Monday, April 18, 2011

Zoya Summertime Collection

Hidy ho, my friends. Today we have the Zoya Summertime Collection, which consists of six creme polishes. Before we begin with the swatches, let me say that the formula on these? Terrific. Seriously, it was great. Each polish needed two coats to be smooth and opaque and they dried quite shiny.

It was weird, though. For three out of the six polishes I had issues with the brushes. On one, the bristles were way too short, and on two more they were bent and growing out of the brush all weird. But maybe I just got a funky batch.

Also, I don't know if I've mentioned it before, but I love that Zoya polishes are named after women's names. Love that.

Breezi could've been a one-coater. A nice dusty medium blue. Also, I think the name Breezi is fun.



Tamsen is a standard tomato red. I've never heard the name Tamsen before, but I like it.



If Tamsen is tomato, then Sooki is cherry! It's bright (brighter than my photo suggests) and reminds me of a classic pin-up girl's lipstick. And Sookie St. James from Gilmore Girls.



Areej is a dusty rose red purple. It's not too muted that it looks dated, but it's certainly not eye-popping bright.



Kieko looks similar to Areej in the bottle, but it's more purple in real life. And the name reminds me of Keiko Agena, who plays Lane Kim on Gilmore Girls. Wow, two GG references in one post!



Mira is definitely my favorite out of the collection. It's a bright medium purple with blue undertones. It looks like it could be similar to China Glaze Grape Pop or Rescue Beauty Lounge Mismas, but I don't have either one, so I can't compare. I have this one on my toes right now!


I feel like I don't have a lot to say about these polishes, and I guess it's because...they're so run-of-the-mill. The formula is superb, so if you need a nice purple or red, pick these up. Also, these don't scream "summer" to me.

And I'll never understand why companies put out two polishes that are so similar in the same collection (OPI does this a lot, I feel.) Areej and Kieko are quite similar, as are Tamsen and Sooki.

I'm not trying to be negative, but I'm just not in love with this collection. The formula? Yes. But that's about it. Are there any that you're loving? Which ones are you picking up?
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Saturday, April 16, 2011

Color Club Wicked Sweet

Did you know that smell is the strongest sense tied to memory? I don't know about you, but that's definitely the case with me; Yankee Candle's Festival of Lights means staying warm inside the house watching tv with the family on a winter night when it's freezing and dark outside. Chocolate chip cookies baking in the oven means coming home after the first day of school (my sweet mom made them every year on our first day.) The smell of sun tan lotion means days at the beach, playing in the sand and chasing seagulls as a kid.

What were we talking about again? Oh, yes. This spring/summer collection from Color Club is Wicked Sweet, a set of seven scented neons. While some people I'm sure will by them for the novelty alone, the colors are also nice and wearable, and appropriate for the season.

Side note: as a kid I had chocolate chip scented nail polish. I don't know what it smelled like, but it definitely did not smell like chocolate.

Moving on...

Get Your Lem-On is a name that makes me laugh. It seems very similar to Color Club Volt of Light, but I haven't compared the two yet. The formula was great--no streaks. A little on the sheer side, though. This is four coats. It has that blue shimmer to it that gives it a very UV look, if you know what I'm saying.
Scent: Lemon, obviously. It smells like lemon-flavored Pez.



The Lime Starts Here is another name that I like, ha. It's brighter than it appears above. Again, nice formula: four coats, to get full opacity, but it didn't streak. For a neon creme, it dried surprisingly non-matte. I'd call it a jelly-creme, really. With this one and Get Your Lem-On, take care to wait a while in between coats; they don't dry super quick.
Scent: Lime, in theory, but to me it smelled more like cucumber melon with a hint of lime. Maybe I'm over-thinking it, but that's what I picked up.



