Monday, March 31, 2014

Discount Discovery: Revlon Muse

Ulta has been making up for the months of lean pickings on their clearance shelves by stocking them with great finds lately! This is a Revlon that was from (I think) their Spring 2012 collection, although I don't remember ever seeing it before. How did I miss this beauty? I'm glad I did because I got to scoop it up for only $1.29!
Revlon Muse, two coats plus topcoat
Color-wise it's like a paler version of SinfulColors Beau Khaki and formula-wise it was impressive. I loved this one so much that I wore it for four days and there was no noticeable wear other than some faint scratches on the topcoat. This one is so going in my favorites pile!
After four days of wear!
Check out the clearance shelf at your Ulta — maybe you can find this one, too!

Friday, March 21, 2014

KB Shimmer Spring 2014 - Part 2

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

Happy Friday!  I have Part 2 of the KB Shimmer Spring Collection today, 4 great cremes.  Make sure you check out Part 1 here.

HoneyDew List is described as:  just like ripe honeydew, this dusty pastel green is perfect for spring or summer. This is the ideal color to wear under Rush Flower Traffic, or pair with Ice Queen for a sparkly spring manicure. Full coverage in just 2 coats.  I used 3 coats for this one but you could get away with 2 if you were careful.  Great spring green!



A Touch of Glass is described as:  this light aqua mint cream reminds me of tumbled sea glass. A pastel green with blue undertones, this color is covers in 2-3 coats. This one definitely needed three coats but the payoff is worth it.  Smooth and gorgeous.



Sky Jinks is described as:  I love those days, the ones when there is not a cloud in site, and the sky is the most stunning shade of bright blue. This medium blue cream with a hint of dustiness, reminds me of those perfect days. Sky Kinks covers in 1 coat with careful application and is perfect in two.  This is a true one coater!  Such a gorgeous blue and almost no staining when I removed it.  



Pansy-Monium is described as:  this pansy purple cream offers full coverage in just two coats. With a slight red undertone, this purple will look great even on warm skin tones.  The red undertone in this polish makes so wearable.  I really loved this purple.  Unfortunately my camera hates purple polish and didn't pick up the redness.  It's not as cool toned as it looks in my swatch.  You have to trust me on this one!



Whew!  That was a lot of KB Shimmer this week!  I really loved them all.  I can't say enough good things about the formula on these creme polishes.  Smooth and shiny and self leveling.  I used no top coat in all of these swatches and look how shiny they are!  What do you think?  Did you have any of these polishes?  



The Spring Collection is available on KB Shimmer website for $8.75.  

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

Thursday, March 20, 2014

Super Black Lacquers Spring 2014 Collection

***Polish provided for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.***

Hi!  I have five great new Super Black Lacquers shades for you today.  I've said it before but Super Black really has one of my favorite formulas.  It applies like butter and the colors are always original and fun.  Let get to it.

I'll start with my absolute favorite, Majestic.  Super Black describes it as:  Majestic is a super-smooth, creamy orchid polish.  Excellent texture and shine.  Opaque in 2-3 coats.  Use a top coat or skip it... it's up to you.  Majestic has a shiny, smooth finish on its own.  This is Spring polish perfection.  I love it.  Two easy coats and no top coat!




The Grackle is described as: a sparkling turquoise blue with a black base. Opaque in 2-3 coats. Pictures don't do this polish justice! Slap on a top coat to smooth it all out. Shimmery and distractingly pretty.  I completely agree that pictures don't do it justice.  The shimmer is turquoise, pink and purple and it is to die for.  I wore this to Anna's bridal shower and got a ton of compliments!



The Stag is described as: a glowy spring green polish with a rich bronze shimmer. Smooth with a subtle metallic sheen, like a beetle's shell. Awesome texture, dries smooth and shiny. Use a top coat if you want, The Stag will be slick either way.  I will admit...I am not a green polish girl.  But The Stag may change my mind.  I love the bronze shimmer and the formula is complete perfection.



The Haymaker is described as: The Haymaker is a knockout! Deep, eggplant polish packed with 3 different sizes of matte, neon red-orange glitter. Opaque in 2-3 coats. Top coat is recommended. Crazy beautiful.  This polish is AWESOME.  The matte glitter just sets it off.  Interesting and so super cool.


Framboise is described as:  a saturated raspberry jelly polish, with a ton of glitters: tiny black, matte pink, holographic lilac, and chunky matte white hex. Sheer enough to show the layers of glitter on your nails, but pigmented enough for opacity in 2-3 coats. Add a top coat to smooth out the glitter... try a matte top coat for a really unique effect. Fans of SUPER BLACK Lacquer's The Bends will love Framboise!!  I really couldn't capture the awesome in this polish and that's disappointing.  This swatch is 2 coats and it was way more opaque and smooth than it looks.  It's really gorgeous and I love the big white glitter and tiny black glitter.



What do you think about the new Spring Super Black Lacquers Collection?  Majestic, The Grackle and The Stag are my favorites.  Actually they are all my favorites!

Super Black retails for $12 and can be purchased here.  Make sure you keep up with them on Facebook for news and specials!



***Polish provided for an honest review.  All opinions are my own.***

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

KB Shimmer Spring 2014 - Part 1

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

Hi! I have Part 1 of a 2 part post for the new KB Shimmer Collection. KB Shimmer has branched out into cremes and like everything that she does they are amazing. The formula is perfection and the colors are great for spring.

Life Rose On is described as: This is my perfect pink, bright cheery, and it covers in 1-2 coats. This vivid cerise polish has blue undertones, making it wearable for many skin tones. Pair this with your favorite glitter topper or use in stamping for a girly manicure.  This is my perfect pink too!  My clear favorite of this part of the collection.  So wearable and classic.






