Thursday, July 31, 2014

Summer of Untrieds Day 31: Foil/Chrome

WOW - I made it through the 31 day Summer of Untrieds challenge!  I am shocked!  But I feel like it was a pretty big accomplishment.  This July has been my highest number of posts in a month to date, so that's pretty awesome too.  This was definitely a fun challenge and I would absolutely do it again to help slash through my untried pile.  The final post in the untried challenge was for a foil/chrome polish and I had the perfect one up my sleeve!  Let's jump on in and check out this beauty from Emerald & Ash!


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This foily beauty is Hubble.  It's a pretty darn awesome silver foil, but it's got a little something extra to give some interest!  Hubble was created to "mimic the outer shell of the Hubble Space Telescope.  The polish is also filled with gold and black flakies, which represent the solar arrays and various sensors that cover the telescope."  The addition of the flakies really set Hubble apart from other silver foils and help give it a very space age look.  Hubble had a great formula that was a breeze to work with.  I got full coverage in 2 coats and I used a layer of topcoat to finish.  

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Press Release: China Glaze The Give Collection

Good morning!  I have a some exciting information for you regarding an upcoming release from China Glaze!    

It's Time to "Color Your Destiny" with the bright colors and rich textures of China Glaze's exclusive The Giver nail polish collection.  Inspired by the most anticipated movie release of the summer, the collection combines bold and neutral cremes, and a gorgeous glitter to create 12 limited edition shades." 

Influenced by the powerful themes and message of the story, The Giver collection by China Glaze brings key moments and characters to color, particularly the main character Jonas(portrayed by Brendon Thwaites) and his friend Fiona (portrayed by Odeya Rush) as he struggles to understand the dark, complex secrets behind his seemingly ideal community.  The film will open in theaters Friday, August 15, 2014.

China Glaze The Giver limited edition nail polish collection is available now at beauty supply stores nationwide including Sallys Beauty and Ulta stores.  Individual shades retail for $7.50 MSRP.

Boundary Of Memory

Capacity To See Beyond


 Five Rules

 Friends Forever, Right?

 Givers Theme

 History Of The World

 Intelligence, Integrity & Courage

 New Birth


 Seeing Red

 The Outer Edge

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Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Summer of Untrieds Day 30: Thermal

Good morning.  Today's theme and polish make me really happy so I couldn't wait to share day 30 of the Summer of Untrieds challenge with you!  I kinda love this theme and this polish.  Ok I love it a lot!  The theme was thermal and I tried out one of the new polishes I received as a sample from a CPNA (CosmoProf North America) after party!  I have never tried Jaded Nail Co before but I was very happy with this polish so you can bet I'll be perusing her shop and adding to my wish list!  You should head over and browse around too!  The great news is that while this was a CPNA exclusive, it looks like Jaded Nail Co will be releasing a very limited supply of these!  Keep an eye on her Facebook page for details on that sale date!


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Vegas Heat is a totally gorgeous coral-hot pink polish with loads of gold and purple shimmer.  This shade is it's warm state.  I had to cheat a little and dip my tips into a bowl of ice cold water to get it to change to the cold state (hey, it was 90 degrees out!) So after a little ice bath my tips turned into a bright red-orange shade with the same shimmer showing through.  WOW - I am enamored with both colors in Vegas Heat!  They truly are hot and capture the fun, bright Vegas vibe!  The formula was a tad sheer so I used 3 coats for full coverage.  I also found that Vegas Heat dried a little gritty but 1 layer of topcoat smoothed everything out perfectly.  

*warm state*

*cold shade*

*Here you can see both colors - hot pink with red-orange tips*

*edit* I recently found out that Vegas Heat is a glow in the dark polish as well!  That ingredient would have caused the tiny bit of grittiness. Here's a pic of the glowy goodness!  