Always Get My Man-darin is like a neon creamsicle; a bright pastel. It's not really neon; the base is soft but it's still bright and shimmery. I sound like a broken record, but the formula was great on this one, too. Only three coats. The formula was great on all of these, really. I was kind of dreading them, because they're neons, and also because I was afraid the scent would some how make them all nutty. But back to this particular polish. Orange does not really flatter me, but I like it anyway. I'm also getting a little liberal with the semi-colons, I've noticed.
Scent: Orange. Kind of like Tang powder mix or something. Anyone remember that commercial when Tang was making a comeback and the chimp was running around drinking it and doing karate? All I can say is that if you want to sell something in my house, you add a monkey to the advertisements and you got yourself a deal.



Can't say I loved the formula on Yum Gum. It's quite a bright creme (way brighter than the picture.) And while it wasn't terrible, it wasn't as smooth as the other polishes in the collection. This was three thick coats.
Scent: Definitely bubblegum. It smelled just like the bubblegum-flavored toothpaste I had when I was younger. And the scent lingered. Like, I can still smell it on my hands.



Raspberry Rush is a color that I can see looking good on anyone. It looks so sweet and bright. The formula was a jelly-creme, but more creme than jelly. Two coats and it was smooth and good to go.
Scent: Raspberry, but the artificial raspberry scent. No raspberry I know really smells like this. (PS, doesn't that make it sound like I'm acquainted with a lot of raspberries? Weird.) It smells nice, though. Like a candy store.



Gimme A Grape Big Kiss (haha, these names!) is a Barney the Dinosaur purple jelly with red undertones. The formula was nice and thin but opaque in two coats.
Scent: That artificial grape smell (see artificial raspberry smell above.) For my seventh birthday I got a this mini baby doll (yeah, kind of weird, I know) that was grape-scented. I never really played with her because she was so small, but I periodically stopped to smell her bib. Also, this polish smells like Ouch Gum. Remember that? It came in a Bandaid tin, with watermelon, strawberry, and grape? I ate this stuff like it was going out of style (which, I guess, it ultimately did, because I used to see it everywhere and now I don't.)



Finally, we have Wicked Sweet. I love this--bright cyan blue with that UV shimmer that gives it a greenish glow. It reminds me a lot of Zoya Phoebe with a topcoat. Above is three coats, for full coverage, as it is a little sheer.
Scent: Uh, I don't know. Blue? I can't pick out what it smells like, but this one doesn't appeal to me.

Final verdict? The polishes are very nice. I like the colors, but truth be told, I could do without the scents. They aren't too strong, but you can't ignore them. I know a lot of people will like that, though, so it's cool that Color Club popped these out. Wouldn't it be neat if they made aromatherapy-scented polishes? Like lavender, cinnamon, peppermint? I don't know if I'd wear them, but it would still be cool haha. Each dried shiny, even the neons that aren't shimmers, which was great.

So, thoughts, opinions? Will you pick any up? Do you like the idea of scents, or would you prefer them "normal?"
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Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Guest Blogger: Ruxi's Flormar Manicure

***UPDATE***
The polish used in this post is Flormar 418. It is not available on the Flormar website, so it may be discontinued or out of stock at the moment!



Hello! Ruxi of Une Ruxi à Paris generously offered to be the second guest blogger here! Now, I have zero experience with the brand Flormar, so see what she has to say below!

Flormar is an Italian brand, it is sold in most of the eastern European countries. I bought this one in Roumania, my home country, a while back and totally forgot I had it. I originally thought that it being a very cheap brand, the quality wouldn't amount to anything, but these are actually quite good.
A bottle of these costs about 2$, over in my country.
This one is a gorgeous dark gray cream with purple shimmer, a bit like Chanel Paradoxal, except that Chanel's shimmer is much more visible and a brighter violet.
The brushes on these are usually pretty good, but this one was a bit weird. The formula is good too, this one is easily a one coatter, but being the maniac that I am I did two. 
So this is 2 coats and top coat.

What do you guys think? I personally love this color! Have you guys ever tried Flormar? While I certainly can't answer any questions about the brand, I'm sure Ruxi can steer you in the right direction! Thank you thank you, Ruxi, for sharing this with us!

