Friday, May 23, 2014

Nails Inc. Magnetic Polish in Soho + Borrowed Sally Hansen Star Magnet

Hi, all!

Yesterday, I hit Big Lots and found tons of Sally Hansen magnetic polish.  One of them even had the coveted star-shaped magnet!  Of course I bought it even though I didn't love the color because I planned to use that magnet with an existing magnetic polish shade.  I was super pumped to find it as I was not in the U.S. during the magnetic polish trend.  Here's the six point star magnet over my Nails Inc Soho!

Nails Inc. Soho Magnetic Polish with Sally Hansen Star Magnet
From L to R: direct sunlight, shade
Amazing!!  I love magnetic polish, and for a while, this bottle of Nails Inc. Soho was my go-to polish when I couldn't decide what I wanted to wear (thanks to my mother who sent some over to me).  It's probably been a year or two since I've pulled it out, but wow, I'm so glad I did.  This is a trend that I just won't get tired of.  (Or should I say, this is a trend of which I will not tire!)

What do you think of magnetic polishes?  I know they got pretty mainstream there for a while, so what are your favorites?  Favorite magnet designs?  I love the fishnet pattern as well, which is what my Nails Inc. originally came with (or should I say, with which my Nails Inc. originally came?  Sorry.  For some reason, the grammar police in my brain have taken control.).

*Nails Inc. is cruelty free.  Sally Hansen is cruelty-free, but Coty, their parent company, is not.

Friday, May 16, 2014

Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat + Illamasqua Harem

Hi, everyone!

I picked up the Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat back in February, mainly due to my curiosity about what the heck a big smoky top coat was.  I've been preoccupied with other untrieds in my collection and put off trying it until today, but I'm glad I did because it creates a pretty interested effect! I tested it out on top of Illamasqua Harem.

Here's Harem solo:

Illamasqua Harem Nail Polish
L to R: direct sunlight, shade
As a side note, I have to say that Harem has gotten me the most compliments from strangers of any polish I have worn to date.  I believe I was just boasting the same of Zoya Farah, but we've got a new personal best with Harem!  It's such a pretty pinky lilac-y shade.  It seemed to wear a lot better than the other Illamasquas that I own, but I did top this one with Seche Vite instead of my normal Sally Hansen Insta-Dri.  It's definitely possible that Illas like Seche better on me and could be the key to getting the most out of wear.

And now for the Big Smoky Top Coat!

Sally Hansen Big Smoky Top Coat over Illamasqua Harem Ombre Effect Nail Polish
L to R: direct sunlight (sunset), shade
On my index is Harem alone with one coat of Big Smoky on middle, two on ring, and three on the pinky.  One coat went on a little streaky but is definitely do-able for a really effortless ombre effect.  No more messing with four or five bottles at a time!  I think this could also just be a fun manicure extender if you get a chip or two and want to squeeze a few more days out of your existing polish.  It basically deepens the shade of whatever you've got on.  Apparently, Ulta had a similar smoky top coat last year sometime, but I missed out on that one as I was still living overseas at that point.  I'm not aware of any other possible dupes.  It's a pretty unique effect, and I think I really like it!

The only downside... the song "On Top of Old Smoky" playing on a loop in my head!

What do you think of this top coat? 

*Illamasqua is cruelty-free.  Sally Hansen is cruelty-free, but Coty, its parent company, is not.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

HARE POLISH SPAM-A-LAMA

Hi, everybody,

Today I've got some Hare spam for ya.  These are all a little bit older when Nikole was using the older packaging (bottle + sticker instead of custom bottle).  These colors are all still available, though, so there should be no inappropriate nail polish teasing in this post.

Here we go!

First up, Hare Asteroid Turf from the Spring 2012 Planet Springtime collection, a green jelly with round magenta glitter.  To me, this is the polish that I think of when I think of Hare for some reason.  (Side note: I actually also picked up what looks to be a pretty close dupe of this from Korean brand Modi.  I hope to compare the two side by side someday soon.)

Hare Asteroid Turf Nail Polish
Hare Asteroid Turf
Next is Hare Cast in Bronze.  This was part of the fall 2012 Finders Keepers Glitter Collection. This shade is a purple/mauve-ish/taupe-ish jelly with different sizes of copper glitter in both hexes and squares, fuchsia microglitter, and delicate gold flecks.

