Showing posts with label holo. Show all posts
Showing posts with label holo. Show all posts

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

Layla Flash Black

Hello again! I've made it through the first few weeks of the semester, and I think I *might* be figuring out how to both do my homework and have free time (where I'm not procrastinating)...maybe. We'll see. At any rate, at least I have time to write a couple blog posts now and then! I really miss being more active on Never Unpolished, but of course school has to come first. A few weeks ago I finally tried my bottle of Layla Hologram Effects in Flash Black - what took me so long, I have no idea. I also tried out my brand-spanking-new light box, which I got for myself with Christmas money. I really love it, but I accidentally dropped one of the lights on the floor tonight when I was taking pictures of my current manicure, so now I only have one light. Oops. Anyway, here's Flash Black:

Gorgeous, no? I'm so glad I got this while I had the chance - now I just have to get a purple holo...and a red holo...and all of the holos... ;) You can never have enough holos, right? That's what I thought. Have a great day!

Thursday, June 7, 2012

Layla Ocean Rush

I went to Ulta a little while back, and I tortured myself for at least a good half hour over whether or not to get any of the Layla holos - and then, which ones to get! I would have just gotten them all at once if they weren't so expensive, but I didn't want to spend that much and then be disappointed, so I ended up just getting Ocean Rush and Flash Black. The first one I tried was Ocean Rush, and I was thrilled! I used two coats over GOSH Fix Base Coat, and I barely had to do any cleanup. But honestly, I wouldn't really care if the application was bad on this one. I mean, just look at that:

 indoors, artificial light
indoors, artificial light

Isn't that just gorgeous? Of course the sun was gone by the time I took pictures (and, naturally, then came straight back out again when I took Ocean Rush off), so I had to take pictures inside, which always makes my hands look a little orange. However, the polish color is pretty accurate - it's a gorgeous medium blue with a brilliant holographic shine that comes in second only to my bottle of GOSH Holographic. I was afraid that these would be pale and wimpy like the newer China Glaze holos (while there's nothing wrong with those, I prefer bolder colors in holos, and I'd love to see a collection of deep, jewel-toned holos), but my fears were allayed as soon as I put on the second coat. The blue isn't a *dark* blue by any means, but it's deep enough that it's very, very blue, while still having the holographic rainbow effect. I haven't tried Flash Black yet, but if I'm as thrilled with it as with Ocean Rush, I'll consider my money very well spent...and perhaps even go back for more!

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Day 17: Glitter (Franken: Zafirah)

Okay, so I'm guessing this was supposed to be glitter nail art, because this is the ten days of nail art, but since it didn't say that specifically, and I really wanted to use a franken I made a few weeks ago, I just used the franken. I used Wet 'n' Wild Black Creme, clear, Jordana Silver Jewel, Wet 'n' Wild Fantasy Makers glitter in Glitz, NYC Starry Silver Glitter, and China Glaze Fairy Dust. You really can't see most of the hexagonal glitter, but I'm quite happy with it as it is. Unfortunately, I didn't think of the fact that I should really take sunlit pictures since there's holographic glitter in it, but you get what you get. I'm going to be layering over this for the half-moon manicure tomorrow, so hopefully the sun will be out then (though it's supposed to be cloudy, so I doubt it).

 indoors, with flash
 indoors, with flash

Sooo pretty...I wish I had taken pictures in the sunlight so you could see it in its full glory. I used two coats here, and I named it Zafirah, which is an Arabic name meaning "successful." I'd say Zafirah was a success, wouldn't you?

Here are the other lovely ladies doing the challenge with me:

Aly Loves Lacquer
Manicure Addict
Dees Polish Endeavours
Bright Lights, Big Color
Life and Polish

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Fashionista Nails in Fortune

Fortune is the second set of Fashionista Nails that Esther sent me to try. Rather than using a silver polish as a base for the decals, as I did last time, I decided to use a holographic polish, like Lacquered Lizard did, so I used GOSH Holographic. The results? Absolutely wonderful. I only took pictures of one hand this time, since the designs on each hand were similar enough that you'd have to inspect them closely to tell the difference.

picture taken from Fashionista Nails
indoors, artificial light
outdoors, shade
outdoors, sunlight

*sigh* I am in love. Remember how I went crazy over the first set? Well, I like these even better. Yes, it's possible. I think this pattern goes particularly well over a holographic polish, though I'm sure it would look fantastic over gold, silver, or bronze as well - I may have to try an accent nail over Orly Luxe with one of the extra strips I have left. This time, I did a wear test, and these suckers lasted for four days, which is longer than my polish usually lasts on its own, and much longer than GOSH Holographic lasted on its own the last time I wore it. I don't have a picture because I'm stupid and forgot to take one, but after four days, one nail peeled most of the way off, and that was it. In fact, I think they would've lasted longer, but I inspected the edge of the decal that lifted up, and I appear to have not covered the edge completely with top coat. I suspect that my hot showers made them lift off, but to stay on for four days is nonetheless very impressive! I told my mom that she might have to get me another set of the Fortune decals for my birthday. She said maybe. :) 

Here's a new nail blog I discovered yesterday. They're almost to 100 followers - who wants to be the 100th? :)

Until next time!

