Friday, April 17, 2015

Sally Hansen Velvet Lush

There are so many different nail polish textures out there now it's a challenge to keep track of them all so when I saw that Sally Hansen had a new line out called Velvets I was intrigued. I chose a taupe, of course, called Lush. I'm not sure that I would describe this texture as velvet because it looks more like cement, but that may be my color choice, too. Application was fine and the texture appears as it dries.

Sally Hansen Velvet Lush, two coats, no topcoat
Here's a close-up of the texture so you can get a better idea of it.

Close-up of Lush
A friend mentioned that this would be perfect for graffiti nail art and I think she's right!

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Pop-arazzi Short But Sweet

You may have noticed a new line of polishes at your local CVS in cute little bottles with polka-dot caps — they appear to be replacing the Spoiled line but I'm not sure. They looked so cute, though, that I had to try them out and this warm coral-y pink looked perfect for me.

Short But Sweet
I love this color! It's practically the perfect coral for me. Unfortunately, this polish is… how do I put this nicely? It's really, really horrible is the most generous way I can possibly phrase it. The formula is like syrup, so it was frustratingly difficult to apply and the smell was horrible beyond description. I felt like I was getting cellular damage just by inhaling the fumes and I only did these four fingers. I don't want to even think of what my reaction would have been if I had done a full mani! Such a shame because I really did love this color. If you find one of their colors to be irresistible, definitely do your nails outdoors or at least with all the windows open!

Monday, March 16, 2015

NOTD: Revlon Stormy Night

I went crazy stocking up on my favorite colors when Revlon discontinued their Colorstay line in favor of their new Gel Envy line because they were showing up for around $1.50 almost everywhere. How could I not? This bottle has clearly been sitting around for a while because even with some vigorous shaking the color never mixed together properly but I don't care — I still love it.
Two coats of Stormy Night plus topcoat

Friday, March 13, 2015

Discount Discovery: Essie Fierce, No Fear

Marshalls and TJ Maxx have really been drawing me in lately with the fabulous assortment of polishes they've been getting in, some even from fairly recent collections. I had been picking up Essie Fierce, No Fear from their summer 2014 collection and putting it back because I loved it but was afraid I already had too many similar colors, so you can imagine how excited I was to see it at Marshalls for half price! I just love this milk chocolatey beauty!

Essie Fierce, No Fear, two coats plus topcoat

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

SinfulColors 2015 Spring Fever Collection

**These products were supplied by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**

You all know how SinfulColors is one of my very favorite brands (even Consumer Reports rated it a best buy!) and I particularly like it when they release a huge collection with different formulas to choose from. Right now you should be finding their Spring Fever Collection in stores, some showing a large display with all the colors and other stores breaking up the collection into smaller displays. The Walgreens near me has both in two different areas of the store so be sure to look around.

This collection is made up of 24 colors in a variety of formulas, some repromotes from previous collections and several new shades. I have for you four of the new shades and one from the core line. I'll start with the creme finishes, the new Navy I Do and Why Not, from their core line.

One coat of Navy I Do — one coat!!!
Navy I Do is my new favorite navy blue creme. It covers easily in one coat and unlike many other navy polishes, it didn't stain and was easy to clean up. I can see this as a base for a lot of nail art.


One coat of Why Not
The other creme is Why Not, a bright clear blue. Double up on your base coat with this because, surprisingly, this one does stain — but the color is worth it!

I got two of the three opalescent toppers and they are both stunners! Normally I'm not a big fan of opalescent toppers (they seem so '80s to me) but the three from this collection were so iridescent and amazing that it was difficult to choose!

One coat of Prized Plume over one coat of Why Not
SinfulColors describes Prized Plume as an "iridescent peacock-feather blue" but I see it as a bejeweled sapphire. Putting it over a medium blue like Why Not really brought out the shimmers so I couldn't wait to also try it over Navy I Do. I'm not great at nail art so I tried a simple taped triangle (which wasn't as simple to do as they make it look, BTW) and loved the result. Now I want to try stamping it!

Prized Plume over Navy I Do

One coat of Sheer Flight over one coat of Last Chance
The other opalescent I got was Sheer Flight and I think it's absolutely the one to get if you have to choose (fortunately the $1.99 price tag means you don't usually have to.) SinfulColors describes it as a "bejeweled emerald" but, to me, in the bottle it looks like the greens and turquoises of a peacock feather (I guess we see birds and jewels reversed, eh?) Its beauty wasn't really drawn out by any of the cremes in the collection so I tried it over one coat of Last Chance. Fortunately this stunning green creme is also in the St. Patrick's Day display so grab that one, too, while you're at it. Isn't it gorgeous!?!

