Fifth Avenue by China Glaze

I’m looking to expand my nail polish selection, to include some nude shades.  I got so lucky with Chiaroscuro that I wanted to find another neutral in a cream formula.  I picked up Fifth Avenue by China Glaze at Sally Beauty Supply; it appears to be in the same color family as Chiaroscuro, so I figured I’d give it a go.  In the bottle, Fifth Avenue is a gorgeous medium-light dusty rose-beige cream.

So on it goes, and while still wet it looks great!  Then it dries into an medium beige!  For someone with the right complexion, it would be stunning; it really is beautiful.  On me, however, the color seems muddy.  I decided to leave it on a couple of days to see how I felt about it…  By the third day I was so anxious to remove it, I made a special trip to Target just for cotton balls.  Could not wait any longer!!  Anyhow, here’s some pictures.

My husband and I went to the Renaissance Faire in Southern California.  I got henna for the first time ever.  I rather like it; wish it would last a little longer though!

xoxo

Valerie

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Art Dealer Teal-er by Finger Paints

In high school, my favorite nail polish was a gorgeous teal with blue-green shimmer made by Delux.  When I saw Finger Paints nail polish in Art Dealer Teal-er sitting on the shelf at Sally Beauty Supply, I was instantly in love!  This shade looked so similar to that long lost Delux nail polish; I snatched it up!  Although it is not a match to the Delux polish, it is a gorgeous teal that is more green than blue; and it has a flashy teal shimmer.  Have a look.

I had never used a nail polish by Finger Paints before, so I didn’t know what to expect.  First off, the formula was very thin.  Yet, inexplicably, each coat took forever to dry!  After 2 coats there were brush strokes, streaks and the polish was still semi-sheer in places; see the picture above.  I applied a third coat, which fixed up the sheerness, but took about an hour to dry.  Not good.  I’m on the fence about this brand still.

xoxo

Valerie

Blue Sparrow by China Glaze

When I saw the INK collection by China Glaze, the color I was most eager to try out was Blue Sparrow.  I just wasn’t too sure about blue nail polish.  So after some mulling it over, I picked it up during Sally Beauty Supply April 2009 Discover Color Sale.

This is a medium neon blue, with teal-blue micro-glitter throughout.  It has a very matte finish, which I wasn’t expecting.  Be sure to have extra glossy topcoat for this one.  I do like how it looks, and it is beautiful in the sunlight.  Here are my shy feet modeling this gorgeous blue hue.

xoxo

Valerie

Gorgeous by Orly

This is a beautiful nail polish by Orly called Gorgeous, which is a fitting name.  It’s a beautiful bright hot pink, with an absolutely stunning electric blue shimmer.  This is the first time I’ve tried an Orly polish.  It was a little thin, with slight cuticle drag, but full coverage with 3 coats.  Being the hot pink fanatic that I am, I really love this one.  My photographs do not do it justice, not one bit.

xoxo

Valerie

Chiaroscuro by China Glaze

I’ve never been a fan of the tan/beige polishes.  However, when I came across China Glaze in Chiaroscuro at Sally Beauty Supply, I just had to have it!  In the bottle, it’s a beige polish that has an awesome light green shimmer.  On the nail, it changes between a dusty rose and glassy beige; in direct light it shines a stunning warm gold.  Once applied, I don’t detect any hint of green, which was a little disappointing.  It took 3 coats to get opaque coverage.  As always, China Glaze applied, dried, and wore beautifully.  All in all, it’s a gorgeous nude that actually looks great on me!

xoxo

Valerie

Wild Life by Sally Hansen

Hello, and welcome to my first installment of The Nail Files.

I needed something to cheer me up after a full work week, and there’s nothing better than a bright hot pink to do so.  Out came Sally Hansen Hard as Nails Extreme Wear in Wild Life.  I purchased this at Target, and it was a steal at $2.04!  This polish is a great magenta, and has a slight frost.  This is my first experience with the Hard as Nails Extreme Wear brand; it was a little thick but dried in a flash, two coats to attain bottle color, and was relatively easy to apply.  For a little extra pop, I topped it off with a coat of China Glaze in Fairy Dust; a beautiful clear polish with silver glitter that flashes a rainbow of colors.

xoxo

Valerie