I do believe spring is here. To stay. At least in Charlotte. There are even a few flowers blooming. Of course that means it’s time for the essie Resort Collection.
Historically the Resort collection is my favorite essie collection of the year. So I went ahead and ordered the mini set so I could try all 4 polishes. And to be honest…I’m a bit disappointed by this collection.
Under the jump is my review of all four polishes. You can pick up the Resort collection at Ulta.
Yessss. It’s bound to be a great day since… it’s a in every four years kind of day. Honestly, I think it’d be more fun to let the season slowly shift over hundreds of years, but if it makes everyone else’s world make sense – who am I to argue. Do you guys even know how many calendar systems there are? SO MANY.
Anyway, I’m really excited. Thanks to this extra day, I’m finally getting around to trying out the new Wet n Wild line! A few weeks ago I spotted a new display at Walgreens – Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel! I posted a picture of the Valentine’s themed display, but underneath was a cardboard display of lots of fun colors. Plus there was a coupon – $1 off – so…I bought two. How could I not? Coral Support and Condensed Milk
This is probably my new go-to coral polish. It leans towards the pink side of coral, which I love. It’s so easy to apply – two coats, shiny finish. Enough said. Despite being a fairly standard nail polish color, I got a lot of compliments.I didn’t test the wear, I went 5 days or so with only a little wear, and that’s longer than I wear anything. I’m going to leave the wear test to Alli.
Also, I love the black bottles of gel polish – I don’t know why, I just do. Think about it… how cute would a black essie bottle be? Dreams..
If you haven’t seen this line yet, Alli instagrammed a display with the full range of colors that she spotted at CVS. The Wet n Wild 1 Step Wonder Gel Polishes retail for 4.99. You can grab them at all of your regular Wet n Wild retailers – best bets right now: your local CVS, Walgreens, or Target.
Next on my list? I’d love to try Pretty Peas, It’s Sher-bert day!, All That Jazzy, and Power Outage.
Tried them? Want to? Let me know below. I love comments and comments on February 29th are the best kind of comments.
We’re having a particularly frigid week here in Charlotte. So it’s the perfect time to dream about spring, right?
For Spring 2016 deborah lippmann has released 4 new shades in the Gel Lab PRO formula. The collection is called Afternoon Delight and the colors are dreamy!
Peaches & Cream is described as a full coverage orange creamsicle cream. However, this pulls a bit more pink, at least on me, to be described as orange creamsicle.
I’m a bit disappointed in the formula. I needed three coats to get an opaque, streak free color. Otherwise it was easy to work with.
It is worth nothing that the brush on the gel lab pro line is a wide brush yet the bottle opening is the same size. This can create a frustrating situation.
While I think the color of this polish is lovely I don’t find the formula to be all that special. And the price point for the gel lab pro polishes, $20, is too high just for a polish not to be special.
Along with swatches I’ll include information about the gel lab pro line under the jump.
Peaches & Cream is currently available at Nordstrom and Beauty.com as well as on Amazon.
Happy Valentine’s Day!
I hope you’re doing something that makes you happy.
Here at The Daily Varnish, we’re big fans of the Salon Effects. I’d buy them more often if they weren’t usually in the $10 range. A few weeks ago I shared the Sally Hanson display at my local Walgreen’s that had several of the Salon Effects sets on clearance for 2.69 – OF COURSE I picked one up. It’s a miracle I only grabbed one. I kind of want to go back. Maybe they’re still on clearance..
Get the Point is really cute. I’m really into ultra clean lines and geometric designs lately, so I guess that’s why I was immediately drawn to this one. It’s so simple that an amateur nail artist could easily recreate this look with minimal effort. I followed the directions perfectly (for once) and spent maybe 15 minutes on application.
I didn’t intend for Get The Point to be my Valentine’s Weekend mani, it just sort of happened – and it worked out well! I wore these for 5 days – which is well beyond my usual 2-3 day limit. I didn’t take pictures day 1, so you’ll see some wear in some of the pictures. You can see the day on my pictures. Removal was fine. I used my regular remover but that left my nails gummy – this isn’t something I noticed before, at least not that I remember, but a few swipes of pure acetone and I was all set.
Do yourself a favor and skip the retail price on these – not that they aren’t worth it, but there are some great deals for Salon Effects on Amazon – a handful with Prime shipping. I’m obsessed with Prime. More on that another day.
I mentioned in my post on essie Cabana Boy that the beauty section at my local CVS was going under a bit of an overhaul. Well, one of the things they added was the new 1 Step WonderGel line to the existing wet n wild display.
For the longest time I was a huge fan of wet n wild nail polish. But, as the years pasted, the rest of the nail polish world moved forward and wet n wild was a bit stagnant. So I was very excited about the release of this line.
Thanks to my love of red nail polish (and the fact that it is included in the wet n wild Wild At Heart Valentine’s display…) I went straight for Crime of Passion. The polish is AMAZING. Not only is it a fantastic cherry red creme the formula is outstanding.
Though wet n wild claims this is a 1 step nail polish I did use 2 coats in my swatches. I also used a base coat (Orly Bonder) because….red nail polish.
I want to do a wear test with this polish because wet n wild claims up to 2 weeks of wear. My nails still looked awesome on day 4 and currently I have Crime of Passion on my toes and it is wearing incredibly well.
Under the jump I included some information from wet n wild on the 1 Step WonderGel line as well as swatches of Crime of Passion.
