Sunday, September 30, 2012

Essie Smokin' Hot

When Erin reviewed Sation BYOBottle there was a comment asking how it compared to other purple-brown-gray-taupey shades, including Essie Smokin' Hot. Since BYOBottle is down in Maryland and I'm not, going by her photos I think that it comes closest to Parlez-Vous OPI so I will do a comparison post later on using that color as the stand-in for BYOBottle, but I think I can safely say that Smokin' Hot is so much darker than the others that it doesn't belong in the comparison and I'm giving it its own review.
Essie Smokin' Hot
This color does lean slightly toward purple, but it's far closer to colors like Zoya Petra (those two are nearly dupes, with Petra being just slightly lighter.) As Erin said, these are the new go-to neutrals for fall and, with so many to choose from, there's bound to be at least one for every skin tone.
Label shot and close-up
Essie polishes are thin, but not too thin, so they apply easily and usually cover with two coats. I may be wrong on this, but I think that's why they wear so well. I wore this mani long enough to get bored with it, so I spiced it up with a layer of Ozotic 534 before I took it off.
WOW! Look at those holos!
The nice thing about neutrals is that you can play around with them and they allow the other polishes to shine — you can see what a great supporting player Smokin' Hot is for Ozotic 534!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

Sation I Paint In Peace

Today I have another polish from the amazing Nailstock collection by Sation and, boy, is this one a winner! I Paint In Peace is an astonishingly beautiful shade of green, filled with shimmers. Such a deep, rich shade of green!
I Paint In Peace. One Coat. Seriously.
The formula was just a touch thick but it wasn't unmanageable and I could probably put in a drop or two of thinner if I wanted, but it covered beautifully in one coat. One coat!!! With barely any cleanup! How perfect is that? Pretty perfect, if you ask me. It dried to a semi-matte finish so I added a coat of Seche Vite (of course) and that really brought out all the magical shimmer.
Look at all that shimmer!
We all know I have a boatload of green polishes, but I'm fairly certain I don't have one quite like this one. It's got a golden cast to it that might be because of the shimmers, but whatever the reason, I can see myself wearing this a lot during the holidays. It's just that magical.
How do they come up with these names?
Pros: The amazing color and the fact that it's a one-coater.
Cons: The formula was a bit thick, but manageable. So far they can only be found online at their own site and a few other sites. But they are supposed to be coming to TJ Maxx, Marshall's, and Winners (Canada) but only "select" stores. Fingers crossed that it's one near me! (And you!)
Overall: More and more I am loving this line of polishes!

**This product was provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review.**

Friday, September 28, 2012

Fancy Friday butter LONDON - Wallis

Happy Fancy Friday! A couple months ago butter LONDON partnered with Good Morning America to sell some trio set for $21 and free shipping and I JUMPED on that deal.  My first butter LONDONs and I wanted to see what all the hype is about.  I picked up the "Sexy Smart Trio" with Wallis, Saucy Jack and Yummy Mummy.  I'll show you Wallis today.

butter LONDON describes Wallis as:  a tarnished, metallic olive gold nail lacquer, as mysterious and regal as its namesake.  I agree with that description.  On me, I think it leans more olive green than I would like but I can definitely see the gold.  Full disclosure...I hated this color on me.  I couldn't wait to get it off.  It looks like an ugly car color.  But the formula and application were fabulous.

Why is it so freaking GREEN on me?  It's more gold in the bottle

At least my cuticles look good...

