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Hi everyone!

Just want to let anyone who wasn’t aware know that this blog is now officially inactive. I will no longer be posting on it. I have moved to http://www.thepolishinfluenza.wordpress.com. The Polish Influenza is now Peace, Love, and Polish. All of the same content is on that blog, including my newest posts. I’m also participating in Chalkboard Nails’ 31 Day Challenge this September, so please, come join me there! If you’re following me here on WordPress, or on Bloglovin’ please please PLEASE go find The Polish Influenza and follow that instead. You won’t be disappointed. Thank you all for your support!

~Beth~

I’M MIGRATING!

Howdy everyone!

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So big news. I’m moving blogs. I’m still on WordPress, but I’ve updated my name and layout. It’s still a work in progress, but it’s getting there, and I’m really super excited about the new name. If you’re already following me on this blog (Peace, Love, and Polish), unfortunately, you’re going to have to follow me again on the new blog. Please do, this means a lot to me. All my old posts are there and my new ones will now only be showing up on my new page. I hope you’ll continue to follow me in my nail polish journey. To find out the new name of my blog, click on the link here, and you’ll be redirected. Thanks for your support, and I can’t wait to see you over at my new page!

~Beth~

Nail Art- The Flaky Polish Trend (On a Budget!)

Hi there!

How’s everyone doing today? It’s kinda cloudy and grey here. Luckily, the sun came out for just a little bit, so I could get my sunlight pictures for the nail polish I have to show you today! The weather wants my blog to be successful, thanks weather! So without further ado, let’s get to the polish!

Recently, “flaky” nail polishes have been taking beauty stores by storm. They were (and still are) an “it” polish trend. They really began when the brand Finger Paints released its “Special Effects” collection in early 2012 (a great review of these polishes was done by Jen from the Polishaholic, viewable here). These polishes looked all the same in the bottle, but when you applied them over a black polish, the iridescent, irregularly shaped glitter shards would illuminate with another color. Other brands have released similar products, such as the polish Luxe and Lush, released in the China Glaze Hunger Games collection, or the entire Revlon Moon Candy nail art collection. Essie also released flakies in their “Luxeffects” 2011 Holiday Collection (the polish was called Shine of the Times). And of course, who could forget Sally Hansen’s Hidden Treasure, which is essentially the original flaky. No matter how you slice it, flakies are an on trend nail effect that people love. The problem? They tend to be super expensive. The Moon Candy polishes retail for $8.99 a piece, Essie is usually $8-$9, the Finger Paints are $5.50 (and retired). Luckily, I’ve found an inexpensive (and still quality) substitution for the ridiculously high prices.

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Introducing Funky Fingers Flaky polishes. Recently, I reviewed another Funky Fingers (the FiveBelow nail polish brand) polish called Jawbreaker. These polishes are $2 a piece, or 3 for $5. Much much MUCH cheaper than other flaky brands. This particular polish is called Taken, and has red, blue, and greenish flakies in a super sheer blue base. Really, this base barely changes the color of the base polish, so it’s still good for layering. The flakies in this polish do not need to be placed, they apply evenly, and don’t have much curling off the nail (I had that problem when I used to use China Glaze’s Luxe and Lush). The flakies in this polish are a lot bigger than the flakies in Finger Paints or Essie, but they’re pretty much on par with Luxe and Lush and the Moon Candy collection. In the pictures included, I wore the flakies over two different base colors. The sky blue is Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in Blue Me Away! and the black is Love and Beauty Black. Over the blue, the colors are much more muted, and the red flakies shine through, but over black, I think the color is very reminiscent of Finger Paints’ rainbow flaky, Twisted (which you can see in Jen’s post I linked above). Pictures below are two coats of Taken, one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in Flawless as my topcoat.

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Natural, indoor light

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This polish is a real winner for me because the quality competes with other, more high end brands like Revlon and China Glaze, and the price is virtually unbeatable. This polish also comes in a lavender base, and a pink base, among others. These polishes are available at FiveBelow stores. What is your opinion on flaky polishes? Are you onboard with this nail art trend? Let me know in the comments!

~Beth~

 

 

MOTD- Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color in “Blue Me Away!”

Hi all!

Guess what day it is? Guess what day. it. is.? That’s right, it’s hump day! Happy Wednesday everyone! Today was highschool freshmen orientation day! As a senior, I got to show the freshmen around campus and teach them all about our school. It was a fun day, but I’m exhausted! Not too exhausted for a manicure, though.

