Posts Tagged Nail Polish
My nail polish addiction has waned somewhat over the past year – partially due to over-saturation, in the market and in my ‘polish closet’ (Yes, I have one. Yes it’s awesome!), where repeat shades are easily to come across. However, last week I was taking a browse through Sephora and came across the new nail bar with their brand new polish offering – Formula X for Sephora. Let me tell you – if you’re in a nail polish rut, this baby has everything you ever wanted and never knew you NEEDED. I may be in love.
Obviously, a few shades came home with me then and there
First off we have Center of My Universe ($15CAD), a gorgeous rose shade with silver and gold sparkle (part of the Celestials range). This is a full on glitter polish that also has almost full coverage in one coat – love it! As I’m not great with layering, I far prefer an opaque glitter as opposed to a more sheer formula. You could *almost* get away with one coat, but I use two for good measure. Even better, removal is a cinch! I went in fully expecting to have to use some elbow grease to remove these swatches, as par for the course with glitters. Not so! Holding a cotton pad soaked in polish to the nail for a mere 10 seconds or so each was all I needed to do to wipe them clean I wore (and am still wearing, with nary a chip – another pro, as I find glitters can chip more easily) this as my pedicure shade to the wedding I attended on the weekend, and it was absolutely perfect – glamorous and added a great hit of sparkle, as opposed to the typical red or vampy polish I tend to wear on toes in the cooler months.
As gorgeous as this polish is, it is a SERIOUS eater of topcoat – in the photo below (sorry it’s a bit blurry), you can see best how it looks with no top coat (index finger, far left), one coat (middle finger), and two coats (ring finger, far right). You can see that one coat barely made a difference, whereas two is starting to get somewhere. I’d probably opt for three if I were wearing this on my fingernails – I want maximum shine, but that’s just a personal preference. It’s still sparkly and lovely without it at all
The next polish I’m going to show you isn’t typically up my alley. You probably all know that cremes are my JAM, with a sprinkling of good fine shimmer polishes thrown in for good measure. Though Center of My Universe isn’t normally my thing either, it’s just so darn pretty and sparkly I couldn’t resist. I must have been on a roll with glitter polishes that day, because I also picked up this: Chaotic ($15CAD) a black and white confetti glitter – part of the Xplosives Top Coat range of the Formula X polishes. Below, I wore it over a shimmering navy blue, a glowing berry (which is what I had on when I swatched it in store), a pastel for contrast, and over a bare nail.
And with flash:
I adore this polish! I love love love how it looks good over every single shade here, and even on the bare nail! It’s just so damn COOL looking. I am SO not a gal for layering glitter over my polishes, but for this one I will gladly make an exception. I can’t wait to try out different combinations! I will mention that the removal of this polish is much more of a pain than Center of My Universe – the different sizes particles get stuck here and there and it’s a little annoying, but it’s totally worth the hassle for the effect! And application was a cinch, so it’s not all bad
If any of you have been to Sephora’s new nail bar with rows and rows and rows of these polishes, you’ll know what I mean when I say it’s like the most wonderful playground! I never purchase one single Sephora for OPI polish – they just didn’t do it for me as a whole – but I was instantly drawn to these new Formula X shades and the variety of finishes they have. I spent a good 30 minutes playing, and I plan on going back for a second round! They totally *nailed* it this time around
Have you checked out the new Formula X polishes? What are your thoughts?
A few weeks ago, I had to put in an order to Sephora for a couple of items we don’t have in stores here. While I was working to make my order over $75 to qualify for free shipping (which is one of those kinda stupid things we humans do that often cause us to spend more than we would originally, ALL JUST TO GET FREE SHIPPING….d’oh), I remembered a gorgeous red polish I saw on All Lacquered Up and decided to scoop it up for my own. That polish was Jasper ($22CAD) from the JINsoon collaboration with Tibi designer Amy Smilovic.
Described as a burgundy shade with subtle shimmer, Jasper looked like red-hot fire on Michelle’s nails, and I was stoked to check out my first JINsoon polish. It looked to be the perfect shade for the fall and winter/holiday season, and once it arrived, I was proved right! A gorgeous deep, dark, blood red shade with an inner fire to give it some major depth and drama? Count me IN.
