Friday, August 28, 2015

Right on the Nail ~ Sally Hansen New 2015 Boho Chic Collection Collection Swatches and Reviews: Fish-Teal Braid

*press samples*

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Fish-Teal Braid (2 coats)

TGIF! I actually received 2 colors from the Boho Chic collection, but 1 broke in transit *cue sad violin music.* Tonight I have a color called Fish-Teal Braid (fun name!) which is a bright teal blue creme. It wasn't until I was about to take this polish off that I was wondering if I'd get some staining, and I did. It was more the cuticles and the skin on the sides of my nails that stained than my nails themselves. Just a little soap and a nail brush and my nails were as good as new. If/when I wear this one again, I'd probably wear a peel-off basecoat so I don't have to deal with staining. If you're into bright, festival-ready colors, the other polishes in the Boho Chic collection are for you.

These will run you about $10 from drugstores, but make sure to look out for sales. You can find more about Sally Hansen on their TwitterFacebook, and Instagram pages.

*This polish was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Want to Know How to Get Rid of Your Bad Mentality Nail Polish Safely?

Congratulations, Zoya, you are awesome! In possibly the best timing possible, Zoya is now having their nail polish exchange program to get 50% off polishes (and free shipping). You bet I'm getting rid of my 6 Mentality Nail Polishes. Now I don't have to worry about how I am going to dispose of them safely since Zoya will be doing that for me. What will you be getting rid of? Read on for more information:

Trade in your brands for the smart choice today! Not only was Zoya the pioneer of the BIG3FREE and the BIG5FREE movement, we're technically 8-Free since our formulas have never included ethyl tosylamide, xylene or parabens. As the trusted brand among professionals and women who want cutting edge color with the safest formula available,  we want to give you the opportunity to trade in your unwanted brands for a healthier alternative - especially since many of you are concerned about the current formulas that you are using. Let's make it the standard that #HealthierIsHappier!
How The Exchange Works...
1. Add a minimum of 6 bottles of polish (no more than 24 bottles) to your cart. Please Note: Naked Manicure & Zoya Treatments are excluded.
2. Apply Code: HAPPY and a 50% credit will be deducted from your exchange order - free shipping included!
3. Complete checkout and you're all set! If you need further instructions on sending back your unwanted polish click HERE.

The exchange runs on the honor system, which means you are not obligated to send in your unwanted polish - we assume you're going to do the right thing! If you choose to send back your polishes, please check with your carrier of choice for shipping guidelines and restrictions for nail polish. For full promotion terms & conditions and instructions on how to send in your polish, click HERE.
Offer valid 8/28/15 - 9/12/15 (11:59pm EST)

Thursday, August 27, 2015

Why I Got Rid of Ads

I hate ads. I especially hate ads on my phone or iPad. I bet that you hate ads, too! No, I don't want to have to click a tiny X in the corner of my screen. And don't get me started on when I accidentally click on the ad. I do understand that people want to make money for the hard work they do on their blog. I mean, I'm a blogger, of course I would like to at least come out even (ad revenue vs polish/supplies spent), but I have never done so. Ever. This is fine because I choose to have this blog, and I'm not crying about not making money off of it. That being said, as a blog viewer, I hate ads.

I have now decided to use a service called Patreon that will allow you to directly support my blog through pledging monthly donations to my site. Here is a link to my Patreon page (which will also be posted on the top right hand corner of the blog). This means I can have better content, more giveaways, etc. This is not a new idea, and maybe a blog you already read has Patreon. You can pledge as little as $1 month and you can stop at any time. I don't expect anything from any of you, but I just don't want to have ads anymore. You guys have been great through the many years I have been blogging, and I appreciate all of your kind words and support. 

