Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Pure Ice Twinkle

I haven't featured Pure Ice enough here. This color, Twinkle, is a cute rich peach! It's packed with beautiful gold shimmer that shows up nicely on the nail. I used two coats here. Oh HI big gap on my pinkie! Whoops. I'd definitely recommend clicking to enlarge these, but I did get a good macro!

This is much more flattering than that WNW peach I had two days ago (on me, anyway). And hey, it'll be June tomorrow! This year is flying by already.

Monday, May 30, 2011

Essie Mochacino

Essie Mochacino is one of the core colors I've seen displayed in drugstores now. I've got a small list of these that I want to pick up! This is a gorgeous soft brown with silver shimmer. I absolutely love this - the formula was immaculate, two coats. The shimmer makes it a very eye catching neutral!

This is a nice change from all the brights I've been wearing lately.

Giveaway Alert, and updating my blogroll!

Okay, here's a great giveaway over at The Trace Phace Files by Traci! It ends June 10th.

Also, while I'm here - I am going to be working on updating my blogroll, I've followed a lot of great blogs lately - if you're not on my blogroll and would like to be there, please let me know in the comments! Thanks everyone.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Wet N Wild Sunburst

Hey, Andrea! Here's a color that DOESN'T LOOK GOOD ON ME. Okay, so Sunburst is from the Bloom collection - something that took forever to show up in my stores! As a matter of fact, it showed up the same time as the Mermaid Cove in my CVS.
I picked up three of these pastels. The first I've got to show you is the peach, and it's so cute in the bottle. I think it looks awful on me. This is a creme, and it took three coats to even out. These little bottles have tiny handles, but it wasn't hard to adjust to.

Yeahhh. Not so much! I'm sure this would look cute on someone else, but I immediately took it off.

Saturday, May 28, 2011

Orly Here Comes Trouble

From the Orly summer 2011 Pinup Collection, I only wanted the two glitters. The first one I have for you is Here Comes Trouble, which has a very thin yellow green jelly base. I used three coats here, so it does cover pretty well, considering the thin base. It's absolutely packed with spring green glitter of two different sizes! Check out the macro. I LOVE this. I did have to leave my cotton balls on it for a good bit though to get it off - you may end up with some glitter on your skin during removal! It dries a little matte and gritty, so what you see here is with my CND Air Dry top coat.

I'm so glad I nabbed this! Did anyone snag the pinks from this collection too, or did you just go for the glitters, like me?

Friday, May 27, 2011

The ABCs of Me!

I was tagged to do this from the super sweet Millie of Perdy Claws, thanks gorgeous! :)

A. Age: 39. For some reason, this consistently shocks people I meet in my everyday life!
B. Bed Size: Queen. I miss my king, but this will do.
C. Chore You Hate: Dishes. I HATE doing dishes.
D. Day: Tuesday - It's my only day off, now! I lounge around and do absolutely nothing on Tuesdays.
E. Essential Start To Your Day: Coffee. I can't function without it!
F. Favourite Colour: Green. All shades, including the uglyawesome ones!
G. Gold or Silver: Silver. I can't wear gold jewelry, I appear to be allergic to it. I am now getting comfortable with gold polish, though.
H. Height: Somewhere between 5'2" and 5'3". Short.
I. Instruments: None. I keep after hubby to teach me guitar, though.
J. Job Title: Taxi driver.
K. Kids: One grown daughter.
L. Live: Raleigh, NC. Been here on and off since 1995.
M. Mom's Name: Susan.
N. Nicknames: Niki. Pretty simple!
O. Overnight Hospital Stays: One, when I had my daughter.
P. Pet Peeves: Lying and backstabbing; women being catty. Oh, I could go on, but I'll spare you.
Q. Quote from a movie: "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." "I am Jack's complete lack of surprise." Fight Club
R. Right or Left Handed: Right handed. I suck at painting my right hand, still.
S. Siblings: I have five, three sisters and two brothers. All younger than me.
T. Time You Wake Up: Well, that varies. I work at night, so usually around 3 or 4 PM.
U. Underwear: Umm, yes please?
V. Vegetables You Dislike: Beets. Frigging nasty.
W. What Makes You Run Late: I despise being late. But, oversleeping, obviously.
X. X-Rays You've Had: Ummm, foot, chest, dental.
Y. Yummy Food You Make: Shepherd's pie, meatloaf.
Z. Zoo: I'm not sure what they mean by this, like do I approve of them? Sort of on the fence.
Okay, now I'm not tagging anyone, because I usually get tags way after anyone else has done them. But if you haven't yet, please do it - I like to read these!

