Monday, August 29, 2011

NOTD: Orly Fowl Play

Orly Fowl Play

Loving this! I am SO SO ready for fall after our records high temps, and this is a perfect polish for the upcoming season.

The above swatch is just 2 coats. I expected to have to do 3, but it covered nicely in 2.

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Wednesday, August 24, 2011

NOTD: Sephora by OPI Frankly I Don't Give A-Dam

Sephora by OPI in Frankly I Don't Give A-Dam

This is one of the minis from the Garden of Good and Evil collection, described simply as "gray".

I think I told you guys I had a totally blonde moment and tried to figure out what Gone With the Wind had to do with this collection..... rest assured I *did* finally figure it out!

I think this gray gave me lobster hands a bit, so it's definitely not a fave. The formula was fine, nice application, and full coverage in two coats. Just not a shade that looks that good on my light olive skin.

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Friday, August 19, 2011

Swatches (and gushing love for) OPI DS Design

Hold on to your hats... I'm about to declare OPI DS Design as the MOST BEAUTIFUL NAIL POLISH SHADE EVER.

Just look at that holo goodness! It just doesn't get any better than that.

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Thursday, August 18, 2011

Swatch: Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular! Top Coat

Sephora by OPI Spark-tacular! Top Coat

I recently purchased the newest Sephora by OPI top coat ($9.50). Not sure yet if I LOVE it....

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Wednesday, August 17, 2011

Review: Dr.'s REMEDY Hot Hot Hot Summer 2011 Collection

Today I have swatches for you of the Dr.'s REMEDY Hot Hot Hot Summer 2011 Collection.

Let me start out by explaining the missing pointer finger in my swatches! Ha! That nail has a small tear that is currently mended with Orly Nail Rescue, and I was worried that removing polish five times would remove the patch. So..... you get swatches with only three fingers!

All swatches are two coats, with the exception of NURTURE Nude Pink, which is three. I had good luck with all five colors- they covered nicely and quite evenly. I also am a fan of the rubberized top of their bottles, it really lets you get a good hold on the brush while you are painting.

TRANQUIL Tangerine: a bold, but wonderfully-wearable, slice of juicy delight

NURTURE Nude Pink: a delicate, damsel-in-distress barely-there beautiful

LOVELY Lavender: a pale purple with matte depth and charm

GLEE Gold: a shimmer-infused coin of perfection

BOLD Baby Blue: an aqua-meets turquoise take on every boy's favorite color

Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Nail Polish is available for $17 online at

Dr.'s REMEDY is a line of doctor-inspired cosmetics that is dedicated to using clean, hypoallergenic ingredients. The birth-child of two New York based podiatrists, Dr. Adam Cirlincione and Dr. William Spielfogel, Dr.'s REMEDY proves quintessentially-perfect for any person looking to better the condition of her skin and nails.

Disclosure: I received these polishes for review purposes.

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Tuesday, August 9, 2011

NOTD: Sephora by OPI Eve-y On the Eyes

Sephora by OPI Eve-y On the Eyes

This is one of the minis from the Garden of Good and Evil collection, described simply as "grape".

I did two coats before bed and thought that it looked fine and opaque. However, when I woke up the next morning, I could see it totally needed a third coat. So after work I added another coat and snapped a pic. There's a red shimmer in there that was very hard to capture. It's there, but is very very subtle.

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Monday, August 8, 2011

Barielle: Karma Kollection of Shades

I was recently given the opportunity to review three shades from Barielle’s new Summer 2011 Karma Kollection of Shades.

Positive ZEN-ergy: Warm mossy green with silver shimmer

Positive ZEN-ergy was the shade I was most excited about, and it did not disappoint! The swatch above is three coats, and it applied beautifully and I thought the silver shimmer was gorgeous, especially in the sun.

Gotta Have Fate; opaque creamy coral

Because of my yellow/light olive complexion I am a suck for a pretty coral. I thought Gotta Have Fate was quite nice and this swatch is also three coats.

Do Unto Others; blue/green jelly cream

I had a little trouble with Do Unto Others, as I typically do with chalky colors. I am just not as good applying them! After the second coat I was worried- it was so streaky! However, after the third coat it even out nicely.

As always, the new Shades by Barielle are considered “pregnancy-safe.” Barielle stands apart as the absolute first to practice a progressive “three-free” philosophy on formulation: none of Barielle’s products contain formaldehyde, toluene, or dibutyl phthalate (DBP) - chemicals that are suspected to be harmful and found in many beauty products. Instead Barielle uses safe, effective and natural alternatives, such as keratin, proteins, vitamins, as well as oil and plant extracts.

Shades by Barielle provide a high-shine glossy coat and forms a protective barrier for a long-lasting finish. The Shades ($8.00 each) are currently buy one get one 50% off at and at the Barielle Facebook store at Before polishing, be sure your nails are healthy and strong with Barielle’s top selling Nail Strengthener Cream.

Barielle’s story began more than 30 years ago at the Belmont Racetrack. Husband and wife equestrian aficionados devised a breakthrough formula to condition the hooves of their million-dollar thoroughbred racehorses. Reformulated for women and men, the miracle product “Nail Strengthener Cream” was born and Barielle was founded. The Barielle Nail Strengthener Cream, which helps nails grow healthier and stronger while resisting splits, peels, and breaks, remains a best-selling product even today.

Disclosure: These products were sent to me for review purposes.

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