Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Color Club Made in New York Live Application and Review

Hey friends!  I have another collection from Color Club for you today.  This time it's the Made in new York collection which is made up of 7 polishes- 3 are solids that I call lusters and the rest are shimmer toppers which look their best when applied over a solid.  If you'd like to see the live application video I did on my channel, you can do so here:

Let's look at some polish!
First up we have this GORGEOUS lustrous maroon called Apple of My Eye that I think is so flattering and intense.  This is two coats and even though I'm not crazy for reds, I truly loved this one!

This pink and gold shimmer topper is called Bright Lights Big City.  This wasn't my favorite out of the group, but I do think the concept is nice.  This is two coats over the polish we just looked at.

This lovely orange/bronze frost/luster is called Off Duty.  I think the color is pretty, but I didn't love it on myself that much.  This is two coats and while the formula was nice, it really wasn't one of my favorites, mostly just because of the color and finish.

The next topper in the collection is this pearl shimmer called Million Dollar Listing.  I'm not really sure this polish is worth picking up, just because it doesn't do much for the polishes I've put it over.  I think I'd rather just buy a shimmer polish than have to use two polishes to get this same effect.  Just my personal feelings :)

The final solid polish in the frost/luster finish is called Night at the Met.  I did like this one because I think the slate blue color is beautiful.  This is two coats but I think I'd rather if it didn't have this finish, but oh well :)

Over the color we just looked at, this pearl, blue, and pink topper is called Concrete Jungle.  This one does have a strong effect, but I actually didn't love it that much, unfortunately.  This is two coats.

As for my favorite of the collection, this is Lady Liberty.  As you can see, it has a very strong effect. It turned that slate gray into this gorgeous teal shimmer.  This is two coats.

I'd say if you were going to pick any up, I'd suggest Apple of My Eye, and Lady Liberty- the first and the last polishes I showed you.  I'm glad that you stopped by to hang out with me a bit today.  I hope you're having a good one and I'll see you back next time.

Song of the Day: Live It Up- J. Lo feat. Pitbull

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Sunday, October 19, 2014

Saturday Random Swatchfest 10/18/2014

Happy Swatchfest Day everyone! :)  So glad you're here with me today.  We're going to look at ten random polishes from my "untried" bin and I'll tell you what I think about it.  If you'd like to see the video review of the polishes, you can find that here:

For red, we've got Orly Merlot Mist which is a frosty warm burgundy.  Not really my favorite, I have to admit but it did apply nicely in two coats.  B

OPI All That Razz-berry is our pink polish today.  This is a lovely medium pink that feels just a tad fuchsia to me.  The application was lovely and I had no issues getting this to opacity in two coats.  A

This lovely peachy pink is our orange polish today.  For the price, you really can't beat this one.  It's Pure Ice Happy Hour and it's smooth and creamy in two coats.  This one's a perfect example of why we don't need to be paying $10 plus per bottle of nail polish!  A

For yellow we've got Spoiled Mind Your Own Beeswax which is a really sunny yellow shimmer. Unfortunately, this one doesn't become opaque enough to be worth picking up.  I wish I could report better because it's such a budget-friendly brand, but I'd say pass on this one.  B-

China Glaze Grass is Lime Greener is this very vibrant, almost neon green pastel.  This one has kind of a funny formula which isn't my favorite.  It dries fast and so you have to hope it will level out ok at two coat, but when it does, it's lovely!  A-

Sinful Colors Rain Storm is a dusty navy one-coater.  I love this one so much and I've shown you two coats here, but ya it's a great go-to for Fall, or anytime if you love blue creams like I do!  A

For purple, we're looking at Nina Ultra Pro Purple Xing.  This is a plum jelly and it is packed with holographic glitter in many different sizes.  I needed two coats for this level of opacity.  A-

Revlon Sequin is a super vibrant silver metallic or perhaps foil.  You can get away with one coat but I've shown you two.  I think this line, Colorstay, is really nice but they are being clearanced many places so you can snag them rather inexpensively.  A

For my glitter polish today, I'm showing you China Glaze Don't Be a Flake.  It's comprised of bright turquoise, black, and rose holo hex glitters in a clear base.  I've shown you two coats here and I kind of had to work with it to get them placed on the nail.  I really feel kind of meh about this one. It's only ok.  B

My A+ polish of the week is OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid.  It's an absolutely fabulous turquoise that leans green.  This is two smooth coats and I really feel like it's a must-have from the Nordic collection.

That's all I have for you today.  I hope you're well and I'll see you back next time.