What do you think?  I'm sad this color was a fail on me.  Onward and upward!  There are more polishes to be had!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

OPI Chop-Sticking To My Story

Now that it's officially autumn in New England, the leaves are changing color so fast it's like watching a cartoon where the reds, yellows, and oranges appear with little *POP*POP*POP* sound effects. It definitely made me want to paint my nails an autumn color, that's for sure, and Chop-Sticking To My Story fit the bill.
OPI Chop-Sticking To My Story
If you had told me this time last year, or even earlier this year, that I'd be wearing orange nail polish I would have said, "yeah, sure" but now it's become one of my favorite colors, in part because I finally found the range of oranges that actually look good on me. I think that starting off with Zoya Arizona put me off the color for a while because it was so startlingly bright, but when I began looking for oranges that looked the way my photos of Arizona looked, I found several with just the right touch of red to make them look great. Chop-Sticking To My Story falls somewhere between the oranges in my review of Tangerine Tango and China Glaze Desert Sun — it's an orange that's got a hot buttered pumpkin pie quality to it that says oh, so fall! I loved this color so much I wore it for three days, which is pretty much a record for me.
I found this on the clearance shelf at Ulta, obviously.
I'm starting to think I should do an autumn ombré, with each nail making the change from green to yellow-orange-red. I'm sure I could find enough colors, but do I have enough fingers!?!

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

ManGlaze- Butt taco

A couple of weeks ago, the matte nail polish brand ManGlaze was having a sale. My super awesome fiance bought some for me! This is my first time trying ManGlaze and I have to say, I'm impressed. I'm not usually a fan of matte polishes because they can be boring and chip easily. Not the case with ManGlaze! 

I had to try Butt Taco first. What the hell is a butt taco? I don't care, it sounds funny. Butt Taco is a bright red-leaning orange with a silver shimmer. The most important thing about ManGlaze polishes are the awesome bottles with amazing label art going all the way around. Check it out-

Color names are all written on the top


For the swatches below, I used the sandwich method to make sure this mani was going to last. And it did! Not a chip in sight for 4 days. I used one coat of Essie Fill the Gap as my base coat, one coat of Butt Taco, one coat of HK Girl top coat, and then topped it off with another coat of Butt Taco. By sandwiching the topcoat in the middle, everything will stick together on your nail much better.

Pros- I was really impressed with this polish. Beautiful matte finish, easy application. I'm in love.
Cons- Um...none. Unless you count the fact that I forgot to add a shiny top coat for pictures so you can see the silver shimmer in all its glory!
Overall- You definitely go buy some ManGlaze right now. Even if you don't like matte polishes, just throw a shiny top coat on there. Gorgeous. Buy it.

You can purchase ManGlaze polishes here, here and here. Don't forget to follow them on Twitter to keep up with sales too!

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Halloween Trick or Treat Giveaway!!

We've been in secret talks with a BUNCH of other bloggers to put this awesome surprise giveaway together for all of our amazing readers! Heidi from DIY Polish & More is the brains behind this giveaway and she has been gracious enough to host and organize it for all of us! Well I should say, for all of YOU!

So how is this a trick or treat giveaway? The prizes are secrets :) Don't worry, all of the winners WILL be rewarded with treats, the trick is the secret! The prizes include store brand polishes, indies, Halloween exclusives, nail art supplies and more!

Check out this list of bloggers participating in the giveaway-
Polished Cousins - That's us!

Look how many prizes are being sent out! Look at that list! I can't wait. What is our prize? I'll give you a hint- You all have seen this brand on our blog before. That's the only hint you're getting now ;)

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Unfortunately this giveaway is only for our US loves. But no worries, we are so close to hitting 1,000 fans on Facebook and once we do we have our own very special giveaway planned. And it's going to be open to our international loves! Tell your friends! You get a giveaway! You get a giveaway! YOU GET A GIVEAWAY! EVERYBODY GETS A GIVEAWAY!!!!

Did you like my little Oprah moment? I just like giveaways guys!

Sation - BYOBottle & 3 Free-Dom

Hi everyone!  Today I have a couple Sation polishes from the Nailstock Collection and let me tell you...I am in love.  I really love the Sation formula, it's thick in the best possible way, super easy to control with barely any cleanup, dries to a high shine and wears incredibly well.  These swatches show one coat of China Glaze Strong Adhesion Base Coat, 2 coats of polish and one coat of Out The Door Top Coat.

First up, I have BYOBottle (cutest name ever).  Sation describes it as:  A sweet raisin plum.  I would describe it as one of those purple brown gray taupey shades that we all know and love as our new neutral for fall.  It's such a great color.  Flattering on so many skin tones and with the Sation formula, it's a win in my book. 

