Sunday, February 28, 2010

Diamond Cosmetics Spring 2010: Orange Blush


Diamond Cosmetics Orange Blush (3 coats)

Up next in the collection is Orange Blush from Diamond Cosmetics. In the bottle I thought this one was going to be a creme, but after applying it I found out that it is a jelly! I have a love/hate relationship with jellies. On the one hand they are usually nice colors and are easy to apply, but on the downside they are usually really sheer. This one is orange, but has a hint of coral to it. Overall, I like this one and it will make a great addition for spring.

*disclaimer: These products were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion.*

Saturday, February 27, 2010

Diamond Cosmetics Razzmatazz


Diamond Cosmetics Razzmatazz  (3 coats)

The next collection I have to swatch is from Diamond Cosmetics. This is their brand new Spring Collection that is out now. Up first is the somewhat duochrome called Razzmatazz. From straight on this looks like a nice blush pink shimmer, but in other light, you can see the flash of blue/purple throughout. The only negative to this polish is that it was the sheerest of all, and needed a full three coats to be opaque.

Don't forget, most of their polishes are only $2.25 and can be found on their website here.

*disclaimer: This product was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion.*

Friday, February 26, 2010

Massini Purple Medallion



Massini Purple Medallion (2 coats)

Holy crap this is one beautiful glitter polish! It's purple! It's glittery! What else do you want? Application was wonderful, but it is a little gritty and needs a thick topcoat to smooth out. I honestly don't want to say too much more. Oh, it was only $1.60 at Meijer. Yeah.

Thursday, February 25, 2010

Sinful Color Mint Apple


Sinful Color Mint Apple (2 coats)

Way to go Sinful Color! Mint Apple is a beautiful! It is definitely a darker mint color than most of the ones that have come out recently. I love the shimmer in this one. Some people have problems with the opaqueness from Sinful Colors, but this one was not an issue since it only needed 2 coats. Love it!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Sally Hansen Back to the Fuschia


Sally Hansen Back to the Fuschia (3 coats)

About a month or so ago, Sally Hansen changed their Salon bottles. I was lucky enough to pick up this baby at Walgreens for $1.50. I absolutely love the name of this one. When I was a kid I watched Back to the Future Part I hundreds of times. Seriously. I mostly picked this one up because of the name (haven't we all done that?) and I'm not dissappointed. It is a really nice pink shimmer that flashes blue. It was pretty sheer and could have used 4 coats to be opaque and the application was slightly runny.

Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Claire's Chunky Purple


Claire's Chunky Purple (2 coats)

Claire's Chunky Purple was....a little disappointing. I saw this on Scrangie's blog and I thought I'd love it. It's a purple jelly with small and large hexagonal glitter pieces throughout. I just don't think it looks good with my skintone, and I wish it had more depth. I had no application issues, but after looking at the pictures, it could have used a third coat for sure.

Monday, February 22, 2010

OPI Red My Fortune Cookie


OPI Red My Fortune Cookie (2 coats)

Red My Fortune Cookie is the last of my OPI Hong Kong Collection and is a red creme. While it is a nice color, it is not unique at all when it comes to OPI. We all know they do some great reds, but sometimes enough is enough, you know what I mean? This was only 2 coats and applied just fine.

Sunday, February 21, 2010

OPI Hot & Spicy


OPI Hot & Spicy (3 coats)

After today's polish, I only have one left from the Hong Kong Collection. Hot & Spicy is a nice orange coral creme. I actually liked this one more than I thought I would. It will make a nice polish for spring (or any time really). Application was a little different with this one. It was definitely waterier than the rest, and needed three coats for me. Overall, I like this one.

OPI Dim Sum Plum


OPI Dim Sum Plum (2 coats)

Man I wish I liked the mini bottles more! The brushes are a such a pain. I don't really find an issue with other mini bottles, just OPI. Dim Sum Plum is a nice purple/pink creme. I like how this looks on my skin, but it's not completely groundbreaking. It's not the best or worst of the collection. I don't really want to say much about the application since it is the mini brush. I can say that it only needed 2 coats which is nice (and I love the name of this polish!).

