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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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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Fall 2013 Review And Swatches!

Hi everyone!

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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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Sinful Colors “Pinky Glitter”

Hello lovelies!

It’s that time of the week again- time to wear pink! I was craving a glitter polish today, and when I was sifting through my pink stash, I stumbled across this mega-sparkler from Sinful Colors and just knew it had to be my manicure of choice. We all know I’m a sucker for all things glitter, so really, how could I resist?

Pinky Glitter, true to its name, is a pink glitter. No surprises there, lol. It’s a peachy-pink gel-like base packed with fine silver glitters and small round, silver, iridescent glitters. Yes, you heard me right. Round. I thought they were just really small hex glitters at first, but upon closer inspection, they look pretty round to me. The glitters flash different colors depending on the angle of light that hits them, but they most often reflect a light, icy blue, which creates a gorgeous contrast against the pink. It’s a bit of a thick polish due to the gellish consistency of the base, and does take a LONG while to dry fully (over and hour- it’s not a polish for the impatient), but I personally think it’s worth the wait! Pictures below are 3 coats of Pinky Glitter without a base polish.

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Though I think this could be worn on its own, it’s too sheer for me. It’s showing a lot of my natural nail colors, and my natural nail is stained yellow, which distorts the color. I’m not a fan of it on me this way, but if your nails are cleaner, I bet this would work. For me, I prefer this as a layering glitter, so I opted to try it over a pink creme and a white. The pink I chose was e.l.f. Electric Fuchsia and the white was Ulta’s Snow White. I really love both combos, especially the white, it looks like the color of a fairy! Pictures below use 2 coats of base polish with one coat of Pinky Glitter overtop.

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Love love LOVE this as a layering polish. I’ll definitely be giving this beauty some more attention in the future, she’s a shining star among glitters! What do you think of this shimmering lacquer? Let me know in the comments!

Sinful Colors polishes retail for around $1.99-$2.99 a bottle, and can be found at most chain drugstores, Target 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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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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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- Ulta Salon Formula “Sunset Bronze”

Hello all!

It’s hump day! I also have no school because of standardized testing, so it’s been a nice refresher to stay home and sleep! Of course, no relaxing day would be complete without painting my nails a gorgeous color, and the color I’ve chosen for this Mean Girls Wednesday sure fits the bill!

Sunset Bronze, despite the name, is a shimmery, subtle pink. It definitely leans more towards the blue/silver in the color spectrum. It’s very frosted, but the brushstrokes were surprisingly not an issue, I was pleasantly surprised. It’s RIDICULOUSLY shimmery, I love it so much! Formula-wise, it’s definitely workable, although a smidge too thin for me (usually I have the opposite problem, lol). It’s kinda sheer, but builds up in 2-3 coats. I used 2 for the picture below!

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The pictures make the brushstrokes look worse than they are, I promise. In real life, they are really difficult to notice unless you get really up close to the nail.

So what do you think of this dusty pink polish? Is it something you like to wear for the fall season (or any time, really). Let me know in the comments below!

Ulta Salon Formula Nail Lacquers retail for $6 (though there are often sales) and can be found in Ulta stores, and on Ulta’s 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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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~


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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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On Wednesdays We Wear Pink- Claire’s “Hot Stuff”

Hello lovely ladies!

It’s time to pull out the sunglasses, kids, because today I have my BRIGHTEST pink for you! This polish is appropriately named Hot Stuff by Claire’s Cosmetics Nail Polish, and boy is it a neon stunner!

Hot Stuff is a neon hot pink, just screaming for summer days and pool parties. It’s very opaque, and it only takes 2 coats to get full coverage on the nail. Formula wise, this polish is very nice. Not too thick (which some neons can be), though it does veer to the thicker side of polish, but it’s certainly workable. It dries to a satin finish, but it easily becomes shiny with topcoat. VNL can be a bit of a problem when you hold your nails up to the light, but it’s not really bothersome to me. Pictures below are without topcoat.

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This polish is somewhat similar to last week’s Pink Ice color, however, Hot Stuff has no shimmer whatsoever running through it, and it’s definitely much pinker. All in all, it’s a great hot pink to have in your stash! Two gold stars!

Claire’s polishes retail for $4.00-$8.00 (depending on the polish line, this one was $4.50) and can be bought at Claire’s stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~