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Archive for March, 2011

Product Review: L.A. Colors

So I can spend a dollar buying many things. Like a pack of M&Ms, or Pixi Stix, a Wet N’ Wild eyebrow stick, and some nail polish from L.A. Colors.  With most cosmetic items that cost a dollar, I don’t have much faith. My motto is that you get what you pay for. Can’t expect too much outta a buck, right?

I was kinda wrong.

I’m not in love with the nail polishes, but for a dollar, I could definitely see myself buying more. Just to try a new color. What can I say, I’m a polish fiend.

Cotton Candy

The Cotton Candy lacquer is very pale. I needed three coats to get a decent color out of it. Still, I was impressed because it gave a nice, hard, shiny finish without a topcoat.  It is a gentle, everyday, neutral nail color. I’m not much of a neutral type of gal, but this works for me.

 

Nectar

What can I say about Nectar? I’m not gonna be around the bush, to me the color looks cheap. I don’t know how to explain it, but there is a finished look of cheaper nail polish, and this has it. The color was just ok. It only took two coats to get a nice color though. I didn’t completely give up on it. I like to layer, so I applied a coat of Wet’ N Wild’s Fast Dry Color in Orange on top, and this is what I got:

Not too bad

 

So, here are my two cents about L.A. Colors:

  • They dry pretty fast, in about two minutes each coat.
  • They finish is nice and glossy.
  • They only cost a dollar!
  • They don’t start to chip until at least three days, and I’m sure with a topcoat it could last longer.

Nailed it or failed it? For a dollar, they nailed it.

I just saw a new line from L.A. Colors called Color Craze that I can’t wait to try. The colors look pretty amazing.

I Got The Blues…

The nail polish blues! I don’t believe that nail colors should be relegated to certain times of the year, and I think blue can be worn on the nails year round. I went through my stash, and rounded up the four blue nail colors I own.

From L-R: Teal of Fortune, Coat Azure, Marine Scene, and Blue Icing

Pale, sparkly, dark, shimmery, doesn’t matter which one I choose, they all look fabulous. Last winter, I discovered Blue Icing, and I fell in love. It was the perfect change from the somber, dark colors usually seen on nails out and about during the colder months.
Marine Scene was my first “bold” blue color. Bought last summer, it was one of my first edgier polishes…. such a rebel I am.
And of course, yall already know about Teal of Fortune and Coat Azure.
Right now my nails are feeling Essie’s Coat Azure. We’re loving the soft, matte finish, and the bold yet subtle color. I’m sure I will add to my collection at some point, but for now these four blues suffice.
Do yall wear blue nails in the spring?

Product Review: Wet N’ Wild Fast Dry Nail Color

I am not a fan of fast drying nail polish. It always turns out bad. Like me trying to bake a cake from scratch bad. No pigment, creasy eyeshadow bad. Someone ate the last Thin Mint bad (shout out to the Girl Scouts).

It’s that bad.

However, I really, really, really wanted to try the Wet N’ Wild Fast Dry Polish. I haven’t had much luck with any of Wet n Wild polishes, but this new line looked interesting. It purports to dry in 60 seconds, but that didn’t interest me. The colors did. They looked really bold and bright, and I love bright and bold colors.

The first one I tried was Teal of Fortune.

Teal of Fortune

Once again I had to go with the glittery polish. I can’t help it. The second one that I tried is a color that reminds me of Orange Crush soda called 9.0.2.1. Orange…

9.0.2.1. Orange

I have soooo many positive things to say about the polishes. I have to say first of all though, that it doesn’t really dry in 60 seconds. It dries about average, 2 minutes. Which is fast compared to some polishes out there, but it’s not 60 second fast.

Otherwise, I love them. How much do I love them?  Let me share the ways:

  1. The polishes gave an amazing glossy finish, not requiring a topcoat.
  2. The brush is amazing. They called it a “ManiCurve Brush”, and boy do I wish that every nail polish brand had it. It applies the polish so smoothly, evenly, and effortlessly.
  3. The bright colors definitely stand out.
  4. Even though it doesn’t dry in 60 seconds, two coats still dry amazingly fast. And not just dries, I mean it hardens.
  5. The vivid colors only required 2 coats of polish, and that’s saying a lot for glittery polish.
  6. I was chip free for at least 5 days.
  7. They are only 2 bucks!

The one draw back is that there aren’t a huge range of colors. I counted 18. Which is decent, but I need a SELECTION! Doesn’t matter though, cause these are my new faves. Wet n Wild should be applauded for this affordable, long lasting line of nail polishes. Especially for that perfect brush.

Interesting fact I thought I’d share. Browsing the Wet n Wild website, if you notice the names of the polishes (all except for poor “Orange” UPDATE it is actually called 9.0.2.1. Orange, and I heart it even more now), they are all inspired by some T.V. show, like “Sage in the City” or “Saved by the Blue” and even “Silvivor”.

Corny, and I LOVE it! I heart them even more. You can browse at the complete list here.

Did Wet n Wild nailed it or failed it?

You already know. They definitely nailed it!!!!

Nail Polish Drying Sprays

Could this be the answer to my dreams?

