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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

OPI Brights 2015 Collection Swatches & Review

Happy Tuesday everyone! Today I wanted to show you the OPI Brights collection they put out for the end of spring going into the summer season. This is a collection of nine shades, three of which are repromotes from last year's neon collection.

Can't Hear Myself Pink is a soft strawberry pink foil with metallic shimmer bits. This is semi-sheer, it needs three coats for opacity. The coats can gum up on each other so let it dry a few minutes longer than normal between coats to prevent that.
OPI Can't Hear Myself Pink

Down to the Core-al is one of the repromoted shades from last year. It's a stunning bright firey coral with red shimmer but it is a little difficult to apply. I had patchiness and needed a third coat to even it out fully.
OPI Down To The Core-al

Hotter Than You Pink is a cool toned pink with lots of flat shimmer and a blue-ish flash to it. It was a little streaky so it needed three coats. It dries satiny so a top coat is necessary for shine.
OPI Hotter Than You Pink

I Sea You Wear OPI has the same formula as Can't Hear Myself Pink, it's on the sheer side and opaque in three coats. It's alright, but not my favorite shade.
OPI I Sea You Wear OPI

I STOP for Red is a red pepper colored jelly crème. It has some orangey-ness to it but it's subtle. This had a pretty good formula, not hard to control and opaque in two coats.
OPI I STOP for Red

Life Gave Me Lemons is the last shade that was repromoted from last year. It's a lemon lime pale neon crème. It is on the chalky side which isn't surprising for this type of color. Three coats. You could get away with two over a white base, but that's still three coats of color so it seems unnecessary because it doesn't really brighten or intensify this shade. I like this color a lot.
OPI Life Gave Me Lemons

My Car Has Navy-gation is a navy jelly crème. It was kinda thick and I had to mix up my bottle before the first use, it seemed very separated on my brush but I couldn't tell in the bottle. I used two coats and had some bubbling, most likely due to having to mix it right before application. I'd advise to do your mixing a good amount of time before you apply it.
OPI My Car Has Navy-gation

On Pinks & Needles is a matte medium pink hexagonal glitter topper in varying sizes in a clear base. I put one coat over Life Gave Me Lemons. (The pink threw off the color with the neon base so it looks like a lighter yellow.) I really liked this glitter, it's unique to my collection and it has great glitter payoff without being too base heavy. You can really get creative pairing this with different base colors; I have seen it layered over Navy-gation with beautiful results.
OPI On Pinks & Needles

Last is The Berry Thought of You, a nice berry purpley magenta jelly crème. This has a very shiny and juicy finish without top coat. It has a very nice application and is opaque in two coats.
OPI The Berry Thought of You

You can purchase these for $9.50 each. They are available at Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, and professional salons. There is also a mini set available with six of the shades: Hotter Than You Pink, Can't Hear Myself Pink!, Down To The Core-al, Life Gave Me Lemons, I Sea You Wear OPI, and My Car Has Navy-gation for about $22 depending on where you purchase from.

Let me know what you think of this year's Brights selection! I have to admit, my favorites are the repromoted ones from last year but the best formula goes to the berry shade. The pink glitter is a nice change of pace too so that is a win. Tell me your favorite out of this collection! Talk to you again soon :)

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

Monday, June 29, 2015

Nail Polish I Wore In Real Life Vol. 3

Hi everyone! Thanks for joining me today for another installment of my series on nail polishes I wore in real life, meaning ones I wore as a full manicure but haven't otherwise shown in posts like collection reviews recently. You can see the other posts in this series here.

