Wednesday, August 29, 2012

NYC Sidewalks & Sally Hansen Multi-Faceted

Hi everyone! Remember me? It's been a while, a loooong while! I guess I should explain myself.... First off, life is great, just crazy. We are doing a big house remodel, getting ready for the baby, yep, I'm pregnant! Baby number two is expected to show up Valentine's Day:-) Also I know I mentioned before I got a new job, well I'm taking some classes (2) on top of that. So between a 2 yr old, baby on the way, full time job, 2 classes and a house remodel, I've been a little busy! I really miss you guys and my blog! To be honest I haven't had my fingers polished in months! I tried to juggle things and keep posting at first, but I ended up feeling guilty all the time that something was getting neglected. So a little break was necessary. I won't be back full time yet, but I wanted to let you guys know I will be trying to post occasionally and eventually get back on track. I understand that some of you have dropped me from hour blog rolls, I get it, I've been a bit of an absentee blogger!

Anywhozzle, today I thought I'd share my mani. It's NYC Sidewalks & Sally Hansen Multi Faceted. These pics were shot on my phone at work so fingers crossed that they come out! I like this, sidewalks is one of my favorite med grey cremes. It has great coverage in 2 coats. Multi Faceted is fun, I like the color combination. Black,silver, and iridescent hex glitter, all the same size. The glitter is suspended in a clear base that doesn't alter the base at all. This is shown with one coat. I tried Out the Door instead of my usual Seche Vite, and so far do good, although I do see some bubbles. I'm not sure who to blame that on quite yet....

So it was nice being back! Hope you guys understand! I'll try and get back into the swing of things soon. Muah!

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Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Comparisons: Strawberry Fields/Kimber & Smooth Sailing/Sklar

Ok, so I haven't ever done a comparison post before, but I've decided to do one and to kill two birds with one stone. Two recent purchases reminded me of other colors in my stash at first glance. So I figured someone else might be thinking the same thing without seeing them side by side.
First off is the last color I swatched, Skylar. I thought that this looked a lot like Essie Smooth Sailing (one of my favorites)! The are similar but after putting them next to each other I instantly knew these were very different. Skylar is more cornflower blue and SS is more periwinkle. Both have shimmer that is quite noticeable. Skylar has iridescent shimmer that shifts from gold to silver to pink; the base is lighter and more dusty. Smooth Sailing is more saturated, brighter, and its shimmer is silver.
The next two I thought looked like they might be alike are China Glaze Strawberry Fields, and Zoya Kimber. Even next to each other these look strikingly similar, not dupes, but close. That is, until you put them on... Both are warm medium pinks with gold glass fleck. Kimber has substantially more
 pigment, it's nearly a one coater. SF is pretty sheer needing 2-3 coats, and still coming out lighter. The formula on Kimber is wonderful, while SF is slightly watery.
So without further Please forgive the state of my nails (I wasn't leaving them like this so I was a little lazy).
Left to Right: Skylar, Smooth Sailing, Kimber, Strawberry Fields

Top to Bottom: Skylar, Smooth Sailing, Kimber, Strawberry Fields
I have reviewed all of these except SF, so there are full swatches and write ups n the others. Being the polish collector that I am I have no problem owning all of these. The are all different enough to justify buying. My favorite blue between the two is Smooth Sailing, and pink is Kimber.

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Zoya- Skylar

Hi guys, I hope you are all having a great holiday weekend. We are camping in the NYS finger lakes, eating, drinking wine and relaxing with the family...what could be better? It is an issue that two of my favorite summer pastimes are at such odds with my nails: gardening and camping. Neither are kind to my hands, so my nails will most likely be kept short in the near future.
Anyways today I have another Zoya polish I just picked up, Skylar. I remember opening this and thinking that it was pretty close to Essie Smooth Sailing, but although they are in the same color family, they are different enough that I need both. I will post some comparison pictures here shortly.

Skylar is a dusty cornflower blue with shimmer that I believe is iridescent. The shimmer shifts from gold to pink to silver, and really makes this polish interesting. It applies like a creme. These pictures are with two coats and SV. I had significant shrinkage at the tips and needed touch up after one day. I will attribute that to the topcoat, but am only guessing at this. Skylar is one of those season-less colors that I feel works well with my skin tone, I will be keeping her handy...

