Friday, June 16, 2017

NOTD: Essie Éclair My Love

Essie Éclair My Love
2 coats
from the Summer 2017 Collection

per Essie: Declare your undying amour with this light, bright heart-pulsing shade of red candy passion.

I've seen others call this close to a one-coat wonder, but not for me. I found the first coat to be very streaky, but the second coat evened it out quite nicely. Such a bright, fun summer shade!



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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Revisit: OPI Coca-Cola Collection

Today I am revisiting the OPI Coca-Cola Collection, a 9 piece collection inspired by Coca-Cola beverages. I purchased the "10 Pack of Style", which contains minis of 8 shades along with a mini of Nail Envy as well as the OPI Top Coat. I also purchased a big bottle of Orange You Fantastic, the last shade in the set, because it wasn't available in a mini and because I had to have the complete set in my possession. :-)

OPI Coca-Cola Red
2 coats

Coca-Cola Red is inspired by regular Coke and is my favorite shade of the collection- and of course it's my favorite Coca-Cola drink. I found the formula on this polish to be perfect! Two coats gave complete coverage and it is so shiny and glossy and just gorgeous.

OPI A Grape Affair
2 coats

A Grape Affair is a dark purple crème inspired by Grape Fanta. This is really vampy, but still looks purple in the sun. Indoors, it does pull really dark. Still so pretty.

OPI Get Cherried Away
2 coats

Get Cherried Away is a magenta creme inspired by Cherry Coke. I originally thought the formula on this was nice, and quite pigmented, but once I looked at my pictures I could totally see that I needed another coat. So frustrating!

OPI You're So Vain-illa
3 coats

You're So Vain-illa is inspired by Vanilla Coke. I found the formula to be just OK- it needed three coats to get opaque coverage. It is a really pretty shade, but one that gives me a bit of Lobster Hands, so if you are warm-toned like me, you might have the same problem.


OPI Orange You Fantastic! (1 coat)
over OPI You're So Vain-illa (3 coats)



Orange You Fantastic has different shapes and sizes of red and gold glitter in a sheer yellow/orange base and is inspired by Orange Fanta. I applied one coat over my prior mani of You're So Vain-illa. The formula was pretty great- I got great glitter coverage in just one coat, and the sheer yellow/orange base added a neat tint to the base color I had on. It smoothed out nicely with a coat of Gelous.


OPI Sorry I'm Fizzy Today
3 coats

Sorry I'm Fizzy Today is inspired by Vanilla Coke. I found the formula on this shade to be somewhat problematic. It was chalky, and even after two careful coats, I had streaking and it was visibly uneven, so I applied a third coat to get the coverage I wanted.

OPI My Signature Is "DC"
2 coats

My Signature Is "DC" is inspired by Diet Coke. The formula on this was FANTASTIC- it was practically a one-coater, and if I had been a bit more careful on that first coat I could have stopped there. It dried very fast and seemed dry before I even applied my quick-dry top coat.

OPI Green On The Runway
3 coats

So you can see in most light, it's a gorgeous green shimmer.....

but then in other light, it's reddish brown! Gorgeous!

Green On The Runway is inspired by Sprite. Or by the can, at least. :-)

 OPI Today I Accomplished Zero
2 coats

Today I Accomplished Zero is a black jelly base with pink glitter, inspired by Coke Zero. I myself am not a fan of Coke Zero..... but I do drink a can of regular Coke every single morning, as my cup of coffee.



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Monday, May 29, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Shea Dream

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Shea Dream
2 coats


INTRODUCING COLOR THERAPY FROM SALLY HANSEN THE ADVANCED NEW NAIL POLISH THAT COMBINES COLOR AND CARE 


Finally, gorgeous “Color That Cares While You Wear.” The first Sally Hansen nail polish that uniquely blends saturated color and nourishing argan oil in 38 stunning shades created in partnership with Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole.

Sally Hansen continues to lead in innovation by introducing its new Color Therapy products:  a nail polish, top coat, and nail & cuticle oil, inspired by women’s desire to wear beautiful color while simultaneously caring for their nails. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail. 9 out of 10 women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails after wearing the Color Therapy nail polish. Vibrant tones, available in three magnificent palettes, glide on for a radiant, shiny finish with up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to restore nails without sacrificing luminous color.  

