Friday, April 10, 2015

Dermelect All Decked Out Collection

Dermelect All Decked Out Collection
Spring 2015
 
Dermelect Dune My Thing
(mauve taupe)
2 coats

Dermelect Fant-A-Sea
(peach shimmer)
2 coats

 Dermelect A Shore Thing
(sheer beige)
2 coats
 
Dermelect Lazy Daze
(butter creme)
2 coats
 
The All Decked Out collection was inspired by beaches and the summer sun and is full of calming and cool tones that reminded Elle, the Color Curator for Dermelect, of a sea shell.
 
I found all four shades to apply wonderfully. I think a third of the sheer beige, A Shore Thing, might have added a bit more coverage, but since it's supposed to be sheer, I stopped at two since I liked the look. Lazy Daze was surprisingly opaque in just two coats, and so pretty, but my favorite of the collection is Dune My Thing.
 
Dermelect recommends using the shades without a separate base coat since they have ingredients to help strengthen the nails. They have also recently released a new cuticle oil called Revital-Oil that is peptide infused as well as a topcoat called Memento that can help a mani up to 9 days. I plan on giving these two products a try over the next week. Watch for an upcoming review of these two products.


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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Avon Gel Finish Roses Are Red: 7 Day Wear Test

Avon Gel Finish Roses Are Red
(2 coats)
picture taken after 1 week of wear
 
left: fresh mani                           right: after 1 week of wear
 
I'm pretty impressed with Avon Gel Finish! It's been a full week, and although there is some tipwear, the finish is still nice and shiny and I actually haven't felt the need to take it off until now.  Avon doesn't promise a specific wear time, but The Daily Varnish had great luck with it and she wore one shade for 7 days with great results too.
 
To review, although it promises to act as a basecoat as well as a topcoat, I went ahead and used my normal combo of NailTek Intensive Therapy II as my basecoat and NYC Grand Central Station as my topcoat. Two coats gave me great coverage, a bit jelly-like, but still opaque in my opinion.

Since this has a super-reasonable price (right now it's $5) and paired well my with normal base and topcoats, I definitely recommend this line. To have the finish look so great after a full week is pretty amazing!
 


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Thursday, April 2, 2015

Avon Gel Finish Roses Are Red

Avon Gel Finish Roses Are Red
(2 coats)
 
With all the recent popularity of the drugstore "gel" polishes, I figured now was a good time to give this Avon Gel Finish shade a try. Avon doesn't promise a specific wear time, but The Daily Varnish had great luck with it and wore one shade for 7 days with great results. 
 
Although it promises to act as a basecoat as well as a topcoat, I went ahead and used my normal combo of NailTek Intensive Therapy II as my basecoat and NYC Grand Central Station as my topcoat. Two coats gave me great coverage, a bit jelly-like, but still opaque in my opinion.
 
I am pretty impressed with this.... enough that I might order some more shades. Right now they are on sale for $3.99, down from the regular price of $7.00.
 


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Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie

Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie
3 coats
 
Back in 2009 when Rescue Beauty Lounge released 3 limited edition blogger-designed shades, I knew I needed to order Scrangie, since she was (and still is) one of my favorite nail bloggers.
 
I've worn it before, but there doesn't seem to be evidence of that here on my blog.
 
 
It's really gorgeous- Scrangie described it as "a medium blue-based purple with green iridescence and green microshimmer". Love love love it.
 
But then I ran across Jenny at Lavish Layerings who topped it with a coat of Pure Ice Heartbreaker and I figured I would give that a try too since I have that in my collection.
 
Rescue Beauty Lounge Scrangie
topped with 1 coat of Pure Ice Heartbreaker
 
 
How flippin' gorgeous is that?????? It's like another level of awesome!
 
 


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Monday, March 30, 2015

Orly Mirrorball

 Orly Mirrorball
3 coats
 
Orly Mirrorball is part of Orly's Sparkle Holiday 2014 collection. This silver holo is pretty unique since in addition to the linear holo effect, it also has a scattered holo effect due to some hex glitters.
 
Although I love this polish outdoors in the sun, it's a bit of a snooze indoors or in the shade. It really comes alive in sunlight though, and almost redeems itself. But inside it just looks murky grey to me, and not all that exciting. Silver and grey shades don't flatter my warm skintone so I just don't love them on me.
 
Application was nice, though, and I got pretty good, almost opaque coverage in two coats, but I added a third to make sure I had enough coverage to make the holo stand out. I actually wore this for 4+ days and it wore beautifully, no chips in sight. Tipwear appears minimal due to the color, so there's that.
 
 shade macro shot
 


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Monday, March 23, 2015

Orly Color Blast in Warm Hugs

Orly Color Blast in Warm Hugs
2 coats
 
Doesn't this shade just scream Spring? Thank goodness the sun is finally out here! We had a crazy snow storm here just a few weeks ago, and today it was 75 and felt amazing. I have been battling a nasty sinus infection for the last two weeks and wasn't able to paint my nails because I was blowing my nose too much! Ha! It felt great to get do a full mani last night and I LOVE this color!
 
I wasn't familiar with Orly's Color Blast line, but I saw a post about the Elsa collection at Walgreens and knew I needed to check it out. There are 12 shades, but they are a bit pricy to me at $6.99 for just .37 oz, so I just chose my favorite to purchase.
 
I am really pleased- application was nice and I got good even coverage with two coats. I like it so much I may go back and purchase a few other shades.
 


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Monday, March 16, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine system: Wear test report

5 full days of wear
OPI Infinite Shine system in Girl Without Limits
primer, 2 coats of color, gloss topcoat
 
The pic above is after 5 full days of wear and I'm pretty impressed with how it looks. I could have probably worn it for at least another day or two, but my ADD kicked in and I had to take it off and do a new mani. It was still shiny, and I had what I would consider minimal tip wear.
 
But..... would I recommend paying the premium price of $12.50 per step for this system? No, I don't think I would. In addition, I didn't feel like the topcoat behaved as well as the quick-dry topcoat I am used to using. I painted my right hand just before bed and went to sleep about 30 minutes later and had some sheet marks the next morning.
 
Two other home no-light gel systems that I also liked that are more reasonably priced are L'Oreal Extraordinaire Gel-Lacque ($13 for box with base and topcoat bottles together, $8 for color) and the Revlon ColorStay Gel Envy ($8 for each of the three steps). My recommendation would be to skip OPI Infinite Shine and go with either of those.
 
 


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