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Sally Hansen Hypnautical

Hey guys! Today’s the day I have my biometrics appointment in the city. It’s for legal paperwork and stuff. I hope it’s fast since the appointment they gave me is at noon. Lunch time! My husband will be driving me there (cause it’s in the city and I’m a scaredy cat with city driving) and we’ll probably grab some lunch while we’re there. It’s been a while since I featured a Sally Hansen shade so here’s Sally Hansen Hypnautical.

Sally Hansen Hypnautical

Hypnautical is one of their newer shades that I was most excited about. It’s a flakie glitter and I love those! This shade is made up of regular and flakie iridescent glitter in a tinted green base. While it is quite stunning in the bottle, not so much alone on the nails. I thought the green tint would come through more, but sadly no. This is definitely best used other shades, especially darker ones such as black or blue. Formula was pleasant to work with and it dried pretty fast. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Hypnautical (in shade)

Sally Hansen Hypnautical (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Hypnautical (close-up)

I’ll have to revisit this one again over other dark opaque shades, but at least this shows y’all what it looks like on its own.

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Sally Hansen Glass Slipper

It’s Thursday! One more day ’til the weekend. I’m actually very excited for the weekend this time. I’ve had a new role to play at my job and it’s going pretty good. It’s just been very busy on top of that too. I’ve also been stressed out a little bit with my dreams lately. When I say dreams, what I really mean are nightmares. I get the kind that really shakes you to the core and tug at your emotions once in a while, but it’s been every other day lately. Today’s shade brings a smile to my face amidst all the craziness in my life lately. Here’s Sally Hansen Glass Slipper.

Sally Hansen Glass Slipper

Glass Slipper isn’t a shade that’s really new to us nail polish lovers. However, this type of finish isn’t exactly readily available to all cause they are produced in limited quantities and typically sell out…..until now that is. The flakies in this aren’t the type that are tinted, where it changes color when layered over other shades and such. But it’s still very nice. This is the same as Princess Cut except that it’s in a clear base as opposed to the slightly pink-tinted base. Formula is decent. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Glass Slipper (in shade)

Sally Hansen Glass Slipper (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Glass Slipper (close-up)

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Sally Hansen Princess Cut

Hey guys! I’ll be out all week recovering from my surgery, but I’ll hopefully be churning out a post here and there. Today’s post is a pretty one from Sally Hansen’s Diamond Strength line. Here’s Sally Hansen Princess Cut.

Sally Hansen Princess Cut

Another flakie polish! Yay! While this one isn’t as unique as most flakies we’ve seen, it’s still a pretty one to have. The base shade is tinted with pink. This would be a great shade over other red or pink based shades. It gives your mani a little extra oomph. It dries really fast and is decently packed with flakies. Shown is one coat with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Princess Cut (in shade)

Sally Hansen Princess Cut (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Princess Cut (close-up)

This should be available generally wherever Sally Hansen is retailed.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Elevation Polish Tirich Mir

Awesome flakie? Look no further with Elevation Polish Tirich Mir.

Elevation Polish Tirich Mir

Elevation Polish is a brand that’s new to me. I like the cool naming concept behind the shades offered. They’re all named behind mountains the creator has climbed in her lifetime I believe. I find that pretty cool! :) A list to the shades she has made available for public can be found here. Her store details can be found here. I absolutely adore flakies, so y’all know how I feel about this one. This is shown over Milani Black Swift. It dried pretty fast and I like the shape and colors the flakies exhibit.

Elevation Polish Tirich Mir (in shade)

Elevation Polish Tirich Mir (direct sunlight)

Elevation Polish Tirich Mir (close-up)

I have my eyes on a few other of her shades already, but I’ll have to wait until my minor car accident and minor surgery is taken care of first. My picks? The Arches At Sunset (hot color shift going on there!), Froze To Death (wild glitter that I canNOT resist), Ubsunur (what a blue and blue holds a special place in my heart right now), and Owen (a shiny blue). I like Maroon Bells as well (surprisingly!), Alphubel (someone take my temperature….this is a baby blue shade – very unusual for me to like a lot), Everest (holographic glitter – ’nuff said), and Denali (blurple!).

Love it? I know I do! :)

Zoya Fleck Effect Swatches

You’ve seen the press release here, now see the swatches!

First up is Maisie.

Zoya Maisie

This one is my favorite of the 3. It is similar to Opal in the sense that the flecks, or what I fondly call flakies, in this is blue while Opal is green. It has a slightly tinted blue base. Shown is one coat over Fright Night Claw Sinister.

Zoya Maisie (in shade)

Zoya Maisie (direct sunlight)

Zoya Maisie (close-up)

Next is Opal.

Zoya Opal

I love this shade too. Just like Maisie, this is basically green flakies in a slightly tinted green base. Shown is one coat over Fright Night Claw Sinister.

Zoya Opal (in shade)

Zoya Opal (direct sunlight)

Zoya Opal (close-up)

Last up is Chloe.

Zoya Chloe

This one is hardest to capture when taking pictures. It’s quite pretty, but I think the color combo is the reason why this didn’t end up being my favorite of the 3. If they did the color combo of the flakies differently, I’d love this shade more. Shown is one coat over Fright Night Claw Sinister.

