Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Sation - The One and Phony

Hey everyone!  I hope you all are safe and dry after Hurricane Sandy.  I'm back to work and we have power so let's talk nails.  Today I have Sation The One and Phony.  Sation does it again with their hilarious naming abilities.  I love them all!

This polish is described as:  a French pink glitter polish with playful polka dot detail in a clear base.  Maybe I should have read the description before I swatched this polished because I thought the base looked a little pink so I swatched it on a natural nail to show the base color...which was clear.  Nice going, Erin.  The "polka dots" are black and a translucent white.  I thought it would look cute over hot pink so the other nails show Sation Beyond Bubblegum Pink.  I love this bright, flirty pink! Formula wise, The One and Phony was thick but in a good way, and the glitter distribution was good.  I do wish I could have gotten more black polka dots on my nails because they are so cute.  The swatches on my stained natural nails show two coats and over Beyond Bubblegum Pink show one coat.  





Can you really blame me for trying for a base color?

Pros:  Super cute name, love the glitter color combo
Cons:  I wish there was an even mix of black and white glitter
Overall:  Sation continues to impress me with their diverse, fun line!

What do you think?  Do you own any Sation polishes yet? 


**Products in this post were provided to me for an honest review**

Monday, October 29, 2012

Blue Monday: Wet n Wild For-Bitten Love

I'm rushing to get this written and posted before hurricane Sandy hits and we lose power, so please excuse a lack of in-depth analysis. A bonus is that this week's Blue Monday is also a Discount Discovery! That's right, I found this jaw-droppingly gorgeous blue polish at Ocean State Job Lot for a mere 88¢! Less than a buck! I think they dug out a bunch of things that looked Halloween-y and I grabbed four of the eight colors from last year's Flirting With Fate collection, with For-Bitten Love, a glass-flecked deep sapphire being my favorite.
From last year's limited edition Flirting With Fate collection
This is a one-coater, ladies. I added a coat of Seche Vite for the quick dry and, although it didn't really need the extra shine, I thought that it really brought out the loveliness of the glass flecks.
Check out the glass flecks — and that price!
This really is a beautiful polish and you can't beat the price! If you live near an Ocean State Job Lot, head on over to see if they've still got the Halloween stuff out and look for the Flirting With Fate collection. The one I went to had all eight, but this is totally the one to get.

If you're on the East Coast, stay safe and dry! They're predicting power outages lasting several days, so I may not see you all for a while...

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Fancy Friday- Zoya Gilty

Have you heard about Zoya's 18k gold topcoat, Gilty??? Unfortunately, it was only available for pre-sale a few weeks ago and once it was sold out it was gone forever. I was able to get my hands on the Gilty Trio Set they were selling that included a bottle of Gilty, a bottle of Purity and a bottle of Raven. In case you haven't heard, we also picked up an extra trio set for one of YOU! We are giving away a Gilty Trio set to one of our readers and you can enter here!

**UPDATE! Zoya has released the Gilty Trio set again in limited quantities! Get yours while you can!!!***

Of course Gilty looks great over Purity and Raven but I wanted a bit more color to go with my gold. I attempted a golden gradient over Song from the Fall Diva collection.








As you can see, the gradient was a bit difficult to pull off. Placing those gold flakes was kind of tricky. My nails were also too long for my liking so I chopped them off before trying my next Gilty look. This time I just applied Gilty over Evvie (from the Fall Designer collection) in one coat. You can see I had pretty even placement of the gold flakes.







Pros- I loved the way Gilty popped when it was over Song. The bright colors together just worked. And who doesn't feel good knowing you have gold on your nails??
Cons- The weight of the gold makes it a little difficult to get the brush to pick up the flakes from the base. When I was trying the gradient over Song, the tips of my nails ended up THICK with clear base. It took forever to dry and two of the nails got smudged. Luckily, the high shine of the polish made it hard to tell. 
Overall- I'm really happy I was able to get my hands on this trio and I'm even happier we were able to get a second set to give away to our readers. But I'm super bummed that it is discontinued. I wonder why they couldn't keep making it??





