Sunday, October 28, 2012

Revlon Nail Polish in Galaxy

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Revlon's nail polish in Galaxy was released with their Just Add Sparkle collection. This line of nail polish was intended to be sold as a duo with a cream color as the base color, but I only picked up the glitter top coat. The accompanying color for Galaxy was Lunar which is a black creme nail polish which I already had from another brand. Galaxy is a clear base with blue and silver specks of glitter and larger holographic pieces. I do like the glitter combination of this nail polish, but it isn't very dense. Galaxy is definitely a polish that you will want to wear as a top coat and definitely not alone. 

Victoria's Secret Silky Eye Shadow in Provocateur

Victoria's Secret Silky Eye Shadow in Provocateur retails for $12.00 for 3.5 grams or .12 oz. I know it is almost the price of a MAC eye shadow but you get so much more for your money so when you figure that in, it's not so bad at all. Provocateur is a peachy champagne with a touch of gold. It is one of their Sparkle finish eye shadows and it definitely has a ton of sparkle. If you apply this with a brush dry, you will mostly get all sparkle but no color. If you want to get the creamy color I suggest using it wet. This is still one of the shades they have available, so I highly suggest picking it up. 

Hard Candy Top Ten Eye Shadow Collection in Naturally Gorgeous

I picked this palette up at Wal-Mart for only $6.00 which is a great deal for ten eye shadows. As I am sure you all know it is sold exclusively at Wal-Mart. I absolutely love the packaging on these palettes with the touch of lace on the front. Hard Candy has always had fun packaging as far as drugstore products go. Not only do they have fun and unique packaging but they have amazing prices for the products they are offering. I am addicted to neutral eye shadows so this was a must have for me as soon as I heard about it. I love all of the different neutral shades in this palette I just wish they weren't all so shimmery. This palette will definitely be a well used item in my collection. I am not sure if it is limited edition or not, but I sure hope it isn't.

Saturday, October 27, 2012

Wet N Wild Nail Polish in Gray's Anatomy

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Wet N Wild's Gray's Anatomy is a duo chrome polish that is purple and green with gray undertones. This nail polish is extremely sheer because even with three coats it was nowhere near opaque. Gray's Anatomy is one of those nail polishes that will be better off used as a layering polish on top of a gray or dark purple. As far as Wet N Wild's claim of these nail polishes being fast drying I would have to say that it isn't true. Wet N Wild claims that their Fast Dry nail polishes dry in 60 seconds but they still took a minute or two for me. Even though it wasn't fast drying or very pigmented I would still recommend picking this nail polish up because at only $1.99 it is still a gorgeous color when layered. 

Revlon Nail Polish in Naughty

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I was so disappointed when I missed out on Revlon's Perplex because it is a close dupe of Chanel's Paradoxal. Naughty is a cheaper alternative to have the same look of Paradoxal. Revlon's Naughty is a grayish purple with a lavender shimmer to it. This nail polish has a good formula and only took me two coats for it to become completely opaque. I still did three though just to be safe. When I used Naughty I also used the Revlon ColorStay base coat and top coat so it lasted over a week without any chipping. It started to fade on the very tips of my nails but that was about it. 

Julep Nail Polish in Renee

Julep's nail polish in Renee is a gorgeous lilac polish with a cream finish. At first glance it does look very similar to Sally Hansen's Lacey Lilac but it is completely different. Renee is a more toned down lilac with gray undertones. This is another polish that I received in my Golden Ticket box last spring. Renee is one of my favorite Julep polishes because it only takes one coat. I still did two just to be safe though. I like the formula because it is on the thicker side but not too thick where it becomes goopy and hard to work with. Julep nail polishes retail for $14.00 or if you are a Julep Maven you get them for $11.20. 