Sorry I am so late to posting tonight. I had a chocolate fondue/nail party tonight with some friends. We were being really silly and everyone decided they were going to take pictures to add to my blog. I mentioned that they should be guest bloggers for the day, so hopefully I will get that up soon. :) I ended up giving one friend some crap because she is the most unadventurous person when it comes to nail color. I brought some neutral ones I thought she would use, but even some of those were too much! In the end she ended up with Zoya's Poshe! I know! Anyway, it was a great time and I hope to get those pictures soon.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Suzi Says Feng Shui and Comparison


OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui (2 coats)

Index Finger: OPI Suzi Says Feng Shui
Middle Finger: Color Club Gossip Column
Ring Finger: Icing unnamed blue polish

Up next from this collection is Suzi Says Feng Shui from OPI. As you can see it is a unique bright blue creme. Application was good and only needed 2 coats (like most of this collection). I was asked to do a comparison on this one against other blues in my collection. Color Club's Gossip Column from the Rebel Debutante Collection is definitely a darker blue compared to Feng Shui, but is still a creme. The unnamed blue polish from Icing is very similar to Gossip Column, but as you can see, has some fine microshimmer in it. Otherwise, I had nothing else similar in my collection. This polish is definitely a keeper!

We have a winner for our first giveaway! Congratulations, Angie! I have sent you an e-mail asking for your address. Thanks to those who entered.

Thursday, February 18, 2010

OPI Jade is the New Black


OPI Jade is the New Black (2 coats)

While the color doesn't exactly look like the jade stone, it is still a beautiful dusty green creme from the Hong Kong Collection. I'm pretty sure this was one of the more popular polishes from this collection (lots of people sure do love green!), despite my mother saying my nails look like they have fungus growing on them when I wear green polish. Thanks, mom! Anyway, I really do like this unique green shade since sometimes I get sick of emerald green colors (please don't throw stones at me...especially jade ones!). I hope to have a little comparison picture tomorrow with Suzi Says Feng Shui, so make sure to stop back tomorrow. Did anyone order Zoya polishes yet? What did you get?

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

OPI Chop-Sticking To My Story and Zoya Code


OPI Chop-Sticking To My Story (2 coats)

Burnt orange! Holy crap this polish looks like the Texas Longhorns! My husband is from Texas (Houston area) and that was the first thing he said when he saw this polish. I'm not sure if I should hold that against the polish or not ;-) Some people have mentioned that this looks a little like Ginger Bells from the winter collection, but I don't own that one, otherwise I'd do a comparison. Application was just fine and only needed 2 coats. Overall this polish reminded me of spiced pumpkin and makes me think of Fall. I love it!

If you haven't done so, sign up to win a bottle of Ms. Socialite from Color Club. You can find more information here

Zoya is having a special right now and I'm trying to decide what to get. This comes from their e-mail:

In honor of NYFW(New York Fashion Week) Zoya, The New Color of Fashion,
wants to give a "Fashion Reward" to all our followers and fans.

Place any Zoya or Qtica order of $10 (on, or
and get any 2 Zoya Nail Polish shades (0.5oz bottles) as our Free gift to you.
Simply add all the items that you want to purchase online to your shopping cart.
Enter the code NYFW in the "code" field and press the "update" button.
A $14 discount will appear in the shopping cart for the value of the 2 Zoya Nail Polishes.

Offer valid from Wednesday, 2/17/2010 Friday, 2/19/2010, at 5PM ET. Standard shipping charges apply.
Offer valid for consumer online orders only. Free ground shipping for orders over $55 in Continental USA only.
Not valid with any other coupon code or offer.

