Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Cirque Colors: Holo Comparisons

Cirque Colors has been creating striking holos since day one with Fascination Street & Never Nude in the debut 2012 Dark Horse collection. The line up has grown significantly and there are now seventeen Cirque holographic polishes available. With so many to choose from, you may have been wondering how some compare. I've got three comparisons for you today: the pinks Powwow & Vesuvius, the peachy/corally/oranges Cypress & Luminous Owl, and the blues Bejeweled, Sky Woman, & Night Sky. The pictures speak for themselves so my comments are brief :)

With the exception of Night Sky, the products in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Vesuvius vs. Powwow

Powwow is more pink and has blue shimmer. Vesuvius has a stronger linear holo.

Cypress vs. Luminous Owl

Luminous Owl is more coral/orange (I think it looks like the color of clay!). Cypress has a stronger linear holo and a metallic appearance. The formula of Cypress is much thinner, whereas Luminous Owl applies almost like a cream.

Bejeweled vs. Sky Woman vs. Night Sky

Night Sky is not one of the seventeen available holos (read more about Night Sky here), but I wanted to include it for reference in case anyone was interested. Sky Woman is less saturated. Bejeweled has a stronger linear holo. Night Sky has a hint of green and is much darker than Bejeweled than it appears here.

I hope this is helpful :) Don't forget to enter Cirque's giveaway here for your chance to win all seventeen holos!

Cirque Colors holographic polishes retail for $13 and are available at and these participating retailers.

PS - You know what I would love to see Annie create next? Pastel holos!!!

With the exception of Night Sky, the products in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Birthday Nails

Not too long ago, I had a birthday. It was super low key and it rained :/ But, my boyfriend made burgers, got me some macarons, and there was a party on my nails! I wore Cirque XX as a glitter gradient over OPI Step Right Up. (Cirque XX was provided as a press sample. I won OPI Step Right Up in a giveaway. Read my disclosure policy here.)

Cirque XX Glitter Gradient

Cirque XX Glitter Gradient

I was inspired to do a nude-ish glitter gradient by this mani done by PolishCandies (formerly hannvjk) and by a mani found on Pinterest by a gal named marce7ina. It was not linked properly (that's Pinterest for ya), but after a little searching I tracked down the original post - view it here. I applied XX with an eyeshadow sponge, although I probably could have done without it and just used the brush. While I usually layer it over black, I really like how XX looks as a gradient with a soft base color.

Side note: doesn't it seem like there are a lot of Gemini beauty bloggers out there?

I hope you had a lovely 4th of July weekend!

Cirque XX was provided as a press sample. I won OPI Step Right Up in a giveaway. Read my disclosure policy here.

Friday, July 4, 2014

4th of July Nails & Weekend Shopping

Happy 4th of July, my fellow Americans! Are you doing anything fun to celebrate? I can't wait to see the fireworks this year. For the last five summers, they have been over the Hudson but this year they're back on the East River. It will be great to see them above the bridges again!

I've been thinking about my 4th of July mani from the moment I laid eyes on Incoco's patriotic Independence Day collection (which I received for review - read my disclosure policy here). Any of the three designs would have been perfect and I chose this glittery stars & stripes one. The design is actually called Independence Day :) I'm totally crazy about it! 'MERICA!

Just for fun, here's a look back at my last few 4th of July manis: 2013 | 2012 | 2011 - includes pics inside the Statue of Liberty!

And here's a little weekend shopping for the long weekend:

Enter Cirque's Ultimate Summer Giveaway for your chance to will all 17 holographic polishes! Details here.

Coming soon: Birchbox's first store!

Zoya is offering 3 polishes for free with $12 shipping (or, 3 polishes for $12 with free shipping). Code: THREEDOM. Need help deciding? Check out my Zoya swatches here!

New from butter LONDON: the Brick Lane collection.

Frazzle and Aniploish gave us a first look at The Giver collection from China Glaze: - aka a nail polish collection based on a movie based on a book. Check out the 5th photo from the top.

NARS is the latest brand to upgrade their nail polish formula.

