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American Eagle Outfitters Holiday Nail Set Review and Swatches!

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I don’t know about you, but I am NOT about Black Friday shopping. I just don’t feel like fighting people at midnight to get some sort of electronic or other high ticket either. I’m definitely more of a Cyber Monday girl. I can get good sales from my bedroom, and have it delivered. So yesterday, I used my time not spent shopping to swatch nail polish. One of the sets I swatched was a four-piece nail polish set I picked up from American Eagle last weekend. It originally retailed for $24.50, but on sale, I got it for $17.00, and with a giftcard, it was virtually free! What drew me into the pink-themed set was the full-sized flaky glitter. I couldn’t say no!

All four polishes in the set are nice and easy to apply; none are too thick or too thin. They’re big 5 free (no toluene, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate, formaldehyde resin, and camphor), which is really nice considering it isn’t a major brand. In fact, this is the first time I’ve seen nail polish at American Eagle. The polishes all radiate that “holiday feeling”, and would make a perfect gift for that nail polish lover in your life! So let’s get started on the review!

Bubbles and Baubles is what I would describe as a ballerina pink creme. It’s a very pale almost peachy pink, and on camera it showed up as more white than it actually is. It definitely has that champagne feel, but in a creme color as opposed to the usual shimmer and sparkle. It’s a very classy neutral! It is a bit sheer, but perfectly opaque in 3 coats, which is what I used for pictures below.

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Rose-Colored Glasses is a silvery, grayed-out pink sparkler. Though it looks like a texture polish in pictures, it is not. It’s just that sparkly! Surprisingly, all that glitter is completely smooth on the nail- it’s not rough at all! All that glitz just screams Christmas! Pictures below are with 2 coats!

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Gold Standard is a beautiful gilded gold shimmer with various sizes of rosy pink hex glitter interspersed throughout. This is so unique, I’ve never seen any color like this! This also applies completely smoothly, and the shine factor is so intense, I had to edit out the glare on my nails so you could see the color better! It’s a stunner in real life! Pictures below are 2 coats!

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What A Shiner is the flaky polish that drew me towards the set in the first place. Originally, I thought that this polish was going to be a dupe of China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush, but it’s actually far from it. Luxe and Lush has red/orange flashing flakies, while these flakies are all over the color spectrum. They look like icy flecks across my nail- perfect for winter! The flakies are pretty dense in the bottle so placement shouldn’t be too much of an issue. Pictures below are 1 coat of What A Shiner over Bubbles and Baubles.

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I’m so happy I bought this set. It’s so festive in a non-traditional way. While the polishes aren’t the traditional Christmas red and green, the pink offers a sophisticated alternative for the less-bold ladies (or for pink lovers!). What do you think of this stunning set? Let me know in the comments below!

The Holiday Nail Polish Set from American Eagle Outfitters retails for $24.50, and can be found at American Eagle stores and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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Green and Brown Water Marble!

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I hope that all of my US readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and that all of my Jewish readers are having a fantastic Hannukah! The holiday season is all about bringing family and friends together in celebration, and it was wonderful seeing my extended family last night. I’m so thankful for all of the wonderful people I have in my life, and I’m most certainly thankful for the support I’ve gotten since starting The Polish Influenza. You all are amazing, and I can’t thank you enough for the amazing feedback I’ve gotten. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my nail reviews and designs through the holiday season and into the new year!

For Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to do a water marble in order to bring some festivity to my hands. I recently picked up Essie’s Shake Your $$ Maker, a bright green, from Walgreens for $4 (a bargain for Essie, I know), so I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the design. I thought that a dark, coffee brown would go well with the green, so I settled on Rue Beauté 063. Unfortunately, I soon found out that Shake Your $$ Maker would not spread in the water. I still wanted to use it, though, so I devised a plan.

I painted my nails with a base of Ulta’s Snow White, and then painted two coats of Shake Your $$ Maker overtop. Once that dried, I marbled 063 and OPI Topcoat in the water, so that the clear part of the marble would show the green. It worked wonderfully, and I’m super happy with the result! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat sealing the design.

