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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.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Sunlight

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- The Flaky Polish Trend (On a Budget!)

Hi there!

How’s everyone doing today? It’s kinda cloudy and grey here. Luckily, the sun came out for just a little bit, so I could get my sunlight pictures for the nail polish I have to show you today! The weather wants my blog to be successful, thanks weather! So without further ado, let’s get to the polish!

Recently, “flaky” nail polishes have been taking beauty stores by storm. They were (and still are) an “it” polish trend. They really began when the brand Finger Paints released its “Special Effects” collection in early 2012 (a great review of these polishes was done by Jen from the Polishaholic, viewable here). These polishes looked all the same in the bottle, but when you applied them over a black polish, the iridescent, irregularly shaped glitter shards would illuminate with another color. Other brands have released similar products, such as the polish Luxe and Lush, released in the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, or the entire Revlon Moon Candy nail art collection. Essie also released flakies in their “Luxeffects” 2011 Holiday Collection (the polish was called Shine of the Times). And of course, who could forget Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure, which is essentially the original flaky. No matter how you slice it, flakies are an on trend nail effect that people love. The problem? They tend to be super expensive. The Moon Candy polishes retail for $8.99 a piece, Essie is usually $8-$9, the Finger Paints are $5.50 (and retired). Luckily, I’ve found an inexpensive (and still quality) substitution for the ridiculously high prices.

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Introducing Funky Fingers Flaky polishes. Recently, I reviewed another Funky Fingers (the FiveBelow nail polish brand) polish called Jawbreaker. These polishes are $2 a piece, or 3 for $5. Much much MUCH cheaper than other flaky brands. This particular polish is called Taken, and has red, blue, and greenish flakies in a super sheer blue base. Really, this base barely changes the color of the base polish, so it’s still good for layering. The flakies in this polish do not need to be placed, they apply evenly, and don’t have much curling off the nail (I had that problem when I used to use China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush). The flakies in this polish are a lot bigger than the flakies in Finger Paints or Essie, but they’re pretty much on par with Luxe and Lush and the Moon Candy collection. In the pictures included, I wore the flakies over two different base colors. The sky blue is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue Me Away! and the black is Love and Beauty Black. Over the blue, the colors are much more muted, and the red flakies shine through, but over black, I think the color is very reminiscent of Finger Paints’ rainbow flaky, Twisted (which you can see in Jen’s post I linked above). Pictures below are two coats of Taken, one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in Flawless as my topcoat.

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Sunlight

Sunlight

Sunlight

Sunlight

This polish is a real winner for me because the quality competes with other, more high end brands like Revlon and China Glaze, and the price is virtually unbeatable. This polish also comes in a lavender base, and a pink base, among others. These polishes are available at FiveBelow stores. What is your opinion on flaky polishes? Are you onboard with this nail art trend? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~