Tuesday, January 31, 2012

Hits No Olimpo Collection - Zeus

Zeus may be one of my most favorite polishes, ever!  It is part of an amazing holographic collection called No Olimpo by Hits.  I had been searching around for a really awesome dark holo, and was totally bummed out that I had missed my opportunity for an original My Private Jet.. But then Zeus came along and turned my frown upside down!  Zeus is a drop dead gorgeous charcoal holo.  Here's a shade picture to give an accurate representation of the base color...

Zeus - 2 coats (shade)
To get this polish 100% opaque, you may need 3 coats.  I typically prefer to do 1-2 coats over black to ration this ity bity bottle- its only 6ml!  Okay, onto the holo spam!

And lastly.. A close up:

Hits is a Brazilian company, so to avoid paying big bucks for shipping, I recommend purchasing the No Olimpo Collection on Llarowe's website :)

Monday, January 30, 2012

OPI - La Paz-itively Hot (Matte)

I picked this shade up on a whim because the price was right, and I'm glad I did!  The texture of matte polishes on my nails gives me the heebie jeebies, but I can't deny how gorgeous this polish is.  La Paz-itively Hot is a super bright, hot pink with a blue shimmer running through it.

La Paz-itively Hot (Matte)
OPI's matte shades came with a small, informational card.  Mine explains that OPI's mattes do not wear as long as original OPI polish.  Boy, are they right!  This polish lasts for 1 evening if I'm lucky.  The card continues to explain that you should not use a basecoat or a topcoat- but I choose to break this rule.  I would not wear this polish without a base, as it will stain your nails horribly.  This polish also looks amazing with a topcoat (kills the matte finish, obviously) and helps to last a little longer as well.

La Paz-itively Hot (Matte, with Seche Vite)

Sunday, January 29, 2012

Finger Paints Flake Glitter Topcoat - Motley

Oh Finger Paints... I am so impressed with you right now!  I catch myself gazing lovingly at my nails when I wear these flaky topcoats... I am just beyond pleased with them!  Today, I wanted to give Motley the spotlight all on its own, but Flecked will have a turn soon :)

Motley over Black Expressionism
At first, I thought this flakie was going to be blue flakes that shifted to green... But after wearing it, it looks more like a combination of blue flakes & green flakes which both shift back and forth between blue and green.. If that makes sense?  Here is a close up:

I used 2 coats of Motley on top of Black Expressionism.  Formula was very easy to deal with, slightly thicker, but I suppose that's necessary for flakies.  The only thing to watch out for with these topcoats- they take a little while to dry, but I think they're absolutely worth the wait!

Love, love, love!!

Saturday, January 28, 2012

ELF Nourishing Cuticle Pen

Just a super quick post because this has turned into such a busy weekend!  I wasn't going to post about this product, but I just LOVE it so much that I feel the need to share.

Let me start out by saying that I naturally have very upset cuticles and have my entire life.  If I don't take care of them, they become red, crispy, cracky, painful, and downright unpleasant to look at.  I have tried other (more expensive) cuticle moisturizers, but so far the ELF Nourishing Cuticle Pen with Avocado and Almond Oils is truly my favorite.

As shown in the photo (borrowed from ELF's website) its a marker style pen, which makes application extremely easy and mess free.  The applicator is soft enough that it doesn't hurt my fingers, but firm enough to gently push back my cuticles.  The oil soaks in quickly and has absolutely no fragrance.  I notice my cuticles looking healthier and happier immediately.

Wanna know what else is awesome about this product?  It's only $1.00 and can be found at most K-Marts :)

Friday, January 27, 2012

Julep Review - Leah & Megan

I'll save my Julep review until the end... Time for swatches!

Absolutely love this one!  Finally, a green that doesn't give me a horrible case of lobster hands!  This color is absolutely gorgeous- a bright, grass green with a slight shimmer running through it.  I've only worn this once, and already received a compliment from a complete stranger.

