Thursday, September 29, 2011

Essie Cocktail Bling Collection Swatches

Although this collection is entirely 'jewel' themed none of the colors have shimmer or glitter. Instead they are reserved creme colors which are both fun and professional; demure and sassy.

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Monday, September 26, 2011

***CLOSED*** Winner announced 10/8! Essie Winter Collection Giveaway!

Just an FYI: I will have swatches posted as soon as my Incoco Wear Test is complete. These are also quickie pictures--better ones are coming!

Essie's Winter Collection 2011--Cocktail Bling

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Incoco Nail Polish Applique

In the last Birchbox that I received, I finally got the opportunity to try something that I was just too cheap to buy...

Incoco Nail Appliques!
The color I received was Stardust (glitter finish).

I decided to make this into a video demonstration of my experience rather than just a wham, bam, thank you maam set of pictures. Let me say that these were ridiculously easy to apply; more simple than I would have ever imagined. They also look amazing and the pattern is subtle but still gives that WOW! effect.

Here are some pictures to show the results:
I did add a top coat just to seal in the edges/tips

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Color Club 'Covered in Diamonds'

I'd like to introduce you to a new love of mine:

Color Club 'Covered in Diamonds' is a beautiful 'flakie' style polish that reflects iridescent blue, green, amber, and purple. The reflect almost looks like mica. I purchased my bottle from for $3! What a steal (It was originally released with the Untamed Luxury collection)!

Here is a close-up of the bottle:

 And here is what it looks like over China Glaze 'Near Dark':

I love the shine and character this can give to any polish although there are a few difficulties in application:

  1. Similarly to hex glitter, this can have some placement issues causing parts of the nail to look sparse and parts to look clumpy. QUICK FIX: Apply in thin layers being sure to allow drying time between application.
  2. Little corners of the flakes can stick straight up which makes applying a topcoat difficult. QUICK FIX: same as 1 except check as you apply the thin layers to be sure your not building on  a stray piece.

China Glaze Haunting Collection Giveaway Winner!

The winner of this:

 Was drawn from these entries:

 And is named:

Congratulations Michelle! I will be contacting you shortly via the provided email.

Next Posts:
Color Club 'Covered in Diamonds' Swatches
Essie Winter Collection Swatches and Giveaway

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Essie is on sale!

Just a quick post to tell you that Essie Nail Polishes are on sale at for $4 a bottle! That is a crazy good deal!

Upcoming posts: 
China Glaze Giveaway Winner
Essie Winter Collection Swatches and Giveaway

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

China Glaze Haunting Swatches!

This collection for Halloween includes four new shades and two that are repromotes:

Haunting--A silver glitter flecked polish with a black base
It's Alive--A gold and yellow glitter polish in a green base
Near Dark--Dark Forest Green Creme
Crimson--Dusty, Dark Violet Creme
Ghoulish Glow--Glow in the Dark (comes out every Halloween)
Black Mesh--Black crackle--previously released

Here are your swatches:

Haunting--2 Coats

It's Alive--2 Coats 
Near Dark--2 Coats (Is actually a bit dark in person)

Crimson--2 Coats (Almost black in normal light)

Monday, September 12, 2011

Zoya Giveaway Winner!

I love having giveaways, hence the recent slew of the them. Besides actually giving something away I enjoy the whole process...

Compiling the names, checking to make sure that those who enter are in fact following my blog, and finally checking tweets. Once that is done I put everyone's name on a list and print it out. Then,  I get to cut out all the names and fold them up--I *really* do love this part, it is something about the soothing monotony of it all. Finally, I throw all the folded names in a glass jar, toss them up, and have the hubby pull a name (I feel that it's all a bit more fair that way). 

Congratulations to our winner:

Thank you to everyone who entered! 

Coming up this week: 
Swatches and reviews of the China Glaze Halloween Collection and a giveaway for their Haunting set!
Also, I'll be having a twitter giveaway coming up this week. Follow me @szuchnic and enter when I tweet about it!