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MOTD- Wet N’ Wild Megalast in “Heatwave”

Hi all!

So, today, I have a continuation of a post I did awhile back on “Peace, Love and Polish” (link here). Previously, I swatched/reviewed a polish from the Wet n’ Wild Megalast line called I Need a Refresh-mint. Today, I have another polish from that same line, just in a drastically different color. So let’s get started!

Heatwave is a hot coral, almost red, creme polish. It’s extremely pigmented- it could almost get away with one coat of polish! But I used two coats to smooth out any little uneven-ness there was. The polish applies like a dream because of the wide brush, which helps you get the entire nail in one stroke! (a little more than one stroke is necessary for the thumb). Pictures below are two coats of Heatwave, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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Sunlight

As I’ve said before, I really love this brand of polish. It applies well, the consistency is good, the opacity is excellent, and the price can’t be beat at $1.99 a bottle! The only issue is that it takes a while to dry fully- it’s most certainly not a quick-dry polish. Nevertheless, I think this polish is a must have for any polish lover on a budget (or even if you aren’t on a budget- it’s just that good!)

Wet n’ Wild Megalast polishes are available at most drugstores (RiteAid, Walgreens, CVS, etc.) and also on their website, here.

~Beth~

 

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MOTD- dELIA’s Chanel “Peridot” Dupe

Hi everyone!

Happy Labor Day! I hope you all enjoy the weekend off (hopefully you’re off like I am!) and thanks to all the hard workers out there- maybe you don’t hear it all that often, but your work is always appreciated! 🙂

Today I have for you a nail polish that satisfies a lemming I’ve had for the longest time. Chanel Peridot has been on my wish list since it was released back in Fall 2011. It’s a gorgeous duochrome, the most intense I’ve ever seen, that looks gold dead on, with green to the side, and blue even further out. In direct sunlight, it looks like an olive green. In other words, it’s a lacquer dream. Unfortunately, with a price tag of $27 a bottle, I could never justify buying it. I’ll include a bottle pic below.

Chanel Peridot

Chanel Peridot

Then, OPI came along with their Spiderman collection, and released Just Spotted the Lizard, which many bloggers attested to being an exact dupe of Chanel Peridot. Still, at $9 a bottle, I had a hard time buying it, especially on a budget (high school, no job currently, sigh…). I’m including a bottle pic of that, too.

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

OPI Just Spotted the Lizard

Enter- dELIA’s. By chance, I was there shopping, and browsing their nail polish, when, lo and behold, there it was, practically calling my name. A Peridot dupe. Unfortunately, this polish doesn’t have a name (that I can find- and I swear, I’ve searched everywhere), but let me tell you, it’s got the exact same duochrome finish that both of the other polishes (and the hoardes of other expensive dupes) have. I found my (cheap) diamond in the rough! Only $4.50! Half the price of the OPI! It might not be Chanel, but it’s close, and I’ll take it. Formula wise, the dELIA’s polish applies very well. Brush strokes are a bit of an issue, but they aren’t ridiculous, and the polish isn’t thick at all. I’m so happy to have this in my collection! Pictures below are 3 coats of dELIA’s Chanel dupe, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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Sunlight

There is, however, one minor problem with this polish. And I bet you can see it in the pics above. It bubbles like crazy. I’ve tried everything, I cannot for the life of me get them to go away. If you’re OCD about bubbling, do NOT get this polish. For me, however, I’ve wanted Chanel Peridot for so long that I’ll take the bubbling if it means I can have the amazing duochrome. But really, it’s up to you if you’re willing to deal with that problem.

So what do you think of Chanel Peridot, OPI Just Spotted the Lizard, and the dELIA’s dupe? Are you a fan of crazy duochrome like I am? Let me know in the comments! dELIA’s polishes are available at dELIA’s stores, or on their website, here.

~Beth~


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Nail Art- Summer Polka Dots w/ My Sister!

Hi there!

