Wednesday, April 25, 2012

China Glaze "Smoke and Ashes"

Hey everybody!  So last time I told you that I ordered some of the Hunger Games nail polishes from China Glaze online.  The polish I ordered arrived really quickly and were perfect!  With the new polishes in hand I obviously couldn't wait to wear them!  So I decided to wear "Smoke and Ashes" which is District 12's color.  If you haven't read to books, or seen the movie, District 12 is the area where the main character Katniss is from.  I decided to wear "Smoke and Ashes" this week because I had a wedding to go to and the dress I wore was a black floor length dress with a geometric pattern in yellow, purple, and white.  I thought "Smoke and Ashes" would look nice with it, and I was right.  The other reasons I decided to wear "Smoke and Ashes" this week was because the wedding was in Asheville, and a lot of The Hunger Games movie was filmed in and around Asheville and also because I went to see the movie this week for the first time!  (And I LOVED it!)  As a side note: I am originally from Asheville and I have taken to telling people I am from Panam.  :)

Anyway "Smoke and Ashes" is this black nail polish that has micro glitter bits in it.  The micro glitter colors are green, yellow, blues, violets and a hint of magenta/red.  I love the polish because it is not your basic black polish.  It is black polish with a kick!  In the bottle and on the nail "Smoke and Ashes" looks like the night sky, which I love!  As always I used a clear basecoat and the Orly "Sec'N'Dry" topcoat and it took two coats of "Smoke and Ashes" to get an opaque coat.  This is my first time trying China Glaze nail polish and I have to say I was not disappointed.  China Glaze holds up really well for me and it lasted about 4 or 5 days before starting to get minor chips.  I think that it would have lasted longer except that I am brutal on my nails!  Especially since I had to change the battery in my smoke detector and it ruined my nail polish!  Anyway that is besides the point.  I enjoyed "Smoke and Ashes" a ton because it feels super rebel but at the same time it also seems super glam.  I liked wearing it so much and got a ton of compliments that I decided to re-paint my nails in "Smoke and Ashes" this week.  It'll be perfect for conquering finals.

So overall China Glaze has great polish, The Hunger Games collection is AWESOME, and "Smoke and Ashes" lasts a good long time before getting chips and is just plain fabulous!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Saturday, April 14, 2012

Piggy Polish "It's All About Blue"

Hey guys!  Okay so this week I am stepping it up and really going Spring!  I recently got some new polishes from ULTA because I had a coupon and some of ULTA's nail polish was buy two, get two free.  One of the colors I got is by a brand called Piggy Polish.  I had never heard of this brand before buying this polish and I am sad to say that as far as I can tell Piggy Polish is not a 3 free brand, which is a little disappointing.  I do really love the color I bought though!  So while I like this color I don't know if I will purchase from Piggy Polish again because there really is no reason to not be 3 free.

Anyway the Piggy Polish color I purchased is "It's All About Blue" and it is this fabulous sky blue color.  I have been wanting a sky blue for a while and I am thrilled to add one to my collection.  "It's All About Blue" is a good quality polish and I probably could have gotten away with just one coat, but I opted for two coats just to make the color more vibrant!  Since Piggy Polish is not 3 free they have the normal consistency you would expect of a typical nail polish, which I must say it was nice not to have a gloppy, thick polish.  Also because it is not 3 free it smells horrible and I would not recommend using Piggy Polish if you have asthma because it was hard to breathe while painting my nails!  (And I don't eve have asthma!)  Besides the smell the polish has it doesn't seem to hold up very well.  I have been wearing the polish for about three days and it already has a few tiny chips on the very tips of my nails.  I must say I am a little disappointed that the polish has started chipped so quickly.

So overall "It's All About Blue" is a really pretty color and, I will wear it again because of that, I am disappointed that the brand isn't 3 free and that the polish does not last.

Also I am so excited because I finally got around to ordering some of China Glaze's Hunger Games polish!  I know they have been out for a while but I wasn't into The Hunger Games until my bestie lent me the book and now I am obsessed!  Anyway the upside to waiting is that I found the polish on for half the price!  YAY!  I ordered "Smoke and Ashes" and "Dress Me Up."  I am waiting for the polish to arrive on my doorstep and hopefully all will be well.  Last time I ordered on Amazon I got exactly what I wanted and was thrilled.  I am hoping the same holds true this time.  The only difference is that I ordered from a different seller.

And a couple more exciting things:

First off OPI is releasing a Minnie Mouse inspired nail polish collection.  I am so excited about this collection!  All the previews I have found show lots of pinks and reds!  These limited edition polishes will be available starting in June!

Second OPI is also gearing up to release a Spiderman inspired nail polish collection.  I am not as excited about this one though because I am not really into Spiderman, but I still plan on checking the polish out.  These polishes are set to be released next month in May.  The new Spiderman movie however does not release until July of this year.

And last but certainly not least: butter LONDON is releasing a nail polish called "Lillibet's Jubilee" in honor of Queen Elizabeth II's jubilee celebration this summer!  I must have this sparkly silver color!  It appears you can already pre-order it on Butter London's website.

(All of the pictures about the new sets of nail polish are not mine and were taken from a Google search.)

Thanks for reading my blog!

Monday, April 9, 2012

Sally Hansen "Peachy Keen"

This past Sunday was Easter, so I broke out my first Lilly Pulitzer dress of the season, which means I needed to re-paint my nails!  I decided to try a nude nail polish to look all posh and sophisticated.  I discovered that A. I only own one nude nail polish and that B. It looks horrible on me!  I own Sally Hansen’s Complete Salon Manicure in “Peachy Keen” and the color is fabulous and the polish works nicely as well.  My problem with the color is that I am so pale that “Peachy Keen” makes me look like I have no finger nails.  Fortunately for me it did look nice with my dress for Easter.

So here is a summary of Sally Hansen Complete Salon Manicure.  The color is quite pretty and I feel like on a darker skin tone it would look fabulous!  I definitely plan on trying it out again this summer when I have a tan.  The quality of the polish is nice.  The brush is nice and wide making it easy to cover the nail in fewer strokes.  The problem with “Peachy Keen” is it is such a light color it streaks easily.  I was able to get a fairly smooth polish in two coats, with a topcoat (Orly Sec’N’Dry) and a basecoat (Sally Hansen “Invisible.”)  I have been wearing the polish for about three days now and it hasn’t chipped at all which is practically a miracle since there was all the Easter festivities and a little DIY at my parent’s house.  I plan on repainting my nails soon, which means that I won’t be able to see how long this polish lasts.

Hope everyone had a lovely Easter and thanks for reading my blog! J