Monday, October 20, 2014

Essie She's Pampered

Essie She's Pampered
2 coats
 
Essie She's Pampered was included in my September 2014 Glossybox. I ALWAYS get excited about nail polish in subscription boxes, and was so excited because I didn't have this shade in my collection.
 
She's Pampered was part of the Winter 2012 collection and retails for $8.50.

 
GLOSSYBOX is one of the more expensive beauty subscription services ($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.
 
GLOSSYBOX also has a great point program- if you answer their survey questions on each product after you receive it, you will receive 100 points. After you have collected 1000 points, your next box is free. So after 10 months, I will have a free box. 
They also have a referral program and if you use my link to sign up, I'll receive 200 points, getting me closer to my free box! You can do the same with your friends after you sign up. During the month of October, if you sign up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription, you can use the promo code GBGLAM to receive a FREE deluxe sample-sized GlamGlow Youth Mud ($19 value) with any new subscription.
 
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Friday, October 17, 2014

Maybelline Color Show Denims in Styled Out

Maybelline Color Show Denims in Styled Out
2 coats
 
I picked this shade up at Big Lots recently. It was just $1 and I figured it was worth a try. I really like it! Coverage was great- it was *almost* a one-coater, but I did two for complete opaque coverage. The silver shimmer in this is so pretty.
 
 
 

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Sunday, October 12, 2014

OPI To Beagle or Not To Beagle

OPI To Beagle or Not To Beagle
(1 coats dabbed on)
over OPI Good Grief! (3 coats)
from the Halloween 2014 Peanuts Collection

 

shade pic
 

macro shot
 
I recently purchased the mini set of all four of the shades in the Peanuts Collection, adorably titled "Little Peanuts". To Beagle or Not To Beagle is one of the two glitters included in the OPI Halloween 2014 Peanuts Collection. The polish has black bar glitter, two sizes of black hex glitter along with larger multicolored hex glitter. There's a lot going on in that bottle! I'm normally not a fan of bar glitter, but I think it works in this combo. I got good coverage by using a dabbing method. It was actually pretty smooth when it dried, and I added a coat of NYC Grand Central Station to make it more shiny.
 
 


 
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Wednesday, October 8, 2014

OPI Good Grief!

OPI Good Grief!
(3 coats)
from the Halloween 2014 Peanuts Collection
 
I recently purchased the mini set of all four of the shades in the Peanuts Collection, adorably titled "Little Peanuts". I thought I'd give the yellow crème shade a try first and I was surprised by how much I liked it! It did need three coats to be completely opaque.

I grew up watching the Peanuts specials and especially love "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown". I love that OPI did this collection!

I found this great image on Polyvore that I hade to share.

OPI Peanuts Collection for Halloween 2014


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Sunday, October 5, 2014

Ciaté Skinny Dip

Ciaté Skinny Dip
3 coats
 
Skinny Dip was included in my April 2014 Glossybox. I ALWAYS get excited about nail polish in subscription boxes, but I set this one aside to use later in the year because I thought it was a great Fall shade that would make a perfect Halloween mani.
 
Skinny Dip was part of the Bottled Sunshine collection. Ciaté shades retail for $15. I just love the bottle- the bow is just adorable. I found the wand to be easy to hold and use. The polish was a bit thin, but after three coats I was pleased with the coverage.


shade pic
 
Although GLOSSYBOX is one of the more expensive beauty subscription services ($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 post about the contents of my August 2014 box.
 
GLOSSYBOX also has a great point program- if you answer their survey questions on each product after you receive it, you will receive 100 points. After you have collected 1000 points, your next box is free. So after 10 months, I will have a free box. 
They also have a referral program and if you use my link to sign up, I'll receive 200 points, getting me closer to my free box! You can do the same with your friends after you sign up. During the month of October, if you sign up for a 3, 6, or 12-month subscription, you can use the promo code GBGLAM to receive a FREE deluxe sample-sized GlamGlow Youth Mud ($19 value) with any new subscription.
 
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Thursday, October 2, 2014

CND Vinylux in Steel Gaze- plus wear test

CND Vinylux in Steel Gaze (2 coats)
topped with CND Vinylux Weekly Top Coat
 
Steel Gaze is an olive green sparkly base with gold and silver glimmer that's pretty sheer. I just used 2 coats and was pretty happy with it, but I later noticed that I probably need a third coat to get complete coverage.
 
But the good news is.... it wore great! Of the three shades I have tried, this is the only one where I've been pleased with the wear time.

Here's a shade pic of the fresh mani.

And here's a pic after 5 days of wear. I was really impressed with this shade! Just some tipwear, which didn't seem too apparent probably due to the glittery shade, and absolutely no chipping.
 
Here's some more info:
 
*No base coat is required, in fact, you are not supposed to use a base coat.
*I *love* that this was dry, enough to rub my nails without damage, in just 8 1/2 minutes.
 
*The polish applied easily onto the nail with great pigmentation.
*Even though no base coat was used, I got absolutely no staining, and it was super easy to remove using my normal method- the scrubby tub.
 
 

 


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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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