Zoya Ornate Holiday Winter Nail Polish Collection

OMG OMG OMG! That was the first thing I said when I laid eyes on this collection. And I feel a bit crazy reviewing this so early considering I’ve got Fall collections that I haven’t even debuted yet but I haven’t been this excited about a collection in a looooong time. This Zoya collection is hands down one of the best nail polish collections this year.

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See what I mean? Every single one of these polishes are dynamic.

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Aurora is described as a plum with multi color crystal shimmer. Basically it’s the most epic plum holographic nail polish that I have EVER seen. Yes, holographic! I didn’t really see this one coming. Aurora not only looks captivating in the bottle but she looks beautiful on the nails, as well. Holographic nail polishes are my favorite and I’m so excited to see Zoya on board with this one.

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Ziv is described as a gold foil glitter crystal. At first glance it looks like your typical gold nail polish but a closer look shows that Ziv has some subtle shimmer spark to it. Ziv applies smoothly but I’m loving how there’s a burst of a brighter golden oomph to it.

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Electra is a holographic tinsel and I could seriously just stare at this bottle all day. If you’re a fan of bar glitter, you’ll love this polish. You either love love love or get annoyed by bar glitter. I stand right in the middle. I think they look pretty funny when worn alone but I dig ‘em layered on other polishes.

Electra over Ziv

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Electra over Logan

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Magical, right?

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Logan is a green foil glitter crystal and it looks a lot like Ziv. Except green, obviously. I had to do some tweaking to show the depth of this polish. The gold specks in it is apparent in the polish but on the nails, it provides such a beautiful shimmery effect. It’s definitely one of the most beautiful green nail polishes I’ve come across. And I have a lot stunning green Zoya polishes!

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Blaze is described as a cranberry glitter glam crystal and it’s another stunning holographic. My camera couldn’t even capture the true essence of how bling-y this polish is. It’s doesn’t seem to have as much holographic shimmer as Aurora but it is just as beautiful. I don’t think I own any berry holographic polishes so Blaze is a welcome addition to the family.

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And lastly, is the black holographic baby of the family, Storm. I’ve got about two black holographic polishes but dang, I think Storm is my favorite because although it’s black, you can still peep the holographic shimmer up close and far away.

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Aurora and Storm

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Must Haves:
Aurora – If you don’t get anything else, THIS is the one you haaaaave to get.
Electra- Especially if you’ve been wanting a bar glitter.
Logan – For green nail polish lovers.
Storm – Because it’s one epic black holographic.

I really don’t have any complaints about this collection. Each polish applied beautifully (as do all Zoya polishes) and I applied 2 coats for each polish. I love every single polish and I love how Zoya really surprised us with the holographic polishes. Seriously! Who expected that? Yep, I definitely feel comfortable declaring this as my favorite nail polish collection of the year. Way to go, Zoya!

You can scoop up these polishes for $8 a pop or $48 for the entire collection at Zoya.com.

Amor de Lacquer: Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes – only $2!

I have slowly been reviewing my stash of Wet ‘n Wild MegaLast polishes and I’m showin’ off 6 more of these gals. 

If you’re a drugstore stalker like I am, chances are you’ve seen these babies before. There are a ton of ‘em and in a pinch, these $2 polishes are all that and a batch of kale chips. Buuuut, these polishes also tote the larger wide brush and if you aren’t a fan of that kind of brush, these may not be up your alley. But still – can you really complain too much about these kids since they cost less than a gallon of gas? Yuh.

Break the Ice is a sheer shimmery white. I’ve only applied 3 coats of it but I’m thinking to get a true opaque finish, you may need to top it off with 1 more coat. I actually really LOVE this polish. It’s sweet, icy and it’s my favorite kind of polish for when I want a lil’ somethin’ without overdoing it.

 

Candy-licious is your average creamy baby pink. There’s nothing terribly unique about it but if you’re into cheap pink creme polishes, this is a great one.

Bite the Bullet is a gray-ish lavender. It’s all dusty and fantastic and I just LOVE it. I’ve got plenty of lavender polishes but whatever. You can never have too many of those. :wink:

 

Heatwave is a bright coral that leans more on the red side and it is spectacular. I am currently rockin’ this as a pedicure color and have no intentions taking it off any time soon. It rocks that hard.

