Month: April 2010

Zoya Happi

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Happi is from Zoya’s spring Reverie collection.  Zoya’s website touts the brand as a healthy fashionable choice that offers more than 300 colors and is free of toluene, formaldehyde, DBP and camphor. Their products are also vegan friendly. Since I am a bit of a tree-hugging animal lover, it is easy to be excited about their polishes! :-)

Zoya Happi

Zoya Happi in artificial light

Zoya Happi

Zoya Happi in sunlight

What a great color! The aptly named Happi is a duo chrome pink with metallic gold shimmer that is reminiscent of a stunning sunset. I tend to favor cool colors, but this is a warm to be very flattering. I had a friend comment that this color is very “me.” Did I mention that I totally love this color?!? :-)

Zoya Happi

Zoya Happi

Application was very smooth, but a bit sheer. It took me three coats to get mostly opaque coverage.

Three coats without a top coat shown.

BB Couture Peacock

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Peacock is another of Hailey’s lovely butterflies.

BB Couture Peacock

BB Couture Peacock in artificial light

Peacock is a vibrant sunny yellow! I love pale colors, but Peacock is a welcome departure from the pastel yellows that are also popular this spring. Although I am not usually a huge fan of yellow, I really like this one! Application was a bit sheer and a tad streaky, but overall not too bad. I had opaque coverage in three coats.

BB Couture Peacock

BB Couture Peacock in sunlight

Three coats and a top coat shown.

BB Couture Peacock

BB Couture Peacock

BB Couture Emperor

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Emperor is another beauty from BB Couture’s Hailey’s Butterflies collection.

BB Couture Emperor

BB Couture Emperor in artificial light

Based on the pictures on the manufacturer’s website I expected Emperor to be a creamy pastel pink. I was surprised but not disappointed to find instead that it was a luscious peach with a slight shimmer! This juicy color is perfect for spring and summer! :-)  Application was great, but a bit sheer. It took me three coats for opaque coverage. This polish dries quickly though, so three coats was not an issue for me.

BB Couture Emperor

BB Couture Emperor in sunlight

Three coats and a top coat shown.

BB Couture Emperor

BB Couture Emperor

BB Couture Skipper

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Skipper is from BB Couture’s spring Hailey’s Butterflies collection. All of the colors in this collection are named after butterflies, but the obvious thing that comes to my mind is that Skipper Barbie’s little sister (especially since the polish is pink)! However I was not planning on mentioning that in my review. When my husband came home and asked me what color I was wearing his response was, “oh like from Barbie?” So I had to say it! :-)

BB Couture Skipper

BB Couture Skipper in artificial light

I love this color! It is a bright, beautiful, flattering, wearable pink. The blue/violet mico-shimmer gives added dimension.  This is a very cheerful color, and I imagine it will be one of my go to pinks.

BB Couture Skipper

BB Couture Skipper in sunlight

The application was excellent, with coverage in two easy coats.

BB Couture Skipper

BB Couture Skipper

Two coats and a top coat shown,

BB Couture for Men Blue Collar

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Blue Collar is from BB Couture’s new Regular Guy collection. I believe this is their fourth men’s collection, which is really cool!

BB Couture Blue Collar

BB Couture Blue Collar in artificial light

BB Couture Blue Collar

BB Couture Blue Collar in sunlight

Blue Collar is a grayish-blue with frosty silver shimmer. While cadet blue can be a very masculine color, I quite like it on myself. It is kind of like borrowing your boyfriend or husband’s favorite shirt! :-)

BB Couture Blue Collar

BB Couture Blue Collar

Application was good, but it did take me three coats to get complete coverage.  Overall I really love this one, and think it works quite well on my skin tone. BB Couture is hands down one of my favorite polish brands. I picked-up a few others at the same time, and I can’t wait to try them out! :-)

BB Couture Blue Collar, BB Couture Beetle Bailey, BB Couture Skipper, BB Couture Emperor, BB Couture Peacock

BB Couture Blue Collar, BB Couture Beetle Bailey, BB Couture Skipper, BB Couture Emperor, BB Couture Peacock

Three coats and a top coat shown.

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve

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In honor of the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, I am reviewing a nail polish that I picked-up at Whole Foods. I adore organic and natural products. I love our local farmers’ markets and Whole Foods, and often buy personal care products there. About six years ago I tried a nail polish from Whole Foods that was marketed as being natural and non-toxic. It had a name like Fairy Dust or something like that. That purchase was a mistake! Six years later I still remember that the application was streaky, and it had an uneven frosty  finish. When it came time to remove it, I found that stuff was like cement! It was even harder to budge than the most stubborn glitter. Uggh! I threw it away, and gave up on “natural” nail polish. A few days ago I decided it was time to try again. I am glad I did!

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve in artificial light

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve in sunlight

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve is a lovely crème that applied very smoothly. I almost had opaque coverage in one coat. This color is a beautiful spring shade that reminds me of OPI’s Dim Sum Plum. They are not dupes, but they are pretty close. No-Miss does not contain the Big Three or camphor. This is good stuff. I would be happy to grab another color on my next weekly shopping trip! :-)

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve

Unlike my previous experience, I found that I was able to remove this polish quite easily.

