Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Darling Diva Polish Blanche

Blanche was one of the Darling Diva Polishes I received with my 5 for $25 deal.  

Darling Diva Polish Blanche (over OPI Tomorrow Never Dies)- Shade
Darling Diva Polish Blanche (over OPI Tomorrow Never Dies)- Sunshine

Blanche is made up of a tinted navy/purple base and contains extra large red hexagon glitter, larger light purple square glitter, medium yellow holographic hexagon glitter, medium light purple hexagon glitter, smaller blue hexagon glitter and little purple hexagon glitter. 

The big pieces of glitter in this are not too hard to fish out of the bottle. I ended up with a red piece of glitter on every nail. The big red pieces, along with all the other glitter lie flat on the nail. There is no curling glitter here. 

To be honest, the colours and glitter in this are not me. I wore this manicure for over two days, but unfortunately I did not warm up to Blanche. Formula wise this is a great indie polish though and I would recommend it, if you like the mix of glitter colours and sizes.

Here is a bonus picture of OPI Tomorrow Never Dies from the 2012 Holiday James Bond Collection.  It is slightly more purple than it appears in this photo.

OPI Tomorrow Never Dies - Sunshine

Lots of Love

Sunday, February 24, 2013

Color Club Angel Kiss

Color Club Angel Kiss - sunshine

Angel Kiss is the light teal green Halo Hue from the first set of Halo Hues released at the end of last year.  This is two coats. The formula is great and us easy to apply.

Color Club Angel Kiss - sunshine

For those of you in New Zealand you can get the first set of Halo Hues online here for NZ$19.90

Lots of Love

Friday, February 22, 2013

Spotted in NZ: OPI Euro Central

The OPI Euro Central collection is out in New Zealand now. This is one of the first collections from OPI I am excited about, and I actually want the whole collection for myself.

This is why I will not be buying the whole collection in store in New Zealand:

Lots of Love

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

Glitzology Bun In The Oven

Glitzology Bun In The Oven - Sunshine

Glitzology Bun In The Oven - Shade

This polish is super glitter! The swatches are only two coats.  Glitzology creator Stacy says that this polish was inspired by "traditional" boy and girl baby colours. It features pink and baby blue holo glitter, with pastel pink, blue and white squares and hexes in various sizes in a clear base.  The glitter all lies flat and can be smoothed out with a top coat.  I was really surprised by how full of glitter this polish was, and the fact that it was still easy to apply and get even coverage.

Glitzology polishes are available on Etsy here and at the moment if you use the code SINGLEANDHAPPY you can get 50% off your order (until Friday 22 Feb).

Lots of Love

Monday, February 18, 2013

Ruby Wing Moonstone

Ruby Wing Moonstone - shade

Ruby Wing Moonstone - sunshine

Ruby Wing Moonstone is a light blue creme that changes to a pink tones purple in the sunshine.  This is three coats, but you could easily get away with two coats because the formula on this pretty much perfect, not to thick and certainly not runny.

Lots of Love

Saturday, February 16, 2013

New 2013 Polish collections

Here is a little round up of the commercial brand polish collections that have recently been released or are about to be released.

Zoya Pixie Dust - out now

Color Club Fiesta - out now in America

China Glaze Texture - Expected release March 2012

China Glaze Hologlam - Expected release March 2013

Models Own Ice Neon - out now

Butter London Sweetie Shop - out now

OPI OZ soft shades collection - Expected release March 2013

China Glaze Neons - Expected release April 2013

OPI Euro Centrale - Out now

Ruby Wing Spring Garden - out now

Orly Hope & Freedom Collection - out now

Zoya Lovely Collection - out now

Nicole by OPI Selena Gomez Collection - out now

Nicole by OPI Modern Family Collection - out now

I haven't seen any of these collections in New Zealand yet. OPI Euro Centrale was supposed to be released this week, but I haven't spotted it yet.  

Lots of Love

Thursday, February 14, 2013

Happy Valentine's Day!

Happy Valentine's Day to my lovely followers!

Here is some heart themed nail art I did over the weekend.
The base pink is OPI I think in Pink. 
Index finger is just a little purple heart.
Middle finger is stamped with Konad Red polish and Bundle Monster plate 317.
Ring finger is coated with a layer of Darling Diva Ménage à Trois.
Little finger is stamped with Konad Red polish and Plate Konad M3.

Lots of Love

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

Glitzology Cupid's Arrow

My Glitzology order arrived on Monday, just in time for Valentine's Day.  One of the polishes I ordered was Cupid's Arrow.