Song of the Day: Cheap Trick- The Flame

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Thursday, October 16, 2014

Essie and China Glaze 2014 Breast Cancer Awareness

Hey loves.  Are you enjoying your October?  We are finally getting a bit of cool weather here and Halloween is quickly approaching.  October is special for another reason- it's the month we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness and all those who are fighting/have fought this disease.  Essie and China Glaze both released collections this year for Breast Cancer Awareness and Tim decided to review them for my channel.  If you'd like to watch that review, you can do so here:

Let's start with Essie.  They put out a three piece collection.
First we have I Pink I Can which is a lovely ballet slipper pink.  This is a great two coater and it had a wonderful formula.  I really enjoyed it.

The one I enjoyed even more is Pink Happy.  This is a vibrant, powerful pink.  I feel like this polish most represents the cause that the polishes were created for.  It applies smoothly and easily in two coats and I had no formula issues.

The glitter topper they included is Pinking About You.  It's made up of pale pink matte glitter pieces in many sizes.  I thought it looked particularly lovely over Pink Happy.  This is two coats.

Moving on to the China Glaze collection, we have three matte polishes, the first of which is Carpe Diem.  This is a white with just the smallest drop of pink in it.  The formula was fine, I just didn't particularly love the color.  It was just ok.

 This matte was lovelier.  It's called Life is Beautiful.  This had the same formula as the matte above.  The color is pleasant and if you enjoy matte polishes, this one is lovely for this month's celebration.

Make an Entrance is a lovely, vibrant pink, similar to the one in the Essie collection.  This one is slightly lighter, but in this collection it's the darkest.  It applies nicely in two coats and I thought it was great.

The medium pink has a crelly format but it got totally opaque at two coats, which I love.  It is called Rich and Famous and it's rather a generic pink.  Not my favorite pink for this month's celebration, but the formula was good.

The last matte they gave us is Sheer Bliss.  This one has no pink in it, but otherwise is just like the other mattes in the collection.  I didn't really care for it.  It looked a tad dingy on the nail.

I think the star of the collection is the lovely Strawberry Fields.  You can pick this one up at any time in the core collection that Sally Beauty Supply has, so this is nothing new, but the color is divine.  It's a warm pink because it has so much gorgeous gold shimmer!  I love it so much.  This one's a must-have.

That rounds out the collections I reviewed for October's Breast Cancer Awareness.  I need to make it a priority to have a mammogram and this review may have done it.  We all need to make it a priority and celebrate those in our lives who are bravely fighting.  I hope you're having a great day and that you found something here you liked.

Song of the Day: The Blow- True Affection

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

Saturday Random Swatchfest 10/11/2014

Well, it's Sunday night, but I have this weekend's Swatchfest for you!  As you know, we look at 10 random polishes from my untried polishes.  If you'd like to see the video version of this review, you can find that here:

Let's get started!
For red we're starting out with FingerPaints Red-brandt which is a nice classic red that leans just a little bit berry and it has tons of shimmer.  I really thought this was gorgeous, but it was incredibly hard to remove!  Bleh!  For that reason I give this one a B-

This very light pink cream is Revlon Lilac Pastelle.  I have to admit, I didn't really love this one.  The formula wasn't that great and the color isn't very unique.  I've shown two coats here as with the rest. B-

For orange I have this very warm orange cream from China Glaze called V.  I feel like this shade of orange is more wearable for others.  The formula is great and I love this one.  A

From Maybelline Color Show I'm showing you Bold Gold.  This is a really powerful and warm gold metallic.  You can totally get away with just one coat here.  I think it's a great option if you need a gold polish in your life.  A

This interesting polish is Sinful Colors Curry Up.  The formula isn't perfection, but I think the color is cool.  It's kind of an alien green and it has lots of shimmer, including some orange specs.  A-

This gorgeous blue lustre polish is OPI Swimsuit...Nailed It.  Wow, this one is so divine, perfection in two coats.  I was so happy when this blue came into my life.  A

This super deep violet cream, one-coater is Color Club Nail-robi.  I've shown you two coats here per usual, but you really don't need more than one.  I feel like this one's a must-have for purple polish-lovers.  So easy to apply and I love that it looks almost-black.  A

For neutral I'm showing you Nina Ultra Pro Shooting Star.  This is a great two-coater and I love it when a glitter gets opaque on its own.  This is just packed with micro silver glitters and slightly larger silver hexes.  A

For the glitter selection, I've given you China Glaze Love Marilyn.  I had to do three coats for this swatch and it just barely reached enough opacity.  As you can see, this is micro red glitter and slightly larger red and silver glitter.  B

For my A+ polish of the week I'm sharing Sinful Shine I'm Blushing.  I appreciate it because it's one of my new favorite go-to neutrals.  It reaches a nice level of opacity in two coats and the formula is great.

