Friday, 23 November 2012

NYX Girls swatches: Sunshine Pink and Purple Ink

Happy Black Friday! Hope your scored some awesome nail polish deals today! I have for you two NYX Girls polishes: Sunshine Pink and Purple Ink. One of these polishes simply blew me away with its formula and its not-so-hidden shimmer. Read on to see swatches...

Purple Ink is a purple polish with purple shimmer. This polish absolutely blew my mind because of the one-coater formula and the shimmer that floats just beneath the surface. I think this might be my new favourite purple..and I have a lot of shimmery purples! I used 2 coats for the swatches topped with a coat of Seche Vite.

NYX Girls Purple Ink

NYX Girls Purple Ink


Sunshine Pink is a translucent pink polish with gold shimmer. The problem I had with this polish was that it was TOO sheer. For swatches, I used 4 coats to build up the pink. The only reason I picked this polish from the bin of NYX polishes is because of the gold shimmer. 


NYX Girls Sunshine Pink

NYX Girls Sunshine Pink

This was my first experience with NYX polishes and I think I like them enough to go back for more. What are your favourites from this line?

- The Manicurete

Thursday, 22 November 2012

Deborah Lippmann Ray of Light

Happy Turkey Day to all my American friends! Today I have for you swatches of Deborah Lippmann's Ray Of Light. It is a navy blue with duochrome flakies. The best part about that polish is that removal left absolutely no blue staining. Flakies tend to be overpowering when layered over a polish, but having it as part of the formula takes that effect down just a notch and lets the base colour shine through. Here we go!

Deborah Lippmann Ray Of Light

Deborah Lippmann Ray Of Light

Oh, how I love my Deborah Lippmann's! She's yet to make a polish I didn't like. What do you guys think? Does this make it onto your list of must-have DLs?

Speaking of Thanksgiving...thanks for taking time out of your day to read my posts! It really makes my day :)

- The Manicurette

Wednesday, 21 November 2012

More Halo Hues: Color Club Cherubic

Earlier this month, I did a post on the new Color Club Halo Hues holographic polishes. Today, I have another polish from this collection: Cherubic. I won't talk too much about the formula because I've already discussed it in my first post; instead, I have lots of pictures in return...along with some stamping! The base colour of Cherubic is a light brownish taupe. I stamped over it with one of the patterns from Llarowe's in-house stamping plates: LeaLaC Stamping Plate XL - B.


Color Club Cherubic

Color Club Cherubic

Color Club Cherubic

Color Club Cherubic

This is the first time I've stamped on such a pure holo. I had a lot of fun doing it! What do you think of this look?  Have you tried the Halo Hues yet?

- The Manicurette

Tuesday, 13 November 2012

Zoya Ornate Collection for Holiday 2012

Hi folks! Today I have for you three beauties from the Zoya Ornate Holiday 2012 collection. I am a huge fan of scattered holo, so naturally I couldn't pass up this collection. What amazes me about this collection is that the holo polishes are suspended in a tinted, not opaque, base!! Zoya is well-known for the sheers they released earlier this year and they seemed to have kicked it up a notch just in time for the holidays. To avoid repetition, I'm going to say outright that the formula of all three polishes was spectacular, drying to a glossy finish and coming off without a hassle. Bear in mind that being a red, Blaze can leave stubborn stains on your cuticles if you get any polish on them. 


Zoya Ornate Holiday 2012 Collection

Aurora is a purple tinted base with chunky holo glitter. Because of the size of the glitter particles, they do come off as just silver chunks indoors, but they sparkle and shine in direct sunlight. I used 1 coat of Aurora over Zoya Tru. Please excuse me for putting up so many pictures but I NEED you guys to see the awesomeness. 


Zoya Aurora



Zoya Aurora
Zoya Aurora

Zoya Aurora - blurred macro
Zoya Aurora (blurred)

Zoya Aurora - macro

Blaze is a red tinted base with holo glitter. I can't believe I almost didn't get this! This is one polish that looks ordinary in the bottle but is va-va-voom on the nails. The sheer base gives this polish a lot of depth and the holo particles shine mostly pink and purple. Although Blaze is not even remotely close to Hare's Dog Day Dream, it has filled my Hare lemming because they both have similar color palettes. I used 1 coat over China Glaze Merry Berry.