Glitzology Cupid's Arrow (over OPI If You Moust You Moust) - Natural Light

This is one coat over OPI If You Moust You Moust.  According to the Glitzology description, Cupid's Arrow features a mix of pink and magenta glitters, with pale pink satin hexes, red squares and hexes, magenta shreds, and pink and pale pink hearts! Mine also had a bunch of white hearts in it. The hearts sink to the bottom, so before I used mine I left the bottle upside down over night and the hearts were easy to pull out this way.  One coat was very glitter packed and all that was needed. I am not sure that this polish would look good by itself, it seems much more suited to be a top coat.

Glitzology polish is available here on Etsy.

Lots of Love

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Soon to be Spotted in NZ: Color Club Halo Hues

Wohoo! Just when I thought that these 6 polishes were going to be really expensive and hard to get to New Zealand, Color Club New Zealand announce they are releasing them in stores on 1 April.

This is the second of two Halo Hues collections. Polishes from the first collection will be available on the usanailsonline website here.

Lots of Love

Monday, February 11, 2013

Darling Diva Polish Ménage à Trois - worn 3 ways

Ménage à Trois is the second polish for Valentine's Day from Darling Diva Polish.  

Darling Diva Ménage à Trois - Sunshine

Here is three thick coats of Ménage à Trois by itself.  It is made up of a bunch of different sized and toned pink glitter in a pink tinted base.  The slightly bigger bits of glitter are pink holographic pieces.  

The formula of this was good and not thick, with a good amount of glitter in the polish.  I was using decent thickness coats and it was getting pretty thick on the nail by three coats and I ended up topping it with Gelous and Seche Vite to smooth it down a bit.  There wasn't any glitter poking out, it was more that it was getting thick and starting to freak me out.  After three coats, it was not completely opaque and was getting harder to apply.

 I find this polish is much better as a glitter top coat.

 Darling Diva Ménage à Trois over BJ - Shade

Here is two coats of Ménage à Trois over its matching pink polish BJ (from yesterdays post here).  Ménage à Trois is made up of darker pink glitters than BJ is.

Darling Diva Ménage à Trois (over OPI I Think in Pink) - Sunshine
Wow! we had a lot of sun yesterday and it makes this polish 
seem a bit weird looking, but here you can see the sparkling 
of the holographic bits of glitter in the polish.

Darling Diva Ménage à Trois (over OPI I Think in Pink) - Shade 
This one is more colour accurate than the photo above

Lastly here is two coats of Ménage à Trois over OPI I Think in Pink, which is a light pink jelly polish. Here you can tell that the base for Ménage à Trois is tinted, as it darkened the base OPI pink.

Lots of Love

Sunday, February 10, 2013

Darling Diva BJ

Valentine's Day is just around the corner so its time for some Valentine's themed polishes.

First up is Darling Diva Polish BJ.  This is one of two polishes from the Darling Diva Valentine's collection.  (This polish is named after the creators soon to be sister in law Bobbi Jo, and not that other thing you were thinking)

Darling Diva Polish BJ - Sunshine

Darling Diva Polish BJ - Shade

BJ is a bright Barbie pink holographic polish, that also has bigger bits of holographic pink glitter scattered through out.  This is two coats and the formula is divine. This is the first Darling Diva Polish I tried of the bunch I ordered and I am impressed, especially with the formula.

You can purchase Darling Diva Polishes here on Etsy.

Lots of Love

Monday, February 4, 2013

Lilac Glitter Gradient

Last night, today and tomorrows manicure is two coats of China Glaze Sweet Hook with a glitter gradient of Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild.

China Glaze Sweet Hook & Sephora by OPI Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild

Sugar Plum Fairies Gone Wild was not the easiest polish to use for a glitter gradient as the glitter is a tad too sparse and needs thick coats to make the glitter denser.

Lots of Love

Sunday, February 3, 2013

Ruby Wing Meadow

Meadow is another polish from the Ruby Wing colour changing collection.  This is the only metallic polish in this collection.

Ruby Wing Meadow - inside

Ruby Wing Meadow - outside

First off, I think they named this polish wrong. Meadow to me means grass and should have been a green polish. 

This is three coats. It applies like a regular metallic polish and is slightly brush strokey.  The colour change in this one is obvious, as it changes from silver in the shade to a mauve-pink metallic in the sun.  

I am not sure if I mentioned this before but these polishes still change colour with a top coat on, and can be a major distraction if you sit near a window at work.

Lots of Love

This polish was sent to me for review