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I am so happy with this design, I especially love the green! What do you think of the design? And what are you doing this holiday weekend? Taking advantage of any of the nail polish Black Friday sales (Zoya has some AMAZING deals on their website!)? Let me know in the comments below!

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Rimmel “English Rose”

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Despite being on Thanksgiving break, I’ve been incredibly busy today running errands and helping out in the kitchen (the smell of pumpkin pie is currently wafting into my room and I couldn’t be happier about it). And, to top it all off, we’re currently getting our FIRST snow of the year! Well, semi-snow, because when I was out driving with my sister, it was sleeting. But still, it looks so peaceful outside. Of course, I’m not so busy that I couldn’t make time to do my nails, and I have a gorgeous Wednesday pink for you guys today!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro English Rose is a beautiful dusty pink creme. There’s no sparkle or anything to muddle with the simplicity of this polish- it’s a gorgeous classic pink. It definitely leans a bit towards the brown side of pinks, but I like that, it’s really different than all of my other hot pinks and raspberry pinks. I don’t own anything quite like this. My mom is in LOVE with this color, and for good reason, since it really flatters her skintone. The formula on this was superb, no issues, almost opaque in one coat, and dried quickly. It is a wide brush, though, very similar to the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure brushes (though slightly thinner). Pictures below are 2 coats of English Rose, no topcoat.

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This pink is most definitely Mean Girls approved! What do you think of this color, or the Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro line of polishes? I haven’t tested these out for longevity, but perhaps over winter break I’ll test them out. Let me know your experiences in the comments below!

Rimmel London Lasting Finish Pro polishes retail for $1.99 a bottle, and can be found at most drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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MOTD- Claire’s “Chromance”

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I’m officially on Thanksgiving Break! Thank goodness, because I think I might be getting a cold, I have a splitting headache😦 Hopefully that clears, because I need to be well to stuff my face with turkey! I’m having two Thanksgiving dinners this year, one with my mom’s side of the family at my house, then we’re all driving to my grandmother’s house to have a second dinner with my dad’s side of the family! DOUBLE FOOD! I can’t wait!

While at the mall this weekend, I impulse bought two nail polishes from Claire’s upon seeing their buy one get one 50% off sale on cosmetics. To be fair, how could I say no to this beauty?! Chromance is an intense blue/purple/violet duochrome shimmer polish, which shade shifts constantly. Claire’s says it’s a holographic polish, but it’s definitely not. That doesn’t detract from its fabulousness though! It has blue, purple, and magenta sparkles in it, and shines like the glassy surface of water. This polish is so many levels of awesome I can’t even, you guys. It’s GORGEOUS! It applies really easily (though the brush was a little stiff), and is opaque in 2 coats, but it its most intense in 3 coats. Pictures below are 3 coats of Chromance without topcoat!

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I photographed the polish in two different lights to show how much of a chameleon the color is! I love it! Best impulse buy EVAHHH! What do you think of this color? Do you love it as much as I do? Let me know in the comments!

Claire’s nail polish sells for $4.50 a bottle and up (depending on the kind of polish you get- this one was $4.50) and can be found at Claire’s’ stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Review and Swatches!

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If 2012 was defined by magnetic polish and flakies, then 2013 is the year of the texture and matte bar glitter. Luckily, you can get your mani-fix with Sally Hansen. This summer, Sally Hansen released two new nail effect lines in order to spice up your manicure: Sugar Coat, a texture polish collection, and Fuzzy Coat, a line of matte bar glitters in a clear base, meant to imitate the effect of fabric. The bar glitter especially has been polarizing in the nail world, showing up in collections by Essie (Peak so Chic from Encrusted Treasures), Zoya (Mosheen from Zenith) and of course, China Glaze (the On the Horizon collection). While I myself am getting tired of the trend, I can’t blame Sally Hansen- they came to this party first! And today, I have some of the Fuzzy Coat polishes to share with you.

