Friday, April 30, 2010

Black Sparkle Comparison

Ive been meaning to post this for awhile now and I have finally finished it! YAY!

Black Sparkle Comparison

Left to right - OPI Suzi Skies in the Pyrenees suede, Zoya Freja, OPI My Private Jet, Sephora by OPI Absinthe makes the heart, Revlon Steel-etto

Zoya Freja

This one has the least visible sparkle or glitter. Its more of a charcoal colour with shimmer rather than glitter.

OPI My Private Jet

I don't think this needs any introduction. Beautiful holographic glitter sparkleness. (Sorry about the old crappy photo)

Sephora by OPI Absinthe Makes the Heart

This polish was the least opaque. Most of the others could have got away with 2 and in some cases one coat, but this I think was three. Its more of a glitter in a runny jelly base.

Revlon Steel-etto

I bought this polish about 2 and a half years ago and I'm pretty sure you can't get them anymore. Its from the Dark Pleasures collection. It was done in one coat but here is two.

OPI Suzi Skies in the Pyrenees suede

OPI Suzi Skies in the Pyrenees suede - with top coat

The top coat makes it sparkle and the glitter stand out much more than without a top coat. I always wear my OPI Suede polishes with a top coat. This is still a pretty polish though.

Obviously my favourite is OPI My Private Jet - But it had an unfair advantage in this comparison because it was holographic and none of the others were. Next favourite would be Revlon Steel-etto.

Hope this was helpful.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Sinful Colors Love Nails

This was my first experience with Sinful Color Nail Polish.

I was surprised by how runny this polish was. So the first two coats were really sheer because of that. This ended up being 4 coats in total.

Sinful Color - Love Nails - Outside, No Flash

This is a really pretty colour. Definitely worth the 4 coats. Each coat added on made it look better and better. It also looks pretty at night with regular house lights shinning on it and making it appear slightly greener.

Ive been wearing it since last night and am also amazed by how tough and strong it has turned out. I used an OPI Base Coat and Top Coat with this and once dried has lasted well.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

OPI Summer Flutter

Ohhhh Exciting!!!!

Summer Flutter Collection for 2010 by OPI.

I cant wait!!!!!!!!!!!!!
They all look gorgeous.
I love bright exciting colours!
(Although these are not normally sold in New Zealand - we really only get the 2 big collections each year - I will not rest until I have all 4 of these in my prettily polished hands)

Lots of Love

Monday, April 26, 2010

Sinful Colors

Sinful Colors have come to New Zealand!!

This is the first time I saw them about a week ago in a local life pharmacy, but I had to wait to go back without my boyfriend before I could buy any- hes not really happy about my nail polish addiction.

These are selling for only $9 (compared to OPI at $25 and Color Club at $15 - in the same life pharmacy)

I restrained myself and only got 4! Yay for self control!

(Left to right) Let me go, Show me the way, Love Nails, Purple Diamond

Swatches to come later when I have some time.

Lots of Love

Sunday, April 25, 2010


Today is ANZAC day in New Zealand and Australia. Its been 95 years now.

For those of you who don't know what this is, Wikipedia says:

Anzac Day
is a national day of remembrance in Australia and New Zealand, and is commemorated by both countries on 25 April every year to honour members of the Australian and New Zealand Army Corps (ANZAC) who fought at Gallipoli in Turkey during World War I.

Each year we remember them. Its quite a big deal here. there are dawn services and lots on the news about it. All over the country we remember the sacrifices our relatives made.

Than ANZAC symbol is the red poppy. This is because red poppies grew in the fields where all our soldiers are buried. Mainly in Flanders Field.

So this was my ANZAC day NOTD.

Done using OPI Pearls Night Out and the Red Konad polish my Konad kit came with.

Lest we forget

Lots of Love

Thursday, April 22, 2010

China Glaze Frostbite

How is everyone doing?
Today my NOTD is Frostbite from China Glaze which was part of the Winter 2007 Ski collection.
Frostbite - No Flash - Outside

It is actually darker than this but my camera didn't want to capture it as dark as it is at all.
It's a dark to medium shimmer blue. Very pretty. I think this is definitely a winter polish as it is too dark for summer/spring. This was two coats and has a great China glaze formula. Very colour rich. I really do like it quite a lot :)

This photo makes it look the same as my Zoya Tallulah photo. Frostbite is much darker and richer than that.

This photo of the bottle is more colour accurate.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Color Club goodness

From my other Color club post a little while ago you would know how hard it is to find Color Club polish in New Zealand where I live, So I was over the moon when my local pharmacy finally got in three new collections - all at once!
The Dance Musique, Flower Power and Wild at Heart collections.

I was so excited and then slightly saddened when I could only pick a couple of these new polishes to take home. (That's what happens when your a student :S)

Anyways I picked two polishes from the Wild at Heart Collection. This is our fall/winter collection for 2010. Six months later than the Northern hemisphere who had it for their fall/winter at the end of 2009.

