February 28, 2011

Reader Requested Comparisons!

Good Morning! I've gotten a few requests for comparisons lately so today I have those for you! If there is anything else you guys want to see drop me a comment here or on facebook or on twitter...or even email me and I'm more than happy to do them (if I have the polish!).

First up is Essie Nice is Nice from the Spring 2011 collection vs. Essie Lilacism. In the bottles they looked close. On the nail, they still are but Nice is Nice seems to have a bit more of a pink undertone to it.

Nice is Nice vs. Lilacism 2 coats of each


Next up is OPI Rocks LA vs. Lincoln Park After Dark. I thought for sure these would be dupey...but they are different shades of dark purple. I think having OPI Rocks LA next to Lincoln Park After Dark makes that purple come out more noticeable where it didn't last time I posted it. Overall, 99% of the time these both look black so unless you are like me and *need* everything you could pass on whichever you don't have. 

OPI Rocks LA vs. Lincoln Park After Dark 2 coats of each


Last for today is Zoya Dove vs. Essie Chinchilly. Not really close here, unfortunately. Dove is definitely more of a true grey where Chinchilly is more taupey brown grey. I'm thinking I might have something else closer to both of these in my stash but I need to look through it!

Zoya Dove vs. Essie Chinchilly 2 coats of each

February 27, 2011

3 more from Essie's French Affair for Spring 2011

Good Morning! Today I have for you guys 3 more of the polishes from Essie's Spring 2011 collection called French Affair. If you missed the first shade (Coat Azure) I posted from this collection you can check it out here.

First up is Nice is Nice, a pretty light pastel lilac. The formula was great, it wasn't streaky and was pretty opaque for such a light color. I only needed 2 coats for full opacity. I did have some issues with this drying on me, it took about 3 hours even with a quick dry top coat. Sometimes I think Essie just doesn't get along with my body chemistry sometimes.

This is 2 coats of Nice is Nice


Next up is Topless and Barefoot which is a pink toned beige nude color. Love this, it's a little too pink to be mannequin hands on me though. The formula was great again a little thick but very easy to work with, it wasn't streaky and was opaque in  2 coats. The formula on this is what I was wishing Incognito from Color Club Alter Ego was. I see myself using this a lot, if you like nude colors like this one I think Topless and Barefoot is a good polish to add to your collection!

This is 2 coats Topless and Barefoot


Last for today is Kisses and Bisses which is a sheer polish with a pearly pink shimmer. I tried this on it's own and wasn't a fan to be honest...but I don't like sheer polish. But it is awesome for layering and I will be using it a lot for that. It's very much like the wonderful effects polishes that CND gives us. It adds a subtle pink shimmer to your base color. I love it! I layered it over a bunch of polishes on my nail wheel and it's so incredible! For today's post I decided to put it over Topless and Barefoot, I love this combo!

This is 2 coats of Kisses and Bisses over Topless and Barefoot


I should have the last 2 polishes from this collection up soon, I just have to go find them! My local places where I usually buy Essie haven't gotten this collection yet!

*the polishes in this post were sent to me for review*

February 26, 2011

OPI HooDoo VooDoo

Hi guys, hope you are all enjoying your weekend so far! I took Degen to go get his nails trimmed this morning, he hates it! I always feel so awful taking him for that torture :( To make it up to him I'm about to go to Petsmart to shop for his birthday presents, he turns 7 on March 6th. I can't believe it's been almost 7 years since I brought this cutie home...look at his giant ears lol. I miss when he was a puppy!


Alright so for today, by request is OPI HooDoo VooDoo. I believe this polish was discontinued a while back by OPI but they have just brought it back along with a couple others like Smoking In Havana. It's up on Transdesign.com and I saw a display of it at Ulta a couple weeks ago! I really love it, HooDoo VooDoo is a kind of berry pink/red. I love it on my skin tone, it looks so elegant! The formula was great! I used 2 coats for the pictures below.



February 25, 2011

Color Club Alter Ego Collection Swatches!

