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01/15/2012

Anonymous asked: as far as nail polish removers go...I've had trouble getting really sparkly nail polishes off, even with a base coat. is it okay to go store brand with nail polish remover? and what's a good way to remove sparkly nail polish? thanks

I don’t think there’s anything wrong with using store brand nail polish remover.

When I remove glitter nail polish, I generally use pure acetone. At Sally Beauty Supply, it costs just as much as regular nail polish remover, so it’s not that expensive at all! However, acetone is pretty harsh on your nails, and it will dry your skin out, so I limit my acetone use to only when I remove glitter nail polish from my nails.

Hope that helps. :)

Color: Ruby Red Slippers (Deborah Lippmann)Retail Price: $18.00 (USD)
This shade is inspired by Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. It has a black base color with small red glitter and large hexagonal glitter suspended throughout. I can certainly see how the red glitter is a nod to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, but the black base color is a little too prevalent to totally make the connection for me. I still really like this glitter, though!
Just like Across the Universe (Deborah Lippmann), the first coat of this glitter goes on fairly streaky, and the black base color applies very sheer; however, the second coat is all you need to magically achieve bottle color! I love the formula of Deborah Lippmann glitters—especially the ones with a colored base. The nail polish always spreads evenly, and the finish is stunning and unique.
I can’t think of any dupes for this shade, but it reminds me of Lubu Heels (China Glaze), although, Ruby Red Slippers is obviously much more intense, and definitely makes more of a statement!
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Deborah Lippmann.

Color: Ruby Red Slippers (Deborah Lippmann)
Retail Price: $18.00 (USD)

This shade is inspired by Dorothy’s ruby red slippers from The Wizard of Oz. It has a black base color with small red glitter and large hexagonal glitter suspended throughout. I can certainly see how the red glitter is a nod to Dorothy’s ruby red slippers, but the black base color is a little too prevalent to totally make the connection for me. I still really like this glitter, though!

Just like Across the Universe (Deborah Lippmann), the first coat of this glitter goes on fairly streaky, and the black base color applies very sheer; however, the second coat is all you need to magically achieve bottle color! I love the formula of Deborah Lippmann glitters—especially the ones with a colored base. The nail polish always spreads evenly, and the finish is stunning and unique.

I can’t think of any dupes for this shade, but it reminds me of Lubu Heels (China Glaze), although, Ruby Red Slippers is obviously much more intense, and definitely makes more of a statement!

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Deborah Lippmann.

01/14/2012

Color: Glittering Garland (China Glaze)Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Let It Snow collection. It is a dark forest green base color with emerald glitter suspended throughout. I know the holidays are over, but I picked this up at half price at Sally Beauty Supply, and I love greens, so now yall get a review!
The formula for this glitter is so intense. It’s practically opaque in only one coat, but a second coat really adds depth and sparkle. The finish is simply stunning! This nail polish certainly does its name justice.
Looking for a dupe? My bottle of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (Orly) looks exactly like Glittering Garland except the former has flakies and the latter has glitter, but on the nail, Glittering Garland is brighter and sparkles so much more, and the formula is a little thicker and more opaque. Overall, I like Glittering Garland much more.

Color: Glittering Garland (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Let It Snow collection. It is a dark forest green base color with emerald glitter suspended throughout. I know the holidays are over, but I picked this up at half price at Sally Beauty Supply, and I love greens, so now yall get a review!

The formula for this glitter is so intense. It’s practically opaque in only one coat, but a second coat really adds depth and sparkle. The finish is simply stunning! This nail polish certainly does its name justice.

Looking for a dupe? My bottle of Meet Me Under the Mistletoe (Orly) looks exactly like Glittering Garland except the former has flakies and the latter has glitter, but on the nail, Glittering Garland is brighter and sparkles so much more, and the formula is a little thicker and more opaque. Overall, I like Glittering Garland much more.

01/13/2012

Color: Some Like It Haute (China Glaze)Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)
This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Eye Candy collection. It has superfine silver and dark gray glitter with large circular holographic glitter, all suspended in a clear base. This glitter is gorgeous, and definitely my favorite from this collection. The large holo glitter looks so amazing sparkling through all that gunmetal gray!
The formula for this nail polish is flawless. The glitter spreads evenly and builds up nicely, just like all the other glitters from this collection. I’m wearing three coats of nail polish here.
Looking for a dupe? Diamond in the Rough (Wet n Wild) is pretty much an exact dupe, but you’ll definitely want to spend the extra cash and invest in Some Like It Haute because its formula is worlds better and will spare you much frustration during application.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze.

