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MOTD- Claire’s “Chromance”

Hello ladies and gents!

I’m officially on Thanksgiving Break! Thank goodness, because I think I might be getting a cold, I have a splitting headache ūüė¶ 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!

Artificial, indoor light

Artificial, indoor light

Artificial, indoor light

Artificial, indoor light

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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NYC In a New York Color Minute Topcoats Review and Swatches

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Hi everyone!

Recently, with my busy schedule, I have not had the time to do my usual nail art on my nails. There just isn’t time between schoolwork, extracurriculars, and work to take time out of my day for an artistic manicure. It’s disappointing, because there’s nothing I like more than having an intriguing design on my nails. I’m not the kind of person who likes to wear a “plain” manicure (though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!) Fortunately, the new NYC In a New York City Special Effects Topcoats provide a quick and easy element of pizzazz to any ¬†manicure, in a flash!

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Today, I have two “effects” to show you: the¬†Sparkle Topcoat, and the matte topcoat called¬†Matte Me Crazy. Both come in 0.33 fl. oz. bottles, which should last for PLENTY of manicures. Each has a thin application brush for precision, which especially helps in the glitter placement of the Sparkle topcoat. I was so excited when these came in the mail, so let’s get to the review!

The Sparkle topcoat is a small blue and pink hex glitter mixed with a very fine silver glitter, all in a sheer pink base. It looks very similar to Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear’s¬†Supernova in the bottle, but Supernova isn’t nearly as glitter-dense as this NYC beauty, and Supernova doesn’t have a pink base, either- it’s base is clear. Since the base of the polish is pink, I thought it would look best over other pink polishes (though I also wanted to see it over a blue since there is blue glitter in the polish itself). The colors I chose to test the Sparkle topcoat with are below:

From thumb to pinky: Ulta "Fuchsiamania", Love and Beauty "Pink", Claire's "Hot Stuff", NYC "Empire State Blue", Revlon Scented Parfum "Cotton Candy"

From thumb to pinky: Ulta “Fuchsiamania”, Love and Beauty “Pink”, Claire’s “Hot Stuff”, NYC “Empire State Blue”, Revlon Scented Parfum “Cotton Candy”

Then, I applied one coat of Sparkle topcoat over all of them…

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Holy glitter Batman! I love this over all of these combos except over Hot Stuff. I think the base is just too coral-y for the cooler pink and blue to really stand out. Now, over Revlon Cotton Candy,¬†this glitter is divine! I also love how the pink is played up over a blue polish base. I can’t wait to experiment with more color combos! Overall, the glitter requires minimal placement, if any at all, and looks great in one coat, though, the more coats you add, the more of a “punch” you’ll give your nails! Formula was nice, not too thick or thin. Love this!

Matte Me Crazy I will admit I was dubious about. I have an Ulta matte topcoat that I got for about $10 in a set of 4, and I really hate it. It turns my nails satin, not matte at all- the shine still peaks through. So when I found out this polish was under $2 at drugstores, I really had my doubts. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a whirl. To fully test it, I picked some really shiny base colors to layer it with:

From thumb to pinky: Fresh Paints "Dragon Lady", Revlon "Scandalous", OPI "A Woman's Prague-ative", Love and Beauty "Peacock", Essie "For the Twill of it"

From thumb to pinky: Fresh Paints “Dragon Lady”, Revlon “Scandalous”, OPI “A Woman’s Prague-ative”, Love and Beauty “Peacock”, Essie “For the Twill of it”

All are super pretty on their own, but let’s see what mattifying them with Matte Me Crazy does…

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Um, wow. Just wow. I have no words. THIS IS FANTASTIC. Look how matte they all got! I love it over Love and Beauty Peacock because it really brings out the subtle purple duochrome of the polish (which my camera refused to pick up on, but I promise it’s there in real life). And please, do NOT get me started on how much I love Matte Me Crazy over Revlon¬†Scandalous. It really emphasizes the pink hex glitters against the black jelly background. I really love every single one of these pairings! Formula-wise, Matte Me Crazy is pretty identical to Sparkle Topcoat, easy to apply, not too thick or thin, and super fast drying because of its matte nature. A real winner, easily beats Ulta as my favorite topcoat of all time.

I’m in awe at both of these polishes. They seriously blew me away, and far exceeded my expectations of a drugstore brand. They’re worth every penny (and they don’t cost that many pennies, either!) Applause to NYC, you very well might have made me a matte lover. And that is not an easy task to do.

So what do you think of these two special effect polishes? Will they be making their way into your stash in the near future? And are you a fan of nail art? Let me know in the comments!

