February 27, 2012

Sinful Colors Cinderella

Good morning, hope you all had a good weekend. Mine was awful lol! On Saturday night I was having a horrible ear ache that I thought was due to a wax build up or something of that nature so I decided to try and clean it with a Q Tip. Apparently I went a little crazy or something and perforated my eardrum! To top it off I also have an ear infection along with it plus the cold I've had since Friday, now I'm all drugged up with pain killers and antibiotics and unable to hear out of my left ear :( I never want to see another Q Tip for as long as I live, learn from my stupidity and don't clean your ears with them haha!

Anyway, today I have Sinful Colors Cinderella to show you guys. It seems like this polish has taken the nail community by storm recently, I keep hearing about it everywhere. Last time I was at Walgreens I found a bottle and decided to buy it. Cinderella is a light kind of greyed out blue with a soft pinkish orange shimmer. It's gorgeous in the bottle, I totally understood the hype when I found it! On...meh. It's pretty but I'm not going crazy over it. Cinderella was pretty sheer, it looked like it was going to take more coats than I was willing to do to get opaque so I layered 2 coats of Cinderella over Illamasqua Nudge since it was the first light blue I came across in my Helmer.  The shimmer was more noticeable in real life but it wasn't as amazing as I thought it would be. For the price I'm happy...just wish there was some more bang to it or something.




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Sinful Colors are available at Walgreens, I've also seen them at Rite Aid (No idea if Rite Aid has this shade though). They retail for $1.99 but I got mine on sale for 99 cents! wooohoo!

February 25, 2012

Butter London Trout Pout

Morning! Happy weekend everyone! If you read yesterday's post you guys know I was all yay cleaning this weekend. Then yesterday I woke up SO sick :( what's up with that! I managed to avoid the sickness that was going around and it finally got me. Hopefully it goes away quickly!

Today I have another beauty from the Butter London Spring/Summer 2012 Collection to show you guys. Trout Pout is a really gorgeous salmon pink! Off the top of my head I can't think for a dupe I own for this, I guess I don't have many pink's that are this tone! Trout Pout is my first ever Butter London creme polish and man, I am impressed! The formula on this was so nice, like the perfect consistency in my opinion! For the photos below I used 2 coats of polish, this was almost a 1 coater for me...if I had done a tiny bit of a thicker coat it would have been good with 1 coat!




Butter London's Spring/Summer Collection is available now, each polish retails for $14. You can pick it up on ButterLondon.com and various other retailers like Ulta and Nordstroms!

February 24, 2012

Nicole by OPI 2012 Walmart Exclusives!

TGIF!! Anyone have fun plans this weekend? I'm planning on cleaning...wow that sounds super fun!! I'm trying to convince myself that it will be (it's not working)! Today I have 3 more Nicole by OPI polishes to show you, these are exclusive to Walmart stores and Walmart.com! I prefer these over the 4 I posted the other day, I really love the glitter in this trio especially!


Click the Read More button for more photos of each shade!

February 23, 2012

OPI Holland Collection Giveaway!

Woohoo giveaway time! Planet Beauty and I have teamed up to giveaway 5 polishes from the awesome OPI Holland Collection to two winners! It's super easy to enter, please see the rules below!


Please use the Rafflecoper widget below to enter. Entries left in the comments will not count

This giveaway is open to US resident's ONLY. Sorry to all my lovely international polishaholics, I am planning something for you guys soon!

You must be 18 or older to enter

There will be TWO winners for this giveaway, each will win 5 polishes from OPI's Holland Collection courtesy of Planet Beauty!

The only mandatory entry is that you let me know the email address to contact you at if you win!

You can earn another entry by commenting on the Planet Beauty Facebook Page and letting us know what your favorite shade is from the Holland Collection. Please use the actual name of the polish, not just the color. If you want to reference back to my swatches of the collection you can check them out here.

Giveaway closes on 3/1/12 at 12:01am EST (That is 9:01pm for us west coast folks!)

Winners have 24 hours to respond to my email, if no response is received a new winner will be chosen!


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Girly Bits Cosmic Ocean

Morning! Today I have a gorgeous polish from Girly Bits to show you called Cosmic Ocean! I saw this on Pam's blog last year and went OMG I NEED IT! Pam is the wonderful lady behind Girly Bits in case you didn't know that! My bottle finally got to me last week and it was the first one I ran to put on! Cosmic Ocean is a gorgeous duochromey layering polish that flashes blue to green. I really like that it flashes so many different shades of blue, everything from teal to bright blue! Pam just continues to blow my mind with the awesome polishes she makes....this one is no exception! I layered 1 coat of Cosmic Ocean over Illamasqua Phallic which is a gorgeous dark shimmery blue!