So to break up the monotony of all the MOTD posts, today I have nail art for you guys! My sister recently started her first day of high school (she’s a freshman this year!) and she asked me to do something on her nails to make them stand out on the first day. Being the nail polish addict I am, I was happy to oblige. She told me she wanted something dotted, and I had been wanting to do a dot nail art design for awhile. So we picked the colors and got to work. Here’s the design we created!

I wanted to go with a fun, upbeat color scheme, since technically, it is still summer. My sister liked the idea of yellow and pink together, and I liked it as well. For my pink, I used a Love and Beauty satin-finish pink (I ripped the name off by mistake, unfortunately). It even smells a bit fruity when it dries, though I’m not sure why. The yellow I chose, for the base color on the nails, was Love and Beauty Yellow. It’s a shimmery, sheer yellow with silver shimmer running through it. In terms of yellows, this one is a cooler, lemon tone, as opposed to some of the warmer yellows. Unfortunately, this yellow was in no way opaque enough to make the yellow polka dots, so I used Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Mellow Yellow for the polka dots. I alternated between yellow nails/pink dots and pink nails/yellow dots. To make the dots, I just used a toothpick (I don’t currently own any nail art dotting tools). Pictures below are with no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

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Artificial Indoor Lighting

So what do you think of the polka dot design? Are you a fan of this kind of nail art? Let me know in the comments! Also, special thanks to my sister, Sarah, for her guest modeling!

~Beth~

 


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Very Cherry”

Hello all!

So, hopefully all of you have seen the movie “Mean Girls” (you know, before Lindsey Lohan went crazy). If you have, then you’ll know where the saying “on Wednesdays. we wear pink” comes from. So, I decided to borrow the well known teenage girl adage to create a new segment for my blog. Every Wednesday from now on, I’ll be featuring a pink nail polish. I have a ton of pinks in my polish stash, so what better way to show you them all than through a day specifically dedicated to pink! Hopefully you’ll like these pinks as much as I do!

For the first “Pink Wednesday”, I’ll be showing you Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Very Cherry. To me, the name is kinda misleading, because this color isn’t even close to a red, and cherry generally conjures up the image of red. Instead, this color is a bright, slightly-darker-than-bubblegum pink jam-packed with shimmer. There’s pink and silver shimmers, and the silver really adds a 3D shiny effect. Despite its somewhat frosty effect, brushstrokes are not an issue. The glitter is not holographic, but does reflect the sunlight beautifully. Too bad the sun wouldn’t cooperate for me today! The formula for the polish is a little thick, but nothing major, and applies beautifully and self levels. It takes 2 coats to reach full opacity, but I thought 3 coats looked the best (and I also messed up a nail and had to cover it up, oops). Pictures below are 3 coats of Very Cherry, no topcoat.

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Artificial, indoor light

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Indoor, natural light

If you’ve read any of my other Sally Hansen blog posts, you know that I love Sally Hansen polishes, and this one is no different! What do you think of Sally Hansen polishes? Do you like them as much as I do?

Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Xtreme Wear Nail Color retails for between $2-$3, and can be purchased at most beauty supply stores and drug stores, as well as on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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MOTD- Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in “Hide and Go Sequin”

Hi there!

Today I have for you a limited edition, retired (sorry guys 😦 ) nail polish from 2011. It was a part of their Glitterati nail set, but was eventually released as its own polish. I bought it on clearance in early 2012, and have never seen another bottle of it since. Since it’s an older polish, it’s still in the old, square-shaped Ulta bottles (within a year or so ago, Ulta changed the design from a rectangular bottle to a cylindrical glass bottle. I personally prefer the old design). Since this polish isn’t readily available anymore, this post today is more just for admiring. But at the end, I’ll give you some dupes to (hopefully) satisfy any cravings that you might have for this polish. Let’s get to it!

