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Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Finger Paints Winter Dreams Holiday Collection! (Preview)


Happy Wednesday everyone!! Just a quick preview image of the upcoming Finger Paints Holiday collection!! 6 New colors!

Mulberry Madness, Merry Mittens, Holly Good Times, Winter Wishes, Mistletoe Mischief, Just Plum Fun

Winter Dreams Holiday Collection

In stores and online starting November 2010, $4.99 each

Click on the picture to see a ginormous full-sized image that shows all the glittery kickass-ness!

LOVING these!! (especially the glitters!!)

Sunday, 3 October 2010

Eyeko Review- 14 Colors!


I've always wanted to try these polishes, so when I was contacted by Eyeko I was super excited! In this post, I present to you fourteen...yes, 14 of the Eyeko polishes, which is nearly the entire collection that is available right now, with the exception of the new Pastel for Nice Nails and Military Polish for Brave Nails (which I'm dying to try- I love those murky greens).





Eyeko Vintage Polish for Elegant Nails

Mint green.

A lovely mint green polish that I really adore. It totally reminds me of decor from the 50s. It was a bit tough on application, but came out opaque in 3 coats.

Opacity scale (1-5): 1.5

Use for Konad:Doesn't stamp well on either darker or lighter colors.

Finish: Creme, 3 coats to be opaque.






Eyeko Vampira Polish for Gothic Nails

Black base with red glitter.

Just as the name suggests- a SUPER vampy polish. A gorgeous, glossy finish tops off the awesome. Not for the shy. :)

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad:Doesn't stamp well on darker colors, but stamps so-so on lighter colors.

Finish: Glitter, 2 coats to be opaque.






Eyeko Tea Rose Polish for Country Nails

Puce-y Pink creme.

Definitely inspired by country decor, it brings me back home a bit. Applied well, and was opaque in two coats.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3.5

Use for Konad:Stamps so-so on darker colors, but shows up well on lighter colors.

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque.





Eyeko Saucy Polish for Naughty Nails

Fiery red.

Caliente!! This polish is a great va-va-voom red!! Two coats and it was opaque. HOT! It was almost a one coater, but I could still make out a VNL.

Opacity scale (1-5): 4

Use for Konad: Stamps well on lighter colors, but not on darker colors.

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque.






Eyeko Rain Polish for City Nails

Greyed blue with subtle silver shimmer

This is a really chic polish, and I love the subtle hint of silver shimmer. It applied really well, this was 2 coats. Definitely reminiscent of rainy skies, and raindrops on windows. I did find a couple dupes in my collection though, as you can see in my pictures, they even have the same subtle shimmer.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3.5

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on both lighter and darker colors.

Finish: Shimmer, 2 coats to be opaque.





Eyeko Punk Polish for Neon Nails

Shocking neon pink.

This is the sort of pink I can wrap my head around. Super bright and super fun, 2 coats to be opaque, dries to a satin finish like most neons.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on darker colors, but is very vibrant on lighter colors.

Finish: Neon, 2 coats to be opaque.






One coat of Chi Chi over Punk


Pink glitter suspended in a pale pink translucent base.

Super girlie pink glitter polish that takes several coats if you want it to be opaque, but layers well over colors like Posh.

Opacity scale (1-5): 1.5

Use for Konad: Doesn't stamp well over darker OR lighter colors.

Finish: Glitter, 4+ coats to be opaque.






Eyeko Posh Polish for Ladylike Nails

Mushroom taupe creme.

Very chic, and fits in well with all the neutrals we've been seeing the past few months. I love these types of colors!! Applies well in 2 coats!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on both lighter and darker colors.

Finish: Creme, 2 coats to be opaque.





Eyeko Petite Polish for French Nails

Super sheer pink.

Developed to be subtle, this color definitely is best for natural looks or french manicures. Very chic if you go for basic, simple, classy manicures.

Opacity scale (1-5): .5

Use for Konad:Not good to stamp with on darker OR lighter colors.

Finish: Sheer, 5+ coats to be opaque.





Eyeko Nude Polish for Perfect Nails

Nude colored polish with a very, very subtle silver shimmer.

This polish is a great natural nail look, aka mannequin hands. I find myself grabbing it to use as skin tone for my nail art.

