Friday, August 22, 2014

Barielle Brilliant Colors Collection

Even though summer's almost over, doesn't mean you should put away the bright polish just yet!  Here's Barielle Brilliant Collection to celebrate the last few days of August.

Head of the Class Green
While this bright jade creme is absolutely stunning -- and I mean insanely stunning, it even surprised me! -- this polish is absolutely not worth the gorgeousness.  I wouldn't say that lightly except for the fact that Head of the Class Green stains like a mother.  I had read other reviews that casually mentioned the staining, but let me be the voice of drama and seriously warm those fairer skinned girls to avoid, avoid, avoid.  This stained my cuticles, fingertips, and everything the cotton with acetone touched with a horrible green tinge.  Such a shame though, it's really that beautiful.  Sigh.

Magna Cum Laude Turquoise
Now here's a stunner that is worth the staining, since it's not nearly as infectious as its green counterpart.  Magna Cum Laude Turquoise is less turquoise and more a bright sky blue that leans aqua.  This color is beyond beautiful and applies like a dream in 2 coats. 

High Marks Purple
I can honestly say that my swatch does not do this deep plum justice.  In fact, this swatch is deceiving, allowing High Marks Purple to appear brighter than it is in real life.  I don't know why this is in a summer collection because this warm-toned purple is a fabulous choice for fall.  I loved wearing this and am sorry that I just couldn't capture how lovely it is.  2 coats.

Straight A Coral
Not quite a coral, this nearly neon red creme is really fantastic.  I just love how happy and bright this is against my skin tone!  A definite must-have for red lovers.  2 coats here too.

Smarty Pants Pink
A Barbie doll pink creme, Smarty Pants Pink is a tad brighter than this is real life.  Not the most unique of shades but a great formula and applied easily in 3 coats.


You can purchase the 5-pack of Brilliant Colors on the Barielle website for $25.


This product was provided for my honest, unbiased review.  Please see my PR Disclosure Policy for more information.

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Soulstice Spa Newly Released Colors

I love Soulstice Spa.  A quiet little indie and one of the first vegan brands I had heard about when I first began blogging, Soulstice Spa is always consistent in its formulation and its ability to broaden its shades to appeal to everyone.  

Kayse, Soulstice Spa's creator, recently sent me her latest 10 polishes, and I'm so happy to share them with you!  

While this dusty orange jelly isn't necessarily my favorite shade, I have to admit that the pink shimmer is a genius touch, giving this toasted pumpkin a little more spice (get it?).  This was only 2 coats for opacity.

Yellow lovers, take note!  Petaluma is amazinggg.  A true pastel yellow jelly, Petaluma is flooded with silvery pink shimmer.  While it applies thinly, you can get a nice opacity at 4 coats.  For those of you with a distaste for so many coats, I recommend waiting a bit more between coats to avoid the dragging I was working with because I have absolutely no patience. 

Looking for the most delicate of sheer pink jellies?  Behold, Sonoma.  I typically dislike these sorts of shades because they apply messily, unevenly, and flood my cuticles.  However, Sonoma applied fairly evenly and with 3 coats, left a squishy soft look.  Perfect for a jelly sandwich!

Yeah.  Unfortunately, I can't say much positive about Occidental.  A steel grey metallic, this was just way too brushstroke-y for my liking.  This is only 2 coats but it somehow looks very thick on the nail.  Occidental just did not work on me.

Heaven!  Wow.  Isn't this just feminine perfection?  A dusty pink, there's something so elegant about Jenner on the nail.  This creme applied deliciously in 2 coats and is definitely a great update to the typical granny light mauve.

Bodega Bay
While not the most original color, there's just a tad more lavender in this cornflower creme that makes Bodega Bay a standout to me.  This pastel is just insanely flattering and applied smoothly in 2 coats. 

Before I swatched Kenwood, I assumed it would be one of those forgettable standard pinks of this collection.  Let me tell you that I was happily wrong!  A soft medium pink, Kayse upped the ante with a strong golden shimmer running through this color.  I can't tell you how pretty this is in person!  2 coats here too.

Santa Rosa
A deep cherry pink, Santa Rosa is one of those staple pinks every girl should have in their stash.  Think Revlon Cherries in the Snow for the 21st century.  2 coats and you have a classic mani.