Complete your manicure with the Color Therapy top coat and nail & cuticle oil, both formulated with the same argan oil contained in the nail polish. The top coat provides an ultra-glossy finish for extended wear, and the nail & cuticle oil, the ultimate in nail therapy, instantly makes nails and cuticles look healthier, restored, and rejuvenated.  

The Ingredient Story Color Therapy blends a complex of natural argan, acai, and evening primrose oil to condition weak, dry nails. Argan oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, an antioxidant vital for healthy skin and nails. Acai berry oil is rich in omega-3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids that are valued for nutrition and conditioning in skin and hair care. Evening primrose oil features essential fatty acids that are known to help reinforce hair strength. 

Price & Availability: The New Sally Hansen Color Therapy range hit shelves in December 2016. Suggested retail price for each product is $8.99.  
Click Here for Available Shades



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Sunday, May 28, 2017

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Little Peony

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel in Little Peony
3 coats

This shade was a bit streaky, so I found I needed 3 coats to get opaque even coverage.

An innovative and award-winning development in nail color, Sally Hansen Miracle Gel™ is a two-step, no light gel manicure system; simply apply two coats of the Miracle Gel™ color of your choice, then follow with the Miracle Gel™ Top Coat. The polish is cured by natural light, so you can get the same volume and high gloss, mirror shine without the use of a UV lamp. Enjoy up to 14 days of color and shine, and then easily remove with regular nail polish remover – no soaking necessary! Sold in Duo Packs with top coat.

Price: $14.99 for the 2 step set, or $9.99 for individual colors




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Friday, May 26, 2017

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in What in Carnation?

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in What in Carnation?
2 coats

Hello Summer! The school year is done and we are ready for fun in the sun! Love this summery shade!


Price: $7.99




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Thursday, May 11, 2017

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Rosy Quartz

Sally Hansen Color Therapy in Rosy Quartz
3 coats


INTRODUCING COLOR THERAPY FROM SALLY HANSEN THE ADVANCED NEW NAIL POLISH THAT COMBINES COLOR AND CARE 


Finally, gorgeous “Color That Cares While You Wear.” The first Sally Hansen nail polish that uniquely blends saturated color and nourishing argan oil in 38 stunning shades created in partnership with Global Color Ambassador, Madeline Poole.

Sally Hansen continues to lead in innovation by introducing its new Color Therapy products:  a nail polish, top coat, and nail & cuticle oil, inspired by women’s desire to wear beautiful color while simultaneously caring for their nails. Sally Hansen’s Color Therapy nail polish contains a patented micro-delivery system that delivers an argan oil-enriched formula, resulting in intensive nourishment and instant moisture for healthier-looking nails. The Color Therapy nail polish needs no base coat so the oil complex can directly contact the bare nail. 9 out of 10 women experienced a noticeable improvement in their natural nails after wearing the Color Therapy nail polish. Vibrant tones, available in three magnificent palettes, glide on for a radiant, shiny finish with up to 10 days of fade-proof, chip-resistant wear. The Color Therapy nail polish provides the ultimate color that cares while you wear, with everything needed to restore nails without sacrificing luminous color.  

Complete your manicure with the Color Therapy top coat and nail & cuticle oil, both formulated with the same argan oil contained in the nail polish. The top coat provides an ultra-glossy finish for extended wear, and the nail & cuticle oil, the ultimate in nail therapy, instantly makes nails and cuticles look healthier, restored, and rejuvenated.  

The Ingredient Story Color Therapy blends a complex of natural argan, acai, and evening primrose oil to condition weak, dry nails. Argan oil contains high levels of unsaturated fatty acids, as well as vitamin E, an antioxidant vital for healthy skin and nails. Acai berry oil is rich in omega-3, 6, and 9 essential fatty acids that are valued for nutrition and conditioning in skin and hair care. Evening primrose oil features essential fatty acids that are known to help reinforce hair strength. 

Price & Availability: The New Sally Hansen Color Therapy range hit shelves in December 2016. Suggested retail price for each product is $8.99.  
Click Here for Available Shades



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Thursday, May 4, 2017

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pink Blink

Sally Hansen Insta-Dri in Pink Blink
2 coats

Insta-Dri® fast-dry nail polish is formulated with a base and top coat for extended wear and stunning shine all in one coat!
Features a unique brush that contours to the nail for a smooth, easy application. Available in 40 fashionable shades.
Note: I did find that I need two coats of this shade for it to be opaque.



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