Saturday, May 26, 2012

Zoya- Rica

Ok, so Rica is a polish that was on my wishlist for a loooong time! I remember seeing this and how badly I wanted it. At the time, I didn't realize I could still get Zoya polishes after the collections left the store shelves, and was so very sad at the thought that I had missed the boat. How happy was I when I realized I could still get them off the website? Well lets just say I may have done a little dance in my living room, lol! I have not resolveds my computer issues yet and this week my 2 year old son decided to hide mommy's camera card, so needless to say I was lost as to what to do, until today he walked up and handed it to my husband. He still wont say where it was, but I guess it was never really lost after all since he knew exactly where it was the whole time!
Anyway here is Rica:

I am not satisfied with the pictures I have here. None of them really capture the beauty that Rica has. This is three thin coats, with Sv topcoat. It is a orange, copper, pink, gold color glass fleck. I don't really want to call it a foil but it kind of a glass fleck-foil hybrid. If you look at the bottle, the formula looks pretty thin, but it builds to opaque nicely. To truly appreciate how much this glimmers you have to see it in the sun. If you like colors in this category, this is a MUST! I promise you will not be sorry.

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Revlon - Red Bikini

Hi Guys!!! I interrupt my scheduled Zoya post for this lovely red creme! If one color cries out to be worn on short nails, its red! Red Bikini is a very on trend orange leaning red creme. I got this at Ulta last week as an impulse buy in the checkout line. I couldn't leave without it coming home to live with me. I was going to wait to put it on until I finished my six new Zoyas but the short nails and my nautical outfit I had today needed this color:-) My camera tried really hard to make this look coral, but it is a tomato red.

The color is most accurate in the first picture. This is two coats, I used topcoat but it looked just as shiny without. This went on super smooth, kudos Revlon, I take back all the things I said about you! Such a simple color, but it yells look at me (and I did...all day)!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Zoya -Kimber

Hi Guys! How is everyone doing? I have exciting news...I got a promotion at work! Yay!!! I really wanted this position but wasn't getting my hopes up just in case... I start next Thursday and am already planning my nails:-) Anyways back to the I have another new Zoya polish, Kimber. I love this color, its a bright warm pink with pink and gold glass fleck. A rich saturated color that screams summer:-)

This is two coats, the formula was pretty much perfect. I have it shown here with topcoat. This reminds me very much of a slightly darker China Glaze Strawberry Fields. I'll post a comparison soon! My poor nails had to be filed down, my middle fingernail broke so short! Hopefully my nails will grow fast...I don't want talons, but these nubbins are a little short for my taste!

Sunday, May 13, 2012

Zoya- Rory

Hi Guys! Happy Mothers Day to all the wonderful mommies out there! I am spending the beautiful day with my family, and it couldnt be more perfect! I hope you are all having a great weekend!!! So if your a polish addict, chances are you have bought a polish strictly because of the name. I am guilty of this on a number of occasions, and this is another. I know most of your minds will go straight to Gilmore Girls when they hear Rory, but Rory is my step dad. When Zoya released their summer collection, I instantly liked a few of them and this one was a fringe one for me. Sometimes I have to go for the fringe ones or else I would never try anything different, so that is how I ended up getting Rory. I was lucky enough to catch Zoya's Earth Day Sale (half off!) and 6 new polishes came to live with me:-) I really hope they do this sale every year, because I am already planning for 2013!
So here we go...

I really like this color with my skin tone, until a girl I work with said "hmmm, mauve?" What does she know anyway! Now when I see it, all I see is grandmas mauve polish. Not cool! I really liked this, so I am not happy about that turn of events.
Rory was a 2 coater, easy and smooth. This is shown with a topcoat. She is a lavender leaning pink with silver shimmer. Very cool toned, and almost icy. So what is your opinion, mauve or not?

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Color Club, Otherworldly

Hi guys! It's been a while, you miss me? My nails have been chopped due to cleaning, playing, parties, and bonfires! All of those can also explain my absence of late! Also my computer has been a little 'sick', and I haven't been able to post anything, so the combination has left me feeling a little guilty. I recently got some nail mail, I am very excited to get working on, but I couldn't resist wearing this one! I luuuuve this polish! Its blue, its neon, and its glitter. What's not to love right?!?!
Anyways this is Color Club Otherworldly, part of last summers collection. This is the only one I grabbed, and although I could kick myself for not getting any of the others, if I had to have one, this would be it! I've been waiting all winter and spring to wear this, and its time.

This is two coats that go on really nice. No clumping of glitter, not to sheer that you need a ton of coats, this was a pleasure. It dries to a satin finish that looks cool, but I prefer it with topcoat. Here's a picture before SV. See how it has a satin finish.

Well I will try and resolve my computer issues, it is wayyy to much of a pain to post from my phone, especially getting my pictures onto my phone. I'm sure a more tech savvy person wouldn't have any issues, but I am not that person. I try... I do have some fun colors coming up though so stay tuned:-)

Monday, April 30, 2012

Sally Hansen Magical Nail Makeup, Blue Aura

Hello all:-) Another Monday...and so begins the workweek! I figured since this is Autism Awareness Month, I would get a blue in before its too late. I also figured I would wear another Magical Nail Makeup holo. This is Blue Aura and a whole lot of pictures. I have to say, out of the three I have, this is my favorite!

