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Nail Polish Swatch-a-thon, 1.0

18 May

Helllooooo ladies! I am a nail polish addict, and I have no problem admitting that I have a slight problem with getting so many nail polishes, in the belief that each color I see is somehow so unique and so special. Well, obviously that’s not the case, but I do have several newer shades to you. This isn’t so much a review as it is a swatch file. I don’t have time or the energy to swatch my entire nail polish collection, but I am trying to show you some shades I have gotten more recently. Something like a reference page. I am about to show you over 40 polishes, so buckle in! This post is pic heavy! Side Note: In some of these pictures my fingers look a little yellow, that’s thanks to Essie’s Brazilliant, unfortunately 😦 but, no I am not jaundiced and no the lighting wasn’t throwing off yellow tones in case you were curious) Enjoy!

L-R: Sally Hansen Evening Fog, Sephora by OPI Under My Trench Coat, Zoya Harley, Butter London All Hail the Queen

Note:  I believe Evening Fog was a LE shade, but it is a great puddy shade if you can find it! Butter London has gorgeous shimmer in it, and is swiftly rising to the top of my favorites in terms of formula as well as color. I had my eye on Under My Trench Coat for awhile, and I am glad I got it, as it’s a nice greige. Zoya Harley has been compared to a discontinued Sephora by OPI shade I had wanted so I am glad to have the next best thing!

L-R: Rimmel Steel Grey, Sonia Kashuk Tauped, Essie Mink Muffs, Barry M Dusky Mauve

Note: Steel Grey is more purple toned than Sonia Kashuk in real life. Barry M Dusky has gorgeous purple shimmer, and has been touted as a dupe for Chanel Paradoxal. It is extremely pretty! Steel Grey has been a favorite of mine, I wear it often in the fall! Mink Muffs is the most brown of this bunch, but a wearable brown none the less.

L-R: Wet n Wild Club Havana, China Glaze Papaya, Revlon Tangerine, Zoya Sienna

Note: I am sure it’s not a surprise that I like WnW Club Havana. It’s peachy-coral without being in your face. Perfect for summer! China Glaze Papaya Punch is louder and bolder and positively orange. But I like that it’s a bright orange, not traffic cone orange. This is new for summer. Revlon Tangerine has a similar tone to Papaya Punch, but has shimmer and in person is less loud. Thanks to Jessica at Getting Cheeky for tipping me off about how wonderful Tangerine looked on twitter one day. Sienna is a stunning shimmer that’s definitely darker than my other oranges, but the shimmer keeps it from being unflattering.

L-R: Revlon Sunshine Sparkle, Sephora by OPI Color That Can't Be Tamed, Milani Hi-Tech, China Glaze Electric Pineapple

Note: Revlon Sunshine Sparkle is a cute bit of a shade and the glass flecks in it keep it from being just another pastel yellow. The SOPI color is another new shade and is a metallic light green. This is three coats here, and I can see me liking this being layered over Stranger Tides as soon as it gets here 😉 I like it on it’s own as well. Milani Hi-Tech is a holo shade and I adore it! It is so unique to my collection. Electric Pineapple is a bold and loud shade and reminds me me of how Shrek is colored. When I put this on, the bf hated it! lol. Not for the faint of heart! It might be cool under a black crackle if you like crackle polishes.

L-R: Sonia Kashuk Jammin', Milani Parfait, Milani Creamy, Finger Paints Did You Ast-Her Out?

Note: Jammin’ is new for Spring and is a lovely bright shade without being too over the top, Milani Parfait is a favorite color of mine because I don’t have too many shades that are bright pinky purples like this. Milani Creamy is pretty, and is slightly rose toned and not as bright as Jammin’. Did You Ast-Her Out was from Finger Paints spring collection and is my perfect pink.

