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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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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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Review- Sally Hansen Sugar Coat Polishes

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While out shopping at Target today (I really shouldn’t go there, I have 0 willpower to not buy cosmetic items) I ended up picking up a ton of new nail polish. One of my most intriguing purchases were two polishes from Sally Hansen’s Sugar Coat line- their version of OPI Liquid Sand, if you will. Texture is huge right now, what with Liquid Sand, Pixie Dust by Zoya, Texture by China Glaze, and so many more brands jumping on the bandwagon. Sally Hansen has actually had these polishes out for awhile now, but I’ve just gotten around to reviewing them.

These polishes genuinely feel like you have grains of sugar on your fingers. While Pixie Dust and Liquid Sand polishes tend to have a smoother finish, the Sugar Coat polishes are definitely of a rougher texture. You can even see the granules on the brush before you apply the polish. It’s either going to be your cup of tea or it isn’t. These polishes also don’t have any glitter or shimmer to them, so they dry very mattified. Again, not everyone’s cup of tea. They’re pretty liquid, so they’re easy to apply in my opinion. Swatches and individual reviews are below!

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Candy Corn is a bright coral. It’s very reminiscent of Essie Tart Deco only with texture. It was very easy to apply and was perfect opaque in 2 coats.

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Spare-A-Mint? is a deep, turquoise-y blue color. It’s a little darker than robin’s egg blue, but definitely in that color family. I had a bit of an issue with the texture flaking off, literally like blue sugar falling off my nails. It isn’t too bad, but definitely something to consider. It was almost opaque in 1 coat, but I used 2 for pictures below.

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Indoor, natural light

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Overall, I really like these polishes. I’ve heard them be described before as looking like a popcorn ceiling, but I think that’s just up to personal interpretation. I myself like them a lot, and definitely would like to get more in the near future! I would like to see some shimmer to these polishes, too. Not all of them, but add some variety to the finishes. Oh well, I know Zoya and OPI will always satisfy my glitter texture cravings!

Sally Hansen Sugar Coat polishes retail for $5-$7 (though I got mine on clearance for $1.64 at Target!!) and can be found at drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Essie “Splash of Grenadine”

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Today, I have a color for you that’s screaming for summer! How fitting, since today’s weather sure feels like summer, at least here (it’s 86 degrees today!). Regardless of the season, it’s a gorgeous bright polish that will satisfy your pink cravings, so let’s get started!

Essie Splash of Grenadine is from the 2010 Resort collection, and it is a hot magenta creme. It does lean a little purple in some lights, but I think it’s still pink enough to qualify for my Wednesday post. Consistency-wise, I’d probably call this formula a “crelly”, since it’s most definitely a creme, but it’s squishy enough to be a jelly as well. Best of both worlds! It’s a bit of a sheer color, but can be built to full opacity in 3 coats. It also dries pretty quickly, so it’s not a problem to do multiple coats. It is somewhat thin, so be careful not to flood your cuticles, but with a little patience, this polish applies beautifully! It’s also SOOO shiny! Pictures below are 3 coats of Splash of Grenadine, no topcoat.

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Sorry that the second picture is slightly blurry, but the color is still very true to life.

So what do you think of this bright magenta? I think it reminds me of raspberry sherbet, it looks like a great, fruity treat! Let me know in the comments if you like Essie pinks like this one!

Essie polishes can be found at most drugstores (like Walgreens, RiteAid, etc.) beauty supply stores (like Ulta) and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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Review- e.l.f Essential 10-Piece Nail Polish Set

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Today I have a limited edition e.l.f nail polish set I picked up at Target today! e.l.f also has a 14-piece nail cube for sale as well, but that wasn’t available at my Target location. This set came in two different versions: one had lots of darker, metallic colors, while the other had bright, bold cremes. I decided to get the creme set because my stash is very shimmer heavy. The collection I bought does include two fantastic glitters to satisfy my shimmer craving.  Its packaging is so cute; here’s a picture!

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Packaging!

And did I mention it’s only $10?! So inexpensive! So without further ado, let’s get to reviewing the polishes!

