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Sunday, July 27, 2014

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer (Part 2 of 4): Shimmers and Glitters

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~MILANI COLOR STATEMENT NAIL LACQUERS~


Tonight I bring you the 2nd post of four that will show you the 37 new polishes that Milani has come out with! 
  Here is what Milani has to say about them...
"This is your time to shine, with nails that drop-dead dazzle. Our new lacquer – the richest, most color-saturated formula in our lineup - delivers on a long list of patent-pending promises: Exceptional gloss that actually lasts. Detergent and Chip-resistance. Maximum nail protection. In so many different finishes – cream, sheer, metallic. And so many different shades – 37 in total, from neutrals to full-on fashion hues. There’s even a mini set of shimmer and special effects options. Oh so much love with this great lacquer."

I have decided to divide these up into four posts with roughly 9 polishes per post. Today, I want to show you the shimmers and the glitters.
The shimmers and the glitters seemed to really compliment each other and so I felt it was  a no-brainer to o it this way.

Mani #1:  52 Gold Plate is a soft golden metallic.
I used two easy coats and had no issues.
Mani #2:  I layered 50 Gilded Rocks over 52 Gold Plate.  Gilded Rocks is a glitter topper that has medium and small gold and rose colored glitter in a clear base. There is also a beautiful gold shimmer!
I only needed one coat over a base and had no issues.
Mani 3:  13 Ultra Violet made me gasp when I put it on!  It is a fuchsia with purple leanings and has a fantastic shimmer in it. 
I used two coats and had no issues.
Check out the beautiful shimmer in there!
Mani #4: I layered 51 Club Lights over 13 Ultra Violet.  I only needed one coat and it spread evenly over the base color.
Club Lights consists of soft pink and soft gold glitter in a clear base.  I had no issues with it at all.


The next set of four has two more favorites of mine in it! 

Mani #5: Here is the first pearlescent polish in the collection.  17 Lovely Amethyst is a lavender pearlescent polish.  
I used two coats and the issue I had with it is that it shows the streaking of the polish pretty obviously.  Otherwise, it is a pretty shade of lavender.


Mani #6:  I layered 49 Rainbow Prisms over Lovely Amethyst.  Like all the other glitters, I had no issues with it. I used one generous coat and it spread evenly and flat on the nail.  
Rainbow Prisms is a holographic glitter extravaganza!  It has micro and larger holo glitters in a clear base.

Mani #7:  14 Sugar Plum Amethyst is another gorgeous favorite of mine!  I mean LOOK AT IT!  I generally have trouble describing this type of color, but what you see is what you get!  It also has a slight purple shimmer!
I used two flawless coats.
There.  Look at that shimmer!
Mani 8:  01 Pearl-plexed Sheer is what I layered over Sugar Plum.  It is basically an opalescent sheer topcoat that you can use to add oomph to your manicure.  
I used one coat and had no issues.


Mani 8:  Oh yes!  Another unexpected favorite!  This craziness is called 53 Crimson Jewel. It is a red jelly glitter and Milani did a FANTASTIC job of this beauty!  They really need to do more of these.  I actually put this on and then refused to take it off.  Move over China Glaze Ruby Pumps, Milani has beaten you out as my new favorite red!
I used two coats and it dried quickly.  It is very top coat hungry, so I recommend using a coat of Gelous and a coat of top coat to smooth it out.
Bonus Pic:  You can better see the glitter floating around in the base here.
Make more of these, Milani!
Parting Thoughts: I found several in here that were my favorites!  I highly recommend buying 53 Crimson Jewel, 13 Ultra Violet, and 14 Sugar Plum Amethyst.  If you love glitter toppers all of the toppers here applied fantastically!

Here are the links to the other colors in this vast collection:
Part 1  French Tips and Watermarbles
Part 3  Summer Brights and Spring Pastels
Part 4  Vampy, Neutrals, and Reds

Price:  $3.99 each

SHOP LINKS:

This collection is available at all participating retailers of Milani.

MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram @milaniCosmetics
Twitter- @milaniCosmetics



*These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own*

Friday, July 18, 2014

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer (Part 1 of 4): French Tips and Watermarbles

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~MILANI COLOR STATEMENT NAIL LACQUERS~


Milani has gone and done it again!  They have come out with an abundance of nail polishes that are right on target of what people like myself want!  They recently came out with THIRTY-SEVEN new nail polishes in a brand new round bottle.  Here is what Milani has to say about them...
"This is your time to shine, with nails that drop-dead dazzle. Our new lacquer – the richest, most color-saturated formula in our lineup - delivers on a long list of patent-pending promises: Exceptional gloss that actually lasts. Detergent and Chip-resistance. Maximum nail protection. In so many different finishes – cream, sheer, metallic. And so many different shades – 37 in total, from neutrals to full-on fashion hues. There’s even a mini set of shimmer and special effects options. Oh so much love with this great lacquer."

I am going to be dividing these up into four posts with roughly 9 polishes per post. Today, I want to show you what I call the "Frenchies" and then also a few others that I water marbled with.  
I noticed that there were three polishes that were designed for french tip manicures. There are still thousands of women that love the classic French Tip, so I decided to show them how they were meant to be used...


Mani #1:  I used 02 Frenchie Sheer for the base, 03 Lady-Like Sheer for the tip, and I stamped with 27 Ink Spot and dotted with 42 Iconic Red.
02 Frenchie Sheer went on really well.  I used two coats and was impressed by the shine and the natural, yet classy look it gave my nails.  I used two coats of 03 Lady-Like Sheer for the tip.  I did not like that I had to use two coats as I did these freehand and the second coat never seems to be in the same place as the first one! I did love the more natural tip; however, be sure you do not have stained nails like I do, or else they will show through.  27 Ink Spot stamped really well and I can not wait to use it for more stamping!  I  used Bundle Monster Plate #310.
In my picture, you will see that Milani has come out with a 01 Quick Dry Top Coat.  They need to eliminate the word "Quick" as it took 4 minutes before it was okay to be lightly touched.  Other than that issue, the top coat did well.  It went on not too thin and not thick.  It dread well and didn't streak my nail art too badly.  It also did not shrink the polish.
Mani #2:  I used the same base for this manicure.  02 Frenchie Sheer was the base and I used two coats.  This time I used 04 Vintage Lace Sheer for the tip.  It took two coats again for the tip, but this is closer to a soft white rather than the pink that the bottle color shows.  
I stamped hearts using the Vivid Lacquer stamping plate #009.  I used 34 Silhouette.  Sadly, it dried too quickly to be very good for stamping, but the color is stunning and I can't wait to use it again.
Again, I used the #01 Quick Dry Top Coat and while there was very minor streaking, I still like this top coat, despite the fact that it isn't quick dry.
Mani #3:  I decided to show you a swatch of these colors on one nail apiece and then water marble and hope that it turned out!  It did!  
These bright pastel creams seemed to scream to be put together!
I used two coats of 28 Spotlight White on my ring and middle fingers.  Once dried, I water marbled with great success with 28 Spotlight White, 06 Dollface, and 11 Imperial Purple.  
I then swatched 06 Dollface on my pinkie and 11 Imperial Purple on my index.  Both went on in two creamy coats.  They were all very easy to work with.  28 Spotlight White did streak on the first coat, but evened out on the second coat.
The Top Coat did streak my water marble a bit.  
Mani #4:  Once I started, I was on a water marble roll!  I took three new polishes and did the same look.


I swatched 38 Corrupt Coral on my index.  There was minor streaking on the first two coats and so I did a third.  24 Waterfront and 20 Tattle Teal were both two very easy and creamy coats.   This is exciting news as that means consistency is there!
I water marbled with all of the above polishes, and had no issues using them for marbling!  
I loved this mani so much, I am actually still wearing it!


