Monday, November 30, 2015

Different Dimension Light Year

Unfortunately, today's polish was not very successful, at least on me. I snagged Different Dimension Light Year during the Llarowe "close out" sale because I thought it was a cool looking polish. Light Year is a bit of problem child in trying to describe it-- I would call it a gray-green base with a strong golden yellow shimmer. Depending on the light, the base color can change between more grey and more green looking, but the golden shimmer is ever-present. The formula was a bit on the thin side-- the first coat was a bit sheer, though it built up nicely in three coats and I didn't have any trouble applying it.

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All in all, I do think this is unique color and I don't really have anything else like it, but I fear it looks ghastly with my skin tone! Which is a huge bummer, but at least I bought it on sale! I wish this leaned a little more green or a little more grey because where it falls makes it difficult for me to wear, though I seldom tend to worry about these things.

Friday, November 27, 2015

Purple Friday: Apple Cup Edition: Enchanted Polish November 2014

And... here we are what will most likely be the last Purple Friday post of the year! Today is our big rivalry game (the Apple Cup) against our cross-state university, and this year they are doing quite well, while UW is only doing okay... which could make it a very painful game. I certainly hope it's a good game, and that we win, but I'm trying to stay realistic (but still optimistic). We are having brunch with friends and then doing a quickie tailgate (aka just drinking) before the game. We have friends visiting town from California (we were all in band together) and it will be fun to spend some time with them-- away from the kiddos!

I initially had grand plans to do some amazing nail art for the Apple Cup, but with Thanksgiving and my mediocre nail art skills... yeah, it wasn't going to happen. I wish! Maybe next year! So once that idea fell through, I wasn't feeling particularly motivated or inspired to pick a polish. With the help of my husband, who occasionally has a passing interest in my polish hobby, helped pick one out. We settled on Enchanted Polish November 2014, hoping that this will bring us some good luck because the Huskies won the Apple Cup in that month and year. November 2014 is a deep, eggplant purple with a strong linear holographic flame. The formula was good, and went on very smoothly-- I just needed two coats! Love that.

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This is such a gorgeous, deep, dark mysterious purple-- I think it's so lovely! The holo flame is nice and deep (though not totally overwhelming) and it's such a beautiful color. Why have I waited so long to wear this?! At least that tragedy has been remedied!

Go Dawgs! Beat the Cougars!

Thursday, November 26, 2015

Thanksgiving Mani: Nine Zero Stuffed

Happy Thanksgiving all! Hope everyone has a nice day and long weekend planned! My parents are coming for dinner at our house, which will probably be chaos, but oh well! Hopefully the turkey turns out! As a quick Thanksgiving mani, I decided to whip out a new-to-me brand, Nine Zero Lacquer! I saw swatches of the brand's Thanksgiving trio and knew I had to have them. Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday, so it's great to see it getting some love! For this mani, I went simple and pulled out Stuffed to use. Stuffed is described as a "gold holographic micro glitter with warm, seasonal glitters mixed in." The primary glitter I see added in is burgundy, but there's some red and possibly orange in there too. When I first applied this, I tried painting it on like I would any normal polish, but the glitter placement was a little sparse, so I ended up dabbing a first coat on the nail to get good coverage, then painted on a second and third coat like normal (with maybe a bit of dabbing to cover any thin spots). But it was super easy to use, packed with glitter, dried quickly, and I think you could also use this as a glitter topper if you didn't want to do just straight up glitter. Winner winner turkey dinner! It was a bit of a thirsty glitter, though, and I did need two layers of top coat (I am currently using the Essence gel top coat) to give it a smooth finish. All in all, an excellent polish and it works perfectly for the holiday! I'm excited to have discovered this brand and look forward to sharing more of their polishes with you!

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Stuffed is bling-tastic thanks to all the gold holographic glitter-- really shines! It freaked out my camera a little-- I should mattify and take a photo to capture it a bit better. Have a happy Thanksgiving everyone!

Tuesday, November 24, 2015

Two-fer Tuesday: Fairytale Finish Neverending Fairytales October Box

I initially meant to get this posted last week, but discovered that I had somehow deleted pictures of one of the polishes and so I had to go back and reswatch it this weekend! How annoying! But it was easily remedied, at least. So this week I can show you the October box, which was inspired by fall!

