Mani Monday with Zoya – Binx

Hello, lovelies!  Today I want to share one of my most recent acquisitions, Zoya’s Binx.  I absolutely have loved all the swatches I’ve seen, so I was eager to get my hands on this.  I picked it up at Ulta for $9.

Bottle Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love the multi-color look the iridescent glitter gives this magenta polish.  It is stunning in the bottle.  I was hopeful it would be as brilliant on the nail.

Macro2 Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Just look at the multi-tonal color!

Layers Mani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I found this polish to be a three-coater to get the truest color.  As sheer as it is, it would look excellent layered over a creme as well.  Application was a dream; I have come to expect as much from Zoya, and anything less would give it a low rating.  I am absolutely in love with this polish (if you can’t tell.)  I definitely give Zoya’s Binx a 5 out of 5.

This was my chosen polish for the Great Polish Giveaway of 2014.  If you haven’t already, enter from my original giveaway post.  You could win up to 200 polishes!

And one last photo: a macro of the polish on my thumbnail:

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Have a marvelous Monday, all!

Manic Mani Monday!

Hello lovelies!  Whew, what a morning – and now afternoon here!  Had to get the oil changed in my car and that took two hours!  Elizabeth was with me, and she did really well and kept entertained the first hour and a half.  After that, we had to make a grocery store run.  And that’s where I found what I’m going to share with you today: my HEB finds.

Hand Conditioner Box Hand Conditioner Bottle Hand Conditioner Hand

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First up is this Hand Conditioner by Nailtiques.  It was $1.99 and with the salon-quality polish.  My hands are perpetually dry, so I decided that I would give it a shot.  The last picture was to show the consistency.  It is a little runny if applied generously, and I will say that the amount pictured was way too much.  I’m not “in love” with the smell.  It’s not bad, but I’ve experienced more pleasant hand lotion scents.  The smell reminds me of something that I cannot put my finger on.  Even though I applied too much, it still absorbed into my skin quickly, and I was not left with a greasy feel.  I will provide a final review after using this for awhile, but first impressions are good.

Bottle Label

 

 

 

 

 

 

My other find was the OPI Coca-Cola collection.  Overall, I’m left pretty unimpressed by the collection.  To me, the most interesting polishes are Today I Accomplished Zero (pictured above), Green on the Runway, and Orange You Fantastic.  Personally, I would pass on Green on the Runway because it looks like it wouldn’t work with my skintone.  The rest of the collection reminds me of things I’ve seen too many times before.  Sorry OPI, I love your formula, but I find this collection “meh.”

Back to my polish, Today I Accomplished Zero.  This polish is the “Coke Zero” polish.  I not only like the drink, but I like this polish.  It is a black base with rose-tone glitter that leans more red than rose.

Layers Mani

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With standard, thin polish coats, it took three coats to make this polish really pop.  Two coats could work if you’re in a hurry, but the polish is really at its best with three coats.  Pictures above show the polish buildup and my finished mani.  All photos are with Orly Bonder base-coat and no top-coat.

Bottle Macro Thumb Macro

As you can see in the macro shot of my thumb-nail, the glitter is a little bumpy.  I’m sure had I used a top-coat it would have smoothed out.

I am very pleased with my choice to pick up this polish.  Yeah, it’s not the most “summery” polish, but summer in Texas is over-rated.  It’s hot, it’s humid, it’s just all around horrid.  I am going to go so far as to day that my Mani Monday mani is my anti-summer mani.

Overall, it is a standout in a bland collection.  I am a little disappointed it took three coats to make it look its best, but since they were thin coats I am hoping that it lasts a bit longer than my other manis I’ve done.  I love the OPI formula application, and this polish does not disappoint.  I find the contrast of the black base and rosey glitter to be a winning combo.  I give this polish a 4 out of 5.

Have a marvelous Monday, all!

Mani Monday

Hello lovelies!  Today I used Indigo Bananas in Great Scott! for my Mani Monday manicure.  I love Indigo Bananas – I have yet to find anything I don’t like about the brand, and Great Scott! does not disappoint.  It is a nice blue color with a golden shimmer, plus it glows in the dark!  It has a little bit of a texture to it, but nothing a layer or two of topcoat won’t smooth out if you are really opposed.  On to pictures!