Beautiful, no? Though Michelle’s swatches show the sparkle of the polish better than mine, in general the polish looks more like this – a subtle glow that allows for more interest than just a basic cream. It looks AWESOME paired with light grey clothing (as I happened to wear the combo today and felt uber put together :) The formula of the polish was quite good – excellent control due to a slightly thicker formulation, and it dried fairly quickly.
Unfortunately, this fairytale has a somewhat…ambivalent ending. See anything suspect about this polish? Anything…familiar? No?
How about now?
MAN how I hate to have dupes or near-dupes of shades!!!! That really irks me. As soon as I put the polish on one nail, I knew. Lippmann’s Through the Fire is slightly darker, and the shimmer even more fine, but to me they’re close enough to only warrant owning one. At as both bottles cost $20+, it’s kind of a pricey mistake to make. Sense tells me to pick one and part with the other, but when the stakes are higher…UGH. FAIL, Latoya.
In any case. If you don’t have either of these polishes, you probably should get your hands on one of ‘em, because they’re seriously smokin’. It could be worse I suppose, because it could be a shade I DIDN’T love, and that would truly be tragic. But as it stands, this color looks awesome and it’s entirely conceivable that in the next few years I’ll use them both up. Look on the bright side, right?
Have you ever purchase the a shade of polish/makeup only to realize later you own something (almost) identical? What do you do with the ‘extra’?
Summer is slowly winding itself down here on the East Coast – while the days are still sunny and hot for the most part (which, by the way – is AWESOME), the nights have cooled considerably and I can feel fall right around the corner. I know for some of you, you want to hold on to summer tooth and nail, and for my comments I apologize – but personally, I feel ready for the change in season and excited to switch things up (which always means = beauty first)!
However, the sunny season isn’t over yet, and I still have a few polish combos to show you. Last week I wore Dior’s Spring Ball only for the second time, as I wore it once as a manicure and was less than enamoured with it – when I tried it on at Sephora, it looked lighter and reminiscent of Chanel’s Miami Peach, a polish I’ve been lemming for ages. However, as I’ve come to note, it looked quite pretty on my toes, and I think when I lose my tan it might look nice on fingers again as well. We shall see. Its my first Dior polish, and regardless of how I think about the shade, the formula is lovely and the brush TO DIE FOR (makes application a snap!) so I’m confident there will be many more shades in my future.
Because Spring Ball has got some glass-like shimmer to it, I thought it best to pair it with another polish with a similar finish. OPI’s Catch Me In Your Net was HUGE back when it was released, but was a shade I passed up until the following year, when I snagged a mini bottle of the sparkling teal-blue shade just to see what all the hype was about. I really have come to notice how my tastes are continuously evolving, as when I bought it I wasn’t all that thrilled, but this time around I liked it a lot better. Perhaps the stars aligned or something
I’m starting to think about evolving my mani/pedi’s to encompass sort of ‘end-of-summer’ tones that work both for this season and the next, without getting to fall/wintery. Think Chanel Peridot, RBL Piu Mosso…essentially shades with a hint of gold somewhere in the mix. While I’ve really come around to brights so much more than ever before, I do so love my mysterious, complex shades as well. THIS is why the change of seasons is allll good in my book!
Did you get on the CMIYN train when it came through? What do you think of Dior’s polish brush? When do you start changing up your makeup/polish shades (if you do)?
Hey everyone…sorry for being MIA, it’s been kind of a roller-coaster here and the urge to talk beauty has been next to zero :S There are some great things happening – I started dating someone recently – and some shit things happening – namely my roommate and I are having some serious differences in opinion, and have been having what feels like a week long argument. Needless to say, I’ve been a wee bit preoccupied! Hopefully things will settle down sooner rather than later *fingers crossed*
In the meantime, as usual here is a filler nail polish post, which are my favorite easy-peasy kind of posts. Gaze at the beauty that is a-England’s Sleeping Palace, from the Burnes-Jones Dream Collection:
Isn’t this greyish-purple prismatic polish to die!?!?! ~sigh~ Formula, as usual for a-England polishes, was great – the perfect viscosity to reach opacity in two easy coats. The multi-tonal rainbow shimmer in this is exquisite, so, SO beautiful! I haven’t worn it as a full mani yet because it really feels like a fall shade to me, but come late summer – this is gonna be my JAM.
