Tag Archives: Nail Polish

Sugar Fix: The Texturized Manicure

DSCN0418

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:

DSCN0419

DSCN0421

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

Tagged , , , , ,

Midis and Rainbow Honeys…

DSCN0399

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
DSCN0391

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.

DSCN0413

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

Tagged , , , , , ,

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.

IMG_5541

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

Tagged , , , , , , ,

Revlon’s Enamor: Perfect Bubble Gum Pink

One of my guilty pleasures is walking through CVS, Walmart, Target, or Walgreens off the late night looking at nail polish. CVS and Walgreens usually has the newest nail colors so I like to go in there to see what’s new.  It’s crazy, I know, but I can’t help what I like to do. Lol…Anywhoo, I was in CVS one night and I came across Revlon’s Enamor. Because it was kind of expensive, I decided to wait on buying it because I knew I could find it for cheaper somewhere else.

DSCN0368

After my run Sunday morning, I went to Ulta and they were having a sale on Revlon products (jackpot!), buy one get one 50% off. So I decided to pick up Enamor and Passionate Pink (which I swatched the other day and didn’t like).

Enamor is a part of Revlon’s new Brilliant Strength line and is the perfect bubble gum pink! I would say that it is comparable to Zoya’s Sweet so if you have that one you don’t really need to purchase this one. The formula is a little thin at first (very streaky), but in this swatch I used two coats and that was more than enough. The brush is interesting..It’s flat and squared at the tip, which makes it easier to paint your nails, provided that you have big nail beds like me. For those of you with smaller fingers/nail beds, you may find that the brush is a little big. Overall I think this nail polish is well worth the $6 I paid for it, and I will definitely be wearing it again.

DSCN0369

Have you all tried this Brilliant Strength line from Revlon yet? It’s supposed to be a base coat, nail color, and top coat all in one. However, because I am super impatient, I can’t roll without a fast drying top coat, but I suppose the concept is a nice one. Lol…

What are your favorite drug store nail polish brands? I would have to say Revlon, Essie, and Sally Hansen are my favorites. And how do you all feel about bubble gum pink nails in the summer? Or pink nails, period?

As always, I hope you all enjoyed this post. Talk to you soon! xx

Tagged , , , , , ,

In The Cab-ana

I don’t think I have ever worn a nail color as much as I have worn Essie’s In The Cab-ana this month. I have the tendency to be obsessed with a nail color when its fresh and new and then I move on to the next one once the obsession had subsided (which doesn’t take long). However, I have been wearing this color so much, I was actually contemplating whether or not I should purchase a back-up when I was in Target the other night. Lol…

I won’t bore you with the details. Take a look at the swatches of this color and you will know why I am obsessed with it:

DSCN0353

DSCN0359

In The Cab-ana is kind of a robin’s egg blue with a hint of mint. It’s very opaque in one coat, but I used two in these pictures. Like First Timer, the color isn’t too bright and overpowering, but is still very eye catching. The formula was great, but since I have been using it so much I have noticed that it’s getting a little thick. Other than that I think it’s amaze balls!

What colors are you guys into right now? Have any of you tried the new neon collection from Essie? I haven’t only because I don’t like to feel like I am being forced to put white nail polish underneath another nail color to make it pop. I feel like they should be opaque enough on their own so I am on the fence about that collection.

I hope you all enjoyed this post…Talk to you soon! xx

Tagged , , ,

Go Green: Essie’s First Timer

I must apologize to you all for my lack of nail polish swatches lately. I haven’t done a nail post in a while because a few of my nails on my left hand (my swatch hand) had broken and I had to cut all of them down. I like my nails short, but not quite this short. Lol…I’ve also been slacking on my Biotin vitamins so my nails aren’t growing as fast as they normally do.

Anywhoo…Greens aren’t always on my wish list for nail polish, but Essie’s First Timer caught my eye recently and I had to try it out. What I love about this green is that it’s bright without being too loud. It’s an eye catching color but isn’t neon. Loves it!

DSCN0295

The formula was amazing as well. I am wearing two coats in these pictures (no top coat), but I easily could have gotten away with one coat.  There was a tiny bit of streakiness with the first coat but it was barely noticeable due to the opacity of the color. If you like green polishes, you will love this one as well. What do you all think of this color? Is it, or any of the other colors from Essie’s 2013 Resort Collection, on your wish list?

