Saturday, November 29, 2014

L'oreal "Rough Around The Edges"


Hi guys!  I can't believe November is nearly over!  I hope everyone survived Black Friday!  And in honor of (well infamous honor) I decided to rock some black nail polish!  Today's polish is L'oreal's "Rough Around The Edges."

"Rough Around The Edges" is a seriously black polish with a bunch of gold glitter in it!  It is super pretty on my nails and sparkles in the light!  Formula wise it is a bit thick, which is common for glittery polishes.  The thickness made it a bit difficult to apply.  After two coats of polish "Rough Around The Edges" had no visible streak marks but was not completely opaque, which was a bit annoying.  As for chipping "Rough Around The Edges" lasted for about two days before it started to snag on everything and chip off.

Overall I have mixed feelings about this polish because there are some things I like and somethings I wasn't so fond of.  "Rough Around The Edges" is a gorgeous color and it lasted a decent amount of time for a glitter polish.  However it was a bit of a struggle to apply "Rough Around The Edges" and it wasn't opaque after two coats of polish.  I will most likely wear this nail polish again though because I adore the color!

Thanks for reading my blog!

Wednesday, November 26, 2014

Comparison: OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" and Orly's "Pink Chocolate"


Hi everyone!  It has been a while since I did a dupe/comparison post and decided to squeeze one more in this year!  (I can't believe it is Thanksgiving already!)  I decided to test out OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" and Orly's "Pink Chocolate."  Both polishes are a dusty pinkish brown polishes, with OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" having a slight silver shimmer.  As you can see they look almost identical in the bottles so I was curious to find out if they looked identical on the nails.


To start off I applied a clear base coat and then one coat of both OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" and Orly's "Pink Chocolate."  After one coat I noticed that OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" was almost completely opaque and had a slightly deeper color in comparison to Orly's "Pink Chocolate." 

After two coats of OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" and Orly's "Pink Chocolate" I applied a quick drying top coat.  As you can see from the photo these two polishes are not perfect dupes, though they are very similar.  OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" is a hair bit darker in color and as you can see on my pinkie finger has visible shimmer.  Both nail polishes have nice formulas and were very easy to apply.

OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" retails at stores for around $9.50 (USD) a bottle.  But it can be found on Amazon for around $5 (USD) a bottle.  While Orly's "Pink Chocolate" can be found in stores for around $7.25 (USD) a bottle or on Amazon for around $5.50 (USD) a bottle.

Overall while OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" and Orly's "Pink Chocolate" are not perfect dupes they are so similar that you probably don't need both in your collection.  However I cannot say for sure which one I like better.  Both have nice formulas and gorgeous colors and were easy to apply.  And since both can be found on Amazon for a similar price it is impossible to choose.  My only suggestion is to decide if you want a polish with shimmer or not, since OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset has shimmer and Orly's "Pink Chocolate" is a true crème.

Also if you want more information on OPI's "Grand Canyon Sunset" here's the link to a blog I did about it in 2013:  http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2013/07/opi-grand-canyon-sunset.html

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Ciaté "Apple Custard"


Hi everyone and happy almost Thanksgiving!  With Thanksgiving coming up later this week all I can think about if food, especially dessert so I felt Ciaté's "Apple Custard" was the perfect fit for today's post!

Ciaté's "Apple Custard" is not surprisingly a green color.  It is a very pretty green that is an interesting and unique color.  It is bright, but at the same time has a hint of being dusty and also the polish is vibrant but also lighter.  I am in love with his gorgeous color!  Formula wise "Apple Custard" was very easy to apply and was completely opaque after two coats.  There were also no visible streak marks!  As for chipping "Apple Custard" lasted three days before it started to chip, and even then it was mostly tip chips.

Overall I am fairly pleased with Ciaté's "Apple Custard" because it is a fabulous color, a great formula that was easy to apply, opaque after two coats and had no streak marks, and it lasted three days before chipping!  I will definitely be wearing this polish again and again!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)  And have a happy and safe Thanksgiving!

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Wet 'n Wild "Eggplant Frost"


Hi everyone!  Happy one week until Thanksgiving!  (Seriously I am so ready for some delicious turkey and stuffing!)  Today's polish is Wet 'n Wild's "Eggplant Frost" which is a super pretty Autumn/Winter color!

"Eggplant Frost" is a deep plum purple polish with just a hint of silver shimmer in it.  Formula wise this polish is pretty good, the only thing that would make it just a little better was if the brush were slightly bigger.  The brush was so narrow that it didn't pick up a lot of polish and I ended up having to re-dip the brush to finish out each nail.  After two coats of polish "Eggplant Frost" was completely opaque and had only a few minor streak marks, which often happens with shimmer nail polish!  As for chipping "Eggplant Frost" lasted about two days before I had some major tip chips!  I think the tip chips were more obvious because it is a darker colored polish, but I still would have preferred to wear "Eggplant Frost" for longer!

