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5 Things: April 2013

1. Peanut is getting teeth... the bottom front two, to be exact. Who's the first person she tested those teeth on? That would be me. Who does she think she is? Renesmee?!? Um, No. Just... No. Thankfully she hasn't bitten anyone else. Yet.


2. I have an unhealthy obsession with this little Sackboy from Little Big Planet. If you've got a PS3 and you haven't played... you have NO IDEA what you're missing! Get Little Big Planet 1, 2, and Karting... you won't regret it! I have issues with playing video games. I'm great at solving puzzles using strategy and logic, but first person shooters? I always end up stuck in a corner... This game is perfect for uncoordinated gamers like me! 

3. I'm a certified klutz. And a half. I run into walls when I'm going around corners. I constantly am banging limbs on my desk at work and on things around Chez Sparkle. I'm not quite sure what it is...


4. Jelly. Nail. Polish. Especially this collection of Jelly polishes f…

Hard Candy Gummy Green

I've been in JellyLand for the past couple days, so I thought I'd switch it up a little bit...





Gummy Green is one of the brand-new Hard Candy polishes that came out this spring. It's part of the Candy Sprinkles collection... 9 different polishes with a finish that's supposed to (and does) look like sprinkles on icing. (Essentially a cupcake manicure all in one bottle.)

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Hard Candy Gummy Green
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite


I have to admit, I like that this manicure all came from one bottle. Layering manicures aren't for everyone, and this line of polishes give you a look that says complicated without all the effort! That being said, application was NOT flawless.

Hard Candy Gummy Green is LOADED with small glitter. Because the polish is so overloaded with glitter, it tends to be a bit goopy while applying. Also, the glitter does make the finish slightly bumpy. Even with a coat of top coat, I can see and…

SS: A New Leaf

Layering: L'Oreal Mango Mamma

WOW, am I conflicted. On one hand... I LOVE how this layering turned out. I love the pictures I took. I love that the glitter inside of this jelly sandwich turned the colors I thought it would. Now if only I liked orange... (This one's for all you orange lovers out there!)










I really do like this layering... and that's saying a lot, considering my disdain for all things orange near my olive-toned skin. Seriously though, I had a vision in mind when I started this layering, and I'm really happy with how it turned out. Jelly polishes can be fickle... sometimes they layer how you want them to, and other times they do strange things to the glitters they're layered with. In this case, Mango Mamma from L'Oreal played nicely with the glitter polishes I picked!

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats L'Oreal Mango Mamma
1 Coat Revlon Sparkling
1 Coat SOPI Flurry Up!
2 Coats L.A. Girl Provocative
2 Coats L'Oreal Mango Mamma
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat…

L'Oreal Miss Pixie vs. Revlon Royal

Two pretty blues = TONS of epic layering combinations. Yes... Epic... Trust me!



It's been a while since I picked up Revlon Royal for a manicure, and sadly, it has suffered the same fate of so many other kindred bottles of this polish. A bunch of pigment settled to the bottom of the bottle and won't budge, no matter how hard I shake. This hasn't affected the color of the polish. The formula, however, is another story.

Revlon Royal used to be a dream to apply. It's got a great brush, it builds nicely, but somewhere between purchase and comparison, it turned into a streaky mess of a polish. I'm not sure if adding thinner would help or hurt this polish. I wouldn't want to even try it at this point, because Royal has since been discontinued.

The good news in all of this, is that Miss Pixie from L'Oreal is an almost dead-on dupe for Revlon Royal with an impeccably streak-free finish. It builds nicely, too, although it has a tinge less pigmentation than Royal. Mi…

Layering: L'Oreal Bubble Trouble

Here's a layering I did using L'Oreal Bubble Trouble... (from the Miss Candy collection) or as I like to call it... Malibu Stacy: The Pastel Edition*.






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats L'Oreal Bubble Trouble
1 Coat Revlon Sparking
1 Coat SOPI Indi-Go With the Flow
1 Coat SOPI Sugar Plum Faeries Gone Wild
1 Coat L'Oreal Bubble Trouble
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

This manicure is so incredibly girly that it's not even funny! And I LOVE IT!!! Bubble Trouble is part of the Miss Candy Collection from L'Oreal... a pretty pink pastel jelly polish. I couldn't just paint Bubble Trouble on my nails and be done with it, though... It was begging to be turned into a Jelly Glitter Sandwich.

Soooooo, I painted on a coat of Revlon Sparkling... fine and chunky pink glitter with decent coverage.

Then, I added Indi-Go with the Flow to my nails, thinking I'd do a sort of reverse Revlon Whimsical/Deborah Lippman Up in the Air sort of thing.

