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Monday, August 31, 2015

Pretty Serious Cosmetics Haddonfield Swatch & Review

I've got another Pretty Serious polish to show you today! It's called Haddonfield, inspired by the serial killer movie Halloween. And of course it's a fantastic shade for the Halloween season. It's part of the Killer Fangirls collection Pretty Serious came out with in Fall 2013. The other polishes in this collection are called Crystal Lake which I posted last year, and Elm Street, which I haven't shown you yet but I will soon! For some people, it's never too early for Christmas, but for me, it's never too early for Halloween! I picked this polish up in an order a few months ago from Pretty Serious and decided I couldn't wait another minute to show it to you.

The polishes in the Killer Fangirl collection come with a signed art card by the brand's graphic artist Leigh Young, while supplies last. This card depicts a buxom young beauty in front of the film's antagonist Michael Myers' house with a lovely jack-o-lantern. So cute!
Image via Pretty Serious Cosmetics

Haddonfield is a mix of orange glitters and black shreds in an orange jelly base. This went on nicely, I had to do a little manipulation on the second coat to layer the glitters evenly but it wasn't difficult by any means. This is two coats with top coat, which I recommend so you get a nice smooth finish.

And for funzies, below are a few of my favorite memes for the Halloween season :D

You can purchase Pretty Serious Cosmetics on their website. Haddonfield retails for $9.95 AUD. They are based in Australia but have a shipping warehouse in the US so North American residents don't have to wait for international shipping. They list their stockists for purchasing for other countries on their website as well. What do you think of this polish? Are you addicted to Halloween like I am??

❤ Kellie

Friday, August 28, 2015

Three Models Own from Tezio

A few months back, I joined in on a Twitter chat with my friends called #NailGlossip and new online retailer Tezio was guest hosting the chat and sponsoring some giveaways. I was given some press samples from them for review after the chat so I wanted to share some with you today.

True Blue is a medium blue crème. It was thin, but nicely opaque in two coats. I actually wore this as a full manicure the day I swatched it!
Models Own True Blue

Utopia is a beautiful pale crème. The color is a little hard to pin down, is it pink? Is it nude? Is it off white? Whatever it is, it's got a fabulous formula, almost opaque in one coat! I used two here. This needs to be in everyone's collection, it's so classy!
Models Own Utopia

Hedonist is one of the Models Own polishes made in collaboration with Hed Kandi, a UK record label. It's a screaming neon reddish orange. This was also almost opaque in one coat, but I needed one more to completely cover my nail line. This is a hawt color!
Models Own Hedonist

These were in Tezio's Love + Lacquer Sampler sneak peek box, a quarterly subscription box of nail polish and bath & body products. They carry a lot of brands that not a lot of US stockists carry like Barry M, Teeez, Fnug, etc. as well as other not super readily available brands like Scotch Naturals, Priti NYC, and Uslu Airlines. You can get $10 off your first box by using the coupon code PEEK10 if you're interested. The box is sold on the newly launched Tezio website, along with lots of other nail polish and bath & body products.

What do you think of these polishes? Have you ever tried Models Own? I used to have a lot of them, but ended up swapping away most of them for some reason. Now realizing how good these are, I need to get more of them stat! I received some other really cool goodies from Tezio that I will be showing you soon, so stay tuned!

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

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Nail Polish I Wore In Real Life Vol. 6

It's that time again, more nail polishes I actually wore in real life! I have been slacking on the manis lately :( Stress and zero time equal no time for an actual manicure. I definitely need to pick it up!

Essie Where's My Chauffeur? came out back in the Winter 2012 collection, but I just barely acquired it from my local Marshalls. I had wanted it back when it first came on the scene but for some reason I didn't get any of that collection. It's a fabulous mid-tone turquoise crème with a great formula, which is always reason to celebrate when it comes to Essie. ;) Two coats.
Essie Where's My Chauffeur

HARE Polish Washed Ashore came out in the Late Summer 2013 Tropics Are Calling collection. I bought this and three other polishes from that collection, one I blogged about here. This is a soft pink crelly with pearly grey, white and icy blue glitter in hex and square shapes along with shimmer. I also spy some of those iridescent glitters that appear yellowy until they lay on top of another color then look kinda reflect-y purple & blue. Le sigh, how gorgeous is that?? Three coats for full opacity.
HARE polish Washed Ashore

Ugh, I cannot believe I haven't worn this until now! WHAT IS WRONG WITH ME?! No really, with all the days that I have gone without wearing anything on my nails, it's really sad to think about all my poor neglected untrieds waiting for me to deign to put them on my tips. I should be ashamed.

