Zoya Stevie Swatches

Hello again everyone! I hope you’re all enjoying this lovely Saturday.  Here in North Carolina the weather has started to get really hot and humid.  I’m so not looking forward to that aspect of summer.  I hate hot weather and rarely get to go to the beach so summer is my least favorite season.

One thing that I do enjoy about summer is the bright color palette.  Zoya recently launched its Pixie Dust summer collection.  I ran across one lonely bottle of Stevie a few weeks ago at Ulta and my boyfriend bought it for me.  I’ve been coveting this color since I saw it on other polish blogs.

Zoya Pixie Dust in Stevie

Zoya Pixie Dust in Stevie

If you read my previous Pixie Dust review, then you know how much I loved Chyna.  Let me tell you guys, I am in love with Stevie too.  This is a beautiful light purple with tons and tons of silver glitter, which gives the perfect amount of shimmer, especially in natural light.  Stevie is gorgeous.

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Texture close-up

Texture close-up

Application was smooth and simple.  Textured polishes are generally very forgiving, so if you mess up a little it is very easy to fix your mistake without having to remove and start all over.  I was also able to wear Stevie for five days with minimal tip wear and it did not chip.

After trying two Pixie Dust polishes, I really don’t think Zoya can do any wrong.  I highly recommend trying at least one Pixie Dust polish, even if you’re not completely sold on the textured trend yet.

You can purchase Pixie Dust from Zoya’s website for $9.00 each.

Have you tried Pixie Dust yet? Are you just as hooked as I am? Let me know in the comments!

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Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat Swatches and Review

Hello everyone! Happy Tuesday! I hope you guys are having a great week so far.  Does anyone have any plans next week for Memorial Day? I don’t have anything special planned, but I’m definitely glad to have a holiday off!

Today I bring you something that can only be described as bizarre.  I know textured polishes are “in” this season (like OPI Liquid Sand and Zoya Pixie Dust), but Sally Hansen has created a product that I just don’t understand.  It’s called Fuzzy Coat.  These polishes have fibers in them and when you paint them on it looks like your nails are fuzzy (think hideous fuzzy angora sweater).  I’m really not sure where this idea came from, but I thought it would be fun to at least try it out.

Here’s my mani for this week.  It’s just three simple coats of OPI I Theodora You and one coat of Seche Vite top coat.  I applied this polish on Sunday.

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OPI I Theodora You

OPI I Theodora You

Before I get to the Fuzzy Coat, I do have a simple request of my fellow beauty bloggers.  If you guys have tried I Theodora You, could you please give me some advice on application? I absolutely love the color, but every time I try to wear it, it streaks so badly and leaves yucky bald patches.  I can only wear it for a day or two before it gets on my nerves.  If you have any words of wisdom, please let me know!

Ok, so on to the Fuzzy Coat.  I used Fuzzy Coat in Wool Lite (strange name, huh?) and just applied it over I Theodora You since the colors are very similar

Two coats of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat over OPI I Theodora You

Two coats of Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat over OPI I Theodora You

Close up

Close up

Fuzzy Coat bottle

Fuzzy Coat bottle

I found application to be messy.  The fibers do tend to stray on to the sides of your finger.  Also, they clump and don’t distribute evenly across the nail. I didn’t really like the way this looked, so I’m going to say that fuzzy nails are a trend that I just can’t get behind.  I removed the polish after wearing it long enough to photograph it for this entry.  Removal was surprisingly easy, which is a plus if you’re going to be trying the product.

You can purchase Sally Hansen Fuzzy Coat at Target for $5.49.

So what do you guys think? Have you tried Fuzzy Coat? Will you? Let me know in the comments.

Sinful Shine Swatches & Review

Happy Sunday and Happy Mother’s Day to all of my wonderful readers! I hope everyone has had a nice, relaxing weekend.  I start my new job at BB&T tomorrow so I’m very excited! I have to decide what neutral color to wear on my nails.

Today I want to show you some new polishes from Sinful Colors.  These new polishes are called Sinful Shine and have Gel Tech to make them super shiny.  This is the first time I’ve ever used a Sinful Colors polish.  I spotted these at Walgreens and picked them up because I’m always trying to find budget nail polishes that perform as well as the professional brands.  I’ve heard good things about Sinful Colors, so I decided these would be a good buy.

First up is Sinful Shine in Mardi Gras.

