Monthly Archives: March 2011

Zoya: Phoebe

Zoya Phoebe!

I was very excited to receive my Zoya order yesterday, including this little bottle of happiness from Zoya’s Mod Mattes collection for spring. This is Phoebe, 1 of 3 colors from the collection and I chose this one because it seemed the most interesting of the three… and it has shimmer!

Zoya instructs users to use only base coat with these and no top coat. If I would’ve had time this morning, I probably would’ve run a matte top coat over this because it may have helped the chipping.

Phoebe is an electric blue matte with shimmer. It’s such a pretty color and very eye-catching. I haven’t worn a matte in awhile so it was nice to see a new collection of them for spring.

I ended up doing 3 coats of this. It went on streaky for the first coat and I didn’t feel I had all the imperfections out of it after the second. The third coat definitely did the trick though as far as evening out the color. If you look very closely, you can see the nail line so I’d probably recommend three coats for all of these if you want the color to be as even as possible and opaque.

Bright blue for spring!

So you probably cannot see Phoebe’s shimmer in these photos and I apologize for that. We are in a rainy week here and there is no sun to speak of at all. I was lucky to even get this picture due to how much this polish is chipping!

Of course, Liz warned me last night and said she hoped Phoebe didn’t chip today and I said it better not. Not surprisingly, she was right and this chipped in the night and continued chipping today as mattes are known to do. I think next time I wear this I will try a matte top coat over it to see if that helps. The wear on this is basically nonexistent. I love this polish regardless of the disappointing chip factor, but I am glad I got it when Zoyas were on promotion.

Where to Buy: Zoya / $8

Looking forward to trying more spring Zoyas!

-Lauren

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OPI DS: Signature

The OPI Designer Series is a line that is pretty awesome. Although it bares a higher price tag than regular OPIs, these holographic polishes are well worth the extra $4 since they pretty good holographics, in colors ranging from nudes to blues.

Lauren gave me this beauty for Christmas and it got lost in my sea of “untried” polishes. Her CVS also magically stocks OPI’s sometimes, DS’s included, and I think she got this one and others for less than $5. No joke!

Pinky-purple holo

Signature is an interesting color because it seems to look different on many skin tones and in different lighting. Indoors it is almost a muted, medium pinkish rose color, with holographic sparkle. But when it gets in any strong light, the color lights up and gets more depth, and of course, more holographic!

In full sun! Not as awesome as it is IRL

After wearing scattered, not so strong holographic polishes recently (Tronica), it’s nice to wear this stronger linear holo. It’s always good to have something to stare at that’s pretty and full of color. The formula and application on this polish was standard, no problems. I did two coats, but, I think three would have given a slightly better outcome. There’s some slight patchiness and unevenness of color on my right hand. It also dried quickly and looks pretty good anyway.

Signature in the shade

I was slightly hoping this polish would be a touch more purple, because I love purple. But the pink color that it is isn’t a typical pink, and it actually quite interesting and pretty on its own. It has some nice depth.

Where to Buy: Ulta / Online Retailers / JCPenny / Dillard’s / Trade Secret / $12.50 (regularly)

What’s your favorite DS polish? I only own a few, but they all seem to be great.

– Liz

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Deborah Lippmann: Call Me Irresponsible

With the new yellow jelly Deborah Lippmann polish Yellow Brick Road being released very soon, I wanted to revisit the only Lippmann polish that I own. I have been excited about Yellow Brick Road since I saw bottle photos and heard “yellow jelly”.

Look how pretty this color looks in the bottle. A blue based purple jelly polish. The color in the bottle is glorious. I love purple and the tone of this one is awesome. The first time I used this polish, I was 100% disappointed in the outcome and I hate to say it again, especially because I spent $16 on this polish, I still hate it. A lot.

Streaky, not well pigmented, uneven color

I realize that jellies take about three coats to get an even, pigmented, and opaque finish. After three coats, this polish is none of those things. It’s streaky, it’s uneven, and not well pigmented at all. The color doesn’t seem to build correctly. For a polish that costs almost $20, I expect higher quality and a better product. This polish seems like a $2 polish I picked up at the drugstore. My nails on my right hand look awful, they are so streaky and covered in bald spots. Also, I know jelly formulas are also thin, but this one is thinner than usual as well.

Totally different color than in bottle! Yuck!

Let’s move on to the second problem with this nail polish after the formula issue, the color issue. As mentioned, the polish in the bottle looks like a cool toned blue based purple. An awesome color.

The color that comes out on the nail is a VERY red based purple. It’s so warm. And it’s so obvious and noticeable, nothing caused from a camera or lighting. I know it’s not my skin tone causing it to lean since I have read other reviews of this polish, and like I said it’s too much of a difference to be something like that. I always prefer bluer purples, so this is another let down regarding this polish.

Overall, this polish is a complete fail on multiple tries. I know this is the only DL polish I own, and lots of other ones are much cooler and creative polishes that also seem to have a better delivery on the nails. A better experience overall. I was completely looking forward to buying Yellow Brick Road as soon as I could, however remembering and reliving this DL jelly polish is making me wait til I can read and see reviews from other bloggers.