Next, I have a color that went straight to my Top Ten Polishes of All Time list after I applied it, 3 Free-Dom.  I literally gasped when I finished the second coat.  It's just perfect.  I'm having a major love affair with nude polishes lately and this polish may just topped it all off for me.  Sation descibes it as: A creamy putty-taupe.  I completely agree.  Ugh, I love this polish so much.  I can see myself reaching for it any time that I need clean looking hands.  Which I really did after my weekend half marathon mani.  Check our Facebook page for an Instagram shot. 

I also wanted to include a full hand shot that I took with my iPhone last night to send to Anna and Robin so they could see how fabulous this polish looks on.  I have a thumb, I swear.

Pros:  Sation's formula is spot on and great to work with.  I love their creative names and cohesive collections. The $5 price tag is also a huge plus! 
Cons:  My only con is that they are not sold in stores yet so they are not so readily available.  But I hear they are coming to select TJ Maxx's soon!
Overall:  These are two great wearable shades that I'm thrilled to have in my collection

Sation retails for $5 for a 15ml bottle is available online here.  Check their Facebook page for updates.

***These products were provided to me for my honest review.  All opinions are my own.***

Monday, September 24, 2012

Blue Monday- Zoya Caitlin

Caitlin is more of a smoky purple-toned grey than a blue, but it's so smokey/dusty that it definitely leans towards blue depending on who is wearing it. So, Caitlin is today's Blue Monday! On me, I think this color is a purpley cornflower blue. I used Essie-Fill the Gap base coat, two easy coats of Caitlin and Seche Vite as my top coat for the swatches you see below.

Pros- The usual Zoya easy two-coat formula goes on smooth and creamy.
Cons- Um...none. You can see I had no clean-up issues at all and no staining upon removal.
Overall- I was surprised by how much I ended up liking this color. You should get it.

Click the link to create a new Zoya account and you'll get a coupon for a FREE Bottle of Zoya Nail PolishTIP: If you use this coupon and add 2 more polishes to your order, you get free shipping too! The coupon will appear in the "My Coupons/ Promos" section of your "My Account" Page.

Friday, September 21, 2012

NOTD: Pure Ice French Kiss

OK, so Pure Ice polishes sell for under a buck at Walmart so they don't count as a Fancy Friday polish, but Friday is the launch of the new iPhone 5, so that counts for something! Not that I'm a fangirl or anything...
No, that's not a 5...

Thursday, September 20, 2012

Press Release- Zoya Winter/Holiday 2013/13

Zoya's new Holiday collection will be available for pre-order soon!!! Stay tuned for details. Can't wait to see these beauties!!!

It’s time to celebrate... so make sure you celebrate in style!

The NEW Zoya Ornate Collection is the perfect to decorate your nails with stunning jewel tone colors and special effect pigments this season. Featuring six stunning, glittering, crystal shades in our new Power Pigment Full Coverage Formula. Superior coverage and dynamic color in one. All in the long-wearing, toxin free (BIG5FREE) formula you love... Each one is as beautiful as the next.

·       Blaze (ZP641) - Cranberry Glitter Glam Crystal - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
·       Electra (ZP642) -  Holographic Tinsel Special Effect- wear it alone or layer it for extra drama
·       Ziv (ZP644) - Gold Foil Glitter Crystal - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
·       Storm (ZP645) - Black with Multi Color Crystal Shimmer - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
·       Aurora (ZP646) - Plum with Multi Color Crystal Shimmer - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage
·       Logan (ZP647) - Green Foil Glitter Crystal - Featuring Power Pigment Full Coverage


Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are BIG5FREE - all formulas are completely free of harmful industrial chemicals such as toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, formaldehyde resin and dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.
Find over 300 other Zoya shades at Each and every name has a color as unique as the women who inspired it.

