Cult Nails: Princess From The Fairy Tale Collection

Every little girl wants to grow up and be a princess. Except for me. I wanted to be a scientist and look through microscopes. However, now, I think it is OK to say I would like to be a princess. A rich princess. With lots of makeup and nail polish. And a huge closet full of Princess clothing.

In the meantime, I can have the nails of a princess with Cult Nails ‘Princess’ from the new Fairy Tale collection…


Princesses are stereo-typed as being spoiled. I did have to spoil this ‘Princess’ a bit. This polish dries very quickly. She isn’t one to fuss around. Applying the polish is your job and you must get right to it.

I have three coats here because I was working on smoothing out the look. I still ended up with making patchy areas. Don’t let this turn you away from ‘Princess’, however. This is a beautiful polish! No top coat needed for this one…


What looks like an innocent, soft blue, there is a pleasant surprise of magenta shimmer to this one. The blue doesn’t seem to have a high gloss itself, however, the magenta shimmer gives it a reflective glimmer.


You can not only be a Princess, but you can have ‘Princess’ nails by ordering your Fairy Tale collection from Cult Nails.This is the last polish from the collection for me to review. If you’d like you can click the names and see my reviews of the rest of the collection: Evil Queen with Happy Ending; Feelin’ Froggy; Charming with Happy Ending.

If you are a long-time reader, you will know that Libby is the real Princess at the Vanity. But, her new ‘sister’ is quite a sweetie as well. Kayla has NO pretentious airs at all. After I took these photos of Kayla, she got her tummy ‘nom nom’ed…


Product was provided to me for my honest review. All opinions are my own.

Milani’s Twinkle: Jammin’ Good Blue & Purple Glitter

A new polish added to my collection is this super-duper glitter…

Milani continues to make glitter that is spell-bounding, pigmented and just plain fun! This is ‘Twinkle.’ You can’t get much bluer in color than this.

I have on just 2 coats of ‘Twinkle.’ I didn’t get complete opaqueness but from a normal distance, it was not that obvious. A third coat for me would have gotten rid of the see-through.

‘Twinkle’ is made up of brilliant blue and violet glitter. It is jammin’ in that polish, I tell ya!

The last photo is in the shade. It washes out in color, but I like the look of it. It shows the real brilliance of the polish.

As with almost all glitter polishes, this one wasn’t easy to remove. However, it did apply well and wasn’t super gritty. Oh, and this manicure was over 2 days old. There’s barely any tip wear.

Is ‘Twinkle’ a glitter polish you can jam on?

Sinful Color’s Cast Away In The Grecian Sun

Keeping up with the new collections can be difficult. I fall in love with the one I am wearing and don’t want to move on to the next swatch. This is exactly what happened with this Sinful Colors polish from the Cast Away collection. Check out ‘Grecian Sun’…

This is a bright, robin’s egg blue and it is to die for. Considering it’s a creme, I’m really loving ‘Grecian Sun’. I’m super fussy about the blue polishes I like and this one nails it. I have on 3 coats…

I tried to get away with just 2 but it was patchy, as seen on my index finger.
Then, after a couple of days, I wanted to mix it up, a bit, before moving on to another shade. This one looks more like sea than sun, though…

Can you just imagine the sun’s rays reflecting off the Grecian Sea from a hot ‘Grecian Sun’? I adore this look. I used China Glaze’s ‘Luxe and Lush’ from the Hunger Games collection. I just don’t think it gets any more spring-like than this…

Someday I’m going to go to Greece. And when I do, I think I’ll wear something from Sinful Color’s Cast Away collection. It really would be fitting.

Have you been to Greece? Did you see anything there was was the shade of ‘Grecian Sun’?

Sinful Colors Cinderella Creates A Ball For Spring

The weather here in Orlando has been very nice…and kind. I’m happy to move into some Spring like polishes to celebrate. Here’s one I recently did…

Light teal or turquoise colors are not my favorite at all. Could be that they look ghastly on me. However, I think I found an exception to this. This is Sinful Colors ‘Cinderella’. The most-fitting name as anyone who has seen the Walt Disney movie by the same name knows that Cinderella’s ball gown was blue.

