Friday, December 16, 2011

Nicole by OPI Orna-ment for Each Other and Snow-Man of My Dreams

 These weren't polishes that I had originally planned on buying, but they just called me my name when I passed them by at Target. I didn't buy them all because there were only two polishes in the whole display! I wish I had found the gold one though, since I'm in a gold glitter phase at the the moment.

 This is Orna-Ment for Each Other. It's a beautiful red glitter based polish with gold glitter throughout. I used three coats on this one.

Snow-Man of My Dreams is a blue glitter base with pops of color in there. I used three coats on this one as well.

 Sorry, to make this short and sweet, buuuut I'm working on my own snowman of dreams at the moment. My son has a snowman project that needs to be turned in by tomorrow and I am stuck doing it since he went to sleep around 4pm and still hasn't woke up! Oh, well I enjoy these projects. Most of the time at least. ^_^

Thursday, December 15, 2011

L'Oreal Project Runway: Owl's Night and Amazon's Flash

 The only two polishes I wanted from the Project Runway collection were Owl's Night and Amazon's Flash, but I had pretty much given up hope of ever finding them. I looked in several Walgreen's and CVS' and every single time these two were the only ones that were not in the display. I was finally able to track them down and it upsets me because I have seen these over and over now at Wal-Mart! Of all places, I never thought they would carry the collection. Like most of my other polishes these were put away and I was just content in knowing that I had them whenever I wanted to use them. Well, no more of getting home and stashing away newly bought polishes. I am really going to try to swatch them as soon as I get them and hope I can catch up in swatching my entire stash soon. *Fingers crossed!!* On an off note, I suppose I am doing this because it is beginning to get on my nerves that people have to ask me why I need so many if I will never use them.*sigh. I don't suppose they would ask a stamp collector why keep buying them if you don't use them to mail out letters. I just don't get how they are considered collectors, but when it comes to nail polish collecting we're just crazy. Haha, just needed to get that off my chest. Ok, rant over. On to polish!

  Owl's Night reminds me a lot of Hello Kitty Night Sparkle, but this has a black base rather than brown. It has tons of gold shimmer in it! I used two coats for this one.

Amazon's Flash is a yellow gold foil. It's not smooth like the foils from Orly, but the texture makes it much more sparkly than others. This one was quite sheer, I used FOUR coats. I have never used more than three coats on any foil, but I love that this is not your standard gold foil.

 I think there were four more colors in the Project Runway collection, but none of them interested me when I saw them. Maybe it was because these two were the most sparkly ones out of all of them. Sometimes I have bird tendencies and only gravitate to the shiny polishes, but I mostly just like looking at them in the bottles. ^_^

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

China Glaze Eye Candy Collection

 It seems like every single nail polish company has jumped on the glitter bandwagon for this holiday season, and I'm not complaining. I love that most of them have used bar glitters, but I could do without so many hex polishes. Do we really need so many red and silver hex polishes? Although, if you really want a red hex then skip all the others and just buy Love Marilyn. Moving on, I haven't yet tried out Wet n' Wild Ice Baby polishes, but I loved that almost all of these polishes provided full coverage in three coats.

This is Blonde Bombshell which has gold microglitter, small hex glitter and gold bars as well. It must be the holidays getting to me, but I am loving all these awesome gold glitter polishes. Even more awesome is that this one has bar glitter!

Lorelai's Tiara I really wanted just for the name. I am a HUGE Gilmore Girls fan and miss that show so much. I know, I know this has nothing to do with Gilmore Girls, but I always think of Gilmore Girls whenever I see the name Lorelai. This is a silver microglitter polish with small blue hex glitters.

Ahhh... this one I LOVE. Material girl has dusty mauve microglitter with dusty mauve HOLO hex glitters. I love, love that they are holo. This polish definitely has personality. It's shy and quiet, yet at the right angle... POW! Holo glitter all over the place.

Marry A Millionaire... yea I wish! This polish was as tricky to work with as it is to catch a millionaire! I thought this was going to be my favorite of the bunch, but it was hard to get even coverage with the dense bar glitter. I think this polish looks way better layered.

Some Like it Haute is one that we have seen over and over again, just like the red hex polishes. It's charcoal microglitter with small, silver holo glitter. The polish itself is awesome, but I hate that it has so many dupes.

Love Marilyn is the red hex glitter I have been talking about. Now, there are different variations to this polish but they all have the same idea. This one has red microglitter with small, silver hex glitter. It was the only one that needed four coats to get full coverage. Not bad, considering it's OPI counterpart is only good for layering.

 Overall, I loved the collection. The only thing that bothers me in the end is the removal process, but thank goodness for the foil method. ^_^

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Mommy & Me Nails: Sally Hansen Salon Effects in Prep's Cool

 Sally Hansen Salon Effects can be a bit pricey, but if you use them wisely you can get two uses out of them making it much more cost effective. It would still come out $5 a mani if you buy them at $9.99, but a lot cheaper than if you went to a salon to get designs on your nails. Lol I am totally enabling you guys to go buy them because I love them so much. Especially, the new limited edition designs that they have been coming out with. Prep's Cool is one of five designs that Sally Hansen came out with for this holiday season. 