Opacity scale (1-5): 2

Use for Konad:Doesn't stamp well on darker or lighter colors.

Finish: Shimmer, 4 coats to be opaque.





Eyeko Lilac Polish for Lovely Nails

Pastel lilac creme.

A very pretty polish, especially if you love pastels. Was a tad on the watery side, and took 3 coats to even it out for it to be opaque.

Opacity scale (1-5): 2

Use for Konad:Doesn't stamp well on darker colors, but stamps so-so on lighter colors.

Finish: Creme, 3 coats to be opaque.





Eyeko Indigo Polish for Sultry Nails

Inky indigo shimmer with a hint of teal shimmer.

This is, at first glance, a pretty straightforward indigo polish, but then at second inspection, you see the superfine teal shimmer that makes it a truly lovely color.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad:Doesn't stamp well on darker colors, but stamps so-so on lighter colors.

Finish: Shimmer, 2 coats to be opaque.







Eyeko Cosmic Polish for Space Nails

Black base with holographic glitter.

Love. This. Polish. Never mind the super shiny finish, but add in holographic glitter and I'm SO in. I think this is one of my favorites of the Eyeko polishes.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad:Doesn't stamp well on darker colors, but stamps so-so on lighter colors, but you don't really see the glitter.

Finish: Glitter, 2 coats to be opaque.





Eyeko Coral Polish for Resort Nails

Vibrant, reddish coral.

This one is a total must-have for summer- it makes me think of tropical colors and weather. A perfect pedicure color! It was a little on the sheer side, so it took me 3 coats to get it opaque. Makes me want to go scuba-diving, even though I can't swim!

Opacity scale (1-5): 2.5

Use for Konad:Fairly vibrant on lighter colors, but barely visible on darker colors.

Finish: Creme, 3 coats to be opaque.



Overall, I really loved most of these polishes, and use them in my nail art quite a bit! There are a few that aren't really my thing, but I can still appreciate their beauty. The application on most was fantastic (especially Saucy!!), and the colors had just a little something that set them over the edge from being plain to being awesome.

I love the Eyeko naming convention, I remember seeing the bottles a long time ago and loving it, and things haven't changed. If I had a con for this polish line, it would be the bottles though. They're nice, small and cute, but I find myself tipping them over really easily. Perhaps I'm just clumsy though. :-D

If you love any of these polishes, be sure to head on over to Eyeko and pick some up. They have other cosmetics as well, I never knew that- but now I do!! If you purchase anything, be sure to use my ambassador code (E10581) to get a free gift with your purchase!! Also, can I mention how much I love the feature on their site that allows you to view prices in your choice of Euros, Pounds, and US Dollars?

Saturday, 2 October 2010

Finger Paints Breast Cancer Awareness 2010


As I'm sure you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this October, Sally Beauty's Finger Paints has released these two pink polishes to bring more awareness to the cause. From their press release:

"In October 2010, Sally Beauty will make a $65,000 donation to Cancer Support Community as a proud sponsor of its mission to ensure that all people impacted by cancer are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action, and sustained by community. "

Having had Breast Cancer affect family members of mine, I am glad to be able to show you these polishes, and thank Sally Beauty for donating to the cause.





Finger Paints I'm a Survivor

Candy pink with visible silver shimmer.

This is a fun color, and the silver shimmer is really visible in both indoor and outdoor light. Was super easy to apply, and was opaque in 2 coats. Great polish!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3.5

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on lighter colors, but not great on darker.

Finish: Shimmer, 2 coats to be opaque.







Bubblegum pink with superfine silver shimmer

While not my kind of color, I can appreciate that this is a pretty, though not entirely unique, pink. It has a superfine silver shimmer to it, which is just barely visible on the nail, but shows up in bright lights. I'll be honest, I had a helluva time applying this, but maybe it was just me.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on both lighter and darker colors.

Finish: Shimmer, 3 coats to be opaque.



These polishes are available both online and in-store on October 1, 2010, at a cost of $4.99 each.

Products in this post were sent to me by the manufacturer for consideration.


Zoya Fire & Ice






Zoya Valerie

Red based purple, fuchsia, red and gold sparkle.

