Wednesday, February 27, 2013

Zoya Natty and FeiFei

Greetings all!

Lately I have been on a mission to use more of my untried polishes. I got FeiFei months ago, and Natty a little more recently, but I hadn't used either of them before today.  Both are from Zoya's Fall 2012 collections; FeiFei is from the Diva collection and Natty is from the Designer collection. While I loved FeiFei the first time I saw a swatch, Natty took some time to grow on me. But now that I have them on I am kicking myself for waiting so darn long to wear them!

Natty is a dreamy, dusty, smoky gray-blue creme, and FeiFei is a gorgeous metallic medium blue. But she isn't just blue; Zoya's website describes FeiFei  as having "heavy gold, blue and pink iridescent metallic sparkle." I couldn't even get a photo in any light that really shows the depth of FeiFei, and this post is pretty picture heavy for me since I kept trying to capture her. She is a color that really needs to be seen in person. 

FeiFei and Natty both show differently based on changes in lighting, so I took pictures in artificial light, natural light, and at different angles with flash to show you the many faces of this pair. All of the pictures show two coats of FeiFei on middle and ring fingers, and two coats of Natty on index and pinky. And, as usual, I used a coat of HK Girl on top. The formula on both Natty and FeiFei was fantastic and they went on like butter. Natty could possibly be a one coater if the layer is a little on the thick side, but I like two thinner coats better.

In artificial light I find Natty pulls much more gray, and FeiFei looks more silver than blue. These two colors have multiple personalities!
Artificial light
I think indirect natural light (meaning overcast sunlight) shows both colors the best and that this photo is the most color accurate. The balance between blue and silver/gray is the best in natural light. I really wanted a sunlight picture, but Mother Nature just was not cooperating.

Indirect hazy sunlight
Both colors pull much more blue when I use the flash. But I liked the way they both look so much I had a lot of trouble narrowing down the photos to post. And I think the flash shows the sparkle of FeiFei better.


 

Seriously, if you don't have Natty and FeiFei you should really think about getting them, especially if you are a blue lover. They're each beautiful on their own, and they are even better when you wear them together. I am not sure if either of them is available in Ulta or any other store, but both can be found on Zoya's website.

 And now to rifle through more of my untrieds. Laters!

Jaclyn 


A medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue and pink iridescent metallic sparkle. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-FeiFei-ZP636.html#sthash.gJ9tEmgr.dpuf
A medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue and pink iridescent metallic sparkle. A truly unique sparkling iridescent blue that adds a magical look to the nails. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-FeiFei-ZP636.html#sthash.gJ9tEmgr.dpuf
A medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue and pink iridescent metallic sparkle. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-FeiFei-ZP636.html#sthash.gJ9tEmgr.dpuf
A medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue and pink iridescent metallic sparkle. A truly unique sparkling iridescent blue that adds a magical look to the nails. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-FeiFei-ZP636.html#sthash.gJ9tEmgr.dpuf
A medium steel blue base with heavy gold, blue and pink iridescent metallic sparkle. A truly unique sparkling iridescent blue that adds a magical look to the nails. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/38/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-FeiFei-ZP636.html#sthash.gJ9tEmgr.dpuf

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

Nail Mail and TIOT

Ok, I just cannot be allowed on EBay after a certain time. Shopping when half asleep? I don't recommend it. Well, not usually. But if I was behaving and had not done that Saturday night, I would not have found these babies!


*Sigh*  They're even more beautiful in person. On the top row starting from the left, we have Hoodoo Voodoo?!, Mermaid's Tears, Just a Little Rosti at This, Mediterranean Moonlight, Yucatan if You Want and Fee Fi Fo Plum. The bottom row starting on the left is Sahara Sapphire, Tangerini Bikini, La Boheme, Glacier Bay Blues, Mamma Mia and Smokin in Havana. I have to say, La Boheme is even more beautiful in person. Look!
Hello my pretty, how I am enjoying ogling you! In a completely non-creepy way of course.

Oh, yeah, my nails. I was going through my untrieds, and decided it was time to give Zoya Bevin a try. She is a dusty, slightly dark seafoamish sagey green. (Sorry, I just cannot manage to pinpoint her color that well.) I was surprised when I put her on, Bevin pulls a little more gray on me than the photos show.
I had some trouble capturing the color. In the top photo she looks more sage, but the bottom photo shows her with a slightly more blue tone. Oh yes, that is two thin coats of Bevin with no top coat since I had planned to do some nail art that just didn't happen. The formula was great, albeit a tiny bit on the thick side. But I had no problem working with her; coverage was great and she leveled without a problem. Overall Bevin was a fine polish to work with, I am just on the fence about the color on my though. I think next time I will either use Bevin for nail art, or possibly as undies for another polish.

Have you ever gotten a polish that was not quite what you thought and that you didn't love like you expected to? Feel free to leave a comment and let us know how you rectified that.  :o)

And now to plot my next mani. Laters all!