IB Bottle Nail Shot

 

Bottle shot and on nails.  Three coats were used for this manicure, and with the flash of my camera you can see a little bit of visible nail line, but it’s not very visible with natural light.

 

Glowy

 

Here’s the best picture I could get of the glow in the dark blue.  I almost couldn’t sleep the last time I wore this polish because I kept staring at my nails!

I absolutley am in love with this polish – it’s a gorgeous color that’s glow-in-the-dark to boot!

Have a wonderful Monday!

A Little Different Mani Monday

Hello lovelies!  Today’s post is going to be a little different.  I have something I have to get off my chest, but I promise I’ll follow with my regular Mani Monday in this post.

Today the Supreme Court of the United States ruled 5-4 that companies can receive an exemption from the birth-control mandate provisioned by the Affordable Healthcare Act.  The ruling stems from Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties contesting having to cover birth-control based on religious beliefs.  The only thing I can find to be glad about is that the ruling was at least close.  I support religious freedom, but I also put people’s health above religion.  When you look at most things, I suspect that most people value health above religion.  You cannot overlook any kind of harm or abuse that is labeled as a religious act.  And that is what this is, a harm to women’s health.  Certain birth-control methods are used for other things.  I was on birth-control pills for a long time to manage my heavy periods, and later I took them to help manage my Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome.  Now it seems that I probably have endometriosis.  My physician informed me that my Mirena IUD is used to help manage endometriosis.  As I understand the ruling, these things may not be covered if the employer my insurance is through decides that they don’t believe in birth-control due to religious beliefs.  I also believe that I would be able to get them covered for my medical issues, but it would take filling out and filing paperwork – basically jumping through hoops.

I read that the companies said they supported birth-control such as some pills, condoms, and sterilization procedures.   Pills and procedures would fall under birth-control as far as insurance is concerned.  How can you single out certain methods?  I also want to note that basic birth-control pills are relatively cheap – I think when I was had no insurance, I was paying about $15/month for the generic, standard birth-control pills.  Sterilization procedures would be a one-time expense, provided it went as planned.  To me it sounds like they approve the methods that would not be of much cost to them.  I had insurance at the time I had my IUD placed, and did not have to pay anything out-of-pocket.  I have no idea how much they cost to be placed, but I would bet that it’s not cheap.

Alright, that’s my opinion of the latest SCOTUS ruling.  On to something happier – Mani Monday!

In the VoxBox that I posted about last Friday, I received a bottle of Sinful Colors in Ocean View.  I decided to use that for my Mani Monday manicure.
Ocean View with Nail Junkie

I used Sinful Colors in Nail Junkie for the accent nail.  Quite appropriate I think, yes?

Unbagging: Indigo Bananas

Hello lovelies!  I’m having a root canal done this morning, so today I’m going to share with you my recent Indigo Bananas buy.

Bag
I was so excited to pull this out of the mailbox on Friday!  There was a recent release of new polishes, and I picked out two minis.  I have a few Indigo Bananas already and I love the brand.

Out of Bag
This is what was in the bag minus the invoice.  Yummy, yummy candies!

Out of Packing

Here’s what I got: Rainbow in the Dark, Reign, and Coffee Cuticle Balm.

Balm
This was my first IB cuticle balm, and I absolutely love it!  The cuticle balm also doubles as a lip balm.  Only one or two of the balms are not lip safe.  The coffee balm tastes and smells like a café mocha more than just a plain coffee.  I cannot stress how much I love this product.  It is now my go-to cuticle balm.

Bottles
Here’s a close-up of Rainbow in the Dark and Reign.  Rainbow in the Dark is a lovely charcoal color with multi-tonal flakies and a bit of holo.  Reign is a deep red with multi-tonal flakies and a bit of holo.  Both are gorgeous and photos do not do them justice!

