Sunday, August 28, 2011

Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover

I thought long and hard before choosing a name for this blog. I wanted it to be simple and easy to remember but I also wanted it to clearly define the blog's intents and purposes. When I decided on the name "Got Polish?" it was intended to refer to, for the most part, nail polish. However, as Merriam-Webster's Dictionary defines it, polish is also "freedom from rudeness or coarseness" as well as "a state of high development or refinement." I like this...a lot. It gives me the freedom, when I so desire, to stray from my typical "nail polish mold" and venture into other territories. Today, I will do just that.

I was given the opportunity to review *Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover. Unfortunately for review purposes, I do not have any highly visible markings on my body that I wish to cover up.  Though I think this product would be wonderful for evening out one's skin tone and giving a smoother overall appearance, that would not provide a very dramatic visual demonstration.  Therefore, I had to sort of create my own.  I began by drawing a heart on my thigh with black eyeliner pencil, as seen here:
Perhaps not the BEST demonstration but a crude makeshift "tattoo" was the best I could come up with. Then I applied the product as directed. Here's how that turned out:
As you can hopefully see (lord, I really want my photography skills to improve), the product worked quite well in covering up my "art". Though the image did not disappear completely, it certainly masked it's appearance significantly. Before you ask, I did NOT rub the product into my skin for fear of altering the results by "smudging" or "removing" the pencil marking by friction. The product did all the work. I simply dabbed it on with the sponge applicator and patted it in lightly. The product was very smooth and creamy and quickly blended in to a natural-looking finish. For more information on the product itself, please see the press release below:
DR.'S REMEDY INTRODUCES ENRICHED INSTANT COVER
The Easiest Way to Perfect Your Skintone
Dr.'s REMEDY is proud to announce the launch of an amazing, awe-inspiring concealing cream, Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover, ideal for legs that need some extra loving. Intended to minimize any skin-tone imperfection from head to toe, this cream will become your most-adored vanity staple.
Have spider veins? Cover them with Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover, which glides on smoothly and dries instantly to reveal a flawless finish. Loath those sun spots? Conceal them quickly with Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover. Annoyed by pesky birthmarks? Camouflage them in a flash with Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover. Grown tired of that tattoo? Hide the evidence with Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover.
Boasting an ingredient list that's good-for-your-skin, such as tea tree oil, lavender, vitamins C and E and wheat protein, Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover is a water resistant goof-and-fool-proof solution for perfecting a less-than-stellar skin tone situation.
Dr.'s REMEDY Enriched Instant Cover is available in Light, Medium and Deep for $40 online at www.remedynails.com or by calling 1-877-323-NAIL.
Dr.'s REMEDY is a line of doctor-inspired cosmetics that is dedicated to using clean, hypo-allergenic 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; their Enriched Nail Polish is the first-ever nail polish on the market approved by the American Podiatric Medical Association. Dr.'s REMEDY is sold online at www.remedynails.com or by calling 1-877-323-NAIL. 

Here is a shot of the actual product:
and the sponge applicator:
In retrospect, I should have chosen to review this item in Light (I chose Medium). While it didn't cover up my "flaw" completely, as I said, it certainly lessened its appearance. It is not necessarily a product that I, personally, would purchase (I just don't have much need for it at this juncture in my life. I'm 38...give me a few more years and we'll revisit this, lol) but for those with unwanted tattoos, spider veins or any other imperfections they would like to hide, I think it would work quite well. As always, feel free to share your thoughts and, if you so desire, check out Dr.'s REMEDY on Facebook by clicking HERE.

*Disclosure: Where indicated by an asterisk, the product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for review. Please click my disclosure tab for further information.

Franken Fun!

As I've mentioned before, I'm growing pretty fond of creating frankens.  I've been dabbling for a few months, with varying success, and I have a lot of fun naming my creations. I thought you might enjoy seeing some of the frankens and names I've come up with for them.
Starting with the blue at the top center and working clockwise, these are Disco Stick, Divalicious, Take to the Sky, Seattle Grace, Plum Pretty, Veri Peri, Seafoam Mist, Electric Blue, Sunshine, Grape Sprinkles, Clean Slate, Baby Berry, Sky, Blueberry Sprinkles, Raspberry Sprinkles, Lemon Sprinkles, Kiwi Sprinkles and Peachy Keen.
These are Twinkle, Breezi Wants to Be a Millionaire (I couldn't help myself - can you guess which polishes I combined here, lol), Pinky Flakes (which didn't photograph well but is basically a VERY sheer pink with flakies), Strawberry Sprinkles, Peach Sprinkles and Go-Go Not Cry Cry (there is a story here, lol).