Essie polishes can be purchased in most drugstores like CVS, Rite Aid, etc. along with Ulta. Like I mentioned, I found this in Marshalls so I don't know if this shade is readily available or not. HARE polish is sold on their Etsy site, but sadly Washed Ashore is not available for purchase right now. She sometimes brings shades out of retirement though, so keep your eyes peeled! Love ya, talk more soon :)

❤ Kellie

Monday, August 24, 2015

China Glaze Fall 2015 The Great Outdoors Collection Swatches & Review

Hi everyone! The Fall collections have started rolling in and I've got another one for you today. This is The Great Outdoors by China Glaze! There are 12 polishes in this collection inspired by nature and the adventures of camping. I think this collection is a big hit so let's take a look at the lacquers!

Cabin Fever is a coppery orange to gold metallic duochrome. It's pretty brushstrokey, but that is to be expected with these types of polishes. It was nicely opaque in two coats. This is darker indoors, it looks more sheer in full sunlight as I've shown here.
China Glaze Cabin Fever

Change Your Altitude is a muted grey putty crème. This had an amazing formula, a bit on the thin side but pretty opaque. Two coats here. I love how this looks with my skintone, it's perfect for the chilly Fall weather!
China Glaze Change Your Altitude

Check Out The Silver Fox is a gunmetal silver foil. This one is more grey tinged than some of the silvers I've seen lately, but it's still kinda basic. Almost opaque on one coat, I used two here.
China Glaze Check Out The Silver Fox

Free Bear Hugs is an almost black oxblood red jelly crème. This was opaque in two coats, but could look patchy on two depending on your application. A little thick and thin at the same time, which was interesting. I did have staining on my cuticles with this, fyi.
China Glaze Free Bear Hugs

Gone Glamping is a gold to green duochrome with a slight edge of blue. There are also super teeny tiny blue shimmer bits which is very pretty, but almost indiscernible on the nail unless you look very close up. This one was the most sheer duochrome of the three in the collection. I like this but I wish it were more pigmented. This is three coats.
China Glaze Gone Glamping

Let's Dew It is a blue glitter in a clear base with iridescent flakes and purple & blue shimmer bits. I wore this in one coat over Sleeping Under the Stars, which you'll see further down in the post. This had pretty great coverage and the added shimmer and flakes make it look much denser when applied than I expected.
China Glaze Let's Dew It

My Lodge Or Yours? is a dusty pinky mauve crème. Great formula, like Change Your Altitude but a little more opaque. Two coats. When I first saw this I thought it was a dupe to Dress Me Up from the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, but that one is more flesh toned and a bit darker.
China Glaze My Lodge Or Yours?

Pondering is a blue to purple duochrome with an edge of green. This also has some brushstrokes, but like the other metallics, it's kind of a given. I used two coats here. It dries slightly satiny so use a top coat for full shine. This is my favorite of the duochromes.
China Glaze Pondering

Sleeping Under the Stars is a dusty purple toned blue with dark pink to gold slightly shifting shimmer. It was a little thick but easy to apply. This was opaque in one coat, but I did two per usual. It didn't change the look at all, so it's wearable at one. I love the shimmer in this one but it's not super noticeable on the nail in person. I didn't have any staining with this but I have heard it's possible.
China Glaze Sleeping Under the Stars

S'More Fun is a bright lemon lime crème. This was kinda thick but not as much as I was expecting it to be. I thought it was almost perfect at two coats, but I needed one more to even it out completely. This was surprising to me as I expected a not so great formula and it was pretty ok. I kinda love that they threw this odd vibrant shade in with the bunch!
China Glaze S'More Fun

Take A Hike is a hunter green crème that leans slightly in the teal direction. This was opaque in one coat, but I used two here. The second layer didn't add anything to it though so you can definitely just use one and still get a great finish. This had a thicker consistency, but in a good way. I love this!
China Glaze Take A Hike

Wood You Wanna? is a red toned brown with a flat silver foil effect to it. It is not chunky at all, very smooth and any brushstrokes I had melted away when it dried down. This is two coats but it's pretty opaque in one. Dries very fast.
China Glaze Wood You Wanna?

China Glaze polishes can be purchased from retailers like Ulta and Sally Beauty Supply as well as several online sellers. What do you think of this collection? I am very impressed with the formulas on these and the colors are just right for the upcoming season! I actually hate camping, but I wouldn't mind 'glamping' at #CampChinaGlaze!

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

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Zoya Fall 2015 Flair Collection Swatches & Review

Happy Saturday!! I have the second Fall 2015 collection from Zoya today, called Flair; I showed you the Focus collection of crèmes yesterday. This half is the flirty, more sassy side of their Fall shades. We've got six beautiful "liquid metals" to check out, so let's get started!