Through the Grapevine is a dusty magenta that has quite the purple punch. It’s a beautiful creme and definitely is one of the more unique polishes in Wet ‘n Wild’s MegaLast line-up.

 

Wet Cement is a concrete grey. These are plentiful and if you haven’t copped one yet, this is a good one to start with.

I always find the formula on these to be nice. Not perfect as some can be on the thicker side but nothing that small strokes can’t overcome. If you can’t find ‘em in stores, check out Walgreens.com. You can scoop them up over there for only $1.99.

Any Wet ‘n Wild nail polish lovers in the house?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Designer Series Luxurious & Indulgence

Every so often, OPI likes to grace us nail polish lovers with a polish or two from their Diamond Dust-Infused Designer Series. These polishes aren’t just regular ole’ nail polishes. They are usually holographic beauties whose appearance alone have you captivated. Now and days, I spy more glitter than holographic wonderness in these polishes. Which kinda sucks (I mean, who doesn’t love holographic polishes?) but the sheer beauty of these high shine shades makes up for it a bit. Check out the newest kids on the playground…

Luxurious is described as a captivating coral-red with a golden glisten.

 It looks a lot like China Glaze’s Riveting but this kid is 10x more vibrant. The gold glitter is so dense and tightly packed that my nails would shine in the dark when I wore this polish. It’s just a beaut. Look at that…

On fire. Literally.

Then there’s Indulgence which is described as a a radiant red-violet with a shimmering, golden finish. At first glance, I wasn’t insanely impressed with this polish but on the nails, it comes alive. It isn’t as striking as Luxurious but it is still absolutely gorgeous.

Not too shabby, uh?

I’m not gonna lie – I really do wish OPI would pick back up with including holographic shades in their Designer Series. While these polishes are beautiful, it’s hard to justify their $12.50 price tag. Many of us nail polish lovers don’t have a problem with shelling out our pretty pennies for holographic polishes but super glittery polish…meh?

If you’ve got to add one to your collection, it should definitely be Luxurious. It’s a stunner.

You can get both of these at professional salons, including Dillard’s, JCPenney and ULTA, for $12.50 a pop.

Whatcha think? Are you loving these two?

Amor de Lacquer: Cult Nails Deception collection

Maria and the Cult Nails crew has done it again! A few weeks back, I managed to trek on down (or over…I need to look at a map) to the Cult Nails headquarters and attended a nail polish party/photoshoot with my fellow Beauty Bloggers of Central Florida gal pals. We had a BLAST! That was my first social event in months and I was glad that Baby Clumps didn’t have me feeling nauseous or uncomfortable. Courtney of Phyrra did an awesome post chronicling our fun time.

While there, we all got to play around with the newest Cult Nails collection…Deception.

I am beyond impressed and didn’t see this one coming! For one, all of these polishes are intended to be used as top coats. That means while you can wear them solo, they’ll look 10x better layered over another polish – especially a black polish. Like Cult Nails’ 1-coat wonder Nevermore. That polish isn’t included in this collection but I had to showcase it just to give you an idea of how great of a base it is with the Deception polishes layered on top.

See how beautifully dark Nevermore is?

Yes girl! If you need a lusciously creamy black polish that reaches an opaque finish with just one coat…this is it!

The Deception dream team…

 

Alter Ego casts a gold/green tinge over the nails. Which is weird because the polish itself looks like an opalescent pink, right? Very deceptive! :wink: When it hits natural light it gives off a shimmery hunter green effect.

Charlatan is multi-chromatic wonderment. I don’t really even know how to explain this one because it’s just THAT stunning. I found it to be the thicker of all 5 polishes but I didn’t struggle with application. Sometimes it looks like a shimmery blue and other times it looks purple. And sometimes it’s both. This is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Love love love!

Deception reminds me of those popular cotton candy-type shades from the 90’s. I actually really like it by itself but it looks fantastic layered over Nevermore too. It has a faint purple/hot pink shimmer that really comes alive when the nails hit the light.

