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Rescue Beauty Lounge: IKB: 2012

Although my RBL stash isn’t large by anyone’s standards, I am a big fan. I appreciate the attention to detail from Ji and the company and think they always have interesting colors and stories that draw me in. However, my bank account hates when that happens.

IKB: 2012 is from the fan collection. I literally couldn’t wait to get my hands on this electric blue; it couldn’t be any more my taste.

Jelly / creme electric blue

First of all, this polish wasn’t easy to photograph. In real life, it is deeper and darker than these photos display. I apologize for not being 100% color accurate. However, the way these photos turned out is more so what I thought the polish was going to look like. I was expecting a bright, radiating blue. But it is darker and more purple than I was expecting. It dries semi-matte, so this leads me to believe there’s some neon pigment in the formula, but it’s not as bright as I was hoping or expecting. I wanted it to be a bit louder. I still actually love this polish a lot, but I did have a different pre conceived idea of it.

Somewhat tricky formula

I heard the first batch of these fan polishes had formula issues, but they were to be resolved. I didn’t have much issue with the formula on IKB: 2012. The first coat did go on pretty uneven and sparse, but by the second coat it really covered my nails and was almost completely opaque. I did do another thin coat (3 in total) just to make sure everything was perfect. It also dried quickly thanks to the neon pigment (I think). I did do this manicure last night, and already have tipwear though. Not what I like to see from a $20 bottle of polish, to be honest.

Where To Buy: RescureBeauty.com / $20

So let’s hear it! Did you end up buying any of the RBL fan collection? Did you get IKB: 2012? If not, which color was most interesting to you? Did you like the idea of fans of the line being able to win and developed their own polishes?

– Liz

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OPI: Don’t Touch My Tutu!

I’ve been somewhat on a search for the perfect “white” polish for a while. I love the way a more opaque, but not full coverage creme, white polish looks. It’s so clean and more modern than the common sheer whites. I loved the way this polish looked in the bottle, so I was unable to resist it.

Sheer-er, milky white

Don’t Touch My Tutu! (I actually think this name is cute) is a sheer, pale white from the 2012 NYC Ballet Soft Shades collection. It has a pretty, medium coverage jelly finish to it. This polish has a crisp, clean color to it. It doesn’t have any noticeable blue or pink undertones to it. It’s pretty, and very different from what I normally wear. I like it, though wish it was more of what I was looking for and more of what it appeared to be in the bottle.

Only noticeably streaky in macro, looks very even on the nails

This photo makes this polish look as though it’s streaky or uneven, but in real life, it’s almost undetectable. The macro setting on the camera made this much more visible. I did use three coats for this polish, but had no issues with drying time. The formula was thinner but it is semi-sheer. I do wish it was a touch more opaque so it would have been more of what I had in mind. My only application tip would be is that you can build it up or wear it sheer, whatever look you are going for it seems to be pretty flexible.

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

Do you like Don’t Touch My Tutu!? Do you often wear classic, sheer polishes like this one? Did you buy any others from this years Ballet Soft Shades collection? Or what’s your favorite more opaque white? I’m still looking, help a girl out!

– Liz

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OPI: Got A Date To-Knight?

I picked this up as an impulse buy on clearance at Ulta recently. This is definitely not a “me” color at all, but I’ve really enjoyed wearing it. Although my skin is warm toned, I thought this cool toned polish looked great on me. It was released in 2009’s Prince Charming Collection. Cute name too!

Cool toned pink jelly

The photos really speak for this polish; there isn’t too much to say. It’s a cool toned, pink jelly. Almost bubble gum pink. There is something about this polish that looks great. It’s cheerful and girly. With one coat, it could be a “your nails but better” polish as well.

Super easy application

The formula on this polish was pretty flawless. It went on so smooth and easy. And considering that it is a jelly, it was pretty opaque. I used two coats for this manicure. It went on completely smooth and dried evenly and quickly. Look at how shiny it is!

Where to Buy: Online Retailers / Ulta / $ 6 – $ 8

Do you own Got A Date To-Knight? Or any other polishes from the Prince Charming collection? Is pink one of your go to manicure colors? I prefer it for pedicures, but cant wait to wear this polish again! It’s basically the perfect pink.

– Liz

 

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Orly: Fowl Play

It’s almost Christmas? Where did December go, seriously?! I hope you all are looking forward to relaxing over the holiday. I’m hoping we get some snow in Chicago sometime soon so it feels more like the holidays.