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

mark. I-Mark Wet/Dry Eye Shadow in Fairy Dust

mark.'s I-Mark eye shadows are .08 ounces and retail for $7.00 a piece. But if you are a mark. Representative like I am you can get them for 30% off and they will only cost you $4.90. The way the mark. eye shadow and blushes work is very similar to the Inglot system where you can create your own palette of eye shadows and or blushes. Like Inglot, with mark. you have to buy the palette separately and there are several different sizes. Basically the size of two eye shadows is the same as one blush. Fairy Dust is a neutral pink champagne color with a silver shimmer. It is a great all over the lid color or highlight color. 

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China Glaze Nail Polish in Party Hearty

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Party Hearty by China Glaze was released with their 2010 Holiday Collection. It is a mix of large red hexagonal glitter, medium green hexagonal glitter and small gold and silver glitter with a clear base. Party Hearty has been my go to holiday manicure ever since I purchased it. I have never worn it alone. I typically wear it on top of a gold or green shade but it would even look great on top of a white or red. This was a limited edition nail polish so you won't be able to find it in stores but you might be able to find it at Ebay or at other online stores. 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in White On

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I originally bought Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in White Out as a base coat for my sheer and neon polishes. White On is your basic white nail polish with a cream finish. This nail polish will take two to three coats because on me it is somewhat streaky at first. If you are looking for a white creme nail polish to use as a base I would highly suggest this one. The Xtreme Wear nail polishes retail for $2-3 at most drugstores. As far as the wear of this nail polish, I can't really say because it's usually underneath another polish. 

Wet N Wild Nail Polish in Party Of Five Glitters

Photo Source: Steph's Closet

Wet N Wild released Party of Five Glitters when the rainbow glitter nail polishes were all the rage. This was the first rainbow glitter nail polish that I picked up and I like it, but its not my favorite. Party of Five Glitters is  a mix of baby blue, green, turquoise, fuchsia, red and silver in different sized hexagonal shaped glitter. Some people said that this could be a dupe to Deborah Lippman's Happy Birthday but it's definitely not. This glitter  is one that is more of a top coat, not a stand alone polish. If you love nail polish like I do, I would suggest picking this up since it's still a pretty glitter for only $1.99.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

L'Oreal Lipstick in Sultry Raven's Pout

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When L'Oreal released their Project Runway collection last year it sold out very quickly so the only item that wasn't sold out when I finally found it was the Sultry Raven's Pout lipstick. I quickly grabbed this lipstick because it looked like the perfect my lips but better shade for me, and it definitely is. When I got home and was going through my lipstick collection I noticed how similar it is to Fairest Nude which is also by L'Oreal. They are very similar but not exactly the same. Not different enough where if you were unable to get Sultry Raven's Pout that you have to worry. Sultry Raven's Pout is a flesh toned nude with pink undertones and like Fairest Nude I absolutely love it!

Monday, October 22, 2012

OPI Nail Polish in My Daddy's The King

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OPI's My Daddy's The King was originally released with their Princess Charming collection. It is a limited edition nail polish so it is no longer in stores. I tried to see if it might be available on Ebay or Amazon but I have yet to have any lucky finding one for sale. I received this in a swap and consider myself very lucky. OPI's My Daddy's The King is a very pale peachy pink with a slight shimmer. Don't fret, its not noticeable once your nails actually dry. The formula of this polish is somewhat sheer so you will need three coats. My Daddy's The King is one of those nail polishes that you could wear to an interview or work since it is more toned down. 

Essie Nail Polish in Soiree Mauve

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Essie Soiree Mauve is a mauve as the name applies. Essie describes Soiree Mauve as "a creamy plum mauve." This is another shade that is perfect for the fall season as it is on the smokier toned side. The formula of this nail polish is great and applies smoothly. You could get away with only two coats but I still used three just to be safe. I picked up Soiree Mauve when it was on clearance at Target, but I do believe you can still find it in stores. If not, it is sold online at stores like Ebay or Amazon. This is another nail polish that will be a staple in my fall products. 

