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.

Jawbreaker candy

  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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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

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~

 

MOTD- Love and Beauty “Red”

Hi guys!

Today I have for you a really pretty polish from Forever 21’s makeup line, “Love and Beauty”. And quite honestly, it’s the strangest name I’ve come across for a polish, because this polish isn’t red at all…. it’s a bright, raspberry pink. Oh Love and Beauty. You really do fail in the naming department sometimes. That being said, I’m really in love with this polish, so let’s get to it!

Love and Beauty "Red"

Love and Beauty “Red”

Love and Beauty “Red” is a rich, raspberry pink jelly polish with tiny glass flecks throughout. The glass flecks aren’t obvious at first, but they really shine in the sun! The polish is fairly sheer, so it takes 2-3 coats to build up. In person, it looks really squishy, like a plump berry ready to burst with its sweet juice. The glass flecks add an extra depth to the polish that makes it very unique. The name really does not do this fantastic polish justice. I’ll add a bottle shot to the photo mix to try and show the depth of the glass flecks. The pictures below are 3 coats of “Red”, with no topcoat.

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Natural indoor lighting

Natural indoor lighting

Indoor bottle shot (to see the glass flecks)

Indoor bottle shot (to see the glass flecks)

I’m pretty enamored with this polish, it looks a little different every time I look at it! Have you tried any of the Love and Beauty nail polishes? Which is your favorite? Love and Beauty nail polishes are available at Forever 21 stores and on their website, here. A hint to bargain shoppers? Search through the Forever 21 sale bins. I found this polish there for 99¢! These polishes generally retail for $2.80.

~Beth~

 

 

MOTD- OPI “Simply Smash-ing” and OPI “DS Glow”

Hi everyone!

How was everyone’s weekend? Mine was great, but tiring! After finishing up a long day of babysitting with my friends yesterday, we all went out for dinner and frozen yogurt, and I got home too late to write a post. But today, I have a manicure with not one, but TWO OPI polishes to share with you! So let’s get started!

Beautiful OPI!

Beautiful OPI!

On my middle finger, index finger, and thumb, I’m wearing “Simply Smash-ing“. This is a beautiful gold-based green shimmer polish. The finish is almost foil-like. The glitter particles do not dry rough or textured at all- the finish is really nice on it’s own, and super shiny in the sun! I find that in the sun, the gold particles stand out more against the spring green ones. This color is from the Serena Williams “Glam Slam” OPI duo, and it also came with “Black Shatter” to wear overtop of it. These duos were released in January 2011, so they’re a bit harder to find these days. eBay should always have you covered, though the prices may vary.

The other color I’m wearing on my pinky and pointer finger is “DS Glow“. The “DS” stands for OPI “Designer Series”, and most of the polishes in this collection (which runs more expensive than regular OPI colors) are holographic colors. However, this color, Glow, is more of a foil-like finish, very similar to “Simply Smash-ing”. It’s a beautiful copper, and also dries smooth to the touch. It’s from the Fall 2009 Designer Series release by OPI, so like “Simply Smash-ing”, it’s going to be hard to find. But if you ever stumble across it, I would highly recommend it, it’s a beautiful shade! Below are pictures of my mani, no top coat, base coat is Nail Envy by OPI.

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Natural, indoor lighting

Outdoor sunlight

Outdoor sunlight

Outdoor sunlight

Outdoor sunlight

So what do you think of these two stunning polishes? Do you think they work well together, and will you be hunting them down for your collection? In other news, my beautiful long nails are going away soon 😦 I have to cut them short for piano. So be ready for short nail swatches in the near future!

~Beth~

MOTD- Essie “Bonded”

Hi everyone!

So today I have a really fun, but really old, polish to show you. I’m currently over babysitting with one of my best friends, and the family we’re babysitting for has a HUGE nail polish collection. I swear, I’m in heaven. So I’m going to have plenty of fun swatches to share with you over the next few days. Let me tell you, I’m obsessed!

Today I have for you a shade from Essie’s 2004 Frozen Assets collection. The polish is called “Bonded”, and it’s a red crelly with glass flecks running throughout. It’s a pretty pure red, it maybe leans slightly orange, but it’s a fairly true red. It does leave a little bit of VNL (visible nail line) since it does have a somewhat jelly-ish consistency, but it’s perfectly opaque in 2 coats. The glass flecks really translate from the bottle to the nail. I’m truly in love with this polish! Below are pictures (they aren’t the usual quality, since I’m not using my usual camera), with no topcoat, and OPI’s Nail Envy for a base coat.

Natural outdoor light

Natural outdoor light

Indoor lighting

Indoor lighting

Natural outdoor lighting

Natural outdoor lighting

Sorry none of the pictures really pick up on the gorgeous glass flecks of this polish, you really have to see this one!

So what do you think? Are you a big red fan? Will you be hunting this old Essie gem down for your polish stash? Essie nail polishes generally run between $7-$9 (unless it’s a specialty color) and can be bought at most beauty supply stores, some drug stores, like Walgreens, and off their website, here

~Beth~

 

 

MOTD- Wet n’ Wild Megalast in “I Need a Refresh-mint”

Hi there folks!

Today I have for you a Wet n’ Wild Megalast polish I picked up while I was in Port Canaveral, Florida, while on my cruise. We stopped at a Walgreens to get some necessities that we forgot, and well, knowing me, I made a beeline straight for the nail polish display! I picked up two of the Wet n’ Wild Megalast polishes and a Maybelline Color Show Polka Dots Collection polish. I’ll swatch and review the other two later, but today I just have this beautiful blue.