Have you picked up any polishes from Adina’s new collection?
Happy Canada Day!!! It’s been a busy week and an even busier weekend, as usual! I had an excellent weekend celebrating Canada’s 146th birthday, even despite the fact that the weather has been absolute CRAP. Sometimes though, the fact that everyone pulls together to make the best of a shitty situation (in this case, crazy rain and wind for DAYS) is almost better than if everything had been perfect. And when you’re doing all this with the people you care about, well, then it’s all gravy
As the weather has been hit or miss this summer so far (with more misses than hits), I haven’t been very concerned about my mani/pedi situation, but last week after picking up those few new shades, it was due time to get on it! Below I tried out two of the shades, Zoya Robyn – a bright sky blue – and Essie Come Here, a coral red from the 2013 Resort collection. Both are perfect vibrant summer shades that work well on both fingers and toes – I love them!
Zoya Robyn was a unique addition to my polish collection – most blue shades I have lean teal or aqua, or are more of along the lines of a deep navy. This eye-catching shade is perfect for spring and summer, and I really love it! I wasn’t sure about it on my hands at first, but it really grew on me and I ended up wearing it for a full four days. The formula is thin which means you have to be a bit careful in application, but it only required two coats so it’s not terribly fussy. It wore exceptionally well and I only had minor tip wear after those four days.
Essie Come Here is my kind of shade! I love the strong red leaning that sometimes leans pink and sometimes leans more orange. It looks fabulous on toes and will go with pretty much any shade I pair it with. Formula was lovely with absolutely no issues or tricks required for application. 100% win! I haven’t yet worn Essie Come Here on my fingernails, but I am eager to – below I have a few comparison swatches to show you (aka justify my purchase); it’s really not like anything I personally own.
I thought Snog was going to be quite close, but it’s far too pink. Surfin’ for Boys is in the right vein but much lighter and with shimmer. Meet Me at Sunset is clearly too orange, but it has the same intensity of saturation. From what I understand, Essie’s Ole Caliente and Flirt are very similar to Come Here, so if you have either of those, you’re probably set. Bottom line: It’s a great shade that I’m totally diggin’!
What do you think of this combo? Have you come up with any great combinations of your own lately?
In the past couple weeks, I’ve been picking up or receiving packages full of great treats which I’ve thoroughly been enjoying. At the moment, I’m still in the testing phase for most of the products so no reviews quite yet, but so far everything has been really stellar. I’ve also purchased a few new nail polishes, and hope to get some pictures up tomorrow! For now, I’m just going to leave you with a few teaser photos and some quick thoughts.
Boscia Tsubaki Facial Oil – I picked this up during the Sephora sale in April but just opened it within the last month or so. Even though the consistency is lighter than my beloved Tarte Maracuja Oil, I find it’s a little more oily somehow so I only need the smallest amount. Otherwise, it’s quite nice and is a pleasure to use, though I’m not sure it gives me the same results as the Tarte oil.
Boscia Clear Complexion Treatment – Lately I’ve been breaking out here and there, which is very unusual for me. I attributed it to something going on with my skin so I picked up this natural BHA product to see if it would help clear out my pores. While it feels really great going on – lightweight and absorbs quickly – and leaves my skin feeling super smooth, I think the real reason for the breakouts was putting coconut oil in my hair every night; I think it was getting on my pillow and clogging my pores a bit. Since I’ve stopped doing that, the breakouts have been clearing up – but who know, could be this product too!
MD Formulations Moisture Defense Antioxidant Hydrating Gel – I needed a new antioxidant product and have read a lot of great this about this gel. It’s excellent for oilier skin, especially in these warmer months, as it absorbs lightning fast with no residue yet still hydrates. I am already in love with this!
