Sunday, August 31, 2014

China Glaze "Fairy Dust"


Hi guys!  It is hard to believe that it is the end of August!  So with the end of Summer approaching I decided to try out a super fun glitter polish!  I went with China Glaze's "Fairy Dust" which I have heard a lot of great things about!

Now "Fairy Dust" isn't necessarily a nail polish to wear on its own, but as you can see in the picture above it actually looks nice by itself.  (I would wear "Fairy Dust" like this if I just wanted a little bit of shimmer!)  But I was also curious how it would look over some other nail polishes, so I picked out a few from my collection and here's how it turned out:

The first nail polish I decided to try "Fairy Dust" on is Essie's "Meet Me At Sunset" which is this gorgeous orange color.  The orange and the glitter reminds me of Orange Crush soda! (Which I love!)  Here's how it looks:


(Here's the post I did about "Meet me At Sunset" a few weeks ago: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/08/essie-meet-me-at-sunset.html )

The second polish I tried out is Claire's "Happy Go Lucky" which is almost a blurple, but has a bit more blue in it.  This polish is from Claire's the accessory store and I bought it during a BOGO (Buy One, Get One) sale last January during the after holiday sales.  "Happy Go Lucky" and "Fairy Dust" remind me of the night sky!  Here's how it looks with China Glaze's "Fairy Dust" on top:


(Here's a post all about "Happy go Lucky" from earlier this month: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/08/claires-happy-go-lucky.html )

The third nail polish I decided to test out is Orly's "Lemonade" which is a pale lemon yellow crème.  "Lemonade" is a wonderful Spring and Summer color and I was curious to know glitter would look over a pastel, and it looked okay but it wasn't my favorite.  Here's how it turned out:


(If you want to know more about "Lemonade" here's a post about it from June: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/06/orly-lemonade.html )

The forth polish I decided to try out is Essence's "Let's Get Lost" which is a bright turquoise color.  I tend to love blue nail polishes with glitter as they remind me of the sun shining off of the ocean or a swimming pool!  Here's how it turned out:


(Here is a post about "Let's Get Lost" from May: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/05/essence-lets-get-lost.html )

The fifth, and last, polish I tested out is Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in "Coral Reef."  "Coral Reef" is a super bright, almost neon, coral colored nail polish.  I wanted to see how China Glaze's "Fairy Dust" looks over a bright nail polish and here's how it turned out:


(Here's a post all about "Coral Reef" if you want to know more: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/08/sally-hansen-xtreme-wear-coral-reef.html )

I really like China Glaze's "Fairy Dust" and cannot pick a favorite look from this post!  I will definitely be using "Fairy Dust" more often!  And on the plus side while my job doesn't like extreme glitter nails, "Fairy Dust" has enough glitter to be fun but not enough to be banned from work!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear "Coral Reef"


Hi guys!  I hope that everyone is settling back into their school year routines!  Today I decided to try out Sally Hansen's "Coral Reef" which is a lovely coral color, as its name would suggest.  (And please pardon the slightly blurry picture!)

As I mentioned above "Coral Reef" is a coral color and it almost borders on being a neon because it is so bright!  The formula of "Coral Reef" is pretty good, though it does lean slightly towards the thicker side.  It was still easy enough to apply, it was completely opaque after two coats of polish and there were no visible streak marks.  As for chipping "Coral Reef lasted about four days before chipping, which I think is pretty good.

Overall I am very happy with Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear's "Coral Reef."  The formula is good, the color is lovely, there were no visible streak marks, it was opaque after two coats and it lasted about four days before chipping.  For me this nail polish has absolutely no negatives, which is a rarity.  I will definitely continue wearing this nail polish often!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Monday, August 25, 2014

Claire's "Happy Go Lucky"


Hi everyone!  This week I decided to try out Claire's "Happy Go Lucky" which is a nail polish from the Claire's store at the mall.  (You know the one that sells all the jewelry.)

