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December 1st, 2013

Essie Lots of Lux and Belugaria Swatches, Reviews

One reason I enjoy the winter holidays is that lots of fancy nail polishes hit the stores!  I’m always a fan of glittery, colorful, and festive shades.  Today when I was in Target I picked up two new colors from Essie’s Holiday 2013 Encrusted Treasures collection.

Essie’s website describes Lots of Lux as a “shimmering blue lapis lazuli lacquer with a sleek matte finish.”  However I noticed a distinctly sandy, not matte, finish.  The strong texture complements the particles of royal blue, green and gold hiding in this polish.  Below I used two coats, and no topcoat (which would negate the sandy finish).  Two coats provided plenty of coverage as this is a thick (but manageable) polish.  A word to the wise – be sure to wear a base coat!  The blue is highly pigmented and will stain your nails.   I really liked this and will be wearing it during the holidays and beyond.


Essie lots of lux blue sandy nail polish close up macro photo

Essie Lots of Luxe Blue Lapis Sandy Holiday Nail Polish Swatch




The second polish, Belugaria, is far from dazzling.  It consists of a black creme base with hexagonal silver hologram glitter.  What I didn’t understand is the spotty, caviar-like texture.  It’s very thick – here I’m wearing two coats.  It built up unevenly on my nails and just looked wrong.





Unfortunately I bought Belugaria without reading any online reviews first, and it looks like it’s been universally panned.  I enjoyed Lots of Lux however.  Have you picked up any Encrusted Treasures polishes this holiday season?


~ Allison ~

July 4th, 2013

Happy Independence Day!

Today we Americans honor our freedom from Great Britain and the adoption of the Declaration of Independence.  I am celebrating with some patriotic eye makeup (and a beer)!

Patriotic July 4 Eye Makeup

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July 28th, 2012

Even Bigger Nail Polish Sale!

Ladies and gents, I have some fresh nail polish that I am desperate to send to a good home.  You may have seen  my previous post about polishes for sale, and some of those are still available, too.  I am open to negotiation especially if you’re buying in bulk!  Unless otherwise noted, these are all brand new or have been used once or twice.  Please click on the photos to zoom.  For a shipping estimate please comment with your zip code or country.

L to R: Snowman rainbow glitter, $1.  Claire’s Glam, $3.  Ying’s Color (like Kleankolors) Starry Blue, $2.

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February 11th, 2012

Giant Nail Polish Sale!


My fiance and I are undertaking a massive apartment decluttering, and so it’s time to let go of some nail polish.  See anything you like?  I am open to negotiation, especially if you’re buying in bulk!  Unless otherwise noted, these are all brand new or have been used once or twice.  Please click on the photos to zoom.


L to R: Ying’s Color (like Kleancolors) Holo Yellow, $1.  Claire’s Gold Glitter Top Coat, $3.  LA Colors Golden Treasure, $0.50.

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January 30th, 2012

Red Hearts Beat as One

Here is a red-hot treasury for you.  In need of Valentine’s gifts?  Look no further.

Thanks to the curator for choosing to include my Blood Red Heart necklace.  It’s since sold, but why not skip over to Gearbunny and see my other creepy Valentine’s Day goodies?


~ Allison ~