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve

No-Miss Palm Beach Mauve with OPI Dim Sum Plum on middle finger in sunlight

Two coats and a top coat shown.

Nfu Oh #65 – WOW!

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After seeing some Nfu Oh swatches on CARINAE L’ETOILE’S NAIL POLISH SWATCHES, I had to grab a few. Nfu Oh has some absolutely amazing and unique glitters! Thanks again for the tip on Fabuloustreet.com Their selection and customer service were both outstanding!

I thought that #64 and #65 would be fairly similar to OPI DS Amethyst and Glamour, but as a sucker for sparkle I ordered them anyway. Boy was I wrong! #64, #65, Amethyst and Glamour are holographic glitters, but Nfu Oh’s glitter is much denser. Also in indirect lighting the DS polishes are subdued and #64 and #65 are still dazzling. :-)

Nfu Oh #65

Nfu Oh #65 in artificial light

Nfu Oh #65

Nfu Oh #65 with flash

Nfu Oh #65

Nfu Oh #65 in indirect lighting

Words are really insufficient to describe this amazing holo glitter. Seriously this is one of those I can’t stop staring at my nails polishes. Sadly it is raining today, so I don’t have any sunshine shots. I have included some comparison shots to make-up for it :-) It is a cliché, but honestly you have to see this to believe it!

Nfu Oh #65

Nfu Oh #65

Nfu Oh #65. Nfu Oh #64, Nfu Oh #50 and Nfu Oh #53

Nfu Oh #65. Nfu Oh #64, Nfu Oh #50 and Nfu Oh #53

Application on this one was a bit problematic. I kept getting bald spots. It took three coats to get mostly opaque coverage. This polish dried to a slightly powdery finish. However, any application issues were totally worth the stunning results!

Nfu Oh #65, Nfu Oh #64, OPI DS Glamour, OPI DS Amethyst

Nfu Oh #65, Nfu Oh #64, OPI DS Glamour and OPI DS Amethyst in indirect lighting

Nfu Oh #65, Nfu Oh #64, OPI DS Glamour, OPI DS Amethyst

Nfu Oh #65, Nfu Oh #64, OPI DS Glamour and OPI DS Amethyst with flash

Three coats and a top coat shown.

Orly Foil FX – Rage, Shine and Luxe

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Orly Foil FX is a collection for spring 2010. I don’t associate metallic colors with spring, but hey they are stunning so who cares? Initially I only bought Rage since I love rose gold, and figured that the other two a gold and a silver were a bit boring. A rose gold polish struck me as being more unique. In indoor lighting Rage is pretty, but in sunlight it really comes to life with dazzling sparkle goodness! I had to go back and get the other two as well.

Orly Rage

Orly Rage in artificial light

Orly Luxe

Orly Luxe in artificial light

Orly Shine in artificial light

Orly Shine

All three of these have a lovely foil finish that really dazzles in the sun! :-) Application was a breeze, and this polish dried quickly.

Orly Rage

Orly Rage wearing my rose gold necklace

Orly Luxe

Orly Luxe

Orly Shine

Orly Shine

I was racing to beat incoming rain, so the Shine picture did not benefit from as much sun as the other two colors.

Orly Rage in sunlight

Orly Rage in sunlight

Orly Luxe in sunlight

Orly Luxe in sunlight

Orly Shine

Orly Shine in sunlight

Two coats shown without a top coat.

China Glaze Flying Dragon

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I wanted to Love China Glaze’s Flying Dragon. Heck it’s bright purple with blue and dark pink glitter, and a cool name to boot! What’s not to love?

Flying Dragon is from China Glaze’s INK collection which is based on tattoo art. The application on this one was not great. It went on streaky and the texture was kind of bumpy and gritty. I would expect that if the glitter was larger, but it is pretty fine. It also dried to a ghastly chalky matte finish, and the glitter was hardly visible. So not pretty!

China Glaze Flying Dragon

China Glaze Flying Dragon in artificial light

A top coat added shine and helped with the disappearing glitter situation. The final look was okay, but not great. The color was fairly attractive, but the glitter was not that glittery. The reviews from loved ones were mixed. A friend said it was pretty, but my husband remarked that he did not like that purple on me.

China Glaze Flying Dragon

China Glaze Flying Dragon

Three coats and a top coat shown.

China Glaze Flying Dragon close-up

China Glaze Flying Dragon close-up

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

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Zuma Wave Rider is a dreamy, creamy blue! In the bottle there was a blue shimmer visible, but I could not see it once it was applied. This color is very creamy looking sky blue in most lights, but in indirect light it appears to be a bit more of a periwinkle. This color almost looks good enough to eat!

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider in artificial light

Once again BB Couture’s formula is a winner! It applied easily, and covered in two coats.

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

Although they are not exactly the same color, Zuma Wave Rider reminded me a bit of my childhood favorite, Grumpy Bear. Two coats and a top coat are shown.

Grumpy Bear with BB Couture Zuma Wave Rider

My old childhood friend Grumpy Bear and Zuma Wave Rider

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