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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 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!

Hi everyone!

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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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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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~


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MOTD- Wet n’ Wild “Caribbean Frost” and KITTENS

Hello there!

I know I tend to favor showing cool-toned polishes on my blog, but those polishes are in my favorite color group. Purples, teals, turquoises, purples, and blues (along with cold metallics like ice white and shimmering silver) dominate my stash. While I do have plenty of polishes in every color of the rainbow, my favorite ones to share are those of my favorite colors, and today is no different!

Today I have Wet n’ Wild’s Caribbean Frost to share with you. It’s a metallic-y teal color pretty evenly balanced between a blue and green base (if anything, it leans ever so slightly green). Though it appears as though it would be similar to Zoya Giovanna, the two are very different- Giovanna is much greener in its base, and really isn’t so much metallic as it is shimmery, whereas Caribbean Frost is all metallic. It does have some brushstroke issues, but with even strokes of the hand, you can still get the polish to look right. It’s almost a one-coater (it’s a bit thick), but I used 2 for the picture below.

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I wanted to spice up my mani a bit, so I proceeded to unwrap my new Born Pretty Store stamping plate QA15 (shown below) for a quick stamp. For my manicure, I decided to use the ADORABLE kitten icons and the small flower.

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I painted over my desired design with Sinful Colors Snow Me White, scraped off the excess, picked up the image, and stamped, giving me the most meow-licious manicure, seen below!

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So what do you think of the polish, and the plate? Are you a cat person, or would you rather have seen a different design from the plate? Let me know in the comments below!

Wet n’ Wild nail polish retails for $0.99-$4.99 a bottle, depending on the nail polish line, and can be found in most chain drugstores, as well as on their website, here.

~Beth~


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Fall 2013 Polish Comparisons and Swatches!

Hi everyone!

I’m back! I’ve been majorly busy this week and have not had the time nor energy to even think about blogging. I missed swatching and sharing my lacquers with you, so I’m super glad to be back (and super glad my crazy schedule has FINALLY calmed down again!) I should be back to my normal posting schedule from this point forward!

Today I’m going to be showing you some of my favorite fall nail polishes, and some dupes I’ve found. Not all polishes from this post are from a fall 2013 collection (though most are), instead, they’re just colors I like to wear in the winter! My goal is to provide you with an inexpensive alternative to some of the more high end polishes (though sometimes, you have to splurge!) It’s also to help weed through my nail polish collection…. So let’s get started!

Essie For the Twill of it v. Color Club Port-folio v. Wet n’ Wild Gray’s Anatomy 

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Well, it’s pretty obvious: no dupes here. Especially not the Wet n’ Wild- it’s really sheer and nowhere near the same as the deep, grayed out base of the Essie. Port-folio gets closer to Essie, but it’s a much redder purple, and has a stronger green duochrome, whereas FTTOI has green, pink, blue, gray, silver, and more. I couldn’t recommend one over the other, so they’re all worth it in my book!

NOTE: OPI’s Peace, Love, and OPI (not owned) is a completely spot-on dupe of For the Twill of it. You only need one or the other in your collection.

Zoya Giovanna v. Sephora by OPI Mermaid to Order

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While these two are close, they’re not dupes. Giovanna is a much deeper color than Mermaid, and Mermaid is much more metallic than Giovanna, which causes more brushstroke issues. Giovanna also has a more green base than the bluish Mermaid. They are close enough that you don’t really need both, and if I had to recommend one, I’d recommend the Zoya, because it’s just a better, more workable formula.

Essie Tart Deco v. Wet n’ Wild Blazed v. Sephora by OPI How Cute is That?

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How Cute is That? is the oddball of the bunch- it’s got a shimmer in its base and is a much cooler coral tone than the others. It’s also a lot sheerer than the other two, so I’m not really a big fan. Blazed is a bit cooler, darker, and more jelly-like than Tart Deco, but besides that, they’re pretty similar. Depending on how bright you want your coral (Tart Deco is definitely more eye-searing than Blazed), either would make a good choice (though Wet n’ Wild is $0.99, and Essie is $7.99).

Zoya Sarah v. Pink Ice 069

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Definitely no dupes here, despite them looking somewhat similar in the picture. Sarah dries much smoother than 069, and is much warmer and more red-based than the blue-based 69. Sarah also has a gorgeous gold shimmer in it that 069 lacks. Zoya wins hands down here.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Nightwatcher v. Rue Beauté 043

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These two are pretty much spot on. In person, there’s a slight difference in that Nightwatcher is more black than 043, but honestly, it’s so subtle that either gives the same effect. I’d recommend Rue Beauté for the $3.99 price tag, but the Sally Hansen most definitely has the best brush and formula. It’s up to you!

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Supernova v. NYC Sparkle Top Coat

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They look pretty similar in the picture, but NYC definitely is different from its Sally Hansen counterpart. NYC has a lot of silver and blue glitter mixed into a semi-pink base, while the Sally Hansen has pink glitter as the dominant color. Both are less than $3, so it’s really up to you which you prefer. I personally pick NYC because you don’t have to place any of the glitter, whereas Sally Hansen can be a bit fickle.