Did anyone else have a similar experience with this polish? Or is my bottle just a bad apple? On the plus side, I do love the DL bottles.

– Liz

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Sephora by OPI: Go With The Flow-er & OPI: Guy Meets Gal-veston

I change my polish so often that I don’t really ever need to “freshen up” my manicure. Though for some reason today, yesterday’s manicure of Guy Meets Gal-veston was looking a little rough and also not wearing so well. Which is always a bummer for me. I usually only wear my polish for 2 days and if it can’t make it through that, I get super annoyed. So I did something I usually don’t, I layered!

Coral micro glitter with hot pink and gold flash

I’ve had Go With The Flow-er sitting around on my list of “re-wear and re-swatch”. I already loved this polish. But I was looking at it earlier, and thought about how well it matches GMG and that it would layer over it great. It looks awesome! GWTF is so pretty on its own, but it is a little sheer it’s mostly jam-packed with coral micro glitter that flashes hot pink and gold. The base is a little translucent orangey coral. So, matching it to a coral (or any color you want) and layering it over allows it to work out best.

Glowing nails!

GWTF literally glows. It lights your nails up in a flashy way, but since the colors in it are so pretty and feminine, it’s still beautiful and not too much. I used two coats to refresh this manicure. It really gives an extra punch of pink and shimmer that is perfect. I’m obsessed. It’s fresh and perfect for summer.

Where to Buy: Sephora / $ 9

Do you own Go With The Flow-er and love it like I do? I’m thinking it might look really cool over a purple polish.

– Liz

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Clinique Bottom Lash Mascara

Women love to try new cosmetics. Especially lipgloss and mascara (You know it’s true!). I mentioned this new Clinique mascara awhile back when I first saw an ad for it. Since I heard about it, I was interested to see what it was all about.

However, I see both sides to this argument. I could easily see people thinking a mascara specified for bottom lashes only is totally pointless and even a little gimicky. I will admit, although intrigued, I wasn’t 100% sold before I gave it a try. But have been fully converted!

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Sephora by OPI: Lost Without My GPS

Bright coral!

Hope everyone had a good weekend and that maybe its been starting to warm up in your respective areas. I’ve been feeling particularly springy this week, perhaps it has something to do with the approaching arrival of Liz and my Zoya summer orders! Cannot wait to see those polishes.

Coral is one of my favorite colors for spring/summer, so the other night I decided it was time to break out Lost Without My GPS by SOPI. This is one of my favorite corals that I’ve had, although it may be slightly more red-leaning than most people might want.

So I’m going to admit that I didn’t exactly do the best job on this mani, it ended up coming out very streaky which is not something that I do not recall about this polish when I used it last. So I wouldn’t worry about that if you’re interested in it, it was just me. I tried to get the best pictures I could considering my amateur paint job.

I used two coats for the mani and since it was kind of streaky for me I probably should’ve used three. I remember using Lost Without My GPS before and the color was perfectly even and saturated in two coats. Like I said it’s more of a reddish-orange coral so if you’re looking for a pinker coral this may not be for you. It definitely looks wonderful on though!

Lost without my GPS, bright sunlight

Here’s a picture that’s head-on so you can get a better idea of the color. Both pictures were taken in great sunlight and you can see how vibrant the color is. I think it’s really perfect for summer and I recommend it for your pedi as well. It’s going to look good on every skin tone and for a coral creme, I think it really stands out!

Where to Buy: Sephora / $8.50

Looking forward to this weeks’ manis…

-Lauren

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OPI: Guy Meets Gal-Veeston

Guy Meets Gal-Veeston

This is my last OPI Texas sorbet to show you guys. I’ve been looking forward to wearing this one. It’s the most coral polish of the sorbets, leaning more pink than orange. Coral is the quintessential summer color, so I’m glad OPI put one in this summer collection. It fits perfectly with the squishy, jelly finish. This polish is awesome. It’s bright, glossy, and fun. The pinky, orange  tone is always flattering on every skintone. Coral is such a great color for the warm seasons and I’m sure you guys are also looking forward to wearing it on your nails.

So summery!

Guy Meets Gal-Veston’s juicy finish just screams to be worn on vacation or on a hot summer day (Too bad the low today is 18! What the hell!). This sorbet seems to be the mean of all the sorbets in this collection. The baby polish of all of them put together. A nice balance, although I would definitely  classify it as a pink based coral.

Guy Meets Gal-Veston

Like I keep saying, the end product of these polishes is great. An even, opaque, beautiful finish in 3 coats. The finish of this polish seems like it was meant for this color. It’s so summery and carefree. This polish also ended up looking just like the bottle color, no questions asked (Unlike Houston We Have A Purple). I would definitely say this would be one of my favorites from this collection! Along with Big Hair..Big Nails and Too Hot Pink To Hold ‘Em.

Where to Buy: Ulta / JCPenny’s / Dillard’s / Trade Secret / Online Retailers / $8.50

Anyone else loving this polish? Did you go on a polish buying binge this weekend? Do tell!

– Liz

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