Wednesday, April 15, 2015

China Glaze | Electric Nights Pt. 1

I'm very excited to share the first half of the China Glaze Electric Nights collection with you all today. Every year, the China Glaze summer neons are the collection that I look forward to the most and this is no exception. As soon as I saw the press release for these I knew I had to have them, so when I got the chance to review, I jumped!

These beauties do not disappoint. The collection consists of 9 neon creme shades and three neon glitter toppers. According to China Glaze, they all glow under black light, but I haven't tested that out yet. I'm hoping to do some nail art and photograph it under black light for that part.

Today I'm going to share six of the cremes with you all. I've found that lacquers like this tend to go on more smoothly over a matte finish, so I started all my manicures with two coats of a matte base coat. The formula on all of these was the same, thin but easy to work with. I had little to no formula problems, which I was particularly happy about. Ready for the photos?

First up is Red-y To Rave.

Red-y To Rave is an eye searingly bright orange leaning red neon.

I love this shade, but my camera sure didn't! I can definitely see myself wearing this a lot during the summer months.  

I painted on two easy coats of Red-y to Rave and that was it. I didn't think topcoat was necessary as most of these lacquers were super shiny on their own.

Next up is Daisy Know My Name?

Daisy Know My Name? is a highlighter yellow neon creme. This super bright lacquer is even brighter in person if that is even possible.

This was the only lacquer I had any formula problems with and it was just that it was a bit sheer. I used three coats with no topcoat for these images and still had some visible nail line, but a coat of white under it would fix that.

This one coming up is Treble Maker.

Treble Maker is a minty neon green creme. This lacquer is so pretty and bright, the photos don't do it justice.

I used two super easy coats and it was almost opaque on the first. I had no formula issues, I would say this one had the best formula of the collection. The finish is very shiny and I definitely didn't need any sort of top coat.

This next lacquer is one of my favorites in the collection. Here is DJ Blue My Mind.

DJ Blue My Mind is a stunning bright neon blue creme.

I can't even explain to you how beautiful this is in person. I tried everything I could to capture how glowingly beautiful the shade is but you're just going to have to go see it in person for yourself. This is the closest I have seen anyone get to a true neon in a blue polish. Simply stunning.

Again, I just used two easy coats and no topcoat for these images.

Next is the first of the two purple shades in the collection. This baby is Plur-ple.

Plur-ple is a gorgeous neon leaning purple creme lacquer. 

This one definitely has my favorite name out of all the polishes today. For those of you who don't know, PLUR is an anagram meaning Peace Love Unity Respect and it is used extensively throughout the rave community that these lacquers are named after.

I painted on two flawless coats of Plur-ple for these images and had no formula problems. This one wasn't quite as shiny as some others but I still didn't think it needed the added topcoat.

Last up is another of my favorites from this collection, meet Violet Vibes.

Violet Vibes is a red leaning purple crelly finish lacquer.

This one was sheer but buildable and I really like the finish on it. This is another I can see myself wearing a lot.

 I did two coats of Violet Vibes for these swatches and no topcoat. This shade has the least shiny finish of the collection, almost satiny, but still lovely on its own.

So what do you think? Are you going to pick up any of these neon shades from China Glaze? If I had to pick, and I'm glad I don't have to, my must haves from these six shades are DJ Blue My Mind, Red-y To Rave and Violet Vibes.

You can purchase these shades wherever China Glaze lacquers are sold and they should be popping up now! Make sure you follow China Glaze on social media for updates about the brand and swatches and nail art from other bloggers and artists!

***China Glaze Electric Nights collection was provided for my honest review. All other products were purchased by me. Please read my disclosure page for more information.***

Monday, April 13, 2015

Nail Art | iPhone Case Twin Nails

Yay! More nail art!

On Friday, my good friend Donna and I were talking about phone cases and sending photos back and forth of ones we wanted. Donna came across this beautiful aqua blue and purple case with gold detailing on it. We both knew that we wanted to do some nail art inspired by it, so we did some twin nails!

Donna is the stamping queen so she had a plate that matched, but I ended up doing a freehand design. What do you think?

I love how this turned out once it was completed!

I started with a base of three coats of Ethereal Lacquer Mint Madness. After that was mostly dry I ripped up a makeup sponge into tiny bits and added in some random sponging with a pair of tweezers using Cult Nails Manipulative, Pipe Dream Polish All In, piCture pOlish Swagger and China Glaze That's Shore Bright.

Once all of that was dry I used a gold Stripe Rite striping polish to make the designs on the nails.

I decided I wasn't crazy about the shiny version, so I added one coat of OPI Matte Top Coat.

I was much happier after the matte effect was added and really think this matches the phone case well!

I ended up leaving these on and wearing them to Greek Easter dinner with my family. I thought the colors were perfect for spring and the manicure was definitely fancy enough for a holiday dinner.

Have you ever been inspired by a phone case? I may have to go buy this one! 

Make sure you go check out Donna's nails later today over on Instagram @workinggirlnails and give her a follow if you like what you see! Donna also sells the BEST hand balms and cuticle oils that you can buy. I only use her products on my hands and nails.

Have a lovely day!

***piCture pOlish swagger was provided for my honest review. All other nail polish and items used were purchased by me. Please see my disclosure page for more information.***

Friday, April 10, 2015

Chick Pick Polish | Marma-laid In The Shade

I'm so excited to show you another polish from the Chick Pick Polish Spring Fling collection today. This is another matte finish lacquer and it is just as pretty as the first. I have both a swatch and some nail art for you all again.

First up is the swatch. Here is Marma-laid In The Shade.

Marma-laid In The Shade is a sherbet orange lacquer loaded with shimmer that dries to a smooth velvety matte finish.  

Wednesday, April 8, 2015

Black Lace Nail Art

I have a kind of combo review and nail art for you today. I've had this design in my head for absolutely ages, but I wasn't proficient enough in nail stamping to pull it off until recently. The idea is a black lace look on nude nails. I used a lot of different items I've gotten recently in this nail art and I can't wait to share with you how I achieved the look.

Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Chick Pick Polish | On The Brink Pink

I have both a swatch of a polish from a new to me brand and some nail art for you all today!

When I was asked about doing some swatches and reviews for Chick Pick Polish I jumped at the chance since I'd been wanting to try some of their beautiful matte lacquers. When I got my super colorful swatcher package I was not disappointed. The entire Spring Fling collection are these beautiful shimmer matte lacquers in bright colors of the rainbow. Today I have for you the pink from that collection and a little spring nail art to go along with it.

This is On The Brink Pink.

On The Brink Pink is a gorgeous pink with tons of shimmer that dries to a beautiful velvety matte finish.