Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Link-Up Round-Up Tuesday: 6/30/15

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baroque fool Sandy Beach Nail Art Tutorial

Claws Up! My First Contour with Physicians Formula

JulieDoesHerNails Jaws 40th Anniversary Nails

Lustrous Lacquer Vertical Rainbow Gradient

Beltane Secret Nail Art Fleurs at Couleurs

Right on the Nail Polish 'M Swatches and Review Neonista

xoxo, Jen Grace-full Nail Polish The Ice Princess Collection

Nail Envy Tiger Nail Art

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Monday, June 29, 2015

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Orchid Around

I have another one of the new Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear polishes to show you. This is probably my favorite line of polishes Sally Hansen offers. The colors are great and the price is right. I haven't been impressed much with Sally Hansen's color offerings lately, but this one definitely caught my eye.

Orchid Around
Orchid Around is a soft orchid with a subtle silvery shimmer.

Collection: Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear Summer 2015

Color: I love orchid colors like this, but I can't always wear them. Some colors like this can really bring out too much red/pink in my skin tone and make my skin look ruddy. This one doesn't do that. I love this shade of purple-pink very much. The shimmer in this is very subtle and I did not detect it in the bottle much, but it is somewhat visible on the nail.

Formula: The formula on this was alright. I had high hopes after the excellent formula Dabbler, another color from this collection had. This one didn't quite live up to those expectations. It wasn't bad at all, but it did have a bit of leveling issues.

Price: I got this around $3 at Walgreens.

Overall: I really love the color of Orchid Around. The color is soft and light, but wearable and flattering at the same time. The price is really great for color like this too at the drugstore. The formula could be a bit better, but wasn't a deal breaker at all.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Sunday, June 28, 2015

Weekend Un-Lacquered Reviews: Battle of the Dry Shampoos Round 2

It's time for Round 2 of my Battle of the Dry Shampoos! If you missed Round 1 please check it out here. In Round 1 I discuss my judging criteria and everything you need to know about this whole Battle of the Dry Shampoos process.

Let's get started with Round 2's contenders!
Battle Round 2: 
Pantene Pro-V Original Fresh Dry Shampoo
Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo
got2b rockin' it encore fresh Dry Shampoo
psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo

Pantene Pro-V Original Fresh Dry Shampoo- Price around $5 (drugstores and big box stores)
Scent: The scent of this smells like Pantene Pro-V shampoo. It's a very clean soapy scent. I really like this scent a lot.

Application: This dry shampoo has ZERO white cast at all. In fact, this dry shampoo is completely invisible. I had no application issues with this one.

Effectiveness: This dry shampoo I found to be effective minimally. This barely absorbed any oil in my hair and my hair still looked greasy after application.

Hair Texture: This did not alter my hair texture or make it feel heavy with product. My hair was still greasy after application though.

Pros: I really loved the scent of this dry shampoo. I wish more dry shampoos would go the route of smelling like shampoo rather than other scents. I also liked that it didn't have a white cast.

Cons: Well, it was ineffective. It did not absorb the oil from my hair really at all. My hair still felt and looked greasy after application.

My Rating: 2 out of 5 Paint Splatters
Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo: Price around $5-$6 (drugstore and big box stores)
Scent: This has a sweet and powdery scent. It's definitely a cleaner type scent, but I find it a bit too sweet smelling for my tastes.

Application: This applied easy, but it did have a gray cast when it is first applied.  I did find this brushed out easily though. I also found it was a bit heavy handed.

Effectiveness: This was a bit more effective than the Pantene one, but not by much. This did absorb some oil, but not enough for my hair to not look greasy.

Hair Texture: I felt this was slightly heavy on my hair. It felt like I had some type of product in my hair, but it was minimal. It was noticeably, but not anything off-putting.

Pros: I liked that the gray cast it left on my hair could easily be brushed out.

Cons: The scent, minimal effectiveness, and the way it left my hair feeling were definite minuses for me.

My Rating: 1.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
got2b rockin' it encore fresh Dry Shampoo: Price around $6-$7 (drugstores and big box stores)
Scent: This dry shampoo has a refreshing clean citrus scent. It's uplifting and not overpowering.

Application: This applied easy without any noticeable trouble. This does leave a white cast on the hair, but I found it was easy to brush it out.

Effectiveness: Out of all the dry shampoos I've tried so far this has been the most effective. This absorbed the oil in my hair really quickly and well. My hair looked clean and looked as close to freshly washed as possible with this dry shampoo.

Hair Texture: This did not weigh heavily on my hair or alter the texture of my hair.

Pros: Great scent and very effective. I like how this didn't just absorb the oil, but made my hair look really fresh and clean too.

