Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Raisin Rage

 Sorry for the lack of posting lately guys, this class I'm taking right now along with work is really getting me!  Today I have a quick swatch for you from Revlon.  This is one of the polishes I picked up on a recent trip to Big Lots and came in a four pack for (I think) $4.  In the bottle it looks a little more red than it looked on the nail, on the nail it sort of leans a little brown.  Very pretty color for fall that I hope to get to play around with a little more before too long and maybe try a water marble with it.
Revlon Raisin Rage

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Monday, September 24, 2012

Sinful Colors Mesmerize Swatch and Review

If you follow me on Facebook you may have seen me post earlier this evening that I am better at doing my own nails than my own hair.  I have an event coming up next weekend and I wanted to get my hair colored before it.  I have pretty much always done my own hair without any real problems; this time was different.  It was an absolute disaster and I may leave it to the professionals from now on....

Anyway, I found myself at Walgreen's today and found a display of Sinful Colors that had some polishes yet to make my collection.  I ended up only getting a couple because I will be out of town again next weekend and didn't want to spend a lot.  One of the colors I picked up is Mesmerize.  It is a great deep purple (leaning blue) cream shade that is perfect for the cooler weather we have had here in the Midwest.  If you are careful you can get away with just one coat which is what is shown here, I did at Seche Vite as a topcoat.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Gorgeous Bling Bling

This is a case of what looks good in the bottle or on someone else, doesn't always look good on me...  I picked up this bottle of essence Gorgeous Bling Bling at Ulta the other day and thought I would love it.  It is sort of a "fall" shade, kind of a terra cotta or pumpkin color, which I love and it has little gold flakies!  On my skin tone however it looks awful! The polish itself is fine, no problems with application (although I am not a fan of the changed brush with the new bottle style), it is just not for me.  This one will probably get passed along to someone who can appreciate it more than me!

What do you think?  Have you ever had a polish you though you would love and then ended up hating in the end?

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Magic and Clouds

For today's look I started with CND Sticky then two coats of OPI DS Magic.  It is a beautiful color on its own but I wanted something a bit different so I pulled out my stamping plate stash and finally settled on Bundle Monster's BM-312 plate because one of the designs looks like clouds to me...what color to stamp with?  I have had issues with white, they never seem to be as dense as I want them to be.  I have tired several including the stamping polish from Born Pretty Store which I still didn't like.  I finally decided to try Julep Kate which is actually a pearl white...but it works!
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Base Color: OPI DS Magic
Stamping Color: Julep Kate
Stamping Plate: Bundle Monster BM-312

Monday, September 10, 2012

Zoya Evvie vs Sinful Leap Flog

When I got my Zoya order in the other day I happened to already be wearing Sinful Colors Leap Flog, it is a beautiful greyed green shade that I am sure will be perfect for fall.  When I pulled Evvie out of the box though, I was concerned that they would be dupes.  So, I did a quick swatch to see how close they are.

As you can see from the photos, Evvie is a bit deeper, and in real life looks a little more gray, Leap Flog is a bit of a thinner formula and leans more green.  So while they are similar, in my opinion, they are NOT dupes!  

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

Sinful Colors Island Coral Swatch and Review

This is going to be a rather quick post, I didn't get a chance to do today's Summer Challenge post but I may try to make it up tomorrow....

I did a quick swatch of Sinful Colors Island Coral because it was one of the ones I hadn't tried yet and I wanted something a bit different.  Pictured here is two thin coats, probably could have used a third.  In the light you can still see some VNL though it wasn't as obvious in real life.

Sunday, September 2, 2012

Zoya Natty Swatch and Comparison

A few short months ago (ok, almost a year really) I had never heard of Zoya nail polish...Oh how much I missed!  I feel like I am constantly raving about one of their polishes, but seriously, if you haven't you need to try it!  I got my BOGO order in the mail the other day and several of the shades I picked are from the Designer and Diva collection.  Zoya describes Natty as "a smoky steel blue with an opaque creamy finish".  I would say that is a pretty good description of exactly what Natty is....though it almost falls into the navy blue category.  So close in fact, that I really thought when I pulled it out of the box "oh no, this is a dupe of Essie Bobbing for Baubles"...but it isn't.  Natty is a bit lighter and leans more gray (hence the "steel blue".  I did a quick swatch of both on a nail wheel so you can see for yourself.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

Mermaid Nails

I had good intentions for this post but for whatever reason my internet was jacked up last night (or very early this morning to be honest) and I just gave up and went to bed.  So this is actually Friday's post for the Summer Challenge.  I made notes on the print out I made of the challenges for ideas and this was one that I had some idea early on what I wanted to do.  My Zoya order came in the mail yesterday as well and was perfectly timed for this!  For this one I started out with two coats of OPI Mermaid's Tears (perfect name and color for this theme!).  On my ring finger I placed a mix of silver and blue glitter from Born Pretty Store while the polish was still tacky and topped it with my newly acquired Zoya Frida which also turned out to be perfect for this.  On the other nails I sponged Julep Portia on the tips in sort of a gradient and added a coat of Seche to help speed they drying process and make it smooth.  Once that was dry I stamped the "fishnet" pattern from the Bundle Monster BM-209 plate and China Glaze Adore and then a quick topcoat of NYC to finish everything off.

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