Friday, March 30, 2012

Nails Inc. Magnetic Attractions Kit

Today I'm going to review three magnetic polishes by Nails Inc. I got it from Sephora in a kit titled Magnetic Attractions. The kit has three magnetic polishes; Whitehall, Trafalgar Square, and Houses of Parliament. Only Trafalgar Square had a magnetic lid attached, the other two just had regular lids. The magnet creates a wavy design much like the design the Color Club magnetic polish I tried has. The formulas were good but inconsistent with how many coats were needed. I'll specify how many coats were needed in each picture. 


Houses of Parliament - 2 coats 
Houses of Parliaments looks pretty close to China Glaze Instant Chemistry. It's a little lighter but the formula is much much better than Instant Chemistry so if you want a magnetic polish in this shade, I'd choose this one. 


Trafalgar Square - 3 coats
This is one of my favorite magnetic polishes out of all of the brands I tried next to China Glaze Cling On. I love gunmetal polishes and the black contrast the magnet makes brings the contrast and depth I'm looking for in a magnetic polish. Love this one, highly recommend it. I suggest grabbing this one solo and ditching the other two. Just my opinion! ;)



Whitehall - 1 coat
Love this gorgeous teal, fairly satisfied with the effect, completely annoyed with the Smurf fingers! I dig this polish but the knowledge of the Smurfiness this will leave deters me from ever putting it on again. Don't mind the staining? Slap on an extra layer of base coat and give it a try. It sure is pretty. Oh, the formula was the best out of the three but the effect was a little weak.

The price of the kit makes each polish less expensive but only buying one (Trafalgar Square) is even cheaper. Just saying! Have you tried any of these? What did you think?

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Magnetic Force by Color Club: Electro-Midnight

Welcome to the 2nd day of Magnetic Polish Week! Today I bring you Electro-Midnight from Color Club which is a dark cornflower blue. The design brought out by the magnet is a darker shade of blue, nothing special. There is a shimmer that is typical of magnetic polishes. Application was a pain, I only needed one coat but it got goopy quick. As long as you apply fast, that won't cause a problem. The magnet is on the lid of this polish and creates a wavy design. I found the magnet to be pretty weak and disappointing. It was pretty hard to get the blue off of my fingers and skin, I was a bit Smurfy after removal. I love blue polishes but I hate the Smurf effect many of them leave behind. It looks neat in the pictures but the formula and Smurf fingers turned me off to this as you can tell. =)

With the color not being anything mind blowing and the magnet being weak, I recommend passing on this one. If you want a blue magnetic polish, I suggest snagging China Glaze Pull Me Close. I had high hopes for this one as I have really liked all of the Color Club polishes I have tried so far. Oh well, you can't win them all right? I'll still be purchasing from Color Club just not from their Magnetic Force line. 



Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

China Glaze Magnetix Collection

I have been working on this for a while now. Sorry it's taken so long to post again. I had a rough week but I'm slowly getting back to "my normal". For my new readers, I suffer from Chronic Pain due to genetic issues in my spine. If I disappear for a few days, it just means I'm having more pain than usual. I'll always be back but it will unfortunately happen now and then. Boo on broken backs!!! I do have a lot to show you (so many pretties!!!!), hopefully I can catch up soon!! Ack!!

I want to show you a few different brands of magnetic polish. They are the new popular polish gimmick right now. It feels very much like a fad that will go away by the end of the year but who knows, I may be wrong! In the meantime, It's a lot of fun but I wish the magnets worked with all of the polishes consistently. Number one complaint from me regarding magnetics and it's a big complaint.

Today, I'm going to show you the new (kind of) China Glaze Magnetix collection. I hit transdesign.com and snagged the whole collection. I also got the magnet on Amazon for a few dollars. I saved a lot of money that way, something to consider if you want to purchase these. 