Julep Nail Polish in Molly

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Julep classifies this nail polish as "a classic red creme." This is definitely a classic red, but it has orange undertones.  I got this nail polish in the Golden Ticket box that I received last spring, but I probably wouldn't have purchased it on its own. As with most Julep creme polishes, the formula is amazing and super smooth. Molly became opaque in one coat, but I still did two just to be safe. It dries glossy so you could get away without a top coat for the shine purpose. You can purchase this and other Julep nail polishes at for $14.00 or if you are a Maven they are only $11.20. 

MAC Politely Pink Lipstick

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MAC's Politely Pink is one of the two frosty pink lipsticks in my collection. The only other one I own is Angel. Politely Pink is a Lustre finish so it is somewhat frosty but not as much as a Frost finish would be. It has more of a glossy finish than the Frost lipsticks would. It is a more cool toned pink and it would suit pretty much any skin tone. Since it is more sheer you could use this on top of another lipstick that doesn't have shimmer to add to it. 

Saturday, October 20, 2012

Revlon Top Speed Nail Polish in Peachy

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Peachy from Revlon's Top Speed line is just like the name says, a peachy orange. Peachy has a cream finish, with no sort of glitter or shimmer at all. I have heard that this is a possible dupe for Essie's Tarte Deco. You could almost get away with only one coat of Peachy but I used two just to be safe. I can say that this line of nail polishes does dry quickly just like the name says. You wouldn't technically need a top coat with this shade but I still use one anyways just because it will make my manicure last a little longer.

MAC Creme d' Nude

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MAC's Creme d' Nude is one of their top-selling lipsticks. In fact, it was the first MAC lipstick that I ever purchased. Creme d' Nude is a Cremesheen finish lipstick and one of my favorite formulas by MAC. Since it is somewhat sheer you can either wear it sheer or build it up for a more pigmented finish. MAC lipsticks have a great vanilla scent to them which I really love. I hate how drugstore lipsticks often smell almost like a chemical or an old lady. Creme d' Nude is a light nude with peachy undertones. This is my go to lipstick when I want to wear a nude lipstick.

OPI Melon of Troy

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OPI's Melon of Troy was released with the Greek Isles collection so it is limited edition. Melon of Troy is a peachy color that leans more towards the orange side. I guess you could say it almost looks like the color of a ripe cantaloupe. It does have a pearly frost finish so it may come out a little streaky if you aren't careful when applying it. It only took two good coats to become fairly opaque but I applied a third just to be safe. Even though this was limited edition you can still find it at a lot of online stores like Ebay and Amazon. 

GOSH Lipstick in Darling

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GOSH is a cosmetics brand that is not easily accessible in the United States. It is primarily sold in Canada and the UK. I found out about GOSH Darling lipstick and how it was the must have nude lipstick through YouTube. I was bound and determined to get my hands on this lipstick and eventually I was able to swap for it. GOSH Velvet Touch lipsticks are packaged in a sleek matte black tube and a shiny band where the brand name is imprinted. The formula of these lipsticks is very creamy. Darling is a light beige color and I have fairly pigmented lips so it almost sinks into any creases and dry spots. If you have pigmented lips I would suggest using a lib scrub or some sort of lip exfoliating product first. 

Essie Nail Polish in Demure Vix

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Essie describes Demure Vix as "an iridescent cocoa mauve." Before I actually picked this nail polish up I passed it up several times. It didn't look that exciting and special to me, but boy oh boy was I wrong. It is a dirty or dusty mauve with a blue purple iridescence to it. Pictures do not do Demure Vix any justice what so ever! This polish is so much prettier in person. Demure Vix is a must have polish and I highly suggest picking it up the next time you see it!

Thursday, October 18, 2012

Revlon ColorStay Nail Polish in Coastal Surf

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In my eyes, Revlon is known for their ColorStay line. They have everything from foundations to eye liners and even nail polishes. These can be found in most drugstores and retail for around $7-8. Coastal Surf is a medium sky blue with a cream finish. I picked this up with the intention of wearing it for work as our uniforms are blue shirts with black pants. Needless to say this wasn't the right shade of blue but still a gorgeous color. Coastal Surf was perfectly opaque in two coats. You could almost get away with just one coat if you wanted to. As far as the longwearing claim, I can't say much because I switch out my nail polish so often.

