Friday, June 28, 2013

Weekend Shopping: Enchanted Polish, Tons from butter LONDON, Dinosaurs & Louis Vuitton, and More

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Happy Friday! I'm looking forward to the weekend because... a) I feel like I haven't totally unpacked from Arizona b) goodness I need to catch up on this blog and c) I also need to do laundry. Our trip was great, we  saw so much and took a lot of pictures (like the one up top!)

Here's what I'm shopping for this weekend (and links to a few other things I love around the internet):

Set your calendar alarms: there's an Enchanted Polish restock this Sunday, June 30th at 11AM PST

I can't stop thinking about this blue* polish from butter LONDON's PopART! Summer Collection (I just Instagram-ed a sneak peak).

And even more from butter LONDON - there's a teaser picture of the autumn/winter 2013 collection on Facebook.

The Rescue Beauty Blogger Collection 2.0 is available for pre-order - but only if you signed up for the VIP newsletter!

Dolce & Gabbana's new collection is "berry" excellent.

Love the photography on the Floss Gloss website.

Adrienne Bailon from... um... launched a nail polish line.

I'm all for using nail polish for arts & crafts, but this is really uncalled for.

On a serious note, this reminds us how flammable acetone is. Be careful, all!

Louis Vuitton takes "retro" to a new level with their new dino-mite windows (need to see this in person!)

Here's a non-glamorous look at what NYC is really like in the summer. Especially 1, 2, 8, and 19.

What are you shopping for this weekend?

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Thursday, June 27, 2013

Sorry, Google Reader, but I've moved on (and it's not to Bloglovin')


They say that breaking up is hard to do.

So Google Reader is going away on July 1st, and up until recently, I was basically in denial. I've had Bloglovin' for a while, but I just haven't been able to get into it (I like seeing posts in full and not as a preview).

To me, the thought of backing up my beloved list of blogs & moving over to a new reader was as daunting a task as backing up the files on my computer. And I should know better, as I lost a hard drive once and tearfully dragged it's soul-less carcass to a Best Buy only to hear that there was nothing more they could do for it...

As July 1st is, um, Monday, I realized it's time to either embrace Bloglovin' or find another reader. Or lose my list of blogs, but let's take that option off the table right now. Like backing up your files, you should really just get it over with: save your reading list and then not have to think about it ever again.

Let's start here: https://www.google.com/takeout/#custom:reader

Did you do it? YAY! Now you can do whatever you want with your blogs later - you know, in case something new and amazing comes out. You will be ready!

The next step is to find your list of blogs a new home :)

One reader that has been getting a lot of attention lately is Bloglovin', and importing your blogs is crazy easy: http://www.bloglovin.com/import/reader

If Bloglovin' is your thing, read no further and enjoy! But... I found something even better: Feedly. It's a lot like Google Reader but overall runs smoother. There are more options for viewing blogs. And organizing your blogs into folders could not be easier. The Feedly app is also super sleek looking. To get started, you just permit Feedly to see your Reader blogs and Feedly does the rest (no need to involve the 'takeout' file you made - but I'd do it before July 1st, to be safe).

And Feedly is just one option - there are more readers out there that you may like even better.

What's your preferred reader of choice these days?

PS - has anyone figured out Fauxbook Google Plus yet?

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Nail Polish Collection

Zoya Irresistible Summer 2013 Nail Polish Collection
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To complement Zoya's Stunning collection of carefree and bright cream polishes, the Irresistible collection consists of six shimmery and foil metallic nail polishes in bold, summery hues.

What does is a foil metallic finish? I'd describe it as a finish that is reflective like metal but not solid like a chrome finish. There are flecks of shimmer that give the polish depth and reduce signs of streaking. The polishes in the Irresistible collection that have a foil metallic finish are Kerry, Bobbi, Hazel, and Rikki (to my eye, at least... I don't have an electron microscope or anything).

And while we're at it, let's talk about Amy and Tinsley. Both Amy and Tinsley are semi-jelly polishes loaded with shimmer creating the illusion of a metallic polish. They are like metallic jellies. Full disclosure: I could be wildly off about all this. Feel free to tell me how wrong I am in the comments.

Question: if a cream + jelly polish hybrid = a 'crelly', what would a metallic + jelly polish hybrid be called?