Series of Unfortunate Events

Guys, it has been a rough couple of days over here on my end. First, I was super sick with food poisoning. Then, the knee I had surgery on has been really starting to bother me as of late, and I don't know why. And now, two people are telling me that they haven't received the packages I've sent out for my blog sale.

This is my biggest concern; I know from experience that even with the most trustworthy of people, sometimes stuff like this happens.. But I don't want that to happen, especially to you guys. Tomorrow I'm heading down to the post office in person to see what the deal is. Blech. Hopefully everything gets settled and we can figure out just where these packages are!

There is a bright side to my week--the emails about being a guest blogger have been pouring in, and now that I'm feeling well to blog again, I'm answering all of them! It just makes me so happy!

Take care, guys.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Guest Blogger: Seda's Nail Art

Alright, dudes and dudettes, I am pleased to present my first guest blog post, by none other than Miss Seda! Seda is from Turkey and uses mostly local brands, so most of the names are pretty unfamiliar to me, but perhaps you guys have heard of them! Seda doesn't have a nail blog but she is an avid reader of others' blogs, and she's quite handy with the nail brush! Check out some of her designs below!


Done with Gabrini Matte Gray and Gabrini Blue with a coat of Mavala Instant Dry.





The purple and brown pawprints are made with a brand of polish called Pastel, and the gold ones are made with Flormar Golden Nail Art. Also, the purple Pastel polish is a dupe for Chanel Paradoxal!
 What a cute kitty!



The mermaid design is from a fauxnad plate from the Born Pretty Store and the underlying polish has no name. Cute editing, too!



Seda made this look by drag marbling, using a toothpick. The polishes are Pastel 74 and Catherine Arley Holo 671.

Fun nail art, right? For editing her pictures, Seda used her iPhone. I think she needs to make her own nail blog ;D

A big, heartfelt thanks to Seda for breaking the ice and being my first guest blogger! If you'd like to do a guest post, please email me!

Nfu-Oh 51 over black!

I could have sworn I had taken more pictures of this, but I guess I only have two--oops! Anyway, since my bottle of Nfu-Oh 51 is up for grabs, I figured I might as well post a few pictures of it layered over black (Orly Liquid Vinyl.)

Some of you have asked in the comments or in an email why I'm giving this baby away. I love this polish, I really do. But I just don't wear it a ton, and I know it's a big-time lemming for tons of people who will treat it right :) If I truly can't live without it, I'll buy another bottle for myself.

It looks very pretty in person, and it flashes the red and purple highlights of color, along with some orange and even blue at times.
Unfortunately that beauty is quite hard to capture on camera! What you see in the bottle in this picture is pretty much what shows up on the nails--you just have to imagine! Haha.

Man, these pictures are crappy. BUT, since I had 'em, I threw them up here. If you haven't already, make sure you enter the giveaway for the bottle you see in the pictures!

Guest Blogging...anyone interested?

I'm just throwing it out there; I love reading each blog I follow, because everyone brings something different to the table. Before I started blogging, I honestly couldn't have imagined that I would enjoy reading so many different websites about nail polish, but what can I say? You guys are awesome.

That being said, is anyone interested in doing a guest blogger post on Aurora's Nails? I would be honored if you were to write a post on my blog! Some of you guys have awesome nail art, or cool beauty secrets, or beautiful frankens, and I know we would all love to see it!

Don't be shy! If you're interested, please email me at auroramermaid@yahoo.com and we'll go from there!

And as always, if you'd like me to check out your blog, email me or post the link HERE, please!

Zoya Mod Mattes Collection

I don't care for mattes. I don't. But the Zoya Mod Mattes press release promised wacky, bright colors, so I was pretty intrigued. The formula was kind of tricky in my opinion; with any mattes you have to work fast, but  with these it was hard to build them up evenly. Maybe it's just me, though, so check out the pictures and see how you feel about these babies!

Lolly is a punchy pink with no shimmer. Kind of like OPI Mattes La Paz-itively Hot.
Of course I had to see what it looked like with a topcoat. Very fun, very summer-y. And the name reminds me of that Schoolhouse Rock song. You know, Lolly, Lolly, Lolly get your adverbs here! No? Okay.



