1/31/12

Spoiled "Shuffle The Deck" Nail Polish Layering Pictures

Spoiled is a new brand of polish that is sold at CVS (I believe they are made by Wet N Wild?).  They have some really cute glitters, and I picked up "Shuffle The Deck" which is a a clear base with black, silver, and red glitter. I decided to do some layering:

For this manicure, I first did 2 layers of OPI's "French Quarter For Your Thoughts", a gray creme:



Then I used Essence "Can't Cheat On Me", which when worn on it's own is sort of sheer, but layered over 'Quarter', it's awesome! One layer on top here:


Then I did one coat of "Shuffle The Deck".  As usual with this type of glitter, you have to be very aware of how much polish vs. glitter you pick up with the brush and where you are placing it.  Side note; the brushes on these are very wide and flat.  If you have ever used Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure polish, it seems similar to those:





You would think with all those layers, this would take forEVER to dry.  One coat of Seche Vite on top and this was dry super quick.  You know, I keep cheating on Seche Vite, trying to find something I like better, but I always end up going back :D  It's pretty great!

What do you think of this combo?

1/26/12

Revlon Naughty (A.K.A. Perplex) Nail Polish Pictures

Here is a "new" Revlon nail polish I picked up recently.  I use quotation marks for "new", since this is apparently the same color that was previously released under the name "Perplex" (which, legend has it, is a pretty close twin to Chanel's 'Paradoxal', but that's a whole 'nother post).

Here are my pics:



This polish is a purple-grey hybrid hue with an extremely pretty bright lavender shimmer running through it:






Feelings?  I like this, and the application was decent but not the best (a little watery).  I don't really get why Revlon recycles colors under new names- why not just re-release Perplex?  Hmmm.......

1/25/12

Essie Go Overboard: Armed & Ready Nail Polish Pictures, Swatches, Review

"Armed & Ready" is one of 3 colors from Essie's "Go Overboard" collection that I picked up this week.  It is described by Essie as an, "army green with pearl".  It is dark with a golden shimmer mixed throughout.  In some lights, it looks very green toned, while in others it appears on the chocolate brown side- either way, it's a fantastic color:









This was such an easy polish to put on; only 2 layers needed, and it was very smooooooth. What do you think of 'Armed..'?

1/23/12

Essie Navigate Her Spring 2012 Collection: Swatches, Pictures, Review

Yay!  I finally got my hands on the new Spring  Essies! I love that these collections are only 6 colors- that way, I do not feel bad buying the entire set.

I picked up the mini cube plus the 2 full sized others...this worked out well because the colors I was most excited about ended up being the full sized ones!

First is "To Buy Or Not To Buy", a pastel lavender.  In the bottle, there is an ever so sneaky purple shimmer that excited me very much. To my dismay, this does not translate onto the nail, but it does add softness to this polish, ensuring it's not too chalky:

The formula was very nice- I did 3 coats here:




Next is "Ole` Caliente", a fiery bright red creme that leans to the pink side:


This was 2 layers; I can totally see this as the perfect Spring pedicure color:




Then we have "Navigate Her", a fresh springy green creme:

There was zero streaking on this one, which is fabulous for a pastel!  2 layers:


Here is "Tour De Finance", a hot pink, violet-blue flashing shimmer:

This was 2 layers as well:



Here is a HOT looking color; "Orange, It's Obvious" is a spicy tangerine shade.:

 This was a ONE coater!  I can't wait to put this on my toes as well:




And lastly, I saved my favorite- "A Crewed Interest" is a sweet, creamy peach shade.  I am SO in love with this!

The perfect Spring neutral! 2 layers on this one as well:





I love Essie.  Their polishes are always on point.  I even love their bottles, which remind me of a hard piece of candy for some reason :D  The mini-cube sets are a great way to try out some of these! Are any of them calling your name?