January 25, 2015

Milani Metallic Mango

Milani Metallic brushstrokes is shown here at 2 coats. It's too full of brushstrokes to be a keeper for me; I don't want to mess with brushstrokey polish unless it will look super metallic and chrome like when I'm done. Perfectly fine polish but just nor for me.
 
 

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Sinful Let's Meet

Sinful Let's Meet is shown here at 2 easily applied coats. It's a nice sunshine yellow shimmer that makes a great addition to my stash!
 

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Milani Deep Thoughts

Milani Deep Thoughts is from Spring of 2012. It's shown here at 2 very easily applied coats despite the super skinny brush which is just not to my liking. Deep Thoughts is a blackened purple shimmer, very pretty but just not my style.

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January 24, 2015

SmartNails Vinyl Sticker Stencils With Zoya

This is actually my second set of Smart Nails Diamond sticker stencils. I first used them way back 2010 for a nice black and white manicure. I don't like version quite as much but the stencils are still so easy to use. This time I started with a base of Zoya Prim and added diamonds of Zoya Sailor.
 

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This polish was sent to me for review. All opinions are my own & were not influenced by SmartNails! For more information you can read my disclosure policy.

Revlon French Roast

Revlon French Roast is shown here at 2 coats; the formula was just fine but the brush was not. The brush is very stiff with uneven bristles which made application a bit tricky. I only have one other Revlon Colorstay polish and I don't remember it being terrible so maybe I just got a bad brush. The color of the polish is a bit disappointing too. There is nothing wrong with it per se but there are tiny multi colored shimmer particles visible in the bottle that look really cool but they disappear on the nail. It looks like a plain brown creme 99% of the time and maybe like it has a bit of regular shimmer the other 1%. Perfectly fine color but I have other brown cremes that I like better so I'll be passing this one along to a friend.
 
 

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January 23, 2015

CoverGirl Salt Water Taffy

This is only my second CoverGirl polish and I won't be getting any more unless they change the cap/brush handle. (I actually don't think they are currently producing any polishes.) I love square and rectangular bottles but I really hate the square cap/brush handle. When you wipe off excess polish on your brush you also flatten it out a bit and I kept having to hold the cap awkwardly to get the flat side onto my nail. It really drove me nuts the second time which is really too bad because Salt Water Taffy is an awesome color!

CoverGirl Salt Water Taffy is shown here at 3 coats and has a pretty good formula for a super pale cream polish. I thought this polish ended up being a bit of chameleon, looking off white in some light and like the palest of pistachio greens at other times. Overall a pretty unique and good polish if you can handle the square cap which I'm sure wouldn't bother everyone as much as it bothered me. I actually tried taking the square part off after someone suggested that it might be removable with a regular handle underneath like some other square bottles but no luck!
 

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Distressed Nails Inspired By Chalkboard Nails

I keep a Pinterest board filled with great nail art by others so I can find something new to try out quickly. I've been wanting to try the impeccable Chalkboard Nails' Distressed tutorial for quite some time and I'm so glad I finally did!

For my version I used some pretty polishes by Lime Crime - Crema De Limon, Peaches Cream, & Pastelchio for the base colors. The tutorial starts over a white background but I was in a hurry so I decided to risk just adding the colors right on my base coat. It's a very easy technique that you can't really mess up. I did each color separately on all fingers and then went back with the fist color to fill in any bare looking bits.

Next I added Essie Little Brown Dress for the dark color on top. The overall effect is similar to crackle polishes (which I still love!) but you have much more control. Great tutorial from Chalkboard Nails as always; I can't wait to try this with different color combinations!
 
 
 

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Essie Angora Cardi

Essie Angora Cardi is originally from their Fall 2009 collection but is still readily available. I still don't like Essie's super skinny brushes at all and the formula was a bit thick at first. Angora applied nicely after adding just a couple of drops of thinner though. I initially thought this color was a bit boring and planned to pass it along to a friend but I decided to keep it after wearing it for a couple of days and getting several compliments on the shade. It ended up being a very flattering medium toned mauve that looked great with lots of my wardrobe!
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April