Tonic Peacock Parade – Swatches & Review

Tonic Peacock Parade – Swatches & Review

Hey guys! Is it nice and toasty in your neck of the woods? It’s October and it’s basically 100 degrees so I’m hating life. I just hope that for the sake of wildfires all over the state, that the weather cools down a lot. This weekend I pretty much stayed home to avoid the heat which is kind of hard considering I don’t have AC, but I did end up swatching a bunch of polishes that I purchased recently. One of those polishes is Tonic Peacock Parade. Oh, beautiful shifty polish how I love thee! Let me show you some swatches before I let you know the verdict.

Tonic Peacock Parade

Tonic Peacock Parade

Tonic Peacock Parade

Tonic Peacock Parade

Tonic Peacock Parade (3 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

 

Sweet baby Jesus on rollerskates! This polish is so shifty and gorgeous that I want to wear it every day in some capacity. This polish requires a few coats for full opacity–I applied 3 thin coats. I don’t mind having to apply 3 coats of polish, but considering that this is the only bottle I have, I get serious fear of running out. Will I run out? Probably not. There are very few bottles of polish that I have ever used up (OPI Vodka & Caviar, I’m looking at you!), so I should stop being a weirdo. I do wonder if I can apply one coat of black and one coat of Peacock Parade…I’ll have to give it a try. The formula on this polish was a little thin–hence needing 3 coats. I also felt that it was a little runny and I feared that I would flood my cuticles but I just made sure not to keep too much polish on my brush. It does show brushstrokes a little bit, but not enough to make me get annoyed. Removal was a breeze–no issues with staining whatsoever. I really, really love how beautiful this polish is! And here is a video of this polish in action:

This gorgeous polish is @tonicpolish Peacock Parade. Did you manage to snag a bottle?!?

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I’m sorry if you love this polish because it was a one time pre-order. I know…I know.

If you do want this polish badly enough, I know that there have already been a few in FB groups/destashes. If you want to be in the know, don’t forget to join the Tonic Facebook Group so that you know when restocks are announced and you don’t miss out on any more pretties. So what do you think about Tonic Peacock Parade? Let me know in the comments below. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection – Blogger Collaboration

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection – Blogger Collaboration

Hello friends! Today I have a picture heavy post so get ready! The KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection is pretty massive with 12 blogger inspired shades and 2 that were created by Christy. I was so excited to get these because I love KBShimmer collections and because Fall collections are pretty much my favorite. Let me go ahead and show you my swatches for the collection before I ramble on too long.

**Press Samples**

 

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 CollectionKBShimmer High-Rise To The Occasion (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Michelle from Ehmkay Nails wanted a polish that expressed her photos of the holidays in NYC.  The steel of the high-rise buildings, the twinkle of the holiday decor, and the glow of the violet up lighting inspired this crelly polish.  A light gray color, this polish has a soft violet shimmer, while pops of rainbow metallic flakes give this shade perfectly NYC look.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 CollectionKBShimmer Pearls Gone Wild (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Amy from McPolish gave us beautiful photos of nature at its shining best, from a softly glowing starry sky, to shimmering opals and natural stones.  This super sparkly polish is filled with micro and small holographic glitters, and a red shimmer that shifts to copper, gold and pink.  This holographic polish feels like wearing jewels on your nails.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer I Don’t Want No Shrubs (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Jen from My Nail Polish Obsession is a West Coast gal, so fall for her is full of beautiful flowers and bright colors, just like her inspiration photo.  Those vibrant floral photos spilled into this bright fuchsia pink shade.  Filled with micro golden flakes and shimmer, this hot pink polish will make you wish for warmer days.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Pun-King Spice Latte (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