Cons: The initial white cast on application isn't ideal and maybe more troublesome for people with darker hair color.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo: Price around $6 (drugstores and big box stores)
Scent: This has a very straight forward powdery scent. The scent is neutral and non-offensive. I don't dislike this scent, nor do I like it. It's fine, and would be a nice option for people who don't like scented dry shampoos.

Application: This has as pretty heavy handed application, and boy did this leave a major white cast! I was able to brush it out though.

Effectiveness: This is the OG of dry shampoos, and it is effective. This absorbed oil well and quickly. My hair was grease free.

Hair Texture: This is where this falls short for me. When I touched my roots it felt like I dumped a whole bottle of powder on top of my head. It just has this weird powdery almost grainy feeling to my hair. You couldn't see it, but I felt it. Honestly, it felt pretty gross.

Pros: This dry shampoo is effective at absorbing oil and doing it's job. It has a neutral scent that maybe preferable to some people.

Cons: I couldn't stand how this made my hair feel. It felt like I had a ton of product on it.

My Rating: 2.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
1. got2b rockin' it encore fresh Dry Shampoo
2. psssst! Instant Dry Shampoo
3. Dove Refresh+Care Volume Dry Shampoo
4. Pantene Pro-V Original Fresh Dry Shampoo

Sum Up:
This wasn't a good batch of contenders, but there was one winner in the bunch. got2b dry shampoo really impressed me. It's not a brand I'm really familiar with unlike the others which had me worried. This one out ranked them all by a landslide though. psssst! came in second for me, and if it weren't for the way it made my hair feel I would of ranked it higher. I would definitely repurchase got2b's dry shampoo though out of all of them I've tried so far. I'm still holding out hope for one that will out rank that one, so there will be more dry shampoo battles! Stay tuned next month!

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Friday, June 26, 2015

Savvy Naturalista Nail Polish Review

* The following products were provided to me in exchange for my honest review. 

I have a new to me, and I think a fairly new indie brand to share with you today. The brand is called Savvy Naturalista. These polishes are made by Shundara who also has an awesome blog that features some yummy recipes and shop that also sells bath and body products. Savvy Naturalista nail polishes are vegan, cruelty, and 5 free.

Let's get on to swatches!

Let the Green Thumbs Roll
Let the Green Thumbs Roll is a lovely green crelly polish with bright pink, blue hex glitters, and green and gold mini glitter.

Bubble Gum Mystery
Bubble Gum Mystery is a pink jelly with violet-blue color shifting sparkle.

Pimp My Fuchsia
Pimp My Fuchsia is a medium mauve pink jelly with dark pink, purple, and blue holo glitters.

Blues Shifting Paw
Blues Shifting Paw is a soft blue jelly with a pink-purple color shifting sparkle.

Colors: These are beautiful colors. I love the variety of colors I received in these polishes. Let the Green Thumbs Roll and Pimp My Fuchsia are both very fun and beautiful coordinated glitter mixes. I love the types of glitters chosen to go with the ases. Bubble Gum Mystery and Blues Shifting Paw are soft colors jellies paired with beautiful eye popping shimmers.

Formula: The formulas on all of these were very easy to use and apply. I used 3 coats for every swatch above. I did not have trouble getting the glitter in the glitter polishes to stick to my nail. I did find these colors to be sheer on application, and all would need at least 3-4 coats to reach opacity. This would dependent one if you use thick or thin coats and what level of pigmentation you like.

Price: The jelly glitters are $7.00 and the jelly with color shifting sparkle are $8. These can be purchased on Savvy Naturalista's website.

Overall: I'm really like these polishes by Savvy Naturalista. I found the colors fun and innovative. I thought they all applied like a breeze. They are a bit on the sheerer side and do require more coats of polish,  but the finished look of all these is beautiful.

My Rating: 4.5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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Thursday, June 25, 2015

Throwback Thursday: China Glaze Running in Circles

I have a super sparkly China Glaze oldie to share with you today. This one is definitely eye catching, and I think one that most of us nail polish addicts will absolutely love.

Running in Circles
Running in Cirlces is a true green base with matching fine green glitter.

Collection: China Glaze Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away Collection Late Fall 2012

Color: This is a beautiful true green glitter. I don't own any other green glitters like this in my collection. This is a richly pigmented color and oh so sparkly!

Formula: Running in Circles has a nice, smooth, and easy to apply formula. I used 3 coats above.

Price: You can find this on various e-tailers in the $4-$7 range.

Overall: Stunning green glitter that is definitely worth a spot in every nail addicts collection.

My Rating: 5 out of 5 Paint Splatters
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