Wool Knot is a baby blue and white mix of tiny matte bar glitter in a clear base. I love this color combo- it’s really fresh and pairs great with almost every color (though I especially like it over pink). It was the sparsest of the glitters I got, and had the most problems with bald spots. Pics below are one coat of Wool Knot over Essie’s The Lace is On!

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Fuzz-Sea is a mix of baby blue and yellow matte bar glitters. Though it looks like there are also green glitters in the mix, it’s actually just an optical illusion from the blue and yellow- only two colors here! This applied better than its cousin Wool Knot, but still was a little sparse in my opinion, especially considering how dense it looks in the bottle! Pics below are 1 coat of Fuzz-Sea over Rue Beauté 040.

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Tweedy is a matte black and white bar glitter. This is my favorite of the three hands down- it’s jam packed with glitter, and is slightly thicker in consistency than the other two, making it easier to apply. It’s almost opaque enough to wear on its own! This would look pretty good over almost any base color, but for pics, I used 1 coat of Tweedy over Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New Wave Blue.

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On the Fuzzy Coat display, Sally Hansen shows pictures of the glitters being worn by themselves and looking completely opaque. Wanting to give the polishes a try, I ended up with mixed results:

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Wool Knot had a lot of bald-spot issues. It’s a really really thin polish with minimal glitter pay off, so it gets to be a gloopy mess after 2 coats (I used three here). Fuzz-Sea was slightly better in 3 coats, but suffered from the same goop problem as Wool Knot. Tweedy, on the other hand, looked pretty opaque after 3 coats, and dried quickly between layers, so Tweedy is the only one who lives up to the standard. The other two are best used as layering/glitter toppers due to how thin and runny the base is.

In general, I’m happy with the collection. In my opinion, Sally Hansen has done this glitter trend the best- they provided a large range of colors to satisfy every craving. I personally though the China Glaze On the Horizon collection was way too one-note and orange based, it just didn’t have the variety that Sally Hansen provides. What do you think of this collection? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat polishes retail for between $5-$6 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on Sally Hansen’s website, here.

OH YEAH. By the way, I wrote a guest post for the lovely Jenn over at the Polished PR. It features an exclusive, never before seen autumn-inspired nail art design done by moi, so go check it out on her website, HERE! And while you’re at it, make sure to check out her blog- it’s got some fantastic nail art you’re sure to love!

~Beth~

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THE POLISH INFLUENZA IS GETTING ITS OWN DOMAIN!!!

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So I’m here with SUPER AWESOME INCREDIBLE INDESCRIBABLE EXCITING NEWS! I am MOVING DOMAINS! With the help of my uncle (thanks Uncle Pete!) I’ve been working on creating my VERY OWN url, polishinfluenza.com. All of my old content is still over there, and in general, it looks pretty similar to what I have now. But the fact that it’s my own really solidifies my spot in the blogging world, and I’m so unbelievably excited. It’s still hosted by wordpress, for all of my wordpress followers out there. This site is going to be up for awhile longer, but within the next few weeks or so, I’m going to be putting a redirect on thepolishinfluenza.wordpress.com to automatically move to my new domain. Bloglovin’ followers, this will affect you. If you would like to continue following me, please go visit my new domain and click on the “Follow me on Bloglovin'” button to be redirected to my new follower link. Other than that, it’ll be business as usual, with daily blogposts, reviews, and more. I hope you continue to follow me, and help spread the influenza to the WHOLE WORLD! Thanks for your support everyone!

~Beth~

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MOTD- Kleancolor “Holo Chrome” and Beautyjoint.com Review!

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So, this point was actually meant to be published yesterday, and then I fell asleep… What can I say? It was a long week and sometimes sleep > nails (but only sometimes, usually it’s the other way around!) Better late than never though, right? So let’s get started on today’s post!