When Valesha from Peachy Polish sent us photos of her inspiration, a copper tub and terracotta pots, we knew that fall was near.  This terracotta, near pumpkin shade is filled with a subtle copper shimmer, which gives this near crème polish a sophisticated glow to it.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Espresso Yourself (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Gaby from LacquerLoon sent us some amazing photos to work from.  Rich chocolate, warm coffee, and glimmering clothes in shades of brown, copper and gold inspired this glitter filled shade.  Near in finish to our Mega Flame polishes, this rich brown shade is filled with copper and gold holographic micro glitters for a polish ideal for autumn.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Olive Or Twist (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Lovely Mishra from Nail It Lovely asked up to be inspired by rich gold tones and soothing shades of olive.  This polish in our holo glow finish is the perfect addition to your fall wardrobe.  A deepened olive color, this polish shimmers with holo glow flakes and a golden flash that shines in the light.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer #squadghouls (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Holly from Miss Holly Berries inspiration photos were filled with the deep olive green shades of the forest, goldenrod yellows and autumn oranges.  The best way I could express that was in a deepened olive jelly filled with glitters that shift in shades of orange, green and gold.  And when naming this polish, I learned that Holly is a huge straight to DVD scary movie fan, so I knew that we had to tie in a campy horror name for this fall polish!

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Better Lake Than Never (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Alicia from Delishious Nails gave us a stunning palette of rich, deep blues, turquoises, and teals to work from, and I knew this would be a perfect fit for our Holo Glow finish.  A jewel toned teal leaning blue, this polish is filled with holo glow flakes that accent a strong turquoise shimmer that makes this polish shine bright.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Peach For The Sky (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

When Antoinette from aricedotcom gave us beautiful photos of autumn leaves against turquoise skies, I knew I wanted to create a soft sky blue polish to bring a pop of color to fall.  This creamy shade is loaded with a peachy copper shimmer, for a soft shade that will make you imagine jumping into leave piles on a bright fall afternoon.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Let’s Fang Out (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Sam from Sam Nailed It posted a stunning picture of deep burgundy vampy lips as her inspiration photo for a crème polish.  I knew with the glittery polish from Lisa in the same shade it was a perfect match!  The cream polish is almost a plum color, with hints of maroon and aubergine, this is the perfect autumn crème!

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Lady And The Vamp (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Lisa from Cosmetic Sanctuary knew she wanted a deep vampy color burgundy red in our Mega Flame finish, and we delivered!  This almost plum color polish is loaded with holographic glitters, with hints of maroon and aubergine for the ultimate sparkle.  For a fun manicure, pair with Let’s Fang Out!

And my favorite of the collaboration shades…

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Northern Frights (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Judy from Beauty Judy was inspired by the dark night sky and the stunning hues of the Northern Lights.  This shifty shade is the aurora borealis in a bottle.  Filled with holo flakes, this polish shifts based on viewing angle from an emerald green, to a deep indigo purple, to an almost navy, for the perfect sky inspired polish.

And the two additional shades that were created by Christy…

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Oh My Gourd (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Caramel apples, butterscotch, changing leaves and gourds signal that fall is near.  This creamy butterscotch shade is made for fall.  Pair with your favorite sweater, a pair of brown boots and your latte, and lets go head out to enjoy the crisp weather that only autumn can bring.

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Fall 2017 Collection

KBShimmer Stop And Smell The Rosé  (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

One of Christy’s obsessions is rose gold, from phones, to jewelry, to  wine, rose gold is life!  This softly pink, near copper shade is the perfect match for those that like to stop and smell the rosé!