 

Doppleganger is a milky kid that gives the nails a blue/green shimmer. It’s the most interesting of the top coats and at first I didn’t think I like it but after rockin’ it on the nails for a few days…it ain’t so bad. I can’t wait to play around with this one with other shades. Maybe layered over a dark blue? Hmmm….

 

Two Timer is deceptive too because while the polish looks gold, it actually looks more green on the nails. But not green like Alter Ego. This one is more of a jewel-toned green and doesn’t nearly have as much shimmer as Alter Ego does.

 

I swatched each top coat over my bare nails just to give you an idea of how they look by themselves.

Pretty awesome collection, uh? The options are endless and I find these fantastic for when you want to switch up your nail polish a bit without completely removing it. Maria has a ton of other layering options on the Cult Nails blog.

This collection is currently available for purchase at $10 a bottle.

Which top coat is your fave?

Amor de Lacquer: OPI Germany collection (part I)

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Who wants to go to Germany? I dooooo! I love when OPI launches collections inspired by countries. One of my college girlfriends just moved to Germany (hey Kam!) and it’s taking everything in me  to not invite myself over. I’m pretty sure that when the baby in my belly is a good 6 months or so, I’ll be bookin’ a flight. Seriously.

My favorite thing about these kind of OPI collections? The names of the polishes! There are 12 kids in this collection but here’s round 1….

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Don’t Talk Bach to Me is described as a sassy lime yellow but I see it more as a silvery pistachio. If you’ve always liked lime polishes but didn’t like how bright they were, this is a nice polish to try.

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Schnapps Out Of It is a mauve but I see it as a dusty pumpkin. At first glance it looked like a Grandma color but once I got it on, it wasn’t so bad. I’m not sure if I’d wear it solo but I would so throw some glitter on Schnapps and keep on truckin’.

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My Very First Knockwurst is rosy-nude that I’d file under “Work Appropriate Nail Polishes”. Application was tough with this one and it took a good 3 coats for me to get it even.

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Berlin Done That looks like gray but really it has more of a dirty mop water hue to it. It’s a slightly more attractive color than OPI’s You Don’t Know Jacques. I’m not a fan of taupe shades like this. I wish I was but they always look so weird on my complexion.

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Deutsch You Want Me Baby? is a shimmery red orange and it’s a gorgeous addition to this collection. It reminds me of a less shimmery version of OPI’s DS Luxurious and isn’t as orange as China Glaze’s Riveting. It’s so pretty. Love this one!

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Don’t Pretzel My Button is a honey beige that I ended up liking more than I thought I would. I very rarely wear beige polishes but every now and then I like sporting a no frills kind of polish. DPMB is the perfect fix for that.

Must Haves:
-Deutsch You Want Me Baby?: A total must have if you’re a fan of the orangey red polishes of the world.
-Don’t Pretzel My Button: Because every nail polish lover needs a basic beige in his or her stash.

This first half of the OPI Germany collection didn’t impress me too much. I didn’t think any of the shades were THAT groundbreaking. The good news? The second half of the collection is full of beautiful vampy polishes…the kind of vampies that I LOVE wearing during the Fall. Stay tuned for Part II. In the meantime, if you’re swooning after any of these, I’ve spotted them at Ulta stores for $8.50 a bottle.

See any you like? Where my Germany girls at?

Amor de Lacquer: Essence’s pretty new bottles!

I freaking love Essence nail polish. Always have. Even though their bottle sizes freaked me out a bit (come on, Essence…you know they were too small) I was always in awe of the beautiful colors that they released. Very rarely do the affordable brands of nail polish come out with groundbreaking nail polish colors. I mean, it happens, but not every often. I can count on TWO sets of hands the gorgeous shades that Essence has. And now they’ve got larger and chic’er new bottles.

Looky!

Cute, right? I’ve got 3 shades here but I’m pretty sure I’ll be hoarding more. I am so in love with the bottle design, redesigned brush and beautiful shades.

L.O.L. is one of those Shrek greens that have been pretty popular. I’ve seen similar shades like this and if you’ve always wanted to snag one but didn’t want to spend a mess load of money on them, get L.O.L. It’s pretty, creamy and such an “interesting” shade that all nail polish lovers need to have in their stash.

Ultimate Pink is a hot pink and it’s a pretty awesome pedicure color.