A while ago, I heard about the website Beautyjoint.com while browsing through my favorite beauty guru channels on youtube. Though I can’t remember the specific channel I discovered the website on, all you have to do is search “Beauty Joint review” and you’ll get a whole slew of results. The reviews I found were overwhelmingly positive (and also included a coupon code!!) so of course I had to try it out. The website had all sorts of makeup, but of course I gravitated immediately to the nail section. The first thing that floored me was the China Glaze discounts. Guys, there are $3.99 bottles of China Glaze. As low as $3.99!! What a bargain! There are also several old collections, such as the Avant Garden collection from spring 2013 and Capitol Colors from Winter 2012, as well as the current collections, such as On the Horizon and Autumn Nights. There’s also a great collection of mini nail polish sets from various brands such as LA Girl, Wet n’ Wild, and more. The selection is second to none! And for the most part, the prices are majorly discounted.

Look at the prices! Such a bargain!

Look at the prices! Such a bargain!

I ordered 4 nail polishes in my order: 2 from Kleancolor (a brand which I had never heard of before) and 2 nail art stripers from Artdeco. The polish was shipped within 3-5 business days, and arrived in less than 3 weeks. The shipment was wrapped in layers upon layers of bubble wrap, and everything arrived perfectly intact. I was very pleased with the quality of shipping, product, and the company overall. Beautyjoint.com is a must-try for all of you beauty enthusiasts out there: you wont be disappointed!

Today, I have one of the colors I ordered from Beauty Joint, Kleancolor Holo Chrome. Surprisingly, for being “chrome” (generally a metallic blackened silver), this has a blurple gel base (“blurple” being a blue purple). It’s filled with holographic blurple and silver glitters which flash rainbows of sparkle when the light hits them. This is most definitely a scattered holo polish, not a linear one like my Born Pretty holo. It has a really weird smell to it. I can’t really describe it, but it doesn’t smell like the “traditional” nail polish smell. It’s not exactly unpleasant, but not exactly nice, either. It’s kinda thick, but considering the glitter density, I can excuse it. Pictures below are 2 coats!

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Overall, I really like this polish. The $1.75 price tag made it even better! Have any of you tried Kleancolor polishes? What were your experiences? And anyone else try Beautyjoint? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

~Beth~


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Hunger Games Nail Art!

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Happy Hunger Games! And may the odds be ever in your favor! In honor of tonight’s release of the new Hunger Games trilogy movie, Catching Fire, I decided to pay homage to the popular series with a little nail art! The Hunger Games is honestly one of my favorite book series of all times. I read all three books while I was recovering from surgery last spring and it kept me engaged and distracted from the pain. I’ve heard good things about the second movie, and I love Jennifer Lawrence (such a classy lady), so I can’t wait to see it sometime soon!

The most well known symbols of the Hunger Games series are the mockingjay and fire, since Katniss is “The Girl on Fire”. On all my fingers except for my ring finger, I painted two coats of China Glaze Smoke and Ashes, a smoky black with a subtle blue and green duochrome, and is appropriately part of last year’s Capitol Colors Collection (the District 12 shade!). On my thumb, I used a toothpick and a small dotting tool to freehand Katniss’s iconic mockingjay pin using Body Central Gold. On my ring finger (which I painted with 1 coat of e.l.f. Sunflower), I created a flame inspired gradient, using Ulta Ruby Slipper (the red), OPI A Woman’s Prague-ative (the orange-y gold) and e.l.f. Sunflower (the yellow). On the rest of my nails, I used a medium sized dotting tool with Gold to create a line of dots across the sides of my black nails. I’m super happy with how this turned out! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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I’m getting so much better at freehanding things these days, I’m quite pleased with myself. I hope I get to wear this to the movies- I always take off manicures so quickly in order to blog. Guess I’ll just have to go see it tomorrow! What do you think of my Katniss Everdeen nail art tribute? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~


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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fall 2013 Review And Swatches!

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So yes, I know it’s Wednesday, and On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, but today, my OWWWP is going to be incorporated into my haul and review! While out running errands at Target yesterday, I FINALLY stumbled into Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Fall 2013 Glitter collection! I have been looking for these EVERYWHERE and none of my local drugstores or beauty supply stores had them. I was actually looking for the Maybelline Brocade collection, but I could not pass these up- I was afraid they’d disappear on me again!

