Friday, August 28, 2015

Untried #1-Essie Sexy Divide

Wow!  Hello there.  Clearly I haven't written anything in awhile and I haven't meant to but tonight I was just feeling it.  Maybe it was because I had a terrible day at work and I was feeling chatty perhaps?  Either way, I wanted to share my polish with you and I really like the idea of sharing untried polishes.  Maybe it will only be every once and a while, we'll see.  Let's get to it!

Today's very first untried is Essie Sexy Divide.  I have definitely not been into Summer polishes this's pretty much just been nudes, metallics, and pastels for me.  We had a nice week of 70's this week and I just went for the vampy polishes.  I reached for Essie's Sexy Divide, which originally comes from the Winter 2008 collection.  It's a dark, cool-toned shimmery purple, which is almost black and sometimes a bit blue looking.

The formula was really great on this polish, I had zero formula problems.  I used two easy coats with one coat of Seche Vite topcoat for my swatches, which are also taken after a full days wear of this polish.

Overall I'm quite pleased with this vampy little number, although I know I'll have to keep the vampy nails to a minimum next week because we're going to be in the 90's...yikes!  Do you own this polish?  What do you think of it?

Wednesday, May 13, 2015

A Manicure For Your Next Cruise

Hi polish friends.  I hope everyone is doing well.  Long time no write here but I've pretty much been doing daily videos on my YouTube channel here.  A few days ago I was contacted by Royal Caribbean cruise lines because they wanted to use a swatch photo of mine.  Well, I wanted to show it off and I thought the concept was really cool.  They wrote an entire article about matching your manicures to your type of cruise.  I've been on many of cruise, including a cruise to Alaska for my honeymoon.  So I just wanted to share the article with you guys because I'm proud of it :D

Here's my picture below which was a swatch of Ciate Pool Party chosen for a cruise to Aruba.  I have been to Aruba and I do love snorkeling, although scuba diving would be amazing as well!  


If you'd like to check out the full article, just click here.  

Saturday, March 21, 2015

Video: Zoya Delight Collection-Swatches, Review, and Bottle Comparisons

Hi there everyone!  Boy am I glad it's starting to look like Spring.  Come check out my thoughts on the Spring 2015 Zoya Delight collection down below.

Friday, February 13, 2015

Valentine's Polish! Seche Vite Rendezvous Review from Live, Love, Polish

 *Press Samples
Hi everyone, happy Friday!  I can't believe we are right in the middle of February already.  Today I have the perfect Valentine's nail polish to share with you.  If you are a long-time follower of my blog, you'll know that I am not a red lover whatsoever.  So when Valentine's Day rolls around, I am all about the pink.  I wear pink, I will usually be sporting some kind of rose gold makeup, and you know it's going to be about the pink polish.  Today I have this bright pink number from Live, Love, Polish to share with you that is the ultimate hot pink for the day of love tomorrow.

Seche is a brand that I've heard of before, mostly from the topcoat, but I was given the opportunity to try out a polish from the line.  I of course went for a traditional cream (they always steal my heart...pun intended) and this one blew me away.  Seche Rendezvous is a hot pink cream and it applied like a dream!  It was seriously a one coat wonder.  I have absolutely no complaints.  The color was stunning and the formula was a dream to work with.

I'm sure many of you have heard of the wonder that is Seche Vite Top Coat but if you haven't, it's definitely one of the better topcoats out there.  Seche Vite is high up on the list of my topcoats because it dries pretty much instantly and it has that mega-shine factor.  It's also the only topcoat I use when topping nail art because it doesn't smear the designs.  My only negative with this topcoat is that it doesn't really work with my body chemistry and tends to chip pretty quickly on me.  That doesn't happen for everyone though. 

Overall I was really impressed with my first try with Seche nail polish and Seche Vite continues to be my go-to topcoat for nail art.  Have you tried Seche brand nail color before?  You can find both products on the Live, Love, Polish website here.  Happy Valentine's Day :)

*Products in this post were received for review in exchange for my honest opinion.

Friday, January 23, 2015

Not Just Yet...OPI Holiday Swatches-Part 1

This post is probably a surprise right?  Me too :)  Maybe I just needed a break, to vent, not sure but I'm ready to get back into the blogging game.  I think my old schedule is too much pressure but I think I can manage a few posts a week.  The comments were so heartfelt and nice and meant so much to me.

So today I present some OPI holiday swatches I've been holding onto.  I have the entire collection but it didn't thrill me so I haven't worn it all.  I also want to not hold myself to some weird pressure standard so I'll just show you the swatches I have, if I get to the rest I get to them!

Red Fingers & Mistletoes-

First up, is a red with gold shimmer.  Normally I would hate this color of polish but for some reason I tried it out right away and LOVED it.  For some reason it was so warm and cozy and I loved the look of the shimmer.  The formula was good with two easy coats below.

Cinnamon Sweet-

Next up, another red.  I wasn't thrilled with the prospect of so many reds (even though this happens every year), but again, I really liked this one.  This red to me was a little bit cooler and deeper than a traditional red, which I tend to not go for.  The formula was really nice and covered evenly with two coats.

Unfrost My Heart-

Last of this swatch trio is a silver foil.  I was disappointed because we've seen this polish multiple times before from OPI, especially in the past year or two.  There wasn't anything different about this one, just a standard silver foil.  The formula was good in two easy coats.  

So overall, as surprising as it is, I really liked the two reds so far and I really could have skipped on another silver foil.  What are your thoughts?

Tuesday, January 6, 2015

Twinsie Tuesday-Pond Manicure

Well well well, long time no see.  I didn't mean for this to happen so let me explain (briefly, I promise).  The weekend before the week of Christmas I got insanely sick, 103 degree fever, delirious for the entire weekend.  I ended up having a really nasty strain of the flu also with a really bad strain of the stomach flu---at the same time!  For nine days I didn't work, I couldn't keep down anything.  I've never been more sick in my entire life.  I didn't even think I was going up for the holidays.  I lost a ton of weight, could barely stand, and was just surviving on small sips of water basically.  So that's where I've been.  Eventually I had to go to the doctor to get medicine just to keep from throwing up because every smell or commercial with food was making me sick.  Even after all this time, my stomach is still healing, I had a little sickness relapse after Christmas.  Like I said, I didn't mean for any of this to happen.

So today I have a very sad first offering.  I had never done a pond manicure and it didn't turn out how I wanted.  I started with three coats of OPI Do You Think I'm Tex-y? which is a jelly magenta pink.  I wanted to go in the direction of Valentine's day so I created some freehand black hearts in a pattern.  I think the black was too dark to create the pond effect but it was my first try :/

I'll slowly be coming back, even if it's just Tuesdays for now :)  Welcome to our newest Twinsie members as well!  Thanks for sticking with me everyone, you guys are the best :)

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