Wednesday, March 4, 2015

China Glaze Boho Blues

I have a new spring color from the China Glaze Road Trip collection to share with you today. I found this collection at the beginning of the year at Ulta. I haven't bought anymore spring polish since. I need to get my nail polish butt in gear!

Boho Blues
 Boho Blues is a periwinkle blue creme.

Collection: China Glaze Road Trip Spring 2015

Color: This is a pretty straight forward color. You can't really go wrong with a periwinkle blue though! The color is nice and saturated, but I wouldn't call it unique or anything.

Formula: I was overall disappointed in this formula as well as the others in this collection. Boho Blues formula was better than some of the shimmers, but I did find it didn't self level.. The formula also wanted to pool up and get all over my cuticles.

Price: I paid around $7.50 for this at Ulta.

Overall: I like the color of Boho Blues, but the formula of this one and the entire collection left me with a sour taste in my mouth. Pastels like this can be made with nice formula in 2015. I've seen it done in drugstore brands, mainstream brands, and indies. If this were 2-3 years ago I'd probably consider this formula good, but not anymore. It's not terrible by any means, but it's not what expected from a major mainstream brand. I'm also pretty confident you can find a similar if not a dupe to this color readily available in a store right now.

My Rating: 3 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Wednesday!

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Tuesday, March 3, 2015

OPI I Carol About You

We're going back to Christmas today, but I really don't think this is a Christmas color outside the name. I totally bypassed the OPI Gwen Stefani holiday collection. It was either I didn't see anything that stood out to me or it had colors that I was sure I already owned. It was after the holidays I saw some swatches of some colors I determined I had missed out on few. This was one of them.

I Carol About You
I Carol About You is a medium-deep blue-toned purple with a pink shimmer.

Collection: OPI Gwen Stefani Holiday 2014

Color: When I saw this in the store all I could see was a purple creme. I have plenty of purple cremes. This is a very nice shade of purple though. What I didn't notice was the shimmer in this, which comes to life on the nail. It's a more subtle shimmer. I wish it was a bit stronger, but it still added a level of depth to this polish I really like.

Formula: Easy to use, 2 coat formula.

Price: You can find this on Amazon now for $6.75. 

Overall: I like I Carol About You. This one was  surprise in a bottle for me. I love the richness of the color and the added shimmer was icing on the cake. I wish knowing that it did have shimmer, it was just a teeny bit more prominent, but I like it nonetheless. 

My Rating: 4 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Tuesday! 
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Thursday, February 26, 2015

Throwback Thursday: Maybelline Zip Fly

I have a Maybelline oldie to share with you today. This is a major oldie too, as I can't date it, but I'm sure its around 15 years or 15+ years old. That's ancient in nail polish years. I wish I could say I've owned this one for that long, but I remember purchasing this from a blog sale shortly after I started blogging in 2010.

Zip Fly
 Zip Fly is a deep jewel-toned blue base with a subtle shimmer and micro silver glitter.

Collection: Maybelline Express Finish- Finish Denim late 90's-early 00's(?) Can anyone confirm when this collection was released?

Color: This is a beautiful color, and I know why I purchased this from a blog sale. It reminded me a lot of the elusive Essie Starry Starry Night. This isn't a dupe or even a near dupe though. There isn't enough glitter and the shimmer in Zip Fly make this more of a cousin than a twin or a sister. That being said, it's a gorgeous blue, and I love the combination of shimmer and sparkle here.

Formula: This formula for being over a decade old is still realy nice. I used 3 coats above. It has thickened and bit, but nothing unmanageable at all.

Price: No clue. You can't find this one anymore unfortunately. There was a time a couple years ago, colors like this popped up at Dollar Tree, but I'm betting those days are over.

Overall: Beautiful nail polish that I'm glad to own. This is one I'll never part with. It's unique, pretty, and it's just so old! Respect your elder polishes!

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Happy Thursday!


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Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Indigo Bananas Galactic Halo (Holo)

I have new to me indie polish to share with you today! Well, it's not really new to me. I've known of Indigo Bananas for quite some time, and have/had quite a few on my wishlist for awhile. This is the first polish I've owned from the brand, so as for me actually trying the brand it is new. I received this as part of my HPB Valentine Exchange gift from Katie over at Lustrous Lacquer! Many thanks!

Galactic Halo (Holo)

Galactic Halo (HOLO version) is a lavender to copper chrome flakie (a special type of thin multichrome flake) & linear holographic polish.

Collection: Chrome Flakies

Color: As you can see I copied and pasted Indigo Banana's color description. This is one that is so complex and multi-faceted I can't describe it. This color in general does lean purple, but as you can see it has the beautiful effect of the flakies and holos mixed in. This looks different from various angles and is amazing!

Formula: The formula on this was easy to use. I used 3 coats above.

Price: A mini 8ml bottle is $7.75 and a full size 15ml bottle is $12.00. You can purchase it here.

Overall: This is one of those polishes you put on, and your jaw drops. I thought we saw it all with nail polish before these multichrome flakies. I didn't think something so cool could exist in nail polish. Galactic Halo (Holo) is spectacular!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters

Happy Wednesday!

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Monday, February 23, 2015

Sephora X Mischievous

Have you bought a nail polish because it's just the most interesting and unusual nail polish you've seen? It may not necessarily be the prettiest color, but the oddity of it draws you in? That's exactly what happened with this Sephora X polish I purchased recently.

I went into the store confident I wasn't going to buy anything. I eyed over quickly to the Sephora X nail polish display, and at first didn't see anything new. Then I foolishly looked a little harder and spotted something new. They have a newer line called The Ombre Glitters which are color-shifting metallic glitters. Ugh, I wanted to cry. They were the coolest polishes I had seen in awhile, and Mischievous caught my eye because it was the most intriguing of the bunch!

Mischievous 
 Mischievous is a warm pink-toned red base with golden green color shifting glitter and shimmer.

Collection: Sephora X The Ombre Glitters

Color: I admit this color is not my favorite type of color. Red with a green/gold isn't doesn't speak to me like a blue, purple, or a green. However, this so unusual and striking I can't help but absolutely adore it. The contrast between the base and shimmer/glitter is amazing. The others in this collection do not have that stark of a contrast. I've never seen a nail polish color like this at all.

Formula: This was a very easy to use 3 coat formula. The formula is can be a bit sheer, but the that shimmer/glitter makes up for it. It's so shiny and shimmery you can't see your nail underneath at all.

Price: This is $12.50 at Sephora or on Sephora's website. This is a steep price for nail polish by my standards, but for one that looks like this, I can most definitely make an exception.

Overall: This is hands down of the of coolest nail polishes I've ever owned. It is most definitely unique, odd, unusual, and strange, all in the right ways!. I'd say you all need this one!

My Rating: 5 out of 5 *Golden* Paint Splatters
Happy Monday!

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