I first purchased Zoya Adina way back when it came out in the Spring 2010 Reverie collection. I don't know what possessed me to do so, but I had ended up destashing it at one point. I recently picked it back up during one of the Zoya flash sales, they do different promotions often so check their Facebook & Instagram to get in the know. This has a cool lavender base with a strong green flash. This was huge when it first came out. I'm glad I have it back now, it's pretty fabulous and looks so cool in real life. This is three thin coats. It has a tendency to pool if you load up your brush too much so be careful.
Zoya Adina

Next is a pinky brown nude crème, OPI Krème de la Kremlin from the Russian collection which came out in Fall 2007. I was feeling super professional wearing this color, it is very buttoned up and ladylike. I feel like this color could work on anyone. Two perfect easy coats. I can't remember where or when I got this but I've had it for a long time!
OPI Krème de la Kremlin

And last is Essence Colour & Go Grey-t To Be Here, which was a lovely gift from one of my friends that lives up north in Canada, Dani. She is such a sweetheart, thanks again girl! I've had this polish on my wishlist for a looong time and I'm so glad I have it now. It's a cloudy day grey with a ton of soft pink and orange flake shimmer bits in it. This needed three coats to be opaque.
Essence Grey-t To Be Here

What have you been wearing on your nails lately? Have a great week everyone!

❤ Kellie
One of the products mentioned was received as a gift; other items were purchased by me.

Saturday, June 27, 2015

Glam Polish Think Pink Trio Swatches & Review

Hey there! I'm excited to show you three brand new polishes from Glam Polish today! They are an indie company based in Australia, and you know how I love my Australian polishes! This company is fantastic, I literally want every polish shade they create. I don't know how they do it! I'll be showing you the upcoming Think Pink trio today, due out in the beginning of July.

First is Heart Breaker, a berry pink ultra holographic polish with bronze glass flecks. This has an amazing formula, it spreads out super easy. I love polishes where getting a clean line around my cuticle is effortless, it makes clean up completely unnecessary! This is opaque in one coat, but I used two. That deepened the color a teeny bit.
Glam Polish Heart Breaker

Crystal Couture is next, it's a mix of bright pink, orchid, silver & lavender holographic glitter in a holographic base with purple glass flecks and strong pink shimmer. This dazzled me in the bottle immediately, but when I put it on I was blown away! It's a bit dense with glitter but it's not difficult to apply. This is two coats.
Glam Polish Crystal Couture

And last is It's A Secret, a light orchid pink holographic with purple and blue glass flecks and pink/purple flakes. The formula is thinner than Heart Breaker but not watery. I was expecting this to be sheer, but it covers in two coats. This is unique to my collection, I love the addition of the flakes!
Glam Polish It's A Secret

These are set to release for sale on July 3rd at 8 pm EDT (USA) from with shipping to Australia, USA and France - shipping rates to USA are $3.50 USD for the first polish and an extra $1.00 for each additional polish. If you are in another country, there are some international stockists that sell Glam Polish listed here.

Let me know what you think of these beauties! I am in love with all three of them but Crystal Couture has stolen my heart!

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

Friday, June 26, 2015

Nicole by OPI Coca-Cola Collection Swatches & Review

Hey folks! I have a Nicole by OPI collection to share with you today! This is a collaboration with Coca-Cola that came out this Spring. There are six shades that each correspond with a different flavor of their soda. Let's take a look!

First is Always A Classic Coca-Cola, a glowy warm red metallic. The formula is good, but to avoid brushstrokes be careful not to press down with your brush too hard, do more of a floating motion over the nail and you'll get liquid metal!
Nicole by OPI Always A Classic Coca-Cola

DC Lover is the Diet Coke themed shade, it's a silver foil with small red hex glitters. This one is more sheer, so you can layer it or build it up on its own like I've done here in three coats.
Nicole by OPI DC Lover

This is In Grape Demand, for their Fanta Grape soda. It's a red toned purple crème that covers in two coats. It's on the thin side so be careful not to load up your brush with too much polish or you might get pooling on the sides of your nail.
Nicole by OPI In Grape Demand

Seriously Citrus is inspired by Sprite. It is a glitter topper with green, white, blue, pale green and pale blue hex glitters in various sizes in a clear base. I layered one coat over turquoise crème China Glaze Rain Dance the Night Away, which turned out really nice.
Nicole by OPI Seriously Citrus