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Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear in Blue Me Away! is a classic sky blue. It’s a rich creme polish that leans somewhat neon, but not enough that the formula dries matte. Rather, this polish is extremely shiny when dry. I love this color as a staple in my collection. It’s great on its own (like you see here) but it’s also fantastic for nail art designs. I’ve found that this line of Sally Hansen polishes spreads particularly well in the water for water marbling looks, and this is typically my go-to blue. When I run out of this bottle, I’ll most certainly be repurchasing it! Pictures below are two coats of Blue Me Away! (though you could honestly get away with one if you’re in a hurry; it’s that opaque!) with no topcoat.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Outdoor light, shade. Sorry for the yellow look on my pointer finger, it's my neon yellow shirt reflecting!

Outdoor light, shade. Sorry for the yellow look on my pointer finger, it’s my neon yellow shirt reflecting!

Sorry for the sloppy cuticles today, guys. Normally I try to clean them up, but today I was in a rush.

As I already said, I love this color. I also love Sally Hansen nail polishes. They’re inexpensive, 3-free, and in my opinion, salon quality. I especially love this line for its affordability, and I have a lot more of these in my stash (I just haven’t posted them yet!). I’ll definitely be buying more from this line in the future, and I highly recommend them.

 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Color usually retails for about $2.50-$3.50, and can be bought at most drugstores (Walgreens, RiteAid, etc.), beauty supply stores (Ulta, Sally’s, etc.) and on the Sally Hansen website, here.

 

~Beth~

MOTD- Funky Fingers “Jawbreaker”

Hi everyone!

I went college visiting today and saw Haverford, and I really liked it! I’m a big fan of small, liberal arts colleges, and definitely plan on going to one next year! For my college visit, I chose a unique, fun glitter polish very reminiscent of what Indie polish makers (such as Dollish Polish or A-England, to name just a few) because of the mix of glitters. I picked up this polish at FiveBelow in a deal- 3 nail polishes for $5! The packaging of these polishes is unique- the bottle is wider at the bottom. The bottle itself feels a little like cheap plastic as opposed to a more expensive brand like OPI or China Glaze, but the polish inside is of a much better quality. So let’s look at this glitter bomb!

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Jawbreaker is a glitter explosion in a milky, off-white base (the base color leaned towards a very pale, pastel pink for me). There is all kinds of glitter in this bottle- large hex glitters in matte yellow, dark pink, teal, and lavender, medium size hex glitters in the same color (the purple is a bit darker though), and mini, red hex glitters. This polish really does remind me of a jaw breaker candy! Below is a comparison, lol.

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  Jawbreaker candy

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Jawbreaker Nail Polish

 

Pretty similar, no? Here are some more pictures of this pretty polish!

Natural, Indoor light

Natural, Indoor light

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Sunlight

Interestingly, my bottle of Jawbreaker looks different than other bottles. I saw a recent post by Nailmattic (link to the post is here) in which she reviewed Jawbreaker as well. Her bottle, however, seemed to have a much more opaque white base that was a pure white, and hers also had red bar glitters in it that mine did not. I wonder why there are such large  inconsistencies between batches.

Regardless, I think this polish is super fun and whimsical, and to be honest, makes me really want a jawbreaker, lol! Funky Fingers nail polish retails at FiveBelow stores, 3 for $5 or $2 each. Despite their low cost, they are a 3-Free brand.

~Beth~

 

 

 

MOTD- Rue Beauté Nail Deco in “Show Stopper”

Hi there!

Happy Monday! Is that even possible? I’ve spent most of the day working on my AP World History summer homework :-p . It’s not fun at. all. Hopefully you guys are having a more exciting Monday than I am!

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Luckily, my nail polish today is basically excitement in a bottle! Today I have for you a Rue Beauté nail polish called Show Stopper (OMG IT HAS A NAME THIS TIME!!!!!) and it really is a party in a bottle. Its predominant color is gold mini hex glitters (and they’re very dense), but there are also larger hex glitters in all colors of the rainbow mixed in! Silver, green, orange, light blue, pink, and yellow. The glitters are so dense, they don’t need any undercoats of another color- they’re opaque by themselves in 2-3 coats! How awesome is that?! The texture of the polish does dry a little rough, but nothing 1-2 coats of topcoat won’t smooth out. Pictures below are with 3 coats of Show Stopper, and one coat of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” as a topper.