So there you have it! Now, let me start the love. I adored this collection 100%. All of the shades were beautiful and had a dreamy formula. I have to admit that I was a little concerned about the base change, but the quality did not change one bit. In case you didn’t know, KBShimmer is now using a 5-free base and the Fall Collection was the first collection to feature the new base. For all of my swatches, I used 2 coats of polish and 1 coat of Poshé top coat. I didn’t think that any of these shades needed more than 2 coats; however, keep in mind that I like to do 1 thin coat and a second more generous coat. If you’re concerned about removal issues, the following shades will be a little more difficult to remove due to the heavy glitter load: Lady and The Vamp, #squadghouls, Espresso Yourself and Pearls Gone Wild. The 1 polish that gave me the hardest time for removal was Pearls Gone Wild due to the glitter getting all over my skin and cuticles. However, don’t let that dissuade you because it’s a gorgeous polish. As always, I find that letting an acetone soaked cotton round dissolve the polish for a few minutes before removal will give you the best results. My absolute favorite polish from this collection is Northern Frights–Jud did an amazing job with the inspiration and Christy nailed the polish. My other favorite is Stop and Smell The Rosé–what a gorgeous holo! It’s so difficult to pic favorites so I know that you’ll have a hard time picking which ones to buy. These 14 polishes launched September 23rd, 2017 at Polish Con Chicago, with online sales starting Friday, October 13th.  The Fall collection will retail for $9.25 per bottle and can be purchased at kbshimmer.com, Amazon.com and select salons & retailers.

So what do you think of this collection? Which are you favorite shades? Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon.

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Sally Hansen Color Therapy – Swatches & Review

Sally Hansen Color Therapy – Swatches & Review

What’s up, peeps? How’s your Tuesday going? I’m feeling pretty chipper and energized on this lovely Tuesday. Maybe it’s the fact that I have a short week ahead or just because I feel good right now–who knows? But I’ll take it and run with it for now. Do you still buy a lot of drugstore polishes? I feel like my blog has always been skewed more towards mainstream salon brands and drugstore brands. I definitely think that while the indie market is huge, not everyone knows about indie brands. Maybe I’ve been living under a rock, but I had not heard of the Sally Hansen Color Therapy line. I tend to keep an eye out when it comes to drugstore releases, but this had totally flown under the radar for me. Let me show you the two shades that I tried out from the Sally Hansen Color Therapy line.

**Press Samples**

Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Re-nude

 

Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Sally Hansen Color Therapy

Sally Hansen Color Therapy Chai On Life

While these shades are not the kind of colors that I wear on the regular, I think that they are excellent palette cleansers. Because these shades are on the lighter side, I ended up applying 3 coats of polish to get a completely opaque result. I then applied 1 coat of Poshé for added shine. I wish I had more feedback as to how these polishes wear but I didn’t leave them on longer than a few minutes. I liked the formula because it wasn’t too thick or too thin. Have you used this line before? I definitely will look into getting some of the more pigmented shades to try out. Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

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KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago 2017 LE Shades

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago 2017 LE Shades

I’m really hoping that this week goes by quickly because I have some time off coming my way! Even though I just took two days off, I’m looking forward to a nice 4 day weekend. I am also quite enjoying the cooler weather here in SoCal….but I feel like I’m being lulled into a false sense of security before the weather shoots back up into the 100’s. Anywho, on this lovely Monday I have two very special polishes to share with you. If you are lucky enough to be going to Polish Con this coming Saturday, you will get to see soooo many gorgeous polishes so I am definitely jealous.Without further ado, here are the KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago 2017 Limited Edition shades for your viewing pleasure!

**Press Samples**

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago The Age of Aquarium

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago The Age of Aquarium

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago The Age of Aquarium

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago The Age of Aquarium

KBShimmer The Age of Aquarium (2 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

The Age Of Aquarium – Chicago’s Shedd Aquarium inspired one of the two limited edition polishes for Polish Con Chicago 2017. One of the area’s top attractions, it features both salt water and fresh water attractions and is one of the largest aquariums in the country.  Like the deep waters of the attractions, darkened teal shade features our holo glow flakes and a fun purple shimmer like glistening fish swimming through the sea.

 

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago Bean There, Done That

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago Bean There, Done That

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago Bean There, Done That

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago Bean There, Done That

KBShimmer Bean There, Done That (3 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago Bean There, Done That

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago Bean There, Done ThatKBShimmer Polish Con Chicago Bean There, Done That

KBShimmer Bean There, Done That Direct Sunlight (3 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

Bean There, Done That –One of the two limited edition polishes for Polish Con Chicago 2017 is inspired by the chrome silver sculpture name Cloud Gate in Millennium Park. More commonly known at The Bean for its bean like shape, this sculpture reflects the sky and surroundings, for a unique piece of art.  Our take on the bean starts with micro holographic flakes that give this polish both a linear and scattered holographic look.  We then added a touch of color shift shimmer to allow a hint of blue and pink to pop at various angles.