Do you have any suggestions for more comparisons in the future? I can’t promise I can do all of them (some polishes are just too expensive to get my hands on at the moment), but if I have the polishes available to me, I’d love to do a comparison. Let me know what you’d like to see in the comments!

~Beth~


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MOTD- Zoya “Giovanna”

Hi guys!

Happy daylight savings time! I don’t know about you, but I really enjoyed that extra hour of sleep. I’m one of those people who does not wake up unless someone/something interrupts my sleep. I’m pretty sure I wouldn’t wake up otherwise!

Today I have a really gorgeous polish from Zoya’s fall 2013 Satins line. It’s called Giovanna, and it is a deep, pure teal. It’s almost metallic, though not enough so to have massive brushstroke issues, but nonetheless, it’s super shiny. This shade of teal reminds me of Caribbean waters far off the shore after they’ve been stirred up by a storm. I know, super descriptive, but that’s the sense I get! It’s got a warmth to it, which makes it perfect for this fall weather! Application wise, it was great, not too thin or thick, and super opaque, almost good in one coat! I used 2 coats for the pictures below, no topcoat.

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Isn’t it gorgeous? Teals/turquoises are some of my favorite nail polishes out there, I can never have too many! What do you think of this amazing Zoya color? Let me know in the comments below!

Zoya nail polishes retail for $7.99-$8.99 a bottle, depending on the line (PixieDust polishes are more expensive), and can be found at beauty supply stores, select salons, and on their website, here.

~Beth~


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Sally Hansen Triple Shine Nail Polish Review and Swatches!

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WARNING: THIS POST CONTAINS EXCESSIVE SWATCH PICTURES. VIEW AT YOUR OWN RISK (OF BECOMING ADDICTED TO POLISH)

Hi everyone!

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I got an early Halloween treat this year! On Thursday, I got a package in the mail from Sally Hansen containing some of the BRAND SPANKING NEW Triple Shine nail polishes!! Man, was I excited. I saw the press release for this a while back and was enthralled. I love love LOVE shiny nail polishes and unique glitter mixes, and with the release of the Sephora Formula X line, they’ve become all the rage this season. Unfortunately for me, the Sephora polishes are a little out of my price range for the moment 😦 Luckily, however, the Sally Hansen Triple Shine line provides an affordable alternative, and packs just as much, if not more, glitter in every bottle.

Sally Hansen describes this line of polishes in their press review:

“[the] Biggest, boldest, shiniest colors. When it comes to a brilliant shine, the key word is more, more, more. That’s why Sally Hansen is bringing maximum radiance to the season’s most covetable colors with the new Triple Shine Nail Color. Sally Hansen knows that high shine is what you crave. Yet, daily hand washing can eat away at color due to water’s high pH, detergent can dull shine, and everything from chlorine to heat can damage polish’s precious luster. Luckily, this innovative formula features a one-of-a-kind Ultimate Shield Complex, designed to help polish withstand the wear and tear of everyday living. As the latest breakthrough from Sally Hansen, the definitive color authority, Triple Shine Nail Color marries sheer brilliance with the shades of the moment for non-stop shine in the colors you covet”

These colors really do pack a punch! There are 3 mini 10 piece “collections” within the main line:

Iridescence: A range of nine ethereal, pearlescent pastels and shimmering metallics

Pop: A rainbow of ten vibrant, saturated polishes in bold brights

Fanta-Sea: A glittering selection of ten aquatic tones that evoke the sun-dappled sea

In edition, there is also a new topcoat being released. I got 2 polishes from the Fanta-Sea Line and one from the Iridescence Line, so let’s get started on the review!

Great White is a shimmery white polish with subtle blue and silver shimmer running through it. It’s from the “Iridescence” line, and it definitely lives up to that! It’s SUPER sheer though, which is sorta disappointing. But I loved the color so much I went to great extents and used 4 coats for pictures below, no topcoat.

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As you can see, the VNL is still visible. So, I decided to try it layered over 2 coats of Ulta’s Snow White, and the result was fantastic! Definitely a layering polish, and definitely a winner! A pic of it layered is below.

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Sparks Fly is a dark blue gelled base with large, medium, and small silver hex glitters packed in. This polish packs a glitter punch! I love how the base gives some of the glitter a subtle blue hue, it really looks like starlight dappling the surface of a lake. I think this is my favorite of the polishes I was sent! I used 2 coats with no base for pictures below.

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Twinkled Pink is a baby pink gelled base with large silver and pinky/coral hex glitters, and tiny silver hex glitters. This one is pretty sheer on its own, and it’s also kinda thick to apply due to the glitter density. Still, the contrast between the silver glitters and the base color make for an interesting contrast, similar to Sparks Fly. I used 2 coats for pictures below, no base.

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I wanted to see what both of these glitters looked like layered, so I decided to try them over 4 coats of Great White. I SO love the combination, they work great together. The VNL disappears, and the overall effect lives up to the polish’s name- TRIPLE SHINE! These are definitely meant to be worn together, they look fantastic paired. Pics below are 4 coats of Great White with one coat of glitter over each.