The polish made for Fanta Orange is The Look Is Orange. It's a bright crayola orange crème with an ok formula. It was a bit patchy for me on two coats so I used three.
Nicole by OPI The Look Is Orange

Last is Zero Is My Hero, made to relate to Coke Zero. This is a deep warm cola brown with red microshimmer. This had a fabulous formula, almost a one-coater but I used two.
Nicole by OPI Zero Is My Hero

Nicole by OPI can be purchased from retailers like Target, CVS, Walgreens, Ulta, etc. What do you think of this collection? I'm a Pepsi drinker, Diet if anyone is keeping track, but I can still appreciate these shades for sure haha. They were mostly all lovely, save the orange if I'm honest. I think I have a new favorite red metallic!

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

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

My Picks from the Delush Polish Life's A Beach Collection Swatches & Review

Hi friends! Today I'm checking in with some new polishes I purchased from indie brand Delush Polish. I've wanted to try their goodies for a while now, but for some reason never found the time to pick them up. Well I am a fan now, there's no turning back! These are my three picks from their summer Life's A Beach collection that is out now.

First is Babe Watch, a crazy bright neon pink crelly with blue metallic glitters in different hex sizes and large circles. I love pinks, but I ended up falling for this hard, way more than I expected. Great formula, no fishing for glitter. Two coats, dries matte so use a top coat for shine. (Neons are hard to photograph accurately, this is a little lighter in person.)
Delush Polish Babe Watch

Next is Dazed & Enthused, a neon purple crelly with light blue metallic hex glitters in various sizes. It is a little bit more on the jelly side than the pink one, you may need three coats depending on your application but two worked for me. Also dries slightly matte.
Delush Polish Dazed & Enthused

And last is the blue neon, Turn Over A New Reef. This is a crelly as well with neon green glitters in multisized hexes and medium squares. I really like this color combo and the square glitter just pushes it over the limit for me. Two coats, dries satiny matte like the others.
Delush Polish Turn Over A New Reef

I bought these from the Delush Polish website for $8.95 each. The rest of the collection includes four more crellys with glitter, an orange, a white, a yellow and a green. I might have to get a few more, these were such winners for me. And we all know my addiction to neon is strong! Let me know what you think of these and if you've ever tried Delush Polish before.

❤ Kellie

Saturday, June 20, 2015

Summer Fest 2015 Collaboration Trio - Cirque Colors, Serum No. 5 and Lacquer Lust

There is a really cool collaboration box being released today with polishes from Serum No. 5, Cirque Colors and Lacquer Lust for summer inspired by lights, dancing and rave culture. This is a limited edition gift box set and it's perfect for summer. My birthday is today and it feels like a sweet little present to share with you all!
First is Kandi Flip from Cirque Colors, a neon pink coral flamingo holographic. I love this brand as you know, and I am stoked to have this color. I am a pink coral kinda girl and this just rocks! It's so bright and warm and perfect for summer. This is two easy coats.
Cirque Colors Kandi Flip

Next is Untz Untz Untzing Unicorn from Lacquer Lust. This is my first Lacquer Lust polish so I was excited to try it. It's a sparkling silver holographic micro-glitter with neon matte hex glitters in pink, yellow, and orange. I used one coat over Kandi Flip. I love this combination, but I have seen a few other gals use by itself and it can be built up to be opaque in three coats.
Lacquer Lust Untz Untz Untzing Unicorn

The last polish in the trio is PLUR from Serum No. 5, another new brand to me! I have heard great things about them from my blogging friends so I knew this would be good. It's a glow in the dark base with a slight beige color with multicolored matte glitters and flecks. This is described as a topper, but I used it by itself because I guess I can't read, but it worked out ok. This is two coats. I would recommend wearing it over a white though.
Serum No. 5 PLUR

I haven't mastered glow in the dark photos yet, but here's the best I could do. I think it looks pretty dope!
Serum No. 5 PLUR

This set will be available on June 20, 2015 at, and for $32. What do you think of this trio? I really enjoyed them, especially the fun holo! P.S. the box comes packaged with some yummy candy, I opened it before thinking to take a picture, but my friends Emily & Deborah have pics of it on their reviews :)

Cheers to my 29th year on Earth!

