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?

 

 

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?