Kerry



Kerry is a bright foil metallic yellow that is so bright, it practically glows. I wasn't expecting the coverage to be great, but it was surprisingly wonderful. I only needed (2) coats. Kerry is not a dupe of Ziv.

Zoya Kerry


Amy



Amys of the world, let's celebrate together because there is Zoya polish at last for us! And Amy is an awesome polish. I have had this silly worry for years that if/when Zoya released a polish named Amy, I wouldn't like it ;) Amy is a vivid reddish-orange almost jelly polish loaded with golden shimmer. Being a semi-jelly polish, pigmentation was on the sheer side, but I was still satisfied with just (2) coats. Isn't this just the perfect summer polish?

Zoya Amy


Tinsley



Tinsley is a rosy pink jelly polish loaded with golden shimmer. Tinsley and Amy are similar in the sense that the base color is sheer and semi-jelly to allow the golden shimmer shine through. Tinsley, however, is much more sheer than Amy. I needed (3) coats. Tinsley may be better as as layering polish - I actually haven't seen anyone do that yet, have you tried layering Tinsley?

Zoya Tinsley


Bobbi



Bobbi is a deep, cool toned pink with silver shimmer. In my swatch, it looks like there is blue (I actually had to grab my bottle again to double check), but I assure you there are no blue flecks in Bobbi! Bobbi has the best pigmentation of the Irresistible polishes and is almost a one-coater. I think I've seen this color before, perhaps in the Color Club foil collection a few years back?

Zoya Bobbi


Hazel



Hazel is a stormy, desaturated blue polish with silver shimmer and pale gold flecks. Hazel has excellent pigmentation and I only needed (2) coats. Is Hazel a dupe for Crystal? Hazel is less saturated and more densely metallic than Crystal (check it out here).

Zoya Hazel


Rikki



To put it simply, Rikki is the green version of Hazel. Rikki is a desaturated green polish with silver shimmer and pale gold flecks. Rikki has decent pigmentation - I only needed (2) coats.

Zoya Rikki

What do you think? Are you able to resist any of the Irresistible polishes?

Zoya nail polishes retail for $8.00 and the Irresistible Summer 2013 collection is available online* now. In New York City, Zoya can be purchased at several locations including Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St) and Ulta in the Rego Park Center. See the full list of retailers here.

PS - Google reader is going away! Have you check out Feedly as a replacement? Gotham Polish is also on Bloglovin'.

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Sunday, June 23, 2013

A "Minnie" Glitter Gradient

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While just about fool-proof, the glitter gradient effect continues to be my go-to nail art technique. Using the pink cream Chic From Ears to Tail and glitter Minnie Style from OPI's Couture de Minnie collection (reviewed here), I created this manicure that hopefully a fashion-forward Minnie would approve of! My glitter gradient instructions can be found here :)

The limited edition Couture de Minnie polishes retail for $9.00. In New York City, OPI can be easily found at many stores including Ricky's (various locations), Gideon's Drugs (1385 Broadway, corner of 38th St), Beauty 35 (505 8th Ave corner of 35th St and 8th Ave), and Duane Reade (various locations).

PS - this is a scheduled post. I'm off on an adventure and will reply to your comments when I return :)

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Thursday, June 20, 2013

A Chaotic Bumblebee

Sephora X Chaotic over Zoya Darcy
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Bzzz this combo makes me think of bumblebees! Sephora X Chaotic (reviewed here) over the sunny yellow Zoya Darcy (reviewed here) is so much fun, don't you think?

Zoya Darcy retails for $8 and is available on Zoya.com*. Sephora X Chaotic retails for $11.50 and is available on Sephora.com*.