L-R: China Glaze Senorita Bonita, Finger Paints Heavenly Hydrangeas, Sonia Kashuk Tutti Frutti, Milani Tropical Fiesta

Note: All of these shades are new for spring/summer. Senorita Bonita has an absolutely gorgeous pink-purple-blurple sparkle to it and is the best purple I own in terms of color. Heavenly Hydrangeas is a nice springy purple, and has no shimmer to it. Tutti Frutti is a bright, bright coral while Milani Tropical Fiesta is supposed to be a bright honeysuckle. I would agree that’s it’s a bright pink, but I have seen so many interpretations of honeysuckle, so it’s anyone’s guess what the shade really is. But I rather like the look of it. 🙂

L-R: Zoya Danielle, OPI Mod About You, Zoya Barbie, Essie Haute as Hello

 Note: If you follow me on twitter, you know I got Zoya Danielle because it shares my name. It is a sheer nude with glass flecks (hard to see on camera) it’s quite a lovely “my nails but better” shade. I might be biased by liking it so much because of the name 😉 . Mod About You will look great with a tan, and is notoriously difficult to work with. I find that after two coats it gets better and easier. Barbie is a pretty pink with pink shimmer. Haute as Hello is a bright peachy-coral that leans more peach than most of my other polishes. Is really is a great shade!

L-R: Hard Candy Sky, China Glaze Moody Blue, Barry M Blue Moon, Revlon Blue Lagoon

Note: I have a good laugh when I took this picture. Ahh, so many light blues, so little time. Hard Candy Sky has made the rounds on YT and blogs earlier, and is a lovely shade and the lightest of the ones here. Moody Blue is sadly discontinued and is probably very hard to find. Blue Moon was sent to me by the lovely H over at 25FLondon. In person it is duskier with a bit of grey to it which makes it more wearable as well. Revlon Blue Lagoon is a new favorite because of the glass flecks. I love it!

L-R: LA Splash Aqua Fusion, Essie Smooth Sailing, Zoya Kelly, Milani Blue Flash

Note: LA Splash is a really pretty mid tone blue with blue sparkle. I bought this on a whim actually and I don’t really know when. I just pulled it because I needed another blue. Smooth Sailing is part of Essie’s new collection and is a unique periwinkle sparkle. I am over the moon for this shade, especially because I don’t have a single thing like it! Zoya Kelly had been on my list for awhile and is a deep blue-grey. Very classy, in my opinion. Milani Blue Flash is one of their one coat glitters and I won this in a contest on Twitter. It is pretty, but it took two coats, not one to fully cover my nail. It did, however, cover better than most other glitters out there…but be prepared for top coat because it gets a bit gritty!

L-R: Sally Hansen Silver Lining, Revlon Sheer Pearl, Rimmel Crushed Pearl, Sephora by OPI Traffic Stopper Copper

Note: Sally Hansen Silver Lining is actually quite cool, it flashes blue and silver, this might have been LE, I found it a Walgreens all by it’s onesy in March. Revlon Sheer Pearl is less pink than Crushed Pearl, but both give a similar effect. I ended up with both because Tiffany at Will Work For Makeup did a post about Crushed Pearl and I couldn’t find it, so I settled with the closest I could find. Fast forward a few weeks later, I found it back in stock at my Target. So I have both. Oh well! They are still not really total dupes. Traffic Stopper Copper is new from SOPI and was a total impulse buy because they put that dang nail polish rack by the check out. It is pretty and I don’t have a copper glitter coat, so it was worth the little splurge. 🙂

L-R: Revlon Gold Coin, Sephora by OPI Shiny Dancer, Orly Rage, Revlon Copper Penny

Note: Revlon’s Gold Coin and Copper Penny are newer for this year and are quite lovely as metallics go. They are shiny and very pigmented. Shiny Dancer (part of SOPI’s Urban Ballerina Collection) was bought to complete my need for a metallic grey/slate and it fits the bill nicely. Orly Rage is a gorgeous Rose Gold and a favorite in my collection.