Parting Thoughts:  If this is any indication of what the entire collection is about, then I am thrilled to own them all!  The creams were a joy to use and I had no issues with any.  The top coat had one flaw, but a few great points.  It is really going to be up to the individual as to whether or not it is right for you.  This is a great collection from Milani, and once again I am excited that they can be used for nail art!


Here are the links to the other colors in this vast collection:
Part 2  Shimmers and Glitters
Part 3  Summer Brights and Spring Pastels
Part 4  Vampy, Neutrals, and Reds

Price:  
$3.99 each

SHOP LINKS:

This collection is available at all participating retailers of Milani.

MEDIA LINKS:
Instagram @milaniCosmetics
Twitter- @milaniCosmetics



*These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own*

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Maya Cosmetics Going Out of Business Sale

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~MAYA COSMETICS SWATCHES AND STOREWIDE SALE~

I am so sad to say that Maya Cosmetics is closing its doors after almost two years.  Kat has such a great eye for colors and a natural knack for making consistently great polishes, I am sad to see her go.  There is always speculation when a small business closes its doors, so I thought I would ask Kat if she would like to say anything to her customers about it...

"We both have taken on projects that, unfortunately, don't allow us to devote the time necessary to maintain Maya Cosmetics.  We are sad to let it go but excited to move full speed ahead in our other endeavors.  I am proud to have been a part of the indie polish makers club, and can't wait to see what all the many talented established and up and coming indie makers have in store for the future!"

The GOOD NEWS is that she is having a store closing sale!  ALL polishes will be $4.50 except the smoothing coat which will be $4.  Sale starts today at 3pm EDT through the 20th, at 3pm EDT when she closes for good.  

Having said all of that, here are her newest polishes...

Ming Vase is a stunning electric blue jelly with matte white small hexes in it. It went on flawlessly in two coats.  The glitters show throughout the jelly base perfectly in layers and still had enough opacity to cover my nail line.
I used only two coats and had terrific opacity.  I highly suggest getting this one!


Luh U Poppy is a fiery orange jelly with the same idea as Ming Vase but with yellow, orange, and red small matte glitters.   Like Ming Vase, Luh U Poppy, had fantastic coverage and was flawless in application as well.  



As if the above glitters, weren't enough, Maya Cosmetics came out with a couple of stunning holos as well.  Techno Rose is an orange linear holo that was opaque in one to two coats.  It went on flawlessly as well.



I loved all five of the ones I was sent, but Clarity was the jaw dropper for me and my favorite.  A JELLY holo, this electric blue is a shade of polish I need in all brands!  
I used two easy coats and fell in love with it as I wore it. These pictures just do not do it the justice that real life does!
Here it is under an Ott light.


Last, is a duo-chrome called Trance.  Trance is a purple, maroon duo chrome that was opaque in two coats.  I used no top coat and it looked this glossy on its own!






Parting Thoughts: As I swatched and wore these polishes, I was stunned by the beauty and saddened that the polish community is losing such a creative talent.  Maya Cosmetics has amazing nail polishes that are worth every dollar.  Kat let me know that I was the very first and the very last blogger to swatch for her. I am honored to have been a part of Maya Cosmetics and have made a new friend in Kat.  Kat, I wish you only the best in your every endeavor.  

Maya Cosmetics had some parting words to you...
"I want to thank everyone who has supported Maya because it was a big undertaking for both me and John.  We really appreciate our customers and everyone--friends, suppliers, bloggers, other indie makers--who have helped us along the way!"


Price: $9.50  All polishes are $4.50!!

I have 41 posts on Maya's older polishes if you want to shop!  Click HERE to see them!

SHOP LINKS:

MEDIA LINKS:
Twitter +MayaCosmetics 



*These products were provided for review. All opinions are my own*