PS - this is a scheduled post. I'm off on an adventure and will reply to your comments when I return :)

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Tuesday, June 18, 2013

Sandy Nails

Essie In the Cab-Ana and Zoya Godiva
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Ever since I laid eyes on the glistening nude textured polish Godiva by Zoya (reviewed here), all I could think about was using it as "sand" in a beach manicure! When Essie In The Cab-Ana (reviewed here) came into my life, I knew these two polishes had to get together :)

To create this look, I started by letting In The Cab-Ana dry completely. I then painted a thin stripe of Godiva on the tips of my nails. After that dried, I added another layer of Godiva and gently - and deliberately unevenly - worked my brush back toward my cuticles, letting the polish thin out. That's it! Pretty simple, I hope you give it a try :)

Zoya Godiva retails for $9 and is available on Zoya.com*. Essie In The Cab-Ana retails for $8 and is available at Ricky's and Bed Bath & Beyond. Online, Essie can be purchased at Nordstrom for free shipping - link!*

PS - this is a scheduled post. I'm off on an adventure and will reply to your comments when I return :)

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Sunday, June 16, 2013

Go West, Young Blogger!


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"Leave it as it is. You cannot improve on it. The ages have been at work on it, and man can only mar it. What you can do is to keep it for your children, your children's children, and for all who come after you , as the one great sight which every American...should see."
-Theodore Roosevelt

I'm off on a grand adventure in a far away land! Can you guess where I'm headed? Look for updates on Twitter and Instagram (user name: GothamPolish) - if I can get a signal, that is ;)

Here's what I'll be bringing with me:


Can't wait to tell you all about it when I get back :)

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Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Cupcake Nails & Some New Camera Shots

birthday cupcake nails

I got a new toy for my birthday - the Nikon D7000! I'm so excited but also a bit overwhelmed - it will take some time to get comfortable using it and I still have a lot to learn. This camera has so much more to it than the D40 (the camera I've been using) and I'm able to change settings that I didn't even know could be changed.

Here are some pictures my boyfriend and I took around the city last weekend to try it out!

birthday bow

Laduree macarons

sushi
birthday lunch <3

Sheep Meadow
I totally faux-HDR'd this one...

Central Park Mall
The Mall was closed - bummer - but we got this cool picture!

I haven't yet figured out how best to set it up for swatching. While I have been shooting with the D40 all on manual settings, believe it or not, it's not as easy as just setting everything the same! Here's my first D7000 swatch and a close up of my cupcake manicure:

birthday cupcake nails

The polishes I used were from the Kiss Marbelizing set (link!). The white glitter is Cirque Galinda and the rhinestone heart is from Bundle Monster (all received for review).

Looking forward to playing more and sharing more pictures around the city with you :)

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Sunday, June 9, 2013

Cirque Arcus Collection Part 2: Electric Circus, Kaleidoscope, Le Invader, Lullaby, Magic Hour, and Iris

Cirque Arcus Collection
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Inspired by hues of the rainbow, The Arcus Collection consists of 12 brightly-colored nail lacquers just in time for the summer. The first half of the collection explores the primary and secondary colors of the spectrum in variety of finishes from a fiery holographic red to a regal purple micro-glitter. The second half of the collection focuses on multi-colored “toppers”, such as whimsical squares, punchy neons and polychromatic sparkles, designed to be used over existing colors.

Cirque's much anticipated third collection released almost a year to the day since the debut Dark Horse collection is all about color. Consisting of polishes that use brightly colored pigments, iridescent particles, and holographic effects, the twelve new nail polishes in the Arcus collection celebrate the rainbow in a few different ways. In this post, I'll be reviewing the six glitter top coat polishes of the collection: Electric Circus, Kaleidoscope, Le Invader, Lullaby, Magic Hour, and Iris (here is my review of Vesuvius, Sanguine, Helios, Erda, Bejeweled, and Queen Majesty).

Cirque Arcus Collection


Electric Circus



Electric Circus is a satin glitter concoction made of red, blue, and lime green hexagonal glitters in two sizes. My ever observant boyfriend thinks this one looks like a color blind test ;) The application was great - the satin glitter bits apply evenly and plentiful with just one coat. I'm wearing one coat of Electric Circus over CND Asphalt with Gelous over top to smooth out the glitter.

Cirque Electric Circus


Kaleidoscope



Kaleidoscope is a satin rainbow glitter made up of over (30) different glitter bits. To name a few, there are hexagons, triangles, squares, and diamonds. Kaleidoscope is full of surprises - I even found a weird squiggly shaped piece! While I had no trouble with the application or formula, the pieces apply somewhat sparsely. I'm wearing (2) coats of Kaleidoscope over Wet & Wild Black Creme. I absolutely am crazy about this polish!