“I Need a Refresh-mint” (Wet n’ Wild really takes it on the naming department, all of their polishes have such creative monikers, it’s ridiculous!) is a minty-toned sky blue. It’s perfectly creme, with no shimmer or glass flecks in it whatsoever. And boy is it a good creme. The pictures I’m showing you are one coat. That’s right, ladies and gentlemen. ONE COAT. While it’s the slightest bit patchy on some nails, it really is wearable with only one coat of polish. And the brush is perfection as well. The brush is wider than a typical brush (from, say, OPI or China Glaze or really most polishes on the market). It makes it easy to stop painting the polish on just shy of the cuticles, and in my opinion, cuts down on the mess. I have a few (blurry) pictures of the brush to show below.

Sorry for the blurriness, my camera was not having it tonight...

Sorry for the blurriness, my camera was not having it tonight…

Overall, the polish is a great, bright summer shade, easy to work with, and has great opacity and formula. And it’s Big 3 free too. Oh yeah, and did I mention each bottle is only $1.99? I personally think these colors apply better than even some of the more luxury brands I’ve tried. And for a price like $1.99, you’d best believe I’ll be going back for more! Below are pictures of “I Need a Refresh-mint”, one coat, no top coat. Base coat is Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”

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This robin’s egg blue is a real winner in my book. I’ll most definitely be purchasing Wet n’ Wild Megalast nail polishes again in the future! What do you think of this color? Is this type of blue your style? And have you had as positive an experience with this brand as I have? Let me know!

Wet N’ Wild Megalast Nail Color is available at most drugstores, such as Walgreens and RiteAid, and is also available off their website, which can be visited here

~Beth~

 

 

MOTD- Claire’s Nail Polish “Surprise Party”

Hi everyone!

I don’t know about where you live, but in Delaware, the weather was fantastic today! I don’t think it got above 80 degrees, and there wasn’t a cloud in the sky the whole day. I babysat my 3 and 1 year old neighbors, and we just ran around and played outside for hours. I love these kinds of perfect summer days! I wish we had more of them!

Such a beautiful, sunny day called for a beautiful, summery color. And what better polish than a glitter polish to represent the shine of the sun?! I also had a huge purple craving today, so my new Claire’s polish seemed to quench all of my polish thirsts!

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“Surprise Party” is a deep red-purple jelly base (sooo squishy, it’d be great on it’s own, too!) with all sorts of colors of moderately sized hex glitters. The glitters sort of rise to the top of the polish on the nail, so with one coat, it looks like the glitter is a separate nail polish on top of the purple. However, after a second coat, the glitter gets more of a “3D” appearance, with some of the glitter being “sandwiched” in the purple jelly. Just a warning to people who hate rough textured nail polish, this will dry somewhat roughly due to the glitter density (and the density/placement of the glitter is pretty spot on with 2-3 coats). To fix this, a few coats of top coat should solve your problem. Two coats of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless” did the trick for me!

Overall, I’m a big fan of this polish. I actually got it for free from Claire’s as part of a “buy 2 get one free” deal about two weeks ago (and it might still be running at some locations). It’s a great, bright, and bold color perfect for the liveliness of summer. Below are pictures of sunlight and indoor lighting with 3 coats of “Surprise Party” and 2 coats of Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Nail Color in “Flawless”, no base coat.

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Sorry for the messy cuticles, I had a cut on one of them and didn’t want to get anywhere near it with acetone!

So what do you think of this jelly glitter bomb? Will you be wearing a fun, sparkly color to celebrate August and the lazy days of summer? Leave your thoughts in the comments!

Claire’s nail polish can be bought at Claire’s store locations, as well as on their website, here

~Beth~

I’m Baaaccckkkk! Vacation MOTD- Love and Beauty “Peacock” and “Pink”

Hi everyone!

I’m back from the cruise! I sailed on the Carnival Pride, and boy, was it wonderful! It was nice to get away for a week and be waited on (and eat everything in sight, lol!). Unfortunately, it rained while I was in the Bahamas (thanks to tropical storm Dorian), but it did little to dampen the fun of the vacation!

Of course, while I was away, I couldn’t neglect my nails! Today I have for you a (very impromptu) MOTD, with the pictures taken in the ship’s theater, called the Taj Mahal. Both of the colors I have in the pictures are from Forever 21’s line, Love and Beauty, and I bought them both in NYC the week before I left, and gave them a try on the ship!

“Pink” is a a gorgeous, sheer bubblegum/cotton candy pink with a sky blue duochrome shimmer. Don’t let the name fool you, it’s much more in depth than a standard pink! In the bottle it is a feast for the eyes, it is spectacular! Unfortunately, on the nail, it doesn’t translate the same. With 4 coats (seen in the pictures) you can still see visible nail line. I would recommend this color as a layering polish, because it’s still so gorgeous!

“Peacock” is a gorgeous dark blue/turquoise shimmer, with a teal and deep purple duochrome running through this. I originally had picked out a different color to buy on my first trip to NYC, but one look at the bottle and I was sold! The color translates extremely well to the nail, and it opaque in 2-3 coats depending on how thick the layers are. I used three in the picture below because while on the ship, I tried to use extra thin coats of polish to help dry it (the ocean humidity can really do a number on wet nails). Pictures below are with no base or top coat (because I forgot to pack mine, oops!)

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Again, sorry for the lighting/picture quality of these. It was the best I could do on the ship. But regularly scheduled posts will begin again starting tomorrow, and I’ve got lots of great polishes to share with you, including one I bought in the Bahamas that changes color in the sun! I’m happy to be back and blogging again, and I hope you’ll continue to follow me in my nail polish shenanigans!

~Beth~