Friday, July 25, 2014

I Love Nail Polish Molly

A couple of weeks ago ILNP had a sale on everything that was being discontinued and of course I had to get in on it.  I'm currently kicking myself for not buying more, but such is life.

Yesterday I knew I'd be stuck in traffic because President Obama was in town and I had to be in the same area, there was just no avoiding it.  I wanted to wear something I could stare at and out came Molly!

Molly is a lovely magenta pink holo.  I will admit I thought it woulld be a bit more holo, but I've been spoiled by Laylas, Color Clubs, etc.  Application was flawless.  No need for a special base, no streaking.

This 2 coats.

Outdoors:

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Inside:

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Tuesday, July 22, 2014

A Few Barielle Swatches

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Hope everyone enjoyed their weekend!

Today I have a few polishes from Barielle to show you, some of which I've been eyeing for what seems like forever!  Let's get to it!

First, I have Sweet Addiction.  This one is a pretty green-blue cream.  I wouldn't quite call it turquoise or teal, it's a little too green to be either.  The formula was good and it's so pigmented, it was almost a one coater.

This is 2 coats.

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Nest I have Falling Star.  Goodness, this polish is gorgeous!  I had to wear this for a few days after swatching and I couldn't stop looking.  This one is a medium blue cream with lots of copper glitter in it.  Even with all the indies out there, this one still remains unique.  I can't think of another polish like it!  This one also went on very nicely.

This is 2 coats.

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Last but not least is Elle's Spell.  This one caused a stir when it first came out with it's jelly red base and iridescent flakie glitter.  This works well alone, or layered over a red or black polish.  Here it's shown alone.  This was a bit thick but nothing crazy.

This is 3 coats.

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I love all of these, but if you don't have Falling Star in your collection, you need it like yesterday!

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Friday, July 18, 2014

China Glaze The Giver Collection 2014 Swatches and Review

Hey everyone!  Today I have for you The Giver Collection from China Glaze.  This collection is inspired by the movie The Giver that comes out in theaters August 15th.  I have to be honest.  I read the book a long time ago, but I don't remember much.  I'll have to dig it up and read it again.

There are 12 polishes; 10 creams, 2 glitters.  Quite a few of these are neutral (which goes along with the  book and there being no color in the Community).  There are a couple bright colors, but this over all reads like a fall collection.

On to the swatches!

First up is History of the World.  The promo pictures made this look more blue than it is.  It's more of a blurple leaning grey.  The consistency was a little thick, but had a pretty nice application.

This is 2 coats.

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Community is a melted milk chocolate brown cream.  It's even a little dusty.  I was least excited about this one, but I think it's a nice neutral option for darker skin tones.  I had no application issues.

This is 2 coats.

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Seeing Red is a brick red cream.  I don't think I have a color like this in my collection.  Application on this was perfect.  It's so pigmented that it did stain my cuticles a bit.

This is 2 coats, but this is a definite one coater.

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Giver's Theme is a bright reddish purple cream.  It's the quintessential fall polish.  I really loved it against my skin tone.  Application on this was good.

This is 2 coats.

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Capacity to See Beyond is a bright sky blue cream.  Not the most unique of polishes, but it goes along with the book and the characters' eye color.  Application was good, no complaints.

This is 2 coats.

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Friends Forever, Right? is a very pale pink creme.  I mean to the point where you may not be able to tell that it's pink until you hold it next to something that's actually white.  I was honestly prepared to do battle with the white based polish, but it wasn't too bad in the application department.  I was actually pleasantly surprised.  

This is 3 coats shown, but you could definitely get away with 2 coats.

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New Birth is the blue version of Friends Forever, Right?.  It's very pale.  The blue tint is extremely subtle.  It also applied very well for a white based polish.

This is 3 coats.

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Release is a purple leaning taupe.  It's in the same color group as Channelesque.  No complaints about the application.  It went on very nicely.

This is 2 coats.

