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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.

 

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Essie Lots of Luxe Blue Lapis Sandy Holiday Nail Polish Swatch

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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.

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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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December 25th, 2012

Merry Christmas! Sally Hansen Snow Bunny Nail Strips

Merry Christmas to all, and to all a good night!

To celebrate the season, I am wearing Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips in Snow Bunny.  They feature a pearlescent white base with red snowflakes.  They remind me of a knitted sweater pattern, but I also got the comment that they resemble gift wrap.  Either way I love these wintery nails.

Sally Hansen Real Nail Polish Strips Snow Bunny Snowflake Holiday Candy Cane Manicure

Macro Sally Hansen Nail Strips Snow Bunny Review Swatch Holiday Christmas Manicure

I applied these over a basecoat and used a coat of Seche Vite on top to seal them.  So far they still look perfect after three days.  In the past I’ve gotten a good ten days of wear out of these nail polish strips, so I think they’re well worth it.

Whatever you celebrate, hope you have a wonderful night!

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~ Allison ~

November 26th, 2011

Black Friday Strangeness Etsy Treasury

Click to see a selection of weird and wonderful handmade goodies that are for sale for Black Friday!  Want more strangeness?  Simply search “Black Friday weird” on Etsy!

 

~ Allison ~

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 ~