Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | December 17, 2010

Wicked Witch – Zombie Zest by China Glaze

OK so I’m a little late to the game with these Halloween colors, I will admit it. I have all 3 and will eventually show the others but I really wanted to show this one first. The other two colors are very popular and I’ve noticed this one doesn’t get much love but I’m about to change that. I LOVE “Zombie Zest” by China Glaze. I bought it because it was $1.99 on clearance at Sally’s. Maybe this is because I was watching “The Wizard of Oz” while applying it but it totally reminds me of the Wicked Witch of the West. I think this is a PERFECT color if you’re dressed as a witch or anything spooky. It’s fun and it’s glittery and my mother saw it and instantly said she wanted it. It’s a great green, and as for someone who doesn’t like green it’s a shocker I like this as much as I do. The formula is good as is almost all China Glaze. It goes on very well, it is however, pretty course. There is a ton of sparkle in it and it takes quite a few coats. I love this polish and it is def one I plan to keep for a long time.

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Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 30, 2010

Fifth Avenue – China Glaze

Fifth Avenue by China Glaze is a rosy pink. At least that’s the best way I can describe it. This color reminds me of something, I know it is IDENTICAL to something but I just can’t put my finger on it. Maybe it was the color of someone’s room I knew or something, but it’s just really bothering me that I can’t figure out what this color reminds me of. Anyways, this is another example of me buying things because of their names. I thought it was cute… yeah. I think I’ve learned my lesson. I don’t like this color. I mean there is nothing wrong with it but I feel it is so…. old. I mean I had it on for two days and every time I caught a glance of my hand it felt like I was looking at the hand of someone twice my age. It isn’t youthful or modern or anything that I think China Glaze captures well. I think it’s a great color for someone older that maybe wants something work safe but this isn’t a color I look at and think ‘Oh fun’ or anything positive, honestly. If anything it goes on very well as does most China Glaze polishes does but this polish just doesn’t do it for me in the slightest. I think I may give it to my aunt or something.

-Tonya

Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 29, 2010

The Louboutin Manicure

Wow. Where to start? From the beginning I guess. So I was at Sally’s (isn’t this how every post of mine starts out? Anyways…) and I was looking at polishes and I saw one called “Lubu Heels” I picked it up immediatly because let’s face it, China Glaze rules when it comes to naming polishes. When I looked it over I decided it was simply too vampy for my current mood so I had put it back. That night I’m looking at some blogs and I stumble upon “Also Known As”‘s blog where she discusses this polish and she mentioned The LouBoutin Manicure. Well from that moment I decided I must have it. I went out, I bought it, and then embarked on this insanly annoying manicure. I started out confident but my confidence died down the moment I started to apply “Ruby Pumps” to the underside of the nail. Let’s just say there is a reason most people do this on fake nails. It was a mess. I got it on, put on “Lubu Heels” and then I decided I had to redo it because it simply was just a mess. “Ruby Pumps” was everywhere and I was messed up “Lubu” while trying to fix “Ruby Pumps”. Let me just say that getting polish off from underneath your nail is no easy task. It was horrifically hard but eventually I got it all off. Then I started all over again, this time more precise with “Ruby Pumps”. Also I recommend when you do this, after you get on “Ruby Pumps” to wipe off the small bit that gets on the front side of your nail. It will build up and look terrible. Once I was finished with this I couldn’t even talk about it because it had just been so stressful and difficult. So today, one day later, I can look at this manicure without the frustration I had yesterday. First off let me say, I’ve seen pictures of other Louboutin manicures and they always use the brightest red and the blackest black and I always thought it looked harsh, tacky, and dated so using these two polishes, like it said on “Also Known As”, I think really updates it. It isn’t harsh and I think makes it look a little more modern. I’m also loving this color, Lubu Heels. I think if you want a “black” polish without having scary black this is perfect. So will I do this again? Probably. Any time soon? No.

Stats:

  • Base Beauty Secret
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • 2 Coats of “Ruby Pumps”
  • 3 Coats of “Lubu Heels”
Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 27, 2010

Show You Care – OPI Nicole (Matte & Non-Matte)

“Show You Care” by OPI Nicole is the first ever nail polish I fell in love with. While it is only the third nail polish that started my current collection it became a favorite QUICKLY. I would wear it for weeks on end, and as someone who changes her polish daily, this says a lot. “Show You Care” is a deep, dark purple, and from far away simply looks black. Yet, in the right light, and close up it has a sparkle to it. Now don’t expect to put this on and see the sparkle without looking for it, you won’t see it, so don’t buy this expecting that. The camera happens to capture this sparkle beautifully in a way your eyes do not. Now you may be asking yourself, why is Michelle Trachtenburg in the little gallery for this post? Well I’ll tell you. Whenever I wear this polish I tell people I’m rocking my “Georgina” nails. “Georgina Sparks” is a character from “Gossip Girl” which I am a die-hard fan of. I just really feel this is a color Georgina would wear, its dark, it’s vampy, yet when you look closely it has a little sparkle to it. If you know this show you know Georgina always has a vampy, dark, look to her, yet oddly is from the glamourous Upper East Side world. The moment I put this polish on the first thing that came to my mind was “Georgina Sparks” and never have I once pinned a character to a polish. This is gorgeous color and it is by far a favorite of mine that I will wear for a long time. And as you can see in the gallery it mattes beautifully.

