Category: Nails

 
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Aphrodite

Ahhhh…this is more like it.

Formula X “Aphrodite” is a beautiful brass/pewter holographic polish. As old as this polish must be, it still applied beautifully. This is two light coats, over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat…except for that mattified pinky nail with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. (I just received a new bottle in the mail today – squeeeeee!)

Holographic nail polishes are underrated – especially in the summer. Indoors, they look like plain old gray nails, but outside in the sunlight – they take on a life of their own! The holo sparkle in “Aphrodite” is a whole-ass rainbow on my fingers!

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Pepto Pizzaz

Ugh, I am about fucking DONE with L.A. Colors – this polish pissed me off SO MUCH.

This is L.A. Colors “Pizzaz” – I picked it up at WalMart a few weeks ago. It was 98 cents, on a clearance end cap – I should’ve known better!

Why am I so irritated? This polish was a streaky, chalky mess. Even after two coats, there were streaks and drag marks. The finish of the polish itself was demi-matte, and there was a tantalizing bit of purple opalescent shimmer before I hit the top coats. Of course, that shimmer totally disappeared after the top coats – I was just left with Pepto Bismol pink. This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat, with Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my thumb and ring finger, and regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the rest.

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Reflection Pool

Oh hey, What do you think of Sally Hansen Color Therapy “Reflection Pool”? It’s pretty tight. It’s a shimmery teal, with a hint of purple.

I am SOLD on the Sally Hansen Color Therapy (with Argan Oil) formula – this is one of the nicest polish formulas I’ve ever used. The perfect consistency – not too thick or too thin – and it self-levels like a dream. No drag marks, no bubbles. I wish it was a little bit cheaper – this baby was $6.79 – and some shades are $7.99 – almost OPI prices!

This is two coats over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat.

I also did my toes – perfect for pool time. Only problem – I need a (closer) friend with a pool.

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Natural Blonde

I had hoped to cover all 6 of the Sinful Colors Pride Collection during Pride Month, but we’re here at the end and I’m only on the fourth one…which is Sinful Colors “Natural Blonde” – which I am definitely NOT.

I’ve been blonde a few different times – it was a wild ride every time. This polish is pretty close to the color my hair turns with bleach – brassy yellow.

I’m not the biggest fan of yellow polishes, but this gold glitter is one of the better ones. It’s super-saturated and full coverage in just two coats. I started with Sinful Colors Base Coat and topped with Glisten & Glow Top Coat…except for that mattified little pinky.

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Target Beauty Boxes – June 2019

It’s no surprise that Target released His & Hers boxes this month – gotta get in on that Father’s Day action!

His box is themed “Dopp Kit Essentials” – I had to google “Dopp Kit” because I’d never heard that term before – it’s a toiletry bag for dudes. Inside this “Dopp Kit”: Crest Gum Detoxify Deep Clean Toothpaste; Bulldog Men’s Skincare Moisturizer, Face Wash & Shave Gel; Dove Men+Care Clean Comfort Antiperspirant; Gillette SkinGuard Men’s Razor; Old Spice Fresher Collection Deep Sea Invisible Solid Deodorant; and Head & Shoulders Old Spice Pure Sport Men’s Anti-Dandruff 2-in-1 Shampoo & Conditioner. Believe it or not, my husband kept only the toothpaste and Head & Shoulders – and gave the rest to my son. I guess he is my new recipient!

Her box, um, I mean MY box is themed “Jet-Set-Go” and contains: TRESemme Between Washes Volumizing Dry Shampoo (I need my work wife to come to my house and teach me how to use this shit); Pixi T-Zone Peel Off Mask (interesting); CND Vinylux Mini Duo Pack in “Romantique” (I am very skeptical of these at-home gel polishes, but I’ll give it a spin); Pantene Pro-V Intense Rescue Shots Ampoules Hair Treatment; and Herbal Essences Bio Renew Revitalize Cucumber & Green Tea Dry Shampoo (why the fuck did they put two dry shampoos in one fucking box???)

