Thursday, July 16, 2015

REVIEW of Pure Ice Polish in First Time With SWATCHES

Hello newbies,



I'd like to believe I'm attracting new readers to my blog so if you're new welcome and if you're a faithful, longtime reader thanks for coming back. My name's Cat. I kind of write about anything that takes my fancy though this blog has grown to mainly focus on sample sale reports and nail polish reviews. If you'd like to read my thoughts on anything else you'll have to internet stalk me (or just shoot me an email). Enough stalling. Let's get into the review.

Color: Pure Ice First Time is a green frost polish. The green is almost metallic but I wouldn't call the finish metallic. The shade is a cool medium green that photographs a little warmer and more yellow than it is in person. It's not quite as light as pistachio and not as dark as the green you'd pull out of a box of crayons. It's very flattering for my skin tone in particular but I think it would flatter a range of skin tones that look good with coolers shades.
Formula: The formula is not thin but it is fluid on the nail.
Application: The first coat went on smoothly. The polish flows easily over the nail but this is not a polish you want to overwork with the brush because brushstrokes are very visible. Also, going over the polish with the brush too many times will just push the polish around instead of evening it out. The second also went on smoothly, however it wasn't an even coat because the polish isn't self-leveling and I wasn't able to work with it because of the visible brushstrokes. I also noticed that it had a very strong smell. Not a perfumed scent, but a toxic polish smell. The third coat also applied easily without drag. In fact, it went on more easily than the other two coats. The polish did apply a little messily on my ring finger but I fixed it.

CONCLUSION: I would recommend this polish. Application isn't a breeze but it's good for a frost and I do think the color is flattering. Pure Ice polishes are also comparatively very affordable.


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Sunday, June 14, 2015

REVIEW of Sephora Color Hit Nail Polish in Voodoo Doll

Hello bumblebees,


I purchased this polish in a Sephora haul. I'm still not sure if you can buy Sephora Color Hit polishes anymore but you might still be able to track them down on amazon or something. I tried this polish back in February when it would make sense to apply a dark purple polish.

Color: Voodoo Doll is a deep blue-toned purple creme polish. That's pretty much it. I'd have to do a comparison post to see how it compares to the other purples in my collection but I feel like this is what I wanted but wasn't getting from the purple polishes I reviewed a while back. It's not going to change the world but it's a nice option if you like this kind of color. It's one of those dark purples that makes you skin look paler and the blue tone is flattering for me.
Formula: The formula for this polish is on the thinner side.
Application: The first coat applied streaky with the brush creating ridges in the polish. The wide brush was particularly annoying when I was painting the nail on my pinky finger which is very narrow. The polish was just not covered the nail very well and trying to even out the polish with the brush just pushed it around on the nail. The second coat applied more smoothly. I was able to work with the polish this time to smooth it out and get an even coat of polish over the nail. However, at two coats the manicure looked patchy. At three coats the polish was opaque though a light test showed some balding in a few small areas. I should point out that my nails were short so three coats might not be enough on longer nails.
Wear: I wore this polish for about a week. Tip wear started on my right hand on the first day. I don't know why but the polish started to chip on one nail. When I removed the polish there was more tip wear but strangely my manicure had held up pretty well on my left hand with the polish just becoming duller over time.

CONCLUSION: No, I wouldn't recommend this polish. It's not awful but it won't be difficult to find a dupe for this purple and even for the cost you would probably be better served finding a polish that applies more easily and wears better.

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Wednesday, June 10, 2015

REVIEW of NYX Advanced Salon Formula Nail Polish in Pastel Mint

Hello chickens!


I'm going to slip a little update in here before we get into the review. If you're curious, my external hard drive is still unresponsive so all my photos are either trapped on there or lost forever. I still don't have a new laptop which is part of the reason all of my writing efforts (if you've managed to stalk me to all the places where I post on the internet) have slowed though not stalled, because, of course, it's me. I am working on getting a new laptop and putting off fixing the external hard drive because I'm dreading hearing that it's beyond repair. I had a cold when I first got back from vacation. Then I got sick again. Oh, and my camera stopped working for a few weeks. And I've just been lazy about doing my nails since I got back. OK, enough of that. Onto the review.

Color: NYX Pastel Mint is a pastel mint creme polish. I love it when they make it easy for me. But no, really, if you want a bit more clarity, there are a lot of polishes in this same general family. This is not a sky blue. This is not a turquoise or a sea green. It's not a pistachio green. It's very clearly a mint leaning towards green.
Formula: The formula is not that thin but the polish applies like a thinner polish.
Application: The first coat went on smoothly but from the first coat I could tell that this wasn't a polish I should try to work with. Going over it with the brush will just make it streaky and push polish around. However, for a pastel, the polish applied well in the first coat, not thick or super streaky. The second coat also went on smoothly without any drag. I did see ridges because I couldn't smooth the polish out with the brush. It's also important to not apply too much pressure with the brush. The third coat went on smoothly but was thick and I again could not even out the polish. The polish wasn't gloopy but it was thicker where the brushstrokes overlapped.

CONCLUSION: I honestly don't think I'll ever find a perfect pastel mint polish but this one is respectable for the price. I wouldn't try to work with it if you're an absolute beginner at doing your own manicures but someone with a bit of experience should be able to manage. You're not going to get perfect results but for a pastel, I thought the final manicure looked good.
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Tuesday, May 19, 2015

REVIEW of Zoya Lacquer in Kristen With SWATCHES

Hello my loves,


I've missed you so much! I know you probably don't believe me because the frequency of my posts has slowed so dramatically. I have excuses! I was on vacation for a good chunk of April. I'm working. I'm recapping for a different site. I've been leaving my house. Anyway, I, I, I. How are you? Are you doing well? Would you just like me to shut up and get on with the polish review? OK. Let's see if I still remember how to do this.

