China Glaze Boundary of Memory Swatches & Review

Hello! Today I have for you a recent release from China Glaze. Say hello to the brown/silver/black glittery goodness that is Boundary of Memory!

China Glaze Boundary of Memory

 

Shown in partial sunlight: OPI Glitter-Off Base Coat, 2 thick coat of Boundary of Memory, and Essie Good to Go.

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Check out that sparkle!

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Here is Boundary of Memory in indirect sunlight. Because of the combination of brown, gold, and black glitter in the base, this polish reminds me of speckled granite countertops in indirect lighting.

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This picture in partial sunlight is most true to how Boundary of Memory looks in real life.

China Glaze Boundary of Memory Quick Review

Formula: Here is the downside to this lovely glitter…the formula was truly terrible! It was so thick and goopy I found it nearly impossible to manipulate. The polish stayed where I put it, like concrete. On the bright side, it did dry very quickly (and I can always add thinner to it before I use it again).

Collection: China Glaze The Giver, Fall 2014

Where to buy: I purchased my bottle at Sally’s Beauty Supply. You can also find China Glaze polishes at Ulta and online through sites like Amazon.

Would I wear again: Yes…but I’m going to need lots of thinner to make the formula bearable!

Overall: 3/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

Icy Diamonds + Battle of the Rhinestones

Hey there! So, you know what went into today’s manicure? Pain, suffering, and lots of topcoat. Ok, I’m being a bit dramatic, but this was my first time using rhinestones. Even with using the special pointed tweezers to pick them up, it was a minor disaster. They’re tiny, they jump out of the tweezers if gripped the wrong way, and I had one heck of a time getting them onto my nails. 

Here’s the manicure I’m bellyaching about:

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Shown in natural lighting. What you see is: one coat of OPI Glitter-Off, 3 coats of Sinful Colors Ice Dream (a blue and silver glitter) over one coat of butter LONDON Diamond Geezer (a dense silver foil). On the nails with the rhinestones, there are two coats of BL Diamond Geezer. Finished with Essie Good to Go (of which I kept having to apply more coats to get the rhinestones to stick). Rhinestones are from the Born Pretty Store.

BL & SC mani

All the fuss about rhinestones aside, I think this manicure actually turned out pretty well. Sure, it looks rather tacky now, but I think this would be hot (or rather, cool?) around the holidays. This feels like what Elsa from Frozen might have on her nails.

BL & SC mani

 

I layered Sinful Colors Ice Dream over the butter LONDON because Ice Dream is a little sparse on its own. I swatched two thick coats of Ice Dream on a nail wheel below to show this:

Sinful Colors Ice Dream

Sinful Colors Ice Dream does resemble China Glaze Lorelai’s Tiara, which is why I bought it. I don’t have the China Glaze to compare, but I’m happy I own Ice Dream (even if it is on the sparse side).

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

 

Illamasqua Glitterati Swatches + Nail Art Haul

Hi! Today I have another glitter polish for ya. All aboard the glitter train! Haha. This one, unfortunately, is limited edition. It was released as part of a duo pack put out by British cosmetics brand Illamasqua during the 2012 holiday season. The duo consisted of Viridian (a dark green shimmer) and the polish I’m showing, Glitterati (holographic hex glitters in a dark raspberry jelly base). Viridian is a part of Illamasqua’s permanent line, I believe, but Glitterati hasn’t been released on its own.

So why am I torturing you with photos of this limited edition polish, you ask? It’s, quite simply, a stunner. If you have this one gathering dust in the back of your drawer, I encourage you to bust this baby back out and let it see the light of day!

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Shown here is one coat of OPI Glitter-Off Base Coat, two coats of Illamasqua Glitterati, and a coat of Essie Good to Go.

Isn’t this such a festive polish? (Never mind that it’s the beginning of September and we’re barely into fall.) I can easily see myself busting this one out when I’m tired of red/green/gold nails for the holiday season. 

Illamasqua is a really awesome brand, by the way. Think Urban Decay, but edgier and more avant-garde. Too bad Sephora stopped stocking their products :(. 

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Another photo in natural light, this one sans bottle. The tips don’t look dark like that in real life.

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This picture is the most true to how the base color looks in real life–a dark raspberry.