This first polish I have to share with you is Leaf Jumping, which is a salmon pink crelly with a variety of different colored glitters in there, including turquoise, blue, red and yellow. I needed to give this a good roll to get the glitters mixed up again because it had been sitting for awhile, but it applied very well. I probably could have gotten away with two coats, but used three coats here to make sure I had the glitter and opacity I wanted. I didn't really have to dab, though the first coat was a bit sparse in terms of glitter, so I made sure that I had more glitter on my following coats.

This next polish from the box, and the one that I think is the true standout is Autumn Twilight. This is a difficult polish to describe, but I'll give it a try! Autumn Twilight has a deep, blackened purple base with mix of shimmer, purple and bronze glitter. I honestly can't quite remember how many coats I used here-- I think maybe two, but I might have used three, as that tends to my MO these days. This was packed with glitter and went on very easily; no issues at all! Perfection!

Another great sub box from Amanda! I kind of wish Leaf Jumping had of a more autumnal base color, but I like the unique color combination of the glitters. Autumn Twilight is definitely the winner here, but again, I like them both!

Monday, November 23, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge Pardonne Moi

I think everyone knows by now that Rescue Beauty Lounge is going out of busy-- which I find not terribly surprising given their business model, price point, and the plethora of other indie and boutique polish makers out there-- today I have another polish from their Je t'aime Je t'aime collection. Today I have Pardonne Moi, which is described as a "satin finish of an exceptional indigo blue overcast with iris purple." This polish is a metallic blue with a slight purple duochrome on the edges-- it's more apparent in the bottle than one the nail, but you can see flashes. This isn't really a satin finish in my opinion, a shimmery metallic but I can't really remember

The formula on this was a little on the thin side, so I needed three coats to get the coverage I wanted. I would suggest being careful, as it can leave streaks due to the metallic nature. Also being a metallic, it dries fairly quickly.

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I know my photos do show a few streaks, but it's not terrible in real life, even for a metallic. You can currently purchase this for $8 (down from $20!) on the Rescue Beauty site.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Sunny's Body Products Mystery Autumn Box

 Hey look, two posts in one day! Disclaimer: this box is already sold out so you can no longer purchase it, but I wanted to write up a quick review anyway because I thoroughly enjoyed this box and I love Sunny's Body Products (technically I still have the Halloween box to review too)! This time around, Sunny decided to do something a little different-- she picked out 8 autumn relevant scents to make products from, but each box had a mix of seven different products, picked at random. It was a fun way to do it, and I was really looking forward to what I would receive.

There was one lip product included in the box, and I got the newly released lip jelly, which is described as a "beautiful blend between lip balm and lip gloss specifically designed to be a hydrating, smooth jelly perfect for all day use." The scent of either product is Pralines and Cream, which is pretty self explanatory.

This is the first time I have used the lip jelly, but I liked it! The scent was great, sweet but not too much so and it was easy to use and apply.

The hand care I products were the Intensive Cuticle Therapy in Caramelized Pralines, which is described as an "absolutely irresistible homemade baked blend of warm vanilla caramel with dark brown sugar and butter drenched pecans."

I'll be honest-- this was my least favorite scent, but for a specific reason: it reminds me too much of popcorn, which I haaaaaaate. I might be the only person on the planet that feels this way, but the scent of hot buttered popcorn makes me want to vomit. The butter note is very strong here, and to me, overpowers the rest of the other notes and I just can't handle it. I haven't actually used it yet, so maybe it mellows out upon actual usage, but it's hard to get over all that butter, yuck.
Next I got the Hand Butter in Cornucopias and Gourds, which is descibed as a "gentle hint of cloves, fresh dried herbs, earthy mums, and freshly fallen leaves followed by the heady warmth of fresh cut wood. It's Autumn in a bottle!"

Given how much I loved the Autumn Mums scent from last year's Autumn Box, it's perhaps not a huge surprise that I love this scent. This one is very spicy and little goes a long way, otherwise the scent can get a bit overpowering. But despite that, this is definitely one of my favorite scents from the box.

Another favorite that I lucked out getting was the On-the-Go Hand Lotion in White Pumpkin and Lilac which is described as a "sweet scent is anchored with notes of amber, cedar wood and sheer musk. Hints of lilac petals and autumn lily flowers are followed by a blissful combination of pumpkin seeds, spicy coriander, fragrant cinnamon sugar and luscious cashmere vanilla." 

Oh man oh man-- I love this scent! It's kind of spicy and kind of floral-- a perfect blend. I love this one so much. Definitely one of my favorites from this box! 