So what can I say about these gorgeous polishes? Not much except that they are classically KBShimmer: beautiful and perfect formula. For The Age of Aquarium, I used two coats of polish plus one coat of top coat for an extra glossy finish. Despite the polish being very pigmented, I did not experience any staining. Removal was extremely easy and was not messy at all. Bean There, Done That appeared somewhat thin when I first applied it. For my swatches, I ended up applying 3 coats of the polish but it probably would have looked fine with two thicker coats. Due to the micro flakes, I did have to put in a little more elbow grease for removal because I did have shimmery particles all around my skin.For those of you who will be at Polish Con, there is a third polish that you may have access to:

Kiss My Butkus You Ditka – Polish Con Chicago VIP Bag Polish – A limited amount of this polish will be available starting at 2 PM at Polish Con Chicago.  This navy blue, near Chicago Bears blue polish is loaded with linear and scattered holographic sparkle, and micro orange glitters perfect for any Bears fan.

Unfortunately, I do not have Kiss My Butkus You Ditka to swatch for you today, but I can’t wait to see swatches of it! So what do you think about these polishes? Will you be picking up any of these if you go to Polish Con? Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

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KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago

KBShimmer Polish Con Chicago

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee Collection

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee Collection

Happy Monday! Yeah, yeah…I know how most of us feel about Mondays but let’s try to be positive! We’ve gotten some heat relief here in SoCal (at least in my area), so I’m grateful for that small thing. This weekend went by waaaaay too quickly, but I did get a bunch of stuff done so I feel somewhat productive. On Friday, I got these beautiful polishes that I have to share with you today. I’m sure that by this time, you have seen a million swatches of these but I know that they don’t get old because who gets tired of Unicorn Pee? Not me! Let me go ahead and show you my swatches of the KBShimmer Unicorn Pee Collection.

***Press Samples***

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

(3 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Let’s Slang

(3 coats of polish + 1 coat of You Dew You + 1 coat of Poshé)

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer So Jelly

(3 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer So Jelly

(3 coats of polish + 1 coat of You Dew You + 1 coat of Poshé)

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Coal Digger

(3 coats of polish + 1 coat of Poshé)

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Coal Digger

(3 coats of polish + 1 coat of You Dew You + 1 coat of Poshé)

KBShimmer You Dew You

(2 coats of Low and Be Bold + 1 coat of You Dew You + 1 coat of Poshé)

The KBShimmer Unicorn Pee Collection is made up of 3 jelly polishes and 1 topper. The three jelly polishes: Let’s Slang, So Jelly and Goal Digger require multiple coats to deepen the color. If you are looking for an opaque result, you will have to apply 3 coats. If you do not top coat these polishes, they dry to a satiny finish. Personally, I love them hella glossy so I applied 1 coat of Poshé. The 4th polish in the collection is a topper that can transform any polish. I love to use it to amp up the sparkle in the other 3 polishes as you can see in my swatches. The first two swatches of each color are solely of the individual polish and the next 3 show them with one generous coat of You Dew You. I tried to get pictures at different angles to try to show you the gorgeous shift that is the hallmark of the Unicorn Pee pigment.

So where can you buy these? As of the writing of this post, the KBShimmer website is sold out of all the polishes except Goal Digger. You can, however, still purchase these on Color4Nails and Harlow & Co. Check them out at the links below.

kbshimmer.com

Color4Nails

Harlow & Co.