L-R: Milani Hi-Res, Hard Candy Lava, Sephora by OPI Go With the Flow-er, Sally Hansen Black Platinum

Note: I can’t take credit for finding Milani Hi-Res on my own. After seeing it in a post by Kizzy, I knew it had to be mine. I really love the Milani Holos and Digital is on it’s way to me now! Hard Candy Lava is such an amazing shade, and it really reminds me of lava! I get the most compliments and questions on this color when I wear it. SOPI Go With the Flow-er is my favorite coral. It is glass-flecked and perfect. A must have for all collections; I have bought some already for friends of mine I like it that much! Sally Hansen Black Platinum is quite dark, a pearly black and has been compared to Chanel Black Pearl. I don’t really know how similar it is, so I won’t speculate it’s dupe-dom since I don’t own it. But, this shade is quite sassy none the less.

L-R: China Glaze For Audrey, OPI Mermaid's Tears, For Audrey+Silver Shatter, Mermaid's Tears+Silver Shatter

Note: For Audrey isn’t new for me, but I showed it just so you could see the difference between it and Mermaid’s Tears from the new Pirates Collection. Stranger Tides and Skull & Glossbones are still on the way and I will swatch upon arrival 🙂 Mermaid’s Tears is my favorite type of this shade that I own, because of the slight murkiness to it. The Silver Shatter is the first shatter I have had interest in and actually really enjoy it! I ended up picking up a gold shatter today from Sally Hansen that I will review soon as well! If you haven’t liked the shatters before, check this one out because it is such a different look!

L-R: For Audrey+China Glaze Concrete Crackle, Mermaid's Tears+China Glaze Lightning Bolt Crackle, Same+Silver Shatter

Note: Again, I have to stress that I am not a huge fan of the crackle look. I prefer Concrete over Lightning Bolt here, but I imagine with the right color the white shatter would look nice. Still, the Silver Shatter is my favorite!

Well I hope that gives you an idea of some of the new stuff out here this Spring. Don’t forget to check out my other Zoya (here ) and China Glaze (here and here)  posts for other polishes they have released recently.


New From China Glaze- Island Escape!

8 Apr

Happy Friday all! We made it through the week in one piece and now it’s time to have some fun! if you haven’t already guessed, I love nail polish. Almost as much as I love blushes! I have so many bottles, it really is quite a condition! Every time a new collection or color comes out I try to tell myself, “Oh, you already have that shade”…but every time I end up finding some nuance that makes the polish worth a pick up. It is with that same sentiment that I write this post, then. China Glaze is soon releasing a collection called Island Escape, and to be honest, when I first saw the promo pics, I thought it was pretty, but not all that unique. It turns out, that pictures (big surprise) can be deceiving. I got to try out three of the new shades ahead of the upcoming release, check out the swatches!

China Glaze Island Escape: 108 Degrees, Blue Iguana, Cha Cha Cha

China Glaze Cha Cha Cha

Cha Cha Cha is a beautiful lime that flashes gold. It reminds me a drinking a Margarita on the rocks, which incidentally is my favorite drink of choice! It should be no surprise then that I really like this color. The formula applied smoothly and there is very fine shimmer throughout. I do not have a single polish to compare this to! Very unique!

China Glaze 108 Degrees

108 Degrees is a hot pink/magenta with very, very fine shimmer throughout that adds to the glowing effect the color gives off. This again applied very smoothly. I like that the shimmers in these polishes aren’t big chunky glitter. I get annoyed removing polishes like that!

Some of you may think that 108 Degrees looks like other polishes you may own, so I did a comparison of the closest polishes that looked similar in the bottle, and here is what I came up with:

China Glaze L-R: Raspberry Fields, 108 Degrees, Ahoy!, Strawberry Fields

Raspberry Fields is quite a bit more red than 108 Degrees. Ahoy! is similar in base color, but is deeper and gold-flecked. Strawberry Fields is the least similar, being much more pink in color and also being gold-flecked. I really like all of these colors, but I would have to say 108 Degrees and Ahoy! are clear favorites over the other two. 108 Degrees definitely has more of a metallic flash that makes it brighter for summer than Ahoy!. You really can’t go wrong with any of these colors though!

