Zoya Wishes Collection with a Ritzy Ruffian

Ringing in spring doesn't mean winter collections are out of style, and while I'm late posting this for you, I'm no less excited about the colors in this Winter 2014 collection, Wishes

This collection features three PixieDusts and three untexturized polishes with a few different finishes. What's great about it is how they each come in a pair. There's a blue, purple, and black pair. So I kept the pairings true and did a simple but stunning ruffian manicure with four of the colors.

Zoya Ruffian

I bumped up the contrast of this ruffian by applying the OPI Matte Top Coat over the PixieDust part. Ready to see them solo? Keep scrolling!

Zoya - Haven
Zoya - Haven

Haven (1-2 coats) is a totally amazing purple foil with a hint of pink shimmer to accent it. The fact that it can cover in 1-2 coats should give you an idea of how awesome it applies. This is hands-down my favorite.

Zoya - Thea
Zoya - Thea

Thea (2 coats) is shown here with no top coat. That's the best way to get the ultimate PixieDust-effect, so all the PixieDusts you'll see in today's post won't have top coat. The gritty glitter is a pinky-purple with tons of rainbow iridescent glitter.

Zoya - Prim
Zoya - Prim

Prim (1-2 coats) covers amazingly, and although it's a little streaky because it's a foil finish, it's still a perfect periwinkle foil color.

Color Club - Seven Deadly Sins Collection with Bold Bedrock Nail Art

If you're reading this, then nail polish is probably one of your biggest vices. Well today, you can indulge your vices and the other seven deadly sins with Color Club's Seven Deadly Sins collection.

These polishes are unique and gritty. They're all texturized, though I'm showing you them with top coat. I liked the texture, so I blended them to create this sort of bold bedrock look.

Bold Bedrock Marbled Nails

I dabbed the colors over each other with a cosmetic sponge. It started to look a little galaxy-esque, but the colors felt more marbled. Do you like this look, or does it look too muddled?

The polish I'm holding is Dirty Money, so let's take a look at it on its own.

Color Club - Dirty Money
Color Club - Dirty Money

Dirty Money (2 coats) is a white gold texturized polish with larger silver glitter pieces. These texturized polishes are all easy to apply and smooth out over the nail in two coats. Obviously they don't get completely smooth, because they're texturized, but they don't ripple across the nail.

Color Club - Fierce
Color Club - Fierce

Fierce (2 coats) is a dark, gritty polish with flecks of dark magenta and gold irridescent flecks. It's similar to the next polish, You're So Vain.

Color Club - You're So Vain
Color Club - You're So Vain

You're So Vain (2 coats) is another dark polish from this collection, but instead of a dark red and gold, it's more violet.

Color Club - Friends With Benefits
Color Club - Friends With Benefits

Friends With Benefits (2 coats) is similar a lilac silver with larger purple glitter. It's strange...it isn't a duochrome, but sometime it looks copper.

Color Club - Indulge Me
Color Club - Indulge Me

Another duochrome finish is Indulge Me (2 coats). The copper and gold grit is offset with a tiny bit of iridescence (which you can see in my index finger).

Color Club - Obsessed
Color Club - Obsessed

The Color Clubbers must've known this was going to be the favorite in this collection, because they named it Obsessed (2 coats). It's like a picture of an exposed night sky, with midnight blue and teal glitter on a black base. Wow!

Color Club - Under Your Spell
Color Club - Under Your Spell

Last but not least is Under Your Spell (2 coats). It's a periwinkle with duochrome gold shimmer and bits of larger lilac glitter.

So if these polishes make you feel deadly sexy, pick them up from the Color Club store here. Let your greed get the best of you, pick them all up!

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

OPI Hawaii Collection and Tropical Tips

Aloha `auinala readers! Are you ready to dive into the beachiest, most exciting collection released this season? Welcome to OPI's Hawaii collection!

"After the long months of winter, women are eager to embrace color - soft pastels to bold accents of gleaming metallics," said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI's goddess co-founder. She certainly brought that desire to life with these 12 shades, which range from more muted, transitional colors (like Just Lanai-ing Around and Do You Take Lei Away?) to the totally tropical metallics like My Gecko Does Tricks. Of course, you can warm up next to some traditional spring shades, like the gorgeous mint creme That's Hula-rious!

I was totally inspired by almost every color, and knew that I wanted to create a super bold Hawaiian print over one of the colors. Here's the end result!

Every single color (except the yellow) is from this collection. The base is Lost My Bikini in Molokini, and I'm holding the previously mentioned That's Hula-rious! because it's simply my absolute favorite.

I'm dying for you to see all these fabulous colors, so let's start with some of my favorites...the pastels!

OPI That's Hula-rious!
OPI - That's Hula-rious!

That's Hula-rious! (2 coats) is my new favorite mint creme of all time! No exaggeration! It applies perfectly in two coats. You better believe I've convinced a lot of unsure clients to put this on their toes, and no one's had anything bad to say about it.