I also received the Hand Sugar Scrub in Pumpkin Marshmallow which is described as "ooey gooey and completely YUMMY! A fabulous Fall treat! Cardamom, cinnamon, marshmallow, cooked pumpkin, Madagascar vanilla, buttermilk, caramel-glaze, and a hint of graham cracker."

Surprisingly, this doesn't smell that edible to me, as I would expect for a scent called "pumpkin marshmallow." I love how smooth and soft this makes my hands feel, but I don't love the scent as much I thought I would.

 Sunny has switched up her cuticle oil packaging, making them slimmer and putting a metal rolling ball instead of a plastic one. I received the Cuticle Oil in Sweater Weather, which is described as a "unique, fresh scent that blends crisp juniper berry and sage. The earthy clean smell will remind you of being outside in the brisk air, surrounded by the beautiful changing leaves during the fall with notes of juniper berries, fresh eucalyptus, and sage and a tiny bit of woods, sweet spearmint and dew mixed in." 

I really like the packaging changes that have been made here. Plus this scent is great, so I think this might be my winner for the whole box!

I got the Triple Thick Body Lotion in Pumpkin Cornbread, which is described a "sweet pumpkin is blended with cornmeal, ground clove and cinnamon in this warm fall bread, straight from the oven."

I'll be honest-- I didn't expect to like this scent. Surprise! I actually love this. The cloves, cinnamon and pumpkin notes take the lead, with the cornmeal note finishing it up. It's spicy and not too sweet.

There was one scent I didn't get:  Spiced Pumpkin Latte, which is described as a "delicious blend of rich milk and creamy butter followed by the intoxicating and heady scent of coffee, decadent pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Sweet notes of sugared maple and chocolate cream round out this satisfying and heart-warming scent." 

Overall I really liked this box and I enjoyed the twist on her usual seasonal boxes! Can't wait to see what she cooks up for the holidays!

HPB Presents Green Monochromatic Polka Dots!

So I ended up missing last month's Hobby Polish Blogger's Link-up, which was Halloween themed. Between my kids' birthday and getting sick I just didn't have the energy to come up with any manicures! But this month I wanted to get back at it and participate! The November theme is monochromatic, which means using one color in various hues. At first I thought I would do purple, but I already do Purple Fridays, so I scoured my "to be used" polish pile and was inspired by some new Fairytale Finish polishes that had just arrived and decided to go green, which is highly unusual for me! Green is not my favorite color and one I don't tend to wear often, but for some reason this week I had the hankering for green!

My base color is Colors by Llarowe Onesies, which is a soft mint green holographic. I then chose three darker green shades and grabbed my dotting tools and decided to randomly layer on polka dots. The darkest green is Fairytale Finish Turning Over A New Leaf, a dark forest teal green holographic, then CbL Believe in Miracles, a bright teal holographic, and then FF Autumn Reflections, which is a deeper wintergreen mint holographic.

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 I am generally pretty happy with the way this looks. Sometimes trying to make something look random is very difficult, hah! I definitely want to tweak a few things, such as varying the layers if I'd known just how opaque looking Autumn Reflections was going to look over the others, but like I said, I'm pretty happy with the way this turned out! Guess I'm going to have work on my doting skills.

Friday, November 20, 2015

Purple Friday: Colors by Llarowe Grape Jelly and Enchanted Polish Rainbow Juice (with pulp)

Another Purple Friday post eeking in before the clock rolls over-- but not for lack of effort on my part, though! I got my manicure done and took pictures and then my internet wouldn't work! Darnit! But we're rolling now, so quick, let's get on with it! This week we're playing a team with a worse record than we have, so hopefully we can win!

This week I actually did have a manicure in mind-- specifically, making a jelly sandwich because I was wanting to play with some polishes I had lying around. I pulled out Grape Jelly from Colors by Llarowe, which is a sheer, deep purple jelly. I applied two coats making sure to let them dry in between coats!) and then layered a coat of Enchanted Polish Rainbow Juice (with pulp) on top of that. Rainbow Juice (with pulp) is a holographic glitter topper with small holographic glitter and larger flakies. Then I layered another coat of Grape Jelly on top of that! Grape Jelly is definitely a bit on the streaky side, so my coats aren't terrible even, so I'll have to work on that. I don't think the finished product looks too bad, though! It may not be the most unique look out there, but it does have a nice sparkle!

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I really love this look! It's not perfect, but suddenly I have a great urge to buy a bunch of jelly polishes and make jelly sandwiches with Rainbow Juice (with pulp). I think this would look fabulous with pretty much any color!