Hare Cast in Bronze Nail Polish Finders Keepers Glitter Collection Fall 2012
Hare Cast in Bronze
This one's Cosmo Blossoms, another classic Hare color from the Planet Springtime Collection.  This one is a dusty lavender with green glitter:

Hare Cosmo Blossoms Nail Polish Springtime Collection
Hare Cosmo Blossoms
And now the beautiful Reverie in Rubellite (on my little seen left hand).  It's a burgundy/berry jelly with orange hexes in two sizes and pink microglitter from the Fall '12 Finders Keepers collection.  I don't wear a ton of red shades, but this one is so gorgeous.  Definitely a compliment getter!

Hare Reverie in Rubellite Nail Polish Finders Keepers Fall 2012 Collection
Hare Reverie in Rubellite
Finally, I have The Sky Was Pink, one of the few colors that I have worn multiple times (another left hand photo!).  It's from the Where's Summer, B? collection and definitely one of my all-time favorite polishes.  This is one I can go to when I find myself in a polish rut and know I'll be happy with the cheery pink color.  It seems to last a little longer than the other Hare polishes, too, for some reason.

Hare The Sky Was Pink Where's Summer B? Collection Nail Polish
Hare The Sky Was Pink
All of these Hare polishes are four coats on their own, a couple coats of Gelous, and a quick dry top coat.  Hares are pretty thick relative to other polishes and definitely need some layering for opacity.  I know a lot like to use a base color with this to avoid applying so many coats, but I like the depth that the layering tends to give with these polishes.

Which are your favorites from Hare?

*Hare Polish is cruelty free.

Thursday, May 8, 2014

OPI Spring 2014 Brazil Collection: Amazon Amazoff


Hey, y'all,

Today I've got OPI Amazon Amazoff from the OPI Brazil collection.  I really wasn't too interested in the other shades from this collection, so this is my sole Brazil purchase.  Amazon Amazoff is a teal green with an ever-so-slight shimmer on the nail.  It was opaque in two coats and went on without any difficulty.  I really liked how smoothly it applied.  Here are the pics:


OPI Spring Summer 2014 Brazil Collection Amazon Amazoff Nail Polish
From L to R: direct sunlight, shade
Now while I am addicted to all things mint colored, I feel a little odd with deeper green colors on my own hands.  In fact, I purged Illamasqua Rampage AND Kink for this reason.  I think it looks super pretty in pictures but is just so outside my color comfort zone.  Despite this, I think I would have considered wearing it again until I actually took it off to reveal...

OPI Spring Summer 2014 Brazil Collection Amazon Amazoff Nail Polish Stain Staining
SMURF HANDS!!!!  ACK!!!
You know, I had a suspicion that this was going to happen when I was going over the polish with my brush dipped in acetone for cleanup.  That inky teal pigment had already started to stain my nails and skin.  This is through Orly Bonder, by the way.  Amazon Amazoff is only the third color in my personal polish history to do this to my poor little nails (other two being Candeo Jelly Bean and Pretty and Polished Bubble Tea).  So, after a hearty round off buffing, most was removed, but a long hot shower plus some scrubbing was required to get it off my skin.  Any desire I had to wear this color again completely dissipated after this nightmare staining!  Maybe your body chemistry is a bit different than mine and you haven't/won't experience this with Amazon Amazoff, but I will not be wearing it again.

Any stainers in your polish collection?  Leave it in the comments so I can run far, far away...

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

Wednesday, May 7, 2014

Zoya Farah

Hello, everybody!

I recently took advantage of the Zoya Earth Day promotion to augment my stash (as though that were necessary).  I tried to focus on neutrals, as I've noticed that's something my collection is lacking a bit.  Once my parcel arrived, Farah immediately caught my eye as a special little neutral.  Here's the color description from the Zoya website:

Zoya Nail Polish in Farah is an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish. An always appropriate neutral to add to your polish wardrobe. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Farah-ZP586-Beige-Khaki-Nude-Neutral-Cream.html#sthash.CM1u2JDR.dpufZpZ
Zoya Nail Polish in Farah is an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish. An always appropriate neutral to add to your polish wardrobe.

