Friday, May 30, 2014

SinfulColors Curry Up

This is one of those shades that I bought more for the finish than the color... and ended up loving the color now that I'm wearing it! It's definitely a different shade... but different in a really good way!

Curry Up by Sinful Colors

Sinful Colors Curry Up

Curry Up by Sinful Colors

Sinful Colors Curry Up

Curry Up by Sinful Colors

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats SinfulColors Curry Up
1 Coat Confetti Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

First of all, let me start by saying that my photos are nawt color accurate. Curry Up leans way more yellow than what you see in my pics. It's honestly very close to Shrek green. Yep... yellowy-lime and sort of snotty at the same time. This polish shimmers thanks to super-fine irridescent blue glitter, with fine coppery-pink glitter sprinkled in. If I had to guess, I'd say that it's an attempt at rose gold glitter.

Rose gold is super trendy right now. As far as a nail polish goes... I don't know that anyone has really duplicated the exact shade. Most of the glitter versions I've seen either lean too pink or too orange. What's interesting about Curry Up though, is the way the coppery-pink glitter comes across. It's not overly bright, but it doesn't disappear entirely either. It reminds me of when you put pepper in soup. A little bit of it dissolves and blends into the broth, but you can still tell it's there.

Was this effect planned? Honestly, I don't know... but I haven't seen any other polishes like it. On one hand... it reminds me of flecked spraypaint on a smaller, more demure level. On the other hand... it could be that the coppery-pink glitter didn't mix as originally intended. Either way... Curry Up is a super unique and different nail polish that you probably want to pick up while it's still around!

Now, as far as the formula goes... the amount of shimmer and glitter in here just might have overloaded the base polish. Curry Up was gloopy on application with every. single. coat. My nails were still a bit patchy at 3 coats, so I painted on the 4th... and things were still a little iffy. Thankfully, after a coat of clear and Seche Vite, everything evened out.

The more I wear Curry Up... the more I like it. I really wasn't sure about this shade of green at all when I bought it, and I've contemplated painting it on my nails more than a few times. I guess in the end, it's kind of like what they say about not judging a book by its cover... Don't judge a polish until you've swatched it!

Would you wear Curry Up?

Thursday, May 29, 2014

SinfulColors Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine by SinfulColors

SinfulColors Rise and Shine

Rise and Shine by SinfulColors

Rise and Shine by SinfulColors

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
1 Coat Wet n Wild Sugar Coat
3 Coats SinfulColors Rise and Shine
1 Coat Confetti Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Rise and Shine is part of SinfulColors' Core Collection. If it's not a part of your collection... I highly recommend picking it up. No stash is complete without a pretty teal polish, among other things! One thing to mention upfront, I did paint on Sugar Coat as undies for this polish. I'm not sure if Rise and Shine will stain my nails, but I'd rather not have teal-tinged digits if I can help it, thankyouverymuch!

SinfulColors is really big on adding shimmer to their shades for a little added interest. Probably Definitely one of the reasons I have so many bottles of their polish! Rise and Shine is no different... it's a bright mid-toned teal with a slightly more blue-leaning teal shimmer mixed in. In my pictures, it shows up as a blue haze, but it's a fine shimmer in person, trust me!

Capturing the exact shade of Rise and Shine was difficult, and I still didn't get it quite right. My Cybershot wanted to mute out most of the green, so I turned to my iPhone... aaaaaand my 5s couldn't really get it right either. It didn't include all the blue and made this shade a lot brighter than it is in real life. All in all, Rise and Shine is a pretty and wearable teal shade that doesn't feel seasonal or dated.

What's your favorite teal polish?

Friday, May 23, 2014

Layering: Show Me Some Grapefruit

Layering Spoiled Show Me Some Skin and Sally Hansen Pink-Grapefruit

Show Me Some Skin and Pink-Grapefruit Layering

Layering Spoiled Show Me Some Skin and Sally Hansen Pink-Grapefruit

Sally Hansen Pink-Grapefruit Layering

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Spoiled Show Me Some Skin
3 Coats Sally Hansen Pink-Grapefruit
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, I've bypassed brights and pastels for the day and gone neutral. I can't say that I'm the biggest fan of neutral polishes. Don't get me wrong, I think they always look great on other people. It's just... on me...? They feel kind of bland. After painting just one coat of Show Me Some Skin last night... I knew my manicure needed some sparkly assistance.