Really not a fan of this one.  Julep describes it as a "Mediterranean aquamarine shimmer", but this seems a bit too dark to fit the "aquamarine" description.  While this color does have shimmer running through it, I find it to be downright frosty.  I typically don't enjoy frost colors because they are often times very streaky and leave behind visible brush strokes- Megan is no exception.

Onto my review of Julep in general... Formula of their polishes seems to be pleasant, a little on the thinner side, yet still very opaque and only requires 2-3 coats.  The brush size is nice, I'd say it is slightly larger than an Essie brush, and there were no stray hairs. 

 While I like the brush, the brush stem is really long.  This allows lots of polish to collect on the brush stem, and drip down onto your brush.  Using Hayden was the first time I've ever dripped polish on anything- fortunately it was just on my hand (phew!).  I do realize that the brush stem length is directly related to how tall and slender Julep's bottles are, which leads me to my next topic...

While I think the tall, slender Julep bottles are aesthetically pleasing, I find them to ultimately fall in the "cons" list.  A tall, slender bottle requires a long and annoying brush stem, and it also leaves you with literally half the amount of polish that you would find in your average full size polish.  This wouldn't bother me if the price reflected the polish size- at $14 for a half bottle of polish, I don't picture myself ever purchasing these polishes outside of the Maven program.

I may be tempted to purchase another Maven box in the future, but only if I am really intrigued by the colors.  I did skip the February's box because I wasn't really digging the color selections (copper, gold & navy? No thanks) but I'm not going to cancel my account just yet.

Finger Paints Mini Haul!

Yesterday, I was lucky enough to find a couple of the limited edition Finger Paints Flakie Topcoats! I had my heart set on Flecked, Motley & Twisted, but Twisted was out of stock.

Flecked, Black Expressionism, Motley  
Flecked has large flakies that shift from green to blue, while Motley has smaller flakies shifting from blue to green.  I feel like I may be seeing a tiny touch of purple somewhere in Motley as well.  Both look so gorgeous in the bottles, I cannot wait to try them out!  While I was at it, I picked up Black Expressionism because I've been meaning to replace my janky, smelly, L.A Colors black cream.

These flakie topcoats are exclusive to Sally's Beauty Supply stores.

Swatches coming soon!

Thursday, January 26, 2012

Julep - Hayden

I am so excited to be trying my very first Julep polishes!  I'm going to start out with Hayden, which is a creamy, orangey, neon peach- how unique!  I don't have anything else in my collection that is similar to this.

This was a tricky polish to photograph!  I had to get in the shade to get this color to show up right.  While the color in the photo is correct, this polish is a lot more neon and in-your-face when seen in person.  For some reason, I really want to pair this with OPI's "Do You Lilac It?".

I will post my thoughts on Julep's polishes soon- I want the opportunity to try my other colors before I make up my mind on this brand.

The Balm - Grass Is(n't) Always Greener

I was fortunate enough to receive a MyGlam bag for the month of January, and to my surprise- it included a full size (0.5 fl oz) polish from The Balm!  I had never tried their polishes before so I was thrilled!  Judging by the color shown in the bottle, I was surprised to see the word "grass" in its name as this is a rather dark green.

Grass Is(n't) Always Greener
As with any darker shade of green, this polish gave me a horrible case of lobster hands.  I have high expectations for any polish that falls in the 10 - 15 dollar range (The Balm's polishes retail for $10) and I feel this polish meets my expectations.  It is very creamy and opaque, only requiring 2 coats.  The brush is nice, no stray hairs.  In terms of size, I would compare it to an Essie brush, yet slightly longer.  Those who have slimmer nails may appreciate a smaller brush, but those who have wider nails may find this brush style a bit tedious.  There is a pin-up style woman portrayed on the front of the bottle, which I thought was adorable.