And that's it!  I hope you've all been having a great week and I hope you found something you liked :)  Have a great day and I'll see you back next time!

Song of the Day: Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes- Don't Leave Me This Way

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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

Lechat Rustic Retreat Live Application and Review

Hey ya'll!  I'm happy to introduce you to a new brand I recently tried out and I am in love with!  It's the brand Lechat and the collection I tried out is the Fall 2014 Rustic Retreat.  If you'd like to watch my review of the 6 piece collection, you can do so here:

Just want to say, all of the formulas are the same here- practically one-coaters and smooth and easy. They are luscious and as of today, this is my favorite Fall collection this year.  It has a little something for everyone with neutrals and some pops of color that are so delicious!  I've shown you two coats for each polish.

Down to Earth is a delicious, warm, dusty olive.  Oh my, this is such perfection.  You can totally get away with one coat here, but I've done two.   This is a very calming color and I feel like I could sink right into it.  If you love greens, you need this one.

Hazelwood is like the perfect milk chocolate to me.  This is smooth and easy- these guys practically apply themselves.  I'm showing you two lovely coats here.

They gave us this lovely deep berry called Maroonscape.  This one definitely needs two coats, and in some lights you can still see some streakiness- but in person it just looks creamy and delicious.

This gorgeous navy blue that is clearly blue and not too dark is called My Serenity.  This one doesn't stain at all and applies like a dream.  My favorite navy that was put out this season!

They gave us another lovely green called Tranquility.  This green is just as dusty, but it's light and creamy and very cozy.  This is two coats, just with the rest.

The last polish is this vibrant medium berry/fuchsia called Wild Berry.  I literally had no idea this was going to be so beautiful.  It's bright and you can totally pull it off at one coat but I've shown you two here.  I absolutely love this one!

And that's it!  If you've never tried Lechat like I hadn't I really suggest this collection to you.  It is full of perfect formulas and has everything you need for this fall :)  I'm definitely going to be trying the next collection they put out.  I hope you have a great day and I'll see you back next time.

Song of the Day: Enya- Water Shows the Hidden Heart

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Tuesday, October 7, 2014

Bonita Salon The Colorful Palette

The other day I reviewed the new release from the brand Bonita Salon.  The display is called The Colorful Palette The Artist Collection.  Nice long name huh? :)  Each polish has a name either after a famous artist or one of their works.  If you'd like to see the video review of this collection with live application of formula, you can do so here:

First up we have Ballet Rehearsal- which is the lightest pink in the collection.  It has subtle silver shimmer like the rest of the lighter polishes in the collection.  This is two coats and honestly, I group all of the light creams in the same boat- I didn't really love the formula.  It's kind of goopy and doesn't even out very easily.

I enjoyed this polish more than some others.  This is called Da Vinci Code.  It's a lovely milky brown cream that is actually kind of a lovely color but it's unfortunate that the formula isn't that great.

This dusty turquoise is called Dali's Memory.  Again, the color is lovely but I know I have other polishes of the same shade that don't have a bummer formula.

This nice beige is called Florence.  I do really enjoy the color but it's the same story as the other lighter polishes.  It's a bit of a hassle and even though the price is right, I'm not sure they are worth it. Some of the lovely nudes that have come out this year, even without the shimmer, are better than this beige.

This deepest rose/pink is called Monet's Garden.  Same story- I love the color and I just wish the formula wasn't goopy.  Some of them are worse than others and this wasn't one of the worst but still, I know you can find polishes in this hue elsewhere :/

The two deeper polishes in this collection have the nicest formulas and are probably worth picking up.  First we have Rembrandt's Muse which is a lovely berry/wine with lots of shimmer.  I've shown you two coats here, as with the rest and I do recommend this one.

Another great one from the release is called Starry Night.  This is like a very deep teal with that same lovely shimmer.  This applies nice and easily and it's another one that I definitely recommend.

Unfortunately the worst polish of the collection is this one called The Kiss.  I had to swatch this one three times to get a smooth application.  That is unacceptable to me!  There is no polish worth having to spend that much time applying, for realz.  Stay clear of this one.

That's it!  All-in-all I would say this collection is definitely not a must-have.  I found this collection at Rite Aid.  If you do spot it- grab the two darker polishes and you should be set.  Don't bother with the lighter creams.  I hope you're having a great day and I'll see you next time!

Song of the Day: James Holden- Some Respite

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