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Sonia Kashuk: Sugar Rush & OPI: Fiercely Fiona

I’m almost back to feeling 100% after being on my death bed. I have a looming cough that won’t quit, but I’m hoping that will subside eventually. Sooner rather than later of course.

Fiercely Fiona is one of my beloved polishes. I adore the green-y yellow hue that is oddly interesting yet approachable and cheery.  I needed something to cheer me up so I pulled out Fiercely Fiona, but also wanted something clean and fresh. That’s where Sugar Rush came in.

Natural pink with a fun green-y yellow accent

Sugar Rush is a really pretty natural, slightly sheer blush pink. It takes a bit of time to dry, which is annoying, but I really like this polish. It just brightens everything up. A “your nails but better” type of polish. Fiercely Fiona is from the Shrek collection. A chartreuse creme to me. A green-y yellow that is fun, but still interesting and a bit sophisticated since it could be deemed as a bit ugly. I really like this color combination and manicure. It’s something different.

Accent nails

I used two coats of Sugar Rush. This polish takes a bit of time to dry, which is annoying. But I did apply two thicker coats to get a more opaque look from it. For Fiercely Fiona, I also used two coats. This polish applies just a touch streaky on first coat, but evens out with no problem by the second. And wish no drying issues at all.

Where To Buy (Sugar Rush): / $ 5

Where To Buy (Fiercely Fiona): Online Retailers / $ 5

Do you own either of these polishes? Do you like either of them? Did I make you want either of them? 🙂

– Liz


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Sonia Kashuk: Tauped

TGIF, am I right?! Sorry I was gone all week. I was wearing a really light, sheer polish that lasted me 5 days. Another Sonia Kashuk for fall, Sugar Rush. I loved it. A total “your nails but better” polish. Pick it up!

I know I have mentioned before how much I really like Sonia Kashuk’s Target line, and I’m going to say it again. It’s great. All of her cosmetic products, including polish, deliver great quality for a minimal price. I use her polish (of course), tinted moisturizer, and make up brushes. Love.

A somewhat, lighter taupe

A taupe is just a taupe, right? Almost. What I actually really like about Tauped is that it is a bit lighter, and softer than the other taupes that I own. A lot of them are richer and deeper, but this one is a bit grey-ed out which makes it a little milkier. I like the softness of it a lot. And the hint of purple.

Great, almost fully jell application and finish

The formula on this polish was great. It went on smooth and was easily spreadable. The formula was somewhat of a half cream half jelly hybrid, but I would say it was more jelly. It wasn’t as opaque on the first coat as a creme would be. I only needed two coats, and this had excellent drying time. As for application tips, since it’s jelly-ish, I would work on getting an even, opaque first coat to avoid bald spots and a third coat!

Where to Buy: Target / $ 4

Do you love taupes? They are a great sophisticated color. Did you pick up any of these Sonia Kashuk’s for fall? Any of her polish in the past?

Have a nice weekend. I love October.

P.S. Go Blackhawks!

– Liz


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Sonia Kashuk: Tutti Fruitti

Sonia Kashuk is big in the Target make up lover’s world. I have a few items from her make up line and I really love them. This is a polish of her’s that I have had since it first came out last summer. And it is honestly one of my go to summer colors, especially for my toes. Even if I despise the name of the color. 🙂

Red leaning coral creme

Tutti Fruitti is a red-leaning coral creme. There’s both orange and pink undertones in this polish that really softens up the red factor, which is great for me. It’s very saturated but it’s not screaming bright. This color looks great on even if you just have a touch on color from being out in the summer. It would be flattering on just about everyone. Is it the most unique red-coral? No. But it looks great.

Smooth application

The formula and application of this polish is quite impressive when considering the price and that I believe this was the company’s first go at nail polish. The consistency is almost ideal: it’s thicker so there’s no pooling issues and is very smooth and easy to apply. It’s also full of pigmentation. I needed two coats for full coverage.

Where to Buy: Target / $ 5

Also as a side note, I like these polish bottles. I think the square is cute and the silver handle makes it look a little fancy. Sort of like Estee Lauder polish bottles. Short, fat and cute.

