Sally Hansen’s Satin Glam in Silk Onyx

Sally Hansen nail polish is the polish my beloved Grandma used to wear. I would love to know that Grandma would think of Sally Hansen polishes today. She wore those frosty pink or beige shades. I rather like my nails polished and I love Sally Hansen polishes but, that’s were the similarity between grandmother and granddaughter ends. I like this one!… DSCF0053 DSCF0049   The Satin Glam line has an array of different shades from wild to mild. The finish is a semi-matte and the texture is just a bit pebbly. But this shade, ‘Silk Onyx’, sets right on trend with 2014 nail wear… DSCF0051 DSCF0050 DSCF0052 The color you see in the bottle is nothing like what you find on the nail. I was expecting a midnight blue/galaxy-like color. But, I’m not disappointed with what transpired… DSCF0054 After a couple of days of tip wear, Satin Glam is holding on pretty tight. I have on three coats but no top coat. I tried out a top coat on the thumbnail to see if it would shine and it was a no-go. Silk Onyx ate that top coat in one big gulp. So it is totally meant to be a semi-matte finish. Removal wasn’t hard at all. I used Zoya’s Remove+ and it was easy. I have on a layer of clear soak-off gel to strengthen my nails as a base coat and it didn’t have any staining from this polish.

I got ‘Silk Onyx’ at Walgreen’s for $6. This week, Walgreens has them as a BOGO 1/2 price online. Have you tried any of the Satin Glam polishes?

Sinful Colors: Crystal Crushes Polish

Are you reading other nail/beauty blogs where the authors say they are not tired of textured nail polishes yet? I’m reading that a lot and I’m in those ranks. I still enjoy textures. This is one that I picked up prior to Christmas and I like it a LOT…

DSCF0060 DSCF0056‘Blue Persuasion’ is tricky though. If you were someone who didn’t read nail/beauty blogs (GASP!!! Say there are no such people!!), you might not be prepared for the awesome surprise awaiting you.

Look at the polish in the bottle. This is a collection called Crystal Crushes from Sinful Colors. Even though it is pretty…

DSCF0059 DSCF0057You are not going to be prepared for this look…

DSCF0063First, I want to talk about the vibrant blue shade. It’s a perfect blue. Right smack-dab in the middle blue tone. My husband is blue/green color blind and I feel sorry for him because this color eludes his eyes. Therefore, those of us not color-blind need to thank our lucky, twinkly blue stars we get to enjoy seeing this fabulous color.

Now, for the texture…

DSCF0054 DSCF0055Why, it’s almost as gritty as the background! Which, by the way, is the little rail fence on my front porch. Embedded in the blue are magenta sparkles and their role is to make that blue POP! Success!…

DSCF0053This ‘texture of textures’ by Sinful Colors came from Walgreens. There were other shades within this collection just as pretty; I just limited myself to one. However, after revisiting these photos, I think I may allow myself to purchase other shades if I find any on clearance.

Here’s the deal: If you love textures, you are going to love this one. I only wore it for one day so I can’t say how the wear is. (My own manicure look was awful since my nails were all broken to the quick and the cuticles looked like sticker bushes.) I put a top coat on a pinky and it ate it up. It didn’t soften the texture or make it shiny either. And, when I removed the polish, I got blue all over. It was messy. I used Zoya’s Remove+ which isn’t the strongest polish remover. I had to give my hands and cuticles several washings and STILL had to wait for some of the blue stain to fade from my super dry cuticles.

Did you delve into any of Sinful Color’s Crystal Crushes?

Too Dimensional? From L’Oreal’s Color Riche Gold Dust Textured Collection

Textures and glitter and matte, oh my!!! Take a look at my first polish color for 2014…

DSCF0239 DSCF0242 DSCF0252I’d rather clean my house with a tooth brush than go on a no-buy rule. However, I have many brave friends that are doing just that. What I can do is slow down and not buy ALL THE COLLECTION!!! This is my attempt at that and, a successful one at that! ‘Too Dimensional?’ is from L’Oreal’s Color Riche Gold Dust Textured Collection.

It’s just a busy lil’ polish, I tell ya…

DSCF0255 DSCF0246If you don’t like your polishes rough, you may or may not care for this one. However, I think it is practically smooth compared to most glitter polishes. This polish, even though it was on the thicker side, laid down flat and easily. It isn’t glass smooth but has the feeling of a very soft linen cloth.

I have on three coats. Two would have been just fine. I was just blogging and reading blogs and was putting on a third coat before I even realized it was #3…

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Quite a dazzler, in my opinion. I didn’t bother with a top coat as I love the matted look. As of today, I have had this polish on for 7 days. I have worked 3 of those and don’t have but the most microscopic wear. For $3.99, I picked this up at Rite Aid and I am getting my money’s worth.

Even though I didn’t apply this mani in 2014, it has carried me over into the New Year. Over the weekend, I will pick a new mani but, it hasn’t been hard at all wearing this one for over a week. I am not tired of it.

This shade is sort of blue. It’s sort of gray. It’s sort of purple too. And, it’s festive enough to not seem like a New Year’s Eve party leftover.