I bet a lot of you have seen this polish on the internet, or maybe even own the OPI original, Merry Midnight. I don’t, so was really interested in this beauty when Orly’s Birds of a Feather collection was released this fall. I didn’t snatch it up then, but did recently, and love it pieces.

Gorgeous plum base filled with micro-glitter and flakies!

Fowl Play is truly gorgeous, even if it is a dupe of another polish. The base is a jelly-ish purple plum and the polish is completely packed with blue and silver micro-glitter and copper and red flakies. The flakies flash green in the bottle (like in my bottle picture above) but that doesn’t seem to translate to the nail. Maybe in the sunlight, but it’s been pretty rainy here recently. I do wish the purple base color was a touch brighter, but overall I really have loved this manicure. There’s a lot going on within the polish, but it somehow works together perfectly.

Easy application

The formula of this polish is a bit sheer and thin, but builds up nicely with three coats. I also had no issues with drying time either. I like how the glitter and flakies don’t end up getting stuck anywhere (like at the base of the nail) and spread out and apply nicely and evenly. I’ve also got good wear time on this manicure!

Where to Buy: Ulta / Online Retailers / Sally’s Beauty  / $ 6 – $ 7

Do you own Fowl Play? Or Merry Midnight? Did you snatch this unique polish up right away? Do you want to add it to your collection? It’s gorgeous and very festive for the holidays! 

– Liz

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China Glaze: Mummy May I

I disappeared for a minute on you guys, didn’t I? I didn’t mean to and feel super guilty about it! I just got back from an annual vacation to Orlando, Florida for this event they have called Halloween Horror Nights (I told you guys I loved Halloween, I mean it. I REALLY love Halloween.) at Universal Studios with my best friend and didn’t have time to post before I left. I’m sorry! Feel free to leave a comment if you want more information on my trip.

Dark jelly base with purple glitter

Mummy May I is from China Glaze’s fall 2010 Halloween set. It’s a black, almost jelly base, with purple glitter. What I like about this polish, aside from the name, is its Halloween feel with its color combination. The first coat goes on pretty sheer and makes it seem like you’ll need three coats, but it built up nicely after just two.

However, the wear time on this polish was less than impressive. I had major chipping after the first day. Not cool. And it seems to be one of those polishes that looks better in the bottle than on the nail.

Where to Buy: Online Retailers / $3 – $5

What is your favorite Halloween themed nail polish? Or your favorite color to wear for Halloween? Or fun manicure idea? I would love to hear all suggestions and recommendations since we know I love Halloween.

– 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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Deborah Lippmann: I Know What Boys Like

When I first saw this summer 2011 color come out, I knew I was going to love it. I loved how it has this really beautiful balance of both blue and purple. I had been meaning to pick it up for months now, but just recently got around to it. And I’m not disappointed at all.

I will throw in the disclaimer that my camera did (like it does with all blurples) made this look more blue than it actually is. Not drastically, but noticeable to me. I’m sorry. It sucks, I know.

Less blue in real life

I Know What Boys Like (fun name) has this harmonious balance of blue and purple. Although it’s basically a medium toned blurple creme, it’s not boring at all. It’s periwinkle-ish, but with a punch. The color is so interesting naturally. Is it purple? Is it blue? I will say that on me, it does lean more blue, but not by much. It’s feminine and pretty, but has a uniqueness to it from the blend of colors. It’s really cool.

Prefect, shiny half creme half jelly finish

The first coat of this polish did not go on so great, but by the second one it looked absolutely perfect. It was very saturated, smooth, and shiny. I only needed two coats. It’s one of ever popular half creme half jelly formulas. It also had a good drying time and wore decently on me.

Where to Buy: Nordstrom’s / Neiman Marcus / DeborahLippmann.com / $ 16

What are your thoughts? Do you like this blurple? Or does it not look that special to you? How did you feel about the rest of DL’s Summer 2011 collection? I liked all the colors for sure.

– Liz

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Wet N Wild: Private Viewing and OPI: Guy Meets Gal-veston

I haven’t really been buying a lot of new polishes lately. I bought a new car recently (very exciting!) and have had some other semi-big expenses so I’ve been trying to get creative with polishes I have that I want to revisit, but still want to be able to blog. I have a couple of cool ideas I’m going to try out and will show you guys whether they end up cool or fail. 🙂

Accent nail manicure

I’ve been craving a lot of pinks, oranges, corals, etc with the temperature being basically 300 degrees non-stop here recently. I wanted to wear Guy Meets Gal-veston, so I decided to wear it as an accent color on my ring finger and thumb paired with the pretty, nude-y Private Viewing. This color combo is really lovely. I think the colors work really well together and the nude allows for some sophistication with the poppy, fun coral-y /orange/pink.