And, I can so imagine it with this polish…

‘Cinderella’ is a baby blue and the kicker is–it has magenta shimmer as well. Yummy!

I took a lot of photos of ‘Cinderella’ because I wanted to capture that shimmer. It is what ‘makes’ this color for me. I used 3 coats and a top coat of Color Club’s Vivid top coat.

It is interesting, to me, that the first photo shows my nails in the shade. ‘Cinderella’ looks like a cool blue color. Then the near photo, it looks like a turquoise shade with green undertones, with direct sunlight. Well, it’s easy to see how this could happen because if you take blue and red, or pink as we have here, and mixed them together, that is going to make a green.

In real life, I couldn’t get enough of this pretty polish. And, although I love the story of Cinderella (I posted here about one of my favorite movies, Ever After), I don’t like the idea that a woman’s life is improved because she found a man to take her away from ‘it all’. But, a woman can break out of a bad environment and find a better life, and I like that meaning best of all.

Have you found Sinful Colors ‘Cinderella’ yet? Don’t you agree that it is totally a Spring color?

Forever 21’s Trickster Nail Polish

If you have ever taken photos of a teal/green/blue polish, you know it can be a monster to try and capture the true essence of that shade. And since I am not even sure how to open a photo enhancing program, I’m just going to wing it. You know, like just about everything else I do and show on this blog. Luckily, it’s just a hobby and not my living.

Let me show you…

Only the last photo can show you how cool (as in neat-o) the polish is and capture that shift of magenta in it.  Even Forever 21 calls this ‘Blue/Green’. I’m gonna name it ‘Trickster’ because that’s what it is.

‘Trickster’ totally fits. Here, it looks like a dominantly greenish teal. But there is that flash of pink or magenta that catches the eye and makes you wonder if you really did see something else in the color.

And before I go on, I want to say that this is 3 coats. And it was dreamy to apply this polish from Forever 21. I am sporting 3 coats with a top coat of Color Club’s Vivid Top Coat. There is an amount of visible nail, however, it isn’t so evident on real life.

So I wonder, it really isn’t the polish that I playfully am calling ‘Trickser’ that is deceptive. it might be the natural light, this time. Either way, you will have no problems enjoying the shifting shimmer in this Forever 21 polish.

Not Just An Everyday Blue Shade of Polish

It’s Friday and no one should be blue. That is, unless you are nails…

Lots of blue! Pretty blue. love & beauty comes from Forever 21 retail stores and I love looking for new polishes in those stores. I haven’t found anything recently. However, I did nab this one before Christmas.

In real life, this blue is just a bit darker. But the shimmer cannot be diminished. It is there but not in an over-kill way.

For $2.80, you are not breaking the bank for a really decent nail polish. This one applied like a dream. I did not have one bit of an issue with it. I have 3 coats here and I did put a top coat of Lumos on. (I really want to get more than just this little sample of Lumos. It’s something I do want to share with you. love.)

Looks like a galaxy of stars. Even though love & beauty don’t like to give their nail polishes ‘real’ names, as this one is just labeled ‘Blue’, it could do well with ‘Blue Galaxy.’ Anyway, I think it is out of this world.

It is pretty, don’t you think?

Snow Light Blues

Yesterday I posted on a Sally’s Girl polish that, even though has no name, is still a crisp and shimmery steel blue-gray. I gave it a make-over and it came out fairly better.

First, I want to show you the Cosmetic Arts polish that began this evolution…

Cosmetic Arts doesn’t name their shades, but doesn’t this one just scream for one? Screamin’ Steel? Eh.

But, oh how lovely this steel blue is…

This is with four coats and I still didn’t get the same opaque look I wanted. I just wanted it to look like it does in the bottle.

Here is a photo in the shade…

Too sheer for the look I was going for. However, as I was sitting there with a grimace, I glanced over and saw the Sally’s Girl, again no name, that I had just swatched. I got a simple idea…

Check out the micro-glitter in the bottle, and there is the slightest of shimmer on my nail…

It’s there, on the nail, but ooooh, so subtle. In the sunlight, and rolling my nail back and forth, I could see all the different colored glitter twinkling like a night sky.