Good Morning! Happy Friday! Today I have for you guys the entire Color Club Alter Ego Collection, so this post is a bit picture heavy! I picked these up at Ross, they actually had both sets which is somewhat of a miracle. Usually my Ross sucks about getting stuff like this, or they get it and it's all mixed up and in the wrong containers. I once found a Glitter Vixen set full of Kleancolor polishes lol.

I was REALLY excited for this collection, the promo images were to die for. Now that I actually have them...meh. That's pretty much my overall feeling for it, there are a couple great colors but the formula is not great on most of these polishes.

I've decided to start out with the better half of this collection, the Keep It Under Cover set. This is the one with the exciting colors!

First up is the collection namesake, Alter Ego. Alter Ego is a glittery foil packed with gold, purple and little bits of blue micro glitter. Reminds me of Sally Hansen Purple Gala, I think it's a bit different but close enough that if you already had Purple Gala you could pass on this. This was one of the better formulated polishes, I used 2 coats for the pictures below.



Next up, the best one of the entire collection in my opinion, Alias. Alias isn't much to talk about in the sun, a dark shimmery purple polish. But in the shade Alias transforms into my personal favorite kind of polish...a duochrome! It's flashes a bunch of fab colors, gold, green, pink, purple etc... The shade pictures below look incredible if you click on them...the little versions don't do justice to how great it looks. My only gripe, formula sucked. I used 1 regular coat and 2 ridiculously thick ones to reach full opacity. Using normal or thin coats I'm guessing this would have been a 4 or 5 coater...no bueno. The color payoff IMO is worth it though. Next time I will layer it over black.




Masquerading is a weird one, a blue/grey almost frosty metallic. Weird finish, I do like the color but it was a little tricky to apply. It dried quick, like matte polish quick. I used 2 coats for full opacity.


Secret Agent is a really vibrant blue toned purple. The finish is similar to Masquerading but this one didn't dry as fast so it was a lot easier to work with! The formula was ok, not great but not bad. I used 2 coats for the picture below.


Total Mystery is another favorite, it's a bright blue with pink and purple micro glitter! Love it! It did dry matte so a top coat is a good thing unless you like the matte look. The formula again was just ok. I used 3 coats for the picture below.


Ulterior Motive is the sister of Total Mystery up above, basically the same thing except it's a bright fuschia pink with blue and purple micro glitter. Very much the same formula wise. I used 3 coats for the picture below.


Alright, now onto the bad half of this collection, this half is called Reveal Your Mystery. Would you believe I almost stopped half way through swatching these because the formula was SO bad that I was dreading posting them. I actually really don't like saying "this sucks" but well, most of these ones have crappy formulas. I love Color Club so it makes me sad to say negative things about them.

Get A Clue is a light baby pink polish, pretty color. I looked through my stash and couldn't find a dupe but I don't own much pink like this. The formula was awful, thick yet thin and somehow streaky. I didn't even know something like that could happen all in one polish. Below is 3 streaky coats and 1 thick coat to even out the streakfest of Get A Clue.


Give Me A Hint is a purpley taupe. I've seen it a million times. I've got probably 5 others that look exactly the same like China Glaze Below Deck or Essie Merino Cool. The formula was actually the only good-ish one in this set, it was thin but didn't require as much work as the others. I used 3 coats of Give Me A Hint for the photo below.


Incognito is a light beige nude color...almost mannequin hands on me. I actually really really love this color. However, the formula...it stinks. Awful. I used 4 coats of Incognito for the photo below. After the first coat I really did not think this would even build up to what it did...I literally saw NO color on my nail. It's really too bad about the formula because like I said, I love the color.


Next up is Revealed a pinky peach with pink shimmer. Now this is one that I thought I would love after the couple of swatches I'd seen. But it pulls very pink on me, and not a good kind of pink that I like. The shimmer also wasn't as BAM as I was expecting it to be, color me disappointed. The formula again, not great...2 streaky coats and 1 grossly thick one to achieve full un-streaky opacity.