Overall I really like Wet 'n Wild's "Eggplant Frost."  The color is gorgeous, the formula is good, it was opaque after two coats and had just a few minor streak marks!  The only disappointment was how quickly "Eggplant Frost" chipped!  However I will probably wear this nail polish again because there are times when I just want to wear a nail polish for special occasions!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Monday, November 17, 2014

Sephora by OPI "My Personal Serpent"


Hi guys!  Even though it isn't truly Winter yet, the weather begs to differ because it has been so cold the last few days!  So to go along with the icy cold weather today's nail polish is Sephora by OPI's "My Personal Serpent."  Sephora by OPI is a discontinued brand of nail polish so I'm not sure how easy it is to find this polish.

"My Personal Serpent" is a very pretty deep navy nail polish.  Formula wise "My Personal Serpent" is the tiniest bit watery, and when you pair that with the small brush head it was somewhat difficult to paint my nails.  After two coats of polish "My Personal Serpent" was completely opaque ad had no visible streak marks.  As for chipping I was able to wear this polish for about four days before the chips became noticeable.

Overall Sephora by OPI's "My Personal Serpent" is a nice polish.  Everything about this nail polish is lovely except the slightly watery formula, however I think with a little practice the application would get easier.  I will definitely be wearing this nail polish again and again!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Friday, November 14, 2014

Milani "Sugar Rush"


Hi guys!  Another Autumn day, and another Autumn polish!  Today I decided to try out Milani's "Sugar Rush" which reminds of of the changing leaves!  Also I have never tried a Milani nail polish before so I was super excited to try it out!

Milani's "Sugar Rush" is a major glitter polish that has white, silver, peach, and light green glitter in a clear base.  The glitters are all pastel and remind me of Autumn because they aren't bright like a lot of glitter polishes.  Formula wise "Sugar Rush" is very watery but with a little patience it was still easy enough to apply.  Since "Sugar Rush" is in a clear base coat I decided to test it out over several different colored cream polishes!


The first polish I decided to try with "Sugar Rush" was Julep "Leah" which is a grass green polish.  I thought that a bright green would pull out the pastel green glitter in Milani's "Sugar Rush" but it didn't.  Instead it showed off the peach colored glitter.  It doesn't look horrible but it wasn't my favorite combination.

If you want more information on Julep's "Leah" here's a post about it from earlier this month:
http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/11/julep-leah.html



The second nail polish I decided to try out with "Sugar Rush" was Sally Hansen Xtreme Wear's "White On" which is (obviously) a white nail polish.  This look turned out to be very unique because as I spread the glitter out on my nail it seemed to blend with the white polish to create a layered look.  The way this combination turned out is one of my favorites!


The third and final polish I decided to try with "Sugar Rush" is Essie's "Romper Room" which is a light baby pink polish.  Even though none of the glitter is pink I thought the combination of colored glitter would look nice together.  I really like this combination because the light pink polish really makes the green and orange glitter pop!

Overall I really like Milani's "Sugar Rush" because the glitter colors are such a fun and unique combination.  I will definitely be wearing this polish a lot and I hope to try it out over many more different crème colored base polishes.

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Julie G "Butterflies & Rosebuds"


Hi guys!  Happy Veteran's Day and thanks to all who serve and have served!  Now that weather is colder I decided to pull out a gorgeous berry colored polish to start off the fun for Thanksgiving in a couple of weeks (at least here in the USA.)  Today's nail polish is Julie G's "Butterflies & Rosebuds."

"Butterflies & Rosebuds" is a deep berry polish with gorgeous gold glitter in it!  It looks gorgeous in the sunlight!  The formula of "Butterflies & Rosebuds" is amazing and it was super easy to apply!  After two coats the polish was completely opaque and had absolutely no visible streak marks!  As for chipping "Butterflies & Rosebuds" lasted about three days before the chipping became so horrible that I had to remove the polish.  (As you can see in the photo above and that was after only a day and a half!)

Overall I am pleased with Julie G's "Butterflies & Rosebuds" because the color is gorgeous, the formula is very nice and easy to apply and after two coats of polish there were no streak marks and the polish was completely opaque!  While I would have preferred to wear "Butterflies & Rosebuds" longer before it chipped, three days isn't too bad.  I will definitely be wearing this polish over and over again!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Saturday, November 8, 2014

Julep "Leah"


Hi guys!  So now that Autumn is in full swing and the leaves have started to change and the weather has gotten cold I am already dreaming on next Spring when the weather warms back up!  So today I decided to pull out a Springtime nail polish and pretend that Winter is over (before it even starts!)  Today's polish is Julep's "Leah."

"Leah" is a gorgeous grass green polish that has a very faint shimmer to it!  It reminds me of Spring when everything turns green and comes back to life!  Formula wise "Leah" is good and it was very easy to apply.  After two coats of polish "Leah" was completely opaque and only had a couple of minor streak marks, which was probably because of the faint shimmer.  As for chipping "Leah" lasted for about a day before it started to nick and chip, which was definitely disappointing.