Rainbow Connection (UK and EU Only)

So what is your verdict? Personally, I love them. At first I thought they were going to be a little ho hum but they are NOT! They are gorgeous!! I really hope that additional pigment can be sourced so that everyone who wants these beauties can get them. Let me know what you think in the comments below. Are you sick of Unicorn Pee? Did you manage to get these? Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

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KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer Unicorn Pee

KBShimmer You Dew You – Stamping Saturdays

KBShimmer You Dew You – Stamping Saturdays

Hey there. I know it’s been 5 billion years since I have done a Stamping Saturdays mani, but I just felt inspired today. Yesterday I got my KBShimmer Unicorn Pee Polishes and I just couldn’t wait to play with them. I did watch the 3 polishes i the collection and also used the topper for today’s Mani. KBShimmer You Dew You is the Unicorn Pee topper of the collection which can beautifully transform any polish. Let me start by showing you the polish that I used as my base color.

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KBShimmer Low and Be Bold is one of those delicious cobalt blues that work so well under the Unicorn Pee pigment. This polish has a jelly type consistency but it builds up nicely with two coats which is what I used for my swatches above.

KBShimmer You Dew You

KBShimmer You Dew You

KBShimmer You Dew You

I then applied one coat of KBShimmer You Dew You over KBShimmer Low and Be Bold. This looks much more beautiful in real life since artificial lighting doesn’t truly show all the beautiful color shifts from orange to green. It’s very difficult to capture the shift in all its glory!

Lastly, I used a Born Pretty plate BP-L016 for the stamping image. I used some of my trusty Konad white stamping polish as well, but I’m really looking for an alternative. If you have any suggesting for a great white and black stamping polish, please let me know!

So there you have it. I was happy to try my hand at stamping again after neglecting any kind of nail art for so long. Since I did finish my swatches of the KBShimmer Unicorn Pee Collection, I’ll be posting those on Monday. Let me know what you think of this mani; I’m pretty happy with it and love how it turned out overall.

If you’re interested in purchasing this polish, unfortunately it is not currently available. Only one polish from the collection is still in stock at kbshimmer.com but I’m hoping that they will be able to find more pigment and bring back the whole collection.

Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

Tonic Curio

Tonic Curio

The weather here in SoCal is incredibly gloomy and humid today–a putrid combination. The last week has been super hot so I am hoping that we get a little break this week. It’s kind of hard to do your nails when it’s hot and humid because polish acts funky, but I did manage to do a few swatches this weekend. On Sunday, I spent my whole day glued to the couch watching season 3 of Narcos on Netflix. Have you seen it yet? I really hope there is a season 4!!!!! I definitely think that the show was much more interesting when they were focusing on Pablo Escobar, but the new angle and the story of the Cali Cartel is engrossing as well. Anyway, today I want to show you my very first Tonic purchase. Yes, you read that correctly: my first Tonic purchase. The polish I have for you today is Tonic Curio from the coveted Unicorn Pee Collection. Let me show you some swatches first.

Tonic Curio

Tonic Curio

Tonic Curio

Tonic Curio

Tonic Curio is a blue toned purple with the gorgeous unicorn pee pigment that flashes from red to green depending on the lighting and angle. This polish is very sheer since it is a jelly so expect to apply up to 4 coats if you plan to wear it alone. You could also apply a purple base color and apply 1-2 coats of Curio on top of it if you don’t want to wear it on its own. Personally, I loved wearing this on its own even if I did have to apply multiple coats. Currently, the Unicorn Pee Collection is sold out on the Tonic Website and I have no idea if the polishes will be restocked. Womp womp.

Did you manage to get any of the Tonic Unicorn Pee polishes before they sold out? I really wanted to get Serendipity but it was sold out by the time I remembered the restock. You’ve really got to be quick as a ninja to get some of these LE polishes. Let me know what you think about this polish. Are you a Unicorn Pee fan or are you sick of all the frenzy around it? Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

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Polish Con Chicago 2017

Polish Con Chicago 2017

I really wish I could go to Polish Con! Not only would I be like a kid in a candy store, but I would also love to see Chicago. Check out the following press release for all the information you need regarding Polish Con Chicago 2017.