Indeed Labs Hydraluron – I grabbed this on a whim as I needed to spend $50 to get 20x the bonus points at Shoppers last weekend. It was on sale for $20 from $27 and I’d been wanting to check it out at some point, so I made the purchase. I use this during the day when I want my skin to look plump and hydrated without the accompanying greasy look from many other moisturizers. I can’t tell if this does much else to my skin just yet, but I’m definitely not noticing any issues!
Vichy Capital Soleil Mexoryl XL Sheer Lotion SPF45 – this sunscreen is FANTASTIC. I tend to steer clear of chemical sunscreens due to my eczema, but read a good point somewhere about Vichy and La Roche-Posay being great brands to try for broad spectrum sun protection because they are often formulated for sensitive skin. Whatever the case, this really is excellent on my fussy skin and I’ve had absolutely no problems or irritation from it whatsoever. It’s also incredibly lightweight and non-greasy, and doesn’t leave a whitish cast on my skin at all. It actually makes me want to wear sunscreen all the time. I adore it! It’s not cheap at about $27CAD, but it does go on sale (I purchased it for about $18) and it’s well worth the cost.
La Roche-Posay Anthelios Ultra-Fluid Lotion SPF60 – I just purchased this last weekend along with the Hydraluron, and I haven’t opened it yet as I am *just* finishing my Clinique sunscreen now. I have tried a sample of this however, and really liked how thin in consistency it was, how easy it spread on my face, and how it doesn’t leave a whitish cast. I have high hopes for this one!
Dior Spring Ball - my first Dior polish!! I wasn’t interested in these spring polishes at all, until I tried this one on at Sephora a few weeks ago and fell in love. However, it was sold out everywhere by that time – but I persevered and ordered it online from Sephora (along with two shades of NARS’ Radiant Creamy concealers – which I LOVE). Unfortunately, I’m a little disappointed in the shade – it’s not as beautiful as I remember, sadly. But it’s still very pretty and wearable, and I don’t regret the purchase too much.
Essie Come Here! – I have so many polishes in this color vein…but I can’t help myself ~sigh~ I got a hankering for a pretty coral red and felt I *needed* to have one, but I probably have a bunch of shades similar to this. However, I really do love it and I find this kind of tone works for just about every outfit. But – NO MORE CORALS. At least for a little while ;0)
a-England Sleeping Palace – the latest a-England release kind of crept up out of nowhere (as usual), and I ogled the beautiful shades along with everyone else. I actually have quite a few of the brands polishes, and usually pick up one or two from each collection. This was the stunner for me – a gorgeous dusty mauve with prismatic shimmer. It doesn’t feel like a summer shade to me, but come fall I’m going to be all over this. It’s really quite beautiful!
Zoya Robyn – I saw this on Lakeisha’s blog a couple weeks ago and decided I had to have it. It looks better on her than I, but I still like it a lot and can’t wait to wear this as a pedi shade. I had no colors like it at all so I’m pretty happy to add it to the collection.
As you can see, I have a lot of new things on the go! I’m almost at a skincare utopia which feels pretty damn awesome – I’d just like to get an antioxidant masque (Kahina’s looks/sounds perfect), an exfoliator of some sort (the Pure + Simple Organic Vanilla Cleansing Powder Becca mentioned here is right up my alley), and a cleansing oil (maybe Tatcha’s??) when my Clinique Take the Day Off balm runs out. In the sunscreen arena, I’m blissfully pleased with Vichy’s offering, and suspect I’ll feel the same about LRP’s too. The polishes weren’t all ectasy-inducing, but I’m pretty happy with them as well.
What sort of products have you been buying lately?
It’s time for the Spring edition of the Beauty Envy Bag! We want to share our springtime beauty essentials with you by giving you the chance to win a makeup bag filled with products we love.
For those of you who may be new to our blogs, here’s a quick introduction.
