For the last day of BCA month, I thought it would be fitting to feature a pretty pink shade that is not too bold and not too light. This is Revlon’s Pink Freeze.
This shade is like the perfect pink with a hint of shimmer. It’s pretty but not too loud or pale. It’s just like what Goldilocks would say….just right. The formula for this is smooth and nice. It’s quite opaque as it is opaque with just one coat. Not a lot of polishes I’ve encountered covers this well with just one coat. It’s almost a raspberry pink.
Do you like this type of pink? Is this a shade for you? Lastly, don’t forget about entering my BCA giveaway. Contest ends tonight at 11:59 PM CST!
I was looking at all the nail polishes I have and noticed that I don’t really have that much pinks at all, especially from OPI. The only one I have is from their Soft Shades Collection, Rosy Future.
It’s a very pretty translucent shade that is both work and school safe. Come to think of it, not a lot of OPI pink shades appeal to me. The ones I can think of are mostly cremes, which I tend to stay away from. I picked this one up on clearance a few weeks back at my local ULTA store. The color in the bottle caught my eye and that justified my purchase of it.
Look at that last picture. That’s what I saw a hint of just by looking at the bottle. The slight duochrome property shows up more in pictures with flash than those without, but I assure you that you can see that effect in person. It’s just so pretty! Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat. You can do more coats with this one for a more opaque look; however, I like it just like this. Drying time is speedy, which I found surprising.
Who’s got Nubar? Want more Nubar?! I say yes!
The date to watch out for is November 15th. Nubar will release their Holiday Jewel Basket! This set will retail for $49.95 on their website as their most deeply discounted collection.
EDIT: Swatches here.
Deeply discounted? MOST deeply discounted? My kitty senses are going off wildly. My hands are on my wallet, getting ready to whip out my credit card. I am a huge sucker for sales and nice promos. This seems to be one of those. By the looks of it, it will definitely bring a smile to someone’s face for the Holidays.
“Give the gift of beautiful nails! nubar’s Holiday Jewel Basket is filled with nine nubar classics for a perfect holiday manicure. With a range from glitters to classic red creme, the Holiday Jewel Basket has something for every woman.
Always free of formaldehyde, phthalate and toulene, the nail lacquers in Holiday Jewel Basket offer four fine glitters, two glitter top coats, a classic red creme, Foundation Base Coat, and Diamont Top Coat.
G103: Grass Green Glitter, a fine green glitter
G108: Silver Glitter, a fine silver glitter
G113: Gold Glitter, a fine gold glitter
G125: Pixie Dust, a delicate dusting of shimmer
G157: Ruby Red Glitz, a fine red glitter
G188: Nubar 2010, a flaky glitter in a color changing base
N219: Competition Red, a classic red creme
T304: Foundation Base Coat
T309: Diamont Top Coat
nubar nail lacquers feature an ergonomically designed cap and a 299 bristle brush built for comfort and performance.”
Do my eyes deceive me? I see Nubar 2010 in that lovely set?! And because the picture is huge and so detailed, I am posting some close-ups.
What caught my attention, aside from the fact that Nubar 2010 in this set, is the bristle brush 299. This is good to know. I haven’t tried any Nubar nail lacquers yet but if it goes on smoothly and perfectly and the brush is partly responsible for it, it’s good info to know. If I have to buy a few empty bottles for frankens bristle brush 299 might be the one I have to get.
I think this is the perfect gift or stocking stuffer for any woman in your life. This set will sure make you smile and dazzle for the Holidays!
*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*
Glass flecks!!! That’s all I gotta say about this one! Ladies and Gentlemen, Sally Hansen’s Love In Bloom.
Just look at it. I mean, it’s ridiculous! It’s right there, in all of its glass fleck glory! The formula is a bit on the watery side. It would’ve been nice if it’s thicker but I DON’T CARE! It’s too pretty for me to pass it on even with that! Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat. Drying time is speedy!
Sally Hansen products are quite reasonably priced and is available globally. Just check out retail and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. I got so excited with this shade that I got 2 of these! One of them is up on my Sale/Swap page, so if you’re interested in this shade and can’t find it anywhere else…..come visit me! Trust me, you won’t regret it. Just look at the glass flecks!
Can anyone say flakies galore? Click on links to see pictures.
Can I just say hot? My favorites are Roxie and Cassie. Sheila’s growiiiiiiiiiiing on me! Which ones are your favorites?
My very first Essie polish to be featured in my blog is a pretty pink called Lovie Dovie. This shade was released in 2009 as part of Essie’s Summer Collection.
This shade is a creme that dries to a pretty, fun pink. The formula is a bit more watery than I would’ve liked. The first coat went on spotty, as it would if the formula is runny. I applied the second coat a bit thicker to even the spottiness out and it worked out well. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
Another pretty one scored from the round robin swap for me! I can’t wait to participate in the next one. I normally wouldn’t buy creme polishes for myself, so I would’ve missed out on this one!
