Category Archives: Nail Polish

Formula X

So today I have a few swatches for you guys from Sephora’s new Formula X nail polish line. So Sephora  decided to discontinue their Sephora by OPI line and replace it with Formula X. I have to say that I am pleasantly surprised. While I love the OPI brand, the Sephora by OPI polishes definitely left something to be desired in the creativity department. I have only two polishes from that line that I actually love (both are glitter top coats: Traffic Stopper Copper and I Found a Pot of Gold). The Formula X line, however, consists of tons of nail colors with a multitude of finishes/textures.

Here are a few swatches of my favorites so far:

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High Frequency with Drawn To You as an accent nail.

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These polishes are amaze balls {insert heart-eyed emoji)!!!!!!! The formulas aren’t too thin or too thick, and the colors are very pigmented. With these two colors I only needed one coat of nail polish.

I love these polishes so much, I have purchased 9 colors since they came out in October. There are more that I want to try but because I already have so many color so I will try to refrain. Lol…I’ll be sure to swatch the rest for you all, but I think you’ll love them as much as I do.

You can purchase Formula X polishes in any Sephora store, as well as on their website: www.sephora.com. The price point is from $10-$12.50. Luckily, I was able to purchase most of mine during the VIB 20% off sale.

Have you guys tried these polishes yet? If so, I am curious to know what you think about them.

I hope everyone is having a blessed week…I’m soooo looking forward to Thanksgiving! Talk to you soon. xx

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French-Mint Mani

I know that it’s fall and I should be breaking out my darker nail colors…but I don’t want to! Well, at least not every single day. My nails are very short right now, and one way to make your nails looks a bit longer is to give yourself a french manicure.

But people are switching things up nowadays. Traditional white tips are out…I’ve seen a multitude of french manicures with colored tips on various blogs/magazines. For example, tuxedo french manicures (black base with white tips/white base with black tips/glossy black base with matte black tips) seem to be really popular at the moment. But I thought I would try a more subtle look because some of those tuxedo manicures are a little over the top.

In these swatches I decided to use Essie’s Mint Candy Apple nail polish, which has been sitting on my desk for months now:

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This is a cool way to add a bright color to your nails without going overboard. It’s fun but still looks conservative. What do you guys think? Would you give this a try?

I hope you all have a blessed week! xx

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Half Moon

So I decided to try my hand at a half moon manicure since all the nail salons I called last week couldn’t guarantee me that they had a nail tech that could reproduce the look. In the photos below I used  Revlon’s Bubble Gum and OPI’s My Boyfriend Scales Walls. This manicure is a little more difficult than one might think. Check out the images below and let me know what you all think about my skills (or lack thereof…Lol):

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Julep – Audrey

Instead of buying a bunch of new polish, I decided to go through all the polish I have and force myself to wear them. In the midst of organizing the polish that I have and figuring out how to display them in such a way that I can see all the colors, I found Julep’s Audrey. I have had this polish for months, and I remember trying it on, but I don’t recall ever actually wearing it. So I decided to paint my nails with it last night:

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Can I just say the shimmer is this color is amazing, and the pictures really don’t do it justice. Audrey is a pale pink polish with a gorgeous silver shimmer. I believe I got this color in a Julep mystery box. Nonetheless, if you are looking for a low key neutral color, and can still get your hands on this one, you may want to cop it. It’s a nice twist on the traditional pinky nude polish that I am used to seeing. It’s a bit sheer so you will need at least three coats. You can find it on sale here.

I hope you all enjoyed this post! xx

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Guess Who’s In Nail It Mag?!

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So I was at work yesterday, flipping through the latest issue of Nail It Magazine (November/December) and I noticed the name Nicole…Then I saw Kelli Nicole…And why it took so long for me to realize that I was looking at my own name is beyond me. But there it was, with the name of my blog, quoting my thoughts on the magazine. I think I literally squealed at my desk, I was so excited.

If you subscribe, check me out on page 28:

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To be quoted by one of my favorite magazines is such an honor! Could this be a start to a freelance career?! Lol…I know I am reaching but you gotta think big, right?!

I hope you all enjoyed this post and are having a blessed week! xx

Sugar Fix: The Texturized Manicure

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Everyone seems to be going crazy over these texturized manicures so I thought I would see what all the hype was about. I purchased Sally Hansen’s Sugar Coat in Sugar Fix (white) and tried my hand at this manicure. I think the look is cute if you want to try something different. I would probably wear these if I was going to a fun fashionable event or if I just felt like switching my nail polish game up a bit, but I doubt that I would wear something like this on a daily basis. I also should have chosen a different color (blue, green, coral, something…) as opposed to white. Sometimes white nail polish can look very harsh on darker complexions:

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In these swatches I only used one coat and the nail polish dried pretty quickly. You do not need a top coat (obviously), and the color comes off very easily with regular nail polish remover. No excessive scrubbing needed! Be sure to only apply one coat for this look. Even though the instructions state that you should apply two thin coats, if you apply two, the nail polish will not dry to look like these swatches, it will look clumpy…at least, that was my experience.

Overall, I think the texturized look is a cool concept, but  I don’t think this look is something I would wear often. First, I don’t really care for matte nails. I’m old school, I like my nails to shine bright! Because of the fact that this particular nail polish is textured, white and matte, it makes your hands look a bit dry even if they aren’t, which is a major problem for me!

Be sure to check out other texture mani option from brands such as OPI (Liquid Sand), Zoya (Pixie Dust), China Glaze (Texture), Milani (Texture), etc. Although I don’t LOVE this mani I do like it. I also want to try to Zoya Pixie Dust because those are infused with a bit of glitter, which may add some pizazz.