I feel like the His Box is a good value for $7, but I am annoyed that I paid $7 for the Hers Box. As usual, free shipping, 5% off with my Red Card and each one came with a $3 off $15 coupon. Again, the His Box has a scannable app coupon, but the Hers Box has an old fashioned coupon. Odd.

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Blue-Tiful Horizon

essie “Blue-Tiful Horizon” is the first polish I sampled from my National Nail Polish Day haul – it was just too tempting.

I was fooled by the bottle – it appears so much lighter – like a sky blue – in the bottle. On the nails though, it turns to the color of a thunderstorm rolling in – it’s absolutely insane. I think it’s the pink flash that is so deceiving. It’s like sunset during a thunderstorm, when the light is almost yellow.

This is two coats of “Blue-Tiful Horizon” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Top Coat. I didn’t mattify any of my nails this time – my matte top coat is almost empty!

By the way, Glisten & Glow is having a customer appreciation sale – 15% off using code EmailBlast1 – go get you some!

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Tuesday X

Sephora discontinued their Formula X Nail polishes about two years ago – I remember, because I bought a shit-ton of them for $2. Imagine my surprise when I waltzed into a Tuesday Morning in Lufkin, TX and found hundreds of them…for $1.98 each!

Somehow, I managed to limit myself to just 5. I picked up (left to right) “Spark” (an iridescent copper glitter topper), “Astrolady” (a pink shimmer with gold flash), “Brainchild” (fuchsia!), “Aphrodite” (I think it’s a rainbow microglitter?), and “Moon Glow” (teal shimmer).

I already have regrets that I did not pick up more. I NEED more.

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Tainted Love

Sinful Colors “Tainted Love” is the third polish I’ve samples from their new Pride Collection.

This polish is so beautiful that I had to share TWO pics – one in sunlight and one in shade. Don’t get spoiled and start expecting two pics. This is two coats of “Tainted Love” over Sinful Colors Base Coat. Again, I just had to see it matte, so I used Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat on my pinky and the Regular Glisten & Glow Top Coat on the other nails.

Is it totally off-putting to say that this polish reminds me of menstrual blood? I haven’t had to deal with it for about 6 years…and I am pretty sure I don’t miss it…but maybe I do? I think I’d rather just have this polish, though.

It reminds me a bit of “Ruby Glisten”, but with a lot more glitter.

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National Nail Polish Day

Did you know that June 1st is National Nail Polish Day? Me either! Even though it sounds like a totally made up holiday, I am willing to play along since Target offered 25% off on nail products that day. I was too lazy to go there in person, so I placed an online order…

The first one I added was OPI “Tuti Frutti Tonga”, on clearance for $2.84. I also added essie “Blue-Tiful Horizon” ($6.59), which is a stunning periwinkle blue with a pink flash.

Target was also had a deal offering a $5 gift card with the purchase of 3 Sally Hansen polishes. I jumped on that deal. I picked up Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Rose Flush” ($3.99) and two of the Color Therapy polishes – “Reflection Pool” ($6.79) and “Burnished Bronze” ($7.99). I haven’t tried the Color Therapy formula, but I’ve read that it is REALLY good.

So with my 25% off + %5 off with my Target Red Card + $3 off $15 from last month’s Target Beauty Box + free shipping, my order total was $21.61 for five polishes. The $5 gift card (which I just used towards a new Mr. Coffee) brings the total down to ~$15 for five polishes. Not bad, if I do say so myself!

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Tutti Fucking Fruitti

“Don’t you NEVER turn your back on a fuckin’ clown when he’s talkin’ to you!” Whoops, wrong website…although this IS kind of a clown polish.

I am fucking obsessed with this polish, clowns or not. This is Sally Hansen Insta-Dri “Tutti-Fruitti” from the Sally Hansen x Jelly Belly Collaboration. I don’t know how they made a polish look like a jelly bean, but they fucking did. I don’t even know that I know what tutti fruitti even tastes like – generic fake fruit flavor?

This is two coats of “Tutti-Fruitti” over Glisten & Glow Base Coat and under Glisten & Glow Matte Top Coat. The matte top coat muted a glitters a bit and made it look like a jelly bean.

I wish I had picked this polish up for Easter – it would’ve been PERFECT!