Nouveau Cheap shared beauty clearance deals from Macy's.

Argh the $6 arrow ring from Nordstrom is sold out so now I have my eye on this one.

Bonus: check out these amazing pictures of Wednesday night's wild thunderstorm!

Have a great weekend :)

Products in this post were provided for review. Read my full disclosure policy here.

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Field Trip: New Urban Outfitters Herald Square Beauty Section

This is going to be a picture-less field trip (because of course I find cool things when I don't have any kind of camera with me) but I'm excited to tell you about the beauty section in the new Urban Outfitters in Herald Square! It's worth talking about, even sans-pictures :)

As I was about to go into the subway after a quick errand at Macy's, I noticed a massive Urban Outfitters right across the street (35th St) beckoning me in. Inside, the store is even bigger than it appears - I later learned on Racked that this newly opened "lifestyle store" is 57,000 square feet. That's more than six times larger than the average 9,000 square foot store (source). I'm surprised the greeter at the door wasn't handing out compasses and maps ;)

Somehow I found the beauty section (OK, it really wasn't hard to find). Initially I was drawn to a nicely stacked tower of Urban Outfitters' colorful square polishes like a moth to a bright light. But that was only the beginning - just beyond, I saw a large (organized!!!) beauty section filled with rows of brands, many I'd never seen before, and an abundance of ridiculously adorable packaging. It was a bit of a jaw drop moment; I needed a few seconds to take it all in. Some of the more memorable products include a cooling eye cream in a plastic panda, hand cream in flower pots with animal heads on the lids, and something packaged in what looked like eggs in an egg carton. And in comparison to the perfume sticks in Russian nesting dolls, the peach lip balm in a peach seemed a little... ordinary. While there still aren't as many brands in the store as there are on the website, the selection is much larger than any Urban Outfitters I've ever been to. And oh, the organization!!! Instead of products tossed in a bin, strewn across a table, or haphazardly placed on shelves (maybe that's an NYC problem?), each brand has a section and each product has a place complete with a tester, similar to a Sephora display. Also notable: the beauty section has designated staff around to help you out and talk to you about the products. This new Urban Outfitters opened only a couple weeks ago and I hope that it will be kept as nice and organized!

Here are the brands I remember seeing (there were maybe three or four more that I'm forgetting):

  • Anastasia
  • Ardency Inn
  • The Face Shop (side note: if you want to see the full line of Face Shop products, just walk over to their store on 32nd St between 5th and Broadway)
  • Holika Holika
  • Lime Crime
  • Stila
  • Tony Moly

I didn't explore the rest of the store. It felt like it would have been an event, like going to Ikea. There's a coffee shop, a place inside to lock up your bike, and even a salon. It's like they don't want you to leave...

I am very impressed with the beauty section in this huge new Urban Outfitters and think it's totally worth checking out, especially if you're in the area. I'll be back again - hopefully with a camera.

Visit the new Urban Outfitters in Herald Square at 1333 Broadway (at the corner of 35th St). The beauty section is on the first floor towards the back - look for the landmark tower of square polishes!

Friday, June 20, 2014

Weekend Shopping: MAC's Revamped Nail Polish Line, Rescue Beauty Lounge's "Dramatic" New Collection, Jason Wu x Lancôme, and More!

photo taken a few weeks ago at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden

Hey it's almost the summer, officially! Whoa "Summer, Officially" sounds like the name of an emo rock band circa 2003. Nowadays I guess that means it should be a nail polish name. Speaking of awesome nail polish names... can someone make a dinosaur themed collection? Because I want to see "Tricera-taupes" happen. I'm looking at you, OPI!

Here's what I'm shopping for this weekend:

MAC has reformulated their nail polish line, added a wider brush, and lowered the cost from $17 to $12 (almost 30%). Seems like they are addressing the most common criticisms the nail polish community had about their product!

Meanwhile, not listening to their customers, we have Sally Hansen. Long time favorite blue cream polish in the Xtreme Wear line Pacific Blue has been revamped to be not so cream and not so awesome. Cue a "really" from Seth & Amy.

