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Green and Brown Water Marble!

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I hope that all of my US readers had a fantastic Thanksgiving, and that all of my Jewish readers are having a fantastic Hannukah! The holiday season is all about bringing family and friends together in celebration, and it was wonderful seeing my extended family last night. I’m so thankful for all of the wonderful people I have in my life, and I’m most certainly thankful for the support I’ve gotten since starting The Polish Influenza. You all are amazing, and I can’t thank you enough for the amazing feedback I’ve gotten. I hope you’ll continue to enjoy my nail reviews and designs through the holiday season and into the new year!

For Thanksgiving weekend, I wanted to do a water marble in order to bring some festivity to my hands. I recently picked up Essie’s Shake Your $$ Maker, a bright green, from Walgreens for $4 (a bargain for Essie, I know), so I knew I wanted to incorporate it into the design. I thought that a dark, coffee brown would go well with the green, so I settled on Rue Beauté 063. Unfortunately, I soon found out that Shake Your $$ Maker would not spread in the water. I still wanted to use it, though, so I devised a plan.

I painted my nails with a base of Ulta’s Snow White, and then painted two coats of Shake Your $$ Maker overtop. Once that dried, I marbled 063 and OPI Topcoat in the water, so that the clear part of the marble would show the green. It worked wonderfully, and I’m super happy with the result! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat sealing the design.

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I am so happy with this design, I especially love the green! What do you think of the design? And what are you doing this holiday weekend? Taking advantage of any of the nail polish Black Friday sales (Zoya has some AMAZING deals on their website!)? Let me know in the comments below!

~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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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 😦 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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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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Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Review and Swatches!

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If 2012 was defined by magnetic polish and flakies, then 2013 is the year of the texture and matte bar glitter. Luckily, you can get your mani-fix with Sally Hansen. This summer, Sally Hansen released two new nail effect lines in order to spice up your manicure: Sugar Coat, a texture polish collection, and Fuzzy Coat, a line of matte bar glitters in a clear base, meant to imitate the effect of fabric. The bar glitter especially has been polarizing in the nail world, showing up in collections by Essie (Peak so Chic from Encrusted Treasures), Zoya (Mosheen from Zenith) and of course, China Glaze (the On the Horizon collection). While I myself am getting tired of the trend, I can’t blame Sally Hansen- they came to this party first! And today, I have some of the Fuzzy Coat polishes to share with you.

Wool Knot is a baby blue and white mix of tiny matte bar glitter in a clear base. I love this color combo- it’s really fresh and pairs great with almost every color (though I especially like it over pink). It was the sparsest of the glitters I got, and had the most problems with bald spots. Pics below are one coat of Wool Knot over Essie’s The Lace is On!

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Fuzz-Sea is a mix of baby blue and yellow matte bar glitters. Though it looks like there are also green glitters in the mix, it’s actually just an optical illusion from the blue and yellow- only two colors here! This applied better than its cousin Wool Knot, but still was a little sparse in my opinion, especially considering how dense it looks in the bottle! Pics below are 1 coat of Fuzz-Sea over Rue Beauté 040.

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Tweedy is a matte black and white bar glitter. This is my favorite of the three hands down- it’s jam packed with glitter, and is slightly thicker in consistency than the other two, making it easier to apply. It’s almost opaque enough to wear on its own! This would look pretty good over almost any base color, but for pics, I used 1 coat of Tweedy over Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New Wave Blue.

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On the Fuzzy Coat display, Sally Hansen shows pictures of the glitters being worn by themselves and looking completely opaque. Wanting to give the polishes a try, I ended up with mixed results:

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Wool Knot had a lot of bald-spot issues. It’s a really really thin polish with minimal glitter pay off, so it gets to be a gloopy mess after 2 coats (I used three here). Fuzz-Sea was slightly better in 3 coats, but suffered from the same goop problem as Wool Knot. Tweedy, on the other hand, looked pretty opaque after 3 coats, and dried quickly between layers, so Tweedy is the only one who lives up to the standard. The other two are best used as layering/glitter toppers due to how thin and runny the base is.

In general, I’m happy with the collection. In my opinion, Sally Hansen has done this glitter trend the best- they provided a large range of colors to satisfy every craving. I personally though the China Glaze On the Horizon collection was way too one-note and orange based, it just didn’t have the variety that Sally Hansen provides. What do you think of this collection? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat polishes retail for between $5-$6 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on Sally Hansen’s website, here.