Do you franken? I'd love to hear your thoughts. :)

Thursday, August 25, 2011

Back in Black with Wet n Wild

As I've previously mentioned, I recently received several Wild Shine polishes from Wet n Wild to review for you, my lovely kittens. At this time, I'd like to feature a true gem, *Black Creme. I've got to start by saying, I have been hearing for months about what a fabulous black this is. I can't imagine I was alone in thinking, "For 99 cents retail, could it REALLY be as great as everyone says?" Well, to answer that question, YES, it's that great! This polish was smooth to apply, super-shiny and...wait for it...opaque in ONE coat! I applied a second coat, just because, but honestly, it probably wasn't necessary at all. Behold, two coats, outdoors, in all it's glory:
I really can't say enough about how much I LOVE this polish! I have only finished bottles of polish a few times in my life, maybe three, but I'd say it's a safe bet that I will finish this baby.

I love love love this polish alone but, being a sparkly kind of girl, I wanted to jazz things up a bit so I added a coat of KleanColor Aurora. This is a unique (in my collection, anyway) sheer polish with both regular small and hexagonal holo glitter. There are also glitter stars scattered throughout this polish but none came out during this application. Here is the final look.  (I used Avon Nail Experts Nutri-Boost Nutri-Plus as my top and base coat):
Overall, this makes for a fun look and I will definitely wear this combo again in the future.

As always, I'd love to hear your thoughts! <3

*Disclosure: Where indicated by an asterisk, the product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for review. Please click my disclosure tab for further information.

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Winner, Winner, Chicken Dinner!

Woo hoo, go me! Recently, I won Manicure Addict's 400 follower giveaway! You can click HERE to take a peek. Here is the package that arrived in my mailbox today:
and here are all the fabulous goodies that were inside:
I am sooo excited! I think I'm most eager to try out the Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure in Problem Child (the fourth polish from the left). As I've said repeatedly, I am madly in love with the brushes in these babies and this color looks so interesting and F-U-N! Thanks tons to Katherine for the awesome giveaway!

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Making a LA Splash!

I recently discovered the brand LA Splash during an online search and they were kind enough to provide me with some samples to review for you.  This was my first experience with this brand and I'm eager to share my thoughts.  They provided me with five colors: *Sugar Crystal, *Enchantress, *Mystique, *Blue Splash and *Foolish.  Here they are in their unique and pretty bottles.
I began with a base coat of Avon Nail Experts Nutri-Boost Nutri-Plus, then applied two coats of each color (with the exception of Blue Splash but more about that later). Here they are indoors with flash:
and outdoors:
Here are my thoughts on each one:
Sugar Crystal - Sheer but packed with glitter. A bit gritty to the touch but not excessively so. This impressed my husband the most of the five colors.
Enchantress - Thick formula but a nice deep wine-y color with pinkish-red glitter. Sort of a flat, almost matte finish, to my eye, but would probably "pop" more after top coating.
Mystique - Opaque with one coat but similar in formula and finish to Enchantress. I'm partial to blues and greens but this one didn't "wow" me as much as I'd hoped it would.
Blue Splash - Definitely the star for me. Gorgeous, opaque, shiny and beautiful with just ONE coat. The only one of the five that didn't require a second coat and that, in itself, makes it a winner for me. I applied two coats of each of the other four polishes. The formula was smooth and fabulous to apply.
Foolish - Like Blue Splash, a smooth, wonderful formula to apply. Slight vnl remained after two coats but shiny, bright and quite lovely.

So, to sum up, I am thrilled to have had the chance to experience LA Splash and hope to again in the future. I have yet to find these polishes in stores so I'm hoping that will change. Though I'm not in LOVE with all five of these, I'm definitely at least in LIKE with them and I can certainly see Blue Splash and I having a long-term relationship. I think Sugar Crystal might be more impressive layered over another color, especially black. These are definitely worth your time and I look forward to hearing your thoughts and experiences with this brand!

*Disclosure: Where indicated by an asterisk, the product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for review. Please click my disclosure tab for further information.

Press Release - NYC New York Color

Beautifully Polished for fall with NYC New York Color new shades!!

NYC New York Color In A NY Minute Nail Color ($1.99): Change up your color non-stop with this quick-dry enamel for a fast-paced lifestyle. Each glamorous, long-lasting new hue from the In A New York Minute! Fast Dry Enamel collection features a hint of shimmer for added impact that goes the distance.
Limited Edition Shades: Scenestealer Grey, Backstage Brown and Underground Purple



Happy Dancing!