New from Sinful Colors: the Silk + Satin summer collection will have a "demi-matte silk texture". Five new textured polishes are coming in the Full Throttle collection. Read the press release on Examiner (via Nouveau Cheap)

I'm interested in Essie's new blues Strut Your Stuff and I'm Addicted but want to know how they compare to 1. each other and 2. In The Cab-Ana... has anyone come across such a thing?

There's another round of nail polish blind dating Enchanted Polish pre-order this Sunday June 22nd @ 12pm PDT (that's 3PM over here on the East Coat).

Rescue Beauty Lounge has a new collection! Do a Google search for Anatomy of a #KDrama to see swatches from several bloggers - they are all great and I couldn't possibly pick just one or two to link here :)

Jason Wu collaborated with Lancôme and there's a nail polish called 'Vernis in Love'.

Uslu Airlines polish is available at Nordstrom.

New from Glam Polish: the Epic Journey collection (LE), inspired by the Fellowship's Journey through Middle-earth.

The Sephora Formula X 'Liberty' top coat is all things 4th of July.

Rebecca Minkoff's new Bloomingdale's exclusive "Bike Share" backpack reminds me of those black nylon Prada backpacks (but at a fraction of the cost!)

This $6 arrow ring is basically a no brainer. Oh, and it ships for free.

I'm also loving...

Watch Fox 5 news' interview with Essie - yep, the Essie!

Cats & sushi.

What are you shopping for this weekend?

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Incoco's Independence Day Nail Polish Appliqués

Incoco's Independence Day Nail Polish Appliqués
Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Nail art is a popular and festive way for many women to show their patriotism on the Fourth of July - but, no one said that it was easy to do! However, with the new 2014 Independence Day Collection by Incoco, you can quickly and easily deck your nails in the stars and stripes in minutes without the mess and hassle of liquid nail polish. [from the press release]

With so many new designs for summer 2014, I was pleasantly surprised when Incoco's Four of July themed trio showed up in my mailbox. Any of these three appliqués would be just perfect to wear to celebrate the 4th in a few weeks (or maybe to cheer the USA on in the World Cup!)

Incoco Independence Day
Independence Day - pretty much the most 4th of July you can get on your nails. This is all glitter.

Incoco American Girl
American Girl - I could definitely not paint on these tiny multicolored stars with a brush! Up close the stars look a little worn, like a partially rubbed off temporary tattoo :/ But, probably only you would notice that. This one has a pearly finish.

Incoco Fireworks

Incoco Fireworks
Fireworks - glitter! Yea!

I don't know which one I'll wear for the 4th yet, but I do know that whatever I pick will be better than last year's hot mess American flag nail foil things.

Incoco products can be purchased online: Independence Day (the stars & stripes one) and American Girl (the stars one) retail for $8.99 each. Fireworks (the all-glitter one) retails for $7.99. For the latest, follow Incoco on Twitter and Facebook. If you're interested in reading all about my experience with Incoco, I wrote about application and wear time here. In short, they're awesome and I recommend them.

Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.

Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Top Summer 2014 Nail Polish Trends

summer 2014 nail polish trends

In thinking about the trends in nail polish for summer 2014, my first thought was... there aren't any. At the moment, there isn't an "it" color, a new favorite DIY trend (you know... the one that dominates Pinterest and Instagram feeds), or a new fancy finish. Instead, it seems like any color and all nail art (and no nail art) is happening right now. But once I took a step back and contemplated all things summer nail polish on a bigger level, I realized that aside from a few outlying collections (ex: MAC Alluring Aquatic), the major summer 2014 nail polish collections consist of either bold & bright creams or neons (or, polishes attempting to be neons). These trends aren't as specific as they have been in past seasons, but they're trends none the less :)

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Bold & Bright Creams

While the summer 2014 nail polish color palette span the rainbow, bold & bright cream shades are the common theme. Reds, magentas, melony pinks, oranges, yellows, grassy greens, and nautical blues are plentiful but aren't anything we haven't seen before. You probably already have these colors covered in your collection :) In case you don't, there are tons of options out there. I'm listing here just a few of the new releases for summer 2014, but definitely check out your favorite drug stores/Bed Bath & Beyond/Target etc for the same kinds of colors that are older or part of the brand's permanent line up.