This is Rule Breaker (with flash). A dark vampy Shimmer Aqua colour.

And the aptly named Wild at Heart.

With Flash.

Holographic Purple Greatness!!! Very appropriate for the winter weather we are getting here at the moment. This was almost done in one coat, but not thick - It just worked well. :)

Lots of Love

Monday, April 19, 2010

Dear Zoya....

Dear Zoya,

I love your polish. I think its great. Kinda hard to get in New Zealand but because I love it so much I don't mind paying lots of money to get it sent here from America.

But I do have one BIG problem with your range,

There is no polish called LISA!!!!!

Its not a strange name. Its not that uncommon. So why is there not a fabulous zoya nail polish called Lisa?

I think there should be one. A bright one! with shimmer. One that can be worn by itself (ie not sheer). And it should sparkle and pop and make me want to wear it everyday. I'm not so worried about what colour it is exactly. Maybe a purple would be nice. But it must be pretty. Bright and not too vampy.

I look forward to seeing a Lisa polish. I'll buy 100 of them.
Thanks for listening.


Saturday, April 17, 2010

Zoya Hayden

Barbie Pink. Its all I can think of to describe this polish.

Barbie pink shimmer.
This was three coats.
Its actually a bit darker than this. Still pretty tho.
I haven't worn many pinks lately but I might start again.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

OPI Goin' Ape-ricot!

Orange isn't normally a colour I would buy.
But I did - ages ago infact and I am so glad I did!
This polish is amazing.

The glitter sparkles orange and yellow and gold.

I love it!
Lots of Love

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Color Club Neons

Color Club is a brand that is really hard to get in New Zealand. Mainly because we are so far behind in the release of collections here. The current collections in shop are Glitter Vixen (out in America in Fall 2008) and Electro Candy (from Summer 2009). The New Zealand Winter Collections - about to be released, are going to be Wild at heart (Fall 2009) and Dance Musique (Fall 08). So you can see how far behind we are here. I also only know of a couple of shops stocking color club and they all have really little tiny displays.

Also in case you were wondering in New Zealand we spell Color as Colour. Typing just Color freaks me out and seems so wrong.

Anyway I bought two of the Color Club neons from my local shop.

This is Power Play.

And Power Play with the flash on.

This is Screamin' Fucshia.
I didn't use the flash here as it looks more colour accurate without it.

I found both of these polishes extremely runny. Dipping the brush in the bottle once and being able to cover a whole hand worth of nails. Both of these were 3 coats and you could still see a visible nail line, so a white coat underneath would have helped and it would have increased the neon-ness a bit more of the colours. Like most neons these also dry matte, So a top coat can fix that and make them shinny again.

Thanks for reading
Lots of Love

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Miki Nail Polish

Hope everyone had a good Easter holiday. I really appreciated my four days off - and I didn't have to work because the shops were shut on Friday - yay for me!

I was at the pharmacy today buying some sticky plasters and on the counter they had a display of little polishes. At fist I was like 'No' I don't need any and they cant be that good for that price. But then I was talking to the lady and she said they were new in and for only $2.99 each - I relented. I got 5! And I may be going back for more. They had some neons I was quite keen on getting.

I have never heard of Miki before and googleing didn't help. There was nothing on there. The bottle says they are made in Australia.
These are mini polishes, only 7mls which is 0.23fl.oz.

Anyways this is what I got:

As far as I can tell they don't have names - just numbers on the bottom of the bottle.

BO4620 was a medium shimmer blue. I thought it was just kind of average.

This one has the flash on

BO4110 was a coral glitter. Jelly based with matching glitter. This was 2 coats, but I think it would be better as a top coat.

BO4250 is my favourite of the bunch. Its a pastel aqua-green. Here is three coats. It has a slight shimmer to it.

BO3510 yellow creme. Horrible application. It was thick and gluggy and ohhhh so streaky. Here is three coats. It was quite opaque after 2 but still very visible streaks. This polish made the brand seem cheaper to me. Although it did give good coverage for a yellow.

BO4370 this was a medium blue jelly glitter. This is pretty. Again you still have visible nail line, but this would make a nice top coat. I like it by itself, as a not out-landish, look-at-me, over-the-top blue glitter.

I've changed my mind - I think i like this colour best!

Overall the two glitter polishes had a good application, they were a good consistency and went on easily, starting to redeemed this brand in my opinion a bit after the terrible yellow.

The bottles are small and the big silver square handle is hard to use, but they have a regular size brush, which I like. Drying time on these polishes was quite quick (except for the yellow).

Its getting really cold and yucky here now. Almost no sun at all. Today its overcast and freezing and pictures are getting harder to take without the natural light. Sorry :( I'm still learning.

Lots of Love