Monday, August 29, 2011

Deal Alert

Hi there!

When I go shopping, there's nothing I love more than a good deal!

Walgreens has all of their $1.99 Wet n Wild products on sale this week for .99 cents. I chose these...

All from Wet n Wild, left to right: Saved by the Blue, Teal of Fortune,
Teal or No Teal, Gray's Anatomy, Buffy the Violet Slayer,
and SaGreena the Teenage Witch.

Target has a couple of good nail polish coupons. They have $1 off any Sally Hansen nail care or color and $1 off any Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure nail color. They also have several coupons for $1 off any item from Sonia Kashuk, Revlon, and Maybelline. The coupons don't specifically say nail polish- but the pictures show nail polish bottles. You can print the coupons twice per computer :-)

Until next time...

China Glaze - Ghoulish Glow

Hi there!

I can already tell that I love this polish...

China Glaze - Ghoulish Glow.

This is what it looks like over China Glaze's Near Dark...

My nails painted with China Glaze - Ghoulish Glow and Near Dark.

I painted 2 coats of Near Dark, and a semi-thick coat of Ghoulish Glow. I'm happy with the formula, and I'm especially thrilled with how it looks on my nails... it completely transformed my "meh" manicure! I think it looks good both in daylight and in the dark.

Sadly, I don't have pictures to show you of how it looks on my nails in the dark- my camera just wouldn't capture it. But, I assure you... my nails looked exactly like the picture of the glowing bottle :-)

Do you have this one? If not, is this a polish you'll be adding to your "must have" list?

Until next time...

Sunday, August 28, 2011

China Glaze - Near Dark

Hi there!

This is the first polish I decided to test from the Haunting collection...

My nails painted with China Glaze - Near Dark.

Now, before you think I've lost my nail painting ability... I intentionally left my pointer finger with just 1 coat. The rest of my nails are painted with 2 coats. Near Dark is a pretty watery formula- 2 coats makes it opaque, but still a tad patchy. Near my cuticles is where I had the roughest time with this polish... it didn't seem to want to stay where I put it, and it dragged a bit.

Overall, I'm "meh" about this one. I think the dark shade of green is interesting, but I really dislike the formula. Perhaps I'll leave the cap off for an hour to let it thicken up.

Until next time...

Saturday, August 27, 2011

Halloween Haul

Hi there!

I'm pretty excited about this, since I didn't before own any polishes from specific Halloween collections...

All from China Glaze, left to right: Mummy May I, Ick-A-Bod-Y,
Zombie Zest, It's Alive, Near Dark, Ghoulish Glow, Haunting, and Crimson.

The first 3 polishes are from last year's Awakening collection, and the rest are from this year's Haunting collection.

All from OPI, left to right: He's My Boo, Mummy Knows Best, I
Only Date Werewolves, Zom-Body to Love x2, Witch Arm?,
Glow-ink in the Dark, Tattoo You Want Candy?, and I Love Mummy.

The Spookettes set is this year's collection, and the Tattoo Ta-Boo! set is from 2009.

I'm most excited to wear the glow in the dark polishes! ... But I'll give them all a fair chance, and I'll be posting pictures this week :-)

Do you own any Halloween-y polishes? What's your favorite?

Until next time...

Neeka and Alfre

Hi there!

As I was putting my newer polishes away, I couldn't resist the temptation to compare these...

My nails painted with Zoya - Neeka and Julep - Alfre.
Zoya is painted on my pointer and ring finger.
Julep is painted on my middle and pinky finger.

Alfre is pretty cool. I only needed to paint 1 coat for it to be fully opaque. This was my first time trying a Julep polish, and I'm pleased with the formula and the brush. The application was absolutely effortless. I like the finish of this one- it's high gloss, and almost metallic. I'm thinking that I'll have to try my luck stamping with it one of these days. Up close, it's easy to spot the differences between Neeka and Alfre... but just an arm's length away, they look like twins.

Until next time...

Zoya - Neeka

Hi there!

I forgot to post this earlier...

My nails painted with Zoya - Neeka.

I've been wearing Neeka for a couple of days now... it's great. The application was simple and I only needed to paint 1 thick coat for it to be opaque. I think the mixture of this particular shade of purple and gold flecks is rather unique. It's grabbed a lot of attention from the people I've encountered.