Mango Madness is a bright, in-your-face coral color that leans more towards orange. It’s bright and applies like a dream; not too thick and not too thin! It’s very similar to Essie Tart Deco, which I’ve previously reviewed. Below is two coats of Mango Madness, no topcoat.

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Flirty Fuchsia is a bright, bubble gum pink creme. Consistency is good, and is opaque in two coats. It’s not the most exciting pink in the world, but the formula is good. Pictures below are two coats of Flirty Fuchsia, no topcoat.

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Electric Fuchsia is Flirty Fuchsia’s darker, more raspberry cousin. It’s a very similar color to Love and Beauty Red, but without the glass flecks, and a little more on the cooler side. It’s a very rich creme. While the pictures make it look somewhat like a crelly (creme-jelly), it’s definitely not. Pictures below are two coats of Electric Fuchsia, no topcoat.

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Smokin Hot is your basic, red creme. It leans more brick red (blue-based) than an orange based red. Almost opaque in one coat, but it really needs two to even it out. Pictures below are two coats of Smokin Hot, no topcoat.

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Sunflower is a bright yellow. Stop the presses, folks, this might be the ideal yellow. It has a slight shimmer to it that’s only really noticeable in the sun, but it helps build opacity. Depending on how thickly you like your coats, 2-3 should get this bright yellow in your face. It reminds me of cheese, lol. Pictures below are 2 coats of Sunflower, no topcoat.

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Mint Cream reminds me a lot of Wet n’ Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-mint. Its e.l.f counterpart is a little more on the green side. It’s a nice, basic pastel seafoam green creme. Pictures below are 2 coats, no topcoat.

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Skinny Jeans is a bright, basic blue creme. Surprisingly, I have nothing like this in my stash right now. When I buy blue polishes, I tend to gravitate to the shimmery and glitter blue colors. But this is going to be a great nail art staple. It’s very opaque- it’s almost a one-coater, but not quite. Pictures below are two coats of Skinny Jeans, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

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Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Lavender Mist is easily my favorite creme color out of this collection. It’s a rich, periwinkle blue, and I’ve never seen a color quite like this before. It definitely leans purple, but I think it’s more blue based, especially when it’s on the nails. This is probably the most sheer of all the colors in this set, but evens out in 2-3 coats without a major issue. Pictures below are 2 coats of Lavender Mist, no topcoat. Yes, they do look that different in the sun and indoors.

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We’re on to the glitters! Dream Maker is a combo of tiny silver hex glitters and larger, holographic silver hex glitters in a clear base. It’s a total disco ball polish, it’s great! I like to wear silvery colors like this over a cool-colored based, and Lavender Mist was perfect for it! It’s the silver version of Love and Beauty Gold. The glitter hardly needed any placement on the nail, just a little bit for the larger pieces if you’re picky (like me, lol). Pictures below are 1 coat of Dream Maker over Lavender Mist. Sorry for the yellow looking fingers in the indoor picture, I altered the colors in the picture to do the polishes more justice to their actual colors.

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And, of course, you always have to save the best for last. And Fairy Dust does not disappoint! Fairy Dust is a semi-flaky polish. It has some flakes, as well as small, iridescent hex glitters to give it a more interesting look, all in a clear base. The glitters flash red and orange when the light hits them, similar to Essie’s Hidden Treasure. In no way are the two polishes dupes, but if you’re having a hard time finding the Essie, this e.l.f polish might satisfy your craving. I prefer flaky polishes like this over dark colors, but the beauty of the polish is it looks slightly different over every different color you try! I used 2 coats of Fairy Dust over Skinny Jeans in the photos below!

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Overall, I really like this set. Some of the colors aren’t really super unique, however, there are a lot of great staple polishes here for anyone just starting a collection. My favorites are Fairy Dust, Lavender Mist, and Electric Fuchsia.

So, what do you think of this stunning set? Will you be picking it up?

The polishes in this set are 0.203 fl. oz., meaning that they’re minis (but much large than OPI minis) and are 3 free. e.l.f also has the added bonus of being cruelty free- they never test on animals. The set retails for $10 and can be bought at Target stores, as well as the e.l.f website, here.

~Beth~