China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Electric Pineapple is the second of the cremes in Island Escape. Another uglyawesome color, it's a dirty yellowish green. This one applied better for me than Papaya Punch, in that it wasn't as thick. This was more typical of what I expect from China Glaze - their formula for me is usually immaculate. This is two coats.

What do you guys think of the uglyawesome shades? Do you love them, like me, or would you never ever buy them?

Thursday, May 26, 2011

China Glaze Papaya Punch

I ended up picking up most of the China Glaze Island Escape polishes. I didn't plan on it, but I loved them - so I got all but the green shimmer. I don't think I need it. Since I'm doing the purchasing on this blog and not getting samples in, I really need to consider what I need, and not what I won't use.
I'll digress for a minute on this subject. I am not complaining, because honestly - doing swatches of new collections gets overwhelming, and you never have time to just wear what you want. So I'm not complaining! Nowadays, I can wear whatever I put my little fingers on, and that makes me happy. You get a little of everything here on NN, which I wasn't able to do as much when MM got so big. I missed that. Hopefully this way you're getting a good variety of polishes, and there are lots of blogs who do get the new collection samples in, so I know you won't be missing out on that.
This was one of the two cremes in Island Escape - the other being Electric Pineapple. This one was a little thick, and I haven't unpacked my thinner (read: it's somewhere and I just hadn't found it yet!) - so I had to work with it as is. You'll see I had a bit of a hard time applying it - but it did self level when it dried. This dried to a nice glossy finish, and I love the shade. As I was discussing with @MissMidnightBlue on Twitter, I've always loved the uglyawesome shades. Always. This is a dirty, dusty orange that is in the same family as Sun Worshipper from last year's neon summer collection, but not neon at all. Also, it came out deeper than it appeared in the bottle. I used three coats here.

And there's Papaya Punch and Sun Worshipper next to each other.
On another side note, I've always been a fan of orange polishes, so it's nice to see SO many coming out this year!

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Pink Wednesday: NYC Classic Coral Creme

It's Wednesday! And on Wednesdays, we wear pink. Do you??
How yummy a pink is this? But....really NYC? Coral - I don't see any coral here, this is straight up pink. Also, no - definitely not a creme. This is a jelly with amazing silver shimmer. This is three coats and I still have VNL but obviously, I don't care - this is awesome! And still, it's readily available, and under a dollar. WIN. Check out the macro!

I'd heard about this...somewhere. I want to say Tumblr but I'm not 100%. I'm glad I spied it out! It's such an awesome color.

Liebster Blog Award

I want to thank Paola of Princess Poly and Liz of Liquid Jelly for awarding me this! Super sweet.

The Liebster Blog Award is designed to bring well deserved additional recognition to those bloggers with less than 300 followers. If you receive the award, link back to the blogger that nominated you, and nominate three more blogs.
Okay, so here are three more smaller blogs that I think y'all should check out!
Marisa from Lively Lacquer

And that's it! Thank you so much Paola and Liz for the award. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Wet N Wild Ocean Grotto

I'm SUPER far behind - commenting, blogging, swatching. My internet has been le slow for a week now! Really irritating me. I kind of hate wi-fi right now. I will get caught up, though!
Anyway, if you're new here - HI! Thanks so much for following.
This week/end I found a bunch of new stuff, including the new WNW collection, Mermaid's Cove. I think I picked out three or four of these? I picked up, and then put back down, Ocean Grotto. I wasn't sure I needed it - now I'm glad I snagged it, because it's really pretty!
It's a really yellow toned green shimmer - and the shimmer is pretty metallic. LOVE. I am still struggling a little with the brushes on these, so excuse any extraneous shimmer you see. I don't think it's the fault of the polish, but rather the brush I'm struggling to use, that I had to do a touch up coat to cover up bald patches. Maybe there's a learning curve, because I'm getting better.