Monday, March 21, 2011

Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Pink Rose Diamond

Today I'll be showing you Sally Hansen Pink Rose Diamond, which I was fortunate enough to find at my local Dollar Tree a while back. While the bottle of Purple Diamond I got wasn't very holo, Pink Rose Diamond definitely is, and I'm glad - though it would have been nice if the purple was the super-holo one, since I love purple. Oh well! I took quite a few pictures of this one to show its beauty as well as I could.

 outdoors, sunlight
 outdoors, sunlight
outdoors, sunlight
indoors, artificial light

outdoors, shade

It's not as holo as GOSH Holographic, but it does pretty well for itself. I think it looks very pretty in the shade as well as in the sunlight - sparkly, but in a soft kind of way. I definitely need to get myself some more holos, since I'm loving all the ones I have. I'm reluctant to pay full price for OPI's DS polishes, or I would probably have all of those already! I saw some Tronicas the other day, but I passed on them because they're not holo enough for me.

And before I go, here's yet another new nail blog I've found...hurry on over, she's got a Black Shatter giveaway going on right now!

Monday, March 7, 2011

GOSH Holographic

Gaaaaaaahhhhhhhh. I love love LOVE this. New favorite polish, no question about it - yes, #1. Over Hidden Treasure. Over everything. This is magic, folks. In fact, I will probably spend more time "writing" this post looking at my nails than actually writing. GOSH Holographic, for those of you who have been living in a holo-less world, is a linear holographic silver, and it is amazing. Forget Tronica, THIS is holo. I got Holographic in a giveaway from Martje along with GOSH's special base coat, and I am so, so glad that I did. I used two coats of Holographic over the Fix Base Coat, and it applied perfectly - I also discovered that it applies just as well over a coat of Seche Vite...I never would've known that had I not been so impatient that I first applied Holographic straight over the polish I already had on. So anyway, if you don't have a special base coat for holos, use Seche Vite. I didn't use top coat because that kills the holo. And now, picspam! All photos were taken outside in full sunlight.

Isn't Holographic gorgeous? *sigh* It even makes Monday better.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Icing Glamourous

Icing Glamourous is one of the four polishes I picked up at Icing a couple weeks ago when they were having a buy one polish, get one 50% off deal. It was glittery, and holographic, and it called my name. The only shame is that I couldn't get all the holographic goodness to show up in the pictures - in real life, it's almost a linear holo, even though it's technically a scattered holo glitter. 

outdoors, shade

outdoors, sunlight
indoors, artificial light

I didn't really expect it to be opaque, but fortunately I was (mostly) wrong about that. I used four coats, and while it's not entirely opaque, most of the time it's so darn glittery that I can't tell it's not opaque even when I'm holding my fingers up to my face. Clearly, it doesn't look that good in the pictures. For an indication of how good it looks in real life, imagine the glitteriness of the first picture times five, plus the holo of the last picture times six or seven...and that should about get you there. I'm sorry I couldn't accurately portray this one. I am so not doing it justice. Also, sorry for my pitiful little nubs. I'm trying to grow them out. Slowly. Very, very slowly. :) Happy hump day!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010


I swear, I must have nail polish ADD or something...I couldn't stand to go a day without adding something else to Purple Diamond! So, I used one of the stickers from the Nailene Bedazzled pack*, outlined it in Orly Luxe to match the stripes on my thumb, and added a coat of China Glaze Golden Enchantment. In the process, I used far more top coat than was really necessary, so I got some shrinkage on my ring fingernail. But I think I had three coats of Rush on that nail in total, so I'm pretty sure that wouldn't happen normally.

indoors, artificial light
outdoors, artificial light (it looks cooler than normal in this...not sure why)
outdoors, sunlight

I ended up pretty happy with this. I think "luxe" would be a good descriptor for this whole mani...pearls, gold, bling. Yep. :) Unfortunately, my index finger chipped, so I'll be taking this look off. You can't see the chip in the pictures because it's along the side of the nail, but it's enough to bother me. Ah well, every good thing must come to an end! Until next time!