Oh yeah, and I also hope to have a more streamlined layout on my blog soon, so stay tuned.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Right on the Nail ~ Sally Hansen New Tribal Vibe Collection Collection Swatches and Reviews: Per-Suede and Terra-Coppa

*press samples*

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Per-Suede (2 coats)

Sally Hansen Miracle Gel Terra-Coppa (2 coats)

It's no secret that I'm a fan of Sally Hansen. They have consistent quality and are relatively easy to find in the US (unless it's a limited edition color-I'm looking at you, Opulent Cloud from a few years ago...anyone else remember that craziness?). Two new collections have been released this fall with the introduction of their new 2X Volume Gel Top Coat (more on that later). Tonight I have 2 colors from the 7-piece Tribal Vibe collection to show you.

Up first is Per-Suede which is a leathery red/brown creme. I know, it's a weird description, but surprisingly fitting. It has that Tuscan feel that reminds me of a terracotta pot. This is a great fall color that has really warm undertones. I have been vocal in my dislike for the Sally Hansen tapered brush, but I think I finally got used to it. It's still not my favorite, but I know it's loved by many. This also had such a great formula and application. The second color is called Terra-Coppa and is a metallic copper and silver shimmer. They recommend using 2 coats of the color (no base) with 1 coat of top coat and I was worried that I would need a third coat of color for this one. I ended up just using 2 coats, but you may need a third. This is another great fall color and I may need to buy the rest of the collection if I find it at a drugstore. Despite it being a little more sheer, the application was perfect.

I used the new 2X Volume Gel Top Coat for all of the swatches. I know some people have had some issues with the old top coat streaking the color, so I was curious to see if this was corrected with the new formulation. Well, yes and no. I did have 1 nail that slightly streaked (middle finger on Per-Suede), but it wasn't noticeable unless you looked straight at my nails. I really don't know what causes this, do you? In terms of the volume, I don't really think about volume unless I'm talking about mascara, am I right? I think it's slightly thicker which might remind you of a true gel polish application. Is it completely different than the 1st formula? No, but I still like it. I ended up wearing Per-Suede to DC a couple weeks ago and had no chipping of peeling with about 4 days of wear. The only thing I noticed was that the gloss of the top coat slightly dulled which isn't surprising.

If you made it this far in the review, congratulations! Apparently I was feeling a bit long-winded today. These will run you about $10 from drugstores, but make sure to look out for sales. You can find more about Sally Hansen on their TwitterFacebook, and Instagram pages.

*These polishes were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion. For more information, please see my full disclosure at the bottom of the site*

Monday, August 24, 2015

Right on the Nail ~ Scofflaw Nail Varnish Swatches and Review: Maxwell Demon and Wraith Pinned to the Mist


Scofflaw Nail Lacquer Maxwell Demon (3 coats)

Scofflaw Nail Lacquer Wraith Pinned to the Mist (3 coats)

Hi guys, Happy Monday! I feel like I went a little overboard with buying polishes from Scofflaw Nail Varnish, but there was a sale (the biggest of the year from them, I believe) and I wanted to make shipping costs worth it. At least that's what I tell my wallet and my husband. Tonight I have the final 2 polishes I bought.

First I have a polish full of glitter called Maxwell Demon which is a peachy/pink crelly with purple, blue, and purple hexagonal glitter in different sizes. Is it just me or does this look like a berry patch? It's a busy polish, but in a good way. The creme/jelly base was fairly sheer, so I needed 3 coats for full coverage. Make sure you use thin coats because it can get thick otherwise. The next color is hands-down my favorite of the bunch. I wasn't expecting to love Wraith Pinned to the Mist as much as I did. It's an aqua blue polish with lots of fine purple, green, and blue shimmer and gold flakes. The flakes stand out more than the shimmers, but it just adds to the depth to the color. This was also a bit sheer, but there were no application or formula issues at all. Please get this one, you won't regret it!

Scofflaw Nail Varnish colors retail for $9 on their website. Sign up for the newsletter to find out about restocks and new collections. You can also find out more about them on Instagram and Facebook. If you have any questions or comments, I'm sure they'd be happy if you stopped by.