Go Dawgs! Beat the Beavers!

Thursday, November 19, 2015

Girly Bits Fathomless

Today I have a fun polish to share with you! This is Girly Bits Fathomless! This is an older polish, released back in 2013 as part of the "Season of Sparkle" collection. It was recently on sale and is now retired-- I snatched it up on a whim even though greens tend not to be my thing. The Girly Bits website describes Fathomless as a "deep teal, with glowy blue/green micro glitters that peek through the jelly lacquer." PS-- I think it's awesome that the GB website lists retired polishes, along with a shade description and the collection it was released in?! So helpful for those of us who are crazy like this.

This had a great formula. It definitely felt a bit jelly-like in its consistency, just a touch on the thick side. With the first coat, I got pretty good coverage but few sheer spots towards the tips of my nails-- a second coat evened everything out no problem! Fathomless dried fairly quickly down to a more matte finish, so definitelu need a top coat to make this nice and glossy. Luckily it's not a very thirsty polish and one layer of top coat was all I needed to make it smooth and shiny.

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I took few photos with my iPhone to better capture the shimmer, because I couldn't photograph it properly at night with my camera. 

I personally think this is a great Christmas polish and I'm pleasantly surprised at how much I love this color, given that it's not really my wheelhouse (green, near-black). But there's something about the sparkle and flash and how it never looks quite black that snuck up on me and sunk its claws in-- so I love this! It's greenish blue, blueish green, shimmery, dark and deep-- love it!

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Colors by Llarowe Fall-o-me

In an effort to catch up with monthly polishes, today I have the October Polish of the Month from Colors by Llarowe, entitled Fall-o-me. Fall-o-me is dusky deep periwinkle with a strong pink shimmer and holographic finish. This is a perfect transitional color for the fall-- it's deep but not too deep, and the shimmer gives it dimension. I used three coats here, though I probably could have gotten away with two. I guess I was just kind of on autopilot mode! Three gives it a nice depth, though! The formula was a touch thick, but in a good, easy to use sort of way and this went on smoothly! 

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Absolutely gorgeous! While there are other dusky purples with pink shimmer in them (Cult Nails Flushed comes to mind) but not with the holographic finish. I love this!

Sunday, November 15, 2015

Seahawks Sunday: Liquid Sky Lacquer Go Hawks!

I usually don't paint my nails for the Seahawks because I tend to have my nails painted for the Husky games on Saturdays, but this week is an exception because my husband and I are attending the game tonight! So I wanted to a) paint my nails and b) get up a quickie post to show you!

This is a pretty simple mani-- I had Go Hawks! from Liquid Sky Lacquer kicking around-- it's a mini bottle that she released one of the years the Seahawks played in the Super Bowl. It's a glitter topper with blue and green hex glitter and small green microglitter in a clear base. I initially thought I might layer it over a grey base, but decided to use silver instead. The closest silver I had on hand was A England Excaliber, so there you have it! I used two coats of Excaliber and then dabbed one coat of Go Hawks! on top. I think it looks good!

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Hope you all are having an enjoyable Sunday! Go Hawks!

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Purple Saturday: Julep Danica

Welp, didn't get this up last night. And now I'm posting as the game is being played, haha. In this week's I-can't-catch-a-break story, on Thursday I managed to take an extremely graceful fall in the middle of a street while I was walking to work and rolled my ankle, causing a nice sprain. Luckily it didn't seem to swell too much, nor is it turning any nasty colors, so I'm managing by swallowing Aleve and taping it to keep it stable. It's definitely still tender, but I can walk on it. And then yesterday the terrible terrorist attacks in France happened, and I just wasn't feeling up to posting last night. But I did want to paint my nails... and that didn't really go as planned either. I started late and the polish I originally picked end up not being what I was looking for. So I just wanted something that would work, and quickly. So I grabbed Julep Danica, which is a gorgeous "blue violet iridescent chrome." Danica is definitely blue leaning, though it has a duochrome aspect to it that makes it more red purple at some angles and lights, thanks to the pink and blue shimmer running through out this polish.

I did not do an excellent job of applying this polish. I didn't let the polish dry enough in between coats, and applied probably slightly thicker coats and I had some bubbling issues. Argh. My fault. The formula on this was good-- easy to apply, not too thick or too thin. As it is a chrome polish, you have to be a little careful not too load too much on your brush to avoid streaks. It's a very pretty polish and my photos below do not really do it justice.

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I wasn't really happy with these photos-- I snapped some with my iPhone that might give you a better hint at the duochrome nature of Danica.