Jaclyn

Friday, February 22, 2013

NOTD - OPI Eurso Euro and JessiGeeWhiz

Eurso Euro is another polish from OPI's Euro Centrale collection. This was the one polish I HAD to have from this collection, ever since I saw Manicurator's swatch post of it! Needless to say, when I walked into Ulta and it was sitting right there with the rest of the collection I had to restrain myself from doing a happy dance.



This is two coats of Eurso Euro topless. I have seen a lot of swatches that show it as a brighter, more royal or cobalt blue, but I find it is more of a navy blue with a little bit of a purple undertone. While I picked it up because I thought it was that brighter shade of blue, I like the darker tone of it on me a lot. Plus it has met my need for a navy blue creme. At least for now anyway. ;o)

As much as I like Eurso Euro, I wanted to doll it up a bit. I decided to use one of the loose glitters I just got from JessiGeeWhiz. (You should definitely check out the great selection of glitters in her shop btw.) Of the four I have, I decided to go with the silver holographic Bellbottoms & Platforms. Try as I might, I could not get a good picture of the awesome holo of the glitter, but these are my poor attempts. Unfortunately I had to get blurry photos to show the holo at all.

I had never used loose glitter for a mani before. To do this mani, I put a clear top coat over Eurso Euro, and then I tapped an eyeshadow brush I dipped in the glitter above the nail to sprinkle the glitter around onto the wet polish. Since the polish needs to be wet for the glitter to stick, I put the clear polish on each nail as I was about to glitter it and did them one by one. After I waited a few minutes for the glitter to set a bit, I used one coat of HK Girl for a top coat on all of my nails.

For my first loose glitter mani, I am pretty happy with how it came out. Plus I got some compliments on the great sparkle from Jessi's glitter, and I am kind of excited to try another glitter mani with one of the other colors I have. But I really need to figure out a way to get better pictures that show holographic effects, so if anyone has any tips on how to accomplish that I would really appreciate it.

Well, that's is for me for the moment. Laters all!

Jaclyn

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

TIOT - Striping Tape Mani

Hiya everybody.

For today's Try It On Tuesday mani, I broke out my striping tape. I have done scotch tape manis before, but I never tried using the striping tape to make, well, stripes. So here we go.
For the base I used two coats of Aquadelic, and then I used one coat of Turned Up Turquoise to make the tape design. And I used a coat of HK Girl on top.

Unfortunately TUT set up and started drying faster than I could get the tape off, so I didn't get the crisp lines I was hoping for. And I think it was better when I used less tape so it wasn't so bunched up. But live and learn, right? 

I don't know why, but the pics with the bottles show the colors a bit dustier than they are IRL.I think these pics show the colors a little better.
 And that was my attempt with striping tape. I need to practice a bit more, but I figure that's not too shabby. Overall, I like it

If anyone has tips for my next try with striping tape feel free to let me know. :o)

Laters!

Jaclyn

Monday, February 18, 2013

NOTD - A Red, White and Blue manicure

Since today is President's Day I decided to do a Red, White and Blue manicure.

I used Zoya Rekha, (which is seriously an amazing red creme), Sally Hansen White On, OPI Eurso Euro from the Euro Centrale collection, and the glitter is Toad-ally Awesome from Dollish Polish's Super Mario Brothers collection.
Indoor light
Direct sunlight
 Rekha is definitely my favorite red creme, and Eurso Euro has finally met my need for a navy blue creme. I don't know if I could find a better red or blue for "patriotic" nail art.

And now for a close-up of Toad-ally Awesome.




I think this is a pretty handy glitter for patriotic nail art too. It is a clear base with medium red and white hexes, small white hexes, blue squares and blue and gold micro glitters. The base is a little gloopy (like I find most glitter bases), and since I am so picky I did some placing of the larger glitters, but overall it isn't a bad polish to work with. Since I have had it for a while the larger glitters did sink in the bottle, but that was taken care of easily with some good shaking.

So, that is my patriotic manicure for President's Day. I hope you like it. :o)

Later gators.

Jaclyn

Sunday, February 17, 2013

OPI Can't Find My Czechbook

Heya everybody.

Today I have my first post with a polish from OPI's Euro Centrale collection, Can't Find My Czezhbook. It wasn't a color in the collection that I was originally planning on getting, but my husband really liked it so I picked it up with my original picks at Ulta.

CFMC is a slightly aquaish robin's egg blue creme, and the color is a bit more dusty IRL than it photographs. For my swatches I used two coats with one coat of HK Girl on top. The formula was a pretty good consistency, but there was a little streakiness that evened out with the second coat.
 
Direct sunlight
Indoor sunlight

Indoor artificial light
Since photos of CFMC show the color differently depending on the lighting, I wanted to show you how it looks in various lights. The last photo, taken inside in artificial light, shows the slight dusty quality of the color the best.