 
Well, I'm glad it's always appropriate.  And here are the photos:


Zoya Farah neutral nail polish
From L to R: direct sunlight, shade, and ott light

DH describes this color as "desert tan" and for reference most alike in color to an MRAP.  


Photo credit: US Army
I had no problems with application, and Farah played nicely with Seche Vite topcoat.  I think this polish stands out among neutrals due to a subdued dusty quality about the color.  It's a great option for office because it is a neutral, but you still feel like you're getting away with something because of the uniqueness component (I believe it's the "sandy, greenish undertones" making the magic here).  Oh, and it's also a standout when measured by compliments received whilst wearing, which never hurts. 

On a slightly off topic note, I loved that Zoya sent me three free full size polishes with my Earth Day order in addition to a healthy sample size Remove +.   How cool is that?  I love their promos.

*Zoya is cruelty-free.

What are your favorite neutrals??
Zoya Nail Polish in Farah is an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish. An always appropriate neutral to add to your polish wardrobe. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Farah-ZP586-Beige-Khaki-Nude-Neutral-Cream.html#sthash.CM1u2JDR.dpuf
Zoya Nail Polish in Farah is an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish. An always appropriate neutral to add to your polish wardrobe. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Farah-ZP586-Beige-Khaki-Nude-Neutral-Cream.html#sthash.CM1u2JDR.dpuf
Zoya Nail Polish in Farah is an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish. An always appropriate neutral to add to your polish wardrobe. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Farah-ZP586-Beige-Khaki-Nude-Neutral-Cream.html#sthash.CM1u2JDR.dpuf
Zoya Nail Polish in Farah is an opaque light khaki-beige with subtle sandy, greenish undertones and a cream finish. An always appropriate neutral to add to your polish wardrobe. - See more at: http://www.zoya.com/content/item/Zoya/Zoya-Nail-Polish-Farah-ZP586-Beige-Khaki-Nude-Neutral-Cream.html#sthash.CM1u2JDR.dpuf

Tuesday, May 6, 2014

PSA: LVX Vegan Nail Lacquer Event at Hautelook

Photo credit: Hautelook/LVX

LVX polish is now featured at Hautelook!  Single polishes are $7 (normally $16), and duos are $12 (normally $32), and the event ends Thursday, May 8, at 8 a.m., PT.  I have not tried the brand yet, but I figured now is a great time due to the 56% price break.  I placed my order for Truffle, Greige, Black Dahlia (for some reason I want to buy anything called "Black Dahlia," however macabre), and Mynt (for some reason I want to buy anything that is mint green, however redundant).  Here is the brand description from the LVX website:

LVX brings you luxury and fashion without compromise. We are dedicated to launching the hottest collections for each season by translating the top runway colors based on emerging trends in high fashion.

Our philosophy is to fuse high fashion with nail color. We determine the top trends by closely studying thousands of runway presentations from renowned designers. Our colors are hand selected to be the top colors of the season.

Our long lasting, chip resistant and gel-like formula is free of the 5 toxic and harsh chemicals found in most common nail lacquer formulas. LVX products are formulated without the use of Formaldehyde, Formaldehyde Resin, DBP, Toluene and Camphor. We are devoted to providing you with top quality, socially responsible and vegan-friendly luxury products without compromising quality, durability and finish.

LVX nail lacquer is cruelty free. All products are produced in the U.S.A.
Full disclosure - the links above are affiliate links, so I do stand to benefit personally from you clicking and purchasing.  Should you wish to avoid this, please go to Google and click that link for Hautelook.  Haha.  Actually, I created my Hautelook account a couple months ago and have placed just as many orders.  I really thought I wouldn't like it, but I did end up registering and have been impressed by the stock and prices.  It's like Groupon Goods but with things you actually want to buy.  (I'm sorry, Groupon.  I did make one purchase from your "Goods" site, so I can't say too many bad things about you.)   I've also noticed that most of their beauty offerings are cruelty free.  I'm not sure if this is by design, but at any rate, it's a happy coincidence.

Have you used LVX before?  I'm curious about your impressions!