Hide and Go Sequin (don’t even get me started on this name- it’s the best thing ever) is a dark navy jelly base with tiny dark blue hex glitters, and teal, silver, green, and blue larger hex glitters interspersed throughout. Overall, the density of the glitter in the polish makes the polish kinda thick to apply, so it’s going to be tricky for you to get the cuticles clean without making a mess. Don’t worry, a q-tip and acetone will take care of any mistakes. The polish also looks pretty god awful after the first coat. I promise- it will be a patchy, gross mess. But after the second coat, like magic, it smooths out into the beautiful color you see in the pictures below. Pictures are with 3 coats of Hide and Go Sequin, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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Sunlight

Now, on to the dupes. The most well known dupe of this color (or rather, this color is a dupe of the original) is Deborah Lippmann’s Across the Universe. Unfortunately, while this Ulta polish used to retail for $6 and was frequently on sale, the Deborah Lippmann is regularly $19, and can be bought off their website here. A bottle picture is below (taken from the Deborah Lippmann website).

Across the Universe

Across the Universe

A slightly cheaper version of the original Deborah Lippmann can be found in the Sally Hansen Salon Manicure line, and is called Mermaid’s Tale. Apparently, this polish is somewhat hard to find, but most drugstores (specifically CVS) and beauty supply stores carry this line. The polish retails for about $7.99, and can also be purchased off the Sally Hansen website, here. I’m including a bottle shot below, taken from the Sally Hansen website.

Mermaid's Tale

Mermaid’s Tale

So what do you think of this blue glitter bomb? I’m a huge fan of colors like this, and I’m glad I was able to get the Ulta polish when it was released. If you want to try out other Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquers, they retail for $6 (if they aren’t on sale) and can be purchased at Ulta stores or on the Ulta website, here.

~Beth~

 

 


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Piggy Polish Haul and Review!

Hi there everybody!

First day of school! I’m super tired (and I’m only going to get more tired as the year progresses) but I promise to keep up this blog. It’s a great source of happiness for me (and gives me an excuse to change my nail polish daily, lol). I wish anyone who started school today (or previously or in the future) a great and successful year!

Now onto the polish!

Recently I got a rewards coupon from Ulta for a level 8 gift. Level 6 and above can combine lower level gifts, so I decided (of course) to get nail polish with it! Piggy Polish lacquers were a level 2 gift, so I was able to pick up 4 of them for free! I bought the fifth because I couldn’t help myself! The glitters that Piggy Polish offers are phenomenal- they’re really different than any other brand. And the names are super cool and totally original. They’re technically made to be worn on toenails, but the colors are too beautiful to not wear on my hands. So let’s get started on the polishes (and I promise, no foot pictures)!

Confetti is the first polish I picked out. It’s a micro purple/magenta glitter base with green and gold micro bar glitter in a clear base. The glitter is probably dense enough to become opaque on its own, but I didn’t want to use up that much of it. It would probably take 3-5 coats to be opaque on its own. I swatched it over a base of a Love and Beauty pink neon creme color (the name got ripped off 😦 ). Pictures are 1 coat of Confetti, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor light

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Sunlight

Garden Galaxy is the second bar glitter polish of the bunch. It’s completely made up of iridescent, lime green micro bar glitter (bigger than the glitter in Confetti, but smaller than the glitter in Three Cheers and a Tiger) in a sheer lime green base. Again, this one could probably be built up to be opaque, but it would take about 3-4 coats, and would be impossible to remove afterwards with all the glitter! It’s a much better layering polish. Pictures below are 1 coat of Garden Galaxy over Rue Beauté 031, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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Sunlight

Three Cheers and a Tiger is the third and final bar glitter I have to show you today. Three Cheers and a Tiger is composed of large, holographic iridescent yellow large bar glitter and mini hex glitter in an orange jelly base. Unlike the other two bar glitters, this one is definitely wearable on its own- the orange jelly base is much more opaque than the other two. This polish is a bit difficult to apply because it’s thick, but it’s not unworkable. Pictures below are two coats of Three Cheers and a Tiger, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

 

Sunlight

Sunlight

Never Hide is made up predominantly of large, teal hex glitters, but also has small blue hex glitters, and tiny iridescent blue hex glitters to give it depth. All the glitter is in a clear base. This one really sparkles in the sun! I did run into some issues with placing the teal glitter- they tend to clump together. With a little patience, however, you should still be able to work the polish without issue. Pictures below are 1 coat of Never Hide over a base of Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in Bare Minimum.