And finally…

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My nail art supplies finally came in! Hurrah! Dotting tools, rhinestones, tweezers to pick up the rhinestones, and striping tape (bronze, silver, and white). I can’t wait to start playing with all of this.

Illamasqua Glitterati Quick Review

Formula: Thin and jelly-like, but manageable in two coats.

Collection: As I mentioned, Glitterati was part of a limited-edition holiday duo released by Illamasqua during the 2012 holiday season.

Where to buy: As this duo was limited edition, you will not be able to find it in stores. I suggest checking eBay or Amazon. Illamasqua polishes can also be bought on their website, but be aware that the currency is British pounds–so you’re at the mercy of whatever the exchange rate is.

Would I wear again: Yes!

Overall: 4.5/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

Sparkle in the City: China Glaze Skyscraper

Hi and happy Labor Day! I hope you all are having a great one, whether you’ve chosen to brave the crowds to fry yourself on the beach or to just stay at home and enjoy some down time. I’m in the latter category; I love the beach but I didn’t feel like dealing with the traffic or the crowds this year. 

I feel like I should be sporting ‘last blast of summer’ shades like bright corals or punchy yellows, but instead I have been craving glitter. Today I have for you a nice one–China Glaze Skyscraper. It has silver sparkles packed into a semi-sheer navy blue base.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Shown here, in natural lighting, is one thin coat of OPI Glitter-Off Base Coat, 2 thick coats of China Glaze Skyscraper, and Essie Good to Go. Just look at that navy blue sparkly goodness! It reminds me of a beautiful starry night sky. On that topic, I can’t confirm if this is a dupe for the incredibly hard-to-find Essie Starry Starry Night (which I dreamed of owning back when I first became a lacquer addict). However, from what I’ve seen online of the Essie, the China Glaze is a close enough match to make me happy.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Another natural lighting photo. I wore this to meet a favorite author of mine who was in town recently–so now it has that memory associated with it, which is cool. 

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

My nails look all uneven in this picture–I don’t know why.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Here is a thumb and label picture. No, this polish does not have orange streaks in it! I wore a bright orange t-shirt the day I photographed this and my nail is reflecting it, haha.

China Glaze Skyscraper

 

Finally, an awkward side-profile picture. 

China Glaze Skyscraper Quick Review

Formula: Not the best–thick and gloopy. However, my bottle is old (I bought it a few years ago) and glitter polishes get thick and gloopy over time. I probably should have added some thinner before application. I used two thick coats to get it opaque.

Collection: China Glaze Metro Collection, Fall 2011

Where to buy: I found mine on sale at Ulta. However, since this isn’t a current release, you may have trouble finding it in stores. You may stumble upon it at a retailer that sells China Glaze (Ulta, Sally Beauty Supply, etc.), but if you’re determined to get your hands on it, I suggest searching Amazon or eBay.

Would I wear again: Yes–but I would add thinner to the bottle before applying!

Overall: 4/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

Like a Cup of Hot Cocoa: Sinful Colors Nirvana

Hi! Today I have a simple brown polish to show. One of my nail polish goals has been to find a brown that flatters my skin tone. Like a red polish or a nude polish, there’s a brown polish for every skin tone out there–you just need to find the one that has the most flattering undertones. I am happy to report that Sinful Colors Nirvana is one such polish, at least for me.

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Shown here in indirect natural lighting: OPI Ridge Filler, 2 coats of Sinful Colors Nirvana, and Essie Good to Go. In real life, it doesn’t look this yellow-toned. It’s softer and has taupe undertones.

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I decided to slap on one of my favorite glitters as an accent–Elevation Polish Kilimanjaro. This polish really deserves its own review. It’s a mixture of silver, gold, and copper circle glitters of various sizes, and it looks fantastic over many different colors. I love having polishes I can mix-and-match!

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Another natural light photo of this combo. 

Sinful Colors Nirvana Quick Review

Formula: A little thin and patchy, but workable. I pulled it off in two coats.

Collection: I think this is a part of Sinful Colors’s permanent line.

Where to buy: I found mine at my local Walgreen’s. You can also find Sinful Colors at other drugstores (Rite-Aid, etc.) and at big-box superstores like Wal-Mart.

Would I wear again: Yes, probably for work. This is a sophisticated neutral.

