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

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O.P.I. Designer Series – Mini Haul

I went shopping at Ulta few weeks ago, and spotted some O.P.I. Designer Series nail polishes.  They were all so beautiful, I just about had a heart attack!  So excited… I even think I exclaimed out loud when I saw them.  I’m not a huge fan of O.P.I.’s formula (too gloopy, is that a word?) or brushes (way too wide and clumsy); since I had not tried O.P.I. DS nail polishes before, I didn’t want to get too many.

O.P.I. Designer Series Extravagance nail polish.

I settled on two gorgeous shades: Extravagance, a deep purple, with a slight red tone; and Glamour, a beautiful medium blue.  Of course, they have that stunning holo shimmer that O.P.I. Designer Series are famous for.  The formula on these O.P.I. Designer Series nail polishes is PERFECT!!  The brushes are still quite wide, but somehow applied the polish without a slip-up.  I am so happy to add these to my little collection!

xoxo

Valerie

Sally Hansen – Mini Haul

I’ve really gotta stop going to Target!  So last time I found myself strolling through the nail polish section, I picked up a couple by Sally Hansen.  Plum Power is a beautiful deep plum, it has a great shimmer of purple and blue.  Blazing Blue is a midnight blue with strong blue shimmer that keeps it from looking black.  These are both great colors; can’t wait to use them!

xoxo

Valerie

New York Color – Mini Haul

After spotting an insane glitter polish on the tips of one of my girlfriends, I decided to go out and get my very own bottle.  So off to Target I went, and discovered that New York Color nail polish cost only .94 cents a bottle!  Needless to say, I picked up more than just the one polish.

Starry Silver Glitter is a clear polish, with two types of glitter: small rainbow-holographic glitter, and big light pink and bright blue hexagonal glitter.  Purple Pizzazz is a dark purple polish with a violet-blue flash.

Polyester Pink is a cool pastel pink creme, very pretty and sweet.  Love Letters is a very sheer milky pink creme that reminded me of O.P.I. Bubble Bath.

I also bought a couple polishes from N.Y.C.’s quick-dry line, “In a New York Color Minute.”  Penn Station is a shimmery cool berry-red shade, very flattering and classy.  East Village is a shimmery teal shade; this one is so sheer it took 4 coats to be opaque.

I just love N.Y.C.’s  color selection, with trendy shades and funky glitters!  I feel that some of these could use some formula improvement; namely streaking and sheerness.  However, at .94 cents, who can complain?  The price can’t be beat!

xoxo

Valerie

Rimmel London – Mini Haul

On my most recent trip to Target, I decided to try out a couple of the Rimmel London nail polish offerings.

The first one was Insolence from the Lycra Wear 10+ Minerals line.  This is the shade that caught my eye and drew me to the display in the first place.  It is a beautiful light cream color; it has a shimmery, glittering (but not glitter or pearl), almost-foil finish; it is semi-sheer, but acceptably opaque after 3 coats.  The brush on this is awesome with perfect application; it is similar to the O.P.I. Pro-Wide brush, but shorter and firmer.  Also, dried in a flash even though it isn’t a “fast-drying” formula.

The next one is Hard Edged from the 60 Seconds line.  This is an amazing duo-chrome type polish; it appears to me a charcoal black base with a very strong plum flash, and flashes of bronze and olive green depending on the light.  The formula applied smoothly and dried very fast.

xoxo

Valerie

Sinful Colors – Mini-haul

I first discovered Sinful Colors nail polish on a trip to visit my sister in Portland, OR.  We were at Fred Meyer (btw I love that store, almost as good as Target), and came across the Sinful Colors display.  They have a huge selection of beautiful and unusual colors.  Unsure of the quality, I only bought four colors; Fuchsia Purple, Courtney Orange, Goreous, and Sharon’s Heart.  Later that night, I painted my sisters nails Courtney Orange, a gorgeous shimmery deep orange, and mine Fuchsia Purple, a cool shimmery fuchsia.  I was impressed with the formula, and application!  Since I was flying home, I decided to leave them behind with her.

Since then I have been on the lookout for the Sinful Colors brand.  I found them today at Walgreen’s, and they were $1.99 each!  I was so excited that I parked myself in front of the display and browsed the colors for about an hour.  I think this brand is quickly becoming one of my drugstore favorites.  Here’s the 10 great shades I came home with!

Shirley and Buddy (837) is a semi-sheer soft pink with a blue microglitter.  Beautiful Girl (314) is a light, yet not pastel, pink creme.  Cha Cha Red (32) is a dark pink-red creme, and my personal favorite of the bunch.  Shining Heart (271) is a duochrome polish, it has a bright red base with hot pink flash.  Forget Now (321) is a dark pink jelly with tons of hot pink glitter.

Euro Trash (838) is a gold foil with copper-gold glitter throughout.  Gorgeous (293) is a duochrome polish, it has an aqua blue base with a green-yellow flash.  Tokyo Doll (307) is a duochrome polish, it has a mandarin orange base with a hot pink flash.  Bali Mist (387) is a duochrome polish and is semi-sheer, it has a violet base with a faint green-yellow flash.  What’s Your Name (319) is a black polish with tons of aqua blue glitter.

I’m so happy with all of these polishes!  Since it’s dark out, I may be missing something with a couple of these colors, especially the duochromes.  I can’t wait to scope them out in the sunlight and paint them on my tips and toes!

xoxo

Valerie

8ty8 Beauty – Mini Haul

I’ve been having trouble finding many of the nail polishes I had been dreaming of at the local beauty supply stores in my area.  Not wanting to call around or travel far, I turned to the trusty internet!  After clicking around I noticed several other nail polish lovers have had a good experience when ordering from 8ty8beauty.com.  So I decided to check out their inventory; turns out they had everything I wanted and then some!

I’d definitely recommend checking out 8ty8Beauty.com for your nail care needs.  Their standard shipping was reasonably priced and fast; I placed my order on 5/17/09, and it delivered on 5/23/09.  Some of the best prices I’ve seen on the internet, well stocked on current seasons of China Glaze and O.P.I., and items were packaged so well that nothing broke!  Thanks again 8ty8Beauty.com!

Check out my haul!

From the China Glaze Summer Days Collection:

Raspberry Festival – Raspberry-red jelly with pink glassy shimmer.

Orange Marmalade – Juicy orange jelly with gold glassy shimmer.

Strawberry Fields – Medium Rose pink jelly with gold and pink glassy shimmer.

From the China Glaze OMG! Collection:

QT – Medium cool pink with holographic effect.

Wireless Holographic – Clear base with holographic shimmer particles.  I was hoping for smaller particles in this one; the specks stand out against dark polish noticeably and don’t give a great Holographic effect.

From the China Glaze Rodeo Diva Collection:

Rodeo Fanatic – Deep peacock blue with shimmer.

Cowgirl Up – Purple/Burgundy with shimmer.

These shades are fairly dark, but the shimmer in them causes a glowing effect.  They really are stunning.

Finally, I got Lunch at the Delhi by O.P.I.  I had been going back and forth on this one based on mixed color reviews; the only thing agreed upon was that it is a “cool” shade (which works well for me!)  Is it a soft orange?  Posy pink? Rose colored? What about Coral?  I remained perplexed until I finally decided that a cool posypink-rose-coral-orange shade would be fabulous!  And it is!

xoxo

Valerie