I did not think I'd be into this as much as I am but I freaking love it. I mean, really love it. I love watching the design form, I'm easily amused I guess. ;p

The formula is really inconsistent in this collection. The directions say to put on one coat and use the magnet. For some, that works well but a couple needed two coats to prevent bald spots from happening when the magnetic particles moved to create the design. I'll specify how many coats were needed, etc. under each picture.  

China Glaze Attraction is a pretty gunmetal that has a black design creating a pretty edgy look. If only it reacted better with the magnet. *sigh* The star is so so very sad. I tried the star a few times and it was just no bueno. There are better magnetic polishes in this color (Nails Inc.) out there that work better with the magnet so this is a pass for me. One coat for this one. 


China Glaze Cling On is a really cool olive green with a little bit of gold shimmer. I love the contrast the magnet creates with the greens. This is my favorite of the collection. It went on thinly and needed a second coat. I accidentally put the stars off center and ended up liking it better that way. It looked a lot better in person, I promise. If you don't like how a design turns out, wait for it to dry, put on another coat and try again. If it gets too thick, just take it off and start over. Cling On is a must have in my opinion! 


China Glaze Drawn to You is a light plum polish that is really quite flattering. The magnet pulls out a darker purple that creates a slightly softer look for a magnetic polish. I wish the design created a deeper contrast, it was just too weak for my liking. The stars looked slightly better in person but it was hard to tell what they were. I love the color but this is a pass for me! Two coats needed. 



China Glaze Instant Chemistry is a deep plum shade and was the hardest to work with.  #*&(Q*@ Sorry, ahem! 
The formula was too thick and the magnetic particles were too close in color to the polish. It didn't create enough of a contrast to see if the magnet did it's job. I tried this three times. So frustrating!!!!
 I recommend passing on this one. One coat in pictures. 

China Glaze Pull me Close is a nice cornflower blue that has a navy (I think) design with the magnet. The contrast is really pretty and it reacted well to the magnet. I need to practice those stars! I believe this was two coats but I don't remember on this one. Pretty sure it was two....eeep! This is a keeper for me!


China Glaze You Move Me is a gold/light green mix that is just beautiful. I thought it was one of those pretty/ugly shades in the bottle but when I put it on I really loved it. It's a really close second to Cling On. Really close....maybe a tie? Hmmm...
 This reacted to the magnet the best out of all the other polishes. I love the contrast in the design and the stars actually turned out in this one. *claps* Those stars were killin me. For the love...

A few notes about these polishes: 

Wait a while before putting on a top coat. If it's not dry, the polish will drag over the design ruining the effect.

The magnetic particles settle back down after removing the magnet making the design less dramatic.

Directions say to hold magnet over nail for 10 seconds. I like 15-20. Maybe I count faster....test it out and see what works for you. Again, it settles back together a little so maybe the extra time doesn't help as much as I think.

Don't hold the magnet too close to the nail. The magnet will pull the polish to itself creating a smudge. It's cool to watch but the aftermath....not so much.  

Do one nail at a time. If you don't use the magnet immediately it won't work.


I hope you enjoyed this massive post! I have more magnetics coming soon, stay tuned!  

Thanks for reading!! 

-Mira






Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Essie Sand Tropez with Stamping

I did this mani a few weeks ago right after my nails broke. Essie Sand Tropez is the base and I used Konad Special White and plate Bundle Monster #21 (BM21) for the design. It looks like a design you'd find on curtains but I still like it. It was refreshing to have a neutral creme on my nails with all of the crazy colors I use. Sand Tropez had a nice formula. I needed two coats to make it opaque.


Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

China Glaze - Electropop Collection (Lights)

This is a special post for me because I won this collection from the fabulous Glam Polish! I've never won a giveaway before so I was shocked to get the e-mail saying these beauties were on their way to me. China Glaze Electropop comes in two sets, Lights and Brights. I chose Lights and then purchased Techno which comes from the Brights collection to put on my accent nail. This is a great collection if you are just starting to build your nail polish collection and need basic colors. I was in need of some great cremes so it was perfect for me!

 Now, on to the pictures! 

