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Lazerz - with Color Club Beyond, Over The Moon and Illamasqua Cameo

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By beautopia · April 14, 2013 · 0 Comments ·


If you follow me on any of my other social media accounts, you've probably already seen this. But I wanted to share it here because I really love all three of these polishes, and I wore this design for like, a week. That's pretty rare for me. What's even more rare is that it lasted that long without chipping. Holos! Yup. 

Color Club Over the Moon was the base color here, and it is pretty insane. I've never used a holo with such a great formula, and like most of you, I've tried plenty. It's not thick, per se, but it's not the anemic, imperfection-magnifying formula holo lovers are used to. It applies and wears like a regular, AWESOME, polish. I wore it alone also, for a few days, and I honestly sort of want to wear it again soon. Again, RARE. The color is a clear-toned blue, and the holo is pretty strong. 

Color Club Beyond is a charcoal holo, and while the holo isn't as strong as in OTM, it's better than a lot of charcoal holos out there. The real point that needs made here is, again, the formula. Just excellent. 

Illamasqua Cameo. This thing is good. The color is simply unique. There are lots of periwinkles out there, from China Glaze's new Fade Into Hue to China Glaze's old(er) Secret Periwinkle (these two are benchmarks to me) but Cameo just has a clarity and eye-catching purity to it's tone. It's bright, but not. It's one of those. And it's my new jam. 

Zoya Ornate Collection

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By beautopia · October 17, 2012 · 0 Comments ·


The Zoya entry into the Winter 2012 arena is basically amazing. I'm pretty much limiting myself to purchasing only polishes that cannot be passed up, since I've been using Shellac so much and all my clients are pretty much doing Shellac at this point. I need to purge at least 50% of my enormous stash as it is, so I really don't need non-essential polishes at this point. Ornate, or at least most of it, qualifies as essential for me. I offer several season-specific shades of China Glaze, OPI and Zoya at the salon, and by far the most used is Zoya which honestly surprised me. I love Zoya and everything, but I assumed people would go for the more recognizable brands, and since Zoya is for the most part only available online and in some salons it's pretty crazy. 

Anyway, I passed up all but one of the new OPI Skyfall polishes, and considering I'm a huge 007 fan, OPI Holiday collection fan, and Adele fan (I may go back and get Skyfall since she sings the theme song), that's a huge deal. I also don't feel as psyched about the promos I've seen for China Glaze's holiday offering, so Zoya was the only must-buy holiday collection for me. Weird. 

On to the swatches and reviews!!!

GOSH Holographic!

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By beautopia · October 5, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


GOSH Holographic

So how long have I wanted GOSH Holographic? Hmmm... a looooong time. I can't even remember, it's been so long. Way back when I was still pretty active on the MakeupAlley board I desperately wanted this polish. I've never seen a GOSH product in person, so I never had a chance. I was so incredibly happy with Holographic was hiding in my swap package from Michelle (from The Lacquer Files). Whoooopeeee! I've never tried a more awesome silver holo before. It's everything that I imagined it would be and more, lol. Up till now Nfu-Oh 61 was my favorite silver holo with China Glaze OMG running a close second but Holographic has something no holo silver I've tried has, a beautiful finish when in dim light. In low lighting it isn't super holo, but the wide linear effect does show up a bit, but Nfu Oh 61 for instance looks cakey and a bit streaky when viewed in low light even though it's just BAM in sunlight. I love the soft, even and delicate silver finish in low light and the amazing linear holo in the sun. It's amazing!!!

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Petites Color Fever Nail Polish in Black Diamond

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By beautopia · September 18, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


Petites Color Fever in Black DIamond - $3.99 at Rite Aid

I've previously reviewed a Petites Color Fever polish in Vintage Grey, and though i loved the color I was a bit put off at the price based on the small size of the polish and pretty much vowed never to buy another of them again, but here I am. Black Diamond is in the same family as Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm, OPI My Private Jet, and Color Club Revvvolution, and though I own all of those, I leaped at this bottle like the nail junkie I am. I was happy to find that it was a bit different from all the others in some way. It's not quite a jelly base like Chainmail Charm, or even MPJ and it's also not as dense and small-particled as Revvvolution. The particles of holo remind me more of the China Glaze Kaleidoscopes; sort of larger and shard-like. This holo is liner and scattered at the same time. You get that clean line of rainbow color but because the shards of holo are a little larger you get random rainbow flakes popping up all over the nail sort of outside that linear holo line. This is the most complex of the charcoal holo choices out there, and it's a big favorite for me, though the mother in me can't just choose one. They're all wonderful.

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NUBAR Prisms in Gem - aka Hella Holo, Holla!

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By beautopia · August 27, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


Nubar Gem - $7.50 at bynubar.com

Gem is the first of Nubar's Prisms polishes I've tried. I've been looking forward to this one since it's release because it seems like it would be such a cool polish to fly under the radar with. What if you're a holo-fanatic but work in a conservative office? I think that this is the kind of polish you can get away with. It's got a beige base but in the sun you can see a rose sheen and holographic microglitter blazing. It's two polishes in one! This is a very unique polish and though I don't work in a conservative office, I think I'll enjoy wearing this often. It's a eensy bit gritty, but a coat of Seche Vite clears that problem right up, since the glitter is so small and fine.