"Happy Go Lucky" is a gorgeous royal blue polish.  Formula wise this polish is pretty good but I found that the brush either picked up hardly any polish or all the polish.  After two coats of nail polish "Happy Go Lucky" was completely opaque and didn't have very many streak marks.  I was also surprised to notice that as "Happy Go Lucky" dried it became a matte polish!  (A very pretty matte polish!!)    In the picture above I added a quick drying top coat that made it shiny!  As for chipping I was able to wear this polish for about two or three days before it started to chip.  Also I worried about "Happy Go Lucky" staining my nails because of its dark color but I didn't have any troubles with that!

Overall I like Claire's "Happy Go Lucky."  The formula is nice, the color is fantastic and it was a nice surprise that it was a matte nail polish!  I do wish that I had been able to wear "Happy Go Lucky" a little bit longer before it chipped but two or three days is still fair.  I will be wearing this nail polish again!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Friday, August 22, 2014

Essie "Meet Me At Sunset"


Hi everyone!  With Summer coming to an end I wanted to remember all the great evenings spent watching the Summer sun set!  So I couldn't resist trying out Essie's "Meet Me At Sunset" which reminds of Summertime!

Essie's "Meet Me At Sunset" is a gorgeous orange crelly that has the most fitting name of all time!  A crelly is a nail polish that is half cream and half jelly.  "Meet Me At Sunset" covers well like a cream but has this hint of sheerness like a jelly.  As for the formula "Meet me At Sunset" was wonder and about 90% opaque after two coats and the other 5% was because it was part jelly.  Also there were no visible streak marks and the polish dried very quickly, which was nice!  As for chipping "Meet Me At Sunset" last for about four days before it started to chip and even then the chips were on the smaller side.

Overall I am very pleased with Essie's "Meet Me At Sunset"!  The color is gorgeous, the formula is fantastic, it has a fun crelly appearance, had no visible streak marks and lasted four days before chipping!  I will definitely be wearing this nail polish again and again!

Also special thanks to one of my best friends Mandy, and her husband Michael, for giving me this nail polish for my birthday this year!  Y'all are the best!  :)

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

Nicole by OPI "Inner Sparkle"


Hi everyone!  Happy last week of Summer to the kids where I live.  Enjoy what's left of your Summer!  With the end of Summer going on I though a super glittery nail polish would be a great way to end the season with a bang!  This week I decided to try out Nicole by OPI's "Inner Sparkle."

"Inner Sparkle" is a glitter polish with small, medium and large pieces of glitter in a clear base coat.  The small glitter is in gold, the medium glitter is in silver, and the large hexagonal glitter is in pastel pink and lavender.  Formula wise "Inner Sparkle" is, like most glitters, a bit difficult to apply and required a bit of patience to get an even coat of glitter.  And even then the largest pieces of glitter tended to stick together and form odd clumps. As for chipping since I didn't wear "Inner Sparkle" by itself, except for the above picture, I don't know how long it would lasted before chipping.

After testing out "Inner Sparkle" on its own I decided to try it out over a few different crème polishes to see how it looked.  I decided to try out a lavender polish and a light pink polish to match some of the glitter.  Then I decided to also try out "Inner Sparkle" over a black polish to she how gorgeous it would look!

The first polish I tried "Inner Sparkle" over is Essie's "Full Steam Ahead" which is a pastel lavender polish with a hint of silver shimmer.  I applied two coats of "Full Steam Ahead" and then one coat of "Inner Sparkle" and here's how it turned out:


I you want to find out more about Essie's "Full Steam Ahead" here's the post I did a few weeks ago: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/07/essie-full-steam-ahead.html!

Next I put "Inner Sparkle" on top of Nicole by OPI's "Naturally" which is also part of Selena Gomez's Collection.  Anyways, so first I applied two coats of "Naturally" and then one coat of "Inner Sparkle" and here's how it turned out:


If you want more information about Nicole by OPI's "Naturally" here's the post I did last fall:
http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2013/10/nicole-by-opi-naturally.html 

And finally I saved the best for last (my personal favorite of the three) and that is "Inner Sparkle" over Sally Hansen's Hard As Nail's "Black Heart."  This time I applied one coat of "Black Heart" followed by one coat of "Inner Sparkle" and it turned out this gorgeous thing:


Overall I am very pleased with Nicole by OPI's "Inner Sparkle."  I love the colors in the glitter, the formula is decent, and it looks lovely over a variety of crème polishes!  I definitely plan on wearing "Inner Sparkle" again and trying it out on top of other polishes in the near future!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Sephora by OPI "All That Jasmine"


Hi everyone!  I hope everyone is enjoying the final weeks of Summer vacation!  (I know I am!)  This week I decided to try out Sephora by OPI's "All That Jasmine" which I got in a six polish set called "Jasmine" and the colors are of course based on Disney's movie Aladdin.


