Ombre Nails Technique?

I wanted to put this out there for my readers.  I’ve never done an ombre nail, but I’ve seen so many different techniques to achieve the look.  Which one do you like best, if you’ve tried this look?  I’m thinking of doing at least an accent nail next week and would love some feedback.

Thanks!

 

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New SinfulColors Break Away Collection

It’s Saturday night, when I usually do my nails, so I can actually do a quick swatch post.  Quick as in, my swatching and pictures look horrible, I’m not feeling well, but I’m not going to let it bother me.

I know that I usually don’t jump on posting swatches of a collection (when I do post them), but since I haven’t seen anything about this new SinfulColors collection yet, I thought I’d get some quick ones up.

I came across this new collection at Meijer today.  It’s been awhile since I’ve spotted a new SinfulColors collection there, so this caught me off guard.  I wish I could remember all the colors that made up Break Away, but I had a very sort amount of time to cruse through cosmetics today.

SinfulColors Break Away Collection

SinfulColors Break Away Collection

I can tell you that there are three new colors.  Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It.  The rest are core, two just being added to the core line.   The ones that I can remember seeing are Daredevil (first one on the left), Open Seas (second one on the left), Folly (the last one), and I think Star Fish.  The blue might be Fly Away.  If I can get back before this collection is picked over, I’ll edit the colors.

I picked up the three colors I didn’t have.  If it wasn’t for this collection being SinfulColors, I really would have passed it by.  The three colors look similar to colors already out in all honesty.  I haven’t had a chance to compare bottles side by side yet, but plan to do so soon.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

I have come to the conclusion that there are no good “picture places” in this house.  It doesn’t help that my camera doesn’t like colorful close up shots.  Or close up shots at all.  So there’s my horrible bottle shot picture.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

And a quick picture of the names and numbers.

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

SinfulColors Anemone, Hey, You!, and Over It

Ugh! I didn’t realize how bad my swatching turned out until I put the picture up.  Really, I’m better than this…(I know that I shouldn’t be hard on myself, but, well, I am).  My nails really do look horrible.

Over It (which describes how I’m feeling about a lot of things right now), has some shimmer to it, and I love that you can see this shimmer in the bottle and that it’s not sheer.  Hey, You! reminds me a lot of Exotic Green, so I am anxious to do bottle comparisons with those two.  I can’t think of anything right off hand that’s close to Anemone, but I’m going to take a look through the rest of my SinfulColors & see if there’s anything close.

Now I’m off to decide what polish to wear for this week…or a few days.

Edit: Exotic Green is just a bit darker than Hey, You!. Unless you absolutely LOVE green,  and already own Exotic Green, you’ll probably be okay passion up Hey, You!.

Studio M Valentine’s Day Collection

I really wish I hadn’t passed over this brand for so long.  If you aren’t familiar with Studio M, they are available only at Meijer.  They also, from what I’ve heard and seen, are colors formerly distributed by Color Club under the same color name.  There were 15 different polishes available from this collection, but most of them were ones I’d seen before, already had from a previous collection, or knew they were in the core display.

This year’s collection is called Be A Heart Breaker.  I picked up 5 colors, 4 glitters and a creme.  The creme was an after-thought, so it’s not in the picture below when I initially did my swatches.

Glitters from the Studio M Be A Heart Breaker 2013 collection.

Glitters from the Studio M Be A Heart Breaker 2013 collection.

Up first is Singles Only.  There are hex glitters of two or three different sizes and very fine micro glitter  all silver.  These are set in a sheer pink base.  I used two coats in the swatch and feel like I got pretty good coverage.

Studio M Singles Only

Studio M Singles Only

Next up is Platinum Record.  It’s basically the same glitter as in Singles Only, just set in a clear base.  In the bottle it looks like there might be some black micro glitter, but as far as I can tell, there isn’t.  This glitter applied smoothly, and the brush picked it up from the bottle better than I thought it would.

Studio M Platinum Record

Studio M Platinum Record

This next one is probably my favorite from this collection.  It’s called Fame & Fortune. Set in a sheer raspberry shade, it’s full of glitter shards.  This is a bottle to turn upside down for awhile before applying it, as the shards settle.  The only thing with application was getting the shards where I wanted them so it wasn’t clumpy, but they laid flat on the nail.

