Sunday, 6 January 2013

Revlon Selects

I was recently chosen to test out a few new Revlon Products.  I will be giving a detailed review of the "moon candy" nail polish in the "Orbit" colour, and a brief review of the other products supplied.

The moon candy collection is a duo wand nail polish of a base with a flaky topcoat.

Pro's:  - Pretty colour
           - looks cool

Con's: - began chipping within hours
           - did not go on smooth (plastic pieces of flake were sticking out)
           - even with 2 thick coats of topcoat, the flakes could not be flattened
           - the flakes took 3 coats for them so be visible 

Verdict:  I wouldn't pay money for this.  It was a hassle to apply, and maintain.

The lipstick I received was a little bit greasy, and more sheer than I would have liked.  The file is nice, I like the sparkles.  The nail art duo I have not used yet, but I do like the concept of having a base, and a complementing colour with a thin nail art brush.  The eyeshadow I thought was really cool, again not my colour, being very fair-skinned, but the large variety of colours with detailed directions on the back of the package was a great idea.

Dupe of the Day Review - Midnight Sparkle

Dupe of:  Deborah Lippman's "Lady Sings the Blues"

I'm a big fan of this colour, its a dark blue, almost black, base with silver micro-glitter, and silver hex glitter, which appears light blue on nails.  It was part of Revlon's holiday 2012 collection, and was SUPER cheap, at 2 dollars for two bottles from the holiday collection (came with "Ruby Ribbon"), which was purchased at a Big Lots store in Buffalo.  This colour goes on opaque on the first coat, which is usually a deal-maker for me.  If you want more sparkle, or just a stronger colour, you can add another coat.  And of course a nice topcoat on top will make it extra shiny and smooth.  The only difference between the dupe and the original is that the original also has blue glitter, whereas the dupe just has silver.  However, unless you are holding up the two products side-by-side, it's really hard to tell the difference.

Verdict - Get it.  At a dollar a bottle, compared to the original's 18 dollars per bottle, how can you go wrong?  No immediate chipping, great shine, and it's got glitter, to boot.  A definite yes.

Saturday, 5 January 2013

Burberry Take 2

This is my second attempt at this design.  I wanted to make it with cleaner lines, so I used this opportunity to try out my new set of nail art brushes.

For tutorial, visit the Fashion Edition: Burberry Nails blog entry.

Friday, 4 January 2013

Lazy day mani

Just a quick picture of a few pictures of some recent lazy day mani's I've done.


This is my first attempt using rhinestones.  I recently won a nail art contest with my local nail supply store, and I was able to pick a few nail art supplies.  I thought this would be the perfect opportunity to try out rhinestones.  It'll definitely take some practice to get the application right.

The bad news is that I have no idea what colour this base is.  It's a Pure Ice colour, but the sticker with the code and the name fell off, so for now it's a mystery.

Nothing special, just playing with purples.

Neon Cheetah

As always, for a cheetah print tutorial see my Leopard print blog entry.

1) Apply base - Pure Ice (616 CP) "Wild Thing"
2) Add dots -  Klean Color (20) "Neon Pink"
3) Add black outline - Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage"

Lazy Day Mani

This shimmery orange was part of the Sally Hansen fall collection.  The copper-y orange reminded me of China Glaze's new "Hunger Games" line, and I thought the accent green complemented it nicely.

Base Colour 
Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage"

Top Coat
Orange - Sally Hansen Hard As Nails: "Pumpkin Spice"
Green - Sinful Colors (932) "Call You Later"
This colour, I like, because it's a pretty soft pink with silver glitter.  The only problem is that it's a little bit sheer.  No comment on the accent bow, I was just experimenting and not being very clean with my brush work.

Revlon (051) - "Starry Pink"

Revlon Haul

Clearly, I just bought 11 bottles of Revlon polishes, and I was impatient, so I had to try them all right away

Base Colours
Pure Ice (980 CP) "Black Rage", and Sally Hansen Hard As Nails:  Xtreme Wear (280) "Marine Scene"

Top Coat

Revlon (934) - "Blue Mosaic"
Just trying out a new colour with some French tips.  Ended up reminding me of pencils that have the eraser on the end.

Base Colour
Revlon - "Innocent"

French Tips - Revlon "Silver Dollar"

French cheetah

Just your average cheetah mani, with black French tips.  Thought it was kinda cute

For a cheetah print tutorial, visit my leopard print blog entry.  Add french tips with thin nail art brush in black.