NYC polishes retail for $0.99-$1.99 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, Target, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

Product featured in this post was sent to me for review by a brand representative. For more information, please see my Disclosure Policy.


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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 ūüôā

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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, artificial light

Indoor, natural light

Indoor, artificial light

Indoor, natural light

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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CLICK HERE TO VIEW OTHER NAIL ARTISTS’ FASHION INSPIRED NAIL DESIGNS!!!!

 

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Claire’s “Hot Stuff”

Hello lovely ladies!

It’s time to pull out the sunglasses, kids, because today I have my BRIGHTEST pink for you! This polish is appropriately named¬†Hot Stuff¬†by Claire’s Cosmetics Nail Polish, and boy is it a neon stunner!

Hot Stuff is a neon hot pink, just screaming for summer days and pool parties. It’s very opaque, and it only takes 2 coats to get full coverage on the nail. Formula wise, this polish is very nice. Not too thick (which some neons can be), though it does veer to the thicker side of polish, but it’s certainly workable. It dries to a satin finish, but it easily becomes shiny with topcoat. VNL can be a bit of a problem when you hold your nails up to the light, but it’s not really bothersome to me. Pictures below are without topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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This polish is somewhat similar to last week’s Pink Ice color, however, Hot Stuff has no shimmer whatsoever running through it, and it’s definitely much pinker. All in all, it’s a great hot pink to have in your stash! Two gold stars!

Claire’s polishes retail for $4.00-$8.00 (depending on the polish line, this one was $4.50) and can be bought at Claire’s stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

 


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Nail Art- My First Attempt at “Spun Sugar” Nails!

Hi everyone!

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Today I have some new nail art to show you, and it’s super fun to wear! It’s almost like a cross between zebra print and fine stripes (sorry about that awful description, lol), and it’s named after the culinary confection where hot sugar syrup is spun into small “threads”, which is what the pattern resembles. People who are really good at this design (such as Michelle from AllLaqueredUp, her post here: http://www.alllacqueredup.com/2013/07/pinspirationail-spun-sugar-nail-art-revlon-brilliant-strength-nail-enamel.html¬†and ¬†Mimi from Makeupwithdrawal, her post here:¬†http://www.makeupwithdrawal.com/2012/05/neon-sugar-spun-manicure.html ) can get the “threads” of polish really thin, but since it’s only my first attempt, mine are still pretty thick. Still, for a first try, I’m very excited about the results! Here’s how I did it.

First, I painted my nails a base color. In this case, for my thumb, middle, and index finger, I used Rue Beaut√© in color “031” (a mint-scented bright pastel lime green) and on my pointer finger and pinky, I used Claire’s “Hot Stuff” (an eye-searingly hot pink). I used the opposite color on each individual nail as the “spun sugar” color. To make the spun sugar, I put several drops of a single color on a piece of cardboard. I then used a toothpick, and stirred the polish puddle for about 5 minutes, or until the polish thickens enough to still be fluid, but when you pull the toothpick out of the puddle, a string of polish comes up with it. I then pulled those strings, with the toothpick, across my individual nails (one at a time) to create the spun sugar look. I warn you, the finished product DOES have a fair amount of texture, as the thick polish does not dry flat for the most part. Below are pictures of the finished product WITHOUT topcoat and in artificial lighting.

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The next photos are with topcoat, which smooths out some of the texture (though not that much) and adds an extra shine to the semi-matte neon colors I used in the design. The topcoat is, as always, Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”- one coat on top of the finished and fully dried design.

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Sorry for the random speck of glitter on my index finger, that pesky piece wouldn’t budge when I tried to remove it!

So what do you think of this innovative new nail art trend? Will you be giving it a try? If you do, leave a comment, and tell me how it works for you! I’ll be trying it again in the near future, hopefully with more precise results. Stay tuned!

~Beth~


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MOTD- Claire’s Nail Polish “Surprise Party”

Hi everyone!

I don’t know about where you live, but in Delaware, the weather was fantastic today! I don’t think it got above 80 degrees, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky the whole day. I babysat my 3 and 1 year old neighbors, and we just ran around and played outside for hours. I love these kinds of perfect summer days! I wish we had more of them!

Such a beautiful, sunny day called for a beautiful, summery color. And what better polish than a glitter polish to represent the shine of the sun?! I also had a huge purple craving today, so my new Claire’s polish seemed to quench all of my polish thirsts!