OPI Sheer Tints and Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Comparison

Hi everyone,

I finally managed to get my hands on the Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies.  It took me forever to find them, and even then, they were buried in the regular Sally Hansen Triple Shine display at Walmart... No special display.  I nearly overlooked them!  When I checked out, the cashier asked, "Is this lipgloss or nail polish?"  Ha.  It definitely gives you an idea of the finish.  Because OPI Sheer Tints were also pretty popular recently, I decided to do a comparison as well.

Here's a bottle shot of all the Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies:

Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Bottle Shots
Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Bottle Shots
And on to the comparisons!  First, I compared OPI Be Magentale with Me to Sally Hansen Water Melon (yes, two words) and OPI Amberassed to Sally Hansen Vitamin D-light.

OPI Be Mangentale with Me, Sally Hansen Water Melon, OPI Amberassed, Sally Hansen Vitamin D-light
From L to R: OPI Be Magentale with Me, Sally Hansen Water Melon, OPI Amberassed, Sally Hansen Vitamin D-light
Not very cleverly, I swatched in reverse to the bottle shots.  Ugh.  But anyway, here are the comparisons.

Index: OPI Amberassed
Middle: Sally Hansen Vitamin D-light
Ring: OPI Be Magentale with Me
Pinky: Sally Hansen Water Melon

Amberassed, Vitamin D-light, Be Magentale with Me, Water Melon OPI Sheer Tints vs Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Comparison
From L to R: one coat building to four
Although OPI Amberassed and SH Vitamin D-light look roughly similar in the bottle, as you can see, this does not play out on the nail.  Amberassed is a true yellow, and Vitamin D-light reads on me as a coral-y pink.  Be Magentale with Me and Water Melon are pretty similar color wise, although Be Magentale with Me is a more vibrant pink.

Next, I compared OPI Me with  Sally Hansen Ice Tint and OPI Don't Violet Me Down with Sally Hansen Grape Jelly.  Here are the bottle shots:

OPI Me, Sally Hansen Ice Tint, OPI Don't Violet Me Down, Sally Hansen Grape Jelly OPI Sheer Tints vs Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Comparison
OPI Me, Sally Hansen Ice Tint, OPI Don't Violet Me Down, Sally Hansen Grape Jelly
And here they are on the nail as follows:

Index: OPI Me
Middle: Sally Hansen Ice Tint
Ring: OPI Don't Violet Me Down
Pinky: Sally Hansen Grape Jelly

OPI Me, Sally Hansen Ice Tint, OPI Don't Violet Me Down, Sally Hansen Grape Jelly OPI Sheer Tints vs Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Comparison
From L to R: one coat building to four
Basically, SH Ice Tint builds in four coats to what OPI Me is in one coat.  SH Grape Jelly is a little more blue toned of a purple and maybe isn't even as opaque in four coats as OPI Don't Violet Me Down is in one coat.  I'm really not a huge blue and purple fan on my own fingers, but if I use these SH shades again, it will probably be layered over another color as an effect rather than wearing solo.  They really don't do much.

Now I've run out of comparisons, but there are two more Sally Hansen shades that I photographed on their own.  Here are the bottle shots of Sea Through and Jellous:

Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Sea Through and Jellous
Sally Hansen Sea Through and Jellous
These are both very pretty in the bottles.  Here's how they look on the nail.  I have Sea Through on index and middle and Jellous on ring and pinky.

Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies Sea Through and Jellous Comparison
From L to R: one coat building to four
Sea Through looks like a pretty true green in the bottle (the picture above makes it appear a bit more teal), but it does play out more teal on the nail.  Jellous is a purply pink.  As you can see, these take a lot of coats to build up to not a ton of color payoff, but that may be what you're after.

Overall, the formula on the Sally Hansen Palm Beach Jellies is a lot easier to work with than the OPI Sheer Tints.  SH Jellies are nice and thin and go on very smoothly.  The OPI Sheer Tints are a lot thicker and much more goopy and stringy.  The OPIs are prone to bubbling, but I didn't have that problem with the SH Jellies.  That all said, the color payoff is a lot more opaque with the OPI Sheer Tints.  I have a feeling a lot of people would find the very, very sheer color of the SH jellies rather unappealing, but it really depends on preference.  If you wanted to do a watercolor effect over white, I think the SH jellies would be a lot easier to work with due to the formula while achieving the same effect as the OPI Sheer Tints.

What do you all think?  Yae or nay on the Palm Beach Jellies from Sally Hansen?