Archive for the Orange Category

OCC Cosmetics Haul at The Makeup Show

Posted in Green, Makeup, Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics, Orange, pink, Uncategorized on June 9, 2010 by ainamakeup

My very first Stop at The Makeup Show was Obsessive Compulsive Cosmetics.  I just had to get my hands on some more of their Lip Tars!  Man, these things should come with a disclaimer that reads “use at your own risk”. They are so immensely pigmented that the tiniest application can completely cover your lips.  I already had “Vintage” and “Fondue” but I wanted more!  Here’s what I picked up!

Left to right "Demure" "Botanica" "Safety Orange" and "Anime"

Ooooh!  Look at the pretty colors!


Demure is a deep hot pink.  The name of this has got to be an oxymoron because this hot pink is definitely anything but demure.  Botanica is a bright green that’s so vivid I think I smell fresh-cut grass when I see it.  I have been dreaming of Safety Orange for months now and I’m so glad I decided to get it. It was the first one I chose when I got to the counter.  Anime really does resemble the vibrant color of the lips of a Japanese anime heroine.  I think this one is my second favorite.

Can you believe the depth of color on these babies?  Now I know I won’t have much of an occasion to use these on a daily basis, but I justify by  the fact that as a professional, I could very well use this on a shoot.  I rarely buy any “fun” makeup for my kit and I am planning to do some more avant-garde test shoots in the very near future.

The best thing was the friendly and helpful David from OCC threw in some other goodies with my purchase!

OCC Cosmetics "Wasabi"

What a nice surprise to find this bright green in my bag.  It’s not something I would normally pick, but I like the way it looks.  I’m noticed that lately I dressy pretty reserved and nondescript, but love to contract my mostly black wardrobe with strong polishes.  I also got the matching Wasabi loose color.

OCC "Wasabi"

Wasabi Swatch

I would love this as an accent color as a light smudge under the eye, just to add a touch of pop.  The color payoff is great and the pigment is quite blendable.


Knock Out Cosmetics Swatches

Posted in Blue, Knock Out, Orange, Red with tags on May 21, 2010 by ainamakeup

This weekend I had the privilege of attending The Makeup Show in NYC.  I was there on official business working for a cosmetics company,  but I of course managed to steal a moment or two to check out some of the goodies being offered at the show.  I have much to tell, and you’ll hear more about my awesome finds in future posts, but first things first – I must tell you about my experience at Knock Out Cosmetics.

Knock Out is a high-end line of matte finish nail colors.  What I love about these polishes, just at first sight is beautiful bottles that are modern, and at the same time belong on the vanity table of a Hollywood Starlet circa 1945.  The best thing about Knock Out, though is how unique  the collection is.   Mike Potter, the brains behind this whole operation, definitely marches to the beat of his own drum, creating shades that you can justify owning because, trust me – you don’t have anything similar.  These polishes have a look that sets them apart from the pack!

I went by the booth and much to my surprise Mike Potter was actually there! What’s more is he generously gave me two bottles to write about!

Knock Out "Pool"

Pool is a pretty sea blue, that I know I definitely do not have dupe for, glossy or otherwise.  Despite the coolness of this color, I like the way it looks against my skin tone.

Knock Out "Match"

It took me a minute to figure out why this shade was named “Match”.  Then I realized it bares a striking resemblance to the orange-red tops of match sticks!  I don’t think I would have ever seen something like that and thought, “that should be a nail color.”  I’m usually not into bright color,  but I absolutely love this!

Knock Out Cosmetics polishes are sold online t and at select stores across the country.  Happy Shopping!

China Glaze Poolside Collection Swatches & Review

Posted in Blue, China Glaze, Green, Orange, pink, Yellow with tags on May 9, 2010 by ainamakeup

Happy Mother’s day to all the wonderful mom’s out there!

Today I bring you the China Glaze Poolside Collection for Summer 2010.  These are a collection of Neon polishes that you will definitely need shades to enjoy in the hot summer sun!  While I consider myself a nail polish aficionado, I up until this collection didn’t own any neons and didn’t realize that neons dry with matte finish. When I started applying the first polish, I thought I was going crazy or that my base coat had turned the polish matte.  All of the swatches you see do not include a top coat so you will see these shades in their true matte form.  I found the formula on these to be a little on the streaky side, but I think with the addition of topcoat they would look just fine.

