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Monday, September 8, 2014

KBShimmer Partial Fall Collection 2014

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~KBShimmer Partial Fall Collection 2014~

  I am so ready for fall colors and KBShimmer has some great ones coming out September 15th!  There are 9 colors in her fall line-up: 2 holos, 3 creams, 3 glitter jellies, 1 glitter topper and a re-release of Jack!  I look forward to Christy's new seasonal releases-she has the best creams out there for nail art.  Her glitter jellies are my favorite as well!
     Tonight, I have the three creams, Jack, and two other glitter jellies to show you.

How You Dune?-  "Like sands through the hourglass, this “greige” polish is a perfect blend of creamy beige and a light grey, offering full coverage in 1-2 coats."
Can I just say, "Wow?!"  I love grey creams and grey shimmers, and this one is no exception!  I used two smooth coats, and it is unique in that the beige undertones are certainly there!  I used KBShimmer's chevron nail vinyls on two fingers and the other fall cream, Stonewashed, as an accent.  These two colors were made for each other.
Hugs & Wishes-  "Lavender might not be a traditional fall color, but with lavender being paired with pumpkin in scents and food, this blue leaning pastel color is popping up all over. This light lavender cream offers full coverage in just two coats, and pairs well with Kiss & Spell."
I used two smooth coats of Hugs & Wishes.  I had no issues.  I thought it also paired well with Stonewashed, so I used KBShimmer nail vinyls on a vertical to get the striped effect.
Stonewashed "Jeans are a girl’s best friend, after diamond of course, and this dusty navy color is the perfect complement to denim. Applying Stonewashed is a breeze with 1-2 coat coverage."
So, I didn't do the typical nail swatch with Stonewashed. I decided to pair it up with KBShimmer You're So Shellfish.  While I didn't swatch Stonewashed in the typical fashion, it was very opaque. 
Flannel Surfing- "Like a well-loved pair of pajama pants, this faded blue polish is warmed with gray undertones. Pops of orange, aqua and teal glitters complete this polish. Best in 2-3 coats."
Oh how the description speaks to me!  There is nothing quite like having that favorite pair of flannels on a cold wintry morning, hot cocoa in hand, fire burning in the fireplace.  I used two flawless coats of Flannel Surfing.  I am always amazed when I use a KBShimmer glitter jelly.  They practically apply themselves and stand out from among the rest.
I love the orange pops against the muted blue.
Leaf of Faith-  "The crisp feel of the air, apple pies baking, trees showing off a kaleidoscope of reds, burgundies and gold, it is no wonder fall is my favorite season. Leaf Of Faith my homage to the glorious Sweetgums and Sugar Maples, and all the others trees that star in natures fall show. A deep Cabernet red jelly is the backdrop for glitters in red, orange and gold. The glitters in this polish add depth and interest with subtle changes in color as the jelly picks up the colors of the glitter. A scattering of holographic glitters gives this polish sparkle and shine."
I used two flawless coats of Leaf of Faith, and....wow.  It is just the perfect fall red. 


Jack-  "Jack Is Back! This classic Halloween polish is back for a limited time. Jack is a black jelly with orange hex glitters, a scattering or orange micro slices and black hexes and shreds. 3 coats provides full coverage with tons of depth, or layer over black to make the orange really pop!"
I missed Jack the first time around, and was excited to be able to get it this time. I used two very easy coats.  I love the pop of orange against the black jelly.  This is the epitome of a Halloween polish!
You can't say no to this...
Parting Thoughts: Christy has made some excellent polishes for fall.  As I am a sucker for creams, my favorite was Stonewashed and How You Dune?  But I do not regret any and all applied flawlessly.  The Fall line-up is for sale on Sept. 15.

Price: $8.75 each
Creams: $7.50

Nail vinyls sheets: $5

SHOP LINKS:
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International sales: Harlow and Co.

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

Monday, September 1, 2014

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer (Part 4 of 4): Vampy, Neutrals, and Reds

The journey comes to an end as I finish my review of the 37 polishes in the new Milani collection.  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 divided these up into four posts with roughly 9 polishes per post. Today, is the 4th post of 4.  I want to show you what I called the vamps, the reds, and the neutrals.  

VAMPS
Mani 1: I love what I somehow managed to pull off here!  I used 27 Ink Spot as the base and it was a one coater!  It was creamy and easy to use and my favorite of the entire collection!  For the roses, I used 13 Ultra Violet and I used a green (non-Milani) for the leaves.


 Mani 2: For the base, I used 34 Charcoal Charm.  It is a metallic charcoal gray and I used two coats. There are very minor streaks as with most any metallics.
 I did roses on my middle finger and a failed toothpick mani on my ring finger.  17 Lovely Amethyst is the lavender that I used for the nail art.

