Friday, March 6, 2015

Colores de Carol Pinwheel

If I haven't made my love for the newish indie Colores de Carol clear, let me set the record straight: these polishes are effing phenomenal.  Maybe because she's a nail polish blogger and just gets it or maybe because she just understands color trends, but Carolina is consistently wowing me (and the rest of the polish community) with her release of interesting, chic, and edgy colors.

Pinwheel is no exception.

A steely blueish grey purply multichrome with a blinding holographic microshimmer, Pinwheel is just one of the most unique polishes I own.  It's a neutral yet totally rockstar, with a subtle yet in your face sparkle (how does she do that??).  Let's just say Pinwheel is super cool.

I've never had any issues with Colores de Carol formula before so when I noticed this shrinking while polishing, I reached out to Carolina to see if maybe I had applied this wrong.  She herself never had this issue with the polish and suggested I try this without a base coat.  My guess is that my body chemistry just didn't jive 100% with the formula.  I'm only writing this in case someone else has the same weird body chemistry issue with this polish and still wants to rock this fantastic shade.

This is on the sheer side, so I recommend 3 thin coats.

You can purchase Pinwheel for $10 by visiting the Colores de Carol's shop here.


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

Thursday, March 5, 2015

"I Hope You're Happy"

A few days ago, my boyfriend asked if he could contribute a post to my blog.  Amused, I said why not, and shortly thereafter I received this write up.  Keep in mind, it's all in good humor and I thought it would be fun to share the male perspective on this with you.  In fact, he titled this "I Hope You're Happy," in response to the fact that I actually agreed to let him do this.


Silver Remote for Apple TV
My trashcan overflows with discarded CVS brand organic cotton balls stained with with hues only barely distinguishable from one another.  Bottles of nail polish obstruct my view of Kevin Spacey in the oval office, and the smell of acetone has permeated the walls of my apartment.  My name is Jared S. and I'm dating a nail polish blogger.

Several times a week I'm asked to choose a color.  I make my choice only to hear, "Are you sure?" or "Why that color?"  Inevitably my selection, which I never cared to make in the first place, is thrown away like an empty bottle of Essie Quick Dry (quick life hack ladies, those empty bottles can be used to hold a single, very short stemmed rose).  Every shopping trip requires a detour to the nail polish section.  We could be looking for bedding or maybe on the way to a life saving operation but let's make a quick stop at Sally Beauty.  I hate that I know what Sally Beauty is. 

Do you really need to paint polish your nails during Broad City?  Why are you pinning a color?  What's a pin?  What have you readers done to my girl friend? It's an addiction. It's unhealthy and it's scary.  Now if you'll excuse me, I have 6 episodes of House of Cards to binge watch.  If I stay up all night, I'm pretty sure I can finish by work tomorrow.


Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lillian Eve Mint Envy

I'm loving Lillian Eve!  

If you'll remember my last time reviewing my new favorite grey crelly (check it out here), I raved about the formula and the color.  With spring (maybe one day? soon?) upon us, I thought it was time to whip out some pastels. 

Mint Envy is a soft mint pastel crelly.  The color is very delicate and is chic and clean without looking like a washed out neutral.  The color is a bit more muted in the photo than it was in real life so I had to color correct a touch to give you an accurate look at the color but I couldn't completely erase the blue undertones to this.  But just trust me that this is a beautiful color and any mint lovers need this in their stash.

Three coats that applied perfectly!

You can purchase Mint Envy for $12 by visiting the Lillian Eve website.


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

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday | Endometriosis Awareness

So I'm phoning it in this week.  And I really apologize, but work/life has completely taken over (I haven't had a day off since the end of January) and unfortunately, I couldn't contribute a fresh swatch to this week's TT prompt.  However, given that this week's prompt is to post a yellow mani for March's Endometriosis Awareness month, I knew I wanted to participate in any way I could to help promote awareness around this terrible disease.

Endometriosis is a hormonal and immune system disease in which cell grows outside the uterine cavity, causing extreme pain and infertility.   This female reproductive disease affects approximately 1 in 10 women worldwide.  Today, the Twinsie Tuesday girls are wearing yellow to bring awareness to this debilitating disease.

The yellow I chose is, like I said, already been posted on Amandalandish.  However, as I'm not a huge fan of yellow, I don't have that many in my stash and to be honest, didn't have that much time to swatch this weekend.  So since Zoya Daisy from the spring 2015 collection was so lovely, I didn't think it would be too terrible to post it again.

Daisy is a lovely daffodil yellow pastel with the most amazing and delicate blue shimmer ribboning the creme.  The application for a yellow was really quite nice and needed 3 coats for opacity (although if you look at my pinkie, you'll see I probably needed a fourth to really hide the bald spots).

For more information on Endometriosis, please visit

Alaina at The Little Canvas
Amanda at Amandalandish
Amanda at Fashion Footing
Amber at Nails Like Lace
Bridget at A Painted Nail
Chelsea at Nailed Blog
Jessica at Blue Velvet Lacquer
Lakeisha at Refined and Polished
Marisa at Polish Obsession
Róisín at Cuti-CLUE-les
Savannah at Addicted to Polish


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

Monday, March 2, 2015

Bonita Monet's Garden | Marsala for Spring 2015

In trying to incorporate Pantone's Color of the Year into my 2015 palette, I really struggled.  I'm not a fan of brown toned reds or pinks so Marsala seemed to be a miss for me.  However, when I saw Bonita Monet's Garden, I thought this might the perfect gateway Marsala to bring the abode-esque shade into spring.

Monet's Garden is a medium toned rose pink with brown/mauve undertones.  In low lights, this looks very neutral and puttyish.  In brighter lights, the pink comes alive and is super flattering in a way that brown toned pinks never are on me.  What makes Monet's Garden even more unique are the glass flecks swimming in the buttery cream base.  

Two perfect coats here.

So there you have it, my choice for a marsala polish for spring.  Do you have any recommendations to bring Pantone's color into the warmer months?


Friday, February 27, 2015

Morgan Taylor Fame Game

Once wearing Barielle Gray Sky, I thought it would make the perfect base to layer Morgan Taylor Fame Game over. A dense, silver holographic microglitter, Fame Game applied easily in one coat giving the grey base a jewel encrusted look. 

This swatch is not top coated and despite the density of the glitter, was not rough to the touch. It did, however, sparkle amazingly in any light; unfortunately, my macro couldn't pick up the rainbow of sparkle Fame Game emitted. So trust me, this is a beauty. 

I just love that extra touch Fame Game gave to such a pretty grey base!