OH YEAH. By the way, I wrote a guest post for the lovely Jenn over at the Polished PR. It features an exclusive, never before seen autumn-inspired nail art design done by moi, so go check it out on her website, HERE! And while you’re at it, make sure to check out her blog- it’s got some fantastic nail art you’re sure to love!

~Beth~

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MOTD- Kleancolor “Holo Chrome” and Beautyjoint.com Review!

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So, this point was actually meant to be published yesterday, and then I fell asleep… What can I say? It was a long week and sometimes sleep > nails (but only sometimes, usually it’s the other way around!) Better late than never though, right? So let’s get started on today’s post!

A while ago, I heard about the website Beautyjoint.com while browsing through my favorite beauty guru channels on youtube. Though I can’t remember the specific channel I discovered the website on, all you have to do is search “Beauty Joint review” and you’ll get a whole slew of results. The reviews I found were overwhelmingly positive (and also included a coupon code!!) so of course I had to try it out. The website had all sorts of makeup, but of course I gravitated immediately to the nail section. The first thing that floored me was the China Glaze discounts. Guys, there are $3.99 bottles of China Glaze. As low as $3.99!! What a bargain! There are also several old collections, such as the Avant Garden collection from spring 2013 and Capitol Colors from Winter 2012, as well as the current collections, such as On the Horizon and Autumn Nights. There’s also a great collection of mini nail polish sets from various brands such as LA Girl, Wet n’ Wild, and more. The selection is second to none! And for the most part, the prices are majorly discounted.

Look at the prices! Such a bargain!

Look at the prices! Such a bargain!

I ordered 4 nail polishes in my order: 2 from Kleancolor (a brand which I had never heard of before) and 2 nail art stripers from Artdeco. The polish was shipped within 3-5 business days, and arrived in less than 3 weeks. The shipment was wrapped in layers upon layers of bubble wrap, and everything arrived perfectly intact. I was very pleased with the quality of shipping, product, and the company overall. Beautyjoint.com is a must-try for all of you beauty enthusiasts out there: you wont be disappointed!

Today, I have one of the colors I ordered from Beauty Joint, Kleancolor Holo Chrome. Surprisingly, for being “chrome” (generally a metallic blackened silver), this has a blurple gel base (“blurple” being a blue purple). It’s filled with holographic blurple and silver glitters which flash rainbows of sparkle when the light hits them. This is most definitely a scattered holo polish, not a linear one like my Born Pretty holo. It has a really weird smell to it. I can’t really describe it, but it doesn’t smell like the “traditional” nail polish smell. It’s not exactly unpleasant, but not exactly nice, either. It’s kinda thick, but considering the glitter density, I can excuse it. Pictures below are 2 coats!

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Overall, I really like this polish. The $1.75 price tag made it even better! Have any of you tried Kleancolor polishes? What were your experiences? And anyone else try Beautyjoint? Let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

~Beth~


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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fall 2013 Review And Swatches!

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So yes, I know it’s Wednesday, and On Wednesdays We Wear Pink, but today, my OWWWP is going to be incorporated into my haul and review! While out running errands at Target yesterday, I FINALLY stumbled into Sally Hansen’s Xtreme Wear Fall 2013 Glitter collection! I have been looking for these EVERYWHERE and none of my local drugstores or beauty supply stores had them. I was actually looking for the Maybelline Brocade collection, but I could not pass these up- I was afraid they’d disappear on me again!

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The fall 2013 Limited Edition glitter collection includes 10 almost indy-like glitter bombs, each with a different base color. My Target only had 6 of the 10 bottles, and since one of them was just another matte black and white glitter, I decided to pass on it. The other 5 I picked up were all the different colors of the rainbow! Formula wise, all of these polishes had a very thin clear base (with the exception of Seal-y String), and required a LARGE amount of glitter placement. The glitter density was less than I expected from looking at the bottle, but still decent. So let’s get started on the review!

