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Morgan Taylor Watch Your Step, Sister!

Today, thanks to a recent order from HB Beauty Bar, I've got one of the latest polishes from new-to-me brand Morgan Taylor! From the Cinderella Collection... Watch Your Step, Sister!






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats Morgan Taylor Watch Your Step, Sister!
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I've oohed and ahhed over some Morgan Taylor polishes in the past, but not really enough to warrant purchasing a bottle. It's not readily available for pickup anywhere near me, so that was definitely a deterrent. Until the Cinderella Collection...

I saw a few posts about the collection, and this gorgeous pink creme stuck in my mind. So, when I was going a little nuts ordering polishes from HB Beauty, I thought it would be the perfect time to throw in a bottle and try out the brand.

Watch Your Step, Sister is a really punchy mid-toned pink. I seriously love this shade of pink. It's got a little hint of coral to it, but only enough to warm it up. …

Layering: A Celestial Seriotype

The Seriotype is seriously becoming my favorite mani. I mean... I love, Love, LOVE layering polish, so that really shouldn't come as a surprise. Right now though, I'm definitely swooning over this mashup of a seriotype and galaxy nails featuring blue, gold, and a whole lot of glitter...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats SinfulColors My Buoyfriend
China Glaze Mingle With Kringle
Cinapro Sweet Tooth
Hard Candy Mr. Wrong
Rainbow Honey Kozmic Blues
Sally Girl Trapeze Artist
SinfulColors Blue By You
SinfulColors Navy I Do

On Friday night, Peanut and I went on a fun mommy/daughter date to a local planetarium. Sparklegirl was absolutely mesmerized by the presentation, and practically ran a full commentary during the entire thing, too. I think she's following in her mama's chatty footsteps. My mom has always told me that I talked nonstop when I was a kiddo... so I can't say I ever expected anything less. It is seriously the awesomest thing... w…

Sally Hansen Cruisin'

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Sally Hansen Cruisin'
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I bought Cruisin'... it actually wasn't for me. I bought it for Peanut so I'd have a quicker-drying super pigmented polish for her little nails. But last night, something about this shade was just calling my name. So, on the nails it went. Sorry kid!

Cruisin' is one of Sally Hansen's Limited Edition shades for Spring 2015. I picked mine up at Rite-Aid a while ago, but they haven't been changing out displays like they used to, so it might still be in stock! PR materials from Coty describe this shade as a "pink sherbet," and that's pretty accurate. Which is weird, because I see coral when I look at the bottle. It's definitely more of a peachy pink color on the nails!

It's been a while since I've used a Sally Hansen polish, and I think this might be the first Insta-Dri on this blog! Definitely a diffe…

SinfulColors Energetic Red

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
3 Coats SinfulColors Energetic Red
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I'm not sure how it's taken me this long to pick up SinfulColors Energetic Red. I own more SinfulColors polishes than any other brand, and it surprised me to find this at Target, read the name, and realize it wasn't in the sparklestash. Yoink!

I can't say that I'm much of a red polish kind of girl, but when I do wear red, it tends to be of this variety. Reds that fall in the poppy/tomatoey range really catch my eye. Energetic Red reminds me a lot of another fave red, and has possibly trumped it! This one is brighter, with a smidge more orange. Which is surprising considering my feelings on that particular color.

The formula on Energetic Red is exactly why I come back to SinfulColors polishes. Application was great... three easy coats. You could probably get away with just two coats, but I tend to default to three coats, whether I re…

Fishbowl Friday *025*

This week's Fishbowl Friday really takes it back! I pulled NICOLE BY OPI for my prompt, and I just couldn't help reaching for Back to Reality... TV...





Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Nicole By OPI Back to Reality... TV
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Waaaaay back when I was planning Fishbowl Friday and coming up with prompts, I thought it would be fun to add a couple of brand prompts into the bowl. I tried to make them brands that I had a good amount of polish from, so this one surprised me a little. Back to Reality... TV is one of only 9 polishes I own in the Nicole by OPI line. I haven't bought one in a while, and it's a brand that's really fallen under my radar.