Accent nails with a poppy, orange coral

I think this is one of the first times I’ve done an accent manicure without a foil or glitter as the accent color / nails. I actually really like it. It’s still fun and unexpected, but not too loud or juvenile. Since these polishes are (almost) the same texture, it softens the look. Especially with most of the nails being nude or flesh toned.

Where to Buy Guy Meets Gal-Veston: Ulta / JCPenny / Dillard’s / Professional Salons / Trade Secret / $ 8.50

Where to Buy Private Viewing: Drugstores / $2.99

Do you love either of these polishes? What do you think about accent nails? I don’t like them too often, but sometimes it’s fun to play around with polish and find combinations that work well together.

– Liz

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Essie: Shelter Island

Hey guys, I hope you’ve had a nice weekend. I’ve done a lot of lounging and lying around the house with my dog, per usual.

This is another oldie but goody in my stash. I haven’t recently purchased any polish from Essie because of their buy out, but it’s nice to revisit the old ones I have. I particularly love this polish. It’s pretty much the perfect blue. It’s in my 10 top polishes, maybe even top 5 (!)

Shelter Island...the perfect blue

Shelter Island is from Essie’s North Folk collection from a few years back. (I’m still trying to find my number one lemming Greenport…help please!) The color of this polish has a perfect balance of being bright and saturated, but not too loud. It’s cool, crisp, and relaxing but has this great amount of vibrancy that I love. It’s almost a cayman blue. It references a more tropical nautical image for me. This is great for a fun hit of color with summer dresses or shorts and t-shirts. I love it.

GREAT application too!

Not only is this color spot on, so are the formula and application. It’s a jelly dream to apply. It goes on so smooth and easily with a bit of a watery consistency. I do need three coats, but it dries quickly and always looks flawless in the end. The finish is so shiny and smooth.

Where to Buy: Amazon.com / $8 (And Sag Harbor from this collection is available through the same seller.)

Do you own Shelter Island? If not, what’s your favorite summer time blue to wear? I’ll always take up recommendations on blue polishes because I love them!

P.S. I don’t know a girl that doesn’t like a Stargazer Lilly, so enjoy this dreamy pink orange-y sorbet  colored one.

Stargazer Lilly

– Liz

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OPI: Y’all Come Back Ya Hear? and Sally Hansen Complete Manicure: Hidden Treasure

I was really feeling like wearing an orange on my nails recently. And while I was poking around in my stash, I realized I don’t have that many oranges, which was a let down. I wanted to wear Y’all Come Back Ya Hear? and remembered this awesome manicure, and decided to repeat it.

Flakes underneath Y'all Come Back Ya Hear?

I decided to do this manicure as accent nails only on my ring fingers and thumb. YCBYH is an ideal orange jelly that is saturated, fun, and ideal for summer. The perfect orange. Hidden Treasure is a flake-y top coat that is warm toned with orange and yellow. These warm toned colors go really well together, even if warm tones aren’t my favorite.

Pretty, subtle accent

I started with 2 coats of YCBYH on all of my nails. Then I added one thick coat of Hidden Treasure on both of my thumbs and ring fingers. Then gave all nails another coat of YCBHY and top coat to finish. It sounds a little more time-consuming that it actually was. Everything dried easily and was worth the outcome. I wish I had done it to all my nails not just as an accent! It’s subtle, but adds a splash of sparkle in the sunlight and is something fun for summer.

Some of you might be wondering why I didn’t just put HT on as a top coat on my accent nails. I really prefer with a jelly finish and a flake-y top coat to put the flakes within the layers for a look that has a lot of depth and looks like a Nfu Oh polish. They look like they are inside the polish, not just floating on top.

Where to Buy Y’all Come Back: JCPenny / Ulta / Trade Secret / Dillard’s / Professional Salons / $ 8.50

Where to Buy Hidden Treasure: Maybe Ebay? Or you could find any flake-y top coat to use. I know Hard Candy had one and I’m sure there’s a drugstore brand out there that makes one.

So, tell me. Do you love flakes in polishes? I know some people go nutso for it. It’s nice once in a while but not a regular thing for me. What’s your favorite flake-y nail polish?

– Liz

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