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November 19th, 2011

Blue Blast

Sorting out my nail polishes the other day I realized that the overwhelming majority of my nail polishes are blue and purple.  Not too much of a surprise, as I’m not a big fan of the traditional girlie pinks and reds.  I thought I’d share a few of my blues with you since I have so many.  Enjoy this blue spam!

Wet N Wild Rain Check is a bluish grey pearl polish.  While there’s a hint of duochrome in the bottle, it doesn’t show up as strongly on the nail.  The consistency is watery and three coats were needed.  But the color is so delicate and moody that I didn’t really mind.  It really does remind me of a rainy day.

 

Essie Lapiz of Luxury – a periwinkle blue creme that has a jelly feel. Despite the watery finish this one covered pretty well.  This is three coats.

 

Mattese Elite Lapis is another jelly blue.  This one has more of a greenish undertone.  This one is so unique, I just love it.

 

And another Essie – Smooth Sailing.  This is another periwinkle blue, with the addition of feathery silver flakes that add some depth and sparkle.  A very sophisticated, summery shade that would work well as a pedicure polish.

 

This next polish is a franken I made!  It was my first attempt at mylar flakies, which, let me tell you, are not pleasant.  I bought some iridescent turquoise blue flakies at Ricky’s but they were a bit too large for nail polish.  So, I used some nail scissors and cut them down.  What a tedious process!  I’m still picking flakies out of my carpet a month later.  I dumped them into a clear base with a few drops of Milani blue holographic nail polish for some shimmer.  I believe there are a few drops of Sally Hansen Fairy Teal in there, too.  This is one coat of my lumpy franken over two coats of Brash Electric Sky.  It reminds me of mermaid scales.

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Marine Blue.  I’m not sure if this is discontinued?  It’s HTF at the least I think.  As you can see the polish consistency wasn’t very thick and tended to thin out at the nail tips.  I hate that.  I also got some bumps but that’s my fault for not letting my layers dry enough.

 

And the SH as compared to NYC Empire State Blue.  They are very close but not dupes.  I actually preferred NYC’s formula; it was easier to work with and covered better.

 

Nicole by OPI It’s up to Blue.  I believe this is a Target exclusive.  What a frustrating color.  I bought it shortly after falling in love with OPI Brand New Skates, hoping that it would be a close cousin.  Well, it was and it wasn’t.  Although the foil is very similar – shifting from blue to violet to gold – I had a nightmare of a time with the formula.  So streaky and sheer.  I almost wanted to take it off and start over again.  This is my semi-decent attempt at a manicure.  Next time I’ll avoid a headache by painting this over black.

Let’s see some dark blues, shall we?  This is LA Colors Craze Blue Lagoon.  Steely without looking black.

 

China Glaze First Mate.  A pretty, well-behaved creme – no complaints here.  I felt positively naval wearing it.

 

Then I added a coat of Revlon Blue Mosaic glitter.  It contains mainly light blue hexes with a few large kelly green and silver ones thrown in.

 

Brucci Heavenly Julia is a grape-tinged dark blue – dare I say blurple?  Anyway it is perfection.  So juicy.

 

Fingerpaints Easel-y Entertained.  This is a unique blurple microglitter…

 

Layered over ORLY Royal Navy, a blue glass fleck.  This one is almost electric, it has a lot of depth.

 

Kleancolor – I forget the name of the shade.  Actually this brand is called Mak3 Color, a dollar store version of Kleancolors.  Cool dark navy with a jelly finish.

 

Thanks for looking!

 

~ Allison ~

November 12th, 2011

Revlon 2011 Holiday Nail Polishes – Glitz and Glam, Mistletoe

I was attracted by two lacquers from the Revlon Top Speed Holiday collection.

Glitz & Glam is a rose and silver glitter in a red base.  Three coats will give you complete, streak-free coverage.

And here’s how Glitz and Glam looks compared with OPI DS Bold (pictured on nails).  While they share similarities they are not exact dupes.  G&G is slightly darker/less pink, with finer glitter.   I actually preferred the formula on the Revlon, as well.

And Mistletoe is a grown-up blackened golden olive foil.  This is three coats as well.

Mistletoe doesn’t really scream “holiday” to me, but I think it’s a lovely color for fall/winter wear.  Glitz and Glam is definitely more party-ready!

 

~ Allison ~

 

October 8th, 2011

China Glaze Bogart + Revlon Watermelon Fizz

This manicure began with Bogart, a cool, eggplant foil by China Glaze.

Bogart China Glaze nail polish swatch review

To warm it up I added a layer of Revlon Watermelon Fizz nail polish.  This is a clear reddish orange jelly from the Summer 2011 collection.  It has these really pretty flakey glitter particles that I love.  It also smells delish!  Just like watermelon candy.  Since the Fizz polishes are pretty sheer, I prefer to layer them over other nail lacquers.

Revlon Watermelon Fizz swatch nail polish

 

~ Allison ~

 

October 8th, 2011

Wet N Wild Diving for Pearls + Revlon Sweet Nothings + Sally Hansen Snappy Sprinkles

Diving for Pearls is from Wet N Wild’s Summer 2011 Mermaid’s Cove collection.  It’s a pretty teal foil with very fine golden shimmer.  It applied beautifully in 2 coats – well worth the $1.99 price tag!

Then I added a coat of Revlon Sweet Nothing Lilac Lingerie, which adds a lovely iridescent luster.

Oooh.

Just for fun here’s how it looks with Sally Hansen Insta-dri Snappy Sprinkles, a limited edition green and pink holographic bar glitter.  This is such a spring-y polish!

 

~ Allison ~

August 14th, 2011

Sally Hansen CSM Model Behavior + Revlon Colada Fizz

Here’s a look at another blue from another Sally Hansen guest designer limited edition collection.  This time, I’m showing you Model Behavior from the Spring 2011 collection designed by Prabal Gurung.  Model Behavior is a bold turquoise blue creme.  It kind of reminds me of bright blue Windex, in the best possible way!  The formula is creamy dreamy and 2 coats provided complete opacity.  It dries very glossy, as well.  The first picture is the most color-accurate.

Next I decided to test out a Revlon polish I finally caved in to trying – Revlon’s scented Colada Fizz.  These bright candy colors had been teasing me from the aisles for a couple of months.  I ended up buying this one, Watermelon Fizz (bright reddish orange) and Appletini Fizz (sour apple green).  Hope to swatch the others soon.  Anyway, this is 2 coats of Colada Fizz on top of Model Behavior.

Although Colada Fizz appears to be baby blue in the bottle it’s too sheer, in my opinion, to be worn on its own.  However it lends a really lovely snowflake-like glitter effect when used as a topcoat.  The fragrance of the polish is pleasant and light, kind of like a powdery, perfume-y pina colada.  In high school I had a perfumed Victoria Secret pen that smelled exactly like this, actually!  The scent isn’t obtrusive but I definitely notice it when my hands are near my face.

Scope out that beautiful fairy glitter.

Have you tried any of Revlon’s fizz nail polishes?  What’s your opinion of scented nail polish?

 

~ Allison ~