"All that Jasmine" is a gorgeous turquoise colored polish that matches Princess Jasmine's out in the Aladdin films.  Formula wise "All That Jasmine" is very good, though the miniature bottle made it difficult to get the polish on my nail in perfectly even coats.  However after two coats of polish "All That Jasmine" was completely opaque and had absolutely no visible streak marks!  As for chipping "All That Jasmine" lasted about four days before the tip chips started to make my nails look bad!

Overall I am very happy with Sephora by OPI's "All That Jasmine."  The color is one of my favorites, the formula is lovely, and it lasted four days before the tip chips got bad.  I will definitely be wearing this nail polish again and again!

(Also kudos to Sephora for making a cute reference to the musical Chicago while also making the nail polish based on Jasmine's outfit from Aladdin!)

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Wednesday, August 13, 2014

Orly "Terracotta"


Hi guys!  So this post is a little different than most because I had a lovely blog written all about Orly's "Terracotta" when Blogger glitched and erased it.  I've had to re-write it and I hope it turns out all right!  Okay on to the nail polish!  With Summer still in full swing I decided to try out a super fun bright orange polish by Orly called "Terracotta."  And as you can probably guess this orange polish is based on terracotta tiles, which are gorgeous rustic Italian tiles!

Orly's "Terracotta" has a lovely formula that went on nice and easy and after two coats of polish my nails were completely opaque and had no visible streak marks.  As for chipping I was very pleased that "Terracotta" lasted five full days before chipping!  (I love a polish that lasts almost a week before chipping because it means less work for me!)

Overall I am very pleased with Orly's "Terracotta" because everything about it is fantastic!  It has a great formula that was easy to work with, was opaque after two coats, had no streak marks and lasted five days before chipping!  I will definitely be wearing this nail polish again and again!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Sinful Colors "Starry Night"


Hi everyone!  This week I decided to try out Sinful Colors' "Starry Night."  I originally heard about this nail polish over on Night Swatcher's blog (http://nightswatcher.blogspot.com/) and her pictures were so fantastic that I just had to run out and buy it!  (And I have no regrets!)

"Starry Night" is a black nail polish with loads of micro glitter in blue, red, green, and silver.  Also it has flakies in gold scattered throughout.  Formula wise "Starry Night" was a bit on the thicker side but with a little patience it was fairly easy enough to apply.  After two coats the polish was completely opaque and had no streak marks.  However since the polish was bit thick the tops of my nails didn't always get completely covered.  As for chipping I began to notice chips on day two, but I believe some of that was due because of how thick "Starry Night" was on my nail.  I probably could have gotten away with wearing "Starry Night" longer but I was worried the dark black color would stain my nails.  However I was happily surprised that "Starry Night" did not stain my nails at all!  Unfortunately like most glitter polishes it was not the easiest to remove and took a good twenty minutes to get it all off!

Overall I like Sinful Colors' "Starry Night" because the color is gorgeous and I am a fan of any dark colored nail polish that doesn't stain my nails!  However the polish was a bit thick which made for thick layers and lead to chipping after only two days.  I will wear this polish again and maybe with a little practice I can get thinner coats of polish.

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Thursday, August 7, 2014

OPI "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air"


Hi guys!  Summer has been so fun that I just couldn't resist wearing a glitter polish this week!  I dug through my collection and pulled out OPI's "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" which is of course is meant to look like Kermit the Frog and the name is a shout out to The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air (the early 90s show staring Will Smith.)

I originally purchased this polish because I love Kermit the Frog and this OPI polish has the most gorgeous green glitter with a few larger silver pieces.  Formula wise "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" is pretty good and I was able to apply the polish to my nail in nice brush strokes.  Of course like many glitter polishes it will never be opaque on its own.  (The picture above shows how "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" after two coats and with only a clear base coat.)

