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N.Y.C. New York Color In The Spotlight Swatches

Summer is long gone, so I have some Fall shades for you guys. These are from N.Y.C.’s In The Spotlight Collection I posted about not too long ago. This collection features 3 nail lacquer shades among other makeup items. Even if these have a finish that’s slightly that of a frost, I experienced no problems with brush strokes at all.

First up is Scenestealer Grey.

N.Y.C. Scenestealer Grey

Scenestealer Grey is a beautiful gunmetal shimmer. I loved how it applies onto my nails. Very smooth and gave me no problems at all. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

N.Y.C. Scenestealer Grey (in shade)

N.Y.C. Scenestealer Grey (direct sunlight)

N.Y.C. Scenestealer Grey (close-up)

Next up is Backstage Brown.

N.Y.C. Backstage Brown

Backstage Brown is a gorgeous bronze shimmer that perfectly fits Fall. Formula was great and it dries pretty quick. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

N.Y.C. Backstage Brown (in shade)

N.Y.C. Backstage Brown (direct sunlight)

N.Y.C. Backstage Brown (close-up)

Lastly is Underground Purple.

N.Y.C. Underground Purple

Underground Purple is a bright magenta pink shimmer. It’s a nice pop of color for Fall that I can see myself wearing. It applied on smoothly onto my nails. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

N.Y.C. Underground Purple (in shade)

N.Y.C. Underground Purple (close-up)

These can be found in chain drugstores and mass merchandisers nationwide.

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

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Milani Krackle Top Coat

Today’s post will be short and sweet. I am showing you guys the Milani Krackle Top Coat, a black creme crackle/shatter top coat from their limited edition collection MEWOW Look At My Nails!.

Here it is over Blue Lightening.

Milani Krackle Top Coat (in shade)

Milani Krackle Top Coat (direct sunlight)

And now over Brisk Orange, a combo I love and that’s perfect for Halloween!

Milani Krackle Top Coat (in shade again)

Milani Krackle Top Coat (with flash)

Sorry the pictures aren’t that crisp. It wouldn’t let me take them nicely without the flash on. It applied very nicely and cracks great. As with all crackle/shatter top coats, underlying shade has to be dry. You can apply it on thicker or thinner, depending on the look you’re going for.

Shades from the MEWOW Look At My Nails! Collection should be available in select Walgreens stores this month nationwide for about $4.99 each. You can also grab these on their website while they still have ’em.

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


Curtsy & Bow Shell We Dance

Hey guys! If you read my previous entry about Curtsy & Bow’s shade Intimate Sand and is on the fence with trying this brand out, my take on them with this shade will hopefully help you guys decide for sure. I thought the previous shade was so-so, but this one put the brand in a much favorable light for me. Here is Shell We Dance.

Curtsy & Bow Shell We Dance

Shell We Dance is described on their site as “a peach/coral pink solid lacquer” and it pretty much nails it. This shade makes me think of orange sherbet flavored things be it ice cream, cotton candy or just candy in general. It’s so pretty and light, a very delicate color. Formula was great with this shade. I did NOT have any difficulty with this one compared to the last shade I tried. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Curtsy & Bow Shell We Dance (in shade)

Curtsy & Bow Shell We Dance (direct sunlight)

Curtsy & Bow Shell We Dance (close-up)

The price is a little steep compared with popular brands such as OPI, China Glaze and Zoya. It falls in the category of high-end polishes really. What do you guys think?

Curtsy & Bow lacquers come in a 0.5 fl oz glass bottle topped with a recyclable aluminum cap and are priced at $15 to $20 each. You can see the list of salons that carries Curtsy & Bow or purchase this on their webpage here.

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


Milani Brisk Orange

Hey y’all! I have another shade from Milani’s latest collection, MEWOW Look At My Nails!, for you guys today. This one took me by complete surprise. I liked it cause it’s not a creme shade, but I didn’t expect more than that. The finish is what gave it the oomph. Here is Brisk Orange.

Milani Brisk Orange

Um, wow. That’s all I can say really about this shade. It’s a juicy orange that’s full of glass flecked goodness. Formula is great and it applied on my nails with no problems. It dries pretty fast too. Even though this is part of their High Speed Fast Dry One Coat Formula, I didn’t think that it would even come close to passing for a one coater and I was right. It’s pretty sheer with one coat. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Milani Brisk Orange (in shade)

Milani Brisk Orange (direct sunlight)

Milani Brisk Orange (close-up)

Milani Brisk Orange (different angle)

One of my favorite oranges ever. It’s up there with Finger Paints Outta Sight Orange.

Shades from the MEWOW Look At My Nails! Collection should be available in select Walgreens stores this month nationwide for about $4.99 each. You can also grab these on their website while they still have ’em.

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


Sally Hansen Terracotta

Hey guys! I have another shade from Sally Hansen’s designer series. According to the information I got, Rachel Roy enlisted Sally Hansen to create a rich neutral nail that suits all skin tones for her eclectic, 70s-inspired fall collection. The result? Terracotta, a creamy toffee Complete Salon Manicure shade — the perfect accent to Roy’s pattern-heavy, layered looks.

Sally Hansen Terracotta

The bottle is different (thanks for saying something Nat!) cause it broke in transit. It was a clean break and I was able to transfer it to one of my empty franken bottles. This one applied like a dream. It applied on smoothly and I’ve never had a problem with Sally Hansen’s formula. Their formula can be a bit on the thin side, but it’s not watery at all. If I remember right, this one dried pretty fast for a creme shade. Shown is 2 thin coats with no top coat.

Sally Hansen Terracotta (in shade)

Sally Hansen Terracotta (direct sunlight)

Sally Hansen Terracotta (close-up)

I don’t particularly like how it looks against my skin tone. I’ve always stayed away from nudes and neutrals for this reason. It just looks wrong. 😦 But I can’t complain at all about the product itself since it’s quite superb. This should be available at wherever Sally Hansen is retailed in October.

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