I have a glittery one today for BCA! China Glaze offers lots of different shades of pinks and this particular one caught my eye. This is from China Glaze’s Specialty Collection, Candie.
It’s a bit hard to capture this one but these are the best pictures I’ve got of it. See the glitter pieces? There’s at least 3 different sizes of glitter in this shade. The glitter is none other than holographic glitter. The bigger pieces are mottled along with the smaller ones in a light, creamy pink base. The shade is not opaque at all but nowhere close to being clear. It’s a milky pink. It’s quite dazzling. I couldn’t stop staring at my nails, which might not be a good thing.
I have retaken the close-up picture of this shade, as the first try produced blurry shots. The glitter was so flashy that my camera had a hard time focusing for the close-up. It’s really stunning in person. Shown is one generous coat with no top coat. I can see this shade being widely used over other opaque shades, but I do quite like it on its own.
Some of you may already be aware of one of Zoya’s latest offering, the Flame Collection. What do you think about it? I’ve seen some swatches and all I can say is YOWZA! These shades are right up my alley! I’m lemming for them, that’s for sure.
Six stunning metallics for Winter 2010! These shades are described as such:
Tiffany (ZP531) – soft champagne sparkling metallic
Gloria (ZP532) – pink champagne sparkling metallic
Crystal (ZP533) – frosty blue sparkling metallic
Lisa (ZP534) – celebration red sparkling metallic
Sarah (ZP535) – possibly the prettiest sparkling red metallic ever!
Valerie (ZP536) – deep purple baby in a sparkling metallic
As always, Zoya is known to be free from the common nail varnish chemicals toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, dibutyl phthalate (DBP), which are known to cause cancer and birth defects. Their formula and lasting power is highly raved by many. This collection is out already, so I’m on the lookout at my local ULTA. Did you know that ULTA started carrying Zoya nail polishes? I stopped by 2 different ULTAs last week and they both had the Wicked and Wonderful Collection there. I was so happy to see them! I ended up getting 4 of them and will be swatching them soon.
Zoya has been hitting the high marks lately with their last few collections. Which ones will you be getting?
I have a very exciting shade to share with y’all today. This one called out to me when I did a recent round robin nail polish swap on an online forum I belong to. I almost passed on it honestly. I felt guilty that I scored such a great find with Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure! I put lots in the box and decided to take this one before I regret it later on. This one’s called Must-Have Iris.
This one is really pretty! It’s a very light, delicate pink that has some shimmer to it. I applied 3 thin coats of this one and didn’t feel the need to add more to make it opaque. This is one of those shades I wouldn’t mind seeing my nail line at all. I think it looks best this way and not opaque all the way but everyone’s different.
Pardon the cut above the nail and my cuticles. This is the time of the year my skin starts responding to the change in weather. It’s definitely not summer anymore. The formula is smooth. I would’ve liked it to be a bit thicker in consistency but it didn’t bother the outcome at all with 3 coats. Drying time is not as fast as I would’ve liked, which makes thin coats more suitable for the application of this shade.
Sally Hansen products can be found in various retail locations and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, Walgreens, and even in your local grocery stores.
This very bright shade from Revlon is what I would call a show stopper. The dazzle and shimmer it brings screams out loud and clear. The name says it all too, Oh My Magenta.
It’s a bright raspberry magenta shade that is very eye-catching. It’s loud and bold but fun and sexy at the same time. This makes me think of Barbie as well. Why does all the bold pink shades make me think of Barbie? Most of the Barbie stuff I remember were of a lighter pink and not bold hot pink. This shade makes me want to bite into some juicy fruit. The shade is very “juicy” to me.
See the packed shimmer in the close-up shot? It’s very pretty. The shimmer looks almost slightly bluish in color. Formula for this is smooth and just right. It’s not too thick or thin. Drying time is about the same as most shimmers. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.
This shade should still be available at various retailers and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, Walgreens, and maybe even your neighborhood friendly grocery stores. I got mine at my local ULTA. I’ve seen Revlon nail polishes offered at WalMart and my local grocery store, but I’m never quite sure how current or old their selection. Be sure to look out for sales on Revlon nail items as well in stores such as ULTA or various drugstores. Combined with some Revlon manufacturer coupons you get in the Sunday paper and you can get them for a pretty good deal.
From N.Y.C.’s In a New York Color Minute Line, I have SoHo. Nail polishes from this line all bear fun names of streets or popular locations in New York City. SoHo naturally made the list. Did you know that SoHo is derived from “South of Houston” with “Houston” being Houston Street in New York City? Today, it is best known to be a hot shopping spot among many other things.