Sinful Shine in Mardis Gras, without a top coat

Sinful Shine in Mardi Gras, without a top coat

The above picture shows this polish without a top coat, so you can see how shiny the polishes are on their own.  Mardi Gras looked like a peachy-coral color in the bottle, but was a brighter orange once I put it on.  At first I didn’t like the color, but it grew on me.  It also toned down some after a day or so of wear.

I did have some issues with the formula.  It was thick and took forever to dry.  I waited 20 minutes between coats (I only applied 2 coats) and 40 minutes before putting on my top coat.  The polish wasn’t completely dry so the top coat dragged some of the color, creating little bald spots.  If you’re going to use Mardi Gras, make sure to give it plenty of time to dry before you use your hands.

Mardi Gras with Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

Mardi Gras with Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

With Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

With Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat

I used Julep Freedom Polymer Top Coat to give the polish a little extra shine and protection (this top coat performs like a gel; you can read my review of it here).  I wore Mardi Gras for 3 days and had no tip wear or chips, only the small imperfections caused by applying the top coat when the polish was still wet.

I also picked up Sinful Shine in My Kryptonite.  A couple of weeks ago I saw a girl in a restaurant wearing a color similar to this and I knew I had to have it.  When I saw My Kryptonite, I grabbed it up! This is a beautiful deep jade green color.

Sinful Colors in My Kryptonite, in natural light

Sinful Colors in My Kryptonite, in natural light

I had the hardest time photographing this color! When I first used my digital camera to take pictures, it would only pick up the blue tones so this color looked completely different.  My cell phone did a slightly better job of capturing this gorgeous green, but you have to see the color in person to truly understand how amazing it is.

I did not have any trouble with the formula of My Kryptonite.  I waited 20 minutes before applying the second coat and 30 minutes before applying the Freedom Polymer Top Coat.  The polish was dry enough so the top coat didn’t drag it this time.

My Kryptonite photographed at night

My Kryptonite photographed at night

My Kryptonite chipped on day two of wear, but that’s because I did some major cleaning while wearing it.  It was still super shiny though, which is more than I can say for some polishes.

Overall I really enjoyed using these Sinful Shine polishes and I’ll definitely be buying more.  They’re a steal for $2.99 because they’re very shiny and have great wear time.  Sinful Shine is available at your local Walgreens.

OPI Euro Centrale Swatches

Hello everyone! I’m so sorry that I haven’t been keeping up with posting here.  A lot has been going on in the past couple of weeks, so I haven’t had time to post, but I have been swatching.  I’m excited to announce that I have a new job with BB&T and will start there next Monday, so hopefully that will give me more time to keep up with blogging.

I know the OPI Euro Centrale polishes are kind of old news now, but I’ve been collecting them since they first became available.  I recently decided to try out some of the ones I have and they’re gorgeous.  Without further delay, I give you OPI…Eurso Euro.

OPI...Eurso Euro without top coat

OPI…Eurso Euro without top coat

This polish has a jelly feel to it, and normally I’m horrible with applying jelly polishes.  Eurso Euro has great coverage and is very pigmented, so application wasn’t an issue.  I love the dark, rich blue color and the polish is super shiny, even without a top coat.

Without top coat

Without top coat

With SV top coat

With Seche Vite top coat

OPI...Eurso Euro in natural light

OPI…Eurso Euro in natural light

Next up is I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw.  This is a beautiful, inky navy blue polish.  On a side note, I found it awkward to tell people who asked the name of this polish since it’s so long.

I Saw...You Saw...We Saw...Warsaw

I Saw…U Saw…We Saw…Warsaw

Application was great as the formula was nice and smooth.  I found clean up to be rather difficult due to extreme smearing, but this is true with most blue polishes.

We Saw Warsaw

We Saw Warsaw

In natural light

In natural light

Finally, we have Vant to Bite My Neck? This is a super vampy plum purple.  I didn’t have any issues with applying this one either.  The only trouble I had was with clean up because this polish smears and stains pretty easily.

Vant to Bite My Neck?

Vant to Bite My Neck?

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Overall, I found these three colors from the Euro Centrale collection to be fantastic.  They’re versatile because you can wear them in any season.  They were all very easy to apply and dried with a high shine.  I love these so much that I can’t pick a favorite.

You can buy the Euro Centrale shades from Ulta stores and now on Ulta.com! They retail for $9.00 each.

Have you tried any of the Euro Centrale colors yet? Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments!

Sally Hansen Salon Effects Polish Strips Review

Hello readers! Today I’m reviewing something a bit different than the products I normally gravitate towards.  Sally Hansen Polish Strips aren’t something new as they’ve been on the market for awhile now, but I’m just now trying them out.  I want to start getting into nail art, but I’m not really good at stuff like that.  I figured that these strips would be an easy and fun way to add a little flair to my manicures.  When i saw them on sale at Walgreen’s for 2 for $12, I snatched them up.

