Sunday, January 29, 2012

Color Club - Revvvolution

Hello everyone! I picked a gorgeous, unique polish for today. Revvvolution is a really cool charcoal grey holo, one of the few holo polishes put out in recent years. The neat thing about it is that it's sort of a mix of a frost and holo, at least to my eyes. It's definitely not scattered but it's not fully linear either. There are holo and non-holo versions of this polish floating around, unfortunately, so you may not get this version if you order online. I think it's well worth it, though. The coverage was so good I almost got away with one coat, I only needed a second for some tiny patches that needed covering. One nice thing about holos is their quick dry time, this was no exception. I really, really love this one! I wish the holo showed better in the pictures but it's somewhat subtle in real life as well.

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Essie - Turquoise & Caicos

Hi everyone! Back with another post. I recently did some more purging & reorganizing of my collection and while I was moving my Essies, I decided to give this a shot. T&C is, well.. turquoise! It's got a strong green hint to it but still has that nice greenish-blue mix to it. The color is great but the formula is lacking. Opacity took 4 coats for me and I can still see a little bit of my nails. I know that with long nails, I'll generally need an extra coat or two sometimes to fully cover VNL but 4 coats.. not a fan. Especially not since this reminds me a lot of China Glaze For Audrey which, if memory serves me right, will give me a pretty similar color in 2 or 3 coats. T&C also ended up with a few sheet marks and bubbles, which I'm not a fan of. Overall, I'd say it's not bad but not unique enough to merit putting up with the problems I encountered. I've always been on the fence about Essie because the formula can definitely be hit or miss and this was, unfortunately, a miss.

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

China Glaze - Hey Doll

Hey all! I'm finally back with a swatch. This is a polish I received in a swap and it's a good example of how tastes change over time. This came out with the Vintage Vixen collection, which I believe was in 2010. I remember looking at the promo pictures and swatches and feeling very 'meh' about a lot of the colors, especially this one. A brownish rose color? BORING! But now I'm very fond of subtle, classic colors like this. It has a little bit of pizzazz as well thanks to the tiny bits of silver glitter throughout the polish. It gives it something extra to keep it from being boring. It unfortunately looks a bit dark in this picture despite being in full sunlight, but it's the best I could do. Trust me when I say it's a lovely color and a great way to ease some brownish polish into your collection even if you don't like brown.

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Sunday, January 15, 2012

Update & Swapping

Hey everyone. Sorry for the lack of updates. Things have been really busy. My mom broke her arm last week so it's been a big thing to get her all taken care of. I've not had time to do any blog related things or paint my nails at all but I should be returning soon.

I just added a bunch of things to my MakeupAlley swap list. If you're a member and want to see what I have, click on the Contact Me tab above and you'll find my profile link.

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

China Glaze - Thataway

Hello everyone! I hope you had a wonderful time ringing in the new year. I sat on my couch and watched Anderson Cooper and Kathy Griffin on CNN before going to bed around 12:30. Can you tell I'm not a partier? :) Anyways, here's my first swatch of the new year. I got this along with some other new polishes at Sally Beauty a little while ago. I think people forget sometimes how great the core colors of brands can be! Limited edition collections are great but there's so much more. Thataway is part of CG's core collection and a really great polish. It's a soft, almost peachy-coral orange full of yellow shimmer. It initially looks frosty when wet but then settles down into a nice diffused shimmer. It went on super smoothly in 2 coats and has been a very cheery escape from winter. It's been unseasonably warm recently but in the past few days we've had a hard cold snap with temperatures in the 20s at night! That's a big deal for us sub-tropical folks. I'll stay inside and keep warm by painting my nails. :)

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