Sheer Flight on index, middle, and pinkie with Hey Jude on ring finger
It reminded me of Hey Jude, so I decided to do a comparison. Its not holographic but I actually think I like it better — I love it when SinfulColors dupes a higher-priced brand and nails it. You have to get this!

One coat of Ring The Belini over one coat of Energetic Red
The third topper I got is Ring The Belini from the Citrus Twist collection. They call it a metallic tangerine so I paired it with Energetic Red to bring out the bling. It really glows, doesn't it?

Spring Fever 2015
Here are all 24 colors of the Spring Fever Collection. Of the cremes, I think Navy I Do is the only new color but all of the toppers and glitters are new. So many options to mix and match!

You can find out more about SinfulColors on their website and Facebook page as well as following them on Twitter and Instagram.

**These products were supplied by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**

Friday, March 6, 2015

China Glaze Intelligence, Integrity & Courage

Back when China Glaze first released its tie-in collection for the movie The Giver I grabbed two of my favorites, Community and History Of The World. At the time I didn't think I would want the rest but I'm glad I waited because most of the rest of the collection got marked down at Sally Beauty Supply and I was able to get the rest that I wanted for about $1.50 each. Score! Eventually I'll review them all but here is the lovely blue creme, Intelligence, Integrity & Courage.

Intelligence, Integrity & Courage, two coats plus topcoat
This is a stunning pastel blue that did not give me lobster claws, so a big bonus there. The formula was a bit streaky on the first coat but covered in two coats with no problem.

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

NOTD: China Glaze Release

Here is a quick iPhone shot of China Glaze Release, from the recent Giver collection. I just couldn't stop looking at it! The color definitely changes according to the light, ranging from this blue-gray in daylight to more of a taupe in artificial light, but in any light it's a beauty!

China Glaze Release, two coats plus topcoat
This also qualifies as a Discount Discovery because it was marked down to half price at Sally Beauty Supply, then marked down an additional 50% in their red dot sale so I think I snagged it for about $1.50!

Monday, March 2, 2015

Sally Hansen Wet Suit Dupe Alert!

I haven't done a Blue Monday post in a while so I thought I'd share this beauty with you today. Sometime last summer I saw Dior Junon in Nordstrom and fell in love with it, but not with the $27 price tag! I kept my eye out for possible dupes but nothing even came close until I spotted this gorgeous blue at Walgreens recently. I think the collection was called Make Waves but I'm not sure. This is the Triple Shine Wet Suit, not to be confused with the bright pastel blue Extreme Wear Wet Suit. Why do polish companies do that? Pure Ice is also guilty of releasing two different colors with the same name at the same time. Whyyyyyyyyy?

Sally Hansen Triple Shine Wet Suit, two coats plus topcoat
Sigh. Isn't it beautiful? The formula is a crelly so it really lives up to its triple shine promise. So gorgeous.

Want to see just how close it comes to Dior Junon? Here ya go…

Sally Hansen Wet Suit vs Dior Junon
For a price difference of under $5 for the Sally Hansen or $27 for the Dior, this is close enough for me!

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Zoya Satin Naturels Collection

**These products were provided for an honest review.**

Hi everyone!  I have the Zoya Satin Naturels Collection for you today.  These colors really speak to me, I just love them all.  I find that textured polish, any kind of texture, makes my cuticles look dry so I have to keep a small roller bottle of oil with me when I wear but it's worth the extra step.  All swatches are two coats and no top coat.

Ana can be best described as a light toasted almond cream.



Leah can be best described as a lavender tinged taupe cream.  This one didn't photograph as lavender as it was on my nails.  My camera hates purple, but I love it!



Brittany can be best described as a rose mauve cream.


Tove can be best described as a misty slate grey cream.


Rowan can be best described as a suede taupe cream.


Sage can be best described as a mossy sage green cream.


What do you think?  Did you pick up any of the Satin Naturels Collection?  Leah and Rowan are my favorite.  And Brittany too.  I really think I like every one of these!

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Friday, February 27, 2015

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around

The third color I got from the OPI Hawaii Collection is a refreshing raspberry creme with a silver shimmer that just sends it over the top. Just what I needed to pull me out of the winter doldrums! As with the other two, the application was flawless and covered in two easy coats.

OPI Just Lanai-ing Around, two coats plus topcoat