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Pantone Jewel Lacquers at Sephora

By beautopia · August 11, 2012 · 0 Comments ·
Pantone Jewel Lacquers at Sephora
Don't these look amazing? I spotted these on the Sephora site here: (http://m.sephora.com/sephora-pantone-univese-alchemy-of-color-jewel-lacquer-P375646) and was so excited.

They weren't out yet at my Sephora, the manager said they were getting them on Monday, so they're extremely new. They appear to be a mix of metallics, duochromes, and some speckled iridescent glitter/shimmer, so I'm very excited to see how these look.

There also appear to be some lipsticks and a gloss that are similar, and look like duochromes and seem to have some iridescent glitter also. Very intriguing. I don't remember the collection name but it had the word "Alchemy" in it so it's got to be good.

Are you interested in trying these? Do you think these will be new and unique or just rehashed from other brands? How do you feel about the possibility of duochrome glitter lip products? I'm curious what you guys think of these.

Essie Shine of the Times over White

By beautopia · February 18, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

Essie Shine of the Times - $8 most drugstores

I have seen Essie Shine of the Times in just about every drugstore and big box store I've visited in the last month or so, so I know it's relatively easy to find at this point. I had been seeing it everywhere on the internet and decided I didn't need it because I have Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure, a bunch of Nfu-Ohs, the Finger Paints flakies, and more random flakies and honestly don't use them often, but SotT really impossible to resist in the end because when I finally gave up and just picked the polish up in my hands to examine it, I realized it was different than all the others I mentioned above. The shards of mylar are more finely milled, which does a couple things; 1) there is more variation in color because since these are light reactive to a point, the larger the shard, the less color in the area the shard takes up (therefore the smaller the shard, the more shards per area equaling more color!), 2) the surface appears, and is to a certain extent textured rather than just a bit of interesting color being randomly scattered over the surface making the finish look irregular and sort of gross. So overall, SotT is better than a lot of flakies. SH Hidden Treasure had, to this point, been my favorite overall in the mylar glitter category as it had somewhat small particles and was very dense on application. SotT is the new point to which the bar has been raised, y'all. woot! The only weird thing is that there are some random plummy purple colored specks in the polish. You'll see what I mean below.

I love mylar over dark colors, but because this is so dense and makes such a neat textured looking surface, I decided to use a light, delicate color under it for once; China Glaze White on White.

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Finger Paints Special Effects in Twisted

By beautopia · January 1, 2012 · 0 Comments ·

One of five new flaky beauties from Finger Paints' new collection for Winter, Twisted is a bottle of awesome. There are flakies of every color in this clear base, making it the Queen of Flakies in this girl's humble opinion. There are a number of great flake-filled polishes out there, with more to come, I'm sure, but until now to get such a rainbow-tastic look, you'd have to layer several different polishes to get this much fabulous on a nail. I applied two coats of Twisted over a plain black creme in these photos. I also took a few photos of this look mattified with Essie Matte About You which I've included in this post. It looks insanely beautiful either way, and whethere you're in the sun or in indirect light, these are traffic accident worthy nails. Each of the five polishes retail at $4.99 at Sally Beauty Supply and are on the shelves at some locations now. I've got a couple more to show you later in the week. They are AWESOME.

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I Think I Need This: Rococo Gold Leaf Nail Varnish

By beautopia · June 7, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Rococo Nail Apparel Gold Leaf Nail Varnish - $32.50 at SpaceNK.com
Photo credit: cultbeauty.co.uk

I'm really sorry this isn't a review or swatches; I just found this online and haven't had the chance to purchase it, but I wanted to tell you guys about it because it's so cool. If you love flakies, you'll probably really like this. Rococo, a brand which I've yet to try, has a new polish out that is 24k gold flakes suspended in a clear base. How amazingly awesome is that?! I love the look of this. I can think of so many polishes that this would look amazing over. I'm chafing a little at the price for one bottle of polish, but when you really think about the fact that it's supposedly 24k gold flakes, and the fact that I probably would only use it once in a while, I suppose $32.50 isn't really that bad. Even more reasonable when you think of the fact that Chanel Illusion D'Or is $25 and isn't actually gold, (as far as I know, but I doubt it is considering their other polishes are the same price). What do you guys think? Has anyone tried it? I'd love to know what you think, and if you'd buy this.

Tagged with: flakies, rococo, gold, nails, nail polish

Essie Mesmerize and Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

By beautopia · May 20, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Ahhh! I haz nubbins! I filed my nails wayyyyy down, and am actually really happy about it. For now.

I know we've already been over this Hidden Treasure thing here on Beautopia, but I was going through my blog reader and this post from Coloruza had me panting. After seeing her lovely layering, I was sprinting to get my bottle of Hidden Treasure, and Essie Mesmerize (as close of a blue as I have to the Misa Heather used in her post). Mesmerize alone is one of my favorite polishes, one of Essie's best in my opinion. It's the most clear toned cobalt blue I've ever seen in a polish, and it works beautifully as a base color for Hidden Treasure. It's not too light, so it allows the flakies to really show up, and it's not so dark that it looks so Halloween-ish, darkening up the flakes till they mainly look orange. Plus the blue really enhances the rainbow characteristics of Hidden Treasure since it's own rainbow effect ends with green. This is two coats of Mesmerize (streak-free and opaque, Essie is it really you?) with one moderate coat of Hidden Treasure. Check out a few more photos after the jump!