I wish I liked mossy green shades, but personally they aren't for me.  However, if you're a fan, definitely try out Guerneville.  This is just a great squishy jelly that has such a shine to it after 3 coats.

Yes, this is a completely different type of swatch for me.  However, I simply could not capture the beauty of Sebastopol in my light box and matching side lamps.  After what felt like a bazillion failed pictures, I walked to the bay windows in my living room and just began snapping at my fingertips from every angle possible.  This weird angle (that I'm actually totally digging.  Should I start swatching this way?  Let me know your thoughts in the comments please!) was the best to highlight how subtly rich this charcoal to blackened emerald to purple shifted duochrome is.  It's a bit brushstroke-y, but seriously nothing that obvious in real life.  Two easy coats for this dark beauty.

So there you have it!  What do you ladies think?

You can purchase Soulstice Spa Nail Polish for $8 by clicking here.


This product was provided for my honest, unbiased review.  Please see my PR Disclosure Policy for more information.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Twinsie Tuesday: Classic

Good morning!

Today's Twinsie Tuesday prompt was pretty simple: classic.  What's more classic than an OPI red?

I pulled all my OPI red polishes (and I was shocked to find out I had about 15, which is a lot of the same color from the same brand) and chose to go with one from this summer's Major League Baseball inspired collection, which I felt made this even more classic.

Here is OPI Love Athletes in Cleats, a cherry red creme flushed with light blue shimmer.  The shimmer is fairly noticeable but the red mutes on the nail a tad.  Fabulous formula and opaque in two coats.

Curious to know what my Twinsies think is classic?  Make sure to click on their links below to find out!

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Cordia at Seriously Swatched
Elizabeth at Did My Nails
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Kelly at Tuxarina
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
    Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Stephanie at A Little Polish
Tiffany at Polished To Precision
Traci at DrinkCitra 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Katarina All Natural Removers

While I'm often sent nail polish to review, it was a nice change of pace to be asked to review an all natural nail polish remover.  I typically use the Target brand non-acetone remover but was happy to try a product focused on sustainability, using plant based ingredients instead of petroleum based for the formulation.  

I have to say that both the acetone-based and non-acetone-based both work as well as my standard remover.  What I was pleasantly surprised by was how little the acetone-based remover dried out my skin!  Normally, just looking at a bottle of acetone makes my cuticles dry and shrivel but not with Katarina All Natural removers!  Major props for that.

The only negative I have to say about these removers is the scent.  While the bottles read "fresh fruity scent" and "fresh minty scent," I can attest to the fact that they smell like neither.  The acetone-based remover was far worse and smelled very strongly of something I can't exactly place.  It's not a great scent, but not so overwhelming that I wouldn't use these products again.

You can purchase Katarina All Natural Nail Polish Removers on Amazon.


This product was provided for my honest, unbiased review.  Please see my PR Disclosure Policy for more information.

Cirque Colors The Metropolis Collection Press Release and Sample Sale

An ode to the city that never sleeps; the center of the universe; the metropolis.  We are excited to introduce a range of creme-finished lacquers to our core lineup through a monthly release series called The Metropolis Collection.

Every month starting the first week of September, a new color will be released highlighting the great city of New York. Our new creme hues feature a smooth, high-gloss formula making application a breeze. Combined with our Holdfast™ Base Coatand Liquid Laminate™ Top Coat, you can trust our products will keep your mani shiny and long-lasting. 
The first color of The Metropolis Collection will be announced on September 2, 2014and will retail for $13. To stay up-to-date with the latest news, such as new releases, events and sales, subscribe to our emails HERE.
NEW YORKERS!  We are teaming up with International Playground to hold a sample sale at their Lower East Side boutique.  Take advantage of deeply discounted bottles of samples, overstock, discontinued and exclusive colors for only $7.00 each.  While supplies last - happening Aug 21-24 at:

International Playground
13 Stanton St
Cirque Colors™ is line of hand-blended nail lacquers based in New York.  The name Cirque, meaning ring or circle, represents the color wheel and the endless color possibilities in the continuum. Founder/Creative Director, Annie Pham, sought to develop colors that transcend those of conventional brands by experimenting with unique pigments and raw materials. All nail lacquers are 3-free, which means they do not contain toluene, formaldehyde or dibutyl phthalate (DBP).  They are also scented with a blend essential oils that leave a light floral aroma after the polish dries.  Made in the USA.  For more information, please email