This polish is gorgeous, and reminiscent of Milani Totally Cool, but way more opaque with a redder base. I was shocked at how opaquely and evenly this applied. One of the sure stand-outs in the collection!

Opacity scale (1-5): 4

Use for Konad: Stamps well on lighter colors, but you still stamp get the sparkle on the darker bases for a subtle effect. Sponges well to make gradients.

Finish: Sparkle, 2 coats to be opaque.




Zoya Sarah

Beautiful ruby-red sparkle.

I couldn't imagine a more perfect holiday red. Think China Glaze Ruby Slippers on steroids, this polish has densely-packed ruby sparkle that I felt like Dorothy's ruby slippers were on my nails. This definitely has a tiny, tiny lean toward the fuchsia-y red side, and is a tad cooler (and more opaque) than Ruby Slippers. I couldn't even capture CLOSE to the amount of sparkle it actually gives off. I'd suggest getting a Zoya Color Spoon for this one.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3.5

Use for Konad: Stamps well on lighter colors, but you still stamp get the sparkle on the darker bases for a subtle effect. Sponges well to create gradients.

Finish: Sparkle, 2 coats to be opaque.



Zoya Lisa

Candy-apple red sparkle, with a tinge of hot pinkness.

Such a glowy red! Lighter than Sarah, and definitely warmer, with a hot pink and gold sparkle to it. Super pretty and wearable- even for someone who doesn't wear reds or pinks- I actually love this!

Opacity scale (1-5): 3

Use for Konad: Stamps well on lighter colors, but you still stamp get the sparkle on the darker bases for a subtle effect. Sponges well to create gradients.

Finish: Sparkle, 2 coats to be opaque.




Zoya Gloria

Rose, gold, and pink/silvery foil with some red reflects.

Gloria? How about GLORI-OUS!? Definitely not a pink person, but for some reason I love this polish- I love the gold reflects, and subtle duochromeness of the polish. For you MAC addicts out there, in my mind this looks like Rose pigment, though I think I sold mine, because I can't seem to find it anywhere.

Opacity scale (1-5): 2.5

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on lighter colors, but you can still stamp get the sparkle on the darker bases for a subtle effect. Amazing for sponging gradients.

Finish: Foil, 3 coats to be opaque.





Zoya Tiffany

Peachy, pink, and pale coppery foil with gold sparkle.

Another pink that I could (and would) wear. As soon as I took this out of the box I was enamored (and then enameled) with it. I think I love it because it is SO warm, sparkly, and not so...pink? :)

Opacity scale (1-5): 2.5

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on lighter colors, but you can still stamp get the sparkle on the darker bases for a subtle effect. Great for sponging gradients.

Finish: Foil, 3 coats to be opaque.





Zoya Crystal

Light sky-blue foil with gold flakes.

This polish is gorgeous. Hands down favorite of this collection for me. It LOOKS like ice crackles. I adore the gold in it, it contrasts off the blue so well! I love that the foil particles of the blue and gold are very different in size, it makes for a lovely texture on the nail.

Opacity scale (1-5): 3.5

Use for Konad: Stamps so-so on lighter colors, but you can still stamp get the sparkle on the darker bases for a subtle effect. Amazing for sponging gradients.

Finish: Foil, 3 coats to be opaque.




Overall, I double-heart this collection. In my nature, I'm not much for reds, pinks (unless shockingly hot pink or neon), but these are colors that I would actually WEAR. They're great winter and holiday colors, but seeing as I'm not one for seasonal polish changes, I'd wear these puppies all year round. If you like sparkle and awesome, this collection is for you, too!

The application for me was super easy and smooth- no streaking, and they actually dried really fast, and despite all the sparkle and foil, very SMOOTH. The removal surprised me as well, and was VERY easy, even with all the foil particles, though I did I have sparkle on my fingers, which was easily removed with a good hand-washing. :-D Another thing that is great about this collection is how well they work to sponge gradients, especially the foils, I used Zoya Crystal to sponge a gradient over dark grey for a super-chic, simple look as one of my daily designs, Gilded Gradients!

It's pretty rare for me to like an ENTIRE collection, and even when I first saw the color plate for this at CosmoProf, I wasn't as thrilled as when I actually got it on my nails. This collection gets a super A+ from this redhead.