Then I decided to try out several different colored base coats to see how it would look.  I picked out a white nail polish and two different green shades of polish.  The first base coat I tested out was the white, which is Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in "White On" (which I have used many times before as a base.)  I applied two coats of "White On" and one coat of "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" and here is how it turned out:


Next I decided to try out a pale pistachio green nail polish so I pulled out Sinful Color's "Just A Pinch."  I selected a pale green to accentuate the darker green glitter in "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air."  I used two coats of "Just A Pinch" and one coat of :Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" and here's how it turned out:


(If you want to know more about Sinful Color's "Just A Pinch" here is a post I did last month: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/07/sinful-colors-just-pinch.html)

Lastly I tried out a slightly darker grass green polish and I selected Julep's "Leah."  I picked out "Leah" because the grass green polish has a light shimmer and I wanted to see what extra shimmer would do to OPI's "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air."  I applied two coats of "Leah" and one coat of "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" and here's how it turned out:


Overall I am pleased with OPI's "Fresh Frog of Bel-Air" because it very pretty, has a nice formula, and looks lovely as a topcoat!  My favorite of the three base coats is definitely Julep's "Leah" because it looks very sparkly but not too overwhelming.  Also I just realized how perfect any of these would be for St. Patrick's Day!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Monday, August 4, 2014

Beautifully Disney "Ocean Mist"


Hi everyone!  This week I decided to try out Beautifully Disney's "Ocean Mist" which is a gorgeous ocean colored glitter that is based on The Little Mermaid!  Beautifully Disney is Walt Disney World's brand of nail polish which can be purchased at the parks or online at Disney's website.  I purchased this polish in a mini set called "Wickedly Beautiful."  The mini set costs $24.95 (USD) and full sized single bottles cost $11.95 (USD).  Here's what the mini set looks like:


"Ocean Mist" is a major glitter that features  green, blue and yellow glitter and obviously looks like the ocean water when the sunlight hits it.  Formula wise "Ocean Mist" like many glitters was a bit difficult to apply.  However some of that may have been caused from the miniature bottle.  After two coats of polish "Ocean Mist" was nearly opaque but you can still see the nail a bit, but there were no streak marks.  Because "Ocean Mist" was not opaque I did not wear it for very long so I do not know how long the polish would have lasted before chipping.

Overall Beautifully Disney's "Ocean Mist" is a gorgeous nail polish and I adore the green. blue, and yellow glitter!  But it is unfortunate that it is a bit hard to apply and not completely opaque.  So while I probably won't wear "Ocean Mist" on its own again I am willing to try it as a top coat over another polish.

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Friday, August 1, 2014

Ciaté "Main Stage"


Hi guys and Happy August!  (Seriously where has this year gone!?)  This week I decided to try out Ciaté's "Main Stage" which is this gorgeous fall plum color!  I got "Main Stage" as part of Ciaté's Mini Mani Month Advent Calendar last Christmas.  (And this is my first time trying out Ciaté nail polish!)  The set includes twenty-four bottles of nail polish, caviar beads, and glitter;  Here's what the box looks like:


And on the inside:

"Main Stage" is in flap seven.

"Main Stage" is the perfect end of Summer color because it can be a nice Fall color, but is still bright enough for Summer, and I think it could be a great "back-to-school" color.  Formula wise "Main Stage" is a bit on the thick side, which made it hard to get on the nail.  The polish wanted so badly to stay on the brush and not on my nail.  Also I have a miniature bottle and the brush was smaller so that could have played a part in the minor difficulty I had in applying "Main Stage."  However after two coats of polish "Main Stage" was completely opaque and had no streak marks, in fact it was so opaque that it could be worn as a one-coater!  As for chipping it started on the second day with some minor tip chips, but by day three the chips were very obvious.

Overall I like Ciaté's "Main Stage."  The color is gorgeous and the fact that it can most likely be worn as a one-coater is amazing!  However it was a bit hard to apply and it chipped pretty quickly.  I will probably wear this nail polish again and I am definitely going to give some other Ciaté nail polishes a try!

Ciaté nail polishes can be found at most Sephora stores and can be purchased in full size bottles, mini bottles or sets.  Sometimes Sephora does three mini bottles for $22 which is a great way to try a few out without committing to the large set like I have!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)