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!


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

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

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

OPI Do You Take Lei Away?

Another one from the OPI Hawaii Collection is a pinkish beige nude creme called Do You Take Lei Away? that varies with the light. In daylight the pink undertones are really obvious but in artificial light (and camera light) it's more of a nude beige.

OPI Do You Take Lei Away?, two coats plus topcoat
It seems that OPI does this shade in many of their collections and I was afraid that it would be a dupe for at least one of them so I was pleasantly surprised to see that it wasn't. Here I've compared it to six other OPIs that looked very similar in the bottle, but not so much one a nail wheel.

Compared to other OPIs
1. Tickle My France-y
2. My Very First Knockwurst
3. Baring It All*
4. Do You Take Lei Away?
5. Don't Bossa Nova Me Around
6. Don't Pretzel My Buttons
7. Did You 'Ear About Van Gogh?

*Baring It All is a "mystery" polish that was in a duo set at TJ Maxx. Many of these are renamed polishes from other collections from OPI and Nicole by OPI and this particular one hasn't been identified as to which original color it might be.

Monday, February 23, 2015

OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?

I was so excited to see the new OPI Hawaii Collection at Sally Beauty Supply when I stopped in between blizzards. I am not kidding, we have had a blizzard every single weekend for the past three weeks and the snow in my front yard is up to my shoulders. In fact, it is snowing again as I write this and it will turn into a "blizzardcane" tonight, with hurricane-force winds depositing another 12" to 18" of snow. I could just cry. So you can see how something like this would cheer me up, right? I got three of the twelve colors and today I'l show you my favorite, Hello Hawaii Ya?

OPI Hello Hawaii Ya?,  two coats plus topcoat
This is a perfect grayed-out purple creme, absolutely flawless application. I thought it might be similar to the much sought-after Parlez Vous OPI but, while it's definitely a close relative, it's not a dupe.

Comparison between Hello Hawaii Ya? and Parlez Vous OPI

Friday, February 20, 2015

Glitter Gal Kangaroo Island

Glitter Gal is a polish brand based out of Australia and Kangaroo Island is from their Aussie Slang collection. When I saw Sheila review it on Pointless Cafe I just knew I had to have it! It is my most perfect orangey red, practically the color of tomato juice. I wear it so often that I ordered two more bottle since I was going through my first bottle so quickly. Love. This. Color.

This shot was playing around with my iPhone 6 and adding type with the Over app, but here is another shot more like what I usually do. No matter what, this color is gor-gee-ous!

Glitter Gal Kangaroo Island, two coats plus topcoat

Wednesday, February 18, 2015

Zoya Delight 2015 Collection

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

Zoya's Delight 2015 Collection has three cremes and three shimmers. I'll start with my favorite of the collection, Leslie, which Zoya describes as "a soft spring lavender metallic with an energizing turquoise flash." If you only get one from the collection, this is the one to get. Absolutely gorgeous! The blue shimmer really enhances the lavender metallic.

Zoya Leslie, three coats plus topcoat.
Eden is described as "a classic spring flower pink in a glossy cream finish" and I can't argue with that!

Zoya Eden, two coats, no topcoat
Zoya describes Lillian as "a faded aquamarine with a glossy cream finish" but I would say it's more of a neon pastel blue. Unfortunately, neons make my skin tones look ghastly but the color really is lovely.

Zoya Lillian, two coats, no topcoat

Rayne is described as "a dewy, spring blue metallic with an energizing turquoise metallic flash" and I would agree. This one is probably the "flashiest" of the shimmers.

Zoya Rayne, three coats plus topcoat
To show how it works as a topper, here is one coat of Rayne over two coats of Lillian. I like it!

One coat of Rayne over two coats of Lillian
Zoya calls Tiana "a pistachio gelato green in a glossy cream finish" but to me it is more of a neon mint. Again, these kinds of colors are not the most flattering to my skin tone but it would be a great accent color.

Zoya Tiana, two coats, no topcoat
Daisy is described as "a refreshing lemon merengue yellow metallic with an energizing turquoise metallic flash." I have to say that I was surprised at the choice to put a blue flash in a yellow foil. It doesn't quite make it a duochrome but it definitely flavors the color.

Zoya Daisy, three coats plus topcoat
Each of the cremes covered well in two coats but the shimmers still showed visible nail line even with three coats. Zoya doesn't say that they are meant to be toppers but I showed Rayne over Lillian as an example of using it as one. I may also try stamping it, just to see what happens. All of the shimmers dried to a satiny finish but I added a topcoat to bring out the flash. I should also warn you that the "flash" in each of the shimmers can easily get all over your cuticle so be careful with application. The formula on those is thinner than that of the cremes and it's easy to flood the cuticle if you overload the brush.

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

Monday, February 16, 2015

CND Vinylux - Wild Moss

Hi!  I have a quick NOTD post for you today.  I took this picture at my desk because the lighting was great and it really showed the depth of this fun polish.  This was my first experience with CND Vinylux and I really enjoyed it.  I wore this for well over a week with no tip wear at all and I type all day long. 

Wild Moss is a sage green shade with gold, blue and pink shimmer.  It's so gorgeous and can almost pass for neutral nails. 

Have you tried Vinylux?  If so, what do you think??

Saturday, February 14, 2015

OPI Romantically Involved

Happy Valentine's Day! Because the movie opens today I have for you Romantically Involved, a delicious red from the OPI movie tie-in to 50 Shades Of Grey because what says "I love you" more than a good consensual spanking, eh? (For some reason I keep wanting to call this color In A Relationship…) Erin already reviewed Cement The Deal but I didn't care for any of the grays so I only got this red. Isn't that weird? Erin is all about reds and I'm all about grays!

50 Shades Of Grey
Romantically Involved, two coats plus topcoat
I don't have an awful lot of reds but this one goes right at the top because the color is so great on me, the formula was awesome, and it didn't stain! It's so hard to find a red that's not all stainy. Erin may have more reds to choose from, but I thought I'd compare this to the ones that I have that are even close.

50 Shades Of Grey
OPI Skyfall and Lost On Lombard are both a bit darker and Essie Forever Yummy and Fishnet Stockings are lighter (and both stained terribly.) The actual color is closer to the one on the nail wheel because who knows why Blogger changes colors once they're uploaded? They matched on my monitor!