Do y’all remember about a year ago when NYC released those awesome Crystal Couture polishes? I reviewed two of them; NY Princess and Blue Majesty. Well, exciting news. They’re back! And oh so perfect for the holiday season.
Ruby Slippers is a gorgeous red jelly packed with ruby and magenta glitter. This polish does require 3 coats but the depth all those coats create make it totally worth it!
The formula is super easy to work with. And, as a bonus, the glitter lays perfectly flat on the nail.
The boy and I did a date night last weekend. I was wearing Ruby Slippers so I asked him what he thought. He loves red polish so his only response was “it’s very…glittery.” Oh men.
A note: the last time NYC released this polish it was called Ruby Queen. So if you have that in your stash it is the same polish as Ruby Slippers 🙂
Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump!
I’m so stoked to be doing a post for Katie and Alli! I didn’t do anything terribly insane but some simple nail art.
Here’s a fun fact about me: when I do posts, I like to use the same brand for all of the polishes that I use. I’m not sure why I do this but it’s become some sort of an obsession, lol. So I found 5 Essie’s that I wanted to use to recreate this manicure from Bad Girl Nails.
I started with Essie Pret-A-Surfer on my pinky and pointer finger, which amazingly covered in one coat. Then I painted 3 coats of Ballet Slippers on my middle finger, and then 2 coats of Coat Couture on my ring finger. After those dried, I dotted Blanc on the index and pinky fingers. THEN I free hand/crookedly drew some lines on the middle finger with Mint Candy Apple and filled in the stripes. Finally…. the flowers with Blanc on the ring finger. Annnnnnd topcoat.
Phew. Catch all that? Let’s look at the final product…
Katie thinks I’m psychic. Or I cheated. Let me explain…
In my Fall 2015 Must Have Polishes post I included bar glitter as a trend. At the time I had no idea essie would be coming out with a holiday luxeffects collection full of bar glitter. I did, however, see a fringe trend in fashion. The obvious translation of that to nail polish is bar glitter. So, perhaps I have good foresight….but I’m definitely not psychic!
Anyhow. The only polish from the 2015 holiday luxeffects collection I just had to have was Frilling Me Softly. It just looked SO GORGEOUS in the bottle.
Essie’s description of this polish is poetry.
Frilling it and killing it. dazzling platinum slivers and shattered cobalt knock ‘em down with a feathery touch.
Frilling Me Softly has silver bar and hex glitter along with hex light blue glitter suspended in a clear base. Now, I’m the first to admit bar glitter can go bad. Fast. Even essie got it a little wrong with Peak of Chic. But, Frilling Me Softly is just the right amount of bar glitter.
I used one coat of Frilling Me Softly over essie Virgin Snow and really loved the result. All the glitter laid down flat and the glitter was evenly distributed on the nail.
The 2015 Fringe Factor holiday luxeffects collection can be found at Ulta. Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump!
There’s just something great about black nails. They’re easy. They match every outfit. They take zero thought.
That’s exactly the kind of manicure I was looking for last week. As always, I was in charge of the turkey for Thanksgiving. I did an herb roasted turkey this year that turned out wonderfully. But to say the least I was busy. And didn’t have time to think about my nails.
Blacky-O (love that name) is a basic black creme with a fantastic formula. This goes on in 2 easy coats. And, when I topped it with the Miracle Gel top coat, this wore wonderfully. So well, in fact, I ended up adding a little glitter to the tips and wearing this all of Thanksgiving week.
You can find Black-O at the usual mass retailers or online at drugstore.com.
Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump!
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I was so caught up in my excitement for the new 2015 Zoya Matte Velvet Collection that I forgot I still had one of the originals to swatch!
Veruschka is a gorgeous emerald green – perfectly festive for the holiday season. There is so much shimmer and sparkle in these polishes to help create the beautiful Matte Velvet finish, that I almost wanted to put a top coat on right away. But I didn’t and in a couple of minutes I was reminded why I adore this line – the finished look is so lovely.
I used two coats over a base coat – Wet n Wild Matte Top Coat – to give me a nice even canvas to work with. These dry quickly so you want to work fast but I absolutely recommend a little extra wait time between coats. You really want to make sure each coat is dry before applying the next.
From the original Matte Velvet Crew I have: Posh, Dovima, Savita, and Veruschka. I haven’t caved yet, but I really want Harlow. But then I’d need Loredana to complete the set. As far as the 2015 Matte Velvets go: I really liked Aspen and I have my eyes on Yves and Sue since they they are so new and different. If you’re interested in swapping let me know!
The MV polishes officially retail for $10. You can purchase Zoya polishes directly from their website. They have the best specials! I found the 2014 Matte Velvets AND 2015 Matte Velvets on sale for $8.50 on ebay + free shipping. Ulta is always a good bet, especially if you have a coupon.
This was my first ever OPI polish. I loved it. I lived in it. It was MY color. And then I started getting into nail polish and the millions of color options out there completely distracted me from my first OPI love.
I don’t know why but I found myself thinking about I’m Not Really A Waitress the other night so I decided to dig out my bottle. The cap was stuck so I did the whole hot water method (full tutorial on how to unstick nail polish bottles here). Finally, I got into the bottle and y’all. The chemical smell was INTENSE.
But, it’s a black label OPI so I figured I’d just forgotten how nail polish used to smell. Kind of glad I had forgotten that, to be honest.
I proceeded to paint my nails and the formula was just….not what I was used to. It’s not that the formula had thickened over time it’s just that it didn’t apply smoothly. Plus, no pro wide brush! It’s a miracle I made it.
