Friday, October 31, 2014

Discount Discovery: Love, Charlotte 881TAU

I remember reading some time ago that Color Club made a polish for the Charlotte Russe chain but since there wasn't one of those stores near me. I forgot about it until they opened one in the mall near where I live so I decided to check it out. What a treat! They sell for $3.50 each or 2/$6 so being the thrifty person that I am, I got four to maximize the savings. Ha. They don't have the typical sort of polish names that other companies use, even Color Club. Instead they an almost industrial combination of numbers and letters, but at least the letters sort of indicate the color. This one is 881TAU, for taupe, I would guess. It's nice that I've found a Discount Discovery that is available in a wider area and isn't temporary due to being a sale or a closeout!

Love, Charlotte by Color Club 881TAU, two coats plus topcoat
For $3 or $3.50 this is a great bargain. The formula was a breeze to work with and the color is on trend with the more expensive lines — in a bottle comparison this is a dupe for Essie Cocktails And Coconuts, right down to the subtle shimmer that stays in the bottle. The cap is tall and easy to hold and the brush is round like the Essie brushes, so it flares out nicely. So far this is the only one I've tried but I'm impressed with it and will continue to stop in to see how often they add to their color selection. One of the other ones I got is an amazing sapphire blue with a bright shimmer that I can't wait to try out!

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Sally Hansen Expresso

I love, love, love this color but hate the name — the beverage is espresso and I cringe when I hear people call it expresso, but maybe Sally Hansen is making a pun or something. In any case, the color is so gorgeous I'll forgive them.

Sally Hansen Expresso
Erin is usually the one drawn to the reds but lately I've been wanting something more colorful and seasonal. I wasn't even looking for a red when this one caught my eye as I was checking out the 99¢ SinfulColors sale at Walgreens (yes, I got some and I'll be reviewing them later…)

I'm not a fan of the brush and bottle in this line but I can't say enough about how beautiful this color is and how well it wears. I wore it for a full week and never tired of the color and it barely even showed tip wear, unusual for such a dark color. Two thumbs up for this one! Definitely moving it into my permanent rotation section.

Monday, October 27, 2014

Essie Fall 2014 Dressed To Kilt Collection Comparisons

Fall is one of my favorite seasons because of all the rich colors and lately the Fall polish collections have been becoming favorites of mine for the very same reason. Essie's new Dressed To Kilt Collection has six gorgeous new colors but I managed to restrain myself and only get two. I'm sure you are shocked to find that I chose the green, Fall In Line, and the gray, Take It Outside.

Essie Fall In Line, two coats plus topcoat
Fall In Line is a cool dusty green creme, smooth formula that covers easily in two coats. Absolutely loved it!

Essie Take It Outside, two coats plus topcoat
Take It Outside is an opaque taupe-y gray, a color that I just can't get enough of. Loved this one even more!

Because I love these colors so much you just knew I'd have some for comparisons, didn't you? Well, here they are:

Essie Taupe/Gray Comparisons
Take It Outside and Master Plan look almost exactly the same in the bottle but you can see that on the nail Master Plan is a bit darker and warmer, but not by much. If you have one you probably don't need the other unless you're an obsessive collector like me. Jazz is much yellower and Miss Fancy Pants is much darker, so no dupes there.

Essie Green Comparisons
In the photo Vested Interest looks darker and bluer than Fall In Line but in person there was very little noticeable difference. The major difference was that Vested Interest is more of a cruelly formula and Fall In Line is a true creme. Color-wise I'd call them dupes so go for whichever formula you prefer.

Friday, October 24, 2014

NYC New York Color Midnight Beauty Collection

***Product provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Happy Friday!  I hope you all are liking the look of the blog.  We have a few more changes planned so stay tuned.  Today I have a makeup post for you.  Nail blogging is a gateway drug for a makeup addiction! Once I started following so many nail blogs, that lead to makeup blogs, which lead to YouTube beauty vloggers and now I'm just addicted to all things beauty. So hopefully you like the change of pace over here.

This Halloween, turn up the drama with the new Midnight Beauty collection from NYC New York Color. From sultry eyes to shimmering nails, this collection is full of vivid colors you’ll want to sink your teeth into at a price that won’t take a bite out of your wallet. With sky-high volume mascara, pigment-packed shadows and lipsticks, bold eyeliner and lashes, and never-chip nail color, NYC New York Color lets your bring out your wild side…at least until the sun comes up.  

Expert Last Lip Color ($1.99): The rich, creamy lipstick goes on smooth and lasts for up to six hours, and never feathers or bleeds. With a color-matched component, these heart-stopping hues with long-lasting shine will stay on all night long.  I really enjoyed these lipsticks.  My swatches are one swipe of each but I swatched them on my lips as well and did 2 coats and they were perfectly opaque.  They are a creme finish and nicely moisturizing.  Red or Alive is a perfect orange red.  Immortal Vixen is a very deep vampy burgundy and Dark Rebirth is the blackest black.  I will find an excuse to wear Dark Rebirth!  Maybe trick or treating??  For $1.99, you should pick up all 3. 