Essie - Stylenomics

Happy Thursday!  Today I have a partial polish fail for you.  We take the good with the bad over here at Polished Cousins, ok?  I picked up this bottle of Essie Stylenomics because it looked like the perfect deep, dark hunter green for fall.  I just bought some sick brown boots and figured this was the perfect polish to go with them.  And...fail.  Essie describes Stylenomics as:  a wealthy  rich, opulent dark green.  I like that.  I want my nails to look wealthy and rich with my hip new boots.  But my nails were black.  Don't get me wrong, I love black polish.  But, I wanted dark green!  I wanted the bottle color!

In all fairness, this polish is gorgeous, applied like a dream and looked really nice.  It just wasn't what I thought I was getting.  In my light box, it looks sort of green.  I'll post a crappy cell phone pic too so you can see what it actually looked like.




This is what it actually looked like on my nails...black.

Why you no look like this on my nailz?

What do you think?  Do you have a polish that looks one way in the bottle and completely different on the nail?
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Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Everybeauty Boutique - Violet Fix

Hi everyone!  Welcome new followers, I hope you all are enjoying our blog and are excited about our Because We Love You Giveaway.  Please enter if you haven't!  Today I have a gorgeous indie polish to show you, Everybeauty Boutique Violet Fix.  This is such a sweet delicate polish in the bottle that turns so bad ass on your nails.  I love it.  I layered one coat over one of my favorite neutrals Essie Demure Vixen.

Violet Fix is described as:  a color shifting glitter top coat. It is a beautiful top coat that just dazzles when layered over dark colors. You never know what you are going to get and that is what makes color shifting top coats so much fun!  I'm definitely going to try this over black or navy asap!  The formula on this was perfection, smooth, easy and shiny.  I love any kind of microglitter so this polish is a winner in my book!


Love that purple holo sparkle

The shimmer in this polish is amazing

Underwear shot!  Demure Vixen on it's own
Pros:  Perfect amount of glitter to use one coat for perfect sparkle, love the purple holo glitter and the violet shimmer
Cons:  None, this is a great polish!
Overall:  Everybeauty Boutique continues to impress me with their original glitter pairings and highly pigmented polishes.  You need to check them out!

Everybeauty Boutique is available on Etsy.  Like their Facebook page for updates and sales!

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

Monday, October 22, 2012

Because We Love You Giveaway!

It's a good Monday over at Polished Cousins!  Anna is out hitting up our local beauty supply store so maybe she'll have a haul post soon and I'm announcing our latest giveaway... the Because We Love You Giveaway!   When Zoya announced their Gilty Pleasures Topcoat Box Set we knew it would be a perfect giveaway.  I've been waiting patiently for it to arrive before I posted the Rafflecopter and it's here!!!!!!!!!  Enter away!



There are no restrictions other than following our blog and Facebook and I added a few additional options for extra entries.  This giveaway is open internationally so please enter away!  Good luck to all!



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Sunday, October 21, 2012

Discount Discovery: Sally Hansen Pat On The Black and Comparisons

Since Walgreens has marked down the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure line due to its impending redesign and reformulation, I ran down to my local store as soon as I heard the news so I could get a good selection before they were all picked over. The price seems to range depending on location, but they're $1.89 at mine. One of the more interesting shades I picked up was Pat On The Black, a deep, rich plum shade that is very vampy!
Pat On The Black
It's a jelly (I love jellies!!!) so the shine goes all the way down — this is with no top coat! But, also, because it's a jelly, I needed three coats to get this level of opacity and, even then, there was a bit more tip showing than I would have preferred.

I love these dark, vampy shades; after Chanel came out with Vamp back in 1994 it gave this kind of color the high-fashion seal of approval and everyone else was quick to copy it, with varying degrees of success. I know I have several variations of this in my collection, so let's do a comparison, shall we?
So much vamp!
Pat On The Black, Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure — fabulous color, not so fabulous formula. Needed three coats for coverage and was a bit thin, but for $1.89 I can live with it!

Prey Tell, China Glaze Safari Collection — the winner of the bunch! It was a slightly warmer, browner shade of plum, almost like dried blood (I think that was their intention) but even though it's also a jelly, the coverage was terrific and only needed two coats for opacity and it still has that awesome jelly all-the-way-through shine! This is my go-to vamp shade. I forgot to include SinfulColors Georgio, but that's pretty much a dupe of Prey Tell (or vice versa, since I think Georgio came first.)