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Natural, indoor light

 

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Sunlight

Of course, I love to save the best for last. And The Earth Says Hello certainly doesn’t disappoint! This polish is made up of all sorts of shard glitter- teal, yellow, gold, red, orange, silver, purple, pink- you name it, it’s in there! The shards of glitter range in size from tiny to much larger. All the glitters are in a clear base. I messed up the white polish on my ring finger, so sorry for the sloppy swatch there. All the glitter shards are pretty muted in color, they aren’t in your face bold colors. The glitters give great payoff, but you’ll have to place them a little bit to get them looking right. Pictures below are 1 coat of The Earth Says Hello over a base of Sinful Colors Snow Me White

 

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Natural, indoor light

 

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Sunlight

Overall, I really like this brand. Their glitters are super fun, unique, and easy to apply. While they are meant for toes, I really prefer them on my fingers- they’re too pretty to waste on my feet! Piggy Polish bottles hold 0.45 fl oz of polish and retail for $7.50 at Ulta, and $9.00 on their website, here.

So what do you think of this brand? And what do you think- do these colors make for a better manicure or pedicure? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~


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Review- Essence Color & Go Nail Color

Hi everyone!

Happy Sunday Funday! Unfortunately for me, today is also my last day of summer vacation 😦 Tomorrow is back to the old grind, but at least it’s senior year! I’m so super excited. Good luck to any of my readers out there starting school tomorrow, or in the near future. It’s gonna be a great year!

Recently, while I was out at Ulta, I noticed that Essence had changed the design of their Color and Go nail polish bottles. I realize this has probably been this way for a while, but I’m totally unobservant, lol. Instead of being small and cylindrical (the bottles used to hold 0.16 fl oz) the bottles are now almost “cone” shaped- fatter at the bottom, and thinning out at the top, and holds 0.27 fl oz, a little less than double the amount the old bottles held. The polishes now retail for $1.99, while they used to be $0.99 (although I ended up getting my bottles at Ulta for the old $0.99 price because of a computer error. Woo!). While not as cheap as before, $1.99 is still a great price for a polish. I decided to pick up two polishes to try out, so let’s get started on the review!

The first color I have is 142- Grey-t to be Here. It’s a very light gray base with dark fuchsia, red, purple, and gold shimmer running through it when the light hits it. This polish is insanely gorgeous, I absolutely love it. Inside, it’s a great fall grey, but in the sun, it’s like BAM in your face gorgeousness! My camera was not havin’ it picking up the shimmer running through it, but I promise, this polish is a true showstopper in real life. The formula was equally wonderful- thin, easy to work with, and pretty quick drying! Dry to the touch in under 2 minutes! Pictures below are 3 coats of Grey-t to be Here, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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Sunlight

 

Miss Universe is the second polish I picked up. It’s a blackened blue with green and teal shimmer running through it. In the bottle, it looks brighter than it wears on the nail. It leans much more towards the navy family on the nail. I had somewhat of a formula problem with this one- it was really patchy in application, and took 3 coats to smooth out to my satisfaction. It also bubbles like crazy when drying. The texture it has on my nail right now is kinda lumpy, and I’m not a fan. The color gets 5 stars, but the formula needs some work. Pictures below are 3 coats of Miss Universe, no topcoat.