I think this is a polish I will need to reswatch at some point, haha! I'm not very happy with my paint job or my photos, but Thursday and Friday were such crappy days that I can't really work up the energy to care at this point. I painted my nails!

Go Dawgs! Beat the Sun Devils!

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

Two-fer Tuesday: Fairytale Finish Neverending Fairytales September Box

I am catching up on my polishes! Today I've got the September Neverending Fairytales subscription box! The maker, Amanda, celebrates her birthday in the month of September and so the polishes in this particular box were made in honor of her birthday! Definitely a great theme for the month! The September box also included a lot of special bonus codes to other polish shops which was really cool and awesome!

First up: 27 Cupcakes! Like the sweet treats (mmm.... cupcakes), this polish is a sweet combination of a creamy ivory crelly base with a confection of brightly colored glitter in a multitude of colors-- green, yellow, pink, purple, and blue in different sizes and shapes. I did need to give this a good roll to get the glitters resuspended, as they sink and want to cling to the sides of the bottle. The first coat was a little sheer and sparse on the glitter, so I ended up using three coats to make it opaque and get the glitter coverage I wanted.

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Every birthday girl needs a party dress, and boy does After Party Dress deliver on the sparkle and shine. This is a black crelly filled to the brim with holographic, multicolor shimmer and sparkle. The first coat was a bit sheer, and two coats gave me pretty good coverage but I added a third for good measure. The formula was great and went on very smoothly. This actually dried fairly shiny, but I did add a top coat for my photos. This was kind of hard to photograph in my lighting conditions, but hopefully you can see the sparkle.

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Another great subscription box! I think After Party Dress may be favorite just due to all the sparkle, but they are both fun and the names fit perfectly.

Next week, stay tuned for the October Neverending Fairytales box! (See, I'm almost caught up!)

Monday, November 9, 2015

Virtuous Polish Temperance

Am I the only person who sometimes finds it easier to write a negative review than a positive one? That probably says more about me than anything else, though I generally think of myself as pretty even keel. I suspect it's because when a polish doesn't perform like I hope, it elicits a lot of visceral emotions, especially when I had high hopes. Today I have one such polish to share with you.

I picked up Virtuous Polish Temperance on whim because she was going out of business and I had never tried any of her polishes so I thought, why not? I had seen some gorgeous pictures on IG and Temperance is a deep cobalt blue polish with a matte finish, so basically, it hits all my buttons in one fell swoop. However, the reality was a bit more disappointing. Temperance, as a matte, was extremely thick, to the point of being gloppy. It started to dry the minute it came out of the bottle, and while I could paint it on my nail without it drying too quickly, it was very thick and hard to control. Due to the thickness of the coats, even though it was quick drying over all, the coats didn't dry all the way through before I applied the next one-- leading to air bubbles. Due to the thickness, I did try to apply this carefully, but I did have a some streaks. I ended up using three coats to make it as even as possible, though it still wasn't perfect.

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See those lighter blue spots? Air bubbles. UGH. Actually, it does look kind of cool but definitely not what I was looking for.

I took a photo with my phone to show you what it looked like in a closer to "real life" situation aka not super up close. 

Some of the flaws that you see clearly in my camera photos are less visible here.   

Overall I am hugely bummed out by this polish. I have seen some gorgeous swatches of this color and had very high hopes for it. The reality is that while the color remains absolutely gorgeous, the actual polish is a hot mess. Virtuous Polish is no longer in operation, and given that this is one of the last bottles, it's possible that perhaps this just thickened up over time. I also probably didn't wait long enough in between coats (and shook the bottle several times) which probably lead to the bubbles. That said, this was still a very difficult to work with. I may try adding some thinner to see if that could help, but I'm not sure I'll ever be coming back to this one, unfortunately. I wish this had a better formula because I would wear it all the time-- I love this color! I guess I'll just have to keep searching.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Purple Friday: Fairytale Finish A Fairytale Began and Girly Bits Selfie Bomb

Another Friday, another late post. Sorry! Tonight's a real quickie because everything has gone to hell in a handbasket with my husband's work, which is no fun for either of us. So basically, no one is happy. Tomorrow the Huskies play the Utah Utes. They are currently ranked #12, so it has the potential to be a challenging game, though the teams are fairly evenly matched on paper. Should be an interesting game, which we hopefully win!

