Archive for July, 2011

July 26th, 2011

Sinful Colors Holiday Collection Already?

I spotted this display at my neighborhood RiteAid this weekend.  Christmas already??  Let me enjoy the rest of my summer and fall, first, please!

As far as I can tell, this collection is an identical repeat from winter 2010.  Why recycle the old instead of releasing something new and fresh?

My reaction to these polishes is “bleh” and I don’t think I’ll be picking any of them up.  The traditional red, green, silver and gold holiday colors strike me as garish, and nail art isn’t really my cup of tea.  As for me, I’m going to be rocking some non-Christmassy colors on my nails this holiday season.  But until then, I’m going to savor the current season’s shades!


~ Allison ~

July 26th, 2011

Sinful Colors Cream Pink

I rarely wear pink on my nails but oh, this color just makes me happy!  I wish they had come up with a more imaginative name than “cream pink,” though, which is lame-o.  It doesn’t come close to capturing the juicy jubilee of this hot shade.

Cream Pink is a bright magenta creme with a fine gold shimmer that reveals itself in sunlight.

In low light:

And indoors it looks like a screaming neon – surprise!

What you see here is two coats topped with Seche Vite.  It was really quite opaque; the visible nail line that you can sort of see here is just my horribly stained nails (thanks, Swimsuit… Nailed It!) and it wasn’t so apparent in person.  The formula was very good – smooth, self-leveling, and really a pleasure to apply.

I must admit that I’m harboring a bit of an addiction to Sinful Colors!  They are so inexpensive and fun.  Pick up a few for your collection for only $1.99 a bottle at most drugstores.


~ Allison ~

July 23rd, 2011

Petites Color Fever Daze

All the Color Petites I’ve tried so far have been impressive – good quality, a wide range of colors, smooth application.  Daze is no exception.  It’s a bitter apple green microglitter (almost a glass fleck) in a jelly base.  3 coats gave me the VNL-less coverage you see here.

I will have to play with this one more before summer’s over.  Daze is a welcome break from the crush of mint green cremes that seem to be so popular this season.  I can also imagine using it for an awesome Halloween mani with black shatter on top!! *makes a note to self*

The Petites Color Fever line can be purchased at RiteAid.





July 23rd, 2011

Prevail Concrete Jungle Holographic

When I first spotted this polish in the dimly-lit Prevail section of Duane Reade, I thought I saw a peek of holo in the bottle.  Outside in the sunlight it was clear that my premonition was correct!  I was excited because I’ve never found a holographic nail polish in a drug store before.  Say hello to Concrete Jungle.

Under low light and indoors this polish looks like a dusty lavender/pink.  (That helped make it a bit more office-friendly for me.)  Although the formula was thin, it was super-smooth and easy to apply without being runny.  Here I used 3 coats.

All it needs is a bit of light for the linear holo to really pop!  I believe this is called a linear holographic due to the bands of refraction.

I kept this on for several days and couldn’t stop admiring my nails!  It was so chameleon-light in different types of light.  My only qualm is that it chipped on the first day, even with a top coat.  I wonder if layering it on top of another color would help it wear longer?

~ Allison ~




July 13th, 2011

OPI Miss Universe Review – Crown Me Already!

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Crown Me Already!, my third pick from OPI’s Miss Universe collaboration, is a bright silver glitter.  There is very fine “glitter dust” as well as larger sized hexes mixed in.  It’s like having discoballs on your nails!

Here’s how it looks layered over It’s MY Year, which I reviewed two entries back.

My middle finger has only two coats of “Crown Me Already” on a bare nail.  While the density of the glitter builds up with each layer, you will still have some bare spots because the polish body is clear.  This is a fun polish for layering thinly on top of other colors or layering on its own for super discoball sparkly goodness.


~ Allison ~