I hadn't planned on doing my daughter's nails when I first started adhering the strips, but when I saw how much I had left over I thought it would be neat to use them on her. I used an extra pinky strip and an extra thumb strip to cut of small pieces to fit her nails. I was able to use only eight strips for all my nails AND my daughter's nails.

I used two coats of Seche Vite to keep them down since they tend to peel at the edges.

No topcoat on my daughter's nails though. She took them off within five minutes after I took the pictures. She loves having her nails done, but can't stand anything on them for too long.

 I loved the way my daughter's nails turned out, even if she only left them on for about ten minutes. I will be doing it again because it's a great way to use all the extra strips that are left over.  ^_^

Monday, December 12, 2011

Brucci Black Emerald

 Brucci is a brand I had never tried or even heard about up until a few weeks ago. I also have never seen this brand at any store, but they are available on for just 2.35 each. So, I took the plunge and ordered a whole bunch of them since they were so friggin' cheap! I honestly didn't expect a lot and I certainly didn't expect to be surprised like I was when I opened up the box. Two of the polishes I ordered are duochrome!

 Black Emerald is incredibly beautiful. It's an emerald green shimmer polish with burgundy duochrome. In the bottle you can sometimes see a gold shade, but that doesn't transfer to the nail. Still, I loved this polish! I used two coats with a coat of Seche Vite. I don't know if these polishes are three free, but it didn't smell like it. It seemed like any other polish to me.

 I actually ordered a few more Brucci polishes after I received my first order. I haven't tried any of the other ones, but the colors are so beautiful and they were only 2.35. I just can't get over how cheap they were. The cremes look so scrumptious and I really hope they are as awesome to apply as the look in the bottle. ^_^

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Kardashian Kolor Holiday Nicole by OPI: Disco Dolls, Kendall on the Katwalk and Khloe Had A Little Lam-Lam

 I can't say I like or dislike the Kardashians because I really don't keep up with Hollwood at all. I am signed up for one of the tabloid magazines, I have no idea how, and as soon as they get here they go into my magazine stack without a single glance. The only issue I had with the collection was that I wasn't able to find it anywhere! I went to three Wal-Marts and never came across the display, so I pretty much had gave up on the search. I only recently started coming across the collection at the same Wal-Marts I had originally visited, but they were not in a display. They were in random spots in the nail polish aisle! I still haven't been able to get all the ones I want, but these have satisfied my lemming for the collection.

 Disco Dolls is my favorite one so far. It's a clear base filled with tons of gold microglitter and medium multi-colored glitter.

Kendall on the Katwalk is a sparkler for sure. It's main color is blue, but there is also green and purple mixed in there. You can see the purple glitter a lot better on the third picture.

Khloe had a Little Lam-Lam is a dark teal creme. It almost looks black in low lighting, but it's actually one of my favorite teals. I love that it's a bit low key and isn't in your face bright.

 I think there's only about four more I want from the collection, but I'm not going crazy looking for them. If I find them good, but if I don't oh well. ^_^

Saturday, December 10, 2011

Hello Kitty by Sephora Noir Nail Polish Collection

 Last year Sephora surprised us by coming out with a Hello Kitty collection right before the end of the year and surprised us even further when they announced it would be permanent. This year they came out with an addition to the collection, but Sephora is saying it will be limited edition. It is the Noir Collection and they came out with a new perfume, new mirrored compacts, a paddle brush, a comb, an eyeshadow and lip gloss palette etc. The list is very long on the new items added, but I only picked up the paddle brush and the nail polishes.

Night Sparkle is a black creme with gold microglitter. This is two coats no topcoat. I loved the formula on this one, it was so easy to work with.

Red Sparkle is a really dense glitter made up of micro and small red glitters. I used three coats and a coat of topcoat. I already have more red glitter nail polishes than I will ever use, but I just couldn't pass on this one.

Silver Star has medium holographic glitters in a dark grey glitter base. I also used three coats on this one, but another coat would have been better, since there were a few bald spots. This glitter combination also has a couple dupes in China Glaze Eye Candy and Sally Hansen Gem Crush.

Gold Sparkle is made up of gold and bronze microglitters. This was my favorite one out of all four polishes and it was the one I had initially skipped on. I used three coats and a coat of top coat.

 I think Sephora really stepped up their game on this year's Hello Kitty nail polishes. The formula was a lot better on these than the ones from their permanent collection. The only thing is that these are a bit pricey at $10 per polish and there is no information about how much polish is in them, but it's definitely less than .5 oz. Still, the main reason why people buy these polishes is because of the insanely cute Hello Kitty shaped bottle and hardly care about the polish itself. ^_^