OPI Suzi Shops & Island Hops
OPI - Suzi Shops & Island Hops

Suzi Shops & Island Hops (2 coats) is a trickier formula to work with, but with patience it comes out perfectly pink. This baby pink isn't as chalky as other OPI baby pinks, like Mod About You, so if you've ever been turned off by that, this could be your fix.

OPI Is Mai Tai Crooked?
OPI - Is Mai Tai Crooked?

Is Mai Tai Crooked? (2 coats) is as smooth and looks as tasty as an orange sherbet ice cream. And how punny is the name?

Casual Elegance with Glitter Nails & Jord Wood Watches

From time to time, I hear from non-polish companies, and most of the time, I don't do posts about them. I like to keep this blog very nail-centric for your reading pleasure. With that in mind though, I'd like you to check out tonight's post, because it features both nails and a beautiful watch from the wood watch company, Jord.

Jord designs simple and modern wooden watches, with a unique sense of style behind each piece. I've seen wooden watches on Pinterest, and thought that they provided the perfect blend of functionality and style, without the traditional industrial look of other watches. While my nails often scream "Look at me!", my personal style is much more reserved. I'm a tunic-wearing, legging-loving, boot-rocking kind of girl, and I think this beautiful Jord watch complements my style very well.

The beauty of the watch is that it can easily be dressed up. By pairing it with this rhinestone bracelet and a little glitter on my nails, it's gone from a casual clock to a tricked-out timepiece. I used Azature White (from Azature) over Coney Island Cotton Candy (from OPI).

And do you see the little peep hole on the face of the watch? You can actually see the gears working through that, as well as on the back of the watch.

I want to thank the generous members of Jord for sending me the Cora Series watch, in Maple and Silver. After wearing it out one night, I can assure you it's a beautiful conversation starter. My friends noticed it immediately, and boys and girls alike were asking me where I got it. Visit their online shop to see the rest of the models, including unisex, men's and women's watches. I really love mine!

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

Londontown's lakur Leprechaun

St. Patrick's Day is in a week! Unfortunately, because it's on a Tuesday, I don't know how I'll be celebrating yet, but I do know what I'll be wearing on my fingers. Tonight's lucky mani uses lakur polishes exclusively from Londontown.

lakur is Londontown's long-lasting, high-performance line of lacquers that feature a proprietary blend of nourishing and restorative natural ingredients, including vitamins, minerals and flower oils from the iconic gardens of Britain. I noticed that when I was applying these polishes, a sweet smell lingered in the air. This wasn't surprising, since my last review of Londontown products was nothing but pleasant.

I was sent several pretty polishes, and thought these would be perfect for play with St. Patty's Day!

Here's what you're seeing on my nails:

Of course, my little lucky clover was painted freehand. It's nothing fancy, but it's just enough for you to get noticed. 

Happy St. Patrick's Day everyone!

The products in this post were given for review purposes. The reviews are based entirely on my experience with the products and were in no way influenced by anyone.

LVX Winter 2014 Swatches and Pretty Painted China Patterns

Today I'm showing you swatches from the Winter 2014 LVX collection. Like all LVX collections, there are 6 shades, all inspired by the looks showing up on the runways. To see check out a few of the looks, be sure to click the name of each swatch below.

This collection brought about one of the nail community's most newly coveted shades, Denim. I fell in love with it as soon as I swatched it (keep scrolling to see it), and I loved the idea of pairing it with Mineral (also swatched below). I thought a simple, freehand flora design would be perfect!

Denim is that gorgeous blue I'm holding, and Mineral is the base. It looks like patterns on china, don't you think?

Now that I've thoroughly excited you...let's see the swatches!

LVX - Denim

This...is Denim (2 coats). For anyone who died a little on the inside when Sally Hansen changed the recipe for Pacific Blue, this may be your reprieve. Though it's not an exact dupe, it sure is close, and it's beautiful.

LVX - Femme

Femme (2 coats) is another new favorite of mine. I'm such a sucker for baby pinks, and this awesome formula makes it irresistible.

Zoya MatteVelvet Collection and Baroque Nail Art

If you're craving a non-traditional polish post, you'll love today's from Zoya. For Fall 2014, Zoya released their MatteVelvet Collection, which features 6 colors that dry beautifully matte. You know how neon colors dry matte, but they dry a little lumpy? Well these colors glide on beautifully and smooth out perfectly. To get an idea, here's some nail art using the Pro XL Plate 6 from MoYou London.

I didn't use any top coat for that design, just stamped Konad black over Posh and took the picture. See how smooth it is?!

Now let's look at Posh and the other MatteVelvets on their own.

Each polish has a hint of sparkle in it, which also dries matte, creating a really beautiful finish. I didn't for my swatches, but check out how these look with a shiny top coat over them. Peachy Polish did comparison shots with and without a top coat, which can really change the effect of the polish.

Zoya - Posh

Posh (2 coats) is a red matte finish. It's like red velvet on the nails.

Zoya - Veruschka

Veruschka (2 coats) is a Christmas tree green matte with slightly more noticeable sparkle than Posh.