Cirque Kaleidoscope


Le Invader



Le Invader is a jewel toned metallic square glitter party. The squares are all the same size. The formula is thick but not sticky and the plentiful glitter transfers to the nail decently. I just needed to do a little bit of rearranging to evenly space the pieces out. The metallic glitter appears to be curling like the dreaded "taco glitter", but fortunately this is just an illusion. The glitter is not lifting off the nail. I know this look might not be everyone's cup of tea, but Cilucia wrote a great post about "reflective curling" here if you're interested. I'm wearing one coat of Le Invader over Wet & Wild Black Creme.

Cirque Le Invader


Lullaby



Lullaby is a perfectly named pastel satin glitter polish. Silver, pink, purple, and seafoam green squares & hexagons in several sizes (and a few stars!) are suspended in a clear base. Lullaby is so unique and excellent - it's a really sophisticated glitter, don't you think? Aside from the elusive star pieces, the glitter comes out easily. The pieces slide around a bit on the nail and need some rearranging to get them into place. I'm wearing (1) coat of Lullaby over Essie Smokin' Hot.

Cirque Lullaby


Magic Hour



Magic Hour is an iridescent "Easter grass" glitter concoction. The shapes include hexagons, squares, and bar glitter. The clear base felt very thick and glue-like and while plenty of iridescent bits came out on the brush, they did not want to transfer to my nails. I found it best to implement the "dab & place" method as opposed to traditional long brush strokes. I'm wearing one coat of Magic Hour over OPI Do You Lilac It?

Cirque Magic Hour


Iris



Iris is beautiful fine iridescent glitter top coat. The iridescent colors were very difficult to capture in these photographs but in real life it they are much more noticeable. I'm embarrassed for making this reference, but this effect is kind of like in Twilight when Edward steps into the sun. DON'T JUDGE ME. Iris has a great formula and covers evenly in just one coat. You really should have a polish like this around because it can transform any cream color into a lovely shimmery sugary polish without altering the base color. I'm wearing one coat of Iris over China Glaze Dance Baby.

Cirque Iris

Can you see the shimmer better in this picture?

Cirque Iris

What colors would you layer these polishes over? Which ones are going on your wish list?

Cirque polishes can be purchased online: http://www.cirquecolors.com/arcus-collection/. Electric Circus, Kaleidoscope, Le Invader, Lullaby, Magic Hour, and Iris retail for $13. In New York City, you can purchase the Arcus collection and Cirque polishes at International Playground (13 Stanton St).

About Cirque
Creator, Annie Pham, sought to develop nail polish colors that transcend those of conventional brands. By experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials, a distinctive handcrafted product was born. Cirque products are 3-free, which means it does not contain the toxic trio of toluene, formaldehyde and dibutyl phthalate. They are also scented with lavender and clary sage essential oils to lend hands a subtle scent as the polish dries.

For more information about Cirque, please contact: info@cirquecolors.com. Be sure to check out Cirque's Facebook page for news and updates.

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Friday, June 7, 2013

Birthday Weekend Shopping!


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It's my birthday weekend yay! We're going on a little adventure in a few weeks so this weekend we'll be celebrating in the city. Thought I'd share with you some of the things on my birthday wishlist - and since it's a birthday wishlist, anything goes, right?;)

A puppy. Specifically, a French Bulldog.

This camera.

...and/or a macro lens.

Short rain boots*

Enchanted Polish "Time To Pretend" collection (I can wish, can't I?)

A Marc Jacobs watch - this one* or this one* would be just fine.

a-England "Burne-Jones Dream" collection

See the roses in the Brooklyn Botanical Garden.

Sushi!

This birthday cake (not really a birthday cake but whatever).

Now, if only I could decide what to wear on my nails :) Have a great weekend, everyone!

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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Cirque Arcus Collection Part 1: Vesuvius, Sanguine, Helios, Erda, Bejeweled, and Queen Majesty

Cirque Arcus Collection
Product(s) in this post were provided for review. Read my disclosure policy here.
Inspired by hues of the rainbow, The Arcus Collection consists of 12 brightly-colored nail lacquers just in time for the summer. The first half of the collection explores the primary and secondary colors of the spectrum in variety of finishes from a fiery holographic red to a regal purple micro-glitter. The second half of the collection focuses on multi-colored “toppers”, such as whimsical squares, punchy neons and polychromatic sparkles, designed to be used over existing colors.