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

Friday, June 19, 2015

Zoya Summer 2015 Paradise Sun Collection Swatches & Review

Hey everyone, I'm back again with the second collection from Zoya for summer, called Paradise Sun. There are six shimmery shades that line up pretty well with their crème counterparts from the Island Fun collection, only instead of a green they gave us a white. On to the swatches!

First is Aphrodite, a bright summery red jelly with metallic shimmer and glass flecks. This is more sheer than the others in this collection because of the jelly base, but I was able to get it opaque in two coats. Easy application. I love glass flecks so this is a winner for me!
Zoya Aphrodite

Genesis is the white I mentioned earlier. It has metallic pearl shimmer throughout the crelly base; it's supposed to look like fine cut diamond dust. It is very pretty but unfortunately the formula was not good. It's streaky, hard to even out on the nail and it doesn't self level very well. I used three coats.
Zoya Genesis

I love the name of this polish, Isa, because it's my oldest sister's nickname and she loves purple! (I'm pronouncing it EE-sa) It's on the blurple side of purple, with a bit of a frost and metallic shimmer that flashes blue. This is two coats, great formula.
Zoya Isa

Mae is a warm, bright magenta with metallic silver shimmer flecks. This is definitely cute, very Barbie-like. This is on the thinner side, but was opaque in two coats.
Zoya Mae

Next is Oceane, a slightly frosty sea blue turquoise with metallic shimmer. This is heavy on the metallic, so it can kind of seize on to itself and look chunky if you don't allow it time to try in between coats. I used two here. I recommend a good base coat, maybe two coats of it, to prevent staining.
Zoya Oceane

And last is Selene, a greeny teal metallic with silver and blue shimmer. This is very close to Zoya Giovanna from their Fall 2013 collection, but with more of a shimmer frost finish than straight metallic. It has the same finish and formula as Oceane, so be sure to wait a while between coats and use a good base coat.
Zoya Selene

These are available for purchase at Zoya's website for $9 each. In general I think I prefer crèmes to metallics, but I do like a lot of these colors. The only dud for me was Genesis. It's kind of odd to see jewel tones for this season, but hey, I'm all for stepping outside of the color box! What do you think of these shades?

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

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge Bloggers Collection 3.0 Swatches & Review

Today I'd like to show you the latest collection from Rescue Beauty Lounge, their third Bloggers collection! This time we have five shades created with the "newbie" bloggers that swatch & review for RBL. You may recall when I showed you the shade that I got to collaborate on a few years ago for the second bloggers collection, and the first collection with the original three bloggers from a few more years ago. These types of collections are always my favorites because they are colors from the brains of people who have experienced so many different types of polishes from lots of different brands and who know what they want down pat. Let's take a look!

MakeupWithdrawal is Mimi's color from the blog MakeupWithdrawal. She is gorgeous, has beautiful swatches and is an amazing photographer. Her pictures are seriously magazine worthy. This polish is a regal, decadent deep purple jelly with beautiful shimmer. I needed only two coats, but depending on your application you might need three due to the jelly finish.
Rescue Beauty Lounge MakeupWithdrawal

Manicurator comes from Victoria over at the Manicurator blog. She's definitely a kindred spirit that I've come to know and adore through blogging and I am glad to call her a friend. Her nails and photos are flawless! This color totally makes me think of her, it's a blue-green crelly with soft blue flakies. This makes me think of an island vacation! It was a bit streaky on the first coat; I used two coats here but this is another one where you might need three.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Manicurator

