Thursday, February 27, 2014

Swatch + Review: Color Club Safari Garden Collection

Hello everyone!

Today I have swatches and reviews for the polishes in the Color Club Safari Garden collection. I'm so excited to have these beautiful colors in my hands. I was going out to check the mail every five minutes, I'm so glad these babies are finally mine. I love Color Club's new logo, although my OCD doesn't like that the caps don't match the old ones. This is my first time swatching for the sake of swatching; It felt really wrong to immediately take my nail polish off after taking a picture. I hope I don't leave anything out... Wish me luck!

All photos are WITH OUT top coat.

Look, Don't Tusk:
   This off-white polish is AMAZING. It really does look like an elephant's tusks, google it! My all time favorite polish is Color Club Poetic Hues; this is like a cross between that and white, so of course I love it. I think a lot of people will enjoy this because it isn't as harsh looking as regular white polish can be. The formula is nice but thin, not too streaky. I used three coats although I think two coats would be doable with a more careful application.
Color Club Look, Don't Tusk
(Three coats)

   This is probably my favorite from the entire collection. It's navy blue creme polish with purple undertones. I'm seriously in love. The formula is great and guess what! It's a ONE coater and super shiny! Everyone needs more one coater polishes in their life.
Color Club Nail-Robi
(One coat)

In De-Nile:
   This is easily my new favorite pale blue. It's creme formula just makes me think of the sky, I love it! The formula was good, I used two coats and it self levels nicely.
Color Club In De-Nile
(Two coats)

Tribe And True:
   Can I just say these "fugly" colors are amazing? This mossy green isn't for everyone but I can't get enough of shades like this. The formula was like a creme-jelly combo so the color built really well. You could use one coat if you really wanted too but the second coat really makes the color pop. And just look how shiny this bad boy is! 
Color Club Tribe And True
(Two coats)

Safari Sunset:
   I don't think my photo does this justice at all. This color is incredible in the sun, all the shimmer is just beautiful. Safari Sunset is a peach metallic-y type color with gold shimmer throughout. I wish I could capture it's true beauty. The formula was good but use as few brush strokes as possible to avoid weird lines.
Color Club Safari Sunset
(Two Coats)

Lion's Den:
   I really just don't like this one. The formula was gooey. It's just gross. I painted two coats and it was weirdly opaque and not at the same time. Lion's Den is a gold-ish metallic-shimmer with pink shimmer in the light. That combination sounds good in theory but I'm just not loving it. 
Color Club Lion's Den
(Two coats)

Over all thoughts:
   I love this collection for the most part; the safari garden collection is so unique, especially for a spring collection. Lion's Den kinda sucked but the amazing-ness of the other polishes made up for it. I wouldn't bother buying Tribe And True if you already have China Glaze Budding Romance; they're too similar to really justify having both.

If you are interested in this collection you can purchase it from Color Club's website.

I hope you enjoyed my first time swatching!


Tuesday, February 25, 2014

NOTD: Glitter Gradient

 I LOVE MY NAILS! So much sparkle!

   I did this glitter gradient for last night's Imagine Dragons concert. I had never been to a concert before but I felt like glitter was a necessity... That's probably weird. Anyway, the concert was great, I was really tired though.

   I'm starting to get the hang of blogging now; I haven't accidentally erased any posts since the first one.

   I  haven't done a glitter gradient in a really long time and I realized why, it's hard! I applied my Savina glitter to a cosmetic sponge and repeated with few layers to concentrate the glitter towards the tip of the nail. Sounds easy, right? Well, I somehow managed to get glitter all over my knee and face. I actually think it's still on my knee...

Bottle from L to R Sinful Colors Black on Black
Savina Gem Stones
What I used:

  • OPI Nail Envy
  • Sinful Colors Black on Black
  • Savina Gem Stones
  • China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat

Bottle: Sinful Colors Black on Black
I hope you guys like my concert nails, I can't stop looking at the awesome sparklyness on my fingers! Feel free to leave comments with nail art suggestions, I'd love to do what you guys want to see. Have a great day!


Sunday, February 23, 2014

NOTD: Neon Leopard + Tutorial

Whaddup Guys?

   I couldn't sleep last night and so I did what I always do: Stalk people on Instagram. I saw that Hannah from The Nail Trail posted a super cute neon leopard manicure. She used some of the China Glaze Sunsational Cremes in her design and since I got those polishes for Christmas and still haven't used them, I decided to copy Hannah's nails. ANDD I decided to make a sort of pictorial for the nail art too. Woohoo!

   Hannah's Instagram profile is @thenailtrail in case you wanted to know. She's got some really great nail art!

What I used:
  • OPI Nail Envy
  • China Glaze That's Shore Bright
  • China Glaze Bottoms Up
  • China Glaze Sun of a Peach
  • China Glaze Highlight of My Summer
  • China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle
  • Sinful Colors Black on Black
  • China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat

How to:

1. Apply base coat and base color. I also like to add a layer of top coat to make my polish dry faster.
Step 1

2. Using a dotting tool or bobby pin, make little dots with the color of your choice. The dots don't need to be perfectly round or evenly spaced; imperfections are important for animal print.

Step 2
3. Using a black polish or acrylic paint, use the dotting tool to drag color around the dots you made. There are four basic ways to do this. It's hard to type how to do those so just look at the photo below and use different combinations of these shapes.
Step 3

4. Add some random black dots or squiggly shapes where there's a weird gap between leopard spots. This balances everything out and really completes the design.

Step 4
5. Add top coat. Black polish really likes to smear so be careful when doing this! Wait a good amount of time to make sure the design is dry and have plenty of top coat on the brush so it doesn't drag over the design too much.
Step 5
 China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle
   Thank you Hannah for the nail art inspiration! I hope everyone liked my recreation of it. Thanks for reading!


Saturday, February 22, 2014

NOTD: Drag Marble

Hi Everyone!

   This is my first blog post and I'm so excited to be doing this! I've wanted to make a blog for a while and finally decided to do it. I hope it goes smoothly, I'm not great with technology. I've actually typed this post THREE TIMES and I keep hitting some mystery button that  makes everything disappear. Long story short, I'm seventeen and need blood pressure medicine.

  Anyway, about my nails:

   There is a Military Ball coming up in a few days and my friend Ashley asked me to do her nails. The theme of the ball is Fire and Ice so Ashley sent me a link to a photo of the nails she wanted. I decided to try it out on my nails first so I could get a hang of the technique. The drag marble look isn't my favorite but I do think it turned out pretty well.

   The link Ashley sent me was actually a photo of some Robin Moses nail art and I even found Robin's tutorial, so take a look!

What I used:

  • Essie Grow Faster
  • Barrielle Strapless Gown
  • Barielle Cosmic Kiss
  • Color Club Evolution
  • Color Club Chelsea Girl
  • China Glaze Fairy Dust
  • China Glaze Fast Forward Top Coat
  • From L to R: Barrielle Cosmic Kiss, Color Club Evolution, &Color Club Chelsea Girl
Bottle: Color Club Chelsea Girl
Bottle: Barielle Strapless Gown

I hope you guys like my nails! I'd love some constructive criticism on this since I've never blogged before.