Cirque's much anticipated third collection released almost a year to the day since the debut Dark Horse collection is all about color. Consisting of polishes that use brightly colored pigments, iridescent particles, and holographic effects, the twelve new nail polishes in the Arcus collection celebrate the rainbow in a few different ways. In this post, I'll be reviewing Vesuvius, Sanguine, Helios, Erda, Bejeweled, and Queen Majesty (here is my review of Electric Circus, Kaleidoscope, Le Invader, Lullaby, Magic Hour, and Iris).

Cirque Arcus Collection

Newly revealed with the Arcus collection are streamlined bottles and new packaging. The new bottles are similar to the old bottles but are slightly slimmer all around (you still get the same 0.45 mL of product). The Cirque emblem is now screen printed on the bottle. I adore the original black labels but understand that the new labeling is more efficient for Annie :) The new design overall is still very sleek looking and maintains the brand's image.

Cirque polishes now arrive packaged individually in a black cardboard box. There is a sticker with the name of the polish on the top of the box so you will easily be able to locate a particular polish (especially if you keep them in a drawer!) I love the new packaging - it looks and feels very high end.

Cirque Arcus Collection packaging


Let's take a look at the polishes!

Sunday, June 2, 2013

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends
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With temperatures in the 90s here in NYC, it sure feels like summer 2013 is already here! I've said it before, but it's still true: summer is a great time to try a new nail polish color you haven't worn before (toes count!)

I selected five nail polish trends I think are standouts this season. For each trend, I'll share a polish in my collection and information about where you can purchase them. I've also created a Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends board on Pinterest :)

PS - can you believe this is my third summer nail polish trend post?



Golden Brown Glitter


Golden brown glitter polish reminds me of a glowing campfire or sparkling sand at the beach - and what's more summery than that :) Worn alone or layered over another polish, a golden brown glitter nail polish is a great choice for summer 2013.

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: brown glitter
butter LONDON Bit Faker, $15 from Nordstrom*

Cirque French Roast, $14 from http://www.cirquecolors.com
Coco Allure Foxy Brown, $5.75 from Etsy
The Polish Well Greed, $8 from Etsy
Serum No 5 Rise and Grind, $7 from Etsy
Shimmer Polish Crystal, $12 from Etsy
Spoiled Cougar Attack, $1.99 from CVS


Textured Polish


I think it's safe to say the textured trend is here for another season! Bright new textured colors from our favorite brands have transitioned this trend from spring to summer quite nicely. On a personal note, I haven't tired of wearing textured polish yet ;)

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: textured polish
OPI Magazine Cover Mouse, $9 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta

Barry M Textured Nail Effects, £3.99 from http://www.barrym.com/
China Glaze Texture Collection, $3.25 from http://www.8ty8beauty.com
Jesse's Girl Julie G Gumdrop Nail Polish, $3.99 from Rite Aide
Kiko Sugar Mat Nail Polish, € 4.90 from http://www.kikocosmetics.com/
Milani Texture Creams, $4.99 from CVS
Nails Inc Leather Effect, $11 from Sephora*
Nicole By OPI Gumdrops, $7.99 from CVS and Duane Reade
OPI Liquid Sand polishes, $9 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta*
Sally Hansen Sugar Coat, $6.49 from Target
Zoya Summer PixieDust polishes, $9 from Zoya.com*

...or, DIY your own.


Metallic Orange


Orange is the new... pink? This sunny hue is everywhere this season - and MAC dedication an entire collection to the color. Wear the color of the hot afternoon sun on your nails and you'll be right on trend for summer 2013.

Top 5 Summer 2013 Nail Polish Trends: metallic orange
Zoya Amy, $8 from Zoya.com*

butter LONDON Sunbaker, $15 from Henri Bendel*
Cirque Sanguine, available June 3rd from http://www.cirquecolors.com/
OCC Lee Loo, $10 from Sephora*
OPI A Woman's Prague-ative, $8.50 from various retailers including Ricky's NYC and Ulta

Keep reading to see the top two summer nail polish trends!