5 Things: Peanut Edition (April 2013)

Peanut's Current Faves:


1. THIS toy. You pull on it and the bug vibrates down to land on the flower. The wings and the flower petals are crinkly. Top side of the petals are colorful with different patterns as shown in the pic, the undersides have different patterns in black and white. Add the rings at the bottom, random ribbons, antennae (always the antennae), and the fuzzy texture. They're so much going on here that even Peanut can. not. deal. We started out calling him crinklebug, but he's been officially dubbed Klaus*.

 2. Her Bottle. It's crazy to think that she recognizes stuff at only 6 months old when she doesn't know much, but I'll tell ya what. She knows when the bottle has formula in it and she LOVES it. She gets soooooo excited when she's about to get one. She kicks her little legs and waves her arms around whenever I pick it up before I feed her. Cutest. Thing. Ever.

3. Owl City. Any song by Owl City. She has a bunch of toys attached to her car…

L'Oreal Mango Mamma vs. OPI Y'All Come Back, Ya Hear?

These 2 orange jellies are definitely not the same... Good news if you love orange polish! (I don't.*)




Looking at these swatches... It's evident I should've also taken bottle shots of these two! When you compare them that way, they look like they'd be identical. Y'All Come Back, Ya Hear? is from the OPI Texas Sorbet Collection. I'm not a lover of orange, but it was 50% off, and for OPI, that's a steal! Y'All Come Back, Ya Hear? is a cool shade of orange... pumpkin-y orange to be precise.

L'Oreal Mango Mamma is just what its name implies. A Mango-licious Tangerine-ish warm orange that I actually kind of like. I'm not too sure that it would look right with my skin tone, but I love the depth and saturation of Mango Mamma! It would create a beautiful Jelly Glitter Sandwich!

If you were looking to cross one of these polishes off your wish list... I'm sorry to say I can't help with that! These are different enough to warrant owning both. Given…

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly vs. OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y?

I get excited when new polish collections come out, especially limited edition collections like the L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polish Collection. I research my polishes pretty well before buying. Surprisingly, even though I have 200ish polishes... I have a pretty good idea of what colors I have and don't have. But sometimes I'll see a display that I think is new, and I get the color home only to discover I already have the exact. same. shade.

Versus is a new feature here on Seize the Sparkle where I'll compare similar colors to see if they're true dupes, just a shade or two off, or two (or more) complete different colors!

For the inaugural edition... Here's two polishes that I swatched because I thought they would look completely different. Imagine my surprise when I saw this:





Now, I have a pretty good idea why this happened. The nail wheel is a really stark white, whereas my nails have a natural pinky-peach base. But still... talk about unexpected! If I had look…

L'Oreal Jolly Lolly

Finally, a true cherry-red jelly polish for my collection!











Jolly Lolly from L'Oreal is a bright cherry-red jelly polish that I actually don't mind. I don't normally wear red polish (it's just not my thing...) but this is classic pretty at its best!

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats L'Oreal Jolly Lolly
2 Coats L.A. Girl Celebrate (Accent)
1 Coat L'Oreal Jolly Lolly (Accent)
1 Coat OPI Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I really can't say enough about the formula on these polishes. Jolly Lolly went on smoothly with no streaking and built up to a beautiful cherry-red with 4 coats. I added glitter to my accent fingers to make a jelly sandwich with L.A. Girl Celebrate. It's got a pretty decent mix of random glitter, and Jolly Lolly adds a nice red tinge. I tried to pick a glitter that wouldn't scream Valentine's Day when paired with Jolly Lolly, and Celebrate was a great choice!

What do you think of Jolly Lolly? Did it satisfy your…

L'Oreal Miss Candy Collection

Prepare to be amazed by a whole bunch of Jelly awesomeness! I've got swatches of the entire L'Oreal Miss Candy Jelly Polish Collection. Take a look... 





L'Oreal Bubble Trouble might just be my new favorite light pink polish. The finish on this shade is just incredible. It builds nicely from a super sheer pink to a pretty pastel pink jelly. Bubble Trouble looks to be one of those pinks that will work with any skin tone!


Jolly Lolly by L'Oreal is an interesting polish. On my wheels, it looked pink. On my nails, it looks red. I'm guessing the difference is the fact that the nail wheel is a stark white, whereas my nails have a more pinky/peach base. If you've been looking for a cherry red jelly polish, Jolly Lolly is what you've been searching for! I'm not normally the biggest fan of red polish, but I really like this one!!!


Mango Mamma from L'Oreal is just that... an INCREDIBLE Mango jelly polish. I'm pretty sure this would match Rita's Mango…