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Zoya 18K Gold Flake Topcoat- Gilty Pleasures

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Received my limited edition Zoya Gilty Nailpolish Trio ($30, http://www.zoya.com), which includes an all white polish in “Purity” and an all black polish in “Raven”. The center of all the attention, is the beautiful polish “Gilty”, which features real 18K gold flakes. It’s a top coat that can be used in conjunction with other nailpolish colors, but looks great with “Raven” or “Purity”.

OPI: Serena Glam Slam (White Shatter)

My girlfriend and I went to get a manicure at a salon and they were selling a lot of the OPI Shatter nailpolishes and they had the Serena Glam Slam Kit! I was hunting this one down and was so happy they had it and avoided having to pay shipping. It has the “White Shatter” nailpolish and “Spark De Triomphe” which is a gorgeous chunky gold glitter nailpolish that looks good even by itself.

NOTD: “One Less Lonely Glitter” Nicole by OPI

Found this gorgeous purple glitter nailpolish called “One Less Lonely Glitter” at Target (around $7), and turns out it’s part of Justin Bieber’s collaboration with OPI– where he has his own collection! (Bieber fact, he has a song called “One Less Lonely Girl” so I was loving this shade name!)

It’s very opaque and you get a lot with just one or two coats. I paired it with China Glaze’s “Coconut Kiss” and man oh man did it blow me away! It’s such a gorgeous combination (and my favorite color is purple), and I am just loving these two together. I already got tons of compliments on it too, so you know it’s a winner!

One thing I like is that it doesn’t feel like that obnoxious chunky glitter on the nail, once I applied my Seche Vite top coat, it was pretty smooth. It has just the right amount of glitter and sparkle and it’s actually the only one I really liked out of the collection. It also looks awesome with OPI’s Black Shater on top.

What are your favorite nailpolishes or nail combos?

Here are some pics:

Review: Sally Hansen Crackle Nailpolishes

Product: 2 out of 5
Packaging: 3 out of 5
Quality: 1 out of 5
Overall: 2 out of 5
Where I bought it:Walmart
Price: $8.49
 Would I buy again? No

I went to Walmart last week and saw the crackle nailpolishes by Sally Hansen and since the crackle polishes are all the rage right now, I thought i’d try them out. They come in other colors as well such as black, purple, pink and more, but I only nabbed three of them, silver (Fractured Foil), white (Snow Blast), and gold (Antiqued Gold). They are around $7-8.50 depending on where you go.

I was excited to try these because all the crackle polishes I was interested in were always sold out, and I wasn’t about to pay a pretty penny on eBay just to own one. However, I found these to be way too streaky in the sense they didn’t “crack” the way I wanted them to, or rather the way the OPI Black Shatter crackled, (and I did let the base coat completely dry).

“Snow Blast” was the worst out of the bunch, it’s a matte finish and no matter what I did, it never came out right, always came out streaky. The metallic ones fare a little better than the white one, and crackled a little bit but not as much as the OPI Black Shatter. I experimented with different base coats and colors, applying one coat, applying two, and they just never came out the way I wanted

Overall: I was so disappointed in the quality of these, considering Sally Hansen has always been known for their nail products. You bet I quickly returned these. :( I am glad there are a lot more brands coming out with their version of crackle polishes, the competition should be interesting!

The dark plum purple polish used as a base in these photos are Sally Hansen Insta-Dry nailpolish in “Uptempo Plum”. And the pink nailpolish is OCC’s nailpolish in “Rhythm Box”.

Snow Blast (L) & Fractured Foil (R)
OPI’s Black Shatter nailpolish:

Sally Hansen “Laced Up” & How-To Tutorial

 

Stephanie requested that I show the Sally Hansen Salon Effects Nail Strips in “Laced Up”, so I thought i’d also do a quick video on how-to apply them as they can be tricky for people who aren’t used to nailstrips. I used Seche Vite as my top coat, which I noticed helps it stay on longer. I like that these nailstrips are ‘movable’ as in if you placed them wrong or it suddenly sticks to your nail, you can still carefully peel them off and start over; as some other brands I have tried (Forever 21’s version of nailstrips for example) are a waste of money even though they are only $2.80 for each one I believe, they stuck to my nail and stayed there. If I tried to carefully peel it off to start over it would rip into shreds.

So the Sally Hansen ones are good quality in comparison to other nailstrips out there; I find that the solid colors and some of the designs are great (even the solid colored glitters), while others don’t work that well (I hated “Frock Star”, it was hard to work with, it felt gritty, and it was a pain to come off!). Anyway, enjoy!

Borghese Rapido Fast Dry Nailpolish

 Product: 4 out of 
Packaging: 4 out of 5
Quality: 5 out of 5
Brush: 3 out of 5
Overall: 4 out of 5
Price: $8

What it is: Quick drying formula nailpolish in long-lasting colors. They contain nail-strengthening laquers which contain Borghese’s Aqua de Vita complex to help restore moisture and balance, while Micronized Gemstones add strength and brilliance.

Each shade comes with a special Dual Curve Tip Brush custom designed to hug the shape of you nail for smooth flawless application that lasts up to 7 days. These nailpolishes are free of Toluene, Formadehyde, and DBP’s.

I received the color in “Maraschino” which is like a deep dark pinkish red, it’s a nice creamy color. They sell for $8 each at http://www.ulta.com, as well as in salons, and Rite-Aid.

PROS:
– Vibrant color, really pigmented, one coat looked like two coats
– Quick drying, dries in about a minute

CONS:
– I didn’t really like the nailpolish brush, it’s sorta like the Sally Hansen Quick Dry nailpolish brush except not really or as flat, but it just feels weird, like there’s no weight on the brush so it’s kinda hard to control the brush and get the sides if you have tiny nail beds.

Overall: I have not had it on long enough to test out its wear. It’s very pigmented and one coat already looks like you put on two coats of polish. I love the colors in this collection (Anemone looks like another great color!), definitely recommend checking them out.

Colors:
– Vigneto
– Marino
– Mochaccino
– Chroma
– Lira
– Menta
– Violetto
– Maraschino
– Siena
– Rosso
– Anemone
– Limoncello

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