Despite all of this, I’m Not Really A Waitress is just classic. The color is gorgeous and universally flattering. There’s a reason almost everyone on the planet owns or has owned a bottle of INRAW.
I’m seriously considering ordering a new bottle. The OPI formula has improved a great deal and it’d be nice to have the pro wide brush.
I’m Not Really A Waitress is available literally everywhere. I picked up this bottle at Target. You can also find INRAW at Ulta or on Amazon.
There are a couple of swatches under the jump.
It is the worst time of the year. Christmas is EVERYWHERE. I think I hate it more every year. But, Charlotte survived glacier gate, Starbucks survived the red cup drama so I suppose I will survive another Christmas season. At least with the help of Cosmo With A Twist.
Starlight is this year’s OPI holiday collection and, to be honest, Cosmo With A Twist is the only polish that immediately caught my eye. It looked GORGEOUS in the bottle. I’ve been really into polishes like this for as long as I’ve been into nail polish but thanks to essie Haute Tub and Cosmo With A Twist dark purple, shimmery polishes are making a comeback!
Cosmo With A Twist is a super dark purple packed with glitter that changes between blue and purple depending on the lighting. While the base is dark this polish does look purple.
The formula is a bit thin, as is pretty normal with polishes like this. Three coats are definitely required! Plus, the extra coat gives this polish a nice depth.
The Starlight collection is available at Ulta. You can also find Cosmo With A Twist on Amazon.
Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump!
A few nights ago I was flipping through an Avon catalog and ran across a little nailspiration. It’s been awhile since I’ve done a polka dot manicure and who doesn’t love mixing navy and white? And I mean…I love polka dots!
Of course, I wanted to put my own twist on things. I decided to use a shimmery dark blue for my base color instead of a plain navy. I used 2 coats of essie Bell-Bottom Blues. Then I let that dry slightly before adding white polka dots with essie Private Weekend.
I used the smallest dotting tool from my dotting tool set and made the polka dot pattern a bit different on each nail. This added variety plus it takes away the pressure of making every nail look the same. And for me, that’s by far the hardest part of nail art.
Polka dots just make me happy and this manicure is no exception. I’m definitely going to be rocking this manicure until it chips. And probably taking photos of my nails in my car. Because that’s normal.
There are a couple additional swatches under the jump!
PS: If you don’t have dotting tools you can easily make one. Check out my DIY Dotting Tool post. However, dotting tools are inexpensive. The ones I use can be found here on Amazon. They are $1.50 and ship free!
On paper (or eBay), Comet Closer seemed destined to be a forever favorite – joining my (literal) handful of golden glittery, shimmery, and maybe too well loved selections from OPI Holiday collections of years passed. I had visions of Designer…De Better, Glitzerland, and Glamour Game dancing in my head.
When I made my first round Starlight collection drafts: Give Me Space & Comet Closer, I was intrigued by the official OPI description: a warm textured gold. Ohhh. Ahhhh. My brain was filled curiosity & intrigue. Maybe texture would take this beautiful holiday standard shade to the next level. After all, I love texture, I love gold… this should be a winner!
You know what’s about to happen right? It’s been building. The ultimate let down: I am not in love with this polish. I think the color is lovely but the texture is… weird. It’s a subtle cross between a suede and a liquid sand – light on the liquid sand. I do like that it dries really quickly – as textured polishes tend to do and I like that I only needed two coats. It’s not that it’s horrible looking – it isn’t, but it doesn’t meet my standard for a glitzy glamorous golden holiday polish either. I think if this was released as part of the fall collection, I’d like it better. I will say that the more I’ve worn it, the more I like it – but I still don’t love it. I really, really wanted to love this polish.
So on that note, OPI polishes retail for $9.50. Ulta is currently has OPI on sale – 2 for $16! Fabulous. I found Comet Closer on Amazon for $6.20 + free shipping! If you’re looking for a little more, you can try the Twinkle Twinkle Duo or the Mini Set.
I plan on ordering a few more gems from the Starlight collection. If you have a favorite or one you’d like to see, let me know below!
I like to think I’m pretty good with figuring out quirky polish names, but lately not so much. Example: With the Band – I thought it was so nice they had a polish dedicated to hanging out with the marching band, until I remembered the collection name and realized it was more of a fan girl / super groupie situation. Flash forward to Peak Show. My thoughts: Peep Show? Peak Snow? What? So of course I caved and read the official essie description: enjoy the view from the top. in this scenic powder pink, it’s the place to be, in all its pretty glory. Of course…. mountain peaks. Got it. Note: I don’t ski.
I actually didn’t really want this polish. I always get all the light pinks. But, after an intense debate with Alli, I caved. Mostly because trying to swatch Haute Tub would have sent me over the edge. As it turns out, I LOVE this polish. It has just the faintest hint of pink – it’s perfect for winter and despite my insistence that pastels have no place in fall – I have had so much fun wearing it over the past few days and racked up more compliments than I have in a while.
I slightly apprehensive about the formula because… do I need to say it? Just in case I do: light.pink.essie. Good news, though! The formula wasn’t bad – two careful coats or three reckless coats and you’re good to go – I’m really impressed.
Essie nail polish retails for $8.50. I love that you can buy Essie pretty much anywhere. Drugstore, department store, and everything in between. A few good picks: Ulta, Macy’s, or Walgreen’s. If online shopping is your thing, you can try Beauty.com or my forever favorite: Amazon.*
Love it or leave it? Lemme know below!