Color: Some Like It Haute (China Glaze)
Retail Price: $6.50 (USD)

This shade is from China Glaze’s winter 2011 Eye Candy collection. It has superfine silver and dark gray glitter with large circular holographic glitter, all suspended in a clear base. This glitter is gorgeous, and definitely my favorite from this collection. The large holo glitter looks so amazing sparkling through all that gunmetal gray!

The formula for this nail polish is flawless. The glitter spreads evenly and builds up nicely, just like all the other glitters from this collection. I’m wearing three coats of nail polish here.

Looking for a dupe? Diamond in the Rough (Wet n Wild) is pretty much an exact dupe, but you’ll definitely want to spend the extra cash and invest in Some Like It Haute because its formula is worlds better and will spare you much frustration during application.

Disclosure: Product sample provided by China Glaze.

01/12/2012

Colors: Teddy Girl (Butter London), Carrie (Julep)
I decided to try and explore the more subtle side of stamping. I used Teddy Girl (Butter London) for the base color in this manicure and Carrie (Julep) as the color for the leopard spots (with plate M57). I know that up close, you can tell a pretty clear difference between the two pinks, but from far away, it’s hardly noticeable.
If you use two similar work safe colors, I think this would be a great way to sport nail art at work! How pretty would a nude on nude leopard print mani look with Minka (Zoya) and Glamour Purse (Essie)? And if you want to get really fancy, try a glossy black base color with matte black spots. The monochrome possibilities are endless!

Colors: Teddy Girl (Butter London), Carrie (Julep)

I decided to try and explore the more subtle side of stamping. I used Teddy Girl (Butter London) for the base color in this manicure and Carrie (Julep) as the color for the leopard spots (with plate M57). I know that up close, you can tell a pretty clear difference between the two pinks, but from far away, it’s hardly noticeable.

If you use two similar work safe colors, I think this would be a great way to sport nail art at work! How pretty would a nude on nude leopard print mani look with Minka (Zoya) and Glamour Purse (Essie)? And if you want to get really fancy, try a glossy black base color with matte black spots. The monochrome possibilities are endless!

01/11/2012

Color: Rumor Mill (Hard Candy)Retail Price: $4.00 (USD)
This shade is from Hard Candy’s Just Nails collection. It is a dark plum purple with a glossy creme finish. On the nail, it is slightly darker than it is in the bottle.
The formula for this shade is incredibly opaque. I’m wearing only one coat of Rumor Mill! Back when I reviewed The End (Hard Candy), I mentioned that I liked the slightly stiff brush, and that applies here, too. It really helps with creating a clean manicure.
My only quip is I think this shade is a little too dark. I see way too much black and not enough purple, and considering I love purple nail polishes, that might be more of a personal problem! But in general, I love Hard Candy’s creme finish nail polishes, so if this is a color you like, the great formula and price makes this a bottle you should definitely pick up.
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Hard Candy.

Color: Rumor Mill (Hard Candy)
Retail Price: $4.00 (USD)

This shade is from Hard Candy’s Just Nails collection. It is a dark plum purple with a glossy creme finish. On the nail, it is slightly darker than it is in the bottle.

The formula for this shade is incredibly opaque. I’m wearing only one coat of Rumor Mill! Back when I reviewed The End (Hard Candy), I mentioned that I liked the slightly stiff brush, and that applies here, too. It really helps with creating a clean manicure.

My only quip is I think this shade is a little too dark. I see way too much black and not enough purple, and considering I love purple nail polishes, that might be more of a personal problem! But in general, I love Hard Candy’s creme finish nail polishes, so if this is a color you like, the great formula and price makes this a bottle you should definitely pick up.

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Hard Candy.

01/10/2012

Color: Fierce (Revlon)Retail Price: $4.99 (USD)
This shade is from Revlon’s fall 2011 Edgy Elegance collection. It is a violet with pink undertones and lots of silver shimmer! The shimmer will getall over your fingers when you remove this nail polish, so be careful!
The formula for this nail polish is a little on the thin side, yet it’s surprisingly opaque. It takes longer than I’d like to dry; as you can see on my middle finger, I got a little bit of pulling because I didn’t wait long enough for my first coat to dry. In the photo above, I’m wearing two coats of nail polish.
This is a really fun shade, and an interesting variation of similar purples from fall 2011, like Jem (Zoya). I can definitely see how it fits the “edgy” side of this collection, but as far as “elegance” goes, it seems a little too spunky to fit the bill!

Color: Fierce (Revlon)
Retail Price: $4.99 (USD)

This shade is from Revlon’s fall 2011 Edgy Elegance collection. It is a violet with pink undertones and lots of silver shimmer! The shimmer will getall over your fingers when you remove this nail polish, so be careful!

The formula for this nail polish is a little on the thin side, yet it’s surprisingly opaque. It takes longer than I’d like to dry; as you can see on my middle finger, I got a little bit of pulling because I didn’t wait long enough for my first coat to dry. In the photo above, I’m wearing two coats of nail polish.

