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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!

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Artificial, indoor light

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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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MOTD- Zoya PixieDust “Carter”

Hello there!

I hope you all have had a nice relaxing weekend! I had my annual piano recital on Saturday, and though I’m happy that I played well (I played Debussy’s First Arabesque), I also feel really sad since that’s probably my last piano recital with my current teacher before college. She’s been with me since the very beginning 11 years ago, and I wouldn’t be the pianist I am today without her incredible guidance (and patience- especially about my long nails!). Here’s to many more years of music where these have come from!

Today’s polish is one that I’ve been meaning to share with you for quite some time but have never managed to getting around to photograph. I know I’m WAY late on this season’s Zoya PixieDust collection, but they’re so gorgeous, how could I not jump on the bandwagon? A while back, I picked up¬†Carter¬†from my local Ulta as a joke (my sister has a friend named Carter) and ended up being completely floored by how fantastic the polish is.

Carter is a dark, amethyst-toned violet texture polish with magenta sparkles flashing throughout. Once applied to the nail, the base becomes blackened, while the magenta and violet shimmers pop against the deep purple base. It’s such a stunner! The matte nature of the PixieDust line really brings out the sparkle (seemingly oxymoronic, no?). It’s a bit lumpy to apply, but most textures are, and dries super quickly. The first picture below is Carter without topcoat, and the following is with one coat of OPI Topcoat!

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The topcoat just adds more depth to the otherwise stunning polish. However, I think I prefer the matte original version. This polish is just a unique gem that shouldn’t be marred by topcoat. What are your opinions on this gorgeous lacquer? Let me know in the comments!

Zoya PixieDust polishes retail for $9.00 a bottle (slightly more expensive than their regular formula counterparts) and can be found at beauty supply stores, select salons, and on their website, here. Oh yeah, and be sure to follow them on twitter (@ZoyaNailPolish) for some awesome giveaways, and their weekly Tune Tuesday competition!

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Pink Ice “069”

Hello lovelies!

So, I realize that it’s almost not Wednesday at this point, as I sit here writing this post after 10 PM… But it’s been such a crazy day, I can honestly say that I forgot that it was Wednesday until now. Of course, I couldn’t miss our weekly Mean Girls Tribute, so I grabbed a pink polish, got painting, and decided to go with the better-late-than-never-speed-blog. I apologize in advance if the pictures aren’t up to snuff- they were done in a hurry to fit my schedule.

Pink Ice¬†069¬†is my pink polish selection this Wednesday. It’s a reddish magenta jelly base jam-packed with tiny magenta hex glitters. When I first bought it, I thought it was going to be a layering polish, because in the bottle, it doesn’t appear to have a tinted base. Upon swatching it, I realize it was actually completely opaque! A great surprise, no? Again, my only complaint- PINK ICE BRAND BRUSHES ARE HORRIBLE. Seriously. Look at this. This is a tragedy- stiff, bent out of shape, and horrible for painting evenly. If it weren’t for this brush problem, I’d be completely on board the Pink Ice bandwagon.

Look at how stiff and misshapen it is...

Look at how stiff and misshapen it is…

Minus the awful brush, the polish itself is nice. It’s a little patchy, and definitely takes 3 coats to even out, but I think the shine payoff is worth it in the end. The glitter is also so dense that the end texture of the polish is a bit rough (not to the Liquid Sand/PixieDust level rough, but still somewhat textured), but it could be easily smoothed out by a topcoat. In terms of color, I have to draw a parallel between this color and Zoya’s Sarah. I’ll do a comparison of the two eventually to see how close they really are, but from wearing them both separately, they look fairly similar. Pictures below are 3 coats of 069, no topcoat.

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You can see the “textured-ness” of the polish more in the second picture. It looks rougher than it is, I promise. What do you think of this raspberry hued lacquer? Are you a fan of Pink Ice, and have you had similar brush problems? Let me know in the comments!

Pink Ice polishes are a sub-brand of Rue 21, and retail for $3.99 a bottle (though they are often on sale for 2 for $5). They are found at Rue 21 store locations, as well as on their website, here.

~Beth~


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MOTD- Essie “The Lace is On”

Hiya!

Whew, has it been a busy day. That seems to be my M.O. recently- I’m always busy doing something. It’s tiring, but I like being on the go. It’s much more exciting than just sitting around!

Today I have a gorgeous polish to show you from Essie’s fall 2013 “For the Twill of it” collection. I know I’m a bit late showing these fall polishes, but hey, better late than never, right? I actually used this color recently in my cotton candy water marble, but I’ve never shown it on its own.¬†The Lace is On¬†(the color du jour) is a deep purple/magenta metallic. It’s almost blackened in some light on the nail, which adds a great 3D depth to the manicure. But there’s also some subtle pink shimmer running through the polish, as well. It’s definitely a stunner. Formula wise? Um… definitely not a fan. First of all, the brush seems to be really stiff. I’ve never had that problem with an Essie polish before, so I have to wonder if it’s just a bad bottle. The polish was also kinda gloopy and hard to apply (which you can tell by my swatch pictures). It’s pretty uneven and kinda patchy, even after the second coat, and it’s so thick I wouldn’t want to apply a 3rd. It’s a shame, because the color itself is such a stunner. Pictures below are 2 coats of The Lace is On, no topcoat.

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I wanted to hide some of the imperfections of the polish, so I decided to layer a glitter over it. I picked OPI’s Lights of Emerald City, which is a matte white square glitter with iridescent small square glitters interspersed. I’ve reviewed it before, here. I really like the combo. Pictures below are one coat of LOEC over 2 coats of TLIO.

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I like how the iridescent squares look firey red against the magenta base of the Essie polish. So, I guess all in all, it is a win-manicure today. Have you had the same issues with The Lace is On as I have? Let me know in the comments.

Essie polishes retail for between $7-$9 a bottle, and can be found at most drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Zoya “Sarah”

Hi ladies!

Happy hump day! This week is dragging by for me, I hope it’s going better for you! After a day jam-packed with tests, I needed some pink polish to brighten my day, and thankfully, I got it! I know I’ve been posting a LOT of Zoya recently (and there’s more coming!) but I could NOT resist posting this color today. I was at Ulta over the weekend, and they were having a buy 2 get 1 free sale on their luxury brand polishes, and I ended up getting 3 Zoya colors, and this was one of them! So let’s get started with the polish!

Sarah¬†(which also happens to be the name of my lovely sister) is a rich, reddish pink sparkler. It’s from the 2010 holiday collection, which the Zoya website lists as the “Flame” collection, but I’ve also seen it referred to as the “Fire and Ice” collection. In the bottle, it looks like it has some gold running through it, but I’m having a hard time finding it on the nail. Nonetheless, this polish still has a huge amount of depth- there are tiny bright fuchsia glitters amidst a darkened raspberry base. It’s a stunner! It almost looks squishy, even though it’s not a jelly at all. It has a great formula, applies easily, almost opaque in one coat! No patchiness or streaking. Pictures below are two coats of Sarah with no topcoat.

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I love bright colors like this! It’s not necessarily what you would call a “fall” color, but in my opinion, pinks like these are a staple that can be worn year round! My nails look like plump, juicy berries! Are you a fan of this Zoya gem? Let me know in the comments!

Zoya polishes have a recommended retail value of $7.99-$8.99 a bottle, and can be found at select beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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

Hi everyone!

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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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 ūüė¶ ). Pictures are 1 coat of Confetti, no topcoat.

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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 Beaut√© 031, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

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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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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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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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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~