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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Supeficially Colorful Life On Pandora Summer Collection

Good afternoon lovelies!  I have a very stunning and fun collection to share with you today!  Jin, the beautiful lady behind Superficially Colorful has worked her fingers to the bone creating Life on Pandora, a neon holo collection for the late summer inspired by Avatar.  The 7 colors are amazing and I also appreciate that she is releasing them towards the middle to end of summer because I am always a little sad when summer comes to an end, but this polish set will help me hang on to the memories of fun day trips and the sweltering heat!  Life On Pandora is also a black light reactive set, alas I have no black light so I can't show you pictures of them glowing.  The Life On Pandora neon holos will be available on 8/1 at 3:00 EDT!  So enough jabbering, I know you want to see all the individual polishes in the Life On Pandora we go!


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I had to grab the pink hot pink so much and Atokirina is absolutely stunning!  Atokirina is a "bright holographic pink polish that represents the sacred seeds of the Tree of Souls that lives on Pandora.  Atokirina is the Na'vi word for wood sprite.  A Very pure and sacred spirit that represents the planet's life force."  The formula and application of Atokirina were both fabulous.  I used 3 thin coats and found that it dried to a slightly satin finish so I used 1 layer of topcoat.  

Menari means eyes.  Inspired by the "big yellow eyes of the Omaticaya people of Pandora" Menari is a bright neon hello polish with just the slightest touch of green.  I love Menari, it's a gorgeous color and so fun to wear!  Formula and application were both awesome.  I used 3 thin coats and 1 layer of topcoat.  

Omaticaya (can I just say wow!?) mean s"Blue Flute Clan."  Omaticaya is a bright cobalt blue holo that is inspired by the "nationality of the people living on Pandora."  This color is so rich and beautiful, I am drooling over my own pictures.  I used 3 thin coats of Omaticaya and even though it dried shiny on it's own I added 1 layer of topcoat.  

Toruk Matko is a fabulously bright neon orange holo inspired by "the brave rider of the Toruk - great red-orange leonopteryx."  This is totally another WOW color for me because I really love orange, a lot.  Toruk Matko had a fabulous formula and application was awesome.  I used 3 thin coats of Toruk Matko and 1 layer of topcoat.  

This neon apple green beauty is The Sacred Tsaheylu.  This brighter than bright color is inspired by the magical connection the people of Pandora have with nature.  The meaning of the word Tsaheylu in Na'vi language is bond."  Par to the course, The Sacred Tsaheylu had a great formula and awesome application.  I used 3 thin coats of The Sacred Tsaheylu and 1 layer of topcoat.  

Tsahik might be my favorite of the Life On Pandora collection.  I mean I guess if I had to pick just 1, Tsahik would be it.  I can not resist any red, orange or blend of the 2 colors together and this "bright holographic red-orange polish" is just amazing!  Inspired by "Mo'at - the Tsahik o the Omaticaya clan.  The Tsahik is the spiritual leader of the Na'vi clan and the most important female member."  This amazing color had a great formula and I had full coverage in 3 thin coats.  I finished with 1 layer of topcoat.  

My intuition tells me that Utral Aymokriya will be the big seller of the Life On Pandora collection.  This purple holo with red undertones is pretty darn amazing and a very stunning color.  Utral Aymokriya means "Tree of Voices" and is inspired by "the special tree where the Omaticaya people can hear the voices of their ancestors."  Utral Aymokriya was very opaque and rich.  I used 2 thin coats and 1 layer of topcoat to finish.   

I decided to do a little art with the Life On Pandora collection and this neon waterfall mani popped up in my mind.  I may have subconsciously been inspired by Ashley Is PolishAddicted's  waterfall mani almost a year ago! Hey, when you like something that much it really does stick in your mind!  You can see her waterfall mani HERE! For my mani I used 3 coats of OPI Alpine Snow and then a small brush to create downward lines using each neon from the Life On Pandora collection.   I had no rhyme or reason, just put the colors on my nails where ever there was space.  I should have used a thinner brush for this, but I still like the way it turned out.  My "waterfall" looks more like a tribal tattoo - which is more fitting for Life On Pandora in my opinion.  I finished with a layer of topcoat.   

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