With all the dimensions that are going on with ‘Too Dimensional?’, what will they come up with next for 2014? I’m super curious! Have you heard anything?

 

 

Maybelline’s Color Show: Polka Dots Collection

We used to purchase polishes that look like these from indy brands. However, thanks to trend-forward Maybelline, these are in stores for everyone…

polishes green eye 107 polishes green eye 113 polishes green eye 111Maybelline calls this the ‘Polka Dots’ collection. I really like these and, I think you might too…

polishes green eye 108This is ‘Blue Marks the Spot’. All of these are milky jellies. And, they are loaded with hexagon-shaped, multi-sized black and white glitter. This blue is just a wee bit darker than a standard pastel so it doesn’t look too baby-ish.

polishes green eye 109‘Pretty in Polka’ is a cute almost fuchsia pink shade. These are, essentially, the colors of Libby’s Pink Vanity so, I am in love. Of course!

polishes green eye 110‘Dotty’ is going to be THE Halloween manicure for me, this year. I love the uniqueness of this one.

Without any base polish, here are three polishes from the Maybelline Color Show ‘Polka Dots’ collection…

polishes green eye 114I did two coats for these polishes. Uber jellie, right? Whimsically and unique. Gotta love ‘em, right?

If I HAD to pick a favorite, I’d go with ‘Dotty’. I don’t have anything at all like it. Which one do you like best?

Forever 21: I Haven’t Been There In Forever

My job no longer allows me the opportunity of working in malls. I’m bummed by that. I miss shopping the stores after doing my merchandising. I really miss popping into Forever 21. Luckily, there is one in the mall that I live close to. I just don’t get up by it at all.

So, I made a special road trip to visit the Forever 21. This store is huge too! I picked up this cutie blue on this last visit…

nail swatches 044 nail swatches 046Hmmm…interesting name. I rather like ‘Cutie Blue’ better. It was that shimmer of gold that reeled me in. I didn’t even try to resist…

nail swatches 047Application was on the thin side and I had to use three coats. A visible nail line is still well, visible. Rest assured, it wasn’t that noticeable from a proper distance…

nail swatches 049 nail swatches 053This Forever 21 polish wore well considering I used Nail Tek 2 Intensive Therapy as a top coat. It’s actually made to be used right on the nail to strengthen it. But, I couldn’t for the life of me find any topcoats. Weird, eh??

I stopped by a Walgreens today. I noticed that they have those top shelves up over the shampoo and haircolor products. Not all of them have those shelves until the Holidays. Get ready to start peeking up there for Holiday makeup goodies!

Julie G: Matte Sparkle Collection From Groupon

Have you purchased anything from Groupon? I scour their daily newsletter for something that is a good buy or, for something I have wanted to try out. I don’t think there is one thing I have purchased that I have ever been disappointed in either. Getting this set of JulieG polishes did not disappoint…

nail swatches 004In a sea of pastels during Spring and Summer, it is a welcome change to have bright colors. These are right up my alley too.

Let’s start…

nail swatches 006nail swatches 020 nail swatches 008‘Tangerine Dream’ looks a super yummy icee drink. The glitter in this is fiery.

There’s a little tip noted on each bottle…

nail swatches 007Now another fiery shade…

nail swatches 010 nail swatches 011 nail swatches 019‘Sugar Rush’ looks like molten lava. I’m crazy on this one too.

nail swatches 012 nail swatches 013 nail swatches 021‘Hot Cinnamon’ rocks out a glittery red that is sure to win over any red nail polish lover. Like me.

nail swatches 022 nail swatches 015 nail swatches 014‘Rock Candy’ is probably the least dimensional of the set. It’s still pretty but not as outstanding as its mates.

nail swatches 017 nail swatches 018 nail swatches 016‘Crushed Candy’ is another one, like ‘Rock Candy’ that doesn’t have the umph that the oranges and red have. Still pretty and, they both look much better on the nail than in the bottle.

The entire collection is a winner. It was fun to wear these when there were so many pastels around. Not being so much of a pastel polish wearer, it is nice that Julie G’s brand contributed a different twist of fun summer colors this year. I used two medium, thick coats to achieve this look…

nail swatches 024 nail swatches 025 nail swatches 028Oh, and I tried it, then, with a shiny top coat, just for kicks…

nail swatches 034The tip was a good idea. A top coat doesn’t add a thing to these sparklers.

The last thing I purchased from Groupon was a set of sheets. They are chocolate colored with a faint embossing of leaves. They are gorgeous and soft. I have never had dark colored sheets before so spending $30 for them worked out perfectly. What have you bought from Groupon?

Sally Hansen’s Sugar Coat Collection

Just like the crackle craze where every polish brand was jumping on board, we are seeing the same thing with textured polish. Some of them I am really loving. Sadly, Sally Hansen’s Sugar Coat is not in that camp…

Mega swatch day 332 Mega swatch day 334I am not a patient person. I will rush a polish to dry and it never dries fast enough for me, no matter what. Even if I manage to sit still I start getting itchy or, I have to use the bathroom. I know I’m not alone here!