Color: Zoya Kristen is a dusty blue creme polish. I'm fairly sure it's a blue polish but it can look very gray. It's definitely a subdued color but it's difficult to call a blue "mature." I guess I'd say that it feels rather demure. It's not the prettiest blue in my collection but I didn't hate it either.
Formula: This polish has a thinner formula.
Application: The formula for this polish was very smooth and fluid so I'd advise you to be careful about how much polish is on the brush before you touch it to the nail. I ended up applying the first coat much thicker than I normally do because of this. The second coat went on smoothly without drag but it didn't smooth out that well with the brush if that makes any sense. I wouldn't try and work with this one using the brush. It'll only creates ridges. At two coats the polish was almost opaque barring a few spots. I added a third coat which again, applied smoothly.

CONCLUSION: This was neither my favorite color nor my favorite formula but application is perfectly manageable and if you do love the color from the swatches, I wouldn't dissuade you from picking up Zoya Kristen in a future Zoya haul.

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Saturday, April 11, 2015

REVIEW of Zoya Lacquer in Charlotte With SWATCHES

Hello peanuts,

I haven't reviewed a polish like this in a while since I stopped my subscription to ipsy. I picked up this Zoya polish during a promotion where you got three random mini polishes sent to you as part of your order. I haven't tested the other two polishes yet. Neither of them really strike me as fantastic colors that I'd pick out for myself but as you know I have a problem and I can never have too much nail polish.

Color: Zoya Charlotte is a beige creme polish. It's a nude creme that reminds me of polishes like Essie Sand Tropez and OPI Skull and Glossbones but I don't think it's a dupe for either. It's not a normal nude. It has a yellowish and grayish tone that reminds me most of when concealers start to look ghostly over your dark circles. Maybe there's also a bit of green in there. It should be a sickly looking polish and it kind of is when you first apply it but the longer I wore this the more I became accustomed to it. It's not so extreme that it's ugly pretty but it is kind of flattering on me. I think it could be flattering if you favor cool tones.
Formula: This polish has a thicker formula.
Application: The first coat went on smoothly without drag. However, trying to even out the polish just creates streaks and displaces polish. Of course not evening out the polish also results in a streaky look. I will say that the coverage was good for a lighter polish. It's definitely a creme and not a sheer polish. The second coat also went on smoothly. It was still a little streaky but less so. The third coat was still streaky. It wasn't thick and gloopy but it just wouldn't even out. At three coats the polish still fails a light test despite what I said about it not being a sheer polish. I added a fourth coat to my pinky and ring fingernails but it didn't make much a of a difference in opacity and it just made the ridges in the manicure look thicker so I wouldn't recommend a fourth coat.
Wear: I only wore this polish for a few days so I don't have anything to say about wear.

CONCLUSION: I wouldn't have purchased this polish for myself but I ended up finding the color more flattering that I thought I would. However, it's not that flattering and the application is poor. I wouldn't recommend it. You can find better nudes.

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Alexis Bittar 20% Off Sale

Hi chickadees,

I haven't done one of these sale posts in a while. I just wanted to let you know that Alexis Bittar is having a 20% off Friends and Family Sale. No offer code needed. Just add something to your cart and you should see the discount applied. The sale is going on in store and online and ends April 12.


Wednesday, March 25, 2015

REVIEW of Butter London Nail Lacquer in Jack the Lad

Hello lasses,


I don't know why I keep buying Butter London polishes when I don't like them that much. No, scratch that. I do know. It's because of the "discounts." I got this one a year ago at 6pm.com for $6.99, which while not cheap, is a nice markdown from the regular retail price of $15. This is the fifth Butter London polish I've reviewed and I still fail to understand why they think they can charge $15 a bottle when more often than not, their polishes are worse than what I can find at the drugstore.

Color: Jack the Lad is a glitter polish. It has a blackened green creme/jelly base with brighter green shimmer and glitter. It looks very pretty when the light hits it in the right way but I think I have similar dark green polishes that I prefer. I don't think I have an exact dupe but if I want to wear a dark green polish, I have better options in my collection. It also looks quite flat a lot of the time when the light isn't hitting it. The light gives it depth because it brings out the glitter.
Formula: The formula is thin.
Application: The first coat applied smoothly but not evenly because the polish was so thin. Trying to add more polish or even the polish out with the brush just moves polish around on the nail. The base is very sheer in the first coat. Unlike a lot of glitter polishes, this isn't a glitter bomb in the first coat. The second coat and third coats also went on smoothly though I had to even out the third coat a bit. The polish still wasn't opaque in three coats so I reluctantly added a fourth coat of polish. I'm getting pretty damn tired of buying these expensive polishes and then having to apply four coats of polish to get a decent manicure. At four coats, it was basically opaque but not perfect.
Wear: I wore this polish for 4-5 days. I experienced tip wear on my left hand. The polish at the tips of my nails wore away completely but I could have kept wearing the polish if I'd re-wrapped the tips. On my right hand, the tip wear was worse and the polish on my thumb starting chipping on day one for some reason. The polish wasn't easy to remove but it wasn't as bad as other glitter polishes. It just took a lot of Q-tips and more pressure than I'd use for a creme.

CONCLUSION: No, I wouldn't really recommend this polish. It's fine I guess but the color isn't that special, you need to apply four coats to get anywhere near opacity and it doesn't wear particularly well. I need to stop getting sucked in by Butter London discounts.

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