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Green and Brown Water Marble!

Hi folks!

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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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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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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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MOTD- Rue Beauté 030

¡Hola chicas!

I hope everyone had a nice Veteran’s Day off, since I sure didn’t! It was school as usual for me, but at least it wasn’t a bad Monday, just average. But I get this Friday off, so at least that’s something to look forward to! Anyone do anything fun over the weekend? Let me know!

Today I have a really interesting polish to share with you from Rue Beauté. It’s called 030, and I actually picked it up awhile ago on a 5 for $5 sale at Rue 21, but have just gotten around to reviewing it now! 030 is an indie-like glitter polish, suspended in a slime green crelly base. There’s a TON of medium sized hex glitter in the bottle, in the colors silver, gold, yellow, pink, blue, orange, and green, and I might have missed some! The glitters peak through the green base enough to show their true color on the nail, but are covered enough to give an interesting, almost “oozy” effect. The base is opaque in 2 coats. The polish is rather thick due to the glitter density, but it’s still decently workable. Glitter will DEFINITELY need placement, so be prepared for that. Pictures below are 2 coats of 030, no topcoat!

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Overall, I’m torn on this polish. On one hand, it’s a unique gem that certainly stands out on the nail. On the other hand, I’m not digging the shade of green. It honestly reminds me a little bit of snot… What do you think of the polish? Let me know in the comments!

Rue Beauté polishes retail for $3.99 a bottle, though are often on sale for 2 for $5, and can be found at Rue 21 store locations, 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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Nail Art- Fall Stamping!

Hi guys!

Finally Friday. It couldn’t come soon enough, this week has been insane. I can’t wait to finally get some sleep! I’m going out to a (post) Halloween party tonight, so my post today will be brief. But hopefully, what it lacks in length it will make for in creativity! So let’s get started!

Remember when I reviewed the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure fall 2013 trios a little while back? I commented that I couldn’t wait to stamp with Gold Roses, that delicious coppery shade I swooned over. Well, that time to stamp is now. I started by painting my nails with Rue Beauté 063, a lovely dark brown that screams hot chocolate and warmth. It’s amazing on its own, but it was just begging for more. So I took Konad Stamping plate M-60 and used the paisley design (shown below) to create the design.

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I painted the plate with Gold Roses, scraped off the excess, picked it up on the stamper, and BAM instant nail art. I’m so pleased with how the design turned out! Pictures below are without topcoat.

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I love this color combination. It looks vintage to me. The pattern came out so well! I actually did this design on one of my best friends, Tory, recently as well, with a color combo of Aeropostale Live Love Dream in Key Lime Pie and Essie’s For the Twill of it. Here’s her design!

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Isn’t she a great hand model, too?! Which of these color combos was your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

~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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Nail Art- Homecoming Nails!

Hello ladies!

So, today is my birthday! I’ve had a great day so far spending time with my family (I got an Oracle Team USA America’s Cup t-shirt!!!), and to top it all off, tonight is my school’s homecoming dance! Of course, I can’t go out with naked nails, so I’ve put together a really fun, sophisticated and EASY design that you too can use for your school dances!

To create this design, you’re going to need nail art (also known as bullion) beads. They generally come in a little wheel like this:

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I bought mine from Dollish Polish, but you can get them from most beauty/nail supply retailers.

I started by painting my nails a base color of red, except for my accent nail (ring finger), which I painted a shimmery black. The red I used was OPI’s The Spy Who Loved Me from the Winter 2012 James Bond collection, and the black was Ulta Salon Formula nail lacquer in Little Black Dress. Once that dried, I used my old, thick bottle of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Lacquer in Flawless as a glue for the beads. I used a damp toothpick to pick up one bead at a time, and arrange them in the pattern I wanted. I used black beads on my red nails, and red beads on my black nail (alternate colors).You could create anything you want with the beads, it’s all up to interpretation. Once the “glue” is dried, apply a heavy layer of topcoat (I used OPI topcoat) to seal in the design. Without that topcoat, the beads fall off. Expect some beads to fall off anyway if you’re going to be dancing, but the topcoat reduces the bead “shedding”. Pics are below!

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I also did my sister’s nails in the same design, but with navy and gold instead to match her dress! The navy I used was Rue Beauté in 043 and the gold was an unnamed Body Central color. Her pics are below!