Mani 3:  I couldn't get enough of those roses, and so I did them again here!  The base is the ultra vampy 45 Enchanting.  It is a deep maroon red cream. I used two coats.  For the ring finger, I used 52 Gold Plated for the base and Enchanting for the roses. 


 Neutrals
Mani 4: I decided to go with a leopard print for this mani. 34 Silhouette is an earthy military green cream. I used two coats.  31 Pink Beige is the lighter grey-toned pink.   used two coats on this one as well.
 16 Mauving Forward is the mauve colored crew.  I also used two coats for this one.  

 Mani 5:  My least favorite color in the entire collection is 30 Bronze.  It is a metallic frosted pink that seems to be a throwback to the seventies.  It was streaky and did not play well.  I say leave the frosts in the past where they belong.

 REDS
Mani 6:  40 Red Label is a fire engine red cream.  It went on easily in two coats.
 Mani 7:  41 Modern Rouge is an orange leaning red.  I used two coats for this as well and embellished my ring finger with some jewels.
 Mani 8: 42 Iconic Red could possibly be considered vampy as well.  It is a brick red cream that went on easily in two coats.

43 Ruby Stone is a metallic red that I actually liked.  It went on easily in two coats and would be great for Christmas!

 Here is a comparison picture of the four reds.  
Parting Thoughts: As far as the whole collection goes, this was right on the money. The frosted polishes were a miss for me, but the creams really rocked it.  Milani almost covered the entire color spectrum, but the missing greens and oranges make me wonder if more will be coming out soon.   
Individually, Ink Spot was #1 for me.  I also loved Ultra Violet, Silhouette, and Sugar Plum.  
Aside from one letdown, the creams were a huge hit and I can't wait to continue using them in my nail art.
Here are the links to the other colors in this vast collection:
Part 1  French Tips and Watermarbles
Part 2  Shimmers and Glitters
Part 3  Summer Brights and Spring Pastels

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*

Milani Color Statement Nail Lacquer (Part 3 of 4): Summer Brights, Spring Pastels

The journey continues as I swatch and reiew the 37 polishes in the new Milani collection.  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 divided these up into four posts with roughly 9 polishes per post. Today, is the 3rd post of 4.  I want to show you some of what I called Summer Brights, Spring Pastels, and the Vamps.  Of course, there are other polishes I posted already that could be in this category, but with 37 polishes, there are bound to be overlaps.  

Mani 1:  I decided to get out of my comfort zone and do a toothpick marble a la Pointless Cafe.  Mine was an utter fail compared to hers, but I'm not afraid to show you my fail art!  
I used what I call the Summer Brights-26 Blue Print, 39 Mango Tango, and 09 Hot Pink Rage.  I had planned on just showing them like this, but then realized how amazing the were all on their own...


26 Blue Print is actually brighter and less of a royal blue than my pictures show.  It completely freaked out my phone.  I used two coats and I noticed it dried quickly and just a tad matte.
There were very minor self-leveling issues that top coat solved.
39 Mango Tango is a fiery red-leaning coral!  I mean WOW!  This was a favorite of mine.
I used two easy coats and it also dried quickly.  I had no issues with application.
I thought that 09 Hot Pink Rage would be too pink and girly for me. I was wrong!  This was a surprise favorite for me as well!  I used two coats and it is a super bright happy girly pink!
I had no issues (other than not wanting to take it off!)
Here are what I called the Spring Pastels.  (Of course, in my 1st post of the Color Statement Collection, there were some lighter colors that would fit well in this theme as well.)


I used 08 Cupcake Icing first and I like the dusty pink of this color.  I used two creamy coats.  
I also did a freehand "plaid" on my accent nail using all four of these colors.
Here is a lighter and more true pink.  This is 07 Bombshell and it reminded me of Barbie pink or Pepto Bismol.  I used two coats and had very minor streaking.  


Milani polishes have proven to be amazing in nail art of almost any kind! 
Next is 25 Peri-Wink.  I wanted to love this polish so badly, and the color is great. It even has a fantastic blue shimmer!   Unfortunately, it has a severe self-leveling issue.  Luckily, Milani Top Coat helped level it out.


I did a simple dot mani on my accent nail!
The ever elusive mint color!  This is 19 Mint Crush.  I loved this soft pastel shade very much!  
I used two easy coats and did a stamping detail on the accent nail with Milani White.


Parting Thoughts:  My favorites from this post are Mango Tango, Hot Pink Rage and Mint Crush.  I will add that I loved all the creams in this post though! Aside from a couple of self-leveling issues, we have winners all around.

Here are the links to the other colors in this vast collection:

Part 1  French Tips and Watermarbles
Part 2  Shimmers and Glitters
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*