Stats:

  • 2 Coats
  • Beauty Secrets base coat
  • Seche Vite top coat
  • China Glaze Matte Magic for the matte finish
  • Purchased at Target for around $7/$8

-Tonya

Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 26, 2010

Finger Paints – Private Collection

Ok so today is Black Friday as most people know and I went to Sally’s because I had a coupon, $5 off a $20 purchase. I knew I wanted to get a few polishes. I really wanted “Frosty” by China Glaze and I had gone to Sallys quite a few times with no luck. They’re always out. It was frustrating as it was today. So I spent a very long time trying to pick out polishes I want but I still couldn’t get over that they don’t have “Frosty”. Finger Paints were on sale for $3.99 so I took a look. I normally don’t buy Finger Paints. Why? No reason, actually. Only because I was unfamiliar with the product and was much more comfortable with China Glaze. I saw that Finger Paints had something that looks very similar to “Frosty” so I bought it, “Private Collection.” It is a white, sheer polish. Although it looks sparkly its not too sparkly, and its not course at all. Its more frosted. It has a bit of a “rainbow” sheen to it but I really really like it.  First off it goes on SO smoothly. It’s not too thick, its not to thin, its actually nice. The brush wasn’t too wide or too skinny. I was very happy with it and now I wonder why I haven’t been trying out Finger Paints from the beginning. I love the color of this polish, its very shear and I had to put on quite a few coats. Maybe 5? 6? And I already put it on thickly. Was I surprised? No. I knew I’d have to put on a lot of coats because look at it, its not meant to be a one coater at all. It took quite a while to dry but other than that I have no problem with this polish. This isn’t a part of the Holiday Collection but I think its a wonderful color for the winter. I  plan to keep this around for a long time, plus its a nice change of pace from my deep color habit.

Stats

  • Beauty Secrets Base Cost
  • Seche Vite Top Coat
  • 5 coats
  • Purchased at Sally Beauty Supplies for $3.99 (on sale)

-Tonya

 

Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 22, 2010

China Glaze VII (Matted and Non-Matted)

Ok so I picked up this polish at Sally’s for $1.99. It was in the little clearance box, yet they still had some for full price on the shelf. So I’m assuming someone bought this, didn’t like it, and sent it back. Or maybe there was same damage, I’m not sure but I haven’t noticed anything odd. VII by China Glaze is a deep berry purple color. It was actually really thin formula-wise, for China Glaze, but I can’t complain because it went on really smoothly. If you really want it thicker just open it and let it sit out for a bit and it will thicken. I really only needed about 2 coats but I did put it on very thickly, so the average person would probably only need 3, which I’ve noticed is pretty standard. At first I wasn’t sure how I felt about it against my skin tone but matted I like it more and more. I am very fair and colors can easily look odd on me. Excuse my lack of clean-up in the pictures, I need to buy myself a corrector pen asap.

Overall I like it but I don’t think it’s something I’d want to keep in my collection. That’s not because there is something wrong with it. For my skin tone I don’t like it, but I do like how smoothly it went on and as you can see it mattes beautifully. (I use Matte Magic by China Glaze). So if you’re in the market for a deep berry thats not too dark, I’d go for this.

-Tonya

Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 21, 2010

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure- I Pink I Can

Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure (what a mouthful!) is a newcomer to the drugstore nail polish scene, and a brand the MUA boards (of which I adore) are quite taken with. This new polish boasts a base and top coat integrated into the polish itself, hence the ‘Complete’.

While I don’t necessarily agree that you can use this polish without a base or top coat, (I use CND Stickey and Seche Vite) in terms of quality, this polish far surpasses its drugstore competitors…usually. I’m sad to say that ‘I Pink I Can’ was by far one of the worst Sally Hansen polishes I’ve tried. It seems to be quite hit-and-miss with this brand. ‘Commander-in-Chic’ is coveted, as is the iconic ‘Hidden Treasure’. But ‘I Pink I Can’ and ‘Peachy Keen’ (to be reviewed!) fell short. What is pictured here (ignore the state of my cuticles) is six coats. Six. I’ll let that sink in for a moment….

Yes. Six coats (mind you, I use relatively thin coats!) was necessary to achieve opacity in this polish. You can see a bit of brushstroke mishaps here and there, which was due to the amount of coats I used. Ridiculous, and if I definitely do not have time for that!  Seche Vite did help a lot by cutting down the end drying time, however.