Techno is on my ring finger in all pictures. It looks just like OPI Servin' up Sparkle which I was obsessed with for a while. I almost used up my entire bottle and couldn't find a back up. Techno solved that problem! I've read that it is a re-release but I wasn't addicted to polish when it came out the first time around. Techo has a variety of silver and holographic glitter in a clear base. I think it goes with everything because well, it's glitter! 


Gothic Lolita 
This is my favorite of the collection. Gothic Lolita is a beautiful red toned purple with a subtle pink and blue shimmer. It almost seems like a jelly to me with how squishy it looks but it is opaque in two coats. 

Kinetic Candy
This is a light blue creme that seems to have a little bit of green in it. Very pretty, reminds me of an Easter egg.

Dance Baby
I don't have a lot of pinks so Dance Baby was a welcome addition to my stash. It's an adorable bubblegum pink. Very fun to wear when you want to feel extra girly.

Electric Beat
This reminds me of a lighter dustier version of China Glaze Secret Periwinkle. I don't have that polish so I was excited to get this! This may be the second runner up after Gothic Lolita for me.

Fuchsia Fanatic
I wasn't sure how this was going to look on my skin tone. I'm super pale and I don't tend to wear bright colors. I was pleasantly surprised with this one. It was a lot of fun to wear. It reminds me of a shade I'd wear in summer more than spring but who cares? It's awesome! It's a bright berry shade that is almost magenta. Love it.

Sweet Hook
I love how this looks on my skin tone. I can't decide if it looks more lavender or dusty pink/rose. It's a unique shade for my collection but I'm sure there are many like this out there.

The formula was great for all of these polishes. I needed two coats for all of them to get complete coverage. They were a tiny bit on the runny side but I just made sure I wiped any extra drips off of my brush and it worked perfectly.

Thank you again, Glam Polish for this amazing giveaway!

What do you think? This has been out for a little while, have you picked any up? Which shades are your favorite?

Thanks for reading!

-Mira


Sunday, March 18, 2012

Essie Summer 2012 Collection - Poppy*razzi

If you love neons, you're going to love the upcoming collection from Essie. Poppy*razzi is Essie's Summer 2012 collection that consists of four vibrant neons. It will be displayed with a white and a top coat (not sure if they are new) to really make your neon tips pop and last.





Are you into neons? Will you be passing or stashing?

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Zoya Summer 2012 Collection - Beach & Surf

I posted this on my Facebook page but forgot to put it here on the blog. Doh! Zoya is my absolute favorite brand of nail polish. I am always excited for their new collections. Their cremes go on so smoothly and are usually opaque with one coat. Their shimmers, glitters, micro glitters, etc are freaking gorgeous. The freaking was freaking necessary in that sentence. Have you seen Zoya Charla? Freaking amazing right? To top off their amazingness, their customer service rocks. They have killer promotions that make Zoya more affordable which I always take advantage of. It's disgusting how many Zoyas I have. Do I think I have enough? Not until I have them all baby! J/k (no I'm not). 


Here is the info from Zoya's website:

New nail color - coming soon to a salon near you and Zoya.com!

Summer 2012 is going to be a super stylish season for nails with the latest offering of nail polish collections, Beachand Surf, from the new color of fashion, Zoya! This new splash of color, designed by the Zoya color experts, is kissed by sea and sand translating beautifully onto the nail in the famous, full-coverage Zoya formula.


Dive into the creamy shades of the Zoya Beach Collection or the shimmering sea foils of the Zoya Surf Collection. The choice is yours – this color palette is sure to be a splash!

Zoya BEACH Collection
  • Reagan (ZP614) - deep cerise pink cream
  • Lara (ZP615) - vivid cerise pink cream
  • Shelby (ZP616) - soft pinky pink cream
  • Arizona (ZP617) - soft coral orange cream
  • Tracie (ZP618) - sea grass metallic
  • Wednesday (ZP619) - soft aqua cream
Zoya SURF Collection
  • Rory (ZP620) - lotus pink foil metallic
  • Carly (ZP621) - thalia purple foil metallic
  • Kimber (ZP622) - magenta pink foil metallic
  • Myrta (ZP623) - coral orange foil metallic
  • Meg (ZP624) - mermaid green foil metallic
  • Zuza (ZP625) - aquamarine foil metallic
Zoya is the new color of fashion... 