Check out the reviews for the featured products in the Spring Beauty Envy Bag:
- Illamasqua Nail Varnish in Harem & Venous (Reviewed by Lakeisha)
- Bite Beauty High Pigment Pencil in Quince (Reviewed by Latoya)
- Kat Von D Shade Shifter Eyeshadow in Devotion (Reviewed by Leticia)
- Dior Vernis Haute Couleur in Lilac Colorvision (Reviewed by Lola)
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- Hourglass High Shine Lipgloss in Child
- NARS Pro Prime Eyeshadow Base
- NARS Illuminator in Copacabana
- MUFE Aqua Eyes in 12L
- China Glaze Nail Apps in Cherry Blossom
- Philosphy Hope Oil-Free spf 30
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Good luck, everyone!
So yea. I sneezed funny on Sunday and then the next day I was sick with a cold. Has that ever happened to anyone else? I’m being dead serious – it’s like the sneeze dislodged the sickness or something. Ugh. Anyway, I was off work today and pretty much was a slug all day; even looking at the computer screen hurts my eyes. I am weird and don’t take medication when I’m sick (unless it’s that time of the month – then, JACK ME UP BABY) because I feel like it just masks the pain and makes me stay sick for longer. Or I’m a martyr. Either or. At least I know when I get pregnant one day I’ll be totally used to not being able to take meds (but I will not hesitate to get an epidural – eff that). So there’s that.
Anyway, I have photos of two polishes I had done comparison swatches for but never posted them, so here they are. First up is Chanel’s Orange Fizz (which I happen to be wearing this week, and seriously – I LOVE IT SO MUCH you guys should all buy a bottle, it’s good times) which I swatched against all my other orangey-coral polishes (spoiler – there are no dupes that I own, so you should just go buy a bottle of the real stuff):
You can see that aside from the LA Colors shade, the rest of the polishes are all in the same vein, but Flirty Tankini is less saturated and dries with a flat finish (though probably the closest match); Surfin’ for Boys is more pink and with a pearlesence about it; and Daytripper is more pink. What I love about Orange Fizz is that it’s super-shiny on it’s own, has a squishy quality to it, and is somehow both soft enough for spring but bright enough that it will be awesome in summer too
The next polish I have to show you is one I recently picked up from American Apparel, called Downtown LA. I was in the store a couple weeks ago buying Neon Violet for a gal at work, since she loved it so much on me, and decided to take advantage of the buy 3 for $18 deal (I also picked up their matte top coat for fun). Downtown LA is a bold red that leans ever so slightly orange. It is exceptionally close to butter London’s Come to Bed Red, though bL’s version really is more of a true red without the orange lean. I can tell the difference between the two but if I didn’t tell you, I’m sure you wouldn’t guess:
I have a hard time wearing red polish as I find on my skintone it looks a bit garish; however, I wore Downtown LA last week and actually liked it quite a bit. The warmer tone of the polish worked better on me than Come to Bed Red has in the past, and I made sure to cut my nails super-short which made the manicure less in-your-face. I won’t be stocking up on red polishes any time soon but it’s still nice to have a few great ones in your arsenal! I’ll likely pass along my butter London shade – I always hate to part with more high-end brands but I know I’ll never choose it over the AA color. I have to say, I really like AA polishes – they are almost one-coaters and apply so well!
So, I hope this keeps you entertained until I get better! I usually go into repair mode when I’m sick and rarely stay down for long, so I’ll be up and kickin’ by the weekend I’m sure
What do you do with your nail polish dupes? Do you find red a difficult color to wear?
Wishing you all a lovely long weekend and some good time spent with friends and family! :D I just cooked a full-on brunch for a handful of my friends at my place (with ingredients contributed by my guests!) and it was the perfect way to kick off the weekend. I’m not back to work until Wednesday and I am SO looking forward to maxin’ and relaxin’!
Last night I multi-tasked (surprize) by painting an Easter egg mani – last year I did all different pastel shades, so I had to think of something new this time around. I think they came out pretty well for freehand – I probably should invest in some doting tools etc. to actually make nail art look really good, but I do it so infrequently I probably won’t bother lol. Hope you enjoy!
Whether or not you celebrate the religious holiday or just use the days off as like mini-vacay, I hope you take the time to relax and enjoy it – and I hope you have some spring-like weather!! This is what I’m being treated to today (and it’s actually *warm-ish* – a balmy 7 degrees, woohoo!). Have faith – summer is right around the corner
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