Space Matter NOTD – Love & Beauty!

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Today’s NOTD is so far up my alley that it’s set up a lawn chair, cracked a beer, and has made itself comfy for a good, long stay. Space Matter is from Love & Beauty, Forever 21’s cosmetic line. And it is fantastic! Neutral but shiny with sparkles, edgy yet subtly so, this became an instant favourite.

Space Matter Love & Beauty

Space Matter Love & Beauty

 

Space Matter is a medium/dark grey with silver sparkles. The bottle has a large, square/cube lid and a large, but not flat, brush which made application a little trickier for me but not impossible. The formula dries quickly and was fine in two coats but three was better. I liked it both with and without a topcoat. Interested in seeing what this looks like with a matte topcoat in the future. Shown without, then with a topcoat.

 

Space Matter no topcoat

Space Matter no topcoat

Space Matter with topcoat

Space Matter with topcoat

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

Space Matter in sunlight

 

Can’t wait to see how this brand wears. The pics above in sunlight are after a day’s wear. Best of all, it’s cheap too! I never thought I’d ever buy anything from Forever 21, let alone love it! I have a purple shimmery one coming up to share as well.

How’s everyone’s week? Survive April Fool’s Day?

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A Heavenly NOTD with Revlon Celestial FX and Sally Hansen Blazing Blue, Swatch & Review!

Celestial_FX_Blazing_BlueI so far have been unsuccessful in my hunt for a suitable dupe for Essie Starry Starry Night but it gives me the perfect excuse to try out NOTD like this one to fill the void! I’ve used Sally Hansen Insta-Dry in Blazing Blue (sadly discontinued) and a new one from Revlon, Celestial FX.

Sally Hansen Blazing Blue is a deep blue with blue shimmer. No outright glitter. I remember my mother giving this to me years ago questioning that I would ever actually wear it, and still now it’s one of the most beautiful blue shades I own! Pity it’s discontinued. Has a nice wide flat brush and smooth, even formula. Two layers of this first.

Sally Hansen Blazing Blue

Sally Hansen Blazing Blue

And now on to Revlon Top Speed Celestial FX. It is a clear coat filled with silver glitter shapes: crescent moons, stars, diamonds. There is also a lot of silvery holographic micro glitter. I’ve read some negative reviews on this new product. Complaints are that it is gloppy and the large shape glitters are hard to apply. I didn’t really have a huge amount of trouble with this. I applied a coat as I would a normal polish, then dabbed on whatever glitter shapes I had on the brush onto the nail. I occasionally dipped back into the bottle to pick up more, but I didn’t find it especially difficult. It does take the slightest bit more skill than a perfectly formulated creme but come on, it’s not going to apply itself. Even if you did glop on the shapes one by one, this is a clear, fast drying top coat folks. Just sit still for a minute and it will dry just fine. I did have a small issue with the edges of the larger shapes sticking up off the nail a little which I easily circumvented by just applying another layer. Here it is applied!

Revlon Top Speed Celestial FX 902

Revlon Top Speed Celestial FX 902

Even if I did have a huge amount of trouble with the large shape glitter, I’d wear this as a more subtle holographic glitter look alone without the shapes. In fact, I think I’ll try that next! As it is, the celestial  shapes aren’t necessarily for every day, and perhaps a bit juvenile, but they were still fun to play with, and I do like this more than I thought I would!

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Heavy Metal Glitter NOTD!

OPI_Black_Onyx_LA_Colors_Sparkling_DiamondsI’ve had a really weird week. I wanted something shiny, but dark and dramatic to pick me up and decided this simple duo would do the trick! For this look I used OPI Black Onyx (had this for probably 7 years and it’s still good) and a $2 bottle of LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds.

First up, one quick coat of OPI Black Onyx!

OPI Black Onyx Swatch

OPI Black Onyx Swatch

Then 2-3 coats of LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds!

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

I love this. It’s so simple but so effective, and it was exactly what I was looking for. It’s far more sparkly in person, it’s amazing. For $2 I’m going to have to get some backups of that sparkly coat. I’d like to try it over a silver for a full on mirrored/chrome look. I can’t decide what else I’d like to try it over! Maybe everything?!

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

OPI Black Onyx, LA Colors Sparkling Diamonds

 

Have a great weekend!

Nicole by OPI Sky’s the Limit NOTD Swatch and Review!

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

I love blue polishes. Today’s NOTD is a crisp, refreshing and cheerful medium blue with micro silver and blue glitter. I was concerned that tiny glitter might translate to something frosty or pearlized on the nail, but to my relief it didn’t. From far away, the result looked almost like a slightly glowy metallic effect, and close up the glitter was thankfully still evident enough to not look like a frost.

The formula was smooth, and seemed to dry fast enough. The only issue was that it was fairly sheer. The swatches here are at least three coats and in some pictures it’s four. I like that the end result had a luminescent sheen from all the coats, and the cool shimmery blue did look nice against my skin tone. Some swatches in different lights.