Zoya Chloe (in shade)

Zoya Chloe (direct sunlight)

Zoya Chloe (close-up)

These shades are all in their prettiest over black I think. Fright Night Claw Sinister is a black creme shade.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Zoya Fleck Effect Collection

Just when we’re all calling our local Sally Beauty Supply stores for the Finger Paints Special Effects Collection and hoping that they’re not all sold out (which readers have reported they already are even before the polishes hit the store shelves), Zoya is releasing some flakies too!

EDIT: Swatches here.

Zoya Fleck Effect Collection




Zoya Nail Polish presents – three new mylar fleck glazes that can be worn alone or layered over the new ZOYA TRUE collection colors for a unique and beautiful nail look!

Maisie (ZP582): Blue tint with mylar green fleck effect
Opal (ZP583): Green tint with mylar green fleck effect
Chloe (ZP584): Pink tint with mylar green and gold fleck effect

Zoya is the new color of fashion…

Ultra long-wearing, glossy nail lacquers by Zoya are free of harmful industrial chemicals like toluene, camphor, formaldehyde, resin, dibutyl phthalate (DBP) that are known to cause cancer and birth defects.

Sug. Retail $8.00 per 0.5 fl.oz. bottle (US)

Available January 13, 2012

Find Zoya TRUE as well as over 300 other ultra high-fashion Zoya shades at

As always, each and every Zoya color is made for women so we name them after women.

China Glaze “Colours from the Capitol” Official Swatch Sheet

Need I say more?

China Glaze "Colours from the Capitol" Official Swatch Sheet

Finger Paints Special Effects Collection

Wow, wow, WOW!!! Need I say more?

Finger Pain ts Special Effects Collection

Finger Paints Flashy

Finger Paints Twisted

Finger Paints Asylum

Finger Paints Flecked

Finger Paints Motley

These will be available in stores only in January 2012. They will retail for $5.49 each.

Sancion Angel Satine

Today’s post features another shade from the Brazilian brand Sancion Angel. This particular shade is from their Flocados (Flakies) line, which is also known as the Broadway Collection. The shades are named after leading ladies in Broadway musicals and this one’s named Satine, after the leading lady in Moulin Rouge. I swatched this over Fright Night Claw Sinister, a black creme, as flakie shades aren’t really anything on their own.

Sancion Angel Satine

Wow. I didn’t keep my hopes too high because I really wasn’t sure if this would turn out to be a good flakie shade since some flakie shades from other brands have fallen short. The flake effect of this shade is beautiful and totally surprised me. No complaints over here! :) This is just one thin coat of Satine over one thin coat of Fright Night Claw Sinister. The flakes are abundant and distributed quite evenly on its own during application. You can apply a thicker layer or multiple layers for more flakes. Formula was just of the right consistency to spread it on over the base shade evenly. It dries pretty fast. Shown is with no top coat.

Sancion Angel Satine (in shade)

Sancion Angel Satine (direct sunlight)

Sancion Angel Satine (close-up)

Sancion Angel Satine (different angle)

They have a lot of other shades from several different lines. As far as I know, they are only accessible through their website along with a few others unless you live close to a local store in Brazil that carries their line.

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

OPI Nice Stems! Swatches

Just got this in the mail recently. Overall, I like this set of 4 better than Femme de Cirque with the exception of the glitter top coat shade (mostly because nudes doesn’t do much for me). That, I prefer to be in a clear base like I Juggle…Men. Without further ado, here are the OPI Nice Stems! Collection swatches.

First up is Play With Peonies.

OPI Play The Peonies

Play With Peonies is a delicate pink shade that has a frosty finish. You know what it means when I saw frost, yes….brush strokes! So out of all 4 shades in this collection, I liked this one the least. The color itself is fine, but the finish is not something I have ever liked and that’s just a personal preference. It looked better with the top coat on; it covers the evidence of the brush strokes! :) Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Play With Peonies (in shade)

OPI Play With Peonies (direct sunlight)

OPI Play With Peonies (close-up)

OPI Play With Peonies with I Lily Love You

Next up is a shade that totally caught me by surprise, Come To Poppy.

OPI Come To Poppy

Come To Poppy is the stunner in this collection. I didn’t think much about it based on the press release pictures here. This is a pinkish coral shade that is packed with shimmer. It seems slightly frosty, but it’s still a shimmer to me. Formula is good and went on my nails smoothly. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Come To Poppy (in shade)

OPI Come To Poppy (direct sunlight)

OPI Come To Poppy (close-up)

OPI Come To Poppy with I Lily Love You

The one that came short for me is Be A Dahlia Won’t You?

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You?

Don’t get me wrong, I still love this shade. I was let down slightly only because I thought that this was going to be more opaque than it is based on the press release pictures. This is a fuchsia shimmery shade that reminds me of glass fleck shades. Formula is good and went on my nails smoothly as well. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? (in shade)

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? (direct sunlight)

OPI Be A Dahlia Won't You? (close-up)

OPI Be A Dahlia Won' You? with I Lily Love You

Lastly is the glittery one of the 4, I Lily Love You.