Secret Rendezvous is a light lilac polish, not terribly unique. I do like the color, but I'm a big purple fangirl so that's not a surprise! The formula was ok, one of the better ones in the set. I used 3 coats for the picture below.


Last up is Sheer Disguise, a light grey/blue. Love the color, not loving the formula...again. Another streaky one. It wasn't as bad as some of the others though. I used 3 coats for the picture below.


Overall, the Alter Ego Collection is just ok. If you like duochromes Alias is a must have..the rest I could probably do without. I'm pretty disappointed with the formula on these, I've never had this many issues with Color Club polishes. You can pick these up on VictoriasNailSupply.com and they should be up on Transdesign soon...or check out your local Ross!

February 24, 2011

Orly Sapphire Silk vs. Mac Blue India

Good Morning!  Today I have for you guys another comparison that I promised a while ago, sorry for lagging so bad! Way back when I posted Orly's Spring collection aaminahs mom asked me to do a comparison of Orly Sapphire Silk to Mac Blue India. I finally did it! Yay! Unfortunately they aren't dupey. :( Blue India is a bit darker and more dusty (for lack of a better term) and is a creme while Sapphire Silk has more of the squishy jelly finish and is a brighter teal. It might be close enough for you, if you never picked up Blue India.

I used 2 coats of each polish for the pictures below!


February 23, 2011

OPI- OPI Rocks LA

Good Morning! Today's post is gonna be short. I'm feeling like hell today :(

I picked this up the other day when I went to a Planet Beauty store, it's called OPI Rocks LA. I'd never seen or heard of this so I *had* to have it. The color isn't groundbreaking or anything...a suuuuper dark purple. I loved the formula on this but I just wish it hadn't been so dark. It was a bit more purple in real life but still looked black most of the time.

I used 2 coats of OPI- OPI Rocks LA for the pictures below.


February 22, 2011

Sonia Kashuk Fatigued for Spring 2011 + a Comparison!

Hi guys! Happy Tuesday! I have been looking forward to this particular Tuesday for quite some time...months actually. One of my most favorite bands called Bayside is finally releasing their new album today! I feel like I have been waiting forever for it! If you have never checked Bayside out, now would be a great time to do that! I feel like they are grossly underrated and better than 95% of the crap the radio plays. They aren't everyone's cup of tea but I loooove them! I give their new album 2 perfectly polished thumbs up! haha

Thanks to everyone who has bought from my blog sale so far. There is still about 1/2 of what I'm purging left if you want to wander over there and see if you want anything. I just finished packaging up everything that was paid for yesterday. I had no idea how much work actually goes into a blog sale lol...why didn't anyone warn me?!? 

Alright so for today I have one of the polishes Sonia Kashuk is giving us for Spring 2011. I found this the other day at Target, that is the place to buy these in case you are wondering! They also had the other 3 colors for Spring 2011 but none of them interested me so I didn't buy them. The one I did pick up is called Fatigued and it's a kind of olive green with a subtle shimmer...look familar to anyone? More on that in a minute! The formula was great...I loved it! I'm a big fan of  Sonia Kashuk polish...I don't see it posted about too much on the blogs and that is so weird to me! Please ignore the funky jaundice look of my skin in the picture below. Not sure why it looks like that!

I used 2 coats of Sonia Kashuk Fatigued for the picture below.


Alright onto the where have I seen this before portion of this post. In the store this looked unique...blame crapstastic Target lighting. Once I got home and looked at it I thought hmmm this looks a lot like Sew Psyched from Essie. Out came my nail wheel and my 2 bottles of polish and guess what...very very similar! The Sonia Kashuk might have a bit more shimmer. The formula was pretty similar on both, I can't say I like one more than the other. The main difference is price. Sonia Kashuk retails for around $4.99 while Essie retails for around $8.00 depending on where you buy it from.


February 21, 2011

I'm having a Blog Sale!

check it out here:

Blog Sale!!

There will be another coming up soon, I still need to go through a bunch of polish, I just haven't had time!