Revlon ColorBurst Lipstick in Icy Nude

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Icy Nude is one of the newer ColorBurst shades that Revlon has released. It is a warm caramel nude with a subtle silver shimmer. I love the ColorBurst lipsticks and nude lipsticks so I definitely couldn't resist picking this one up. I do have to say that Revlon has definitely stepped up their game with the packaging of this line of lipsticks. On one side its a matte diamond pattern and the other is just a plain shiny plastic. I do like that they have the Revlon name brand imprinted into the lipstick as well, which you normally only see in the higher end lipsticks. I believe that the only actual store you can still get this at is Kmart but you should be able to easily find it online. 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Lacey Lilac

Photo Source: Steph's Closet

I love the Xtreme Wear line by Sally Hansen because not only do they have a great color selection and high quality product, but a purse friendly price. You can usually find the Xtreme Wear nail polishes for under $3.00 at your local drugstore. Lacey Lilac is a pale lilac creme. Being this is a pastel nail polish I was expecting to have to use quite a few coats but surprisingly I only had to use two coats. I don't normally wear my nail polish for more than three or four days but when I did wear this it definitely lasted without chipping. I really enjoy the Xtreme Wear line by Sally Hansen and will definitely be picking up more in the future. 

China Glaze Nail Polish in Beatnik

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Beatnik by China Glaze was originally released in 2003 with their Hippie Chic collection. This nail polish is absolutely gorgeous. Beatnik is a taupe with silver undertones. Almost reminds me as if Wet N Wild's Nutty Eye Shadow in nail polish form. Beatnik has a smooth application which I wasn't expecting since it was a frosty, metallic nail polish. This nail polish will become opaque in about two coats, but I did three just to be safe. I almost always do three coats of nail polish anyways, unless I am using a glitter or crackle top coat. This is a limited edition nail polish so you won't find it in stores but you should be able to find it on Ebay or other online retailers. 

Julep Nail Polish in Penelope

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Julep describes Penelope as "opaque creme, almost white with a hint of blush." I don't think they could have described it any better. They were spot on with that description and said it so much better than I would have. Plain and simple, this is a super pale pink. This is the only Julep nail polish I own that I do not care for. This nail polish is very sheer, and takes four coats to become opaque. I love the color, but cannot stand the formula so unfortunately this polish probably won't be getting used. The only time I will probably use this is if I am layering some sort of glitter or decorative top coat on top. I might try layering this on top of a white polish to see if that works any better. 

China Glaze Nail Polish in Classic Camel

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China Glaze's Classic Camel was originally released in 2010 with their Vintage Vixen collection. Classic Camel is a mustard yellow with golden shimmer. This nail polish is definitely unique and something I haven't seen before. I'm not sure how much I will wear it but I am definitely happy to have it in my collection. Since its a deeper yellow shade, it would be perfect for the fall season. I used three coats of this polish, but you could probably get away with two. Classic Camel is a limited edition color so its not still in stores but you might be able to find it on Ebay or Amazon. 

Color Club Nail Polish in Almond Nude

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Color Club's Almond Nude is the only polish I own by Color Club. I received Almond Nude in a swap a while back so I am not sure on the exact cost of Color Club brand polishes. I know you can find them on Ebay anywhere from $2 to $4. Almond Nude is the perfect peach cream nail polish. It has no shimmer to it what so ever, which is nice because I don't always want shimmer on my nails. I used about three coats to get it completely opaque since it is a touch on the sheer side. 

L'Oreal Lipstick in Fairest Nude

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This would probably be my favorite drugstore nude lipstick that I have in my collection. Fairest Nude is on the pinkier side as far as "nude" lipsticks are concerned. This shade is one of those "My Lips But Better" shades, which I absolutely love. Fairest Nude is just a touch darker than my natural lip color. This is the only lipstick I own from the L'Oreal Colour Rich line, but this one seems to be very moisturizing. This lipstick is very pigmented and has a somewhat shiny finish. If this were a MAC lipstick it would probably be under the Cremesheen category. 