Do you own any of the shades from the Smoke and Mirrors collection? I'm trying to decide if I need more :-)

Until next time...

Thursday, August 25, 2011

A Julep Haul

Hi there!

It seems the word has been getting around about Julep and their monthly Julep Maven subscription service. I wanted to see for myself what all the hype was about, so I signed up for a month. This is the polish portion of what I received today...

All from Julep, left to right: Emilie, Sienna, Cameron, Alfre, and
Nail Therapy x2 (one is mislabled).

I'll definitely wear the colors that were chosen for me. I really like the idea of getting new polish in the mail each month (who wouldn't!?), but I can't bring myself to feel comfortable with the price/size of the bottles- maybe they'll grown on me? Julep polishes are all 8mL, while most polishes I own are 15mL.

I also received 2 bottles of their "Facial for Hands" Glycolic Hand Scrub. I haven't gotten the chance to try it yet, but I've heard great things about it from people who have.

They were running a promotion where the $19.99 introductory box set of 2 polishes, 1 Nail Therapy, and 1 hand scrub was $4.99 ... worth it! I believe the promotion I signed up with has now ended and begun as a new one at $9.99. Typically- each polish is $14, Nail Therapy is $16, and the hand scrub is $32.

On the super plus side, processing and shipping were amazingly fast... I ordered early yesterday morning! But it helps that I don't live far from their headquarters :-)

Have you jumped on this bandwagon? What are your thoughts?

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Famous Sunglasses

Hi there!

Between manicures, I decided to compare the shades of these 2 polishes...

Color Club - Almost Famous and OPI - Need Sunglasses?

They look kind of similar in the bottles, but quite different on the nail...

Color Club - Almost Famous and OPI - Need Sunglasses?
Color Club is painted on my pointer and ring finger.
OPI is painted on my middle and pinky finger.

I painted 2 coats of Almost Famous and 3 coats of Need Sunglasses? Almost Famous is opaque, while Need Sunglasses? still shows some of my nail line. I like the opacity of Almost Famous, but it'll apply streakily if you aren't careful. I really like the effortless application of Need Sunglasses?, but I'm not fond of how many coats I need to get rid of the visible nail line. Ultimately, I don't think they're similar enough to recommend one over the other.

What are some yellow polishes you'd recommend?

Until next time...

Monday, August 22, 2011

China Glaze - 2Nite

Hi there!

I'm wearing blue again... but this one is special. It's for my cousin...

My nails painted with China Glaze - 2Nite.

... She's due next month with a precious baby boy. I'm so excited for her, and I can't wait to meet him!

I painted 2 coats to achieve what's pictured. I didn't even think to use a base coat, but I definitely wish I would have... I already have chips :-/ I should have used this base coat. Everytime I've used it, I've enjoyed great results!

Aside from this being a very short-lived manicure, I'm still happy with it. This color is gorgeous!

Until next time...

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Orly - Lunar Eclipse

Hi there!

A friend of mine sent me this polish, and I love it...

My nails painted with Orly - Lunar Eclipse.

I painted 2 coats to achieve what's pictured. The first coat was a bit sheer, but a quick second coat makes this polish opaque. I can't seem to think of much else to say about this polish other than... I love it :-)

Until next time...

Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Zoya - Burke

Hi there!

I don't typically choose to wear jewel toned colors outside of the fall and winter months, but I recently got this one and I like the color... so why not?

My nails painted with Zoya - Burke.

I painted 2 coats and this polish was perfectly opaque. The application was effortless, and it dried very quickly. I'll admit, I'm a Zoya newbie... but I'm already a fan.

So here's a question... if a little polish troll told you that you had to choose just 1 favorite Zoya polish or he'd smash all of your polishes, which would you choose? This is my way of getting recommendations for which colors to buy next :-)

Until next time...

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Sally Hansen - Sun Kissed

Hi there!

Today, I tried channeling the warm weather gods with this one...

My nails painted with Sally Hansen - Sun Kissed.

I painted 3 coats to achieve what's pictured. It's opaque- but I must have been in a hurry, because it dragged a little bit near my cuticles. That aside, I think Sun Kissed is a fun color... it's one I plan on using again for some Halloween nail art :-)

Until next time...
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