Sunday, February 12, 2017

Colores de Carol Valentine's Day Collection | Winter 2016




No, you didn't read wrong and no, there isn't a typo in the title.

To celebrate with some V-Day manicuring, I whipped out the Colores de Carol Valentine's Day Collection I was gifted by the owner herself last year.  Since I received them after Valentine's, I actually decided to wait until this year to post them.  I can't believe a year's worth of resolve actually came to fruition.  Sadly, the only polish from this collection that appears to be available still is Beso, so I've linked the title to site to purchase it if you are interested.  My apologies that the others are not available anymore but Carolina is consistently creating new and amazing colors so definitely be sure to check out her site for other beauties!

But on to the polishes at hand...
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Candy Kisses
Layered over a white creme, this milky crelly (something that Carolina specializes, in my opinion!) is just adorable.  For some one that doesn't like glitter, I was totally digging the pink, red, gold, and mint green pieces with the cute pink glitter flecks running throughout.  The glitter also applies super evenly and I only needed one coat over the white base to get this done.
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Single Lady

For some reason I really like mint green holos.  I don't wear holographic polish that much but there's something really soft about a mint one that I enjoy.  Single Lady's scattered yet linear holo is an interesting mix because in natural light it glows with a nice sparkle but in direct light the holo comes alive.  And the formula is amazing in two easy coats.

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Maneater
My favorite of this quartet is hands down this glossy creme.  I love that this isn't a classic pastel pink but instead really bandies about the middle of purple and pink, which makes this both festive and work appropriate.  And the high shine finish is just perfection.

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Beso
Similar in formula to Single Lady, Beso is a raspberry holographic with the same subtle glow in natural light and strong linear rainbow in direct light as its mint sister.  While this is only two coats, a third coat would give this color a deeper, richer look so you can really tailor it to your liking.  While my macro below is a bit blurred, I loved the blue flash that almost electrifies its way out of the polish.  Such an interesting effect!



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Once again, only Beso is still available and you can (and should!) purchase it here.  Please be sure to check out the other Colores de Carol polishes to add some amazingness to your stash!




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Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Zoya Naturel 3 | Winter 2017



Hello, there!

With neutrals still all the trend, Zoya's third installment of their ultra popular Naturel Collection is sure to be a crowd pleaser.  What I particularly love about this set is that it's the perfect winter to spring transitional collection, with a nice array of wintry plummy browns into more spring-like mauvey pink and minky nudes.  All six polishes are creme formulas and have the same fabulous Zoya standards.  I'll note any colors that needed more than 2 coats but given the shades, I doubt you'll be surprised.

I also tried a different swatch pose for these just because I wanted something a bit different.  My only complaint is that the lighting I used gave my hands a lot of red tones and washed my colors out a bit.  However, the polishes did stay color accurate (small miracles given my problems with lighting lately).  So bear with me as I try for new things!
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Gina
The most classic brown in the collection, Gina covered perfectly in two easy coats.

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Tatum
A vanilla nude, Tatum was pretty opaque for such a light shade.  Only two coats for this perfect spring color!


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Jill
This dusty mauve pink was more on the sheerer side and required three coats for the opacity you see here.  It's pretty close to the undertones in my skin so while I find it gorgeous in the bottle, I think it washes me out quite a bit.  This color will suit someone with darker skin much better as I'm sure it will just pop on them.


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Mary
I was actually surprised at the raisin undertones in this brown polish, giving this a dark, bruisier color.  One of my favorites from the collection, this applied perfectly in two buttery coats!


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Cathy
Now we're talking!  This pink toned nude complements and does not compete with my skintone so of course I love it.  I can see this being universally flattering on everyone except those whose skintone is an exact match (similar to my Jill situation).  And also similar to Jill, the formula was on the sheerer and runnier side so three thinner coats will do the trick to avoid bald spots.


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Debbie
The darkest brown of the bunch, Debbie has a touch of purple in its base which keeps it a bit chicer than Gina in my opinion.  The formula wasn't as smooth and easy to work with (as you can see from the not as even cuticle lines) but that's not to say it wasn't still an excellent formula.  Working with Zoya is still head and shoulders above most so I really can't complain.  And with a collection like this, I'm pretty floored to be honest.  Just something for everyone that reflects the trends!  Gotta love Zoya!

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You can purchase the Naturel 3 Collection by clicking here.



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Wednesday, January 25, 2017

Dr.'s Remedy Swatches and Review | Fall 2016/Winter2017



Good morning!

I'm excited to bring a new brand to the blog today!  Dr.'s Remedy is a doctor formulated vegan nail polish that was the first to receive approval from the American Podiatric Medical Association.  The polish is free from toluene, formaldehyde, and camphor and is instead enriched with organic ingredients like biotin, tea-tree oil, garlic bulb extract (don't worry, it doesn't smell like garlic!), and lavender.