summer 2014 nail polish trends

butter LONDON Ladybird and Sozzled from the Lolly Brights collection, $15 each from Nordstrom
China Glaze Off Shore collection, $7.50 each from Ulta
Cover Girl XL Nail Gel #instaGLAM collection, $6.99 each from Walgreens
Deborah Lippmann 80s Rewind collection, $18 each from Sephora
Essie Too Taboo collection (these are advertised as neons, but they aren't quite neon), $8.50 each from Bed Bath & Beyond
Nicole by OPI The Coral of the Story, Lay It On the Lime, and Leapink For Joy from the Seize the Summer collection, $7.99 each from CVS
Zoya Tickled collection, $9 each from


I know. Saying that neon nail polish is trending in summer is like saying pastel nail polish is trending in spring, or boots & sweaters are trending for fall & winter. But as we find ourselves in a bit of a 90s renaissance (Birkenstocks are everywhere) the fact that neon polish is trending is appropriate. Next stop - day-glo slap bracelets and scrunchies! Dudes and dudettes: neons are totally trending right now (but psst... some of the better ones are from older collections).

summer 2014 nail polish trends

American Apparel neons, $7 each from American Apparel
China Glaze - anything from the last few summer collections (Flip Flop Fantasy is a must have), $7.50 each from Ulta
Color Club neons (look for Jackie Oh! or Wham! Pow!), $4.79 each from Harmon Face Values
Eighty4 neons, $8 each from
L’Oréal Paris Colour Riche Le Vernis Summer Collection (not sure there's a more official name for this collection... btw Acid Watermelon is the name of one of the polishes),
Neons by OPI, $9 each from Ricky's NYC
Orly Baked collection, $8 each from Ulta
RickyColor Final Share Weekend & there's a really bright orange I saw in the store but now I can't remember the name, $6.50 each from Ricky's NYC
Sinful Colors neons (see: Neon Melon, Summer Peach, and Dream On), $1.99 each from Rite Aide

Bright Indie Holos

There's a third trend in nail polish this summer and this one exists exclusively in the world of indie nail polish! The creative mind behind independent nail polish companies are making some of the best holo polishes and this summer we're seeing brighter and more vivid holos than ever before. Hurray for indie polish! And hurray for holos!

There are so many indie brands out there and these are just a few:

Cirque Colors Heritage collection*, $13 each from
Glam Polish Rydell High collection (bonus: they're neon, too!), $10.95 each from
Eighty 4 Sea Goddess, Barbie Ride, and Enchantment, $8 each from
I Love Nail Polish Summer 2014 collection holos, $10 each from

What else is happening this summer? In addition to the two cream shades mentioned from butter LONDON's Lolly Brights collection, the other four polishes are bold foily-metallics. Part two of Zoya's summer collection, Bubbly, is made up of six colorful glittery toppers that complement the creams. Maybelline gave us the Bleached Neons, which are bright pseudo-neon pastels. The three nail polishes in MAC's Alluring Aquatics collection were the unlike any other summer collection this year (although still not entirely unique). Textured polishes didn't transition into summer 2014 as strong as they did last year. A few new textured collections came out recently - Zoya released three more Magical Pixie polishes, L'Oréal came out with the Miss Denim collection, and Revlon gave us Haute Rocks - but they seemed like random releases instead of being their brand's main summer collection. Is the textured polish trend cooling off or is it just that there are enough options out there to keep us happy for the time being? I know I'll still be wearing textures this summer. The four OPI Beach Sandies* for example, which were part of the spring 2014 Brazil collection, are fantastic summer colors.

Ah well this is just what my little eye spies for summer 2014. Harper's Bazaar, for example, has identified quite a different selection. I'd love to hear what trends are jumping out at you this season! But most importantly: keep wearing whatever makes you happy :)

*Denotes a product received for review. Read my disclosure policy here.