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.

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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.

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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!

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Trip Report: Sinful Colors Sale at Walgreens

Hello lovelies!  The other day I heard that Sinful Colors polish was on sale at Walgreens for 99¢, and I had to go check it out for myself.

I found that not only were polishes on sale, but the new nail water tattoos were on sale!  Here’s what I picked up:

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These beautiful colors, Orange Crush and Ruby Mine, turned out to be textured polishes from the Crystal Crushes collection.

SC Ink Out Loud SC Its All Tat SC Tatoo Hot SC Rad-A-Tat
I also picked up all four nail tattoo sheets.  Some of the designs are repeated in the packages, but for 99¢, I couldn’t resist!  I tried out the pink drink decals and the application was easy; however, if you don’t apply a topcoat after, they do rub off fairly easily.
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This is Indigo Banana’s Executive Transvestite with the pink drink water decal.  I will go into my love of the Indigo Banana’s brand at a later date, but I think this photo gives a good idea of why I love IB.  Just look at the rainbows in that polish!

I decided to do a fun gradient design using both of the polishes after bringing them home.  Here is the gradient a little before cleanup:
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And then here was what I came up with for final look:
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I decided to channel my inner Lisa Frank and go with tiger/zebra stripes!   I loved the look and wore it until it chipped.

The Sinful Colors sale at Walgreens runs until tomorrow, June 7.  I would definitely stop by and pick up anything you’ve been looking for – especially since the new colors and tattoos are included in the sale!