Misa Blueberry Glaze + CND Crimson Sparkle

Good Morning! Happy Presidents Day for those of you that live in the US, maybe you are lucky (unlike me) and have today off from work!

Today I have for you guys a HTF polish, I sometimes don't like posting HTF's because I feel bad if you guys love them then can only find them for a bazillion dollars on ebay. Misa Blueberry Glaze is to die for, it's a navy blue with tons of shimmer! Love it! The formula is a bit thin but the build up is beautiful!

This is 3 coats of Misa Blueberry Glaze



Now, I got a bit bored of that, I know...what the heck is wrong with me. I had a CND effect that I picked up recently that I was dying to use so I decided to put it over Blueberry Glaze. And the result was OMG. The effect I used is Crimson Sparkle, my camera fails at picturing it in the sun...so just imagine a slightly more blue version of Milani Totally Cool and that is what it looked like in real life. As much as I liked the combo in the sun it was AMAZING in the shade, seriously whoa! Crimson  Sparkle turned into a duochrome! yay! I love duochromes! It went from pink to a kind of orangey-gold. I love CND effects!

Below is Misa Blueberry Glaze topped with 1 coat of CND Crimson Sparkle effect


February 20, 2011

Deborah Lippmann Glitter In The Air

Hi guys, sorry for the lack of a post yesterday. I was lazy then I went out and got home late, and was lazy again! Kind of a waste of a Saturday but oh well, we all need one of those every once in a while right?!?

Today's post is not a pretty one, it's pretty rare that I really don't like a polish but this is probably the biggest disappointment I've had yet. Deborah Lippmann polish is very high end and pricey, I own a few because she does glitter right and I've never seen anything like the ones I own...so in my mind it justifies the price. Glitter In The Air looks amazing in the bottle, I actually did not want this polish at all until I saw it in person. Let's just say I should have followed my gut and passed on this. Glitter In the Air is light pink and light blue hex glitter & small round glitter suspended in a milky light blue base. I decided to layer it since I am not a fan of sheer polish, I put it over a nude beige color...Ulta Sheer Beige.

You guys might like this, different strokes for different folks...but I'm not a fan unfortunately. The glitter payoff wasn't as I hoped it would be. It was hard to get a lot of glitter on the nail and I found that I was having to "place" it where I wanted it.  I'm guessing that I might like this better layered over a different color. Unfortunately I think this might be a polish I return or perhaps swap away. :(

I used 3 coats  of Glitter In The Air over Ulta Sheer Beige for the pictures below.

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February 18, 2011

OPI Simply Smash-ing! vs. Sephora by OPI Gleek Out

Good Morning guys! Ugh I am dead today, the concert was SO good last night. New Found Glory played something like 26 songs, including a few that I'd never heard live before. It was great! I'm shocked I can even talk today...or move.  Gary Busey was at the show, still trying to figure out what the heck he was doing there. He walked by and literally everyone where I was standing was like wtf? and we all looked at the each other in disbelief that it was him. Then he walked by again, and yep...it was Gary Busey. Talk about a random "celebrity" sighting. I think it beats seeing Regis at Disneyland a few years ago.

So today I have for you guys a comparison that I promised a little bit ago. Sephora by OPI Gleek Out vs. OPI Simply Smash-ing! which is from the Serena Williams set. Before I had my bottle of Simply Smash-ing I thought these might be dupes. But nope, not the case. Gleek Out is definitely green-yellow and Simply Smash-ing is definitely yellow-green. I really like both, I like weird colors like them...but they aren't for everyone! Similar formula on both, but I did use 1 less coat of Simply Smash-ing, I think it might be due in part to having a regular full sized bottle vs. the small mini bottle of Gleek Out. The little brushes are a pain in the you know what!

I used 2 coats of Simply Smash-ing and 3 coats of Gleek Out for the photos below.