Essie Need A Vacation

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Essie's Need A Vacation is a bubblegum pink which is exactly what Essie's web site calls it. I don't normally gravitate towards pale pinks but I decided to give this one a try when I saw it on the clearance rack. How can you even consider passing up Essie on clearance?? I do like the color of this polish but I do not like the formula of it at all. Need A Vacation is super sheer and even to get decent pigmentation it took three coats and you could still see some ridges and my nail lines. I'm not going to throw it out, I'll probably just end up using it as a base underneath various glitters or crackle coats. 

China Glaze Nail Polish in For Audrey

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For Audrey by China Glaze has to be one of the most talked about nail polishes. Originally this nail polish was released in 2007 with their Something Blue Collection. The Something Blue collection was inspired by Tiffany & Co. For Audrey became so popular that China Glaze added it to their permanent line. For Audrey is a gorgeous robin's egg blue with a cream finish, and it matches the Tiffany & Co. boxes perfectly. I absolutely love this nail polish for my fingernails almost all year round but I especially love it for my toes in the summer. For Audrey looks great when you have a tan. I have yet to repurchase this but I definitely will when I run out. 

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

L'Oreal Colour Riche Le Balm in Nourishing Nude

L'Oreal released this line of lip balms shortly after Revlon released their lip butters. I loved the Revlon ones because they were the perfect mix between a lip stick and lip balm. L'Oreal claims that the Le Balm will give you six hours of wear and a slight tint. Key word: SLIGHT!! Nourishing Nude barely gave me any tint when swatched on my hand, and pretty much nothing when applied on my lips. I like them as a lip balm, but I wouldn't necessarily buy them for tint or color purposes. They are super moisturizing and go on very smoothly. As far as packaging goes, I give L'Oreal an A+ because it looks so luxurious with the gold bottom and color matching lid. 

China Glaze Nail Polish in Awakening

Photo Source: Daily Varnish

China Glaze's Awakening was originally released in 2005 with their Urban Chic collection, but don't fret it was made part of their permanent line. Awakening is a darkened rosy pink packed with a golden copper shimmer. This is one of those shades that you could get away with wearing year round. Since it does have a frosty finish, it can be streaky if not applied slowly. To avoid the streaks, I usually just layer this over a darker pink shade. If you don't want to layer it, it will take three coats to become opaque. This was one of the first China Glaze nail polishes that I purchased so it does hold a special place in my nail polish collection. 

Rimmel Lasting Finish Lipstick in #14

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First off, I have to say how much I love the packaging for the Rimmel London Kate Moss lipstick line. This line of lipsticks almost reminds me of the MAC Viva Glam packaging when they have a celebrity endorse them. I say this because they have the simple black packaging and then Kate Moss' "autograph" printed in Red. So much better than the standard square purple packaging in my eyes.  #14 is a nude color with brownish pink undertones. The lasting finish formula of this lipstick is very creamy and lasts a good amount of time. If you can still find these lipsticks in stores, I highly recommend picking one or a few up.

Julep Nail Polish in Susie

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This past Spring I got one of Julep's Golden Ticket boxes and this was one of the polishes inside. Susie is a mint green that is so pale that it almost looks white. As I am sure you all know, white and pastel shades that are this light tend to be streaky, so it did take me three coats for Susie to become completely opaque. Julep nail polishes normally retail for $14.00 a piece but if you are a Julep Maven, they are only $11.20. 

Essie Turquoise and Caicos

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Essie's Turquoise & Caicos was released in Summer 2010 with their Resort Collection, but is now part of their permanent line. Essie describes this polish as " a flirty and pretty tropical aqua." Turquoise & Caicos is a green based teal. It almost has a jelly like finish. I used three coats for this to become opaque because it is a little on the sheer side.The formula of this nail polish is a little tricky to work with, but definitely worth the end result. These nail polishes dry really shiny so you could technically get away without a top coat. 