This is a really fun shade, and an interesting variation of similar purples from fall 2011, like Jem (Zoya). I can definitely see how it fits the “edgy” side of this collection, but as far as “elegance” goes, it seems a little too spunky to fit the bill!

01/09/2012

Color: Minka (Zoya)Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
This shade is from Zoya’s winter 2011 Touch collection. It is a nude with almost invisible pearly silver shimmer. Zoya describes this shade as a nude that is flattering on skin with neutral and olive tones. I have warm olive skin, and I think this looks pretty good…although now I’m wondering how Shay (Zoya) would look on me since that one’s supposed to be for warm skin tones!
The formula for this shade is very opaque. In fact, you could get away with wearing only one coat if you’re careful with your application. In the photo above, I’m wearing two coats of Minka.
I find nudes to be some of the most tricky shades to pick out for yourself, so I love that Zoya’s Touch collection helps guide you toward the nude shade that’s most perfect for you. Any shade from this collection is obviously very work safe, but even better is that it’s something you can wear all year!

Color: Minka (Zoya)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)

This shade is from Zoya’s winter 2011 Touch collection. It is a nude with almost invisible pearly silver shimmer. Zoya describes this shade as a nude that is flattering on skin with neutral and olive tones. I have warm olive skin, and I think this looks pretty good…although now I’m wondering how Shay (Zoya) would look on me since that one’s supposed to be for warm skin tones!

The formula for this shade is very opaque. In fact, you could get away with wearing only one coat if you’re careful with your application. In the photo above, I’m wearing two coats of Minka.

I find nudes to be some of the most tricky shades to pick out for yourself, so I love that Zoya’s Touch collection helps guide you toward the nude shade that’s most perfect for you. Any shade from this collection is obviously very work safe, but even better is that it’s something you can wear all year!

01/08/2012

Color: Megan (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is from the January Bombshell Julep Maven box. It’s described as “a playful and sultry Mediterranean aquamarine shimmer,” and I think I agree. It reminds me a little of Ocean (Revlon), although instead of teal, Megan leans more blue. 
The formula for this nail polish is incredibly sheer, and application is very streaky. You’ll need a steady hand to make sure you get a smooth finish. Julep polishes promise to be opaque in only two coats, and I was skeptical due to the sheer formula, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. I’m wearing two coats of nail polish in the photo above, and there isn’t any visible nail line. Magic!
This shade is a perfect way to bring a pop of color to your winter wardrobe, and it transitions beautifully to spring as well.
Want your very own Julep Maven boxes every month? Check out the bottom of this entry to learn how you can get your first box containing over $60.00 (USD) of products for only $5.00 (USD).
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Megan (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This shade is from the January Bombshell Julep Maven box. It’s described as “a playful and sultry Mediterranean aquamarine shimmer,” and I think I agree. It reminds me a little of Ocean (Revlon), although instead of teal, Megan leans more blue. 

The formula for this nail polish is incredibly sheer, and application is very streaky. You’ll need a steady hand to make sure you get a smooth finish. Julep polishes promise to be opaque in only two coats, and I was skeptical due to the sheer formula, but it turns out I had nothing to worry about. I’m wearing two coats of nail polish in the photo above, and there isn’t any visible nail line. Magic!

This shade is a perfect way to bring a pop of color to your winter wardrobe, and it transitions beautifully to spring as well.

Want your very own Julep Maven boxes every month? Check out the bottom of this entry to learn how you can get your first box containing over $60.00 (USD) of products for only $5.00 (USD).

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

01/07/2012

Color: Carrie (Julep)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is from the January Bombshell Julep Maven box. It’s described as a cotton candy pink creme, and I think that’s a pretty good description, although I think the color needs to be a little softer to really fit the bill. I think it’s a perfect bubblegum pink, though. Regardless, this shade is just so cute! I know January’s just getting started, but this would be such a great shade to pick up for February/Valentine’s Day!
The formula for this shade was easy to work with, although a tiny bit on the thick side. All Julep polishes promise to be opaque in two coats, which was the case with Carrie. In fact, it was almost opaque in only one coat!
Looking for a dupe? Pink Friday (OPI) is extremely similar, although Carrie is slightly darker.
Want your very own Julep Maven boxes every month? Check out the bottom of this entry to learn how you can get your first box containing over $60.00 (USD) of products for only $5.00 (USD).
Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

Color: Carrie (Julep)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This shade is from the January Bombshell Julep Maven box. It’s described as a cotton candy pink creme, and I think that’s a pretty good description, although I think the color needs to be a little softer to really fit the bill. I think it’s a perfect bubblegum pink, though. Regardless, this shade is just so cute! I know January’s just getting started, but this would be such a great shade to pick up for February/Valentine’s Day!