Do you own any Sonia Kashuk nail polishes? Do you scope them when you’re at Target but haven’t taken the plunge? I think this is a great one to try first.

– Liz


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Essie: Big Spender


Essie Big Spender


Today I have for you Essie’s Big Spender. I got this nail polish about a year ago and I’ve worn it a few times already, which is quite a feat as I’m sure you already know. There had been so many blues and glitters in my life recently, I needed something completely different! Big Spender is a bright pink creme, but there is some purple to the shade. In bright sunlight it can tend to get mostly pink. but most of the day you can see the hint of purple in it.

This goes on smoothly and has good coverage in 1 coat, this is 2 coats. It hasn’t worn very well for me since Monday night, but I mostly blame myself for that, not Big Spender.

I love this color because it really stands out compared to most other pinks. It’s easy to get a hot pink or a baby pink, but few pinks are bright and dark at the same time, let alone with the hint of purple this one has. I really enjoy wearing it because I love pink, but you don’t always want ballet slipper pink or rose pink.


This past summer I picked up a bunch of Sonia Kashuk nail polishes when I first heard about them. One of the ones I got was Ooh La La, which, when I got home, looked just like Big Spender. I was kind of disappointed, but I figured they couldn’t be exact dupes no matter how alike they looked in the bottle and either way Ooh La La only cost $3.99, haha.


Ooh La La and Big Spender


Ooh La La on middle finger



Here I have Big Spender on the pointer and ring fingers and Ooh La La on the middle finger. You can tell the difference right away: Ooh La La is truer to a hot pink than Big Spender is. It’s definitely a noticeable change and Ooh La La is much brighter. I like both polishes, Ooh La La is a great hot pink, but I think if you want a little extra something special you should go with the darker Big Spender.


Happy Hump day!



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Sonia Kashuk: In The Buff (NOTD)

In The Buff

Hey all! So I couldn’t resist it… my last Target trip, I bought another Sonia. I wanted this one and Candy Man, but by the time I got back to Target most of her polishes were sold out! Luckily ,they had In The Buff still so I snatched it. This was my NOTD for basically last night and this morning. It started to peel along the edges and I had to take it off as soon as I got home from work. I don’t blame this on Sonia’s formula, I’m starting to think my Barielle base coat and Seche Vite top coat aren’t playing nicely with certain nail polish formulas. I’m probably going to start a spreadsheet of what to use what with until I figure out what’s causing the problem. I’m looking forward to swatching Milanis this weekend, so hopefully no problems. Anyway, back to In The Buff!

In The Buff (shade-ish)

So as you would have guessed, it’s a nude. It has a pinkish tint to it, but is definitely not pink. It’s sheer, of course, this was 3 coats. It kind of reminds me of Essie Jackie Oh My without the shimmer. It was really shiny, pretty, and fun to wear. In The Buff kind of has a sexy appeal to it, mostly because of the name, I think, but it’s nice to have something on that makes you feel good. I wish my nails hadn’t started to look gross today or else I definitely would not have taken it off until at least Sunday. If you like the Sonia colors, I recommend running out and picking some up before they are all sold out!

Have a good weekend!


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Sonia Kashuk: Ocean Breeze

In Shade

The 4th of July is my second favorite day (Only to follow Halloween). I love fireworks. I love hot summer days. I love being outside. I love eating food. So, overall it just includes a lot of things I like. I had a long debate, with myself of course, the past few days which blue to use as my 4th color. I had narrowed it down between Ocean Breeze and Shelter Island. And as much as I have been wanting Shelter Island and to use it, I decided that Ocean Breeze was slightly darker and more of an “American” blue, so here it is.

This is one of the Sonia Kashuk’s that has been in literally at least four magazines I have read the past month. It’s a great color. Everytime I look at it, I just want to be on the beach somewhere (Which is regular fantasy of mine anyhow). This blue is sort of like a sky blue, actually like the color of the cloudless sky we have here in Chicago today, but deeper. The formula on this polish was slightly thin. However, they doesn’t really bother me all that much. The finish is also very jelly. It’s very shiny, glossy, and smooth. This is a very fun summery color. I’m glad I chose it, I needed a little pick me up today.