Polish Con Chicago 2017

Polish Con Chicago 2017

Will you be going to Polish Con in Chicago on 9/23/2017?! You can purchase your tickets here.

In case you want even more information, these are great resources:

Visit www.polishconvention.com for information on vendors and methods of payment they will be accepting at the show as well as merchandise and polish exclusives every week leading up to the event.

Announcements are made regularly in the Polish Con group on Facebook as well. https://www.facebook.com/groups/1127589983937164/

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017

OPI Iceland Collection Fall/Winter 2017

I had not done an actual swatching session in a really long time–at least not an OPI swatch session which usually consists of 12+ bottles in one collection. To be honest, I was glad to see that the OPI Iceland Collection is “only” 12 bottles because my fingers and nails just aren’t up to the task of swatching a gazillion bottles in one sitting. In the past, I used to swatch up to 40 bottles in one sitting–how did I ever do that?? I know that there are plenty of in demand swatchers who regularly do this today so props to them because I can’t do this anymore. Anywho, today I’m going to show you my swatches of the OPI Iceland Collection which is OPI’s offering for Fall/Winter 2017. Let me show you my swatches before we get into the deets.

OPI Iceland Icelanded A Bottle Of OPI

OPI Iceland Icelanded A Bottle Of OPI

OPI Icelanded A Bottle Of OPI

OPI Iceland I'll Have A Gin & Tectonic

OPI Iceland I'll Have A Gin & Tectonic

OPI I’ll Have A Gin & Tectonic

OPI Iceland Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots

OPI Iceland Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots

OPI Reykjavik Has All The Hot Spots

OPI Iceland Aurora Berry-alis

OPI Iceland Aurora Berry-alis

OPI Aurora Berry-alisOPI Iceland One Heckla Of A Color!

OPI Iceland One Heckla Of A Color!

OPI One Heckla Of A Color!

OPI Iceland This Isn't Greenland

OPI Iceland This Isn't Greenland

OPI This Isn’t Greenland

OPI Iceland Check Out The Old Geysirs

OPI Iceland Check Out The Old Geysirs

OPI Check Out The Old Geysirs

OPI Iceland Less Is Norse

OPI Iceland Less Is Norse

OPI Less Is Norse

OPI Iceland Suzi & The Arctic Fox

OPI Iceland Suzi & The Arctic Fox

OPI Suzi & The Arctic Fox

OPI Iceland That's What Friends Are Thor

OPI Iceland That's What Friends Are Thor

OPI That’s What Friends Are Thor

OPI Iceland Krona-logical Order

OPI Iceland Krona-logical Order

OPI Krona-logical Order

OPI Iceland Turn On The Northern Lights!

OPI Iceland Turn On The Northern Lights!

OPI Turn On The Northern Lights!

 

First of all, if you don’t like cremes, then you’re probably not going to like this collection. And if you don’t like cremes, I won’t trust your opinion anyway. Just kidding. Sort of. Look, I adore creme polishes so of course I was in heaven here when it comes to finishes. This collection consists of 9 cremes, 2 shimmers and 1 frost/shimmer. We all know that the star of this show is Turn On The Northern Lights! so I’m not even going to pretend that this isn’t my favorite polish of the whole collection. My light box lighting definitely does not show how amazing this polish can look so let me show you a picture that I took in direct/bright sunlight:

Beautiful, right?!?!?! The other shimmer in the collection is a light blue called Check Out The Old Geysirs. The shimmer was impossible to capture because it is extremely delicate, but when you catch it at the right angle, it’s sooooo pretty. There are some very typical creme colors in this collection and I probably could have done with less brown/taupe/mauve. My other favorite is Less Is Norse which is his like denim blue color that reminds me of the Chanel denim polishes we went nuts for a few years ago. I don’t have anything crazy to report when it comes to the formula and application: they were all pigmented and applied well. All were opaque at two coats and I applied one coat of Poshe for my swatches. Actually, I take that back: Turn On The Northern Lights! was the only sheer-sh polish in this collection and I did apply 3 coats to build up the color. This leads me to believe that it could be a great layering polish–experiments to follow.