In the photos above... the bottle of Show Me Some Skin looks like it should match my skintone perfectly. Only, it's got more of a rose-toned vibe going on. So, in an attempt to get it a bit more pink that most people would probably wear it, I layered on 4 coats. Then, I added 1 coat of Pink-Grapefruit and liked it so much, I went back and added another 2 coats of shimmer.

As I replaced the cap on my bottle of Seche Vite, I wasn't too sure about this layering. Like I said, me and neutrals are just not a thing. I like wearing polish that's bold or completely contrasts my outfit... so, this one took a little getting used to. The more I look at it, the more I like it. Weirdly, I also feel an incredible sense of deja vu when I look at it. I don't think I've done a similar layering here, but I'm thinking there's gotta be another blog that did something like this... or maybe a similar all-in-one shade? I can't say... and I'm also not too sure if this layering will make it to Saturday morning! You know me!!! :)

What do you think of Show Me Some Grapefruit?

Wednesday, May 21, 2014

SinfulColors Island Coral

Is it a bad thing that I have no idea where or when I bought this? I just plucked it out of my Helmer last night and realized that I've never worn it. (Along with probably another 100 or so polishes in the sparkle stash. Shhhhh... don't tell!) Island Coral... here's your day in the sun! (...in spite of this rain that came out of NOWHERE.)

Island Coral by SinfulColors

SinfulColors Island Coral

Island Coral by SinfulColors

Island Coral by SinfulColors

Island Coral SinfulColors

Island Coral SinfulColors

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats SinfulColors Island Coral
1 Coat Color Club Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, I'm honestly surprised that I haven't worn this color until now! But that's what having so many bottles of polish will do to you. It's also the downside of storing your polish in a Helmer. The bottles aren't out in plain sight, so it's easy to get excited by shinier, newer acquisitions and completely forget about polishes like Island Coral!

So good news, this is part of SinfulColors Core Collection, so you shouldn't have any trouble finding it at Walgreens or Rite Aid. Coral is one of my favorite colors, period, but I really enjoy wearing it during Spring and Summer with white, navy, or khaki green. I'm pretty sure I could spend all summer living in combos of those colors... BUT... I digress.

Island Coral. If you don't have it in your collection, you need it. It doesn't matter if you've been looking for a coral or not. Application was great... four easy coats and some clear to make it shine, shine, shine! This is such a pretty shade, and I got so many compliments while wearing it today... I'm considering wearing it tomorrow, too!

What do you think of Island Coral?

Tuesday, May 20, 2014

SinfulColors Cinderella

So, this shade came out 2 years ago... Specifically, around the time of my sister's wedding, and Mr. Sparkle and I drove down to Mississippi to attend. At that time, Cinderella had mainly been spotted at Walgreens, and I didn't have one anywhere near me. During the journey, (there and back again... heehee) stops were made in convenient proximity to Walgreens or other drug stores. (Yes. Mr. Sparkle does indulge me... most of the time. Hey, someone has to...) Honestly, I can't even remember if I picked it up during the trip, or if I only found it once I got back home... :)





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
6 Coats Sinful Colors Cinderella
1 Coat Color Club Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

It's been a long time since I pulled this out of the sparkle stash... Cinderella is a sheer pastel blue with super extra-fine glitter that flashes from purple to pink to orange. So named for that famous scene when Flora and Merryweather are fighting over what color Princess Aurora's gown should be.

Given the fact that I haven't worn this in a long time, or dealt with a polish like this in a long time... I forgot how problematic the formula can be. Cinderella is definitely best layered over a pastel blue creme... Don't do what I did and use 6 coats... just... don't. It didn't turn out horribly awful, but cleanup was a little trickier and the end result was messier than I normally prefer. Also, perhaps, waking up at midnight and deciding to paint my nails wasn't the best decision in the world... O.o

Cinderella became a must-have for a lot of polish addicts because of the interesting combination of colors. It's definitely a unique polish in my collection... BUT... not something you couldn't recreate by layering polish together. Off the top of my head... Layering NYC Sweet Candy over Revlon Blue Lagoon would give you similar results. Cinderella inspired me to try a similar-but-bolder layering with SinfulColors My Buoyfriend and Sally Hansen Pink-Grapefruit last summer. (And looking at it makes me want to wear it again... I'm soooo obsessed with bright blue right now!)