AHHHHHH! Love this! Blue Aura is absolutely stunning! This is two thin coats, no topcoat. I feel like I am breaking some rule wearing no topcoat, but it looks so much better without!!! The last was left blurry on purpose to capture the rainbow. Seriously people, if you ever stumble upon these, grab em and run!!!

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Orly Charged Up

Hello! I hope you are all having wonderful weekends! Today I have Charged Up from Orly. I wore this yesterday for the March of Dimes walk, since their color is purple. It was a nice walk, they exceeded their fundraising goal by quite a bit, and it is growing every year.

The color here came out true to life, this is a nice medium cool toned purple. This one did throw me for a loop though. I thought that this was a creme. It is not. Charged Up is a jelly. I needed 3 coats to get this opaque and my coats were not especially thin. It was very sheer on the first one, then I had some dragging near the cuticles on the second where it looked patchy and the third coat was the charm! It was a nice jelly, I just was expecting creme. This was super shiny, these pictures are before I put on topcoat!
I am going to try and get outside today since we have some sun. Go enjoy our Sunday, I'll talk to you guys again soon!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Sally Hansen Magic Nail Make Up- Mystical Mandarin

Hi guys, TGIF! My week was alright, nothing much going on. Tomorrow I am doing the March of Dimes walk with my mom and my sister. It's a cause that's close to my family. So hopefully it's a good turnout and a nice day! Anyways to get to the polish, today, I have another one that came out of the mystery grab bag I was talking about before. This is Mystical Mandarin. A gorgeous linear holo! The old stinky, loaded with chemicals kind of holo! To me it looks a lot more pink than mandarin, but who really cares when it looks like this!

So this is tow coats of MM then one of SV then another MM. I'm not sure if it is true or not, but I feel like that layer of topcoat helps is it hold up a little better. I put the polish coat over that because I feel like it loses some of its linear 'holo-ness' (I am aware that holo-ness is not a word, haha).  This goes on very thin and has some bald patches on the first coat but by two its nice and covered:-)
I have three of these lovelies and rarely wear them because I don't want to use it all up! Therefore, I will post these as I wear them, I wont be swatching and removing. I don't know how many were in this collection, but here is what I have:

Mystical Mandarin, Fairy Dust Pink, and Blue Aura

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Sally Hansen- Nail Prisms- Purple Diamond

Hi Guys, I'm writing this up while I should be doing extra studying for another test... priorities right? Gotta fit some me time in here and there...Anyways, I apologize in advance because this is not a polish that is readily available anymore. I'm sure you could find it on ebay or somewhere, but this is an oldie. I actually found a bag of these a few (8?) years ago, at a store called Christmas Tree Shop. The had a bin with these clear plastic makeup cases each filled with about 8 Sally Hansen polishes. They were sealed shut and you couldn't really tell what polishes were inside so, I grabbed two mystery bags and here I have one of them. This is Purple Diamond (beware picture heavy!!)

Here is how it looked when I tried to get it inside my lightbox, the holo disappeared:

And here are some blurry ones so that you can see the sparkles:

Isnt this pretty! Its a light silvery-lavender holo, that just shines! If I thought it was hard to capture purple or glitter, that was cake compared to holo! You would not believe how many pictures I had to take to get it narrowed down to this! If you think I am complaining, I am not I would have taken twice this for this polish. This is two coats PD with a topcoat of SV then another coat of PD because I thought the topcoat kind of killed the rainbow effect. This is pretty watery in consistency and the first coat leaves some patchiness, but it fills in nicely. For a while holo polishes like this were hard to find, but more and more polishes brands are releasing them again. Yay for that!

Sunday, April 22, 2012

China Glaze- For Audrey

Hi guys, happy Sunday. I am being so lazy today. I am sitting on my couch, still in my jammies, and I love it! If I had got to sleep past 7 this morning (after being up until 2:30), today would be perfect. Today I have a polish that was one of the first one's that I fell in love with when I started collecting (aka hoarding, lol)! This is one of those ones that has a special place in a lot of peoples collections, China Glaze- For Audrey.

The formula on this is a nice two coat creme. Nothing else to really say about it. I know lots of colors like this have come out recently and it works great for spring/summer. This one will always be one of my favorites. Luckily this isn;'t hard to find, its in most core displays.
Now its off to, oh I dont know, take a nap? (I love Sunday!)