Indoor, artificial lighting

Indoor, artificial lighting

Outdoor lighting

Outdoor lighting

This polish is also gorgeous in the sun, but the sun isn’t cooperating today (or yesterday, either!). It’s been cloudy for 48 hours here. Hopefully I’ll get some sun soon, my blog is begging for it!

So what do you think of this glitter-tastic polish? Just a warning- it’s a bear to remove. The foil method (soaking a cotton ball in acetone, pressing it to the nail, and wrapping the whole thing in tin foil for 10 minutes before removing) should ease the process. Rue Beauté nail polishes can be purchased in Rue 21 stores (typically there’s a 2 for $5 sale, but if not, they’re $3 a piece) or on their website, here.

~Beth~

 

MOTD- Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat (???) in “Sage Smash”

Hi folks!

Hope you’ve all been having a great weekend! I went to a friend’s going away to college party, and the tears were flowing at the end. I’m going to miss all of my amazing friends who are beginning their college journeys in the next few weeks. To anyone out there starting college soon, good luck to you all! And to anyone in my shoes who’s beginning the college application process, good luck, it’s going to be a long road (but hopefully a rewarding one!)

Today I have for you an… interestingly marketed nail polish. It’s in the Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat line, and it’s called Sage Smash. The color is very similar to OPI’s Simply Smash-ingjust a lot more on the bright, spring green side than the OPI’s gold. The microglitters are also not as densely packed in this polish as in the OPI, so the coat is not opaque- it’s more of a glitter topper. And, um, that’s where the problem begins. Here’s the picture of what the polish is supposed to look like once it has shattered:

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But here’s what really happens…

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Maybe it’s just me, but um, the results I got and the results Sally Hansen is advertising are markedly different… While there is still some crackling (most notably on my pinky and pointer finger), it’s really not doing much… The glitter is still very beautiful on its own though, and dries matte (like most crackle polishes) which gives an interesting effect to the nail polish. While the desired effect is kinda a big fat zero in my book (crackles should probably stick to solid colors, and not glitter toppers), the glitter itself is nice on its own, and works well over the base color of pink I have here (and probably would also look good over dark blues, navys, or black). Pictures below are two coats of Sage Smash over Love and Beauty Red, no topcoat.

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Natural, indoor lighting

Overall, I’m disappointed with the fact this polish did not meet my crackling expectations. But the silver lining is I gained a fun, new matte green glitter topper for my collection! Sally Hansen polishes retail at most drugstores (like Walgreens and Riteaid) as well as most beauty stores (like Sally’s and Ulta) as well as on their website, here. Sally Hansen Crackle Overcoat polishes generally retail between $5-$7, but I got this one on clearance at Target for $1.87!

So what do you think of this green glitter? And what do you think of my pairing of it with a hot pink base? I think it reminds me of a watermelon, no? Let me know what you think in the comments!

~Beth~

 

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Hi guys!

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~Beth~

I Need Ideas!

Hi there!

So, I need help. It has come to my attention that there is another blog (and probably more than just one) out there called “Peace, Love, and Polish”. I want to rename my blog to make it more unique. I’d also really like to hear your creative ideas as to what you think I should call my blog! If you have any ideas for me, please leave them in the comments section below. Don’t worry, I’m planning to stay on WordPress this time! Just a new name to further enhance my blog. Thanks to my followers for your continuing support, it makes me so happy to see people reading and enjoying my posts! It means a lot to me! Thanks for the help, guys!

~Beth~

Review- e.l.f Essential 10-Piece Nail Polish Set

Hi all!

Today I have a limited edition e.l.f nail polish set I picked up at Target today! e.l.f also has a 14-piece nail cube for sale as well, but that wasn’t available at my Target location. This set came in two different versions: one had lots of darker, metallic colors, while the other had bright, bold cremes. I decided to get the creme set because my stash is very shimmer heavy. The collection I bought does include two fantastic glitters to satisfy my shimmer craving.  Its packaging is so cute; here’s a picture!

Packaging!

Packaging!

And did I mention it’s only $10?! So inexpensive! So without further ado, let’s get to reviewing the polishes!