Rosey Shooter is a mix of large, medium, and small magenta/red hex glitters, medium and small white hex glitters, small silver glitters, and white bar glitters. It’s got one of the better densities of the glitters I picked up, and looks fantastic over black! This is my “On Wednesdays We Wear Pink” post for the week! Pictures below are 1 coat of Rosey Shooter over 2 coats of Love and Beauty Black.

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Glitter Gun is a mix of medium and small gold glitters, small silver hex glitters, large and medium white matte hex glitters, and white bar glitters. This looks like a starry sky on my nails! This is also really dense and applies well to the nail. Pictures below are 1 coat of Glitter Gun over 2 coats of Love and Beauty Black.

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Green Rocket is a mix of white, medium, and small matte white hex glitters, medium and small green hex glitters, small silver hex glitters, and white bar glitters. There’s actually more white in this glitter than green, and the glitter was kinda sparse, so this one disappointed me. It’s still pretty though! Pictures below are 1 coat of Green Rocket over Ulta Fuchsiamania.

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Seal-y String is the only polish that I bought that doesn’t have a clear base. It’s a sheer gray-blue base, large silver glitters, small baby blue hex glitters, tiny black glitters, and matte black bar glitter. I’ve heard other bloggers say they’ve found this polish to have large black hex glitters in it too, but I don’t think my bottle has any. How strange. This one isn’t my favorite (personal preference) but it’s still a nice polish! Pictures below are 1 coat of Seal-y String over Rue Beauté 040 (green) and e.l.f. Skinny Jeans (blue).

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Frazzle Dazzle is a mix of large, medium, and small bronze hex glitters, some medium, small, and tiny silver hex glitters, and large black bar glitter. I think this one is my favorite of the polishes I picked up! I love the mix of copper and black- it looks superb over the spring green. Pictures below are 1 coat of Frazzle Dazzle over Rue Beauté 063 (brown) and Cover Girl Appletini (green).

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I’m so happy I picked these up! I’m a huge glitter fan (as you all know) and these certainly do not disappoint! There are a few purple glitters in this collection that Sally Hansen released, but they weren’t at Target, but if I ever find them, I will most certainly pick them up! What do you think of this collection? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Polishes retail for about $2.50 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, general stores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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MOTD- Rue Beauté “009”

Hello ladies!

Another Monday conquered, thank goodness! It’s dreadful waking up after a 3-day weekend. I feel like my body gets accustomed to my 11 AM wakeup call much faster than it could ever adapt to my normal 6:30 AM alarm. Just 6 days to go before Thanksgiving break though! Almost there!

Today I have a gorgeous silver foil shimmer for you. It’s number 009 from Rue Beauté, and I originally bought it to be my replacement for my rapidly depleting bottle of Sephora by OPI’s Bring on the Snowflakes. While the two have similar qualities, 009 ended up being somewhat different than its Sephora counterpart. 009 is definitely a silver foil finish, and it’s stunning. It’s definitely got some patchiness problems upon application, but smoothes out in 3 coats. It looks like a put an unwrinkled sheet of aluminum foil over my nails! It does have some of the sparkle that BOTS delivers, but it’s more subtle. I really like this polish! Pictures below are 3 coats of 009, no topcoat.

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So very very shiny! What do you think of the silver sparkler? Will it be gracing your nails this upcoming holiday season? Let me know in the comments!

Rue Beauté polishes retail for $3.99 a bottle, though are frequently on sale for 2 for $5.00, and are found at Rue 21 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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Diabetes Awareness Month Nail Art!

Hi everyone!

Though the arrival of November to most people means Thanksgiving and the holiday season, for many, it also signifies the start of National Diabetes awareness month. 8.3% of the population of the USA has diabetes: that’s 25.8 million people. And quite honestly, that’s 25.8 people too many. Though I myself am lucky enough to not have the disease, one of my best friends in the world, Tory, has type one diabetes, and has struggled with it since her diagnosis at age 7. Though she has every reason in the world to be bitter and depressed about her disease, she’s one of the most optimistic, positive, uplifting people I know. And today’s nail art is dedicated to her ❤

JDRF’s (Junior Diabetes Relief Fund) color to represent diabetes is blue, so I knew I had to incorporate it into the design. I decided to make a blue and white water marble on my pinky, middle, and pointer fingers using Ulta’s Snow White and Wet n’ Wild Fastdry Saved by the Blue. To create the water marble design, I alternated between the white and the blue, then drew random lines with a toothpick in the bullseye to create a random marbled look. On the pinky finger, I created a red ribbon on a black background, to represent the colors of National Diabetes Awareness Month. I used Love and Beauty Black for the background and Markwin Red for the ribbon. And finally, on the thumb, I painted a red background with Markwin Red, a black heart in Love and Beauty Black, and in Rue Beauté 009, I wrote Tory’s name over the heart, to represent her fight against diabetes. Pictures below are without topcoat!