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“Surprise Party” is a deep red-purple jelly base (sooo squishy, it’d be great on it’s own, too!) with all sorts of colors of moderately sized hex glitters. The glitters sort of rise to the top of the polish on the nail, so with one coat, it looks like the glitter is a separate nail polish on top of the purple. However, after a second coat, the glitter gets more of a “3D” appearance, with some of the glitter being “sandwiched” in the purple jelly. Just a warning to people who hate rough textured nail polish, this will dry somewhat roughly due to the glitter density (and the density/placement of the glitter is pretty spot on with 2-3 coats). To fix this, a few coats of top coat should solve your problem. Two coats of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” did the trick for me!

Overall, I’m a big fan of this polish. I actually got it for free from Claire’s as part of a “buy 2 get one free” deal about two weeks ago (and it might still be running at some locations). It’s a great, bright, and bold color perfect for the liveliness of summer. Below are pictures of sunlight and indoor lighting with 3 coats of “Surprise Party” and 2 coats of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”, no base coat.

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Sorry for the messy cuticles, I had a cut on one of them and didn’t want to get anywhere near it with acetone!

So what do you think of this jelly glitter bomb? Will you be wearing a fun, sparkly color to celebrate August and the lazy days of summer? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Claire’s nail polish can be bought at Claire’s store locations, as well as on their website, here

~Beth~


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MOTD- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Mellow Yellow” With Claire’s Precious Metals Glitter!

Hi everyone!

Today I have for you a quick MOTD, featuring one of the new “Precious Metals” glitter topcoats from Claire’s. Unfortunately, none of these polishes have names, so we’ll just call this one “blue/pink”, since those are the colors of the glitters in it!

First, I’ll discuss the Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear “Mellow Yellow”. While I love this almost “cheesy” yellow polish’s color, it’s not too fun to apply. I found the formula to be somewhat thick, and while it was fairly self-leveling, I still found there to be bald spots, even after 3 coats (and I gave up at three coats because I was too impatient!) It took FOREVER to dry as well. However, it’s still a decent yellow, so the color alone is what saves it for me.

The Claire’s glitter, on the other hand, was a real winner for me. It didn’t require any “positioning” of the glitter, and was to my liking in two thin coats. It also was SUPER fast drying so I hardly had to wait between layers! I think it looks great over the yellow, the three primary colors work well together. It’s almost a comic book effect, in my opinion. Below are pictures in indoor lighting, with 3 coats of “Mellow Yellow”, two coats of the glitter, and Sally Hansen Diamond Strength polish in “Flawless” for the base and topcoat.

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What do you think? Are you bold enough to try yellow polish? Are you as in love with glitter as I am?

In other, much sadder news, a fellow member of the online beauty community has passed away today. Talia Castellano, age 13, died from her cancer today. Even though cancer took her life in the end, she still won her battle. She inspired so many others, like myself, to “just keep swimming”, no matter how hard things get. And due to her undying commitment to her cause, she’s helped raise awareness to several charities to help bring light to the horrific disease that is childhood cancer. May she rest in peace knowing that she’s touched the world in a beautiful way, and her bright, amazing spirit will never be gone.

~Beth~


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Claire’s Splatter Polish in “Paparazzi”

Hi everyone! While at the mall with a friend yesterday, we stopped by Claire’s to look for some little trinkets. Of course, I made a beeline right for the nail polish rack! Lucky for me, they were having a sale, buy one get one 50% off! So I bought the mini set of the “Precious Metals” Glitter collection (review and swatches to come later) for $10, and then this polish was my 50% off purchase! It was originally $7, but I got it for $3.50. And let me tell you, I’m very happy with my purchase!

“Paparazzi” is essentially a matte glitter bomb. Small white, black, and matte pink hex glitters, medium size pink hex glitters, and large pink hex glitters, along with tiny translucent hex glitters and multiple sizes (from very thick to very thin) pink bar glitter interspersed throughout the rest. Holy perfection! You don’t even really have to place the glitter on the nail (except for the large hexagonal glitters) because the glitter is so dense in the bottle! I only used two coats to clean up the sparser areas because I’m a nail perfectionist, LOL. This makes a great polkadot topcoat, very similar to the new Maybelline polkadot polishes (but this one has pink glitter, instead of the black and white in the Maybelline). Claire’s also had a sky blue and white version of this, and a black and white version. After my love affair with this one, I might go back and get the others! Below are two coats of “Paparazzi” over two coats of Rue Beaut√© “004”, with the Ulta color-enhancing top coat on top. Indoor lighting.

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Claire’s is having a sale right now, 50% off all cosmetics with the purchase of one cosmetic item, and if you spend $20 or more, you get $10 in Claire’s cash, redeemable at the end of August.

What do you think of this awesome polish? Gawdy or amazing? Will you be picking one up for yourself?

~Beth~