Tuesday, September 9, 2014

OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa!

OPI Hands Off My Kielbasa!
3 coats
 
from the Spring 2013 Euro Centrale Collection
 
I have to tell you, I like this one so much more than I thought I would! At first I thought it leaned a bit too flesh-toned for my taste, but as I wore this it grew on me. It's really flattering, and the bronzy shimmer in there is quite pretty. Two coats were actually fine, but I added a third because a few spots seemed thinner than others.
 
 
 


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Friday, September 5, 2014

Dermelect Fall/Winter Bejeweled Collection

Dermelect Bejeweled Collection
 
The Bejeweled Collection, new for Fall 2014, features four new hues "inspired by the rich and radiant pigments of precious gems."
 
Dermelect Lustrous
3 coats, topcoat added

Lustrous, described as "sparkling cognac" was gorgeous. I love the glass-fleck quality. I did find I needed 3 coats to get complete even coverage.

Dermelect Gilded
2 coats (intended to be worn without topcoat)

Gilded, described as "textured patina", in meant to be worn without a topcoat to show the texture. I really liked this one! I got pretty darn good coverage with one coat, but did 2 to make sure I had even coverage.
 

Dermelect Heirloom
2 coats, topcoat added

Heirloom, described as "metallic royal sapphire" is definitely my favorite in the collection! Do you see that gorgeous pink shimmer? Enlarge that pic and check it out- it is so rich and complex! 2 coats gave great coverage so I stopped there.

Dermelect Belle Epoque
2 coats, topcoat added
 
Belle Epoque is described as "deep, smoky quartz crème. This shade dazzled me the least, but it was  great quality. It's such a dark brown that it almost looks black indoors.
 
 
Dermelect’s Bejeweled Collection, available Fall 2014, retails for $14-16 and can be purchased online at www.dermelect.com and at high-end apothecaries, beauty boutiques, salons, spas, medi-spas and doctors offices. Locally, Dermelect is available at Ulta.
 

 


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Wednesday, September 3, 2014

Revlon Popular

Revlon Popular
(3 coats)

shade pic
 
Revlon Popular is really pretty- I love the "jelly sandwich" look and love that this one polish takes care of it for me- no need to layer two polishes to get the look.
 
Popular is pretty sheer and I needed 3 coats to get good even coverage. Topped with NYC Grand Central Station, dry time was normal for me- I painted my nails and went to be about an hour later.
 
 


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Thursday, August 28, 2014

OPI A Grape Affair

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 A Grape Affair is from the 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. :-)
 
 


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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps in Coral Creme

Sally Hansen Hard As Wraps Coral Crème
2 coats
 
A few years ago, actually probably 7 years ago (!!), I stumbled on to a fabulous sale at Walgreens and every shade in this line was only $1! I grabbed one bottle in each shade. I actually love this line- although I'm not sure it makes your nails "Hard As Wraps" it is definitely a great polish. I actually wore a red shade from this line as a pedi shade for about 2 years.

This is such a gorgeous summer color! There are several shades in this line that have the word "crème" in them that are actually frosts, and several that have the word "frost" in them that are actually crèmes! So strange! So note that this shade is definitely a frost and there are some evident brush strokes, but nothing too bothersome.

 
Details

Brand/Name: Sally Hansen Hard As Nails Hard As Wraps "Coral Creme"

Number of coats in pic/topcoat?: 2 coats of color topped with 1 coat of NYC Grand Central Station

Purchased From: Walgreens sale at least 7 years ago for $1- this line has been discontinued
 
 

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Monday, August 25, 2014

Maybelline Color Show in Gilded Rose

Maybelline Color Show in Gilded Rose
2 coats
 
Gilded Rose is a sheer rose gold glass fleck with small gold hex glitters and rose medium hex glitters. Although quite pretty, this was chip-tastic on me! It may have had something to do with the zillion water balloons I was making for our block party, but on day 2 I had chips on almost every finger! I may try this one again over a champagne base and see if that helps with wear.
 
It appears that Gilded Rose was originally a LE, part of the Brocade collection in Fall 2013. The bottle I recently purchased did not have the Brocade designation on the cap, so this may be a core shade now.
 


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Thursday, August 21, 2014

Butter London Disco Biscuit

Butter London Disco Biscuit
2 coats
 
Disco Biscuit, a bright pink jelly with purple micro glitter, is from Butter London's Spring/Summer 2012 Collection. I have seen other bloggers to 3-4 coats, but since it's a jelly, I figured I wouldn't mind a bit of VNL so I just did 2 to see what it looked like. And actually, the coverage is pretty good. I did find that coverage at the tips was lacking, even though I did my normal wrapping. It was almost like there was a bit of shrinkage overnight as well.
 
Still, it's an eye-catching pretty bright shade so I'm happy with my mani.
 
My kiddos had their first day of school yesterday and it's hard to believe they are in 3rd and 5th this year! They are growing up so fast.
 
 
 
 

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