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The fall 2013 Limited Edition glitter collection includes 10 almost indy-like glitter bombs, each with a different base color. My Target only had 6 of the 10 bottles, and since one of them was just another matte black and white glitter, I decided to pass on it. The other 5 I picked up were all the different colors of the rainbow! Formula wise, all of these polishes had a very thin clear base (with the exception of Seal-y String), and required a LARGE amount of glitter placement. The glitter density was less than I expected from looking at the bottle, but still decent. So let’s get started on the review!

Rosey Shooter is a mix of large, medium, and small magenta/red hex glitters, medium and small white hex glitters, small silver glitters, and white bar glitters. It’s got one of the better densities of the glitters I picked up, and looks fantastic over black! This is my “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” post for the week! Pictures below are 1 coat of Rosey Shooter over 2 coats of Love and Beauty Black.

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Glitter Gun is a mix of medium and small gold glitters, small silver hex glitters, large and medium white matte hex glitters, and white bar glitters. This looks like a starry sky on my nails! This is also really dense and applies well to the nail. Pictures below are 1 coat of Glitter Gun over 2 coats of Love and Beauty Black.

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Green Rocket is a mix of white, medium, and small matte white hex glitters, medium and small green hex glitters, small silver hex glitters, and white bar glitters. There’s actually more white in this glitter than green, and the glitter was kinda sparse, so this one disappointed me. It’s still pretty though! Pictures below are 1 coat of Green Rocket over Ulta Fuchsiamania.

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Seal-y String is the only polish that I bought that doesn’t have a clear base. It’s a sheer gray-blue base, large silver glitters, small baby blue hex glitters, tiny black glitters, and matte black bar glitter. I’ve heard other bloggers say they’ve found this polish to have large black hex glitters in it too, but I don’t think my bottle has any. How strange. This one isn’t my favorite (personal preference) but it’s still a nice polish! Pictures below are 1 coat of Seal-y String over Rue Beauté 040 (green) and e.l.f. Skinny Jeans (blue).

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Frazzle Dazzle is a mix of large, medium, and small bronze hex glitters, some medium, small, and tiny silver hex glitters, and large black bar glitter. I think this one is my favorite of the polishes I picked up! I love the mix of copper and black- it looks superb over the spring green. Pictures below are 1 coat of Frazzle Dazzle over Rue Beauté 063 (brown) and Cover Girl Appletini (green).

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I’m so happy I picked these up! I’m a huge glitter fan (as you all know) and these certainly do not disappoint! There are a few purple glitters in this collection that Sally Hansen released, but they weren’t at Target, but if I ever find them, I will most certainly pick them up! What do you think of this collection? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polishes retail for about $2.50 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, general stores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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MOTD- Rue Beauté “009”

Hello ladies!

Another Monday conquered, thank goodness! It’s dreadful waking up after a 3-day weekend. I feel like my body gets accustomed to my 11 AM wakeup call much faster than it could ever adapt to my normal 6:30 AM alarm. Just 6 days to go before Thanksgiving break though! Almost there!

Today I have a gorgeous silver foil shimmer for you. It’s number 009 from Rue Beauté, and I originally bought it to be my replacement for my rapidly depleting bottle of Sephora by OPI’s Bring on the Snowflakes. While the two have similar qualities, 009 ended up being somewhat different than its Sephora counterpart. 009 is definitely a silver foil finish, and it’s stunning. It’s definitely got some patchiness problems upon application, but smoothes out in 3 coats. It looks like a put an unwrinkled sheet of aluminum foil over my nails! It does have some of the sparkle that BOTS delivers, but it’s more subtle. I really like this polish! Pictures below are 3 coats of 009, no topcoat.

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So very very shiny! What do you think of the silver sparkler? Will it be gracing your nails this upcoming holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

Rue Beauté polishes retail for $3.99 a bottle, though are frequently on sale for 2 for $5.00, and are found at Rue 21 stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~