Individual Eyes Custom Compact in Hate the Light ($4.99): These sultry shadow collections are specially coordinated to intensify and enhance your eye color. With a formula that contains nourishing Vitamins A and E, with Green Tea extract, these silky powders blend smoothly and evenly. Each shade can be worn alone or blended, and kits include a double-ended professional applicator and step-by-step instructions to help you create your Halloween look.  These eye shadows are so silky and pigmented.  My swatches are one swipe over the primer that's included in the palette.  You could create a gorgeous Halloween smoky eye with this palette.  There are step by step instructions on the back of the palette.  And again, that price point can't be beat. 

I'll be back next week with some NYC Halloween polishes!  

NYC New York Color is available at CVS, Walmart, Duane Reade, Target, KMart and Family Dollar nationwide.  Keep an eye out for this collection!  

***Product provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Zoya Ultra Pixie Dust Fall 2014

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Hi everyone!  Like the new look of the blog?  I love how clean and fresh it looks.  So, today I have the new Ultra Pixie Dusts from Zoya and I really love them. The Ultra Pixies are special because they have "Mega Hex particles" in addition to the regular Pixie Dust formula.  They are extra sparkly.

Oswin is described as:  a true red textured PixieDust with crimson Mega Hex particles.

Arianna is described as:  a blue-toned red wine textured PixieDust with Mega Hex particles.

Noir is described as:  deep, vampy plum textured PixieDust with red Mega Hex particles.

What do you think of these vampy Ultra Pixies?  I don't think Noir photographed as beautifully as it wore.  It's gorgeous.  I want to wear it to every holiday party I go to this year.  

Zoya Ultra Pixies sell for USD$10 and are available at and Ulta stores, nationwide.

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Friday, October 3, 2014

Zoya Entice Collection - Review & Swatches

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Happy Friday! I have the Zoya Entice Collection for you today.  This collection is made up of six gorgeous fall cremes.  Right up my alley!  I've been wearing them non-stop since the weather starting changing.

Nyssa can be best described as a milk chocolate brown in the flawless, full-coverage cream formula.  

Claire can be best described as a warm, rich burgundy with a flawless, full-coverage cream finish.  I just took Claire off after 3 days of wear.  It looked flawless the entire time!

Veronica can be best described as a full-coverage brilliant red wine.  I'm wearing Veronica for the second time right now on my short, square nails (I'll post a pic on our FB page!) right now.  It's truly my signature fall shade. 

Margo can be best described as a modern red plum in a flawless, full-coverage cream formula.

Ryan can be best described as a classic indigo in a flawless cream formula. (Originally released during NYFW for Timo Weiland's AW14 Collection).  I want to love this blue but I just don't.  Maybe it's too warm for me and I want more black tones?  I don't love it on me.  

Genevieve can be best described as a cool leather grey in the flawless full-coverage cream formula.  I apologize for my crappy picture.  I didn't realize it was so blurry until it was too late.  This pulled a little green on me but I still really like this color.  

What do you think of the Entice Collection?  Veronica and Claire are my clear favorites.  The formula was so creamy and pigmented and even.  

Zoya sells for USD$9 and is available at and Ulta stores, nationwide.

***This polish was provided for review.  All opinions are my own.***

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Discount Discovery: Revlon Blue Slate

Since Revlon has discontinued their Colorstay line in favor of their new Colorstay Gel Envy line, the Colorstay polishes have been showing up just about everywhere for varying discounted prices ranging from $3.99 at Ulta to $2.48 at Target to $1.49 at Job Lot. Today I'm going to show you the fabulous dusty — but still bright — Blue Slate.
Revlon Blue Slate, two coats plus topcoat
Ever since trying out the Sally Hansen Miracle Gel I've been comparing other polishes that claim to be long-wearing. This one lasted well over a three-day weekend using the Colorstay Gel-Smooth base coat and the Colorstay Gel-Shine Top Coat, which were also available at Job Lot but which disappeared pretty quickly.
The Colorfast Trio
The bottles for both the Colorstay line and the Gel Envy line are nearly identical and I found a Gel Envy in the Target clearance bin that may have been put there by accident so I will be doing a wear test on that when I go away next weekend to the Vermont Sheep & Wool Festival. There will be a lot of yarning going on so I expect my nails will put it through a thorough test!

Monday, September 22, 2014

KB Shimmer Fall 2014 & A Polished Cousins Reveal!