Hello! Look at that macro. You can see how yellow/gold the green leans there. Have you guys spied these in any of your drugstores? I found mine in CVS, but not in Walgreen's yet.

Saturday, May 21, 2011

P2 Summer Rain and Golden Rush Crackling

I mentioned the other day that I got an awesome care package from Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. She had sent me a couple of the P2 crackle top coats, and I decided to use the gold, Golden Rush, over this gorgeous neutral from the P2 Sun Love collection, Summer Rain. Summer Rain is a light brown with gold shimmer throughout! Looking at the macro I snagged, it also seems to have some copper shimmer interspersed - I really didn't notice it on the nail, but it shows up in photos. What an awesome neutral, one of my favorites. The shimmer didn't get lost on my nail, and it looked fantastic with the Crackling top coat.

Ahh, you can totally see the gold and copper shimmer in that macro! Cool. I think because these were photographed in overcast conditions (we haven't had a lot of sun lately!) it doesn't show the true beauty of this combo - the gold and neutral together was really eye-catching.

Friday, May 20, 2011

Finger Paints Art You Wondering?

When I was in Sally Beauty Supply last week, they had a display of "new" Finger Paints polishes. I asked the ladies if these would be part of the permanent collection, and they said yes! I only picked up this glitter, Art You Wondering?, but they had some neat additions to the core polishes in that display.
This is a sheer jelly turquoise base packed with brighter, metallic turquoise glitter. I used three coats for this level of opacity - this is a top coat eater, so I did a sandwich and that seemed to help. This kind of glitter seems to be easier to remove than the thicker, chunkier sized glitter, because it's such a smaller size. There seems to be a fine emerald green glitter in the macro, as well.


Thursday, May 19, 2011

Layering: Sinful Colors Summer Peach and Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure

Sinful Colors Summer Peach is from the big neon display. I painted two coats over a white base, and of course, it dries to a matte satin finish. I would have slapped some top coat on and gone on my merry way, but I was looking at it, and wondered what it would look like with some flakies. Of course, out came the Hidden Treasure. I had FIRE on my nails! This was so awesome, I wore it for four days before I had to take it off, or go mad. That's some kind of record for me, honestly.

You know, I switched over to the new editor, and it still looks like it's compressing my photos at a lower quality. Ugh. Have any of you tried layering anything over neons? This was so much fun!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Essie Absolutely Shore

Absolutely Shore is from Essie's summer 2011 collection, Braziliant. I've only picked up two of these, the other one I nabbed is Smooth Sailing. Although I haven't gotten pictures of it, I'm sure most of you have seen that already - it IS indeed awesome. I'm a bit behind on my swatching because A. There hasn't been much sunlight here! and B. I'm overwhelmed with the recent collections that have emerged, drugstores included. I'm picking up bits and pieces at a time as I decide what I need. Drugstores and Sally Beauty Supply here tend to get things a bit later, usually!
Anyway - Absolutely Shore is a murky, dusty pastel green. I utterly adore this! Gah. Seriously, it's another addition to my mint collection, but I don't have a dupe - grunge mint creme, here. Two coats, this applied like a dream. I'm very glad, because my experience with Essie pastels has been sub-par - they're usually chalky, thick and hard to work with. Absolutely Shore was the total opposite.

Obviously, today's Wednesday. I'm skipping Pink Wednesday this week because I didn't get a pink swatch in! I've been considering if I need any more of the Braziliant polishes. 