The first photo is in my lightbox...my skin looks ghostly and it's a tad bit blurry but the duochrome came out best in that light, I couldn't NOT post it lol! All the others are in the direct sun or shade! This baby is hard to capture on camera and even better looking in real life!





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Girly Bits polishes are available a couple of places, you can buy them directly from Pam on her blog here, right now her shop is closed but it should be back open on/around the 25th of February! You will also be able to purchase Girly Bits on Llarowe, I don't know the exact date for that....Leah Ann Llarowe is really great about updating stock availability on her Facebook if you want to check there for updates. Price wise Girly Bits are $6 for mini bottles and $10 for full sized!

February 22, 2012

Layla Hologram Effect Mermaid Spell

Hi guys! Today I have an amazing holo to show you! You may have heard of the brand Layla before, I've reviewed a few of their magnetic polishes here. They are a company out of Italy that makes seriously amazing polish. They recently released their Hologram Effect polishes which is 8 of the most crazy linear holographic polishes I have ever seen.You all know I'm a holo fangirl, I have more than anyone could ever need. Even with all that rainbow goodness in my life my eyes almost popped out of my head when I walked outside and saw this polish in all it's glory.

Mermaid Spell is a beautiful light blue linear holo. Like I mentioned above this is by far the most crazy light blue holo I have in my collection. Think Hits Poseidon...but times 1000%! Now with these it's a bit different than some of the other very holo polishes I have, like Nfu Oh and Jessica, which advise you to use an Aqua Base Coat. Layla has a separate file you can buy to buff your nails with and then they say not to use a base coat. Usually I am not a fan of  going without a base coat because holos tend to show every single imperfection on your nail but after I used the buffer the result was great, and the polish was easy to apply. Formula wise Mermaid Spell was on the thin side, but it was easy to apply. I did wait a couple minutes in between coats to make sure there was no dragging or balding. I didn't have any issues! I used 2 coats for the photos below, I did not use a top coat. the directions said to but I was scared about it dulling the effect.

All photos below were taken in direct sunlight, this polish is even more holo in real life if you can believe it!


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Layla's Hologram Effect polishes are available now, when I looked yesterday you could buy 3 of the shades already on AveYou.com (you best bet I bought the 3 they had lol), the others should be in stock there sometime in early March. Each polish retails for $15.50. You can also purchase the buffing file separately, it is $5.50 on AveYou. These polishes will also be available at Ulta, I haven't seen them there yet but hopefully they will be soon! As far as I know they will also be $15.50 at Ulta! If you don't live in the US you can buy these direct from Layla here, their website is in Italian, I'm not sure how much the price works out to through them.

February 21, 2012

Nicole by OPI new shades for 2012 swatches!

Good morning! Today I have some new Nicole by OPI polishes to show you guys, these aren't exclusive to any one store like the Kardashian polishes I showed you the other day! I gotta say, I am kind of in love with the glitter in this little set of polishes. If you had asked me a year ago if I thought OPI or any of the various brands under their umbrella (Nicole by OPI, Sephora by OPI) would ever do bar glitter I would have not even hesitated for a second with my answer....no. Now we've got 2 or 3 already from them just this year! I love it!

Click the read more button under the collage for photos & reviews of each shade!




February 20, 2012

China Glaze Luxe and Lush

Good morning! Hope you all had a great weekend, I did! Before I get into polish talk...did you all see My Strange Addiction last night with the lady who DRINKS nail polish? WTF! I was like :O the whole time watching it, then I wanted to throw up a few times because it's just gross to even think about drinking polish. Then I wanted to cry when she was drinking pretty ones...it was like an emotional roller coaster haha! Anyway, today I have one of the polishes from China Glaze's Hunger Games Collection to show you guys! This was actually the one I was most excited about, I love flakies! I will have the rest of the Hunger Games Collection swatched in the next couple of weeks but I thought this polish deserved it's own post!

Luxe and Lush is a flakie that flashes a bunch of colors including green, orange, gold, blue and pink depending on the shade you layer it over. This feels a bit different than the flakies we've been seeing lately, like the flakies are thicker and more glitter like. With most flakies after you layer them over your base polish the surface is still smooth but with Luxe and Lush it's got texture to it like you would have with glitter.  I like that it seems more glitter like but it still flashes the way flakies do...best of both worlds! Formula wise, it's a little thick but since I'd never wear this on it's own it doesn't matter to me! The flakies do lay flat on the nail...in some of the photos it looks like they don't...but I promise, they do!

I have 1 coat of Luxe and Lush over each base polish below...all photos are in the shade! I'll have full normal swatches of all the base polishes up in the next couple of weeks!