Studio M Fame & Fortune

Studio M Fame & Fortune

These final two can be found in the core line at Meijer.  I often forget to look to see what’s offered there and in a collection before purchasing.  I don’t often notice a color until I see it in a collection,  and I’ve had to start remembering to look there before purchasing.  If it’s a color I want and it’s in the core line, then I know I can wait until they’re on sale.  These were two I forgot to do that with.

Tru Passion is packed with micro glitters.  These are some of my favorite polishes to pick up from Studio M.  Tru Passion is packed with lavender micro glitters.  I can’t remembe3r if I used two or three coats for this swatch.  Two coats will give close to full coverage for the most part.

Studio M Tru Passion

Studio M Tru Passion

Now for the one creme I picked up from this collection.  It’s called All That Razz.  I adore these shades of pink.  What I love most about this polish is that it dried to a matte finish!  This was a last minute decision, as there was only one left in the display and I didn’t realized that it was also offered in the core selection until a few days ago.  I’m sorry for the very poor photo of this one, but I didn’t realize how close to dead my camera battery was.

Studio M All That Razz

Studio M All That Razz

Do you have any of these colors, either from Color Club or Studio M?

 

Sonia Kashuk Polishes On Clearance At Target!

I have one bottle of Sonia Kashuk polish from one of the last times it was on clearance at Target.  I had to stop in tonight to pick something up and decided to see if any polishes from this brand happened to be on clearance.  Not only were some colors on clearance, but they were 50% off.  It never seems like these are placed with the other health and beauty items on clearance, so be sure to check the beauty isle where the Sonia Kashuk brand is.

I picked up three new colors.  My Target had five colors on clearance, so it will depend on what your Target has in stock.

Hocus Pocus, Taunting Teal, Emerald City

Hocus Pocus, Taunting Teal, Emerald City

I am so happy with my choices!  Trying something new by swatching on some glue on nails that I had.  I think I’m going to have to invest in some nail wheels.  I’d be more likely to swatch if I did.  Also notice the differece in the bottles.

First up is Hocus Pocus.  It’s this deep purple color. I used 3 coats for the swatch, but 2 probably would have been fine.  I’ll have to see how it translates to the actual nail.

Hocus Pocus

Hocus Pocus

Up next is Taunting Teal. This is probably my favorite color of the three I picked out.  Rarely do you see a teal that is as dark as this.  Most of the teals I’ve come across are lighter and have a bit of shimmer to them.  It leans very close to a navy blue in indoor light.  I can’t wait to see what it looks like in sunlight.  Swatch is two coats.

Taunting Teal

Taunting Teal

Up last is Emerald City. It’s not quite the emerald shade that Pantone has slated for the color of the year, but I still love it.  Again, this color turned out really dark, leaning closer to a pine green color.  I can’t wait to see what this looks like in the sunlight. Swatch is two coats.

Emerald City

Emerald City

I can’t wait to wear these colors.  I’m not sure on wear time for this line of polishes.  Are you going to go pick any of these ups, or wait to see if there’s any left for 70% off?

Wet n Wild Saved By the Bell Collection

I didn’t post a manicure yesterday because I was finishing up swatches for this collection.  I never really planned on posting swatches of a collection unless I was sent something to provide a review, but when I got my hands on these Wet n Wild polishes, I knew I had to.

Saved by the Nail Display

Saved by the Nail Display

I know that there are many polish fans out there that are having trouble finding these limited editions, but rest assured that they do exist!  I don’t go into CVS that often, but I decided to make a stop just to see if they had them.  Not only did they have them, but they had at least one bottle of the entire set!  I almost couldn’t believe it, considering how some people can’t find this at all, or can only find a few colors and are searching multiple CVS stores.  Not that I really needed to, but I grabbed one of each color.

Despite having some Wild Shine polishes in my stash, I’d never worn them, so I wasn’t sure what to expect in the way of wear and application.

The six colors of the Saved By the bell collection. From left to right:
Pom Pom Kelly, Straight A Jesse, Pin’ Em Slater, Nerd Alert: Screech, Chick Magnet Zack, Fashionista Lisa

Please forgive my poor swatch photos.  They were done over two days when the sun was out one minute and it was cloudy and rainy the next.  Excuse the poor nail clean up as well.  Details seem to disappear when I’m in a hurry!

Pom Pom Kelly

Pom Pom Kelly is a hot pink shade.  It goes on sheer, and dries to a satin finish.  It looks more glossy in my photos, but there is a slight matte to it as well, hence the satin like finish.  Application was amazing, no streaks and dried quickly.  I did two coats of polish in this photo, and you could see the nail line.  It was more visible than in the photo.  I did not apply any top coat.