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Revlon Fashion's Night Pout ColorBurst Lipstick

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Revlon's Fashion's Night Pout was originally released in 2010 as an exclusive to Rag & Bone only on Fashion's Night Out. In 2011 they re-released it, still as a limited edition, at Walgreen's. It might have been available at other drugstores, but I bought mine at Walgreen's. Some people have been comparing it to MAC's Viva Glam Gaga2, but to me it is completely different. It has the same brownish shade to it but it's not as opaque and a little bit lighter. This lipstick is the perfect nude for me and it would go with pretty much any skin tone. Since this was limited edition it is no longer sold in stores, but you might be able to find it online on E-bay or Amazon. As of right now, does have it listed for sale but I am not sure how many they have available. 

Julep Nail Polish in Eva

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Julep describes Eva as "a juicy raspberry creme with the right balance of sophisticated and whimsy."  Basically Eva is a darker pink with red undertones. Julep's nail polishes are definitely salon quality, but I just can't justify spending $14.00 a piece on them so I have the Maven subscription box. With the Maven box you get two polishes and sometimes an extra for only $19.99 a month, plus you get a twenty percent discount on the other polishes. Eva is completely opaque in one to two coats. I love the formula of the creme polishes from Julep and have yet to have a problem applying any of them. 

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Nail Polish in Mint Sorbet

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Mint Sorbet is the perfect cream pastel mint. Its hard to find a true "mint" nail polish because a lot of them have too much of a blue undertone or too much of a yellow undertone. This one in particular reminds me a lot of Mint Candy Apple by Essie which I had at one point but used up. I like to wear this in the spring as well as the winter around the holidays. Mint Sorbet is a great formula that will apply easily and become opaque in about two coats. The Xtreme Wear polishes retail for around $2.00 - $3.00 at most drugstores. 

Julep Nail Polish in Alyson

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I received Julep's Alyson in my Golden Ticket box earlier this year along with several other polishes from Julep. Alyson is an almond colored polish with a cream finish. I guess you could classify this as a nude or neutral nail polish. Initially when I saw Alyson I wasn't too excited, it looked kind of boring to me. I have only worn it by itself a couple of times, but I have been wanting to use it as a base for different nail art styles. Alyson was on the thinner side so it did take three coats to become opaque. Julep's Alyson looks similar to Essie Sand Tropez but with more yellow tones to it. 

Revlon Scented Nail Polish in Ocean Breeze

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I bought Ocean Breeze when they first launched the scented nail polished so my bottle is the standard Revlon nail polish bottle. It doesn't really matter to me because the polish is the same. I didn't really pick this up for the scent but more so for the color. You can't really tell in the picture but this polish is a gorgeous blue and greenish duo chrome. Revlon was spot on with naming this one after the ocean. As far as the scent it reminds me of a generic air freshener, not that great in my mind. You cannot smell what they smell like until the polish actually dries. I do like the fact that even if you use a top coat you can still smell it. The scent only lasts for a day maybe two at the max. Ocean Breeze is more on the sheer side so it will take about three coats to become completely opaque. 

Monday, October 15, 2012

Julep Nail Polish in Niecy

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Julep describes Niecy as "a bright pink creme to bring on sunny days."  That description is pretty much spot on, but to me I see a hint of coral to this shade. As always, I love the formula of Julep's creme polishes. Every one that I have tried only takes two coats to become completely opaque. This shade is one that you wouldn't necessarily have to use a top coat with because it dries to a super glossy, shiny finish. I'm not one to use bright colors like this on my fingers a lot but I love it on my toes. 

Sephora by OPI Nail Polish in Looks Like Rain, Dear

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I picked up this nail polish sometime around Christmas last year to wear for New Year's Eve and I did. Looks Like Rain, Dear is a metallic opaque gold with tons of chunky iridescent gold. If you just want a sheer coat of glitter and sparkle just do one coat but if you want you can build it up in about two to three coats. Looks Like Rain, Dear was originally released with a holiday collection a couple of years ago but it is now part of the permanent Sephora by OPI line. The Sephora by OPI nail polishes retail for $9.50.