Saturday, December 27, 2014

China Glaze - Winter Wonders

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Hello, lovelies!  I have lots of China Glaze goodies to share with you today.  Some I LOVED, some, not so much. Anywho, let's get right to the swatches, shall we?
China Glaze Define Good..., December to Remember, No Peeking!, I'd Melt For You (two coats each)

China Glaze De-Light, Pine-ing for Glitter, Feeling Twinkly, Meet Me Under the Stars (two coats each)

China Glaze Tip Your Hat, Out Like a Light, Dancing & Prancing, Chillin' With My Snow-mies (two coats each)

First up, my faves!  I absolutely LOVE December to Remember (a gorgeous sky blue with shimmer) and No Peeking! (a stunning almost smoky plum).  They are, by far, my faves of the twelve shades. I am also quite fond of Tip Your Hat (not all that unique but a great classic red cream.  I used two coats in the pic but totally could have gotten away with one) and Out Like a Light (a gorgeous deep greenish-greyish beauty).  As for the remaining eight shades, I was less impressed.  

To be honest from the start, chunky glitters do nothing for me.  I find them, in general, quite challenging to apply and get any sort of balanced dispersement of glitter.  Not to mention that they are usually a real pain to remove. However, I don't mind "regular" (for lack of a better word) small glitter, though it's not my favorite.  Therefore, the glitters I like the most are the ones in the second pic and Dancing & Prancing in the third pic, which is festive and kinda fun.  My least favorite, as you can probably guess, is Chillin' With My Snow-mies (though I ADORE the name). Even after two coats, I could not get much payoff from the hexagonal glitters.  As for the remaining polishes, Define Good...and I'd Melt For You, in the first pic, they are okay but in my eyes, nothing special.

To sum up, I highly recommend December to Remember and No Peeking!  Also, kudos to Tip Your Hat and Out Light a Light.  If you're a glitter fan, you might want to check out De-Light, Pine-ing for Glitter, Feeling Twinkly, Meet Me Under the Stars and Dancing & Prancing.  Unless you're a chunky glitter fan, I'd probably pass on Chillin' With My Snow-mies.  

Thanks for reading and I'd love to hear your thoughts!  

The polishes used in this post were provided for my honest review and consideration.

Tuesday, December 16, 2014

NYC In a New York Color Minute

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Today I have some NYC In a New York Color Minute swatches for you.  I'll be showing you four colors today. Take a peek!

Two coats each of Royal Chic, Queen of the City, Rule the City and Blue Majesty

As you can hopefully see, the first three polishes in the pic were nice and opaque in two coats. Blue Majesty, kind of a blue glitter/jelly, was still pretty sheer. Of these four, the most unique, in my opinion, is Rule the City. It is also my favorite. I also appreciated the rich deep beauty of Queen of the City.  To be honest, the other two?  Not a huge deal.  

I highly recommend that you get your hands on Rule the City if at all possible. It's really pretty special.  

These polishes retail for just $1.99 each. If you try them, I'd love to hear your thoughts!

*The polishes used in this post were provided for my honest review and consideration.*

Friday, December 5, 2014

Zoya Wishes 2014 Collection

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Hello, lovelies!  Today, I'd like to share Zoya's Wishes collection.  It is comprised of three traditional formulas and three Magical PixieDust shades.  Let's take a peek!
Two coats each of Prim, Haven, Willa, Prim

Two coats each of Thea, Nori, Imogen, Thea

I really loved the ease of application and color payoff from Prim, Haven and Willa.  Prim showed the tiniest hint of brush strokes but I still adore it (hello, BLUE).  I was so pleased with all three of these polishes.

As for the Magical PixieDusts, let's just say "like" but not "love".  I'm not a fan of chunky glitters in general.  However, the great jelly appearance of these three polishes made them pretty special and more pleasing than the average bear.  (If you don't get that reference, watch thee some Yogi Bear cartoons, post-hastily!)  Of the three, not-surprisingly, the beautiful Nori is my fave.

Overall, quite a nice collection.  The standouts for me are each of the "regular finish" polishes and Nori.  

You can purchase these beauties at zoya.com.

The products used in this post were provided for my honest review and consideration.

Tuesday, December 2, 2014

Fun from FingerPaints for Holiday 2014

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I have an assortment of polishes from FingerPaints to share with you today.  They come from several different collections.  Some are from Winter Wishes, some from Patent Leather and one from Holiday Glitz.  (I will indicate which collection by noting WW, PL or HG by the name.) Here are some pics!
Two coats each of Sugar & Spice (WW), Ho Ho Happy Holidays (WW), Wrapped in Ribbon (WW) and Silver Bells (WW)

One coat each of Patent Red (PL), Patent Black (PL), Glisten Here (WW) and Tangled in Tinsel (HG)

Okay, I'll start with the glitters.  These were designed (I presume) to be used primarily as top coats but I chose to try them out on their own to see what sort of results I would get. I think the ones I had the most success with were Ho Ho Happy Holidays and Glisten Here.  The least successful was Tangled in Tinsel.  I just have a really hard time, in general, with chunky glitters and this was no exception.  It was challenging to get the glitter to disperse even close to evenly and as you can see, I didn't do all that well, even after two coats.  So, if I had to choose, my favorites and least favorite are mentioned above.  

On to the creams.  Can I just say ONE COATERS?  YES!!!  I absolutely LOVED both of these polishes.  They applied like a dream, perfect opacity in ONE simple coat.  I didn't even top coat them as they had pretty terrific shine on their own. They are, by far, the winners of these eight for me.

You can find FingerPaints polishes at Sally Beauty Supply. If you pick them up, do let me know your thoughts.

The polishes used in this post were provided for my honest review and consideration.