I apologize for my extended absence. I got a little overzealous with the clippers well…I’ve been embarrassed to show my nails. I decided that I would give Sally Hansen’s “AMAZING” Complete Salon Manicure Line one more try. I figured I owed it as much. At first I decided just to give I Pink I Can another shot. It was just as fail as I remember, maybe even worse. So.. I saw a review of this polish on another site, and I thought sure why not.
I like it a lot. I used a basecoat learning from Alli’s terrible stained nails from Fairy Teal. It took about three coats for Midnight in NY to be completely even – but if I was more careful I could probably just do 2.
I got this because I love black nail polish – to a ridiculous extent and I loved that it had multicolored glitter in it. Very pretty. I regret not taking this picture in the sun b/c I think the sparkles would show up a bit more – they are, however, quite subtle and from any sort of distance and indoors it looks like a normal glossy black. I did take another picture, which is completely awful – but it does show the sparkles much better, it was taken with a flash, so please be aware that it would take that much flash to get the sparkle to show that much – it’s not even that sparkly in the sun. Check under the jump!
Did you miss me?
Something a little different for Saturday! This was my first attempt at water marbling. I used Essie Turquoise & Caicos as my base, and used Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Pacific Blue and Caribbean Coral as my water marbling colors.
For my first time, I like the outcome. I definitely got better with every nail, and I was surprised how easy it was.
I’m pretty sure I”m addicted to doing this, so I will probably do more of these posts in the future. Once I get a little more proficient, maybe I’ll even make an instructional “how to water marble” post.
Anyways, hope everyone enjoys their Saturday!
Essie’s Summer 2010 Resort collection is finally here! I was so disappointed in the Spring collection, but Essie has redeemed themselves.
Turquoise & Caicos is a gorgeous turquoise creme. I could never get into the mint green trend, but I love this polish. It’s a pretty pastel for the Spring and Summer yet looks good on me (NW15), which is quite the accomplishment for a pastel.
The only negative of this polish is the application. The formula is very thin. I had to use 4 coats to get opaque coverage, and as you can probably tell, it got a little thick on the sides of my nails. I think with slightly more careful application I can avoid having that problem again.
Even though I had to use 4 coats, this dried fairly quickly. I decided to forego a top coat and was pleasantly surprised by the shiny finish of this polish.
I don’t have any dupes in my collection. Icing Laura’s Fav is a similar color just with glitter 🙂
The official release date for this collection is May 1st, but both Ulta’s near me have started selling it.
I just love a good black manicure. And Goth definitely fit the bill. Orly Goth is from the Orly Haunted Collection but is now part of their permanent line. I finally picked it up at Sally’s after looking at it countless times, and I’m glad I did.
Goth is a black creme with silver (micro?)glitter. The glitter is several different sizes. It reminds me of the night sky 🙂
Application was great. I only needed 2 coats for streak free, opaque color.
Happy Earth Day!
I feel like I’m in a bit of a nail polish rut. I figured what better to get me out of a rut than a fun duochrome purple polish! Well, I was wrong. Royal is from OPI’s Designer Series (a cute way to say OPI nail polishes that are twice the normal cost). Katie actually gave me this nail polish after she tried it and didn’t like it. I hate to say, I agree with Katie on this one.
Royal is a purple and blue duochrome. My picture doesn’t really do it justice; we’ve had alot of clouds around here lately. I’m not a huge fan of duochromes. I just think they look…odd. I do like the way this polish looks from a distance. The blue that comes out in the sun does add alot of interest. But up close, I find it quite ugly.
Application wasn’t amazing. I had to use 4 coats to get the color opaque. I had problems with it applying unevenly. The polish was opaque at the bottom of the nail, but not at the tip of the nail. It was really quite frustrating.
I would be less hard on this polish if it didn’t cost a whopping $14. For $14 I expect alot out of a polish. I expect something that is amazing like NARS Purple Rain. But this was just an overal disappointment.
Suzi Says Feng Shui is my favorite polish from OPI’s Spring 2010 Hong Kong collection. It’s such a pretty dusty blue and perfect for Spring. I did post on Suzi Says Feng Shui earlier, you can check it out here.
After a few days of wearing SSFS I wanted to spice it up a bit. I was very disappointed in Nina Ultra Pro Soursop in my initial review, but it has redeemed itself. I absolutely LOVE it over Suzi Says Feng Shui! Soursop is thin enough that Suzi maintains its color, but Soursop gives it a ton of shimmer.
Maybe I should layer more often 🙂
This polish is from China Glaze’s Fall 2008 Operation Colour collection, but it’s now part of their permanent collection. I was looking for a Spring color that wasn’t dark, wasn’t pink and was different from anything else I owned when Secret Pero-wink-le caught my eye. It definitely fulfills all those requirements.
Secret Peri-wink-le is a sky blue creme with just the right amount of purple thrown in. Sometimes it looks more purple, other times it looks more blue. Either way, it’s a light color that’s not a pastel that looks flattering even against my pale, cool skintone.
Application was great. I did use 3 thin coats to get full coverage on all nails, but I never had hay problems with the polish being streaky. I didn’t use a top coat, and as you can see, it did dry to a nice shine.
Even though this is from a Fall collection, I think this is a great color for Spring.
I spotted Fun in Fuchsia in the same limited edition Maybelline display as Teal the Night. In the store it looked like a fun bright pink, and I figured I could never have too many of those.
In reality, Fun in Fuchsia is a bright purple based magenta with a nice little duochrome surprise. In the sun this polish has a flash of purple microglitter. Now, I’m not generally a fan of duochromes, but this one I love. It’s not too in your face, and the duochrome never looks odd, or out of place.
Application was amazing. Two coats for the polish to be opaque and streak free. I used my regular base coat, but decided to test the drying time on this polish without a top coat. Maybelline claims it dries in 50 seconds. In about a minute this was dry to the touch, but not dent proof.
Have a fabulous Saturday!
I picked up Laura’s Fave during my shopping trip to Icing after deciding I had to own 7th Inning Stretch (they were buy one get one half off). I’m glad I picked it up, it’s a good Spring/Summer color.
Laura’s Fave is a cross between a baby blue and a minty green. I’m not a fan of the mint green trend, but adding in a little blue to this color made me really like it. Additionally, everything is better with a little shimmer 🙂
I thought this would be more similar to China Glaze For Audrey than it turned out to be. It’s a bit lighter, and obviously has the microglitter For Audrey lacks. Regardless, it’s a very pretty color.
Application wasn’t amazing. I used three coats and decided to forego using a top coat to see how it dried. This polish DEFINITELY needs a top coat. It doesn’t dry all that shiny, and it dries very slowly.
Strawberry Fields is from the Summer 2009 Summer Days collection by China Glaze. I have been eyeing this polish for a long time, I’m glad I finally got my hands on it. It did not disappoint!
Strawberry Fields is a red leaning magenta with gold microglitter. The formula definitely leans towards being a jelly, but very opaque. It’s so pretty! Sadly it was overcast the day I took this picture, so it doesn’t quite do this polish justice. It’s so pretty and sparkly, and I’m not even a fan of pinks! Also, I generally shy away from gold since I’m cool toned, but this polish looks great.
Application was on par. I did use 3 coats because of the jelly like feel of this polish, but it didn’t feel thick at all.
After my great experience with this polish, I just might have to hunt down some other colors from this collection 🙂
Happy Tax Day!
PS: It’s my cat’s birthday, so….picture of Kitty below the jump!