Friday, March 11, 2011

Swatches: Del Sol, Zoya Pink Nail Polishes

Here's the two swatches of my new nail polish collection. Been having a crazy nail polish frenzy lately, I've bought so many yet have not really gotten a chance to try most of them.

Del Sol in Flirt (Pale Pink with Glitters)
Del Sol is what I'll call a tropical brand. I've only known about them after going on a few cruises to the Caribbeans. There is also one chain store located in the Quincy Market in Boston. They're actually a company that specializes in apparel that changes color under the sun (hence the name Del Sol). Their designs react to the sun's UV rays and transforms in color. Yup, even their nail polishes!
Del Sol nail polish indoors

Here I'm wearing the Del Sol nail polish in Flirt. It's a pale pink with lots of silver glitter. The glitter is very fine. I love how it gives off a slight shimmer this way. Perfect go to work color.
Del Sol in Flirt under the sunlight thru window
Difference in color between thumb and ring finger
Here you can sort of see a difference in color after I left my hand under the sunlight for a minute or so. Outdoors the colors are even more vibrant! I'll try to upload a picture of how my nails look outdoors. You can sort of see the difference in color between my thumb and ring finger.

Overall these are not great quality nail polishes. With only 1 coat and no top coat, my nails started chipping the next day. Very easy to apply and they dry fairly quickly. These nail polishes retail for $10 each. And they usually have a Buy 3 Get 1 Free sale in stores.  Pretty expensive for not so great nail polishes, but they are so fun to wear! These make a really nice staple to any summer outfit. So I don't mind purchasing more (I own like 8 of these already). I top it with my favorite Revlon Top Coat and it stays for almost a week. =) Good enough for me.

Next is the Zoya nail polish. I managed to get in on the 3 Free Zoya nail polish promotion a few weeks ago. All I had to pay was $6.95 for shipping and handling, still a very good deal since each of these polishes retail $8 each.

Zoya Nail Polish in Piper (ZP243)
Zoya Nail Polish in Piper is a warm neutral pink that's not really sheer. I had 2 coats on my index finger and only 1 coat on the rest of my hand.

With Direct Flash
With a Side Flash
Zoya claims to make the longest wear natural nail polish. And I think they really do live up to that claim. I didn't even apply a top coat on and I had no chips for 7 days! After that it started chipping a little but it wasn't too bad. The polish was easy to apply and dries quickly also. I think I've found a new love. =)

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

ASOS Haul - Mar 2011

Just splurged on these 2 ASOS Quilted Lock Across Body Bags.
ASOS Pastel Quilted Lock Across Body Bag

I've never shopped from ASOS before, but reading through the Luuux posts, I found it to be a very stylish UK online store. They now ship to the US and have both free shipping and returns.

The bags look so cute! Haha. I thought they look like cheap versions of Chanel classic clutches at first. I wasn't sure which color would be nicer especially seeing some online actual photos of the Pastel being so much darker than the stock photo and the Nude looks so light. So I got both bags in Pastel and in Nude to take advantage of the free returns. =D  They also have it available in white.

The Bill
Currently ASOS has a sale for 20% off all ASOS brand items. =)  Both bags came out to be $21.52 each! Such a good deal already. Haha, I hope I don't end up keeping both.

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