Thursday, August 27, 2015

Sally Hansen Tribal Vibe Collection (partial) | Fall 2015

So sorry for my absence!  Between work and more work, my blog and nails have taken a back seat.  Now that I have a few days finally to breathe, I'm catching up on all the wonderful fall collections being sent my way.   First up, three colors from the Sally Hansen Tribal Vibe Miracle Gel for fall.  You might notice my photos look a bit different: I'm in the process of moving and trying out new light situations in my new place.  This was a lightbox with two side lights, which I don't think were bright enough.  Towards the end of my swatching, the lightbox actually collapsed so it was a hellish nightmare.  Anyway, here are my first 3 fall shades!

Tribal Sun
A bright yet autumnal orange, Tribal Sun is a good transitional shade if you're still lemming those neons.  

Cream of the Crop
Oh boy.  I did not like this.  A pearly, milky off white mess, this Cream of the Crop swatch is four coats and still you see how uneven and patchy it is.  Pass.

Rhythm & Blues
Hello, gorgeous.  While I would never classify this sky blue azure as a fall shade, it's still magnificent.  Bright, opaque, and happy, Rhythm & Blues is a must have polish for any blue lover.

Stay tuned for more Sally Hansen Miracle Gel fall selections!


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Friday, August 14, 2015

Summer Shades, Week 4: Cool Aquas | China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle

Probably the most "summer" of the Summer Shades Cool Aquas is China Glaze Too Yacht to Handle, a neon aqua creme from the Sunsational Collection.  I hemmed and hawed about wanting this.  Did I really need another bright aqua creme?  I thought I had so many.  But after seeing swatch after swatch of this pretty cool toned neon, I fell prey to it and picked it up this year.

I have to say, whie I do love the color and it made it to the list of my Summer Shades, the formula is kinda disappointing.  I started with a super super thin coat to just set a base and knew I'd be using more coats to level it out but instead this just went into major cuticle pooling and I had so much aqua polish everywhere.  I actually tried swatching this on two separate occasions and the same thing happened both times so I just called it a day and figured it's the nature of this polish.  The color is divine though so I'm still on the fence whether or not I'll end up keeping it or sending it to another home.

In the meantime, let's just bask in it's lovely aqua glory.

Did anyone else have the same formula issues I had with this or did I just get a dud bottle?  I'm so curious to know.


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Thursday, August 13, 2015

Summer Shades, Week 4: Cool Aquas | Picture Polish Cyan

Another wonderful Cool Aqua is Picture Polish Cyan, a delicate sky blue aqua crelly with silver glass fleck shimmer.  Co-designed by Marta, the blogger of Chit Chat Nails, this magical and chic shade is perfection!  I don't often splurge on pricey polishes for myself but it was on sale at Live Love Polish and with free shipping at $20, I found myself picking up a few gems I normally wouldn't have gotten otherwise.

Besides the color (spectacular) and the finish (glorious), the formula is honestly one of the best I've ever used.  Like absolute butter, this applied itself cleanly and evenly.  My only complaint is that it requires about 3 coats for leveled opacity since this is a shimmery crelly and can lend itself to bald areas.

In brighter lights the glass flecks disappear just a tad but the color just alights.  Is this just amazing?

You can purchase Picture Polish at various etailers but I personally recommend Live Love Polish.  They have nice discounts on their pricier brands, restock often (I was able to get Picture Polish Imperial from them -- on sale! -- after ages of it always being out of stock elsewhere), ship free over $20, and ship fast.  Definitely a fan.


Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Summer Shades, Week 4: Cool Aquas | Colores de Carol Sea Mist Sunrise

Another lovely Cool Aqua is Colores de Carol Sea Mist Sunrise from the Happy Hour Collection from Summer 2015.  A soft scattered holographic aqua crelly, Sea Mist Sunrise is super sparkly and delicate and perfect for a day out in the sun.  The formula is fantastic and applies like butter in two to three coats.  What I really love is how indoors, the scattered holo looks like silver crystals and in direct lights, the rainbow sparkle comes alive (see macro below).  You can check out the entire Happy Hour collection by clicking here.

Isn't this indie just a beaute?  I love Colores de Carol polishes so much!

While I don't believe Sea Mist Sunrise is still available  you can purchase some other lovely polishes by Colores de Carol by clicking here.


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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Summer Shades, Week 4: Cool Aquas | Essie Blossom Dandy

Week 4 of my Summer Shades installment series.  Jeez, I kept to a month of something --  I'm impressed with myself!  This week is all about the Cool Aquas.

First up is Essie Blossom Dandy, a blue-toned mint pastel creme from the Essie Spring Collection inspired by one of my favorite designers, Rebecca Minkoff.  The formula was pretty good considering it's a white-based pastel and lends itself to a chalkiness.  I recommend three super thin coats to avoid cuticle pooling and uneveness; this will level itself out on the third coat but just layer thinly.

While I don't have Mint Candy Apple to compare, what I like about Blossom Dandy is the freshness the blue tone gives to this otherwise mint creme.  Just amps up an otherwise standard pastel.  Also, this baby lasts.  I wore this for like a week without a chip.  Pretty impressive.  Stay tuned for more Cool Aquas coming your way!