Friday, September 30, 2011

OPI- Espresso Your Style

This one is an oldie but a goody! Espresso Your Style was released way back in 2006, and although its supposed to be discontinued (or so I hear), I still see it around in OPI displays. I think this is an ultimate warm fall brown. Kind of like a shimmery chocolate bar. Its a med-dark brown with gold micro-glitter.I don't have a lot to say about it, the color appears true to life, 2 coats, easily applied.
I am so excited about fall; orange, red, and gold leaves, football, pumpkin farms and haunted houses:) Oh and hot apple cider, can't forget that! I get excited about summer but I LOVE fall, and these colors just add a little bit to the excitement!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Revlon Sunshine Sparkle

So I saw this and decided it was too pretty to pass up. Sunshine Sparkle is a buttery yellow with subtle silver shimmer, which makes it ok on my cool toned skin. It almost looked like a 'dusty yellow' if there is such a thing. I think I would have loved this color if I had worn it when I bought it this past spring....But right now, I'm not sure I want to wear pastel colors. It really was a very fun 'springy' color, kind of reminds me of a marshmallow, but yellow, if that makes any sense!
The formula on this though, is what I think people are talking about when they say yellow polishes have problems!!! It took three coats before I didn't see major streaks. I wasn't sure if the lines and patches were ever going away... The polish wasn't runny or thick, in fact it went on pretty smooth, but holy streaks!! I can say though that with the four coats I used, they dried nice, and since I applied really thin coats, It wore really well, no chipping and I had it on 5 days.
The color did look different in low or bright light. It was very pastel in bright light and very mellow and buttery in lower. I think most of the time it looked more like in the second picture though.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

China Glaze, Metro Collection- Downtown, Midtown Magic

 This was the second polish from China Glaze's Metro Collection. I really like the Downtown half of this collection, and might have to go get some more colors!
Midtown Magic is a really dark plum-ish brown, jelly base with copper and gold shimmer. You cant tell its plum when your wearing it except maybe around the edges of your nail in direct sunlight. The rest of the time it looks like a red based brown. Its really warm, and great for fall.
This one applied much better that Skyscraper and removed easily as well. It wore like iron, I gave it the "house cleaning test", and had minimal tip wear.
If you like darks or rich fall colors this is a no brainer. I kind of wish I could walk around with a different polish on every finger because I like so many new colors right now!

Tuesday, September 27, 2011

China Glaze, Metro collection- Downtown, Skyscraper

I got this little number as a gift along with Midtown Magic (which I'll show tomorrow), and I fell in love. I actually had on Pinata Yada Yada when I got this and as much as I loved that, had to take it off to put this one on immediately!
Skyscraper is a denim blue jelly packed with tiny silver glitter and I think I see some blue glitter in there as well. Its gorgeous. Mine went on a little thick, but it was workable. I only needed 2 coats, and a top coat. It wasn't as bumpy as you would expect with this amount of glitter. Taking it off was another story altogether but sooooo worth it. It wore really well considering thick coats and glitter have a tendency to peel.
This color was so beautiful on, I know I have a thing for blue but this is why! I might have to wear it again soon:-)

Monday, September 26, 2011

Sally Hansen HD nail polish in Three-D, Lite, and Blu

I picked up three of Sally Hansens HD's in a sale bin at Rite Aid for $.80 each! I had to show these now because in most of the other stores around here they are still full price, but if they are changing that, maybe you can find them too!
First off is Three-D. Alright, so I'm having a love hate relationship with this polish:/ It's an absolutely gorgeous color but omg it was a nightmare! It is kind of sheer so I needed 3 coats, which I don't necessarily mind, but it didn't want to dry. I put on the first two coats like an hour apart, and that was a few hours before bed. Then coat three went on the following morning. Even with so much curing time, I had sheet marks the next day, big ridges and an imprint of my bedding:-( I was careful to use thin coats so I'm not sure what the problem was. I really liked the color though and for the price, I can't complain.
Anyhow it is bright orange coral with flashes of pink and gold depending on the light. Its shimmery without any brushstrokes, and looks like it's glowing.
P.S. I'm working on the cuticles!

Here's the second Sally Hansen HD I picked up, Lite. I really like this yellow its bright and kind of metallic, really shiny! I always heard how difficult yellows are to apply, but the only two I've tried so far,were no problem at all. Although they are ones that were recommended on other sites to be good ones.  I can't comment on the drying time because I just swatched it, but it definitely didn't streak. It did take three thin coats to get opaque though and it applied just like Three-D. Oh and the vnl in the photo is much less noticeable in real life!


Saved the best for last, Blu. It had roughly the same formula as the other two but it was a little more opaque. It is also a really pretty color, very intense and glowy. Nice and bright, the kind I love in the summer. These all looks really sheer and runny in the bottle but went on just like the bottle color.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Spellbinding Nails: My *1000* Give- Away !

Spellbinding Nails: My *1000* Give- Away !: Hey Guys! I started this blog on the 15.01.2011. I really didn't expect anybody to be interested in what , I decided to do on my nails. ...

I just found this site and its awesome, I don't know that much about konading but its on my to do list! I'm excited to learn more and get some ideas. So check it out!

