First Impressions: Tsum Tsum Nail Polish

Tsum Tsum Friendship

Tsum Tsum #friendship, 3 coats plus top coat

Marketers probably love me. I am a huge sucker for all the little things that have to do with my interests and favorite stories and characters. Present me with a Star Trek mug, Cheshire Cat stuffed animal, Loki bobble head, portrait of Richard III on a magnet, or a candle inspired by Outlander, and my money is gone faster than Usain Bolt. There is nothing I can say, no good excuse I can make, for the purchase of a super cheap little set of polishes adorned with Tsum Tsum-ified Disney characters except for the fact that I am a huge, self-aware sucker for Disney and nail polish. When you combine the two, I just cannot resist. I am choosing to share my experience with one of these polishes sort of as a cautionary tale and sort of so you know just the kind of person I am (which is the kind of person who knowingly buys nail polish made for kids that is certain to be lacking in quality). Anyway. I hope you enjoy a few minutes of judging me for my stupid decisions.

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Bonita Hues of Blue: Swatch & Review

Bonita Hues of Blue

The first time I tried Bonita polish, it did not go so well. A lot of people disagreed with my first impression of this brand and, to be perfectly honest, it does not surprise me at all that I managed to pick the one polish that really sucked. Because so many people I trust really rate Bonita polishes, I knew I was going to give them another go. The opportunity arrived when I was at Ross sometime last year and spotted this trio of Bonitas, called “Hues of Blue.” (Although two of them are green? I suppose green is a shade of blue in a way, it is blue + yellow…) I know that none of these colors are wildly unique, but blues and greens are my kryptonite and what better way to get a polish brand back into your good graces than by picking colors you know you are going to love? This is a spoiler, but this time around my experience with Bonita was absolutely fantastic! It probably helped that I picked creams, but these are some primo creams with formulas that really outperform the price tag. Read on to acquaint yourselves with these beauties!

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Spring Color Palette (Jenna Hipp edition)

Jenna Hipp spring

This is what happens when I forget to take pictures of all the bottles together… I try out an idea that I think is good but is actually terrible. I’m sorry.

Ah spring… my least favorite season. Everyone else goes ga-ga for it so I think my problem must be due to locale. You see, our spring weather is the exact same as our winter weather (overcast and rainy 95% of the time), with a couple key differences: a) it’s warmer in spring so more humidity, booooo, and b) I have already been through at least three months of grey at this point and by April/May the appeal of moody weather has started to wear me down. Is there such thing as SAD for people who get depressed in spring instead of winter? Because I think I have that… Anyway, it’s not all bad because spring is the time of the year I start to break out my brighter nail polishes and change up my color palette which makes me a very happy person.  I decided to show you some of the colors I like to wear this time of the year. Like my last color palette post, I challenged myself to choose polishes from just one brand. Today it’s Jenna Hipp! I love these little polishes, I wish she would come out with more collections. They were such a good price at Costco! Unlike the post last time, I decided to take some inspiration from the recent spring releases from big names in the polish world. I have noticed over the past few years that spring collections have featured bolder, brighter colors and they are not just all pastels. That is very much reflected in my choices today!

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Sinful Colors Desert Divas: My Picks Swatch & Review

Sinful Colors Desert Divas

Earlier this year, Tipped Off Nails showed her beautiful swatches of the Barry M Frosted Cupcakes collection and I was so enamored with them! And slightly jealous because Barry M still has not decided to grace the US with their presence. Sinful Colors had my back though because, shortly after reading that post and moping about, I saw that as part of their MASSIVE spring collection release they would be giving us their selection of crelly bases packed with pearly flakies: the Desert Divas collection. Score. I have managed to find all the polishes I want from the nine-piece collection except one, Super Cooper. It is a gorgeous sage green and it is KILLING me to not have it! Perhaps Sinful Colors does not have my back after all… Nevertheless, I want to show you what I have because these polishes are darn pretty and almost make up for the absence of Barry M here. Almost. (Warning: I go on a mini tangent about soccer at some time during the post. It’s all in parenthesis so you can ignore it, but I want to prepare you!)

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Morgan Taylor Beauty and the Beast: My Picks Swatch & Review

Who else is super excited for Beauty and the Beast??? The original animated film actually was not one of my favorite films as a kid (especially the Christmas special – the pipe organ in it terrified me and has left me with a slight fear of pipe organs to this day), but around the time I was in middle school I started to like it a lot more and now would count it as one of my top Disney films. The music is just beautiful, I could not even pick a favorite song, and seeing the musical version of it live was one of the best experiences of my life. As I am sure you are all aware, I really do not need any more nail polish at all. But, after seeing that L’Oreal’s Beauty and the Beast collection is only in Italy (and Amazon Italy will not ship to me, I tried :[[[), there was a gaping, Beauty and the Beast nail polish-shaped hole in my heart. Enter Morgan Taylor, who has saved my life by creating some Beauty and the Beast inspired polishes that are actually available in the US for a reasonable price. I randomly saw that J.C. Penney had Morgan Taylor polishes on sale a few weeks ago and suddenly I was entering my credit card number in and a couple days later some new polishes ended up on my doorstep. Oops. I thought the least I could do was share the few I grabbed with you guys!

All my swatches today are over Zoya Get Even. I did not use any top coat for today’s swatches.

Morgan Taylor Enchanted Patina

Morgan Taylor Enchanted Patina, 2 coats

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First Impressions: Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour


Seventeen Quicker Slicker Colour Ruby Gem, two coats plus Seche Vite

I am still getting through all of the polishes that I got from my trip to the UK last year. I’m sure you are sick of hearing me mention that trip, as quite of few of my first impressions polishes were purchased during it, but you will have to get used to it because there will be a lot more coming! I stopped in at multiple Superdrugs and Boots (how do you pluralize the word “Boots?” Bootses?) and picked at least one polish from every brand I saw that I had not seen before in the US. My mother actually spotted this lovely red from Seventeen for me and decided I was getting it, because thus far in the trip I had grabbed greens, teals, blues, purples, and one orange. Clearly I need to branch out more. Anyway, this juicy berry color is just my type of red. It has a little pink and a lot of richness. Yum. This polish line claims that it is “single coat,” “high shine,” and “touch dry in less than 50 seconds.” I will be giving you my experience and then noting whether it lives up to those claims!

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Butter London + Pantone Refresh collection: Swatch & Review


I will be honest, I do not usually give a flying fudgesicle about the Pantone color of the year. In fact, I did not know it was even a thing until I entered the nail polish world. Though I’m pretty sure it actually has little to do with nail polish and more to do with home decor?  Anyhoo, when Butter London decides to team up with Pantone and Pantone decides that bright green is going to be their color of the year, suddenly I’m their biggest fan, some of my money disappears, and this cute little collection is sitting pretty in my greedy little hands. I have to say, it looks simple but this is a fantastic set of polishes. The colors may not be the most creative or wildly unique, but the formulas. Oh. My. I always enjoy swatching and painting my nails, but working with this particular collection was a pure joy and put me in a very happy place. Please do yourself a favor and check these out!

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