Mango Madness is a bright, in-your-face coral color that leans more towards orange. It’s bright and applies like a dream; not too thick and not too thin! It’s very similar to Essie Tart Deco, which I’ve previously reviewed. Below is two coats of Mango Madness, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

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Flirty Fuchsia is a bright, bubble gum pink creme. Consistency is good, and is opaque in two coats. It’s not the most exciting pink in the world, but the formula is good. Pictures below are two coats of Flirty Fuchsia, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

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Electric Fuchsia is Flirty Fuchsia’s darker, more raspberry cousin. It’s a very similar color to Love and Beauty Red, but without the glass flecks, and a little more on the cooler side. It’s a very rich creme. While the pictures make it look somewhat like a crelly (creme-jelly), it’s definitely not. Pictures below are two coats of Electric Fuchsia, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

Smokin Hot is your basic, red creme. It leans more brick red (blue-based) than an orange based red. Almost opaque in one coat, but it really needs two to even it out. Pictures below are two coats of Smokin Hot, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

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Sunlight

Sunflower is a bright yellow. Stop the presses, folks, this might be the ideal yellow. It has a slight shimmer to it that’s only really noticeable in the sun, but it helps build opacity. Depending on how thickly you like your coats, 2-3 should get this bright yellow in your face. It reminds me of cheese, lol. Pictures below are 2 coats of Sunflower, no topcoat.

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Natural indoor light

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Mint Cream reminds me a lot of Wet n’ Wild Megalast I Need a Refresh-mint. Its e.l.f counterpart is a little more on the green side. It’s a nice, basic pastel seafoam green creme. Pictures below are 2 coats, no topcoat.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

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Sunlight

Skinny Jeans is a bright, basic blue creme. Surprisingly, I have nothing like this in my stash right now. When I buy blue polishes, I tend to gravitate to the shimmery and glitter blue colors. But this is going to be a great nail art staple. It’s very opaque- it’s almost a one-coater, but not quite. Pictures below are two coats of Skinny Jeans, no topcoat.

Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Outdoor lighting (some sun)

Lavender Mist is easily my favorite creme color out of this collection. It’s a rich, periwinkle blue, and I’ve never seen a color quite like this before. It definitely leans purple, but I think it’s more blue based, especially when it’s on the nails. This is probably the most sheer of all the colors in this set, but evens out in 2-3 coats without a major issue. Pictures below are 2 coats of Lavender Mist, no topcoat. Yes, they do look that different in the sun and indoors.

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Indoor, natural lighting

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Sunlight

We’re on to the glitters! Dream Maker is a combo of tiny silver hex glitters and larger, holographic silver hex glitters in a clear base. It’s a total disco ball polish, it’s great! I like to wear silvery colors like this over a cool-colored based, and Lavender Mist was perfect for it! It’s the silver version of Love and Beauty Gold. The glitter hardly needed any placement on the nail, just a little bit for the larger pieces if you’re picky (like me, lol). Pictures below are 1 coat of Dream Maker over Lavender Mist. Sorry for the yellow looking fingers in the indoor picture, I altered the colors in the picture to do the polishes more justice to their actual colors.

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Sunlight

Indoor, natural lighting

Indoor, natural lighting

And, of course, you always have to save the best for last. And Fairy Dust does not disappoint! Fairy Dust is a semi-flaky polish. It has some flakes, as well as small, iridescent hex glitters to give it a more interesting look, all in a clear base. The glitters flash red and orange when the light hits them, similar to Essie’s Hidden Treasure. In no way are the two polishes dupes, but if you’re having a hard time finding the Essie, this e.l.f polish might satisfy your craving. I prefer flaky polishes like this over dark colors, but the beauty of the polish is it looks slightly different over every different color you try! I used 2 coats of Fairy Dust over Skinny Jeans in the photos below!

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Sunlight

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Overall, I really like this set. Some of the colors aren’t really super unique, however, there are a lot of great staple polishes here for anyone just starting a collection. My favorites are Fairy Dust, Lavender Mist, and Electric Fuchsia.

So, what do you think of this stunning set? Will you be picking it up?

The polishes in this set are 0.203 fl. oz., meaning that they’re minis (but much large than OPI minis) and are 3 free. e.l.f also has the added bonus of being cruelty free- they never test on animals. The set retails for $10 and can be bought at Target stores, as well as the e.l.f website, here.

~Beth~