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New Nail Polishes*

Though I may have been too lazy to blog  or do my nails these past couple of months, I wasn’t too lazy to shop and add to my nail polish collection. There are some of the usual suspects, and some new ones. Product reviews will be coming on a few of these I haven’t tried before such as Confetti nail polish, L.A. Colors Nail Polish Remover, and Revlon’s scented nail polish among others.

 

* I know I should use internet lingo and call this “my haul”, but I just can’t bring myself to do it. 🙂

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Trying New Spring Color: Sally Hansens Xtreme Wear in “Mint Sorbet”

I don’t follow trends for the most part cause I’m lazy, but I decided to try out what is apparently a hot subtle nail color for spring 2011. Pale, milky pastel colors are in and since I have grown to adore the understated look so much, I decided to try a version of the light, creamy green color that is touted as the new neutral hue for spring. I linked an article frpm  hellobeautiful a few weeks ago that had a gave some examples, and I used that as my guide. I decided on a shade from Sally Hansens Xtreme Wear Collection called “Mint Sorbet”.

At first glance, I was like um, no. Definitely not for me. Too pale. Too bland. Too much like dipping my  nails into a bottle of Mylanta. I skeptically painted one nail, and was not feeling it. I pressed on though, and applied the polish to all of my nails.

Dare I say I like it? Cause I do. I really do. What do yall think? Is it a color that you would rock, or not?

Sharing My Stash!

The other day on Curlynikki Forums, there was a show me your stash thread started. I thought it was fun, I love “browsing” through other folks stuff, so I decided to share my ever growing nail polish stash.

 

 

 

 

If I find a nail polish I like, I usually stick with the brand. I’m trying to try new things though. I need more and more! Insert evil laugh here.

How big is your stash?

Color Me Green With Envy: My Look of the Day

“Spring is bursting out all over! All over the meadows and the hills.” That was the beginning of a song we used to sing in music class in fourth grade. I don’t remember most of the song, but those first two lines are playing in my head today as the sunlight streams through my blinds, and the birds sing to me. Yes they are singing to me! At least that’s what I tell myself as I lay in bed smiling as I hear them chirp chirp chirp away. I wonder what they talk about sometimes….

I’m feeling so bright and refreshed, and green is the color for me today.

Makes me want a blended margarita

I did my nails a toned down lime color green earlier in the week, and I decided to color coordinate EVERTYHING to match. I don’t wear much green, so I’m pretty much wearing everything that I own that comes in the color. (more…)

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?

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.

Wet N’ Wild Fast Dry Polish

Are yall looking for a bold nail color, that will make your nails POP? Want a nail polish that dries in 60 seconds? If so, then you need to check out Wet n’ Wild’s new line of Fast Dry nail polish. 

These vibrant colors from Wet n Wild are switching it up from the soft, pastel colors found with most new nail polishes out right now. Forget spring, they are ready summer! Got me wanting to throw on some Will Smith and Jazzy Jeff and sing “Summerrrr Sumerrrr Summerrrr Timmme!”

Yeah I just took it wayyyyy back….

Anyway, not only does this polish claim to dry in 60 seconds, it also boasts a “ManiCurve Brush for one stroke coverage.”I love the fact that all of the colors look glossy, even without having in shimmer or glitter in them.

Some bright oranges and yellows.

I think I want to try the gold.

Brilliant blues and greens.

Best believe that there will be a review coming up real soon!

Product Review: Milani Ruby Jewels

I absolutely, positively, adore shimmer nail polish. If companies are trying to get me to buy their polish, just throw some type of glitter in there, and it’s sold! It’s my nail polish achiles heel. My lacquered kryptonite. I have zero defenses against it.

So when a hint of sparkle caught my eye while browsing the Milani makeup line, my attention was instantly drawn towards it. And there it was. A ruby red nail polish, with tons of glitter. It reminded me of the glitter and glue tubes we used for arts and crafts back in elementary school. I loved those! I was sold.

 

Like any other nail polish aficionado, as soon as I got home, I put in work. I hurriedly rubbed off the old, and excitedly applied the new. My anticipation grew with each layer (with glittery/shimmer polish I always apply three layers to get as close as possible to the color in the bottle).  After fanning, waving my hands up and down, and blowing my breath all over them, my nails were sufficiently dry. I raised my hands up to the light to admire it. And…

It was ok.

Where do I begin. Let’s start with color. I did admire the color. It looked about 90% of what was shown in the bottle.  The glitter isn’t all bam in your face, but it was decent.

Yes I know I have polish on my finger...I'm messy!

The first thought that popped into my head was that my fingernails looked I had dipped them in blood. Strange I know. The red was very vibrant.The finish was matte, and rough to the touch (I always run my fingers across my dried nails to feel the finish), so it required a topcoat. That is somewhat annoying because it takes forever to remove, but it’s minor.

As I applied the polish, I noticed that it was thin. The good thing about that is that it took about three minutes to completely dry between each coat.  The bad thing about it is that I knew it wouldn’t last five days without some signs of wear and tear. Even with being extra careful with what I did with my fingertips (no cleaning that required vigorous scrubbing, or using my fingernails to open things), the polish still began to slowly wear away by the beginning of the third day.

All in all, I did like the color a lot. I do wish that it had a longer wear time, but it’s not horrible. I would buy it again if I happen to be shopping and it catches my eye, but I’m not making any special trips to repurchase.

I paid about four dollars. On the website, it’s advertised as 4.49.

Product Review: Jesse’s Girl High Intensity Color-Confetti

I was browsing the makeup aisles of Rite-Aid, when I came across the nail polish.  I had never heard of Jesse’s Girl Cosmetics, and I was intrigued by the color (I’m intrigued byall sparkly nail polishes). At @ 2.99, I decided to give it a try.

I’m glad I did.

I could immediately tell after the first coat, that this would be a long-lasting color. The polish dried quickly- I waited four minutes between each coat, but I could have applied after two minutes. My nails were completely dry after 30 minutes. When I say completely, I mean that if I were to touch the tip of my fingernail against my nail, there would be no indentation left.

It left a nice, glossy, shiny finish, and I felt no need to apply a topcoat, though I eventually did for “insurance”.  As with most sparkly polishes I have used, I needed three coats instead of two to get the desired look, but that was fine by me.

All in all, Jesse’s Girl Nailed It with this one. Will definitely buy again.

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