*The Nailene Bedazzled pack was provided to me for honest review.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Sally Hansen Nail Prisms Purple Diamond

A little while back, I found a two-pack of Nail Prisms - Purple Diamond and Pink Rose Diamond - at my local Dollar Tree, which I was particularly excited about because I didn't previously have any linear holos. I finally got around to trying Purple Diamond this weekend, and while it's not as holo-blingy as the DS and Gosh polishes, I love it nonetheless.

 indoors, artificial light
 outdoors, sunlight
outdoors, sunlight

I did take pictures of this polish in the shade, but they didn't turn out accurate at all, so I deleted them. I'm also disappointed with how little the holo showed in my pictures. While it's not that obvious in real life, especially not indoors, it is more evident than it is in the photos. Definitely click to enlarge with these; it helps. I used three coats of Purple Diamond, though the third really wasn't necessary. I'm not quite sure why I added it...maybe I was bored? Also, because I know top coat can sometimes dull holographic polishes, I only added top coat (Rush) on my thumb. I really can't tell any difference, though, which is nice, because this polish is not fast-drying, and a quick-dry top coat really helps with that. I'm thinking I want to add some sort of holiday nail art to this, but I'm not quite sure what to do with a purple base...anyway, thanks for reading!

Monday, August 9, 2010

OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui + China Glaze Golden Enchantment

Today I painted my nails with OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui, then used Golden Enchantment to create a gradient mani. If you're interested, the tutorial I found is here. Unfortunately, I was in a rush to get to my high school and help one of my teachers clean out her room, so I didn't have time to do any clean-up, and then I chipped my nails while cleaning. Anyway, I hope you can get the general idea.

indoors, artificial light
outdoors, shade

For some reason, I could not get my camera to capture the color of Suzi Says Feng Shui. It's a darker, more dusty blue than it appears here. This was my first gradient mani, and I was reasonably pleased. The only problem was that the multiple coats of Golden Enchantment made my polish quite thick at the tips and got pushed back, causing a small gap at the tips. However, I liked the effect the gradient created and I will definitely be trying this again.

Friday, July 30, 2010

OPI My Private Jet

Today is turning out to be such an amazing day...not only have I passed 50 followers (THANK YOU THANK YOU THANK YOU to infinity and beyond, etc., and so forth!), but OPI Mad as a Hatter and Absolutely Alice arrived in the mail! These two polishes were my biggest lemmings until I ordered them from an etailer via Amazon, and then I just had to wait for them to arrive at my house, which they now have, and I love them:

SO PRETTY! These pictures do not do them justice at all. *weeps tears of joy* Okay, maybe that's a bit much, but I am so glad to finally have these in my possession, and I can't wait to wear them!

Today I decided to try OPI My Private Jet, which I purchased at Ulta yesterday. While it's not the old, more holo-y color, I'm completely okay with that. The new My Private Jet (at least my bottle) is charcoal grey with a bronze flash and holo glitter, and I am in love with it. My Private Jet is what I wanted from the Charlotte Russe charcoal holo, and yet it is so much more. Enough of my blathering, take a look:

inside, with flash
inside, with flash
outside, in shade
outside, in sun
outside, in sun

All of these pictures are surprisingly accurate. When out of direct light, My Private Jet looks like a charcoal grey with flecks of silver and an occasional flash of bronze. Under a lightbulb or in the sun, though, it becomes absolutely brilliant. None of the pictures really show the polish to be as holographic as it actually is, and they also make it seem like it's straight charcoal on the nail. The bronze that is visible in the bottle shots is actually very visible in real life as well, both in and out of sunlight.

My Private Jet also had very good coverage. Surprisingly, I could have gotten away with one coat, but I added a second to maximize the holo impact. I really, really love My Private Jet, and while I can't wait to try Mad as a Hatter and Absolutely Alice, I will still be a little sorry to take this off.

Monday, July 19, 2010

Zoya Mimi + Sally Hansen In the Spotlight

Yay, 20 followers! I am absolutely thrilled. Thank you all for following and commenting - I really appreciate it. Today I decided to try Zoya Mimi, a deep glass-flecked purple with gold shimmer. Considering it was the polish I was most looking forward to receiving in the polish exchange, it's kind of surprising that I hadn't tried it yet. Maybe I was afraid I'd be disappointed? Fortunately, that was definitely not the case. I decided to add In the Spotlight, but I didn't want to cover up Mimi entirely, so I just did it on one nail on each hand (pointer finger on my right hand, ring finger on my left). I quite like the results:

indoors, artificial light
outdoors, shade
outdoors, sunlight

The first picture is probably the most color-accurate; the last two show Mimi as more blue than it actually is. However, Mimi is not quite as dark as it appears in the first picture. In the Spotlight is silver holo glitter, but the holo unfortunately doesn't really show up in these pictures. I was pleased with In the Spotlight's application - I only used one coat and while you can't tell in my pictures, coverage was actually pretty good. I may add the glitter to the rest of my nails later, but right now I'm happy just staring at Mimi's gorgeousness. Thanks for reading!