How does that happen? Well, the display is definitely tucked pretty far back at my local CVS. And that same store still has the Seize the Summer display out from last year, so I'm not even sure they're turning over stock like they should be. I don't…

Jelly Glitter Sandwich in Pink

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats OPI Conquistadorable Color
1 Coat Sally Girl Trapeze Artist
1 Coat Zoya Binx
1 Coat Sally Girl Fire Breather
1 Coat Sally Girl Gummy Bear
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I know, I know... I said I was thinking pink and seriotype, and I was... it's just, it turned out all wrong. So, I had to start over, and Conquistadorable Color hadn't been on my nails in a while. And then I quickly realized I hadn't done a jelly glitter sandwich in a while. Plus, I had yet to use Binx, Fire Breather, or Trapeze Artist in a layering.

So that's what I did.

All the glitters I used for this sandwich are iridescent glitters. They don't show up as prominently as metallic glitter or larger flakies, but they're still really pretty. These 3 polishes pretty much gave me every color iridescent glitter, but the main color flash is that red to gold flash. Pair that with a pink jelly finish, and I'm seriously l…

Zoya Eden

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Zoya Eden
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

After wearing yellow alllllll day Friday, I was in need of a palate cleanser. Around here... palate cleansing usually comes in the form of the color pink. Specifically, Eden from the Zoya Delight Collection.

If you're looking for the perfect blue-toned bubble gum pink, Zoya Eden is totally your jam. I sometimes shy away from mid-tone pinks, but I'm loving it on my nails right now. It's pink, springy, flowery, and fun!

Formula-wise... this one definitely needed all 4 coats. I still had visible streaks with the 3rd coat, and was skeptical that the 4th would even out. Thankfully, when I added the 1st coat of clear, it helped some of the polish settle down, even more so with the 2nd coat of clear. One coat of Seche Vite and I was good to go.

So... I actually wore this color all weekend long, while painting Peanut's soon-to-be new room. I didn't get a c…

Fishbowl Friday *024*

Happy, Happy Friday, Happy Friiiiiiiiday to Yooooouuuuu! This week's Fishbowl Friday is brought to you by the rather unassuming color YELLOW. I don't have too many yellows in my stash, so I knew the pickings would be slim. I forgot however, how unappealing those pickings tend to look against my olive skintone. But for the sake of the series, I'm still wearing this mani as I type...






Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Zoya Daisy
1 Coat SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

I'm honestly a little more than kind of annoyed that this doesn't go with my skintone. It's a seriously gorgeous color. Everything about it is right on... the creamy yellow color, the pretty turquoise shimmer, and the glowing quality the shimmer gives the overall mani. It's just not a color that works for me.

And that's okay!

Formula-wise, Daisy is a little splotchy. I used 4 coats and I've still got some visible patchiness in the photos. It's not as e…

Wet n Wild Tree Hugger

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
4 Coats Wet n Wild Tree Hugger
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

Allow me to introduce Tree Hugger... a mint green creme from Wet n Wild's Silver Lake Collection. This shade is actually responsible for me lemming the entire collection. I saw it posted on Instagram... Yadi from Night Swatcher previewed the collection with her swatch of Tree Hugger and that was all it took!

When it comes to pastel polishes... I'm always wary of streaks and patchiness. At 3 coats, I had visible streaks, so this definitely required a 4th coat. There were still visible streaks when I went to add my layer of clear coat, so I doubled down and put on two coats, which smoothed everything over just fine. One coat of Seche Vite and I was off to dreamland!

I haven't pulled my prompt for Fishbowl Friday No. 24... that will happen tonight before painting. I'm thinking that Tree Hugger could be a great base for nail art, but it all d…

Rainbow Honey April Mystery Bag & Seriotype

Polishes Used:

1 Coat Beauty Secrets Ridge Filler
2 Coats China Glaze History of the World
Rainbow Honey Delphine
Rainbow Honey Eidolon
Rainbow Honey Thistle Tresses
SinfulColors Tempest
2 Coats SinfulColors Clear Coat
1 Coat Seche Vite

When I opened this month's Rainbow Honey mystery bag... there was a lot of oooooh-ing and ahhhhh-ing over the new shades. Delphine, a cool, pastel blue with turquoise shimmer. Eidolon, an intense purple shimmer in a lilac jelly base. Then, last but not least, Thistle Tresses, a glitter topper packed with turquoise shimmer, fuschia, pink, purple, light blue, and turquoise hex glitter, and light blue metallic circle glitter. These three were definitely meant to be worn together.

So that's exactly what I did!

Sadly, Tove didn't work as a base for this Seriotype. There just wasn't enough contrast against Delphine. I scrapped that idea, cleaned the polish off my nails, and started over, this time using History of the World from Chian Glaze. It's…