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If anyone who reads this blog is diabetic, has a family member or friend who is diabetic, or just supports the cause, please let me know in the comments below. Diabetes needs to be stopped, and I know a cure is going to be found. Also, make sure to leave some loving for Tory below, I know she’ll appreciate it 🙂 Make sure to wear blue for diabetes this month! I know I will be.

~Beth~


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B-Girl Cosmetics Sparkle Yogurt Mini-Glitter Set (Born Pretty Store)

Hi everyone!

So my week is OFFICIALLY OVER! I love having Friday’s off, it makes the week feel shorter than having a Monday off, in my opinion. Although, I’ll take either if it means getting extra sleep! I have such a busy weekend: a college interview, my senior piano recital, and my school’s Open House. Luckily, it’s all really enjoyable, so it should be a fun few days!

Today I have an… interesting purchase/review to share with you. As part of my Born Pretty Store haul from awhile back, I bought a set of 4 mini nail polishes that looked a lot like indy polishes (a glitter bomb in a milky base). The brand is called “B-Girl”, which I assumed stood for “Born Pretty Girl”, since that was the retailer. But no. Oh no. I was wrong. Instead, it was this:

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That is right, ladies and gents. B-Girl stands for “Barbaric Girl”, because really, who doesn’t want to have their nails look barbaric, amiright? I’m going to have to chalk this one up to “Engrish”, which, to those of you who don’t know, is a comical translation of an Asian language (most often Chinese) to English. Since Born Pretty Store appears to be based in Singapore, this seems to be a plausible scenario. Engrish can get oh so funny, as seen on the back side of the box…

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One of my best friends is Chinese, and she’s told me this kind of thing is all over China from the times she’s visited. And let me tell you, the website engrishfunny.com has plenty more where that came from. But enough about that. On to the nail polish!

I’m kinda disappointed overall, guys. The website advertised the set coming with 4 colors: blue, green, peach, and purple. But I got two bottles of blue instead of a purple 😦 Also, my pink bottle seemed to leak during shipping, which made it a gloopy mess to apply. I guess one has to bear in mind it did ship overseas, but it was so well-wrapped, I feel like it has to be a manufacturing error. Order at your own risk. Since the colors don’t have names, I’m going to name them for the sake of reviewing!

Blueberry Yogurt is a sky blue milky base with large orange-y gold silver, pink, and light blue hex glitters, as well as fine silver and magenta glitter mixed in. Overall, the consistency of this was pretty nice, though slightly on the thick side, and opacity was fine. I do like the glitter mix though, it’s quite different. I used two coats for pictures below.

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Peach Yogurt is a disgusting, awful fail of a polish. Part of it has to do with its horrendous formula (thick, goopy, and patchy), but in general, the color is so washed out it just makes my nails look sickened. It’s a peachy pink milky base with large blue and magenta hex glitters with fine silver and magenta glitter mixed in. Just a big fat no. Pictures below are two coats.

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Key Lime Yogurt is the saving grace of the trio. It’s a lovely spring green milky base with large dark green, orange, and magenta hex glitters, with fine silver and magenta glitters mixed in. It applies smoothly and is the thinnest of the 3 (though by no means thin- it’s still on the thick side). I like the color overall, it’s definitely my favorite. Pictures below are 2 coats.

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I’m definitely not thrilled by this set. One striking problem I noticed with all 3 polishes is that they don’t dry. Like, at all. They’re still squishy after over an hour, and I even tried using Zoya Fast Dry Drops on some of them, to no avail (and those drops work really well). I just can’t recommend these polishes to you, there are just too many flaws. What do you think of the collection? Have you had better luck with it? Let me know in the comments!

B-Girl Cosmetics is sold on the Born Pretty Store Website, and this particular set was $7.99.

~Beth~