Devil's Lure, Revlon Masquerade Collection — this was another one of the $1.49 finds at Ocean State Job Lot that I got back in May along with Jaded Night. I still see it here and there so you may still be able to find it. It has more of a red tone than a plum, but you really can't tell the difference between these first three after two or three coats unless you look really closely under a bright light. This is also a jelly, so it has that great shine, and this one also needed three coats for the deep red-black color. You could stop at two if you wanted it to be more red, but I like the depth of the red-black.

VIII, China Glaze X Collection — this one is not a jelly, but it's a one coater! Great color with one coat is always a winner in my book, even if it doesn't have the deep-down shine of a jelly. This one is also a more pronounced purple color, exactly the color of an eggplant rather than a plum under a bright light, as in my photograph, but under regular lighting it give the same almost-black impression except with a slightly cooler tone overall.

Plum Night, Revlon — I don't know when this first came out (at least a few years ago) but it was another $1.49 steal at Ocean State Job Lot, which usually means it's no longer available at the regular drug/department stores. It's a cross between being a jelly and a creme, so the shine is deeper than VIII, but not as pronounced as the others. Nothing a top coat wouldn't fix, though. After it dried I noticed a lot of bubbles that I hadn't seen during application but I don't remember if I shook it or not before putting it on. I will hold off on condemning it for that until I do a full mani with it.

I just love these deep blackened colors, don't you? The red / plum / brown / purple undertones give it so much more dimension than just a straight black.

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Sation- Magic Mani Bus

Sation described Magic Mani Bus from their Nailstock collection as a soft muted peridot. I tend to think of peridot as being a bit brighter and more yellow toned than this shade. I think it's more of a pistachio. As usual, the Sation bottle and brush are my favorite. I used Essie Fill the Gap as a base coat, two coats of Magic Mani Bus and HK Girl topcoat for the swatches below.









Pros- This color really surprised me. I thought it was weird for a Fall collection at first but it's got this muted thing going on that I wasn't able to capture in the photos that works so well.
Cons- None. I love this.
Overall- Sation is quickly becoming my favorite brand of polish. At $5 a piece and select TJMaxx, Marshall's and Winners stores starting to carry them, you all need to go out and buy as many as possible. We just got some of their upcoming glitters to try out and you guys are going to DIE when you see them. Seriously, die.

**Products in this post were provided to me for an honest review**

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Sation- RV There Yet?

A few weeks ago I went to a friends wedding at Camden Yards (where my Orioles play!). I posted to our Facebook page asking our readers to help me decide what to put on my nails to go along with my LBD and gold/black strappy heels. Someone suggested a dark teal and I looked over at the stack of polishes waiting to be reviewed and RV There Yet? just jumped out at me. Not quite a dark teal but still a perfect pop of color for the evening. Sation describes it as a playful vibrant teal.

I couldn't let everyone know what I had chosen because I still needed to write up my review for this color! Erin and Robin have already posted reviews of some other Sation polishes from their new Nailstock collection. Sation has just been killing it lately. They started selling polishes in select TJMaxx, Marshalls and Winners(Canada) stores. Robin has been on the hunt and hasn't found any near her yet. I'm going to start searching this weekend. Let us know if you find some at a store near you! Miss Professional Nails (the company behind Sation) is hosting a Sation treasure hunt contest! Check out their Facebook page for more! Here's how to enter-

**LET THE TJX TREASURE HUNT BEGIN!!**

ATTENTION SAVVY SHOPPERS! ! To celebrate our launch at TJ Maxx, Marshalls & Winners, Miss is kicking off several SATION promos, offering fun prizes.

PROMO #1 - Visit select TJ Maxx, Marshalls or Winners stores that are carrying SATION & provide proof of the following purchases to receive these goodies:

4 bottles of SATION: First 25 submissions will receive a Miss Eco tote bag

6 bottles of SATION: First 8 submissions will receive a Miss mouse pad (as seen in Robin Moses’ videos)

*RULES OF ENTRY*

Please include:

1) Proof of purchase (Please submit an image or scanned copy of sales receipt
2) The SATION color names purchased

3) Your full name & mailing address

Send above info to: info@misspn.com

*Offer valid while promo goodies last
*SATION is available in limited colors in select stores chosen by the TJX Corporation.
*Incomplete submissions will not be eligible for the promotion
*One entry per person.
*Promo is open to residents of United States & Canada.
*Participation in this Promo constitutes entrant’s full and unconditional acceptance of these Official Rules. Void where prohibited by law.
*Miss Professional Nail reserves all rights to cancel/change the rules of the contest, and/or disqualify any entrant for any reason at any time.

