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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Thursday, March 12, 2015

OPI Infinite Shine system in Girl Without Limits

OPI Infinite Shine system in Girl Without Limits
primer, 2 coats of color, gloss topcoat
OPI has launched a no-light gel polish so of course I had to give it a try. Each part of the system retails for $12.50. The primer reminded me of Orly Bonder.  I found the color to give good coverage in 2 coats. It flowed easily and evenly. The gloss topcoat did seem to dry pretty quickly to the touch, but I went to bed about 30 minutes after a I painted my right hand and got some smudge marks, which I don't normally get when I use NYC Grand Central Station as my topcoat.
I'm currently testing out the wear to see how it compares to regular polish. Stayed tuned!

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Thursday, March 5, 2015

SinfulColors Catch Spring Fever Collection

SinfulColors has put together a new collection for Spring 2015 called Catch Spring Fever. Today I've got two crème shades from the collection, along with the three Opalescent Trend Toppers that are in this collection.
SinfulColors Thimbleberry (2 coats)
described as "a crushing shade of coral"

SinfulColors Navy I Do (2 coats)
described as "true navy blue"
I thought Navy I Do would be a great base to try with the opalescent trend toppers. I applied one coat of each to the three fingers on the left.... I left the pinkie nail on the right alone.

Opalescent Trend Toppers
Flight To See is described as "prismatic plum"
Prized Plume is "iridescent peacock-feather blue"
Sheer Flight is "bejeweled emerald"
I think these are all really pretty and just one coat covered well for a neat effect. My favorite of the three was Sheer Flight, although I like all three.
SinfulColors Catch Spring Fever Collection for Spring 2015 is available at Walgreens and other mass retailers for $1.99 each.
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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Nails Inc Bamboo White

Nails Inc Bamboo White
(2 coats)
 from a collaboration with Victoria Beckham and her Victoria, Victoria Beckham collection

I recently purchased the Nails Inc Victoria, Victoria Beckham for Nails Inc. Duo Collection from Sephora for $45. The set includes Judo Red and Bamboo White. The individual shades are also available for $25 each.

Just like Judo Red, Bamboo White was amazing to apply- it is well-pigmented and gave opaque coverage in two coats. It more than just a plain white- it's a creamy off-white with a touch of pink. Since it's not so stark, it's just gorgeous. The outer rectangular part of the lid can be removed, leaving you with a regular round cap to paint with.

You'll have to pardon my short, somewhat uneven nails.... I made it through almost 3 weeks of loading and unloading cases of Girl Scout cookies without a break, but Saturday's 5 hour booth sale left me with a broken nail on my middle finger. I cut down the others as much as I could bear to.... they were such a great length and I hate when a break ruins perfect length!

Here's some info from Sephora.com: Created with an exclusive formulation, featuring Stretch-To-Fit technology and Bamboo Extract with Silica, this collectible set features two new polish shades: Judo Red, a vibrant tomato shade, and Bamboo White, a bone shade inspired and created to complement key pieces from the collection. Designed by Fabien Baron and Victoria Beckham, Nails Inc’s concave glass bottled have been reinvented for the collaboration: each bottle is made with fine Venetian glass and is hand-frosted in matte black and matte white to leave a subtle reveal window on either side.

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