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?

Awakening From Cult Nails’ Hypnotic Collection

Fall is just a promise right now in Florida, but I’d like to get an advance!! There’s not one part of my being that doesn’t want it to be Fall, like, right now!!!

Maria, at Cult Nails, says that she loves Summer. I told her we could still be friends anyway. LOL!

Luckily, Cult Nails likes Fall enough to give us the most beautiful shades. Like this one…

 ‘Awakening’ is one of the new shades from the ‘Hypnotic‘ collection. And, it is a teal that I adore. I love this, seriously, as a rich, dark Fall color. I have several sweaters and shirts this color. I treat it like a neutral because it can go with just about any other color. My favorite is pairing it with brown.

Even a crappy stray hair looks good with it. (Grrrrr!)

In the sunlight, you can see the creaminess of this true creme. Sometimes I curse cremes because they are difficult for me to apply. However, I’m so happy that one of my favorite colors is a creme and so easy to use. I have on three coats here but, a more experienced nail pro could do this in 2. I don’t have a top coat on and it’s still shiny.

 

Here you can see that shine. I love it!!!

If you pre-ordered your Cult Nails Hypnotic collection, you should be getting it just any time. And, if you didn’t order, check out Cult Nails Facebook page for opportunities to get in on a giveaway. Of course, you can always order from their website too.

I swatched ‘In A Trance’ here that is another shade from the Hypnotic collection. But, ‘Awakenings’ is truly a Fall staple. I’m leaving these lovelies out to revisit during the cooler seasons. Are you as ready as I am for Fall?

Franken Kiss and Teal

Got to ask you, readers, something.  I posted that I would end my giveaway on 4/30.  Would it be a bad thing to move it up?  I feel it is just too far away and I want to give stuff out sooner.  Let me know what you think in the comment box.

I’ve been swatching today and previewing workout DVDs; my two favorite hobbies, combined together.  I stayed home all day except for my morning walk/run.  I’ll do some more of it, again, tomorrow.  What a perfect weekend for me.  I hope you got to do something fun yourself.

This is a fun mani.  Take a look…

I took an old bottle of Sally Gal’s ‘So 70’s’ polish  and mixed in Aromaleigh’s ‘Mela #9’ mineral shadow.  I didn’t give it much thought, just grabbed a shadow and started mixing.  My franken is in the middle.  Oh, man, that was easy!!
(Note: Sally’s doesn’t use names on these babies anymore. GASP!!! It’s now #315)

I surprised myself that it turned out.  And I love the color.  Here’s what it looks like on me…

Very sheer, so it would be an overlay, best of all.  And, because I was using a very old bottle of ‘So 70’s, it was seriously thick.  I put in a couple drops of acetone but it didn’t do much good at all.  I didn’t know where my polish thinner was.  Oops.

 This franken hasn’t lost any of its sparkly-ness with the mineral shadow color.  It’s full of iridescent glitter in a teal base.  I name my creation ‘Franken Kiss and Teal’.

This is three coats and it was saturated.  It was gritty even with Seche Vite over it.  But, I’m going to let this slip by because I’m so pleased with myself. 😉   I’m going to ask my Mom to put it up on the refrigerator door as my current work of art.

I’m going to use this polish one more time, over a base coat.  What color do you think I should use?  And, if you are into making frankens or have been wanting to try it for the first time, Sally’s has these baby nail polishes at by 2, get one free.  It’s an inexpensive way to try it out.

In The Teal of the Night

If you are going to be a follower (and I hope you continue to be!), then you are going to learn pretty quick that I’m corny.  I, actually, think I’m clever.  However, it seems to matter where the perspective comes from.

So, I came up with ‘In the Teal of the Night’ as a name for this polish…

What you are seeing here is one of the polishes from Ulta’s Goth Collection.  Before I show you the picture of the collection, I have to explain the nails. This photo was taken after only a little over 24 hours of wear. And my cuticles are terribly craggy. I used to pick and bite the hell out of them before I started nail blogging.  They are still working on getting their ‘healthy look’ on.  Just had to get in that disclaimer.

This is how it came packaged.  It’s just a bear to capture this in the plastic.

One thing that the photo does pick up is the very subtle shades in each of these polishes.  It’s really hard to see them IRL; they all look black until you twinkle the bottle.

The Glam Goth set has 5 shades: Black Lace (dark grey creme), Tainted Love (green with green and gold microglitter), For Bitten (Black with red microglitter), After Hours (black with purple shimmer), and Underground (black with blue shimmer).  I had to snag these names and descriptions from the Ulta site.  The label on the bottom is so minuscule and in black ink.  I couldn’t even see it with my readers on.

What I tried out was the Underground.  But I came up with the ‘In the Teal of the Night’ before I could figure out the true name.  I thought the color looked like a deep, black teal color compared to other blue polishes.  Thus, the creative endeavor at naming it.

Ick!  And I was sporting a BC, two layers of Seche Clear, 2 coats of color, another 2 coats of Seche Clear, with a finishing top of Seche Vite.  ??? Now, I liked the color, that was cool.  But it could have lasted more than just a day.  And after 4 days, I just couldn’t even take a photo of that because it was just too horrid.

Quick rundown, small bottle, great collection, wicked colors, brush is ‘meh,’ application is ‘meh.’  And how do I feel about my purchase; I am glad I have it.  Great to play with when I want to feel a bit naughty. 😉

Can you see the subtle play of the color?  How about in the photos of my nails, can you see the teal?  If you have this, do you like it?  I’m going to show you some more ‘play’ with it in an upcoming blog post.