Peach Perfect

I was looking on Design Seeds for color inspiration and came across this gorgeous springy palette.  I started with the diamond nails, and didn’t know what to pair them with – I had originally thought to do something floral, but that seemed like too much work.  Then I realized the colors would be perfect for this design by (who else?) Mr. Candiipants.  I did a simple gradient on the remaining two nails, and ended up with this super awesome manicure.  Love it!

peach perfect

The base color is OPI My Vampire is Buff.  The green is Sinful Colors Innocent, the gray is OPI Suzi Takes the Wheel, and the pink and peach are Nails Inc. Mayfair Lane and Wellington Square.

peach perfect

Don’t be surprised if you see more fruit nails from me in the near future – they were much easier than I thought they’d be, and they’re just so adorable!

The Hawaiian Collection

I never do whole-collection posts, but since I had all three of these, I thought I’d give it a go.

Windestine’s Hawaiian collection is made up of three gorgeous jelly polishes with glitter.  All three are very different, but still equally amazing.

First up, Peach Ice.  This is a beautiful orangey-peach jelly base with two different sizes of sheer white glitter.  It’s very delicate, but at the same time, it’s vibrant.  I have a hard time finding colors like this that look good with my skin tone, but Peach Ice turned out to be my perfect peach.  LOVE this one!

Next we have Pele.  Honestly, I didn’t think I would like this as much as I do.  It’s a bright red-orange with, as far as I can tell, blue and gold glitter, and red microglitter.  It’s much less red than the picture shows, but my camera has major issues with oranges.  It is still a very vibrant polish – the colors remind me of a fiesta!  Gorgeous!

And last but not least, is Moana.  This is my favorite one, by a very small margin.  I absolutely love the base color.  It kind of reminds me of Zoya Frida (strange coincidence: that’s the name of Windestine’s creator!), just a bit thicker.  But it’s really the combination of glitters that caught my eye.  There are some light blue medium sized glitters, large pink/berry-colored glitters, and (my favorite part) tiny orange glitters.  Sooo pretty!  This is definitely one of my favorite indies ever!

All swatches show two coats of polish with a thin coat of topcoat.  They were a bit thick (especially Moana), but I ended up liking that because it meant the glitter and color payoff was great without too much effort.

Which one is your favorite?

Windestine polishes are available from Etsy and Big Cartel, and you can check her website for info on restocks and new collections.  Both shops are currently closed, but will reopen tomorrow (11/15) night at 9 PST for cyber Monday with 24 hours of free shipping with code “cyber”!  Big Cartel will have a larger selection, but the Hawaiian collection will be available in both shops 🙂

International readers: Windestine is now available on Overall Beauty, which ships internationally, so now you can get your hands on some of these awesome polishes!

A Crewed Interest

Essie’s A Crewed Interest is an light peach creme that is surprisingly bright.  I wanted to like this polish so much, but I just can’t.  I thought the color would look great with my skin tone, and in the bottle, it does.  But when I get it on my nails, it brings out all the yellow in my skin and makes my hands look really dirty in comparison.  I could probably have dealt with this if not for the formula.  Shown here is SEVEN thin, streaky coats of polish.  At least five are required to eliminate the streakiness.  I thought thin coats would help it actually dry at all, but no.  Two coats of quick dry topcoat and three hours later, this was not only dentable, it wiped completely off when I tried to put a sweatshirt on.

As much as I wanted to love this, I just can’t.  And from what I’ve read online, I’m not the only one who has issues with this polish.  Also, I bought a salon bottle before receiving a retail bottle as a gift, so I can tell you that neither one is better than the other.  Both formulas are horrible.  I expect more from my favorite brand.  Part of me still really wants to try and make this work.  I’ll keep you updated if I experiment with it more.

Have any of you tried A Crewed Interest? Any tips on making trouble polishes work?

Paparazzi Don’t Preach

Despite the fact that this is from the Kardashian Kolors collection, I can’t think about it without getting the Madonna song (Papa Don’t Preach) stuck in my head.  This is what I was hoping Essie’s A Crewed Interest (from this year’s spring collection) would look like.  But this one is more pink and not as bright, which, for me, makes it easier to wear.

This was a little thick and streaky, but not too bad.  This is three coats with Essie Good to Go.

Based on Paparazzi Don’t Preach and Ladies in the Limelight (both from the Kardashian Kolors spring collection), I’m seriously considering buying more Nicole by OPI polishes soon.  I had been avoiding them based on previous experience, but they seem to have improved the formula and the new brushes makes a huge difference.  I will definitely be checking out their displays more often!

On a completely unrelated note, does anyone have any suggestions for thickening nails? I’ve tried several treatments and daily biotin supplements and my nails are still paper thin (the result of genetics, not nail damage).  Any of you have the same problem?