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Intelligence, Integrity & Courage is a light gray with blue undertones.  I really like this one and it has a great application.

This is 2 coats.

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Boundary of Memory is one of the 2 glitters in this collection.  This one seems as if it's meant to be worn on it's own, but you may get away with layering.  This one is packed with black, gold, and copper micro glitter in a clear base and you don't need hundreds of layers for opacity.  While this one was on the thick side, it's not unmanageable.

This is 2 coats.

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Last but not least, The Outer Edge.  This is the second glitter of the collection.  It has mostly white micro glitter with glints silver micro glitter in a clear base.  This one is great for layering.

This is one coat over black.

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Over all I really enjoyed this collection.  I didn't have any application issues with any of the polishes and the colors are pretty.  That said, these aren't the most unique colors out there and the average nail polish fanatic probably has several similar colors in their collection.  As for my personal favorites, I'd have to say History of the World, and Intelligence, Integrity & Courage.

What do you think of the collection?  Will you be buying any?

*I know I'm missing Rule 5.  They sold out of them at one Sallys and the next one I went to didn't have the collection out.  When I asked they told me it doesn't come out to the end of next month and they didn't have it.  They wouldn't even check in the back.  If I do end up getting it, I'll update my post with it.  Have a great weekend!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise

Today I have one of my favorite neons for you, China Glaze Turned Up Turquoise.  I first got this back in 2009.  It was a part of China Glaze's Ink collection for Summer 2008 and is currently apart of the core collection.

This neon turquoise also has a gorgeous turquoise shimmer that really makes this look glowy.

It terms of formula, like most neons it dries to a matte finish.  It applied nicely, nothing to complain about.  Now I normally don't comment on the wear of a polish since I'm either swatching, or if it is a manicure, I don't wear it long enough, but this polish did have some chips at the end of the day.  This is also a stainer, so make sure to wear a base coat!

This is 3 coats with top coat.

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Saturday, July 12, 2014

Polish Me Silly (formally Lush Lacquer) Neon Lights

Hope everyone is having a great Saturday!  Today I have a polish from Polish Me Silly (formally Lush Lacquer) called Neon Lights.  I bought this a year or two ago before the name change.  I was obsessing over neon glitter, so I had to have this.

Neon Lights has a white base with neon pink, orange, green and yellow glitter.  Application was a little difficult because the glitters clumped a bit, but I managed.  This polish also dries lumpy, so an extra coat of thick top coat was needed.  I used Seche and Barielle Manicure Extender (I also use Gelous for this purpose as well).

This is 2 coats.

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Friday, July 11, 2014

Sally Hansen Color Foil Yellow Gold

Recently Sally Hansen came out with a line of metallic polishes.  I picked a few up  and today I have for you Yellow Gold.  Yellow Gold is as the name says, gold, but has a bit of an olive running through it.  Not quite what I was expecting, but it's nice.

The first time I tried to apply this, I was using a normal basecoat and it did not apply well.  It dragged quite a bit.  So I tried it out with Nfu-Oh! Aqua Base.  Much better.  These polishes dry fast, so you have to work fast like a lot of these reflective metallics.  Also be sure to have buffed nails because this polish shows ALL your ridges.

Over all I enjoyed these and I think I'll get a few more.

This is one coat over Nfu-Oh! Aqua Base.

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Wednesday, July 9, 2014

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue and China Glaze Fairy Dust

Sally Hansen Pacific Blue.  We're all tired of hearing about it being discontinued, so I'll just skip that bit.  I've posted about this polish a few years ago, but since my photography skills have improved, I decided to post again and this time with China Glaze Fairy Dust that I recently picked up.  (Side note: why did it take me so long to buy Fairy Dust?  I've known about it for years, but it never made it to my collection and after this mani, I realize it's definitely a staple.  Now I need to find the gold version Golden Enchantment.)

1 coat Pacific Blue and 1 coat Fairy Dust.

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