Showing posts with label Nail Polish. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Nail Polish. Show all posts

Monday, June 27, 2016

The Best Summer Nail Colors for Sandal Season


Summer is in full swing and I could not be happier that it's sandal season. Living in Southern California it feels like it can be sandal season year round but during the spring to summer time I love that's it's actually in season.Today I'm sharing my favorite nail + sandal combinations to wear right now from Nordstrom. I love adding color to the toes because it adds a fun polished feel to your entire look. I adore brights, aquas, teals and sometimes violet for the toes during the summer, but it can be challenging to coordinate some polishes with all colors of sandals or outfits. I've picked out my favorite versatile polish shades that will work with a wide range of outfits no matter what you're wearing (shoes or clothing-wise). I'm all about flats for comfort, but right now there are so many cute wedges and heels out for summer. Nordstrom has a dedicated Sandal Season section with handy filters to sort by style, heel height, color etc.

I hope you find this mini sandal + nail polish combo guide fun and helpful! Up first is the sandy nude + peachy coral combo:


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Tan Brown Suede Heels + Coral Pink Nail:


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Classic Black Wrap Sandals + Mauve Plum:

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  • Shoes: Steve Madden Werkit Sandals in Black Suede, runs true to size on me, the suede is comfortable on the feet and soft in between the toes so no breaking in required
  • Toes: Dior Mirage is one of my favorite mauve plums, in my experience, Dior polishes have the best brush for easy DIY application (they're curved to match the shape of the nail), the formula is also really good
  • Lips: Rouge Dior Brilliant Shine in Victoire and Miss
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Nude + Nude:


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Summer brights:


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What's your favorite summer pedicure color to wear? Do you switch things up depending on outfit or shoes? I'm forever searching for a good opaque off-white nail polish that doesn't look streaky, isn't sheer and that also doesn't look like white out on my toes. Any with medium-tan to deep skintone if you've found one please let me know! I love the way it looks on my friends but they are all at least 2-3 shades fairer than me and also have pink undertones so they can pull off white polish easier than me. If you have any sandal favorites please let me know! I live for recommendations because it makes it so much easier to narrow down styles to try on.



Many thanks to Nordstrom for sponsoring this post. As always all opinions my own.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Chanel Collection Dans La Lumière de L'Été Le Vernis in Espadrilles, Turban and Cavalière for Summer 2016


Last month I reviewed one of the Chanel Summer 2016 Le Vernis Nail Colors in Espadrilles and today I have a review on two more shades in Turban and Cavalière. These are in the new and improved formula and retail at $28 each for 13 ml/0.4 fl oz, made in France. In case you missed the post I'll repost photos below but if you want to read the full review on Espadrilles here.

The three shades I have include:
  • Espadrilles which is a bright orange red cream
  • Turban is a medium bright pink-orange cream
  • Cavaliere (c/o) is a deep chocolate brown with very subtle gold shimmer mixed in

All three are full coverage and opaque with two coats. As mentioned in my previous reviews of the new Le Vernis formula here and here, the new formula is an improvement from the original in terms of coverage, pigment and lasting power. I have always had good experiences with Chanel polishes, but the new formula offers more opaque coverage.

If you've been a long-time Chanel or Dior nail polish collector, I do think the three colors in this post are similar to previous releases. I'll add a few notes below on the swatches, this round I did not have time to photograph comparisons in good light.

Up first is Espadrilles reposted, it's a bright orange red that screams summer to me. I've been wearing it a lot on the toes - it goes with a lot of the shoe colors I have in my closet right now.



Turban is one of those pink-orange mixed colors that I reach for frequently. It looked like a medium bright warm pink next to Espadrilles. I pulled a few others I thought might be dupes. Chanel Fracas (discontinued) is similar in terms of pigment and brightness but it's more pink. Chanel Tutti Frutti (discontinued) is more blue in undertone. Dior Wonderland is more pink and lighter in undertone. Louboutin Miss Loubi is close but deeper and richer in color (this is my favorite out of the bunch).




Cavaliere is an interesting color. Based on the promotional photos and on the model on Chanel.com it looks like a shimmering bronze with visible gold frost. On my nails it's more of a chocolate bronze with the shimmer barely detectable on the nails unless light hits it directly. It's still a lovely color - just not quite what I expected. It will be a good summer to fall kind of transition color that I will feel comfortable wearing as the seasons shift.