How far can my impatience take me? That’s what I was asking myself as I was tempted for the second time this week to buy Onyx Professional 3.2.1 Dry. I even had it in my hand this time. I am down for anything that can cut my nail drying time in half. Or more than half really. I’m looking for a miracle! Even though I’m looking for some magical fix, I’m not sure I want to use something that is potentially harmful.

I have an issue with most things that come in an aerosol can. I can thank my lovely grandma for that. My grandma lived with my family for a while growing up, and I am still haunted by her incessant use of household sprays, like Lysol.  She didn’t just spray them, she pressed down on the nob and held it for what seemed like an eternity, until no more spray could come out. Then she would do it again! There would be an obvious thick haze of spray that lingered throughout the house for a while, and I’d be gasping for air and trying not to inhale the fumes.

I”m still traumatized.

With those fond memories still fresh in mind, I decided to read the label on the back of the Onyx can. In my opinion, if there is some type of aerosol that dries nail polish, then it must have something serious in it. Did I really wanna go down that rode again?  Two of the first ingredients that I noticed was butane and propane.

Say what?!

That is what they use to light barbecue grills and put in lighters and stuff. Not for me. Basically, I’m spraying chemicals onto my nails, and fingers all in the name of dryer nails. Those chemicals could be seeping into the pores of my skin and potentially cause all sort of problems. 

I decided to do some research. What I found is that pretty much any product that is sprayed from a can contains those two ingredients, such as cooking spray (gasp!), aerosol deodorant, hair spray, and computer cleaner. According to Cosmeticsinfo.org:

  

“Safety Information

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has reviewed the safety of Butane, Isobutane and Propane and has placed these ingredients on the list of direct food substances affirmed as Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS). Isopentane has been approved as an indirect food additive for use in the manufacture of foamed plastics.

The safety of Butane, Isobutane, Propane and Isopentane has been assessed by the Cosmetic Ingredient Review Expert (CIR) Panel. The CIR Expert Panel evaluated scientific data and concluded that Butane, Isobutane, Isopentane and Propane were safe as a cosmetic ingredients under present practices of concentration and use. In 2002, the CIR Expert Panel considered available new data on these ingredients and reaffirmed the above conclusion.”

“As aerosols, Butane, Isobutane, Propane and Isopentane are greatly diluted in air when discharged and it is estimated that, as propellants, they would remain on the skin no longer than 10 seconds. Because they evaporate quickly, these ingredients, even in foam products would not remain in contact with the skin longer than 10 seconds. Such a short period of contact makes the absence of sensitization, phototoxicity, and photosensitization studies unimportant. Furthermore, exposure standards have already been set by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and most of the substance is volatilized before it can come in contact with the skin.”

I’m not as wary of trying the spray after reading that. Especially if propane and butane are found  in items that I am already using, just wasn’t aware of. I’m still not 100% sure that I will purchase, but it’s still a thought.

Have any of yall used any nail drying sprays, and if so did they work?

You can find out more information about propane and butane and the article I read at cosmeticsinfo.org.

 Source: Cosmeticsinfo.org

Good Deal at Kmart

 

Mini manicure set from Kmart

A few weeks ago i bought those, and I got a pretty good deal. For 75 cents, I scooped up two nail files, and a mini manicure set from Kmart. Aren’t they cure? They were discounted cause they were throw backs from Christmas, but I don’t care. A good deal is a good deal! I always like to use the decorated nail files. They just look cute.

Quick Link: Ginger + Liz Nail Lacquer

I have never heard of this company, but there is an interview over at Essence.com where they (Ginger and Liz, hence the brand name) are discussing their polish, spring trends, and giving a few tips. Have yall heard of them or used their polish? You can check out the article here.

L.A. Colors Nail Lacquer

So I was making a run to Dollar General last night cause I NEEDED some tasty goodness known as Pixi Stix (I go through a Pixi Stix phase every handful of years). While there I had to swing by the makeup aisle and just browse, and ended up buying two new nail polishes. Not needed, but it wasn’t the first and I’m sure won’t be the last time that curiosity will get the best of me.

Have yall heard or tried L.A. Colors? I have never heard of them until a few weeks back. They are a cosmetics company, and they have makeup and  nail polishes for pretty cheap. Between 1-5 bucks from what I’ve seen. Their nail polishes are a dollar each, so I decided to buy two and check them out. My personal policy is to buy one nail polish if I have never used that particular brand, and if I am pleased, I go and buy more. But I figured, if they are only a buck, it’s not that big of a loss. Plus, I could always mix.

I’m trying to stick to “softer” colors this spring, and there were a couple of colors that I thought I would try. The first one is named after another fave guilty snacking pleasure-cotton candy.

Cotton Candy

It kinda does remind me of soft, cottony mounds of cotton candy. It is definitely a color I’m not used to wearing, the closest I have gotten would be a pale, french manicure color.

The second color also has an edible name, nectar.

Nectar

Makes me wanna bite into a ripe, juicy peach.

I opened the bottle to check out the polish’s consistency, and so far it looks promising. Not too thick, not too thin. Product review will be coming.

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