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Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Hidden Treasure

By beautopia · May 16, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure - $8 at most drugstores

Flakies are a Nailie fave, and aside from Nfu Oh they can be somewhat difficult to find. Enter Hidden Treasure, of the 2010 Spring Tracy Reese release, and we finally have flakies at the drugstore. The Complete Manicure range has quickly become one of my favorite polishes of all time because of their beautiful and unique shades and flawless application, and now with flakies, there's more to love. While it's very similar to Nfu Oh 38 in base color and flake color, the flakes in Hidden Treasure are smaller and much more plentiful, so I think I actually prefer HT! The clear base makes it perfect for layering over any shade. Over light colors, it's a subtle pastel rainbow, and over dark colors, the autumnal oranges, yellows and greens take center stage. One layer gives a light wash of glittering goodness, and if you do two layers, the nail almost looks textured.

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MAC Nail Lacquer in Baby Goth Girl

By beautopia · April 30, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

MAC Baby Goth Girl - discontinued

I recently swapped for this polish that I originally passed on when it was released. The buzz on this polish was rampant that it wasn't anything like the bottle color, so I didn't pay much attention. While it's very pretty in the sun, and I was lucky enough to have a few flakies show up on my nails, I feel like I understand why this was such a let-down for so many people.

The bottle color is a gorgeous eggplant with beautiful shimmer and some orange flakes. The formula is very smooth and pigmented and only two coats are needed for coverage. However, if you go ahead with a third coat a bit more of that shimmer shows up on the nail. What you see above is three thinnish coats. In most lights this appears as an almost black purple. In the sun it's quite gorgeous and basically that's what these flash photos look like. Overall, I do like the polish, and can see myself wearing it in the future. When compared to the bottle color, sure, it's a let down, but when you look at it on it's own without taking the bottle color into consideration, it's quite pretty. Since it was such a FAIL to so many, you may be able to swap for this easily, or perhaps find it on eBay for a cheap-ish price. Click for more photos...

Tagged with: flakies, purple, nails, Mac, nail polish

Nfu Oh Nail Lacquer in 49 - Lots of Photos!

By beautopia · April 23, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Whoa. Just whoa. So I've shown you guys a few Nfu Oh flakies before; 38, 52, 60, and I think I still need to show you guys 51 and 61 (holo)... oops. But I digress, I'm going to show you number 49 today. I bought this recently on fabuloustreet.com because they're on sale! Normally you can get these babies for $12.50 shipped which isn't bad, but right now they're $10.00 shipped (to the US anyway). These are a bit bigger than your average polish at .60 oz, and there are so many unique colors and finishes. Nfu Oh has everything from cremes to glitters to these gorgeous flake-filled polishes.

This particular one has a very sheer rose base with orange-based flakes that when viewed from different angles range from reddish-orange, to yellow, to blue-green. I applied this over Zoya Pinta and the dark base really helps the flakes show up. They remind me of 90s crackle polish. All the Nfu Oh flakies have varying amounts of flakes in them; some are very sparse and require a few coats, but some are packed full and require only one coat. 49 is one of the latter. One moderate coat gave my nails this profusion of duochromey flakey goodness. YUM! OH and it looked awesome over my last manicure too!

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French Manicure with China Glaze Moonlight and Nfu Oh 38

By beautopia · March 19, 2010 · 0 Comments ·

Recently, I saw a post on PolishHoarderDisorder where she painted her nails with several coats of Nfu Oh 38 then added an opaque white tip for an awesome French Manicure. I haven't really used my Nfu Oh 38 yet so I wanted to give it a try with a similar manicure. I decided to use a soft white tip, China Glaze Moonlight, with a soft wash of the Nfu Oh over it and here's the result. The flakes are in a clear base, and are grey and translucent with a range of flash that runs the gamut between red, orange, yellow and green when the light hits it. In some lights, however, it just looks like a plain ol' French. It's pretty subtle yet fun.

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Nfu-Oh 52 and 60 Nail Polishes!

By beautopia · November 10, 2009 · 0 Comments ·

Oh, yeah. I'm back. Kinda, haha. Sorry I've been semi-MIA guys. I have been super busy with a lot of things and just got over a month-long illness to boot, so needless to say, I owe you guys some posts. I'm getting right on that. They may be slow at first, but I hope to keep things steady despite starting a new job! Sooooo.... without further blabber, I've got a couple nail polishes I know you'll enjoy!

Nfu-Oh is a brand that started popping up on MakeupAlley.com some time ago. They were an obscure Korean brand of nail lacquer mainly used by nail artists. As far as nail polish, Nfu-Oh is known for their eye-popping flakies, or sheer polish in many shades with light-responsive "flakes" of thin opalescent glitter. Whew. Yeah. They're as awesome as they sound. I have had a few of these babies hiding in my nail polish stash, and just re-discovered them. (I'm getting back into nail polish, girls, so there will be a lot more nail polish-ey goodies to come). Keep in mind that while these are gorgeous with a few coats on their own, they are truly amazing layered over a multitude of polishes.


Click to see a couple manicures I've done with them recently:

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