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Revlon Black With Envy LE and P2 Crackling Silver Blast

Revlon came out with another LE Chanel copy recently, Black With Envy. If you hadn't already heard, Black With Envy is supposed to be a dupe for Black Pearl - see Mary of Body & Soul Beauty's awesome comparison! It seems the Chanel leans more green, and has more of a metallic finish. I don't have the Chanel and this has not made me want to go seek it out - but I do like that strong undercurrent of green. I do love the finish of the Revlon version. I used two coats here for my swatch, the pigmentation and application is excellent.
It also slightly reminds me of Deborah Lippmann's Hit Me With Your Best Shot. I sold that off, so I cannot do a comparison, but the finish and color is similar in my opinion.
I recently received a care package (RAOK!) from Jeanette of The Swatchaholic. (!!!!!) She sent along so many squee-goodies, I have some swatches for you coming up. She sent me two of the P2 Crackling top coats, Silver Blast and Gold Rush. These are both lovely. I decided to top my Black With Envy mani with Silver Blast, and I thought it was awesome!
I just picked up a couple of the new Sally Hansen Crackle overcoats, one of them being the silver - Fractured Foil - and it's more glittery/shimmery and crackles a bit better than P2. Being a silver addict and a big fan of crackle top coats, I feel like I need them both, because they're definitely different!  Obviously, I haven't posted any swatches of these yet, but I will - in case anyone's wondering, the Sally Hansen Crackles are AWESOME.

As you can see, on my ring and pinkie fingers I applied the crackle a bit thicker. It's kind of a cool effect! 

Monday, May 16, 2011

Giveaway Alert!

I'm behind on posting - because Blogger deleted a couple of my scheduled posts! I apologize for that. I have all day tomorrow free to work it out, so I'll get back on the track then.
Meanwhile - there's an absolutely AMAZING giveaway going on over at Gilded Nails. You've got to check this out! Three fantastic prizes. And, it's open to international followers!

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Revlon Top Speed Polished

There's a newish display of Revlon Top Speeds that caught my eye recently, I picked up two and want to go back for a couple more. For the record, I've had good luck with my Top Speeds drying pretty quickly.
I'd dithered on this one - soft peaches can be gummy and thick, in my experience. Can I just say here that I'm SO glad I got this? It's AWESOME. I'd been wanting a squishy soft peach for so long. I could have achieved opacity at three coats, but I wanted to leave it a little translucent at two coats because I wanted to see if it would be a good base for a funky french. I think that's a yes, here. And, I don't find it boring. I've been craving this kind of shade, so I'm happy to have found it - and more relieved that I didn't pass it up.
As I said, two coats - I'm pretty convinced three would have made this fully opaque.

It's so clean, soft, and squishy looking! Yeah. Obviously, pretty work appropriate, too.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Maybelline Express Finish Go-Getter Green

This is one of the LE shades that Maybelline puts out for their seasonal collections. I'm still debating if I really need that lime green shade, because I have so many - but I KNEW I wanted this spring-y green. It's just as gorgeous on my nails as it is in the bottle. It's awesome! It's definitely got some yellow in it. I used two coats here. My only complaint is the brush - so stiff, it didn't want to fan out! My other Maybelline brushes aren't like that, so it must be a fluke. I picked up three of the Maybelline Express Finish shades for summer so far, I am thinking I need a couple more, because I love the colors.
The finish of this is nice too - jelly creme, I hope that maybe y'all can see the lightening at the tips? This is so juicy.

Okay, these are similar shots - but I think in that last one is the best representation of the color. It's a mild discrepancy, but I wanted to show it to you. It's yummeh! I've snagged several polishes over the last week from new displays, I'll be trying to get them posted.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Pink Wednesday: China Glaze 108 Degrees

Oh, hello loverrrr. You are SO aptly named. HOTHOTHOT. Hot pink jelly glass fleck with blue flash? China Glaze, THIS IS PINK.
I know, everyone has already seen swatches of this. The collection just got to my Sally's, so I've decided that I need all of them except Cha Cha Cha. Now, that's weird because I'm obsessed with green - but seeing it in person it just doesn't appeal to me. Pass.
I picked up 108 Degrees immediately. Kellie suggested in my recent post on L'Oreal Pink Shells that they might be dupes, so since I wanted this anyway, I'd go ahead and swatch this and do a comparison.
A couple of things I'd heard before I bought this, and I thought I'd comment on my experience: It's thin. This one is a little thin, but it's a jelly so I've come to expect that. I used three thicker coats on this and got the opacity you see here. In these photos, my visible nail line (VNL) is more obvious than it is in real life. I've often found that if you prefer opacity in your jellies, that thicker coats are the way to go. Also, it's dupe-y to other polishes. It may be, but I haven't found one yet. I hadn't seen this comparted to No Way Jose, but to me it looks like it might be close - and if THAT is the case, well GOOD because I haven't been able to get my hands on it yet!