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

This is a nice blue, but the need for four coats for opacity is a bit more high maintenance than my liking. It does, however, seem to dry quickly for four coats. I’d still recommend a speed dry fluid coat or spray just to be sure, if you have one. I don’t think I will reach for this quite as often as some of my other blues. What I do think this polish will excel at would be for layering over other polishes for a flash of blue, and not necessarily over a blue of similar shade, although that would certainly work. I just tried this one on a bit of paper over a lavender, a dark purple, a taupe and even over a very deep forest green and the results were pretty and interesting, perhaps unique enough for a future NOTD.

Nicole Sky's The Limit

Nicole Sky’s The Limit

A shot from further away (and then cropped in) with no flash to highlight the metallic look.

Enjoy your day!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If NOTD Swatch & Review!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Beautiful, busy day today! It’s late but I wanted to quickly share this sparkly polish that I grabbed along with yesterday’s NOTD, Nicole by OPI Twist of Fate, intending for both of them to be used as top coats. At first glance this one seems to be a simple silver microglitter, but a closer look shows its not only full of silver but red, gold, blue and green holographic microglitter hiding in there as well!

Nicole by OPI Imagine If, somewhat more easily than Twist of Fate, can actually be used as a top coat yet can be layered to an interesting look with almost full opacity with 4 or  more coats. These pictures are with 3 coats, had to take them fast as the sun was almost down. This, like most sparkle top coats, dried very quickly. The multi-coloured sparkles are much more evident in person, I can see this complementing many shades! Very twinkly! I think I would especially like this over a dark blue, in Essie Starry Starry Night style..

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

Nicole by OPI Imagine If

 

I can see this topping many an upcoming NOTD! Have a good weekend!

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges NOTD Swatch & Review!

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

As promised on my related post with L’Oreal Too Dimensional, here’s the swatches for it’s black counterpart, Rough Around the Edges 139. These polishes are of L’Oreal’s Gold Dust line of textured polishes. They have a slightly gritty, super fine sandpaper feel to them which also forces them to look matte. And I LOVE them, far more than I thought I would.

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges is a billion silver micro glitter in a black base. It goes on opaque in 2 coats but I used 3 for these swatch photos. The effect makes me think of what might happen if you dipped freshly painted still wet black nails into super finely ground up diamonds. From a far distance, nails look to be a shiny very dark grey, closer you can see the glitter, and in the sun it’s stunning. The photos do not do it justice. It is a really different, modern, edgy look.

The first couple of pictures I took while it was still a bit wet.

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

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And a few when completely dry, looking more rough and matte.

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

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I eventually caved and put a topcoat on my ring finger as shown below, and I still liked it just as much!

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges with topcoat on ring finger

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges with topcoat on ring finger

When you wash your hands the greyish cast turns back to black for a while, the little gritty bumps hold that much moisture. I thought it was worth mentioning. I only have the 2 rough texture polishes, this and the L’Oreal Too Dimensional so these are pretty unique and original to me, although the textured nails polishes have been around for a while. Rough Around the Edges appears to be a pretty good dupe for Zoya Dahlia and OPI A-nise Treat which have both been around longer, but you can probably find the L’Oreal for cheaper if this is a look you’re interested in! I’m really glad I found this (by accident even) as it’s my new favourite!

L'Oreal Rough Around the Edges

L’Oreal Rough Around the Edges

Have a great weekend!

Nicole for OPI A Phil’s Paradise Swatch & Review!

A Phil's Paradise

A Phil’s Paradise

Today I will show you a swatch from another polish from my charity goodie bag, Nicole for OPI A Phil’s Paradise! This one surprised me and is far more unique than I originally gave it credit for. I thought it would be a more basic silvery shade but it turns out this is a bit of a shifty one!

Under a lightbulb, it looks like something more between a warm, pewtery silver and gold. In shade it’s a bluer, deeper leaning cool silver. In the sun, you can see a billion micro glitter sparkles, a greenish gold and silver, adding a fun unexpected dimension. This same micro glitter looks very green under a lightbulb. As with many metallic shades, this dried quickly. The formula went on smoothly, was opaque at two coats. The first picture is indoor light, two coats, the remainder are in sun at three thin coats. No topcoat.

A Phil's Paradise 2 coat

A Phil’s Paradise 2 coat, showing glitter

A Phil's Paradise 3 coats

A Phil’s Paradise 3 coats

A Phil's Paradise 3 coats, Sun

A Phil’s Paradise 3 coats, Sun

I really like this one! A Phil’s Paradise also looks a lot like OPI Number One Nemisis, possible dupe. A Phil’s Paradise seems a bit lighter.

Nicole for OPI Lacquers are big 3 free and are 15mL/0.5oz.

A Phil's Paradise

A Phil’s Paradise