Mitzi is way brighter in real life than it is in this picture. I love lime green, although the formula kind of chunked up on some nails. Haha, look at my squished pinkie.
With a topcoat, it's like a brighter, less-chartreuse OPI Who The Shrek Are You? Again, it's way brighter in person.



Phoebe had the best formula of all, probably because it's a shimmer. It's my favorite of the collection, and it's a slightly deeper cyan in real life.
I LOVE it with a topcoat! It's kind of like a slightly lighter China Glaze Shower Together, with shimmer.
This picture is blurry but it gives a better indication of the true color.


Thoughts on this collection? For me, the best way to paint with this formula was to use thick coats. For most nails I didn't even swipe the brush against the lip of the bottle to get rid of excess polish, and that method worked best for getting even, full coverage. I love that Zoya did mattes in fun colors, and I really prefer the shimmer formula of Phoebe to the flat colors.

What are your opinions? Did you pick any of these up? How did you like them?

Oh, yeah, and:



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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Nfu-Oh 51 Giveaway!

Hello, friends! Today I'm giving away a bottle of Nfu-Oh 51! I bought it a few months ago, but I just haven't worn it as much as I thought I would. Rather than let it collect dust here, I decided to give it away to someone who will treat it as nicely as it deserves! I've only used it a few times, so there is certainly plenty left!

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1. You must be a follower.

2. To enter the giveaway, fill out the form below. No entries left in the comment sections will be counted. If you can't fill out the form for some reason, please email me at auroramermaid@yahoo.com.

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5. Giveaway ends Thursday, May 5th at 12:00 AM EST.

Monday, April 4, 2011

My Elton John Manicure

A few weeks ago, my father, brother, and I took a little road trip so that we could attend Elton John's concert. My dad is a HUGE Elton John fan, and since it's been a staple in our household since forever, I'm slightly obsessed, too. I can so vividly remember my father pushing me on the swing at night on our porch, singing I Guess That's Why They Call It The Blues, or him playing Bennie and the Jets on the piano, or how exited we were when we bought the Lion King CD (CD! Not a cassette, but a CD! We were really movin' up in the world!)

Ol' Elton is known for his flamboyant, colorful, and, dare I say, AWESOME stage outfits, and I wanted to have a jazzed up mani on my fingers for the occasion.

I went with OPI Teenage Dream from the Katy Perry Collection, and I think it was a perfect choice.
Pink, sparkly, funky glitter? I feel like Sir Elton John would approve. I didn't actually take a picture of my mani that night, so I'm just reusing my original swatch, but you get the gist. Ignore that white hair on the cap. I can only assume it belongs to either Shep or Cotton. Hmph.

Fun fact: When I was three, I decided that I would marry Elton John. I remember telling my teacher, and she sent me to all the other teachers to tell them, so that they could all have a good laugh at my expense. In case you were wondering, it didn't work out between the two of us.

And now, think about it: How amazing would it be if Elton John collaborated with OPI? Based on his personality and former stage outfits? I think some pretty cool colors would come outta that collection. He seems like such a fun guy. Just my two cents.

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Saturday, April 2, 2011

China Glaze 2NITE

Can it really be April already? Time she is a-flyin'. China Glaze 2NITE was a lemming of mine for quite some time...two and a half years, maybe. But I just couldn't find any of the OMG Collection anywhere. Then la fabulous Kellie showed up and swapped this baby into my life.

PS: Kellie's blog, Also Known As, just reached 2000 followers! Congrats!


2NITE is a pale blue holo that really picks up the rainbow in the sun. I seriously love this one. Or, as Kellie her self would say, I la la love it!


Lemming fulfilled. It's just as pretty as I'd hoped. I prefer these linear holos over the kind of scattered holos.


Another big thank you to Kellie! I love it girl!

Also, I'm watching The Ring right now. I haven't seen this movie since in about seven years. I wonder if it's as scary to me now.

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