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Revlon Colorstay – Rain Forest

9 Aug

Hey strangers! I know it’s been a while since I’ve posted, but you know how it is. In these past three months, there have been more pressing things to deal with and experience than nail polish blogging – graduation and family vacations, to name  few. But I’m happy to be back now and I’m ready to share some great polish finds with you again :)

This is Revlon Colorstay’s Rain Forest (#220). I bought this gem a few months ago, but obviously haven’t gotten around to blogging it until now (sorry!). An inky, nearly-black green with tons of lighter green/golden shimmer. The shimmers are flaky and lay flat, so the polish is not glittery or gritty at all. I love these kinds of colours! Dramatic and interesting with the sparkly golden flakes, but still wearable. You’ll need two coats with this one – the first one might appear a bit sheer, but a second, slightly thicker coat will allow for sufficient opacity.

This is my first Revlon Colorstay polish and from what I’ve tried, I like it quite a bit. The brush is different from the regular Revlon line – this one is shorter, fatter, and sculpted into a rounded shape. Some find these “sculpted” brushes are easier to use, but I find them to be a hit or miss. Thankfully this one was shaped quite nicely and not splayed all over the place, so I was able to achieve a nice line at the cuticle. As for wear (note the “Colorstay” name), I didn’t find it to wear better than the regular Revlon line, nor any other average polish.


Sally Hansen Gem Crush – Big Money

2 Apr

Of course the name of this polish would be appropriate for me to wear on my grad dinner night – I am a Commerce student after all! I gotta make the big bucks :p

Sally Hansen’s Gem Crush Nail Color in Big Money. I’m not a huge fan of glitters – they’re terrifying to remove and a little too much for everyday wear. I do love this one though! The tiny base glitters  are a neutral gold, almost metallic taupe, interspersed with larger round particles of lavender glitter. It’s one of the more unique and wearable ones I’ve seen, and it’s pretty dense for a glitter polish. Tips: To make removal easier though, I started with a coat of OPI’s Tickle My France-y (review & swatch here), and used two coats of Big Money. Also, glitters tend to “eat up” top coat , so you might want to use two layers of top coat if you want that ultra-glossy smooth finish.

Close-up of the neutral gold + lavender glitters

Bonus – it went with my dress beautifully! (Say hello to my friend Justina on the right – she was integral in persuading me to start this blog, by the way! Justina, don’t hate me for using this photo please :p).

Layering 101: Essie – Kisses and Bises

30 Jun

A few weeks ago, I scored a beautiful new Essie polish from Shoppers Drug Mart for $2.99! Keep an eye out for SDM’s clearance racks, as sometimes there are gems lurking.

The shade I snagged is Essie’s Kisses and Bises, from the Spring 2011 collection French Affair. I was actually considering buying this at full price, because the shimmers in it are beautiful. I can’t pinpoint what colour exactly, but I would describe it as pink and gold, maybe a dash of copper? The shimmer is extremely fine and suspended in a milky off-white base colour.

On its on, Kisses and Bises won’t add much colour to your nails, but it is a brilliant layering polish. I’ve shown it layered over OPI Do You Think I’m Tex-y?. As you can see, it adds such a beautiful dimension to the jelly colour underneath. There are some visible brush strokes, but it’s not noticeable at all.

I’ve also tried Kisses and Bises over a black polish, and it looks even more phenomenal. The wicked pink/gold shimmer really alters the base black colour into something very unique indeed. I will post this combination when I get a chance!

Zoya – Crystal

27 Jan

Gah I’ve been so busy lately! Too many assignments! Too many Dine Out dinners! Too many birthday parties!

And yet, I still find time to do manicures…and blog. Well, a girl’s gotta take a break, right? Just agree with me. Or else.

Zoya’s Crystal is from their Fire & Ice collection for Winter 2010 (I keep wanting to call this Charla. I don’t even own Charla). I’ve actually had it for almost 2 weeks but never did a mani with it. I tried it on individual fingers and just didn’t really understand its appeal. I think I’ll stay away from foil/uber-glittery polishes for a while – I’m just never satisfied with how they look on me. I prefer the clean, crisp look that cremes have.

What made me do one this time? I was at the mall today and automatically walked into the children’s barber shop that I buy my nail polish from (I know. I can hear Dora the Explorer in the background as I’m perusing the racks). I was desperately trying to find OPI Black Shatter which is currently out with the Katy Perry collection (review coming up), which luckily I did. I went home a happy shopper.

I like how the shatter effect looks over glitter polishes, so I decided to pull out all my most glittery, girly, bitch-to-remove polishes to test out Black Shatter. Zoya Crystal is one of those polishes. I don’t know. I liked how it looked on my finger today as I was testing out Black Shatter. So I went ahead and did all my fingers.

Okay, that’s a really long story on why I decided upon this colour today. I think I’m subconsciously procrastinating. I’m sorry.

Uh yeah, so…Crystal is a very reflective icy blue with a foil finish. It’s densely packed with blue and gold foil glitter. Let me just reiterate that this is very glittery (not chunky glitter, but pow-pow inyoface sparkle). Applied smoothly, but it was sort of sheer so I attempted thicker layers as I didn’t want to do use over two coats. Ended up rushing application (at this point I only had 2 hours to finish my paper) and it turned out kinda sloppy – though luckily it’s hard to tell from the picture.

This is my first Zoya polish and let’s just say that I’m not that impressed with this one, though I’m excited to try others. Especially now that I’ve found a bricks-and-mortar store in Vancouver that sells them! And for around $6, that’s not bad, even for a polish I’m ‘meh’ about.

EDIT// Change of heart. I checked my nails outside today outside and they look bitchin’. Honestly. I think this looks so crappy under incandescent light (way too glittery and lacking definition, if that makes sense). But under low lighting outdoors, this colour looks wonderful! I can clearly make out the irregularly shaped bits of gold glitter on top of a sea of fine blue foil glitter. It’s like someone spilled molten gold into an ocean (if molten gold floated, that is). Fabulous!

Aaaand I’m not even going to spell check. Have fun reading my typos and run-ons! :) Did it anyway, couldn’t stand it, haha!