Sunday, July 18, 2010

China Glaze Golden Enchantment

As I mentioned in a previous post, I snagged this recently at Sally Beauty Supply for $1. Yup, I was pretty ecstatic. I have been in love with anything glittery lately, so I was really looking forward to wearing it both on its own and layered.

First, I tried wearing Golden Enchantment on its own. Since it's a holo glitter in a clear base, I knew that it wouldn't be opaque; however, I wanted to see what it would look like by itself since it was so amazing in the bottle. I was pleasantly surprised to find that one coat actually gave decent coverage--I think it'd be great as the sheer color in a French manicure. However, I wanted the full monty (I'm not referring to the butter LONDON lacquer, though I'd like that too), so I exercised some of the little patience I have and layered on five medium coats of this baby. It took me forever and a day, but eventually I got this hotness as a result:


Golden Enchantment is much more gold and much more holo and much more glittery than these pictures show. However, the pictures are accurate in that Golden Enchantment looks like a simple gold glitter until you get into the sunlight - it looks very unobtrusive until the sun hits it, and then it visually explodes. I am in LOVE. I know I say love at least five times in most of my posts, but this is...I don't even have words. My mom actually scolded me for looking at my nails constantly instead of joining in the conversation at lunch with our extended family. It's probably a good thing I don't drive, don't you think? Anyway, this is one of the only polishes that I would actually be willing to use five coats of, because it's absolutely stunning. It's stunning with just one coat, even, but five is just amazing. Oh, and might I mention that it wasn't rough at all? I did apply topcoat, but I didn't need it to even the polish out. Reluctant as I was to take off that gorgeousness, I wanted to see what Golden Enchantment looked like on other polishes.

From left to right and thumb to pinkie, the base colors are: Charlotte Russe unnamed, Zoya Roxy, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue It, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Diamonds, Borghese Sonata Berry. I used two coats of the base colors and one coat of Golden Enchantment on each nail. I took a bunch of pictures, but none of them do any justice to how amazing these combinations look. The Charlotte Russe gold looks like it has holo glitter in the bottle, but it doesn't show up at all on the nail, so the glitter top coat basically made it look like what it should have been in the first place. The image of Diamonds is particularly crappy--the actual base polish is a sort of glass-flecked shimmer that is kind of holo if you look really, really closely, and it looks amazing with Golden Enchantment. The Borghese is actually very distinctively a berry, though it looks almost black in my picture, and Blue It is darker than it looks above. The glitter is just amazing in real life, and I'm disappointed that I was unable to capture it accurately. Roxy and Blue It are my favorite combinations (I'm going to wear one as my next pedi), but they are all gorgeous.

If you've made it to the end of my post, congratulations and thanks for reading! If not, well, I understand--I can get kind of long-winded. :) 

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Charlotte Russe Charcoal Holo and Mini Haul!

I got this unnamed Charlotte Russe polish about a year ago and had only worn it once or twice. Today, I decided to get it back out again. It's a charcoal holo, and this is what it looks like in the bottle:

This picture isn't the greatest, but you get the idea. In the bottle it looks like it's jam-packed with gorgeous holo glitter. On the's not. It's still looks great, but in most lights you have to look really closely to see that it has any glitter in it at all--it just looks like a charcoal shimmer. I had forgotten this since the last time I wore it, and was pretty disappointed. In an effort to make it more impressive and sparkly, I added a coat of Sephora by OPI Only Gold for Me glitter top coat. The results: 

indoors, artificial light
outdoors, shade
outdoors, sunlight

Gorgeous! My pictures are kind of blurry and crappy, so sorry for that--I don't know if it's because I've been tired all day and can't operate a camera properly or if this combination is just too amazing and glittery for my poor camera to capture properly. Anyway, while it does look black in really, really dim light, the base in clearly charcoal, and it looks absolutely wonderful with the glitter top coat. The combination actually kind of reminds me of Ke$ha's album cover for Animal...totally unintentional. At any rate, I really love it, and I'm not sure I'll ever wear the charcoal alone again!

In other news, I went to Sally Beauty Supply today and then Walgreens, and I ended up buying five bottles of nail polish. The middle three had been lemmings of mine, and the other two were just really pretty. :) Here they are:

From left to right they are: Sally Hansen In the Spotlight, China Glaze Golden Enchantment, Orly Luxe, Orly Rage (both Orly polishes are from Cosmic FX Spring 2010), and Nina Ultra Pro Grin and Berry It. I was especially excited to find the China Glaze because I knew it was being discontinued and figured I'd never find it, but it was on the sale table for $1! I can't wait to try all of these and show them to you in more detail.