Tuesday, May 26, 2015

OPI DS Ruby

 OPI DS Ruby
2 coats
 
Look at the holo goodness! If you didn't know, I live in Rainlahoma (formerly known as Oklahoma), and we have had the worst weather over the last few weeks. Tornados and more rain than we'll ever need. Since I take my photos outside in natural light, and the sun has been hiding from us, I haven't been able to take any good mani pictures lately.
 
But the sun is out today and I thought I'd get out one of my favorites, OPI DS Ruby. I love love love this shade! OPI really hit it out of the ballpark with the older DS shades. I haven't been a fan of the newer shades, but the older holo shades have a special place in my collection.
 


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Thursday, May 14, 2015

Essie Style Hunter

 Essie Style Hunter
2 coats
 
from the Essie Spring 2014 Hide and Go Chic Collection
 
Style Hunter is a raspberry crème that covered well in just two coats. Although it's not a unique shade, it's pretty nonetheless.

Oklahoma was hit with some nasty Spring weather last week that left the sunshine nowhere to be found. Thank goodness the sun came back out today- it was a bit depressing around here!
 


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Monday, May 4, 2015

Dermelect Memento Manicure Extending Top Coat Review

6 day wear test
 
I am VERY impressed!


I originally painted my nails last Tuesday night, and took this photo today (Monday). That's a good 6 days of wear and they still look amazing- very shiny, very little tip wear, and no chips. Note: My ring finger was repainted Thursday night due to a break and repair, so it only has 4 days of wear, but look how amazing it looks- absolutely no tip wear on that finger at all!

Memento retails for $16. I'm pretty sure it's my new favorite topcoat. It dried unbelievably fast and I just can't get over how little tip wear I've got after 6 days. I don't even feel the need to repaint my nails today.

Info from the Dermelect website:
  • no UV/LED lamp required
  • extends nail polish wear up to 7-9 days
  • 1 step - use with any nail color
  • high gloss, mirror-like shine
  • dries in minutes
  • durability of gel
  • soak-free removal with regular nail polish remover



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    Thursday, April 30, 2015

    Essie Capri

     Essie Capri
    2 coats


    I'm not much of a fashionista when it comes to clothes, but new nail polish collections? I am always in. When I heard that some Essie shades would be included in the Target/Lilly Pulitzer collaboration, I was pretty excited to check them out.

    Then I figured out they were just re-releases of existing shades, with just a little Lilly Pulitzer hang tag added. I was disappointed, but decided to pick up one caught my eye that I didn't already have in my collection.

    Capri is a great Spring shade, if not at all unique. I got good coverage in two coats, although on some fingers you can see my nail line and I suspect a third coat would have solved that.
     


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    Tuesday, April 21, 2015

    Sephora Formula X Sheer Strength in Wondrous

    Sephora Formula X Sheer Strength in Wondrous
    3 coats
     
    I saw these a few months ago when Karen Falcone swatched them and I was intrigued... they reminded me of the Sally Hansen Smooth and Perfect Color + Care line that came out a few years ago. I really liked those, but I don't have the pink shade called Satin, and I had a credit eating a hole in my pocket at Sephora... so into my cart Wondrous went.
     
    Application was pretty much fool-proof and even a muggle could get a great looking mani with this color. I pretty much just slapped it on and didn't even bother to do any clean-up around my cuticles and I still think it looks great.
     
    At $12.50, these are more than twice as much as Sally's original version is at $5.50. It looks like the Color + Care line is still available, so if this looks like your cup of tea, I'd go for the more reasonably priced Sally Hansen line myself. 
     



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    Saturday, April 18, 2015

    Sephora Formula X in A+

    Sephora Formula X in A+
    (2 coats)
     
    At some point, I received this mini-sized bottle of A+, I believe as a 100 point perk. I'm not positive, but I decided to give it a try along with the mini set of The Formula X System I received as a 500 point perk. 
     
     
    Side note on this little set: I had this set on my list of thing to try, and I love when I can spend my points on something off my wishlist! I was really surprised when I received my package and realized that all four of the little bottles were just tossed in together with some shredded paper. Luckily, none of them arrived damaged, but this packaging was just asking for trouble.
     
    But back to the polish..... I really really like The System! The topcoat was pretty fabulous- self-leveling and fast-drying and just all-around awesome.
     
    A+ is a nice shade, but it appears to be discontinued.  The way the Formula X shades are organized makes it pretty hard to navigate and search for an individual shade. If you know the name of the shade, you can use the search box on their website, but if you are just browsing and looking for something pretty to buy, it's cumbersome because you have to go to an individual page for each type of polish- Transformers, Sparklers, Sea Glass etc.
     
     
     

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    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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