Straight A Jesse

Straight A Jesse

Straight A Jesse is a bright neon orange.  My photo makes it look brighter than it really is, but it’s still eye catching!  Again, the application was amazing.  It has the same satin finish to it.  This polish also dries sheer, and you can see the nail line.  I did 2 coats of polish, no top coat.

Pin' Em Slater

Pin’ Em Slater

Pin’ Em Slater is a bright neon yellow.  I was curious about how this would go onto my nail.  I have another neon yellow similar to this that streaks horribly!  What a pleasant surprise with how will this one went on!  It was smooth, no streaks, flawless.  I really want another bottle of this just because of those three things!  This yellow was more sheer than any of the other colors.  I applied 3 coats of this polish instead of 2 because of how sheer it came out to be.  It has the same satin finish.  I love this color, even though it’s hard for me to wear any shade of yellow on its own.  Again, no top coat.

Warm Colors

Warm Colors of the Collection

Nerd Alert: Screech

Nerd Alert: Screech

Nerd Alert: Screech is a neon green shade.  This one is also fairly sheer.  In the picture I’m wearing 2 coats.  Again, this polish had the same satin finish.  I love this shade of green because it’s not too bright, but still fits in the neon family.  Application was great, just as the other colors were.  This is one of my favorites from this collection.  No top coat.

Chick Magnet Zack

Chick Magnet Zack

Chick Magnet Zack is an awesome teal shade.  If I was asked which color in the collection was my favorite, it would be this one!  It didn’t apply as sheer as the other colors and the satin finished worked really well.  My picture shows 2 coats, no top coat.  I really want another bottle of this, over any other color in the collection.  If this is the only bottle you ever find in this collection, pick it up.  There’s nothing much more to say except that this is just amazing.

Fashionista Lisa

Fashionista Lisa

Fashionista Lisa is a great shade of purple.  I know it looks more pink in my photo, but it dries to the color in the bottle.  There is noticeable difference between Fashionista Lisa and Pom Pom Kelly.  In fact, I’m wearing one color on one hand and the other color on the other hand.  This is another sheer, but not so bad with just 2 coats.  It has the same satin finish as the rest.  No top coat.

Cool Colors of the Collection

Cool Colors of the Collection

Overall, I love this collection!  I’m so glad I picked it up, even though it wasn’t really on my “must find, must have list”.  I am amazed at the application and I’m hoping it’s the same with the other Wild Shines I have.  Dry time was great as well.  The next time I wear these, I’m going to add a white base or nearly nude base, just to see how it looks.  I think the one I’m most excited about is Pin’ Em Slater because it didn’t streak.  The color I love most is Chick Magnet Zack.  I have some other sheers in my collection, and I think these have finally gotten me to embrace them!

As far as I know this collection is exclusive to CVS stores, as that’s where I found mine and where others have found their SBtB polishes.  I’ve also heard that someone found them at Kmart, but I can’t confirm that.

Have you spotted this collection?  Have you picked any up, and if you have, what did you get?  What ones do you want if you haven’t found it yet?

My View on Sinful Colors

As someone who loves using Sinful Colors and owns a number of bottles, I felt that it was time to express my view on what happened.  I didn’t want to post  anything until I had some time to think about what has happened

What Happened

News broke earlier this week that blogger photos had been stolen for the pamphlet that’s available at Walgreens with the big Sinful Colors display.  The nail art was also featured on the display.  In fact, I posted about that exact pamphlet here, long before the news broke.  The post was written from my view of the written directions, not the photos, although something did not seem right about the photos.  The photos had been edited to remove watermarks and the manicures had been done using polish from other companies.

Revlon (the parent company of Sinful Colors), has reached out to the bloggers affected and have made a statement on Facebook.  I am glad to see that this company wants to handle this quickly and has said so in such a public way.  To me, that shows that Revlon cares about the consumers that buy their products and they want to set things right with those bloggers that have been affected.

We may never know exactly what happened.  I have read a few theories about why this happened.  It could have been an intern.  It could have been an outside  company hired to do this promotion. It might have been a last minute graphics job.  If we find out, we find out.  If we don’t, we don’t.

I know how hard some of the bloggers work on their photos that they post.  I don’t work nearly as hard because I don’t have the programs I need to make my photos what I wish they were.  I do try to make them the best that they can be with what I have.