Zoya Blaze
Zoya Blaze


Zoya Blaze - blurred

Zoya Blaze

Storm is a black tinted base with chunky holo glitter. I love this polish but I wish the glitter wasn't completely flat and non-holo in all lighting other than blazing sunlight. The holo is not as strong as it is in the other two. I suppose I must continue on my quest for a black fine glitter polish! I used 2 coats over a translucent coat of Wet'n'Wild Black Creme.   


Zoya Storm

Zoya Storm

Zoya Storm - macro

What do you think of Zoya's latest collection? What are your picks, if any? Thanks for stopping by!
- The Manicurette

Monday, 5 November 2012

Butter London Trout Pout


Happy Monday! Today I have another Butter London polish for you guys. After trying Royal Navy last week, I couldn't stop myself from trying more Butter London. The formula is far superior to so many brands and that's what appeals to me most in a polish. Let's get into it then!

Trout Pout is a pinkish-coral creme. This is one of the more well-known Butter London's and was the first one to ever go on my wish list. The formula is slightly thicker than I like but I tried to use extremely thin layers and had full coverage at 3 coats. I presume you could get away with 2 thick coats but it could take a while to dry. Here are the swatches:

Butter London - Trout Pout

Butter London - Trout Pout

I admit I have turned into a Butter London fan and you'll probably see more swatches on here. What is your favourite Butter London? I've been eyeing Black Knight but I might try to franken that with black and SH Rockstar Pink to get the same effect. 


- The Manicurette

Sunday, 4 November 2012

Color Club Halo Hues for Fall 2012

Hello! I hope everyone had a great weekend and is ready to take on the week ahead. Also, don't forget to set your watches back an hour, if you haven't already! Today's post is on a collection I have been most excited about this Fall, after the OPI Skyfall collection. It is the 6 new holographic polishes by Color Club as part of the Halo Hues collection. The great thing about this collection is that the holo doesn't go flat in the shade, like most holos I have. Even when not in direct sunlight, it glistens and gleams like a rainbow! 

I picked two out of this collection - Angel Kiss (mint green) and Cloud Nine (mauve). I'll probably be going back for Cherubic (light brown). The formula of both the polishes was exceptionally great. They were both two coaters and dried fast to a shiny finish. One thing to note is that I feel like adding Seche Vite on top brought down the holo a notch, but that could easily be my over-analyzing self being too critical. I've added a picture of Cloud Nine in indirect sunlight so you can see the halo magic that I am talking about!

Color Club Halo Hues - Angel Kiss

Color Club Halo Hues - Angel Kiss
Color Club Halo Hues - Cloud Nine

Color Club Halo Hues - Cloud Nine


Color Club Halo Hues - Cloud Nine (indirect light)

What are your views on this collection? I've heard they remind people of the Layla holos but I don't have any Layla's so I can't comment on that. I'm so incredibly impressed with this collection - next up, they need to make a vampy holo collection like they have in the past!

- The Manicurette

Thursday, 1 November 2012

Ruffian Mani: Butter London Royal Navy

Today's post is all about firsts! My first Butter London and my first ruffian manicure. I have resisted Butter London for years now (no reason!) but finally caved last week, when I bought Royal Navy and Two Fingered Salute. Royal Navy is a dark navy blue creme, and it is highly pigmented which means you could get away with 1 thick coat, or 2 thin coats like I did. Being blue and pigmented also means that once it touches your cuticle/skin, it's almost impossible to clean it up without tinting your skin blue. I turned this into a ruffian mani with a silver Sally Hansen nail art pen. 

Ruffian manicure with Butter London Royal Navy

Ruffian manicure with Butter London Royal Navy

I am in love with ruffian manicures but I found this surprisingly hard to do! The borders have to be so smooth and clean, and it took me 5 minutes just to do one nail. I'm sure with practice, it gets easier and better. Here is a picture of Royal Navy by itself:

Butter London Royal Navy

What do you guys think of the ruffian mani? Have you tried it yet?

- The Manicurette
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