First is Aggie describes as a gold "holo-flip", which I'm guessing means duochrome, liquid metal with bronze microglitter. It is similar to, but not a dupe for, Chanel's Peridot. This was thinner than the others in the collection and there were slight brushstrokes but nothing terrible. I used two coats here but you may need three if you do thinner coats.
Zoya Aggie

Cinnamon is a brown bronze-y liquid metal that was originally designed for Zang Toi NYFW F/W15. It was a little thicker and flowed on the nail like a dream. The brushstrokes in this one were a bit more apparent. Two coats.
Zoya Cinnamon

This is Ember, a fiery orangey red liquid metal. I'm not usually a fan of colors like this in a metallic finish, and Zoya has plenty of them, but I enjoyed this one a bit more for some reason. I had some staining on my skin after removal though, so be mindful of that. This is two coats.
Zoya Ember

Estelle is a stunning "blue on blue" liquid metal. This has a real vibrancy to it, very striking. Great formula, two coats for opacity.
Zoya Estelle

Here we have Giada, a lovely purple liquid metal with the slightest touch of pearlescence in fuchsia. The metallic finish in this one seemed finer ground than the others, like the particles were smaller. Easy to apply, neither thick nor thin. Two coats.
Zoya Giada

Tris is last, with a name I'm loving because I'm a fan of the Divergent book series and that is the main character. This is described as a blackened, brushed nickel liquid metal. I think this is such a great Fall color, very edgy but still wearable. Brushstrokey, opaque in two coats.
Zoya Tris

You can purchase these now on the Zoya website for $9 each, $54 for the full size set, or $30 for a mini set. All in all, I think the Fall selection from Zoya this year is really great. I don't dislike any of the colors and I really enjoyed most of them. Which of their two Fall collections is your favorite? Are you more into crèmes or metallics?

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

Thursday, August 20, 2015

Zoya Fall 2015 Focus Collection Swatches & Review

Hey cookies! Today I have the first of Zoya's two Fall collections to share with you! This bunch of six shades is called Focus and they are all rich crèmes. They are said to all have a "unique, micro-grind pigment that allows for extra-smooth, streak-free application". Let's see how they measure up to that claim! Hint: It's good news :)

First is Charli, she is a dusty taupe with a touch of green. This makes me think of camouflage, a great neutral color and kinda "ugly-pretty". Fabulous formula, thicker in a good way and opaque in one coat. I almost always do two though out of habit.
Zoya Charli

Desiree is a gorgeous classic sable brown crème. This one also had a very good formula, opaque in 2 smooth easy coats. It dries a bit darker than it looks in the bottle. I actually love brown nail polish and I need to wear it more!
Zoya Desiree

Next we have Hannah, a classic bright red with a neutral undertone. Another great formula, opaque in two coats. This makes me think of cherry pie and America!
Zoya Hannah

Janel is another red, but she is darker with a warmer tone. Same experience, great application and opaque in two coats. This is a lovely red for Fall, not too deep and not too bright.
Zoya Janel

Here is Lidia, my new favorite dark purple! Pretty and vampy but you can still tell it's purple and not black. It was thinner than the other crèmes in the collection, streaky on the first coat but evens out on two really nicely. I love the reddish tone of this, it is so flattering!
Zoya Lidia

Sia is last and might just be the superstar of the collection, everyone loves a great true blue right? Well I sure do. This is thicker and nearly opaque in one coat; I used two. I didn't have any staining with this, but Zoya recommends using a good base coat to prevent it so I would heed their words.
Zoya Sia

These are available for purchase on the Zoya website now for $9 each and the set for $54. I noticed they also have a mini set available for both collections, selling for $30, which is cool and something new! I really enjoy the Zoya mini bottles, as I've mentioned before. Are you in the market for any of these rich colors for the Fall?

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

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Orly Summer 2015 Adrenaline Rush Collection [Partial] Swatches & Review

Hi everyone! Today I have four minis from the Orly Adrenaline Rush collection to show you. This is their 2015 Summer collection, it has six shades in it but I opted for the mini set of four. I found this guy at my local discount store for a good price so I had to pick it up.

Fireball is a super vivid red with a touch of hidden shimmer. This had a good formula, on the thin side but I didn't have any issues with it. I had full opacity on two coats. It dried satiny matte so use a top coat for maximum shine. I don't think I have a dupe for this, it's so cool!
Orly Fireball

On The Edge is a blurple, more blue than purple but it's still there. This had a great formula, two coats. I never used to like blurple colors, but I have come around so I definitely appreciate this one. It also dries semi-matte.
Orly On the Edge

Push The Limit seems to be the popular favorite from this collection from what I've heard, and for good reason. It's a beautiful bright orangey coral crème with neon properties but not totally neon. It went on a little streaky for me, not terrible but not awesome. It also dries more matte.
Orly Push The Limit

Risky Behavior is the last in the mini bunch, a really bright gorgeous fuchsia pink, another almost neon crème. This one went on very easy and covered in two coats, almost opaque in one though. Also dries kinda satiny. This one is super flattering, I love it!
Orly Risky Behavior

The other two shades in the full collection are a highlighter yellow crème and a vivid purple crème, which I'm sure are lovely but I don't think I necessarily need them. I wasn't sure at first, but I think my favorite of these four is Fireball! That unexpected shimmer just really wowed me! Also, I enjoyed these mini bottles. Some mini sizes just don't work well for application, but these were nice and easy to use. They are .18 fl oz with nicely sized handles and brushes.