The Zoya BEACH and SURF collection was designed and inspired by resort runways and tropical get-a-ways.

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects. 

Find Zoya BEACH and SURF as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at www.zoya.com. As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women. 

BEACH and SURF by Zoya - 12 new colors - available April 1, 2012
www.zoya.com


Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)


Which ones are you excited for? I am really into green polish right now so I'm dying to get my hands on Tracie, Wednesday, Meg, and Zuza. So pretty!

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

China Glaze Bohemian Collection

I am so excited about this collection! There isn't a release date as far as I know. As soon as I find out, I'll let you guys know!


 Unpredictable
 Rare and Radiant
 Swanky Silk
 No Plain Jane
 Want my Bawdy
Deviantly Daring 

I am so excited for these. I love duochromes and these look amazing!!! Rare and Radiant looks like a dupe for Chanel Peridot which is gorgeous. It'll be interesting to compare those two. I hope these are coming soon because I can't wait to get these on my nails. 

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Nail Mail Report

No pictures for this post just a little babbling from yours truly. 

If you read my post about Smoke & Ashes you know that I've had a rough couple of days. I'm talking very little sleep and constant pain that makes me want to scream into my pillow. I have chronic pain so this isn't too out of the ordinary for me. 

In the middle of my bad day, I received an awesome package from one of my amazing readers, Jo. I put a request out to my UK readers (I think I have two lol) to send me a bottle of Max Factor Fantasy Fire. Jo answered my plea and sent it to me and told me not to worry about reimbursing her. The purpose of this post is to express how much that really touched my heart. This act of kindness brightened my challenging day and I want to say thank you!!!! Thanks for the chocolate as well, I needed a chocolate fix today. 

I have a fun package ready to send back to the UK to miss Jo. I can't wait for you to get it! 

Thank you Jo! I'll be working on a post all about this crazy amazing polish this week. I can't get over how pretty it is. 

Ok, time to try sleeping again. Maybe after I have some more chocolate. Yum!

Thanks for reading! 

- Mira



China Glaze - Hunger Games (Capital Colors) Smoke and Ashes

District 12 (Mining): Smoke & Ashes


I've had a rough couple of days with my pain so I'm going to make this a quick one. It's actually 3:00 a.m. and I'm up because I can't get comfortable enough to sleep. Might as well finish this collection right?

This polish must be seen in person. That's all there is to it. It doesn't look that great in pictures. It looks like a boring black glitter but it has a funky twist that just needs to be seen in person.

I'm serious. Gorgeous in person, boring in print.

Ok! Smoke and Ashes has a dark base that I think is either black or a very dark blue. Either way, it reads black in my world. =) It has black micro glitter and this amazing blue/green glitter mixed in.

This polish rocks outside but fizzles inside in my opinion. It looks gorgeous in the bottle and out in the sun. The blue/green glitter doesn't pop enough for me to declare this a "must have." I do really like this, I just wish it had more kick in regular indoor lighting.

I love the formula of all the polishes I have in this collection except for this one. It's a little thick and goopy. It was really hard for me not to get it all over my skin. Cleaning it up was hard because of the glitter and dark base. It stains a little but it does come off.





You can kind of see the blue/green sparkle in the bottle. So pretty in person. So sad in pictures.

Overall, I really like this collection. I've read a lot of reviews of people finding the colors blah. Personally, I think it's a fun collection and I'm glad I snagged them.

What do you think of this collection? What are your must haves and passes?

Feel free to leave a comment, they make my day!

Thanks for reading!