I was having trouble deciding on a manicure this week and tore up the house looking for a polish that I then ended up not using at all. Ah well! At least I found the polish I was looking for. I settled for a simple accent nail this week, something I haven't done in awhile, so that works out well! I went through my purples and picked out Fairytale Finish A Fairytale Began, which is from the Fairytale Finish one year anniversary duo. It was a little streaky on the first coat but evened out nicely with two coats-- I ended up using three to cover a few thin spots. For my gold accent nail, I used Girly Bits Selfie Bomb, which was released last year and is a gold holo microglitter. It is a little sheer but builds up nicely-- I used three coats here. Both dry down quickly (I've actually worn Selfie Bomb alone before and will review it later). A Fairytale Began ended up being a little darker than I initially wanted, but it still looks good!

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Hope you enjoyed my quickie manicure! Have a great weekend all!

Go Dawgs! Beat the Utes!

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

Colors by Llarowe Talk to the Hand

Today I have the next polish in the monthly Colors by Llarowe series. This polish is from September and is called Talk to the Hand. Talk to the Hand is described as a "blue toned deep magenta intense linear holo with purple flame and micro pink flakes." This is a very pretty purple-red wine color (I've also seen "mulberry" used as a descriptor) and is a great transition color for fall. Not too vampy, but deep enough to be perfect for the season.

I wore this for my boys birthday party a couple weeks ago and I primarily grabbed it because I knew it would be extremely easy to use and I wouldn't have to futz with it, especially given that I wouldn't have much time to apply it, moreso than the color (though I did really like the color as well). And I didn't make a bad bet-- Talk to the Hand is on the thick side, but in a good way and goes on easily and smoothly. This could probably be a one coat wonder, but I used two coats here. It dried quickly and I didn't have any issues. And the color is gorgeous! My mom liked it so much that she also painted her nails this color! I think that's always a good recommendation.

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This series is only available on the first day of each month, though you may be able to find them at international stockists later on if you miss the initial launch. So far I've been very impressed with these polishes-- even though I'm behind with my reviews and swatches!

Happy Hump Day all!

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Zoya London

Time for a Texture Tuesday post! This week I've got another Zoya Pixie Dust to share with you-- this week it's Zoya London, which was initially released in the spring 2013. The whole collection had a kind of muted quality to it, which I loved. As I've been making my way through the Pixie Dusts, I am not wanting more muted, darker colors so the dark grey of London is definitely what I'm looking for now that we are in the wet, wild and windy fall weather. Pretty sure the Seattle sky will be this color until March now, haha.

London is described as a "fog gray with a sugared sparkle" and has a very carbon/lead grey feel to it with a strong silver sparkle. Despite the deeper color, this was a bit on the sheer side when I applied the first coat. However, I applied a pretty heavy second coat and so was able to get away with just two here. As with all the Pixie Dusts, it dries down fairly quickly to the textured finish.

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I loved this polish a lot more than I expected. I find the color to be very wearable and very chic-- goes with a lot and it's an easier way to wear a darker color if you don't want to wear black nail polish (something I don't do very often myself). Plus, these Pixie Dusts wear like iron (on myself, at least) and then are easy to remove, so it's a good standby kind of polish. So London was a huge win for me, hooray! If you are a fan of textured polish, I would definitely recommend going to getting as many of the Pixie Dusts as you can, because Zoya discontinued the line. I have hopes that they will bring it back one day, because I want more colors but will have to be content with what I have for now.

Monday, November 2, 2015

Sinful Colors Blue Sensation

Let's get Monday off to a great start by starting with a polish I absolutely fell in love with: Sinful Colors Blue Sensation. This is a polish from one of the three (!) collections Sinful Colors put out this fall. I didn't see a display with this polish at first, but when I saw it on other blogs, I knew that I had to have it and had to comb a few drugstores in the area to find it (no one store received all the fall polishes).

Blue Sensation is a shimmery steel blue that dries to a satin matte finish. It has a very good formula and goes on smoothly and I only needed two coats for opaque, even coverage. It dries in good time and not so fast that it's prone to dragging. My photos (without top coat) are making the satin matte finish invisible, but it's there. Nice and smooth! My photos also make this seem icier and lighter than it is in real life-- there is a strong silver shimmer in the polish but it translate to a more steely grey than icy silver in real life.

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I have to say, this is probably one of my favorite polishes this fall! I'm not really good about picking up (or wearing) polishes as they come out, but this has a gorgeous color, great formula, and the satin matte finish I love. So this is a huge win for me and I would definitely encourage you to run out and grab this if you see it!

Happy Monday all!