China Glaze Blue Iguana

Now, the most surprising of the bunch is Blue Iguana. When I first saw this I thought it was just the typical bright blue shimmer we see frequently in summer. But in person (not so much in pictures, but believe I took several to try and capture it) it flashes with fuchsia shimmer undertones! It makes it utterly gorgeous for summer, especially for toes! I am not usually a blue polish wearer, but this I really like because of that added fuchsia dimension! If you look at the first bottle pic at the very top of this post you can find of see it!

Once again, when I first saw this I went to my stash to see what other blues I could come up with that might compare:

China Glaze T-B: Passion in the Pacific, Dorothy Who?, Blue Iguana, Watermelon Rind

Now, I love ALL of these colors! Tell me Passion in the Pacific isn’t gorgeous for summer?! If you don’t own that one, you should really check it out as the weather gets warmer. It graces my toes a lot in June and July! Dorothy Who? and Blue Iguana are similar in base color, but the formulas are very different. Dorothy Who? is a blue based jelly with chunkier glitter, while Blue Iguana has very very fine shimmer, as does Watermelon Rind. But you can see that none of these colors are dupes. Blue Iguana and Passion in the Pacific are my favs in this group.

I didn’t just look at my China Glaze polishes to compare, in case you are wondering. It just happens that I have the most of China Glaze, especially in the more flashy and unique colors.

I am definitely going to be picking up the three remaining colors when this collection finally hits stores. It should be at Sally’s in the beginning of May, and at head2toebeauty.com and transdesign.com in April. The price depends on where you get this from, at Sally’s or Ulta it will run you about $6.50 and online for about $2.99.

What colors are you excited to try from this collection?

*This post contains items provided to me by PR for consideration. I don’t do guaranteed or paid reviews of course, and my commitment is to being honest to my readers above all else. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me*

This or That, Volume 1

4 Apr

Hi all! Happy Monday! Based on the feedback I have gotten on past posts, many of you really really like seeing comparisons and possible dupes A LOT. I don’t blame you, I love it when someone finds and compares what they have to something new or different they have gotten. So, with that explanation I welcome This or That to my blog. A series of posts with items showing comparable colors, but not necessarily formula based. I will try to note any differences in formula that I detect along the way, but mostly these posts are going to be all about color! I cannot promise how often these posts will happen, at least once a month is my goal. Reason being it takes a long time to go through my collection, find comparable products, swatch, photograph, and then of course compose the post. I will take requests or suggestions for these, providing I have the products to compare. Without further ado, here come the swatches!

L-R ELF Mint Cream, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, Milani Dressmake, China Glaze Refresh-mint, China Glaze For Audrey, Orly Mint Mojito

L-R: Orly Mint Mojito, OPI Gargantuan Green Grape, China Glaze Refresh-Mint, ELF Mint Cream (shown above it is China Glaze For Audrey), Milani Dressmaker

They all apply well, apart from one. OPI Gargantuan Green Grape is a pain. Shown above is 4 coats. I love the color of it but don’t see myself reaching for it too often based on the issues! Orly Mint Mojito has a darker green base than Milani Dressmaker, and lacks its dimensional jade sparkle. Both are very nice colors and easy to apply, and are two coats here. China Glaze For Audrey, Refresh-mint and ELF Mint Cream are all quite similar. For Audrey is more blue than the other two. Refresh-mint is lighter than Mint Cream and covers better. ELF’s Mint Cream is two coats here and you can see it doesn’t quite fully cover the nail. Milani Dressmaker would be my favorite if I had to pick just one. The price of these polishes very by where you get them, but range from $1-$8. The ELF one is the bargain of the bunch at just $1, so if you are looking for the pastel minty nail look but don’t want to shell out loads of cash to get it, this might be a good option!

L-R: MAC Crosswires vs Sonia Kashuk Coraline; MAC Ravishing vs. Revlon Colorburst Peach

I totally did not plan on getting all of these shades just to show them on my blog. But when I sat down to start this series I just began pulling products I thought might be similar. Lo and behold I found two drugstore almost dupes for two MAC lipsticks. I love all 4 of these lipsticks and they all go on smoothly. The longest lasting has to be the Revlon Colorburst if you are looking for longevity. Coraline is slightly more orange than Crosswires and Ravishing is slightly brighter than Peach. If you have one shade you definitely don’t need the other! Price wise you will be $14.50 for each of the MAC ones. On sale, I purchased the Revlon lipstick for about $4 and I paid around $8 for Sonia Kashuk at Target.

