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Entries for Thursday, June 30 2011

OPI’s Canadian collection

OPI’s Canadian collection

Posted on Thursday, at

When I started buying OPI polishes, I was drawn to Mauving to Manitoba. I liked the mauve-rose color, and the metallic shimmer was a bonus. I didn’t realize that it was part of an entire collection. (I know. Hopelessly naive. That changed in a hurry…) The colors in this were definitely a mix: neutrals, semisheers, reds, some off-beat shades like Quebec and Call’s bronzed green; and of course, blue and purple.

BareMinerals’ Safari Chic kit

BareMinerals’ Safari Chic kit

Posted on Thursday, at

Yet another of the three-color kits from QVC (there seem to be quite a lot of those.) Some of these are fairly good, others are just…kind of sad (sheer colors, all browns, no new colors…something.) This palette was more muted than most of the ones that initially catch my eye, but I liked all of the shades. Grass, in particular, looks really good with my coloring. Even though all of these were new colors, and there was only...

Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Spring 2011) collection

Sally Hansen’s Hard as Nails (Spring 2011) collection

Posted on Thursday, at

Originally I wasn’t going to bother with a write-up for this collection because I’d only gotten two polishes. And then I got three more. And then, well, there was this one that I just had to have. And those two look pretty too. And hey, while I’ve got this many, let’s try that rich-looking burgundy red…and thus, another write-up was born. The displays for these polishes started appearing at my local Walgreen’s in April,...

Entries for Wednesday, June 29 2011

China Glaze’s Watermelon Rind

China Glaze’s Watermelon Rind

Posted on Wednesday, at

This one was quite a bit thinner than I expected - but it's a gorgeous green! I did need four coats for opaque coverage, though. If anyone knows of a China Glaze color that's this shade, with the microglitter finish, but is more opaque…I'd definitely love to find out the color name. The other polish from this collection that I've used thus far, Strawberry Fields, is definitely more pigmented.

Sally Hansen’s Hot Magenta

Sally Hansen’s Hot Magenta

Posted on Wednesday, at

Very bold, very intense color, excellent payoff, good spreadability. The slight blue tones are less apparent when I use this for nail stamping, but I definitely see a faint blue cast when I use this for an overall manicure. As of this morning (I ran to my nearby drugstore on an errand) this color is still available. I think it may be permanent - if so, good, because it's an excellent magenta-pink.

Zoya’s Shay

Zoya’s Shay

Posted on Wednesday, at

All of the Touch polishes are high-shine creme finish, and seem a bit thicker than most of Zoya's polishes. Whatever the reason for that, both Shay and Pandora (the other polish I've used from the Touch collection) cover completely and evenly in two coats. They'll be excellent bases for nail stamping, and will probably also make amazing stamping polishes themselves. (In these photos, just ignore the hole-in-the-polish on my thumbnail, and the one brushstroke on my middle finger. That was...

Zoya’s Dannii

Zoya’s Dannii

Posted on Wednesday, at

This is the brightest color from the Intimates collection, and one of the two microglitters (Jules being the other). It's a very bright purple…almost Easter-candy bright. I got it during the Earth Day promo because so many people raved about this shade, wore it for one manicure for just under 24 hours, determined that it wasn't a color I'd care to keep, and donated it to a women's shelter. Other than the color not being something that I love, this...

Entries for Tuesday, June 28 2011

BareMinerals’ Bread Pudding lipstick

BareMinerals’ Bread Pudding lipstick

Posted on Tuesday, at

About halfway between Revlon's Soft Nude and Soft Rose Colorburst lipsticks - a warmer nude shade with a bit more heft than French Pastry, but more brown than Bellini. This shade works best on me when I top it with something like Joy buxom, to warm it up; or Eva buxom, to amplify the brown tones and deepen the rose. This is a good lipstick, but I don't use it all that often because I have other shades that work...

NYX Cosmetics’ Fusion Round Lipstick

NYX Cosmetics’ Fusion Round Lipstick

Posted on Tuesday, at

Great color…a brighter pink that's right at the boundary of “too vivid” for folks who are somewhere between in-your-face bold color and natural-with-an-edge. It will just require regular touchups and it migrates a lot (like all of the Round lipsticks.) Good for the price, though, if you buy from Cherryculture or Beautyjoint, or get it with a coupon or on sale. For the regular retail price of $4.50, there are better lipsticks out there.

Entries for Monday, June 27 2011

Aromaleigh v1’s Bamboo

Aromaleigh v1’s Bamboo

Posted on Monday, at

More pale gold than green, but the green is definitely there. Like all the other Aromaleigh metallic shades, this applies well and has good color payoff. I initially held off on getting this color because I just thought it was too neutral-ish-cool to really look good. Then I got some from the Aromaleigh close-out grab bags, and bought another bit from someone else (because I've got the OCD dipswitch in the “ON” position, and if I have a color I...


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