Using Sally’s Girl polish, as the base coat for Cosmetic Arts, gave me more of the look I was hoping to achieve and with less coats. I used 2 coats of Sally’s Girl and just one coat of Cosmetic Arts.

If I was a Franken Fashionista, I would franken these two and see if I could get the wanted look in just a single polish.

I’m sort of partial to icy blues during the winter. I got a photo of this over Christmas…

A Grand Blue Christmas

Here’s something I got for Christmas…

Fresh, new-fallen snow. Living in Orlando, this was a wonderful Christmas gift. I went to Denver to see my family over Christmas and it snowed the evening I got in.

Before I left, I happened to pick up a new Sally’s Girl polish. Alas, it has no name, but I think it is pretty…

Just a cute silvery, dusty blue that has a shimmer. But, I didn’t stop there.
Here’s what Sally’s Girl polish looks like all by itself…

The second photo isn’t as good as the first, but I wanted to show that the first one has a glare on it; not a ding.

However, I wanted to play with my new Finger Paint flakies some more and I thought this dusty blue was just the right pairing.

First, on my left hand, I used ‘Flashy’…


Even though I did 3 coats of Sally’s Girl, I only did one of ‘Flashy.’ I think another coat would have made the flakes show more.

On my right hand, I used ‘Twisted’…

Remember, it is my ring finger, here, that has no flakies on it. Again, just one coat of ‘Twisted.’ I do wish I would have remembered to apply two coats.

Sally’s Girl dusty blue is pretty. But if you have ever purchased one of these, you know the bottle is puny, the brush is sub par, and the top sometimes doesn’t stay attached to the brush. If you know these things going in, then you’ll know you get what you pay for, most of the time. I was, most definitely, wanting it for the color.

Tomorrow, I’ll show you Sally’s Girl with a different top coat and see how that strikes your fancy.

I had a grand time with my family this Christmas. My brother and his family live in Denver. My sister and her husband, my dad and step-mom, and my sister’s daughter and family all came in. We had a house full. A lot of things happened during that week and one of the best things to come out of it…I realized that my sister-in-law is one of my best friends.

Did you have a grand Holiday too?

Green and Blue Holiday Polish Dupes

Want to see some more Holiday nail polish dupes?? TOUGH! I’m doing more anyway. 😉

Green and blue dupes and comparisons…

These two are not even similar. However, that’s what happens when I look for dupes in my stash hidden placed in my closet. But, let’s take a look at them for the sake of looking at some very beautiful polishes.

Sally Hansen’s ‘Blingtastic’ is from the new Gem Crush collection. It has blue micro glitter and a smattering of silver hexagon glitter. It looks like a Christmas card that has the glitter on it.

The green is from Color Club’s Beyond the Mistletoe. This is called ‘Holiday Splendor.’ Very dense green micro-glitter with iridescent glitter. I’m reminded of a thick Christmas tree with lots and lots of those tiny Christmas lights.

It’s easy to tell the difference between these two. And it is easy to see that I didn’t put on cuticle oil before photographing.

‘Holiday Splendor’ is very opaque. Just 2 coats here. And ‘Blingtastic’, oh my! The silver glitter did NOT want to apply. I ended up dabbing them on. And the polish, poor stuff, pulled really bad.

Next up, another mismatch…

 Very, very similar in the bottle. The Wet ‘n Wild polish is ‘Cost Is No Issue’ from the Ice Baby collection. The Sally Hansen is not a new one, but one I rummaged through my stash and found. It’s name is ‘Teal-y Cool.’

 Good grief. When am I going to learn that these Sally Hansen Xtreme Wears can be as watery as Wonton Soup.

I don’t know if I can even recommend ‘Teal-y Cool’ for a special effects top coat. Maybe I’ll give it one more chance doing just that.  As far as ‘Cost is No Issue’, that baby is dense and opaque in two coats. Oh, and for the record, ‘Teal-y Cool’ is 3 coats.

Because I loved ‘Holiday Splendor’ so much, and I mean VERY much, I took off the Wonton Soup polish (aka ‘Teal-y Cool’). I put ‘Holiday Splendor’ on to make a complete manicure in one shade.