Despite the problematic formula and later-than-normal painting session... I still really love Cinderella on my nails. I think more companies should try their hand at pairing glitters and shimmers with unexpected colors. Can we start with Cinderella II or Allerednic... a pretty pastel pink (that flatters every complexion) with super extra-fine glitter that flashes blue? I'd buy that in a heartbeat... :)

Has Cinderella made her way into your stash yet?

Monday, May 19, 2014

Wet n Wild Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast by Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Coast to Coast

Coast to Coast by Wet n Wild

Coast to Coast by Wet n Wild

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Wet n Wild Coast to Coast
1 Coat Color Club Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Another day... another polish from Wet n Wild's All Access Beauty Collection! When I picked this up, I wasn't sure if it was going to be similar to Pacific Rim or Royal Rage... (both by Sally Hansen.) Coast to Coast is a super bright blue shade like Pacific Rim, but it packs a semi-pearly blue shimmer that definitely makes it unique... at least in my collection!

Application was pretty good with Coast to Coast. Four solid coats for the pictures you see above. I'm not sure if I'm sold on the finish of this one, though. Shimmer definitely helps smooth out colors that can otherwise be problematic... hence, all the pastel shimmers out in current collections!

Except...

The shimmer in Coast to Coast kind of wants to be a pearlescent finish, and that's just something I can't get on board with. When you look really close... you can see brush lines because of the slightly pearly finish. I do really like this shade of blue, and the Manicurve Pro Brush is really growing on me the more I use it. :)

I'm not sure that I would wear Coast to Coast by itself again. I think it would look good layered with another glitter or shimmer... possibly Sweet Candy from NYC, or maybe Sally Hansen Pink-Grapefruit... definitely haven't pulled that one out in a while!

What do you think of Coast to Coast?

Wet n Wild Contact High

Contact High by Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Contact High

Contact High by Wet n Wild

Contact High Wet n Wild

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
5 Coats Wet n Wild Contact High
1 Coat Color Club Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Contact High is a grass green polish with a jelly finish. It's a gorgeous shade... and it probably would look incredible layered with a ton of glitter! (...definitely on my to-do list!!!)

The formula on this was good... similar to Love Me Some Muscles. Very pigmented, but also sheer at the same time, so you have to build up to the finish in the photos. Like all the other polishes in the All Access Beauty Collection from Wet n Wild... Contact High features the Manicurve Pro Brush.

I can honestly say that this is a unique color in my collection... which is odd, because it's also one of my favorite shades of green. Add in the jelly finish, and Contact High gives off a lot of shine and an incredibly fresh vibe. Perfect for Spring and Summer!

Would you wear Contact High?

Friday, May 16, 2014

Wet n Wild Beat of a Generation

New favorite pink alert... I repeat... New favorite pink alert... :)

All Access Beauty Beat of a Generation

Wet n Wild Beat of a Generation

All Access Beauty Wet n Wild Beat of a Generation

Beat of a Generation by Wet n Wild

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Wet n Wild Beat of a Generation
1 Coat Color Club Clear Coat
1 Coat Wet n Wild Beat of a Generation
1 Coat Color Club Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I'm not sure if it's just because summer is right around the corner, but I am seriously LOVING this pink. It packs a really bright punch... Definitely brighter and warmer than Hey, Baby... and warmer and creamier than It's All About Me. No dupes here... you can easily justify owning all 3... but at $1.99 a bottle? Beat of a Generation is calling your name!!!

So... application was interesting with this one. I thought after my 3rd coat that this mani was ready to go... but, after I painted clear coat on 2 nails... I knew I'd have to go back over everything with one more coat of Beat of a Generation. I'm not sure if it was user error, me being tired, or what... I've seen other swatches that have only used 2 coats... sooooo...? O.o

I really like this pink... mainly because it's soooo bright! It's cheerful and fun, and the color really pops on my nails. Awesomesauce!!!

Oh, and for the record... I'm sure I'll have a new favorite pink in another couple of weeks. Just a trend that I've noticed... :)

Would you wear Beat of a Generation?