My only real complaint about this product would be the two hard to remove stickers found on the back of the bottle and also on the brush handle- but perhaps that's just a personal pet peeve of mine.  Over all, I like this product a lot and would repurchase in a different color :)

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Work Appropriate Wednesday! "Tickle My France-y"

I love to see polishes that others find to be "work appropriate", so I thought I would post some of my own every Wednesday.  Unfortunately, not everyone has a job that allows them to wear screaming neon colors on their nails- and I cringe at the thought of jobs that don't allow polish at all, it just seems cruel!

OPI - Tickle My France-y

This is one of my go-to work appropriate polishes.  It is a perfectly nude cream, yet doesn't remind me of foundation.  It is super glossy, and would look amazing on any skin tone.  The formula on this one is perfect; very pigmented, applies evenly and only two coats are necessary.  I tend to do three (as I did for the photo) out of habit.  Better yet, "Tickle My France-y" is part of OPI's permanent line, and can be found in stores easily- no E-Bay stalking required!

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Nail Mail! January's Julep Maven Box

Like most people, I LOVE getting packages in the mail, especially nail products- it makes me feel like a child on Christmas morning!  Yesterday, I received my first Julep polishes inside the Maven Box for January!  I've wanted to try their polishes for a while, but could never justify the price.  Fortunately, I stumbled across a coupon code offering their January box for just .01¢!  A penny for a Julep Maven box!  I couldn't resist, so I signed up, and here is what they sent me!

I'm really pleased with how nice the packaging is!  It came in a hard cardboard black box (similar to Mac packaging) with black crinkle shred, and a pretty pink ribbon holding the bubble wrapped polishes together- classy!

I chose the "It Girl" box, which came with everything pictured!  The samples are- a hand scrub and an SPF hand cream.  The polishes are- Megan, Hayden, Leah & a top coat.  I can't wait to try these out!  Swatches coming soon!

For more info about Julep's Maven program, click here!

Monday, January 23, 2012

OPI Hong Kong Collection (Part 2)

This is the second half of my Hong Kong collection swatches!  Scroll down, or click here for Part 1.

Panda-monium Pink
This color was impossible to photograph accurately!  Though I love the way it looks in this photo, in person it has a purpley side to it.  The formula was very nice and easy to work with.  I went with three coats to ensure no bald spots would be visible, but you could probably get away with two.

Jade is the New Black
  Jade is the New Black was so popular when it was released, I got caught up in the hype and bought it.  While the color is gorgeous, and the formula is lovely- it always makes me look like I have lobster hands!  I don't completely regret purchasing it (because it looks so darn pretty in the bottle!) but I don't picture myself ever wearing it.

More tomorrow!

OPI Hong Kong Collection (Part 1)

OPI's Hong Kong collection came out a while ago, but still manages to be one of my favorites.  To be truthful, this collection is what made me realize I have more than just an "interest" in nail polish. 

This collection was right up my alley with it's bright, rich cream colors.  I still cringe to think I didn't grab Red My Fortune Cookie while I had the chance.

Suzi Says Feng Shui

 Despite the fact that I never wear it, this is one of my favorite polishes in my collection.  It is super opaque (two coats are plenty) and very glossy.  In person, this color is slightly darker than pictured.  

Chop-sticking to My Story

Another favorite that I never wear! So shameful!  Again, this color is very opaque (two coats) and is very glossy.  My photo is almost true to color, in person this orange is a bit more on the burnt side.

I have two more from the Hong Kong collection coming up soon!

Saturday, January 21, 2012

My very own!

Perhaps another nail blog is one of the last things the world needs, but I have been wanting to do this for such a long time!  Many things have kept me from making a nail blog- My nails are far from "attractive". Would anyone read my blog? Would my pictures come out alright?

But then I realized something... It doesn't matter!  This is purely for my own entertainment, and if others happen to enjoy it as well - great!

Over the next few days, I hope to post swatches for a few of my favorite OPI collections.