 

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Natural, indoor light

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Sunlight

Overall, I like these polishes. They dry quickly and the colors are nice. I hope that Miss Universe’s formula problem is just a fluke, but it’s the only Essence polish I’ve ever had an issue with. The brush for these polishes was really super nice, very wide and flat like the brushes for Wet N’ Wild Megalast polishes. Here’s a brush picture

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So what do you think? Do you guys have a favorite Essence polish? Let me know in the comments! Essence polishes are available at Walgreens, Ulta, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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MOTD- OPI “Lights of Emerald City”

Hi everyone!

So I guess this is officially my first post as “The Polish Influenza”. I’m so happy with how my blog is looking right now, guys. Like, completely excited about it. I hope you all like it, too! I’ve spent a lot of time working on and designing it, and I hope it does the blog justice! Anyways, let’s get on to the lacquer!

Today I have another glitter bomb from OPI’s “Oz the Great and Powerful” collection. I’ve reviewed another one of the glitters from this collection, When Monkeys Fly!previously. I said on that post that I also had a nude color and the liquid sand from that collection to review, but unfortunately, I lost the photos to both of those polishes 😦 Hopefully I’ll get a chance to re-review them in the future!

This polish is called Lights of Emerald City, and it’s unlike any glitter I’ve ever seen. It’s a mixture of large, matte white square glitters with smaller, iridescent square glitters that are very similar to flaky polishes in that the color of the iridescent squares changes depending on the base polish. All the glitters are in a clear base. In the bottle, however, these squares look like they have an icy blue sheen, along with a firey orange red. Honestly, this polish is pretty fantastic. You do need to place the large white squares a little bit, but with 2 coats, they even out. The small, iridescent squares spread themselves. Pictures below are two coats of Lights of Emerald City over a base color of Fresh Paint Professional Nail Lacquer in Dragon Lady, no topcoat.

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Indoor, natural lighting

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Natural, indoor lighting

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Outdoor, sunlight

And let’s just talk about the base color for a second. Fresh Paints is a brand sold by FiveBelow stores. They aren’t glitter bombs like Funky Fingers offers, but they have amazing shimmers. Dragon Lady has a base color of green, but it also has blue and gold particles in it. It’s probably my favorite green in my collection! It’s a bit sheer upon first application, but 3 coats will do the trick to get it opaque. Here are some pictures with Dragon Lady alone, 3 coats, no topcoat.

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Sunlight

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Natural, indoor lighting

So what do you think of this unique glitter from OPI? Does it capture the magic of OZ for you? I think the name of the polish is a bit misleading though, don’t you think a polish called Lights of Emerald City would be a green polish? Either way, the squares are a new twist on the classic glitter bomb.

OPI polishes retail for about $9, and can be purchased at salons, beauty supply stores like Ulta, or on their website, here.

~Beth~

 

 


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Follow Me on Bloglovin’ (Again)

Hi there!

So remember a while ago when I asked you all to follow me on Bloglovin’ (that post is here in case you’ve forgotten). Well, I need you all to do it again, since it’s a new blog. If you don’t have a WordPress account and wish to follow my blog, you can do so by creating an easy and free account on Bloglovin.com. The link to find me is right here, or you can click the handy dandy little button on the sidebar. Either way, I hope you’ll follow me! Thanks everyone!

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~Beth~


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Welcome to the Polish Influenza!

Hi everyone!

For those of you coming from my old blog, Peace Love and Polish, welcome! To everyone else, thanks for finding me! This blog is (still) dedicated to following my nail polish addiction as a high school senior. All of my old posts are here, including comments. And all new posts from Peace, Love, and Polish will ONLY be published here now. I’m super excited by the new name. It’s a play off of the “Spanish Influenza”, and I picked it so I could pair it with my new catchphrase, “The only cure is a manicure”. I hope you all like it too!

I know the title sounds pretty dark, but it’s meant to be a pun, and it’s only a play on words. All of my posts will continue to be happy, upbeat, and full of rainbows and sunshine.

Well, that’s about it. I hope you all continue to follow my blog, and for new visitors, I hope you’ll begin to follow me on my nail polish adventures! Many thanks for the continued support!

~Beth~