China Glaze Yellow Polka Dot Bikini

This is a neon yellow.  When I think neon, I think the 80’s so I’m not sure if I would normally pick this color up unless I needed it for a Halloween costume.  If neons are your cup of tea, this yell will definitely fit the bill.  As you can see this one is a little streaky, but I think with topcoat, the streaks would smooth out.  Apparently, yellows tend t be problematic.

China Glaze Pool Party

This is a pretty neon pink creme I think is fun.  This is a shade I would definitely wear, although admittedly it’s not the first polish I would pick up.  I like that it’s a flashy, hot pink.  This one reminds me of the 80’s as well, but in a good way.  Pool Party applied much less streaky than some of the others.

China Glaze Towel Boy Toy

I think this one is one of my favorites.  It’s bright and blue.  I really like the name as well.  Makes me imagine Cougars on some Hedonism resort laying on lounge chairs staring at the booties of young men as they walk by.

China Glaze Flip Flop Fantasy

I’m not sure what’s up with this photo.  I may have to retake this when I can access some sunlight because as I look at it, now it is definitely more of a bright orange.  here is looks more pink or coral and it is not.

Kiwi Cool-Ada

Neon Green.  I’ve definitely developed an affinity for green nail polish but I’m not sure I can hang with this one.  I always say, Anything Goes on my Toes so I’ll be adding this to the Lacquerholic files under under Toes.  This one was the least streaky out of the bunch in terms of application.

China Glaze Sun Worshiper

This is a lighter Orange than Flip Flop Fantasy.  I think this one is more wearable than some of the other shades for me.  Again this was a bit on the streaky side, but with a coat of Seche, I’m sure it will look fine.

These polishes went on very sheer on the first coat.  Almost see through.  I used three coats on all of these.  If you’re an adventurous color wearer, then this collection is for you!

Disclaimer: Samples were provided to me for review.

Zoya Flash Swatches and Review

Posted in Blue, Orange, pink, Purple, Red, Zoya on April 28, 2010 by ainamakeup

Hey there, Adicts!  I am so excited to bring to you the Zoya Flash collection.  These are a collection of bright but not neon cremes that have me ready for weekly pedicures and strutting around NYC in platform Espadrilles.   You should definitely pick up some of these especially since Zoya is currently running a Polish Exchange program through June 30th.  Take a look at these babies before you make your choices!

Zoya Jolene

Jolene is a light pink, almost Pepto Bismol like creme that usually isn’t my speed, but I think I like this color against my skin tone.  I usually go for neutrals but, Summer is coming and I want to be bright and colorful!

Zoya Maura

Maura is an orange/red creme.  Excuse the painting mistakes on my nails.  It was quite late when I did these swatches… This red has quite a bit of orange in it.  If you’re gonna wear red you might as well go bright red!


Jancyn sounds like one of those “trendeigh” names.  I keep thinking of moms on the Upper West Side in Manhattan, pushing their jogger strollers around Broadway and 72nd St.  This is a light, bright orange creme.  Again, not my usual MO but definitely summer!

Zoya "Dana"

Dana is a hot pink creme.  Again, it was late when I swatched these so I messed up my pinkie while trying to photograph it.  I’m not big fan of bright pinks.  This is nice, but I’m not in love.

Zoya "Robyn"

I think I’ll reserve this bright blue creme for my toes rather than my nails.  I love blues, but I just don’t think this looks so good against my skin.  It is a pretty blue, though!

Zoya "Perrie"

I think this one is my favorite in the collection, which surprises me because while I love purple, I don’t think I would have gravitated toward this shade.

The application on all of these polishes were good.  Not too thick.  And the polish applied smoothly, no streaking.  I used three coats on all of these, although the colors were opaque in two.

Coming up next post, my Sparkle collection swatches and review.  In the meantime don’t forget to take advantage of Zoya’s polish exchange program!

Disclaimer: Samples were provided to me for review.