So what do you think? Have you picked up any of these shades from the OPI Iceland Collection? Since this collection has been out a good solid moth, I’m sure you’ve already gotten a few and might end up getting more…amiright? Thanks so much for stopping by today, and I will talk to you soon!

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KBShimmer Hella Holo Customs August 2017

KBShimmer Hella Holo Customs August 2017

Hey guys. I hope you had a nice and relaxing weekend. Mine was pretty chill so that makes me feel more relaxed and ready to tackle the week. Today I am going to show you three new polishes that were created by KBShimmer for the Hella Holo Customs group on Facebook. As you may recall, KBShimmer was one of the guest makers back in February 2017 and I’m so glad that they are being featured again! You can see my swatches for the February polishes here. Let me show you my swatches and then I will give you my thoughts on each. I have included the description provided by KBShimmer as well. On to the swatches!

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer That Goes Without Cyan

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer That Goes Without Cyan

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer That Goes Without Cyan

KBShimmer That Goes Without Cyan

“A perfect morning starts with a vibrant sun rising up to fill the turquoise blue sky with its glowing copper gold hue. This sun and sky inspired linear holo polish takes inspiration from the vibrant blue skies. An aqua leaning blue color, we accented this strong linear holo with bits of copper and gold for a sparkle even in low lighting.”

 

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer One Holo-of a Storm

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer One Holo-of a Storm

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer One Holo-of a Storm

KBShimmer One Holo-of a Storm

“A storm off in the horizon, the flash of lightening and setting sun fill the sky with deep dues of cobalt, periwinkle, pinks and fuchsia while reflecting natures artwork in the water below. This photo of the stormy seas has inspired our August Hello Holo custom polish. A periwinkle leaning blue polish, this holographic shade sparkles with holo glitters. At the right angles, a pink shimmery flake with blue shifts pops through for a vibrant polish your tips and toes will love. If you like our Mega Flame finish, this shimmery cousin to that collection is perfect for you!”

 

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer Pinking of Paradise

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer Pinking of Paradise

Hella Holo Customs KBShimmer Pinking of Paradise

KBShimmer Pinking of Paradise

“A setting sun softly tints the clouds a cotton candy pink, while crashing waves in a tropical aqua hue lap against pink sand. This photo of paradise has inspired our August Hella Holo custom polish. A softly tinted pink polish features our holo glow flakes. These flakes have a unique holo glow to them in bright lights, while in softer lighting, a turquoise shimmer pops out to say hello. This polish is sheer enough in one coat to layer over your favorite pink cream, but is best in 2-3 coats alone. If you loved our Polish Con exclusive, We Make Your Dreams Come Blue, you will not want to miss this sister shade!”

As usual, I had no problems with these gorgeous polishes.That Goes Without Cyan was perfectly opaque at two coats and you may even be able to get away with one if you apply a generous coat. There was no staining despite the saturated color and removal was a breeze. One Holo-of a Storm had a nice consistency and I found it very easy to apply. This polish will look best with two coasts as it can appear a little sheer at the first coat. As with any polish with glittery components, expect the glitter to get on your skin if you rub it around. I tend to apply cotton saturated with acetone and let that do most of the work before swiping off the polish. Lastly, Pinking of Paradise is the most sheer polish of the trio. This polish surprised me because of how sheer it looked after the first coat, but it was perfectly opaque after a generous second coat. This one is actually my favorite of the three because that silvery blue glow that appears just makes it look so unique! Again, as with any polish with glitter, expect having to use acetone and a little bit of elbow grease to remove.

If your are interested in purchasing any of these beauties, you must be a member of the Hella Holo Customs group; you can join by clicking here. Membership will be verified so make sure to join if you want to purchase and receive these polishes. You are able to purchase these directly at kbshimmer.com for $10 each.

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Disclosure: These products were provided to me for review purposes. All opinions are my own.

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