The color was pepto-bismol pink. A bit too strong for me, but it is lovely. Not neon bright, but bright enough to make you wish for strawberry margaritas and days on the beach…That is, if it didn’t take six coats to achieve opacity!

I adore these bottles. The glass is weight-y, making for a luxe feel, and the silver caps with rubber black are fab as well. The brushes are rounded, flat, and wide, but not too wide (not OPI-wide, that’s for sure!), and have a ‘pillowy’ feel to them. They deposit color nicely, and don’t encourage brushstrokes in the least.

The price on these are fairly on par with other drugstore polishes (around $10 CAD), a bit higher than most, but still cheaper than high-end brands (Chanel, Dior, I’m looking–glaring–at you).

Overall, a fabulous line of drugstore nail polishes, but this particular one leaves something to be desired.

-Steph

Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 21, 2010

Positive Energy OPI w/ Pure Ice

So I desperately want to wear “Ruby Pumps” Matted for Thanksgiving and since I like to change my nail polish pretty much daily I had to take it off yesterday so I could wear it Thursday. It’s replacement, I decided would be “Positive Energy” by OPI Nicole.

It is a very silver metallic color and it is completely a one coater. This was actually my first polish that started this current nail polish craze. I really like it, its very simple, and it does the job. No weird glitter, no funny undertones. Simply silver metallic.  It’s very cute but will chip terribly without a good top coat. But then I decided to add this glitter  polish to it. It’s called “Pure Ice Beware.”

I once described this as “it looks like someone crushed diamonds and put them on your nails”. It’s very pretty and like the metallic, its simple, it does its job, no weird glitter or odd undertones. It’s exactly as it appears to be in the bottle. I had put on a very thick top coat and let it dry but it was a disaster. As you can see in one of the thumbnails at the top of this post it drags right off. I put it on this morning and 6 hours later my nails are a mess. I know this is the culprit so I would recommend a very thin coat. I once put this on top of “Suzi & The Lifeguard” by OPI and it was so cute so this can really go on top of anything but I think on top of “Positive Energy” is just a must. Because of the mishap I had with the dragging I’ll have to take it off and put on something new (I think that means another post tomorrow). So learn from me. use THIN coats because it will just drag right off.

-Tonya

Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 20, 2010

Ruby Pumps – China Glaze – Matte Magic

Ok so what really got me into nail polish is the matte and suede colors. I do not own any suedes but I found out about this matte top coats thanks to Lacquerized.com (she does a wonderful top coat review). I instantly wanted it, you can turn any nail polish into matte without having to buy everything seperate? Too good to be true. Now, because I’m a big fan of China Glaze I instantly decide I want that one. I go to Sally’s and sure enough they don’t have a single matte top coat, so I turn to ebay. I bought a .325 bottle of Matte Magic by China Glaze for a little bit over $7, including shipping. Now I just have to wait. Which must have been the hardest part. I finally got it in the mail today and I ripped open the package and immediately slapped it on my current Ruby Pumps. I have to say I LOVE it. First off, I thought that it wouldn’t be smooth matted but it really is. It turned matte almost instantly. I had originally planned to matte every polish in my (small) collection instantly but I think I’m going to wait. Wear a shade for a few days and then matte it. This is mostly so I don’t go matte crazy for a few days and then get sick of it by next week. I love the way it came out. I love the product. I only wish it came in a full sized bottle.

Side by Side

Left non-matted. Right matted.

-Tonya

Posted by: Tonya.Steph.Olga | November 20, 2010

Ruby Pumps – China Glaze

Ok so this is my first post and I’m going to let you know right away I do not own a lot of nail polishes. I have a small amount I’ve recently accquired but I think that is what makes this fun. I can show off all the ones I have and then whenever I get a new one I can show it. That way I know everything posted here is my entire collection. Nothing left out or spared.

Ruby Pumps by China Glaze is my first Holiday nail polish. I had been looking for a red for a while and even bought a dark berry OPI color but it just wasn’t screaming christmas. I was desperate to find something and while on twitter Steph said she was wearing “Ruby Pumps” I had no clue what she meant. I went to Sally’s and was looking for some Christmas red and couldn’t find one I wanted. (It turns out the angle I was at, I couldn’t see Ruby Pumps clearly). Then I’m looking at the names and sure enough I see it and I think “Steph is wearing this.” I pick it up and see it is the most gorgeous sparkly red in the world. I immediatly buy this and of course I’m giddy. I adore this shade. Since I bought it (Maybe 2 weeks ago?) I have reccommended it to many! All of which bought it and asked me which shade they should get next. This is seriously a shade I can never see myself NOT wearing during the holidays.

Similar?

While at Sally’s last week I saw a similar shade, (by China Glaze as well) called Ms Clause . You can see it here at Scrangie.Com.  At first I though this was identical to Ruby Pumps until I saw the swatches by Scrangie. She describes it well comparing it to Ruby Pumps. While it is a pretty shade no other sparkle red will ever say Christmas more than Ruby Pumps, for me anyways.

-Tonya

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