Sunday, June 23, 2013

Review and Swatches: Pure Ice Stars & Stripes collection

Today, I have a review of a new collection that's being released in Walmart stores nationwide, from a brand that I love!

The first nail polish that I remember buying (way back when, in 2007) was a pink, glittery Pure Ice. I ran the bottle down to nothing because I used it so much (well, that and I didn't have the skill that I have now and painted my cuticles a lovely shade of pink most of the time). Before I was working, my first collection (if you consider ten polishes a collection) was completely made up of Pure Ice polishes. Since I live in a small town with only a Walmart, and Pure Ice is only available at Walmart, it worked out fabulously. Also, all of the Pure Ice nail polishes are super cheap, around $2-3, and they worked really well and had a lot of colors.

So, Pure Ice has always had a special place in my nail polish fiend heart. So I was super excited to get this collection for review! Today I have some swatches of the five polishes for you, and then next week I'll have some July 4th-themed nail art to share! This collection has two creme polishes, and three gorgeous glitter polishes.



First up is Superstar!, which is your average creme white. Pictured, it is two coats. As you can see, Superstar! is just a normal creme white, which means it streaks and applies weirdly in the first coat. If you use two coats and a top coat, though, it evens out just fine.



Siren. A bright creme red. This was actually completely opaque in one coat, but I used two coats just to make sure. This is a very bright, gorgeous red color. I don't have a lot of reds in my collection because it's too bright, but I like this one a lot. Plus, it applied really nice and easy, and cleaned up very easily, unlike some other reds that stain your fingers. (Maybe I'm just removing my nail polish wrong?)



Wide Awake. Bright blue fine and micro glitter in a clear base. This is two coats, but if you applied it a little more evenly (it looked more well-applied in person), you could get it opaque. Or a third coat would make it perfect. Can I just say how much I loved this nail polish? The blue is a perfect color, and the glitter is beautiful. It applied very smoothly and, like most glitters, dried ultra-quick (which is another reason that the application is a little wonky). I highly recommend buying this one. I own a lot of glitters, but Wide Awake is unique to me.



Dazzle Me. Silver glitter and silver hexes in a clear base. This applies the best out of the glitters, and thankfully all of the mirror hexes didn't bunch up at the tip of the nail. This isn't too special or unique, but it is very glittery and reflective in sunlight. It reminds me of fireworks, too, which I would imagine is the goal. I definitely love using glitters in my designs for July 4th, so I'll for sure use this in my nail art!



Freedom. Red micro glitter, red and blue hexes and silver stars in a clear base. I really, really love this polish, so I saved the swatch for last! It is absolutely gorgeous. Pictured is two coats. As you can see, the red and blue hexes kind of bunch up at the tip when you don't let it dry enough between coats. And I would definitely wear one coat of Freedom over a different base, that way the glitter doesn't pile up over the hexes. I think this nail polish is super unique and absolutely gorgeous, and pretty much a nail art in and of itself. I did have to pick out the stars, and I had to do it on the second coat so that I wouldn't cover it with glitter. Still, it's beautiful! I highly recommend buying this one.



I tested out putting two coats of each of the glitters over two coats of Superstar!. From left: Dazzle Me over Superstar!, Wide Awake over Superstar!, Freedom over Superstar!, and two coats of Superstar! alone.

Dazzle Me and Freedom look wonderful over the white base, but Wide Awake, because the glitter is so dense, barely lets the base show through. I really think that Freedom over Superstar! or any white base could be a festive July 4th nail art on its own. I thought that I would have to pick out the stars from Freedom with a toothpick, since the heavier glitters and shapes usually fall to the bottom, but I happened to pick up two stars on my brush. Plus, the glitter, hexes and stars just look really nice over the white base.

Stay tuned! I'll post a couple of July 4th nail art ideas next week, using this collection!

(I received these products for review, however, all thoughts, pictures, and opinions are my own.) 

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Purple and black nail design

I'm back~
Finished product design!
I can't believe that I forgot to put this one up. It is by far, one of my favorite designs so far. I did this during exam week, when I had some free time in between studying. This design is super pretty, easy, and eye-catching, and I got a ton of compliments on it.
Two coats of China Glaze Grape Juice in the natural sunlight. 
I used two coats of China Glaze Grape Juice for the base. I bought this color a year ago and never used it, but I brought it to college with me and figured it would work for this design. It definitely did! This color was gorgeous. A little bit darker than the bottle color, and the color had a very nice shimmer.
Cast of characters. From left: My 2-way nail art pen/brush, Essie Ridge Filling Base Coat, and China Glaze Grape Juice.
After I painted the base, I used my two-way black nail art pen to draw the design. I previously used the pen in my flower nail design, and I've been pleasantly surprised at how well it works!

I hope you enjoy! I have a ton of posts that I've been writing, some product reviews. And next for nail art, because my nails have been weak and I've had to constantly stick my hands in bleach water, I'll be doing some gel nails. Also, a list of polishes that I brought with me to college!