Clockwise from Left: Benefit Powderflage, Bare Minerals Well Rested, ELF Eye Brightener

L-R: ELF Eye Brightener, Benefit Powderflage, Bare Minerals Well Rested

Oh, how I love under eye brighteners! Three powder versions I have tried are from ELF, Benefit (the popular Powderflage) and Bare Minerals Well Rested. Of the three I can tell you my clear favorite is Well Rested. It is much more brightening than ELF’s version and is more yellow and flesh toned than Powderflage which is more pink in color. Well Rested is the most pigmented of the three as well. All three may work for different people, depending on your skin tone, under eye circles and personal preference. For me, I can use a translucent powder to set concealer so I am not looking for something to just set my concealer with. I want to see noticeably brighter results. Well Rested definitely gives me that. A word of caution if you have dryness under your eyes, Well Rested may emphasize the dryness so moisturizing is key.  Price wise, Powderflage is $28, Well Rested goes for $18 and the ELF version is the cheapest of the three at just $3. I would not recommend the ELF version for anyone of my skin coloring. I consider myself a medium skin tone, and it didn’t brighten for me at all. At first glance $3 makes it seem like a total bargain…but for me it was a wasted $3 as I did not notice any difference under my eyes at all.

Well, that wraps up  This or That Volume 1! Thanks for playing along! Do share suggestions, requests or your thoughts on the products I mentioned below, I’d love to hear what you think!

New China Glaze Haul!!

18 Jan

Hello there! It’s almost the middle of the week. How has yours been going? Mine has been somewhere between dragging on and speeding quickly by. All of this snow and cold has me feeling a little depressed. But, to make things brighter I placed an order recently for some of the new China Glaze Anchors Away collection and a few other ChG polishes that I have been wanting to try out.

China Glaze Anchors Away L-R: Sea Spray, Lighthouse, Starboard, Ahoy!, First Mate

China Glaze L-R: Lemon Fizz, Peachy Keen, Pelican Gray (Anchors Away), Lubu Heels

I really enjoy the colors and formulas of these polishes. I haven’t tested these exact polishes for wear time, but my usual China Glaze polishes last 5 days with base and top coat. I also picked up three other colors that were on my wish list while I was at it: Lemon Fizz, Peachy Keen and Lubu Heels. I love all three of them, but I was having some application issues with Lemon Fizz, as you can see from the picture. From Anchors Away, I was really impressed with Starboard. I was afraid it might be too much to wear normally. But it’s surprisingly a mild and gorgeously wearable shade. I really enjoy Ahoy! too. It reminded me of China Glaze’s polish from several collections ago, Strawberry Fields. First Mate also reminded me of another polish I owned, Bermuda Breakaway. So I decided to do some comparisons. Here is what I found.

China Glaze L-R: Strawberry Fields, Ahoy! (Anchors Away), Bermuda Breakaway, First mate (Anchors Away)

As you can see, Strawberry Fields and Ahoy! are similar in that they both have the same gold flecked formula, but Ahoy! is darker by several shades. I actually prefer Ahoy!. Next is Bermuda Breakaway vs. First Mate. These are very similar. First Mate has a definite gray tone to it, while Bermuda Breakaway has a slight violet pull. They are not exact dupes, but pretty close. Although I like them both, I prefer the more gray pull of First Mate because it makes it a little more subdued and wearable for work.

All in all I am totally happy with my purchases and my haul. I love China Glaze polishes because they have excellent formulas, very few application issues and TONS of great colors to choose from. Plus, their prices can’t be beat. I ordered mine from Head2ToeBeauty.com for about $2.99/each. I love ordering from this site. Although shipping is a bit high at around $9—it usually gets to me within three days of placing an order. Talk about service!