Chick Me Out is described as:  this bright yellow cream is the ideal shade to welcome warmer weather. Full coverage in two coats, I love this under Rush Flower Traffic.  I'm not a yellow polish girl but I do like this fun, cheery yellow.  Yellow polish tends to be patchy and streaky and this polish was perfect in 2 coats.




Daisy About You is described as:  a pale green creally, this spring polish features neon green hex glitters swimming among purple and lavender hexes and a scattering of lavender daisy glitters. Best in 3 Coats.  I think this would have been better with 2 coats over one coat of white but I tried to build it up with 3 coats.  I love the mix of colors and even with 3 coats the glitter wasn't thick or chunky.  A perfect Easter polish.




Rush Flower Traffic is described as:  a metallic glitter top coat with fuchsia, gold, green, sapphire, and aqua glitters in hex and dot glitters fill this polish. Ideal as 1 coat over our Chick Me Out or Honeydew List creams, this topper can be worn over so many colors!   This is one of my favorite glitters toppers that I've seen in a long, long time.  The colors are gorgeous and there is a gorgeous golden holo shimmer in the base that you can't really see in the pictures.  I could put this over every spring mani!




What do you think of Part 1?  Life Rose On and Rush Flower Traffic are my clear favorites!

The Spring Collection is available on KB Shimmer website for $8.75.  What are your favorites from this collection??

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



Monday, March 17, 2014

Zoya Magical Pixie Collection

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

Hi everyone!  I have some gorgeous Zoyas to show you today.  If you love the texture trend and love glitter more, then this collection is for you.  Zoya describes it as:  Imagine the best-selling Zoya PixieDust formula amped up with larger glitter and the first ever holographic pixie particle — for a never before seen magical effect!  I used 2 coats for all the swatches and obviously no top coat.  These Magical Pixies are a little rougher than the other Pixies due to the larger glitter but if you love sparkle, it's worth it.  They SPARKLE.  Let's look at the swatches.

Vega is described as a blue opal sparkle.  I think this leans a little more teal than blue but it's gorgeous either way.



Lux is described as rose quartz sparkle.  This is my favorite of the Magicals.  I love the pink with the sparkle, it's so soft and...magical!



Cosmo is described as silver crystal sparkle.  This polish screams holiday, Vegas, party, birthday.  It's over the top and gorgeous.



Are you still into the texture trend?  What do you think about this collection?

Zoya Magical Pixies sell for USD$10 and is available at Zoya.com and Ulta stores, nationwide.

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

NOTD: St. Patrick's Day Mani

This year's NOTD for St. Patrick's Day is remarkably similar to both my Mardi Gras mani and the very first St. Patrick's Day mani I did back in 2012. What can I say? I have no imagination. But there are differences! The green here is SinfulShine Amazonian, which is not holographic as my Mardi Gras nails were and it has smaller glitters than the Revlon Rain Forest I used a couple years ago. Also, the 18K topcoat is real gold and not the gold hex glitter as before, although since leprechaun gold isn't supposed to be real gold, I guess it isn't really appropriate, eh?
Two coats of SinfulShine Amazonian with two coats of 18K topcoat
I like the dichotomy of cheap vs expensive here, with the base being a $2.99 SinfulShine polish and the topper being a $30 real gold leaf specialty polish, only now SinfulShine polishes are priced at the same $1.99 as regular SinfulColors polishes (and were recently on sale at Walgreens for a mere 99¢) and the 18K gold leaf was purchased for a ridiculously low $1.80 so their relative values were reversed.

May you live as long as you want, and never want as long as you live. Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Tuesday, March 4, 2014

Mardi Gras Mani

The Nail Polish Goddess must have moved into my neighborhood because not only has the local Walmart started stocking the new Pure Ice polishes (well, that one collection, anyway) but also both of the Big Lots in my area had bins of the Sephora by OPI polishes, including the 18K gold topcoat! For $1.80!!! I couldn't see paying $30 for bits of real gold that would just end up on a cotton ball anyway, but for that ridiculously low price I'm gilding everything! And Mardi Gras is a perfect excuse to go overboard with it, right?
sephora 18k
SOPI 18K topcoat over a gradient of a ENGLAND Dragon & Lady of the Lake
I decided to redo my gradient of a ENGLAND Dragon and Lady of the Lake and top it with two coats of Sephora by OPI It's Real 18K Gold topcoat. This is so amazing it's killing me.
sephora 18k gold
A close-up to show off the gold flakes
Not too over-the-top, is it?

Monday, March 3, 2014

Blue Monday: Essie Truth or Flare and Comparisons

Occasionally the coupons I get at Target when I check out are for items I can actually use, so when I got another one for Essie nail polish I went over to see if they had anything new. The display for the new Spring 2014 Hide & Go Chic Collection was pretty picked over but I did spot this beauty and snapped it up!
Essie Truth or Flare, three coats plus topcoat
Truth or Flare is a bright — but still grayed out — pastel blue crelly, so the shine goes all the way down to the nail bed. That also means it's a bit sheer and it needed three coats to completely cover, but if I weren't so picky about visible nail line two coats would have sufficed. When I first put it on I was afraid that it was a total dupe for a couple of other colors I already have (like that never happens!) but I was pleased to find that it is not. It is grayer than Sally Hansen Blue-Ming Fast but not as green as butter LONDON Artful Dodger, which I didn't even consider to be greenish until I did this side-by-side. Nice to have another bright blue!