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

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First Stamping Attempt ft. OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid

So the other day, my first nail stamping plates that I purchased from Bundle Monster finally arrived! I immediately sat down and played with them for a while. First I practiced on a manicure I was about to remove anyway, and then I practiced on my bare nails. After I became used to the whole ‘paint-scrape-stamp-nail’ routine, I applied a fresh manicure with OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid and decorated it with some little black flowers from plate BM-311. 

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Shown in full sunlight: Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, 2 coats of OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid, Sinful Colors Black on Black for the stamping, and Essie Good to Go.

As you can see, I still need some practice. I mangled the design on my ring finger, and I didn’t wait long enough to apply my top coat so the flowers are a little smeared. 

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Here is a picture in indirect sunlight. Despite my mistakes, I enjoyed this manicure and I’m really looking forward to doing even more stamping. 

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A label shot with my thumb in indirect sunlight. The OPI polish itself is great; a quick review follows.

OPI My Dogsled is a Hybrid Quick Review

Formula: A bit thin and streaky on the first coat, but evened out by the second coat.

Collection: OPI Nordic Collection, Fall 2014

Where to buy: I bought mine off of Amazon. You can also find OPI polishes at Ulta, Sally’s Beauty Supply, and JC Penney salons.

Would I wear again: Yes, I love this one!

Overall: 4/5 stars

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

 

Mannequin Hands with Essie’s Topless and Barefoot

Hello! It’s Wednesday–which means we’re nearly halfway through the week! Woo-hoo! Anyway, today I have for you my perfect nude shade. To give you some idea, I have very fair skin with slightly cool undertones. I’m not sure what that would be in MAC’s makeup system, as I don’t wear MAC foundation, but I can say that I always wear the lightest shade of foundation in any make-up line. 

Anyway, without further ado, here is Essie Topless and Barefoot.

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Shown here is OPI Ridge-Filling Base Coat, 2 coats of Essie Topless and Barefoot, and Essie Good To Go. This is natural lighting. This polish is definitely significantly pinker than what this picture is showing; I need to work on my picture-taking skills.

Essie Topless and Barefoot

Ok, this is a little more accurate to how it looks in real life, but my skin isn’t quite so red as it looks in this picture. Ugh. 

Essie Topless and Barefoot label

Here it is again, looking decidedly not pink-toned when it should be. Argh. Anyway, the important thing is that I have finally found a flattering nude polish for my skin tone. 

The next question I asked myself was: How does this compare to OPI My Very First Knockwurst? See the results below. The Essie is on the left, the OPI is on the right.

Essie T&P vs. OPI MVFK

While both polishes are technically pink-toned nudes, the OPI is significantly pinker and a little dustier than the Essie. The OPI also has a slightly better formula. However, the OPI definitely has a more awkward name. (Yes, I consider stuff like this when comparing polishes.)

Essie Topless and Barefoot Quick Review

Formula: Awful! I used a ridge-filling base coat (my secret weapon for problem polishes) and the polish still streaked and ran. It has a very thin and runny formula. I think it was only with the grace of the polish gods that I did not flood all my cuticles. I pulled it off in two coats, though.

Collection: Essie A French Affair, Spring 2011

Where to buy: I found mine at Ulta. However, since this is an older polish, you may not be able to find it in brick-and-mortar stores. If you absolutely must track it down, I suggest checking Amazon.

Would I wear again: Yes, but I’ll have to be in the mood to deal with the horrible formula.

Overall: 3.5/5 stars

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

 

 

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin: A One-Coat Wonder

Hey there! Today I removed my interview mani (the thumbs were chipping–hmph) and contemplated what to wear next. Despite the fact that I have over a hundred bottles of polish (and that is not even including the “support equipment” of various bases, top coats, etc.), I still have that “oh-my-goodness-I-have-nothing-to wear” moment embarrassingly often. (You can roll your eyes now. I won’t judge.)

Anyway, after a few minutes of indecision I reached for an untried, Sinful Colors Blue Crushin. Man, the formula on this baby!

 Sinful Colors Blue Crushin

What you see here is Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and one–yes, ONE–coat of Sinful Colors Blue Crushin. No top coat! Yes, the polish is really that shiny and glossy by itself!

Sure, this is more of a fall color than a summer color. But the end of August is upon us, so fall is right around the corner. (Sort of.)

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin in natural lighting.

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin thumb

I can’t comment if this deep teal creme is a dupe for OPI Ski Teal We Drop, as I don’t own that one, but I can tell ya that one is no longer on my wish list! Blue Crushin has ‘crushed’ my teal lemming ;).

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin

The only downside to this wondrous one-coater is that in shady and indirect light (as pictured above) it swerves into almost-black territory. Not a fan of that…but it looks so luscious most of the time that I can forgive it for that.

Sinful Colors Blue Crushin Quick Review

Formula: Hello! It’s a one-coater, people! Need I say more?

Collection: Sinful Colors Chill Out, Summer 2014

Where to buy: I bought mine at Walgreen’s. You can also find Sinful Colors at other drugstores like Rite-Aid and discount superstores like Wal-Mart.

Would I wear again?: Yes! This will be one of my ‘lazy day’ polishes since it only requires one coat to look good.

Overall: 5/5 stars

Do you have a favorite teal polish?

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

Interview-Worthy Polish: OPI Berlin There Done That

Hi! Today I have swatches of a nice neutral polish. I had a job interview, so naturally I had to paint my nails to add to my professional demeanor calm my nerves. I reached for an untried, OPI Berlin There Done That.

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This is two easy coats, between Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat and Essie Good To Go. I am slowly amassing a larger collection of neutrals, but this is my first-ever taupe polish! I can’t say how it compares to the classic OPI You Don’t Know Jacques (which apparently is the taupe to end all taupes). However, Berlin There Done That is quite nice too. 

OPI Berlin There Done That

This is the same combo, natural lighting. This is closest to how it looked most of the time on my nails in real life. I don’t know why my skin keeps looking so lobster-y in these natural light photos.

OPI Berlin There Done That label

This is the obligatory thumb/label picture. Still natural light.

OPI Berlin There Done That

Berlin There Done That looks slightly darker and more brownish in the shade.

OPI Berlin There Done That bottle

OPI Berlin There Done That Quick Review

Formula: Good but a little thin. I was able to use two coats, but I had to be careful not to flood my cuticles.

Collection: OPI Germany, Fall 2012

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

Would I wear again: Yes! This will come in handy for work.

Overall: 4/5 stars

Do you have a favorite neutral polish? Have you ever been to Berlin? 

Thanks for reading!

❤ Jessica

OPI Keeping Suzi At Bay: Navy Blue Perfection

Hey there! Today’s post is a simple color that I am actually pretty excited about. Feast your eyes on the perfect navy-blue creaminess that is OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay:

OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay

Shown in natural lighting with Revlon Quick Dry Base Coat, 2 coats of color and no top coat! Yes! Check out that glossy finish!

Admittedly, navy blue is one of my favorite colors anyway. It’s appropriate for all seasons and coordinates well with a lot of other colors. 

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In sunlight, as you can see, OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay looks slightly lighter, but is still shiny and creamy.

OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay

Another natural lighting picture. I absolutely love how OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay never looks black. You can always tell it’s dark blue.

OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay

OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay

OPI Keeping Suzi at Bay Quick Review

Formula: Fantastic! 2 coats of glossy blue goodness.

Collection: OPI San Francisco, Fall 2013

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

Would I wear again: Uh, yes! I also can’t for my nail art tools to get here so I can try out some cool nail art on this color!

Overall: 5/5 stars

Do you have a favorite ‘year-round’ polish? 

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