Yukie, from the blog Yukie Loves and the YouTube channel WarmVanillaSugar0823, created Morning Light for her color. She is so adorable, I love her videos and seeing her posts on Instagram. She knows a lot about makeup and nails, and is so fun to watch! This polish was inspired by a painting her late father did, so it's in his honor. It's a light pale powder blue with angelic gold shimmer. This was almost a one coater, way more opaque than I expected. Two coats.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Morning Light was created by Valesha, from Peachy Polish of course. This chick is totally my long lost sister, we get along so well! I wish we lived close to each other so we could hang out :) Her skills are undeniable, she's one of the best bloggers on the planet. This color is so elegant and mysterious, it's a burgundy berry metallic microshimmer. It's got that finish where the brushstrokes just melt away and you're left with a gorgeous satiny surface. Super easy to paint with, opaque in 1 coat but I used two out of habit.
Rescue Beauty Lounge

And last we have Lakeisha's color, Refined and Polished, from the blog of the same name. This gal is so friendly and wonderful, I am really glad to know her! She's about ready to have a baby too, yay! Her beautiful, long nail beds are swoon-worthy. This is a peachy coral crelly with gorgeous indigo blue glitter. It's very unique. This has a great application, you get a good amount of glitter out on each coat without even trying. Two coats, dries a bit satiny so use a top coat for maximum shine.
Rescue Beauty Lounge Refined and Polished

Make sure to check out the swatches from the other ladies, and read more about the inspirations from the collaborators on their blogs, as well as swatches from all the bloggers: Polish Police, Fashion Polish, Refined and Polished, Peachy Polish, Manicurator, Yukie Loves, and MakeupWithdrawal.

This collection will be available for pre-order starting 6/22 for 48 hours on Be sure to sign up for their newsletter to get the link to the pre-order. The polishes retail for $20 each. Let me know what you think of these colors! I think this is one of my favorite collections RBL has ever done, there is not a dud in the bunch!

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

Monday, June 15, 2015

Zoya Summer 2015 Island Fun Collection Swatches & Review

Zoya always comes out with great seasonal paired collections and this summer is no exception. The first of the two collections is called Island Fun, an array of six densely pigmented crème colors. This is my favorite group of the two so let's take a look at the swatches!

First is Cecilia, a seriously gorgeous classic teal crème. Great, easy formula. This is two coats. I was afraid there would be staining on this, I didn't notice any during swatching but you still might use two coats of base just in case.
Zoya Cecilia

Demetria is a vibrant poppy red. The formula on this was on the side of being a crelly but it was still opaque in two coats. I'm warming up a lot to reds these days, I can see myself wearing this soon!
Zoya Demetria

Next we have Jace, a muted tropical olivey green crème. I love this color! It's very different from most greens that I have. This one also seemed a bit more sheer and crelly-like on the first coat but it was opaque in two.
Zoya Jace

Nana seems like a weird name for this bright magenta, but it doesn't diminish the pretty. Also has a great formula, opaque in two smooth coats.
Zoya Nana

This is Serenity, a bright yet muted cool toned purple crème. Not super unique, close to a few other purples that have come out recently. This was great in two, easy creamy coats.
Zoya Serenity

Talia is the last in this collection, it's a bright, pigmented medium turquoise blue crème. The formula on this one was a bit thicker than the others and it does stain a little. I would recommend at least two layers of base coat to avoid smurfy fingers. This is two coats.
Zoya Talia

These are available on Zoya's website for $9 each. What do you think of this collection? Kinda different than the colors everyone else is doing for the season this year. I like them a lot, they are great shades to have in any polish lover's stash. Stay tuned for the other Zoya summer collection coming up soon!

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

Thursday, June 11, 2015

My Picks from the Essie Summer 2015 Peach Side Babe Collection Swatches & Review

What's up yo? Today I have my two polish picks from the Essie Peach Side Babe collection for Summer 2015. There were six polishes available: a peach I didn't get because I have a zillion similar shades, a shimmery white I didn't care for swatches I'd seen of, a red that I didn't need, a pale greenish yellow which I've heard has formula issues (but I think I'm gonna go back and get), and two blues. I bought the blues because I had heard the formulas on them were on point, and believe me, they are!