HAPPY HUNTING!!!
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On to the swatches! I prepped my nails with Essie Fill The Gap base coat and got my bottle of RV There Yet? ready to go. I opened it up and- what is this?! A jelly! Surprise! My only disappointment was that I didn't have a ton of time before I had to leave for the wedding and knowing this was a jelly reminded me that I would need at least three coats. I was right about needing three coats, but I also forgot how easy jellies are to clean up. What a nice quick mani. The teal color showed up super bright and pigmented on my nails and really popped against all the black I was wearing. 







Pros- Flawless, not-at-all-streaky formula. I can't speak highly enough about the Sation bottle (never thought I'd love a bottle so much) and wide, easy to use brush.
Cons- Um....none. Unless you count that I painted my nails before putting on my Spanx when I was getting ready for the wedding. Total fail on my part. Good thing HK Girl topcoat is super fast drying!
Overall- I love this polish. This kind of color is right up my alley. The color is bright, the jelly formula keeps it looking soft and the finish is SHINY. 

If you don't have a TJMaxx, Marshall's or Winners near you that is selling Sation polishes, you can purchase them directly from their website.

**Products in this post were provided to me for an honest review**

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

NOTD: Zoya Ziv and Sally Hansen Gilded Lily comparison

Just a quick post to show the differences between two popular new gold polishes — Ziv, from the new Zoya Ornate collection, and Gilded Lily, from the Target exclusive Sally Hansen Designer Collection that came out earlier this summer.

Not even close...
At first I thought they would be very similar, but seeing them next to each other I think that Gilded Lily seems flashier and almost gaudy in its brightness. I probably should have done a third coat on each of them, but I was too lazy. Sorry. Ziv has a base of micro glitters that fills in around the larger glitters so the coverage is denser and flatter overall, but it does make the larger glitters stand out, giving it a grittier texture. Gilded Lily is just the larger glitters, so the texture is the same overall and makes it seem more like hammered metal. I have one coat of Gealous over all of them in this photo but it does soak in so you will need a few coats if you want a smooth finish.

Do you need both? Well, there's no denying that they are both very festive and if you do a lot of partying over the holidays, or if you just like gold, then you might want both. If I had to choose I think I'd go with Ziv because the finish just seems classier and less Vegas showgirl, although I have to say that I was pretty impressed with Gilded Lily until I tried Ziv, so maybe I'm just fickle. Gilded Lily is a brighter yellow-gold so it might come down to which gold looks best against your own skin tone.

In any case, happy holidays!

Zoya Ornate Collection

Zoya's slogan for the Ornate collection is "Turn Your Nails Into Jewels" and they are spot on with this collection! It comes with three holos — Blaze, Storm, and Aurora — and three glitters — Logan, Ziv, and Electra, which is a bar glitter. I think this is the most exciting collection Zoya has come out with in some time now, so let's get on to the goods!


The Holos

BlazeBlaze is such an Erin color that I was surprised that the holos didn't line up and form the letters E-R-I-N as I painted my nails, and if she hadn't already called dibs on this bottle it would never leave my house (this is why you can never trust the small swatches on their web site because if I'd had even an inkling of how beautiful this was going to be I'd have called it first.) This is absolutely one of the most beautiful nail polishes I've ever seen; definitely in the top five. In fact, I'm predicting that this one will be a sell-out, so I'd recommend getting it as soon as you see it in the stores, and maybe even get a back-up because I can see this becoming a much sought-after VHTF polish if they don't make it part of their core line.