The formula for this shade was easy to work with, although a tiny bit on the thick side. All Julep polishes promise to be opaque in two coats, which was the case with Carrie. In fact, it was almost opaque in only one coat!

Looking for a dupe? Pink Friday (OPI) is extremely similar, although Carrie is slightly darker.

Want your very own Julep Maven boxes every month? Check out the bottom of this entry to learn how you can get your first box containing over $60.00 (USD) of products for only $5.00 (USD).

Disclosure: Product sample provided by Julep.

01/06/2012

josyrosado asked: Hey, do you know of any really good glow-in-the-dark nail polishes?? I have a cheap one from Claires and it doesn't even glow, so I only used it once, but I wanna get a new one to try it out. And my goal this year is to do my nails every week with a new design. :D I just started yesterday.

OPI and China Glaze have my favorite glow-in-the-dark nail polishes (I actually reviewed Zom-Body to Love (OPI) this past Halloween). You might have to see if you can snag a bottle somewhere online, though. I think most glow-in-the-dark nail polish is sold during Halloween. Also, most glow-in-the-dark nail polishes seem to need to “charge” in the light, so you may want to see if that’s what your bottle needs.

And I think that’s a great goal to have! :)

forevercemetery asked: Do you think Cheeky Cops and Lemon Fizz by China Glaze could be dupes? I did some googling and haven't seen any comparisons! Love your blog, by the way :)

Great question! I don’t have my bottle of Lemon Fizz with me right now (I’m visiting the parents!), but I’ve had Cheeky Chops and Lemon Fizz near each other enough to tell you they come pretty close, but Cheeky Chops is actually a little bit brighter.

Color: Cheeky Chops (Butter London)Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)
This shade is a pale yellow with a creme finish. This is such a great springtime color. Unlike other yellows, it’s not overly bright like someone juiced a highlighter or something. This shade provides you with the option of a playful color that just might be work safe as well!
I think I may have gotten a bad bottle, but the formula for this shade was a little tricky to work with. The nail polish was a little thicker than most Butter London shades, and application was streaky. I think this is the first time I’ve ever needed three coats to achieve bottle color with a Butter London shade!
The formula can be fixed with a couple drops of any nail polish thinner, though, so overall, I’m pleased with this shade, and find it to be pretty unique as far as yellows go.

Color: Cheeky Chops (Butter London)
Retail Price: $14.00 (USD)

This shade is a pale yellow with a creme finish. This is such a great springtime color. Unlike other yellows, it’s not overly bright like someone juiced a highlighter or something. This shade provides you with the option of a playful color that just might be work safe as well!

I think I may have gotten a bad bottle, but the formula for this shade was a little tricky to work with. The nail polish was a little thicker than most Butter London shades, and application was streaky. I think this is the first time I’ve ever needed three coats to achieve bottle color with a Butter London shade!

The formula can be fixed with a couple drops of any nail polish thinner, though, so overall, I’m pleased with this shade, and find it to be pretty unique as far as yellows go.

01/05/2012

Anonymous asked: when you sponge polish on your nails, do you apply the polish to your nails first and then sponge or apply to the sponge first and then transfer to your nails?

Get the polish on your sponge first, and then apply it to your nail. If you’re trying to create a gradient effect on your nails, start sponging nail polish at the tip of your nail, and work up toward the cuticle.

01/04/2012

Color: Kristen (Zoya)Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)
This shade is from Zoya’s winter 2011 Feel collection. It is described as a “gull gray nail polish with a mild bluish hue,” although I honestly feel as though the description could sort of be flipped around. Kristen is just as much a gray with a mild bluish hue as it is a cool light blue with a grayish hue. It’s this versatility that makes Kristen a great shade to wear as winter transitions into spring.
The formula for this pastel nail polish is surprisingly opaque. Application was a little streaky on the first coat, but fully opaque in only two coats.
Looking for a dupe? Cocktail Bling (Essie) is very similar, although Kristen is brighter and, in my opinion, easier to apply.

Color: Kristen (Zoya)
Retail Price: $8.00 (USD)

This shade is from Zoya’s winter 2011 Feel collection. It is described as a “gull gray nail polish with a mild bluish hue,” although I honestly feel as though the description could sort of be flipped around. Kristen is just as much a gray with a mild bluish hue as it is a cool light blue with a grayish hue. It’s this versatility that makes Kristen a great shade to wear as winter transitions into spring.

The formula for this pastel nail polish is surprisingly opaque. Application was a little streaky on the first coat, but fully opaque in only two coats.

Looking for a dupe? Cocktail Bling (Essie) is very similar, although Kristen is brighter and, in my opinion, easier to apply.

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