Thursday, May 15, 2014

Wet n Wild Trippin' on the Boardwalk

If you've held off on purchasing a Radiant Orchid shade of polish... this is definitely one to add to your stash! It's a bright, summery take on the Pantone Color of the Year! Oh, and these photos were taken with my iPhone, because Trippin' on the Boardwalk is simply too awesome for my Cybershot to handle... :)

Trippin' on the Boardwalk by Wet n Wild

Trippin' on the Boardwalk by Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Trippin' on the Boardwalk

All Access Beauty Trippin' on the Boardwalk

Tripping on the Boardwalk by Wet n Wild

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Wet n Wild Trippin' on the Boardwalk
1 Coat Color Club Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Trippin' on the Boardwalk is another polish from the Wet n Wild All Access Beauty Collection. It's the purple of the bunch, super-bright and such a great color for summer! The brightness of it makes it glow on my nails... kind of how a flower glows when it's bathed in warm summer sun...

All the polishes in this collection have Wet n Wild's Manicurve Pro Brush, and Trippin' on the Boardwalk was no exception. Although it did have a couple of wonky hairs that I'm going to have to trim. Not the biggest of deals, you know? Application was great... very similar to Love Me Some Muscles. This is a nicely pigmented, yet sheer shade, so 4 coats were definitely necessary. Looking at my photos, I'd probably go back and do a 5th, because there are a couple of more sheer patches, but they're not that incredibly noticeable.

Definitely another winning polish from Wet n Wild... I'm seriously all about this finish! Jelly and creamy all at the same time = Lurve.

Have you spotted Trippin' on the Boardwalk in the wild?

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Wet n Wild Love Me Some Muscles!

Love Me Some Muscles by Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Love Me Some Muscles

Love Me Some Muscles by Wet n Wild

Wet n Wild Love Me Some Muscles

Love Me Some Muscles by Wet n Wild

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Wet n Wild Love Me Some Muscles!
1 Coat Color Club Top Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

So, when I picked up Wet n Wild's LE All Access Beauty Collection yesterday, I was surprised that I liked this shade so much. The color orange and I are just not friends, and it's really nothing personal, it just clashes horribly with my skin tone. But this color... it's got just the right balance of pink and orange.

Love Me Some Muscles! isn't so much a coral, but a really balanced peach. It's bright, but it's slightly muted at the same time... but it's not dusty. The formula on this polish is great... sheer, but really great pigmentation and coverage. With just one coat, I had a super sheer wash of color on my nails with no streaks what.so.ever. That makes me really look forward to the other polishes in the collection. I'm thinking you could probably do a decent milky glitter sandwich mani with this one... :)

Is the brush a mop? Yes... (specifically, it's the Manicurve Pro Brush) but I'm starting to realize that I paint my nails well with it. Which is probably a big part of the reason why it still exists in all its moppy glory. Am I convert? Well... I guess I kind of am! Also, just like anything else... the more you practice, the better you get! So, if you're bad at using a particular polish brush, or even just painting your nails in general... practice, Practice, PRACTICE and you'll work it out!!!

What do you think of Love Me Some Muscles?

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Sally Hansen Royal Rage

Royal Rage by Sally Hansen

Sally Hansen Royal Rage

Royal Rage by Sally Hansen

Royal Rage by Sally Hansen

Royal Rage by Sally Hansen

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Sally Hansen Royal Rage
1 Coat Borghese Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite
1 Coat Sally Hansen Royal Rage (thumb)
1 Coat Seche Vite (thumb)

During my weekly Wal*Mart run with my mama, Granny Sparkle, I picked up 2 new bottles of Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polish in Tan Lime and Royal Rage. Since it was Mother's Day weekend and everything, I decided they would be Peanut's present for me... (thoughtful of me, huh?)

I was drawn in by the brightness of the blue, but I had no idea Royal Rage had a jelly finish until I started painting at home. This shade reminds me of Revlon Royal and L'Oreal Miss Pixie, but it's definitely a brighter shade of blue. In other news, this may be one of the first times I'm wearing a jelly polish without turning at least one nail into a jelly glitter sandwich.

If you're planning on picking up Royal Rage, beware, it actually took me all 4 coats to achieve a streak-free finish. The brush is also a nice size. Not too skinny and not too wide, so application was clean and easy!

I really like this shade, and I'm glad I didn't inspect it too closely before purchasing. Otherwise, I might've skipped it entirely. As far as Tan Lime? Well, I'm hoping it has a similar finish... :)

What do you think of Royal Rage?

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