This color is like candy-covered apples, rolled in diamond dust and coated with candy again. These nails are made from Dorothy's ruby slippers! The cranberry bog down the street from me is harvesting right now and the cranberries glistening in the water are so much like this polish. Because the holos in this tend to stay within the red zone for the most part, with occasional flashes of blues, it seems to make the polish glow from within. I am so in love with this color that I can't believe I actually covet an Erin color. Everyone needs to get Blaze (but not until after I get mine!)
Blaze
StormStorm is one of those galaxy kind of polishes, with a rich black jelly containing a universe of holographic stars. These holos are the kind that give off rainbows and the colors are so dramatic against the dark black base. I knew immediately that this was a Robin color, no doubt about it. Mine!!!
Storm
AuroraAurora is not as deep a color as either Blaze or Storm, but the holos are so densely packed that it really doesn't matter. I think perhaps that this is the most jewel-like of the three holos, sort of like a cross between amethysts and opals. Of the three, this one could have used a third coat for extra impact and I think I will definitely do so the next time. It's still a winner with two, but I think three would knock it out of the park.
Aurora
Pros: What needs to be said? HOLOS!!! Great colors, easy application, a must-have for any polish lover.
Cons: There are only three colors! I need this in blue and navy and green and taupe. Start workin' on it, Zoya!
Overall: If you can only get one, make it Blaze, but if you can swing it, get all three. You won't regret it.


The Glitters

Logan — Logan is a green FeiFei, packed with those shimmery glitters that made FeiFei so amazing. It actually covered in one coat but I added a second just to see if it made a difference; it didn't, so unless you screw up your application one coat is all that's necessary for full impact. And such a gorgeous holiday green!
Logan
Ziv — All the other nail bloggers are going gaga over Ziv, maybe because of all the gold polishes coming out now, including Zoya's already sold-out limited edition Gilty Pleasures boxed gift set of a real 18K gold flake top coat with Raven and Purity — but we grabbed a set for our readers, so stay tuned!

The formula on this one was the worst of the set, being all globby and draggy. I would recommend using a nearly dry brush and letting the polish set for a few minutes between coats, ultimately going for three thin coats. That will give you the best coverage while avoiding thick glops that catch on the brush and drag off. It may be because the gold foil polish is so packed with tiny gold glitters, but so was Sally Hansen's Gilded Lily and I didn't have this problem with that polish. The two are very similar, but Zoya's gold color is a truer gold whereas Gilded Lily is more of a burnished, darker gold. I think the finished result is worth the effort, especially for a special occasion. It does dry very gritty, so if you like a smooth shiny finish as I do, expect to top it with at least two or three top coats. I have one coat of Gealous and one of Seche Vite here and it still could have used an extra coat of Gealous to smooth it over.
Ziv
ElectraElectra is the holographic bar glitter that I used for layering. I know some people like to wear it alone but I think it looks like you stuck your hand in the paper shredder bin and got debris stuck to your nails when you do that, so I chose to try it layered over some of the other colors.
Electra
As you can see in the close-up photo above, Electra is thin silver strips that flash a rainbow of color depending on how the light hits it. That made it a challenge as to what color to layer it over — dark, medium, or light?
Electra layered over Storm
In my opinion, the holos in Storm are so rich and dense that they overwhelm the holos in the bar glitter but I think it would look amazing over a plain solid black that wasn't competing with it.
Electra layered over Logan
Pairing Electra with Logan was much more successful! The glitters in Logan were more subtle and the gold tones went so well with the silver and holos that it wouldn't be overdoing it to use it as a full mani and not just as an accent nail.
Electra layered over Ziv
I think Ziv and Electra were made for each other! They match in intensity but each is strong enough that one doesn't overwhelm the other and, instead, the two combine to make an effect greater than either one individually.

Pros: I was expecting to have to do a full foil removal for the bar glitter and was pleasantly surprised that it slid right off without a struggle.
Cons: The micro glitter in all but the bar glitter is pervasive. I would recommend using a separate brush for cleanup, if you do that, and when you remove the polish take care to slide your cotton ball/pad straight off the nail and resist the urge to scrub side-to-side. Even doing that I had a lot of gold micro glitter clinging to my cuticles but if I'd scrubbed to get it off, my hands would have been glittering like a Seattle vampire's.
Overall: A really top-notch set, especially Logan. If you like FeiFei and Daul, you're going to definitely want to get Logan.

Zoya retails for $8 and is available at Zoya.com and Ulta stores nationwide.

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.

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