This is Pret-a-surfer, which means "ready to surf" in French. Oh. My. Wow. I love blues and this is such a creamy, dreamy kind of different shade of deep periwinkle than I already have in my collection that I had to have it. It's slightly dusty and just a hair purple tinted, it's definitely a French blue. This is close to Suite Retreat from the Spring collection, which I didn't get because it wasn't quite exactly the shade of blue I wanted it to be, and this totally is! It's a one coat wonder, excellent, perfect, amazing formula. You need it!
Essie Pret-a-Surfer

And this is Salt Water Happy, which is the cutest name. It's a pale beachy blue crème. I was also blown away by the formula on this guy, two easy dreamy coats. Pastels are usually always three coaters for me so I was really really pleased with the opacity and self-leveling abilities of this. I was so excited by this when I swatched it that I ran around shoving my fingers in my family's faces saying "Look how good this is!! It's amazing!", but of course no one understood. But you do, right?
Essie Salt Water Happy

This collection should be out now in stores. I usually pick up Essie's at my local CVS, which is where I got these. What do you think of these two blue babes? The other one from this collection I'm probably going to pick up is Chillato. I can deal with the formula issues because it's one of those colors I keep thinking about and regretting not buying haha. You'll probably see it on my blog soon ;)

Thanks for coming by today and don't forget to enter my giveaway, it ends on the 14th!

❤ Kellie
The products mentioned were purchased by me.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

Different Dimension 80s Baby All Grown Up Collection Swatches & Review

Hi there! Today I've got the 80s Baby - All Grown Up collection from Different Dimension to show you! I've purchased from Different Dimension one other time and I really like their brand, just haven't taken the plunge on a whole collection before. I saw Nicole from Young Wild & Polished post these on her Instagram and decided I had to have them! I ordered 3 of the 6 and to my surprise and delight, the brand included the other 3 in my package for review! Let's take a look at these indie pretties!

These all have very similar formulas, they are all neons with scattered holographic shimmer. They are on the thicker side with great opacity. Some pull a little more on the nail, some flow like butter. They dry semi-satiny because they are very neon, so you'll want a top coat for shine. As with all neons, they are hard to capture 100% color-correct on camera, but I tried my best to get them as accurate as I could.

Ditz 2.0 is a neon pink with scattered holographic shimmer. This is two coats.
Different Dimension Ditz 2.0

Gnarly 2.0 is a neon lime green with scattered holographic shimmer and little bits of blue. This is two coats.
Different Dimension Gnarly 2.0

Homeboy 2.0 is a bright candy blue with scattered holographic shimmer. This one was not as thick as the others and was the easiest to apply. Two coats.
Different Dimension Homeboy 2.0

Totally 2.0 is a neon lemon lime yellow with scattered holographic shimmer. This one was the most difficult to apply but still not hard, just a little chalky on the first coat. I used two coats for full opacity.
Different Dimension Totally 2.0

Tubular 2.0 is a neon orange with scattered holographic shimmer and bits of gold. This is two coats.
Different Dimension Tubular 2.0

Whatever 2.0 is a bright vibrant purple with scattered holographic shimmer and tiny bits of blue. Two coats here. I loved this so much I wore it for an entire week!
Different Dimension Whatever 2.0

You can purchase these on the Different Dimension website for $11 each. I think some of the colors are sold out, but there may be restocks in the future. You can keep up with them on their Facebook page for info on sales and products. What do you think of these neon shades? I am a bright polish fiend in the summer so these are so perfect for me. I love the addition of the holographic shimmer, it really sets them apart!

❤ Kellie
Some of the products mentioned were provided as a press sample for my honest review and some were purchased by me
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