Boycott

I know that many people are planning on boycotting Revlon/Sinful Colors.  Those people have the right to make that choice – it’s not one I can make for them.  I will respect that choice.

I believe that it’s premature to decide to boycott this company.  They are working to make things right as quickly as possible.  The most important thing is to make sure the bloggers affected are happy with the outcome.  We also don’t know exactly what happened.  Revlon wants to correct this wrong and prevent it from happening again.

For a boycott to even affect a company, there would have to be an overwhelming amount of consumers to stop buying their products.  Yes, their products-not just nail polish.  With a company of Revlon’s size, not everyone purchases just polish.  Those consumers that don’t purchase polish or aren’t involved in the blogging community most likely will not be aware of what’s going on.  The only reason some of those people may know what’s happening is if they “like” Revlon on Facebook.  Consumers would also have to be aware of companies Revlon is parent to, such as Sinful Colors.  I don’t see a boycott happening that will affect Revlon like some people hope.

Again, it is up to you if you boycott or not.  I’m choosing, at this point, not to boycott.  I am also choosing not to post hateful things about this situation.

Other Opinions

Most of the visitors to my blog are looking for Sinful Color swatches.  That shows me that people want to see what these colors look like.  I plan to get two colors up very soon because of blog hits.

I do not agree with stealing other bloggers photos, especially for something that was a nation wide promotion.  I seriously considered the fact that my photos could be stolen before starting my blog.  I didn’t know if I wanted to put in the work for that very thing.  I know that my photos could be used by someone else, especially on sites like eBay.  That’s a risk all of us take, no matter what kind of blog you write.  I can’t say how I’d feel if my photos were used for something I did not consent to.  I would hope that I’d be asked and cited as the owner of the photo.  I know that’s not always going to be the case.

This is not the first time a major company has done something like this, and it won’t be the last.  It’s not the first time a polish brand, big or small, has created uproar among the people that love their products.

I’d rather support a company that cares about those who use their products and tries to right a wrong than a company that could care less and focuses on themselves and their profit.  That, I believe, is the main reason I will not boycott Sinful Colors.

If you’d like to leave a comment, please do, but know that I will be moderating them.  Please keep them respectful, free from foul language, and free from attacks.

Thank you for taking the time to read this.

Mani #7- Wet n Wild Megalast Disturbia

 

Let me start off by saying that I love this color!  It’s a color I’ve been wanting to wear for awhile, but I kept holding off.  Blog reader Sandy also asked me to swatch this color, so that gave me a great reason to wear it!

As you know from my other posts about this Megalast line, I love the polish, formula and brush, and it was no different with this bottle.  Disturbia is a deep deep purple with a hint of purple specks.  The specks are more noticeable in the bottle and on the brush than they are on the nail, but in the right light there’s a hint of shimmer.  In the pictures I’m wearing two coats and Sinful Colors top coat.

I decided to try some nail art again this week.  Using Sinful Colors Casablanca, I painted a bow on each thumb nail, and did dots on the other nails.  Casablanca was found on the Suit Up with Haute displays.  If any of your Walgreens have the big bin of Sinful Colors, you might be able to find it if you dig around.  I love Casablanca as a nail art polish because of how thick it is.  I did some stamping with it before I started my blog and it worked and looked amazing!  I do need to practice my “bow making”, but for the first time I think they look pretty good!

Color(s) Used: Wet n Wild Megalast – Disturbia, Sinful Colors – Casablanca

Nail Art: Bows and dots

Recommendation: I love the Megalast line, so I’d recommend it as an inexpensive drugstore polish option.  If you don’t like the flat, rounded brush, then you won’t like the brushes.  Two coats and you’re good to go!

 

 

Mani # 6 – Wet n Wild Megalast 2% Milk

 

Blog reader Sandy asked me two swatch a couple of colors, and I’ve got one of them right here!

I wore 2% Milk a few weeks before starting my blog.  I love the color, but I don’t think I’d wear it unless I did some type of nail art or glitter over it.  It would be a great on-the-job color if you were limited in what you could wear.  It’s a very sheer, creamy nude.

I absolutely love the Megalast line.  I love the brushes and the smooth application of this polish.  It dries quickly and has a great wear time.  I have a couple of bumps in the polish on a couple of my nails, but I was digging through cabinets and probably caught something.  It’s not something that I’ve found to be normal with this polish.  Completely a user thing.  I used Sinful Colors top coat.