Friday, September 23, 2011

OPI It's My Year

I kept seeing this and I don't know what took me so long to snatch it up! It is a beauty! It's My Year is from OPI's Miss Universe collection. There seems to be a trend with colors like this,  they are popping up everywhere. OPI first had Rally Pretty Pink, Zoya had Faye, and Orly had Rock the World. There may be more, but those are the ones that come to mind. I don't have any of the others to compare this to, but I know Orly RTW looked darker in the bottle and from what I've heard the other two are warmer in tone. I am just going on hearsay though on that!
It's My Year is a mauve-ish violet, with a mega dose of gold shimmer. Its impossible to put into words how this shines! I caught myself (in public) staring at my hands and moving them in the light! I'm sure anyone who saw me thought I was crazy, lol!
This went on really well,  i used 3 thin coats, but could have easily left it at 2. It dried super shiny but I used topcoat anyway just to protect it. Here are a few pictures in different light, so you can see!

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Zoya Yara

Ok so I had to do snatch up one of this fall's hot colors, olive green. I grabbed this one last week on a little shopping trip to Ulta. It's Yara from Zoya's Mirrors half of their Smoke and Mirrors Collection. This applied like a dream. This is my first Zoya nail polish, and if this is typical of their formula, I'm hooked! Its a medium olive creme, not dark, not light, just right; and its packed with gold microglitter. In certain light the glitter is hard to see, but when the light hits it, wow!

See how pretty the gold glitter is? It really made the olive a little more interesting!

I also got Seche Vite for the first time, I had to try it since so many people rave about it. I really liked how fast it dried, but my manicure chipped really fast. I'll have to see if that's the polish or topcoat. I'm guessing topcoat, based on what I've read...we'll see.

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Sinful Colors Ooh la la, and NYC Starry Silver

Ok, so for this combination I enlisted the advice of my hubby. I ask him all the time for advice and usually don't today I decided to go with it to make him happy. I must admit I wasn't sure how well the colors in the glitter were going to go with Ooh la la, but I like it:-)

Sinful Ooh la la is another one of their creme-jellies. I love how easy they are to apply and look smooth and shiny. This is a very pretty coral that looks orange most of the time but pink in certain lights. Its a bright coral not a subdued one. I used 2 medium coats and had no visible nail line (vnl).

NYC Starry Silver is a clear base with silver micro glitter and larger sapphire blue and baby pink hex glitter. The larger glitter in this does have the tendency to pull toward the tips, so you have to be a little careful with
the placement. This is not a polish I would attempt to get opaque, I don't want to venture a guess how many coats it would take to not see nail. More than I have the patience for I'm sure!
Here is how it came out...

Ok, I will apologize for the state of my cuticles, and in my excitement to get my blog going I took these pictures pre-touch up. Sorry:(
In case you want to see Oh la la alone:

That is 2 coats without topcoat, see how shiny? And see how different the color looks in outside light! Both of these are true to color, it doesn't change, just depends on the light source.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Happy Birthday to me, with Piñata Yada Yada!

Hi, so last week was my Birthday (YAY), and although I do not own Deborah Lippmann's Happy Birthday, I do have Ulta's supposed dupe, Piñata yada yada. Therefore I decided a (faux) happy birthday manicure was called for. This polish is so fun I cant stand it... it really is a glitter party in a bottle! I wore this once before on its own and you can get it opaque if you put in a little work and have a lot of patience:-) This time however, I used 2 thin coats over Sinful's black polish.
Piañta yada yada is a rainbow of glitter in a clear base. there are smaller square glitter and larger hex glitter. The best way i have found to apply this is to slap it on (it goes on fairly thick) and play with it as little as possible. The more times you brush oDver it, the more the glitter pulls toward the tips. You really have to wait until the coats are pretty dry before you apply the next or you may pull up some of the glitter. It dries really shiny and surprisingly smooth for a glitter like this.
I love this polish!!!! I tried to capture the awesomeness of this but apparently my camera hates glitter:-( The first picture almost does it justice, the second is obviously blurry but it shows the rainbow-sparkle!
 I keep thinking of what I can pair PYY with next... hmmm....

I really wish I had gotten better pictures than these (I'm new at this)! Next time I wear this, I will try again.

Sinful Colors Innocent and Sinful Colors Call u Later

Welcome! This is post number one! I'm really excited but still unsure what I've gotten myself into. I think this will be a fun way to unleash my creative side, learn a little and share my love for polish. I have about 5 posts started and I have to say I didn't anticipate how difficult it would b to get accurate pictures of the colors! I think I took like 25 pictures of each color in different lighting to get 2 or 3 I liked! Anyways, I cant wait to see where this goes and look forward to some feedback. Here we go!
First off I have a Sinful Colors combo, that I really like. Innocent is a yellow-lime green, a la Shreck, that applied nice and opaque in 2 coats. It is a creme- jelly formula that a lot of Sinful polishes have. I like this formula, it goes on smooth and self levels. Many of their older polishes were really sheer but their newer shades seem to be better.
Call u later is a glittery beauty. It has a clear base loaded with gold micro glitter and larger emerald green hex glitter. This is pretty but it would probably take at least four coats to get opaque.All that said, it makes a great topcoat.
Well if a picture is worth a thousand words...
Sinful Colors are available at many drugstores and I find the core line at Target. They are super reasonable at $1.99!
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