Friday, August 26, 2016

Zoya Fall 2016 Urban Grunge Collection - One Coat Creams Swatches & Review

Happy Friday friends! Today I have the first half of the Urban Grunge collection from Zoya. These six shades are toted as "one coat creams", so we will see if that is true! The last collection of one coat creams didn't impress me so much, so I was anxious to see how these babies measured up. They are all pretty for sure, so great formulas are icing on the cake.

August is a soft leather type of grey crème. On the thicker end of the spectrum, but lovely to apply. One coat! I used two for my swatch, because I (almost) always do.
Zoya August

Wyatt is a true racing green crème. Lovely formula, not as thick as the two lighter shades in the collection, but just as saturated. Another impressive one coater, I used two though.
Zoya Wyatt

Tara is a purple plum crème. Not quite as opaque as the others, but still has great application. Seemed slightly more jellyish. I needed two coats for full opacity on this one, but I'm not complaining.
Zoya Tara

Mallory is a saturated Prussian blue crème. Same formula as the green, super easy to apply with excellent pigmentation. One coat, but I used two.
Zoya Mallory

Noah is a balanced beige, not quite taupe or yellow. The formula is thick but not difficult to paint with. This is a one coat shade, however I used two here.
Zoya Noah

Courtney is a deep beet root red crème, although this borders on a jelly crème hybrid. More transparent than the others, you definitely need at least two coats for coverage, possibly three if you have very white nail tips.
Zoya Courtney

These available now on the Zoya website for $10 each. I will have the second half of the collection up soon, the "metallic holos". Let me know what you think of these! I honestly love them all, and most of the formulas are exceptional.

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Nine Zero Lacquer The Men of Letters Collection + Polish of the Month Swatches & Review

Hey there lacquer enthusiast! Today I have a bunch of new polishes from indie brand Nine Zero Lacquer to show you! Their fall collection is inspired by the tv show Supernatural and is called The Men of Letters collection. I don't watch the show, even though Jensen Ackles is in it and he's a perfect human specimen and is a gift to our world, haha. And I also have the polish of the month shades for August and September stuck in at the end. Let's get to lookin!

The Colt is a dark grey with red shimmer. Super opaque, a one coater but I used two here. Dries dull, in fact all of these do, but a layer of top coat brings out the shine of course. They all also dry really fast!
Nine Zero Lacquer The Colt

Stolen Grace is an ice blue holographic. This is a bit thin but pretty nice to apply. Goes on a little brushstrokey, the formula is almost on the frosty side but not quite. This is three coats, but you might be able to get away with just two.
Nine Zero Lacquer Stolen Grace

Purgatory is a light grey/brown/purple shifting holographic. Same formula as Stolen Grace. I like this color a lot, it's unexpected! Three coats, but again you may only need two.
Nine Zero Lacquer Purgatory

Lucifer's Cage is a medium dusty blue holographic. Has a great formula, still thin but a breeze to apply. Two coats for this guy.
Nine Zero Lacquer Lucifer's Cage

Wayward Son is a medium dusty moss green holographic. This has the same formula as Lucifer's Cage, I used two coats here too.
Nine Zero Lacquer Wayward Son

Moose is a chocolate brown holographic. The holo particles are bigger in this one, and it practically applied itself! Great opacity, two coats. I looooove brown holos, this is stunning.
Nine Zero Lacquer Moose

Croatoan is a dark, rusty red holographic. Same formula as Moose, two coats for this one as well. I am dazzled by these extra sparkly holos, more please Jess!
Nine Zero Lacquer Croatoan

Holy Fire is a golden bronze full coverage flakie polish with added holographic sparkle. Excellent application and reaches full opacity on two coats. Dries down flat, not gritty. Super gorgeous!
Nine Zero Lacquer Holy Fire

Angel Blade is a bright silver metallic holographic with silver flakies. I thought this would be the same formula as Holy Fire, but this has a colored base and Holy Fire doesn't. Still has a great formula, looks like it has brushstrokes when first applied but they disappear upon dry down. Two coats. This is seriously epic and you need it.
Nine Zero Lacquer Angel Blade

The King of Hell is a fiery red metallic with a flash of gold. This applied really well considering how metallic it is. A tad brushstrokey but they aren't as apparent in person as they look in the swatch. Two coats for this gentleman.
Nine Zero Lacquer The King of Hell

Singer Auto Salvage has a murky greeny brown jelly base with gold holographic microglitter. Great formula, opaque on two coats. Dries gritty as most glitters do so use a thick top coat. Seems more yellow/brown in person, this one was tricky to capture. Of course I love this!
Nine Zero Lacquer Singer Auto Salvage

Baby has a black jelly base with silver holographic microglitter. Same formula as Singer Auto Salvage but more opaque, two coats here. Very blingy!
Nine Zero Lacquer Baby

So ends the Men of Letters collection, next are the new "polish of the month" colors!

August 2016 a yellow-green holographic with holographic silver microglitter. Excellent formula, like all of the other polish of the month shades. Two coats
Nine Zero Lacquer August 2016

September 2016 a black holographic with holographic silver microglitter. Same formula as August, applies like butter and is opaque in two coats.
Nine Zero Lacquer September 2016

These polishes will be available for pre-order on Friday, August 26 at 11am EST on the Nine Zero website. The pre-order goes for a week, through Friday, September 2 at 11:59pm EST, with shipping starting September 6th. Prices very from $9 to $11 each, or purchase the full collection for $120 and save $6. August 2016 is available now for $11. September 2016 would normally go on sale in September, but she's releasing it the same day as the Men of Letters collection, also for $11. Be sure to let me know what you think of these shades! Are you a Supernatural fan??

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were provided for an honest review.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Guest Post by Brit Nails: Neon Gradient Nail Art

Good morning to you! I have another fun guest post from one of my blogger friends to share with you today! Allie hails from the UK and runs Brit Nails and she's amazing!

Press Sample

Hi! I'm Allie from Brit Nails and I'm honoured to be guesting on Kellie's blog today. Kellie was one of the first blogs I ever started reading, before I even started my own, and I never imagined one day I'd be guest posting on here, so it's pretty exciting for me! I've got a super bright Summer look for you today, guaranteed to make your nails stand out. I recently received the new 2016 Vice collection from Cirque Colors and I just had to try out some of the colours for this design.

I started with a plain base using OPI My Boyfriend Scales Walls, and set it with quick dry top coat. I then stuck down some heart shaped vinyls from, and sponged on a vertical gradient over the top using Sin City (coral) and Electric Daisy (yellow) from the Cirque Colors Vice collection. It was pretty fiddly to remove the vinyls after, but it's manageable if you're very careful with tweezers! I finished with some glossy top coat and that's really all there is to it. I'm loving the Cirque shades, especially Electric Daisy, which is probably the brightest yellow I've ever come across!

Let me know what you think of my design - would you wear this or is it just too bright? Personally, my nails can never be too bright! ;) thanks so much Kellie for having me today!

- Allie x
The Cirque Colors products mentioned were provided for an honest review.



I absolutely love the nail art that Allie did, super adorable and perfect for the hot summer season! Thanks so much for the beautiful post and photos!

❤ Kellie
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