Pretty good macro, you can see the blue flash!  Okay, now the comparison shot:

Okay, so you can see they're not dupes - they're like, sisters in that they're both hot pink with a blue flash. Considering they're at a similar price point, I'd go with the China Glaze - it's just got a better formula. NO BUBBLES OR LUMPS! The finish on Pink Shells is different, and it's lighter altogether than 108 Degrees. 
So anyway, an awesome hot pink for Wednesday, and a little comparison as well. 

Friday, May 6, 2011

Revlon Spring Minis Part Two: Waterfall, Sparkle, and Garden

Here's the second set of spring minis from the display I found: Waterfall, a pale blue with fine silver shimmer; Sparkle, a clear base with multi-sized silvery rainbow glitter ( I hesitate to call this holo, but you get the idea); and Garden, a spring-y green with a good dose of yellow. I was instantly attracted to all three of these shades, unlike the last trio. Waterfall is a gorgeous shade and I only needed two coats for opacity - but I have a problem with this one. It has lumps. O_o What is THAT? Is it because of the shimmer? I don't even know. Sparkle is sparse on its own, so I have layered it over the other two shades - it's a great topper. And I lovelovelove Garden, it's perfect. I'd like a big bottle, please Revlon. Two coats, it's a perfect creme.
(PS, sorry for the kind of crappy package shots. I think the plastic makes it almost seem blurry.)



Sparkle over Waterfall first, Garden next.

I've heard that Waterfall is pretty dupey looking to the full sized light blue spring release from Revlon - the name's escaping me right now. Also, apparently Sparkle is similar to one of their previous glitters. So, Garden is the only original in this bunch.

Awesome Giveaway!

There's a great giveaway going on over at Sonidlo - your choice of 8 bottles of Nubar! I've got so many I'm lemming right now, I'd be hard pressed to choose. What an awesome prize! I need more Nubar in my life.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Revlon Spring Minis Part One: Butterfly, Moss, and Tulip

Okay, I bought this because of Moss. Dear Revlon, BIG BOTTLE OF MOSS, STAT.
I recently saw a cute display of Revlon minis - two different trios, and I snatched them both up. I'll post them separately - I meant to actually have this up last week, but other things just kept getting posted instead.
I honestly could pass on the other two colors in this trio. Butterfly's okay, it applied well and only needed two coats. It's a nice juicy orange creme. Tulip, however, I wouldn't have picked up on its own. It's a bright pink creme, aptly named - to top it all off, the application was UTTERLY ATROCIOUS. Not. Exaggerating.
But Moss? Divine. Greenish dusty khaki goodness, two coats - totally yummy and I love the name. Instant favorite!




Any of you pick these up? Love/hate??

Sinful Colors Summer Neon Display!

Okay guys, for anyone interested - I've got a photo of the new Sinful Colors summer neon display I was talking about! I'll post it, and then talk about the colors.

You can click to make this bigger, if you like. If for any reason you would like to view an even bigger image, just let me know. This is of course taken in artificial light with flash. Without was just too dark!
So the colors, left to right are: Dream On, Pink, Neon Melon, Summer Peach, Irish Green, Fusion Neon, and Cream Pink. The ones I know for sure are repromotes are Dream On, Irish Green, and Cream Pink. I *think* that they might have had a version of Neon Melon before, but I'm not 100% so if anyone can verify? That would be awesome!
The stripers, I didn't check to see if there were names for them - but they're definitely the striper version of the polish colors displayed. There are more colors behind the front row, so there's a neon yellow, neon orange, neon pink, neon green, neon purple. I *think* that's the extent of the stripers. There may have been a couple shades of neon pink, I didn't look too deeply.
These were in an endcap type display at Walgreen's, as you can see - right next to the core line display!
I hope that you guys find this helpful. 
EDITED: Special thanks to Madeline for letting me know about Neon Melon, she says she'd purchased it two years ago from Cherry Culture! So I was right, it's definitely a repromote.
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