I didn’t take indoor pictures, but this color is difficult to capture due to the sheerness of it.  In the pictures I’m wearing three coats.  I also did some stenciled nail art on my thumbnail to show what it looks like with something else over it.  A great tutorial for stenciled nail are can be found on Chalkboard Nails.  It’s so easy to do and there are so many possibilities!  I used butterflies for mine, but they look more like bows.  The pink doesn’t show up as clearly as it does in the picture.

 

More Giveaways!

I’m going to be posting a few more giveaways today!  All will be found within this blog post.

Nails by Kayla Shevonne: China Glaze on Safari

NWP: 200 GFC Followers/500 FB Followers Giveaway

iHeartPrettyPollish Giveaway

Purple Castle Giveaway

Finger Painted Giveaway

Sinful Colors “Nail It” Tutorial

Note: I’ve addressed the issue of this pamphlet here

Sorry for not getting this up sooner.  The last couple of days have been far from normal!

I have pictures of the “Nail It” pamphlet tutorial that’s with the larger Sinful Colors display.  This little fold out describes three different types of easy to do nail art.  They are: Sponge Effect, Half Moon, Swirl It.  If you’re new to the nail art world and just getting started, this would be a great thing to pick up.  If you’ve been around the nail art world, then you probably know a better way to do what they’re trying to describe.

Nail It Pamphlet

Each design is explained in three steps.  The directions tell you the supplies you’ll need to create each type of design.

Sponge Effect: These directions are so-so in explaining how to do this.  In the first step is says to “select 2-3 shades beginning with a dark shade, then medium, and then a light.  Then is goes right into telling you to start with the lightest shade.  If I was going to do this and hadn’t read through the step completely, I’d probably be thinking I was starting with the darkest shade.  Does it really matter what order you select your shades then?  The one thing that got me on these directions was in step two when it tells you to dip the sponge into your medium or darkest shade.  It doesn’t say anything about putting a couple of drops onto another surface to pick it up with the sponge.  It also isn’t clear about how far to dab down the nail.  It just states to start “at the top of the nail tip” and work “downward towards the bottom of your nail tip”.  I guess it would also depend which end of the nail you consider your tip.  I’ve always considered the tip of my nail to be the grown out edge.

Sponge Effed

Sponge Effect Directions

Half Moon: First off, has anyone tried basic household tape to try this technique?  Any tutorial I’ve read or watched has stated to use those reinforcement stickers you can find in the office supply section to do this.  When I was reading through this one quickly, there was one step that really didn’t seem like it was explained well.  Step 1 is easy enough to understand.  I had to read Step 2 a couple of times to understand it.  It says to use the tape or to draw by hand.  If using the tape, you block off the bottom third of your nail.  I guess it’s all up to which part of your nail you consider the bottom third.  If drawing by hand, you “use the tip of the polish brush to draw a semicircle across the top of the nail and fill in”.  It doesn’t to use your base color or the contrasting color to do this.  My guess would be your base color, since you only apply one coat in Step 1.  In Step 3 you move to your contrasting color and “paint two coats” of this color “from the tape stencil to the tip of your nail”.  So do you ever go back and fill in the part from Step 2 if you taped over it, or what?  Oh, and in the “What you will need” section, it says “1-2 SinfulColors nail polish for your contrasting swirling shade”.  Did someone not proof this one?  Have I just been trying to decode this one too much and it makes complete sense to someone else?  If so, please tell me.

Half Moon

Half Moon Directions

Swirl It: This is the same as a needle marble, just with a toothpick.  I remember a Sinful Colors display that was called Get Swirling, and one that was Get Twirling.  There was also a tutorial with those displays for this technique.  After looking at Nouveau Cheap’s close up of the directions, they are exactly the same, with just some minor word changes.  Those do not affect the way the tutorial is written.  The picture looks better for this newer tutorial, and I think it better reflects what this technique can really look like.  Of course, unless you’re extremely talented (or just plain lucky), your nails are not going to look as amazing as they do in the picture the first time around.  I’ve tried this before and it looked horrible.  I think it would be easier to recreate the design pictured by doing water marbling, but to each their own!  These directions are the simplest to understand.

Swirl It

Swirl It Directions

Okay, so I’d still say if your new to nail art, pick this up.  Then go and watch tutorials on YouTube.

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