Have a fun, long weekend,


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Sonia Kashuk: Tutti Fruitti

Tutti Fruitti!

I know Lauren and I have been talking about this line of polish with nothing to show you guys yet, but finally! Lauren wore Tutti Fruitti the other day and couldn’t wait to swatch it and blog about it, but she is having some beyond annoying issues happening with her apartment currently so she can’t blog or post. But I am here and can’t wait to talk about this polish!

Tutti Fruitti Upclose

I think Lauren read somewhere that Sonia Kashuk spent two years making these colors. Which is pretty cool. All the colors are really nice and I am hoping to get more of them. Though I am pretty sure that they are all creams. This color is great. It is a coral-ish cream. As you can see, it’s much more pink than orange. I really love the color “coral” and all the combinations, shades, and hues that can come from it. Usually I do prefer corals that are more orange than pink, but I love them all. This color is also pretty bright. It’s very saturated and very pretty. This color would look great on toes too. It’s so summery. As for the application, it’s one of those polishes where you should use thicker coats for better coverage and a better finished look. I will also update you guys on the wear of this polish, because I am big on how polishes wear. I have two jobs and work with kids at both of them and am washing my hands a million times a day, getting paint on myself, picking things up, playing, etc so I really appreciate good wear in my polishes.

I also really like the bottles of these polishes! Cute little square bottles with a silver handle.

– Liz

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Saturday Purchases..

Saturday Polishes

I have been everywhere today looking for polishes. Why is the Borghese summer collection hiding?! I don’t want to play hide and seek with it anymore! As you can see, I did find one Pistacchio at Ulta along with a 50% off Essie Mint Candy Apple, and Orly’s Royal Navy (which I can’t wait to swatch.) Also, I know Lauren already posted about the Sonia Kashuk’s but I also had to get my hands on them. It took searching three Target’s, and help from my sister, to get my little paws on them. They have been in so many magazines this month too! We better get to swatching them!

P.S. – Tara introduced her first vlog earlier today! She is our go-to-make-up girl and will be part of the Death By Polish family. If you’re interested in make-up make sure to check out her posts or our youtube channel! (pickyourpoisonllt)


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Sonia Kashuk Nail Colours

My Sonia Kashuk polish grabs

L to R: Ooh La La (berry creme), Tutti Frutti (bright coral), Smoke and Mirrors (sparkly silver!!)

Ever since I read about the Sonia Kashuk nail polishes, I was super excited to have them. You can imagine how it made my day to stumble across them at Target a week ago. (On a side note: I bought her limited edition bamboo make-up brushes and have been so happy with them!) I had read in a few places about her polishes and how she spent three years developing the formula and the nail in the coffin (no pun intended): they cost a mere $3.99!! At the time, the Target I went to had an additional 10% off all Sonia Kashuk products, so you can get these for even cheaper, if you’re lucky.

There are 10 colors: some pales (her nude shade, In The Buff, I’ve read is great), pinks, coral, red, blues, a purple, and Smoke And Mirrors, which is the star of the show. I read about Smoke And Mirrors somewhere (sorry I can’t think of who to give credit to at the moment) and had to have it. I painted with this one first and it did not disappoint. The formula on these is awesome, I can’t say enough good things about them, it’s very smooth and feels flawless going on, almost thin, but it doesn’t look thin on your nail at all. Smoke And Mirrors is on the mirrored-nail trend and I think is a dupe for Chanel’s Kaleidoscope, although from pictures it seems that Kaleidoscope is a tinge more platinum-toned, where this is a brighter silver. And if you’re into the mirrored look, you can’t beat this price. I could definitely see reflections in nails, it was a really fun mani.

I have Ooh La La on my toes currently and, again, I really love the color and the formula. I think this color may actually be a dupe in my collection, but these polishes are great and they didn’t break the bank, so I don’t regret it at all. I plan on going back to get several more colors.


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