You can purchase Orly polishes from stores like Sally Beauty Supply and Ulta for around $8 for a 0.6 fl oz bottle. I got this set for around $5 at Marshalls. Did you pick up any colors from this collection?

❤ Kellie

Monday, August 17, 2015

More Glam Polish Swatches & Review

Happy #ManiMonday everyone! I have three new to me lacquers from Glam Polish that I wanted to show you today. Two were purchased from my friend Jen (The PolishAholic) during her recent grab bag sale and one I picked up randomly from the Glam Polish website.

Hey Mama is the first one from Jen. This came out in the Hairspray collection that debuted this January. It is a gorgeous girly pink holographic with glass flecks throughout. This was two easy coats. Very smooth and quite opaque, I love it!
Glam Polish Hey Mama

Next is Mystify from the White Witch collection that came out in early Spring this year. I picked this one up at the same time as Glam Batch #5 that I showed you a few posts ago. It is a unique pale lemon lime scattered holographic crelly with chunky holographic glitter. This one was on the thin side even with all that glitter and I thought I might have to do three coats but it covered fine in just two.
Glam Polish Mystify

And last is Welcome To The 60's, also from Jen and also from the Hairspray collection. I was so lucky to get this in my grab bag because it's been on my wishlist for a while! This is a cool gold holographic microglitter with warm red and matte white hex glitters. It was lovely to apply, not too chunky for the amount of glitter which was nice. This gave me full coverage in only two coats.
Glam Polish Welcome To The 60's

You can still purchase all of these as of right now on the Glam Polish website for $11 each. I am in love with these shades and am quite glad to have them. Can Glam Polish do no wrong?? I am beginning to think so :) Tell me what you're wearing on your nails today!

❤ Kellie

Thursday, August 13, 2015

GlitterDaze Radioactive Rainbow Collection Swatches & Review

Hi everyone! Today I have the new GlitterDaze collection to show you, called Radioactive Rainbow. It's a 10 shade collection of holographic lacquers. These are great for the tail end of Summer, nice and luminous but on the softer side. I didn't use top coat with these swatches, they dried quickly on their own.

First is Apo Calypso, a sky blue holographic. It was kinda sheer on the first layer, but it looked opaque on two coats. Although seeing my photo now, I wish I would have done one more.
GlitterDaze Apo Calypso

Atomic Candy is a blue toned soft purple holographic. This was also more sheer at first, but was fully opaque with two coats.
GlitterDaze Atomic Candy

This is Chemical Limeade, a lemon lime holographic. This one was slightly thicker, but easy to use. Two coats here. I think a lot of these don't appear super holo in photos but they are more so in real life.
GlitterDaze Chemical Limeade

Electromagnetic Bubble Gum is an adorable light candy pink holographic. It seemed more opaque on the first coat than some of the others; this is two coats.
GlitterDaze Electromagnetic Bubble Gum

Next we have Nuclear Geradium, a magenta pink holographic. This one was also more opaque. I used two coats.
GlitterDaze Nuclear Geradium

Radioactive Decay is a spring green holographic. This one appeared sheer at first, but only required two coats for full opacity.
GlitterDaze Radioactive Decay

Here is Red Hot Rays, a pinky red holographic. This was one of the higher coverage ones and had a little bit of a thicker formula. Two coats.
GlitterDaze Red Hot Rays

Retro Spectrum is a vibrant silver holographic. This is probably the most in-your-face holo in the collection. Easy application, two coats.
GlitterDaze Retro Spectrum

This guy is called Solar Contamination. It is a banana yellow holographic with a slightly thick formula. Two coats was all I needed.
GlitterDaze Solar Contamination

Last is Sun Kissed Wasteland, a peachy orange holographic. It had a higher coverage formula and was opaque in two coats.
GlitterDaze Sun Kissed Wasteland

These are all available now at the GlitterDaze website for $12 each. The GlitterDaze polishes always come in really cute boxes too, if you're into packaging like I am :) Let me know what you think of these dainty holos! Are you ready for Summer to be over or are you sad it's almost Fall? I'm more of a Fall girl, but I definitely enjoy my Summer shades!

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