Over A England Bridal Veil



Over Sinful Colors Cinderella which was layered over Illamasqua Nudge


Over Barielle Joytini


Over A England Ascalon


Over China Glaze Riveting


Over Barielle Polished Princess



The China Glaze Hunger Games Collection will be available everywhere in March. I believe you can pre-order it now from Sally Beauty Supply's website and Hot Topic's website!



*China Glaze Luxe and Lush was provided for review*

February 18, 2012

Nail Rock Furry Cheetah

Morning! Today I have some cute nail wraps from Nail Rock to show you! These are a new to me brand that I was excited to try because I love stuff like this. I am not good at most nail art so this is as close as I get to it! The design I'm showing you today is called Furry Cheetah, a fun cheetah print wrap that looks like it has a little texture to it!

These are applied much the same as all the other kinds of wraps/decals/polish strips on the market. If you want to read full instructions they have them on the Nail Rock website here! Application wise these were not the easiest to work with, at least not on my first try. They were not as pliable as the other products like this that I've tried. I had some issues getting these smooth, I smoothed and smoothed and repositioned them and it just didn't seem to help much. Since these wraps are more like stickers they are a bit thicker than something like Sally Hansen which makes it a little easier to reposition it if you need to. The bad thing about the thickness of these wraps is that the edges don't look good after you file the excess off. It wasn't easy to actually file it off then when I finally got it off the edges looked all raggedy. I also had issues with the wraps not wanting to adhere very well to the nail on the edges, especially after filing off the excess. You can see it a little bit in the photos but it wasn't as noticeable in real life.

Just wanted to mention that I do not have a top coat on over these...I am holding a bottle of CND Super Shiney but I don't actually have it on :)




Wear wise I didn't have a great experience, it says on the packaging they can last for up to 10 days, I fully intended to wear test these but they were trashed after about 5 hours. I took a shower and that was the end of my furry cheetah nails :( It might be better if you used a top coat but since the directions didn't say to I didn't.

That said, I do love the results even if I only got to rock it for 5 hours. If you want something that will last you a few days I'd go with Sally Hansen Salon Effects or Incoco but it you want something fun for a night out or a special event I'd go with Nail Rock. I also have these in their Metallic Gold design so I'm hoping I have better luck with those!


Nail Rock wraps are available at a few retailers including Nordstroms, for $8 each. I've also seen them at CVS (in store!) and they were around the same price! You can also purchase them on NailRock.com but I think it works out to be cheaper from Nordstroms or CVS for those of us in the US!

February 17, 2012

Milani Mint Candy

TGIF!! Today I have a pretty Milani to show you guys, I think this is part of their new Spring collection. I picked this up at CVS a couple weeks ago but totally forgot to look at the name of the display it was in.  There were some other pretty shimmery shades in the display also but this was the only one that came home with me.

Mint Candy is a teal-ish green with a very subtle shimmer. I love me some subtle shimmer and this polish is full of it. Out in the sun when the light hits your nails right it's so beautiful, in the shade and indoors it just looks like a pretty creme polish. The formula was on the thick side but I didn't have any problems with application. You do want to make sure you let this one dry between coats though! I used 2 coats for the photos below.

Have a good weekend everyone!




I bought this polish at CVS, I cannot for the life of me remember how much it was...probably around $4. You can also buy it online at MilaniCosmetics.com for $4.49!

February 16, 2012

Nicole by OPI Kardashian Kolors CVS Exclusives for Spring 2012

Hi guys! Today I have some fun additions to Nicole by OPI's Kardashian Kolors Collection to show you! Nicole by OPI is adding 7 more shades to the collection, these are exclusive to CVS! As much as I loved the original polishes in this collection I love these new ones even more! Check out full reviews of each shade after the jump!



February 15, 2012

Deborah Lippmann Sweet Dreams

Good morning! Hope you all had a good Valentines Day! Today I have a brand new Deborah Lippmann polish to show you guys! My eyeballs practically popped out of my head when I saw this on the HSN website the other day...flakies! Be still my flakie loving heart! I thought maybe the bottle picture was deceiving but I bought it anyway, then I got it in the mail and it's even better in real life!