The label on the bottle states “Quich Dry Nail Polish with Minerals” and it does deliver! Drying time for this is pretty fast for a shimmer. This pretty pink shade went on with no problems at all. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat. It would be completely opaque had I done 3 coats instead but I like the light feminine air 2 coats give.
Best of all, this is nicely priced at $1.89 or $1.99 at various retail stores and drugstores. I scored mine at CVS during the summer when it was marked on clerance. It went for $0.49! I grabbed 4 of these. I kept one for myself, of course. I gifted 2 and the last one is one of the 7 naill polishes in the prize for my BCA giveaway. If you haven’t entered yet, you have until the end of this month to. The winner gets a lovely set of 7 pink polishes and a pink buffing block.
Today, I have a pink offering from Zoya. This shade was part of their Classic Collection. It is described on their website as “Mid-tone violet-red creme with dark pink undertones. Bright and fun without being over-the-top, brightens the look of any outfit.” It’s a pretty apt description I say!
This is another shade that makes me think of Barbie and her pink stuff. It’s bright and bold. It will definitely catch people’s attention. It’s such a fun color that can be very versatile with a variety of different outfits to complement with. The formula for this is smooth but not quite opaque with just one coat. Shown is 2 thicker coats with no top coat. Drying time is pretty speedy for this creme. Cremes usually take a while to dry for me but not this one.
The shiny creme finish gives a “slick” look on my nails. Very pretty!
I don’t have that many Nicole by OPIs but I do have one fit for BCA month. I pulled this one called Do Good…Feel Good. Pardon my cuticle area. I nicked it last week and it’s still healing along with my constant dry cuticle problem.
This is a pretty petal pink shade. The first layer will be thin and spotty but once layers start adding up, the color evens out. Shown is 4 thin coats with no top coat. You can apply thicker layers instead of doing several thin layers like I did. It dries to a beautiful delicate pink. It’s a very light and pretty creme shade.
In my opinion, this is a shade best when left alone. No layering, stamping or nail art. It just would not be as pretty as it is right now. The formula gave me no problems at all and this one dries faster than most creme polishes I’ve dealt with.
This is the first Finger Paints shade I will be featuring on my blog. I usually get them at my local Sally Beauty Supply store when they’re on clearance. I like them but they’re not one of my favorite nail polish brands (yet!). My first introduction to Finger Paints was on a round robin swap a few months back on this online forum I belong to. I got a really pretty red one, which I will feature sometime later on, and ever since then I have become more perceptive to the brand when I visit my local Sally Beauty Supply stores.
This is a light pink shade that makes me think of cotton candy. It’s very pretty with a subtle shimmer. The only downside to this shade, for me, is that I found out during application to the nail that it is like a frost polish. I encountered those dreaded brush strokes. But the good thing about it is that the brush stoke problem with this shade isn’t as bad as it is in frost polishes, which is why I don’t consider this one a frost. The formula is pretty thin but not watery. Shows is 2 coats with no top coat.
See what I mean about the brush strokes? I was able to “correct” the brush strokes I didn’t like. Drying time for this one is pretty fast. I was able to layer on the second coat in a few minutes after waving my hand wildly in the air. This is definitely a work and school safe color.
The quality of the lacquer is pretty good for the price and when compared to other brands. I highly recommend picking one up when given the chance. Give it a try!
I got this shade in a round robin kinda swap on an online forum I belong to. This shade caught my eye and I knew I just had to have it. This is Sally Hansen’s Hot Magenta.
As you can tell from the label, this is from their Hard As Nails Xtreme Wear line. This shade is a bright magenta that is true to its name, Hot Magenta. It is a pretty shimmer that is sure to pop with whatever you’re wearing. The formula is smooth and it applies evenly on the nail. Drying time for this is pretty fast. I was able to top the second coat on in a matter of minutes. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.
Looking at it closely, the shimmer reminds me of that of glass fleck polishes but not quite. It’s finer and less packed that glass fleck polishes but it sure is pretty. It makes me think of Barbie princesses and pink cakes. The bottle cap color makes me think that this shade may have been discontinued. I know that the more recent shades came with a silver bottle cap. I did see some shades that were out in the older bottle cap color in the silver bottle cap packaging but I’m not sure if all the shades made it through.
I’m glad I participated in this swap like thing cause guess what else I got?!
I got a bottle of Sally Hansen Hidden Treasure too! Eeeeeeeeeeeeeee! I am so excited! I can’t thank the person who had the box before me enough! She was the one who put that in. Well, of course, whoever got the box next would snap that baby up! And it was me! I’ve been looking for this halfheartedly because I knew my chances of finding it was next to zero. I was simply lucky that I was next in line after that person and I’ll forever be thankful to her for letting her extra bottle go. The effect of a layer of Hidden Treasure on Hot Magenta is subtle compared to if the base shade was of a more contrasting color but I LOVE it!
