I hope you’re all having a great weekend! And that your weather is better than mine. Just when I thought spring was coming I got freezing rain instead. But UPS definitely improved my day yesterday!
I mentioned the nail polishes I ordered from Amazon in yesterday’s giveaway post. They weren’t supposed to be here until next week, but here they are! It was definitely an impulse buy, but I couldn’t help myself when I saw that 24 polishes were only $30 (shipping included)! I actually wasn’t ready to take off my beautiful liquid sand polish (which still looks great after 5 days), but I’m so excited to try out this new brand that I just have to.
I’ve never heard of Shany Cosmetics, and I’m a little worried because they are so cheap, but they got surprisingly good reviews online. And look at this pretty box that they came in!
I think I was expecting small sample sizes, but these are all 0.5 oz, and in every color imaginable!
You can look forward to lots of swatches to come!
I’ve seen the liquid sand polishes everywhere lately, but I just didn’t get around to buying one myself until yesterday. I thought the effect looked so cool I just had to try it out. Since blue is one of my favorite colors I ended up with Get Your Number from OPI, which is a gorgeous light blue (even though it looks dark blue in the bottle) with tons of glitter.
I started out with just one layer and actually thought it looked good even though it’s kinda see through.
Then I added another and was amazed at how pretty it was. And the formula is perfect! I imagined it being hard to apply, or at least a little annoying like most glitter polishes, but I had no trouble at all. In these pictures I haven’t even cleaned it up. The edges came out like that on first try.
Here you can see the texture a little better. Even though I’m in love with how it looks it still takes some getting used to. In the beginning it really just feels weird every time your nails touches anything.
So, in conclusion, I am definitely getting more of these! Update: After 5 days this polish still looks amazing! (But it’s time for it to come off.)
I couldn’t help myself when I found this glitter polish at Walgreens. It really reminds me of Ritzy, the same formula and look, just with purple glitter instead of silver. You need about three thin layers for cover and a couple layers of top coat afterward, but it is definitely worth it.
I love the way the specks of glitter looks in the light. The previous layers shine through.
My only complaint was that it chipped (or scratched, really) a little too easily since the finished look was fairly thick. But my love of glitter still puts it among my favorites.
I bought this before we left Athens and tried it out yesterday. I always have time for nail polish, even on vacation (although I applied it kinda fast and sloppy). I really like the formula. Like most Revlons it goes on very easily and evenly, and it’s almost a one coater – depending on how thick you apply it.
It’s a teal shade with a bit of green in it, which was perfect for the St. Patrick’s parade in Fort Lauderdale today. Everyone were dressed in green and covered in beads, even though it’s a week early.
I read Nykki’s MAC review yesterday and remembered that I have two of their lipsticks that I absolutely love. I have worn them regularly for several months now. With their bright red they are also a nice contrast two the adorable pink colors of Nykki’s lipsticks. And I think everyone needs a couple different color nuances in their collection – although I’m more of a red girl myself.
Here they are: Dubonnet, Lady Bug, and an Auburn lip liner. I’ve always loved their slick cases.
A quick swatch of each product on my skin. I use the Auburn lip liner under both of these lipsticks. It is a perfect match with Dubonnet and gives Lady Bug a slightly darker outline, but more importantly, it keeps my lipstick from bleeding onto my skin and makes it stick for longer.
Lady Bug: This is a pretty bright red that goes with just about anything. It is a little more watery than other MAC lipsticks I’ve tried, but I am still a fan. If I put it on in the morning I often put on lip balm first, which gives it a much lighter shade and keeps your lips soft for longer. Although you might have to apply it more often.
I really don’t think these pictures do it justice, so here is an old picture where I’m wearing it – so that you can see it from a distance. As you can see it is so bright it almost has a little tint of pink.
Dubonnet: I love the dramatic effect of this dark color. When I first bought it I thought it was a little too much. I just wasn’t used to bright lip colors. However, it has grown on me to the point where I don’t want to take it off at night. I don’t normally use it with a morning or day look, but it’s perfect for going out on a Friday Night.
For a base I used OPI Roadhouse Blues, a polish I had almost forgotten about. I love the formula and the dark blue color, but when you’re inside the shade looks more black than blue – which was disappointing because the bottle looks more navy. Since I haven’t posted it before, here’s a quick swatch so you can see the polish by itself. Using a flash you can see the gorgeous blue that shows up in sunshine.
Then I applied two thin layers of Essence More than Words. It’s a glitter with a bit of a pink and gold tint, and I love the way it looks on top of dark colors. Afterwards I finished it off with two layers of top coat.
Isn’t it amazing?! Andy said he thought it looked like a starry night sky, which I absolutely loved. It’s such a simple manicure, but it’s still one of my favorites.
I keep looking at my nails, admiring how the specks of glitter sparkles even in dim lighting.
I’ve been waiting excitedly for this giveaway package from Luchessa, and yesterday it was here!
The wrappings and card were so cute, and the polishes are adorable.
Here are a couple quick swatches of the polishes on naked nails. I used three layers of each.
I really like them all, but they are going to look a lot better on top of other polishes.