Sweet Dreams is a medium pink jelly base packed with golden flakies. In the bottle the flakies have a green shift but it doesn't translate onto the nail. This kind of reminds me of China Glaze Strawberry Fields...obviously they are very different but it has that same kind of golden lit from within look to it. It also reminds me a lot of Hits Salsa. I haven't had a chance to put those 2 side by side but they look close, Sweet Dreams might just be a bit brighter of a pink and the flakies are a lot more dense in Sweet Dreams. Formula wise this was verging on glue territory...I'm guessing it's because of how dense the flakies are. Despite that it wasn't actually too difficult to apply, I will be thinning it before using it again though. This was also more opaque than I was expecting, I thought I'd need 3 coats but I only ended up needing 2! Both photos below are in the shade, it's gorgeous in the sun also but it was making my camera spaz out :(





I picked up Sweet Dreams from HSN.com for $16...and it came with free shipping! By the way, the shipping from HSN was lightning fast, I bought this on Saturday and got it on Tuesday! It looks like this shade is also available on Beauty.com...but it's $18 there! I have no idea when it will be available elsewhere, I would hope soon since it looks like it would be one of Deborah's Spring/Summer shades!

February 14, 2012

Incoco Heart to Heart

Happy Valentines Day! Originally my Valentines Day mani was just black polish, yup...I am like the grinch of this "holiday". Then I got these super cute nail appliques in the mail and I decided to wear them instead...they were too cute to not wear! For Valentines Day Incoco has 3 designs out, this one is called Heart to Heart, it looks like those candy hearts that are all over the place this time of year. I think those candy hearts are so cute, I buy them and eat them every year even though they usually taste like chalk. I gotta say, these have made a little less grinch like today...they are so perfect!

Incoco appliques are super easy to apply, there are directions that are SO much better than I could write on Incoco's website! Also, please excuse my super white almost see through skin in these photos. I swear I get more pale everyday....soon you'll just see polish and no finger because I'll have gotten completely see though...thanks Dad for the Irish blood that makes me Casperlicious.



Here are the appliques before I put them on. I love that they actually have cute things written in the hearts!


Incoco's Valentines designs can be purchased on their website, here. They are $10.50 each, they also have some of their pink & red appliques on sale right now! Even though this design is very very Valentines I think it's something that would be cute whenever!

Hope you all have a great Valentines Day today, the handsome guy below is my Valentine lol!




February 13, 2012

Adele's Grammy Nails!

Hi guys, a lot of people have been emailing me asking if I knew what was on Adele's nails at the Grammy awards last night. I had no idea...but now I do! Adele's nails were crazy sparkly last night and I was dying to know what she was wearing also!

In other news, I know I can't be the only one excited about Ciaté coming to Sephora in March. I've always wanted to try that brand but it's not super easy to get in the US!

Image courtesy of PR

Jessica Iridescent Eye vs Chanel Peridot

Good morning! Hope you all had a good weekend! Turned out to be quite a crazy one with the passing of Whitney Houston...when I was little my best friend Kaitie and I would always sing along to her music (and Mariah's, we were divas lol) so sad that such a great talent is gone.

Today I have a comparison for you guys. Recently, Jessica came out with a polish called Iridescent Eye. I heard about it over on Make Up Alley a little while back, when I came across the Jessica booth at ISSE I had to pick up a bottle to bring it home and see if it really was a dupe to Chanel Peridot. It's very rare that I buy into Chanel hype and fork over the big bucks for one of their polishes....it seems like every single time I do someone comes around and dupes it then I feel like an idiot. This is definitely one of those times. Jessica Iridescent Eye is a spot on dupe for Peridot.  If I hadn't labeled which finger was which polish I wonder how many of you would have known it was even different! Formula wise I actually prefer the Jessica polish, the formula was a little thicker and easier to apply. I used 2 coats of polish for each.

Price wise, Jessica retails for $7.50 a bottle, Chanel $26...the Jessica bottle is also bigger 0.5 fl oz as opposed to the Chanel which is 0.4 fl oz.





Surprisingly,  Chanel Peridot is still available on their website, for a whopping $26. Jessica is available here on Jessica's website for $7.50.  I'm sure you know which I'd recommend...the Jessica version. I don't see the point in buying the Chanel unless you want it just for the brand name.

February 11, 2012

Icing After Party

Morning! Today I have an Icing polish to show you guys. I picked this up when I was buying their magnetic polishes and finally got around to wearing it. After Party is unlike any glitter I have in my collection, it looks shredded. Like flakies...but glitter instead of mylar (or whatever magical thing they make flakies out of). It reminds me of a shredded version of Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday...and all it's bazillion sisters. Not all the same colors of glitter of course, but the same general feeling just a little bit different! I used 1 coat of After Party over Misa Bed Of Roses for the photos below. I wish now that I had used 2 coats. The glitter was so much cooler looking in real life!




Sun...doesn't look like much in this photo but it was GREAT in person!
Icing polishes are only available in Icing stores. They make some great glitters, lots of hidden gems like this one are hiding amongst their shelves! I paid $4.50 for this polish but it was buy 1 get 1 half off  so it ended up being a little cheaper!

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