I’m baaaaaaaaaack! Hi everyone! Anna here. After a bit of a hiatus to get married and get in my groove for grad school, I’m here! I’m so excited to be able to share my picks from the new KB Shimmer Fall Collection. OK Let's get into it-

KB Shimmer Fall Collection 

Raisin to Live- Deep and dark, A Raisin To Live is a deep burgundy, blacken Ox Blood colored polish full of holographic sparkles.  If you love Witch Way, try her vampy cousin

This polish is GORGEOUS. The formula is a little syrupy so I needed to be careful with coats to make sure the color is even. I used 3 coats so everything was even but it was squishy and jelly-like at 2 coats. I think it dried fast for a jelly too.

How You Dune?- Like sands through the hourglass, this “greige” polish is a perfect blend of creamy beige and a light grey, offering full coverage in 1-2 coats.  Depending on lighting and skin tone, this work perfect neutral can shift to accent the gray or the beige undertones

This was my first time using a crème from an indie and How You Dune? Just blew me away. Full, even coverage in ONE coat. I couldn’t believe it! I used two coats because it’s habit and I wanted to make sure this mani lasted. I need more crèmes from KB Shimmer. 

In case you were wondering, because I was, How You Dune? Is not a dupe for Zoya Dove. It is a shade or two lighter and warmer 

Leaf of Faith- The crisp feel of the air, apple pies baking, trees showing off a kaleidoscope of reds, burgundies and gold, it is no wonder fall is my favorite season.  Leaf Of Faith my homage to the glorious Sweetgums and Sugar Maples, and all the others trees that star in natures fall show.  A deep Cabernet red jelly is the backdrop for glitters in red, orange and gold.  The glitters in this polish add depth and interest with subtle changes in color as the jelly picks up the colors of the glitter. A scattering of holographic glitters gives this polish sparkle and shine.

I struggled a little with this one. It’s so filled with glitter that I had some application issues. I think with careful method, you could get this polish to go on evenly with 2 coats but I needed 3 for the swatches here.

Rust No One- This orange, rusty, red leaning pumpkin color is ideal for fall.  With its linear holographic rainbow, Rust No One is beautiful indoors and out.  This holographic polish covers well in 2-3 coats

Look at that holo shimmer! So pretty. Orange makes my camera scream so I had a hard time getting this color correct. The second image is closest to how it looks in real life. I used 3 coats for the swatches below.

Up and Cunning- A deep teal, almost forest green in color, Up & Cunning is perfect in 2-3 coats.  In the sun or bright light, this linear holographic beauty just shines with rainbow goodness

This polish is jam packed with holo goodness and pigment. I was almost able to get full jelly coverage in 1 coat. I used 2 coats for full opacity. 

And because I love all of our readers so much, I wouldn’t be able to come back without showing you all some wedding pictures and *GASP* a picture of us, The Polished Cousins! All of these pictures are courtesy of my amazing wedding photographers, Richard + Tara Photography.  They are old friends of mine and they are just so talented. I couldn’t be happier with how our photos turned out. If you’re in need of photographer in the Maryland, DC, or Pennsylvania areas, check them out!

So I'm obsessed with my wedding hair. It was just perfect. Every time I look at wedding pictures I tell my husband that I want to get married again so that I can have that hair again. I also painted my nails RIGHT before putting my dress on. I had painted them for the rehearsal dinner the night before but I wasn't totally in love with it so I wanted to redo it in the morning and almost ran out of time. You can see my best friend behind me getting her hair done as I'm finishing clean-up on my mani in these pictures. I ended up wearing OPI- Love.Angel.Music.Baby. with a shiny top coat and I loved it so much!

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography

I also made my own bouquet out of brooches for the wedding. It was the biggest wedding project and I didn't finish it until the night before the wedding. My family and friends all brought brooches to my shower so my bouquet ended up being my "something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue" all in one piece! Oh, and it weighed over 4 pounds.

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography
During the ceremony when the best man was supposed to give the rings to the rabbi, we realized he didn't have them! My dad got distracted by the chaos before the ceremony and never got to give them to him. This picture is of my dad delivering the rings to the chuppah and it was my absolute favorite moment of the whole day. I was laughing the whole time!

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography
This is when we read from our ketubah, a sort of Jewish marriage contract. My husband's daughter stayed with us at the chuppah for the whole ceremony.

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography
And the moment you've all been waiting for, The Polished Cousins! Here is Erin and Anna (me!) showing off our manis. The photographer made us pose like this and we told him it's not a real blogger pose. Then we showed him how the bottle hold works and we went to find Robin for a full group picture!

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography
Robin, Anna, and Erin- The Polished Cousins!

Photo courtesy of Richard + Tara Photography
We don't all get to see each other more than a couple of times a year and we had such a great time at the wedding. I'm so happy to be able to share these pictures with you all and to be back blogging with my cousins!

So let's bring it back to the purpose of this post, the gorgeous KB Shimmer Fall Collection!! Tell me what you think! Will you be buying any? The collection is available NOW here.

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