Have any of you tried any of the texturized manicures? If so, let me know your thoughts…

I hope you all enjoyed this post and are having a great week…BTW: 3 more days until the weekend! WhooHoo! xx

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Living for the Weekend…

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I dread Mondays…I am getting to the point where I LIVE for the weekend! Right now my day job is so incredibly busy (I am a Financial Aid Counselor and we are now processing loans for the upcoming academic year) that I really do look forward to waking up and having absolutely nothing to do for two whole days!

I’ve finally gotten settled in my place, and this space right here is probably my favorite (well, I also love the kitchen, but I digress). That accent wall is everything! I haven’t put any paintings or anything up yet, but this is my happy place right now. I love sitting on the couch with my laptop, surfing the net while I watch ratchet television shows…

My sectional is so comfortable, I never want to get off of it. In fact, my place is so comfy I only left out this weekend to run a few errands, and I came right back in the house. And now that I am back at work today my phone won’t stop ringing…Ugh…But I thank God for a job!

Happy Monday folks! Hope everyone has a blessed week! xx

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Midis and Rainbow Honeys…

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So I discovered an Indie nail polish site last week and felt compelled to try out this gorgeous mint color I saw on http://www.pshiiit.com. She arguably has the best nail blog ever, but I digress…When I saw this color combo on her, I had to try it.

Let me introduce you all to Mint Flavor from Rainbow Honey Cosmetics, which is a company that makes custom blended nail polishes. You all know how much I love my mint green polishes, right? Well, Mint Flavor is right up my alley. This isn’t a traditional mint creme nail polish, this one has a gorgeous shimmer. Adorbs! Side Note: Adorbs is short for adorable and is my new favorite word…I can’t stop saying it…Lol
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And of course, I couldn’t just try one nail polish, I had to try at least two…Lol…So I also purchased this neon glitter called Magic Cake. What an appropriate name. I feel like I have funfetti cake on my ring finger.

Who would have thought that something so insignificant like nail polish (to others, obviously not to me) could bring you so much joy?! I love glitter because it makes you feel like you have an actual design on your nails without having to endure the hassle of nail art.

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Last, but certainly not least, how cute is this midi ring from Urban Outfitters?! Adorbs!

I hope you all enjoyed this post…If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to leave them in the comment section below. Talk to you all soon! xx

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Mint Leopard Remix

IMG_5542Nail polish is such a fun accessory, I just can’t stay away from it. I bought this OPI color a few weeks ago, but it was so difficult to photograph I never posted it here on the blog. I figured if I placed it in front of a contrasting color/print it would show up better. And sure enough, it is showing up true to color here.

Ulta was having a sale on OPI polishes, buy 2 and get 1 free, so I snagged this one, which had been on my wish list for quite some time. It’s called Gargantuan Green Grape. That’s a mouthful, isn’t it? Nonetheless, it is a gorgeous mint green. Everyone is obsessing over Essie’s Mint Candy Apple, which is nice, but I like the formula on this one better. Plus the color doesn’t look as chalking, in my opinion. You’ll need about three thin coats for the color to be opaque.

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If you’re curious about the wallet, I bought it last year during Nordstrom’s anniversary sale. This Halogen wallet is a year old but is still one of my favorites.

BTW, this year Nordstrom’s Anniversary Sale begins on July 19th, but for Nordstrom cardholder’s the early access to the sale begins tomorrow. Therefore, I’ll be spamming you guys with previews of the goodies once I’ve had a chance to scope the scenes! Talk to you all soon! xx

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How To Shop For Nail Polish

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Here are some tips and tricks that I find useful when shopping for nail polish…

Before You Buy:

  • Google It! – Whether I am buying nail polish in the store or online, I always check Google images so that I can see the various swatches of the color I am interested in. In a lot of cases, you can find swatches of nail colors online. Keep in mind that colors sometimes look different depending on the lighting. This usually helps me to determine if I will like a color in both sunlight and/or natural light. The only drawback to this option is if the nail color is new and no one has had a chance to swatch it yet, you won’t be able to find it. Nonetheless, when buying nail polish you aren’t sure about, this works like a charm.
  • Check Out Nail Blogs – There are tons of blogs dedicated to nail polish! Nail bloggers usually get the newest collections swatched and up on their blog long before the nail polishes launch (and sometimes just after they launch). Here are some of my favorites: Peachy Polish, Enamel Girl, The Swatchaholic, The Nail Network, Lucy’s Stash, and Let Them Have Polish. Be sure to check them out!
  • Check Social Media sites – Who isn’t posting pictures of their nails on Instagram (IG)?! You can search through hashtags (#) (i.e. #nails, #nailswag, #nailpolish, etc.) to see what’s new with everyone’s nails on IG. If you have a favorite nail polish brand you can search according to the brand name as well (i.e. #zoya, #opi, #chinaglaze, etc.).

Purchasing Time:

I know you all have heard me discuss Head2ToeBeauty on many occasions, but they are not the only source for discounted nail polish. You can also visit Ebay, Amazon, and TransDesign. On Head2ToeBeauty and TransDesign, shipping can sometimes be a bit pricey (I’ve paid $7-$8 on Head2ToeBeauty), but the nail polishes are so cheap you can’t beat the discount. Other places that sometimes offer great deals on nail polish are retail stores such as Target, Ulta and Walmart.

I hope you all enjoyed this post…Happy nail polish shopping! xx