I am soooo excited to announce that I've reached 200 followers today! When I started this humble blog almost five months ago, I never expected to reach 20 followers, let alone 200. The fact that any of you care enough about my thoughts, opinions and ideas to follow me makes me smile wide. I've always been my own worst enemy and I've battled depression and low self-esteem for as long as I can remember. Heck, this is a girl who was in therapy at the ripe old age of 7. But, I digress. The fact of the matter is, this blog has been a godsend to me. It's a great way to express my creativity and love of writing and to share my polish hobby but, more than anything else, it's a catharsis. I needed an outlet to express myself and relieve some of the near-constant stress and turmoil in my head and heart and this, often times, has been it. So, to sum up, I want to thank each and every one of you from the bottom of my heart for your support and for sharing some of your precious time with me. I hope I do you proud and continue to for a long, long time.
Much love,
K
xoxo

Saturday, August 20, 2011

Wet n Wild Skittles!

Hi ho, kittens.  I know its been a while but I'm really happy to be back.  I received some lovely Wet n Wild Wild Shine shades to review for you and I decided to skittle some that I thought would be complimentary.  Today, we have, from thumb to pinky, *Caribbean Frost, *Bijou Blue, *Rain Check, *Wild Card/Invitation and *Lavender Pearlescent.  I started with a base coat of Avon Nail Experts Nutri-Boost Nutri-Plus and followed with two coats of each Wild Shine color.  Here they are, indoors, with flash:
I had a bit of vnl with Bijou Blue and Wild Card/Invitation but the other three shades were quite opaque after two coats. Some of the formulas were a little bit tricky to work with but I think they evened themselves out quite nicely after the second coat. I have to say, right off the bat, the name Lavender Pearlescent baffles me. This color is SOOOO not lavender, maybe more of a deep rose, but regardless, it's a very pretty color. Likewise, Wild Card/Invitation. My guess is that, perhaps, this color was called simply Wild Card, then re-named Invitation, then left as both names so as not to confuse shoppers but that is just my speculation. Again, very pretty color, weird name, hee hee. But, overall, considering that these polishes retail for 99 cents, I think they definitely serve their purpose. The colors are vibrant and they dry fairly quickly. I decided that I wanted to add a little sparkle to my mani so I added two coats of *Hallucinate. Here is the completed mani indoors:
and outdoors:
I have to admit, I would have only applied one coat of Hallucinate but I ended up smudging my index finger because I was antsy to do something and didn't give my nails enough time to try. I had to patch up that finger and add a second coat of Hallucinate since my "boo boo" went through all three layers of color. Then, because there was SO much more glitter on that nail, I had to add a second coat to the others, too. Hallucinate is a lovely holo glitter. It is a bit gritty, particularly after two coats, but that is to be expected with most glitters. I really like the overall look.

Thanks for peeking and do feel free to share your thoughts on this mani, Wet n Wild in general, or anything else your little hearts desire.
xoxo,
K

*Disclosure: Where indicated by an asterisk, the product(s) in this post were provided to me by the company for review. Please click my disclosure tab for further information.

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Quick Update

So, Mom left this morning.  Today also would have been my father's 65th birthday (he passed away in '99).  Therefore, Kari is a very sad panda.  :(  I'm so out-of-sorts, I have had naked nails for about four days.  *gasp*  I know I'll get to polishing them in the next day or two.  I have so many great review items to share with you and I also picked up a few goodies during Mom's visit.  I just didn't want you guys to think I'd forgotten about you.  I should be back in the swing of things soon.  Thanks for sticking around.  I'm so grateful to each one of you.
xoxo,
K

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Meow!

Hey hey, kittens.  Just wanted to give you all a quick bit of news.  My mom will be down from NY tomorrow for an 11 day visit.  Wooooo hooooo!  So, it is highly unlikely that I will be posting until after her visit.  I just wanted to give you guys that wee bit of info so you're not wondering where I am.  (I flatter myself that you'd wonder but I digress.)  So yeah, I will be back sometime after the 16th.  I have several review goodies lined up to share with you and, of course, some pretties from my regular stash, as well.  Until then, play nice and try not to miss me TOO much, lol.
xoxo,
K

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

Happy Nail Mail Day

Today was an awesome nail mail day. Recently, I was one of two lucky winners in my friend Stacy's blog giveaway. Be sure to check out her awesome blog, Parlez-Vous Ongles?  My prize package of L.A. Colors goodies arrived this afternoon and I'm super-excited to share a pic with all of you.
I can't wait to try out these awesome goodies and of course, when I do, you'll be the first to know!
xoxo,
K