Mani
Of course, I had to try them out straight away, and it is Mani Monday after all!  I used Rainbow in the Dark as my main color and Reign as an accent.  I love how all of the IB colors are nowhere near boring!  Just look at the rainbows!

Unboxing and Mani Monday

Hello lovelies!  This weekend, I received a mysterious package from Nailtini.  I don’t remember ordering anything, but that’s not to say that I might not have.  (Yes, it’s terrible and I have a problem, I know.)  I also am involved in a Summer Secret Santa, so it’s possible that my Santa sent it my way.  Either way, I would like to share the unboxing with you all and show the mani that came as a result.

Nailtini Box
The Box: Mailing label is on the side facing down.  I think the sealing tape is really cool having lacquer bottles and their logo on it.  The box was pretty plain other than that.  It’ll make a great gift or mailing box.  (This is how I think.)

In Box
Inside:  Upon opening the box, I found two cards: one a general “Who We Are/What We Do” card, the other an offer from NAIL IT! magazine.  (I am going to take advantage of the free trial offer.)

Unboxed
The Polish:  Two empty mixing bottles, and L to R: Tiger Lily, Dragon’s Kiss, Blue Lagoon.  I remember seeing this set, a collaboration between Nailtini and Maryam Maquillage.  I remember looking at this set online and being intrigued most by Dragon’s Kiss (red with black glitter.)  I am impressed with the other two colors.  Tiger Lily is a very shimmery and very bright yellow, and Blue Lagoon is a wonderful pale blue with little silver glitter.

Nailtini Mani
The Resulting Mani:  I had to use all of the colors at once!  I applied Dragon’s Kiss to my thumb, pointer, and pinky fingers, Tiger Lily to my middle fingers, and Blue Lagoon to my ring fingers.  I really like the look of the polish.

Brief Polish Review:
This was my first application of a Nailtini polish despite having one in my stash.  I was very impressed at the application.  The polish went on very smoothly, the glitter in Dragon’s Kiss needed no special placing, and the colors are astonishing.  I would say that my only complaint is that the brush is a little on the overly-wide side, but not enough to keep me from using these again and again.  I had to correct my application and completely remove Dragon’s Kiss from a couple of nails.  I mention this because I have never had a glitter remove so easily.  There were no pieces that wanted to stay behind with the polish.  Overall, I give Dragon’s Kiss and Tiger Lily a 5 out of 5, and Blue Lagoon a 4 out of 5.  Blue Lagoon’s rating is a bit lower because of needing an extra coat (total of 3) to be opaque and as I see in the photo, there is still a bit of VNL.

Ratings:

Dragon’s Kiss: 5/5
Tiger Lily: 5/5
Blue Lagoon: 4/5

It’s Just Another Mani Monday!

Hello lovelies!  I finally found Sally Hansen Color Foil polish in Rose Copper at HEB the other day.  I’ve seen swatches, and loved what I’ve seen, so I had to grab one.  Here are my thoughts:

Rose Copper Bottle
It’s a beautiful shiny bottle.  I expect the color will look greatly similar to the bottle shade – a nice, almost rose gold foil.

Rose Copper Mani
Here it is swatched on my nails.  It came out a bit more copper-toned than I expected.  I then noticed this about my preliminary swatches:

Rose Copper Swatches
Three swatches, one bottle, all different.  For some reason it took on a weird golden copper tone on my thumb.  I did use a base coat as I had read others have done, but I’m thinking maybe it reacted weird to the base coat I used – ORLY Bonder.

Better After Dark Stamping
Hoping to make the best of things, I tried some leopard-print stamping with Nicole by OPI in Better After Dark – a Dove Chocolate promo polish I won earlier this year.  I do not recommend Better After Dark for stamping, it was a bit finicky to work with – I either got too much or not enough.  I was pretty pleased with the overall aesthetic of the stamping design though.

Overall thoughts:  I would like to try this one again without base coat.  Until then, I’m going to have to say that ymmv – your mileage may vary.  Like I said, I’ve seen gorgeous swatches of this, both with and without base coat.  I’ll just have to try this one again.