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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Rimmel “English Rose”

Hi lacquer lovers!

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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.

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

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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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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Artificial, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

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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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink: Rue Beauté “068”

¡Hola amigas!

It’s Wednesday once again! And thanks to Mean Girls, we all know what that means…. we must wear pink. And I have the most amazing pink glitter bomb to share with you today!

Rue Beauté’s 068 is a matte and shimmer rainbow glitter bomb all in an opaque hot pink base. You know, when I started collecting polish, I used to be really dubious of polishes like these. I always thought to myself “well, won’t the base just cover up the glitter and make it look like a lumpy mess?” But when I saw this color on sale at Rue 21 this summer (I know, I know, it’s sat in the untried pile for way too long) on sale for $1, well, how could I resist?

I’m so glad I opted to buy this polish. It’s such a unique blend of glitter, and my original suspicions did not hold true. It’s actually quite easy to see the glitter through the pink base, but the base is opaque enough that you can wear the polish by itself, and not just layered over another color. And speaking of the glitter, there is SO much glitter in here! Medium hex glitters in orange, yellow, blue, pink, green and silver, and tiny hex glitters in the same colors. There’s a high likelihood I’m missing some because the glitter is SO DENSE, but you get the point. It’s a rainbow explosion! The hot pink base is a true neon, very similar in color to Claire’s Hot Stuffjust more blue based as opposed to Hot Stuff’s orange base. The polish is a bit thick due to the glitter, but still pretty workable, and the glitter requires no placement. Pictures below are 2 coats of 068, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor light

As you can see, the polish dries satin. If you want the polish to have a shine to it, a coat of topcoat should do the trick. But I really like it this way, I think it helps the glitter to stand out. What do you think of glitter bombs like this? Let me know in the comments!

Rue Beauté nail polishes retail for $3.99 a bottle (though are frequently on sale for 2 bottles for $5) and can be found at Rue 21 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- NYC “Pink Champagne”

Hi ladies!

It’s that day of the week again- Wednesday! Ugh, who am I kidding, Wednesdays are awful. But hey, one day closer to Friday, right? And we get to celebrate Mean Girls with pink polish!

Today’s color du jour is New York Color Long Wearing Nail Enamel in Pink Champagne. In the bottom it looks like a cotton candy pale pink with gold shimmer running throughout it. On the nail….eh, not so much. It almost becomes a shiny nude on the nail, which is not my cup of tea. I expected a color like this to be sheer, but man, this was SHEER. I’m wearing 4 coats in the pictures and you can still see my VNL. It also dries super slowly, it’s still kinda gooey right now, and I’ve had it on for 30 minutes. Ugh, I’m so disappointed, I still have yet to find a good pale pink. The saving grace was the formula, at least it applied well and self-leveled fairly decently (at least for a sheer). Pictures below are without topcoat.

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Natural, indoor light

Natural, indoor light

Maybe this color would look better on someone else, but with my ridiculously pale skin, sheers just look completely wrong on me. I’ll have to give it a try as a French manicure base at some point, maybe that will help it.

In order to try and redeem my manicure, I added some glitter to at least add a little pizzazz so I can wear it to school tomorrow. My glitter of choice was Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquer in Piñata-Yada-Yada. Let’s all take a moment to stop and appreciate how absolutely amazing that name is. Are we good? Ok. PYY is a gorgeous rainbow confetti of hex glitters in pretty much all the colors of the rainbow! One of my favorites! Pictures below are one coat of Piñata-Yada-Yada over Pink Champagne, no topcoat.

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What do you think of this super sheer pink-nude color? Love or hate? Let me know in the comments!

NYC polishes are available from $0.84 to $3, depending on the line, and are found in drugstores and on their website, here.

~Beth~