Overall I like Julep's "Leah."  The color is so pretty, the formula is nice and I am always happy when a nail polish is opaque after two coats of polish!  However it was disappointing that "Leah" chipped so quickly!  I will probably give Julep's "Leah" another chance and see if it chips as easily the next time around.

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

OPI "Miss Piggy's Big Number"


Hi all!  Happy November!  I hope everyone enjoyed their extra hour of sleep the other night when Daylight Savings Time ended!  To celebrate the extra hour I picked out a fun blue nail polish by OPI called "Miss Piggy's Big Number."

"Miss Piggy's Big Number" is  royal blue shimmer that shines nicely in the light!  (As you can probably tell from the picture!)  Formula wise "Miss Piggy's Big Number" is good and was fairly easy to apply.  The only slightly difficult part of applying this polish was the brush which did not seem to want to hold any polish and meant it was hard to get nice even brush stroked.  After two coats of polish "Miss Piggy's Big Number" was almost completely opaque but it did has a fair amount of streak marks, which it isn't too surprising that there are streak marks because it is a shimmery polish.  As for chipping it is hard to say since "Miss Piggy's Big Number" did not seem to want to dry!  After applying a nice coat of Orly's "Sec'N'Dry" (my preferred quick drying top coat) and waiting a good amount of time for my nails to set, "Miss Piggy's Big Number" began to smudge off onto anything my nails came in contact with.  Which was very disappointing.

Overall I have mixed feelings about OPI's "Miss Piggy's Big Number."  The formula was nice and the color is very pretty, but it was disappointing that the polish was not completely opaque and that it refused to dry and could not be worn for longer! I am going to give this nail polish another try when the weather gets warm again because perhaps the temperature might make a difference.

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)

Sunday, November 2, 2014

Sally Hansen Big Matte Top Coat


Hi everyone and Happy November!  I cannot believe how quickly 2014 has flown by!  So earlier this year I came across this Sally Hansen matte top coat and I has been wanting to try out a matte top coat so I picked it up!  Also as far as top coats go this was under $6 (USD) so I figured I couldn't go wrong!  So to try out this matte top coat I've spent the last couple of months trying it out over several polishes in my collection!  Here's how it went:

The first polish I decided to try the matte top coat on was butterLONDON's "Lillibet's Jubilee" which is a silver shimmer polish.  I wondered how a shimmer would look as a matte and this nail polish didn't disappoint!  Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat worked wonders on the silver shimmer of "Lillibet's Jubilee" and made it look like a pewter instead.  And I love how it turned out:


(Here is a post about "Lillibet's Jubilee" on its own:  http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/06/butterlondon-lillibets-jubilee.html)

The second polish I decided to try out is Essie's "Mojito Madness" which is a super pretty green color!  Now when I tried this color out in March it had this gorgeous high gloss look and I wanted to see how it would look with a matte finish.  I think it turned out nicely:


(Here's a post about "Mojito Madness" on its own: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/03/essie-mojito-madness.html)

The third nail polish I decided to test out is OPI's "Every Month Is Octoberfest" which is this gorgeous deep burgundy color with a lot of gold and burgundy shimmer.  I decided to test this polish with a matte top coat because I wanted to see how the shimmer would look.  I was surprised how much the matte top coat dulled the shimmer down, but it created this amazing deep burgundy/ oxblood nail polish!  Here's how it turned out:


(If you want to find out what I think of "Every Month Is Oktoberfest" here's a post about it: http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/09/opi-every-month-is-oktoberfest.html )

The forth nail polish I decided to try is Sally Hansen's Xtreme Wear in "Coral Reef."  "Coral Reef" is a bright coral colored crème polish and I decided to try it out with a matte top coat just to see how it would look.  (Basically I tried it because I could.)  Here's how it turned out:


(Here is a post I did about "Coral Reef": http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/08/sally-hansen-xtreme-wear-coral-reef.html )

The fifth, and last, nail polish I decided to try out is ULTA's "Ultra Violet Femme" which is a purple, neon, shimmer nail polish.  I wanted to see how a matte top coat would work with a neon polish.  Here's how t turned out:


(Also if you want to see my thoughts on "Ultra Violet Femme" here's a post about it:  http://perfectlypolished12.blogspot.com/2014/05/ulta-ultra-violet-femme.html )

Overall I am very pleased with Sally Hansen's Big Matte Top Coat!  It applies very easily and allows me to make a matte polish out of just about all of my nail polishes!  I love how well the Big Matte Top Coat worked on every nail polish I tried, but my favorite is definitely OPI's "Every Month Is Octoberfest" because it just looked amazing as a matte!  I cannot wait to try it out on even more polishes!

Thanks for reading my blog!  :)