First up is a pretty pink zebra print called Animal Instinct.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in "Animal Instinct" and OPI Black Onyx

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in “Animal Instinct” and OPI Black Onyx

I used the polish strip as an accent nail and painted the rest of nails with OPI Black Onyx.

To apply the polish strip, you first push your cuticle back and shape and buff your nail.  A nail file/buffer and orange stick are included in the package.  You then select the right size strip for the nail you’re applying it to, then match up the end that best fits your cuticle.  Then you stick the strip to your nail, smooth it out with the orange stick and you’re done.  It’s a very quick process, but can get a little messy.  When you break the strip from the backing, it can tear so you need to be careful.  Also, when I was stretching the strip to fit my nail, it broke so once it was applied it looked like I already had a little tip wear.  Other than that, the strip was fairly easy to apply and looked great.

I’m not very pleased with this manicure since I did it in a hurry before work yesterday.  Aside from the messy application, I think the colors look pretty good together.  Next time I do this I’m probably going to use pink because the black is a little dark for spring time.

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Close up of the strip

Close up of the strip

You can see a little bit of tip wear from the breakage

You can see a little bit of tip wear from the breakage

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Today, I did a manicure with the other set of strips I got.  These are a super cute skull and heart print called Heart Breaker.  I used the strip as an accent nail and painted the rest of my nails with Essie Marshmallow.

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in "Heart Breaker" and Essie Marshmallow

Sally Hansen Salon Effects in “Heart Breaker” and Essie Marshmallow

I had the same difficulty with stretching the strips this time and it didn’t quite cover all of my nail.  This strip didn’t tear though, so the tips look much better.  Overall, I think this combination makes for a much cuter manicure.  I also added Seche Vite to both of these strips to make them shinier.

Close up of the strip

Close up of the strip

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The Salon Effects Strips are a neat idea, but they’re a little difficult to work with.  I think once I get the hang of applying them, I’ll be more pleased.  I do like how they come in a variety of cute designs and are pretty easy to remove.  Have you tried the Sally Hansen Polish Strips? What do you think? I’d love to know, so make sure you tell me in the comments!

Zoya Pixie Dust Review

Happy Tuesday everyone! I hope you all had a nice Easter.  I worked all Easter weekend and am very happy to have today off.

Today I’m reviewing a polish from the Zoya Pixie Dust collection.  This product is similar to OPI Liquid Sand (which you can read about here).  I was really excited to try this product after seeing it on other nail polish blogs, so when I spotted Chyna at Ulta a couple of weeks ago I snatched it up!

Zoya Pixie Dust polish in Chyna

Zoya Pixie Dust polish in Chyna

Chyna is such a beautiful deep red color and as you can see from the picture it’s packed with glitter and sparkle.  The picture was taken with flash so the actual color is a little darker than what’s shown.

The Pixie Dust polish applies like a normal polish and dries to a textured matte finish.  I loved the way this polish applied.  The formula is smooth and I didn’t have any streaking to cover with a second coat.

After the first coat

After the first coat

One coat.  You can already see the texture!

One coat. You can already see the texture!

The second coat of polish was also really easy to apply.  With OPI Liquid Sand, the texture made it a little difficult to apply the second coat.  I felt like my brush was dragging on the nail and not spreading the polish evenly.  I didn’t have this problem with the Pixie Dust.

I waited five minutes between the first and second coat.  Once the second coat was on, I was taken away! This polish is absolutely gorgeous.  Although it’s a matte finish, the glitter gives it a beautiful, sparkly shine.  I also really like the texture.  It’s similar to Liquid Sand, but a little less like sandpaper.

After the second coat

After the second coat

Texture close-up

Texture close-up

Beautiful texture and sparkle

Beautiful texture and sparkle

With Zoya bottle

With Zoya bottle

An even better bottle shot

An even better bottle shot

I absolutely love the Zoya Pixie Dust polish! I can’t say enough about the gorgeous color and sparkle and how easy it was to apply.  Although it is similar to OPI Liquid Sand, the Zoya formula is a little better to work with in my opinion.

Like Liquid Sand, more Pixie Dust colors will be available in future collections.  You can get Pixie Dust on Zoya’s website or in Ulta stores for $9.00 each.

Julep Maven Box Review

Hi again everyone! Today I’ve got a lot of goodies to share with you, so I’ll just jump right in.

