6.29.2015

Sally Hansen Insta-Ombre Review and Swatches

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I think it's safe to say ombre is the trend of the decade. From hair to home decor, you can find it anywhere! Sally Hansen just released a line of polishes to help you achieve the ombre look on your nails. I really love the look of a glitter gradient on nails and it's a go to look for me, so I was excited to give these a try! The bottle says to apply one coat to the full nail, wait a minute and apply a second coat starting at the middle of the nail, wait a minute and apply a third coat to just the tips. 

Let's take a look at the 4 I have to show you and I'll give you my thoughts at the end of this post.

Gold Grade is a fine yellow gold and silver mix.


Copper Cap is fine copper and silver glitter.


Layer on Lilac is purple and silver glitter.


Grey-diant is charcoal and silver glitter.


My thoughts: I really like the subtle and delicate look these give to bare nails. I find that it took some extra dabbing here and there to get an obvious gradient look. I also didn't bring the first coat all the way down the nail because I feel like that contributes to the overall gradient look better. These polishes can easily be layered over another color for a different look. I will be posting that on my Instagram (mynailgraffiti) soon. The formula was very thin and easy to work with, especially for a glitter.

The only complaint I have is that it can be hard to get a true gradient look with just the one size of glitter in this bottle. I think these would have been even better if it came with a second bottle of slightly larger glitters to use at the tip to mid point. But that said, I feel like it's harder to find bottles of superfine glitters (as opposed to larger glitters) like these to use in a gradient look so they are very helpful to use in achieving it.

This collection is limited edition and retails for around $6/bottle.

Have you picked up any of these yet?

*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinion.
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6.18.2015

SinfulColors Street Fusion Collection Swatches and Review

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Hey everyone!

I have a selection of polishes from the new for summer 2015 SinfulColors collection called Street Fusion. This collection "reflects the vibrant and eclectic chaos from around the world".

I have six of the 29 shades to share with you today.

Otaku Anime is a shimmery, frosty banana yellow. I did 4 coats...pretty sheer. It is a more wearable yellow since it's more on the golden side. 


Maroon Fine terra cotta with a gorgeous shimmer in it. I would gravitate towards this more in the fall, but I do love this one. And I'm not sure maroon is the right color description for this one?


Writing on the Wall is a splatter topper with matte glitter. While this has a neat effect, I don't feel like this topper is very versatile.


Paste-erd is a blue version of Writing on the Wall. 


Pink Ansen is an iridescent bar glitter topper. Very cool effect.


Fuji Fuji is a silver holo glitter topper. I love this one the best I think! The glitters were not too sparse which made this easy to apply.


 Keep an eye out for this collection out in stores now!

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5.27.2015

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Poolside Paradise Swatches and Review

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Sally Hansen has a new Miracle Gel collection for summer called Poolside Paradise and I've got 4 of the 7 shades to show you today. This is my first experience with the brand's Miracle Gel line so I was excited to give these a try!

Pink-A-Colada is a bubblegum pink. A little on the sheer side, I believe I did 4 coats. If your nails aren't permanently stained like mine, 3 would probably do the trick.


Rum Punch is a deep medium pink. This is 2 coats.


Swimsical is a saturated teal blue. 2 coats.


And the best for last, my favorite, Life's a Peach. This isn't quite a neon but still very bright. Loving this as a pedi right now!


If you appreciate the longevity that the Miracle Gel line offers, this collection has some great picks for summer color. These retail for about 9.99/bottle and can be found anywhere Sally Hansen is sold.


*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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5.19.2015

Zoya Paradise Sun Swatches and Review

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I've got the other half of Zoya's summer collection today, called Paradise Sun. These polishes all  have a shimmer, though it's not all the same type like Zoya typically does in a collection. So that's kind of cool they are mixing it up but I do like when everything matches. ;)

Genesis is a shimmery white. I did 3 coats. It takes some care and effort to make sure this doesn't look streaky but the end result is so pretty!


Mae is a bright hot pink with a larger sparkle throughout. I did 2 coats.


Aphrodite is an orangey/red with some amazing shimmer flecks in it. This one has a ton of depth and  is almost a jelly. 3 coats.


Oceane is a mesmerizing bright blue. This one is borderline metallic and so gorgeous. 2 coats.