February 17, 2011

Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer

Good Morning! I can't wait for tonight! I'm going to a concert! New Found Glory to be exact, and at a tinnnnny venue. I am so excited! They have been one of my favorite bands for over 10 years now so it will be fun to see them in such a small club as opposed to where I have seen them live before...in arenas & large clubs like the House of Blues. I kind of can't believe it's mid February and this is only my first concert of the year. I go to a lot of concerts, or at least I used to. A couple years ago my cousin and I went to something like 75 shows in 1 year, concerts are pretty much my other obsession. It got to the point where the guy who books the shows at the venue I'm going to tonight knew us by name and would talk our ears off when we would go to buy tickets for shows lol. Lucky for my wallet the music scene kind of sucks right now so I'm not going to very many shows.

Alright, so today I have for you guys Shiny Dancer from the Urban Ballerina collection from Sephora by OPI. I was waiting and waiting for this...stalking my Sephora. Finally they got it! Glad to say, I am not disappointed! Shiny Dancer is a gray and silver metallic polish with a very strong blue undertone. I love it! The formula was great! No complaints here!

I used 2 coats of Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer for the pictures below.

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February 16, 2011

OPI at New York Fashion Week!

Hi guys this press release just landed in my inbox from OPI about New York Fashion Week. I have to say, I'm not a huge fashion kinda girl. I don't really follow anything other than Gwen Stefani's L.A.M.B. line, mostly because I am obsessed with her purses...that was what I spent all my money on prior to nail polish! Anyway, I do enjoy seeing all the nail looks that companies are doing at fashion week so I thought I'd share this one!


OPI “Dresses” Fingertips at
New York Fashion Week / Fall 2011

OPI Struts Runway with Top Designers, Including BCBGMAXAZRIA, MAX AZRIA, Hérve Léger, Rebecca Taylor, and Charlotte Ronson*


            OPI hit the runway for New York Fashion Week/Fall 2011, kicking off with BCBGMAXAZRIA on Thursday, February 11. Models were manicured with OPI Nail Lacquer in Samoan Sand, a warm beige with pink undertones.

OPI appeared twice more for BCBG Max Azria Group, Inc., for MAX AZRIA on Saturday, February 13, and Hérve Léger on Tuesday, February 15. MAX AZRIA models wore Samoan Sand as well, while Hérve Léger featured the clay-hued San Tan-tonio.  Additionally, OPI was part of the BCBGMAXAZRIA Runway Survival Kits, given to models during casting and to enthusiastic fans at BCBG stores in Manhattan and online.
 For the second year in a row, OPI walked the Fall runway with Rebecca Taylor on Friday, February 11. With models wearing two shades from the just-launched Texas Collection by OPI, Suzi Loves Cowboys provided a rich chocolate hue for fingertips, while San Tan-tonio gave a light honey color to toes.
Charlotte Ronson also selected OPI to complement her edgy clothing, with models wearing Samoan Sand during the show on Saturday, February 12. Front-row admirers included Olivia Munn, Sophia Bush, Mena Suvari, and Kim Kardashian.

OPI was thrilled to walk the runway with so many fabulous designers for New York Fashion Week/Fall 2011,” said Suzi Weiss-Fischmann, OPI Executive VP & Artistic Director.  “As seen by the color selection and overwhelming preference for a neutral palette, nude nails will remain a huge trend throughout the rest of the year. Beige, tan, honey, chocolate, and even grey give fingertips a chic, minimalist look – matching fashions of the same hues or providing a base for brighter, patterned clothing.”

For more information, please call 800-341-9999 or visit www.opi.com.  Follow OPI on Twitter @OPI_PRODUCTS and become a Facebook fan!
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Rebecca Taylor Backstage with OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys

 Rebecca Taylor show
 Rebecca Taylor Show

OPI Suzi Loves Cowboys

OPI San Tan-onio

Charlotte Ronson show
Charlotte Ronson show

OPI Samoan Sand

Image Credit:
images from Charlotte Ronson show (credit Dan Lecca) and Rebecca Taylor (credit Don Ashby for runway; Marion Curtis for backstage manicure shot)

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