July 17, 2014

KBShimmer Summer 2014 Collection Part 2 Swatches & Review

Guess who's back, back again, Kellie's back, tell a friend ;) I am back today with the rest of the KBShimmer Summer 2014 collection! I reviewed the first half here, be sure to check it out!

First up is Sea You Around, an emeraldy sea green jelly filled with fuchsia, light blue and chrome circles, sky blue squares, hexes in sliver, blue and fuchsia, fuchsia microbars, and holo glitter bits. Phew, this one is a stunner! I love green polish and the teal undertones in this one are just gorgeous. The glitter mix distributes evenly on the nail which was nice. It does dry down to a satiny matte so a top coat is a must. Two coats.
KBShimmer - Sea You Around | kelliegonzo

Next is Peak My Interest, a rosey pink crelly with triangle glitters in white, pink and dark aqua, with hex glitters in periwinkle, white and dark aqua. I am in love with the triangle glitters KBShimmer used in this collection, they're so fun! I was surprised at the coverage I got in two coats here. You might see some visible nail line in the photo, but in real life it was not noticeable at all.
KBShimmer - Peak My Interest | kelliegonzo

Here is Mint-al Vacation, which at first glance I thought was a straight up holo but I was only half right. It is a lovely seafoam mint shade that plays a sort of split personality, it's got a ton of white shimmer and also linear holo particles! So in low light/indoors, it's a beautiful ethereal shimmer and in the sunlight it's a fabulous shimmery holo. It applies very easily and has great opacity with only two coats.
KBShimmer - Mint-al Vacation | kelliegonzo

Over Mint-al Vacation I layered one coat of Sweet Wave, a glitter topper with matte yellow and coral bits and matte white, periwinkle and mint hex glitters. I wasn't sure what to layer this over at first, but I love the combo over the soft mint shade. Like all KBShimmer glitters, this one is densely packed but I didn't have any trouble with it. I use the method I learned from Cristina of Let Them Have Polish in this video. I find that with this method only one layer is enough for most chunky glitter toppers!
KBShimmer - Sweet Wave over Mint-al Vacation | kelliegonzo

This is Periwinkle In Time, a glitter crelly inspired by blue hydrangea and periwinkle flowers. I see this as a perfect pastel periwinkle, that ambiguous shade between sky blue and lilac purple. There are holo, silver, violet, teal, and blue glitters in circle and hex shapes in different sizes. This is very pretty but it's not a shade I love on me. Very nice coverage in two coats.
KBShimmer - Periwinkle In Time | kelliegonzo

And last is Look High and Holo, a raspberry pink jelly chock full of a rainbow explosion of holo glitters in squares and hexes. Square glitter is one of my favorite things and I'm in love with the variety of glitter this has, without making it look too disjointed as can sometimes happen with crazy glitter mixes. Since there is so much glitter in this polish, it can clump on top of each other so be mindful of that with your application. This is two coats.
KBShimmer - Look High and Holo | kelliegonzo

These are available now at www.kbshimmer.com for $8.75 a bottle. I find this collection to be really fun and happy and just perfect for summer. As far as indies go, these guys have a stellar reputation and put out really excellent products, I can't recommend them highly enough! See ya next time :)

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Product samples were provided for consideration.

July 14, 2014

KBShimmer Summer 2014 Collection Part 1 Swatches & Review

Hello dears! Today I have the next awesome polish collection from KBShimmer to show you, their summer 2014 collection. You remember when I reviewed the early summer collection here and here? Well I guess because we're so awesome KBShimmer is giving us another huge collection of summer polishes before this season is over! This post will include the first half of them, as there are twelve polishes in the group.