We’re halfway through the month of October! I’m featuring all different shades of pink polishes throughout the rest of this month for Breast Cancer Awareness. A pretty light pink shade that’s a favorite of mine from Sinful Colors is Glass Pink.
Oh yes, this is a very shimmery shade. But wait! It is a light pretty pink shade that is packed with glass flecked glitter! YAY! Glass fleck polishes are one of my favorite types and I could not pass this up when Sinful Colors was on sale for $0.99 at Walgreens a while back. This prompty came home with me. Just look at how light and pretty this pink is! It’s definitely work and school safe but it’s fun as well with all the shimmer it brings from the glass fleck glitter!
See what I mean by it being packed with glass flecks?! Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat. The formula is nice and smooth but the familiar known issue of opacity with lots of Sinful Colors shades is very apparent with this one. I can see, however, that maybe this shade is meant to bear the opacity that it has. Other darker shades from Sinful Colors though, I will admit that the expectation of seeing the color just by looking at the bottle is to be more opaque than it really is.
Sinful Colors is available at various retailers and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, CVS, and Walgreens. They’re usually priced at $1.99 but you can score some for as low as $0.99 each when there is a BOGO promo or some special pricing on these.
In line with October being the month highlighting Breast Cancer Awareness, I am happy to announce I am hosting a very pink giveaway! In my original post where I stated pictures will be posted later on, several of you have entered already any way!
Seven lovely pink polishes and a very pink buffing block to help keep your nails healthy and pink. To enter, simply send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with “BCA” as the subject line. This contest will be open to US residents only, as it is a short one. Contest ends on October 31, 2010 @ 11:59 PM CST. Winner will be chosen using a random number generator. Here is another shot of what the winner of this contest will get!
Breast Cancer Awareness campaigns have been all over various outlets of the media since the beginning of this month. Have any of it made you stop and think about it? Have any of it caught your attention? I would love to hear from you about it.
Another one for October being the month for Breast Cancer Awareness is China Glaze’s Reggae To Riches. Not the normal sweet pink shade for breast cancer but there are so many more days in October for those.
This purplish pink shade is rich and very attention grabbing! Just look at it! It makes me think of a magenta color almost but not quite really. It’s bold, it’s hot, it’s awesome! I find this to be a really unique shade. There is none like it in my collection.
What a pretty pink! Shown is 2 coats with no top coat. This dried in quite a short amount of time for a shimmer. I was very surprised (but very pleased!). Formula was smooth and gave me no problems at all.
I love how it looks even with the camera flash! There aren’t many shades that show up reall pretty in pictures taken with and without flash. This is one of those.
In the October Body By Milk campaign, Victoria Justice is sporting Color Club’s Edie on her lovely nails. Can I saw YOWZA to both the hot shade on her nails and to that pretty face?!
For those who have never heard of her before, she is an actress and singer that is best known for her role in Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101. I wasn’t aware that she actually is starring in this show called Victorious, which is currently on air and is also on Nickelodeon.
As always, Color Club nail polishes are the big 3 free and they have such fun colors! Just look at Edie here!
First of the many pink shades I will be featuring throughout the whole month for Breast Cancer Awareness is N.Y.C.’s Classic Coral Creme. I don’t really see it as a coral shade though. Coral makes me think of red. It’s definitely more of a pink and a pretty pink it is!
It’s such a pretty shade. I can go with a coral pink. It is a pink that’s slightly coral, bursting with silver glass fleck glitter. Just look at the shimmer and glitter! Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat. Top coat might affect the glass fleck effect like it does to glitter and holo polishes (especially holos, no top coat!) but I didn’t test it. I know from experience that top coat does affect the shine of glitter and holo polishes. Drying time is pretty fast. As mentioned above, I applied two thin coats. As long as you leave ample time to dry in between coats, you shouldn’t have much problems with the polish drying completely on your nails in the long run.
See all that glass fleck micro glitter? It’s so gorgeous, especially when the light hits it. This is my absolute favorite N.Y.C. polish to date! N.Y.C. nail polishes are available in lots of retail, beauty supply, and drugstores such as Walmart, Target, ULTA, CVS, and Walgreens. This particular nail polish cost me less than $1! Lots of drugstores would do BOGO promotions and CVS did earlier this year. They’re pretty cheap to begin with, $0.99, but you can score a sweeter deal for it if you get it on a promotion like what I mentioned.
I came across this interesting entry a while ago and wanted to share it with you all.
We all know that media manipulates images with photoshop to make models look better or adjust the make-up and lighting for a desired effect, as in this case, but I have never seen it laid out like this. I am a little bit in awe at how well the ages are reflected with make-up and lighting (and of course, with some photoshopping). Makes you think, eh?