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!

RubySprinkles does Ruby Red Slippers by Deborah Lippmann

Hello lovelies!  I love going through my stash and finding polish I forgot I had.  This was the case with the polish I am showcasing today, Ruby Red Slippers by Deborah Lippmann.

Ruby Red SlippersRuby Red Slippers LabelI think I got this polish through a promo on Gilt.  Or as I like to call it after I’ve shopped: Guilt.  I always find way too much stuff.  But I digress.

 

 

Ruby Red Slippers is a black jelly base with small and large red glitter.  I found that for complete opacity, I needed three coats.

Ruby Red Slippers Mani Ruby Red Slippers Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

The glitter was a little lumpy.  Nothing a nice top coat didn’t smooth out though.  I like the vampy-ness of this polish.  I’ve seen a polish that seems to be the same idea but with green glitter; Bad Mogwai by I Love Nail Polish.  I’d really like to see what it’d look like together with Ruby Red Slippers for a vampy Christmas mani.

As for Ruby Red Slippers, I’d have to give it a 3 out of 5.  It was a bit hard to get good glitter coverage, and it did take three coats for full opacity.  Formula-wise, it was on par with other Lippmanns.  Next time, I think I’ll do a black basecoat so I don’t have to put on so many layers.

Have a great weekend, all!

Aliquid Lacquer: Make a Wish

Hello lovelies!  Today I tried out Aliquid Lacquer’s Make a Wish.  I love the depth of this polish!

Aliquid Lacquer Bottle Make a WishI love being able to get mini-sized bottles; it means I can get more colors for my money!  This was a gift from my Summer Secret Santa, but the principle applies.

Make a Wish is a pale robin’s egg blue with copper colored glitter.  Applied, it has a greyish tone, but it is still a gorgeous color.

 

 

Make a Wish Mani Make a Wish Macro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Photos are two coats with Butter London Hardwear topcoat.

You can see the depth of color in the macro shot.  It has some shimmer apart from the copper flecks.

I give this polish a 5 out of 5.  Application was a dream, it was opaque in two coats, and has had good wear.  I actually applied the polish yesterday and have minimal tip wear.  That is unusual for me and polish – I’m very rough on my nails.

Have a wonderful Wednesday, all!

The Great Polish Giveaway of 2014! by: NailPolishCanada.com

a Rafflecopter giveaway

Hello lovelies!  NailPolishCanada.com is hosting a giveaway and I have chosen one of the prize polishes.  I chose one of the polishes I am currently lusting over, Binx by Zoya, part of the Bubbly Collection for Summer 2014.

Binx

Click on the “a Rafflecopter giveaway” link below the giveaway image to enter!  This is open to US and Canadian residents, see Rafflecopter for more details.

Good luck everybody!

6 Harts Polish

Swatch All The PolishHello lovelies!  It seems that I cannot get a polish without swatching it.  I know this is definitely the case with my latest polish acquisitions from 6 Harts Polish.  I won my choice of two polishes.  I chose Sea Glass and Midnight Delight.

Sea Glass Front Sea Glass Back

The first polish, Sea Glass, is a dove-like gray base with blue-tone flakies.  It has a purple shimmer that is very hard to capture in photos.  I found this polish absolutely gorgeous, and photos do not do it justice.

 

 

 

 

Sea Glass Macro2 Sea Glass Macro1

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I was able to capture a bit of the purple shimmer in the second macro shot.  I believe that this polish will be my go-to gray from now on.  I absolutely adore it!

Sea Glass Mani

 

 

Photo is two coats of Sea Glass with Seche Vite topcoat.  The photo is also after one day and there is a bit of tip wear.  A day of errands will do that, at least to my nails!

 

 

Midnight Delight Front

Midnight Delight Back

 

 

The second polish is Midnight Delight.  It is a very deep purple with silver glitter.  To me, the name is very accurate – it looks like the night sky!

 

 

 

Midnight Delight Macro1

Midnight Delight Macro2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The macro photos show a bit of the purple – I think it shows just how deep a purple it is.  Some of the glitter had sunk to the bottom, but it didn’t seem to affect application.  I really need to get some Glitter Food for polishes like these.  I think it would have been even more exceptional had I been able to get the glitter properly mixed in.

Midnight Delight Mani

 

 

Due to the deep tone, I used three coats for my mani.  It applied very easily and I did not “fish” for any glitter.  The purple base reminds me of GOSH’s Purple Heart without the green shift.  I really like this polish as well.

 

 

I give these two polishes 5 out of 5.  I will definitely wear both of these again.  I love the ease of application.  The polish was free-flowing without being too thin – it just glided onto my nails.  Dry time was minimal – nothing out of the ordinary.  The opacity is great.  I generally like to do only two coats of polish, but Midnight Delight is worth the third coat.  6 Harts Polish is definitely on my “recommended” list!

Have a wonderful Monday!

Review: Ciaté Chalkboard Manicure Kit

Hello lovelies!  You may remember when I shared my Summer Secret Santa swap haul, I received a Chalkboard Manicure Kit by Ciaté.  I finally got to try it out!

Closed Kit

Open Kit

 

 

 

 

 

Here is the outside and inside packaging.  The kit comes with a black “chalkboard” base, four markers, and a matte topcoat.

Pens Pen

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
I hadn’t noticed this until I started taking photos, but the pens all have names.  Blue is Teacher’s Pet, yellow is Recess, white is Satchel, and pink is Jump Rope.  I showed the tip of the Jump Rope pen.  It reminds me of paint pens, you have to prime the tip.  I found them very easy to use.

I, of course, had to try out all of the colors.  It notes on the kit that you can remove the paint from the pins within 30 seconds with water.  I found this to be mostly true – the pink I was able to remove a good while longer than 30 seconds.  So be sure when you’re happy with your design to apply the matte topcoat.  The black base was a little hard to put on.  Manicure picture is done with two coats.  You do have to be sure that the first coat is 100% dry before applying the second coat, otherwise you will have some dragging and light spots – you can see a bit of that on my star-design nail.

Chalkboard Mani

 

 

I found the pens very easy to use.  The only complaint I have is that unless you are ambidextrous, you can only really do designs on your non-dominant hand.  I think this would make a great kit for teenage sleepovers where you can have your friends do the designs on your fingers.

 

Overall, I give this kit a 3 out of 5.  I like the concept, but the difficulty of doing your non-dominant hand and the application of the black base keep me from giving this a higher score.  I think some templates would have been nice to assist with your non-dominant hand.

Have a great weekend, everybody!

 

Swatch of the Day: Chocolate Martini by Orly

Hello lovelies!  Today I have a polish for you that, to the best of my knowledge, is only available in mini size.  I finally found Chocolate Martini by Orly at my local grocery store.  It is a beautiful copper color.  Here are the pics:

Choc Martini Mini Choc Martini Mani Choc Martini Thumb

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The application was wonderful as Orly usually is.  It has a bit of a burnt-orange tint to it.  I really like the color, but it’s just not right for me.  This really disappoints me because of how long I had been looking for this one.

Happy Wednesday, all!