. They don't really do anything for me. I tend to either like something very bold or very subtle. I think Give Me A Hint falls in between like many of it's taupe/mushroom/purple predecessors (Channelesque, Parle-vous OPI, Particulere). Some people though (like my Mum) love these kinds of colours. They have seemed to have jumped into that stereotypical safe color along with sheer pink and red.

I found the formula for this one to be like Going Incognitos. Easy to control and smooth. Give Me A Hint does give more coverage though, only needing two coats.

Get A Clue

I love Get A Clue when inside or in the shade. It looks so squishy! The sunlight tends to pull out the chalky-ness. Get A Clue was another reason why I decided to buy this collection. I wasn't too sure on it as first but I think it's a perfect colour for summer! Although at the moment I'm on a dusty pink kick and I think Get A Clue will make the perfect base for it!

Three coats needed with Get A Clue as well, but I suspect that a ridge-filler that is slightly white or nude in colour will do the trick for this collection.

Milky White Base Coat

Just to be confusing, in the top photo all of the nails have Milky White on them, only in the second photo has the ring finger changed to a different base coat. I was a little bit confused as to why this treatment was included with the Alter Egos, it seems like it'd be more beneficial with a sheer collection. Incognito is the sheerest but it still gives quite a bit of coverage. 

I do however think that Milky White is one of the best things since sliced bread! The blue/purple tint in it counteracts the yellow and orange tones in your nail that may be there from staining, among other things. 

As with all treatment like products, I was quick to dismiss it all together. But once I had discovered that it actually does something, my mum, sister and I were up all night painting it on some our nails and comparing our favourite sheers over the top to see the difference. Great stuff!

I believe Reveal Your Mystery is only one half of the Alter Ego series. The other half seems to be quite intense! Duochromes and shimmer galore! But I think this set is perfect for all year round. You've got Summer (pink, peach and lavender), Autumn (taupe and nude), Winter (grey and lavender) and Spring (peach, lavender and pink) covered!

The formula is ok. Nothing mind-blowing but I do insist on using a nude or off-white ridge-filler for these girls. Some of them are a bit chalky and need that extra help to hang on. Where as others like Revealed (peach) and Give Me A Hint (taupe) are quite capable on their own. Going Incognito is a nude so you may not want that extra help if you want to have it a bit jelly-ish and see a bit of nail.

Where to buy in New Zealand:
Usually you can order them from USA Nails Online for $11.90, but these will only be distributed to Amazon stores. They retail in store from around $15-$17 usually.

On USA Nails Online, they are selling Wild Orchid, Positively Posh, Soft As Cashmere, Ready To Royal, Red Velvet and Covered in Diamonds all together for 6 bucks! Usually this would cost you $71.40. Postage is $3.90, so $9.90 for the whole lot including postage. 
Doesn't take much brain power to realise that this is well and truly a bargain. Dad would be proud!

Well that self restrain didn't last long! 

Well, I think I've procrastinated enough from doing my homework now. Enjoy ladies!