Sunday, September 14, 2014

Color Club Seven Deadly Sins Swatches

Hey all!

My parents were in town, so I decided to delight them with the wonder that is the Christmas Tree Shops. (Man, I hate the built-in plural of that name.) While I was there, I came across Color Club's Seven Deadly Sins collection. There were eight beautiful polishes in the display for $7.79 each. I had read of a Color Club price hike, and these were definitely a lot more expensive than the core collection which still costs about four bucks and some change. After I got them home and tried them on, I saw that these are textured polishes, which I suspected from the bottles and display. I really hate that some brands don't clearly indicate a textured polish, but I still ended up liking these and find myself inspired to try more!
 
Color Club Seven Deadly Sins


Read on for more pics and reviews!

Color Club Seven Deadly Sins Display + Bottle Pics

Hey guys,

I ran into this display the other day at Christmas Tree Shops and wanted to share. I will post swatches of the ones I purchased in a separate entry!

Color Club Seven Deadly Sins

Read on for more pics!


Thursday, September 11, 2014

#TBT with OPI My Private Jet (the "Dud" Version)

Hey all!

Just a quick #TBT with OPI's My Private Jet. I  never did own this one in its non-dud version, but I think the dud is pretty exceptional itself.  It's understated yet still has that special something to keep it interesting. To me, the holo is pretty subdued and quite similar to the one you see in OPI DS Classic.

OPI My Private Jet Nail Polish
Shade
OPI My Private Jet Nail Polish
Sun
Pretty, ain't she?  I wonder why this was never a DS shade, honestly.  The formula is a perfect two-coater that also happens to be a great bridge to those autumn colors I think we all are craving!

What are your favorite summer to fall transition shades?

*OPI is cruelty-free, but Coty, its parent company, is not.

Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Nail Polish Collection

Hi, all!

I'm super pumped about all the Halloween collections that I'm starting to see in stores.  I managed to pick up the polishes from Wet n Wild's Fantasy Makers for 2014.  These looked pretty hum drum in the bottles, but I was pleasantly surprised once I get them on... JELLIES, people.

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Bottle Shots
Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014
First, we have Ghouls Rush In, a lovely bright pink jelly.  This one went on beautifully in two coats.

DH's color description: "Amish pickled eggs."  [Uh, yeah.  I think he means the beet pickled ones.]

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Ghouls Rush In Nail Polish
Ghouls on the Run (shade)
Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Ghouls Rush In Nail Polish
Ghouls on the Run (sun)
Next, we've got Goosebump Suit, a bright orange jelly.  It went on nicely in two coats, and surprisingly, I did not hate this orange on my fair skin.  This would be extra awesome on deeper skin tones.

DH's color description: "Traffic vest and/or cone or something."  

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Goosebump Suit Nail Polish
Goosebumps Suit (shade)
Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Goosebump Suit Nail Polish
Goosebumps Suit (sun)
We've also got Queen of Envy, which looks kelly green in the bottle but a touch lighter and brighter on the nail.  This one was a bit more transparent and tricky than the other formulas.  I used four coats to even it out.

DH's description: "Gak."

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Queen of Envy Nail Polish
Queen of Envy (shade)
Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Queen of Envy Nail Polish
Queen of Envy (sun)
The next color is Roach Busters.  This one is a bright yellow green with subtle orangey-red shimmer throughout.  I didn't detect any hint of shimmer in the bottle, so I was quite surprised to see it coming out fairly strongly in the sun.  No problems with application; it's shown below with two easy coats.

DH's description: "The drink from Star Trek...  Aldebaran Whiskey."

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Roach Busters Nail Polish
Roach Busters (shade)
Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Roach Busters Nail Polish
Roach Busters (sun)
There's also a glow in the dark top coat in this collection cleverly named Glo' Money, Glo' Problems.  It didn't change the appearance of Roach Busters when I layered it on, and I applied three thick coats in the hopes of achieving a really strong glow effect.  When I initially went into the closet to check out the glow properties, I saw nothing but darkness.  I remember "charging" a lot of my glow in the dark toys in the light when I was little, so I tried the same with the polish...

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Glo Money Glo Problems Nail Polish
...Et voila!

Wet n Wild Fantasy Makers 2014 Glo Money Glo Problems Nail Polish
Glo' Money, Glo' Problems
This is the best photo I could capture.  It does definitely glow after some time under the light, but it fades rather quickly, so I would not plan on glowing all night long with this one.  I recall trying to paint my tennis shoes with glow in the dark nail polish in high school with similarly temporary effects.  It's still kinda neat though.

There's also a re-promote of Wet n Wild's appropriately famous one-coat wonder, Black Creme, in this collection in addition to tons of other fun Halloweeny cosmetics (I also snagged the glittery black liquid liner!).  I was pleasantly surprised by this collection, which you can find most anywhere that sells Wet n Wild.  I've seen it out at Walgreens, Rite-Aid, and K-Mart at this point.

Which Fantasy Makers are your favorites this year?!  

*Wet n Wild is cruelty free.


Monday, August 18, 2014

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box Review August 2014

Hey, everyone!