I didn’t buy all the colors from this collection, but I am smitten with In The Cab-ana as well, which will be my next nail polish swatch. Do any of you have that one? Are there any other nail polish collections you all are obsessed with? You know I am always on the prowl for something new!

I hope you all enjoyed this post! xx

Tagged , , , ,

Spring/Summer Nail Polish Picks

DSCN0165

Here are swatches of some nail polishes that I think you all will enjoy this season. I pulled some of my favorite polishes at the moment, many of which are a part of Spring 2013 collections.

  • OPI – My Paprika Is Hotter Than Yours
  • Essie – First Timer
  • Essie – In The Cab-ana
  • Zoya – Sweet
  • Essie – Mint Candy Apple
  • Zoya – Pippa
  • Color Club – Poptastic
  • China Glaze – Keep Calm, Paint On
  • Julep – Avery
  • Revlon – Blue Lagoon

DSCN0155

As you can see, blues and pinks are my weakness! And who doesn’t love pastels?! Remember that nail polish is just another accessory to add some color to your wardrobe so have fun with it! Don’t get so bogged down with trends. Do you! xx

Tagged , , , , , , , ,

NAIL IT! Magazine

DSCN0150

I cannot tell you all how elated I was when I found out that there was a magazine all about nails. This is my first issue of Nail It Magazine and I am already infatuated. If you are into nails (like me), you will love this magazine. While it is overflowing with nail polish advertisements (many brands I didn’t even know existed), there is also a wealth of information. In this Summer Nail Trends issue there are articles about nail shaping, how to repair snagged nails, nail trends, how to shape your nails, etc. I am very curious to see what other topics they will cover in future issues.

Whoever thought of this is a freakin’ genius. I sure wish I had thought of this idea first! Lol…This magazine is prefect for professional manicurist, nail bloggers, and nail polish enthusiast alike. They have certainly caught my attention and I cannot wait to see more. Would you consider adding Nail It magazine to your magazine subscriptions?

I hope you all enjoyed this post. Talk to you soon…Be blessed! xx

Tagged , ,

Zoya Nail Polish Exchange

12515_10151548643773815_1078447674_n

These sorts of promotions are the precise reason why I love the Zoya brand! From now until April 26, 2013 you can receive 50% off of your nail polish purchases (a minimum order of 6 polishes is required) on Zoya.com. All they ask is that you send them your old nail polish bottles so that they can dispose of them properly. Therefore, if you purchase 6 new polishes from Zoya, you will need to send 6 old nail polishes for them to dispose. However, the old nail polishes you send to them must be from a different brand (any brand except for Zoya).

Since there are some Zoya polishes that I’ve been waiting to try, I’ll definitely be participating. Be sure to check out Zoya’s website for further details on the promotion here.

Talk to you all soon!! xx

Tagged , ,

China Glaze: Sunday Funday

I am so in love with blue polishes. I don’t care if they are light, dark, pale or bright. Blue nail polish just does it for me. I recently purchased this one from Sally’s Beauty supply. I couldn’t wait to swatch it for you all. Sunday Funday is a gorgeous, creamy bright blue color from China Glaze’s new Avant Garden Collection for Spring 2013.

The only thing I do not like about this color is how much it stains when you remove it from your nails. Sheesh!!! I looked like a smurf after taking this color off my nails. But that is my only complaint about it. I dare venture to say that the color pay off is worth the staining, but you could probably find another bright creamy blue doesn’t stain. When I find a dupe (i.e. duplicate) I’ll be sure to let you guys know. Lol

Sunday FundayI cannot keep up with all these nail polish collections. Who knew that there were so many and with such a variety of colors and finishes. However, the Avant Garden Collection is a little different from other Spring collections I’ve seen. What I love about it is that is isn’t packed full of pastels, which is traditionally what every nail polish brand  does during the spring seasons. There is a mixture of brights and darks with a number of finishes. Check out the various colors in the collection below:

china-glaze-avant-garden-collection

I hope you all enjoyed this post…Until the next time, be blessed!! xx

Tagged , , ,