OPI I Lily Love You (in shade)

OPI I Lily Love You (direct sunlight)

OPI I Lily Love You (close-up)

As indicated throughout the post, this shade is very sheer and seems to be meant more as a glitter top coat than anything else. This shade has multicolored round, square and flake glitter in a very light pink jelly base. Don’t let the view of the bottle fool you….it’s pretty sheer. Shown above is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Any shade that interests you?

*Some products in this review may have been provided by the PR company or manufacturer for an honest opinion.*

Nubar Holiday Jewel Basket Swatches

All I can say is wow. This set blew me away. The promo pics are stunning and the actual set did not disappoint when it got to me. I swatched it the very next day I got it. Thank goodness the weather cooperated. It has been cold the past few days and daylight is getting shorter and shorter each day. Anyone who swatches knows that these make a less than ideal situation for swatching. But everything worked out today and without further ado, here are the swatches for Nubar’s Holiday Jewel Basket.

This set contains 4 glitter shades, 2 glitter top coats, one creme shade, one base coat, and one top coat. It also comes with a cute Holiday basket that you can stuff a few bottles into!

Nubar Holiday Jewel Basket Set

First up is Ruby Red Glitz. I found this shade different from the other glitter shades. Unlike all the other glitters in this set, the base color for this shade isn’t clear. It is red glitter in a red base. At first application, it doesn’t seem to be as packed with glitter as the other shades in this set and it looked a little flat. I wasn’t happy with the first try and redid this one later with much better results. Not sure if I didn’t shake well enough the first time around or what. Shown is 3 thin coats with no top coat.

Ruby Red Glitz

Nubar Ruby Red Glitz (in shade)

Nubar Ruby Red Glitz (direct sunlight)

Nubar Ruby Red Glitz (with flash)

Nubar Ruby Red Glitz (close-up)

Nubar Ruby Red Glitz (different angle)

Next is Grass Green Glitter. This shade is packed with fine green and a bit of gold glitter in a clear base. Shown is 3 generous coats with no top coat. The glitter is crazy in this one! Compared to the gold and silver one in this set though, I felt that it took more coats than necessary (I felt the same way about Ruby Red Glitz). However, I can tell you that the extra coat is well worth it!

Nubar Grass Green Glitter

Nubar Grass Green Glitter (in shade)

Nubar Grass Green Glitter (direct sunlight)

Nubar Grass Green Glitter (close-up)

This one is called Silver Glitter. With just 2 coats leaning on the thin side, I almost got full coverage. The formula for this one is beautiful. It went on with no problems and I don’t find it too chunky at all when it dried.

Nubar Silver Glitter

Nubar Silver Glitter (in shade)

Nubar Silver Glitter (direct sunlight)

Nubar Silver Glitter (different lighting)

Nubar Silver Glitter (another shot)

Nubar Silver Glitter (close-up)

This one is called Gold Glitter. Just like Silver Glitter, it goes on very opaque and showed almost no visible nail with just 2 thin coats. This shade is tightly packed with gold glitter in a clear base.

Nubar Gold Glitter

Nubar Gold Glitter (in shade)

Nubar Gold Glitter (direct sunlight)

Nubar Gold Glitter (close-up)

Competition red is a bold red creme shade. This the only creme shade in this set. The formula for this one is so creamy and smooth. Shown is 2 coats with no top coat.

Nubar Competition Red

Nubar Competition Red (in shade)

Nubar Competition Red (different lighting)

Nubar Competition Red (direct sunlight)

Nubar Competition Red (close-up)

The other 2 shades in this set are glitter top coats. Being that Competition Red is the only non-glitter shade, I layered the glitter top coats over it. Here is one coat of  Pixie Dust over one coat of Competition Red.

Nubar Pixie Dust over Competition Red

And here is one coat of the infamous Nubar 2010 over one coat of Competition Red.

Nubar 2010 over Competition Red

Drying time for all these are really fast. I was tinkering with things after 10 minutes. I did let them dry in between coats (I always do). This set will retail for $49.95 on their website as their most discounted set. For that price, it’s a great deal! Nubar polishes retails for $7.49 each when purchased individually. You can also get the whole set and break them up to give as stocking stuffers! This is just another way to brighten up someone’s Holiday season!

Sancion Angel Broadway Collection

Can anyone say flakies galore? Click on links to see pictures.

Broadway Collection

Individual swatches….

Sheila, Grizabella & Roxie

Mary Poppins, Satine & Cassie

Belle, Evita & Sandy

Eliza, Christine & Fantine

Can I just say hot? My favorites are Roxie and Cassie. Sheila’s growiiiiiiiiiiing on me! Which ones are your favorites?

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta

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.

Sally Hansen 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.

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta (in shade)

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta (with flash)

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.

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta (close-up)

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta (different lighting)

I’m glad I participated in this swap like thing cause guess what else I got?!

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta (with Hidden Treasure)

Sally Hansen Hot Magenta (HT makes it so pretty!)

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!