Color Club - Halo-graphic bottle (the daily varnish)

Color Club – Halo-graphic

Color Club - Halographic Bottle (the daily varnish)First Friday of Summer, y’all! YAAAAAAAS!

Wednesday, as I was wrapping up my post and making sure the related links were what I wanted, I came to a terrible realization. I had neglected to post my third and current favorite from Color Club’s 2013 Halo Hues. Yesterday was cloudy and dreary, so today I got up a little (too) early to catch some sunshine before the inevitable arrival of scattered/isolated/possibly severe storms. It was so worth it.

Halo-graphic is the PINK beauty of the of the 2013 collection and I’m obsessed. It feels girly and flashy and fun and it makes me happy. I got full coverage in ONE COAT but went ahead and used two just in case the camera decided to whip out its stealth visible nail line detector – it is so good at that. I really like that holographics dry so quickly – I’d recommend a top coat but it’s not necessary and I didn’t use one for my swatches.

Luckily, the Halo Hues are more readily available than Revvvolution. If you’re an Amazoner, you can get some pretty good deals in the $8.00 – $9.00 range. On the Color Club website you can snag polishes from both the older and new Halo Hues collections for $10.00.

I hope your day is as fun as my nail polish. Pictures below!

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Color Club Revvvolution (The Daily Varnish)

Color Club – Revvvolution

Color Club Revvvolution (The Daily Varnish)I’m sitting here avoiding the last episode of OITNB – so I decided to pop in and say hi :).

It is OFFICIALLY summer. I’m so excited! I chose Revvvolution for my last day of school fun mani, but then we had some crazy storms and most of the Richmond metro area was without power so get this – there was no last day of school! So weird. But here’s the great thing – no lesson plans, no papers to grade, no nonsense for two months – that (hopefully) means more posts! I have SO MUCH POLISH to share with you.

Anyway, my obsession with the Color Club holo polishes is pretty well documented at this point – and it all started with this polish. I remember trying to find it and I went EVERYWHERE. Finally, I found it when I popped into the shadiest nail supply shop I’ve ever seen – they had fake OPIs, it was dusty, and just…sketch. It ended up being worth it because this polish is one of my forever favorites. If I had to go back in time I’d totally have picked up Worth The Risque too – but for now it sits on my wishlist.

Revvvolution was originally released in 2009 as a part of the Spring Femme Fatale collection. It’s a black holographic that will make you forget that you ever lusted for the original My Private Jet. Seriously. I think it’d mesh perfectly with a Met Gala Taylor Swift look. Side note: I’m still not sure how I feel about that, but ohh la la I’m totally feeling this Tom Hiddleston & Taylor Swift thing. Rebound, girl!

Ladies and gentlemen, this polish should already be in your collection, but if it isn’t…you can snag it on Amazon for 5.53 – 29.40 (what?) or eBay for $10.99 + free shipping. I know it’s been 7 years, but I refuse to believe it’s not available anywhere else, if you’ve seen this anywhere let me know! In the meantime, I have my eye on some (all) of the newest Halo Hues – I’m thinking Crystal Baller. Yes/No?

Leave me some love below – What are your summer plans? What’s on your nails? What are you currently reading/watching/listening to?

Pictures below.

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Color Club Wink, Wink, Twinkle The Daily Varnish

Color Club Wink, Wink, Twinkle

Color Club Wink, Wink, Twinkle The Daily VarnishKatie knows me well.

This polish was one of the few still hanging out in my magical bag of polish Katie sent home with me when I went to visit her in Richmond. I haven’t been into glitter as of late but Wink, Wink, Twinkle looked so lovely in the bottle I finally decided to try it. To say this least, Wink, Wink, Twinkle has won me over!

Wink, Wink, Twinkles is from Color Club’s summer 2011 Starry Temptress collection and is a red based purple neon with silver glitter. I thought the glitter might be a bit holographic but I didn’t pick up much (if any) of that on the nail.

The formula is very good. I used just two coats in my swatches and it went on smooth and opaque. Because Wink, Wink, Twinkle is a neon it does, of course, dry to a semi-matte finish. Due to the glitter the finish can also be a bit bumpy. A nice, thick coat of the Barielle Gel Top Coat.

I ended up just loving this polish (I’m sure Katie is anything but shocked) plus it matched my phone case and that always makes me happy. Even though Wink, Wink, Twinkle is from a 2011 collection no worries! It is still available on Amazon (with free shipping!) and from the Color Club website.

Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump. I included a picture I took in the sun!


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Color Club Prickly Pear The Daily Varnish

Color Club Prickly Pear

Color Club Prickly Pear The Daily VarnishOk. So I just want to say that I really did think I was going to love this nail polish.

My love of chartreuse nail polish is well documented on this blog. Every spring when the pollen is EVERYWHERE I get the chartreuse nail polish itch. Plus, I pretty much lived in OPI Life Gave Me Lemons and China Glaze Be More Pacific last summer.

So, when I saw Color Club had a chartreuse polish in their new Desert Valley collection I had to order it immediately.

In the bottle Prickly Pear looks like a lovely creamy chartreuse. Unfortunately this polish just doesn’t look good on the nail. The formula is a jelly and it’s super thin so I needed 4 coats. I will give this polish credit as the finish and shine is absolutely gorgeous.

Last weekend was one of my best friend’s 30th birthday. We went all out and had a fantastic weekend. I was wearing Prickly Pear on Thursday night when I had dinner with her family and a few friends and everyone was so confused by my nails.

That being said, I asked y’all on Instagram if you thought this polish was ugly pretty or just straight up ugly and quite a few of you liked Prickly Pear! So maybe it’s just me.

Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump and let me know if you think this polish is ugly pretty or just ugly.

If you’re in the ugly pretty category you can pick up Prickly Pear from Amazon.


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Color Club Frozen Daiquiri COVER

Color Club Frozen Daiquiri

Color Club Frozen Daiquiri COVERYou know what I could use right now? A frozen daiquiri.

Ok, probably not because it’s freezing outside and well before noon. But hey, technicalities. I do, however, like a good frozen daiquiri once in a while. Especially at the beach. Mmm, the beach.

Anyway. Frozen Daiquiri is from Color Club’s Ticket to Paradise collection. It’s a resort collection and all the colors and polish names make me want to hop on a plane and head south. But instead of doing that I decided to pick up Frozen Daiquiri. I figured that was a bit more reasonable than heading to South America!

Frozen Daiquiri is a pink leaning red creme. The color is a classic and it looks fabulous on cool skintones. Plus, the formula is fantastic. This could be a one coater but I did use two in my swatches.

This polish certainly isn’t anything unique and I likely have quite a few very similar to it in my collection but I just have a thing with red nail polish. I love it. It’s chic and an easy way to look instantly put together.

You can find Frozen Daiquiri on Amazon or eBay.

Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump!


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Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi cover

Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi

Color Club Je Ne Sais Quoi coverOk, let me just say, I ordered this polish assuming I would hate it. But I found the color to be so fascinating I just had to try it. Entirely irrational but so is my entire obsession with nail polish so I think we can let this slide. Maybe?

Anyway. Je Ne Sais Quoi is from the Color Club Paris in Love collection and can be best described as a mustard yellow creme. Again, I feel like I should hate this polish. But oddly, I don’t.

The formula was a bit difficult to work with and I did need three coats. Though, the real challenge with this polish was what the hell color scheme do I wear with it? Luckily, I found this picture of Lauren Conrad I had pinned to my Fashion Pinterest board and mimicked her look. I wore a navy stripped dress and red shoes; it was perfect.

For my coloring this is not a flattering polish but I do think on dark skintones this would be beautiful. Especially during the fall. And hey, despite it being less than flattering, I rocked this polish anyway. Nail polish is pretty much the only way I can get away with wearing this color.

Because Color Club isn’t available from any stores near me I ordered this polish online. Je Ne Sais Quoi is available from Amazon for $5.99 (with free shipping!).

Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump!


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Color Club Holy Chic! cover

Color Club Holy Chic!

Color Club Holy Chic! coverOh hey, Color Club! It’s been awhile. And by awhile I mean since I wore Gift of Sparkle back in February…of 2013.

Color Club for the most part just isn’t on my radar. It’s not readily available in my area and none of the collections excited me all that much. Until now!

For fall 2014 Color Club released a collection they are calling Paris in Love. It’s no secret I love Paris. It’s one of my favorite places to visit and I’m a sucker for anything French or Parisian themed. So, of course, I had to get a few polishes from the collection.