The five cremes I chose to sample are so perfect for fall/winter and all had similar formulas so I'll just talk about that here: a tad bit runny (yet the formula is not thin by any means), I recommend starting with a very thin first coat and then using a thicker second to get the fuller, opaque coverage.  Once the first coat goes on, the second coat is less likely to pool into the cuticles since it sticks to the first coat.  I found that the first coat runs otherwise.  

The finish on these cremes is super shiny and having worn both Mindful Mulberry and Balance Brick Red as full manis on two separate occasions, I can honestly say these polishes have nice staying power!  I got a good 4 days of wear before seeing any chips, which for me is pretty impressive since I chip super quickly. 

Between the colors (which I love; see my descriptions below), the nice formula (once you learn to work with it, which isn't that difficult at all!), and the staying power, it's a lovefest with Dr.'s Remedy!
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Mindful Mulberry
My favorite of the bunch, this medium mauve pink is absolutely a must have for right now!  Chic, feminine, and neutral, I never wanted to take this one off!
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Motivating Mink
I have such a weakness for interesting taupey browns so Motivating Mink was really captivating to me.  A brown with a drop or two of purple, it was a refreshing neutral for winter.  

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Balance Brick Red
While this photographed a shade lighter than it actually is, in real life, this red is more of a light oxblood.  Depending on how many coats you use, you can really vary the shade of this red without compromising the finish; I've found that sometimes thinner reds like this require 3 coats otherwise they have that incomplete look (multiple uneven and bald spots) but this is more about tonality.  Very interesting for a red polish lover.

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Stability Steel
If you love grey polish, Stability Steel is a fabulous addition to your collection.  The strong blue undertones gives it an almost teal look which would ordinarily make me not like it but because it remains sturdily grey, I still find myself loving it.  I can see this working well as a good transitional winter to spring shade.

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Kinetic Khaki
Nudes are another "now" trend and this cool toned khaki color really made do a double take.  I have some many fleshy nudes, I loved how this more taupe-ish one stood out against my skintone.  I feel like I keep using the word refreshing in regards to this collection, but that's all I can think about with these shades.  Just a very unique take on en trend colors!

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You can purchase these polishes and so many more by visiting the Dr.'s Remedy site by clicking here.




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Monday, January 2, 2017

Sally Hansen New Shades | Winter 2016/2017


In catching up with my swatching, I'm finding that the lighting in my new apartment just is not as good as the natural light I had readily available before getting married three months ago.  While I of course love my husband, I miss the big bay windows in the living room that gave me unfettered access to amazing sunlight to take my pictures.  These days, as I'm creating a new blog schedule, I've found myself curled up in convoluted positions all over the apartment attempting to capture random lighting angles I hope will work, buying Hue lightbulbs with millions of lighting options, using my shadow box, not using the shadow box, and whatever other option I can think of to recreate my previous lighting situations. 

In essence, my ramblings are basic a preambled apology for the lackluster quality of the swatches below.  They should in no way reflect the quality of the polishes and only in my limited ability to learn new photography tricks since I was so lucky beforehand with natural lighting.  

I'll stop now and just let you look at what you really came for: the nail polish.  Briefly, these new colors for winter reflect the perfect wardrobe collection, with chic neutrals and deeper tones to express your mood during the colder months.  Take a look!
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Society Ruler
A winter collection is not complete without some burgundy, so this oxblood creme is a must have for anyone without a rich, deep shade like this already in his or her stash.  The formula was okay, tending to pool a bit in the cuticles if I took too much on my brush -- a problem I rarely have with the Complete Salon Manicure brand.  And despite the redness that was hard to remove despite multiple attempts of acetone over a few days (yup, I wore this as a full mani and loved it, but kept at trying to rid myself of that red you can make out in the sidewalls of my ring and pinkie), the polish actually did not stain one bit when fully removed.  So all in all, A-/B+ for this beauty. 
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Freedom of Peach
Despite the name, I'm not quite sure I'd classify this creme a peach.  More of a muted tangerine or a dusty mango, Freedom of Peach is different take on a neutral and not necessarily something I would find myself gravitating towards naturally - or during this season for that matter.  However, the color is rather delicate and refreshing without any pastel-leanings and the formula was perfection and covered perfectly in 2 coats. 

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World is My Oyster
Riding the rose gold train, World is My Oyster captures the essence of the metallic of the season in a bottle here.  The shame of it all, however, is the brushstrokey finish that leaves this more frosty than a classy champagne with an antiqued rose tone.  

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Mauvin' on Up
Perhaps my favorite from this foursome is this delicate dusty pink.  While mauve is in the name, I'm not sure it definitely falls into that category per se but it's not quite a baby/pastel pink either.  The formula was super easy and not at all chalky, making this a chic, fresh pink that's great for this time of the year.  
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The two other polishes from this release I was not sent to swatch are Hooked on Onyx, described as a "glossy black," and Devil Wears Nada, a "neutral pink-beige," both keeping in line with this neutral chic collection's tonality.  

These shades are available now wherever Sally Hansen is sold.



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