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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 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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April 21st, 2012

Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish – Trafalger Square

I had been wanting to try magnetic nail polish for the longest time.  Now, following on the heels of the crackle phase, they seem to be flooding the market.  I tested one of the first I saw, Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish, which Sephora carries.  This is Trafalger Square, a dark metallic chrome.

It’s important to apply the magnet soon after you paint your nail, because the polish dries quickly.  The magnet is in the cap, and it has a small curved tray that you fit on your cuticle to hold the magnet in place.  I did one nail at a time to ensure that the polish wouldn’t dry on me.  I loved the results!  The chevron stripes create a tiger eye appearance, with the color shifting depending on the angle of the light.

What are your favorite magnetic nail polishes?  I am tempted to try the new Color Club magnetic glitter shades!

 

~ Allison ~

April 21st, 2012

Sally Hansen CSM Loves Me Not – Prabal Gurung Spring 2012

Meet Loves Me Not, one of the Sally Hansen colors created by Prabal Gurung for Spring 2012.  The other colors in the collection were pretty, but this one really called to me.  It is a blackened glass-flecked purple.  The formula was excellent and I could almost get complete coverage in one coat.  I applied two, which really added depth and sparkle. Here it is with a topcoat of Seche Vite.

I’m trying out a new gallery style of displaying photos – what do you think?  Please click to zoom!

 

Thanks for reading!

 

~ Allison~

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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