Overall I like Can't Find My Czechbook quite a bit, and I think it is a color that would look good on pretty much everyone. If you didn't think you wanted it originally I would take another look. :o)

~ Jaclyn

Tuesday, February 12, 2013

Mardi Gras Tape Manicure

Hiya everyone.

Since today is Fat Tuesday, the last day of indulgence before somberness(?) of Lent, I decided to do a manicure using the traditional purple, green and gold to celebrate Mardi Gras.



Unfortunately I had been spending time planning a Valentine's Day mani, and I completely forgot about Fat Tuesday/Mardi Gras until I was about to start the VD mani. So I went with a simple tape mani, and I used Zoya Sury and Holly, and a-england Holy Grail (limited edition) for my purple, green and gold. Unfortunately since the gold glitter is so fine I had some issues with clean up, and I am still working on my tape mani skills, but overall I really like it. And I hope you do too.

Laters all. :o)

~Jaclyn

Friday, February 8, 2013

F4 Polish's Mrs. Mouse

I don't know why, but I had hard time finding blog posts/swatch pics of Mrs. Mouse, other than a great one from Manicurator here. I like this color a lot, and am really grateful Adventures in Polishland is so awesome and gifted Mrs. Mouse to me. :o)

Mrs. Mouse is a clear base with black and white hexes, and red micro glitter. There is plenty of each in the bottle and I did not have to do any fishing. It applied great, not too thick and not too thin, and I think two coats was just right as a topper. I wanted a neutral that wouldn't blend too much with the white hexes, so I used two coats of Zoya Dove for undies. And as usual I used HK Girl on top.


I love it. I have always liked the combination of black, white and red, and I think Mrs. Mouse is a great use of that color scheme.

At the moment, I don't see Mrs. Mouse in F4 Polish's Etsy store on her own, but she is available as part of the Magical Mouse Collection. You can also follow F4 on their Facebook page to get updates on releases and sales, and to see more swatches.

Do you have Mrs. Mouse? I would love to see more of her, so if you have mani pics using her let me know!

Later gators.
~ Jaclyn


***The products mentioned in this post were either purchased by me or gifted to me for personal use, and all opinions are my own.

Wednesday, February 6, 2013

NotD - Pahlish Train Underwater

This week is an indie theme, so my mani today is Pahlish's Train Underwater. I like my Pahlish polishes a lot, as you may be able to tell by my Pianos Filled with Flames mani here and Polishing Off PC mani here.

Train Underwater is a dark blue jelly with pink, purple and holo micro glitter, and turquoise hexes. This is two coats over Zoya Kristen for undies, and I topped it with one kind of thick coat of HK Girl (and I learned HKG and TU do not play nicely together on me and I ended up with a tiny bit of shrinkage).
Indoor light, slightly blurry to try and show sparkle

Flash
The polish is showing a more royal blue than navy base since Kristen is a grayish blue, but it is darker in te bottle.
It really is so much more sparkly than my camera could capture; I don't think any of these pictures really do it justice. I think Train Underwater is a polish you really need to see IRL to get the full effect, and it is available in Pahlish's Etsy shop. Along with a bunch of other great polishes. Like Pianos Filled with Flames.

Aaaand, that's all I've got at the moment, so toodles everyone.

~ Jaclyn


***All products listed were purchased by me and all opinions are my own.


Saturday, February 2, 2013

Holos - CC Beyond and a franken

Yup. Today I have two holographic polishes for you.

The first is Beyond, a dark gray/black linear holo from the Color Club 2013 Halo Hues collection. I like the CC holo polishes a lot;  all of the ones I have are strong linear holos. I like scattered holos and all, but my faves are the linear holos. To me Beyond looks a little more dark gray than black in indoor light, and the holo isn't too noticeable, but take it outside in sunlight and wham! Holy holo Batman! Unfortunately the sun wasn't playing nicely with me today, so I resorted to using flash too. All photos are two coats of Beyond over Zoya Anchor and with a coat of HK Girl on top.
Indoor light
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Indirect sunlight

Flash
It went on fine and with minimal streaking for me. I do recommend using a base coat, and if you have any imperfections on your nails to buff them smooth first. One of the downsides (I find) with the holos like these is they can show off every tiny imperfection and ridge.But look at that Holo-y goodness! I think this is another color everyone should have. I am not sure when the 2013 Holo Hues are going to be released in stores, but I ordered Beyond, Over the Moon, and Eternal Beauty from Enospring and got them within three business days.

The second polish I have to show is actually still a work in progress. I am still on a quest to find a perfect red holo. I know there are some reds out there, I just have not fallen in love with any of them yet. So in the meantime I frankened myself one. Unfortunately at the moment it photographs more pink than it actually is, and I need to do a little more tweaking. But here is the most recent version.


The holo isn't as strong as the Color Clubs, but I am getting there. :o)

So, have you had a polish in your head that you couldn't find so you frankened it? What was it, and how did it come out? Feel free to tell me about your experiences searching and frankening too.

Laters all!
~Jaclyn


***All products mentioned above were purchased/made by me for my personal use and all opinions are my own.