First is Radiant Orchid, which is based on the Pantone color of the year. It's a pink toned purple crème that has fuchsia and mauve undertones. It's ridiculously buttery and really nicely pigmented. Two coats provided excellent coverage.
KBShimmer - Radiant Orchid | kelliegonzo

On top of Radiant Orchid I layered Happily Ever Aster. This glitter topper is made up of periwinkle, light aqua blue, purple, lavender and white glitters with holographic bits in a clear base. Really super lovely and I love the combination of these two together. The glitter was really easy to spread and one coat gave plenty of coverage. I use Cristina from Let Them Have Polish's method of applying chunky glitters, which you can watch here.
KBShimmer - Happily Ever Aster over Radiant Orchid | kelliegonzo

Next is You're So Shellfish, a near-neon peachy orange crème. This was a teeny bit streaky and on the thick side, but it even out on the third coat. I really love this color, I'm a sucker for bright corally oranges and pinks! I used three coats here.
KBShimmer - You're So Shellfish | kelliegonzo

Over You're So Shellfish I used Scribble Me This. Another glitter topper, this one is quite unique to my collection. This glitters are a mix of pink, greens, purple, aqua blue, and black mini stars, triangles, circles and hexes. This immediately reminded me of graffiti and reading their website, that's exactly the inspiration they used. I wasn't sure this color combo would work with the bright orange base, but I saw it used on Fierce Makeup and Nails' blog so I had to try it. I love it! One coat.
KBShimmer - Scribble Me This over You're So Shellfish | kelliegonzo

Next is Americana inspired Red, White & Blue-tiful. This glitter topper has red, blue and holo small star glitters with micro red, blue and silver glitters swimming in the clear base. This was a little harder to apply than the other glitters as it is quite dense and the stars can get stacked on each other. But it wasn't really all that difficult relatively speaking, I've had chunky glitters that were much worse. This is one coat on top of sky blue JulieG Santorini. I wore this combo on the 4th of July :) This is limited edition and only available through the end of July!
KBShimmer - Red, White & Blue-tiful over JulieG Santorini | kelliegonzo

And last of this half is Mixed Peelings, a crelly off white with matte glitters in neon green, lemony yellow and watermelon pink. Pretty great formula for a crelly, I didn't have any issues. I love the overall look of this, the color mix is very summery. This is three coats.
KBShimmer - Mixed Peelings | kelliegonzo

These are available now at www.kbshimmer.com. The glitters are $8.75 each and the crèmes are $7.50. What do you think of these beauties? Any catch your eye? Be sure to stay tuned for part 2 of this collection to be posted soon.

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July 12, 2014

Sally Hansen Satin Glam - Crystalline & Silk Onyx

I have two polishes from the Sally Hansen Satin Glam line to show you today. These polishes combine sparkle with a soft satin matte finish, a unique and beautiful combination. The bottles are long and tapered, they remind me a bit of genie bottles or something. It always annoys me a bit that SH puts out so many bottle shapes/different product lines with their polish, but that's just a personal issue haha. I got these in a swap I participated in around Easter time in Facebook group and I really love them.

Crystalline is a gorgeously stunning white pearl shade with shimmer bits that gleam purple, blue and pink. It's a touch on the sheer side, but that makes it usable as a topper which is nice. Without top coat, the natural satin finish is really lovely and understated. With top coat it positively beams! I could almost mistake this stunner for a holo polish, it's that blingy in the sun! I don't know if you can really tell the difference in the photos with the top coat, but there's a noticeable difference in real life. This is three coats.
Sally Hansen Satin Glam - Crystalline | kelliegonzo
without top coat
Sally Hansen Satin Glam - Crystalline with top coat | kelliegonzo
with top coat

Silk Onyx is a charcoal black shade with little shimmer flecks that appear mostly silver to me but some purple and blue bits are in there also. Without top coat it's sexy and mysterious and with top coat it's very flashy and makes me think of a galaxy! This is two coats. The label on my bottle is wonky and off-center and it makes my OCD tendencies explode :/
Sally Hansen Satin Glam - Silk Onyx | kelliegonzo
without top coat
Sally Hansen Satin Glam - Silk Onyx with top coat | kelliegonzo
with top coat

I had a little trouble with the brush on these, it is a medium flat shape but the bristles were a little uneven and mop-like. I am not a big fan of most brushes on Sally Hansen polishes so this wasn't a surprise. However it wasn't really a big deal and wouldn't stop me from buying more of these, but I figured I'd mention it. These cost around $6 and are sold in stores like CVS and Walmart. What do you think of this soft satin finish? Have you tried these or something similar? See you next time :)

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