Monday, March 2, 2015

Fancy Gloss Camo Home With Me & Frozen Berries Swatches & Review

Hi all! Today I have for you a brand that I only recently discovered, Fancy Gloss. I feel slightly embarrassed to admit that since it's a brand that I now know has been popular for awhile now. After drooling over swatches of these two polishes on the Fancy Gloss Instagram page I knew they just had to come to live with me.

First up is Camo Home With Me. I have been on the hunt for the perfect green holo for foreva! I think this one comes pretty damn close for me. The formula was fantastic, it is a bit on the thick side but I didn't find that to be an issue during application at all. It actually makes me curious to see if I can use it for stamping! I do have one gripe: The holo effect is significantly dulled by top coat. I used KBShimmer Clearly on Top which I use for everything and it's never dulled any of my other holos. So if you use Clearly on Top be aware that it does not play nice with Fancy Gloss holos.

Frozen Berries is a beautiful plummy purple holo. For these pics I decided to show the difference in the color with and without topcoat. I used top coat on my middle finger. The other fingers are Frozen Berries by itself. As you can see the holo effect is significantly dulled with the top coat. Formula wise it was pretty identical to Camo; it applied evenly with no issues.

I was really impressed with both of these polishes, and Camo is definitely a new fave!

Fancy Gloss is sold via their website and retails for $9.50 a bottle.

Friday, February 27, 2015

Inspired by Fashion: Charlotte Olympia Day 5 - Kitty Nail Art

Today is the final post of this series. It flew by so quickly! I always think that I could do a few more posts when I look at all of the amazing designs and think about all the amazing nail art possibilities...but then I remember how time intensive these things are and come to my senses! For today's final post I decided to go back to where it all started for Charlotte Olympia. Her kitty flats! The kitty flat (along with the instantly recognizable gold platforms on her Dolly heels) are what made Charlotte a big name in the shoe industry.There are a million versions of the shoe but I decided to go with the classic, soft and feminine "bridal" version.

Tools used:
BM Plate 614
Dotting Tool
Medium Striper Brush

Polishes used:
Floss Gloss Dinge
NY & Co. Millionaire
Chick Polish Biker Chick
OPI Matte Top Coat

This was really simple and easy to do: I started with two coats of Dinge. Once dry I stamped on the kitty image from BM 614 and Millionaire. The image only has eyes, nose and mouth so I painted on the ears and whiskers. I added small dots of Biker Chick to replicate the rhinestone eyes on the shoe. I added the Matte Top Coat for a satin-y finish.

I always have so much fun with these posts. I hope you all enjoyed them as well!

Thursday, February 26, 2015

Inspired by Fashion: Charlotte Olympia - Day 4 Jackson Pollock Nail Art

Happy Friday-eve everyone! For Day 4 of this series, I inspired by another "Dolly" heel design called the "Pollock". Charlotte was inspired by various artists and commissioned artist Boyarde Messenger to hand paint the designs in the collection! Isn't that amazing?! 

Tools used:
Medium Nail Art Brush
Nail Polish Thinner

Polishes used:
Lime Crime Milky Ways (base color)
Sinful Colors Starfish
Pueen Black in Black
Wet N' Wild Grammy Gold

 I started with two coats of Milky Ways. I then applied splotches of Starfish. I mixed my black polish with a bit of nail polish thinner to make it easier to work with and applied random "swipes" and swirls. If you look closely the shoes have some random splotches of gold on them and so I added a few splotches onto my nail as well.

I'm OBSESSED with these shoes- the entire collection actually, which has designs inspired by Lichtenstein, Mondrian and Van Gogh's Starry Nights! I highly recommend checking out pics of them online- they are amazing!

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Borghese Eclissare Giveaway Winner Announcement!

Hi all! Popping in for a quick post to announce the winner of the Borghese Eclissare collection giveaway. Thank you to everyone who participated! 

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*The winner has been contacted and has 72 hours to respond. After that a new winner will be chosen. 

Inspired by Fashion: Charlotte Olympia Day 3 - Black, White and Gold Floral Nail Art

Happy hump day! One of my all time favorite color combos is black, gold and white. There is just something so sleek and fierce about those colors together. So when I saw this "Jasmine" clutch from Olympia I knew I had to do a bit of nail art inspired by it! 

Tools used:
BM Plate 714
Medium Striping Brush

Polishes used:
Zoya Willa
Pueen White in White
NY & Co. Millionaire

I played around with a few iterations for this design and finally settled on this one. I didn't want the flowers too be too busy on my nails and be simple like the bag. I also omitted the bird (which I really wanted but it just looked too busy). I started with one coat of Willa, I then stamped on my floral pattern and used my striping brush to frame my nails with Millionaire. I topped everything with a coat of Clearly on Top.

I wish I'd had a more yellow-based gold for the framing but other than I am pretty pleased with how these turned out!