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

OPI Meet Me on Star Ferry


OPI Meet Me on Star Ferry (2 coats)

On a whim I purchased Meet Me on Star Ferry from the OPI Hong Kong Collection. It didn't look completely exciting, but I love shimmers so I gave it a chance. Boy am I glad I did! It is a beautiful rose colored polish with gold shimmer. I'm wearing this one as a pedi right now. Application was perfect (like always, easier than applying cremes) and only needed 2 coats.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Our First Giveaway!

That's right, we are having a (small) giveaway! I will be sending out one bottle of Ms. Socialite from the Color Club Rebel Debutante Collection. In case you have forgotten, here is a picture it of.


In order to be eligible, you must be a follower of my blog. Sign up by sending an e-mail to with the words "February Giveaway" in the subject line. Although this is not necessary, feel free to let me know what brands you want to see more of in the future. This giveaway will be going through Friday, February 19, 2010. At this time a winner will be chosen by random and an e-mail will be sent asking for an address. Good luck everyone!

Orly Ginger Lily


Orly Ginger Lily (2 coats)

Happy President's Day! Continuing from yesterday, Ginger Lily comes from the Bloom Collection from Orly. This shimmer is a little hard to describe: is it orange, bronze, or red? It really looks like a mix of these to me. I wasn't totally sold when I saw it on the bottle (it looks a little neutral), but on the nail it looks much better in  my opinion. Application was a breeze and barely needed 2 coats to be opaque. 

*disclaimer: This product was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion.* 

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Orly Thorned Rose


Orly Thorned Rose (2 coats)

Thorned Rose comes from Orly's Spring Bloom Collection which is out now. It is a vampy raspberry wine creme that has a really shiny finish. As you can see from the picture, it dries a bit darker on the nail, but never appears black. Application was great for a creme and only needed 2 coats to be opaque. You can find these online or at your nearest Sally Beauty Supply. Some people are not fans of the Orly bottle, but I really like the rubberized grip. If you don't like it, what specifically don't you like?

I finally have some polishes from the OPI Hong Kong collection to start blogging. I'm not 100% I will get to it tomorrow, but it will definitely be this week. Happy Valentine's Day and I hope everyone is enjoying the Olympics like I am :)

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Valentine's Day Mani



 Color Club Ghost of a Chance (2 coats) Nail Art Hearts from Sally's Beauty Supplies

Happy almost Valentine's Day! I figured I'd show my Valentine mani today to get people excited about tomorrow. Bleh, I know I didn't do a Konad (I've really been slacking on the Konad lately), but I decided to use some nail art given to me for Christmas by my great sister-in-law. I had to be really careful applying the hearts since I don't have any "crappy" tweezers. These were relatively easy to work with since they are fairly thick in width. As you can see from the photos, they don't really lie flat on the nail since they are so thick, but with the help of a thick topcoat this was no issue at all. 
My husband already gave me his Valentine's Day gifts and it was nail polish! He got me the Tiny Takeouts polish from the OPI Hong Kong Collection as well as a few OPI matte polishes. I am so lucky to have a man who supports my love of nail polish. I hope everyone has a great day tomorrow!

Friday, February 12, 2010

SpaRitual Dreamsicle


SpaRitual Dreamsicle (4 coats)

Is it just me or does Dreamsicle look completely different on the nail than it does the bottle? Don't get me wrong, I still like it, but it seems to have a lot more orange pigment on the nail. You all how some cameras lie, but this time it was true difference in the color. It is a neon pink jelly that was a little too sheer for my liking. The picture shows 4 coats, and it could have used 1 more, but I am one of those people who will not put more than 4 coats on. This was mostly due to the fact that the formula on it was quite watery (this didn't affect the application though). 

*disclaimer: This product was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion.* 

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Claire's Dreamcatcher


Claire's Dreamcatcher (3 coats)

I still have one more SpaRitual polish to show, but today I'll be showing Dreamcatcher from Claire's. Several people were saying this polish is a dupe (or as close as one can get to it) of Chanel's Jade polish. Again, I don't own Jade so I cannot do a comparison, but as far as this one goes, I absolutely love it! It is a creamy mint green polish with a slight green shimmer throughout. Some were complaining about the application, but other than being a little sheer, I had no issues at all. These can be found at your local Claire's store and run about $4 a bottle (and they usually have polishes buy 1 get one half off).

