Red and Pink with a Heart

Hello! So I have to say I absolutely hate this China Glaze nail polish. After a full day and a half of drying, I still woke up with sheet marks!!


Red polish is China Glaze Seduce Me

Pink holographic polish is China Glaze BFF
xoxo

Valerie

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Early Valentine’s Day Nails

Hello and early happy Valentine’s Day. I decided to do a sweet pink with sparkly hearts for Valentine’s Day.

Basecoat is ASP Pink Sweetness

I like the color, it’s just a little too sheer.  I used three coats and you can still see the white of my nails in most lighting.

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This is the first time I’ve used the ASP base and topcoats with my gel manicures.  I normally use Gelish Foundation and Gelaze Top Coat (but oh my god I HATE the Gelaze top coat…)  So when it is curing under the LED light, the ASP top coat BURNS!  It was surprising, and a little startling.  That’s all for now!

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xoxo

Valerie

Essie – Mini-Haul

I had never purchased nor tried an Essie polish before now.  There are reasons behind that: Essie polishes are more expensive than most brands, while the bottles hold less product, and the colors seem rather ordinary to me.  Oh, and they’re hard to find.  At the same time, I *hear* they wear very well and the formula is among the best.  I figured they were worth a try, so while at Ulta recently, here’s what I picked up.

Exotic Liras appeared to be a muted hot pink; and although pretty, it is a light red in most lighting.  The formula is very nice and smooth; however, the brush is flared out at the tip and had hairs sticking out in all directions, making application very difficult.  Thigh High is a darkened red with a gorgeous shimmer.  Thankfully, the brush on this one had no problems whatsoever.  Unfortunately, the formula was horrible; very thick, almost lumpy, which made it difficult to apply thin, even coats.

I also found a four pack of Essie’s Fall 2008 Guilty Pleasures collection.  Here’s the best part though: being last years collection, the four pack cost only $4.95!  The catch: all the brushes on these mini-bottles were flared or curved, not good.  Rock Star Skinny is a darkened brown-red color with very subtle shimmer; I don’t care for this color, it looks flat and plain.  It’s Genius is a medium mauve-purple shade, with silvery shimmer; this is the one stand out shade, just love it.  Bold + Beautiful is a burgundy creme polish; pretty standard, we’ve all seen it before.  Sexy Divide is a blackened purple, with slight purple shimmer; it is very unique and great for Fall.

Hmmm…  The formula was hit or miss depending on the shade.  The quality of the brushes was poor.  The wear time was about average.  I’d have to say I wasn’t impressed with Essie polishes.  What do you guys think?  Did I just get a bunch of duds?

xoxo

Valerie

Moxie by Zoya

Gotta love Zoya, they have over 300 nail polish shades to choose from, all are gorgeous.  The thing is, I have trouble browsing their Color Selector.  At first you take note of certain colors that catch your eye.  You may begin looking at the shades based on color, then undertone, checking opacity on a 1 to 5 scale, if it is glitter or shimmer or frost or aaaah…  It’s maddening, too many nail polish variables to navigate!  Eventually, I tire of that game, and stop using logic entirely.  I start picking names that I feel connected with.  I know, its a horrible way to pick nail polishes… anyhow, on to the color at hand!

I have a cat named Moxie Crimefighter; so of course Moxie jumped in my check-out basket as quick as she could.  Not my cat Moxie (she doesn’t really do “jump”), Moxie by Zoya of course!  I had seen this shade swatched several times before, and it always just looked alright.  Once I tried it on though, I loved the color straight away.  It is a gorgeous magenta creme, that appears a bit muted and darkened.

I think Moxie is going to be my go-to shade for Fall.  I love it!  Funny thing is, I had been looking for a “dark hot pink”, so to speak, when I was at Ulta the other day without any luck.  My search is over… for now!  hehe

xoxo

Valerie

Loretta by Zoya

This nail polish is called Loretta by Zoya.  I purchased this shade simply because my mom is named Loretta.  I didn’t really examine the color or finish when ordering, and I haven’t come across swatches anywhere online.  It is a very sheer, milky, soft pink; it really looks natural and would be great for a French Manicure.  It seems like this color would be overlooked because it is so tame, but I like the way it lets the moons and tips of my nails become the focus.  This is such a change for me since I’ve been wearing outrageous glitter for the past two weeks.  I have three coats of Loretta in this picture; I didn’t paint my tips white, that is just how they are.

This is the very first time I’ve used a Zoya polish and I already love them!  The formula is superb!  I love the bottles, they’re so chic!  The brushes are good quality!  Exclamation points!  There are so many beautiful colors from this company, I feel another Zoya order coming on very soon!

xoxo

Valerie

P.S. I find it mildly amusing that Zoya’s Loretta nail polish is the exact shade my mom Loretta hates with a passion.  She would never be caught wearing light pink.

Zoya – Mini Haul

I got my package from Zoya, and immediately ripped it open!  I recieved: Roxy, a purple glitter; Moxie, a cool-tone deep hot pink creme; Blair, a blackened deep red shimmer; Loretta, a sheer milky pink; and Celine (not pictured), a warm-toned hot pink creme.  I’m upset: I didn’t order Celine, I ordered Drew!  Moxie and Celine are practically duplicates of eachother!  The number on my invoice matches the color Celine, so the mix-up is likely user-error; Valerie should not be ordering online so late at night with so many colors to choose from.  Oh well, I’ll just have to place another order to get Drew, and a couple others I’ve had my eye on.  I will be wearing these very soon and posting some pictures of them!  Take a look at some bottle shots in the meantime!

xoxo

Valerie

P.S. I apologize in advance, but won’t be showing photos of Celine because it does not look good on me.  I have already given it to my warm-complexioned mother, Loretta.