March 2013 | Alexis Adrienne

29.3.13

Swatch & Review: Lush Lacquer Salt n Peppa

Hi ladies!

I hope you have all had a lovely week and are getting into the festivities of Easter weekend :) Today I've got a swatch of another lovely polish from Lush Lacquer, Salt n Peppa. Salt n Peppa is a wonderful mix of heaps of different black and white glitters, with some pretty iridescent glitters in the mix. I found it super easy to work with, and applied using the dabbing method. Shown is 1 coat over Maybelline Coral Crush, which to my surprise was also a delight to work with. It was nearly opaque in one coat and is just perfect!


To top this combo off, I used a generous coat of Gelous followed by Good to Go to achieve a glassy smooth finish. I love this combination together, and my friend pointed out to me that it sort of looks like a ladybug's wings.

What do you lovely people think? Let me know in the comments below!

Lexie xx

22.3.13

Swatch & Review: Lush Lacquer Haywire

Hey everyone!

Sorry for my tiny absence - I got swamped with a whole lot of uni work and my blog took the backburner for a little bit. Today I have something new from Lush Lacquer to show you! This is Haywire, a polish with a jelly white base FULL of different kinds of neon glitter. I love this so much!


The white base was perfectly opaque in 2 coats, however I added a third for more glitter. I did have to fish a little bit for the larger hexes, but otherwise the glitter coverage was pretty good. I topped it with a coat of Gelous + a generous coat of Good to Go and it was glassy smooth. The glitters are MUCH brighter in real life, I found it hard to capture them accurately!

I think this is a super fun polish and really love all the different glitter sizes. That's what makes it stand out to me in the face of the whole neon glitter trend.

What do you think?

- Lexie :)

3.3.13

Swatch & Review: Candeo Colors Zef

Hi people! I hope you've been having a good week. I'm starting back at uni tomorrow, pretty nervous but excited at the same time.

Today, I'll be showing you an amazing glitter topper from Candeo Colors. On the Candeo website, Zef is described as having "...small black, blue and pink matte hexes, medium pink matte squares and black hexes.  Also included are large matte blue hexes." All of these glitters together look amazing together, I hope you think so too :) Shown is 2 coats of Zef over 2 coats of Illamasqua Wink. I did have to dab a little to ensure that I got some of the larger glitters on the nail, but otherwise application was super easy. I found that the glitter lay smooth and flat to my nail, however even with Gelous there were still a couple of glitters that had a wee edge or corner sticking out.



And I'm sure that I'm not the only person who does this, but whenever I hear 'Zef' I automatically think of these guys:

Die Antwoord, photo courtesy of Google
Anyways! I hope you like Zef as much as I do :)

- Lexie

1.3.13

Color Club Halo Hues 2013 Comparisons

Hi guys!

Today I'm comparing some of the holo polishes in my collection to the newly released Color Club 2013 Halo Hues. I was also just super excited to use my swatch sticks BUT I'm sure most of you will find this post helpful! And just to warn you - this post is a little photo-heavy!

First up, I have Color Club Beyond vs. Layla Flash Black. Beyond applied in 2 easy coats, while Flash Black applied in 3. It's easy to see that Beyond is closer to a truer holographic black, while Flash Black is more charcoal. However, Flash Black has a much stronger holo effect than Beyond. In the following photos, Beyond is on the left while Flash Black is on the right. The first photo is in indirect sun, and the following are in direct sun.



Up next is Over the Moon. Here, I've compared it with NailNation 3000 Wow A Doodle #853 and UP Colors Verde 360. Right off the bat, Verde 360 has a fairly weak holo flame compared to the other 2. It is also lighter and closer to teal. I found that Wow A Doodle #853 and Over the Moon were VERY similar, the only differences being that Wow A Doodle was smidgen darker, the holo effect was a smidgen weaker, and it has small pink flakies throughout. Over the Moon is on the left, Wow A Doodle #853 in the middle and Verde 360 on the right. The first photo is in indirect sun, and the following are in direct sun.

I decided to compare Color Club Eternal Beauty (the purple holo) and Miss Bliss (the pink holo) to the closest shade I had in my collection: UP Colors Laser Lilas. Laser Lilas is much lighter than either of the 2 holos, and has a significantly weaker holo flame. Shown is Eternal Beauty on the left, Laser Lilas in the middle, and Miss Bliss on the right. The first photo is in indirect sun, and the following are in direct sun.

And I didn't really have anything to compare Cosmic Fate (left) and Kismet (right) to... so here they are being pretty! ^____^



So I hope these comparisons were helpful to you, and if they weren't at least you got to see some holo goodness. Have you got your hands on the latest Color Clubs?

- Lexie :)

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