Before we get to the box, I just wanted to do a quick update on the Julep Oxygen Nail Treatment.  I love this product! On Sunday night after I’d been wearing it for a few hours, I noticed that I could actually feel my nails absorbing more oxygen.  It’s hard to describe but basically it just felt like I wasn’t wearing anything on my nails and it felt like they were breathing.  The product also closed up a small split I had on one of my nails.  This, ladies and gentlemen, is proof of an amazing product.  If you’ve got split or peeling nails, please buy this product! It’s a lifesaver.

Now on to tonight’s product review….

I ordered the Julep Maven Bombshell Intro Box because it contains two nail polishes that I just had to have,  Eva (a pretty raspberry creme) and Sienna (a sophisticated, shimmery gold).  This box also includes Instant Warming Foot Scrub and I really wanted to try this product out because my feet take a lot of abuse at work.  I also purchased the Freedom Polymer Top Coat as an add-on to the Maven Box.  At $6.99, this was a great deal.

Bombshell Intro Box (plus Freedom Polymer Top Coat)

Bombshell Intro Box (plus Freedom Polymer Top Coat)

The goodies unpacked

The goodies unpacked

The box also included a sample of the Glycolic Hand Scrub.  I’ll start off with the two samples (I received a sample of the Rock Star Hand Cream with my Oxygen Nail Treatment).

Samples!Glycolic Hand Scrub and Rock Star Hand Cream

Samples!
Glycolic Hand Scrub and Rock Star Hand Cream

The Glycolic Hand Scrub is an apricot seed scrub that contains glycolic acid.  It has a nice floral scent and wonderful texture.  It’s everything I would hope for in an exfoliant.  My hands were amazingly soft after using it.  I then applied the Rock Star Hand Cream.  This also has a nice, soft scent and is not greasy.  I applied a little too much, so it took a few minutes to completely absorb into my skin, but it left my hands soft and moisturized.  I would recommend both products.

The Instant Warming Foot Scrub is also an excellent product.  It contains natural pumice and capsaicin (what makes chili peppers hot).  The scrub made my feet very soft and smooth and it really did warm up on contact.  I loved using this product and I will definitely be buying a replacement once this tube is empty.

Warming Foot Scrub

Instant Warming Foot Scrub

And now my favorite part of the box, the nail polish!

Nail products:Eva, Sienna and Freedom Polymer Top Coat

Nail products:
Eva, Sienna and Freedom Polymer Top Coat

I am so excited to tell you that both Eva and Sienna are one-coaters! Finding this out was a “sweet baby Jesus in a tuxedo shirt” kinda moment.  I was surprised that Eva was a one-coater, but the formula was beautiful.  Application was smooth with absolutely no streaking for both colors.  I’m especially impressed that Sienna gave such great coverage in one coat since it’s a metallic.

And last but certainly not least, we need to talk about the Freedom Polymer Top Coat.  This product is awesome! It’s meant to be a substitute for a gel manicure.  You put the top coat on after your nails are dry and it cures in 5 minutes in natural light.  You can also cure it under a 60-watt light bulb in 2 minutes (this is what I did).  The top coat dries to a high gloss finish and definitely has a gel manicure feeling to it.  I’m excited to see how it makes my polish hold up to cashiering.  Usually nail polish doesn’t make it through a whole one of my shifts at Lowe’s, so I’ll keep you guys updated.  One thing I didn’t like is that my brush had a little piece of debris (probably part of the brush) on it, so that stuck to my thumb nail.  Other than that I really love the product.

For my manicure I wanted something quick and easy since it’s late.  I used Eva as my main color and did an accent nail in Sienna.  Definitely not the best manicure, but the color combination is beautiful.

All pictures below show one coat of polish.  The first three are without top coat and the last two are with Freedom Polymer Top Coat.

Without top coat, a nice close-up of Sienna

Without top coat, a nice close-up of Sienna

Without top coat

Without top coat

With Sienna bottle

With Sienna bottle

With Freedom Polymer Top Coat

With Freedom Polymer Top Coat

With top coat bottle

With top coat bottle

Have you guys tried any of these amazing Julep products? I was really impressed with the Bombshell Intro Box and I can’t wait to see what other Maven boxes have in store.  If you want to become a Julep Maven, use my referral link to create an account, or you can enter my invitation code (7891576) when you sign up.  The Julep Maven subscription is $19.99 per month but you can pick and choose which boxes you receive.  Please note that I get points for referring you and I really appreciate your help with earning them!