Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Color Club Blue-ming Swatch & Comparison

Hi guys! Today I'm wearing Color Club's Blue-Ming from their 2012 Spring Blossoming collection.

Blue-Ming is a gorgous and suprisingly unique turquoise creme.
The formula wasn't bad per se` but not great either. Thin coats left the polish streaky, but it was hard to get enough polish on the small, thin brush to make it apply evenly. This swatch is two thick coats.

I don't really understand why this polish is called Blue-ming because it really leans on the green side of turquoise, but absolutely gorgeous colour. I also added a silver rhinestone at the cuticle - cause I could lol

I then decided to do a quick comparison with a few comon and popular turquoise cremes.
As you can see, no dupes here!

L-R: ORLY Frisky, China Glaze For Audrey, Color Club Blue-ming, Essie Turquoise & Caicos, China Glaze Aquadellic

Essie Watermelon

Hi guys, today I'm showing you Essie Watermelon. I got this in a swap with an amazing MUA'er who included heaps of extras all of which were wishlist dupes and a sample bottle of China Glaze FYI! Anyway, enough praising lol and onto the polish.

I'm wearing two coats of watermelon which had fabulous formula, super smooth application

I'm at a loss to describe this colour, It's not quite pink, it's not quite red. But it is stunning. I love it!

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

Chanel Paradoxal: Swatch & Comparison with Aussie Brands

Hi guys I have a quick swatch and comparison for you today before I get on with my uni assignments.
I know this is late I guess since Paradoxal came out in 2010 but it wasn't until now I was able to get my hands on it.

Paradoxal is a super smokey puple leaning brown i think with a hidden purple/pink shimmer. It's very flattering.
Unfortunately I couldn't get the shimmer to show up properly on my camera, but beleive me it's there!

Now I know there are many dupes of Paradoxal from brands such as Barry M and Revlon but I thought I'd do a comparison with some Aussie brands since I remember searching through google for some, and nothing turned up aha.

CHANEL Paradoxal, Australis Limited Edition1, Ulta3 Twilight Fever

Now again I had trouble with my angles with the comparison, it seems I always have this with darker colours, but you'll have to trust me.... THEY'RE IDENTICAL!

The Australis was the most opaque of them all, barely needing a second coat, but the Chanel and Ulta3 were both opaque at two. They all apply very nicely and smoothly - I didn't experience any dragging or streaking. 

CHANEL - $39 at David Jones ($22 in USA)
Australis - $7.95 at Priceline, K-Mart & Target (However I got mine on clearance for 3.99 since it was limited edition, however I still see it around)
Ulta3 - $2.25 at various chemists eg. Terry White

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Zoya Phoebe

Hi guys, so today I'm wearing Zoya Phoebe!
Phoebe is actually a matte polish but I wore it with a topcoat :)

As you can see phoebe is super vibrant and has a bit of shimmer to it. Unfortunately it wasn't a pleasure to apply. I did three coats and  Since it's Matte it dries SUPER fast which means you don't really get a chance to work with it to make it look great. I also experienced some serious dragging of the polish if when I went back to fix a brushstroke or something, it just moved right off. As you can see on my index and middle finger I ended up with some lumps because of this. However despite the shitty application I really love the vibrancy of this polish, but I don't know how often I'll be willing to put it on aha

Friday, March 16, 2012

CHANEL APRIL: Swatch, Reveiw & Comparison

Hi guys so today I want to show you one of the Chanel 2012 Spring Line polishes, called April. I don't know why I HAD to have this polish, maybe because I'm born in April, but anyway - I really do like it, is it worth the $$$ - not really, read on why!

Chanel April is a gorgeous soft burgandy/cranberry/deep red with a slight dustyness to it. It's got a wonderful formula, applies so smooth, I used two coats, but you *could* get away with one if you were in a rush. It also dried super fast WITHOUT a topcoat! I never don't wear topcoats but i got a phonecall right as I was screwing the lid back on and took it, by the time I was off the phone (not long) it was dry and so so shiny (which dulled with use of handcream right before the photo) that I didn't feel I needed it :O

I thought I'd do a quick comparison to OPI's Just A Little Rosti at This because they are very similar.