-Mira

Thursday, March 15, 2012

China Glaze - Hunger Games (Capital Colors) Agro

District 11 (Agriculture): Agro

This is one of my favorite polishes from the collection. I love Harvest Moon more but Agro is right up there. Agro is an amazing olive green with tiny gold shimmer. That shimmer is really blended with the green (I think). My eye doesn't pick it out in normal light but when it's outside in the sun, it really shines. The other thing that makes Agro unique to my stash is it's metallic finish. I don't have any metallic greens so I immediately loved this one from the first promo pictures. 

Agro's formula was fabulous. It went on smoothly and I only needed two coats for full coverage. I didn't have any streaking or bald spots during application. It was quite lovely. The other thing I appreciate about Agro is that it doesn't stain your fingers when it's time to take it off! Pictures show two coats of Agro with Seche Vite as the top coat. 

In other news, I finally learned how to make a watermark (sort of). I know, it took me long enough!!! I don't have Photoshop so I downloaded Gimp which is like Photoshop (I've heard) but free! Man, I have no idea what I'm doing with it. It doesn't help that my laptop is a Mac and my husband doesn't "do Macs." He's a PC guy all the way. I found a Youtube video that helped me so I can finally protect my pictures! 

Does anyone use Gimp on a Mac? That's a funny sentence. What do you think of it? Are there any tutorials I should see? 

Ok, that's enough of non nail polish talk! Here are the pictures! By the way, Luxe & Lush is on my ring finger which is gorgeous in my opinion. 



 Electrify is on my thumb.


I think Agro is a must have from this collection. What do you think? 

Thanks for reading! 

-Mira

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

China Glaze - Hunger Games (Capitol Colors) Foie Gras

District 10 (Livestock): Foie Gras 


Foie Gras is a dark brownish/purple creme. My camera didn't pick up the purple tones. It's a pretty color, I've read that it's similar to Below Deck (China Glaze) but I don't have that to do a comparison for you. I really like the formula, it went on smoothly and was opaque in two thin coats. It dried nice and shiny but I did add Seche Vite for a top coat. On the ring finger, as usual for this series I have Luxe & Lush. Enjoy!






Thanks for reading!!

-Mira

Saturday, March 10, 2012

China Glaze - Hunger Games (Capital Colors) Dress Me Up

Ok, I redid the pictures for Dress Me Up and I'm much happier with what I got this time. I took them all outside without a flash to make it more color accurate. Hooray for sunny days! I'm going to put on my A Englands and attempt to catch their beauty for you. Alright, here is Dress Me Up!

District 8 (Textiles): Dress Me Up


I'm pretty sure I remember this polish was supposed to represent Primrose before the big name changes. I like pink but I don't like how most shades of pink look on me. I was on the fence about how I'd like this on my nails. I'm so glad I picked it up because I really love it! Dress Me Up is a beautiful smokey rose/mauve creme. I only needed two coats for full coverage. Actually, one coat would have been enough. It reminded me of a Zoya creme and I looooooove Zoya. The formula was great, it went on smoothly for me and dried nice and shiny. I did use Seche Vite for my top coat to give it more shine. As usual with this collection, I put Luxe and Lush on my ring finger.




I hoped you enjoyed todays post. Thanks for reading!!

-Mira 







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Friday, March 9, 2012

China Glaze - Hunger Games (Capital Colors) Harvest Moon

Today I'm skipping up to District 9 to show you Harvest Moon. I didn't purchase Mahogany Magic and I want to redo my swatches of Dress Me Up. My camera really messed up Dress Me Up's color and I'm hoping to get it right on my next try. 

District 9 (Grain): Harvest Moon

Harvest Moon is my favorite of this collection. My pictures just don't do it justice and my description won't do it justice. You need to see it in person to really appreciate it. Harvest Moon is gorgeous burnt pumpkin foil. I don't know how to truly explain this, it's the perfect fall color. Just go get it, you'll see what I'm trying to say here! =p My pictures make it look a little more brown than it really is, I'd say it's more on the deep orange side. I put Luxe & Lush on my ring finger to show you how that looks together. 








Electrify on thumb:



 Thanks for reading!!