Tuesday, July 19, 2016

I'm Still Here!



Hi, ladies and lovely people!

I feel like I'm apologizing a lot lately but I want you to know that I'm still alive and kicking...and so is Amandalandish. With my wedding only two and a half months away (!!!), and then being sent across country for work for awhile, my nails and this blog have borne the brunt of my hecticness.  But now that I'm back and settling as best as I can into the anxieties of premarital life, I have lots of new goodies I show you. I hope you are as excited as I am. 

Thank you to everyone who has stuck around and I look forward to sharing with you soon!

Enjoy the summer while it's still hot!



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Thursday, June 23, 2016

daniPRO Swatches and Review


I'm excited to share a new brand with you all today!

daniPRO is a newly released line developed by New York podiatrist Dr. Gary Evans and named after his daughter that is both 4 free and infused with undecylenic acid* (be sure to follow that asterisk! I have more information to follow!) that is said but not yet proven to function as an anti-fungal in nails.

*Before I get to the swatches, I want to just follow up on my asterisked comment.  I noticed in the press release for this brand that the undeclynic acid was asterisked and yet there was no clarifying asterisk as is normal.  I checked both the emailed press release (where I first saw the asterisk) and the mailed press release that came with the polishes, and came up empty.  After looking like a mad woman, I finally found the asterisk clarification on the polish bottle of all places!  And what was the asterisk denoting? That the fungus this acid prevents doesn't grow on nails and skin.  So I was confused.  Why market this additive as something special if it doesn't do anything to help nails and the surrounding skin?

I wrote to my press contact who immediately reached out to Dr. Evans and was able to get back to me quickly with this response:

"Undecylenic Acid is a synthetic unsaturated fatty commonly used in personal hygiene products and has been known to work as a topical anti-fungal agent.   Undecylenic acid can be attributed to helped keep nail beds clean and prevent the occurrence of infection."

Do I feel satisfied?  No.  While I am impressed with the press companies quick turn around and ability to answer my question to the best of her ability, I feel that the doctor is twisting things here.  Is this an actual anti-fungal that benefits those looking for a healthy manicure or not?  That one little asterisk has me a bit upended.  

However, I'll let you be the judge on that front.  As to the color, wear, and cost, that is all reviewed below. 

Take a look!
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Forever Girl
Heralded as the "perfect shade of pink," Forever pink is really just that.  A blue toned blush, I fell in love with the crelly the minute it dried.  Girly and feminine with no Barbie undertones (thankfully!), I just found myself wanting this on my nails forever.  The downside?  It chips.  And bad.  I put this on in the afternoon and by the next morning, flakes were falling off.  My normal base and topcoat were used and I never have such problems.  I was so upset.  This is three coats.
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My Girl
Another blue toned pink, this more fuchsia pink is a create bright alternative to it's paler sister without going neon for the summer.  Super glossy with a creme formula.

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First Kiss
While this looks a bit bright, First Kiss is a medium tone red crelly but builds up really well.  Careful with how much you load on your brush though because this has a tendency to pool in your cuticle.

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daniPro polish retails for $18.50 a bottle and be purchased at their website.
You can also visit their other social media sites here:
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Monday, June 13, 2016

China Glaze Lite Brite Collection, Part 1 | Summer 2016


Part 1 of the China Glaze Lite Brites is here!  A bit eye searing, I apologize for the skin discoloration but these neons made my camera go berserk!
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I've Got a Blue Attitude
A true blurple creme, this shade got a lot of compliments!  An interestingly dark shade for summer, I loved how chic this was for the season.  Think of this as the navy for summer and a definite must have!
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What I Like About Blue
I'm a sucker for a good aqua and throw in a fine silvery shimmer...perfection.  The only thing I wasn't too keen on about What I Like About Blue is the formula, which was just a bit too thick for my liking when this semi neon dries mattes (read fairly quick) making application difficult to keep even and not super self leveling.  Worth it for such a lovely summer shade though.

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None of Your Risky Business
While not super unique, this traffic cone orange neon has a fabulous formula without any need for a white base coat.  My camera brought out some yellow undertones in this shade but it's much brighter and more orangey in real life.

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Lime After Lime
For the past few summer collections, China Glaze has produced a chalky, white toned kiwi green pastel neon shade like this so it's becoming a bit boring to me at this point.  The formula was fine, but once it hits the cuticles it becomes a chalky mess.  A pass in my book.

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I'll Pink to That
Fabulous neon formula, this crelly fuchsia gave my camera a stroke.  This is the ultimate hot pink.

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Bite Me
A bubblegum hot pink with the hottest golden shimmer, Bite Me is what Barbie would've worn to her very first Robert Downey, Jr. house party in the '80s.  Sorry, Ken.  Formula was a bit gummy but if applied quickly and evenly it manages all right.  Similar to What I Like About Blue, I'd suggest a top coat due to its semi matte finish.

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Any of these tickle your fancy for summer?  

More to come in Part 2!




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Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Sally Hansen Voyager Collection | Spring/Summer 2016


Morning, all!

