Holographic Glitter Gradient Nails ft. BA Star Glitter

Today we are sharing with you a holographic glitter from the brand BA Star, which is mainly a cheerleader/dance cosmetic brand - but has the perfect holographic glitter. We can't get enough! We received a set of their holographic glitter and glitter glue to review. Since we usually use topcoat as our 'glue', we stuck to what we knew and used Seche Vite to keep the glitter in place.

For this look, we used 2 coats of OPI's Glints of Glinda (our perfect transparent nude!), and a coat of China Glaze Fairy Dust to help with the gradient look. Then we used a nail art brush to carefully dust the holographic powder (over a tray to catch any escaped glitter) focusing on the tip of the nail. The gradient happens naturally when using this technique.

We love how these turned out, and they would be the perfect accessory for a graduation or prom! The BA Star glitter is available on the BA Star website, www.bastar.com, and is 50% when you use the code BBGLITZ! 

 Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided to us by the company/PR for our honest consideration and review.

Swatched: Essie Neon Collection

Essie released their 6 polish Neon Collection May 1st, and since then we have been going a bit neon crazy with these polishes! We are happy to finally have them swatched here so you can see how they look on the nails! With the exception of Boom Boom Room (first up in this post) these all go great if you're looking to do some neon rainbow-y type nail art. We used them and Orly's Glowstick to create a fab tie dye nail art tutorial, our first venture in to YouTube! Let the swatching begin!

First up is Boom Boom Room. Admittedly, this is not a true neon. The best way to describe this polish is a bubblegum pink. It is bright, but it is not neon. This polish is also a creme polish, unlike the rest of the collection. As neon lovers with high expectations, this did leave something to be desired. This swatch is two coats with topcoat.

Next up is Bouncer, It's Me! This polish is the perfect royal blue jelly, Essie has not strayed from their past blue masterpieces (Bikini So Teeny, Mint Candy Apple, Butler Please, etc.) - they have anything in this shade under control. The polish applied well, and dried without shine like most true neons. This swatch is three thin coats with topcoat.

This purple, DJ Play That Song, is the ultimate shade of violet (lighter than true purples, if you were wondering the difference!). This is the most opaque of the jellies, and this swatch is only 2 thin coats, with no visible nail line! This is probably our favourite polish in this collection.

This next shade is Saturday Night Fever, a coral-orange (or perhaps just an orange with a hint of red) neon jelly that is really too bright to handle. This swatch is two coats, and although you can still see a bit of my nail underneath (calcium spot on my ring finger!) - the colour is so intense that you wouldn't really notice.

The second last polish is a green, Shake Your $$ Maker. Great name aside, this polish is a bit too jelly sheer for our liking. This swatch is 3 think coats, and on some nails you can still see a visible nail line. Disappointing. Over white polish, this doesn't matter as much and it actually has a much more neon effect.

Finally, we have Bottle Service, a super-bright fuchsia. This polish is a jelly, and goes on great. The swatch below is just two coats and it is fully opaque - yet still has that 'squishy' jelly appearance. We love this!

What neons are you loving for Summer, or are you going for a totally different trend altogether? 

Check us out on Instagram to see a dupe for Bottle Service, and if you'd like to see more follow us on Bloglovin!

 Disclaimer: Some of these products were provided to us by the company/PR for our honest consideration and review.

Swatched: Rainbow Honey for Fab Summer Set

Rainbow Honey is a new to us indie brand best known for their shimmer and glitter polishes. We were happy to review their Summer collaboration with Fab.com which is now available for $25 (for the three full size/15mL lacquers). When we first saw pictures of the collection, we have to admit our minds went to Christmas (red, green… you can't blame us!) - however, when you see these polishes in person they really reflect the bright colours of a south american vacation. And now we're just dreaming. 

First up is Schrammi, described by Rainbow Honey as a deep coral with gold shimmer. We found this to be more of an orange-based red with gold shimmer, but you can see for yourselves! This swatch is two coats for full opacity. The polish went on smooth and the gold shimmer looks amazing when it catches the light. This is our favourite of the two shimmers in this collection.

Next up is Costa del Sol, which we've swatched over black, which is a golden holo glitter extravaganza. Bar, hex, and gold shimmer galore, this polish is definitely an eye-catcher. This swatch is one coat, and the glitter applied evenly and didn't create any unwanted texture (a major plus!).

Finally, we have Tenda, a true kelly green with gold shimmer. While we don't usually gravitate towards greens for summer, this is so bright and beautiful that it will get its wear in. This swatch is three thin coats, and like the rest of the polishes, applied super evenly and has great shimmer distribution.

Overall, we're loving the quality of these Rainbow Honey lacquers, and would definitely recommend them. If these colours are speaking to you (they may be asking you to go on vacation and bring them along!), you can check the set out on the Fab website. If you'd like to see more from Rainbow Honey, check them out on their website, Facebook and Instagram.

Tie Dye Nail Art Tutorial

Check out our first venture in to YouTube tutorials, with our tie dye nail art tutorial! The colours we used, in addition to Butter London Nail Foundation and Seche Vite topcoat, are Orly Glowstick (neon yellow), Essie Shake Your $$ Maker (neon green), Essie Bouncer, It's Me! (neon blue), Essie DJ Play That Song (neon purple), Essie Bottle Service (neon pink), and Essie Saturday Disco Fever (neon coral/orange).

NARS x Pierre Hardy 'Sharplines' Nail Art

When NARS announced their collaboration with shoe designer Pierre Hardy, we could not have been more excited. Pierre Hardy has a terrific sense of colour matching, and he did not disappoint in this collection. We received the Sharplines set to review, and we are obsessed with these twosomes. This is a photo of the full collection, courtesy of NARS. All of the colour pairings are right on, and the lemon and lavender pastels of the Sharks collection (the second pair from the right) might be our favourites.
The set we received, Sharplines, contains a true Peach colour, as well as a maroon which is quite thin and layers to a deep red (almost black!). One coat of the burgundy polish appears almost jelly in consistency, but with added coats opacity comes quickly. The best thing about this duo? The price is $32 for two polishes, where one NARS polish will set you back $19. There is one extra pairing (not pictured above) exclusive to the NARS website called Venomous, which includes a black and gunmetal (although it appears more similar to a rich silver). The polishes also come with a dust bag (every polish should come with one… for the truly obsessed!) and a box, similar to shoe packaging seen in Pierre Hardy's own line.

For our nail art, we searched the Pierre Hardy website for inspiration, and came up with this mani. It is inspired by the top view of a foot in a heel - we interpreted it loosely, as you can see! The polishes went on extremely well - for a brand not known for its polishes, we were definitely impressed. The peach colour was opaque in two thin coats, and the burgundy we are hoarding for fall - it is the perfect oxblood colour.

Overall, we're loving how these came out and are super impressed with the colour and quality of these NARS polishes. Definitely worth it to check these out if you see them in a Sephora (or are lusting over Venomous online).

Disclaimer: Some of  these products were provided to us by the company/PR for our honest consideration and review.

Tiffany and Co. Inspired Nail Art

China Glaze For Audrey is the best Tiffany And Co. match we've seen, and inspired this mani. We also used Essie Blanc, Essie No Place Like Chrome, and Sally Hansen Griege. The Heart charm is from Hex Nail Jewelry (available on Etsy) and the thumb nail uses a rhinestone from eBay and Microbeads from a craft store!


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