Three quick looks taken over the past few weeks for fun:



Shoes - Steve Madden
Purse - Prada
Sunnies - Marc Jacobs 


Skirt - J.Crew (old style)
Sandals - Madewell

Chanel Turban snapshot:

Pouch - Truffle
Candies - Sugarfina
iPhone Case - Gray Malin


Out of all three colors, my favorite is Espadrilles. There are a couple other colors that were launched in the collection but when I saw them I didn't feel like I would really wear them. Canotier is a pale gold frost and Emeraude is a stunning shimmering green but I'm not really a green polish wearer. I'll do aqua or blues but I rarely feel emerald shades call my name. If you've tried it let me know your thoughts! For the other two, I think Cavaliere is unique compared to the other colors that I own. I tried it on the toes and was surprised that it actually worked for a polished edgy look. Turban is gorgeous - but I already own many colors similar to it. That being said it has a lot more coral and orange compared to other medium summery pinks which makes it different but still similar.

Have you checked out the summer collection yet? Stay tuned for a review on the two Les Beiges duos soon. In case you missed the post, Aqua Glossimers reviewed here.

You can find all three colors at Chanel counters & retailers now, also online at Chanel.com. I bought Espadrille and Turban from Nordstrom. Cavaliere was sent courtesy of Chanel for review.

Friday, May 20, 2016

Chanel Espadrilles 534 Le Vernis for Summer 2016


The Chanel Collection Dans La Lumière de L'Été for summer has launched online and I spotted it in stores a few days ago. I only picked up a few items as I was in a rush, my favorite sales associate was not there and decided to pick up a couple things for now and think about the rest. The first item I have to review is one of the new Le Vernis Nail Colours called Espadrilles 534 ($28 each). It's a vibrant orange red cream that has perfectly smooth application. It is very similar to a lot of other orangey summer shades but it's too pretty to pass. Compared to other shades, Espadrilles is clearly orange but it has some red to it. The two closest ones I have are Tom Ford Ginger Fire (the Tom Ford is a bit deeper) and Chanel Holiday (now discontinued and Holiday is a bit lighter and has more orange).


Shown with two coats swatched:


Comparisons:
It was hard to get swatches in sunlight because the orange and brightness flashed back making them all look the same. Note most of the Chanel shades have been discontinued (the ones with the names printed on the front are no longer made). All the shades below indeed look very similar, my thoughts on the difference between others to Espadrilles (previous reviews linked where applicable):

One last look:


I think it's perfect for summer. It's perfect for right now even though it's still not yet summer. That being said you may want to shop your stash if you already own a lot of similar colors. It didn't stop me from picking it up. That being said I don't carry nail wheels or nail polishes with me to compare so I really didn't know even though at a quick glance I knew there would be a decent chance I had something similar. The formula has improved over the older now-discontinued polishes. You can read two reviews on the new launches:
  • Camélia, Gitane and Roubachka here 
  • Ballerina, Monochrome, Gargonne, Organdi, Vamp and Rouge Noir here
Bottom line I love it, but if you want to avoid dupes, I recommend you shop your stash.

You can find the Chanel Summer Collection at counters now. Online at Chanel.com, Nordstrom and Neiman Marcus along with all other Chanel retailers.

Monday, May 2, 2016

Christian Louboutin Red Nail Extensions


This May, Christian Louboutin introduces three new rouge nail colors for spring to summer in his Red Nail Extensions Collection ($50 each). There are two new additions to the Pop Colors Family and one new shade for the Noirs Family. Just when I thought all the reds have been done - Louboutin manages to add three new shades that are absolute perfection. The Louboutin team sent the three shades for me to play with for a week and swatch for my readers. I'm thrilled to be able to share a peek at them today.


There are three bright and bold colors added to the rouge lineup - all of which are very opaque and offer full coverage with a single coat. I personally prefer two coats for all nail polishes I wear for a super rich and cushiony look. I've reviewed the Christian Louboutin Nail Polish formula in previous post so I won't do a full recap (review on Rouge Louboutin in this post here) but the quick take is these have a naturally glossy shine to them, smooth coverage and excellent wear. I have yet to try every single color of nail polish Louboutin makes, but from what I have tested, the Pops, Noirs and Rouge Louboutin have full opaque coverage. The Nudes have a mix of sheer coverage and full coverage formulas. You can read the full review on all 10 nudes in this post here.