Let’s Get Lost is more of a aqua blue but of course my camera is being nutty. As much as I love blues like this, I very rarely wear them because they always end up staining my nails no matter what I do. Grr.

Comparing the old Essence bottle to the new Essence bottle…

The newer bottle is just a bit taller but is obviously wider than the old bottle. Do you get as much product as say a bottle of Zoya?

Not really. But then again, this Essence nail polish is only $1.99. Oh! And then there’s the new wide brush.

…you’ll either love it or hate it. I actually really like brushes like these because I’ve got long and wide nail beds so I find them to be perfect in helping me achieve a smooth and even coat with just one stroke. I know I’m in the minority with the freakishly long nail beds so I’m pretty sure many nail polish lovers are not happy with the change.

But overall, I’m loving the updated look of these Essence nail polish bottles. They look classy, quirky and fun. I’m not sure if the update means they’ll be getting rid of the shades of the old bottles. I hope not because I’ve got some beautiful polishes in the old packaging that I don’t want them getting rid of. Time will tell… These babies are currently in Ulta stores and online too!

Any Essence nail polish lovers in the house? Whatcha think about the new bottle design?

Amor de Lacquer: Zoya Designer collection

I’m back with another collection from Zoya’s Fall 2012 collections. I’m still swooning over the jellies that were the Gloss collection. Designer features 6 shades of my favorite nail polish formula ever…creamies!! Woo hooo!

Look at those luscious creams!

Evvie is described as an evergreen green cream and it’s unlike any kind of polish that I own. It’s such a beautiful and smoky hunter green. Fantastic!

Rekha is a blood red cream and while Zoya has plenty of red cream polishes, this one isn’t as bright as the others. Don’t let this picture fool you. It is actually a bit more muted.

Natty is a smoked navy blue cream and it is perfection. I love true blue polishes but Natty is goooorgeous!

Toni is a dark maroon red cream and don’t ask me why but it looks to be more of the dusty berry side. Not that I’m complaining though.

Monica is a dark mulberry purple cream is definitely my favorite of the bunch. Of course I don’t NEED any more purple creams but man…Monica is so pretty!

Noot is a charcoal green gray cream and as much as a I like it, it looks a lot like Evvie – just not as gray. I love both shades but they definitely fooled me as they almost look identical at a quick glance.

Must Haves:
-Natty
-Monica

This collection is currently available on Zoya.com for $8 a bottle. See any that you like?

Amor de Lacquer: China Glaze On Safari Fall 2012 collection

I feel like it’s been forever since I’ve played around with any of China Glaze’s recent collections. I totally blew past their summer releases and I’m just stepping my toe into their Fall collections. 

I’ve only got 4 of the 10 of these On Safari babies but they’re still pretty to look at.

Elephant Walk is such an interesting gray. I think I like it more than China Glaze’s Recycle because it’s got a tiny bit of shimmer. Oh! And ‘scuse the smudgey wudgey on my middle finger. Application was a bit wonky with this one. It’s a cool graphite gray  that is dusty and just fantastic. Of course it’s not necessary if you already have you fair share of grays but it certainly is a nice one to add to my collection.

Purr-fect Plum is described as a bold burgundy but I’d describe it more as a berry with personality. It’s not crazy unique but it’s smooth, creamy and applied flawlessly.

Man Hunt is a bold cobalt blue that is definitely one of the BEST polishes in this collection. Especially if you’re a lover of blue polishes. I’ve searched high and low for a strikingly blue nail polish that doesn’t stain the nails and is opaque after only 2 coats. Man Hunt is a winner. Love love love this one.

Adventure Red-y is described as a vivid red. It’s one of those reds that Mama Clumps wouldn’t let me wear when I was young. That said, I LOVE it.

There are some other highlights in this collection. There’s Call of the Wild, Exotic Encounters and I’m Not Lion. It’s not the most totally awesome and amazing China Glaze collection I’ve come across but it’s got a nice mix of traditional and unique polishes. There’s somethin’ for everyone. You can snag this collection at Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply and even cheaper online at TransDesign.com for only $2.99 a pop.

Have you grabbed anything from this collection? How awesome is that Man Hunt?!