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

SpaRitual Emerald City


SpaRitual Emerald City (3 coats)

This is my first time trying SpaRitual. I've always heard about them, but I've never seen them in real life. I was very lucky that they sent me 2 polishes from the 5 new additions they are adding to their permanent line. When I think of Emerald City, I automatically think of The Wizard of Oz. This color, despite not being the dark emerald green I think of, is still a nice green creme. Unfortunately my pictures look a little too blue for my liking. It is definitely a green polish. The formula on this one was quite watery, but that didn't make the application too hard. Since it is quite thin, it definitely needed a full 3 coats for full coverage.

*disclaimer: This product was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion.* 

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

Diamond Cosmetics Concrete Jungle


Diamond Cosmetics Concrete Jungle (2 coats)-1 layer topcoat Extended Wear 
Today I will be finishing up the polishes I received for the Ring in the New Year Collection from Diamond Cosmetics. Concrete Jungle is a nice medium grey creme. I'm not usually in love with grey polishes, but this one looks nice on the nail. Application was just great like all Diamond Cosmetics polishes I've owned and only needed 2 coats overall. I used one coat of their new Extended Wear topcoat which is supposed to keep polish from fading and yellowing. 

Diamond Cosmetics Nail Shine Topcoat

I was also sent another new topcoat called Nail Shine. It is made to protect polish with a rich, shiny film. As you can see from the photo, it really does have a nice shine to it. Unfortunately for both topcoats, they are not quick-dry. After having gone to Seche Vite and Poshe, it is really hard to wait so long in order to do anything. The Nail Shine topcoat definitely dried faster than the Extended Wear one, but it was still at least an hour until they were mostly dry. I think these may work better with drying drops (which I don't own). I didn't get the chance to really check if the Extended Wear topcoat lasts longer, but after almost 2 days of work in a lab and a shower, I had no chips in the polish so it does seem to have some lasting benefits. Overall, as a blogger who changes her polish every day, I don't think these topcoats were geared for me. I can see how those who polish their nails a couple times a week would find these topcoats useful. Also on the positive side, they are only $2.50 on their website right now. 

*disclaimer: These products were provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion.* 

Monday, February 8, 2010

Diamond Cosmetics Starry Night


Diamond Cosmetics Starry Night (2 coats)

Starry Night comes from the new Collection from Diamond Cosmetics that includes three topcoats and two polishes. I've already reviewed the matte topcoat (which can be found here) and is a great product for only $3.50. Starry Night is a black polish with fine silver shimmer throughout. At first I thought the shimmer was going to be more pronounced, but after applied, there's just a hint of texture. I'm usually not a huge fan of most black polishes, but after using all of these spring colors, this polish just hit the spot. The name isn't the most original, and usually are purple colors instead of black, but I won't hold this against the polish. Application was great and only needed 2 coats for full coverage.

On a side note, when I applied this one it made me think of my graduate research. I study aquatic viruses and often use microscopy to count them. Since the viruses are so small (duh!), it can be really hard to count some of them on the slides (they are tiny colored specks on a black background) and it reminded me of this polish.

*disclaimer: This product was provided by the company or PR representative. All reviews are based solely on my opinion.* 

Sunday, February 7, 2010

OPI Absolutely Alice



OPI Absolutely Alice (3 coats)

The final color of the Alice in Wonderland Collection I have for you is Absolutely Alice. I know there was a lot of talk about whether or not this was too close to Dorothy Who? from the China Glaze The Wizard of Ooh and Ahz collection. I haven't done a comparison yet, but Absolutely Alice is more complex with a mix of blue, silver and gold glitters whereas Dorothy Who? only contains blue glitter in a jelly base. While both Absolutely Alice and Mad as a Hatter needed 3 coats, this one had better coverage and no bald spots.