$8.00 ea. US. Shipping October 15, 2012.
Find Zoya Ornate on

Serum No 5- Shrinking Violet and Pretty in Pastel

Today I have a couple polishes from Serum No. 5 for you. First up is Shrinking Violet- a purple creamy jelly with purple and blue glitter. I was almost able to get full coverage with two coats. I was a little impatient and didn't wait for my first coat to dry (don't do that!) before applying my second coat. This caused some of the larger purple hexes to drag and create bald spots that needed to be patched up with a third coat on a few nails. Had I waited a little bit between coats, I wouldn't have had this problem. Lesson learned! I used a coat of Gelous under my HK Girl Topcoat to give it a smooth shiny finish.

Pros- The little blue hexes in this polish catch the light in a way to make this polish twinkle a little on your nails. I like glitters that still sparkle even though they are in a creamy base.
Cons- The finish wasn't shiny and smooth on its own. Nothing a little Gelous and fast dry top coat can't fix!
Overall- I wore this polish to work and my co-worker said they looked like dinosaur eggs. In a good way. I like that.


Here is Pretty in Pastel- a pastel glitter mix in a shimmering nude base. This polish is LOADED with pastel glitter. I've never used a pastel glitter before so it was interesting to see. The shimmery base in a little sheer so I layered one coat of Pretty in Pastel over two coats of Essie- To Buy or Not To Buy. I didn't get any pictures of the underwear on its own though. Sorry :(

Some of the polishes in the Serum No. 5 shop include a little application tip in the description, "Tip- To easily apply the glitter polish, give the brush a little swirl in the polish and gently pull the brush out." Here's what happened then I used this tip.

See? LOADED with glitter!

Pros- The pastel glitter is definitely something new for me and the shimmery base adds that extra special oomph to this polish.
Cons- I had to be very careful with application and sort of dab the glitters into place to get coverage and not have the glitters falling off the sides of my nails at the same time. Definitely needed Gelous and HK Girl to get this smooth and shiny.
Overall- This polish isn't a favorite for me, only because I like glitters to either be sparkly or not there at all. But as you can see, it's pretty cool looking. It kind of reminds me of cupcakes and sprinkles.

You can purchase Serum No 5 polishes directly from the etsy shop for $12 for full sized (15ml) bottles and $5 for minis (6ml). Don't forget to like the Facebook page to keep up with new collections!

**This polish was provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

LynBDesigns - Alistair Swatch and Review

Hi!  Today I have an awesome indie polish for you, LynBDesigns Alistair.  Here's some back story about why I picked this polish to review:  I've been on the hunt for a great red glitter ever since I had a sad encounter with my #1 red glitter stalkee, Lynnderella Ruby Red Ruby.  I swapped one of my Lynns for it and  after the mailman delivered it...someone stole it off my doorstep.  I have no other Lynns that I'm willing to swap again to get another one so I just keep trying to find that red glitter polish to quench my red glitter thirst!  Alistair is not a dupe in any way for Ruby Red Ruby but I loved the mix of red micro glitter and black, red and white diamonds (how cool are they?) in a clear base.

I am in love with Lyn's bottles.  The long rubberized cap is perfect for controlling the polish and it's just an elegant, original bottle.  The application on this polish was great.  It was packed with glitter but not in an obnoxious way.  I didn't have to dig at all for diamonds and there was no curling or bleeding of any kind.  It dried quick and smooth and one thick coat of Out The Door and I was good to go.  I choose to layer it over China Glaze Manhunt and I loved this look.

Love the cute label

See how long the cap is??

Underwear shot

Pros:  Great bottle design, really nice glitter to base ratio
Cons:  My only con is that I wish she didn't hand write her polish name on her label.  The labels and bottles are so professional that I think it would look nicer for the name to be printed.  
Overall:  LynBDesigns is an indie to watch.  This polish is gorgeous!

LynBDesigns retail for $8.50, full size only and are available on Etsy.  She is currently running a buy 2, get 1 free promo.  Her Etsy shop is absolutely packed with polish.  It took me so long to decide on just one!  Like her on Facebook for updates!

**This polish was provided by the manufacturer for an unbiased review**