Selene is a bright emerald green. This shimmer in this one is a mix between Oceane and Mae. 2 coats.


And finally, Isa. I love this blue based purple and the blue shimmer it has. 2 coats.


Another fabulous collection from Zoya! You can find them at zoya.com for $9/bottle.

*Products sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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5.14.2015

Zoya Island Fun Swatches and Review

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It's time for a new collection from Zoya! After all my years of polish collecting, I still look forward to what they have in store for each season. Today, I'm showing you the Island Fun collection and I'll have the Paradise Sun collection up soon!

The running theme I noticed in these is that they are all very saturated colors. Lots of depth. A cool take on the summer brights we usually see.

Jace is a grassy green. This was the wateriest of the bunch. I did 3 coats.


Cecilia is a gorgeous teal. This has a lot more depth to it than my camera picked up. So pretty. 2 coats.


Talia is a deep blue/turquoise shade. 2 coats. Since I was swatching these all at once, I took this polish off as soon as I was happy with a photo of it and in the maybe 5 minutes I had it on, there was some major staining happening. On the nail and on the skin during removal. Hopefully a base coat would help that issue (I don't use one while swatching).


Serenity is a lovely purple shade. It's leaning a lot more blue here than it is in person though. Darn purples are so hard to photograph! 2 coats.


Nana is a deep magenta. Love this one for the name...that's what my kids call my mom. ;) Also this is practically a one coater!


And finally, Demetria. A bright, tomato red. 2 coats.



The Island Fun collection is available at Zoya.com and retails for $9/bottle.

What shades are your faves?

*Polish sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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5.07.2015

It's A Nail by Incoco Applique Review

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I'm a fan of nail appliqués when they are cute and easy to apply. In my experience, the ones made from real nail polish are the easiest to apply and most natural looking. 

Today I am showing you some designs from It's a Nail by Incoco. I had no issues applying these and I actually enjoyed the process...and that's not been the case with a number of other strips I've tried in the past! It wasn't difficult for me to find the correct sized strip for each nail and they smooth on quite nicely...no bubbles or ripples at the edges. Just remember to be careful when handling them because they are thin and can rip easily with too much adjusting. I only experienced that a couple times.

I can never find a nail strip that perfectly covers my very curved, wide nails. There's usually a little space left uncovered on the sides of some nails and while the It's a Nail strips still left an uncovered edge, it was minimal. That said, I always paint a matching base color with polish before I apply any strips. This also helps with keeping my tips wrapped, an area strips don't really cover.

I tried 3 designs and here they are!

Tea Party


Way to Go


Rock n Roll


I am currently wearing Rock n Roll. I applied them on Sunday, so it's almost been a week and there has been no chipping or peeling. Very impressed.

You can purchase the It's a Nail appliqués from itsanail.com. Besides nail art designs, there are solid colors and accent nails to choose from. Best part? A full manicure set is only $7.99!

I would definitely recommend these strips to anyone for ease of use, lasting power, and great price.

*Product sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.


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4.21.2015

Jordana CatEye Liner Review

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More awesome new products from Jordana to share with you today! These are liquid liners in an 8 shade range. There are some really fun, bright colors along with some more wearable, everyday shades. 

I really love colored eyeliner for summertime. It's such a quick and simple way to add something to your face without all the blending and layering eyeshadow can require. And when it's super hot outside, you usually don't want to be piling it on anyway!


L-R: Orchid, Suede, Twilight, Caribbean, Envy, Future, Black Brown, and Black Leather



I've worn a lot of these shades and have been pretty impressed! They apply easily and smoothly and have lasting power all day. I will warn you that the shade Twilight stained my lids even over primer and shadow which I was surprised about but I love the shade so much I don't think that it's a deal breaker. ;)

If the brighter, lighter shades intimidate you or don't define your eyes enough, my favorite trick is to do a double liner look with a black liner closest to the lash line. That way you get the definition that makes only a dark liner can give, but you get the bright color pop as well. I did this on my eyes below using Orchid.




These retail for $2.99 each. They are available at jordanacosmetics.com and Walgreens.

See any colors that appeal to you?

*Products sent for review in exchange for my honest opinions.
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