The OPI is on the left and Chanel April on the right.
As you can see the OPI is a tad bit darker and lacks the certain dustyness I feel APRIL has (maybe that's just me) Both colours have superb formula and very easy application.
I feel that APRIL is a little more flattering on pale skinned girls (like me) but for the price difference you're getting more bang for your buck with the OPI.

OPI (15mL) - $19.95, CHANEL (13mL) - $39.00 
(David Jones)

OPI - $8.50, CHANEL - $22.00

Thanks for reading!

Sunday, March 11, 2012


Hi guys, so yesterday I wore ORLY Frisky from the 2011 Happy Go Lucky Collection, I tried this colour when it first came out, and I loved it, but the staining, my god the staining! I don't mean my nails got a yellow tinge I mean my whole hands were blue! & Polish remover would not remove it (with acetone!) I had to use a special stain removing soap my dad had for getting like oil and grease or whatever out of clothes. But anyway, About a year later I decided to try it again, and my application has severely improved so I didn't get much on my skin at all, and what did, didn't stain. 
NOTE: I have not yet removed Frisky but will let you know if it stains  again :)

Anyway, onto the polish, it's a beautiful aqua leaning blue with brilliant opacity. 

I wore it like this to work for a day before wanting to spruce it up, I asked on MUA and I got reccomended flakies, but for some reason i was skeptical, and I'm glad I didn't listen because this morning I had a light bulb! DS Sapphire!
When I did my Pale blue Holo comparison I was seriously considering swapping away Sapphire simply because it was so sheer However I'm glad I thought because of that I could use it as a topcoat and kept it.\

Now how freakin' amazing is that! 
I have no words, just smiles.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

Across The Universe

Hi guys, today I'm showing you Deborah Lippmann's Accross The Universe which came out in 2010. When I first wore this, I was really dissapointed with the density of the glitter, I applied like four coats and there was barely any (very similar to Glitter In The Air I showed last week) I almost swapped it away, and I'm glad I didn't because I've fallen in love again!

It looks like it's a black base but it looks navy in real life :)
This is two coats of Accross The Universe over OPI's Glacier Bay Blues

Glacier Bay Blues by itself:

This polish has a slight blue/green/purple duochrome, but it isn't very noticable. This was three thin coats and it bubbled like crazy - not very impressed.

What polish did you give a second chance? & did it deserve it?

Sunday, March 04, 2012

Nubar Lavender & White Polka Dot

Hi guys, sorry there've been little posts lately, I 've barely had time to do my nails! Seriously, I've been wearing this for four nights (record) and wont be taking it off tonight lol
Anyway, this is two coats of Nubar Lavender which is my favourite lavender creme so far (but I'm not finished searching) I then applied one coat of Nubar White Polka Dot.

I also want to apologise as my cuticles look a bit ragged, I've been neglecting them *hangs head*

The microglitter in WPD almost seems irredescent over Lavender which I haven't noticed over other polishes - maybe I haven't worn them long enough lol.

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Nubar Blue Hydrangea & Lippmann Glitter In The Air

Hi guys!
Today I'm wearing Nubar Blue Hydrangea which is a gorgoeus baby blue with a teeny bit of frost/pearl to it (but it isn't brush-strokey! yay!) On top I added Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air.
When I purchased this, I knew the base was sheer, but I didn't intend on wearing it alone, however, I was dissapointed with how sparse the glitter was. I had to use four coats to achieve the density in my pictures. I also had to swirl my brush all around in the polish rather than just dip it in, to pick up more than once piece of glitter.
But anyway, here it is, two coats of Blue Hydrangea and four of  Glitter In The Air

Please note that this was a fair bit brighter in real life, but we had absolutely no sun which dulled it down a bit

Here you can see tiny bits of blue/green glitter that really make this polish great!

False nails were used in this post: for reason why, please click here