 It’s a ‘Christmas tree with sparkly ornaments’ polish.

 Great shot to show you the sparkle. I’m not exaggerating (this time).

And it is opaque in 2 coats. This time, I did put on a top coat. I used Color Club’s Vivid Color Intensifying Top Coat.

And, I changed things up for my right hand. I used Wet ‘n Wild’s ‘Cost Is No Issue’ up against Sally Hansen’s ‘Blingtastic.’ I think this is the pairing I meant to do in the first place.

‘Cost Is No Issue’ is on my thumb, middle and pinky. That leaves ‘Blingtastic’ for the index and ring nail. I have got to just love the shades in the Icy Baby collection. They are very dense with glitter. However, once again, I had to work at fishing out the sliver glitter in ‘Blingtastic’ as well as not very dense in just 2 coats. And, it is much more of a blue shade next to ‘Cost Is No Issue’ which leans towards a teal. No top coats here.

I think it is, without a doubt, that ‘Holiday Splendor’ is my favored polish in this round. It’s not very unique among Holiday green glitters. But what is fantastic about it is the opaqueness and the sparkle it has.

Any favorites here for you?

Copy Cats, Round Deux(P)

Thanks so much for the feedback letting me know you like dupe posts as much as I do.

Here are a couple more for you to check out…

These twins, separated at birth, are China Glaze’s ‘Lorelei’s Tiara’ and Sally Hansen’s ‘ShowGirl Chic.’ ‘Lorelei’s Tiara’ comes from the 3-D Glitter collection. ‘ShowGirl Chic’ is from the Gem Crush collection. I have acquired all of the polishes, in this post, in the last 2 weeks; brand new stuff.

Here’s a side by side. Cameras do weird things with contrasting sparkles, like here. If you look at the top photo, of the Sally Hansen polish, that is a totally accurate color representation. The bottom photo, even though they still look the same, it looks as if they are smoky or grey. They are not.

On the nails…I used SH’s ‘ShowGirl Chic’ on the thumb, middle and pinky. China Glaze is on the index and ring finger. These polishes are stuffed with silver glitter. Then for a playful splash, there is a bit of deep teal glitter added.

Very hard to see a difference…

The index and the middle finger look so close. I’m not sure why the ring finger looks more pigmented. I did 2 coats on all nails and I didn’t use any top coat. I didn’t figure I needed to because, well, just look at all that sparkle!!

That was the left hand, and here is what I did on the right hand…and yes, I wore these to work just like you see here…

 On the left is China Glaze’s ‘Love Marilyn’. The Sally Hansen is called ‘Cha-Ching!’ These both are from the same collections mentioned above. The photos put up a noticeable difference, not a huge one though. The dominant glitter color is, of course, red…lots of it. And then to spice it up, a pinch or two of regular size silver glitter. (I was thinking ‘Rudolph Puke’….LOL!!)

In the direct sunlight, it seems that ‘Love Marilyn’ has denser glitter.

So, let’s see how they play out on the nails…

 Again, just the slightest bit of difference. Not much. The SH is on the thumb, middle and pinky. China Glaze is on the index and ring finger.  I did experience some drag with ‘Love Marilyn’ and you can even see a bald spot on my thumb with ‘Cha-Ching!’

However, these reds are blinged out sparkly. The SH applied OK, but, in both comparisons, the China Glaze went on smoother. Close up, it shows that ‘Cha-Ching!’ is not as dense in glitter as ‘Love Marilyn.’

Here’s my thoughts on these comparisons: you do not need both unless you are a hoarder polish blogger/lover like me. The differences are slight and, in person, only noticeable to a very discerning eye. But if you want a super-duper, sparkly Christmas look, both colors are going to do you right.

The China Glaze applied the easiest. All were gritty so if you don’t like that feel, you will not like these. I don’t mind it. Wear was good for the day I had it on. These colors made me feel festive and cheery. But they must have loved me just as much because they didn’t want to leave me (aka…scrubbed to get them removed). I only used 2 coats and no top coat. That was a real winner as well.

Are they close enough for you that you wouldn’t need both? Which color do you like best?