Shown above for the Red Nail Extensions, from left to right:
  • EdgyPopi is described as a punchy orange-red that's fun and flirty. It is my favorite color out of the three. It definitely packs a gorgeous punch of bright summery color that's perfect for the tips and toes. It's deeper and brighter than my other favorite Miss Loubi.
  • Lady Peep is a medium to deep raspberry red. It darkens on the nails to a dark raspberry shade. This one is a cream without shimmer and is also very pigmented and smooth.
  • Jazzy Doll is a stunning peony red pink that has a very subtle shimmer mixed in. It glimmers in direct sunlight. In natural light the shimmer is visible but it is more on the subtle side.
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A look at all three shades and swatches. For reference each swatch image has two coats of polish applied. I also used the Formula X Base Coat and Nails Inc. Kensington Top Coat. First up is EdgyPopi which looks like a standard orange cream. Once on the hands I just can't get over how pretty it is against olive skin. 




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Lady Peep is a really pretty deep raspberry color. It's medium deep which makes it more on the dramatic side but not too dark that it's a vamp. It's similar in vibe to Very Prive but Lady Peep is cooler in undertone and more raspberry.




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Last but not least is Jazzy Doll which is one of the prettiest soft peony pink shimmers I've ever seen. The shimmer is very smooth and finely infused into the polish. It's on the subtle side which gives it a more conservative edge to balance and out the brightness bright.





Swatched comparisons to a few other Louboutin Nail Polishes that I have, same set of colors in each comparison group, two different lighting variations:



One last group shot:

All three are gorgeous colors and absolutely perfect. I've been a fan of the Louboutin Nail Colours and have purchased quite a few shades. They are quite the splurge at $50 each (as in they may break the bank kind of splurge) but the formula and colors are really among the best I've tried. I've only been able to play with the Red Extensions for a week as the Louboutin team let me borrow them to review and photograph, but I have my nail wheel so I'm going to try and see if I can find any dupes in my stash before splurging on all three. That being said I've already added EdgyPopi to my online cart and expect to be a happy owner of the color very soon.

Have you checked out the new red shades yet? What do you think? Are any of these calling your name?

You can find the Red Nail Extensions starting this month at all Christian Louboutin retailers, online now at Sephora, Saks Fifth Avenue, launching soon at Nordstrom, Neiman Marcus and Christian Louboutin.


Sunday, March 27, 2016

Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquers in White Snow and Resurrection


There are a few new shades of the Marc Jacobs Beauty Enamored Hi-Shine Nail Lacquers ($18 each for 13 ml/0.43 oz) for spring and I picked up two from Sephora in White Snow and Resurrection. White Snow is a sheer milky cloud white and Resurrection is an opaque powdery pink cream. For those curious about the other new colors, there are 6 total in pastels and creams. The other four shades include Sundays Cool (lavender), Good Friday (mint), My Peeps (cool pink) and Confession (grey).


I find pastels can be hit or miss for my medium olive skintone. I love the look of white polish on other girls but on me it often looks like white out. Marc Jacobs White Snow has a sheer finish which requires 3 coats for me, but the sheerness helps make it more wearable on my hands compared to a pure white polish. Opaque pastel pink creams are often streaky or look too powdery on my hands. Marc Jacobs Resurrection is a high-maintenance pink in the sense that the first coat is a streaky mess, but it evens out to a smooth finish with the second or third coat. Each coat dries faster than most other polishes so I don't mind the extra work and the color has just the right mix of white and pink so it's not too contrasted with my skintone.

I just bought these and applied them so I didn't give them a week-long test run to see how long they lasted. However in my experience with other Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquers - lasting power is very good and I can get up to 7 days of wear without any tip wear or chipping. I usually combine the Marc Jacobs Nail Lacquers with the Formula X Base Coat and the Nails Inc. 45 Second Top Coat. A closer look at both shades.

White Snow:



Above: Sweater by Rag & Bone, Bag by Celine, Jeans by J.Brand


Resurrection:




Both are fairly standard classic colors so I suspect they can be easily duped however I'm always on the hunt for a classic sheer white that isn't too sheer and that also isn't too opaque. White Snow is pretty darn good if you don't mind layering more than 2 coats. Resurrection is nice but not a must - especially if you already own a lot of pale pink cream colors.

You can find Marc Jacobs Beauty Nail Lacquers online and in store at Sephora. Also online at Marc Jacobs Beauty. Have you tried any of their nail polishes before? If so what are your favorites? A few of mine include Daisy, Wine-Not and Petra.


Enjoy the rest of your weekend!


 

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