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The pink reminds me of the color of a fairy this way, or bubblegum. It’s so pretty! I love it!

Overall, what I’ve tested of this collection is fabulous. I especially love the brushes, they’re very similar to the Complete Salon Manicure brushes- wide and able to cover the nail in one stroke. I’d love to get my hands on more of the Fanta-Sea glitters, and I’d really like to try some of the Pop rainbow colors as well. Oh, who am I kidding. I just want the whole collection! What did you think of these sparkle-tastic colors? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Triple Shine polishes retail for $4.99 a bottle, and can be found at most chain drugstores, beauty supply stores, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

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NYC In a New York Color Minute Topcoats Review and Swatches

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Hi everyone!

Recently, with my busy schedule, I have not had the time to do my usual nail art on my nails. There just isn’t time between schoolwork, extracurriculars, and work to take time out of my day for an artistic manicure. It’s disappointing, because there’s nothing I like more than having an intriguing design on my nails. I’m not the kind of person who likes to wear a “plain” manicure (though there’s absolutely nothing wrong with that!) Fortunately, the new NYC In a New York City Special Effects Topcoats provide a quick and easy element of pizzazz to any  manicure, in a flash!

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Today, I have two “effects” to show you: the Sparkle Topcoat, and the matte topcoat called Matte Me Crazy. Both come in 0.33 fl. oz. bottles, which should last for PLENTY of manicures. Each has a thin application brush for precision, which especially helps in the glitter placement of the Sparkle topcoat. I was so excited when these came in the mail, so let’s get to the review!

The Sparkle topcoat is a small blue and pink hex glitter mixed with a very fine silver glitter, all in a sheer pink base. It looks very similar to Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear’s Supernova in the bottle, but Supernova isn’t nearly as glitter-dense as this NYC beauty, and Supernova doesn’t have a pink base, either- it’s base is clear. Since the base of the polish is pink, I thought it would look best over other pink polishes (though I also wanted to see it over a blue since there is blue glitter in the polish itself). The colors I chose to test the Sparkle topcoat with are below:

From thumb to pinky: Ulta "Fuchsiamania", Love and Beauty "Pink", Claire's "Hot Stuff", NYC "Empire State Blue", Revlon Scented Parfum "Cotton Candy"

From thumb to pinky: Ulta “Fuchsiamania”, Love and Beauty “Pink”, Claire’s “Hot Stuff”, NYC “Empire State Blue”, Revlon Scented Parfum “Cotton Candy”

Then, I applied one coat of Sparkle topcoat over all of them…

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Holy glitter Batman! I love this over all of these combos except over Hot Stuff. I think the base is just too coral-y for the cooler pink and blue to really stand out. Now, over Revlon Cotton Candy, this glitter is divine! I also love how the pink is played up over a blue polish base. I can’t wait to experiment with more color combos! Overall, the glitter requires minimal placement, if any at all, and looks great in one coat, though, the more coats you add, the more of a “punch” you’ll give your nails! Formula was nice, not too thick or thin. Love this!

Matte Me Crazy I will admit I was dubious about. I have an Ulta matte topcoat that I got for about $10 in a set of 4, and I really hate it. It turns my nails satin, not matte at all- the shine still peaks through. So when I found out this polish was under $2 at drugstores, I really had my doubts. Nonetheless, I decided to give it a whirl. To fully test it, I picked some really shiny base colors to layer it with:

From thumb to pinky: Fresh Paints "Dragon Lady", Revlon "Scandalous", OPI "A Woman's Prague-ative", Love and Beauty "Peacock", Essie "For the Twill of it"

From thumb to pinky: Fresh Paints “Dragon Lady”, Revlon “Scandalous”, OPI “A Woman’s Prague-ative”, Love and Beauty “Peacock”, Essie “For the Twill of it”

All are super pretty on their own, but let’s see what mattifying them with Matte Me Crazy does…

Shade

Shade

Um, wow. Just wow. I have no words. THIS IS FANTASTIC. Look how matte they all got! I love it over Love and Beauty Peacock because it really brings out the subtle purple duochrome of the polish (which my camera refused to pick up on, but I promise it’s there in real life). And please, do NOT get me started on how much I love Matte Me Crazy over Revlon Scandalous. It really emphasizes the pink hex glitters against the black jelly background. I really love every single one of these pairings! Formula-wise, Matte Me Crazy is pretty identical to Sparkle Topcoat, easy to apply, not too thick or thin, and super fast drying because of its matte nature. A real winner, easily beats Ulta as my favorite topcoat of all time.

I’m in awe at both of these polishes. They seriously blew me away, and far exceeded my expectations of a drugstore brand. They’re worth every penny (and they don’t cost that many pennies, either!) Applause to NYC, you very well might have made me a matte lover. And that is not an easy task to do.

So what do you think of these two special effect polishes? Will they be making their way into your stash in the near future? And are you a fan of nail art? Let me know in the comments!

NYC polishes retail for $0.99-$1.99 a bottle, and can be found at drugstores, Target, and on their website, here.

~Beth~

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