YAY! It’s time! OPI Spring/Summer 2016 Collection! I’m in love with the idea of OPI’s New Orleans collection. You see, I’d never been to New Orleans until a few years ago when I went for a long weekend with my not-any-more-boyfriend. I had an amazing time. I really did. New Orleans absolutely swept me off my feet.
If I didn’t love the city, I probably wouldn’t be too enthused about this collection. I wasn’t amazed with any of the colors, so I decided I’ll buy based on name. Don’t worry though, by the time April rolls around, I’ll probably have at least 5 of the New Orleans Polishes. I will probably love them all. I’m so predictable.
Suzi Nails New Orleans is a fun medium bright pink. Perfect for cheering yourself up on cold dreary winter days. Sadly, the formula leaves a lot to be desired. It’s a little streaky, and it took 4 coats to get mostly opaque coverage. I still had to do some damage control on a few bald spots. I’m not the most focused when I apply polish, but after 4 coats (+ trying two different base coats), it just isn’t my fault.
Despite the fun name, I’d call this polish a pass. I don’t do that often. It’s just not worth the trouble. I didn’t even bother to paint my right hand. I might try it on my toes in the summer, but I’m not sure how often I’ll get it out once it goes back in the pink drawer. I do have a polish from the Hello Kitty collection waiting in the wings, so I hope I have a better experience.
The OPI New Orleans Polishes retail for $10. You can pick them up at Ulta or on Amazon (and a hundred places in between). Of course there’s also a mini set for $14.95 at Ulta that includes Crawfishin’ for a Compliment, Take a Right on Bourbon, I’m Sooo Swamped, and Show Us Your Tips!
Which polish should I order next? Since I’m ordering based on names and not colors, I’m a little more open.
You know the drill, swatches below. Leave me some love.
I don’t know if y’all have heard but the Super Bowl is coming.
The Carolina Panthers and I happen to share a hometown. Charlotte is buzzing with Super Bowl hype. Right down to my local grocery store meat counter.
While I’m not a big NFL fan I do hope the Panthers win. It’d be great for Charlotte. And, of course, the Panthers are led by fellow Auburn alum Cam Newton.
Over the years I have done my fair share of football related nail art. Below are some ideas for Sunday including a manicure for both the Carolina Panthers and Denver Broncos! There are some additional ideas and links to past Super Bowl posts at the end of the post as well.
Keep Pounding and War Eagle.
My local CVS is going through a bit of an overhaul in the beauty department. They are finally going to start carrying NYX (hooray!) but it seems they got rid of Rimmel. Anyhow, it’s still a work in progress.
Remarkably I ran across the essie Retro Revival collection among the mess. There was no display…the polishes were just kind of thrown in with some other essie polishes. I do not know. They did have Starry Starry Night! And, of course, just when I was about to walk away Cabana Boy caught my eye.
I’m always looking for neutrals that aren’t boring. Cabana Boy was originally released in 2005 but over a decade later I still think it’s a fantastic polish.
essie describes Cabana Boy as a Pearly White but it’s so much BETTER than that. Cabana Boy is a soft pearl finish gray with lavender/blue undertones. It’s a very understated polish but I got so many comments on my nails while I was wearing Cabana Boy.
My only complaint is the formula. It’s a tad thin. Which, to be fair, may be by design. I prefer a more opaque look so I used 3 coats.
The Retro Revival collection is currently in stores. You can find the collection online at Ulta.com as well as on Amazon.
There are swatches under the jump!
This week has just been blah so far. Between being out of town last week, then the over hyped ice storm and the Panthers games this week is just a huge let down. What solves that problem? GLITTER. Of course.
Spazmatic was originally released in 2012 and is a really fun glitter. I like the mix of the large, blue, hex glitter along with the blue microglitter. I used two coats of Spazmatic over a black creme base (I used Sally Hansen Blacky-O) and really loved the result. Plus, it was the perfect glitter for my Carolina Panthers Manicure.
Because this is an older polish you can get it for a good deal (only $3.50 on Amazon with free shipping!). I can’t wait to try Spazmatic over different polishes!
Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump.
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Good morning, beauties!
Today is best kind of Monday – I have a snow day! I’ve been home for 4 days. Yesterday my over ambitious neighbors were digging out there cars, but I didn’t want to mess up my nails. Maybe I’ll get around to it today, but I’m really hoping for another snow day tomorrow.
I chose Zoya Yves for my snow day mani. This is my 2nd polish from the 2015 Matte Velvets. I really just need to order them all and save on shipping.
Yves is a deep sapphire blue with beautiful royal blue shimmer. I love it. I actually really wanted Alli to get this, but she hesitated and I’m in love.
The downside of this beauty is the insanely high chance of stained blueberry nails. So. Please wear a base coat. I used the Wet n Wild Matte Topcoat as my basecoat to help smooth out imperfections and ridges. The first coat gives you full coverage but it’s more of a royal blue. I ended up going with a 2-3 coats to darken it up.
When I go back and forth between the Matte Velvet collections, I just can’t figure out why they’d do another red, green, and purple. Maybe I’d feel differently if I didn’t already have Posh, Savita, and Veruschka. I can almost understand the red and green – release around Christmas… They’re all beautiful, but I would be over the moon for a berry pink with gold shimmer. Think: Matte Velvet meets China Glaze Strawberry Fields.
Each Matte Velvet polish retails for $10. You can buy Zoya nail polish directly from Zoya’s website. My Ulta also carries new Zoya collections and when I went this past weekend, they had a full display! Of course, a quick search on amazon gets you prices as low as $4 (and strangely as high as $50). So many options!
More pretty pictures below!