My point is, that when I rush a polish to dry, I can end up making it look like this…

nail swatches 003Two coats and it isn’t appealing to me at all. It looks like I put the coats on too close together and got bubbles. It doesn’t look like a textured polish that is supposed to be ‘on purpose’. Nevertheless, here it is and I can’t give it my recommendation…

Mega swatch day 335I am happy that I only picked up three and I got them with a $1 coupon at Walgreens.

I need to know, do you like this collection?

Sally Hansen’s Fuzzy Polishes Meet Cult Nail’s Cream Polishes

Lots of photos; not much words…

Sally Hansen’s ‘Wool Lite’ with Cult Nail’s ‘Let’s Get Dirty’ (I love how the names relate)…

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Mega swatch day 057Mega swatch day 059 Mega swatch day 058 Mega swatch day 069Sally Hansen’s ‘Peach Fuzz’ and Cult Nail’s ‘Be Loco’…

Mega swatch day 053 Mega swatch day 054Mega swatch day 061Mega swatch day 070Sally Hansen’s ‘Wool Not’ and Cult Nail’s ‘Faded’ (one of my top favorite creams)…

Mega swatch day 049 Mega swatch day 062 Mega swatch day 050 Mega swatch day 065Sally Hansen’s ‘Fuzzy Fantasy’ and Cult Nail’s ‘Riot’…

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Mega swatch day 070These are the Sally Hansen’s and the Cult Nail’s nails before combining them…

Mega swatch day 045And, my match made in heaven looks…Mega swatch day 064 I love using Cult Nail’s cream polishes for layering. Both compliment each other quite nicely.

Do you have either of these brands and shades?

Newest Sally Hansen Diamond Strength Collection 2013

The colors for both nail polishes and eye shadows have been so appealing this summer. I don’t think I have been this pleased with summer shades. When I saw the new Sally Hansen LE polish collection, I have to admit, it was the ‘LE’ that reeled me in. I managed to pick just 3…

Sally Hansen and Salon Perfect polishes

Sally Hansen and Salon Perfect polishes

nail swatches 027The sunlight was just right to show off the sparkles in these polishes. I thought they were pretty in the store when I found them; they are breathtaking in the sunlight…

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nail swatches 035 nail swatches 031 nail swatches 034I was able to flesh out the real blue tones in ‘Royal Invite’ when I used my green adirondack porch chair. This shade looks like a brilliant night time sky.

And, if ‘Royal Invite’ looks like the night sky, then ‘On Parade’ is the morning sun…

nail swatches 030‘Private I’ has all the makings of a crushed velvet king’s cape…

nail swatches 029All three of these vibrant colors remind me of the Colorado Renaissance Fair that I went to this past weekend. I saw the Queen and King in their carriage and, a bawdy beggar where no one got away from him without some sort of wicked barb..

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Cult Nail’s Mid-Summer Collection: Road Trip, Anyone?

Cult Nails is a company that I eagerly await what their next collection will be. The ‘Road Trip, Anyone‘ collection doesn’t disappoint.

Maria has worked for a very long time to get the perfect materials to create a holographic polish. Getting the best ingredients is a part of Maria’s high standards for quality. In this collection is ‘Mayham’, a holographic topcoat that has no rival.

There are the polishes…

cult nails road trip collection 002One shimmer, three cremes (with one having the wax look that Cult Nails has become known for) and the holographic top coat. Close up looks will make you want more…

cult nails road trip collection 003 cult nails road trip collection 004‘All Out’ is a shade that makes me a believer that yellow polishes CAN rock! And, talk about rock, I have seen on other beauty blogs where ‘All Out’ is used over ‘Be Loco’ and you really have to brace yourself for the all-out stunner look this becomes.

cult nails road trip collection 005 cult nails road trip collection 006A creamy orange? And, it has the wax look? Very different that it is intriguing enough for others to ask you just what is that.

cult nails road trip collection 009 cult nails road trip collection 010‘Party Time’ is the color of a perfect summer sky.

cult nails road trip collection 007 cult nails road trip collection 008The name ‘Riot’ is a mystery to me. Regardless of its name, this shade is a summer’s leaf green and is fresh. I feel happy wearing this shade.

cult nails road trip collection 011 cult nails road trip collection 013 cult nails road trip collection 015Good heavens, stop reading and just go order ‘Mayhem’! Every beauty/nail customer swoons over a holographic polish. Now, you can make just about every single polish into a holographic one with ‘Mayham’.

And, what perfect polishes to demonstrate this effect with than the adorable polishes in this collection…

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Here’s ‘Mayhem’ over a bare nail…

cult nails road trip collection 019When I hear the word ‘Mayhem’ it makes me think of the All State Commercials. Cameras are Mayhem when trying to capture holographic polishes. They end up looking like just a glittery polish. But, if you are a true nail-esta, you know how much the camera is lying to you!!!

Naturally, I wouldn’t lie to you. ‘Mayhem’ is DA BOMB! And the rest of the collection is just what you need to fashion your nails on out for the rest of the summer.

This collection was purchased by me and these are my own, personal opinions.