Holy Chic! immediately caught my attention because of the name. It’s just….funny. But, it deserves attention for the polish, as well. Holy Chic! is a lovely blue leaning periwinkle with super subtle shimmer. This is one of those polishes that the shimmer more or less goes unnoticed. I do think it makes the polish a bit less heavy than a standard creme.

The formula is easy to work with but a definite three coater. This is a great transition color from summer to fall. Definitely a polish I can see wearing quite a bit over the next few months.

Because Color Club isn’t available in a store near me (that I’m aware of…) I did order Holy Chic! online. It is available from Amazon for $5.99.

Make sure to check out the swatches under the jump. I blew up one of the photos taken in the sun so you can really see the shimmer!


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Color Club - Cherubic Collage

Color Club – Cherubic

Color Club - Cherubic CollageOkay! I did it…. remember last week when I said I might order another Color Club holo? Well… here she is: Cherubic. Cherubic is from the 2012 Halo Hues release. The 2012 polishes are a little softer and lighter than their bolder 2013 cousins. I am head over heels for holo polish lately. I spend a lot of time outdoors and shiny, sparkly, holographic nails put me in such a good mood. Holo nail polish is SO perfect for Summer.

I used three coats of Cherubic and the application was nice and smooth. Like Angel Kiss, it’s very muted indoors. Color wise, it’s a cool nude – which was a little disappointing for me since I’m very much a warm skin toned kind of girl. It doesn’t look awful, it just makes my skin look… ehh. Lucky for me, once the sunlight hits, it’s an explosion of sparkly holographic goodness. I wore this to the pool yesterday and as much as I tried, I could not stop looking at my nails.

I might as well go ahead and tell you, I ordered a third. I just can’t help myself! Can you guess what it is? It’s also from the 2012 Halo Hues.

Try the Color Club Store Locator to find a CC retailer near you! This polish is also widely available online…Try: ($10) or eBay (around $7- including shipping).

I have lots of pictures below. The clouds were coming and going so there’s a nice mix. I hope you’ll check them out.




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Color Club Gift of Sparkle

Color Club Gift of Sparkle

Color Club Gift of SparkleSometimes I think nail polish companies enjoy confusing the consumer! Color Club released it’s winter 2013 Winter Affair collection with 2 polishes exclusive to Sally Beauty Supply. Ok, that’s fine. Except the Sally exclusive polishes have the same names as polishes in the original collection. Oh, and to make things even MORE confusing. The Sally exclusive polishes are scented. What?

This version of Gift of Sparkle is the Sally Beauty Supply version. It is a lovely deep blue shimmery metallic. It’s like a more subdued version of OPI Swimsuit….Nailed It!. I love it!

The formula is fantastic. I used just 2 coats in my swatches.

As far as the scent goes…I can’t quite put my finger on it. It smells just kind of sweet. It didn’t bother me but I’m not quite sure there’s a point to this polish being scented.

Anyway. After wearing this a day or two I (again) was dying to use Revlon Celestial FX. I topped Gift of Sparkle with 1 coat of Celestial FX and manually placed the diamond glitter on each nail. The boy dubbed the result as my “diamonds are a girl’s best friend” manicure. He’s just so clever (insert eye roll here).

There is a picture of my diamonds manicure along with additional swatches of Gift of Sparkle below the jump!


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Color Club High Society

Color Club High Society (+ the most awesome accidental caviar manicure ever!)

Color Club High SocietyOh goodness.

I keep convincing myself that eventually I will find a polish from Color Club’s Rebel Debutante collection that I’ll actually like. High Society was my latest attempt and while I do quite like the color, the formula was a nightmare!

High Society is a muddy light gray taupe creme that can pull just slightly purple in some lights. Lovely color that’s a perfect not boring neutral. Unfortunately, the formula is a nightmare! I used three coats in my swatches and application was streaky and uneven. Then on top of all of that the polish didn’t level itself out. Basically, I had the same problems as I had with Who Are You Wearing? from this same collection.

I was at a crossroads with this manicure. I could take it off and start over or do something to make it wearable. I decided on the latter. My first thought was to top it with some glitter but it had been awhile since I did a DIY Caviar Manicure. The only beads I thought would look good against High Society were clear beads. I proceeded to apply the beads and to my surprise the beads picked up the color in the polish and changed entirely! The end result was awesome. There are (many) pictures of that below the jump.

It’s so satisfying to take a rather fail manicure and turn it into an awesome one!


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