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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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Artificial, indoor light

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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Artificial, indoor light

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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Artificial, indoor light

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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Artificial, indoor light

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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Disclosure: some of the products featured in this post were sent to me by a brand representative. Please see my Disclosure Policy for more information.

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31DC2013 Day 25- Inspired by a Fashion! (Tweed Coat)

Hi all!

Less than a week of the 31DC2013 to go! I can’t believe we’ve all gotten this far! Kudos to all who have been involved in such a taxing challenge. The nail art that has come out of it has been fantastic! Let me tell you, it’s going to be hard to pick a favorite look come day 31!

Today’s design is not actually my own. It was actually inspired by the lovely Michelle Mismas over at All Lacquered Up. If you haven’t already, please, check out her blog. She’s an incredible nail guru with more tips and tricks than I even thought were possible! She’s pretty much my idol in the nail blogging world, and she’s one of the reasons that I started my blog in the first place 🙂

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To create my pink coat design, I started with two coats of Claire’s Hot Stuff (reviewed in this week’s On Wednesdays We Wear Pink segment!). Once that dried, I applied one generous coat of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat topcoat in Tweedy, to create the tweed fabric effect on the nail. I then took Sinful Colors Snow Me White and Love and Beauty Black with toothpicks, and drew random, overlapping lines to create a tweed effect. It’s such a simple design with such a fun end result! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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Indoor, natural light

I hope you guys like this! And make sure to give Michelle some love too, she’s the original creator!

Tomorrow’s look is inspired by a pattern. Oh boy. Tune in tomorrow to see what I choose!

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~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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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

 

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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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Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat in “Tweedy”

So here it is, my first post! Today I have for you a polish from Sally Hansen’s new “Fuzzy Coat” line. It’s basically micro black and white bar glitter in a clear base. In my opinion, it applies quite well. It starts off as a great topper for a brightly based color, and I think it would make an opaque “wooly-looking” polish in 2-3 coats, depending on how thickly you apply it. For the picture below (in indoor lighting), I used one coat of Tweedy over Sinful Colors’ “Dream On”, but I think it would look good over any bright, neon color, especially one with a pink base.Image

What do you think? Have any of you tried the other Fuzzy Coat polishes?

~Beth~