Today, I have 3 polishes from the Voyager Collection for Spring/Summer 2016, another Miracle Gel release from Sally Hansen that requires no curing, no special lights, and comes off without any soaking whatsoever.

This collection has a rather boho feel, so the shades have a muted, boho feel to them and would probably suit me best transitioning from summer to fall but that's just my opinion.  Take a look.
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Tawny Travels
A brown-toned, orange-y red creme, Tawny Travels is a subtle marsala that I think would suit tanner skin tones best.
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Flushed Wanderer
A nude with a touch of lilac pink, Flushed Wanderer is just lovely...in color.  The formula was not nearly as pretty.  Runny and thin, this just not apply as easily as most Miracle Gels are wont to do.  You can see from my cuticle lines how messy this polish was.

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Take the Plunge
Not your typical cobalt or navy, Take the Plunge is like a cool reflecting pool blue.  Glossy and bright (yet dark?), the tonality of this color is so hard to explain.  Just really so great and a must have for blue polish lovers.

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I've only seen these are sold exclusively in Miracle Gel twin packs along with the top coats but the press material says they are also available individually.  If you're interested, definitely check out your local beauty aisle before the Voyager Collection goes bon voyage!

(Sorry, couldn't help myself.)



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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

KBShimmer Summer 2016


Remember me?  Been a minute.

I needed a bit of a blogging break and while my hiatus wasn't exactly planned it certainly was needed.  I'm easing my way back into the swing of things and I hope you all have patience as I try to get used to swatching full collections again (it's rigorous stuff!).

On the agenda this evening is the KBShimmer Summer 2016 which releases June 1 -- which means in less than one hour!  How exciting!  Here is the entire collection (except one, which unfortunately, totally smudged on me and I was late for work and just couldn't make it work for this post [insert pathetic sad face] but will have it's own post shortly to make up for it) for you to begin making your Must Have list for the big day tomorrow!
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Don't Play Koi
A classic KBShimmer milky crelly, this white base (which I layered over base of white creme) is flecked with coral, aqua, and grey hex and circle glitters in multiple sizes.  There's something super 80s about this color palette but isn't summer all about the 80s vibe?
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Neon Me
Another fabulous milky white crelly (again layered over a white creme), Neon Me is just so much fun!  The neon rainbow of matte glitter makes this polish the ultimate accent nail in my opinion and while I'm not wild about glitters, this is a must keep!

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How Low Can You Flamingo
Can you even read this after viewing this swatch?  Talk about eye searing.  This neon pink is a true medium pink neon that totally freaked out my camera and is bleeding a bit more red toned here.  No needs for underwear, this applies like a dream without streaking or drying matte.  All neons should be made like this one!

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Ready For a Good Lime
While slightly more chalky that her pink counterpart, Ready for a Good Lime is another fantastic neon, but of a more pastel neon variety.  Drying demi-matte, this isn't streaky or difficult to apply and another example of how KBShimmer just knows how to make well formulated polish.

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That's Nude to Me
One of my favorites!  This blush toned nude holographic is just so soft and delicate, it was like fairy dust on the nail!  Two coats covered completely and in direct sunlight you can see how pretty the linear holo glows.  Love, love, love.



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Mai Tai One On
Despite the fact that Mai Tai makes my hands look hella red, this buttery yellow is a pretty cool color.  The formula was a bit foamy (the only word I can think to describe it)  and took about 3 coats before reaching opacity.  The golden shimmer you see also has a cool blue sheen to it which sadly doesn't show in photos and kinda disappears on the nail but adds a bit of depth to the shade of this yellow. 

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Along for the Tide
Like a reflecting pool on the nail, Along for the Tide is refreshing and cool.  But while this looks like it's semi metallic, it's not -- the glow is created because of the gorgeous purple and aqua microshimmer ribboning this incredible cobalt blue.  Three coats to cover completely.

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Gull, Get Real!
Similar in formulation to the Birthstone Collection, GGR is a silvery lilac phenomenon.  This reminds me of crushed metal and stone that was melted into a polish.  It's something special and despite how complex it appears, applies super smoothly in three easy coats!

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One Night Sand
Same formula as above but with a golden red tone.  Not loving the color as much, but the name is just hilarious.

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Suit the Breeze
I adore this super bright cornflower periwinkle and its pink microshimmer.  Similar to Mai Tai, it has the foamier formula which gives it a puffier appearance but it's not any more difficult to apply.  I can see myself grabbing this color a lot this summer.

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Good Reef!
From the bottle, Good Reef! looks like a delicate peachy pink with a lovely pastel microshimmer glowing from within.  Once on, the color is almost neon pastel, boosted by the foamy formula and shimmer to a happier, summer shade.  Another must have shade for summer, this was a happy surprise and it's brightness really brightened my day!

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To be seen soon on the blog!

Playing with the Buoys

The lone creme is a stunner so stay tuned!

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You can purchase this collection beginning June 1, 2016.  In the meantime, check out all the other beauty items sold at KBShimmer by clicking here.



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