Monday, May 30, 2011

Why my son rocks... Part 2 of 472,984

This is the second polish my son got for me. It's called Wishing on a Star, and is a salmon pink with silver and red glitter. I used Hard as Wraps for a base coat this time, 2 coats of color, and Poshe. Wear was decent. I think it may have been better if I did just use 1 coat as the polish is pretty thick. I liked this shade much more than I thought I would. There was no VNL in real life, just in the picture.

Why my son rocks... Part 1 of at least 472,984

I probably won't share with you all of the 472,984 reasons my child is awesome, but I will show you at least 3 reasons. :)

Some friends of ours have him house sit/dog sit for them when they go out of town, and he makes pretty decent bank doing so. They went to visit family last weekend, so he went to their house 3 or 4 times a day to let the dog out, feed her, etc.

He came home after getting up earlier than usual on Saturday morning and said, "Hey, I stopped at a garage sale on the way home and got you something. I hope you like them." And out of his pocket he pulls 3 bottles of nail polish! How many 16 year-old boys would do that? I'm not that obvious with my polish obsession around the house, so he's noticed and thought of me when he's got cash burning a hole in his pocket. It's okay guys, you can say, "Awww!" now.

They are Rimmel 60 Seconds Vinyl Stars Polish. Claims to be a one-coater that dries in 60 seconds. This one is called Movie Star. It's a dark pink with fairly chunky silver and gold glitter. This was only 1 coat and I got pretty good coverage. I was excited to try them, so didn't use a base coat either. I started to get chips after just a day or so. The brush was very soft, long, and pretty full. I really liked it a lot. It held enough polish to easily cover a nail without having to dip in to the bottle again.

I think he did a great job!

Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure Yellow Kitty

I tried this yellow nail trend, but am thinking it's not for me. Michelle from ALU reviewed Hello Kitty Banana Creme, and that post sparked my curiosity. So, when I was in CVS and saw this color marked 75% off, I couldn't walk away. I'm kind of wishing I did...

I don't think it looks horrible on me per se, but this is after four - yes four!!! - coats, and I still have VNL. I didn't use a base coat as it isn't supposed to be necessary with these polishes. I was going to skip a topcoat as well, but it would've taken until my next birthday to dry! It did last a long time. I had it on for almost a week before I had time to take it off and replace it with something else.

I also found it so distracting. It didn't look chalky or anything. Was very shiny. My computers at work are black, and every time I typed something (which occurs all day long) I noticed my shiny yellow nails flying around. :) I got lots of compliments on it, but don't think I'll be using it again.

Rimmel Marine Blue

Yikes! It's been ages, and my only excuse is that I've been lazy about blogging. I'm still polishing like a mad woman, and still taking crappy iPhone pictures, just not putting forth the effort to post. So I'll be working through my backlog for the next few days. :)

First up is Rimmel Lasting Finish Pro in Marine Blue. This is a really beautiful teal, turquoise, shimmery color. The formula was perfect. If I were careful, I've could've gotten it in one coat, but, alas... The brush was very wide and curved. I've read on other blogs that it is like one of the old Sally Hansen brushes, but that was before my time as far as polish goes. It covers my nails perfectly, but I can see where it could be troublesome for someone with narrow nails.

The bottle claims wear up to 10 days, and I can see that happening for someone who is gentler on their nails than I am. This pic was after 3 days, and there is just some minor tip wear.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Mary Kay Intensity

My goodness how I wish this polish and my nails got along like civilized adults. It is such a beautiful color! This picture shows it a tad bit dark. Intensity is the color of the violet crayola crayons with a fine shimmer. Beautiful! But, the bottles are tiny and the cap was very large and round. Like, the diameter of a quarter and about 1 inch high. Combine this with a brush/stem that is 1 1/2 inches high, and applying polish becomes a pain in the neck. The formula is very watery. The first coat is pale, streaky, and quite horrid. Luckily, I got opacity and evenness with a second coat.

I've tried both Seche Vite and Poshe, Orly Bonder and Sally Hansen Hard as Wraps, and no base or top coat and just cannot. get. this. polish. to. last. This mani was perfect for little more than a day, then started flaking off. In large pieces. So annoying.

If I wear this color again, it'll be for a special occasion with no expectations beyond 10 hours after application.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Red Carpet

Time flies! I can't believe it's been more than a week since I've posted. Part of the reason it that All Hail the Queen was jumping around in my polish-filled shoebox waving it's hands around begging to be worn again. So, it was. I love that polish so much. And it wears like freaking concrete on me. Speaking of which...

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear (totally!) Red Carpet. A beautiful, squishy, cherry-red polish packed with silver glitter. It covers completely and evenly in 2 coats, and the glitter doesn't necessariy look silver, it just looks like it glows. Love it! The above pic is after 4 days of wear. 4 days! It is 2 coats over Hard as Wraps and under Poshe. Definitely a win. And, it only cost $2. Double win.

K folks, my polish has been full of win, but my car is totally lacking it. I'm going out to see if I can get my clutch to actually work. If not, I'm seriously contemplating pushing it off a bridge. :) Maybe not. But I kind of really want to.

Friday, May 6, 2011

Hard Candy Beetle

I can't adequately explain how much I love this color. I tumbled down the nail polish rabbit hole after Orly Space Cadet's release and right around the time the MAC Venomous Villains came out. I never considered getting Mean and Green due to the $13 price tag (I know!) though I drooled over it frequently. A few months later I saw extraH's post on Polish or Perish and I was done. This may be the first polish I searched stores for.

I tried to get a picture that showed all the colors at once. It's generally called a duochrome, but that doesn't do it justice. I'd call it a quadchrome. You see the green and gold on my index finger, and the pink/purple is shown on my middle finger. This polish is a gorgeous foil in a sheer teal-ish base.

Above is 2 coats, which looks a little bare near the corner tips of my nail, but that oil-slick look totally distracts you from a minor detail like that! extraH's pics are really good, so be sure to check them out as well. Certainly a winner, considering I got it on sale at Walmart for $4.
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