Today I've got the August Vegan Cuts Beauty Box to review.  Here's the product description according to the Vegan Cuts website:

The easiest way to discover cruelty-free brands without committing to full-size products or prices. Each month you'll receive a delivery of 4-7 new products to try, ranging from unique cosmetics to luxurious skincare.
The Box in Brief:
  • Free shipping to the US
  • 4-7 products
  • 100% cruelty-free
  • Mostly organic and natural
  • Mix of full and sample size products
  • Cancel anytime, though we doubt you’ll ever want to
Sounds pretty cool, right?  They also offer a snack box which features 7-10 vegan goodies each month.  Each box is $19.95.

And here's the August box:

Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 2014
Vegan Cuts Beauty Box August 2014

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week (NYFW) 2014

Hey all,

I just picked up four polishes from the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure NYFW at Kmart the other day.  They have three sets of polishes in this collection: Fall Pastels (five pastel cremes), Glam Sequins (five glitters including two shard glitters and a hybrid), and Dark Romance (five deep fall cremes).  I decided not to pick up any of the Fall Pastels because I've had my fill of anything that even smells like a summery shade and am totally ready to dive head first into autumn! I ended up with Rupee Red from Dark Romance and Pink Dream, Golden Rust, and Shattered Stars from Glam Sequins.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014
L-R: Rupee Red, Pink Dream, Golden Rust, Shattered Stars
First up, Rupee Red.  I realized a few months ago that I have very few vampy colors and have been trying to augment my stash; I think this is a pretty good start. Rupee Red is a very pretty burgundy wine color that could almost be a one coater.  I did two because I generally apply polish in thin coats.  Application is nice and easy.

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Rupee Red, overcast outdoor light
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Rupee Red, indoor natural light
The next polish, Pink Dream, is probably my favorite of the ones I picked up.  It looks very orange in the bottle despite the name. It's a slightly tinted pinky orange base with hexagonal and smaller round glitter pieces.  The glitter reflects orange, gold, green, and yellow... It reminds me a bit of Mardi Gras.  It's shown below in two coats on top of both Rupee Red and Wet'n'Wild Black Creme in overcast outdoor light. I think this looks pretty amazing layered over dark polishes, but I suspect it's equally interesting over lighter shades (perhaps followed by a matte top coat).

And just for fun, DH's description of the polish: "It looks like what a mermaid would have or something."

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Pink Dream over Rupee Red
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Rupee Red
Behold, sparkle!
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Wet'n'Wild Black Creme
Sally Hansen Pink Dream over Wet'n'Wild Black Creme
Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Pink Dream Wet'n'Wild Black Creme
The sun makes a brief appearance.
The third polish I picked up is Golden Rust.  This one looks like fall in a bottle... and/or root beer.  It's a brown jelly with gold hexagonal glitter and smaller round glitter.  I applied three coats to achieve the opacity shown in the photos.  Formula went on with ease.  I'm still not sure how I feel about this against my skin tone, but I think I like it.  (For reference, I'm Illamasqua RLF 115 & SB 2; Nars Siberia.)

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Golden Rust
Sally Hansen Golden Rust, overcast outdoor light
Finally, we have Shattered Stars, which is a silver shard glitter.  I was skeptical about this one because the chaos of shard shaped glitter usually unsettles me, but I'm glad I bought this one.  It turned out to be pretty cute!  I layered two coats over China Glaze First Mate.  I think this would look even more amazing over a deep navy polish (I have zero of these for some reason).

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure New York Fashion Week NYFW 2014 Shattered Stars China Glaze First Mate
Sally Hansen Shattered Stars over China Glaze First Mate
Overall, I think this is a really nice collection. I would have bought more, but quite honestly, the eight dollar price tag for a drugstore polish deterred me... especially because I just bought a bunch of Illamasqua polishes of the Illamasqua site for $8.11. If I see a coupon or a sale, though, I may pick up a few more!

What do you think of this collection?  Worth the hefty (relatively speaking) drugstore price tag?

*Sally Hansen is cruelty free, according to its website.  Coty, its parent company, is not.

Tuesday, August 5, 2014

Sally Hansen Color Foil in Cobalt Chrome + Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco

Hey all,

I can't stop playing with these Sally Hansen Color Foils.  I happened to find this one, Cobalt Chrome,on clearance at Target the other week.  I paired it with Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco, a really fun silver holographic glitter. 

Sally Hansen Color Foil Cobalt Chrome Sephora by OPI Meet Me at the Disco

As per usual, I adore this Color Foil polish.  It's so beautifully metallic and shiny, and it happens to remind me of a pair of heels one of my Barbie dolls used to own (you know, the ones they used to make that never quite fit their feet and just immediately flopped off at the heel the instant you put them on).  Meet Me at the Disco was also amazing.  I layered on three coats, and it was completely opaque.  It was a rainy, overcast day when I took this picture.  You can see the holographic magic in the bottle despite the cloudy skies.  I'm really disappointed I didn't get a sun shot.  I know it would just rainbow glow like crazy!

Thanks for reading!

*Sally Hansen and OPI are cruelty free, but Coty, their parent company, is not.