Monday, September 29, 2014

CND Vinylux Wear Report

CND Vinylux in Tinted Love (3 coats)
after 4 full days of wear
 
*Left hand shows tipwear, middle finger has beginning of chip

 
*Right hand has several fingers with chips near tip
*Finish is not even and glossy, scratches in surface are showing
 
So this was my second try with CND Vinylux. Again, not a very good result. Quite disappointing for a polish that promises to last for a week.
 
HOWEVER, I am currently wearing yet another shade, and I am having fabulous luck with it- so the results may vary widely across the line and depend on the shade selected. Stay tuned for more on that!


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Wednesday, September 24, 2014

CND Vinylux in Tinted Love

CND Vinylux in Tinted Love
3 coats
 
The last time I tried a shade from CND Vinylux I wasn't overly impressed. I thought I would give it another try with a different shade. I did need 3 coats of Tinted Love to get opaque coverage, and I topped it with CND's Vinylux Weekly Top Coat. This pic was taken the morning after I did my mani. By that afternoon I already had significant tipwear on my other hand....... Stayed tuned to see my final thoughts soon.
 



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Tuesday, September 23, 2014

SpaRitual Magnify

SpaRitual Magnify
2 coats
 
A few months ago, after doing quite a bit of research on beauty subscription boxes, I decided to give GLOSSYBOX a try. In the past, I have subscribed to both Birchbox and Ipsy, but discontinued those because I seemed to get products that I never used.
GLOSSYBOX *is* more expensive ($21 versus both Birchbox and Ipsy's $10), but the quality is so much better- these are high end brands! I also LOVE the beautiful, high quality boxes they send each month. They are great for drawer organizing or keeping craft products in. Here is a link to my review of my July 2014 box.
 
SpaRitual Magnify was included in my August 2014 GLOSSYBOX, and I was so excited because I LOVE when subscription boxes include nail polish. It's like they KNOW ME! And isn't Magnify a gorgeous Barbie bubble-gum pink? Application was fabulous, and 2 coats provided perfect coverage.
 
SpaRitual shades retail for $12.

 
Disclosure: GLOSSYBOX link is a referral link.

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Monday, September 22, 2014

Sparkles Save a Bad Mani

Cover Girl Boundless Color in City Lights (1 coat) (sorry, discontinued!)
over
Sephora Formula X in Prophecy (2 coats)
 
Do you ever do a mani, and something just goes so so wrong? This mani seemed to be a lost cause (more on that in a minute), but just one coat of a holo glitter saved the day! I am sad that City Lights is discontinued, but there are two others that are easy to find and work in quite the same way: China Glaze Fairy Dust and Out The Door Northern Lights Silver Hologram Top Coat. Swatch and Learn has a great comparison post here.
 
Anyway, back to my failed mani. A few weeks ago I read beautygeek's review of the Sephora Formula X Brushed Metallics line and I knew I had to have Prophecy. You've got to check out her pic! It's amazing.
 
But on me..... it crackled! It was so very strange. I used my normal base of NailTek II, which I guess the Sephora X did not play well with. The first coat of Prophecy was very streaky but I figured the second coat would even it out. No! The second coat made it crackle! Just like the crackles of a few years ago. I was so frustrated, and I was late and I was tired and wanted to get to bed. I grabbed my trust bottle of Cover Girl City Lights, which has saved me before, and let it work the magic. I ended up loving how this mani turned out.
 
I'll have to try Prophecy again, I guess with a different base. Anyone had better luck with something else?
 
 

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Tuesday, September 16, 2014

OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke!

 OPI Oy-Another Polish Joke!
(3 coats)
from the Spring 2013 Euro Centrale Collection
 
shade
 
Although I don't love this shade against my skintone, it's quite pretty! I did need three coats to cover my nail line, but application was so easy and it dried so fast, I didn't mind.
 

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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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