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Tagged with: holo, nubar, glitter, nails, nail polish

Diamond Cosmetics Nail Polish in Chainmail Charm

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By beautopia · August 25, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


Diamond Cosmetics Chainmail Charm - $2.25 at diamondcosmetics.com

This was one of my favorites from my recent Diamond Cosmetics nail haul. It's a warm charcoal filled with holographic shimmer. It's shimmer in a jelly base but the holo is linear. Finding a linear holo that has an actual base isn't as easy as you think. Most liner holos consist of the holo particles densely packed together and that basically makes up the polish. Because there's a base, the effect isn't as dazzling as you'd see with something like one of the China Glaze OMG holos, but it's better than a holo glitter. You have to get this one in just the right light to get a glimpse of crazy holorifficness, but it's pretty awesome. It's less sheer than the holo version of OPI My Private Jet but overall it's pretty similar. If you don't have MPJ, you'll be pretty happy with this, in my opinion. I will do a comparison of the two soon. This one required three coats for full opacity, but it applies beautifully, and dries quickly to a super glossy shine. I highly recommend this one.

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NUBAR Reclaim and Wildlife Nail Polish Swatches

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By beautopia · August 15, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


NUBAR Reclaim and Wildlife, from the Going Green collection, $7.50 each at bynubar.com

Here are the first two swatches from my recent Nubar haul; Reclaim and Wildlife. Both are really cool and interesting, one being a holo and the other a duochrome.

Reclaim: This one is a midtone grass green holo. The finish of this reminds me of the China Glaze OMG collection because the particles are so fine that they're almost undetectable. It just looks like a film of holo awesomeness. It's not quite as strong of an effect as some of the OMGs, but it's pretty impressive. It's also sort of thin while still having awesome two-coat coverage so it doesn't get gunky around the edges like some of the Nfu-Oh holos can when you view them in low light. It dries fast and is absolutely gorgeous, so you really can't go wrong. The only recommendation I have to make this live up to it's potential on the nail is get rid of your ridges before applying by either buffing lightly or applying a ridge filler. This polish applies well with or without topcoat which is the only caveat of the China Glaze OMGs, since those really work best without a base coat. ***** 5 stars for this one.

Wildlife: I didn't want this one necessarily for the color combination. While it's no doubt an interesting combo of colors, it's not really beautiful in the traditional sense. You're more likely to love this is if you like weird colors and/or strong duochromes. The acid green and swampy rose orange are really an acquired taste, I'm afraid, but the duochrome is so strong and awesome that it's just such a cool polish. I happen to adore duochromes and weird colors so I love this polish. In some lights it's really not that flattering on my skintone, but in others it's decent. I'm not sure I really care if it clashes with my skintone, it's such a fun color to look at and it's sort of a statement almost. It reminds me of Shrek's swamp, lol. It's a bit sheer, so I used three coats, but it does dry decently quickly. **** Four stars from me.

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Silver and Blue Holographic Swirl Konad Manicure with Nfu Oh 61 and OPI DS Fantasy

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By beautopia · June 1, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


Here's a festive mani I did for my daughter's kindergarten picnic. Their school colors are blue and white, but I was in the mood for holo, so here we are. I used Nfu Oh 61 ($12.50 at fabuloustreet.com), aka the greatest silver holo ever, for the base. Then with Konad plate m51 ($6.99 at wowsocool.com) and OPI DS Fantasy ($9.90 at amazon.com) I stamped the swirly design. I really liked the overall look. For my daughter, I did a Bobcat paws mani for school spirit, which you can see after the jump.

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OPI Designer Series Exclusive Nail Polish

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By beautopia · March 29, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


DS Exclusive is a highly holographic polish with a magenta base color in the same family as DS Extravagance, but a little more vibrant and slightly more sheer. This is one of my favorite OPI Designer Series polishes, and I got in the mood to swatch this because I'm on vacation in Clearwater, Florida, and the first time I came here I wore Exclusive. It brings back such awesome memories. There's not much to say other than what I already have and that it's got a super vibrant and holo-ey :D

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Silver Lining - Blue Holographic and Silver Chrome Konad Manicure with China Glaze

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By beautopia · March 28, 2010 · 0 Comments ·


For vacation, I had originally recreated the French mani with pink and white hibiscus flowers that I did earlier this month , but in the cleaning frenzy that usually leads up to a vacation for me, I totally ruined them :( So I decided to do something more travel-friendly, and more, well... me! So I took China Glaze 2NITE from the OMG collection and used Konad plate m79 to stamp metallic silver China Glaze Millennium clouds over it. The result of the chrome on holo is amazing in person. The silver clouds seem to be 3D. The almost float on the blue holographic background and as I move my hands the clouds seem sort of like they're moving against the background.

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