Thursday, April 24, 2014

Picture Polish Imperial

One of my favorite color combinations is cool-toned colors with warm toned metals. Blues with gold or copper, green with gold or copper, and purple with gold or copper. If there is a nail polish with this color combination, I'm instantly sold. Sadly, I rarely see color combinations like this, it's always cool-toned colors with silvery tones. Bah-humbug, so when I saw Picture Polish Imperial, it was an instant sale for me.

Imperial
Imperial is saturated bright purple base with blue/pink shimmer, and gold hex glitter.

Color: This is even more vibrant than my camera could pick up! I love the intensity of the base and the combination of the shimmer and glitter makes this a standout.

Formula: Great formula. I used 2 coats above.

Price: I paid $14.50 for this on llarowe. This is definitely high for my budget, but I felt for me this was worth the splurge.

Overall: This is one of those polishes I don't know what I can really say to express my love for it. I think this one that speaks for itself!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Way-Cool Wednesday Springy Sparkle

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I am such an all or nothing person. When I'm going through a certain nail polish phase I go full throttle, and tire myself of it quickly. Lately, I've been into spring cremes. No shimmer. No glitter. I'm over that now, and I need my glitter back. So why not combine the two?
 Polishes Used:
Zoya Trixie, OPI Save Me, Color Club Blue-Ming, and Color Club Pucci-licious

Manicure Description: 
I painted my thumb, index, and pinky with CC Pucci-licious, my middle finger I painted a base of CC Blue-Ming while "saran-wrapping" Pucci-licious on top. The ring finger I did a base of Zoya Trixie topped with OPI Save Me.

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Tuesday, April 22, 2014

L'Oreal Hidden Gems

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You know how I mentioned being disappointed with mainstream brands lately? I have, but who I've been impressed with is drugstore brands. I've noticed probably in the last 6 months or so, I've been buying a lot of drugstore polishes. Granted, some of them are all time faves, but all around I've been impressed with the offerings. L'Oreal Gold Dust line is definitely one of those highlights, and I have another one of those to show you today.

Hidden Gems
Hidden Gems w/ top coat
Hidden Gems is a black sheer textured base with black and teal microglitters and silver hexes.

Color: This is a really interesting and multi-dimensional color. I love colors like this that make you take a second glance. The richness of the black and teal is gorgeous, and I love addition of the silver hexes.

Formula: This wasn't my favorite formula of the Gold Dust line. The sheer base, does require a 3-4 coats to achieve opacity. I can't stand seeing my nail underneath, and this is one where that can happen if you only do 2 coats. The formula isn't bad, but requires more attention.

Price: I bought this in the $5-$7 range at Walgreens.

Overall: Gorgeous and complex polish. I love the depth of this color, and it's unique among my other nail polishes. I will say, like the other Gold Dusts, I'm a sucker for top coat on these. I know they're are textures, but I don't love them that way personally. I find top coat really brings out the sparkle in these, but that's just me! Wear them how you please!

My Rating 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Monday, April 21, 2014

Zoya Hudson

I have been sorely disappointed with mainstream spring collections. To be honest, in general, the beginning of 2014 nail polish wise hasn't thrilled me. I typically have a handful of potential Top 25 of 2014 list by now, and I only have 2 which are both indies. Anyone else feeling a little let down by nail polish lately? I hope it's not just me!

Zoya's Awaken collection did excite me a little bit. I wasn't over the moon, but I did see some shades that I thought I'd like. Hudson is one of the shades that caught my eye.

Hudson
Hudson is a soft lavender metallic shimmer.

Color: I like this one, it's pretty. The shimmer is nice, but I'm not wowed. I feel pretty ho-hum about it. I feel like Zoya does a lot variations of shades like this. Dannii and Zara come to mind. They're not dupes, but I think they'd all be at the same family reunion. I'd personally rather hang out with Dannii and Zara than Hudson. I think the others pack just a little bit more of purple punch for me over Hudson

Formula: No complaints with the formula. I used 3 coats above.

Price: This is $9 on the Zoya website, but going on now through the 28th is their Earth Day promo, so you can get this one for $4.50!

Overall: I don't hate this, it's nice, but I prefer some of the other Zoya colors that are that similar shade range. Nice polish, solid formula, but not a standout.

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Friday, April 18, 2014

Wet n' Wild Candid Affair

Is it me or are WnW LE displays hard to find? I never find them unless I go to KMart. The sad thing is they're closing the KMarts stores around me soon! Oh no! I recently spotted the Spring 2014 LE Wet n' Wild collection, and this purple polish caught my eye.

Candid Affair
Candid Affair is a soft lavender opalescent shimmer.

Color: This is a gorgeous soft lavender with a pearl-frosty shimmer. I love this color, but I'm not 100% sure if it loves me. I actually do like this shimmer in this, but I'd love it a little more if didn't show brushstrokes as much.

Formula: Nice formula. I don't have any real complaints. I used 3 coats above.

Price: I paid $1.99 for this at KMart.

Overall: I'm wavering on how I feel about this. I like this color, and I like the shimmer, but it's just not quite all there for me.

My Rating 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, April 17, 2014

Rimmel Salon Pro Hip Hop

I have another Rimmel Salon Pro nail polish to share with you today. This is a new core line of polish released by Rimmel. In my last review, I mentioned how much I loved this line. These have a great formula, a nice selection of colors, and a great price!

Hip Hop
Hip Hop is a bright orange-red creme.

Color: No, this color isn't unique, but it is great. I love this punchy orange-red, and it's a definite staple in every nail polish collection.

Formula: Excellent formula. These really have gel-like finish. They're very shiny, smooth, and apply like butter.

Price: This was $2.99 at Walmart.

Overall: I love Hip Hop. I'm pleased that these shades so far are consistently great in this line. I think this a great color, and if you need a orange-red in your collection, you'll be pleased with Hip Hop.

My Rating 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Way-Cool Mani Wednesday: Beachy Teal

I am so into bright colors right now. I want to wear bright colors all the time. I'm so over winter (even though I never experienced winter). When a season is over, I am done with it. No thanks! Time to move on. Here is a bright fun mani I did recently.

Polishes Used: Butter London Slapper with KBShimmer Sand in my Stocking aceent.

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