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I hope you guys like the design- it took almost 2 hours to do both of us! The process of patterning the beads is extremely painstaking, but worth it if you have the time, because it isn’t difficult to achieve. I even was able to copy it on my right hand, which I usually can’t do because I’m right handed!

So what will you be wearing on your nails this homecoming? Will you be using my design? Let me know in the comments below! I had a great birthday, and it was made even better by you guys. Thanks so much for reading, I love you all 😀

~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 30- Inspired by a Tutorial (rubikscube907)

Hi everyone!

This is it, folks. One day left of the 31DC2013 after today’s post! It has been a wild ride, and I’m glad I got to spend it with all of my amazing viewers! You all make me so happy, seeing your views and comments, and it’s really exciting watching my stat map to see what countries everyone is from. Shout out to my first viewer from Japan a few days ago! I hope you all enjoy reading this blog as much as I love writing it 🙂

Today’s nails are inspired by the lovely youtuber rubikscube907. She does great nail art tutorials, Outfits of the Day, and much more, but this one particular tutorial caught my eye. It’s social media nails! What a more appropriate way to spread the love for rubikscube907 than through social media, eh? Here’s a screen grab of her design!

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And here’s the video!

To create the design, I pretty much just freehanded everything with toothpicks, so it’s not worth explaining every nail (besides, if you want to see a visual tutorial, rubikscube907 has that for you!), but here are the colors I used on each nail:

Youtube: Sinful Colors Snow Me White, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot (red), Love and Beauty Black

Twitter: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Blue me Away (light blue), e.l.f. Skinny Jeans (dark blue), Snow Me White

Instagram: Rue Beauté 004 (light brown), Rue Beauté 063 (dark brown), Black, Snow Me White, Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow, Smokin’ Hot, Skinny Jeans, Rue Beauté 040 (green)

Facebook: Skinny Jeans, Snow Me White, e.l.f. Lavender Mist

Tumblr: Essence Movie Star, Lavender Mist, Snow Me White

I hope you like my interpretation of the design! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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If you like this design, please share it on social media! (I know, I know, cheesy). And make sure to let me know which of my nails you like the best! And also, make sure to check out rubikscube907 on youtube, she deserves your attention!

The end approacheth! Tomorrow is the final day! Honor nails you ❤ is the theme, which nails will I recreate? Only time will tell!

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~Beth~


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31DC2013 Day 28- Inspired by a Flag(s)

Hi everyone!

So, I’m using today’s 31DC2013 theme as an announcement. I’m going to be going on my very first trip to Europe this summer! I’m taking a cruise, so I’m going to have the opportunity to see multiple countries. And today, my nails are representing the countries I’ll be visiting. So, without further ado….

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I’m going to Sweden, Finland, Russia, Latvia, and Estonia!! If you live in or are from any of these countries, let me know in the comments! You don’t know how excited I am to see these countries. The Baltic area has always fascinated me, and I can’t wait to experience the sites, sounds, and culture these countries have to offer! And of course, I’d love to see the best nail polish brands from abroad, too 🙂

To create today’s design, I used the tape manicure technique. I started with a base of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Mellow Yellow on my thumb, Rue Beauté 043 on my pointer finger, e.l.f. Skinny Jeans on my middle finger, Sinful Colors Snow Me White on my ring finger, and Love and Beauty Black on my pinky. I made tape crosses on my thumb and pointer finger, and a strip of tape down the middle of my middle finger, ring finger, and pinky. I painted Skinny Jeans over my thumb, Snow Me White over my pointer finger, e.l.f. Smokin’ Hot on the tip of my middle finger and Snow Me White on the base, Smokin’ Hot on my ring finger, and Skinny Jeans on the base of my pinky, and Snow Me White on the tip. I peeled off the tape, and ta da! Lots of flags, in the order of my itinerary! Pictures below are with OPI topcoat.

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I hope you guys like them! And to my viewers from these 5 countries, what are the best local nail polish brands, and where can I find them when I’m on my vacation? I’d love to be able to pick up some foreign lacquers as souvenirs!

We’re winding down on the 31DC2013, folks! It’s been one crazy ride, no? Tomorrow is a supernatural inspired design. Oooh, ghosts and monsters and witches! Can’t wait!

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~Beth~