Overall: 4/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

 

OPI What Wizardry is This? Swatches and Review

Hello! Today I’m showing a polish that, until recently, I didn’t really care for.

OPI What Wizardry is This

1 coat of OPI Glitter-Off Base Coat and 2 coats of OPI What Wizardry is This?. No top coat! Shown in indirect natural lighting.

When this first came out as a part of OPI’s Oz the Great and Powerful Soft Shades collection, I remember just breathing a sigh of relief that this was definitely one polish I did not feel the urge to buy (and therefore, my wallet was safe!). I thought it looked like clumpy dirt. 

However, the day came when I began to hanker after this polish. I think it may have had something to do with my newfound liking for more neutral polishes. I looked at this “clumpy dirt” polish with new eyes, thinking instead that it looked like the pebbled leather of a really expensive handbag. 

OPI What Wizardry is This

So, thanks to a sale at my local Regis salon, I am now the proud owner of this clumpy-dirt polish! Haha. It’s actually quite beautiful and sparkly in the sunlight. I know the color isn’t for everyone, but props to OPI for daring to produce such a unique color!

OPI What Wizardry is This full bottle

OPI What Wizardry is This label and thumb

OPI What Wizardry Is This? Quick Review

Formula: Great! Just two coats were needed for full coverage. Removal was also surprisingly easy–I just pressed down for a few seconds with an acetone polish remover and then wiped. (The Glitter-Off base coat did not work as well as I anticipated…more details in a future post.) No dreaded foil method needed here!

Collection: OPI Oz the Great and Powerful, Spring 2013

Where to buy: I bought mine at my local mall’s Regis salon. You can also find OPI at Ulta, JC Penney salons, Sally’s Beauty Supply, or your local beauty supply store.

Would I wear again: Yes, but not until fall rolls around. This brownish bronze is more of a fall/winter color for me.

Overall: 4/5 stars

Have you ever completely changed your mind about a polish?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

Mixing and Matching with Revlon’s Graffiti Top Coat

Hi! Today I present a combination I’ve actually worn a couple of times, because it grew on my (usually) glitter-hatin’ heart.

Revlon Optimistic and Revlon Graffiti Top Coat

Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, 2 coats of Revlon Optimistic (bright pink creme), 1 thick coat of Revlon Graffiti Top Coat (black-and-white matte glitter), and Glisten n’ Glow HK Girl Top Coat. Pictured in indirect natural lighting.

Revlon Optimistic and Graffiti TC bottles

Revlon Optimistic and Graffiti TC tops

Obligatory bottle shots.

I love this black-and-white glitter top coat! I swatched it over a few different colors on the nail wheel below.

Revlon Graffiti combos on nail wheel

From left to right: 1 coat of Revlon Graffiti Top Coat over OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay, OPI Live.Love.Carnaval, China Glaze For Audrey, butter LONDON Fiver, Deborah Lippmann Stormy Weather, and solo.

I think it looks best over brights and pastels, but I was also surprised at how much I liked it over Stormy Weather (a grey creme).

Revlon Optimistic Quick Review

Formula: Great! Only 2 coats needed for full coverage. However, this baby is a stainer (as I found out the hard way), so don’t skip the base coat!

Collection: N/A

Where to buy: I purchased Revlon Optimistic at my local Walgreen’s. You can find Revlon polishes at just about any drugstore (Rite Aid, CVS, etc.) as well as superstores like Wal-Mart and Target.

Would I wear again? Absolutely! I’ve already worn this on both my fingers and toes multiple times.

Overall: 4.5/5 stars

Revlon Graffiti Top Coat Quick Review

Formula: Thick but workable. I “blob” the glitter onto my fingernail and spread the pieces around instead of painting it straight on like a normal polish.

Collection: N/A

Where to buy: I purchased Revlon Graffiti Top Coat at my local Walgreen’s. You can find Revlon polishes at just about any drugstore (Rite Aid, CVS, etc.) as well as superstores like Wal-Mart and Target.

Would I wear again? You bet! This glitter looks great over lots of different colors and is totally worth the pain of removal.

Overall: 4/5 stars

I know I’m a bit late to the black-and-white matte glitter train, but I love this one and it’s easy to find! What colors would you put it over?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica